September 2008 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 1, 2008



Holland Sentinel:

WHTC-AM 1450 is making a "Huge" addition to its afternoon lineup this week. The radio station has reached an agreement with Citadel Radio to broadcast Bill Simonson's "The Huge Show" weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. The sports-based talk show will start Monday with the "Best of The Huge Show" and be heard live on Tuesday. Simonson is looking forward to expanding his listener base in the Holland area. He regularly receives calls from sports fans from Holland who listen on either the home base WBBL-AM 1340 in Grand Rapids or one of the show's affiliates in Grand Haven or Kalamazoo. "I wanted to get on WHTC," Simonson said. "Holland is one of the great sports cities in Michigan if you look at their interest in all the professional sports, Hope College and their high schools. It's a great place for sports... WHTC adding 'Huge' show (Sat, 8/30)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 1, 2008


Former Tigers third baseman George Kell is already in the Hall of Fame as a player. Starting Sept. 1, Tigers fans will have another chance to try to help him garner some recognition as a broadcaster. Fan balloting has begun for this year's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, and several current and former Tigers voices are among the names on this year's ballot. One of the longest-serving among them is Kell, whose 15-year playing career -- including seven seasons in Detroit -- set up his 37 years as a Tigers broadcaster, a tenure that lasted into the mid-'90s. Kell's broadcasting career actually began while he was still a player, as he took part in Orioles broadcasts while he was injured in 1957. A full-time career behind the microphone brought him back to Detroit in 1959, seven years after his final season in a Tigers uniform. From there, he called all but one season through 1996 as a play-by-play man, teaming up with analysts such as fellow Hall of Famer Al Kaline. Kell's broadcast career, combined with his Hall of Fame playing career, has made him a Detroit institution... Kell, others in running for Frick Award (Mon, 9/1)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 2, 2008



Saginaw News:

Something new and tasty is cooking at Molly's Bistro in downtown Midland -- a jazz concert taped for television viewing, and featuring Saginaw's own rising star, saxophonist Morgan McMillon. "From Manhattan to Midland at Molly's," an hour-long, taped-live concert featuring American classics, airs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on Delta Broadcasting's Channel 19, WDCQ... Molly's Bistro in Midland the scene of a television special airing on Delta Broadcasting's Channel 19 (Tue, 9/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 2, 2008



MSU, WJR launch environmentally focused radio program

Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR are partnering on a weekly radio program called "Greening of the Great Lakes." The radio program, heard from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays, explores issues of sustainability in the areas of economics, environment and community. Topics range from the construction of "green" buildings to the development of energy-efficient automobiles to the creation of those biofuels that will help power autos and buildings of the future. The program's host, Kirk Heinze, has served in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for three decades as a faculty member, a department chairperson and, most recently, as director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications. "We thoughtfully consider such critical issues as land use, water quality, LED (light emitting diode) lighting, alternative energy, biotechnology and organic agriculture," Heinze said. "We talk with experts who have varying perspectives on these issues, and our listeners form their own judgments based on what they hear." This program represents one more exciting, collaborative partnership between WJR and MSU -providing an educational forum focusing on issues that are important not only to those living in the Great Lakes region, but also to those living across the United States, Heinze said... Read more



Detroit Free Press:

Starting Monday and continuing over the next four weeks, daytime TV viewing as you knew it is about to change. The annual shuffle of syndicated shows kicks in and for daytime diehards, it is hereby suggested that you get a new set of batteries for your TV remote. The biggest change? Arguably it's the move of doyenne of all that is good and proper, ex-con Martha Stewart. While she'll still be on at 10 a.m., she'll turn up on WJBK-TV (Channel 2) instead of her longtime spot on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), starting Monday. That means Tyra Banks' frothy talk fest on Channel 2 will shift to noon. Montel Williams' long-running talk show is extinct, but if you gotta have the bald ex-drill instructor, WADL-TV (Channel 38) will be running encore shows of what he considers his best work, at a time to be announced. In Stewart's old spot at Channel 7 at 10 a.m., "The Doctors" debuts... Martha makes a move in daytime switch (Tue, 9/2)


By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioIt is with great sadness that I report the passing of Ed, Buterbaugh (pronounced Boo-ter-baw), one of the greatest and most respected chief engineers in the radio industry. Ed, who we reported on in this column several weeks ago, was suffering from bladder cancer that was diagnosed right around the time that he retired from a twenty year stint as the chief of engineering at WJR. While at CKLW, Ed was the mastermind behind the big booming sound of the station in its hey-day as "The Big 8." The signal that he fine-tuned from a cluster of five towers in rural Harrow, Ontario, was legendary. He lived only a few miles from that transmitter site. In 1984 he remodeled all of the studios at CKLW at a time when AM 800 had a morning show hosted by Erin Davis and Paul W. Smith, prior to Paul joining WJR on a full-time basis, which happened a decade later.

In 1987, Ed oversaw the renovation of WJR, located on the upper floors of the Fisher Building, to new state-of-the-art studios. It was the first such up-grade at "The Great Voice of the Great Lakes" since the 1940's. Then around the turn of the century Buterbaugh helped with a major make-over at WJR as the station, along with their two FM stations (WDRQ 93.1) and (WDVD 96.3), moved from their lofty perch down to the seventh and eighth floors where they are to this day. Ed was also a genius behind the antenna running through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel so you could heard CKLW underwater! Later, when at WJR, he changed it to that station, which still exists today. Ed won the coveted Carl E. Lewis Award for radio engineers from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), and Billboard Magazine Engineer of the Year Award. He was, in the words of Tina Turner, "Simply the Best!"

University of Michigan football fans will recall hearing Ed's name as he was credited by Frank Beckmann for engineering hundreds of games in the, soon to be replaced press box, at the stadium in Ann Arbor. Those duties are now the responsibility of WJR engineer Tony Butler, even though the games shifted three years ago from WJR over to WOMC-FM (104.3) and oddly enough CKLW-AM (800).

Family and friends can attend a visitation at the Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home at 197 King Street West, in Harrow, Ontario, Thursday afternoon 3-5 pm and evening 7-9 pm September 4th, with the funeral service scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday the 5th at the Harrow United Church, 45 Munger Street in Harrow, Ontario, Canada. Cards can be sent to his wife Pam at PO Box 1107, Harrow, Ontario Canada N0R 1G0...or you can e-mail:

Interestingly, Ed did get to see the Michigan vs. Utah game in its entirety last Saturday. I mentioned to his wife that both Ed and the late longtime voice of the Wolverines, Bob Ufer, had to witness a loss as their last game. Ironically BOTH games were losses by just two points. Ufer's last game was a loss against Iowa 9 to 7 and Saturday's loss was to Utah 25 to 23. Fortunately, I along with his engineering friend from L.A.,Greg Oganowski, visited Ed at his home a little over a month ago. Close friend Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, wife of the late CKLW news icon Byron MacGregor also saw Ed at a Windsor hospital just a few weeks ago. Ed, will be missed dearly but, his memory and the signal will go on forever.

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Speaking of Michigan Football did anyone hear the outrageously funny line uttered by Frank Beckmann when a questionable call failed to be overturned even after a video review. A stunned Beckmann said...."that was a terrible would have to be blind or Brigham Young not to see that the ball popped out after he was down." Watching the games on TV, while listening to the radio broadcast, is still a far better experience than listening to the "supposedly" non-partisan national announcers. Beckmann and (Jim) Brandstatter, along with Doug Karsch on the field, do a superb job. Sadly synchronization between the picture and sound can be annoying. HD telecasts are delayed even more causing most people to hear the radio call 5 to 10 seconds prior to seeing the action on the screen.

While at the "pardon our dust" Big House in Ann Arbor, I was surprised to see a sign at the concession stands indicating that they accepted "BLUE BUCKS." I learned this is a type of credit card students are issued that can be used to purchase snacks at the stadium. Did anybody think about a sign at the U of M Football Stadium that included the word "BUCKS?" Isn't the biggest rival to Michigan the Ohio State Buckeyes? Isn't their battle cry "GO BUCKS?" Why not call it "Maize Money?" Some might feel the maize reference to be corny, but I think it's creative. Is there still room for creativity? I hope so.

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WOMC's Dick Purtan, along with his daughter, Channel 7's Joanne Purtan, did a great job on the local segments of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon at My 20 TV on Labor Day. Viewers in southeast Michigan helped raise an incredible 1.7 million dollars. Interestingly, Dick topped 2 million for his favorite cause, the Salvation Army Bed & Breakfast Plan. Nationally, Jerry's kids will benefit from a staggering 65 million dollars raised across the country, and that was while Hurricane Gustav was beating up on the gulf coast.

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Late Sunday night when the situation in New Orleans was becoming very serious, I tuned to WWL-AM 870 on the Internet so I could feel connected to what was going on. It is amazing how you can dial up almost any big news-talk station anywhere when a major new story is happening in their area. When I was a kid, it was cool to spin the AM dial late at night and see what distant stations I could pull in. Now, with a computer, you can hear anything from nearly anywhere with no static, no fading in and out and probably clearer than you could even in the city from where it actually broadcasts! Very neat stuff...and just wait till the wireless Internet is available in cars. Yikes.

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Apologies for the low volume of local news, but things have been slow on the Detroit radio dial, and your humble radio reporter has been on the road and buzzing around the country on far too many airplanes of late. I have been to five major radio conventions thus far this year and there are still two more to go, but they are done in tandem. The National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show and the Radio & Records Convention have teamed up together for the NAB/R&R Combo which, this month, will be in Austin, TX, home of the always controversial Gregg Henson, who still secretly would probably want to return to the local Detroit radio dial.

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I'll be listening and learning and reporting to you in this space in the very near future.

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 4, 2008



Sameulsen headed for WRIF in October

Former WDFN morning host Jamie Sameulsen has been hired to anchor sports coverage for the Mike in the Morning show on Greater Media's WRIF-FM. Jamie spent nearly 14 years at WDFN before exiting last month and is currently sitting out a non-compete period. He's expected to join the gang at Rif starting October 3rd.



Detroit Free Press:

Wayne State-run public radio station WDET-FM (101.9) is looking for a new permanent general manager. Allen Mazurek, who guided the station through its change from a music-oriented format to news and talk since December 2005 operating with interim titles, is moving to a post overseeing the station's digital platform operations... WDET looking for new general manager (Thu, 9/4)

The Pistons TV schedule was announced today and the only games on over-the-air broadcast television will be nationally televised on ABC (Channel 7 in Detroit). FSN and FSN-plus will show 70 Pistons games. Four games will be nationally televised on TNT, and five will be on ESPN. Last season, a handful of games were aired on both Channel 20 and Channel 4 locally. The three games on ABC are Feb. 1 against Cleveland (2:30 p.m.), March 1 against Boston (1 p.m.) and March 22 against Miami (1 p.m.)... Pistons' TV schedule released, only 3 games on over-the-air (Wed, 9/3)


Nothern Star Broadcasting sells WIDG AM 940

The Straits area will likely be losing an all-sports radio station soon as Northern Star Broadcasting has agreed to sell its WIDG AM 940 for $100,000 to Baraga Broadcasting pending FCC approval and closing. It's likely that Baraga will offer its religious (Catholic) format on the station - Baraga owns and operates Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix along with translators in Gaylord and Mackinaw City.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 5, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2) stayed with Gov. Jennifer Granholm's mayoral ouster hearings for most of the 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. period on Wednesday and it turned out to be a wise decision ... WKQI-FM (95.5, Channel 955) and its morning show pranksters "Mojo in the Morning" inserted themselves into the mayoral watch at the Manoogian Mansion and the scene outside th Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Thursday morning. Show sidekick Spike said producer Robert Gramm used a Ryder truck the station uses for promotions that looks like a moving van and drove up to the Manoogian around 8 a.mMayoral Media: Channel 2 scores; Mojo lampoons (Thu, 9/4)



CKWW launches afternoon drive feature; to air Brian Wilson radio special Saturday

Oldies CKWW has added the "Freeway 5 at 5", a new drive-home feature airing during the Robb Duncan show. Each weekday at 5 PM, Robb digs through The Big 8 record library and archives to spin five chart-topping songs from The Big 8 (CKLW) music charts. He will also spotlight songs from the Keener 13 (WKNR) surveys as well. Published in the 60's and 70's, these weekly "hit lists" reflected the musical tastes of a generation in the Motor City.

This Saturday at 6 PM, AM580 will broadcast a behind the scenes radio special spotlighting the latest CD by Brian Wilson. His newest studio album, "That Lucky Old Sun" is out this week and marks a return to the Capitol Records label for the legendary writer, producer, arranger and Beach Boy. The CD features songs described as a "musical love letter from California" and captures the feel of the Beach Boys and Southern California from the 50's and 60's. The special also contains a smattering of Beach Boys material, new interview clips from Brian and his band, as well as such luminaries as Paul McCartney, David Crosby and others.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 5, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

New weekend meteorologist Kyle Underwood started on the air at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) last weekend and is impressed with West Michigan. "The people are so welcoming and friendly," he said. The 29-year-old comes to us from WDIO-TV in Minnesota, where he was Chief Meteorologist ... Kelly Iris is coming back to West Michigan from Wink 104 in Harrisburg, Penn., where she spent time both on the air and as a programming assistant. "I have been lucky enough to live in Hershey where the air smells like chocolate," she joked. Now, it's back to her roots and a community she loves. Iris will be the new program director at WOOD-FM (STAR 105.7). She was part of the original team that put B-93 on the air in 1992 and also took over the programming reigns at WCUZ ... The Mouse is gone in West Michigan. Radio Disney programming has been off the air since August from WDSS-AM 1690. Bob Goodrich, licensee for the station said that Disney chose not to continue funding with about five or six affiliates. So, what's next for the local station? "Some time in September, we will start WPRR-AM (1680) which will be a non-profit operating entity, programming on an educational basis," he said. It will run 24 hours; 7 days a week and we will have a variety of podcasts and programming"... Broadcast notes: WOOD-TV 8 welcomes new meteorologist (Fri, 9/5)



Greenville Daily News:

An employee of Greenville radio station WSCG, which is owned by Stafford Communications Group, continues to recover after a two-car collision on Thursday. Cecil " Chip" Burch was transported to Spectrum Health System's Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with non-life- threatening injuries. He received two broken wrists and a broken right leg plus a lacerated spleen and a lacerated liver as a result of the accident Burch remains listed in serious condition today at Butterworth... WSCG announcer continues to recover (Thu, 9/4)


Television: Newsmakers Sept 5, 2008


The Detroit Red Wings and FSN Detroit today announced the 2008-09 Red Wings local television schedule. FSN continues its exclusive production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing 74 regular-season contests with 65 games slated for air on FSN and nine on FSN PLUS. Additionally, FSN will carry three pre-season games and all non-exclusive games in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Wings advance. FSN continues to lead the NHL in technological advances by airing a substantial number of Red Wings games in high-definition on FSN HD (HD schedule to be announced at a later date). Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond return as the Wings TV announce crew with former Red Wing Larry Murphy filling in for Redmond during select road games... Local TV schedule announced for Red Wings (Fri, 9/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 6, 2008



Saginaw News:

Sometimes, in the still of the night, Allegan historian Larry Massie can hear a train's whistle that is eight miles away. "The noise comes through the trees, and it's haunting," says he. So ends a documentary about the romance of the rails, premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, on Delta Broadcasting's Channel 19. It repeats at 9 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 14... "Tracks Through Time" television special looks at Michigan's surprising railroading history (Sat, 9/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 7, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

"The Lynn Rivers Show'' returns from summer hiatus Monday on WEMU (89.1 FM). Hosted by former U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers, the hour-long program focuses on news, public affairs and constitutional issues with guests from the community and across the country. If you miss the show at 8 a.m., catch the new repeat broadcast at 6 p.m ... Longtime area radio personality Lucy Ann Lance is hosting the Michigan Football Tailgate Show on Detroit radio station WOMC-FM (104.3). The show begins two and a half hours before kickoff of University of Michigan football games and lasts for 90 minutes... 'The Lynn Rivers Show' returns to WEMU (Sun, 9/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 8, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Minor league baseball announcers dream of reaching the major leagues. Most don't realize their dream, spending their entire career in the minors. I had that dream when I broadcast Atlanta Cracker games in the Southern League for Wheaties. Wheaties was serious about its sponsorship of more than 90 major and minor league teams across the country. The company and its ad agency, Knox Reeves, published a monthly magazine devoted to the broadcasts. Each year it staged a national convention for all its announcers. The company sent an expert to each city, where he would listen to the Wheaties announcer and make a report to headquarters in Minneapolis. You can imagine the importance of this visit for each announcer. All of us strived to be at the top of our game for our visiting expert, whose critique might pave our way to the big leagues... Ernie Harwell: Road to majors can be long (Mon, 9/8)

Oh, the excitement. "Bubbapalooza," a live comedy event presented and hosted by Sirius satellite radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge will hit Detroit's Fillmore Theatre on Oct. 18. Doors open at 8 p.m.; showtime is 9 p.m... Fans can absorb Bubba's comedy (Mon, 9/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 10, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama chatted up the folks at WKQI-FM's (95.5) Mojo in the Morning on Tuesday, mixing business -- like the need to get people registered to vote before Oct. 6 -- with some good-natured chat about how his wife, Michelle, still makes him make up the bed... Political Speaking: Obama chats up WKQI (Wed, 9/10)



The State News:

A new radio program is broadcasting sustainability issues across the airwaves. "Greening of the Great Lakes" is a collaboration between MSU and WJR (760-AM) in Detroit and focuses on sustainability issues, said Russ White, communications manager for University Relations. "It's everything from land use and water issues to alternative energy and biotechnology and everything in between," White said. "We want to broadly define 'green.'" The program will air every Friday from 7-8 p.m. and can be heard on News/Talk 760 WJR in Detroit and East Lansing, said Jeff Marcero, the director of regional sales for WJR... Sustainability-themed radio show debuts (Tue, 9/9)


Northern Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 12, 2008


MacDonald-Garber Traverse City Taps Leigh For OM HEATHER LEIGH joins MACDONALD-GARBER BROADCASTING in TRAVERSE CITY/PETOSKEY, MI as FM Operations Manager for the cluster. Both DAVE B. GOODE, PD at Top 40/Adult WLTX and LUNCHBOX, PD at Top 40 WKHQ, will now report directly to her. In other happy news, ALL ACCESS sends congratulations to HEATHER on her recent nuptials. (Thu, 9/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 12, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

On the air today from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on WNIC-FM (100.3), the fifth annual radiothon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions ... Country WYCD-FM's (99.5) "Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael & Grunwald" has been nominated for a prestigious Country Music Association award. So the big day for Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Steve Grunwald will be Nov. 12, ABC will air it nationally... Names and Faces (Fri, 9/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 13, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Will Drew Lane be returning to WRIF-FM (101.1) as its afternoon drive host? Lane's longtime rep, attorney Mike Novak, said an Internet report Friday that a Lane comeback was in the works was "fairly accurate, but it's premature because no deal has been struck. I think Drew has made no secret of his desire to get back on the air early next year." Novak was referring to a posting on, an influential radio trade Web site compiled by Tom Taylor. "It's not hard to believe that Drew would return to the place where he and former partner Mike Clark held court for so many years -- he loved 'RIF and he didn't want to leave Detroit," the Web site reported. "It's just that he was burned out from the grind of morning radio. ...So it might be -- shockingly -- Mike & Company in the morning and Drew in another daytime shift." Station general manager John Gallagher didn't respond to a request for comment Friday, but he was seen with Lane at a recent Tigers game. Heidi Raphael, Greater Media's chief spokeswoman, said Friday "there was nothing to the report"... Report of Lane's WRIF comeback is accurate, rep says (Sat, 9/13)



Detroit News:

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy shares some of her insights into the Kwame Kilpatrick case with WXYZ-TV Channel 7's editorial chief on Sunday. Worthy will be the guest of Chuck Stokes' weekly "Spotlight on the News." The show airs at 11:30 a.m. Sundays on Channel 7. Worthy will discuss a range of topics related to the Kilpatrick case, including the aftermath of the text message scandal, its impact on her, what message it sends and the future, Stokes said Friday... Worthy will discuss Kilpatrick case on TV (Sat, 9/13)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioWith school back in session for a couple weeks now, it must be time to restart some media commentary here on Overall, summer radio news in Detroit was very slow- some of that no doubt is because of the change in the way the Arbitron plans on collecting ratings information, starting this fall. Instead of having listeners fill out diaries with pencil and paper, the company plans to move to what's been touted as better technology and have the information collected by portable people meters (essentially an electronic monitor that automatically collects and then reports radio listening with little effort from the person wearing the device). Once the first numbers with the new system start coming in, it might jumpstart some big changes ... depending of course on how much difference there is compared to the numbers gathered the old way.

The new system has come under criticism in the few markets it's been used in so far because of low response rates and differing opinions on how well the numbers accurately reflect listening to certain radio formats. So, I guess it shouldn't have been surprising to see most everyone play the waiting game this summer and into the fall.

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The Drew Lane rumor mill got fired up again this week with speculation that the former WRIF morning host might be returning to the Home of Rock 'N Roll ... but this time to an afternoon shift. Tongues have been wagging about what would happen to Rif afternoon drive legend Arthur Penhallow should Lane get the green light for a new program on WRIF.

I'd be very surprised if the plan was to move Penhallow away from where he's held court for decades without his blessing. If the rumors are true, and all indications are that there is something brewing between Lane and WRIF, my 2 cents is that a more likely scenario would be to reduce the air time for Penhallow and program director Doug Podell, who's got his hands full leading both Rif and sister station WCSX, in order to create a two or three hour window for Lane's show.

If these rumors become reality, it'll be very, very interesting to see what kind of program Lane will offer. It's hard to think that WRIF would drift away from music in the afternoon ... but then again, I said the same thing way back when the morning show first changed from J.J. and The Morning Crew and obviously having a talk program sure hasn't hurt the station at that time of the day. The risk of adding more talk is having someone else take on an active rock format to counter any additional hours of talk-focused programming in the afternoon on WRIF and lure away listeners that prefer music programming.

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Over the course of the summer, I had the opportunity to do quite a bit of traveling around Michigan and check out how the transition to digital broadcasting was progressing for TV stations. Our family owns a camper that has an amplified antenna and I brought along a small TV that receives DTV. I was very disappointed at how limited the DTV options were through much of the lower peninsula once away from metro Detroit and Grand Rapids. It was unusual to pull in digital companion stations for most of the analog broadcasts that could be received, even if only with fringe signals.

I'm aware that most of the state's TV stations are broadcasting with temporary DTV facilities that don't have the coverage area equal to their analog counterparts. That said, I find it very pretentious that people are being asked by the FCC and local TV stations to be ready for this conversion even though there isn't an opportunity to know if preparations are going to be successful or not after investing in new equipment. I've heard from various sources that even when the transition happens in February, there are going to be a lot of disappointed viewers in fringe areas that will find out they have lost reception of their favorite TV stations.

While homeowners might be able to invest in getting a bigger antenna or subscribe to a cable/satellite provider, those of us in RV's and folks with cabins up north may very well be left without usable television starting this winter. And because it seems that folks that are considered 'temporary' in nature aren't really sought after by either advertisers or the TV stations themselves, it's probably going to be hard to convince anyone to fix those probable reception problems once they are discovered. I hope I'm wrong and everything goes without a hitch... but after my experiences this summer, I'm not confident at all.

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This just in from the promotions department, Art Vuolo has finally finished his video of the second WLS Rewind from Chicago. WLS was the CKLW of the heartland, and last Memorial Day turned back the hands of time as the talk station returned to Music Radio 89 for one day and Art caught it all on videotape. You can actually see a 10 minute preview by going to or to YouTube. Search for "art vuolo", scroll down and you can watch a highly condensed version of the 2 1/2 hour video. You can order via on the "Reunions" page. It's some major radio history.

Speaking of "Radio's Best Friend," Art has just published his popular WJR Michigan State RADIOGUIDE after missing 2007 due to lack of sponsorship support. A number of clients were "looking at it" in '07, but time ran out before it could get printed. This fall, Flagstar Bank was the hero which makes the new RADIOGUIDE free for the listening public. It lists all of the AM and FM stations in Michigan and surrounding areas, and which ones carry MSU football. The schedule is also on the guide. They're available (while very limited supplies last) at most CVS Pharmacy's and some Flagstar Banks, which has the slogan "The New Wave in Banking." Perhaps it's radio waves, as this growing bank lends support to we radio fans. Since the 2006 edition there have been over 150 changes to stations statewide!

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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.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 15, 2008



Drew redux

The rumors of a possible return to WRIF by Drew Lane are probably the most exciting topic in Detroit radio these days. But what if these rumors are merely a smokescreen / negotiating ploy and we'll be hearing about Lane landing on a different station sometime soon? Stay tuned I guess.



WDTK waves goodbye to Laura, says good morning to Mike

With the breakup between conservative talker Laura Ingraham and Salem Broadcasting, she's was taken off the lineup at Salem's WDTK AM 1400 after Friday's show. In the 9am - noon timeslot as of today was Salem's own Mike Gallagher, whose program had previously been heard on tape delay on WDTK.

The station's press release says that Gallagher's program is now in its 11th year of national syndication featuring the combination of solid conservative values, a fast-paced, fun delivery each day, and Mike's first-name relationship with leading newsmakers coast-to-coast.

"Mike Gallagher connects with his audience in a very personal way by creating compelling programming targeted at the issues men and women all over America really care about", according to Tom Tradup, Vice President of Programming, Salem Radio Networks. "Mike has used his program to shine the white hot light of scrutiny on extremist groups and political charlatans. His one-on-one interviews with U.S. Senator John McCain, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and other leading conservatives regularly generate national headlines. Mike continues to be a leading contributor to the top-rated FOX News Channel, as well as the leading conservative website,"

No new Detroit affiliate has been announced for Ingraham.



WJR to help celebrate GM's 100th anniversary

Newstalker WJR will broadcast live from its Wintergarden studio in the RenCen tomorrow to help cover the 100th anniversary of General Motors. Paul W. Smith (6-9 am), Frank Beckmann (9-11:30 am), and Mitch Albom (5-7 pm) will all host their shows as part of the celebration.

Other programming highlights this week: On Friday, Smith will be on the road and broadcast live from the West Michigan Regional Policy Conference in Grand Rapids and on Saturday WJR's Steve Courtney will broadcast another MSU tailgate program live from East Lansing starting at 12:30pm. The Michigan State - Notre Dame football game will follow beginning at 3:30pm.



WDET to welcome Bob Schieffer & Cheech Marin this week

WDET's "The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter (weekdays 3-4pm) has scheduled special guests Bob Schieffer of CBS News and comedian/actor Cheech Marin this week. Klinefelter will be talking with Bob Schieffer on Tuesday, September 16, about Schieffer's new book "Bob Schieffer's America" and other topics. Then on Friday Klinefelter will talk with Cheech Marin about politics, political correctness and his upcoming appearance September 20th in Detroit with Tommy Chong for the Cheech & Chong "Light Up America" tour.

"The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter airs weekdays from 3pm to 4pm on WDET 101.9FM and


Television: Newsmakers Sept 16, 2008




February 17th, 2009 - it's the day all television stations switch to digital broadcasting. It's 155 days away but the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is doing what it can now to make sure everyone's ready. A Michigan State University study shows everyone knows about the transition; but 44% of Michigan residents are not ready for it. So to help, the MAB has teamed up with the Michigan National Guard. Believe it or not, they have more to do with the switch then you think. Monday leaders of the MAB announced their partnership with the Michigan National Guard to help educate citizens on next year's digital transition. "People have told us that they receive most of their in-depth information over the television," says MAB President Karole White. "The Michigan National Guard will depend on television in times of emergency to deliver in-depth information"... Michigan National Guard enlisted to help with DTV transition (Tue, 9/16)



MAB DTV press conference audio available

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters held a news conference yesterday at the Michigan National Guard Reserve Forces Service Center in Lansing to announce new partnerships with the Michigan National Guard, Don-Lors Electronics, the Michigan Jaycees and the Retired Senior Volunteers Program to help educate and assist the public on the best steps they need to be prepared for the Februrary 17, 2009 transition to digital television. In additon, Dr. William Donahue, The Donahue Group, Michigan State University, announced preliminary results of a statewide survey on the DTV Transition... Click here for audio clips


Eric and Carson exit Banana 101.5

Afternoon drive jocks Eric Thomas and Carson Lee are no longer with active rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Flint, having been let go by the Regent-owned station.

The Eric and Carson Myspace page,, contains a posting from this morning from Eric: "Effective immediately, there is no Eric and Carson show. We have been fired from Regent Broadcasting. There will be plenty of time for explanations (there will be), but now is not the juncture in which I really feel like getting into it. I think long time listeners will be able to figure out what happened, and who is responsible.

"The truth is that this is more the norm in radio. Our durability over the years has been without precedent in this area, and people whom have never even been to our city are the ones who made this decision (but those in this area are not absolved of blame either). Every option from here on is on the table, and we will do whatever is best for the individual members of the show.

"For now, thanks for a great 6 years. I promise I am going to explain all of this soon, but I am not really in the mood right now."

No replacement show has been named as of yet.



CMU introduces new journalism lab, major

The future of journalism has arrived, and it's at Central Michigan University. CMU's new Caponigro Multimedia Lab, unveiled to the public Sept. 16, will prepare the university's students for high-tech careers in the ever-changing journalism industry.

The lab's opening is closely tied to CMU's recently approved major in new media/online journalism, which officially will launch in the spring of 2009. It will feature such courses as introduction to online journalism, advanced online journalism, computer-assisted reporting, multimedia reporting and an online journalism practicum, many of which will be taught using the lab and its arsenal of new-media tools, including camcorders, digital cameras and audio recording equipment.

A gift to the university's journalism department from CMU Board of Trustees Chairman Jeffrey R. Caponigro, a CMU alumnus who is president and chief executive officer of Southfield- and Tampa, Fla.-based Caponigro Public Relations Inc., helped to fund the construction and equipping of the lab. The technology-laden facility has been named in his honor.

"The addition of this lab is indicative of CMU's commitment to the experience of its students," said Caponigro. "Newspapers have changed and are turning more to multimedia, and the lab will help our journalism graduates stay on top of the game."

CMU journalism department Chairwoman Maria Marron said Caponigro's vision and generosity have paved a path to success for her department, its students and its programs.

"The Caponigro Multimedia Lab will help bring CMU's program into line with other high-caliber journalism and mass communication programs," she said. "Without Jeff Caponigro's willingness to provide these resources, we would not be going in this direction, and our students would not have these opportunities."

And the lab's future is secure, as an endowment has been established to ensure that the facility can keep pace with changes in technology in perpetuity, said Caponigro.

"It is a wonderful model for other projects that require both a major up-front cost and some significant maintenance and upgrade expenses into the future," he said.

To learn more about CMU's journalism programs visit and for additional news from Central Michigan University visit its online newsroom at


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 17, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Just when it looked like the WRIF-FM morning show with Mike Clark, Trudi Daniels, Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters made it through a year's worth of ratings without much of a drop despite Drew Lane's departure, then came Tuesday's Arbitron numbers. June, July and August showed precipitous drops among all listeners and in the age 25-54 demo for the Clark-helmed show ... 'Mike in Morning' blows a ratings tire (Wed, 9/17)

The top 5 overall stations in the second ratings trend of the summer were WWJ, WMXD, WJR, WVMV, and WKQI. WWJ enjoyed a sizable jump, likely thanks to the station's coverage of the scandal involving Kwame Kilpatrick. Ratings for pop WDVD also continue to climb... Detroit summer phase 2 age 12+ ratings (Tue, 9/16)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 19, 2008



WGER Saginaw PD changes

Lauren Davis is the new program director at WGER FM 106.3 Saginaw as Bob Moore leaves the pop station. Moore had also been the station's afternoon drive host.



Saginaw News:

For the past 10 years, Andy Rapp had endured, and enjoyed, life in a hot and very public seat. As the host of the award-winning live public affairs program "Currently Speaking," airing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Channel 19, he never knows how callers are going to respond to the often-strong opinions he and his weekly two guests are expressing. "I was against this president (George Bush) and the (Iraqi) war and was alone in the field," says the 63-year-old Midland resident. "It's hard to stick to your guns sometimes when callers are railing at you. "Now I feel vindicated (because the public is no longer supportive of Bush and the war)"... Andy Rapp reflects on 10 years of opinionated phone calls as the host of Channel 19's "Currently Speaking" (Fri, 9/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 19, 2008



WLAV and Tony Gates win Marconi Awards

Heritage classic rock station WLAV FM 96.9 Grand Rapids received a Marconi award yesterday being named as the Medium Market Station of the Year. Tony Gates, he station's afternoon drive host, also won a Marconi as Medium Market Personality of the Year.



Grand Rapids Press:

Superstar Taylor Swift will help country radio station B-93 "freshen up" its Roofsit For Kids charity event Oct. 21 with a concert at Van Andel Arena. Both the location and the concert are firsts for the station's annual event. "We've had artists come answer the phone, but we've never done a show, per se, like this," station manager Doug Montgomery said today. "Taylor's been a great sport to come help us. "In two years, she's gone from the little kid I picked up at the airport to being a superstar," he said, referencing the now-18-year-old's then-obscure performance at Taste of Grand Rapids in 2006. WBCT-FM (93.7)'s annual event, which raises money for West Michigan agencies involved in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect, "needed freshening," Montgomery said... Taylor Swift to support B-93's Roofsit fundraiser with Van Andel Arena concert (Fri, 9/19)

Couchman To Join SOS/Las Vegas: SOS RADIO NETWORK/LAS VEGAS announced today that MIKE COUCHMAN will join the staff as Network APD/MD on NOVEMBER 1st. He will also serve as afternoon host from 1-4p (PT). "I look forward to the creative input MIKE will bring to our team. He's a fantastic air talent and programmer. I just hope he's good with heat resistant turtle wax!" says Network PD SCOTT HERROLD.

"The prospect of no more winter, picturing myself washing SCOTT's car and the chance to build on the phenomenal foundation in place was too exciting to pass up. Whoever snags my WAYK-WAYG job will enjoy access to great technology, reliable research and a God loving team like no other. I'll even sell you my house! Seriously. I promise not to take the proceeds to the Strip,"says COUCHMAN.

Most recently COUCHMAN served as PD for CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Christian CHR WAYG-WAYK/GRAND RAPIDS-KALAMAZOO. He also holds the 2008 ECHO AWARD for PD and Air Talent of the Year. COUCHMAN has worked for WKQI/DETROIT, WLGH and WHZZ/LANSING, MI and WBCT/GRAND RAPIDS. (Fri, 9/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 22, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Last week was a busy one at Detroit Public Television, the custodian of WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and WRCJ-FM (90.9). How's this for making things happen? The Hudson Webber Foundation approved a grant of $300,000 to support the nonprofit PBS affiliate's acquisition of a high-definition, digital production truck. The grant comes as Rich Homberg, relatively new in the DPTV president and general manager chair, aims to successfully finish a $22-million capital campaign to complete its federally mandated conversion to digital technology ... Finally, Homberg was on the march with former WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) newsman Dave Manney, explaining DPTV's newest initiatives. Manney -- ex-Hour magazine editor and once a mayoral operative for Detroit's now-deposed Kwame Kilpatrick -- is now Homberg's director of program development. Foremost on their minds these days is the station's ambitious political debate project. Working with the Center for Michigan, it is serving up 20-25 debates of candidates who agreed to face off for 47 contested state House races in southeastern Michigan. They will air at 3 p.m. Sundays on Channel 56, with lots of alternative availability on the Web at and and via Comcast's On Demand service... (Sun, 9/21)

WDVD Goes To Lundon: DANA LUNDON-MASUCCI puts her foot back into radio, joining CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT for weekend work. DANA was most recently middays at CBS Oldies WOMC/DETROIT. (Mon, 9/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 24, 2008



FSN Detroit follows Dan Cleary, Stanley Cup to Newfoundland for special

Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere were proud of their team as they captured the Stanley Cup earlier this year, but no fans were more prideful than those in Newfoundland who watched forward Dan Cleary become the first native son to play on a Cup-winning team. When Cleary took the Cup home this summer, he shared it with tens of thousands of Newfoundlanders who provided a hero's welcome captured by a crew from FSN Detroit.

Now, fans of Cleary and the Red Wings in this region can experience the overwhelming reception and admiration in a half-hour special as part of FSN's "Under the Lights" series. Dan Cleary Brings It Home: Newfoundland's First Stanley Cup premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 & 10:00 PM, immediately preceding and following FSN's coverage of the Red Wings preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens.

FSN's crew was on hand at public celebrations held at the airport, a children's hospital, a Canada Day gathering in Cleary's hometown and also eavesdropped on some private time for Cleary with the Cup. Along with Cleary, those interviewed include his father and brother, a childhood friend, local and provincial government officials and the Hockey Hall of Fame's keeper of the Stanley Cup.

The show concludes with a music video tribute to Cleary, written and performed by Newfoundland band Greeley's Reel. The music video also can be seen at or

WDVD Assists Hurricane Victims: CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT and Adult Hits WDRQ have teamed up to collect 37,000 pounds of non-perishable items and bottled water for the victims of HURRICANE IKE. WDVD's MR. GASSY served as navigator of the tractor-trailer as it traveled from MOTOWN to HOUSTON to provide needed supplies to area shelters. (Tue, 9/23)


By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioYour seemingly always traveling radio reporter is finally done traveling. I've been to a plethora radio conventions, and this last one (or should I say last two) was a real eye-opener. In Austin, TX the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio & Records (the leading radio trade publication) co-located their conventions in the Capital of Texas. The city's moniker is "Keep Austin Weird!" Some called it "Ann Arbor on steroids."

In past years each of these confabs was so big that they could only be held in major markets like: Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. The first of these "combo-conventions" was also in a big city; Dallas and at a huge hotel...The Hilton Anatole, but in 2007 it moved to Charlotte, NC and this year to Austin, TX. The reason for locating in smaller cities, is that fewer and fewer people are going to these gatherings and it's a sad commentary. I spent nearly all of my time on the R&R side of the street in the Hilton Hotel with the shorts and T-shirts, while the "suites" from the NAB populated the Austin Convention Center across the street.

The attendance at BOTH conferences was noticeably off from previous years. That was a shame, because the sessions were very good and the rooms had a lot of empty chairs. One of the most popular events was a sort of convention within the convention called the Jacobs Media Summit hosted by Detroit-based Jacobs Media. Most of their sessions were standing room only. Congrats to Fred, Bill and Paul Jacobs for a job well done. As is the case at most of these gatherings, the number of broadcasters from the Detroit area was light.

WRIF was the big local winner again this year with Doug Podell getting program director of the year in the rock category. Mark Pennington got rock music director of the year and WRIF won top active rock station in markets 1 through 15. I asked WRIF PD Doug Podell if he came with an extra empty suitcase just to carry back all of the awards Detroit's Home of Rock & Roll always seems to win...and if he flew Southwest Airlines his bags would fly free. That alone is helping propel Southwest, especially among we in the broadcasting industry always looking for a bargain. In fact, after the Austin conventions I went to Albuquerque, NM for a whirlwind 46 hour visit. While at the ABQ airport checking my bags for my return trip last Monday, who do I see behind the Southwest ticket counter, but Mr. Gary Kelly, the President and CEO of the airline! He was there in just a sport shirt and slacks helping personnel getting baggage onto the belt. I was amazed. He is a very real person and a nice man who was extremely approachable. He is one of the primary reason's Southwest is a friendly and profitable company. If broadcasters would run radio stations for the people, in stead of the stockholders, perhaps the industry would be in better shape.

Back to the last two conventions of the year. The key "buzz word" this year was CONTENT. All people were talking about is the product that goes out over the air. Wow, what a concept. Hold the front page. That news is about as stunning as the news that Clay Aiken is gay. Ever since Ellen DeGeneres nobody cares. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the NAB's Marconi Awards (radio's Oscar's) which was hosted by TV (and now radio) star Billy Bush, who was surprisingly good. At my table were WLAV-FM Grand Rapids PD Rob Brandt and longtime afternoon drive personality, Tony Gates, the only two nominees from Michigan, and BOTH walked away with Marconi Awards! What a special night and huge kudos to Rob and Tony most deserving recipients.

One of the more interesting sessions centered on the fact that radio is getting FAR more visual. One panelist said "it used to be that radio stations had a web web sites have a radio station." This is to say that if a radio station lacks lots of photos and streaming video on their site, it will not generate the type of traffic Internet advertisers crave. It was suggested that all radio station employees and especially the air talent should have some sort of digital video camera. More and more programs will be web-cast so listeners can see "behind the curtain." Most people feel that Don Imus and Howard Stern were the innovators of this technology, but actually legendary talk radio personality Joey Reynolds at New York's WOR Network was doing an overnight radio show on 50,000 watt KOA (AM 850) in Denver back in 1982 while it was also being simulcast LIVE on KOA-TV Channel 4! That was over 25 years ago.

The Bob & Tom Show, heard everywhere in Michigan, except in the Detroit area, is next to make the jump to TV via Tribune Broadcasting in Chicago. It's primarily, the concept of Sean Compton, former "boy wonder" at Clear Channel corporate in San Antonio, who has segued to WGN America, the super-station from The Windy City. Compton, like myself, is a fan of the syndicated morning show that showcases more comedians than any other in the nation, and it will be videotaped with multiple cameras each morning. It will then be edited into a one hour "Best Of" which will air at midnight EDT on WGN-TV which is available on most cable systems and satellite TV. It will premier on November 3rd, the day before the presidential election.

Often I wonder why some of these really entertaining shows are not available on our local AM and FM dial, but I must admit that I am listening to more Detroit area stations than ever. I have both Sirius and XM at home and XM in the car, but of late, I feel that a number of local stations are sounding better than ever. I do wish WOMC, Oldies 104.3 would team up Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor with Ted "The Bear" Richards for traffic reports like she did during the Woodward Dream Cruise. I also wish WJR would provide a platform for Paul W. Smith so that he could exercise his personality more. Paul is actually a very funny guy, but needs guests who can bring out his excellent sense of humor.

Oddly enough the over-all picture painted by the NAB Convention is that although radio needs change and up-dating, things are not really all that bad. At the R&R topics were far more realistic. The miserable economy is greatly affecting what you hear on the air these days. HD Radio is suffering because broadcasters do not have enough money too adequately program their primary channel, so how are they expected to properly program these "secondary" signals which are available to a still very limited audience? Life, and everything in it, including your favorite stations, is like comedy....timing is everything!

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The journalistic community is still reeling from the news out of Chicago at Sun-Times Radio & TV columnist Robert Feder (Feeder) is leaving the paper in the coming weeks (after 28 years) to explore other opportunities. Feder was to Chicago what John Smyntek is to the Free Press. Interestingly, Smynty is also taking advantage of what is basically a "buyout" from the paper. If the Freep is looking for someone to take over the radio news, I can think of two people who will work for less than one.

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Lastly, it's nice to hear that former WOMC midday host Dana Lundon-Masucci is back on the air; she's now doing weekends with pop WDVD 96.3.

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As the leaves change in the coming weeks so will the radio dial, and Mike and I will try to keep you up to date with it all.

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 26, 2008



WHTD 102.7 adds Rickey Smiley starting Oct 6

Radio One owned WHTD FM 102.7 has dropped the Russ Parr morning show from morning drive and will add the "Rickey Smiley and Deez Nutz Morning Show" starting Monday, October 6th. Smiley's program is syndicated through Radio One's Syndication One programming arm.

"I am very excited that Rickey will be heard in our key markets of Atlanta and Detroit," says Radio One senior VP of programming content Jay Stevens. "He is a star, one of those rare individuals that can fill an arena of 5,000 one day and be on the radio in that same market the next day. Rickey is very creative and genuinely cares about his listeners which translates to a strong community presence. He is also joined by a team of incredibly talented personalities that create an entertainment package which just can't be duplicated."

Smiley's program is also heard on WQHH FM 96.5 in Lansing.



Fox Sports Net Detroit to air 100 Red Wings and Pistons games in HD during 08-09 seasons

FSN Detroit will present 100 games in high-definition during the upcoming 2008-09 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Each team has 50 telecasts available on FSN HD, accounting for 69 percent of FSN's 144- game combined telecast schedule.

The offering of Red Wings HD telecasts includes 31 at home and 19 on the road; the Pistons HD breakdown is 29 home and 21 road contests.

The Red Wings and Pistons high-definition telecasts will be shown on FSN HD, a channel currently available on high-definition cable service provided by Comcast, Bright House Networks, Wide Open West (WOW!), Charter, Buckeye, Broadstripe, Coldwater and D&P Cable. FSN HD is also available via satellite on DIRECTV and Dish Network.

Complete Wings and Pistons telecast schedules available at



New Shut Up and Vote Michigan videos released

The heritage air personalities 101 WRIF, 94.7 WCSX and Magic 105.1 have hit the campaign trail with a single unified message for Michigan residents: Shut Up and Vote! The corner piece of this integrated initiative is the website

By far, the most popular sections of the campaign are the Shut Up and Vote Michigan Videos featuring area celebrities, including station air personalities, sharing why they think voting is so important. Recently uploaded videos feature: WRIF's Arthur Penhallow, Doug Podell, Meltdown, Steve Black, Screamin' Scott, and Slayer; WRIF and WCSX's Peter Werbe and Juline Jordan, WCSX's Ken Calvert, JJ & Lynne, Mark Pasman, and Uncle Buck; WMGC's Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show and Mitzi Miles.

Each video puts a personal spin on why, in Michigan, every vote counts. Each week leading up to November 4th, new videos will be added and spotlighted on the site.

Another area designed to encourage people to get out the vote is the Shut Up and Vote Michigan Guest Blogger section. Michigan voters are encouraged to submit their own reasons why it's important to Shut Up & Vote for the opportunity to be a guest blogger.

Other features of the website include Political polls that help take the pulse of Michigan residents, Michigan ballot proposal details and voter registration information.



Detroit News:

The top stories from Metro Detroit's other 10 p.m. newscast can now be watched on the Web. The "My 20 News at Ten" newscast from WMYD-TV (Channel 20) can't be viewed in its entirety at tv20detroit. com just yet, but news junkies can catch up on the day's breaking news and headline grabbers by going to the Web site and clicking on the video icon. Anchors Sunya Walls and Nathan O'Leary deliver most of the stories, as they do during the TV newscast, and some of the stories come from field reporters Dave Leval and Jorge Avellan... See top 'My 20 News' stories on the Web (Fri, 9/26)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 27, 2008


WCEN Aims To Pin Down Cancer: NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW is pairing with BAY CITY LANES for the PIN DOWN CANCER event to benefit the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th. In addition to bowling there will be a raffle as well as contest and prizes. For more information visit (Fri, 9/26)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 27, 2008


'Jump A Jonas,' To Win $10K: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS morning meister PUDDIN' tells ALL ACCESS, "We offered a $10k reward for the first person to prove they've had sex with a JONAS BROTHER. The boys talk a lot about purity and living a lifestyle free of temptation and while that is an excellent way to live your life, we wanted to know if everyone had their level of self-control. That is why we are offering a $10,000 bounty to the person that can 'jump a JONAS' and prove it. If you are able to legally bed down either of the two JONAS BROTHERS who are of legal age to do so and are able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you did the deed, you can collect the $10,000 bounty. We just made E! CHANNEL's Daily 10, a ton of gossip blogs, and now the Mouse's cross hairs. DISNEY and the boys are not happy. But we're just having a little fun!" Find out more at (Fri, 9/26)

Top 5 radio stations among all radio listeners age 12 and over during the second summer ratings trend in Grand Rapids were WBCT, WOOD AM, WSNX, WGRD, and WLAV... Grand Rapids summer phase 2 ratings (Thu, 9/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 29, 2008



Crain's Detroit Business '40 under 40' highlights media execs

...Luckoff is in charge of sales for Detroit's leading radio stations aimed at black audiences, WJLB 97.9 FM and WMXD 92.3 FM, both owned by Clear Channel Radio Inc. The stations ranked No. 6 and No. 8 in the Detroit market by revenue in this year's Crain's Book of Lists, and have a combined revenue of about $25 million... Jeff Luckoff, General sales manager WJLB 97.9 FM, WMXD 92.3 FM Clear Channel Radio (Mon, 9/29)

...As head of development for Detroit Public Television, Hamilton today is in charge of raising about 60 percent of the station's revenue, or $9 million annually, through on-air and online pledge drives, direct-mail campaigns and grant proposals to foundations. She's headed efforts that have brought in at least 60 percent of total revenue each of the past eight years -- and cut fundraising expenses to keep down the station's costs to raise money when revenue declined... Kelley Hamilton, Vice president of development, Detroit Public Television (Mon, 9/29)



Farmers student athletes recognized, honored by FSN Detroit

FSN Detroit is teaming with Farmers Insurance Group to honor well-rounded high school student-athletes throughout Michigan with a monthly Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award during the 2008-09 academic year.

The Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award recognizes outstanding high school student athletes that are making a difference on the athletic field, in the classroom and in the communities they represent. Administrators and coaches from 768 high schools statewide have been invited to nominate student-athletes who carry a grade point average of 2.5 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) and are involved in extracurricular activities (including community service). Athletic achievements in both individual and team sports will be considered. The monthly winner is determined by a selection committee comprised of personnel from Farmers and FSN Detroit.

The Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award honorees will receive a plaque presented by a local Farmers Insurance representative and be featured in a 30-second vignette to run throughout the following month during FSN Detroit programming.

Farmers Insurance Group is a presenting sponsor of FSN Detroit's 2008-09 coverage of Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball championship events.



WLQV to sponsor Bible Across America Tour stop in Sterling Heights

AM 1500 WLQV and Grace Christian Church have partnered with Zondervan to promote and host the Bible Across America Tour stop in Southeast Michigan. More than 31,000 Americans will have a hand in publishing a new Bible - America's NIV - the first nationwide Bible ever written "one-verse, one-person" at a time. The cross-country RV tour will make its only Southeast Michigan stop at Grace Christian Church at 33801 Van Dyke Ave in Sterling Heights on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and the public is invited to contribute a verse in their own handwriting.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 30, 2008



Whitecaps extend contract with WBBL

When the Whitecaps open their 16th season in 2009, listeners in West Michigan can keep their radio dial tuned to WBBL-AM 1340 for every pitch. The West Michigan Whitecaps and Citadel Broadcasting have agreed on a three-year extension that will keep Whitecaps broadcasts on their flagship station WBBL-AM 1340 through 2011.

Whitecaps games have been heard on WBBL for the last five seasons, dating back to their championship season in 2004. Several number of games will again be available throughout West Michigan on the Whitecaps Radio Network.

"We're excited to continue our partnership with Citadel and look forward to another three years on WBBL," said Whitecaps Vice President of Sales Steve McCarthy. "WBBL is the local sports leader in radio so the last five seasons have been successful for all parties involved."

"We're thrilled to grow together with the Whitecaps after partnering with Lew Chamberlin and the Whitecaps the past five years," said Matt Hanlon, President, Midwest Region for Citadel Broadcasting. "WBBL is the home for sports on the radio in West Michigan, so it makes sense for us to continue our relationship with a spectacular organization like the Whitecaps."



Grand Rapids Press:

Just like an aspiring Class A professional baseball player hoping to move up in the minor league system and eventually to the major leagues, West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play radio announcer Dave Skoczen inspires to do the same. That's why after eight seasons announcing at the Single-A level, the past four with the Whitecaps, Skoczen, 30, has decided to leave the organization to pursue his dreams. Friday will be Skoczen's last day as a member of the Whitecaps' organization. He plans to pack-up his family (wife and two boys, 3 and 1) and head to California in the coming days... Whitecaps' radio announcer Skoczen steps down (Thu, 9/25)







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