Sales and Transactions: February 2011 Archives


• 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


• 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.







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