Mid-Michigan: December 2007 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 8, 2007



Lansing State Journal:

The man who built from the ground up Lansing country music radio station WITL inspired many during his life. Friends remember Charles Mefford as a self-made man who showed others they could accomplish their dreams. He died Thursday in Naples, Fla. Mefford began his radio career by running errands for disc jockeys as a boy, said Sharon Hetrick, Mefford's former office manager at WITL for six years. He worked his way up and in 1964 bought his own station, Lansing's WMRT, for $180,000. He transformed it into WITL, a multimillion-dollar enterprise that he once called "Michigan's first full-time country music station." "He was a self-made man," said Hetrick, of DeWitt. "He was an inspiration to so many people." Mefford, who had heart problems for years, died several days after suffering a head injury from a fall Monday, said Hetrick's husband, Jeff Hetrick. Mefford was 76... WITL founder Mefford inspired friends (Sat, 12/8)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 18, 2007



Saginaw News:

Broadcasters in Saginaw, Bay, Midland and Genesee counties will help raise money Wednesday for the United Way of Saginaw County during Click n' Give Day. On-air radio and television personalities will invite their Saginaw County listeners and viewers to go to the stations' Web sites to donate to United Way's annual fundraising campaign ... Television stations participating are Channel 5, WNEM; Channel 6, MY5; and Channel 12, WJRT. Radio participants are WNEM-AM, 1250; WHNN-FM, 96.1; WFBE-FM, 95.1; WMJO-FM, 97.3; WSAG-FM, 104.1; WKCQ-FM, 98.1; WSGW-AM, 790; WCEN-FM, 94.5; and WGER-FM, 106.3.Broadcasters assist United Way drive (Mon, 12/17)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 20, 2007



CMU graduate assistant awarded national broadcasting scholarship

Academic excellence and co-curricular involvement have led one Central Michigan University graduate student to receive a nationally competitive broadcasting scholarship.

Pinconning native Aaron Jones, a video production graduate assistant in CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, recently received the Helen J. Sioussat/Fay Wells Scholarship from the Broadcast Education Association. The $1,250 scholarship is one of only 14 awarded annually to students at BEA member schools throughout the country.

Peter Orlik, director of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said it has been several years since a CMU broadcasting student has received a scholarship from the extremely competitive program.

"Aaron's success is indicative of the comprehensive and high-quality work that BCA undergraduate and graduate students produce throughout their careers at CMU," Orlik said.

Flint Journal:

WWCK-FM (105.5) morning host Mike MacDonald said five of his listeners got early -- and needed -- Christmas presents from Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding member Paul O'Neill. MacDonald interviewed O'Neill on the air a couple of weeks ago and had to put him on hold to return to the air for a segment about a wish list to help needy local families... Founder aids local radio listeners (Thu, 12/20)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 23, 2007



Midland Daily News:

I’ve taken to listening to a lot of audio books lately instead of the radio during the evenings. And it’s all because of satellites. It’s happened all over the country: rock, country, talk and Christian stations have taken to using satellite feeds instead of having local DJs and announcers. That way, some boy DJ in L.A. or some husky-voiced chick in New York City delivers the same music to 25 stations via satellite. Sophisticated computer programming allows station identification, weather and local ads to be interspersed at just the right times. I think it’s pretty sad, and I think midsize-market radio is going to have to get a lot better for me to start getting into it again... Satellite feeds take away the local radio flavor (Sun, 12/23)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 29, 2007



Flint Journal:

For the second straight year, WFLT-AM (1420), Flint, has been nominated for a national gospel radio station of the year award, said general manager Sammie Jordan. The prestigious Stellar Awards will be presented Jan. 12 in an annual program in Nashville, Tenn. The local station, which did not win last year, was among more than 60 entries in four radio categories, based on the population of their local markets. WFLT is among five finalists in areas of up to 500,000 population... Radio station finalist for national award (Sat, 12/29)







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