Sales and Transactions: March 2011 Archives

 

• 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.

 

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