This past Monday, WMOM-FM (Pentwater-Ludington) went silent when Bay View Broadcasting took the station off the air. In a statement released by the station, owner Patrick Lopeman suffered serious injuries in a car accident last month, which made him re-evaluate his activities in managing the business. “With his 70th birthday approaching, he realized he was long past retirement age and couldn’t keep up with the schedule required to operate the radio station.”
In the statement, Lopeman is said to be seeking a new operator to take over the station with the intent to continue to provide continuing sports coverage of Ludington High School.
Lopeman built WMOM in the late ’90s, following a long career in the industry. Prior to WMOM, Lopeman built and put on the air WXYQ-FM (now WMTE-FM) (Manistee) in 1994.
WMOM won MAB Station of the Year honors for its market division in the 2017 Broadcast Excellence Awards. The station has been a longtime MAB member and we wish Patrick Lopeman good health going forward.