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WLNS-TV 6 (CBS) and WHTV-TV 18 (UPN) have announced a three-year sales and operations agreement, which will commence on January 26th. Under the agreement, WLNS (owned by Young Broadcasting) will assume sales and technical operations duties for WHTV (owned by Spartan Broadcasting LLC). This new deal replaces a previous operating agreement between WHTV and WLAJ-TV (owned by Freedom Broadcasting). Freedom moved the technical operation of its Lansing facilities, including WLAJ and WHTV, to Kalamazoo sister station WWMT-TV in August 2005.

WLNS (formerly WJIM-TV) has been the CBS affiliate for the Lansing market since signing on in 1951. WHTV, formerly a low-power station serving the Jackson area, has been mid-Michigan's UPN affiliate since upgrading power in the fall of 2000.

You can read the official press release here.


MTNAs of the first week of Janaury, Citadel Broadcasting officially completed the purchase of the Michigan Talk Radio Network and renamed it the Michigan Talk Network. Tim Hygh is MTN's new general manager. MTRN began operations on Janaury 1st 2001 under the direction of founders Dave and Martin Scott and has provided daily, weekend, and sports programming to radio stations across Michigan ever since.

Michigan Talk Network's "The Big Show" showed dramatic growth in Lansing's fall book at WJIM-AM 1240 with adults 25-54, doubling its listenership from the summer and has become the top-rated news-talk program in that demo. The Big Show boasts it is now a well-oiled team now, providing a full service/news talk machine. Dave Scott, MTRN co-founder and now Big Show host, is hitting his stride in Lansing with a support staff that includes executive producer Michael Patrick Shiels, co-host Tim Nester and news director Gary Austin.

The goal of The Big Show is to provide listeners with the most entertaining, edifying and marketable product possible and are looking forward to hearing the same kinds of ratings success stories from affiliates across Michigan.

Flint's WTRX-AM 1330 has just signed on as The Big Show's most recent affiliate and will begin broadcasting the program in Feburary.


WSYM Names New GM

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Journal Broadcast Group, the owner of Lansing Fox affiliate WSYM-TV 47, has announced the appointment of Lyle Schulze as the station's new vice president and general manager. Mr. Schulze arrives at WSYM from Evansville, Indiana WB affiliate WAZE-TV 19, where he served as GM.

Schulze replaces former WSYM VP/GM Judy Kenney, who recently assumed the same responsibilities for newly-acquired Journal Fox affiliate WFTX-TV in the Fort Myers/Naples, Florida market.

You can read the official JBG press release here.


Over-the-air television viewers on the north side of Flint have a new television station to tune into with the official start up of WHNE-LP Channel 32, a low power station that is offering a lineup of classic movies and sitcoms, news, talk shows, children's programs, sports, and music shows. Channel 32 will also soon offer programming from the Urban America TV network. WHNE has been operating in test mode for some time, but is now at full power and running programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The Lansing State Journal is reporting that Rubber City Radio owned Sports WQTX-FM 92.1 will change its format to satellite-fed Oldies this weekend leaving the Lansing market with one all-sports station, WVFN-AM 730. Lansing had been without an Oldies station since September 2005 when WJIM-FM changed its format to Contemporary Hits.

Sports WQTX first took to the airwaves in December of 2000 on FM 92.7 Charlotte after being purchased by Rubber City. The station expanded its coverage to FM 92.1 in July of 2004 and stayed on FM 92.1 only in October 2005 when FM 92.7 switched to a Smooth Jazz format.

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Lansing's highest-rated sports radio station is disappearing. WQTX (92.1-FM), billed as "The Ticket," is becoming an oldies-rock station. That starts Monday; for local sports-talk hosts, today is the final day. "We'll have our farewell shows," said Jack Ebling, the station's morning host. His will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. today. Fred Heumann is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Dave "Mad Dog" DeMarco from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; national shows fill the other times... WQTX radio ends sports-talk format (Fri 3/31, Lansing State Journal)


As Mike previously reported, Rubber City Radio Group's WQTX-FM (92.1) has gone ahead with a scheduled format flip from Sports Talk to Oldies, albeit three days earlier than originally planned.

According to an article in Thursday's Lansing State Journal, the station was originally scheduled to change formats on Monday, April 3rd. However, listener reaction to the LSJ article prompted station management to make the change this morning (3/31), scrapping original plans to allow Ticket hosts to say their on-air goodbyes.

The format flip of WQTX to Oldies comes as a moderate, but not a total surprise. Lansing has been without an Oldies outlet since September 2005, when WJIM-FM dropped the format in favor of CHR, so it stood to reason that someone in this market would eventually pick up the torch and run with it. The surprise may be in the fact that WQTX, which seemed to have a successful Sports Talk format offering locally-produced shows during main weekday dayparts, was the one to switch. WQTX's sister station, WJZL, the original Ticket, switched to a satellite delivered Jazz format last fall.

The big question may be what becomes of the Lansing Lugnuts broadcasts? Rubber City had reportedly signed a multi-year deal with the Lugnuts to carry the local Minor-League team's games on The Ticket, but now that there is no Ticket, where will the Luggies land? One possibility might be Citadel's WVFN-AM 730 (The Game), now Lansing's sole Sports Talk outlet.

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The transformation of WQTX came three days earlier than planned. The station (92.1-FM) had announced it would quit sports talk at midnight Sunday. At 12:01 a.m. Monday, it would switch to oldies music, emphasizing the 1960s. Late Thursday, however, officials decided to make the change immediately... WQTX ditches farewell sports shows, goes 'oldies' sooner (Fri 3/31, Lansing State Journal)


Sinclair Broadcast Group's WSMH-TV (FOX 66) and Meredith Corporation's WNEM-TV (CBS 5) have announced a news partnership in which WNEM will produce an hourly 10 p.m. newscast Monday through Sunday on WSMH, beginning April 24, 2006. The news share will be branded as, "TV5 News at 10 P.M. on FOX66 and will be anchored by current WNEM staffers that will be identified in the near future. Current newsroom employees of WSMH will be considered for positions at WNEM as it expands operations to cover the Channel 66 news programs.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with the number one- rated news in the market," commented David Schwartz, General Manager of WSMH. "Having WNEM produce our news gives us access to resources that are otherwise cost prohibitive, and allows us to air a higher quality, better known news product. We thank our news staff, who did a tremendous job in producing a solid and professional local newscast for the past 3-1/2 years."

"We are excited about partnering with FOX 66 in producing Mid-Michigan's only 10 p.m. newscast," said Al Blinke, WNEM's Vice President and General Manager. "We will invest by expanding our news resources to give both stations more coverage, and give FOX 66 viewers a newscast produced by our top-rated and award-winning news team."

WSMH (Channel 66) will terminate its own nightly news program, with WNEM (Channel 5) taking over production of the 10 p.m. news in a new partnership. The changes, announced Monday, will go into effect April 24 when "TV5 News at 10 p.m. on Fox 66" hits the airwaves... Channel 5 take over 66 news (Tue 4/11, Flint Journal


WOAP Goes Silent



Owosso's WOAP-AM 1080 has fallen silent, at least temporarily, according to an article in Friday's Flint Journal. The station has apparently received permission from the FCC to temporarily cease operations for a period of restructuring. A spokesperson for the station's owner, Michigan Catholic Radio of Garden City, offered no timetable for how long the station would be off the air, or what the reorganization would involve.

WOAP had filed a petition with the FCC for subtantial power increase and transmitter relocation closer to Lansing, as well as a change in its COL from Owosso to Waverly. The move would also allow for a power increase for sister station WCAR-AM 1090 (Garden City/Livonia).

MIchigan Catholic Radio is one of two Catholic radio networks currently operating in Michigan. The other, Ave Maria Radio, is an Ann Arbor based network headed by former Domino's Pizza owner Tom Mognahan.


Flint Journal:

WEYI (Channel 25) has a new news director. He's Don Shafer, who comes here from the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City. Shafer's well-traveled, having worked as a news director for stations in Denver; San Diego; Tucson, Ariz.; Green Bay, Wis; and Tallahasee, Fla. Shafer has worked with WEYI's new general manager, Matt Kreiner, in two other markets. Kreiner's hoping he can work some magic in a market that's a tough nut to crack when you're a distant third in the local news ratings... Faces changing behind the cameras of area TV news outlets (Fri /21)

All Access:

Rusty Thomas Exits WFBE: CITADEL BROADCASTING Country WFBE(B95)/FLINT,MI has announced that due to budget constraints morning show talent RUSTY THOMAS has left the building. While with WFBE, THOMAS acted as Morning Show Producer/on-air/production/Web Master, as well as hosting a local "live" in-town comedy show. RUSTY is looking for his next opportunity. (Tue 4/18)

WGER Names Alayna For Middays: NEXTMEDIA AC WGER/SAGINAW, MI PD TOMMY FRANK names WKHQ/TRAVERSE CITY, MI morning talent ALYNA for middays. (Tue 4/18)


Tim Barron Debuts on Mike FM



Longtime Lansing morning radio host Tim Barron has found a new home at MacDonald Broadcasting's WHZZ (101.7 Mike FM). Barron's new morning show made its debut Monday 4/24, following about two weeks of on-air promotion and hints. He is joined by newscaster Katie Carollan, who covers the same duties for sister station WILS-AM. Many of Barron's fans called into yesterday's program to welcome him back to the airwaves and wish him well in his new venture.

Barron is no stranger to Lansing radio listeners, having previously served as morning co-host (with Deb Hart) for Classic Rock WMMQ-FM 94.9, and before that, for Rocker WJXQ-FM 106.1 (Q106).


Lansing State Journal:

At 3 a.m., life in downtown East Lansing is in transition. The party crowd is falling asleep; Michael Shiels is waking up. He has news to absorb, a show to plan, an era to semi-preserve. Shiels was the last producer for legendary Detroit radio man J.P. McCarthy. Now he heads a statewide morning show based at WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing. "I never thought I would work in radio again, after J.P.," Shiels said. "Now that I'm back in it, I remember how much I like it"... Talk radio seemed to be on its way out, but it's holding its ground locally (Wed 4/26)

Tom Jones once described himself succinctly. "Let's face it," he said, "I am a bravura performer who needs a large canvas." Jones - who died Saturday at 78 after a lengthy illness - was a Lansing TV magnate who made an instant impact with the size of his voice, his body and his mind... Lansing TV pioneer mourned (Fri 4/28)


Flint Journal:

"It was the greatest night of my life," veteran radio newsman Les Root said of his induction into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. The 50-year radio news veteran - the only full-time radio news man left in Flint - attended the ceremony last Saturday at Michigan State University with his wife, extended family and several old cohorts, including former fellow WFDF news team members Mark Tanner, David Leyton (now Genesee County prosecutor) and Bob Palawski.
"The (four) of us probably formed the core of FDF news in the '70s, our golden years," Root said fondly. .. Newsman Les Root honored (Fri 4/28)


Flint Journal:

The Children's Miracle Network Radiothon to support Hurley Medical Center raised $80,102. The hospital partnered with WIOG 102.5 for the four-day event at Genesee Valley shopping center that ended Sunday. Listeners called in pledges or dropped by the mall after hearing stories about children from across 15 counties who've been helped by Hurley... Radiothon brings in more than $80,000 (Wed 5/3)

Local TV did to the Detroit Pistons Monday what the Milwaukee Bucks couldn't - shut them down. The Pistons won the game, but local fans lost out. The fourth game in the Round 1 best-of-seven series with the Bucks was pre-empted Monday night... Pistons' TV coverage a little fuzzy (Wed 5/3)

Three Flint School District students were honored by the Flint Board of Education on Wednesday as winners of the seventh annual radio station WFBE (95.1)/Flint School District communications scholarships. Students winning this year's competition were seniors Philip Powell of Northern High School, Natasha LaGrone of Central High School and Tamita Shelton of Northern High School. Each student gets $1,000 to study communications in college... Students win scholarships from radio station (Fri 5/5)

Bay City Times:

Sitting in a medium blue button-up, silver-haired Paul W. Smith, host of a popular Detroit morning radio show, leafs through some papers and flips a switch. ''Today we're in Bay City, Michigan,'' he says before transitioning into a commercial for Absopure bottled water. It won't the be the last reference made to our city by the bay. Smith was in town with his Paul W. Smith Morning Show that broadcasts on WJR 760 out of Detroit from 5:30-9 a.m. weekdays... Detroit radio station WJR talks up Bay City as place to visit (Fri 5/5)


Radio and Records:

WJZJ & WLJZ (The Zone)/Traverse City, MI PD Chad Barron will exit on May 15 to reclaim his old gig of Promotions Director at WWBN/Flint, MI. (Mon 5/8)


WIOG Doesn't Kid Around:
Congratulations to PD JERRY NOBLE, and the staff at CITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW. Their recent CARES FOR KIDS radiothon for the CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK, raised $80,102 over four days for the nearby HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER. NOBLE told ALL ACCESS, "The listeners came together in a big way this year, which is really something, when you consider the hits our local economy has taken. Year after year, this staff does an amazing job putting everything together and making it happen. I'm so I'm so proud of them." See pictures and read more by visiting www.wiog.com/Article.asp?id=89271. (Tue 5/9)

Flint Journal:

Signs advising listeners to switch from WWCK-FM (105.5) to a station called the New 97.5 have been popping up in southwestern Genesee County. I saw one at the Meijer store on Hill Road in Mundy Township. At first, I thought a new station had signed on in Flint, but after sampling it, I realized it was a Lansing station. The New 97.5 is a contemporary hits (Top 40) station, just like CK 105, but in its heyday, it was Lansing's version of Oldies 96 (WHNN-FM, 96.1) until last September... Lansing station testing area (Fri 5/12)

Comcast Cable television subscribers will start seeing a blue screen instead of much of the programming on ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) starting Monday. Flint-based WJRT (Channel 12), also an ABC affiliate, has filed required paperwork with Comcast to block most duplicate programming from Detroit-based WXYZ, said Comcast spokesman Jerome Espy. Earlier this year, WJRT received federal approval for the maneuver, which is known as a nonduplication agreement... Comcast subscribers losing Detroit's WXYZ Monday (Sat 5/13)


CMU'S Broadcast and Cinematic Arts department takes step forward, becomes school of BCA

A popular Central Michigan University academic program recently received a boost in stature after decades of successfully preparing broadcast media professionals. The naming of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts was approved by CMU's Board of Trustees in April and was effective immediately, making the former department's May 2006 graduates the first alumni of the new school.

"This is quite a comprehensive program," said Peter Orlik, director of the school. "It was time to move to a designation that mirrors that. Other major programs tend to have the school designation; it is flagged by the industry as having a certain maturity. "This will establish who we are," he said. "It signals the gains we've made and will enhance our national visibility." Orlik also expects that the move will prove beneficial to the school's graduates when they apply for jobs, as the school designation "signals that it's a professional program."

First established as a subarea of the speech and dramatic arts department's theatre and interpretation area in 1969, broadcast and cinematic arts became a self-standing area in 1970 and achieved department status in 1979. Today, the school offers five undergraduate degree programs and a three-track Master of Arts program.

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts is one of only a few in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the field. In addition, it is the only program in the state with a combined degree program through which students can earn a broadcast and cinematic arts major and secondary-level teaching certification in communication.

In addition to its academic offerings, the school boasts six cocurricular activities and two student organizations. Its television station, Moore Hall Television, has been named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters College Station of the Year for five consecutive years. In addition, both MHTV and student radio station WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 FM have won numerous programming and production awards from state and national broadcasting organizations.

For more information about the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, visit www.bca.cmich.edu.


WOAP, an AM radio station that has been a staple in Owosso for more than 50 years, is off the air. You may know it as AM 1080. Either way, it has many people in Mid Michigan wondering where it went... WOAP in Owosso off the air (Wed 5/24)

Flint Journal:

Jim Gaver stood in an editing room at the WFUM (Channel 28) studios in the White Building at the University of Michigan-Flint watching footage from an upcoming special on the Crim Festival of Races' 30th anniversary. That's when it dawned on him. "It's like looking back at my entire career," said the man who has spent most of his 40-year career in public broadcasting with the Flint station. That run will come to an end Wednesday when Gaver retires. He's the only program director the station's ever had... Public face (Fri 5/26)

The Michigan version of the Emmys have been announced and some local TV stations did very well, including one that dumped its news team. WJRT (Channel 12) is up for nine awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which will be handed out June 17 in Novi. Public television station WFUM (Channel 28) hauled in six nominations, as did the University of Michigan-Flint for its impressive "I Am UM-Flint" ads... News crews nominated for top honors (Fri 5/26)


MacDonald Broadcasting is purchasing Lansing radio stations WXLA-AM (Mix 1180) and WQHH-FM (Power 96.5) from Mid-Michigan FM Inc, according to an announcement today by the media website All Access. The purchase price for the two stations is reported to be $3.65 million in cash, and the deal will double MacDonald's property holdings in the Lansing market. MacDonald currently owns WILS-AM (Unforgettable 1320) and WHZZ-FM (101.7 Mike FM).

WXLA-AM originally signed on in September 1982 as WDTB, with an All-News format consisting of CNN Radio news combined with local coverage. The format was changed to Urban Contemporary in July 1984. Sister station WQHH-FM signed on the air in the summer of 1991, providing Lansing's first Urban FM signal.

The sale is pending FCC approval.


CMU names 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees

Two journalists, a public relations practitioner and a professor emeritus will be honored as Central Michigan University's 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame inductees this fall.

Individuals to be inducted into CMU's Journalism Hall of Fame during a Nov. 4 ceremony at The Embers restaurant in Mount Pleasant are:

• The late Norris Ingells was a longtime Lansing State Journal reporter, photographer and columnist. Ingells, a 1955 CMU graduate, worked at the State Journal for 41 years following a six-year stint as editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Times-News. Throughout his career, Ingells was perhaps best known for his nature photography. He died in December 2005 at age 72.

• Sarah Opperman of Midland is the business public affairs vice president for The Dow Chemical Company. A 1981 CMU graduate, Opperman has held a number of communications and public affairs positions at Dow during her 25-year career. She also has received the company's Genesis Award, the highest honor Dow bestows upon its executives.

• Michael Petrick of Mount Pleasant is a CMU professor emeritus. Petrick taught in the university's journalism department from 1978 to 2000, serving as department chair from 1978 to 1983. He also taught journalism at the University of Maryland in the 1970s and periodically served as a newspaper reporter, editor and writing coach during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

• The late Lem Tucker, a Saginaw native, was a two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist whose career included stints at all three major networks. Tucker, a 1960 CMU graduate, is regarded as a pioneer in the broadcast journalism field. He died in 1991 at age 52. In his memory, CMU's Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship - a four-year full scholarship - has been awarded to an incoming freshman during each of the last 10 years.

Tickets for CMU's 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will go on sale later this summer. Ticket inquiries should be directed to CMU's journalism department at 989-774-3196.

Established in 2002 by the journalism department and its alumni in cooperation with CMU President Michael Rao and College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame honors alumni and faculty who have made a difference in the world and shown outstanding dedication to the communities they serve while remaining true to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU. For more information, including a list of previous inductees, visit the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame Web site at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/jrnhof.

Saginaw News:

Johnny Burke's loyal fans were tuned to WHNN-FM, 96.1, but the morning radio host was transmitting Tuesday from 360. That's Room 360 at St. Mary's of Michigan hospital in Saginaw. In a weird twist of fate, WHNN's afternoon personality, Scott Stine, almost ended up as Burke's roommate... Radio hosts in freak falls (Wed 5/31)


Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation taps recent CMU grad for prestigious internship program

A prolific producer for Central Michigan University's student-run television station has been selected as an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation intern and will work on a hit network television series.

David Seger, a May 2006 CMU graduate from Macomb and a longtime participant in CMU's Moore Hall Television, is one of only 30 students and recent graduates nationwide to be chosen for the academy's internship program. His assignment will include work on the set of the CBS series "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" starring Mark Harmon.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for David, who was a top producer of MHTV situation comedies," said CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik. "The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation only picks 30 students nationwide and most of these have historically come from schools like the University of Southern California; New York University; Florida State University; and the University of California, Los Angeles. "I expect we will be seeing David's work on national screens before too long," Orlik said.

Seger said his CMU experiences were crucial to landing the internship. "I couldn't have gotten this internship without the resources provided to me by the BCA school and MHTV," he said. "Now, I'll be getting experience working with the people who created shows like 'Magnum, PI' and 'Quantum Leap.'"

School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Kevin Corbett, who advises MHTV's entertainment and sports programming, said Seger's success in obtaining the internship will bring "the national attention that he so richly deserves. "Dave was, by far, the most prolific and recognized show producer we've ever had at MHTV. He produced five award-winning shows in four years. Most students don't produce any," said Corbett. "Winning this internship is a testament to his creative energy, dedication and professionalism. I wouldn't be surprised if Dave ends up impressing the people he works with in a number of ways."

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation internship program gives "in-depth exposure to professional television production, techniques and practices," according to the academy's Web site. Interns work full time at their appointed sites, which are primarily located in Los Angeles, and receive a stipend for their efforts.

According to the show's Web site, www.cbs.com/primetime/ncis, "NCIS" stars Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, "a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched." Gibbs and his colleagues "travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties." The show, which currently airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, is entering its fourth season.

John Sebastian joins WCZY/WMMI

John Sebastian has been named operations manager for Adult Contemporary WCZY FM 104.3 and Talk WMMI AM 830 Mt. Pleasant. His prior gig was at WABJ AM 1490 Adrian where he exited after more than 25 years on the job last September. John comments that he's loving being back on the air as morning host working with co-host Carmie.

Bay City Times:

Mike Redford closed his broadcast Wednesday with a surprise for viewers who woke up with him every morning on WNEM-TV 5. The veteran broadcaster, who worked at Channel 25, WEYI, for 23 years before coming to WNEM in September 2004, said good-bye ... to both his audience and to television. The Frankenmuth resident will join Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, coordinating its community services among member churches... WMEM's Mike Redford bids adieu to television (Fri 6/2)


Flint Journal:

The history of Flint television also includes fare over the airwaves from Detroit - even if, in the years before cable, Vehicle City viewers may have had to adjust their rabbit-ear antennae to see Motown stations clearly. In the satellite age, television isn't about rabbit ears anymore. But sadly, as Tim Kiska reminds us in "From Soupy to Nuts! A History of Detroit Television," it's also not about distinctively local TV, at least not in the amount once produced in cities like Detroit... Revisit golden age of Detroit local TV without rabbit ears (Sun 6/11)

Detroit Free Press:

The FBI is interested in getting a copy of a phone interview a Saginaw TV station did with a man it says was planning to rendezvous in Israel with a teenager from rural Michigan's Thumb. "We'd be interested in seeing the interview," FBI special agent Terry Booth said Sunday... TV report sought in MySpace case (Mon 6/12)

Saginaw News:

Dr. Phil and "The Today Show" want to know what everyone wants to know. Why did 16-year-old Katherine R. Lester do it? The Tuscola County teen's planned rendezvous in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a Middle Eastern man she met on MySpace.com this weekend transformed the Gilford community of a few dozen into a volcanic source for national news... Media eat up girl's story (Mon 6/12)


Lansing State Journal:

Jane Aldrich is stepping down after more than 20 years as news anchor on WLNS (Channel 6). Aldrich still will be at the station but only part time. The change was her idea, she said Monday. "My daughter only has three years left of high school," Aldrich said. "My parents are 80 and 82. I thought, 'If I'm going to do this, it has to be now." So she'll work part time, while Sheri Jones moves to full time... WLNS' Aldrich giving up anchor role (Tue 6/20)



WKCQ (MusicFest) Celebrates 15 Years:
Congrats to MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ (98 FM)/SAGINAW, MI on the success of their 15th ANNIVERSARY COUNTRY MUSIC FEST. Station listeners were treated to a free concert by SHEDAISY, JOSH GRACIN, DANIELLE PECK, GARY NICHOLS and STEVE AZAR.


On-Air Changes at WJIM-AM and WVFN



The week has begn with two programming changes at Citadel Lansing stations WJIM-AM (1240) and WVFN-AM (730).

First off, Dave Scott has exited the position of host for WJIM's "The Big Show", the morning program which is also distributed to 10 other radio stations across the state via the Michigan Talk Network. MTN, which was launched as the Michigan Talk Radio Network in January 2001, was purchased by Citadel last year. Scott, who founded the network, moved from Charlevoix to Lansing to continue his role as morning host from the WJIM studios when the purchase was announced. Mike Shiels, who recently joined MTN as the Big Show's producer, has been named as the program's new host. Shiels had worked as a producer for the late J.P. McCarthy's program at Detroit's WJR.

Also, the weekly sports program "Lansing Sports Rage", which aired on WVFN-AM 730, has ended its run after their contract with the station expired and was not renewed. The locally-produced program provided a focus on high school and college sports in the mid-Michigan area.

Details on the changes at Citadel-Lansing were reported in today's Lansing State Journal.


Flint Journal:

David Schwartz remembers his friends' skepticism when they found out he was moving to Flint to become general manager of Flint Fox affiliate WSMH (Channel 66). "I moved here 2 1/2 years ago from Orlando, which is a booming marketplace. The antithesis of that was in this market," he explained. "When I told people I was moving to Flint, it was all negative perceptions... Bringing it home (Fri 7/21)


Flint Journal:

Jenna Sedlow of Flint took home top honors in the Mid-Michigan Idol finals Saturday at the Fox66 Bringing It Home festival at Perani Arena. Sedlow, a country singer who performed a Faith Hill song, will get an all-expenses-paid trip and a guaranteed audition for next season's "American Idol." She was one of 125 singers who auditioned over a two-week period at Courtland Center. Five finalists were chosen each week to compete in Saturday's final, which was sponsored by local Fox affiliate WSMH (Channel 66)... Mid-Michigan Idol: Country singer wins Channel 66 contest (Sun 7/23)


Flint Journal:

If Flint radio was NASCAR, then Cars 108 (WCRZ-FM, 107.9) would be the points leader year in and year out. Cars cruised to another first-place finish in the local radio ratings compiled by Arbitron. Its 11.7 share for the spring ratings period just a fraction below its fall finish of 11.8. Flint is a two-book market, meaning Arbitron compiles ratings information in the spring and fall. The numbers, particularly in specific demographic categories (women 25-54, men 18-34), help stations determine their advertising rates. WCRZ, the adult contemporary music stalwart, is particularly popular with female listeners 25 and up. The station has kept the pedal to the metal for the better part of 15 years, finishing first in the 12-plus rankings (the broadest measurement of radio listenership) most of that time... WCRZ continues to top area radio stations (Fri 8/4)


Lansing State Journal:

Listeners soon could be tuning in to the same Lansing radio station for up to four different programming signals. Led by Michigan State University's student-run WDBM and public broadcaster WKAR, mid-Michigan stations are upgrading their equipment to begin broadcasting in digital HD Radio. "There's potential to double or triple the radio streams in Lansing without anyone paying - other than buying the radio," said Curt Gilleo, station manager at WKAR-AM and FM in East Lansing. Thanks to the compression of data that's possible with digital technology, a station that uses HD Radio can send up to four different signals while still using the frequency it already broadcasts on... Radio dials up digital: Stations can send multiple signals on same frequency (Tue 8/8)


Lansing State Journal:

Bob Olson, an upbeat presence on WJXQ (106.1- FM) for 16 years, has left the station. The move was amicable, Dave Johnson, general manager of the Mid-Michigan Radio Group, said Wednesday. "Bob Olson is one of the greatest guys I've ever worked with." Olson agreed it was a friendly parting. "I've gone through four ownerships," he said. "This is the second building I've been in. I think I've had four or five general managers. And I've loved every minute of it." Now he's leaving to focus on his business doing voice work... Olson leaves WJXQ (Thu 8/10)


Flint Journal:

Those blue-out blues will start to go away next month for Comcast subscribers. The new My 5 TV cable-only station, part of Fox's start-up My TV Network, will replace Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV on Comcast's channel lineup beginning Sept. 5. It will air on WDIV's channel 4 slot. That means WNEM, which owns the new My 5 TV, will occupy channels 4 and 5 on the Comcast dial. The new My TV Network will offer 12 hours of programming per week. Most of its shows are short soap operas... All kinds of changes are in store for Comcast customers (Fri 8/18)

Saginaw News:

A once-familiar face on Delta College's public television station has won a prestigious state award. Ruby Iwamasa, who retired from Channel 19/35, WDCQ, in 2003, received the Pioneer Award from the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters. It honors the state's public broadcasting pioneers for their innovative contributions to the industry... Longtime public TV supporter honored (Sat 8/12)


CMU students win Bayliss radio scholarships

Two students from Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts have been selected to receive competitive national scholarships from The John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation.

Senior Bryan Carr of Gaylord and junior Harrison "Harry" Van Dort of Zeeland are among 14 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide to receive $5,000 Bayliss Radio Scholarships. CMU is one of only two institutions to have more than one scholarship recipient in 2006.

"BCA is the only program nationally to have multiple Bayliss Scholarship winners two years in a row," said School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik. "This is a testament to the character and hard work of the students in our program and the dedication of the faculty in honing their skills."

In an e-mail message to Orlik, Bayliss Foundation Executive Director Kit Hunter Franke praised the caliber of the scholarship recipients throughout the program's 21-year history.

"Since 1985, over 300 exceptional candidates have been selected to become Bayliss Broadcasters, our radio scholarship recipients," wrote Hunter Franke. "These ambitious students were selected to receive the Bayliss Radio Scholarship because of their academic achievement and extracurricular radio activities, their passion for radio, and their desire to contribute to the overall advancement of the radio industry."

The John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation was created in 1985 in memory of radio executive John Bayliss. The foundation awards up to 15 Bayliss Radio Scholarships annually. The highly competitive scholarship is given to junior, senior or graduate-level college students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better and are preparing for a career in radio.


Roman Returns To Radio At WWCK-A/Flint
Veteran radio programmer JOHN ROMAN returns to the PD wars as PD and 3-7p afternoon host at CUMULUS Talk WWCK-A (SUPER TALK 1570)/FLINT, MI. ROMAN most recently hosted "MORNING IN AMERICA" on the PEOPLES RADIO NETWORK in the early 90's and previously programmed KZZB/BEAUMONT, WKXW (KIX 101 1/2)/TRENTON, and WMNX/TALLAHASSEE. "Thanks to JOE MULE, JEFF WADE, and JOHN DICKEY, who remembered me from TALLAHASSEE and hired me anyway," ROMAN joked to ALL ACCESS. Also at WWCK-A, former WFBE/FLINT morning show member RUSTY THOMAS joins as ROMAN's afternoon producer. (Wed 8/23)


New Smile FM station is on-air

WJOM FM 88.5 Eagle, located just west of the Lansing metro, has been reported as on-air this week simulcasting the Christian Contemporary format of WLGH FM 88.1 Leroy Township/Lansing. The new signal greatly increases Smile FM's coverage west of Lansing.

Williamston Enterprise/Lansing State Journal:

Mary Turner admits that working in the radio business is a shaky way to make a living. The 94.1 WVIC "Morning Rush" co-host laughs about always having her bags packed to leave at a moment's notice, but she hopes Lansing listeners will give her and fellow co-host Brad Walker a fair shake in the flooded mid-Michigan morning show market. Turner and Walker can both be heard mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday... WVIC morning duo carving niche in radio (Sun 8/27)

Classic Rock 94.9 WMMQ's Morning Host Rich Michaels doesn't really care what you think of him. "I just try to be me," Michaels said from the studio, off Pine Tree Road in Lansing. For many who feel Michaels is too outspoken, he is unapologetic, and he said what you hear on the radio is honesty to its purest form. Michaels is hoping to light a fire, and hopefully, getting people to call in for a lively discussion. "I don't care if they disagree. If I'm wrong on a subject, hopefully, they will call in and enlighten me. People don't want to stake a claim in their own beliefs. Some have no idea or opinion on anything"... WMMQ's Rich Michaels keeps it light yet relevant (Sun 8/6)


Lansing State Journal:

It happened again Wednesday night. The Tigers were locked in a close one with the Yankees. ... My General Electric Super Radio was tuned to 730 (WVFN-AM). ... The Tigers put the potential tying run on base. ... Pudge at the plate, ... the wind-up and the pitch ... Suddenly Barry Manilow's voice was seeping into Dan Dickerson's play-by-play, getting louder and louder - "Oh, Mandy, you came and you gave without taking ..." Dan was quickly losing ground. Soon, it was all Barry and no Dan - "well, you kissed me and stopped me from shaking ..." Signal fade spoiling Tigers radio broadcasts (Sat 9/2)


Flint Journal:

The fall TV season is upon us. In addition to the new shows and season premieres offered by the major networks, local stations use the occasion to tweak their daytime and late-night lineups with syndicated shows and reruns. Long-term contracts being the norm these days, there aren't many major changes afoot, but there are some noticeable tweaks... Prime-time programming not the only time frame changed (Fri 9/1)


Saginaw News:

It's been a long while since mid-Michigan viewers watched weather forecasts made "better looking" because a woman was delivering them. Decades of Saginaw Valley newswomen are applauding CBS news anchor Katie Couric as she makes broadcast history today as the first solo female anchor on a major network's prime-time newscast. Watching from the inside track, they also bring an interesting perspective... Saginaw Valley's TV news groundbreakers await history (Tue 9/5)

A new face joins the early morning team Monday at Channel 5, WNEM -- meteorologist Mike Cameron. Jocelyn Connell, who has filled Mike Redford's slot on Weekday Wakeup, also officially joins the crew, which includes Erica Donerson, Angela Howard, Jay Brandow and Julie Banovic... Forecaster joins WNEM (Sat 9/9)


Lansing/Jackson: Newsmakers Sep 10, 2006



Towne Courier/Lansing State Journal

For WITL 100.7 morning show hosts "Banana" Don Jefferson and Stephanie McCoy, it's all about NASCAR, deer hunting, and garage sales. And that is just fine with them. "We don't want to stir the pot," McCoy said from the WITL-WMMQ "White House" studios off Pine Tree Road in Lansing. "We're fairly stable," Jefferson said. "That's the whole thing: Just be stable. People wake up and they know what we're going to do. We just try to do the best we can." The two have been on air together since January 2002, making for one of the oldest on-air duos in the local radio market... WITL morning show duo just try to be themselves (Sun 9/10)


WBSF Ch. 46 hits the air

Soon-to-be CW affiliate WBSF Channel 46 Bay City fired up its new transmitter earlier this week, just in time for the debut of the new CW network on Monday. WBSF will likely be the last new full-power analog television station to ever sign on in Michigan - and one of the last in the USA with the coming conversion to digital broadcasting for TV.


WWCK PD Exits: BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA exits the PD post of CUMULUS Top 40 WWCK/FLINT. No replacement has been announced. (Mon9/11)

MacDonald Broadcasting Names Mike Scot OM: MACDONALD BROADCASTING/LANSING/SAGINAW, MI names KCDU (CD 101.7 THE BEACH)/MONTEREY, CA PD MIKE SCOT for OM duties covering Country WKCQ, Adult Variety WMJO, and AC WSAM. MIKE starts on MONDAY (9/25). (Tue 9/12)

Just Bob Named WWCK APD/MD: CUMULUS Top 40 WWCK/FLINT night slammer JUST BOB has been promoted to APD/MD, effective 9/16. In an exclusive interview, JUST BOB reacted with a hearty "Boo Yah!" (Thu 9/14)

Flint Journal:

The testosterone level just shot up at sports talk WTRX-AM (1330). The infamous and hugely popular "The Opie & Anthony Show" is on the air. It began in the 6-9 a.m. Wednesday. It replaces "The Big Show," a good move since that Michigan-oriented program wasn't very interesting and didn't really fit the format well. "O&A," known for outrageous stunts and taste-challenging comedy, should go over well on a station that caters to that beer-swilling, babe-loving, stat-obsessed male demo (of which I am occasionally a part)... National 'Opie & Anthony Show' joins WTRX lineup (Fri 9/15)


Two Key Departures at MMRG Lansing



Lansing's Mid-Michigan Radio Group has seen the departure of two mainstay employees in the last month, sparking discussion about the future directions of two of the group's four stations.

WJXQ-FM (Q106) PD Bob Olson exited last month, after 16 years with the station. Olson, at one point, held the position of operations manager for all stations in the MMRG Lansing cluster, and was well-known by Q106 listeners as the midday personality. According to an aritcle in the Lansing State Journal, the parting was mutually amicable, and may have had something to do with disagreements over the programming direction of Q106, which has been a well-performing (sometimes dominant) Album Rocker since its debut in the Lansing market in March 1981. In addition to his PD/on-air duties at WJXQ, Olson also lent (and continues to lend) his voice talent to local production.

On the other side of the building, WVIC-FM (Classic Hits 94.1) morning co-host Brad Walker has left the station after nearly 10 years at the building on Cedar street. Walker arrived as music director and afternoon personality for Country-formatted Kix-94 (WXIK) in 1997. Prior to that, he held the same position at WITL-AM/FM. During his tenure at MMRG, Walker also served as PD for Kix-94, and later WVIC, and was also the program director for the Hot AC format on then-WKMY (My 92.1). MMRG OM Paul Cashin is reportedly filling in as the interim morning co-host for WVIC. The decision to dismiss Brad Walker was, according to an LSJ article, a cost-cutting move on the part of MMRG.

All of this has sparked discussion on the Michigan broadcasting message boards about the future directions of both stations. Some listeners have already noticed a difference in the sound of WJXQ, moving away from an Active Rock direction, and more toward Mainstream Album Rock. In any event, the recent departures of both Olson and Walker demonstrate how radio in general tends to operate differently than more traditional businesses. In many job arenas, it can be said that, the longer you've been with any given company, the more security you have, but in this business, the opposite tends to be true more often than not, especially when it comes to on-air talent. We've seen a lot of air talent changing stations and/or companies in the last year - most of whom had been in their positions for a considerable amount of time. It shows that radio, by its very nature, is probably not the business to get into if you're looking for the gold watch and the full pension at the end of the road.


Lansing State Journal:

Dave "Mad Dog" DeMarco will have his own local radio show again, after a half-year pause. "I am absolutely tickled," he said. Working for Citadel Broadcasting stations, DeMarco has:
- A special from 2-5 p.m. this Saturday on WJIM-AM (1240). That will be from the Forest Akers clubhouse, as part of the prolonged preview to the Michigan State-Notre Dame football game.
- The debut of his show Monday. That will be 6-9 a.m. weekdays on WVFN (730-AM)... 'Mad Dog' returning to local radio (Wed 9/20)

Brad Walker is out of local radio, for the first time in almost a decade. Walker, 36, was still co-host of the WVIC (94.1-FM) morning show Wednesday. Then he was told he was being dropped. "It was a cost-cutting move," Walker said. "It's not like I stole something." Paul Cashin, the operations director at the Mid-Michigan Radio Group, then filled Walker's morning spot, alongside Mary Turner on WVIC. He was not immediately available for comment... Brad Walker fired from WVIC (Fri 9/22)


Radio dramas returning to CMU's student radio station, podcasts

After a successful effort to bring old-fashioned programming back to the local airwaves, a Central Michigan University graduate student is preparing to launch the second season of his radio drama show.

Under the direction of Lucus Keppel of West Bloomfield, the fall 2006 season of "Central Audio Theatre" will premiere at 9 p.m. Sept. 28 on WMHW Modern Rock 91.5, CMU's student-run radio station. For those outside of the Mount Pleasant area, WMHW offers an online broadcast at www.bca.cmich.edu/wmhw. A podcast of each episode will be available for download at feeds.feedburner.com/centralaudio.

The 36-member cast of "Central Audio Theatre" includes CMU students, faculty and staff members, as well as local community members. The schedule includes:

* Directed by Keppel, "Molly Mevster: The Alchemist Murders" by broadcast and cinematic arts faculty member Will Anderson will air Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. It tells the story of a young university chemistry professor who must deal with a difficult dean, students who don't understand why Kitchen Chemistry is important, and the rising price of gasoline and oil.

* Directed by junior LeAnne Walker of Sandusky, Mich., "Tribulations" by Joel Pierson will air Oct. 12 and 19. In this mystery, a man is arrested for burning down a church and proclaims his innocence despite being the only possible arsonist. His case becomes stranger when he claims that the devil set fire to the church.

* Directed by sophomore Benjamin Ruetenik of Lansing, "Havencroft's Secret" by Michael Giorgio will air Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The play, a science-fiction mystery, focuses on Havencroft, a town where the friendly citizens welcome people but never let them leave.

* Directed by senior Christopher Powell of Brighton, "Easy Terms" by Joel Pierson will air Nov. 9 and 16. In this thriller, a young woman struggles with her telemarketing job; she dislikes annoying people with her calls, but she enjoys her coworkers too much to leave. Things change when she makes one last call to a man who won't let her read her script and instead forces her to act as a person.

* Directed by Keppel, "Murder and Mistletoe" by Juliet Youngren will air Dec. 7 and 14. Combining murder, mystery, comedy and romance, this play features a newlywed couple visiting one spouse's parents. When the mother is found dead, the inheritance depends on exactly when the couple was married - and multiple wills are found.

For more information about Central Audio Theatre, visit its Web site at digielfproductions.com/AT.


WRCL Says Hello, Goodbye: REGENT Top 40/Rhythmic WRCL/FLINT welcomes KELVIN WASHINGTON for middays and Promotions Director duties. PD NATHAN REED moves to afternoons. Meanwhile, night slammer CHRIS CRUISE leaves for a new gig, which means the hunt for a replacement is on. (Mon 9/18)

Rick Walker Exits WKCQ: MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW OM/afternooner RICK WALKER has exited after six and a half years. As ALL ACCESS reported previously, MIKE SCOT has been tapped as new OM, coming from KDCU (CD 101.7)/MONTEREY. He'll be starting this MONDAY (9/25). Aside from WKCQ, the MACDONALD/SAGINAW cluster includes Adult Variety WMJO and AC WSAM. (Fri 9/22)

Flint Journal:

The Flint Generals aren't back on the airwaves just yet. But it won't be long before fans of the United Hockey League team will again be able to listen to Generals games on the radio and Internet. After failing to broadcast their games last season for the first time in team history, the Generals have reached an agreement with WWCK (1570-AM) to air nearly all road games. The road games will also be simulcast on the Internet, where all home games will be broadcast... Gens arrange deal to broadcast games (Thu 9/21)



Vegas In Michigan: MID-MICHIGAN Active Rocker WJXQ/LANSING, MI brings in SHERRY VEGAS as new PD. (Fri 9/29)


Tickets on sale for 2006 CMU Journalism Hall of Fame banquet

A Central Michigan University tradition continues this fall with the induction of the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame's Class of 2006, and tickets for the celebration are now available.

Tickets for the Nov. 4 event at The Embers, 1217 S. Mission St. in Mount Pleasant, cost $50 apiece or $450 for a 10-person table and can be ordered by calling 989-774-3213. Deadline for purchase is Oct. 25.

Individuals to be inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame are:

* The late Norris Ingells was a longtime Lansing State Journal reporter, photographer and columnist. Ingells, a 1955 CMU graduate, worked at the State Journal for 41 years following a six-year stint as editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Times-News. Throughout his career, Ingells was perhaps best known for his nature photography. He died in December 2005 at age 72.

* Sarah Opperman of Midland is the business public affairs vice president for The Dow Chemical Co. A 1981 CMU graduate, Opperman has held a number of communications and public affairs positions at Dow during her 25-year career. She also has received the company's Genesis Award, the highest honor Dow bestows upon its executives.

* Michael Petrick of Mount Pleasant is a CMU professor emeritus. Petrick taught in the university's journalism department from 1978 to 2000, serving as department chair from 1978 to 1983. He also taught journalism at the University of Maryland in the 1970s and periodically served as a newspaper reporter, editor and writing coach during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

* The late Lem Tucker, a Saginaw native, was a two-time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist whose career included stints at all three major networks. Tucker, a 1960 CMU graduate, is regarded as a pioneer in the broadcast journalism field. He died in 1991 at age 52. In his memory, CMU's Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship - a four-year full scholarship - has been awarded to an incoming freshman during each of the last 10 years.

The fifth annual Journalism Hall of Fame induction banquet will begin with a 6 p.m. reception; a 7 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. induction ceremony will follow.

Established in 2002 by the journalism department and its alumni in cooperation with CMU President Michael Rao and College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame honors alumni and faculty who have made a difference in the world and shown outstanding dedication to the communities they serve while remaining true to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU. For more information, including a list of previous inductees, visit the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame Web site at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/jrnhof.

Flint Journal:

Peace Presbyterian Church in Clayton Township and the local radio stations operated by Cumulus Broadcasting re teaming up today to help the 27 families who lost everything in Monday's fire at the Boulder Creek Apartments. The church, 1521 N. Elms Road, will serve as a collection point for donations until 9 tonight and from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, said The Rev. David Galbraith. The morning show for WWCK-FM (105.5) did a live remote from the church this morning to promote the drive. Other Cumulus Broadcasting stations in Flint are WWCK-AM (1570), WDZZ-FM (92.7) and WRSR-FM (103.9)... Church, radio stations help fire victims (Wed 9/27)

GREAT SCOT: It didn't take Scot Johnson long to land another job on local TV. He replaced Scott Kuhl as sports director at WNEM (Channel 5) last week. He most recently was news co-anchor at WEYI (Channel 25) and was WEYI's sports director for six years ... MASS A-PEEL: In a long overdue move, Banana 101.5 (WWBN-FM) has moved its popular night team Eric and Carson into the afternoon drive slot from 4-8 p.m. Tony LaBrie moves up, Brian Beddow's show loses an hour and Eric and Carson sidekick Garrett Evans get his own show... Local teen part of CW's 'Girlfriends' (Fri 9/29)


Lansing State Journal:

Two local radio stations have made quick changes after their sale became official:

• WQHH (96.5-FM) has added the national Tom Joyner show in the mornings. The rest of the day will keep its urban/hip-hop format and its local disc jockeys.

• WXLA (1180-AM) is simulcasting the "timeless classics" music of WILS (1320-AM). Those stations will only differ in the mornings, when WILS has talk ("The Chris Holman Show") and WXLA continues oldies music... Local radio gets revamp after sale (Wed 10/4)


Lansing's WXLA-AM 1180 and WQHH-FM 96.5, recently acquired by MacDonald Broadcasting, have undergone some noticeable programming changes since Monday (10/2).

The first change was a complete format flip for WXLA, as the station dropped its Urban Contemporary format in favor of Adult Standards. The station is currently airing ABC Radio's "Stardust" format, which is simultaneously airing on sister station WILS-AM 1320. Speculation is that this move may signal an upcoming format change for WILS, possibly to a Talk format, which would complement the local Chris Holman morning show.

Meanwhile, WQHH has added the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, replacing local morning personalities Smokey Jones and Big Howard. The rest of the WQHH schedule remains intact.

MacDonald Broadcasting, in addition to WXLA, WQHH and WILS, also owns WHZZ-FM (101.7 Mike FM).


Kyle Powell, the midday personality and production director for WQHH-FM 96.5, and a sportscaster for WLAJ-TV 53, passed away Tuesday (10/3) of natural causes.

Powell, known by listeners and viewers as "K.P.", was a graduate of Michigan State University, and began work with WXLA/WQHH as an intern before assuming on-air and production duties. He had also added the role of nightly sports reporter for WLAJ's 6pm and 11:30 pm newscasts.

WQHH program director and afternoon personality Brant Johnson observed one minute of silence Wednesday afternoon, in rememberance of Mr. Powell, who was 36. Johnson also asked any listeners who wished to send cards or flowers to address them to WQHH's new studios at 600 West Cavanaugh Road, or to the station's offices at 1011 Northcrest Road in Lansing.


Lansing State Journal:

To local radio or TV audiences, Kyle Powell was someone who played music and loved sports. Powell - who died this week at age 36 after a partial liver transplant - was K.P. on local WQHH (96.5-FM). Still, he didn't fit the stereotype of a brash or noisy disc jockey. "Kyle was a very soft-spoken individual," said the Rev. Melvin T. Jones, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church, where funeral services will take place at noon Monday... Local disc jockey remembered as honest, kind-hearted and sweet (Sat 10/7)


During a weekend dedicated to the memory of one of Central Michigan University's most beloved broadcast and cinematic arts alumni, some of CMU's former disc jockeys - and even a couple of wannabes - will invade the airwaves as part of a popular Homecoming tradition.

The seventh annual WMHW 91.5 FM "Alumni Takeover" will take place from 6 a.m. Oct. 13 though 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The 2006 Takeover is dedicated to Al Painter, '76, of Renton, Wash., who died in February 2006 at age 52; clips of Painter's participation in past Takeovers will air throughout the weekend.

The Alumni Takeover, created by 1970s CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduates, serves as a fundraiser for the BCA Constituent Alumni Chapter. Participating alumni offer a modest financial contribution in exchange for air time; the donations help fund an annual $100 Outstanding Freshman Award for BCA students, as well as the promotion of the BCA school and its alumni.

According to Takeover organizer Bill Thompson, '78, of Mason, the 2006 event will feature numerous genres of music; interviews with CMU administrators, including President Michael Rao, College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, and Athletic Director Dave Heeke; and a live broadcast of the Oct. 13 Shepherd High School football game. Other highlights will include:

* The return of Todd Overbeek, '77, of L'Anse and Ken Hazlett, '78, of Henrietta, N.Y., to the WMHW airwaves. The two have not appeared on WMHW since fall 1974, when they hosted a jazz show. Their show will air from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Also new to the Takeover are Kirkland Crawford, '06, of Detroit and Dawn Lampman, '88, of Midland.

* Live remote coverage of the 8 a.m. alumni breakfast, 10 a.m. Homecoming parade and 11 a.m. pregame Alumni Village activities, including play-by-play of the 10 a.m. cardboard boat race on the Rose Ponds.

* The return of CMU Alumni Association President Tom Lapka, '78, of Ada, who in 2005 became the first non-BCA graduate to host a show. Lapka will join Thompson and Lindsay Allen, '00, of CMU's public relations and marketing office to co-host the 8 to 10 a.m. show Oct. 13. The trio will play Allen's selections of "the best stuff you've never heard," a variety of contemporary rock and pop tunes.

WMHW, Modern Rock 91.5 FM, is CMU's student-run radio station. Based in Moore Hall, the station's regular format is college alternative modern rock. Interested parties outside of the Mount Pleasant area can listen to WMHW - including the Takeover - by streaming the live broadcast at www.bca.cmich.edu/WMHW.


Flint Journal:

The Detroit Pistons have a new TV home court in the tri-cities area. Saginaw's WNEM duopoly has picked up the rights to 36 pre-season and regular season games, plus possible playoff games, starting with Tuesday's exhibition season opener against the dreaded Miami Heat in Puerto Rico. The bulk of the games will air on WNEM's new cable-only sister station, WNEM-DT, popularly known as My 5 TV (Comcast cable channel 4, Charter channel 6), part of Fox's new My Network TV system... Detroit Pistons games to air on area cable channel WNEM-DT (Fri 10/13)


The website for Lansing Community College radio station WLNZ-FM 89.7 has reported that Tim VanHouten, a longtime Lansing radio personality, passed away as a result of lung and bone cancer on September 25th, 2006.

VanHouten began his radio career as the midday personality for WITL-AM/FM in the early 1980's, under the air name Tim Morris. He moved across town to WILS-FM (LS-102) in 1984, where he changed his on-air name to Tim Wilson, and assumed the evening shift. A year later, VanHouten moved to WMMQ-FM 92.7 as morning personality, and was with the station when it abandoned its Adult Contemporary format to become the first FM station in the United States to program a Classic Rock format.

VanHouten left the radio business in Michigan in the late 1980's, but returned in recent years as an air personality for WJIM-FM (formerly Oldies 97.5, now The New 97.5). Earlier this year, he moved northward to Houghton Lake, where he was the morning personality for Classic Hits WUPS-FM 98.5. Tim VanHouten was 52 at the time of his passing.

Contributions toward Mr. VanHouten's hospital and internment expenses are being accepted through WLNZ's website.


Mid-Michigan Radio Group Smooth Jazz outlet WJZL-FM signed off its longtime FM frequency of 92.7 at about 5:11 this afternoon and has started operations at FM 92.9 from downtown Lansing at reduced power. WJZL plans on completing construction of its new facilities, which will broadcast with 4,600 watts @ 374 feet from a broadcast tower in central Lansing, by the end of November. The station's community of license is also changing from Charlotte to Grand Ledge.

WJZL's former facilities, which were located southwest of Lansing proper, output 1,500 watts @ 466 feet. Once completed, the new broadcast power and location will give much better coverage to the population center of the Lansing area.


WVFN adds local outdoors radio show

Sports WVFN AM 730 Lansing is host to Mid-Michigan's only live, interactive outdoors radio program. AM Outdoors is hosted by 13 year Lansing radio veteran, Duran Martinez who brings his passion for all things outdoors to a new two hour radio show airing every Saturday from 8-10 AM.

Guests in the first weeks of the program have included Motor City Madman Ted Nugent and former front man for Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Farner. Both remain very active in the rock and roll world as well as the outdoors.

Experts in their field continue to add to the flavor of the show with tips to callers that you will not find on any outdoor television show. Martinez comments that "being interactive is the key and expert guests are the main ingredient".

Visit www.amoutdoorsshow.com for more information.


Flint Journal:

The man who gave Pistons fans the sing-song phrase "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" has come to Flint. Detroit Pistons public address announcer John Mason launched his new, and he hopes, nationally syndicated radio show in Flint this week. Mason's show debuted Wednesday on Flint adult R&B station WOWE-FM (98.9). It airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays... Now introducing John M-M-M-M-Mason: Voice of Pistons brings show to Flint (Fri 10/27)

Jim Kiertzner is back in the news business. The former WSMH (Channel 66) anchor and WNEM (Channel 5) reporter joined Detroit's WDIV (Channel 4) this week as a producer for its investigative unit, known as Rescue 4. "Here in Detroit, they liked my Flint journalistic track record," Kiertzner said via e-mail... Kiertzner working behind news scene at Detroit TV station (Fri 10/27)


Saginaw News:

The memory of Lemuel "Lem" Tucker now is a permanent fixture in the halls of Central Michigan University's journalism department. CMU officials on Saturday placed a bronze plaque engraved with the 1956 Saginaw High School graduate's name and picture on a wall dedicated to the school's Journalism Hall of Fame inductees... CMU honors broadcast icon from Saginaw (Tue 11/7)

Flint Journal:

WEYI (Channel 25) is getting into the buck pole business. With firearm deer hunting season beginning Wednesday, chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa is inviting successful hunters to bring their prizes by the station in Vienna Township between 4-6 p.m. until the season ends Nov. 30. The station will show the deer during its 5 and 6 p.m. newcasts each day through the season... Smile for the camera: Channel 25 shows off bucks (Fri 11/10)


"A-OK" is all right - and then some. The sketch comedy show on Central Michigan University's student-run Moore Hall Television recently brought home national honors in the 2006 College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Production Awards competition.

The program won three first-place awards Oct. 27 at the College Broadcasters Inc. Conference in St. Louis, Mo. "A-OK" was named Best Technical Production, Best Comedy and Best General Entertainment Program.

The student winners for "A-OK" include Mike Greiner, a senior from Grosse Pointe Woods; Dave Seger, a May 2006 graduate from St. Clair Shores; and Tom Kauffman, a May 2006 graduate from Muskegon.

"A-OK" aired on MHTV in spring 2006. Clips from the show can be viewed on CMU's Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Web site at www.bca.cmich.edu.

Two other MHTV shows also were finalists in the competition.

"Central View" was a finalist in the Best General Entertainment Program category. Its producers were CMU graduate assistant Ken Ochalek of Romeo and former graduate assistant J.R. Curtis of Bitely.

"MHTV Sports" was a finalist in the Best Sports Play-by-Play category. Producers of the program were Jason Dizik, a junior from West Bloomfield; Nate Blair, a sophomore from Merrill; and Dan Empson, a former graduate assistant from West Olive. Other crew members included Matt Park of Mount Pleasant, a May 2006 graduate who is originally from Brighton; Courtland Bartlett, a sophomore from Farmington; Mike Stark, a junior from Livonia; John Mullin, a senior from Almont; and Brian Sterling, a senior from Troy.

The CBI contest attracted nearly 500 entries in 21 categories from universities across the nation.


Flint Journal:

He'll likely get wet and won't get much sleep, but disc jockey "Dan the Man" Stewart of WJSZ-FM (92.5) plans to sit on the roof of McDonald's until $15,000 is raised for the Child Advocacy Center. Stewart will broadcast live three times an hour from the McDonald's on M-21 as part of the Third Annual Coins for Kids Roof Sit. The event was expected to kick off at 7 a.m. today... DJ taking to open air in attempt to raise money (Fri 11/17)

In between commercials hawking fast food, cars and furniture, don't be surprised to see advertisements promoting the Flint School District. No, there's not enough money in the school budget to buy sales pitches from high-priced celebrity endorsers such as Tiger Woods or Jessica Simpson. But local celebrities - all Flint schools grads - appear in the commercials on WSMH (Channel 66), including one who has some national renown - NBA player and Flint graduate Charlie Bell... Flint grads go on the air (Sun 11/19)


WIDL FM 92.1 Caro switches format

WIDL FM 92.1 on Monday November 27 changed its format to Hot Adult Contemporary as Mix 92.1 after a week of stunting with All-Christmas music. The station previously featured an Adult Hits format.

Flint Journal:

One of the nation's oldest radio stations will celebrate 80 years of Christian broadcasting by reconnecting with its roots. WMPC-AM (1230) will host a 6 p.m. concert at Calvary Bible Church, 933 S. Main St., Lapeer, featuring the Gospelmen Quartet and former general manager, the Rev. Arnold Bracy. It will be followed by dessert in the church gym. The station at 1800 N. Lapeer Road will hold open houses from 1-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday... WMPC-AM marks 80 years on air (Sat 12/2)

Rod Prahin has got a brand new bag, er, kettle. The host of Flint's No. 1-rated morning show on WCRZ-FM (107.9) and sidekick Chris Pavelich will launch the first Rod & Chris' Red Kettle Caravan this week. They'll broadcast live and accept donations for the Salvation Army's 2006 Christmas Campaign from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday near the former Mervyn's store at Courtland Center, Wednesday near the former Kessel store at Davison Center on S. State Road just north of I-69 in Davison, and Friday in Grand Blanc at a location to be determined... Red kettle collection music to DJs' ears (Sun 12/3)

Younger viewers who hear Gregory Kelser's voice as color commentator on Detroit Pistons and Big Ten basketball games might know that he was once Earvin "Magic" Johnson's sidekick on Michigan State's first NCAA championship team. And they would be wrong. Kelser was much more than a sidekick - he was an All-American forward who scored 19 points in the 1979 final against Indiana State - but history has boiled down that landmark contest to a Magic-vs.-Larry Bird showdown. No matter, for the forgotten member of the triumvirate gets to tell his story in "Gregory Kelser's Tales From Michigan State Basketball"... Slow, steady wins MSU 'voice' kudos (Sun 12/3)


Happy 80th birthday WMPC




One of the oldest radio stations in the country is located here in Mid-Michigan. Tomorrow, the staff will celebrate the station's 80 years on the air. People have been listening to WMPC since it first began broadcasting from the basement of the Methodist Protestant Church in Lapeer. "They ran some test broadcasts in early December and we became licensed and went on the air December 6, 1926," explained General Manager Bob Baldwin... Radio station is itself a 'golden oldie' (Tue 12/5)


Flint Journal:

Christmas comes early for Bill Harris. The affable WJRT (Channel 12) news anchor gets positively giddy discussing the station's 21st annual holiday broadcast, which airs live from The Whiting at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Harris and co-anchor Angie Hendershot host the one-hour "Holiday Pops," which features conductor Enrique Diemecke, the Flint Symphony Orchestra and guests such as the Flint Festival Chorus and Flint Jubilee Gospel Chorale performing seasonal selections ranging from "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah"... If it's December, it's time for 'Holiday Pops' broadcast (Fri 12/8)


WFBE Raises 9,510 Pounds Of Food:
Congrats to CITADEL Country WFBE (B95)/FLINT, MI for raising over 9,510 lbs. of non-perishable items for the FOOD BANK OF EASTERN MICHIGAN. WFBE camped out at a local car dealership for three days while urging listeners to drop off items or make cash donations. The station's goal of 9,510 lbs. was not only met but exceeded! (Tue 12/5)

Saginaw News:

Delta College has named its television station's new program manager. Joseph Yezak of Bay City will lead the four-member department responsible for planning and implementing more than 28,000 hours of programming on Channel 19, WDCQ. The Northern Michigan University graduate joins the crew after working as a senior promotions producer at Channel 5, WNEM. He also has worked at stations in Montana, Kentucky and Battle Creek... Yezak joining WDCQ (Sat 12/9)


News and Notes from CMU



CMU'S 'News Central 34' wins first place in regional contest

Central Michigan University's only student-run television news show has reeled in a regional honor as for the first time, "News Central 34" has taken first place in the Philo T. Farnsworth Video Festival. The show received the top prize in the School, Non-Professional Newscast category during the Alliance for Community Media's Central States Regional Conference in November in East Lansing.

Named for "the father of modern television," the competition celebrates excellence in noncommercial cable programming. The Mid-Michigan Area Cable Consortium, which airs "News Central 34" twice daily, sponsored the show's entry, which was one of 296 in the competition.

School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Rick Sykes, the show's adviser, said "News Central 34" is the only student-produced, live nightly newscast in Michigan.

"I'm certainly very pleased with the award because of the quality of work the students put out on a nightly basis," he said. "It was even more significant after I was able to see the quality of the programs from the other award winners."

"News Central 34" airs from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays. In the Mount Pleasant area, the show can be seen on channel 34 on CMU's campus and Charter Communications channel 23 off campus. The newscast also is shown at noon and 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on Charter Communications channel 3.

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CMU faculty member Corbett examines obsessions in new documentary

Kevin Corbett isn't crazy. Sure, he owns more than 100 watches, almost as many pairs of shoes, and enough cufflinks and cocktail shakers to outfit a very classy army of bartenders, but the Central Michigan University broadcast and cinematic arts professor never gave his growing collections a second thought - until the bike ride.

When Corbett hopped on his bicycle for two to three hours per day after work to train for a 100-mile ride, he raised a few eyebrows. Though 100 miles actually isn't a lot for those who ride in certain circles, people (namely his wife) started calling Corbett crazy.

So he sought out the testimony of others who display even more unusual behavior to confirm his sanity. He enlisted the help of a few students, and the result was a documentary, "Crazy or What?"

"It's about people who have these passions that they love, but that other people just don't understand," said Corbett. "The ultimate conclusion is that these people are not crazy."

His subjects included Diane Krider, interim assistant dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, whose office resembles a top-secret Coca-Cola corporate historical archive. From the huge old-time Coke sign beaming brightly above a bookshelf, to the rows and rows of bottles, to a dizzying number of tchotchkes - Coke stapler, Coke telephone, Coke charm bracelet - everything is Coke-related. When students walk into Krider's office and take a seat on her Coke bench, they often get distracted and forget why they came in. Others have contributed to her collection. She said it belongs to everyone.

"I hate to think that this is some sort of problem," she said. "I just can't throw away sentimental things."

For his documentary, Corbett talked with psychologists about the normality of the behaviors exhibited by his subjects. He found that there is no real clinical definition of "obsession" outside of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which he said is very different from the sort of obsession that drives a person to collect an office full of Coke memorabilia.

Another of Corbett's colleagues, broadcast and cinematic arts professor Ken Jurkiewicz, has hoarded more than 10,000 films over the years - most of which are unopened and unviewed - since beginning a love affair with the movies as a young child.

Corbett said he hopes viewers will watch his documentary and reflect on the people they know who have a misunderstood hobby or collection.

"One of the psychologists I interviewed says that for some people, being obsessive can result in good things," he said. "It can be therapeutic, a good release. And think about it - what would they do if they didn't have this thing to obsess about?"

The film, which features a soundtrack composed by CMU alumnus Phil Moore, has been shipped to competitions and festivals. "Crazy or What?" will be shown at CMU during the Central Michigan International Film Festival this spring, with screenings scheduled for 7 p.m. March 27 and 31 in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. For ticket information, visit www.cmfilmfestival.com as the festival approaches.

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CMU Honors Student develops podcasts for capstone project

A Central Michigan University honors student has combined her interests in journalism, broadcasting and technology to deliver information to the Internet community. For her Honors Program senior project, Lindsey Wahowiak of Wyandotte created "The CentralWire," a podcast series focusing on CMU students, faculty and staff. Wahowiak, a journalism major and broadcast and cinematic arts minor, said the project "marries the two together, which I really like."

Advised by School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Jeff Smith, Wahowiak has created six, 15-minute podcasts, three of which are currently available online at feeds.feedburner.com/centralwire. Apple iTunes users can subscribe to the series by searching for Wahowiak's name or "CentralWire" in the iTunes store.

Currently the news director for WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 FM, CMU's student-run radio station, Wahowiak also has served as a reporter for Central Michigan Life, CMU's student newspaper. She also is president of CMU's Society of Professional Journalists chapter, co-host of WMHW's "Geekspeak" radio show and a part-time Honors Program office assistant. Wahowiak plans to graduate in May 2007 and hopes to pursue a career in print journalism.



Local radio station 'adopts' Almont family

Early this morning, a Mid-Michigan family learned that in the midst of tragedy, the spirit of giving is still alive.
We first told you about the Amyx family last month when the couple was in an accident that killed the mother and left her husband alone to raise six children. "This is what Christmas is all about," said Stephanie K., from WWCK radio. One by one, the six Amyx children piled out of a van that was donated to the family by a Lake Orion auto dealership... Dad and kids get early Christmas (Tue 12/19)


Flint Journal:

Michigan Television (WFUM-TV), the public television station from the University of Michigan, will celebrate the Wolverines' trip to the Rose Bowl by airing the documentary, "Michigan Football Memories" on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Michigan Football Memories features a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the game day experience while, at the same time, regaling viewers with stories about the most legendary figures in the history of Michigan football. Also included are interviews with, and commentary by, current coach Lloyd Carr and former coach Bo Schembechler... 'Michigan Football Memories' to be aired (Thu 12/21)


The Morning Sun (Mt. Pleasant):

When John Sheffler closes the microphone at noon today, it will mark the end of an era at Central Michigan University Public Radio. It also marks the beginning of a new Sheffler era. "When you do something for 30 years, it becomes deeply ingrained in your being," Sheffler said. His last show as the host of CMU Public Radio's morning classical music show is set to begin at 9 a.m. Sheffler isn't leaving the station; he's become the boss. He took over as director of radio in September... New era begins for CMU Public Radio (Fri 12/22)


Flint Journal:

ROOTING FOR LES: Veteran radio newsman Les Root, news director for Cumulus Media's Flint radio stations (WDZZ, WWCK AM and FM, WRKR), celebrated his 50th year in the business in style ... BYE BYE BARBER: A radio station in Providence, R.I., did what Woodrow Stanley and his other enemies couldn't do. Dave Barber left Supertalk 1570 (WWCK-AM) in March ... RADIO RADIO: Pistons announcer John Mason took over the morning show slot on WOWE-FM (98.9), with hopes of nationally syndicating the show ... Sports/talk WTRX-AM (1330) picked up the controversial "Opie and Anthony" morning show in September and secured a two-year contract to carry University of Michigan football and basketball... Rewinding the year in local TV and radio (Fri 12/22)







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