Area’s oldest FM station may move north

August 7, 2013

The area’s oldest FM radio station may be moved to another community, nearly 70 miles away. Synergy Media Inc., owner of WKLA-FM, has requested the station’s license be transferred from Ludington to Thompsonville, according to a Federal Communications Commission document.

In May 2012, Synergy took over operations of WKLA-AM and FM, along with WKZC-FM and WMLQ-FM (Coast FM). It also operates WWKR-FM (K-Rock) and WLDN-FM. WKLA-AM is the area’s oldest radio station. It was started in the 1940s. WKLA-FM was started in the early 1970s and is the area’s oldest FM radio station.

“Synergy believes this application meets the provisions under this new docket for a community of license change for WKLA-FM, mainly because current community of license, Ludington, Michigan, will continue to be served by a fulltime AM station, WKLA-AM, and as Synergy is simultaneously proposing, a fulltime FM station WLDN,” the FCC city of license change statement reads. “The proposed substituted community, Thompsonville, Michigan, does not have a fulltime AM, FM or TV station providing a transmission service; thus WKLA-FM will be the community’s first local full-time transmission service.”

MCP sent an email to Todd Mohr, president of Synergy, Tuesday evening asking for comment on the move.

See the entire document here.


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