Mike Austerman: March 2007 Archives

Saginaw News:

Blake Shelton knows his way around the KCQ Country Music Fest in Saginaw. In 2000, the country singer kicked off the New Faces series, and two years later, he returned to the Main Stage to open for Clay Walker. And Saturday, June 16, Shelton headlines the free concert, which annually attracts 80,000 fans to Saginaw's Ojibway Island. Joining him are Billy Currington and Trent Tomlinson... KCQ fest 'perfect fit' (Wed, 2/28)


Detroit News:

Detroit's economy may be rough, but Dick Purtan's 20th annual Radiothon set a new record last week. In just 16 hours on Friday, the WOMC-FM (104.3) air personality raised nearly $2.4 million for the Salvation Army (last year the radiothon raised $1,808,440) ... Wendy Williams , host of the syndicated "The Wendy Williams Experience," will sign her new book, "The Ritz Harper Chronicles, Vol. 2," at the Barnes & Noble, in the new Fairlane Green Shopping Center in Allen Park, starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11... Dick Purtan gets award for raising millions for Salvation Army (Thu, 3/1)

Apparently, there's a lot of thinking, questioning and reacting going on out there. My e-mail and voice mail in-boxes have been stuffed lately with a lot of tidbits from readers. Some of the missives are funny. Others are serious. And some are just plain cries for help, prayers to change the mass-media universe. I am here to serve, so let's get to your issues... Readers stuff complaint box (Thu, 3/1)


WXYZ-TV is the Detroit television market's number one station, sign-on/sign-off, according to the February 2007 Nielsen Media Research rating survey which ended Wednesday. WXYZ-TV garnered a 5.4 rating/12.5 share, versus WDIV's 4.4 rating /10.2 share, WJBK's 3.7 rating/8.7 share and WWJ's 2.7 rating/ 6 share. In addition to winning sign-on/sign-off in television household ratings, WXYZ was also metro Detroit's number one station in delivery of all key demographics including Women 18-49, Persons 18-49, Women 25-54 and Persons 25-54... WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Sweeps to Victory in February Ratings (Thu, 3/1)



Flint Journal:

You can count Rolonda Watts among LaKisha Jones' fans. Watts, whose syndicated "The Rolonda Show" airs from noon-3 p.m. weekdays on WOWE-FM (98.9), fell in love with the Flint singer after her rousing performance of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" last week on "American Idol." Watts is based in Los Angeles but was tipped by a friend in Washington, D.C., who'd seen that Feb. 21 show... Radio host becomes a LaKisha lover (Fri, 3/2)


Lansing State Journal:

A radio special Saturday will focus on the impact the late Robert Busby had on local music. "Jazz 'til Midnight" (8 p.m. to midnight on WKAR-FM 90.5) is usually taped in advance by host Doug Collar. This time, however, there will be a live special, discussing the ways Busby's Creole Gallery boosted music. Collar will be joined by WKAR's Dan Bayer, Jim Alfredson (of Organissimo), Freddie Cunningham (of Root Doctor) and Rodney Whitaker, the head of the Michigan State University jazz program... WKAR jazz show honors Robert Busby Saturday (Fri, 3/2)

Media personality Chris Holman will leave his weekday morning radio show at the end of June. Holman, also publisher of Greater Lansing Business Monthly, said today he will continue his new weekly "Michigan Business Beat" syndicated radio show and "Business Today" television show on WILX-TV. Holman has anchored the morning show on WILS (1320-AM) since 2005. He previously anchored a morning show on WJIM (1240-AM) since 1993... Holman giving up weekday radio show (Thu, 3/1)


Riff 2's "Detroit Local 101" wins award

WRIFThe side channel of Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Riff 2, has been voted "Best Local Radio Show" for its "Detroit Local 101" show in this year's "Real Best of Detroit" issue of Real Detroit Weekly.

The show's co-hosts, Suzy Cole and Melody Licious wanted to create a show that really expanded Riff 2's local music catalogue and featured a variety of genres, including hip-hop, indie rock, country and more. Detroit Local 101 often features local musicians performing live
in-studio. The show airs every Tuesday night from 10p-Midnight.

If you want to catch "Detroit Local 101" in a fun, interactive environment, check out Small's bar in Hamtramck every Tuesday night for a "Detroit Local 101" listening party.

"This award is a really big deal for Riff 2, especially since the station is still relatively new and still not available through conventional FM radio channels. We're really pleased with the attention that Riff 2 has been getting lately and we're hoping that it will turn people on to HD radio on the whole", says Riff 2 Program Director, Mark Pennington.

Detroit Free Press:

Special event programming -- the Super Bowl and Grammys on CBS and the Oscars on ABC plus the return of ratings powerhouse "American Idol" on Fox -- left its imprint on Detroit February sweeps Nielsen ratings numbers released Thursday. WJBK-TV (Fox 2) and WWJ-TV (CBS 62) posted stellar prime-time numbers based on the NFL title game, Grammy and "Idol" ratings, knocking NBC and WDIV-TV (Local 4) into a rare fourth place prime-time finish... Big shows leave prints on Detroit TV ratings (Fri, 3/2)

Television station WADL-TV (Channel 38) will air weekly messages from Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for a segment called "2 Minutes with the Mayor," starting Monday. The first message will preview Kilpatrick's State of the City address, which he will deliver March 13. The next four focus on donating blood, financial literacy, a new community involvement program and an Easter message... Hear Kilpatrick on Channel 38 (Fri, 3/2)


Grand Rapids Press:

Thumbs up: The Rampage have assembled a fantastic radio team for the upcoming season. Joe Parson returns for his 10th consecutive season of play-by-play, beginning with Sunday's opener at Colorado on WBFX-FM (101.3). Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore debuts as an analyst for all eight home games, including Thursday night's matchup against Las Vegas at Van Andel Arena ... Breaking up: The Grand Valley State University athletic department is searching for a new radio home after ending its relationship with WBBL-AM (1340) and WMFN-AM (640). It terminated its agreement with the two local stations Wednesday due to repeated programming conflicts with Michigan State University football games that forced Lakers football to be pre-empted... Channel chatter (Fri, 3/2)


Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) earned bragging rights for its overall rankings in the February Sweeps ratings race, but WDIV (Channel 4) still retains the No. 1 title for its 11 p.m. newscast and WJBK (Channel 2) remains No. 1 in the mornings. In all, WXYZ garnered a 5.4 rating over WDIV's 4.4 rating, WJBK's 3.7 rating and WWJ-TV's (Channel 62) 2.7 rating. Each rating point represents 19,440 local viewers. The station was tops for its newscasts at noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m... Channel 7 wins overall sweeps race (Sat, 3/3)


• Two radio more Michigan radio stations have been served with Notices of Apparent Liability by the FCC for late license renewal applications and unauthorized operations. Adrian College's WVAC-FM 107.9 Adrian and Grace Baptist Church's WBLW FM 88.1 were both served with NAL's in the amount of $7,000 for the transgressions. Both stations were also granted their license renewals, despite the fines.

FCC documents (.pdf):
Notice of Apparent Liability, WVAC-FM
Notice of Apparent Liability, WBLW

• Adult Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7 Flint was granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from 3,000 watts @ 256 feet to 3,000 watts @ 328 feet from a location about a mile north of where the station currently broadcasts from.

• Larry Langford, Jr is purchasing WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac from LeSea Broadcasting for $90,001 pending FCC approvals and closing. Langford also owns Oldies WGTO AM 910 Cassopolis and had commented in a local newspaper earlier in the year that he was considering using WDOW AM to expand the coverage of WGTO's programming. LeSea maintains ownership of WHPD FM 92.1 Dowagiac, the former WDOW-FM, which carries Contemporary Christan programming from LeSea's WHPZ FM 96.9 Bemen, Indiana.


Grand Rapids Press:

As always, WGVU-TV (Channel 35) is on the hunt for donations of items for its annual auction -- but this year's event is going to be much different. Gone are the days of the lights, camera and action of live auctioneering. The auction is moving online ... Shelley Irwin, host of WGVU's radio morning show (9-11 a.m weekdays), earned a master's degree and practiced for 15 years as a physical therapist before getting into broadcast journalism. "I took the risk six years ago, attending the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and getting my feet very wet at WJR radio and WXYZ-TV in Detroit," she said. Now, she is a four-time winner of the Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television for Individual Achievement as program host. Irwin was selected from a record-breaking number of entries based on her entry's high quality in writing, production and programming... WGVU-TV moving annual auction online (Sun, 3/4)

"Come On Over," the locally produced children's TV show, has made its mark in the Nielsen ratings of TV viewership. The show that debuted in October on WOTV (Channel 41), an ABC affiliate, made its first appearance in November in diaries kept by viewers and beat out two other kids' shows on FOX-TV and CBS-TV in its 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning time slot... Kids show gets kudos (Sun, 3/4)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioThis sure is an interesting time to be an observer of the radio business. Make no mistake about it, radio now is much more a business than the art form it once was considered. Most radio news today is less about the performers and more about the bottom line.

Take, for example, the National Association of Broadcasters’ negative stance on the pending merger of satellite providers XM and Sirius. NAB spokesperson Dennis Wharton commented: “In coming weeks, policymakers will have to weigh whether an industry that makes Howard Stern its poster child should be rewarded with a monopoly platform for offensive programming. We’re hopeful that this anti-consumer proposal will be rejected.”

Where were the complaints from the NAB when Mr. Stern was broadcasting his “offensive programming” on regular radio?

Oh, that’s right — what was then Stern’s parent company, Infinity Broadcasting, is now CBS Radio, a member of the NAB. Neither XM nor Sirius are NAB members. Hmm ...


Port Huron Times Herald:

What we now call alternative rock was once known as “college rock.” There’s a reason for that. In the ’80s, the bands that laid the groundwork for the alternative movement got the majority of their airplay from college radio stations, which had a greater willingness to play nonmainstream music. Back then, that included St. Clair County Community College’s WSGR-FM (91.3). But for the last decade, college rock generally has been absent from this college station, which instead has played mainly smooth jazz and soft pop. While you still may hear some Kenny G on the station — particularly if you tune in this week while students are on spring break — his days on WSGR are numbered... Voices of change- College DJs working to change station’s format (Sun, 3/4)

Daily Press and Argus:

By day, he's Nick Giles, a regular 21-year-old Green Oak Township resident who loves music and enjoys the outdoors. By night, when he hits the RIFF2 airwaves, he becomes Tre. He's a DJ who spins hip-hop, indie rock, metal and lots of new local groups trying to carve out a name for themselves. He isn't afraid to play anything because he knows people his age love variety... Brighton grad makes waves on radio (Mon, 3/4)

Detroit News:

The rabbit-eared TV has less than two years to live. And forget trying to buy one from your neighborhood electronics store. We're coming to the end of analog. Analog broadcasts -- a basic TV signal sent through the air -- are set to end in 2009. That's when TV signals become a digital stream that only the right kind of TV or converter box can decode... Time is running out for rabbit ears (Mon, 3/5)


Lansing State Journal:

Jose Cabrera considers himself an average high school student. That is, until he's perched atop the Eastern field house bleachers some Friday nights, capturing the hoops "hero shot" through a lens and following headset commands from a director below. He's part of a 200-kid crew from across four high school programs that, together with a central staff, keeps Lansing schools' action a remote click away... Kids keep Lansing tuned in (Mon, 3/5)

Classic Rock FM Blog:

There's been a lot written about Consumer Generated Media (CGM). You Tube, blogs, podcasting and more - and now comes "Text Me TV". It just debuted here in Lansing on the local CW affiliate (a cable channel here - also seen on the ABC affiliate's HDTV secondary channel). For a mere 99¢ per text, one can broadcast their message to the world - or at least to those watching in the Lansing market... CGM comes to live TV (2/28)


John Drury High School Radio Awards give honor to WBFH-FM 88.1 for second straight year; Bloomfield Hills School District Radio Students Win Seventeen Awards in Nationwide Radio Competiton

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won a total of 17 awards in eight categories at the Fifth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held March 3, 2007 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Based on the number of award winners, WBFH won 1st Place, Best High School Station for the second year in a row.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.



1st Annual Sabrina Black Foundation Event Set:
Details have been confirmed for the first official SABRINA BLACK FOUNDATION event, which will happen on APRIL 10 in MT. CLEMENS, MI. Blues guitarist KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD will headline this special WRIF/DETROIT-SBF concert/auction fundraiser.

STEVE BLACK, co-founder of The SABRINA BLACK Foundation and host of "The Chop Shop Radio Show," commented on the upcoming event: "SABRINA was a 15-year DETROIT radio personality who was very public with her battle. She has become a symbol of hope to everyone facing life and death situations."

The SABRINA BLACK FOUNDATION raises money and then selects cancer patients through the billing offices of local cancer hospitals. The hospitals select candidates, and then contact the patients to let them know that their entire hospital bill has been paid. Visit www.sabrinablackfoundation.org for more information.

WRIF's Drew and Mike named best morning show; Riff 2 having "blowout" weekend

WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 announced today that the station's morning show, "Drew and Mike", have nabbed the award for "Best Morning Show" in Real Detroit Weekly's "Real Best of Detroit". Drew and Mike have been a foundation of WRIF for the last 12 years. The station believes the the show's continued success is attributed to its irreverent humor, the relevance of its content, great interviews, the amazing chemistry between the hosts and of course, the fact that the show has remained local.

In honor of this weekend's "Metro Times Blowout," the local music festival which takes place in Hamtramck, WRIF's HD channel, Riff 2, will play music from Blowout Artists all weekend long.

The "Blowout Weekend" will begin Friday, March 9th at 8:00 a.m. and continue all weekend through Sunday night. RIFF2 will feature music from local favorites like: The Muggs, Broadzilla, The Hard Lessons, The Sights, Paper Street Saints, Grande Nationals, Crud and more.

"We try to feature local music on an ongoing basis on Riff 2. This is just one more opportunity to spotlight some of the truly great artists that Detroit has to offer," said RIFF2's Mark Pennington.


On March 1st, AM stations in Lapeer and Caro both modified their formats, with both changes involving the country format.

In Lapeer, Regent Communication's AM 1530 changed its format from Adult Standards to ABC Radio's "Real Country" format which positions itself as "Today's Stars and the Legends". The station also changed its call sign from WLSP to WLCO.

Further north along the M-24 corridor in Caro, Edwards Group's WKYO AM 1360 dropped its affiliation with ABC's Real Country and shifted to a Classic Country format. Brad Morgan, WKYO and WIDL-FM 92.1 program director and operations manager, tells Michiguide.com that station staples such as The WKYO Trading Post, and The Birthday Bag remain unchanged with the shift in music. WKYO also will also continue to feature local news, community events, local sports, weather, and farm programming. WKYO has served the Tuscola County area for over 40 years.




Changes At WWCK/Flint:
CUMULUS Top 40 WWCK/FLINT loses two staffers as morning show stunt man LIL ROCK crosses the street to REGENT Active Rock WWBN for on-air duties. Also, weekend jock MANDEE exits to join CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI/DETROIT for similar duties. (Tue, 3/6)



WHZZ Nighttimer Brandon 'Lewis' McClain Exits:
MACDONALD BROADCASTING Adult Hits WHZZ (101-7 MIKE-FM)/LANSING, MI night personality and Public Affairs Director BRANDON "LEWIS" McCLAIN (aka B-MAC) exits. B-MAC was previously doing mornings at sister Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5). (Tue, 3/6)


Detroit Free Press:

What to make of Arbitrend's Tuesday radio ratings release for November, December and January? Pretty much what you'd expect... Winter good to WWJ; Drew & Mike tops in a.m. (Wed, 3/7)

Mix 92.3 leads the pack in 12+ radio ratings in first winter Arbitrend

Adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3 lead soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3, news/talk WJR AM 760, urban WJLB-FM 97.9 and smooth jazz WVMV-FM 98.7.

Detroit 12+ ratings, Stationratings.com


WKRK's Doyle Launches 'Pwned Radio' Video Gaming Show:
CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon "DEMINSKI AND DOYLE" co-host BILL DOYLE is launching a weekend gaming show, "PWNED RADIO," with co-host and tech guy SHANE HAMELIN, on the station starting this SUNDAY night at 7p ET. DOYLE, whose gaming exploits include the invention of the "Gamer Trough," a device to allow obsessive gamers to munch on Cheez Doodles while their eyes remain transfixed on WORLD OF WARCRAFT, will talk about video games with co-host HAMELIN, known to D&D listeners as "SHANE THE WORM SNORTER" for having pulled that particular stunt on the show; he is a webmaster who has written several popular game strategy guides. (Tue, 3/6)



Donny Osmond Show Added In Grand Rapids:
"8 Track Playback With DONNY OSMOND" adds REGENT Oldies WFGR/GRAND RAPIDS to its affiliate list. The daily vignette debuts in AC, Oldies, and Classic Hits versions on APRIL 1. Sample the demo at www.8trackplayback.com. (Thu, 3/8)


Oldies CKWW features 'Supreme Diva Week'

Starting Monday, March 12th on Oldies CKWW AM 580, the station's Morning Mystery Oldie Contest will feature “Supreme Diva Week” with a chance for listeners to see Motown diva Diana Ross.

Each weekday morning at 8:20, host Charlie O'Brien will play a clip from a Diana Ross song. It could be one of her hits with the Supremes or her later solo work. The first person to correctly name that tune will win a pair of tickets to see Diana Ross at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 16th, and get her newest CD “I Love You”, and a Supremes greatest hits CD. Winners are then qualified for the Grand Prize: we’ll pamper you like a “diva” with a spa package at Mystique Day Spa in Dearborn and a weekend trip for two to Toronto including first class transportation aboard VIA Rail and deluxe hotel accommodations.

The contest runs for two weeks with the grand prize draw on March 23rd.

Magic 105.1’s annual bowling party coming to Sterling Heights

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, has announced the station's “Magic Bowling Party” will take place on Saturday, March 31st at Sterling Lanes on Schoenherr Road in Sterling Heights. The event will be hosted by many Magic’s personalities who will be on hand from from noon to 4pm. There will be door prizes and special contests, as well as food, soft drinks and fun for all. The only way in is to win tickets by listening to the station. Visit www.DetroitMagic.com for details.

Louisville Courier-Journal:

Jon Hoban, the station manager of Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, has been named deputy director of the Public Radio Partnership, beginning April l7 ... “Jon is one of the outstanding managers in the public radio system,” said Donovan Reynolds, PRP’s director and general manager, “and I know he will bring new ideas and new energy to our stations in Louisville.” At Michigan Radio, where Reynolds also worked for many years, Hoban developed numerous award-winning radio projects, including interview and call-in programs, a state-wide cultural program and a regional environmental news service... Public radio names deputy director (Thu, 3/8)


WCSX Stone Soup project Charged up for '07

WCSXFor the fifth year in a row, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 and its listeners will take on the task of totally restoring a classic car and then raffle it off to raise money for a local charity. This year's selected car is a 1968 Dodge Charger, as selected by an e-mail vote and revealed by morning show hosts JJ & Lynne. The car will be rebuilt from a rusty shell thanks to donations of parts, expertise, and time from 'CSX listeners and corporate sponsors.

Focus: Hope, an important part of Detroit for nearly forty years, will be this year's beneficiary from the raffle. The $25 tickets will be on sale starting today at Cobo Hall during Autorama from WCSX's booth where the station will be featuring live broadcasts throughout the weekend.

Visitors to Autorama will be able to check out the Stone Soup project's first four cars: a '67 Mustang from 2003, a '70 Hemi Roadrunner from 2004, a '65 GTO convertible from 2005, and last year's '47 Nailhead custom truck. The Stone Soup Project has raised more than $750,000 for various local charities in its four years.

Detroit Free Press:

WDIV-TV (Local 4) is shaking up its anchor corps. Starting March 26, morning news anchor Rhonda Walker will co-anchor "Local 4 News at 5," joining Ruth Spencer. Walker will replace Robbin Simmons, who returns to reporting and special projects. Walker will also be the primary fill-in for Carmen Harlan on "Local 4 News at 11 p.m.," joining Devin Scillian. Ama Daetz will replace Walker on the early weekday newscast from 5 to 7 a.m... Walker, Daetz get new roles at 4 (Fri, 3/9)

Wendy Williams isn't exactly sure she's the right one to tell women of Detroit how to ... well, how to be fly ... This weekend Williams, who took over John Mason's WDMK-FM (105.9) syndicated afternoon drive time slot last year, will be in town as part of the Pamper Me Party happening at the African American Museum on Sunday, a chance for local women to come out, listen to some good music and check out a hair and fashion show... Wendy Williams buzzes into town (Fri, 3/9)

Detroit News:

If you had the TV on at all last week, there was no way you could have escaped the touching and miraculous story of former ABC "World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff. The Bloomfield Hills native is back and telling his amazing story after an explosive devise hit a convoy that was carrying him and his cameraman Doug Vogt in Iraq last year, crushing Woodruff's skull, badly injuring Vogt, and nearly taking both men's lives... Bob Woodruff to make appearance (Fri, 3/9)


Grand Rapids Press:

Bill Simonson still recalls the suspicious looks and disparaging responses he got from a couple of local radio executives upon his return to Grand Rapids in search of a fresh start to his career more than five years ago. He was told he'd never be accepted here. His opinionated brand of cutting-edge sports talk, which helped propel him to a stint with ESPN-AM (1000) in Chicago, would be much too ribald and much too controversial for a homespun region like West Michigan... 'Huge Show: Sunday Edition' goes national (Fri, 3/9)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A free public lecture by popular National Public Radio personality Diane Rehm, which had been set for March 13 at Western Michigan University, has been rescheduled to April 2. A bout of pneumonia forced the 70-year-old talk show host to postpone public speaking engagements for a few weeks... NPR host's talk moved to April 2 (Thu, 3/8)


Toledo Blade:

Johny D has worn out his welcome in his hometown. He's burned just about every bridge in Toledo this side of I-280. Apparently, the road to Detroit isn't quite as bumpy. The controversial host, fired by both major radio groups in town, Cumulus Broadcasting and Clear Channel Radio, has landed a gig as morning talk-show talent at WKRK-FM, 97.1, in the Motor City. Johny D confirmed yesterday that he signed a two-year contract earlier this week. His new show, which will follow Opie & Anthony, will air weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m.. He is scheduled to make his on-air debut April 2... Johny D finds new radio job in Detroit (Sat, 3/10)


Bidding concludes Thursday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference to offer attendees bidding opportunities

MABFThe bidding in the first round of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) online auction is entering its final days. Interested bidders have until Thursday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win packages being offered in the charitable online auction.

Bidding in the MABF online auction is open to the general public. First round auction items include:
• Detroit Tigers Getaway Package- two VIP tickets behind home plate and an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
• The Grand Hotel Golf Outing- Golf for four at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island

Broadcasters and members of the general public attending the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) in Lansing Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 will have opportunities to enter bids in the online auction.

Proceeds from the online auction will support MABF programs, including scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals interested in the broadcasting industry.

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.


Grand Rapids Press:

The Grand Rapids Symphony is coming to PBS-TV. "Invention & Alchemy," the show featuring harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and the orchestra, will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WGVU-TV (Channel 35) as part of the station's annual spring pledge drive... Symphony to appear on PBS (Sun, 3/11)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioHard to believe that it’s been nearly one year since Sabrina Black — best known for her work at sports WDFN-AM (1130) until illness forced to her to leave her job back in 2003 — died from complications of a six-year battle with Hodgkin’s disease.

The man she loved, Steve Black, who’s the weekend jock at rock WRIF-FM (101.1), launched the Sabrina Black Foundation in May 2006 to honor his late wife, establishing the foundation’s mission to raise money to help individual cancer patients by paying off their entire hospital bills.

Right now, the foundation may only be able to assist one or two people every year, but by doing so, they let the recipients know that an angel has heard their prayers and hopefully has helped change their lives forever.

The foundation will hold its first-ever public event on April 10th at the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens with a fund-raising concert and auction. Headlining the concert will be blues-rock guitarist
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, while the auction will feature autographed guitars, artwork and many other items.

Tickets are $30.50 at Ticketmaster. Find more details about the event and the group at http://www.sabrinablackfoundation.org.



Craig Russell Joins The Fox
After a two-year stint in the cornfields of IOWA, former CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Rhythmic KKHQ (Q-92.3)/WATERLOO morning co-host and MICHIGAN native CRAIG RUSSELL returns home on NORTHERN BROADCASTING Classic Hits WFCX & WFDX (THE FOX 92.5/94.3)/TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY MI. CRAIG takes over as APD/afternooner effective immediately. PD/morning maven MARK ELLIOTT exclaimed, “I'm happy to have CRAIG back in the fold at NORTHERN BROADCASTING. Now, if we can just get him to show up for work." (Mon, 3/12)

The Fox Adds Classic AT40
NORTHERN BROADCASTING Adult Hits WFCX/WFDX (THE FOX FM)/TRAVERSE CITY adds Classic American Top 40, the replays of the original AT40 shows from the 70's to the SUNDAY afternoon lineup from noon-3p. PD MARK ELLIOT said, "We've gotten a tremendous positive response to this program, and the fact that PREMIERE gives a shout out to the #1 CASEY fan in AMERICA, PETE BATTISTINI, at the end of every show is great." (Tue, 3/13)


80,000 Impression 5 visitors annually to enjoy On the Air! - a hands-on look at broadcasting’s past, present and future

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing mayor Virgil Bernero and various state lawmakers will take part in a dedication ceremony debuting On the Air!, an interactive exhibit exploring the science of broadcasting on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00pm.

The event will take place at the Impression 5 Science Center, located at 200 Museum Drive in Downtown Lansing. This exhibit is an interactive method to educate young people throughout Michigan on the science and bright future of the TV and radio industries.



WKRK is adding ENTERCOM Top 40 WKRZ/SCRANTON-WILKES BARRE personality SHILA NATHAN to co-host "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" with incumbent JAY TOWERS 11a-3p starting APRIL 9. NATHAN will fill the slot opposite TOWERS formerly occupied by the departed MICHELLE MCKORMICK and more recently filled on an interim basis by producer and weekend "HAMTRAMCK HOUSE PARTY" co-host BILL MCALLISTER (Mon, 3/12)

Appendicitis Waylays WKRK's Deminski:
Get well wishes go out to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon co-host JEFF DEMINSKI, who landed in the emergency room for an appendectomy early SUNDAY morning (3/11). While DEMINSKI recovers, co-host BILL DOYLE will carry on with producer BILL "BEAVER" TORTORIELLO and phone screener/rock star RUDY DESANTIS providing on-air support. (Mon, 3/12)


FSNThe much-anticipated return of the defending American League champion Detroit Tigers will be celebrated April 1-2 on FSN Detroit with a day and a half of continuous team-related programming titled the "Tigers 36-Inning Marathon."

The marathon includes encore presentations of six games from the 2006 postseason, previously-aired and an original installment of Tigers subjects profiled on the documentary series Spotlight and a live one-hour show from Comerica Park on the eve of the season opener. The 36-Inning Marathon culminates with live and encore coverage of the Tigers opening day game against the Toronto Blue Jays and the premiere of the network's Tigers Live pre- and postgame shows.


WRIF & WCSX offering free college bracket challenges

Greater Media sister stations Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 and Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 are giving Metro Detroit college basketball fans two more reasons to enjoy all the action this March. WRIF’s Hoop Mania and WCSX’s College Hoop Basketball Challenge provide listeners the opportunity to be a part of the action from tip-off to the final game. Best of all, these bracket games are free and can be found at www.wcsx.com and www.wrif.com.

Fanatics will be able to test their college basketball knowledge against WCSX personalities including Jim Johnson, Karen Savelly, Ken Calvert, Steve Kostan, Paul Buck and WRIF’s Marc Fellhauer and Steve Black.

Each day, participants will be given a list of real-life matches between college basketball teams. Prior to the start of the games, participants will review the matches and select the teams they think will win.

After the games have been decided, participants will be given 1 “win” for each correct pick and 1 “loss” for each incorrect pick. The standings will display all the participants ranked according to their win percentage. Features include:

• Live Stats & Daily Scoring
• Easy registration with point and click bracket selections
• Early upsets only cost you one pick
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Detroit Free Press:

"Hey John, did you hear what happened to me?" e-mails WKRK-FM (97.1) afternoon drive host Jeff Deminski. "What a weekend. I had to undergo an emergency appendectomy at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Appendix was close to rupturing and Beaumont had to drag surgeons out of bed... Deminski has eventful weekend (Wed, 3/14)

Cincinnati Enquirer

The interactive Web services arm of Clear Channel Television will manage technical support for www.wcpo.com and eight other Internet sites of television stations owned by E.W. Scripps Co., the two companies said. The Clear Channel unit, called Inergize Digital Media, will provide technology integration and system support functions for the stations' Web sites. The stations include ones in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Baltimore, Detroit and Kansas City... Clear Channel to manage tech for Scripps sites (Wed, 3/14)


Regional Sales Manager of the Eastern United States for Axcera named second recipient of annual award at Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Paul Grzebik of Farmington Hills, MI with the organization’s second “MAB Associate of the Year” award. The presentation was made Wednesday, March 14 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. The award was created by MAB to recognize the significant contributions made by associate members, and to acknowledge their efforts in enhancing the quality and integrity of broadcasting while supporting their community.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has presented it’s most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters, who combined have served the industry for 65 years. The Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

Michael Doback, Vice President, Engineering Broadcast Division, E.W. Scripps Co. Doback has been with Scripps for seventeen years, where he is responsible for strategic technology and capital planning for the Scripp’s ten television stations. Before that he served as Director of Engineering for WXYZ-TV in Detroit. He joined WXYZ as a staff engineer in 1971. Doback oversaw construction and implementation of Michigan’s first high definition television station in 1998.

Del Reynolds, Corporate Chief Engineering, Northern Star Broadcasting, serving 20 radio stations in northern Michigan. Reynolds oversees Northern Star’s technical operations, and serves as a consulting engineer for several other broadcast operations. Reynolds started his career as an air personality in 1978. After working his way into various management positions, he formed Reynolds Communications where he owned and operated nine stations. Reynolds joined Northern Star after selling his stations that that company in 1998.

MAB created the Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award to honor the career of Carl Lee, a noted broadcast engineer who served as GM and President of the Fetzer Broadcasting. Mr. Lee was also President of MAB in 1956.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2007 High School and College Station of the Year Award. Award winners were chosen based upon overall excellence during the year, and entries submitted in at least three categories in the 2007 MABF High School and College Awards competition. The following stations were the recipients of the 2007 Station of the Year Award:

High School Radio Station of the Year: Plymouth Canton Community Schools, WSDP

College Radio Station of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

High School Television Station of the Year: Haslett High School, Vision 22

College Television Station of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV

MABF also announced winners of its High School and College Awards competition. The winners were selected from 500 entries submitted from 30 schools throughout Michigan. For a complete list of all winners, visit www.michmab.com.


Lansing State Journal:

For most of us, Ireland is a distant concept. Hints of it spring from movies and songs and - each St. Patrick's Day - everywhere else. To Michael Patrick Shiels, who will do his local radio show there Friday, Ireland is a key thread in his life. "I've probably been there 15 times," Shiels said. "I like to stay for a month or more, if I can." This time, he'll be quicker. On Friday, his WJIM-AM show will be from Doonbeg, in County Clare; on Monday, it will be back in Lansing... Radio host heads back to Emerald Isle (Thu, 3/15)


Grand Rapids Press:

It was a truly extraordinary way to say thanks. To show gratitude to WBCT-FM (93.7) and its listeners, one of the biggest acts in country music, Big & Rich, delivered a free acoustic show Monday evening in The Intersection. The multiplatinum duo -- comprising Kenny Alphin and John Rich -- has embarked on a special 10-city tour, performing in radio markets that helped launch and support its career, and Grand Rapids was the lucky first stop... Free show (and beer) lets fans feel Big & Rich (Tue, 3/13)


WFGR Adds Tom Kent's 'Classic Top 40'
REGENT Oldies WFGR/GRAND RAPIDS will begin airing TKO RADIO NETWORK's "Classic Top 40 Weeknights," hosted by TOM KENT, on MONDAY (3/19). PD LEN O'KELLY said, "WFGR is all about having fun, and TOM's show makes me remember when radio was fun. I expect he'll be a hit with our nighttime listeners." (Wed, 3/14)

WAY-FM Passes 100 Signals
WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP COO LLOYD PARKER announced yesterday (3/13) that WAY-FM now airs on over 100 signals, with two recent CHRISTIAN HIT RADIO SATELLITE NETWORK (CHRSN) affiliate signings, Christian CHR WONU/CHICAGO and Christian AC WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS. “These are two great radio stations, and we’re excited to expand into these new cities,” said CHRSN GM FARON DICE. Although WONU is new to CHRSN, WWJQ is a previous affiliate. WJQK GM TROY WEST said that the station has “received a lot of response to bring TOTAL AXXESS back to JQ-99.” (Wed, 3/14)


Ironwood Daily Globe:

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett announced a $71,642 grant for a weather radio transmitter in Gogebic County. The transmitter will extend the coverage of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio All Hazards early warning system... Grant issued for building new weather radio transmitter in Gogebic County (Wed, 3/14)


WRIF’s “Drew & Mike” auction Bob Seger tickets to benefit Grant children’s fund

Rock WRIF's 101.1 morning duo, Drew & Mike, auctioned off a pair of front row Bob Seger tickets live on the air this week, earning $2,600 for the Grant Children’s Fund.

The tickets that were auctioned are for tonight’s sold out Seger show at Cobo Hall. The highest bidder was Erica Zarzycki of Garden City at a whopping $2,600. The tickets were donated to Drew & Mike by Live Nation, Punch Enterprises, and Bob Seger. The show promises to be well worth it, as the entire show is being recorded and the promise of a Kid Rock appearance has been mentioned by Mr. Rock himself.

Contributions in memory of Tara Grant or for the Grant children can be made to the Grant Children's Trust Fund, c/o Warren Bank, at 38880 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038, or arranged by phone at (586) 416-1650.

Detroit Free Press:

CBS-owned WKRK-FM (97.1), reeling in the ratings since it lost Howard Stern at the end of 2005, is trying to rebound by restructuring its mid-morning lineup by adding Toledo talk sdhow host Johny D. According to the Toledo Blade, he'll fill the 9-11 a.m. weekdays slot starting April 2. Presumably, Jay Towers will move to fill the 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. but station GM Kevin Murphy was in a meeting and said through a spokeswoman he couldn't talk about the situation until Thursday morning... WKRK to add former Toledo voice (Thu, 3/15)


Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has announced the recipients of its 2006 Broadcast Excellence Station of the Year awards. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the Broadcast Excellence competition’s 13 categories and is given to the station with the most points in each radio and television market. The following stations were the recipients of the 2006 Station of the Year awards:

Market 1
Television: WJBK-TV, Detroit
Radio: WWJ-AM, Detroit

Market 2
Television: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids
Radio: WOOD-AM, Grand Rapids

Market 3
Television: WPBN/WTOM-TV, Traverse City
Radio: WLEN-FM, Adrian

Market 4
Television: WLUC-TV, Marquette
Radio: WSJM-AM, Benton Harbor

Public Television Group 1: WKAR-TV, East Lansing

Public Radio Group 1: WGVU-AM/FM, Grand Rapids

Public Radio Group 2: WUOM/WFUM/WVGR-FM, Ann Arbor

The MAB also announced the winners of its Broadcast Excellence Award competition. The winners were selected from 841 entries submitted by Michigan radio and television stations from the commercial and public sectors. For a complete list of all winners, visit www.michmab.com. The Broadcast Excellence Awards, one of the largest state awards programs in the nation, was judged by members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association on a variety of criteria including presentation, delivery, and production values.


The 2007 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) attracted 1,000 leaders connected to the broadcasting industry. The annual convention of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) was held March 13 and 14 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

“Broadcasters are looking for a competitive edge in a rapidly changing environment,” said MAB President Karole White. “This year’s GLBC provided a terrific opportunity to explore new management and programming strategies, and be exposed to the latest innovations in broadcast technology.”

Noted author and speaker Tom Peters, who wrote the best selling management book
Re-Imagine! Business Through Innovation, was the keynote speaker at GLBC. Peters spoke about the importance of trying new concepts in business and management without the fear of failure.

Technical sessions at GLBC focused on helping broadcast engineers deal with the complexities of the rapidly approaching deadline for the national transition from analog to digital television. The federal government has established February 17, 2009 as the date when all television stations will shut down their traditional analog signals, and broadcast exclusively in digital.

“The analog to digital transition presents significant challenges for broadcast engineers and consumers,” said White. “The broadcasting community is working hard to develop strategies that will ensure the smoothest possible conversion for everyone.”

GLBC also proved to be a terrific opportunity for aspiring broadcasters, particularly high school and college students to meet with representatives of Michigan radio and television stations who participated in the MAB Foundation Career Fair.

The 2008 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo will be held March 10-11 at Devos Place in Grand Rapids.


Detroit News:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters announced the winners in its annual Broadcast Excellence Awards on Wednesday night. In the Metro Detroit category for commercial broadcasting station of the year, WJBK-TV Fox 2 won as TV station of the year and news radio WWJ-AM (950) won as radio station of the year. The winning stations racked up the most merit points in the individual award categories... Fox 2 News, WWJ-AM win awards (Fri, 3/16)

Ralph Valdez Program to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 18th

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Celtic rockers Bill Grogan's Goat join Ralph Valdez for a live performance blending the traditional and the modern. Singer / guitarists Terry Murphy and Gerard Smith are joined by drummer Jude Closson, lead guitarist Norm Rosenbaum and bassist Dean Western for a heady stew of rock solid playing and singing that mixes acoustic Irish instrumentation with grittier electric rock sounds.

Ralph will also be giving away two pair of tickets to see the band LaGuitara on March 22 as well as two pair of tickets to see illusionist Marc Salem on March 22 at the Fisher Theatre.

As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few "rummage sale records", will also be spun and explored on The Ralph Valdez Program, 10 pm - midnight on Public WDET-FM 101.9.


Detroit Free Press:

Hank Winchester lies awake at night, thinking about the eerie conversations he had with Stephen Grant. "I think, 'Why did he try to lure me into his garage?' " said Winchester, a reporter with WDIV-TV Local 4. Grant has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tara Lynn Grant. A few hours before police discovered Tara Grant's remains, Winchester was on his way to interview Stephen Grant. In Grant's garage. On Grant's request. Where police found the torso March 2... Conversations with Grant haunt one Local 4 reporter (Sat, 3/17)

Several media outlets were trying to land interviews with Stephen Grant, just hours before police found a torso in his garage on March 2 and Grant went on the run. Hank Winchester, from WDIV-TV, was on his way to interview Grant when police searched his home. On the same day, people at WJBK-TV thought they were about to get an exclusive interview with Grant. Doug McKenzie, a night assignment editor at FOX 2, started talking to Stephen Grant in late February, hoping to land an exclusive interview... In-depth Grant TV interview was in the works (Sat, 3/17)

Two nuggets of special programming coming from WDIV-TV (Local 4) this weekend: Saturday, at 7 p.m. “S.O.S. For Michigan,” hosted by Devin Scillian, presents local business owners with their visions for the future, and what they’re doing right now to make jobs and make a difference ... Then The Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield based non-profit organization with 60 international chapters, will be the focus of the ongoing “NBC Nightly News” profile “People Making a Difference”, with correspondent Kevin Corke, on Sunday, at 6:30 pm. WDIV will also be airing a feature about the organization as part of Paula Tutman’s continuing series on Autism... Local 4's weekend nuggets (Fri, 3/16)


Ann Arbor News:

"Veterans Radio,'' a locally produced radio program by and for veterans of the armed services, returns to the air April 7 at 9 a.m. on WDEO (990 AM). The show had previously been heard on WAAM, but was dropped from the lineup in January... Veterans Radio to return (Sun, 3/18)


Niles' WNIL flips to talk

WNIL AM 1290 Niles has reportedly changed its format from adult standards to syndicated talk. Earlier this year, the station ended its local-based news and talk programs in favor of all satellite fed music.

Grand Rapids Press:

Local ABC affiliate WZZM-TV (Channel 13) has announced participants for its second "Dancing with the Stars" local edition. Those brave enough to participate include WZZM anchor Juliet Dragos, WLAV-FM's Kevin Matthews, WLHT-FM morning personality Nanette, Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor... Local 'celebrities' to dance with local 'stars' (Sun, 3/18)

Female country duo Bomshel was the toast of B-93's 2006 Birthday Bash outdoor concert and performed last fall to an enthusiastic crowd at The Intersection. Singer Buffy Lawson and fiddle player Kristy O. return Saturday night to the 'Section... Birthday Bash favorites return (Sun, 3/18)

Doug Montgomery of WBCT-FM (93.7) has been named one of the top country program directors in the country by Radio Ink Magazine... Magazine lauds Montgomery (Sun, 3/18)

WOOD-TV (Channel 8) producer Joy Wellington is being recognized with a Gracie Allen award for Individual Achievement as a News Producer in a Series or Special. For 10 years, Wellington has served as executive producer of community affairs for WOOD, WOTV (Channel 4) and WXSP (Channel 15)... WOOD producer honored (Sun, 3/18)

Talk about more exposure for regional and emerging bands. Community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) will up the musical ante by launching two free concert series within the next week -- the ever-popular Hat Trick Concert Series with emerging talent at One Trick Pony and a new set of performances spotlighting Michigan bands as part of the station's spring fund drive. The 12 fund-drive concerts -- which begin at 7:15 p.m. Monday with a performance by Grand Rapids string band Nobody's Darlin' -- will continue nightly through March 29... WYCE launches two free concert series (Sun, 3/18)


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioRemember that old country song with the lyric line “I wanna go home to Dee-troit City?” Well, that’s me after a couple of weeks of living out of a suitcase.

The last time we met, I indicated that I’d be covering two big radio conventions back-to-back. Well, I did. First to Nashville for the Country Radio Seminar, followed the next week by the Talk Radio Seminar in Los Angeles, presented by trade publication Radio & Records. And I return with more than a few observations about these two very popular radio formats.

In Nashville, Tim Roberts and John Trapane, the program directors of country stations WYCD-FM (99.5) and WDTW-FM (106.7), respectively, were in attendance. Also there was Ron Chatman, music director and air personality at WYCD, who was one of only about six African-Americans at the conference. Roberts was honored with a special scholarship established at his alma mater, Central Michigan University, a nice highlight at the CRS.

While in Music City, I met a ton of major stars, and I don’t mean to be a name-dropper, but I’ve got to mention Jon Bon Jovi, Mac Davis, Toby Keith and comic Bill Dana, a.k.a. Jose Jimenez. One of my personal favorites was meeting Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel. I’m a major weather-freak.


Brian Cowan adds role of program director for WTKA to responsibilities in Ann Arbor

Brian Cowan has been named as program director of Sports Talk 1050 WTKA effective immediately, adding to his duties at Ann Arbor Radio. Cowan’s other responsibilities include W4 Country (102.9 FM) morning show host for “Breakfast with Bubba”; W4 music director and W4 program director.

According to Ann Arbor Radio General Manager, Bob Bolak, the promotion is well-deserved. “Brian has done an excellent job taking 102.9 W4 Country to the top of Ann Arbor’s adult Arbitron ratings ranking. He understands that our mission is to focus on Ann Arbor and create content with high entertainment value. Brian has done just that for our company and will help WTKA continue to grow as Ann Arbor’s #1 sports brand.”

Detroit Free Press:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters gave out its 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards the other evening. Big as "American Idol"? Not quite. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association -- not the audience, not snarky judges -- did the judging; here are some awards of note. (Full list at www.michmab.com.) Stations of the Year for commercial broadcasters in large markets were WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WWJ-AM (950) in radio... WJBK, WWJ win annual awards (Mon, 3/19)


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) Foundation recently elected officers to lead the MABF Board of Directors during the 2007-08 year. New officers were elected at the March 13 MABF meeting, held during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. Officers, who are elected to a three-year term include:

Chairman Gary Reid, Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect Bruce Goldsen, Secretary/Treasurer Charles F. Ganzert, PhD, and Immediate Past Chairman Bill Keith.

Newly elected board members to the MAB Foundation include:
Steve Marks, President/Owner of WBKB/WBKP/WBUP-TV
Jennifer Mefford, General Sales Manager, WCSX-FM (Detroit) Greater Media Detroit
Sarah Norat Phillips, President/General, WMYD-TV (Detroit)


The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) has re-elected Thom Paulson, General Manager of Interlochen Public Radio, as MAPB President. The Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN) has re-elected Art Timko as its President for the 2007-2008 Board term.

Officers elected to the 2007-2008 MAPB Board include:
President- Thom Paulson, Interlochen Public Radio
Vice President- Steve Antoniotti, Detroit Public Television
Treasurer- Evelyn Massaro, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting
Secretary- DeAnne Hamilton, Michigan State University Public Broadcasting
At-Large- Michael Walenta, Grand Valley State University Public Broadcasting
At-Large- Edward Grant, Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting.

Officers elected to the 2007-2008 MPRN Board include:
President- Art Timko, Eastern Michigan University
Vice President- Thom Paulson, Interlochen Public Radio
Treasurer- Michael Walenta, Grand Valley State University Public Broadcasting
Secretary- Evelyn Massaro, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is the unified voice of Michigan’s public radio and television stations. Together, these stations produce and distribute a remarkable array of television and radio programs and series, which meet the needs, and interest of Michigan citizens.

The Michigan Public Radio Network is a unique broadcast partnership formed more than 20 years ago by Michigan’s noncommercial public radio stations. MPRN provides comprehensive coverage of issues statewide and regional importance to a weekly audience of more than 875,000 Michigan residents who tune in to one of the 30 member public radio stations across the state.


• A translator for Contemporary Christian "K-Love" in Detroit has been granted a modification to its construction permit to specify FM 88.3 instead of 99.1. The CP specifies 40 watts with a directional antenna directed southwest from near Jefferson and Mt. Elliott.

• The Home FM (106.9 Spring Arbor) translator in Battle Creek was granted its license to cover to change frequency to 92.3 as W222BB from 92.5 (W223AE). The station also increased power from 80 to 120 watts.

• The FCC approved the sale of Green Bay's WFRV-TV Channel 5 along with WJMN-TV 3 Escanaba to Liberty Media from CBS TV. The complex sales agreement results in essentially a tax-free exchange with Liberty returning $64 million worth of CBS stock (7,591,249 shares) along with $170 million in cash in exchange for the licenses of WFRV and WJMN.


Detroit Free Press:

Steve Harvey arrived 18 months ago in the kingdom of the radio shock jocks, where the royalty included Howard Stern, Don Imus and Opie and Anthony. The "King of Comedy" surveyed the raunchy landscape and launched his morning drive-time show with some trepidation. "I was concerned about it," Harvey said recently after finishing his four-hour weekday show at WBLS-FM. "But I am who I am. I can't stop being who I am. I'm not a mean-spirited guy." And so Harvey started his nascent show each morning with 12 minutes devoted to gospel music and God -- a stark contrast to Stern's salacious satellite shenanigans, or Opie & Anthony's weekly Wednesday hunt for female flesh... Steve Harvey's radio show No. 1 among urban stations (AP- Mon, 3/19)


Dennis Miller Launching With Over 80 Affiliates:
WESTWOOD ONE's DENNIS MILLER will launch on over 80 stations, including in seven of the top 10 markets, when the show hits the air on MONDAY (3/26). Among the charter affiliates are SALEM Talk KRLA-A/LOS ANGELES, WIND-A/CHICAGO, WNTP-A/PHILADELPHIA, KSKY-A/DALLAS, WORL-A/ORLANDO, KNUS-A/DENVER, KKOL-A/SEATTLE, KYCR-A/MINNEAPOLIS, and WDTK-A/DETROIT and CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KNEW-A/SAN FRANCISCO and KTRH-A/HOUSTON. MILLER will broadcast live from NEW YORK in the show's debut week, with RUDY GIULIANI and DANA CARVEY among scheduled guests. (Tue, 3/20)


WDFN scores rare interview with hockey villain Claude Lemieux

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced that it has secured an exclusive interview with former NHL player Claude Lemieux. The interview will air on the Jamie & Brady Show, heard weekdays from 6am to 9am, at 8:35am on Thursday, March 22nd and will also be able to be heard via podcast on wdfn.com by late afternoon.

Lemiux, notorious for his illegal hit on Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper during the 1995-96 NHL season and catalyst in the brawl between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche the following year, amassed 785 points including 379 goals in addition to over 1700 penalty minutes throughout his 20-year career.

The interview marks the 10-year Anniversary of the now infamous brawl between bitter rivals, The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche.

Miller Time for WDTK

News-Talk WDTK AM 1400 announced yesterday that The Dennis Miller Show will debut March 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. weekdays. A new product of Westwood One, Dennis Miller will air on more than 80 stations and in seven of the top 10 markets including Salem’s KRLA-AM Los Angeles, WIND-AM Chicago, WNTP-AM Philadelphia, KSKY-AM Dallas, and WDTK-AM Detroit.

Joe Davis, COO of Salem commented, “Dennis Miller is a self-proclaimed 9-11 conservative with an engaging style and a quick wit that our listeners will appreciate. He is an entertainer, he is smart, and he understands politics and current affairs. He fits well with our other talk personalities, and he will bring a fresh perspective and new vigor to news talk on Salem stations.”

Salem is the largest station group carrying The Dennis Miller Show. Other Salem stations airing the new program include KKOL-AM Seattle, KYCR-AM Minneapolis, KNUS-AM Denver, and WORL-AM Orlando. In Detroit, WDTK’s weekday line-up of nationally syndicated talk show hosts includes:

Bill Bennett’s Morning in America – 6 - 9 a.m.
The Laura Ingraham Show – 9 a.m. - Noon
The Dennis Prager Show – Noon – 3 p.m.
The Michael Medved Show – 3 – 6 p.m.
The Dennis Miller Show – 6 – 9 p.m.

In his first ever radio show, five-time Emmy award winner and four-time Writers’ Guild award winner, Dennis Miller will offer his unique take on the day’s topics with comedy and satire. The daily talk show also will feature Miller taking listener calls, as well as interviewing high-profile special guests.

After six seasons as the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live, Dennis Miller has become a household name through an eclectic mix of television, cable, film and sports broadcasting platforms. The Santa Barbara resident, who had a nine year run on the HBO live talk show “Dennis Miller Live,” also has written and starred in six solo one-hour HBO comedy specials. He was the host and executive producer of CNBC’s “Dennis Miller,” a topical interview talk show, has starred in various feature films, written a series of bestselling 'Rant' books, and provided color commentary for ABC's “Monday Night Football.”

“The management team at Salem understands the awesome potential of The Dennis Miller Show and is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the program in their markets as a result of their vision for the show,” said Dennis Green, Westwood One executive VP affiliate sales.

Detroit Free Press:

It was 12:30 Friday afternoon, and those driving through the Bloomfield Hills area with their radios tuned to 88.1 FM found themselves on a trip down memory lane as DJ Corey Berkowitz played everything from vintage Aretha Franklin to the Beatles. "It's time to rock out on the Biff," Corey, a junior from Andover High School, told his WBFH listeners before playing "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire. WBFH, better known as the Biff, is the student radio station for Andover and Lahser high schools in the Bloomfield Hills Schools District. The station is in its 30th year and has racked up a slew of awards this month that helps cement its reputation as one of the best high school radio stations in the country... National Radio Awards: High schoolers rule the airwaves (Wed, 3/21)


Brent Dingman Named GSM At Ann Arbor Radio:
Effective MARCH 26, BRENT DINGMAN is new the new GSM for ANN ARBOR RADIO’s four radio stations: Country WWWW (W4 COUNTRY), AAA WQKL (107ONE), Sports Talk WTKA and Talk WLBY (1290 AIR AMERICA). DINGMAN comes to ANN ARBOR RADIO from MUSKEGON, where he was Sales Mgr. for CITADEL BROADCASTING. Prior to that, DINGMAN served as a Sales Manager for the MID-WEST FAMILY BROADCAST GROUP's seven-station cluster in Southwest MICHIGAN. (Wed, 3/21)


Max FM Grand Rapids refocuses

WMAX-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids has returned to a Hot Adult Contemporary format after about 17 months with an attempt at Variety Hits 'We Play It All'. Prior to the October 2005 shift, 96.1 had an Hot AC format as "I-96" since 1999.

"The New Max 96.1" features artists such as Chris Daughtry, Sheryl Crow, the Pussycat Dolls, The Fray, and Mat Kearney.

Radio & Records:

Clear Channel adult hits WMAX (96.1 Max-FM)/Grand Rapids PD Jack Lawson lets go of the reins to concentrate on programming his other baby, classic rock WBFX (101.3 the Fox), and WOOD PD Tim Kiesling extends his broadcast day to now include programming Max. Kiesling also introduces air talent to Max, putting local boys Todd Michaels, Hollywood and Doug On Demand on-air, as well as Tony Travatto, PD of CC sister KXXM/San Antonio. (Wed, 3/21)


Justice Gets WOOD For Weekends:
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A/GRAND RAPIDS fill-in host JUSTICE adds weekend duties with "THE SHOW WITH JUSTICE," SATURDAY afternoons. JUSTICE, the former WKLQ /GRAND RAPIDS, WKLS (96 ROCK) and WMAX (REAL RADIO)/ATLANTA and KCXX (X103.9)/SAN BERNARDINO personality, is still on the lookout for his next fulltime gig; check him out at fmjustice.typepad.com. (Tue, 3/20)


Morning co-host/producer Couture (aka Riley) exits from Clear Channel CHR WSNX/Grand Rapids. In Brief (Tue, 3/20)


C&G Newspapers

In the mid-1950s, Marvin Welch Jr. entertained metro Detroit youngsters through his children’s program “Wixie’s Wonderland” on WXYZ-TV. Donning his signature blue tunic and beanie cap with a makeshift television antenna on top, Welch’s Wixie the Pixie entertained children from 1953 to 1957 with songs and jokes, and by pantomiming popular records and introducing cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse. The hour-long show aired live every morning. Regardless of the fact that Welch’s first television exposure was in 1952, on WWJ-TV’s “Musically Speaking,” a programming director at WXYZ felt Welch’s extroverted personality and boyish looks were perfectly suited for the local preschool set. The unique show was a huge success... The last laugh (Wed, 3/21)

Detroit Free Press:

Scheduled: By WMXD-FM's (92.3) syndicated morning man Steve Harvey, his second annual "Old School Skating Party" April 15 at Skate World in Troy ... Changing: WJLB-FM's (97.9) midday lineup, as Kris Kelly leaves the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekday shift to become programmer at Chicago's WGCI-FM. Cheron, formerly the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. host, becomes WJLB assistant program director, music director and the new 10 a.m.-2 p.m. host. Weekend voice Sunshyne take the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. "Quiet Storm" shift... Names and Faces (Tue, 3/22)


Wendy Williams Moves Across The Hall In Detroit:
INNER CITY Urban WBLS/NEW YORK and SUPERADIO syndicated afternoon diva WENDY WILLIAMS debuts on two stations on MONDAY, MARCH 29. WILLIAMS movies from RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9)/DETROIT to sister station WHTD (HOT 102.7). (Thu, 3/22)


WDETPublic WDET-FM 101.9 today announced a new program schedule that will take effect on Monday, April 2, 2007. The station hopes to provide metropolitan Detroiters with the best local and national programming that public radio has to offer with the changes.

In addition to adding nationally renowned public radio programs such as Marketplace, Talk of the Nation, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and the BBC World Service to the broadcast schedule, the station will also introduce a local two-hour weekday public affairs program, Detroit Today.

“The new program schedule reflects WDET’s commitment to be a public radio service that is uniquely designed for metropolitan Detroit,” said Allen Mazurek, Assistant General Manager and Program Director. “Our new local program will give the station the opportunity to interact with the community in unprecedented ways and will further establish WDET as a leader in news and information programming.” Detroit Today will air weekdays from 10am to noon and feature reports, interviews and discussions on issues and events important to metro Detroiters. Subjects will include local government and politics, business and industry, education, history, health, sports, cultural affairs, technology, lifestyle issues and much more. Detroit Today will
also engage listeners to participate in the conversations via phone and email. The new two-hour local program will be produced by the WDET news staff.

As a public service of Wayne State University, the station’s new program schedule supports the University’s mission to provide Detroit with a premier public radio station. WDET’s new line up includes such signature public radio programs as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, Marketplace, Fresh Air, This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, Talk of the Nation, News & Notes, BBC News, The Tavis Smiley Show, Democracy Now! in addition to local programming such as Detroit Today, Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program, Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba, Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel, Deep River with Robert Jones, and Jay’s Place with Jay Butler.

Coming off the weekday schedule with the changes announced today are Liz Copeland's local 'Alternative Take' overnight music show along with NPR's 'Day to Day'. Weekend shows that will be ending include offerings from hosts Ralph Valdez, W. Kim Heron, Mick Collins, and Chuck Horn.


The five FCC commissions today approved official regulations in regards to HD radio. One of the biggest impacts of the new rules is allowing AM stations to being HD operations around the clock - up until now they had been limited to digital operations during daytime hours only, with the exception of some testing. All stations are now allowed launch HD multicasting without prior FCC approval. FCC News Release (.pdf)

Also, the Commission gave its approval for Citadel's acquisition of 24 radio stations, including three in Detroit, from ABC/Disney. The approval comes with the stipulation that Citadel will sell 11 of its stations to remain compliant with ownership cap rules. The deal between ABC and Citadel still requires the approval of the Internal Revenue Service.

Detroit Free Press:

The Federal Commnications Commission today approved the nearly $2 billion sale of 24 ABC Radio stations including Detroit's WJR-AM (760), WDVD-Fm (96.3) and WDRQ-FM (93.1) to Citadel Communications... FCC okays ABC Radio sale to Citadel (Thu, 3/22)


Detroit News:

WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) morning co-anchor Fanchon Stinger has been off the air as of late, and fan Betty Dzis of Dearborn Heights and several other readers wanted to know what's up with that. Don't worry Ms. Dzis and friends. WJBK spokesman Keith Stironek assures me that Stinger, who is on a leave, will be back at the station on "Fox 2 News Morning" very soon, although he couldn't give an exact date... Fox 2's Stinger will return soon (Fri, 3/23)


Grand Rapids Press:

You wanna be a sportscaster? The local sports leader is preparing to make that dream come true through a "Sportscaster Idol" contest on WBBL-AM (1340), beginning next week. Bret Bakita, WBBL program director and host of "On the Bench" weekdays from 10 a.m. until noon, is conducting a talent search to find someone who'd like to experience calling the play-by-play of a real game on the radio station... Are you the next 'Sportscaster Idol'? (Fri, 3/23)


• WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has been granted a construction permit from a major change application. The currently silent station will be changing its community of license to Waverly, moving its transmitter to Ingham county just south of Lansing, and increase its daytime power to 50,000 watts. WOAP, licensed for daytime operations only, will continue to be a daytime station only. The station is currently licensed for 1,000 watts from a transmitter location north of Owosso in Shiawassee county and before going silent was carrying Catholic programming. WOAP's owner is listed as 1090 Investments, LLC which also owns Catholic WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit.

• Home FM (WSAE FM 106.9 Spring Arbor) has signed on a new translator in Chelsea at 98.3 FM. An application for license to cover for the new outlet has been filed with the FCC.

• Davidson Media will be selling religious/ethnic WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit to Communicom as part of a four station sale worth $7.1 million, pending FCC approval and closing. No specifics about the specific sale price of WDRJ have been made available as of yet. Davidson acquired WDRJ for $5.75 million in 2004.

• Low Power TV outlet WLLZ-LP Channel 12 has been granted its license to cover for an increase in power and community of license change from Traverse City to Cedar.


Saginaw News:

Jerry O'Donnell's experience as both a radio disc jockey and a television news producer made him an obvious choice to become the voice of Dow Diamond for the Great Lakes Loons' inaugural season. Chris Mundhenk, the assistant general manager for promotions and marketing, hired O'Donnell as the organization's public address announcer on Thursday... O'Donnell lands his dream job (Fri, 3/23)


WBFH 24-hour marathon broadcast set for March 30th

The Bloomfield Hills School District’s radio station WBFH-FM 88.1, also known as “The Biff", will begin broadcasting its 31st Annual 24-Hour Marathon Broadcast at 7 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2007. The annual pledge drive is entitled “Biffstock” and will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday, March 31. During the live broadcast, WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station operating costs.

“This is a great way to support local student broadcasters who provide a real service to the community”, said WBFH Marathon Chair and Andover Senior Wade Fink. All 21 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air live throughout the 24 hours, some staying up for the whole event.

There are three levels of support: Backstage Pass ($100 or more), Pavilion ($50-$100), and Lawn ($25-$50). Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also stop by the station located at Andover High School (4200 Andover Road) during the marathon. They can also fax in the pledges at (248) 341-5679, or e-mail their pledges from the link on the WBFH website (www.wbfh.fm).

WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm, is licensed to the Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community radio station is operated by radio broadcasting students from Andover High School and Lahser High School under the supervision of the WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Station Manager, Randy Carr, Assistant Station Manager/Chief Engineer, and Ron Wittebols, Remote Supervisor/Webmaster.

WBFH has been honored with both national and state recognition this school year. The Biff won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station in a national competition entitled The John Drury High School Radio Awards March 3rd. WBFH students won nine state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at their awards ceremony March 14th. It was the fifth year in a row that WBFH had won or tied for the most awards/points in that statewide competition.

Detroit Free Press:

As usual, Liz Copeland was understated and cool just after midnight Saturday morning when she welcomed the world to her “Alternate Take” show on WDET-FM (101.9). It was her first moment on the air after the station announced another revamping of the daily schedule. Copeland’s 12-year-old overnight show will be cancelled as of April 2, replaced by a program produced by the British Broadcasting Co. as listener-supported ‘DET continues the purge of its cutting-edge contemporary music and airs more news and information... Always a breath of fresh airwaves, WDET's Liz Copeland is leaving the building (Sun, 3/25)

Ann Arbor News:

Peter Sagal and Karl Kassel are coming back to town. A live taping of the popular public-radio current-events quiz show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me'' has been announced for May 17 at the Michigan Theater. This will be the third time "Wait, Wait'' has been taped in the area. A segment of the show was recorded in May 2005 at Eastern Michigan University; the group also did the same at the 2003 Ann Arbor Summer Festival... Public radio show returning to area (Sun, 3/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

Program director and morning show talent Len O'Kelly of WFGR-FM (Oldies 98.7) has the right idea: "We are getting rid of satellite-delivered ABC programming and going all local," he said. The changes started bright and early Monday. The music mix is different, most on-air talent's been changed, new jingles jangle the air waves and localism is the name of the game. "It will sound like a brand new station," O'Kelly said... Oldies station goes local (Sun, 3/15)

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters gave out its 2006 Broadcast Excellence "Station of the Year" awards on March 14 in Lansing. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the broadcast excellence competition's 13 categories. WOOD-TV (Channel 8) received its fifth consecutive Station of the Year award from MAB... WOOD-TV named station of the year (Sun, 3/15)

Tune in to WLHT-FM (95.7) from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturdays to hear John Gonzalez, Press Entertainment Editor and creator of Gonzo's Top 5, and Gerry Barnaby, former reporter at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) and WOTV (Channel 4) on their new radio show. This weekend marks their fourth program, and their on-air rapport has been great fun... 'Barnaby & Gonzo' take to the air (Sun, 3/25)

GVSU documentary to air on PBS (Sun, 3/25)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioTo paraphrase from “Monday Night Football,” are you ready for some baseball?

Major League Baseball opens play one week from tonight, with the Tigers set to get started at home April 2 against the Toronto Blue Jays. If it doesn’t snow, of course.

And not only will you be able to hear the Tigers locally on both talk WKRK-FM (97.1) and sports WXYT-AM (1270), XM subscribers also will be able to hear the games all across the United States and Canada this season. XM will carry 2,400-plus games, from the opening pitch through the World Series in October, and also will offer a special channel at the start of the season featuring a blend of music and vintage baseball audio to get fans ready to play ball.

Let’s hope they’ve got a recording of Ernie Harwell reading from the Song of Solomon at the start of a spring training broadcast:

“For the winter is past, The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the Earth;
The time of the song of the birds has come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”

Then I’d be ready for baseball season to begin.

 • • • • • • • • 

With a major move that’s a disappointment to fans of alternative styles of music, public WDET-FM (101.9) has decided to pull the plug on nearly all of what was left of its local music programming as of April 2.


Escanaba Daily Press:

The first paycheck that Josh Bergeon, 24, received at his new job is framed and hanging on the wall of his bedroom. Unremarkable, you say? Not when you consider that almost six years ago his parents, Randy and Betty Bergeon, were told that their severely brain-injured son would probably never recover from the car accident that almost killed him a month after his Gladstone High School graduation in 2001. A year later, the teen’s prognosis wasn’t much better when his parents were informed by experts he would never come out of the coma that kept him in its grip... Unexpected wordsmith (Sat, 3/24)



Angie Joins Puddin' For WSNX Wakeups:
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS PD ERIC O'BRIEN didn't have to go farther than weekender ANGIE VUYST, who is also the APD at sister N/T WOOD-A, to fill the morning co-host slot with PUDDIN'. ANGIE replaced RILEY, who left last week. (Mon, 3/26)

Wisconsin Loves Free Beer & Hot Wings:
The syndicated FREE BEER & HOT WINGS SHOW debuted on MAVERICK Rock WDRK (99.9 THE CARP)/EAU CLAIRE, WI last week. “This is a great opportunity for us at another great station. I can’t believe we’re on one station, much less this many,” said HOT WINGS. Look for more announcements of new stations in the coming weeks. (Mon, 3/26)


Crain's Detroit Business:

When “Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook” was unveiled in December, sales skyrocketed like a home run at Michigan and Trumbull. The four-hour, four-CD compilation of interviews and broadcast snippets from the former Detroit Tigers broadcaster's 55-year career quickly sold 20,000 copies. Then the trouble began. Reports began to filter in to Gary Spicer, Harwell's St. Clair Shores-based attorney and adviser of 31 years, that copies of the CD were being sold illegally online, and counterfeit copies were turning up, too... Harwell cries "foul' over bootlegged CD set (Mon, 3/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Liz Copeland, in her final week as overnight host on public WDET-FM (101.9) is going out in style ... Expanded: By Comcast, its Hispanic programming lineup in southeast Michigan with the addition of WUDT Univision. WUDT is the Detroit affiliate of the Univision Network, the most watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the United States. The new channel will be available to Comcast customers in more than 20 southeast Michigan markets beginning March 28... John Smyntek blog (Mon, 3/26)

WRIF begins search for 2007 Rock Girl

Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced its $40,000 “WRIF Rock Girl Search”, where one woman will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year as a station personality and spokesperson. In addition to being the WRIF ambassador at VIP parties, concerts and events, she’ll also receive a $40,000 salary, a Riff ad in Stuff Magazine and she’ll star in a WRIF billboard campaign this summer.

Through an extensive radio and print campaign, WRIF will encourage the women of Detroit to attend one of 3 remaining casting calls. There, they will be asked a series of questions and they’ll be asked to read a traffic report to determine whether they will make the cut into the 2007 “WRIF Rock Girl” semifinals.

Once the 32 semi-finalists are selected, WRIF listeners will be encouraged to vote in a series of 3 rounds for their favorite contestant online at www.wrif.com.

Following are the dates, times and locations of the casting calls:

Wednesday, March 28th at Lucky Strike inside Fountain Walk in Novi, 5p-9p
Wednesday, April 4th at The Venue in Dearborn, 7p-11p
Friday, April 6th at Malarky’s in Southgate, 3p-7p

Contestants must bring a photo and a bio / resume. Potential candidates must attend a casting call to be considered.

The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to www.wrif.com.


WCSX offers listeners chance to win $20,000 for best commercial creation

Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning hosts Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison announced the WCSX $20,000 Commercial Casting Call this morning. The station is offering listeners the
chance to make the next WCSX TV commercial with a prize of $20,000 to the winner for the best commercial.

You don't have to be a Spielberg to win- just create a video and telling why "You Listen to WCSX At Work." Use animation, live action or whatever you want to do that captures the feel of WCSX. Deadline for entries is April 18th. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.

The station will post finalists online April 23rd and let listeners vote for their favorites. The winner earns $20,000 cash and their commercial will be used on TV. JJ & Lynne will announce the winner on April 30th.

Detroit News:

Univision, the country's most-watched Spanish language network, is finding a home in the lineup of Metro Detroit's largest cable operator. Comcast Cable will begin broadcasting WUDT, Univision's local affiliate, on Wednesday in 20 local communities, including Detroit, Troy, Westland and Ann Arbor. Comcast serves 470 cities statewide... Comcast adds local Univision affiliate to lineup (Tue, 3/27)

Billed as the "world's largest free country concert," the Downtown Hoedown will celebrate 25 years when it kicks off a season of weekend festivals May 18-20 at Hart Plaza in Detroit. "To be able to put on an event of this magnitude for 25 years has exposed a tremendous amount of artists to the Detroit market, starting the first year with Hank Williams Jr. and Tanya Tucker, to this year where we have a huge amount of No. 1 hit-makers as well as the top new acts," says Tim Roberts, program director for WYCD-FM (99.5), a festival co-sponsor... Hoedown celebtrates 25 years (Tue, 3/27)


WDFN to give away Tigers Opening Day tickets for dunking on-air personality

With the Tigers coming off a magical year and the 2007 season set to kick off this coming Monday, sports WDFN AM 1130 is asking listeners if they have what it takes to win Opening Day tickets.

On Friday, March 30th during The Jamie & Brady Show, heard weekdays from 6am to 9am, listeners will have the chance to showcase their throwing arm and illustrate their desire to go to Tigers Opening Day at Comerica Park on Monday, April 2nd by coming down to the station at 8am to try and dunk WDFN personality and update reporter Rob Pascoe in an actual dunk tank. Participants will have one shot to hit a small target from 90 feet away with a tennis ball to submerge Pascoe, who will be fully adorned in a dress, in the frigid water.

WDFN will be awarding the coveted Opening Day tickets to the first person to successfully hit the target and release the WDFN air talent into the watery abyss below.

WDFN is eager to see how much Tiger fever Detroit fans have and how able and willing some people are to skip work and do whatever they can just for the chance to win the tickets.

Zonjic to be honored by Detroit chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Alexander Zonjic, Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host, will be honored by the Detroit Chapter of the National Coalition of Black Women (NCBW) as one of its 2007 “Legends of Jazz,” on Saturday, March 31 at the Detroit Yacht Club, 1 Riverbank Rd. on Belle Isle.

Zonjic and other artists, Marion Hayden, Angela Bofill and Rodney Whitaker, will be honored for their talents, for providing continuous enjoyment to audiences and for stimulating the appreciation of jazz locally and internationally.

The NCBW Detroit Chapter will present the awards at its signature “Scholarship Gala” fundraising event. A reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:30 PM. Gala proceeds will support targeted community service projects.

Tickets are $65 or $125 per couple. Call 248-442-9334 or 248-471-9662 for more information or reservations.

Detroit News:

When it comes to local TV news, reader Barbara Hickey of Warren watches WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). She watches the ABC affiliate so much that she noticed during a recent newscast that one of the anchors alluded to a spouse named "Shay" when talking to general assignment reporter Glenn Zimmerman... Reader guesses right about Glenn and Shay (Wed, 3/28)

Revealed: The sale price for WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster is $3.8 million. The station religious/ethnic outlet is being purchased by Communicom from Davidson Media, which purchased the station in 2004 for $5.75 million.


Religious WOAP AM 1080 Owosso returned to the air on Monday, March 26th. The daytime-only station has been simulcasting the programming from Catholic WCAR AM 1090 Livonia Detroit.

Prior to Monday, WOAP had been off the air since April, 2006.

For sixth consecutive year, CMU's MHTV is named Michigan's stop college station

Central Michigan University's student-run television station has earned the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' top award for the sixth year in a row. Moore Hall Television was named College Station of the Year during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Exposition, which took place in March in Lansing. The recognition was based on awards the station received in several MAB television competition categories, as well as an essay explaining the station's merit. Professional radio and television broadcasters from around the state judged the collegiate entries. In the 2007 MAB competition, MHTV won seven awards, including a sweep of the large group category. Programming on MHTV is entirely written and produced by students.

"The MHTV staff and show producers work extremely hard, putting in hundreds of hours of work each semester. So, I am happy to see them get the ongoing recognition they so richly deserve," said MHTV faculty adviser Kevin Corbett. "We are especially proud to have won this year because the competition was exceptionally tight."

News Central 34 faculty adviser Rick Sykes said winning Station of the Year for six consecutive years is no small task. "It's certainly an honor for us," said Sykes. "It's a tribute to the students, both to their dedication to the show and their dedication to putting on the best show possible. The competition for the coveted Station of the Year award continues to be fierce, with new competitors coming in all the time. We never take that honor for granted."

In the Mount Pleasant area, MHTV programming can be seen on channel 34 on the CMU campus and on Charter Communications channel 23 off campus from 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, with a midnight replay.


FSN to double number of games available in HD for 2007

FSNFSN Detroit is more than doubling its high-definition output from a year ago, producing 60 of its 134 Detroit Tigers telecasts in HD, starting with Monday’s season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The games will be shown on FSN HD, a channel available on high-definition cable service provided by Comcast, Bright House Networks and Wide Open West (WOW!), as well as via satellite on DIRECTV:
• Comcast – Ch. 201 (metro Detroit, Flint/Saginaw and West Michigan)
• Bright House Networks – Ch. 232 (western Detroit suburbs)
• WOW! – Ch. 220 (Detroit suburbs)
• DIRECTV – Ch. 96 or 97 (Detroit spot beam)

Viewers whose cable/satellite system is not listed above are encouraged to contact their video provider to add FSN HD to its high-definition channel lineup.

FSN Detroit began its HD telecasts last summer when the regional network delivered 27 Tigers games. Less than a year later, FSN Detroit is annually producing approximately 120 high-def games among the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.

“As the number of high-definition television homes continues to grow, we’re delighted to be at the forefront by providing the most local HD sports content,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “FSN is the nation’s industry leader in delivering sports in HD and we’re proud to offer 60 such games this season featuring the defending American League champion Tigers.”

Tigers 2007 HD broadcast schedule (.pdf)

"Tigers Live" set to launch on Opening Day

Team-titled shows for Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons to replace Detroit Sports Report starting April 2

FSN Detroit is taking another step toward its mission of delivering the best and most comprehensive access of the regional sports scene when it launches “Tigers Live” pre- and postgame shows on Monday, April 2, surrounding the regional network’s Opening Day telecast featuring the Detroit Tigers hosting the Toronto Blue Jays.


Art Regner rejoins WDFN air staff

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced the addition Art Regner, a Detroit sports radio staple, to its air staff. This is Regner’s second stint as a staff member at WDFN and is best known for his rants on WDFN’s Detroit Lions' post game shows although he is also a passionate Red Wings fan and always had the inside scoop and dirt on the team. He is a native of Livonia, Michigan and graduated from Franklin High School and then the University of Michigan.

Regner will make his debut on Monday, April 2nd co-hosting the Stoney & Wojo Show, heard weekdays from 3 to 6pm, with WDFN’s Mike Stone. He will be filling in for WDFN air personality and Detroit News Columnist Bob Wojnowski during WDFN’s Tigers Opening Day coverage at Centaur in downtown Detroit.

Art will be rejoining the WDFN air staff as a fill-in host for the station. Regner proclaims, “As corny as it sounds I feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, without the ruby red slippers, when I say there’s no place like home.”

Detroit News:

The grass is greening up over in Comerica Park, and with memories of the Detroit Tigers' hot bats from last season, Detroit radio stations are staking out their territory near Tigertown North. On Monday, Opening Day, CBS Radio's Detroit cluster -- WOMC-FM (104.3), WWJ-AM (950), WYCD-FM (99.5 ), WVMV-FM (98.7), WKRK-FM (97.1 ) and WXYT-AM (1270) -- will be hosting an "Opening Day Block Party" in Grand Circus Park, starting at 10 a.m., and you don't have to have tickets to Comerica Park to attend... Stations ready to field Opening Day excitement (Thu, 3/29)

Again, my therapy couch is open for sports media fans in need of counseling. I can't solve all problems, but I promise to listen to all rants, phobias, fears and irrational peeves. You're fired up and frisky about a lot of things, so let's work through these issues... Fans pan announcers in NCAAs (Thu, 3/29)

Detroit Free Press:

Former WDIV-TV (Local 4) reporter Anne Thompson, now NBC chief financial correspondent, has revealed that she has spent the past year battling breast cancer... Ex-Local 4 star Thompson reveals cancer battle (Thu, 3/29)

Let us open with some radio prattle. Detroit News columnist Rob Parker and former Channel 2 sportscaster Mark Wilson were let go from their evening sports talk show on WKRK-FM (97.1) at the end of 2006. The CBS station was slashing salary and Red Wings/Tigers play-by-play simulcasts were coming. Now, Detroit Radio One chief Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin confirms it’s a “strong possibility” that they’ll turn up weeknights from 9-midnight on WCHB-AM (1200)... Parker & The Man may be back (Wed, 3/28)


Detroit News:

For many motorists, their car is their second home. That's why the Chrysler Group has partnered with satellite brand Sirius to offer what they're calling Sirius Backseat TV in 2008 Town & Country and Dodge Caravan minivans. Chrysler announced the new option Thursday in New York. It becomes the first automaker to offer television programming in a vehicle... Kid TV comes to Chrysler minivan back seats (Fri, 3/30)

Michigan Daily:

I’ve been loyal to one radio station above all else since high school – WDET FM Detroit. For me, Summer nights wouldn’t be the same without turning on the Ed Love lovelight. I wouldn’t know anything about electronica without Ralph Valdez. WDET isn’t your typical public radio station – it represents the city of Detroit as it should and could be: A haven of music and culture and class to rival the likes of Chicago. But there’s new management in their Wayne State broadcast tower, management that seems to be focused on one thing only: News... Why, WDET, Why? (Fri, 3/30)


Grand Rapids Press:

I've put together my third-annual list of the most powerful sports broadcasting professionals in the West Michigan area. The definition of powerful? It is open to interpretation, but I considered on-air personalities, programming chiefs and front-office executives in TV and radio. 1. Matt Hanlon: Midwest region president of Citadel Broadcasting keeps pumping up the volume on local sports programming... Sports TV, radio personalities ranked 1 to 20 (Fri, 3/30)







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