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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)

 

 

 

WWJ AM / CBS Local Detroit:

Don Patrick, a longtime news anchor and news director at WWJ has passed away at the age of 75. Former Newsradio 950 morning anchor Joe Donovan shared the microphone with Patrick for 14 years -- Donovan was an admirer before he ever started working here.

Full story: Former WWJ News Director, Anchor Don Patrick Has Died (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL/CONNECTICUT Regional Program Manager MIKE WHEELER has been named PD at CUMULUS News-Talk WJR-A/DETROIT. The move is a homecoming for WHEELER, whose career started on the air in the MOTOR CITY at WNIC, WABX, WHYT, and WCZY. He since has served as PD at WZGC (DAVE FM)/ATLANTA and RVP of Programming with CLEAR CHANNEL in ATLANTA, ST. LOUIS, and TOLEDO.

Full story: Mike Wheeler Named PD At WJR/Detroit (Thu, 9/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A Kalamazoo-area native is returning to West Michigan as WOOD TV8's new meteorologist. Ellen Bacca, a graduate of Portage Northern High School, returns to West Michigan from North Carolina, where she most recently reported on Hurricane Arthur for WCTI-TV in the coastal city of New Bern.

Full story: WOOD TV8 hires new meteorologist from Kalamazoo (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The morning after attending the Eagles' concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Plainwell's Jim Higgs was tired, but smiling. Higgs is the longtime Kalamazoo DJ who in the mid-1970s helped the band achieve its first No. 1 hit with "Best of My Love."

Full story: Eagles give Kalamazoo DJ shout-out at concert, band members were 'gracious' during backstage meet-and-greet (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Radio Ink:

Both are active players and will bring their on-the-field perspective to Detroit listeners. Wide receiver Golden Tate will appear every Tuesday during the season at 11:30 a.m. as part of The Ryan and Rico Show to give his view from the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch will join The Matt Dery Show each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. to give the perspective of the Lions defense.

Full story: Lions players added to Detroit Sports 105.1 (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The legacy of Jackson Radio Works co-owner Susan Goldsen has reached hall of fame status. Goldsen, who owns the company with husband Bruce Goldsen, was recently enshrined in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Mackinaw Island.

Full story: Jackson Radio Works owner Sue Goldsen inducted to Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (Tue, 9/9)

 

 

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