Northern Michigan / UP: October 2007 Archives


The 2007 TV6 Canathon marks a milestone for the event as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary. The TV6 Canathon has had an enormous impact on the community since the event began back in 1982. At that time the Marquette County Food pantries found an increased need for assistance due to lay-offs in the local mining industry. It was proposed by former TV6 News Director Ed Kearney that TV6 organize a local food drive asking residents in the area to donate non-perishable food items. That first effort resulted in 700 pounds of food being donated to the first TV6 Canathon. The annual donations have grown considerably since that first event with the 2006 TV6 Canathon collecting over 144,000 pounds of food ... The 2007 TV6 Canathon officially kicks-off on Monday, November 12, with collection continuing across Upper Michigan through Thursday, December 6. The month-long collection effort wraps up with a one-hour commercial-free special program "live" from TV6 starting at 7:00 p.m./6:00 CT on Thursday, December 6... TV6 Canathon: help feed a hungry neighbor

Leelanau Enterprise:

Television is an integral part of most daily lives today. But it wasn’t always so. In Leelanau, TV isn’t much more than 50 years old. A few area people, did, however, have television sets before the Cadillac station went on the air, followed by Channel 7, which broadcast from the top of “TV Hill” on the county’s southernmost edge. Radio pioneer Les Biederman was the prime mover for the Traverse City station, which subsequently underwent changes in ownership. Before the advent of TV stations 9/10 and 7/4, a tall antenna might be needed to pick up distant stations, and, even then, one might get good sound and a poor picture, or vice versa. Then, on the other hand, if atmospheric conditions were favorable, one might clearly receive the station at Green Bay, Wis., with even a modest antenna. Following the establishment of Cadillac and Traverse City stations, ownership of television sets in the area mushroomed and large advertisements appeared in the Enterprise to entice buyers... TV's county roots date to 1957 (Wed, 10,3)


Broadcasting and Cable:

Retro Television Network will partner with Barrington Broadcasting Group to launch RTN on the digital streams of WNWO Toledo, Ohio; KXRM Colorado Springs; and WPBN Traverse City, Mich. RTN is replacing music channel The Tube, which “ceased its national broadcast,” according to its Web site. Owned by Equity Media Holdings, RTN offers affiliates a customized feed made up mostly of classic shows like Get Smart and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, along with local programming... Three markets go retro with Retro Television Network (Mon, 10/8)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Two media watchdog groups filed a federal complaint against television station WGTU ABC 29&8 alleging it passed off fake news clips paid for by banks and manufacturers as independent news reports. East Coast-based Free Press and Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy filed the complaint Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission. The complaint alleges the Traverse City-based TV station violated FCC rules that require stations to "clearly disclose" to the audience who paid for video news releases. "These (videos) are sponsored public relations messages," said Diane Farsetta, senior researcher for the Center for Media and Democracy. "They are ads dressed up as news stories." The videos typically discuss topics of financial importance to the sponsor and interview people from the company or an associated organization. Some make repeated references to the company by name or logo and refer viewers to company sponsored Web sites. Farsetta cited three videos used by WGTU in August and September... TV 29&8 accused of airing fake 'news' (Mon, 10/15)

Scharge Joins Northern Star/Marquette
Former SPORTING NEWS RADIO reporter ASHLEY SCHARGE joins the NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING/MARQUETTE, MI cluster as morning news anchor, TUESDAY night sports show host, and voice of NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY hockey on Rock WIMK-WUPK (THE BEAR 93.1-94.1). (Tue, 10/16)

Arbitron Recalls Traverse City eBook
ARBITRON has acknowledged that three SPRING 2007 TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY, MI metro diaries were returned from a media-affiliated household, and have eliminated them from the in-tab sample. A revised SPRING 2007 ARBITRON eBook for that market will be released on MONDAY, OCT. 22nd at 10a (ET). The ratings firm also noted that audience estimates for NORTHERN BROADCASTING AC WSRT may be substantially affected. What's more, estimates for other stations may be slightly affected as a result of the sample balancing and reprocessing procedures that accompany deletion of any diary from the sample. (Wed, 10/17)


Upper Peninsula: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2007



Cook flies the coop

Glenn 'Casey' Cook has exited as morning show co-host at variety hits WMJT-FM, Eagle 96.7, Newberry and is on the hunt for a new gig.

Cook sent the following mini-bio to

Michigan Association of Broadcasters award winning morning personality and international award winning voice-over/production specialist, Glenn 'Casey' Cook, is on the loose and is currently looking for his next challenge. His experience includes on-air work in all day parts in small/medium markets, as well as being an exciting remote broadcaster, program director, production director, and sports play-by-play. Formats inlcude rock, classic rock, country, hot country, adult contemporary, and 'we play everything'. Looking for opportunities in Michigan, especially Flint, Saginaw, Midland, Bay City, Lansing area, but would be happy in any Michigan area - available immediately! Get in touch with 'Casey' by emailing him at Aircheck available upon request and award winning commercial production demos can be heard at He would very much like to be a major contributer to your radio broadcast team.



Deputies are looking for witnesses of a deadly crash in Ogemaw County that killed a television news anchor. Ogemaw County deputies say the accident happened on M-33, south of Engel Road in Churchill Township shortly after 9:15 Friday night. They say it appears a southbound car crossed the center line and hit a car heading north. Kristen Rath of Holly died in the crash. She was an anchor for WBKB-TV, a CBS affiliate in Alpena... News anchor killed in Ogemaw county crash (Mon, 10/22)

- More information on Ms. Rath here: WBKB TV news team

WSRT admits wrongdoing in Spring ratings book

In the wake of Arbitron signaling it would be issuing a corrected spring ratings book that would likely have a negative effect on the ratings of WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord last week, there were numerous Internet rumors that someone within the station was responsible for the three diaries that are being excluded from the corrected numbers. Northern Broadcasting general manager Charlie Ferguson has now issued a statement on the issue:

"On Friday, October 12th, 2007, Arbitron alleged that one or more of our employees had filled out listener diaries in the Spring 2007 Audience Survey and will be releasing revised rating information for the Traverse City/Petoskey market on Monday, October 22nd, 2007. The revisions will primarily affect reported listening levels on 106.7 WSRT. It is important to note that this had no affect on the gains made by WKLT/WKLZ or The FOX FM. After performing our own due diligence, we concluded that the household of two of our employees had indeed filled out diaries which were subsequently used in the tabulation of the Spring ratings. On Thursday, October 18th, 2007, I asked for and received both of their resignations effective immediately.

"Whether one or both were involved, we cannot tolerate any cloud of suspicion over the integrity of our company, ownership or management. I offer my humble and sincere apologies to both our competitors and Arbitron for the actions of one or two of our employees and this unnecessary, as well as embarrassing turn of events. It is also our hope that our advertisers and agency partners will understand that Northern Broadcasting believes in a fair and unbiased ratings system and that we will be doing everything in our power to re-earn your trust." reports that it has received a letter from Glenda Lee, who claims she is responsible for the three diaries in question:

"I am the wife (although maybe not for long) of the programmer involved with the station," she wrote. "He knew absolutely nothing about diaries until we were approached by our GM last week.







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