Entries in Sales and Transactions Category

• None noted this week

 

• Classic rock WWKR FM 94.1 Hart was granted its license to cover for changes to its broadcast location (from Mason county southeast of Ludington to Oceana county east of Hart) with a change in effective radiated power from 13,000 watts @ 463 feet to 5,000 watts @ 682 feet.

 

• Smooth jazz WJZL FM 92.9 Grand Ledge/Lansing was granted its license to cover for changes to its broadcast location (now broadcasts from downtown Lansing) with a change in effective radiated power from 1,500 watts @ 466 feet to 5,400 watts @ 344 feet.

 

• A License was granted to the following new LPTV station: W11CZ Escanaba (owned by John R. Powley)

 

• The FCC granted the transfer of control for WHRY AM 1450 Hurley, WI and WUPM FM 106.9 Ironwood, MI from Charles H. Gervasio, Rochelle M. Gervasio, James J. Gervasio, John C. Gervasio, Judy Gervasio, and Norma T. Rigoni to Gerald J. Hackman and John J. Nix. Sale price was $1.25 million. A request to deny the transfer was denied.


• Religious KTGG AM 1540 Spring Arbor has applied to change its community of license to Okemos and move its transmitter from Jackson county to Ingham county in the city of Lansing near the intersection of I-496 and US-127.


• John R. Powley agreed to sell a number of LPTV stations across the US to Hispanic Christian Community Network, Inc. for $500,000, pending FCC approvals and closing. The sale includes W11CZ (Ch. 11) Escanaba and construction permits W05CR (Ch. 5) Escanaba and W26DG (Ch. 26) St. Ignace.


• FM translator W215BR 90.9 Ironwood (WJRF 89.5 Duluth, MN) was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 91.3 as W217BV.


• FM translator W211CA 90.1 Paw Paw was granted a license to cover for a frequency change from 100.3.

 

• Radio Assist Ministry is transferring FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington to Craig Bowman for no financial consideration pending FCC approvals and closing. Bowman intends on rebroadcasting soft rock WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee on the translator.

 

• Krol Communications is acquiring Full Service/Country WMLM AM 1520 Alma/St. Louis from Siefker Broadcasting for $205,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. Krol also owns Hot Adult Contemporary WJSZ-FM 92.5 Ashley.

• Talk WPIQ FM 92.7 Manistique was granted its license to cover for its frequency change from 99.9 FM.

 

• Taylor University's purchase of WCVM 94.7 Bronson from CSN International was granted. Sale price for the station was $600,000.


• Peggy Warner will become the sole owner of classic country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch pending FCC approval. Warner is a shareholder in Independent TV Productions of MI (ITP) and had loaned money ITP which was not been repaid. No monetary consideration is exchanging hands.


• Tim Woodson Ministries is acquring the construction permit for WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Twp (Allegan county) for $50,000 from Larlen Communications pending FCC approval and closing.


• Children's WDSS AM 1680 Ada/Grand Rapids has been granted its license after operating since 1998 with special temporary authority from the FCC. The station is the expanded band counterpart of what was until recently WMHG AM 1600 Muskegon which went silent at the beginning of 2008. The FCC notes the approval of a settlement agreement between Clear Channel, Cumulus, Connoisseur Communications of Muskegon, and Goodrich Radio in the license grant.

Goodrich Radio was the licensee of AM 1600 Muskegon and received the construction permit for the expanded band AM 1680. As stipulated in the grant of an expanded band station, the license for the original station was to be turned in once the expanded station became licensed. In 1999 however, Goodrich sold AM 1600 to Connoisseur which was later acquired by Cumulus. When Cumulus sold its four of its Muskegon stations to Clear Channel in 2001, AM 1600 remained under Cumulus ownership as owning AM 1600 would have put Clear Channel over ownership limits. Cumulus and Clear Channel then entered into a Local Marketing Agreement for WMHG which was in effect until the station was silenced.

 

• Baraga Broadcasting agreed to acquire FM translator W221CA 92.1 Gaylord from Radio Assist Ministry for $6,800 pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga, owner of Religious WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix, plans to rebroadcast that station on the translator.

WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for its move to its new facilities. The station resumed broadcasting at 265,000 watts late last year after a long period of operating at reduced power.

WCXT FM 98.3 was granted its license to cover for a change community of license from South Haven to Hartford, a move of its tower southwest, and an increase of effective radiated power from 1,900 watts @ 404 feet to 3,700 watts @ 427 feet.

• The owner of WMXG FM 106.3 Stephenson agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $5,000 to the US Treasury and the FCC dismissed a proposed $10,000 fine for alleged tower lighting violations. Read the FCC Consent Decree.

 

• MacDonald Broadcasting agreed to acquire FM translator W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for $1,500 pending FCC approval and closing. An application has been filed for special temporary authority to rebroadcast MacDonald's WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix on the translator due to interference WMKT receives from WXYT AM 1270 Detroit. If the STA is not granted, MacDonald Garber will likely not complete the purchase. A copy of the special temporary authority application can be found here.

• The license for WMHG AM 1600 Muskegon was officially surrendered and the station essentially no longer exists.

 

• The FCC is seeking comments on a proposal filed by Roy E. Henderson that would modify the FM table of allotments for Evart, Ludington, Pentwater, and Manistee. The proposal would result in the creation of a new Class A allocation for Evart, but require the movement of WMOM FM 102.7 and WMLQ FM 97.7 to new frequencies. Henderson proposes the creation of the new Evart allocation at 102.7, which would require WMOM to move from its current frequency to 96.3. Further, a vacant allocation at 96.3 in Ludington would move to 97.7 and WMLQ Manistee would move to FM 104.3.

In summary-
WMOM: 102.7 ---> 96.3
WMLQ: 97.7 ---> 104.3
Vacant Ludington: 96.3 ---> 97.7
New Evart: 102.7

Noticed of proposed rule making and order to show cause


WCSY FM 103.7 was granted its license to cover for a change community of license from Hartford to South Haven.

 

• Country WTWS FM 92.1 and Classic Hits WUPS FM 98.5 have been granted construction permits to swap their communities of license; WTWS will switch from Harrison to Houghton Lake with WUPS switching from Houghton Lake to Harrison. The change is being made by the stations' owner, Coltrace Communications, in order to move the operations of WTWS to the Houghton Lake area where it can be run in the same facility as WUPS. With the move of the WTWS transmitter from near Harrison to near Houghton Lake, the station will change its effective radiated power from 6,000 watts @ 299 feet to 920 watts @ 748 feet.

• Sports WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac was granted a construction permit to increase its daytime power from 1,000 to 2,300 watts.

• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W292DK 106.3 Westland, W252BX 98.3 Detroit (Educational Media Foundation); W284BQ 104.7 Warren, W288BT 105.5 St. Clair (Radio Assist Ministry).

• The transfer of translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington (WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee) was granted by the FCC.

• FM translator W273BO 102.5 Manistee was granted a construction permit to move to FM 91.7.

 

• Sports WCCW AM 1310 Traverse City was granted a construction permit to increase its daytime power from 15,000 to 50,000 watts.

• Country WMKC FM 102.9 completed the change to its community of license to Indian River from St. Ignace.

• The FCC approved the purchase of Country/Full Service WMLM AM 1520 St. Louis by Krol Communications from Siefker Broadcasting.

• The Great Lakes Loons announced the purchase of WYLZ FM 100.9 Pinconning from the Last Bastion Trust (Citadel), with financial assistance from the Michigan Baseball Foundation, for $325,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. The station will officially be owned by Michigan Radio Communications, LLC.

• FCC approved the purchase of LPTV stations W11CZ (Ch. 11) Escanaba and construction permits W05CR (Ch. 5) Escanaba and W26DG (Ch. 26) St. Ignace by Hispanic Christian Community Network from John R. Powley.

WXPT FM 107.3 Powers was granted its license to cover (new sign-on, but believed to be silent at this time).

 

• New low power FM station WMRP-LP 104.7 Mundy Twp/Flint was granted its license to cover.

• A construction permit was granted to Charles C. Townsend III for new low power TV station W51EK Ch. 51 to be licensed to Marquette.

• Christian WTAC FM 89.7 Burton/Flint was granted a construction permit to increase power from 1,000 to 5,000 watts with a directional antenna.

 

• The FCC approved Tim Woodson Ministries acquisition of the construction permit for WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Twp (Allegan county) from Larlen Communications for $50,000.

• A License was granted to the following new FM translator: W237CZ 95.3 Hudsonville (Horizon Christian Fellowship)

• The sale of WCVM FM 94.7 Bronson to Taylor University from CSN International closed. WCVM now carries contemporary Christian programmming from Taylor's WBCL FM Ft. Wayne, IN.

 

• Swick Broadcasting is acquiring the 5 stations owned by Lake Cities Broadcasting for $3.8 million pending FCC approval and closing. The two Michigan stations involved are Oldies WMSH FM 99.3 and Sports WMSH AM 1230 Sturgis along with Country WTHD FM 105.5 LaGrange, IN, Pop WLKI FM 100.3 Angola, IN, and Country WLZZ FM 104.5 Montpelier, OH.

WBUP TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette received a construction permit for its digital facilities. The ABC affiliate will continue to broadcast on Channel 10 once the transition to digital television broadcasting occurs in February, 2009. According the contour plots on the FCC web site for this construction permit, the station's coverage area will not be increasing.

• The FCC approved the voluntary transfer of license for Classic Country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch to Peggy R. Warner from Independent Television Productions of Michigan. The transaction closed about a week later.

WMUP FM 99.9 Carney (Starboard Media Foundation) was granted its license. Programming on this station has not been confirmed by Michiguide.com to date.

• Sovereign City Radio Services is acquiring the construction permits for AM 1490 Houghton and AM 1490 Ironwood pending FCC approval and closing from Advance Acquisition (Starboard Media) as part of a larger agreement between the two organizations.

 

• By Grace Through Faith received a construction permit for a new non-commerical FM station to be licensed to Wixom. WSHM FM 88.3 would operate with 100 watts @ 127 feet with a directional antenna located near I-96 and Old Plank Road in Oakland County if built according to this construction permit. The station would be Oakland County's third FM station on 88.3, joining Southfield Public School's WSHJ and Oakland University's WXOU on the frequency. Judging by the name of the construction permit holder, a good guess for a format for this station would be religious-based.

 

• Talk WILS AM 1320 Lansing was granted its license to cover granted for a power increase to 25,000/1,900 watts from 5,000/1,000 watts from its new transmitter location in Eaton County. The station first began testing its new faclities in January 2008 and currently boasts the most powerful AM signal in the Lansing market.

• The sale of country/full serivce WMLM AM 1520 St. Louis/Alma to Krol Communications from Siefker Broadcasting officially closed.

• New station WUPG FM 96.7 Republic (recently changed call sign from WUPZ) was granted its license to cover and also was granted remain silent authority.

• No transactions noted week ending May 9

 

• The FCC approved Michigan Radio Communications, LLC acquistion of sports WLUN FM 100.9 Pinconning. The transaction also closed during May.

 

• A construction permit was granted to Holy Family Oratory of St. Philip Neri for a new non-commercial FM station at 89.7 to be licensed to Bedford (near Battle Creek). The permit specifies 750 watts @ 233 feet with a directional antenna located in southern Barry county.

• A construction permit was granted to Korkee, Inc. for a new non-commercial FM station at 90.3 to be licensed to Newberry. The permit specifies 70,000 watts @ 203 feet with an antenna located in southern Luce county.

• The transfer of the construction permit for FM translator W221CA FM 92.1 Gaylord from Radio Assist Ministry to Baraga Broadcasting was granted by the FCC. Baraga rebroadcasts the programming of its Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix on the translator.

• The construction permit for WOUF FM 92.3 Beulah was modified to specify a new tower location in Benzie county where the station's antenna will be co-located with WBNZ FM 99.3. The construction permit specifies 50,000 watts @ 446 feet with a directional antenna.

 

• The Interlochen Center for the Arts was granted two construction permits for new non-commercial FM stations in northern Michigan. The first, WLMN 89.7 to be licensed to Manistee, would operate with 15,000 watts @ 282 feet with a directional antenna located in northern Mason county and provide coverage for Ludington as well as Manistee. The second, WHBP 90.1 to be licensed to Harbor Springs, would operate with 1,200 watts @ 1004 feet with a directional antenna located in west-central Emmet county. Interlochen Public Radio current operates Classical WIAA-FM 88.7 Interlochen and News/Talk WICA-FM 91.5 Traverse City in addition to two rebroadcasters of WIAA; WICV-FM 100.9 East Jordan and WIAB-FM 88.5 Mackinaw City.

• Country WMKC FM 102.9 Indian River was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 1,102 feet (Class C0) to 77,000 watts @ 967 feet (Class C1). In addition, the station's broadcast location would change from west-central Emmet county to the south to Charlevoix county near the Otsego county line.

• CBS-owned and CW affiliate WKBD TV 50 Detroit was issued a notice of apparent liability in amount of $8,000 due to issues with the station's compliance with limits on commerical matter in children's programming and failure to place all required records concerning compliance with children's programming commercial limits in its public inspection file. FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (pdf)

 

• A construction permit was granted to West Central Michigan Media Ministries for new a non-commercial FM station at 91.9 to be licensed to Cadillac. It would operate with 2,100 watts @ 144 feet with a directional antenna located in Wexford county.

• The FCC granted the voluntary assignment of the construction permit for FM translator W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey to MacDonald Garber Broadcasting from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting. The assignment agreement identified WKHQ FM 105.9 Charlevoix as the primary station for the translator, however MacDonald Garber has applied for special temporary authority to rebroadcast the programming of news/talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix on W221BQ.

 

• A construction permit was granted to Muskegon Community Radio Broadcast Company for new non-commercial FM station WHEY 88.9 to be licensed to North Muskegon. It would operate with 1000 watts @ 147 feet with a directional antenna located in Muskegon county.

• The FCC granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for Swick Broadcasting's acquisition of the radio stations owned by Lake Cities Broadcasting (WMSH-FM/AM Sturgis along with 3 other stations in NE Indiana and NW Ohio).

• The Ironwood translator of FOX TV affiliate KQDS Duluth, MN (W32CV) has been granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital operations. The station will remain on channel 32.

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship is selling FM translator W295AK 106.9 Three Rivers to Impact Radio for $11,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Impact Radio owns WLKM-FM/AM 95.9/1520 in Three Rivers as well as a pair of stations in Bryan, OH.

• An FM translator of WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI at 98.5 in Powers, MI (W253AQ) has been granted a construction permit to move to FM 98.9 as W255CB.

 

• Silent WUPZ FM 94.9 has applied to move from Crystal Falls to near Marquette and become licensed to Chocolay Township. If approved, the station's effective radiated power would become 58,000 watts @ 456 feet from an antenna located southwest of Marquette.

• Announced that Great Lakes Commmunity Broadcasting is donating WAAQ FM 88.3 Onsted, WJKQ FM 88.5 Jackson, WJCQ FM 89.7 Jackson, WQLO FM 89.7 Lake Odessa, and W209BR 89.7 Columbia Township to Society for Accurate Information and Distribution Foundation for no financial consideration pending FCC approvals and closing.

• Spartan-TV, LLC was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $10,000 for violations at WHTV TV 18 Jackson concerning failing to place in the station's public inspection file all required TV issues/program lists. FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (pdf)

 

• Silent WXPT FM 107.3 Powers was granted a construction permit granted to change effective radiated power from 6,200 watts @ 82 feet to 25,000 watts @ 318 feet from a tower location west of Escanaba; the change would effectively give the station coverage in Escanaba.

 

• Central Michigan University student station WMHW FM 91.5 Mt. Pleasant, which features primarily a modern rock format, has been granted a construction permit granted to change effective radiated power from 13,000 watts (vertical) @ 459 feet directional to a non-directional 9,100 watts @ 538 feet, increasing the station's Mid-Michigan coverage area for the second time in recent years. Most of the increased coverage area would be in Gratiot and Midland counties.

• Pop WJSZ FM 92.5 Ashley was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 2,000 watts @ 400 feet to 4,000 watts @ 400 feet with a directional antenna. The change would give the station some increased coverage area in Gratiot and Clinton counties.

• SAID News Foundation was granted a construction permit for a new Class A FM station to be licensed at 90.9 Hanover. WJKZ would operate with 500 watts @ 161 feet with a directional antenna located along the southern border of Jackson county (southwest of the city of Jackson).

• The FCC approved the sale of construction permits for new AM 1490 Houghton and new AM 1490 Ironwood to Sovereign City Radio Services, LLC from Advanced Acquistion, Inc (Starboard Media).

 

• The Powers (Menominee County) translator of Christian WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 98.5 to 98.9

• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey. Great Lakes Community Broadcasting was still listed as the owner of the translator in the FCC database however a sale to MacDonald Garber Broadcasting was approved earlier in the year. At last report W221BQ was relaying the programming of MacDonald Garber's WKHQ FM.

• Mentor Partners was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator to be licensed to Reed City. W236BR would operate at 95.1 and, according to the application, relay Mentor's WYBR FM 102.3 Big Rapids.

• The construction permit for WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater was modified to Class A 250 watts (vertical) @ 62 feet from Class B1 6,200 watts (vertical) @ 305 feet with the tower lcoation changing from north to west of Coldwater. The station reportedly signed on with religious programming from these facilities on July 15th.

 

• CSN International is selling the construction permit for WJCE FM 88.9 Elkton along with translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek to Calvary Radio Network as part of a larger national transaction worth $1.8 million pending FCC approvals. Also involved in the sale is WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators.

 

WAYG FM 89.9 Grand Rapids was granted a new construction permit to operate at 6,000 watts @ 243 feet and move to 89.7 FM; a prior construction permit was canceled. The increased power and frequency change should provide better coverage of the station to the west in areas like Jenison and Allendale and provide some coverage into eastern Muskegon and Ottawa counties for the first time. The station's coverage to the west on 89.9 is limited by co-channel station WTHS 89.9 Holland.

 

• Smile FM's Marquette station, WKPK FM 88.3, was granted a modification to its construction permit to lower its antenna height from 866 to 827 feet to avoid other antennas on the tower. Also in July, WKPK is granted its license and begins operations as part of Smile FM contemporary Christian network.

• Community Radio Inc was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station to be licensed to Elkton at 90.9. The station would operate with 2,300 watts @ 174 feet with a directional signal that would cover the northwest tip of the thumb in Huron county.

 

• A proposal was filed to change a vacant FM allotment at Custer from 100.5 to 93.3 to eliminate a short-spacing with the facilities proposed in an application to upgrade the facilities of WCUZ FM at Bear Lake from FM 100.1 to 100.7. FCC Notice Of Proposed Rule Making (.pdf)

• The Muskegon Training & Educational Center was issued a $250 forfeiture (reduced from $1500) for failing to file a timely license renewal application for LPFM station WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon. FCC Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

• No notable entries for July 24th, 28th, and 29th.

 

• Talk WPIQ FM 92.7 Manistique was granted a construction permit to change from a Class A station operating with 6,000 watts @ 157 feet to Class C2 which would broadcast with 24,500 watts @ 713 feet. The station's transmitter would also move from just east of Manistique to the west near the border of Schoolcraft and Delta counties. Coverage area of WPIQ would be greatly increased.

• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted its license to cover for FM translator W242BP 96.3 Three Rivers. The translator was previously licensed at FM 106.9 as W295AK.

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted a construction permit to change the frequency of FM translator W242BP 96.3 Three Rivers to 96.9 as W245BM.

 

WUPT FM 100.3 Gwinn/Marquette was granted its initial license. The station signed on with a classic hits format as 100.3 The Point, Marquette's Classic Hits.

WWUP TV 10 Sault Ste Marie was granted a construction permit for its post-transition digital facilities. The station will continue to operate on Ch. 10 in February when its analog signal is turned off.

• FM translator W215AS 90.9 Muskegon was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 90.7 as W214CA.

 

• Smile FM was granted a license for WSLI FM 90.9 Belding. The station began operations as part of the Smile FM contemporary Christian network.

• Northern Christian Radio was granted a license for WZHN FM 91.3 East Tawas. The station has been heard carrying the programming of Northern Christian Radio even though it operates within the same area of NCR's FM 106.1 in the Tawas area.

 

• The Country King, Inc was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Harrison at 90.7. The station, which as of October 1 has the call sign WKKM, would operate at 100 watts @ 98 feet from near Harrison in Clare county and is owned by David Carmine who at one time owned what was WKKM on FM 92.1. According to the application for the station with the FCC, the educational objective of the station would be, "to educate, preserve, promote, and create an appreciation for the musical art form known as country music."

• The FCC approved the sale of Horizon Christian Fellowship's FM translator in Three Rivers (W245BM 96.9) to Impact Radio. Sale price was $11,000.

• No notable activity for August 6th, 7th, and 8th.

 

• Family Life Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator at 99.9 to be licensed to Lansing. The application for the translator lists WUFN 96.7 Albion as the station that W260BX would rebroadcast.

• Impact Radio was granted a construction permit to change the frequency of W245BM 96.9 Three Rivers to 97.1 as W246BW with a power increase from 4 to 115 watts.

 

• Central Michigan University was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator at 95.1 to be licensed to Traverse City. The application for the translator lists WCMW 103.9 Harbor Springs as the station that W236BU would rebroadcast.

• Sovereign City Radio Services closed on the purchase of two Upper Peninsula radio station construction permits from Advance Acquistion: AM 1490 Ironwood and AM 1490 Houghton.

•No notable activity for August 13th and 14th.

 

• Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Constantine at 88.5. The station would operate with 9,700 watts @ 292 feet with a directional signal that would cover parts of St. Joseph and Cass counties.

• Said News Foundation was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Reed City at 91.9. The station would operate with 2,400 watts @ 226 feet with a directional signal that would cover parts of Osceola, Lake, Mecosta, and Newaygo counties.

WMQF TV 19 Marquette was granted a construction permit for its post-transition digital facilities. The station will continue to operate on Ch. 19 in February when its analog signal is turned off.

 

• The construction permit for WDPW 91.9 Greenville was modified; effective radiated power was changed from 3,000 watts @ 224 feet to 4,000 watts @ 207 feet. The station also applied for program test authority and for its license to cover.

 

• Korkee, Inc was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Grand Marais at 91.7. The station would operate with 30,000 watts @ 404 feet with a signal that would cover parts of Alger, Luce, and Schoolcraft counties.

 

• Class A TV station WOMS-CA 29 Muskegon was granted a construction permit for a flash cut (remaining on the same channel) for digital broadcasting. The station's digital coverage area would greatly increase over its current analog operations.

 

• Lud's Alpine, Inc. was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator at 104.1 to be licensed to Alpena. The application for the translator lists WKLZ-FM 98.9 Petoskey as the station that W281AY would rebroadcast.

• No notable activity for August 22nd.

 

• FM translator W245BM 96.9 Three Rivers was granted its license to cover for its move from 96.3.

 

• Larlen Communications was granted a license to cover for new FM station WXPZ 90.1 Clyde Twp (Allegan county). Programming on this station is not known at this time.

• Michiana Christian Broadcasters was granted a license to cover for new FM station WCWB 90.1 Coldwater. The station first started operations on July 15th and features religious programming from the Bible Broadcasting Network.

• No notable activity for August 27th and 28th.

 

• The post-transition DTV construction permit for WPXD DT 31 Ann Arbor was modified to change the effective radiated power from 105,600 watts @ 1076 feet to 184,000 watts @ 1076 feet.

Swick Broadcasting closed on its $3.8 million purchase of WMSH-FM/AM Sturgis, Indiana stations WLKI FM Angola and WTHD FM LaGrange, and WLZZ FM Montpelier, OH.

• The estate of John R. Powley was granted a construction permit for new LPTV station W25DX Escanaba.

• No notable activity for September 2 - 5.

 

• Educational Media Foundation was granted a license for WLVM 88.3 Ironwood. The station began operations as part of the contemporary Christian K-Love network.

• No notable activity for September 9th.

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted a license to cover for new FM station WTNP 91.9 Richland (Kalamazoo/Barry county area). Although Horizon Christian Fellowship is a religious-based organization, programming on WTNP is not known at this time.

 

• Sandy Shores Arts Society was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Ludington at 91.5. The station would operate with 610 watts @ 328 feet with a signal that would cover southwestern Mason county.

• No notable activity for September 12 and 15.

 

WUPF FM 107.3 Powers/Escanaba was granted its license to cover for changes (effective radiated power from 6,200 watts @ 82 feet to 25,000 watts @ 318 feet from a new tower location west of Escanaba) giving the station coverage of Escanaba. WUPF signed on again after being silent for several months as Radio Eagle 107.3, We Play Everything.

• No notable activity for September 16.

 

• Mentor Partners agreed to acquire the construction permit for FM translator W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $8,000 pending FCC approval and closing.

• Powell Meredith Communications was granted a construction permit for a new AM station to be licensed to Marquette at 1430. The station would operate with 50,000 watts from a single tower during the day and with 2,000 watts from a 2 tower array at night.

• No notable activity for September 19 or 22.

 

• Confesora Peralta is acquiring the construction permit for LPTV station W26DF Ch. 26 Alpena from Dean M. Mosely for $15,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The construction permit for this station is set to expire on January 24, 2009.

• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted a license to cover for FM translator W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids. The station is being sold to Mentor Partners which will likely use it to rebroadcast its WBRN AM 1460.

• No notable activity for September 24 or 25.

 

• LPFM station WGLN-LP 93.5 Cedar Lake was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 94 watts @ 100 feet to 64 watts @ 123 feet.

• No notable activity for September 29.

 

• The estate of John R. Powley is selling 4 LPTV construction permits, including W25DX Ch 25 Escanaba and 3 others in Texas, to Hispanic Christian Community Network, Inc. for $20,000, pending FCC approvals and closing.

• The construction permit for a new AM 820 which would have been licensed to Escanaba has been canceled. The permit holder had been the estate of Lyle R. Evans.

 

• Cadillac Telecasting has successfully petitioned the FCC to allocate Channel 45 for the digital operations of its FOX affiliate WFUP TV 45 Gaylord. The station's previous owner had planned on ending the operation of WFUP upon the digital TV transition in February 2009 however Cadillac Telecasting plans to continue operating WFUP. FCC memorandum opinion and order (.pdf)

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek to Calvary Radio Network from CSN International as part of a larger national transaction worth $1.8 million. Also involved in the sale was WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators. As the construction permit for WJCE FM 88.9 Elkton expired without being completed earlier in the summer, it was officially canceled and the call sign deleted by the FCC on September 2nd and will not be part of the Calvary Radio Network.

• No notable activity for October 3 and 6.

 

• FM translator W214CA 90.7 Muskegon was granted its license to cover. The station changed frequency to 90.7 from 90.9.

• No notable activity for October 8 - 10.

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• Great Lakes Radio received a construction permit to move classic rock WRUP FM 98.3 Munising into the Marquette market, essentially exiting Munising. The station would change its community of license to Palmer, move its broadcast location from Alger county into Marquette county where it would operate with 2,600 watts @ 1018 feet. The station's current facilities near Munising transmit with 32,000 watts @ 358 feet and only provides a marginal signal into Marquette.

• The post-transition DTV construction permit for WBSF-DT Ch. 46 Bay City/Saginaw was modified to increase effective radiated power from 18,000 to 70,000 watts. Once the facility is turned on in February, 2009 the increased power should help the station better cover its market area. WBSF does not have a companion digital channel, instead the station will flash-cut on or near February 17th when it turns off its analog transmitter and begins digital operations.

• The Battle Creek translator of soft rock/Christian WSAE FM at 92.3 (W222BB) was granted its license to cover for changes. The station changed its broadcast location and its effective radiated power from 120 watts to 80 watts @ 118 feet.

• LPFM station WGLN-LP 93.5 Cedar Lake was granted its license to cover for a change to its effective radiated power to 64 watts @ 123 feet from 94 watts @ 100 feet.

 

WPXD TV Ann Arbor has proposed changing its post-transition DTV allotment from Channel 31 to Channel 19. The proposal states the change would enable it to serve 145% of its current post-transition digital service area population should it be approved. If the station were to be approved and built according to the coordinates given in this proposal, the station would become a move-in and become a full-fledged Detroit station with its transmitter located near 11 Mile and Inkster Roads -- the same tower currently used by Channel 50 and the analog operation of Channel 56. FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (.pdf)

• No notable activity for October 16.

 

• The applications for the transfer of Ann Arbor stations WWWW-FM 102.9, WQKL-FM 107.1, WTKA AM 1050, and WLBY AM 1290 along with Battle Creek stations WBCK-FM 95.3, WBXX-FM 104.9, WBCK AM 930, and WBFN AM 1400 to Cumulus from Clear Channel in exchange for an FM station in Canton Ohio was refiled with the FCC. The original announcement of this exchange was first announced in November 2006 and although Cumulus has been operating the 4 Ann Arbor stations along with WBCK-FM and WBXX-FM for more than a year, the exchange has not been completed. Cumulus has also reapplied to transfer silent WBFN AM 1400 Battle Creek to Family Life Communications and to place WBCK AM into trust so it can also be sold.

 

• Packer Radio Greenville is acquiring classic country WSCG-FM 106.3 Lakeview and talk WSCG AM 1380 Greenville from Stafford Broadcasting for $195,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. Packer Radio is the current owner of Full Service WION AM 1430 Ionia.

• No notable activity for October 21 and 22.

 

• Radio Assist Ministry was granted a license to cover for a frequency change of FM translator W219DK 91.7 Manistee. The station previously was located at FM 102.5 as W273BO.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of WIDG AM 940 St. Ignace to Baraga Broadcasting from Northern Star Broadcasting. Sale price for the station was $100,000. WIDG, which had been silent since earlier in the year, is expected back on the air soon with a simulcast of the Catholic-based religious programming offered by Baraga's WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.

• No notable activity for October 27.

 

• Classic rock WGFM FM 105.1 Cheboygan was granted its license to cover for completion of a construction permit that changed the station's effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 610 feet to 43,000 watts @ 968 feet and relocated the transmitter from central Cheboygan county to the southeast part of Charlevoix county. The changes effectively shifted the station's coverage area to the southwest of Cheboygan.

• Contemporary Christian WTLI FM 89.3 Bear Creek Twp (Boyne City) was granted a construction permit to increase radiated power from 17,000 watts (vertical polarization) @ 1023 feet to 50,000 watts (vertical polarization) @ 1023 feet with a directional antenna.

• No notable activity for October 29.

 

• FM translator W225AV 92.9 Bessemer was granted a construction permit to change its antenna location. The station rebroadcasts religious WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI.

 

WLLA TV 64 Kalamazoo has apparently become the first station in Michigan to complete the transition to digital-only television broadcasting after it was granted permission from the FCC to turn off it's analog transmitter. WLLA planned to cease its analog operations on Ch. 64 on November 1st and only offer its programming on DT Ch. 45 as of that date. Michiguide.com has not confirmed if WLLA is remapping it's Ch. 45 service to show as Ch. 64 on ATSC (DTV) receivers or not. FCC DA 08-2447 (.pdf)

• No notable activity for November 3 and 4.

 

• The FCC has granted the applications of WCAR AM 1090 Livonia and WOAP AM 1080 Waverly/Lansing to modify their broadcast operations. WCAR would increase daytime power to 1.0 kW and nighttime power 800 watts and modify both antenna patterns from its current 250 watts daytime and 500 watts nighttime operations. WOAP at Waverly would be granted nighttime operations at 4,500 watts. The FCC decision results in a change to the license of WTIC AM 1080 Hartford, CT, requiring that station to accept interference from WOAP to the station's skywave service area during the extended operation period of its daytime facilities between local sunset at Hartford and Dallas, TX when WTIC switches to its nighttime operations. FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (.pdf)

 

• Pop WYDM FM 97.5 Monroe has been granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from 8 to 49 watts. The station's antenna will remain at 135 above above the average terrain.

 

• Darby Advertising was granted a construction permit for a new FM radio station to be licensed to Paradise at 94.7. The construction permit for WUPN specifies the Class C3 station would operate with 25,000 watts @ 6 feet above average terrain from a tower location in Chippewa county.

• Impact Radio was granted its license to cover for the move of its FM translator of classic country WRCI AM 1520 in Three Rivers from 96.9 to 97.1 as W246BW. The translator also increased power from 4 to 150 watts.

 

• Mentor Partners purchase of FM translator W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids from Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted.

• The FCC approved Confesora Peralta's acquisition of the construction permit for LPTV station W26DF Ch. 26 Alpena from Dean M. Mosely. The construction permit for this station will expire on January 24, 2009.

• Also approved was the sale of 4 LPTV construction permits, including W25DX Ch 25 Escanaba and 3 others in Texas, from the estate of John R. Powley to Hispanic Christian Community Network, Inc.

 

• Country WFBE FM 95.1 Flint has been granted a construction permit to modify its broadcast facilities. The station's antenna will move slightly southeast from Flint to Burton to where sister station WTRX AM 1330 originates and change effective radiated power from 50,000 watts @ 243 feet to 34,000 watts @ 318 feet above average terrain. The station's pattern will remain directional toward the north and west.

• Jason Communications, former license holder of WDOW-FM/AM 92.1/1440 Dowagiac, (currently WHPD-FM and WDOW AM) received a $3,000 forfeiture order for failing to timely file license renewal applications for the stations in 2004 prior to their sale. FCC Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

• College WVAC-FM 107.9 Adrian was granted a construction permit to slightly modify its broadcast facilities. WVAC's antenna will be mounted on a new tower on Adrian College's campus and its average height above terrain will increase slightly from 81 to 84 feet and remain at 87 watts. The station is currently operating with special temporary authority while the work on the new tower is completed.

• No notable activity for November 13.

 

• Just months after acquiring them from CSN International for $1.8 million, Calvary Radio Network is selling FM translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek to Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, Inc as part of a larger national transaction worth $2 million. Also included in the sale is WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators. The transaction is pending FCC approval and closing.

• No notable activity for November 17.

 

• The construction permit for WSIS FM 88.7 Riverside (South Haven / Benton Harbor area) was modified to specify effective radiated power of 6,000 watts @ 384 feet from a tower location on southwestern Van Buren county (co-located with WCXT FM 98.3). WSIS is owned by Smile FM which received the construction permit in November 2005.

 

• The construction permit for Kovas Communications construction permit to move WCGO AM to 1020 Jenison/Grand Rapids has been modified to change the broadcast location. The modified CP now shows WCGO would operate as a triplex with WJNZ AM 1140 and WPRR AM 1680 from east of Grand Rapids.

WCGO was granted its initial construction permit to move from AM 1600 in Chicago Heights, IL to Jenison on AM 1020 as a 10,000 watt daytime-only station in December 2007. WCGO, along with two other Chicago area AM stations, is being moved by Kovas in order to upgrade the company's WONX AM 1590 Evanston/Chicago.

• No notable activity for November 19 - 21.

 

Educational Media Foundation has been granted a construction permit to modify FM translator W252BX 98.3 which is licensed to Detroit. The translator, which has been heard rebroadcasting CBS Radio's smooth jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, will change to a directional antenna aimed primarily north-northeast.

• No notable activity for November 25 and 26.

 

Recent sign on contemporary Christian WHEY FM 88.9 North Muskegon received its license for the new station. WHEY is owned by Muskegon Community Radio and started operations in early November.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of WSCG-FM Lakeview and WSCG AM Greenviile from Stafford Communications to Packer Radio. Sale price for the combo was $195,000.

• In August 2008, FM translator W238AL 95.5 Portage switched from a relay of country WNWN-FM 98.5 to a relay of sister station adult urban WNWN AM 1560 with special temporary authority from the FCC. The stations are owned by Midwest Communications.

• In September 2008, country WTWS FM 92.1 reportedly began operations from its new facilities in Roscommon county near Houghton Lake. The station had previously operated from near Harrison in Clare county and in October applied for its license to cover for the technical changes along with the change to its community of license from Harrison to Houghton Lake. Co-owned Coltrace Communications classic hits WUPS FM 98.5 is simultaneously changing its community of license from Houghton Lake to Harrison but not making changes to its broadcast facilities.

• No notable activity for December 2 and 3.

 

• Three Angels Broadcasting LPTV outlet W46CR Saginaw/Midland, which has had its operations affected due to the sign-on of full power station WBSF Bay City on Channel 46 in September 2006, has been granted a construction permit to build a digital-only station on Channel 24 as W24DL. The station had initially been granted a construction permit to move its analog operations to Channel 42, but it is not certain if the station ever operated on this channel.

The station's new digital transmitter would be built near the Bay/Midland county line and it's heart-shaped coverage pattern could provide improved coverage of Midland, Bay City, and parts of Saginaw when compared to its old analog facility southwest of Midland.

 

WKBD DT Ch. 14 was granted a construction permit for a power increase from 58,700 watts @ 883 feet to 180,000 watts @ 883 feet. This construction permit replaces one that expired in 2007 and should provide improved coverage for the station's digital broadcasts. WKBD also plans on increasing power again once it can replace the Channel 50 analog antenna with a new digital antenna for use on Channel 14 once analog broadcasts cease in Feburary 2007.

• Variety hits WUPF FM 107.3 Powers/Escanaba has been granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 25,000 watts @ 318 feet (Class C3) to 50,000 watts @ 318 feet (Class C2) from its current antenna location.

W225AV 92.9 Bessemer, a translator of religious WRVM Suring, WI, was granted a license to cover for a change in its broadcast location in Gogebic county.

 

• Religious WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 600 to 1,100 watts. New sister station WIDG AM 940 St. Ignace, recently acquired from Northern Star Broadcasting, has returned to the air and is now simulcasting the Catholic-based programming heard on WTCK.

 

• Children's/pop WFDF AM 910 Detroit has applied for program test authority and its license to cover to increase its nighttime power to 25,000 watts from 19,000 watts. WFDF's nighttime signal has been observed as being stronger in Macomb county.

• Classic hits WLKM-FM 95.9 Three Rivers was granted a construction permit to increase power from 3,000 watts at 289 feet to 3,600 watts at 425 feet. The station would change to a directional pattern and move its tower loccation from just south of Three Rivers towards the southeast near Centreville.

• No notable activity for December 10-12 and 15-16.

 

• Northern Michigan FOX network affiliate WFQX TV Cadillac has proposed a change to its digital TV allocation from Channel 47 to Channel 32 and to move its digital transmitter from north of Kalkaska back to where its current analog signal transmits from south of Cadillac. The station's previous owner had planned to sign off sister station WFUP Ch. 45 in February but instead new owner Cadillac Telecasting will transition that station to digital broadcasts on Ch. 45 to serve northern viewers and then use Ch. 32 to provide coverage to viewers that currently receive the analog Fox 33 in the southern portion of the Traverse City-Cadillac market. FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (.pdf)

• Cornerstone University has received its license to cover for new station WCFG FM 90.9 Springfield/Kalamazoo however the station is currently not operating. According to an application for the station to be temporarily silent, "WCFG cannot continue operations at its present transmitter site due to structural deficiencies affecting the tower structure. For this reason, a lease for permanent tower space is not available. WCFG is in the process of identifying a nearby site and will file an application for new permanent facilities within 90 days."

• Smile FM was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Crystal Valley (Oceana county). The construction permit specifies a Class A station that would operate with 400 watts @ 705 feet from a tower location east of Hart.

• No notable activity for December 18-19 and 22.

 

• Christian Family Network, Inc., the former licensee of WOLY AM 1500 Battle Creek, was granted in part and denied in part a Petition for Reconsideration filed on July 22, 2008. The fine for unauthorized operations of the station after its license had expired was reduced from $10,000 to $5,000: FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (.pdf)

• No notable activity for December 24 and 29-30.

 

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