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That's right -- as of right now, the Detroit Tigers have no deal to broadcast any of their games over "regular" TV. Fox Sports Net, available via cable and satellite, will carry 110 games this year, but no deal could be worked out between the Tigers and Channel 50 to put a 30 or 40 game schedule on UPN 50.

I can totally understand where Ch. 50 is coming from - paying big bucks to broadcast baseball doesn't seem to be a slam dunk in the face of declining ratings and a team that has been anything but stellar. The Tigers, thinking that the team will be better and more interesting this year, are probably asking for too much money for the local TV package -- forcing the 20-30% of people without cable or satellite to do without Tigers games this year.

It'd be nice for the Tigers to do what something like the Pistons have done with Channel 20-- work out a deal where the team essentially pays for the air time and produces it's own broadcasts, then takes whatever revenue they earn for itself. Working out a deal with a station like Channel 38 would seem to be a win-win situation. Add Channel 31 from Ann Arbor in the deal, and you'd have decent enough over-the-air coverage at a low price. If I ran Channel 38, I'd be pretty aggressive in attempting to get the Tigers - and then the other sports teams too when they become available. Turning 38 into a sports powerhouse would finally give that station some legs.

It's a sad day for Channel 50 as they now have lost all their regular season sports play-by-play deals. The Red Wings (when they return) are owned 100% by Fox Sports Net, the Pistons are now on Ch. 20, and now the Tigers are gone too. You have to wonder if the Lions preseaon games are worth it for 50 now that they've lost everything else.

 

The Associated Press has been running a story about the Northern Michigan CBS affiliate conducting a web poll of its viewers about whether or not to run tonight's Dan Rather one hour sendoff special. In the AP story, 9&10's Tessia Klix said the special was something the station normally would air, but decided to put the issue up for a vote after being inundated with "negative feedback" about Rather.

The poll itself is a tad cumbersome -- you have to enter a valid e-mail address and then confirm your vote before it counts -- and will likely drive down the number of responses the station might have otherwise received. After completing the confirmation, no feedback is given on the status of the voting thus far.

I don't understand why 9&10 would consider pulling the plug on this show just because some of their viewers are upset at Rather and the Bush military records debacle. If those viewers don't want to see the tribute, they can easily tune elsewhere or just not watch TV for that hour. Unless the feedback from that poll shows 75% or more negative feedback, I'm thinking it'd be a mistake for them to not show the program tonight. Why deny those that do want to see the show the chance when the alternative for those that don't is so easy?!?

 

As I move along attempting to update the dial pages on this site, my focus has been on getting the all the TV pages done first, then the AMs, and then finally the FMs. FM will take the longest to update due to the number of new FM translators that have been granted in the past year or so (along with all the changes that have happened since last summer).

Anyhow-- as I was updating the page for MS Communications, which holds 52 LPTV licenses in places like Petoskey, Traverse City, Houghton Lake, and Sault Ste Marie, I stumbled on a great article written by the Center for Public Integrity titled "Two-hundred Channels and Nothing on – Literally".

Many of these existing stations have applications filed with the FCC to move them out of Michigan into Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Interesting too is that none of these stations have ever broadcast anything more than a test pattern -- if that.

 

From WOOD-TV 8 Grand Rapids:
An appearance by political commentator and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan at Western Michigan University turned ugly Thursday night. A 24-year-old man was arrested after throwing salad dressing at Buchanan. It happened during a question and answer session after Buchanan's speech. Buchanan chose not to press felony assault charges. Instead, the man was charged with a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace. The suspect is not a WMU student. We will have more on this story, and hear from the man behind this amazing video coming up later tonight on 24 Hour News 8.

WOOD-TV/Grand Rapids apparently was the only station to have amateur video of the incident. While the event occurred WWMT's so called "territory," they were only able to obtain a few still photos of Pat Buchanan after he was doused with salad dressing.

 

Translators vs. LPFMs

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What are translators and LPFM stations all about? They pretty much serve the same purpose. Serving a small area with a format that may not be readily available otherwise. LPFM's are usually live and local while translators have almost no local content. But why does the FCC allow translators to operate on second adjacent frequencies, but LPFM's can only operate on thirds?

Here's an example. Detroit's major FM signals operate at 92.3, 93.1, 93.9, 94.7 and so on. Say you live in Romulus. A translator could sign on in your town at 92.7 if there was nothing nearby at that frequency. An LPFM station looking to sign on in your area would be stuck at a third adjacent, which would be 92.9. This could not happen because you are now right next door to another local signal at 93.1. Eliminating the use of second adjacents for LPFM's makes it impossible to LPFM broadcasters to find a frequency to use, even a scan through a scan through the FM dial in Romulus would find several seemingly open frequencies between the aforementioned '92.3 93.1 pattern' for a possible LPFM operation. But translators get to take these frequencies.

Some may argue that LPFM's are stronger than translators, as LPFM's are allowed 100 watts and 30 meters. Translators can use up to 250 watts, but often use less wattage than that. Furthermore, their antennas are often higher than an LPFM operation. So even though a translator may only use 13 watts of power, their antenna may be 75 meters high. This allows this puny 13 watt translator to make it out several miles and in some cases even outlast their LPFM counterparts. A personal example. Here in Coldwater our nearby LPFM's in Battle Creek and Marshall barely squeak into the area, but don't last too much longer. However, translators from Portage and Kalamazoo and even Kendallville, Indiana can be heard here (albeit very weak) on any given day.

The FCC is currently taking a closer look at this. Let's hope they make the right decision and let satelators and LPFM operators share the FM dial.

 

Monday, May 9 will mark a new era in radio broadcasting for Northern Michigan. At 6:00 a.m., WWTH-FM 100.7 Oscoda will officially sign on the air with a Contemporary Country format. As part of the True North Radio Network based in Alpena, the station will operate under the name of ThunderCountry and be heard on three frequencies in Northeast Lower Michigan. In addition to flagship WWTH 100.7, AM 960 Rogers City will simulcast the new format as well as a translator at 94.1 FM in Alpena.

Rich Spicer has been announced as the station's new morning host and program director and will anchor the new station's lineup with a fun-filled morning broadcast featuring the hottest country music of today along with news, lots of interesting information, and games. A veteran of Country music radio, Spicer’s roots are in Northern Michigan and his program will be designed to relate to hometown interests. Prior to landing the gig at WWTH, Spicer worked for Midwestern Broadcasting Company's WATZ-FM 99.3 Alpena. Prior to that, he was at WCEN-FM 94.5 Mt. Pleasant. According to Spicer, “ThunderCountry will be like no other radio station in the market. The music and information are all blended to meet the interests of today’s radio listener. We’ll be contemporary all day – every day.”

The new station will launch with one of the largest consumer promotions ever initiated locally. Titled the "All-American New Wheels Give-Away", one lucky listener will have a choice of one of three brand-new vehicles, which will be on display at the respective dealerships in Alpena:
- 2005 R45R Ranger Edge Super Cab Pick-Up from Dixon’s Alpena Ford/Lincoln/Mercury
- 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix from McCoy Pontiac/Buick/GMC
– 2005 Colorado 4WD LS Crew Cab Pick-Up from Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet/Cadillac.

Listeners will be able to register at over fifty local businesses participating in the promotion- there is no limit on the number of business listeners can register at. Then every week for six weeks a lucky name will be drawn from each participating business. Over ten names will be drawn every weekday. The person whose name is drawn will have sixty minutes to call the station and verify their entry. Those who have verified entries will then be included in the car give-away drawing that will be held at the Alpena band shell on July 4th after the holiday parade. These qualifiers will also win a ThunderCountry T-shirt and State Street Auto Wash certificate.

WWTH – ThunderCountry joins True North Radio Network’s other stations: WHSB-FM 107.7, The Bay and WHAK-FM 99.9, The Wave. According to Don Barnard, True North’s General Manager, "ThunderCountry adds an important dimension to the Network’s offering. The Bay features Hot Adult Contemporary music, while The Wave offers Oldies. The addition of ThunderCountry’s New Country sound allows us to offer radio listeners their choice of America’s hottest radio formats.” While proud of all the Network’s stations, Barnard is especially excited about ThunderCountry. “There is very dedicated group of radio professionals that pooled their talent to develop this radio station. And, while Rich Spicer deserves great credit for his leadership, he was and will continue to be supported by a group of radio professionals who are committed to providing top-quality radio to their local communities. I am proud to work with them.”

The 100.7 frequency has been off the air in recent months- prior to going silent, the station featured the call sign WCLS and its last full-time format was Adult Contemporary as 'Sunny 100.7'. The True North Radio Network is owned by Edwards Communications, which purchased the 5-station group late last year for just over $1.3 million.

 

Contemporary Christian broadcaster Smile FM continues to expand their signal throughout Michigan with the recent signal upgrade to 89.3 WTLI Bear Creek Twp/Boyne City. The increase from 6 kW to 17 kW provides better reception to Gaylord, Petoskey and Charlevoix areas. Smile FM is asking listeners in the WTLI listening area to provide a reception report via email at info@smile.fm.

Currently waiting transmitter site upgrades, 103.7 WCZE Harbor Beach/Bad Axe very soon will be fully operational. This new outlet will provide the Thumb region with a 43 kW signal. In December 2004, 104.9 WAIR Lake City/Cadillac came online with a 1.6 kW signal.

In the works, Smile FM has construction permits to upgrade 88.3 WEJC White Star/Gladwin from 30 kW to 80 kW, upgrade the home station 88.1 WLGH Leroy Twp/Lansing from 2.5 kW to 10 kW, upgrade 88.1 WDTR Monroe from 900 W to 1200 W, and introduce Smile FM to the Eastern U.P. via a 5.5 kW signal at 91.5 WJOH Raco/Sault Ste. Marie.

Smile FM is the product of the merger of operations in June 2004 of Joy FM and The Light. Smile FM can be heard in several Michigan communities such as Monroe, Lansing, Flint, Lapeer, Midland, Alpena, Gaylord, Grayling, Mount Pleasant, Cadillac, Houghton Lake and Petoskey.

 

Late last year during the FCC's FM Auction 37 Radioactive LLC, led by former Clear Channel boss Randy Michaels, was the high bidder on 5 of the 7 FM allotments that were up for grabs. 4 of Radioactive's winning bids have now been issued construction permits, all of them located in the west-central Upper Peninsula (the 5th bid is located in the northern lower peninsula).

The construction permit with the largest potential impact on the UP is the one for 100.3 Gwinn, located in the Marquette market. With 100,000 watts at 892 feet, the station will easily cover Marquette and much of the central UP if built to the specs on the construction permit. It's possible that the other 3 construction permits might be used to extend the coverage of 100.3 even further across the UP and in to northern Wisconsin.

One has to wonder though if Radioactive will actually build and operate these stations or if they will be sold off to another operator already in the area that might be looking to expand its portfolio. Already securing the winning bids for these stations has cost Radioactive $1,174,000 in payments to the FCC plus whatever engineering costs that have been incurred for preparing the applications. Getting a decent return on this investment might be a tall order- especially in a short time frame.

It'll be interesting to see what becomes of this newly created 4 station "cluster" - if they get to the air as one group or if they are sold off one by one. You have to believe that 100.3 Marquette has the most potential and will likely get the most attention from either potential buyers and/or getting built and on the air.

 

Practical Sportsman Calls it Quits

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Fred Trost, the host and producer of public TV's "Practical Sportsman" program, has announced that the show will end production with a final episode on September 8th. Trost made the announcement on last Thursday's (6/16) program, and on his website. He cited lack of funding as the primary reason behind his decision to end production.

"The Practical Sportsman" has been a Thursday night fixture on Michigan public television stations since 1981. It began as a revival of Mort Neff's "Michigan Outdoors" program, which aired on commercial TV from 1951 to 1974. In 1982, the title of the show was changed, but the focus remained on outdoor issues and features, particularly pertaining to Michigan sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.

Trost, in his remaining 13 programs, will feature highlights from the show's 24-year run.

 

Starting late last month, Smile FM introduced internet audio streaming for the first time since the merger of Joy FM and The Light last year. They now have a 64K stream as where pre-Smile FM, the stream was merely 32K. However, if you happen to live outside the listening area or are a casual listener of Smile FM, it may not be so easy to find the link as it is not found on the main page. You can click here to access Smile FM internet streaming. You will need to setup a free account if you do not already have an E-Wards account and/or contribute to the Music Task Force. (Personal note: The audio feed actually comes from the WHYT/WTAC cluster instead of the flagship station WLGH.)

Earlier this month, Smile FM held a FunDrive to raise money for completing upgrades to WLGH 88.1 Lansing and to purchase a remote studio for the broadcaster. They needed to gather the remaining $45,000 of the $150,000 for the signal increase for WLGH. The construction permit for WLGH is to increase the signal from 2.5 kW to 10 kW and nearly double the transmission height. Unfortunately, they fell about $20,000 short of the goal and this permit expires in September 2005. They are hoping for last minute contributions, good ol' ingeniuty and divine intervention.

Speaking of signal expansion, with recent upgrades to the Smile FM network, I've noticed a few interesting CP's concerning Smile FM. Recently, the signal of WTLI was increased to 17kW - providing better coverage to areas in Northern Michigan, including Gaylord. Interestingly enough, Radio Assist Ministries currently holds a CP (W221CA 92.1) to provide Gaylord with a feed from WTLI as well. I asked about this and was told that permission was given to Radio Assist Ministries/Edgewater Broadcasting to rebroadcast the Smile FM signal. But in the end, with Smile FM is doing a good job on their own expanding their signal and the R.A.M./Edgewater translator trafficking issue under scrutiny, this may be fun to watch it play out.

And to wrap up this update, I've noticed that the top-of-the-hour ID's for WTAC/WHYT now include WCZE 103.7 Harbor Beach. I've been told that WCZE is still waiting final electrical work to be wrapped up and the station is still in the testing phase. As of yet, WCZE is still not 'officially' on the air.

 

If the battle for listeners’ loyalties comes down to "high-tech" versus "high-touch", the results of a major Michigan research project conducted by the Communications Research Institute (CRI) of East Lansing show listeners strongly prefer the ability of local radio stations to keep them in touch with their communities. The research results stand in stark contrast to recent media hype surrounding the emergence of competing audio services including satellite radio and personal audio players such as iPods.

"The research confirms what we suspected all along," said Bruce Goldsen, Chairman of the Radio Issues Committee of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). Goldsen is also owner of Jackson Radio Works. "Listeners in Michigan place a high value on what we do best, which is keeping citizens in touch with their local communities through news, community service, music that is preferred by local citizens, and personalities that become part of the extended family."

The research results were presented to the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), which commissioned the study, Thursday, July 21 at the MAB’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The MAB hired CRI to test Michigan listeners’ attitudes about local radio and emerging competitors, including satellite radio and personal audio devices such as iPods. The CRI team consisted of Michigan State University communications research experts Dr. William A. Donohue, Dr. Charles Atkin, and Dr. Bradley Greenberg.

CRI conducted the research during April and May 2005. The firm utilized a statewide telephone survey of 300 Michigan residents and seven focus groups to compile data. Key findings in the telephone survey include:
* 79% of respondents said they had spent as much or more time listening to local radio compared to one year ago
* 95% said they expected to listen to local radio as much or more in the coming year
* 88% felt their local radio station provides a valuable service to the community
* Only 8% had access to satellite radio
* 50% of satellite radio customers indicated they did not receive good reception when driving
* 83% of satellite customers indicated they would not continue to pay for the service if satellite stations start carrying commercials
* Only 20% listen regularly to personal players (typically 45 minutes per day).

"Most adults still feel close ties to their local radio stations, which satisfy listener needs for information about the community as well as their preferred type of music," said Dr. Atkin. "Even young adults under age 30 are regular radio listeners, despite their increased use of personal players and other new technologies."

Seventy-five individuals were involved in the focus group sessions.

Key findings include:
* Virtually every research participant could name their favorite local radio station
* People become attached to a specific local radio station and find when moving to another geographic location, they "miss" their old station
* When asked why they like listening to local radio, respondents mentioned local news, weather and sports reports
* Listeners become attached to various local radio personalities and enjoy listening to them on their way to work or school
* Many respondents liked hearing about local events and concerts which they feel keeps them in touch with their communities
* People recalled their favorite stations often promote community causes and raise money for charities; and
* Listeners said in contrast to satellite radio that local radio stations reveal the “sounds of a city” and reflect the unique culture of the community.

"People grow up listening to radio as they drive around with their parents," said Dr. Donohue. "They get attached to the sound and they like to come back to it as they mature. People we surveyed said local radio reflects the unique culture of their communities in ways competing technologies cannot."

"We felt we had a good story to tell, but we wanted hard, unbiased data to demonstrate what we suspected to be true," said Karole White, President and CEO of MAB. "The facts show that the hype being put forth by emerging technologies doesn’t align with the reality that local radio is uniquely positioned to provide the local touch listeners value."

The MAB plans to use the data from the CRI research to develop a campaign to promote the strengths of local radio throughout Michigan. The local radio campaign will be launched in late summer 2005.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individuals employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members’ needs.

 

Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm’s new weekly radio address will now also available via podcast thanks to a new partnership with Michigan State University student radio station WDBM-FM 88.9 "The Impact" and the governor’s office. Granholm's address will be released each Friday at 10 a.m. and will be heard on broadcast stations across the state through an affiliation with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB).

The governor’s address will be recorded and prepared for distribution by Impact staff members – all of whom are MSU students. Gary Reid, general manager of WDBM-FM and telecommunication faculty member at MSU, will serve as the executive producer. “This is a great learning experience for our students and a wonderful opportunity to make good on our commitment to public service” Reid said. “Education and innovation is at the heart of what we do at Michigan State, and I am pleased to work with the governor in this new endeavor.”

WDBM has been named College Station of the Year five of the past six years by the MAB and Broadcast Music Inc. “The Impact” was the first college station in the country to broadcast digitally in the new HD digital radio format.

“This weekly radio address gives me an opportunity to talk directly to the citizens of Michigan about what their government is doing to improve their state for them,” Granholm said. “From our efforts to reshape Michigan’s economy and give every child the opportunity to attend college, to our state programs that are protecting children or offering lower-cost prescription drugs, I want the people of Michigan to know about the great work we’re getting done on their behalf.”

“The Michigan Association of Broadcasters is pleased to participate with WDBM-FM to make the governor's weekly message easily accessible to all members in a news friendly format and in advance of its general distribution,” said Karole White, president of the MAB.

The address will also be available on the governor’s Web site on Mondays as a podcast for general distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers. Granholm noted that not only is her office interested in helping citizens know more about the work being done on their behalf, it is using podcasting – the latest option for sharing information – to deliver that message. “Podcasting is growing in popularity among young adults and this is a way to engage young people’s interest in the information that ultimately could affect their world,” Granholm said.

 

2005-06 WJR/Michigan Radioguide released

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The new 2005-06 edition of the popular WJR-Michigan RADIOGUIDE is now available and will be in most Big Boy Restaurants across Michigan as well as in the Michigan Department of Transporation's 'Welcome Center' rest areas shortly. As always, the guide is FREE for the asking. Sponsored by GMAC Mortgage Corporation, the WJR-Michigan RADIOGUIDE lists every station in the state, sorted by regional area! Also featured are the University of Michigan Football and Men's Basketball schedules for the current/upcoming seasons along with affiliate station listings.

If you're attending University of Michigan football games in Ann Arbor this fall, you can visit the WJR tailgate party to pick copies as well.

 

Michigan Cares - Michigan Gives

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More than 200 Michigan radio and television stations are joining with Governor Jennifer Granholm in Michigan Cares/Michigan Gives Fundraising Day, an unprecedented statewide effort to raise funds for relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

On Friday, September 9 from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. (10 a.m. in some markets), radio listeners and television viewers throughout the state will be able to tune to their favorite morning program and contribute money to hurricane disaster relief through their local Red Cross chapters.

“In local communities throughout Michigan, broadcasters are currently raising funds and awareness for victims of Hurricane Katrina,” said Julie Koehn, Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors and President of WLEN-FM, Adrian. “By joining the resources of over 200 broadcast stations statewide, this effort will allow Michigan citizens to have an even greater impact and raise critical resources at a time when they are needed most.”

Radio and television broadcasts throughout the morning will feature live and taped interviews with Governor Granholm and many other Michigan based dignitaries and celebrities who are donating their efforts to Michigan Cares/Michigan Gives. Messages from Governor Granholm will promote contributions to a secure national Red Cross help line through a special toll free number.

 

Red Wings hockey returns to TV

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Starting with tonight's exhibition game against the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings hockey returns to television sets across Michigan. All 82 regular season Wings' games will be televised this year among several different networks:

Fox Sports Net Detroit and Fox 2 Detroit will cover 69 Wings' regular season games along with 3 exhibition contests featuring the local broadcast team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Channel 2 will broadcast 5 of the 69 games during the regular season, with the remainder being on FSN. Fox Sports Net also enjoys local broadcast rights for the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The regular season starts on Wednesday October 5th with a home game against the St. Louis Blues at 7:30pm on Fox Sports Net Detroit.

NBC, the NHL's US national broadcast TV partner, will cover the NHL on 6 Saturdays starting in January. NBC stations across Michigan, including Local 4 in Detroit, are scheduled to carry 5 Red Wings' games on the following Saturdays at 2:00 PM: January 14, 21, and 28, February 4, and April 15.

New national NHL cable parter OLN will provide coverage of the remaining 8 Wings' games on October 24, November 1, December 12, January 3 and 10, February 12, March 27, and April 17.

ESPN, the longtime cable home of professional hockey in the US, opted not to continue its relationship with the league as it returns from a year-long labor dispute. OLN, perhaps better known as its former name the Outdoor Life Network, has taken over as the new cable outlet even though it only reaches 64 million households instead of ESPN's 90 million.

OLN will broadcast 58 regular-season NHL games primarily on Monday and Tuesday nights. Known mostly for showing Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France, OLN paid $135 million for the broadcast rights for at least the next two seasons. OLN will also show early-round playoff games, the conference finals and the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals. NBC will then take over for the rest of the championship series.

 

Michigan Oldies Podcast is On the Net

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Tony Clark and Art Van have announced the debut of the "Michigan Oldies Podcast", a weekly program with the flavor of classic Top 40 radio. Clark and Van, who produce and co-host the two-hour program, feature plenty of Oldies, mixed with classic jingles, commercials, and other elements of Top 40's golden age. Van is host of the "Weekend Oldies Party" on WOAP-AM (1080) in Owosso, and Clark is the owner of Tony Clark Production Services of Rosebush.

The Michigan Oldies Podcast is currently being streamed on two Live 365 internet stations, Cruisin' Oldies Radio and Clinton County Radio.

Cable TV subscribers in the DeWitt area can hear the program on WITT, Comcast cable channel 12.

The podcast will be available for download beginning in January 2006.

 

Radio Reunion DVD

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The two hour DVD of the September 24th Detroit Radio Reunion is now available for purchase at $24.99. It took me well over 65 hours to edit the two-camera shoot, which was recorded by SWOCC (South Western Oakland Cable Commission). I will donate at least $5 from each DVD sold to the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Fund.

To order, visit www.vuolovideo.com and click on reunions where you'll be able to use PayPal.

As modestly as I can state it, the video came out very well and it's a TON of laughs. Emcee Dick Purtan was really "on" and the material was funny stuff indeed. The quality is amazingly decent with clean audio direct from the sound system! It was also a celebration of my big milestone birthday- one that I'll never forget.

I hope you'll want a copy. It's a true piece of Detroit Radio history!

 

* Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for WTNP FM 91.9 Richland for $250,000 from Living Proof Inc. pending FCC approval and closing. If built as currently specified, this station would provide a rimshot signal to Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

* Construction permit granted to Lyle Robert Evans for a new station at AM 1220 Escanaba. If built as currently specified the station would broadcast with 2,500 watts daytime and 700 watts nighttime from a 2-tower array west of Escanaba.

 

Format changes: week of Dec 21, 2005

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* WODJ AM 1490 Whitehall/Muskegon is now carrying programming from the Michigan Talk Radio Network, shifting from all Sports.

 

* The FCC granted the voluntary assignment of the construction permit for LPTV station W51DP Gladstone from Dean M. Mosely to Village Broadcasting Corp.

* Two new FM allotments in the Thumb area were granted by the FCC for 99.1 Lexington and 101.3 Pigeon. Both allotments are for Class A stations (maximum of 6,000 watts @ 328 feet). These allotments will be opened for auction by the FCC at a later date.

* Construction permit for WRWP-LP 106.7 Mt. Pleasant expired in October, permit was canceled by the FCC on December 13

* Construction permit granted to Advance Acquisition for a new station at AM 1490 Houghton. If built as currently specified the station would broadcast with 1,000 watts both daytime and nighttime from a single tower south of Houghton.

* Noted that AM TIS station WQDX836 1610 Rochester Hills has signed on the air. Station is run by the City of Rochester Hills and was heard on 12/19 rebroadcasting NOAA All-Hazards (weather) Radio.

* Construction permit granted to Cornerstone Baptist Educational Ministries (aka Cornerstone University) for a new station at FM 90.9 Springfield. If built as currently specified the Class A station would broadcast with 700 watts non-directional from a tower located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

* The FCC granted WLCM AM 1390 Charlotte a construction permit for major change: The station's city of license will change to Holt and a second facility will be added for nighttime operations. The new nighttime specs are 4,500 watts from a 4-tower array located south of Holt (Lansing).

 

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