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WJIM stations

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JGP1954
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WJIM stations

Post by JGP1954 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:16 pm

What was the fellow's name that owned the WJIM stations for years. I heard he was a handful.



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Re: WJIM stations

Post by Chris1980 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:24 pm

You mean Harold Gross?



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Re: WJIM stations

Post by HD74 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:59 am

Yep, Harold Gross, Gross Telecasting.
The WJIM calls were for his son Jim Gross.


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Re: WJIM stations

Post by EdWalker » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:17 pm

Chris1980 wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:24 pm
You mean Harold Gross?
After Gross was Lee Licinger



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Re: WJIM stations

Post by Calvert DeForest » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:16 am

EdWalker wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:17 pm
Chris1980 wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:24 pm
You mean Harold Gross?
After Gross was Lee Licinger
Grant Santimore bought WJIM-AM & FM from Gross. Santimore sold the radio stations to Licinger, who later sold them to Bob Liggett. WJIM-TV (WLNS) was sold to John Backe, who eventually sold it to Young Broadcasting.


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Re: WJIM stations

Post by Colonel Flagg » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:51 pm

Calvert DeForest wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:16 am
EdWalker wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:17 pm
Chris1980 wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:24 pm
You mean Harold Gross?
After Gross was Lee Licinger
Grant Santimore bought WJIM-AM & FM from Gross. Santimore sold the radio stations to Licinger, who later sold them to Bob Liggett. WJIM-TV (WLNS) was sold to John Backe, who eventually sold it to Young Broadcasting.
I never knew Gross, but Grant Santimore was quite a unique individual himself. Definitely had the "1980's Executive, Country Club member" thing going on. The Frandor studios were basic, but classy. Grant was gruff, but he was fair. He had several partners involved in WJIM. Only one of Grant's partners kept an office at WJIM (Jack somebody, can't recall his last name) but he was rarely there. Not sure who the other investors were. Never saw them. I was sad to hear that Grant passed away, earlier this year, after a long battle with health problems.


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Re: WJIM stations

Post by Willie108 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:28 am

If I remember correctly, back in the mid 70's MSU applied to the FCC for a student run FM, and Gross blocked it because it was too close to the audio frequency for Channel 6. It took years, but MSU finally got that station...I think it was in the mid to late 80's...I think it became "The Impact".



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