November 2003 News and Notes

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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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