WUPS FM 98.5 Harrison/Houghton Lake/Mt. Pleasant


Slogan/Positioner: UPS 98.5; The Station that Delivers / We Deliver The Hits

Format: Classic Hits

Web site: www.wups.com

E-mail: visit web site

Power/Height/Class: 100,000 watts / 981 feet / C1

FCC technical information:

More about station:

Call Sign History:

  • WUPS: 6/9/1988
  • WHZT: 5/27/1988
  • WJGS-FM: sign on, 1961

Call Sign Origin: Take off of UPS package delivery service ('We deliver the hits')

On Air Date: 1961

Owner: Coltrace Communications

Telephone: (989) 773-9899



  • 4/2009: License to cover granted for community of license change to Harrison. The station's technical facilities were not modified.
  • 3/2008: Construction permit granted to change community of license from Houghton Lake to Harrison.
  • 9/2007: Sister station WTWS-FM 92.1 Harrison applies to change community of license from Harrison to Houghton Lake and move transmitter from near Harrison in Clare county to Roscommon county in the Houghton Lake area on the same tower as WUPS. WTWS would also change its effective radiated power from 6,000 watts at 299 feet to 920 watts at 748 feet and to "maintain" radio service to Harrison, WUPS applied to change its community of license from Houghton Lake to Harrison but is not making any changes to its location or power.
  • 7/2001: Format shifts from Hot AC to Classic Hits/Rock AC as most current music is dropped in favor of rock-based hits from the 70's - early 90's. WUPS' format has evolved several times in recent years with several variations of classic rock/hits and hot AC.
  • 6/19/2001: FCC approves sale of WHGR, station later is taken off the air permanately by Clear Channel to make room for upgrade to WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids.
  • 5/11/2001: Announced that sister station WHGR AM 1290 Houghton Lake is being sold to Clear Channel for $250,000.
  • 199x: Melling Tool & Die sells WUPS and WHGR to Coltrace Communiations/John Salov, format evolves to hot adult contemporary.
  • approx 1989: WMLB FM 98.1 Glen Arbor/Traverse City begins simulcasting WUPS (simulcast ends within 2 years).
  • 1988: Format change to contemporary hits/top-40, first as WHZT then WUPS (Delivering the Hits, a take off of the package service UPS).
  • 1988: Power increase to 100,000 watts.
  • 1988: Shea Broadcasting sells WJGS and WHGR to Melling Tool & Die.
  • 1983: Sparks Broadcasting sells WJGS and WHGR to Shea Broadcasting.
  • 1961: On air as WJGS-FM with 19,000 watts, owners Jacob and Garnett Sparks who also owned WHGR AM 1290. Format is full service/middle-of-the-road.



Transmitter location:

Roscommon County












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