Mid-West Family Broadcasting to Acquire WSBT Radio Stations
Benton Harbor, MI November 2, 2015: Mid-West Family Broadcasting (WSJM, Inc.) is purchasing four radio stations serving Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The stations will comprise the eighth radio market served by the family of companies known as Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and now Indiana.
Mid-West Family will welcome these stations:
Sunny 101.5 WNSN Z94.3 WZOC
New Country 99.9 WHFB FM WSBT AM 960 & 96.1 FM
The four stations are being acquired from Schurz Communications/WSBT, Inc. as a product of its sale of the Schurz Television station group to Gray Television. Gray has elected not to retain the radio stations it would have acquired in South Bend and Lafayette, IN and Rapid City, South Dakota. Other radio broadcasters in the region purchased the Lafayette and Rapid City radio stations.
The South Bend based stations will continue to operate from the Schurz Communications building on East Douglas Road in Mishawaka. They will function as a new operating unit of WSJM, Inc., reporting to Mid-West Family Broadcasting management in Benton Harbor: Vice President/General Manager Dave Doetsch, who assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer, and President Gayle Olson.
Olson said, “We are thrilled to add the Schurz stations to our group. The Schurz commitment to listeners, clients and the community over 90+ years is legendary. And we will work hard to continue that tradition of service. We’ve been successful for 57 years in Southwest Michigan and believe we can build on that success in South Bend.”
Doetsch commented, “This new alignment will be very beneficial for both operations… a unification of solid radio talent in both buildings who get to create great ‘live and local’ radio.”
As with all broadcast ownership transfers, the transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission. That is expected to take 45 to 60 days. Schurz will continue to operate the stations prior to closing of the transaction.
Midwest Family Broadcasting/WSJM, Inc. operates six stations in Southwest Michigan:
WSJM FM 94.9 “The News & Talk of Michigan’s Great Southwest”
Rock 107 WIRX “Everything That Rocks”
97.5 Y-Country WYTZ “20 In A Row Country”
98.3 The Coast WCXT “Today’s Best Mix”
SuperHits 103.7 COSY FM WCSY
SportsRadio 1400 WSJM AM
Mid-West Family Broadcasting companies own stations in Madison, WI; La Crosse, WI; Eau Claire, WI; Rockford, IL; Springfield, IL; Springfield, MO and Southwest Michigan.