Yet again, it appears that low wattage WWZP-FM 90.9 Freeland (240 watts @ 213 feet) has been sold. This time, Educational Media Foundation is paying $75,000 to owner American Family Association for the station. In the past year, there have been 2 other aborted attempts at selling this station.
In March 2004, Great Lakes Community Broadcasting (owner of several similar low-wattage stations and many translators across the lower peninsula) was to pay $40,000. That deal was approved by the FCC, but apparently never closed as the licensee has remained in the name of AFA.
Then last August, another deal had the CP moving from AFA to Edgewater Broadcasting, a division of Radio Assist Ministry Inc, for $1. Edgewater at closing was to give AFA credit toward the purchase of FM translators, CPs or stations licensed to Edgewater in the amount of $80,000 and also was to give AFA's Great Lakes Community Broadcasting credit toward the purchase of FM translators, CPs or stations licensed to Edgewater in the amount of $10,000. Apparently that deal never closed either. (Edgewater and Radio Assist Ministry are a story for another day....)
Got all that? Me neither.
Now California based Educational Media Foundation will take a swing at aquiring the station. EMF runs two formats across the USA- the Contemporary Christian "K-Love" format heard on WAKL-FM 88.9 Flint and a Christian Rock format called Air 1 heard on WTRK-FM 88.1 Bay City. EMF also holds a number of construction permits for new translator stations here in Michigan. Time will tell if this sale ever completes.