Tony Conley, a familiar voice in local sports radio, has lost his jobs at WVFN (730-AM). "They told me they were eliminating my position and it was a cost-cutting measure," Conley said. Brent Alberts, regional operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting, agreed. "It was just a job consolidation, eliminating one position," he said. Tim Nester becomes operations manager for both of Citadel's AM stations. WJIM (1240) does news and talk; WVFN does sports. "I think we'll crank up the attitude a little bit," Nester said. "I think it will be more rock 'n' roll, without going over the top." Conley had been WVFN's program director and promotions director and an ad salesman. Some of those jobs will be absorbed by Nester... WVFN program director loses job in 'consolidation' of positions (Fri, 8/3)
Mike Austerman: August 2007 Archives
The first time she stepped onto the set, Jessica Camacho stammered, slipped off her stool and stared at the TV cameras with a shell-shocked, deer-in-the-headlights look. That wasn't a problem for the cast and crew of "Come On Over!" That's what the script called for. By the time the episode was filmed, everyone knew she loves flowers, does animal noises and has "a great desire to build a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks." Camacho, as a shy girl named Joy, joined the cast of "Come On Over!" as the locally produced children's TV show, which debuted last October, began taping episodes for its second season on WOTV-TV (Channel 41)... 'Come On Over!' builds momentum (Sun, 8/5)
When you tune in to WHTS-FM (105.3) at night, expect to hear -- "It's all Gravy, Baby!" That's what the new voice to the night airwaves says to West Michigan listeners. His real name is Kevin Canup, but now he simply goes by the name of "Gravy." He signed on for his first night shift at Hot FM on Monday. His program, which airs 6-11 p.m. weeknights , will feature new music, a countdown of top hits and a focus on engaging the listener... HOT FM has new night DJ (Sun, 8/5)
Dawn Michaels Leaves WTNR
CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94-5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD STEVE STEWART tells ALL ACCESS the APD/MD/midday mama DAWN MICHAELS is leaving the station to head back to CINCINNATI for family reasons. Her last day with the station will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15. She joined the THUNDER staff in JANUARY and prior to that held the same position at WYGY/CINCY until this past NOVEMBER when ENTERCOM purchased the station from CUMULUS.
WRIF-FM 101.1, Detroit’s rock station for over 36 years, has announced that the station will be the official radio broadcaster of the 2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix, presented by Firestone on Sunday, September 2nd.
The race will be simulcast on 101.1 FM beginning at 3:00pm, including pre-race activities, originating from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. The race will commence at 3:45pm and continue through 6:00pm. In addition to airing the simulcast of the race, WRIF will be broadcasting live from Belle Isle throughout the weekend, giving listeners highlights, traffic updates and more.
”We feel the return of the Grand Prix to the City of Detroit is another positive step toward re-energizing the downtown area and we wanted to get on board to show our support. We’re very proud to be airing the race”, said WRIF Operations Manager, Doug Podell.
Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present a day of nonstop movie watching for a cause. “Hollywood Nights” is a 24-hour movie marathon to benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The event will be at the Emagine Theatre in Novi from 10 AM on Friday, Aug. 10 to 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Registration for the event is available on Magic’s Web site, www.detroitmagic.com. Admission is a $105.10 donation and includes unlimited popcorn and pop, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Prizes will also be awarded.
Attendees must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a parent or guardian to stay overnight. Individuals ages 13 to 17 will be able to watch movies from 10 AM to 10 PM on Friday.
Clark Davis remembers excitedly flipping between four separate March Madness basketball games playing live on Channel 62 a couple of years back -- without having cable. Many Oakland County residents can do the same, and watch up to three times as many local television stations, for free. They just aren't aware they can do it, he says. "Cable companies want people to believe you have to buy their service to get more specialty programming," said Davis, a Pontiac resident and attorney. "They are fostering the urban myth that you can't get high-definition without cable or a satellite." Local television stations such as 2, 4, 7 and 56 do have the capability to transmit at least three secondary channels simultaneously, officials from local stations agree. All people need to receive them is an antenna for a high-definition, digital television set... High-definition TV available over the air, attorney says (Sun, 8/5)
WCSX Goes To The Dogs
GREATER MEDIA CLASSIC ROCK WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT was able to find 428 stray animals new homes during its sixth Annual "Pet-A-Palooza" on Saturday, July 28 at Freedom Hill. The stations brought together 33 humane organizations, which offered cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets for adoption on-site. The event also featured a variety of family and pet-oriented activities, including an "Ultimate Air Dog"-jumping competition, and a performance by THE ROCK-N-ROLL K-9’S -- a group of 35 dogs demonstrating speed and agility skills set to rock music. "I'm so happy to be part of such an important event," said WCSX midday personality KAREN SAVELLY. "Not only do pets and their owners have a fun-filled day, hundreds of deserving animals find wonderful homes."
CRTC Grants New FM For Sarnia, ON
POINTS EAGLE RADIO INC. receives CRTC approval for a Type B Native FM station with English and Aboriginal programming at SARNIA, ON. The station would use 3,400 watts at 103.3 FM and would mostly simulcast POINTS EAGLE's CKTI/KETTLE POINT, ON with six-and-a-half hours of SARNIA-specific programming each week.
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., for its Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006. These national awards, judged and presented annually, recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.
The Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006, anchored by Charity Nebbe, discussed a variety of topics important to Michigan listeners. Segments produced by the Michigan Radio news team included a report on Detroit Metro Airport’s ban on liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, coverage of Delphi Corporation’s hearings over the cancellation of blue-collar contracts, and discussion of a decrease in the rate of home foreclosure in Michigan.
Receiving a PRNDI award is a prestigious accomplishment. With this, Michigan Radio exerts itself as one of the best newscasters in the country. Division A winners in other categories include: WNYC-New York, WBUR-Boston, WBEZ-Chicago, and KUOW-Seattle.
"We’re very proud of this accomplishment," said News Director Vincent Duffy. "It’s great to be recognized for the hard work our talented reporters do everyday for our listeners in Michigan."
This is Michigan Radio’s second award this year for the August 11 Morning Edition newscast. Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized it with a 2006 Broadcast Excellence Award.
WMGC-FM 3-Day team raises record amount to help beat breast cancer
Magic 105.1 is leading the nation in pledges raised for a Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team has raised over $250,000 for the annual walk, far surpassing the original $205,000 goal. The Magic team has since set a new and unprecedented team fundraising goal of $500,000.
By: Art Vuolo
From the sports desk, before the football season is officially under way, speaking on behalf of all of us who bring a radio to the game, please take your station “out of delay” during the game.
Hearing the action being described 10 to 15 seconds after it happens is not acceptable. It’s also causing fewer people to listen to radio while at the game, or watching it on TV with the sound turned down.
Ever since the days of the late Bob Ufer, radio audio is always better than the guys on TV, especially for college games.
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Speaking of sports, as Howard Cosell used to say, if you listened to “Parker and the Man” on WKRK-FM (97.1), you can still hear them nightly 9 p.m. till midnight over on the AM dial on WCHB-AM (1200). It’s a reasonably strong signal, even after dark.
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It’s time for another round of musical chairs on the Detroit urban radio scene.
Back in March, Skip Dillard left his post at Radio One, which owns and operates a trio of black stations in Motown including WDMK-FM (105.9), WHTD-FM (102.7) and WCHB-AM 1200. Finally slipping into Skip’s vacated chair is Al Payne, transferring in from Radio One in Richmond, Va.
This rotation of management was done by Jay Stevens, Radio One VP of programming content, whose old PD job at Washington, D.C.’s legendary WPGC-FM was taken by Dillard from Detroit.
If you can follow all of this, you’re better than I am. Al (I’m feeling no) Payne starts his new job in the Motor City on Aug. 13.
Jeff Murri says Fox 2's new 11 p.m. newscast will be hyper-local, content-rich and high-energy. All hyphenated descriptions aside, the important thing is that it will be here. When "News Edge" makes its debut Sept. 24, Detroit will have three local 11 p.m. news voices for the first time since the city's moldering CBS station dropped its newscast five years ago, so it could put on "Everybody Loves Raymond" reruns. On the theory that more news is better than less news -- and more competition is better than less competition -- any newscast would figure to make an impact... Fox adds 'Edge' to 11 p.m. news (Fri, 8/10)
Fox adds newscast- Stay tuned. WJBK-TV, Channel 2, is adding an aggressive new twist to Detroit's TV news wars when it launches "Fox 2 New Edge at 11" weeknights beginning Sept. 24. The half-hour newscast -- which the station describes as a "hyper-local" program with a "unique, fast-paced format" -- marks the first time Fox 2 will compete head-to-head at 11 p.m. with local network affiliate rivals WDIV-TV, Channel 4, and WXYZ-TV, Channel 7. "Fox 2 News Edge at 11," to be primarily anchored by Huel Perkins, is designed as a high-energy complement to that station's hourlong nightly newscast "Fox 2 News at 10"... Names and Faces (Fri, 8/10)
A local radio host who was fired for his on-air actions and comments is not protected by the First Amendment, a state appeals court ruled. The ruling dealt a blow to Theron Hughes, the outspoken host of the "Bone Conduction Music Show,'' which aired for 17 years on WEMU-FM (89.1). Hughes, who goes by his on-air name Thayrone, mixed music with conservative political commentary. He was fired in 2003 and sued to get reinstated. The Aug. 2 ruling effectively dismisses the lawsuit. Reached on Wednesday, Hughes said he isn't finished seeking his day in court. Hughes said he never denigrated the station and was fired for voicing support for President Bush and the war in Iraq while on the air. He said he is fighting for the right to free speech on public radio. "Your tax dollars and my tax dollars fund WEMU,'' he said... State appeals court dismisses disc jockey's lawsuit (Thu, 8/9)
For more than two decades, his was a familiar voice on radio. But while Ralph Valdez may no longer be hosting a show on WDET-FM, the Grosse Pointe Woods resident is still putting his wealth of musical and cultural knowledge to good use. In February, the former eastside Detroiter became the curator of cultural programming for the Arab American National Museum and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services — better known as ACCESS — in Dearborn. He recently completed organizing the annual Concert of Colors world music festival, and is now focusing on museum programs like Global Thursdays, a multicultural music and arts series that runs September through April, and the Arab Film Festival in November... Cultural ambassador (Wed, 8/8)
'Handyman' Haege Heads To Hotel
The syndicated "HANDYMAN SHOW WITH GLENN HAEGE" will broadcast live from the legendary GRAND HOTEL on MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN this SATURDAY (8/11). The show will include an interview with the director of maintenance of the historic hotel, which opened in 1887 and was featured in the film "SOMEWHERE IN TIME." HAEGE is heard on over 170 stations nationwide, with CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT serving as his flagship. (Thu, 8/9)
"Better Mid Michigan" is the name of a new morning show that will debut Sept. 10 on WNEM (Channel 5). It will move into the 9 a.m. slot, replacing the horrid "Tyra Banks" show.
Jocelyn Connell and Mike Cameron will anchor the program. Connell is co-anchor of "TV5 Wake Up," which airs from 5-7 a.m. weekdays on the CBS affiliate. Cameron is the "TV5 Wake Up" meteorologist ... Gone Country: Regent Communications Flint quietly converted its Lapeer AM station WLSP (1530) to a country format last March. Instead of simulcasting the WFNT (1470) signal, it's programming a mixture of modern and classic country as WLCO, dubbed "Lapeer's Real Country" ... Harried Harris: As if anchoring the market's top-rated newscast and organizing holiday and pops concerts with the Flint Symphony wasn't enough to keep him busy, WJRT (Channel 12) anchor Bill Harris has added another responsibility. Harris was elected recently to the board of governors of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences... 'Better Mid Michigan' is better yet (Fri, 8/10)
WGER Names Jim Johnson For Mornings
NEXTMEDIA AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI names former NEXTMEDIA AC WZSR and Oldies WWYW/CHICAGO OM/PD JIM JOHNSON for mornings. JOHNSON is currently in place and searching for a morning show co-host. (Fri, 8/10)
There's good news for two locally based commercial radio stations that saw their rankings improve in the latest Arbitron radio ratings. Although Detroit talk powerhouse WJR (760 AM) continues at the top spot overall in the Ann Arbor market, country station WWWW (102.9 FM), third in the last ratings period, placed second, while WQKL (107.1 FM), which had been fourth, is now third. In the all-important age 25-54 group, the station ranks first. Lower down in the ratings, all-sports station WTKA and liberal talk WLBY-AM both decreased their audience shares, while news-talk WAAM held steady. Ratings for public radio's WUOM and WEMU are not included in the report... WWWW, WQKL ratings improve (Sun, 8/12)
Arbitron's spring 2007 ratings are in for commercial radio stations. WGRD-FM's (97.9) ratings are up, placing the alternative station in second place behind country station WBCT-FM (93.7). Adult contemporary WLHT-FM (95.7) and Top 40 WHTS-Hot FM (105.3) are tied for 10th place. Radio ratings are out (Sun, 8/12)
Jon Justice is moving on. Justice's most recent radio gig was at WOOD-AM (1300). He was on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. during "The Show with Justice." He also filled in for weekday hosts Rick and Scott and was the regular all-around fill-in guy for vacationing on-air talent. His last day on-the-air in West Michigan was Aug. 4. Now, he is heading to Tucson as the morning man at Talk KQTH-FM (104.1) -- The Truth Tucson's News FM... Radio host moves on (Sun, 8/12)
Rachel Calderon, WXMI-TV (Fox 17's) weekend co-anchor/reporter, got married last month, and is moving to Southern California. Her last day at the station was Friday. Her husband has taken a job in engineering for Boeing and the opportunity was too good to pass up. "This is a bittersweet move," she said... Calderon goes West (Sun, 8/12)
Negotiations between the Big Ten Network and cable giant Comcast bubbled over Friday, with dueling press releases from each side about their impasse. Essentially, the Big Ten Network wants to go onto Comcast's expanded basic cable tier, while Comcast wants it in the digital realm. The network is overreaching. I can reel off at least a dozen networks to add to expanded basic before round-the-clock college swimming and wrestling. But Comcast isn't exactly to be trusted, either. Its digital subscribers saw the NFL Network as part of their package for about a year, before it suddenly it was transported to an upgraded payment realm. The NFL is livid, and the Big Ten wants to protect against a similar situation... Big Ten, Comcast need to get in tune (Sun, 8/12)
Rabbit ears are officially going out of style. Consumers who have depended on TV antennae to receive analog signals will have to upgrade to a digital receiver by Feb. 18, 2009. Those 20 percent of TV viewers will get a fuzzy screen after the conversion, but consumers who subscribe to cable or satellite service will not be affected. Local electronics retailers are making it a priority to inform their customers of the change... 'Rabbit ears' going off air Feb. 2009 (Sat, 8/11)
By: Mike Austerman
Paperwork and electronic filing problems are likely going to cost high school radio station WBFH-FM (88.1).
The Federal Communications Commission served the Bloomfield Hills station with notice that late license renewal filings, unauthorized operations and incomplete records in its public file were severe enough violations to result in $17,000 worth of fines. The owner of WBFH, the Bloomfield Hills School District, identifies Peter Bowers as the station's general manager.
The good news in the FCC’s ruling was the official renewal of the station’s license.
WBFH, along with all the other radio stations in Michigan, was required to renew its license in 2004 to continue operations. But problems using a new electronic filing system at the FCC caused the station to miss a June deadline and then have its license lapse in October 2004 before the situation was corrected. The combination of the late filing and operations without a license drew $7,000 worth of fines.
Those problems drew the attention of Ed Czelada, co-founder of the contemporary Christian “Smile FM” group of stations in Michigan, who inspected and then reported problems with WBFH’s public file, a required set of paperwork that each station must maintain. While a petition to deny the license renewal for WBFH filed by Czelada was denied, the FCC did add on a $10,000 fine for the problems with the public file.
A petition from an out-of-state religious broadcaster to force WBFH to share the 88.1 frequency also was denied in this real-life radio soap opera.
It’s pretty clear just how cutthroat radio can be when seemingly simple mistakes result in a station putting its very existence in jeopardy. While the folks at WBFH are undoubtedly relieved to have kept their license, those fines are no doubt going to be a big downer for a station that has scored numerous awards for its on-air work.
JJ & Lynne's Stone Souper Charger ready to roar to life Thursday morning
Thursday morning, August 16th, the sweet smell of Motor City Muscle will fill the air as JJ & Lynne’s Stone Souper Charger roars to life. Eight months ago, it was just an idea to restore a 1968 Dodge Charger to raise money for Focus:HOPE.
The countless hours of work by hundreds of volunteers from all over southeast Michigan will be showcased when the engine of the Stone Souper Charger is started for the first time outside the studios of classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7, located at One Radio Plaza in Royal Oak Township. The “birthday” celebration will begin at 7am with the arrival of the Stone Souper Charger and many members of the volunteer team working on the restoration. During the 8am hour, JJ & Lynne will officially fire up the 600 plus horse power engine for the first time in public. To add to the festivities, local classic car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their classic cruisers.
JJ & Lynne Stone Souper Charger raffle tickets cost $25 each and 100% of the ticket price will go directly to Focus:HOPE. One lucky ticket holder will win both the restored 1968 Souper Charger and a 2 year lease of a 2007 HEMI R/T Charger on September 20th, 2007 at the JJ & Lynne Stone Soup event at the 94.7 WCSX Studios. More info at www.wcsx.com.
Neil Goldstein, former vice president of news and news director for WDIV-TV, has taken on a new role at Channel 4 as vice president of marketing and digital development. Steve Wasserman, the station's vice president and general manager, says he tapped Goldstein because of his leadership abilities... Former news director takes on new WDIV role (Mon, 8/13)
• WJKN AM 1510 Jackson, owned by Spring Arbor University, has been silent since June 1st when it began experiencing technical difficulties with its transmitter and has been granted remain silent authority from the FCC.
• WOAP AM 1080 Owosso, owned by 1090 Investments, has been silent since July 20th and has been granted remain silent authority from the FCC. In the application, WOAP states that grant of the special temporary authority to remain silent will serve the public interest by allowing the licensee to focus on resolving its financial concerns in an effort to resume station operations as expeditiously as possible, either at the presently authorized site or as specified in the construction permit authorizing a change in community of license to Waverly, Michigan.
• Educational Media Foundation closed on the purchase of the construction permit for WICE FM 88.3 Ironwood. The permit was purchased from Broadcasting for the Challenged for $400,000.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W285DU 104.9 Fremont, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, W225BA 92.9 Hastings, and W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship); W227BB 93.3 Fremont (Radio Assist Ministry).
• The construction permit for the following FM translator was canceled/deleted: W286AW 105.1 Dowagiac (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W230BI 93.9 Lapeer (owned by Edgewater Broadcasting).
• High school WBFH-FM (88.1) Bloomfield Hills was served with an apparent notice of liability in the amount of $17,000 for filing late for its license renewal, unauthorized operations, and public file violations. Read the FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (.pdf)
• Contemporary Christian Smile FM's WEJC-FM 88.3 White Star/Gladwin signal was granted a construction permit to change its effective radiated power from 30,000 watts @ 472 feet from a tower location just southwest of Gladwin to 55,000 watts @ 374 feet with a directional antenna located in Bay county north of Auburn. The station started operating at reduced power starting on August 1st so that the old 6-bay antenna could be rebuilt and prepared for the new tower site along with rebuilding the station's RCA transmitter. After the move is finalized, the Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland areas will notice a much better signal from WEJC. As of August 6th, the station was operating with 2,000 watts @ 260 feet from its new Bay county location while final technical details of the move were being completed.
• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W232BH 94.3 Holly (owned by Educational Media Foundation).
• Contemporary Christian Way FM's WAYG-FM 89.9 Grand Rapids has applied to change its frequency to 89.7 and change its effective radiated power from 4,900 watts @ 207 feet to 6,000 watts @ 243 feet. If approved and built, the station's directional pattern would change, gaining the station increased coverage on the west side of metro Grand Rapids with some loss of signal to the east.
• Darby Advertising has been granted a construction permit for a new FM station at 95.3 to be licensed to Frederic (Otsego County). The Class A station would broadcast with 3,300 watts @ 447 feet from a tower located about halfway between Gaylord and Grayling along I-75 if built as specified in the construction permit. Darby is also the licensee of variety hits WMJZ-FM 101.5 Gaylord and strongly associated with variety hits WMJT-FM 96.7 Newberry.
Northern Michigan has several options when it comes to morning radio shows. There are around a couple dozen in all, but let’s face it: ever since The Captain and his crazy antics disappeared from the airwaves, morning radio in these parts has been about as exciting as a morgue. Okay, one could argue that Bob & Tom keep things interesting in the morning with guests like Larry the Cable Guy and other top comedians, but there is another duo on the horizon that is offering something “for the people” that Bob & Tom can’t. Localization. Since arriving last September, Omelette has been at the reins of the WKLT morning show weekdays, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 97.5 and 98.9 on the FM dial. Originally from Connecticut, Omelette came to Northern Michigan with a vision of shaking up mornings in the region... Omelette & Finster make a splash
Lansing State Journal:
Michigan State fans have a decision to make this winter: Find a way to get the new Big Ten Network, or miss at least eight MSU men's basketball games. The league's network, which debuts Aug. 30, will be exclusively televising some games previously broadcast on Comcast cable - unless a deal between the network and cable giant can be reached by then. Previously, those games were broadcast by ESPN Plus on local affiliates. This season, the BTN will televise 64 of 99 intraleague games... TV tiff: MSU fans could miss out on games (Wed, 8/15)
WTVS-TV (Channel 56) Detroit Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, has partnered with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to bring Metro Detroiters a multi-layered entertainment experience. For instance, blues lovers can watch the "Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival" when it airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS. And if they like what they see, they can buy tickets and attend the "Ninth annual Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival" when it takes place at the Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6... Music Hall, PBS team up for shows (Wed, 8/15)
Get out the ear muffs: Don Imus is headed back to the airwaves. The disgraced shock jock has been off the air since April 12, after describing the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" and public outcry, led by activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, prompted CBS Radio to yank his popular morning show. MSNBC also canceled the TV simulcast of his show. On Tuesday, Imus and CBS settled his multimillion-dollar contract, which had been renewed just before the April fracas. Now the radio host can return to the air, and the Associated Press reports that Imus is finalizing a deal with New York-based, 50,000-watt (Clear Channel) WABC-AM, which carries mostly political talk... Imus nears radio return as he and CBS settle (Wed, 8/15)
Detroit Free Press:
The trade journal Automotive News reported Wednesday that General Motors has recruited several prominent radio personalities — many on a national scale but also in local markets — by providing the hosts with new cars and trucks to drive free for two weeks each month. The deal also includes trips to Detroit to meet with GM executives and see the company's facilities. Among the hosts taking advantage of the deal are some of the biggest names in talk radio and a few who double on TV. Among them: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hannity, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Michael Baisden, former Detroiter George Noory, Delilah, Laura Ingraham, Jim Rome, John Tesh, and Big Tigger, a former WJLB-FM (97.9, Detroit) morning host. Local hosts in Dallas were also mentioned in the story... GM borrows cars to some big radio stars (Wed, 8/15)
WDIV-TV Local 4 is playing an interesting gambit with that new extra hour NBC's "Today" starts serving Sept. 10. Ellen DeGeneres' talk show will remain at 10 a.m., with the fourth hour of "Today" to be seen at 11 a.m. in the tough slot against ABC's "The View" and CBS's "The Price Is Right." Syndicated info-tainment show "Extra" -- now delayed a day at 11 a.m. -- shifts to delayed a day at 2:30 p.m. "Inside Edition," now at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., will air only once a day, at 4:30 p.m... 'Ellen' will keep 10 a.m. timeslot (Wed, 8/15)
WMGC honors women in the automotive industry
Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show of soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 are honoring the women who make the Motor City run with three “Salute to Women in the Automotive Industry” live broadcasts. The series is taking place August 15-17 from 6am to 10am each morning, leading up to the Woodward Dream Cruise.
The public is invited to stop by the broadcasts on Wednesday, August 15th at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn and on Friday, August 17th at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Jim Harper, Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty, Mike Bradley and Fay Samona will all be on-site.
On Thursday, August 16th, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from the OnStar Studios in the General Motors World Headquarters in Detroit. This broadcast is not open to the public but will air from 6am to 10am on WMGC.
RIFF2.com officially relaunches
A newly enhanced RIFF2.com, the website for rock WRIF-FM's 101.1 companion HD multicast channel, RIFF-HD2, has been re-launched.
The latest version of the website now has social networking functionality that allows DJs, listeners and bands to be able to create their own profiles as well as blog, upload video, audio, and more. In addition, listeners will be able to add widgets from uploaded audio and video to their own MySpace pages, websites and blogs.
"It is a perfect complement to the interactive, community experience of RIFF2, the HD2 companion channel for WRIF," said Mark Pennington, program director of RIFF2 and assistant program director/music director of WRIF. "The new site will have originally produced audio and video from the station and provide a totally interactive experience for listeners."
The Beatles and cruising music are on AM 580 this Saturday
Oldies CKWW AM 580 will present “The Beatles Story”, a comprehensive look at the life of the world’s greatest rock band, an insightful twelve-part radio documentary that was produced in the early seventies by CHUM radio’s Doug Thompson and hosted by the late Chuck Reilly. From the very earliest pre-Beatles moments to the ultimate break-up you’ll hear the stories as told by the Fab Four themselves. It airs every Saturday from 10-11 AM for the next twelve weeks on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.
This Saturday AM 580 is the place to hear the real cruisin’ Oldies on AM where they belong. Hear the songs you cruised to back in the day. AM 580 begins the big Motor City Cruise Day with The Beatles Story at 10 AM, then revs up the 50’s and 60’s hits all day long.
WCSX Is Cruisin’ Woodward
Classic Rock WCSX-FM will be bhitting the streets with live updates from Woodward on Friday & Saturday. The station invites listeners to stop by and see them any of these locations:
Friday August 17th
* 2pm-6pm: Join Ken Calvert at Eaton Performance Park located in the baseball complex at Memorial Park at Woodward & 13 Mile in Royal Oak. See the '68 Stone Souper Charger & buy raffle tickets & t-shirts, all benefiting Focus:HOPE.
*6pm-10pm: See Steve Kostan at the Firestone Auto Service Center on Coolidge and Woodward for live cruise updates.
Saturday August 18th
* 8am-10am: Join KT at the Takata Safety Exhibit on Woodward just North of 13 Mile at Village Chrysler Jeep. We'll serve free breakfast burritos, juice & water to the first hundred people at the party.
* 10am-2pm: Paul Buck and Focus:HOPE will be at Eaton Performance Park on 13 Mile and Woodward with live updates and your chance to buy Stone Souper Charger raffle tickets & t-shirts.
* 12pm-2pm: JJ & Lynne along with the Stone Souper Charger will be at Firestone at Woodward and Coolidge. See the car, meet JJ & Lynne and purchase raffle tickets and t-shirts benefiting Focus:HOPE.
* 2pm-6pm: Steve Kostan takes over with live updates from Firestone, plus from 3-4pm you can meet IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon for autographs. Also, Ken Calvert and the WCSX Classic Rock Cruisers will be at Art Van on Woodward in Royal Oak.
WGRD announces new night jock
Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 program director Jerry Tarrants (JT) has announced that Lynae Cuddy has been appointed new night-time goddess for the nations #1 Rock Alternative radio station, 97-9 WGRD. Lynae is already on the job assuming her nightly duties including the 90's @ 9 specialty show.
"Everyday I would pour through applicants and everyday Lynae's propaganda would end up at the top of the pile...oddly enough it happened the most when I would leave my office vacant for a few moments," said Tarrants. "We're very excited about having her on the team and helping GRD maintain it's broadcasting dominance in the Grand Rapids market."
Lynae can be heard terrestrially on WGRD Monday thru Firday from 7pm - midnight or on line at www.wgrd.com.
Grand Rapids Press:
Country music radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) certainly is consistent. Clear Channel's country powerhouse station is still No. 1 with listeners (12-plus) in Kent and Ottawa counties, according to the spring Arbitron ratings book. "It is great to be a part of station that is successful consistently on many different levels. The philosophy we always have believed in is that if you serve your community well and take care of your customers, great things will come," B-93 program director Doug Montgomery said. He was especially pleased that B-93 has increased its audience size to more than 324,000 listeners in the West Michigan Designated Marketing Area (DMA), which encompasses the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Muskegon metro areas. "We remain on top in the total listening area for over 12 straight years now," he said...B-93 rules radio ratings, again (Sun, 8/19)
Longtime local morning show hosts Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis continue to keep West Michigan listeners up-to-date on what they are doing since they have left the airwaves at Hot FM, WHTS-FM (105.3)... Dave and Geri update (Sun, 8/19)
Nearing the end of a $2.4 million capital campaign, Grand Rapids Community Media Center is making a final push to guarantee a $300,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. "We've made amazing progress," executive director Laurie Cirivello said. "We're running toward the finish line, but we don't want to lose that $300,000." The campaign, launched three years ago, has an overall goal of $2,434,800. If the CMC raises $2,134,800 by Sept. 30, the Kresge Foundation has pledged to top off the campaign. As of Wednesday, CMC was $186,169 short. "We're casting the net widely so everyone can participate," Cirivello said. A series of fundraising events are being planned, she said, as well as appeals televised on the media center's community access television stations, GRTV (Channel 25) and Live Wire (Channel 24), public radio station WYCE, 88.1 FM... Community Media Center makes fundraising push (Sun, 8/19)
By: Art Vuolo
Can I finally unpack my suitcase? Don’t misunderstand me, I love to travel. I even like to fly, and now I can say unquestionably the best airline is Southwest. Period.
I just flew that friendly carrier to Chicago for the Morning Show Boot Camp, another one of a multitude of radio conventions that I attend each year. This custom confab caters primarily to high-profile (that means they make the most money) morning personalities from stations nationwide and even a few international attendees.
This year, only two Detroit morning shows felt a need to learn how to make their programs even better. They were Mojo and his whole crew from hits WKQI-FM (95.5) and Blaine Fowler, minus Lisa and Allyson, from pop WDVD-FM (96.3). Good for them — and, oddly enough, they’re neighbors on the FM dial.
If I can say this without sounding like a prude, and considering the new guidelines set by the FCC, I was amazed at the proliferation of profanity by the men and women. That damn convention had a hell of a lot of swearing.
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Meanwhile back on the home front, Oakland County is home to better than half of the radio stations in the greater Detroit area, and I think nearly all of them were involved to one degree or another in Saturday’s Woodward Dream Cruise.
Last year, it was very hot, but this year the weather gods were far more reasonable. If you never moved your dial off FM, you missed the great job that oldies/talk WPON-AM (1460) did all week long. You also missed the big Beatles special on oldies CKWW-AM (580).
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Speaking of automobiles, have you heard about the “cars for stars” program that General Motors has begun? It supplies major radio personalities — both nationally and locally — with new GM vehicles for a couple of weeks each month so that they’ll talk about them on the air.
Not a bad idea, but the people who are getting these cars are the same people who can easily afford them. However, they are the most listened to and most influential hosts on the air.
It’s a smart move by America’s No. 1 automaker, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008.
It’s got to make Warren Pierce wonder about what he did wrong. You may recall that about a dozen years ago, Pierce, who hosts Saturday and Sunday mornings on news-talk WJR-AM (760), found himself in hot water for doing essentially the same thing while working at WJBK-Channel 2.
Somebody cue Bob Dylan because “the times they are a changin’.”
Crain's Detroit Business:
The advent of high-definition television is being hailed as momentous as the switch in the 1960s to color broadcasts — and advertisers in Metro Detroit are increasingly eager to employ the technology as its costs decline. Television stations and production companies are spending millions of dollars to upgrade equipment — cameras, lenses, software, editing boards and broadcasting infrastructure — to meet demand spurred by a federally mandated Feb. 17, 2009, deadline that will end current analog broadcasts in favor of digital. High-def is a format of digital television... High-def TV brings costs (Mon, 8/20)
WLQV helps kids get back to school
In partnership with the international Christian relief organization Feed the Children, Christian Talk WLQV AM 1500 held a day long drive in Thursday, August 16 asking their listeners to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for 400 homeless inner-city children in the city of Detroit for just $18.00 each. At the end of the day the station had raised more than $14,000 and provided nearly 800 of the backpacks, double the original goal, which will be distributed to the students in Detroit when the new school year begins after Labor Day.
Local college, pro football shows hit the field on FSN Detroit
The arrival of the 2007 football season brings a bevy of shows to FSN Detroit for fans of the area’s Big Ten and NFL squads:
9:00 AM, Michigan Replay – The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and co-host Jim Brandstatter (re-airs many Sundays at 12:30 PM). Premieres Sunday, August 26.
9:30 AM, Spartan Sports Zone – The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis. Premieres Sunday, August 26.
Lions Live: Post-game edition – Eleven times this season, FSN provides live coverage immediately following Lions games including remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Host is Mickey York, joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson (re-airs many Sundays at 10:00 PM). Premieres Sunday, Sept. 9 following Lions-Raiders season opener.
12:30 PM, Lions live: Rod Marinelli press conference – Live coverage of Rod Marinelli’s Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard (re-airs many Mondays at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM). Premieres Monday, Sept. 10.
6:30 PM, One on One with Mark Dantonio – Mickey York visits weekly with the first-year head coach of the Spartans (re-airs many Thursdays at 10:00 PM). Premieres Thursday, Aug. 30.
Get ready for a shake-up in area baseball broadcasts next season. The Toledo Free Press reports that WLQR (1470-AM), the Toledo all-sports radio station known as The Ticket, will drop Toledo Mud Hens broadcasts in 2008 in favor of the Detroit Tigers. Currently, WLQR carries Tiger games only when they don't conflict with the Mud Hens. That's good news for Tiger fans in south-county and the Toledo area who have found themselves hunting for the broadcasts since the Tigers moved left WJR and its 50,000 kilowatts. WXYT (1270-AM), Detroit's flagship station, has boosted its power. I picked it up 60 miles south of Toledo on Saturday. But the Detroit station doesn't even reach Bedford Township at night... Hens without radio home for '08 (Tue, 8/21)
Bomia Upped To Promo Coordinator At WDRQ/WDVD
SHANNON BOMIA has been named Promotions Coordinator for CITADEL Adult Hits WDRQ (93.1 DOUG-FM) and Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT. SHANNON was previously a part-time Promotions Assistant and started at the station in NOVEMBER 2006. (Tue, 8/21)
Detroit Free Press:
The Arbitron radio ratings for May, June and July generally aren't known for dictating in which direction the market is going long-term. And the 2007 edition released Tuesday certainly didn't break that rule. Movement was generally minimal, with the Top 10 and Top 20 rankings largely static. But there were some trends beyond the relatively non-noteworthy numbers in the chart accompanying this article. They are: While WRIF-FM morning giants Drew and Mike continue to lead the morning race, their ratings dropped a bit from their stellar second quarter score ... WDVD-FM, which had a stellar second quarter, dropped slightly but still had solid Top 10 numbers among all listeners and was a solid sixth in the age 25-54 tote. If it holds ears, it could be the radio success story of '07 in Detroit... Drew and Mike's ratings drop; oldies work (Wed, 8/22)
• The sale of WGHN-FM/AM 92.1/1370 Grand Haven to Will Tieman from William Struyk and Ronald Mass closed.
• 43 construction permits for FM translator stations that were issued in 2004 have expired and been canceled by the FCC-
Family Life Broadcasting (1): W244BL 96.7 Lawrence
Spring Arbor University (1): W299AV 107.7 Deerfield
Family Educational B'casting Corp of Door County, WI (2): W234AN 94.7 Houghton, W264AU 100.7 Houghton
Educational Media Foundation (3): W244BT 96.7 Warren, W261AV 100.1 Morrice, W295AT 106.9 Vernon
Sister Grace (3): W231AY 94.1 Ironwood, W235AN 94.9 Marquette, W236AT 95.1 Ironwood
David M. Stout (5): W221BP 92.1 Iron River, W256AS 99.1 Manistique, W265BN 100.9 Ishpeming, W271AS 102.1 Newberry, W295AS 106.9 Manistique
Radio Assist Ministry (12): W221BR 92.1 East Tawas, W221BT 92.1 Cheboygan, W221BU 92.1 Rogers City, W225AL 92.9 Bad Axe, W230AZ 93.9 Sandusky, W231AU 94.1 Imlay City, W231BE 94.1 Bad Axe, W243BI 96.5 Fremont, W243BJ 96.5 East Tawas, W250AS 97.9 Gaylord, W288BH 105.5 Boyne City, W292CP 106.3 Imlay City
Edgewater Broadcasting (16): W235AU 94.9 East Tawas, W237BM 95.3 Alpena, W237BS 95.3 Rogers City, W237BT 95.3 Mio, W237BU 95.3 Gaylord, W255AV 98.9 Sandusky, W256AU 99.1 Yale, W257BO 99.3 Bad Axe, W258AS 99.5 Boyne City, W261AQ 100.1 Bad Axe, W262AW 100.3 St. Johns, W273AG 102.5 Gaylord, W273AQ 102.5 Rogers City, W273AU 102.5 Kalkaska, W282AK 104.3 Petoskey, W286AR 105.1 Three Rivers
Daily Mining Gazette:
WGGL 91.1 FM listeners will hear one less familiar voice when they tune in to the radio now. The station, an affiliate of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), no longer has a local broadcasting presence. WGGL will continue to broadcast out of the station at Michigan Technological University, but it will no longer have a local reporter, said Marcia Goodrich, senior writer for Michigan Technological University Marketing and Communications. The station will be managed through Duluth, said Jennifer Haugh, communications manager for MPR. Local weather will still be broadcast, underwriting is available through the Duluth office and maintenance and upgrades at the Michigan Tech facility will still occur... Local radio station no longer local (Wed, 8/22)
Grand Haven Tribune:
Dapper Bill Struyk, wearing a light-blue pinstripe jacket and flashy Larry King-style yellow tie, was at his best as guest speaker this week for the Grand Haven Rotary Club. His humor was surprisingly and cleverly woven into his farewell-to-radio speech. A club past-president, Struyk entertainingly recalled 54 years of broadcasting that started with small Iowa radio stations. "I was 15 years old when a station owner said he would hire me and pay $1 an hour because he had to meet minimum wage requirements," Struyk joked... Bill Struyk says farewell to radio (Wed, 8/22)
WOMC releases midday host Dana Masucci
Dana Masucci is no longer with Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 as of today as the station has decided 'to go in another direction'. Masucci had been in the chair as midday host for WOMC since January 2005, replacing Tom Force who was similarly given his walking papers in late 2004. Now word on the street is that Force might be under consideration by station management to retake his spot behind the 'OMC midday mic.
Detroit Free Press:
Happy anniversary, D&D- WKRK-FM (97.1) talking heads Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are marking their 8th anniversary in Detroit by hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Live 97.1 Studios at 15600 W. Twelve Mile in Southfield ... Hosting: Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor's WQKL-FM (107.1) at the Ann Arbor Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, three live music performances this week... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/23)
Ask the Governor to be heard on WJR August 27
News-Talk WJR-AM 760 newsman Lloyd Jackson will host another edition of "Ask the Governor on Monday, August 27th from 7-8:00 p.m. live from Olds Hall on the campus of Michigan State University. WJR listeners can call 1-800-859-0957 during the show to ask questions.
One tradition will keep running this weekend, another won't. Saturday's 31st annual Crim Festival of Races will be the first since 1979 that won't be featured on local public television station WFUM (Channel 28), which signed on in 1980 with its first of 27 annual Crim recaps. Station manager Jennifer White said the decision to drop the program was about money. "It is largely a financial decision," White said. "It's a hugely expensive production for us. We have to pull in additional help. As I'm sure most people know, the station has been affected by state cuts to major universities and also on the federal level by cuts there." White said it wasn't an easy decision to make... Channel 28 comes off Crim course, while others pick up pace (Fri, 8/24)
Grand Rapids Press:
Brett Muller doesn't remember every detail from the first high school football game he called on the radio. He knows it was during his freshman year at Central Michigan University and involved Shepherd and Central Montcalm. But he's not sure who won or what the final score was. "I remember being so nervous I could barely speak," Muller said. "I was just trying to get my wits about me." Since that first game, Muller has managed to control his nerves. Muller, 33, will begin his 15th year in the radio business, including the past nine at WBBL-AM (1340). Muller once again will serve as color commentator for WBBL's "Game of the Week" telecasts, which opens with tonight's East Grand Rapids-Ottawa Hills game at Houseman Field. He'll team up for the fourth consecutive season with play-by-play announcer Bret Bakita. The pair also produces a one-hour high school football show called "Power Hour" from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday... Radio guys Bakita, Muller team up again (Fri, 8/24)
The Comcast and WOW! cable providers said Thursday they are at an impasse with the Big Ten Network. The state's basic cable subscribers likely are to miss several Big Ten football games after the network goes on the air Aug. 30. That includes Michigan's Sept. 1 opener against Appalachian State, one of six contests to be broadcast on the network within the conference's eight-state footprint. Elizabeth Conlisk, a Big Ten representative, said negotiations with Comcast have gone sour. She said there still is hope a deal with WOW! could be worked out... Big Ten, cable outlets at impasse (Fri, 8/24)
Detroit Free Press:
Big Ten fans, brace yourselves if you're a Comcast subscriber. The football season begins Sept. 1, but the season-opening games on the Big Ten Network will not be available to Comcast customers, according to Bob Thompson, president of Fox's national cable sports networks. Fox Cable Networks is a partner with the Big Ten in the fledgling network. That would mean that the Michigan-Appalachian State game and five other openers wouldn't be available to about 5 million Comcast subscribers in Big Ten states. (Michigan State's opener against Alabama-Birmingham will be shown on ESPN2.) "If you are a fan of the Big Ten -- and certainly there are a lot of those in the state of Michigan -- and you want to have these games, you need to make other arrangements," Thompson told the Free Press on Thursday. "We're a week away, and having been through the launch of 15 some odd sports networks in the last 18 years, I've got a pretty good feel for this. "At this point, I can tell you we will not have agreement before the first weekend of games"... Sorry U-M, MSU fans with Comcast: No Big Ten Network for you (Fri, 8/24)
• The Interlochen Center for the Arts (WIAA-FM 88.7 Interlochen) has agreed to sell FM translator W237CF 95.3 Mackinaw City to Baraga Broadcasting for $25,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga plans to rebroadcast its Religious/Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix on W237CF.
• The FCC granted the sale of WBNZ-FM 99.3 Frankfort from Fort Bend Broadcasting to the Kalil Holding Group.
• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W237BY 95.3 Mason and W262BD 100.3 Diamondale (owned by Educational Media Foundation).
• 2007 has been a busy time in Southwestern Ontario with several new radio stations signing on since the first of the year and others set to do so shortly:
- Religious CKGW-FM 89.9 Chatham
- Rock CIBU-FM-1 91.7 Bluewater (rebroadcasting CIBU-FM 94.5 Wingham
- Country CJSP-FM 92.7 Leamington
- French CJBC-FM-1 103.9 Windsor
- Adult Contemporary CHWC-FM 104.9 Goderich
- Adult Contemporary CJMI-FM 105.7 Strathroy
- Country CJDL-FM 107.3 Tillsonburg
In addition, Sarnia will be getting an FM repeater for country CHOK AM 1070 on yet to be specified frequency and a new FM station at 103.3 that will repeat variety/community CKTI-FM 107.7 Kettle Point, owned by Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
Grand Rapids Press:
Morning on-air personalities Steve Stewart, of WTNR-FM (94.5), and Todd Chance, of WHTS-FM (105.3), helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Partnering with BMW, 19 different vehicles were brought in for test drives. BMW donated a buck to the local chapter for every mile driven. More than $70,000 was raised to help the nonprofit organization. Test drives add up for charity (Sun, 8/26)
"I haven't worn makeup in months," confesses WZZM-TV (Channel 13) news anchor Lauren Stanton. She has been off the air for a couple of months and has been more than a little busy. Lauren gave birth June 21 to an adorable baby boy named Cass. Her 4-year-old son, Nicholas, also keeps her on the run... WZZM anchor loves motherhood and Grand Rapids (Sun, 8/26)
Andy Sugden is the new director of photography for TV13, replacing Bob Gould, who was hired to teach broadcasting courses at Michigan State University. "I look forward to working with a great staff of shooters at TV-13. This is a unique opportunity for me. I will enjoy watching and training young shooters to learn more about nonlinear editing, camera work and enjoying their jobs," he said from KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, where he has worked for three years... WZZM has new photography chief (Sun, 8/26)
You know it's the end of summer when the WLAV-FM (96.9) Budweiser Blues on the Mall winds down for the season. The series kicked off June 18 and went for eight weeks, bringing live blues acts from around the country. Christina Elsenbroek, station spokeswoman, said about 30,000 people attended the concert series. Blues on the Mall is a wrap (Sun, 8/26)
Lynae Cuddy, 22, of Kentwood, is the newly promoted on-air talent from 7 p.m. to midnight on WGRD-FM (97.9.) "It is so great to be able to be interactive with thousands of people at a time and entertain them," she said. Lynae graduated from Grand Valley State University in advertising and public relations, interned for Kevin Matthews at WLAV-FM (96.9) and has worked part time at 'GRD on the weekend on-air shift... WGRD promotes on-air personality (Sun, 8/26)
In most sporting events, there is a winner and a loser. That's about the same situation for sports fans in Southwestern Michigan when it comes to their sports on TV and radio this fall. The big winners are the Michigan State University fans. After a one-year absence from the radiowaves in the Kalamazoo area, the Spartans' football and basketball network returns and will be broadcast on WKZO-AM 590. That station used to be the long-time home of the University of Michigan. ``We've probably had U-M football and basketball on KZO for, what, 30 years or more?`` said WQLR-AM program director Dave Jaconette. ``We decided to move U-M over to ESPN 1660 (WQLR-AM), so people will still be able to get the Wolverines.'' The bump of U-M to 1660 means Kalamazoo College football and basketball won't be on the air this season. Jaconette says that the station will still have a K-College coaches show on Saturday mornings as well as a high school coaches show... Area games to be juggled on radio, TV (Sun, 8/26)
By: Mike Austerman
This past Thursday, Dana Masucci was unceremoniously dumped from the lineup at Oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) before her midday air shift as the station decided “to go in another direction.” Masucci had been with WOMC since January 2005, replacing Tom Force who was similarly given his walking papers in late 2004.
Now word on the street is that Force, who has kept his free-agent status since his firing, might be under consideration by station management to retake his spot behind the ’OMC midday mic. If that happens, maybe the first song Force should play is Huey Lewis and the News’ “Back in Time” from the “Back to the Future” movies — even if they are ’80s flicks.
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One of the more interesting battles for listeners on the FM dial has been occurring slightly under the radar. The ratings for public news-talk stations WUOM-FM (91.7)/WFUM-FM (91.1) and WDET-FM (101.9) are close, but WUOM/WFUM’s 1.3 rating outpaced WDET’s 1.1 rating among all listeners this past spring. That’s startling with WDET’s focus on Detroit and WUOM being located in Ann Arbor (WFUM repeats WUOM from Flint).
That 1.1 number for WDET is down from 1.4 in the spring of 2006, but holding steady from last fall. WDET is likely most concerned that there were an average of 7,900 people tuned in during any 15-minute period last spring, while during the fall and this spring there were only 6,300 listeners. While WDET does offer some unique programming from WUOM/WFUM, it appears that the station’s longtime status as the area’s most popular public radio station has been lost.
In fact, the classical and jazz format on WRCJ-FM (90.9) sits ahead of WDET with a 1.2 rating in the spring. WRCJ also boasts an impressive average time spent listening number of 6.8 hours — meaning WRCJ listeners don’t do a lot of dial flipping when they have their radios on.
In my observation, the buzz that WDET used to have around town when it was formatted with an eclectic mix of music and talk programs has now evaporated and the station has simply become just another public radio station.
It used to be that wearing a WDET T-shirt or using a logo coffee mug made a statement to others. Now, finding unique content on WDET usually means sitting through a ton of programming that’s easily available someplace else.
And other radio listeners look like they agree with that assessment as they stay away from WDET.
Trent Tomlinson had a lot of fun at June's KCQ Country Music Fest. So much fun, in fact, that the Nashville crooner headed back into the recording studio and doctored a version of his hit "Just Might Have Her Radio On" to mention Saginaw country station WKCQ-FM, 98.1. In a chorus of the new recording, sent with a note from Tomlinson to the station at 2000 Whittier in Saginaw, he sings "Just might have WKCQ on"... Tomlinson names WKCQ in 'Radio' song (Mon, 8/27)
NPR's Gonyea featured on podcast
Monroe native, MSU alumnus and NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea visits MSU Today for a wide-ranging discussion on his experiences at NPR. To hear the podcast, visit The Spartan Podcast (Mon, 8/27)
Detroit Free Press:
Scheduled: WDMK-FM (105.9) morning personality Tom Joyner's fifth annual Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" on Sept. 18. Joyner is encouraging disease prevention by making an appointment for a health screening, attending a health event in the community or helping a friend, neighbor or family member do the same. WDMK will be at the Northwest Activities Center from 6-10 a.m. that day with J. Anthony Brown from the Joyner show in the house... Names and Faces (Mon, 8/27)
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation is sponsoring the third of four charitable online auctions to help fund Foundation programs that support student scholarships, internships and educational programs. The Foundation has a special auction item that will only be available for bids until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 9.
You have the opportunity to bid on and win an exclusive LaSalle Club Stadium Luxury Suite for an upcoming Michigan State football game. As guests of the LaSalle Bank Club at Spartan Stadium, you and a friend will enjoy two MSU tickets to the September 15 game versus Pittsburgh. The package includes buffet-style meals, access to the Spartan Radio Network tailgate party and a visit to the broadcast booth. The total package is valued at $1,260 with a starting bid at $600.
To bid and receive complete online information go the Michigan Association of Broadcasters website at www.michmab.com, then click on the Online Auction button.
Don’t miss this chance to win the Spartan Stadium Luxury package, enjoy MSU football in style and support students and young professionals seeking a career in the broadcast industry.
WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 broadcast home of Detroit Grand Prix Indy Car racing
WXYZ-TV / Channel 7 is set to provide metro-Detroiters with comprehensive coverage of everything leading to the "Big Race" on Sunday, September 2nd. WXYZ-TV Grand Prix coverage includes six live programming specials and Action News will provide the most comprehensive and complete coverage of the day's events. All of WXYZ's programming specials and news coverage will be presented in high definition. WXYZ-TV is the official television partner for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Highlights include:
- Countdown to Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Primetime Edition, Wed. Aug. 29th 8:00 - 9:00pm
- Countdown to the Green Flag, Fri. Aug. 31st 7:00 - 7:30pm
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Start Your Engines, Sun. Sept. 2nd 9:00- 10:30am
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Countdown to the Green Flag, Sun. Sept. 2nd Noon -1:00pm
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Pit Pass Special, Sun. Sept. 2nd 2:00 - 3:30pm
- Winners Circle, Sun. Sept. 2nd 6:00 - 6:30pm
The race itself will air on ABC starting at 3:30pm.
WXYZ-TV Press Release (Tue, 8/28)
CMU grad is tops in international fellowship program
A summer spent working for "NBC Nightly News" in New York City has earned a recent Central Michigan University graduate recognition as one of the best of the best in her field.
The International Radio and Television Society Foundation's highly selective Summer Fellowship Program has named Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, its 2007 Barry Sherman Fellow. The award is given to the top-performing student in the intensive program, which selects outstanding college students from around the country, trains them and places them in internship positions at prestigious New York City-based media outlets.
"I was very pleasantly surprised to receive this award," said Dou, who worked for NBC Nightly News over the summer and completed her master's degree in broadcast and cinematic arts in August. "I am extremely honored that I received the award and that what I have done in the past and during my internship has been recognized."
Each year, more than 800 students from across the country apply for the nine-week program; this year, only 30 were selected. The program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and new media. Students are then assigned to media outlets for the duration of the program to gain real-world experience.
The Detroit Pistons announced their 2007-08 local television schedule with 75 of the team’s regular-season games being televised by FSN Detroit, My TV20 and WDIV-TV. FSN and TV20 will also combine to air five of the Pistons’ eight preseason games. Including the three exclusive ABC telecasts and four Turner Sports exclusive telecasts as part of the NBA’s national television schedule, all of Detroit’s 82 regular-season games will be available on television.
“Once again every regular season game will be available to our fans,” said Pete Skorich, Executive Vice President of Broadcasting and Multimedia for the Pistons. “The Pistons are committed to broadcasting a large portion of our games in High Definition. With our pre-game, expanded post-game coverage and additional Pistons programming, our 50th season in Detroit will be well documented and exciting to watch.”
Beginning their 11th season of broadcasting Pistons games, FSN Detroit will televise the most Pistons games for the second consecutive season - 37 regular season and three preseason contests, two of which will be aired on FSN PLUS... Pistons Press Release (Wed, 8/29)
There's no time for small talk on the live, hourlong radio show hosted by Aisha Bynum and her sister, Ashli. The siblings host "Time for Teens" on WMFN 640, a "Smooth Vibes" station run by their parents, Tyrone and Portia Bynum. But from 2-3 p.m. each Friday during the summer, Aisha, 12, and Ashli, 14, play hip songs like "Lip Gloss" by Lil Mama and interview guests about stuff they care about. Their topics range from teen violence to back-to-school fashions. They do everything themselves, from finding advertisers and writing scripts, to booking guests and running the board... Sister duo does talk radio seriously (Thu, 8/30)
Joel Schoon Tanis claims to have "Forrest Gump Syndrome." Like the fictional movie character played by Tom Hanks, Tanis somehow winds up in the middle of interesting events, meeting famous people. Tanis met Johnny Cash in an elevator in Denver while at a Christian Bookseller Association conference. He once ended up in the ninth row at the Grammy Awards and became pals with Cyndi Lauper. And he has an Emmy. Not bad for a 40-year-old artist and kids' TV-show host. "Come on Over!" is the locally produced children's TV show Tanis created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Children's Museum that won six Michigan Emmy Awards in June... Host of TV show uses fun to teach (Thu, 8/30)
In these days of cutbacks and a glut of nationally syndicated radio programming, it's a rare treat to be able to tout a locally generated show like "Detroit Today ," the news and interview show that airs from 10 a.m. to noon daily on Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) . "Detroit Today" is almost always an engaging listen, with a nice mix of hard news, enterprise reporting and music and cultural pieces. Quinn Kleinfelter and Matt Watroba have been doing a good job juggling the anchor slot, but now WDET confirms that it has chosen a permanent host for the show: Craig Fahle, who left the station during the turbulent Michael Coleman era... Craig Fahle returns to host 'Detroit Today' (Thu, 8/30)
Detroit Free Press:
Noted: The passing of WOMC-FM (104.3) morning man Dick Purtan's father, Paul J. Purtan. He died Aug. 23 in the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore, N.Y. Memorials to the Dr. Richard Huben Foundation c/o Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 14203... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/30)
Michigan Television celebrates successful pledge drive
Michigan Television, WFUM TV 28 Flint, the public television station from the University of Michigan, wrapped up a very successful pledge drive on Sunday, August 19. The drive, which exceeded the station’s goal by 3%, brought in more than $142,000, with contributions from over 1,100 members across southeastern and mid-Michigan.
This success continues a trend that is reflective of Michigan Television’s growing viewership. The money raised during the 18 day on-air campaign helps pay for programming costs and general operating expenses at the station.
“I’m so pleased that the community continues to support the station in such a significant manner,” said Station Manager Jennifer White. “Community support really makes great public broadcasting possible.”
WYCD morning show nominated for CMA award
The Dr. Don Morning Show, heard weekday mornings from 5-10am on country WYCD-FM 99.5, has been nominated for a CMA (Country Music Association) award in the category of On-Air Personalities of the Year (Major Market). The nominations were announced yesterday on ABC TV's “Good Morning America” program.
The awards will be presented at this year's 41st Annual CMA Awards program on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Nashville and broadcast by ABC. The CMA Awards are considered to be county music’s biggest night.
“This is a huge honor,” said Debbie Kenyon, VP/General Manager of WYCD-FM. “It’s great to see Dr. Don - along with Rachael, Grunwald and Jason get recognized nationally.”
“The whole team on the Dr. Don Morning show has contributed to our success at WYCD,” noted Program Director Tim Roberts. “More importantly, these guys know how to have fun and take the Detroit audience along for the ride!”