* WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit (Team 1270) has applied to increase its daytime power from its current 5,000 watts to 48,000 watts. This application is in addition to a previous application to also increase the station's nighttime power from 5,000 to 48,000 watts. The Infinity-owned station is applying for these power boosts as part of the deal that landed play-by-play broadcast rights for Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Red Wings hockey.
* Northern Radio Network has reached a deal to sell one of its silent stations- WHST-FM 106.1 Tawas City will be purchased by Northern Christian Radio pending FCC approval. Northern Christian currently owns WPHN-FM 90.5 in Gaylord and simulcasts programming on sister-station WOLW-FM 91.1 Cadillac and on an FM translator in Newberry. The sale price for this transaction was not disclosed.
* Mort Crim, longtime TV anchor at WDIV-TV Detroit and current host of radio's syndicated Second Thoughts, plans on adding a daily 5 minute syndicated newscast at 7:30am beginning July 2nd. According to the program's website, the broadcast is described this way: "In the tradition of Paul Harvey, Mort hooks and holds drivetime listeners with a hearty blend of today's headlines, useful information and lighthearted features."
* M Street Daily is reporting that WLQV-AM 1500 Detroit along with other 2 other stations on AM 1500 (WTOP Washington D.C. and KSTP St. Paul) have finally reached a deal on their nighttime operations that will be approved by the FCC. Each station will be able to gain local coverage at the expense of losing skywave protection. Specifically for WLQV, this means the station will increase its nighttime power to 5,000 watts from its current 3,000 watts. WLQV's current nighttime operations are under special temporary authority from the FCC that allows the station to operate at this power using a 9 tower array- 3 less than what the station was licensed for (the land where the other 3 towers were located was sold to a retail store).
* New creative services director for Citadel's Tri-Cities cluster (WKQZ-FM, WHNN-FM, WIOG-FM, WYLZ/WILZ-FM) is Jim Baade who moves from creative services/production director at Cumulus' Flint cluster (WDZZ-FM, WWCK-FM/AM, WRSR-FM, WFDF-AM)- All Access
* Joining Jim Harper at WGRV 105.1 Detroit on July 2nd as part of the move from WNIC-FM 100.3 will be Linda Lanci, Cynthia Canty and Jim Bradley. Remaining at WNIC will be newsman Dave Lockhart and WJBK-TV weathercaster Kam Carman. Carman is currently on maternity leave from both WJBK and WNIC after giving birth to twins earlier in the week. WNIC afternoon driver Chris Edmonds moves to the morning role on an interim basis starting Monday
* WHLS-AM 1450 Pt. Huron and simulcasting station WHLX-AM 1590 Marine City have switched format from Oldies to Adult Standards. WHLS and WHLX are owned by Liggett Communications.
* Doc Reno has left WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit (The Groove). Reno had been the morning host- it was announced last week that Jim Harper will be taking over that role beginning July 2- Detroit Free Press
* WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit afternoon drive host Sonny Andre leaves the station for mornings in Virginia; Robb Rose is now program director at WFAT-FM 96.5 Kalamazoo- All Access
* FCC Actions: Granted WLQV-AM 1500 Detroit a construction permit for 5,000 watt 9 tower nighttime operations; Granted the voluntary assignment of license from L'Anse Broadcasting to Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for WCUP-FM 105.7 L'Anse; Granted WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park a construction permit to change power from 11 watts to 9 watts with a tower height increase to 112 ft from 105 ft
* Grand Rapids and Lansing join the Tri-Cities as Michigan radio markets with embargoed Arbitron 12+ ratings trends. Trade publications are not permitted to print ratings numbers in markets where the ratings are embargoed. The normal cause of a ratings embargo is when a station or group of stations in the market end their Arbitron subscription.
* FCC Actions: Approved the voluntary transfer of control from Roberts Broadcasting to Badger Communications for WJMS-AM 590 and WIMI-FM 99.7 Ironwood; Granted Pensacola Christian College a modification to a construction permit for an FM translator of KAWZ-FM in Benton Harbor- frequency change from 91.5 to 91.1 as W216BX, ERP from 10 watts to 80 watts (V)
* DX-midAMerica checks in with a change in Houghton/Hancock: WMPL-FM 93.5 and WMPL-AM 920 are now simulcasting full time with new programming: Mornings are local with Telephone Talk, afternoons feature Rush Limbaugh and Chuck Harder and nights/overnights are sports from Sporting News Radio. WMPL-AM previously aired mostly religious-based talk and WMPL-FM featured both religious and secular talk along with a Christian-based modern rock program nights. The stations were recently purchased by Victor Corporation.
* Stacey DuFord has returned to co-host the WNIC-FM 100.3 morning show on a temporary basis. DuFord originally left the show in January 1998 but has kept an on-air presence by doing parttime work at WXYZ-TV 7 and fill in duties at WRIF-FM- Detroit Free Press
* FCC Action: Granted WKJF-FM a modification to its construction permit (ERP from 72,000 to 100,000 watts)
* WOBE-FM 100.7 Crystal Falls is on the air at or near its construction permit power of 100,000 watts. The station is programmed with Oldies as 'B100'
* FCC Action: Granted WAAQ-FM 88.3 Onsted a construction permit for minor changes (ERP from 100 watts to 250, HAAT from 56 meters to 23, and a slight location change)
* R.J.'s Late Night Entertainment, licensee of WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park/Detroit has been admonished but not fined by the FCC for airing commercials. WHPR is licensed as a non-commercial educational station.
* WSCG-FM 106.3 Lakeview/Greenville switched format from Talk to Classic Hit Country on Saturday evening (6/16). Replacing programming from the Michigan Talk Radio Network (MTRN) is the biggest hits from the biggest stars of country music from the 1970's and 80's. "This is a natural move for us," said Tim Little, General Manager of WSCG Radio. "For years WCUZ was one of the most popular stations in this area. When they changed their format to Bob and Tom and Classic Rock that left a big void that we want to fill. We have talked with members of the community and conducted a small survey and it's clear that this music has been missed," Little said. WSCG-FM was one of the first stations in the state to join MTRN and was the first station to go on the air with the new network. "We are proud of our involvement with MTRN and I wish everyone there much success. While MTRN did not meet with the success we had hoped for in our coverage area, I still believe it will be an important part of Michigan radio," said Little. Before the January switch to Talk, the station's previous format was Country.
* FCC Actions: Granted WGVU-TV 35 Grand Rapids its construction permit for digital facilities on channel 11; Granted a modification of construction permit for WNGE-FM 99.5 Negaunee (ERP from 1,850 to 3,600 watts, HAAT from 182 to 131 meters)
* Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM moved back ahead of News/Talk WJR-AM in the just-released May Arbitrend report, moving the station back on top after only one month out of that spot. WJR finished in second place overall, followed by All-News WWJ-AM. Fourth place was a three-way tie between Top 40 WDRQ-FM, Urban WJLB-FM, and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM. Rounding out the top ten among listeners age 12 and over was Rock WRIF-FM, Oldies WOMC-FM, Urban AC WMXD-FM, and in another 3-way tie Country WYCD-FM, Top 40 WKQI-FM, and Urban WDTJ-FM.
* Congrats to Troy Hanson, winner of the Active Rock Music Director of the Year Achievement Award from Radio & Records
* Kudos also to WSJM-AM 1400 St. Joseph for winning an Edward R. Morrow Award for small market web site
* Michael Saunders, VP of operations and programming at sister stations WMXD-FM 92.3 (Mix 92.3) and WJLB-FM 97.9 (FM 98) Detroit has exited; Jeff Lesson has stepped down from his role as program director at WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit (Team 1270). Lesson remains with the station in an on-air role- All Access, Inside Radio
* The Michigan Association of Broadcasters, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police, Michigan Sheriffs Association, and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, has organized many of the TV and radio stations across the state to launch the Amber Alert of Michigan. The system is a statewide notification program to help locate abducted and endangered children. Currently, more then 1900 children are listed missing in Michigan. The Amber Alert program is designed to save children by locating abducted or endangered children within the first 24-hours which are the most critical hours in an abduction. The power of free, over-the-air electronic media is the best way to quickly reach Michigan citizens who may have information leading to the return of a missing or abducted child. Through the Amber Alert program, listeners and viewers will become the eyes and ears for police, and hopefully aid in the return of the child. If you're a broadcaster and have yet to join this program, please contact the MAB today.
* R&R Online's Street Talk reports that WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit will drop its Rhythmic Oldies format on July 1
* The Detroit Pistons have signed a deal with Clear Channel-owned WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit to make that station the home for Pistons play-by-play over the next 5 seasons. The Pistons had previously been heard on Infinity's WWJ-AM 950.
* Taking over the morning show at WJLB-FM 97.9 (FM 98) Detroit will be Ed Lover; Kris Kelly takes over control of programming and operations at WJLB on an interim basis- All Access
* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignment of license from Coltrace Communications to Clear Channel Broadcasting for WHGR-AM 1290 Houghton Lake
* Kramer and Twitch (recently fired from a station in Dallas after starting a false rumor about Britney Spears) will replace the Ed Tyll show on WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit beginning July 9th. The program will air from noon-3pm weekdays.
* Michigan's first low power FM station has been granted a construction permit by the FCC: Prayer Tower Ministry has received the CP for a station in Cassopolis at 97.1
* Back on the air with religious (Catholic) programming is WMAX-AM 1440 Bay City
* FCC Action: Granted Muskegon Training & Education Center a construction permit for a new low power FM station at 106.1 in Muskegon