WIAB

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WIAB
City of license Mackinaw City, Michigan
Broadcast area Mackinaw City-St. Ignace
Branding Classical IPR
Frequency 88.5 MHz
First air date October 1, 2000
Format Public radio; Classical
Power 20,000 watts
Class C2
Former callsigns WDQV (7/3/00-7/25/05)
Affiliations NPR
Owner Interlochen Center for the Arts
Website http://www.interlochen.org/ipr/

WIAB (88.5 FM) is a radio station in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The station is owned by Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is an affiliate of the Interlochen Public Radio's "Classical IPR" network, consisting of classical music.

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The original call sign for 88.5 FM's construction permit was WAAQ, but the station was never on the air with those calls. It signed on as WDQV, "88-Dot-5 Dove FM," airing a satellite-fed contemporary Christian music format from Salem Communications ("Today's Christian Music"). Interlochen purchased WDQV in March 2005, and after a brief period of silence, 88.5 FM became WIAB, simulcasting WIAA, in July.

WIAB was formerly simulcast on a translator in Mackinaw City, W237CF (95.3 FM), which was formerly owned by Xavier University and then Cincinnati Classical Public Radio as a translator of WVXU 96.7 FM (now WRGZ) in Rogers City, Michigan. W237CF, now on 95.1 FM as W236BZ in St. Ignace, is now owned by Baraga Broadcasting and simulcasts Catholic radio station WTCK in Charlevoix.

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Coordinates: 45°34′05″N 85°04′27″W / 45.5681°N 85.0742°W / 45.5681; -85.0742