Fans of classic rock and Detroit Tigers baseball in the northern Lower Peninsula have two new frequencies to tune in with changes made this week by owner Northern Star Broadcasting.
WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City and WAVC FM 93.9 Mio are now in a full-time simulcast of each other with classic rock programming as 'The Bear'. Both stations are running jockless; neither are carrying the Bob & Tom Show in mornings or Alice Cooper's evening offerings that are currently heard on Northern Star's other 'Bear' stations (WGFN FM 98.1 Glen Arbor/Traverse City and WCKC FM 107.1 Cadillac). Another major difference between the new Bear outlets is the addition of play-by-play coverage of the Detroit Tigers.
In addition to being able to hear Bob & Tom on 98.1 and 107.1, Northern Star also clears the program on WGFM FM 105.1 Cheboygan/Gaylord.
Prior to the changes, WLJZ had been carrying a classic country format which has shifted to sister station WCBY AM 1240 Cheboygan and WAVC was simulcasting country WMKC FM 102.9.
The format change to WLJZ restores the classic rock format to the straits area where it previously was heard on either 97.9 WIHC Newberry, which was recently taken off the air, or WGFM which last year changed format from classic to mainstream rock.