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)
Mid-Michigan: April 2007 Archives
Saginaw's FM Talk 100.5 Adds Mancow, Miller:
NEXTMEDIA Talk WSGW-F (FM TALK 100.5)/SAGINAW-BAY CITY OM DAVE MAURER tells ALL ACCESS that the station has added TALK RADIO NETWORK/TRN-FM's MANCOW MULLER for 6-10a and WESTWOOD ONE's DENNIS MILLER 10a-1p. (Thu, 4/5)
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.
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, 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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."
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)
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)
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)
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:
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)
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)