May 2003 News and Notes

May 1:

* Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit personalities Chris Edmonds (afternoon drive), Gene Maxwell (middays), and Dave Lockhart (news director/morning show) all re-up with the station through 2005- All Access

* Rachel Ryder is the new evening host (8-11pm) for the three contemporary Christian Joy FM stations, WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City, WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe, and WJOJ-FM 89.7 Harrisville

* FCC Actions: Granted 5 construction permits for new non-commercial educational FM stations as follows- Great Lakes Community Broadcasting, 88.5 Jackson (100 watts @ 112 feet); Broadcasting for the Challenged, 90.9 Charlevoix (6,000 watts @ 43 feet); Michigan Community Radio, WJOM 88.5 Eagle (Ionia County, 4,500 watts @ 89 feet); Michigan Community Radio, WJOG 91.3 Good Hart (Emmet County, 7,200 watts @ 518 feet directional); Michigan Community Radio, WJOH 91.5 Raco (Chippewa County, 3,800 watts @ 328 feet directional)

May 2:

* Country WBCT-FM was the top station in Grand Rapids among listeners age 12 and above this past winter. The station finished well ahead of Clear Channel sister-station news/talk WOOD-AM which finished in second, up to a 6.7 share from 5.5 in the fall. The remainder of the top 10 stations were top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, adult contemporary WOOD-FM, modern rock WGRD-FM, adult contemporary WLHT-FM, active rock WKLQ-FM, classic rock WBFX-FM, and hot AC WVTI-FM. WVTI joined WOOD-AM with the best ratings improvement since fall- the station was up to a 3.5 share from 2.3. Among the clusters in Grand Rapids, Clear Channel continues to dominate with a 39.9 share, followed by Citadel with 16.1 and then Regent with a 15.1 mark.

* John Trapane has been announced as the new program director for Clear Channel classic hits WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit, effective May 27th. Trapane arrives from Houston where he was assitant PD of country KILT-FM; At Clear Channel sister station adult contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3, marketing director Mary Schmidt is named as executive producer for the morning show; Also at WNIC, group marketing director Rebecca Falk is now responsible for day-to-day marketing and promotions for the station; Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint midday host Kristine Taylor adds music director responsibilites- All Access

May 5:

* The Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters announces the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Class of 2003. Inductees are:

  • Ed Christian, President/CEO of Saga Communications
  • Jerry Colvin (deceased), former GM of WOTV-TV, Battle Creek (MAB's Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Bob Dyer, Promotions/Sales at WKNX-AM, Frankenmuth
  • Dick Kernen, VP at Specs Howard School
  • Dr. Peter Orlik, Professor at Central Michigan University
  • Dick Purtan, Morning Show Host at WOMC-FM, Detroit

* Clear Channel country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor drops the syndicated Lia show from its evening slot effective immediately. The show had been on the station for nearly two years.

May 6:

* Regent active rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Tuscola/Flint music director Tony LaBrie adds the role of assistant program director- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste Marie a construction permit for changes: HAAT from 951 feet to 945 feet, antenna to become directional; Granted WSCG-AM 1380 Greenville a construction permit to slightly modify the location of its antennas

May 7:

* Jim Johnson has been named as program director at NextMedia country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw. He's also the PD at sister-station adult contemporary WGER-FM 106.3- R&R Online

May 8:

* Dropped: By LPTV station WUPT-CA 25 Crystal Falls, UPN programming. WMQF-TV 19 Marquette now offers UPN shows as a secondary affiliate.

* Contemporary Christian WAYK-FM 88.3 Kalamazoo and WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids midday host and music director Heather Erbe shifts to afternoons, filling the slot vacated by former program director Brian Nelson, who has moved to Contemporary Christian WJQK-FM 99.3 Zeeland/Gd Rapids. The WAYK/WAYG morning show extends its duties to host the "All Request Lunch Hour" and voicetrack an additional hour of the midday program. Due to the shift in dayparts, Erbe will also voicetracking from 10a-12p on Thursdays and Fridays- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WMQF-TV 19 Marquette its license to cover (new station)

May 9:

* Phil Hendrix has been named as news director for WLNS-TV 6 Lansing, replacing Lisa Farrell. Hendrix arrives from Detroit WXYZ-TV 7 where he was that station's managing editor- Lansing State Journal

* FCC Action: Granted WSCG-AM 1380 Greenville its license to cover for changes (slight change in antenna coordinates)

May 10:

* Fairfield Broadcasting sports WQSN-AM 1660 has announced new weekday program lineup that will go into effect on Monday, May 19th. Mornings will be hosted by station program director Ryan Maguire, who shifts from afternoons. Taking over the afternoon slot will be 'The Huge Show' with Bill Simonson, syndicated by Citadel and based at Grand Rapids' WBBL-AM.

May 12:

* Scanlan Communications Group announced today that it has agreed to sell ABC affiliate WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City and WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie to Max Media of Virginia Beach, VA for $8 million. Max Media currently owns TV stations in Montana and Kentucky, and radio stations in North Carolina. The sale is expected to close later this year after FCC approval. Scanlan will retain ownership of WBUP-TV 10 Marquette and WBKP-TV 5 Calumet.

* Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 sports guy Mark 'Doc' Andrews has been off the air as he recuperates from surgery to remove a growth from his colon. According to morning show host Dick Purtan, who read a statement during this morning's show, Andrews is feeling better each day and hopes to return to work soon.

* Noted: WUBR-AM 1490 Whitehall has switched format from adult standards to sports with ESPN radio- DX-MidAMerica

May 13:

* The students at high school WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth (The Escape) raised $8,600 during the station's 15th Radio Auction this past Saturday. The total was an increase over the station's previous record of $7,100, which was the tally for last year's event. The money will go to student scholarships and station upgrades. The station thanks everyone who listened and donated.

* FCC Actions: Granted WDMJ-AM 1320 Marquette a construction permit to change nighttime operations from 1,000 watts directional (3 towers) to 135 watts omnidirectional (will downgrade to Class D); Granted WLCS-FM 98.3 N. Muskegon its license to cover for changes (change ERP from 2,600 watts @ 322 feet to 1,600 watts @ 456 feet with a location change to the northeast)

May 14:

* Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, and National Public Radio (NPR) have announced a joint partnership to improve the quality of rural reporting in the United States. As part of a three-year program funded by a $495,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, NPR’s Howard Berkes will be reporting from across the country on issues of importance to America’s rural communities. Berkes will become NPR’s first rural affairs correspondent. His focus will include the politics, economics, and culture of rural America, providing perspective on major issues and events.

May 15:

* Sold: Adult contemporary WNBY-FM 93.7 and classic country WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry by F&W Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications for $400,000. The pair of stations will mark Sovereign's entry into the radio business.

May 17:

* Financial expert Rick Bloom, of Bloom Asset Management, will host a new business briefing show, "The Rick Bloom Show," on the Michigan Talk Radio Network beginning Tuesday May 27th. The show will air weekdays 6-7pm on MTRN affiliates across the state, including WXDX 1310-AM Detroit.

* Michael Sirianni has exited his role as evening jock at Citadel oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville/Gd Rapids and will sign on at Christian WCSG-FM 91.3 as that station's midday jock and morning show producer. Back at WODJ, Johnny Mac moves from overnights to evenings and Lisa Thomas shifts from weekend duties at sister classic rock WLAV-FM 96.9 to the overnight shift at WODJ- Grand Rapids Press

May 19:

* Active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids has announced their new morning program- the Ron & Don Show. The new hosts were last in the Seattle market and before that, Dallas.

* Infinity FM talk WKRK-FM 97.1 has rebranded itself from '97.1 FM Talk' to 'Live 97.1'. The station's program lineup remains intact.

* Clear Channel talk outlet WXDX-AM 1310 Detroit has dropped its weekend sports programming from Fox Sports Radio in favor of shows from the Michigan Talk Radio Network. Sister station sports WDFN-AM 1130 picks up Fox Sports Radio in place of ESPN radio, which has shifted to Infinity sports rival WXYT-AM 1270.

* FCC Action: Granted WOFR-FM 89.5 Schoolcraft its license to cover (new station)

May 20:

* The top 5 stations in Detroit in the first trend of the spring 2003 ratings period remained unchanged from the final winter book. Those stations were: news WWJ-AM, news-talk WJR-AM, urban WJLB-FM, oldies WOMC-FM, and rock WRIF-FM. Infinity continued atop the cumulative cluster ratings, ahead of Clear Channel.

* Sports WCCW-AM 1310 Traverse City has applied to the FCC to increase its daytime power from 5,000 watts using an omnidirectional pattern to 15,000 using a directional pattern with 3 broadcast towers. The station has also applied for nighttime operations, which would be at 130 watts using 2 towers.

May 23:

* WSDS-AM 1480 Ypsilanti has dropped talk programming from the Michigan Talk Radio Network and is now Classic Country - returning to the format it dropped in September 2002.

* Great Lakes Radio country WFXD-FM 103.3 Marquette will be launching a new morning show- Ron Stevens, Kevin Downey and The Wake Up Crew will replace John Boy and Billy and air 6-10am weekdays.

* New program director at Citadel active rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Saginaw is JT. Night jock Jay Randall adds the responsibility of assistant program director- FMQB

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for 4 new low power FM stations in Michigan: Kettering University on 94.3 in Flint, Marshall Christian Radio on 93.1 in Marshall, Life Search Radio on 96.3 in Berrien Springs, and Community Access Center on 92.7 in Kalamazoo

May 27:

* Former MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting top-40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix morning man Keith Michaels has signed on as host of the 'Good Morning Show' on sister station adult contemporary WLXT-FM 96.3 Petoskey (W-Lite). He is joined by Dave Thomas who will deliver morning newscasts and act as sidekick to Michaels. Thomas will also take over as program director for WLXT, standards WMBN-AM 1340 Petoskey, and news-talk WMKT-AM Charlevoix.

May 28:

* New: 'Boogie Nights', a Saturday evening dance/disco program hosted by Mitch O'Connor on CHUM Group's adult contemporary CIDR-FM 93.9 Windsor/Detroit. The show airs 7-11pm. The show goes head-to-head with Clear Channel's WNIC-FM 100.3 Chris Edmonds who hosts 'Flashback Saturday Night', a similar program that airs from 7pm-midnight.

May 30:

* FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit evening hosts Kramer and Twitch exit the station to head to an Infinity sister-station in Orlando for morning duties. Late night sports hosts Mark Wilson and Rob Parker (Parker and the Man) shift to fill the 7-11pm slot. Taking over 11pm-1am slot will be current weekend host Debbie Schlussel.

* Thayrone, aka Terry Hughes, former host of the "Bone Conduction Music Show" on public WEMU-FM 89.1 Ypsilanti, has been hired by Clear Channel gold-based adult contemporary WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor to host a similar show that will air Sunday evenings 7-11pm- Detroit News

May 31:

* Fox Sports Net's Mickey York is changing roles on the Detroit Sports Report, moving from reporter to weekday anchor starting June 20th. York replaces Marc Soicher who departs DSR anchor FSN's Rocky Mountain Sports Report.

* Former Michigan jocks Tim Timmerman (WBTI-FM 96.9 Pt. Huron) and Jeff Michaels (WMMQ-FM 94.9 Lansing) have teamed up for mornings at Top 40 KMCK-FM in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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