December 2008 Archives

Recent sign on contemporary Christian WHEY FM 88.9 North Muskegon received its license for the new station. WHEY is owned by Muskegon Community Radio and started operations in early November.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 2, 2008



WHTV Lansing/Jackson turns off analog transmitter for good

WHTV, the MyNetwork TV affiliate for Lansing and Jackson, turned off it's analog transmitter yesterday and becomes another early convert to digital-only broadcasting. The station is using Channel 34 for its digital broadcasts which are remapped to Channel 18 on digital receivers.

Other Michigan TV stations that have made the switch to digital-only broadcasting ahead of the mandated February 17, 2009 switchover include WFUM TV Flint and WLLA TV Kalamazoo.



WQTX Lansing flips from oldies to classic hits

Mid-Michigan Radio Group's WQTX FM 92.1 segued from oldies to classic hits yesterday, switching its moniker from Oldies 92.1 to 92-X in the process. The station's on-air lineup remains anchored by Tim Barron in morning drive and will continue to air coverage of Lansing Lugnut baseball and University of Michigan football and basketball.

WGER Announces New Lineup: As previously mentioned on ALL ACCESS, (NET NEWS 11/18), NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI announces its new lineup welcoming the nationally syndicated KIDD KRADDICK for mornings. Part-timer LOGAN NICHOLS will produce the show locally. Market veteran SCOTT SHANNON (a.k.a SCOTT SIEPEL) returns from his radio witness program in PEORIA for afternoons, replacing PD LAUREN DAVIS, who moves to middays. (Tue, 12/2)



Flint Journal:

Celebrity treatment, dreamy-eyed girls, blogs about his reporting style -- it's not the life Derek Van Dam had in mid-Michigan. But the former WEYI (Channel 25) weather forecaster is dealing with the instant fame that comes from being one of the head guys at an international news channel in South Africa. Seven months ago, Van Dam made what seemed like a drastic life change: He decided to pick up and move to Cape Town to become chief meteorologist at eTV News -- South Africa's first 24-hour news channel. It has more than 15 million viewers... Derek Van Dam, eTV's sexy weather forecaster, now predicting the weather in South Africa (Tue, 12/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 3, 2008



Detroit News:

The November sweeps book has closed, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has once again emerged as the morning champion. The local Fox affiliate boasts the highest ratings in the a.m. seven days a week. The domination began at 6 a.m. weekdays when "Fox 2 News Morning" pulled in a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 compared to local newscasts on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) with a 1.6 rating and WDIV-TV (Channel 4), which garnered a 1.4 rating. Among women 25-54, WJBK drew a 4.2 rating, WXYZ had a 3.0 rating and WDIV landed a 2.7 rating. Each local rating point represents roughly 19,000 homes in the Metro Detroit area. What is even more impressive is that WJBK received higher ratings than "Today" on NBC and "Good Morning America" on ABC from 7-9 a.m. weekdays. Among adults 18-49, WJBK had a 3.1 rating compared to the local ABC affiliate WXYZ's 1.3 rating and the local NBC affiliate WDIV's 1.2 rating. With women 25-54, WJBK had a 4.3 rating, WXYZ drew a 2.6 rating and WDIV pulled a 2.0 rating. The same numbers carried over to the weekend... Fox 2's morning show beats 'em all (Wed, 12/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 4, 2008



Detroit News:

If you still smile when you hear the old CKLW jingle "and the hits just keep on coming," the man responsible for creating that tighter-than-tight Big 8 format in the late '60s, Bill Drake , died of lung cancer Saturday at his California home. He was 71. In the mid-'60s, Drake put the pedal to the metal on the pop radio format by emphasizing forward motion -- a philosophy some boiled down to "shut up and play the music." "Before us, disc jockeys would just ramble on incessantly," Drake told the L.A. Times. Drake launched the "Boss Radio" format on KHJ in Los Angeles starting in 1965, transforming it into a powerhouse that made hits for the Doors , the Mamas and the Papas , etc. Although the frenetic format de-emphasized personalities in favor of music, some emerged anyway: the Real Don Steele , for one. In 1967, CKLW's owners brought Drake in to shake up the pop station's format, and the fast-paced "Big 8" soon buried Detroit's No. 1 station WKNR , with its emphasis on star jocks playing top music... The late Bill Drake made listening to the radio exciting (Thu, 12/4)

Local country station WYCD (99.5-FM) is teaming up with Beaumont Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network to present a foot-stompin' Christmas show and give back to the community in one fell swoop. Tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills, country mega-star Gretchen Wilson will perform, with support from Chris Cagle and up-and-comer Jimmy Wayne. Wilson, a Grammy-winning singer and best-selling author, shot onto the national stage in 2004 with her No. 1 hit "Redneck Woman: Stories of My Life," off her five-times platinum debut album, "Here for the Party"... Gretchen Wilson, Chris Cagle and Jimmy Wayne will light up The Palace (Thu, 12/4)


• The FCC approved the sale of WSCG-FM Lakeview and WSCG AM Greenviile from Stafford Communications to Packer Radio. Sale price for the combo was $195,000.

• In August 2008, FM translator W238AL 95.5 Portage switched from a relay of country WNWN-FM 98.5 to a relay of sister station adult urban WNWN AM 1560 with special temporary authority from the FCC. The stations are owned by Midwest Communications.

• In September 2008, country WTWS FM 92.1 reportedly began operations from its new facilities in Roscommon county near Houghton Lake. The station had previously operated from near Harrison in Clare county and in October applied for its license to cover for the technical changes along with the change to its community of license from Harrison to Houghton Lake. Co-owned Coltrace Communications classic hits WUPS FM 98.5 is simultaneously changing its community of license from Houghton Lake to Harrison but not making changes to its broadcast facilities.

• No notable activity for December 2 and 3.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 5, 2008




The needs are greater than ever and growing day by day across mid-Michigan. You have seen it reported in newspapers, on radio and television stations. Charities are struggling to meet the ever growing needs of people, right here in our community. In an effort to help 19 mid-Michigan charity organizations, WLNS will dedicate most of the station's resources on Thursday, December 11th, from 11AM to 8PM, to provide viewers an opportunity to GIVE. TV 6 will be joined this year by WJXQ - Q106 radio in broadcasting information related to the needs of local charity organizations and the people they serve. Volunteers will accept donations at the WLNS TV 6 Studios, 2820 East Saginaw Street in Lansing, and at Allegiance Health (formerly Foote Hospital) 205 North East Avenue in Jackson... WLNS TV 6 Day of Giving (Fri, 12/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 5, 2008



WDVD stuffing buses for children

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 is trying make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season and is asking listeners to help the station stuff two buses full of new toys today through Tuesday, December 9, 2008. The 96.3 WDVD Morning Show, Blaine and Lisa with Allyson, will kicked off this year's Stuff-A-Bus campaign with a live broadcast earlier today at BD's Mongolian Grill on Hall Road in Sterling Heights. 96.3 WDVD DJs will continue to broadcast live from both bus locations, BD's Mongolian Grill on Hall Road in Sterling Heights and Westland Mall on Wayne Road in Westland, for the duration of the promotion. Toy collection hours will be from 6:00 a.m. - midnight.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the two Stuff-A-Bus locations and help stuff those buses! Toys will benefit local charities including Ronald McDonald House, NSO, Lighthouse, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, local churches and many others.

Sponsors are helping WDVD stuff the buses by providing donation incentives. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to any participating BD's Mongolian Grill location from now until December 4, 2008 and receive a $2.00 off coupon. Also, Buddy's Pizza is donating $2.00 from every Detroiter Pizza purchase from now until December 4, 2008.



Ann Arbor's WTKA teams up with AAPD for Christmas

Sports talk 1050 WTKA- AM is teaming up with The Ann Arbor Police Department and former LPGA Tour player Debbie Williams-Hoak for the 13th Annual Adopt-A-Family Program.

Starting Monday December 8th and running through Friday December 12th, the Michigan Insider with Sam Webb and Andy Evans will be helping the program fill the "wish list" of five or more families in Ann Arbor.

Five Days, Five Families, Five Christmases will allow the audience to purchase an item off each families list or they can make a monetary gift donation. Individuals making a contribution do not have to adopt an entire family.

The Michigan Insider airs weekday mornings from 6-10am. If you wish to purchase an item, call the studio hotline at (734) 998-1050. All checks must be addressed to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

In the twelve years of the Adopt-A-Family Program, close to 400 families and well over 2,000 children have had a special Christmas thanks to the generosity of so many people.

Deminski And Doyle Set New Year's Party, WCSX Debut: JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE can't start at GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT until the stroke of midnight NEW YEAR'S EVE because of their noncompete with crosstown CBS Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE TICKET), but the moment 2009 starts, D&D will be on the air live from a party the show is throwing for listeners. D&D will be at SNOOKER'S in UTICA, MI for a NEW YEAR'S party open to listeners with no cover and a live performance by local rock stalwarts MINDCANDY, the band fronted by D&D sidekick RUDY DESANTIS. DEMINSKI and DOYLE will be on the air for a few segments once the legal coast is clear; their regular show starts JANUARY 5 6-10a ET. (Fri, 12/5)



Detroit News:

Prevailing wisdom would say that NBC's weak primetime programming would hinder the ratings of the 11 p.m. newscast for the network's local affiliate WDIV-TV (Channel 4). In this instance, prevailing wisdom would be wrong. Despite coming on after ratings-challenged shows such as "My Own Worst Enemy," WDIV's 11 p.m. newscast outperformed its programming predecessors Monday through Friday, increasing ratings by as much as 88 percent during the recently concluded November sweeps. As a result, WDIV's late-night newscast was the most watched in that timeslot. During the workweek, the newscast garnered an 8 rating/15 share compared to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which drew a 7.9 rating/15 share and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which attracted a 4.1 rating/8 share... WDIV 11 p.m. news tops during the week (Fri, 12/5)


• Three Angels Broadcasting LPTV outlet W46CR Saginaw/Midland, which has had its operations affected due to the sign-on of full power station WBSF Bay City on Channel 46 in September 2006, has been granted a construction permit to build a digital-only station on Channel 24 as W24DL. The station had initially been granted a construction permit to move its analog operations to Channel 42, but it is not certain if the station ever operated on this channel.

The station's new digital transmitter would be built near the Bay/Midland county line and it's heart-shaped coverage pattern could provide improved coverage of Midland, Bay City, and parts of Saginaw when compared to its old analog facility southwest of Midland.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2008




After 17 years of outstanding, award-winning service, Larry Nienhaus has anchored his final newscast at 24 Hour News 8. It is with regret that the station announces Larry's departure, which was the result of the extremely challenging economic conditions in which the nation finds itself. WOOD TV8, impacted by the same financial storm that's hit so many industries, was unable to extend Larry's contract, which ended November 30. WOOD TV8 is grateful for Larry's many contributions, both on-air and as a dedicated volunteer in the West Michigan community. Larry joined 24 Hour News 8 in February 1991 as a weekend anchor, ultimately working his way up to the main anchor slot... WOOD TV8, Larry Nienhaus part ways (Fri, 12/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2008



Macomb Daily:

Veteran television news reporter Derricke Dennis, who recently left WDIV-TV (Channel 4), has been hired as communications director for the city of Warren. Dennis was appointed by Mayor James Fouts to oversee the city's cable television operations and the municipal Web site. He takes the $77,000 post effective Monday. "In our talks for this position, Derricke impressed me as an outstanding communicator with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. His experience as a broadcaster and his proven ability to manage multiple projects and assignments on strict deadlines will be a tremendous boost for Warren TV," Fouts said. Dennis spent the last six years at WDIV, where he covered a variety of stories. In a prepared statement released by the city, Dennis said he is thrilled to join the city administration. "I have covered Mayor Fouts over the years as a news reporter and have always found him to be very creative and forward-thinking," he said. "In deciding to leave Local 4, I was simply looking for a new challenge and better use of my skills and talent"... TV reporter named Warren cable boss (Sat, 12/6)


Starting Tuesday, December 16th in Detroit and Wednesday, December 17th in Grand Rapids there will be a series of tests aired by local television stations to help assist viewers in determining if their televisions are ready for the February 17, 2009 conversion to DTV.


In Detroit, WJBK TV 2, WDIV TV 4, WXYZ TV 7, WMYD TV 20, WUDT TV 23, WADL TV 38, WKBD TV 50, WTVS TV 56, and WWJ TV 62 will all participate in the tests that are scheduled to run every Tuesday through Feb. 17 at different times in an effort to reach as many people as possible with varying viewing habits. The tests will be "road-blocked" each week, airing on all participating stations at the same time for maximum exposure.

Its estimated that almost eight percent (146,000 households) of the Detroit DMA is still completely unready for the February's DTV transition, so these Detroit area stations are going to help viewers figure out if their television is ready for digital (or if its still receiving analog signals) with this series of "soft" DTV tests called Test Your TV Tuesday.

During the test, viewers will either see a green screen marked "PASS", indicating that the television they're viewing is receiving a digital signal and ready for DTV, or a red screen marked "FAIL" if that TV is still receiving an analog signal and additional steps must be taken to ensure that television set is ready for DTV before analog broadcasts cease on February 17, 2009.

Stations will also air promotional messages in advance of each weekly test so viewers will know what time they can expect a test each week. The test is sixty seconds in length and will encourage individuals seeing it to check their other televisions in the home.

The "FAIL" message will also inform the viewer where to get additional information to take further steps - including the Michigan DTV web site, and Michigan DTV Helpline (1-888-MI-DTV-09).

A complete list of dates and times of Test Your TV Tuesdays is available here.


Grand Rapids local TV stations WWMT TV 3, WOOD-TV 8, WZZM-TV 13, WXMI TV 17, WGVU/WGVK TV 35/52, WOTV TV 41 and WTLJ TV 53 will be participating in "Test Your TV Wednesdays" beginning on Wednesday, December 17th and then on every Wednesday from January 7th through the Feb. 17 conversion. The tests will be similar in nature to those run in Detroit; Regular programming will be replaced by an on-screen graphic and announcer who will inform viewers whether their TV sets are "ready" or "not ready" for the digital transition. "Not Ready" viewers will be referred to both a local phonebank as well as the Michigan DTV Helpline.


Michigan DTV Helpline completes second month of operation

The Michigan DTV Helpline just finished its second month of operation and has already proven to be huge asset to Michigan Broadcasters and citizens alike. Since its launch in early October, the helpline has assisted over 12,000 Michigan citizens with DTV related issues.

Don-Lors Electronics, sponsor and call center provider for the Michigan DTV Helpline, reported 81% of calls to the helpline were from people who needed assistance ordering converter box coupons. As the transition date moves closer, folks realize the urgency to order the coupons so they recieve them in time for the transition. Don-Lors call data shows nearly 75% of Michigan DTV Helpline callers have no internet access, which limits their options to apply for the federal coupons; and although there is a national hotline to order the coupons, many people have found the automated system to be difficult to understand and navigate.

In addition to coupon orders, the helpline is fielding DTV questions ranging from basic information to technical inquiries. Don-Lors Electronics has provided a list of the top four reasons people call the helpline:

  • 1. Assistance ordering converter box coupons
  • 2. Inquiring about expired converter box coupons
  • 3. Technical assistance after they have received and connected the converter box and are having difficulty finding a signal from one or more stations.
  • 4. Technical assistance in connecting the converter box to the TV or the antenna to the converter box.

Don-Lors Electronics estimates as the transition date draws nearer, the need for DTV assistance will rise and the trend will be an increase in more technical questions. In the coming weeks the call center is prepared to take in a higher volume of calls and welcomes any Michigan citizen to take advantage of this unique and helpful tool that is only offered in this state.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Lynne Woodison, one of the pioneering female voices in Detroit rock radio, got the ax from her longtime morning gig on WCSX-FM last month. For 11 years at WCSX, and decades before that at other spots on the FM band, Woodison's distinctive dulcet register accompanied the sunrise for listeners. Now she's among the growing ranks of Michiganders laid off, fired or bought out. The married mother of two grown sons, Woodison was caring for her ailing 87-year-old mother, Maxine Woodison, this fall. Two weeks after her mother died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 28, Woodison and show partner Jim Johnson were let go... Radio personality looks ahead after losing her job and her mom (Sun, 12/7)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 8, 2008



ESPN 100.9 thinking baseball

ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN Pinconning will present five and a half hours of coverage of the 2008 Baseball Winter Meetings from the Las Vegas Convention Center this week Monday through Thursday. Coverage will begin Monday from 6:30-7pm immediately following Northwood Basketball Weekly, then continue Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-8pm and Thursday from 6-7pm. Loons' play-by-play broadcaster Brad Golder will anchor the program.

The show will feature interviews with some of the top names in baseball plus insight and analysis on all key developments at the annual gathering of Major League Baseball's top decision makers, from trades to free agent signings.

This week WLUN also will feature two high school basketball games in the station's continuing coverage of Saginaw Valley League basketball, presented by St. Mary's of Michigan. On Thursday, Bay City Central battles the Dow Chargers in girl's basketball with coverage beginning at 7:30pm. Friday marks the start of ESPN 100.9-FM's boy's basketball coverage, with Saginaw High, the two-time defending state champion, facing the Heritage Hawks.



Flint Journal:

Nearly every Michigan citizen knows that Digital TV is coming on Feb. 17, 2009 as all television stations nationally will switch from analog to digital format on that day. However, only about half of the people who have an older, analog TV and do not subscribe to a cable or satellite service have a plan to convert their TVs to digital. Before winter really sets in, we have to set up a plan to switch. I recently conducted a survey of Michigan viewers to determine their readiness for DTV in association with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. We found that everyone knows that DTV is coming, but only about half of the over-the-air viewers are moving toward transitioning... Half of us are not ready for digital TV conversion; Here's some tips on how to get ready (Mon, 12/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 8, 2008



WRCJ to air first concert from new DSO director live

Classical/jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 will be presenting a live broadcast of new Detroit Symphony Orchestra Maestro Leonard Slatkin's first concert as Music Director of the DSO on Thursday, December 11th. Coverage will begin at 7pm when WRCJ's Jack Goggin will present classic DSO recordings. Then at 8pm, Dave Wagner will host the historic debut concert of Slatkin, featuring the world premiere of A Different Soldier's Tale by Detroit native James Lee III, and a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Tickets are still available for the DSO performance, check out for details.



WDET to help celebrate the spirit of the season this weekend

WDET FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will offer up special holiday programming on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 with some public radio favorites from NPR:

- David Sedaris' "SantaLand Diaries" will air on December 12 and 13 at 12 noon

- Click & Clack's "Car Talk Christmas Carol" is scheduled for December 12 at 7pm and December 13 at 10am

- NPR's "Tinsel Tales" - featuring holidays stories from familiar public radio voices Scott Simon, Jay Allison and others will be broadcast on December 12 at 1pm

Plus, tune in for "Folks Like Us" with Matt Watroba (Saturdays 1-4pm) and Larry McDaniel, the "Arkansas Traveler" (Saturdays 4-6pm) as they bring you their holiday favorites.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 8, 2008



WFUR-FM/AM, WKPR owner William E. Kuiper, Sr. dies at age 82

William E. Kuiper Sr., longtime president of West Michigan religious radio stations WFUR-FM/AM 102.9/1570 Grand Rapids and WKPR AM 1420 Kalmazoo, died on December 4th at age 82. Bill devoted much of his professional career to spreading the Christian gospel, primarily thru radio broadcasting. Funeral services will be held today, Monday December 8th, at 11:00 a.m. at Westend Christian Reformed Church with Pastor Henry Admiraal and Rev. Dan Kuiper officiating. Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to West Side Christian School.

Obituary from the Grand Rapids Press



Grand Rapids Press:

WLAV-FM (96.9) morning show host Kevin Matthews has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but plans to continue working at the radio station while being treated. Matthews, 52, returned to the airwaves this morning after taking time off the past two weeks to undergo tests in Chicago for "muscle aches and difficulties" experienced the past several weeks, according to a statement from his longtime friend and spokeswoman Ginny Seyferth. "I dodged a huge atom bomb," Matthews insisted while revealing the diagnosis on the air this morning. He said doctors determined it wasn't a brain tumor but MS. "It happens. It's the card you're dealt with. I can live with this." Seyferth noted Matthews "has worked with several physicians but is now linked up with Rush (University Medical Center) in Chicago... Multiple sclerosis diagnosis won't slow DJ Kevin Matthews' morning drive (Mon, 12/8)


WKBD DT Ch. 14 was granted a construction permit for a power increase from 58,700 watts @ 883 feet to 180,000 watts @ 883 feet. This construction permit replaces one that expired in 2007 and should provide improved coverage for the station's digital broadcasts. WKBD also plans on increasing power again once it can replace the Channel 50 analog antenna with a new digital antenna for use on Channel 14 once analog broadcasts cease in Feburary 2007.

• Variety hits WUPF FM 107.3 Powers/Escanaba has been granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 25,000 watts @ 318 feet (Class C3) to 50,000 watts @ 318 feet (Class C2) from its current antenna location.

W225AV 92.9 Bessemer, a translator of religious WRVM Suring, WI, was granted a license to cover for a change in its broadcast location in Gogebic county.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 9, 2008



Flint Journal:

The changes continued today for the Flint Generals as the International Hockey League club fired director of media relations and broadcasting Denis J. Puska. With attendance at an all-time low for Flint pro hockey, the Generals also have decided to no longer broadcast home games on the radio (WFNT AM 1470). Broadcasts from road games will continue and the club's weekly radio show will likely be revamped, according to head coach Bobby Reynolds... Flint Generals fire broadcaster, will no longer air home games on the radio (Mon, 12/8)

Eugene Brown Exits WTLZ: EUGENE BROWN, PD of Urban AC WTLZ (HOT 107)/SAGINAW, MI, has exited. No replacement has been named at this time. Current night personality/MD DANTA TOUSSAINT will assume the interim PD duties until a permanent replacement is named. (Tue, 12/9)


• Religious WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 600 to 1,100 watts. New sister station WIDG AM 940 St. Ignace, recently acquired from Northern Star Broadcasting, has returned to the air and is now simulcasting the Catholic-based programming heard on WTCK.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2008



Ann Arbor's W4 Country helping gather Toys for Tots

Country WWWW-FM 102.9 is teaming up with Key Bank, the U.S. Marine Corps. and the Washtenaw County Toys for Tots organization to bring smiles and gifts to local children just in time for Christmas this year.

W4 Country's Christmas Crusade for Kids starts Monday December 15th and is scheduled to run through Saturday December 20th. The station will be taking over a store front located 3147 Oak Valley Drive at the Oak Valley Shopping Center in Ann Arbor where they will broadcast live Monday the 15th through Friday the 19th from 6am-10pm and again on Saturday December 20th from 10am-1pm. Donations of toys and cash will be accepted all week long.

On Saturday December 20th, the Breakfast with Bubba Morning Show will take the monetary gifts and go shopping for toys. Toys for Tots will then pick up the toys and distribute them to families in need just in time for Christmas.

To donate, just bring a new, unwrapped toy(s) to our location anytime Monday through Friday 6am-10pm, or Saturday 10am-1pm. Visit the station's web site at for more information.



Local 4 to offer live broadcast of auto show Charity Preview

The relationship between the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and WDIV/Channel 4 will take another step forward in 2009 as live coverage of the Charity Preview event resumes by WDIV, the exclusive broadcast media partner of the NAIAS.

In addition to airing the Charity Preview live on Jan. 16 from 6-9 p.m., WDIV has also committed to airing more live broadcasts during industry preview and public days as part of their overall commitment to additional coverage.

"As global eyes focus on NAIAS this year the additional coverage of the show becomes even more important from a local and national standpoint," said Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager, WDIV/Channel 4. "We are committed to our position as a news leader in the Detroit area and will be offering expanded coverage of this extraordinary show."

As the official broadcast partner of NAIAS, WDIV/Channel 4 is the only television station that is licensed to use the NAIAS name or logo in its promotional materials, or sell packages related to the NAIAS and Charity Preview.

"The years of experience that WDIV brings combined with the talented on and off air team will provide viewers with an incredible amount of coverage of NAIAS and the excitement it brings to Detroit and the world," said Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS. "Charity Preview is one of the top single-night fundraising events in the nation, and now those at home will be able to participate in the excitement by watching the coverage provided by WDIV and the live cameras that will be placed around the floor during the event."

Tickets for Charity Preview are currently available and can be purchased by calling (888) 838-7500, or by visiting The annual event has raised over $77 million for children's charities in metro Detroit since its inception in 1976.



WJR's 43rd Annual Christmas Sing set for Saturday

News-talk WJR AM 760 is inviting listners to join morning host Paul W. Smith, Santa, and the WJR family starting at 10am on Saturday, December 13th as they host the 43rd Annual WJR Christmas Sing in the North Grand Court at the Somerset Collection in Troy. This is a great holiday tradition that promises to be bigger and better this year. Bring your family for a morning of Christmas caroling and fun!

The station will also be gathering new or gently used coats to the Christmas Sing. On this day, Goodwill Industries will be collecting donated coats at the entrance to Somerset Collection North on Big Beaver Road between the hours of 9am-Noon. Cash donations will be accepted as well. All donations will benefit the North End Community Partnership and as a thank you for your contribution, you will receive a free regular coffee or tea at Starbucks at Somerset Collection and a gift certificate for a one-hour pampering mini-facial at the Dior Beauty Counter located in Macy's in Somerset Collection.

For more information, visit WJR's Helping Hands Headquarters at



Detroit News:

Talk-show goddess Oprah Winfrey has the golden touch. She loves a book and millions of copies sell. She declares something a favorite, and it's out of stock in stores in no time. Well, when it comes to ratings, Winfrey can also do no wrong and thanks to the large Metro Detroit TV audience that tunes in to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" five days a week, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) enjoys a sweet spot at the top. The daytime hit attracted a 4.8 rating/13.8 share during the November sweeps period, giving WXYZ the No. 1 rated show in that time period compared to the 4 p.m. newscast on WDIV-TV (Channel 4). The local NBC affiliate, which splits the hour with the tabloid magazine show "Inside Edition," pulled in a 3.4 rating/8.8 share in households... 'Oprah' gives WXYZ top daytime rating (Wed, 12/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 12, 2008



CBS Radio/Detroit making cuts, offering special programming

It appears that at least two longtime and well-known personalities have been let go at CBS Radio/Detroit's country WYCD-FM 99.5 and oldies WOMC-FM 104.3. Production and overnight talent Ron Tavernit is no longer with WOMC after many years and at WYCD it appears that evening host Jyl Forsyth is also out. Forsyth had been with 'YCD since June, 1993 when 99.5 launched what it called at that time Young Country.

In support of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford, CBS' WXYT AM 1270 today has dropped the simulcast of sports WXYT-FM 97.1 and instead airing "Stand Up and Be Proud", with messages of support for automakers from civic, community, and business leaders. The company's other stations, which include WOMC, smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, WYCD, and news WWJ AM 950 as well as WXYT-FM, are also joining in by airing messages as well.

"Detroit and the surrounding areas have so much to be proud of and thankful for," said CBS Radio Market Manager Debbie Kenyon. "The CBS/Detroit radio stations launched the 'Stand Up and Be Proud' campaign to salute and recognize all of the positive achievements in our region."



Detroit News:

Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said Thursday he is "exploring his legal options" after enduring daily verbal attacks from WCHB-AM "News Talk 1200" personality Mildred Gaddis, saying her political commentary is approaching "character assassination and slander." He said Gaddis is fixated on criticizing his wife, Kimberly, and the alleged role she has in the mayor's office. "I have a thick skin. I have no problem being attacked on policy," Cockrel said. "The problem is when it transcends into character assassination and slander. ... She has come dangerously close to that. I will not continue to let it slide." Gaddis said she's only asking tough questions as a journalist, the same career Cockrel pursued before seeking public office... Mayor fights radio host's allegations (Fri, 12/12)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 12, 2008



Broadcasting & Cable:

A retransmission consent contract between Young Broadcasting and satellite provider Dish Network has expired, knocking 10 Young stations off the air for Dish subscribers. The Young stations include KRON San Francisco, (WLNS Lansing), WTEN Albany and WRIC Richmond. WRIC put it this way: "Unfortunately DISH has chosen to drop WRIC-TV8. We tried to for several months to reach a fair agreement that does not discriminate against this station. We will continue to seek a fair and reasonable agreement with DISH... Retrans Row Knocks 10 Young Stations Off Dish (Fri, 12/12)

From WLNS: WLNS's effort to reach a new agreement with DISH was unsuccessful. DISH has dropped WLNS-TV6 effective December 11, 2009 at 7pm. You can continue to receive WLNS-TV6 free over the air from the station, on satellite with DIRECTV, your local cable or telephone provider. We regret the inconvenience that DISH may cause you. DISH's contract with WLNS TV 6 was originally set to expire on December 10, 2008. WLNS TV offered a short extension of the contract to allow more time to reach an agreement with DISH. For the past several months our company has attempted to reach a new agreement with DISH. Unfortunately DISH has elected not to accept our proposal... Dish Network Drops WLNS TV6


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2008



WLNS Lansing notifies viewers of pending temporary reduction to digital signal

As part of WLNS-TVs transition from analog to digital broadcasting, on or around January 5, 2009, the station, which is licensed to Lansing, Michigan, will temporarily reduce the power and coverage of its digital signal. This is necessary so the station can continue construction of its digital facility.

Because of this reduced power, some viewers who have been watching WLNS's digital signal over the air may no longer be able to see it after January 5th. These viewers can still watch WLNS over the air by tuning to Channel 6 and watching the station's analog signal until February 18 when all stations will transition to digital broadcasting. Viewers may also access WLNS's programming by subscribing to a cable or satellite television service. WLNS's digital signal will not resume full power and coverage until several weeks after February 18.



Former Mid-Michigan radio engineer dies

Douglas William Schoeffler, 50, of Spartanburg, South Carolina (previously of Almont) went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 4, 2008 after battling melanoma cancer. He was born in Detroit on September 21, 1958 and grew up in St. Clair Shores graduating from Lake Shore High School in 1976. He received a degree in Electronics from ICS in Pennsylvania.

Doug enjoyed music. He played the guitar, electric guitar, and bass, but he mostly loved to play the banjo. Doug was unique in the fact that he enjoyed riding a unicycle. He was also a former member of the Almont Jaycees.

Doug was employed at Echo-Star (Dish Network) in South Carolina as a high-level maintenance technician in Echo-Star's Spartanburg receiver plant. When he was in Michigan he worked for Covenant Communications in which he would install the transmitter equipment into local radio stations. He has done work for 103.1 FM (WWGZ), AM 1530 (WLSP), 98.9 FM (WOWE), 88.3 (WNFA) and 90.7 FM (WNFR). He also volunteered his time at Smile FM pledge drives and Compassion International tables at Christian concerts. He had a great love for Compassion International in which he supported several children in other countries.

Doug is survived by his parents, Charles and Irmgard Schoeffler of Almont; brother, Robert S. Schoeffler of Richmond, Indiana; sister, Iris (Eric) Johnson of Columbiaville; 3 nieces, Robin Schoeffler, Rae Anne Schoeffler, Charlene Johnson; 2 nephews, Robert C. Schoeffler, Andrew Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International and Samaritan's Purse.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 8, 2008 at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, Warren. Reverend Fred R. Leuck of Thornville Baptist Church officiated. Doug was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2008



Ann Arbor Radio's Rockin' For The Hungry raises more than 226 tons of food

The community came out strong December 3rd-7th to help Ann Arbor's 107one (adult alternative WQKL-FM) and Food Gatherers fight hunger in Washtenaw County. This year, Rockin' For The Hungry exceeded the original goal of 170 tons and raised a remarkable 226 tons of food to help those in need throughout Southeast Michigan.

Volunteers and personalities from WQKL braved the cold and snow for five days to collect food for local food bank Food Gatherers' largest outdoor food drive and the community responded by donating more than ever before. The generous outpouring of support will allow Food Gatherers to meet the urgent and pressing demand for food in our community.

"Rockin' For The Hungry is one of the signature events in both the city off Ann Arbor and on ann arbor's 107one, and I am thrilled beyond belief that 226 tons of food were given to help the hungry in our community," commented Martin Bandyke, ann arbor's 107one morning host.

"Hats off to our listeners and everyone in the Washtenaw area who contributed to this Rockin' cause. ann arbor's 107one is privileged to be a part of such a vibrant and generous community," added Chris Ammel, program director and midday host for WQKL.


Highlights programs wrapping up Michigan High School Athletic Association championships from this past fall in cross country, golf and tennis will be available for cable and Internet viewing this month via the MHSAA Network.

Shows recapping the Lower Peninsula Girls Golf Finals and the Upper Peninsula Girls Tennis Finals from October are already available for online viewing at Those programs will soon be joined by highlights of Finals in cross country from both peninsulas and Lower Peninsula Boys Tennis.

Comcast Cable channel 900 debuted the tennis action on Thursday (Dec. 11), showing the Upper Peninsula Girls Finals at 9:30 p.m., followed by the Lower Peninsula Boys Finals at 10 p.m. On Sunday (Dec. 14), the cross country programs will have their airing, with the Upper Peninsula Final at 9:30 p.m., followed by the Lower Peninsula Girls Finals at 10 p.m. and the Lower Peninsula Boys Finals at 10:30 p.m.

The Girls Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming & Diving Finals received their first ever statewide full meet coverage this year. Those programs will first be shown on Dec. 27, with the Division 2 meet at Holland airing at 10 a.m., followed by the Division 1 finals at Ypsilanti at 12:30 p.m. and the Division 3 championships at Rochester at 7 p.m. On Dec. 28, the Division 3 show will air at 10 a.m.; the Division 2 program will be at 6:30 p.m.; and at 9 p.m., Division 1 will be shown again. These three programs will also be available soon on the Internet at

The MHSAA Network provides video coverage of regular-season and post-season tournament events to be distributed on multiple platforms. MHSAA.TV is the portal site for video content, and the launching pad to MHSAA Radio. During the Fall of 2008, the MHSAA Network produced nearly 400 hours of original programming, covering over 140 contests, including MHSAA Final events in all sports except football.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,600 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 14, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

While this isn't exactly the time of year to be playing golf in Michigan, reading about it can still be quite entertaining. "Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects" by Michael Patrick Shiels and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (Skyhorse Publishing, $40) is a deluxe, coffee--table book that's ideal for serious golf lovers. Although it basically offers viewpoints of 118 different members of the society, it showcases quite a variety of insights; it's officially subtitled "The Creation of the World's Greatest Golf Courses in the Words and Images of History's Master Designers." Providing behind-the- scenes tales from America's best golf course designers, Shiels presents a unique collection that fills a real niche. It includes brief comments and interviews with many well-known individuals, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Jr... Local radio DJ takes us on golf-course tour in 'Secrets' (Sun, 12/14)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec, 14, 2008



Kalamazoo Gazette:

When Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech Aug. 28 at the Democratic National Convention, millions watched the historic event on their television sets. But Kalamazoo-area motorists in their vehicles at that late hour also had a chance to hear the speech of the first black Democratic presidential nominee on their radio dial at 95.5 FM, which launched that day. That speech became the first thing broadcast on 95.5 FM, the simulcast station of WNWN-AM 1560, The Touch, which has been bringing rhythm and blues music here since June 1996 but would sign off by early evening each night. The new FM station now allows 24-hour access to music and talk entertainment with an R&B flavor, something local citizens have been pushing for in earnest for more than 20 years. Their efforts have ranged from circulating petitions and holding public meetings to trying to buy stations. Over the years, there's been smatterings of R&B music programs and even a short-lived radio station... Fight for 24-hour R&B: citizen activism set the stage for new Kalamazoo-area radio station (Sun, 12/14)



Grand Rapids Press:

Do not panic. Do not adjust your television. OK, maybe adjust your television. But only if you see red. Local TV stations are joining forces to address viewer confusion about the upcoming switch from analog to digital service. Stations will conduct brief "soft tests" starting Wednesday that will help viewers determine whether television sets are ready for the conversion, which will happen Feb. 17. At 6:08 p.m. Wednesday, participating stations will air a 90-second test-screen graphic showing one of two things: • Viewers whose sets are conversion-ready will see a green screen. • Those who see a red screen will need act before Feb. 17 to avoid losing service. Cable or satellite subscribers and owners of newer TVs with digital tuners won't need to do anything. Viewers with older analog sets -- including those who use antennas or rabbit ears -- likely will need to buy a digital converter box... Trial runs coming Wednesday to help you check TV for digital readiness (Sun, 12/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Targeted as one of several metropolitan areas most at risk of seeing a large number of households lose their TV connections when broadcasting moves from analog to digital format, Detroit soon will have the help of assistance centers to steer its residents through the transition. Today, advocates who determined the most at-risk cities will announce details regarding the opening of the centers. "This is not easy stuff," Mark Lloyd, a vice president for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said Friday. According to a statement about the announcement, "Communities of color, people who rely on languages other than English, low-income working families, older Americans and people with disabilities who rely on over-the-air TV for emergency public service announcements will be most affected." Lloyd's organization, based in Washington, D.C., is joined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Self-Help for the Elderly in setting up the centers, which will encourage consumers to apply for two, $40 coupons for digital converter boxes and either use or donate them by the Feb. 17 transition date... Centers to help with move to digital TV (Mon, 12/15)


On the Radio: Seasonal Changes

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Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioBefore the year is out, I wanted to have at least one last opportunity to share a few thoughts with you and what has happened to the medium we all have loved so much...for so long. I feel the use of the word medium is also appropriate because radio these days seems to be "medium"....and it's seemingly RARE when it's actually WELL-DONE or done well. Okay enough with the steak metaphors, but seriously, it seems as though the people who are least important to the broadcasters of the new millennium are its listeners.

The year is ending on a sad note as across the country, and especially here in SE Michigan, names we know and love have either died or have been (figuratively) killed off by bean-counting management teams who feel, in order to save their own jobs, they must do whatever it takes to adjust "the bottom line." I know this seems like old news, but the problem has become worse as we approach 2009.

Who of us wasn't stunned at the dismissal of J.J. and Lynne at WCSX. The ratings had slipped a bit but, look at all of the good things they have done raising money for charitable causes, not to mention their super on-air chemistry and the longevity that the duo had on the Detroit airwaves. Yet, they were pulled off the air without a chance to say goodbye. Jeff Deminski, of the popular Deminski and Doyle show knows, first hand, how that feels. He, and partner Bill Doyle were yanked off the former WKRK-FM (97.1) with one week remaining on their contract. Did the CBS Radio management feel that they were going to trash-talk the company? These guys are professional broadcasters not vindictive school kids.

Reports say that D&D suggested to management that Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison not be "left in the dark" and be allowed to do a farewell show. Time will tell if that happens. Meantime tune to WCSX-FM New Years Eve, because at the stroke of midnight the one-year "gag-order" for D&D will expire and they'll be on the air for an early welcome back before they kick off their regular show on Monday, January 5th!

On The RadioOn the heels of the morning show changes at Classic Rock 94.7, CBS Radio is not to be outdone in the pink-slip department. As Mike Austerman recently reported, it appears that at least two longtime and well-known personalities have been let go at Detroit's country leader WYCD-FM (99.5) and oldies WOMC-FM (104.3). Creative & Production Director Ron Tavernit is no longer with WOMC. Ron T, as he was widely known, had been with the station 15 years, and wore many different hats at the 200,000 watt powerhouse like: public affairs director, public service director, the go-to-guy for swing shifts and first choice to fill-in for market legend Dick Purtan. He also covered morning news when Dana Mills was absent. Big Al from the morning show once called him "the Tom Brookens of radio." Brookens played every position for the Detroit Tigers. Ron did not see this one coming and was surprised by the move, especially at this time of the year. Upon exiting the building, he e-mailed all staffers telling them "the door has closed for me, but it opens for someone else." Ron T. is a class act, and personally I hope his "on the beach" time is minimal.

On The RadioEven country music listeners, traditionally the most loyal of radio listeners, were not spared as additional budget cuts forced the dismissal of talented WYCD evening host Jyl Forsyth. She had been with 'YCD since July, 1992 when 99.5 launched what it called, at that time, Young Country. Many people still refer to WYCD by that name, since it was so heavily branded with that moniker. Jyl was a bright light in the night and will surely be missed by her legions of fans. Perhaps she can out-FOX her former employer. Meanwhile you can reach out to her with good wishes and comments at

In a related story, Country Dan Dixon, who we have written about in recent weeks might be closer to regaining his job at (what is now) Sirius XM. The Ann Arbor native, who worked at five separate Detroit area country stations, was cut from Classic Country XM Channel 10 about a month ago. Interestingly a woman in Muncie, IN who spear-headed a campaign to get Dixon back on the air, received a call from Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin! She has also received two additional calls from the "big guy" regarding their petition which now has well over 4,300 names on it from long-haul truckers who have threatened to cancel their satellite radio subscriptions if Country Dan is not re-instated. Not surprising, Karmazin knew nothing about this situation, but the thought of losing all the revenue that 4,000 plus subscribers brings in certainly DID get his attention. Now, let's see if these efforts are successful in bringing the popular radio personality back to one of the country channels at Sirius XM.

In a conscience attempt to balance all the bad news with something a bit more positive, and In support of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford, CBS owned WXYT AM (1270) known as The Ticket, dropped the simulcast of sports WXYT-FM (97.1) this past weekend and aired "Stand Up and Be Proud", with messages of support for automakers from civic, community, and business leaders. Other CBS stations, which include; oldies WOMC, smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, WYCD, and news WWJ AM 950 as well as WXYT-FM, are also joining in by airing these messages. According to CBS Radio Market Manager Deb Kenyon, "Detroit and the surrounding areas have so much to be proud of and thankful for. The CBS Detroit radio stations launched the 'Stand Up and Be Proud' campaign to salute and recognize all of the positive achievements in our region." It reminds me of that Channel 7 campaign from years ago "Stand Up and Tell 'em You're From Detroit!"

Speaking of WXYZ-TV, former radio host and Mr. Fix It, Murray Gula continues his Thursday noon-time web-cast at but, has now launched an exciting new site himself to help people with their home repair challenges. The new web site is where anyone can list their job project(s) and have a carefully screened contractor or supplier bid for the work, so it gets done right, the first time! Gula is planning to get back on the radio after the first of the year.

At the top of this column I mentioned that we are losing a lot of great talents. During 2008, we said goodbye to longtime engineering genius Ed Buterbaugh from both CKLW and WJR. Bill Drake, the master-mind programmer behind the success of CKLW when it was The Big 8, also lost his battle with cancer in recent weeks. A personal loss for me was my friend Andrew Ashwood, who worked in Detroit back in 1982 as B. J. Hunter at WABX, rising through the ranks from his college days in Albion, Michigan to the head of Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles. Cancer took him at just 51. Each of these people were profiled in previous On The Radio columns in recent months.

There seems to be a trend around the nation in radio that talent, especially high profile talent, who often command higher paychecks are suddenly expendable, and we wonder why the audience is becoming disenchanted with radio. I find that since that marvelous invention the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) came into my home I record all my TV viewing for playback at a more convenient time and, like so many others, zip past the commercials. The only TV I watch live is the news. Radio is usually not recorded for playback at a more agreeable time, but much of programming is. A large percentage of the DJ's on music stations are not really there. Their voices are encased in a computer that makes it all sound live and local, but until some (God-forbid) catastrophe occurs during a voice-tracked day-part, nothing is going to change. Especially in these economically challenged times, money talks and jocks walk. Chicago icon Steve Dahl, once at WABX and WKRK here in Detroit, became a super star in Chicago but has been pulled off the air because his ratings dropped. He was the only talk host on a Doug-FM style music station. Eddie & Jo-Bo got broomed after nearly two decades at Chicago's B-96 and John Lander was not renewed at Boston's WBMX after 16 years of waking up Bean Town. But, hey it's Christmastime and a new year is ahead, so let's hope to God that things will improve and the medium we all love so much will be well-done right! Stay tuned.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers: Dec. 16, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Are you ready for D-Day? That's Feb. 17, the day when the television broadcast industry switches to all-digital video, or DTV. Starting tonight and every Tuesday until the big day, Detroit stations will run a 60-second test that shows viewers whether their television is ready for digital or whether it's still receiving the about-to-end analog signals. Tonight's test will be at 6:12 p.m. on all nine Detroit stations. The Dec. 23 test will be at 11:12 p.m. and the times will continue to vary each week through D-Day. Citing a survey from Nielsen, the media research company that measures TV audiences, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters estimates that about 146,000 households around metro Detroit aren't ready for the switch. That represents about 8% of the television households in the market. "That's still a lot of people, no doubt about it," said Marla Drutz, general manager of WDIV Local 4 in Detroit. "If they don't take some action by Feb. 17, they will get a blank screen. Nothing. No picture, no sound"... You have 2 months to convert to digital TV (Tue, 12/16)



Detroit News:

Detroiters can see today whether their televisions are ready for the digital revolution. A test will be held on the major stations at 6:12 p.m. Viewers who see a green "pass" message come up on their screens are fine. Those that see a red "fail" message need to perform some extra steps to continue watching TV past Feb. 17. Detroit will be one of seven cities nationwide that will open assistance centers to help people make the transition to digital television, according to the national Telecommunications and Information Administration... Tune in to test TV for digital switch (Tue, 12/16)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2008



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

For months people have watched ads on TV reminding them to prepare for the switch to digital TV. At 6:08 p.m. Thursday their TVs will tell them if they are ready or not. "This is actually a call to action for those who have not done something," said Mary Epps, DTV coordinator for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "We really are pressing people." Most TV stations are already sending out two signals: the traditional analog signal and the new digital signal. Thursday, they will interrupt regular programming to test the system... Area stations to test for DTV transition Thursday (Tue, 12/16)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Starting Wednesday at 6:08 p.m., local television stations will conduct on-air tests to help viewers determine whether their TV sets are ready for February's nationwide switch from analog to digital broadcasts. Chuck Mikowski, vice president and director of technology at WZZM-TV (Channel 13), will appear in "Ask Chuck" segments during newscasts and online to address concerns about the switch. The Press quizzed Mikowski about the most common questions he receives: I only have an antenna. I do not use cable, satellite or the phone company for my television reception. Do I have to do anything to continue to receive TV?... Digital TV or not? Tech expert from Grand Rapids station answers questions ahead of broadcast test (Tue, 12/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2008



Broadcasting & Cable:

As a pair of venerable daily newspapers prepares to scale back distribution, stations in Detroit wonder what sort of opportunity the papers' decreased visibility spells for them. As had been hinted at, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News will cut home delivery dramatically in March. Gannett's Free Press will deliver Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and MediaNews Group's Detroit News will be delivered Thursday and Friday. (The two are published jointly by the Detroit Media Partnership.) The papers will print slimmer versions for the newsstand the rest of the week. With its auto giants reeling, the economic climate in the #11 DMA is grim. While station managers say they're saddened to see their print brethren take such drastic steps, they're happy to reach out to the papers' advertisers. "We're doing a thorough analysis of who advertises in the paper on the days it won't be delivered," says WDIV VP/General Manager Marla Drutz... Detroit Stations Eye Opportunity As Papers Pull Back (Wed, 12/17)



Detroit News:

Nielsen ratings tell us how many viewers are tuning in and what shows they're watching, but when I want to know the real deal, I rely on my readers to keep me on my toes and in the know. For instance, earlier this month, I wrote about WJBK-TV (Channel 2) taking the top ratings spot in the mornings, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) garnering the highest ratings at 5 and 6 p.m. and WDIV-TV (Channel 4) boasting the No. 1 newscast at 11 p.m., all according to Nielsen's November sweeps book. But it wasn't until I received an e-mail from Detroit News reader Garard Noel of Canton Township that I was able to put a human being behind the stats... Forget Nielsens ratings -- viewers know the score (Wed, 12/17)




TV stations in Detroit know exactly what stations in other markets are experiencing as they begin to cope with the full impact of the recession that is tracking the nation. Stations in DMA 11 have been living with hard economic times for years. "Detroit is ground zero in the global economic collapse," says Ben Burns, a media professor at Wayne State University. "Detroit and Michigan were in a recession over the past three or four years -- and the nation, now going into a recession, just exacerbates unemployment levels here." Burns, once executive editor of the Detroit News, says the Detroit area's 9 percent unemployment levels will rise into double digits as the auto industry contracts. The situation is the worst he has ever seen, Burns says. "Detroit is the poster child for the challenges of television advertising," says BIAfn analyst Mark Fratrik as he was revising Detroit marketwide revenue figures -- downward -- for BIAfn's annual economic outlook for the television industry... Detroit Stations Taking It on the Chin (free subscription requried - Wed, 12/17)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

With two months to go until television stations across the country are required to turn off their analog signals, local stations are stepping up efforts to help viewers into the digital age. The Lansing region's six broadcast TV stations at 6:08 p.m. Thursday will simultaneously interrupt programming to test whether viewers' sets can receive their new digital signals. Viewers will see a graphic indicating whether their TV sets are ready for digital. "We're trying to reach as many viewers as we can at one time," said Mike King, general manager of WILX-TV. WILX, WLAJ, WLNS, WHTV, WSYM and WKAR all will run the test. The stations are expected to repeat it in January... TV stations in area to test digital signal (Wed, 12/17)


Alpena News:

Charter Communications and Alpena's WBKB have been affiliated since the cable giant provided its service in Michigan. Now local viewers are looking at the realization of not having its regional CBS channel available via cable. Every three-years the station classifies itself to Charter. It can categorized as a must carry station, or re-transmission consent status. The consent status means the two parties must reach a mutual agreement in regards to broadcasting and funds. WBKB has chosen the later and has informed Charter it must drop the channel from its packages as of Dec. 31 if an agreement isn't in place. "We got notification that they wanted to have the signal off the air on December 31," Charter Spokes Person Tim Ransberger said. "We are continuing to hope for a positive solution though." WBKB General Manager Cher Allen understands the cable provider's concerns, but also looks at expenses the station pays to bring quality programming to Northeast Michigan... WBKB, Charter at odds? (Tue, 12/16)


• Children's/pop WFDF AM 910 Detroit has applied for program test authority and its license to cover to increase its nighttime power to 25,000 watts from 19,000 watts. WFDF's nighttime signal has been observed as being stronger in Macomb county.

• Classic hits WLKM-FM 95.9 Three Rivers was granted a construction permit to increase power from 3,000 watts at 289 feet to 3,600 watts at 425 feet. The station would change to a directional pattern and move its tower loccation from just south of Three Rivers towards the southeast near Centreville.

• No notable activity for December 10-12 and 15-16.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2008



Detroit News:

One good thing about the Sirius-XM merger for listeners in our town is that native Detroiter Pat St. John can now be heard by both XM and Sirius subscribers. Pat's a '68 graduate of Southfield High School, a veteran of CKLW and a longtime New York jock (WPLJ , WNEW and WCBS). The veteran DJ is busy: He currently holds down the morning shift on Sirius XM's 50's at 5, 9 a.m. to noon, then he's on from noon to 4 p.m. on Deep Tracks (Sirius 16, XM 40) , and from 6 p.m. to midnight on B.B. King's Bluesville (Channel 74 on both XM and Sirius) ... Deminski and Doyle will be officially free from their CBS commitments at midnight on Dec. 31, so they decided not to wait to start their stint on WCSX-FM (94.7). "I thought, how cool would it be to go back on the air the very second we legally could," says Jeff Deminski . So the duo will broadcast at the stroke of midnight New Year's Eve at a listener party at Snookers, 45100 Northpointe Blvd. (near Hall Road) in Utica. D&D will be hanging out with listeners; there will be games, prizes and music spun by a DJ; and DaveDuran will broadcast live leading up to midnight. Admission to the Snookers Deminski & Doyle party is free... St. John does triple DJ duty (Thu, 12/18)



AM 580 to present "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets"

Elvis Presley will spread some holiday cheer this Saturday, December 20, at 7 PM as CKWW AM 580 will air the "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets Radio Special". This brand-new one-hour radio special goes behind the making of the recently released "Elvis Presley: Christmas Duets" album. It features interviews with many of Elvis' duet partners - Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna, Amy Grant and more. Priscilla Presley also adds some of her own insights into this groundbreaking project. The special is hosted by Anne Murray, who also has a holiday duet with Elvis on this album.



Ann Arbor News:

Ed Gordon, an Emmy Award-winning television broadcaster, will be the keynote speaker for Eastern Michigan University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 19. The event, at the Student Center, includes a breakfast, a keynote speech at 10 a.m. by Gordon and a luncheon. The list of activities and times are available at the university's Web site at Gordon is host of the new, nationally syndicated TV show, "Our World With Black Enterprise." He formerly led programs on the Black Entertainment Television network and was a contributor to NBC's "Today Show" and "Dateline" shows. He also has been a contributing correspondent for the CBS show "60 Minutes II" and also hosted "News and Notes with Ed Gordon," which aired on National Public Radio... Broadcaster talk to mark MLK holiday at Eastern Michigan University (Thu, 12/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2008



Flint Journal:

Once again the sounds of the holidays will ring through The Whiting and be broadcast live on WJRT (Channel 12) as the 24th annual Holiday Pops comes to life. The music of the Flint Symphony Orchestra led by maestro Enrique Diemecke will combine with the voices of the Flint Festival Chorus and the Flint Festival Youth Chorus with directors Bradley Bloom and Sylvia Pittman ... The first hour of the concert will air live on WJRT (Channel 12) and digital channels 246 (Comcast) and 430 (Charter). Channel 12 anchors Bill Harris and Angie Hendershot will host the program, including a second hour which is not shown on television. The program, which is co-sponsored by The Flint Journal, will repeat on the ABC affiliate channels at noon on Christmas day. Michigan PBS stations also will repeat the broadcast: Flint's WFUM at 9 p.m. Christmas eve. On Dec. 25, WKAR/Lansing and WGVU/Grand Rapids will show the program at noon, WTVS/Detroit at 4 p.m. and WCMU/Mount Pleasant at 8 p.m... Holiday Pops ring in holidays with 24th annual performance (Thu, 12/18)



Saginaw News:

Did your television pass the test? Saginaw, Bay City and Flint network TV station affiliates voluntarily and temporarily shut down analog service at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday to simulate the Feb. 17 changeover to all digital television. It was only a test. "We've got individuals out there with the conventional televisions ... who may or may have not realized the changeover is coming," said Jon Bengston, 57, operations and technical manager for Channel 25, WEYI in Clio. "We want to make sure they are prompted far enough in advance to be able to take advantage of the federally supported coupon process to get decoder boxes." Some residents must purchase digital television converter boxes before Feb. 17, unless they prefer looking at snowy screens reminiscent of the 1982 "Poltergeist" movie... Broadcast station issue a test that TV viewers won't want to fail (Thu, 12/18)


Comcast has major TV service interruption



Just before noon today, television customers of Comcast cable in parts of Michigan experienced a major service interruption. The outage of most TV channels appeared to affect Comcast customers in multiple locations across Michigan, from Metro Detroit as far west as the Lansing area and north to Flushing. Just after the outage began, customer service lines appeared to become overwhelmed, resulting in all circuits are busy messages or even hangups after being connected.

After about 30 minutes, customer service lines confirmed the outage but did not provide any details on possible restoration of service. Customers in different locations reported that there were several channels that continued to operate, such as The Weather Channel and Public/Educational/Government offerings. Advertisements that appear to originate on local cable systems were are functional and appeared on channels that were otherwise not showing any programming.

In Macomb county, service was partially restored within about two hours but not all channels had returned.

If the root cause of the outage turns out to be related to today's winter weather, it would be quite ironic for Comcast as it has based a good deal of its marketing on contrasting cable's supposed availability no matter what the weather is compared to what Comcast infers is unreliable service from satellite TV companies in foul weather.


West Michigan: Newsmakers: Dec. 19, 2008


WGRD Hires Jeffery Dahmer: REGENT Alternative WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS welcomes JEFFERY DAHMER for nights. Said OM JERRY TARRANTS, "No, this is not a ploy by our company to hire a mass murderer to methodically end each of our lives (and eat us) to save on some budget monies. It's just simply this man's radio name." Continued TARRANTS, "DAHMER, as he is known on the air is really JEFF MCDOWELL and comes to WGRD with a wealth of experience having handled morning show and air duties in markets like WEST PALM BEACH, KANSAS CITY, and most recently JACKSONVILLE. JEFF has a vast amount of ideas and experience to take our GRD night shift to the next ratings and revenue level." (Fri, 12/19)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 19, 2008



Banana 101.5 PD Brian Beddow exits

Brian Beddow is apparently a victim of budget cuts at Regent active rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Flint and he has exited as the station's program director. Beddow spent 10 years with WWBN, taking it from a 10th place out of market signal to a 3rd place Radio & Records Active Rock Station of the Year as recently as 2007.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 19, 2008



Michigan Radio announces staff changes

Michigan Radio has announced several changes in staffing, including a new weekend morning host.

Rina Miller has joined Michigan Radio as a reporter as well as the new on-air host, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Miller has many years of experience in both print and broadcast journalism as an editor, reporter, producer, and anchor. Most recently, she has been a wire and copy editor at The Ann Arbor News since 2000. Previously, Miller worked as a news anchor at WKLQ in Grand Rapids and WLIF in Baltimore, a producer and program host at Radio Netherlands, and a reporter for ABC Radio News in New York.

As part of this change, Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio's previous weekend host, will move to the newsroom and become a full time general assignment reporter. She will also continue to lead the station's award winning arts and humanities coverage. Guerra has been with Michigan Radio since 2005 as an arts producer and weekend on-air host. Previous to joining Michigan Radio, she was an award-winning producer for WFUV-FM in New York, the public radio station of Fordham University, where she earned a Master's in Broadcast Journalism.

Finally, Michigan Radio has hired Wendy Tingley to the corporate underwriting staff. Tingley will be working with clients on sponsorships for Michigan Television as well as Michigan Radio.

Scott Gaines Exits WDTW: CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW/DETROIT APD/MD/afternooner SCOTT GAINES is a victim of budget cut backs and exits 106.7 THE FOX, effective immediately. Said GAINES, "I was told by management this was a strictly a budgetary decision and I am leaving in good graces and well recommended for my next position. I am looking for my next gig and I am mobile. I loved opportunity to work with TIL LEVESQUE and JOHN TRAPANE and DOM THEODORE -- they have been great to me and I know that I will be just fine. I thank them for the chance to work for such a fun station. The people I have met and the connections I have made are invaluable to me and I have made life long friends. I will never forget the good times I have had here." (Fri, 12/19)



Macomb Daily:

A Clinton Township TV station claims a New York-based sales company took a $1.5 million up-front fee to sell advertising but has failed to deliver on its promises. Adell Broadcasting Corp., which owns WADL-TV (Channel 38, Comcast Channel 14), on Friday sued Petry Media Corp. and subsidiary Blair Television Inc., accusing them of accepting the fee with promises to attract more than $1.5 million in national advertising within 18 months, according to a deal reached last April, the lawsuit says. To date, PMC and Blair have only garnered $253,000 in sales, according to the lawsuit, filed in Macomb County Circuit Court. Of the sales made, about $38,000 -- a 15-percent commission -- has been credited against the $1.5 million fee... TV station sues sales company (Wed, 12/10)


WLDR Traverse City adds HD services

Country WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City has become the first northern Michigan radio station to adopt iBiquity's HD Radio technology and will be broadcasting three different formats from its HD-1, HD-2, and HD-3 all-digital FM channels. The HD-1 channel will feature a simulcast of Sunny Country, HD-3 will offer sports, and a yet to be announced new format will be offered on HD-2.

WLDR is promoting the addition of HD services by giving away HD radios to listeners and has notified local retailers of the availability of the service in the Traverse City area.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 22, 2008



Sports WDFN 1130 to offer special programming during Sunday's Lions season finale

With the Detroit Lions apparently headed for 0-16 and setting a new NFL futility record, sports WDFN is helping fans celebrate (or mourn) by throwing out their regular programming during the game on December 28th. Lions fans are invited to watch the team take on Green Bay on television with the sound down and tune in to WDFN to hear Art Regner and former Lion Richard 'Dirt' Jordan take calls, talk to special guests, and react to the despair on the field as the Lions' make a run at history. After the game ends, the show will continue to put the wraps on the worst season in Lions history. has setup a special 0-16 page for more Lions fun. Whether you're "celebrating" the Lions' season or your relieved at being able to finally let go, features recipes, Lion' poetry written and spoken by the fans, Lions' karaoke, t-shirt ideas, and more. There's also a special venting section for diehard fans to add their two cents as well.

After living with the losing your entire life, finally it looks like there will be a way for it to enter the history books.



Deminski & Doyle set to party for WCSX and the New Year

Even though Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle won't officially start their new morning show on classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7 until 6am on January 5th, the guys will be hitting the airwaves the very moment they're legally allowed to at a second past midnight on New Year's Eve.

The remote broadcast is part of a New Year's Eve party for D&D listeners old and new at Snookers on Hall Rd. in Utica. Admission is free, there will be music all night with a DJ and Rudy's band Mindcandy will be performing live. The doors open at 7pm and there promises to be crazy games with great prizes all night long. The first 94 people through the door will get a commemorative D&D New Year's Eve t-shirt that reportedly looks pretty sweet.

"It took a lot to convince management at our new station to let us do something like this on the most competitive bar night of the year so we're trying to get as many people to turn out for it as possible", comments Deminski. "If there's a good turnout management will let us do more things like this. Please come and bring as many with you as possible. If you can't come, please spread the word!

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Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The MyNetwork Television network is now on Traverse City's WLLZ MyTV12. One of MyNetwork's most popular programs is WWE's Friday Night Smackdown from the WWE. The day after Christmas, WLLZ will be starting it's sixth year of broadcasting locally to the Traverse City area on channel 12. Earlier this year WLLZ joined the Charter cable line-up on digital channel 202 covering 12 northern Michigan counties from Cheboygan to Manistee, including Cadillac and Traverse City... WLLZ joins new network, to air WWE (Tue, 12/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 24, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

The 2008 Lions are a throwback kind of team. They remind me of a special time in America, many years ago, when nobody knew how to play football. Also they remind me of when people had no choice but to get their news from the radio. I remember those days vividly: My family would huddle around the old Philco radio in the living room, hoping to find out why I wouldn't be born for another 20 years. Now Lions fans know the feeling. Five of the team's eight home games were blacked out on local television. Thankfully, the car we use here on the Road to XVI -- a special-edition Ford ConFusion -- is equipped with a radio. That is why today's installment of "The Road to XVI: Countdown to Time Expiring," is dedicated to the Lions radio team of (Dapper) Dan Miller, Jim (Brandy) Brandstatter and Tony (Tony) Ortiz. We are Four Days Away From Green Bay, and these men deserve your applause... Lions bring back radio, have winning team there, at least (Wed, 12/24)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 24, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Saying "the layout just proved too awkward" at Wealthy Theatre for last year's Jammie Awards show honoring local and regional artists, community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) will take the popular event back to The Intersection, where it was held for five years, 2003-2007. This comes as good news, I have to say, especially because the nightclub's main performance room will be non-smoking for the evening. While Wealthy is a fine, intimate concert venue, the hectic nature of the Jammies -- with more than a dozen acts performing short sets -- just works a heckuva lot better at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, which holds more people, provides better fan flow as folks come and go, and has a spacious backstage area for bands and their gear. WYCE station manager Kevin Murphy tells me that the 2009 Jammies will be held Feb. 17 (a bit later than usual "to accommodate a new event taking place at Wealthy Theatre on Feb. 10" commemorating the late Dirk Koning and his vision for the Community Media Center)... WYCE-FM's annual Jammie Awards show returns to The Intersection (Wed, 12/24)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 25, 2008



Detroit News:

There couldn't have been a more dramatic time for J. Mikel Ellcessor to land in Detroit as general manager of Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9), unless it was July-August 1967, or maybe in the late '30s, in the midst of the UAW's organizing push. Detroit has the ongoing saga of Kwamegate, the economic peril caused by the troubled Big 3, and a beleaguered local economy that has hit fund-raising public radio stations hard. "I really believe that we're living in a moment of history right now," Ellcessor, 44, said last week. "People are looking to make sense of a senseless world, a very fearful world. Now more than ever, Detroit deserves really great noncommercial radio. We want to help people stay informed, but give them a little extra, as well." Ellcessor was named general manager after a national search, the first permanent g.m. since Michael Coleman 's resignation two years ago... WDET general manager comes at exciting time (Thu, 12/25)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

For the past three weeks, the upstart My Network TV has accomplished something that would have been considered unthinkable just two years ago. The network, quickly cobbled together by a group of Fox-owned local stations after the 2006 merger of the WB and UPN into the new CW left abandoned stations with nothing to put on the air, has averaged more prime-time viewers than the CW. And it's available locally on WLLZ MyTV12. Bob Naismith, WLLZ station manager, said, "This national television network has been missing from northern Michigan"... Surprising success for My Network TV (Fri, 12/26)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 26, 2008



Kalamazoo Gazette:

At 52 years old, Robin Hook still looks forward to the bus rides, the hotels, the Wednesday night basketball road games in small Midwest college towns. And to think, if he hadn't loathed life in the retail world so much, or if Western Michigan University's volleyball team hadn't been so good in 1983, Hook might be watching Tuesday night's Texas Bowl from his couch. Instead, he'll be capping this WMU football season the same way he's ended the previous 24 -- in the press box, microphone at his lips, Bronco nation listening. "You know what, I like getting on the road with the guys. ... I don't feel that old, hanging around with 20-year-old guys," said Hook, the voice of Broncos football and hockey since the fall of 1984, and men's basketball since '86... Hook-ed on radio (Fri, 12/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2008



Press & Argus /

It seems that everybody has their own television channel these days. With the advent of digital cable and satellite TV, new channels seemingly spring up daily and programming options are endless. The NFL, NBA and NHL all have their own channels, and Major League Baseball will launch its own network Thursday. One team, the New York Yankees, has its own network. The Big Ten took a bold step last year when it became the first college conference to launch its own network. It's only fitting then that those trends trickle down to high school sports. After all, there are more athletes participating in high school athletics across the country than in all the collegiate and professional leagues combined. That's why the Michigan High School Athletic Association enlisted the services of a company called When We Were Young Productions earlier this year. The company, headquartered in Wisconsin but with a Michigan branch based in Hartland, produces high school sporting events for broadcast on television and the Internet... Hartland firm a prep TV hub -- When We Were Young, MHSAA to produce broadcasts (Sun, 12/28)

When We Were Young Productions Michigan is attempting to turn everyday high school sporting events into sleek television broadcasts. So, how, exactly does it happen? For a single camera shoot, When We Were Young ships the equipment to the freelance camera operator. At the game, he or she shoots a variety of footage, including what's called "B roll," or generic shots to use at various times during opening or closing comments by the announcer. The camera operator also shoots the open, the close and sometimes an interview with a coach or player. Then, they ship the tapes back to When We Were Young's Hartland office... From raw feed to broadcast -- Turning a one-camera tape to a professional-looking game (Sun, 12/28)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Everybody knows the TV weatherman. Especially when he's been beamed into their homes nightly on 9&10 News since 1991. After a long tenure at the station, and before that at TV 7&4, Dave Barrons will give his final weather report at the end of this year. The senior meteorologist will leave TV to pursue other activities, including math tutoring for elementary students and spending more time outdoors. But for many local television viewers, Barrons will continue to be recognized as the man who brought them the weather. "Nobody is afraid to say 'Hi' to the weatherman," he said. "Everybody has an opinion about the weather." Barrons is comfortable in front of a camera or chatting with viewers. At Miami University, he served on a concert board, where he spoke in front of large groups. There, he earned a bachelor's in political science. He added two master's degrees -- one in political science from Purdue University and another in education at the University of North Carolina. Before his broadcast career, he worked as a school social worker in special education. Now, he plans to return to education, working with his wife, a dyslexia specialist... Dave Barrons goes off-camera (Sun, 12/28)


Format changes in Menominee/Marinette

DX-MidAMerica reports that Bay Cities Radio is changing the format of two Menominee, MI /Marinette, WI radio stations, moving the oldies format of WAGN AM 1340 to WHYB FM 103.7 which previously was soft rock as 'The Wave'. Then starting Monday January 5, 2009, WAGN will take on a talk format featuring syndicated programs from Rush Limbaugh, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Edell, Laura Ingraham, and Alan Colmes.


• Northern Michigan FOX network affiliate WFQX TV Cadillac has proposed a change to its digital TV allocation from Channel 47 to Channel 32 and to move its digital transmitter from north of Kalkaska back to where its current analog signal transmits from south of Cadillac. The station's previous owner had planned to sign off sister station WFUP Ch. 45 in February but instead new owner Cadillac Telecasting will transition that station to digital broadcasts on Ch. 45 to serve northern viewers and then use Ch. 32 to provide coverage to viewers that currently receive the analog Fox 33 in the southern portion of the Traverse City-Cadillac market. FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (.pdf)

• Cornerstone University has received its license to cover for new station WCFG FM 90.9 Springfield/Kalamazoo however the station is currently not operating. According to an application for the station to be temporarily silent, "WCFG cannot continue operations at its present transmitter site due to structural deficiencies affecting the tower structure. For this reason, a lease for permanent tower space is not available. WCFG is in the process of identifying a nearby site and will file an application for new permanent facilities within 90 days."

• Smile FM was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Crystal Valley (Oceana county). The construction permit specifies a Class A station that would operate with 400 watts @ 705 feet from a tower location east of Hart.

• No notable activity for December 18-19 and 22.


• Christian Family Network, Inc., the former licensee of WOLY AM 1500 Battle Creek, was granted in part and denied in part a Petition for Reconsideration filed on July 22, 2008. The fine for unauthorized operations of the station after its license had expired was reduced from $10,000 to $5,000: FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (.pdf)

• No notable activity for December 24 and 29-30.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 31, 2008


PPM Now Currency In 4 More Major Markets: ARBITRON has announced the official commercial rollout of PPM radio ratings in DALLAS-FT. WORTH, ATLANTA, WASHINGTON DC and DETROIT. Out now are radio audience estimates for the DECEMBER 2008 PPM survey month that runs from NOVEMBER 21th-DECEMBER 17th. In addition, audience estimates from the OCTOBER and NOVEMBER PPM survey months, which ARBITRON had previously released as "pre-currency," are now good to go as "currency" data. The Summer 2008 diary-based radio audience report (JUNE 26th-SEPTEMBER 17th) is no longer deemed "currency" for buy/sell transactions. That raises PPM coverage to in 14 local markets: NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS-FT. WORTH, HOUSTON, ATLANTA, PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON DC, DETROIT, NASSAU-SUFFOLK, MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION, RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO and SAN JOSE. These markets account for 51.7% of the estimated radio station revenue in the top-50 radio markets. (Wed, 12/31) 2008 News Archive




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