Sales and Transactions: December 2008 Archives

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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