December 2003 News and Notes




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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