I've visited with an old TV technician in Iron Mountain who recalled those days, too.mars wrote: ↑Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:20 pmA lot of people remember wwtv back when ch 13, Cadillac as the first tv signal they could get in Traverse City. But if you go back a little further, WTMJ TV 4 was the first signal that people bought tv's and roof top antennas to see their first tv programs. So I'm not surprised that people further South sometimes get interference across the lake. Probably not as bad with DTV these days.
WTMJ was on channel 3 'til July 1953. WBAY Channel 2 Green Bay was on the air by March of '53, beating WPBN by nearly 6 months, and that much-more-reliable signal got TV sets really moving in the Central UP and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula.
WTMJ reception in the Central UP was hit-and-miss, but it was the first taste of TV. Once in a while, WLAV-TV and the Chicago stations would make it up North, too.