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WZMQ Marquette Takes Over CBS Affiliation in Northern Michigan

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WZMQ Marquette has taken on the CBS affiliation in the northern Michigan market. Nexstar’s WJMN was the CBS affiliate until the January 21 switch. 

“We’re excited to announce WZMQ is the upper peninsula’s new home for CBS,” reads WZMQ19.com. “All of your favorite CBS programming and shows will continue with no disruption, along with CBS Sports coverage of the NFL and NCAA College Basketball including March Madness.”

The Marquette market, which touches Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is DMA No. 183.

WJMN became affiliated with MyNetworkTV. “WJMN will remain on channel 3 and will continue to provide the news, weather, sports and entertainment that we have for over 50 years across the Upper Peninsula,” it said on the station website, UPMatters.com. 

WJMN also announced it is expanding both its 6 p.m. and late news to an hour, with the 11 p.m. news moving up to 10 p.m.

"With this affiliation change, we’ll be an independent station, carrying syndicated shows, AntennaTV, MyNetworkTV in prime, while expanding our Local 3 early news from 6-7 p.m., and moving and expanding our Local 3 late news MF 10-11 p.m.," said Mike Smith, VP/general manager of WJMN and WFRV Green Bay, via email. 

Earlier today, Nexstar announced CBS affiliation agreements in 39 markets. 

Northpine.com previously reported on the affiliation switch. 

Lilly Broadcasting acquired WZMQ in late 2017. It offers weekday news at 6 and 11 p.m. ■ 

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.