Sales and Transactions: March 2010 Archives


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.







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