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Iron Mountain/Marquette, Michigan
United States
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Affiliations defunct
Owner Withers Broadcasting Companies
(Estate of W. Russell Withers, Jr., Dana R. Withers, Executor)
First air date 1986; 32 years ago (1986)
Last air date November 19, 2015 (2015-11-19)
(date of license cancellation)
Call letters' meaning Deliverance
(station formerly broadcast religious programming)
Former callsigns WIIM-TV (1986–1992)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1986–2009)
22 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations TBN (1990s)
EWTN (2006)
Transmitter power 22 kW
Height 171 m (561 ft)
Facility ID 15498
Transmitter coordinates 45°49′10″N 88°2′35″W / 45.81944°N 88.04306°W / 45.81944; -88.04306
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WDHS was a television station in Iron Mountain, Michigan, broadcasting locally on VHF channel 8. WDHS was owned by Withers Broadcasting Companies, along with WDTV in Weston-Clarksburg, West Virginia.

The station was dark for much of its history;[1] it came on the air only for a short period on an annual basis merely as a way to keep its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license active. The WDHS license was canceled on November 19, 2015, months after an FCC policy change negated the 'once per year broadcast' method of retaining a station license which had been exploited in the radio industry to 'warehouse' prominent call letters in small markets, along with television broadcasters holding out for sales partners.[2][3]

When WDHS was on the air, it theoretically could serve parts of Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Florence (WI), Forest (WI), Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Langlade (WI), Marinette (WI), Marquette, Menominee, Oconto (WI), Oneida (WI), and Vilas (WI) counties in Michigan and Wisconsin. Most likely, it only broadcast at a low power to save electricity and fulfill the legal fiction of maintaining the license.


  1. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 19, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Station Search Details (DDWDHS)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Sashkin, Davina (22 July 2015). "Audio Overkill: New AM and FM Licenses Conditioned on Continuous Operation". CommLaw Blog. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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