Mid-Michigan: June 2007 Archives

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.







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