* The FCC has approved the sale of WJSZ-FM 92.5 Ashley from Kevin and Alana Beamish to Krol Communications. The $650,000 deal was agreed to in March 2005 but held up due to a delay in the renewal of the license for WJSZ. The license renewal was completed late in 2005 after a deal was worked out for the Beamish's to donate $6,000 to the U.S. Treasury due to concerns over the station's public file.
Entries in Sales and Transactions Category
* The FCC has granted the reallotment of WCSY-FM 98.3 from South Haven to Hartford and the reallotment of WHIT-FM 103.7 from Hartford to South Haven. The change also grants a transmitter site move and power increase for WCSY. FCC Report and Order
* The major change application filed by Koch Broadcasting to change community of license for WSDS-AM 1480 from Salem Township to Plymouth has been dismissed due to the sale of the station to Birach Broadcasting. Birach had requested a minor change to specify itself as the owner- this request was denied. FCC text
* The construction permit for FM translator W244BS 96.7 Alma has received FCC approval to be transfered from Central Michigan Youth For Christ to Come Together Ministries. Come Together Ministries owns and operates WPRJ-FM 101.7 Coleman. There was no cash involved in this transaction.
* Low power TV station WUHO-LP has been granted its license to cover to change its community of license from Pinconning on Channel 57 to Kalamazoo on Channel 36. Michiguide.com is unaware of any programming on WUHO-LP from Kalamazoo.
* LPFM WDLP-LP Fenwick has been granted a construction permit to change its frequency from 92.9 to 93.1
* Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 has been granted its license to cover to change its community of license from Jackson to Charlotte
* WJZL-FM 92.7 Charlotte has been granted a construction permit to change its community of license from Charlotte to Grand Ledge, change frequency to 92.9, change effective radiated power from 1,500 watts @ 466 feet to 4,600 watts @ 374 feet, and change tower location from southwest of Lansing to downtown Lansing. These changes will give the station much better coverage throughout the city.
* Midwest Communications has agreed to purchase Kalamazoo stations Adult Contemporary WQLR-FM 106.5, News-Talk WKZO-AM 590, Talk WKLZ-AM 1470, and Sports WQSN-AM 1660 from Fairfield Broadcasting for $13.25 million, pending FCC approval and closing.
* Citadel Broadcasting has exercised its $400,000 option on the purchase of Sports WEFG-FM 97.5 Muskegon from Unity Broadcasting. Citadel acquired the option to buy WEFG as part of a larger deal in late 2004 that moved FM 92.5 Newaygo, WLCS-FM 98.3, WSHN-FM 100.1, and WUBR-AM 1490, all also in the Muskegon area, to Citadel. The exercise of the option to purchase WEFG needs FCC approval before closing.
* The FCC approved the sale of WTNP-FM 91.9 Richland from Living Proof Inc to Horizon Christian Fellowship. The $250,000 deal was announced in December 2005.
* The FCC has granted Dean M. Mosely a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Alpena on channel 26 as W26DF.
* WJRT-TV 12 Flint has succeeded in its petition with the FCC to have cable companies Comcast and Charter in Flint block programming seen on Detroit's WXYZ-TV 7 when it is the same as what is airing on WJRT.
* Citadel and Disney/ABC reached a $2.7 billion deal to transfer 22 ABC radio stations across the country to the control of Citadel Communications, pending government approvals and closing. Detroit stations WJR AM 760, WDRQ FM 93.1, and
WDVD FM 96.3 are involved in the transaction.
* Midwestern Broadcasting has agreed to purchase Public WVXA-FM 96.7 Rogers City (and its translator at FM 95.3 Mackinaw City) from Cincinnati Classical Public Radio for $411,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Midwestern, owner of 9 Northern Michigan stations including Country WATZ-FM Alpena, will donate the translator to the Interlochen Center for the Arts upon completion of the deal and has applied to change the status of WVXA from noncommercial to commercial. Cincinnati Public Classical Radio also owns WVXM-FM 97.7 Manistee and WVXH-FM 92.1 Harrison.
* Talk WKLZ-AM 1470 Kalamazoo will go silent on Monday February 20th. Station owner Fairfield Broadcasting must turn in the station's license to the FCC as part of the agreement that allowed what is now WQSN-AM 1660 to take to the airwaves in the expanded AM band.
Fairfield to close WKLZ-AM (Kalamazoo Gazette, 2/15)
* WVXA-FM 96.7 Rogers City has been granted its license to cover for an ERP increase from 42,000 watts @ 384 feet to 50,000 watts @ 531 feet
* WQUS-FM 103.1 Lapeer has been granted its license to cover for changes to its facility- along with a slight change to its location the station now broadcasts with 2,600 watts @ 341 feet instead of 3,000 watts @ 299 feet
* The FCC has granted the approval for the transfer of ABC-owned stations WJR-AM 760, WDRQ-FM 93.1, and WDVD-fM 96.3 Detroit to a holding company titled 'Radio License Holding I, LLC as part of the previously announced transaction that will see Citadel become the new owner of the stations pending further government review and closing.
* Granted John R. Powley a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to St. Ignace on channel 26 as W26DG.
Cincinnati Classical Public Radio has reached two separate agreements that will allow the broadcaster to exit Michigan once these two deals, plus one announced earlier this year, are completed.
In the first deal, Coltrace Communications, owner of Classic Hits WUPS-FM 98.5 Houghton Lake, will be purchasing WVXH-FM 92.1 Harrison for $200,000. The second deal will see WVXM-FM 97.7 Manistee move to Synergy Media, owner of Classic Rock WWKR-FM 94.1 Pentwater, for $380,000. Both transactions are subject to FCC approvals and closing and both stations will be converted to commercial status. Cincinnati takes away a total of $991,000 from the sales of its three Michigan stations (WVXH, WVXM, and WVXA-FM 96.7 Rogers City).
Citadel Spins 11 Stations Into Trust For Sale: CITADEL announces which stations it's putting into a trust for divestiture, and the list of 11 stations includes: Sports WWLS-F and Regional Mexican KINB/OKLAHOMA CITY, Talk KARN-F, and Gospel KPZK-F and KVLO, Adult Alternative WCLZ and Alternative WCYI/PORTLAND, ME, Urban AC KNEK-F (MAGIC 104)/LAFAYETTE, LA, Classic Rock WYLZ (WHEELZ 104.5 AND 101)/SAGINAW (simulcast WILZ stays), Classic Rock KBZU/ALBUQUERQUE, and Urban AC WMGL/CHARLESTON, SC. The stations, being spun off as part of the company's purchase of ABC RADIO, are being transferred to the LAST BASTION STATION TRUST, headed by MEDIA VENTURE PARTNERS' ELIOT EVERS, and will be operated seperately while EVERS shops them to potential buyers.
* Low power FM station Oldies/Community Service WDLP-LP 92.9 Fenwick has changed frequency to 93.1 FM.
* FOX affiliate WXMI-TV 17 Grand Rapids translator W42CB Hesperia has been granted a construction permit to convert to digital operations. W42CB is the first Michigan LPTV/translator to get permission to go digital.
* Advance Acquistion has been granted a construction permit for a new AM station to be licensed to Ironwood on 1490. This is Advance's second Upper Peninsula construction permit having previously been granted one for AM 1490 Houghton.
Barrington Broadcasting has struck a deal with Raycom Media to purchase 12 stations across the country for a total of $262 million. Included in the sale are Michigan stations WLUC TV 6 Marquette, WBPN TV 7 Traverse City / WTOM TV 4 Cheboygan along with WNWO TV 24 Toledo, OH. All of the stations above are affiliates of NBC, the same network seen on current Barrington owned station WEYI TV 25 Saginaw. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals.
Barrington buys 12 TV stations from Raycom (Tue 3/28, Mediaweek.com)
* The FCC has granted John R. Powley a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licenced to Escanaba on Channel 5. W05CR would transmit with 100 watts. Powley also has construction permits for 3 other LPTV's in the Upper Peninsula.
* Religious WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has filed a noitification with the FCC that the station has gone silent. The station left the air on April 14th and station owner 1090 Investments (Michigan Catholic Radio) has not specified a date if or when the station will resume operations. Broadcast stations are allowed one full year of being silent before they must surrender their license.
* Midwestern Broadcasting has been granted FCC approval for its acquisition of Public/Talk WVXA FM 96.7 Rogers City from Cincinnati Classical Public Radio. The station's call sign will change to WRGZ once the deal has completely closed. Michiguide.com does not have any knowledge of the future progamming direction of WRGZ.
At the same time, the FM translator of WVXA at 95.3 in
Mackinaw City was granted approval to be transferred to Midwestern who in turn donated it to the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The transfer from Midwestern to Interlochen was also granted. Interlochen states on the application that it plans to air the Classical programming of WIAB FM 88.5 Mackinaw City on the translator.
* Synergy Media has been granted FCC approval for its acquisition of Public/Talk WVXM FM 97.7 Manistee from Cincinnati Classical Public Radio. The station's call sign will change to WMLQ once the deal has completely closed. Michiguide.com does not have any knowledge of the future progamming direction of WMLQ. Ironically, the WMLQ call sign was once used in Michigan on WVXA FM 96.7 Rogers City -- another former X-Starnet station -- until 1998.
* The construction permit for FM 89.7 Lake Odessa has been sold for $25,000 by Great Lakes Community Broadcasting to Edgewater Broadcasting. Also included in the deal is the swap of two FM translator stations- W206AZ 89.1 Fremont will move from GLCB to Edgewater and the construction permit for W262AW 100.3 St. Johns will go from Edgewater to GLCB. Both organizations hold a number of FM translator licenses and/or construction permits in Michigan.
* Colrace Communications has been granted FCC approval for its acquisition of Public/Talk WVXH FM 92.1 Harrison from Cincinnati Classical Public Radio. The station's call sign will change to WTWS once the deal has completely closed. Michiguide.com does not have any knowledge of the future progamming direction of WTWS.
* Low power TV WHNE-LP Ch. 32 Flint was granted its license to cover. The station began operations in March featuring programming from the Urban America TV network along with classic movies and sitcoms, news, talk shows, children's programs, sports, and music shows.
* FOX WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids translator Ch. 52 Muskegon was granted a construction permit to move to Channel 31 and broadcast in digital.
* The FCC has ruled to allow Rock WZUU FM 92.3 Allegan to change its frequency to 92.5 and change its community of license to Mattawan. WZUU Owner Forum Communications will also be allowed to change the COL of Oldies WQXC-FM 100.9 from Otsego to Allegan to preserve "first local service" to Allegan. The stations will have to file construction permits with the FCC to complete the changes. Read the FCC rulemaking
* Michigan Community Radio (aka Superior Communications) has been granted licenses to cover for two new stations, WJOG FM 91.3 Good Hart (near Petoskey) and WJOM FM 88.5 Eagle (west of Lansing). Superior Communications operates a network of Christian Contemporary stations across the state known as 'Smile FM'.
* WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix has been granted its license to cover. The station is owned by Broadcasting for the Challenged - Michiguide.com does not have any information on the programming of WTCK.
* A translator for Christian WFRN-FM 104.7 Elkhart, IN has signed on at 102.5 Benton Harbor. W273BM was granted its license by the FCC this week.
* WHIT AM 940 South Haven has been granted a construction permit to change its community of license to Hudsonville and also move its facilities closer to Grand Rapids. If the construction permit is completed, the station would operate with 300 watts daytime only - it currently is authorized for 1,000 watts daytime and 5 watts nighttime.
* Sports WCCW AM 1310 has been granted its license to cover for changes that allow the station to broadcast 24 hours/day with 15,000 watts daytime and 7,500 watts at night. The station previously was a daytimer with 5,000 watts.
* Urban WQHH FM 96.5 and Urban Oldies WXLA AM 1180 in the Lansing area are being acquired by MacDonald Broadcasting from Mid-Michigan FM for $3.65 million. MacDonald already owns Variety Hits WHZZ FM 101.7 and Adult Standards WILS AM 1320 in the market. The purchase would give MacDonald a larger cluster to compete against the larger station groups in Lansing owned by Citadel and Mid-Michigan Radio Group.
* The FCC has granted Best Media, owner of FM translator W206BI FM 89.1 Hamtramck, its license renewal and simultaneously issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $7000 for failure to renew the station's license on time and for operating without a license for over a year. FCC memorandum opinion and order (.pdf)
* WHTS FM 105.3 has been granted its license to cover that changes the station's community of license from Hart to Coopersville and changes the location of the station's transmitter closer to Grand Rapids. The station relaunched with a Contemporary Hits format from its new facility several weeks ago.
* Horizon Christian Fellowship reaches a deal to acquire FM translators W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw (was W273AR 102.5) and W254BL 98.7 Manistee (was W253AR 98.5) from Edgewater Broadcasting for $7,433 each, pending FCC approval and closing. The sale application states that Horizon plans to air programming from its Religious WSRD FM 91.9 St. Joseph, MO on these translators. In addition, Horizon owns a construction permit for WTNP 91.9 Richland.
* Victor Broadcasting is selling its Upper Peninsula combo of Hot Adult Contemporary WKMJ FM 93.5 and Talk WMPL AM 920 to Bay Broadcasting for $775,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. Victor acquired the Hancock-based stations in 2001.
* The FCC has granted Barrington Broadcasting request for continuing satellite authorization to permit WTOM-TV, Cheboygan, Michigan, to continue operating as a satellite of WPBN-TV, Traverse City, Michigan. Text of FCC decision (pdf)
* Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix has been granted its license to cover for changes (daytime power from 5,000 watts to 27,000 watts).
* P&P Cable Holdings LLC has agreed to sell low-power TV station WUHQ-LP TV 29 Grand Rapids to Marquette Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Equity Broadcasting, for $350,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. In Michigan, Equity owns FOX network affiliate WMQF TV 19 in Marquette and Univision affiliate WUDT-CA 23 (also a low-power TV station) in Detroit.
* David & Melvin Winters (operating under a number of different company names) will be selling 7 radio stations on the Michigan/Wisconsin border for $8.5 million to Armada Media pending FCC approvals and closing.
The stations being sold include: Hot Adult Contemporary WIMI FM 99.7 and Country WJMS AM 590 (Ironwood area); Adult Standards WAGN AM 1340, Country WHYB FM 103.7, Sports WMAM AM 570, Hot Adult Contemporary WLST FM 95.1, and Oldies WSFQ FM 96.3 (Menominee, MI / Marinette, WI).
Venerable station changing hands (Ironwood Daily Globe, 6/14)
* Edgewater Broadcasting is purchasing the construction permit for WKHN FM 88.1 Hubbard Lake from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for $35,000 pending FCC approval and closing.
* The FCC has approved the purchase of Raycom Media stations WPBN-TV 7 Traverse City / WTOM-TV 4 Cheboygan and WLUC-TV 6 Marquette by Barrington Broadcasting. The sale also includes two translators of WLUC, one in Marquette (Ch. 7) and one in Escanaba (Ch. 14).
* Michigan radio stations that didn't apply for their renewals in 2004 have now been deleted from the FCC database and officially had their licenses canceled. These stations include:
WOLY AM 1500 Battle Creek
WDEE AM 1500 Reed City
WLWZ-LP FM 97.1 Cassopolis
W251AD FM 98.1 Alpena
W268AB FM 101.5 Alpena
W272AN FM 102.3 Alpena
W292AC FM 106.3 Adrian
W293AG FM 106.5 Trout Lake
* The FCC has approved the transfer of WMYD TV 20 Detroit from Granite Broadcasting to DS Audible Detroit License and denied an application to deny the sale. Read the FCC text (Fri 6/23)
* Country WOUF FM 92.1 Beulah has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 92.3, increase power from 1,600 watts @ 600 feet (Class A) to 50,000 watts @ 492 feet (Class C2), and move its transmitter south of Bear Lake in Manistee County.
* On the air: new sign on WMJT FM 96.7 McMillan/Newberry with a Variety Hits format. The station is owned by David L. Smith.
* Country WRGZ FM 96.7 Rogers City has been granted a modification to its license to specify commercial operations.
* The sale of WMYD TV 20 Detroit from Granite Broadcasting to DS Audible Detroit Licenses was approved.
* Dean M. Mosely was granted a construction permit for a new low-power TV station to be licensed to Cheboygan on channel 32 as W32DL.
* The FCC issued a Notification of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $4,000 to Beyond the Bay Media Group, license holder for Contemporary Christian WTRK FM 89.1 Bay City for failing to operate substantially in accordance with the terms and conditions of its license. The station's applications to transfer its license to Educational Media Foundation and renew its license were granted as was a construction permit to increase the station's effective radiated power. FCC Memorandum , Order, and NAL (.pdf)
* Edgewater Broadcasting has agreed to acquire WAQQ FM 88.3 Onsted, the construction permit for WJCQ FM 89.7 Jackson, and an FM translator at FM 88.9 Adrian (W205BZ) from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for $80,000.
This is the third agreement between Edgewater and GLCB- in May 2006, Edgewater agreed to purchase the construction permit for WKHN FM 88.1 Hubbard Lake for $35,000. In April 2006, Edgewater agreed to buy the construction permit for FM 89.7 Lake Odessa for $25,000 plus FM translator W206AZ 89.1 Fremont for $11,000 from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting. As part of the April deal, the construction permit for FM translator W262AW St. Johns will move from Edgewater to GLCB.
* Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W295AK 106.9 Three Rivers from Radio Assist Ministry for $6356.00 pending FCC approval and closing. Also, Horizon is acquiring the construction permits for FM translators K237DB 95.3 Hudsonville and W279BG 103.7 Battle Creek from Edgewater Broadcasting for $7433.00 each pending FCC approval and closing. Horizon Christian Fellowship owns the construction permit for WTNP FM 91.9 Richland and announced in June it was acquiring two other translator construction permits from Edgewater in Paw Paw and Manistee.
* Approved: the sale of Lansing area stations Adult Urban WXLA AM 1180 and Urban WQHH FM 96.5 from Mid-Michigan FM to MacDonald Broadcasting. The $3.65 million sale was announced in May.
* Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix has applied to increase its daytime power from 27,000 to 50,000 watts. The station recently completed an upgrade in its daytime signal, boosting from 5,000 to the current 27,000 watts.
* Contemporary Christian WTRK FM 89.1 Bay City has applied to modify its construction permit to increase the ERP from 25,000 watts @ 370 feet to 50,000 watts @ 370 feet (vertical polarization). Both patterns are directional. WTRK currently is licensed for 2,000 watts @ 328 feet but has been operating at reduced ERP for some time.
• Renewed: The license of Classic Rock WWKR FM 94.1 Pentwater after an informal objection of the renewal was rejected by the FCC. WWKR has applied to change its community of license to Hart to backfill for FM 105.3 (now WHTS) which moved to Coopersville. Complete FCC text (pdf).
• Approved: the sale of FM translators W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw (was W273AR 102.5) and W254BL 98.7 Manistee (was W253AR 98.5) from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowship.
• Reinstated: The license for Religious LPFM station WLWZ-LP FM 97.1 Cassopolis. It appears that the station filed for renewal of its license in May 2004 but the application was never processed by the FCC.
• New station WPEE FM 88.5 Gagetown/Bad Axe has been granted its license. The station has been reported on the air with at least some of its programming originating from religious LifeTalk Radio.
• Approved: The sale of Hot Adult Contemporary WKMJ FM 93.5 and Talk WMPL AM 920 Hancock from Victor Corporation to Bay Broadcasting.
• Adult Contemporary WCSY-FM 98.3 has been granted a construction permit to change its effective radiated power from 1,900 watts at 404 feet to 3,700 watts at 427 feet from a new tower location closer to Benton Harbor. The station will also change its community of license from South Haven to Hartford. When completed, the changes will give the station a stronger signal in Benton Harbor / St. Joseph. Oldies WHIT-FM 103.7 has also been granted a construction permit to change its community of license from Hartford to South Haven. WHIT will not be changing its facilities at this time.
• Rock CKUE FM 95.1 Chatham has applied to move its Windsor transmitter, also located at FM 95.1 to FM 100.7 to alleviate interference near Windsor from the main CKUE transmitter near Chatham. If approved, the move to 100.7 would also include a power increase from 1,950 watts to 3,840 watts (maximum effective radiated power 9,000 watts/antenna height of 74.5 meters). The CRTC is accepting interventions/comments on the application through September 7th.
• The FCC has granted construction permits to Low Power TV stations WXSP-CA Ch. 15 Grand Rapids, WOGC-CA Ch. 25 Holland, WOHO-CA Ch. 33 Holland, and WOBC-CA Ch. 14 Battle Creek to change from analog to digital broadcasts using their same channels. WXSP, WOHO, and WOBC all will be afflilates of MyNetworkTV upon its launch next month and WOGC currently serves as a translator for NBC affiliate WOOD-TV 8 along the lakeshore. A similar application to switch WOMS-CA Ch. 29 Muskegon to digital is still pending. WOLP-CA Ch. 27 Grand Rapids and WOKZ-CA Ch. 50 Kalamazoo have not applied to switch to digital as of yet. These construction permits are good for 3 years.
• The FCC has approved the sale of LPTV station WUHQ-LP Channel 29 Grand Rapids from P&P Cable Holdings to Equity Broadcasting
• Rock WZUU FM 92.3 Allegan has been granted a construction permit to change its community of license to Mattawan, move its broadcast tower into Kalamazoo County just west of the city of Kalamazoo, and increase its effective radiated power to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet from 860 watts @ 600 feet. The changes will effectively give WZUU full coverage over Kalamazoo which currently could be considered as a rimshot to the market. Sister station Oldies WQXC-FM 100.9 will change its community of license from Otsego to Allegan to maintain that community's "first radio service".
• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permits for FM translators W227AS 93.3 Whitehall and W243BH 96.5 Muskegon for $6336 each from Radio Assist Ministry pending FCC approval and closing.
• Horizon Christian Fellowship is also acquiring the construction permits for FM translators W286AU 105.1 Allegan, W258AO 99.5 Hillsdale, W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven, W279BF 103.7 Hasings, and W237BW 95.3 Forest Hills from Edgewater Broadcasting for $7433 each pending FCC approval and closing.
• The construction permit for WMSQ FM 89.3 Marlette has expired and been canceled by the FCC. The call sign WMSQ has been removed from the FCC database. The holder of the permit, Great Lakes Community Broadcasting, was denied a request to extend the amount of time to finish building the station.
• Spring Arbor University has been granted its license for an FM translator of Adult Contemporary WSAE FM 106.9 Spring Arbor at 97.1 Coldwater (W246AU).
• The FCC has reinstated the major change application of WOAP AM 1080 Owosso to move to the Lansing area (community of license would be Waverly) and increase daytime power to 50,000 watts. The station has withdrawn its application for nighttime operations.
• Contemporary Christian WTRK FM 89.1 Bay City has been granted a modification to its construction permit to increase the ERP from 25,000 watts @ 370 feet to 50,000 watts @ 370 feet (vertical polarization). The new pattern remains directional.
• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W286AW 105.1 Dowagiac for $7,433 from Edgewater Broadcasting pending FCC approval and closing.
• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permits for FM translators W223AM 92.5 Bronson, W227AU 93.3 Ludington, and W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids for $6336 each from Radio Assist Ministry pending FCC approval and closing.
• The FCC granted the assignment of construction permits for FM translators K237DB 95.3 Hudsonville and W279BG 103.7 Battle Creek from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowship and the assignment of W295AK 106.9 Three Rivers from Radio Assist Ministry to Horizon.
• Religious WTCK-FM 90.9 Charlevoix has been sold for $130,000 by Broadcasting for the Challenged to Baraga Broadcasting pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga is already operating the station under a time brokerage agreement and will likely continue to program Catholic programming, primarily from EWTN.
• The CRTC has approved the application by Blackburn Radio to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKUE-FM Chatham, in order to change the frequency of its transmitter CKUE-FM-1 Windsor from 95.1 MHz (channel 236A) to 100.7 MHz (channel 264B1) and to change the authorized contours by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 1,950 watts to 3,840 watts.
• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W285DU 104.9 Fremont for $6336 from Radio Assist Ministry pending FCC approval and closing.
• New sign-on Variety Hits WMJT FM 96.7 McMillan/Newberry was granted its license to cover. The station is owned by David L. Smith and was first reported on-air in June.
• The FCC granted the assignment of construction permits for FM translators W286AU 105.1 Allegan, W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven, W279BF 103.7 Hastings, W237BW 95.3 Forest Hills, and W258AO 99.5 Hillsdale from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowship.
• The FCC also granted the assignment of construction permits for FM translators W227AS 93.3 Whitehall and W243BH 96.5 Muskegon from Radio Assist Ministry to Horizon Christian Fellowship.
• Bay Broadcasting, owner of WKMJ-FM 93.5 and WMPL AM 920 Houghton/Hancock, has agreed to purchase Hot Adult Contemporary WUPM-FM 106.9 and Oldies WHRY AM 1450 Ironwood/Hurley, WI from Big G Little O for $1.25 million pending FCC approval and closing.
• Modern Rock/College WMHW-FM 91.5 Mt. Pleasant has been granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power to 13,000 watts @ 459 feet as a Class C3 station from its current Class A 340 watts @ 112 feet. The Central Michigan University owned station will greatly improve its coverage area outside of the immediate Mt. Pleasant area.
• Construction permit for W237BW 95.3 Forest Hills modified to specify 95.1 as W236BK
• WFDF AM 910 Detroit has been granted a construction permit to increase its nighttime power from 19,000 to 25,000 watts.
• The assignment of construction permits for FM translators W223AM 92.5 Bronson, W227AS 93.3 Whitehall, W227AU 93.3 Ludington, W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids, and W243BH 96.5 Muskegon from Radio Assist Ministry to Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted.
• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W286BA 105.1 South Haven from Edgewater Broadcasting for $7,433 pending FCC approval and closing. Horizon Christian Fellowship also owns a construction permit for WTNP FM 91.9 Richland and 17 other FM translators.
• Oldies WNBY-FM 93.9 Newberry / Sault Ste. Marie was granted its license to cover for its new facilities (upgrade from Class A 6,000 watts @ 262 feet in Luce County to Class C2 50,000 watts @ 443 feet in Chippewa County).
• WNBY-FM 93.9 Newberry was granted a construction permit to change its effective radiated power from 50,000 watts @ 443 feet (Class C2) to 100,000 watts @ 469 feet (Class C1) from tower location north of where it currently broadcasts.
• The sale of religious WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix from Broadcasting for the Challenged to Baraga Broadcasting was approved by the FCC. The deal still needs to complete the closing process.
• The FCC granted the assignment of construction permits for FM translators W243BD 96.5 Beechwood and W285DU 104.9 Fremont from Radio Assist Ministry to Horizon Christian Fellowship.
• Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix has been granted a construction permit to increase daytime power from 27,000 watts to 50,000 watts non-directional. The station's directional 5,000 nighttime pattern will not change.
• Radioactive, LLC has been granted a construction permit for a new FM station to Walhalla at 98.9 FM. Radioactive also holds 4 other construction permits for new FM stations in Michigan; all of the other 4 are located in the Upper Peninsula.
• Public Radio WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids has been granted its license to cover for its new permanent (96,000 watts @ 725 feet) facilities in Barry County. WVGR, part of (University of) Michigan Radio, has been operating with temporary facilities the past several years after moving off the tower used by WOOD-TV when WOOD-TV added its digital antenna to the structure.
• The FCC has filed a Notice of Apparent Liability in the amount of $2000 against the Detroit Public Schools, owner of Classical/Jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), for alleged public file violations from the timeframe before operations of the station were taken over by Detroit Public Television. Notice of Apparent Liability, FCC (.pdf)
• Oldies WQXC-FM 100.9 has been granted its license to cover for a change of its community of license from Otsego to Allegan.
• No sale: Big G Little O has withdrawn its application to sell Hot Adult Contemporary WUPM FM 106.9 Ironwood and Oldies WHRY AM 1450 Hurley, WI to Bay Broadcasting (Gerald J. Hackman and John J. Nix).
• Northern Radio's FM translator of Classic Hits WFDX FM, licensed to Boyne City at 95.5 FM as W238AO, has been granted a construction permit to move to FM 95.3 as W237DA with a power decrease from 250 watts to 200 watts. The application states that the proposed channel change was filed to alleviate possible interference caused to full-service station WJZJ, Glen Arbor.
• The FCC granted the assignment of construction permit for FM translator W286BA 105.1 South Haven from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowship.
• FM translator W253AQ 98.3 Powers has been granted its license to cover. The translator rebroadcasts Religious WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, Wisconsin.
• None noted this week.
It's now official- Cumulus will be acquiring eight stations from Clear Channel in Ann Arbor and Battle Creek in exchange for a station in Canton, Ohio.
In Ann Arbor, Cumulus will be reacquiring the four station cluster that it sold to Clear Channel in 2000. Those stations include Country WWWW-FM 102.9, Adult Alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, Sports WTKA-AM 1050, and Talk WLBY-AM 1290. Only WTKA has the same format as it did when Cumulus last owned the stations.
Across I-94 in Battle Creek, Clear Channel gives up Soft Rock WBXX-FM 95.3, Classic Rock WRCC-FM 104.9, News/Talk WBCK-AM 930, and Sports WBFN-AM 1400. Cumulus will then donate WBFN to Family Life Broadcasting as it would be one station over the ownership cap limit in Battle Creek with the acquisition. Cumulus currently owns Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3, Rock WRKR-FM, and News/Talk WKMI AM 1360 in Kalamazoo/Battle Creek.
Family Life Broadcasting currently owns daytimer WUNN AM 1110, licensed to Mason, that simulcasts WUFN-FM 96.7 Albion in addition to WUFL AM 1030 Detroit and WUGN-FM 99.7 Midland.