Mid-Michigan: September 2007 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 2, 2007



Smile FM continues work on Tri-Cities upgrade

Contemporary Christian WEJC-FM 88.3 White Star/Midland completed phase 2 of its upgrade project on Friday when the installation of its newly rebuilt antenna system was placed into service at its new location north of Auburn. The station continues to operate at reduced power while its transmitter is being rebuilt, something that may take several more weeks to complete. When the upgrades are completed, WEJC will provide a much better signal to the Bay City/Saginaw/Midland area compared to when the station transmitted from near Gladwin.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 3, 2007



Community Internet-based radio station sold

Dan Drolett, owner and program director of Clinton County Radio, an internet-based radio station serving Clinton county, Michigan, has announced the sale of the station and its assets to Tony Clark of Rosebush, Michigan. Mr. Clark is a 30-year Michigan radio veteran and the owner of Tony Clark Production Services.

Clinton County Radio, www.clintoncountyradio.net, was launched by Dan Drolett and Steve Evans in June 2004, as a service to the 58,000+ residents of Clinton County, Michigan. During the past three years, the station has been enjoyed by many who listen daily on the internet, and who have listened to the station on the City of DeWitt Community Access channel. The station's daily programming has included hourly news and information, informative features from the USDA, and Superhits of the 60's and 70's.

Drolett made the decision to sell the station in order to concentrate on other projects. 'It was tough decision to make, but I felt it was time to move on, and if anyone can keep this station sounding great, Tony Clark is that person'. The sale of Clinton County Radio is expected to close by the end of September 2007.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2007



Saginaw News:

Morning TV anchor Jocelyn Connell plans to ease into her new role at Channel 5, WNEM, this week. Meteorologist Mike Cameron says he'll do the same -- although he may slip into jeans for Monday's debut of the station's new lifestyle show, "Better MidMichigan." Every day is casual day for the duo as they host the hour-long string of local and national features addressing women's issues. Kim Wells will produce the show, which airs at 9 a.m. weekdays, and develop the mid-Michigan segments. "We're still doing Weekend Wake-Up," Connell said of the early morning show she co-hosts with Erica Donerson and Cameron. "This is something added to the plate, a new venue with more pieces." The focus is less news-oriented, she said, and that's reflected in the casual dress. And "Better" is a concept carried on a growing number of Meredith Corp.-owned stations around the country... New morning show details women's issues (Sun, 9/9)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 10, 2007



WITL program director Jay J. McCrae dies suddenly

A big shock for Citadel Broadcasting this morning as Jay J. McCrae, program director for country WITL FM 100.7 Lansing and WFBE FM 95.1 Flint, died unexpectedly yesterday from an apparent heart attack at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids where he was waiting to board a flight.

In addition to his programming duties, he had been hosting the 6-10pm shift on WITL. He is survived by wife Jordan Lee, WITL midday host- the pair had been married for over twenty years.

Lansing State Journal:

Jay J. McCrae, a popular country-music disc jockey and administrator, died Sunday. McCrae, 49, was program director and evening DJ at WITL (100.7-FM). Earlier, he was also the station's morning man; at times, he was the most listened-to person in local radio. "He sculpted the sound and the feeling of that station," said Ray Marshall, who was operations manager of local Citadel Broadcasting for a decade. "I will miss that guy tremendously," said Greg Capogna, who first brought McCrae to town. "He was a radio gem." McCrae's approach was passionate, said Charles McLravy, who once hired him for a competing station. "He was such a radio guy and he was on top until the day he died," he said. That was apparently of natural causes, in Grand Rapids ... There will not be a funeral service and visitiation that is open to the public. Instead, there will be an "open house remembering Jay J. McCrae" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the station, 3200 Pine Tree Road. It will be a Toys For Tots fundraiser, with details pending... Popular WITL DJ Jay J. McCrae died Sunday (Mon, 9/10)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 12, 2007



Lansing City Pulse:

"The War," Ken Burns' new documentary on World War II, has inspired WKAR to provide a first-rate companion piece featuring the stories of local residents who saw action ... The local version, “The War: Michigan Voices,” is the video answer to “what did you do in the war, daddy and mom?” WKAR producer Mike Mihalus interviewed 65 area residents who served in the Armed Forces during World War II, and he has edited those amazing conversations into two, one- hour TV productions that will be seen on WKAR beginning Sept. 17. A full schedule of the airings is on www.wkar.org... WKAR brings Burns’ ‘War’ home to mid-Michigan (Wed, 9/12)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 18, 2007



Flint Journal:

WNEM (Channel 5) plans to open a studio downtown in the building being built as a local headquarters for Wade Trim. "A year from now, we will have an operating TV studio in downtown Flint," said Al Blinke, vice president and general manager of WNEM, a CBS affiliate based in Saginaw. The move was expected to be announced at a news conference today in downtown Flint. Blinke said people on the sidewalk outside will be able to look into the Flint studio and see TV reporters broadcasting the evening news. The station has signed a 10-year lease for a ground-floor space of 2,500 square feet, fronting S. Saginaw Street. "I saw what was going on down there, and I decided that we as a TV station wanted to be a tenant," Blinke said. The station now has two reporters and two sales people working from its office in the Gateway Centre in Mundy Township, Blinke said. Channel 5 might add to that staff at the new location, he said... WNEM heading downtown (Tue, 9/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 19, 2007



Flint Journal:

WNEM (Channel 5) could add some outdoor electronics that could be viewed by pedestrians after the TV station opens a new office downtown next year. A news conference was held Tuesday to announce that the Saginaw-based CBS affiliate has signed a 10-year lease on space in the Wade Trim building, now under construction in Flint's central business district. "We want to be a part of the rebirth of this city," said Al Blinke, vice president and general manager of WNEM. "We think there are great things going on." He said the station in a couple of years could add a Jumbotron - a giant video display screen - in the plaza that will be built outside Wade Trim's new downtown office building. Meanwhile, he said, they might put a big-screen TV in the window with a speaker so people in the plaza could watch the evening news or other programming. He's also thinking about adding an electronic display board on the outside of the building, with headlines, story updates and other information... Flint project excites TV 5 (Wed, 9/19)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2007



Flint Journal:

WNEM's plan to open a new studio in downtown Flint next year is good news for a battered city center trying to get back on its feet. And it may be good news for local news junkies. The Saginaw CBS affiliate announced Tuesday it will build a 2,500-square-foot studio in the new Wade Trim building under construction on Saginaw Street near Second Street. It should be open by this time next year, according to station management. WNEM (Channel 5) and Flint's WJRT (Channel 12) long have duked it out for local news ratings supremacy. WJRT traditionally has cornered Flint news coverage, while WNEM owns the Tri-Cities and points north. The balance of power shifted a few years ago, when WNEM's previous braintrust, in an obvious cost-cutting move, opted to slash its smallish Genesee County office down to nearly nothing. But current management, including station manager Al Blinke and news director Ian Rubin, has been rebuilding WNEM's Flint presence... WNEM's new downtown home may benefit station and city (Fri, 9/21)


Flint Generals To Air On WFNT
The INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE's FLINT GENERALS ink a deal with REGENT BROADCASTING Adult Standards WFNT-A (UNFORGETTABLE 1470)/FLINT for game broadcasts, the first time in four years that the GENERALS will air all home and away games plus a weekly show on MONDAYS during the season. GENERALS Dir. of Media Relations and Broadcasting DENIS J. PUSKA will handle play-by-play. (Fri, 9/21)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 23, 2007



Flint Journal:

If you're planning to watch Ken Burns' exhaustive World War II documentary, "The War," at 8 tonight on PBS, you might want to tune in a little early. Duane Zemper, 87, is the subject of the WFUM-produced documentary, "WWII: Through the Lens of Duane Zemper," which debuts at 7:30 tonight (repeat at 8 p.m. Oct. 6) on Channel 28. It's part of a three-pronged PBS effort to tell the stories of area men and women who contributed to the war effort. In addition to the Zemper documentary, produced by regional Emmy Award-winner Donna Ryen, several area residents were interviewed by WFUM staff for segments posted on its Web site (www.wfum.org), where those who lived through those world-changing years and their family members can post their pictures and recollections. Zemper, a Flint native and Howell resident, had a bird's eye view of it. Literally... WFUM brings local War stories to life (Sun, 9/23)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 24, 2007



CMU's eighth annual Modern Rock 91.5 Alumni Takeover boasts record airtime

As Central Michigan University prepares to get "Marooned" during this year's Homecoming celebration, CMU broadcasting alumni are gearing up to conquer the airwaves for 36 hours during a 42-hour period.

The eighth annual WMHW-FM 91.5 Alumni Takeover will take place from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. The 2007 Takeover includes seven more hours of airtime than previous years, making it the longest since its debut in 2000.

The Alumni Takeover, created by 1970s CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduates, serves as a fundraiser for the BCA Constituent Alumni Chapter. Participating alumni offer a modest financial contribution in exchange for air time; the donations help fund the annual $100 Al Painter Outstanding Freshman Award for BCA students, as well as the promotion of the BCA school and its alumni.

According to Takeover organizer Bill Thompson, '78, of Mason, the 2007 event will feature numerous genres of music; interviews with CMU leaders, including President Michael Rao, Interim Provost Gary Shapiro, College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, Athletic Director Dave Heeke, and head football Coach Butch Jones; and a live broadcast of the Sept. 28 Shepherd High School football game.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 25, 2007



Tim Staudt on Spartan Podcast

MSU alumnus Tim Staudt is the dean of sports broadcast journalists in mid-Michigan. Tim is sports director at Lansing’s NBC affiliate WILX-TV 10. He’s been on television in the Lansing area for 37 years and has hosted the Staudt on Sports radio program for 15 years. He recently added a Sunday Lansing State Journal column to his busy schedule. Tim describes his favorite moments while covering sports in the Lansing area for almost 40 years. He discusses how sports reporting and broadcasting has changed over the years. He talks about the peers he admires and gives his advice to young people who want to be the Tim Staudts of tomorrow. Visit Spartanpodcast.com to listen


Keith Allen Named Interim PD In Flint
CITADEL Country WFBE/FLINT has named MD/morning man KEITH ALLEN as Interim PD. He takes over following the death of PD JAY J. McCRAE earlier the month. The search is still on for a permanent replacement. (Tue, 9/25)


The touching 71-minute tribute to the late WITL/WFBE program director Jay J. McCrae, which aired September 15th during the special WITL/Lansing Toys for Tots Toy-a-Thon held in McCrae's memory, is now available for download, courtesy of A.J. Wilson and A.J. Radio Networks. The tribute features messages and remembrances from McCrae's co-workers and friends, past and present. If you missed the tribute when it aired, or you would like to hear it again, here is your chance to have your very own copy of a special farewell to a man who touched a lot of careers and a lot of lives.

You can download the the audio tribute to Jay J. McCrae by clicking the link to this page.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2007




WKCQ Announces Lineup For One-Night Stand
MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW MD/afternoon personality JOHN RICHARDS reported to ALL ACCESS that they have announced the lineup for their next big Listener Appreciation show. "KCQ ONE-NIGHT STAND" will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th in BAY CITY, MI, starring LYRIC STREET artist TRENT TOMLINSON and CURB/ASYLUM's BLUE COUNTY. (Wed, 9/27)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2007



CMU's WMHW-FM gets power upgrade, now broadcasting at 13,000 watts

Some 35 years ago, Central Michigan University's student-run radio station went on the air, broadcasting with a modest signal of not even 40 watts. As of Sept. 28, the station's power has expanded to more than 351 times that figure.

WMHW-FM, which started in 1972 as a 37-watt station and then operated at 340 watts from 1982 to 2007, has begun broadcasting at 13,000 watts - a far cry from the weak signal that, just a few decades ago, could barely reach the borders of Mount Pleasant. The upgraded signal expands the station's coverage area, which previously was limited to Isabella County but now reaches east to Bay City and Saginaw, north to Gladwin and Harrison, west to Big Rapids, and south to Ithaca.

"The new WMHW will provide an unduplicated program service to a substantial portion of mid-Michigan," said Peter Orlik, CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts director. "A professional operation that happens to be staffed by students, the station looks forward to offering alternative listening opportunities to many more listeners while heightening the training experience for the next generation of radio broadcasters."

WMHW is operated by CMU students under the direct supervision of the BCA school within the College of Communication and Fine Arts. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with an alternative rock music format plus several specialty music shows, news and sports programs, and play-by-play coverage of such sports as Shepherd High School football and CMU women's basketball.

"We have primary responsibilities to both the listeners we reach and the students we teach," said BCA associate professor Jerry Henderson, who has served as the station's faculty director since 1981. "This upgrade allows us to offer an alternative program resource to a new, larger listenership and to show our appreciation to decades of students who have provided the base of excellence upon which this power increase is built."







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