TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Early Chicago Television

Re: Early Chicago Television

Neal McLain (
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 07:23:33 -0500

PAT wrote:

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I seem to recall one of the networks
> was originally on Channel 4, then later it moved over to either
> Channel 5 or Channel 7 ... something to do with a Milwaukee station
> which took over Channel 4 instead ...

When Channel 4 moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, Channel 4's former
occupant, WBBM-TV Chicago, moved to Channel 2. Channel 2's former
occupant, Zenith's experimental "Phonevision" pay-tv service,

Simultaneously, Channel 3 moved from Milwaukee to Madison. Channel
3's former occupant, WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, moved to Channel 4, resolving
co-channel interference with WKZO-TV [now WWMT(TV)], Kalamazoo.
WISC-TV lit up on Channel 3, Madison's first television station, and
still its only VHF.

Neal McLain

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