WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry/Sault Ste Marie


Slogan/Positioner: Strong Tower Radio

Format: Religious

Web site: www.strongtowerradio.org

E-mail: visit web site

Power/Height/Class: 50,000 watts / 492 feet / C2

FCC technical information:

More about station:

Call Sign History:

  • WIHC: 10/1/1995
  • WUPQ: assigned 12/8/1988

Call Sign Origin: Hot Country 97.9 (previous format and owner)

On Air Date: approx 1988-89

Owner: West Central Michigan Media Ministries

Telephone: (231) 468-2087



  • 11/2011: West Central Michigan Media Ministries agrees to purchase the silent WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry from Northern Star Broadcasting for $150,000. The FCC approves the sale in December 2011 and it closes in February 2012.
  • 2/2010: Announced that Northern Star Broadcasting is selling all of its Upper Peninsula radio stations with the exception of WIHC which goes silent.
  • 2/1/2002: Format switch from Country (Hot Country 97.9) to Classic Rock as part of The Bear simulcast (WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan / WGFN-FM 98.1 Glen Arbor/Traverse City / WCKC-FM 107.1 Cadillac). WIHC plays the same music but broadcasts separate advertisements targeted towards the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
  • 11/2001: FCC approves sale to Northern Star Broadcasting
  • 9/2001: Announced that station has been sold by Marathon Media to Norhtern Star Broadcasting as part of 11 station, $7.95 million deal, pending FCC approval.
  • 10/19/1998: License was voluntarily been transferred from Cambrian Broadcasting to Marathon Media of Michigan.
  • 1995: Format change from easy listening as WUPQ to country as WIHC.



Transmitter location:

Chippewa County


Old logo gallery:












Southeast MI | Flint/Tri-Cities | Mid-Michigan | West Michigan

Northern MI | Upper Peninsula | Ontario | Television

TV Markets | FM Radio | LPFM | FM Translators

AM Radio | Sports | Owners | Weather Radio

LPTV | AM TIS | Format Key


Home Page | Contact | Station Listings | History | Links

Search | About | Shop | Sitemap | Weather


Twitter Facebook E-mail Feed