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)







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