November 2008 Archives

• Talk WPIQ FM 92.7 Manistique was granted a construction permit to change from a Class A station operating with 6,000 watts @ 157 feet to Class C2 which would broadcast with 24,500 watts @ 713 feet. The station's transmitter would also move from just east of Manistique to the west near the border of Schoolcraft and Delta counties. Coverage area of WPIQ would be greatly increased.

• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted its license to cover for FM translator W242BP 96.3 Three Rivers. The translator was previously licensed at FM 106.9 as W295AK.


• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted a construction permit to change the frequency of FM translator W242BP 96.3 Three Rivers to 96.9 as W245BM.


WUPT FM 100.3 Gwinn/Marquette was granted its initial license. The station signed on with a classic hits format as 100.3 The Point, Marquette's Classic Hits.

WWUP TV 10 Sault Ste Marie was granted a construction permit for its post-transition digital facilities. The station will continue to operate on Ch. 10 in February when its analog signal is turned off.

• FM translator W215AS 90.9 Muskegon was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 90.7 as W214CA.


• Smile FM was granted a license for WSLI FM 90.9 Belding. The station began operations as part of the Smile FM contemporary Christian network.

• Northern Christian Radio was granted a license for WZHN FM 91.3 East Tawas. The station has been heard carrying the programming of Northern Christian Radio even though it operates within the same area of NCR's FM 106.1 in the Tawas area.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 1, 2008



Flint Journal:

1953 was a big year for Flint-based radio station WFDF-AM (910). In the wake of the deadly Beecher tornado in June, the station was feeding news coverage to the national networks. It changed its own network affiliation from ABC to the then-more-prestigious NBC. And in August, while the tornado damage was still evident, WFDF added a new local personality to its daytime schedule. Betty Monas, a native of Flint's sister city of Hamilton, Ontario, began hosting "Listen Ladies," a five-minute, early-afternoon household hints show tailored to homemakers. But you remember her as Betty Clarke... Betty Clarke's radio show on WFDF-AM remembered (Sat, 11/1)


• The Country King, Inc was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Harrison at 90.7. The station, which as of October 1 has the call sign WKKM, would operate at 100 watts @ 98 feet from near Harrison in Clare county and is owned by David Carmine who at one time owned what was WKKM on FM 92.1. According to the application for the station with the FCC, the educational objective of the station would be, "to educate, preserve, promote, and create an appreciation for the musical art form known as country music."

• The FCC approved the sale of Horizon Christian Fellowship's FM translator in Three Rivers (W245BM 96.9) to Impact Radio. Sale price was $11,000.

• No notable activity for August 6th, 7th, and 8th.


• Family Life Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator at 99.9 to be licensed to Lansing. The application for the translator lists WUFN 96.7 Albion as the station that W260BX would rebroadcast.

• Impact Radio was granted a construction permit to change the frequency of W245BM 96.9 Three Rivers to 97.1 as W246BW with a power increase from 4 to 115 watts.


• Central Michigan University was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator at 95.1 to be licensed to Traverse City. The application for the translator lists WCMW 103.9 Harbor Springs as the station that W236BU would rebroadcast.

• Sovereign City Radio Services closed on the purchase of two Upper Peninsula radio station construction permits from Advance Acquistion: AM 1490 Ironwood and AM 1490 Houghton.

•No notable activity for August 13th and 14th.


• Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Constantine at 88.5. The station would operate with 9,700 watts @ 292 feet with a directional signal that would cover parts of St. Joseph and Cass counties.

• Said News Foundation was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Reed City at 91.9. The station would operate with 2,400 watts @ 226 feet with a directional signal that would cover parts of Osceola, Lake, Mecosta, and Newaygo counties.

WMQF TV 19 Marquette was granted a construction permit for its post-transition digital facilities. The station will continue to operate on Ch. 19 in February when its analog signal is turned off.


• The construction permit for WDPW 91.9 Greenville was modified; effective radiated power was changed from 3,000 watts @ 224 feet to 4,000 watts @ 207 feet. The station also applied for program test authority and for its license to cover.


• Korkee, Inc was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Grand Marais at 91.7. The station would operate with 30,000 watts @ 404 feet with a signal that would cover parts of Alger, Luce, and Schoolcraft counties.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2008



WNIC gets in the holiday spirit early

Just as you're trying to figure out what to do with all that extra Halloween candy on the kitchen table (don't eat it all in one sitting) ... it's time once again to think Christmas. At least that's what the folks at WNIC FM 100.3 want you to do. Making sure no one else could claim to be first this year, WNIC jumped on Santa's sleigh this morning and will be featuring nothing but holiday music through at least December 25th.

This evening the station is prominently featuring a poll on it's web site at claiming 40% of those that answered the poll wanted Christmas music to start at the beginning of November ... maybe as a way to answer any critics that might think it's a tad early to be having a Holly Jolly Christmas.



Ann Arbor News:

The results are in for fund drives recently concluded at two local public radio stations. At Michigan Radio (WUOM, 91.7 FM), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, the on-air fundraiser, which ran from Oct. 17-24, generated more than 7,400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 ... Meanwhile, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, ended its fall pledge drive on Oct. 26, raising a record $139,207 in nine and half days, exceeding last fall's total by over $2,000. The station also raised $50,000 toward its fall 2008 mail campaign goal of $140,000. The mail returns are counted separately from the funds raised on-air. Two more mailings are planned before the end of the year. "We set an ambitious on-air goal for ourselves this year, $30,000 higher than in fall '07," said Mary Motherwell, marketing and development director. "While it's disappointing that we didn't reach that mark, we certainly can be happy about breaking the previous record... U-M, EMU fund drives successful; WUOM, WEMU both see gains in amounts pledged (Mon, 11/3)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2008



Flint Journal:

You've likely heard about digital TV transition coming in February 2009. But do you know about Nov. 19, 2008? If you're a Michigan Television fan, listen up. WFUM (Channel 28) says it's soon ending its analog broadcast signal and converting early to digital television transmission. If your toddler can't get enough "Sesame Street" and you watch "NOVA" through over-the-air signals (maybe with the help of an antenna or rabbit ears) your picture could be black or snowy on WFUM's station come mid November. Here's what you need to know ... If you're one of the estimated 70,000 in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City television market who still use rabbit ears or an antenna on top of the roof to pick up an analog signal, you need a digital converter box. The converters generally cost between $45 and $80... Digital TV conversion happening now: Big Bird may be out on Flint station by November deadline (Sun, 11/2)



Broadcasting & Cable:

The FCC has denied a request from Fox affiliate WSMH-DT Fint, Mich., for another waiver of the FCC's digital signal-strength test. Satellite operators can import a similar distant DTV-station signal to viewers who cannot receive a sufficiently strong signal from their local affiliate, based on satellite-company testing of those signals. As of Oct. 31, satellite companies could test that strength, and deliver an out-of-market Fox affiliate to viewers in WSMH's market who do not get a sufficiently strong signal from that station. WSMH has already received a waiver based on the fact that it had cross-border coordination issues with Canada, and then asked for an extension. But while that extension was pending, Canada gave its approval, said the FCC. Now, WSMH says it needs to move to a new tower and clear that with Canada as well... FCC Denies Fox Affiliate Waiver for Digital Signal-Strength Test (Mon, 11/3)


• Class A TV station WOMS-CA 29 Muskegon was granted a construction permit for a flash cut (remaining on the same channel) for digital broadcasting. The station's digital coverage area would greatly increase over its current analog operations.


• Lud's Alpine, Inc. was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator at 104.1 to be licensed to Alpena. The application for the translator lists WKLZ-FM 98.9 Petoskey as the station that W281AY would rebroadcast.

• No notable activity for August 22nd.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 4, 2008



Wide Open West and FS Detroit reach Pistons deal

Wide Open West has reached an agreement on the complete slate of Detroit Pistons games scheduled to air on FS Detroit. After FS Detroit picked up the rights to an extra 34 games over its previous coverage package, agreements still needed to be worked out with the various cable companies in the area to deliver these extra games. The deal with WOW didn't get done in time for the season opening game on October 29th, but since has been resolved and WOW customers were able to watch the last two games on FS Detroit and will be getting all the scheduled Pistons games as the season continues.

A similar agreement with Buckeye Cable in northwestern Ohio is still being worked on.


• FM translator W245BM 96.9 Three Rivers was granted its license to cover for its move from 96.3.


• Larlen Communications was granted a license to cover for new FM station WXPZ 90.1 Clyde Twp (Allegan county). Programming on this station is not known at this time.

• Michiana Christian Broadcasters was granted a license to cover for new FM station WCWB 90.1 Coldwater. The station first started operations on July 15th and features religious programming from the Bible Broadcasting Network.

• No notable activity for August 27th and 28th.


• The post-transition DTV construction permit for WPXD DT 31 Ann Arbor was modified to change the effective radiated power from 105,600 watts @ 1076 feet to 184,000 watts @ 1076 feet.

Swick Broadcasting closed on its $3.8 million purchase of WMSH-FM/AM Sturgis, Indiana stations WLKI FM Angola and WTHD FM LaGrange, and WLZZ FM Montpelier, OH.

• The estate of John R. Powley was granted a construction permit for new LPTV station W25DX Escanaba.

• No notable activity for September 2 - 5.


• Educational Media Foundation was granted a license for WLVM 88.3 Ironwood. The station began operations as part of the contemporary Christian K-Love network.

• No notable activity for September 9th.


• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted a license to cover for new FM station WTNP 91.9 Richland (Kalamazoo/Barry county area). Although Horizon Christian Fellowship is a religious-based organization, programming on WTNP is not known at this time.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2008



W4 Country sends soldier's mom and morning guy to Korea

Ann Arbor's 102.9 W4 Country heard about the need of a local soldier who lost his father and the love of his life against the backdrop of the war in Iraq and subsequent immediate deployment to Korea and has responded.

BJ Harlow is from Dundee and is now assigned to Camp Humphries outside of Seoul, South Korea. Harlow's sister approached the radio station and told of her brother's position and asked if a t-shirt could be sent to him in Korea. Morning host "Bubba" decided to purchase a ticket with his own money and head over to visit BJ. The local employees of Key Bank contributed money to buy his mother a ticket and send bank President Bill Koehler to Korea as well.

The group leaves for Seoul today (November 7th) from Detroit Metropolitan Airport via Tokyo on Northwest Flight 25. BJ Harlow will be told that his leave has been taken away to retrieve a high-ranking military official from a hotel in Seoul. There, the morning show will be waiting with his mother as a surprise for the weekend. The group returns to Detroit on Monday.

The "Breakfast With Bubba" program has been on the air at W4 Country for six years, and this is the second such international trip to benefit a local soldier.



Detroit News:

The results are in and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) was the most-watched local station on Election Day. The ABC affiliate pulled in an 8.1 rating/16.1 share for the whole day compared to WDIV-TV (Channel 4), which had a 7.2 rating/14.3 share and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which placed last with a 4.8 rating/9.5 share. A single ratings point represents one percent of the total number of viewers and the share is the percentage of television sets in use. Not so coincidentally, ABC was television's No. 1 broadcast network during the historic race for the White House with 12.5 million viewers, while CNN was the No.1 network overall with 13.3 million. WDIV did turn the tables at 11 p.m., when the local NBC affiliate garnered a 14.2 rating/22.7 share compared to WXYZ's 12.6 rating/20 share and Fox affiliate WJBK's 8.1 rating/13.3 share... For election results, voters pick WXYZ (Fri, 11/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Help a child stay warm this winter by participating in the 26th Annual Salvation Army Coats for Kids Radiothon today and Saturday. The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM (97.9) are teaming up at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit to rally donations to be used by the Salvation Army to purchase coats for children in need. The fun-filled event will include interviews with local celebrities and sports figures, the premieres of "Soul Men" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and live performances by local hip-hop, rap and R & B artists. Events will take place 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday... Share some warmth at Coats for Kids radiothon (Fri, 11/7)


• Sandy Shores Arts Society was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Ludington at 91.5. The station would operate with 610 watts @ 328 feet with a signal that would cover southwestern Mason county.

• No notable activity for September 12 and 15.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

For most of this state, Thanksgiving traditions usually include football and Detroit. For Bret Bakita, the holiday weekend has little to do with the Lions, and everything to do with high school football. For the 15th consecutive year, Bakita will anchor coverage of the state finals at Ford Field for WBBL-AM (1340), along with co-host Brett Muller. "It will be a busy couple of days," Bakita said. "On Friday, my mother will go on a shopping trip with my wife, and my dad and I will watch the football." The radio station's playoff coverage continues at 6:30 tonight with the West Catholic-Muskegon Oakridge game that will be simulcast on WBBL and Muskegon's WEFG-FM (97.5), "The Champ." WBBL also will stream games live online and, for the first time, archive audio and make it available for download on its Web site... WBBL's Bakita gears up for prep football finals (Fri, 11/7)



NPR White House Correspondent to visit Grand Rapids

Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint) and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will welcome NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea to Grand Rapids, on Monday, November 17th, at 7:00 pm. Gonyea will speak about his experiences covering the White House as well as his time on the campaign trail with President-elect Barack Obama.

Gonyea has been reporting for NPR for over twenty years. A Michigan native, he was NPR's Detroit correspondent until 2001, when he took over the White House beat. Since then, he has reported on all aspects of the George W. Bush presidency, including the events of September 11th, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gonyea has also spent expensive time traveling with President Bush, and has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He has also covered the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, John McCain, and most recently Barack Obama, while chronicling the 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections.

In addition to his reporting for NPR, Gonyea has been a contributor to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio and the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2000, he was part of a team that earned NPR a George Foster Peabody Award--broadcasting's highest honor--for "Lost & Found Sound," a series on All Things Considered. A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is a graduate of Michigan State University, and a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan.

Gonyea will speak at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, at 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, November 17th, at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. More information about this event and registration is available at


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

The thing we seem to talk about the most here on is something we dislike the most and that's CHANGE. However, while the local terrestrial radio scene has been holding somewhat stable of late, the major alterations are coming in the next few days on the radio dial that you have to pay for, and that's the newly combined Sirius XM....and it ain't pretty.

Last month I spoke about how many people, once employed by the two companies, are now in one of the world's longest bread-lines. I find it amazing that a radio service, which unlike free over-the-air broadcasting, is willing to take the risk of losing customers due to what is always termed "business decisions." I recall when Tom Bender of Great Media here in Detroit switched classical WQRS-FM (105.1) to alternative rock WXDG-FM (The Edge). It angered many up-scale listeners who loved the classical fare, but Bender called it "a business decision," and it was. They needed to make more money than the classical format was generating...but the rock didn't work. For those with a good memory the morning show on The Edge was Spike and Sara who enjoyed much more success with MoJo in the Morning on Channel 955, WKQI. Spike is still there, Sara is now with Jay Towers and Bill McAllister at The Ticket, sports WXYT-FM (97.1). Sara's exit from WKQI too was a "business decision." The 105.1 frequency also tried "groovin' oldies" a black gold format as WGRV and that didn't work either. Today, it's WMGC and they finally found "The Magic." It takes a lot of time and patience for radio formats to take hold and actually work. These are two elements that are in short supply by both the listeners and broadcasting executives.

On or around November 15th, if you subscribe to either XM or Sirius, you can expect a lot of changes on your satellite radio dial. Many of your favorites will no longer be there, and even more likely, as we discussed last time, many of the on-air personalities will be gone. Most of you who read things on this site know the term "voice tracking" which is a means of knocking out a six hour radio show in about 30 or 40 minutes and having a computer put it all together as it is broadcasted. Many of the shows you hear, other than on talk radio, are tracked...especially on the weekend. Higher-priced air talent do not want to work weekends, so it's mostly all pre-recorded.

The thing that I have a big problem with, in radio, is why the most popular people are often sacrificed in the interest of the bottom line. The satcaster managers seem to be obsessed with "big names" even if they are not radio broadcasters. Oprah Winfrey, Derek Jeter, Bob Dylan, and Martha Stewart all THINK they can do radio. Bill O'Reilly is another one, along with Dennis Miller, who thought he could do the wireless act. O'Reilly called his show the Radio Factor. Well, now Bill is calling it quits on radio. He will, however, continue his Fox News Channel TV show. Dennis Miller is on deck. Steve Martin said it years ago, "comedy ain't pretty" and I'll say it now, "radio ain't easy," especially GOOD radio.

We are blessed with a couple of excellent stations for news and talk listeners via WJR-AM (760) and WWJ-AM (950). Add to that mix 700 WLW in Cincinnati, arguably the best programmed news-talk station in the country...known now, as it once was 60 years ago, as "The Nation's Station" when it operated at a staggering 500,000 watts! It's been available on XM Channel 173, but not for much longer. The powers-to-be at Clear Channel, who owns "The Big One," will take it off satellite radio because they can make more money with other programming that they can sell advertising on.

One of the big draws to XM and Sirius was commercial-free music and entertainment. With Mel Karmazin at the helm, a natural-born salesman, I can guarantee you will hear more and more advertising on the pay radio channels.

What perplexes me the most is why they continue to pay Howard Stern $500 million and now they have just lured "Mad Dog" Russo away from sports WFAN in New York for well over a million bucks! Who, outside of New York, even knows who Russo is? But, since most of the ad dollars are placed out of agencies in Manhattan, Karmazin feels it was a good move. Think how many salaries could be paid with the money they've allotted to just one person. It's insane.

Since my last rant, the backlash has really boomed. Over 1,000 truckers have signed a petition to keep Country Dan Dixon, an Ann Arbor native, on the air. His last show is scheduled for November 14th on XM 10 America. That channel is (most likely) going away and will be re-assigned to another format. There's even a slick "Save Country Dan" web site and e-mails and letters are pouring in, but sadly management doesn't seem to care.

Matt the Cat, from the XM 50's channel is overwhelmed with the level of support he's been receiving. The jocks on the "new" 50's channel will probably be 100% voice-tracked by big names who have other jobs and do this for "extra money," since it's not a full-time job. Now, we just learned that Sirius has dumped the Doo Wop show on Wednesday nights hosted by T. J. Lubinsky. He produces all of the Doo Wop TV specials on PBS that originate at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh. His final show was peppered with callers from all over the country devastated by the news of his cancellation.

The only beautiful music/easy listening station available anywhere is XM's Channel 78 known as "Escape." It started as Channel 24 under the name "Sunny" and fortunately it has been saved, but will be moving from 78 down to Channel 28, currently known as "On Broadway," a channel that will probably be gone. So will dozens, if not thousands of satellite radio subscribers who are feeling as though no one in the front office seems to care about what we want to hear.

Quick Hits: Murray Gula, the home improvement guru from WXYZ-TV Channel 7 may be back on local radio again soon. When we know, you'll know ... Conservative talk radio hosts are delighted that Barack Obama won the White House, since it will afford them four years of material they wouldn't have had with a Republican as the president ... If my math is right, Dick Purtan's contract with WOMC is up for renewal on December 1st. If not, I'll be embarrassed, but I will get over it.

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


WUPF FM 107.3 Powers/Escanaba was granted its license to cover for changes (effective radiated power from 6,200 watts @ 82 feet to 25,000 watts @ 318 feet from a new tower location west of Escanaba) giving the station coverage of Escanaba. WUPF signed on again after being silent for several months as Radio Eagle 107.3, We Play Everything.

• No notable activity for September 16.


• Mentor Partners agreed to acquire the construction permit for FM translator W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $8,000 pending FCC approval and closing.

• Powell Meredith Communications was granted a construction permit for a new AM station to be licensed to Marquette at 1430. The station would operate with 50,000 watts from a single tower during the day and with 2,000 watts from a 2 tower array at night.

• No notable activity for September 19 or 22.


WNBY AM begins season-long coverage of Timberwolves Midget hockey

Today, Saturday November 8th, marks the start of a full season of coverage for the Newberry Timberwolves Midget Hockey Team on AM1450 WNBY. This afternoon's game at 2:15pm has the Timberwolves in the Alger Centennial Arena skating against Munising in their first game of the year. The Timberwolves were last years' U.P. Champions and went on to the State Championship.

Play-by-play for Timberwolves Hockey will be handled by broadcast veteran Casey Cook for WNBY and will cover over 20 regular season games, with additional coverage provided for the U.P. Playdowns.

"This is a first for any station in Newberry to provide coverage of a team in any sport outside of normal high school sports broadcasts," according to Cook. "Being Newberry's Sports Leader, we thought it would be a big boost for this team to broadcast their games this season and follow them down the road as they try to get back to the State Championship. Most of the team returns from last years' squad and it should be some real exciting hockey for the fans in Newberry."


• Confesora Peralta is acquiring the construction permit for LPTV station W26DF Ch. 26 Alpena from Dean M. Mosely for $15,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The construction permit for this station is set to expire on January 24, 2009.

• Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted a license to cover for FM translator W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids. The station is being sold to Mentor Partners which will likely use it to rebroadcast its WBRN AM 1460.

• No notable activity for September 24 or 25.


• LPFM station WGLN-LP 93.5 Cedar Lake was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 94 watts @ 100 feet to 64 watts @ 123 feet.

• No notable activity for September 29.


• The estate of John R. Powley is selling 4 LPTV construction permits, including W25DX Ch 25 Escanaba and 3 others in Texas, to Hispanic Christian Community Network, Inc. for $20,000, pending FCC approvals and closing.

• The construction permit for a new AM 820 which would have been licensed to Escanaba has been canceled. The permit holder had been the estate of Lyle R. Evans.


• Cadillac Telecasting has successfully petitioned the FCC to allocate Channel 45 for the digital operations of its FOX affiliate WFUP TV 45 Gaylord. The station's previous owner had planned on ending the operation of WFUP upon the digital TV transition in February 2009 however Cadillac Telecasting plans to continue operating WFUP. FCC memorandum opinion and order (.pdf)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



The Fox strips for listeners

Country WDTW-FM, 106.7 The Fox, is giving back to listeners and bringing ten national recording country artists together for one night of music this Thursday, November 13th, for "Fox Stripped Live" at The Fillmore in Detroit. Darius Rucker, Randy Owen, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Emily West, Billy Currington, Trent Tomlinson, Big Kenny (From Big and Rich), Jamey Johnson and Heidi Newfield will all be on one stage, stripped down, raw, real and giving the stories behind some of their favorite songs.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6pm with the concert to begin at 7 at The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward. These tickets are among the hottest in town as they can only be obtained by winning them on air or by going to one of the station's announced ticket stops each day.

Go to for more information about Fox Stripped Live.



PD Scott Walker exits WOMC

Scott Walker has exited as program director for oldies WOMC and is transferring to sister station WRBQ in Tampa, FL where he'll become that station's PD.

Following last month's announcement that Dom Theodore would be moving to CBS Radio/Detroit from Clear Channel's Detroit operations and take the reigns of programming both WOMC and smooth jazz WVMV in addition to his new roles as vice president of programming for the Detroit cluster and vice president of programming for all of CBS Radio's contemporary hits stations, it was unclear just where Walker and current V98.7 PD Tom Sleeker were going to fit in the org chart.

While there still hasn't been any announcement about the future of Sleeker, the chain of command at WOMC just became more clear.



Detroit Free Press:

Nearly a year ago, Janet Narich did exactly as recommended by the TV industry, government Web sites and the public service spots of former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell -- she requested a discount coupon for a converter box to receive digital TV signals. Yet, she still isn't ready for digital television. And, ready or not, it's coming Feb. 17. Now Narich, 58, of Ferndale is stuck with an expired $40 coupon she received last winter and took to a retailer that hadn't received its shipment of converter boxes, which sell for about $50. Each coupon -- a plastic card roughly the size of a credit card -- expires 90 days from the date it was mailed. "It just seems strange to me that these coupons expire because a lot of the stores didn't have the converter boxes in stock when people were getting their coupons," Narich said. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) said it has received more than 600 calls in the past couple of months from people who have expired coupons and people who said they never received coupons... Many get coupon, but no digital TV box (Mon, 11/10)

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit in partnership with FM 98 WJLB collected 1,224 coats and $53,453 in cash donations to provide warm coats for thousands of children during the 26th Annual Coats for Kids Radiothon held at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit over the weekend... Salvation Army, FM 98 collect over 1,000 coats, donations still accepted (Mon, 11/10)

The Hot Stove season has arrived, and so has the Tigers' regular off-season radio program. The TigerTalk Show makes its season premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET online at and over the air on WXYT AM 1270 and FM 97.1. Tigers radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo will co-host the weekly hour-long show, which will feature the latest news on the Tigers as well as interviews with Tigers players, coaches and front-office members. FSN Detroit television analyst Rod Allen will also contribute a weekly segment. In addition, listeners can call in and ask questions about the Tigers ... The TigerTalk Show will run weekly through mid-February, when the Tigers report to Spring Training... TigerTalk debuts tonight (Mon, 11/10)

WOMC Hosts 'Military Moms Luncheon': CBS RADIO Oldies WOMC/DETROIT is hosting the station's fourth annual "Military Moms Luncheon" on VETERANS DAY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. Morning guru DICK PURTAN will be emceeing the luncheon which recognizes and thanks MICHIGAN military moms whose sons and daughters are giving so much by serving our country. "WOMC is very honored to present this event on VETERANS DAY," noted WOMC GM DEBBIE KENYON. "This is just a small token of our appreciation for what DETROIT moms sons and daughters have done for our country." (Mon, 11/10)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



Muskegon Chronicle:

After five years of work -- organizing, planning, fundraising and praying -- the switch has been flipped. There's a new presence on the Muskegon-area FM dial. And if you've ever wandered near the A-stage at the Unity Christian Music Festival, it just may sound familiar. That is no coincidence. For the past several years, organizers of Muskegon Community Radio -- the Christian non-profit presence behind a new youth-oriented Christian radio station -- have been spending time in spots where they're likely to rub elbows with teens and young adults, talking with them, listening to them, listening with them ... Now the music pours round the clock from the radio dial at 88.9 FM, the new home for what organizers are calling Hey! Radio -- hence the station's call letters, WHEY... Unity fest inspires new Christian radio station (Sat, 11/8)

Because of necessary antenna work at the transmitter our coverage to off air viewers will be reduced starting Saturday morning (11/8/08). This will be for a one week period from Nov. 8th to the 14th... WWMT operating at reduced power (Mon, 11/10)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



ESPN 100.9 FM to present high school playoff tripleheader

High school football fans rejoice! ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN, will present a tripleheader of high school football regional playoff action this weekend. Additionally, all three games will be simulcast on WNEM Newradio 1250.

Coverage is scheduled to begin Friday night, Nov 14th, at 6:30pm, live from Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw where the undefeated Panthers host the 9-2 Bulldogs of St. Charles. Dan Hasty and Coach Terry Wilczek will call the action live from Boyd Field, plus Brad Golder and Justin Davis will provide live updates from the Freeland Falcons' matchup with Ovid-Elsie. Following the game, Wes Goheen and Steve Duncan will anchor coverage of Friday Night Lights, live from the studios of WNEM Newradio 1250.

Saturday's games feature a pair of local teams. Coverage is scheduled to start at 1:30pm as the 9-2 John Glenn Bobcats travel across the state to battle the 10-1 East Grand Rapids Panthers. Golder and Wilczek will provide the live play-by-play coverage, with scoreboard updates from Standish-Sterling versus Gladstone, Bay City All Saints versus Frankfort and Deckerville versus Beal City.

Later on Saturday, Midland High (10-1) plays host to Davison (8-3) in a rematch of last year's 7-3 Chemic win. Hasty and Wilczek will call the action at our featured Saginaw Valley League Playoff Game of the Week.

Following the Midland/Davison game, Goheen and Duncan will anchor a Saturday edition of Friday Night Lights, with scores and analysis of all the weekend's regional matchups.

For more information on ESPN 100.9-FM's high school football coverage, visit


• The FCC approved the sale of FM translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek to Calvary Radio Network from CSN International as part of a larger national transaction worth $1.8 million. Also involved in the sale was WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators. As the construction permit for WJCE FM 88.9 Elkton expired without being completed earlier in the summer, it was officially canceled and the call sign deleted by the FCC on September 2nd and will not be part of the Calvary Radio Network.

• No notable activity for October 3 and 6.


• FM translator W214CA 90.7 Muskegon was granted its license to cover. The station changed frequency to 90.7 from 90.9.

• No notable activity for October 8 - 10.



MAB Says Goodbye to Richard Sommerville



Richard S. Sommerville, 1918-2008

It is with great sadness that the Michigan Association of Broadcasters announces the passing of 1985 MAB Past President Richard Sommerville.

Richard S. Sommerville, 90 of Port Huron, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2008 in Port Huron Hospital. He was born on October 20, 1918 in Evart, MI, the 3rd youngest of twelve children, to Harry and Minnie Sommerville. Dick grew up in Flushing and graduated from Flushing High School in 1936. On May 23, 1942, he married Letty Pilon. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served through the end of World War II.

Dick graduated from the Pasadena, CA Institute of Broadcasting in 1948, moved back to the Flint area, and then joined WTTH Radio in Port Huron, becoming station manager within five years. In October of 1967 he purchased WSMA, and in March of 1973 with sons, David and John, bought WTHM in Lapeer. The family then purchased three newspapers in southern St. Clair County. In 1984, Dick and son, Jeff, bought WADM and WQTZ in Decatur, IN, and in 1986 with son, Jim, purchased WCEN in Mt. Pleasant.

In 2000, Dick and Letty returned to the Port Huron area. When SC4 became a community college, Dick served as the first chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was a long-time supporter of the St. Clair County March of Dimes, serving as board member and chairman. He was instrumental in beginning the Jail and Bail project. He was a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters where he was presented their Lifetime Achievement Award this past July. He was a former member and past president of the Port Huron Rotary Club. Dick was a past chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Party, was a past member of the State Republican Party Central Committee, and was a two-time delegate to the National Republican Convention. In 1968 and 1970 he was a candidate for the Michigan State Senate.

Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Letty J. Sommerville; five sons, David (Nancy) Sommerville of Lapeer, John (Debbie) Sommerville of North Street, Tom Sommerville of Jacksonville, FL, Jeff (Pam) Sommerville of Ruby, and Jim (Debbie) Sommerville of Fort Gratiot; eight grandchildren, Robert Sommerville, Lorie (George) Karnegis, Chris (Holly) Ochodnicky, Todd (Stacy) Sommerville, Amy (Trip) Limehouse, Alex Sommerville, and Racheal & Janelle Sommerville; eleven great grandchildren, one brother, David (Mary Lou) Sommerville of Alma; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Florence, Marion, Jean, and Suzie, and his brothers, Harry, Don, Todd, Robert, George, and Alvin.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Smith Family Funeral Home-North.. The funeral service will be on Wednesday in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. preceded by one hour of visitation. Rev. Max Amstutz will officiate. The St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council will provide military honors. Contributions may be made in Dick's memory to the March of Dimes.

To send condolences, please visit

Smith Family Funeral Home - North:
1525 Hancock St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Tel: (810) 985-4351
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Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2008



Detroit News:

J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison, longtime hosts of the "J.J. and Lynne" morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7) were fired after this morning's show. "We weren't given an opportunity to say goodbye to our audience," Johnson said. "They called us in after the show to say our contract was up March 1, and they weren't going to be renewing it." The rumor had been out there that Greater Media Detroit, owner of WCSX, was interested in Deminski & Doyle for the morning slot. The brash duo left 97.1 (now WXYT) almost a year ago, and the "non-compete" clause of their contract would be expiring soon. Johnson had heard the rumor, and asked if that was behind the move. "They said it wasn't true," Johnson said. "But I feel it's probably the likely scenario"... WCSX fires morning show hosts 'J.J. and Lynne' (Tue, 11/11)



Detroit Free Press:

Morning radio fans will miss two of Detroit's most well-known voices on their Wednesday commute as Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison, the co-hosts of the "JJ & Lynne in the Morning" show, have been fired from their post at classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7). "We were told yesterday (Monday) that there would be a meeting with us Tuesday to talk about the show, the new ratings system and some other things regarding changes in the media," said Johnson, a fixture on Detroit radio since the '70s, and a distinctive voice at 'CSX for 16 years. "And they told us that that in March our contract was up, they would not be renewing it and today was your last show ... John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media, Inc., the company that oversees Detroit stations CSX, WRIF-FM (101.1) and WMGC-FM (105.1), confirmed the dismissals. Starting Wednesday, listeners can expect an interim classic rock music format... J.J. and Lynne fired from morning show at WCSX (Tue, 11/11)


• Great Lakes Radio received a construction permit to move classic rock WRUP FM 98.3 Munising into the Marquette market, essentially exiting Munising. The station would change its community of license to Palmer, move its broadcast location from Alger county into Marquette county where it would operate with 2,600 watts @ 1018 feet. The station's current facilities near Munising transmit with 32,000 watts @ 358 feet and only provides a marginal signal into Marquette.

• The post-transition DTV construction permit for WBSF-DT Ch. 46 Bay City/Saginaw was modified to increase effective radiated power from 18,000 to 70,000 watts. Once the facility is turned on in February, 2009 the increased power should help the station better cover its market area. WBSF does not have a companion digital channel, instead the station will flash-cut on or near February 17th when it turns off its analog transmitter and begins digital operations.

• The Battle Creek translator of soft rock/Christian WSAE FM at 92.3 (W222BB) was granted its license to cover for changes. The station changed its broadcast location and its effective radiated power from 120 watts to 80 watts @ 118 feet.

• LPFM station WGLN-LP 93.5 Cedar Lake was granted its license to cover for a change to its effective radiated power to 64 watts @ 123 feet from 94 watts @ 100 feet.


WPXD TV Ann Arbor has proposed changing its post-transition DTV allotment from Channel 31 to Channel 19. The proposal states the change would enable it to serve 145% of its current post-transition digital service area population should it be approved. If the station were to be approved and built according to the coordinates given in this proposal, the station would become a move-in and become a full-fledged Detroit station with its transmitter located near 11 Mile and Inkster Roads -- the same tower currently used by Channel 50 and the analog operation of Channel 56. FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (.pdf)

• No notable activity for October 16.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2008


Today's NetNews has a nice rundown of the first batch of pre-currency radio ratings from Arbitron's move to portable people monitors in the Detroit market. Of the markets AllAccess reviewed today, Detroit had the least dramatic change -- although AC and Rock formats, which have faired well in other markets, saw growth here. Unlike Dallas and Atlanta, there was no clear cut winner in the Motor City as a trio of stations shared demo crowns. Urban rankers moved around a bit as Radio One's stations fell farther back.

Read the entire breakdown on

A bit of commentary: The following numbers show both WRIF and WCSX are very strong stations in the early PPM ratings. WRIF finished first in the 12+ and 18-49 demos and second in 25-54 and 18-34. 'CSX was second 12+, fourth in 25-54 and 18-49, and ninth in 18-34. If Greater Media is considering big changes at either station on the heels of yesterday's dismissal of J.J. & Lynne from the morning slot at WCSX, perhaps these results should give them some pause.



Phone Scams Volume 12 goes on sale

Fans of the Mojo in Morning gang at hits WKQI-FM, Channel 95-5, won't want to miss what's become a holiday tradition around Detroit - the annual release of another volume of the show's best Phone Scams. The 2-CD set Phone Scams Vol.12 is now on sale at all Metro Detroit Borders stores & online at


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2008



Van Howe extends stay at WWMT-TV

Current WWMT-TV main anchor Tom Van Howe has extended his contract and will continue anchoring the 5, 5:30 and 6 o'clock newscasts for the station, continuing to help out Newschannel 3 at the anchor desk at least through June 2009. He is currently filling the anchor role while Jeff McAtee serves as a U.S. Navy Commander overseas. Van Howe had initially retired in 2006 after 20 years of reporting and anchoring at WOOD-TV.

"Tom has been a great addition adding depth and experience to our news team," said Jim Lutton, WWMT Vice President and General Manager.

The station also announced a couple changes involving its anchors. Jeff Varner will move from his role as morning anchor to the night side and join Judy Markee for the 11 p.m. newscast on WWMT. Varner will also take over anchor duties for the 10 p.m. newscast on digital subchannel the CW7. Varner will also be reporting for the 5, 5:30 and 6 o'clock newscasts.

General assignment reporter Josh Roe will join Holly Doyle at the desk in the mornings. Roe joined Newschannel 3 in October from KFWD-TV in Dallas, Tex., where he reported and anchored.

"Josh is an exciting move for the WMMT/CW7 news team," said Cathy Younkin, News Director for WWMT. "We have some very talented anchors on all our newscasts to deliver live, local, breaking news to West Michigan viewers."



Grand Rapids AMs make changes

The two Birach Broadcasting AM stations in Grand Rapids have made changes to their programming. WMFN AM 640 has dropped its Adult Urban Contemporary/Talk format and is now airing brokered Spanish-language music as 'La Ponderosa', the format moving over from sister station WMJH AM 810 which only operates as a daytimer. The new programming at WMJH is reportedly Spanish-language contemporary hits.


• The applications for the transfer of Ann Arbor stations WWWW-FM 102.9, WQKL-FM 107.1, WTKA AM 1050, and WLBY AM 1290 along with Battle Creek stations WBCK-FM 95.3, WBXX-FM 104.9, WBCK AM 930, and WBFN AM 1400 to Cumulus from Clear Channel in exchange for an FM station in Canton Ohio was refiled with the FCC. The original announcement of this exchange was first announced in November 2006 and although Cumulus has been operating the 4 Ann Arbor stations along with WBCK-FM and WBXX-FM for more than a year, the exchange has not been completed. Cumulus has also reapplied to transfer silent WBFN AM 1400 Battle Creek to Family Life Communications and to place WBCK AM into trust so it can also be sold.


• Packer Radio Greenville is acquiring classic country WSCG-FM 106.3 Lakeview and talk WSCG AM 1380 Greenville from Stafford Broadcasting for $195,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. Packer Radio is the current owner of Full Service WION AM 1430 Ionia.

• No notable activity for October 21 and 22.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 13, 2008



Mt. Clemens Library hosting DTV forum Nov 17

Detroit Public TV President Rich Homberg, VP of Technology Helge Blucher, and others from the broadcasting industry will at the Mt. Clemens Public Library on Monday, November 17th at 7pm to discuss the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV) during a free forum open to the public.

WTVS is warning that recent problems with the station's 27-year-old analog transmitter are making it urgent that viewers be ready for digital even sooner than the federally mandated February 17, 2009 DTV switchover.

The station is also offering email notifications of similar forums being held around Southeast Michigan before the DTV transition occurs or to answer questions about how to convert your analog television to digital reception by contacting DPTV's Bill Van Horn at

The Mount Clemens Public Library is located at 150 Cass Ave in Mount Clemens.




The more things sound different, the more they seem the same on college radio. A longstanding alternative to commercial formats, "free-form" student-run radio is a variety show for adventurous listeners with eccentric audio tastes, including occasional dead air, local references, irreverent comments and unpolished delivery to remind you that this is, indeed, amateur radio. In an era when the airwaves are ruled by distant conglomerates that shift programming formats according to ratings and jam as much advertising in as listeners will tolerate while "public" radio adopts a largely talk, syndicated format, Metro Detroit's college radio stations (including CJAM, broadcasting from the University of Windsor) offer a fresh sound. Radio has become "overly commercial and is turning people off," explains Marie Dereniewski, program director of WHFR-FM 89.3, sponsored by Henry Ford Community College... Metro Detroit's Real Radio (Thu, 11/13)



Detroit News:

If you're old enough to remember a cowboy yelling, "Hi-yo, Silver!" before riding away on his horse, this should be good news: "The Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition" gallops into stores this week. The 12-disc DVD box set features the first two TV seasons, 1949 and 1950, and includes 78 episodes of the Emmy-nominated show starring Clayton Moore as the "Masked Man" and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. It also includes an 88-page color commemorative booklet, complete episode guide and rare comic book images of America's quintessential Western hero... When the Lone Ranger rode in Detroit (Thu, 11/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. is starting his own show on the city's public access cable channel. "Detroit: That's the Spirit" premiered Monday on cable channel 10 in the city. The episode will air again Thursday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It also will air this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m... Cockrel talks Detroit on TV show (Thu, 11/13)



Zonjic's Smooth Jazz Christmas Show set for Dec 14 in Royal Oak

Alexander Zonjic's 2008 Smooth Jazz Christmas Show will feature a lineup of special guests at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on December 14th at 7:30pm. Saxophonist Richard Elliot and guitarist Paul Brown are scheduled to join Alexander Zonjic & Friends along with these performers: guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne, vocalist Thornetta Davis, the Motor City Horns, and the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir.

Tickets prices are $40 and $30 and be purchased by calling (800) 919-6272 or visiting either or

Alexander Zonjic's annual holiday show is a benefit for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI, a unique, private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve.

Current sponsors include Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM) and National City Bank. The show is produced by Hi-Falutin' Music. Zonjic hosts the morning drive program for V98.7.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 13, 2008


MacDonald Names Jim Kramer Interim OM For Saginaw: MACDONALD BROADCASTING/SAGINAW has named 20-year company veteran JIM KRAMER, as Interim OM. KRAMER is the PD/morning personality for Country WKCQ and will oversee the other two stations in the cluster, Soft AC WSAG and Jack-FM WMJO. He replaces MIKE SCOT, who exited earlier this year. (Thu, 11/13)


• Radio Assist Ministry was granted a license to cover for a frequency change of FM translator W219DK 91.7 Manistee. The station previously was located at FM 102.5 as W273BO.


• The FCC approved the sale of WIDG AM 940 St. Ignace to Baraga Broadcasting from Northern Star Broadcasting. Sale price for the station was $100,000. WIDG, which had been silent since earlier in the year, is expected back on the air soon with a simulcast of the Catholic-based religious programming offered by Baraga's WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.

• No notable activity for October 27.


Memories from Art Vuolo, Jr.

Everyone can remember where they were when they heard the news about what happened on September 11th. Well, I will also never forget November 11th, because that was the day when I learned that my dear friend and colleague Andrew Ashwood had suffered a massive heart attack and was put on life support. He had been courageously fighting cancer for the past year and a half. I don't trust cancer, I never have, so last April I flew to LA to see for myself how he was doing. He looked amazingly good and his ultra-positive attitude was incredible. I even made a video, I know...hard to believe, but because he seemed good and looked great, I went for it. That was a visit I shall always cherish.

The news came to me after returning from Chicago, where I visited Kipper McGee, PD of WLS and Andrew's former roommate while they attended Lakeland College in Wisconsin. The word came down from Sean Compton of WGN America and I was deeply saddened. When I spoke to Andrew from the R&R/NAB Convention in Austin, he sounded sensational, upbeat and, of course, very positive.

Knowing his condition, after he was stricken, and the fact that he would never be the same, I prayed that he would suffer no more. Those prayers were finally answered Thursday evening, November 13th. My heart goes out to his beautiful wife Sandra, who never even reached her second anniversary, and his sisters Ann and Lorry.

Whether you knew Andrew or not, you realize he was one of kind. I am honored to have known him for over 30 years, and actually have him on videotape stating that I was instrumental in launching his legendary radio career. I'm just glad that I could help. He was often seen at any number of industry confabs like; the R&R Conventions, the TRS, NAB, Talkers, Boot Camp, the Conclave, name it. He had audiences riveted at any session he moderated or participated in.

Perhaps you crossed paths with him at (the former) WKTI in his hometown of Milwaukee, WGBF in Evansville, KOOL or KOPA in Phoenix, in Charlotte or his brief stint in my backyard at WABX in Detroit. His last radio station was the giant mother-ship of Clear Channel in San Antonio, 1200/WOAI, after which he took the reins at Fox Sports Radio in LA.. Regardless at which stop (if any) this talented broadcaster may have touched your life, if he did, you never forgot him.

Les Heintz was his roommate at Albion College in Michigan, which is when I first meet Andy (as he was called backed then) in the mid-1970's. I recall doing a barbaric black and white video of the guys on my first Sony Betamax. I told clean-cut Les he should get into TV and deep-voiced Andrew to pursue Radio. Heintz went on to anchor TV news in Wisconsin, Nashville and Washington, DC. Andrew's radio career is well documented.

The radio industry now has a large empty space as we say goodbye to one of the nicest and most positive members of the broadcasting fraternity. While reviewing old videotapes of Andrew, during the era when he was better known as "B J Hunter," I broke down when I heard him say (on WABX Detroit) "I don't care what they say....I ain't never gonna give up...unt ah."

He was only 51 and I miss him already.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2008



Radio World:

Ed Buterbaugh would have made most anyone's list of the "most respected" engineers. That probably never really mattered to Buterbaugh. Friends say that whether he was building new radio studios or engineering a University of Michigan football game, Buterbaugh was comfortable with his place within the profession. Buterbaugh, a longtime fixture in Detroit radio and respected broadcast engineer, passed away from bladder cancer in September. He was 65. He had engineered three of the top AM radio stations in North America. He worked for a stint at WABC(AM) in New York, followed by CKLW(AM) in Windsor, Ontario, a station that dominated Detroit's radio ratings for many years in the 1970s. He finished his career at Citadel's WJR(AM) in Detroit and retired in late 2004. Many engineers consider Buterbaugh a driving force in AM audio quality. He was relentless in his pursuit of AM fidelity and was a respected talent not only within the discipline of broadcast engineering but by broadcasters in general, friends and colleagues say... Buterbaugh Remembered in Upper Midwest (Fri, 11/14)



Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) has a lot to be proud of these days. The station's Web site Click outperformed all other local stations on both Election Day and the day after, grabbing 8 million page views. The local NBC affiliate also attracted 16,000 Web viewers for its 14-hour Webcast from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. In terms of TV, the station dominated the 11 p.m. to midnight hour on Election Day with a 13.3 rating for its newscast compared to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which garnered an 11 rating, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which drew an 8.1 rating... Viewers pick WDIV site for vote results (Fri, 11/14)


• Classic rock WGFM FM 105.1 Cheboygan was granted its license to cover for completion of a construction permit that changed the station's effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 610 feet to 43,000 watts @ 968 feet and relocated the transmitter from central Cheboygan county to the southeast part of Charlevoix county. The changes effectively shifted the station's coverage area to the southwest of Cheboygan.

• Contemporary Christian WTLI FM 89.3 Bear Creek Twp (Boyne City) was granted a construction permit to increase radiated power from 17,000 watts (vertical polarization) @ 1023 feet to 50,000 watts (vertical polarization) @ 1023 feet with a directional antenna.

• No notable activity for October 29.


• FM translator W225AV 92.9 Bessemer was granted a construction permit to change its antenna location. The station rebroadcasts religious WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

There's a flip side to the buyers' rush for glitzy digital televisions ahead of the coming switch in broadcasting systems -- on Feb. 18 in most areas. It's not a pretty picture. Environmentalists expect a glut of old-style televisions to pile up at curbsides on trash-collection days and in landfills. To avoid that, a small firm called Classic Computer Recycling is holding collection days in metro Detroit for old televisions and other junk electronics, such as computers... TV recycling offered as February digital switch nears (Sat, 11/15)


WLLA TV 64 Kalamazoo has apparently become the first station in Michigan to complete the transition to digital-only television broadcasting after it was granted permission from the FCC to turn off it's analog transmitter. WLLA planned to cease its analog operations on Ch. 64 on November 1st and only offer its programming on DT Ch. 45 as of that date. has not confirmed if WLLA is remapping it's Ch. 45 service to show as Ch. 64 on ATSC (DTV) receivers or not. FCC DA 08-2447 (.pdf)

• No notable activity for November 3 and 4.


• The FCC has granted the applications of WCAR AM 1090 Livonia and WOAP AM 1080 Waverly/Lansing to modify their broadcast operations. WCAR would increase daytime power to 1.0 kW and nighttime power 800 watts and modify both antenna patterns from its current 250 watts daytime and 500 watts nighttime operations. WOAP at Waverly would be granted nighttime operations at 4,500 watts. The FCC decision results in a change to the license of WTIC AM 1080 Hartford, CT, requiring that station to accept interference from WOAP to the station's skywave service area during the extended operation period of its daytime facilities between local sunset at Hartford and Dallas, TX when WTIC switches to its nighttime operations. FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (.pdf)


• Pop WYDM FM 97.5 Monroe has been granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from 8 to 49 watts. The station's antenna will remain at 135 above above the average terrain.


• Darby Advertising was granted a construction permit for a new FM radio station to be licensed to Paradise at 94.7. The construction permit for WUPN specifies the Class C3 station would operate with 25,000 watts @ 6 feet above average terrain from a tower location in Chippewa county.

• Impact Radio was granted its license to cover for the move of its FM translator of classic country WRCI AM 1520 in Three Rivers from 96.9 to 97.1 as W246BW. The translator also increased power from 4 to 150 watts.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 17, 2008



Muskegon Chronicle:

In a few months, television stations nationwide will begin broadcasting in digital, bringing an increased sound and picture quality previously unavailable to those without cable or satellite TV. The change, which doesn't affect cable and satellite TV users, requires the estimated 600,000 Michigan households that rely exclusively on antennas to watch TV buy a converter box to receive the digital signals by Feb. 17. That's when stations stop broadcasting in analog and begin broadcasting fully in digital. Yet, a recent poll by state government officials found that 44 percent of Michigan residents aren't ready for the change. Many haven't purchased a converter box, which are sold at many electronics stores... Are you ready for television's digital age? (Sun, 11/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 17, 2008



Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle joining WCSX for mornings in January

One of the worst-kept secrets in Detroit radio of late is now official with classic rock WCSX e-mailing its Workforce members early this afternoon the news that the Deminski and Doyle Show will take over mornings at 94.7 starting on January 5th, 2009 - after their their non-compete agreement with CBS Radio finally runs its course.

The e-mail from John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media Detroit reads:

We are very excited to share with you that 94.7 WCSX is welcoming veteran radio personalities Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle to mornings at The Motor City's Classic Rock Station.
In case you're not familiar with The Deminski & Doyle show, Jeff and Bill cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from serious issues to comedy, while sharing with you insight into their personal lives.
I would like to personally invite you to tune into The Deminski & Doyle show premiere Monday, January 5, 2009 from 6am to 10am, right here on 94.7 WCSX. We believe you'll find their show to be the perfect way to start your mornings.
In the meantime, make sure to visit for audio and video updates from Jeff and Bill.
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this exciting time at 94.7 WCSX.

The Deminski and Doyle Show will take morning drive at WCSX in a new direction as their show did not feature music while on FM 97.1, unlike prior morning shows on 'CSX. While the recently departed Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison also used their personalities as a big part of the program, there was also quite a bit of classic rock that was included in their show as well. Interestingly, this move will put WCSX up against what has long been the leading talk program on morning rock radio in Detroit - what's now called 'Mike in the Morning' on sister station WRIF.

Meanwhile, rumors still circulate about the future of former 'RIF morning co-host Drew Lane ... will he be making a comeback to FM radio in Detroit sometime soon too?



Detroit News:

It's official: Deminski & Doyle will take over the morning slot on classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), starting Jan. 5. The duo, who left WXYT (1270 AM and 97.1 FM) almost a year ago, will broadcast an all-talk format from 6-10 a.m. every morning. "We're going to do a couple of things with them online, podcasting, as they get their wings back, but we're not going to do anything show-wise until Jan. 5," said general manager John Gallagher of Greater Media Detroit, owner of WCSX. This news has been the worst kept secret in Detroit radio for some time. Last Friday, just days after J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison were fired by WCSX, a post went up on Jeff Deminski's blog, titled "I Wish More Stations Did This," with a link to inviting listeners to sign up to get a text message at when more "exciting changes" were implemented... Deminski & Doyle get morning show on WCSX-FM (Mon, 11/17)



Detroit Free Press:

In what industry insiders are saying was the worst-kept secret in local radio, WCSX-FM (94.7) confirmed veteran radio personalities Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle will return to the airwaves to host the classic rock station's new morning show ... "We wanted so badly to stay in Detroit, we chose unemployment for a year to honor our non-compete clause," said Jeff Deminski in a statement released by CSX Monday. "A year is one thing, but this WCSX opportunity is the chance of a lifetime. Doug Podell is a legend who sees things others cannot and will be the best program director I have ever worked for in my radio career"... Deminski & Doyle will host mornings on WCSX (Mon, 11/17)


• Mentor Partners purchase of FM translator W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids from Horizon Christian Fellowship was granted.

• The FCC approved Confesora Peralta's acquisition of the construction permit for LPTV station W26DF Ch. 26 Alpena from Dean M. Mosely. The construction permit for this station will expire on January 24, 2009.

• Also approved was the sale of 4 LPTV construction permits, including W25DX Ch 25 Escanaba and 3 others in Texas, from the estate of John R. Powley to Hispanic Christian Community Network, Inc.


• Country WFBE FM 95.1 Flint has been granted a construction permit to modify its broadcast facilities. The station's antenna will move slightly southeast from Flint to Burton to where sister station WTRX AM 1330 originates and change effective radiated power from 50,000 watts @ 243 feet to 34,000 watts @ 318 feet above average terrain. The station's pattern will remain directional toward the north and west.

• Jason Communications, former license holder of WDOW-FM/AM 92.1/1440 Dowagiac, (currently WHPD-FM and WDOW AM) received a $3,000 forfeiture order for failing to timely file license renewal applications for the stations in 2004 prior to their sale. FCC Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

• College WVAC-FM 107.9 Adrian was granted a construction permit to slightly modify its broadcast facilities. WVAC's antenna will be mounted on a new tower on Adrian College's campus and its average height above terrain will increase slightly from 81 to 84 feet and remain at 87 watts. The station is currently operating with special temporary authority while the work on the new tower is completed.

• No notable activity for November 13.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 18, 2008



MSU Today:

These days, listening to a radio station from anywhere in the world is as easy as turning on your computer. But imagine WKAR station manager Curt Gilleo's surprise when he received e-mails from two listeners in the country of Norway who wanted to confirm they heard WKAR AM over the air. It was about two weeks ago that O.J. Sagdahl and Bjarne Mjelde, radio enthusiasts in Trandheim, Norway, were monitoring the airwaves and heard the following in their headphones: "From Michigan State University, AM 870 WKAR, East Lansing." Sagdahl and Mjelde are what are known as a DXers, or, long-distance listeners. They are among thousands of people around the world whose hobby is trying to pick up long-distance radio stations... Long-distance listening: Norwegians pick up WKAR over-air signal (Tue, 11/18)

Jim Johnson Exits WGER: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI morning man JIM JOHNSON exits due to budget cuts. Look for a new MAGIC 106.3 line-up to be announced on MONDAY (12/1). WGER PD LAUREN DAVIS tells ALL ACCESS, "JIM ran a quality show, he is a great guy to work with, and I am positive he will land well. He has earned my respect and my kudos for a job well done at MAGIC." (Tue, 11/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 18, 2008



Channel 7 set for Michigan State/Michigan football Saturday

WXYZ-TV is the exclusive Detroit area television broadcast home for the season's biggest weekend of Big Ten football action. On Saturday, November 22nd, Channel 7 will telecast coverage of both the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans. The back to back game coverage begins at noon when the Michigan takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes live from Columbus, Ohio. The gridiron battles continue at 3:30pm when Michigan State travels to Happy Valley to battle the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In preparation for these legendary Big Ten rivalries, Channel 7 will broadcast a special one hour edition of the Big 10 Ticket pre-game show beginning Saturday at 11:00 AM. WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane will host along with sports reporters Vic Faust and Tom Leyden as they bring you key interviews and an in-depth analysis of all the X's and O's that translate to victory for both Michigan and MSU.

"If both Michigan teams win, it would mean the Spartans will head to the Rose Bowl for the first time in twenty years," declares Channel 7 Sports Director Don Shane, "It would really bring some much needed excitement to our state."

Following the MSU game the station will air live post-game coverage of game-day highlights and key play analysis.

WDTW PD John Trapane To Join Capitol Records/Nashville: CAPITOL RECORDS/NASHVILLE has announced that CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (THE FOX)/DETROIT PD JOHN TRAPANE has joined the label as Dir./Regional Promotion, Southwest beginning JANUARY 1st. He will relocate to HOUSTON, TX and will report directly to VP/Promotion STEVE HODGES. TRAPANE replaces MARA SIDWEBER, who left the label in JUNE and joined BIG PICTURE ROMOTION/NASHVILLE (NET NEWS 7/29). CAPITOL/NASHVILLE VP/Radio Stategies/Field Marketing SHANE ALLEN had been filling in for MARA on an interim basis until a replacement was found. No word on TRAPANE's replacement back at THE FOX, but stay tuned for more details. (Tue, 11/18)



Macomb Daily:

Despite the recent on-air shakeup at classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), the radio station remains committed to its participation in a variety of activities in Macomb County, a top station official said Monday... Deminski and Doyle returning to airwaves for WCSX morning drive (Tue, 11/18)


• Just months after acquiring them from CSN International for $1.8 million, Calvary Radio Network is selling FM translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek to Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, Inc as part of a larger national transaction worth $2 million. Also included in the sale is WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators. The transaction is pending FCC approval and closing.

• No notable activity for November 17.


• The construction permit for WSIS FM 88.7 Riverside (South Haven / Benton Harbor area) was modified to specify effective radiated power of 6,000 watts @ 384 feet from a tower location on southwestern Van Buren county (co-located with WCXT FM 98.3). WSIS is owned by Smile FM which received the construction permit in November 2005.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2008



J. Mikel Ellcessor named as WDET general manager

J. Mikel Ellcessor has been selected by Wayne State University to become the new general manager for public WDET-FM 101.9 beginning December 15, 2008. Ellcessor was selected following a national search for a candidate to lead WDET into the future.

newWDETgmEllcessor was most recently the executive director of radio for RadioMilwaukee where he was responsible for all aspects of the project concept development and launched the new not-for-profit media service in 2006. RadioMilwaukee is a highly innovative media concept that uses contemporary music and community engagement strategies to draw younger, diverse audiences into public service media. Ellcessor also served as senior director of programming operations and distribution at public radio flagship WNYC in New York. During his tenure at WNYC, he was responsible for the local programming, digital media, national program marketing and broadcast operations of one of the nation's largest public radio operations.

"Mikel Ellcessor's solid management experience in major media markets made him the ideal candidate to direct and shape WDET's service to our community," said Andrea Roumell Dickson, Wayne State University executive vice president and chief of staff. "His wealth of knowledge combined with his passion for public radio and commitment to make WDET a nationally recognized service will serve the station well."

WDET has been a community service of Wayne State since 1952. The station plays an important role in the University's goal to develop community partnerships as a catalyst for the region's social, cultural, economic and educational enrichment. As GM of WDET, Ellcessor plans to reach out into the community to assess how the station may best serve the metropolitan Detroit area.

"WDET has a profound and valuable role to play in Detroit, "said Ellcessor. "Changing technology has diminished the impact of physical distance and we can access great content from anywhere in the world, yet the need for meaningful connections with our communities has never been greater. Particularly in our great cities, there's a deep, compelling need for locally responsive programming that embodies a very distinct point of view. This is WDET's opportunity."


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2008



Tri-Cities WHNN flips for Christmas

Citadel Classic Hits WHNN FM 96.1 made its annual move to full-time holiday song programming on Monday at 6am during Johnny Burke's morning show. WHNN becomes at least the fourth Michigan station to switch to all-Christmas since November 1st, joining WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit and both WOOD-FM 105.7 and WLHT FM 95.7 Grand Rapids.



Michigan Television's WFUM Flint turns off analog transmiiter

Today marked the end of an era at WFUM TV 28 in Flint as the station became the first public TV station in Michigan to turn off its analog transmitter forever as part of the federally-mandated switchover to digital broadcasting. For at least the next couple of days, WFUM will only be available to cable subscribers as it has also shut down the digital transmitter that had been operating on Ch. 52 so that the station can return to the air on channel 28 with its finalized digital facilities.

Once over-the-air broadcasts resume, viewers wishing to watch Michigan Television via an antenna will either need a television capable of receiving the digital signal or a digital-to-analog converter box.

More details on the station's early switch over is available at


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 20, 2008



Detroit News:

If you have XM or Sirius Satellite radio, you might be wondering why your radio blew up last week. Here's the deal: The two merged, Sirius is the dominant partner, and it'll be a while before the dust settles. Sirius has always positioned itself as more mainstream in terms of music, while XM dug deeper in all forms of music to present what you couldn't hear on terrestrial radio. So it's not surprising that XM's excellent Soul Street, which played many deep classic soul cuts, was dumped in favor of Sirius' Soul Town, which plays the more predictable hits. XM's '50s on 5's personality Matt the Cat, who played semi-obscure, early R&B, is gone, and fans of that channel were shocked to hear the nasal squawk of '60s New York disc jockey Cousin Brucie coming out of their radios... Sirius, XM listeners hear shakeup after merger (Thu, 11/20)


Michigan Almanac: November 21, 2008


It's like being in sports heaven for Ross Maghielse. Maghielse is co-owner of Michigan Sports and specializes in streaming high school sporting events over the Internet. More specifically, Maghielse is the director of broadcast activities for eastern Michigan. Handling west Michigan is the other co-owner, Brock Konkle. It's a statewide operation. Both are natives of Rockford. Maghielse is attending Oakland University in Rochester, 30 miles northwest of Detroit. I worked for the Rockford Independent newspaper when I was a senior and junior in high school as a stringer covering high school sports," Maghielse said. "I had a column. Brock came up with the idea of starting to broadcast Rockford High School games online. He contacted me about helping him with this. I was in school and knew all of the coaches and the ADs. So we started Rams radio. We did one year of covering just Rockford sports (2005-06). "We got a very good reception for the first year and a lot of interest. We also had some other schools start calling us. So the 2006-07 school year is when we started Michigan Sports That's what we expanded to. We'd cover six to eight games every Friday night during football and basketball season. We were statewide, but still mostly in Grand Rapids." Maghielse then moved to southeastern Michigan and started covering schools in that area... Michigan: Radio Broadcasts Hit Internet (Mon, 11/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 21, 2008



Oakland Business Review:

Wally Jadan didn't consider the purchase of MBN TV & Radio in Southfield as your typical business investment. Instead Jadan saw it not only as an idea that had unlimited potential, but one that would allow him to publicize and talk about positive news stories emanating from Middle Eastern and Arab populations in the United States and around the world. "We look at ourselves as the national channel of the Middle Eastern community in the United States," Jadan said. "We want to build bridges not only within our own (cultural) community but to other cultural community." MBN TV & Radio's daily programming is aired to 550,000 Middle Eastern America citizens on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 667 in Detroit, 250,000 viewers in Washington, D.C., and North on Cox Cable Channel and via satellite to over 4.5 million viewers in the United States, Canada and Mexico... MBN TV & Radio in Southfield serves as cultural link to Middle Eastern world (Fri, 11/21)




Radio One Detroit partners with Project Healthy Living to present their first Health Care Fair this Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Greater Grace Temple. Attendees can receive free and low-cost health screenings including height and weight measurements, blood pressure checks and vision screenings. Tests such as iron tests, cancer screenings, cardiovascular disease screening, ulcer detection and take-home colorectal cancer kits can be purchased for between $5 and $40... Radio One Detroit Hosts Health Care Fair (Fri, 11/21)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Local and guest jazz musicians will help raise money to operate northern Michigan's jazziest radio station. The Jeff Haas Little Big Band will perform a concert on Saturday, Nov. 29, with special guests vocalist Betty Joplin and guitarist Ron Getz. "It will be a celebratory vibe," said pianist Haas, who hosts a weekly show on college radio station WNMC, during which he spins jazz, folk, blues and other genres. "We're celebrating almost 30 years of WNMC being on the air," added Haas, who is one of about 70 volunteers who help run the community station... Timeless: College radio station benefit features jazz, memories (Fri, 11/21)



Santa arrives in Eastern Upper Peninsula

Add another to the list of all-Christmas stations with today's flip of oldies WNBY-FM 93.9 Newberry / Sault Ste Marie at 6am. Check out the sounds of the season on WNBY at


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Patrick Center, a reporter with WOOD-TV (Channel 8) for eight years, has left the station to become the news and information manager for WGVU-TV (Channel 35) public television and its affiliated radio station. His first day is Monday. Center will oversee the radio news and be involved in news-oriented TV shows such as "West Michigan Week" and "News Makers"... TV-8's Center heads to TV-35 (Sat, 11/22)


FOX Sports Detroit for the 11th consecutive year is the exclusive television home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2008 edition is Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 at Ford Field, presented by Farmers Insurance.

fsdetroitSix games are scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports Detroit, while Saturday's Division 3 contest is set to air on FOX Sports Plus. Friday's Division 4 matchup will be streamed live at and televised later that night on FOX Sports Detroit. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore is among the announcers for the weekend, making his first appearance on the network's coverage of the MHSAA Finals.

Friday, November 28

10:00 AM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 8 Final - Crystal Falls Forest Park vs. Muskegon Catholic Central; Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

1:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 2 Final - Muskegon vs. Warren De La Salle; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler

4:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 6 Final - Montague vs. Leslie; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore

7:30 PM on (delay at 11:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit): Division 4 Final - Holland Christian vs. Detroit Country Day; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

Saturday, November 29

10:00 AM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 7 Final - Traverse City St. Francis vs. Ubly; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

1:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 1 Final - Rockford vs. Lake Orion; Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

4:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 5 Final - Ovid-Elsie vs. Muskegon Oakridge; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore

7:30 PM on FOX Sports Plus (replay at 12:30 AM on FOX Sports Detroit): Division 3 Final - East Grand Rapids vs. Inkster; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: John Wangler

The TV coverage will also include some special features. During halftime of the Division 8 Final, (Friday 10:00 AM), Ryan Field reports from homecoming night in Manistee on playoff qualifier Manistee Catholic Central, the smallest school in the MHSAA with 58 students, 19 of which played on the football team which went 9-0 in the regular season, outscoring its opponents 402-50.

At halftime of the Division 6 Final (Friday 4:30 PM), Pershing High School assistant coach Kiana Dennis, a member of the Detroit Demolition women's professional team, will be profiled sharing her football knowledge with the Doughboys.

Rob Rubick will provide his analysis of the first half of the Division 7 Final (Saturday 10:00 AM) from the sidelines for a unique perspective of the game.

Finally, the Division 1 Final (Saturday 1:00 PM) will have a halftime feature on Romeo High School's co-coaches and best friends Jason Couch and Curt Reinas, complete with plenty of mic'd-up interaction during a practice session.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 23, 2008



Saginaw News:

Christmas is approaching fast. Just turn on your radio to hear the proof jingling through your speakers. Adult contemporary station WSAG-FM, 104.1, started its Yuletide transmissions early, broadcasting Christmas carols beginning Nov. 1. "We've started early the last couple years," said Jim Kramer, operations manager for MacDonald Broadcasting Co., 2000 Whittier in Saginaw. "Listeners love it, it gets them in the mood, gets them going early. With the economy the way it is, they need a little pick me up. What picks you up better than a Christmas song?" ... Monday, WHNN-FM, 96.1, also started filling the airwaves with mirth-filled tunes. "Last year we did it earlier," said Scott A. Stine, WHNN program director. "We go with when it feels right." Stine cited frequent callers and a Web site poll as signals that it was time to crank out the carols. "It sways your decision when you know the listeners want it," he said. The oldies station will keep things fresh over the next two months by starting with classics before expanding into newer territory, Stine said ... One station not yet partaking in the holiday ditties is WGER-FM, 106.3, which has played holiday music through the season in past years, launching its Christmas format as early as Nov. 1 in 2007. "WGER has followed its own path this year," said Lauren Davis, program director. "We've forged a new direction free from the myriad of vanilla Christmas choices." That isn't to say the adult-contemporary station on Tittabawassee near Interstate 675 doesn't have a surprise in store, she added. "We are counting our way down to Dec. 1, when we will have something new to announce," Davis said... Need the spirit of the season? Saginaw radio stations have begun holiday programming (Sun, 11/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 24, 2008



WJR personalities lend hand to children's foundation

Times are tough in Metro Detroit. But, for families who have lost a parent, times are even tougher. That is why Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has kicked off its first-ever Annual Giving Campaign, to help more families when they need it most.

Between now and the end of 2008, the Foundation seeks to raise an additional $100,000 through donations from the community. Funds collected will go provide a wide range of support and assistance for kids who have lost a parent including help with food, counseling, transportation and utility bills.

If the Foundation reaches it goal, WJR-AM radio hosts Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann have agreed to dress, head-to-toe, in clothing featuring the Foundation's logo, for an entire week in January, 2009. They would wear custom suits provided by Tom James Clothing Company and Paul Cicchini Custom Clothier, with hats, socks and even shoes featuring the logo. Children served by the Foundation would have the opportunity to create the logos on the suits with their own handprints.

"Paul and Frank are passionate supporters of our cause and they are looking forward to building awareness for the Foundation in this very visual, fun way," said Michael Fezzey, President and General Manager of WJR, Chair of the Foundation's Advisory Board and 2008 Annual Fund Campaign Chair.

Additionally, every individual who donates $1000 or more to the Campaign, will receive a $250 gift card toward portrait photography services with Arising Images and will also be entered to win two free tickets to the Foundation's spectacular Fourth Annual "Champions For The Kids" VIP Dinner and Auction at the Townsend Hotel on Sunday, June 7,2009 and two free tickets to the strolling dinner at Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday, June 8, 2009.

To donate, visit and click "Contribute" or call (888) 987-KIDS.



Michigan Radio announces special programs

WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids have announced the return of several special programs, including The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential 2008," "Third Coast Audio Festival," and a new season of Radiolab.

"Turkey Confidential 2008" will air live on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27, from 11 am to 1 pm. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of American Public Media's food show The Splendid Table, will take calls from cooks across the nation in need of Thanksgiving morning assistance. Several special guests, including Cook's Illustrated's Christopher Kimball, road food warriors Jane and Michael Stern, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson, and style guru Isaac Mizrahi, will help Lynne coach her callers through their emergencies on the biggest cooking day of the year. Phone lines will be open nationwide from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at 800-537-5252.

Later that same day at 8 pm, Michigan Radio will air "Third Coast Audio Festival." In this two-hour special program, listeners can experience 2008's best audio documentaries from around the world-- the winners of the Third Coast Festival / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Created in 2000 by Chicago Public Radio, Third Coast honors each year's most creative and compelling audio work.

Finally, Michigan Radio has launched a new season of Radiolab, Sundays at 9 pm. In each episode of Radiolab, hosts Robert Krulwich and Jay Abumrad investigate a particular topic. The result is an audio documentary which explores the personal, scientific and philosophic issues associated with big questions.

This season will consist of five episodes: "Choice," "Sperm," "Race," "Diagnosis," and "Yellow Fluff, Rocket Lizards, and Other Curious Encounters." You can catch Radiolab Sundays at 9 pm from now through December 21 on Michigan Radio. More details on the Radiolab programs are available at



WOMC goes A-Z for Thanksgiving

Oldies WOMC FM 104.3 is helping celebrate Thanksgiving by playing every song in the station's music library from A to Z. There are enough different songs that it will take all week to play 'em all. The feature started earlier today at 10am and won't stop until the entire library has been played.


• The construction permit for Kovas Communications construction permit to move WCGO AM to 1020 Jenison/Grand Rapids has been modified to change the broadcast location. The modified CP now shows WCGO would operate as a triplex with WJNZ AM 1140 and WPRR AM 1680 from east of Grand Rapids.

WCGO was granted its initial construction permit to move from AM 1600 in Chicago Heights, IL to Jenison on AM 1020 as a 10,000 watt daytime-only station in December 2007. WCGO, along with two other Chicago area AM stations, is being moved by Kovas in order to upgrade the company's WONX AM 1590 Evanston/Chicago.

• No notable activity for November 19 - 21.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2008


WGRD Releases 'Bootleg' CD: REGENT Alternative WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS released its 8th "BOOTLEG" CD TODAY (11/25) just in time for the holiday shopping season at all WEST MICHIGAN MEIJER stores and at for $9.79. The disc features 14 previously unreleased tracks from both national and local artists featuring songs by TRAPT, EXIES, FILTER, CANDLEBOX, TANTRIC, SEVEN MARY THREE, SIXX A.M., POP EVIL, SEETHER, JACK'S MANNEQUIN, FLEDFIVE, ABSINTHE, THE OUTER VIBE and BLESS YOU BOYS. Net proceeds will benefit WEST MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COUNCIL. (Tue, 11/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2008


Greater Media, Inc. announced today that three of its radio stations are among the first in the nation to provide exciting new technology which enables listeners to access and hear the station's stream on their iPhone with the touch of a button. The application, developed by Jacobs Media, is now available to listeners of Radio 92.9 FM WBOS in Boston, MA; WRIF FM in Detroit, MI; and 95.9 FM WRAT in Point Pleasant/Belmar, NJ. They will be joined soon by WMMR-FM in Philadelphia, PA. IPhone One Touch Access is unique because listeners now have the ability to directly access a station's audio stream instead of having to access a directory. In addition, the station's logo becomes an icon within easy reach right on their iPhone. The application also allows the station to provide its HD2 channel under its single icon/logo... Greater Media Radio Stations Among First in the Country to Offer New iPhone Technology (Tue 11/25)

Channel 95.5 Big Boy's 'Doosh Bag' Song On Fire: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 night stud BIG BOY and BRILLIANCE have created a huge phone song, "Doosh Bag." How'd it come about? BIG BOY told ALL ACCESS, "After three years of doing my show here at CHANNEL 95.5, I realized, that every girl, whether they love their man or not, at some point, thinks he is a Doosh Bag...Not only that, but almost every girl thinks her best friends boyfriend is a Doosh Bag, and that she should leave him for a better man. "I do five club gigs a week, and the Doosh Bag guys at the club perv'ing on every girl that walks in, are at an all time high! So myself, and DETROIT Rap artist BRILLIANCE, came up with this track, and its really exploding here at WKQI." (Tue, 11/25)



Pistons game for Nov 26 on FS Plus; DISH Network not able to air it live

DISH Network has indicated it will not be able to carry the FOX Sports Plus coverage of Wednesday's Pistons game against the New York Knicks. Due to capacity constraints, the number of games that DISH Network can air simultaneously is limited. Although this game was made available to DISH Network, DISH was unable to carry the game due to its capacity limitations. The Pistons-Knicks game will be available via replay at 12 AM on FOX Sports Detroit (DISH Ch. 430).

Other channel listings for FS Plus tomorrow:

DirecTV: 664
ACR Auburn Hills: 64
Allendale Communications: 56
AT&T U-verse: 738
Bloomingdale: 56
Bright House Networks: 77
Broadstripe: 18, 19 or 97
Buckeye Cablevision: 8 or 13
Carr: 212
Cebridge: Channel varies by location
Charter: 88
City of Negaunee: 51
Coldwater CATV: 95
CTS: 46
Comcast: 901
D&P Cable: 21
Edward Rose Properties: 3
Parish Communications: 24, 26, 97 or 98
Southwest MI Communications: 56
Springcom: 50
TVC: 97
Vogtmann Engineering: 97
WOW!: 14
Wyandotte Municipal: 17


It's been a busy year for NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio in and around Michigan with three new transmiiters signing on, one changing location, and another changing frequency.

The first new transmitter signed on last fall in the Petoskey area. WNG 572 operates at 162.475 mHz with 300 watts and fills in a sizable coverage gap at the tip of the lower peninsula in Emmet, Cheboygan, and Charlevoix counties. The station is served by the Gaylord National Weather Service office.

A new transmitter signed on earlier this year in Keweenaw county at Copper Harbor serving the northern portion of the Keweenaw peninsula the nearby waters of Lake Superior. WZ 2513 operates at 16.500 mHz with 300 watts and is served by the Marquette National Weather Service office.

Another new Upper Peninsula transmitter served from Marquette, KJY76, was added this year in Iron county between Crystal Falls and Iron River. Operating at 162.475 mHz with 1000 watts, this new weather station is providing new coverage to Iron county as well as better coverage of Dickinson county and the very eastern portion of Gogebic county in addition to some areas in northern Wisconsin.

WXL 51 Toledo changed frequency from 162.550 to 162.500 mHz to minimize the amount of interference from the Detroit/Southfield transmitter, which also operates at 162.550. The Toledo station also increased power to 300 from 100 watts.

Kalamzoo area weather station WWF34 moved from Oshtemo northwest to Plainwell earlier this fall. It remains at 162.475 mHz and is part of the Grand Rapids NWS office network of stations.

And finally, yet another new UP weather station is expected soon to fill in coverage of Gogebic county. WNG 683 broadcasting at 162.550 MHz from a transmitter located near Marenisco is under construction.

Check out's NOAA Weather Radio Information page for a complete listing of weather service radio across Michigan.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 26, 2008



Happy Thanksgiving!

One of Detroit's great traditions since 1924, the America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will again be shown locally on WDIV-TV Channel 4 tomorrow morning starting at 8:00 as the floats, bands, and more make their way down Woodward Avenue. If you're away from the television, tune in on the radio as WJR AM plans to provide the most complete coverage of the holiday festivities. Paul W. Smith and Katherine Leslie will co-host with the rest of the WJR staff bringing the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to listeners. WDET FM's Detroit Today will feature a live broadcast tomorrow from the parade at the Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, just steps away from all the action on Woodward.

And thanks to die-hard Lions fans who bought all the tickets at Ford Field, there is no blackout of tomorrow's game against the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is set for 12:30pm on WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit and all CBS stations across the country.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2008



Daily Tribune:

A hand-made Raggedy Ann doll was the first toy for a tot donated to the U.S. Marine Corps. Sixty-one years later, the tradition continues with a live radio show kicking off the metro Detroit drive at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show hit the road Monday to promote the need for new, unwrapped toys for children this holiday. Harper is inviting the public to stop by the theater, 318 W. Fourth St., from 6-10 a.m. to drop off a toy and join the fun. "The rowdiness helps to make for an exciting show," said Harper, a Birmingham resident who has urged his listeners to help Toys for Tots for 30 years. "We want people to come by wearing their reindeer antlers and Christmas sweaters. We look at it as a huge party." Over the decades, Harper and crew have relayed touching accounts of donors who have found creative ways to buy toys for little ones who otherwise would celebrate Christmas without gifts... Radio show launches Toys for Tots drive at downtown theater (Fri, 11/28)



Ann Arbor News:

For the last couple years, the television and radio production class at Ann Arbor's Huron High School has been heavily weighted toward television. That's about to change. By the start of the second semester, a group of students working in independent study classes hope to launch an Internet radio station, run by Huron students and full of Huron-related content. And then, the television and radio production class Robert Fox teaches will be more equally divided between the two mediums. "This is a great opportunity for students to have a voice," Fox said. "It's a great opportunity for them to learn skills to work in radio." Before that happens, there's a lot of work to be done... Huron High students gearing up for an online radio station (Thu, 11/27)



TV 7&4 is reporting sad news as the station is saying good-bye to their friend, colleague and mentor Dave Walker. You may know Dave had esophageal cancer, and despite a very brave battle, he lost that fight Thursday morning. The station is honoring Dave with a tribute, a sliver of full life where he touched more people than he could have ever have known. Eugene Telma was a Northern Michigan boy, growing up in his home town of Ludington, his ties to this region were strong and life long. He'd later change his name for his broadcasting career. And even those closest to him knew him as we did, Dave Walker. And he could warm up a room, just by walking through the doors. Everyone would yell, 'Dave!' and he would just smile. Dave first discovered his skill as a broadcaster while studying at Michigan State. He graduated with a degree in communication. You didn't have to spend much time with Dave to know that the Spartans and storytelling were two of his life long passions. He was an anchor at TV 7&4, but he was always a radio man first. From stations in Ludington, and even as far off as Los Angeles, California... Saying good-bye to our friend - A tribute to the life of Dave Walker (Fri, 11/28)



Ludington Daily News:

Television anchorman Dave Walker, who grew up as Eugene "Pete" Telma in Ludington, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Walker, who was born in 1945, graduated from Ludington High School in 1963 and served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He ended up in northern Michigan doing radio news before starting at TV 7&4 in 1984... Pete Telma/Dave Walker dead at 63 (Fri, 11/28)



Traverse City Record-Eagle:

A longtime local news anchor known to thousands of northern Michigan households as Dave Walker died after a two-year battle with cancer. Eugene E. Telman II, 63, died Thursday surrounded by his wife, family and friends. He was fondly remembered as a mentor and friend through his long career at WPBN/WTOM-TV, the Traverse City-based NBC affiliate... Longtime news anchor dies at 63 (Sat, 11/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 29, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

The folks at Ann Arbor radio station 107one (WQKL, 107.1 FM) plan to spend Dec. 3-7 "freezin' for a reason." DJs and guests will offer their annual "Rockin' for the Hungry" partnership with Food Gatherers in front of Busch's, 2240 S. Main St. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. next Wednesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday to help them reach their goal of 170 tons of non-perishable, nutritious food for families in our community... 'Rockin' for the Hungry' starts Dec. 3 (Sat, 11/29)

WXYZ-TV completed the November 2008 sweep with an impressive number of First-Place finishes: WXYZ-TV topped all other competitors Sign on-Sign off, finishing #1 in Household ratings and key female and adult demographics; WXYZ's Action News finished on top at Noon, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 11pm, in Households and key demographic groups, especially Women 25-54; WXYZ's 7pm Action News is number one among all early news programs in Households and all adult, female and male demo categories; 7pm Action News is among the strongest of all newscasts in the market, for reaching key male viewers... WXYZ-TV Remains Detroit's Most-Watched TV Station During the November 2008 Sweep (Fri, 11/28)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 29, 2008



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

WLNS-TV launched its fifth-annual "Happy Holidays for Highfields Kids" on Thursday. The annual drive, benefiting hundreds of kids served by Highfields' community services programs, lets area residents make a difference by donating new unwrapped toys, books and clothes. With the help of WLNS-TV 6 and seven Ford dealerships, Highfields is accepting gifts for children ages infant to 18 living in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Jackson counties. Gifts can be dropped off through Dec. 18... WLNS-TV launches fifth-annual Highfields drive (Sat, 11/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

If you have any interest in the Feb. 24 Detroit mayoral primary, you'll want to tune in to WADL, Channel 38 (14 on Detroit Comcast cable) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The station may not be one of the regular stops on the clicker, but it hopes to be starting with the viewing audience expected for the first of four scheduled live, 90-minute debates among the candidates for mayor, this one featuring incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr., businessman Dave Bing and former deputy mayor Freman Hendrix. The Free Press and WCHB/Radio One Detroit are cosponsors for the first debate; the subsequent ones may involve other partners. So far, though, this makes WADL the only local television station to dedicate this kind of significant air time (six hours in all) to the race for one of the biggest political jobs in Michigan. This is a big attention-getter for a station that only recently went to a 24-hour commercial broadcast format, and has no news staff or programming. It instantly casts WADL as a serious player in local public affairs... Tune in to expanding WADL for Detroit mayoral debates (Sun, 11/30) / Wikipedia:

Radio legend BILL DRAKE has died from lung cancer at age 71 in LOS ANGELES. DRAKE, born PHILIP YARBROUGH chose his last name from among his relatives' surnames, because it rhymed with "WAKE", the station in ATLANTA, where he worked as a programmer and disc-jockey in the late 1950s, writes WIKIPEDIA. Later, BARTELL BROADCASTING, who owned WAKE -- that he had programmed to number one, transferred him to KYA in SAN FRANCISCO, which also became number one. It was later at KYNO in FRESNO that he met GENE CHENAULT, who became his business partner. Together, the pair developed highly influential radio programming strategies and tactics, as well as working with future "Boss Jocks."

DRAKE-CHENAULT perfected the Top 40 radio format, which had been created by TODD STORZ, GORDON MCCLENDON and other radio programmers in the late 1950s, which took a set list of popular songs and repeated them all day long, ensuring the widest possible audience for the station's music. Jingles, news updates, traffic, and other features were designed to make Top 40 radio particularly attractive to car listeners. By early 1964, the era of the BRITISH Invasion, Top 40 radio had become the dominant radio format for NORTH AMERICAN listeners and quickly swept much of the WESTERN world.

DRAKE streamlined the Top 40 format, using modern methods, such as market research and ratings demographics, to maximize the number of listeners. He believed in forward momentum, limiting the amount of disc jockey chatter, the number of advertisements and playing only the top hits, as opposed to less-organized programming methods of the past. DRAKE created concepts such as 20/20 News and counter programming, by playing music sweeps, while his competitors aired news. DRAKE-CHENAULT controlled everything from the specific DJs that were hired, to radio contests, visual logos, promotions and commercial policy. DRAKE essentially put radio back into the hands of programming, instead of sales. DRAKE hired the JOHNNY MANN SINGERS to produce the BOSS RADIO jingles, ensuring a bright, high-energy sound that engaged the listener, while providing a bridge from song to song, as well as a smooth transition from songs to commercials.

In the Spring of 1965, Drake-Chenault were hired to turn KHJ in Los Angeles, from a financial and ratings loser into a success. Drake hired Ron Jacobs as program director, Robert W. Morgan in the mornings and Don Steele in the afternoons. KHJ quickly jumped from near-obscurity, to the number one radio station in Los Angeles. "Boss Radio" moved faster and sounded more innovative than the competition, making it the #1 choice over competitors in Southern California.

Bill Drake also programmed KFRC in San Francisco, WOR-FM in New York, KAKC in Tulsa, WHBQ in Memphis, WRKO in Boston and 50,000 watt CKLW, in Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit. (Sun, 11/30)


Educational Media Foundation has been granted a construction permit to modify FM translator W252BX 98.3 which is licensed to Detroit. The translator, which has been heard rebroadcasting CBS Radio's smooth jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, will change to a directional antenna aimed primarily north-northeast.

• No notable activity for November 25 and 26.


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

He truly charged the face of Top 40 radio in the 1960's, when he decided that teens would rather hear "much more music" rather than lots of DJ chatter. Personally I thought he was killing "personality radio" which today is available primarily in morning drive or on talk stations....period.

His real name was Philip T. Yarbrough, but when he worked in Atlanta on WAKE, he chose the name Bill Drake to rhyme with the station's call letters. He really did represent myth and reality--a mix of rumors, contradictions and power. He lived 71 years and passed away last Saturday, November 29th of lung cancer in Los Angeles. Ironically, legendary radio local radio personality Tom Clay, who worked at CKLW prior to the "Drake format" when it was The Big 8, also died on the exact same day, the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, but that was back in 1995. It was a bad year for local losses. In 1995 we lost; Byron MacGregor (CKLW-WWJ-WLLZ) in January, Nick Arama (WOMC) in April, Fat Bob Taylor "The Singing Plumber" (WJR) in July, J. P. McCarthy (WJR) in August and Tom Clay (CKLW-W4) in November.

Another strange twist to this story is that two of the jocks out in Los Angeles who were popularized by Drake and his "shut up and play the hits" format were Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele, both of whom also died of lung cancer within a year of each other. Steele died August 5, 1997 and Morgan on May 22, 1998. Morgan's old shift today is handled by Gary Bryan and Steele has been succeeded by Shotgun Tom Kelly. Kelly always says that he succeeded Don because nobody can "replace" the Real Don Steele.

In early September 2004, L.A. oldies station K-Earth 101 (KRTH-FM) broadcast the legendary documentary "The History of Rock and Roll" with a rare interview with Bill Drake, in which he spoke of the importance of that famous radio format named "Boss Radio" which he developed at KHJ-AM back in 1965, "There were some people who thought they were quote 'personalities.' If somebody was a 'personality,' we said fine. Robert W. Morgan certainly was, as was The Real Don Steele. The thing is: Even they [Morgan and Steele] didn't have something to say every time. And they learned that. Do it when you got it and keep your mouth shut otherwise, and keep the forward momentum going. People tune in to hear the music."

In 2006, Drake said "The REAL key to radio programming, is what you DON'T play...Anybody can come up with a list of songs to play...those lists are everywhere...What to leave IN and what to leave OUT is the REAL secret...and few people have that gift." Those words are true to this day. He was called an "all-business bachelor" by Time magazine in 1968, and his power and influence was the subject of many trade magazines and the mainstream media.

It was often written that Bill Drake was the most powerful man in American radio. He was also the most powerful figure in American popular music. Record companies all depend on 'air play' to make their wares into hits. Drake said that he didn't play favorites...he programmed only records that the public wanted and that fit into his format.

The "real" Bill Drake--was a very tall, well-groomed, polite, Southern gentleman, unlike his well-crafted corporate persona. He played up his image as a "rock and roll radio recluse" with a telephone at his side which he used to place calls to the radio stations he consulted. At the radio stations, whenever the "hot line" lit up, it could strike fear into the hearts and souls of the employees who wondered, "What if that's Bill Drake calling me?" At many stations, that type of fear still prevails when the hot-line strobe light flashes!

Some people compared Bill Drake as the Howard Hughes of radio, powerful, strange, talented, hard-to-read, a bit eclectic and certainly mysterious. It was his tight format that made CKLW a North America radio dynasty back in 1967. We have lost many of the great programmers who made radio a hard to top entertainment medium.

Often I have wondered what some of these people, who were so good at what they did many years ago, would do today. Would their techniques work, would the ratings be as high, would the buzz on the street be as loud? Probably not. The world has changed radically. As the lyrics once stated "not even the song has remained the same."

Whether you agreed with what Bill Drake did for the Top 40 music radio scene or not, one cannot deny his impact on this business, which today, could certainly stand an injection of fresh new blood and creative ideas. Regardless what the future holds, one thing is certain, as Bill Drake would say....."Ladies and Gentlemen....the beat goes on!"







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