This past January, the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) met and approved a proposal to move St. Clair County from the Southeastern EAS Region to the adjacent East Central Region.
The reason for this change was continued complaints from broadcasters that reliable, clear reception of the Southeastern LP-1 and LP-2 stations has been difficult.
As part of this shift, the SECC has added an additional local primary station to the East Central Region. Radio First/Liggett Communication’s WSAQ-FM has volunteered to become a local primary. WSAQ already had much of the infrastructure in place, including an EMnet terminal.
Broadcasters in St. Clair County were notified this past week that they will be required to monitor WHNN-FM (Bay City/Saginaw) as well as WSAQ-FM for EAS needs. In order to give them time to install a neccessary antenna to receive WHNN, the date of the change was set as July 1, 2019.
The SECC and MAB would like to thank Radio First/Liggett’s Sean Richardson and Caleb Gordon for stepping up and helping resolve this issue.