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LenDale Anthony White (born December 20, 1984) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. He played college football at Southern California.
White attended South High School in Denver, Colorado. White played football in 2000 and 2001, and he made the Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team in 2000 and the Rocky Mountain News Class 5A All-State first team both years. White then enrolled at Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton, Colorado. As a junior in 2002, he earned Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team and Rocky Mountain News Class 5A All-State first team notices. He rushed for 1,850 yards with 30 TDs and had 185 receiving yards with 2 TDs in 2001. Chatfield went 14-0 in 2002 and was the Class 5A champion. His coach at Chatfield was Dave Logan, the former Colorado All-American wide receiver who played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns.
White's 2002 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Midlands, Prep Star All-Midlands, Tom Lemming All-Midland, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year, Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team and Rocky Mountain News Class 5A All-State first team as a senior tailback at Chatfield. He ran for 1,683 yards and 20 TDs in 2003. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with several of his future USC Trojan teammates. He finished his career (starting all four years) as Colorado's career rushing leader, with 7,804 yards.
White shared his playing time at tailback with Reggie Bush at the University of Southern California. Despite being the lesser hyped member of the Trojan backfield, White was a standout rusher who led the team in rushing in his first two seasons and was a 2005 All-America selection.
White and Bush formed a "Thunder and Lightning" combination, with Bush playing the smaller but faster back while White was the bigger, more powerful back. This combination gave USC a formidable backfield of rushers. On January 4, 2005, White rushed for three touchdowns in a 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the 2004 BCS National Championship game played at Orange Bowl (Pro Player Stadium) in Miami. A year later, on January 4, 2006, White again rushed for three touchdowns in USC's 41-38 loss to Texas in the 2005 BCS Championship Game played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. He led the nation with 24 rushing touchdowns in 2005. In his three years, White set the USC career rushing touchdowns record of 52. He also finished with 3,159 yards and a 5.9 average per rush. White was not implicated in the Bush scandal. After the 2006 Rose Bowl, White declared himself eligible for the NFL draft.
Promptly after declaring for the NFL draft, White's stock tumbled. White did not go through a full workout before NFL scouts at the NFL Combine. Reportedly, there were audible groans when he bared his chest at a weigh-in. One scout was said to have laughed upon seeing White's bare chest. ESPN's Fantasy Focus Podcast referred to him as "Big Fat LenDale White." This also spawned another nickname: "LenWhale" White. As one NFL general manager said after seeing White at the combine: "The guy needed a bra, it was ridiculous. You come to the combine looking like that and you want to be a first-round pick? Come on. The guy had obviously been doing nothing."
During USC's workout day, he cited hamstring worries as a reason for not running or performing any workouts aside from the bench press, where he managed only 15 repetitions at 225 pounds. An out of shape White did sustain a torn hamstring, but surgery was not required to mend it. His injury did, however, keep him off of the football field until May 2006. In April, White was drafted in the second round (45th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
On August 10, 2006, during a Titans' practice, White was involved in a brief scuffle with teammate Donnie Nickey, where White spat in Nickey's face, drawing the ire of his Tennessee teammates. On the field, White was used sparingly in his rookie season. He played in 13 games, gaining 244 yards on 61 carries with no touchdowns. White also caught 14 passes for 60 yards.
White began the 2007-2008 season splitting time with Chris Brown. He was held for under 60 yards in the first four games. On October 21, with Brown sidelined with an injury, White tallied his first 100-yard rushing game against the Houston Texans. He followed up that performance with a career high 133-yard rushing performance against the Oakland Raiders. For the season, he rushed for 1,110 yards and 7 touchdowns with a 3.7 yard average.
White underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. The knee had bothered White during the last half of the 2007 season, but he was expected to be at full strength for offseason minicamps in May. On March 15, 2008, White received citations for destruction of property, disobedience to a lawful order/interference and resistance while in Denver, Colorado, though all charges were later dropped.
White was joined in the Titans backfield by rookie Chris Johnson, who was selected with the 24th pick in the 2008 draft. The duo eventually became known as "Smash and Dash". White had career highs in TDs in a season (15), longest run (80 yards), TDs in 1 game (3) and rushing yards in a game (149). He also created controversy after the Titans defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by stomping on a Terrible Towel. White finished the 2008 season with 773 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns (1st in AFC).
White lost significant weight prior to the 2009 NFL season, dropping to 229, claiming a tougher training regiment and cutting tequila out of his diet aided in his weight loss. After splitting carries with Johnson in 2008, White was virtually a non-factor in 2009 as Johnson became the featured back. White was re-signed by the Titans on April 15, 2010.
White was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on April 24, 2010. The trade reunited White and his former USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll. Shortly after signing, word leaked that White had failed an NFL drug test and would be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season. Carroll released White on May 28, 2010.
On August 4, 2010, White was signed to a two-year deal by the Denver Broncos. However, on September 2, in the Broncos' last preseason game at the Minnesota Vikings, White suffered a torn Achilles tendon, and missed the entire 2010 season. He was released on August 16, 2011.
James Robert Douglas "Rob" Bironas (born January 29, 1978) is an American football placekicker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Auburn University and Georgia Southern.
Bironas was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2007. He has been a member of the Charleston Swamp Foxes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Cobras, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Dragons and Tennessee Titans.
Bironas attended Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and was a four-year varsity letterman in soccer, a two-year varsity letterman in football and swimming, and added a one-year letterman in track and field. He graduated in 1996.
Bironas attended Auburn University where he was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award in 1998 after making 12 of 16 field goal attempts (including two successful 49-yard (45 m) tries with the four misses from 40+) and making all 18 PATs for a team-high 54 points. The following season, new head coach Tommy Tuberville replaced Bironas, the preseason All-SEC kicker of the football team, with the punter, Damon Duval. Bironas later transferred to Georgia Southern University, where his brother was on the soccer team, for his final year of collegiate eligibility. While with the Eagles, Bironas won the 2000 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship, before returning to graduate from Auburn with a degree in marketing.
Bironas spent the 2003 season with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of the Arena Football League's minor league system (af2). He made 12 of 27 field goal attempts that season for the Swamp Foxes. He moved up to the Arena Football League in 2004 with the Carolina Cobras converting 17 of 40 field goal attempts and 70 of 89 extra point tries. He spent the 2005 season with the New York Dragons before signing with the Titans connecting on 7 of 16 field goal attempts and 99 of 117 extra point attempts for the AFL's New York Dragons.
Bironas spent time on the off season roster of the Green Bay Packers (2002), and preseason rosters with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2004).
In 2005, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Tennessee Titans, where he finished his first season with the Titans converting 23 of 29 field goals attempts (79.3%) and 30 of 32 extra points attempts (93.8%). Bironas finished the season with 11 touchbacks, which tied him for fourth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL.
In 2006, Bironas built on his previous success and has kicked 4 game winning field goals, including one of 60 yards against the Colts, which tied as the eighth longest in NFL history.
Bironas was named the AFC Player of the Month for the month of October (2007). He made 13 of 14 field goals (92.9 percent) and all six PATs as he helped the Titans earn a 3-1 (.750) record for the month. He accounted for 45 of the team’s 81 points in October. In the Titans’ three wins in October, Bironas connected on 12 of 13 field goals, including an NFL-record eight field goals (52, 25, 21, 30, 28, 43, 29 and 29 yards), included the game-winning kick that gave the Titans a 38-36 victory against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Oct. 21. In the same game, he tied the existing record of five field goals made in a single half. Bironas was selected to the NFL's All Pro Team and the Pro Bowl.
On February 28, 2008 the Titans tendered Bironas to a one-year, $1.417 million contract as a restricted free agent. He signed his tender on May 9, 2008.
On February 18, 2009, the Titans signed Bironas to a four-year contract.
On March 8, 2013, the Titans and Bironas agreed to a two-year contract worth $6.7 million dollars. He made roughly $2.85 million in 2012.
Bironas founded The Rob Bironas Fund in 2008. The Nashville-based nonprofit is part of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and works to give Nashville youth ways to engage with and be educated by area musicians. The fund finances tools, education and leadership to help Nashville youth achieve scholastic excellence through music education. The fund has partnered with both the Nashville Symphony and Country Music Hall of Fame.
Bironas is a board member of the Nashville Symphony, and works to provide help to needy children through the Kicks for Kids program.
Bironas is also a member of *Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, where he contributes to charity and philanthropy.
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The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. They are members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The Oilers won the first two AFL championships, before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger.
The team relocated from the Astrodome in Houston, Texas to the state of Tennessee in 1997. While waiting for a permanent stadium to be built in Nashville, the team played temporarily at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season before moving to Nashville in 1998 and playing in Vanderbilt Stadium. For two seasons, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers before changing its name to Titans in 1999. The team plays at LP Field in Nashville. The team's training facility is at Baptist Sports Park, a 31-acre (13 ha) site at the MetroCenter complex, located just north of downtown Nashville about 5 miles (8.0 km) from LP Field.
When the team debuted as the Oilers in 1960, the club's logo was an oil rig derrick. Except for minor color changes throughout the years, this logo remained the same until the team was renamed the Titans in 1999. The logo was originally called "Ol' Riggy" but this was dropped before the start of the 1974 season.
The Oilers uniforms consisted of blue or white jerseys, red trim, and white pants. From 1966 through 1971, the pants with both the blue and white jerseys were silver, to match the color of the helmets. The team commonly wore light blue pants on the road with the white jerseys from 1972 through 1994, with the exception of the 1980 season, and selected games in the mid 80s, when the team wore an all-white road combination. For selected games in 1973 and 1974, and again from 1981 through 1984, the Oilers wore their white jerseys at home. The light blue pants were discarded by coach Jeff Fisher in 1995.
From 1960 to about 1965, and from 1972 to 1974, they wore blue helmets; from 1966 to 1971, the helmets were silver; and they were white from 1975 to 1998.
During the 1997–98 period when they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", the team had an alternate logo that combined elements of the flag of Tennessee with the derrick logo. The team also wore their white uniforms in home games, as opposed to their time in Houston, when their blue uniforms were worn at home – in the two years as the Tennessee Oilers, the team only wore their colored jerseys twice, for road games against the Miami Dolphins and a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys.
When the team was renamed the Titans, the club introduced a new logo: A circle with three stars, similar to that found on the flag of Tennessee containing a large "T" with a trail of flames similar to a comet. The uniforms consist of white helmets, red trim, and either navy or white jerseys. White pants are normally worn with the navy jerseys, and navy pants are worn with the white jerseys. On both the navy and white jerseys, the outside shoulders and sleeves are light "Titans Blue". In a game vs. the Washington Redskins in 2006, the Titans wore their navy jerseys with navy pants for the first time.
Since 2000, the Titans have generally worn their dark uniforms at home throughout the preseason and regular season. The Titans have worn white at home in daytime contests for a few occasions in September home games to gain an advantage with the heat. With the exception of the 2005, 2006, and 2008 seasons.
The Titans introduced an alternate jersey in 2003 that is light "Titans Blue" with navy outside shoulders and sleeves. That jersey is usually worn with the road blue pants. When it was the alternate jersey from 2003 to 2007, the Titans wore the jersey twice in each regular season game (and once in the preseason). They would always wear the "Titans Blue" jersey in their divisional game against the Houston Texans and for other selected home games which came mostly against a team from the old AFL (American Football League). Their selection in those games were representative of the organization's ties to Houston and the old AFL. In November 2006, the Titans introduced light "Titans Blue" pants in a game at Philadelphia. The pants were reminiscent of the ones donned by the Oilers. In December 2006, they combined the "Titans Blue" pants with the "Titans Blue" jersey to create an all "Titans Blue" uniform – Vince Young appeared in this uniform in the cover art for the Madden NFL 08 video game.
During the 2006 season, the Titans wore seven different uniform combinations, pairing the white jersey with all three sets of pants (white, Titans blue, navy blue), the navy jersey with the white and navy pants, and the Titans blue jersey with navy and Titans blue pants. In 2007 against the Atlanta Falcons, the Titans paired the navy blue jersey with the Titans blue pants for the first time, a game which they won. They also did the navy blue jerseys with the light blue pants against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they lost that game. The team has yet to pair the Titans blue jersey with white pants.
In 2008, it was announced that the "Titans Blue" jerseys would become the regular home uniforms, with the navy being relegated to alternate status.
In 2009, The NFL and Hall of Fame committee announced that the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills would kick-off the 2009 National Football League preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game, played on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium, was nationally televised on NBC. The Titans defeated the Bills by a score of 21–18. In honor of the AFL's 50th anniversary, the Titans wore Oilers uniforms for this game. Also in 2009, the team honored former quarterback Steve McNair, by placing a small navy blue disc on the back of their helmets, inside of the navy blue disk, a white number 9 (9 was the number McNair wore during his time with the Oilers/Titans).
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The Titans' flagship radio station for several years was WKDF 103.3-FM. However WGFX 104.5-FM, the original Tennessee Oilers/Titans Radio flagship station, again serves as the Titans Radio flagship station since the 2010 season. Mike Keith is the team's play-by-play announcer, and former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck provides color commentary during games. Previous to Wycheck, Pat Ryan provided the color commentary. Larry Stone is also a part of the team, providing injury and scoring updates. The Titans Radio Network is broadcast on some 70 other stations.
The team has long resisted placing any of its games on Sirius XM Radio. According to the Titans Radio Network, this is because the Titans' contract with Citadel Broadcasting (parent of both WKDF and WGFX) predates the arrival of satellite radio, thus there is no provision for the NFL to reserve satellite-radio rights.
Most preseason games are televised on WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. WKRN also airs a weekly show on Tuesday nights. The show, called 'Titans on 2', is hosted by Head Coach Mike Munchak and WKRN anchors John Dwyer, Cory Curtis, and Dawn Davenport. The show is an opportunity for the coach to talk about the team's latest matchup and looks forward to the upcoming match up. The show also features a different Titans player every week. For regular season games, WTVF, the CBS affiliate for Nashville is the main station airing them.
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Kyle Dale Vanden Bosch (born November 17, 1978) is an American football defensive end who last played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and was recognized as the outstanding student-athlete in college football. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played for the Cardinals through the 2004 season; in 2005 he began to play for the Tennessee Titans, where he stayed until signing with the Detroit Lions in 2010. He is currently a free agent.
Vanden Bosch went to high school at West Lyon High School of rural Larchwood, Iowa. Earned All-America honors at West Lyon (Larchwood, Iowa) Community High School. Kyle was named the 1997 Des Moines Register High School Male Athlete of the Year. Also named USA Today/Gatorade player-of-the-year for Iowa and Midwest Region. He started three years at fullback and four at linebacker at West Lyon. As senior, rushed 136 times for 812 yards and 18 touchdowns while recording 83 tackles, 14 sacks, and one interception. Vanden Bosch set school’s scoring record with 264 career points. In addition he earned 4.0 grade-point average and was two-time National Honor Society member.
Vanden Bosch attended the University of Nebraska, where he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. He started final 23 games at Nebraska, closing career with 142 total tackles, 13 sacks, 34 tackles for loss and 46 quarterback pressures. As a senior, he was First-team All-Big 12 Conference. He also was Academic All-Big 12 for the third consecutive year. He set Nebraska single-season record with three blocked kicks—two field-goal attempts and one point-after-touchdown try—as a sophomore. He was also a three-time Nebraska lifter-of-the-year (1998–2000) after adding 40 pounds to his frame upon arriving on the Lincoln campus as freshman. He graduated with 3.82 grade-point average and bachelor’s degree in finance in December 2000. Vanden Bosch was also a member of the Innocents Society, the Chancellor's Senior Honorary at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Membership in the Innocents Society is based upon superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the University and community.
Kyle was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. In his injury-abbreviated rookie season he finished with 12 tackles (6 solo), one quarterback sack, one hurry, one pass defensed and one fumble return for touchdown. In 2002 he returned from reconstructive knee surgery to lead Arizona with four quarterback sacks, nine hurries and eight tackles for loss in 16 starts. He also totaled 66 tackles and one fumble recovery. Kyle was on injured reserve for the entire 2003 season after suffering a torn ACL in left knee. In 2004 he saw action in every game for Cardinals, including one start and totaled 15 tackles.
In his first season with the Tennessee Titans in 2005, Vanden Bosch started all 16 games and made his first Pro Bowl after finishing second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks. He recorded 100 total tackles as well. Vanden Bosch replaced Miami Dolphins player Jason Taylor in the 2006 Pro Bowl. On February 17, 2006 (only a week after his two sack performance in the Pro Bowl) it was announced that Vanden Bosch had agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans. The contract tied him to the Titans for four years. The deal gave him $14.5 million in guaranteed money ($5 million signing bonus, with guaranteed base salaries for three of the four years on the contract).
In 2006 he started all 16 games at left defensive end. His season totals included 6.5 sacks, 118 tackles, 30 quarterback pressures, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble. The next season, 2007, he started all 16 games at defensive end for the third consecutive season and was named as a starter for the Pro Bowl. He led the team and finished sixth in the AFC with 12 sacks. He finished second on the team with 115 tackles and 24 quarterback pressures. Tied for the team lead with four forced fumbles. He was Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering 12 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble against New York Jets (12/23/2007). In 2008 Vanden Bosch was voted a team captain for the 2008 season by his teammates. He played and started in 10 games and made 24 tackles and 4.5 sacks and finished fourth on the team with 18 quarterback pressures.
On March 5, 2010, Vanden Bosch was signed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Lions. The move reunites him with Jim Schwartz, his old defensive coordinator from Tennessee and current head coach of the Detroit Lions.
On February 5, 2013 Vanden Bosch was released from the Detroit Lions.
Albert Louis Del Greco (born March 2, 1962) is a former American football placekicker and a current sports radio personality and high school coach in Birmingham, Alabama.
Del Greco finished his 17 NFL seasons with 347 of 449 (77%) field goals and 551 of 554 (99%) extra points, giving him a total of 1,592 points. As of 2009, this ranks him #14 on the NFL's list of all time leading scorers. He was inducted in the Alabama Hall of Fame.
A four-year letterman at Auburn, Del Greco completed 110 out of 111 PATs in his college career. He also set the SEC record for field goal attempts in a single game and field goals made in a single game in a 1982 game versus Kentucky where he made six out of his seven attempts. As of 2006, those 18 points still stand as a school record for most points scored by a kicker in a single game. His 236 career points place him fifth on the Auburn career scoring list.
At Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama, Del Greco is the boys golf coach and the football team's kicking coach. His son, Trey was the football team's place kicker prior to graduating after the 2007 season. Trey is now on golf scholarship at Vanderbilt University. In 2003, Del Greco became Birmingham Steeldogs' kickers coach. As of 2006, he co-hosts "The Opening Drive" on WJOX in Birmingham, Alabama with Jay Barker and Tony Kurre. His daughter, Erica, is currently a student at Auburn University and his son, Derrick is currently also at Spain Park. Del Greco was the starting Placekicker in Super Bowl XXXIV for the Tennessee Titans, in which his team lost 23-16. In the game, he made 1 field goal, which tied the game 16-16. The following season, in his last NFL game, he missed a field goal attempt, had two others blocked and scored one field goal in a playoff match against Baltimore Ravens, losing 10-24.
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WWJ-TV, virtual channel 62 (digital channel 44), is the CBS owned and operated television station in Detroit, Michigan. It is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation as part of a duopoly with CW station WKBD-TV (channel 50). The two stations share studio facilities on 11 Mile Road in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, WWJ-TV's transmitter is located in Oak Park, Michigan.
The station is carried on several Canadian cable providers, predominately in the province of Ontario, and is one of five local Detroit television stations seen in Canada on satellite provider Shaw Direct.
As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, WWJ-TV shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009, and continued to broadcast on its pre-transition digital channel 44. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display its virtual channel as 62.
Channel 62 signed on the air on September 29, 1975, as WGPR-TV (the callsign standing for "Where God's Presence Radiates"). The station was owned by WGPR Incorporated, formed by the Detroit-based International Free and Accepted Modern Masons. WGPR was the first wholly African American-owned television station in the United States, and was marketed towards Detroit's urban audience. At the time, WGPR's emergence was hailed as an advance for African-American enterprise, with the "color line" having been broken by the station's establishment. Station president William V. Banks, together with Jim Panagos and George White, sales and programming managers respectively of co-owned WGPR-FM (107.5 FM), were the management team at the station's outset. Prior to WGPR-TV's sign-on, the channel 62 frequency had been used by WXON (now WMYD), which had originally broadcast on that channel when it signed on in 1968 before moving to channel 20 in 1972.
WGPR-TV aired shows from NBC and CBS that were pre-empted by the original WWJ-TV (channel 4, now known as WDIV) and WJBK-TV (channel 2) respectively, as well as older cartoons, a number of religious shows, brokered programs, programs aimed at the black community, R&B music shows, low-rated off-network dramas, and low-rated barter syndicated shows.][
Channel 62's most popular and most well-known show was a Middle Eastern variety show called Arab Voice of Detroit, which was broadcast on late Saturday nights. Another popular program was a nightly dance show titled The Scene (similar in content to the nationally syndicated Soul Train) that aired from October 13, 1975 to December 31, 1987. A similar lower-budget Friday evening dance show called Contempo was initially The Scene's replacement in 1988; it was hosted by several different personalities from WGPR radio, and featured local artists. But lackluster ratings caused the show's cancellation in early 1990, and eventually it was replaced by The New Dance Show, which was hosted by R.J. Watkins and aired until 1996. The station was also home to the horror show host Ron "the Ghoul" Sweed during the late 1970s, and was Detroit's affiliate for the 1970s version of the NHL Network.
The socially laudatory aims of the station did not immediately translate into good business. During its tenure as an independent station, WGPR-TV was easily the lowest-rated television station in Detroit, with only a niche viewership within its target audiences. The owners did not reckon with the existence of several already marginal independent outlets available to southeastern Michigan viewers, none of whom had many choices for top-tier syndicated programming, most of which went to WKBD and WXON. Channel 62 faced an additional problem in the form of Windsor-based CBC owned-and-operated station CBET (channel 9), which owned the Detroit rights to many American syndicated programs.
WGPR was also hampered by an inadequate signal, broadcasting at only 800,000 watts. By comparison, WKBD broadcast at 2.3 million watts, and WXON broadcast at 1.5 million watts. Its signal was so weak that it could only be seen over the air in Detroit itself and the inner northern suburbs (such as Southfield, East Detroit, Redford, Warren, Royal Oak, Livonia and Mount Clemens). The signal could not reach the outlying suburbs such as Clarkston, Lake Orion and Richmond. Until late 1994 when it became a CBS affiliate, it was the only Detroit station not carried in the Flint-Lansing edition of TV Guide, which, in the Detroit market, was sold in Sanilac, Lapeer, western and northern Livingston, and northwestern Oakland Counties.][
By the 1990s, WGPR's on-air look had become very primitive. It was the only local station which still used art cards instead of CGI for its sponsor announcements and newscasts. Further, a character generator manufactured in the 1970s remained in use for some graphics for many years. By the early 1990s, WGPR aired infomercials for most of the day.][
WGPR's situation changed in 1994, when New World Communications made an affiliation deal with the Fox Broadcasting Company under which almost all of its stations switched their affiliations to Fox. One of those stations was Detroit's longtime CBS affiliate, WJBK-TV. CBS then approached each of Detroit's four remaining major commercial stations – NBC affiliate WDIV, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV (channel 7), soon-to-be former Fox outlet WKBD, and WXON – for an affiliation deal. Unfortunately for CBS, the loss of WJBK came at a time during which the network's ratings had slipped to all-time lows (owing in part to the loss of NFL broadcast rights to Fox), and attracting a new Detroit affiliate to replace WJBK proved difficult. WXYZ was taken out of consideration when its owner, the E. W. Scripps Company, agreed to a group affiliation deal with ABC. WKBD was eliminated when its owner, the Paramount Stations Group, announced plans to launch the United Paramount Network with WKBD as one of its charter stations. Neither of the two remaining stations were interested, leaving CBS with only two realistic choices for a new Detroit affiliate: WGPR and another low-profile independent station, Mount Clemens-based WADL (channel 38). Though WGPR was initially thought to have a minimal chance at landing an affiliate deal, CBS broke off negotiations with WADL after its owner started making unreasonable demands. Essentially by default, CBS began discussions with WGPR.
CBS faced similar situations in Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland and Milwaukee. In all cases, the longtime CBS affiliates (Atlanta's WAGA-TV, Austin's KTBC-TV, Cleveland's WJW-TV and Milwaukee's WITI-TV) also switched to Fox. While CBS was able to land on higher-profile UHF stations in Atlanta, Austin and Cleveland (the latter two simply swapping with the old Fox affiliates), it was unable to do so in Detroit or Milwaukee.
As a backup, CBS worked out deals with three nearby VHF stations. First, the network signed Bay City NBC affiliate WNEM-TV as part of a multi-station deal with its parent company, the Meredith Corporation. WNEM's signal penetrated further into the northern portions of the Detroit market than the longtime Flint/Tri-Cities CBS affiliate, WEYI-TV. WNEM provided a strong "grade B" signal to Detroit's northern suburbs, including St. Clair County and parts of Oakland and Macomb counties; as well as Sarnia, Ontario. It also provided a strong city-grade signal to the lower Thumb. CBS also signed a long-term deal with its longtime affiliate in Toledo, Ohio, WTOL-TV, whose overall signal covered most of Detroit and the immediate area. It also convinced WLNS-TV in Lansing to build a translator in Ann Arbor. WLNS' signal reached portions of Detroit's western suburbs, such as Livingston and Oakland counties (additionally, as part of Michigan folklore, Detroiters would buy large outdoor TV antennas and point them towards Lansing to pick up WLNS in order to watch Detroit Lions games blacked out in Detroit). These moves were made not only in the event CBS could not land an affiliate of its own in Detroit, but also because of channel 62's aforementioned signal problems. Negotiations with WGPR moved slowly, and with only a few days remaining before WJBK was due to switch to Fox, CBS had still not lined up a replacement affiliate in Detroit. Fearing it would be left without an affiliate in the nation's tenth-largest market and faced with the prospect of having to pipe in WNEM, WTOL and WLNS for Detroit viewers, CBS struck an eleventh-hour deal to purchase WGPR outright for $24 million. The final price tag was more a reflection of CBS' desperation than the actual value of the station.
However, the plans hit a snag when leaders of Detroit's African-American community spoke out against the sale. Most of the community's ire was directed toward the Masons, who were criticized for agreeing to sell to a mainstream network broadcaster. Opponents of the deal feared that an important local voice would be lost if CBS gained outright ownership of WGPR-TV over an affiliation contract. CBS and the Masons, and their local supporters, contended that they were engaged in a fair business transaction. There was growing sentiment to block the sale of WGPR-TV to CBS in favor of selling it to a locally-based broadcaster. Spectrum Detroit Inc., an investment group led by Lansing-based real estate investor and broadcaster Joel Ferguson, made a counter offer to buy the station outright, or at the least convince CBS to enter into a joint-ownership venture. When those efforts failed, the group sued CBS in a last-ditch effort to block the sale. However, Spectrum Detroit could not stop CBS from moving its programming from WJBK to WGPR on December 11, 1994. Shortly after the switch, CBS started an advertising campaign with actor Bill Cosby (among others) promoting the station, in an effort to attract viewers to this previously unknown UHF station. This advertising campaign ended around 1998, with mixed results.
After a court ruled in favor of CBS, it was able to close on its purchase of channel 62. On July 24, 1995, CBS changed the station's call letters to WWJ-TV after WWJ radio (950 AM), which CBS had owned since 1989. The WWJ-TV calls had originally been used by what is now WDIV from 1947 to 1978; the two television stations are not related. CBS officially took control of channel 62 on September 20, 1995, as the last station purchase completed by the original CBS, Inc. before the Westinghouse Electric Corporation took full control of the company two months later.
CBS's ratings in Metro Detroit took a huge hit in the aftermath of the loss of WJBK as viewers adjusted to the somewhat odd situation of having to tune to a previously little-known station with a high channel number for CBS programming. This was mostly because many cable systems in the outer portions of the Detroit market did not carry it, and it took a long time for it get adequate cable penetration throughout the area. The network's ratings in Detroit have never really recovered, and to this day channel 62 has been the weakest major-network station in Detroit. In contrast, WJBK was perennially one of CBS' strongest affiliates. However, CBS initially made a large investment into channel 62. It moved the station into a state-of-the-art studio at Stroh River Place in downtown Detroit soon after taking control. It also brought back some limited original programming, having dropped all local programming soon after the purchase.
In 1999, WWJ-TV activated a new tower and transmitter at its radio sister's former transmitter site in Oak Park, boosting its effective radiated power to five million watts, the strongest signal in Detroit. Until the power boost, many viewers in Detroit's outer-ring suburbs watched CBS by way of the three surrounding VHF stations from Bay City, Toledo, and Lansing. Viacom, which owned then-UPN affiliate WKBD, purchased CBS in September 1999, shortly after WWJ-TV activated its new tower. WWJ-TV merged its operations into WKBD's studio facility in Southfield. WKBD is the senior partner in this duopoly since it was longer-established; the CBS affiliate usually is the senior partner in other duopolies that involve stations respectively aligned with CBS and The CW. Since then, the station has not produced much local content, and much of its lineup outside of CBS network programming consists of syndicated programs.
WWJ-TV adequately covers most of Metro Detroit, including Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as Windsor, Leamington, Chatham-Kent, and the Port Huron-Sarnia areas as well. During good television reception conditions, it can be picked up as far away as the Flint area.
The station is carried on most cable outlets in Southeast Michigan, Southwestern Ontario, and Northwestern Ontario, and via satellite on Shaw Direct, Dish Network and DirecTV (most of whom carry it in high definition). The Shaw Broadcast Services CANCOM satellite feeds are in turn used to feed cable television systems in communities such as Ottawa, Ontario.
As a CBS O&O, WWJ-TV broadcasts CBS Sports telecasts, including CBS's coverage of NFL football. Although most regular season Detroit Lions games air on Fox because the team is in the NFC; from 2008 to 2010, WWJ-TV was the flagship station of the Detroit Lions Television Network in place of sister station WKBD-TV. The station also aired the weekly program The Ford Lions Report, produced by the Detroit Lions during the regular season, and also aired pre-season games for the team (by NFL rule, all cable games are broadcast by a local television station in the team's primary market). In 2010, WWJ-TV had broadcast all Lions preseason games in high definition. In 2011, the Detroit Lions announced that local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV replaced WWJ-TV as flagship of the Detroit Lions network.
WWJ-TV, as per CBS's contract, broadcasts Detroit Lions regular season games when the team is hosting an AFC opponent, including the traditional Thanksgiving Classic game on even-numbered years. Being the team's primary market, it is subject to the NFL blackout policy.
As WGPR-TV, the station produced a low budget newscast titled Big City News, which served as a launching pad for several news personalities such as Amyre Makupson (née Porter), who later became the lead anchor and public affairs director at WKBD; and Sharon Crews, who later became a multi-award-winning broadcast journalist. The WGPR-TV news operation was shut down in the late 1980s. In the fall of 1996, WWJ-TV presented a news special on the annual "Devil's Night" fires in Detroit. It served as the pilot for what would become InDepth Detroit, a newsmagazine that aired on Sunday evenings from early 1997 to March 2001.
In April 2001, WWJ-TV launched 62 CBS News at 11, the only regular news program on the station. The stripped-down newscast was produced by WKBD, which had long produced its own newscast at 10 p.m. Initial efforts tried to brand channel 50's newscast (known as UPN Nightside) as a younger, hipper program and channel 62's as a more straightforward, traditional major-network-owned newscast. However, WKBD and WWJ-TV relied on the same pool of reporters and anchors and even broadcast from the same studio. The same resources, such as ENG trucks, cameras, writers and editors, were used on both broadcasts, although each broadcast generally had its own producer. Not surprisingly, the two newscasts came to mirror each other closely on most nights; a 2002 article from the Detroit News called the similar newscasts "attack of the clones".
Despite the link to WKBD's long-successful news department, WWJ-TV never came even close to competing with WDIV, WJBK, and WXYZ. The newscast was dropped in December 2002 after WKBD agreed to shut down its own news department and allow WXYZ to produce its newscasts. This move made WWJ-TV the only CBS-owned station not to produce local news (in sharp contrast, WWJ radio is the only all-news radio station in the Detroit area). It is also the largest major-network affiliate, and the only owned-and-operated station of the four major American broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC), without a news department.
Instead of local news programming, WWJ-TV currently airs Dr. Phil at 5 p.m., The Insider at 6 p.m., Family Feud from 7-8 p.m., and Two and a Half Men at 11 p.m. (Dr. Phil is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution, while the latter of the four has its episodes air first-run on CBS). Alongside the relaunch under the WWJ-TV branding, short weather updates known as the WWJ-TV First Forecast were added mornings during The Early Show, and evenings at 5 and 11 p.m. on January 7, 2008. This was later accompanied by a new morning show on May 5, 2009, called First Forecast Mornings; while the program primarily focused on weather and traffic reports, news headlines were also included via a partnership with the Detroit Free Press, effectively marking WWJ-TV's return to airing a local newscast. The partnership with the Free Press ended at the end of 2010, and WWJ-TV's radio sister replaced the Free Press as its news partner. On February 7, 2011, an extension of First Forecast Mornings debuted on sister station WKBD-TV from 7 to 9 a.m.
In addition, WWJ-TV airs one other locally-produced program, Michigan Matters, a talk show featuring economic and political topics relevant to the metro Detroit area. WWJ-TV senior producer, Carol Cain, is the host. Typically there are two interviews, an open conversation "Round Table" segment and then a "Final Viewpoint" where each of the three panelists and the host read a prepared statement pertaining to the topic of the show.
WWJ-TV (along with its sister station WKBD-TV) upgraded all locally-produced programming to high definition on February 2, 2012, making them the final CBS-owned properties with an in-house news operation to upgrade to HD; however, the stations continue to air syndicated programming in place of traditional evening and late night newscasts. First Forecast Mornings was discontinued on December 28, 2012 due to low viewership, with the program being replaced by the CBS Morning News and Dr. Phil in its timeslot. WWJ-TV is the largest of a group of major-network stations that do not air regular local evening or late-night newscasts. This group also includes ABC affiliate WATM-TV in the Altoona/Johnstown/State College, PA market, NBC affiliate WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Florida and CBS affiliate WEVV in Evansville, Indiana, among others.
From 1995 to 2001, the station was branded as "Detroit's 62 CBS". In 2002, it was rebranded as "CBS Detroit" in part due to the perceived embarrassing nature – especially considering the size of the Detroit market – of being a network-owned station operating on one of the highest channel numbers on the television dial (and the highest of any Big Four network O&O) during the analog era. On January 7, 2008, the station dropped the CBS Detroit name in favor of simply using its call letters on-air, part of a campaign to brand itself as a "hometown" station. CBS-owned stations in San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Baltimore also use similar branding schemes. The CBS Detroit branding was reinstated on a secondary basis in late 2009, replacing the slogan introduced in the rebranding, "Driven by Detroit".
On December 8, 2010, WWJ-TV's website was consolidated with WWJ radio and WXYT-AM-FM as CBSDetroit.com, as part of a rebranding of CBS's websites. On March 15, 2012, WWJ-TV rebranded itself as "CBS 62", after a ten-year absence from using the channel 62 allocation for on-air branding use, putting the station in line with most of CBS' other owned-and-operated stations (which, with the exception of the four stations mentioned above, also use the CBS/channel number branding convention) and also to avoid confusion with WWJ radio. The use of a three-letter callsign on an analog UHF television station was rare as these date from the earliest days of AM radio broadcasting. KMJ-TV (now KSEE) in Fresno, California, WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and WHA-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, were the three others to identify in this manner.
Keith J. Bulluck (born April 4, 1977) is a former American Football linebacker who played for eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Syracuse, he was drafted 30th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2000 NFL Draft. He had a ten-year career with the Titans, which included a Pro Bowl selection in 2003. He played for the New York Giants in 2010.
At Clarkstown High School North in New City, New York, Bulluck was named first-team All County, first-team All-State, Blue-Chip All-American, and both Prep Football Report and Super Prep All-Northeast. Like many children in the New York metropolitan area in the 1980s and early 1990s, he idolized Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor while growing up. He was also an All-County in basketball as a junior. On April 27, 2009, Bulluck's high school jersey, #1, was retired in a ceremony held at the high school.He also has a name plaque at Clarkstown High School North hung up on the hall of fame.
Bulluck played college football at Syracuse University. He played strong safety, outside linebacker and middle linebacker. As a senior in 1999 he led the Big East in tackles with 138 and received the Bill Horr Award, which is given to Syracuse’s most valuable player. He finished his career with 375 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Bulluck was drafted by the Tennessee Titans 30th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. After spending his first two seasons as a backup and special teamer, he became a starter in 2002. After becoming a starter he made a Pro Bowl in 2003 and has led the Titans in tackles five times. In 2004 he led the NFL in tackles with 152. In 2007, he recorded a Titans-record five interceptions for a linebacker.
On July 24, after a private workout with the team, he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Giants. He became an unrestricted free agent following the season.
Bulluck did not play in the 2011 season after no teams signed him. After having the year off, he announced his retirement on January 25, 2012. On August 3, 2012, Bulluck formally retired from the National Football League with the team who drafted him, the Tennessee Titans. He became the first player in Titans franchise history to formally retire from their organization.
Bulluck is the uncle of former Syracuse linebacker Kelvin Smith.
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