* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* 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)
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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)