'Tis the season for making lists. In the spirit of the season, I've put together a roll call of some of the best and worst moments in sports broadcasting throughout the 2006 calendar year. I still get goose bumps thinking about Hall of Fame broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell sitting in for a couple of innings during ESPN's telecast of Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. It just doesn't get much better than his call of a postseason game... Harwell's series call among best of 2006 (Mon 1/1)
January 2007 Archives
Allan Stagg, morning host at Classic Rock WRCC FM 104.9 Marsall/Battle Creek, died on New Years Day from complications of pneumonia. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Stagg spent many years behind the mic at stations across the Midwest. He was probably best known for his years as a jock in Chicago at WCKG-FM, WLS-FM, and WDRV-FM but also worked in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Lansing, as well as at several stations in Detroit including WABX-FM 99.5, WOMC-FM 104.3, WCAR AM 1130, and WDEE AM 1500.
Stagg's career started in his hometown at WLAV AM, returned to Grand Rapids at WLAV-FM in 2005, and just this past Thanksgiving landed the morning and program director roles at WRCC. His resume also included stops in Denver and Portland in the 1980s.
Stagg leaves behind his wife Kathy and five sons, ages five to 21. According to a release on WRCC's web site, the family says Stagg will be cremated and there may be a memorial service at some time in the future.
South Bend AM Tower Falls: Storms in INDIANA took down the tower of Sports WDND-A (ESPN RADIO 1490)/SOUTH BEND on NEW YEAR'S EVE. The station's tower was on the NOTRE DAME campus and is reportedly airing programming on sister WWLV-A for now. (Tue 1/2)
Blackburn Radio completed the move of its Windsor, Ontario booster station for Rock CKUE-FM Chatham to 100.7 FM today at 11:00 AM. CKUE-FM-1 broadcasts with 9,000 watts maximum from a directional antenna 244 feet tall. The Windsor booster station originally signed on in March 2004 using the same 95.1 frequency as the main station in Chatham, creating interference problems for many receivers in southwestern Ontario. The CRTC granted the station's application to move to 100.7 last fall.
The new 100.7 signal is relatively strong on my car radio in northeast suburban Detroit, but not as easy to capture on home receivers. Reception of 100.7 on the U.S side of the river will likely be very location dependant.
“I am proud of how Michigan’s broadcasting community came together to make coverage of this important event possible for all people of our state to see and hear,” said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. “The fact so many people recognized the importance of this event is what made this technically challenging project successful.”
MAB coordinated both satellite and land based feeds through the Michigan Public Radio Network, Michigan Farm Radio Network, Michigan Radio Network and affiliated sports networks to reach radio stations throughout the state. The group was also able to provide technology to allow other stations not affiliated with those networks to receive the broadcast feed of the inauguration. More than a dozen television stations attended the Granholm inaugural, and many others provided coverage as the result of a statewide satellite feed.
“We know that more than 75 radio and television stations provided some form of coverage,” said White. “This was also the first time that several stations provided live streaming of the event on their web sites.”
Ratings numbers bloomed for ABC, both locally and nationally, thanks to a little BCS game known as the Rose Bowl. Viewers tuned into local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) with a vengeance as the University Michigan suffered a painful loss to the University of Southern California on New Year's Day. According to Nielsen Media, the Rose Bowl pulled in a 27.8 rating and a 43 share in local households, making it the No. 1 program in Metro Detroit ... WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is poised to take on the No. 1 afternoon program in Metro Detroit, the "Oprah Winfrey Show" (WXYZ), with an early evening weekday newscast. "Local 4 News at 4 p.m." kicks off Monday with Ruth Spencer anchoring solo... Rose Bowl gives ABC a ratings boost (Wed 1/3)
Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) recently named Michigan Farm Radio Network (MFRN) director Janelle Brose its 2006 Broadcast Communicator of the Year. She was nominated for her statewide agricultural coverage by the Bay County Farm Bureau. She was recently honored at the 87th MFB Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.
The Monroe native grew up participating in 4-H and took that interest with her to Michigan State University where she graduated in 2002 with a degree in agricultural and natural resources communications. Brose was an intern with Michigan Farm Radio Network while attending MSU and joined the network full time in 2003 as assistant farm director. She was promoted to her current position in 2004.
The Lansing-based Michigan Farm Radio Network provides agricultural and market news to more than 20 Michigan radio stations. For more information on MFRN, visit www.mfrn.com.
Fox 33, WFQX-TV Channel 33 Cadillac. will offer Detroit’s top rated morning TV news show to Northern Michigan viewers beginning Monday, January 8th. Fox2 News Morning On Fox 33 will be broadcast live each weekday morning from 6 – 8am.
“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to offer our viewers this terrific regional news and entertainment show,” says Fox 33 General Manager Bruce Pfeiffer. “Fox2 News Morning On Fox 33” gives Northern Michigan viewers full access to Detroit’s #1 morning TV news program. It’s a unique, tremendously successful Michigan based show that up-north morning viewers will be anxious to see”.
The show is produced by Detroit FOX affiliate WJBK and is shared with Fox 33 through a cooperative arrangement offering local advertising opportunities to Northern Michigan businesses. As FOX affiliates in Michigan WFQX Fox 33 and WJBK Fox2 News are actively pursuing other ventures that would benefit area viewers.
“This show has a regional appeal that simply isn’t offered by any other Northern Michigan TV station” says Pfeiffer. “Morning viewers in our part of the state now have another choice. We think they’ll be very pleased”.
The automotive industry will be discovering HD digital radio in a big way during this year’s North American International Auto Show, with a mobile HD digital radio promotion debuting in Detroit on Wednesday, January 10 and continuing throughout the show.
On Wednesday and Thursday (1/10-11), a fifteen-person HD radio street team will paint the town orange as they fan out in orange jump suits and hats to hand out HD Radio lanyards and VIP cards near the People Mover exits at Cobo Hall. Once you get your VIP card, go to www.HDRadio.com and register your phone number for a chance to win an HD Radio converter that will turn any AM/FM car radio into an HD digital radio. The rules of the contest are posted on the site.
HD radio will also be hitting the streets of Detroit with five mobile billboards featuring exciting new HD radio creatives (below) with night illumination, which will be covering the Cobo Center parking lot for the first and second weekends of the show (Fri-Sun 1/12-14 and Sat-Sun 1/20-21). The mobile message of “Drive, Listen, Love” is sure to resonate with consumers and with an automotive industry seeking the latest and greatest in in-vehicle entertainment. With new automotive HD radio receivers and converter devices coming onto the market soon, NAIAS is the ideal time to get the word out.
A blast of live jazz is coming to radio in metro Detroit. Beginning later this month, three jazz series from Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will be simulcast or taped for broadcast on WRCJ-FM (90.9) or WVMV-FM (98.7). The concerts from the downtown Detroit venue featuring national artists like Oscar Castro-Neves and Stanley Clarke and Detroit musicians will be available free to metro Detroit listeners. A distribution deal with JazzWorks, a satellite service, could bring some concerts to 40 other markets in America... Live jazz gets spot on radio (Fri 1/5)
If you never thought you'd see the local music scene chronicled in a public television series, think again. At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, WTVS-TV (Channel 56) will begin airing "Rock 'N' Roll Safari," a new weekly hour-long music series that will feature live concert footage and interviews with some of the local scene's top independent talent. The whole idea began with footage that metro Detroiters James McGovern and Greg Sharrow originally produced for www.canyouhearmetv.com, an online platform the two created to showcase select indie artists from around the country. Ultimately, Detroit Public Television picked up the Detroit episodes and packaged them for the series...Local music: PBS features Detroit acts (Fri 1/5)
TODAY: "NAIAS Primetime Sneak Peek" (8 p.m., WDIV-TV, Local 4). Vroom with a view. Channel 4 news royalty Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian host a preview of the 2007 North American International Auto Show. OK, guys, get your motor mouths running... Local 4 team will preview auto show vehicles, wonders (Fri 1/5)
Michael Shumpert felt "there was a void as far as a talk program that addresses women." So he did something to fill it. The WOWE-FM (98.9) owner turned to GreenStone Media, a relatively new, female-run radio concern that lists Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem among its founders, and came up with "Rolonda." The show, airing noon-3 p.m. weekdays, is hosted by Rolonda Watts, the actress and former TV news reporter best known for her four-year run as a syndicated TV talk show host... WOWE-FM gets positive response to 'Rolonda,' a new talk show (Fri 1/5)
There were an estimated 13,649,000 subscribers to satellite radio services as 2006 came to an end, up about 4.4 million from 2005 year end totals.
Sirius enjoyed the biggest year-to-year gains having increased its subscriber total 2,707,440 since 2005 to close 2006 with an estimated total of 6,024,000 customers and also enjoyed its first ever cash free quarter in the fourth quarter.
Rival XM claims to have ended 2006 with 7,625,000 subs, an increase of 1.695 million over 2005 levels with a fourth quarter gain of 442,000 subs. Those numbers are far below the level of 9 million subscribers projected by XM earlier in 2006, estimates that were throttled back later in the year.
"XM completed another year of significant subscriber growth, despite retail softness, and did so with continued cost controls, achieving positive cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter," said Hugh Panero, Chief Executive Officer, XM Satellite Radio.
While the claims by both XM and Sirius that they were cash flow positive for the first time ever in the 4th quarter of 2006 are encouraging for the business, that news does not equate to either company being profitable. Both companies still had to overcome losses in the first three quarters of the year and the trend of stronger numbers at year end as compared to results at the start of the calender year is likely to continue at both companies in 2007.
With this week's addition of Classic Hits 'The Fox FM' WFCX-FM 94.3 Traverse City / WFDX-FM 92.5 Atlanta, all of Northern Radio of Michigan's radio stations are now streaming their programing over the Internet. In December, Soft Rock WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord / WSRJ-FM 100.7 Traverse City and Rock WKLT-FM 97.5 Kalkaska / WKLZ-FM 98.9 Petoskey also added streaming to their web sites.
Also, The Fox FM plans on moving its Boyne City licensed translator from FM 95.5 to FM 95.3 on January 12th and is throwing a "lean left" party to celebrate in Petoskey on that day. Details at the station's web site, www.943thefoxfm.com.
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By: Mike Austerman
Either there is something big brewing at talk WKRK-FM (97.1) or they intend on burning out hosts Jay Towers and Bill McAllister with their current time slot of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Six hours is a long time to host a free-flowing talk program like “Motor City Middays,” not to mention all the time that must go in to preparing for such a long show. Even the top stars of talk radio are usually only asked to host three or four hours each day — how much can be expected over the long haul for Towers and McAllister? I honestly don’t know how Towers does it with his additional responsibilities as a weekend features reporter for Fox 2.
Now with the removal of Michelle McKormick from the Live 97.1 Free FM midday show has to have made it that much harder on both remaining hosts. With her departure, WKRK no longer has any female hosts during weekdays — and without any female perspective, aside from occasional callers, it seems that WKRK is fighting even harder for the same male-dominated audience as sister station sports WXYT-AM (1270). And both stations have passed out more than their share of pink slips in the past few weeks.
Listeners of rock WRIF-FM are going to be in for a surprise the weekend of January 20-21 when WRIF’s HD side channel, Riff 2, invades the airwaves.
The “Riff 2 Weekend” will begin Saturday, January 20th at 6am and continue all weekend through Sunday night. WRIF listeners will get a taste of what RIFF2 has to offer, including an eclectic mix of local artists, alternative, hip-hop, punk and indie-rock. In addition, listeners will hear Riff 2’s on-air staff, including Suzy Cole, Mark Pennington, Trey, and Hightower.
101 WRIF debuted RIFF2, a special HD Radio side channel, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of its HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to RIFF2 through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to www.riff2.com.
RIFF 2 Program Director (and WRIF Assistant Program Director) Mark Pennington was recently voted “Most Influential Programmer” by FMQB magazine. He has also spoken on many panels regarding the advances of HD radio and what these side channels mean to the medium itself.
This will be the first time a Detroit station will use its main analog signal for programming usually only heard on a digital side channel.
Bruce Goldsen —owner of three Jackson radio stations, on the Michigan Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and on the board for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters —has been selected as the interim general manager of Wayne State owned-and-operated public WDET-FM (101.9). He’ll serve until a hunt for a permanent successor to the departed Michael Coleman is completed... WDET-FM gets new temporary chief (Mon 1/8)
When WDIV-TV Local 4 launches its 30-minute 4 p.m. weekday newscast today, what's the biggest story that won't be mentioned? Oprah Winfrey. The new Ruth Spencer-anchored effort takes on television's most popular syndicated daytime talk show, which airs against it on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and provides an almost insurmountable lead-in to that station's 5 p.m. newscast... News at 4 on Local 4 (Mon 1/8)
Retained: By WJBK-TV (Channel 2), morning news coanchor Fanchon Stinger in what is believed to be a three-year deal... Names and Faces (Mon 1/8)
Cable customers in much of Metro Detroit will see their bills increase next month. Starting in February, Comcast Cable subscribers will pay, on average, 3.3 percent more for a basic cable package in six Michigan counties, including Wayne, Macomb and St. Clair. That means a customer paying $48.99 per month for standard cable, before taxes and fees, would pay about $50.60 starting next month... Comcast will raise cable rates 3.3% in February (Sat 1/6)
WJR's Paul W. Smith Mourns Father's Death: Condolences to longtime WJR-A/DETROIT morning man PAUL W. SMITH on the passing of his father, WILLIAM D. SMITH, SATURDAY morning (1/6) at MERCY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL in MONROE, MI. The elder SMITH was a theatrical actor under the stage name DAN ATHERTON and was 80 years old. (Mon 1/8)
Cable subscribers have paid for equipment to televise local government meetings for the past 18 months, but other than Traverse City, only one township put that money to use. Cable subscribers each pay 30 cents a month for equipment that can be installed in township halls to televise meetings, a fee that generates about $80,000 a year. Additionally, tctv2, the local public access channel, offered to make personnel available to tape township meetings... Funding for public station at risk (Mon 1/8)
Diane Grey exits as morning co-host for Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint to take on morning co-hosting and 9am-noon at Citadel sister station Hot AC WMHX-FM Harrisburg, PA.
Regent Broadcasting's popular morning radio program Free Beer and Hot Wings began broadcasting on Charleston, South Carolina's WAVF yesterday, January 8th, marking the 8th radio market to carry the program. The addition of Charleston is the second southern market for the show (Nashville's WBUZ came aboard last month).
Free Beer and Hot Wings' flagship station, Regent's Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9, is based in Grand Rapids, where the show has vaulted into 1st place in less than two years' time.
Co-host Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, said of the WAVF deal : " I can't believe we got another company to add our show to one of their stations. This is stealing money!"
"Come On Over," the new, locally-produced children's TV show that airs on Saturday mornings, debuted only three months ago on WOTV-TV (Channel 41), and already its first three half-hour episodes are available on DVD. About 300 people were at a DVD release party Thursday evening at Celebration Cinema South. Guest stars Luis Avalos, formerly of "The Electric Company," and Ruth Buzzi, a veteran of "Laugh-In" and "Sesame Street," returned to meet young fans... New kids' TV show also on DVD (Mon 1/8)
Allan Stagg, a DJ who began his career in 1965 at WLAV-FM (96.9), died on New Year's Day after having complications from pneumonia ... News 8 still market leader: According to the November 2006 Nielsen ratings, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) is No. 1 in all newscasts -- daybreak, noon, 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. ... Digital radio: Local Citadel radio stations are joining the HD stereo era. Classic rock station WLAV-FM, new-country station WTNR-FM (94.5) and WHTS-FM (105.3) are now broadcasting in HD stereo... Longtime radio personality dies (Tue 1/9)
Tavis Smiley, an outspoken advocate for political and social change within the African-American community, will speak in Battle Creek on Feb. 1, kicking off Black History Month. Smiley, 42, was named one of America's 50 most promising young leaders by Time magazine, and Newsweek dubbed him a "captain of the airways"... Tavis Smiley to speak in B.C. (Tue 1/9)
With the Detroit Lions completing their 6th consecutive losing season and with their place in the NFL’s proverbial basement solidified, Sports Radio 1130 WDFN recently provided an avenue for listeners and loyal Lions fans to speak out and let the Lions and more specifically Matt Millen and Bill Ford Senior know how they feel and presented the Fire Millen/Millen Fire Yourself petition on WDFN.com.
Anybody could log onto WDFN.com to sign the petition and divulge exactly how discouraged they were with the franchise’s continued downward spiral. In the weeks since the petition went live on WDFN.com, approximately 2,000 names and comments from literally around the world have poured into the website and continue to do so every day, even though the season is over and it is now known that Millen will be back next year.
WDFN and faithful Lions fans everywhere have spoken and a new billboard embodying the fans frustration has been erected. The actual design was based off of an original entry from the online petition. The billboard, which will be up through the end of January, can be seen on the east side of I-75 near 8 Mile Rd. by motorists traveling south into downtown Detroit. WDFN believes that this comment, as posted by WDFN listener Andy from Trenton, Michigan, best sums up the feelings of Lions fans everywhere.
Returning: This week to WDIV-TV Local 4, morning news anchor Rhonda Walker, after being away for some minor surgery ... Sought: For the fifth year, the donation of a vintage car to be restored for WCSX-FM's (94.7) JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup Project. In four years they've raised more than $700,000 for charity... Names and Faces (Tue 1/9)
TiVo Inc. and Comcast Corp. on Monday unveiled the long-awaited fruits of an agreement to work together: a cable box that runs TiVo's digital-video-recorder software... Comcast adds TiVo DVRs to cable boxes (Tue 1/9)
Lisa O'Sullivan describes herself as a "woman in transition." The 45-year-old interior decorator and single mother of three found that she had that in common with a lot of other women -- enough to base an entire radio show called MetroChick on their issues and interests. "I know a lot of women who are changing professions because they are laid off, downsized in our economy or just doing different things," says O'Sullivan who goes by Lisa Marie on her Wednesday morning talk show, MetroChick Radio on WNZK 690 AM... Show connects women (Wed 1/10)
Hot-bodied guys, cute zoo creatures and an infamous con artist are just some of the angles Deborah Norville will take in covering Detroit this week. Norville, who anchors "Inside Edition," stopped by our city to kick off the show's new station and time. The tabloid news magazine is sharing the 4 to 5 p.m. hour with WDIV-TV's (Channel 4) Local 4 News at 4 p.m., which debuted Monday. "Inside Edition" airs at 4:30 p.m... Norville hits Detroit hotspots (Wed 1/10)
In recent years, as predictable as that first bracing blast of winter, every January the Little Network that Rupert Built undergoes an amazing metamorphosis. FOX (Channel 2 in Detroit) slumbers in the national ratings each September through December, and this season the snooze left it looking nearly comatose. Its medical drama House, led by the single most fascinating lead character on television as constructed by Golden Globe-nominated actor Hugh Laurie, is an unqualified hit. But one hot series does not a network make, and House is the only FOX program to consistently crack the top-40 shows in the Nielsen ratings this season... FOX gives chase (Wed 1/10)
Smith's father dies: The Names & Faces pennant is decidedly at half-mast today for William D. Smith, 80, father of WJR-AM (760) morning man Paul W. Smith, on whose show we appear regularly. Mr. Smith died Saturday after a long illness... Names and Faces (Wed 1/10)
CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik served as lead author of "Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles and Challenges," a textbook released in December by Blackwell Publishing. Co-authors included James Madison University Professor Steven D. Anderson; Louisiana State University Alumni Professor Louis A. Day, who taught at CMU in the 1970s; and W. Lawrence Patrick, president of media investment banking and brokerage firm Patrick Communications LLC and owner of 16-station radio group Legend Communications.
Orlik wrote the book's introduction, along with two chapters regarding electronic media content. Day's chapters focus on law and ethics, Anderson's chapters cover technology-related issues, and Patrick's chapters emphasize business aspects of electronic media. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key points and a set of self-interrogation questions for readers.
"This book has been structured to provide the maximum amount of insight in a minimum of pages while offering revelations about the field that are significant and useful," the authors wrote in the book's preface.
In a review that appears on the book's rear cover, Broadcast Education Association President David Byland, who teaches at Oklahoma Baptist University, said "Exploring Electronic Media" achieved its goal.
"These four experts don't just write about the electronic media, they have spent decades shaping it," he wrote. "You won't find a more articulate, insightful and relevant text to introduce your students to the field."
While "Exploring Electronic Media" is Orlik's first multi-author book, it is his fifth book overall. His currently available titles include "Broadcast/Cable Copywriting" (Allyn & Bacon), which is in its seventh edition; "Electronic Media Criticism" (LEA Inc.), which is in its second edition; and "Career Perspectives in Electronic Media" (Blackwell), which is in its first edition.
For more information about "Exploring Electronic Media," visit its page on the Blackwell Publishing Web site at http://blackwellpublishing.com/book.asp?ref=9781405150545. Popular online retailer Amazon.com also carries both the paperback ($29.95) and hardcover ($79.95) versions of the book.
Dawn Michaels Joins WTNR: CITADEL Country WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS welcomes DAWN MICHAELS as APD/MD/midday mama. MICHAELS most recently worked at WYGY/CINCINNATI, where she served as MD/night talent until the station was purchased by ENTERCOM in NOVEMBER. (Wed, 1/10)
It looks as if former City Council President Johnnie Coleman might have to pay for his war of words with former local radio show host Dave Barber. The state Court of Appeals has ruled Coleman did not respond in time to a defamation lawsuit filed by Barber in November 2004 - an oversight that essentially causes the court to skip the trial and consider Barber the victor by default. The case now heads back to Genesee Circuit Court; Barber's attorney said all that's left to decide is how much Barber deserves in damages... Silence is golden, for Barber (Wed, 1/10)
The top 5 stations in Detroit among all listeners this fall were: Adult urban WMXD-FM, soft rock/Christmas WNIC-FM, news/talk WJR AM, urban WJLB-FM, and contemporary hits WKQI-FM.
Country WYCD has rebounded somewhat, improving its number to 3.8 from summer's 3.6 and is now 1.6 ahead of competitor WDTW-FM as compared to a difference of 0.9 in the summer book. Sports WXYT was flat at 1.9 but remained ahead of WDFN which finished with 1.4, a slight improvement over summer's 1.2.
Adult alternative CIDR-FM has remained basically flat since its format change from soft rock in September.
Detroit radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)
Ann Arbor radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)
Toledo radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)
Santa Claus came a little late to Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) today. But the jolly round romper —in the form of the quarterly Arbitrend Radio Ratings —was very welcome. WNIC, notorious for starting Christmas music before the last Halloween candy bar hits the bottom of the goblin’s bag, surged from 12th to 2nd place among all listeners for the final quarter of 2006. It claimed 6.5% of all listeners. It scored a 5.1 in the same quarter of 2005 and was up from a 3.4 in the third quarter of 2006... WNIC holiday music pushes it to second place (Thu, 1/11)
They were firing before Christmas, but they're hiring now: The job ad on Careerbuilder.com says that CBS-owned WKRK-FM (97.1) is looking for "Air Talent"... Calling all owners of dead classic cars: Just in time for auto show preview week, WCSX-FM (94.7) morning avatars J.J. and Lynne have officially launched their search for a classic car to make over and auction off in their fifth annual J.J. & Lynne's Stone Soup Project... WKRK-FM looks to fill recent vacancies (Thu, 1/11)
Tigers fans irked by a weak signal from WXYT 1270 will get a boost this season and beyond. The Tigers today are expected to announce an agreement to simulcast radio broadcasts on WKRK 97.1 and WXYT. Tigers officials said Wednesday they would not discuss ongoing negotiations, but separate industry sources said a deal has been reached. The previous five-year contract between the Tigers and WXYT expired at the end of last season. Adding the 50,000-watt FM power of WKRK should -- at least for Metro Detroit listeners -- eliminate the primary complaint that broadcasts could not be heard reliably, even in some suburbs... Radio deal clears air (Thu, 1/11)
Two of the region’s leading public relations professionals have joined forces to found a new firm that offers a wide range of strategic communications services to corporations, businesses, organizations, individuals, and associations.
Don Tanner and Matt Friedman, both with extensive experience in journalism, broadcasting, and public relations, are the partners in Tanner Friedman, a strategic communications agency based in Farmington Hills.
Tanner possesses more than 25 years of communications industry experience, the past 12 providing strategic PR counsel to his clients. Prior to that, he served in a range of radio posts, including on-air, news and programming. In Detroit, he was heard over WWJ, WXYT, WLLZ, WLTI, WGPR, and CKWW via Metro Networks.
Friedman began his PR career in 1998, after a track record of success in broadcast journalism. Most recently, he was the lead news producer for Detroit station WDIV-TV's 6pm news broadcast. He also served as a news producer at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida and WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the top news writer on the nation’s highest-rated 11pm newscast. Friedman began his professional broadcasting career on-the-air and behind-the-scenes at WWJ-AM Detroit. He first started at age 11 as a DJ and sports announcer at Metro Detroit community radio station WBFH-FM.
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WAAM Ups Black To Prod./Imaging Dir.: FIRST BROADCASTING CO. LP Talk WAAM-A/ANN ARBOR ups producer ALAN BLACK to Production/Imaging Director. BLACK continues to produce the MONDAY-evening "WAAM SPORTS DEN WITH JIM STARK AND AL FELLHAUER" and SATURDAY-morning "THE APPLIANCE DOCTOR JOE GAGNON" shows. (Thu, 1/11)
“We’re pleased with the package we were able to put together,” said Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers president and general manager. “We knew our fans had concerns about signal strength and we believe that this agreement resolves those concerns adequately. We’re excited that Tigers baseball will be more readily available to fans as we head into what promises to be an exciting 2007 season.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to extend our relationship with the Tigers and the Red Wings,” said Kevin Murphy, senior vice president and general manager, WXYT and WKRK. “We look forward to bringing Major League Baseball and NHL Hockey to the FM dial.”
According to Ken Holland, vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, “We’re pleased we could reach this agreement with WXYT and the addition of the simulcast on WKRK will mean more Red Wings fans will be able to tune in and hear all the action. WXYT is a sports station that offers tremendous opportunities to keep both Red Wings and Tigers fans informed throughout the day on the latest happenings with our teams.”
It's reported this extension between the Red Wings and Tigers is for 3 years. The teams have been heard on AM 1270 for the past six years after moving from news/talk WJR.
Tigers announce deal with FM affiliate (DetroitTigers.com)
The Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team, which has relocated to Midland from Battle Creek where the team was known as the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, has announced that Classic Rock WYLZ-FM 100.9 Pinconning/Bay City will be the team's broadcast home this summer. WYLZ, which will break its simulcast with WILZ-FM 104.5 Saginaw for the play-by-play, will carry every Loons game this upcoming season. The Loons participate in the Midwest League and are a single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brad Golder, the Loons director of broadcasting and media relations, will handle play-by-play duties beginning with the opening game on April 5th at South Bend. The home opener is scheduled for April 13th against the Lansing Lugnuts. The Loons are managed on the field by former Detroit Tigers catcher Lance Parrish.
Last summer, minor league baseball had high visibility in northern Michigan with Classic Hits WFCX-FM 94.3 carrying the games of the first year Traverse City Beach Bums.
Leading the pack among all listeners once again in Flint is soft rock WCRZ-FM, followed by adult urban WDZZ-FM and then a three-way tie between country WFBE-FM, oldies/Christmas WHNN-FM, and contemporary hits WWCK-FM.
Flint 12+ radio ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)
The Tri-Cities most popular station overall was oldies/Christmas WHNN-FM and then country WKCQ-FM and contemporary hits WIOG-FM.
Saginaw/Bay City/Midland 12+ radio ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)
The sound waves transmitting from Noah’s Ark will expand to television airwaves this weekend during a broadcast of “Michigan Magazine.” The 15-minute segment featuring Noah’s Ark and the Thumb area radio station will air at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on WDCP 19 and WDCQ 35 out of Delta College. Pastor Duane Plonta of Farver Road Baptist Church applied for a station permit nearly seven years ago. He had nearly given up on his idea when he received notification that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted him a permit to build a new FM radio station. WCTP, formerly WPEE, 88.5 on the FM dial originates from Noah’s Ark, a Christian amusement park Plonta created in 1999... Noah’s Ark, radio station set to hit TV (Fri, 1/12)
Remember all that Christmas music flooding WNIC-FM (100.3)'s airwaves last fall, spreading Burl Ives' cheer while the leaves were still on the trees? It paid off -- in the short run, anyway. The final Arbitron ratings for the fall, released Thursday, showed that those Christmas bells propelled WNIC's ranking from No. 12 overall up to No. 2. With the Detroit Tigers' World Series run preoccupying much of the male audience in the fall, followed closely by the November election coverage and WNIC's Christmas onslaught, some of Detroit's music stations just battened down the hatches and held on, waiting for it all to be over... The holidays bring joy to WNIC (Fri, 1/12)
Santa Claus came a little late to Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) Thursday. But the jolly round man -- in the form of the quarterly Arbitrend Radio Ratings -- was very welcome in a true case of better late than never. WNIC, famous for starting an all-Christmas playlist before the final Halloween candy bar hits the bottom of the last goblin's bag, surged from 12th to second place among all listeners for the final quarter of 2006. It claimed 6.5% of all listeners. It scored a 5.1 in the same quarter of 2005 and was up from a 3.4 in the third quarter of 2006... A merry yule for WNIC (Fri, 1/12)
The Tigers and Red Wings on Thursday announced a three-year contract extension with two local CBS Radio affiliates to air regular-season and playoff games, as well as some exhibition games. All games will continue to air on WXYT-AM (1270). The most significant feature of the new deal is that each game will be simulcast on WKRK-FM (97.1). In making the change, the Tigers acknowledged that their AM broadcast signal wasn't clear enough in some areas of metro Detroit... Deal boosts range for Tigers, Wings broadcasts (Fri, 1/12)
WZUU-FM 92.3 will undergo a move on your radio dial and a power upgrade today to significantly expand the rock radio station's reach, the station's owner said. Bob Brink, president of Forum Communications, which owns WZUU, said the Otsego-based station will be moving frequencies from 92.3 to 92.5 and increasing its power from 900 to 6,000 watts at 4 p.m. today during the ``The Afternooner'' show, hosted by Scotty ``Bud'' Melvin... WZUU-FM getting power upgrade (Fri, 1/12)
An eight-for-one swap of radio stations between media giants Clear Channel and Cumulus might change the radio landscape in Battle Creek forever.
Four Battle Creek stations and four in Ann Arbor are in the package Clear Channel has agreed to trade to Cumulus for Canton-Akron, Ohio, rock powerhouse WRQK-FM. But the deal is subject to Federal Communications Commission approval. And the FCC isn't letting deals go through these days that give one company ownership of more than half of the stations in a small market such as Battle Creek. There are seven stations here, so Cumulus, which already owns WKFR-FM 103.3, is asking the FCC to bend the rules a bit to let it have four stations — and it would practically give its fifth station away... Companies await FCC decision on radio-station swap (Fri, 1/12)
Expect the unexpected. If nothing else, veteran play-by-play broadcaster Tom Cleary has learned that much while providing the call of the Calvin College-Hope College men's basketball telecasts. Forget the records... Broadcaster expects surprises in rivalry (Fri, 1/12)
• In December, Educational Media Foundation swapped the format and call sign of its two Tri-Cities Contemporary Christian stations. 'Air 1' WTRK FM is now heard on FM 90.9 having moved from 89.1. In turn, 'K-Love' WLKB FM shifted from FM 90.9 to 89.1. WLKB FM 89.1 has been granted program test authority for its new 50,000 watt directional facilities in Bay County.
• Calvary Satellite Network FM translator W204CB 88.7 Caro has been granted a construction permit to move to FM 89.3 as W207BX.
• Rock WZUU FM completed its frequency change from 92.3 to 92.5 on Friday January 12th. The new transmission facilities are located in Kalamazoo County much closer to the city of Kalamazoo, having moved from Allegan County. The station also changed its power from 860 watts @ 600 feet to 6,000 watts @ 322 feet.
• The Escanaba translator of WLUC-TV 6 Marquette, W14CE Ch. 14, has been granted a construction permit to change its transmitter location from the northern part of the city to the downtown area. The station had been operating from these facilities with special temporary authority since August 2006. An application for the license to cover was filed two days after the construction permit grant.
Forum Communications, Inc. has announced that WZUU, an FM radio station now licensed to Mattawan, Michigan, is now broadcasting at full power on a full time basis. WZUU FM “The ZUU” previously broadcasting at 92.3 and licensed to Allegan, is now broadcasting on 92.5 as of 4:00 pm today.
WZUU-FM 92.5 provides Mattawan with its first radio station. This new station will cover the counties of VanBuren, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Cass, and Allegan. The music format of “Real Rock” includes current hits, Mancow's Morning Madhouse weekdays from 6 until 10, local radio veteran Scotty "Bud" Melvin hosting “The Afternooner” from 2 until 6 weekdays, and “Turk” taking calls and requests evenings from 6 until 10, rounding out this latest creation from Forum Communications, Inc.
Forum is the last privately held, locally owned, FM broadcasting company in the Kalamazoo metro radio market. Forum Communications, Inc was formed in 1982 and will continue to provide public service and public affairs airtime, giving promotional opportunities to local civic and non-profit organizations.
According to station general manager Tom Flynn, “We are excited to serve Mattawan and it’s citizens with quality programming, music, news, sports, and to be a part of such a large growth effort in Southwest Michigan”. Forum is also the licensee of WQXC-FM 100.9 “Cool 101-The True Oldies Station” in the Kalamazoo market.
Former local radio host Dave Barber now is taking issue with former Flint City Council President Johnnie Coleman's lawyer, too. Barber is asking the state Attorney Grievance Commission to investigate attorney Loyst Fletcher for saying the Appeals Court judges "must have been drinking" when they ruled in Barber's favor last week... Former radio host files attorney grievance (Sat, 1/13)
Dear Pat: What happened to Channel 6 news anchor Jane Aldrich? A Jackson reader.
Dear Reader: Aldrich asked the management team last summer if she could cut her hours so she could spend more time with her 15-year-old daughter. "She's a sophomore now, and I realized time was going so quickly," Aldrich said. "I didn't want to have any regrets after she left home"... Anchor wanted time with daughter (Sun, 1/14)
Bobb Vergiels may be the only person in sports who loves to be booed. About 36 times per year, Vergiels is greeted with a hardy heckle from Toledo Storm fans when he announces his own name at home games. But Vergiels, who began his career as a public address announcer when the team was founded in 1991, has formed a unique bond with the fans at the Sports Arena. Vergiels has since parlayed his first PA duties into a career that has taken him to Comerica Park and the World Series last fall. He also has announced at the All-Star game there in 2005... Versatile PA announcer keeps busy (Sun, 1/14)
A new program director is apparently making a difference at WWWM-FM (105.5). Kirk Patrick was hired by the Cumulus-owned station in late September, made some tweaks to what he calls a "musical smorgasbord" format, and took the reins of the afternoon drive shift. The mixture added up to the best audience share the station's had since last winter... Changes at 105.5 add up to higher numbers (Sat, 1/13)
After a week of Motor City saturation -- a story about Detroit a night -- "Inside Edition" anchor Deborah Norville may not need much introduction to her show's viewers at its new time slot, 4:30 p.m. weekdays on WDIV-TV. (Her show previously aired at 1 a.m. on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7). But she turned into a Chatty Cathy the other day after taping her show here, spouting lots of stuff not that evident just from watching... 'Inside Edition's' Deborah Norville reintroduces herself to Detroit (Sun, 1/14)
Does the thought of driving more than two hours to work and more than two hours back home make anyone a little anxious? Michelle McKormick, former Grand Rapids on-air radio personality, can say goodbye, for the time being, to her days of long-distance driving. She was commuting almost daily to CBS radio station WKRK-FM (97.1) in Southfield for the past 3 1/2 years, until she was fired Christmas Day. "Music was never the product. We are. My listeners knew everything about me," said McKormick, referring to the FM style of talk format she co-hosted on "Motor City Midday" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Her radio partner was former West Michigan personality Jay Towers, who remains at the station... Broadcaster's commute is over, for now (Sun, 1/14)
WOOD (Channel 8) is putting together a DVD for the Ford Foundation. It will include the station's two, one-hour specials that aired Dec. 27 and Jan 3; a collection of stories and video compilation from the week's events... WOOD to offer DVD of Ford coverage (Sun, 1/14)
WZZM (Channel 13) news anchor Lee VanAmeyde covered President Ford's funeral proceedings, despite the death of his 92-year-old father. Marinus VanAmeyde died Jan. 1... Veteran anchor works despite loss (Sun 1/14)
Emily Zangaro, a Calvin College graduate, is the newest general-assignment reporter at WOOD. She previously worked at Lansing station WLNS (Channel 6)... New reporter takes the airwaves (Sun, 1/14)
Familiar faces in front of and behind the camera at WZZM were brought back to West Michigan to help remember President Ford... Broadcasters return to cover Ford (Sun, 1/14)
By: Mike Austerman
Among the North American International Auto Show buzz this week, the backers of HD (high definition) radio have been marketing their product in full force to raise awareness of this still relatively young technology. A mobile HD radio promotion kicked off Wednesday at Cobo Center and will be up and running through the full run of the show. Now’s your chance to learn more about what many in the radio industry are hoping will be a savior for traditional broadcasters in their battle to keep the attention of listeners that increasingly get their music and information from other sources.
Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) also is going all out in the promotion of HD radio. Starting at 6 a.m. Saturday through 9 p.m. Jan. 21, the Riff 2 digital-only side-band channel will move onto the main ’RIF analog frequency. This way, everyone with a regular FM radio can experience an eclectic mix of local artists, alternative, hiphop, punk and indie-rock hosted by Riff 2’s on-air staff, which includes Suzy Cole, Mark Pennington, Trey and Hightower.
The event, which I believe is a first for any station anywhere, will likely cause the ’Rif phone lines to light up with confused and/or shocked listeners.
When the general manager of WKRK 97.1 FM struck a deal to add Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings simulcasts, it wasn’t done to bolster the station’s ratings and revenue, both of which have declined. Instead, it was done to keep the teams on their flagship, WKRK’s CBS Radio-owned sister station, WXYT 1270 AM, an all-sports station. “That’s the only reason I came up with the approach that I did,” said Kevin Murphy, general manager and senior vice president for both stations... Double play gives boost to WKRK (Mon, 1/15)
Carolyn Clifford will become the co-anchor of WXYZ-Channel 7’s 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. news broadcasts beginning Jan. 29. Clifford currently co-anchors the ABC affiliate’s noon news broadcast, which she will continue to do with Robbie Timmons, station news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement Monday. Timmons is also co-host of the 5 p.m. Action News... Carolyn Clifford to co-anchor 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. news on Channel 7 (Mon, 1/15)
Frank Turner’s replacement at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) News was named Monday.
It’ll be Carolyn Clifford, who had been co-anchoring the station’s pre-“Good Morning America” newscast, the noon newscast and served as the station’s chief health reporter. Starting Jan. 29, she and Robbie Timmons —Turner’s old co-anchor—will preside over the noon and 5 p.m. newscast with Clifford also anchoring at 7 p.m. The 5 p.m. newscast is generally the station’s most watched news, in part due to the lead in of “Oprah” from 4-5 p.m... Clifford gets promotion at Channel 7 (Mon, 1/15)
Bob Kelly seems to be funny without even trying. Jokes, one-liners and witty retorts pour out in machine-gun fashion during an hour-long interview conducted after his morning radio show on oldies WRQN-FM. But it wasn't always that way for the Toledo radio legend and longtime Monroe County resident who recently was inducted into the Radio Television Broadcaster's Hall of Fame of Ohio... Local radio legend honored in Hall of Fame (Mon, 1/15)
Central Michigan University is the among the first institutions in the state to have its own endowed scholarship fund with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, courtesy of an adjunct professor with a longstanding connection to the university.
Larry Patrick recently pledged $25,000 to the MAB - which will match the contribution - to endow an annual scholarship designated for CMU broadcasting students. Patrick, president of media investment banking and brokerage firm Patrick Communications LLC and owner of 16-station radio group Legend Communications, also requested that the scholarship be named for CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik.
"This is a tremendous thing for Larry to do," said Orlik. "He respects our program a great deal and plays a significant role in it.
CMU is one of the first schools to have a dedicated MAB scholarship, but more are expected to follow suit as the association shifts its scholarship disbursement philosophy, Orlik said.
"What the MAB foundation has done historically is gather general donations, look at schools that offer broadcasting, and give $1,000 scholarships to students at those schools in alternating years," he said.
Patrick said Orlik is "a textbook author, teacher and true friend of the broadcasting industry," and he "could think of no better way to honor Dr. Orlik" than to name the scholarship for him.
"Pete Orlik has been a leader in broadcast education in Michigan and the nation," Patrick said. "He has guided the careers of thousands of broadcast students over the years."
The first scholarship will likely be awarded in spring 2008 for the 2008-09 academic year. BCA students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year and carrying at least a 2.75 overall grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in their BCA course work will be eligible to apply for the nonrenewable award. Other criteria will include extensive involvement in BCA cocurricular activities, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of a broadcast-industry career.
Toledo Now Has A Broadway: WBCT (B93)/GRAND RAPIDS nite slammer BROADWAY BILLY MACC has just added tracking duties! He's the new voice the kids of TOLEDO will hear when they are up late doing homework or sneakin' out of the house for late-night make-out sessions. In other words, he's now tracking overnights on WVKS (92.5 KISS FM)/TOLEDO. (Tue, 1/16)
Ken Kalczynski was a practical young man. His dad, a tool and die maker, was forever getting laid off, and who wanted any part of that? So Kalczynski decided he would be a mortician. Off he went to Wayne State, where one day he happened to walk past the studio of WAYN, the campus' closed-circuit radio station. An outdoor speaker was wafting the broadcast across the sidewalk, and on a whim, Kalczynski popped inside the building and did a reading for the general manager... Red Wings broadcaster refuses to let his dream die (Wed, 1/17)
Watch out, Regis and Kelly. There's a new a.m. team slated to give this dynamic duo a run for their java. The program is called "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," and if Fox has anything to do with it, the show will retain high ratings in local markets and put the network on the map as a formidable morning competitor. In Metro Detroit's case, WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) "Fox 2 News Morning" is the No. 1 morning show locally, beating out both NBC's nationally top-rated "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America," and giving this new morning offering an enviably strong lead-in... Fox readies for morning fun (Wed, 1/17)
More than 96 tears: Michigan musician Rudy Martinez -- known to legions of fans as the enigmatic rocker Question Mark -- is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed his home near Clio last week. Martinez and his band, the Mysterians, topped the pop charts in 1966 with the garage-rock chestnut "96 Tears." Lost in the fire, reports band guitarist Bobby Balderama, was a career's worth of memorabilia, including a gold record and other artifacts from Martinez's four decades in the music business ... Not another hour: WDIV-TV Local 4's daytime schedule will get another overhaul in the fall after a big one this week. NBC officials will expand "Today" by an hour until 11 a.m... Names and Faces (Wed, 1/17)
It's A Girl For WKRK/Detroit's Jeff Deminski:
Congratulations to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon "DEMINSKI AND DOYLE" co-host JEFF DEMINSKI and wife STACEE on the arrival of their second child, daughter MINA BELLE DEMINSKI, on WEDNESDAY (1/17).
The new arrival came in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and 21 inches and dashed co-host BILL DOYLE's hopes that the baby would be a boy and named MAGGLIO DEMINSKI in honor of the DETROIT TIGERS' MAGGLIO ORDONEZ. (Wed, 1/17)
A pioneer of garage rock lost more than four decades' worth of memorabilia from his colorful career this week when his house was destroyed by fire. Question Mark - who scored a No. 1 hit in 1966 with "96 Tears" - lost everything from recordings to stage outfits. "I lost everything. All my tapes, pictures. I'm going through the rubble right now," he said by phone Friday. But the worst was the loss of his four Yorkies. "They're gone," said the singer, his voice breaking... Question Mark's house burns (Sat, 1/13)
A Michigan rock and roll legend is sifting through the remains of his Vienna Township home this weekend after a fire destroyed more than 40 years of music history.
For four decades now, he's gone by the name Question Mark and was the frontman for the band Question Mark and the Mysterians. The group is best known for their song "96 Tears", a garage rock classic recorded in 1966 that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. When his Clio area home went up in flames this week, most of the mementos went up with the house -- including the gold record for "96 Tears"... Rock and roll legend loses priceless memories (Sat, 1/13)
Ford PD At WKDF/Nashville; Stewart Set For WTNR/Grand Rapids
CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER COUNTRY)/GRAND RAPIDS hires STEVE STEWART for PD duties. STEWART currently holds the OM title at QANTUM COMMUNICATIONS/MYRTLE BEACH, SC. He has also worked for CLEAR CHANNEL's WPKX/SPRINGFIELD, MA. STEWART replaces BUD FORD, who is moving south to take the PD reins at CITADEL Country WKDF/NASHVILLE. FORD has been with THUNDER COUNTRY since MAY 2005 and replaces DAVE KELLY, who was promoted from OM/PD to Market Mgr. last APRIL. LARRY STONE, who joined WKDF in SEPTEMBER as OM, has been handling programming duties in recent months. Both STEWART and FORD are expected to be in their respective new gigs in late FEBRUARY. (Thu, 1/18)
Central Michigan University broadcasting students will call plays and conduct postgame interviews using upgraded equipment thanks to a grant from their professional peers in the Motor City.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association recently awarded CMU a $2,894.90 grant for the purchase of a camera control unit and accompanying cable for Moore Hall Television's sports unit, freeing up MHTV funds for the purchase of a new video camera.
"The addition of this new camera system will give the sports unit two such systems as part of its portable studio, thus greatly increasing the overall quality of MHTV's sports programming while also more closely simulating a professional sports television production environment," said School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts associate professor Kevin Corbett, who advises MHTV's sports and entertainment programming.
According to DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn, the association's grants are intended to provide students with equipment and opportunities that prepare them for the profession.
"Students who are serious about broadcasting careers need to be educated and trained with the latest technology," he said. "The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association offers high school and collegiate broadcast programs financial grant opportunities so their students can be prepared for the many different ways in which sports programming is and will be communicated to their vast audiences."
Eichorn and DSBA President Jim Stark presented a ceremonial check to CMU development officer Richard Juday on Dec. 26 at Detroit's Ford Field prior to the Motor City Bowl showdown between CMU and Middle Tennessee State University.
On the air since 1972, MHTV is a student-run, cocurricular television station that can be viewed on Charter Communications channel 23 in Mount Pleasant and on channel 34 of CMU's on-campus cable system. Stations in Clare and Gratiot counties also air selected MHTV programming via the Mid-Michigan Area Cable Consortium.
The station has been named College Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for five consecutive years. For more information about the station or to view the MHTV programming schedule, visit www.bca.cmich.edu/MHTV.
The DSBA, now in its 59th year, maintains a charity fund that "annually awards grants to deserving college and high school broadcast programs as part of its community outreach." For more information about the organization, visit its Web site at www.detroitsportsbroadcasters.org.
The drive is still alive at Cars 108, but the race track got a little jammed up in the fall radio ratings. Perpetual ratings frontrunner WCRZ-FM (107.9) stayed ahead of the field, something it's done for the better part of the past 15 years. Besting the competition in the 12-plus ratings, Arbitron's most general measurement, has been a tradition at the adult contemporary station. So has the No. 2 finish of urban adult contemporary WDZZ-FM (92.7). But CRZ dropped from 11.7 share last spring to 9.4 in the fall. DZZ downshifted from 8.2 to 6.9... WCRZ-FM hangs on to lead among area radio stations in the ratings (Fri, 1/19)
Question Mark, the man who gave us "96 Tears," has been crying a few of his own since his house burned down. The Jan. 11 fire destroyed the Vienna Township home, four decades worth of memorabilia and five pets, including four of his seven Yorkshire terriers. But a few rays of sunshine have been seeping through these gray, wintry days as fans and friends from the area, the country and the world step up to help out the beleaguered rock 'n' roll pioneer, who didn't have home insurance and doesn't have enough money to rebuild... Friends, fans pitch in to help Question Mark (Fri, 1/19)
Calling all guitar players! You can be part of the annual “Guitar Jam” to raise money for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan during the 28-hour Radiothon hosted by Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning hosts JJ & Lynne.
Make plans to bring a $5 donation, your guitar and small amp to Center Court in Oakland Mall Thursday, January 25th at 8pm for a rousing rendition of Cream's Classic Rock anthem “Sunshine of Your Love.” This musical fundraising event will be broadcast live on WCSX. Each guitar player who participates will receive a limited edition Guitar Jam All Access lanyard.
The more guitar players that show, the more money that can be raised for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
CLF of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The JJ & Lynne’s 28 Hour Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation. This long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2,500,000 for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Local jazz lovers should be excited to hear that WRCJ-FM 90.9 is planning to broadcast a concert by Brazilian Jazz guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, Saturday January 27 at 8 p.m., live from the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
It is the first of three Music Hall performances scheduled to air live on the classical and jazz station, including a March concert by Dianne Reeves and an April concert with Chick Corea.
These concerts will also be packaged for national broadcasts later this year on public radio stations, hosted by Tony Mowod, whose jazz program airs weeknights from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on 90.9 WRCJ.
Roast beef sandwiches, along with Mom's loving smile, are on the way to Germany today for U.S. Army Specialist Michael Johnson, 25, of Pinckney. Johnson, stationed in Germany, was unable to come home for the holidays as he had planned. "One of the crazy things he had planned on doing had been stopping (at Arby's,)'' said Dawn Glaser, who said Johnson has lived with her and her husband, Brian, since his teens but was never formally adopted. "He calls us Mom and Dad. It's an adoption of the heart,'' Glaser said. When Glaser learned Johnson wouldn't be home for the holidays, she tried to figure out a way to send him Arby's sandwiches. Glaser contacted Ann Arbor radio station W4 Country, 102.9, for help... Mom, Bubba, listeners see that Michael gets Arby's (Fri, 1/19)
The Michigan Radio Network (MRN) will begin distributing Chris Holman's one-hour "Michigan Business Beat" on Saturday, February 3rd.
Holman has been producing the program - in some form - for more than 10 years. He decided to expand the program to one hour because he believes residents need to know what's happening in Michigan business.
"Arguably, 100 percent of the net jobs in Michigan are coming from small business," Holman said. "That's why we need to pay attention to it, to understand it, and know exactly where it is and how it's functioning."
The show will include various people involved in Michigan business, including Governor Jennifer Granholm and representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan and the Michigan Manufacturers Association, among other organizations. It will include statistical data from throughout the state and geographic updates on projects from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula.
"Business is the driver for our way of life and our community fabric," commented Holman. "That's why we intend to be the most comprehensive radio connection for that business information."
Holman, host of the "Chris Holman Morning Show" on WILS AM 1320 Lansing and "Business Today with Chris Holman" on Lansing's WILX-TV Channel 10, has been involved in Michigan business for decades. The former teacher and coach started The Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine out of the trunk of his car in 1987, which he continues to publish. A business owner himself, Holman has served on various business and community boards and has received many awards for his outreach in the Michigan business community.
MRN president Dennis Mellott looks forward to distributing the program after a long history of working with Holman.
"This type of program should pique interest on several levels," Mellott said. "It deals with Michigan issues, the host is a solid broadcaster, and the function of the show will inform listeners on one of today's key interests, especially in this state."
Lansing based MRN provides news and sports information to more than 60 radio stations across the state and will distribute "Michigan Business Beat" on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Stations may broadcast the program at any time.
• The following Low Power TV stations were granted construction permits for digital companion channels: WYGN-LP Ch. 12 Berrien Springs (digital channel 10), WMKG-LP Ch. 38 Muskegon (digital channel 49), and WOKZ-CA Ch. 50 Kalamazoo (digital channel 32).
Interpreting TV ratings is always interesting because you can prove almost anything using the same data. Case in point: The first week (Jan. 8-12) performance of WDIV-TV Local 4's new 4 p.m. weekday newscast and its 4:30 p.m. stable mate, the syndicated "Inside Edition"... Local 4 still trails 'Oprah' at 4 p.m. (Sun, 1/21)
Two locally based radio stations saw a slight drop in the latest radio ratings. According to Arbitron, Detroit talk powerhouse WJR (760 AM) still generally tops the ratings. Country station WWWW (102.9 FM), second in the last ratings period, placed third while Detroit rock station WRIF took over the No. 2 slot. WQKL (107.1 FM), which had been third, is now fourth. Bob Bolak, vice president and market manager at Ann Arbor Radio, said the drop is no cause for alarm. "The sample size is small; we look at it versus a year ago, are we down or up? At 107.1 we're trending up.'' No programming changes are planned, he added... WWWW, WQKL see dip in latest ratings (Sun, 1/21)
By: Art Vuolo
One of my favorite columnists was the late Bob Talbert who, although not a media writer, often penned his thoughts about radio and did a considerable amount of “thinking out loud.” That’s just what I’m going to do on this cold winter’s Sunday.
Eight days ago I stepped off a beautiful Royal Caribbean cruise ship after a week of nice warm weather, overeating and trying to relax. It seemed surreal that I could flip on my portable XM radio and, in the middle of acres of blue Caribbean waters, dial up the Detroit channel and hear local weather reports and just how heavy the traffic was on I-696 through Oak Park.
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The major buzz seems to still surround all the changes at hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), the new home of the Tigers and Red Wings that’s also been carrying the Lions. The only major team missing is the Pistons, which will remain on sports WDFN-AM (1130).
This Thursday, January 25th starting at 6 a.m. until Friday, January 26th, at 10am, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison (JJ & Lynne) will take over the station's airwaves for the 16th Annual WCSX Radiothon. For 28 consecutive hours, JJ & Lynne will broadcast live from the center court at Oakland Mall in Troy to raise money and awareness for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF).
Listeners will have a chance to bid on “once in a lifetime” packages during the on-air auction including:
* Lunch with JJ, Lynne and Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios
* Join Karen Savelly for a one on one cooking class with Tribute Chef Don Yamauchi
* A VIP Coney Class with Ken Calvert at Leo’s Coney Island
* OverEasy backyard concert and broadcast with Arlen and Grievous Angel
* A Motor City Blue Project broadcast and“un-plugged Super Session” of blues
…and much more!
To make a donation, call 866-774-WCSX (9279) or log onto www.leukemiamichigan.org.
Back again by popular demand is the “Guitar Jam for CLF.” Local guitar players are invited to join in the fun simply by bringing a $5 donation, a guitar and small amp to Center Court in Oakland Mall Thursday, January 25th at 8pm for a rousing rendition of CREAM’s Classic Rock anthem “Sunshine of Your Love.” This musical fundraising event will be broadcast live on 'CSX. Each guitar player who participates will receive a limited edition Guitar Jam All Access lanyard.
CLF of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The WCSX Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation.
This long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2,800,000 for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
"The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" (9 a.m., WJBK-TV, Channel 2, Fox). Series premiere. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, who teamed for over four years as anchors of Fox News Channel's "Dayside" chat fest, do the infotainment dance as hosts of this new one-hour weekday program, live from New York... Morning infotainment show premieres on WJBK today (Mon, 1/22)
New Promotions Director Sought For WMXD/Detroit:
CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92)/DETROIT has lost its promotions director. BEKKI YANG left the station in NOVEMBER and has returned to her former station, CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WKKV(V-100)/MILWAUKEE, where she is now an AE. (Mon, 1/22)
ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson" and its anchor will be making a stop in Metro Detroit next week. Gibson will broadcast the 6:30 p.m. newscast from here Monday and Tuesday as well as a town hall on the auto industry that will air 8 p.m. Monday on local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... ABC, Gibson work Detroit (Tue, 1/23)
If your cable TV bill hasn't already gone up, get ready for a price hike as cable and satellite companies raise rates for nearly all Metro Detroit customers... Cable providers raise rates (Tue, 1/23)
WKCQ Gets Karaoke:
Country WKCQ/SAGINAW MD/afternoon stud JOHN RICHARDS reports that the station's fourth annual KARAOKE CONTEST will take place at ZEHENDER's SNOWFEST in nearby FRANKENMUTH this FRIDAY (1/26). RICHARDS says there will be lots of great prizes up for grabs and plenty of beer, for just two bucks admission. The day will be capped by an acoustic performance by MARK WILLS. (Tue, 1/23)
Deep Trax HD2 Free Preview This Weekend
This coming weekend, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 will take listeners deep into the music vault with a preview of 'CSX's HD multicast station, "WCSX Deep Trax".
The WCSX Deep Trax Free Preview Weekend will kick off Saturday, January 27th at noon and continue all weekend through Sunday night, all without commercials.
WCSX harnesses the power of HD Radio to provide listeners the highest fidelity ever available on FM radio- and even more choices. Deep Trax features the lesser heard gems from deep within the classic albums. WCSX Deep Trax delivers enormous variety with virtually no repetition and even fewer interruptions.
Responding to our listener feedback of features such as “Classic Rock A-to-Z”, Deep Trax HD2 is hosted by the station’s on-air personalities Ken Calvert, Jim Johnson, Lynne Woodison, Karen Savelly, and Steve Kostan. It provides 24/7 access to those Classic Rock treasures that may be a bit outside the radio musical norm.
94.7 WCSX debuted Deep Trax, a special HD Radio multicast station, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of the HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to WCSX Deep Trax through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to www.wcsxdeeptrax.com.
Here’s just a sample of some of the titles featured on WCSX Deep Trax:
BEATLES/Abbey Road: “Her Majesty,” “I Want You,” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
DOORS/L.A. Woman: “Hyacinth House,” “Crawling King Snake,” and “The Wasp”
STEVE MILLER/Fly Like An Eagle: “Wild Mountain Honey,” “Blue Odyssey,” and “You Send Me”
TOM PETTY/Damn the Torpedoes: “Century City,” and “Louisiana Rain”
LED ZEPPELIN/Houses of the Holy: “The Song Remains The Same” and “The Crunge”
Judy Adams, noted musicologist and program director of WDET-FM (101.9) until 2005, has returned to the Detroit music scene after a period of informal exile. She's hosting the Music Hall's new live jazz performance series Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m., and will voice the programs on WVMV-FM (98.7) Sundays at 11 p.m. (WVMV's HD channel will re-air them more often.) Adams has taken on those jobs in addition to her once-a-week program on CJAM-FM (91.5) on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m... Judy Adams returns to Detroit music (Wed, 1/24)
Hal Youngblood, a multitalented performer who labored behind the scenes at Detroit’s WJR-AM (760) as producer of J.P. McCarthy’s morning show and his legendary noontime “Focus” show, died early today in Johnson City, Tenn. Youngblood, 77, also was active in the local theater scene, performing in many productions here over the years... Hal Youngblood dies (Wed, 1/24)
Once again it's that time where I attempt to answer all your pressing TV questions... 'Local 4 News' can't defeat 'O' (Wed, 1/24)
Jay Butler Named Afternoon Voice At WLQV/Detroit:
Veteran DETROIT personality JAY BUTLER takes over as host of "FAITH TALK AFTERNOONS" on SALEM Religion WLQV-A/DETROIT. EDWARDS, a veteran of WJLB, WCHB-A, and WQBH-A (where he also served as PD), will be heard as the voice introducing the station's afternoon shows and features, including "BACK TO THE BIBLE," "EQUIPPED FOR LIFE," "THE PAUL EDWARDS PROGRAM," and others.
"JAY BUTLER is an icon in DETROIT radio and will be a great asset as we take a leadership role in Christian talk for this region," said SALEM/DETROIT GM CHRIS MACCOURTNEY. (Wed, 1/24)
Zonjic’s nominations are for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year.
Winners will be determined through on-line voting and by a panel of industry professionals. To vote, fans should visit www.canadiansmoothjazzawards.com. Voting is now open to an international audience.
Alicia Smith will join WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Action News as an anchor / reporter effective Monday, January 29. Alicia Smith will co-anchor "Action News This Morning" (weekdays 5-7 am) with Erik Smith. The announcement was made by WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 News Director Andrea Parquet-Taylor.
Smith comes from WWMT in Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo, where she was the weeknight co-anchor of their 5 pm and 5:30 pm newscast. In addition to anchoring, Smith also filed daily reports for the station and covered many national and local events of significance. She reported live from New York City in 2002 for the Anniversary of September 11th, traveled to Florida to cover Hurricane Jeanne, and reported live during President Bush's visit to Battle Creek.
"Alicia is an accomplished hard-working journalist who has covered major breaking news in Michigan and across the country. She is an enthusiastic team player who has always been actively involved in the community where she has worked," said Parquet-Taylor.
Smith graduated cum laude with Phi Kappa Phi honors from the University of Georgia earning a Broadcast News major from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She minored in Political Science.
The CBC Radio One show "Definitely Not the Opera", a national pop-culture program that airs locally on CBE AM (1550) Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcasting their February 3rd show from Windsor/Detroit and will feature a segment with host Sook-Yin Lin talking with Martin Bandyke about the local group Blanche, an alternative-country band. A brand new song will be aired from the group, which features the husband and wife team of Dan John Miller and Tracee Mae Miller, both recently seen in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line."
Bandyke is set to celebrate is one-year anniversary at Adult Alternative station "Ann Arbor's 107one", WKQL-FM 107.1, where he hosts morning drive weekdays 6-10 a.m. and also presents the free-from show Fine Tuning every Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Prior to joining WKQL, Bandyke hosted middays for a number of years at Public/Adult Alternative WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.
Want to be part of local broadcast history and hear some great Brazilian jazz? Head down to the Music Hall in Detroit on Saturday, where Oscar Castro-Neves will perform a concert at 8 p.m. that also will be broadcast live on WRCJ-FM (90.9). Tony Mowod, who hosts WRCJ's nightly "JazzWorks" program, will emcee the event... Music Hall jazz concert will be broadcast on WRCJ (Thu, 1/25)
Happy birthday, sweet 16 -- times five, plus nine. Today is Ernie Harwell's 89th birthday, which he'll celebrate quietly with his family. The bigger party comes next year. Does he still make a wish and blow out the candles on his cake? "Sure," the Hall of Fame broadcaster said. "But it's the candle on my cake, not the candles. There's not room for them all anymore"... Forever young (Thu, 1/25)
Channel 30's "History at Home" series will feature shows about Ohio's neighboring state in February. Want to learn more about Michigan's fairs, lighthouses and bridges? Check out WGTE Channel 30 in February. For three Thursday nights, the Toledo public broadcasting channel will air Michigan episodes of "History at Home." Other topics are the Michigan State Capitol, wine-making and conservation districts. Michigan history programs aren't regularly aired on WGTE, but the channel has a strong Monroe County following... Toledo PBS station focuses on Michigan (Thu, 1/25)
News-talk WOOD AM was a surprise number one station among all radio listeners in Grand Rapids during the fall ratings book, pushing country WBCT-FM out of the top slot for the first time in at least a couple of years. B-93 finished second, followed by Christmas/soft rock WOOD-FM, contemporary hits WSNX-FM and classic rock WLAV-FM.
In Kalamazoo, the top station was contemporary hits WKFR-FM, which led rock WRKR-FM and WBCT. Battle Creek's top station was country WNWN-FM followed by WKFR and news-talk WBCK AM. Finally in Muskegon, country WMUS-FM leads the parade, with rock WMRR-FM and WSNX making up the rest of the top 3 stations.
With 50 years of radio broadcasting behind it, Hope College student radio station WTHS on Wednesday dedicated its new studios in the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication. The station's new facility at 10th Street and Columbia Avenue includes two broadcasting studios filled with about $70,000 worth of the latest in digital broadcasting equipment and software... Hope's radio station moves into new studios (Thu, 1/25)
Citadel Expands Brent Alberts' Duties:
CITADEL VP/Rock BRENT ALBERTS adds duties as Dir./Operations & Programming for the MIDWEST region. On FEBRUARY 1, ALBERTS will move his base of operations from GRAND RAPIDS to CITADEL's LANSING cluster, where the 39-year broadcast vet will also program Classic Rock WMMQ. (Thu, 1/25)
He had two dreams growing up as a no-frills, working-class kid from Macomb County. Lary Sorensen wanted to be a big league pitcher. Secondly, but not secondarily, he wanted to be a baseball radio announcer, a man who one day might do what one of his heroes, Ernie Harwell, did so famously. If only life had leveled off, jet-airliner-style, for a man after two dreams were realized... 'My alcoholism cost me' (Fri, 1/26)
Michael Coleman, whose job as general manager of Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) ended on Dec. 31, has a new gig. Coleman now is development director at Affirmations, the Ferndale-based center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender programs, services and social opportunities... Former WDET manager takes job at gay, lesbian center (Fri, 1/26)
One of the WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) familiar rays of morning sunshine for nearly five years, anchorwoman Carolyn Clifford, takes her leap to evening anchor beginning Monday. In her new post, the Emmy winning broadcast journalist will share the 5 and 7 p.m. desks with Robbie Timmons. New hire Alicia Smith , formerly of WWMT-TV (Channel 3), the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo will take Clifford's old a.m. job on Monday, the station announced Thursday... Carolyn Clifford becomes evening anchor at WXYZ (Fri, 1/26)
In this age of high-definition televisions that are the size of a compact car, some people may nonetheless harbor nostalgia for the golden age of radio; if this accurately describes you, Concordia University, at 4090 Geddes Road in Ann Arbor, has the perfect event for your calendar... Learn about radio when it was young (Fri, 1/26)
Women Who Make Magic®
One Radio Plaza
Detroit, MI 48220
You can also e-mail your nomination to: email@example.com. The station is asking for a photo of your “Magical” nominee as well.
Every Friday morning through May, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will recognize two amazing “Women Who Make Magic.” Each nominee will receive two tickets to attend the Women Who Make Magic® Awards Banquet at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren and a $50 Kroger gift card.
The 6th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards Banquet and Dinner will be held on Monday, June 11, 2007 at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. More details, including ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jeff Striegle of Byron Center is about to enter the fast lane as the voice of a pair of prominent NASCAR Nextel Cup Series pre-race shows on satellite and terrestrial radio stations throughout the United States. He has been named host of Motor Racing Network's nationally syndicated "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR Today" weekly radio shows... Local man goes national on NASCAR radio (Sat, 1/27)
By: Mike Austerman
Ever since it was revealed that a radio station contest in Sacramento, Calif., resulted in the death of one participant from water intoxication, the radio industry has been buzzing about the incident and its aftermath.
Jennifer Strange, a 28-year old mother of three young children, died after consuming what’s estimated as nearly 2 gallons of water in an attempt to win a video game console for her kids. The idea was for contestants to hold out on visiting the restroom for as long as possible and the last one to “go wee” would claim a Nintendo Wii.
Many portions of the contest that day have been rebroadcast on the Internet, and it’s clear that the employees of the station involved, KDND-FM, received warnings about the possibility of such a tragedy from listeners but did little to either halt the competition or provide Strange with medical attention.
Ten KDND employees involved in the stunt were fired and, not surprisingly, lawsuits are being filed, along with a criminal investigation.
Fortunately, these kinds of radio-assisted tragedies are few and far between, and it’s apparent that managers of our local radio stations have a good understanding that protecting listeners from this kind of harm is in everyone’s best interest.
Here's a riddle of sorts: Do you know the name of somebody you've heard, probably can't identify by sight, who is a female pioneer in a tough business and grew up around Detroit? The answer: Randy Thomas. And she's setting another first -- she'll announce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show Feb. 4 on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62) from Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Yes, she's the first female to handle the chore... Detroit voice gets big gig (Sun, 1/28)
Shawne Duperon writes and produces television shows and corporate videos, does voice-over work and is a media trainer... Five Things: About a media maven (Sun, 1/28)
One of the most widely known Detroiters was a fictional hero most often associated with Texas. The Lone Ranger was invented in Detroit and made his radio debut Jan. 30, 1933, on station WXYZ. Although the man in the white hat and the black mask was billed as a guy who saved good people from bad, he was really intended to save the radio station from a lousy economy, wracked as it was by the Great Depression. Station owner George W. Trendle wanted to come up with a character who was a Wild West cross between Zorro and Robin Hood... Lone Ranger makes his radio debut (Sun, 1/28)
Michael Coleman, former deputy director of Michigan Public Media, which oversees the University of Michigan's public radio and television operations, has taken a job as development director for Affirmations, a nonprofit community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people located in Ferndale. Coleman moved from WUOM to Detroit public radio station WDET in mid-2005... Public radio's Coleman accepts Ferndale job (Sun, 1/28)
He seemingly channeled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while reciting the ``I Have A Dream'' speech in high school oratorical events. He won senior class president hands down. Tavis Smiley, 42, best-selling author and host of PBS television's ``Tavis Smiley'' show, is coming to Battle Creek on Thursday to present the keynote address for ``Empowering Community,'' a collaborative fundraising effort of the Young Professionals, the Urban League of Southcentral Michigan and Blacks in Government... Author, PBS host Smiley coming to Battle Creek (Sun, 1/28)
Tyrone Bynum never used to care about the consequences of the radio rip sessions he led on the air at WMFN-AM (640). The Grand Rapids Police Department, politicians, public school and business leaders -- everyone was a potential target of his criticism. And dealing with the angry fallout was just part of his job as station manager and radio personality... William Glenn Trailblazer Award: Tyrone Bynum (Sun, 1/28)
Does the rest of America care about the bad news from the domestic auto industry? Charles Gibson thinks so. He's set to anchor ABC's "World News" broadcast from metro Detroit tonight and Tuesday. He's also moderating a town hall meeting on the state of the auto industry that airs live at 8 tonight on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Gibson to focus on autos (Mon, 1/29)
Mark your calendars. The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, WOMC-FM (104.3) veteran Detroit radio voice Dick Purtan and his Purtan's People cast will hold the 20th annual Dick Purtan Radiothon Feb. 23 to raise money for the Detroit area's homeless and hungry people. The live broadcast starts at 6 a.m. from the center court at Oakland Mall and will end at 10 p.m.; the donation number is 248-307-1043. Expect live performances by local and national performers and interviews with celebrities and sports figures... Purtan's Radiothon to be Feb. 23 (Mon, 1/29)
"Play It Again: Tigers vs. Yankees" (7 p.m., FSN Detroit). Winter baseball memory bliss. FSN rolls out January-February-March encores of manager Jim Leyland and the Tigers' October playoff pennant run through the Yankees and Oakland to the American League championship... FSN Detroit relives the glory of Tigers' '06 pennant race (Mon, 1/29)
Second place just won't do for anchorman Charles Gibson. To tighten the gap between his "World News with Charles Gibson" on ABC and the No. 1 rated "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," Gibson has been hitting the road. He arrives in Metro Detroit this morning, where he'll butter up the bigs at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), the local ABC affiliate. Gibson, 63, also will spend today and Tuesday broadcasting his newscast from here and hosting a town hall on the auto industry tonight... Gibson visits Channel 7 (Mon, 1/29)
Chatman Named Director/Digital Media At WYCD:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has named longtime MD/night personality RON CHATMAN Director/Digital Media. RON will oversee all campaigns on the Internet for WYCD as well as its HD2 station, THE WOLF. CHATMAN has been with WYCD for seven years. (Mon, 1/29)
Charles Gibson will be in Detroit tonight and Tuesday to anchor ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" and host a town hall meeting about the auto industry. WJRT (Channel 12) will simulcast the discussion, titled "Agenda for Change," with Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) from 8-9 p.m. Monday, according to Sara Jo Gallock, WJRT's program director... ABC's Charles Gibson hosting town hall meeting tonight and Tuesday in Detroit (Mon, 1/29)
Tommy Frank Exits WGER:
NEXTMEDIA AC WGER/SAGINAW, MI PD TOMMY FRANK exits. No replacement has been named at this time. (Mon, 1/29)
Kelley Out In Lansing:
CITADEL/LANSING OM DAN KELLEY is out, the victim of budget cuts. (Mon, 1/29)
Mulhern says, “I love doing live radio. The interaction and immediacy with great guests and the listeners is a thrilling experience and I’m looking forward to a daily fix.”
“Dan is the perfect companion for the ride home. He’s one of those guys that make you feel good every time you interact with him,” MTN General Manager, Tim Hygh commented. “We think Dan’s show will be a perfect mix of current events, advice and humor.”
The regular season telecast schedule begins with both FSN and FOX 2 carrying the April 2 Opening Day festivities as the Tigers host the Toronto Blue Jays. The game is being simulcast so that all television viewers in metro Detroit can watch as the Tigers make their debut as defending American League champion. Both outlets plan extensive pre- and postgame Opening Day coverage.
FSN Detroit, entering its 10th season of Tigers coverage, will produce all games airing on FSN and FOX 2 with the Emmy-winning announcing team of play-by-play man Mario Impemba (sixth season) and analyst Rod Allen (fifth).
On three April dates when FSN Detroit already has a Red Wings or Pistons game scheduled, the Tigers will be televised on FSN PLUS, a new alternate channel to be made available to customers of most cable and satellite providers in the region... Entire story from Foxsports.com, Tigers 2007 Telecast Schedule
Anchorman Charles Gibson took a strictly business approach Monday night from Ford's River Rouge Plant in Dearborn for a local broadcast of ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson," the first from his two-day stop here... Gibson does news from Rouge Plant (Tue, 1/30)
John Mason is back on Detroit radio. Early. While the WGPR-FM (107.5) website still promises a new morning show starting Feb. 1, Mason has already extended his syndicated “Mason Radio” morning show to the Detroit outlet. (Heard in Saginaw, he was prevented from being heard in Detroit until this month because of a non-compete clause enforced in court by his last station, WDMK-FM (105.9), He left that station in thesummer of 2006. Tuesday morning, Mason was percolating as usual, playing soul oldies, talking about welcome-back parties and his upcoming gig as public address announcer for the NBA all-star game in Las Vegas... Mason back on Detroit airwaves (Tue, 1/30)
"I know less about the automobile industry than anybody here," said ABC News anchor Charles Gibson near the start of Monday night's town hall meeting on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). And as an outsider, he asked tough questions. Do we need an American auto industry? Do the Detroit automakers have time to change consumer attitudes? In a friendly yet proddingly provocative way, Gibson asked these things and more during the hour-long program that aired live from Channel 7's Southfield studios... ABC anchor grills on autos (Tue, 1/30)
The event will feature everything a guy could want…all under one roof. See the latest cars and trucks, motorcycles, electronics, sports, music and so much more. Just a few of the exciting elements fans can experience at the Motor City Men’s Expo include a NASCAR simulator, an indoor Home Run Derby and Speed Pitch Challenge, the Motor City Men’s Expo Bikini Contest and The Miller Lite Lounge.
In addition, expo-goers can check out the “Strong Man Competition”, Extreme sports demonstrations from Modern Skate and Nemesis Skateboards, the ladies of the “Detroit Derby Girls”. Plus, they can climb the U.S. Army’s Rock Climb wall and participate in the flag football competition by signing up at www.wrif.com.
Attendees will also have a chance to meet a great line-up of celebrities this year including:
Jackass and Jackass 2 star Steve O, Playboy Playmates Miss May 2006, Allison Waite and Miss November 2006, Sarah Elizabeth. They can also meet WRIF’s own celebrities Drew and Mike and the WRIF Rock Girl, Lisa Welch.
The Motor City Men’s Expo is one of the featured activities of the Detroit Winter Blast, which is going on throughout the weekend, February 9-11 in Downtown Detroit, centered around Campus Martius. For more info on Detroit Winter Blast activities, click on www.motownwinterblast.com.
Ford Field is located at 2000 Brush Street in Downtown Detroit. Admission to the show is only $7 at the door with $2 off discount coupons and more show info available at www.wrif.com.
It's big market time for two former anchors at WWMT-TV (Channel 3). Alicia Smith left her anchor spot at Kalamazoo for the Detroit market, where she will be the weekend anchor at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). She was the weeknight co-anchor at 5 and 5:30 p.m. since joining News 3 in 2002. Also heading east is former morning and co-anchor Ama Daetz, who is the weekend anchor reporter at WDIV-TV (Channel 4) in Detroit. Two from News 3 go east (Tue, 1/30)
Once again, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) and WOTV-TV (Channel 41) will broadcast live from the Miracle Tour Charity Gala to kick off the ninth annual Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place. The special airs from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday... Auto Show hits airwaves (Tue, 1/30)
Strickland Dominates Michigan:
In addition to Josh Strickland's regular duties as APD/MD/afternoon host at Citadel top 40 WHTS (Hot 105.3)/Grand Rapids, Strickland is holding it down on the interim programming tip at Hot following Darrin Arriens' jaunt to classic rock sister KHYT (Rock 107.5)/Tucson -- and now he's also been permanently handed the keys to top 40 sister WJIM/Lansing, Mich., following Dan Kelley's departure due to those pesky budget cuts. (Tue, 1/30)
On February 3rd, 1959 the music world lost three of its pioneering rock and roll performers. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died when their plane crashed after a concert near Mason City, Iowa which was immortalized in the Don McLean classic “American Pie”.
Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will salute their legacy with special programming this weekend. On Friday’s “Blue Plate Special” airing at 12 noon, Wayne Stevens will play 5 back-to-back songs by the artists in tribute to the last concert the three stars would perform on their “Winter Dance Party Tour” February 2nd in Iowa.
Then, throughout Saturday and Sunday music from Buddy Holly as well as the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens will be spotlighted, including tribute songs like “American Pie” and others.
Was he or wasn't he? Wasn't that John Mason broadcasting for five hours Tuesday morning on WGPR-FM (107.5), from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.? The station's Web site didn't have Mason starting his show until Thursday, but the veteran broadcaster was on briefly Monday, and then behind the mike for a whole morning shift Tuesday as a "teaser," according to WGPR program director Carol James. Technically it's not official. But he was there, broadcasting... Mason back on WGPR to tease new show (Wed, 1/31)
It seems like every time I open my mail bag, the letters, e-mails and queries seem only to multiply. But I aim to please, and am pleased that people are reading my column and feel comfortable enough to ask me questions. So fire away, I say. In the meantime, here are the answers to many of last week's inquiries. Gloria Smith of Detroit wanted to know where on earth WDIV-TV (Channel 4) morning anchor Rhonda Walker has been hiding. Meanwhile, another reader, who didn't identify himself, asked about her temporary replacement, Ama Daetz... WDIV's Walker to make return (Wed, 1/31)
As part of "Shrinking Cities," San Francisco-based artist Jon Brumit celebrates local gumption in a series of short radio narratives by, or about, what he calls "self-driven, self-motivated" Metro Detroiters whose passions have led them in intriguing directions... Local radio tour highlights innovative Metro Detroiters (Wed, 1/31)
Michael Shumpert didn't build his pyramid out of brick or stone. He opted to build a pyramid of music for jazz and blues lovers. "Jazz and blues have a deeply rooted history among African-Americans," said Shumpert, one of the few black owners of a radio station. "This is a great gift that we have been given as a people, and I want to keep reminding people that this is great music. I'm obligated to do this." Shumpert, president and chief executive officer of Praestantia Broadcasting, the company that owns WOWE-FM (98.9), takes a cue from the building of the Egyptian pyramids... Owning radio station is his life's accomplishment (Wed, 1/31)
Since April 1999, WVGR has been transmitting from a temporary site, with a reduced operating power of 20,000 watts. In that time, the station made plans to construct its own tower in West Michigan. Funds were raised from member donations, along with significant government and foundation support, and construction began on a new transmitter and tower site in Barry County.
This new, state of the art facility has restored WVGR’s 104.1 FM signal to its original strength, 90,000 watts, allowing the station to broadcast in full digital HD (high definition) audio. This change has greatly improved reception in areas now receiving WVGR, and brought Michigan Radio back to listeners who have been unable to receive the signal since 1999.
“West Michigan is a very important member and listener base for Michigan Radio,” said Stephen Schram, Director of Michigan Public Media. “These upgrades will allow us to continue providing our public radio service with an even stronger and clearer signal. We look forward to serving those listeners and members we’ve missed since 1999, as well as new listeners who are hearing us for the first time.”
Michigan Radio is West Michigan’s most listened-to public radio station, broadcasting on WVGR 104.1 FM. The station also broadcasts on WUOM 91.7 FM in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area and WFUM 91.1 FM in Flint.