November 2000 News and Notes

November 1:

* A portion of the rock titles have returned to WMXG-FM 106.3 Escanaba (Mix 106). The rock selections will be running in a more limited fashion than before they were dropped entirely- recurrents have been added from Metallica & AC/DC, as well as Incubus, Good Charlotte, Fuel, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, Vast, and Orgy.

* Chris West joins WFAT-FM 96.5 Kalamazoo for afternoons and the music director role- All Access

* Your vote for the next President of the U.S.? By a margin of 47% to 38%, George W. Bush is the projected winner based on the totally unscientific Poll.

November 2:

* On hiatus: The syndicated Fieger Time Sunday evening radio show featuring Detroit-based lawyer Geoffrey Fieger. The previous syndicator for the program was let go by Fieger, taking the show off approximately 35 stations across the country including Windsor/Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Iron Mountain. The search is on for both new studios and a new syndicator.

November 3:

* At 9:00am today, WYUR-AM 1310 Detroit dropped its simulcast of sister station WNIC-FM 100.3 for syndicated sports programming from Fox Sports Radio as 'Fox Sports Radio 1310, The X'. Staff members from WDFN-AM 1130, also a sister station owned by Clear Channel, are expected to eventually provide live sports updates for the new all-sports entry. Gregg Henson is elevated to operations manager for both stations in addition to his morning show gig on 'DFN. WDFN executive producer Rona Danzinger takes over the role of program director from Henson- Detroit Free Press

* In addition to the 16 non-mutual exclusive proposals for new AM stations in Michigan that were filed earlier this year with the FCC, there were 5 mutually exclusive proposals for new stations or major changes that must either be settled or auctioned off.

* Changes at WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids: David Cuddohy joins as production director, Remy (Tom Neering) moves from nights to middays and gets the promotions director title on an interim basis, and Nik Thomasma shifts to nights from overnights- All Access

November 6:

* Mike King moves from general manager at Jackson's WLAJ-TV 53 to the same job at Lansing's WILX-TV 10 replacing Chris Cornelius who moves up to vice president of WILX parent Benedek Broadcasting. In his new role, Cornelius will oversee a portion of Benedek's TV stations, including WILX.

November 8:

* Reported silent are Northern Radio Network owned Oldies WBMI-FM 105.5 West Branch, Hot Adult Contemporary WHST-FM 106.1 Tawas City, and Country WHAK-AM 960 Rogers City

* WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint morning co-host and program director Scott Seiple has officially left the station for the same roles in Peoria, IL- All Access

November 10:

* Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, WVGR-FM Grand Rapids set a new fund-raising record during this fall's campaign- Flint Journal

November 11:

* Starting January 1st 2001, a new Michigan-based talk radio network will start operations offering syndicated programming for stations across the state. The planned talent lineup currently features: Bob White, formerly of WKHQ-FM Charlevoix and WLXT-FM Petoskey, for mornings 5-9am; Dave Barber, formerly of WFDF-AM 910 Flint, mid-mornings 9am-noon; Ron Jolly of WTCM-AM Traverse City, noon-3pm; Bill 'The Captain' Vogel of WKHQ-FM Charlevoix, 3-6pm; and sports programming evenings featuring Kevin Wall. Joining Vogel for his shift will be Corrine "Coco" Corey, formerly of WKHQ, for newscasts. Jolly plans to leave WTCM as of December 15th for the new venture. Other announced talent includes Lansing sports veteran Tim Staudt, along with Detroit veteran Steve Monkiewicz. Network founders David and Chuck Scott comment in the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the network will kick off with between 5 and 10 unnamed stations. They hope to eventually expand the network's reach to over 30 stations across the state.

* Nancy Dymond is the new market manager for Cumulus' stations in Flint (WDZZ-FM, WWCK-AM/FM, WRSR-FM, WFDF-AM, and Saginaw's WTLZ-FM 107.1). Dymond, who is replacing Bob Woodward, was previously market manager for Rubber City Radio's Lansing cluster (WWDX-FM, WXIK-FM, WJXQ-FM)

November 14:

* There were no major changes for Detroit in the Phase 1 (August - October) 12+ ratings trend report which was released by Arbitron today. Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM remained on top, followed by News/Talk WJR-AM in second. Urban WJLB-FM finished third, News WWJ-AM was fourth, with Rock WRIF-FM, Oldies WOMC-FM, and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM tying for fifth.

* Detroit's WKQI-FM 95.5 helped raise over $200,000 during last weeks Variety the Children's Charity Radiothon- Detroit Free Press

* Scott Meier has picked up GM duties at Citadel's WFBE-FM Flint in addition to the same duties at Citadel's Sagainaw cluster (WHNN-FM, WILZ-FM, WIOG-FM, WKQZ-FM, and WYLZ-FM). Once FCC approval is received for Citadel's acquision of WTRX-AM, Meier will also assume the GM role for that station. The former GM of WFBE, Zoe Burdine-Fly, heads to Citadel's Lansing operations as sales manager- Inside Radio

November 15:

* According to the recently concluded poll, many figure that the next hot format for FM radio has yet to be identified. The next choice was for All 80's music, then Sports. Thanks for participating!

November 16:

* New operations manager for Cumulus' Flint and Saginaw stations (WWCK-FM/AM, WRSR-FM, WDZZ-FM, WTLZ-FM, and WFDF-AM) is John Shomby; WNWN-FM Coldwater (Win 98.5) midday host / assistant program director Jay Morris is leaving the station. Afternoon jock Phil O'Reilly picks up the APD role- All Access

November 17:

* WWCM-FM 96.9 Standish returns to the air today as part of the Central Michigan University Public Radio network. The station went silent as WSTD-FM on November 23, 1999 after former owner Argi-Valley Communications decided to cease operations. CMU purchased the station earlier this year. WWCM becomes the 7th station on the CMU Public Radio network- Bay City Times

* Midday and afternoon host Mark Gilman has left WMUZ-FM 103.5 Detroit after 3 1/2 years as of November 15th. Gilman hosted the Monday-Saturday 1-4pm On the Mark show and was the co-host of the weekday 11am-noon program She's Right, He's Male with Nancy Rice; her services were not retained by the station. Gilman's departure ends an eight-year run for On the Mark which began in 1992 in Washington, D.C. on WAVA-FM and included stints on WEZE-AM in Boston and KKHT-FM in Houston. The On the Mark program provided the only live talk outlet for Christians in Michigan. Gilman is also ending a 25 year run in radio, television and newspapers to enter the corporate world as a public relations specialist. "It's time for me to get out of the fishbowl," said Gilman. "Not only will this move return me to a more normal life, it will also be an opportunity to provide more consistent employment and benefits for my family." Gilman was named Talk Show Host of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters in 1995.

* WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit midday personality Jamie Reese will leave the station effective 12/1 to head for Seattle. She'll join fiance Jay Slater, ex of WPLT-FM 96.3 Detroit and WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw, at KYPT 'The Point'; Lisa Deangelo is officially elevated to morning show co-host at WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City, joining Man At Large. The rest of the morning crew includes newsreader Lisa Farrell and producer Buzz. Deangelo is a former jock at Detroit's WYCD-FM; the WIOG morning co-host spot was opened up when former co-host Andie Lynn left for Ann Arbor's WWWW-FM- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted W237AW 95.3 its license to cover for changes (slight location change and change of city of license from Stambaugh to Iron River)

November 18:

* Former Detroit radio announcer Fred Foy will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago tonight. Foy, who announced the opening for the Lone Ranger show ("Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...") on then-WXYZ-AM (1270) also worked on the Green Hornet and Sgt. Preston radio shows. He moved to ABC-TV in New York in 1960 and now lives in Boston- The Oakland Press

* FCC Action: Granted the request of KMB Broadcasting to upgrade the license of WYKX-FM 104.7 Escanaba from a class C1 (max HAAT 299 meters) to class C (max HAAT 600 meters). This same order grants a new FM allocation at 105.1 in Sister Bay, WI

November 20:

* WDEE-AM 1500 Reed City has dropped its simulcast of FM sister station WDEE-FM 97.3 (Classic Hits) in favor of Classic Country

November 27:

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of license for WTRX-AM 1330 Flint from David Lee Communications to Citadel Broadcasting on November 20th. The petition to deny this transfer was denied; Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permits from Audrey B. Tellefsen to MS Communications for these Traverse City LPTV stations- W52CP and W56DF.

November 28:

* WCEN-AM 1150 Mt. Pleasant has gone silent. The station, owned by Wilks Broadcasting, did not make the move to Saginaw with sister station WCEN-FM 94.5. Wilks is consolidating all of its Tri-Cities owned stations (WSGW-AM, WTCF-FM, WGER-FM) along with WCEN-FM into one facility. WCEN-AM marks the 4th Michigan station to go dark over the past few weeks, others include WHAK-AM Rogers City, WHST-FM Tawas City, and WBMI-FM West Branch.

* Dick Purtan, WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit morning man, will sign a new five year deal today with the Infinity-owned station that could make him the highest paid local-only radio personality in the country- Detroit Free Press, Detroit News

November 29:

* Confirmed: Dick Purtan stays with WOMC-FM Detroit for another five years, his new paycheck may be as high as $20 million- The Oakland Press, Detroit Free Press

November 30:

* Sold: The silent WVIC-FM 92.7 Charlotte from B&B Broadcasting to Rubber City Radio Group. The FCC has flagged this sale to further study ownership concentration in the Lansing/Jackson market. Rubber City currently owns WWDX-FM 92.1 St. Johns, WXIK-FM 94.1 Jackson, and WJXQ-FM 106.1 Jackson in Michigan.

* FCC Actions:

  • Granted Michigan Community Radio a construction permit for a new non-commerical educational FM station at 89.1 in Imlay City. Station is to be 6,000 kW @ 243 feet, directional
  • Granted WOOD License Company its license to cover for the move of its LPTV station from channel 59 Rockford to channel 33 Holland (WOHO-LP)
  • Granted Tri-State Christian TV its license to cover for the move of its translator from channel 59 Jackson to channel 27 Ann Arbor (W27CJ)
  • Granted Friends of Christian Radio its license to cover for the move of its translator at 101.1 FM in Coldwater (W266AE)




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