Mike Austerman: July 2007 Archives

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioWith summer vacation season fully kicking in this week, local radio stations are hoping you’ll include them in your local barbecue and beach plans.

Oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) will present its “Firecracker 500” starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, featuring tunes voted on by listeners who visited the station’s Web site at www.womc.com. In case you’re wondering, I’m the one who voted for the Supremes, Buddy Holly and Johnny Nash.

Not to be outdone, classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) will present “USA to Z” on Wednesday, featuring all-American bands in alphabetical order, from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. Then, starting July 9, the station brings back its popular “Classic Rock A to Z,” featuring nearly 2,000 songs spanning “A Day in the Life” to “Ziggy Stardust.”

News WWJ-AM (950) is broadcasting live from Greenfield Village from 6-11 p.m. through Tuesday to help celebrate The Henry Ford’s 2007 Salute to America, featuring concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing favorite patriotic songs. Each concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture during a spectacular fireworks display and live cannon fire. Visit www.thehenryford.org for more information.

Public WDET-FM (101.9) will air “Radio Lab,” a science show for people who think they don’t like science, beginning on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and then 8 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 5. “Radio Lab” claims to break the mold of lifeless, technical summaries of academic scientific findings to re-create the thrill of “A-ha!” moments in scientific breakthroughs. If only they could figure out what makes the mustard splatter all over my shirt every time I eat a hot dog.


Grand Rapids Press:

Medical breakthroughs, local and national health headlines, early disease detection and healthy eating and exercising tips are just a few topics that will be featured in a new Sunday morning health program on WZZM-TV (Channel 13). The 30-minute program, "Healthy You." is hosted by Valerie Lego, health reporter and weekend anchor, and airs at 11 a.m... WZZM adds Sunday a.m. health show (Mon, 7/2)

WGVU-TV and radio volunteer George McKellar helps out at the stations for the sheer joy of it. He didn't expect to receive the Pioneer Award from the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters for his efforts... WGVU volunteer honored (Mon, 7/2)

Joe Stokes had been out of radio for six years when he received a phone call one night from David Roper, a co-worker at the former WEVS-FM. Roper asked if the two former air personalities could get together to discuss an idea he had. "He came over and said, 'I have an idea and wanted to get your input,'" said Stokes, who was a nighttime air personality at the former oldies station from 1990 to 2001. Roper proposed creating an Internet radio station with virtually the same format as WEVS, a Saugatuck-based station on air at 92.7 FM from 1987 until 2001, when owner Chris Conrad sold the station to Midwest Communications of Wausau, Wis. The station's format was later changed to classic rock and its call letters became WYVN ("The Van.") Stokes agreed to become one of the on-air voices behind the venture, Lakeshoreradio.net, with Roper being the other... Internet radio station targets oldies fans (Sun, 7/1)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit’s WGPR 107.5 FM has signed a five-year deal with New York City-based Arbitron Inc., the radio-audience-measurement company, to deploy its new Portable People Meters. Details on the agreement were unavailable. The PPMs are pager-sized devices that more accurately measure radio-listening habits without interaction from the user. The system replaces Arbitron’s traditional diary method in which listeners write down what they listened to during a week... WGPR signs deal for portable meters (Mon, 7/2)

Michigan Radio wins 13 awards for excellence in journalism

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has received 13 awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2006. SPJ Awards for each chapter are judged by an impartial
outside chapter to ensure that each entry is given an unbiased review. These entries were judged by the Indiana SPJ Chapter.

At Michigan Radio, we do our best to produce excellent coverage of issues important to our audience everyday,” said News Director Vincent Duffy. “It’s great when our peers in the news industry recognize those efforts.”

Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for 2006 in the following categories: Breaking/Spot News, General News, Features, Sports News, and Newscasts. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.

1st Annual Edwards and Lee Dog Walk to support the Michigan Humane Society scheduled for July 21

WYCD and Nu-Way Kitchen & Bath are teaming up to support the Michigan Humane Society with the 1st Annual Edwards and Lee Dog Walk. WYCD afternoon drive hosts Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee, both dog lovers, will be on hand Saturday, July 21st at 950 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham for a variety of contests and a dog walk through downtown Birmingham. Registration begins at 8:15 am with the contests starting at 9:00. The dog walk will follow at the conclusion of the various contests.

Nu-Way will be donating a percentage of the days sales to the Michigan Humane Society along with collecting cash donations. The Michigan Humane Society will be on site at the event wich is expected to draw hundreds of dogs and their owners.

Call (248) 283-8400 for more information.


MSU Today:

WKAR-TV was recently honored with two Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Television Academy for its “Michigan At Risk” series. The series itself was honored as Best Public/Current/Community Affairs Series. The documentary “The Hate Next Door,” which aired under the “Michigan At Risk” banner, was honored as Best Public/Current/ Community Affairs Program or Special. Awards were presented at the National Television Academy’s annual ceremonies in June... WKAR-TV receives two Michigan Emmy Awards (Fri, 6/29)

Bay City Times:

Delta College’s Channel 19 has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to reduce the power of its aging analog transmitter in order to continue analog broadcast through February 2009. Most Q-TV viewers receive Delta’s public broadcasting programs through cable, satellite or over-the-air digital services and will not be affected by the change, according to a press release send by the college. Some viewers who still receive analog Channel 19 services through an antenna may have difficulty receiving the signal due to the reduction of power... Delta’s Q-TV to decrease signal power (Mon, 7/2)


Detroit News:

Detroit News sports columnist Bob Wojnowski (Wojo) and his co-host Mike Stone (Stoney) will go national next week, as Stoney&Wojo have been invited to guest host the syndicated Jim Rome show on Friday, July 13 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on WDFN-AM (1130). The duo's regular slot on WDFN is from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. It's good timing; Stoney and Wojo might get some national money rolling into the coffers during their July 19-20 radiothon benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at World Sports Grille, inside Gameworks at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills... Stoney & Wojo: They're nationwide (Tue, 7/3)


Communicom Closes On Davidson's WDRJ-A
RICH KYLEBURG's COMMUNICOM has closed on its $3.8 million purchase of Gospel WDRJ-A/DETROIT from DAVIDSON MEDIA GROUP. With this closing DAVIDSON exits and COMMUNICOM enters the market. JOHN PIERCE was exclusive broker. (Tue, 7/3)


Detroit Free Press:

Local 4 moves news director to digital position: Neil Goldstein, WDIV-TV (Local 4) news veep, is moving to a new job at the Post-Newsweek-owned NBC affiliate. Station boss Steve Wasserman announced Tuesday that Goldstein is the station's new vice president/marketing and digital development, effective immediately... Names and Faces (Wed, 7/4)



WJQK Hosts 40K-Plus At July 4 Celebration
LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS had its annual CELEBRATION FREEDOM FEST yesterday (7/4) at an area park off LAKE MICHIGAN. Attendance estimates ranged between 40,000 to 50,000 people. The free event featured local bands, carnival games, food and a fireworks show. A 2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON and brand-new hot tub were given away. (Thu, 7/5)


Upper Midwest Broadcasting reports that the simulcast of WBUP TV 10 Marquette and WBKP TV 5 Calumet has ended with WBKP now carrying programming from CW+, a 24-hour service that carries shows from the CW network along with syndicated programs. WBKP first signed on in 1996 to become Marquette's ABC affiliate and was paired with WBUP in 2003. The move to CW+ will likely result in the addition of WBKP to cable systems across the area where the station can be viewed over the air at a minimum.


Detroit News:

National Public Radio's Terry Gross, host and producer of the program "Fresh Air," will appear Sept. 28 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to tell stories, play audio highlights from her career and interact with the audience. Gross has been a part of "Fresh Air" since 1975, when it was a daily, local public radio show in Philadelphia. "Fresh Air" is now carried by 160 stations, and can be heard daily in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area at noon on WEMU-FM (89.1) and WUOM-FM (91.7), and 3 p.m. on WDET-FM (101.9)... 'Fresh Air's' Terry Gross to appear in Ann Arbor (Thu, 7/5)


Up For Bid: Spartan Stadium luxury suite with football package for two and Detroit Sports Car Challenge grandstand tickets with paddock passes for four

Proceeds Support Student Scholarships, Internships and Educational Programs

Bidding for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) charitable online auction opens Monday, July 9 at 12:00 a.m. Auction proceeds will support MABF programs, which include scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in the MABF online auction will continue through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The general public is invited to participate in the bidding. The MABF online auction features the following must-have items:

• As guests of the exclusive LaSalle Bank Club at Spartan Stadium, you and a friend will enjoy two (2) Michigan State University Football Tickets to the Sept. 15, 2007, home football game versus Pittsburgh. Package includes buffet-style meals, access to Spartan Radio Network Tailgate Party and a visit to the broadcast booth. Total package valued at $1,260. Reserve price/starting bid: $845.

• Highest bidder receives a VIP package for four (4), including reserved grandstand tickets and paddock passes to the Detroit Sports Car Challenge, presented by Bosch on Sept. 1, 2007, all part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Total value of $260. Reserve price/starting bid: $175.

This MABF online auction is the third of four charitable auctions planned for the year. MABF is soliciting donations of items for bid during its November online auction. 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.


Daily Mining Journal:

Don Vanuum has a satellite dish to receive some television channels and an antenna to receive others, but because of rules governing channel distribution, he can no longer receive an ABC network channel over the air, and that bothers him. Vanuum said until July 1, he was able to receive ABC locally on Channel 5/10 over the air. “I have a 30-foot tower with an antenna and a rotor on it,” he said. The antenna allowed him to receive Channel 5 which is licensed in Calumet and has its broadcast tower in Painesdale. The television channels he’s able to get with his antenna come in well, Vanuum said. “I get excellent reception,” he said. On July 1, WBKP Channel 5 became an affiliate of the CW television network, but Vanuum said he doesn’t care for its programing, and he wants to receive ABC again... There’s discontent in ‘Television Land’ (Sat, 7/7)


Michigan Radio to host live broadcast of Talk of the Nation

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan heard on WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will host a live broadcast the popular NPR news program “Talk of the Nation” on Thursday, July 26, from 2-4 pm at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

This live broadcast will focus on the 40th anniversary of the Detroit Riots of 1967. Panelists will discuss the social and economic factors that led up to the riots, and what, if any, changes have come about because of them.

Additionally, the program will examine the current state of Detroit’s once-booming automotive industry, as it embarks on one of the most important labor negotiations in its history.

“Talk of the Nation” is a lively mid-day call-in program hosted by award-winning NPR journalist Neal Conan. The program features an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape. From politics and public service to education, religion, music, and healthcare, “Talk of the Nation” offers listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, scholars, authors, and artists from around the world.

Michigan Radio was one of the flagship stations for “Talk of the Nation,” carrying the program since its inception in 1996. “Talk of the Nation” is heard weekdays on Michigan Radio from 2-4 pm and has a loyal following of over 160,000 listeners per week. Nationally, the program is broadcast on over 200 NPR stations, to more 3 million listeners each week.

Neal Conan has had a long involvement with NPR as reporter and editor for NPR News, anchor for NPR live events coverage, and host of NPR's Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News. Conan played a major role in anchoring continuous live coverage of developments during the terrorist attacks and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.

This event is open to the public. For more information on Michigan Radio’s live broadcast of “Talk of the Nation,” visit michiganradio.org.


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioIf I were to choose a theme song for these mid-summer weeks, it would have to be Rick Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man.”

Last Sunday, I returned from a Midwest regional radio conference known as The Conclave. Unlike many such events, this one is an excellent combination of teaching and socializing. It also goes by the handle of “The Learning Conference” and has strong ties to Southfield-based Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

The mantra that I was echoing at that meeting is simple. Rather than micro-dissecting formats and music rotation, more time should have been spent figuring out how to get people to just listen to the radio more often. In other words, beware of the white wires. When we see thin white wires hanging out of people’s ears, they’re not listening to radio, they are plugged into their iPod.

Take note as to the number of white wires you see these days in places where radios were once prevalent. If you’re in the radio industry, it should really scare you.

On Independence Day, I was invited to the beautiful home of friends who live on Commerce Lake. In their expansive kitchen that seemingly had everything, what was missing? A radio. There was a TV, but no radio.

At the talk radio convention I attended last month a panel moderator asked if anyone brought a radio to the gathering. I was the only one who did. When asked how many had a cell phone, nearly 100 percent of the hands went up.

The number of people who stood in line for the debut of the iPhone speaks volumes. When have you seen people lined up for a new radio? Not for satellite, and not for HD.

Broadcasters need to figure out a way to make radio cool again.


Grand Rapids Press:

The event was huge. And personnel from West Michigan television stations' won big. Michigan Emmy awards were presented last month in Detroit's Gem Theater. "Come On Over," the locally produced children's TV show, received six awards. Other local winners... Michigan Emmys presented (Sun, 7/8)

The spring ratings book for television is in. The May 2007 Nielsen ratings show WOOD-TV (Channel 8) is watched for news and weather by more West Michigan viewers than any other local news station and is No. 1 in all newscast times.,, WOOD-TV news tops May Nielsens (Sun, 7/8)


Greater Media Detroit's Bender to be inducted into the MAB Hall of Fame

Greater Media Detroit Senior Vice President & Regional General Manager Tom Bender will be officially inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Hall of Fame. The presentation will take place during the MAB's annual conference on Tuesday, July 10th, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids.

Bender, who is responsible for overseeing Greater Media's Detroit-based radio properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM, has been with the company since 1986.

"We are very proud of Tom and all he has done for both Greater Media and the radio industry," said Greater Media President and CEO Peter Smyth. "It is an honor to have him on our team."


Viewers tell MSU research team that local television provides a valuable connection to their community -- nearly nine of ten watch television news

A survey of 500 Michigan citizens by researchers from Michigan State University reveals the overwhelmingly majority of viewers say television remains the dominant entertainment medium, and that local television news provides citizens with a vitally important connection to their local community. The William Donohue Group of East Lansing, Michigan conducted the statewide survey for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB).

“Not only is television viewing as strong as ever, but Michigan citizens clearly told us they want local television to provide information about weather and news,” said William A. Donohue, Professor of Communication at Michigan State University. “People in Michigan are convinced that local TV stations provide a valuable service to the community and all indications are viewing levels will remain consistent going forward.”

MAB hired the William Donohue Group to survey viewer attitudes toward television in general, and local television news in particular. The research was also used to determine the impact that new technology such as digital video recorders (DVRs), video games and Internet usage may have on television viewing. The telephone survey of 500 Michigan citizens representing a geographic cross-section of the state was conducted in April 2007.

Among the key findings of the research:
• 84% of those surveyed say they are frequent or occasional viewers of television news;
• 83% of the sample believes their favorite station provides a valuable service to the community;
• 77% believe they are spending about the same amount of time or more watching local TV news compared to one year ago;
• 63% watch TV more than 90 minutes per day after dinner;
• 39% watch early evening news while 35% watch late evening news; and
• The most important factors in determining which local news station viewers watch are weather, local news coverage and local events.

“Local television is extremely important because of our local news, community service, weather and our role in promoting community events,” said Mario Iacobelli, MAB Board Chair and President of WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac. “The research validates the work that we do, and encourages broadcasters to continue to make local programming relevant in the lives of our viewers.”

The Donohue Group survey also sought to reveal how new technology may be impacting television viewing. The research shows that use of new technologies is not having a negative impact on viewing, but appears to be used to enhance viewing or in addition to normal viewing patterns.

Among the survey’s findings:
• 78% only use their television to watch the TV channels provided on weekdays. Only 22% use their televisions on weekdays to watch videos;
• 75% do not use a DVR to record programs;
• Most people who do record programs are extending their viewing, that is, they are recording a show because they are watching another television show at the same time; and
• Only 13% use their TV to play video games.

“Michigan citizens are very traditional in the way they watch television,” said Donohue. “They like to sit down and watch their shows from start-to-finish at the time they are normally scheduled. Use of newer technologies is mostly used to enhance the viewing experience.”

The Donohue team conducted research two years ago to determine how newer technologies were affecting radio listener ship. Much like the latest television study, the research showed that emerging media such as satellite radio, Internet and personal players including iPods did not detract from the amount of time citizens were spending listening to their favorite stations.

“New technologies are going to be a part of the media landscape going forward, but our two research projects show that the impact on radio listening and TV viewing is over-hyped,” said Donohue. “As long as local radio and TV continue to provide unique, important local programming to their citizens, broadcasters will continue to maintain strong market shares.”

The Donohue research also surveyed advertising agency executives and local business owners who buy television advertising in their communities, to determine their attitudes on television viewing and the impact of new technologies. Both groups said they found TV to be the most cost effective medium for advertising. Ad agency representatives and local advertisers agreed that television is the primary source for local news and entertainment for Michigan citizens.


Bay City Times:

If you live in the Thumb, chances are you knew Tom Meyer, or at least his voice. Meyer, who spent four decades as a radio broadcaster in Bad Axe and served three terms as a Republican state representative, died Monday. He was 65. ''I grew up knowing Tom Meyer, he was the voice of the Thumb,'' said Rep. Terry Brown, D-Pigeon, who was elected to Meyer's 84th District seat last year. Meyer, first elected in 2000, left due to term limits. The district represents Tuscola and Huron counties. Brown said Meyer used to announce sports games when Brown played high school football. Later, they both volunteered with Special Olympics... Voice and representative of the Thumb, Tom Meyer, dies at 65 (Tue, 7/10)

Huron Daily Tribune:

He introduced himself to the Thumb over the airwaves with his booming but friendly voice. He showed his pride in the Thumb as a state legislator for three terms. He displayed his dedication to the Thumb as he openly talked — and listened — to anyone who approached him. He exhibited his deep care for the Thumb as he volunteered for various causes. He is Tom Meyer, and those who knew him best would say he’s been one of the best allies the Thumb area could ever have. Meyer died Monday at the age of 65... Local legend leaves us (Tue 7/10)


City Pulse:

Pretend you’re Governor Granholm on the morning of Monday, July 2. Your daily planner says among the many things you have going on, you have two scheduled interviews with competing Lansing talk radio stations before 10 a.m. WILS, Michigan owned and locally operated, requests an interview for its "AM-Lansing" show, hosted by Walt Sorg. It’s his first day on the job. Just a quick chat, you think. You dial them close to 9 a.m. It’s over in five minutes. Shortly after 9 a.m., you’re calling into WJIM’s morning program, “The Big Show,” talking about biodiesel and the like. You know WJIM well because it has the dominant, established morning talk show in town. You see and hear from WJIM all the time. After a quick chat, you drive down to Albion to speak about alternative fuels at 11 a.m. And whom do you see when you get there? WJIM, of course. They just finished their morning broadcast from the gas station where you are speaking. WILS? Nowhere to be found. David, meet the Goliath of Lansing airwaves, at least in this particular fight...WJIM vs. WILS: The battle for talk show listeners (Wed, 7/11)



Two area radio stations are holding benefits for Kailey Ann Kozminski, the 3-year-old daughter of slain GRPD officer Bob Kozminski. Thursday night, B-93 will hold a benefit concert at The Intersection after the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill show at Van Andel Arena ... WGRD's Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show will broadcast live from 5/3 Ballpark Friday night beginning at 5 p.m., before the Whitecaps game against Beloit begins at 7 p.m. They'll be collecting donations, and the fund will be administered by The Thin Blue Line of Michigan... Radio stations hold benefits for officer's daughter (Wed, 7/11)


Detroit News:

For one afternoon, specifically from noon-3 p.m. Friday, I will tune in to "The Jim Rome Show" on WDFN for longer than five minutes. Normally, Rome's cultish and popular show is a collection of jokes beaten into the ground through repetition and callers ego-stroking the host. But things will change Friday: WDFN's own Stoney and Wojo will guest host for the first time in lieu of the vacationing Rome. That's huge exposure -- Rome is the No. 1 nationally syndicated sports show, reaching more than 185 stations and two million listeners... Stoney and Wojo ready for Rome's show (Thu, 7/12)


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected officers for 2007-2008 at its Annual Meeting & Leadership retreat held July 9-10 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The newly elected officers are:

• Chairman - Bart Brandmiller – Director of Sales for Clear Channel-West Michigan in Grand Rapids

• Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Diane Kniowski, President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids

• Secretary-Treasurer – Tom Mogush, Owner/General Manager, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM in Marquette

• Immediate Past Chairman – Mario Iacobelli, President & General Manager of WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City

• At-Large Director, Michael King, Vice President & General Manager, WILX-TV in Lansing

Bart Brandmiller is Director of Sales for all of Clear Channel Radio's stations on the west side of Michigan. Prior to joining Clear Channel, from February 1984 to December 2002, Bart was President and General Manager of Michigan Media. Inc. (WBBL AM, WKLQ FM, WLAV FM, WODJ FM) and Vice President and General Manager of Citadel Radio Corp., both of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has served as President of the Grand Rapids Area Broadcasters Association, and is a board member of YMCA Camp Manitou-lin.


Detroit News:

Take a weather quiz and win prizes or vote for the best local rock band all at my fox detroit.com , WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) user-friendly Web site. Click on the weather tab for Ben Bailey's weather quiz, which asks all sorts of tough questions about ultraviolet rays ... High-def TV owners have a special place in the heart of local PBS affiliate WTVS-TV (Channel 56 or Channel 56.1 for HD folks). To find out how special they are, all these technologically advanced couch potatoes have to do is visit wtvs.org and click on "TV schedules" to open up a whole new world of exclusive programming and features that traditional TV watchers can't get... Take WJBK-TV's weatherwise quiz (Fri, 7/13)


Distinguished MSU educator inducted into Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) inducted Gary Reid into its Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on July 10 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. “I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Michigan Broadcast Hall of Fame,” said Reid, general manager of Michigan State University’s award-winning student radio station, WDBM-FM, better known as the Impact.”

“Given that my predecessors include among others, former Federal Communications Commissioner James Quello, J.P McCarthy, Dick Purtan, Mort Crim, Ernie Harwell and a host of extremely successful station owners, managers and on-air personalities, it is a truly humbling experience. For an educator to be included in this distinguished body is overwhelming,” he said.

Reid is also a University Distinguished senior specialist in MSU’s Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. The MAB’s Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes broadcasters for their leadership, achievement and contributions to the industry... Read entire article here

Flint Journal:

Tom Bryson said he was "stunned and surprised" when he found out last month he was going to be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Bryson, longtime president and general manager of WJRT (Channel 12), had just returned from a trip to London with his wife, Mary, to visit their oldest daughter when he read the letter from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "I really said, 'Is this a joke,'" Bryson recalled with a laugh. It wasn't. Bryson, who has run the ABC affiliate since 1985, was inducted in a ceremony Tuesday night at an MAB conference in Grand Rapids... 'Surprised' Bryson inducted into Broadcasters Hall of Fame (Fri, 7/13)


WDFN to hold 10th annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society July 19th and 20th

Sports Radio 1130 WDFN's Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is taking place from 3pm Thursday, July 19th to 7pm Friday, July 20th at the new World Sports Grille at Gameworks inside Great Lakes Crossing Mall. Afternoon drive hosts Stoney & Wojo will be broadcasting live for 28 hours straight to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma research.

Listeners can bid on hourly and run-of-show auction items including signed memorabilia, two trips to Chicago to see the Detroit Tigers, various electronic equipment including mp3 players and portable navigational devices, golf with former Lion great Herman Moore, sporting event suites, and more. People who come out can enjoy various activities including a free-throw shooting contest for great prizes and a wide array of exceptional games inside GameWorks.

During the 28 hour event, Stoney and Wojo will be joined by some of the biggest names in local and national sports and a select few guests may even make a surprise appearance on-site. Stoney and Wojo, heard weekdays between 3 and 6pm, raised over $155,000 during last year’s Radiothon and exceeded the $1.15 Million mark in the event’s 9-year history.

The 10-Year Anniversary of this great event promises to be the biggest and best ever. “This event is very special to the entire radio station,” Program Director Rona Danziger said. “The advances to fight this terrible disease have been amazing but there’s still so far to go. We just can’t thank our listeners enough for helping us raise money every year for this wonderful cause.”

Michigan Radio Remembers the Detroit Riots of 1967

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has produced a special audio documentary exploring the Detroit Riots of 1967. The one-hour documentary, titled “Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots,” airs Tuesday, July 17 at 9 pm, with an encore presentation on Monday, July 23 at 3 pm.

In the summer of 1967, chaos broke out in the streets of Detroit. “Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots” includes reports from the award-winning Michigan Radio news team examining what happened, why it happened, and how the ‘67 riots changed our state. The documentary will also look at how the riots changed relations between police and neighborhoods, inspired music, and changed the lives of the individuals whose first-person stories will be heard during the hour.

In addition to the hour long documentary, Michigan Radio will air a series of reports about the Detroit riots during Morning Edition and All Things Considered from July 16 – 27. The station will also host a special live broadcast of the NPR program “Talk of the Nation” in Detroit on Thursday, July 26, that will, in part, examine the Detroit riots from a national perspective.

“Michigan Radio strives to bring our listeners stories about our local communities,” said News Director Vincent Duffy. “We are committed to discussing this important part of Michigan’s history with our listeners throughout the state.”


Grand Rapids Press:

Meteorologist Joe Sullivan is heading home. In early August, he will leave WOOD-TV (Channel 8), where he has worked for almost nine years, to go back to his home state of Minnesota. Sullivan will work as a meteorologist/production manager at a firm that works in the wind energy field... Forecaster moving to wind-energy business (Sun, 7/15)

What would 261,181 pounds of food look like? West Michigan food pantries are about to find out. WZZM-TV (Channel 13) surpassed its goal of collecting 200,000 pounds of food. The "13 Food for Families" campaign, partnered with Spartan Stores, ACCESS and radio station WLHT-FM (95.7) in collecting food for West Michigan pantries... TV13 surpasses food goal (Sun, 7/15)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioThe big news in radio this week came from New York City, where WCBS-FM (101.1) reverted back to an oldies format on Thursday after an unsuccessful two-year run as variety hits “Jack FM.”

Fans of the oldies format in the Big Apple basically refused to embrace the station’s new direction and continued to clamor for a return of the old WCBS, which had carried the oldies banner since July 1972 before 2005’s switch to Jack.

When Jack was launched, short-sighted radio executives had decided that the term oldies was a bad word in terms of ad revenue and listeners and began making changes to many oldies outlets around the country — including locally at WOMCFM (104.3), which stopped using the oldies name but kept much of the same sound.

CBS radio management acknowledged that both ratings and revenue fell short of what they originally anticipated and decided the best course of action was to return a legendary station to the airwaves.

Now thanks in part to new research coming from Philadelphia, which is using a new ratings system called the Personal People Meter, it’s being determined that the oldies format indeed still has life left in it — much to the joy of oldies lovers in New York.

Now if we could just get CBS Radio bosses to free WOMC’s Tom Ryan and give him back his show again ...



WPRJ Asking Listeners For An Inch
COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES Christian CHR/Rock WPRJ (101.7 THE FUSE)/SAGINAW-BAY CITY, MI will be on the air WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, asking listeners to “give an inch” to raise the remaining $25,000 for a new 60-foot tower, which will send its signal out as 96.7 in the ALMA, MI area. A $35 donation buys an inch of the new tower. (Tue, 7/17)


Pat Batcheller joins WDET as local host for "All Things Considered"

Pat Batcheller has joined the WDET news team as the new local host for NPR's afternoon news magazine "All Things Considered" (airing weekdays from 4pm to 7pm). A native of the area, Batcheller grew up in Trenton and is a graduate of University of Michigan and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. His professional experience has always been focused on news with his first job in radio at WKZC in Scottville, Michigan as News Director. From there he worked in news radio at stations in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo and Howell before landing back in Detroit at WWJ where he was a producer and editor for nine years. During his career, Pat has been honored with many awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters for breaking news, feature reporting and newscasts.

"Being the youngest in my family, I was always the last to know what was going on - I think that is why I got into news," said Batcheller. "I hope after hearing a newscast, listeners feel that they learned some things and got to know their community a little better."

WDET Hosts Live Detroit Broadcast of 'Talk Of The Nation' on July 26

Detroit Public Radio and Michigan Radio are pleased to be hosting a live nationwide broadcast of the popular NPR news program “Talk of the Nation” with Neal Conan, on Thursday, July 26, from 2-4 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

This live broadcast will focus on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots. Panelists will discuss the social and economic factors that led up to the riots, and what, if any, changes have come about because of them.

Additionally, the program will examine the current state of Detroit’s once-booming automotive industry, as it embarks on one of the most important labor negotiations in its history.

Listeners are invited to be part of the audience for this live broadcast. Admission is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. If listeners would like to attend, they can sign up for tickets at wdet.org. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person.



WNMU-TV, Northern Michigan University’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate, has received a grant of $1,004,083 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to complete the television station’s transition to digital television. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) heralded the grant, saying it would allow WNMU-TV to improve broadcasting services for much of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. "WNMU-TV provides excellent educational, PBS programming," Stupak said. "This grant will allow the station to complete their transition to a digital format and roll out innovative new services." Eric Smith, general manager of WNMU-TV said that the new digital television format will allow the station to experiment with innovative new educational services, through a technology called multicasting... Do you watch WNMU-TV? (Tue, 7/17)


Midland Daily News:

As a young boy in Texas, Sid Allen pretended he was a TV broadcaster by reading the sports section of a newspaper aloud as he stood in front of a mirror. Sports broadcasting, he felt, was his destiny. And it was for a while. Allen pursued a career as a broadcaster at Texas Tech University, briefly worked in television journalism, then eventually got involved with chamber of commerce work, putting his love of broadcasting on the backburner. Today though, at the age of 55, and as the president and CEO of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Allen has returned part-time to his first love — broadcasting... Allen a Loons' pinch hitter on mic (Sun, 7/15)


WTVS Ch. 56 to be off-air for maintenance at times this weekend

The Channel 56 analog transmitter antenna will be shut down for tower work early Saturday morning from 3:30-5:30 a.m. ET. A second shutdown will occur on Sunday, 7/22 from 7-10 a.m. The antenna work will affect only viewers who receive the station's analog broadcast over the air or on satellite; cable subscribers will still receive Channel 56 during the shutdown times. WTVS' digital broadcasts (56.1, 2, and 3) will not be affected by this work.

Detroit News:

The radio world has been buzzing since New York's CBS Radio -owned WCBS-FM dumped the Jack FM format on Friday and reverted to oldies. It was two years ago, that the successful oldies station enraged many listeners (including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ) by dumping its predominantly '60s music mix and disc jockeys, for "Jack." The Jack format -- known as "Doug-FM" here in Detroit -- mashes together a disparate mix of songs, mostly from the '80s, but dipping into the '70s, as well. The intent is to ape the jukebox qualities of an iPod to draw a younger audience. Proving the fallacy of programming local stations from the home office, some markets have embraced Jack while in others, it's tanked (in Detroit, Doug, aka WDRQ at 93.1-FM , isn't a smash hit, but does reasonably well)... 'Oldies' have a hard time finding space on FM dials (Thu, 7/19)

WDET plans week-long coverage of the 40th anniversary of Detroit riot

Detroit Public Radio will be airing special reports beginning Friday, July 20th through Friday, July 27 relating to the riot that happened in Detroit in July 1967. These special features will be
aired during "Morning Edition" (weekdays from 5am to 10am), "Detroit Today" (weekdays from 10am to noon) and "All Things Considered" (weekdays from 4pm to 7pm).

Highlights from the many stories the WDET news team is working on

Friday, July 20: Noah Ovshinsky takes a look at the summer of love -- looking at the counterculture (hippies) in Detroit that summer before the riot began

Monday, July 23: Pat Batcheller visits 12th and Clairmount; View of the riots from reporters (archive piece)

Tuesday, July 24: Owners of burned out businesses reflect on the riot; Two ministers do what they can to recapture the peace

Wednesday, July 25: A look at how Detroit's music was affected by the riots

Thursday, July 26: Quinn Klinefelter looks at the view that the disturbance was a rebellion...not a riot; A look at the creation of Focus Hope and New Detroit

Friday, July 27: A broadcast of part of a panel discussion at Wayne State University on what Detroit is doing to move forward


Fred Trost, longtime host of the popular hunting and fishing show, “Michigan Outdoors,” died Wednesday. Trost, 61, of Lansing, died of a rare lung condition after spending several weeks in Sparrow Hospital and the University of Michigan Medical Center, said his son, Zachary Trost of East Lansing. “I’ve had people come up to me over the past few weeks and say, ‘I learned fishing from your father,’ ‘I learned how to skin a fish from your father,’ ‘Your father made me passionate about the outdoors,’” Zachary Trost said. He said his dad could be controversial at times. “He always said what was on his mind and he didn’t care who he upset if he was passionate about something,” he said. Fred Trost was the longtime host and producer of “Michigan Outdoors,” a show focused on hunting and fishing and broadcast on public television across the state, until legal troubles led to his departure from the program in 1992... Read entire article, (Lansing State Journal)


Detroit Free Press:

Listening to something different on the radio this weekend? Maybe -- and you might not even be changing stations. With the second quarter Arbitron ratings due next week, it's a good time to see how weekend radio differs from the regular weekday offerings. Stations divide along strategic lines when it comes to grabbing your ear on Saturday and Sundays. Some stay with the same approach that brings in listeners all week long. Some change to reflect that people's habits aren't the same on the weekends. As classic rock WCSX-FM programmer Bill Stedman put it: "Do you do on the weekends what you do Monday through Friday?"... Station break: Radio broadcasters change their tune on weekends (Sat, 7/21)


Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan radio stations are raising funds to support slain Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski's 3-year-old daughter, Kailey Ann. WBCT-FM (B-93) raised $12,000 at a party held July 12 after the Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert. The multitalented couple donated $5,000. WGRD's (97.9) "Free Beer and Hot Wings " morning show teamed up with the Whitecaps during a live remote at a recent baseball game. "The event went very well. We raised a little over $3,000 for Kailey through the Thin Blue Line, a nonprofit organization that assists and supports the families of injured or deceased officers of law enforcement agencies in Michigan," said Nicole Havener, director of promotions for Regent Broadcasting. WLHT-FM (95.7), First Responders Fund and LaSalle Bank are working together for the next 25 days, hoping to raise $10,000 for the immediate needs of the Kozminski family... Stations pitch in for slain officer's daughter (Sun, 7/22)


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioThere are weeks when either Mike Austerman or myself ask each other, “How are we gonna fit it all in?” Then there are times such as these mid-summer weekends in July when radio news seems to be happening everywhere except here. In our business, it’s called a slow news week. Of course, there’s always the temptation to print rumors, but the current news comes first.

As regular readers of this column know, I’ve been doing a great deal of traveling of late. My doctor suggested that I slow down. Thus far this month, I have been in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, New York, and the New Jersey Shore.

This column was written while I was in the far Pacific Northwest visiting family and friends in Bellingham, Wash., a city reminiscent of the Peoples Republic of Ann Arbor in the 1960s. This college town, home to Western Washington University, is about 100 miles north of Seattle and not far from the Canadian boarder.

All of the commercial radio stations in Bellingham are owned by Detroit radio owner Ed Christian, whose well-respected Saga Communications is based in Grosse Pointe. On this Sunday, I’m in Neptune, N.J., celebrating a big Radio Greats NYC Reunion.

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A couple of weeks ago, I experienced the insanity of Atlanta and the first of five Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts. It went well, but security measures made the TSA at the airport look tame by comparison. Hannity, who is featured 3-5 p.m. weekdays on news-talk WJR-AM (760), is a god to his legions of fans, some of whom traveled many miles to see this show and support the troops in the Iraq War.

The remainder of his tour includes San Diego this week, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth, Cincinnati and wrapping up Sept. 11th in central New Jersey. More information can be found at www.hannity.com.


• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W223AM 92.5 Bronson and W258AO 99.5 Hillsdale (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).

• A license was granted to FM translator W274AQ 99.5 Battle Creek (owned by CSN International)

• The Calvary Satellite Network FM translator in Caro was granted its license to cover to move from 88.7 to 89.3 as W207BX


• Communicom closed on its acquistion of WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit from Davidson Media Group.


• WJLB-FM 97.9 Detroit was issued a notice of apparent liability in the amount of $4,000 by the FCC for public file violations. FCC memorandum opinion and order (.pdf)

• An application opposing the license renewal of WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit was denied by the FCC. The application was filed based on televised reports by Channel 7 reporter Steve Wilson about the City of Warren government. FCC document (.pdf)

• Classic Rock WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan filed an application to make some notable changes to its transmission facilities: If approved the station would change its effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 610 feet to 43,000 watts @ 968 feet. The station's transmitter would relocate from central Cheboygan county to the southeast part of Charlevoix county, effectively shifting the station's coverage area south and west.

• WDCP-TV 19 University Center/Bay City decreased the power of its analog facilities from 1,100,000 watts to 33,000 watts with special temporary authority from the FCC.

• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W286AU 105.1 Allegan (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).

• WLLA-TV Ch. 64 was granted its license to cover for its digital facilities. It began broadcasting digitally earlier this year.

• WHTO-FM 106.7 Iron Mountain was granted its license to cover to increase its effective radiated power from 1,700 watts @ 623 feet (Class A) to 6,100 watts @ 676 feet, directional (Class C3).


• WSRJ FM 100.7 Honor/Traverse City has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 105.5. The station's effective radiated power would remain the same, 4,700 watts @ 367 feet. WSRJ simulcasts the programming of soft rock WSRT FM 106.7 Gaylord.

• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W242BH 96.3 Marshall (owned by Friends of Christian Radio); W288BK 105.5 Rochester Hills (Educational Media Foundation).

• Construction permits for the following FM translators have been canceled/deleted: W285EI 104.9 South Haven (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship); W271AX 102.1 Lennon (Educational Media Foundation).


Ann Arbor News:

Former Ann Arbor sports radio host Dave Shand has sued University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin, claiming that Martin "essentially used economic blackmail" to force his firing. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in downtown Ann Arbor, alleged that Martin told Shand's bosses at WTKA-AM (1050) that station would lose its rights to broadcast Michigan football unless it dismissed Shand. "Either way you slice it, it's illegal for Bill Martin to interfere in Dave's private employment contract," said Nicholas Roumel, Shand's attorney. When Shand was fired in April, the station's general manager, Bob Bolak, declined to discuss the reasons behind the move. Bolak could not be reached for immediate comment Tuesday afternoon... Fired radio host sues Michigan athletic director (Tue, 7/24)

Detroit Free Press:

Brian Williams is scheduled to be in Detroit today to do the "NBC Nightly News" from downtown.

The network anchor, who displays a sharp wit when he makes the talk show rounds, sounded extra sincere when asked about his reasons for coming here. "The Detroit viewing audience ... is enormous and very loyal," he said of his sweeps month visit. Speaking from his New York office on Monday, Williams described his plans for the trip and his ties to the Motor City... Live from Detroit, NBC news (Tue, 7/24)

Bill Flemming was known for his trips around the world. Name an exotic locale, and he probably had been there for his job with ABC's "Wide World of Sports." But Flemming, the well-known TV sportscaster who made his name on "Wide World" and worked in the business for nearly 60 years, was a Michigan man all the way. He grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from the University of Michigan, raised his family in Bloomfield Hills and spent the last decade summering at his cottage in Good Hart, Mich., until he died Friday from prostate cancer at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey at age 80... Michigander made mark all around 'Wide World' (Tue, 7/24)

Detroit News:

"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" returned to Detroit on Tuesday, and the city acted as a backdrop for a report on -- what else? -- the decline of the auto industry. The story, "Slow Lane?," was pegged to "Detroit's hurry-up effort to go green," and featured General Motors' and Ford Motor Co.'s efforts to offer customers more environmentally friendly vehicles. Reporter Kevin Tibbles interviewed representatives from Ford and talked to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz at GM's headquarters in the Renaissance Center. The verdict? It may not be easy going green, "but for Detroit, it's essential," said Tibbles' report. The show also featured a taped interview with Detroit City Council member Martha Reeves, conducted by Williams outside of Hart Plaza... Williams spotlights autos, Reeves in Detroit broadcast (Tue, 7/24)



Essick Named Dir./Ops At KMJ/Fresno
PEAK BROADCASTING Talk KMJ-A/FRESNO names CLEAR CHANNEL/GRAND RAPIDS VP/Market Manager EDWARD "SKIP" ESSICK as Dir. of Operations for KMJ and its website, kmj580.com. ESSICK had been with the GRAND RAPIDS cluster for 11 years and previously worked at WJR-A/DETROIT and WHAS-A/LOUISVILLE; he replaces the retiring JOHN BROESKE effective immediately. (Tue, 7/24)

WJQK Listeners Bike For Charity
LANSER Christian AC WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS held its annual JQ99 FAMILY BIKE RIDE SATURDAY, JULY 21. Nearly 1,500 bikers strapped on helmets and pads to pedal and earn money for local charities. (Wed, 7/25)


Detroit News:

WRIF's merry pranksters Drew & Mike shot ahead of their morning competition, WYCD morning man Doctor Don is starting to make a dent in the a.m., and WJR sits atop the overall ratings pile yet again, as the spring 2007 Arbitron ratings were released Wednesday. Rock station WRIF-FM (101.1) had a very good spring, going up to No. 4 in overall radio listenership during the months of April, May and June. WRIF's No. 1 morning team Drew & Mike consolidated their lead over the rest of the pack, with a 9.9 share, up a whole point from their No. 1, 8.8 share in the winter ratings. The duo are two points ahead of No. 2 ranked WWJ... WRIF duo widens a.m. ratings lead (Thu, 7/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Wednesday's release of Detroit Arbitron radio ratings for the second quarter of 2007 showed the following:

• News-talk WJR-AM maintained the overall lead among all listeners ages 12 and older. The No. 1 station in the age 25-54 demographic many advertisers prefer was rocker WRIF-FM with a 7.6 rating.

• Mornings were dominated by WRIF's Drew Lane & Mike Clark. In the age 25-54 race, they scored an impressive 14.6, 1.7 better than their first-quarter tally. Steve Harvey on WMXD was second, far back with an 8.1. Among all listeners, Drew and Mike had a 9.9, followed by WWJ's Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina with a 7.1... WJR-AM remains at No. 1 with metro Detroit listeners (Thu, 7/26)


Detroit Spring 2007 age 12+ radio ratings (Wed, 7/25)


Lansing State Journal:

Family and friends of Fred Trost gathered Saturday to pay tribute to the man who put his thumbprint on Michigan's outdoor life. Mourners paid their respects during a memorial service in the auditorium of Holt High School to the longtime host of the popular hunting and fishing show, "Michigan Outdoors." "He lived life to the fullest," said Trost's daughter, Tara Wilson of Okemos. "We should all be happy for him." Trost, 61, of Lansing died of a rare lung condition July 18 after spending several weeks in Sparrow Hospital and the University of Michigan Medical Center... Community pays tribute to 'lovable' Trost (Sun, 7/29)

Flint Journal:

The decision not to renew the contracts of former morning news host Michael J. Thorp and Saginaw-based reporter Jeff Piechowski was "strictly economic," according Tom Bryson, president and general manager of WJRT (Channel 12). Thorp will remain under contract through the end of the year, but retains only his role as host of the stations' Sunday morning community affairs show, "Newsmaker" ... News at 7 p.m.: The local CW affiliate is moving local news coverage forward, to paraphrase a promo line from its sister station. WBSF (Channel 46) debuted "The Seven O'Clock News" on July 9. It's the first news program for CW46, which launched as a WB affiliate in October 2004, and the first 7 p.m. local news show in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City market. "The Seven O'Clock News" is anchored by Jenny Suniga and meteorologist Mark Torregrossa of CW46's sister station WEYI (Channel 25)... WJRT ends Thorp's contract; CW46 joins the news business (Fri, 7/27)


Grand Rapids Press:

Todd Chance is having one busy summer. He got married two weeks ago, is moving from Saginaw to Grand Rapids and starts as the new morning on-air personality Monday at WHTC-FM (105.3), replacing Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis. "I love to entertain, inform and connect with listeners," he said during a phone interview... Saginaw personality fills Dave and Geri slot (Sun, 7/29)

The "Free Beer and Hot Wings" show continues to build its base in syndication, adding its 17th station. Beginning Monday, the morning show on WGRD-FM (97.9) also will be heard on classic-rock radio station WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. "Being back on the air in Philly is fantastic, and it's made even better by the fact that we are doing it from here in West Michigan," said Greg (Free Beer) Daniels... Philly gets 'Beer and Hot Wings' (Sun, 7/29)

Skip Essick, who has led Clear Channel Communications Inc. radio stations in Grand Rapids for the past 11 years, is heading to central California. He will be director of operations for Peak Broadcasting's KMJ-AM (580) in Fresno. KMJ is a 50,000-watt news-talk station with a target audience of adults age 35-64. Like Clear Channel's WOOD-AM (1300), the station is home to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in its market. Essick has had a successful career in broadcasting, having held leadership positions at WJR-AM in Detroit and WHAS-AM in Louisville, before coming to West Michigan... Clear Channel's Skip Essick heading west (Sun, 7/29)

Looking to soak up as much of the summer weather as you can? The second annual Back Deck Acoustic Music Fest could be the ideal destination for those looking to enjoy summer tunes outdoors. The event -- a fundraiser for community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) -- is 2-10 p.m. today on the back deck of Driftwood Bar and Grill, 7456 Croton-Hardy Drive in Newaygo... Music fest to benefit WYCE (Sun, 7/29)


WJQK Helps Raise Over $40K For Haiti
LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS held its fifth annual MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR HAITI fundraiser on TUESDAY (7/24). Over the course of 16 hours, CROSS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES worked with the station and listeners to raise nearly $40,000. The one-time gifts paid shipment costs to send $9.8 million in much-needed basic medical supplies to the poor in HAITI. (Thu, 7/26)


Detroit Free Press:

A former metro Detroiter was among four people killed Friday afternoon in Phoenix when helicopters from two TV news stations -- covering a police chase live -- collided and crashed to the ground. Craig Smith, a former pilot for WXYZ's Chopper 7 in Detroit, was piloting the KNXV/ABC Channel 15 helicopter when it collided in the air with a helicopter from KTVK Channel 3, an independent station owned by the Belo Corp. media corporation. Both helicopters fell down into a park in central Phoenix and caught fire. Smith was killed along with his photographer, Rick Krolak, and pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox, both working in the KTVK helicopter. No one on the ground was hurt... Former metro Detroiter, pilot killed in news copter crash (Fri, 7/27)

Last Saturday's LIFE section asked about your weekend radio listening habits. Some replies follow... Sinatra finishes his weekend (Sat, 7/28)

Coming to town: Syndicated morning star Russ Parr, heard on WHTD-FM (102.7), Aug. 3 with performances by Mims, B5, the Alliance, Al Fatz, Eric Danell, Cupid, Dream and Kin Folks, live from 6-10 a.m. at the Millennium Center, located at 15600 J.L. Hudson Drive, in Southfield ... Retiring: Longtime evening jazz host Michael G. Nastos, from WEMU-FM (89.1) effective Monday. A mainstay of the WEMU music staff, Nastos has hosted the evening program for more than 27 years... Names and Faces (Sat, 7/28)

Steve Courtney to host 2007-08 MSU Football

With the 2007-08 football season only weeks away, the flagship station of MSU football, News/Talk 760 WJR, has announced that Steve Courtney will host this season's WJR Tailgate Show. Heard three hours prior to home game kick off, the two hour WJR Tailgate Show is filled with exciting interviews and pre-game discussion. Tune in to the first tailgate broadcast of the season, 9:00am on Saturday, September 1, 2007. The MSU Spartans will take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers starting at noon.


WYCD MD Ron Chatman To Exit
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT MD/Digital Director RON CHATMAN is exiting to pursue other opportunities. (Fri, 7/27)

Crain's Detroit Business:

Talk radio station WJR 760 AM remained atop the Detroit market in the latest listener rankings, fueled primarily by the popularity of Rush Limbaugh’s afternoon show.

The station had a 5.6 share for the April 5-June 27 measurement period, up from a 5.5 over the previous period, according to numbers released this week by Columbia, Md.-based Arbitron Inc., which tracks radio listening. WJR was ranked first overall in the preceding ratings period, as well... WJR first in ratings period (Wed, 7/25)

Ann Arbor News:

Michael G. Nastos, longtime evening jazz host at WEMU (89.1 FM), has signed off the air. He was expected to announced his retirement on his show Friday, according to the station. He has hosted the evening program for more than 27 years, first as a part-time employee, then for the past 12 years as a full-timer, serving as the station's chief music librarian and "Jazz Datebook'' editor when not on the air. WEMU will conduct a national search for a successor, hoping to have someone in place by the end of September. In the meantime, other WEMU on-air hosts will cover Nastos' shift... Nastos leaving WEMU (Sat, 7/28)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioThe spring ratings book is out, and news-talk WJRAM (760) continues to lead the parade of stations among all radio listeners. Adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) jumped up to second place, followed by urban WJLB-FM (97.9), rock WRIF-FM (101.1), and Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5).

Country WYCD-FM (99.5) was a big winner, with its number jumping from 3.4 in the winter to 4.4 and putting considerable distance between itself and competitor WDTW-FM (106.7), which fell to 2.3 from 3.0.

Pop WDVD-FM (96.3) also enjoyed a big jump in its overall rating, carding its best book in recent memory and climbing into the top 10 overall. Sports talker WXYT-AM (1270) put some distance between itself and competitor WDFN-AM (1130) once again, likely due to the Detroit Tigers returning to action during the spring.

Joining WDTW-FM in the what-did-we-do-wrong category were soft rockers WNIC-FM (100.3), which, interestingly, teased listeners with Christmas music last weekend, and WMGC-FM (105.1), along with classic rock WCSXFM (94.7).

WRIF’s Drew & Mike reign as the morning champs among all listeners, followed by Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina on all-news WWJ-AM (950) and WMXD’s Steve Harvey. WRIF also was the top station in the highly sought-after age 25-54 listener group.

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WDET-FM (101.9) has lured Pat Batcheller into the world of public radio and hired him as the host for the station’s local segments during “All Things Considered,” heard afternoons 4-7 p.m. Regular listeners to WWJ will recognize the voice and name, as Batcheller spent the last nine years there.

A native of the area, Batcheller grew up in Trenton and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

“Being the youngest in my family, I was always the last to know what was going on — I think that is why I got into news,” Batcheller says. “I hope after hearing a newscast, listeners feel that they learned some things and got to know their community a little better.”


From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Steve Courtney is the popular morning drive sports reporter on WJR’s Paul W. Smith Show. He also hosts WJR’s Tailgate Show outside Spartan Stadium on home football Saturdays. Steve talks about how sports and sports broadcasting have changed over the years. He tells us about his favorite sport and says that - in the technology age - traditional commercial radio will be just fine, thank you. And Steve offers his advice to young people who want to break into radio.

Listen to the podcast here: http://spartanpodcast.com/?p=296

CMU broadcasting student wins prestigious national scholarship

For the third consecutive year, a Central Michigan University School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts student has been selected to receive a competitive national scholarship from The John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation.

Senior Kristine Moore of Owosso is among 14 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide to receive a $5,000 Bayliss Radio Scholarship. Moore managed WMHW-FM 91.5, CMU's student-run radio station, during the 2006-2007 academic year and then completed an eight-week Bayliss Radio Intern Program internship during summer 2007 at Detroit-based Greater Media.

"We are very pleased that The Bayliss Foundation has recognized Kristine's commitment to radio with this scholarship," said Peter Orlik, director of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. "She has already accomplished a great deal as a student manager and will play an important part in the changing role of radio."

"The Bayliss Scholarship opened the door for me to experience working in large-market radio, along with supporting my college education," said Moore. "None of this would be possible without the education and training I'm receiving from CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and campus radio station, WMHW."


Flint Generals Hire New Voice
Minor league hockey's FLINT GENERALS ink veteran hockey broadcaster DENIS J. PUSKA as its Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting and Account Executive, effective MONDAY. PUSKA has served as the radio voice of the HUNTSVILLE HAVOS, AMARILLO GORILLAS and, last season, the PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS. (Tue, 7/31)


Tim Harris, formerly from the team of Tim and Kim in the morning on country WNWN-FM 98.5 Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, leaves after two strong books to cut his morning commute from 2 1/2 hours each way, to only 30 minutes. Tim joins Lake Michigan Broadcasting as the new morning guy for 'Your Country Z95' WKZC Ludington/Manistee. Tim also voicetracks for sister station WKLA (AC) mid-days.


Justice Goes To Tucson
ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A and WTKG-A APD/weekender JON JUSTICE is getting the full-time nod as the morning man at JOURNAL Talk KQTH (104.1 THE TRUTH)/TUCSON. JUSTICE, who has been one of several hosts to try oput for the gig, worked in the TUCSON MARKET co-hosting mornings with JOHN MICHAEL, now a weekender at KROQ/LOS ANGELES, at Alternative KFMA in 1999-2000. His experience also includes stints at WKLQ/GRAND RAPIDS, WKLS (96 ROCK) and WMAX (REAL RADIO)/ATLANTA and KCXX (X103.9)/SAN BERNARDINO; he finishes up at WOOD on AUGUST 9. (Tue, 7/31)



Al Payne Named OM For Radio One Detroit Cluster
RADIO ONE SVP Programming JAY STEVENS confirmed the appointment of AL PAYNE to the position of OM/PD of their DETROIT radio cluster. PAYNE will oversee Urban AC WDMK, Urban WHTD and Black Gospel WCHB. He will work with WHTD PD SPUDD to guide the programming strategies of that station. SPUDD will remain in place. “AL has brought vision and a passion for excellence over the past three years to our RICHMOND market, and I am pleased to afford him this opportunity for growth in a larger market,” commented STEVENS. CAROL LAWRENCE, Market Manager for the MOTOR CITY cluster, added: “We are thrilled to have AL PAYNE join RADIO ONE/DETROIT as Operations Manager/Program Director. AL’s track record of ratings success in DALLAS and RICHMOND speaks for itself. His dedication to precision and unmitigated passion for what he does makes him a welcome addition to our DETROIT operation. I look forward to partnering with Al and seeing great things happening for the DETROIT market.” PAYNE will officially begin his new duties MONDAY, AUGUST 13. (Mon, 7/30)

WDFN to celebrate the 5th annual MEATA

Sports WDFN is hosting the 5th annual MEATA, Men Eating All The Animals; a celebration of men eating meat. Midday host Sean Baligian will be broadcasting live from The Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth on Friday, August 3rd from 9am to noon and hanging out afterward to celebrate eating meat.

Listeners are invited to bring meat and wild game of any kind as the grills are lit up bright and early. Every piece of meat available, from the common hamburger to venison and other exotic meats, will be hitting the grills during the event. The station is asking participants to bring a canned good for the Oakland County Food Bank to help feed those that are less fortunate. Participants will also have an opportunity to submerge Sean Baligian in a dunk tank for the chance to win baseball tickets and other great prizes.

As a big proponent of red-blooded foods, self-proclaimed carnivore Sean Baligian started up the concept of MEATA in response to the world-wide animal rights organization PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the feedback has being overwhelming. Listeners can stop by the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth on their lunch break for some free grub or take the day off entirely and spend it with Sean and the whole crew of meatlovers from WDFN.

WJR's Smith to sub for Limbaugh Aug 2

News/Talk WJR's Paul W. Smith (Weekdays 5:30am-9am) will guest host the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Thursday, August 2, 2007. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on WJR and other stations across Michigan weekdays from Noon-3:00pm.


The bidding in the charitable online auction sponsored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is entering its final days. Interested bidders have until Thursday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win auction packages.

• As guests of the exclusive LaSalle Bank Club at Spartan Stadium, you and a friend will enjoy two (2) Michigan State University Football Tickets to the Sept. 15, 2007, home football game versus Pittsburgh. Package includes buffet-style meals, access to Spartan Radio Network Tailgate Party and a visit to the broadcast booth. Total package valued at $1,260. Reserve price/starting bid: $845.

• Highest bidder receives a VIP package for four (4), including reserved grandstand tickets and paddock passes to the Detroit Sports Car Challenge, presented by Bosch on Sept. 1, 2007, all part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Total value of $260. Reserve price/starting bid: $175.

This MABF online auction is the third of four charitable auctions planned for the year. MABF is soliciting donations of items for bid during its November online auction. 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.







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