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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Dave Rexroth has a new eye. WXYZ's Chief Meteorologist received a prosthetic eye this week and sent along a pair of photos. Looking at the photos, it is difficult to tell that Rexroth lost his left eye in a July 4 fireworks accident. With surgery behind him and his prostheitic eye in place, Rexroth says he is ready to come back to work. Dave will be back in the 7 First Alert weather office next week for rehearsals. And with the goal of returning to our Action News newscasts the following week.

Full story: Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth reveals prosthetic left eye, announces return to WXYZ-TV (Fri, 8/29)

 

Also from WXYZ: WXYZ unveils Sunday sports lineup (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Launching: Hourlong 4 p.m. newscasts on both E.W. Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit and Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids on Monday, September 8th.

    WXYZ's show is part of Scripps rollout of a non-traditional newscast titled "The Now", focusing on current social media trends with audience interaction. There will be both national and local segments on "The Now" - Glenda Lewis, Brad Galli, Andy Choi, and Rosemary Wlodarczyk have been tapped as WXYZ's local faces.

    Fox 17's effort will be a more traditional locally-based newscast.
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  • Expanding: TV newscasts in Toledo, OH on Channels 13 and 24. The Toledo Blade has the details.

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

For the last three months, John Alan has spent the majority of his time at home, throwing electricity into the air. Among corn fields and trees of Whitehall is a house that sits on top of a hill, secluded from the average passerby. Inside the house - which Alan and his wife purchased almost three years ago - is enough equipment to duplicate a control room at NASA. Through this venue, the Whitehall resident runs a non-profit radio station that pumps numerous songs and melodies through the airways.

Full story: A golden opportunity: Whitehall man transforms home into non-profit radio station (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

MIchigan High School Athletic Association Web-Radio-TV programming set for Autumn

A new look awaits visitors to the MHSAA.tv website this season, a makeover which will allow fans to clip and share highlights, and easily track their favorite school.

MHSAA.tv is one of over 40 states on the NFHS Network, powered by PlayOn! Sports. The highlights clip and share features, among others, are available with free basic memberships. Viewers can subscribe to watch live and freshly-uploaded sporting events, with a portion of the subscription going back to their school. Contests being aired involving schools using Digital Scout for statistics may also include live stats. Games become available for free viewing after 72 hours.

The MHSAA.tv relaunch coincides with the first full week of competition for the 2014-15 school year and fresh school-created content; plus the season debut of MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit, and MHSAA Perspective on a statewide radio network.

The School Broadcast Program gives members an opportunity to showcase excellence in their schools by creating video programming of athletic and non-athletic events; with students gaining skills in announcing, camera operation, directing/producing and graphics. The program also gives schools the opportunity to raise money through advertising and viewing subscriptions. As many as 60 MHSAA member schools annually participate in the program, which is in its sixth year. Schools interested in becoming a part of the School Broadcast Program should contact John Johnson at the MHSAA Office.

Beginning this Friday, August 29th, and running for 13 weeks at Midnight is MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit. Mickey York and Rob Rubick return to host the weekly 30-minute highlights show. The show will re-air Saturdays at 11 a.m., and Sunday mornings- check your local listings. (This week at Noon).

MHSAA Perspective, presented by the Michigan Army National Guard, will air on over 75 radio stations across the state, generally during the local broadcasts of high school games. The program runs for 30 weeks through the end of the winter sports season. MHSAA Perspective can also be accessed from the home page of the MHSAA Website, mhsaa.com.

 


 

The Rapidian:

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center is pleased to announce that AJ Paschka has accepted a position as the new station manager for community radio station WYCE. Paschka currently works as the Exhibitions Curator at the UICA, and will be moving to his new position in October.

Full story: CMC announces new station manager for WYCE radio (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will have a new radio play-by-play announcer and new radio analyst for the first time in the past three decades for Saturday's opener against Appalachian State in Ann Arbor.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter, Dan Dierdorf excited to debut as Michigan football radio partners (Fri, 8/29)

 

 

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters wraps up Summer Conference, recognizes award winners

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award and inducted the 2014 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Also presented was Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters' (MAPB) Special Tribute and the MAPB Professional Pioneer Award.

Award recipients were honored during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting at the Awards Banquet surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.

 

Press release: MAB Honors Senator Carl Levin

 

Press release: MAB Honors 2014 Award Recipients

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Sixty-six years after WXYZ-TV Channel 7 flickered to life on TV sets across southeast Michigan from its first Woodward Avenue studio in Detroit, the station is expanding its operations with a new, highly visible studio in the heart of downtown. The glass-enclosed, outward-facing studio will be located inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower at 611 Woodward Avenue.

Full story: WXYZ-TV to expand with new studio in the heart of downtown Detroit (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan State University's student station WDBM-FM 88.9 East Lansing is planning a 25th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner. Details at spartanpartners.msu.edu/2014/08/wdbm-fm/
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  • Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Sports WTKA AM 1050 and the University of Michigan Athletic Department have announced that the radio broadcasts of home U-M football games will be provided without the delay that has frustrated fans when trying to listen in sync to what they are watching in person. No word in in this U-M release about any possible plans to include an Ann Arbor FM signal for games that end after dark when WTKA powers down - especially for the home game scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on October 11th against Penn State.
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  • Midwest Communications/Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University have extended their partnership through the 2019-20 sports season, ensuring the WMU Broncos flagship station Alternative Rock WZOX-FM 96.5 will continue to carry football, men's basketball, and hockey.

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

There comes a point during the preseason when players don't want to talk about football anymore. Or practice. They want to get on the field, and hit somebody. While Jim Brandstatter's playing days might be a few decades behind him, he has reached a similar point.

Full story: Radio broadcaster Jim Brandstatter hoping Michigan football fans appreciate natural approach in new play-by-play role (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS/DETROIT has named GREG SMITH as VP/Sales for Hot AC WDVD and Country WDRQ (NASH FM 93.1). SMITH moves over from the crosstown GREATER MEDIA cluster and previously spent 17 years at CBS RADIO's DETROIT stations.

Full story: Greg Smith Named VP/Sales At WDVD And Nash FM/Detroit (Thu, 8/28)

 

MMTC BROADCASTING LLC is selling Silent WDTW-A/DEARBORN-DETROIT, one of the AM stations donated to it by CLEAR CHANNEL, to PEDRO ZAMORA for $100,000. ZAMORA owns three stations in IOWA and ALABAMA.

Full story: MMTC Finds A Buyer For WDTW-A/Detroit (Thu, 8/28)

 

CUMULUS TOLEDO/MONROE has added CHRIS KING as PD/Morning Show Host for AC WMIM (MY 98.3). KING was formerly APD/Promotions Director for CCM+E Country WCKY/TOLEDO.

Full story: Chris King Named PD And Morning Show Host WMIM (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Dick Nelson, the "Voice of Laker Football," announced that he will step down due to lingering health concerns. Nelson was set to begin his 38th season broadcasting Grand Valley State football this Thursday at Azusa Pacific over the 16-station Grand Valley Sports Network.

Full story: Grand Valley State football radio voice Dick Nelson steps down (Thu, 8/28)

 

 

 

CBS Radio and Townsquare Media form partnership to launch Michigan News Network

CBS Radio/Detroit and Townsquare Media, a national owner/operator of radio stations that includes Michigan operations in Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Kalamazoo have announced a new partnership that creates the Michigan News Network (MNN). The venture will provide affiliated stations across the state with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio's All-news WWJ AM 950 and Sports WXYT-FM 97.1.

MNN is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd on nearly 20 radio stations in the Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor markets.

MNN will offer top-of-the-hour broadcasts weekdays from 6:00 AM-7:00 PM and 60-second sports updates three times per day during the same time period. CBS Radio's content will be licensed by Townsquare Media, which will serve as the exclusive syndication partner and manage affiliate relationships. The partnership hopes to become the state's preeminent radio news and information source.

"CBS Radio's Detroit stations have served as the authoritative voice of the community for many years, establishing themselves among the market's most credible brands and news sources," said CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason. "We are excited to be working with Townsquare to distribute our award-winning programming to listeners across the entire state of Michigan, while also realizing the highest value for our content."

"Townsquare Media has a constant focus on providing live, local and vital information to the communities we serve," said Townsquare Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Price. "We are thrilled to partner with CBS Radio to provide important statewide content to the residents of Michigan. The Michigan News Network will also offer a new and impactful environment for clients who want to reach Michigan consumers on a statewide basis."

 


 

Cumulus Media/Detroit inviting listeners to name their babies after Nash FM to celebrate Labor Day

This coming holiday weekend, Friday August 29th - Monday September 2nd, expectant parents listening to Cumulus Media/Detroit's Nash FM (WDRQ-FM 93.1) will be invited to name their new arrivals "Nash" in exchange for 93 free diapers.

The new baby must have Nash as its legal first or middle name, with a birth certificate as proof, and be born between Friday and Monday. Any new parents who have babies and legally name the Nash will get the 93 diapers - as long as they notify the station by close of business on Tuesday, September 2nd. Visit nashfm931.com for complete rules and details.

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit to air 71 regular-season Red Wings games

 

FOX Sports Detroit to air 80 regular-season Pistons games

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Sarah Brodhead, after seven years, is leaving WXMI-TV in September. The FOX 17 morning news anchor recently announced on her Facebook page that she's leaving the West Michigan FOX affiliate on Sept. 19.

Full story: FOX 17 morning anchor announces departure from WXMI-TV (Mon, 8/25)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

A report aired on Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit has been described as "especially disturbing" by GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group. According to a post by GLAAD's Dani Heffernan, several Detroit reporters used language that is considered discriminatory in their stories about a series of shootings being investigated as hate crimes. The victims were transgender women. WXYZ's story includes a banner describing the victims as "transgender men", while the web story describes the victims as "transgender women."

Full story: GLAAD Calls Out WJBK for 'Disturbing' Report on Hate Crimes (Mon, 8/25)

 


 

ClickOnDetroit.com / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

WDIV-Local 4 continues its tradition of covering metro Detroit's biggest events. Local 4 will air a half-hour special from Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak. A wide variety of food, music and art will be on display throughout the Labor Day weekend and Local 4 gives viewers a sneak peek into the excitement. Airing Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m., the primetime show will highlight the must-see attractions, including some of the more than 200 performances taking place on ten stages and the new activities this year.

Full story: Local 4 broadcasts live from Ford Arts, Beats and Eats (Mon, 8/25)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Mike Juliano, as Director of Sales for Greater Media/Detroit's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 and Sports WMGC-FM 105.1.

 

 

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