Traverse City

WQEZ Traverse City Flips To Rock

Black Diamond Broadcasting has flipped Soft AC “Easy 95.5” WQEZ Glen Arbor/Traverse City MI to a simulcast of Rock “Rock 105” WGFM Cheboygan. 95.5 takes on new WGFE call letters as it returns to the simulcast it previously held from September 2009 until April 2013. The new format on 95.5 gives a direct format competitor in Traverse City to Northern Broadcast Rock “97.5 KLT” WKLT Kalkaska/98.9 WKLZ Petoskey. WKLT/WKLZ is set to flip to a broader music mix when Blarney Stone Broadcasting completes its purchase of Northern Broadcast. The former WQEZ call letters move to “Easy 106.3” WOEZ Onaway/Cheboygan, which previously ran the same music as 95.5 with separate imaging and commercials.

Station Sales Week Of 2/3

Station Sales Stone Communications sells News/Talk simulcast 1110 WJML Petoskey and 1210 WJNL Kingsley/101.1 W266CS Traverse City MI to John Yob’s Mitten News LLC for $700,000. Adams Radio sells 1590 WGBG Ocean City MD to WBEY 979 LLC for $20,000. WGBG has already begun simulcasting the buyer’s “Bay Country 97.9” WBEY-FM Crisfield. Jubilation Ministries, owner of “91.3 The Message” WSTM Kiel/103.3 W277BR Sheboygan and Standards “1420 The Breeze” WJUB Plymouth WI will merge with Evangel Ministries. Evangel owns Christian AC “The Family” 88.5 WGNV Milladore/91.5 WEMY Green Bay/91.9 WEMI Appleton and five translators. The previously announced sale of 730 WJMT Merrill WI from WRVM Inc. to Sunrise Broadcasting has a price as the buyer ...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/4: Nine Signal Shuffle Proposed In Northern Michigan

As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.

AAA Mitten Fits Into Traverse City

Todd Mohr’s Mitten Media has launched AAA “106.3 The Mitten” WWMN Thompsonville/Traverse City and 107.7 W299CB Manistee MI. Listing Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Hozier, Avett Brothers, Talking Heads, Black Keys, Coldplay, Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Peter Gabriel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Morrison, and Capital Cities as core artists, the station is describing itself as “a town hall for an eclectic and arts-driven community”. WWMN was previously licensed to Ludington as Hot AC WKLA-FM. That format and calls moved to 96.3 Ludington as “Hits 96” in August in preparation of the move to Thompsonville.

Blarney Stone Broadcasting Buys 6 In Northern Michigan; Plans Multiple Flips

Northern Broadcast Inc. is selling its six stations and two translators in Northern Michigan to Sheryl and Jerry Coyne’s Blarney Stone Broadcasting. Blarney Stone will add Rock “KLT” 97.5 WKLT Kalkaska/98.9 WKLZ-FM Petoskey, Classic Hits “Fox” 94.3 WFCX Leland/92.5 WFDX Atlanta/100.5 W263CD Boyne City, Sports “ESPN Up North” 105.5 WSRJ Honor/106.7 WSRT Gaylord and the Construction Permit for 98.3 W252DA Petoskey for an undisclosed price. The Coyne’s currently own Rock “Q100.3” WQON Grayling, Sports “Y101.1” WGRY Roscommon, and Catholic 1230 WMQU Grayling. 106.7 WSRT will be spun-off to Catholic operator Baraga Radio. Baraga currently brokers 1230 WMQU from Blarney Stone. Neither deal has yet been filed with the FCC. Bl...[Read More]

Sunny Sets Over Traverse City

After ten years of Country, “Sunny Country 101.9” WLDR-FM Traverse City, MI has flipped back to AC. WLDR-FM is now branded as “101.9 The Bay” positioned as “All the hits without the rap”. WLDR-FM also simulcasts on 750 WARD Petoskey and 92.3 WBNZ Frankfort, MI. Discussing the change, station GM David Barr told the Traverse City Record Eagle, “Country is a fantastic format. Unfortunately it’s the kind of music that doesn’t have mass appeal in offices and retail stores. Since we dropped adult contemporary a decade ago, there has been a hole in Traverse City for that type of music.”

FCC Applications 8/2

A pair of translators are seeking to enhance their signal around Los Angeles. After having their move to near Pasadena rejected by the FCC, EMF Broadcasting has amended their application for 100.7 K264AF Guasti. The current app seeks to operate with 250 watts from a tower near West Covina, CA. Life On The Way Communications’ 91.1 K216FM has completed its move to Valley Village with 10 watts but now has applied to move south to the tower of 93.5 KDAY near Culver City where it would operate with 5 watts. The station would change its originating station from 90.3 KMRO Camarillo, CA to 88.9 WGEN-FM Monee, IL. Both stations simulcast the programming of the Christian “Worship On The Way” Network. With a pending application to relocate from the South Mountain tower farm to North...[Read More]

Sports Shuffle In Traverse City

A network affiliation shuffle will bring Sports Talk to a pair of FM’s in Traverse City, MI. Midwestern Broadcasting’s “ESPN Radio 1310” WCCW Traverse City will become “Fox Sports 1310” on August 30. Concurrently, Northern Broadcasting’s Talk simulcast “106.7/105.5 You-FM” 105.5 WSRJ Honor & 106.7 WSRT Gaylord will flip to Sports “ESPN Radio Northern Michigan” the same day.