July 2001 News and Notes

July 1:

* WKJF-FM 92.9 Cadillac has switched its fromat from Country to Smooth Jazz as 'The Breeze'- the station had previously been simulcasting much of its programming from sister station WTCM-FM 103.5 Traverse City. WKJF-FM has a construction permit to move its broadcasting tower north from its current location- which will result in better signal coverage to Traverse City.

* At 9:00am on Saturday (6/30), WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit 'The Groove' switched format from Urban Oldies to Adult Contemporary. The station takes on the new call sign WMGC-FM as 'Magic 105.1, The Best Hits of Yesterday and Today'. The station's new lineup will feature former WNIC-FM morning man Jim Harper in morning drive, former WWWW-FM 106.7 morning man Jim (who'll go on-air as Michael) Bosh middays, former WHYT-FM 96.3 jock Jim Sherwood afternoons, Delilah evenings, and former WOMC-FM 104.3 and WDMK-FM 102.7 personality Jeff Jennings overnights.

* WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit (96.3 'DVD) has repositioned itself more towards Hot Adult Contemporary instead of Modern Adult Contemporary and is now using on-air positioners incorporating its WDVD call sign. The station is using the liner 'Today's Best Variety'.

* At Fairfied Broadcasting's Kalamazoo cluster (WKZO-AM 590, WKLZ-AM 1470, WQSN-AM 1660, and WQLR-FM 106.5) Ken Lanphear has been promoted to vice president of operations, Dennis Martin moved from general sales manager to vice president of sales, and Melissa Richard takes on the role of controller- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jackson a construction permit for a new low power FM station at 95.9 in Jackson

July 2:

* New call sign for FM 92.9 Cadillac is WJZQ to go with new Smooth Jazz format

* FCC Action: Granted WCXT-FM 105.3 Hart a construction permit for changes: Class C1 to Class C2, Effective Radiated Power from 100,000 watts to 28,000, and Height Above Average Terrain from 650 feet to 659

July 8:

* WUPY-FM 101.1 Ontonagon has switched format from Oldies/Adult Contemporary to Country as 'Y101 Superior Country'. The 'Superior Country' positioner moves from WCUP-FM 105.7 L'Anse which remains country as 'Eagle Country'. WCUP was recently purchased from WUPY owner S&S Broadcasting by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

* Aaron Adams, afternoon guy at WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City, is promoted to assistant program director from production director. Picking up the production direction duties is Jim Baade- All Access

July 9:

* FCC Action: Granted WBKP-TV 5 Calumet its construction permit for digital facilities on channel 18

July 11:

* Wilks Broadcasting is expanding its Tri-Cities presence with the purchase of Urban WTLZ-FM 107.1 (Hot 107) from Cumulus Broadcasting, pending FCC approval. Wilks' cluster will be 6 stations strong with the addition of WTLZ which will join Country WCEN-FM, Hot AC WTCF-FM, AC WGER-FM, News/Talk WSGW-AM, and the silent WCEN-AM. The sale price was $3.75 million.

* Program director Terri McCormick adds the title of operations manager at WTWR-FM 98.3 Monroe; Stacey Scott adds music director responsibilites to her evening on-air role at WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing- All Access

July 16:

* More information on WCXT-FM 105.3 Hart's pending downgrade: The owners of the station, Waters Broadcasting, are being paid $2.79 million by Salem Communications as part of an agreement that will bring a 105.3 FM online closer to Milwaukee, WI with more power than originally proposed- M Street Journal

* New program director at WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor (W4 Country) is Barry Mardit. Barry previously was PD at W4 at 106.7 Detroit; No longer with WIHC-FM 97.9 Newberry/Sault Ste Marie (Hot Country) is morning man and program director Charlie Popcorn- All Access

July 18:

* Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM finished first in the Spring 2001 Arbitron ratings for Detroit, retaining the top spot for listeners age 12 and older. News/Talk WJR-AM was second, News WWJ-AM finished in third place, with Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM and Rock WRIF-FM rounding out the top 5. Stations with a .5 ratings gain or better included WVMV, Rock AC WLLC-FM, and Modern AC WDVD-FM.

* Helen Hardy Brown has passed away at age 98. Brown helped found WFBE-FM Flint along with the Flint Youth Theatre

* Jerry Hayes is now production/technical services directior at WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian in addition to holding down the on-air afternoon shift. Taking over the public service director role from Jerry is program director and midday host Dale Gaertner- All Access

* FCC Action: Dismissed WFUM-TV 28 Flint's construction permit for power increase to 5,000,000 watts

July 19:

* New to afternoons and taking the assistant program director role at WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw is Jeff Jacob- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WMXD-FM 92.3 Detroit a construction permit for auxiliary facilities

July 21:

* WCSX-FM Detroit's morning team of Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison raised more than $243,000 during their recent Radiothon for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

July 23:

* WJR-AM continues to be the top station in Ann Arbor according to the just released Spring 2001 ratings report. The top 5 stations this spring were WJR, Top 40 WKQI-FM, Rock WRIF-FM, Country WWWW-FM, and Top 40 WDRQ-FM. W4 was the top Washtenaw county based station, followed by Gold-based Adult Contemporary WQKL-FM, News/Talk WAAM-AM, and Sports WTKA-AM.

* WHST-FM 106.1 Tawas City has returned to the air as part of the Northern Christian Radio network

* WNGE-FM 99.5 Negaunee/Marquette is on the air simulcasting AM sister station WDMJ-AM 1320 Marquette

* FCC Actions: Granted WGKL-FM 105.5 Gladstone its license to cover for power increase to 10,000 watts; Granted a construction permit for a low power FM station at 104.3 in Manistee to Manistee United Methodist Church

July 25:

* Spring 2001 ratings for Flint released today find Urban WDZZ-FM continuing to lead all stations with listeners age 12 and over. Other top 5 stations were Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM, Top 40 WWCK-FM, Country WFBE-FM, and Classic Rock WRSR-FM. WRSR, Top 40 WIOG-FM, rock WWBN-FM, and rock WRXF-FM were among the stations with the largest ratings gains since the Fall 2000 ratings book.

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignement of construction permit for new channel 19 Marquette to Montana Broadcasting Group from Winstar Broadcasting Corp; Granted WNMU-TV 13 Marquette its application for digital facilities on channel 33; Granted the voluntary assignment of license from Northern Radio Network to Northern Christian Radio for WHST-FM 106.1 Tawas City

July 26:

* New program director at Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit is Lori Bennett

July 27:

* Regent Broadcasting has announced that it is purchasing two Michigan stations in two seperate transactions worth $7 million: Classical WFGR-FM 98.7 Grand Rapids is being sold by Haith Broadcasting and will be Regent's 5th station in the market (WGRD-FM, WLHT-FM, WTRV-FM, and WNWZ-AM). WZRZ-FM 93.7 Frankenmuth is being acquired from Frankenmuth Radio Company. WZRZ is a relatively new station and hasn't been officially launched. Regent presently owns 3 other stations in the Flint area (WWBN-FM, WCRZ-FM, and WFNT-AM).

July 30:

* Back on the air is new WDMK-FM 102.7 morning host John Mason. The veteran morning drive host has been off the air for several months after leaving WJLB-FM 97.9

* WUPS-FM 98.5 Houghton Lake has shifted its format to Rock AC from Hot AC. The station now heavily features rock hits from the 70's - 90's.

* WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids has filed an application with the FCC to change its facilites. The application is for 20,000 watts directional both daytime and nighttime from 4 towers in northern Allegan county near Moline.

* 2 more Michigan AM stations have fallen silent over the past few weeks: WDEE 1500 Reed City (was Classic Country) and WHGR 1290 Houghton Lake (was Adult Standards).

* Lisa D'Angelo is no longer with the morning show at WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City. Weekender Lacey MacLeod takes the spot on an interim basis- All Access

July 31:

* Midwest Communications has purchased WYVN-FM 92.7 Saugatuck from Conrad Communications for $1.45 million. Midwest has been operating the station under a local marketing agreement since January- R&R Online

* Chris Herrmann leaves his role as assistant program director at WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit for a gig in Boston- All Access


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