WMMQ/East Lansing PD Mark Stevens has reportedly exited the station. Stevens joined the Citadel Classic Rock outlet as PD in 1997, and had previously held the same post at crosstown AOR WJXQ.
Mid-Michigan: June 2005 Archives
WJIM-AM morning show co-host Mark Bashore has announced his departure from the station, following Wednesday's (6/15) program. Bashore made the announcement during Tuesday morning's program, citing a desire to sleep in and enjoy more time with his family. Prior to assuming the morning slot at WJIM in January, Bashore hosted morning drive on sister station WFMK. He moved to WJIM to join co-host Joanne Paul, following programming changes which precpitated the departure of Chris Holman. Holman, along with former WJIM PD Jack Robbins, have since assumed the morning slot at crosstown WILS-AM.
One day after the departure of Mark Bashore from the WJIM-AM (1240) morning program, the morning air talent shuffles at two of Citadel's Lansing radio stations, WJIM-AM and WMMQ (94.9).
Deb Hart, best known as Tim Barron's co-host on the WMMQ morning show, takes over as morning show host at WJIM. At least for now, Hart will be paired with rotating co-hosts, including Rob Bennett (formerly of WVIC), Ken Kluge, and WJIM morning sportscaster Tim Nester. This morning's co-host was Mark Addy.
Meanwhile, Joanne Paul, who had originally been paired with Bashore at WJIM, moves to WMMQ, where she will now co-host the morning show with Barron.
This move marks a major change in the makeup of Lansing morning radio, as Barron and Hart have worked together for nearly 15 years. Prior to moving to WMMQ (then WVIC) in early 1997, the two held down the morning fort at Rocker WJXQ.
Robert D. Ditmer, who was an integral part of radio broadcasting in St. Johns and Clinton county over the course of four decades, passed away Tuesday (6/21) at the age of 75. Mr. Ditmer purchased WRBJ-AM 1580 in the 1960's, and launched WRBJ-FM 92.1 in 1972. The stations, with studios and transmitters located on Parks Road south of St. Johns, provided Clinton county listeners with various music formats, local news and talk, agricultural information, and local high school and college sports, and were part of a dying breed of small-market, community radio stations with a truly local flavor.
Ditmer originally sold WRBJ-AM/FM in 1981, but repurchased the AM side in 1986, relaunching it as WWSJ. The format of WWSJ was similar to that of WRBJ, offering a variety of local programming to Clinton county, along with a mix of Country music and syndicated talk programs. Ditmer sold WWSJ in 1995. The station currently programs an Urban Christian format.
In addition to his interest in radio broadcasting, Mr. Ditmer also served as Pastor of the Eureka Christian Church, and his son, Robert Ditmer Jr., is a correspondent for Focus On the Family Ministries. The younger Ditmer also served as general manager of both WRBJ and WWSJ.