Station History - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Station History


Quick Facts:

  • WSJV's call letters stand for St. Joseph Valley.
  • WSJV first began broadcasting on March 15 , 1954 , initially as an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation.
  • In 1955 , it became a sole ABC affiliate.
  • Initially broadcasting on channel 52, WSJV switched to channel 28 in 1958 .
  • WSJV began broadcasting in color in 1966 , with all local programs aired in color starting in 1968 .
  • Quincy Newspapers, Inc acquired WSJV in 1974.
  • On October 18 , 1995 , WSJV became an affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company.


When WSJV first signed on the air March 25, 1954, we were one of the first UHF stations in the country.  The South Bend - Elkhart market was somewhat unique in that it was required to use UHF channels because of the competing VHF channels in the Chicago area.  Originally an NBC affiliate, WSJV became an ABC affiliate about one year later.

In 1961, ABC began to broadcast some of their programs in color.  WSJV became equipped to broadcast locally in color in 1966 when the first color tape and film equipment was purchased.  Then in 1968, WSJV bought two color television cameras, and from then on all locally originated programs were broadcast in color.

In 1971 and 1972, the station was completely remodeled and enlarged to its present facility.  In 1975, the Truth Publishing Company sold WSJV to Quincy Newspapers, Inc. in Illinois, a corporation that owns eleven other television stations, two radio stations, and two newspapers.

WSJV now transmits with an effective radiated power of 5,000,000 watts, the most powerful station in the South Bend-Elkhart market, and we broadcast to over 300,000 households weekly.  WSJV still transmits on channel 28, but became a FOX affiliate effective October 1995.

We believe that television stations have a responsibility to serve in the public interest.  WSJV meets that challenge by maintaining a very active role in the community. While annually donating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of airtime and production for public service causes, we strongly encourage participation by our employees in civic groups and non-profit organizations like the United Way.



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Fox 28

58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267

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