Entries in 2003 Category

January 2003:


  • WKAD-FM 93.7 Harrietta/Cadillac signed on with an Oldies format. The station is owned by MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting

  • Talk WNWZ-AM 1410 Grand Rapids changed format to Spanish CHR

  • Religious/Talk WWJQ-AM 1260 Zeeland changed its focus to a more traditional religious format, adding more music-based and preaching type shows. The station also changed its call sign to WPNW

  • Jerry Colvin, general manager of WOTV-TV 41 Battle Creek, passed away

  • The FCC granted WOBE-FM 100.7 Crystal Falls its license to cover for changes (ERP from 350 watts @ 121 feet to 100,000 watts @ 653 feet and Class A to C1)

  • Detroit area former radio and TV broadcaster Robert Stone passed away

  • LPFM WFPM-LP 99.5 Battle Creek signed on the air with religious programming

  • WCZW-FM 107.9 Charlevoix signed on simulcasting the Oldies format of WCCW-FM 107.5 Traverse City. Both stations are owned by Midwestern Broadcasting

  • ABC affiliate WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette signed on. The station is simulcast on WBKP-TV 5 Calumet, which has been operating since 1996. Both stations are owned by Scanlan Broadcasting.


February:

  • WMQF-TV 19 Marquette began on-air testing. The station signed on with color bars and audio from FOX programming. The station would later air programming from FOX, UPN, and PAX

  • WLKM-AM 1510 Three Rivers moved to AM 1520 and changed format from Adult Standards to Classic Country. The station also added nighttime service, but only at 8 watts

  • Childrens WFDF-AM 910 Flint applied for a daytime power boost to 50,000 watts from an 8-tower facility that would be located near Carleton in northern Monroe county. The pattern of the station would point primarily north and continue to provide Flint with a daytime 5 mV/m contour, in addition to adding good coverage to most of metro Detroit. If no night changes are made, the station would then become a two-site operation, with nighttime facilities remaining in Genesee county. The approval of the application would be contingent on WFRO-AM 900 Fremont, OH becoming silent. ABC owns both WFRO and WFDF.

  • WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock/Houghton signed on with a Rock format as "The Rockin' Eagle". WGLI is the second station owned/operated by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, joining Country WCUP-FM 105.7.

  • The FCC granted Jeffrey N. Eustis a construction permit for a new AM station to be licensed to Manistique. The CP is for AM 650, with 30,000 watts daytime, 20,000 critical hours power (4 towers), and 212 watts nighttime (3 towers). The array would be located southwest of Manistique in Schoolcraft County

  • The FCC granted Breckenridge Community Services a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to St. Louis. The CP is for 100 watts and would be located in St. Louis (Gratiot County)

  • The 16th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was held on February 21st, benefiting the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club. For the first time ever in a one-day radiothon, an amazing donation total of $1,003,796 was pledged. No other radio station in any other city has ever helped raise so much money during a one day radiothon.

  • Country simulcasters WBYB-FM 94.3 Leland/Traverse City and WBYC-FM 92.5 Atlanta changed format to Classic Hits as "The Fox".


March:

  • WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw tweaked its format from Hot AC to Top 40/Contemporary Hits. The station still calls itself 'The Fox', with the positioner as 'Today's Best Music' instead of 'Today's Best Mix'.

  • A budgetary committee at Northern Michigan University in Marquette recommended the shutdown of public media outlets WNMU-TV 13 and WNMU-FM 90.1 in 2005

  • Spring Arbor College owned WJKN-AM 1510 returned to the air with religious programming separate from sister stations KTGG-AM 1540 and WSAE-FM 106.9.


April:

  • The FCC proposed a fine of $27,500 against WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit for what was determined to be an indecent broadcast in 2002

  • Country WUPY-FM 101.1 Ontonagon was granted a construction permit to boost its ERP to 100,000 watts from 30,000

  • WLKM-AM Three Rivers changed frequency from 1510 to 1520 and added nighttime service

  • Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit began operations with its new 50,000 watt facilities in Monroe County. The station had previously operated with 5,000 watts from Southfield in Oakland County.

  • LPFM station WLWZ-LP 97.1 Dowagiac is reported on-air

  • LPFM station WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon is granted its license; it went on the air with an urban oldies format last year

  • The FCC granted Montcalm Public Radio a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be at 92.9 licensed to Fenwick


May:

  • The FCC granted 5 construction permits for new non-commercial educational FM stations as follows- Great Lakes Community Broadcasting, 88.5 Jackson (100 watts @ 112 feet); Broadcasting for the Challenged, 90.9 Charlevoix (6,000 watts @ 43 feet); Michigan Community Radio, WJOM 88.5 Eagle (Ionia County, 4,500 watts @ 89 feet); Michigan Community Radio, WJOG 91.3 Good Hart (Emmet County, 7,200 watts @ 518 feet directional); Michigan Community Radio, WJOH 91.5 Raco (Chippewa County, 3,800 watts @ 328 feet directional)

  • LPTV station WUPT-CA 25 Crystal Falls dropped UPN programming. WMQF-TV 19 Marquette began offering UPN shows as a secondary affiliate shortly after its sign-on earlier in the year.

  • Scanlan Communications Group announced that it agreed to sell ABC affiliate WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City and WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie to Max Media of Virginia Beach, VA for $8 million. Max Media currently owns TV stations in Montana and Kentucky, and radio stations in North Carolina.

  • WUBR-AM 1490 Whitehall switched format from adult standards to sports with ESPN radio

  • Adult contemporary WNBY-FM 93.7 and classic country WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry were sold by F&W Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications for $400,000.

  • Talk WXDX-AM 1310 Detroit dropped its weekend sports programming from Fox Sports Radio in favor of shows from the Michigan Talk Radio Network.

  • WSDS-AM 1480 Ypsilanti dropped talk programming from the Michigan Talk Radio Network and moved back to a Classic Country format.

  • The FCC granted construction permits for 4 new low power FM stations in Michigan: Kettering University on 94.3 in Flint, Marshall Christian Radio on 93.1 in Marshall, Life Search Radio on 96.3 in Berrien Springs, and Community Access Center on 92.7 in Kalamazoo.


June:

  • Goodrich-owned Adult Urban WJNZ AM 1680 moved to AM 1140 where the calls WKWM and adult standards format were replaced. On AM 1680, the calls became WDSS and the station was brokered to ABC/Disney for its Children's Radio Disney programming.

  • Longtime Michigan broadcaster John Carroll Sr. passed away at age 83 on June 11th.

  • Low power TV station WUHQ-LP channel 29 serving Grand Rapids signed on. The station was carrying "America's Store" from the Home Shopping Network 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station licenses to cover granted to: WLWZ-LP FM 97.1 Cassopolis and WEJC-FM 88.3


    - Licenses to cover for changes granted to: WXMI-TV 17 Grand Rapids (ERP to 1,700kW from 1,290kW), WFAT-FM 96.5 Portage (ERP from 3,600 watts @ 259 feet to 6,000 watts @ 249 feet); WAOR-FM 95.3 Niles (ERP from 3,300 watts @ 299 feet to 5,500 watts @ 276 feet with a tower location change south from Berrien County to St. Joseph County, IN)


    - Construction permits for new stations granted to: The City of Benton Harbor for a new low power FM station to be at 96.5; Chapel Hill United Methodist Church for a new low power FM station to be licensed to Battle Creek on 97.1


    - Call sign changes: WFVX TV 45 Vanderbilt became WFUP on April 28th; CP for FM 92.9 Fenwick was assigned WDLP-LP on May 5th; CP for FM 88.5 Jackson was assigned WJKQ on May 8th


    - Dismissed WOAP-AM 1080 Owosso's application for a major change to move to the Lansing area (Waverly), increase daytime power, and add nighttime service


    - Deleted W276AD 103.1 Ironwood which had been silent for a number of years



July:

  • Infinity Broadcasting announced that the Detroit Lions would switch their play-by-play broadcasts from WXYT-AM 1270 to sister station WKRK-FM 97.1 for the upcoming football season.

  • Friends Communications' WMXE-FM 102.5 Hudson/Hillsdale changed format from hot adult contemporary to classic rock.

  • Radio First WBTI-FM 96.9 Lexington/Port Huron shifted its format from CHR/top 40 to hot adult contemporary as "The Bluewater's Best Of The 80's, 90's and Now".

  • WADW-FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste Marie was reported as silent.

  • Scanlan Communications announced the sale of Upper Peninsula ABC affiliates WBKP-TV 5 Calumet and WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette to Thunder Bay Broadcasting, owner of CBS affiliate WBKB-TV Alpena, pending FCC approval.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station licenses to cover granted to: Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for two translators- W206AZ 89.1 Fremont and W207BL 89.3 Pinnebog; WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock


    - Licenses to cover for changes granted to: WTWR-FM 98.3 Monroe (change City of License to Luna Pier and move its transmitter/antenna into Lucas County, Ohio. The station is now 3,400 watts @ 440 feet directional); WQHH-FM 96.5 DeWitt (ERP from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet)


    - Construction permits for new stations granted to: Great Lakes Adventist Academy for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Cedar Lake (Montcalm County) at 93.5; The Flats Economic Development Corp. of Michigan for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Benton Harbor at 105.3; John R. Powley for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Manistique on channel 12 (note: the coordinates on the FCC have the CP located in Kentucky); Michigan Community Radio for a new non-commercial educational FM station to be licensed to Rust Twp (Alpena County) at 88.5


    - Construction permits for changes granted to: W27CN LPTV 27 to move its antenna into downtown Lansing; WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon to slightly change its tower height and location; WJOH-FM 91.5 Raco (ERP from 3,800 watts directional to 5,500 watts non-directional)


    - Call sign changes: Construction permit for FM 90.9 Charlevoix was assigned WWCZ on May 15; WBHC-LP assigned to FM 96.5 Benton Harbor on July 16


    - Swapped the digital TV allotments for the two CMU public TV stations in Cadillac (was 58, now 17) and Manistee (was 17, now 58)



August:

  • Upper Peninsula low-power TV outlets WUPT-CA 25 Crystal Falls and its simulcast station WUPT-LP 43 Republic Twp. went silent. The station had been an affiliate of UPN until May and signed off, likely for good, last month.

  • Great Lakes Radio's WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain signed on with an 80's based format.
  • ABC affiliate WOTV-TV 41 Battle Creek eliminated its news department. The station's newscasts are simulcast from LIN Television sister station NBC affiliate WOOD-TV 8 Grand Rapids.

  • Full service WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor was sold for $1.5 million by Whitehall Enterprises to Big D Broadcasting, which is a subsidiary of First Broadcasting Company.

  • Top 40 WCFX-FM 95.3 Clare/Mt. Pleasant was sold by Goldsen Broadcasting/Jackson Radio works for $2.88 million to Florida-based Greenax Broadcasting.

  • Talk-full service WION-AM 1430 Ionia was sold for $100,000 by Agricultural Resource Group to Stafford Broadcasting.

  • FCC Actions:

    - Construction permit for changes granted to: WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City (add nighttime service at 129 watts from the same 3-tower array the station currently uses for daytime operations)


    - Call sign changes: WLLZ AM 560 Monroe became WRDT on Aug 11; 100.9 LPFM Norton Shores assigned WMBC-LP on Aug 18; 100.9 FM WIZY East Jordan became WICV on Aug 11; 105.3 LPFM Benton Harbor assigned WVBH-LP on Aug 10; 102.5 FM WMXE Hudson became WBZV on Jul 23


    - Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WNBY-FM 93.7 and WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry from F&W Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications.


    - Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City and WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste Marie from Scanlan Communications to MTC License (Max Media)



September:

  • Christian WSNL-AM 600 Flint made a major change to its facilities by removing 3 of its 4 towers which were torn down to make way for a residential subdivision. The 4th tower is scheduled to come down in March 2004 after the station receives approval from the FCC for new facilities further west in Genesee County. Until then, the station will operate with special temporary authority from the FCC from its now-modified single tower site.

  • Rubber City Radio Modern Rock 'The Edge' WWDX-FM 92.1 Lansing changed its format to Hot Adult Contemporary as WKMY, "My 92.1".

  • Low-power TV station W68CH (channel 68) Detroit completed its move to channel 33 as W33BY and abandoned ch. 68

  • Bob Butler retired from adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian after 35 years as the station's morning host.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station license to cover granted to: WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain


    - Construction permits for changes granted to: W54CR Traverse City (increase ERP from 9,600 watts to 30,400 watts); WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock (frequency change to 98.5); WCCW-AM 1310 Traverse City (add 130 watt directional nighttime service and and increase daytime power from 5,000 watts nondirectional to 15,000 watts directional)


    - Modifications to construction permits granted to: WMQT-FM 107.7 Marquette (HAAT from 525 to 636 feet); WPIQ-FM 99.9 Manistique (change of tower location, HAAT from 171 to 151 feet)


    - Call sign changes: W54DA LPTV Flint became WXON-LP on Sept 24; W12CX LPTV Traverse City became WLLZ-LP on Sept 24; 93.1 LPFM Marshall assigned WMLY-LP on Sept 23; 92.1 FM WWDX St. Johns became WKMY on Sept. 18



October:

  • Regent Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint won a Marconi Award as 2003 Small Market Station of the Year. The station shared the honor with KLVI Beaumont, TX.

  • Goodrich Radio sold urban AC WJNZ-AM 1140 Grand Rapids to station manager Mike St. Cyr for $360,000.

  • WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor owner Lloyd Johnson died at the age of 81. Johnson, along with his wife Mabel, was in the process of selling the station at the time of his passing- the sale was still expected to be completed.

  • Superior Communications/Northland Community Broadcasters WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp (Lapeer County) signed on simulcasting sister station WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City. The format is Contemporary Christian as 'Joy FM'.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station licenses to cover granted to: P&P Cable Holdings LPTV stations WLLZ-LP Ch. 12 Traverse City and W44BO Ch. 44 Pinconning; WOTV-DT 20 Battle Creek (digital facilities)


    - Licenses to cover for changes granted to: WIBM-AM 1450 Jackson (ERP increase to 810 watts from 780 with a slight tower location change); WUPX-FM 91.5 Marquette (ERP increase from 200 watts to 360)


    - Construction permits for new stations granted to: Sunrise Assembly of God for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Rogers City at 101.7; Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Mt. Pleasant at 105.5


    - Construction permits for changes granted to: WTCM-AM 580 Traverse City (increase its daytime power to 35,000 watts from 15,000 and nighttime power to 1,100 watts from 800); WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City (increase its ERP from 1,175 kW to 1,303 kW); W258AH 99.5 Kalamazoo (change power from 55 watts to 19 watts and move tower west)


    - Modifications to construction permits granted to: WNFR-FM 90.7 Sandusky (slight change to tower location)


    - Call sign change: 93.5 LPFM Cedar Lake assigned WGLN-LP on Oct 28


    - Amended the FM Table of Allotments for Michigan to add a new Class A allotment for Harrison at 103.9 FM


    - Granted the voluntary assignment of license for WCFX-FM 95.3 Clare from Goldsen Broadcasting to Grenax Broadcasting


    - Granted the voluntary assignement of license for WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Whitehall Enterprises to Big D Broadcasting



November:

  • Mid-West Family WGMY-AM 940 South Haven changed its format from Adult Standards to Oldies

  • LPFM station WEEH-LP 100.5 Hart signed on with a Hot Adult Contemporary/Classic Rock format.

  • Sovereign Communications purchased Rock WSUE-FM 101.3 and Full Service WSOO-AM 1230 Sault Ste. Marie from Fabiano-Strickler Communications.

  • Several stations across the state switched to an 'All-Christmas' music format once again this year. Some of the stations this year were WNIC Detroit, WOOD-FM and WTRV Grand Rapids, WGDN-FM Gladwin, and WSHZ Muskegon.

  • Gospel Opportunities' Mackinaw City translator of Religious WHWL-FM 95.7 Marquette at 101.5 FM moved to 102.1 to avoid interference with WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord.

  • FCC Actions:

    - Call sign changes: 19 TV WDCQ-TV University Center changed to WDCP-TV on Nov 28; 35 TV WDCP-TV Bad Axe changed to WDCQ-TV on Nov 28; 101.5 FM W268AD Mackinaw City changed to 102.1 W271AG on Nov 20; 96.3 LPFM Berrien Springs assigned WSFT-LP on Nov 7


    - Cancelled the license for W201BP 88.1 Ironwood (translator of WVCY-FM Milwaukee) at the request of the license holder



December:

  • The FCC approved a construction permit for ABC/Disney Children's (Radio Disney) WFDF-AM 910 Flint to move its daytime operations from Genesee to northern Monroe County and increase its daytime power from 5,000 to 50,000 watts. The actual construction of the facility - which would provide most of Metro Detroit with a very good signal - is far from certain however as the township where the proposed towers would be located has not approved the station's plans. WFDF's nighttime facilities are not affected by this construction permit.

  • Death notices:

    - Tom McNamara, longtime news anchor at Infinity All-News WWJ-AM 950 Detroit, at the age of 61 after a fight against lymphoma.

    - Rita Bell Hansen, San Diego: Host of popular movie show that in Detroit 18 years

    - Gary Ballard: Saginaw ad agency owner, former DJ and radio station owner. He worked at WMRP, WKMF, WCZN (former WMRP) and WWCK (former WMRP-FM) in Flint, WHNN and WKNX in Saginaw, co-owned WBUK in Portage/Kalamazoo, and managed WFXZ in Pinconning and WBCM in Bay City.

  • Great Lakes Community Broadcasting's WJKQ-FM 88.5 Jackson signed on as a simulcast of WAAQ-FM 88.3 Onsted; the primary format is Oldies.

  • Longtime ABC/Disney News-Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit weekend host Mike Whorf retired after 39 years at the station. His Sunday morning programs, 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Patterns in Music', were retired along with the host.

  • FCC Actions:

    - New station licenses to cover granted to: W206BI 89.1 Hamtramck


    - Licenses to cover for changes granted to: W27CN LPTV Ch. 27 Lansing (move from channel 69, tower location change); W54CR LPTV Ch. 54 Traverse City (power increase to 30,400 watts from 9,600); WFUM-TV 28 Flint (ERP from 2,450,000 watts @ 869 feet to 2,160,000 watts @ 846 feet); WUFN-FM 96.7 Albion (ERP from 1,500 watts @ 472 feet to 3,200 watts @ 456 feet); WDMJ-AM 1320 Marquette (nighttime power from 1,000 watts using 3 tower directional array to 135 watts nondirectional); WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon (location change, HAAT from 62 to 94 feet)


    - Construction permits for new stations granted to: Children Saving Children Services for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Mt. Pleasant at 98.9; Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for a new non-commercial Class A FM station at 88.1 to be licensed to Rogers Heights (Mecosta County, near Big Rapids); Washtenaw Community College for a new LPFM station at 95.9 to be licensed to Freedom Twp


    - Modifications to construction permits granted to: WDWB-TV 20 Detroit (change to reflect directional signal); WMCQ-FM 91.7 Muskegon (HAAT from 328 feet to 302 feet, slight tower location change)


    - Affirmed the $27,500 fine proposed this past April against Infinity FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit for a broadcast of the "Deminski and Doyle Show" in 2002 that was determined to willfully broadcast indecent language.


    - Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WSUE-FM 101.3 and WSOO-AM 1230 Sault Ste. Marie from Fabiano-Strickler Communications to Sovereign Communications


 

December 2003 News and Notes

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December 31:

* FCC Action: Granted Washtenaw Community College a construction permit for a new LPFM station at 95.9 to be licensed to Freedom Twp

December 29:

* The second fall ratings trends for Grand Rapids and Lansing have been released. Country WBCT-FM continues to lead in Grand Rapids, followed by Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Top 40 WSNX-AM, News-Talk WOOD-AM, and Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM. The top 5 in Lansing were Country WITL-FM, Oldies WJIM-FM, Rock WJXQ-FM, Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM, and Classic Rock WMMQ-FM.

December 27:

* Crawford Broadcasting Religious WRDT-AM 560 Monroe-Detroit will drop the syndicated 'Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly' show at the end of the month. The show was airing live weekdays noon-2pm on the station. Westwood One, which distributes 'Factor', also has an agreement to air the show on Infinty FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 on a tape delayed basis- that agreement prompted a dispute between Crawford and Westwood over exlusive broadcast rights in the Detroit market. A mutual agreement was reached to end 'Factor's' broadcast on WRDT at the end of 2003. Beginning January 1st, WRDT listeners will hear 'Through the Bible' with J. Vernon McGee at Noon, followed by 'Focus on the Family' with Dr. James Dobson at 12:30pm, 'Back to the Bible' with Woodrow Kroll at 1pm, and 'Love Worth Finding' with Dr. Adrian Rogers at 1:30pm. 'Radio Factor' airs on WKRK at 11pm each weekday.

December 23:

* Mid-West Family Broadcasting has proposed the following modifications to the FM table of allotments in Southwest Michigan: Change the city of license for FM 103.7 (currently WZBL) from Hartford to South Haven and at the same time change the city of license for FM 98.3 (current WCSY) from South Haven to Hartford. The changes are requested so that each station can increase its coverage area.

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WSUE-FM 101.3 and WSOO-AM 1230 Sault Ste. Marie from Fabiano-Strickler Communications to Sovereign Communications

December 22:

* FCC Action: Granted Great Lakes Community Broadcasting a construction permit for a new non-commercial Class A FM station at 88.1 to be licensed to Rogers Heights (Mecosta County, near Big Rapids). Note: Great Lakes currently also has 2 translators licensed to Rogers Heights, one at 89.1, the other at 91.9.

December 19:

* FCC Actions: Granted WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon its license to cover for changes (location change, HAAT from 62 to 94 feet); Granted W206BI 89.1 Hamtramck its license to cover (new station)

December 18:

* The CRTC (Canada's equivalent of the USA's FCC) has approved the application of Bea-Ver Communications to place a repeater for Rock CKUE-FM 95.1 Chatham in Windsor. The repeater would also broadcast at 95.1, with 400 watts ERP. The decision also includes other specific details about the station's operations- some of the highlights are that 42 hours of programming each week much originate from Windsor; that the station will contribute $110,000 over seven years to the University of Windsor to underwrite scholarships for music and journalism students. The CRTC removed the condition of the station's license stating that it must play less than 50% hit music- a condition that is also removed for the other commercial radio stations licensed to Windsor.

December 16:

* The fallout continues from Infinity FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit's run-in with the FCC over indecency rules due to a program that aired on the station in January 2002. Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution admonishing the FCC for not going far enough in protecting children from indecent programming on both TV and radio, citing the WKRK incident as one of several where the FCC has not gone far enough in its enforcement.

* FCC Action: Granted WDMJ-AM 1320 Marquette its license to cover for changes (nighttime power from 1,000 watts using 3 tower directional array to 135 watts nondirectional)

December 15:

* On the air: Great Lakes Community Broadcasting's WJKQ-FM 88.5 Jackson. The station is a simulcast of WAAQ-FM 88.3 Onsted; the primary format is Oldies. The stations are currently airing all-Christmas programming.

* Longtime ABC/Disney News-Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit weekend host Mike Whorf will retire at the end of the month after 39 years at the station. His Sunday morning programs, 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Patterns in Music', will be retired along with the host. The last intallments of the shows will air December 28th from 6-9am.

* FCC Actions: Granted WUFN-FM 96.7 Albion its license to cover for changes (ERP from 1,500 watts @ 472 feet to 3,200 watts @ 456 feet); Granted WMCQ-FM 91.7 Muskegon a modification to its construction permit (HAAT from 328 feet to 302 feet, slight tower location change)

December 13:

* Tom McNamara, longtime news anchor at Infinity All-News WWJ-AM 950 Detroit, passed away earlier in the week at the age of 61 after a fight against lymphoma.

December 12:

* The FCC has approved a construction permit for ABC/Disney Children's (Radio Disney) WFDF-AM 910 Flint to move its daytime operations from Genesee to northern Monroe County and increase its daytime power from 5,000 to 50,000 watts. The actual construction of the facility - which would provide most of Metro Detroit with a very good signal - is far from certain however as the township where the proposed towers would be located has not approved the station's plans. WFDF's nighttime facilities are not affected by this construction permit.

* Death notices:
- Rita Bell Hansen, San Diego: Host of popular movie show that in Detroit 18 years
- Gary Ballard: Saginaw ad agency owner, former DJ and radio station owner. He worked at WMRP, WKMF, WCZN (former WMRP) and WWCK (former WMRP-FM) in Flint, WHNN and WKNX in Saginaw, co-owned WBUK in Portage/Kalamazoo, and managed WFXZ in Pinconning and WBCM in Bay City.

December 11:

* Urban WJLB-FM jumped to the top of the Detroit 12+ ratings heap in the second fall trend- passing News-Talk WJR-AM and All-News WWJ-AM, which finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Oldies WOMC-FM was 4th, with Rock WRIF-FM and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM tied for 5th. Three Clear Channel-owned stations shared the biggest share jump since the first fall trend- WJLB, Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM, and Top 40 WKQI-FM each improved .5 share. Infinity remains the top overall cluster ratings-wise in the Detroit market.

* Northern Star Broadcasting Top 40 WYSS-FM 99.5 Sault Ste Marie has applied to the FCC for an increase in power to 100,000 watts @ 253 feet from its current 26,500 watts @ 276 feet. The station would change from Class C2 to C1.

December 10:

* Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, will debut its new locally produced show "Stateside" on January 5, 2004. It is scheduled to air weekdays at 1:00 p.m. on WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids. Host Charity Nebbe will guide listeners through a one-hour series of interviews, features and reports of local interest that share perspectives that are uniquely Michigan.

* Dave Scott, Michigan Talk Radio Network CEO, announced today that long time Detroit talk radio host Mark Scott will take over as the full time host of the Network’s afternoon show from 2-4pm. The program airs in Detroit on Clear Channel Talk WXDX-AM 1310 and on Michigan Talk Radio Network affiliate stations throughout Michigan. Mark Scott, former host of a popular, long-running talk radio program on WXYT radio in Detroit, has been serving as a fill-in host for the last week.

* Janice Powers has been promoted to the position of local sales manger at WDIV-TV 4 Detroit. Powers was formerly a senior account executive at WDIV, where she provided leading sales performance in the Detroit advertising market. Before joining WDIV, she was an account executive and research analyst at WKBD-TV 50 Detroit.

* FCC Action: Granted Children Saving Children Services a construction permit for a new LPFM station at 98.9 to be licensed to Mt. Pleasant

December 9:

* Regent Broadcasting Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint morning show host Rod Prahin recently wrapped up the 13th annual "Cruise for Cans" food drive. Benefiting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, the "Cruise" took place this past weekend (Dec 5-7) at the Kroger parking lot in Grand Blanc. Last year Rod set a goal of $10,000 in cash donations, he surpassed that goal by bringing in over $15,000. This year the bar was raised yet again- setting out to beat his previous record for donations, Rod set a goal of $20,000 and again achieved it. "Cruise for Cans #13" brought in $20,860.11, plus a truckload of non-perishible foods, making this the most successful year ever. Factoring in the 14:1 ratio that cash donations turn into food for the Food Bank, the total effort equates to over a quarter of million dollars worth of food for needy families.

* Clear Channel Gold/Adult Contemporary WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor is thanking all its listeners for their help with this year's "Rockin' For The Hungry" food drive. The station not only reached its goal of 107 tons of food but exceeded it with a grand total 117 tons, plus cash. All the proceeds will go to Food Gatherer’s food rescue program in Ann Arbor.

December 8:

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit listeners answered the call to save programming on the station and pledged their collective financial support of $300,000 during the station's S.O.S. pledge drive. The "Save Our Station - Save Our Shows" pledge drive was scheduled to go through Saturday, December 6th at 5pm, but it ended more than five hours early when the $300,000 goal was reached at 11:42am on December 6th.

* The FCC has proposed fining ABC/Disney Top 40 WDRQ-FM $4,000 for failure to broadcast fully and accurately the material terms of a contest.

* The FCC has affirmed the $27,500 fine proposed this past April against Infinity FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit for a broadcast of the "Deminski and Doyle Show" that was determined to willfully broadcast indecent language.

* Call sign actions: Assigned WSFT-LP to new LPFM station at 96.3 Berrien Springs on Nov 7; Swapped the call signs of Delta College's two TV stations on Nov. 28th- Chan. 19 Bay City is now WDCP-TV, Chan. 35 Bad Axe is now WDCQ-TV

* FCC actions: Granted WFUM-TV 28 Flint its license to cover for changes (ERP from 2,450,000 watts @ 869 feet to 2,160,000 watts @ 846 feet); Granted WDWB-TV 20 Detroit a construction permit for minor changes (change CP to reflect directional signal)

December 5:

* Lisa Barry exits the morning show at Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit to join the morning program one spot up the dial at Clear Channel Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3, beginning Monday. Barry replaces Lisa Jesswein who exits WNIC.

* Lisa D'Angelo has been promoted to assistant program director at NextMedia Top 40 WTCF-FM Saginaw. D'Angelo will continue to co-host the station's morning show with Dylan Forbes- All Access

December 4:

* Clear Channel Classic Hits WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit will be auditioning possible morning show sidekicks beginning on Monday's morning show. Whoever 'wins' will join the just-hired Dave Fuller. The station has also added new weekend personality Heather McGregor and new program coordinator Jim Verros- All Access

* The FCC has admonished Great Lakes Community Broadcasting, licensee of noncommercial educational station WAAQ-FM 88.3 Onsted and its translator W214BH 90.7 Mt. Pleasant, for broadcasting impermissible donor and underwriting advertisements and for airing originations concerning financial support on its translator station in excess of the limitations set forth in the Commission’s rules. The FCC found that no monetary sanction is warranted at this time in light of the licensee’s unblemished enforcement record and other facts and circumstances relating to this area of the law, however they did find that an admonishment was necessary to redress the statutory and rule violations.

December 1:

* Dave Fuller has been named as the new morning show host at Clear Channel Classic Hits WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit, effective today. The station has been without a permanent morning show since September when it dropped the syndicated Bob and Tom Show. Fuller was last at crosstown ABC-Disney Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 where he hosted middays.

* FCC Actions: Granted W27CN (LPTV Ch. 27) Lansing its license to cover for changes (move from channel 69, tower location change); Granted W54CR (LPTV Ch. 54) Traverse City its license to cover for changes (power increase to 30,400 watts from 9,600).

 

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November 28:

* Former Infinity WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit talk host Mark Scott will be heard on the Michigan Talk Radio Network all next week (Mon-Fri) as part of a test run. The show will air from 4-6pm on stations across the state, including Clear Channel Talk WXDX-AM 1310 Detroit. Scott was released from WXYT nearly 4 years ago when the station shifted from Talk to Sports and has been hosting his program via the Internet at http://www.markscottshow.us in recent years.

November 26:

* FCC Actions: Cancelled the license for W201BP 88.1 Ironwood (translator of WVCY-FM Milwaukee) at the request of the license holder; Granted WLNS-TV 6 Lansing's request for special relief seeking to modify WLNS’s designated market area to include the communities of Howell, Brighton, Genoa Twp, Brighton Twp, Oceola Twp, and Green Oak Twp in Livingston County; an area served by a cable system operated by Comcast Cablevision. Comcast currently does not carry WLNS on its lineup in these communities.

November 25:

* David Smith has resigned as program director at Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit. Smith, who was brought into the position just this past August, will be reportedly be returning to Louisville, KY where his wife is currently working. Tom Sleeker, PD at sister Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, once again gets tapped for the same job at WOMC on an interim basis. Sleeker was interim PD at WOMC over the summer before Smith was hired and after Bill Stedman left to join Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 97.4 as that station's operations manager.

* Radio ratings for Lansing have been released from embargoed status by Arbitron- the first trend of the fall book finds Country WITL-FM as the top station, followed by Oldies WJIM-FM, Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM, Rock WJXQ-FM, and Top 40 WHZZ-FM. Citadel is Lansing's leader among station clusters with a 36.8 share of radio listeners, followed by Rubber City with a 15.2 share, and then MacDonald with a 9.4 share.

* Country also continues to be the top format in Grand Rapids with WBCT-FM as that market's top station. The remainder of the top 5 stations includes Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Top 40 WSNX-FM, News-Talk WOOD-AM, and Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM along with Modern Rock WGRD-FM in a tie for 5th. Active Rock WKLQ-FM, which had been regularly among the market's top 5 or so stations, has now slipped to 13th overall. Clear Channel continues as Grand Rapids' top cluster.

* Glenn "Casey" Cook of Newberry has been named a winner of the "Award of Distinction", in one of the largest and most prestigious awards competitions in the world for creative media. Cook, one half of the "Coffee Crew" morning show and production director for WNBY-FM 93.7, along with his commercial production company SpotsThatCook.com, wrote, voiced, and produced a piece for Xpress Digital Video of Flint, MI. The entry was one of 1,079 in the 2003 International Communicator Awards competition and won in the catagory of Audio Productions/Marketing (Services). Entries are judged against a high standard of excellence and recognizes those whose ability to communicate puts them among the best in the field, while exceeding industry standards in quality and excellence. The Communicator Awards Audio/Media competitions annually attract thousands of entries from radio and television stations, audio and video production companies, advertising and public relations firms, corporate communication departments, educational institutions, government agencies and individual communications such as designers, writers, producers, editors, videographers and talent.

* FCC Action: Granted Gospel Opportunities' Mackinaw City translator of Religious WHWL-FM 95.7 Marquette a construction permit to move to 102.1 FM from 101.5 FM. The translator had been taken off the air due at 101.5 due to interference to and from Oldies WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord which recently boosted its power.

November 21:

* Darren Arriens will take over as program director at Citadel Active Rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Holland/Gd Rapids, effective December 3rd. The station's current PD, Hunter Scott, will step aside and become the station's assistant program director and focus on the afternoon program 'Man Made Radio', heard on WKLQ and Citadel sister WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Bay City. Arriens' resume includes previous experience at 'KLQ as APD and also time at WRIF Detroit and WLZR Milwaukee. He returns to Grand Rapids from Decatur, IL where his current job is as operations manager of Next Media's cluster there- All Access

* Add Clear Channel Adult Contemporary WSHZ-FM 107.9 Muskegon to the list of Michigan radio stations that have switched to an All-Christmas format.

November 20:

* The Detroit Tigers are looking for a new radio home in Grand Rapids as Citadel Sports WBBL-AM 1340 drops the team in favor of the Tigers' local Class A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps, for the next five years. The Whitecaps were previously heard on Clear Channel News-talk WOOD-AM 1300.

* High school WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth-Canton is celebrating the awards they received at the 2003 John Drury National High School Radio Awards this past Saturday. Former program director Greg Angel (Salem HS '03) received 1st place awards for Newscast and Sportscast, and former News Reporter Mary Radcliffe (Salem HS '04) received a 2nd place award for Newscast. 12-year station manager Bill Keith was recognized as the High School Station Advisor of the Year. WSDP was also honored as the 3rd place High School Station of the Year.

November 19:

* Michigan-based TSF Radio Network has launched TheSportsFlash.com as a new portal to sports news on the worldwide web. The plan is to constantly update the top sports stories of the day and to also provide links to all the major sports news resources on the Internet along with much more. TSF Radio Network produces "The Sports Flash" morning sports report that is heard on 40 stations in seven different states, including statewide in Michigan and West Virginia.

* A Michiguide.com reader provides more information on LPFM WEEH-LP 100.5 Hart: "They are apparently going by the name 'WE FM'. In between many of the songs are phrases like 'Your listening to 100.5 WE-FM', or 'This is 100.5 WE-FM'. About the format- a good portion of the music fits a Hot AC type format featuring artists like Matchbox Twenty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and 3rd Eye Blind. Much of the music seems to be before the year 2000 (late 70's - late 90's) and also dips into some heavier music from groups like Asia and Bon Jovi every so often. It's almost a mix of AC, Classic Hits and Classic Rock. Most of what they play is somewhat uncommon to other stations in the area with similar formats." Thanks to Rick for providing this info.

* Gospel Opportunities' Mackinaw City translator of Religious WHWL-FM 95.7 Marquette at 101.5 FM has been taken off the air due to interference to and from Oldies WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord which recently boosted its power. Gospel Opportunities has applied to the FCC to change the frequency of its translator to 102.1.

November 18:

* WGDN-FM 103.1 Gladwin will once again become "The Christmas Station" when it returns to a Christmas favorites format 24 hours/day starting December 1st. Although WGDN is a small market station, the Christmas format has been successful for the past 15 years; it started the holiday tradition in 1988. The station covers nine counties from the Zilwaukee Bridge to Houghton Lake, Ogemaw to Gratiot.

November 17:

* As of November 1st, Mid-West Family WGMY-AM 940 South Haven changed its format from Adult Standards to Oldies

* Infinity FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit has announced the appointment of Craig Schwalb as its program director, effective December 1st. Schwalb moves from the company's WNEW-FM 102.7 New York where he was that station's assistant program director.

November 15:

* Dave Barber has exited the Michigan Talk Radio Network over a contract dispute. Barber's show had been airing from 2-6pm on several stations across the state including Clear Channel Talk WXDX-AM 1310 Detroit.

November 14:

* Clear Channel Grand Rapids has announced the hiring of Mark Feurie who will take on the role of program director and midday host at Classic Rock WBFX-FM 101.3. Doug Montgomery will give up the role of PD, but continue as the station's operations manager as well as hold the PD/OM role at sister Country WBCT-FM 93.7. Feurie has an extensive background in West Michigan Rock radio- he's a former PD at crosstown WKLQ-FM 94.5 and has also worked at WMRR-FM 101.7 Muskegon. Ranger Bob, who was voicetracked from Cincinnati during middays, is out of the WBFX lineup.

* The all-Christmas programming trend has hit Michigan hard today. Clear Channel Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids made the switch at 6am today, as has cross-state sister AC station WNIC-FM 100.3. Grand Rapids once again has two all-yule stations as Regent Soft AC WTRV-FM 100.5 has joined the 'festivities'. The Grand Rapids market was one of the first in the country to feature stations with wall-to-wall holiday programming several years ago.

* Keith Curry has added on-air duties to his responsibilities as music director at ABC/Disney CHR WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit. He's manning the 10am-noon shift.

* John Hammer has left his role as creative services director for Cumulus Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3 Battle Creek/Kalamazoo- All Access

* Michigan State University has named DeAnne Hamilton as its new director of Broadcasting Services, effective January 2004. Hamilton will succeed Steve Meuche, who has been at MSU for over 38 years, 15 as director of Broadcasting Services. MSU's Broadcasting Services department operates public television stations WKAR-TV 23/WKAR-DT 55 and public radio stations WKAR-AM 870 / WKAR-FM 90.5, all based out of East Lansing. The stations' total reach is 248,500 households throughout mid-Michigan. In addition, the department runs the KAR2 and KAR3 cable television channels which reach more than 100,000 homes.

* The syndicated Don Imus program has been added to two MacDonald-Garber owned stations in the Northern Lower Peninsula. News-Talk outlets WATT-AM 1240 Cadillac and WMKT-AM 1270 Charlevoix air the New York based talk show from 6-10am.

November 12:

* Carolyn Stone has been named as music director and midday host at Rubber City Radio Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 Lansing-Jackson. Stone was previously at Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit in the role of assistant music director/imaging/weekends. At WJXQ, Stone fills the vacancy created last month when Kevin Conrad shifted to sister-station WVIC-FM 94.1 for progam director duties- All Access

November 11:

* The first look into the fall ratings for Detroit came today with the release of the first ratings trend for the period. News-Talk WJR-AM continued to hold the top spot among listeners age 12 and above, News WWJ-AM was second, followed by Oldies WOMC-FM and Urban WJLB-FM which finished in a tie for third place. Rock WRIF-FM remained among the top five stations, but dropped from second in the fall book. Top cluster ratings: Infinity 23.6; Clear Channel 21.1; Greater Media 12.0; ABC/Disney 11.8; Radio One 8.0; CHUM Ltd. 6.3.

November 10:

* New to mornings at ABC/Disney Hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit is Blaine Fowler, replacing Kevin O'Neill who had been hosting the show on an interim basis for the past 9 months. Fowler comes to WDVD most recently from Classic Hits 100 WLOL Minneapolis where he did mornings and prior to that, afternoon drive. Before his years with WLOL, Blaine has been an on-air personality for various other formats around the country including: KOOL 108 KQQL, Minneapolis; KDWB (CHR) Minneapolis; BOB 100 FM WBOB (Country) Minneapolis. He has also handled music director and assistant program director duties at KCLD St. Cloud and WIZM La Crosse, WI. Fowler is a proud die-hard Red Wings fan and Michigan native- In fact his first foray into radio was at WYSS in Sault Ste Marie, MI. O'Neill was heard on the new program this morning hosting traffic reports- he apparently will remain with the station.

* Hugh Holesome has exited as a contributor to the morning show on ABC/Disney Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit.

November 8:

* Kim Carson joins Regent Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids for midday on-air and music director duties. Carson arrives from Toledo and is also a veteran of Detroit radio- Grand Rapids Press

November 7:

* Sovereign Communications is expanding its Michigan holdings with the purchase of Rock WSUE-FM 101.3 and Full Service WSOO-AM 1230 Sault Ste. Marie from Fabiano-Strickler Communications. Sovereign entered the radio business earlier this year with the purchase of Adult Contemporary WNBY-FM 93.7 and Classic Country WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry. Terms of the sale of WSUE and WSOO were not disclosed.

* Terry Lieberman heads for Clear Channel Detroit to become the cluster's director of nontraditional revenue and event sales. He had resigned from his job as program director at cross-town Infinity FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 earlier this week.

* Dave Fuller exits the midday shift (noon-2:30pm) at ABC/Disney Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit in a cost-cutting measure. Jake Edwards adds Fuller's hours to his shift and will now heard from 10am-2:30pm- All Access

November 6:

* The FCC has announced a filing window from January 26-30, 2004 for major modifications to current AM stations and for appliations for new AM stations.

* Terry Lieberman has stepped down as program director at Infinity FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit, effective immediately.

November 5:

* Cumulus Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3 Battle Creek morning jock Nick Taylor has left the station. Until a new host is hired, Dave Benson will shift from afternoons to mornings with program director Woody Houston covering afternoons- All Access

* LPFM station WEEH-LP 100.5 Hart has signed on with a reported Hot Adult Contemporary format.

November 4:

* Radio One Urban WDTJ-FM 105.9 Detroit midday jock Shay leaves the station and is replaced by afternoon drive host 'Tune-up Man'. Night guy and program director Spudd shifts from nights to afternoons and weekend hosts 'The Hype Squad' move to nights- All Access

November 3:

* Dana Lundon shifts from parttime status at Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit to sister station Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 for weekend shifts using the on-air name Dana Masucci; Eric Chase joins Citadel Top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City as night host and music director. In addition weekend jock Mandi Hanks moves to a 2-hour midday slot (10am-noon) with program director Brent Carey now on-air only from noon-2pm; Denny McLain is the guest host this weekend on Clear Channel Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit- All Access

November 2:

* Steve Black joins Greater Media Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit for weekend duty. Black was last at crosstown WDTW-FM 106.7 as that station's evening jock.

 

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October 31:

* Changes at Citadel's Tri-Cities Cluster: Mason will move from evenings at Top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 to Active Rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 for nights and will also become the station's music director and assistant program director. Mason is taking the responsibilites at WKQZ previously held by Jay Randall, who will shift to the station's morning show and become the new 'Poorboy' after last week's departure of Todd Kangas to Indianapolis- All Access

October 30:

* Ray Nelson has been let go as general manager for Clear Channel's Ann Arbor stations (Country WWWW-FM 102.9, Adult Contemporary WQKL-FM 107.1, Sports WTKA-AM 1050, and Oldies WHNE-AM 1290).

* On-air: Superior Communications/Northland Community Broadcasters WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp (Lapeer County) simulcasting sister station WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City. The format is Contemporary Christian as 'Joy FM'.

* Radio reading was just a tiny seed in metro Detroit 25 years ago­— the budding idea of a few forward thinking founders who saw the potential of using closed-circuit radio to provide cost-effective reading services to a blind and print-impaired audience. Public radio WDET-FM 101.9 offered an available sub-channel and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting opened its pocketbook. Wayne State University met with dozens of service groups. Foundations, businesses, listeners, and other community friends stepped up to the challenge and many continue to support DRIS today with donations of cash, in-kind services, and volunteerism. The Detroit Radio Information Service (DRIS) was born. DRIS will celebrate its 25th year and the contributions of its champions and supporters on Friday, Nov. 7, with an evening reception at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, at Woodward and Warren in Detroit. Guest speaker will be Robert Jones, former DRIS director, WDET blues program host, and current pastor of a Baptist congregation. Another 25th anniversary event will be a spring read-a-thon featuring well-known local celebrities that will serve to boost DRIS awareness, promote literacy and raise funds.

“Even with amazing developments in technology and vision aids, radio reading continues to be a familiar and popular medium,” says DRIS Director Kim Walsh. “Failing eyesight is the leading reason for loss of independent living among older Americans, so it’s no surprise that many applicants are seniors who miss reading the paper.” More than 1,800 DRIS radio receivers are located in private homes, hospitals, nursing facilities, schools, and low vision centers. Cable TV has increased penetration to another 120,000 households throughout Southeastern Michigan. Estimates show that thousands more could benefit from radio reading.

DRIS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing equal access to the press and other date-sensitive items. Using the comforting voices of volunteer readers, DRIS delivers the verbatim reading of 100 newspapers and periodicals a week to some of the community’s most isolated citizens. More than 130 volunteers volunteer weekly to help keep operating expenses low. It also produces specialized topic-based programs to enrich, educate and entertain listeners, like event coverage and a call-in support group. Rated second only to the daily papers are grocery and department store circulars— a critical tool for shopping on a fixed income.

DRIS is largely self-supporting through funds raised from project grants, foundations, civic groups, corporate contributions, special events, and the generosity of individuals. To apply for the service, volunteer your time, make an individual or corporate contribution: Contact Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator Irene Woodell (313) 577-4207 or send inquiries to DRIS@wayne.edu. Or visit www.dris.org.

October 27:

* Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, raised $611,367 during the one-week on-air portion of its successful Fall Fund Drive that ended Friday, October 24. The $611,367 is part of the 2003 Fall Fund Drive that realized a 7.7 percent total increase over the Fall 2002 Fund Drive.

* FCC Action: Granted the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry a construction permit for a new LPFM station at 105.5 to be licensed to Mt. Pleasant.

October 26:

* Rubber City Radio has proposed to the FCC a change in the FM allotment table to allow its Sports WQTX-FM 92.7 Charlotte to move to FM 92.9 from a new tower location and change its city of license to Grand Ledge. The change would also allow the station to increase its power and coverage area. The public is invited to make comments on this proposal until December 15th.

October 24:

* Gregg Henson will exit as program director and early afternoon host (1-4pm) at Infinity Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit in order to move sister station Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 where he'll join with Michelle McKormick for 'Motor City Middays'. McKormick's program had been airing from the conclusion of the Howard Stern Show (usually around 10:30am) through noon; Henson and McKormick will replace the Scott (Hasik) and Casey (Bartholomew) Show, who have been let go, and run until 3pm beginning Monday October 27th. Incoming to the PD spot at WXYT, the station's 4th boss in 3 years, will be Kevin Graham, who is a former Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit employee and most recently the program director at Sports WEPN-AM 1050 New York. Art Regner remains in the 1-4 slot at WXYT- Henson's on-air replacement will be named later.

* Summer ratings for Grand Rapids were released today- the top station once again was Country WBCT-FM, followed by Top 40 WSNX-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, News-Talk WOOD-AM, and Modern Rock WGRD-FM. The Country format overall was strong when compared to the spring book- WBCT had the biggest share gain (9.5-11.7) and Muskegon Country WMUS-FM 106.9 also enjoyed a big jump (1.0-2.4). Clear Channel held a 40.1 share of the total market this time out, far outdistancing the other local clusters.

* New vice president and general manager for Next Media's Tri-Cities 5-station cluster is David Smith. He'll be responsible for News-Talk WSGW-AM 790, Country WCEN-FM 94.5, Top 40 WTCF-FM 100.5, Adult Contemporary WGER-FM 106.3, and Urban AC WTLZ-FM 107.1- R&R Online

* FCC Action: Granted WUPX-FM 91.5 Marquette its license to cover for changes (ERP increase from 200 watts to 360)

October 23:

* Detroit public radio station WDET-FM 101.9 hoped to raise $40,000 in pledges with one hour of listener calls yesterday morning during the station's first ever 'Power Hour' fundraiser. It worked so well the phone lines jammed and more than $43,000 was raised, avoiding a traditional full day of on-air fundraising, says news director Joan Silvi.

October 22:

* Rubber City Radio Group names Kevin Conrad as the new program director for Classic Hits WVIC-FM 94.1 Jackson/Lansing; he'll also be on the air for middays. Conrad had been music director and midday host at sister station Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1.

October 21:

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignement of license for WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Whitehall Enterprises to Big D Broadcasting; Granted W258AH 99.5 Kalamazoo (translator of WSAE-FM 106.9 Spring Arbor) a construction permit to change power from 55 watts to 19 watts and move tower west; Granted WOTV-DT 20 its license to cover (digital facilities); Granted Sunrise Assembly of God a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Rogers City at 101.7 FM

October 20:

* The video documentary about the top 40 days of CKLW-AM 800 Windsor titled "Radio Revolution - The Rise and Fall of the Big 8" has finished production. It runs 72 minutes in length (a television hour and a half). The film features appearances by everyone who was at last year's Big 8 reunion, along with Les Garland, Dave Marsh, Wayne Kramer, Alice Cooper, Tony Orlando, Martha Reeves, Mitch Ryder, Jack Richardson, Pat Holiday, and many many more. Look for a website soon, as well as more information on how you can get to see it. The first broadcast will be on History Television in Canada, likely in April 2004 (That is an anniversary month for both the birth of the Big 8 and the death of the format). Prior to the first broadcast, there may be a screening of the film for a Windsor Charity, possibly in March.

* 'Don' Ron Jamez adds weekend duties at top 40 WTWR-FM 98.3 Monroe/Toledo to his schedule that already includes weekend work at top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit. Jamez also particpates in WDRQ's evening show hosted by Man @ Large- All Access

October 19:

* WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor owner Lloyd Johnson died at the age of 81. Johnson, along with his wife Mabel, was in the process of selling the station at the time of his passing- the sale was still expected to be completed. The Johnson's bought WAAM in 1983, the station is the sole independently-owned commercial broadcast outlet in Washtenaw County.

October 16:

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignment of license for WCFX-FM 95.3 Clare from Goldsen Broadcasting to Grenax Broadcasting

October 15:

* Vista Communications has applied to the FCC for a 5,000 kW NTSC TV station on channel 46 to be licensed to Bay City. In August, the FCC changed the table of allotments for Bay City to reflect that channel 61 was replaced by channel 46 - Vista had previously applied for a station on channel 61. If the station is approved, it would cover primarily the following counties with a city grade signal: Bay, Midland, Isaballa, Gratiot, and western Saginaw. This station would displace LPTV station W46CR, which last known programming had been religious.

* WDIV-TV 4 Detroit has appointed Matthew Kell to the position of general sales manager. Since joining WDIV in 1999, Kell has held the positions of both local sales Manager and national sales manager.

October 14:

* Freedom Broadcasting, which in Michigan owns CBS affiliate WWMT-TV 3 Kalamazoo and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV 53 Lansing, has announced a recapitalization plan that will keep the company independent and intact. The owners of the company had agreed earlier this year to explore a sale, which generated interest from would-be suitors including newspaper giant Gannett, owner of ABC affiliate WZZM-TV 13 Grand Rapids and several newspapers across the state including the Detroit News and the Lansing State Journal.

* Grosse Pointe Farms based Saga Communications announced today its inclusion in the Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list. Saga was chosen for the third time in 4 years, being named number 148 this year. Previously Saga was named number 156 in 2002 and number 160 on the 2000 list. Ed Christian, chairman and CEO of Saga, said, "It is wonderful to be recognized by Forbes as one of the 200 Best Small Companies again this year. Saga receives this honor due to the hard work and ongoing efforts of all the members of our company. Since founding the company 17 years ago, we have taken great pride in being the best in our business." Saga owns or operates broadcast properties in 24 markets, including 49 FM and 26 AM radio stations, 4 television stations, 3 LPTV stations, the Michigan Radio Network, the Michigan Farm Radio Network, and the Illinois Radio Network.

* FCC Actions: Granted P&P Cable Holdings licenses to cover for LPTV stations WLLZ-LP Ch. 12 Traverse City and W44BO Ch. 44 Pinconning

October 13:

* News-talk WJR-AM returned to the top spot among Detroit's radio stations during the summer 2003 book. Among listeners age 12 and above, WJR finished ahead of all-news WWJ-AM, rock WRIF-FM, oldies WOMC-FM, urban WJLB-FM, and smooth jazz WVMV-FM. WRIF's finish, tied for second with WWJ, showed the strength of the station over the summer- its jump from 4.6 to 5.5 was the largest share increase in the market. The adult contemporary battle between WNIC and WMGC, the top 40 contest between WDRQ and WKQI, and the the sports war between WDFN and WXYT each remained close; WNIC, WKQI, and WDFN all claimed a .1 advantage over their respective competitor. Among the clusters, Infinity continued to lead Clear Channel, Greater Media, ABC/Disney, and Radio One.

October 11:

* Steve Black has exited Clear Channel rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit. Black had been the station's evening host.

October 10:

* Infinity country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit raised $12,800 for Gleaner's Community Food Bank by auctioning off 2 pairs of front row seats to a Shania Twain concert.

* Goodrich Radio has spun off urban AC WJNZ-AM 1140 Grand Rapids to station manager Mike St. Cyr for $360,000, pending FCC approval. Goodrich still owns children's formatted WDSS-AM 1680- the station is brokered to ABC/Disney for its Radio Disney programming.

* The Port Huron March of Dimes has named Jerry Noble of Radio First hot AC WBTI-FM 96.9 Lexington/Pt. Huron as its Volunteer of the Year. Noble is program director and morning show host for the station. The award was given for Noble's participation in many of the March of Dimes throughout the year, including Blue Jeans for Babies, Jail & Bail, WalkAmerica, and a golf outing. Noble, an advisory-board member, has served as a communications committee member for all events and generated about $25,000 in public-service announcements. He also served as emcee for events including Theme Night at the Thomas Edison Inn in Port Huron, Hockey Night at the Huron Athletic Club in Port Huron, and at the Yale Dance and Auction- Port Huron Times-Herald

* The FCC has amended the FM Table of Allotments for Michigan to add a new Class A allotment for Harrison at 103.9 FM

October 6:

* Citadel Top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City switches program directors- out is Mark Anderson who heads to Top 40 WKST-FM Pittsburgh as that station's new PD. WIOG's new boss is Brent Carey, who was last at Top 40 ABC/Disney WDRQ-FM Detroit where he was working on-air as a swing shifter. It marks a return to WIOG for Carey, who previously held the title of music director at the station.

* FCC Actions: Granted WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City a construction permit to increase its ERP from 1,175 kW to 1,303 kW; Granted WIBM-AM 1450 Jackson its license to cover for changes (ERP increase to 810 watts from 780 with a slight tower location change); Granted WNFR-FM 90.7 Sandusky a modification to its construction permit to change tower location slightly.

October 4:

* Sovereign Communications adult contemporary WNBY-FM 93.7 Newberry has applied to the FCC to change its frequency to 93.9, increase its power from 6,000 watts @ 262 feet directional (Class A) to 50,000 watts @ 492 feet nondirectional (Class C2), and move its tower into Chippewa County, closer to the higher population center of Sault Ste Marie.

October 3:

* Regent adult contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint has won a Marconi Award as 2003 Small Market Station of the Year. The station shares the honor with KLVI Beaumont, TX.

* Greater Media classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7 raised an estimated $357,000 during its annual radiothon to support the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The 28-hour event, hosted by the morning team of Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison, wrapped up with the announcement that a listener from West Bloomfield had won the station's Stone Soup 1967 Mustang- a car that had been being rebuilt with the help of listeners over the past 7 months. Supporters of the Stone Soup project kicked in over $100,000 toward the final tally of the radiothon.

* Clear Channel urban WJLB-FM 97.9 Detroit program director K.J. Holiday has been promoted to director of urban programming for the Detroit cluster. In addition to adding oversight of urban AC WMXD-FM 92.3, Holiday has signed a new multi-year contract with Clear Channel. Current WMXD program director Jamillah Muhammad will now report directly to Holiday- All Access

* Ryan Schram exits as director of Internet services for Clear Channel Detroit- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WTCM-AM 580 Traverse City a construction permit to increase its daytime power to 35,000 watts (from 15,000) and nighttime power to 1,100 watts (from 800)

October 1:

* Michigan State University's Department of Telecommunication dedicated the "Dick Purtan Studio." A rebuilt Studio A in MSU's Communication and Art's Building was named after the legendary Detroit DJ; much of the funding coming from a donation made by Purtan years ago.

 

September 2003 News and Notes

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September 30:

* Former country WSDS-AM 1480 Ypsilanti worker Jack 'The Kentucky Colonel' Wilkerson passed away last week at the age of 83. Services were in Owensboro, KY.

September 29:

* Adult Contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian taps afternoon guy Jerry Hayes for morning show duties- he joins Steve Barkway for 'Mornings with Jerry and Steve'. The station also moves overnight host Rob Burghardt to Hayes' former afternoon shift. The morning show spot opened last Friday with the retirement of long time host Bob Butler.

* New to nights effective today at NextMedia top 40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw is JoJo- All Access

* Call sign changes:
CP for new LPFM 93.1 Marshall became WMLY-LP on Sept. 23
CP for W12CX LPTV Traverse City became WLLZ-LP on Sept. 24
W54DA LPTV Flint became WXON-LP on Sept. 24

September 26:

* Clear Channel rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit drops the syndicated Bob and Tom show from its morning lineup effective immediately. The station will start a new promotion- playing 10 songs in a row all day every day, including during morning drive. Next week the station will import Los Angeles' Shadoe Stevens as a guest for morning duties; he'll be in Detroit broadcasting live all week.

* Retiring from adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian after 35 years as the station's morning host is Bob Butler. His broadcasting career spans over 40 years.

* Joining Rubber City Radio classic hits WVIC-FM 94.1 Jackson/Lansing for mornings will be Mary Turner, who is exiting Regent adult contemporary WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids as that station's music director and midday host. Turner hits the air at WVIC beginning October 13th.

September 25:

* The second summer radio ratings trend was released for Grand Rapids today. Among listeners age 12 and above, country WBCT-FM continues to lead, followed by top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, news-talk WOOD-AM, and modern rock WGRD-FM. Clear Channel continues to enjoy a major portion of the overall audience- its 40.1 share is more than double that of Regent's 15.2 and Citadel's 14.4.

September 24:

* Mary Turner exits as midday host and music director at Regent adult contemporary WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids. She'd been with the station for 7 years- All Access

* Earl Jones exits Clear Channel urban AC WMXD-FM 92.3 and urban WJLB-FM 97.9 Detroit, where he was the stations' general manager, in order to take over Clear Channel's Louisville cluster as vice president and market manager- All Access

September 23:

* The on-air lineup at Rubber City Radio hot AC WKMY-FM 92.1 Lansing for now: Mornings are hosted by program director Brad Walker and music director Kelly Bradley; Melody Taylor middays; James Dylan evenings; Eric Stevens overnights. Taylor, Dylan (as Lefty), and Stevens (as Nightfly) all were with the station in the same roles when it was modern rock 'The Edge'. Market manager Dave Johnson told FMQB that he plans on moving Brad Walker to afternoons once he hires a new morning co-host for Kelly Bradley.

* Low-power TV station W68CH (channel 68) Detroit has been off the air for several weeks; the station has apparently completed its move to channel 33 as W33BY and abandoned ch. 68

September 22:

* Michelle McKormick has been tapped to host her own program that will air each weekday from the end of the Howard Stern show until noon on Infinity talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit. The Scott and Casey Show will now air from noon-3pm.

* The on-air talent and behind-the-scenes producers at Infinity sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit voted, by a 73% margin, to ratify their first AFTRA contract last week. Negotiations lasted for 17 months. At the end of 2004, the AFTRA contract with sister-station news WWJ-AM 950 contract expires- at that time plans are to negotiate one contract to cover the employees of both stations.

September 19:

* Former Clear Channel Detroit market manager Steve Schram jumps back into the radio business and joins Infinity Detroit as vice president and general manager for oldies WOMC-FM 104.3, country WYCD-FM 99.5, and smooth jazz WVMV-FM 98.7. Schram had most recently been working for AOL Web Properties and fills most of the role vacated by Maureen Lesourd, who is now in Los Angeles working for Infinity. Rich Homberg, already vice president and general manager at Infinity's all-news WWJ-AM 950 and sports WXYT-AM 1270, takes over management of talk WKRK-FM 97.1 too.

* ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit 11pm news anchor Guy Gordon is replaced in that role by Stephen Clark. Station management plans on using Gordon in other roles at the station- Detroit Free Press

* Rubber City Radio hot AC WKMY-FM 92.1 Lansing, which flipped from modern rock WWDX earlier this week, has announced that Kelly Bradley has been retained as the station's music director and morning show host- All Access

September 17:

* At 1:50pm today, Rubber City Radio modern rock 'The Edge' WWDX-FM 92.1 Lansing changed its format to Hot Adult Contemporary as WKMY, "My 92.1". Edge program director John Boyle is no longer with the station- Brad Walker has been named as the new program director of WKMY. WWDX had been a modern/alternative rock station since 1993 when that format replaced new age/jazz. Rubber City also owns sports WQTX-FM 92.7, classic hits WVIC-FM 94.1, and rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 in the Lansing/Jackson area.

* The FCC's Wireless Bureau has announced that the State of Michigan will initiate a study to assess the impact of communication towers on migratory birds.

* FCC Action: Granted WCCW-AM 1310 Traverse City a construction permit to add nighttime service (130 watts directional from 2 towers) and increase daytime power from 5,000 watts nondirectional to 15,000 watts directional using 3 towers. The changes require the station to build new towers just southwest of Traverse City.

September 16:

* Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing has announced the hiring of Michael Sadowski as the station's new program director and morning host. His exact start date is still to be determined, but should be within about three weeks. Sadowski will get started with the station next week helping with Fall Sharathon- he arrives from Jacksonville where he last worked for a Christian-based station- All Access

* A longtime employee of Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) was found dead in the University of Michigan's LSA Building this past Saturday. Engineer Steven Graham, 49, apparently died from strangulation suicide according to officials. He was found after family members asked U-M's Dept. of Public Safety for a "welfare check" to see if he was okay. The building, which had been the home of Michigan Radio, is largely empty at the moment due to renovation work- All Access

* New to afternoons at Forum Communications' rock WZUU-FM 92.3 is Kory Lee- FMQB

* FCC Actions: Granted WMQT-FM 107.7 Marquette a modification to its construction permit (HAAT from 525 to 636 feet); Granted WPIQ-FM 99.9 Manistique a modification to its construction permit (change of tower location, HAAT from 171 to 151 feet); Granted WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock a construction permit for changes (frequency change to 98.5)

September 15:

* All-news WWJ-AM led the second summer ratings trend for Detroit followed by urban WJLB-FM and news-talk WJR-AM, which tied for second place. There was a three-way tie for fourth place between rock WRIF-FM, adult urban WMXD-FM, and smooth jazz WVMV-FM. Adult contemporary WMGC-FM edged out rival WNIC-FM for the first time ever, finishing as the 9th highest rated station- WNIC was 11th. All these placements are based on data from Arbitron Company for radio listeners age 12 and above between 6am and midnight on weekdays.

* Fox affiliate WXMI-TV 17 Grand Rapids vice president and general manager Ed Fernandez has been named as VP and GM of Telemundo's WSNS-TV 44 Chicago. Fernandez is also the current chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters - a position he will resign in addition to leaving WXMI.

* Michigan Association of Broadcasters vice president Mike Steger has resigned effective October 1st. Steger has accepted a role at Michigan State University running the College of Natural Sciences' Alumni Association.

September 12:

* Minor league hockey's Flint Generals will have all their games broadcast on Regent adult standards WFNT-AM 1470 this season. Play-by-play man will be Robert A. Roe for his 11th season behind the mic- All Access

September 11:

* WNEM-TV 5 Bay City sports anchor Art Neil has announced that he's leaving the station after 22 years as of September 19th- Saginaw News

September 10:

* Clear Channel hot AC WVTI-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids has fully rolled out its new lineup: Mornings are now hosted by Kristy Swan and Dave Justus, followed by Cara Essick middays, assistant program director Ken Evans afternoons, and Dave Kent evenings. Kent had been the station's morning co-host and Justus is a former morning co-host at cross-town modern rock WGRD-FM 97.9- All Access

September 9:

* Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore will join Parker and The Man (Rob Parker and Mark Wilson) on Infinity talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit for Lions' post game coverage this season. Moore will provide his unique insider’s perspective after each game exclusively to Live 97.1 listeners. WKRK is the radio flagship of Detroit Lions play-by-play.

September 8:

* Clear Channel country WBCT-FM 93.7 Grand Rapids raised $461,076.51 during their 'B-93 Roofsit For Kids' last week. The total was a ten thousand dollar increase over last year's total! Congratulations go out to morning co-host Neal Dionne, who spent 4 days living on top of Millbrook Tack & Trailer in Grand Rapids to raise public awareness and funding for child abuse and neglect prevention and counseling programs in the West Michigan area, and the entire B-93 staff.

* MacDonald Broadcasting top 40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing raised $15,000 during Friday's 'Z101.7 Lansing Heros Auction'. Firefighers, paramedics, and police officers from around the Lansing area took part in the event- the funds will be donated to the Angel House Project, a child and family services organization that is attempting to build a shelter and assessment center in Lansing- All Access

September 5:

* Citadel classic rock WLAV-FM 96.9 Grand Rapids program director Brent Alberts has been promoted to director of operations overseeing the entire Citadel Grand Rapids cluster. Besides 'LAV, Citadel runs active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5, Oldies WODJ-FM 107.3, and sports WBBL-AM 1340- All Access

September 3:

* WDIV-TV 4 Detroit general sales manager Ted Pearse has been appointed to the newly created position of director of sales for WDIV. In this new role, Pearse is responsible for management of sponsored sales of all WDIV's major event telecasts including the upcoming 2004 Olympics; the annual broadcasts of America's Thanksgiving Parade; Marshall Field's Target Fireworks; Arts, Beats and Eats specials; and the station's website, Click On Detroit.com. In addition, as director of sales, Pearse will handle political sales for the station.

* FCC action: Granted W54CR Traverse City (translator for WFQX-TV 33 Cadillac) a construction permit to increase its power from 9,600 watts to 30,400 watts

September 2:

* Christian WSNL-AM 600 Flint made a major change to its facilities today when 3 of its 4 towers were torn down to make way for a residential subdivision. The 4th tower is scheduled to come down in March 2004 after the station receives approval from the FCC for new facilities further west in Genesee County. Until then, the station will operate with special temporary authority from the FCC from its now-modified single tower site.

* Fairfield Broadcasting play-by-play guy Robert Ford has been named as Broadcaster of the Year by the Frontier League (Class A baseball). Ford works at WQSN-AM 1660 Kalamazoo calling the games for the Kalamazoo Kings in addition to duties as afternoon anchor and reporter on WKZO-AM 590. He also works Kalamazoo Christian High School and Kalamazoo College games on WKLZ-AM 1470- All Access

* FCC action: Granted WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain its license to cover (new station)

 

August 2003 News and Notes

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August 29:

* Talk/oldies WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City will add a locally-based sports talk show effective Monday September 1. 'SportsLine' will air daily from 2-3pm. This will be the first local radio sports show in the Tri-Cities area since the departure of sports programming on WMAX-AM 1440.

* Country WBCT-FM continues on as Grand Rapids' top station among listeners age 12 and above according to the first summer phase ratings that were released yesterday. Top 40 WSNX-FM was second, followed by news-talk WOOD-AM, classic rock WLAV-FM, and modern rock WGRD-FM. Clear Channel continues to dominate the market overall, with a 38.6 share, more than double the shares of Regent and Citadel.

August 28:

* Sold: Talk-full service WION-AM 1430 Ionia for $100,000 by Agricultural Resource Group to Stafford Broadcasting, pending FCC approval. Stafford owns WSCG-AM 1380 Greenville and WSCG-FM 106.3 Lakeview.

* FCC Action: Granted WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City a construction permit to add nighttime service at 129 watts from the same 3-tower array the station currently uses for daytime operations.

August 27:

* Fairfield sports WQSN-AM 1660 Kalamazoo juggles its lineup; ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike return for mornings with PD Ryan Maguire shifting to late mornings 10am-noon. The station will keep Jim Rome middays, but replace Fox Sports Radio programming with ESPN Radio. Afternoons will still be held by Citadel's regionally syndicated Bob Simonson. Morning co-host Seth Harp remains with Fairfield in an off-air role- All Access

August 26:

* Joy FM (WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City, WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe, WJOJ-FM 89.7 Harrisville) welcomes Michael Floe to their on-air staff, bringing 20 years of radio experience along with him to the stations. Floe has lived and worked on the east coast, the west coast, and various points between. Michael's rich smooth voice has also been heard in television voiceovers and in comedy bits. His show will air 10am-3pm weekdays.

* Sold: Top 40 WCFX-FM 95.3 Clare/Mt. Pleasant by Goldsen Broadcasting/Jackson Radio works for $2.88 million to Florida-based Greenax Broadcasting, pending FCC approval. Goldsen purchased the station in 2000 from Mackin Broadcasting.

August 21:

* ABC affiliate WOTV-TV 41 Battle Creek will drop its news department, effective today. The station will still carry news, but it will be a simulcast of LIN Television sister station NBC affiliate WOOD-TV 8 Grand Rapids. WOTV will continue its ABC affiliation and carry that network's news, sports, and entertainment programming. According to LIN, the combination of a sluggish economy and an increasingly competitive local media market (five local newscasts and three cable newscasts) led to the decision. The move will eliminate 24 employee positions within the WOTV news department but will maintain a Battle Creek/Kalamazoo bureau at the station that will be staffed by one reporter, two photographers and one producer. This team will contribute to coverage of the area on WOOD-TV. WOTV's local sales and production teams will remain in Battle Creek as well as the engineering staff. Employees were notified of the decision earlier today.

* Infinity Detroit (WKRK-FM 97.1, WVMV-FM 98.7, WYCD-FM 99.5, WOMC-FM 104.3, WWJ-AM 950, and WXYT-AM 1270) vice president / market manager Maureen Lesourd will be transfering to Los Angeles where she'll take on the role of vice president and general manager for Infinity's oldies KRTH (K-EARTH 101).

* Full service WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor was sold for $1.5 million by Whitehall Enterprises to Big D Broadcasting, which is a subsidiary of First Broadcasting Company. The deal must get FCC approval before becoming final. Broker was Gary Lillie and Associates of Ann Arbor.

August 20:

* Call sign changes: WMXE FM 102.5 Hudson became WBZV on July 23; WIZY FM 100.9 East Jordan became WICV on August 11; new LPFM 100.9 Norton Shores became WMBC-LP on August 18

August 19:

* The first ratings trend for the summer was released for Detroit yesterday. Maintaining the top spot among listeners age 12 and above was news WWJ-AM followed by urban WJLB-FM, which moved into second place overall. Down a spot to third was news-talk WJR-AM, followed by smooth jazz WVMV-FM. Fifth place overall was a tie between rock WRIF-FM and urban AC WMXD-FM.

* Fox Sports Net Detroit has hired Ryan Field as a correspondent for its Detroit Sports Report. Field has been a sports reporter at WJBK-TV (FOX 2) in Detroit since August 2000 and has also provided sports updates on WDFN-AM 1130.

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City and WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste Marie from Scanlan Communications to MTC License (Max Media)

August 15:

* Cindy Austin is the new 7pm-midnight host at Citadel country WFBE-FM Flint. Austin also picks up the role of assistant promotions director. Also at WFBE, former afternoon jock Dave Geronimo returns to the station after about a 1 year absence in the same role- All Access

* FCC actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WNBY-FM 93.7 and WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry from F&W Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications.

August 14:

* On-air: Great Lakes Radio's WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain. The station is programming an 80's based format.

August 12:

* Arbitron ratings for the Northwest Lower Peninsula were released last Friday. Among listeners age 12 and above, country WTCM-FM continued to be the top station, followed by news-talk WTCM-AM, oldies WCCW-FM, top 40 WKHQ-FM, and modern rock WLJZ/WJZJ-FM. Midwestern Broadcasting had the top cluster, with a 36.9 share of radio listeners.

August 11:

* The Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters & the FCC have reached a new agreement on the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program. The new program takes effect Sept. 30, 2003, and all stations with valid "certificates of Compliance" will be grandfathered. Several items of the ABIP program have changed. MAB will be mailing details to all stations in the weeks ahead. MAB members can visit the Members Only section of the MAB web site at www.michmab.com for a summary of the changes and the new ABIP contract terms.

* Infinity talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit debuted the Steve Mariucci show today at 7pm- the show will air every Monday night at 7 throughout the NFL season. Detroit Lions' head coach Mariucci will break down all the latest Lions news and information- what happened, why it happened, and what’s next for the Lions.

* Crawford Broadcasting Company of Blue Bell, PA has filed a request with the FCC (08/04/03) on behalf of its AM 560 Monroe to acquire the call sign WRDT. AM 560 presently operates under the call sign WLLZ and is a religious talk format originating from the studios of WMUZ in northwest Detroit. Upon approval of the request, WMUZ plans to unveil "The New WRDT - The WORD 560: Detroit's Christian Talk." The WORD 560 is the anchor station in Detroit for the live nationally syndicated broadcast of "The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly" weekdays at Noon and the live local talk program "On the Word with Paul Edwards" weekdays at 2:00 pm. An affiliated website is being developed and is located at www.wrdt.net.

August 8:

* Children's WFDF-AM 910 Flint has had its request for a variance for the placement of its proposed new eight-tower daytime array in Monroe County denied by Ash Township. It's uncertain what course of action the station's owner, ABC/Disney, will take next. The proposed new site for WFDF would give the station daytime coverage across the metro Detroit area if it is eventually allowed to be built- Monroe News

* Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is set to welcome back Don Phillips to his overnight shift beginning next week. Phillips has been off the air since April after being diagnosed with diabetes; complications from the disease required five different surgeries and a long recuperation. Phillips comments that he's excited to get back to work and wants to thank all the listeners for their cards and notes of encouragement while he was recovering. Phillips will also return to his weekend shift doing "Jukebox Saturday Night" from 7pm-midnight after the Woodward Dream Cruise is over.

August 5:

* Clear Channel top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit took advantage of the recent attention given to crop circles in Howell by issuing a couple of press releases earlier today. The first ‘apologized’ for members of its evening show creating the circles – the second retracted the apology as a hoax. The first release gave a somewhat detailed explanation describing the when, who, and how of the event. After the station “accepted full responsibility for wasting the time and efforts of the press in pursing the invalid paranormal event”, WKQI operations manager Dom Theodore apologized to listeners of WKQI, the local media, and the Esper family, who own the field where the circles are located, by airing apologies on the station for a bit on Tuesday. After the story was picked up by the wire services, the station revealed that their first release was a fabrication, obviously cooked up to get attention for the station.

* Silent/out of business: Upper Peninsula low-power TV outlet WUPT-CA 25 Crystal Falls and its simulcast station WUPT-LP 43 Republic Twp. The station had been an affiliate of UPN until May and signed off, likely for good, last month.

August 4:

* Top 5 stations in the Battle Creek market during the spring 2003 rating period were country WNWN-FM, top 40 WKFR-FM, adult contemporary WBXX-FM, news-talk WBCK-AM, and rock WRKR-FM. Clear Channel was the top rated cluster, followed by Cumulus and Midwest Communications. Ratings are based on listeners 12+ years old, M-F 6am-midnight.

* Casey Cook, the newest addition to the broadcast team at adult contemporary WNBY-FM 93.7 Newberry, who started July 1st, got dunked for charity over the weekend at the Luce/Mackinac County Fair. The evening drive personality/part-time morning show host, donated all proceeds of his dunk tank antics to the Tahquamenon Area School District "Project: Backpack" program, ensuring all kids in the school district will have backpacks with all the goodies to begin the school year.

* Citadel sports WVFN-AM Lansing host Mike Sinnott has left the station in order to spend more time with his role as president of the Sports Flash Radio Network- which currently has over 20 affiliates signed for its localized sports reports- All Access

August 1:

* Infinity FM talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit adds the syndicated Bill O'Reilly program for late evenings 11pm-1am beginning Monday. Debbie Schlussel is dropped from the station's lineup- All Access

* Top 5 Kalamazoo stations this past spring in Kalamazoo were rock WRKR-FM, top 40 WKFR-FM, country WBCT-FM, talk WKMI-AM, and hot AC WQLR-FM. Cumulus, which owns WRKR, WKFR, and WKMI was the top cluster, enjoying a 28.3 share among listeners age 12 and above.

 

July 2003 News and Notes

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July 31:

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 received two nominations for the "Triple A Industry Achievement Awards". WDET was nominated for "Station of the Year - Noncommercial" and weekday afternoon music host Martin Bandyke was nominated for "Air Personality of the Year."

* Clear Channel-owned stations swept the top 3 spots in the spring 12+ ratings for Grand Rapids. On top was country WBCT-FM followed by top-40 WSNX-FM and news/talk WOOD-AM. Citadel classic rock WLAV-FM and Regent modern rock WGRD-FM rounded out the top five stations. Clear Channel continues to dominate the market overall, with a 36.9 share, followed by Regent with a 16.7 mark and then Citadel with 15.2.

July 30:

* New program director for Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is David Smith who is on the job starting August 11th. His experience includes work with many different formats, including oldies, classic rock, adult contemporary, urban, and CHR. Much of his career has been with Cox Radio, where he held the title of director of operations and programming for that company's 4-station cluster in Louisville, KY, including Oldies station, WRKA. During that time he also served as a music consultant to Cox's oldies station in Dayton, OH. Other resume highlights include time at KACE/KAVE-FM Los Angeles, KSOL San Francisco, and WKKV AM/FM Milwaukee.

July 28:

* Three Michigan stations and one personality have been named as finalists for 2003 Marconi Awards. The 3 station nominees and their categories are: Greater Media rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit for Legendary Station of the Year, Regent adult contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9 Flint for Small Market Station of the Year, and Bay View Broadcasting top 40 WMOM-FM 102.7 Pentwater/Ludington as CHR Station of the Year. Fairfield Broadcast hot AC WQLR-FM 106.5 Kalamazoo morning host Ken Lanphear is up for the Small Market Personality award. Each year, the National Association of Broadcasters presents radio stations and personalities with various Marconi awards to recognize excellence in radio. The awards were first handed out in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner, Guglielmo Marconi.

* Ave Maria Radio (Catholic WDEO-AM 990 Ypsilanti and WMAX-AM 1440 Saginaw) is ready to welcome back Al Kresta to the 3-6pm afternoon shift starting next Monday as he returns from an extended absence while recovering from a bout with flesh-eating bacteria. The illness cost Kresta, who in addition to his role as afternoon host is Ave Maria's CEO, one of his legs earlier in the year.

* Sold: Scanlan Communication's Upper Peninsula ABC affiliates WBKP-TV 5 Calumet and WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette to Thunder Bay Broadcasting, owner of CBS affiliate WBKB-TV Alpena (pending FCC approval).

July 27:

* DX-midAMerica reports that oldies WADW-FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste Marie has been off the air and is slated to return with programming from EWTN

* FCC Action: Proposed the addition of a Class A allotment for Harrison at 103.9 FM

July 24:

* Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit's 6th Annual Dick Purtan Golf Outing on July 14th, raised over $82,000 benefiting the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute.

* Call sign action: WBHC-LP assigned to FM 96.5 Benton Harbor on July 16th

* FCC action: modified the construction permit for WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp from 2,000 watts (vertical) @ 499 feet directional to 400 watts (vertical) @ 581 feet non-directional

July 23:

* Spring ratings for the Flint and Tri-Cities markets were released today for listeners age 12 and above. In Flint, adult contemporary WCRZ-FM was on top with urban AC WDZZ-FM, rhythmic top 40 WRCL-FM, oldies WHNN-FM, and active rock WWBN-FM rounding out the top 5. News-talk WSGW-AM enjoyed the best ratings in the Tri-Cities, followed by country WKCQ-FM, WHNN, active rock WKQZ-FM, and top 40 WIOG-FM.

* FCC Action: Granted WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock its license to cover (new station)

July 22:

* WJRT-TV 12 Flint anchor Glenda Lewis will exit the station to become a weekend anchor at WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit.

July 21:

* Ann Arbor's top 5 stations among listeners age 12 and above this past spring were news/talk WJR-AM, country WWWW-FM, top-40 WKQI-FM, smooth jazz WVMV-FM, and then in a 3-way tie for fifth, urban stations WDTJ-FM and WJLB-FM along with rock WRIF-FM. Arbitron released the ratings today.

* New night host and promotions assistant at Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint is Cindy Austin, who moves from sister top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City/Saginaw; Mandy Hanks exits Cumulus hot AC WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint to become the morning show producer at WIOG; Cristi Cantle adds the role of music director to her nighttime jock duties at Citadel active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids. She'll also become the host for the late night program Metal Shop of Horrors at the station- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted WJOH-FM 91.5 Raco a modification to its construction permit (ERP from 3,800 watts directional to 5,500 watts non-directional)

July 17:

* The spring 2003 ratings book for Detroit was released today by Arbitron. Among listeners age 12 and above, all-news WWJ-AM was the top station, maintaining the spot it held in the winter book. The remainder of the top 10 stations were news-talk WJR-AM, urban WJLB-FM, oldies WOMC-FM, rock WRIF-FM, urban AC WMXD-FM, smooth jazz WVMV-FM, adult contemporary WNIC-FM, urban WDTJ-FM, and adult contemporary WMGC-FM. The station with the biggest share gain since the winter was hot AC WDVD-FM which improved to a 2.8 from 2.1. Among the various owners in Detroit, Infinity enjoyed the largest share of listeners across all its stations (including #1 WWJ), followed by the clusters owned by Clear Channel, Greater Media, ABC/Disney, Radio One, and CHUM Ltd.

* Christian rock WTRK-FM 89.1 Bay City is celebrating its 10 years on the air all this month. WTRK has also has been slowly evolving its format; moving from CHR during the day and rock at night to hot CHR/rock during the day and active rock at night. Other changes include making mornings and afternoon drive both live programs- the hosts are all volunteers for the non-profit station. In addition, new liners, sweepers, and a logo have been rolled out to better reflect the changes to the on-air attitude. The station stays with its main identity as 'The Rock', but has shifted its postioner to 'Mid-Michigan's Christian Music Authority' from 'Christan Radio 89FM'.

* Mike Couchman, currently program director at Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing, will exit that role to take over PD duties at Contemporary Christian WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids / WAYK-FM 88.3 Kalamazoo- All Access

July 16:

* Radio First WBTI-FM 96.9 Lexington/Port Huron has evolved its format effective today from CHR/top 40 to hot adult contemporary as "The Bluewater's Best Of The 80's, 90's and Now". The new sound of 96.9 WBTI will kickoff with 96.9 hours of 80's Music to celebrate the annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Boat race now thru Sunday. The station's new on-air lineup:
5:30-9am: Jerry Noble (program director); 9am-2pm Gayle Storm; 2-7pm Sean Michaels (who moves from AM drive); and 7pm-midnight Cooper (who moves from PM drive). McVay Media will remain the station's consultant, with voicework from Pat Garrett Creative Services and Jane Asher's VoiceOver Vision. New jingles are from TM Century.

July 15:

* Friends Communications' WMXE-FM 102.5 Hudson/Hillsdale has changed format from hot adult contemporary to classic rock. The station is now airing the Bob and Tom Show mornings.

* Call sign action: Construction permit for FM 90.9 Charlevoix was assigned WWCZ on May 15, 2003

July 14:

* Infinity Broadcasting has announced that the Detroit Lions will switch their play-by-play broadcasts from WXYT-AM 1270 to sister station WKRK-FM 97.1 for the upcoming football season.

* Rhonda Walker has joined Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 and will be co-anchoring the station's morning show with Steve Garagiola. Walker comes to WDIV from Detroit FOX affiliate WJBK-TV 2. WDIV has also announced the hiring of sports anchor and reporter John Boruk His sportscasts will be seen on the station's Saturday and Sunday evening newscasts at 6 and 11pm. Boruk comes to WDIV from WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, TN.

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit has expanded its weekend programming. The new lineup started Saturday, July 5th with the airing of The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, The Infinite Mind, and The Motley Fool. WDET’s Matthew McLean is the new local host for Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

* FCC Actions: Granted WTWR-FM 98.3 its license to cover to change its City of License to Luna Pier and move its transmitter/antenna into Lucas County, Ohio. The station is now 3,400 watts @ 440 feet directional; Granted Great Lakes Community Broadcasting licenses to cover for two translators- W206AZ 89.1 Fremont and W207BL 89.3 Pinnebog; Granted W27CN LPTV 27 Lansing a modification of its construction permit to move its antenna into downtown Lansing; Granted Great Lakes Adventist Academy a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Cedar Lake (Montcalm County) at 93.5; Granted WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon a construction permit to slightly change its tower height and location; Granted The Flats Economic Development Corp. of Michigan a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to Benton Harbor at 105.3

* More FCC Actions: Granted WQHH-FM 96.5 DeWitt its license to cover for changes (ERP from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet); Granted John R. Powley a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Manistique on channel 12 (note: the coordinates on the FCC have the CP located in Kentucky); Swapped the digital TV allotments for the two CMU public TV stations in Cadillac (was 58, now 17) and Manistee (was 17, now 58); Granted Michigan Community Radio a construction permit for a new non-commercial educational FM station to be licensed to Rust Twp (Alpena County) at 88.5

July 10:

* Mid-Michigan Radio Group modern rock WWDX-FM 92.1 Lansing night jock Lefty adds the role of promotions director, replacing current midday host Melody McCoy who will focus on her on-air duties at the station- All Access

July 8:

* Best wishes to Citadel country WFBE-FM Flint morning co-host Tony Magoo as he receives treatment for cancer. He'll be off the air for an undetermined amount of time- station program director Coyote Collins will fill in- All Access

July 1:

* The top 5 stations in Grand Rapids for the second spring ratings trend among listeners age 12 and above were country WBCT-FM, news/talk WOOD-AM, top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, and adult contemporary WLHT-FM. Christian WJQK-FM moved into the top 10 stations overall, increasing its ratings share from 3.4 to 4.0 since the first spring trend.

 

June 2003 News and Notes

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June 29:

* Clear Channel hot AC WVTI-FM 96.1 morning co-host Michelle McKormick exits the station to join the Scott and Casey show middays at Infinity FM talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit; Birach talk WMFN-AM 640 Zeeland adds two shows to its lineup: G. Gordon Liddy will air 2-4pm weekdays and Loveline 10pm-midnight Sun-Thursday- Grand Rapids Press

June 27:

* Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing (The Light) was honored by readers of the local newspaper this week. The Lansing State Journal's "Best of the Best" readers choice awards voted WLGH Best in two categories: Best Place to Rock Out To Jesus, and Best Place to Spend a Sunday Morning.

June 23:

* Detroit's own Joe Wade Formicola, a 1970 graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, will be inducted into the Career College Association Hall of Fame this week. Formicola, who is now program director and operations manager of WRAL-FM in Raleigh, NC, graced the Detroit airwaves for years on such stations as WWWW, WYCD, WXYT, and WJR. Joe says, "This award is special because it acknowledges not just professional but academic achievement as well. It is also a special tribute to the Specs Howard School and their thousands of graduates in the radio and television industries. I am thrilled to be in the company of fellow Hall of Fame inductee, Chef Bobby Flay (The Food Network)."

* FCC Actions: Dismissed WOAP-AM 1080 Owosso's application for a major change to move to the Lansing area (Waverly), increase daytime power, and add nighttime service; Granted Chapel Hill United Methodist Church a construction permit for a new low power FM station to be licensed to Battle Creek on 97.1; Granted WAOR-FM 95.3 Niles its license to cover for changes (ERP from 3,300 watts @ 299 feet to 5,500 watts @ 276 feet with a tower location change south from Berrien County to St. Joseph County, IN)

June 20:

* FCC Action: Granted the City of Benton Harbor a construction permit for a new low power FM station to be at 96.5

June 19:

* Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit sports guy Mark 'Doc' Andrews is on leave from the station's morning show once again as he starts a round of chemotherapy to hopefully fight off colon cancer. Andrews was off the air for several weeks last month while recuperating from surgery that removed a growth that turned out to be cancerous.

* Handyman Productions, syndicator of The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege, adds former WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit program director and operations manager Patrick Sheehan as its director of affiliate relations- All Access

* Call sign changes: WFVX TV 45 Vanderbilt became WFUP on April 28th; CP for FM 92.9 Fenwick was assigned WDLP-LP on May 5th; CP for FM 88.5 Jackson was assigned WJKQ on May 8th

* FCC Actions: Deleted W276AD 103.1 Ironwood which had been silent for a number of years

June 17:

* Condolences to the family and friends of longtime Michigan broadcaster John Carroll Sr. who passed away at age 83 on June 11th.

* Spring phase 2 ratings trends have been released for Detroit. Back on top after dropping to 2nd for the winter book and first spring trend was news-talk WJR-AM, which flipped spots with all-news WWJ-AM. Oldies WOMC-FM, urban WJLB-FM, and rock WRIF-FM rounded out the top 5 stations among listeners age 12 and above. Infinity is ranked as the top cluster, followed by Clear Channel, Greater Media, ABC/Disney, and Radio One.

* On the air: Low power TV station WUHQ-LP channel 29 serving Grand Rapids. The station is carrying "America's Store" from the Home Shopping Network 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Starting in July, a one hour local show, "The TV Mall" is planned to launch on Saturday mornings at 10:00 featuring Michigan and local area businesses. WUHQ is the first of several LPTV's that the station's owner plans on building over the next few years- the construction permits (16 more in total) were all acquired from a wireless cable group that failed when the 18" dish became available. It has taken a long time to get the frequencies involved moved into areas that will serve larger population centers- work that continues with the FCC for some of the locations. WUHQ-LP broadcasts from the same tower as WFUR-FM and WFUR-AM in Grand Rapids with a directional 40,000 watt signal. The station's web site is www.wuhq.com.

* The Rotary Club of Detroit presented Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 morning host Dick Purtan with its annual Stanley S. Kresge Award on June 11th at the Detroit Athletic Club. Purtan is the 15th recipient of the award which is given annually to a person in the Greater Detroit area who has demonstrated in his or her life the ideals of the late Stanley S. Kresge. This person must: Exemplify in his or her personal and professional life those caring qualities devoted to causes which make a positive contribution to the life of the city; Epitomize a concerned and caring person whose talents and servanthood, freely given, makes a difference in the life of the community he or she serves; and live or work and exert an influence in the Metro Detroit Area. Dick received a bronze medallion award plus a $5,000 check to be give to the charity of his choice, which is the Karmanos Cancer Institutie for the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Purtan was honored for his philanthropic contributions to such organizations as: Children's Hospital of Michigan; The Salvation Army - where Purtan's annual Radiothon has helped raise $10 million in 16 years; and the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in Assoication with the Karmanos Cancer Institute where $1 million has been raised since its 1998 inception. Dick says Metro Detroiters are truly some of the most generous people in the country with their charity contributions. Purtan states, "I simply put a public face and voice to the efforts."

June 12:

* The two Goodrich-owned radio stations in the Grand Rapids area have modified their programming in advance of another change that will take place on Monday June 16th. WKWM-AM 1140, which had been airing adult standards, and WJNZ-AM 1680, which had been a mainstream urban outlet, are both currently simulcasting ABC Radio's adult urban comptempory format 'The Touch'. On Monday WJNZ-AM will drop the simulcast and become Grand Rapids' affiliate for Radio Disney, joining WFDF-AM 910 Flint as Michigan's second station with the format targeted towards children and their parents. ABC/Disney will broker the time on AM 1680 which will change its call sign to WDSS.

June 10:

* FCC Actions: Granted WXMI-TV 17 Grand Rapids its license to cover for changes (ERP to 1,700kW from 1,290kW); Granted WFAT-FM 96.5 Portage its license to cover for changes (ERP from 3,600 watts @ 259 feet to 6,000 watts @ 249 feet)

June 9:

* Fox Sports Net Detroit was the recipient of four EMMY Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. FSN Detroit won in the categories of Sports Play-by-Play, Sports Program, Light Feature, and Single Camera Field Directing. FSN Detroit has received 12 statuettes since 2000, including eight over the last two years.

June 6:

* Clear Channel sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit announced that Detroit has been selected as 'Tour Stop #31' in the Jim Rome World Tour. WDFN is the Detroit affiliate for the Jim Rome Show, which airs weekdays from noon-3pm. “We’ve been trying to get a Tour Stop forever,” says WDFN program director Rona Danziger, “but it’s been difficult until this year. This is a major coup for Sports Radio 1130 the Fan and the city of Detroit. Everyone associated with this event is ecstatic to be involved and we couldn’t be happier to be putting it on.”

* FCC Actions: Granted WEJC-FM 88.3 White Star (Gladwin) its license to cover (new station)

June 5:

* Mark Davis exits Clear Channel classic hits WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit. Davis, the former morning show host, continued on for about a year as the morning news anchor and board op for the syndicated Bob & Tom show.

June 4:

* The top 5 stations in Grand Rapids during the first spring Arbitrend report were country WBCT-FM, news/talk WOOD-AM, top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, and adult contemporary WOOD-FM. Clear Channel continues to 'own' the market, with a 39.2 share. Regent's cluster moved ahead of Citadel's (16.3 for Regent, 16.1 for Citadel) during this trend.

* Hot talk WMFN-AM 640 Zeeland/Grand Rapids has added ‘The John and Jeff Show’ to their overnight lineup. John and Jeff are syndicated from KLSX Los Angeles on the Wilbur Entertainment Network. They air on WMFN 1-6am early mornings Monday through Friday. The duo talk about current news issues and deal with a wide range of day-to-day questions. They target third-shift workers.

June 3:

* FCC Action: Granted WLWZ-LP 97.1 Cassopolis its license to cover (new station)

June 2:

* Sunday's Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees game at Comerica Park not only drew a record crowd in person, but also attracted the highest viewing audience in six seasons of Tigers telecasts on Fox Sports Net Detroit. Based on data from Nielsen Media Research, the FSN telecast registered a 6.7 household rating in metro Detroit, an average of 127,000 homes tuned in over the course of the 1:00-6:15 PM telecast (one ratings point equals approximately 18,990 households). The viewing audience saw Roger Clemens' attempt at career victory No. 300, the one-day return of Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell to the broadcast booth and a 17-inning cliffhanger resulting in a 10-9 Yankees victory. The telecast peaked at a 9.6 rating (182,300 homes) from 4:30-4:45pm, followed closely by a 9.2 mark during two quarter hours (4:00-4:15 and 5:45-6:00pm). It was the most-watched show in all of Detroit on Sunday afternoon, beating The Memorial golf tournament on CBS (3.9 rating), NASCAR's MBNA 400 on FX (2.3) and arena football playoffs on NBC (2.0). Sunday's viewing audience eclipsed the previous top-rated FSN Tigers telecast, a 6.6 rating on April 11, 2000, the first game ever at Comerica Park as Detroit took on the Seattle Mariners.

Harwell, filling in for analyst Rod Allen, worked alongside play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba and watched Clemens get a no-decision after six innings of work. The Tigers rallied from 7-1 and 8-6 deficits before finally falling in the 17th inning in front of a record Comerica Park crowd of 44,095 who witnessed the longest game in the ballpark's four-year history. "What a fun day of baseball - Ernie in the booth, Clemens on the mound and two storied franchises in front of a full house," said Greg Hammaren, FSN Detroit Vice President/General Manager. "It was great television from start to finish."

* FCC Action: Granted WUPX-FM 91.5 Marquette a construction permit to increase its ERP from 200 to 360 watts

 

May 2003 News and Notes

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May 31:

* Fox Sports Net's Mickey York is changing roles on the Detroit Sports Report, moving from reporter to weekday anchor starting June 20th. York replaces Marc Soicher who departs DSR anchor FSN's Rocky Mountain Sports Report.

* Former Michigan jocks Tim Timmerman (WBTI-FM 96.9 Pt. Huron) and Jeff Michaels (WMMQ-FM 94.9 Lansing) have teamed up for mornings at Top 40 KMCK-FM in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

May 30:

* FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit evening hosts Kramer and Twitch exit the station to head to an Infinity sister-station in Orlando for morning duties. Late night sports hosts Mark Wilson and Rob Parker (Parker and the Man) shift to fill the 7-11pm slot. Taking over 11pm-1am slot will be current weekend host Debbie Schlussel.

* Thayrone, aka Terry Hughes, former host of the "Bone Conduction Music Show" on public WEMU-FM 89.1 Ypsilanti, has been hired by Clear Channel gold-based adult contemporary WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor to host a similar show that will air Sunday evenings 7-11pm- Detroit News

May 28:

* New: 'Boogie Nights', a Saturday evening dance/disco program hosted by Mitch O'Connor on CHUM Group's adult contemporary CIDR-FM 93.9 Windsor/Detroit. The show airs 7-11pm. The show goes head-to-head with Clear Channel's WNIC-FM 100.3 Chris Edmonds who hosts 'Flashback Saturday Night', a similar program that airs from 7pm-midnight.

May 27:

* Former MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting top-40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix morning man Keith Michaels has signed on as host of the 'Good Morning Show' on sister station adult contemporary WLXT-FM 96.3 Petoskey (W-Lite). He is joined by Dave Thomas who will deliver morning newscasts and act as sidekick to Michaels. Thomas will also take over as program director for WLXT, standards WMBN-AM 1340 Petoskey, and news-talk WMKT-AM Charlevoix.

May 23:

* WSDS-AM 1480 Ypsilanti has dropped talk programming from the Michigan Talk Radio Network and is now Classic Country - returning to the format it dropped in September 2002.

* Great Lakes Radio country WFXD-FM 103.3 Marquette will be launching a new morning show- Ron Stevens, Kevin Downey and The Wake Up Crew will replace John Boy and Billy and air 6-10am weekdays.

* New program director at Citadel active rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Saginaw is JT. Night jock Jay Randall adds the responsibility of assistant program director- FMQB

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for 4 new low power FM stations in Michigan: Kettering University on 94.3 in Flint, Marshall Christian Radio on 93.1 in Marshall, Life Search Radio on 96.3 in Berrien Springs, and Community Access Center on 92.7 in Kalamazoo

May 20:

* The top 5 stations in Detroit in the first trend of the spring 2003 ratings period remained unchanged from the final winter book. Those stations were: news WWJ-AM, news-talk WJR-AM, urban WJLB-FM, oldies WOMC-FM, and rock WRIF-FM. Infinity continued atop the cumulative cluster ratings, ahead of Clear Channel.

* Sports WCCW-AM 1310 Traverse City has applied to the FCC to increase its daytime power from 5,000 watts using an omnidirectional pattern to 15,000 using a directional pattern with 3 broadcast towers. The station has also applied for nighttime operations, which would be at 130 watts using 2 towers.

May 19:

* Active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids has announced their new morning program- the Ron & Don Show. The new hosts were last in the Seattle market and before that, Dallas.

* Infinity FM talk WKRK-FM 97.1 has rebranded itself from '97.1 FM Talk' to 'Live 97.1'. The station's program lineup remains intact.

* Clear Channel talk outlet WXDX-AM 1310 Detroit has dropped its weekend sports programming from Fox Sports Radio in favor of shows from the Michigan Talk Radio Network. Sister station sports WDFN-AM 1130 picks up Fox Sports Radio in place of ESPN radio, which has shifted to Infinity sports rival WXYT-AM 1270.

* FCC Action: Granted WOFR-FM 89.5 Schoolcraft its license to cover (new station)

May 17:

* Financial expert Rick Bloom, of Bloom Asset Management, will host a new business briefing show, "The Rick Bloom Show," on the Michigan Talk Radio Network beginning Tuesday May 27th. The show will air weekdays 6-7pm on MTRN affiliates across the state, including WXDX 1310-AM Detroit.

* Michael Sirianni has exited his role as evening jock at Citadel oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville/Gd Rapids and will sign on at Christian WCSG-FM 91.3 as that station's midday jock and morning show producer. Back at WODJ, Johnny Mac moves from overnights to evenings and Lisa Thomas shifts from weekend duties at sister classic rock WLAV-FM 96.9 to the overnight shift at WODJ- Grand Rapids Press

May 15:

* Sold: Adult contemporary WNBY-FM 93.7 and classic country WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry by F&W Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications for $400,000. The pair of stations will mark Sovereign's entry into the radio business.

May 14:

* Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, and National Public Radio (NPR) have announced a joint partnership to improve the quality of rural reporting in the United States. As part of a three-year program funded by a $495,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, NPR’s Howard Berkes will be reporting from across the country on issues of importance to America’s rural communities. Berkes will become NPR’s first rural affairs correspondent. His focus will include the politics, economics, and culture of rural America, providing perspective on major issues and events.

May 13:

* The students at high school WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth (The Escape) raised $8,600 during the station's 15th Radio Auction this past Saturday. The total was an increase over the station's previous record of $7,100, which was the tally for last year's event. The money will go to student scholarships and station upgrades. The station thanks everyone who listened and donated.

* FCC Actions: Granted WDMJ-AM 1320 Marquette a construction permit to change nighttime operations from 1,000 watts directional (3 towers) to 135 watts omnidirectional (will downgrade to Class D); Granted WLCS-FM 98.3 N. Muskegon its license to cover for changes (change ERP from 2,600 watts @ 322 feet to 1,600 watts @ 456 feet with a location change to the northeast)

May 12:

* Scanlan Communications Group announced today that it has agreed to sell ABC affiliate WGTU-TV 29 Traverse City and WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie to Max Media of Virginia Beach, VA for $8 million. Max Media currently owns TV stations in Montana and Kentucky, and radio stations in North Carolina. The sale is expected to close later this year after FCC approval. Scanlan will retain ownership of WBUP-TV 10 Marquette and WBKP-TV 5 Calumet.

* Infinity oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 sports guy Mark 'Doc' Andrews has been off the air as he recuperates from surgery to remove a growth from his colon. According to morning show host Dick Purtan, who read a statement during this morning's show, Andrews is feeling better each day and hopes to return to work soon.

* Noted: WUBR-AM 1490 Whitehall has switched format from adult standards to sports with ESPN radio- DX-MidAMerica

May 10:

* Fairfield Broadcasting sports WQSN-AM 1660 has announced new weekday program lineup that will go into effect on Monday, May 19th. Mornings will be hosted by station program director Ryan Maguire, who shifts from afternoons. Taking over the afternoon slot will be 'The Huge Show' with Bill Simonson, syndicated by Citadel and based at Grand Rapids' WBBL-AM.

May 9:

* Phil Hendrix has been named as news director for WLNS-TV 6 Lansing, replacing Lisa Farrell. Hendrix arrives from Detroit WXYZ-TV 7 where he was that station's managing editor- Lansing State Journal

* FCC Action: Granted WSCG-AM 1380 Greenville its license to cover for changes (slight change in antenna coordinates)

May 8:

* Dropped: By LPTV station WUPT-CA 25 Crystal Falls, UPN programming. WMQF-TV 19 Marquette now offers UPN shows as a secondary affiliate.

* Contemporary Christian WAYK-FM 88.3 Kalamazoo and WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids midday host and music director Heather Erbe shifts to afternoons, filling the slot vacated by former program director Brian Nelson, who has moved to Contemporary Christian WJQK-FM 99.3 Zeeland/Gd Rapids. The WAYK/WAYG morning show extends its duties to host the "All Request Lunch Hour" and voicetrack an additional hour of the midday program. Due to the shift in dayparts, Erbe will also voicetracking from 10a-12p on Thursdays and Fridays- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WMQF-TV 19 Marquette its license to cover (new station)

May 7:

* Jim Johnson has been named as program director at NextMedia country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw. He's also the PD at sister-station adult contemporary WGER-FM 106.3- R&R Online

May 6:

* Regent active rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Tuscola/Flint music director Tony LaBrie adds the role of assistant program director- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste Marie a construction permit for changes: HAAT from 951 feet to 945 feet, antenna to become directional; Granted WSCG-AM 1380 Greenville a construction permit to slightly modify the location of its antennas

May 5:

* The Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters announces the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Class of 2003:
Inductees are:
Ed Christian, President/CEO of Saga Communications
Jerry Colvin (deceased), former GM of WOTV-TV, Battle Creek
Bob Dyer, Promotions/Sales at WKNX-AM, Frankenmuth
Dick Kernen, VP at Specs Howard School
Dr. Peter Orlik, Professor at Central Michigan University
Dick Purtan, Morning Show Host at WOMC-FM, Detroit
NOTE: Colvin is the recipient of the MAB's Lifetime Achievement Award.

* Clear Channel country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor drops the syndicated Lia show from its evening slot effective immediately. The show had been on the station for nearly two years.

May 2:

* Country WBCT-FM was the top station in Grand Rapids among listeners age 12 and above this past winter. The station finished well ahead of Clear Channel sister-station news/talk WOOD-AM which finished in second, up to a 6.7 share from 5.5 in the fall. The remainder of the top 10 stations were top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, adult contemporary WOOD-FM, modern rock WGRD-FM, adult contemporary WLHT-FM, active rock WKLQ-FM, classic rock WBFX-FM, and hot AC WVTI-FM. WVTI joined WOOD-AM with the best ratings improvement since fall- the station was up to a 3.5 share from 2.3. Among the clusters in Grand Rapids, Clear Channel continues to dominate with a 39.9 share, followed by Citadel with 16.1 and then Regent with a 15.1 mark.

* John Trapane has been announced as the new program director for Clear Channel classic hits WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit, effective May 27th. Trapane arrives from Houston where he was assitant PD of country KILT-FM; At Clear Channel sister station adult contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3, marketing director Mary Schmidt is named as executive producer for the morning show; Also at WNIC, group marketing director Rebecca Falk is now responsible for day-to-day marketing and promotions for the station; Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint midday host Kristine Taylor adds music director responsibilites- All Access

May 1:

* Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit personalities Chris Edmonds (afternoon drive), Gene Maxwell (middays), and Dave Lockhart (news director/morning show) all re-up with the station through 2005- All Access

* Rachel Ryder is the new evening host (8-11pm) for the three contemporary Christian Joy FM stations, WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City, WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe, and WJOJ-FM 89.7 Harrisville

* FCC Actions: Granted 5 construction permits for new non-commercial educational FM stations as follows- Great Lakes Community Broadcasting, 88.5 Jackson (100 watts @ 112 feet); Broadcasting for the Challenged, 90.9 Charlevoix (6,000 watts @ 43 feet); Michigan Community Radio, WJOM 88.5 Eagle (Ionia County, 4,500 watts @ 89 feet); Michigan Community Radio, WJOG 91.3 Good Hart (Emmet County, 7,200 watts @ 518 feet directional); Michigan Community Radio, WJOH 91.5 Raco (Chippewa County, 3,800 watts @ 328 feet directional)

 

April 2003 News and Notes

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April 30:

* The Don Chiodo Show adds two affiliates next month: WION-AM 1430 Ionia joins May 1st and WMMI-AM 830 Mt. Pleasant will begin airing the 9am-noon show on May 7th. Chiodo's show, a current events/call-in program focusing on Michigan news, sports, and entertainment, is heard on the Michigan Talk Radio Network- WMMI and WION will bring program's affiliate total to 9.

* Call sign actions: 4/23, W32BT Mt. Pleasant became WBWM-LP; 4/24, W29CR Grand Rapids became WUHQ-LP; 4/24 W57CS Pinconning became WUHO-LP. All three LPTV stations are owned by P&P Cable Holdings.

* FCC Action: Granted Montcalm Public Radio a construction permit for a new LPFM station at 92.9 to be licensed to Fenwick (Montcalm County, 100 watts max ERP @ 97 feet)

April 29:

* Lineup change at Clear Channel classic hits WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit: Steve Black shifts from evenings 7pm-midnight to middays 10am-2pm, Randi West moves from 10am-3pm to 2-7pm, and Renee Vitale moves from weekend duties into the evening shift. Gone from the lineup is the voicetracked show from Jon Ballard.

* Keith Allen has joined NextMedia country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw for afternoons as well as taking the role of music director. Allen was last at cross-town MacDonald Broadcasting country WKCQ-FM 98.1 and before that at Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint; 'Big' Steve Duncan is the new program director at NextMedia top 40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw. Duncan recently exited WFBE where he'd been afternoon host and assistant PD- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted W20BZ LPTV ch. 20 Escanaba its license to cover (new station)

April 28:

* FCC Action: Granted WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon its license to cover (new station)

April 27:

* New to mornings at Midwest Communications classic hits WYVN-FM 92.7 Holland is Tim Steele; Exiting as morning show co-host at contemporary Christian WJQK-FM 99.3 Zeeland is Buster Brown- Grand Rapids Press

April 25:

* The ongoing saga over the sale of WDBC-AM 680 Escanaba from KMB Broadcasting to Starboard Media has taken another turn- after the FCC denied a petition by Polly Flinders to deny the sale in March, Flinders filed an application for review of that decision earlier this month - preventing the deal from closing while the FCC reviews continue.

* Call sign action: WMII has been assigned to the construction permit for 650 AM Manistique

* FCC Action: Granted WIBM-AM 1450 Jackson a construction permit for minor changes: ERP from 780 watts unlimited to 810 watts unlimited. The station will remain omnidirectional, however its transmitter location will change slightly.

April 24:

* Low power FM WLWZ-LP 97.1 Dowagiac has been heard on the air testing with a simulcast of oldies outlet WGTO-AM 910.

April 23:

* Terry Foster exits Infinity sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit to rejoin cross-town Clear Channel sports WDFN-AM 1130. Foster, 44, was co-host of the popular “Sports Doctors” show from 1995-2001, and currently writes a column in the Detroit News covering local sports and national issues. Foster will do fill-in on WDFN and is in talks with the Michigan Talk Network to host a weekend show on sister station WXDX.

April 22:

* All-news WWJ-AM was the top-rated station among listeners age 12 and above in Detroit over the winter ratings period, displacing news-talk WJR-AM in the number one position. WJR finished a close second. Urban WJLB was third, followed by oldies WOMC-FM, rock WRIF-FM, smooth jazz WVMV-FM, urban WDTJ-FM, urban AC WMXD-FM, adult contemporary WNIC-FM, and country WYCD-FM. WWJ's rating share jumped to 6.0 from 5.3 in the fall- the station, along with sister FM talk WKRK-FM led all stations in ratings improvements over the fall book. WKRK was up to 2.4 from 1.7. Infinity lead the ratings among the cluster owners, carding a 23.6 share. Clear Channel was next with 21.6, followed by Greater Media (11.4), ABC/Disney (11.1), Radio One (8.3), CHUM Ltd (6.3), and Crawford (1.6).

* ABC/Disney news-talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit morning host Paul W. Smith is off the air this week for a very good reason- He and wife Myreya are the proud new parents of Sophia Marie Smith, who was born April 19th weighing 7lbs 5oz. Paul W. should have no trouble remembering the baby's birthdate as it was just one day after his 50th birthday!

* Lewis Dalone joins Cumulus urban AC WDZZ-FM 92.7 as the stations' nighttime jock- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WKAD-FM 93.7 Harrietta its license to cover (new station)

April 21:

* Infinity country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit raised over $10,000 during last Thursday's Operation Homefront fundraiser for families and military members in the Detroit metropolitan area. Proceeds will be donated to the Family Readiness Program at Selfridge ANG Base. They provide a variety of services to military members and their families, such as food certificates, phone cards, and emergency assistance.

April 18:

* Infinity smooth jazz WVMV-FM Detroit has made some adjustments to its on-air lineup, adding former adult contemporary WNIC-FM program director and morning show contributor Lori Bennett to its midday slot from 9am-2pm. To make room for Bennett, Madison Leigh has moved from middays to evenings, 7pm-midnight. Finally, former evening host Jon Bond now handles the overnight period from midnight-5am in addition to hosting traffic reports during Sandy Kovach’s afternoon show.

* FCC Actions: Granted WCZW-FM 107.9 Charlevoix its license to cover (new station); Granted WDQV-FM 88.5 Mackinaw City its license to cover for changes (ERP from Class A 3,800 watts @ 417 feet to Class C2 20,000 watts @ 430 feet directional)

April 17:

* Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint afternoon guy 'Big' Steve Duncan exits. He also had held the roles of assistant program director and music director for the station. Program director Coyote Collins takes over the 3-7pm air shift- All Access

April 16:

* Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit officially flipped the switch on its new facilities in Monroe County today at about 1:00pm. LockerRoom hosts Eli Zaret and Gary Danielson made the announcement on the station at 5pm. WXYT now boasts a 50,000 watt signal both during the day and at night, although the patterns for both are directional to protect other stations from interference. The new pattern should improve coverage in the areas surrounding Metro Detroit, especially in Livingston, Washtenaw and Monroe counties.

* The Citadel active rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland 'Joe and the Poorboy' morning show has added a station. Sister station sports WTRX-AM 1330 Flint now simulcasts the 6-10am show.

April 15:

* Disney hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit has its new program director as Greg Ausham will join the station April 17th. Greg's inbound from Cleveland where he was operations manager for a group of stations owned by Clear Channel- All Access

* FCC Actions: Cancelled the license of W272AG 102.3 Marquette (station had been silent since WWCM-FM moved from 94.7 to 102.5); Granted WLKM-AM 1520 Three Rivers its license to cover for changes (move from AM 1510, add 8 watt night service)

April 14:

* News-talk WTCM-AM 580 Traverse City has applied to the FCC for a boost in both its daytime and nighttime power. The daytime application specifies 35,000 watts (currently 15,000) and the nighttime 1,100 watts (800), all using a 4 tower array.

* Dave Jaconette is now program director at Fairfield Broadcasting news-talk WKZO-AM 590 Kalamazoo in addition to his afternoon shift. He succeeds Richard Piet who exited the radio business last month.

April 11:

* Mid-Michigan Radio shuffles the on-air lineups at two of its Lansing area stations: Current modern rock WWDX-FM 92.1 morning man Mojo moves to Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 for afternoon drive. Also at Q106, program director Bob Olson and Kevin Conrad will split the 10am - 3pm shift. Back at the Edge, nighttime guy Parker moves in to the morning shift, joining holdover Kelly Bradley. Weekender Lefty moves in to Parker's old slot- All Access

* Brian Nelson exits as program director at contemporary Christian WAYK-FM 88.3 Kalamazoo and WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids to take over mornings plus the roles of assitant PD and music director at contemporary Christian WJQK-FM 99.3 Zeeland/Gd Rapids effective May 2nd. It'll be the second tour of duty for Nelson at 'WJQ; MacDonald Broadcasting top 40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing afternoon host and productions director Mike Sinclair exits- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted WAWB-LP 107.3 West Branch its license to cover (new station); Granted WUPY-FM 101.1 Ontonagon a construction permit for changes (ERP from 30,000 to 100,000 watts)

April 10:

* 3 of Cumulus' Flint area radio stations put up a poll on their web sites asking "have you ever been involved in an Arbitron survey?" The polls have since been removed, but Arbitron frowns on this type of thing and could send Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5, Urban AC WDZZ-FM 92.7, and Classic Rock WRSR-FM 103.9 'below the line' in the next book - or possibly withhold their ratings all together- InsideRadio

April 8:

* NextMedia country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw has been off the air due to damage caused by ice falling from its broadcast tower. The station hopes to return to the air once the remainder of the ice melts and repairs can be made- Saginaw News

* Another ice victim is high school outlet WDSP-FM 88.1 Plymouth. WSDP has been off the air since just past 5 pm yesterday due to the freezing over of the station's tower. Station officials have tried to sign on throughout today but the ice has rendered the station unable to broadcast at any power higher than 5 of their 200 watts. The station will continue trying to sign on throughout the day.

* 'Man Made Radio' with Hunter Scott and Sean Kelly debuted as the afternoon show on Citadel active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 yesterday. The duo also returned to sister-station active rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland as the show is now simulcast on both stations. Jay Randall, who had temporarily shifted to afternoons, slides back to his evening role at 'KQZ.

* Dave Justus exits from the morning show at Regent modern rock WGRD-FM 97.9 after only 6 months. Michael Grey and Stephanie Webb remain as co-hosts along with producer Rovin' Ralph. Also at WGRD, afternoon jock Remy has exited with Suzy Cole moving in to that shift from evenings.

April 7:

* Deb Michaels exits as morning show host and program director at MacDonald-Garber Broadasting adult contemporary WLXT-FM 96.3 Petoskey- All Access

April 4:

* The top 5 stations in Grand Rapids for the winter second phase Arbitrend report were country WBCT-FM, Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM, top 40 WSNX-FM, classic rock WLAV-FM, and news-talk WOOD-AM. The biggest mover was WOOD-FM, which jumped from 6.4 in the first trend to 7.2 in the February trend. The results are for listeners age 12 and older.

* Darrin Rockcole has exited as weatherman for the Michigan Talk Radio Network and is now doing weather chores for Mid-Michigan Radio classic hits WVIC-FM 94.1 Jackson/Lansing

April 3:

* The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a forfeiture in the amount of $27,500 against FM talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit for an apparent indecency violation. The incident in question occured on January 9th, 2002 between 4:30-5pm during the "Deminski and Doyle Show". According to the FCC, the proposed action is based on the results of its investigation triggered by a complaint concerning material in which station personnel invited listeners to call the station to discuss sexual practices and techniques. Specifically, the Commission found that the broadcast included explicit and graphic sexual and excretory references during separate discussions with nine individuals. In addition, the Commission found that this material was extremely lewd and vulgar, and that it appeared to have been used to pander, titillate, and shock. Thus, the Commission concluded that the material apparently met the indecency standard and warranted sanction. The Commission proposed an upward adjustment of the forfeiture penalty from the base amount of $7,000 set forth in the Commission’s rules, to the statutory maximum of $27,500, based upon the egregious nature of the violation. The Commission also noted that additional serious violations by Infinity may lead to a revocation proceeding, and put broadcasters on notice that the Commission would not hesitate to adopt strong enforcement actions in the future, including possible license revocation. The notice also opened the possibility for broadcasters to be fined for each individual event, instead of just one fine for the overall segment. In this case, the FCC could have issued 9 separate fines for each of the telephone calls placed on the air by WKRK. So far, the only defense offered by Infinity is that the company believes it is unconstitutional for the FCC to determine what indecency consists of. The the station has 30 days to appeal the fine and show just cause as to why it should be reduced or waived.

April 2:

* A tip of the hat to ABC/Disney news-talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit chief engineer Ed Buterbaugh on being named as one of Radio Ink's '30 Most Admired Engineers in Radio'

* Lightning damage suffered at the facilities of full service WPHM-AM 1380 Pt. Huron on March 27th has the station operating intermittently at reduced power. Station owner RadioFirst Port Huron is seeking replacement parts for repairs. General Manager Larry Smith comments, "We had it on for a while (Saturday), but it won't stay on." He did not know when the transmitter would be repaired- Port Huron Times Herald

* John Sterling has been named as cluster general manager and vice president for NextMedia's Tri-Cities stations (country WCEN-FM 94.5, top 40 WTCF-FM 100.5, AC WGER-FM 106.3, urban AC WTLZ-FM 107.1, and news/talk WSGW-AM 790)- Inside Radio

April 1:

* Mark Feurie exits from Citadel active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids. He had been the station's program director before being replaced by Hunter Scott from sister-station WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland last month but reportedly was still going have a role at WKLQ- All Access

* Christian Contemporary WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing celebrated April Fool's Day by changing its morning show this morning to "The Morning ZZZZZZ" (a poke at cross-town WHZZ-FM 101.7 perhaps?). The station replaced its Christian CHR "Positive Hits" format with all mainstream Top 40 parodies, and crossover tunes that are shared with WHZZ. The station told listeners that its owners wanted to target "non-Christian radio listeners" more aggresively by playing only music that those listeners would already know. Reaction was heavy and mixed- the phones rang non-stop for nearly 90 minutes before the joke was revealed. Then, the best part- a listener phoned in and complained that our joking is no different than lying. She went into a rant about pulling her listener support from us while practically in tears. Then she ended the phone call with "I just don't know what else to say. Except APRIL FOOLS!"

* FCC Action: Granted W207BR 89.3 Ironwood its license to cover for changes (moved from 89.5)

 

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March 28:

* Booker exits the night shift at Citadel country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint to join Next Media top-40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw for a yet to be determined airshift

* Post-Newsweek NBC affliliate WDIV-TV 4 Detroit has been awarded two Edward R. Murrow Awards- one each for overall excellence and best newscast. The overall winner was from a 30-minute tape of the day a school bus crashed in Monroe; Mike Lewis' breaking story on an I-96 accident in October; weather coverage of an ice storm; Karen Drew on Detroit EMS delays; Roger Weber's feature on Hell, Mich. freezing over, and others. The newscast award was for the 11 p.m. newscast the day of the same Monroe bus crash- Detroit Free Press

March 27:

* The Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters has announced its Station of the Year winners. Taking the honors among the state's high school stations was WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth, and the college winner was WLNZ-FM 89.7 Lansing.

* Public TV stations WDCQ-TV 19 Bay City and WDCP-TV 35 Bad Axe will end overnight programming from 1-6am as part of budget cuts at the stations' owner, Delta College- Bay City Times

March 25:

* Spring Arbor College owned WJKN-AM 1510 has returned to the air with religious programming separate from sister stations KTGG-AM 1540 and WSAE-FM 106.9. There will be at least one more temporary outage at the station as work continues on its transmitter.

March 24:

* Greater Media adult contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit brings in David Allen Boucher for evenings, replacing the syndicated Delilah program. The move is effective immediately.

* Top-40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing's 'going retro' promotion? It was a clever way for the MacDonald Broadcasting station to reintroduce Jason Addams as the station's morning host. Addams had been the station's program director and morning show host before exiting about 18 months ago. Melissa Proffitt remains with the morning show.

* News-talk WJR-AM and news WWJ-AM tied for the lead in the second winter Detroit ratings trend among listeners age 12 and older. The other top 5 stations were urban WJLB-FM, Oldies WOMC-FM, and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM. The biggest share changes since the first winter trend were at modern rock CIMX-FM (up 1/2 share) and adult standards CKWW-AM (down 1/2 share). Other stations' ratings remained relatively steady.

* Active rock WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Saginaw program director Hunter Scott and assistant program director Sean Kelly give up their afternoon slot and shift duties to Citadel sister station active rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids. Scott takes over the PD role from Mark Feurie who stays with the station as assistant program director. Kelly's title is still to be announced at 'KLQ. Replacing Scott as PD at 'KQZ on an interim basis is current music director Jay Randall, who also shifts to afternoons. Part-timers hold Randall's former evening shift for now. Expect lineup changes over in Grand Rapids soon as 'KLQ is still without a morning show after shifting the Howard Stern program to sports WBBL-AM 1340 late last year.

* New program director at NextMedia top-40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw is James Gregory. Gregory's last gig was in Macon, GA- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted WTWR-FM 98.3 a construction permit for minor changes (change city of license from Monroe to Luna Pier, ERP to change from 1,400 watts @ 466 feet to 3,400 watts @ 440 feet, move transmitter location from Monroe County to Lucas County, OH)

March 21:

* A budgetary committee at Northern Michigan University in Marquette has recommended the shutdown of public media outlets WNMU-TV 13 and WNMU-FM 90.1 in 2005. The shuttering of the stations would begin next year with a cutback in the stations' services. The entire proposal would chop $12.75 million from the university's 2004 and 2005 budgets and affect a wide range of programs and services at NMU. The recommendation targets $238,500 in savings from public TV and radio in 2004, and $880,667 in 2005 when operations would cease.

* Clear Channel news/talk WBCK-AM 930 Battle Creek drops its coverage of the Class A Battle Creek Yankees (formerly known as the Michigan BattleCats) baseball team after 8 seasons. The decision was made by the ballclub due to financial constraints- Battle Creek Enquirer

* Bea-ver Communications has applied to the CRTC for an FM translator that would broadcast at 400 watts on 95.1 FM from Windsor, ON. It would simulcast Rock CKUE-FM Chatham, which also broadcasts at 95.1 FM. A public hearing on this application, as well as several others, will be held in Quebec on May 26th.

March 20:

* Oldies WWKN-FM 104.9 Battle Creek adds 'Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast with the Beatles' to its Sunday morning schedule.

* Call sign actions: WBYB FM 94.3 Leland is now WFCX, WBYC FM 92.5 Atlanta is now WFDX; both as of 3/17/03

March 18:

* John Patrick, already program director at adult contemporary WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids, has added the role of PD at sister station Hot AC WVTI-FM 96.1. In another move with Clear Channel's Grand Rapids cluster, top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 afternoon stud Eric O'Brien (EOB) has been elevated to the role of program director- he keeps his on-air gig too. The PD openings at WVTI and WSNX were created last week when Jeff Andrews was let go due to budget cuts.

* Artistic Media classic rock WWLV-FM 102.3 New Carlisle/South Bend, IN has dropped its simulcast of sister station WZOW-FM 97.7 Goshen and changed format to soft adult contemporary.

* FCC Actions: Affirmed the Commission's earlier decision to grant the voluntary transfer of licenses for WYKX-FM 104.7 and WDBC-AM 680 Escanaba to Starboard Media from KMB Broadcasting.

March 17:

* WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton/Saginaw has tweaked its format from Hot AC to Top 40/Contemporary Hits. The station is still calling itself 'The Fox', with the positioner as 'Today's Best Music' instead of 'Today's Best Mix'.

* Christian Contemporary WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing and Tim Chappell of 'The Morning Light' part ways.

* FCC Action: Granted WVCN-FM 104.3 Baraga non-commercial educational status.

March 15:

* The former Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids morning team of Rick Beckett and Scott Winters will be returning to the air in West Michigan on News/Talk WOOD-AM 1300 for "The Rick and Scott Show" beginning April 21st. Beckett exited WGRD in August 2002 while suffering from complications of diabetes- his return to the airwaves has been the topic of much speculation. Winters' exit from 'GRD followed in October when the station decided to take a different direction with its morning show.

March 13:

* All Access reports that Country WFBE-FM 95.1 will get a new program director- Coyote Collins was formerly PD at a country outlet in Rochester, NY. Big Steve Duncan, who has been in the role on an interim basis, will continue on as assistant program director and afternoon host.

March 12:

* The FCC has reversed one of its own decisions and revoked the assignment of licenses for WDBC-AM 680 and WYKX-FM 104.7 Escanaba to Starboard Media from KMB Broadcasting and placed them in pending status. The Commission had granted the license assignments last month, however there have been at least two formal objections to this sale filed with the FCC as well as at least two informal objections. It is believed that although these objections have all been denied, the sale is being reviewed further by the FCC.

March 10:

* Jay Nachlis has exited as program director of Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit

* Michigan Talk Radio Network's "Dave and Laurel Show" (6am-9am) returned to the Grand Rapids airwaves this morning on Clear Channel talker WTKG-AM 1230, bumping off the "Jamie and Brady" show from sister-station Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit.

* Top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 and Hot Adult Contemporary WVTI-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids program director Jeff Andrews exits following a budgetary decision. Andrews had also been midday host at WVTI as well as the role of promotions director for both WSNX and WVTI- All Access

* Scott Walker exits as program director and afternoon drive jock at Oldies WODJ-FM 107.3 Greenville/Gd Rapids. Mike Benson, PD at sister station WJIM-FM 97.5 Lansing, is now also in charge of WODJ. Dan Magnussen moves from midday to afternoons replacing Walker on-air. Kristen Taylor returns to a regular airshift in West Michigan, taking the midday role. Taylor also keeps her role as promotion director.

* Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint raised over $102,000 during its recent St. Jude's Radiothon. This year's tally easily eclipsed last year's $80,000 and set a new high water mark for the station.

March 8:

* Freedom Communications has put its 8 station TV group up for sale, including CBS affiliate WWMT-TV 3 Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV 53 Lansing/Jackson

March 7:

* New program director and afternoon jock at Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7 Flint is Jerold 'Action' Jackson, who returns to the station from Myrtle Beach SC. Jackson takes the place of former PD Chris Reynolds. Yvonne Daniels moves from afternoons to middays at WDZZ and nighttimer Mike Chaz leaves the station. In addition, the station has tweaked its format and is now gold-based Adult Urban Contemporary.

* Nine personalities that are part of News/Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit's lineup were recognized by the talk radio trade publication TALKERS Magazine in their '100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts In America 2003'. The listing appears in the February, 2003 edition of the monthly publication. WJR’s local-based winners include Paul W. Smith and Mitch Albom. In addition to Smith and Albom, WDFN-AM 1130 and WXDX-AM 1310 handyman Glenn Haege was also listed among the top 100. It's the 6th straight year Haege has been honored.

* Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids has withdrawn its application with the FCC that would have had the station change its transmitter location and greatly lower its effective radiated power. WOOD-FM is one of several West Michigan FM stations licensed with "superpowered" grandfathered facilities.

March 6:

* The first winter ratings trend was released for Grand Rapids today- Country WBCT remains the top station among listeners age 12 and above, followed by Top 40 WSNX-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM, and Adult Contemporary WLHT-FM. WOOD-FM enjoyed the biggest share jump over the fall book, up to 6.4 from 5.7.

* Ced Lover joins Rhythmic WRCL-FM 93.7 Frankenmuth/Flint as afternoon jock and promotions director- All Access

* Former Sports WDFN-AM 1130 late morning host Brandon Tierney lands in New York City at ESPN Radio 1050 (WEVD).

* Call Sign Action: The FCC assigned WBSQ-LP to new LPFM 105.9 St. Louis on March 3

March 5:

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses from KMB Broadcasting to Starboard Media for WDBC-AM 680 and WYKX-FM 104.7 Escanaba

March 4:

* Veteran Detroit broadcaster and former WJZZ air personality Cliff Coleman was recently hired to work afternoon drive at WGPR-FM 107.5, replacing former host Tony Rankin. He reunites with fellow ex-WJZZ and current WGPR personalities Rosetta Hines and Calvin Euseary at the Urban/ Jazz outlet. Coleman most recently worked as a technician for WKBD/WWJ TV's news & engineering department and as air talent for WKQI-FM (95.5).

* Adult Urban WUBU-FM 106.3 South Bend switched its format to Smooth Jazz on March 1

March 3:

* Jim Bosh signs on for mornings at Country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw, replacing T-Bird. Bosh's previous gig was as midday host as 'Michael' Bosh at Detroit AC WMGC-FM 105.1

March 1:

* Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing's "More Love More Power" sharathon, to raise money for the station's budget and to double the tower height plus quadruple the power, ended Friday February 28th as a success. WLGH's goal was to get 250 first time supporters to pledge. Final tally, including some renewals and pledge increases, was 368. The money pledged was also about $20,000 above average and near WLGH's all time sharathon record.

* The Todd Mundt Show, heard 8-9 p.m. weeknights on WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and syndicated on NPR stations across the country, will end in June as Mundt moves on to Michigan Television WFUM-TV 28 Flint as host of the station's documentaries and interview programs. He will continue to be the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on University of Michigan Radio.

 

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February 28:

* FCC Actions: Granted WYVN-FM 92.7 Saugatuck its license to cover for changes (ERP from 2,150 watts @ 387 feet to 3,300 watts @ 374 feet); Granted the petition filed by Dominion Broadcasting, Inc., licensee of television station WLMB-TV 40 Toledo, OH, seeking special relief to modify the Toledo, Ohio DMA to add twenty-one communities in Monroe County, MI; Granted WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe its license to cover (new station)

February 26:

* Adult Urban/Jazz WGPR-FM 107.5 Detroit afternoon host Tony Rankin is leaving to take the role of program director at KVGS-FM Las Vegas

February 25:

* FCC Actions: Granted Trinity Broadcasting a construction permit for a new LPTV station for Marquette on channel 17; Granted Dean M. Mosely a construction permit for a new LPTV station for Munising on channel 33

February 24:

* Country simulcasters WBYB-FM 94.3 Leland/Traverse City and WBYC-FM 92.5 Atlanta have changed format to Classic Hits as "The Fox". With today's move, the stations have reverted back to a rock-based format- not to far on the spectrum from the Oldies format they had carried before switching to Country in 1997 (WBYB) and 1999 (WBYC).

* News-Talk WJR-AM was the top station among listeners age 12 and over in Detroit for the first winter Arbitrend report that was released today. News WWJ-AM finished second, followed by Urban WJLB-FM, Oldies WOMC-FM, and then Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM. WWJ enjoyed the biggest share increase, moving to a 5.9 from its fall 5.3. Top 40 WKQI-FM moved ahead of direct competitor WDRQ-FM and Sports WDFN-AM stayed ahead of its rival WXYT-AM.

* Noted: Public WDET-FM 101.9 dropped its web stream for its music programming because of rules created by the recording industry limiting what music can be streamed. The station plans on continuing its stream during news/talk programming.

* FCC Action: Granted WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit a modification to its nighttime construction permit changing ERP to 50,000 watts from 48,000

February 22:

* The 16th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was held on February 21st, benefiting the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club. For the first time ever in a one-day radiothon, an amazing donation total of $1,003,796 was pledged. No other radio station in any other city has ever helped raise so much money during a one day radiothon. Of course this year's tally easily topped last year's amount of over $870,000.

February 21:

* Former WOMC program director Bill Stedman is the new program director and operations manager at Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit. Stedman replaces Ralph Cipolla, who last Friday announced plans to move to Jacobs Media as a consultant.

* Congratuations to all the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year winners. On the radio side, WJR-AM 760 Detroit, WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids, WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian, and WKQS-FM 101.9 Marquette were named as the top stations in their respective markets. WJBK-TV 2 Detroit, WOOD-TV 8 Grand Rapids, WWTV/WWUP-TV 9/10 Cadillac-Traverse City/Sault Ste Marie, and WLUC-TV 6 Marquette claimed the TV awards. CMU Pubic Radio was awarded the top prize as Public Broadcasting Station of the Year. A complete run down of all this year's MAB award winners can be found at http://www.michmab.com/beawards03.html.

* Robert Jones, long-time host of Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit's Blues from the Lowlands, exits the station. Replacing Blues from the Lowlands on Saturdays from 10am-noon will be the Willy Wilson Program, with Wilson delivering a rootsy blend of blues, rock, R&B, soul and jazz music. Wilson shifts from Friday nights, where he will be replaced by the Rob Broyle program, which will air beginning March 15th from midnight-5am.

February 20:

* Lake Michigan Radio wrapped up its annual Great Radio Auction. The event aired on Lake Michigan's 5 Ludington and Manistee-area radio stations, WKLA-FM/AM 106.3/1450, WKZC-FM 94.9, and WMTE-FM/AM 101.5/1340. This year the event auctioned off just over $250,000 worth of products and services.

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit hosts Martin Bandyke and Ralph Valdez each marked 20 years with the station.

February 19:

* FCC Actions: Granted Jeffrey N. Eustis a construction permit for a new AM station to be licensed to Manistique. The CP is for AM 650, with 30,000 watts daytime, 20,000 critical hours power (4 towers), and 212 watts nighttime (3 towers). The array would be located southwest of Manistique in Schoolcraft County; Granted Breckenridge Community Services a construction permit for a new LPFM station to be licensed to St. Louis. The CP is for 100 watts and would be located in St. Louis (Gratiot County)

* WLEG-FM 102.7 Ligonier/Elkart, IN (South Bend area) has switched format from Country to Adult Contemporary as "The New Froggy 102.7". The station has moved its studio from the Warsaw, IN area to Elkhart along with sister station WTRC-AM 1340.

February 14:

* Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit program director and operations manager Ralph Cipolla exits the station after 10 years to head for Southfield-based Jacobs Media as a consultant for its Classic and Active Rock clients. His new role at Jacobs begins March 17th.

* Alfreda joins the Russ Parr morning show as co-host; the program is heard in Detroit on Urban WDTJ-FM 105.9 weekday mornings.

February 13:

* Noted: WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian morning drive host Bob Butler celebrates his 35th anniversary with the station this week. Bob has handled the 6-9am slot for that entire time. His career started in Arizona and he then worked for several years at WABJ-AM 1490 Adrian before making the jump to WLEN. When co-host Steve Barkway quizzed him as to why he got into radio Bob answered, "I needed a job and radio seemed easier than work and better than stealing!"

February 12:

* WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock/Houghton has signed on with a Rock format as "The Rockin' Eagle". The station just recently received the green light from the FCC to begin operations and started up before making any promotional announcements to the community. WGLI is the second station owned/operated by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, joining Country WCUP-FM 105.7.

* Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 Detroit program director Tom Sleeker adds the role of PD at Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 on an interim basis as the station looks to replace Bill Stedman.

* FCC Actions: WFAT-FM 96.5 Portage/Kalamazoo, WQHH-FM 96.5 DeWitt/Lansing, and WUFN-FM 96.7 Albion have all agreed to a plan that will allow each station to increase its effective radiated power. WFAT will go from 3,600 watts @ 259 feet to 6,000 watts @ 249 feet, WQHH from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet, and WUFN from 1,500 watts @ 472 feet directional to 3,200 watts @ 456 feet directional. The changes will result in more interference in areas where each station's reception is already poor due to the proximity of these stations to each other both on the dial and on the map. Coverage in areas nearby the stations' transmitters should improve. The FCC has granted construction permits to each of the three stations.

* Call sign change: CP for 91.7 FM now WMCQ (was WZMU) as of Feb 6

February 11:

* Childrens WFDF-AM 910 Flint has applied for a daytime power boost to 50,000 watts from an 8-tower facility that would be located near Carleton in northern Monroe county. The pattern of the station would point primarily north and continue to provide Flint with a daytime 5 mV/m contour, in addition to adding good coverage to most of metro Detroit. If no night changes are made, the station would then become a two-site operation, with nighttime facilities remaining in Genesee county. The approval of the application would be contingent on WFRO-AM 900 Fremont, OH becoming silent. ABC owns both WFRO and WFDF.

* Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit program director Bill Stedman has resigned from the station to pursue opportunities at a station-to-be-named later.

February 9:

* Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit wrapped up its fourth annual 99.5 WYCD Hunt for a Cure to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser yesterday. The event, held at Southland Center in Taylor, raised $340,000.

February 7:

* Steve Sinicropi has exited the role of vice president and general manager for FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit to take a similar job in Greenville, SC. Maureen Lesourd, recently named Infinity/Detroit market manager, has reportedly taken over the day-to-day management of WKRK.

* New morning traffic reporter at WDIV-TV 4 Detroit will be Tracy Gary- current reporter Debra McGann exits next week. Gary is had been working as a traffic reporter for WWJ-AM 950 Detroit- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignment of construction permit for WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain from Donald James Noordyk to Todd Stuart Noordyk.

February 5:

* The Howard Stern morning show has returned to Grand Rapids on Sports WBBL-AM 1340. The show had been off for over three weeks while negotiations between WBBL parent company Citadel and Stern's representatives worked out a new deal for carrying the show on WBBL instead of Active Rock WKLQ-FM 94.5- where it had been heard until being bumped off in late December- Grand Rapids Press

* Clay Church exits nights at Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint and lands the same shift at Rhythmic Top 40 WRCL-FM 93.7 Frankenmuth- All Access

February 4:

* WLKM-AM 1510 Three Rivers has moved to AM 1520 and changed format from Adult Standards to Classic Country. The station has also added nighttime service, but only at 8 watts

* New to mornings at Rock WZUU-FM 92.3 Allegan/Kalamazoo is the syndicated Steve and DC show.

February 3:

* WMQF-TV 19 Marquette began testing yesterday. The station signed on with color bars and audio from FOX programming. It's expected the station's primary affiliation will be with FOX, with secondary affilitions with UPN and possibly PAX.

* WPHM-AM 1380 Port Huron's 46th annual “Jail & Bail” fundraiser netted $201,300 despite a challenging economy and the space shuttle tragedy on February 1st. Bluewater area residents responded again for the March of Dimes by bailing out area “prisoners” going to “jail” in order to raise funds as part of the March Of Dimes campaign to discover and prevent the causes of premature birth.

* FCC Action: Granted the voluntary assignment of construction permit for WGLI-FM 98.7 Hancock from Lyle Robert Evans to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

February 1:

* Winners of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation's High School & College Broadcast Awards have been announced are available for viewing at http://www.michmab.com/hscolawards.html.

* Mark Spindler has changed stations from Sports WDFN-AM 1130 to Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit. Spindler, a former Detroit Lion, will serve as fill-in host at WXYT, the same role he had at WDFN.

* Bruce Goldsen, owner of WKHM-FM/AM, WIBM Jackson and WCFX-FM Clare, has been elected to the National Association of Broadcaster's Radio Board for a two year term, beginning this June.

* FCC Action: Created a new Class A FM allotment for Alpena at 105.7 effective March 17th

 

January 2003 News and Notes

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January 31:

* ABC affiliate WBUP-TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette signed on at about 3pm January 30th. The station is simulcast on WBKP-TV 5 Calumet, which has been operating since 1996

* The Rocky Allen Show morning program was dropped by Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit. Kevin O'Neill takes the role on an interim basis.

* Maureen Lesourd was promoted to the role of senior vice president and market manager for Infinity Radio's Detroit cluster, which includes FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, Country WYCD-FM 99.5, Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3, News WWJ-AM 950, and Sports WXYT-AM 1270. Lesourd's previous role was as general manager of WVMV, WYCD, and WOMC.

January 30:

* On the air: WCZW-FM 107.9 Charlevoix simulcasting the Oldies format of WCCW-FM 107.5 Traverse City. Both stations are owned by Midwestern Broadcasting

* Pallas Hupe rejoined WJBK-TV 2 Detroit as midday co-anchor, weathercaster, and reporter. She'd been in a similar role at the station before being named as co-anchor for the now defunct 10pm news produced by WKBD-TV 50; Former Clear Channel Detroit general sales manager Peter Connolly lands as the new boss at the Infinity-owned Metro Traffic service for Detroit- Detroit Free Press

January 29:

* The Michigan Association of Broadcasters announced the winners of the 2003 Broadcast Excellence Awards. To view the entire list of winners from across the state, visit the MAB web site at http://www.michmab.com/beawards03.html.

January 28:

* Fall ratings for the Battle Creek market for listeners age 12 and above reveal two stations tied for number one overall- Top 40 WKFR-FM moved up to a tie with Country WNWN-FM, followed by News/Talk WBCK-AM, Rock WJXQ-FM, and Rock WRKR-FM. WBCK enjoyed the biggest share gain over the spring, improving to 10.7 from 7.9.

* Sports WQSN AM 1660 Kalamazoo announced today that Robert Ford will be the second voice of Kalamazoo Kings baseball games on WQSN. Ford will join station program and sports director Ryan Maguire in the broadcast booth for all 45 Kings home games and will travel with the team, announcing all 45 road games.

* FCC Action: Granted WWBN-FM 101.5 Tuscola its license to cover for changes (Tower move from near Millington in Tuscola County to near Otisville in Genesee County. ERP change to 1,800 watts @ 489 feet non-directional from 6,000 watts @ 328 feet directional)

January 27:

* Top 40 WKFR-FM was the top rated station in the Kalamazoo Arbitron ratings this past fall. Rock WRKR-FM, Country WBCT-FM, Classic Hits WFAT-FM, and News/Talk WKMI-FM rounded out the top 5 stations. Urban AC WZBL-FM, which had changed its format from Country, debuted in the book with a 1.9 share, good enough for a 13th place finish. WKMI joined WZBL with the biggest improvements over the spring book.

* News/Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit morning man Paul W. Smith extended his contract with the station with a new multi-year deal- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Action: Granted WOBC-CA 14 Battle Creek its license to cover for changes (move to ch. 14 from 20)

January 24:

* Fall radio ratings for Grand Rapids were released today by Arbitron. Country WBCT-FM continued as the market's top station among listeners age 12 and above, followed by Top 40 WSNX-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM, and News/Talk WOOD-AM. WOOD-FM was the period's biggest gainer, up to a 5.7 share from summer's 4.9. The rock format overall was down in the fall book- Modern Rock WGRD-FM, Active Rock WKLQ-FM, and Classic Rock WLAV all suffered from audience erosion. Only Classic Rock WBFX-FM noted an increase in listener share among the market's rockers. AC stations seemed to have been the beneficiary of the audience shift- WOOD-FM, WLHT-FM, and WTRV-FM all noted increases since the summer.

* ABC Radio will drop Mitch Albom's syndicated Saturday program effective in April. Albom, who is based at News-Talk WJR-AM 760 Detroit, will continue to have his afternoon program in syndication for ABC- All Access

January 23:

* Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit announced the syndication of their morning "The Jamie and Brady Show" to Grand Rapids on WTKG-AM 1230.

* Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit jock Mojo of "Mojo in the Morning" extended his with the station for 5 more years through 2008; Top 40 WIOG-FM 105.5 Bay City morning co-host Lacey McCloud left the station- All Access

* The FCC amended the digital TV table of allotments for Cheboygan, changing WTOM-DT's allotment from channel 14 to 35

* Call Sign Action: WZMU assigned to construction permit for 91.7 FM Muskegon

* FCC Actions: Granted WOKZ-CA 38 Kalamazoo its license to cover for move to ch. 50; Granted WLCS-FM 98.3 N. Muskegon a construction permit to change ERP from 2,600 watts @ 322 feet to 1,600 watts @ 456 feet with a location change to the northeast (will share tower with WSHN-FM 100.1, which currently also a CP for this location)

January 22:

* FCC Action: Granted LPFM WFPM-LP 99.5 Battle Creek its license to cover. The new station is on the air with religious programming.

* Call sign change: WDWO-LP 18 Detroit assigned WDWO-CA to go with the station's Class A status

January 21:

* Sports WQSN-AM 1660 Kalamazoo landed Kalamazoo Kings minor league baseball play-by-play for 2003. Ryan Maguire, the station's program and sports director, was named as play-by-play host for home games- All Access

* Call sign change: FM 103.1 Lapeer (formerly WRXF) assigned WQUS to match its "US 103" positioner

January 20:

* Michael Savage moved to News-Talk WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids after being last heard on what is now Spanish WNWZ-AM 1410. Tom Martino moved from WOOD to sister station WTKG-AM 1230 to make room. The Dave Barber Show received one hour of clearance in the Grand Rapids market from 2-3pm on WMFN-AM 640. Barber's show was also displaced by WNWZ's format swap from Talk- Grand Rapids Press

January 17:

* Detroit area former radio and TV broadcaster Robert Stone passed away on January 15th following a long, courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife, Mary, lived in Romeo and were married for 17 years. Mr. Stone, 59, began his broadcasting career at WCSB in Boston while still in college during the 1960s and he also worked as an intern for Boston's WBZ Radio. In the 1970s, he worked for WABJ in Adrian, WHLS in Port Huron, WPSB Cable Channel 8 in Port Huron, and WPON in Pontiac where he did a daily remote broadcast from the Pontiac Mall (now called Summit Place Mall) and hosted the Big Band Ballroom at night. Mr. Stone also worked for the Easy Zone 103 FM in Mt. Clemens. In the early 1980s, Mr. Stone was an air personality on WBRB Radio in Mt. Clemens and worked as a traffic reporter/anchor for Metro Traffic Control in Southfield.

January 15:

* Sports WBBL-AM 1340 Grand Rapids dropped the Howard Stern program but hoped to get it back on the air if contractural differences with the show's syndicator could be worked out.

* Fall 12+ ratings were released for Flint and the Tri-Cities today. Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM had a strong showing in Flint, moving up to the top spot, displacing Urban WDZZ-FM which finished second overall. Country WFBE-FM finished third, followed by Top 40 WWCK-FM and then Classic Rock WRSR-FM rounding out the top 5 stations. The stations enjoying the biggest share gains since the spring book were WCRZ (12.2 - 9.9), WFBE (7.8 - 6.5), WRSR (5.6 - 4.4), and Gospel WWCK-AM (0.9 - 0.0).

* The Tri-Cities' top station was actually three: Oldies WHNN-FM, Top 40 WIOG-FM, and News/Talk WSGW-AM all finished tied for first overall. Country WKCQ-FM and Active Rock WKQZ-FM finshed out the top 5. Big gainers were Rhythmic Top 40 WRCL-FM (4.3 - 2.0), WSGW (9.1 - 7.2), Country WCEN-FM (7.2 - 5.6), WIOG (9.1 - 7.6), and Urban WTLZ-FM (5.6 - 4.6).

* Heather McGregor exited as morning co-host at Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3 Battle Creek/Kalamazoo

* FCC Action: Granted WILX-TV 10 Onondaga/Lansing network exclusivity over WOOD-TV 8 Grand Rapids on cable systems in Lansing and East Lansing.

January 14:

* Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit program director Gregg Henson partnered with Art Regner for middays 1-4pm. Doug Karsch was promoted to sports director and moved from midday cohost to weekday evenings whenever the Red Wings and Tigers don't have a game, as was tapped as the station's primary fill-in host and on-scene reporter. WXYT also repositioned itself on-air as "AM 1270 the Sports Station", dropping most mentions of "Team 1270".

* The Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (MAEB) announced its officers: president- Bill Keith, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools; vice president- Susan McGraw, Henry Ford Community College; treasurer- Pete Bowers, Bloomfield Hills School District; secretary- Randy Carr, Bloomfield Hills School District; member at large- Carl Jacobson, Spring Arbor College; member at large- Dave Downing, Lansing Community College; member at large- Melissa Emily, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts; immediate past president- David Legg, Novi Public Schools; web master- Ron Wittebols, Bloomfield Hills School District

* FCC Actions: License to cover granted to WZZM-TV 13 Grand Rapids to change ERP from 316,000 watts @ 1001 feet to 257,000 watts @ 1064 feet; Construction permit granted to WXMI-TV 17 Grand Rapids to change ERP from 1,290,000 watts @ 1096 feet to 1,700,000 watts @ 1096 feet

January 13:

* News-Talk WJR-AM finished atop the fall rating for Ann Arbor among listeners age 12 and above. Country WWWW-FM was the second rated station, and the highest of those based in Washtenaw County. The remainder of the top 5 stations were Top 40 WKQI-FM, Classic Rock WCSX-FM, and also Modern Rock CIMX-FM and Top 40 WDRQ-FM which tied for 5th place. Gold Adult Contemporary WQKL-FM finished tied for 9th; the remainder of the Ann Arbor stations found Sports WTKA-AM in 17th place, Full service WAAM-AM in 18th, and Oldies WHNE-AM in 26th place. WHNE carded a 0.9, which marked its first appearance in the 12+ ratings in a number of years.

* Former Clear Channel Detroit executive Steve Schram landed his next job as senior vice president of AOL's Web Properties Group, based in Columbus, OH.

January 10:

* FCC Action: Granted WOBE-FM 100.7 Crystal Falls its license to cover for changes (ERP from 350 watts @ 121 feet to 100,000 watts @ 653 feet and Class A to C1)

January 9:

* News-Talk WJR-AM Detroit returned to the top spot among listeners age 12 and above during the fall 2002 ratings period in the Arbitron book released today. The summer's top station, Oldies WOMC-FM, finished tied for 2nd place with Urban WJLB-FM and News WWJ-AM. The remainder of the top 10 were Urban AC WMXD-FM, Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM, Rock WRIF-FM, Urban WDTJ-FM, and Country WYCD-FM. Winners of the in-format battles were WNIC, which featured Christmas tunes for the last part of the book, over WMGC-FM, Top 40 WDRQ-FM over WKQI-FM, Classic Rock WCSX-FM over WDTW-FM, and Sports WDFN-AM over WXYT-AM. The stations with the biggest increases since summer were WMXD (3.5 - 5.1), WMGC (3.2 - 3.7), WCSX (3.0 - 3.5), and Adult Standards CKWW-AM (2.0 - 2.5). Adult Contemporary CIDR seems to have fallen off the radar in Detroit listenership. Its 27th place finish was behind the niche formats of WMUZ-FM, WQBH-AM, and WCHB-AM.

* Country WNWN-FM 98.5 Coldwater/Battle Creek lost its morning show of Chris St. John and Kelley Parish when both walked off the show after saying goodbye to the listeners. The exits were prompted over a disagreement with station management.

January 8:

* Jerry Colvin, general manager of WOTV-TV 41 Battle Creek, passed away. He was a TV pioneer who started in television in 1956 and had been at WOTV (formerly WUHQ-TV) since 1976 along with being a past president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He also served several terms on the NAB Television Board.

* Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) Detroit welcomed back Gene Elzy for weekend work- his show features jazz and blues.

* Brandon Tierney exited as late morning host at Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit. Sean Baligian moved to the 9am-noon slot from evenings, where he had been since replacing Greg Brady in that slot. Brady co-hosts mornings (6-9am) with Jamie Samuelson.

* FCC Action: Granted W208AL 89.5 a construction permit to move to 89.3 as W207BR (translator of KDNW-FM 97.3, Duluth MN)

January 7:

* NextMedia closed on its $55.5 million acquistion of Wilks' former 5 station cluster in the Tri-Cities (WCEN-FM, WTCF-FM, WGER-FM, WTLZ-FM, and WSGW-AM)- InsideRadio

* Religious-Talk WWJQ-AM 1260 Zeeland changed its focus to a more traditional religious format, adding more music-based and preaching type shows. The station also changed its call sign to WPNW as 'West Michigan's Only Praise and Worship Station'.

January 6:

* Active Rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids officially dropped the Howard Stern morning show, moving it to sister-station Sports WBBL-AM

* Chip Miller exited as program director of Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint to take another PD job in Memphis, TN. B95 afternoon jock Big Steve Duncan was named as interim PD- All Access

January 3:

* Grand Rapids Talk outlet WNWZ-AM 1410 flipped to Spanish CHR on New Year's Day. The station, which had already been programming in Spanish on weekends, became the region's 2nd full-time station devoted to Spanish programming- daytimer WYGR-AM 1530 shifted from Adult Standards in 1999. WNWZ operates 24/7 and is owned by Regent Broadcasting.

* Local management for all Clear Channel-owned stations across the country were given the discretion to pull the plug on their stations' web simulcasts, based on the revenues for the service. Here in Michigan, the group's Detroit cluster (WMXD-FM, WKQI-FM, WJLB-FM, WNIC-FM, WDTW-FM, WDFN-AM, and WXDX-AM) has stopped all webcasts.

* Contemporary Christian WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing welcomed Andrew Delancey to its morning program "The Morning Light", taking the role of Nikki Lane who recently left the station. Andrew joins WLGH from WPBN-TV/WTOM-TV 7&4 News, Traverse City's NBC affiliate. Previously Andrew was a talent at Hot AC 106 dot 7 The Peak in Northern Michigan.

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses from Wilks Broadcasting to NextMedia for WSGW-AM 790, WGER-FM 106.3, and WTLZ-FM 107.1 Saginaw, WTCF-FM 100.5 Carrollton, and WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock. NextMedia is aquiring the 5 station group from Wilks for $55.5 million in a deal announced in November.

January 2:

* On-air: New sign on WKAD-FM 93.7 Harrietta/Cadillac with an Oldies format. The station is owned by MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting (dba Cadillac Broadcasting) which also owns 6 other Northern Michigan stations

* Theresa Lucas takes over as program director for Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit, replacing Lori Bennett.

* Assigned: Call sign WWKM to construction permit for 88.1 FM Goodland Twp/Imlay City

 

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