Northern Michigan / UP: March 2010 Archives

Ironwood's WIMI broadens playlist

WIMIUpper Midwest Broadcasting reports that Hot AC WIMI FM 99.7 Ironwood has "moved to a broader Adult Contemporary format positioned as 'The Best Variety; following its sale to J&J Broadcasting" and rehired Uncle Al Rice for afternoons. J&J recently closed on its purchase of WIMI and sister station WJMS AM 590 from Baracuda Broadcasting.

After forecasting the weather on 7 & 4 News for more than 13 years, 11 years as Chief Meteorologist, Greg MacMaster is stepping away from the studio cameras and preparing for a new path in politics. Greg announced he's leaving WPBN/WTOM Friday. Another announcement will be made Monday on his future plans as a candidate for the 105th State House seat. We wish him well on his future endeavors, and thank him for his many years as a co-worker and friend of the 7 & 4 News Team... 7 & 4 Chief Meteorologist Greg MacMaster Prepares For Next Chapter (Fri, 3/12)


The Bear sleeps tonight in Sault Ste. Marie

Northern Star Broadcasting has pulled classic rock WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry/Sault Ste. Marie off the air and applied for remain silent authority with the FCC, stating in its filing, "Due to the depressed economy in Northern Michigan, WIHC has been operating at a loss and the licensee has decided to take the station silent while it considers whether it is possible to make the station economically viable."

Northern Star is in the process of selling 11 its 12 U.P. radio stations, excluding WIHC, to Sovereign Communications leaving that station as an orphan of sorts due to ownership concentration rules in the Sault Ste Marie market that wouldn't allow all of its stations to transfer to Sovereign. Sovereign already owns WNBY-FM/AM, WSUE FM, and WSOO AM and as part of purchase from Northern will be acquiring WYSS-FM, WMKD-FM, and WKNW AM in the Sault area.


Cadillac News:

A failed power supply blacked out the final seconds of a nail-biter as Michigan State took on Tennessee in the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional Championship game Sunday in St. Louis. Some local sports fans were stunned as the game deciding a trip to the Final Four froze as the Spartans were tied at 69 with 11.6 seconds remaining. Channel 9&10 Engineer Lowell Shore said power was lost in a rack that brings the signal from one building into WWTV. Power was restored by switching to another source. Programming returned around 5:30 p.m. during coverage of the Duke-Baylor South Regional championship game... Failed power supply blacked out Spartans (Mon, 3/29)







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