Tony Conley, a familiar voice in local sports radio, has lost his jobs at WVFN (730-AM). "They told me they were eliminating my position and it was a cost-cutting measure," Conley said. Brent Alberts, regional operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting, agreed. "It was just a job consolidation, eliminating one position," he said. Tim Nester becomes operations manager for both of Citadel's AM stations. WJIM (1240) does news and talk; WVFN does sports. "I think we'll crank up the attitude a little bit," Nester said. "I think it will be more rock 'n' roll, without going over the top." Conley had been WVFN's program director and promotions director and an ad salesman. Some of those jobs will be absorbed by Nester... WVFN program director loses job in 'consolidation' of positions (Fri, 8/3)
Mid-Michigan: August 2007 Archives
"Better Mid Michigan" is the name of a new morning show that will debut Sept. 10 on WNEM (Channel 5). It will move into the 9 a.m. slot, replacing the horrid "Tyra Banks" show.
Jocelyn Connell and Mike Cameron will anchor the program. Connell is co-anchor of "TV5 Wake Up," which airs from 5-7 a.m. weekdays on the CBS affiliate. Cameron is the "TV5 Wake Up" meteorologist ... Gone Country: Regent Communications Flint quietly converted its Lapeer AM station WLSP (1530) to a country format last March. Instead of simulcasting the WFNT (1470) signal, it's programming a mixture of modern and classic country as WLCO, dubbed "Lapeer's Real Country" ... Harried Harris: As if anchoring the market's top-rated newscast and organizing holiday and pops concerts with the Flint Symphony wasn't enough to keep him busy, WJRT (Channel 12) anchor Bill Harris has added another responsibility. Harris was elected recently to the board of governors of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences... 'Better Mid Michigan' is better yet (Fri, 8/10)
WGER Names Jim Johnson For Mornings
NEXTMEDIA AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI names former NEXTMEDIA AC WZSR and Oldies WWYW/CHICAGO OM/PD JIM JOHNSON for mornings. JOHNSON is currently in place and searching for a morning show co-host. (Fri, 8/10)
Lansing State Journal:
Michigan State fans have a decision to make this winter: Find a way to get the new Big Ten Network, or miss at least eight MSU men's basketball games. The league's network, which debuts Aug. 30, will be exclusively televising some games previously broadcast on Comcast cable - unless a deal between the network and cable giant can be reached by then. Previously, those games were broadcast by ESPN Plus on local affiliates. This season, the BTN will televise 64 of 99 intraleague games... TV tiff: MSU fans could miss out on games (Wed, 8/15)
One tradition will keep running this weekend, another won't. Saturday's 31st annual Crim Festival of Races will be the first since 1979 that won't be featured on local public television station WFUM (Channel 28), which signed on in 1980 with its first of 27 annual Crim recaps. Station manager Jennifer White said the decision to drop the program was about money. "It is largely a financial decision," White said. "It's a hugely expensive production for us. We have to pull in additional help. As I'm sure most people know, the station has been affected by state cuts to major universities and also on the federal level by cuts there." White said it wasn't an easy decision to make... Channel 28 comes off Crim course, while others pick up pace (Fri, 8/24)
Trent Tomlinson had a lot of fun at June's KCQ Country Music Fest. So much fun, in fact, that the Nashville crooner headed back into the recording studio and doctored a version of his hit "Just Might Have Her Radio On" to mention Saginaw country station WKCQ-FM, 98.1. In a chorus of the new recording, sent with a note from Tomlinson to the station at 2000 Whittier in Saginaw, he sings "Just might have WKCQ on"... Tomlinson names WKCQ in 'Radio' song (Mon, 8/27)
NPR's Gonyea featured on podcast
Monroe native, MSU alumnus and NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea visits MSU Today for a wide-ranging discussion on his experiences at NPR. To hear the podcast, visit The Spartan Podcast (Mon, 8/27)
CMU grad is tops in international fellowship program
A summer spent working for "NBC Nightly News" in New York City has earned a recent Central Michigan University graduate recognition as one of the best of the best in her field.
The International Radio and Television Society Foundation's highly selective Summer Fellowship Program has named Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, its 2007 Barry Sherman Fellow. The award is given to the top-performing student in the intensive program, which selects outstanding college students from around the country, trains them and places them in internship positions at prestigious New York City-based media outlets.
"I was very pleasantly surprised to receive this award," said Dou, who worked for NBC Nightly News over the summer and completed her master's degree in broadcast and cinematic arts in August. "I am extremely honored that I received the award and that what I have done in the past and during my internship has been recognized."
Each year, more than 800 students from across the country apply for the nine-week program; this year, only 30 were selected. The program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and new media. Students are then assigned to media outlets for the duration of the program to gain real-world experience.
Michigan Television celebrates successful pledge drive
Michigan Television, WFUM TV 28 Flint, the public television station from the University of Michigan, wrapped up a very successful pledge drive on Sunday, August 19. The drive, which exceeded the station’s goal by 3%, brought in more than $142,000, with contributions from over 1,100 members across southeastern and mid-Michigan.
This success continues a trend that is reflective of Michigan Television’s growing viewership. The money raised during the 18 day on-air campaign helps pay for programming costs and general operating expenses at the station.
“I’m so pleased that the community continues to support the station in such a significant manner,” said Station Manager Jennifer White. “Community support really makes great public broadcasting possible.”