* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of license from Foreign Radio Programs to Birach Broadcasting for WPON-AM 1460 Walled Lake; Granted WGER-FM 106.3 Saginaw a construction permit for changes (ERP from 2,050 watts @ 381 feet to 4,400 watts @ 381 feet with a directional pattern); Granted Edgewater Broadcasting a construction permit for an FM translator at 99.5 Hillsdale (W258AO)
* FCC Action: Granted Refuge Media Group a construction permit for an FM translator at 101.5 Ironwood (W268AQ). The translator will likely rebroadcast Contemporary Christian WNCB-FM 89.5 Duluth, MN.
* Infinity Broadcasting has taken the top spot amongst the competing clusters in the Detroit radio market in the age 12 and above category, according to the first spring ratings trend. Clear Channel slipped to second overall, followed by Greater Media, ABC/Disney, and then Radio One. Among the individual stations, News-Talk WJR continued on top, followed by Urban WJLB-FM, All News WWJ-AM, Rock WRIF-FM, and Oldies WOMC-FM.
* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for 2 FM translators to Radio Assist Ministry- W223AQ 92.5 Ironwood, W231AU 94.1 Imlay City
* Great Lakes Community Broadcasting WMSQ-FM 89.3 Marlette has signed on. It is broadcasting the same Oldies-based programming as heard on other GLCB stations and translators in the state.
* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for 4 FM translators to Radio Assist Ministry- W227AS 93.3 Whitehall, W227AT 93.3 Manistee, W227AU 93.3 Ludington and W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids
* Marie Osborne has been hired by Infinity All-News WWJ-AM 950 Detroit as a part-time reporter. Osborne previously worked in the news department at cross-town ABC/Disney News-Talk WJR-AM 760- Detroit Free Press
* Country music fans from around the United States flocked to downtown Detroit May 14th through 16th for the 22nd Annual Downtown Hoedown, sponsored by Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5. For three days, regardless of weather, Hart Plaza was home to the largest free country concert in North America! Over 800,000 people came to downtown Detroit to see great local and national talent on two stages.
* Central Michigan University students and metro Detroit residents Ian Rhodes and K.C. Barney provided the winning entry in the first "Best Damn Sports Show Period" Student Film Festival, earning each a summer internship in Los Angeles with FOX and a Digital Handycam® Camcorder from Sony Electronics. Their entry, “Backyard Football,” was the winner in the non-fiction category. The film depicted the passion a group of CMU students have for playing a pick-up game of football, even with several inches of snow on the ground. Rhodes had the inspiration for the idea based on his backyard football games during high school.
* New to afternoons at Mid-West Family County WYTZ-FM 97.5 Bridgman/Benton Harbor is Jim Cafrey- he's also been named as the station's new program director. Wild Bill Lewis, who had been PD, stays with the station in his role as morning host- All Access
* Great Lakes Radio Inc. of Marquette has decided not to continue broadcasting Northern Michigan University Sports, instead focusing it's attention on local High School sports. The new line of sports is as follows-
Wildcat Country 103.3 WFXD: Marquette Redmen Athletics
Sunny 102 WKQS 101.9: Negaunee Athletics
106.7 WHTO: Dickinson County Sports
Oldies 98.3 WHCH: Gwinn Modeltowners Sports
AM 1400 WQXO: Munising Mustang Sports
Power 99.9 WPIQ: Manisique Emralds Sports
* MacDonald Broadcasting Classic Rock WEEG-FM 97.3 has changed format to a Rock Hits / Hot AC hybrid as of this afternoon.
* Next Media Adult Contemporary WGER-FM 106.3 morning co-host and program director Jim Johnson will be leaving the station to take over as program director for Next Media suburban Chicago stations Hot AC WZSR and Spanish WZCH effective June 1st. Moving back behind the mic for morning drive duties at WGER will be Jerry O'Donnell, who had been the station's morning host for over 16 years when he left for Cumulus Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5 in the fall of 2002. O'Donnell was released by WWCK earlier this spring.
* Citadel Sports WVFN-AM 730 Lansing has added broadcasts of Detroit Tigers baseball effective today. The Lansing area had been without an affiliate for Tigers baseball since they were dropped by crosstown Rubber City Radio Sports WQTX-FM 92.7 prior to the start of the current season- Lansing State Journal
* Shaun Kelly exits as afternoon jock Mid-West Family County WYTZ-FM 97.5 Bridgman/Benton for work in Fort Wayne, IN- All Access
* Brian Olson has been named as market manager for Cumulus/Flint (Adult Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7, Classic Rock WRSR-FM 103.9, Top 40 WWCK-FM 105.5, Talk WWCK-AM 1570), replacing Floyd Evans. Olson arrives from Citadel; In Lansing he was director of sales and in Flint he was general manager at Country WFBE-FM 95.1 and Sports WTRX-FM 1330.
* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary transfer licenses for WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City from Frankenmuth Broadcasting to Meredith Corp and WQBH-AM 1400 Detroit from Queens Broadcasting to Pennsylvania Media Associates (Salem Broadcasting); Granted Radio Assist Ministry a construction permit for a new FM translator at 92.5 to be licensed to Bronson
* FCC Actions: Granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for WIKB-FM/AM 99.1/1230 Iron River from Northland Advertising to Heartland Communications Group
* High School WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth raised $12,200 in their annual auction this past Saturday, May 8th, surpassing their $10,000 goal. New Liberty Bank in Plymouth sponsored the auction, and Approved Mortgages of Canton sponsored five hours of the broadcast. The station wishes to thank its guest auctioneers, parents, and bidders for their support.
* FCC Actions: Granted WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids a construction permit for changes (licensed ERP from 108,000 watts @ 600 feet nondirectional to 108,000 watts @ 718 feet directional from a slightly different tower location); Granted Northern Michigan Radio a construction permit for a new FM translator to be licensed to Boyne City at 95.5 (W238AO). The application states the translator will rebroadcast Northern Radio's Classic Hits WFDX-FM 92.5 Atlanta.
* Adult Contemporary WCXT-FM 105.3 Hart has applied to the FCC for a construction permit that would change its city of license to Coopersville and change its broadcast location from Oceana County to Muskegon County. The COL change is part of the station's move-in to the Muskegon and Grand Rapids markets- a plan that was approved by the FCC this past February.
* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to: Educational Media Foundation for W288BK 105.5 Rochester Hills; Spring Arbor University for W246AU 97.1 Coldwater.
* Citadel Top 40 WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City/Saginaw exceeded all expectations with its first Children's Miracle Network Radiothon this Mother's Day weekend. Morning show hosts Andrew Z, Jimmy Hamm, and Trish led the 4 day event and raised a whopping $204,627 for Hurley Hospital in Flint. WIOG program director Brent Carey comments, "We had some amazing stories during the Radiothon and I am so impressed with the way our listeners responded. We raised TWICE what we expected and nearly tripled what was raised last year when the Radiothon was with another station in Flint. Andrew really led the way with his passion and commitment to helping the Children and families of Mid-Michigan."
* Jason Addams has been promoted to operations manager at MacDonald Broadcasting Top 40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 and Standards WILS-AM 1320 Lansing. Addams will also continue to co-host mornings on WHZZ. New to nights at Z-101.7 will be Lisa DiAngelo who was last at Top 40 WTCF-FM 100.5 Saginaw as morning show co-host- All Access
* FCC Action: Granted WSAG-FM 104.1 Pinconning its license to cover for changes (ERP from 6,000 watts @ 213 feet to 4,600 watts @ 325 feet, tower location change from near Standish south closer to Bay City)
* FCC Action: Granted Dean M. Mosely a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Gladstone on channel 51 (W51DP)
* Country WBCT-FM continues on as the top rated station in Grand Rapids, according to the winter Aribtron report for listeners age 12 and above. Following WBCT were News/Talk WOOD-AM, Top 40 WSNX-FM, Classic Rock WLAV-FM, and Adult Contemporary WOOD-FM. Clear Channel continues to be the top cluster in the market.
* Top 5 stations in Lansing for the winter ratings period among listeners age 12 and above were Oldies WJIM-FM, Country WITL-FM, Top 40 WHZZ-FM, Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM, and Rock WJXQ-FM. It was the first book in recent memory without WITL in the number one spot- the station's share was down to 8.9 from fall's 11.5. WHZZ was the book's big gainer; it's share jumped 6.4 - 7.9. Citadel continues as the top cluster in the market.
* Fox Sports Net Detroit reports that last night's Red Wings telecast was the highest rated game of the playoffs on the cable outlet. Game 6 became the most-watched game in FSN's 7-year history, averaging a 14.1 rating and 27 share. The game's peak rating was 17.4 between 11:30-11:45pm, the peak share was a whopping 40 between 1:15-1:30am when the game ended on a Calgary Flames goal, ending the Wings' season. The top 5 most-watched games on Fox Sports Net are now all from this year's Red Wings' playoffs: 14.1 -- Game 6, 2nd round; 14.0 -- Game 5, 1st round; 13.8 -- Game 3, 2nd round; 13.2 -- Game 4, 1st round; and 13.1 -- Game 1, 1st round.
Although the Tigers have faded back to the .500 level on the field, FSN's Tigers ratings are up 69% through one month (9 telecasts) when compared to same number of games aired last year (4.9 rating vs. 2.9). The current average (4.9) is 96% above the season-long average in 2003 (2.5).
* Bill Fries will exit amicably at the end of June from Greater Media Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit where he was in the role of operations manager. He's leaving to relocate to Florida in order to be closer to family and to start his own business- All Access
* New morning co-host at NextMedia Jammin' Hits WXQL-FM 100.5 Saginaw is Allison Newell, joining Big Steve; Brad B shifts from evenings to afternoons at MacDonald Top 40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing- All Access
* Clear Channel WCWA-AM 1230 Toledo has switched format from Talk to Sports as of today. Sean Baligian, mid-morning host at sister station Sports WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit, will add the role of afternoon (4-6pm) host on WCWA.