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Smile FM

 

Smile FM

Smile FM
Slogan "Michigan's Positive Hits"
Format Religious; Contemporary Christian
Owner Superior Communications
Webcast http://www.smile.fm/streaming/
Website http://www.smile.fm

Smile FM is a network of non-commercial, contemporary Christian radio stations. Most programming originates from studios in Williamston, Michigan (just east of Lansing) and is relayed (with local inserts) by an expanding number of stations throughout the state. The network also has studios in Imlay City, Michigan.

Smile FM was originally two separate networks. The first, The Light, was founded on December 2, 1996 when WLGH Lansing, Michigan began broadcasting. The second, Joy FM, began on December 12, 2000 with WHYT (renamed as WWKM and again as WDTR) in Imlay City. While both played contemporary Christian music, The Light aimed for a younger audience. In June 2004 the two networks were combined to form Smile FM in a "wedding ceremony" conducted at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing. The new name eliminated confusion since many other unrelated stations used The Light and Joy FM names.

The network is notable for putting stations on the air at a low cost. They lease existing towers and use voice tracking. This allows the network to operate with a minimal number of employees. Unlike many Christian stations, they play music with only a few short breaks for weather, news, announcements and features. Smile FM has also pioneered the use of new technology to help distribute and customize its programming, including developing an emergency weather notification system that is faster and more reliable than the required EAS system (which they also operate).

The network's stations, although having the same ownership, are officially owned by one of four non-profit entities: Superior Communications, Michigan Community Radio, Northland Community Broadcasters and Smile FM. All four were founded by Jennifer and Edward Czelada.

WCZE 103.7 Harbor Beach, owned by Jennifer and Edward Czelada, aired Smile FM programming until December 12, 2012, when WSMB Harbor Beach began broadcasting.

In January 2008, Smile FM established WWKM (now WDTR) Imlay City as the flagship of an experimental Smile FM Praise network playing Christian contemporary worship music. Previously, the station had broadcast traditional Christian music and hymns. The Smile FM Praise experiment was ended in 2009 and plans made to move that station to the northern suburbs of Detroit.

The owners have often recycled the call letters of famous Michigan stations of the past for their stations. WDTR (now WRCJ), WHYT (now WDVD), and WVMV (now WDZH) were once used by Detroit stations. WTAC (now WSNL) was the leading top 40 station in Flint during the 1960s (and, ironically, a pioneering contemporary Christian station during the 1980s). WKPK was used by a popular top 40 station of the 1980s and 1990s in northern Michigan (now WSRT). WAIR was an oldies station in northern Michigan (now WFCX) and the calls were also used for a construction permit for a station in Honor (now WSRJ). WWKM was a now-defunct station in Harrison (and Smile FM's 88.5 FM station in the Alpena area, WSFP, once bore the calls of WWKM's sister station WKKM, which is now WTWS in Houghton Lake).

Others were named for the original formats of the stations. WLGH and WTLI were The Light. All of the stations beginning with WJ were in or scheduled to be in the Joy FM network. All call letters beginning with WDT (WDTE, WDTP and WDTR) serve portions of the Detroit metropolitan area.

Contents

  • On-air staff 1
  • Smile FM Network Stations 2
  • Future Stations/Upgrades Approved by the FCC 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

On-air staff

  • Jenn Czelada (Morning Expresso from Imlay City)
  • Brian Dumont (Morning Expresso from Lansing)
  • Dennis
  • Wayne Marks
  • Amanda
  • Rob Dale (Weather; former WLNS meteorologist)
  • Vivian Nitecki (News headlines)
  • Andy Delancey (News headlines)
  • Faron Dice
  • Rob Dempsey
  • Elly Singer

Smile FM Network Stations

Stations owned and operated by Smile FM include:

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WLGH 88.1 Leroy Township, Michigan 6,700 174 m (571 ft) B1 [WLGH] FCC]
WSMF 88.1 Monroe, Michigan 1,200 41 m (135 ft) A [WSMF] FCC]
WHYT 88.1 Goodland Township, Michigan 400 177 m (581 ft) A [WHYT] FCC]
WSFP 88.1 Harrisville, Michigan 18,000 143 m (469 ft) C2 [WSFP] FCC]
WEJC 88.3 White Star, Michigan 55,000 114 m (374 ft) C1 [WEJC] FCC]
WKPK 88.3 Michigamme, Michigan 15,000 252 m (827 ft) C2 [WKPK] FCC]
WSMZ 88.3 Crystal Valley, Michigan 1,500 200 m (660 ft) A [WSMZ] FCC]
WDTE 88.3 Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 5,500 50 m (160 ft) A [WDTE] FCC]
WJOM 88.5 Eagle, Michigan 4,300 40 m (130 ft) A [WJOM] FCC]
WYOR 88.5 Republic, Ohio 100 32 m (105 ft) A FCC
KOYR 88.5 Yorktown, Arkansas 4,500 190 m (620 ft) C3 FCC
WSIS 88.7 Riverside, Michigan 6,000 117 m (384 ft) B1 [WSIS (FM)|WSIS] FCC]
WDTR 89.1 Imlay City, Michigan 1,500 52 m (171 ft) A [WDTR] FCC]
WTLI 89.3 Bear Creek Township, Michigan 17,000 312 m (1,024 ft) C1 [WTLI] FCC]
WSMB 89.3 Harbor Beach, Michigan 12,000 145 m (476 ft) C3 FCC
WDTP 89.5 Huron Charter Township, Michigan 700 95 m (312 ft) A [WDTP] FCC]
WJOJ 89.7 Rust Township, Michigan 31,000 143 m (469 ft) C2 [WJOJ] FCC]
WTAC 89.7 Burton, Michigan 15,000 110 m (360 ft) B1 [WTAC (FM)|WTAC] FCC]
WKKM 89.7 Speaker Township, Michigan 100 32 m (105 ft) A FCC
WSLI 90.9 Belding, Michigan 11,500 73 m (240 ft) B1 [WSLI] FCC]
WJOG 91.3 Good Hart, Michigan 6,000 190 m (620 ft) C3 [WJOG] FCC]
WJOH 91.5 Raco, Michigan 5,500 100 m (330 ft) A [WJOH] FCC]
WVMV 91.5 China Township, Michigan 1,050 75 m (246 ft) A [WVMV] FCC]
WSMO 91.9 Mount Forest, Michigan 6,000 100 m (330 ft) A FCC
W246CW 97.1 Long Lake Township, Michigan 10 261 m (856 ft) D [WTLI|W246CW] FCC]
W285ET 102.5 East Bay Township, Michigan 10 265 m (869 ft) D [WTLI|W285ET] FCC]
W280EL 103.9 Yates, Michigan 10 119 m (390 ft) D [WVMV|W280EL] FCC]
WAIR 104.9 Lake City, Michigan 1,600 195 m (640 ft) A [WAIR (FM)|WAIR] FCC]

Future Stations/Upgrades Approved by the FCC

  • WDTP Huron Township/Detroit -- move to 90.1 and increase to 50kW (expires 8/31/2015)
  • WTLI Bear Creek Township -- increase to 50kW (expires 4/20/2015)
  • WDTR Imlay City -- move to 88.9 from near Romeo and increase to 5kW (expires 8/2/2016)
  • WSIS (FM) Riverside/Benton Harbor -- increase to 50kW (expires 9/17/2016)
  • W249CL Russellville/Beecher -- (97.7) new translator for WTAC (expires 4/24/2016)
  • W258CO Plainfield/Grand Rapids -- (99.5) new translator for WSLI (expires 1/14/2017)
  • W272DG Pittsfield/Ann Arbor -- (102.3) new translator for WTAC (expires 1/15/2017)
  • W248CC Ecorse -- (97.5) new translator for WSMF (expires 1/15/2017)
  • WAIR Lake City/Cadillac -- increase to 2.8kW (expires 4/29/2017)
  • WYOR Republic, OH -- increase to 16kW from a different tower (expires 1/31/2015)
  • WJOM Eagle/Lansing -- increase to 25 kW (expires 10/2/2015)

References

  • FCC Database
  • Michiguide.com

External links

  • Smile FM Website
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