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Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 morning anchor Sarah Brodhead says goodbye to TV news on Wednesday morning. Goodbye to colleagues and crew at the FOX TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, as well as farewell to viewers across West Michigan.

Full story: FOX 17 morning anchor Sarah Brodhead says farewell Wednesday to early wakeups (Tue, 9/16)

 


 

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Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Deanna Falzone will be the TV station's next morning anchor. WXMI-TV announced today that Falzone, who joined FOX 17 last year, will succeed morning anchor Sarah Brodhead.

Full story: FOX 17 names new morning news anchor (Mon, 9/15)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Gray Television said Monday that it has closed on its previously announced $128 million acquisition of WJRT and WTVG from affiliates of SJL Holdings. WJRT and WTVG are ABC affiliates in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (DMA 68), and Toledo, Ohio (DMA 76), respectively. In addition, WTVG recently acquired the local CW channel. According to Gray, both WJRT and WTVG lead their local markets in all-day ratings and in most, if not all, local newscasts.

Full story: Gray Closes On Flint, Toledo Station (Mon, 9/15)

 


 

Lansing State Journal (pay site):

These are the new stars of TV talk -- Meredith Vieira and Loni Love and Jack Ebling. What they have in common is ... well, they're all adult humans and most are from Michigan. And their shows are important to the times -- daytime and early-evening -- that local TV stations control.

Full story: Local TV keys on talk shows (Mon, 9/15)

 

 

 

Informal Flint radio reunion planned for October

Peter C. Cavanaugh, now prominently showcased in Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be joined by other past and present Flint radio broadcasters in an "Informal Flint Radio Reunion" at The White Horse Tavern, 621 West Court Street in Flint, from 6 till 8 PM on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Mr. Cavanaugh was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Reams Broadcasting from 1983 through 1992, a period of time which witnessed Flint's WWCK become the highest-rated Rock Station in America. Peter was a top-rated DJ and rock concert promoter at WTAC-AM starting in 1964 -- rising to the rank of President/General Manager before joining Reams and WWCK-FM in 1980. He is a former President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation and was Flint Sales and Marketing Executives' Businessman of the Year in 1982.

Cavanaugh, now a private broadcast consultant and writer for McClatchy Newspapers, lives with his wife, Eileen, in Oakhurst, California at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This "Reunion" at The White Horse marks his first visit back to Flint in five years.

"We're calling this an "informal radio reunion" and that's exactly what's planned", reports Cavanaugh. He continues, " You are enthusiastically invited if you have ever worked for -- or listened to -- any Flint radio station -- ever. All you have to do is show up! "

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

According to Nielsen's latest Local Television Household Universe Estimates for the upcoming 2014-15 television season, there are 113,808,820 TV homes in the U.S. That's a 1.7% decrease from Nielsen's 2013-14 TV Household Universe Estimate. Of Nielsen's 210 Designated Market Areas, 46 increased their positions, while 52 dropped. (Note: Detroit dropped from market 11 to market 12)

Full story: Nielsen Revises DMA Ranks For 2014-15 (Thu, 9/11)

 


 

WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

We're learning more about the days leading up to and after the arrest of former Christian radio DJ, John Balyo.

Full story: Court documents reveal details leading up to former radio DJ's arrest (Thu, 9/11)

 

 

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