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Flint Journal:

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)


Radio & Records:

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.


A well-known Central Michigan University broadcast educator and three colleagues from across the nation have crafted a "focused, concise introduction to electronic media" that will save broadcasting students time and money while teaching them the basics of their field.

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.


Flint Journal:

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)


Midland's Great Lakes Loons baseball team announces WYLZ-FM 100.9 as broadcast partner

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.

Fall radio ratings out for Flint and Tri-Cities

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)

Huron Daily Tribune:

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)


Flint Journal:

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)


Jackson Citizen-Patriot

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)


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.


Flint Journal:

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)



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)


Mid-Michgian: Newsmakers Jan 29, 2007




Flint Journal:

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)


Flint Journal:

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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 2, 2007





Marshall Exits Citadel/Lansing:
The budget broom sweeps RAY MARSHALL, OM for CITADEL/LANSING, out of office after 16 years. MARSHALL started at AC WFMK in 1990 and helped build the cluster with WFMK’s perennial #1 performance, converting WJIM to double-digit numbers as "OLDIES 97.5," launching Classic Rock WMMQ to #1 in its first book, and most recently elevating the performance of CITADEL's MICHIGAN Talk Network. (Fri, 2/2)


Flint Journal:

It's business as usual this weekend as most local TV stations gear up for the all-important February ratings "sweeps." But it's particularly busy at WNEM (Channel 5), the local CBS affiliate, which is carrying Sunday's Super Bowl XLI... February sweeps follows on heels of Super Bowl excitement (Fri, 2/2)



Barber Clipped From WPRO Lineup:
ALL ACCESS hears that DAVE BARBER has exited the 9-11:45a slot at CITADEL Talk WPRO-A/PROVIDENCE. All mentions of BARBER, the veteran of DETROIT and FLINT talk radio, have vanished from the WPRO Web site, which lists no host for the time slot. And ALL ACCESS hears that this could mean the return of JOHN DEPETRO, still on the beach after being fired by WRKO-A/BOSTON, to the PROVIDENCE market. Meanwhile, BARBER, whose resume includes stints at WTRX-A, WTAC-A. WFDF-A, WWCK-A, and WEYI-TV/FLINT, MICHIGAN TALK RADIO NETWORK, and WXDX-A/DETROIT, is now available for the next challenge. (Wed, 2/7)

Geronimo Exits WFBE:
CITADEL Country WFBE/FLINT MD/morning personality DAVE GERONIMO has exited. We're also hearing that a veteran Country programmer has already been tapped as his replacement. (Tue, 2/6)

Flint Journal:

Dave Barber was fired by a radio station in Rhode Island this week, nearly a year after the controversial former Flint talk show host signed on there. Barber, who could not be reached for comment, was dropped by WPRO-AM in Providence, R.I., on Monday. "I'm shocked. Dumbfounded. I'm completely besides myself about this," he told the Providence Journal in a story published Wednesday... Rhode Island radio station fires Barber (Thu, 2/8)


Flint/Tri-Cities: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2007



Flint Journal:

Comcast subscribers may have been alarmed to see a note in their February bills stating that it may have to drop WSMH (Channel 66) "as early as March 1." What's the deal? No deal, right now. But they're working on it. Spokesmen for both sides predict the station won't get the boot from Comcast... NEW MAN IN TOWN: Country station WFBE-FM (95.1) is bringing back Keith Allen as its new morning host. He starts Monday, replacing Dave Geronimo. Allen, WFBE's afternoon drive man from 1998-2002, is a Flint resident who hopes to bring more local flavor to the show... Comcast and WSMH are working on working together (Fri, 2/16)


Flint Journal:

First it was the Pistons. Now the Tigers. Saginaw's WNEM has reached an agreement with Fox Sports Net to carry 17 Detroit Tigers games this season on its sister station, My 5 TV. FSN has the rights to 151 games, 17 of which will be carried by the team's regional TV network of which My 5 will be a part... My 5 to broadcast 17 Tigers games this summer (Wed, 2/21)


Flint/Tri-Cities: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007



Bay City Times:

Queens, chefs, musicians, a juggler, a magician, dignitaries and a whole bunch of volunteers come together this weekend to raise a little money for the annual Bay City Fireworks Festival telethon. There also are a whole bunch of pretty cool items to bid on via telephone. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday and runs for at least 33 hours... Fireworks Festival telethon begins 33-hour broadcast on Saturday (Fri, 2/23)


Lansing/Jackson: Newsmakers Feb 27, 2007



Lansing State Journal:

For the past four years, Daniel Granholm Mulhern has been the confidante, coach and soul mate to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Although he has led volunteer efforts, he largely has stayed behind the scenes, serving as the governor's sounding board and helping raise the couple's three children. But with a new 200-page book on leadership just out and a daily radio show starting Monday evening, Mulhern is moving onto a far more public stage. As he learned last week, it can be a tricky spot for someone married to the governor... Mulhern starting radio show: Granholm's spouse to have weekday call-in program (Tue, 2/27)

CMU grad student's interactive movie set for premiere at University's film festival

Patrick Brown never would have guessed that a broken back would eventually lead him to groundbreaking creative endeavors. Brown, a graduate assistant in Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, overcame the back injury he suffered in 2001, and during his lengthy recuperation at his parents' home in Rochester, N.Y., he began dabbling in screen writing. After graduating from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2002, Brown took a job in sales, but it wasn't long before he realized that his true passion was film.


Saginaw News:

Blake Shelton knows his way around the KCQ Country Music Fest in Saginaw. In 2000, the country singer kicked off the New Faces series, and two years later, he returned to the Main Stage to open for Clay Walker. And Saturday, June 16, Shelton headlines the free concert, which annually attracts 80,000 fans to Saginaw's Ojibway Island. Joining him are Billy Currington and Trent Tomlinson... KCQ fest 'perfect fit' (Wed, 2/28)



Flint Journal:

You can count Rolonda Watts among LaKisha Jones' fans. Watts, whose syndicated "The Rolonda Show" airs from noon-3 p.m. weekdays on WOWE-FM (98.9), fell in love with the Flint singer after her rousing performance of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" last week on "American Idol." Watts is based in Los Angeles but was tipped by a friend in Washington, D.C., who'd seen that Feb. 21 show... Radio host becomes a LaKisha lover (Fri, 3/2)


Lansing State Journal:

A radio special Saturday will focus on the impact the late Robert Busby had on local music. "Jazz 'til Midnight" (8 p.m. to midnight on WKAR-FM 90.5) is usually taped in advance by host Doug Collar. This time, however, there will be a live special, discussing the ways Busby's Creole Gallery boosted music. Collar will be joined by WKAR's Dan Bayer, Jim Alfredson (of Organissimo), Freddie Cunningham (of Root Doctor) and Rodney Whitaker, the head of the Michigan State University jazz program... WKAR jazz show honors Robert Busby Saturday (Fri, 3/2)

Media personality Chris Holman will leave his weekday morning radio show at the end of June. Holman, also publisher of Greater Lansing Business Monthly, said today he will continue his new weekly "Michigan Business Beat" syndicated radio show and "Business Today" television show on WILX-TV. Holman has anchored the morning show on WILS (1320-AM) since 2005. He previously anchored a morning show on WJIM (1240-AM) since 1993... Holman giving up weekday radio show (Thu, 3/1)


Lansing State Journal:

Jose Cabrera considers himself an average high school student. That is, until he's perched atop the Eastern field house bleachers some Friday nights, capturing the hoops "hero shot" through a lens and following headset commands from a director below. He's part of a 200-kid crew from across four high school programs that, together with a central staff, keeps Lansing schools' action a remote click away... Kids keep Lansing tuned in (Mon, 3/5)

Classic Rock FM Blog:

There's been a lot written about Consumer Generated Media (CGM). You Tube, blogs, podcasting and more - and now comes "Text Me TV". It just debuted here in Lansing on the local CW affiliate (a cable channel here - also seen on the ABC affiliate's HDTV secondary channel). For a mere 99¢ per text, one can broadcast their message to the world - or at least to those watching in the Lansing market... CGM comes to live TV (2/28)


On March 1st, AM stations in Lapeer and Caro both modified their formats, with both changes involving the country format.

In Lapeer, Regent Communication's AM 1530 changed its format from Adult Standards to ABC Radio's "Real Country" format which positions itself as "Today's Stars and the Legends". The station also changed its call sign from WLSP to WLCO.

Further north along the M-24 corridor in Caro, Edwards Group's WKYO AM 1360 dropped its affiliation with ABC's Real Country and shifted to a Classic Country format. Brad Morgan, WKYO and WIDL-FM 92.1 program director and operations manager, tells Michiguide.com that station staples such as The WKYO Trading Post, and The Birthday Bag remain unchanged with the shift in music. WKYO also will also continue to feature local news, community events, local sports, weather, and farm programming. WKYO has served the Tuscola County area for over 40 years.




Changes At WWCK/Flint:
CUMULUS Top 40 WWCK/FLINT loses two staffers as morning show stunt man LIL ROCK crosses the street to REGENT Active Rock WWBN for on-air duties. Also, weekend jock MANDEE exits to join CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI/DETROIT for similar duties. (Tue, 3/6)



WHZZ Nighttimer Brandon 'Lewis' McClain Exits:
MACDONALD BROADCASTING Adult Hits WHZZ (101-7 MIKE-FM)/LANSING, MI night personality and Public Affairs Director BRANDON "LEWIS" McCLAIN (aka B-MAC) exits. B-MAC was previously doing mornings at sister Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5). (Tue, 3/6)


Lansing State Journal:

For most of us, Ireland is a distant concept. Hints of it spring from movies and songs and - each St. Patrick's Day - everywhere else. To Michael Patrick Shiels, who will do his local radio show there Friday, Ireland is a key thread in his life. "I've probably been there 15 times," Shiels said. "I like to stay for a month or more, if I can." This time, he'll be quicker. On Friday, his WJIM-AM show will be from Doonbeg, in County Clare; on Monday, it will be back in Lansing... Radio host heads back to Emerald Isle (Thu, 3/15)


Saginaw News:

Jerry O'Donnell's experience as both a radio disc jockey and a television news producer made him an obvious choice to become the voice of Dow Diamond for the Great Lakes Loons' inaugural season. Chris Mundhenk, the assistant general manager for promotions and marketing, hired O'Donnell as the organization's public address announcer on Thursday... O'Donnell lands his dream job (Fri, 3/23)


Religious WOAP AM 1080 Owosso returned to the air on Monday, March 26th. The daytime-only station has been simulcasting the programming from Catholic WCAR AM 1090 Livonia Detroit.

Prior to Monday, WOAP had been off the air since April, 2006.

For sixth consecutive year, CMU's MHTV is named Michigan's stop college station

Central Michigan University's student-run television station has earned the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' top award for the sixth year in a row. Moore Hall Television was named College Station of the Year during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Exposition, which took place in March in Lansing. The recognition was based on awards the station received in several MAB television competition categories, as well as an essay explaining the station's merit. Professional radio and television broadcasters from around the state judged the collegiate entries. In the 2007 MAB competition, MHTV won seven awards, including a sweep of the large group category. Programming on MHTV is entirely written and produced by students.

"The MHTV staff and show producers work extremely hard, putting in hundreds of hours of work each semester. So, I am happy to see them get the ongoing recognition they so richly deserve," said MHTV faculty adviser Kevin Corbett. "We are especially proud to have won this year because the competition was exceptionally tight."

News Central 34 faculty adviser Rick Sykes said winning Station of the Year for six consecutive years is no small task. "It's certainly an honor for us," said Sykes. "It's a tribute to the students, both to their dedication to the show and their dedication to putting on the best show possible. The competition for the coveted Station of the Year award continues to be fierce, with new competitors coming in all the time. We never take that honor for granted."

In the Mount Pleasant area, MHTV programming can be seen on channel 34 on the CMU campus and on Charter Communications channel 23 off campus from 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, with a midnight replay.


Flint Journal:

Morning radio DJ "Blondie" of WHNN-FM (96.1) offered her usual banter today - but from Hurley Health and Fitness Center in Flint, where she had gastric bypass surgery a year ago. How much did she lose? Drum roll, please: It's 130 pounds... DJ walking on air in year since surgery (Wed, 4/4)



Saginaw's FM Talk 100.5 Adds Mancow, Miller:


CMU's National Broadcasting Society chapter earns accolades at annual national convention

Central Michigan University's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society was honored several times over during the organization's annual convention. The awards accepted by the chapter during the late-March conference in Chicago were:

* CMU's NBS chapter was named the nation's Most Improved Chapter of the Year and achieved Model Chapter Status.

* CMU NBS Adviser Jerry Henderson, associate professor in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, was named National Adviser of the Year.

* Oakley junior Ashleigh Klipper was named National Communication Coordinator of the Year.

* Novi sophomore Dan Church was named National Rookie Member of the Year.

There are 80 NBS chapters nationwide, and CMU's chapter won more of the personal recognition awards than any other at the convention, Henderson said. Additionally, five CMU student projects were finalists in NBS's 2006-07 National Student Electronic Media Competition, with each receiving Honorable Mention awards. These included:

* Grosse Pointe Woods senior Michael Greiner and Boyne City senior Sheryl Sturza for "Chippewa River Rafting" in the Video Feature Segment category;

* Tianjin, China, graduate student Bowen Dou and Novi junior Caleb Newman for CMU's NBS Web site (www.bca.cmich.edu/NBS) in the Web Design/NBS Site category;

* Greiner for the A-OK Films Web site (www.a-okfilms.com) in the Web Design/Overall Site category;

* Greiner and May 2006 graduate David Seger for "The Imperial" in the Video Comedy Segment category; and

* Greiner and Muskegon graduate student Tom Kauffman for "Jam Session: Bad Emo Band" in the Video Comedy Segment category.

NBS's mission is "to enhance the development of college and university students involved in broadcasting, cable, Internet communication, telecommunication and other electric media." Rochester, N.Y., graduate student Patrick Brown was president of CMU's NBS chapter in 2006-07; Church recently was elected to lead the group during the 2007-08 academic year.

CMU grad student selected for prestigious summer fellowship program

A Central Michigan University graduate student has been selected to a highly competitive summer broadcasting fellowship program.

CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduate assistant Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, will be one of only 30 students participating in the International Radio and Television Society Foundation's annual Summer Fellowship Program. More than 800 students applied for the program.

"This summer fellowship program is one of the best internships in the U.S.," Dou said. "Applicants were from all over the country, and they have excellent achievements in the broadcast industry. I am very honored that I was selected."

Fellows in the IRTS program train during an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and news media and then gain real-world experience in New York-based media corporations.

"I look forward to sharing my experience with media elites from other universities and industry professionals that I will be meeting with in New York City," Dou said.

Job placement has not been determined, but Dou - CMU's fourth-ever BCA student to be selected for the fellowship - hopes to work in the new media or commercial production fields.

She manages the BCA Web site, as well as the Web sites of WMHW-FM and News Central 34. She also is the senior designer and president of Moore Media Digital Design, a BCA cocurricular organization, and has completed internships with WNEM-TV and China Central Television.

"Bowen's acceptance into the prestigious IRTS Fellowship Program is a testament not only to her multimedia technical abilities, but also to the clarity of her career goals and her ability to communicate with top industry leaders," said Peter Orlik, School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts director. "BCA is proud to have students like Bowen who demonstrate the ability and sense of purpose to take full advantage of opportunities offered in our classes and cocurricular units."

Michigan Television Wins Five 2006 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards

Michigan Television, the public television service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for five 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Michigan Television’s awards were received in the following categories:

News Special or Documentary: “Front Porch Theatre” – First Place
This program, produced by Michigan Television’s Gary Ewell, is a video time capsule, chronicling bygone days in Flint’s many neighborhoods. “Front Porch Theatre” captures the essence of a two-year undertaking by the Sloan Museum to document and share the history of Flint’s residents.

Mini Documentary and Series: “Matrix: Shipwreck Museum" & "Shadow Towns” - Merit
“Shipwreck Museum” explores the historical significance and human drama of the people who dedicated their lives to the safety of others via the lighthouse. “Shadow Towns” examines the history of three Michigan cities and their journey from boom towns to shadow towns and highlights their current revitalizations.

Feature/Use of Medium: “Matrix: Howell Opera House” – First Place
Since its closing in 1924, the Howell Opera House has sat, virtually untouched. This segment/short gives us a brief look into the golden days [1880-1924] of small town opera houses, most of which are currently extinct.

Feature/Use of Medium: “Flint Institute of Arts Renewal” – Merit
This program reveals the beautiful expansion of the Flint Institute of Arts, a truly magnificent art museum for a city of Flint’s size. The production team utilized sweeping dolly moves to provide added dimension to the gorgeous new galleries.

Cultural & Performing Arts: “Ann Arbor Film Festival” - Merit
This program brings all the fun and excitement of the festival’s many activities as well as films from the competition and special screenings.

“This is only the second year we have been considered for Broadcast Excellence Awards,” Station Manager Jennifer White said. “I am thrilled that our efforts are being recognized by the MAB and I look forward to more great things from Michigan Television in the future.”



WDZZ Is The Newest Keith Sweat Affiliate
PREMIERE’s Director Of Marketing, MARTIN MELIUS, checks in to update us on the newest KEITH SWEAT HOTEL affiliation. CUMULUS MEDIA Urban AC WDZZ/FLINT, MI is the latest station to come aboard. They will begin airing KEITH SWEAT’s syndicated nighttime show MONDAY, APRIL 16th. (Tue, 4/10)


Flint Journal:

Charter Communications Inc., has announced plans to carry Flint's WSMH (Channel 66) in high definition throughout Charter's mid-Michigan network. The channel will be available on DigitalCable channel 786 starting April 16, the company said in a news release. Customers need a high-definition receiver on their HDTV set to receive the broadcast... Charter to offer WSMH (Sat, 4/14)

Saginaw News:

When you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Mid-Michigan broadcasters say Don Imus' controversial show kept him on the razor's edge, and so Thursday's firing of the radio icon shouldn't come as a surprise. "Any of us who have made our living with what we say know there are certain lines that, if you cross them, the consequences are severe," said J.J. Boehm, a WSGW-AM, 790, broadcaster since 1996. "(Imus) is no stranger to controversy, but his comments were really indefensible. I knew he was in trouble"... Imus' firing not surprising to many in mid-Michigan (Fri, 4/13)


Lansing State Journal:

Imagine local television at its largest and loudest. Put hundreds of people and thousands of items into one studio. Range from expensive vacations to cheap dinners; on occasion, add art, romance and stud service. Now you have the WKAR (Channel 23) auction, ready for its 30th year. That starts with:
• The artwork, which goes on display Tuesday at Meridian Mall. More than 30 once-identical tables (see story, Page 5D) were transformed by top local artists. "It's hard to say no to the girls from WKAR," joked Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, who emerged with both a table and an acrylic painting.
• The auction, starting next Sunday... WKAR auction enters 30th year (Sun, 4/15)


Lansing State Journal:

A local tradition ends this month, when WKAR (Channel 23) has its final auction. This will be the 30th auction and the last one. DeAnne Hamilton, the station manager, broke the news to staffers Monday, then phoned some of the volunteers. "Donations have been down lately," Hamilton said. "I think part of it is Michigan's economy." Still, WKAR has kept its auction going longer than most. Other public-TV stations gradually bailed out partly because their auctions were no longer unique... TV station's 30th auction to be final one (Tue, 4/17)


B-Mac Joins WDZZ:
CUMULUS Urban AC WDZZ/FLINT, MI hires BRANDON "B-MAC" McCLAIN as morning producer for THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW. B-MAC is also producer of GERALD MCBRIDE's "OLD SCHOOL HOUSE PARTY." B-MAC was last doing nights/Public Affairs Director at MACDONALD BROADCASTING Adult Hits WHZZ (101-7 MIKE-FM)/LANSING, MI. (Mon, 4/16)

CMU broadcast and cinematic arts students, faculty earn variety of awards

During an academic year filled with recognition from state, regional and national organizations, faculty and students in Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts continue to rack up awards and honors in a variety of competitions.

Recent faculty awards included:

* Associate professor Kevin Corbett's screenplay "Cold Snap" won First Place in the Feature-Length Script category and also took the Best of Festival award in the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts Faculty Scriptwriting Competition. "Cold Snap" tells the story of a former New Orleans police officer, now a small-town Louisiana cop, as he tries to solve a mystery during an unusually cold period and must confront the ghosts of his past along the way.

* Corbett received an Honorable Mention award in the Accolade Awards and an Award of Distinction in the Communicator Awards for his documentary "Crazy or What," which examined individuals' obsessions, collections and hobbies, including his own 100-mile bicycle ride.

* Assistant professor Heather Polinsky's presentation "Local Radio Station Group Ownership Efficiencies" took Second Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Radio and Audio Media Division Open Paper Competition. Polinsky will present the paper at the BEA's annual convention, which is scheduled April 18 through 21 in Las Vegas.

* Assistant professor Will Anderson took Second Place in the National Audio Theatre Festival's Script Competition for "The Ending Everyone Wanted." Anderson's radio drama, set at the end of the Civil War, focuses on a time traveler from the future who comes back to warn President Abraham Lincoln of his impending assassination, radically changing the course of history. Anderson has earned a $250 cash prize, plus complimentary registration for the NATF's late-June Audio Theatre Workshop in West Plains, Mo.

Recent student awards included:

* Moore Hall Television program "Plain Jane," produced by seniors Charlene Thelen of Fowler and Jackie Frincke of Southfield, won an Award of Distinction in the Entertainment Program category of the Communicator Awards.

* "Plain Jane" and producers Thelen and Frincke also received a Bronze Telly for outstanding achievement in the Comedy Television category of the Telly Awards.

* Moore Hall Television's "Post-Election Coverage," produced by Manchester junior Christina Vecchioni and Warren senior Jennifer Deneau, won an Award of Distinction in the News Program category of the Communicator Awards.

* "The Imperial," a segment of the Moore Hall Television program "A-OK," received an Award of Distinction in the Videography category of the Communicator Awards. "A-OK" aired during the spring 2006 semester and was produced by Grosse Pointe Woods senior Michael Greiner, May 2006 graduate David Seger of Los Angeles (formerly of St. Clair Shores) and Muskegon graduate student Tom Kauffman.

* Graduate students Aaron Jones of Pinconning and Ken Ochalek of Romeo took Third Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Student Video Competition for Moore Hall Television's "Central View."

"We are very proud of the national recognitions recently attained by our students and faculty, many of which, such as Dr. Corbett's 'Best of Festival' script, represent the top honor in the competitions in which they were entered," said BCA Director Peter Orlik. "This clearly indicates BCA people are able to contend and achieve against competition from the top programs in our discipline."


Bay City Times:

Delta College Public Broadcasting recently received seven awards in national broadcasting competitions for its local productions in news magazines, documentaries and other specials. This is in addition to the two Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards the station announced in March. Delta Broadcasting competed in the 28th annual Telly Awards, which honors excellence in local, regional and national video and film productions. The Q-TV production of ''A Conversation with Bob Dole & George McGovern'' won the Telly's highest achievement - a Silver Award for a Political/Commentary Television Program. Delta also received four bronze Telly Awards... Q-TV earns seven awards for broadcast excellence (Wed, 4/18)


Citadel PD Strickland Relocates To Lansing:
With new CITADEL Top 40 WHTS/GRAND RAPIDS PD JACK SPADE on the scene, Interim PD/APD/MD JOSH STRICKLAND can now turn his attention to sister Top 40 WJIM/LANSING, where he was named PD earlier this year, following the departure of DAN KELLEY. STRICKLAND no longer needs to divide his time between the two cities and can now settle full time into his new Capital City office, with a lovely view of the FRANDOR SHOPPING CENTER loading dock (Ed. note: I keed, I keed). (Wed, 4/19)


Saginaw News:

You have to wonder about the logic behind headlining the upcoming WHNN Palooza 8 at Frankenmuth's Memorial Park with a singer whose biggest hit is "Raindrops Keep Fallinâ On My Head." Hopefully, nothing but blue skies and warm breezes will await concertgoers Saturday, June 2, when B.J. Thomas joins the Original Family Stone and Ceyx for its annual music fest... Five-time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas joins WHNN Palooza 8 (Sat, 4/21)


Radio & Records:

Andrews In Like Flint
After rolling for six months without a PD, Cumulus CHR/top 40 WWCK/Flint, Mich., now has veteran programmer Jeff Andrews at the helm. Andrews most recently programmed First Broadcasting's KXCL/Sacramento. "I've been talking with Jeff for over a year," Cumulus senior VP of programming Jan Jeffries tells R&R. "He's a perfect fit for the competitive environment, and I'm pleased to have him on our Cumulus team." No stranger to having Michigan license plates on his car, Andrews previously spent several years programming WSNX/Grand Rapids. (Mon, 4/23)

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts presents awards to outstanding students

Multiple Central Michigan University students have been recognized for their exceptional efforts and dedication to their studies in broadcast and cinematic arts.

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts presented its student awards for the 2006-2007 academic year during the school's annual awards banquet April 13 at The Embers restaurant in Mount Pleasant. Awards were presented in a variety of categories for academic performance and general excellence, as well as for outstanding contributions to BCA's student organizations.

Award winners included:


Flint Journal:

Hurley Medical Center, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, raised $94,238 during its seventh annual Radiothon April 19-22. The contributions were considered a triumph considering Michigan's economic challenges, said Linda Tracy-Stephens, CMN's director. The Radiothon, organized by WIOG-FM (102.5), brought in 17 percent more than in 2006, and broadcasters shared success stories about Hurley patients... Hurley Radiothon raises $94,238 for kids (Fri, 4/27)

Saginaw News:

If sunshine and nice temperatures greet residents this weekend, Cindy Althoff won't mind taking the credit. The 25-year-old Minneapolis native debuts at 8 a.m. Saturday as a meteorologist for Channel 5, WNEM, after two years at a North Iowa television station. Althoff admits, however, that moving into a new environment and settling into her second weather job has divided her attention as far as monitoring mid-Michigan's climate patterns... Channel 5 weather team grows (Thu, 4/26)


Saginaw News:

Saginaw's South Middle School on Elm will get national exposure Thursday on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show "The Writers' Almanac." Keillor will read the poem "Old South School" from Saginaw native Rosie King's poetry book "Sweetwater, Saltwater." It is the third King poem Keillor has read on his show, which airs at 7:35 a.m. on WUCX-FM, 90.1, at Delta College... Saginaw school gets exposure on Keillor's NPR radio show (Wed, 5/2)

WHNN's Palooza 8 is coming up quick, bringing B.J. Thomas, the Original Family Stone and Ceyx on Saturday, June 2, to Frankenmuth's Memorial Park. You can pick up tickets for $4.96 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at these locations... Palooza 8 tickets go on sale Saturday (Wed, 5/2)


Coyote Exits WFBE
CITADEL Country WFBE (B95)/FLINT, MI PD/air personality COYOTE COLLINS has exited after three years with the station. Prior to WFBE, COYOTE programmed ENTERCOM Country WBEE/ROCHESTER, NY. (Wed, 5/2)


Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TV will present a special, hour-long edition of Off the Record examining the crisis in Michigan's K-12 education funding. Senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick will anchor the special, airing Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV and many other public television stations (check local listings for other station broadcast times.) Michigan's Education Funding Crisis: An Off the Record Special explores critical issues and the impact that proposed short and long term education budget cuts will have on Michigan's public schools... WKAR program focuses on education funding crisis (Sun, 5/13)


Spartan Podcast features Gary Reid

The Spartan Podcast with Gary Reid From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Gary Reid is a senior specialist in MSU’s Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. And he’s the professional general manager of MSU’s award-winning student radio station, WDBM-FM - better known as the Impact. Gary talks about the birth of the Impact and the radio station’s mission. He tells us what HD radio is and how it and other new technologies like iPods and podcasts are changing radio as we know it. Reid sees content as king as radio and its competitors move ahead into the digital age. He also gives his advice to students who want to enter radio or audio production careers. Hosted by Russ White. Hear the Show here: spartanpodcast.com/?p=252 (22:22, 12.8 Mb mp3)



WJIM/Lansing Changes On-Air Lineup
Musical chairs at CITADEL Top 40 WJIM/LANSING, as PD JOSH STRICKLAND readies himself for a move from afternoons to morning drive. Current morning host DAVE BEAGLE segues to afternoons, while co-host LORI RIGATO slides into the midday chair. MADISON RALLY leaves nights to join JOSH for wakeups, and weekender SEAN KELLY moves to nights. (Thu, 5/24)

Big Ten Network's Mark Silverman featured on Spartan Podcast

The Big Ten Network is a new national cable/satellite programming service dedicated to covering both the athletic and academic content of the Big Ten Conference. Mark Silverman is its president. Mark and tells MSU Today on Impact Radio what the network is and what kind of programming it will offer. He says the network will also stream programming on the Internet and broadcast in high definition. And he talks about the origins of the idea for the network. Hosted by Russ White. Hear the show at spartanpodcast.com (7:08 - 4.1 Mb mp3).


Midland Daily News:

Perry LaHaie had a thought about three years ago that has changed his life. He was at a Christian workers training camp in Kona, Hawaii, when he said he figured, "Maybe there’s something more that I can do to use the gifts that I have to share my faith with other cultures" ... He and his wife researched various cross-cultural organizations ... narrowed the list of ministries to three, visited them all, then chose the one in Phoenix. LaHaie said it was obvious to him that God had held up his end of the bargain. So by late summer, he and his family – wife Teresa, daughter Kali and son Taylor – will call Phoenix home. LaHaie’s last day as an on-air personality at Family Life Radio 99.7 FM was Friday... Popular radio host leaves airwaves (Sat, 6/2)

Flint Journal:

Going through "American Idol" withdrawal? Can't wait for the LaKisha Jones homecoming rally June 9? WSMH (Channel 66) is hosting auditions for its "Mid-Michigan Idol" competition June 23 at Genesee Valley shopping center... Local 'Idol' (Fri, 6/1)



WITL PD Jay J. McCrae Adds PD Duties For WFBE
Longtime CITADEL Country WITL/LANSING PD JAY J. McCRAE has added PD duties for sister station WFBE/FLINT. McCRAE replaces former WFBE PD COYOTE COLLINS, who exited APRIL 30 ... McCRAE will continue tracking the night show at WITL and will most likely do the same for WFBE in the near future. (Mon, 6/4)


Lansing State Journal:

Walt Sorg will take over the morning talk show on radio station WILS-AM when Chris Holman steps down. Sorg, 57, has been a producer, press secretary and a public relations representative. He won't start until July 2, but listeners can get a sampling now. With Holman out of town, Sorg will do the show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. today... Walt Sorg to take over WILS radio show (Wed, 6/6)


Saginaw News:

What Channel 5, WNEM, viewers likely didn't know about newsman Chet Rogoza is that he loved pulling a good practical joke. "Chet was always playing practical jokes in the office," said Ray Shaver, a Channel 5 director and Rogoza's neighbor in Carrollton Township. "He probably played a few on me without my even knowing it." Rogoza died of cancer Tuesday at the Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Saginaw. The World War II veteran, who served as a tail-gunner in a B-24 over Europe while a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, was 82... Retired Channel 5 newsman a practical joker (Thu, 6/7)


With the closing of a complex deal that gives Citadel control over a number of radio stations that had been solely owned and operated by ABC/Disney tomorrow, the immediate effects to listeners in Michigan will be felt in the northern part of the Tri-Cities area when WYLZ FM 100.9 Pinconning halts its simulcast of Classic Rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. Citadel transferred WYLZ into a trust when it identified that station as one of many it will be selling stay under federal ownership caps and make room for the ABC/Disney stations that will come under its control on June 12th.

The announcement that the WILZ/WYLZ simulcast would be ending was made on the Wheelz web site at www.wheelz.fm where it was also revealed that the broadcasts of Great Lakes Loons baseball will continue on WYLZ 100.9 and that NASCAR racing will be carried only on 104.5.

There has been no announcements as to who WYLZ might be ultimately sold to or what format will be heard on FM 100.9 tomorrow.

Prior to the acquisition of news-talk WJR-AM 760, variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, and pop WDVD-FM 96.3 in Detroit, Citadel owned 23 other stations in Michigan, including 2 stations in the Flint market, 6 in Lansing, 5 in the Tri-Cities area (Saginaw/Bay City/Midland), and 10 in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon area. After WYLZ is sold off, Citadel will own 25 radio stations in Michigan.


WYLZ Pinconning has changed its format to country as 'Thunder Country 100.9', dropping the simulcast of classic rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. The change was expected as part of the closing of the transaction that moved much of ABC Radio from the control of Disney to the control of WILZ/WYLZ onwer Citadel.

WYLZ has been transferred into a trust and has been identified as one of several stations Citadel will be selling in order to complete the deal with Disney.


Lansing media personality Walt Sorg will soon take the helm of the morning show on Lansing News/Talk outlet WILS-AM (1320). Sorg will succeed Chris Holman, who steps down at the end of June, after three years as morning host.

The name of the morning program will change to "AM Lansing", but will continue to focus on the Lansing business community. Sorg, a lifelong Lansing-area resident, will mark his return to local radio, following a 30-year absence. He will serve as one of two local hosts on WILS, the other being Jack Ebling, who hosts an afternoon-drive program.

WILS is owned and operated by MacDonald Broadcasting, which also owns WHZZ-FM (101.7 Mike FM), WQHH-FM (Power 96.5) and WXLA-AM (Timeless Classics 1180). The station implemented a full News/Talk format in the fall of 2006. It is currently the only commercial station in the Lansing market with live, local morning and afternoon Talk programming.

MacDonald Broadcasting CEO Ken MacDonald Jr. said that Sorg "brings a tremendous history of broadcasting excellence, community involvement, business knowledge and political knowledge" to the WILS morning show. Sorg will begin his hosting duties on Monday, July 2nd.


Flint Journal:

For the first time in his life, Carson Lee has slowed down to reflect. "My whole life prior to moving to Michigan, all I ever did was race, race, race," said the co-host of the "Eric and Carson Show," heard from 4-8 p.m. on WWBN-FM (101.5) in Burton. "I can honestly say the last five years has been relaxing, easygoing and just a blast. I went from life in the fast lane to having the time of my life. I guess I have been lucky." So what propelled a 24-year-old from Powder Springs, Ga., to leave the hustle and bustle of big-time NASCAR racing to move north and follow his dreams into radio? That's something Lee, 29, has asked himself often, since he bolted North Carolina to Michigan in 2002... Local deejay went from behind a wheel to behind a mic (Tue, 6/19)


WGER Names Bob Moore PD
NEXTMEDIA AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI names former KMSO/MISSOULA, MT PD BOB MOORE for PD duties. NEXTMEDIA VP/Programming HARVE ALAN commented, "I am very pleased to welcome BOB to the NEXTMEDIA programming team. He is an experienced programmer with the vision to take MAGIC 106.3 to the next level." (Mon, 6/18)

WGER Morning Hosts Exit
"BIG" STEVE DUNCAN has parted ways with NEXTMEDIA Top 40/Adult WGER/SAGINAW after more than four years with the company. He and morning show partner KELLEY MONTAGNE are now looking out for their next morning adventure. (Tue, 6/19)


Smile FM midday host Rob Dempsey joins 'Mark Across America'

Rob Dempsey, host of Smile FM's midday show on WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing and heard on several other stations across Michigan, takes on 3 states in 1 week on his bicycle. Hope - that's what this week with all about for orphans and widows. Dempsey is cycling across three states with Mark Schultz who is currently biking across America to raise funds and awareness for The James Fund. Visit www.markacrossamerica.org for details on Shultz quest.

Dempsey is blogging details of his journey at www.hisradio.com/common/Content.asp?PAGE=357&CONTENT=8675.

For more information on Smile FM, visit www.positivehits.com.


MSU Today:

WKAR-TV was recently honored with two Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Television Academy for its “Michigan At Risk” series. The series itself was honored as Best Public/Current/Community Affairs Series. The documentary “The Hate Next Door,” which aired under the “Michigan At Risk” banner, was honored as Best Public/Current/ Community Affairs Program or Special. Awards were presented at the National Television Academy’s annual ceremonies in June... WKAR-TV receives two Michigan Emmy Awards (Fri, 6/29)

Bay City Times:

Delta College’s Channel 19 has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to reduce the power of its aging analog transmitter in order to continue analog broadcast through February 2009. Most Q-TV viewers receive Delta’s public broadcasting programs through cable, satellite or over-the-air digital services and will not be affected by the change, according to a press release send by the college. Some viewers who still receive analog Channel 19 services through an antenna may have difficulty receiving the signal due to the reduction of power... Delta’s Q-TV to decrease signal power (Mon, 7/2)


Bay City Times:

If you live in the Thumb, chances are you knew Tom Meyer, or at least his voice. Meyer, who spent four decades as a radio broadcaster in Bad Axe and served three terms as a Republican state representative, died Monday. He was 65. ''I grew up knowing Tom Meyer, he was the voice of the Thumb,'' said Rep. Terry Brown, D-Pigeon, who was elected to Meyer's 84th District seat last year. Meyer, first elected in 2000, left due to term limits. The district represents Tuscola and Huron counties. Brown said Meyer used to announce sports games when Brown played high school football. Later, they both volunteered with Special Olympics... Voice and representative of the Thumb, Tom Meyer, dies at 65 (Tue, 7/10)

Huron Daily Tribune:

He introduced himself to the Thumb over the airwaves with his booming but friendly voice. He showed his pride in the Thumb as a state legislator for three terms. He displayed his dedication to the Thumb as he openly talked — and listened — to anyone who approached him. He exhibited his deep care for the Thumb as he volunteered for various causes. He is Tom Meyer, and those who knew him best would say he’s been one of the best allies the Thumb area could ever have. Meyer died Monday at the age of 65... Local legend leaves us (Tue 7/10)


City Pulse:

Pretend you’re Governor Granholm on the morning of Monday, July 2. Your daily planner says among the many things you have going on, you have two scheduled interviews with competing Lansing talk radio stations before 10 a.m. WILS, Michigan owned and locally operated, requests an interview for its "AM-Lansing" show, hosted by Walt Sorg. It’s his first day on the job. Just a quick chat, you think. You dial them close to 9 a.m. It’s over in five minutes. Shortly after 9 a.m., you’re calling into WJIM’s morning program, “The Big Show,” talking about biodiesel and the like. You know WJIM well because it has the dominant, established morning talk show in town. You see and hear from WJIM all the time. After a quick chat, you drive down to Albion to speak about alternative fuels at 11 a.m. And whom do you see when you get there? WJIM, of course. They just finished their morning broadcast from the gas station where you are speaking. WILS? Nowhere to be found. David, meet the Goliath of Lansing airwaves, at least in this particular fight...WJIM vs. WILS: The battle for talk show listeners (Wed, 7/11)


Distinguished MSU educator inducted into Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) inducted Gary Reid into its Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on July 10 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. “I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Michigan Broadcast Hall of Fame,” said Reid, general manager of Michigan State University’s award-winning student radio station, WDBM-FM, better known as the Impact.”

“Given that my predecessors include among others, former Federal Communications Commissioner James Quello, J.P McCarthy, Dick Purtan, Mort Crim, Ernie Harwell and a host of extremely successful station owners, managers and on-air personalities, it is a truly humbling experience. For an educator to be included in this distinguished body is overwhelming,” he said.

Reid is also a University Distinguished senior specialist in MSU’s Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. The MAB’s Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes broadcasters for their leadership, achievement and contributions to the industry... Read entire article here

Flint Journal:

Tom Bryson said he was "stunned and surprised" when he found out last month he was going to be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Bryson, longtime president and general manager of WJRT (Channel 12), had just returned from a trip to London with his wife, Mary, to visit their oldest daughter when he read the letter from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "I really said, 'Is this a joke,'" Bryson recalled with a laugh. It wasn't. Bryson, who has run the ABC affiliate since 1985, was inducted in a ceremony Tuesday night at an MAB conference in Grand Rapids... 'Surprised' Bryson inducted into Broadcasters Hall of Fame (Fri, 7/13)



WPRJ Asking Listeners For An Inch
COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES Christian CHR/Rock WPRJ (101.7 THE FUSE)/SAGINAW-BAY CITY, MI will be on the air WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, asking listeners to “give an inch” to raise the remaining $25,000 for a new 60-foot tower, which will send its signal out as 96.7 in the ALMA, MI area. A $35 donation buys an inch of the new tower. (Tue, 7/17)


Midland Daily News:

As a young boy in Texas, Sid Allen pretended he was a TV broadcaster by reading the sports section of a newspaper aloud as he stood in front of a mirror. Sports broadcasting, he felt, was his destiny. And it was for a while. Allen pursued a career as a broadcaster at Texas Tech University, briefly worked in television journalism, then eventually got involved with chamber of commerce work, putting his love of broadcasting on the backburner. Today though, at the age of 55, and as the president and CEO of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Allen has returned part-time to his first love — broadcasting... Allen a Loons' pinch hitter on mic (Sun, 7/15)


Lansing State Journal:

Family and friends of Fred Trost gathered Saturday to pay tribute to the man who put his thumbprint on Michigan's outdoor life. Mourners paid their respects during a memorial service in the auditorium of Holt High School to the longtime host of the popular hunting and fishing show, "Michigan Outdoors." "He lived life to the fullest," said Trost's daughter, Tara Wilson of Okemos. "We should all be happy for him." Trost, 61, of Lansing died of a rare lung condition July 18 after spending several weeks in Sparrow Hospital and the University of Michigan Medical Center... Community pays tribute to 'lovable' Trost (Sun, 7/29)

Flint Journal:

The decision not to renew the contracts of former morning news host Michael J. Thorp and Saginaw-based reporter Jeff Piechowski was "strictly economic," according Tom Bryson, president and general manager of WJRT (Channel 12). Thorp will remain under contract through the end of the year, but retains only his role as host of the stations' Sunday morning community affairs show, "Newsmaker" ... News at 7 p.m.: The local CW affiliate is moving local news coverage forward, to paraphrase a promo line from its sister station. WBSF (Channel 46) debuted "The Seven O'Clock News" on July 9. It's the first news program for CW46, which launched as a WB affiliate in October 2004, and the first 7 p.m. local news show in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City market. "The Seven O'Clock News" is anchored by Jenny Suniga and meteorologist Mark Torregrossa of CW46's sister station WEYI (Channel 25)... WJRT ends Thorp's contract; CW46 joins the news business (Fri, 7/27)


From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Steve Courtney is the popular morning drive sports reporter on WJR’s Paul W. Smith Show. He also hosts WJR’s Tailgate Show outside Spartan Stadium on home football Saturdays. Steve talks about how sports and sports broadcasting have changed over the years. He tells us about his favorite sport and says that - in the technology age - traditional commercial radio will be just fine, thank you. And Steve offers his advice to young people who want to break into radio.

Listen to the podcast here: http://spartanpodcast.com/?p=296

CMU broadcasting student wins prestigious national scholarship

For the third consecutive year, a Central Michigan University School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts student has been selected to receive a competitive national scholarship from The John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation.

Senior Kristine Moore of Owosso is among 14 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide to receive a $5,000 Bayliss Radio Scholarship. Moore managed WMHW-FM 91.5, CMU's student-run radio station, during the 2006-2007 academic year and then completed an eight-week Bayliss Radio Intern Program internship during summer 2007 at Detroit-based Greater Media.

"We are very pleased that The Bayliss Foundation has recognized Kristine's commitment to radio with this scholarship," said Peter Orlik, director of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. "She has already accomplished a great deal as a student manager and will play an important part in the changing role of radio."

"The Bayliss Scholarship opened the door for me to experience working in large-market radio, along with supporting my college education," said Moore. "None of this would be possible without the education and training I'm receiving from CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and campus radio station, WMHW."


Flint Generals Hire New Voice
Minor league hockey's FLINT GENERALS ink veteran hockey broadcaster DENIS J. PUSKA as its Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting and Account Executive, effective MONDAY. PUSKA has served as the radio voice of the HUNTSVILLE HAVOS, AMARILLO GORILLAS and, last season, the PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS. (Tue, 7/31)


Lansing State Journal:

Tony Conley, a familiar voice in local sports radio, has lost his jobs at WVFN (730-AM). "They told me they were eliminating my position and it was a cost-cutting measure," Conley said. Brent Alberts, regional operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting, agreed. "It was just a job consolidation, eliminating one position," he said. Tim Nester becomes operations manager for both of Citadel's AM stations. WJIM (1240) does news and talk; WVFN does sports. "I think we'll crank up the attitude a little bit," Nester said. "I think it will be more rock 'n' roll, without going over the top." Conley had been WVFN's program director and promotions director and an ad salesman. Some of those jobs will be absorbed by Nester... WVFN program director loses job in 'consolidation' of positions (Fri, 8/3)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 10, 2007



Flint Journal:

"Better Mid Michigan" is the name of a new morning show that will debut Sept. 10 on WNEM (Channel 5). It will move into the 9 a.m. slot, replacing the horrid "Tyra Banks" show.

Jocelyn Connell and Mike Cameron will anchor the program. Connell is co-anchor of "TV5 Wake Up," which airs from 5-7 a.m. weekdays on the CBS affiliate. Cameron is the "TV5 Wake Up" meteorologist ... Gone Country: Regent Communications Flint quietly converted its Lapeer AM station WLSP (1530) to a country format last March. Instead of simulcasting the WFNT (1470) signal, it's programming a mixture of modern and classic country as WLCO, dubbed "Lapeer's Real Country" ... Harried Harris: As if anchoring the market's top-rated newscast and organizing holiday and pops concerts with the Flint Symphony wasn't enough to keep him busy, WJRT (Channel 12) anchor Bill Harris has added another responsibility. Harris was elected recently to the board of governors of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences... 'Better Mid Michigan' is better yet (Fri, 8/10)


WGER Names Jim Johnson For Mornings
NEXTMEDIA AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI names former NEXTMEDIA AC WZSR and Oldies WWYW/CHICAGO OM/PD JIM JOHNSON for mornings. JOHNSON is currently in place and searching for a morning show co-host. (Fri, 8/10)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 15, 2007



Lansing State Journal:

Michigan State fans have a decision to make this winter: Find a way to get the new Big Ten Network, or miss at least eight MSU men's basketball games. The league's network, which debuts Aug. 30, will be exclusively televising some games previously broadcast on Comcast cable - unless a deal between the network and cable giant can be reached by then. Previously, those games were broadcast by ESPN Plus on local affiliates. This season, the BTN will televise 64 of 99 intraleague games... TV tiff: MSU fans could miss out on games (Wed, 8/15)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 24, 2007



Flint Journal:

One tradition will keep running this weekend, another won't. Saturday's 31st annual Crim Festival of Races will be the first since 1979 that won't be featured on local public television station WFUM (Channel 28), which signed on in 1980 with its first of 27 annual Crim recaps. Station manager Jennifer White said the decision to drop the program was about money. "It is largely a financial decision," White said. "It's a hugely expensive production for us. We have to pull in additional help. As I'm sure most people know, the station has been affected by state cuts to major universities and also on the federal level by cuts there." White said it wasn't an easy decision to make... Channel 28 comes off Crim course, while others pick up pace (Fri, 8/24)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2007



Saginaw News:

Trent Tomlinson had a lot of fun at June's KCQ Country Music Fest. So much fun, in fact, that the Nashville crooner headed back into the recording studio and doctored a version of his hit "Just Might Have Her Radio On" to mention Saginaw country station WKCQ-FM, 98.1. In a chorus of the new recording, sent with a note from Tomlinson to the station at 2000 Whittier in Saginaw, he sings "Just might have WKCQ on"... Tomlinson names WKCQ in 'Radio' song (Mon, 8/27)

NPR's Gonyea featured on podcast

Monroe native, MSU alumnus and NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea visits MSU Today for a wide-ranging discussion on his experiences at NPR. To hear the podcast, visit The Spartan Podcast (Mon, 8/27)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 29, 2007



CMU grad is tops in international fellowship program

A summer spent working for "NBC Nightly News" in New York City has earned a recent Central Michigan University graduate recognition as one of the best of the best in her field.

The International Radio and Television Society Foundation's highly selective Summer Fellowship Program has named Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, its 2007 Barry Sherman Fellow. The award is given to the top-performing student in the intensive program, which selects outstanding college students from around the country, trains them and places them in internship positions at prestigious New York City-based media outlets.

"I was very pleasantly surprised to receive this award," said Dou, who worked for NBC Nightly News over the summer and completed her master's degree in broadcast and cinematic arts in August. "I am extremely honored that I received the award and that what I have done in the past and during my internship has been recognized."

Each year, more than 800 students from across the country apply for the nine-week program; this year, only 30 were selected. The program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and new media. Students are then assigned to media outlets for the duration of the program to gain real-world experience.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 31, 2007



Michigan Television celebrates successful pledge drive

Michigan Television, WFUM TV 28 Flint, the public television station from the University of Michigan, wrapped up a very successful pledge drive on Sunday, August 19. The drive, which exceeded the station’s goal by 3%, brought in more than $142,000, with contributions from over 1,100 members across southeastern and mid-Michigan.

This success continues a trend that is reflective of Michigan Television’s growing viewership. The money raised during the 18 day on-air campaign helps pay for programming costs and general operating expenses at the station.

“I’m so pleased that the community continues to support the station in such a significant manner,” said Station Manager Jennifer White. “Community support really makes great public broadcasting possible.”


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 2, 2007



Smile FM continues work on Tri-Cities upgrade

Contemporary Christian WEJC-FM 88.3 White Star/Midland completed phase 2 of its upgrade project on Friday when the installation of its newly rebuilt antenna system was placed into service at its new location north of Auburn. The station continues to operate at reduced power while its transmitter is being rebuilt, something that may take several more weeks to complete. When the upgrades are completed, WEJC will provide a much better signal to the Bay City/Saginaw/Midland area compared to when the station transmitted from near Gladwin.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 3, 2007



Community Internet-based radio station sold

Dan Drolett, owner and program director of Clinton County Radio, an internet-based radio station serving Clinton county, Michigan, has announced the sale of the station and its assets to Tony Clark of Rosebush, Michigan. Mr. Clark is a 30-year Michigan radio veteran and the owner of Tony Clark Production Services.

Clinton County Radio, www.clintoncountyradio.net, was launched by Dan Drolett and Steve Evans in June 2004, as a service to the 58,000+ residents of Clinton County, Michigan. During the past three years, the station has been enjoyed by many who listen daily on the internet, and who have listened to the station on the City of DeWitt Community Access channel. The station's daily programming has included hourly news and information, informative features from the USDA, and Superhits of the 60's and 70's.

Drolett made the decision to sell the station in order to concentrate on other projects. 'It was tough decision to make, but I felt it was time to move on, and if anyone can keep this station sounding great, Tony Clark is that person'. The sale of Clinton County Radio is expected to close by the end of September 2007.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2007



Saginaw News:

Morning TV anchor Jocelyn Connell plans to ease into her new role at Channel 5, WNEM, this week. Meteorologist Mike Cameron says he'll do the same -- although he may slip into jeans for Monday's debut of the station's new lifestyle show, "Better MidMichigan." Every day is casual day for the duo as they host the hour-long string of local and national features addressing women's issues. Kim Wells will produce the show, which airs at 9 a.m. weekdays, and develop the mid-Michigan segments. "We're still doing Weekend Wake-Up," Connell said of the early morning show she co-hosts with Erica Donerson and Cameron. "This is something added to the plate, a new venue with more pieces." The focus is less news-oriented, she said, and that's reflected in the casual dress. And "Better" is a concept carried on a growing number of Meredith Corp.-owned stations around the country... New morning show details women's issues (Sun, 9/9)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 10, 2007



WITL program director Jay J. McCrae dies suddenly

A big shock for Citadel Broadcasting this morning as Jay J. McCrae, program director for country WITL FM 100.7 Lansing and WFBE FM 95.1 Flint, died unexpectedly yesterday from an apparent heart attack at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids where he was waiting to board a flight.

In addition to his programming duties, he had been hosting the 6-10pm shift on WITL. He is survived by wife Jordan Lee, WITL midday host- the pair had been married for over twenty years.

Lansing State Journal:

Jay J. McCrae, a popular country-music disc jockey and administrator, died Sunday. McCrae, 49, was program director and evening DJ at WITL (100.7-FM). Earlier, he was also the station's morning man; at times, he was the most listened-to person in local radio. "He sculpted the sound and the feeling of that station," said Ray Marshall, who was operations manager of local Citadel Broadcasting for a decade. "I will miss that guy tremendously," said Greg Capogna, who first brought McCrae to town. "He was a radio gem." McCrae's approach was passionate, said Charles McLravy, who once hired him for a competing station. "He was such a radio guy and he was on top until the day he died," he said. That was apparently of natural causes, in Grand Rapids ... There will not be a funeral service and visitiation that is open to the public. Instead, there will be an "open house remembering Jay J. McCrae" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the station, 3200 Pine Tree Road. It will be a Toys For Tots fundraiser, with details pending... Popular WITL DJ Jay J. McCrae died Sunday (Mon, 9/10)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 12, 2007



Lansing City Pulse:

"The War," Ken Burns' new documentary on World War II, has inspired WKAR to provide a first-rate companion piece featuring the stories of local residents who saw action ... The local version, “The War: Michigan Voices,” is the video answer to “what did you do in the war, daddy and mom?” WKAR producer Mike Mihalus interviewed 65 area residents who served in the Armed Forces during World War II, and he has edited those amazing conversations into two, one- hour TV productions that will be seen on WKAR beginning Sept. 17. A full schedule of the airings is on www.wkar.org... WKAR brings Burns’ ‘War’ home to mid-Michigan (Wed, 9/12)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 18, 2007



Flint Journal:

WNEM (Channel 5) plans to open a studio downtown in the building being built as a local headquarters for Wade Trim. "A year from now, we will have an operating TV studio in downtown Flint," said Al Blinke, vice president and general manager of WNEM, a CBS affiliate based in Saginaw. The move was expected to be announced at a news conference today in downtown Flint. Blinke said people on the sidewalk outside will be able to look into the Flint studio and see TV reporters broadcasting the evening news. The station has signed a 10-year lease for a ground-floor space of 2,500 square feet, fronting S. Saginaw Street. "I saw what was going on down there, and I decided that we as a TV station wanted to be a tenant," Blinke said. The station now has two reporters and two sales people working from its office in the Gateway Centre in Mundy Township, Blinke said. Channel 5 might add to that staff at the new location, he said... WNEM heading downtown (Tue, 9/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 19, 2007



Flint Journal:

WNEM (Channel 5) could add some outdoor electronics that could be viewed by pedestrians after the TV station opens a new office downtown next year. A news conference was held Tuesday to announce that the Saginaw-based CBS affiliate has signed a 10-year lease on space in the Wade Trim building, now under construction in Flint's central business district. "We want to be a part of the rebirth of this city," said Al Blinke, vice president and general manager of WNEM. "We think there are great things going on." He said the station in a couple of years could add a Jumbotron - a giant video display screen - in the plaza that will be built outside Wade Trim's new downtown office building. Meanwhile, he said, they might put a big-screen TV in the window with a speaker so people in the plaza could watch the evening news or other programming. He's also thinking about adding an electronic display board on the outside of the building, with headlines, story updates and other information... Flint project excites TV 5 (Wed, 9/19)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2007



Flint Journal:

WNEM's plan to open a new studio in downtown Flint next year is good news for a battered city center trying to get back on its feet. And it may be good news for local news junkies. The Saginaw CBS affiliate announced Tuesday it will build a 2,500-square-foot studio in the new Wade Trim building under construction on Saginaw Street near Second Street. It should be open by this time next year, according to station management. WNEM (Channel 5) and Flint's WJRT (Channel 12) long have duked it out for local news ratings supremacy. WJRT traditionally has cornered Flint news coverage, while WNEM owns the Tri-Cities and points north. The balance of power shifted a few years ago, when WNEM's previous braintrust, in an obvious cost-cutting move, opted to slash its smallish Genesee County office down to nearly nothing. But current management, including station manager Al Blinke and news director Ian Rubin, has been rebuilding WNEM's Flint presence... WNEM's new downtown home may benefit station and city (Fri, 9/21)


Flint Generals To Air On WFNT
The INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE's FLINT GENERALS ink a deal with REGENT BROADCASTING Adult Standards WFNT-A (UNFORGETTABLE 1470)/FLINT for game broadcasts, the first time in four years that the GENERALS will air all home and away games plus a weekly show on MONDAYS during the season. GENERALS Dir. of Media Relations and Broadcasting DENIS J. PUSKA will handle play-by-play. (Fri, 9/21)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 23, 2007



Flint Journal:

If you're planning to watch Ken Burns' exhaustive World War II documentary, "The War," at 8 tonight on PBS, you might want to tune in a little early. Duane Zemper, 87, is the subject of the WFUM-produced documentary, "WWII: Through the Lens of Duane Zemper," which debuts at 7:30 tonight (repeat at 8 p.m. Oct. 6) on Channel 28. It's part of a three-pronged PBS effort to tell the stories of area men and women who contributed to the war effort. In addition to the Zemper documentary, produced by regional Emmy Award-winner Donna Ryen, several area residents were interviewed by WFUM staff for segments posted on its Web site (www.wfum.org), where those who lived through those world-changing years and their family members can post their pictures and recollections. Zemper, a Flint native and Howell resident, had a bird's eye view of it. Literally... WFUM brings local War stories to life (Sun, 9/23)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 24, 2007



CMU's eighth annual Modern Rock 91.5 Alumni Takeover boasts record airtime

As Central Michigan University prepares to get "Marooned" during this year's Homecoming celebration, CMU broadcasting alumni are gearing up to conquer the airwaves for 36 hours during a 42-hour period.

The eighth annual WMHW-FM 91.5 Alumni Takeover will take place from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. The 2007 Takeover includes seven more hours of airtime than previous years, making it the longest since its debut in 2000.

The Alumni Takeover, created by 1970s CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduates, serves as a fundraiser for the BCA Constituent Alumni Chapter. Participating alumni offer a modest financial contribution in exchange for air time; the donations help fund the annual $100 Al Painter Outstanding Freshman Award for BCA students, as well as the promotion of the BCA school and its alumni.

According to Takeover organizer Bill Thompson, '78, of Mason, the 2007 event will feature numerous genres of music; interviews with CMU leaders, including President Michael Rao, Interim Provost Gary Shapiro, College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, Athletic Director Dave Heeke, and head football Coach Butch Jones; and a live broadcast of the Sept. 28 Shepherd High School football game.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 25, 2007



Tim Staudt on Spartan Podcast

MSU alumnus Tim Staudt is the dean of sports broadcast journalists in mid-Michigan. Tim is sports director at Lansing’s NBC affiliate WILX-TV 10. He’s been on television in the Lansing area for 37 years and has hosted the Staudt on Sports radio program for 15 years. He recently added a Sunday Lansing State Journal column to his busy schedule. Tim describes his favorite moments while covering sports in the Lansing area for almost 40 years. He discusses how sports reporting and broadcasting has changed over the years. He talks about the peers he admires and gives his advice to young people who want to be the Tim Staudts of tomorrow. Visit Spartanpodcast.com to listen


Keith Allen Named Interim PD In Flint
CITADEL Country WFBE/FLINT has named MD/morning man KEITH ALLEN as Interim PD. He takes over following the death of PD JAY J. McCRAE earlier the month. The search is still on for a permanent replacement. (Tue, 9/25)


The touching 71-minute tribute to the late WITL/WFBE program director Jay J. McCrae, which aired September 15th during the special WITL/Lansing Toys for Tots Toy-a-Thon held in McCrae's memory, is now available for download, courtesy of A.J. Wilson and A.J. Radio Networks. The tribute features messages and remembrances from McCrae's co-workers and friends, past and present. If you missed the tribute when it aired, or you would like to hear it again, here is your chance to have your very own copy of a special farewell to a man who touched a lot of careers and a lot of lives.

You can download the the audio tribute to Jay J. McCrae by clicking the link to this page.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2007




WKCQ Announces Lineup For One-Night Stand
MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW MD/afternoon personality JOHN RICHARDS reported to ALL ACCESS that they have announced the lineup for their next big Listener Appreciation show. "KCQ ONE-NIGHT STAND" will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th in BAY CITY, MI, starring LYRIC STREET artist TRENT TOMLINSON and CURB/ASYLUM's BLUE COUNTY. (Wed, 9/27)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2007



CMU's WMHW-FM gets power upgrade, now broadcasting at 13,000 watts

Some 35 years ago, Central Michigan University's student-run radio station went on the air, broadcasting with a modest signal of not even 40 watts. As of Sept. 28, the station's power has expanded to more than 351 times that figure.

WMHW-FM, which started in 1972 as a 37-watt station and then operated at 340 watts from 1982 to 2007, has begun broadcasting at 13,000 watts - a far cry from the weak signal that, just a few decades ago, could barely reach the borders of Mount Pleasant. The upgraded signal expands the station's coverage area, which previously was limited to Isabella County but now reaches east to Bay City and Saginaw, north to Gladwin and Harrison, west to Big Rapids, and south to Ithaca.

"The new WMHW will provide an unduplicated program service to a substantial portion of mid-Michigan," said Peter Orlik, CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts director. "A professional operation that happens to be staffed by students, the station looks forward to offering alternative listening opportunities to many more listeners while heightening the training experience for the next generation of radio broadcasters."

WMHW is operated by CMU students under the direct supervision of the BCA school within the College of Communication and Fine Arts. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with an alternative rock music format plus several specialty music shows, news and sports programs, and play-by-play coverage of such sports as Shepherd High School football and CMU women's basketball.

"We have primary responsibilities to both the listeners we reach and the students we teach," said BCA associate professor Jerry Henderson, who has served as the station's faculty director since 1981. "This upgrade allows us to offer an alternative program resource to a new, larger listenership and to show our appreciation to decades of students who have provided the base of excellence upon which this power increase is built."


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 2, 2007



Mid-Michigan rocks

Active Rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Flint and Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 Jackson/Lansing each won Station of the Year awards from Radio and Records during the magazine's convention last week.

Both Banana 101.5 and Q106 won for markets 101+ in their respective categories.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 5, 2007



Flint Journal:

Detroit's Free FM (WKRK, 97.1) is now "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse." Owner CBS Radio dropped its talk format for 24-hour sports programming, completing a transition that really started when the FM began broadcasting Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and University of Michigan games a few years back. The station's call letters have changed to WXYT, same as its AM sister (1270). The stations began simulcasting on Monday, with a revamped lineup, including popular afternoon drive hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle moving to mornings, on Tuesday... Another sports radio source can be heard on FM (Fri, 10/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 12, 2007



CMU student elected to top position in National Broadcasting Society

A prestigious national broadcasting organization has chosen a Central Michigan University undergraduate to serve as the voice of its student members.

Novi junior Dan Church, a 2005 graduate of Novi High School, has been appointed chairman of the National Broadcasting Society's Student Advisory Council, serving as a liaison between the student members of NBS and the organization's National Advisory Council.

As chairman, Church is responsible for overseeing meetings of the Student Advisory Council, which includes student representatives from across the country. After discussing the concerns and needs of student chapters, he advises the national council on these topics. He also is involved in planning the organization's national convention in the spring.

"I feel incredibly honored to have the opportunity to represent students at the national level," Church said. "It has been very rewarding so far. I've worked with several interesting faculty members and networked with media professionals from across the country."

Church currently serves as the president of CMU's NBS chapter. The chapter's adviser, broadcast and cinematic arts faculty member Jerry Henderson, lists Church's upbeat demeanor and natural leadership style as contributing factors to his appointment.

At the 2007 NBS national convention in Chicago, Church was named National Rookie Member of the Year. In addition, CMU's chapter was named the nation's Most Improved Chapter.

Church, a broadcast and cinematic arts major, is a Leader Advancement Scholarship recipient and is involved with CMU's student-run television station, MHTV, and its News Central 34 newscast. He also works as a production assistant at WNEM-TV 5 in Saginaw.

"Without the skills that I've learned over the years through the Leadership Institute and the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, I wouldn't have ever been close to holding this position," he said. "Now, I feel confident in my abilities to lead and be the voice of student members."

For more information about the National Broadcasting Society, visit www.nbs-aerho.org. For more information about CMU's chapter of NBS, visit www.bca.cmich.edu/NBS.


Lansing's WVIC-FM (94.1) abandoned its Classic Hits format at 7:00 tonight, in favor of Adult Contemporary, rebranding the station as Soft Rock 94.1, and inaugurating the new format with the addition of the syndicated "Delilah" show. WVIC has also added the syndicated "Bob and Sheri" morning show to its lineup, replacing the local Mary Turner morning program. Turner appears to have departed the station, along with afternoon personality Joe Thomas.

You can see the redesigned WVIC website here.

Lansing State Journal:

Local radio station WVIC (94.1-FM) has shifted its format and disc jockeys, in search of a missing niche. "We think females in their 30s have been underserved," said Dave Johnson, market manager for the Mid-Michigan Radio Group. This morning, WVIC dumped its oldies-type "classic hits" format and many of its DJs. It now has a "soft rock" format that will mix oldies (1970s and up), plus occasional current songs from such people as Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera or Michael Buble... Radio station WVIC changes formats, DJs (Tue, 10/16)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2007




Just listening to him tell his story, your heart goes out to Earle Robinson. "When I wake (hiccup) up in the morning (hiccup) they're okay, they're gone (hiccup)," he says, albeit slowly. "But (hiccup) then they come back a couple hours later (hiccup) and it's been that way (hiccup) every (hiccup)... everyday." The medical explanation is his diaphragm's contracting every few seconds or so--a case of hiccups so persistent it's tough to get a sentence out. It's been that way since Wednesday. His co-workers are baffled, and he says his doctors are stumped, and there are few jobs worse to have if you have hiccups than Earle's. He does an hour-long radio show called "Sportstalk 870" on WKAR from 2-3 p.m. weekdays and an hour with Tim Staudt on Staudt on Sports Sundays on WILX. Staudt explained it to viewers Sunday, and Robinson suffered through the broadcast but his radio chair has been empty for a week... Local radio personality has had week-long hiccups (Wed, 10/17)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2007



Flint Journal:

If you listen to "Mike and Stephanie in the AM" on CK 105, you've probably noticed that they haven't been in the studio much on Fridays. The WWCK-FM (105.5) morning team of Mike MacDonald and Stephanie K have been hitting the road; a haunted house here, the Holiday Inn Gateway Center (where they planned to be this morning) there. MacDonald insists it's not just a ratings ploy, though local radio stations have ramped up the contests and community activities lately because they are in the fall ratings campaign. "I just like to get out of the studio," he told me during former "American Idol" singer Elliott Yamin's show Saturday at the Machine Shop. Why? "I don't like to be in the studio," he said. "I like to get out and meet our listeners." The show airs from 5-9 a.m. weekdays and will continue to broadcast live from various locations on Fridays for the foreseeable future ... A team with some pretty impressive credentials has produced the new documentary "Where Do the Children Play?," which examines the recreational activities of children in urban, suburban and rural settings in this part of the state. It debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday on WFUM (Channel 28)... Radio team enjoys life on the road; PBS looks at child's play (Fri, 10/19)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2007



Flint Journal:

A Saginaw-based radio station has yanked a mock test off its Web site that reportedly ridiculed Flint School District students through a series of disparaging questions involving gangs, Ebonics, and out-of-wedlock pregnancies. The general manager at WHNN-FM (96.1) said the page was taken down shortly after it appeared and the matter was being handled internally. "We have apologized to everyone who has reached out to the radio station via phone calls and e-mails," said Chris Monk of the classic hits station. But a source with the Flint School District who did not want to be identified called the episode "a Don Imus matter," referring to the uproar caused by derogatory comments the famous radio personality made about the mostly African-American Rutgers women's basketball team... Test called an 'Imus matter' (Sat, 10/27)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 29, 2007



Ray Marshall, former Lansing-area radio manager, dies at age 51

Ray Marshall, who had been the operations manager for the Citadel's Lansing area cluster of radio stations until earlier this year, has died from a reported heart attack at his Holt home at the age of 51.

Former co-worker Dan Kelley provides much more information on Ray on his blog at classicrockfm.blogspot.com.

Lansing State Journal:

As a boy in Cleveland, Ray Zdankiewicz obsessed on radio. "He just loved it," recalled his widow, Bonnie. "Being in radio was the only thing he wanted to do." He thrived in it. Using the name Ray Marshall, he spent 16 years as a leader in local radio, prior to his death Sunday at 51. "In my 30 years of broadcasting, I've never met a better radio man," said Rod Krol, who was general manager of six local stations. Marshall - using the name he was known by - did some on-air shifts at WFMK (99.1-FM). "I remember the first time I heard him, I said, 'Whoa, this guy is really good,' " said Jack Robbins, a local DJ. Most of his work, however, was behind the scenes. "He could do it all - engineering, programming, marketing," said Scott Miller, a former local DJ at WFMK and WITL. Miller had an early glimpse, when they were the only two people at an Ohio station during the 1977 snowstorm. "He had a passion for it," Miller said... Marshall, from boyhood, had passion for radio (Tue, 10/30)


Bay City Times:

The management at WHNN-FM, 96.1, was backpedaling after an apparent joke went awry, and popular morning personality Johnnie Burke is paying the price. In a concise but contrite message, the Saginaw station's leaders offered their ''sincere apologies'' for offending students, parents and staff of Flint Community Schools. They also suspended Burke, who did not comment on the advice of his attorney... Radio DJ Burke is suspended by oldies station (Thu, 11/1)

WJRT-TV /ABC12.com

Flint School Board members are firing back at a morning radio host who used the district as the brunt of what they say was a very distasteful joke. About two weeks ago, Johnny Burke and the morning crew of WHNN Radio in Saginaw joked about a make-believe practical math test being given to Flint students. The test then later appeared on the radio station's Web site. Flint school officials are not finding the humor in the content of the test. The test is 10 math story problems and they are supposed to represent real-life situations for the students in Flint. So instead of students adding and subtracting apples and oranges, they are using drugs, guns and drive-by shootings as their subjects... Flint School Board takes aim at radio host (Wed, 10/31)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 2, 2007



Flint Journal:

Item: WHNN-FM (96.1) suspends Johnny Burke to investigate allegedly racist posting about the Flint School District on the Saginaw oldies station's Web site. View: On the one hand, Flint schools are hardly a shining example of how to run a school district, and wouldn't it be nice to see the PC police keep it in check for a change? On the other hand, if the popular morning host's "Practical Math" test posted on - and quickly removed from - the station's Web site really did contain racist inferences about the largely black schools and make light of such deadly serious issues as gangs, drugs and gun violence, then he should have known better. After all, this is the guy who angered a lot of people in Burton after making some reportedly insulting remarks about them back when he was at WCRZ nearly 20 years ago... Johnny Burke's been down this insulting road before (Fri, 11/2)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2007



Lansing State Journal:

Local TV will move closer to its digital destiny on Sunday. That's when WKAR splits into four digital channels, over the air and on some cable set-ups. In addition to high-quality pictures, that means more of just about everything. The new digital schedule starts Sunday, with other changes expected in the months ahead... WKAR goes digital four ways on Sunday (Sat, 11/3)

Flint Journal:

State Rep. Brenda Clack, D-Flint, is joining Flint Board of Education members in expressing outrage that city students were ridiculed through a "Practical Math" test discussed on Saginaw-based WHNN-FM (96.1) and posted on its Web site. In a Friday news release, Clack, a former Flint schools teacher, condemned the station for its "inflammatory activity"... Clack condemns radio station over mock test (Sat, 11/3)

Saginaw News:

Johnny Burke is back on the air, returning Monday with his sidekick, Blondie, to host the morning show at WHNN-FM, 96.1. And, he added, they were not suspended Thursday, but taken out of the studio while they formulated their response to criticism of a bogus ''practical math'' test posted on the station's Web site in September... Morning show host Burke back on the air Monday (Sat, 11/3)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 5, 2007



flyin highWJZL making progress on power increase

There was some big activity in downtown Lansing yesterday as a helicopter hovered over the Boji Tower removing the old pipe and tower that wasn't strong enough to support the new antenna for Smooth Jazz WJZL-FM 92.9. After some restoration work is completed on the roof, the helicopter will return to haul up the new tower/pipe setup that will be able to accommodate the station's new equipment. Once all the work is completed, the changes will greatly increase the station's coverage area around Lansing.

Saginaw News:

By this afternoon, Johnny Burke promises, he and his bosses at Citadel Broadcasting will have the official word about the brouhaha that's kept him off the air since Thursday. Until then, as fans of the popular morning disc jockey at WHNN-FM, 96.1, found out this morning -- Burke's anticipated return -- he will remain off the air with pay. ''We're going to have the long-awaited press release by mid-afternoon, or the end of the business day at the latest,'' said Burke, who will join corporate managers to make a joint statement. Burke and the station Friday said he would return today... Burke: I'm on air Tuesday (Mon, 11/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 6, 2007



Saginaw News:

A classic rock station's on-air hosts will broadcast live from Famous Dave's, 5665 Bay in Saginaw Township, urging listeners to help fill a new RV with nonperishable foods and frozen turkeys from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday. The station, WILZ-FM, 104.5, which uses the moniker Wheelz, will stage the overnight event to collect donations for the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw... Radio hosts assist charity (Tue, 11/6)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 16, 2007



Lansing's WJZL 92.9 powers up

At 1:45 p.m. today, WJZL FM, Smooth Jazz 92.9, completed its upgrades and began broadcasting at its new location with full power, 5,400 watts @ 344 feet. Installation of the station's new tower/pipe was completed on Sunday, November 11th via helicopter, but tower crews still required the station to broadcast at low power while they moved other antennas back onto the new tower, finished sealing the roof, touched up the paint, installed the new LED beacon and side lights, and performed other finishing touches.

The Mid-Michigan Radio Group (Rubber City Radio Group) station will now be licensed to Grand Ledge, completing its move-in to Lansing from Charlotte. The station changed frequency from 92.7 to 92.9 in October 2006 and also began broadcasting at low power from its new location in downtown Lansing at that time while the final steps to complete the upgrade were being completed.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2007



WVIC Brings 24/7 Holiday Music to Mid-Michigan

Rubber City Radio Group's Lansing Soft AC outlet WVIC-FM 94.1 became the latest Michigan radio station to switch to an All-Christmas Music format this morning, following the Bob and Sheri program. Although radio stations across the state have made similar format shifts during the holiday season over the past seven years, WVIC is the first station in the Lansing market to do so. The station switched from a Classic Hits format to Soft AC on October 15th.


WPRJ Holding Christmas Auction
Listener-supported COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES Christian Top 40 WPRJ/SAGINAW-BAY CITY, MI is accepting donations of items and services through NOVEMBER 27th to include in the station’s CHRISTMAS AUCTION beginning DECEMBER 3rd on eBAY. The auction will support station efforts. All of the items collected will be placed on the online auction website, and a direct link will provided on the station’s website to all of the items available. (Mon, 11/19)

Saginaw News:

Edwards, William James Formerly of Saginaw Mr. Edwards was born March 30, 1915 and passed away November 14, 2007 at his summer home in Harbor Springs, MI... Obit: William James Edwards, co-founder of Lake Huron Broadcasting Corp. (Sun, 11/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2007



Saginaw News:

WIOG-FM, 102.5, the radio station that dubs itself the Hit Music Channel, will attempt to deliver another big hit this holiday season. The station is trying to fill a portable storage and moving container with toys to donate to poor children. WIOG will collect toys at Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance, 2463 Tittabawassee, starting at 7 p.m. today. Staff then will wrap the container with a red bow, making what the station is calling the world's largest Christmas present... Radio station collecting toys to give to the poor (Fri, 11/23)

A trio of Ernest Hemingway documentaries air on Channel 19, WDCQ, Tuesday night. ''Delta College Public Broadcasting is supporting the Michigan Humanities Council Great Michigan Read by devoting an entire evening to its chosen author,'' says Scott Seeburger, media and community relations for the PBS affiliate. ''The programs examine his literary career, personal life and remarkable connection to the state of Michigan.'' The Humanities Council developed The Great Michigan Read to advocate the importance of reading and literature... TV station encourages reading (Sat, 11/24)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2007




Malachi Crane Joins Spring Arbor Radio
SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY’s SAU RADIO names MALACHI CRANE GM. As GM, CRANE will be responsible for the overall management of SAU RADIO including Christian AC WSAE (HOME.FM), Inspirational WJKN-A and KTGG/SPRING ARBOR, MI. His first day will be NOVEMBER 29TH. Previously, CRANE was Dir./Business and Ministry Development for RTN Christian AC WJIS (THE JOY FM 88.1)/SARASOTA, FL. (Thu, 11/29)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 8, 2007



Lansing State Journal:

The man who built from the ground up Lansing country music radio station WITL inspired many during his life. Friends remember Charles Mefford as a self-made man who showed others they could accomplish their dreams. He died Thursday in Naples, Fla. Mefford began his radio career by running errands for disc jockeys as a boy, said Sharon Hetrick, Mefford's former office manager at WITL for six years. He worked his way up and in 1964 bought his own station, Lansing's WMRT, for $180,000. He transformed it into WITL, a multimillion-dollar enterprise that he once called "Michigan's first full-time country music station." "He was a self-made man," said Hetrick, of DeWitt. "He was an inspiration to so many people." Mefford, who had heart problems for years, died several days after suffering a head injury from a fall Monday, said Hetrick's husband, Jeff Hetrick. Mefford was 76... WITL founder Mefford inspired friends (Sat, 12/8)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 18, 2007



Saginaw News:

Broadcasters in Saginaw, Bay, Midland and Genesee counties will help raise money Wednesday for the United Way of Saginaw County during Click n' Give Day. On-air radio and television personalities will invite their Saginaw County listeners and viewers to go to the stations' Web sites to donate to United Way's annual fundraising campaign ... Television stations participating are Channel 5, WNEM; Channel 6, MY5; and Channel 12, WJRT. Radio participants are WNEM-AM, 1250; WHNN-FM, 96.1; WFBE-FM, 95.1; WMJO-FM, 97.3; WSAG-FM, 104.1; WKCQ-FM, 98.1; WSGW-AM, 790; WCEN-FM, 94.5; and WGER-FM, 106.3.Broadcasters assist United Way drive (Mon, 12/17)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 20, 2007



CMU graduate assistant awarded national broadcasting scholarship

Academic excellence and co-curricular involvement have led one Central Michigan University graduate student to receive a nationally competitive broadcasting scholarship.

Pinconning native Aaron Jones, a video production graduate assistant in CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, recently received the Helen J. Sioussat/Fay Wells Scholarship from the Broadcast Education Association. The $1,250 scholarship is one of only 14 awarded annually to students at BEA member schools throughout the country.

Peter Orlik, director of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said it has been several years since a CMU broadcasting student has received a scholarship from the extremely competitive program.

"Aaron's success is indicative of the comprehensive and high-quality work that BCA undergraduate and graduate students produce throughout their careers at CMU," Orlik said.

Flint Journal:

WWCK-FM (105.5) morning host Mike MacDonald said five of his listeners got early -- and needed -- Christmas presents from Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding member Paul O'Neill. MacDonald interviewed O'Neill on the air a couple of weeks ago and had to put him on hold to return to the air for a segment about a wish list to help needy local families... Founder aids local radio listeners (Thu, 12/20)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 23, 2007



Midland Daily News:

I’ve taken to listening to a lot of audio books lately instead of the radio during the evenings. And it’s all because of satellites. It’s happened all over the country: rock, country, talk and Christian stations have taken to using satellite feeds instead of having local DJs and announcers. That way, some boy DJ in L.A. or some husky-voiced chick in New York City delivers the same music to 25 stations via satellite. Sophisticated computer programming allows station identification, weather and local ads to be interspersed at just the right times. I think it’s pretty sad, and I think midsize-market radio is going to have to get a lot better for me to start getting into it again... Satellite feeds take away the local radio flavor (Sun, 12/23)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 29, 2007



Flint Journal:

For the second straight year, WFLT-AM (1420), Flint, has been nominated for a national gospel radio station of the year award, said general manager Sammie Jordan. The prestigious Stellar Awards will be presented Jan. 12 in an annual program in Nashville, Tenn. The local station, which did not win last year, was among more than 60 entries in four radio categories, based on the population of their local markets. WFLT is among five finalists in areas of up to 500,000 population... Radio station finalist for national award (Sat, 12/29)







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