Mid-Michigan: July 2007 Archives

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)







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