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N. Michigan 2012 Format Questions

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N. Michigan 2012 Format Questions

Post by cckadlec » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:34 pm

Some help needed on the following stations shown in bold to check if the station names or formats listed are correct for August 2012.

As some of you probably know from my incessant posting of bandscans over the past few years (way, way more to come to my website this spring and summer with this extra time I have now), I do a lot of coastal bandscans throughout the Great Lakes. More than 150 scans from nearly 100 beach sites.

This one was a basic scan - done only with the less sensitive car radio - in 2012 in Mackinaw City. While I have the original paper somewhere in my pile of old scans and notes, I haven't yet located it and I'm not sure if it even has all the details I need. When I typed the scan out at that time, I omitted the station power and station names. Trying to salvage the scan to retype it to 2020 standards to match my other scans has been annoying, but I've managed nonetheless with various sources, though station names usually requires Wikipedia searches where many station history details are mentioned, but not all include details.

For those who live up that way and/or are very familiar with all these details, the ones shown in bold are not completely certain. I could use some people to review those few stations to tell me if the station name was correct for August 2012.

All other details have been checked for 2012, such as station power and call letters, so I'm ONLY looking for help with the station names for those stations.

Any help is really appreciated. I have NUMEROUS scans from 2018 and 2019 from Mackinaw and St. Ignace for those who are interested, which include all the stations as heard on a portable instead of just a car radio.


*88.1 WBLW MI Gaylord / The Living Word / 5kw / perfect (40 mi.)
88.1 CBON-18 ON Sault Ste. Marie / Première Chaîne / 3.59kw / perfect (61 mi.)
88.3 = 88.5
*88.5 WIAB MI Mackinaw City / Classical IPR / 50kw / perfect (6 mi.)
88.7 = 88.5
88.9 -
89.1 = 89.3
*89.3 WTLI MI Bear Creek Twp. / Smile FM / 50kw / RDS / perfect (40 mi.)
*89.5 CBSM ON Sault Ste. Marie / CBC R. 1 Sudbury / 46kw / perfect + 89.3 (61 mi.)
89.7 = 89.5
89.9 WHWG MI Trout Lake / Gospel Opportunities / 1kw / perfect (33 mi.)
90.1 WHBP MI Harbor Springs / IPR News R. / 9.5kw / perfect (24 mi.)
90.3 = 90.5
*90.5 WPHN MI Gaylord / The Promise FM / 100kw / perfect (50 mi.)
90.7 = 90.5
*90.9 WTCK MI Charlevoix / Baraga Radio / 5.5kw / perfect (24 mi.)
91.1 = 90.9
91.3 WJOG MI Good Hart / Smile FM / 6kw / RDS / perfect (24 mi.)
*91.5 WJOH MI Raco / Smile FM / 5.5kw / very good + IBOC (45 mi.)
*91.7 WCML MI Alpena / CMU Public R. / 92kw / perfect (50 mi.)
91.9 IBOC (WCML)
92.1 -
92.3 WJPD MI Ishpeming / Big Country / 100kw / variable (144 mi.)
92.5 WFDX MI Atlanta / The Fox FM //94.3 / 100kw / perfect (53 mi.)
92.7 WPIQ MI Manistique / Power 92.7 / 24.5kw / variable (88 mi.)
92.7 CJRQ ON Sudbury / Q92 / 100kw / variable (184 mi.)
92.9 WJZQ MI Cadillac / Z93 / 100kw / perfect (84 mi.)
93.1 WIMK MI Iron Mountain / 93 Rock / 100kw / good (162 mi.)
93.3 = 93.5
*93.5 WBCM MI Boyne City / Country //103.5 / 14kw / perfect (31 mi.)
93.7 = 93.5
*93.9 WNBY MI Newberry / Oldies 93 / 50kw / RDS / perfect (52 mi.)

94.1 CKNR ON Elliot Lake / Moose FM / 90kw / perfect + 93.9 (131 mi.)
All the info I could find indicated that CKNR was Moose FM all along, including in 2012.

94.3 WFCX MI Leland / The Fox FM //92.5 / 20.5kw / good (83 mi.)

*94.5 WOEZ MI Mackinaw City / The Bear //98.1 / 50kw / perfect (6 mi.)
Pretty sure 94.5 was The Bear at that time (not exactly 100% //98.1 but generally enough). Calls changed to WOEZ right before this scan was conducted, for whatever reason.

94.7 -
94.9 WKJZ MI Hillman / Hits FM / 50kw / very good (63 mi.)
94.9 WUPZ MI Chocolay Twp. / The Bay / 100kw / variable (144 mi.)
95.1 WUPN MI Paradise / Eagle 95.1 / 25kw / weak (49 mi.)
*95.3 WWSS MI Tuscarora Twp. / Straits Country / 17kw / RDS / perfect (28 mi.)
95.5 WJZJ MI Glen Arbor / Real Rock 105.1 & 95.5 / 21kw / good (91 mi.)
95.5 CIYN ON Kincardine / myFM / 5.66kw / variable (186 mi.)
95.7 WCMB MI Oscoda / CMU Public R. / 25kw / good (94 mi.)
95.7 WHWL MI Marquette / Gospel Opportunities / 100kw / variable (140 mi.)
95.7 CFJB ON Barrie / Rock 95 / 41kw / variable (263 mi.)
95.9 -
96.1 = 96.3
96.3 WLXT MI Petoskey / Lite 96.3 / 100kw / RDS / perfect (31 mi.)
96.5 = 96.3
*96.7 WRGZ MI Rogers City / Country //99.3 / 42kw / perfect (52 mi.)
96.9 = 96.7
97.1 WGLQ MI Escanaba / Magic 97 / 100kw / perfect (112 mi.)
97.1 CBL-4 ON Owen Sound / CBC R. 2 / 17.5kw / variable (197 mi.)
97.3 = 97.1
97.5 = 97.7
*97.7 WQEZ MI Cheboygan / Easy 97-7 / RDS / 3.4kw / perfect (18 mi.)
*97.9 WIHC MI Newberry / Strong Tower R. / 50kw / perfect + 97.7 (52 mi.)
98.1 WGFN MI Glen Arbor / The Bear //94.5 / 21kw / good (91 mi.)
*98.3 WCMZ MI Sault Ste. Marie / CMU Public R. / 25kw / perfect (55 mi.)
98.5 WUPS MI Harrison / 98.5 UPS / 100kw / variable (101 mi.)
98.5 WQLH WI Green Bay / Star 98 / 100kw / variable (185 mi.)
98.7 CBCB ON Owen Sound / CBC R. 1 / 100kw / very good + 98.9 (197 mi.)
*98.9 WKLZ MI Petoskey / KLT The Rock Sta. / 100kw / RDS / perfect (23 mi.)
99.1 = 98.9
99.3 WATZ MI Alpena / Country //96.7 / 17kw / very good (83 mi.)
*99.5 WYSS MI Sault Ste. Marie / Yes FM / 100kw / RDS / perfect (47 mi.)

99.7 W259AH MI Petoskey / The Promise FM / 10w / perfect + 99.9 (24 mi.)
Unsure if this was repeating The Promise FM because info shows its primary station was WQHN, which is now The Promise FM on 100.9 but WAS at that time IPR.

*99.9 WHAK MI Rogers City / The Wave / 50kw / perfect (44 mi.)
100.1 = 99.9
100.3 WUPT MI Gwinn / The Point / 100kw / variable (144 mi.)
*100.5 CHAS ON Sault Ste. Marie / EZ Rock / 13.9kw / RDS / perfect (60 mi.)
*100.7 W264CF MI St. Ignace / Big Country Gold //1240 / 250w / perfect (9 mi.)
100.9 WICV MI East Jordan / Classical IPR / 2.8kw / perfect + 100.7 (44 mi.)
101.1 = 100.9
*101.3 WSUE MI Sault Ste. Marie / Rock 101 / 100kw / RDS / perfect (50 mi.)
*101.5 WMJZ MI Gaylord / Eagle 101.5 / 50kw / perfect (52 mi.)
101.7 = 101.5

101.9 WLDR MI Traverse City / Sunny 101.9 / 100kw / good + 102.1 (84 mi.)
I believe it was Sunny 101.9 country format at that time, correct? I see they used to be Sunny 102 prior to that.

*102.1 W271AG MI Mackinaw City / Gospel Opportunities / 19w / perfect (3 mi.)
*102.3 WTHN MI Sault Ste. Marie / The Promise FM / 22.5kw / perfect (55 mi.)
102.5 WCMM MI Gulliver / The Moose / 100kw / very good (88 mi.)
102.7 = 102.9
102.9 WMKC MI Indian River / Big Country Hits / 100kw / RDS / perfect (24 mi.)
103.1 = 102.9
103.3 WFXD MI Marquette / The Country Extreme / 100kw / RDS / variable (152 mi.)
103.5 WTCM MI Traverse City / Country //93.5 / 100kw / RDS / very good (102 mi.)
103.7 IBOC (WCMW)
*103.9 WCMW MI Harbor Springs / CMU Public R. / 12kw / perfect (24 mi.)
104.1 IBOC (WCMW)
*104.3 CJQM ON Sault Ste. Marie / Q104 / 100kw / RDS / perfect (60 mi.)
104.5 WZTC MI Traverse City / Bob FM / 1.75kw / weak + 104.3 (83 mi.)
104.7 WYKX MI Escanaba / KX Country / 100kw / good (125 mi.)
104.9 -
*105.1 WGFM MI Cheboygan / Real Rock 105.1 & 95.5 / 43kw / RDS / perfect (40 mi.)
105.3 = 105.1
105.5 WMKD MI Pickford / Country 105 / RDS / 100kw / perfect (47 mi.)
105.7 WCUP MI L'Anse / Eagle Country / 51kw / variable + 105.5/9 (188 mi.)
*105.9 WKHQ MI Charlevoix / 106 KHQ / 100kw / RDS / perfect (44 mi.)
106.1 = 106.3
*106.3 WYPV MI Onaway / Your Patriot Voice / 31kw / perfect (18 mi.)
106.5 = 106.3
*106.7 WSRT MI Gaylord / YOU-FM / 100kw / RDS / perfect (50 mi.)
106.9 = 106.7
107.1 -
107.3 -

107.5 WCCW MI Traverse City / Oldies 107.5 //107.9 / 50kw / good (84 mi.)
Info shows they were using Oldies 107.5 around this time still, but the info is a little vague for this time period.

107.7 WMQT MI Ishpeming / Q107 / 98kw / very good (151 mi.)
107.7 WHSB MI Alpena / The Bay / 100kw / very good (67 mi.)
107.9 WCZW MI Charlevoix / Oldies 107.5 //107.5 / 5kw / perfect (40 mi.)


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Re: N. Michigan 2012 Format Questions

Post by TVC_DX5678 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:28 pm

As far as I know, 101.9 was known as "Sunny Country 101.9" rather than simply "Sunny 101.9", which was what they went by in their AC days. And I believe around 2012, 98.1/107.1 and 94.5/93.9 were their own simulcasts when it came to The Bear. Don't really know if 94.5 simulcasted 93.9 or the other way around. And the 99.7 translator would probably have been relaying WPHN before WQHN came on the scene. I wasn't really big into local radio at the time, as this is simply what I remember learning about, so I could be wrong for all I know.



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Re: N. Michigan 2012 Format Questions

Post by kc8yqq » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:31 am

Going through my airchecks I have WLDR and WCCW, but not the date of your bandscan. Both were recorded on 5/28/12. If interested in listening to these, message me.

WLDR: 'Sunny Country 1O1.9'
WCCW: 'Classic hits 1O7 5 FM WCCW...' beginning of TOH ID

I hope this helps.



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Re: N. Michigan 2012 Format Questions

Post by cckadlec » Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:35 am

Thanks to both of you. Much appreciated.

I saw the Classic Hits 107.5 vs. Oldies 107.5 but the timeline was a little vague. I remember Sunny Country now, too. I have RDS readouts from that summer, which helped with some other details. I'm sure I'll run across the actual written scan and see what details I have, but scans back then are nothing like I write them out today with notes every half hour to help with programming comparisons (such as public radio programs when I need to check schedules to confirm, etc.)

I have some other old scans from back in the day I would like to add to my website as well. I suppose for some historical purposes, it could be interesting given the surge of translators that have appeared in past years, which was the reason I drove thousands of miles doing scans across the Great Lakes the past few years trying to beat the translators as they cover the distant signals. The 102.7 in Alpena sometimes makes it harder to hear WRVM from Parry Sound and other points on the Georgian Bay, so those things are frustrating.


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Re: N. Michigan 2012 Format Questions

Post by kc8yqq » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:23 pm

If you need any more, let me know. I started airchecking in 1987 and all are in mp3 format. The early years were originally done on cassette and all have been converted. During those years I had access to a cottage on Torch Lake, and have that area well covered.



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