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EW Scripps and Journal Communications complete merger

EW Scripps' television holdings in Michigan have officially expanded with today's closing of a complex merger with Journal Communications. Scripps expanded portfolio now includes Lansing/Jackson FOX affiliate WSYM-TV Ch. 47 which joins ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 and MyNetworkTV WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit. In addition Scripps takes over a local marketing agreement for Lansing MyNetworkTV affiliate WHTV-TV Ch. 18.

More from Scripps-Journal Merger Completed (Wed, 4/1)



Flint Journal:

David Custer is ready for the challenge of starting a news show from the ground up. He's been part of a WNEM-TV5 news team that for over a decade has been producing a 10 p.m. news show for Fox 66.

Full story: Goodrich, UM-Flint grad will host new 10 p.m. news show called MY5 (Tue, 3/31)




The Rapidian:

As you read this article, WYCE 88.1FM is running its 2015 Spring Fund Drive. Listeners are invited to help us keep this unique organization funded. We are a radio station that is listener funded and volunteer powered, which means that community support is of utmost importance.

Full story: WYCE seeks listener support with Spring Fund Drive (Mon, 3/30)



Detroit News:

He meant to call Ron Kramer and get the big lug out to lunch. Bill Bonds, too. Paul W. Smith even mentioned it to his wife: What do you think, honey? Lunch or dinner?

Full story: There's a lesson in Fezzey's death, and Paul W knew it (Mon, 3/31)



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 /

It's a lovely, sunny spring morning today. Honestly, I'm trying to enjoy it after the long crawl through another fierce winter. But I'm in a bit of a somber daze. I have been since Saturday morning, really. That's when word came that Mike Fezzey had died.

Full story: There really wasn't anyone like Mike Fezzey (Mon, 3/30)



Services for Mike Fezzey announced

Visitation is Wednesday, April 1st from 1-8 p.m. with a 1/2 hour prayer service at 5:30pm. A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak.

Funeral is Thursday, April 2nd at 11 a.m., Woodside Bible Church 6600 Rochester Rd N, Troy with a reception immediately following at Huntington Bank Regional Headquarters, 801 W. Big Beaver, Troy.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts to:

- Western Michigan Teen Challenge, 440 E. Pontaluna Rd., Muskegon, MI 49444

- Reaching Higher, 508 E. Grand River #300b, Brighton, MI 48116



Ann Arbor News:

Good news for Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra fans: A2SO recently announced its 2015-16 concert lineup; and concerts will now be broadcast live on WKAR-East Lansing (90.5 FM), with an additional re-broadcast of the concert the following week.

Full story: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announces 2015-16 lineup and radio broadcasts (Tue, 3/31)



Mike Fezzey gone far too early

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Memorial by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Where have all the good ones gone?

For those if us of a certain age the question is where have all the good ones gone? The radio industry is seemingly losing a great deal of the the truly great talents and worst of all there doesn't seem to be a plethora of great NEW talents lined up to replace them.

Now, we have lost another and this one further proves that life is truly unfair. Mike Fezzey, former WJR vice-president and general manager, is dead at the young age of only 58. I was down in Florida visiting friends and listening to WJR via the Internet on my iPhone when I heard news director Dick Haefner break the sad news that Fezzey, while himself on business in Naples, Florida, suffered a fatal heart attack the day before he was to return to Michigan.

It was Mike Fezzey who brought Michigan State sports back to the Great Voice of the Great Lakes and in July 1996 hired Paul. W. Smith as the best choice to succeed the late J P McCarthy. Each morning Smith starts his show with the phrase "each day is a gift" and when something like this happens, one is keenly aware of the true meaning of that statement. Paul is understandably devastated by this news and did a beautiful on-air commentary about Mr. Fezzey on a rare Saturday morning remote broadcast over WJR.

Mike was a WJR lifer working is way up from an account executive to sales a manager to the top position at the station. He was very community-minded, working with several local charities and non-profit organizations. He was simply the best!

After a run of well over thirty years at the radio station, he switched hats in 2011 to become President of Huntington Bank's Eastern 'Michigan Region. He was in Florida recruiting new business when he died. My personal relationship with him was via the popular WJR Michigan RADIOGUIDES which were published, with his support, over three decades! I will miss him.

A statement from Huntington Bank stated, "Mike was an extraordinary member of the Huntington family who was highly committed to the Detroit area, making it a growing and vibrant community."

He was also a very spiritual man, so we know he's in a good place right now.

As word spread, messages of shock and disbelief are pouring in from people inside and outside of the radio industry about this profound loss. Even though Mike had left the business on a day to day basis, his heart was always in radio and now it has stopped FAR too soon.

Debbie Kenyon, market manager for CBS Radio's six radio stations in Detroit, reflected, "Mike was a leader in our industry for years. He was an inspiration to many in the way he transcended his career. He will be sorely missed by all of us."

Michael D. Fezzey is survived by his wife Suzy and their three grown children.


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