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)
Mid-Michigan: August 2006 Archives
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)