Mid-Michigan: December 2006 Archives

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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