Northern Michigan / UP: November 2010 Archives

The Ticker (Traverse City):

The entrepreneur who first brought high-definition radio to northern Michigan is planning more high-tech broadcasting moves - including new HD TV channels for the region. "The FCC [Federal Communications Commission] has opened a window of opportunity for community TV channels," explains Roy Henderson, president of Great Northern Broadcasting and owner of WLDR-FM, Sunny Country 101.9, the TC radio station that was the area's HD radio pioneer in 2008. "We have applied for seven construction permits for TV channels in Petoskey, Charlevoix and Traverse City and have received two for Traverse City, for channels 7 and 4," he tells The Ticker. Construction of the HD TV channels would begin early in 2011, with broadcasting to begin later in the year, according to Henderson. Programming would be varied but will include a lot of local and regional news, according to Henderson. Additional staff will be hired, but it's too early to determine how many jobs will be created, says Henderson, who is celebrating his 40th year as a broadcast licensee... New HD TV Coming to TC (Mon, 11/1)


Cadillac FM band expands



Cadillac has seen one of the biggest expansions of its FM dial in recent years and it got another new signal last week with the sign on of WCDY-FM 107.9. For now, the station is playing all-Christmas music prior to revealing its permanent format sometime after the holidays. WCDY is owned by Up North Radio, LLC, an independent operator that marked its first sign-on with WCDY. The Class A station operates with 3,100 watts @ 459 feet from a broadcast antenna located southeast of Cadillac and is licensed to McBain. It was granted its construction permit last December.

Other new FM sign-ons in the Cadillac area in recent years include religious WGCP 91.9 and WAIR 104.9 and oldies WKAD 93.7.

WGCP, which began operations in December 2009, is planning on increasing its coverage area to the southwest with its recent agreement to acquire the construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City for $7,000. If enough funds are raised, WGCP owner West Central Michigan Media Ministries would apply to the FCC to build new broadcast facilities for WGCP that would allow the station to essentially cover the same areas as WGCP and WZMI combined with only one station. WGCP estimates the total cost for the expansion would be $87,500.


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Although Dec. 7 is an iconic date in American history, few realize that the following day in 1941 Japan launched a surprise attack on the Philippines. The bombings and landing of ground troops forced the withdrawal of American and Philippine forces to the Bataan Peninsula and a nearby island. Surrender that spring was followed by the infamous Bataan Death March, a trek of documented brutality, privation and death. Reviving a slice of history, students at Elk Rapids High School will present the radio play "Lifelines" in early December... Students to perform on IPR News radio (Mon, 11/8)


West Michigan lakeshore gets a Smile



The newest signal for the ever-expanding network of Contemporary Christian "Smile FM" stations is on the air from near Hart with this week's sign on of WSMZ FM 88.3. The station roughly covers an area along the Lake Michigan shoreline from Ludington to Whitehall with 1,100 watts at 656 feet.

WSMZ is Smile FM's 16th's station that's on the air - the network is based out of Lansing at WLGH FM 88.1. Smile FM continues to further expand its coverage area in southeast Michigan by signing on as many as 4 more stations in Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties in the future.

Smile FM has provided its Michigan coverage map with frequency information on its web site at







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