As an only child, Rich Spicer spent a lot of time listening to the radio, especially Casey Kasem and the American Top 40. “I made it a point to keep track of where the songs were on the charts,” he laughed. Spicer had no trouble choosing a career. One month after graduating from Alpena High School he started working for local station WATZ. Twenty years later, he’s still at it. “I consider myself very lucky,” he said from his office at The New Mix 96, a radio station that includes WATT 1240 AM and WKAD 93.7 FM Cadillac Oldies... Day in the life of a radio broadcaster (Mon, 4/30)
Northern Michigan / UP: May 2007 Archives
Rick Stone remembers trying to give away hundreds of dollars doing promos for his FM radio stations, and getting only a handful of calls in response. But make a change to his AM talk radio station format, and Stone's phone rings off the hook. "You don't have to have anything like (giveaways) in talk radio,” said Stone, a veteran northern Michigan broadcaster who's launched a new talk radio format at WJML-AM that crosses the spectrum of political views. The station recently began simulcasting at AM-1210 outside of Traverse City to complement its original AM-1110 signal in Petoskey. Stone is looking to crack a highly competitive Traverse City talk radio market blanketed commercially by right-wing radio giants like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on WTCM-AM 580, and a sizable following for FM news programming through Interlochen Public Radio. To do so, Stone is turning to a combination of conservative talkers, including Neal Boortz and Glenn Beck, mixed in with liberal hosts like Ed Schultz to carve out a new audience... Mixing It Up On The Airwaves- WJML turns to a blend of voices in audience bid (Sun, 5/6)
Fox affilate WFQX (ch. 33) in Cadillac/Traverse City, Mich., is changing hands from SDR Rockfleet Holdings to Cadillac Telecasting for "somewhere north of $10 million," according to a source. Cadillac is not expecting to run the station, but instead plans to enter into a shared services agreement under which Heritage Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate WWTV in Cadillac would operate the station. WWTV GM Bill Kring said he thought the stations had "complementary resources." The deal, which was brokered by Kalil & Co., is subject to FCC approval. Michigan Fox Affiliate Changing Hands (Wed, 5/9)
John Carroll Jr, president of Carroll Broadcasting and Carroll Enterprises is excited about the move away from a niche format to one that has broader appeal. "Hit’s FM is not your cookie-cutter format. Most consultants want to pigeon-hole a station's format as CHR, Adult Contemporary, Country etc. Ours is plain and simple, if it was a hit in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, we will play it! Many songs you will not hear on radio stations, but you will on ours. It’s a fun sound and the songs we play bring back a lot of memories.”
Prior to this week's format change, WQLB had carried a classic rock format since signing on in July 1997 with WKJZ joining the simulcast shortly after that. Prior to its simulcast of WQLB, WKJZ simulcast the country format of sister station WKJC-FM 104.7 Tawas City.