Entries in Sales and Transactions Category

• Radio Assist Ministry's FM translator W233BK 94.5 Caro was granted a construction permit to move to 94.7 as W234BP, increase power from 10 to 85 watts, and move north of Caro. The application states the translator would rebroadcast WLKB FM 89.1 Bay City - it currently has temporary remain silent authority from the FCC.

• No notable activity for December 30 - 31 and January 4th.

 

• FM translator activity: The FCC granted the transfer of W230BI 93.9 Lapeer from Edgewater Broadcasting to Radio Power and also granted a construction permit to Educational Media Foundation for W237BY 95.3 Mason to change effective power from 27 watts @ 233 feet to 19 watts @ 308 feet and move its transmitter from near Holt to north of downtown Lansing.

 

• Educational Media Foundation was granted a construction permit for W262BD 100.3 Dimondale to change effective power from 13 watts @ 394 feet to 22 watts @ 312 feet and move its transmitter from south of Lansing to north of downtown Lansing. The station plans on rebroadasting AM station WWSJ 1580 St. Johns once the move is completed.

 

WZZM TV 13 Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 16,500 watts @ 1064 feet to 24,500 watts @ 1064 feet.

• No notable activity for January 8th and 11th - 12th.

 

• Synergy Management Group is acquiring FM translator W254BL 98.7 from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $3,200 plus the forgiveness of unpaid tower rent pending FCC approval and closing. The application states the translator, which is currently silent, would rebroadcast Synergy's WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee.

 

• The Escanaba translator of WNMU FM 90.1 at FM 107.1 (W296AX) has been granted a construction permit to move to FM 96.5 as W243CQ. FM 107.1 has been noted causing inference with WUPF FM 107.3 Powers/Escanaba prompting the frequency change.

 

• Goodrich Radio, LLC is purchasing FM translator W237CZ 95.3 Hudsonville from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $79,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Goodrich plans on rebroadcasting its talk WPRR AM 1680 Ada/Grand Rapids on the translator; a construction permit has been granted to increase power to 250 watts.

 

• Variety hits WUPG FM 96.7 Republic has been granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 25,000 watts @ 172 feet to 18,750 watts @ 381 feet from a broadcast tower located several miles to the east of its current location.

 

• Calvary Radio Network of Indiana is buying 31 FM stations and translators from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, CA for $1 million. The deal includes W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek, both of which relay WQKO FM 91.9 Howe, IN- which is also part of the sale. This transaction essentially undoes a sale between the two groups late in 2008.

 

• No notable activity for January 20.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translators W219DG 91.7 South Haven, W225BA 92.9 Hastings, and W243BH 96.5 Muskegon to World Radio Link from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale prices and stations to be rebroadcast (according to documents filed with the FCC): W219DG- $11,500 WGNB-FM; W225BA- $10,000 WEMU-FM; W243BH- $10,000 WMBC-LP. World Radio Link is run by Clark Parrish who is/was also involved with Edgewater Broadcasting and Radio Assist Ministry, two other groups that have assembed large numbers of FM translators across the country.

 

• No notable activity for January 22.

 

• Silent FM translator W230BI 93.9 Lapeer was granted a construction permit to change its community of license to Metamora, move south within Lapeer county, and increase power from 10 to 250 watts. The application states the translator would rebroadcast WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint -- it is currently silent.

 

• No notable activity for January 26-29.

 

WSYM TV 47 Lansing (DTV Ch. 38) was granted its license to cover for its permanent digital facilities. The station broadcasts with 933,000 watts @ 922 feet from near Eaton Rapids.

 

• Smile FM has been granted a construction permit for a new FM station on 89.5 to be licensed to Huron Township in Wayne County. The station would broadcast with 900 watts @ 269 feet with a directional antenna that wuold provide coverage to many of Detroit's Downriver suburbs. The application lists a broadcast location near Fort St. and King Rd.

 

WFUM-TV 28 Flint and WHTV-TV 18 Jackson/Lansing (DTV Ch. 34) were granted their licenses to cover for permanent digital facilities.

 

• No notable activity for February 3.

 

• The bankruptcy receiver for WJNZ AM 1140 Kentwood/Grand Rapids has agreed to sell the station to Holy Family Radio for $310,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The former urban outlet is currently silent with the recent move of its programming to WYGR AM 1530 under the direction of Robert Womack. Holy Family currently purchases about 22 hours of air time each week on Grand Rapids area stations WPRR, WTKG, AND WMJH and will likely bring a full-time Catholic-based religious format to AM 1140.

 

• News-talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix was granted a construction permit to increase daytime power from 15,000 to 50,000 watts. A similar construction permit for a power increase to 50,000 watts was canceled late last year just prior to its expiration.

 

• J&J Broadcasting's acquisition of pop WIMI-FM 99.7 and country WJMS AM 590 Ironwood from Magellan/Barracuda Broadcasting has closed. Sale price was $950,000.

 

• No notable activity for February 5, 8-9, and 16-18 (Note, the FCC was closed for 5 days because of weather and President's Day).

 

• Religious WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater was granted a construction permit to increase power from 250 watts (vertical polarization) @ 62 feet from near Coldwater in Branch County to 25,000 watts (vertical) @ 279 feet from near Battle Creek in Calhoun County.

 

• Larlen Communications was granted its license to cover for WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Township (Saugatuck). The station has also received temporary authority to remain silent until August.

 

• No notable activity for February 22-23.

 

• Urban LPFM WUVS-LP 103.7 was granted a construction permit to change its licensed broadcast location slightly within Muskegon.

 

• The FCC has granted the voluntary assignment of license for FM translator W237CZ 95.3 Hudsonville to Goodrich Radio from Horizon Christian Fellowship.

 

• A $1,500 fine to religious WMSD FM 90.9 Rose City was upheld by the FCC for failing to timely file a license renewal application in 2004. Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

 

 

WOCR FM 89.7 Olivet was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 89.1 and increase power from 125 watts @ 75 feet to 500 watts @ 82 feet.

 

• FM translator W230BI 93.9 was granted it license to cover to change community of license from Lapeer to Metamora and change its broadcast location further south in Lapeer county. It also increased power from 10 to 250 watts.

 

• No notable activity for March 1-2.

 

 

WRAX FM 98.9 was granted its license to cover; the station has remain silent through August, 2010. It is now licensed to Lake Isabella, having previously moved its construction permit from Walhalla in Mason County. It is licensed for 250 watts @ 49 feet. Should the station begin operations, it will cause a crowded frequency on 98.9 in the area as there is already a licensed LPFM (WQOS) on 98.9 in Mt. Pleasant, just miles east of the location of what would be WRAX in Isabella County.

 

 

• Larlen Communications was granted its license to cover for WDPW FM 91.9 Greenville. The station has reportedly been on the air with religious programming.

 

 

• The FCC has approved Synergy Medias acquisition of FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $3,200 plus the forgiveness of unpaid tower rent. The application states the translator, which is currently silent, would rebroadcast Synergy's WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee.

 

• Also approved by the FCC was the transaction between Heartland Communications, the company that owns WIKB-FM/AM 99.1/1230 Iron River, and NorthStar Properties, LLC worth $700,000 that involved a partial sale and also involved a number of stations in northern Wisconsin.

 

• No notable activity for March 8.

 

 

• Best Media is selling FM translator W206BI 89.1 to Radio One for $120,000 pending FCC approval and closing. An application is on file withe FCC to move the translator to FM 99.9 and rebroadcast Radio One's WDMK-FM 105.9 - however, it's also possible further applications will be filed to change the originating station and/or location. Radio One owns WCHB AM 1200 and WHTD-FM 102.7 along with WDMK in Detroit. Although both WDMK and WHTD use digital FM IBOC, neither is currently utilizing an HD2 stream.

 

WMUZ FM 103.5 Detroit has been granted special temporary authority to increase its digital IBOC power.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of 31 FM stations and translators from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, CA to Calvary Radio Network of Indiana. Included are W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek, both of which relay WQKO FM 91.9 Howe, IN- which is also part of the $1,000,000 transaction.

 

WMSD FM 90.9 Rose City was granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 5,000 to 15,000 watts and change from Class A to Class C3. The station's antenna height would remain the same; it would switch to a directional pattern should the construction permit be completed by its expiration date of March 10, 2013.

 

• FM translator W237CZ 95.3 Hudsonville was granted its license to cover for a power increase to 250 watts from 55 and to rebroadcast AM station WPRR AM 1680 Ada.

 

• FM translator W286AU 105.1 Allegan was granted an extension of its remain silent authority through September 7, 2010.

 

• No notable activity for March 10.

 

 

WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater has been sold by Michiana Christian Broadcasters to Bible Broadcasting Network for $300,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The station, which has aired BBN programming since it signed on in July 2008, has a construction permit to drastically increase its coverage area in south central Michigan.

 

 

WSGW-FM 100.5 Carrollton was granted its license to cover to increase power from 3,000 to 6,000 watts and change to a directional pattern.

 

 

• WYGR LLC, owner of WYGR AM 1530 Wyoming/Grand Rapids is purchasing FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills (NE of Grand Rapids) for $25,000 from Horizon Christian Fellowship pending FCC approval and closing. Horizon has also filed for remain silent authority for the translator.

 

• No notable activity for March 16 - 17.

 

 

• Birach Broadcasting of Southfield, MI has received two $15,000 Notices of Apparent Liability from the FCC for violations concerning staffing levels at two west Michigan AM stations, WMFN AM 640 Zeeland and WMJH AM 810 Rockford. Inspections in 2005 resulted in FCC findings that the stations were engaging in an unauthorized transfers of control that occurred in the context of time brokerage agreements and further found that Birach apparently failed to staff the main studios of the stations with the required managerial and staff level employees of its own while the stations were being operated by a time broker. WMFN Notice of Apparent Liability, WMJH Notice of Apparent Liability (.pdf)

 

 

• The FCC has granted the transfer of license for WFUM TV 28 Flint from The University of Michigan to Central Michigan University.

 

• The construction permit for contemporary Christian WTAC FM 89.7 Burton to increase power has been modified from 5,000 to 25,000 watts. In addition, the station's broadcast location will change from near Beecher in Genesee County to near Holly in Oakland County.

 

• FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 10 to 85 watts.

 

• The transfer of FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee from Horizon Christian Fellowship to Synergy Media has closed.

 

 

• FM translator W224BZ 92.7 Ionia has been granted its license to cover. The station moved from FM 93.1 and increased power to : 212 watts @ 200 feet and will be used to give WION AM a presence on the FM dial in Ionia.

 

• Central Michigan University's WCML FM 91.7 Alpena has added digital broadcasts.

 

 

• The value of the sale of Rubber City Radio's 4 station Mid-Michigan radio group to Midwest Communications is valued at $4 million - with another $100,000 added on to keep RCRG from competing in the Lansing market for the next 5 years.

 

• The sale of 11 Upper Peninsula radio stations from Northern Star Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications has been filed with the FCC with a confirmed sale price of $3.5 million.

 

• Northern Michigan University's Escanaba FM translator of WNMU FM Marquette has completed its move from 107.1 to 96.5 as W243CQ.

 

 

• FM translator W210BB 89.9 Benton Harbor is silent with the pending sign on of WAYO FM 89.9 Berrien Springs. The translator, owned by Pensacola Christian College, has applied for remain silent authority from the FCC while an alternate frequency is researched.

 

• No notable activity for March 25.

 

 

• Smile FM's WEJC FM 88.3 White Star (Midland) has been granted a construction permit to increase power from 55,000 watts (vertical polarization) to 80,000 watts from the same tower height and location in Bay County.

 

• No notable activity for March 29.

 

 

• W262BD 100.3 Dimondale was granted a license to cover for the construction permit that changed the FM translator's effective power from 13 watts @ 394 feet to 22 watts @ 312 feet and moved its transmitter from south of Lansing to downtown Lansing. The station is rebroadasting AM station WWSJ 1580 St. Johns.

 

• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Warren has applied for remain silent authorization as it waits for authorization from the FCC to relocate.

 

 

WDMJ AM 1320 Marquette has applied for a 180 day extension of its special temporary authority to operate with daytime power reduced to 280 watts in order to enable the station to reduce its power bill substantially while at the same time continuing to provide city grade coverage to Marquette. The original STA was granted on the basis of the WDMJ's showing that economic conditions in Michigan were severely depressed and that absent the cost savings that WDMJ would realize from the reduced power operations, the station would have been forced to suspend operations until economic conditions improved.

 

 

WFBE FM 95.1 Flint has applied for program test authority and its license to cover to begin operations from its new antenna location in Burton. The station is moving from its longtime broadcast home at the old Flint Central high school.

 

 

• Recent sign on contemporary Christian WAYO FM 88.9 Benton Harbor was granted its license to cover.

 

• Low power TV station WUDT Ch. 23 Detroit has applied for its license to cover to broadcast in digital on channel 8.

 

 

• After having a major change application dismissed that involved changing the station's community of license and both daytime and nighttime location, Birach Broadcasting's WCXI AM 1160 Fenton has been granted a construction permit to change to two-site operations; if the permit is completed the station will operate during the daytime from Oakland County near Wixom with its nighttime operation remaining unchanged in Genesee County near Fenton. The new daytime facility would use a 3-tower array with 15,000 watts with night operations remaining at 1,000 watts with its current 2-tower array. The station would remain licensed to Fenton.

 

• WNMU-FM translator W297AE 107.3 Stephenson has applied to move to FM 96.7 due to the sign on of WUPF FM 107.3 in the area.

 

• No notable activity for April 6 - 9.

 

 

WJRT TV 12 Flint has been granted a construction permit to increase its power from 18,200 to 30,000 watts. The station will remain non-directional at 938 feet.

 

• No notable activity for April 13.

 

 

WFUM TV 28 Flint has been granted a construction permit to increase its power from 126,000 to 500,000 watts. The station will remain directional at 836 feet.

 

 

• SAID News Foundation is selling the construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City to West Central Michigan Media Ministries for $7,000 pending FCC approval and closing. West Central owns and operates recent sign on WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac.

 

• Pensacola Christian College has applied to change the frequency of its Benton Harbor FM translator to 91.5 from its previous location at 89.9 where it recently went silent due to the sign on of WAYO FM 88.9.

 

WDHS TV 8 Iron Mountain has applied for remain silent authorization because "The WDHS digital transmitter ceased operating due to a Klystron malfunction. The applicant intends to repair the malfunction and return the station to operation within the next 90 days".

 

• No notable activity for April 16 and 19.

 

 

• Trinity Broadcasting has taken low power TV station W18BT (analog Ch. 18) Alpena off the air and applied for temporary authority to remain silent. According to the application, the "Licensee has temporarily shut down broadcast operation of W18BT, Alpena, Michigan, due to a reduction in local support which we believe is associated with the national transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The station anticipates completion of a market analysis to determine the viability and level of local support or the alternative possibility of a sale of the station. In the interim we respectfully request special temporary authority to remain dark.

 

• No notable activity for April 21.

 

 

• Low power religious TV station WDWO-CA Detroit has applied for a flash cut which, if approved by the FCC, will allow the station to change from analog to digital operations on Channel 18. WDWO is owned/operated by TCT Ministries, Inc.

 

• Educational Media Foundation's FM translator in Mason (95.3, W237BY) was granted its license to cover for minor changes (ERP from 27 watts @ 233 feet to 19 watts @ 308 feet).

 

• Another EMF translator was granted its license to cover for minor changes- W239AU 95.7 Webberville has moved to 95.9 as W240CG. Both W240CG and W237BY carry EMF's contemporary Christian 'Air 1' programming.

 

 

• The sale of WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater to Bible Broadcasting Network from Michiana Christian Broadcasters was approved by the FCC. Sale price was $300,000.

 

• Low power TV station WUDT Ch. 23 Detroit was granted its license to cover for digital operations on channel 8. Through PSIP the station maps to its former analog dial position of Ch. 23.

 

• High school WAHS FM 89.5 Auburn Hills has applied for a new construction permit that would replace one granted in 2007 that is due to expire on May 17th. The station would like to increase power to 2,400 watts @ 177 feet with a directional antenna from its current non-directional 100 watts @ 141 feet.

 

 

• Country WFBE FM 95.1 Flint was granted program test authority and its license to cover for operations from its new antenna location in Burton. The station has moved from its longtime broadcast home at the old Flint Central high school.

 

• Trinity Broadcasting has taken analog LPTV station W66BV Ch. 66 Detroit off the air and applied for temporary authority to remain silent. According to the application, the "Licensee has temporarily shut down broadcast operation of W66BV, Detroit, Michigan, due to a reduction in local support which we believe is associated with the national transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The station anticipates completion of a market analysis to determine the viability and level of local support or the alternative possibility of a sale of the station. In the interim we respectfully request special temporary authority to remain dark."

 

 

• FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills was granted remain silent authorization; it is in the process of being sold to WYGR LLC by Horizon Christian Fellowship.

 

• Trinity Broadcasting has taken analog LPTV station W66BV Ch. 66 Detroit off the air and applied for temporary authority to remain silent. According to the application, the "Licensee has temporarily shut down broadcast operation of W66BV, Detroit, Michigan, due to a reduction in local support which we believe is associated with the national transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The station anticipates completion of a market analysis to determine the viability and level of local support or the alternative possibility of a sale of the station. In the interim we respectfully request special temporary authority to remain dark."

 

• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Warren has been granted a construction permit to change its location within southern Macomb County and increase power from 10 to 50 watts. The translator is currently silent.

 

• No notable activity for April 28.

 

 

• The FCC approved the sale of 11 of Nothern Star Broadcasting's Upper Peninsula radio stations to Sault Ste. Marie based Sovereign Communications for $3.5 million dollars. The stations involved include: WYSS-FM, WMKD-FM, WKNW AM in the Eastern U.P.; WJPD-FM, WUPK-FM, WNGE-FM, WDMJ AM, and WIAN AM in Marquette; WIMK-FM, WZNL-FM and WMIQ AM in Iron Mountain.

 

• No notable activity for April 30 and May 3 - 5.

 

 

• Silent low power digital TV station WHNE-LD Ch. 26 Flint was granted its license to cover. The station had previously operated as an analog LPTV on Ch. 32 from north of Flint. The station's new licensed broadcast location is in northwestern Oakland County.

 

 

• Construction permit granted to FM translator W230BI 93.9 to change community of license from Metamora to Oxford, move south into Oakland County and modify power to 125 watts. The application states the translator would rebroadcast WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint -- it is currently silent.

 

 

• The transaction between Heartland Communications, the company that owns WIKB-FM/AM 99.1/1230 Iron River, and NorthStar Properties, LLC worth $700,000 that involves a partial sale and also involved a number of stations in northern Wisconsin has closed.

 

• The FCC has approved the sale of silent FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills to WYGR LLC, owner of WYGR AM 1530 Wyoming/Grand Rapids from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale price was $25,000.

 

 

• The FCC has approved the sale of Lansing/Jackson area radio stations WQTX 92.1, WJZL 92.9, WVIC 94.1, and WJXQ 106.1 by Rubber City Radio to Midwest Communications. Sale price was $4.1 million.

 

• No notable activity for May 12 - 14.

 

 

• College WMHW-FM 91.5 Mt. Pleasant was granted a license to cover to change effective radiated power from 13,000 watts (vertical) @ 459 feet directional to a non-directional 9,100 watts @ 538 feet. WMHW is owned by Central Michigan University.

 

• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Warren was granted a license to cover to change its location within southern Macomb County and increase power from 10 to 50 watts. The translator is owned by Radio Power, Inc.

 

 

• Talk WPIQ FM 92.7 Manistique was granted its license to cover to change from a Class A station operating with 6,000 watts @ 157 feet to Class C2 with 24,500 watts @ 713 feet. The station's transmitter moved from just east of Manistique to the west near the border of Schoolcraft and Delta counties.

 

• No notable activity for May 19 - 21.

 

 

• Contemporary Christian WSLI FM 90.9 Belding was granted its license to cover; the station had previously operated with special temporary authority. WSLI was also granted a construction permit to change from 2,900 watts @ 98 feet (Class A) to 11,500 watts @ 239 feet with a directional antenna (Class B1).

 

 

• License to cover granted to FM translator W230BI 93.9 to change community of license from Metamora to Oxford, move south into Oakland County and modify power to 125 watts.

 

• No notable activity for May 26 - 28.

 

 

• FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 98.5 as W253AR and increase power from 6 to 250 watts.

 

• The digital TV translator WPBN-TV on Channel 50 was granted its license to cover. The translator operates from the former location of WPBN's analog signal in Wexford County and helps fill in coverage for the station after it's primary transmitter moved to Kalkaska County.

 

 

• FM translator W206BI 89.1 Hamtramck was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 99.9 as W260CB, increase power from 10 to 250 watts, and move its broadcast location from Detroit to Royal Oak Township.

 

• FM translator W288BK 105.5 Rochester Hills was granted a construction permit to increase power from 12 to 38 watts and change its originating station from WQUS 103.1 Lapeer to WMXD 92.3 Detroit (HD-2).

 

• Roy E. Henderson (d.b.a. New Ulm Broadcasting Co.) has been granted a construction permit for a new low power digital TV station to be licensed to Traverse City on Channel 7. W07DQ-D would operate with 3,000 watts @ 538 feet from the same broadcast tower used by WLDR-FM 101.9.

 

WNMU TV Ch. 13 Marquette was granted its license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities.

 

• No notable activity for June 3 - 4.

 

 

• Country WTCM-FM 103.5 Traverse City was granted a construction permit to increase its height above average terrain from 991 feet to 1,486 feet. The station will stay at 100,000 watts.

 

• The construction permit for WCDY FM 107.9 McBain was modified from 2,050 watts @ 568 feet with a non-directional antenna to 3,100 watts @ 459 feet with a directional antenna. The station's location would also move southwest near where Wexford, Missaukee, and Osceola Counties meet.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W206BI 89.1 Hamtramck by Best Media to Radio One. Sale price was $120,000.

 

 

• Hispanic Christian Community Network is selling two Escanaba LPTV stations, W11CZ and W25DX, to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin as part of a larger transaction worth $400,000 pending FCC approval and closing.

 

• Bible Broadcasting Network has closed on its purchase of WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater from Michiana Christian Broadcasters.

 

 

• Synergy Media is purchasing FM translator W226BB 93.1 Ludington from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $6,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The application shows that Synergy plans on using the translator to retransmit its WWKR FM 94.1 Hart.

 

 

• Grace Baptist Church, licensee of religious WBLW FM 88.1 Gaylord, was issued a forfeiture order in the amount of $3,000 for "failing to timely file a license renewal application and engaging in unauthorized operation of the Station". FCC Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

 

• No notable activity for June 11 and 14.

 

 

• Central Michigan University's WCMU-TV Ch. 14 Mt. Pleasant and WCMW-TV Ch. 21 Manistee were granted their licenses to cover for their post-transition digital facilities.

 

• No notable activity for June 16 - 18.

 

 

• Vineyard Academy was granted a construction permit for a new FM station at 91.5 to be licensed to Vicksburg. The Class B1 station would operate with 20,000 watts @ 174 feet with a directional antenna located in St. Joseph County should it be completed as specify. Vicksburg is located southeast of Kalamazoo.

 

• No notable activity for June 22 - 23.

 

 

• Midwest Communications closed on its purchase of WJXQ FM 106.1 Charlotte, WJZL FM 92.9 Grand Ledge, WQTX FM 92.1 St. Johns, and WVIC FM 94.1 Jackson from Rubber City Radio.

 

• No notable activity for June 25, 28 - 30.

 

 

WDHS TV Ch. 8 Iron Mountain was granted its license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities.

 

• No notable activity for July 2 and 6.

 

 

• Digital LPTV station WHNE-LP Ch. 26 Flint was granted a construction permit to increase power from 1,600 watts @ 518 feet to 15,000 watts @ 518 feet. The station, currently silent, would remain directional.

 

• Northern Michigan University was granted a construction permit to move its FM translator of WNMU FM 90.1in Stephenson from FM 107.3 to FM 96.7 as W244CM. The translator has been silent on FM 107.3 for a number of months with the sign on of WUPF FM 107.3 licensed to nearby Powers.

 

• No notable activity for July 8 - 9 and 12.

 

 

• LPTV station WDWO-LP Ch. 18 Detroit was granted a construction permit to move to digital broadcasting on Ch. 18 (digital flash cut).

 

 

• The FCC has approved the sale of the construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City to West Central Michigan Media Ministries by SAID News Foundation. Sale price was $7,000.

 

• No notable activity for July 15.

 

 

• The FM translator owned by Pensacola Christian College at FM 89.9 Benton Harbor (W210BB) was granted a construction permit to move to FM 90.3 as W212CL. The translator was forced of the air on 89.9 with the sign on of full-power station WAYO in the area.

 

• No notable activity for July 19.

 

 

WYCE FM 88.1 Wyoming granted its license to cover to increase power from 7,000 watts @ 167 feet to 10,000 watts @ 164 feet with a modified directional antenna.

 

 

• The construction permit for WSMZ FM Crystal Valley/Hart modified to change frequency from 89.1 to 88.3 and power from 400 watts @ 705 feet to 1,100 watts @ 656 feet. The permit is owned by Smile FM.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W226BB 93.1 Ludington from Horizon Christian Fellowship to Synergy Media. Sale price was $6,000.

 

• No notable activity for July 22.

 

 

• The Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools was granted a construction permit for a new non-commerical FM station station be licensed to Greilickville. The Class A station would operate with 2,400 watts @ 584 feet with a directional antenna in Leelanau County.

 

 

• The construction permit for WUPG FM 96.7 Republic was modified from 18,750 watts @ 381 feet to 23,100 watts @ 341 feet.

 

 

• Interlochen Center for the Arts was granted its license to cover for new sign on WLMN FM 89.7 Manistee. The station is carrying the NPR/news-talk format of IPR's WICA FM 91.5 Traverse City.

 

• The construction permit for the post-transitional facilites of WBUP TV Ch. 10 Ishpeming were modified from 4,800 watts @ 344 feet to 9,000 watts @ 755 feet from a broadcast tower located closer to Ishpeming.

 

• Licenses to cover for post-transition digital facilities were granted to WDIV TV Ch. 45 (PSIP Ch. 4) Detroit, WBSF TV Ch. 46 Bay City, WGTU TV Ch. 29 Traverse City, and WGTQ TV Ch. 8 Sault Ste. Marie.

 

• The construction permit for post-transition digital facilites for WWUP TV Ch. 10 Sault Ste. Marie was modified from 20,700 to 25,000 watts.

 

• No notable activity for July 28 - 30 and August 2 - 5.

 

 

• Radio Assist Ministry has applied to voluntarily transfer FM translator W219DK 91.7 Manistee to Edgewater Broadcasting as part of a larger transaction involving a number of FM stations and translators across the country.

 

• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Warren was granted construction permit to change its location from Warren to Royal Oak Township, increase power from 50 to 250 watts, and change community of license to Detroit. The translator is owned by Radio Power, Inc.

 

WOOD-TV was granted a construction permit for a replacement digital translator on Ch. 46 in Muskegon. An analog translator on Ch. 46 has been operating from Muskegon for a number of years providing lakeshore residents a better signal for the NBC affiliate.

 

 

WZMQ TV Ch. 19 Marquette was granted a modification of its construction permit to specify 31,000 watts @ 577 feet from 41,600 watts @ 814 feet; tower would be located closer to Ishpeming.

 

 

WCML TV Ch. 24 (PSIP Ch. 6) Alpena was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 106,000 to 300,000 watts.

 

 

• Speaker Radio was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station to be licensed to Speaker Township (Sanilac County). The Class A station would operate with 400 watts @ 551 feet from a tower located southwest of Lexington.

 

 

• Classic rock WRUP FM 98.3 was granted its license to cover that saw the station move into the Marquette market, exiting Munising. The station changed its community of license to Palmer, moved its broadcast location from Alger County into Marquette County where it now operates with 2,600 watts @ 1018 feet. The station's prior facilities near Munising transmitted with 32,000 watts @ 358 feet and only provided a marginal signal into Marquette.

 

• Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor was granted a construction permit for its new primary antenna; the station has been operating from its auxiliary facility since 2009 after being forced to move. The new facilities will operate with 50,000 watts @ 440 feet with a directional antenna located southwest of Ann Arbor.

 

• No notable activity for August 13 and 16 - 17.

 

 

• LPTV WNYD-LP Ch. 26 Alpena was granted its license to cover. The station is owned by Confesora Peralta.

 

 

• The FCC approved the voluntary of transfer FM translator W219DK 91.7 Manistee to Edgewater Broadcasting from Radio Assist Ministry.

 

• No notable activity for August 20 and 23.

 

 

• The construction permit for the post-transition digital facilites of WJMN TV Ch. 3 Escanaba was modified to increase its height from 1148 to 1165 feet.

 

• No notable activity for August 25.

 

 

• The construction permit for WDTP FM 89.5 Huron Township (Trenton area) was modified from 900 watts @ 269 feet to 700 watts @ 312 feet.

 

• No notable activity for August 27.

 

 

• The license for the long-silent analog TV translator of WFQX on Channel 54 licensed to Traverse City was canceled and its W54CR call sign deleted.

 

 

WJBK-TV Ch. 7 (PSIP Ch. 2) Detroit was granted its license to cover for its post-transitional digital facilities.

 

 

WSXP-CD Ch. 15 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for its digital flash cut as it has changed from analog to digital operations.

 

 

• White Pine Community Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station at 89.7 to be licensed to Ironwood. The Class A station would operate with 1,800 watts @ 344 feet from an antenna located in Gogebic County. White Pine Community Broadcasting operates a translator of its WXPR FM 91.7 Rhinelander, WI on FM 100.9 in Ironwood.

 

• No notable activity for September 3.

 

 

• The construction permit for LPTV station WYHD-LP Ch. 5 Escanaba is being transferred by Confesora Peralta to Hispanic Family Christian Network as payment for outstanding debt pending FCC approval and closing.

 

 

• FM translator W230BI 93.9 was granted a construction permit to change community of license from Oxford to Rochester Hills, increase power from 125 to 250 watts, and relocate its broadcast location to the south within Oakland County. The application states the translator would rebroadcast WRCJ-FM 90.9.

 

• FM translator W237CZ 95.3 was granted a construction permit to change community of license from Hudsonville to Grand Rapids and increase antenna height from 138 to 184 feet. The translator will stay at 250 watts and continue to rebroadcast WPRR AM 1680 Ada.

 

• No notable activity for September 9 - 10 and 13.

 

 

WSMH TV Ch. 16 (PSIP Ch. 66) was granted its license to cover for its post-transition digital facilties.

 

• Contemporary Christian WSFP FM 88.5 was granted a construction permit to change community of license from Rust Township to Harrisville, change from Class A on 88.5 to Class C2 on 88.1, increase power from 480 watts @ 472 feet to 18,000 watts @ 472 feet, and change antenna location from west of Alpena to northwest of Harrisville.

 

• Contemporary Christian WJOJ FM 89.7 was granted a construction permit to change community of license from Harrisville to Rust Township.

 

• No notable activity for September 15 - 16.

 

 

• Smile FM was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station at 91.9 to be licensed to Mount Forest. The Class A station would operate with 3,800 watts @ 328 feet from a directional antenna located in Arenac County.

 

• Trinity Broadcasting is donating a number of its analog LPTV stations nationwide to Minority Media Telecommunications, pending FCC approval and closing. In Michigan, this includes W17CS Marquette, W18BT Alpena and W20BZ Escanaba along with W18CF Elkhart, IN.

 

• No notable activity for September 20 - 21.

 

 

• Variety hits WUPG FM 96.7 Republic (Marquette) was granted its license to cover to change from 25,000 watts @ 172 feet to 23,100 watts @ 341 feet.

 

• The translator of public WNMU-FM 90.1 in Stephenson was granted its license to cover for its move from FM 107.3 to FM 96.7 as W244CM.

 

• No notable activity for September 23 - 24.

 

 

• College WUPX FM 91.5 Marquette was granted a construction permit to increase power from 360 watts @ 138 feet to 1,700 watts @ 413 feet and change its broadcast location from north to west of Marquette.

 

 

• Craig Bowman is assigning the license for FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington to MMP1, LLC with no exchange of real property and no financial consideration pending FCC approval and closing.

 

• Public WCML-FM 91.7 Alpena was granted a construction permit to modify its effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 1,171 feet to 92,000 watts @ 1,194 feet.

 

• No notable activity for September 29 - 30.

 

 

• CBS affiliate WWTV TV Ch. 9 Cadillac was granted a construction permit for a DTV replacement translator that would operate on Ch. 40 and operate from near Traverse City.

 

 

• MyNetworkTV affiliate WHTV TV Ch. 34 (PSIP Ch. 18) Jackson was granted a construction permit to increase power from 13,600 watts to 540,000 watts.

 

• The FM translator for adult Christian WSAE FM 106.9 on FM 98.3 (W252BA) Chelsea was granted a construction permit for changes: power from 250 watts @ 59 feet to 120 watts @ 108 feet and a location change from west of Chelsea into Chelsea. The station has been operating with special temporary authority from its new location.

 

• No notable activity for October 5 - 8.

 

 

• K-Love FM translator W292DK 106.3 Westland was granted construction permit to increase power from 10 watts @ 164 feet to 99 watts @ 348 feet from a new broadcast location in Southfield.

 

• No notable activity for October 13 - 14.

 

 

• Roy Henderson is purchasing the silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee from Lake Michigan Broadcasting for $30,225 pending FCC approval and closing.

 

• College WOCR FM Olivet was granted its license to cover for a change frequency to 89.1 from 89.7 with a power increase to 500 watts @ 82 feet from 125 watts @ 75 feet.

 

 

• FM translator W230BI 93.9 was granted its licenes to cover to change community of license from Oxford to Rochester Hills, increase power from 125 to 250 watts, and relocate its broadcast location to the south within Oakland County. The application states the translator would rebroadcast WRCJ-FM 90.9 but is currently silent.

 

• No notable activity for October 19 - 22 and 25.

 

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W225BB 92.9 Battle Creek to Swick Broadcasting from Horizon Christian Fellowship. The sale price was $10,000 and the transfer application states that Swick would rebroadcast religious WYBA FM 90.1 Coldwater on the currently silent translator.

 

WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park was granted a construction permit to change power from 11 to 12 watts and slightly relocate its transmitter.

 

• No notable activity for October 27 - 28.

 

 

• Kalamazoo Broadcasting (aka Kuiper Broadcasting), owner of WKPR AM 1420 Kalamazoo, is paying $80,000 to Langford Broadcasting, owner of WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac, as part of an agreement that would take WDOW off the air permanently and have WKPR move to AM 1440 and increase power from 1,000 to 2,700 watts during daytime hours.

 

• New station WCDY FM 107.9 McBain/Cadillac was granted its license to cover.

 

 

• The FCC has approved the sale of WVHF AM 1140 Kentwood/Grand Rapids to Holy Family Radio from bankruptcy receivership. Sale price was $310,000.

 

• No notable activity for November 2.

 

 

• The FCC has cancelled the licenses for 50 of 51 LPTV analog stations owned by MS Communications in Traverse City, Sault Ste. Marie, Petoskey, Ludington, Cadillac, and Houghton Lake.

 

WOLP-LD Ch. 41 (PSIP Ch. 27) Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover. The station had been operating in analog on Ch. 27 from its now licensed Barry County location with special temporary authority prior to moving to digital.

 

 

• The FCC has opened a new Class A FM allocation for Onekama (Manistee County) on 93.3. FCC Report and Order (.pdf)

 

 

• Public WCML-FM 91.7 Alpena was granted its license to cover to modify its effective radiated power to 92,000 watts @ 1,194 feet from 100,000 watts @ 1,171 feet.

 

• No notable activity for November 8 - 10.

 

 

• Rock WZUU FM 92.5 Mattawan/Kalamazoo was granted a construction permit to change ERP from 6,000 watts @ 322 feet to 4,700 feet @ 364 feet. The station's pattern will remain directional.

 

• No notable activity for November 15 - 17.

 

 

• The FCC approved the assignment of license for FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington to MMP1, LLC from Craig Bowman. There was no exchange of real property and no financial consideration.

 

 

• A license to cover for FM translator W237CZ 95.3 to change community of license from Hudsonville to Grand Rapids and increase antenna height from 138 to 184 feet was granted. The translator rebroadcasts WPRR AM 1680 Ada.

 

• No notable activity for November 22 - 24 and 26.

 

 

• CBS affliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba has been operating at 20% of its full authorized power since October 26th after some of its digital equipment sustained damage from severe storms and accompanying strong winds that occured in the U.P. Damaged equipment has been sent back to the manufacturer in France for evaluation and repair and WJMN-TV has applied for special temporary authority to operate at reduced power until repairs can be completed. Just weeks before the storm damage occured, WJMN-TV had completed the construction of its full power, full market coverage digital facilities.

 

• Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools is selling the construction permit for WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City to Baraga Broadcasting for $10,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga owns religious/Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix, WIDG AM 940 St. Ignace and two FM translators in northern Michigan.

 

• No notable activity for November 30 and December 1.

 

 

• Talk WSRJ FM 105.5 Honor/Traverse City was granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 4,700 (Class A) to 17,200 watts (Class C3).

 

• College WLNZ FM 89.7 Lansing was granted a construction permit to increase power from 420 watts @ 98 feet to 1,000 watts @ 109 feet with a directional antenna. A similar construction permit was to expire in October, 2010 before being completed.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of the silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee to Roy E. Henderson from Lake Michigan Broadcasting for $30,225.

 

 

• FM translator W226BB Ludington has been granted a construction permit to change frequency from 93.1 to 92.7 as W224CA, change power from 27 watts @ 243 feet to 40 watts @ 331 feet with a location change within Mason County south of Ludington. The translator rebroadcasts classic rock WWKR FM 94.1 Hart.

 

• West Central Michigan Media Ministries has closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City. This station will likely not sign on; instead West Central plans on expanding the coverage of its religious WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac.

 

• No notable activity for December 6 - 8.

 

 

• The application to assign the construction permit for LPTV station WYHD-LP Ch. 5 Escanaba to Hispanic Family Christian Network by Confesora Peralta has been dismissed.

 

 

• Freelancer Television Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new digital low power TV station on Channel 14 to be licensed to Lake City. W14DR-D would operate with 425 watts @ 525 feet from an antenna located east of Cadillac.

 

• Contemporary Christian WSMZ FM 88.3 Crystal Valley/Hart was a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 1,100 to 1,500 watts.

 

WRAX FM 98.9 Lake Isabella/Mt. Pleasant has applied to the FCC for remain silent authority. The station, owned by Radioactive, LLC, previously had received remain silent authority for the year between November 13, 2009 and November 13, 2010 and its most recent application states the station went silent again on November 10th, 2010. Its not clear if this station has ever operated.

 

 

• Recent sign-on contemporary Christian WSMZ FM 88.3 Crystal Valley/Hart was granted its license to cover. The station is part of the statewide Smile FM network.

 

 

• Pop WJSZ FM 92.5 Ashley was its license to cover for a power increase from 2,000 to 4,000 watts and change to a directional antenna.

 

• FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills was granted a construction permit to move to 95.3 as W237BW, change location and increase power from 10 to 250 watts. The translator is owned by WYGR, LLC and the application states it would rebroadcast WFUR-FM 102.9 Grand Rapids.

 

• No notable activity for December 15.

 

 

• The FCC and The Ovid-Elsie Area Schools have entered into a Consent Decree concerning self-reported public file violations during the 2004 license renewal process for WOES FM 91.3 Ovid-Elsie. Among other stipulations, the school district will be making a voluntary $10,000 contribution to the U.S. Treasury via monthly installments and the FCC will grant the station's license renewal once all payments have been made.

 

 

• Clean Air Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station at 90.9 to be licensed to Escanaba. The Class C1 station would operate with 100,000 watts (vertical polarization) at 217 feet with a directional antenna in Menominee County.

 

 

• The construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) was modified from 750 watts @ 233 feet (Class A) to 8,100 watts @ 233 (Class B1) with a modified directional antenna pattern.

 

 

• Holy Family Radio has closed on its purchase of WVHF AM 1140 Kentwood. The station was purchased out of bankruptcy for $310,000.

 

• FM translator W225BB 92.9 Battle Creek was granted a construction permit to increase power from 10 to 250 watts and relocate to just south of Battle Creek. The application shows the translator would rebroadcast WYBA FM 90.1 Coldwater.

 

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