* WJLB 97.9 Detroit's morning host John Mason will be featured on this Saturday's new BET show 'Live from L.A.'. The program airs at 10pm- Detroit Free Press
* FCC Action: Granted WDWB 20 Detroit a construction permit to move its antenna to WWJ-TV's tower on Meyers Road near 8 Mile. The CP is also for increased ERP from 1,000 to 1,510 kW and increased HAAT from 293 to 324 meters. The station will also switch from a non-directional to a directional pattern once it begins using the new facilities.
* The Arbitron Fall 1999 12+ ratings report for Detroit was released today. WNIC continued to be the #1 station in Detroit, followed by WWJ which improved from 4th in the Summer. The third most popular station was WJR, followed by WOMC and then WJLB which has fallen to 5th from a first-place tie in the Summer ratings. WYCD pulls in at 6th place, followed by WVMV, WRIF, WDRQ, and WCSX. Stations that kicked off new formats for the Fall did not enjoy any dramatic ratings increases- WPLT moved from a 2.1 in the Summer to a 2.2, WWWW fell from 3.2 to 2.5, and WDMK remains under a 1 share. The Fall and Spring ratings are the most important books as far as advertisers are concerned- they are used to help set rate schedules for stations and station groups.
* FCC Action: Granted license to cover for W214AY 90.7 Grand Rapids for a new translator
* Longtime Detroit Lions and MSU Spartans broadcaster Bob Reynolds passed away on Friday 2/4 at the age of 85 from congestive heart disease and cancer. Reynolds was sports director at Detroit's WJR 760 from 1952-77, and retired from Lions broadcasts in 1983.
* New weekend reporter at WDIV 4 Detroit is Art Edwards who replaces Rick Edlund- Detroit Free Press
* A couple Upper Peninsula format changes: Munising's WHCH 98.3 has switched from Country to Oldies as 'Oldies 98' using ABC Radio's Pure Gold satellite service. Marquette's WFXD 103.3 has switched from Oldies to Country as 'B-103'. Both WHCH and WFXD are owned by Great Lakes Radio.
* New TV station coming to Marquette: On February 4th, the FCC granted Scanlan Communications a satellite exception to the duopoly rule so that it may operate 2 stations in what is considered the Marquette TV market. The Commission then granted Scanlan a construction permit for a new station on channel 10 in Ishpeming. Scanlan will operate WBKP-TV 5 and the new channel 10 in the same manner as other Northern Michigan satellite stations (such as WGTQ/WGTU, WWTV/WWUP, WPBN/WTOM). The location of the new channel 10's tower near Ishpeming will be far enough away from Sault Ste. Marie's WWUP-TV to allow both stations to be full power, non-directional. TV 10 will replace a low powered translator on channel 28 in Marquette, and will be an ABC affiliate.
* The Fall Arbitron 12+ ratings for the Tri-Cities and Ann Arbor have been released. In the Tri-Cities, Oldies WHNN held on to its trends by grabbing the #1 spot overall over #2 WSGW, #3 WKQZ, #4 WKCQ, and #5 WIOG. Some of the upward movers since the summer along with WHNN included WSGW (5th to 2nd), WTLZ (up to 5.8 from 5.0), and WSAM (up to 4.3 from 3.7). Stations losing sizable shares included WKQZ, WKCQ, and WIOG. The classic rock battle between WEEG and WILZ/WYLZ finds the 'Wheelz' combo slightly ahead.
The Ann Arbor ratings find AC Gold WQKL surging back to second place overall behind Detroit's WJR with a 5.6 rating, improved from a 2.9 in the Spring. Ratings for other Washtenaw county stations were WAAM in a tie for 11th with a 2.5 rating, WIQB at 13th with a 2.2, and WTKA in a tie for 19th with a 1.6 rating.
* New music director and nighttime host at WKQI 95.5 Detroit will be J. Love. Jo Jo Kincaid will be leaving WKQI at the end of February to work on his cyberjock business out of his home- All Access
* WLNS 6 Lansing meteorologist Andy Provenzano has resigned from the station to take a position at Mid-Michigan rival station WILX 10. It could be until July before Provenzano appears on the air for WILX due to a contract dispute with WLNS. Provenzano was previously with WILX from 1986-89 before moving to WLNS- Jackson Citizen-Patroit
* Legendary WGN Chicago host Bob Collins was killed yesterday in a plane crash.
* Another Fall rating book is in with the release of the 12+ numbers from Flint. CHR WWCK takes over the #1 spot from WDZZ 92.7 which falls to second overall. WCRZ, WFBE, and WHNN match their Spring rankings, holding down spots 3, 4, and 5. WWBN improved to 6th place from 8th with a 4.9 rating, up from 3.3.
* Citadel and BroadcastAmerica.com have reached a deal that will bring 5 Tri-cities stations into the world of on-line streaming. WSGW 790, WIOG 102.5, WKQZ 93.3, WGER 106.3, and the WILZ 104.5 / WYLZ 100.9 combo will have live streams available via BroadcastMusic.com sometime during March as part of a pilot program between Citadel and BroadcastAmerica.com- Business Wire
* The Port Huron Times Herald reported yesterday that WSAQ 107.1 and WHLS 1450 have been sold to Liggett Broadcasting. WSAQ/WHLS are currently owned by the estate of John Wismer, who passed away in September 1999. This sale is not part of the Liggett-Citadel deal involving 9 stations in Lansing, Flint, and the Tri-Cities.
* New assistant program director and music director at Lansing's WWDX 92.1 'The Edge' is Jeff Welling
* The Detroit Tigers and WJR have agreed on a on contract extension with Ernie Harwell that will keep him in the radio booth through the 2001 season. Joining Harwell and color analyst Jim Price this year will be WJR's Dan Dickerson who will handle play-by-play duties for innings 4, 5, and 6- Detroit Free Press
* Do you think that 30 years is a long time to spend at one radio station? Maybe 40? How about 50?!? Bob Dyer of Bay City's WKNX 1250 will mark his 50th anniversary with the station in June- he holds the record in Michigan for longevity at the same radio station. For 19 years of his 50 year career he worked both at both WKNX-TV (now WEYI) and WKNX. Congratulations Bob!
* WKQI 95.5 news and public affairs director Teresa Tomeo will leave the station Feb 18 as the station brings in a new morning show on Monday the 21st- The Oakland Press
* Coming soon to Detroit's WKQI 95.5 for middays is Nikki, who'll by moving to Detroit from Lansing's WWDX 92.1. Current middayer Lisa Taylor is cyberjocking from New York- All Access
* Lake Superior State University's student station WLSO 90.1 in Sault Ste. Marie has added live streaming to their web site.
* WDFN 1130 and WWWW 106.7 Detroit marketing director Cheryl Sparks has left the stations for work in Baltimore; The role of music director at WWCK 105.5 Flint has moved from Nathan Reed to program director Scott Seipel. Reed remains with the station in his on-air role- All Access
* Longtime Detroit radio vet Kevin O'Neill, recently of WKQI 95.5, has landed at 'The Groove' WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit for weekend and fill-in duties.
* Lineup changes at WWDX 92.1 Lansing: Jeff Welling (APD/MD) moves from nights to afternoon drive and Chris Brunt moves from afternoons to middays- All Access
* Detroit's WYCD 99.5 helped raise $950,000 for St. Jude Children Research Hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday. Congratulations to all that participated.
* 2 new Arbitron 12+ rating reports for Michigan were released today- both feature a new station in the #1 spot overall. In Grand Rapids, Classic Rocker WLAV moved back into #1, bumping Country WBCT down to 2nd. Alternative WGRD moved to 3rd, followed by WKLQ, WOOD-AM, WOOD-FM, and WSNX. Nostalgia WMJH had one of its best ratings periods in recent history, coming in at 10th overall with a 3.7 rating, up from 2.5 in the summer.
Contemporary Hits WHZZ has knocked Country WITL off its #1 perch in Lansing by claiming the top spot overall. WITL landed second, followed by WJIM-FM and WFMK which tied for 3rd.
* Monday's new morning show on WKQI 95.5 Detroit will feature newcomer Tom 'Mojo' Carbello along with former WXDG 105.1 'The Edge' morning duo Spike and Sara and impressionist Eric Harthen. The show will be produced by Barb Adragna- Detroit Free Press
* Debut day on Detroit's WKQI 95.5 as the station updates its CHR playlist to include a heavier focus on modern rock artists such as Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind, Green Day, Filter, and more. The on-air lineup will be all new, starting off with today's debut of the 'Mojo in the Morning Show' (Tom 'Mojo' Carbello, with Spike and Sara, and Eric Harthen), Nikki middays, and J. Love will hold down afternoon drive. The station is now referring to itself as the 'New Q95.5' and has updated its website. Former afternooner Jo Jo Kincaid hosted his last show on Friday.
* Two new Abritron Fall books are out: In Kalamazoo, Contemporary Hits WKFR remained at #1, followed by Rock WRKR. Moving into third overall was Adult Contemporary WQLR, with WBCT, WKZO, WFAT, WNWN-FM, WQXC, WOOD-FM, and WKMI rounding out the top 10 stations.
Country WNWN-FM continued at #1 in Battle Creek, with WKFR staying second. WBCK and WBXX improved to 3rd and 4th position, with WJXQ rounding out the top 5 stations in the Cereal City.
* Taking over management Detroit's WQBH 1400 will be the daughter of the late Martha Jean 'The Queen' Steinberg. As stipulated in Ms. Steinberg's estate, ownership of the station will shift to her three daughters who will own common stock voting shares along with the Order of the Fisherman Ministry which will hold non-voting preferred stock. There are no plans to sell WQBH. Daughter Trienere Steinberg will take over the role of general manager- the station's current format of gospel, blues, talk, and preaching will remain in place. Martha Jean Steinberg passed away on January 29th- Detroit News
* Traverse City's WTCM-FM (simulcast on WBCM-FM Boyne City) has added live webcasting capabilities to its web site.
* Dave B. Goode has lost the interim title and is now the full time music director at Lansing's WHZZ 101.7- All Access
* Congratulations to WTCM-FM Traverse City jock Ryan Dobry-Hunt on winning the Country G2 'Golden Ear of the Year' award from Gavin 2000; Bob Hite, former network announcer on WXYZ-AM Detroit for The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet, passed away at the age of 86- All Access
* Your selection for best TV station website in Michigan? WXYZ Detroit was the #1 choice over WDIV Detroit and WNEM Bay City in a poll that concluded yesterday
* FCC Actions: Granted voluntary assignment of licenses from Liggett Broadcast to Citadel Communications for the following stations- WJIM-AM/FM 1240/97.5, WITL-FM 100.7 Lansing, WVFN 730, WMMQ 94.9 E. Lansing, WHNN 96.1 Bay City, and WTCF 100.5 Carrollton; Granted involuntary transfer of control from Peter A. Bordes (deceased) to Estate of Peter A. Bordes, executors Lee Bordes and John M. Bordes for Greater Media stations WCSX 94.7 Detroit, WRIF 101.1 Detroit, and WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit; Granted Rejoice Broadcasting a frequency change from 91.9 to 91.7 for its construction permit for a translator of WPCS in Midland.
* Congratulations to John Mason, morning man at Detroit's WJLB 97.9, on winning the Gavin 2000 Urban Air Personality award.
* Lance Panton, music director/assistant program director at WDTJ 105.9 Detroit, is leaving the station to head for sister station WENZ Cleveland as their program director- All Access
* WGVK 52 Kalamazoo has applied for its digital facilities on channel 5
* FCC Actions: Granted WKBD 50 Detroit a construction permit for its digital facilities on channel 14; Granted the voluntary assignment of license from Hartman Broadcasting to 1090 Investments for WOAP 1080 Owosso
* Congratulations to WOMC Detroit's Dick Purtan and Purtan's People for another successful radiothon for the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club. The donation tally at the close of the 1 day event was $726,624, another new record for a one-day radiothon.
* New program director at Grand Rapids' WGRD is Dan Clark, who is promoted from creative services director/assistant program director. Dan replaces Tony Williams who has left the station; Margo Smith (former PD at WGRD) lands at Kalamazoo's WRKR as that station's new PD, replacing Ray Bauer; New music director at WTCF 100.5 Saginaw is Mason, who also moves into the evening shift- All Access
* FCC Actions: Rejected WXMI-TV 17 Grand Rapids' application to increase ERP to 5,000,000 watts; Flagged the sale of WLAV, WKLQ, WBBL, and WODJ from Michigan Media to Citadel Communications in order to further study the concentration of ownership in the Grand Rapids radio market; Granted WLAJ-TV 53 Lansing its license to cover for changes (decrease in ERP from 1660 to 1410kW with a polarization change from elliptical to circular).
* Noted back on the air yesterday is Detroit low power TV station WDWO on channel 18. The station was forced off channel 44 when WWJ-TV started its digital broadcasts on that channel in July 1999. The station returned to the air with new owner Tri-State Christian TV (TCT) and programming from the TCT network, which includes WAQP-TV 49 Saginaw and WTLJ-TV 54 Muskegon. The previous owner of WDWO was the Detroit World Outreach Church.
* The last of the Fall Arbitrend 12+ ratings have been released for the final two rated markets in Michigan. In Muskegon, the top 4 stations maintained their postions: WMUS-FM/AM, WSNX, WMRR, and WKLQ. WLCS moved into 5th, flip flopping positions with 6th place WSHZ.
The #1 station in Northwest Michigan continued to be the WTCM-FM/WBCM combination, followed by WKLT/WKLZ, WKPK, WTCM-AM, and WCCW.
* Escanaba's WDBC 680 has dropped much of its Oldies programming and moved toward all Talk. New shows include The Fabulous Sports Babe and Mitch Albom.
* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary transfer of license from Rainbow Radio (Liggett Broadcasting) to Citadel Communications for WFBE 95.1 Flint