Some of you may remember WFUM, channel 28, the Flint-area PBS station owned and operated by the University of Michigan-Flint. This channel began in 1980, and effectively served Flint, metro Detroit, and Ann Arbor, overlapping WTVS 56 (Detroit's PBS station) for much of its service area.
Originally promoted as WFUM (Flint, University of Michigan), the station was the only PBS station in Flint, and the only television station owned by the University of Michigan. (WKAR is East Lansing is Michigan State, WGVU in Grand Rapids is Grand Valley State, WCMU in Mount Pleasant is Central Michigan.)
In 2002, Michigan consolidated its media into Michigan Public Media out of Ann Arbor, which operates three radio stations (including 91.7 WUOM in Ann Arbor) to this day.
In 2009, for budget reasons, the station shut down, for the most part. The station was sold to Central Michigan, who used the channel as a satellite retransmitter for WCMU, which they've done with other relay stations throughout northern Michigan. The station name was changed to WCMZ, to fit in with the other stations in the group.
One of the weird quirks of Detroit TV is that we've had two different PBS stations for decades. For decades, Detroiters between Flint and Ann Arbor could get WFUM on their televisions, with the western and northern suburbs of metro Detroit having a choice of PBS stations.
Due to that overlap, Central Michigan sold WCMZ to the FCC for $14 million, to free up broadcast spectrum space for wireless and mobile devices. It's a huge amount of money, and the viewership could all get PBS programming on another channel they are already getting.
So, with that, a piece of Michigan's broadcasting heritage gets shut down at midnight tonight. It's not entirely ours today, but it's still a part of the University of Michigan's media legacy.