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jacoBLOG / Fred Jacobs:

It's been a tough month for TV and radio icons here in The D. Earlier in the month, the most famous anchorman in Detroit history, Bill Bonds, passed away. And then over the weekend, Bill Burton, head of the Detroit Radio Advertiser Group (DRAG) and former chief of the rep firm Eastman Radio left us. If you could retire someone's number in radio, no one would ever wear Bill's jersey again.

Full story: Mr. Fabulous (Mon, 12/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Facebook page exploded this morning over an apology for an inappropriate word uttered during Sunday evening's 11 p.m. news.

Full story: FOX 17's Facebook page explodes over apology for broadcasting offensive word few heard (Mon, 12/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Broadcast Inc, which owns/operates 6 radio stations in Northwest Lower Michigan, has named Kristal Flateau as the cluster's General Manager where she will oversee Rock combo 'KLT' (97.5 and 98.9 FM), Classic Hits 'Music Radio the Fox' (92.5 and 94.3 FM) and Sports 'ESPN Radio Northern Michigan' (105.5 and 106.7 FM). Flateau has been with the group for 19 years in various roles.

    Simultaneously, NBI announced that Matthew Turek has been elevated to the role of General Sales Manager. He started with the group in 2003.

 

 

 

Radio Ink:

It's a sad day for the radio industry. Radio's number one ambassador has passed away at the age of 85. Burton died as a result of head injuries suffered from a fall at home on Tuesday. Bill Burton will be missed by too many people to count and by an entire industry that appreciated him as its number one cheerleader.

Full story: Radio's Mr. Fabulous Bill Burton dies at 85 (Sat, 12/20)

 

Burton was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group - see his profile here.

 

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The passing of Bill Bonds marks the death of the last surviving member of what you might call the Motor City Media Rat Pack. Once upon a time, Bill Bonds, J.P. McCarthy and Bob Talbert ruled the conversation in this town.

Full story: Bonds, Talbert and J.P.: Media kings of a time gone by (Thu, 12/18)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

WWMT Newschannel 3 sports director Ed Kengerski will be leaving the West Michigan area after nearly 20 years with the Kalamazoo television station. Kengerski will be leaving CBS-affiliate WWMT after accepting a video sports reporter position with the University of Michigan, where he will focus on covering football, basketball and ice hockey, Kengerski said.

Full story: Newschannel 3 sports director Ed Kengerski to leave West Michigan after accepting University of Michigan job (Fri, 12/19)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Media General says its "business combination" with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company. (In Michigan, the combined company now owns NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids, ABC affiliates WOTV-TV Ch. 41 Battle Creek and WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing, CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing, and MyNetworkTV affliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 Grand Rapids)

Full story: Media General's Merger with LIN Complete (Fri, 12/19)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

After 15 years with the company, the last ten at the weeknight helm of iHEARTMEDIA Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS, APD BRIAN HOLMES is the latest to find his position eliminated. "HOLMES & The FreakShow" was also heard weeknights at sister Top 40 WVKS/TOLEDO...

Full story: Brian Holmes Exits WSNX (Wed, 12/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Brad Golder, the radio broadcast voice of the Midland-based Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team since the team's inception, is stepping down as the team's play-by-play announcer to pursue other opportunities. Golder will continue with the Loons and ESPN 100.9-FM (WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning) through the end of February to finish out the basketball season and to assist in the transition to his replacement.

 

 

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