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WCMU radio and television off air in northeast Lower Michigan following fire

The ruins of the WCML transmitter building in Atlanta. The building caught fire on Feb. 28, 2024.
Mark Brown
The ruins of the WCML transmitter building in Atlanta. The building caught fire on Feb. 28, 2024.

This page is no longer being updated. Please click here to view the latest updates regarding the fire at WCMU's transmitter site serving northeast Lower Michigan.

Previous updates from WCMU:

UPDATE 2/29/24 7:40am: WCMU is back on the air on 103.9FM Harbor Springs. WCMU's engineering staff was able to restore our broadcasts on that station early this morning.

WCML 91.7FM and TV Channel 6 remain off the air. It is expected these stations will remain off the air for several months as we work to rebuild our transmitter site in Atlanta, MI. This outage is also impacting broadcasts of WCMU Classical in the Alpena area.

Listeners in northeast Michigan may still be able to listen on 103.9FM, 95.7FM, 96.9FM, and 98.3FM. You can also listen on the WCMU App, the NPR App, and by asking your smart speaker to "Play WCMU" or "Play WCMU Classical."

Affected viewers can watch WCMU PBS on our website (click here), on the WCMU App, and on the PBS App. WCMU is also still broadcasting on cable and satellite systems throughout the northeast Lower Peninsula.

WCMU Classical is off the air in Alpena and Harbor Springs as a result of the fire. While the Alpena signal will remain down for several months, we are hopeful WCMU Classical will be restored in Harbor Springs more quickly.

WCMU will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

Previous announcement from 2/28/24 6:24pm:

The transmitter building for WCMU's signals in northeast Lower Michigan burned on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.

Our transmitter building is a total loss. WCML-FM 91.7 and WCML-TV Channel 6, both licensed to the city of Alpena and broadcast from Atlanta, MI, will be off the air indefinitely. We anticipate it may take several months to restore full service to northeast Lower Michigan.

On television, over-the-air viewers of WCML-TV Channel 6 are primarily affected by this outage. WCMU Television is still available on many cable and satellite systems in northeastern Michigan.

The fire has also disrupted our signal to WCMW-FM 103.9 Harbor Springs. Our engineers are currently working diligently to restore our broadcast services to this location.

WCMU's commitment to northeast Michigan remains strong. While we work to restore our broadcast services in the region over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to bring you news and information from the northeast Lower Peninsula and all of Michigan. WCMU will remain northeast Lower Michigan's NPR and PBS station.

Viewers impacted by the disruption in the northeast Lower Michigan area can continue to watch WCMU online at, and on the WCMU and PBS App.

Listeners can continue to listen online at, on the WCMU App, on the TuneIn App, or by asking their Smart Speakers to "Play WCMU" or "Play WCMU Classical." Listeners may also be able to listen on 95.7FM, 96.9FM, and 98.3FM.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and we will release more information as it becomes available.