WNEM-DT2 (known on the air as My 5) is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Mid-Michigan. The station is a second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WNEM-TV which is also owned by the Meredith Corporation. Over-the-air, WNEM-DT2 broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 22.2 (5.2 for digital tuners with PSIP capability) from WNEM's transmitter which is located on Becker Road in Indiantown. WNEM-DT2's parent station has studios located on North Franklin Street in downtown Saginaw.
On January 24
, UPN and The WB announced that they would cease broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW
. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents: CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros.
unit of Time Warner
. On February 22
, News Corporation
announced that they would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV
. This new network, which would be sister to Fox
, would be operated by Fox Television Stations
and its syndication division Twentieth Television
MyNetworkTV was created to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming independent, as well as to compete against The CW. It was later revealed that WB affiliate WBSF would become the CW affiliate for the region. After that, WNEM released plans to create a new second digital subchannel to become the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate. In August of 2006, WNEM unveiled a new logo and branding for the digital subchannel, My 5. There is no separate web address for WNEM-DT2 at the moment (there is only a separate page on the WNEM website).
Programming on WNEM-DT2 consists of primetime MyNetworkTV programmming and syndicated shows like Oprah
, Dr. Phil
, and reruns of the previous season's Jeopardy
. Guiding Light
, a CBS soap opera dropped by WNEM in 1996, returned to the market on My 5
. As a result, all CBS programs are now cleared in the Mid-Michigan
area. The station airs Fearless Music
on Saturday nights at Midnight. It also carries Big Time Wrestling
on early Saturday and Sunday mornings at 2. They are the only affiliate to carry the program. When it launched, My 5
on Flint-area Comcast
cable systems and Detroit's WKBD
on Tri-Cities Charter
cable systems. The station is also seen on Charter cable systems in the Alpena
market (also replacing WKBD). However, the main WNEM channel is not seen on that system due to WBKB-TV
which is based in Alpena. WNEM-DT2 is the nearest MyNetworkTV affiliate for the northern Michigan
television market (the Traverse City
DMA). Currently, that area does not have an affiliate of its own. Access to the station is only offered on Charter cable systems in areas of the Alpena television market that overlap with the northern Michigan DMA.
My 5 also airs live Central Michigan University football games from ESPN's regional sports syndicator ESPN Plus.
WNEM-DT2 broadcasts Better Mid-Michigan weeknights at 6 P.M. On weekday mornings, the station airs the nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz, from 6 to 9. During the week, it broadcasts a newscast at 4 P.M. This production is known as My 5 News at 4 and can be viewed live on WNEM's website via live streaming video. My 5 also rebroadcasts WNEM's weeknight 6 o'clock newscast at 7.
The Daily Buzz
(Weekday Mornings 6 to 9 A.M.)
- Andy Campbell
- Andrea Jackson
- News Updates:
My 5 News at 4
(Weeknights 4 to 4:30 P.M.)
- Bill Walsh
- Erica Donerson
TV 5 News at 6
(Weeknights 7 to 7:30 P.M., rebroadcasted from WNEM)
WNEM-DT2 uses additional news personnel from WNEM. See WNEM-TV News Team for a complete listing.