WATCH: WXYZ celebrates '70 Years of 7'

WXYZ signed on the air on Oct. 9, 1948

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - WXYZ is celebrating “70 Years of 7.”

For 70 years, WXYZ has served the people of Southeast Michigan and covered the stories that connect, inform and strengthen our communities. Oct. 9, 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the day the station signed on the air from studios in the Maccabees building in Detroit.

WXYZ will recognize this historic milestone with an on-air and social campaign that celebrates the moments that made us proud to be Detroiters. We’ll look back at the news events that defined us and the most memorable sports events of the past seven decades. The project will also look ahead to the next 70 years and showcase the technology that will keep us connected. The campaign will highlight the ways WXYZ’s unwavering commitment to journalism is helping move the region forward.

“It’s an honor to look back at the past 70 years and the incredible impact WXYZ has had on this community,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager. “It’s even more exciting looking to the future as WXYZ continues to evolve as a media organization and serve the community at the highest level on every platform. This station has always been about the passion of the remarkable people who work here and their dedication to deliver great story-telling with fair and balanced content on all platforms.”

On Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast a “70 Years of 7” half-hour special that explores the impact of the station on the community. We’ll take a walk back in time through some of Detroit’s most memorable moments and look at the role the station will play in the community in the years ahead. The special will be streamed live on WXYZ.com, Facebook and OTT platforms.

During the week, ABC World News anchor David Muir, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and other ABC personalities will share well-wishes, along with show hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest from “Kelly and Ryan” and Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron from “Pickler and Ben.” 

For more on “70 Years of 7” go to WXYZ.com/70years.

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