Did you know WWMT Channel 3 turns 72-years-old today?

Many of us have grown up with channel 3 and the many talented anchors, reporters, and meteorologists along the way.  Keith Thompson, for example, has been forecasting weather for West Michigan at WWMT for over 33 years and counting.  WWMT, originally WKZO-TV, was only the second television station in West Michigan as it launched just a year after WLAV-TV in Grand Rapids, now known as WOOD-TV.  John Earl Fetzer made his dream come true by launching the 5th television station in the state of Michigan according to WWMT,

With a group of engineers and a room at the Burdick Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, Mr. Fetzer's dream was soon a reality and WKZO-TV 3 debuted as West Michigan's CBS affiliate on June 1, 1950.

Get our free mobile app

At one time Fetzer Broadcasting owned both WKZO-AM and WKZO-TV.  After some FCC nonsense I won't bore you with and a change of ownership, WKZO-TV became WWMT-TV in 1985.  WWMT apparently was meant to stand for "We're West Michigan Television," according to Wikipedia.

My memories of WWMT begin in the late '80s and early '90s.  Let's see if these former channel 3 personalities ring a bell:

Barry Shanley

Shanley was a news anchor for WWMT Channel 3 through some of the 80s and 90s for a total of 11 years.

GregNoll61 - YouTube
GregNoll61 - YouTube
loading...

John Koch

Koch was Channel 3's Sports Director for at least 10 years.  He left the station at the end of 2004.

WWMT - YouTube
WWMT - YouTube
loading...

Judy Markee

Markee was one of WWMT's longest-running personalities with 22 years under her belt.  Judy Markee was an anchor in different time slots on Channel 3 from 1989 through 2011.

WWMT-YouTube
WWMT-YouTube
loading...

Cindy Dole

Anchored the station's first-morning show beginning in 1989.

The ID Junkie-youtube
The ID Junkie-youtube
loading...

Keith Thompson

We can't forget Keith Thompson who is the TV station's longest-running talent who joined WWMT in April of 1989.

Ye Olde Commercials - YouTube
Ye Olde Commercials - YouTube
loading...

Happy Birthday WWMT News Channel 3.

A Peek Inside Kalamazoo's Heritage Guitar Factory Where Music History Was Made

Heritage Guitar Factory, which was the Gibson Guitar Factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Here's Your Chance to Own a Quaint Piece of History in Paw Paw

The historic Yesteryear Bed and Breakfast is for sale in Paw Paw