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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)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Former sitcom actor and longtime radio personality Wayne Powers has been hired by WKZO-AM (590) to host a new live morning show. "The Wayne Powers Show" will air from 6 to 10 a.m. daily starting Oct. 13.

Full story: New WKZO morning show host Wayne Powers brings acting chops to the airwaves (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit Public TV (WTVS-TV Ch. 56) is offering webcasts of Great Lakes Week 2014 from Grand Rapids this week. Details at www.greatlakesnow.org/glw2014/.

 


 

Fox UP to broadcast 7 Michigan Tech-Northern Michigan University games in 2014-15

WLUC TV's partnership with Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan will continue in 2014-15 with broadcasts of seven events throughout the year. All four hockey games, two women's basketball games and the football game between the teams will air live on Fox UP throughout 13 of 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula and four counties in northern Wisconsin.

The partnership began a year ago with two Tech-Northern hockey broadcasts on Fox UP. The coverage of the rivalry will expand for the upcoming season.

"Due to the overwhelming positive response to, and success of last seasons' broadcasts, we are pleased to be able to continue to grow this venue and further expand the great local sports content that the viewers in our communities enjoy," said Rob Jamros, General Manager at WLUC.

The first event to be televised will be the football game on Sept. 27. The Huskies and Wildcats will meet at the Superior Dome in Marquette for a 7 p.m. kickoff. In hockey, the teams will square off in two home-and-home series--one Jan. 9-10 and the other Mar. 6-7. The Jan. 9 and Mar. 7 games will be at the Berry Events Center in Marquette while the Jan. 10 and Mar. 6 contests will be played at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton. The two Tech-Northern women's basketball games are both in February. Tech will host the Feb. 2 game at the SDC Gym. NMU is home Feb. 26 at the Berry.

"We're pleased to be able to continue the coverage of hockey and showcase one of the best rivalries in the country," said Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. "We're also excited to be able to extend our contract with WLUC to include football and women's basketball. The rivalry between Tech and Northern in all of our sports is always entertaining, and we're happy to be able to share it with fans throughout the UP."

"Last year's broadcasts were a positive experience for everyone involved," said Northern Michigan athletic director Forrest Karr. "I'm happy for the many talented coaches and student-athletes from both schools that we are continuing to grow this partnership."

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

PBS TV was launched nearly 44 years ago to provide educational programing. Education never has been far from mind.

Full story: Bringing digital resources into the classroom: WGVU, PBS and GVSU launch hi-tech, teacher-training partnership (Tue, 9/9)

 

Myths and misconceptions about PBS-TV are many, and PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger has answers to all of them.

Full story: What is the 'secret sauce' of public broadcasting? PBS president reveals answer in Grand Rapids visit (Tue, 9/9)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer: (pay site)

A former Grand Rapids Christian radio host pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek. John Richard Balyo, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the May 17 assault in a Beckley Road motel room.

Full story: Former radio host pleads guilty in child rape (Tue, 9/9)

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Late last Monday morning, Dave Rexroth walked into the Channel 7 newsroom in Southfield, his first full day back after losing his left eye in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. About 25 producers, reporters, anchors and assignment editors started to cheer.

Full story: After 2 eye surgeries, Dave Rexroth back at Channel 7 (Sun, 9/7)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime radio personality Lori Moore will premiere her new television show on CW7 today. The 30-minute television talk show, called "Lori Moore: Love Where You Live," will air at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 on CW7.

Full story: Lori Moore's new television talk show to premiere on CW7 today (Mon, 9/8)

 


 

Windsor Star:

The CBC has sold its historic building on Riverside Drive, though the national broadcaster will continue to lease space from the new owner.

Full story: CBC sells longtime home on Riverside Drive (Sun, 9/7)

 

 

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