Sanilac Broadcasting Celebrates 50 Years

Left photo (L-R): Robert (Bob) Benko, Bob Armstrong.

On Saturday, June 23, Sanilac Broadcasting (Sandusky) celebrated 50 years of service with a community open house for listeners and advertisers to come by and say hello and get a tour.

Sanilac Broadcasting Company was founded in 1968 by George Benko and Robert Benko, when WMIC-AM signed on the air June 27, 1968 from studios located in Sandusky, Michigan. WMIC was originally at 1560 on the AM dial where it remained for nineteen years.

On August 17 of 1971, WTGV-FM signed on at 97.7 FM as a simulcast partner of WMIC. In those days the stations were known as WMIC AM & FM.

In December 1987, an opportunity was taken to move WMIC 1560 to the left side of the dial to 660 AM. With this new clear-channel frequency, the information and entertainment that WMIC had provided could now heard be across most of lower Michigan and parts of Ontario!

On Sept 2, 1999 WBGV-FM, known as Country 92.5, signed on, broadcasting ABC Radio Networks “The Best Country Around”, a modern, fresh country music format. WBGV is owned by G.B. Broadcasting. Its president is George E. Benko V.

Longtime General Manager Bob Armstrong joined the staff of WMIC and WTGV on December 9, 1971, the day after he graduated from Ferris State University. His first position was Program Director, and on April 1, 1975, he became General Manager.

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