Sales and Transactions: April 2009 Archives

 

• The construction permits for two Michigan LPTV stations, W05CR Ch. 5 Escanaba and W26DG Ch. 26 St. Ignace, were sold by Hispanic Christian Community Network to Confesora Peralta for $30,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Confesora Peralta, which is doing business as Alpena Broadcasting, has applied to extend the construction permits for these stations for eighteen months. W26DG was to expire on February 16th and W05CR on March 31st.

• The FCC dismissed the application for renewal of license for what was WOLY AM 1500, Battle Creek. The station has operated for an extended period without a license. FCC correspondence (.pdf).

• No notable activity for February 17 - 20.

 

• Trinity Broadcasting LPTV station W17CS Ch. 17 Marquette was granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital transmissions. Remaining on Ch. 17, W17CS will increase its effective radiated power and should expand its coverage area once it switches to digital.

• No notable activity for February 24.

 

WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake was granted a construction permit to move transmission site and modify power and patterns. Licensed daytime power will change from 1,000 watts / 4 towers to 670 watts / 4 towers. Licensed nighttime power will change from 760 watts / 3 towers to 175 watts / 3 towers. WPON will downgrade to Class D from Class B and its licensed location will move west from Benstein Rd. to between Wixom and Old Plank Rds near Maple Rd. A virtually identical consrtuction permit was granted in 2005 but never completed.

 

• The FCC has granted a petition to modify the FM table of allotments for Evart, Ludington, Pentwater, and Manistee. A new Class A allotment has been created that could provide Evart its first local service at FM 102.7. In order to 'make room' for this potential new station, WMOM Pentwater will move from 102.7 to 96.3, a presently vacant allotment at Ludington will change from 96.3 to 97.7, and WMLQ Manistee will shift from 97.7 to 104.3. The new 102.7 allotment to Evart and the currently vacant Ludington allotment will be auctioned off by the FCC at a later date; meanwhile WMLQ and WMOM will be required to apply for construction permits to change their frequencies and the ultimate permittee of 102.7 Evart will be required to reimburse the owners of WMLQ and WMOM for allowed expenses related to their respective frequency changes. FCC Report and Order (.pdf)

 

WYDM 97.5 Monroe was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 8 to 49 watts.

 

• No notable activity for March 2nd - 6th and 9th.

 

WLCM 1390 was granted its license to cover for a community of license change from Charlotte to Holt and change to two site operations with the station's new nighttime power increasing from 70 to 4,500 watts.

 

• Veritas Communications Corp. was granted a construction permit for a new FM radio station to be licensed to Athens, MI at 88.9. The construction permit specifies the Class A station would operate with 5,900 watts at 138 feet from an antenna located in Calhoun county south of Battle Creek.

 

• No notable activity for March 11th - 12th.

 

WFUP TV 45 Vanderbilt was granted a construction permit for its digital facilites on Channel 45 which will operate with 108,000 watts.

 

• Construction permit granted to WUPZ FM 94.9 to change its community of license from Crystal Falls to Chocolay Township and increase power from 6,200 watts @ 157 feet to 58,000 watts @ 456 feet. The station's broadcast location would also change from Iron to Marquette county.

 

• The proposal to change the digital TV allocation for WPXD Ann Arbor from channel 31 to channel 19 (with a move to Southfield) was terminated by the FCC because of a conflict with a DTV allocation in London, ON. FCC Order (.pdf)

 

• No notable activity for March 17th - 19th.

 

WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor has withdrawn is application for a major change which would have moved the station into the Metro Detroit area if it had ultimately been approved by the FCC.

 

• No notable activity for March 23rd - 24th.

 

• Low power television translator W42CB Ch. 42 Hesperia, which rebroadcasts FOX affiliate WXMI Ch. 17 Grand Rapids, was granted a construction permit to flash cut its operations to digital on Ch. 42.

 

• Smile FM has been granted a construction permit for a new Class A station at 91.5 FM China Township (near Algonac) in St. Clair county. The station would operate with 1,050 watts @ 246 feet with a directional pattern that would cover southern St. Clair county.

 

WHYT 88.1 FM Imlay City (also owned by Smile FM) was granted a construction permit to increase its power from 400 watts (V) @ 581 feet non-directional to 12,500 watts @ 581 feet directional.

 

• The FCC gave final approval of the long outstanding deal between Clear Channel and Cumulus that resulted in 8 Michigan stations in Ann Arbor and Battle Creek shifting from Clear Channel ownership to Cumulus.

 

• No notable activity for March 30th - 31st, April 1st - 3rd, and April 6th.

 

• Best Media, owner of FM translator W206BI 89.1 Hamtramck, was fined a total of $2,000 for late license renewals and unauthorized operation for 4 of its translator stations. FCC Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

 

• The application to establish a new daytime-only station on AM 1020 Jenison/Grand Rapids was withdrawn and the station will not be built. It was to have moved from the Chicago area.

 

• The FCC changed the post-transition digital channel for WFQX TV Cadillac from Channel 47 to Channel 32. FCC Report and Order (.pdf)

 

• No notable activity for April 9th - 10th, 13th - 17th, and 20th.

 

• Country WTWS FM 92.1 and classic hits WUPS FM 98.5 were granted licenses to cover to swap their communities of license (WTWS now licensed to Houghton Lake, WUPS to Harrison). WTWS was also granted its license to cover for its new broadcast location - the station now operates from the same tower as WUPS in Roscommon county near Houghton Lake. Both stations are owned by Coltrace Communications.

 

• College WVAC FM 107.9 Adrian was granted its license to cover for changes (move to a new broadcast tower on Adrian's campus).

 

• No notable activity for April 22nd.

 

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