Sales and Transactions: March 2012 Archives
• The non-commercial band in Metro Detroit may be getting a bit more crowded as the FCC has granted Educational Media Foundation a construction permit for a major change that will move its KVLZ FM 89.9 from Sheridan Wyoming to Rochester Hills where it will, if the construction permit is built and licensed, occupy FM 90.3 and operate with 1,200 watts @ 174 feet (Class A) with a directional antenna located near downtown Rochester.
The company currently operates an FM translator from the same location on FM 105.5 (W288BK) that rebroadcasts the Contemporary Christian "K-Love" format that airs on the leased digital subchannel of Clear Channel's WMXD-FM 92.3 HD2.
Some of the communities that would be served by the new station include Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights, Utica, and the Townships of Oakland, Shelby, Washington, Macomb, and Clinton.
The construction permit for the change / move will not expire until March 5, 2015 - giving the organization plenty of time to complete the necessary work. However, with some of the required infrastructure such as power and the tower already in place with the translator operating there, turnaround time could be rather quick.
One of the exhibits in the application for the move states, "Educational Media Foundation ("EMF") certifies that the proposed facility will provide a first NCE aural service to at least 10% of the persons residing in the proposed 60 dBu and that this population exceeds 2,000 persons. In fact, as can be seen in Exhibits 10-A and 10-B, the proposed facility provides first service to 54,830 persons, which is 43.4% of the overall population within its 60 dBu service contour." However, this exhibit appears to completely overlook the fact that WDET-FM 101.9 provides noncommercial educational service to these residents. Whether or not this could be the grounds for another broadcaster to appeal this FCC decision remains to be seen.
• Radio Power was granted Remain Silent Authorization for FM translator W232CA 94.3 Detroit through September 1, 2012.
• First Ventures Capital Partners FM translator W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven was granted a construction permit to change power from 27 watts @ 282 feet to 250 watts @ 36 feet and change location from east of Spring Lake to west of Coopersville. The application showed the translator would rebroadcast WCSG FM 91.3 Grand Rapids.
• No notable activity for March 2.
• The FCC approved West Central Michigan Media Ministries' purchase of non-commercial classic country WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison from The Country King. Sale price was $10,000.
• MacDonald Garber Broadcasting has applied to move FM translator W219DR 91.7 Petoskey to FM 102.3. The translator was previously on 92.1 as W221BQ and simulcast News/Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix. If the move to 102.3 is approved, the application shows the translator will once again rebroadcast WMKT.
• Radio Power has closed on its acquisition of silent FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Twp. (Macomb County) from Radio Assist Ministry.
• West Central Michigan Media Ministries' Religious WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac was granted a construction permit to change power from 2,100 watts @ 144 feet (Class A) to 2,100 watts @ 1020 feet (Class C3). The station's broadcast location would change from just northwest of Cadillac to near Harrietta using the same tower as WIAA-FM 88.7.
• No notable activity for March 8.
• Interlochen Center for the Arts' Public/Classical WIAB FM 88.5 Mackinaw City was granted a construction permit to increase power from 20,000 watts @ 430 feet (Class C2) to 50,000 watts @ 820 feet (Class C1) from a new tower location. The station currently broadcasts from a tower located southeast of Mackinaw City; the new location would be northwest of Harbor Springs.
• Michigan Broadcasters, LLC construction permit for WYPV FM 106.3 Onaway was granted a modification to specify a new tower location east of Cheboygan and power change from 50,000 watts @ 420 feet to 31,000 watts @ 627 feet.
• Bethesda Christian Broadcasting FM translator W286BC 105.1 Marquette was granted a construction permit to change power from 55 watts @ 33 feet to 13 watts @ 79 feet from a new location west of Marquette. The translator would rebroadcast Contemporary Christian WKPK-FM 88.3 Michigamme.
• No notable activity for March 14.
• LIN TV low power TV station WOKZ-CD Ch. 50 Kalamazoo was granted its license to cover for digital operations; the station has flash cut from analog on Ch. 50. WOKZ-CD rebroadcasts MyNetworkTV affililate WXSP Grand Rapids.
• No notable activity for March 16.
• Roy E. Henderson's News/Talk WCUZ FM 100.1 Bear Lake was granted its license to cover 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.
• Mentor Partners' FM translator W236BR 95.1 Reed City was granted its license to cover to increase power from 80 to 250 watts. The translator rebroadcasts sister station WBRN AM 1460 Big Rapids.
• WCZE FM 103.7 Harbor Beach was granted its license to cover. The station is owned by Jennifer and & Edward Czelada who also control the Contemporary Christian Smile FM network.
• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W286BC 105.1 Marquette to Great Lakes Radio from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting. Sale price was $25,000.
• Salem Communications' Pennsylvania Media Associates is purchasing FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Township from Martz Communications' Radio Power for $250,000 pending FCC approval and closing.
• Low power TV station WHNE-LD Ch. 26 Flint has been granted a construction permit to change to Channel 20, relocate its antenna from near Holly to Southfield with a directional antenna that would give the station over-the-air coverage over much of Metro Detroit. The station would no longer be easily viewed in Flint. WHNE-LD is currently affiliated with RetroTV, Jewelry TV, America One, and Tuff TV on various subchannels.
• West Central Michigan Media Ministries has applied for Remain Silent Authority for its recently acquired WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison. WCMMM intends to relocate the station's antenna upon the grant of a modification application that has been filed with the FCC. Until the move is complete, the station will remain off the air.
• Two LIN Media low power TV stations in West Michigan were granted their license to cover for changing from analog to digital operations on the same channels: WOGC-CD Ch. 25 and WOHO-CD Ch. 33 Holland. WOHO is used to rebroadcast MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP Grand Rapids and WOGC is used to rebroadcast NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Grand Rapids.
• The recently licensed WGRL FM 95.3 Tuscarora Township (Indian River) was granted remain silent authorization through September 25, 2012.
• No notable activity for March 28.