May 2000 News and Notes

May 1:

* Program director Jamie McKibbin of WKHM-FM 105.3 Jackson has been promoted to operations manager of the Jackson Radio Works cluster in Jackson (WKHM-FM/AM, WIBM-AM)- All Access

* WFUM-TV 28 Flint has applied for its digital facilities on channel 52

May 3:

* WMXE-FM 102.5 has switched to Hot Adult Contemporary from Adult Contemporary. The station remains mostly satellite fed.

* Bob Simonson has accepted a weekend on-air role at Grand Rapids' WJKQ-FM 99.3- All Access

May 4:

* Another new TV station coming to Marquette: On April 28th, the FCC granted Winstar Broadcasting a construction permit for a new full-powered commercial TV station (5,000,000 watts / 197 meters HAAT) on channel 19. No word on possible network affiliation.

* New FM station coming to Fife Lake (between Cadillac and Traverse City): Also on April 28th, the FCC granted a construction permit to Fife Lake Broadcasting Company for a new FM station (6,000 watts / 100 meters HAAT) at 95.9 FM.

* Ann Arbor stations WQKL-FM 107.1, WIQB-FM 102.9, WTKA-AM 1050, and WYBN-AM 1290 have been sold from Cumulus to Clear Channel as part of new deal between the two companies- CBS MarketWatch

* WNEM-TV 5 Bay City is now offering live webcasts of its noon newscast in a partnership between the station and MLive.

* Other FCC Actions: Granted license to cover for changes to W48CL Grand Rapids; Granted WEYI-TV 25 Saginaw its construction permit for digital facilities on channel 30; Granted WJMN-TV 3 Escanaba its construction permit for digital facilities on channel 48

May 5:

* WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City has added live webcasts

* WDFN's recent auction to support the medical care of personality Sabrina Black netted about $12,250. Of that, about $7000 will go to Ms. Black's treatment costs for Hodgkin's Disease with the remainder going to the McCarty Cancer Foundation- The Oakland Press

* New general sales manager at WWDX-FM 92.1 Lansing is David Hodges- All Access

May 7:

* Heard on-air broadcasting in mono on May 2nd was Gaylord's WBYW-FM 88.1 with a Religious format

May 8:

* Winter 12+ Arbitron ratings for Lansing were released today. Tied for first overall were Country WITL and Contemporary Hits WHZZ, followed by Adult Contemporary WFMK and Oldies WJIM-FM which tied for 3rd place. Classic Rock WMMQ rounds out the top 5 stations. Stations making notable ratings gains since the Fall include Rock WJXQ, Nostalgia WILS, and News/Talk WJIM-AM.

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary transfer of control for WZPX-TV 43 Battle Creek from DP Media License to Paxson Communications

May 9:

* Winter 12+ Arbitron ratings for Grand Rapids were released today. First overall was Classic Rock WLAV, followed by Contemporary Hits WSNX, Country WBCT, Alternative WGRD, and Rock WKLQ. Stations making notable ratings gains since the Fall include WLAV, WSNX, and Oldies WODJ.

May 11:

* Winter 12+ Arbitron ratings for the Tri-Cities were released yesterday. Moving into first overall was Contempoary Hits WIOG, followed by Oldies WHNN, News/Talk WSGW, Country WKCQ, and Rock WKQZ. Notable ratings gainers since the Fall included WIOG, WSGW, WKCQ, and Nostaligia WMRX/WMPX.

* The FCC has flagged Clear Channel's purchase of Ann Arbor stations WIQB, WQKL, WTKA, and WYBN to further study if the advertising revenue generated by these 4 stations would put the company over the limit in Southeast Michigan.

* Scholarship agreements have been worked out between former owners of Flint's WFBE and the Flint School Board. The scholarships were part of the deal when the station was sold off by the school district- Flint Schools

* Music director Chris Winters will be leaving Kalamazoo's WRKR effective tomorrow- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WDWO-LP 18 its license to cover for changes (move to ch. 18 from ch. 44)

May 12:

* New general manager at WDIV-TV 4 Detroit is Joseph Berwanger replacing Alan Frank who was promoted earlier this year within Post-Newsweek, WDIV's owner- Electronic Media

* In for the local morning show at Detroit's WWWW-FM 106.7 is Mark Davis and Darla Jaye replacing the cyberjocking Ed McMann; Out as program director at WCTF-FM 100.5 Saginaw is Jay Slater. No replacement named as of yet; The closing date on Cumulus' acquisition of Connoisseur Communications has been pushed back to a September - October timeframe- All Access

May 15:

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignment of license from Mackin Broadcasting to Goldsen Broadcasting for WCFX-FM 95.3 Clare

May 16:

* Sold: 62nd Street Broadcasting (WWDX-FM 92.1 DeWitt, WXIK-FM 94.1 and WJXQ-FM 106.1 Jackson) to Akron, OH based Rubber City Radio for an undisclosed amount; Interim program director at WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw is Mason Shraeder- All Access

* Here are the latest Michigan stations to add a live webcast of their signal: WMOM-FM 102.7 Pentwater, WTCM-AM 580 Traverse City, WLQV-AM 1500 Detroit, WSNL-AM 600 Flint

* Why has the sound of Michigan radio changed so much in the past 5 years? 48% of the voters in the last Michigan Broadcast Guide Poll feel that its because of all the corporate consolidation that has taken place during this period.

May 17:

* Today's Oakland Press is reporting that attorney Geoffrey Fieger is planning a return to radio on Windsor's CKLW-AM 800 for a syndicated talk show that will run on Sundays from 7-10pm. The deal, which according to officials from CKLW isn't yet complete, is to include at least 6 stations and will kick off on May 28th. Fieger's previous radio experience includes a daily chatfest on Detroit's WXYT-AM which he gave up due to his heavy schedule.

* Call sign changes:

  • 89.7 WMIH Harrisville (Alpena) became WJOJ on May 5
  • 92.1 WVHQ Dowagiac became WDOW-FM on May 5

May 18:

* 4 new webcasters: WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland, WILZ/WYLZ 104.5/100.9 Saginaw/Pinconning, WGER-FM 106.3 Saginaw, WKMI-AM 1360 Kalamazoo

May 19:

* Sale price of WTCF-FM 100.5, WGER-FM 106.3, and WSGW-AM 790 Saginaw in deal that moves stations from Citadel to W & W Broadcasting is $16.18 million; Estimated sale price of WWDX-FM 92.1 DeWitt, WXIK-FM 94.1 and WJXQ-FM 106.1 Jackson in deal that moves stations from 62nd Street Broadcasting to Rubber City Radio is $10-13 million- Broadcasting and Cable

* WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw now with 2 program directors- Morning host Leroy the Love Toy takes on the role of AM program director with evening jock Mason becoming the PM program director. The new on-air line-up at WTCF:

  • 5:30-10am: The Morning Sickness with Leroy the Love Toy and Dingo
  • 10am-3pm: Coop
  • 3-7pm: Matt Storm
  • 7pm-Midnight: Mason
  • Midnight-5:30am: RayJay

* Promoted: WDIV-TV Detroit's Henry Maldonado from programming and promotion director at the station to a similar role at all of parent company Post-Newsweek's TV operations with the title of vice president- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Actions: Granted the following construction permits for digital facilities- WPBN Traverse City on channel 50, WTOM Cheboygan on channel 14, WLUC Marquette on channel 35, WILX Onondaga on channel 57

May 22:

* 2 additions to the webcasting roster: WSGW-AM 790 Saginaw, WLCM-AM 1390 Charlotte

* Update on the possible return of Geoffrey Fieger to the airwaves: The Oakland Press on Friday reported that a deal with Windsor's CKLW still hadn't been reached. Once a deal is reached CKLW will be an affiliate for the show, not the flagship station. The article also confirmed that Fieger has indeed acquired some radio equipment from the now defunct WYUR, which will be used for a small studio next door to Fieger's legal office in Southfield.

* Former WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit on-air personality Gonzo Greg has left his production duties at the station for a morning gig in Indianapolis- The Oakland Press

* FCC Action: Granted Bible Baptist Church in Rose Township (Ogemaw County) a construction permit for a new non-commercial educational station at 90.9 FM. Effective radiated power is to be 5,000 watts @ 21 meters.

May 23:

* Spring 2000 Phase I (Feb-Apr) Arbitron ratings for Detroit were released today. Adult Contemporary WNIC is still Detroit's #1 station for listeners age 12 and over with Urban WJLB second. Oldies WOMC moved into 3rd overall followed by All-News WWJ and Rock WRIF which tied for fourth.

* New program director at WPLT-FM 96.3 Detroit is Tom O'Brien. O'Brien's Detroit resume includes stints at WKQI-FM 95.5 and WWWW-FM 106.7- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted Donald James Noordyk a construction permit for a new station at 93.7 FM in Harrietta (Wexford County). Effective radiated power is to be 6,000 watts @ 100 meters.

May 24:

* WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City's Mornings @ Large crew recent Million Penny Roof Sit has netted over $11,000 for agencies that seek to raise the awareness of, prevention of, and support for victims of domestic violence- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted Great Lakes Community Broadcasting a construction permit for a new FM translator of WAAQ-FM Mackinaw City on 90.1 in Ann Arbor (W211BI). Effective radiated power is to be 10 watts @ 0 meters.

May 26:

* Spring 2000 Phase I (Feb-Apr) Arbitron ratings for the Tri-Cities were released today. Country WKCQ has returned to the number 1 spot overall for all listeners age 12 and over. Top 40 WIOG fell to second, followed by Oldies WHNN, Rock WKQZ, and News/Talk WSGW. Stations with notable improvements since the close of the Winter book include WKCQ up 1.8 points, Adult Contemporary WGER up .7 of a point, and Classic Rock combo WYLZ/WILZ up .6 of a point. Flint's WWCK also increased .6 of a point moving up to a 1.0 share for this trend- the station's best showing in the Tri-Cities in quite some time.

* Former WQRS-FM 105.1 and WYUR-AM 1310 Detroit personality Dick Wallace has landed the late afternoon/early evening gig at Toledo's WGTE-FM 91.3. The public station runs Classical music programming along with NPR news shows- The Oakland Press

* New station web site: WMRX-FM 97.7 and WMPX-AM 1490 in Midland have added a web presence

May 27:

* Fieger Time set to launch on Sunday- Geoffrey Fieger returns to the airwaves on Sunday in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette, and Traverse City with his new syndicated program. It's set to air from 7-10pm. Detroit listeners will have to wait a few weeks until CKLW clears its Sunday evening schedule before hearing the show- Detroit Free Press

* WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit's morning host Dr. Don Carpenter bid a possible final farewell to listeners at the end of Friday's show- it seems Carpenter has been without a contract since April. While the negotiations continue, Tom Baker will be holding down the morning slot- Detroit Free Press

May 30:

* The latest Michigan Broadcast Guide poll results show that you feel being on-the-air is the best gig at a radio station, followed by an upper management position, then by something in the technical area.

* Detroit's most watched TV station according to May sign-on/sign-off numbers is WDIV channel 4, beating WXYZ channel 7 7.0 to 6.6; CKLW-AM 800 Windsor's People Helping People program, hosted by Mark Elliot weeknights from midnight-1:00am, has been picked up by Toronto station CFYI- Detroit Free Press

* The FCC has flagged the sale of WWDX, WXIK, and WJXQ from 62nd Street Broadcasting to Rubber City Radio in order to further study the ownership concentration of the Lansing/Jackson market.

* The first filing window for LPFM opened today and lasts until June 5th. Indiana is one of the group of 10 states plus Washington D.C. that are part of this filing opportunity- Michigan's turn comes later in the year.

May 31:

* According to All Access this evening, the parting of Dr. Don Carpenter from WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit's morning show is now permanent. Carpenter had been with the station since January 1993 when the short-lived WOW-FM talk format launched. He moved from talk show host to afternoon jock when Young Country was introduced in June 1993. The Dr. Don Show moved from afternoons to mornings twice during its nearly 7 year run on the station. No replacement has been named.

* The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters is reporting that Michigan's public broadcasters on the verge of financial crisis because of required conversion to digital technology. A survey shows voters favor state support.

* WCCW-FM 107.5 Traverse City has added a live webcast of their signal

* Longtime Detroit jock Kevin O'Neill (WKQI, WKSG, WHND) is hosting the morning program on WFAT-FM 96.5 Kalamazoo- All Access


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