Michigan Almanac: November 2008 Archives

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 smithfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Smith Family Funeral Home - North:
1525 Hancock St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Tel: (810) 985-4351
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Michigan Almanac: November 21, 2008




It's like being in sports heaven for Ross Maghielse. Maghielse is co-owner of Michigan Sports Radio.com 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 Rams.radio.net 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 Radio.com. 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)


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







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