Michigan Almanac: November 2007 Archives

It's November 1st, time for radio stations across the state to start dropping their regular programming in favor of a marathon of all-Christmas music as the calendar gets to within two months of the big holiday.

In Detroit, soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3 started mixing in some Christmas tunes to its regular playlist this morning instead of going all-yule all the time as it has done for the past couple of years. The station will eventually go all-Christmas, but the exact timing of that move has not been announced.

Saginaw's soft rock WGER-FM 106.3 jumped on the all-holiday sound this morning, becoming the first Tri-Cities outlet to make the change in 2007. Last year WGER chose not to go 100% Christmas in advance of the holiday, but cross-town classic hits WHNN-FM 96.1 did so as well as Gladwin's country WGDN-FM 103.1 and soft rock WSAG-FM 104.1/WSAM-AM 1400. WGDN has been making the a pre-Christmas switch-over to the sounds of the season longer than any other station in the state.

Dave Mauer, operations manager of WGER owner NextMedia's Saginaw cluster told the Saginaw News, ''Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and we're starting a little early because we thought Saginaw could use something to lift it up. We didn't change to the holiday format last year, and that brought a lot of reaction,'' Maurer said. ''We're glad to get
back at it."

WHNN quickly followed the move by WGER by also flipping to all-Christmas today- well in advance of the station's planned switch on Thanksgiving.

WJZQ-FM 92.9 Traverse-City/Cadillac, which regularly offers a blend of soft rock and some smooth jaz, also went all-Christmas earlier today. Its the second year in a row that the Midwestern Broadcasting outlet has decided to jingle all the way to December 25.

In 2006, there were about twenty stations that ditched their regular formats at least two weeks before Christmas to have a holly jolly November and early December - up from about fifteen in 2005.


Detroit Pistons Package and Exclusive Mojo in the Morning Show Visit Up For Bids -- Proceeds to Support Student Scholarships, Internships and Educational Programs

The bidding has opened in the fourth and final round for 2007 of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF), charitable online auction. The auction will raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in MABF online auction commenced at 12:00 a.m. November 5, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 11. The general public is invited to participate in the bidding. Featured items in the MABF online auction are:

• Mojo in the Morning LIVE. Highest bidder and seven (7) guests will watch a live radio broadcast of the 95.5 WKQI-FM Detroit "Mojo in the Morning" show. Includes a one-hour, in-studio visit with Mojo. Bidding will begin at $125 for this priceless opportunity.

• Detroit Pistons Mini-Vacation. Four (4) tickets to the Friday, April 4, 2008 home game against the New Jersey Nets at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Package includes two (2) parking passes; four (4) club tickets for a buffet dinner and two (2) queen, non-smoking overnight rooms (Rooms are double occupancy include room and tax only) for Friday night, April 4, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Express in Birmingham. Estimated donor value: $850, Reserve/Starting price: $550.

The MABF online auction is the fourth and final charitable auction planned for this year. Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.


Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2007



Founder of Family Life Radio Network dies

Charlotte Anne Bolthouse (Char), 1926-2007, went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day at 4:20 p.m. after struggling with Alzheimer's for many years. "Char's gentle spirit helped to set the tone for Family Life Radio's mission to reach people for Christ. She will be greatly missed," said Dr. Randy Carlson, president of Family Life Communications Incorporated, Family Life Radio's parent company. Char Bolthouse helped to inspire a broadcast ministry during her lifetime, and now that her work is complete, she has joined our Lord in heaven. It is with mixed emotions of sadness and joy that we say farewell to Family Life Radio's co-founder -- an energetic wife, friend and faithful servant of Jesus. Char was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan... Co-founder of Family Life Radio Network Goes Home to the Lord After Struggle with Alzheimer's (Fri, 11/30)







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