* New website www.keener13.com has launched. It's a retrospective on former Detroit Top 40 powerhouse WKNR-AM
* WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth has announced its new directors for the 2002-2003 year: Gregory Angel will replace Jake Allen as program director with Marc Moraitis as assistant PD. Leading the music department will be Anna Petrovich and Angela Olandese. New music call hours are Wednesdays after 2:30pm.
* FCC Action: Granted First Pentecostal Church of God in Christ a construction permit for a new low power FM station to be licensed to Battle Creek at 99.5
* WBCH-1220 AM Hastings is the latest Michigan station to pick up the Michigan Talk Radio Network. WBCH will clear all MTRN programs. The station had been simulcasting the Country fomat of sister station WBCH-FM 100.1.
* Christian Contemporary WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing was off the air for a couple hours last Thursday due to a small fire caused by a lighting strike.
* Scott Free has been named as the new program director for Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint. Free returns to Michigan from North Carolina- he's a former WDRQ-FM Detroit jock- All Access
* FCC Action: Granted WRDY-LP 25 Berrien Springs the following modifications to its construction permit: ERP to change from 47,400 to 37,800 watts and a slight tower location change
* Top 40 WSNX-FM has surged ahead of Country WBCT-FM in the first spring ratings trend for Grand Rapids. WSNX improved its ratings share by a full point from 8.2 to 9.2 to place itself in first place among listeners age 12+, ahead of a flat WBCT, which finished in second. Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM was third and Active Rock WKLQ-FM along with News-Talk WOOD-AM finished tied for 4th. Also of note was the strong ratings for Classical WFGR, which improved its share to 3.4 and finshed just outside the top 10.
* Keith Michaels is out as morning host at WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix- All Access
* The FCC has issued a fine of $10,000 to Thomas A. Brothers of Berkley for unlicensed operations of radio station at 88.3 FM
* Kalamazoo Wings play-by-play man Brian Smith exits to take the role of director of communications and media relations with fellow United Hockey League team the Flint Generals- All Access
* The University of Michigan has merged together its public radio and television operations under the name of Michigan Public Media. The new organization, to be headed by Donovan Reynolds, will oversee the operations of WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-TV 91.1 Flint, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, and WFUM-TV 28 Flint- Detroit Free Press
* FCC Action: Granted WYVN-FM 92.7 Saugatuck a construction permit to modify its ERP from 2,150 to 3,300 watts and change its HAAT from 387 to 374 feet
* Hired as a reporter and parttime anchor at WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit is Stephen Clark. Also at WXYZ, Carolyn Clifford has been named as the station's permanent morning co-anchor, replacing JoAnne Purtan who shifts to the role of health reporter.
* WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville-Grand Rapids had relaunched its Oldies format as 'Oldies Radio, the New 107-3; The Greatest Hits of all Time'. The station will reportedly launch a new morning show soon by syndicating the Rich Michaels program from Citadel sister station WJIM-FM 97.5 Lansing
* Dialing notes: WQBX-FM 104.9 Alma now using Jones Radio Networks' Adult Hit Radio feed instead of ABC Radio's Best Hits/Best Variety satellite service; WBMI-FM 105.5 West Branch reportedly no longer broadcasting in stereo
* Earl Jones has been named the general manager for Detroit Clear Channel sister stations Urban AC WMXD-FM 92.3 and Urban WJLB-FM 97.9. He arrives from the Atlanta market; New mixshow coordinator at Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit is Melle Mel. Mel's syndicated 'Klub Kiss' show will be based out of 'KQI- All Access
* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of license for WKKM-FM 92.1 Harrison from David A. Carmine to Xavier University; Granted WAOR-FM 95.3 Niles a construction permit for changes: ERP from 3,300 watts @ 299 feet to 5,500 watts @ 276 feet, tower location change from west of Niles to north of South Bend in St. Joseph County, IN
* WLAJ-TV 53 Lansing anchor Joe Parker will be departing to take an anchor position in Albany, NY- Lansing State Journal
* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignement of license from Voice of Three Rivers to Impact Radio for WLKM-FM/AM 95.9/1510 Three Rivers
* Not much new in the latest ratings trend released for Detroit. The spring phase 2 report (March/April/May) for listeners age 12 and above notes the following top 5 stations: News-Talk WJR-AM, News WWJ-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM, and Rock WRIF-FM 101.1. Country WYCD-FM finshed in 10th overall, moving Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM out of the top 10 stations for the first time in recent memory. WNIC was 11th, followed by AC rival WMGC-FM in 12th place.
* WJBK-TV 2 Detroit weathercaster and anchor Kam Carman will be rejoining Jim Harper for morning radio weathercast duties on Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1. Carman was part of Harper's show on WNIC-FM 100.3 but stayed at that station when Harper moved last year. Also at WMGC, afternoon jock Scott Sherwood will be moving on after this week on as he returns with his family to Florida- Detroit Free Press
* Former WGRV-FM 105.1 Detroit morning show co-host Mitzi Miles will join the Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint morning show beginning July 2nd. The new B-95 wake-up program will be anchored by Tony Magoo- he'll fulfill his no-compete clause with WYCD-FM 99.5 on July 1st. Also at WFBE, overnight jock and promotions director Stacy Trager has left the station with Andrea Hernandez taking over those roles. Midday host Keith Allen is also out, replaced by former morning co-host Kristine Miller- All Access
* Beware of flying monkey wrenches as three local ‘Mr. Fix It’ guys will be changing stations. Murray Gula, whose “Home Improvement Doctor” program had been airing on Christian Talk WLLZ-AM (560) Sunday mornings, will sign a deal with News-Talk WJR-AM (760) to bring the program to that station’s weekend lineup starting as early as next weekend. Meanwhile WJR “Appliance Doctor” host Joe Gagnon will be moving down the dial to Sports WXYT-AM 1270 where he’ll fill the slot formerly held “Ask the Handyman” host Glenn Haege. Haege’s radio future was still uncertain- his contract is up on Friday. WXYT boss Rich Homberg was interested in getting both Gagnon and Gula for his air, but is delighted to provide a new home for “The Appliance Doctor”. WJR management expressed excitement at landing the “Home Improvement Doctor”. Host Gula is the director of the Michigan Construction Protection Agency.
* FCC Action: Granted Trinity Broadcasting Network a construction permit for a new LPTV station on channel 54 (W54DG) to be licensed to Escanaba. ERP on the permit is 2,000 watts from the same location north of Escanaba as Trinity's two other permits (channels 30 and 32) for the city.
* Steve Kosbau has been named as president & general manager of Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 and Modern AC WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit. Kosbau had been operations director for 2 ABC-owned Washington DC stations since 1997. He also did programming, talent & Internet operations at both stations. He got his start as a 15-year-old weekend host in Des Moines in 1977 and has worked in Terre Haute, Charleston, Denver and NYC. He replaces George Kenyon at WDRQ, who stepped down last month, and Mike Fezzey at WDVD. Fezzey keeps his responsibilites with sister station WJR-AM 760 and is expected to add responsibility at other ABC-owned stations.
* Scott Hasick and Casey Bartholomew will join the lineup at Hot Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit in middays beginning July 15th. They arrive from New Jersey 101.5, the same station that delivered 'KRK afternoon drive guys Deminski and Doyle. Current 'KRK midday duo Kramer & Twitch will move to evenings 7-10pm, displacing the syndicated Tom Lykis show to a tape delayed basis overnights.
* Glenn Haege will continue to be heard on WXYT-AM 1270 for at least the next 60 days. Although his contract expired with the station, there is an agreement in place to keep Heage's 2 hour syndicated program on the air at 'XYT- Detroit Free Press
* New promotions director at Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids is Kevin Churnow- All Access
* FCC Actions: Granted WBXD-LP 23 Detroit- its license to cover for Class A status with move from channel 5 and new transmitter location; Granted WDQV-FM 88.5 Mackinaw City a construction permit for changes- Class A to Class C2, ERP from 3,800 watts (H) @ 417 feet to 20,000 watts (H) @ 430 feet with a directional antenna
* Added to the lineup at News-Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit is Sam Donaldson's daily talk show. It'll air on a tape delayed basis from 11pm-midnight daily. In addition, the Sean Hannity program will now claim 3 hours (8-11pm) on the WJR schedule while David Newman continues to recover from health problems.
* Exiting Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit is afternoon jock J. Love. He also held the roles of music director and assistant program director. On-air for today's afternoon drive shift was former Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint program director and afternoon jock Beau Daniels. It's not yet known if Daniels' has landed the spot on a permanent basis- All Access
* All Access also reports that Modern AC WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit program director Tom O'Brien has not been in the building for the past two weeks for reasons unknown to fellow staffers. He has been contacted and is okay, but his status with the station is still not clear.
* Taking over the afternoon shift at Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 beginning July 1 will be market vetaran Jim Paolucci. He replaces Scott Sherwood who left the station last week. Although currently out of radio, Paolucci's Detroit radio resume includes time spent at WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WNIC-FM, WYST-FM, and WMJC-FM.
* WSGW-AM 790 Saginaw afternoon talk show host Cameron Knowles has left the station to accept the role of director of media and communications with the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit. Knowles exits radio following a 15-year career in broadcasting around Mid-Michigan, Detroit and Houston.
* FCC Action: granted W209BR 89.7 Columbia Twp its license to cover for changes
* Named as assistant program director at Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit is evening jock Buckhead. Program director Dom Theodore also announced that Beau Daniels will be the station's permanent afternoon drive host.
* WEYI-TV 25 Saginaw, Flint and the Tri-Cities' NBC affiliate is getting set for phase 2 of its equipment upgrades in order to support digital transmission. Changes to occur during this phase will include the installation of new analog and digital antennas along with a new transmission line. The changes should improve over-the-air reception for viewers once installation is complete. In the interim, the station will be operating at reduced power to allow technicians to safely complete their work.
* Yahoo! is about to pull the plug on its streaming of local radio stations. Sometime over the next week, stations such as Grand Rapids' Country WBCT-FM 93.7 and Classic Rock WBFX-FM, among others, will be without their Yahoo! hosted streams once again.
* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary transfer of license for WWKM-AM 1540 Harrison from David Carmine to Laurie Foster; Granted WZZM-TV 13 a construction permit for changes- ERP from 316,000 watts @ 1001 feet to 257,000 watts @ 1064 feet
* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignement of license for WFDF-AM 910 Flint from Cumulus Broadcasting to ABC
* Beginning this weekend, WJR-AM 760 Detroit will debut its newest "ask the expert" shows with "Home Improvement" hosted by Murray Gula and show moderator John McCulloch. "Home Improvement" will be heard Saturday's 10am-1pm and again Sunday's 11am-2pm. Show expert Murray Gula is a native Detroiter and a broadcast veteran in the home improvement area. Murray is a Master Electrician, a licensed builder, licensed realtor, and is even a building inspector giving him a tremendous amount of knowledge to draw from in answering listener’s questions. Whether listeners need help with a remodeling project, building addition, electrical, plumbing, concrete, or lighting questions, to name just a few areas, Gula will have the answers. In addition to taking calls from WJR listeners, special guests will be invited on the show from time to time to discuss specific areas of interest in which callers can take advantage. "We're excited about adding "Home Improvement" to our expert-show line-up on the weekends,” says WJR operations manager Steve Stewart. “Murray makes the perfect host with a tremendous amount of hands-on experience in the home improvement area." WJR’S John McCulloch will serve as the new show's moderator. McCulloch serves in a variety of capacities with the station, including being the co-host of the Travel Michigan show, and making appearances throughout the area with WJR's Big 760 mobile unit. “I’m so honored to be at the Great Voice of the Great Lakes and to help so many people solve their home improvement, fixing, and building needs,” says Gula. “Most people can do things themselves, they just need guidance, encouragement, and a friendly helpful voice and together we can do it right here on “Home Improvement.”