WSJV owned by Quincy Media is a primary Heroes & Icons affiliate licensed to Elkhart. Established on March 15, 1954, the channel is not linked with five major US broadcast television networks and has studios located on Country Road 7 in Concord Township in Elkhart County with a transmitter installed on Johnson Rod in Penn Township in St. Joseph county, east of Gulivoire Park.
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WSJV hit the waves on March 15, 1954 on ch 52 as an NBC affiliate. It shared CBS and ABC affiliation with WSBT-TV. Under the ownership of Truth Publishing Company, the channel in July 1955 left the NBC affiliation to join ABC after WNDU was launched and replaced it as market’s new affiliate. Until 1971, WSJV worked as an exclusive ABC affiliate for Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. The cities sharing market with Grand Rapids could not be seen in much of the area. This ended when WUHQ went on air from Battle Creek in 1971.
WSJV relocated its channel position to ch 28 in 1958. It began color broadcasts in 1966, five years after ABC network initiated colored programs.
As a Fox affiliate
Fox acquired broadcast rights to televise programs from NFL. It penned a deal with Fox network on April 21, 1995. Fox was previously used by WSBT-TV. WSJV formally started carrying Fox content on Oct 18, 1995 with the end of 40-year partnership with ABC affiliate. WSJV was the longest running ABC affiliate in the state of Indiana.
Separation from Fox
WSJV’s station manager and news director stepped down and moved to Quincy stations in June and July 2016. Quincy Media became the new owner of the channel in July 2016. It signed affiliation with Heroes and Icons in spring of 2019. WSJV dropped its analog signal to set up digital transmission on Feb 17, 2009. Channel 58 slot was maintained after digital transition.
WSJV broadcasted 21 hours of locally produced news-bulletins each week with 4 hours each weekday and 30 min on Sat and Sun each. You can watch latest news, weather and sports updates, videos, all local news, entertainment programs and shows on WSJV. Follow the channel on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.wsjvelkhart.com/