Northern Michigan / UP: September 2007 Archives

Northern Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 14, 2007



Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The local ABC television affiliate is being sold to a broadcast group that also owns TV 7&4. Max Media of Traverse City LLC is selling television station TV 29&8 to Illinois-based Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC for $10 million, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Barrington will assign the station's broadcast license to Phoenix-based Tucker Broadcasting to comply with Federal Communication Commission rules that prohibit ownership of two television stations in small media markets. Ben Tucker, head of Tucker Broadcasting, is a media consultant and former CEO of Fisher Communications in Seattle, where he operated 13 television stations and 30 radio stations. Tucker wouldn't comment on possible changes to TV 29&8 operations until the sale is approved by the FCC -- a process that could take up to six months. "I really can't tell you at this point what all is going to be changed," Tucker said. "We'll start to peel the onion back over the next 30 to 60 days." Tucker said the station may increase its local news content... Local TV stations mix it up (Fri, 9/14)


Get well wishes to engineer Brian Brachel

Broadcast engineer Brian Brachel was severely injured recently while working with 6000 volts DC at the transmitter site of WNBY-FM Newberry. According to fellow engineer Del Reynolds, Brachel's hand and arm took the brunt of the damage with burns and cuts from his hand and out the top of his shoulder. His arm drew the current and tripped the 150 amp breaker or this would be a much sadder story.

Del's report continues that Brian was alone and really dazed but managed to crawl out to his car and drive himself holding an old rag on his arm to lessen the bleeding. He was able to call Mr. Reynolds who met him and drove the rest of the way to Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. From there, Brachel was transferred via ambulance to Spectrum in Grand Rapids where he is currently recovering in the ER burn unit.







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