August 2008 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

Re-created: Today from 4 to 9 p.m. on XM Radio Channel 6, the '60s-era sound of the Big 8, CKLW-AM (800). Nonsubscribers can register to listen at ... Detroit Public TV starts a unique pledge drive over five August evenings that will blend PBS favorites such as "Antiques Roadshow," "Nova" and "This Old House" with special programming that provides an in-depth look into the future of WTVS-TV (Channel 56). Translation: It's capital campaign time as opposed to just raising money to keep the PBS affiliate operating. As with many such endeavors, the station quietly has $16.5 million raised toward its $22-million goal, at year's end. The money will go to build studios and technical facilities, including digital upgrades and a production truck that will accommodate state-of-the-art productions from anywhere in southeast Michigan. Hitting the goal by Dec. 31 will permit the station to take advantage of a $1.25-million Kresge Foundation challenge grant announced earlier this year... Special programs aim to boost PBS drive (Fri, 8/1)



Detroit News:

... FSN Detroit will not televise the Monday news conferences of Lions coach Rod Marinelli this year. The telecasts had been a staple for the last few years. With MattSheppard hosting, FSN had a live telecast and one or two replays on Monday evening, depending on whether there was a game involving the Tigers, Pistons or Red Wings. "We're putting our resources into other areas, at least for this season," FSN representative Tim Bryant said. There's sure to be one byproduct. There'll be a lot less showboating and grandstanding by media members who play to the camera ... The Stoney and Wojo annual radiothon on WDFN raised $115,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. That's a big haul. We assume that Wojo's donuts, pralines, crullers, cheese puffs, éclairs and pizza bread were donated ... Behind the Scenes (Fri, 8/1)

CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT announces the 2008 99.5 WYCD BEACH BASH on SEPTEMBER 2nd. The fun will take place on the streets in front of FORD FIELD starting at 1p (ET) and ends at 4p, just prior to KENNY CHESNEY's Poets & Pirates Tour featuring LUKE BRYAN, GARY ALLAN, LeANN RIMES and KEITH URBAN. There will be activities for everyone including the BEACH BASH OLYMPICS and the KENNY KARAOKE contest. Local artists DANIELLE CARR and THE MOTOR CITY COWBOYS will be on hand for entertainment. The WYCD CASHMAN will also be on hand looking for the best dressed pirates to win front row tickets, backstage passes and other cool prizes. (Fri, 8/1)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 1, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Jack Doles figures the 13 1/2-hour flight he's taking today to Beijing shouldn't be too bad. Hopefully he doesn't get stuck with a middle seat. Doles, the sports director at WOOD-TV 8, will be joined by colleagues Brian Sterling and Dan Limbaugh for the station's coverage of the Summer Olympics. WOOD's coverage will kick off with a one-hour special, "Olympic Hopes, Gold Dreams," at 7 p.m. Aug. 8. It will be Doles' seventh trip to the Olympics. Before joining WOOD in 1990, he covered the Winter Games in Calgary and Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988. Since then, he's been to Summer Olympics in Atlanta ('96), Sydney ('00) and Athens ('04), and Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy ('06)... WOOD-TV's Doles on his way to Beijing Games (Fri, 8/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 3, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Actress Leila Sbitani, the longtime Belle Tire spokesperson who churlishly had new tires solve all her personal dilemmas in commercials earlier in this decade, may have been replaced on the air by a clutch of company tire installers but she's doin' OK, nonetheless ... Several Detroit radio personalities and executives in various categories for the 2008 Radio & Records Awards to be presented Sept. 17-19 in Austin, Texas. Among them: Jennifer Williams, Doug Podell and Mark Pennington of the WRIF (101.1) & WCSX-FM (94.7) combine; Alan Almond of WNIC-FM (100.3), Debbie Kenyon, Tom Sleeker and Alexander Zonjic from WVMV-FM (98.7) and CBS Radio... Ex-tire touter hits the NY scene (Sun, 8/3)



Ann Arbor News:

The latest Arbitron ratings for commercial radio stations in this market are in and, as usual, the news is good for some stations and not so good for others. Detroit AM powerhouse WJR remains on top with a 7.5 share. It's followed by a tie between Detroit rock station WRIF-FM, which enjoyed a jump from a 4.6 to a 6.3 share, and Ann Arbor-based country station WWWW-FM, which went from a 5.2 to a 6.3 share... WJR stays at the top of Arbitron ratings (Sun, 8/3)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 3, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

After a six-year anchor stint with a television station in Indianapolis, Tracy Forner is glad to be back. "Indianapolis was an opportunity, but West Michigan is home," said Forner, who will be back on the air here starting Thursday. He will join Sara Brodhead and Jon Shaner on the WXMI-TV (Channel 17) morning crew. Forner said he had been considering a position to teach and oversee the television station at a high school where he lived, but "I knew if I accepted it, moving back (to West Michigan) would become a remote option, at best"... Tracy Forner back in Grand Rapids on WXMI-TV (Sun, 8/3)

Tune in to WKLQ-FM (107.3) from 6 to 10 a.m. and you'll hear a new early morning lineup. "The Opie and Anthony Show" is out, and the "Grey & Kluck Show" is in. "Our show is the most aggressive thing on radio," said Michael Grey, 33, program director and morning co-host. "We are a guy station and will keep it local. There is a real hunger for a true West Michigan product." He refers to the station's music as the "only reporting, true, active rock in the market" and said he worked hard to refocus KLQ's sound at the end of 2007. Grey is an 11-year radio veteran at WGRD and WKLQ. and Kluck spent time at WIRX in Benton Harbor as well as WRKR in Kalamazoo before joining the new morning team at KLQ... WKLQ has new morning lineup (Sun, 8/3)


• The Powers (Menominee County) translator of Christian WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 98.5 to 98.9

• A license was granted to the following new FM translator: W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey. Great Lakes Community Broadcasting was still listed as the owner of the translator in the FCC database however a sale to MacDonald Garber Broadcasting was approved earlier in the year. At last report W221BQ was relaying the programming of MacDonald Garber's WKHQ FM.

• Mentor Partners was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator to be licensed to Reed City. W236BR would operate at 95.1 and, according to the application, relay Mentor's WYBR FM 102.3 Big Rapids.

• The construction permit for WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater was modified to Class A 250 watts (vertical) @ 62 feet from Class B1 6,200 watts (vertical) @ 305 feet with the tower lcoation changing from north to west of Coldwater. The station reportedly signed on with religious programming from these facilities on July 15th.


Sports Business Journal:

The University of Michigan became the latest elite college athletic program to sell off a package of its media rights, bringing in $86 million through a 12-year deal with IMG College. The deal, which runs through June 2020, marks the first time Michigan has bundled all of its media rights into one package and marks the continuation of a trend where colleges are hiring companies, such as IMG College, to maximize revenue from those rights. Since IMG announced its acquisition of Host Communications late last year, the new IMG College unit has done multimedia deals with Nebraska, Oregon and Gonzaga. They will also partner with Sun Sports on a deal with the University of Florida. "More and more colleges are doing that," said Tom Stultz, IMG College's senior vice president and managing director. "Michigan decided it would generate more revenue for itself if it bundled all the rights together"... IMG pays $86M for Michigan rights (Mon, 8/4)

Reflecting a rapid growth in Catholic broadcasting, programs produced by Ave Maria Radio are currently airing in 120 radio markets, while also being carried on Sirius Satellite Radio and other outlets, with a combined potential audience of over 15 million Catholic listeners. Major radio markets in which Ave Maria programs are distributed to Catholic stations include Dallas, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis. Ave Maria Radio also operates three stations of its own, in the Detroit and Saginaw metro areas of Michigan and in southwest Florida... Ave Maria Radio Programming Now Reaching Listeners (Mon, 8/4)


South Bend Tribune:

Weigel Broadcast Co. and WSBT, Inc. announced Monday that they have signed an agreement under which WSBT Inc. will purchase the assets of the three Weigel low-power television stations serving South Bend: WBND (ABC), WCWW (CW) and WMYS (MyNetworkTV). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2008. Norman H. Shapiro, President of Weigel Broadcasting, stated "We are proud of having maximized low power television broadcast facilities in the South Bend/Michiana market, without which there would be no local ABC, CW or MyNetworkTV service"... WSBT to purchase three local stations (Mon, 8/4)


Televison: Newsmakers Aug 5, 2008



FSN's Tigers telecasts lead primetime TV ratings

Detroit Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit have dominated spring and summer local primetime television viewing, topping all other broadcast and cable competition since Opening Day.

According to Nielsen Media Research from March 31-July 31, Tigers primetime telecasts delivered an 8.0 average rating, highest in the Detroit DMA (designated market area) and more than two ratings points ahead of the closest competitor:

1. Tigers on FSN Detroit- 8.0 (154,000 households)
2. WXYZ Ch. 7 (ABC)- 5.6
T-3. WDIV Ch. 4 (NBC)- 5.3
T-3. WJBK Ch. 2 (FOX)- 5.3
5. WWJ Ch. 62 (CBS)- 3.4
6. FSN Detroit (all programs)- 3.1
T-7. WKBD Ch. 50 (CW)- 2.0
T-7. TNT- 2.0
9. USA- 1.7
10. Disney Channel- 1.6

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Detroit DMA TV Household Ratings - 3/31/08 - 7/31/08. Primetime defined as Monday-Sunday 7-11 PM. One rating point equals approximately 19,250 households.

The 14 Tigers primetime telecasts in July averaged a 9.4 rating - including six games of 10.0 or higher - while all 25 games during the month averaged an 8.4 rating.


Detroit News:

WWJ-TV (Channel 62) is the new television home for our Detroit Lions . The switch from the team's old station, WKBD-TV (Channel 50), to its new one will be official Thursday when the local CBS affiliate airs the pre-season opening home game against recent Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants. Detroit native and CBS Sports veteran Gus Johnson will lead the local on-air, pre-season broadcast team providing play-by-play for the games. Johnson will be joined by Desmond Howard , a former Heisman trophy winner from the University of Michigan, who will provide color analysis. The game will air at 6:30 p.m. on WWJ-TV... Lions will debut on new home station, WWJ-TV (Wed, 8/6)

WLBY Brings Spartans To Enemy Territory: CUMULUS Talk WLBY-A/ANN ARBOR will carry MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SPARTANS football to rival WOLVERINES territory this season. The station will carry all 12 games from the SPARTAN RADIO NETWORK, starting with the opener against the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA on AUGUST 30th. (Tue, 8/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 6, 2008



ESPN 100.9-FM Announces Fall Football Lineup

ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN FM 100.9 Pinconning, earlier today announced its Fall Football lineup, which includes live play-by-play coverage of Michigan State Spartans football and high football from the Saginaw Valley League. Both play-by-play properties will be simulcast on ESPN 100.9-FM and Newsradio 1250 WNEM as the two Mid-Michigan stations enter a joint sales agreement on these two properties.

"We are extremely thrilled to be associated with both the Spartan Radio Network and the Saginaw Valley League," said ESPN 100.9-FM President and General Manager Paul Barbeau. "Our partnership with the SVL strengthens our commitment to local sports, and we're now able to better reach out to Michigan State fans with our agreement with the Spartan Network. By simulcasting both properties on our station and WNEM, our coverage area is expanded. It's a win for us and for football fans in the Tri-Cities."

ESPN 100.9-FM will air live play-by-play coverage of Spartan regular season football games, plus MSU's potential bowl game and the Motor City Bowl. Additionally the station will broadcast the Mark Dantonio Show Thursdays at 7pm and daily three-minute MSU updates throughout the day. ESPN 100.9-FM also will broadcast Spartan basketball and the Tom Izzo Show during the winter.

ESPN 100.9-FM also is proud to introduce the Saginaw Valley League Game of the Week. Both WLUN and WNEM will air play-by-play of the league's top game, produced by WLUN, followed by WNEM's Friday Night Lights radio post-game show, featuring updates and analysis from games across the region. Terry Wilczek, who led Midland High to the state championship game last season, will be joined by Dan Hasty on the lead broadcast team. As the official radio partner of the Saginaw Valley League, ESPN 100.9-FM will donate a percentage of advertising revenue to the SVL. During the winter, ESPN 100.9-FM and Newsradio 1250 WNEM will air play-by-play coverage of SVL boys and girls' basketball.

Advertising opportunities are available for ESPN 100.9-FM's Fall Football programming lineup. Lance LeFevre, WLUN's Sales Director, is accepting sales inquiries at 989-837-6127 or at

"Advertising during our Fall Football programming is the best way for companies to reach their key demographics and show support for their community," LeFevre said. "A percentage of sales for all Saginaw Valley League games goes back directly into the league."

ESPN 100.9-FM also is proud to announce the hiring of Jerry O'Donnell as the station's Director of Operations. O'Donnell brings nearly three decades of radio broadcasting and management experience to the station. He most recently worked as a news producer at WNEM-TV and will continue to host his morning show on Newsradio 1250 WNEM and serve as the public address announcer at Dow Diamond for Great Lakes Loons home games. O'Donnell joins LeFevre and Program Director Brad Golder on the station's management team.


WDSS drops Radio Disney

Grand Rapids is without an over-the-air Radio Disney format as of now as Goodrich Radio drops the kid-targeted format on its WDSS AM 1680 Ada/Grand Rapids. Announcements on the frequency invite listeners to check out Radio Disney on XM or Sirius Satellite Radio and state the station's new programming will be revealed on August 18th.

Country WBCT was the most listened to radio station this spring in Grand Rapids among listeners age 12 and above according to Arbitron. Classic rock WLAV, news/talk WOOD AM, modern rock WGRD, and contemporary hits WSNX rounded out the top 5... Grand Rapids 12+ spring radio ratings (Wed, 8/6)

In Kalamazoo, the top 12+ station was contemporary hits WKFR followed by rock WRKR, soft rock WVFM, country WBCT and adult urban WNWN AM... Kalamazoo 12+ spring radio ratings (Thu, 8/7)

Muskegon's leading station was country WMUS with contemporary hits WSNX, soft rock WSHZ, classic rock WMRR, and oldies WLCS completing the top 5 in the 12+ category... Muskegon 12+ spring radio ratings (Thu, 8/7)

WLHT & WTRV PD Bill Bailey Exits: After 11 years in GRAND RAPIDS, REGENT AC WLHT and Soft AC WTRV PD and WLHT/afternoon personality BILL BAILEY is on the hunt for his next opportunity. Sister Rocker WGRD and Regional Mexican WNWZ-A (1410 LA MAQUINA) PD JERRY TERRANTS will add programming duties at WLHT, and Oldies WFGR PD LEN O'KELLY will add PD responsibilites at WTRV. (Thu, 8/7)


Detroit News:

All week, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), Detroit Public Television, has uniquely merged its pledge drive with PBS favorites like "Antiques Roadshow," "Nova" and "This Old House" to provide an in-depth look into the future of the station as it converts to digital programming. The pledge drive comes to an end tonight. This unprecedented telethon approach is intended to inform viewers about the historic upgrades happening with the station while urging support for the final stages of local PBS affiliate's capital campaign. With more than $16.5 million raised toward its $22-million goal, the viewer-supported station, which has been around for a half century, intends to complete its campaign by the end of 2008. The funds will finance the building of studios and technical facilities, and a production truck that will accommodate state-of-the-art productions from anywhere in Southeast Michigan. Another harbinger of change is the station's impending conversion to digital broadcasting, a federal mandate that will impact viewers when it takes effect in February... Detroit Public TV wraps up pledge drive (Thu, 8/7)

Don't want to deal with traffic? Tune into the Dream Cruise via radio or television and get all the action from home... Cruise sights and sounds on TV and radio (Thu, 8/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Coming to town: Ms. Dupre (actress Jedda Jones) -- the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" psychic friend -- for WDMK-FM (105.9) Friday for Joyner's "Back to School" special broadcast 6-10 a.m. at the Southfield High School Fieldhouse, 24675 Lahser Road. WDMK will have activities and gifts and resources available on site from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/7)


Detroit Free Press:

Michael Collins has had a radio and TV career where he has bounced around: morning man on WRIF-FM (101.1) in the 1970s, stints at WXYT-AM (1270) and occasional weekends at WWJ-AM (950). On the TV side, he worked at WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in the '90s and toiled in communications for Ford. Now, he's knee-deep producing a 90-minute special for Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), putting together the ultimate reminiscence of Detroit television from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. That's before satellite transmission technology largely put an end to much locally produced daily and weekend production... Soupy, Sonny and more (Sun, 8/10)



Port Huron Times Herald:

Sometimes, legends walk nearly unnoticed among us. On Nov. 10, in Toronto, the National Hockey League will induct St. Clair resident Mike "Doc" Emrick into the writer/broadcaster division of the NHL Hall of Fame. Through the years, Emrick compiled a long list of honors and awards -- and a legion of friends in the sports world any fan would envy... No doubt about it: Emrick should be in Hall of Fame (Fri, 8/8)



Ann Arbor News:

Ann Arbor's Community Television Network's 35th anniversary celebration and facility grand opening is planned for Sept. 5 at CTN's new location, 2805 S. Industrial Hwy., Suite 200. Guests will be treated to tours, prizes, demonstrations, a picnic and more from 3 to 7 p.m... Community Television Network to mark 35th anniversary with party at new location (Sun, 8/10)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 11, 2008



Saginaw News:

The much-hyped transition from analog to digital television is six months away. The congressionally mandated transition requires all full-power television stations to broadcast only in a digital format starting in mid-February. Anyone with a non-digital television who uses an antenna will need a converter box. "A lot of households still have a television with rabbit ears or an antenna in their basement or garage, but people forget about those," said Mike Tamme, Channel 5, WNEM, chief engineer... Station fields calls from concerned TV viewers about analog-to-digital changeover (Mon, 8/11)

When it comes to television, Philip L. Hammis has seen it all. The 73-year-old Saginaw resident has owned and operated Television Village, now at 3165 Shattuck in Saginaw Township, for 41 years. He's still doing the same work -- selling and servicing televisions -- even though the electronics themselves have evolved constantly... Digital conversion excites 41-year TV repairman from Saginaw (Mon, 8/11)

Brian Holmes Freaks Out Grand Rapids: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS APD/night-timer BRIAN HOLMES is reveling in the fact that his "HOLMES & THE FREAKSHOW" just scored its 10th #1 18-34 book in row with its highest share to date, a 20.3. In other news, THE FREAK SHOW parts ways with current night co-host HOOCH and has some big changes coming on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd ... including the naming of a new FREAK SHOW co-host. (Fri, 8/8)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioLeading off this week, Art Vuolo and I want to extend a huge thanks to WRIF program director Doug Podell and Riff2 afternoon drive host Slayer for the opportunity and help with our guest shot on Nightcall yesterday. Thanks also to all the callers and positive feedback - it was an enjoyable couple of hours talking about radio on the radio.

The two hours went by very quickly and we weren't able to tackle most of the e-mail that was sent in to us. Doug wanted to know, "in this mishmash of programming that is laughingly called radio nowadays, if there is a 'new, improved' format in the future that will be the hot thing, at least for a while? What formats are lurking out there that may catch hold? Alt Country? Classic Country? AAA? Smooth, wait a minute, that's dead already."

I think there will be less and less emphasis on music formats going forward and instead of having head-to-head battles with stations playing basically the same thing, there will be more single station music formats in most markets and we'll see more talk-oriented outlets on FM. The biggest limiting factor, of course, is finding someone with the money to sink into finding (and keeping) the talent and grabbing the attention of the audience. WXYT is proving that there is an audience in Detroit for talk radio on FM ... and with proven talent like Deminski and Doyle and Drew Lane waiting on the sidelines ...

The 'Reel' Tom Ryan (not the former WOMC jock) wrote in to remind people how easy listening to the radio over the Internet can be with an appliance that connects to your computer network and allows for convenient access thousands and thousands of online radio stations. Check out C. Crane and Sangean for radios that can keep you connected via WiFi without requiring the use of your computer or cell phone.

One thing I can say for sure, it's much more efficient to cover a lot of topics talking about them live versus having to type these things in an Internet or newspaper column ... but I can sure appreciate how hard it is to have fresh content on a daily basis. I have newfound respect for all the radio pros that can keep things fresh and interesting every day.

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Oldies WOMC is doing something cool with the promotion of Dick Purtan's morning show by sending out a weekly video mail hosted by Mr. Purtan himself. It's an effective way to grab the attention of the show's most loyal listeners and help get the word out about things coming up on the program. You can check out last week's v-mail here, complete with a cameo from Big Al to keep things ... err... light.

As the official station of the Dream Cruise, WOMC is hosting a ton of live broadcasts from Woodward through Saturday - check out for a rundown of times and locations. And of course classic rock WCSX is also in on the act and they too will be offering a ton of coverage from what they call the 'Big' cruise on Friday and Saturday.

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Looking at WOMC's recently revamped web site, you'd never know that it's the flagship station for Michigan football as another season gets ready to kick off in just a few weeks. Can't help but wonder if the folks at CBS radio locally have cooled to the idea of having football broadcasts on WOMC and would prefer to have them heard on the FM 97.1 / AM 1270 near-simulcast. Interestingly, CKLW's web site prominently features the fact they also carry the games locally.

And while I'm thinking about sports, I understand how contracts work, but still don't like how exhibition football games get priority over regular season baseball games on WXYT-FM. It shouldn't matter which team is playing ... just that a playoff game should always get the best signal, followed by regular season contests, and then exhibitions.

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Obviously sending Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail for a night last week was a big deal and local radio was all over the story as the news broke. If you didn't want to watch the wall-to-wall coverage on Channels 2, 4, or 7, all you had to do was check out WJR, WWJ, or WDET (among others I'm sure) to get the latest info on what has become the biggest local news event in many years.

WDET was on the story starting at 10am Thursday when "Detroit Today" began airing and expanded coverage through 1pm. Station manager Tim Hygh commented, "Because of the magnitude of this story, WDET's News Director, Jerome Vaughn, pre-empted the normally scheduled program Here and Now and continued the live coverage with Quin Klinefelter hosting for vacationing host Craig Fahle, taking advantage of Detroit's largest Public Radio news team."

While the story was breaking guests included, Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel, Craig Rothe of Public Sector Consultants, Bill Ballenger- Editor, Inside Michigan Politics, David Moran-Associate Dean of Law at University of Michigan and WDET Reporters Rob St. Mary and Noah Ovshinsky.

Who knows what'll be next in this seemingly never ending saga in Detroit politics ... but rest assured you'll be able to hear all about it on the radio.

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Mike Austerman covered radio for the Oakland Press from September 2001 through April 2008 and can be reached at or at PO Box 99392, Troy MI 48099.


Veteran radio personality returns to Newberry airwaves

'Casey and the Coffee Crew' hosted by Casey Cook has returned to 1450 WNBY-AM, in Newberry Michigan as of yesterday, August 11th. The show features extended newscasts, in depth local and national sports, weather with Meteorologist Karl Bohnak and Paul Harvey News. Casey and the Coffee Crew will also host community leaders and newsmakers to keep Newberry connected with what is going on in the local area, and play the greatest country music of all time.

Cook will also take on the duties of play-by-play voice of Newberry Indians Football, while Jack Yoak will join Cook with analysis throughout the football season. Cook will also call boys and girls basketball this winter for Newberry's Radio Station.

WNBY General Manager Travis T. Freeman said, "We're extremely happy to have Casey Cook back at home here at WNBY Radio, Casey is a great addition to our award winning broadcasting team. He's a talented broadcaster with a wealth of experience. Since Thursday, we've received dozens of calls from listeners expressing how happy they are to have Casey and the Coffee Crew back on WNBY."

Casey Cook is a three time International Communicators Award of Excellence recipient, and a two time Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award of Excellence recipient.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008



Detroit News:

After a three-year hiatus, Detroit Public Schools students are back on the airwaves of the district's 60-year-old radio station, touting the positive things happening in the city school system. Despite all the work involved in producing a radio show and its television version, they're glad to be back on the air. "There are not a lot of students that go into college with the experience that we are going into college with," said student host Imani Lee, 16, a junior at the Detroit School of Arts, where the monthly radio program is produced and taped for television ... Following a consultant's suggestion, WDTR switched to mostly classical and jazz, and the call letters were changed to WRCJ. But the new format, an attempt to secure a steady listening audience, meant the loss of the student programming. That changed after prodding by Detroit School of Arts Principal Denise Davis-Cotton, who wanted students to have a more active role in the station located at their new state-of-the-art school building. Rich Homberg, new president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, enthusiastically agreed, and students launched their first broadcast of The Detroit Public Schools Radio Program in May... Student radio programs reappear from thin air (Wed, 8/13)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is experiencing a lot of personnel changes, so don't be surprised by the new faces you see or the missing ones. In addition to bringing back weekend morning anchor Lauren Sanders, who started Saturday, the local NBC affiliate has hired three new reporters: Bisi Onile-Ere , Bora Kim and Natalie Sentz. Sanders had been WDIV's weekend morning anchor previously, but left in 2001 to devote time to her family. Prior to WDIV, Sanders, who is married to NFL Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, worked at WXON-TV (Channel 20) ... WDIV has also lost a few of its anchors and reporters along the way. This list includes Rachel Bianco , who left the station in the name of love. Bianco, who was a general assignment reporter at WDIV for five years, now lives in San Diego, Calif., with her boyfriend and isn't doing TV right now... WDIV-TV will have new faces in spaces (Wed, 8/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Back on the air: For this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor for WOMC-FM's (104.3) traffic coverage during the event, recreating for two days her '70s-era role as traffic reporter at CKLW-AM (800)... Names and Faces (Wed, 8/13)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008



Radio and Records:

Grand Rapids Cable Access noncommercial triple A WYCE/Grand Rapids has named Matt Jarrells PD. Jarrells was MD at the station prior to Pete Bruinsma's joining the station in that capacity last year. Jarrells starts on Aug. 25. Station manager Kevin Murphy says, "I'm so excited to have a full staff of talented, enthusiastic people who are committed to making the 'greatest little radio station on the planet' even greater." (Wed, 8/13)



Grand Rapids Press:

James Lutton, president and general manager at WWMT-TV (Channel 3), cleared up some questions about former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) anchor Tom Van Howe being hired to replace Jeff MacAtee. Some Press readers e-mailed to ask if Jeff, who is on active duty as a commander with the United States Navy Reserve, will return to anchoring the Kalamazoo-based station and how long Van Howe will stay. Van Howe, who retired in 2005 as a TV-8 newscaster, will anchor the Channel 3 weekday newscasts at 5, 6 and 11 p.m., with anchor Judy Markee, plus the 10 p.m. show on sister station, CW7. "Jeff resigned his position with us upon being called to two years of active service in the Navy. He had a provision in his contract that allowed him to do so," Lutton said. "Tom has agreed to work with us until the end of November. What we have worked out is that we will all sit down in early November to see how it is going. We hope we can convince him to continue to work with us after November" ... Tara Miller is the new weekend sports anchor at WXMI-TV (Channel 17). Tara, who will start on the air Friday, comes from WJBF-TV (Channel 6), the ABC affiliate in Augusta, Ga... Van Howe will anchor through November -- at least (Wed, 8/13)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Rich Michaels - long one of Lansing's best-known disc jockeys - today began a five-day suspension. Brent Alberts, the operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting, said only that the suspension was for "personal comments" Michaels made on the air Monday. He did not elaborate, and Michaels couldn't be reached for comment. Michaels is the morning DJ on WMMQ (94.1-FM). Alberts said the suspension was given Tuesday afternoon; the station aired a general apology, and Michaels will return to the air Aug. 20. DJ on WMMQ (94.1-FM) suspended (Wed, 8/13)

The last of the Michigan radio ratings for spring was released earlier this week with the Traverse City market getting a look at their top stations. In the age 12+ category, country WTCM-FM led the way followed by hits WKHQ and news-talk WTCM AM... Age 12+ radio ratings for Traverse City-Petoskey (Wed, 8/13)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 15, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Adela Uchida is heading to Houston, after a decade of anchoring at WILX (Channel 10). "She's a great talent and a great person," said Kevin Ragan, the WILX news director. "She's grown in every job she's had here." Uchida currently anchors at 6 p.m. with David Andrews and at 11 p.m. with Jason Colthorp. She'll have her last local broadcast on Sept. 5, leaving to anchor at KRTK-TV, the ABC-owned station in Houston... WILX anchor Uchida heads for Houston (Thu, 8/14)

WJQK Staffers Serve In Guatemala: LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS sent its GM, PD and sales staff to GUATEMALA with PARADISE BOUND ministries JULY 28th to AUGUST 4th to build houses for poverty stricken villagers. It is estimated that over 100 people accepted CHRIST in the three villages visited over five days. The station also hosted its annual UNITY FEST last week. Over 47,000 individuals turned out over the course of four days to hear THIRD DAY, TOBYMAC, BIG DADDY WEAVE, KUTLESS, 33MILES, SKILLEY, PHILLIPS CRAIG & DEAN, THE REZ BAND REUNION, PHIL KEAGGY and RANDY STONEHILL among others. (Thu, 8/14)


Detroit News:

This weekend, there will be several links at the Woodward Dream Cruise to one of Detroit's most beloved radio stations from the cruising era. From 1-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, former CKLW- AM (800) helicopter traffic reporter Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor will deliver traffic reports on WOMC-FM (104.3). In the 1970s, the pony-tailed MacGregor was hired by CKLW to broadcast from the skies over Detroit (although of course, the station was based in Windsor). Her effervescent delivery and banter with the hosts became a mainstay of the station. It was at CKLW that she met and married Byron MacGregor, the news director with the dramatic, stentorian delivery who oversaw the station's edgy, compelling "20/20 News." MacGregor won't be broadcasting her reports from a chopper, but she will be perched up high, seated at the WOMC traffic tower in Pontiac, on the corner of Pike Street and Woodward Avenue... Encore for CKLW radio personalities (Fri, 8/15)



Detroit Free Press:

The wait is over for 1.3 million Comcast subscribers in the state of Michigan who went a year without a fully televised schedule of Michigan and Michigan State sports. The Big Ten Network debuts today on Comcast in most markets -- Tuesday in Detroit. Among the day's selections: Northwestern Wildcats football practice, Northwestern's 48-41 win in overtime over Michigan State last season and its 54-51 victory against U-M in 2000... Finally! Comcast kicks off Big Ten Network access (Fri, 8/15)



Elvis and cruising music are on AM 580 this Saturday

This Saturday, AM 580 will be "all shook up" as the station airs "The Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Radio Special". Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's historic "68 Comeback Special", this one hour show takes listeners beyond the original broadcast and inside the extensive archive of unedited live shows, backstage rehearsals and talks with the people who worked on the original special! We also hear from Elvis, himself, through comments recorded throughout the footage and of course some of his best known songs. "The Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Radio Special" airs this Saturday at 6 PM on CKWW.

Also this Saturday, AM 580 is the place to hear real cruisin' Oldies on AM--where they were originally heard. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the songs you cruised Woodward to back in the day. AM 580 revs up the 50's and 60's hits all day long!



Toledo Blade:

Karl Rundgren, who has served as news anchor for WUPW-TV, Channel 36, for nearly five years, is leaving the Fox affiliate Aug. 29 ... After three years as a news anchor/reporter at WTOL-TV, Channel 11, Shelley Brown is returning home to Louisiana. She has accepted a position at WVUE-TV, a Fox affiliate in New Orleans. She shared the news with viewers during the 5:30 p.m. newscast last night... Rundgren, Brown leaving Toledo TV (Fri, 8/15)


By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioWelcome to an early shot at our ordinarily Sunday offering on the local radio scene, but with the Woodward Dream Cruise looming and all that surrounds it, we felt it would be better to "jump the gun" than to speak about everything in past tense.

In recent years, this event has become a media extravaganza with just about every station in town taking part in some form or another. Even public radio WDET-FM (101.9) is scheduled to there! WDET will be revving up to be part of this year's annual Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise on Friday, August 15. Tune in for a live broadcast from Woodward and 9 Mile on Detroit Today (10am - noon) and WDET will be on-hand throughout the day with contests and giveaways! My, this is sounding rather commercial for a public station.

Originally starting out as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer team, The Woodward Dream Cruise weekend is best known for being the world's largest one-day automotive event. The Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise will kick off on Friday, August 15 with The Emergency Vehicle Show, Lights and Sirens Cruise and a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. This is followed by the actual Classic Car Cruise and show on Saturday the 16th, which has been known for drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe, from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

The Cruise has become a week-long event and even though WOMC-FM (104.3) is the "official station" you can expect to see and hear just about every major player on the local radio scene to be on hand. Probably the most up-beat show on WOMC, the Friday night Tom Kent Radio Party, will be missing so a special program broadcasting live from the Dream Cruise can air instead. TK will be back 7 pm till midnight next Friday night on Oldies 104.3.

If you really want to get nostalgic record a bunch of old shows from WKNR off the web site or some old CKLW from

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Last Sunday night your recently absent radio reporter along with webmaster Mike Austerman, were honored to be called upon by WRIF PD Doug Podell to co-host the top-rated Peter Werbe talk show known as "Nightcall." I must say it was the fastest two hours of my life. The phone lines were popping from 11 pm till 1 am. And it was a blast. Podell told us that The Riff has received excellent feedback and he felt that perhaps we might have to do it again. Just say when...Doug!

However, if you were one of a plethora of people who simply could not stay up till the ungodly hour of 11 o'clock and missed this award-winning show you can hear it all or however much you feel that you can stand by clicking on the link from WRIF's web site. It's Mike and I will await the reviews on how we did on Detroit's original Home of Rock & Roll...WRIF.

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It seems as though I attend a different radio convention in each month of each summer. In June it was the Talkers Magazine New Media Seminar in New York City, then in late June and early July it was The Conclave in Minneapolis. In late July and early August it was the Morning Show Boot Camp in Denver. Next in September, if I get to attend will be the combo NAB/R&R confab to be held in Austin, TX.

The Morning Show Boot Camp is always a fun gathering and often it scares me how many people know who I am at that event which moves around to various cities each year. I recall how it was in New Orleans just two week prior to Hurricane Katrina devastated that popular tourist destination.

This year in the Mile High City of Denver it was exceptional, but as usual not well represented by the Motor City. The only two morning hosts from our town were WDVD's Blaine Fowler and WDTW (The Fox) morning man Chad Mitchell. Channel 9-5-5's MoJo and crew are often in attendance, but they were a no-show. Perhaps they could handle the altitude, or it could have just been a scheduling conflict.

One thing that hasn't changed at this conference is the noticeably high degree of swearing by the various morning jocks. I attend a lot of conventions, and this one has a strong R-rating due to language. I guess they feel it's a place where they can speak more freely, but it's enough to make some people blush. Denver was also in the midst of a heat wave that saw over 21 days over 90 degrees smashing a 107 year old record!

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Last Friday, rock legends The Who announced that all of their earnings from the October 21st concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills will benefit Detroit area charities. Singer Roger Daltrey says "Pete and I are very aware of the problems people are having in Michigan and feel we should give something back for all the support we have had over the last 40 years."

The Who have teamed up with 94.7 WCSX in selecting Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE as beneficiaries. 94.7 WCSX Operations Manager Doug Podell "For over 20 years, WCSX has been committed to the Motor City. We were proud to be called upon by The Who to help in their effort to raise awareness and funds for these two worthwhile organizations."

94.7 WCSX invites Classic Rock fans to "Join Together With The Band" to help these great local organizations while experiencing a night of amazing Rock 'n Roll. Tickets for The Who, October 21 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, start at $39.50 and are on sale now. Tickets available at,, the Palace box office and TicketMaster.

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Believe it or not college football is only a couple of weeks away. The Spartans at MSU open on the road out in California for a Saturday night game at 8 pm local time on Labor Day weekend. The Michigan Wolverines kick off at home in a "pardon our dust" Big House which is undergoing MAJOR renovations. If you haven't seen the stadium since 2007, you will be amazed. This year there will be a new coach, new playbook, new uniforms and new upgrades around the facility in Ann Arbor. No new radio stations though. Michigan State will again be on WJR-AM (760) and the Maize & Blue remain on FM at 104.3 WOMC...Where Only Michigan Counts! For AM listeners and those who are outside of the 'OMC coverage area in Ohio and Indiana, U-M games will again be available on CKLW-AM (800)...dangerously close to WJR with the Green and White!

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Contact him at


Television: Newsmakers Aug 18, 2008



Broadcasting & Cable:

The Federal Communications Commission Monday said it identified about 80 TV markets that would need some extra care and attention in the transition to digital TV. Those are markets where at least 15% of the viewers get their TV over the air, according to FCC chairman Kevin Martin, who said Monday that at least one of the FCC commissioners would visit each of the markets -- he likened their selection of what cities each would visit to the National Football League draft -- adding that the National Association of Broadcasters agreed to help coordinate so-called analog-cutoff soft tests in those markets (note: included on the list are the Michigan markets of Detroit, Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Lansing, and the nearby markets of Toledo and South Bend)... FCC Tags Markets in Need of Extra DTV Care (Mon, 8/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 18, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

For Adela Uchida, the trade-off is clear. "I'm trading brutal winters for brutal summers," she said. At least her timing is right. Her last day anchoring the WILX (Channel 10) news is Sept. 5; her first day at KRTK-TV - the ABC-owned station in Houston - is Sept. 22, maybe after the summer heat has relented a bit. For Uchida, 36, this is a huge jump in audience size: Houston is the No. 10 TV market, Lansing is No. 112. But it involves leaving what's been her home for a decade. "I start tearing up when I think about it," she said. This is where she met her husband, had her baby, bought her house. It's where she interviewed Barack Obama and prepared to run a marathon... Uchida's move a trade-off in seasons (Mon, 8/18)


Muskegon Chronicle:

She's reported on a world famous golf tournament, interviewed Tiger Woods and watched her share of University of Georgia football games. But after spending three years as a broadcast sports reporter in Augusta, Ga., Tara Miller is back in West Michigan, where she was scheduled to make her debut Friday night as Fox 17's weekend sports reporter. "It's a career jump for me, but it's also my home so it's kind of like the best of both worlds," said Miller, who graduated from Fruitport High School in 1999. "Now I get the chance to cover the teams I grew up watching." At FOX 17, Miller will work as both an anchor and reporter, covering local, state and national sports. Miller will join Brent Ashcroft, the station's Sports Director, as the second Muskegon-area native working on FOX 17's sports team. Ashcroft, a Mona Shores graduate, became Sports Director there in 1998... Fruitport native now anchoring sports at Fox 17 (Sat, 8/16)

Getting kids off the couch and doing exercises is the goal of a new locally produced television program that will feature local children. "Fit Kids" will air four times a week during the school year on the city of Muskegon's government and community access channel DSE/tv97. If auditions for the programs' four troupes of children who will appear on the show is any indication, interest in such a show is high... Children audition for new TV show (Mon, 8/18)


106.7 The Fox teams with Salvation Army for 2nd Annual "One Child Now" Radiothon this Thursday and Friday

Recognizing the tough times in Michigan, country 106.7 The Fox (WDTW-FM) is hosting it's 2nd Annual "One Child Now" Radiothon, teaming with the Salvation Army and their One Child Now Program. The event will be held at Cabela's in Dundee (110 Cable Blvd East, Dundee MI 48131) and run from 6am - 9pm on Thursday August 21st and from 6am - 7pm on Friday August 22nd.

There will be auction items to bid on throughout the 28 hour radiothon and prizes this year include include: a signed guitar from Brooks & Dunn; signed Kenny Chesney Sun Body hat; backstage passes with Toby Keith; Trace Adkins signed shirts; Alan Jackson signed lyric sheet; meet and greet with Montgomery Gentry; Brad Paisley signed CD; Carrie Underwood signed CD; Clint Black signed guitar; Keith Urban signed guitar; Kenny Rogers signed CD; and much more.

106.7 The FOX and The Salvation Army report that all One Child Now Funds will be used to provide thousands of children with new coats, backpacks, back to school supplies, after school educational programming including conservation education and activities, access to summer camp and pocket park (at the Michigan State Fair) programming, and year around access to various programs, mentors and clubs for ongoing education. The Salvation Army Outdoors (TSAO) is a faith-based initiative designed to engage, equip, educate, enhance and embrace children and families through the power of the outdoors.

This is what your donations can offer to a child in need:

* $120 will provide one child with one week of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

* $240 will provide one child with one month of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

* $500 will provide one child with half a year of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

* $1,000 will provide One Child with a full year of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

In addition to the call-in number, (866) 635-1067, which will be active during the hours of the radiothon, you can visit WDTW-FM's web site now at to make a donation online.



Jamie Samuelsen exits WDFN mornings

After 14 years at the all-sports outlet, Jamie Samuelsen has exited the morning (6 - 8am) program on WDFN and is reportedly set to announce a new radio home after a non-compete period of about 6 weeks.

Matt Shepard was heard hosting the program this morning and a search is now under way for a permanent replacement as the station is committed to keeping its morning drive program live, local and focused on sports talk.



Detroit News:

Radio station WWJ-950 AM was forced to cut short its live coverage of Friday's preliminary examination of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on assault charges, due to the expletive-laden testimony of a Wayne County sheriff's detective. WWJ program director Georgeann Herbert said the station slightly delays live broadcasts to enable it to delete obscenities. But editing Detective Brian White's testimony was just too hard, she said. White testified that the mayor let loose a barrage of obscenities when White and another officer attempted to serve a subpoena July 24. And he repeated the words he claimed the mayor used. "We were attempting to delete those words as they came in, but at that point we decided to pull away live because they were coming in fast," Herbert said. "It was not our intent to air that and we apologize it got out."... Salty talk knocks Kilpatrick live hearing off the air at WWJ-950 (Sat, 8/16)



Sports Notes to broadcast boxing tourney live

The syndicated radio show Sports Notes, originating from flagship station WPON 1460 AM Pontiac, has teamed up with A-Square Fight Club to broadcast live from the first annual James "Lights Out" Toney invitational. The boxing invitational is open to all ages, weights and classes and takes place on August 22, 23 and 24 at Veterans Memorial Park at 2150 Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor.

"This is an opportunity to check out top amateur international boxers before they make their professional debut", says Eric McGuire, event organizer and A-Square Fight Club owner. "I decided to team up with Sports Notes because I love the national and international appeal of the show."

Sports Notes airs live on WPON 1460 AM on Saturdays from 4pm - 5pm EST and live on line on and Past shows are in rotation on both websites 24/7 365. You can also hear Sports Notes live on many cell phones with Virtual Radio. Visit for phone compatibility.


Radio and Records:

Street Talk reports: After propelling MacDonald Garber Top 40 WKHQ/Traverse City, MI to its highest ratings in more than three years, the lovely and talented Director/FM Ops Dave B. Goode made the decision to hand over the PD reins to APD/afternoon talent Greg Grose, a.k.a. Lunchbox. "This will allow me to put more focus on my other station, [AC] WLXT (Lite 96FM), and to continue as host of northern Michigan's most-listened-to morning show on 106KHQ," Goode tells ST Daily. When we hit up Mr. Box about his first PD gig, he told us, "I'm taking over a bad-ass station with great numbers. There's a great staff in place, and the station was handed to me in great position. We're just moving ahead and plan to stay our course." (Tue, 8/19)

WJR AM was the most-listened to radio station among listeners age 12 and above during the first trend of the summer ratings period. Following very closely behind were WKQI-FM, WWJ AM, WMXD-FM, and WJLB-FM... Detroit 12+ radio ratings (Tue, 8/19)



Michigan Radio to report from Democratic and Republican Conventions

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that includes WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will provide exclusive reports from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. During the week of August 25th, Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody will report from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The following week, Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Hulett will be in Minneapolis to provide coverage of the Republican National Convention. Michigan Radio is the only public radio station in the state that will have reporters at either convention.

Steve Carmody and Sarah Hulett will be at the conventions providing reports and interviews with members of the Michigan delegation and top ranking state party leaders. Their reports will focus on the views and activities of the Michigan delegates, and how the issues affecting the state are being addressed in each party's platform. Among the specific questions to be answered at the Democratic Convention are whether all of Michigan's delegates will be seated at the convention, and how the continuing mayoral crisis in Detroit will affect the Democratic presidential campaign in the months leading to the election in November. Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Rick Pluta will also be filing reports from the Democratic Convention, which will air on Michigan Radio during the week.

Michigan Radio will air these special convention reports during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm) during the weeks of both conventions. The Democratic National Convention runs from August 25-28 in Denver, CO. The Republican National Convention is Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis, MN. The reports can also be heard online at



Detroit News:

The nation's switch from analog to digital television hasn't exactly been picture perfect. From short supplies of digital converter boxes at retailers to confusion over which boxes to get, TV owners trying to make the change before all over-the-air analog broadcasts go dead next February are hitting some snags along the way and some worry that problem could get worse as the deadline nears. For some consumers, the coupons being distributed by the government for the converter boxes are expiring before they can find a box at the store. And some TV owners who have already hooked up their boxes and are getting the digital signal have complained that reception is poor and the boxes pick up fewer channels than their old rabbit-ear set-ups. Many stations are broadcasting in both signals during the transition period. Retailers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for the converter technology; with nearly six months to go before the changeover, some store owners say they're having difficulty keeping the boxes on store shelves... Analog TV owners struggle to go digital (Tue, 8/19)


Metro Times:

The highest-rated entertainer on Detroit prime-time television is rarely seen on camera. He broadcasts almost every day from April to October, ad-libs most of his dialogue and gives cable viewers distinctly new definitions to words like "filthy," "cheese" and "elevated." Unquestionably, Rod Allen, the Detroit Tigers' color commentator on FSN Detroit the past six seasons, represents the lighter side of our home team's TV coverage. Roderick the entertainer. While Detroit native Mario Impemba provides the smooth, just-the-stats-ma'am play-by-play, Allen is the jovial, speed-of-thought contributor, frequently peppering his observations with catchphrases like "podnah," "without question" and "Mr. Snappy"... He comes in colors (Wed, 8/20)



Detroit Free Press:

Summertime radio ratings: Sometimes, they're hard to interpret, based on talent on vacation and other vagaries like the ongoing mayoral crisis in Detroit. So what to do with Tuesday's Arbitron monthly ratings release? Try the following: What with much attention showered on the breakup of the top-rated WRIF-FM "Drew & Mike Show" for the past few months, this is a good time to take note of the total listenership picture. WJR is the overall leader, with the Paul W. Smith morning show and its 5.8 mark running ahead of the station's 5.3 mark among all listeners... Paul W. Smith helps put WJR-AM on top (Wed, 8/20)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 20, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Today's the first full day at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) for newcomer Kyle Underwood, who moved here recently from Minnesota to return 24 Hour News 8 to its team of five meteorologists. Whew! I was getting nervous. In all seriousness, some wondered if TV8 would remain with a team of five meteorologists after veteran Craig James decided to retire in June. Not long after his retirement, I bumped into general manager Diane Kniowski, who said "of course" a new person would join the Storm Team 8 Weather Team... Storm Team 8 now at full strength at WOOD-TV (Wed, 8/20)


WDET to launch "The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter Monday Aug 25

A new local weekday program has emerged out of the continuous coverage of political issues and events from WDET's news team. On August 25, "The Back Story" will begin airing Monday through Friday at 3:00pm on WDET 101.9FM and at WDET veteran political reporter Quinn Klinefelter will host the new daily hour-long program.

The concept for "The Back Story" developed out of the myriad of political stories facing southeast Michigan on a daily basis, including the crisis of Detroit city government as Mayor Kilpatrick faces 10 felony counts in two separate cases, the FBI's investigation of city officials in the Synagro deal, the multi-million dollar budget deficit of the Detroit Public Schools, the presidential campaigns and numerous important Congressional and state legislative races.

The program's debut week (August 25 - 29) will focus heavily on the Democratic National Convention taking place in Denver and the DNC's Debbie Dingell will speak with Klinefelter each day about what's happening on the convention floor. Other guests on the first week of "The Back Story" include CNN's Jamal Simmons who will report on Democratic strategies to take Michigan and PBS host Gwen Ifill talks about the historic nature of having an African American nominee from one of the major political parties. On Friday, August 29, "The Back Story" will broadcast live from the grounds of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

Week two of "The Back Story" (September 1 - 5) will look at the political weight of labor, the Republican National Convention and the state of the Detroit's schools, among other topics.

"The name 'The Back Story' was chosen because listeners will have a chance to hear the stories behind the stories," said Jerome Vaughn, WDET News Program Director. "We want to provide listeners with information that goes beyond the headlines so in depth interviews with newsmakers will fuel the show on a daily basis."

Host Quinn Klinefelter has more than 20 years of news reporting experience and has covered local politics for WDET for the past 10 years. His work has been recognized with awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and others. Klinefelter regularly reports for NPR and BBC News.

"The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter begins on WDET 101.9fm on Monday, August 25 and will air weekdays from 3pm to 4pm followed by "All Things Considered" at 4pm. NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross will move to weekdays at 2pm.



WXYZ-TV's Healthy Living For Kids offering free immunizations for children on Aug 24 in Detroit

WXYZ- TV/Channel 7 and The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will give thousands of Detroit metro area children a "boost" at the 31st annual "HEALTHY LIVING FOR KIDS" program. This year the program will be held Sunday, August 24, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Since its inception in 1977, "Healthy Living for Kids" has provided free immunizations to over 50,000 young people.

Eligible children three months and older will be given free immunizations against a variety of diseases by registered nurses from the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion with the assistance of over 150 volunteers from the Health Department and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.

Additional services provided include free lead poison testing, signups for the WIC (Women, Infant and Children's) feeding program and enrollment for a wide variety of youth mentoring programs.

This year inside the popular "Children's Village," a variety of health services, community outreach organizations and entertainment will also be offered. The Trenton and Riverview Fire Department Smoke House will have firefighters on hand who will conduct fire safety lessons. Also State Farm Insurance will provide the opportunity for children to practice 911 phone calls to prepare them in the event than an emergency situation occurred. In addition, parents will be able to obtain Child ID kits from AAA of Michigan as well as receive pertinent information from the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Children's Poison Control Center.

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Action News on-air personalities will be present to sign autographs and greet the children and their families. Helium balloons and "Kid Zone" magazines will be provided to all "Healthy Living" participants courtesy of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 along with a host of other giveaways including, books, sun visors, coloring books, cookies, book bags, toothbrushes and more. Detroit Tigers mascot "Paws" will stop by and greet guests while WJLB-FM 98 makes an appearance and will distribute additional giveaways as well. Free pizza and water will be provided by Little Caesars and Costco Wholesale Corporation respectively and complimentary ice cream will be made available by Pars Ice Cream Company.

"Healthy Living for Kids" is a signature community service event for Channel 7 and is a key initiative of the station's '7 On Your Side' brand," said Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. " 'Healthy Living for Kids' is also shining example of how community service projects can make a real difference in the lives of metro Detroit families."

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, at 315 East Warren Avenue. Free parking is available courtesy of the College for Creative Studies. Information regarding the immunization fair and specifics on immunizations is available through the Healthy Living For Kids Hotline, 1-248-827-9307 or online at




Eileen Gikas, a veteran of over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, has joined the staff at CBS-owned WWJTV (CBS) and WKBD (CW) Detroit as business development sales manager. For the past eight years, Gikas has been a senior account manager and local sales manager for Greater Media's WRIF-FM Detroit. Prior to that, she was the business development manager for AM/FM and Chancellor Marketing from 1996 to 2000. Gikas has also been on the client side of the business for Central Distributors of Beer. (Thu, 8/21)

WOOD Names Kelly Iris PD: CLEAR CHANNEL AC WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS names WNNK (WINK 104)/HARRISBURG midday talent KELLY IRIS for PD duties. Sister AC WRVF (101.5 THE RIVER)/TOLEDO PD TOM COOK will continue to program the music for STAR 105.7 from a secret undisclosed location until IRIS can get settled in. CLEAR CHANNEL/GRAND RAPIDS GM/Market Mgr. TIM FEAGAN tells ALL ACCESS, "I hired KELLY when she worked for our cluster back in 1992. We are excited to have her return to MICHIGAN to program third most powerful FM in AMERICA! With 265,000 watts, I'm sure it will be a lot of fun!" (Fri, 8/22)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The date television in the United States switches to digital broadcasting isn't creating the same hype Y2K did nearly a decade ago, but expect to start seeing and hearing more public-service announcements about the national changeover as Feb. 17 approaches. On Wednesday, U.S. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, stopped at the Best Buy on South Westnedge Avenue in Portage to promote awareness about the impending transition to digital broadcasting. He stressed during his 45-minute media presentation that the switch affects only analog televisions... Upton raises awareness about digital TV switch at Portage event (Thu, 8/21)

WJQK Holds 'Conference Room Series': LANSER Christian AC WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS kicked off its "Conference Room Concert" series Wednesday (8/20) with INO RECORDS artist BUILDING 429. The station is giving its "JQ99 Family Rewards"members exclusive private access to their favorite artists over the next few months by giving away seats in the station conference room for private shows. Over the next few months, "JQ99 Family Rewards" will host exclusive "members only" conference room concerts by SPARROW RECORDS artist BRIT NICOLE and ABOVE THE GOLDEN STATE, and SIXSTEPS RECORDS' CHRIS TOMLIN. (Thu, 8/21)



Rockford Independent:

After nearly three years in operation, a Rockford-based broadcast company with an innovative method of airing high school sports is still going strong. uses streaming audio via the Internet so long distance fans can keep up on area games. "Our games are listened to all over the world," said Brock Konkle, who helped launch the business in 2005. "Mlive has picked up all of our feeds as well. This has gone a lot farther than I thought it would." Former announcer and Rockford resident Ross Maghielse has helped to expand the unique method of athletic exposure on the east side of the state... MI Sports Radio has worldwide appeal (Thu, 8/21)


Detroit News:

With several issues of interest to Michiganians reaching a boil -- including whether or not Detroit's mayor attends -- the Democratic National Convention promises to be hot news this week from Denver. Political junkies can tune in via the radio for analysis and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention, which starts today and runs through Thursday... Democrats will get gavel-to-gavel radio coverage (Mon, 8/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

Today is when several changes take place in the West Michigan/Grand Rapids TV viewing market. Here is what we have, for now: Beginning today, you'll find "Live with Regis & Kelly" now airing at 9 a.m. weekdays on Channel 3, WWMT... TV changes in Grand Rapids: Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Phil, Regis & Kelly and Take 5 (Mon, 8/25)


WXYZ-TV broadcast home of the 2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, the official television partner of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, will provide metro-Detroit viewers with comprehensive coverage of all the racing activities on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. WXYZ-TV's coverage plans include six live special programs produced by the Action News and Sports departments. WXYZ-TV will provide comprehensive coverage of the weekend's events culminating in the Detroit Grand Prix racing on Sunday afternoon, August 31st. All of Channel 7's programming specials and news coverage will be presented in high definition.

Highlights of WXYZ's Grand Prix-related programming is scheduled to include:

* Countdown to the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Primetime Edition - Wednesday August 27th, 8:00 - 9:00pm: Live from WXYZ-TV's set located on Belle Isle, Action News Sports Director Don Shane will provide a comprehensive look at all the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix activities. The program will feature interviews with a variety of drivers, team owners and the individuals that were key to securing the Grand Prix's return to Detroit.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: The Green Flag Special - Friday August 29th, 7:00 - 7:30pm: Action News will take you live trackside for a complete summary of Free Prix Day festivities. This action packed half-hour special will include driver and team interviews, highlights from the day's time trials and a look ahead to Saturday's American LeMans series and Sunday's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix races. The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane and Action News anchor Stephen Clark.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Start Your Engines - Sunday August 31st, 9:00- 10:30am: WXYZ-TV Action News anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford kick-off Grand Prix coverage with a 90-minute live special featuring a comprehensive look at race day activities with updated weather and traffic information designed for racing fans.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Race Day Edition - Sunday August 31st, Noon -1:00pm: Live from the WXYZ-TV Belle Isle set, Action News anchors Diana Lewis and Stephen Clark will provide comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Grand Prix. The program will include exclusive interviews with drivers and the latest updates from race officials. WXYZ-TV live Race Day Edition will also provide continuing coverage of the latest weather and traffic conditions.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Pit Pass Special - Sun. Aug. 31st, 2:00 - 3:30pm: WXYZ-TV's Don Shane will give Grand Prix viewers a trackside view of the day's big race. The program will include interviews with city and event officials, drivers and racing analysts.

* Firestone Indy Car Grand Prix at Detroit - Sun. Aug. 31st, 3:30 - 6:00pm: Live from Belle Isle, ABC Sports will provide flag to flag coverage of the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

* Action News Special Edition - Sunday August 31st, 6:00 - 6:30pm: WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane will report live from the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Winners Circle, providing post-race analysis, live interviews, and the highlights from all the day's Grand Prix race activities.



Detroit News:

Big Ten football fans who missed out on games last year because Time Warner Cable didn't carry the fledgling Big Ten Network can now relax. The network and the cable company said late Monday that they've reached an agreement that will enable Time Warner to carry games this fall... Time Warner Cable agrees to carry Big Ten Network (Tue, 8/26)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2008


WJKN To Flip: SAU RADIO Christian Rock WJKN (89.3 THE VIBE)/JACKSON, MI will flip to Christian Soft AC/Talk & Teaching format on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th. The new format will be known as "89.3 THE MESSAGE." The station began stunting on MONDAY (8/25). The station's HOME.FM network will remain the same with a mixture of mainstream and Christian music. "It's our goal to fill a void for any potential listeners in the area," said GM MALACHI CRANE. "The change will be pretty dramatic with a complete overhaul of programming and branding of the station. Everything from the name to the on-air content of the station will change." THE MESSAGE will feature music in the morning with talk and teaching programming throughout the afternoon. The morning show will be hosted by RACHEL RYDER. Other programs will include GREG LAURIE's "A New Beginning," CROWN FINANCIAL's "Moneylife" and "Homeward" from JIM BURNS. (Tue, 8/26)


Television: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2008



Charter and Big Ten reach carriage agreement

Charter Communications, Inc. and the Big Ten Network have reached an agreement-in-principle on terms of a multi-year distribution agreement in which Charter will carry the Big Ten Network and related programming throughout the Big Ten territory, including its systems in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Northern Illinois. Big Ten Network and Charter are currently working together in an attempt to ensure that the majority of these same systems can launch the network on its expanded basic level of service in time for Saturday's Big Ten college football openers. (Wed, 8/27)



Grand Rapids Press:

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is back in the television business. Beginning this season, the MHSAA Network will produce regular-season and tournament games to be distributed on multiple platforms, both TV and internet. "We've partnered with When We Were Young Productions to produce tournament and regular-season events," MHSAA communications director John Johnson said. "We've got 450 hours of programming planned for this fall and another 1,000 hours scheduled for winter and spring events. We're striving to do streaming video on the internet and audio for as many other things as possible." Some games will be produced like a contest you might see on a cable sports channel, with capabilities including four cameras, graphics, two announcers and instant replay. Other games will feature a single camera with a single announcer. Comcast Cable will carry games on digital cable (channels 900 and 901) and maintain an archive of contests on its Video on Demand service... MHSAA announces plan to broadcast games (Wed, 8/27)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan viewers soon can get a little extra morning news on WXMI-TV (Channel 17). Fox 17's Morning News will expand to four hours of weekday programming, from 5 to 9 a.m., starting Sept. 15. "Get ready; it's going to be fun," said news anchor Sarah Brodhead, who has been on staff since March. "We hope to make your mornings go better." Former WZZM-TV (Channel 13) anchor Tracy Forner, who was recently working in Indianapolis, will return to co-anchor the newscast with Brodhead... Fox 17 expands morning news broadcast (Wed, 8/27); more detail here: Morning news expansion at Fox 17, WXMI (Wed, 8/27)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A 12-year-old Vicksburg singer will make her radio debut Thursday by presenting a song she co-wrote as she vies to win a country station's competition. Megan Rae Macher, a Vicksburg Middle School seventh-grader, will compete against 11 other West Michigan artists during the Hometown Showdown on B-93-FM 93.7. She is the youngest singer in the competition by at least 13 years, said ``Broadway,'' a B-93 radio personality ... The Hometown Showdown runs at 8 p.m. weeknights until a winner is announced. The winner gets a chance to have his or her song put into the Grand Rapids radio station's regular evening rotation... Young Vicksburg singer to make radio debut in country-music contest (Wed, 8/27)


Matt Shepard takes over mornings at WDFN

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has made it official and hired Matt Shepard as it's new morning show host as of yesterday. Listeners will be able to wake up and turn on Matt Shepard weekday mornings full time from 6am to 9am. A longtime veteran of WDFN, Shepard packs a wealth of knowledge of the Detroit sports scene with his experience on television for Fox Sports Net and on radio as the voice of the Detroit Shock and more.

WDFN touts Matt Shepard's morning show as the only local morning sports talk show in Detroit, the only place sports fans can comment on the games played the night before. He'll be followed by Sean Baligian who moves back to his original 9am-12p timeslot, Jim Rome 12pm-3p, Stoney and Wojo 3pm-6pm, and Sports Talk Soup 6pm-7pm.



The Tide is High at WOMC this weekend

WOMC's Labor Day weekend special gives a clear example of how the oldies format has shifted forward in time in recent years. Promoted as the biggest countdown in Detroit radio history, the Ultimate Big 30 Countdown will start Friday at 3pm and continue through the Labor Day weekend, counting down the Top 30 songs of every year from 1967 to 1981 - the year that Blondie's "The Tide is High" was a Billboard number one song for a week in January.

The countdown is a compilation of Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 charts and CKLW's Big 30 charts, recalling the Big 8's Big 30 Countdown's in the 1970's and Early 80's. The special programming will take a break on Saturday afternoon while WOMC airs its coverage of first Michigan football game of the new season against Utah. Kickoff is set for just after 3:30pm with Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter back for another year of calling the games.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 29, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Tim Barron will be back on the air Tuesday. That means Frederick Sparrow is out of the race for the Delhi Township board. The two are, after all, the same person. Barron - that's been his professional name for decades - has been one of the best-known people in local radio, with a deep baritone voice. On Tuesday, he'll take over the morning show (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays) on WQTX (92.1 FM). "We're going to have everything 100 percent under my control," he said. He'll be able to choose the music (classic rock), the sidekicks and how much talking to do, he said... Back on air, radio DJ out of Delhi race (Fri, 8/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 29, 2008



WDIV new daytime programming lineup to start Sept 8

WDIV Local 4's new lineup of daytime programming is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 8th. The Rachel Ray Show, returning for it's third season on Local 4, moves to a new time slot this fall. Beginning September 8th, The Rachel Ray Show will air weekdays at 11 a.m. on Local 4, following The Ellen Degeneres Show weekdays at 10 a.m. NBC's fourth hour of The Today Show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will shift to afternoons, airing weekdays at 2 p.m.

In addition, two new exciting game shows join the WDIV afternoon lineup on September 8th. The new half-hour daytime version of Deal Or No Deal hosted by Howie Mandel premieres weekdays at 3 p.m. The daily Deal Or No Deal follows the basic format of the primetime hit but adds several new twists to the game, including fewer cases for better odds and more contestants. Then, weekdays at 3:30 p.m., Meredith Vieira hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The daily edition of the popular game show challenges contestants to take risks and strain their brain in pursuit of the big prize money.

WDIV's daytime schedule starting Sept. 8th:
   7 a.m. - The Today Show
   10 a.m. - The Ellen Degeneres Show
   11 a.m. - The Rachel Ray Show
   12 noon - Local 4 News at Noon
   12:30 p.m. - Jeopardy!
   1 p.m. - Days Of Our Lives
   2 p.m. - The Today Show - 4th hour
   3 p.m. - Deal Or No Deal
   3:30 p.m. - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
   4 p.m. - Local 4 News First At 4
   4:30 p.m. - Inside Edition
   5 p.m. - Local 4 News



Detroit News:

Lee Martin could very well be Metro Detroit's version of Stephen King. At least that's the goal as he directs and produces eight 30-minute episodes of "Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour," a horror series that will air on the Community Media Network (CMN), a public access station based in Troy, at 10:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 6. CMN can be found on Comcast Channel 52 and WOW! Channel 18 in Auburn Hills, Berkley, Ferndale, Oakland Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Troy... Director gets ready to scare Metro area (Thu, 8/28)







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