August 2002 News and Notes

August 2:

* Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit morning host Kevin O'Neill was let go from the station as of today. The station will have a new morning show arriving from Fayetteville, Arkansas called 'Wilhite & Wall' effective August 19th. Producer Bill Plegue was also let go last week.

* Spring 2002 ratings for Grand Rapids were released yesterday. The top station was Top 40 WSNX-FM, followed by Country WBCT-FM, Active Rock WKLQ-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, and News-Talk WOOD-AM. WSNX pushed itself ahead of WBCT this quarter by increasing its share from 8.2 in the winter to 9.7 among listeners age 12 and above.

* Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit raised over $4,000 during its recent golf outing for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital- All Access

August 3:

* Ratings for Kalamazoo were released yesterday. Among listeners age 12 and above for the spring period, the top 5 stations were Top 40 WKFR-FM, Rock WRKR-FM, Country WBCT-FM, Classic Hits WFAT-FM, and Urban Contemporary WNWN-AM. WFAT was the most improved station in the market, improving its share from 4.0 to 6.9. The station changed its format from Adult Contemporary to Classic Hits in October 2001.

August 6:

* The Michigan Association of Broadcasters announces changes to its Board of Directors. Among the new Officers are:

  • Sue Goldsen, WKHM/WIBM/WCFX, Chairman
  • Ed Fernandez, WXMI-TV, Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect
  • Jeff Scarpelli, WYBR, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Rich Homberg, WXYT/WWJ, At-Large Officer

New broadcasters joining the MAB Board of directors are:

  • Don Backus, ENCO Systems
  • Joe Berwanger, WDIV-TV
  • Palmer Pyle, Northern Star Broadcasting

* The spring 12+ ratings for Battle Creek radio were released today. The top 5 stations for the period were Country WNWN-FM, Top 40 WKFR-FM, Rock WJXQ-FM, News/Talk WBCK-AM, and Rock WRKR-FM which tied for 5th with Oldies WWKN-FM. WKFR experienced the biggest gain - moving its share total from 9.3 in the fall to 14.5.

* FCC Action: Granted Donald James Noordyk a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Newaygo. The CP is for a Class A station at 92.5 with an ERP of 6,000 watts at 328 feet from a tower located near the southwest corner of Newaygo County. The station would be Noordyk's 6th in the West Michigan area.

August 9:

* On Saturday, August 17th, the classic sounds of WKNR will again emanate from 1310 KHz across metro Detroit. In celebration of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, Clear Channel Communications, Fox Sports Radio WXDX and Keener13.com will present a day of vintage Keener 13, featuring your favorite Keener announcers, classic Keener commercials and the great Keener music that made WKNR the toast of Detroit in the mid 1960s.

* Joining the crew at Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit will be specialty actor Mike Scott Kaminski who will provide the station with voiceovers and impersonations; Brandon Edwards has exited Top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City. He was the station's midday host as well as its music director and assistant program director- All Access

* Noted: Today's the 37th anniversary for Dick Purtan as a morning voice on Detroit radio. Purtan currently mans the mic at Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3.

August 10:

* Today's Detroit Free Press reports that Sports WXDX-AM 1310 Detroit will switch its format to Talk sometime next month. Handyman Glenn Haege is expected to be heard daily as part of the lineup that will also likely include syndicated programs from Premiere. WXDX, along with Premiere, is owned by Clear Channel.

August 12:

* Sports WQSN-AM 1660 Kalamazoo is back on the air as of last Friday after being off for a week due to damage from a lightning strike.

August 14:

* Leaving mornings at Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 Detroit will be Big Tigger as the station is not renewing his contract. The decision was mutual as Big Tigger has a full schedule with the work he does with Clear Channel sister station WWPR-FM New York- duties he will keep- Urban Insite

* Out as morning show host at Modern Rock WGRD-FM Grand Rapids after 7 years is Rick Beckett. Prior to WGRD, Beckett was morning show host at WKLQ-FM 94.5 Holland/Gd Rapids for about 8 years- Grand Rapids Press

* Also leaving a morning show role is Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint co-host Andrew Zepeda- All Access

* Look for WWKM-AM 1540 Harrison to return to the air with a new call sign -- WKKM. The station is installing a new transmitter and will likely have a country format using the call sign used by former sister station FM 92.1 before that station was sold to Xavier University. One thing that will not return to AM 1540 will be the slogan 'King of Kountry Music' as former owner David Carmine retained the rights to that service mark. No official date has been set for the station to return to the air.

* Top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City program director Mark Anderson takes the midday on-air slot (10am - 1pm) that opened when Brandon Edwards left the station. Evening jock Mason picks up the role of interim music director. Look for morning co-host Demas to move to afternoons once his morning role is filled by someone new- All Access

August 19:

* On Thursday 8/15, WFDF-AM 910 Flint dropped its News/Talk format in favor of Radio Disney. The station was purchased by ABC/Disney earlier in the year and this move was widely anticipated.

* Oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 Grand Rapids adds 'Elvis & Friends' Sunday mornings 8-10am- Grand Rapids Press

August 20:

* The first ratings trend for the summer period was released for the Detroit market yesterday. News-Talk WJR-AM continued to be the top station among listeners age 12 and above followed by Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM. Oldies WOMC-FM moved up to third, with News WWJ-AM and Urban WJLB-FM rounding out the top 5. Top 40 WKQI-FM enjoyed the strongest gain, moving its share from 3.1 to 3.8, placing the station ahead of fellow Top 40 outlet WDRQ-FM.

* Joining WNEM-TV 5 Saginaw are Lenise Ligon for weekend morning co-anchor and weekday reporting duties and Alicia Dean who will take on the role of a managing editor- Saginaw News

August 21:

* Michigan broadcasters provided $328 million in community service during 2001- Michigan Association of Broadcasters

* New afternoon jock and assistant program director at Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint is 'Big Steve' Duncan, formerly heard overnights on Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit- All Access

* Adult Top 40 WSHN-FM 100.1 Holton/Muskegon was able to fingerprint 500 children and provide information from various organizations to parents to better protect their children last Saturday during the station's first major promotion using its new positioner 'The New Sunny FM'.

* WJBK-TV 2 Detroit adds 30 minutes to its morning newscast starting on Monday 8/26. The new segment will air from 5-5:30am and be co-hosted by Sherry Margolis and Cam Karman.

August 22:

* Mike Marino will be taking over the morning show at Classic Hits WHMI-FM 93.5 Howell effective September 16. Marino has held down mornings at Top 40 WTWR-FM 98.3 Monroe/Toledo for the past 10 years and reunites with his former morning partner and current WHMI news director Jon King. Current morning driver Buzz Elliot will move to afternoons, the shift he held for 11 years at WNDU-FM 92.9 South Bend. Music director Tim Brown will move his program to evenings, and current evening host Jennifer Dean will likely join the new morning show. Also joining WHMI is Dana Cameron of AAA Traffic and News WWJ-AM 950 Detroit as afternoon news anchor.

* Red Wings TV announcers Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond will provide the commentary when WNEM-TV 5 Bay City broadcasts the first game of new minor league hockey team the Saginaw Spirit- Saginaw News

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignement of license for WEYI-TV 25 Saginaw from STC License Company to WEYI Broadcasting

August 23:

* Hot Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit afternoon drive duo Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle have agreed to a new contract with the station that will keep them in town for the next 5 years.

* Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit night jock Man @ Large keeps the job on a permanent basis. He's been in the role already for a couple of months; John Shomby, former operations manager for Cumulus' Flint and Kalamazoo clusters, takes a job in Norfolk, VA- All Access

August 24:

* Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit morning show members Stacey DuFord and Lori Bennett have exited the program. DuFord will leave the station, while Bennett will keep her role as program director. Producer Lisa Jesswein will take an on-air role and join host Chuck Gaidica and newsman Dave Lockhart

August 25:

* Catholic stations WDEO-AM 990 Ypsilanti and WMAX-AM 1440 Bay City plan their first ever on-air fundraiser during September. New general manager for Ava Maria Communciations (owner of WDEO and WMAX) is Michael Jones.

August 26:

* Fig takes over mornings on an interim basis along with becoming the Friday night 80's host at Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint. He's been with CK 105.5 since April 2002, doing weekends and swing.

August 27:

* On-air changes at Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing effective September 3: Morning co-host / program director Mike Couchman moves to afternoons, replacing Jenn Czelada who will work her role as general manager off the air. Joining mornings as co-host is Tim Chappell who is promoted from parttime status. Tiana will stay in her role as half of the morning show; Modern Rock WWDX-FM 92.1 Lansing names Ron Parker as its night host. He moves from sister station Classic Hits WVIC-FM 94.1- All Access

August 28:

* Mitzi Miles transitions from swing to the midday role at Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit, replacing Jim (on air as Michael) Bosch who's decided to look for other opportunities. Miles was part of the morning show at 105.1 during its tenure as 'The Groove' (WGRV-FM). She'll be exiting as morning show co-host at Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint.

* FCC Action: Granted WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids a construction permit for the following changes: ERP from 4,000 watts @ 194 feet to 4,900 watts @ 207 feet with a tower location change from south of Grand Rapids to just east of Grand Rapids

August 29:

* Top 5 stations in Grand Rapids for the first summer ratings trend among listeners age 12 and above were Top 40 WSNX-FM, Country WBCT-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Active Rock WKLQ-FM, and Modern Rock WGRD-FM. WLAV enjoyed the market's biggest jump, improving its share one point from 6.3 to 7.3 and moving its 3rd place spot.

August 30:

* Look for Top 40 WTWR-FM 98.3 Monroe to announce its new morning show on Tuesday (9/3). The station is currently running teasers stating "Experience the change, Tuesday, 6 am". Former morning show co-hosts Mike Marino and Tevis Marcum have exited with Marino moving on to WHMI-FM 93.5 Howell effective Sept. 16.

* Just over $8,000.00 was raised for The Daily Bread of Lenawee, Lenawee County’s Soup Kitchen in a 24-hour marathon hosted by WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian Marketing Executive Lori Sallows. At last year’s Daily Bread Fundraiser, Sallows parachuted for the first time and raised over $2,500.00.

* The Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) has reached a deal to purchase CBC affiliate CJIC-TV 5 Sault Ste. Marie from the CTV-owned MCTV group. The entire deal covers five other MCTV CBC affiliates in Ontario and is subject to approval from the CRTC.

* FCC Action: Granted Superior Communications a construction permit for a new non-commercial educational FM station to be licensed to Goodland Twp (Lapeer County). The Class A station would be at 88.1 with 2,000 watts (vertical) @ 499 feet from a tower located north of Imlay City. Superior Communications currently operates 3 Contemporary Christian stations under the banner 'The Light' (WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing, WEJC-FM 88.3 Gladwin, and WTLI-FM 89.3 Boyne City). The company also has construction permits for two more non-commercial educational stations in Flint (WTAC-FM 89.7) and Lake City (WAIR-FM 104.9). In addition, Superior Communications principles Edward and Jennifer Czelada have a construction permit for a commercial station in Harbor Beach (WCZE-FM 103.7).


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