June 2004 News and Notes

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June 30:

* Scott Moore shifts from weekend work at Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit to the same role at sister station Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 as of this coming weekend. Moore has been with Infinity/WYCD for the past 5 years.

* The Travel and Adventure program, hosted and produced by Michael Dwyer, is moving from Birach Broadcasting Talk/Oldies WPON-AM 1460 Walled Lake to George Koch's Classic Country WSDS-AM 1480 Ypsilanti as of this Saturday, July 3rd. The 'One Hour Trip Around the World' will air from 8-9am every Saturday on WSDS.

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to- Edulcational Media Foundation for 94.3 Holly (W232BH); David M. Stout for 92.1 Iron River (W221BP), 99.1 Manistique (W256AS), 100.9 Ishpeming (W265BM), 102.1 Newberry (W271AS), and 106.9 Manistique (W295AS)

June 29:

* Greater Media's 'Drew and Mike' show, heard on Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit, was named as Air Personality/Show of the Year in the Active Rock category for 2004 by Radio and Records in their National Radio Awards.

* MacDonald Broadcasting Classic Hits/Hot AC FM 97.3 has changed its call sign from WEEG to WMJO to go with its "Joe FM" moniker.

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to- Radio Assist Ministry for 92.1 Petoskey (W221BQ), 92.1 East Tawas (W221BR), 93.9 Sandusky (W230AZ), and 94.1 Bad Axe (W231BE); Edgewater Broadcasting for 99.3 Bad Axe (W257BO), 100.1 Bad Axe (W261AQ), 102.5 South Haven (W273AP), 102.5 Rogers City (W273AQ), 102.5 Paw Paw (W273AR), 103.7 Hastings (W279BF), and 105.1 Dowagiac (W286AW)

June 28:

* FCC Actions: Granted Radio Assist Ministry construction permits for 4 new FM translators- W225AL 92.9 Bad Axe, W227BB 93.3 Fremont, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, and W250AS 97.9 Gaylord; Granted Edgewater Broadcasting a construction permit for a new FM translator- W262AY 100.3 Paw Paw

June 26:

* Clear Channel WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor has changed its format from Gold-based Adult Contemporary 'Kool 107' to Adult Album Alternative as 'Ann Arbor's 107 One - Quality Music, True Variety'. The station will continue with the WQKL call sign and Kevin O'Neill will continue as morning host. Program director Rob Walker will take over middays and Ellen Morgan will host nights in place of the syndicated Delilah. Former midday host Teresa Lucas shifts back to sister station WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit.

June 25:

* FCC Action: Granted a construction permit to Radio Assist Ministry at 104.9 Fremont (W285DU)

June 23:

* FCC Action: Granted a construction permit to Edgewater Broadcasting at 95.3 Alpena (W237BM)

June 22:

* The Talk/Oldies format on WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City/Saginaw will continue through Sunday, August 1st. On Monday morning, August 2nd, the station will become WNEM, NewsRadio 1250, with programming supplied by new owner Meredith Corporation. After the sale of the station was completed on May 19th from J&K Media Co. to Meredith, a brokerage agreement was put into effect to allow J&K Media to continue programming while new studio equipment is installed and details of the new format are worked out.

* The Detroit Public Schools radio station, WDTR-FM 90.9, plans to continue its current programming through the summer months. It is likely that there will not be any major changes to the station until the outside organization that will be tasked with running things is identified.

* The folks at Greater Media’s Detroit area radio stations have to be pleased with their sweep of the top three spots in the latest monthly ratings trend among listeners in the highly coveted age 25-54 demographic. Rocker WRIF-FM 101.1 was first, followed by Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, and then Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1. In the morning race, WRIF was once again first followed by WCSX and WMGC, which tied for second. In the overall race among listeners age 12 and above, News-Talk WJR-AM 760 was first, followed by Urban WJLB-FM 97.9, and News WWJ-AM 950.

* Jerold Jackson has left the post of program director at Cumulus Adult Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7 Flint in order to transfer to sister station KMJK Kansas City- All Access

* Crawford Broadcasting Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 Detroit hosted a very successful American Red Cross Blood Drive last Thursday, June 17th. A total of 375 pints of blood were collected from the station's generous listeners, topping last year's total of 364 pints. The station's "Mornings with Sean Herriot" broadcast live from the new car department at Bill Brown Ford in Livonia from 5-10am, and "The Bob Dutko Show" was live from the used car department from noon-4pm. This year's Blood Drive was the 10th Annual event.

* On-air: Midwest Communications' Portage translator (95.5 W238AL) of Country WNWN-FM 98.5 Coldwater

June 18:

* 100000watts.com reports that WFRO-AM 900 Fremont, OH has been taken off the air by owner ABC/Disney and that the station's license will be surrendered to the FCC. The move is to make way for the upgrade of WFDF-AM 910 Flint which has a construction permit to increase its daytime power to 50,000 watts from facilities in Monroe County. WFDF also has filed an application for a major change with the FCC that would allow it to move its nighttime facilities to Monroe County and change its city of license from Flint to Farmington Hills.

* FCC Action: Granted WRVM, Inc a construction permit for an FM translator to be licensed to Powers at 98.5 (W253AQ)

June 17:

* "Smile FM" is the new name for Superior Communications combined operation of its Contemporary Christian radio stations across the state. Programming will launch tommorow morning on WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing, WEJC-FM 88.3 Gladwin, WTLI-FM 89.3 WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City, WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe, WTAC-FM 89.7 Flint and WJOJ-FM 89.7 Harrisville. The stations have been stunting with wedding music for the past two days as a way to transition the merging together of "The Light" and "Joy FM".

* FCC Action: Granted WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City a construction permit to increase its daytime power from 1,000 watts using a 3 tower array to 5,000 watts using a 4 tower array.

June 16:

* The Detroit Public Schools appears ready to pull the plug on the programming of WDTR-FM 90.9. The last day for the station's lineup of primarily Urban-based music weekdays and specialty shows weekends is believed to be June 30th. Yesterday, management of WDTR began a series of meetings with producers and staff. In small groups, workers were advised that as of the 30th, programming at WDTR would cease. Although no plans for the continued operation of the station were disclosed, the feeling is that the station will likely continue under the ownership of the financially troubled Detroit Public Schools but be operated by an outside organization that will bring its own programming and pay the school district for use of the facilities.

* Radio One Detroit (Adult Urban WDMK-FM 102.7 / Urban WDTJ-FM 105.9 / Talk-Gospel WCHB-AM 1200) has given Carol Lawrence Dobrusin the title of vice president and general manager of the cluster. She had been the director of sales for the three stations and has been working as interim GM since the departure of Tamara Knechtel earlier this year. Dennis Archer Jr. has been promoted to station manager for Radio One/Detroit. He also keeps his current role as the cluster's national sales manager- Radio and Records

* Call sign actions: LPTV W58CW Pinconning became WKJF-LP on May 24; new LPFM 97.1 Battle Creek assigned WUBC-LP on May 24; new LPFM 106.7 Mt. Pleasant assigned WRWP-LP on June 3

June 14:

* Superior Communications' two Contemporary Christian radio networks in Michigan will be coming together later this week under a common name. "The Light" (WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing / WEJC-FM 88.3 Gladwin / WTLI-FM 89.3 Boyne City) and "Joy FM" (WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City / WJOF-FM 88.1 Monroe / WTAC-FM 89.7 Flint / WJOJ-FM 89.7 Harrisville) will begin a 2 day long stunt featuring all wedding music tomorrow at 9am that's designed to make listeners smile. The special programming is in advance of a concert by Tree 63 on Thursday evening at Lansing's Oldsmobile Park where the stations' new name will announced as part of a "musical marriage" ceremony. On Friday morning, June 18th at 7am listeners will be able to hear the new combined station for the first time.

* Clear Channel Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor program director and operations manager Rob Walker provides these staff updates: Claire Wiley, former morning host at Top 40 WKHM-FM 105.3 Jackson has joined as the station's promotions director and morning Co-host on the “Breakfast with Bubba” show. Sean Lynch, WMIL/Milwaukee’s creative director, adds night duties via the magic of voicetracking. “Lynch grew up here in Southeast Michigan, and was the only guy we could find who knew how to pronounce Ypsilanti without coaching”, said Walker. Former promo director Jody Gross has exited.

* FCC Actions: Granted Sister Grace construction permits for new FM translators- W235AN 94.9 Marquette, W231AY 94.1 and W236AT 95.1 Ironwood

June 11:

* New to mornings at Regent Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids starting Monday (June 14) will be Free Beer (Greg Daniels) and Hot Wings (Chris Michels) with co-host Eric Zane. WGRD program director Bobby Duncan commented to All Access, "It was crucial we hire a morning show that is locally produced and broadcast live from Grand Rapids. These are three of the funniest, smartest, and talented people in radio today, and all three are from Michigan. All three guys are graduates of Central Michigan University- Free Beer and Hot Wings were roommates at CMU. It's not just a job opportunity to them. It's a homecoming. They will be extremely visible in the community they wish to call home for a long time to come. These guys are going to do nothing short of reinventing morning radio in Grand Rapids". The show will also be syndicated back to the two stations in New Jersey where they were previously hosting the program.

* ABC/Disney Hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit adds Jamie Flanagan for weekend duties. Flanagan, host of the nationally syndicated Animal Talk show, is excited about the opportunity to be involved with a music format again while continuing to maintain his involvement with the national talk show.

June 9:

* Country WBCT continues to be the top Grand Rapids radio station among listeners age 12 and above according to the first spring ratings trend. Following WBCT were Top 40 WSNX-FM, News-Talk WOOD-AM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, and Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM. Lansing Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM moved to the top spot in that city, followed by Country WITL-FM, Oldies WJIM-FM, Top 40 WHZZ-FM, and Rock WJXQ-FM.

* Northern Radio Network WCLS-FM 100.7 Oscoda has returned to the air and is now simulcasting the Oldies programming of sister station WHAK-FM 99.9 Rogers City. WCLS had been off the air for approximately 6 months.

* Kris Harris has been named as programming assistant for ABC/Disney's WDRQ-FM 93.1 and WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit- FMQB

* Til Levesque has been promoted from general sales manager at Clear Channel Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 Detroit to director of sales for Clear Channel's entire 7 station Detroit cluster- All Access

June 7:

* The 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner & the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored at The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting and Management Retreat August 8-10 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Broadcasters to be inducted include: Elaine Baker, retired general manager of WOMC-FM; Robert T. Driscoll, former president and general manager of WION-AM; Grace Gilchrist, vice president and general manager of WXYZ-TV; Theodore "Ted" Heusel, talk show host, WAAM-AM; Timothy Skubick, senior capitol correspondent; and Nancy Waters, owner and president of WCXT. Nancy Waters will also receive the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Driscoll will be honored posthumously.

* FCC Actions: Granted Edgewater Broadcasting construction permits for 4 FM translators- W255AV 98.9 Sandusky, W262AW 100.3 St. Johns, W286AR 105.1 Three Rivers, and W286AU 105.1 Allegan; Granted CSN International a construction permit for a new FM translator- W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek

June 4:

* WDWB-TV 20 Detroit has signed a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons making the station the team's new broadcast outlet. The Pistons had most recently been seen on WKBD-TV 50 for the past several years. WDWB, a Granite Broadcasting station, said it will broadcast up to 43 Pistons games each season beginning in 2004-05. The Pistons have options to extend the deal past the 2006-07 season.

* DirecTV has added a locals channels package for the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market effective as of today. Subscribers can tune to channel 999 for more information.

June 2:

* Kevin Curnow adds the role of music director to his responsibilities as promotions director at Regent Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids- FMQB

June 1:

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of license for WMKM-AM 1440 Inkster from Great Lakes Radio to Davidson Media Group; Granted WSNL-AM 600 Flint a construction permit for changes: daytime power to 250 watts directional using a 3 tower array / nighttime power to 192 watts using a 2 tower array. The new location would be located southwest of Flint.

 

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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on June 30, 2004 11:59 PM.

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