WBUP (Channel 10) is a television station licensed to Ishpeming, Michigan and serving Marquette and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as an affiliate of the ABC television network. The station signal was formerly simulcast on WBKP in the Western U.P. until July 2007.
WBUPs transmitter is located at WNMUs tower, 25 miles west of Marquette in Ely Township.
WBKP is a television station in Calumet, Michigan, serving the Marquette market on channel 5 as an affiliate of The CW Television Network. The stations formerly simulcast with WBUP channel 10 in Ishpeming.
The transmitter for WBKP is located on Tolonen Hill near the town of Painesdale, approximately 12 miles (20 km) south of Houghton. The transmitter site at one time was a United States Air Force radar station.
The stations over the air signal can be received across Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the surrounding area.
Although WBUP signed on in January 2003, the station dates back to the original sign on of WBKP on October 28, 1996. (Monday Night Football was their first televised program.) In 1997, the station began airing weekday newscasts at 6pm and 11pm, with Dick Reynolds as news anchor.
Shortly thereafter, in August 1997, the station set up a repeater station in Marquette, W28BX. The low power repeater's over-the-air signal was very weak and could only be picked up in the city of Marquette and Negaunee.
In 2001, the station moved its studios from their old home in Calumet, to the Marquette Mall. However, in March 2002, the station dropped its local newscasts, due to low ratings and budget cuts. In January 2003, the station replaced its low-power repeater with WBUP, and the stations took the branding ABC 5 & 10.
In January 2004, original owner Tom Scanlan sold both WBKP and WBUP to Lake Superior Community Broadcasting, a company owned by Stephen Marks of Maryland. Shortly afterward, a new newscast, UGN News (with UGN meaning Upper Great Lakes News Network), debuted, originating from WBUP and sister station WBKB-TV in Alpena, featuring news from the entire Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan regions.
In July 2007, the two stations split. WBUP rebranded to ABC 10 and retained ABC programming and UGN News; WBKP now carries programming from The CW Plus as CW5
In June of 2009, WBUP/WBKP relocated it's facilities from the old Marquette Mall to a new location owned by the station in Ishpeming, in the former Miracle Mall building. A week later, WBUP and WBKP switched to all digital broadcasting. Through the major benefit of digital broadcasting, WBUP and WBKP was able to bring CW programming to the viewers of WBUP Channel 10, and ABC programming back to viewers of WBKP Channel 5.