The Illinois-based station group has agreed to purchase a religious station in the Wausau-Rhinelander, Wis., market with plans to use it to rebroadcast its ABC affiliate there, WAOW.
Quincy Newspapers Inc. is acquiring WBIJ Wausau-Rhinelander, Wis. (DMA 135), for $1.6 million with the intention of turning the station into a satellite of WAOW, Quincy’s ABC affiliate in the market, according to an FCC filing seeking approval of the deal.
The seller is Selenka Communications, now in the hands of Joanne Selenka following the death of her husband last September.
The station now offers religious programming.
Quincy is asking the FCC for a waiver so that it can operate WBIJ as a satellite, a full-power station that rebroadcasts the signal and stretches the coverage of another station in its market.
Quincy says that it meets all criteria for a waiver, including that “no alternative operator is ready and able to construct or to purchase and operate the satellite as a full-service station.”
Selenka seconds that, noting that Quincy was the only party to make an offer to buy the station.
Plus, Selenka says, it lacks the resources to complete the construction of the station’s digital facilities and has applied for a six-month extension on the deadline to complete them.