Mid-Michigan: May 2006 Archives

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.







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