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Kalamazoo Gazette:

While concern about a local radio station's victimization by computer hackers has garnered the station attention on national media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't offer much hope for a resolution to the problem, said Jim Higgs, owner and on-air personality of WAKV AM 980. "Suzanne (Higgs, his wife) just talked with the FBI and they told her there was nothing they could do... but suggested possibly getting in touch with the Department of Homeland Security, and maybe they could do something," Higgs said Friday.

Full story: Plainwell radio station WAKV urged to file complaint with FBI after ransomware attack (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

It was nearly a year ago when Dan Dierdorf had major back surgery, a "12-level fusion" in which three rods and 33 screws were inserted into his spine. It was a rough go for the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman from the St. Louis Cardinals who later ascended to national football broadcasting prominence.

Full story: Dierdorf is on the mend after surgery-filled 2014 (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Michigan tipsters report that Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City has been off the air since midweek.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT is coming to the aid of those in the community who can't afford to heat their homes by hosting a "COLD AS ICE" fishing tournament to benefit 'THE HEAT AND WARMTH FUND" (THAW). The event will take place at LAKE ST. CLAIR METROPARK this SATURDAY, JANUARY 24th from 7a-4p (CT).

Full story: WCSX Hosts 'Cold As Ice' Fishing Tournament To Benefit 'Thaw' Fund (Thu, 1/22)

 


 

PetoskeyNews.com:

Northern Michigan radio broadcaster MacDonald Garber Broadcasting recently announced Greg Marshall's return to the company on a full-time basis. Marshall has accepted the position of operations director for all of MacDonald Garber's AM radio stations and as general manager for the company's three-station Cadillac radio group. He will also continue to air his daily talk radio show from 3-6 p.m. daily on WMKT radio in the Petoskey-Traverse City market, and will soon add the show to Cadillac's WATT radio.

Full story: New manager chosen for radio stations (Tue, 1/20)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB) will honor LENAWEE BROADCASTING AC WLEN/ADRIAN, MI with the esteemed NAB CRYSTAL HERITAGE AWARD to be presented during the NAB SHOW RADIO LUNCHEON on TUESDAY (4/14) in LAS VEGAS. THE HERITAGE AWARD recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only four other stations have received this honor in the history of the NAB CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS.

Full story: WLEN To Receive NAB's Heritage Award (Wed, 1/21)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The duo Montgomery Gentry, singer Jake Owen, and Battle Creek's Frankie Ballard are among the country acts that will perform at the B-93 Birthday Bash planned for June 13 and 14 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin. The free country music festival is sponsored by Grand Rapids' country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7).

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2015: Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen will headline free country music festival (Wed, 1/21)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

For those craving a bowl of chili but don't feel like cooking on a brisk Sunday afternoon, look no further than K105.3 FM's annual Chili Cook-Off. This year's event will go from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Full story: Anthony D'Amato at the Wax, K105.3 FM's Chili Cook-off highlight top 5 things to do in Jackson (Wed, 1/21)

 

 

 

Radio Ink:

For a second time in about a week, WAKV-AM in in Ostego, MI has had its computers hacked and locked by ransomware. After less than an hour after giving an interview to Radio Ink about ransomware that crippled his stations computers, WAKV has again been attacked by ransomware hackers.

Full story: Michigan AM taken hostage by hackers - again (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

True crime is coming to WZZM 13. The Justice Network debuts tonight on West Michigan's ABC TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Shows such as "Body of Evidence," starring forensic profiler Dayle Hinman; "The Investigators," a documentary series exploring the complexity of the criminal justice system; and "Missing Persons Unit," stories of people who've vanished unexpectedly, will be broadcast over the air and on cable services in West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM TV debuts The Justice Network tonight airing on subchannel 13.3 (Tue, 1/20)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The Fox Television Station group has acquired the rights to FremantleMedia North America's (FMNA) new digital channel, BUZZR TV, which showcases FremantleMedia's library of game show content. The new digital multicast network will launch this summer and air in all 17 of Fox's markets, including nine out of the country's top 10 and 14 out of the top 20. FMNA CEO Thom Beers has made launching this channel, which currently also exists as a YouTube channel, a top priority for the business, according to FMNA.

Full story: Fox TV Stations Acquire BUZZR TV, New Multicast Net from FremantleMedia North America (Tue, 1/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills/Detroit is on the air with Black Gospel programming as The Word Network has closed on its $3,000,000 purchase of the station from Radio Disney.

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from. The change comes today, when WQTX (92.1-FM) drops its classic-country format. For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from.

Full story: Lansing sports radio doubles to meet peaking interest (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A small radio station in Plainwell lost its entire music library to a ransomware attack two weekends ago and is still rebuilding its files after the virus encrypted its computer data. WAKV AM 980 was attacked late in the afternoon of Jan. 9, says owner Jim Higgs.

Full story: Ransomware attack on Plainwell radio station emphasizes importance of backing-up data (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Grand Traverse Insider:

Tucker's of Northport is bringing back the classic hit game show, "Bowling for Dollars," and is calling for bowlers of all skill levels to enter for a chance to appear on television and vie for a jackpot prize. Hosted by WGTU/WGTQ ABC 29&8 Chief Meteorologist Mark Watkins, the revival of the popular '70s-era show will air weekly on TV 29&8.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' TV show is reborn in northern Michigan (Sat, 1/17)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Katz Broadcasting is launching what it calls "the country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock" with the premiere of Laff on April 15 ... The E.W. Scripps Co. will also launch Laff on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ)...

Full story: Katz Broadcasting To Launch Laff Diginet (Mon, 1/19)

 

 

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