March 2003 News and Notes

March 1:

* Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing's "More Love More Power" sharathon, to raise money for the station's budget and to double the tower height plus quadruple the power, ended Friday February 28th as a success. WLGH's goal was to get 250 first time supporters to pledge. Final tally, including some renewals and pledge increases, was 368. The money pledged was also about $20,000 above average and near WLGH's all time sharathon record.

* The Todd Mundt Show, heard 8-9 p.m. weeknights on WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and syndicated on NPR stations across the country, will end in June as Mundt moves on to Michigan Television WFUM-TV 28 Flint as host of the station's documentaries and interview programs. He will continue to be the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on University of Michigan Radio.

March 3:

* Jim Bosh signs on for mornings at Country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw, replacing T-Bird. Bosh's previous gig was as midday host as 'Michael' Bosh at Detroit AC WMGC-FM 105.1

March 4:

* Veteran Detroit broadcaster and former WJZZ air personality Cliff Coleman was recently hired to work afternoon drive at WGPR-FM 107.5, replacing former host Tony Rankin. He reunites with fellow ex-WJZZ and current WGPR personalities Rosetta Hines and Calvin Euseary at the Urban/ Jazz outlet. Coleman most recently worked as a technician for WKBD/WWJ TV's news & engineering department and as air talent for WKQI-FM (95.5).

* Adult Urban WUBU-FM 106.3 South Bend switched its format to Smooth Jazz on March 1

March 5:

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses from KMB Broadcasting to Starboard Media for WDBC-AM 680 and WYKX-FM 104.7 Escanaba

March 6:

* The first winter ratings trend was released for Grand Rapids today- Country WBCT remains the top station among listeners age 12 and above, followed by Top 40 WSNX-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM, and Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM. WOOD-FM enjoyed the biggest share jump over the fall book, up to 6.4 from 5.7.

* Ced Lover joins Rhythmic WRCL-FM 93.7 Frankenmuth/Flint as afternoon jock and promotions director- All Access

* Former Sports WDFN-AM 1130 late morning host Brandon Tierney lands in New York City at ESPN Radio 1050 (WEVD).

* Call Sign Action: The FCC assigned WBSQ-LP to new LPFM 105.9 St. Louis on March 3

March 7:

* New program director and afternoon jock at Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7 Flint is Jerold 'Action' Jackson, who returns to the station from Myrtle Beach SC. Jackson takes the place of former PD Chris Reynolds. Yvonne Daniels moves from afternoons to middays at WDZZ and nighttimer Mike Chaz leaves the station. In addition, the station has tweaked its format and is now gold-based Adult Urban Contemporary.

* Nine personalities that are part of News/Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit's lineup were recognized by the talk radio trade publication TALKERS Magazine in their '100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts In America 2003'. The listing appears in the February, 2003 edition of the monthly publication. WJR’s local-based winners include Paul W. Smith and Mitch Albom. In addition to Smith and Albom, WDFN-AM 1130 and WXDX-AM 1310 handyman Glenn Haege was also listed among the top 100. It's the 6th straight year Haege has been honored.

* Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids has withdrawn its application with the FCC that would have had the station change its transmitter location and greatly lower its effective radiated power. WOOD-FM is one of several West Michigan FM stations licensed with "superpowered" grandfathered facilities.

March 8:

* Freedom Communications has put its 8 station TV group up for sale, including CBS affiliate WWMT-TV 3 Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV 53 Lansing/Jackson

March 10:

* Jay Nachlis has exited as program director of Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit

* Michigan Talk Radio Network's "Dave and Laurel Show" (6am-9am) returned to the Grand Rapids airwaves this morning on Clear Channel talker WTKG-AM 1230, bumping off the "Jamie and Brady" show from sister-station Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit.

* Top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 and Hot Adult Contemporary WVTI-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids program director Jeff Andrews exits following a budgetary decision. Andrews had also been midday host at WVTI as well as the role of promotions director for both WSNX and WVTI- All Access

* Scott Walker exits as program director and afternoon drive jock at Oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville/Gd Rapids. Mike Benson, PD at sister station WJIM-FM 97.5 Lansing, is now also in charge of WODJ. Dan Magnussen moves from midday to afternoons replacing Walker on-air. Kristen Taylor returns to a regular airshift in West Michigan, taking the midday role. Taylor also keeps her role as promotion director.

* Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint raised over $102,000 during its recent St. Jude's Radiothon. This year's tally easily eclipsed last year's $80,000 and set a new high water mark for the station.

March 12:

* The FCC has reversed one of its own decisions and revoked the assignment of licenses for WDBC-AM 680 and WYKX-FM 104.7 Escanaba to Starboard Media from KMB Broadcasting and placed them in pending status. The Commission had granted the license assignments last month, however there have been at least two formal objections to this sale filed with the FCC as well as at least two informal objections. It is believed that although these objections have all been denied, the sale is being reviewed further by the FCC.

March 13:

* All Access reports that Country WFBE-FM 95.1 will get a new program director- Coyote Collins was formerly PD at a country outlet in Rochester, NY. Big Steve Duncan, who has been in the role on an interim basis, will continue on as assistant program director and afternoon host.

March 15:

* The former Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids morning team of Rick Beckett and Scott Winters will be returning to the air in West Michigan on News/Talk WOOD-AM 1300 for "The Rick and Scott Show" beginning April 21st. Beckett exited WGRD in August 2002 while suffering from complications of diabetes- his return to the airwaves has been the topic of much speculation. Winters' exit from 'GRD followed in October when the station decided to take a different direction with its morning show.

March 17:

* WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw has tweaked its format from Hot AC to Top 40/Contemporary Hits. The station is still calling itself 'The Fox', with the positioner as 'Today's Best Music' instead of 'Today's Best Mix'.

* Christian Contemporary WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing and Tim Chappell of 'The Morning Light' part ways.

* FCC Action: Granted WVCN-FM 104.3 Baraga non-commercial educational status.

March 18:

* John Patrick, already program director at adult contemporary WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids, has added the role of PD at sister station Hot AC WVTI-FM 96.1. In another move with Clear Channel's Grand Rapids cluster, top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 afternoon stud Eric O'Brien (EOB) has been elevated to the role of program director- he keeps his on-air gig too. The PD openings at WVTI and WSNX were created last week when Jeff Andrews was let go due to budget cuts.

* Artistic Media classic rock WWLV-FM 102.3 New Carlisle/South Bend, IN has dropped its simulcast of sister station WZOW-FM 97.7 Goshen and changed format to soft adult contemporary.

* FCC Actions: Affirmed the Commission's earlier decision to grant the voluntary transfer of licenses for WYKX-FM 104.7 and WDBC-AM 680 Escanaba to Starboard Media from KMB Broadcasting.

March 20:

* Oldies WWKN-FM 104.9 Battle Creek adds 'Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast with the Beatles' to its Sunday morning schedule.

* Call sign actions: WBYB FM 94.3 Leland is now WFCX, WBYC FM 92.5 Atlanta is now WFDX; both as of 3/17/03

March 21:

* A budgetary committee at Northern Michigan University in Marquette has recommended the shutdown of public media outlets WNMU-TV 13 and WNMU-FM 90.1 in 2005. The shuttering of the stations would begin next year with a cutback in the stations' services. The entire proposal would chop $12.75 million from the university's 2004 and 2005 budgets and affect a wide range of programs and services at NMU. The recommendation targets $238,500 in savings from public TV and radio in 2004, and $880,667 in 2005 when operations would cease.

* Clear Channel news/talk WBCK-AM 930 Battle Creek drops its coverage of the Class A Battle Creek Yankees (formerly known as the Michigan BattleCats) baseball team after 8 seasons. The decision was made by the ballclub due to financial constraints- Battle Creek Enquirer

* Bea-ver Communications has applied to the CRTC for an FM translator that would broadcast at 400 watts on 95.1 FM from Windsor, ON. It would simulcast Rock CKUE-FM Chatham, which also broadcasts at 95.1 FM. A public hearing on this application, as well as several others, will be held in Quebec on May 26th.

March 24:

* Greater Media adult contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit brings in David Allen Boucher for evenings, replacing the syndicated Delilah program. The move is effective immediately.

* Top-40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing's 'going retro' promotion? It was a clever way for the MacDonald Broadcasting station to reintroduce Jason Addams as the station's morning host. Addams had been the station's program director and morning show host before exiting about 18 months ago. Melissa Proffitt remains with the morning show.

* News-talk WJR-AM and news WWJ-AM tied for the lead in the second winter Detroit ratings trend among listeners age 12 and older. The other top 5 stations were urban WJLB-FM, Oldies WOMC-FM, and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM. The biggest share changes since the first winter trend were at modern rock CIMX-FM (up 1/2 share) and adult standards CKWW-AM (down 1/2 share). Other stations' ratings remained relatively steady.

* Active rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Saginaw program director Hunter Scott and assistant program director Sean Kelly give up their afternoon slot and shift duties to Citadel sister station active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids. Scott takes over the PD role from Mark Feurie who stays with the station as assistant program director. Kelly's title is still to be announced at 'KLQ. Replacing Scott as PD at 'KQZ on an interim basis is current music director Jay Randall, who also shifts to afternoons. Part-timers hold Randall's former evening shift for now. Expect lineup changes over in Grand Rapids soon as 'KLQ is still without a morning show after shifting the Howard Stern program to sports WBBL-AM 1340 late last year.

* New program director at NextMedia top-40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw is James Gregory. Gregory's last gig was in Macon, GA- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WTWR-FM 98.3 a construction permit for minor changes (change city of license from Monroe to Luna Pier, ERP to change from 1,400 watts @ 466 feet to 3,400 watts @ 440 feet, move transmitter location from Monroe County to Lucas County, OH)

March 25:

* Spring Arbor College owned WJKN-AM 1510 has returned to the air with religious programming separate from sister stations KTGG-AM 1540 and WSAE-FM 106.9. There will be at least one more temporary outage at the station as work continues on its transmitter.

March 27:

* The Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters has announced its Station of the Year winners. Taking the honors among the state's high school stations was WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth, and the college winner was WLNZ-FM 89.7 Lansing.

* Public TV stations WDCQ-TV 19 Bay City and WDCP-TV 35 Bad Axe will end overnight programming from 1-6am as part of budget cuts at the stations' owner, Delta College- Bay City Times

March 28:

* Booker exits the night shift at Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint to join Next Media top-40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw for a yet to be determined airshift

* Post-Newsweek NBC affliliate WDIV-TV 4 Detroit has been awarded two Edward R. Murrow Awards- one each for overall excellence and best newscast. The overall winner was from a 30-minute tape of the day a school bus crashed in Monroe; Mike Lewis' breaking story on an I-96 accident in October; weather coverage of an ice storm; Karen Drew on Detroit EMS delays; Roger Weber's feature on Hell, Mich. freezing over, and others. The newscast award was for the 11 p.m. newscast the day of the same Monroe bus crash- Detroit Free Press




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