The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has announced the winners of the 2005 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards. For the list, please click here.
Sometimes change is subtle -- like last spring, when Jerod Swallow, ice dance director at the Detroit Skating Club, noticed two fresh faces suddenly appearing on the folders of his students' training logs. "For years, kids always collected pictures of skaters like Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen," Swallow said. "But after the world championships last spring, Tanith and Ben were being pasted right next to them." Sometimes change is drastic... TORINO 2006: Sizzling Canton skaters dance into world's heart (Fri 2/17)
If you're one of the few, the brave, the techno-geeky, and you own a high-definition radio, you know what that means. You may be in the forefront of the latest radio technology, but it's like having a crystal set in the early days of the 20th century. Your co-workers persist in thinking you're talking about satellite radio, you spin the dial desperately seeking HD-2 stations, and there are the inevitable little glitches of first-generation technology. One issue some listeners are having with the Boston Acoustics HD Receptor radio is that if they live in a distant suburb, it's sometimes harder to tune in to the Detroit stations than with a cheap old (analog) radio... Although HD is the latest in technology, there are a few hiccups (Thu 2/16)
Til Levesque Named CC/Detroit Market Manager: Following CLEAR CHANNEL RVP/MICHIGAN DAVE PUGH's transition to WASHINGTON D.C. as that region's RVP (see NET NEWS 2/2), word has come down that CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT Dir./Sales TIL LEVESQUE has been tapped as Market Manager of the MOTOR CITY cluster, which includes Classic Rock WDTW, Sports WDFN-A, Talk WDTW-A, Urban AC WMXD, Urban WJLB, Top 40 WKQI, and AC WNIC. (Wed 2/15)
Two veteran Flint broadcasters will be honored in separate ceremonies in the coming weeks. Les Root, a 50-year radio newsman known for his straightforward style, will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 22 in East Lansing. Jim Gaver, program director for WFUM (Channel 28) since its inception in 1980, has been chosen for the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle Award. He'll get it in a ceremony on Feb. 26 in Birmingham... Local broadcasters to receive statewide honors (Wed 2/15)
Dave Barber has battled mayors, weathered legal storms, feuded with his bosses and railed against anyone with whom he didn't agree. Come March 13, he will take on Providence, R.I. The colorful talk show host was expected this morning to announce his move to Providence's WPRO-AM on his WWCK-AM (1570) radio show... Dave Barber putting his mouth where opportunity is: Providence, R.I. (Fri 2/18)