July 2004 News and Notes




July 30:

* Clear Channel Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 Detroit program director Jamillah Muhammad is set to be honored at the 15th Annual Midwest Radio and Music Conference where she'll receive the Radio Icon Award for her continued success in radio over the past 15 years- All Access

* FCC Action: Granted Edgewater Broadcasting a construction permit for an FM translator at 95.3 Forest Hills (W237BW)

July 28:

* Artistic Media Partners Soft Adult Contemporary WWLV-FM 102.3 New Carlisle / South Bend, IN has dropped the format in favor of returning to a simulcast of sister station Classic Rock WZOW-FM 97.7 Goshen, IN. In March 2003, FM 102.3 dropped its 11-month simulcast of FM 97.7 for the Soft AC 'Love Songs 102.3'; that format ended yesterday with the playing of J. Geils' "Love Stinks" over and over.

* Cumulus Rock WRKR-FM 107.7 Kalamazoo assistant program director and nighttime jock Warren Kluck will exit the station effective tomorrow- Radio and Records

July 23:

* WLCJ-LP FM 92.5 Marinette, WI / Menominee, MI is now on the air with Catholic programming from the Relevant Radio Network- Upper Midwest Broadcasting

* FCC Actions: Granted WVBH-LP 105.3 Benton Harbor a modification to its construction permit to specify a slightly different location; Granted Russell Allen Wight a construction permit for a new FM translator at 96.7 Alma (W244BS); Granted W262AF 100.3 Parchment a construction permit to increase power from 27 to 38 watts.

July 22:

* New call sign for just-flipped Rubber City Radio Sports 92.1 FM St. John's/Lansing is WTXQ as of Tuesday. The calls are similar to that of simulcaster WQTX FM 92.7 Charlotte.

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to: Radio Assist Ministry for 92.9 Alpena (W225AO), 92.1 Rogers City (W221BU), and 92.1 Cheboygan (W221BT); Family Educational Broadcasting Corp of Door County WI for 105.1 Marquette (W286BC).

July 21:

* Midwestern Broadcasting Sports WCCW-AM 1310 Traverse City has applied for a modification to its nighttime construction permit; instead of 130 watts with a 2 tower array, the station would like to change to a 7,500 watt nighttime signal with a 4 tower array from a location near Chum's Corners (intersection of US-31 and M-37 south of Traverse City).

July 20:

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to Radio Assist Ministry for 96.5 Muskegon (W243BH), 96.5 Fremont (W243BI), 96.5 East Tawas (W243BJ), 101.9 Alpena (W270AY), and 103.1 Manistee (W276BP).

July 19:

* Several Michigan stations and personalities have been nominated as finalists for the 2004 Marconi Awards:
: WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian (Small Market Station and AC Station)
: Drew Lane and Mike Clark (Mornings, WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit; Major Market Personality)
: WMOM-FM 102.7 Pentwater (CHR Station)
: WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit (Rock Station)

* Mike Dwyer, Jimmy James, and Ted Eberly have left WPON-AM 1460 Walled Lake because an agreement between them and new owner Birach Broadcasting could not be reached.

* Martin was recently let go as host of the weekend 'Martin Morning Show' on Rubber City Radio Classic Hits WVIC-FM 94.1 Jackson/Lansing.

* Former WCEN-FM 94.5 Saginaw morning man Jim Bosh has landed in Hartford, CT as morning show host at Clear Channel Country WWYZ-FM 92.5.

July 16:

* Michiguide.com has been informed of a couple of changes in the northeast part of the lower peninsula. First, Northern Radio Network WCLS-FM 100.7 Oscoda has switched from a simulcast of sister station Oldies WHAK-FM 99.9 Rogers City to a simlucast of fellow sister station Hot Adult Contemporary WHSB-FM 107.7 Alpena. Also, the FM translator at 98.1 Alpena has switched from a relay of Country WVAC-FM 93.9 Mio to a relay of Classic Rock WQLB-FM 103.3 East Tawas / WKZC-FM 94.9 Alpena.

* Crawford Broadcasting Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 Detroit has joined the growing number of stations broadcasting with HD-Radio technology. The station went live this week with the new Ibiquity Digital in-band/on-channel signal. While consumer receivers have just debuted, stations hope that auto OEMs will rapidly integrate HD-Radio capability into standard audio systems.

* For the past three summers, WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian has chosen an "underdog" charity as the beneficiary of a fund-raiser hosted and organized by the station. This year, the station selected the Lenawee Therapeutic Riding Program to receive the funds under the banner of "Rally to Ride." LTR provides horseback riding in a specially designed program involving the use of horses and ponies to provide riding for physically, mentally, and emotionally impaired individuals- especially kids.

On Saturday, July 17th, a 130 mile motorcycle road rally/poker run will be held with the hopes of raising around $10,000. This morning, WLEN morning host Jerry Hayes (who will be riding a H-D Fatboy in the rally) issued a challenge to listeners to raise $1000 during the morning show to help add to the pledges already received. Listeners responded and Jerry will have his head completely shaved for tomorrow's rally. Not to be outdone, WLEN AE Lori Sallows phoned in on the 'Mornings with Jerry and Steve' program and said if she could match Jerry's funds by 10 am, she would get a tattoo. Listeners also met that challenge as well! So, with Friday's activities and previous pledges, WLEN has already raised nearly $5,000 for Lenawee Therapeutic Riding heading into tomorrow's rally.

WLEN is a two-time winner of the NAB's Crystal Award for Public Service and is currently the MAB's Market 3 Station of the Year.

* Going strong after 42 years of continuous broadcasting in the Detroit radio market, Bob Allison’s “Ask Your Neighbor” radio program on WNZK 690 AM will introduce a new feature -- "Nutrition On Call" -- a monthly 30-minute segment devoted to food, diet, and health issues with registered dietitian Theresa Malysz (pronounced may-liss) as the guest expert. She brings with her over ten years of nutritional counseling experience in hospitals and elder-care facilities throughout the metro Detroit area, where she currently advises kidney/pancreas transplant patients at St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center.

“Nutrition On Call” is heard during the 10:30 to 11 a.m. segment of his show on the first Thursday of the month. “We talk about these issues all the time, but now there’s someone with real-world experience and in-depth knowledge,” says Allison. “Plus, we have Len’s perspective on what life with a dietitian is like. It’s a lot of fun and informative at the same time.” “Nutrition On Call” is the only locally produced program on this subject on Detroit radio, but probably won’t be for long since much of what’s heard on weekend radio first debuted on Allison’s show. “It’s good to know that we’ve played a role in helping listeners stay well informed on matters important to their every day lives.”

Together with her husband Len, Ms. Malysz has co-authored "The Duct Tape Diet" -- a weight-loss book based on his often humorous experiences of taking off excess pounds by following her healthy-eating regimen, developed while helping obese patients lose weight. The Oakland Township couple now appear regularly on “Ask Your Neighbor” to answer questions from listeners and discuss various health and food issues with Allison and his co-host and son, Rob.

“Ask Your Neighbor” has been a comfortable home for listeners who’ve been sharing recipes and household hints since 1962, when it first took to the airwaves on WWJ radio. Since then, the program has traveled to other stations, but has not strayed from its original format of “neighbors helping neighbors” over an electronic back fence. Over the years and to this day, it regularly schedules guest experts to discuss gardening and home improvement, among other subjects, which has helped to widen the audience from those who’ve been with it from the beginning. However -- with media attention increasing on matters relating to weight-loss and health -- Allison decided to make the Malysz husband and wife team a regular feature.

Even though the 690 AM signal is heard clearly throughout the metro Detroit area, many listeners are tuning into the program via audio streaming available on line at www.AskYourNeighbor.com from 9-11am Monday through Friday. The next “Nutrition On Call” segment is scheduled for August 5th.

* LPTV station W33BY Detroit has added a new program titled "Real Entertainment Television". Featuring both local and national entertainers, it airs Friday and Saturday nights on Channel 33 (and on Comcast Detroit Ch. 72 and 80). The show will highlight live performances and interviews with its featured artists, putting the "real" in Real Entertainment Television- You'll get more then a video. Artists or sponsors can contact producer Delano Glass or host Ms. J at (313) 595-2369 or by e-mail at Realenttv@aol.com with inquiries.

July 14:

* Rubber City Radio has changed the format of its WKMY-FM 92.1 St. Johns/Lansing from Hot Adult Contemporary 'My 92.1' to a simulcast of its Sports WQTX-FM 92.7 Charlotte. The station had been formatted as Modern Rock 'The Edge' for several years before the unsuccessful switch to Hot AC in September 2003. Mid-Michigan General Manager Dave Johnson said “The Ticket is clearly Lansing’s fastest growing radio station. We have been challenged with a signal that many people haven’t been able to pick up in their homes and businesses. With the addition of 92.1 we answer the overwhelming demand of listeners on the fringe of our 92.7 signal. We can service a larger population and continue to provide the best in sports programming.”

* Fans of nostalgia and Detroit radio will want to visit www.detroitradioflashbacks.net- the site has recently been redesigned and updated with new classic bumper stickers and jingles. The site's creator will be adding new jingle sound files over the next couple of months.

* The LPFM construction permit for 94.3 Flint has taken the call sign WKUF-LP as of July 5. The station hopes to begin broadcasting by November.

July 13:

* Starting in September, NBC affiliate WILX-TV 10 Lansing will be producing the newscasts for crosstown Fox affiliate WSYM-TV 47. The change will eliminate the newsroom of WSYM; WILX will take over news gathering, editing and production of the 5:30 and 10:00pm newscasts on WSYM. WSYM will have its own on-air anchor team and news set, distinct from WILX's. WSYM news employees who lose their jobs could be rehired by WILX. All newscasts will be broadcast from WILX's studios in south Lansing, which will be expanded to accommodate a larger staff- Lansing State Journal

* Clear Channel Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit afternoon team of Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski will be hosting their annual "Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" from 3pm Thursday July 15th to 7pm Friday July 16th at O'Tooles in Novi. The pair will be broadcasting live for 28 hours straight to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma research. Listeners can bid on hourly and run-of-show auction items or simply make a donation as well as enjoy games and activities including volleyball, high speed wiffle-ball with former Tiger Milt Wilcox, a dunk tank, and much more.

Pistons fans can bring their camera and have their picture taken on Thursday night from 8:30-11pm with the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy. During the 28-hour event, Stoney and Wojo will be joined by some of the biggest names in local and national sports including Alan Trammell, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Dick Vitale, Chauncey Billups, Pistons head coach Larry Brown, Darren McCarty, and more.

Stoney and Wojo, heard weekdays between 3 and 6pm, raised over $120,000 during last year’s Radiothon and hope to exceed that total in 2004. “It’s heart wrenching every time somebody becomes stricken with this disease. Hopefully we can raise more money than ever before and continue to make a difference,” WDFN program director Rona Danziger said. “This event is very special to WDFN as Sabrina Black continues to fight the disease.”

* Call sign change: 88.1 FM Monroe has changed its call sign from WJOF to WDTR as of July 9th

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to- Edgewater Broadcasting for 103.7 Battle Creek (W279BG); Radio Assist Ministry for 104.9 Ludington (W285DY).

July 11:

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to- Family Life Broadcasting for 95.1 Kalamazoo (W236AV); Edgewater Broadcasting for 99.1 Yale (W256AU), 95.3 Rogers City (W237BS), 95.3 Mio (W237BT), 95.3 Gaylord (W237BU), 94.9 East Tawas (W235AU), and 103.3 Grand Haven (W277BB).

July 7:

* Jim Bosh will exit NextMedia Country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw as morning co-host at the end of the week to take another job. Jodi K will remain in her co-host spot; Michael Sadowski exits as morning show co-host for the Smile FM network of Contemporary Christian stations across Michigan- All Access

* Spring phase 2 ratings for Grand Rapids were released today. The top 5 stations remained the same as the first phase: Country WBCT-FM, Top 40 WSNX-FM, News-Talk WOOD-AM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, and Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM. The top 5 stations in Lansing were Country WITL-FM, Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM, Top 40 WHZZ-FM, Rock WJXQ-FM, and Urban WQHH-FM.

* FCC Actions: Granted WXLA-AM 1180 Dimondale a construction permit for changes (daytime power from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts, add critical hours at 2,000 watts); Granted WLLZ-LP 12 Traverse City a construction permit for changes (increase ERP from 75 watts directional to 1,230 watts directional)

July 6:

* FCC Actions: Granted a construction permit for a new FM translator to Edgewater Broadcasting for 102.5 Kalkaska (W273AU)

July 2:

* WDTR-FM 90.9 Detroit has changed its call sign to WRCJ-FM as of yesterday.

* Katie Marroso has joined Greater Media Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit as assistant prodution director and will also do weekend on-air work. Marroso is a former midday host at crosstown Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and recently returned to the Detroit area from Nashville.

* Pastor Marvin Winans joins Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 Detroit for an new program airing Sunday mornings. "Rhythm & Praise will broadcast from 6-10am.

* FCC Actions: Granted a construction permit for a new FM translator to Edgewater Broadcasting for 105.1 South Haven (W286BA)

July 1:

* Sean Baligian signs on for two more years as late morning host at Clear Channel Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit. "It is what it is" airs from 9am-noon weekdays. “WDFN is where I want to be and I’m very excited they want me to stick around.” Baligian said. He then went on to joke, “I’m hoping to reach way beyond my current 33 listeners. Maybe up to 40 or so. My parents said it could never be done but stranger things have happened.” “Sean has been an incredible asset to WDFN and we’re ecstatic that he’ll be with us for years to come” says program director Rona Danziger.

* Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit was honored with five awards in four categories from the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). These awards recognize excellence in local journalism, and WDET took home top honors in four out of the five categories in radio news. WDET’s awards are as follows:
- Spot News Reporting: First Place- Celeste Headlee, "Iraqi Celebrations", Second Place- Jerome Vaughn, "Kmart Restructuring"
- General News Reporting: First Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Affirmative Action"
- Sports Reporting: First Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Fordson Ramadan"
- Regular Newscast Award for General Excellence: Joan Silvi, "5:30 p.m. 11/21/03 Newscast"

WDET is proud of its tradition of bringing the metropolitan Detroit community an in-depth, comprehensive local news service that wins awards year after year. “It is a real honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for your work,” said Joan Silvi, WDET news director and local host of All Things Considered. “We remain committed to bringing our listeners the area’s best radio news service.” Local news can be heard regularly on WDET weekdays from 5am to 9am during Morning Edition and from 4pm to 7pm during All Things Considered. Local news is also provided weekend mornings from 8am to 10am during Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

* Radio industry leaders have again recognized WDET with three nominations for Radio and Records (R&R) 2004 Triple A Industry Achievement Awards. WDET has been nominated for "Triple A Station Of The Year - Noncommercial". Judy Adams, WDET's program director who is celebrating 30 years with the station, was nominated for "Triple A Programmer Of The Year" and music director Martin Bandyke has been nominated for "Triple A Music Director Of The Year". "This is a special honor to be recognized by your industry peers," said Judy Adams, WDET Program Director. "These nominations validate our efforts to program WDET differently than other stations in our market, or in the entire country. Listeners in metropolitan Detroit have responded positively to our music variety programs, and WDET has gained a reputation nationally for being a leader in the Triple A format."

* Ron Pritchard has left MacDonald Garber Broadcasting Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City where he had been the station's program director, music director, and afternoon drive host. Pritchard had been with 'KHQ for the last 10 years- All Access

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to- Lud's Alpine for 94.1 Alpena (W231BF); Edgewater Broadcasting for 98.5 Manistee (W253AR) and 99.5 Boyne City (W258AS)







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