Mid-Michigan: January 2007 Archives

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)







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