Entries in Radio Format Changes Category
* WJSZ-FM 92.5 Ashley/Owosso has to a Hot Adult Contemporary format as "An Upbeat Variety Of The 80's, 90's & Now". Posters on the Michigan Radio & TV Buzzboard report that the station has continued to identify itself as "Z 92.5" and "The Castle" - names it was using under its previous catch-all pop music format.
* Northern Star Broadcasting has signed on recent acquisition WMKD-FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste Marie with a country format as 'Big Country' from it's new, more powerful, facilities on the same transmitter tower as sister station WYSS-FM 99.5. Prior to becoming country, the station spent a brief time simulcasting Northern Star's Modern Rock format heard on WLJZ-FM 94.5 Mackinaw City and WJZJ-FM 95.5 Leland/Traverse City. Northern Star owns and operates other Big Country stations on WMKC-FM 102.9 St. Ignace/Petoskey, WAVC-FM 93.9 Mio, and WJPD-FM 92.3 Marquette.
WMKD previously identified as WADW and had an Oldies format prior to being purchased by Catholic broadcasters Starboard Media. The station was primarily silent under Starboard and was sold in July 2005 to Northern Star which has upgraded the stations signal from 55,000 watts @ 108 feet to 100,000 watts @ 253 feet.
* On Monday January 30th, NextMedia dropped the dance format from WTBT-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw and moved to a News-Talk format as WSGW-FM- not to be confused with WSGW AM 790. There were several other related personnel changes within the NextMedia cluster because of this move: Morning host and program director Jerry O'Donnell has left Adult Contemporary WGER-FM 106.3 and O'Donell's co-host, Michelle Langley, loses morning duties but stays on for middays at WGER. The WTBT morning show featuring Big and Burns has moved to WGER for mornings with WTBT program director Tommy Frank getting the PD role at WGER as well. WGER afternoon drive host Bill Anders moves to WSGW.
WSGW adds FM station, Saginaw News (1/31)
* WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has dropped all of its secular music (adult standards and oldies) and is now offering a full-time religious format with Catholic based programming from owner Michigan Catholic Radio.
* WNBY-FM 93.7 Newberry announced plans to change the station's format this week from Adult Contemporary to Oldies as well as change the station's frequency from 93.7 to 93.9, broadcasting from a new tower located east of Newberry in Chippewa County. The new facility will broadcast with 50,000 watts @ 463 feet at 93.9 as compared to to 6,000 watts @ 262 feet on 93.7.
New EUP radio station caters to Baby Boomers (Soo Evening News, Sat 4/8)
* WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch has flipped its format from Oldies to Classic Country. The change happened earlier this week.
* WJOH FM 91.5 Raco/Sault Ste. Marie has signed on with programming from Contemporary Christian 'Smile FM' based out of WLGH FM 88.1 Lansing.
* WMJZ FM 101.5 Gaylord dropped its Oldies format in favor of Variety Hits as 'Eagle 101.5, We Play Everything'.
* WKOQ FM 92.5 Newaygo flipped from a simulcast of Active Rock WKLQ FM 107.3 Greenville/Grand Rapids to Classic Country.
* WHTS FM 105.3 Coopersville/Grand Rapids dropped its Classic Country format in favor of Hot Adult Contemporary / Adult Contemporary Hits as 'Hot 105.3 FM'.
* WOUF FM 92.1 Beulah has dropped its simulcast of Fort Bend Broadcasting sister Country WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City and now has carries a 'Texas Country' format.
* Programming on new sign-on WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix is being provided by Religious (Catholic) WDEO AM 990 Ypsilanti. WTCK is owned by Broadcasting for the Challenged but is apparently being operated by a group associated with the Gaylord Diocese of the Catholic Church called Baraga Broadcasting.
* WIKB AM 1230 Iron River has dropped its simulcast of Adult Contemporary sister WIKB-FM 99.1 and has returned to an Oldies format. WIKB AM/FM previously simulcast Oldies for a number of years before changing to soft rock last last year.
* WLAW FM 92.5 Newaygo has added classic/southern rock and modern country songs to its classic country selections and taken on the name 'The Outlaw'. The station is owned by Citadel and is being programmed by WLAV Grand Rapids morning host Kevin Matthews.
* WVXM FM 97.7 Manistee (soon to be WMLQ) has officially transferred to Synergy Media which has replaced the Public Radio format with Classic Country.
* Modern Rock WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City has dropped its simulcast of WJZJ FM 95.5 Glen Arbor/Traverse City and is now programmed with Hot Adult Contemporary as Star 94.5. WLJZ, owned by Northern Star Broadcasting, receives much of its content from Waitt Radio Networks.
• WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee has relaunched with an Adult Contemporary format as 'The Coast'. The station had been operating with a Classic Country format after coming under control of Synergy Media which purchased the station from Cincinnati Classical Public Radio earlier this year. Prior to becoming WMLQ, the station was Public Radio outlet WVXM.
• Full-time Sports radio hit the air in Battle Creek on August 1st when the former Adult Standards WRCC 1400 AM switched to SportsRadio WBFN The Fan. The station features programming from Fox Sports Radio and Premier Networks' Jim Rome. WBFN is owned by Clear Channel.
Hi, my name is Bill Broderick and I'm a sports talk junkie. As an addict, living in Battle Creek, I would find myself explaining to people in my car why I was listening to barely audible, static-laden AM stations just to catch a little sports talk radio. But now my addiction can be fed by clear-sounding sports talk right here in the Cereal City... Here's to talkin' sports (Battle Creek Enquirer, Wed 8/2)