August 2000 News and Notes

August 1:

* Flood damage at Detroit's public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9 totals about $250,000

* WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit's morning team of Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison helped raise $225,000 during last week's 10th annual radiothon for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan; Former WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit morning host Dr. Don Carpenter has landed a new gig in Cincinnati

* WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit's lead investigative reporter Shellee Smith will be leaving the station this fall for a job with NBC- Detroit News

August 2:

* The latest 12+ Arbitron ratings for Spring 2000 were released earlier today for Grand Rapids and Lansing. The top 4 spots in Grand Rapids remained unchanged from the Winter ratings with Classic Rock WLAV-FM first, followed by Top 40 WSNX, Country WBCT, and Alternative Rock WGRD. Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM round out the top 5 stations. Stations with notable ratings improvements since the Winter book were WGRD, WOOD-FM, Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM, and Country Gold WCUZ-FM.

* Country WITL-FM returned to the number 1 spot alone in Lansing, breaking a tie with Top 40 WHZZ which dropped to second overall. Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM, Classic Rock WMMQ-FM, and Oldies WJIM-FM continued to be the 5 most popular stations in the Lansing market. Ratings winners since the Winter were WITL, WMMQ, Rock WJXQ-FM, Urban WQHH-FM, and Alternative Rock WWDX-FM.

* 4 Battle Creek radio stations have added live webcasts to their Internet presence- Adult Contemporary WBXX-FM 95.3, Oldies WWKN-FM 104.9, News/Talk WBCK-AM 930, and Adult Standards WRCC-AM 1400.

* Former WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing evening jock Mike Couchman takes over the morning show and interim Program Director role at The Light (WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing / WEJC-FM 88.3 Gladwin / WTLI-FM 89.3 Boyne City) along with swing duties at Detroit's WKQI-FM 95.5. Leaving is current program director Tim Marx as he heads for Texas.

* The simulcast of WRWK-FM 106.5 on WJZE-FM 97.3 has ended on the east side of Toledo. WJZE has become 97-3 The Fox, Classic Hits of the 70's and 80's.

* Marketing director John Lassman has left WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit for a program director job in Virginia; John Flint and Brian Hayes lose the interim tags off their titles and become operations manager/program director and assistant program director/music director respectively at Kalamazoo's WRKR-FM 107.7- All Access

* Sold: Silent stations WSRI-FM 92.1 Beulah and WSRQ-FM Bear Lake by D & B Broadcasting to Fort Bend Broadcasting, pending FCC approval

August 3:

* Spring 2000 12+ ratings were released for the Kalamazoo market today. Top 40 WKFR-FM has kept its number 1 spot, followed once again by Rock WRKR-FM. Country WBCT-FM moved up to third place overall, followed by the then Hot AC WFAT-FM and Adult Contemporary WQLR-FM which tied for fourth position. Stations with the largest ratings gains included WKFR, WBCT, WFAT, WOOD-FM, WKMI-AM, WKLQ-FM.

* The Flint School Board and the owners of WFBE-FM 95.1 reached a final agreement on the details of the sale of the station- Flint Journal

August 4:

* Detroit's WDIV-TV 4 came out on top during the July sweeps, winning the newscast ratings battles at 5am, 5:30am, 6am, noon, 5pm, 6pm, and 11pm. WJBK-TV 2 won the 10:00pm title- Detroit Free Press

August 7:

* There were another two Michigan markets with Spring 12+ ratings reports released today. In Muskegon, Country WMUS remained on top, where it has since the ratings for this market started in the Spring of 1999. Top 40 WSNX-FM remained in second place, with Rock WMRR-FM in third. Oldies WLCS-FM and Rock WKLQ-FM completed the top 5 along the Lakeshore. Stations with notable ratings gains since the Fall 1999 book included WSNX, WMRR, WLCS, and Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM.

* Battle Creek's number one station was Country WNWN-FM, with Top 40 WKFR, News/Talk WBCK-AM, Oldies WWKN-FM, and Rock WJXQ-FM making top 5 appearances this time. Ratings gainers included WWKN, Nostalgia WRCC-AM, and Country WBCT-FM.

August 8:

* Why do you watch your local TV newscast? According to the just concluded Michiguide Poll, voters were equally split between local news coverage and the weather.

* Fred Wolf, a veteran of WXYZ-TV and WXYZ-AM, passed away on August 5th.

August 13:

* After stunting on August 10th with Sheryl Crow's 'A Change Will Do You Good', Saginaw's WTCF-FM 100.5 dropped the Pirate Radio positioner on August 11th and moved from Rhythmic-based Top 40 to Hot Adult Contemporary 'Mix 100' under new program director Mike McDonald.

* Operations manager Ken Beck of Detroit's WWJ-AM 950 and WXYT-AM 1270 will be leaving the stations for a new job with Entercom Communications- Detroit Free Press

* Program director Bob Olson of WJXQ-FM 106.1 Jackson has been promoted to director of operations for Rubber City Radio's Mid-Michigan Radio Group- WJXQ, WWDX-FM 92.1 DeWitt, and WXIK-FM 94.1 Jackson. Olson keeps his PD role at WJXQ; WKFR-FM 103.3 Battle Creek night jock Nick Taylor has moved to mornings- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WICA-FM 91.5 Traverse City a modification to its construction permit- ERP to now be 4,000 watts at 228 meters above average terrain (from 4,400 / 216) at a slightly different tower location

August 14:

* New hires at Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) include Jackie Paige (formerly of WWJ-AM and WJBK-TV), Matt Shafer Powell, and Gina Carrier as news staffers and Bill Poorman as news director- Detroit Free Press

August 15:

* The last Spring 2000 ratings book was released today for Northwest Michigan. Country combo WTCM-FM/WBCM-FM remained the top station among listeners age 12 and above, with Rock combo WKLT-FM/WKLZ-FM coming in a second-place tie with Classic Rockers WGFN-FM/WGFM-FM. News-Talk WTCM-AM finished fourth, with Adult Contemporary combo WLXT-FM/WLXV-FM rounding out the top 5. Noteable ratings gainers since the Fall 1999 book were WGFN/WGFM, WTCM-AM, WLXT/WLXV, and Hot Adult Contemporary WBNZ-FM.

* WFAT-FM 96.5 Kalamazoo and WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw have both added the Rick Dees syndicated morning show to their lineups- All Access

* The FCC has granted the merger of Clear Channel and AM/FM

August 16:

* Greenville's Oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 has added a live stream to their web site.

August 17:

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Richard L. Bourassa to MS Communications for W55CG (LPTV channel 55) Ludington; Granted Pensacola Christian College its license to cover for the translator of WPCS-FM at 88.1 in Traverse City (W201CM)

August 21:

* The Phase I Summer 2000 Arbitrend 12+ ratings report was released for Detroit today. Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM stays on top with Rock WRIF-FM moving into a second place tie with Urban WJLB-FM. News/Talk WJR and Smooth Jazz/NAC WVMV-FM tied for 4th place. Stations with .5 or better ratings improvements since the Spring book included Classic Hits WWWW-FM and Urban AC WMXD-FM.

August 22:

* The WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit Drew & Mike morning show is the ratings leader- Detroit Free Press

* Dave Taylor has left Tri-Cities rockers WILZ-FM/WYLZ-FM/WKQZ-FM for a promotions position in Indianapolis- All Access

August 23:

* Although many of the participants of the just-concluded Michiguide Poll actively participate in Internet message boards by both reading and posting, just about as many only read without contributing.

* FCC Actions: Granted a construction permit for a new FM station in Iron Mountain at 106.7 to Donald James Noordyk (ERP 1,700 watts HAAT 190 meters); Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permits for the following LPTV stations to MS Communications- W66CY Petoskey from John DiGiuseppe and W18BX Petoskey from Dean R. and Mildred M. Foster.

August 24:

* Lucy Noland returns to WJBK-TV 2 Detroit's morning newscast on Monday after completing her maternity leave- Detroit Free Press

* Todd Kangas promotions director/mid-day host at WGRD-FM Grand Rapids has left the station for a program director position in Green Bay- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted WWJ-DT 44 its license to cover for digital facilities

August 25:

* Windsor's CIDR-FM 93.9 drained 'The River' late this morning and has become Light Rock 93-9 FM, taking on an Adult Contemporary format in favor of its previous Adult Alternative/Classic Rock hybrid format. This marks the second recent attempt to lure some of WNIC-FM's #1 rated audience to an alternative Adult Contemporary station. WDMK-FM 102.7 moved to an AC format in January 1999 but abandoned it by August of the same year. Lite Rock 93-9 FM is currently running without D.J.'s.

* The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will return to the FM dial in Detroit with this season's concerts being picked up by public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9- The Oakland Press

* Sale price for silent stations WSRI-FM 92.1 Beulah and WSRQ-FM Bear Lake was $590,000 (from D & B Broadcasting to Fort Bend Broadcasting)- Broadcasting & Cable

August 28:

* The silent WSTD 96.9 Standish will take on the call sign WWCM once the sale to Central Michigan University is completed. The WWCM sign was last in use here in Michigan on AM 990 Ypsilanti prior to that station's swap to WDEO in October 1999.

* New morning host at Windsor's CIDR-FM 93.9 is Mitch O'Connor, replacing Dale Smith who was let go with the format switch to Adult Contemporary

August 29:

* Noted off the air today is Sturgis' Oldies station WMSH-FM 99.3

* FCC Actions: Approved the voluntary transfer of licenses from Sommerville Associates to Wilks Broadcasting for WCEN-AM/FM 1150/94.5; Granted W31BO Alpena a construction permit to move to channel 32 as W32CG (translator of WFQX-TV 33 Cadillac)

August 30:

* Sports Talk WTRX-AM 1330 Flint has been sold to Citadel Broadcasting by David Lee Communications. Once the sale gets FCC approval, WTRX will become Citadel's 17th Michigan property. In Flint, Citadel currently owns WFBE-FM 95.1.

* Two more stations join the Michigan roster of webcasters: Classic Rock WEEG-FM 97.3 Bay City, Country WKCQ-FM 98.1 Saginaw

* Jeff Wicker leaves his swing duties at WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit for afternoons at WWWM-FM 105.5 Toledo; Brian Warkoczeski of WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids exits his producing/imaging job for a job outside radio- All Access

* It's now a done deal- Clear Channel and AMFM have completed their merger, giving the combined company a total of 22 stations in Michigan as of today, including 4 stations located in Ann Arbor that were obtained from Cumulus as part of the deal.

August 31:

* Channel 7's Mike Huckman heads to CNBC after failing to settle contract- Detroit News

* Colleen Adams takes over middays at WFAT-FM 96.5 Kalamazoo replacing Kristen Taylor


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