Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Purchases WMQT, WZAM

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) announced Friday, Feb. 18, that it has reached an agreement with Tom Mogush of Taconite Broadcasting Inc. to purchase its radio stations in Marquette.

The KBIC currently owns WCUP “Eagle Country” 105.7 FM and WGLI “the Rockin’ Eagle” 98.7 FM. Mogush, owned Q107-WMQT “Marquette’s Heritage Station”, 107.7 FM – 93.3 FM and ESPNUP WZAM-AM 970 AM – 106.9 FM.

Kim Klopstein, President of KBIC said, “This is a great opportunity for us. The tribe has an interest in Marquette County. We currently have our beautiful Ojibwa Casino in Harvey, the Outpost Cannabis dispensary on the US-41 corridor, and hopefully future expansions and perhaps more new businesses there. This expansion of the radio seems to fit perfectly with our needs, those of the local community and our mission.

“This is an exciting addition to KBIC’s portfolio of companies,” said Larry Denomie III, Managing Director of Ojibwa Enterprises.

Ojibwa businesses consist of the Baraga and Marquette Ojibwa casinos, three convenience stores, a car wash and laundromat, the KBIC solid waste management facility, the ASEMAA wholesale and distribution company , which distributes KBIC-made cigarettes, Ojibwa Recreation Area campgrounds, and Eagle Radio.

“The Tribe has invested over $40 million in its casinos and plans to expand the Marquette Casino by adding a hotel, is currently renovating the Baraga Casino Hotel and Pressbox Sports Bar & Grill and will add a bath and shower facilities at their campgrounds this year,” Denomie said. “This purchase will help KBIC continue to invest in the community and its radio market.”

Ed Janisse, General Manager of Radio Operations for KBIC, said, “This is a great opportunity for our customers and customers on the Rockin’ Eagle and Eagle Country as well as the customers and customers of Q107-WMQT and WZAM. We can offer excellent support to companies covering Marquette and surrounding areas on WGLI and WCUP and vice versa. Q107-WMQT listeners will always have great music, lots of fun and a chance to be a part of the station. Because, after all, Q107-WMQT is “Radio assembled by you”.

Mogush, President of Taconite Broadcasting, said, “Jim Koski and I will remain with KBIC to assist in the continued growth of the stations, exploring many new opportunities. We see the synergy of Baraga and Marquette radio stations working together. to promote local businesses and events to grow our economy in UP The society was started by Joe Blake and Bob Olson 51 years ago, a legacy we are proud to carry on We are grateful to the many people who have worked at the resorts over the years and look forward to many more years of excellence.

Copyright 2022 WLUC. All rights reserved.

Previous Gabe Galanda: Addressing Civil Rights in Indian Country
Next Pyet DeSpain: "Be proud of where you come from"