July 2003 News and Notes

July 1:

* The top 5 stations in Grand Rapids for the second spring ratings trend among listeners age 12 and above were country WBCT-FM, news/talk WOOD-AM, top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, and adult contemporary WLHT-FM. Christian WJQK-FM moved into the top 10 stations overall, increasing its ratings share from 3.4 to 4.0 since the first spring trend.

July 8:

* Best wishes to Citadel country WFBE-FM Flint morning co-host Tony Magoo as he receives treatment for cancer. He'll be off the air for an undetermined amount of time- station program director Coyote Collins will fill in- All Access

July 10:

* Mid-Michigan Radio Group modern rock WWDX-FM 92.1 Lansing night jock Lefty adds the role of promotions director, replacing current midday host Melody McCoy who will focus on her on-air duties at the station- All Access

July 14:

* Infinity Broadcasting has announced that the Detroit Lions will switch their play-by-play broadcasts from WXYT-AM 1270 to sister station WKRK-FM 97.1 for the upcoming football season.

* Rhonda Walker has joined Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 and will be co-anchoring the station's morning show with Steve Garagiola. Walker comes to WDIV from Detroit FOX affiliate WJBK-TV 2. WDIV has also announced the hiring of sports anchor and reporter John Boruk His sportscasts will be seen on the station's Saturday and Sunday evening newscasts at 6 and 11pm. Boruk comes to WDIV from WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, TN.

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit has expanded its weekend programming. The new lineup started Saturday, July 5th with the airing of The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, The Infinite Mind, and The Motley Fool. WDET’s Matthew McLean is the new local host for Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

* FCC Actions: Granted WTWR-FM 98.3 its license to cover to change its City of License to Luna Pier and move its transmitter/antenna into Lucas County, Ohio. The station is now 3,400 watts @ 440 feet directional; Granted Great Lakes Community Broadcasting licenses to cover for two translators- W206AZ 89.1 Fremont and W207BL 89.3 Pinnebog; Granted W27CN LPTV 27 Lansing a modification of its construction permit to move its antenna into downtown Lansing; Granted Great Lakes Adventist Academy a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Cedar Lake (Montcalm County) at 93.5; Granted WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon a construction permit to slightly change its tower height and location; Granted The Flats Economic Development Corp. of Michigan a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Benton Harbor at 105.3

* More FCC Actions: Granted WQHH-FM 96.5 DeWitt its license to cover for changes (ERP from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet); Granted John R. Powley a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Manistique on channel 12 (note: the coordinates on the FCC have the CP located in Kentucky); Swapped the digital TV allotments for the two CMU public TV stations in Cadillac (was 58, now 17) and Manistee (was 17, now 58); Granted Michigan Community Radio a construction permit for a new non-commercial educational FM station to be licensed to Rust Twp (Alpena County) at 88.5

July 15:

* Friends Communications' WMXE-FM 102.5 Hudson/Hillsdale has changed format from hot adult contemporary to classic rock. The station is now airing the Bob and Tom Show mornings.

* Call sign action: Construction permit for FM 90.9 Charlevoix was assigned WWCZ on May 15, 2003

July 16:

* Radio First WBTI-FM 96.9 Lexington/Port Huron has evolved its format effective today from CHR/top 40 to hot adult contemporary as "The Bluewater's Best Of The 80's, 90's and Now". The new sound of 96.9 WBTI will kickoff with 96.9 hours of 80's Music to celebrate the annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Boat race now thru Sunday. The station's new on-air lineup:

5:30-9am: Jerry Noble (program director); 9am-2pm Gayle Storm; 2-7pm Sean Michaels (who moves from AM drive); and 7pm-midnight Cooper (who moves from PM drive). McVay Media will remain the station's consultant, with voicework from Pat Garrett Creative Services and Jane Asher's VoiceOver Vision. New jingles are from TM Century.

July 17:

* The spring 2003 ratings book for Detroit was released today by Arbitron. Among listeners age 12 and above, all-news WWJ-AM was the top station, maintaining the spot it held in the winter book. The remainder of the top 10 stations were news-talk WJR-AM, urban WJLB-FM, oldies WOMC-FM, rock WRIF-FM, urban AC WMXD-FM, smooth jazz WVMV-FM, adult contemporary WNIC-FM, urban WDTJ-FM, and adult contemporary WMGC-FM. The station with the biggest share gain since the winter was hot AC WDVD-FM which improved to a 2.8 from 2.1. Among the various owners in Detroit, Infinity enjoyed the largest share of listeners across all its stations (including #1 WWJ), followed by the clusters owned by Clear Channel, Greater Media, ABC/Disney, Radio One, and CHUM Ltd.

* Christian rock WTRK-FM 89.1 Bay City is celebrating its 10 years on the air all this month. WTRK has also has been slowly evolving its format; moving from CHR during the day and rock at night to hot CHR/rock during the day and active rock at night. Other changes include making mornings and afternoon drive both live programs- the hosts are all volunteers for the non-profit station. In addition, new liners, sweepers, and a logo have been rolled out to better reflect the changes to the on-air attitude. The station stays with its main identity as 'The Rock', but has shifted its postioner to 'Mid-Michigan's Christian Music Authority' from 'Christan Radio 89FM'.

* Mike Couchman, currently program director at Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing, will exit that role to take over PD duties at Contemporary Christian WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids / WAYK-FM 88.3 Kalamazoo- All Access

July 21:

* Ann Arbor's top 5 stations among listeners age 12 and above this past spring were news/talk WJR-AM, country WWWW-FM, top-40 WKQI-FM, smooth jazz WVMV-FM, and then in a 3-way tie for fifth, urban stations WDTJ-FM and WJLB-FM along with rock WRIF-FM. Arbitron released the ratings today.

* New night host and promotions assistant at Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint is Cindy Austin, who moves from sister top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City/Saginaw; Mandy Hanks exits Cumulus hot AC WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint to become the morning show producer at WIOG; Cristi Cantle adds the role of music director to her nighttime jock duties at Citadel active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids. She'll also become the host for the late night program Metal Shop of Horrors at the station- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted WJOH-FM 91.5 Raco a modification to its construction permit (ERP from 3,800 watts directional to 5,500 watts non-directional)

July 22:

* WJRT-TV 12 Flint anchor Glenda Lewis will exit the station to become a weekend anchor at WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit.

July 23:

* Spring ratings for the Flint and Tri-Cities markets were released today for listeners age 12 and above. In Flint, adult contemporary WCRZ-FM was on top with urban AC WDZZ-FM, rhythmic top 40 WRCL-FM, oldies WHNN-FM, and active rock WWBN-FM rounding out the top 5. News-talk WSGW-AM enjoyed the best ratings in the Tri-Cities, followed by country WKCQ-FM, WHNN, active rock WKQZ-FM, and top 40 WIOG-FM.

* FCC Action: Granted WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock its license to cover (new station)

July 24:

* Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit's 6th Annual Dick Purtan Golf Outing on July 14th, raised over $82,000 benefiting the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute.

* Call sign action: WBHC-LP assigned to FM 96.5 Benton Harbor on July 16th

* FCC action: modified the construction permit for WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp from 2,000 watts (vertical) @ 499 feet directional to 400 watts (vertical) @ 581 feet non-directional

July 27:

* DX-midAMerica reports that oldies WADW-FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste Marie has been off the air and is slated to return with programming from EWTN

* FCC Action: Proposed the addition of a Class A allotment for Harrison at 103.9 FM

July 28:

* Three Michigan stations and one personality have been named as finalists for 2003 Marconi Awards. The 3 station nominees and their categories are: Greater Media rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit for Legendary Station of the Year, Regent adult contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint for Small Market Station of the Year, and Bay View Broadcasting top 40 WMOM-FM 102.7 Pentwater/Ludington as CHR Station of the Year. Fairfield Broadcast hot AC WQLR-FM 106.5 Kalamazoo morning host Ken Lanphear is up for the Small Market Personality award. Each year, the National Association of Broadcasters presents radio stations and personalities with various Marconi awards to recognize excellence in radio. The awards were first handed out in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner, Guglielmo Marconi.

* Ave Maria Radio (Catholic WDEO-AM 990 Ypsilanti and WMAX-AM 1440 Saginaw) is ready to welcome back Al Kresta to the 3-6pm afternoon shift starting next Monday as he returns from an extended absence while recovering from a bout with flesh-eating bacteria. The illness cost Kresta, who in addition to his role as afternoon host is Ave Maria's CEO, one of his legs earlier in the year.

* Sold: Scanlan Communication's Upper Peninsula ABC affiliates WBKP-TV 5 Calumet and WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette to Thunder Bay Broadcasting, owner of CBS affiliate WBKB-TV Alpena (pending FCC approval).

July 30:

* New program director for Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is David Smith who is on the job starting August 11th. His experience includes work with many different formats, including oldies, classic rock, adult contemporary, urban, and CHR. Much of his career has been with Cox Radio, where he held the title of director of operations and programming for that company's 4-station cluster in Louisville, KY, including Oldies station, WRKA. During that time he also served as a music consultant to Cox's oldies station in Dayton, OH. Other resume highlights include time at KACE/KAVE-FM Los Angeles, KSOL San Francisco, and WKKV AM/FM Milwaukee.

July 31:

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 received two nominations for the "Triple A Industry Achievement Awards". WDET was nominated for "Station of the Year - Noncommercial" and weekday afternoon music host Martin Bandyke was nominated for "Air Personality of the Year."

* Clear Channel-owned stations swept the top 3 spots in the spring 12+ ratings for Grand Rapids. On top was country WBCT-FM followed by top-40 WSNX-FM and news/talk WOOD-AM. Citadel classic rock WLAV-FM and Regent modern rock WGRD-FM rounded out the top five stations. Clear Channel continues to dominate the market overall, with a 36.9 share, followed by Regent with a 16.7 mark and then Citadel with 15.2.


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