Mid-Michigan: November 2007 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 2, 2007

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Flint Journal:

Item: WHNN-FM (96.1) suspends Johnny Burke to investigate allegedly racist posting about the Flint School District on the Saginaw oldies station's Web site. View: On the one hand, Flint schools are hardly a shining example of how to run a school district, and wouldn't it be nice to see the PC police keep it in check for a change? On the other hand, if the popular morning host's "Practical Math" test posted on - and quickly removed from - the station's Web site really did contain racist inferences about the largely black schools and make light of such deadly serious issues as gangs, drugs and gun violence, then he should have known better. After all, this is the guy who angered a lot of people in Burton after making some reportedly insulting remarks about them back when he was at WCRZ nearly 20 years ago... Johnny Burke's been down this insulting road before (Fri, 11/2)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2007

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Lansing State Journal:

Local TV will move closer to its digital destiny on Sunday. That's when WKAR splits into four digital channels, over the air and on some cable set-ups. In addition to high-quality pictures, that means more of just about everything. The new digital schedule starts Sunday, with other changes expected in the months ahead... WKAR goes digital four ways on Sunday (Sat, 11/3)



Flint Journal:

State Rep. Brenda Clack, D-Flint, is joining Flint Board of Education members in expressing outrage that city students were ridiculed through a "Practical Math" test discussed on Saginaw-based WHNN-FM (96.1) and posted on its Web site. In a Friday news release, Clack, a former Flint schools teacher, condemned the station for its "inflammatory activity"... Clack condemns radio station over mock test (Sat, 11/3)



Saginaw News:

Johnny Burke is back on the air, returning Monday with his sidekick, Blondie, to host the morning show at WHNN-FM, 96.1. And, he added, they were not suspended Thursday, but taken out of the studio while they formulated their response to criticism of a bogus ''practical math'' test posted on the station's Web site in September... Morning show host Burke back on the air Monday (Sat, 11/3)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 5, 2007

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flyin highWJZL making progress on power increase

There was some big activity in downtown Lansing yesterday as a helicopter hovered over the Boji Tower removing the old pipe and tower that wasn't strong enough to support the new antenna for Smooth Jazz WJZL-FM 92.9. After some restoration work is completed on the roof, the helicopter will return to haul up the new tower/pipe setup that will be able to accommodate the station's new equipment. Once all the work is completed, the changes will greatly increase the station's coverage area around Lansing.



Saginaw News:

By this afternoon, Johnny Burke promises, he and his bosses at Citadel Broadcasting will have the official word about the brouhaha that's kept him off the air since Thursday. Until then, as fans of the popular morning disc jockey at WHNN-FM, 96.1, found out this morning -- Burke's anticipated return -- he will remain off the air with pay. ''We're going to have the long-awaited press release by mid-afternoon, or the end of the business day at the latest,'' said Burke, who will join corporate managers to make a joint statement. Burke and the station Friday said he would return today... Burke: I'm on air Tuesday (Mon, 11/5)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 6, 2007

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Saginaw News:

A classic rock station's on-air hosts will broadcast live from Famous Dave's, 5665 Bay in Saginaw Township, urging listeners to help fill a new RV with nonperishable foods and frozen turkeys from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday. The station, WILZ-FM, 104.5, which uses the moniker Wheelz, will stage the overnight event to collect donations for the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw... Radio hosts assist charity (Tue, 11/6)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 16, 2007

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Lansing's WJZL 92.9 powers up

At 1:45 p.m. today, WJZL FM, Smooth Jazz 92.9, completed its upgrades and began broadcasting at its new location with full power, 5,400 watts @ 344 feet. Installation of the station's new tower/pipe was completed on Sunday, November 11th via helicopter, but tower crews still required the station to broadcast at low power while they moved other antennas back onto the new tower, finished sealing the roof, touched up the paint, installed the new LED beacon and side lights, and performed other finishing touches.

The Mid-Michigan Radio Group (Rubber City Radio Group) station will now be licensed to Grand Ledge, completing its move-in to Lansing from Charlotte. The station changed frequency from 92.7 to 92.9 in October 2006 and also began broadcasting at low power from its new location in downtown Lansing at that time while the final steps to complete the upgrade were being completed.

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2007

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WVIC Brings 24/7 Holiday Music to Mid-Michigan

Rubber City Radio Group's Lansing Soft AC outlet WVIC-FM 94.1 became the latest Michigan radio station to switch to an All-Christmas Music format this morning, following the Bob and Sheri program. Although radio stations across the state have made similar format shifts during the holiday season over the past seven years, WVIC is the first station in the Lansing market to do so. The station switched from a Classic Hits format to Soft AC on October 15th.



AllAccess.com:

WPRJ Holding Christmas Auction
Listener-supported COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES Christian Top 40 WPRJ/SAGINAW-BAY CITY, MI is accepting donations of items and services through NOVEMBER 27th to include in the station’s CHRISTMAS AUCTION beginning DECEMBER 3rd on eBAY. The auction will support station efforts. All of the items collected will be placed on the online auction website, and a direct link will provided on the station’s website to all of the items available. (Mon, 11/19)



Saginaw News:

Edwards, William James Formerly of Saginaw Mr. Edwards was born March 30, 1915 and passed away November 14, 2007 at his summer home in Harbor Springs, MI... Obit: William James Edwards, co-founder of Lake Huron Broadcasting Corp. (Sun, 11/18)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2007

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Saginaw News:

WIOG-FM, 102.5, the radio station that dubs itself the Hit Music Channel, will attempt to deliver another big hit this holiday season. The station is trying to fill a portable storage and moving container with toys to donate to poor children. WIOG will collect toys at Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance, 2463 Tittabawassee, starting at 7 p.m. today. Staff then will wrap the container with a red bow, making what the station is calling the world's largest Christmas present... Radio station collecting toys to give to the poor (Fri, 11/23)


A trio of Ernest Hemingway documentaries air on Channel 19, WDCQ, Tuesday night. ''Delta College Public Broadcasting is supporting the Michigan Humanities Council Great Michigan Read by devoting an entire evening to its chosen author,'' says Scott Seeburger, media and community relations for the PBS affiliate. ''The programs examine his literary career, personal life and remarkable connection to the state of Michigan.'' The Humanities Council developed The Great Michigan Read to advocate the importance of reading and literature... TV station encourages reading (Sat, 11/24)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2007

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AllAccess.com:

Malachi Crane Joins Spring Arbor Radio
SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY’s SAU RADIO names MALACHI CRANE GM. As GM, CRANE will be responsible for the overall management of SAU RADIO including Christian AC WSAE (HOME.FM), Inspirational WJKN-A and KTGG/SPRING ARBOR, MI. His first day will be NOVEMBER 29TH. Previously, CRANE was Dir./Business and Ministry Development for RTN Christian AC WJIS (THE JOY FM 88.1)/SARASOTA, FL. (Thu, 11/29)

 

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