Mid-Michigan: June 2006 Archives

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.







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