WFRV Green Bay


WFRV established since Dec 1953 is a CBS affiliate operating in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, the channel is located on East Mason Street in the City of Green Bay with transmitter installed at north of Morrison. It is available on Charter Spectrum: Ch 6 and broadcasts in HD at Ch 1006. A semi-satellite WJMN-TV based in Escanaba, Michigan spreads programming in Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The master control and internal operations of bother WFRV and its satellite are controlled from Green Bay headquarters while the sales offices studios and other operations of WJMN are maintained separately at Marquette.

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Catchphrase: Your Stories. Our Community

Sisters: WLAX and WJMN-TV




WFRV went on air on Dec 10, 1953 as WNAM-TV from Neenah, An ABC affiliate the station was originally owned by Neenah-Menasha Broadcasting Company. It had a radio sister with the same calls. The vice-president of the station on Dec 31, 1954 announced that it would be temporarily ceasing the broadcast operations on Jan 2, 1955 following a merger with Valley Telecasting Company. Valley at that time had acquired a construction permit to build WFRV on Ch 5 in Green Bay however, the permit acquired since March 1954 had not been used to construct the station. It then got the FM studios of WJPG on lease in De Pere and initiated microwave relays between WNAM and WFRV. On May 20, 1955, WFRV signed on air with a 100,000 w transmitter. The firs live broadcast of the ABC and DuMont affiliate aired on June 1, 1955.

The affiliation was switched to NBC in 1959. It was the maiden service in Northeastern Wisconsin to offer color broadcasts in 1958 and was also the first to cover lunar eclipse in 1959.  Channel 5 was also Green Bay’s first local news broadcaster; the local new operations started in 1965. Norton Group in mid-60s purchased the station and moved it from the Green Bay to Fox Valley. WFRV expanded its reach to Upper Peninsula of Michigan with launch of WJMN in Escanaba on Oct 7, 1969. It for the second time signed affiliation with ABC in April 1983, WLUK replaced it as NBC affiliate on Ch 11. In 80s the service was purchased to Midwest Radio and Television. The company owned by Murphys and McNallys was acquired by CBS in 1992. On March 15, 1992, WFRV became a CBS O&O service; the ABC affiliation was taken by WBAY.

Liberty Media in 2007 purchased WFRV and WJMN and sold it to Nexstar Broadcasting Group on July 1, 2011.  Channel 5 was rebranded as Local 5 on Jan 23, 2012.



WFRV broadcasts 35.5 hours of locally produced programming with 5.5 hours of content on weekdays and hours on Sat and half-hour on Sun. Apart from its primary studio facilities on East Mason Street in Green Bay, the channel also operates a Fox Valley bureau in Little Chute. News, weather and sports updates, Local 5 Live, community updates and events, Ag Report and more online. Follow WFRV on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website:



Steve Renaissance Man The Bold and Beautiful Moesha
Local 5 This Morning CBS Overnight News CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor Judge Faith
This Big Bang Theory Judge Joe Brown The Talk Made Money
The Price is Right CBS This Morning Law & Order The Late Late Show with James
The Wendy Williams Show CBS This Morning Let’s Make a Deal
Living Single The Young and Restless The Game



John Domol Nate Stewart Millaine Wells
Chelly Boutott Calvin Lewis Erinn Taylor
Justin Razavi Erin Davisson Tom Zalaski
Kris Schuller Lisa Malak
Paul Evansen Robyn Oguinye




Address: WFRV-TV Local 5 |

1181 E Mason Street

Green Bay, WI 54301

Tel: 920 437 5411

Fax: 920 437 4576