Sales and Transactions: January 2012 Archives

 

• Tribune Broadcasting FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit for a replacement digital television translator that will operate on Channel 17 from southwest of Battle Creek. The facility is planned to provide service to locations within the former WXMI analog service area that are not being served by the current WXMI post-transition digital facility. WXMI's main broadcast facility transmits on Ch. 19 and uses PSIP to map the station to Ch. 17 on TV tuners.

 

• Three Angels Broadcasting low power TV station W67CS Ch. 67 Sault Ste Marie has applied for Remain Silent Authority while the station makes plans to convert to digital and vacate Channel 67 due to the FCC mandate for all TV services to end service on channels 52-69.

 

 

• Bethesda Christian Broadcasting's Ishpeming translator of WPFF FM 90.5 Sturgeon Bay, WI has been granted a construction permit to change frequency from 99.9 to 89.3 as W207CK. The translator would also slightly change locations and effective power.

 

• Radioactive LLC's WRAX FM 98.9 Lake Isabella (Mt. Pleasant area) has been granted Remain Silent Authority through July 2, 2012 due to staffing issues.

 

• Radio Power FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Detroit has been granted Remain Silent Authority through July 2, 2012 while the translator seeks engineering solutions to interference concerns.

 

 

• West Central Michigan Media Ministries continues its expansion in Northern Michigan with the purchase of non-commercial classic country WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison from The Country King for $10,000 pending FCC approval and closing.

The WKKM call sign for years resided on FM 92.1 in Harrison under owner David Carmine who eventually sold the station to Xavier University in the early 2000s - that frequency is currently licensed to Houghton Lake and owned by Coltrace Communications. Carmine returned to broadcast ownership by winning this frequency from the FCC in 2008 and quietly operated the station with a classic country format.

West Central Michigan Media Ministries operates religious outlet "Strong Tower Radio" WGCP-FM 91.9 Cadillac and is purchasing silent WIHC-FM 97.9 Newberry.

 

• MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting's Petoskey FM translator of WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix has been granted a construction permit to change frequency from 92.1 to 91.7 as W219DR. Instead of rebroadcasting WMKT, the translator would instead rebroadcast religious non-commercial WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.

In addition to the frequency change, the translator would change radiated power and move from south of Petoskey to west of the city.

 

 

• Monroe Public Schools is selling its pop WYDM FM 97.5 to Monroe Public Access Cable Television for $25,000 pending FCC approval and closing. In recent years the station had been operated by Monroe County Community College.

 

• Low power TV station WLPC-LD Ch. 40 Detroit has been granted its license to cover. The station had previously operated on analog Ch. 26, then moved temporarily to Ch. 38 before leaving the air last year while its digital facilities were constructed. The station has been reported as being back on-air and receivable to those in the Detroit area with outdoor antennas.

 

• Ion Media Networks analog TV translator W48AV Ch. 48 Detroit has applied to change its digital channel to 25 and move from near 9 Mile and Jefferson to Southfield with increased power that if approved would provide the station with much better coverage across the immediate Metro Detroit area. The translator is currently used to rebroadcast Ion's WPXD-TV Ch. 31 Ann Arbor. The application states the operations on Ch. 48 cause interference to a small percentage of viewers of WAQP-TV Saginaw which uses Ch. 48 for its digital broadcasts.

 

• Next Media News/Talk WSGW AM 790 Saginaw has been granted Special Temporary Authority through July 9, 2012 to operate at reduced power while repairs are made to the station's antenna array due to damage from high winds.

 

• No notable activity for January 6.

 

 

• The FCC granted the sale of the construction permit for FM 98.7 Pentwater from Lopester Broadcasting to Synergy Media. Sale price was $34,750.

 

• Educational Media Foundation FM translator W272CA 102.3 Detroit (Contemporary Christian K-Kove, rebroadcasting WMXD-FM HD2) has applied to move to FM 107.1 due to interference concerns with pending sign on of new Windsor, ON station CJNR-FM on 102.3.

 

 

• Midwest Communications FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden (rebroadcasts WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater) has been granted a construction permit to modify its broadcast location from east of Coldwater near Quincy to just south of Coldwater and increase its tower height which will improve the translator's coverage area. The station's community of license will also change from Camden to Coldwater.

 

• Low power TV station WLPC-LD Ch. 40 Detroit has been granted its license to cover. The station had previously operated on analog Ch. 26, then moved temporarily to Ch. 38 before leaving the air last year while its digital facilities were constructed. The station has been reported as being back on-air and receivable to those in the Detroit area with outdoor antennas.

 

• No notable activity for January 11.

 

 

• With the rule that broadcast television is no longer allowed to use channels 52-69 as of December 31st 2011, the FCC canceled the licenses for the following LPTV's in Michigan that did not move to other channels: WXON-LP Ch. 54 Flint, W59DC Ch. 59 Houghton Lake, WKJF-LP Ch. 58 and WTCF-LP Ch. 69 Pinconning, W60CO Ch. 60 and W61DK Ch. 61 Mt. Pleasant.

 

 

 

• The construction permit for WGRL FM 95.3 has been modified to change the station's community of license from Frederic to Tuscarora Township (Cheboygan County), change location northwards from south of Gaylord to south of Indian River, and change power from 3,300 watts @ 447 feet (Class A) to 17,000 watts @ 542 feet (Class C2). The construction permit expires on February 5, 2012.

 

 

 

• TCT religious digital low power TV station WDWO-CD Ch. 18 Detroit was granted its license to cover for a location location change from near I-96 and Evergreen in Detroit to near I-696 and Inkster in Southfield along with changing its effective radiated power from 15,000 watts @ 285 feet to 14,000 watts @ 794 feet. The station now enjoys much better coverage across the metro area than it did as an analog LPTV station.

 

 

 

• Daystar television's low power TV station WUDT-CA Ch. 23 Detroit was granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital operations on physical channel 23. The station has been operating a digital companion channel on physical channel 8 and used to operate its analog station on Ch. 23.

 

• Radio Assist Ministry was granted licenses to cover for changes to two FM translators licensed to Alpena: W227CB 93.3 (power from 10 to 242 watts from a new location west of Alpena) and W270AY 101.9 (power from 10 to 250 watts from the same location as W227CB). In addition, W227CB was granted a construction permit to change to frequency to 103.9 as W280EF and increase power to 250 watts from still another new location.

 

• No notable activity for January 19.

 

 

• Baraga Broadcasting religious WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville (NW of Traverse City) was granted its license to cover to change power from 7,000 watts @ 584 feet to 4,400 watts @ 679 feet. The changes don't result in much of a change in the station's coverage area.

 

 

 

• Synergy Lakeshore Licenses, LLC has closed on its purchase of the construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Pentwater on 98.7 from Lopester Broadcasting.

 

• New FM station WUPN FM 95.1 Paradise / Sault Ste Marie was granted its license to cover. WUPN is owned by David Smith.

 

• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W270AY 101.9 Alpena was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 102.5 as W273CC and move its transmitter west of Alpena.

 

• No notable activity for January 24 and 25.

 

 

• Bethesda Christian Broadcasting FM translator W294AI 106.7 Marquette (religious WPFF FM 90.5 Sturgeon Bay, WI) was granted a construction permit to move to FM 106.1 as W291CJ.

 

• Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls FM translator W216BX 91.1 Benton Harbor (religious KAWZ FM, Twin Falls, ID) has requested Remain Silent Authority for six months while it works through issues with its tower location.

 

 

• Silent FM translator W225BB 92.9 Battle Creek was granted a license to cover to change power from from 10 to 250 watts and relocate to the south of Battle Creek. The translator is owned by Swick Broadcasting.

 

• Plonta Broadcasting FM translator W287BU 105.3 Caro has requested Remain Silent Authority for six months while it works through issues with its tower location.

 

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