Mid-Michigan: October 2006 Archives

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.

 

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)

 

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.

 

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