June 2000 News and Notes

June 1:

* More on the departure of Dr. Don Carpenter from WYCD- both sides report an impasse on the financial terms of a new contract. Also in the mix is a difference in opinion between station general manager Maureen Lesourd and Carpenter about the use of 'blue' humor on the show- Lesourd stating the morning show needed less of it, Carpenter stating this wasn't mentioned in contract talks. For now, Tom Baker will hold down mornings with Bob Schuman and Afentra until a permanent show is found- Detroit Free Press

June 2:

* WNMU-TV 13 Marquette has applied for its digital facilities on channel 33

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary transfer of control from Media/Communications Partners III (Bloomington Broadcasting) to Citadel Broadcasting Company for WKLQ-FM 94.5 Holland, WLAV-FM 96.9 and WBBL-AM 1340 Grand Rapids, and WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville.

June 3:

* Heard on WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit this morning was former WQKI-FM and current WFAT-FM Kalamazoo morning guy Kevin O'Neill

* Yesterday was the last day for WEEG-FM 97.3 Bay City's morning guy Tim Murphy as he's headed for Wisconsin for program director/morning show duties.

June 4:

* WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit's Arthur Penhallow marks 30 years as the station's afternoon jock this month

June 6:

* Detroit Notes: Dave Manney has been promoted from executive producer of programming to assistant news director at WXYZ-TV 7; WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic has re-upped for another year; New event coordinator at WRIF-FM 101.1 is Brett Panter, replacing Ben Perez who moves over to sister station WCSX-FM 94.7 as promotions director- Detroit Free Press, All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WLNZ-FM 89.7 Lansing a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 100 to 420 watts

June 8:

* Spring 2000 Phase I (Feb-Apr) Arbitron ratings for Grand Rapids were released today. Classic Rock WLAV continued in the #1 position, followed by Top 40 WSNX, and Alternative Rock WGRD which improved to 3rd overall bumping Country WBCT to 4th place for listeners age 12 and above. Rocker WKLQ and Adult Contemporary completed the top 5 stations with a tie. Stations with notable ratings improvements since the Winter book include WGRD and Country WCUZ.

* Also released today were Spring 2000 Phase I (Feb-Apr) Arbitron ratings for Lansing. Top 40 WHZZ recaptured the top spot over Country WITL, followed by Adult Contemporary WFMK, Oldies WJIM-FM, and Rock WJXQ. Big ratings gainers from the winter included WJXQ and Urban WQHH.

* WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit morning guy Dick Purtan has been announced as the emcee of the Marconi Awards in September- All Access

* Call sign changes:

  • 05/30/00 - 90.9 FM Rose Twp. assigned WMSD
  • 05/26/00 - 103.7 FM WZTY Hartford now WYTC

June 9:

* Regent Communications will be acquiring WNWZ-AM 1410 from AMFM it was announced today. This follows the announcement in March of the deal that moves WGRD-FM, WLHT-FM, and WTRV-FM from AMFM to Regent- and keeps sister stations WGRD-FM and WNWZ-AM under the same ownership- All Access

* FCC Actions:

  • Granted the voluntary transfer of control from Venture Technologies Group to Frank Washington for WHTV-TV 18 Jackson
  • Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Lawrence E. Burns to MS Communications for the following LPTV stations: W18CB Houghton Lake, W23BM Petoskey, W58CN and W62CQ Traverse City.
  • Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Jeffrey A. Burns to MS Communications for the following LPTV stations: W25CD Petoskey, W34BZ Ludington, W57CQ, W59DC, W61CS, and W63CH Houghton Lake.
  • Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Lyn Guin to MS Communications for LPTV station W68DH Petoskey

June 12:

* Congratulations to WKNX 1250 Bay City's Bob Dyer who tomorrow will be celebrating his 50th anniversary with the station, making him the record holder in Michigan for longevity at the same radio station. His tenure at WKNX included 19 years of service at WKNX-TV (now WEYI). Bob is currently the morning host (6-9am) in addition to his duties as promotions director and sales representative.

June 13:

* The best rock (not including alternative or classic rock oriented formats) station in Michigan? According to the recently concluded Michigan Broadcast Guide Poll, it's WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit over WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland and WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids.

* Radio One's trio of Detroit area stations (WDMK-FM 102.7, WDTJ-FM 105.9, and WCHB-AM 1200 have all completed their moves to a new consolidated location on Franklin in Detroit- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Actions: Granted Great Lakes Community Broadcasting a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station at 88.3 in Onsted (Lenawee County)- ERP 100 watts, HAAT 56 meters; Granted WYCE-FM 88.1 Grand Rapids its license to cover (assuming increase of ERP from 1,000 to 7,000 watts, HAAT increase from 22 to 51 meters- FCC database is not up to date); Granted WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie its construction permit for digital facilities on channel 56

June 15:

* FCC Action: Granted the American Family Association a construction permit for a new FM station on 88.1 in Muskegon. Effective radiated power is to be 580 watts, height above average terrain 105 meters.

June 16:

* Look for WYCD-FM 99.5 night jock Jyl Forsyth to return to the airwaves soon after being off due to nodules on her vocal cords. Doctors orders were to not speak all week, requiring the break- The Oakland Press

* Just weeks after the announcement that Mark Elliot's 'People Helping People' program on Windsor's AM 800 CKLW was being picked up by a Toronto radio station comes this announcement: CKLW is dropping the program from its lineup. The show was airing at 11pm weeknights- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Actions: Granted the involuntary transfer of control from Martha Jean Steinberg to Trienere E. Steinberg for WQBH-AM 1400 Detroit; Granted 2 construction permits for translators of WAPC in Rogers Heights (Mecosta County)- W220CW 91.9 and W206BF. Both stations are to be 10 watts at 0 meters. W220CW is owned by Great Lakes Community Broadcasting; W206BF is owned by Great Lakes Broadcast Academy (One group with 2 names)

June 19:

* Heard on the air yesterday was new sign-on WWKK-AM 750 Petoskey with a satellite fed oldies format. Station is calling itself 'Kool 750' and will carry MSU football and basketball.

* New weekend weathercaster at WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit is Dave Rexroth

June 20:

* Spring 2000 Phase 2 (Mar-May) Arbitron ratings for Detroit were released today. Adult Contemporary WNIC continued to hold down the #1 position for all listeners age 12 and above. Moving up to 2nd from 6th in the Phase 1 trend (Feb-Apr) was Smooth Jazz WVMV-98.7, followed by Urban WJLB and Country WYCD which tied for 3rd. WYCD's 5.5 rating is its best since former rival WWWW moved away from Country. Rounding out the top 5 was News/Talk WJR. Stations with notable improvements since the Phase 1 trend were WVMV, WYCD, and Rock Hits WWWW.

* Detroit's WNIC-FM 100.3 has added a live webcast of its programming.

* New morning duo at WXIK-FM 94.1 Jackson is Rob Bennett and Christy Love (Bennett and Love), replacing the departed Brian and Biff- All Access

* Former WODJ-FM 107.3 Grand Rapids jock Colonel St. James has left his job as program director and midday host on ABC Radio's Pure Gold service for mornings in Houston. Pure Gold is heard on various stations across Michigan.

* FCC Actions: Granted WDHS-TV 8 Iron Mountain a construction permit for its digital facilities on channel 22; Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Roger L. Aho to MS Communications for the following LPTV stations: W31BN and W36CE Houghton Lake, W48BY Ludington, W51CR Petoskey, W66CX and W68CD Traverse City; Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Harry D. Kaiser and Diane M. Collins to MS Communications for the following LPTV station: W62CR Petoskey

June 21:

* Launched: on Monday, the Fox affiliates in Northern Michigan (WFQX 33 Cadillac, WFVX 45 Gaylord) premiered a local 10:00pm newscast that will air 7 days a week and run for 35 minutes. The local broadcast replaces WJBK-TV 2 Detroit's news.

June 22:

* Detroit radio vet Kevin O'Neill has resigned his duties as wakeup man for Kalamazoo's WFAT 96.5 in order to return on-air full time at a yet-to-be-named Motor City station.

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary transfer of license from Crystal Clear Communications to Lake Michigan Broadcasting for WXYQ-FM 101.5 Manistee.

June 23:

* Spring 2000 Phase 2 (Mar-May) Arbitron ratings for the Tri-Cities were released today. Country WKCQ continued as the number one station in the market, followed by Top 40 WIOG. Rocker WKQZ improved to 3rd overall, dropping Oldies WHNN down to 4th place. News/Talk WSGW held its spot and rounds out the top 5 stations this time around. Notable gainers include WKCQ, WKQZ, Urban AC WTLZ, and Country WCEN-FM.

* Former WRIF-FM, and most recently WJR-AM, personality Ken Calvert moves into the afternoon drive slot at WCSX-FM 94.7 effective July 10th, replacing Steve Cooper whose contract is not being renewed- Detroit Free Press

June 24:

* WDIV-TV 4 Detroit has relaunched their web site and rebranded it as 'ClickOnDetroit.com'

June 26:

* New anchor at WEYI-TV 25 Saginaw is Valerie Jackson-Warner, replacing Leigh Moody who left the station for a job in Florida- Flint Journal

June 27:

* WCHB-AM morning host Mildred Gaddis marks her 25th anniversary in Detroit radio this month- Detroit Free Press

* Sold: Holland's WHTC-AM 1450 to Midwest Communications from Holland Communications, pending FCC approval. Midwest currently owns 4 other stations in Michigan: WNWN-FM 98.5 and WTVB-AM 1590 Coldwater, WFAT-FM 96.5 and WNWN-AM 1560 Portage




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