Michigan Almanac: January 2007 Archives

MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and its member stations combined resources in the past week to allow for Michigan radio and television stations from every corner of the state to provide news and community affairs coverage of Monday’s inauguration of Governor Jennifer Granholm.

“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.”

 

StaggJuris H. Josts, aka Allan Stagg, 55 of Marshall, died Monday, January 1, 2007 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born August 28, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Hermans Alfreds and Anna Julianna (Strautins) Josts. Allan was involved in radio broadcasting for 40 years, starting with WLAV in 1965 in Grand Rapids as George Jay. He had also worked at WMAX, WXTV and WGRD in Grand Rapids. He then worked at WZZM in Grand Rapids as George Stagg, as well as WAFT in Grand Rapids, WSAM in Solsa, WVIC in Lansing, WBCM in Bay City, WTRX in Flint, WCAR, WDEE, WOMC, and WABX all in Detroit, KAZY in Denver and KVMT in Vail. He then worked at KINK and KGON in Portland, Oregon as Allan Wolfe, and later at WCKG, WLS, WXCD and WDRV in Chicago as Alan Stagg. He was currently working at WRCC Rock 104.9 in Battle Creek. On May 1, 1990 he was married to Catherine A. Stutz in Chicago, Illinois, who survives. Also surviving are 5 sons: Luc, Levi, Dio, Deuk, and Drac Josts all of Marshall. The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, on Saturday, January 6th from 1 to 3 p.m.. Memorial Contributions may be directed to an educational fund that will be established for his sons.


- Dave Martin's Blog Entry
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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Question Mark's house burns

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Flint Journal:

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)



WJRT-TV, ABC12.com:

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)

 

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.

 

MTN Dan Mulhern is taking his expertise on leadership to the airwaves with a new radio program that will be distributed by The Michigan Talk Network (MTN) this March. The nightly show will air live Monday-Friday from 6pm to 7pm from flagship station WJIM-AM 1240 in Lansing.

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.”

 

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