2004 Michigan Broadcasting News Highlights





  • Regent Communications WLSP-AM 1530 Lapeer changed format from Talk to Adult Standards using ABC Radio's 'Stardust' format.

  • Midwestern Broadcasting sold Sports WKJF-AM 1370 Cadillac to Traverse City-based Good News Media, owner of Religious WLJN-FM/AM 89.9/1400 for $85,001.

  • NBC affiliate WEYI-TV 25 Flint/Saginaw/Bay City was sold by LIN TV to Barrington Broadcasting.

  • WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor tweaked its format from Full Service to full time News-Talk.

  • Richard Appleton, general manager of CBS affiliate WMMT-TV 3 Kalamazoo, passed away after a long illness at the age of 69.

  • Full Service WION-AM 1430 Ionia is off the air, and has been since September 2003, while the FCC reviews the sale of the station to Stafford Communications by Agricultural Resource Group. The sales agreement was reached in August but has not yet been approved by the FCC due to the fact Stafford requires a waiver of the radio-newspaper cross-ownership rule in order to take over control of the station. Stafford owns The Daily News newspaper, which serves part of the coverage area of WION.

  • LPFM station WBHC-LP 95.9 Benton Harbor signed on the air with Urban and Gospel programming- however the construction permit holder, the City of Benton Harbor, is not certain it wants to be in the radio business. The city is investigating exactly how the station obtained the CP and how the current operation of the station came under control of the African Arts and Culture Council of Benton Harbor.

  • An agreement between Fife Lake Broadcasting (Fort Bend Broadcasting) and the FCC has been reached regarding the construction permit for WTCU-FM 95.9 Fife Lake. The Consent Decree resolves issues concerning whether Fife Lake misrepresented facts to, or candor with the FCC regarding WTCU. The end result is that Fife Lake Broadcasting will surrender the construction permit for WTCU and make a $20,000 voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury. In exchange, the FCC concludes that no substantial or material questions of fact exist as to whether Fort Bend possesses the basic qualifications, including those related to character, to hold any FCC license or authorization.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station licenses to cover granted to: WRDS-LP 104.3 Roscommon

    - Licenses to cover for changes granted to: WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit (50,000 watt operations from facilities in Northern Monroe County); WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming (ERP to 133,000 watts directional); W271AG 102.1 Mackinaw City (moved from 101.5)

    - Construction permits for new stations granted to: KQDS Acquisition Corp. for a TV translator on Ch. 32 (W32CV) to be licensed to Ironwood. The station, which rebroadcasts FOX KQDS-TV, is already on the air under special temporary authority.

    - Call sign changes: 95.9 FM WTCU Fife Lake deleted Jan 30; 32 LPTV Ironwood assigned W32CV Jan 23; 88.1 FM Rogers Heights assigned WAQQ Jan 15; 98.9 LPFM Mt. Pleasant assigned WQOS-LP Jan 9

    - Granted the voluntary transfer of control for WQBH-AM 1400 Detroit from Trienere Steinberg to the Order of Fisherman Ministry

    - Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming and WBKP-TV 5 Calumet from Scanlan Television to Lake Superior Community Broadcasting


  • A major change to the FM allocations in West Michigan was been granted by the FCC; Adult Contemporary WCXT-FM 105.3 Hart has been granted a new allocation for the station, which will shift its city of license from Hart to Coopersville. The change will effectively allow the station to move in closer to the Muskegon and Grand Rapids markets once its new facilities are constructed. In order to preserve radio service to Hart, the FCC simultaneously granted Classic Rock WWKR-FM 94.1 Pentwater permission to apply for a change to its city of license to specify Hart.

  • Marc Avery, a longtime Detroit radio personality who started out as a 1960s Top 40 rock disc jockey on the old Detroit AM hit-players WJBK (1500) and WXYZ (1270), died in Evansville, Ind.

  • Great Lakes Radio WPIQ-FM 99.9 Mansitique signed on the air with a talk format.

  • Mark Andrews, sports director at Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit passed away after a battle with colon cancer.

  • The 17th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon received an amazing total of $1,530,836 in pledges for The Salvation Army's Bed and Bed Club in metro Detroit. The amount once again set a record for the highest amount for a single-station single-day radiothon anywhere.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station licenses to cover granted to: WEEH-LP 100.5 Hart; WBSQ-LP 105.9 St. Louis; WJKQ-FM 88.5 Jackson; WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp; W32CV LPTV Ch. 32 Ironwood

    - Licenses to cover for changes granted to: WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord (increase in ERP from 6,000 watts @ 325 feet to 50,000 watts @ 492 feet - Change from Class A to Class C2); WIAN-AM 1240 Ishpeming (slight location change); WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie

    - Construction permits for new stations granted to: Edgewater Broadcasting for a new FM translator to be licensed to Gaylord at 102.5.

    - Construction permits granted to: WAKL-FM 88.9 Flint to modify its broadcast location to the same tower used by WCRZ-FM 107.9 and change ERP from 150 watts @ 361 feet directional to 380 watts @ 263 feet directional; WTLI-FM 89.3 Bear Creek Twp to increase its power from 6,000 watts to 17,000 watts (Class C2 to Class C1); new FM 92.5 Newaygo (ERP from 6,000 watts @ 328 feet to 2,250 watts @ 543 feet, plus tower location change); W206AZ 89.1 Fremont to increase ERP from 55 watts to 100 watt and tower location change; WJKN-AM 1510 Jackson (3,000 watts daytime and critical hours using a 3-tower array)

    - Call sign changes: New LPFM 98.9 Mt. Pleasant assigned WQOS-LP on 1/9/04

    - Granted the voluntary transfer of license for WLPC-LP 26 Detroit from Glenn R. and Karin A. Plummer to WLPC-TV 26 Detroit, Inc

    - Granted the voluntary assignment of license from WKJF Radio to Good News Media for WKJF-AM 1370 Cadillac


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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on December 31, 2004 11:59 PM.

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