Sales and Transactions: Week of Sep 14, 2007

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• Country WMKC-FM 102.9 has applied to change its community of license from St. Ignace to Indian River. The station, which broadcasts from Emmet county, has not applied to modify its transmitter location or power.


• The estate of Lyle R. Evans has been granted a construction permit for a new AM station to be licensed to Escanaba on AM 820. The station would broadcast using a 2-tower array with 2,500 watts during the daylight hours and 750 watts at night if built to the current specifications. Mr. Evans' estate also holds construction permits for two other Upper Peninsula stations, AM 1340 Houghton and AM 1220 Escanaba in addition to WMXG-FM 106.3 Stephenson.


• Country WTWS-FM 92.1 has applied to change its community of license from Harrison to Houghton Lake and move its transmitter from near Harrison in Clare county to Roscommon county in the Houghton Lake area on the same tower as sister station WUPS-FM 98.5. WTWS would also change its effective radiated power from 6,000 watts at 299 feet to 920 watts at 748 feet. To "maintain" radio service to Harrison, WUPS has applied to change its community of license from Houghton Lake to Harrison, but is not making any changes to its location or power.

Having both stations located together would allow owner Coltrace Communications to operate using one facility.


• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W225BB 92.9 Battle Creek (Horizon Christian Fellowship) and W299BE 107.7 Big Rapids (Mentor Parnters).


• Barrington Broadcasting is acquiring ABC affiliate WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City/WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie from Max Media in a deal worth $10 million. The licenses for the stations will then be spun off to Tucker Broadcasting to keep Barrington, owner of NBC affiliate WPBN-TV 7 Traverse City/WTOM-TV 4 Cheboygan, under federal ownership caps. Barrington will then enter into a joint sales agreement with Tucker, providing up to 15 percent of TV 29&8's weekly programming and sell local advertising for the station on a commission basis.

Max Media acquired WGTU/WGTQ in 2003 for $8 million.

 

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