The sounds of silence on Muskegon's AM 1600
WMHG AM 1600 Muskegon has signed off for good as of January 1. In 1998 the station, then owned by Goodrich Radio, was granted an expanded band AM construction permit for 1680- what is now Radio Disney WDSS. Goodrich sold AM 1600 to Connoisseur Communications in 1999 and when that group was purchased by Cumulus later in 1999, WMHG was part of that deal.
In recent years WMHG had been operated with an Adult Standards format by Clear Channel as part of its Muskegon cluster but had remained under the ownership of Cumulus.
While attempts have been made across the country to maintain the licenses for both the 'new' expanded band and the original stations, the FCC has apparently not allowed this to occur. WKLZ AM 1470, the original station for sports WQLR AM 1660 Kalamazoo, Michigan's other expanded band station, signed off in February 2006.
Grand Rapids Press:
Longtime radio programmer Phil Tower of WOOD-AM (1300) is leaving Grand Rapids for a new job in radio, but outside the market. He is leaving WOOD to program the Allen Hunt Show in Atlanta, said Doug Montgomery of Clear Channel West Michigan. Tower was not available Thursday afternoon for comment. His last day is Jan. 18. Montgomery said he is pulling together a list of potential replacements, and also is accepting internal applications. He does not have a timetable for announcing a new program director... Phil Tower leaving WOOD radio (Thu, 1/3)
WJQK Ups Thompson: LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS announced the promotion of GARY THOMPSON to PD. THOMPSON will continue music duties as well. (Thu, 1/3)