Townsquare Media has filed an application to transfer the license of WLCO-AM (Lapeer) to group operator Smile FM, based in Imlay City. The application was filed on September 14. The proposed Assignee (Smile FM) is also applying to convert the station to noncommercial/educational classification. WLCO is a 5kw daytimer on 1530 kHz with a two-tower directional antenna.
The station signed on in November of 1962 at WTHM. This is the first AM acquisition for Smile FM, which owns 20 non-commercial FM stations, primarily in Michigan. It has also a pending application to acquire another FM in Arkansas and was awarded permits for two new FMs, one in Michigan, another in Tennessee during the recent auction.