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• In December, Educational Media Foundation swapped the format and call sign of its two Tri-Cities Contemporary Christian stations. 'Air 1' WTRK FM is now heard on FM 90.9 having moved from 89.1. In turn, 'K-Love' WLKB FM shifted from FM 90.9 to 89.1. WLKB FM 89.1 has been granted program test authority for its new 50,000 watt directional facilities in Bay County.
• Calvary Satellite Network FM translator W204CB 88.7 Caro has been granted a construction permit to move to FM 89.3 as W207BX.
• Rock WZUU FM completed its frequency change from 92.3 to 92.5 on Friday January 12th. The new transmission facilities are located in Kalamazoo County much closer to the city of Kalamazoo, having moved from Allegan County. The station also changed its power from 860 watts @ 600 feet to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet.
• The Escanaba translator of WLUC-TV 6 Marquette, W14CE Ch. 14, has been granted a construction permit to change its transmitter location from the northern part of the city to the downtown area. The station had been operating from these facilities with special temporary authority since August 2006. An application for the license to cover was filed two days after the construction permit grant.
• The following Low Power TV stations were granted construction permits for digital companion channels: WYGN-LP Ch. 12 Berrien Springs (digital channel 10), WMKG-LP Ch. 38 Muskegon (digital channel 49), and WOKZ-CA Ch. 50 Kalamazoo (digital channel 32).
• Soul Harbor Assembly of God Church was issued a $7,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for low power FM Station WRDS-LP 104.3 Roscommon for failure to timely file renewal application and unauthorized operation. The station was also granted its application for renewal.
Read the FCC notice (.pdf)
• Religious WBLW FM 88.1 Gaylord was granted its license to cover for an increase in its effective radiated power from 3,000 watts @ 128 feet (Class A) to 5,000 watts @ 853 feet (Class C2). The station's directional antenna is now located in Charlevoix County on the same tower used by FOX TV affiliate WFUP Channel 45.
• The license for FM translator W251AD 98.1 Alpena has been reinstated by the FCC. Owner Wayne Kowalski failed to file for the station's license renewal which resulted in the cancellation on June 13, 2006. The translator of Classic Rock WKJZ FM was granted special temporary authority to resume operations in August 2006 while the FCC reviewed the station's application for license renewal, which was officially granted on January 31st.
• Country WUPY FM 101.1 Ontonagon was granted its license to cover for an effective radiated power increase from 30,000 watts @ 620 feet to 100,000 watts @ 696 feet.
• WCUZ FM 100.1 Bear Lake has been granted a construction permit granted to change its effective radiated power from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 3,800 watts @ 413 feet from a new transmitter/antenna location further north in Mansitee county.
• Northern Radio's translator of WFDX FM 92.5 licensed to Boyne City was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 95.5 to 95.3.
• CBS has agreed to sell Green Bay's WFRV-TV Channel 5 along with WJMN-TV 3 Escanaba to Liberty Media in a complex agreement that results in essentially a tax-free exchange. Liberty will return $64 million worth of CBS stock (7,591,249 shares) along with $170 million in cash in exchange for the licenses of WFRV and WJMN.
• Two radio more Michigan radio stations have been served with Notices of Apparent Liability by the FCC for late license renewal applications and unauthorized operations. Adrian College's WVAC-FM 107.9 Adrian and Grace Baptist Church's WBLW FM 88.1 were both served with NAL's in the amount of $7,000 for the transgressions. Both stations were also granted their license renewals, despite the fines.
• Adult Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7 Flint was granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from 3,000 watts @ 256 feet to 3,000 watts @ 328 feet from a location about a mile north of where the station currently broadcasts from.
• Larry Langford, Jr is purchasing WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac from LeSea Broadcasting for $90,001 pending FCC approvals and closing. Langford also owns Oldies WGTO AM 910 Cassopolis and had commented in a local newspaper earlier in the year that he was considering using WDOW AM to expand the coverage of WGTO's programming. LeSea maintains ownership of WHPD FM 92.1 Dowagiac, the former WDOW-FM, which carries Contemporary Christan programming from LeSea's WHPZ FM 96.9 Bemen, Indiana.
• A translator for Contemporary Christian "K-Love" in Detroit has been granted a modification to its construction permit to specify FM 88.3 instead of 99.1. The CP specifies 40 watts with a directional antenna directed southwest from near Jefferson and Mt. Elliott.
• The Home FM (106.9 Spring Arbor) translator in Battle Creek was granted its license to cover to change frequency to 92.3 as W222BB from 92.5 (W223AE). The station also increased power from 80 to 120 watts.
• The FCC approved the sale of Green Bay's WFRV-TV Channel 5 along with WJMN-TV 3 Escanaba to Liberty Media from CBS TV. The complex sales agreement results in essentially a tax-free exchange with Liberty returning $64 million worth of CBS stock (7,591,249 shares) along with $170 million in cash in exchange for the licenses of WFRV and WJMN.
• WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has been granted a construction permit from a major change application. The currently silent station will be changing its community of license to Waverly, moving its transmitter to Ingham county just south of Lansing, and increase its daytime power to 50,000 watts. WOAP, licensed for daytime operations only, will continue to be a daytime station only. The station is currently licensed for 1,000 watts from a transmitter location north of Owosso in Shiawassee county and before going silent was carrying Catholic programming. WOAP's owner is listed as 1090 Investments, LLC which also owns Catholic WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit.
• Home FM (WSAE FM 106.9 Spring Arbor) has signed on a new translator in Chelsea at 98.3 FM. An application for license to cover for the new outlet has been filed with the FCC.
• Davidson Media will be selling religious/ethnic WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit to Communicom as part of a four station sale worth $7.1 million, pending FCC approval and closing. No specifics about the specific sale price of WDRJ have been made available as of yet. Davidson acquired WDRJ for $5.75 million in 2004.
• Low Power TV outlet WLLZ-LP Channel 12 has been granted its license to cover for an increase in power and community of license change from Traverse City to Cedar.
• Spring Arbor University has been served with a Notice of Apparent Liability by the FCC for a late license renewal application and unauthorized operation of a translator for WSAE-FM in Kalamazoo. W258AH 99.5 was served with a NAL in the amount of $7,000 for the transgressions however the station was also granted its license renewal despite the fines.
FCC document (.pdf):
Notice of Apparent Liability
• WWKR FM 94.1 Hart was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 13,000 watts @ 463 feet to 5,000 watts @ 682 feet. The station's antenna will move from Mason County southeast of Ludington to Oceana County east of Hart.
• Darby Advertising was the winning bidder for two FM allocations at the conclusion of FCC Auction No. 70. FM 95.3 Frederic was won with a bid of $20,000 in round 1 and FM 94.7 Paradise was won with a bid of $11,250 in round 37. Both allotments are for Class A stations.
• The transaction swapping licenses of AM 1210 Kingsley/Traverse City and AM 750 Petsokey between Stone Communications and Fort Bend Broadcasting was approved by the FCC. Stone Communications will be obtaining AM 1210 with Fort Bend acquiring AM 750 along with a payment of $244,000.
• Spring Arbor University was granted a license to cover for a new translator of Adult Contemporary
WSAE-FM 106.9 in Chelsea at FM 98.3 (W252BA).
• An FM translator at 103.7 Jackson (W279BP) of religious low-power FM station WFPM-LP 99.5 Battle Creek was granted its license to cover.
• WFQX-DT channel 47 was granted its license to cover; the digital facilities for the northern Michigan FOX affiliate are located well north of its analog facilities (near Kalkaska), giving the digital station a dramatically different coverage than its analog counterpart.
• Educational Media Foundation is acquiring the construction permit for WICE FM 88.3 Ironwood from Broadcasting for the Challenged for $400,000 pending FCC approval and closing.
• Spring Arbor University was granted a license to cover for a new translator of Adult Contemporary WSAE-FM 106.9 in Somerset at FM 93.3 (W227BY).
• William Struyk and Ronald Mass, the owners of WGHN-FM/AM 92.1/1370 Grand Haven, announced that the stations were being sold to Will Tieman. According to the sales papers on file with the FCC, the sale price was $1.15 million.
• WION AM 1430 Ionia was granted a construction permit to change its daytime power from 5,000 watts using a 3-tower directional array to 4,700 watts using a single (non-directional) tower. The station's 330 watt 3-tower nighttime pattern is not being changed.
• The sale of WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac from LeSea Broadcasting to Langford Broadcasting was granted by the FCC. Sale price on this transacation was $90,000.
• The FCC granted the sale of WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit from Davidson Media to Communicom Co. of Michigan. Sale price was $3.8 million.
• The estate of Lyle Robert Evans was granted a construction permit for an new AM station to be licensed to Houghton. AM 1340 would transmit with 1,000 watts daytime and 720 watts nighttime from a single tower.
• 3 Angels Broadcasting was granted a construction permit to move its LPTV station W46CR Saginaw-Midland to channel 42 as W42DI. The transmitter for the station would move to just east of Midland and its directional signal would give the city of Midland better coverage than when the station operated on channel 46. The station's move was made necessary with the sign on of WBSF channel 46 licensed to Bay City.
• Dean M. Mosely was granted a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Marquette on channel 45 as W45CY.
• Rockfleet Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new LPTV/translator station to be licensed to Pickford on channel 43 as W43CM. Rockfleet, which is currently in the process of being sold, owns and operates FOX affiliate WFQX-TV 33 Cadillac and has been operating a translator near Pickford on channel 64 under special temporary authority from the FCC for several years. W43CM will essentially replace channel 64.
• Langford Broadcasting closed on the purchase of WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac from LeSea Broadcasting.
• WAHS FM 89.5 Auburn Hills has been granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from its current 100 watts @ 141 feet to 2,400 watts @ 177 feet with a directional antenna. The station's listenable coverage area would likely expand over much of east central Oakland County and into the western Macomb communities of Sterling Heights, Utica, Shelby Township, and parts of Warren. WAHS is currntly programmed by high school students from the Avondale School District, owner of the station.
• It was announced that soft rock WBNZ FM 99.3 Frankfort is being sold by Fort Bend Broadcasting to The Kalil Holding Group, LLC pending FCC approval and closing. The sale price was not disclosed and it's believed that Kalil Holding Group will be selling the station once again.
• Soft adult contemporary WSAG FM 104.1 Pinconning has been granted a construction permit to change its community of license to Linwood. The license to cover for this change was granted on June 6th, 2007.
• Soft Rock WOOD-FM (105.7) Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit to move its permanent transmission facilities to the same broadcast tower recently put into use by WVGR-FM (104.1) in Barry County. The location of this new tower is close enough to WOOD-FM's currently licensed broadcast location so that it will be able to retain some of its 'superpower' status- the new facilities will have an effective radiated power of 265,000 watts @ 581 feet. WOOD-FM is licensed to use 265,000 watts @ 810 feet from a broadcast tower shared with WOOD-TV, but has been operating from its backup facilities (99,000 watts @ 580 feet) on that same tower for some time due to WOOD-TV needing the tower space for its digital television operations.
• Educational Media Foundation will be acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W289BB 105.7 Port Huron from Radio Assist Ministry as part of larger swap of translators between the groups.
• Cornerstone Baptist Educational Ministries (Cornerstone University) was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial educational FM station at 89.9 to be licensed to Benton Harbor. The construction permit for a Class A station specifies 250 watts at 335 feet. Cornerstone currently owns and operates WCSG FM 91.3 and WAYG FM 89.9 Grand Rapids along with WAYK FM 88.3 Kalamazoo and has a construction permit
for FM 90.9 Springfield.
• Hot Adult Contemporary WQBX FM 104.9 Alma has applied to change its community of license to Fowler, change frequency to 104.7, and move its transmitter from Gratiot county south toward Lansing in between St. Johns and DeWitt in central Clinton County.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W220DP 91.9 Ironwood (owned by WRVM, Inc, translator of WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI); W279AP 103.7 Ionia (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• The FCC approved the purchase of WGHN-FM/AM Grand Haven by Will Tieman from William Struyk and Ronald Mass.
• The sale of the construction permit for WICE FM 88.3 Ironwood to Educational Media Foundation from Broadcasting for the Challenged was approved by the FCC.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W226BB 93.1 Ludington and W227AS 93.3 Whitehall (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• Classic Rock WRUP FM 98.3 Munising has applied to change its community of license to Palmer (Marquette county), change its effective radiated power from 32,000 watts at 358 feet to 2,600 watts at 1,018 feet, and change its transmitter location from near Munising (Alger county) to northwest of Marquette, essentially becoming a move-in to the Marquette market if the application is approved by the FCC.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W223AM 92.5 Bronson and W258AO 99.5 Hillsdale (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• A license was granted to FM translator W274AQ 99.5 Battle Creek (owned by CSN International)
• The Calvary Satellite Network FM translator in Caro was granted its license to cover to move from 88.7 to 89.3 as W207BX
• Communicom closed on its acquistion of WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit from Davidson Media Group.
• WJLB-FM 97.9 Detroit was issued a notice of apparent liability in the amount of $4,000 by the FCC for public file violations. FCC memorandum opinion and order (.pdf)
• An application opposing the license renewal of WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit was denied by the FCC. The application was filed based on televised reports by Channel 7 reporter Steve Wilson about the City of Warren government. FCC document (.pdf)
• Classic Rock WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan filed an application to make some notable changes to its transmission facilities: If approved the station would change its effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 610 feet to 43,000 watts @ 968 feet. The station's transmitter would relocate from central Cheboygan county to the southeast part of Charlevoix county, effectively shifting the station's coverage area south and west.
• WDCP-TV 19 University Center/Bay City decreased the power of its analog facilities from 1,100,000 watts to 33,000 watts with special temporary authority from the FCC.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W286AU 105.1 Allegan (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• WLLA-TV Ch. 64 was granted its license to cover for its digital facilities. It began broadcasting digitally earlier this year.
• WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain was granted its license to cover to increase its effective radiated power from 1,700 watts @ 623 feet (Class A) to 6,100 watts @ 676 feet, directional (Class C3).
• WSRJ FM 100.7 Honor/Traverse City has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 105.5. The station's effective radiated power would remain the same, 4,700 watts @ 367 feet. WSRJ simulcasts the programming of soft rock WSRT FM 106.7 Gaylord.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W242BH 96.3 Marshall (owned by Friends of Christian Radio); W288BK 105.5 Rochester Hills (Educational Media Foundation).
• Construction permits for the following FM translators have been canceled/deleted: W285EI 104.9 South Haven (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship); W271AX 102.1 Lennon (Educational Media Foundation).
• WJKN AM 1510 Jackson, owned by Spring Arbor University, has been silent since June 1st when it began experiencing technical difficulties with its transmitter and has been granted remain silent authority from the FCC.
• WOAP AM 1080 Owosso, owned by 1090 Investments, has been silent since July 20th and has been granted remain silent authority from the FCC. In the application, WOAP states that grant of the special temporary authority to remain silent will serve the public interest by allowing the licensee to focus on resolving its financial concerns in an effort to resume station operations as expeditiously as possible, either at the presently authorized site or as specified in the construction permit authorizing a change in community of license to Waverly, Michigan.
• Educational Media Foundation closed on the purchase of the construction permit for WICE FM 88.3 Ironwood. The permit was purchased from Broadcasting for the Challenged for $400,000.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W285DU 104.9 Fremont, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, W225BA 92.9 Hastings, and W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship); W227BB 93.3 Fremont (Radio Assist Ministry).
• The construction permit for the following FM translator was canceled/deleted: W286AW 105.1 Dowagiac (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W230BI 93.9 Lapeer (owned by Edgewater Broadcasting).
• High school WBFH-FM (88.1) Bloomfield Hills was served with an apparent notice of liability in the amount of $17,000 for filing late for its license renewal, unauthorized operations, and public file violations. Read the FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (.pdf)
• Contemporary Christian Smile FM's WEJC-FM 88.3 White Star/Gladwin signal was granted a construction permit to change its effective radiated power from 30,000 watts @ 472 feet from a tower location just southwest of Gladwin to 55,000 watts @ 374 feet with a directional antenna located in Bay county north of Auburn. The station started operating at reduced power starting on August 1st so that the old 6-bay antenna could be rebuilt and prepared for the new tower site along with rebuilding the station's RCA transmitter. After the move is finalized, the Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland areas will notice a much better signal from WEJC. As of August 6th, the station was operating with 2,000 watts @ 260 feet from its new Bay county location while final technical details of the move were being completed.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W232BH 94.3 Holly (owned by Educational Media Foundation).
• Contemporary Christian Way FM's WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids has applied to change its frequency to 89.7 and change its effective radiated power from 4,900 watts @ 207 feet to 6,000 watts @ 243 feet. If approved and built, the station's directional pattern would change, gaining the station increased coverage on the west side of metro Grand Rapids with some loss of signal to the east.
• Darby Advertising has been granted a construction permit for a new FM station at 95.3 to be licensed to Frederic (Otsego County). The Class A station would broadcast with 3,300 watts @ 447 feet from a tower located about halfway between Gaylord and Grayling along I-75 if built as specified in the construction permit. Darby is also the licensee of variety hits WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord and strongly associated with variety hits WMJT-FM 96.7 Newberry.
• The sale of WGHN-FM/AM 92.1/1370 Grand Haven to Will Tieman from William Struyk and Ronald Mass closed.
• 43 construction permits for FM translator stations that were issued in 2004 have expired and been canceled by the FCC-
Family Life Broadcasting (1): W244BL 96.7 Lawrence
Spring Arbor University (1): W299AV 107.7 Deerfield
Family Educational B'casting Corp of Door County, WI (2): W234AN 94.7 Houghton, W264AU 100.7 Houghton
Educational Media Foundation (3): W244BT 96.7 Warren, W261AV 100.1 Morrice, W295AT 106.9 Vernon
Sister Grace (3): W231AY 94.1 Ironwood, W235AN 94.9 Marquette, W236AT 95.1 Ironwood
David M. Stout (5): W221BP 92.1 Iron River, W256AS 99.1 Manistique, W265BN 100.9 Ishpeming, W271AS 102.1 Newberry, W295AS 106.9 Manistique
Radio Assist Ministry (12): W221BR 92.1 East Tawas, W221BT 92.1 Cheboygan, W221BU 92.1 Rogers City, W225AL 92.9 Bad Axe, W230AZ 93.9 Sandusky, W231AU 94.1 Imlay City, W231BE 94.1 Bad Axe, W243BI 96.5 Fremont, W243BJ 96.5 East Tawas, W250AS 97.9 Gaylord, W288BH 105.5 Boyne City, W292CP 106.3 Imlay City
Edgewater Broadcasting (16): W235AU 94.9 East Tawas, W237BM 95.3 Alpena, W237BS 95.3 Rogers City, W237BT 95.3 Mio, W237BU 95.3 Gaylord, W255AV 98.9 Sandusky, W256AU 99.1 Yale, W257BO 99.3 Bad Axe, W258AS 99.5 Boyne City, W261AQ 100.1 Bad Axe, W262AW 100.3 St. Johns, W273AG 102.5 Gaylord, W273AQ 102.5 Rogers City, W273AU 102.5 Kalkaska, W282AK 104.3 Petoskey, W286AR 105.1 Three Rivers
• The Interlochen Center for the Arts (WIAA-FM 88.7 Interlochen) has agreed to sell FM translator W237CF 95.3 Mackinaw City to Baraga Broadcasting for $25,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga plans to rebroadcast its Religious/Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix on W237CF.
• The FCC granted the sale of WBNZ-FM 99.3 Frankfort from Fort Bend Broadcasting to the Kalil Holding Group.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W237BY 95.3 Mason and W262BD 100.3 Diamondale (owned by Educational Media Foundation).
• 2007 has been a busy time in Southwestern Ontario with several new radio stations signing on since the first of the year and others set to do so shortly:
- Religious CKGW-FM 89.9 Chatham
- Rock CIBU-FM-1 91.7 Bluewater (rebroadcasting CIBU-FM 94.5 Wingham
- Country CJSP-FM 92.7 Leamington
- French CJBC-FM-1 103.9 Windsor
- Adult Contemporary CHWC-FM 104.9 Goderich
- Adult Contemporary CJMI-FM 105.7 Strathroy
- Country CJDL-FM 107.3 Tillsonburg
In addition, Sarnia will be getting an FM repeater for country CHOK AM 1070 on yet to be specified frequency and a new FM station at 103.3 that will repeat variety/community CKTI-FM 107.7 Kettle Point, owned by Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
• Cumulus has applied to put WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek into a trust controlled by Stratus Radio, LLC which will in turn sell the station to an independent third party in order to comply with ownership limits.
Cumulus is acquiring Ann Arbor stations WWWW-FM 102.9, WQKL-FM 107.1, WTKA AM 1050, and WLBY AM 1290 along with Battle Creek stations WBXX-FM 95.3, WRCC-FM 104.9, WBCK AM 930, and WBFN AM 1400 from Clear Channel, a deal that is still pending final FCC approvals and closing. Previously, it was announced that Cumulus would be donating WBFN to Family Life Communications, however it appears that the FCC is requiring that Cumulus must plan to transfer both WBCK and WBFN before it grants approval of the deal.
Cumulus has been operating the Ann Arbor cluster under a local marketing agreement since earlier in the year.
• SMG Media Group, lead by president John Salov has agreed to by LPTV station W27CJ Ch. 27 Ann Arbor from TCT of Michigan for $80,000. W27CJ currently operates as a translator for religious LPTV station WDWO-CA Ch. 18 Detroit.
• Approved by the FCC: Sale of the construction permit for FM translator W219DG 91.7 South Haven from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowhip.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W262AY 100.3 Paw Paw (Edgewater Broadcasting).
• 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.
• 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.
• Soft Rock WSRJ-FM Honor/Traverse City has completed its frequency change from 100.7 to 105.5. The station, which simulcast WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord, has also applied to change from a Class A to a Class C3 facility with an increase its effective radiated power from 4,700 watts @ 367 feet to 17,200 watts @ 367 feet. In order for the change to be approved, the FCC must change the classification of WAPL-FM 105.7 Appleton, WI from Class C to Class C0.
• Low power FM station WSFT-LP FM 96.3 Berrien Springs has been granted a construction permit to change its frequency to 105.5.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W256AY 99.1 Detroit and W292DA 106.3 Linden (Educational Media Foundation), W286BC 105.1 Marquette (Family Educational Broadcasting Corp. of Door County, WI), W227CB 93.3 Alpena (Radio Assist Ministry), W244BS 96.7 Alma (Come Together Ministries), W239AX 95.7 Camden (Family Stations), and W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Twp (Radio Assist Ministry).
• The construction permit for the following FM translator was canceled/deleted: W284BM 104.7 White Lake Township (Educational Media Foundation).
• Contemporary Christian WEJC-FM White Star was granted its license to cover for its location change from Gladwin county to Bay county.
• Religious WJKN AM 1510 Jackson returned to the air in August simulcasting co-owned KTGG AM 1540 Spring Arbor. The station had been silent since June.
• Talk WPIQ-FM Mansitique has been granted a construction permit to change frequency from 99.9 to 92.7. The station's effective radiated power will remain basically unchanged (6,000 watts @ 157 feet).
• WCUZ-FM Bear Lake has applied to change frequency from 100.1 to 100.7 and increase its effective radiated power from its currently licensed 3,000 watts @ 328 feet (Class A) to 25,000 watts @ 328 feet directional (Class C3) from a location near Thompsonville in Benzie County. The 100.7 frequency in northwest Michigan was previously occupied by WSRJ-FM; that station recently moved to FM 105.5.
• Classic Rock WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan has been granted a construction permit to change its effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 610 feet to 43,000 watts @ 968 feet and relocate its transmitter from central Cheboygan county to the southeast part of Charlevoix county. The changes will effectively shift the station's coverage area southwest.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W225AV 92.9 Bessemer (WRVM, Inc).
• Northern Radio has switched the feed for its translator on 95.3 FM (W237DA) licensed to Boyne City from classic hits WFDX-FM 92.5 Atlanta to soft rock WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W243BH 96.5 Muskegon (Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• Modern Rock WMHW-FM 91.5 Mt. Pleasant was granted its license to cover for its power increase from 340 watts @ 112 feet to 13,000 watts 459 feet. The station's new
directional signal has greating increased its Mid-Michigan coverage area.
• CW affiliate WBSF TV 46 Bay City was granted its license. The station has been operating over the air since September 2006 and will be one of the last full-power analog stations to sign on in the USA as broadcasters prepare to move to all-digital transmission in 2009. WBSF does not have a DTV channel allotment, and will operate its post-transition DTV station based on its currently authorized NTSC license.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills (Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• The construction permit for WLVM FM 88.3 Ironwood (owned by Educational Media Foundation) was modified from 10,000 watts (vertical) @ 515 feet to 300 watts @ 515 feet, changing from Class C3 to Class A.
• The sale of FM translator W237CF 95.3 Mackinaw City from the Interlochen Center for the Arts to Baraga Broadcasting was granted. Baraga plans on rebroadcasting its religious WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix on the translator.
• The construction permit for the following FM translator was canceled/deleted: W292DI 106.3 Monroe (owned by Educational Media Foundation).
• The FCC has approved the acquisition of Fox affiliate WFQX TV 33 Cadillac/WFUP TV 45 Vanderbilt (and translators) by Cadillac Telecasters from Rockfleet Broadcasting in a deal worth an estimated $10 million. The May announcement of the sale also stated that Cadillac Telecasting planned on entering into a shared services agreement with Heritage Broadcasting, owner of CBS affiliate WWTV/WWUP-TV which will operate WFQX/WFUP.
• The sale of W27CJ LPTV 27 Ann Arbor to SMG Media Group from TCT of Michigan was approved by the FCC.
• Contemporary Christian WEJC-FM 88.3 White Star/Midland, a Smile FM outlet, has completed its technical upgrades and commenced broadcasting at full power on October 24.
• Family Educational Broadcasting Corp. of Door County Wisconsin is exiting the radio business, selling its two non-commerical radio stations to Nebraska-based Bethesda Christian Broadcasting for $1.7 million pending FCC approval and closing. Along with Christian country WRGX-FM 88.5 and contemporary Christian WPFF-FM 90.5, both licensed to Sturgeon Bay, WI, the deal includes a number of translator stations. In Michigan, these include WPFF rebroadcasters W244AW 96.7 Iron Mountain, W254AG 98.7 Escanaba, W260AG 99.9 Ishpeming, W294AI 106.1 Marquette and WRGX rebroadcaster W286BC 105.1 Marquette. Bethesda Christian Broadcasting operates three FM stations in South Dakota.
• Hot adult contemporary WQBX FM 104.9 Alma has been granted a construction permit to change its frequency to 104.7, change its community of license to Fowler, and move its broadcast location from Gratiot county to Clinton county in between DeWitt and St. Johns. The changes, once complete, will essentially allow the station to become a rim-shot move-in to the Lansing market.
• Jazz/blues WLNZ FM 89.7 Lansing has been granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from 420 watts @ 98 feet non-directional to 1,200 watts @ 95 feet directional. If constructed, listeners just to the south and west of Lansing would benefit most from the change.
• Christian WUFL AM 1030 Sterling Heights was granted its license to cover for changes to its directional pattern (change from 2-tower to 3-tower array).
• The construction permit for WKPK FM Michigamme was modified to specify 88.3 instead of 88.1 and effective radiated power changed from 100,000 watts (vertical) @ 410 feet (Class C1) to 15,000 watts @ 866 feet (Class C2). The coordinates for the station shifted from Baraga County to Marquette County using the same broadcast tower used by a number of other Marquette broadcast stations. WKPK is owned by the contemporary Christian 'Smile FM' group.
• Qualcomm has been granted a construction permit to use the frequency of TV channel 55 for its MediaFLO technology, a “mediacast” service capable of delivering many channels of multimedia content to third-generation wireless phones. According to Qualcomm, which holds licenses for Channel 55 covering the entire nation, MediaFLO initially will provide up to fifteen live streaming video program channels, numerous video “clip cast” channels from which subscribers can choose video clips for viewing on-demand, and numerous audio channels. Qualcomm further states that MediaFLO will be available at “mass market” prices for most of the nation’s over 194 million mobile phone customers, and that it will spur the development of new content and new technologies. Click here to download FCC document (.pdf).
• CBS Broadcasting/WWJ-TV 62 Detroit was issued a $4,000 Notice of Apparent Liablity for admitted public file violations. Click here to download FCC document (.pdf).
• Cumulus applied to put WTWR FM 98.3 Luna Pier along with WXKR FM 94.5 Port Clinton, OH (both stations serve the Toledo, OH area) into a trust controlled by Stratus Radio, LLC which will in turn sell the stations to third parties in order to comply with federal ownership limits.
• W43CM Ch. 43 Pickford, a translator for FOX TV affiliate WFQX-TV 33 Cadillac, was granted its license. The station had been operating on channel 64 for a number of years under special temporary authority.
• Meredith Corporation/WNEM-TV 5 Bay City was issued a $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liablity for apparently willfully and repeatedly violating FCC Rules, by failing to place in the station’s public inspection file all required TV issues/programs lists and records concerning its compliance with the children’s programming commercial limits. Click here to download FCC document (.pdf).
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• WCCW AM 1310 Traverse City applied for a daytime power increase from its current 15,000 to 50,000 watts using its current 3-tower array.
• W66BV LPTV 66 Detroit was granted a construction permit for its digital facilities on channel 47 (W47DL)
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W221CA 92.1 Gaylord (Radio Assist Ministry).
• WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids resumed operations at 265,000 watts from its new tower location after operating at 99,000 watts for a number of years. The station applied for its license to cover for its new facilities that allowed it to maintain its grandfathered 'superpower' status. The changes were required due to limited tower space as WOOD-TV 8 expanded into digital broadcasting.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W233BK 94.5 Caro (Radio Assist Ministry).
• WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor is being transferred by First Broadcasting to Ann Arbor First Ventures Captial Partners as part of a corporate reorganization pending FCC approvals and closing.
• Talk WPIQ FM Manistique has changed frequency from 99.9 to 92.7.
• LPFM station WSFT-LP FM Berrien Springs moved to 105.5 from 96.3 and was granted its license to cover for the frequency change.
• The FCC approved the sale of Clear Channel's Ann Arbor (country WWWW-FM 102.9, adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, sports WTKA AM 1050, talk WLBY AM 1290) and Battle Creek (talk WBCK-FM 95.3, soft rock WBXX-FM 104.9, talk WBCK AM 930, silent WBFN AM 1400) clusters to Cumulus Broadcasting. Simultaneously, the Commission approved the transfer of WBFN to Family Life Broadcasting and the transfer of WBCK AM into the Stratus Radio LLC trust. The complicated transaction was first announced in December 2006.
• Taylor University of Fort Wayne, IN is acquiring WCVM-FM 94.7 Bronson from CSN International for $600,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. Taylor operates contemporary Christian WBCL FM 90.3 Fort Wayne along with several other satellite and translator stations that rebroadcast WBCL.
• Young Broadcasting/WLNS-TV 6 Lansing was issued a $4,000 Notice of Apparent Liablity for admitted public file violations. Click here to download FCC document (.pdf).
• Country WMKC-FM 102.9 was granted a construction permit to change its community of license from St. Ignace to Indian River. The application does not contain any request to change the station's technical facilities.
• The sale of the radio stations owned by Family Educational Broadcasting Corp. of Door County Wisconsin to Bethesda Christian Broadcasting was approved by the FCC. The Michigan stations involved include W244AW 96.7 Iron Mountain, W254AG 98.7 Escanaba, W260AG 99.9 Ishpeming, W294AI 106.1 Marquette and W286BC 105.1 Marquette along with primary stations WRGX-FM 88.5 and contemporary Christian WPFF-FM 90.5, both licensed to Sturgeon Bay, WI.
• The transfer of WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor to Ann Arbor First Ventures from First Broadcasting Holdings was approved by the FCC.
• WCGO AM 1600 Chicago Heights, IL has been granted a major modification to its license. If the construction permit is completed, the station will move to AM 1020 and be licensed to Jenison, Michigan where it would only operate during daytime hours.