2004: February 2004 Archives

February 2004 News and Notes



February 27:

* The 17th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon received an amazing total of $1,530,836 in pledges for The Salvation Army's Bed and Bed Club in metro Detroit. The amount once again sets a record for the highest amount for a single-station single-day radiothon anywhere. Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 and Dick Purtan and Purtan's People have once again rallied the community to help the less fortunate in the Detroit area- the money raised will help feed and shelter over 4,000 people each and every day. The 16-hour event included live performances by local and national musicians and performers and live interviews with celebrities and sports figures. Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised more than $8.5 million for the Bed and Bread Program.

This year's event was dedicated to the memory of Doc Andrews, who for the previous 16 years of the event served as its announcer before his death last week from colon cancer. For those that donated $240 or more, a special CD will be delivered as a thank-you. It will contain some of Doc's "Greatest Hits" as a member of Purtan's People over the past two decades.

* Steve Garagiola will exit as morning co-host at NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 Detroit. Guy Gordon, who had been the main anchor at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV 7 before moving to special assignment work, will move to Channel 4 to take Garagiola's place.

* Lucy Ann Lance has left as morning show host at Clear Channel Adult Contemporary WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor after over 12 years in order to take over mornings at crosstown Big D Broadcasting Talk WAAM-AM 1600.

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of license from WKJF Radio to Good News Media for WKJF-AM 1370 Cadillac; Granted W32CV LPTV Ch. 32 Ironwood its license to cover (new translator)

February 26:

* The syndicated Don Imus morning show will be dropped on Infinity Sports WXYT-AM 1270 Detroit after tomorrow's program. WXYT will air a sports-themed show hosted by newcomer John Lund and former Detroit Lions' player Marc Spindler.

February 25:

* Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit today announced the hiring of Steve Allan as the station's new program director. Allan joins WOMC after a successful 10-year run in Washington, D.C. as the PD of WBIG, Oldies 100. His resume also includes time in the PD chair at WODS Boston and WGRR Cincinnati, qualifying him as one of the premier oldies programmers in the country. Tom Sleeker, who had been acting as interim PD for WOMC in addition to his role as program director for Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, will now be able to again fully focus on V98.7.

February 24:

* Last week's special concert to benefit Sabrina Black Fund hosted by Greater Media Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit raised over $23,000. The money will help to pay for the care and recovery of former Clear Channel Sports WDFN-AM 1130 news anchor Sabrina Black who continues her treatment for Hodkin's Lymphoma. Some of the particpants in the event included current WDFN staffers, Detroit Red Wings players, and Black's husband, WRIF's Steve Black.

* New program director at NextMedia Country WCEN-FM 94.5 Saginaw effective March 1st will be Joby Phillips, who was last at WCOL Columbus. Jim Johnson gives up the role of PD at WCEN so that he can concentrate on his role as PD and morning host at sister Adult Contempory WGER-FM 106.3- All Access

* Carl E lands at Midwest Communications Country WNWN-FM 98.5 Coldwater/Battle Creek for afternoons; he's previously spent time at WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, WCUZ-FM 101.3 Grand Rapids, WWWW-FM 106.7 Detroit and WITL-FM 100.7 Lansing- All Access

* Radio veteran Al Casey passed away last night in Seattle. Casey spent time in programming at WDRQ-FM Detroit in the 1970's in addition to another of other stations across the country.

February 23:

* Obituary: Mark 'Doc' Andrews of WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit. Andrews passed away Saturday from colon cancer at age 51.

* Infinity All-News WWJ-AM 950 Detroit helped raise $209,607 for The Heat and Warmth Fund during Friday and Saturday's "WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW". Local utilities will match those contributions dollar for dollar, making for a total of $419,214 that will be made available to aid those that need assitance in paying their winter utility bills.

* Fairfield Broadcasting Sports WQSN-AM 1660 today announced that the Kalamazoo Kings, Kalamazoo's professional minor league baseball club in the independent Frontier League, will return to the station for a second consecutive season. The entire 96 game season will be broadcast on WQSN. In addition to being broadcast on AM 1660, the entire Kings season will also be available live, free of charge, on the Internet at www.wqsn.com.

February 19:

* Jim Johnson, morning co-host at Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit, has extended his contract with the station for another 3 years- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Action: Granted WGTQ-TV 8 Sault Ste. Marie its license to cover for changes

February 18:

* Great Lakes Radio WPIQ-FM 99.9 Mansitique is now on the air; the station began regular broadcasts on February 2nd. The format is Talk as 'Power 99.9, We Power Your IQ' with a weekday lineup featuring local programming from 6-8am, Dr. Dean Edell 8-9am, Dr. Laura 9am-noon, Rush Limbaugh noon-3pm, Sean Hannity 3-6pm, Dave Ramsey 6-9pm, Phil Hendrie 9pm-midnight, and Coast to Coast AM overnights. The station's web site is www.wpiqradio.com.

* Results and winners from the 2004 High School & College Broadcast Awards Competition are now available from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters web site at www.michmab.com. WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth will be honored as the High School Radio Station of the Year for the third time in the last four years. "I’m continually amazed by the work our students do. They’re definitely deserving of the honor," said Bill Keith, station manager. WSDP also recently resumed its webcasting service from the station's web site at www.881theescape.com.

February 17:

* The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Music Inc. have named Michigan State University's WDBM-FM 88.9 “IMPACT 89FM” East Lansing as College Station of the Year. The gold record award will be presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference at the Lansing Center on March 8. For the fourth time in the past five years, WDBM-FM has dominated the awards competition by winning more total awards than its nearest competitor by more than two to one. “As we enter our 15th year on the air, this award affirms the quality and effectiveness of our staff,” said Gary Reid, professional general manager of the station. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and honored to represent MSU in such a positive light.” Professional broadcasters from the state of Michigan judged the awards competition. WDBM is a 2,000 watt station which serves the mid-Michigan area from the MSU campus with a staff of about 100 students.

* The Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (MAEB) announced its officers at a meeting in Monroe on February 10, 2004:
President- Bill Keith, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
Vice President- Susan McGraw, Henry Ford Community College
Treasurer- Pete Bowers, Bloomfield Hills School District
Secretary- Randy Carr, Bloomfield Hills School District
Members at Large- Carl Jacobson, Spring Arbor College; Dave Downing, Lansing Community College; Jenny Stancyzk, Warren Consolidated Schools
Immediate Past President- David Legg, Novi Public Schools
Webmaster- Ron Wittebols, Bloomfield Hills School District
The meeting was held at member station WEJY Radio, at Monroe High School. The MAEB was formed in 1977 to develop and promote low-power educational broadcasting in the State of Michigan. The MAEB website is available at www.maeb.org.

February 16:

* NextMedia Country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw helped raise over $142,000 during last week's first ever 'Moose Country Cares for St. Jude Kids" Radiothon.

* FCC Actions: Granted WIAN-AM 1240 Ishpeming its license to cover for changes (slight location change); Granted WJKN-AM 1510 Jackson a construction permit for changes (new facilities 3,000 watts daytime and critical hours using a 3-tower array)

February 15:

* Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit hosted the fifth annual 99.5 WYCD Hunt for a Cure to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this past Friday and Saturday. The event, held at Oakland Mall in Troy, raised $369,000- over the course of the two days, Detroiters heard first hand how St. Jude has helped more than 145 Michigan children beat cancer. “It’s exciting once again to be involved with such a worthy cause and to be able to give back to the community”, says Mac Daniels, program director of WYCD. All of the money raised will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. St. Jude is the world leader in treatment and research of childhood catastrophic diseases. Nearly 400 Michigan physicians have used free research provided by St. Jude to treat other area children.

February 13:

* Obituary- Marc Avery, a longtime Detroit radio personality who started out as a 1960s Top 40 rock disc jockey on the old Detroit AM hit-players WJBK (1500) and WXYZ (1270), has died in Evansville, Ind. Mr. Avery, who also spent a decade at stately WJR-AM (760), was 74 and had been in declining health for some time- Detroit Free Press

* FCC Action: Granted Edgewater Broadcasting a construction permit for a new FM translator to be licensed to Gaylord at 102.5. Edgewater is believed to be associated with the Calvary Satellite Network, which operates numerous translators of KAWZ-FM Twin Falls (Idaho) across the country.

February 11:

* The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has announced the winners of the 2004 Broadcast Excellence Awards. Station of the Year winners will be announced during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference. Congratulations to all of this year's winners- visit the MAB website, www.michmab.com, for the list.

February 10:

* Floyd Evans has taken the role of market manager for Cumulus/Flint (WDZZ-FM 92.7, WRSR-FM 103.9, WWCK-FM 105.5, WWCK-AM 1570). The opening was created when Nancy Dymond exited last month.

* FCC Actions: Granted licenses to cover for the following stations- WBSQ-LP 105.9 St. Louis (new station); WJKQ-FM 88.5 Jackson (new station); WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp (new station); WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord (increase in ERP from 6,000 watts @ 325 feet to 50,000 watts @ 492 feet - Change from Class A to Class C2)

February 9:

* FCC Actions: Granted a minor change to the construction permit for new FM 92.5 Newaygo (ERP from 6,000 watts @ 328 feet to 2,250 watts @ 543 feet, plus tower location change); Granted W206AZ 89.1 Fremont a construction permit to increase ERP from 55 watts to 100 watt and tower location change

February 8:

* FCC Actions: Granted WEEH-LP 100.5 Hart its license to cover (new station); Granted WTLI-FM 89.3 Bear Creek Twp a construction permit to increase its power from 6,000 watts to 17,000 watts (Class C2 to Class C1)

February 6:

* A major change to the FM allocations in West Michigan has been granted by the FCC; Adult Contemporary WCXT-FM 105.3 Hart has been granted a new allocation for the station, which will shift its city of license from Hart to Coopersville. The change will effectively allow the station to move in closer to the Muskegon and Grand Rapids markets once its new facilities are constructed. In order to preserve radio service to Hart, the FCC simultaneously granted Classic Rock WWKR-FM 94.1 Pentwater a change of its city of license to Hart.

* Clear Channel Ann Arbor news director Dan Martin, also known as Joe Davis mornings on Oldies WHNE-AM 1290, exits the cluster to become the new production director at crosstown Big D Broadcasting Talk WAAM-AM 1600. Martin was at WAAM prior to joining Clear Channel's Ann Arbor stations.

* WDIV-TV 4 weekend morning anchor Marcella Lee exits for a role as a reporter and weekday evening reporter at the CBS affiliate in San Diego- Detroit News

February 4:

* From today's Detroit Free Press- Kim Adams returns today to her WDIV-TV 4 weathercasting duties after a maternity leave that started late last year; ABC/Disney Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 morning co-host Rachael Hunter has re-upped with the station for 3 more years.

* Good News Media has reserved the call sign WLJW for the current WKJF-AM 1370 Cadillac once the purchase of the station from Midwestern Broadcasting is completed

* Call Sign Action: New LPFM 98.9 Mt. Pleasant assigned WQOS-LP on 1/9/04

* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary transfer of license for WLPC-LP 26 Detroit from Glenn R. and Karin A. Plummer to WLPC-TV 26 Detroit, Inc; Granted WAKL-FM 88.9 Flint a construction permit to modify its broadcast location (was co-located with WSNL-AM 600) to the same tower as WCRZ-FM 107.9 and change ERP from 150 watts @ 361 feet directional to 380 watts @ 263 feet directional

February 3:

* It was a scary afternoon for folks at Christian outlets WCSG-FM 91.3 and WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids. All the employees were ordered out of the station's broadcast center on East Beltline when the gas station next door started emitting nauseating odors, presumably from a gasoline leak. Reportedly, WSCG was put on autopilot and was back under full control 90 minutes later from a computer located at a backup location on owner Cornerstone University's campus.

* Christian WJQK-FM Grand Rapids recently raised over $57,000 for itself - even though the station is a commercial outlet and donations are not tax deductable - to help raise funds towards the down payment on a new studio. The station's 'Move-a-thon' featured free concerts and 3 days of on-air fundraising- All Access

February 2:

* The final fall ratings book for publicly released Michigan markets is now out- in Northwest Lower Michigan, Country WTCM-FM/WBCM-FM continues to lead among listeners age 12 and above, followed by Oldies WCCW-FM/WCZW-FM, News-Talk WTCM-AM, Classic Rock WGFM-FM/WGFN-FM, and Top 40 WKHQ-FM. The top cluster is Midwestern Broadcasting, which leads Northern Star, MacDonald-Garber, and Northern Radio of Michigan by a comfortable margin.


Obituary: Mark 'Doc' Andrews, age 51



Obituary: Mark 'Doc' Andrews, age 51

Mark 'Doc' Andrews, one of Detroit’s most respected sportscasters and sports director at Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3, died on Saturday, February 21 2004 after a 10-month battle with colon cancer. He was 51 years old. Andrews lived his childhood dream of being a top sportscaster and was best known for his affable personality on the “Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People” show heard mornings on WOMC. He had been off the air for the past several weeks and also was off last summer while receiving treatment for the disease.

A proud graduate of Fraser High School and Wayne State University, Andrews was a born and raised Metro Detroiter. Doc joined Purtan’s show on January 1, 1984 when it aired on WCZY-FM (95.5) and had been on the Detroit airwaves practically his entire career. Mark was truly one of the good guys in the radio business; his positive attitude and outlook on life was contagious to anyone who either worked with or met him.

In addition to his radio work, his media career included jobs as a sports anchor for Channels 50 and 20 as well as a sports reporter at Channel 4. Andrews had also done extensive play-by-play for the Detroit Pistons, University of Michigan hockey, University of Detroit basketball, CCHA Hockey, ESPN, and the now-defunct local cable channel PASS. Other highlights of his career included work as public address announcer for World Cup Soccer, the Super Bowl, and the NBA All-Star Game. He also served as P.A. voice for the Detroit Red Wings, Lions, and Pistons.

Mark earned the nickname “Doc” from Dick Purtan early on. Since he was never stumped by a “Leave it to Beaver” trivia question, Purtan named him the “Doctor of Beavology,” hence “Doc.” “Although Doc was short in stature and stood only 4’ 7”, to our listeners, fans, and fellow workers, he stood tall throughout his life,” says Purtan. “I’ve known Doc for over 20 years and will miss him greatly.”

WOMC listeners will remember Doc also by the popular characters he voiced on “Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People” including: Alan Walnuts, Newsman Gordon Kincaid, Announcer Sterling Heights, Mr. Michigan, and his impersonations of Detroit Red Wings’ radio announcers, Bruce Martin and Ken Kal.

Reaction to Andrews’ passing was swift, with many commenting on how Doc didn’t let his dwarfism stand in the way of a successful career. Local ‘Mr. Radio’ Bill Burton of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group, who gave Doc his start in the business, told him years ago, “You can be ten feet tall on the radio.” Radio’s Best Friend Art Vuolo commented, “He was the little guy with a huge heart. His personality and sense of humor will be missed by the radio community for years to come.”

WOMC’s vice-president and general manager, Stephen Schram said, "Mark ‘Doc’ Andrews brought such a special, energetic quality to his 20 plus years of performance with Dick Purtan and Purtan's People. His well-respected stature in Detroit sports was also matched by the wonderful comedic character-voice sketches he performed over the decades. The entire WOMC family extends our deepest sympathy and prayers to Mark's immediate family. We were part of his "radio family" and we have lost one of the very best in our business."

One of Andrews’ passions was to be a motivational speaker and very often he would stand behind the podium on top of a box when he presented to various groups. Throughout the years, he became one of the nations most popular personal development speakers in the area of motivation, customer service, teamwork, and positive attitude. He presented programs throughout the United States as well as internationally. He was the Master of Ceremonies for the annual Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame event. Mark was a participating member of the Little People of America Incorporated and the Dwarf Athletic Association of America.

He was also a very talented writer. He was a columnist for the Detroit Metro Airport Connections newspaper and Michigan Hockey Magazine. In an article Andrews wrote shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks about how fragile life is, Doc said, “Our success in the coming days, weeks, months and years depends upon people not living in fear, but continuing on for the greater good of our lives and our Country.” He continued by stating, “Be a winner! Live life every day in an incredibly positive way.” That’s how Doc fought his cancer too. His motivational slogan was, “You Can Be As Big As You Want To Be.”

He is survived by his wife Amy, son Edward, daughter Hollis, and stepdaughter Alicia.







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