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)
Mid-Michigan: March 2007 Archives
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.