* WIKB-FM/AM 99.1/1230 in Iron River/Crystal Falls has added a live stream to their home page. You'll need Real Player.
* Martha Jean 'The Queen' Steinberg passed away on Saturday. The longtime Detroit broadcasting legend was the owner of WQBH 1400 and was influential on the Detroit radio scene for nearly 40 years, many of them at WJLB.
* Cassopolis' (Michiana area) WGTO 910 has added a live stream to its web site. To listen, you'll need Windows Media Player.
* Back in Detroit at Sports talker WDFN 1130 is Damon Perry for weekend and fill-in duties. Perry, also known by his nickname 'The Dog', was the WDFN morning host in 1998 before moving on to a nationally syndicated program which has since ended.
* Departing Detroit's WWWW 106.7 is program director Tom O'Brien, who leaves on a amicable basis. All Access reports that Alice's new PD will be Jay Nachlis, former PD of Alice in Buffalo NY; Former WWWW morning jock Jim Bosh is back in the area and is the new promotion/creative director at Howell's WHMI 93.5- All Access
* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary transfer of license for W09AJ (LP TV channel 9) Republic Township from Republic Township to Western Upper Peninsula Television.
* The 2000 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO has been set for February 28th - March 1st at the Lansing Center in Lansing. The GLBC attracts more than 1,000 broadcasters from throughout Michigan and the surrounding areas. The event features a free exhibit hall showcasing companies and suppliers in the broadcast industry and offers individual sessions for managers, engineers, radio programmers, sales, news, sports, and other broadcasters. The GLBC is Michigan's premier broadcasting event.
* Citadel Communications, already in the process of aquiring the assets of Lansing-based Liggett Broadcasting, will announce today the acquisition of Bloomington Broadcasting. Bloomington is the owner of Grand Rapids based Michigan Media, license holder for WLAV 96.9, WKLQ 94.5, WBBL 1340, and recent addition WODJ 107.3. When all the deals have been completed, Citadel will most likely own 17 stations across Michigan. This most recent deal was worth $176 million and involves 20 stations across the country.
* Nominated for major market Personality of the Year from Country Radio Broadcasters Inc is WYCD 99.5 Detroit's midday host Erin Webber- Detroit Free Press
* Coming to overnights at WYUR 1310 Detroit effective January 31st is the syndicated Joey Reynolds who toiled in Detroit previously 2 different times.
* FCC Action: Granted WRKR 107.7 Kalamazoo a license to cover for a minor change to its height above average terrain
* Bay City's WHNN 96.1 moved to new studios this morning on-air. After playing several different versions of Louie, Louie, the station kicked off operations from the new all-digital studios just after 9:00am with The Kingsmen's version of Louie, Louie which was accidentally restarted about halfway through the song. New request lines are (517) 298-WHNN from Saginaw/Bay City and (877) 479-WHNN from anywhere else in the state.
* FCC Action: Granted WNBY 93.7 Newberry a modification to its license to change Effective Radiated Power from 3,500 to 6,000 watts and Height Above Average Terrain from 80 to 77 meters.
* The FCC voted today to approve a new low power FM (LPFM) service for the United States.
* Call sign change: WWON 1160 Fenton has been granted WCXI, effective 1/14/00. This is the second go-round with the WCXI call for Fenton's AM 1160.
* Leaving the WCSX 94.7 Detroit morning show is Ed Kelly, who has been the voice impressionist for the past four years. According to the station, the parting is amicable- Detroit Free Press
* WGRD 97.9 Grand Rapids imaging director Dan Clark adds the role of assistant program director- All Access
* FCC Action: Granted WWJ 950 Detroit a construction permit to increase its daytime ERP from its current licensed 5,000 watts (with construction permit for 12,000 watts) to 50,000 watts.
* Back on the air today from an 'extended vacation' is WRIF 101.1 Detroit afternoon host Arthur Penhallow after signing a new long term contract.
* The Michigan Radio stations (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids) have added a live stream for most of the programming heard on the stations.
* Interested in digital radio? the CHUM Ltd. group of Windsor stations (CKWW, CKLW, CIMX-89X, CIDR-The River) are now broadcasting via a new Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) transmitter. Currently the coverage in the USA seems to include most all of Wayne County and most of the Downriver area (along with Windsor in Ontario, of course). The stations have set up DAB receivers at their booth at the North American International Auto Show and are encouraging everyone to stop by and check it out. Some of the technical details: The frequency used by the CHUM stations is 1484.208 MHz and the power is 4.3 kW EIRP. Overall, the data stream is transmitting at a 1.5 megabit per second rate. In that stream are the two AM stations, at 128 kilobits per second (mono), and the two FMs, at 228 kb/s (stereo). There is plenty of bandwidth left over for auxiliary data services.
FYI, the currently proposed US system for digital radio is In-band, On-channel and will provide one stereo feed at 96 kb/s. Also of note is that The River is now running RDS- if your car radio is equipped with RDS it will display the artist and name of whatever song is currently playing. Watch for 89X to implement RDS soon.
Thanks to Dave Fazakas of the Engineering Department of CIMX, CIDR, CKWW, and CKLW for this info.
* New to wakeups at WKQI 95.5 Detroit effective early February will be 'Mojo' (Tom Carbello) who comes from the same Tuscon, AZ station as new station program director Tim Richards; Rob Ryan moves from Mt. Pleasant's WCFX 95.3 to Kalamazoo's WFAT 96.5 for afternoons. John Carson leaves the WFAT afternoon shift for Wisconsin- All Access
* Where's Poobah? Longtime WRIF Detroit afternoon jock Arther Penhallow has not yet been on the air in the year 2000. According to the Detroit Free Press, neither WRIF or Penhallow are commenting on the situation.
* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary transfer of construction permit from Great Lakes Broadcast Academy to Bible Music Ministries for WAAQ 88.5 Mackinaw City.
* Catholic radio on the way to Flint? According to the FCC, a voluntary assignment of license from Hartman Broadcasting to 1090 Investments (the owners of Detroit's WCAR 1090) has been filed for WOAP 1080 Owosso. The station was purchased by William and Jessica Janego in 1998 from Connoisseur Communications. Current owner Bill Janego, reached by telephone, declined to make a public comment on the situation.
* WDIV 4 Detroit morning co-anchor Vickie Hamilton has left the station for a role as weekend anchor in Atlanta- Detroit Free Press
* FCC Actions: Transfered the control of WHLS 1450 and WSAQ 107.1 Port Huron from the deceased John F. Wismer to Douglas R. Austin and Frank O. Staiger, successor Trustees.
* Bill Walters of Grand Rapids' WKLQ has added assistant music director responsibilities; Mike Gagliano is the new production director for WRIF Detroit, in from S. Carolina; WFAT Kalamazoo morning guy Dave Doran is promoted to web/production duties and former night guy Ace Armstrong moves to mornings- All Access
* Week #2 of the Spike and Sara show has kicked off on WKQI Detroit due to an illness in the family that is keeping Kevin O'Neill from returning to the morning shift.
* Rich Griffin of CIDR 93.9 Windsor adds the role of music coordinator to his responsibilities- All Access
* Reporter and weekend anchor Rick Edlund of WDIV Detroit has left the station to return to St. Louis- Detroit Free Press
* The September-November 1999 12+ ratings for Grand Rapids and Lansing were released today. In G.R., WBCT and WLAV remain 1-2 respectively while WGRD falls from 3rd to 7th overall. WOOD-AM and WKLQ remain tied, but move up to 3rd place. Tied for 5th were WOOD-FM and the resurgent WSNX.
Lansing ratings positions 1-6 remained unchanged with WITL and WFMK leading WHZZ, WJIM-FM, WMMQ, and WJXQ. The only station to change positions was WQHH which moved into a 7th place tie with WWDX.
* FCC Action: Granted WMOM 102.7 Pentwater its license for a new station
* Guest-hosting WKQI's Detroit morning show this week is former WXDG (105.1) tandem Spike and Sara. Current interim morning jock Kevin O'Neill is on vacation- the station has not announced a permanent replacement for the departed Steve Cochran.
* Syndication of Alan Almond's nighttime Pillow Talk show, based from Detroit's WNIC, is set to begin February 1st- All Access
* Due to computer problems, the release of the Fall Abitron books have been delayed for 3 weeks. Here's the new schedule for a few Michigan markets: Detroit- Feb 3, Tri-Cities- Feb 9, Gd Rapids & Lansing- Feb 18.
* Flint's Fox 66 (WSMH) has added a web presence- leaving only 2 ABC affilates (WJRT Flint and WZZM Grand Rapids), 1 Fox Affiliate (WGKI/WGKU Northern Michigan), and 1 CBS affiliate (WJMN Escanaba) among major network stations in the state without an individual web site.
* Due to a power outage at their studios in Troy, Detroit's WDMK-FM 102.7 and WCHB-AM 1200 were off the air earlier this morning. The stations returned to the air from their respective transmitter sites in Mt. Clemens (WDMK) and Taylor (WCHB). WDMK was running a 20 song loop of disco music commercial free while the studios were off-line. Now that Detroit Edison has repaired the power problem, the stations have resumed normal programming.
* WKCQ Saginaw morning co-host Andie Lynne has left the station and joined Bay City's WIOG for part time duties as she searches for a full time gig.
* WWTV/WWUP-TV Cadillac/Traverse City/Sault Ste Marie news director Jon-Michael Carter has left the stations.