2000 Michigan Broadcasting News Highlights

January:

  • WMOM-FM 102.7 Pentwater granted its license (new sign-on). Format is Adult Top 40
  • Adult Standards WOAP-AM 1080 Owosso sold to 1090 Investments (owner of Catholic WCAR-AM 1090 Livonia) by Hartman Broadcasting
  • Construction permit for WAAQ-FM 88.5 Mackinaw City transfered to Broadcast Music Ministries from Great Lakes Broadcast Academy
  • Construction permit granted to News WWJ-AM 950 Detroit to increase daytime power to 50,000 watts from facilities in Monroe county
  • FCC approved creation of LPFM service
  • Citadel announced the acquisition of Active Rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Holland, Classic Rock WLAV-FM 96.9 Grand Rapids, Oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville, and Sports WBBL-AM 1340 Grand Rapids from Bloomington Broadcasting
  • FCC granted the transfer of license for W09AJ Republic Twp to Western Upper Peninsula TV from Republic Twp
  • Martha Jean 'The Queen' Steinberg passed away. The longtime Detroit broadcasting legend was the owner of WQBH 1400 and was influential on the Detroit radio scene for nearly 40 years, many of them at WJLB

February:

  • Construction permit granted to WB affiliate WDWB-TV 20 Detroit to change its transmitter location to WWJ-TV's stick from the facilities currently shared by WDWB, WKBD-TV 50, and WTVS-TV 56
  • W214AY 90.7 Grand Rapids granted its license (new sign-on). Format is Religious (Calvary Satellite Network)
  • Longtime Detroit Lions and MSU Spartans broadcaster Bob Reynolds passed away at the age of 85 from congestive heart disease and cancer. Reynolds was sports director at Detroit's WJR 760 from 1952-77, and retired from Lions broadcasts in 1983.
  • Granted Scanlan Communications a construction permit for a new full-power TV station to operate on channel 10 from Ishpeming. The station will be an ABC affiliate and be paired with current Scanlan property WBKP-TV 5 Calumet
  • WHCH-FM 98.3 Munising switched format from Country to Oldies as Oldies 98.3
  • WFXD-FM 103.3 Marquette switched format from Oldies to Country as B-103
  • Country WSAQ-FM 107.1 and Oldies WHLS-AM 1450 acquired by Liggett Communications from the estate of John Wismer for $3.2 million
  • Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit raised over $950,000 during a two-day Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • 'Mojo in the Morning' program debuts on WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit. The station positions itself slightly away from Adult Top 40 towards a more mainstream Top 40 playlist
  • Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit morning host Dick Purtan and crew raised over $726,000 in a one-day Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club
  • WDWO-LP 18 Detroit returned to the air, having moved from channel 44. The station now carries programming from Tri-State Christian Television
  • WDBC-AM 680 Escanaba dropped most of its music (Oldies) in favor of Talk programming

March:

  • WMXG-FM 106.3 Stephenson/Escanaba began service as Mix 106.3, format is primarily Adult Top 40
  • Detroit media icon Dick Osgood passed away yesterday at the age of 98 following a massive stroke. Mr. Osgood was the first person to appear on WXYZ-TV channel 7 when it hit the air in 1948 and also worked for many years at WXYZ radio (1270 AM).
  • LPTV station WUPT Crystal Falls switched affiliations from the Outdoor Network to the American Independent Network
  • FCC approved Citadel's acquistion of Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM 99.1 Lansing from Liggett Broadcasting
  • Announced that AMFM will be selling 4 Grand Rapids area stations to Regent Communications as part of the Clear Channel/AMFM merger. The stations are Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM 95.7 and WTRV-FM 100.5, Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9, and News WNWZ-AM 1410.
  • Liggett Broadcasting acquired the assets of Hanson Communications- Top 40 WBTI-FM 96.9 Lexington, WPHM-AM 1380 Port Huron, and WHYT-AM 1590 Marine City for $2.24 million
  • WDOW-AM 1440 Dowagiac dropped its Country format in favor of News/Talk
  • Goldsen Broadcasting (Jackson Radio Works) acquired WCFX-FM 95.3 Clare from Mackin-Hults Broadcasting for $1.1 million
  • Construction permit granted to Midwestern Broadcasting for a new FM station at 107.9 licensed to Charlevoix

April:

  • WFNT-AM 1470 Flint switched format from News/Talk to Adult Standards
  • WBFH-FM 88.1 Bloomfield Hills became the first High School station in Michigan to simulcast its programming over the Internet
  • The silent WSTD-FM 96.9 will be donated to Central Michigan University by owner Agri-Valley Commmunications
  • WFAT-FM 96.5 Kalamazoo moved its format to Adult Contemporary from Hot AC
  • Full Service WYUR-AM 1310 Dearborn ceased operations. The station began simulcasting Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3
  • Announced that Wilks Broadcasting would be acquiring News-Talk WSGW-AM 790, Rhythmic CHR WTCF-FM 100.5, and Adult Contemporary WTCF-FM 100.5 from Citadel for $16.18 million
  • Shareholders of both companies approved the merger of AMFM and Clear Channel
  • Lake Michigan Broadcasting acquired Oldies WXYQ-FM 101.5 from Crystal Clear Communications for $300,000

May:

  • Adult Contemporary WMXE-FM 102.5 Hudson switched its format to Hot AC, the station remains 'Mix 102.5'
  • Winstar Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new full-power TV station on channel 19 licensed to Marquette
  • Fife Lake Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new Class A radio station at 95.9 FM licensed to Fife Lake
  • Clear Channel acquired Ann Arbor area stations Rock WIQB-FM 102.9, AC Gold WQKL-FM 107.1, Sports WTKA-AM 1050, and Business News WYBN-AM 1290 from Cumulus Broadcasting
  • WBYW-FM 88.1 Gaylord signed on with Religious programming
  • Rubber City Radio acquired Lansing/Jackson area stations Modern Rock WWDX-FM 92.1, Country WXIK-FM 94.1, and Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 from 62nd Street Broadcasting for about $10 million
  • Bible Baptist Church was granted a construction permit for a new radio station at 90.9 FM licensed to Rose Twp (near Rose City)
  • Donald James Noordyk was granted a construction permit for a new Class A radio station at 93.7 FM licensed to Harrietta
  • Dr. Don Carpenter exits the morning show at Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit

June:

  • Bob Dyer marked his 50th anniversary at Oldies WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City
  • Great Lakes Community Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new Class A radio station at 88.3 FM licensed to Onsted
  • WYCE-FM 88.1 Wyoming/Gd. Rapids boosted its power from 1,000 to 7,000 watts
  • The American Family Association was granted a construction permit for a new Class A radio station at 88.1 FM licensed to Muskegon
  • On the air is new sign-on WWKK-AM 750 Petoskey as Oldies 'Kool 750'
  • Fox affiliates WFQX-TV 33 Cadillac and WFVX-TV 45 Vanderbilt launched a 10pm newscast
  • Full Service WHTC-AM 1450 Holland was sold to Midwest Communications by Holland Communications

July:

  • Michigan Radio dropped its overnight classical music programming on its broadcast stations (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) in favor of 24 hour-a-day news and talk. The classical music programming moved to the web only 24 hours per day
  • Kevin O'Neill joined the morning show on WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit
  • The FCC granted Stafford Broadcasting a permanent waiver to the cross-ownership rule which will allow Stafford to take ownership of WPLB-AM Greenville from Kortes Communications while continuing to own The Daily News newspaper. The transfer of ownership of WPLB-FM Lakeview was also approved.
  • WWJ-TV 62 Detroit was granted its license for its upgraded signal (1,000kW to 5,000)
  • WOOD-TV 8 Grand Rapids sports Director Warren Reynolds passed away
  • Wilks Broadcasting purchased WCEN-FM 94.5 and WCEN-AM 1150 from Sommerville Associates for $6 million
  • Country WCMM-FM 94.7 Gulliver/Manistique changed frequency to 102.5

August:

  • Silent stations WSRI-FM 92.1 Beulah and WSRQ-FM Bear Lake were sold by D & B Broadcasting to Fort Bend Broadcasting for $590,000
  • WXYZ-TV and WXYZ-AM Detroit broadcaster Fred Wolf passed away
  • Rhythmic CHR WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw changed format to Hot Adult Contemporary as Mix 100
  • FCC officially blessed the merger of AMFM and Clear Channel
  • Donald James Noordyk was granted a construction permit for a new Class A radio station at 106.7 FM licensed to Iron Mountain
  • CIDR-FM 93.9 Windsor/Detroit changed its format from Adult Album Alternative as 'The River' to Adult Contemporary as 'Lite Rock 93-9'
  • Citadel purchased Sports WTRX-AM 1330 Flint from David Lee Communications for $180,000

September:

  • Doc Reno replaced Bill Gable on the morning show at Rhythmic Oldies WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit
  • Country WHYT-AM 1590 Marine City changed its format to Oldies, simulcasting sister station WHLS-AM 1450 Pt. Huron
  • Clear Channel puchased 5 Muskegon area stations from Cumulus Broadcasting- Country WMUS-FM/AM 106.9/1090, Rock WMRR-FM 101.7, Adult Contemporary WSHZ-FM 107.9, and Adult Standards WMHG-AM 1600
  • WB affiliate WDWB-TV 20 Detroit helped raise over $1.5 million during this year's Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
  • Fant Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new full-powered TV station on channel 24 to be licensed to Ironwood
  • Adult Contemporary WRSR-FM 103.9 Owosso changed its format to Classic Rock as '103.9 The Fox'
  • 87 applications were filed with the FCC for new Low Power FM allotments
  • Hot AC WIMI-FM 99.7 Ironwood was knocked off the air by a lightning strike that resulted in a fire that caused extensive damage to the station's transmission equipment
  • WICA-FM 91.5 Traverse City signed on as Public News/Talk with programming from NPR, PRI, and WPR
  • Broadcast rights for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings moved from WJR-AM 760 Detroit to WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit. WXYT announced plans to take on an All-Sports format
  • WJKN-AM 1510 Jackson went off the air when station owner John Salov sold the property the broadcast towers were on to a developer
  • Former WXYZ-AM midday jock Paul Winter passed away
  • Classic Country WCUZ-FM 101.3 Grand Rapids changed format to Classic Rock as '101 the Fox'
  • Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit secured two Marconi Awards- for Major Market Station of the Year and Oldies Station of the Year. News/Talk WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids won the Marconi for Medium Market Station of the Year
  • Northern Michigan's The Zone (WAVC-FM 93.9 Mio / WLJZ-FM 94.5 Mackinaw City / WJZJ-FM 95.5 Glen Arbor) tweaked its format to a harder Modern Rock sound
  • WJML-AM 1110 Petoskey dropped its Oldies programming and went back to all News/Talk
  • Rock WIQB-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor changed its format to Country as W4 Country with new call sign WWWW

October:

  • WDQV-FM 88.5 Mackinaw City took to the airwaves with a Contemporary Christian format
  • WJZZ-AM 1210 Kingsley signed back on after being silent for nearly one year with an automated Urban Oldies format
  • WHTV-TV 18 Jackson became a UPN affiliate
  • WTVS-TV 56 Detroit became Michigan's first public station to broadcast its signal on digital facilities

November:

  • WYUR-AM 1310 Detroit dropped its simulcast of sister-station WNIC-FM 100.3 in favor of Sports using Fox Sports Radio. The station ID's as Fox Sports Radio 1310, the X
  • Northern Radio Network owned Oldies WBMI-FM 105.5 West Branch, Hot AC WHST-FM 106.1 Tawas City, and Country WHAK-AM 960 Rogers City all went silent
  • The Michigan Talk Radio Network announced it will launch on January 1st, 2001
  • WWCM-FM 96.9 Standish returned to the air, simulcasting the Classical and Talk format of co-owned WCMU-FM 89.5 Mt. Pleasant
  • Classic Hits WDEE-AM 1500 Reed City dropped its simulcast of WDEE-FM 97.3 in favor of Classic Country programming
  • News/Talk WCEN-AM 1150 Mt. Pleasant went silent
  • The silent WVIC-FM 92.7 Charlotte has been sold to Rubber City Radio from B&B Broadcasting for $600,000
  • Michigan Community Radio was granted a construction permit for a new Class A radio station at 89.1 FM licensed to Imlay City

December:

  • Colrace Communications donated the license for the now-silent WJKN-AM 1510 Jackson to Spring Arbor University
  • WVIC-FM 92.7 Charlotte returned to the air simulcasting Modern Rock WWDX-FM 92.1 St. Johns/Lansing, then later in the month switched to Sports as '92.7 the Ticket'
  • WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City signs on with a Contemporary Christian format
  • Results Broadcasting of Iron Mountain purchased the currently silent WOBE-FM 100.7 from Crystal Radio Company
  • Talk WXYT-AM 1270 shifted its positioner to Team 1270 as the station continues to move to an All-Sports format
  • 990 Investments purchased Sports WMAX-AM 1440 Bay City from Saginaw Bay Broadcasting for $485,000
  • Midwest Broadcasting took over operations of WEVS-FM 92.7 Saugatuck/Holland
  • 24 of 88 applications for Michigan LPFM stations were accepted for filing by the FCC

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