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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

The funeral arrangements for Bill Bonds have been announced: Visitation Thursday, December 18, 1pm to 8pm, Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1328 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, MI. There will be a sharing of memories service, Thursday at 7:30pm. Funeral, Friday, December 19, 11am, Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham, MI 48009.

Memorials appreciated to Focus Hope Foundation, 1355 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48238, the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Center for Animal Care, 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, MI 48211, and the Alzheimer's Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, STE 100, Southfield, MI 48033

Full story: Bill Bonds' funeral arrangements and memorial donation information announced (Sun, 12/14)

 

 

 

Bill Bonds, one of Detroit's most iconic media personalities, passed away earlier today at the age of 82 after suffering an apparent heart attack. Bonds broke through on the radio in his hometown of Detroit, later moving to television where he was best known as the no-nonsense lead anchor at WXYZ-TV Ch. 7. His influence on local television news can not be overstated.

 

Coverage from across town this evening:

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7: Bill Bonds, iconic former Channel 7 Action News anchorman, has died

 

Detroit Free Press: Former Detroit television anchor Bill Bonds dies

 

Detroit News: Bill Bonds, iconic Channel 7 news anchor, dies

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former Christian radio host John Balyo asked a judge for some hope of rejoining society at his sentencing for a sexual attack on a young boy. He has that possibility - after at least 40 years in prison. Balyo, the former morning host at WCSG, said he did not recognize the "depravity" of his actions until he was caught.

Full story: Former Christian radio host John Balyo sent to prison: Took boy's 'trust and innocence' (Thu, 12/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • In the late 1960's, Tom Graye was a student at Plymouth-Salem High School- even before they had their own radio station, WSDP. He worked at WPAG (now WTKA) and also at WAAM, both in Ann Arbor, when it was playing the hits in the early 1970's. In the 1980's he was at the Top of the Rock 89 WLS in Chicago. He's been at great stations in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Minneapolis, Washington, DC and Detroit at the one-time Stereo Island 100.3, WKNR-FM.

    He was just awarded for ten outstanding years with the Catholic Radio-TV Network EWTN. His voice can be heard locally on WDEO AM 990 from Ypsilanti.
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  • The FCC has stepped up its crackdown on the airing of Emergency Alert System tones when there is no emergency. News/Talk WTRC-FM 95.3 Niles will be paying a $46,000 civil penalty for airing an ad that included the EAS tones. The whistleblower in this case? The National Weather Service.

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Charlie Langton has been promoted to weekend morning anchor for Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 12). Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show Let It Rip that airs Thursday nights and Sunday mornings, as well as report and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts.

Full story: WJBK Ups Charlie Langton To Weekend Anchor (Thu, 12/11)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS promotes ACE MCKAY to PD, affective immediately. ACE succeeds TROY WEST who recently took a position with KSBJ/HOUSTON.

Full story: Ace McKay Promoted To PD At WJQK (Fri, 12/12)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

The name tag uses only her first name and an initial: Dana M. But that and her voice were enough for a guest to fill in the blank. "You used to be on the radio," the woman said, and Dana Lundon Masucci -- formerly behind a microphone, and currently behind the front desk at a Farmington Hills hotel -- acknowledged that indeed she was.

Full story: Laid off from radio, but a voice for pride in her work (Thu, 12/11)

 

A local CBS radio personality announced Wednesday that she was fired from her job this week. In a YouTube video called "I got fired," Gillian Reilly said she was let go Monday.

Full story: CBS Radio personality fired (Wed, 12/10)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

After extending of its prior retransmission consent agreement with Dish three times, Nexstar Broadcasting Group has finally reached a long-term deal with the satellite carrier. The announcement of a deal came at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, just two hours before the last extension was due to expire.

Full story: Nexstar, Dish Finally Reach Retrans Deal (Wed, 12/10)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Extended: The affiliate agreement between E.W. Scripps, owner of Detroit's WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, and ABC, for five more years. The deal between the two broadcasters now goes through December 2019.

 


 

WOTV-TV Ch. 41 Grand Rapids / wotv4women.com:

You're invited to a special event where you can take a walk down memory lane in Grand Rapids. "Holiday Memories of Grand Rapids, Michigan" is a holiday television special full of music, local celebrities, memories and more. The special will be filmed live at Wealthy Street Theater located at 1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506 on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Full story: You're invited to a live taping of a television special (Wed, 12/10)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Chauncy Glover is leaving WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, for ABC owned station KTRK in Houston. Glover has worked as a reporter and anchor at WDIV since December 2011.

Full story: Reporter Chauncy Glover Leaving Detroit for Houston (Wed, 12/10)

 

 

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