As the bright lights focused on him and the cameras rolled, the show's host, Carlo Ginotti, hit his mark on the studio floor, told a few jokes, introduced his special guests, and then broke for a "word from their sponsors." Welcome to "The Royal Oak Show," a talk show, about, well, Royal Oak. It's not quite "The Tonight Show," but if you live in the city, this could be your chance to be on TV. The show airs on WROK, the city's cable station that operates out of the basement of City Hall, and is seen by a few thousand viewers... TV for the people (Tue, 5/1)
Mike Austerman: May 2007 Archives
Grand Haven radio station WGHN (92.1 FM and 1370 AM) is being sold to a Lansing man. WGHN Inc. President and General Manager Bill Struyk announced Monday that he and Vice President Ron Mass are selling their stock to Will Tieman, who owns the Spartan Sports Network and does the play-by-play for Michigan State University men's basketball radio broadcasts. Struyk, 68, and Mass, 59, are currently the only shareholders of WGHN Inc. They bought out four other shareholders in the business in 1997. "It's time retire," Struyk said. "I will be 69 in June, and Ron is ready to hang it up soon, too." The application for transfer of control was filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday... WGHN radio being sold to Lansing man (Tue, 5/1)
Officials at Grand Haven radio station WGHN (92.1 FM, 1370 AM) announced Monday that the station is being sold to Lansing-area broadcaster Will Tieman. WGHN owners Bill Struyk and Ron Mass said the purchase, which was filed Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., will take 60-90 days to complete... Local radio station sold to Lansing firm Tue, 5/1)
Tieman Buys WGHN/Grand Haven, MI
WILLIAM STRUYK and RONALD MASS are selling their stock in WGHN INC., licensee of AC simulcast WGHN-A & F/GRAND HAVEN-MUSKEGON, MI, to MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY football broadcaster WILL TIEMAN for $1.15 million. (Mon, 4/30)
As an only child, Rich Spicer spent a lot of time listening to the radio, especially Casey Kasem and the American Top 40. “I made it a point to keep track of where the songs were on the charts,” he laughed. Spicer had no trouble choosing a career. One month after graduating from Alpena High School he started working for local station WATZ. Twenty years later, he’s still at it. “I consider myself very lucky,” he said from his office at The New Mix 96, a radio station that includes WATT 1240 AM and WKAD 93.7 FM Cadillac Oldies... Day in the life of a radio broadcaster (Mon, 4/30)
A lurid murder case, Bob Seger's triumphant comeback and a faltering Michigan economy all factored into the Winter Arbitron ratings for January-March, which were released Tuesday. News-talk WJR-AM (760) and all-news WWJ-AM (950) both did well, topping the overall ratings for everybody (ages 12 and older), at No. 1 for WJR and No. 2 for WWJ. In the morning, WRIF-FM (101.1)'s Drew & Mike regained their No. 1 spot, while Mojo in the Morning on WKQI-FM (95.5) had a nice bump upward going from No. 5 to No. 3. Fall's leader, Steve Harvey on WMXD-FM (92.3) plummeted from No. 1 to No. 5. WWJ ranked second... Murder, Seger help news stations top radio rankings (Tue, 5/2)
News-talk WJR-AM (760) moved back to the top of the heap in the Arbitron radio ratings released Tuesday among all listeners for the first quarter of 2007. It's an early present for the landmark Detroit station which marks its 85th birthday on Friday. Last month's leader, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3), plummeted as expected as its December ratings for holiday music were factored out of the total, which is based on the last three months of listening. News provider WWJ-AM (950), buoyed by major news stories like the Tara Grant murder, the Troy office shootings and the Virginia Tech massacre, zoomed to second place among all listeners. There were plenty of other noteworthy numbers... WJR returns to No. 1 among all listeners (Wed, 5/2)
StoryCorps Griot, a one-year initiative to gather and preserve in sound the life stories of African American families across the country, will be in Detroit to record stories of endurance, resilience, achievement and hope. Working in partnership with WDET 101.9 FM, StoryCorps Griot will document the history of Detroit area families and friends for generations to come.
A StoryCorps interview is a 40-minute conversation between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator will be present and serve as a partner throughout the interview process to help participants have a comfortable and meaningful experience, and to handle all technical aspects of the recording.
Participants will take home a broadcast-quality audio CD, and with permission, copies will go to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and to the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Segments of interviews may also air on WDET 101.9 FM.
Visit www.storycorpsgriot.net to make a reservation, see sample questions, listen to clips and learn more about the Griot Initiative.
Where: Campus Martius Park - 800 Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit
When: May 10th through June 16th
Hours: Mon/Thurs/Fri 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sat./Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
How: Call 1-800-850-4406 to reserve your appointment
There are a limited number of appointment slots available, so interested participants are encouraged to sign up soon.
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has completed its search for a News Director. Beginning May 7, Vincent Duffy will take the reigns of Michigan Radio’s award-winning news staff.
Duffy comes to Michigan Radio with an impressive resume of public broadcasting experience. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Programming and Operations at WKSU in Akron/Cleveland, Ohio. He has also hosted a weekly news round-up program entitled “NewsNight Akron” on WNEO/WEAO, Akron’s public television station, and served as an adjunct professor at Kent State University.
Prior to his time as Director of Programming and Operations, Duffy spent seven years as the station’s News Director. During that time, he earned six national Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as many other prestigious commendations. Among them are two National Headliner Awards, a Gabriel Award, a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Best Reporter in the State of Ohio by the Ohio SPJ. In 2004, Vincent was named Best Producer by Ohio Education Telecommunications.
As Michigan Radio’s News Director, Duffy will supervise and guide the station’s news team. In this role, he will be responsible for continuing Michigan Radio’s commitment to helping listeners understand how their lives and their communities are affected by issues and events in the news.
“I’m very enthusiastic about joining the news team at Michigan Radio,” said Duffy. “The reporters there are some of the best in the business and I hope that together we can continue Michigan Radio’s long tradition of public service excellence.”
Saginaw's South Middle School on Elm will get national exposure Thursday on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show "The Writers' Almanac." Keillor will read the poem "Old South School" from Saginaw native Rosie King's poetry book "Sweetwater, Saltwater." It is the third King poem Keillor has read on his show, which airs at 7:35 a.m. on WUCX-FM, 90.1, at Delta College... Saginaw school gets exposure on Keillor's NPR radio show (Wed, 5/2)
WHNN's Palooza 8 is coming up quick, bringing B.J. Thomas, the Original Family Stone and Ceyx on Saturday, June 2, to Frankenmuth's Memorial Park. You can pick up tickets for $4.96 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at these locations... Palooza 8 tickets go on sale Saturday (Wed, 5/2)
Coyote Exits WFBE
CITADEL Country WFBE (B95)/FLINT, MI PD/air personality COYOTE COLLINS has exited after three years with the station. Prior to WFBE, COYOTE programmed ENTERCOM Country WBEE/ROCHESTER, NY. (Wed, 5/2)
The bidding has opened in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) charitable online auction. The auction will raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.
Bidding in MABF online auction commenced at 12:00 a.m. May 1, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 31. The general public is invited to participate in the bidding. Featured items in the MABF online auction are:
• Michigan State University Football Tickets. Four (4) tickets to the October 6, 2007 home football game versus Northwestern University
• University of Michigan Football Tickets. Four (4) tickets to the September 1, 2007 home football game versus Appalachian State University.
The MABF online auction is the second of four charitable auctions planned for this year. MABF is soliciting donations of items for bid at future online auctions scheduled for July and November.
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.
Will Tieman is an unabashed Michigan State University sports fanatic. But his purchase of WGHN (92.1 FM and 1370 AM) doesn't necessarily mean Grand Haven's radio station will soon end its long affiliation with the University of Michigan sports broadcast network. "The contract is in place for one more year," Tieman said in a phone interview Wednesday. "After that, if the community wants its Michigan Wolverines football, we're not going to take it off. "And, no, it's not true we're going to an all green-and-white format," he joked... No MSU sports for WGHN — for now; radio station's new owner runs Spartan Sports Network (Thu, 5/3)
Jack Doles has been watching Floyd Mayweather's preparations for his fight Saturday night against Oscar De La Hoya. "Floyd is a very complex character," said the WOOD-TV 8 sports director, who has followed the Grand Rapids native's boxing career since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. "He's in a spotlight so much bigger than he's ever been in before. Floyd likes the attention and he's doing his part to make this fight as big as it can be"... WOOD-TV sends pair to cover fight (Fri, 5/4)
Two things happened recently that remind us why relations between different races and the haves and have-nots in America -- and in Michigan -- are so poor: First: Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca asked a judge to forgive a bank robber's transgression because he was desperate and faced homelessness ... Second: Two weeks after shock jock Don Imus was fired, shock jock Rush Limbaugh began playing a little ditty on his radio program called "Barack, the Magic Negro." Think "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Now, Barack Obama is no female college basketball player, so Limbaugh, unlike Imus, did pick on someone his own size. (Actually, he picked on someone bigger, smarter and more relevant than he is.) And Obama, when asked about it on WJR's Paul W. Smith show Wednesday morning, said he wasn't bothered. He's right. If elected, he won't have time to answer every kook who calls him a name. But that doesn't mean black folks shouldn't be bothered... The insulting unfairness should offend all (Fri, 5/4)
Music has been a big part of Carolyn Stone's life. She played the tuba in the band while growing up in the Detroit suburb of Romeo. She sang in the church choir and at weddings. She would often scribble the lyrics to songs on the back of a napkin or on a piece of paper. Not all that long ago, Stone was the lead singer for the group Ghetto Puppet. She played at most of the key music venues in the Motor City while working part-time at a radio station... Music brought Carolyn Stone to radio career (Fri, 5/4)
Last spring, WOMC completely stopped using the 'Oldies' term, instead shifting to the awkward name and positioner, "The Motor City's 104.3 WOMC" which was often coupled with "The Hits You Loved Growing Up". Ratings-wise, the results of last year's renaming have not been very successful with the station having lower listener numbers in each quarter since. Typically, WOMC's ratings are the strongest during the warm weather months so making the switch now should help gain back ratings momentum through the summer and into the fall as loyal listeners - especially those with ratings diaries - can identify the station more concisely. Today's name change came complete with new jingles and the additional return of the identifier 'The Greatest Hits of the 60's and 70's.'
The station is currently without a permanent program director and instead is under the guidance of consultant Gary Berkowitz. Interestingly WOMC joins another high profile CBS Radio station, this one across Lake Michigan in Chicago, in reverting back to a previous name this week. Talk WCKG-FM 105.9, which has had abysmal ratings in the Windy City, dropped its 'Free FM' moniker and went back to calling itself 'Chicago's FM Talk Station', perhaps signaling that there will soon be more changes to other CBS properties around the country.
Former CBS Radio top exec Joel Hollander is widely viewed as the person that directed many dramatic changes to the company's radio stations, including the roll out of the 'Free FM' talk concept in major markets along with the dropping of the Oldies format in several of the same cities. New CEO Dan Mason has reportedly been traveling around the country and been involved in addressing some of the stations that have been under-performing since the changes under Hollander's watch.
As for WOMC, the station's music selection still dips in to the early 1980s in addition to its normal focus on Motown and The Beatles. It still sounds a bit strange to hear a Billy Joel 80's tune being played as an Oldie, but especially when it comes right after hearing "The Greatest Hits of the 60's and 70's." Can radio stations go back home again? WOMC is about to find out.
By: Mike Austerman
How do the local numbers add up? Well, news-talk WJR-AM (760) got to celebrate its 85th birthday in style on Friday by being on top of the latest quarterly ratings report among all listeners. All-news WWJ-AM (950) finished right behind, followed by urban WJLB-FM (97.9), hits WKQI-FM (95.5), and adult urban WMXDFM (92.3). The Christmas cheer at soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) wore off with a ninth place overall finish, down from second in the fall quarterly ratings report.
Country WDTW-FM (106.7) made quite a “Fox”-y move up the ratings ladder, closing in rather closely to WYCD-FM (99.5). Year-to-year, 106.7 the Fox has doubled its numbers from 1.5-3.0, while WYCD has tumbled 5.1-3.4. Gotta admit, I didn’t see that coming.
Sports stations WDFN-AM (1130) and WXYT-AM (1270) finished tied for the winter quarter in their never-ending tussle for supremacy among sports fans. Betcha both stations are hoping for long playoff runs for the Red Wings and Pistons to get their spring numbers back up.
In the race for morning listeners, Drew & Mike of rock WRIF-FM (101.1) continue to lead Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina of WWJ, Mojo and crew at WKQI, Paul W. Smith of WJR, and Steve Harvey of WMXD.
Rick Stone remembers trying to give away hundreds of dollars doing promos for his FM radio stations, and getting only a handful of calls in response. But make a change to his AM talk radio station format, and Stone's phone rings off the hook. "You don't have to have anything like (giveaways) in talk radio,” said Stone, a veteran northern Michigan broadcaster who's launched a new talk radio format at WJML-AM that crosses the spectrum of political views. The station recently began simulcasting at AM-1210 outside of Traverse City to complement its original AM-1110 signal in Petoskey. Stone is looking to crack a highly competitive Traverse City talk radio market blanketed commercially by right-wing radio giants like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on WTCM-AM 580, and a sizable following for FM news programming through Interlochen Public Radio. To do so, Stone is turning to a combination of conservative talkers, including Neal Boortz and Glenn Beck, mixed in with liberal hosts like Ed Schultz to carve out a new audience... Mixing It Up On The Airwaves- WJML turns to a blend of voices in audience bid (Sun, 5/6)
Tim Keisling is program director at MAX-FM (96.1.) In addition, he is mid-afternoon talent and program director at WOOD-FM and also does an on-air shift from midnight to 6 a.m on MAX. Does the guy ever sleep? In charge at MAX since March, Keisling has made some noticeable changes. Disc jockeys are back on the air... Changes at MAX (Tue, 5/8)
Morning on-air personalities Steve and Sabrina and the rest of the staff at WOOD-FM (Star 105.7) raised more than $188,000 for DeVos Children's Hospital during The Children's Miracle Network Radiothon, a significant increase from last year's $151,000. All the money pledged stays in West Michigan for children's services and programs. Speaking of Sabrina, she and Maranda from WOTV (Channel 4) host "In Tune," a one-hour contemporary Christian music show from 7 to 8 a.m. Sundays... WOOD-FM helps hospital (Tue, 5/8)
Think comfort food. Think bacon and eggs, rich whipping cream, meats marinated in butter, barbecue, stuffing and seafood gumbo. Now, think popular radio morning man Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM (96.9.) Who would have thought Kev is an author of a cookbook -- and is writing another? "In 2001, I wrote and printed my first cookbook," Matthews said. "It is called 'This Book Could Kill You -- Recipes to Die For.' Well, to say the least, it did very well and sold out in one year. ... I said 'yes, let's reprint it' and it is on sale right now in all Meijer stores here in Michigan and coming soon, if not now, in Chicago"... Cooking with Kev (Tue, 5/8)
Judging by the words of Will Tieman, loyal listeners of Grand Haven radio station WGHN (92.1 FM, 1370 AM) can expect broadcast as usual. "We don't have any major changes in mind," said Tieman, who is in the process of buying WGHN from its local longtime owners, William J. Struyk and Ronald Mass. "We're a Grand Haven radio station, and there's no reason to think we would be anything other than that. That's what we want to be. We want to be that station for that city." Struyk and Mass, who have run WGHN since 1983, announced May 1 that they were selling the station to Tieman... New owner plans to keep WGHN local (Tue, 5/8)
Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced the addition of a Detroit radio staple to its weekend lineup, home improvement guru Murray Gula. "Home Improvement with Murray Gula" will air Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 to 10 am on WDFN.
Gula has been answering home improvement questions for 20 years as a broadcast veteran and building expert and is currently a featured expert on home improvement issues for WXYZ TV-7.
A native Detroiter and Director of the Michigan Construction Protection Agency, a nationwide notice and lien processing service, Murray has spent over 35 years in the building industry as a Master Electrician, Licensed Builder and Building Inspector.
Whether it’s help with a remodeling project, building a new home or addition, or simply answering questions about electrical, plumbing, insulation and just about anything else in the home improvement and repair universe, Murray Gula is the guy for metro Detroiters.
Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has unveiled details of the 9th Annual Motor City Harley Davidson Harleyfest. The event, sponsored by Miller Lite and Motor City Harley-Davidson®, will take place on Saturday, June 16th at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights.
HarleyFest is an all-day event that brings together Harley-Davidson® motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the state of Michigan to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. Both bikers and non-bikers are welcome.
Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will feature a live music stage featuring some of Detroit’s hottest local bands. In addition, there will be a “Best of Bike” show for prizes in various categories, a vendor village featuring everything from clothes and jewelry to airbrush artists, plus lots of delicious food and drink, live auctions featuring autographed memorabilia, a day-long live broadcast by WRIF and more. Gates to the park will open at 11am.
In addition, there will be a special Harley-Davidson “Rock-n- Roll Ride for Kids,” which will leave from Motor City Harley-Davidson®, located at 34900 Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills to Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, the morning of the event.
Sign-up begins at 9am in Farmington Hills. The will ride leave for HarleyFest, accompanied with a police escort, at 11am sharp. Riders are asked to pay $25 per person to participate in the ride, which provides them with a special Rainbow Connection collector’s pin, parking fees for HarleyFest and a donation to The Rainbow Connection. For more information on the ride call Motor City Harley-Davidson® at (248) 473-7433. Last year’s ride drew over 1,000 participants.
At 3:00pm, previously qualified WRIF winners will gather on site at the event to see which one of them will drive away with the ultimate Harley-Davidson® prize….a 2007 1200XL Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster and a two year lease on a Ford F-150XLT. The RIFF will be qualifying listeners to win keys for this exciting giveaway on the air, at Harley Fest parties around the city as well as by picking up an entry form at the Harley Fest display at participating Farmer Jack and CVS locations. Listeners are encouraged to tune into 101 WRIF for complete details.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Rainbow Connection Over the past eight years; Harley Fest has helped to raise over $290,000 for various charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Karmanos Cancer Institute.
WCSX-FM 94.7 is working with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County to complete the "WCSX House That Classic Rock Built". The House is located at 191 Mechanic Street in Pontiac. It is two blocks South of Huron Street (M-59) and three blocks East of Woodward.
Help us build the "WCSX House That Classic Rock Built" go to www.wcsx.com to:
* Volunteer your time
* Make a secure on-line donation
* Be a guest DJ and host your own hour of music
94.7 WCSX will be broadcasting live from the building site:
* Today, May 9th, from 9am-2pm with Karen Savelly sponsored by Metro PCS
* Friday May 11th from 2-6pm with Ken Calvert sponsored by Jet's Pizza
* Friday May 18th from 6-9am with the whole 'CSX Gang for the dedication of the "WCSX House That Classic Rock Built"
News-talk WJR-AM (760) and morning host Paul W. Smith continue what's become an annual tradition with remote broadcasts across Michigan to showcase some of the state's great cities and tourist locations. The first broadcast was this morning from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Tomorrow from 5:30 - 9 AM, Smith will be at the Sugar Beach Resort in Traverse City and on Friday the show will originate from the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.
In addition to highlighting these popular travel destinations, Smith will also talk to local business and government leaders in each city.
The past four months have been a process of trial and error for Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick. If their names don't ring a bell, chances are they could in a month or two. That's because the hosts of Fox's "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," which airs locally 9 a.m. weekdays on WJBK-TV (Channel 2), are starting to get noticed. In Metro Detroit, for instance, viewership among women 25-54 has increased from a 1.6 rating in January to 2.0 rating in March... Fox's 'Morning Show' rating is up (Wed, 5/9)
The game is part of a full evening of Pistons programming on FSN Detroit:
7:00 PM – Spotlight: Tayshaun Prince
7:30 PM – Spotlight: Chauncey Billups
8:00 PM – Pistons Insider
8:30 PM – Pistons Live, Pregame (Live)
9:00 PM – Game 3, Pistons at Bulls (Live)
11:30 PM – Pistons Live, Postgame (Live)
Fox affilate WFQX (ch. 33) in Cadillac/Traverse City, Mich., is changing hands from SDR Rockfleet Holdings to Cadillac Telecasting for "somewhere north of $10 million," according to a source. Cadillac is not expecting to run the station, but instead plans to enter into a shared services agreement under which Heritage Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate WWTV in Cadillac would operate the station. WWTV GM Bill Kring said he thought the stations had "complementary resources." The deal, which was brokered by Kalil & Co., is subject to FCC approval. Michigan Fox Affiliate Changing Hands (Wed, 5/9)
General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz will be a special guest on a live taping of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!," the irreverent National Public Radio quiz show, next Thursday, May 17, at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater. Lutz will appear as the show's "Not My Job" contestant, for which he'll answer questions outside his area of expertise (and maybe win a prize for a listener). The show will air nationally on the following Saturday. Locally it can be heard at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WEMU and WDET; it repeats on WDET Sunday evenings at 9 p.m, and airs on Michigan Radio WUOM-FM (91.7) Saturdays at noon... GM's Lutz to play NPR game show (Thu, 5/10)
Detroit officials acknowledged Wednesday that a tax-exempt community fund paid $8,605 for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his family to spend a week at a posh California resort last August. But they said the mayor's stay at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., was part of an effort to raise money for the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, which the mayor created to boost community life in Detroit... $8,605 went toward Kilpatrick family’s bill at resort (Thu, 5/10)
(Originally published May 20, 2005) The most combative journalist in Detroit walked away from his latest confrontation with the mayor Tuesday disheveled and seething. He'd just been cursed, shoved, grabbed, kicked and punched. His dress shirt was untucked, his hair was a mess. Sweat dripped down his forehead. It was inevitable, really, that the melee would break out - the only question was when and how forcefully the whole thing would explode... Newsman Steve Wilson: Bulldog or Bulldozer? (Thu, 5/10)
WYCD catches a star- Country megastar Tim McGraw dropped by Detroit's WYCD-FM (99.5) the other day to bang the drum for Halfway to Hazard, a new country band he's producing. McGraw played with the band on several live tunes and spent a good hour on the air... Names and Faces (Thu, 5/10)
It's sweeps month in television. The most competitive month on the calendar for local TV affiliates, however, doesn't prevent the sports directors from all three Grand Rapids-based stations -- or local radio personalities -- from joining the same team for one night. The 10th-annual Mentor West Michigan Sports Awards, which takes place Monday night at DeVos Place, is a special event that unites all of them... Awards banquet unites TV, radio personalities (Fri, 5/11)
I have always been fascinated with radio. As a kid, I remember working with my brother to build our own radio in the basement. I was thrilled when it worked. We turned the dial and shouted with glee when we heard broadcasts. It was astonishing to think that this sound just came through the air all around us, like magic. As I grew up, my interest in radio continued. I was more particularly concerned with content, such as finding out about new music and staying informed with news reports... Local radio provides more than one kind of rhythm (Fri, 5/11)
The Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science unveiled nominees Thursday for the 2007 Local Emmys to be presented June 16 at the Gem Theatre (strolling hors d'oeuvres at 4 p.m.; presentation at 6 p.m.) It bodes to be a happy night for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which along with its affiliated independent producers, scored 30 nominations. Second was Fox Sports Net Detroit, which dominated the sporting categories and garnered 24 nominations... Local Emmy nods are out: 7, FSN lead pack (Fri, 5/11)
FSN has an encore presentation of the game that evening at 7:00. Harwell is subbing for FSN analyst Rod Allen who will be in Arizona to attend the high school graduation of his son, Andrew.
Harwell, who retired following the 2002 season after 42 years of broadcasting Tigers games, will work alongside FSN play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba. This marks the second time Harwell has pinch-hit for Allen – the first was June 1, 2003 when the Tigers hosted the New York Yankees. That day began with Roger Clemens’ attempt at career victory No. 300, but turned into what remains the longest game in Comerica Park history (10-9 Yankees victory in 17 innings).
Harwell has long been a member of the FSN Detroit family, continuing to provide historical vignettes on each episode of Tigers Weekly (Saturdays at 11:30 AM). He did play-by-play on several FSN Tigers telecasts in 1998 and has contributed to other Tigers-related programming.
The 89-year-old Harwell, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, made guest appearances on radio and television broadcasts last fall during the Tigers trip to the American League playoffs and World Series, as well as the 2005 All-Star Game at Comerica Park.
• William Struyk and Ronald Mass, the owners of WGHN-FM/AM 92.1/1370 Grand Haven, announced that the stations were being sold to Will Tieman. According to the sales papers on file with the FCC, the sale price was $1.15 million.
• WION AM 1430 Ionia was granted a construction permit to change its daytime power from 5,000 watts using a 3-tower directional array to 4,700 watts using a single (non-directional) tower. The station's 330 watt 3-tower nighttime pattern is not being changed.
• The sale of WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac from LeSea Broadcasting to Langford Broadcasting was granted by the FCC. Sale price on this transacation was $90,000.
• The FCC granted the sale of WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit from Davidson Media to Communicom Co. of Michigan. Sale price was $3.8 million.
• The estate of Lyle Robert Evans was granted a construction permit for an new AM station to be licensed to Houghton. AM 1340 would transmit with 1,000 watts daytime and 720 watts nighttime from a single tower.
W288BK FM 105.5 Rochester Hills is now broadcasting, carrying the programming of classic rock WQUS FM 103.1 Lapeer. The station filed with the FCC for its license to cover this week specifying it would be translating WQUS, which is owned by Regent Broadcasting.
Hearing WQUS on this translator is somewhat of a surprise as the original application for the station specified the translator would be carrying the signal EMF's WAKL FM 88.9 Flint. WAKL is programmed with the Contemporary Christian 'K-Love' format.
W288BK's 12 watt transmitter is located near downtown Rochester, but can be heard clearly as far away as the northwest corner of Sterling Heights.
I blame Richard Gere. No, not for smooching that Bollywood star in India a few weeks ago and almost getting himself arrested for public display of affection, but for renwed interest in ballroom dancing. It was late 2004 when that adorable movie, "Shall We Dance?" came out. You know, the one in which Gere plays a workaholic whose "whole life changes when the sight of a beautiful dance instructor inspires him to break out of his mold and sign up for ballroom dancing lessons." Six months later, in the summer of 2005, "Dancing with the Stars" foxtrotted across our television screens, eventually luring some 30 million of us to become addicted to the sight of B-list celebs and their exotic partners cha-cha-cha-ing. A coincidence? Now in its third season, "Stars" contestant and former N' Sync-er Joey Fatone has shown he can do a mean Paso Doble. (Well, not as mean as that cute Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno.) There's even a local edition of "Dancing with the Stars." Five Grand Rapids luminaries will swing, rumba and meringue in the 2007 WZZM 13 Dance Off competition on Friday, to raise money for breast cancer research... Dance-off lets GR 'celebs' step up for charity (Sun, 5/13)
By: Art Vuolo
Happy Mother’s Day! My mom and dad, whom I am blessed to still have, even at my advanced age, both listen to a lot of radio — but, of course, radio cares little about people in their age group.
Most of last week was spent in the Windy City of Chicago observing and listening, mostly to the radio. I took in a little television, mostly to see if I could spot the lovely sister of Detroit traffic maven Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor. Her sibling, Sharon Wright, is a news reporter for WMAQ-TV NBC 5 in Chicago and looks much like the former Big 8 CKLW chopper reporter from the ’70s. Today, Jo-Jo is still doing traffic for the Michigan AAA Network.
About 10 days ago, as part of WJR-AM’s (760) big 85th birthday celebration, the station presented “An Evening with Rush Limbaugh.” Even at $50 per ticket, the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi was packed with more than 2,000 people — and that’s a “conservative” estimate.
After an introduction by popular WJR personalities Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann, El Rushbo did a solid two hours with the crowd, interrupting his talk close to 100 times with applause.
Prior to his addressing the passionate crowd, a video tracing the history of WJR Radio was shown. WJR Creative Director John Marshall and I produced the video and were surprised at some of the reaction from the very vocal audience. For example, when former Tiger announcer Ernie Harwell and the late J.P. McCarthy appeared, the crowd cheered wildly. When Mitch Albom, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick popped up on the screen, the response was decidedly less enthusiastic. I witnessed something similar at last year’s Sean Hannity appearance at the Ren-Cen, also sponsored by WJR (you can see the video at www.wjr.com).
WKAR-TV will present a special, hour-long edition of Off the Record examining the crisis in Michigan's K-12 education funding. Senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick will anchor the special, airing Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV and many other public television stations (check local listings for other station broadcast times.) Michigan's Education Funding Crisis: An Off the Record Special explores critical issues and the impact that proposed short and long term education budget cuts will have on Michigan's public schools... WKAR program focuses on education funding crisis (Sun, 5/13)
Rock WRIF-FM on Friday announced the winner of the station's 2007 “WRIF Rock Girl” competition – Taylor Robinson from Canton, Michigan. Taylor made it through three rounds of online voting and the scrutiny of 3 judges at a live event last Thursday at the Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens to be crowned with the title of WRIF Rock Girl.
Through the online voting campaign, the girls were whittled down from 32 to 16 to 8. The “Fabulous Four” were announced at the event last night with the help of our emcees, Trudi Daniels, Arthur Penhallow, Doug Podell, Scott Randall and 2006 WRIF Rock Girl, Lisa Welch. Then, it was up to our panel of judges to decide. Judges included MGM Grand Detroit’s Courtney Bliznik, Red Wing Alumni John Ogrodnick and “Mr. Skin” of MrSkin.com fame. After a series of competitions, including WRIF and Rock trivia, a simulated traffic report, a talent competition and a “show us your style” fashion show, Taylor was crowned “WRIF Rock Girl” by reigning Rock Girl, Lisa Welch.
In addition to the title of WRIF Rock Girl, Taylor will receive a $40,000 salary, a position on the air as afternoon traffic reporter, and she’ll star in a WRIF billboard campaign and a WRIF ad in the July issue of Stuff Magazine.
Taylor is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She plans to go back to get her masters as well.
Soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1's Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show are accepting final nominations for the 6th Annual "Women Who Make Magic®" Awards. The banquet and dinner will be held on Monday, June 11, 2007 at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. National recording artist and Magic 105.1FM on-air personality John Tesh will be a special guest, presenting an award and spending some time sharing a bit of his “intelligence for life.” He will also sign autographs at the event. Tickets are available at the Andiamo box office or by calling 586-268-3200.
The "Women Who Make Magic®" Awards began back in 2002, in an effort to recognize and pay tribute to women who have made a difference in the lives of others in their family, workplace or community.
"Women Who Make Magic® is the program for which we're most proud. To hear the stories about these women is both inspiring and humbling. I know the world is going to be OK when I'm reminded that these beautiful, empowered, caring and intelligent women are walking the earth like Guardian Angels,” said Jim Harper, WMGC Morning Show Personality and Operations Manager.
Every Friday from February - May, Magic 105.1FM's Jim Harper and The Magic Morning Show announce the name of a candidate, based on nomination letters they receive from friends, family and co-workers suggesting why the individual should be recognized. Each selected nominee receives two tickets to attend the Women Who Make Magic® Awards Banquet and a $50 Kroger gift card. Approximately 30 women will be recognized at the Awards dinner in June.
Anyone interested in submitting a nomination should send a letter explaining why the candidate should be considered to:
Women Who Make Magic®
One Radio Plaza
Detroit, MI 48220
Nominations can also be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a photo of your "Magical" nominee! Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2007.
Last week, the Associated Press reported what it called "an alarming number of Americans" stopped watching TV over the past two months: Nationally, more than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show. But that trend wasn't true in the Detroit area. Everyone has a theory to explain the plummeting national ratings: early Daylight Savings Time, more reruns, bad shows, more shows being recorded or downloaded or streamed online. But there wasn't a need for explanations here. "Detroit is different than the rest of the country in so many ways including television viewing," said WJBK-TV (Channel 2) research chief Kelly Collins... Detroiters still watch, but ratings drop nationwide (Sun, 5/13)
Broadcast Notes By Colleen Pierson
Thunder morning man settles in
Steve “Scrubs” Stewart is enjoying doing mornings at country radio WTNR-FM (94.5).
“’Scrubs in the Morning’ is a fun, interactive show that is in touch with the interests of the Thunder listener. Our goal every morning is to make the listener the star of the show and to interact in a way that shows we are part of their community,” he said.
He came to Grand Rapids from radio stations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Auburn Alabama, and enjoys the West Michigan area immensely.
“From Holland to Muskegon and everywhere in West Michigan--I feel like you can do just about anything here. Go to a ball game, camping, head to Meijer Gardens--there is just so much. The other thing I have been really excited about is meeting all of the great Thunder audience. They have all been so inviting and have really made me feel welcomed into the community.”
Scrubs replaced Bud Ford, who is now the program director of Citadel’s WKDF in Nashville TN.
Matthews’ silly string It’s really not such a silly idea at all
Morning man Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM (96.9) helped our community gather 16,000 cans of silly string for our troops.
“They use the silly string to find wires in combat zones. This project has introduced me to the highest officials in our military. I do know that the 578 and 579th California guard will be using this string and so will others, said Matthews.
Later this year Kev will call upon friends in Hollywood and Chicago to entertain our men and women in combat zones, hospitals, or any area needed.
105.3 HOT FM names new program director
Jack Spade begins his tenure as the new program director of WHTS-FM (105.3) Hot FM “Today’s Hottest Hits”. He most recently worked for Next Media as program director of WQSL-FM and WQZL- FM “The Beat of Carolina” in North Carolina. Jack was born in Kalamazoo. His family relocated to the south several years after he was born. He has a wife and four children.
And settling in nicely, with almost a year under their belts at Hot FM, is the morning team of Dave and Geri. The pair was thrilled to win the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Community Service Award for the first time and it was one of the first awards Hot FM had earned.
“We told Matt Hanlon about two months ago that he had made this feel like ‘our station’ and we're very grateful for the way everyone made us fit right in. Kevin Matthews thinks Dave has too much estrogen on the show, so in trying to get Kevin in the 'estrogen spirit', we've started calling him Karen Matthews. Every day is just kind of like playing on the playground--and we're extremely lucky to work not only with the people on our station, but with all the other stations in our building as well. We're truly blessed to be here,” said Geri Jarvis.
Rev. Al Sharpton, lately best known for being the scourge of the currently jobless Don Imus, came to Troy Wednesday to address the AdCraft Club at its annual Radio Day presentation at the San Marino Club. Why Radio Day? Sharpton hosts a weekday radio talk show syndicated by Radio One that’s heard from 1-4 p.m. daily here on Radio One’s WCHB-AM (1200). And 11 minutes into a 20-minute address to an audience of radio and other advertising folks, Sharpton explained why Imus had to go while making a couple of points on the application of the concept of freedom of speech... Sharpton explains how Imus was ousted (Wed, 5/16)
Good-bye, Opie & Anthony. XM Satellite Radio suspended them and their New York-based morning radio show for 30 days, effective immediately, possibly setting the stage for their eventual dismissal. A tamer, public airwaves O&A will continue to be carried from 6-9 a.m. weekdays on WKRK-FM (97.1), a CBS spokeswoman said Tuesday. The O&A comedy tour is due to hit DTE Energy Music Theatre on Aug. 4. The offense: The duo allowed a homeless man to utter profanity and talk about wanting to have sex with some famous women on their XM-only show, which runs from 9 to about 11 a.m. and isn't bound by normal broadcast standards... XM radio yanks Opie & Anthony (Wed, 5/16)
Tomorrow, May 17th, at 12:30pm, FSN Detroit will air the game originally scheduled to be played this evening against Boston. That game was wiped out due to rain. The fourth game of the series will be played at 7:00pm tomorrow on FSN, as originally scheduled.
The Saturday May 26th game against Cleveland and the Saturday June 23rd game against Atlanta have been moved from 7:00pm to 3:55pm to accommodate coverage by FOX which has added the games to its FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week schedule. The games had been scheduled to air on FSN Detroit.
The Saturday June 16th game at Philadelphia has been moved from 3:55pm to 7:00pm and will air on FSN Plus instead of FOX.
Also, coverage for two makeup games have been announced:
On Tuesday, July 24th the Tigers will play the Chicago White Sox in a day/night doubleheader. The added day game will air at 2:00pm on FSN Detroit in addition to the regularly scheduled night game at 8:00pm.
Toronto will visit Detroit on Monday Sept. 10 at 7:00pm on FSN Detroit, making good on the postponement from the opening week of the season.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, whose campaigning helped lead to CBS Radio shock jock Don Imus losing his job last month, was the keynote speaker at the Adcrafter Club Radio Day luncheon Wednesday at the San Marino Club in Troy. Sharpton's appearance, requested by Radio One-Detroit general manager Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin, couldn't have been more timely, with shock jocks in hot water all over the place this week... Sharpton: Imus firing a consumers' rights issue (Thu, 5/17)
While Jim Johnson of 'JJ & Lynne' on Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is chaperoning his son’s school trip to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, AL next Monday – Wednesday, May 21-23, filling the void will be Detroit funnyman John Heffron who will co-host the Classic Rock Morning Show with Lynne Woodison.
Heffron, winner of NBC’s reality series “Last Comic Standing,” has become the comic to watch and love. The newly-married 33 year-old comic recently nabbed a development deal with ABC for his own sitcom and wowed the crowd in another half-hour standup special for Comedy Central. John’s been on the road non-stop, performing in comedy clubs, colleges and theaters across the country.
Heffron started his comedy career as a student at Eastern Michigan University, skipping night classes to perform. After graduating, John toured the college circuit with material that became his first comedy CD, “Kid With A Cape.”
John just released his third comedy CD, “The Better Half,” featuring material that has matured with him, moving from college and video games to the adjustment of being married with weekly visits to Home Depot.
Rebecca Williams, reporter and producer for The Environment Report on Michigan Radio, has been selected to receive a first place National Headliner Award for her series of reports on the Emerald Ash Borer, entitled “Tree Killing Bug Wiping Out Ash.”
Williams’s award is in the category of “Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event,” and surpassed both ABC News Radio and CBS Radio News to take the top spot in that category.
“Tree Killing Bug Wiping Out Ash” is a continuing series of stories about how this invasive beetle has killed over 20 million trees. People in the nursery and firewood industries have lost their livelihoods, homeowners and cities are struggling to pay for the damage, and scientists are warning that we don't fully understand the extent of everything that could be lost in our forests.
The National Headliner Awards program was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. It is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.
This year’s awards will be presented to recipients at a special ceremony in Atlantic City on May 19. Outstanding journalists from around the country will gather to honor their fellow news writers, photographers, and reporters.
“I’m thrilled,” says Williams, “to receive this recognition of our in-depth coverage of such an important problem.”
The Environment Report from the GLRC is a production of Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan. The Environment Report is an environmental news service distributed free of charge to more than 140 public radio stations in 16 states.
There are probably a finite number of places in the country where more than 1,500 people would jam a place like the Michigan Theater to listen to the making of a radio show, but Ann Arbor is one of them. The National Public Radio current-events quiz program, "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me,'' with host Peter Sagal, announcer-scorekeeper Carl Kasell and panelists Adam Felber, Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce, came to town Thursday night for a live taping of their fast-paced, unscripted and irreverent look at the news. "We were warned if we weren't good enough, they'd start projecting an obscure Czech film,'' Sagal quipped... Throng could barely wait for 'Wait, Wait': 1,500 pack theater for NPR show (Fri, 5/18)
The winter Arbitron ratings for West Michigan radio are in. The numbers, for listeners age 12 and older in the Grand Rapids metro area, break out as follows for the top 5: 1) WBCT-FM -- 8.2 2) WOOD-AM -- 7.8 3) WSNX-FM -- 6.6 4) WGRD-FM -- 5.7 5) WLAV-FM -- 5.1 Doug Montgomery, regional vice president and operations manager at WBCT-FM (93.7), said he remains pleased with his station's progress... WBCT tops winter radio ratings (Sun, 5/20)
After more than 31 years in local radio, rock jock Allison Harte has left the airwaves. She is probably best remembered for her tenure at WLAV-FM (96.9), where she worked for 10 years. For the past six years, she had worked at Clear Channel's WBFX-FM (101.3) on the noon-3 p.m. shift. Her resignation was effective Monday, and Harte looks forward to her new role in marketing for River City Slims, a blues nightclub slated to open in mid-July ... On another matter at The Fox, Jack Lawson is no longer program director there. Essick did not say much, but confirmed that Lawson was "no longer with the station"... Rock jock Harte moves into marketing (Sun, 5/20)
By: Mike Austerman
Scrutiny of the radio business has probably never been higher than in recent weeks, and most of the attention has not been positive.
Shock talkers have been the biggest targets, as one scandal seems to be followed quickly by another, and high-profile personalities are either getting fired or placed on long suspensions as a result of broadcasting offensive material under the guise of being edgy or funny.
Only thing is, there is no humor in racial and ethnic stereotyping, as Don Imus and New York City personalities JV & Elvis have shown, or in references to rape, as satellite radio bad boys Opie & Anthony recently did. You’ve lost your edge when you resort to making fun or taking advantage of others and label it as entertainment.
Twenty- and 30-something men are falling all over themselves across the Internet in protest of the actions being taken against these so-called talents, mostly claiming free-speech violations. The Rev. Al Sharpton, in an appearance in Troy last week, had the perfect answer, correctly explaining that free speech is a two-way street.
I commend those who exert their right of free speech against what essentially has become sanctioned bullying over the airwaves.
Most schools now have strict policies against bullying as a way to address the kinds of issues that may have played a role in the tragedies at Columbine High School in 1999 and at Virginia Tech earlier this spring. Over and over again, we hear questions of what could have been done to prevent these kinds of horrible events.
Maybe society is starting to figure out that one of the most important things we can do is be consistent in our messages. If we’re not going to accept bullying in our schools, it’s time to stop accepting that kind of programming on the radio, too.
For those who get their kicks out of hearing the bits that are now rightly under scrutiny, I invite you to talk to some victims of ethnic hate crimes or rape and see if there is anything funny about their stories. Or maybe just talk to a kid that has been bullied and honestly try to learn how that feels.
Let’s get radio back to a place where true creativity and humor take center stage without all the unnecessary degradation of people who might look or act differently. Let’s let Paul W. Smith, Dick Purtan, John Mason and countless others both locally and nationally give some lessons on how a real radio pro should act on the air.
Radio isn’t dead — it just needs to let the best rise to the top again and minimize the desire to always be in the spotlight for being on the edge. As we’re learning, hanging out on that edge might just mean you’re due to fall off.
Baseball broadcast legend Ernie Harwell will be in the Tigers television broadcast booth for two consecutive games this week while substituting for color analyst Rod Allen. In addition to the previously announced Thursday, May 24th game (1:00pm, replay at 7:00pm) against the Los Angeles Angels, Harwell will also fill in on the Friday, May 25th broadcast at 7:00pm against the Cleveland Indians. Regular analyst Rod Allen is missing the games to be in Arizona for his son Andrew's high school graduation. Mario Impemba will continue to handle the play-by-play.
The Spartan Podcast with Gary Reid From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Gary Reid is a senior specialist in MSU’s Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. And he’s the professional general manager of MSU’s award-winning student radio station, WDBM-FM - better known as the Impact. Gary talks about the birth of the Impact and the radio station’s mission. He tells us what HD radio is and how it and other new technologies like iPods and podcasts are changing radio as we know it. Reid sees content as king as radio and its competitors move ahead into the digital age. He also gives his advice to students who want to enter radio or audio production careers. Hosted by Russ White. Hear the Show here: spartanpodcast.com/?p=252 (22:22, 12.8 Mb mp3)
Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 is joining forces with the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan by forming a special Magic 105.1FM team to walk in the first-ever CLF Walk for Hope & Support.
Magic 105.1FM afternoon on-air personality Jim Paolucci will host this year’s event and has formed a team, “Paolucci’s Pals.” to help raise funds for this great cause. The 3-mile charity walk will start at 9am and conclude with lunch which will immediately follow. Water at the halfway point of the walk will be provided by Oakwood Hospital.
The mission of Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is to provide and promote compassionate, personalized support to people in Michigan affected by leukemia and other related disorders.
“I know firsthand how devastating illnesses such as these can be for the entire family. Join me in support of these brave kids and their families,” said Jim Paolucci.
Registration is available at: www.active.com/donate/clfwalk/jimpaolucci. On-site registration the day of the event will also be available.
Purtan has hosted the Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon for 20 consecutive years, raising more than $16.4 million dollars for The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club Program. The Bed and Bread program brings food, shelter and services to countless people within the community. The program shelters 2,100 every night and serves over 12,300 meals each day to men, women and children in need.
“Dick’s commitment to helping others in need embodies the spirit of the Evangeline Booth Award,” said Major Norman Marshall, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “He serves as a role model for all of us to do the most good. The Salvation Army could not make the impact it does without his generous support.”
Purtan has been inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The Morning Show with Purtan’s People is also included in the archives at the New York Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting. In their first-ever “Best of Detroit,” HOUR Detroit Magazine selected Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People as the city’s best radio morning show. In 2006, HOUR Detroit named him the “Best Local Radio DJ.” The readers of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press have also voted Purtan the Best Radio Personality.
Others who were honored by TSA with Evangeline Booth awards included, “A Purpose Driven Life” author Pastor Rick Warren, Actress Dixie Carter, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and former Pepsico CEO Steven Reinemund.
Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman is confident by the time the network launches in August, fans around the league will have access to the channel devoted 24 hours a day to Big Ten sports. Silverman, on the Michigan campus Tuesday to discuss the status of the network, particularly in terms of cable distribution, said 40 cable companies, including 12 in Michigan, are on board, along with DirecTV... Big Ten Network confident it will deliver (Wed, 5/23)
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For those who missed the announcement, the Big Ten Network will debut in August. Who will see it remains another matter. Big Ten Network officials, including president Mark Silverman, were in Ann Arbor on Tuesday pitching all of the network's attributes. But when the inevitable topic of distribution arose, Silverman could say only that he was optimistic. The network currently has an agreement with DirecTV and a number of smaller cable outlets throughout the Midwest that will make it available in 15 million homes. It does not, however, have an agreement with cable giants such as Comcast, which serves many Michigan homes, despite preliminary meetings... Big Ten Network might be hard to find (Wed, 5/23)
The Big Ten Network has lots of programming that local sports fans will want to watch on TV, but it has yet to secure a deal with the cable distributor that can make that a reality. Three months from its launch, Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman made a stop in Ann Arbor on Tuesday to detail its progress. Silverman touted the number of football games - at least two per school - and men's basketball games - 60 percent of the schedule - that will be shown this season. He also highlighted the vast amount of HDTV programming that will be available from the start... Big Ten Network seeks a distributor (Wed, 5/23)
WYCD Rocks The House With 25th Annual Hoedown
CBS RADIO Country WYCE/DETROIT reports that 1.1 million Country fans showed up for the 25th ANNUAL WYCD DETROIT HOEDOWN that was held from MAY 18-20. The event was held at the HART PLAZA in Downtown DETROIT. Artists that played this year included THE WRECKERS, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, EMERSON DRIVE, DARRYL WORLEY, DANIELLE PECK and many others. (Tue, 5/22)
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will bring its daily public affairs program "Detroit Today" to downtown Detroit's Campus Martius Park for a live broadcast on Thursday, May 24 from 10:00am to noon. The broadcast will take place at the StoryCorps Griot booth, currently at the park as part of an African-American oral history project touring the US.
Matt Watroba is hosting Detroit Today this week, and will be discussing the significance of StoryCorps Griot coming to Detroit and feature some of the oral histories already collected. Tentatively scheduled guests for this special edition of Detroit Today include local civil rights
leader Arthur Johnson, Juanita Moore, director of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Bob Gregory, Director of Campus Martius Park, Joel Silvers, local film maker, as well as StoryCorps Griot facilitators.
Listeners are invited to join the conversation live on Thursday by coming down to Campus Martius Park from 10am to noon during the live remote broadcast.
'Come On Over," the locally produced children's TV show, has been nominated for 10 Michigan Emmy Awards. The show, a co-production of the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and its creator and star, Holland artist and musician Joel Schoon Tanis, debuted in October on WOTV-TV (Channel 4). "We are thrilled with these nominations that validate the amazing efforts of so many talented people who have made this show possible," said Teresa Thome, executive director of the Children's Museum and CEO of Enthusiastic Productions, the company that produces the show. The Michigan Emmy Awards will be presented June 16 in Detroit... 'Come On Over!' up for statewide Emmys (Wed, 5/23)
John Carroll Jr, president of Carroll Broadcasting and Carroll Enterprises is excited about the move away from a niche format to one that has broader appeal. "Hit’s FM is not your cookie-cutter format. Most consultants want to pigeon-hole a station's format as CHR, Adult Contemporary, Country etc. Ours is plain and simple, if it was a hit in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, we will play it! Many songs you will not hear on radio stations, but you will on ours. It’s a fun sound and the songs we play bring back a lot of memories.”
Prior to this week's format change, WQLB had carried a classic rock format since signing on in July 1997 with WKJZ joining the simulcast shortly after that. Prior to its simulcast of WQLB, WKJZ simulcast the country format of sister station WKJC-FM 104.7 Tawas City.
WJIM/Lansing Changes On-Air Lineup
Musical chairs at CITADEL Top 40 WJIM/LANSING, as PD JOSH STRICKLAND readies himself for a move from afternoons to morning drive. Current morning host DAVE BEAGLE segues to afternoons, while co-host LORI RIGATO slides into the midday chair. MADISON RALLY leaves nights to join JOSH for wakeups, and weekender SEAN KELLY moves to nights. (Thu, 5/24)
The Big Ten Network is a new national cable/satellite programming service dedicated to covering both the athletic and academic content of the Big Ten Conference. Mark Silverman is its president. Mark and tells MSU Today on Impact Radio what the network is and what kind of programming it will offer. He says the network will also stream programming on the Internet and broadcast in high definition. And he talks about the origins of the idea for the network. Hosted by Russ White. Hear the show at spartanpodcast.com (7:08 - 4.1 Mb mp3).
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, is set to cover this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. During the week of May 28, the station will air special reports on Michigan’s economy and other topics to be discussed at the conference, followed by a one-hour special program from the conference on Friday, June 1 at 9 am.
This annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce conference presents an opportunity for Michigan’s lawmakers and industry leaders to explore the issues deemed critical to Michigan’s future.
Before and during the conference, Michigan Radio’s news team and other public radio reporters throughout Michigan will pool their resources and present in-depth reports on our state’s economy. These reports will examine transportation, education, rebuilding Michigan’s economy, and the role of government. Michigan Radio, as well as public radio stations around the state, will air the reports during “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
Friday’s program, “Michigan’s Bottom Line: Perspectives on Fixing the Economy,” will be co-hosted by Michigan Radio News Reporter/Producer Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Director Rick Pluta.
“This project, the independent features and the one-hour special, will give listeners a good sense of how communities across the state are faring in this economy and how they’re preparing for the future,” states Hulett, who is also the program’s story editor.
“Morning Edition” on Michigan Radio airs weekdays from 5:00 to 9:00 am. “All Things Considered” airs weekdays from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.
Michigan Radio will begin its annual Summer Documentary Series this Tuesday, May 29th. The programs will air at 9 pm every Tuesday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Each week, the program will explore a given topic in depth with some of public radio’s best producers. The series begins with five new shows from RadioLab, public radio’s curiosity-driven investigation into how things work.
For a complete schedule of Michigan Radio’s Summer Documentary Series, visit www.michiganradio.org.
This holiday weekend Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will kick-off the unofficial start of summer with the “AM 580 Summer Weekend”, spotlighting some of the best “summer oldies” songs throughout the weekend. From the Beach Boys to Stevie Wonder, the sounds of summer will be heard on AM 580.
Plus, as an added bonus AM 580 will air “The Beach Boys: Warmth of the Sun” radio special this Sunday at 12 noon. The Beach Boys are synonymous with summer and their new CD collection: “The Warmth of the Sun” features 28 career-spanning tracks in a sunup to sundown musical journey through the rich musical legacy of “America’s band”. This hour-long broadcast goes behind the scenes with fascinating new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine.
The May 2007 Sweeps book has closed with WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) walking away with several key victories, namely for its 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. While WXYZ has maintained the No. 1 newscast at 5 p.m. for nearly 30 sweeps periods (thanks in large part to a formidable "Oprah" lead-in), the 6 p.m. newscast is new territory for the local ABC affiliate. This time around, WXYZ pulled an 8 rating in households, compared to WDIV-TV (Channel 4) with a 7.4 rating... WXYZ-TV is tops in evening news (Fri, 5/25)
Andy Evans has been the baseball equivalent of a solid utilityman the last four years at WLQR-AM, 1470. He has crammed a lot of duties into his part-time job. Evans has hosted a two-hour sports show on Sunday mornings called "The Sports Trenches," done morning and mid-day sports updates and some production work, and served as the top fill-in for afternoon sports talk show host Norm Wamer on "The Front Row." Evans also had been the radio voice of the Bowling Green State University hockey team on the campus radio station, WBGU-FM, 88.1. All of the long hours and hard work have finally paid off for Evans, a 27-year-old graduate of Eastwood High School and BGSU. He has landed a full-time position as afternoon sports anchor at another Cumulus Media station - WTKA-AM, 1050, in Ann Arbor. He starts June 4... WLQR's Evans earns sports talk job in Ann Arbor (Fri, 5/25)
Beginning June 4, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, will begin a series of on-air changes. They start with the debut of "Fair Game,'' a news and entertainment program hosted by Faith Salie from Public Radio International, which will air from 7 to 8 p.m. weeknights, following "All Things Considered.'' "89.1 Jazz'' with Michael G. Nastos will air from 8 to 11 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; on Mondays "Cuban Fantasy'' will air from 8 to 10 p.m., "Brazilian Sol'' will move to 10 p.m. to midnight and "The Outside Within'' will air from midnight to 2 a.m... Listen for changes to WEMU lineup (Sun, 5/27)
It would be understandable if Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod acted like a father trying to choose between his children during the team's Eastern Conference finals series against the Detroit Pistons. After all, McLeod spent 22 years in the same role for the Motown team. But it's not the case at all. McLeod, who is a native of Northeast Ohio (he lived in Strongsville until he was 14 and eventually returned), said there's no wiggle room when it comes to his loyalties. "The minute I came to Cleveland, that's where my allegiance is," he said. "No, I don't feel any divided emotions whatsoever. In a way it's like being traded -- being a free agent"... McLeod is over Detroit (Sun, 5/27)
Christian Talk WLQV AM 1500 held it's second annual radiothon for Food for the Poor on Thursday, May 24 and once again exceeded its goal. Food for the Poor is the third largest charity in the United States dedicated to helping the suffering poor in the Caribbean.
WLQV partnered with Food for the Poor to build four homes for four families in the poverty ravished parish of St. Mary, Jamaica at a cost of $10,400.00. By the end of the day WLQV listeners had contributed a total of $20,913.00 which will build 8 homes.
Last year the station raised in excess of $12,000.00 and built five homes.
By: Art Vuolo
We’re smack dab in the middle of our long Memorial Day week-end, and today’s 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to be carried on sports WDFN-AM (1130) beginning with pre-race festivities at 10 a.m. The race can be seen on WXYZ-Channel 7, too, but despite the insane gas prices, this weekend will find many of us, including yours truly, traveling by car. Drive to arrive alive.
• • • • • • • •Get your hammers and paint brushes prepared, and get ready for the triumphant return of one of this areas best loved home improvement radio hosts, Murray Gula, who debuts next weekend on sports/talk WDFNAM (1130). He will be on 8-10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday ready to take your call at (800) 998-FIX IT (3494.)
It was a difficult six weeks recovering from major bypass surgery, but the “new” Murray is considerably slimmer and much wiser about his personal improvement, as well. He also will continue in his role on Channel 7’s Web site at www.wxyz.com with his live Web chat show, “Lunch with Murray,” at noon Thursdays, and his guest shot 10:30 a.m. Fridays with Bob Allison on ethnic/talk WNZK-AM (690). Murray’s longtime friend and co-host will continue to be Joe Giordano. Welcome back Mr. Gula, we missed you.
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One of XM’s two satellites went on the fritz last Monday. XM apparently was updating software one of its satellites, but things didn’t go as planned and the signal went down. The east satellite pivoted so that the signal was not pointed toward Earth.
Listeners said they first lost reception late that morning. Phone reps were telling callers the troubles could last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. It was corrected about 24 hours later.
XM’s other satellite in space continued to operate normally. The biggest problem was that just one satellite doesn’t adequately cover the entire country.
In the sports world, every event must open and close with a commercial. This column could never be classified as an event, but I warn you I'm opening it with an unabashed commercial. And, if you go to the bottom of the column, you'll find a closing commercial. Father's Day is Sunday, June 17, and I want to do Ole Dad a favor -- keep him from getting another tie. The easiest way: give him an Ernie Harwell Audio Scrapbook. It was fun to work on this book. Gordon Miller and Gary Spicer put me in the Southfield studios of Ron Rose Productions with Bob Harris, the voice of Duke basketball and football. He asked questions and I responded. No script, just off-the top of my head. We recorded 10 hours in three sessions. Then, Miller, aided by engineers Leo Gillis, Chip Kipps, and Dion Roddy, edited all that talk down to four discs of an hour each... Ernie Harwell: Listen to the greats this Father's Day (Mon, 5/28)
"Bridging the Racial Divide 3" is set to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56). And now, here's the reeeeeeest of the story. The subject is the impact of the news media on race relations in metro Detroit. The show was taped last week, in part at Oakland University and Wayne State University, with a mix of news media pros and everyday folks. Emery King, the former Channel 4 anchor, and WJR-AM's (760) Paul W. Smith cohost. They kicked around the impact of the news media, crime coverage in the city and the suburbs, the Tara Grant murder coverage, newspaper blogging, the Don Imus affair and newsroom diversity... WTVS show looks at race, media (Mon, 5/28)
Noted Artist Pablo Davis, who worked alongside Mexican artist Diego Rivera on his renowned Detroit Industry murals in the early 1930’s, was an honored guest. The frescoes, considered to be Rivera’s most important work in the U.S. frame the courtyard where the Gala reception was held.
Other honored guests included the Hon. Vicente Sanchez Ventura, Hon. Jorge Sanchez, both Consuls of Mexico, and Duron Marshall representing U.S.. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. All the guests were serenaded by Grammy nominated Mariachi Band “Salvador Torres.”
A ninety-minute program was held at the DIA Auditorium to give out special honors in what is planned to be the first of an annual event. The evening was hosted by WJR Radio’s Paul W. Smith of the Paul W. Smith Morning Show.
Scott Walker Named PD At WOMC
ALL ACCESS has learned that SCOTT WALKER has been named the new PD at CBS Oldies WOMC/DETROIT. This marks the return of SCOTT to CBS, as he programmed Oldies WOGL/PHILADELPHIA for 20 years from 1981-2001. Most recently he was PD for COX Classic Hits WJGL (THE NEW 96-9 THE EAGLE)/JACKSONVILLE. (Thu, 5/31)
Longtime WWJ-AM (950) producer Pat Batcheller will jump to Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) on June 18 to take the job of afternoon host for "All Things Considered," 4-7 p.m. daily. WDET news director Jerome Vaughn has been hosting "All Things Considered" most recently, but according to WDET public relations and promotions director Kevin Piotrowski, Vaughn's workload as news director has made it difficult for him to also pull the afternoon shift.Pat Batcheller to move from WWJ to WDET (Thu, 5/31)
The daily public affairs program "Detroit Today" on WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is broadcasting live from 2007 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference taking place on Mackinac Island this week. Feature reports, discussions and interviews with Michigan political and business leaders will be featured as WDET's Quinn Klinefelter hosts "Detroit Today" this week. The show airs from 10am to noon.
News/Talk 760 WJR will bring its listeners live coverage from the conference. The three days of meetings, discussions and speeches traditionally result in a number of breaking news stories.
Hosts Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-11:30am) will feature a long list of guests on their broadcasts today, May 31st, and Friday, June 1st from Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Smith will also host a live program featuring the "Big Five"on Friday afternoon, a special time from 3 to 5 pm. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County Commission Chair Nancy White and Windsor, Ontario Mayor Eddie Francis will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significant issues facing the area.