Sales and Transactions: September 2007 Archives

• 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.


• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W255BC 98.9 Plainwell (Family Stations), W218CJ 91.5 Grand Ledge and W239AU 95.7 Webberville (Educational Media Foundation).

 

Sales and Transactions: Week of Sep 7, 2007

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• 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.


• 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.

 

• 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.

 

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