With the closing of a complex deal that gives Citadel control over a number of radio stations that had been solely owned and operated by ABC/Disney tomorrow, the immediate effects to listeners in Michigan will be felt in the northern part of the Tri-Cities area when WYLZ FM 100.9 Pinconning halts its simulcast of Classic Rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. Citadel transferred WYLZ into a trust when it identified that station as one of many it will be selling stay under federal ownership caps and make room for the ABC/Disney stations that will come under its control on June 12th.
The announcement that the WILZ/WYLZ simulcast would be ending was made on the Wheelz web site at www.wheelz.fm where it was also revealed that the broadcasts of Great Lakes Loons baseball will continue on WYLZ 100.9 and that NASCAR racing will be carried only on 104.5.
There has been no announcements as to who WYLZ might be ultimately sold to or what format will be heard on FM 100.9 tomorrow.
Prior to the acquisition of news-talk WJR-AM 760, variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, and pop WDVD-FM 96.3 in Detroit, Citadel owned 23 other stations in Michigan, including 2 stations in the Flint market, 6 in Lansing, 5 in the Tri-Cities area (Saginaw/Bay City/Midland), and 10 in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon area. After WYLZ is sold off, Citadel will own 25 radio stations in Michigan.