The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council is getting the license and transmitter of WDTW-AM Detroit from Clear Channel, a transaction that will eventually open the door for a ground-up entrepreneurial venture for a new entrant into the radio business.
Clear Channel has donated several radio properties to MMTC in the recent past, assets which MMTC has used to provide ownership opportunities for ownership as well as to provide funding for its own operations.
This transaction will provide the two primary ingredients of a major market AM station – the license and transmitter – and the act of building a station around them is expected to be a prime educational experience for the individual or organization that ultimately winds up with the station.
“This opportunity would not have been possible without the generous contribution of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment,” said David Honig, President of MMTC. “Throughout the years, Clear Channel’s donations have been instrumental in helping MMTC secure ownership and training opportunities for minorities and women across the country. Many of MMTC’s buyers of these stations have ventured into interesting, unique, diverse programming to fill niche needs in the local communities. Having a station and transmitter donated in a major market like Detroit is a huge asset for funding our mentoring and advocacy programs. We thank them for their generous and continued support.”
“We applaud MMTC for creating a program that helps minority broadcasters develop the skills and experience necessary to become successful broadcasters,” said John Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “We’re pleased that the donation of these resources will give the opportunity for enthusiastic new entrepreneurs to own and operate their own radio station.”
WDTW is a Class B in 1310 kHz with 5 kW-U, DA2.