Northern Michigan / UP: January 2010 Archives

Cadillac's WATT AM temporarily off-air

News-talk WATT AM 1240 Cadillac has been off the air since 1:30 Sunday afternoon after a snowplow inadvertently cut the power line leading from the transmitter to the tower. Repairs are scheduled for today and the station hopes to get back on the air later today.


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Faith Hershiser doesn't believe she's getting her money's worth from her satellite television provider. Nearly $80 a month goes toward her DirecTV bill. But Hershiser, of Bellaire, no longer can make it through her favorite TV shows without experiencing audio problems. Momentary sound glitches tied to her DirecTV service began in June, and haven't disappeared. "It's like watching TV, but somebody's swearing all the time," she said. "It seems like when you're really interested in something, that's when it happens." Hershiser said she only picks up the audio glitches on local channels. She called local NBC and Fox affiliates, but nobody's been able to fix the problem. Hershiser doesn't appear to be the only DirecTV customer in northern Michigan who's experienced audio problems. Lowell Shore, chief engineer for Heritage Broadcasting Group, which owns 9&10 News and Fox 32, said he's fielded several calls from DirecTV customers over the past month... Audio glitches impact DirecTV customers (Fri, 1/8)


Cadillac gets new religious FM at 91.9



Strong Tower Radio, WGCP FM 91.9, has been on the air since late last month offering listeners around Cadillac a new option in religious broadcasting. The station's web site, claims, "Strong Tower Radio WGCP 91.9-FM is not owned or operated by any church, denomination or organization, and we believe people from all cultures and backgrounds will appreciate our programming."

Much of the station's schedule is filled with shows from 3ABN (Three Angels Broadcasting Network) .

WGCP is a Class A station, broadcasting with 2,100 watts @ 144 feet that covers much of central Wexford county including the city of Cadillac. It is owned by West Central Michigan Media Ministries.


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The Roundup radio variety show is hitting the road. The weekly program -- taped at the Hayloft Inn and broadcast on WNMC -- will be making its way to a location near you beginning in February, said show host Bill Dungjen. "We're going to take our Roundup radio show with Sour Mash, the (bluegrass) house band, to different venues around the area -- township halls, association halls, Elks clubs -- and we'll invite hand-picked guests a la Garrison Keillor," Dungjen said, referring to the host of the national radio variety show, "A Prairie Home Companion." The Roundup road trips will be more polished versions of the regular show, which generally airs at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, Dungjen said... Road Trip: Radio show on tour (Fri, 1/22)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

A few days ago I was listening to WTCM, my favorite AM radio station, which has been broadcasting in Traverse City since 1941. It was getting dark when suddenly their signal level dropped significantly and I could hear the crackle of static coming from my radio along with another station, from some far-off place, in the background. What my ears had witnessed was their nighttime reduction of power from 50,000 watts to 1,100 watts. This station, like many others, is required by FCC regulations to reduce power at sunset. The reason for this is that AM radio waves travel farther at night and multiple stations across the country are assigned to the same frequency... Radio's 'golden age' (Sun, 1/24)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

A Feb. 4 broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" beamed live to Traverse City's State Theatre is sold out, so a Feb. 9 rebroadcast has been added. The Feb. 4 show will be performed in front of a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., and beamed via satellite to theaters around the country. Because the local broadcast sold out, WIPR, the hosting radio station, scheduled a rebroadcast Tickets for the Feb. 9 rebroadcast, scheduled for 8 p.m., are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and children... Another 'Prairie Home' telecast added (Fri, 1/29)







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