* Adult Contemporary WLXT-FM 96.3 Petoskey has switched to an all-Christmas format for the holiday season. The station dropped its regular programming during the Thanksgiving weekend.
* FCC Actions: Granted WLKM-AM 1510 Three Rivers a construction permit to move to AM 1520 and add nighttime service; Granted W211BI (FM 90.1) Ann Arbor its license to cover (translator of WAAQ-FM 88.3 Onsted)
* Retiring: WKBD-TV 50 and WWJ-TV 62 anchor Amyre Makupson. Makupson had been a mainstay at channel 50 since 1977- Detroit Free Press
* Jamillah Muhammad has been named as program director at Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 Detroit, effective Feburary 2003. Muhammad arrives from Milwaukee where she is currently PD of WKKV- Radio and Records
* New sports director at ABC-affiliate WZZM-TV 13 Grand Rapids is Henry Wofford, effective January 2003. Wofford will make the move to West Michigan from Reno- WZZM-TV
* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary transfer of license for WADW-FM 105.5 Pickford from Seaway Broadcasting to Starboard Broadcasting
* Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit evening and Lions pre/post game host Kevin Wall will exit the station at the beginning of January
* New public affairs director at WWJ-TV 62 and WKBD-TV 50 Detroit is Tara Wall, replacing Amyre Makupson. Wall had been a reporter for the now defunct news operation at the stations.
* On the air: LPFM station WAWP-LP 107.3 West Branch with religious programming. The station is owned by the West Branch Seventh Day Adventist Church
* FCC Action: Granted Spring Arbor University a construction permit for a new Class A FM non-commercial educational station at 89.3, ERP 2,500 watts (vertical) @ 272 feet to be licensed to Spring Arbor. A mutually exclusive application by Great Lakes Community Broadcasting was dismissed
* Marc 'Shaffee' Abraham officially lands weekends and remotes for Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit. Shaffee is the former night host at Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 Jackson and had been working for WRIF for the past couple of months- All Access
* WOTV-DT Battle Creek signed on the air using channel 20 with their DTV maximized authorized power. High definition programming will start by the first of the new year- cuurently the programming is a simulcast of channel 41's analog transmissions. With DTV operations underway, WOBC-LP (simulcast of WXSP-LP Grand Rapids) has moved from channel 20 to channel 14.
* Joining the roster at Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit is Clarence Black for fill-in duties. Fans of CBS-TV's "Survivor: Africa" will recognize Black as a former contestant.
* Active Rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Tuscola/Flint helped raised $6,500 in cash and toys this past weekend during the 21st Annual Whaley Christmas Jam. Proceeds benefit the Whaley Children's of Flint, which houses severely abused kids and works to get them placed in foster homes- All Access
* Dan Dickerson has been officially named as the lead play-by-play announcer for the 2003 Detroit Tigers season. Jim Price will remain as the color analyst and handle one inning of play-by-play duty.
* Fox Sports Net Detroit adds Big Ten woman's basketball to its lineup
* News-Talk WJR-AM has reclaimed the top spot in the latest Arbitrend for Detroit. Oldies WOMC-FM finished in 2nd place followed by News WWJ-AM, and Urban WJLB-FM. There was a three-ay tie for 5th place between Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM, and Adult Urban WMXD-FM. WWJ and Classic Rock WCSX-FM enjoyed the biggest ratings jump between the first and second fall trends with each up .5 share. The final fall numbers will be released in January.
* Here's a broadcast that's really remote: The Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit morning team of Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison will broadcast tomorrow's show live from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as it sails in an undisclosed location on the Atlantic Ocean
* More digital TV stations have officially signed on: CBS affiliate WNEM-TV 5 (DT ch. 22) Bay City and Fox/UPN affiliate WFQX-TV 33 (DT ch. 47) Cadillac
* The "Handyman Show with Glenn Haege," has won an Award of Excellence in the 2002 Communicators Awards Audio competition. Heard in Detroit on sports WDFN-AM 1130 on weekends, the show was selected for this award out of 1,250 professional entrants worldwide. Last year, the program was honored with the Communicator Awards 2001 Award of Distinction. The Communicator Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. The prestigious Award of Excellence is presented to those whose ability to communicate makes them the best in their field. "It is always nice to receive such high honors from communications professionals and my colleagues in the talk radio broadcast industry," said Haege. "Recognition should also go to all the people who work hard on the broadcast and to our listening audience." The award-winning "Handyman Show with Glenn Haege" is the most popular home improvement show on radio and is syndicated nationally by Troy, Mich. based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard on 175 radio stations nationwide each weekend.
* FCC Action: Granted WCZW-FM 107.9 Charlevoix a construction permit modification from 3,600 watts @ 417 feet directional to 5,000 watts @ 164 feet nondirectional
* WDIV-TV 4 Detroit has announced that Kim Adams has become the newest member of the station's weather team
* Rick Jagger has left his role as news man at FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit
* Stephen Clark will take over anchor duties from Guy Gordon for the 6pm newscast on WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit effective January 2nd. Gordon will remain on the anchor desk for the 11pm report. The station has also added Mike Bowersock to its roster of reporters- he was previously at WKBD-TV 50 / WWJ-TV 62.
* FCC Action: Granted WMSH-FM 99.3 Sturgis its license to cover for changes (2,150 watts @ 387 feet to 3,000 watts @ 328 feet directional)
* Michigan Talk Radio Network host Dave Barber re-ups for another year and has had his timeslot expanded. Barber has shifted to 2-6pm from 1-4pm- all 4 hours are now carried on Detroit affiliate Talk WXDX-AM 1310. The "Captain and Crew", which had cleared the 4-8pm timeslot, has been cancelled. Hosts Bill "The Captain" Vogel and George Baier have been let go as a result of the change
* On-air: WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe with a Contemporary Christian format using the moniker 'Joy FM'. The station is the 3rd Joy FM station owned by Ed Czelada, the others being WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City and WJOJ-FM 89.7 Harrisville/Alpena.
* Fox Sports Net Detroit has announced the hiring of former Major League player and coach Rod Allen as the new analyst for the regional network's coverage of Detroit Tigers baseball
* Last night's (Dec 19) Detroit Red Wings-Dallas Stars hockey game on Fox Sports Net Detroit earned a 9.7 household rating in metro Detroit, tying for the highest rated Red Wings game in the regional network's six-year history. The 9.7 rating equals approximately 184,300 households tuned in throughout the game. The rating peaked at an 11.4 (approximately 216,600 households) during the 3rd period. The other Red Wings telecast to earn a 9.7 was Nov. 2, 2001 vs. the New York Islanders (former Wings' goalie Chris Osgood's return).
* Fox Sports Net Detroit will televise its first Ontario Hockey League game on Friday Dec. 27th
* FCC Action: Allotted channel 23 to Traverse City for noncommercial digital TV broadcasts
* Christian WJQK-FM 99.3 Holland begins broadcasts of some dayparts from a studio in Holland mall- Grand Rapids Press
* Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit expects to begin broadcasting using its new 48,000 watt transmitter located in northern Monroe county on about February 14th. The station currently transmits from Southfield with 5,000 watts.
* New station manager at WFUM-TV 28 Flint is Jay Nelson, who exits his job at WTVS-TV 56 Detroit after 21 years.
* Sold: Construction permit for FM 98.7 Hancock (WGLI, 100,000 watts @ 522 feet) by Lyle Robert Evans to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for $650,000. Keweenaw Bay already owns Country WCUP-FM 105.7 L'Anse.
* FCC Action: Granted American Family Association and Great Lakes Broadcast Academy a swap of construction permits for 88.1 (now owned by GLBA) and 91.7 (now owned by AFA) Muskegon
* New to nights at Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit is Glenn Hollis, who is also heard on Clear Channel sister station WASH-FM Washington D.C. Hollis' program, titled "After Hours", airs 7pm-midnight and is very similar to WNIC's former "Pillow Talk" evening show hosted by longtime Detroit-area personality Alan Almond. Almond was let go from the station in November when regular programming was dropped in favor of all-Christmas music. WNIC resumed its regular AC format yesterday.
* Grand Rapids Active Rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 has moved Howard Stern's morning show to Sports WBBL-AM 1340 while the program is airing "best of" shows. It's expected that Stern will return to 'KLQ on January 6th.
* Talk WNWZ-AM 1410 Grand Rapids is announcing on-air that it will shift to a full-time Spanish Contemporary format on or near January 1st. The move will displace the Michigan Talk Radio Network's main Grand Rapids affiliate.
* Sold: Construction permit for WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain (1,700 watts @ 623 feet) from Donald Noordyk to Todd Noordyk for $10,000. Todd Noordyk's Great Lakes Radio also owns WHCH-FM 98.3 and WQXO-AM 1400 Munising, WFXD-FM 103.3 and WKQS FM 101.9 Marquette, as well as a CP for a new station to be licensed to Manistique (WPIQ-FM 99.9).
* WDIV-TV 4 Detroit weathercaster Kim Adams is now on maternity leave after delivering daughter Ava on Christmas Eve. Adams is not scheduled to return to the air until at least early February. Over at crosstown WJBK-TV 2, morning weather and traffic host Rhonda Walker has exited- Detroit Free Press
* The second fall ratings trend for Grand Rapids was released today. Country WBCT remained the number 1 station among listeners age 12 and above, followed by Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Top 40 WSNX-FM, Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM, and News-Talk WOOD-AM. The station with the biggest gain over the first fall trend was AC WTRV-FM, up to 4.1-3.5.
* FCC Action: Cancelled the $10,000 fine issued to Thomas A. Brothers for operating an unlicensed radio station at 88.3 FM in Berkley. The Commission determined that the fine would have caused undue financial hardship to Brothers.
* Stratford, ON will be getting a new FM station. Earlier this month the CRTC approved an application by Raedio Inc to operate an English-language station at 107.7. According the the application, the station would provide an Adult Contemporary format offering mostly Pop, Rock, and Dance music. Raedio currently owns CJCS-AM 1240 in Stratford.
* The National Labor Relations Board has served an unfair labor practices complaint against Infinity Broadcasting in Detroit, stating that reasonable cause exists to believe that the employer's actions have violated the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers
* Assigned: Call sign WJKN-FM to construction permit for 89.3 Spring Arbor