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WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas has applied for Remain Silent Authorization from the FCC as it "retools the station's programming to better serve the needs and interests of the listening area". The application states that WRQC anticipates returning to the air in about three months; it went silent on January 1st.

 

• Trinity Broadcasting's Detroit LPTV station has been granted its license to cover to move from analog Ch. 66 (W66BV) to digital Ch. 47 as W47DL-D.

 

• The digital TV translator for WOOD-TV on Channel 46 near Muskegon was granted its license to cover. The translator helps fill in coverage for the station along the Lake Michigan shoreline near Muskegon.

 

• No notable activity for December 23, 27-30, and January 3-7.

 

 

• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 was granted its license to cover to increase power from 50 to 250 watts @ 952 feet, move its transmitter from Warren to Royal Oak Township, and change community of license from Warren to Detroit. The translator has been rebroadcasting classical/jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 Detroit.

 

 

• ChristianRadioBroadcasting.org was granted a construction permit for new non-commercial FM station to be licensed to Munising on 89.7. The Class C3 station would operate with 19,000 watts @ 154 feet with a transmitter southeast of Munising in Alger County. ChristianRadioBroadcasting.org now holds two non-commercial construction permits in the U.P.

 

• The FM translator of WNMU-FM Marquette in Stephenson (W244CM) was granted a construction permit to change frequency from 96.7 to 97.3. The translator had previously moved from 107.3 and is moving again to avoid interference from WDBK-FM, WUPG-FM, and WSFQ-FM.

 

• Contemporary Christian WSLI FM 90.9 was granted its license to cover to change from 2,900 watts (V) @ 98 feet (Class A) to 11,500 watts (V) @ 239 feet, directional (Class B1). Belding is located northeast of Grand Rapids.

 

• The FCC approved the transfer (via donation) of analog LPTV station W18BT Ch. 18 Alpena from Trinity Broadcasting to Minority Media Telecommunications.

 

• The sale of the construction permit for WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City from the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools to Baraga Broadcasting was approved by the FCC. Sale price was $10,000 and will likely expand Baraga's network of religious/Catholic stations in northern Michigan.

 

• Due to technical issues with the station's antenna, adult contemporary WLXT FM 96.3 Petoskey is operating at reduced power (50,000 instead of 100,000 watts) until a replacement antenna can be installed.

 

• No notable activity for January 12-14 and 18-20.

 

 

• Cumulus Broadcasting has agreed to purchase FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $12,500 pending FCC approval and closing. Cumulus plans to apply to move the translator to FM 102.5 and move it closer to Kalamazoo so that it can rebroadcast the HD2 stream of WRKR-FM 107.7 Kalamazoo.

 

 

• Silent FM translator W230BI 93.9 Rochester Hills has been granted a construction permit for changes: frequency to 94.3, location from Rochester Hills to Royal Oak Township, power from 250 watts @ 112 feet to 99 watts @ 909 feet directional and community of license to Detroit.

The translator would be co-located with owner Radio Power's other Detroit-area translator on FM 104.7. Both translators list WRCJ-FM 90.9 as the station they will be rebroadcasting on applications with the FCC; this may change in the near future as WRCJ does not require fill-in assistance in the part of metro Detroit these translators will serve and WRCJ also does not currently broadcast in HD with secondary streams.

When operating, the translators could disappoint area listeners of full-power stations from nearby Detroit (WIOT 104.7 Toledo, OH and CKSY 94.3 Chatham, ON) as they will either eliminate reception of WIOT and CKSY or drastically increase interference. WIOT's protected service area only extends into the southern portion of the Detroit metro area and CKSY does not have any protected service area in the USA.

 

• Low power TV station WLPC-LP Ch. 26 Detroit has applied for special temporary authority to resume analog operations on Ch. 38; the station was asked by the CRTC (Canada's broadcast regulator) to stop its analog broadcasts on Ch. 26; Windsor's CHWI-TV Ch. 60 moved to Ch. 26 earlier this month. WLPC has a construction permit for a digital companion channel on Ch. 40.

 

• Low power TV station W67CS Ch. 67 Sault Ste. Marie has been granted a construction permit to flash-cut to digital operations on Channel 28.

 

• Recent sign-on WSMZ FM 88.3 Crystal Valley (near Hart) was granted its license to cover to increase power from 1,100 to 1,500 watts.

 

 

• Low power TV station WLPC-LP Ch. 26 Detroit was granted special temporary authority to resume analog operations on Channel 38.

 

• No notable activity for January 26 - 27.

 

 

• Low power TV station WDWO-CD Ch. 18 Detroit was granted its license to cover for its flash cut to digital operations. The station reportedly is operating with 3 subchannels from the TCT network; 18.1 and 18.3 are SD and 18.2 is in HD.

 

• No notable activity for January 31 and February 1.

 

 

• Religious WKPR AM 1420 Kalamazoo has been granted a construction permit to move to AM 1440 and increase power from 1,000 to 2,700 watts during daytime hours and use 24 watts at night. The station would change from 2 towers to a single tower with the power increase and frequency change. The move to AM 1440 was part of an agreement announced in November between Kalamazoo Broadcasting and Langford Broadcasting, owner of WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac. Kalamazoo is paying $80,000 to Langford to take WDOW off the air permanently.

 

• Baraga Broadcasting has closed on its $10,000 purchase of the construction permit for WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City from the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools.

 

• No notable activity for February 3.

 

 

• MacDonald Broadcasting has been granted a construction permit for a new Class A FM radio station to be licensed to Traverse City at 104.5. The station would operate with 1,750 watts @ 614 from an antenna location along M-72 west of Traverse City. MacDonald Broadcasting, primarily controlled by Ken MacDonald, Jr., owns 8 radio stations in Lansing and Saginaw/Bay City. His sister, Patricia MacDonald-Garber, is the principle of 7 northern Michigan radio stations and one translator - a group that was spun off from MacDonald Broadcasting in 1998 after the application for FM 104.5 Traverse City was originally filed with the FCC.

 

• FM translator W288BK 105.5 Rochester Hills was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 12 watts @ 85 feet to 38 watts @ 171 feet. The translator retransmits contemporary Christian 'K-Love' which is broadcast on WMXD-FM 92.3 HD2.

 

• No notable activity for February 7.

 

 

• The sale of WJRT TV Ch. 12 Flint and WTVG TV Ch. 13 Toledo by ABC/Disney to SJL Holdings was approved by the FCC. The deal, announced in November, is worth $13.2M for WJRT and $16.8M for WTVG. Closing will return the stations to SJL which sold stations to ABC in 1995 when there was concern about the affiliation of WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit due to affiliate changes involving CBS and Fox in that market.

 

WGPR FM 107.5 Detroit notified the FCC it plans to add HD broadcasting.

 

• No notable activity for February 9 - 10.

 

 

• MMP1, LLC has closed on its acquisition of FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington from Craig Bowman. There was no exchange of real property and no financial consideration involved.

 

• No notable activity for February 14.

 

 

• West Central Michigan Media Ministries is purchasing the construction permit for WUMI FM 90.3 Newberry for $2,500 from Korkee, Inc. pending FCC approval and closing. The construction permit is set to expire on May 16th 2011, however West Central could apply for an 18-month extension as part of the sale. West Central owns and operates religious WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac and has a construction permit for new 91.9 Reed City (WZMI).

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship has applied for an extension of its remain silent authorization for its WTNP FM 91.9 Richland and three of its translators. Horizon is attempting to sell off its broadcast assets.

 

 

• Cadillac Telecasting's FOX affiliate stations in northern lower Michigan, WFQX TV 32 Cadillac and WFUP TV 45 Vanderbilt, were granted their licenses to cover for their post-transition digital facilities.

 

 

• Construction permits were granted for 14 new digital low-power television stations in northern Michigan including: 2 to Paul G. Donner (W19DQ-D Ch. 19 and W20DI-D Ch. 20 Traverse City); 1 to West Central Michigan Media Ministries (W23EB-D Ch. 23 Cadillac); 1 to Heritage Broadcasting (W38EV-D Ch. 38 Traverse City), and 10 to CTB Spectrum Services Two, LLC (W34EI-D Ch. 34 and W36EH-D Ch. 36 Gaylord; W41EA-D Ch. 41 Grayling; W20DK-D Ch. 20, W22EB-D Ch. 22, and W27DM-D Ch. 27 Roscommon; W15DF-D Ch. 15, W38EZ-D Ch. 38, and W46EV-D Houghton Lake; W44DI-D Ch. 44 Maple Valley).

Heritage Broadcasting owns WWTV/WWUP-TV Chs. 9/10, West Central Michigan Ministries owns radio station WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac, and neither Paul G. Donnor or CTB Spectrum Services Two currently own broadcast properties in Michigan.

CTB Networks will likely be using these for pure data services and not traditional TV broadcasting. More on CTB Networks is available at www.ctbnetworks.com.

 

• The transactions regarding the sale of two former Clear Channel-owned radio stations in Battle Creek as part of a multi-station sale to Cumulus Broadcasting have closed. WBCK AM 930 is now controlled by Stratus Radio and planned to be sold to another party. WBFN AM 1400 was transferred to the Aloha Station Trust and Cumulus Licensing and expected to be formally transferred via donation to Family Life Radio.

 

• No notable activity for February 18.

 

 

• The transaction for the sale of 6 former Clear Channel-owned radio stations in Ann Arbor and Battle Creek as part of a multi-station sale to Cumulus Broadcasting has closed. The six stations are WWWW-FM 102.9, WQKL FM 107.1, WTKA AM 1050, WLBY AM 1290 (Ann Arbor) along with WBCK-FM 95.3 and WBXX-FM 104.9 (Battle Creek). The sale took over four years to complete due to complications with the reconstruction of the broadcast tower for WWWW-FM.

 

 

• Low power TV station WUDT Ch. 23 Detroit has applied for a digital flash cut. The station is already operating with a digital companion channel on Ch. 8 and has turned off its analog signal on Ch. 23.

 

• Larlen Communications WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Township (near Saugatuck) has applied for an extension of its remain silent authorization.

 

 

• Radio Power has applied for remain silent authority for FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Detroit. The station had been rebroadcasting classical/jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 Detroit.

 

 

• Religious WYBA FM 90.1 Coldwater was granted a construction permit to increase power from 250 watts @ 62 feet (Class A) to 32,000 watts @ 253 feet (Class B) with a directional antenna. The station's broadcast location would change from near Coldwater in Branch County to between Athens and Battle Creek along M-66 in Calhoun County.

 

 

• New low-power digital TV station WMNN-LD Ch. 26 Lake City has started over-the-air operations and has applied for its license to cover. The station, which serves the Cadillac area, operates on Ch. 14 but maps to Ch. 26 through PSIP. It is owned by Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.

 

• A construction permit was granted for a new digital low-power television stations to DTV America II to be licensed to Midland on Channel 51 (W51ET-D).

 

• No notable activity for March 1.

 

 

• Mentor Partners has been granted a construction permit for a new AM radio station to be licensed to Big Rapids. The Class B station would operate with 1,000 watts daytime and 920 watts nighttime from a 3-tower array in Mecosta County at the same location of Mentor's WBRN AM 1460 and WWBR FM 100.9. The company also owns WYBR FM 102.3 and an FM translator for WBRN on 107.7 in Big Rapids.

 

 

• Heartland Communications is selling its trio of Houghton radio stations (classic hits WOLV-FM 97.7, country WHKB-FM 102.3, and standards WCCY AM 1400) for $535,000 to Houghton Community Broadcasting, pending FCC approval and closing. Stephen Marks is listed as the sole stockholder, officer, and director of Houghton Community Broadcasting; he also owns ABC/CW affiliates WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming/WBKP-TV 5 Calumet (as Lake Superior Community Broadcasting) and CBS affiliate WBKB-TV 11 Alpena (as Thunder Bay Broadcasting) in Michigan in addition to a number of radio and TV stations in Montana, North Dakota, and Virginia.

 

 

• A legal fight dating back to 2004 over the ownership/control of low power FM station WVBH-LP FM 105.3 Benton Harbor appear to be nearing a conclusion with an application for transfer of control having been filed with the FCC. Details of the battle over the station can be found in these FCC documents: FCC Letter, July 11, 2007, Page 5 of FCC letter (missing in first file).

Essentially, in 2007 the FCC ruled that the first board to have been granted the construction permit for WVBH-LP was still the proper license holder, despite changes in board members and the organization's legal status with the State of Michigan. The FCC ruled that the second group had improperly taken control of the station and ordered it to immediately discontinue operation. Documentation on what might have caused the delay between the July 2007 FCC ruling and this filing is not readily available on the FCC web site.

 

 

• Variety Hits WUPG FM 96.7 Republic/Marquette has been granted a construction permit to increase power from 23,100 watts @ 341 feet (Class C3) to 50,000 watts @ 351 feet (Class C2) from the same location west of Ishpeming.

 

 

• By Grace Through Faith is selling the construction permit for WSHM FM 88.3 Wixom (suburban Detroit) for $1 to Victor Broadcasting pending FCC approval and closing. The construction permit was issued in May 2008 and is currently set to expire on May 11, 2011; with the sale, Victor Broadcasting has requested an 18-month extension of the permit.

 

 

• Coolarity A2, LLC is purchasing talk WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor First Ventures LP for $1,050,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The sale will put the station in the hands of an independent local owner for the first time since 2003 when Lloyd Johnson sold the station to First Broadcasting Partners.

The new owner is the current station general manager Linda Hughes, who in a statement commented, "Ownership of WAAM is an exciting next step for me personally and for the station. I am proud of the show lineup and features we've been able to bring to WAAM and I am thrilled about the future possibilities for WAAM to better serve our local communities and local advertisers."

Hughes is married to Thayrone, host of WAAM's afternoon show "On The Edge With Thayrone".

 

• The license for FM translator W285DU 104.9 Fremont was canceled and its call sign was deleted by the FCC. It had been owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship and had been off the air for an extended period of time.

 

• No notable activity for March 10.

 

 

• Digital low power TV station WMNN-LD Ch. 26 (mapped from Ch. 14) Lake City / Cadillac was granted its license. The station recently began operations.

 

• The FCC approved the purchase of FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw by Cumulus Broadcasting from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale price was $12,500; the translator also received an extension of its special temporary authority to remain silent.

 

• No notable activity for March 14 - 15.

 

 

• Holy Family Oratory of St. Philip Neri has agreed to sell the construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) to Missouri based Catholic Radio Network, Inc. for $1000 pending FCC approval and closing. The construction permit was set to expire on May 14th; Catholic Radio Network will be eligible for an 18 month extension should the sale be approved.

 

• CMU Public Television station WCML-TV Ch. 6 (mapped from Ch. 24) Alpena has been granted a construction permit to increase power from 300,000 watts @ 1289 feet to 400,000 watts at @ 1311 feet. The station will continue to have a directional antenna.

 

 

• Contemporary Christian WTAC FM 89.7 Burton was granted a construction permit to increase power from 1,000 watts @ 187 feet (Class A) to 15,000 watts @ 361 feet (Class B1). The station's broadcast location would change from near Beecher to south of Fenton and replaces a previous permit to increase power to 25,000 watts from near Holly.

 

• High School WAHS FM 89.5 Auburn Hills was granted a construction permit to increase power from 100 watts @ 141 feet nondirectional to 2,400 watts @ 177 feet with a directional antenna. A similar construction permit for changes expired in 2010 without being completed.

 

 

• Family Stations is selling FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden to Midwest Communications for $40,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The application states Midwest plans on rebroadasting full service/oldies WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater on the translator.

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship has agreed to sell 73 FM translators across the country to First Ventures Capital Partners for $275,000, including W227AS 93.3 Whitehall, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, and W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven in Michigan.

 

 

• The construction permit for WHTV TV Ch. 18 (using Ch. 34) Jackson was modified from 540,000 watts @ 863 feet directional to 88,000 watts @ 945 feet nondirectional. The permit is schedule to expire on September 29, 2013.

 

 

• FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills was granted its license to cover for changes; it is now operating on FM 95.3 as W237BW, rebroadcasting WYGR AM 1530 Wyoming.

 

 

• Sovereign Communications closed on its purchase of 11 Upper Peninsula radio stations from Northern Star Broadcasting on March 18th. Included in the $3.5 million deal were WYSS-FM, WMKD-FM, WKNW AM in Sault Ste Marie area; WJPD-FM, WUPK-FM, WNGE-FM, WDMJ AM, and WIAN AM in the Marquette area; WIMK-FM, WZNL-FM and WMIQ AM in Iron Mountain. The deal had first been announced over one year ago.

 

• Northern Star Broadcasting's WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry, the company's lone remaining U.P. radio station, has applied for special temporary authority to remain silent. The station has primarily been off the air since the first half of 2010, but apparently had resumed operations long enough for it to 'reset' the FCC's clock that would force license cancellation if the station hadn't resumed operations within one year.

 

 

• Radio Assist Ministry has applied for special temporary authority for FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro to remain silent stating financial considerations.

 

 

• Three FM translators owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship (W227AS 93.3 Whitehall, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, and W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven) were granted special temporary authority to remain silent for six more months. All are being sold to First Ventures Capital Partners.

 

• No notable activity for March 29.

 

 

• PBS affliliate WTVS-TV Ch. 56 (uses Ch. 43) Detroit was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 200,000 to 600,000 watts.

 

 

• The sale of ABC affiliates WJRT-TV Ch. 12 Flint and WTVG-TV Ch. 13 Toledo to SJL Broadcasting from The Walt Disney Company has closed.

 

• ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 (uses Ch. 41) Detroit was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 770,000 watts @ 938 feet to 1,000,000 watts @ 1001 feet.

 

• NBC affiliate WPBN-TV Ch. 7 (uses Ch. 47) Traverse City was granted its license to cover for its move to Ch. 47 (PSIP maps the station to Ch. 7) near Kalkaska. The station had previously been operating with special temporary authority with considerably less power from that location.

 

• No notable activity for April 1 and 4.

 

Please note: With the recent power increases by WTVS (Ch. 56) and WXYZ (Ch. 7) Detroit and WPBN (Ch. 7) Traverse City, viewers in or on the fringe of these markets should consider rescanning their devices to determine if these stations might now be receivable.

 

 

• The license for FM translator W207BR 89.3 Ironwood has been canceled and the call sign deleted from the FCC's database. The translator had been owned by Northwestern College and rebroadcasting the school's religious KDNW FM Duluth, MN.

 

• Classic rock WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City was granted a construction permit to modify its effective radiated power from 40,000 watts @ 381 feet to 50,000 watts @ 361 feet.

 

• No notable activity for April 6.

 

 

• The on-again, off-again FM translator owned by Radio Power at 104.7 in Detroit, W284BQ, has now applied to move to FM 93.9 where if approved it would still operate at 250 watts but with greatly reduced height. The antenna would also move to the same tower currently shared by WWJ-TV, WTVS-TV, and WMYD-TV along 8 Mile near Wyoming. This move would undoubtably cause and be subject to major co-channel interference from Windsor Ontario's CIDR-FM, which also operates on 93.9. When the translator has been operating, it has been rebroadcasting WRCJ-FM 90.9.

 

• Official filings have been made with the FCC for the merger of Citadel with Cumulus. Other than the previous placement of WBCK AM 930 into trust, all of the two companies' Michigan radio stations will be owned by the new Cumulus should the deal receive approvals. The new group would own 38 radio stations in lower Michigan.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for WUMI FM 90.3 Newberry to West Central Michigan Media Ministries from Korkee, Inc. Sale price was $2,500.

 

• The silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee has applied for an extension to its remain silent authorization. The station stopped operating in October, 2010.

 

 

• Radio Power has applied for an extension of remain silent authorization for FM translator W230BI FM 93.9 Rochester Hills. The translator has been heard on the air recently testing new facilities on 94.3 Detroit.

 

 

• Radio Power's FM translator W230BI 93.9 Rochester Hills has been granted its license to cover for a frequency change to 94.3 as W232CA, location from Rochester Hills to Royal Oak Township, power from 250 watts @ 112 feet to 99 watts @ 909 feet directional and community of license to Detroit. The translator has applied for special temporary authority to remain silent.

 

• The FM translator of WNMU-FM Marquette in Stephenson has been granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 96.7 to 97.3 (W247BQ).

 

 

• The FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration from Grace Baptist Church in regards to fines for unauthorized operation of its WBLW-FM 88.1 Gaylord, but did reduce the amount of forfeiture from $3,000 to $1,700 due to statute of limitations issues regarding the station's late filing of it's license renewal in 2004. FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (.pdf)

 

• No notable activity for April 13.

 

 

• The sale of the construction permit for WSHM FM 88.3 to Victor Broadcasting for $1 from By Grace Through Faith was granted by the FCC.

 

 

• FM translator W237BW 95.3 Forest Hills was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 94.9 as W235BN, change community of license to Grand Rapids, and change location from northeast of Grand Rapids to just southwest of downtown. The translator is owned by WYGR AM 1530 and will rebroadcast that station.

 

 

• Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor was granted its license to cover to operate from its new permanent antenna.

 

 

WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City was granted a modification of its construction permit; power from 2,400 watts @ 584 feet (Class A) to 7,000 watts @ 444 feet (Class C3).

 

• Victor Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WSHM FM 88.3 Wixom.

 

• FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw was granted a construction permit to move to 102.5 as W273AR, change community of license to Kalamazoo, increase power to 250 watts, and move from near Paw Paw to Kalamazoo Township. The translator is being purchased from Horizon Christian Fellowship by Cumulus Broadcasting which owns a number of stations in the Kalamazoo market.

 

• No notable activity for April 20.

 

 

• Low power TV station WHNE-LD Ch. 26 Flint applied for special temporary authority to remain silent while it completes an upgrade to its facilities.

 

 

• West Central Michigan Media Ministries closed on the purchase of the construction permit for WUMI FM 90.3 Newberry to from Korkee, Inc. Sale price was $2,500.

 

 

• Digital low power religious TV station WDWO-CD Ch. 18 Detroit was granted a construction permit to change its location from near I-96 and Evergreen in Detroit to near I-696 and Inkster in Southfield. The station will change from 15,000 watts @ 285 feet to 14,000 watts @ 794 feet, increasing its coverage area across Metro Detroit.

 

 

• New station WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City has signed on and is simulcasting the religious/Catholic programming of sister station WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.

 

• The FCC approved Coolarity A2, LLC's purchase of talk WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor First Ventures LP for $1,050,000.

 

• Also approved by the FCC was the sale of Heartland Communications trio of Houghton radio stations (classic hits WOLV-FM 97.7, country WHKB-FM 102.3, and standards WCCY AM 1400) for $535,000 to Houghton Community Broadcasting.

 

 

• Roy E. Henderson has closed on the purchase of silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee from Lake Michigan Broadcasting.

 

 

• Calvary Radio Network is purchasing the silent WTNP-FM 91.9 Richland from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $75,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Calvary also owns/operates religious WQKO-FM 91.9 Howe, IN.

 

 

• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) to Catholic Radio Network from Holy Family Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Sale price was $1000.

 

• Nexstar Broadcasting is acquiring WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba along with WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay, WI from Liberty Media for $20 million pending FCC approvals and closing.

 

 

• Tribune Broadcasting FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit increase its post-transition digital facilities from 725,000 watts @ 1004 feet to 750,000 watts @ 1096 feet.

 

• No notable activity for May 3.

 

 

• Meredith Broadcasting CBS affiliate WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City was granted its license to cover for post-transition digital facilities. The station operates with 1,000,000 watts @ 903 feet with a directional antenna.

 

 

 

• Lilly Broadcasting ABC affiliate WJRT-TV Ch. 12 Flint was granted its license to cover to increase power from 18,200 to 30,000 watts.

 

• The FCC granted a construction permit for FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden to change frequency to 95.5 as W238CD, increase power from 19 to 250 watts, and change location from north of Reading to south of Quincy. The translator is being sold by Family Stations to Midwest Communications which plans to rebroadast WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater on it.

 

• Community station WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park was granted its license to cover for minor changes to its location and power.

 

• The FCC granted a license to cover for the construction permit for classic rock WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City to modify its effective radiated power from 40,000 watts @ 381 feet to 50,000 watts @ 361 feet.

 

 

WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Twp (south of Saugatuck) was granted special temporary authority to broadcast from a temporary location. The station has been silent recently.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translators W227AS 93.3 Whitehall, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, and W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven from Horizon Christian Fellowship to First Ventures Capital Partners as part of a large transaction involving 73 translators across the country.

 

• No notable activity for May 9.

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting Religious (Catholic) WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville (Traverse City) was granted its license to cover. The station recent sign-on simulcasts WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.

 

 

 

• A construction permit was granted to WKAR-FM 90.5 East Lansing to slightly change the station's effective radiated power as it will be replacing its broadcast tower. The new tower will be adjacent to the one in use for many years.

 

• No notable activity for May 12.

 

 

• Adult contemporary WGHN-FM 92.1 Grand Haven was granted a construction permit to change power from 3,000 watts @ 246 feet to 6,000 watts @ 213 feet.

 

• Catholic Radio Network closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) from Holy Family Oratory.

 

• Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 16,500 to 24,500 watts.

 

 

• Roy E. Henderson (d.b.a. New Ulm Broadcasting Co.) was granted a construction permit for a new low power digital TV station to be licensed to Cadillac on Channel 35. W35DD-D would operate with 15,000 watts @ 1086 feet from southeast of Cadillac. This is Henderson's third digital LPTV construction permit in Northern Michigan.

 

• Analog LPTV station W33BY Ch. 33 Detroit has received special temporary authority to reduce power and relocate its broadcast location.

 

 

• Heritage Broadcasting CBS affiliate WWTV-TV Ch.9 Cadillac-Traverse City was granted its license to cover for an increase in power from 30,000 to 45,000 watts.

 

• FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden was granted special temporary authority to remain silent. FCC records indicate the translator will be used by Midwest Communications to rebroadcast WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater and will be moving to FM 95.5.

 

• License to cover granted to FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw for its move to 102.5 as W273AR with an increase power to 250 watts, and physical move from near Paw Paw to Kalamazoo Township. The translator is being purchased by Cumulus Broadcasting.

 

 

• Christian Radio Friends is purchasing the construction permit for FM 88.5 Constantine (no call sign assigned) from Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries for $50,000, pending FCC approval and closing. Christian Radio Friends has requested an 18-month extension to the construction permit; it is set to expire in August.

 

• Grand Valley State University PBS affliate WGVU-TV Ch. 35 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for a change to its effective radiated power from 50,000 watts @ 781 feet to 41,500 watts @ 853 feet.

 

• Daystar LPTV station WUHQ-LP Ch. 29 Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit granted for a digital flash cut (station will switch from analog to digital and remain on Channel 29).

 

• Northern Radio talk WSRJ-FM 105.5 Honor was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 4,700 (Class A) to 17,000 watts (Class C3).

 

 

• MeTV affiliate WZMQ-TV Ch. 19 Marquette was granted its license to cover to change power to 31,000 watts @ 577 feet from 41,600 watts @ 814 feet. The station now broadcasts from a tower located closer to Ishpeming.

 

 

 

• TCT station WTLJ-TV Ch. 54 Muskegon was granted its license to cover for an increase in effective radiated power from 280,000 watts @ 922 feet to 310,000 watts @ 928 feet.

 

 

 

• Liberty Media CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba was granted its license to cover for an increase its height from 1148 to 1165 feet. The station had been operating at reduced power due to storm damage and has is now broadcasting at its full post digital transition power.

 

 

 

• Storm damage on May 12th caused damage to the transmission facilities of WMKD-FM 105.5 Pickford and WYSS-FM 99.5 Sault Ste. Marie causing both stations to operate at reduced power while repairs are completed.

 

 

 

• Minority Media Telecommunications has closed on its acquisition of analog LPTV station W18BT Ch. 18 Alpena from Trinity Broadcasting. The station is currently not on-air.

 

 

 

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden from Family Stations to Midwest Communications. Sale price was $40,000. Plans are for the translator to move to FM 95.5 and rebroadcast Midwest's WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater.

 

 

 

• Coolarity A2, LLC has closed on the $1.05M purchase of talk WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor First Ventures LP.

 

• Central Michigan University's PBS affiliate WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 Flint was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 126,000 to 500,000 watts.

 

 

• Houghton Community Broadcasting has closed on the purchase of Houghton radio stations classic hits WOLV-FM 97.7, country WHKB-FM 102.3, and standards WCCY AM 1400 from Heartland Communications.

 

• The FCC issued Adrian College a $250 monetary forfeiture for untimely renewal application filing for its WVAC-FM 107.9 Adrian. Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

 

 

• Storm damage to one of the towers used at night by country WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek has resulted in the station reducing its nighttime power from 1,000 to 250 watts using its single daytime tower while repairs are made.

 

 

 

• Interlochen Center for the Arts has received a license to cover for recent sign on Public News/Talk WHBP FM 90.1 Harbor Springs. The station simulcasts sister station WICA FM 91.5 Traverse City.

 

 

 

• The license for low power FM WDOW-LP 97.1 Cassopolis was canceled by the FCC. This station was the first to receive a construction permit for a Low Power FM in Michigan in June, 2001 but reportedly did not operate much over the last ten years.

 

 

 

• Adult contemporary WGHN-FM 92.1 Grand Haven was granted its license to cover to change power from 3,000 watts @ 246 feet to 6,000 watts @ 213 feet.

 

 

 

• Mentor Partners new FM translator W236BR 95.1 Reed City was granted a license to cover. The original application shows WYBR-FM 102.3 Big Rapids as the station that would be retransmitted by the translator.

 

 

 

• The FCC approved Calvary Radio Network's purchase of the silent WMJC FM 91.9 Richland from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale price was $75,000.

 

• No notable activity for June 10.

 

 

• Plonta Broadcasting is acquiring FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro from Radio Assist Ministry for $25,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Plonta currently owns/operates religious non-commercial WCTP FM 88.5 Gagetown (Bad Axe).

 

• Young Broadcasting CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing was granted a license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities.

 

 

• The Contemporary Christian network of Smile FM stations has expanded in the Detroit metro area with the recent sign on of WDTP FM 89.5 Huron Township (Riverview). The FCC has granted the new station its license to cover.

 

 

 

• FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 95.7, an increase power from 19 to 250 watts, and location change from north of Reading to south of Quincy.

 

 

 

• Calvary Radio Network has closed on its purchase of WMJC FM 91.9 Richland from Horizon Christian Fellowship.

 

• No notable activity for June 17 and 20.

 

 

• The construction permit for contemporary Christian (K-Love) FM translator W292DK 106.3 Westland was modified to increase height from 348 to 863 feet and change the directional pattern. The translator rebroadcasts WMXD-FM 92.3 HD2.

 

• Northern Michigan University FM translator of public radio WNMU-FM 90.1 W247BQ 97.3 Stephenson has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 97.9 as W250BO.

 

• No notable activity for June 22 and 23.

 

 

• Tribune Broadcasting digital translators of FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids W17DF-D Ch. 17 Muskegon and W42DB-D Ch. 42 Hesperia were granted their licenses to cover (W42DB-D switched from analog to digital on Ch. 42, W17DF-D switched from analog on Ch. 52 to digital on Ch. 17).

 

• No notable activity for June 27 - 29.

 

 

• The sale of CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba along with WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay, WI to Nexstar Broadcasting from Liberty Media was approved by the FCC.

 

• No notable activity for July 1.

 

 

• Silent FM translator W227AS FM 93.3 Whitehall was granted construction permit to reduce power from 250 to 10 watts. Sale of the translator to First Venture Capital Partners from Horizon Christian Fellowship has been approved but not yet closed.

 

 

 

• CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 Detroit was granted its license to cover for its maximized post-transition digital facilities.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for FM 88.5 Constantine (no call sign assigned) to Christian Radio Friends from Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries. Sale price was $50,000.

 

 

• The construction permit for WUPN FM Paradise was modified to specify FM 95.1 instead of 94.7 from a different tower location closer to Sault Ste Marie.

 

 

 

• Roy E. Henderson (d.b.a. New Ulm Broadcasting Co.) was granted a construction permit for a new low power digital TV station to be licensed to Petoskey on Channel 14. W14DX-D would operate with 15,000 watts @ 938 feet from northwest of Harbor Springs. This is Henderson's fourth digital LPTV construction permit in Northern Michigan.

 

• No notable activity for July 11.

 

 

• Christian Radio Friends has closed on the purchase of the construction permit for FM 88.5 Constantine from Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries. The expiration date for the CP has been extended by 18 months to January 12, 2013.

 

 

 

• Mentor Partners was granted a construction permit for FM translator W236BR 95.1 Reed City to increase power from 80 to 250 watts and rebroadcast sister station WBRN AM 1460 Big Rapids.

 

 

 

• MacDonald Broadcasting is selling the construction permit for WZTC FM 104.5 Traverse City to Playtime Media, LLC for $1 pending FCC approval and closing. Playtime Media is closely associated with MacDonald Garber Broadcasting, owner of a number of other northern Michigan radio stations. Ken MacDonald, principal owner of MacDonald Broadcasting and Patricia MacDonald Garber, principal of MacDonald Garber Broadcasting are brother and sister.

 

• No notable activity for July 15.

 

 

• Midwest Communications has closed on the purchase of FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden (was W239AX 95.7) from Family Stations.

 

• Variety hits WUPG FM 96.7 Republic/Marquette was granted its license to cover for a change in effective radiated power from 23,100 watts @ 341 feet (Class C3) to 50,000 watts @ 351 feet (Class C2).

 

• No notable activity for July 19 and 20.

 

 

• Michigan Broadcasters LLC was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Onaway on 106.3. The Class C2 station would operate with 50,000 watts @ 420 feet from a tower located west of Rogers City in Presque Isle County. Michigan Broadcasters LLC won the frequency for $20,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.

 

• Low power community FM station WUVS-LP 103.7 Muskegon was granted its license to cover for a location change within Muskegon.

 

• Heritage Broadcasting CBS affiliate WWUP-TV Ch. 10 Sault Ste Marie (satellite station of WWTV-TV Ch. 9) was granted its license to cover to increase power to 25,000 from 20,700 watts.

 

• No notable activity for July 22.

 

 

WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake was granted special temporary authority to remain silent. The station has been off the air for an extended period as it had previously lost the lease on the land for its towers and transmitter.

 

• No notable activity for July 26 and 27.

 

 

• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 105.3 as W287BU, change power from 85 watts @ 33 feet to 250 watts @ 23 feet, and change location from north of Caro in Tuscola County to east of Bay City in Bay County. The translator is being sold by Radio Assist Ministry to Plonta Broadcasting.

 

 

 

• MMP1, LLC is transferring the license of FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington to Resort Radio for $100 pending FCC approval and closing.

 

• The FCC granted the sale of FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro to Plonta Broadcasting from Radio Assist Ministry. Sale price was $25,000.

 

 

• The license for FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee owned by Synergy Management Group was canceled by the FCC.

 

 

 

• The construction permit for WQMI FM 91.7 Grand Marais owned by Korkee Inc. was canceled by the FCC.

 

 

 

• The construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City was canceled at the request of owner West Central Michigan Media Ministries. The organization plans to upgrade its WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac in the area.

 

 

 

• Radio Power FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Detroit (smooth jazz WGPR FM 107.5 HD2 Detroit) was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 93.9 as W230BT and decrease height to 33 from 925 feet. Windsor, Ontario's CIDR-FM also operates on 93.9 making it likely this is planned as part of multi-step process to change this translator's frequency.

 

• World Radio Link FM translator W225BA 92.9 Hastings was granted special temporary authority to resume broadcasting at 5 watts from a modified location for which a construction permit has been applied for from the FCC; the translator has been silent for nearly one year. W225BA would rebroadcast WGNB 89.3 Zeeland.

 

 

• Del Reynolds was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Cheboygan on 97.7. The Class C3 station would operate with 3,400 watts @ 499 feet from a tower located east of Cheboygan in Cheboygan County. Reynolds won the frequency for $15,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.

 

 

 

• Recent sign on WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison was granted its license to cover. The non-commercial station primarily carries a classic country format.

 

• Silent FM translator W227AS FM 93.3 Whitehall was granted its license to cover to reduce power from 250 to 10 watts.

 

 

• WGHN, Inc. was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Ferryburg on 93.1. The Class A station would operate with 6,000 watts @ 213 feet from a tower located in Grand Haven in Ottawa County. WGHN won the frequency for $100,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.

 

 

 

• Ion Television WPXD TV Ch. 31 Ann Arbor was granted its license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities. The station also has a construction permit that was granted in 2009 to move to physical Channel 50 from a new location in Oakland County that would increase the station's coverage area in metro Detroit.

 

• No notable activity for August 11 and 12.

 

 

• Silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee was granted an extension of its Remain Silent Authorization through October 1, 2011.

 

• No notable activity for August 16.

 

 

• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W288BT 105.5 St. Clair was granted Remain Silent Authority through December 31, 2011 for financial reasons.

 

• No notable activity for August 18.

 

 

• CF Broadcasting, LLC is purchasing classic country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch from 105.5FM, LLC for $360,000 pending FCC approval and closing.

 

 

 

• Three televisions were granted licenses to cover for their post-transition digital facilities: ABC affiliate WBUP-TV Ch. 10 Ishpeming/Marquette, CW affiliate WBKP-TV Ch. 5 Calumet, and CBS affiliate WBKB-TV Ch. 11 Alpena.

 

 

 

• Radio One has closed on the purchase of FM translator W260CB 99.9 Hamtramck from Best Media. The translator is expected to be on the air soon rebroadcasting WCHB AM 1200 Taylor/Detroit (via WDMK-FM HD2).

 

• No notable activity for August 24 - 26.

 

 

• Central Michigan University's new FM translator W236BU 95.1 Traverse City was granted its license to cover. The translator rebroadcasts CMU Public Radio's WCMW-FM 103.9 Harbor Springs.

 

 

 

• Northern Christian Radio's WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas was granted Remain Silent Authority through January 1, 2012.

 

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting is purchasing Northern Christian Radio's silent WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas for $60,000 pending FCC approval and closing.

 

 

 

• Hispanic Christian Community Network was granted a license to cover for new analog LPTV station W25DX Ch. 25 Escanaba. HCCN programs Spanish-language religious shows on some of its other properties.

 

 

 

• Midwest Communications was granted a construction permit for FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden to change community of license to Coldwater, increase its tower height from 16 to 226 feet and move its broadcast tower closer to Coldwater. The translator is expected to be used to rebroadcast the company's WTVB AM 1590.

 

• No notable activity for September 6 and 7.

 

 

• The FCC's Audio Division has proposed the deletion of twenty vacant allotments in various communities across the country, including one for a potential Class A station at 103.9 Harrison. The vacant allotments were auctioned through the FCC's competitive bidding process and are considered unsold permits that were included in Auction 91. Interested parties should file comments with the FCC expressing an interest in the vacant allotments to prevent their removal. Moreover, interested parties must provide an explanation as to why they did not participate in the competitive bidding process. FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (.pdf)

 

 

 

• The FCC approved the merger/takeover of Citadel Broadcasting by Cumulus Broadcasting.

 

• The license for silent Low Power TV station WNYD-LP Ch. 26 Alpena was canceled by the FCC.

 

• No notable activity for September 12 and 13.

 

 

• World Radio Link FM translator W225BA 92.9 Hastings was granted a construction permit to slighty modify its broadcast location. The application shows W225BA would rebroadcast religious WGNB 89.3 Zeeland.

 

 

 

• Cumulus Media has closed on its acquisition of FM translator W273AR 102.5 Paw Paw from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale price was $12,500.

 

• No notable activity for September 16.

 

 

• Cumulus Media has closed on its acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting, creating a group of 41 radio stations and translators in Michigan. Two of these stations (WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek and WRSR-FM 103.9 Owosso) are in trust to be sold.

 

 

 

• Birach Broadcasting silent WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake was granted Special Temporary Authority through March 12, 2012 to resume broadcasting using a temporary long-wire antenna.

 

• Cumulus Media was granted a license to cover for FM translator W273AR 102.5 Paw Paw/Kalamazoo. The translator rebroadcasts WKFR-FM 103.3 HD2.

 

 

• Contemporary Christian Smile FM outlet WTAC FM 89.7 Burton was granted its license to cover; the station increased power from 1,000 watts @ 187 feet (Class A) to 15,000 watts @ 361 feet (Class B1). The station's broadcast location also changed from near Beecher to south of Fenton.

 

 

 

• MacDonald Garber Broadcasting FM translator W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey (currently rebroadcasts news-talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix) was granted a construction permit to move to FM 91.7, change location from south to west of Petoskey, reduce power from 26 watts to 1 watt, and change rebroadcasting station to WTCK FM 90.9. These changes could be temporary as one step of a multi-step change for the translator.

 

• No notable activity for September 23.

 

 

• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for WZTC FM 104.5 Traverse City from MacDonald Broadcasting to Playtime Media, LLC. Sale price was $1.

 

 

 

• LIN Media low power television station WOMS-CD Ch. 29 Muskegon was granted its license to cover to switch from analog to digital. The station simulcasts MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 Grand Rapids.

 

 

 

• The FCC approved the license transfer of FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington from MMP1, LLC to Resort Radio. Sale price was $100.

 

• Northern Michigan University FM translator W250BO 97.9 Stephenson (rebroadcasts public radio WNMU-FM 90.1) was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 97.3.

 

• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W287BU 105.3 Caro was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 94.7, a power change from 85 watts @ 33 feet to 250 watts @ 23 feet, and a location change from north of Caro in Tuscola County to east of Bay City in Bay County. The application shows that the translator would rebroadcast WLKB 89.1 Bay City.

 

 

• Recent sign on Variety Hits WZTC FM 104.5 Traverse City was granted its license.

 

• Silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee was granted Special Temporary Authority through March 30, 2012 to resume broadcasting from a temporary location to prevent cancelation of the station's license.

 

• Public/Classical WKAR-FM 90.5 East Lansing was granted its license to cover for changes as the station has moved to a new broadcast tower that was built adjacent to the one the station had been using for decades.

 

 

• Playtime Media, LLC closed on its purchase of Variety Hits WZTC FM 104.5 Traverse City from MacDonald Broadcasting.

 

• ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Ch. 41 Battle Creek was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 270,000 watts @ 1020 feet to 255,000 watts @ 1079 feet.

 

• No notable activity for October 3.

 

 

• Midwest Communications was granted Remain Silent Authority for FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden through April 2, 2012. The translator lost its previous tower site and is working on a new location.

 

• Educational Media Foundation was granted Remain Silent Authority for FM translator W256AY 99.1 Detroit through April 2, 2012. The translator is off-air due to an interference report from Canada.

 

 

• The FCC approved CF Broadcasting's purchase of Classic Country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch from 105.5FM, LLC. Sale price was $360,000.

 

 

 

• After apparently operating for a short time, Birach Broadcasting's WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake has notified the FCC that the station has gone silent once again and has applied for Remain Silent Authorization.

 

• Great Lakes Radio oldies WQXO AM 1400 Munising has filed a notification with the FCC that the station has gone silent due to damage to the station's broadcast tower.

 

• No notable activity for October 7.

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting is purchasing the construction permit for WGZR-FM 89.1 Alpena for $10 from All Saints School pending FCC approval and closing.

 

• Educational Media Foundation silent FM translator W256AY 99.1 Detroit has applied to change frequency to 93.5.

 

• Plonta Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of FM translator W287BU 105.3 Caro from Radio Assist Ministry.

 

• Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls was granted a construction permit for FM translator W216BX 91.1 Benton Harbor (religious CSN Radio; KAWZ-FM Twin Falls, ID) for changes that include moving to a new broadcast tower and change power from 80 watts @ 125 feet to 38 watts @ 180 feet.

 

 

• Resort Radio has closed on the license transfer of FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington (rebroadcasts WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee) from MMP1, LLC.

 

• The FCC approved Baraga Broadcasting's purchase of Northern Christian Radio's silent WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas. Sale price was $60,000.

 

• No notable activity for October 13 and 14.

 

 

• The FCC ordered Radio Power FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Detroit (operating as "104.7 The Oasis", rebroadcasting Smooth Jazz WPGR-FM HD2) off the air due to unresolved interference issues with Toledo, OH station WIOT-FM 104.7. FCC Letter (.pdf)

 

• Lopester Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Pentwater on 98.7. The Class A station would operate with 5,500 watts @ 342 feet from a tower located south of Ludington in Mason County. Lopester Broadcasting won the frequency for $15,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.

 

• NBC affiliate WILX-TV Ch. 10 Onondaga/Lansing was granted its license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities.

 

• World Radio Link FM translator W225BA 92.9 Hastings was its license to cover for a modification of its broadcast location.

 

 

• Northern Star Broadcasting has been granted Remain Silent Authority for its WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry through March 22, 2012 for financial reasons.

 

• Great Lakes Radio oldies WQXO AM 1400 Munising has been Special Temporary Authority to resume broadcasting with modified facilities (lower power) while the station repairs storm damage to its broadcast tower.

 

 

• RJ's Late Night Entertainment, licensee of WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park, received a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order (NAL) from the FCC in the amount of $22,000 for failing to maintain operational EAS equipment, for moving the station's transmitter without Commission authorization, and by failing to maintain and make available a local public inspection file. FCC NAL (.pdf)

 

• No notable activity for October 20 and 21.

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of silent WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas from Northern Christian Radio.

 

 

 

• Radio One FM translator W260CB 99.9 Hamtramck was granted its license to cover for its move from FM 89.1. The translator is rebroadcasting WCHB AM 1200 Taylor/Detroit via WDMK-FM HD2.

 

 

 

• Synergy Media FM translator W224CA 92.7 Ludington (Classic Rock WWKR-FM 94.1 Hart) was granted its license to cover for changes; frequency move from 93.1, power change from 27 watts @ 243 feet to 40 watts @ 331 feet, and a location change within Mason County south of Ludington.

 

• No notable activity for October 27.

 

 

• Low power analog TV station W33BY Ch. 33 Detroit was granted an extension to its Special Temporary Authority to operate at reduced power through May 17, 2012 due to the loss of the tower for its transmitting antenna.

 

 

 

• The FCC granted Cumulus Media's placing of its Classic Rock WRSR-FM 103.9 Owosso in to trust (Potential Broadcasting as trustee) so it can be sold due to ownership concentration concerns in the Flint market with the recent merger of Citadel and Cumulus.

 

 

 

• Radioactive, LLC Contemporary Hits WUPZ FM 94.9 Chocolay Twp/Marquette was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 58,000 watts @ 456 feet to 100,000 watts @ 512 feet.

 

 

 

• Four LIN Media analog low power TV stations in West Michigan have been granted construction permits for digital flash cuts. These stations will switch from analog to digital on their current channels: WOBC-CA Ch. 14 Battle Creek, WOGC-CA Ch. 25 Holland, WOHO-CA Ch. 33 Holland, and WOKC-CA Ch. 50 Kalamazoo. WOBC, WOHO, and WOKZ are currently used to rebroadcast MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP Grand Rapids and WOGC is used to rebroadcast NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Grand Rapids.

 

 

 

• Cornerstone University Contemporary Christian WAYG FM 89.9 Grand Rapids has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 89.7 and change power from 4,900 watts @ 207 feet to 3,200 watts @ 243 feet with a modified directional pattern. A similar construction permit that was granted in 2008 expired earlier this year.

 

 

 

• Radio Power is acquiring FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Twp. (Macomb County) from Radio Assist Ministry for $32,000 pending FCC approval and closing. This would be Radio Power's (Martz Communications) third Detroit-area translator; Martz currently leases the HD2 and HD3 subchannels of WGPR-FM 107.5 and rebroadcasts the HD3 on a translator at 94.3. A similar arrangement for the HD2 on a translator on 104.7 ended last month due to interference concerns.

 

 

 

• Reynolds Communications is acquiring Northern Star's 8 northern Michigan radio stations including the Classic Rock 'The Bear' combo of 98.1 WGFN Glen Arbor / 93.9 WAVC Mio / 94.5 WLJZ Mackinaw City / 107.1 WCKC Cadillac, Country 'Big Country' WMKC 102.9 Indian River, Rock combo 'Real Rock' 95.5 WJZJ Glen Arbor / 105.1 WGFM 105.1 Cheboygan, and Classic Country WCBY AM 1240 Cheboygan pending FCC approval and closing. Sale price is $1.8 million plus the proceeds from the previously announced sale of WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry.

 

• Radioactive, LLC Classic Hits WUPT FM 100.3 Gwinn/Marquette was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 66,000 watts @ 456 feet to 100,000 watts @ 512 feet.

 

• Analog low power TV station W18BT Ch. 18 Alpena has applied for Remain Silent Authority so it can install digital equipment.

 

 

• Freedom Communications CBS affiliate WWMT TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo was granted its license to cover for the station's post-transition digital facilities.

 

 

 

• Lopester Broadcasting is selling the construction permit for new FM 98.7 Pentwater to Synergy Lakeshore Licenses, LLC for $34,750 pending FCC approval and closing. Synergy also owns Classic Rock WWKR-FM 94.1 Hart and Adult Contemporary WMLQ-FM 97.7 Manistee.

 

• No notable activity for November 10.

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting Religious WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City was granted a construction permit to modify power from 7,000 watts @ 584 feet to 4,400 watts at 679 feet.

 

• Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Freedom Communications for $385 million pending approvals and closing. The sale will affect ownership of WWMT TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo and WLAJ TV Ch. 53 Lansing.

 

• Low power digital TV station WHNE-LD Ch. 26 Flint was granted its license to cover for power increase from 1,600 to 15,000 watts.

 

• No notable activity for November 15.

 

 

• The FCC approved Baraga Broadcasting's purchase of the construction permit for WGZR-FM 89.1 Alpena from All Saints School. Sale price was $10.

 

• No notable activity for November 17 - 18 and 21 - 22.

 

 

• CF Broadcasting has closed on the purchase of Classic Country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch from 105.5FM, LLC.

 

• No notable activity for November 25.

 

 

• Analog low power TV station WFHD-LP Ch. 27 Ann Arbor has applied for Remain Silent Authority as it prepares to apply for and covert to digital operations.

 

• Daystar low power TV station WUHQ-LD Ch. 29 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for digital flash cut (conversion from analog to digital on Ch. 29).

 

• The construction permit for WAZP FM 89.7 Munising was modified to move the station's transmitter/antenna closer to Munising and change power from 19,000 watts @ 154 feet to 16,000 watts @ 387 feet.

 

 

• The license for Trinity Broadcasting Network low power TV station W17CS Ch. 17 Marquette was canceled by the FCC.

 

 

 

• Spring Arbor University's Religious WJKN AM 1510 Jackson was granted an extension of its Special Temporary Authority to broadcast with temporary facilities through June 1, 2012 as it works to complete a construction permit that was granted in 2009 to move its broadcast location from near Jackson to near Spring Arbor.

 

• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W273CC 102.5 Alpena was granted Remain Silent Authority through October 4, 2012 for financial reasons.

 

 

• Recent sign on WQEZ FM 97.7 Cheboygan was granted its license to cover. The station, owned by Del Reynolds, is current airing an all-Christmas format.

 

• No notable activity for December 2 and 5.

 

 

• Bible Broadcasting Network Religious WYBA FM 90.1 Coldwater was granted its license to cover for a power and height increase from 250 watts @ 62 feet (Class A) to 32,000 watts @ 253 feet (Class B) with a directional antenna. The station's broadcast location has changed from near Coldwater in Branch County to between Athens and Battle Creek along M-66 in Calhoun County.

 

 

 

• Kalamazoo Broadcasting Religious WKPR AM Kalamazoo was granted its license to cover to change frequency from 1420 to 1440 and increase daytime power from 1,000 to 2,700 watts. The station is also licensed to operate at night 24 watts. The former WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac was taken off the air and its license canceled earlier this year.

 

• The FCC reinstated the application for transfer of the construction permit for analog low power TV station WYHD-LP Ch. 5 Escanaba by Confesora Peralta to Hispanic Family Christian Network that was originally filed and dismissed in late 2010.

 

• No notable activity for December 8.

 

 

• The construction permit for Northern Michigan University student station WUPX 91.5 Marquette to increase power from 360 to 1,700 watts was modified to increase height from 413 to 436 feet.

 

 

 

• Pensacola Christian College FM translator W201CM 88.1 Traverse City (Religious WPCS-FM Pensacola, FL) was granted Remain Silent Authority through June 11, 2012. The station will look for a new frequency due to interference concerns with the recent sign on of WTCY FM 88.3 in the area.

 

• No notable activity for December 13.

 

 

• Roy E. Henderson silent WCUZ FM 100.1 Bear Lake was granted a construction permit to change power from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 2,050 watts @ 564 feet from a new transmitter/antenna location near the Manistee/Benzie County line.

 

 

 

• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Township (Macomb County) was granted Remain Silent Authority through June 13, 2012 for financial reasons.

 

 

 

• The FCC approved the sale of Northern Star Broadcasting's silent WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry to West Central Michigan Media Ministries. Sale price was $150,000.

 

 

 

WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Twp (south of Saugatuck) was granted an extension through June 20, 2012 for Special Temporary Authority to broadcast from a temporary location while station works on the engineering for a new permanent location.

 

• Forum Communications' Rock WZUU FM 92.5 Mattawan was granted a license to cover to change its power/height from 6,000 watts @ 322 feet to 4,700 watts @ 364 feet.

 

 

• The FCC approved the acquisition of silent FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Twp. (Macomb County) by Radio Power from Radio Assist Ministry. Sale price was $32,000.

 

 

 

• Stone Communications' News/Talk WJNL AM 1210 Kingsley was granted Special Temporary Authority through March 22, 2012 to operate at reduced power due to a technical problem with the station's transmitter.

 

 

 

• Birach Broadcasting Oldies/Country WCXI AM 1160 Fenton was granted a modification to co-locate its nighttime site to the same location the station currently has a daytime CP for. Nighttime power would be reduced to 215 watts from this location.

 

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WGZR FM 89.1 Alpena from All Saints School.

 

 

 

• Swick Broadcasting FM translator W225BB 92.9 Battle Creek was granted Remain Silent Authority through June 26, 2012 while it works to relocate its transmitter and antenna.

 

• No notable activity for December 28.

 

 

• Roy E. Henderson's WMTE AM 1340 Manistee was granted Remain Silent Authority through June 27, 2012 while it works to relocate its transmitter and antenna.

 

 

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