WFBE Names April Lake PD, Keith Allen Adds APD Stripes
CITADEL Country WFBE (B 95)/FLINT, MI has announced that its new PD will be NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING/TRAVERSE CITY, MI OM APRIL LAKE. APRIL, who will now be known as APRIL ROSE, is already on her post. Concurrently, MD/morning star KEITH ALLEN, who had been programming the station on an interim basis, has been upped to APD. He will also continue handling music and doing the morning show. (Fri, 1/4)
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WFBE Names April Lake PD, Keith Allen Adds APD Stripes
Donald Barrow never considered how soon he'd have to move into the digital age when he purchased his new television two years ago. "I didn't even think about it," Barrow said of the 2009 deadline for television stations and their millions of viewers to sign off analog and switch to digital TV. "I was more concerned that they don't carry enough of the Detroit channels in this market. I'll probably wind up just going out and buying a new TV." That's the most obvious way to handle the change but there are other solutions, such as purchasing a converter box, or subscribing to a cable, satellite, or telephone television service. Those were some of the tips offered to Barrow and his fellow Rotarians on Friday during the organization's monthly luncheon at the Sarvis Center. As part of a national consumer education campaign launched by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representatives from three local television stations, Channel 25 (WEYI), Channel 12 (WJRT), and Channel 5 (WNEM) were there to help ease members through the conversion... TV stations offer help with switch to digital (Sat, 1/5)
Prepare for digital disorder. About a year from now, the nation's televisions will move to digital broadcasts from analog signals.You've heard this all before, along with the accompanying confusing talk that seeks to explain exactly how the changeover will work. Saginaw Township resident Tom Banda doesn't profess to know all of the ins and outs of the pending digital age, but says he's sure of one aspect. "The picture sure looks sharper," said Banda, 40, a food services employee at the Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Saginaw, who browsed various models at the Wal-Mart store in Saginaw Township recently. The good news is your analog television will not self-destruct on Feb. 17, 2009 like the opening scene from "Mission Impossible." That's the day the switch becomes official. Whether the transition goes off without a hitch, however, is another story... Digital television: making the switch (Sat, 1/5)
Lansing State Journal:
Michigan television stations will kick off a yearlong campaign next month to alert viewers to a coming change that could leave them staring at blank screens unless they take action. On Feb. 18, 2009, television stations will stop broadcasting analog signals and switch to digital. "We're fully supportive of the change and anxious to get going with the public awareness campaign," said Mike King, vice president and general manager of WILX-TV, Channel 10. While some viewers may experience an easily fixable inconvenience, he said, the trade-off will be a better picture and better audio... Digital decree: TV stations will tune in viewers to '09 broadcasting switchover (Mon, 1/7)
In the early 1970s, Silvestre Rodriguez could be found going door-to-door in Hispanic neighborhoods in Jackson looking for signatures on papers with WIBM radio station letterhead. He was told by the station if he could get 1,000 signatures, he could have his own show. ``His dream was to have a radio show for the community,'' said his son Juan. His dream came true with the first broadcast on April 18, 1971, and Friday night at the Charles J Burden & Son Funeral Home, his family proudly displayed those weathered pages with WIBM letterhead. Silvestre Rodriguez, 74, died Wednesday. Juan Rodriguez took over duties as host when his father retired about 10 years ago, and Sunday's show -- the first without his father -- will be difficult, he said. ``I'm going to try,'' he said. The show airs from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on WIBM-1450 AM... Hispanic radio host dies; he started show in 1971 (Sat, 1/12)
WILX boss Mike King featured on Spartan Podcast
Mike King is an MSU alumnus and vice president/general manager of WILX-TV 10, Lansing’s NBC affiliate. King explains the transition of television broadcasts moving from analog to digital. The move is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission and takes place on February 17, 2009. He discusses how technology has dramatically changed the television industry into the media industry. But he says the mission of WILX to be hyper-local and serve the community has intensified and that it’s an exciting time to be in the media industry. He says students who want to enter the media industry need to be multitaskers above all else. Hosted by Russ White, check out the podcast at spartanpodcast.com/?p=365.
Jackson can thank the carnival for WIBM radio. In the 1920s, radio stations traveled with carnivals from town to town, setting up portable transmitters to broadcast to local listeners. When federal licensing stopped classifying those moving stations, whatever city the carnival was in at the time was awarded the license. Jackson landed on the lucky spot. The call letters of WIBM had originally been assigned to a portable transmitter based out of Chicago. Previously, Jackson had access to WHBM, which broadcast in 1925 from the Capitol Theater. WIBM's introduction to the airwaves came on the morning of Nov. 20, 1927. The first program was Pastor Frederick Spence's sermon from the 10:30 a.m. service of First Methodist Church... WIBM radio has had many locations (Mon, 1/21)
Lansing State Journal:
Jason Colthorp, the homegrown TV anchor, will switch stations soon. He won't have to do any packing, though. The move - from WSYM to WILX - will be within the same building. "He's always been a WILX employee," said Kevin Ragan, the station's news director. WSYM, a Fox affiliate, contracts with NBC affiliate WILX for its 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. The shifts, which begin March 3, are: Colthorp will co-anchor the 11 p.m. WILX newscast with Adela Uchida; David Andrews, who currently co-anchors at 11 p.m., will stick to a 5 p.m. solo gig and a 6 p.m. broadcast with Uchida... Local TV stations switching anchors (Fri, 1/25)
Hugh Semple suffered stings and slights as the Flint area's first black TV broadcaster. But Semple had the last word. While his detractors are long forgotten, Semple, who died in 2004 at age 83, is remembered as a pioneer of broadcast journalism. "Hugh was not only a role model for the rest of his race, but he set a high standard of integrity for everyone in the business," said Roberta Wray, a retired lawyer who worked with Semple at WNEM (Channel 5) in the 1960s... Walter Winchell inspired TV broadcaster Hugh Semple (Thu, 1/31)
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan's first gentleman, Dan Mulhern, is cutting back his daily talk radio show , to once a week on Saturday mornings. Mulhern has hosted the hour-long show on WJIM-AM in Lansing since March. His mix of career advice, current affairs and politics aired at 6 p.m., between shows by conservatives Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. The move is "by mutual agreement," said Tim Nester, operations manager for the Michigan Talk Network. The first hour of O'Reilly's program, currently not heard on WJIM, will replace Mulhern. Mulhern, who announced the move in his weekly e-mail newsletter, said the evening show was "taking away precious family time." By moving to 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Mulhern will be able to return to the original concept of his program, focusing on successful workplace strategies, Nester said... Mulhern cuts radio gig to once a week (Tue, 2/5)
Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:
Greg Siefker, 62, has sold his station, WMLM 1520 AM, to Krol Communications Inc., which owns Z92.5 WJSZ FM "The Castle" in Ashley-Owosso. "Basically I'm retiring," Siefker said. "It's age more than anything. I've had 30 years of 10-, 12- and 14-hour days. That's long hours. I don't want to do it anymore. "Besides, the last couple of years I've dodged some health bullets. The time is just right." Paperwork for the ownership change was filed Friday with the FCC. "That process will take between 30 and 60 days," Siefker said. "I will be involved in the transition period and stay on to do some advertising sales for awhile on a contract basis where I can set my own hours, but I will no longer be on the air." He founded WMLM in 1977 in downtown St. Louis... Radio station WMLM sold (Mon, 2/11)
- note: Sale price of WMLM is $205,000
The Saginaw Spirit are pleased to announce the debut of two new weekly radio features – “The Spirit Hockey Show” and the “The Spirit Hockey Update”. Both will be aired on NewsRadio 1250 AM, a member of the WNEM and Meredith Corporation broadcast family. “The Spirit Hockey Show” will air every Monday night from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM starting February 18th through the conclusion of the Spirit’s post-season. Spirit broadcaster Terry Ficorelli will re-cap the last weekend and bring the fans up-to-date on the latest Spirit news and happenings ... “The Spirit Hockey Update” will air every weekday, Monday through Friday, at 5:26 PM. Ficorelli will report daily on the latest Spirit news and promote the upcoming weekend... Spirit and NewsRadio 1250 Partner For Weekly Radio Show and Update
Barber Gets TV PD Position:
Veteran talk host DAVE BARBER lands a prime gig as PD at CAPITOL TV, which he describes as the 'C-SPAN of RHODE ISLAND.' BARBER, most recently at CITADEL Talk WPRO-A/PROVIDENCE and previously a mainstay of MICHIGAN talk radio, is overseeing programming on the statewide public affairs channel, seen on channel 15 on every cable system in RHODE ISLAND. (Fri, 2/15)
Lansing State Journal:
There has been a sudden shift in news anchors at WLAJ, Channel 53. Arriving is Bill Younkin, a newsman from WOIO in Cleveland, who had his first shift Monday. And gone is Suzanne Wangler, facing accusations of taking a financial services client's money. She had her last local newscast - using the on-air name Suzanne Page - on Thursday. "She resigned for personal reasons," said Jim Lutton, the new WLAJ general manager. That resignation came as Detroit TV station WXYZ, Channel 7, aired a news report ... Lutton - who took over as WLAJ's general manager after the Feb. 6 resignation of Jim Wareham - said the accusations don't involve her time at WLAJ... WLAJ news anchor Suzanne Page resigns as allegations surface (Tue, 2/19)
Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm is interviewed during a special 90-minute edition of Channel 19, WDCQ's, ''Currently Speaking'' series, starting at 8 tonight. Host Andy Rapp interviews the governor along with Saginaw Valley State University political science educator and attorney Jim Johnson. Among the issues addressed are education, employment, alternative energy and the presidential race. The remainder of the program includes live interaction with panelists and viewers' calls. ''Currently Speaking'' is a public affairs program and has aired weekly on the Delta Broadcasting channel since 1999... Granholm guest on WDCQ series (Tue, 2/19)
WWCK-A Ups Rusty Thomas To PD:
CUMULUS Talk WWCK-A/FLINT, MI has named morning show producer RUSTY THOMAS PD. He succeeds former PD/mornings JOHN ROMAN. THOMAS will still produce the morning show for new host LOU LOBSINGER. (Tue, 2/19)
Former TV news anchor/reporter Suzanne Wangler was arrested this morning on charges she allegedly embezzled more than $149,000 from a Woodhaven man while acting as his financial adviser. Wangler, arrested at her Royal Oak home without incident, has worked at Metro Detroit television stations in the past and more recently as a news anchor Suzanne "Page" at WLAJ in Lansing. She resigned from that job, which she has held since September, last Thursday citing personal reasons. The arrest was the most recent in a series of legal troubles for the 42-year-old Wangler, including an arrest for drunk driving and child endangerment in Royal Oak last summer and a November 2005 incident in which she attempted to shoplift a cart full of more than $600 in food and merchandise from the Westborn Market in Berkley... Former TV anchor Suzanne Wangler arrested (Wed, 2/20)
Police are investigating the death of TV news reporter/anchor Suzanne Wangler, found Saturday afternoon in her home on Vinsetta Boulevard. Royal Oak police were called to the home shortly before 3 p.m. after a relative reportedly found Wangler "unresponsive," said Detective Don Swiatkowski. "She was found by a family member and pronounced dead at 3:27 p.m.," he said. "An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of her death." Sources close to the investigation told The News Wangler's death is being investigated as a suicide. Those sources said her body was found in the basement of the home. She had worked as a news reporter at several local TV stations... Wangler found dead in her home (Sun, 2/24)
Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR partner in Web resource for Great Lakes environmental issues
Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR radio have launched a Web site called “Greening of the Great Lakes.” The goal of the Web site, located at www.greeningofthegreatlakes.com, is to provide information and insight into the organizations committed to making the Great Lakes region a leader in environmental practices. It’s designed to be an online resource for anyone interested in learning about the Great Lakes region, related environmental issues and ways that they can protect the environment.
“‘Greening of the Great Lakes’ is an exciting extension of MSU’s partnership with WJR,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “The stewardship of the environment in which we live is vitally important to all of us, especially when it concerns our treasured Great Lakes. We want ‘Greening of the Great Lakes’ to become the online resource for all the important information people need to incorporate sound environmental practices into their daily lives.”
WJR President and General Manager Mike Fezzey said, “The outstanding partnership between WJR and MSU to create www.greeningofthegreatlakes.com has not only created a place where listeners can go to find extensive resources for those dedicated to living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but this site will stay on the cutting edge of environmental related news and information.”
Lansing State Journal:
To classmates at Beaver Area High School in the hills of western Pennsylvania, then-Suzanne Pagella was a celebrity. "She made it big in Detroit. She was born for that," Tom Dowlin said. "That's just how we thought about her. She was the first to go out and do what she said she would do." As a married Suzanne Wangler, she appeared to have it all: a career as a popular television news anchor; a former college quarterback as a husband; and four children... Anchorwoman made it big, fell hard (Fri, 2/29)
Look for the "real thing" -- Joe Nichols -- when the KCQ Country Music Fest returns Saturday, June 21, to Saginaw's Ojibway Island. Familiar face Tracy Lawrence shares the bill. He performed at the free music fest in 1998 and 2000. As many as 100,000 music fans have converged on the island park each year since 1992. WKCQ tried to bring Nichols to Saginaw in 2006, but "we missed out," said Barbara Sheltraw, who hosts a morning show with Jim Kramer at radio station WKCQ-FM, 98.1. This year, he's touring in support of his "Real Things" album, and he worked the festival into the mix. Nichols' hits include "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and the No. 1 single "Brokenheartsville." "He has a really strong base, especially from his last two albums," Sheltraw said. "We're ecstatic to get Joe Nichols"... Tracy Lawrence, Joe Nichols to headline free WKCQ concert in Saginaw (Thu, 3/6)
For Bill Harris, the diagnosis came like a thunderbolt: Prostate cancer. "It's like wearing a scarlet letter," said the longtime anchorman at WJRT (Channel 12). "I felt like as soon as the doctor said I had it, bang. A big 'C' emblazoned on my forehead. It takes awhile to digest and comprehend. Almost as soon as I hung up the phone, I went on the Internet and became an immediate expert in prostate cancer in about 15 minutes." Harris, 58, made the on-air announcement last week, explaining to viewers that he would be gone for "an extended period of time" to be with his family and undergo treatment. He is scheduled for prostate removal surgery Wednesday at McLaren Regional Medical Center. He hopes to use his experience to help educate the public, with cameras and news crews tracking his treatment and recovery... Anchorman uses his cancer to educate others (Fri, 3/7)
MSU's WDBM gets nod as College Station of the Year
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Music Inc. have named Michigan State University’s WDBM – or IMPACT 89FM as it is commonly known – the college radio station of the year.
The Gold Record Award was presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Grand Rapids on March 11, marking the eighth time in the past nine years that WDBM-FM has won the award.
“This competition is so important because of everything going on in the broadcast industry,” said Gary Reid, professional general manager of the station. “Being judged by commercial broadcasters as the state’s best for eight of the past nine years is a true honor from a profession that many of our students hope to get jobs in.”
Ed Glazer, the station’s Web director, won three individual awards and Jeremy Whiting, the station manager, received two. Impact staffers took first place in four categories: Wes Holing for the daily newscast/news feature category; Noah Ullmann for talk show; Kevin Dye for the promotional announcement; and Jeremy Whiting for the station activities report. Brock Elsesser and Doug Neal also scored wins. The competition consists of seven different categories.
All entries were judged by professional radio and television broadcasters in Michigan.
“With this win, the legacy of an excellent program is firmly established,” Reid said. “We are seeing high school students choosing Michigan State due in part to the quality and success of the station.”
Approximately 120 students, ranging from freshmen to doctoral candidates, are working at the station. WDBM-FM may be found at 88.9 on the FM dial and may be heard via streaming media on the Web at www.impact89fm.org. The Gold Record Award, along with the previous seven, may be seen at the station located in G-4 Holden Hall on MSU’s campus.
“The thing that’s important about an awards program like this is the rallying cry that happens within our staff,” said Reid. “We’ve created such a winning heritage over the past seven years that it gives our students something to aspire to. It helps motivate our staff as they would never dream of letting their predecessors down.”
Out of more than 13,000 radio stations in the country, WDBM was the 132nd overall and the first college station to begin broadcasting the new HD digital signal in October of 2004. WDBM also produces Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm’s weekly radio address and podcast, which is distributed to stations throughout Michigan via a partnership with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. For a podcast on Impact Radio, visit spartanpodcast.com/?p=405.
Lansing State Journal:
Brant Johnson - a key part of local WQHH (96.5-FM) for most of its existence - is off the station and out of work. "I don't have any ill feelings. ... It was more of a personality thing," said Johnson, who was dropped earlier this month. He started as a WQHH intern in November of 1991, during the station's first year. He soon became a disc jockey and - for the past 13 years - program director. "I've given my blood, sweat and tears for that station," Johnson said. A station officials didn't return a call to say why Johnson was dropped or who will eventually take his spots as DJ (2-6 p.m. weekdays) and as program director. The arrival of WQHH, Lansing's first black-owned local FM station, was a key step... Brant Johnson is off the air at WQHH
WIOG Welcomes Morning Co-host: CITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW welcomes MANDI MARTIN from the REGENT/FLINT cluster for wake-up duties along side morning host DEMAS, on the "102.5 WIOG Early Shift," effective this week. (Fri, 3/21)
Great Lakes Loons Purchase WYLZ and will change format to All-Sports
The Great Lakes Loons have announced the purchase of WYLZ FM 100.9 from the Last Bastion Trust, with financial assistance from the Michigan Baseball Foundation, for $325,000. Effective Tuesday, March 25th, the station's country format will be dropped and be replaced with sports as ESPN 100.9-FM. The station has applied to change its call sign to WLUN.
The station was previously owned by Citadel Broadcasting and was put into trust to be sold last year as part of a deal that added a number of stations formerly owned by ABC/Disney into the Citadel portfolio.
ESPN 100.9-FM will carry ESPN Radio’s flagship weekday programs Mike and Mike in the Morning (6am-10am), featuring former NFL lineman Mike Golic and Sportscenter anchor Mike Greenberg; The Herd (10am-1pm), with Colin Cowherd; and the Mike Tirico Show (1pm-3pm), featuring versatile play-by-play broadcaster and Michigan native Mike Tirico, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt, ESPN reporter Michelle Tafoya, and College Gameday co-host Kirk Herbstreit.
In addition, Bill Simonson's "The HUGE Show" will be heard weekdays from 3pm-6pm on ESPN 100.9-FM. The station will also carry various other ESPN Radio programs during night and weekend hours.
The station will continue to be the flagship radio home for Great Lakes Loons baseball, carrying all regular season and post-season games, plus the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game and Homerun Derby, powered by Dow Corning.
Loons President and General Manager Paul Barbeau noted that the opportunity to purchase the station was “too good to pass up” for several reasons. By owning a radio station, the Loons are able to secure a flagship station for the team’s radio broadcasts for as long as the team owns the station. The radio station also provides an opportunity to further promote the team, upcoming games and the charitable initiatives of the Michigan Baseball Foundation.
Like the Loons, the new ESPN 100.9-FM will operate as a non-profit organization. The radio station will provide an additional revenue stream for the Michigan Baseball Foundation, which along with the Loons has helped generate over $350,000 in charitable donations during the Loons’ first season. The station’s purchase also corresponds with the Foundation’s mission of promoting local economic development.
ESPN 100.9-FM will operate from the Citadel Broadcasting studios in Saginaw. After the conclusion of the baseball season, construction will begin on a state-of-the-art broadcast studio in the Dow Diamond press box, overlooking the baseball field.
Brad Golder, currently the Loons’ director of broadcasting and media relations and the team’s play-by-play broadcaster, will serve as the program director of ESPN 100.9-FM. Golder previously served as the operations manager and executive producer for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network (Clear Channel, Atlanta) and as a producer for WWTN and WNFN (Cumulus, Nashville).
ESPN 100.9-FM has an immediate opening for a sales manager. Interested applicants can send their resumes to ESPN 100.9-FM, c/o Job Opportunities; PO Box 365; Midland, MI 48640. The station will also be hiring a production manager, a traffic manager and several other positions soon.
ESPN 100.9-FM provides terrific marketing opportunities for businesses looking to reach the station’s growing sports talk audience. Companies interested in marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Tri Cities’ new ESPN 100.9-FM should contact Karrie Sells at 989-837-6137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the sports market continues to grow, so too do sports radio formats in mid-Michigan. The Midland-based Great Lakes Loons Class A minor league baseball team announced this morning their purchase of radio station WYLZ, 100.9-FM. Starting at midnight today, the Loons changed the brand name to ESPN 100.9-FM, and changed the station format from country music to a 24-hour sports format carrying ESPN's national syndicated shows. At about the same time NextMedia, owners of WTKQ, 100.5-FM, was converting its format from all talk radio to include an overnight sports radio format from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and a 24-hour sports radio format on weekends through the Fox Sports syndication. WTKQ will continue to air several of its current weekday talk shows... Sports talk radio returns to area (Tue, 3/25)
Pat Clawson of Swartz Creek watched the televised press conference of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Monday, during which she announced her decision to charge Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick with perjury and other felonies. Clawson waited to watch Kilpatrick's response. Instead, she got only a blue screen. "Just as Kwame was taking the microphone, the TV blacked out!" said Clawson. "I had to listen to it on the radio." Other Genesee County Comcast customers had the same experience. Comcast went to the blue screen on the Detroit channels under an agreement designed to reduce competition for local stations from those outside the immediate area, said Olivia Visperas, the cable company's regional public affairs manager. The agreement calls for the out-of-area station to be blocked when it is airing the same program as the local channel. Since the blackouts are automatically scheduled, the Detroit stations went dark even though they pre-empted regular programming to air special coverage of the Detroit mayoral charges... Screens go blue, viewers see red (Tue, 3/25)
Lansing State Journal:
Tim Barron, one of the best-known people in local radio, has left WHZZ (101.7-FM). "They wanted to micro-manage me," Barron said today. "They wouldn't let me be me." The station - known as "MIKE-FM" - did confirm that Barron had resigned over the weekend. Cindy Tuck of MacDonald Broadcasting wasn't available for comment. From the beginning, two years ago, Barron and WHZZ had an uneasy compromise. The station's format has lots of music - with a huge playlist from the 1980s to the present - and little talk. Barron, by comparison, is talk-oriented. "I'm a local guy," he said. "I do a lot of interviews." There were times at WJXQ (106.1-FM) and WMMQ (94.9-FM) when he played only one song an hour... Tim Barron is off the air at WHZZ (Mon, 3/31)
Dan Richards is a little lost these days. The well-known local country disc jockey lost his job at WFBE (95.1 FM) when the station did not renew his contract, which ends in March. Dan Richards, his off-air name is Dan Ricketts, started at WFBE in 1998 when the station, a public radio station formerly owned by the Flint School District, became "Flint's Continuous Country." A Flint native who now lives in Flushing, j Richards graduated from Northwestern High School in 1971 and attended the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Flint... WFBE jockey Dan Richards yanked from the Flint country radio airwaves, ready for a new gig serving music (Mon, 3/31)
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
An Angola-based radio broadcasting company has agreed to sell its five stations to a Michigan firm for $3.8 million, the company president said Tuesday. Lake Cities Broadcasting Corp. will sell five radio stations to Swick Broadcasting Corp., pending Federal Communications Commission approval. The deal is scheduled to be finalized this summer, said Tom Andrews, president of Lake Cities Broadcasting... Lake Cities to sell 5 radio stations (Tue, 4/1)
With the new Arbitron radio ratings book period getting under way yesterday it's time to give a belated congrats to Flint urban station WDZZ (92.7 FM) for wresting the top spot from longtime local ratings champ WCRZ (107.9 FM). For much of the past five years -- the span of "Cars'" run on top -- DZZ has been a perpetual No. 2 in the market but finally shed that label in January when the results of the fall book were announced. Getting the top spot was a welcome success for program manager and on-air personality Trey Michaels. "You want to be the best at what you do, so it's very satisfying," he said. "We've been the perennial number two here for a long time but we got a good reputation from our listeners responding (to surveys). We moved forward and did an incredible job." Michaels credits the jump to a steady diet of local appearances by station crews and inventive promotions of the kind that will kick up again now that ratings are under way... WDZZ-FM (92.7) topples Cars 108 (WCRZ-FM) to take ratings top spot (Fri, 4/4)
Light 'em up one last time for Wally. A Saginaw radio chain is asking residents to honor the late Wally Bronner by putting their Christmas lights back up this weekend. Bronner, founder of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, died Tuesday from cancer. He was 81. Chris Monk, Citadel Broadcasting general manager, said radio station employees felt that putting up "a string or two" of Christmas lights on porches, trees and bushes "would honor (Bronner) and be a reverent type of acknowledgment." DJs on Citadel-owned stations WHNN 96.1-FM, WILZ 104.5-FM, WIOG 102.5-FM and WKQZ 93.3-FM will encourage residents to break out their holiday best Saturday and Sunday. "We hope that a lot of people will do it," said Monk, adding that employees of the stations hit upon the low-key tribute while brainstorming ways to respectfully honor the Frankenmuth leader... Radio stations seek lighting of Christmas lights in honor of Wally Bronner (Sat, 4/5)
He can create a new character with a turn of a phrase but when he picked up the phone there was no fooling. The voice was the legendary Casey Kasem from his home in Los Angeles. Kasem had two radio countdown shows to tape Wednesday, but was eager to talk about the upcoming Casey Kasem Day in Fenton on April 26. It's a fundraiser for the proposed $3.5 million cultural center to be added on the Fenton Community Center. Kasem was invited first by his cousin Dave Ameen of Fenton and then through a letter signed by supporters of the center. "It's something that will serve all people," Kasem said. He grew up in Detroit but has strong family ties to Fenton and relatives still live there... Casey Kasem's famous voice is more familiar than you know (Mon, 4/7)
E.J. Greig Will Do Afternoons on WQHH:
McDONALD BROADCASTING has tapped E.J. GREIG for afternoons on Urban WQHH(POWER96.5) LANSING MI. GREIG replaces former PD/afternoon-driver BRANT JOHNSON, who exited last month. GREIG’s broadcast career path includes stops in BATTLE CREEK, ANN ARBOR, DETROIT, CHICAGO, NORFOLK and ATLANTA. (Tue, 4/8)
WPRJ In LMA, Promotions Handed Out:
New media company PASSION COMMUNICATIONS, a subsidiary of PARTNERSHIP MINISTRIES, INC., has entered into an LMA with COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES for the oversight of Christian CHR WPRJ (101.7 THE FUSE)/SAGNIAW-MIDLAND, MI. The station has been consulted by THE PASSION GROUPS's RICK WELKE for more than three years. WELKE now assumes the role of PASSION COMMUNICATIONS President, while continuing his work with select industry and radio outlets within the music industry.
"I've been honored to work with the great staff at THE FUSE and have watched them transition into a strong team that is passionate about impacting mid-MICHIGAN and beyond for the sake of sharing the gospel through music. The way that this has transpired has been no less than a miracle and something that the new management team will not take lightly. Our intentions are not only to make a larger dent in the MIDLAND-BAY CITY-SAGINAW, MI tri-city area, but to develop a new format in the Top 40 mindset that will position us distinctly in the pursuit of touching individual lives," says WELKE.
A few current FUSE staff members have been promoted. PD AARON "DICE" DICER has been elevated to OM effective APRIL 15th. Overnights JOSH THOMPSON takes over as MD and IT Manager. He will report directly to DICER. (Thu, 4/10)
WCVM Bronson flips
Taylor University closed on the purchase of WCVM FM 94.7 Bronson from CSN International and has started simulcasting its Christian WBCL-FM 90.3 Fort Wayne, IN on its newest station.
Executive director Marsha Bunker explains, “There are numerous people in the 94.7 area that listen to us via 90.3 while in their cars, and they receive a sporadic signal in their homes. The new station will provide a consistent sound that can be heard 24 hours a day. This will also allow WBCL to make adjustments to the Fort Wayne antenna which will strengthen our signal in the southwest.”
WBCL’s programming is a blend of contemporary Christian music and inspirational talk; in addition, they plan on providing local news stories, school delays and closings, community announcements, and periodic remote broadcasts from special events for 94.7 listeners.
WCEN Welcomes Jeff Bates:
MIDWEST RADIO GROUP Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW, MI welcomes BLACK RIVER MUSIC GROUP's JEFF BATES for a special show. "JEFF BATES: Invitation Only" will be THURSDAY, MAY 8th at BOOMER'S NIGHT CLUB in MT. PLEASANT. As the title suggests, it is invitation only and the only way to get on that list is to be a member of the online club. Eighty invites will be sent out to members at random. (Fri, 4/11)
CMU's student-run TV station is state's best for seventh consecutive year
Central Michigan University students have taken top honors yet again in one of the state's most respected broadcasting contests. For the seventh year in a row, CMU's student-run television station, Moore Hall Television, has received the College Television Station of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The recognition is based on awards the station received in several MAB television competition categories, as well as a written report and video detailing the station's outreach efforts. Professional radio and television broadcasters from around the state judged the collegiate entries.
"It is a real honor to be selected for the Station of the Year Award," said School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Rick Sykes, adviser to CMU's "News Central 34" newscast. "The award recognizes the hard work of our students and affirms our commitment to preparing our students for a professional career in broadcasting."
During the association's annual College Broadcast Awards, students involved in MHTV and WMHW-FM Modern Rock 91.5, the university's student-run radio station, received a variety of honors.
When Carmine Avantini the heard legendary DJ Casey Kasem would be visiting town, he knew he had to see the man famous for his countdown radio shows. "When I heard about it, I said I have to go. I have to be there," said Fenton resident Avantini. On Saturday, Kasem visited the city where he has family ties as part of Casey Kasem Day, a fundraiser for the proposed $3.5-million cultural center to be added to the Fenton Community Center. Avantini and his wife, Sandy, were guests at a dinner where Kasem received a key to the city and proclamations from Gov. Jennifer Granholm and The Genesee County Board of Commissioners. At the same time, the city declared Saturday to be Casey Kasem Day. Kasem, best known as the founding host of the "American Top 40" syndicated radio program, said he was overwhelmed by the city's gifts to him. "I'm honored to be playing a part in the future of a thriving community," Kasem said... It's Casey Day in Fenton (Sun, 4/27)
A familiar face will be back on the air today. WJRT (Channel 12) anchorman Bill Harris will return to the 5 p.m. newscast after a six-week leave for treatment of prostate cancer. "I'm doing really well," said Harris, 58. "Life is good." Harris had his prostate removed last month after getting the cancer diagnosis... Popular anchorman returns to newscast (Mon, 4/28)
CMU, 9&10 News expand partnership
A relationship between Central Michigan University and a local television station has expanded to give CMU's aspiring broadcasters professional positions and valuable experience working on newscasts - all while they are still in school.
CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac have broadened a five-year partnership to now train student interns as producers for the station's newscasts, pay them for their work and, potentially, hire them on as employees.
"The idea is that they'll become staff members if they are successful and if positions open," said CMU BCA faculty member Rick Sykes, adviser to the university's "News Central 34" nightly news program. "It's a great opportunity and an enhancement of our existing partnership."
Kevin Dunaway, the station's news director, said CMU's BCA students "always work hard" and "are usually ahead of the game, and those are the types of candidates we are looking for.
"CMU has a great broadcasting program," he said, noting that the station has CMU interns most every semester. "CMU's BCA students typically have a better hands-on experience than most other places we draw our interns from. We have a great amount of respect for how they train their students at CMU."
The original partnership between the university and the station provided production internship opportunities to CMU BCA students who had completed related course work. In 2005, the relationship expanded to include a general-assignment reporting position for an experienced "News Central 34" reporter or anchor who, upon selection by Dunaway, would endure a reporter "boot camp" and eventually become a weekend reporter for the station.
CMU alumnus Ryan Raiche, who completed the boot camp, became a general assignment reporter for the station while still a student and is now a Traverse City Bureau reporter for TV 9&10 and its sister station, WFQX-TV in Cadillac, typically appearing on WFQX's 10 p.m. newscast.
"The partnership between CMU and TV 9&10 got my foot in the door," said Raiche. "It provided me the perfect opportunity to prove myself - not by being the perfect reporter, but by showing potential. Any internship is helpful, but the partnership with TV 9&10 is more than any internship."
To learn more about CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts - including Moore Hall Television, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' College Station of the Year for the past seven years, visit www.bca.cmich.edu.
For more information about 9 & 10 News, visit www.9and10news.com.
Saginaw Township voters will have a chance to hear discussion of Tuesday's ballot proposal to renew 2.25 mills for school building maintenance and improvements. ''Community Connections with Joyce Harvin'' on WTLZ-FM ,107.1, will allow supporters and opponents to exchange views. The program airs at 2 p.m. Sunday... WTLZ hosts tax plan discussion (Fri, 5/2)
The clock is ticking for those who still rely on rabbit ears for television reception. In nine months, analog television broadcasting will end and local television stations throughout the United States will broadcast in digital format. Consequently, people who don't have a digital television -- not to be confused with a high-definition television -- and aren't subscribed to cable, satellite or a telephone company service provider won't be able to use their televisions. This is because analog TVs aren't able to receive digital broadcasts. "They are completely different signals,'' said Ken Messner, a salesman at Holda's Appliances & TV & Service... TV change getting mixed reception (Sun, 5/11)
Oldies replaces classic country in Caro
In April, WKYO AM 1360 Caro switched its musical focus from classic country to oldies. It was back in March 2007 WKYO took on the classic country format after many years of a mainstream country direction. The station still offers regular news reports and community information in addition to its locally-based oldies programming.
Saginaw native Mike Matthews never forgot the day he was mugged by members of an infamous Detroit street gang, the Erroll Flynns. "I was coming out of a coney island, and they took my shoes, hat and coat," he said. "They pushed me around, knocked me down. I was 18 years old, and I'd only been in Detroit for six to seven months. I got a good introduction." That experience is the inspiration behind a television show that Matthews has been writing and producing with his brother Craig, who lives in Richmond, Va. Titled "The Flynns," it will be based in Flint and partly filmed here. Television and Broadway actress Melba Moore and comedian T.K. Carter are starring in the pilot and series... New TV show to be filmed in Flint (Tue, 5/13)
The Saginaw Spirit will have a new slot on the radio dial in mid-Michigan next season. The Ontario Hockey League franchise, which begins its seventh season in September, announced today a three-year deal that makes WTKQ-FM 100.5 its flagship radio home. WMJO-FM 97.3 served as the Spirit's radio partner for six years. "We thank (WMJO-FM 97.3) for an outstanding partnership during the past six years," said Craig Goslin, the Spirit's president and managing partner. "NextMedia and 100.5 FM is a great fit for live broadcasts of the Spirit games because of their multiple stations ... which cover five separate demographics. "The ability to get to 'all demographics,' the overall quality of the people that make up the staff at NextMedia in Saginaw and the strength of their signal to reach the entire region and beyond, are all real plusses for us." Terry Ficorelli remains the team's play-by-play broadcaster while former Saginaw hockey great Dennis Desrosiers serves as an analyst... Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit get new flagship radio home: WTKQ-FM, 100.5 (Tue, 5/20)
The Flint Institute of Arts will be among the state's arts institutions and individuals highlighted in a public television show, "ArtServe Michigan Governor's Awards for Arts and Culture" at 8 p.m. today (May 28, 2008) on WFUM (Channel 28). The show is a look at the winners of the 22nd annual Governor's Awards for Arts and Culture held in December at the Detroit Institute of Arts... Flint Institute of Arts, William S. White, Claire M. White, all highlighted in PBS TV program airing tonight on WFUM Channel 28 (Wed, 5/28)
After seven years at Citadel AC WFMK/Lansing, Mich., PD/MD/afternoon driver Chris Reynolds has exited. (Wed, 5/28)
Spartan podcasts feature Ann Thomas, Rich Homberg
From MSU Today on Impact Radio: MSU alumna Ann Thomas is the executive producer of the top-rated Paul W. Smith morning drive radio program on WJR AM 760 Detroit. Ann discusses her award-winning and Internet-based program called Women Who Lead. Ann talks about her own work/life balancing act and reflects on her time at MSU and how it impacted her. She talks about the mission of the Paul W. Smith Show and about the strategy she employs when selecting the segments for the program. And she offers her advice to young people who want to pursue careers in broadcasting. Thomas also talks about the changes she's seen in the radio industry over her 25-plus years at WJR. Hear the conversation at spartanpodcast.com/?p=438.
A conversation with Detroit Public Television president and general manager Rich Homberg from the 2008 Mackinac Policy Conference is featured by Impact Radio. Rich talks about the mission of Detroit Public Television, and he talks about the challenges and opportunities facing both commercial and public television. He also talks about the transition from analog to digital television broadcasts coming in February 2009. Homberg offers his advice to young people who are seeking careers in broadcasting. Hear the conversation at spartanpodcast.com/?p=436.
Mike Holder Exits Mornings At WHZZ: Morning man and creative/production/voice talent/imaging guru MIKE HOLDER has parted ways with MACDONALD Hot AC WHZZ/LANSING. MIKE slid from co-host/producer of the show into the lead solo role in APRIL when long-time LANSING morning icon TIM BARRON resigned from the lead morning gig at WHZZ. The buzz that TIM and MIKE will reappear on the dial in LANSING is just speculation at the moment. (Mon, 6/9)
Lansing State Journal:
Two radio stations are back on the air after three days of weather-forced silence. WKAR-AM (730-AM), a daytime-only station, was back at 6 a.m. today. WDMB (88.9-FM) resumed Tuesday night. They share a transmitter in Okemos, said WKAR spokeswoman Jeannie Croope. When the power went off in that area late Saturday, some of the equipment was damaged; however, WKAR-FM (90.5) continued on the air... 2 radio stations back on air after storm damage silence (Wed, 6/11)
The State News:
Another business that is still feeling the effects of power outages, is MSU's student radio station, WDBM (88.9-FM), the Impact. The sound of static is all listeners have been hearing since last Saturday, when the power to the radio's transmitter was cut by the severe weather, said Jeremy Whiting, the station manager. "We have been receiving a lot of phone calls about the issue, but until it is fixed there is nothing we can do," he said. Streaming radio is still available on the station's Web site, www.impact89fm.org, and all regularly scheduled programs can be heard on their Web site as well. .. Severe weather causes waste dump, silences radio station (Wed, 6/11)
Joe Nichols isn't some new kid on the block. He's no stranger to country audiences, to hit singles, to music awards, or even to Saginaw, for that matter. And when Nichols takes the stage Saturday, June 21, at Ojibway Island's KCQ Country Music Fest, he intends to let his fans know how much he appreciates the way they've stuck by him through the good and the bad ... Fresh from Nashville's Fan Fair, where he spent the week making himself accessible and fan-friendly, Nichols joins Tracy Lawrence and Jennifer Hanson in the free concert hosted by country radio station WKCQ-FM, 98.1, at Ojibway Island. Also performing on the New Faces stage are Jypsi and The Lost Trailers, along with Rising Star winners Stone Cold and Mandi Layne and Lost Highway... KCQ Country Music Fest brings Joe Nichols to Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Tue, 6/17)
MSU Hockey announcer Jerry Marshall passes away
Jerry Marshall, the longtime voice of MSU Hockey, has passed away after a long illness.
A well-known radio voice in the greater Lansing area, Marshall had been the voice of Spartan Hockey at Munn Arena since 1972. Marshall also started a weekly radio show with head hockey coach in Ron Mason nearly 20 years ago, which continues today with the weekly Rick Comley Radio Show. His final game at Michigan State was the Spartans' banner-raising ceremony to celebrate the 2007 NCAA Championship on Oct. 19, 2007. He also served as the public address announcer for MSU baseball for several years.
Calling hours will be on Monday, June 23 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, 325 W. Washtenaw, Lansing. The funeral will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday.
A Flint rhythm and blues radio station was left singing the blues this week when a thief made off with the station's van and its stock of compact discs and sound equipment. But you have to wonder what the thief was thinking. The 1993 Pontiac Transport has WOWE on both sides and the back door, as well logos with the station's 98.9 FM dial position on the side windows... Thief takes radio station for a spin, steals WOWE's van (Fri, 6/20)
Lansing State Journal:
I'll remember Jerry Marshall for hosting a morning radio program on WFMK years ago that arguably was the most popular in mid-Michigan history. But more MSU fans will perhaps recall years of his mellow voice serving as the public address announcer for Spartan home hockey and baseball games. Marshall died Saturday in a local hospice care facility after being cut down by a massive stroke last October. He was 64. It saddened various MSU coaches who visited him and then departed figuring he likely would never recover. He never did regain his speech. Jerry battled congestive heart failure along the way, too much for doctors to fix... Marshall's legacy deep at MSU, in Lansing (Sun, 6/22)
Joe Nichols was awestruck when he showed up Saturday at the KCQ Country Music Fest and found some 75,000 fans waiting for him at Ojibway Island. "Through hot and cold and rainy, they're right there beside you, all the way," said the country crooner, though he had to admit you usually don't get all three climate changes in the same day... KCQ Country Music Fest livens up Ojibway island with Tracy Lawrence and Joe Nichols (Sat, 6/21)
Tiger Woods may not be coming to town this week, but that doesn't mean the $5-million Buick Open is going to get any less exposure than usual. In fact, there will be more television coverage than ever before. In addition to the local coverage and the usual national telecasts by CBS Sports on the weekend, Golf Channel will be broadcasting live all four days from Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club ... Locally, Channels 5, 12 and 25 will all be providing additional coverage. Channel 12's Drive To The Buick specials will air for 30 minutes nightly at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday before expanding to 60 minutes at 7 p.m. Sunday ... All three stations will also provide updates on their newscasts throughout the day. Channel 5's 30-minute Best Of The Buick specials will air nightly at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ... Channel 25 will give live updates on the nightly news all week and the station's sports and weather reports will also originate live from Warwick Hills... TV coverage to be bigger than ever for the Buick Open (Mon, 6/23)
Veggies are out, Fuse re-lit
After a stunt featuring nothing but songs from the children's oriented Veggie Tales group as 'Veggie Radio', WPRJ FM 101.7 Mt. Pleasant/Midland relaunched its contemporary Christian format and kept the same name as The Fuse. The station is running jockless for 101 hours through the coming weekend.
WLUN hires sales director
Lance LeFevre has been hired to serve as the director of sales for ESPN 100.9-FM (WLUN). In this role, LeFevre is in charge of all radio sponsorship sales and maintaining relationships with the station's partners. LeFevre previously worked with the Great Lakes Loons as a corporate account executive. He joined the Loons in 2006 as an employee at the Loon Loft, the Loons' official team store. He was promoted to a full-time position prior to the start of the 2007 season. LeFevre brings more than 20 years of management experience to ESPN 100.9-FM.
WLUN was launched on March 25, 2008 and operates an all-sports FM radio format. ESPN 100.9-FM is the flagship radio home for Great Lakes Loons baseball and carries ESPN Radio's featured daytime shows Mike & Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and Tirico & Van Pelt, ESPN Radio's Major League Baseball package, and the HUGE Show with Bill Simonson.
NBC affiliate WEYI (Channel 25) has made a few personnel switches, including swapping meteorologists. Former evening news weatherman Mark Torregrossa can now be seen during the morning show, 5-7 a.m. And former morning crew meteorologist Jim Geyer is now on the evening news. "We just started going through changes," said station General Manager Becky Butcher. Former evening news co-anchor Mike Stevens was part of initial layoffs in April. Dan Armstrong has been filling in for evening news anchor Erin Looby, who is on maternity leave until August. Former morning news anchor Kathy Hoekstra, who left in June, has been replaced by Jenny Suniga, who had been the weekend anchor. Suniga has been with WEYI since 2007 ... And over at ABC affiliate WJRT (Channel 12), First at Four co-anchor and nightside reporter, Bisi Onile-Ere, said goodbye in June after accepting a job with Detroit's NBC affiliate WDIV (Channel 4)... New faces popping up on local television newscasts (Sat, 7/12)
An e-mail sits in Annette Doner's inbox from an adoring fan of her husband, Robert, an award-winning, smooth-talking local radio personality from the 1980s. It reads, in part, "I would listen to Bob on the radio all the time. I just loved how he talked so freely with his listening audience." Doner, a popular Jackson-area media mogul and pastor who once owned the Springport Signal and Marshall Review, died Tuesday, likely from a heart attack, family members said. He was 62. Doner was a pastor at East Eckford Community Church in Marshall, where he presided over a congregation "that loved him very much," said Annette Doner, his wife of more than six years. In the eighth grade, Doner was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. He responded that he aspired to be a disc jockey or a pastor. Doner was ordained in the mid-1970s and later became a popular voice on radio station WKHM-AM, most notably with his one-minute weekday commentary, "60 Seconds with Bob Doner"... Minister and former radio host dies at 62 (Wed, 7/16)
Although the license for WOLY AM 1500 Battle Creek was not renewed during the 2004 renewal period for Michigan radio stations, the daytime-only Christian station continued to broadcast. In June 2006, the FCC officially notified station owner Christian Faith Broadcast that its license had officially been canceled and that all authority to operate what was WOLY had been terminated. Yet, broadcasts continued at the 1,000 watt station.
Now the FCC has filed a Forfeiture Order against Christian Faith Broadcast in the amount of $10,000 for the station's unauthorized operations, which amazingly have continued - at least as of this past Monday, July 14th. This action follows a Notice of Apparent Liability that was issued in December 2007. According to the Forfeiture Order, "Christian Family Network's failure to immediately cease operation of the station may result in further monetary fines and other more serious sanctions."
What's even more surprising in this case is that in 1998 WOLY also failed to renew its license in a timely fashion and had it's license canceled until it reapplied for and was granted reinstatement in May 1999.
WOAP back on the air
WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has resumed operations after being off the air for the better part of a year. The daytime-only station has resumed simulcasting the religious/Catholic programming of co-owned WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit as Michigan Catholic Radio. FCC records indicate the owner of both WCAR and WOAP is Bloomfield Hills based 1090 Investments, LLC.
It's uncertain as to how long the station will remain broadcasting from Owosso as the station has a construction permit to move its operations to the Lansing market. The Lansing/Waverly construction permit specifies daytime-only operations at 50,000 watts and there is also an application on file to add nighttime service which has not yet been ruled on by the FCC.
The near year of silence from WOAP is the second such period in recent history as the station was also off the air for financial reasons for about a year in 1996-97.
WOAP Online, WOAPonline.com, a new internet radio station serving Mid-Michigan, will make its official debut Monday, July 21st. The station will feature hits of the 1970's, 80's and 90's, along with hourly international news, local information, and hourly features from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). West Michigan air talent Bryan Mix-Dean will provide listeners with accurate local weather forecasts three time each hour.
Special programming from WOAP Online will include:
• 'Radio's Golden Days', a daily showcase of classic old-time radio programs, at 1 pm, 9 pm and midnight
• 'The Michigan Oldies Podcast', a weekly program featuring Oldies from the 1960's and 70's, hosted by Michigan's own Tony Clark and Art Van.
WOAP Online owner and manager Dan Drolett is excited about the new project. "Once again, we're utilizing new technology to provide truly local radio to anyone with access to the internet." Drolett was formerly co-owner of Clinton County Radio, an internet radio station which operated from 2004 to 2007, and was geared toward listeners in Clinton county. "WOAP Online will serve a slightly larger area, with information geared toward Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee counties. Clinton county will still be our primary focus, however."
WOAP Online will be available worldwide to anyone with a high-speed internet connection.
"It's a great way for anyone away from Mid-Michigan, such as our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, to keep up with what's happening back home and enjoy some great music at the same time", Drolett notes. "The beauty of internet radio is that your coverage area is the world."
Visitors to WOAP Online can click on a link to listen to the station 24 hours a day.
For more information, contact Dan Drolett at (517) 308-0274, or via email at email@example.com.
WOAP Online is independently operated by Mint City Internet Radio. This internet-only audio stream is not associated in any way with WOAP AM 1080, Michigan Catholic Radio or 1090 Investments, LLC.
Take a look at the age 12+ rankings, look courtesy of Stationratings.com:
For the first time in its existence Detroit contemporary hits outlet Channel 9-5-5 (WQKI FM 95.5) is the top station among radio listeners age 12 and over, followed closely by news NewsRadio 950 (WWJ AM), NewsTalk 760 (WJR AM) and FM 98 (urban WJLB FM 97.9). Oldies 104.3 (WOMC FM) rounded out the top 5 stations.
The Ticket (sports WXYT-FM 97.1) enjoyed huge gains over the winter ratings period and the 'Rif (rock WRIF FM 101.1) also saw a nice numbers rebound.
Country stations had the best individual ratings in Lansing, Toledo, and South Bend with heritage stations WITL FM 100.7, WKKO FM 99.9, and WBYT FM 100.7 each leading the way among all listeners.
Another batch of Spring radio ratings was released late last week; they are available courtesy of Stationratings.com:
Top stations among listeners age 12+ in each market were soft rock WCRZ in Flint, contemporary hits WIOG in the Tri-Cities, news/talk WJR in Ann Arbor and country WNWN-FM in Battle Creek.
WKCQ Sets Golf Outing For Local Food Bank: MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW APD/MD/afternoon stud JOHN RICHARDS tells us that the station is presenting their 5th Annual Golf Outing for the FOOD BANK of EASTERN MICHIGAN. The event will be on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th at the TIMBERS GOLF COURSE in FRANKENMUTH, MI., with a 9a (ET) tee off. JOHNNY RICHARDS said they're looking for participants as well as sponsorships, with all money going to the Food Bank- you can sponsor a hole for as little as $250 and for up to $1,000 you can sponsor a 4-some. Contact RICHARDS at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Tue, 7/29)
New religious station hits the air in Coldwater
Michiana Christian Broadcasters signed on WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater earlier this month with religious programming, reportedly from the BBN Christian radio network. The Class A signal currently is only operating at 250 watts but an application is on file with the FCC to increase the station's coverage area to the north with a change to Class B1 with 25,000 watts @ 279 feet. The directional pattern would give the station coverage of most of Calhoun and Branch counties.
ESPN 100.9-FM Announces Fall Football Lineup
ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN FM 100.9 Pinconning, earlier today announced its Fall Football lineup, which includes live play-by-play coverage of Michigan State Spartans football and high football from the Saginaw Valley League. Both play-by-play properties will be simulcast on ESPN 100.9-FM and Newsradio 1250 WNEM as the two Mid-Michigan stations enter a joint sales agreement on these two properties.
"We are extremely thrilled to be associated with both the Spartan Radio Network and the Saginaw Valley League," said ESPN 100.9-FM President and General Manager Paul Barbeau. "Our partnership with the SVL strengthens our commitment to local sports, and we're now able to better reach out to Michigan State fans with our agreement with the Spartan Network. By simulcasting both properties on our station and WNEM, our coverage area is expanded. It's a win for us and for football fans in the Tri-Cities."
ESPN 100.9-FM will air live play-by-play coverage of Spartan regular season football games, plus MSU's potential bowl game and the Motor City Bowl. Additionally the station will broadcast the Mark Dantonio Show Thursdays at 7pm and daily three-minute MSU updates throughout the day. ESPN 100.9-FM also will broadcast Spartan basketball and the Tom Izzo Show during the winter.
ESPN 100.9-FM also is proud to introduce the Saginaw Valley League Game of the Week. Both WLUN and WNEM will air play-by-play of the league's top game, produced by WLUN, followed by WNEM's Friday Night Lights radio post-game show, featuring updates and analysis from games across the region. Terry Wilczek, who led Midland High to the state championship game last season, will be joined by Dan Hasty on the lead broadcast team. As the official radio partner of the Saginaw Valley League, ESPN 100.9-FM will donate a percentage of advertising revenue to the SVL. During the winter, ESPN 100.9-FM and Newsradio 1250 WNEM will air play-by-play coverage of SVL boys and girls' basketball.
Advertising opportunities are available for ESPN 100.9-FM's Fall Football programming lineup. Lance LeFevre, WLUN's Sales Director, is accepting sales inquiries at 989-837-6127 or at email@example.com.
"Advertising during our Fall Football programming is the best way for companies to reach their key demographics and show support for their community," LeFevre said. "A percentage of sales for all Saginaw Valley League games goes back directly into the league."
ESPN 100.9-FM also is proud to announce the hiring of Jerry O'Donnell as the station's Director of Operations. O'Donnell brings nearly three decades of radio broadcasting and management experience to the station. He most recently worked as a news producer at WNEM-TV and will continue to host his morning show on Newsradio 1250 WNEM and serve as the public address announcer at Dow Diamond for Great Lakes Loons home games. O'Donnell joins LeFevre and Program Director Brad Golder on the station's management team.
The much-hyped transition from analog to digital television is six months away. The congressionally mandated transition requires all full-power television stations to broadcast only in a digital format starting in mid-February. Anyone with a non-digital television who uses an antenna will need a converter box. "A lot of households still have a television with rabbit ears or an antenna in their basement or garage, but people forget about those," said Mike Tamme, Channel 5, WNEM, chief engineer... Station fields calls from concerned TV viewers about analog-to-digital changeover (Mon, 8/11)
When it comes to television, Philip L. Hammis has seen it all. The 73-year-old Saginaw resident has owned and operated Television Village, now at 3165 Shattuck in Saginaw Township, for 41 years. He's still doing the same work -- selling and servicing televisions -- even though the electronics themselves have evolved constantly... Digital conversion excites 41-year TV repairman from Saginaw (Mon, 8/11)
Lansing State Journal:
Rich Michaels - long one of Lansing's best-known disc jockeys - today began a five-day suspension. Brent Alberts, the operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting, said only that the suspension was for "personal comments" Michaels made on the air Monday. He did not elaborate, and Michaels couldn't be reached for comment. Michaels is the morning DJ on WMMQ (94.1-FM). Alberts said the suspension was given Tuesday afternoon; the station aired a general apology, and Michaels will return to the air Aug. 20. DJ on WMMQ (94.1-FM) suspended (Wed, 8/13)
Lansing State Journal:
Adela Uchida is heading to Houston, after a decade of anchoring at WILX (Channel 10). "She's a great talent and a great person," said Kevin Ragan, the WILX news director. "She's grown in every job she's had here." Uchida currently anchors at 6 p.m. with David Andrews and at 11 p.m. with Jason Colthorp. She'll have her last local broadcast on Sept. 5, leaving to anchor at KRTK-TV, the ABC-owned station in Houston... WILX anchor Uchida heads for Houston (Thu, 8/14)
Lansing State Journal:
For Adela Uchida, the trade-off is clear. "I'm trading brutal winters for brutal summers," she said. At least her timing is right. Her last day anchoring the WILX (Channel 10) news is Sept. 5; her first day at KRTK-TV - the ABC-owned station in Houston - is Sept. 22, maybe after the summer heat has relented a bit. For Uchida, 36, this is a huge jump in audience size: Houston is the No. 10 TV market, Lansing is No. 112. But it involves leaving what's been her home for a decade. "I start tearing up when I think about it," she said. This is where she met her husband, had her baby, bought her house. It's where she interviewed Barack Obama and prepared to run a marathon... Uchida's move a trade-off in seasons (Mon, 8/18)
WJKN To Flip: SAU RADIO Christian Rock WJKN (89.3 THE VIBE)/JACKSON, MI will flip to Christian Soft AC/Talk & Teaching format on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th. The new format will be known as "89.3 THE MESSAGE." The station began stunting on MONDAY (8/25). The station's HOME.FM network will remain the same with a mixture of mainstream and Christian music. "It's our goal to fill a void for any potential listeners in the area," said GM MALACHI CRANE. "The change will be pretty dramatic with a complete overhaul of programming and branding of the station. Everything from the name to the on-air content of the station will change." THE MESSAGE will feature music in the morning with talk and teaching programming throughout the afternoon. The morning show will be hosted by RACHEL RYDER. Other programs will include GREG LAURIE's "A New Beginning," CROWN FINANCIAL's "Moneylife" and "Homeward" from JIM BURNS. (Tue, 8/26)
Lansing State Journal:
Tim Barron will be back on the air Tuesday. That means Frederick Sparrow is out of the race for the Delhi Township board. The two are, after all, the same person. Barron - that's been his professional name for decades - has been one of the best-known people in local radio, with a deep baritone voice. On Tuesday, he'll take over the morning show (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays) on WQTX (92.1 FM). "We're going to have everything 100 percent under my control," he said. He'll be able to choose the music (classic rock), the sidekicks and how much talking to do, he said... Back on air, radio DJ out of Delhi race (Fri, 8/29)
Something new and tasty is cooking at Molly's Bistro in downtown Midland -- a jazz concert taped for television viewing, and featuring Saginaw's own rising star, saxophonist Morgan McMillon. "From Manhattan to Midland at Molly's," an hour-long, taped-live concert featuring American classics, airs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on Delta Broadcasting's Channel 19, WDCQ... Molly's Bistro in Midland the scene of a television special airing on Delta Broadcasting's Channel 19 (Tue, 9/2)
Sometimes, in the still of the night, Allegan historian Larry Massie can hear a train's whistle that is eight miles away. "The noise comes through the trees, and it's haunting," says he. So ends a documentary about the romance of the rails, premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, on Delta Broadcasting's Channel 19. It repeats at 9 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 14... "Tracks Through Time" television special looks at Michigan's surprising railroading history (Sat, 9/6)
Eric and Carson exit Banana 101.5
Afternoon drive jocks Eric Thomas and Carson Lee are no longer with active rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Flint, having been let go by the Regent-owned station.
The Eric and Carson Myspace page, www.myspace.com/ericandcarson, contains a posting from this morning from Eric: "Effective immediately, there is no Eric and Carson show. We have been fired from Regent Broadcasting. There will be plenty of time for explanations (there will be), but now is not the juncture in which I really feel like getting into it. I think long time listeners will be able to figure out what happened, and who is responsible.
"The truth is that this is more the norm in radio. Our durability over the years has been without precedent in this area, and people whom have never even been to our city are the ones who made this decision (but those in this area are not absolved of blame either). Every option from here on is on the table, and we will do whatever is best for the individual members of the show.
"For now, thanks for a great 6 years. I promise I am going to explain all of this soon, but I am not really in the mood right now."
No replacement show has been named as of yet.
CMU introduces new journalism lab, major
The future of journalism has arrived, and it's at Central Michigan University. CMU's new Caponigro Multimedia Lab, unveiled to the public Sept. 16, will prepare the university's students for high-tech careers in the ever-changing journalism industry.
The lab's opening is closely tied to CMU's recently approved major in new media/online journalism, which officially will launch in the spring of 2009. It will feature such courses as introduction to online journalism, advanced online journalism, computer-assisted reporting, multimedia reporting and an online journalism practicum, many of which will be taught using the lab and its arsenal of new-media tools, including camcorders, digital cameras and audio recording equipment.
A gift to the university's journalism department from CMU Board of Trustees Chairman Jeffrey R. Caponigro, a CMU alumnus who is president and chief executive officer of Southfield- and Tampa, Fla.-based Caponigro Public Relations Inc., helped to fund the construction and equipping of the lab. The technology-laden facility has been named in his honor.
"The addition of this lab is indicative of CMU's commitment to the experience of its students," said Caponigro. "Newspapers have changed and are turning more to multimedia, and the lab will help our journalism graduates stay on top of the game."
CMU journalism department Chairwoman Maria Marron said Caponigro's vision and generosity have paved a path to success for her department, its students and its programs.
"The Caponigro Multimedia Lab will help bring CMU's program into line with other high-caliber journalism and mass communication programs," she said. "Without Jeff Caponigro's willingness to provide these resources, we would not be going in this direction, and our students would not have these opportunities."
And the lab's future is secure, as an endowment has been established to ensure that the facility can keep pace with changes in technology in perpetuity, said Caponigro.
"It is a wonderful model for other projects that require both a major up-front cost and some significant maintenance and upgrade expenses into the future," he said.
WGER Saginaw PD changes
Lauren Davis is the new program director at WGER FM 106.3 Saginaw as Bob Moore leaves the pop station. Moore had also been the station's afternoon drive host.
For the past 10 years, Andy Rapp had endured, and enjoyed, life in a hot and very public seat. As the host of the award-winning live public affairs program "Currently Speaking," airing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Channel 19, he never knows how callers are going to respond to the often-strong opinions he and his weekly two guests are expressing. "I was against this president (George Bush) and the (Iraqi) war and was alone in the field," says the 63-year-old Midland resident. "It's hard to stick to your guns sometimes when callers are railing at you. "Now I feel vindicated (because the public is no longer supportive of Bush and the war)"... Andy Rapp reflects on 10 years of opinionated phone calls as the host of Channel 19's "Currently Speaking" (Fri, 9/19)
WCEN Aims To Pin Down Cancer: NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW is pairing with BAY CITY LANES for the PIN DOWN CANCER event to benefit the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th. In addition to bowling there will be a raffle as well as contest and prizes. For more information visit www.945themoose.com. (Fri, 9/26)
Flint signs on for Free Beer & Hot Wings
Active rocker WWBN-FM 101.5 has jettisoned the Indianapolis-based Bob & Tom Show from its morning lineup and replaced it with the Grand Rapids-based Free Beer & Hot Wings Show, which is syndicated from Regent sister station WGRD-FM. WWBN becomes FB&HW's second Michigan station.
The show is hosted by Gregg Daniels (Free Beer) Chris Michels (Hot Wings) with Eric Zane and Joe Gassman, Jr.
WLAJ Evening News expands to hour
Freedom Broadcasting has announced that ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV is extending its 6pm newscast to a full hour of local news coverage. Starting tonight, Oct. 6, ABC 3 News will air at 6-7 p.m. every weekday followed by World News with Charles Gibson at 7 p.m with Millionaire airing at 7:30 p.m.
"This move reflects the lifestyle changes for our viewers, and will give them better news options throughout their evenings." says Jim Lutton, WLAJ vice president-general manager.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase the WLAJ news team in a time period where Lansing area viewers will have the only opportunity to see local news and weather that affects them." says Cathy Younkin, WLAJ news director.
If you're of a certain age and wonder whatever happened to the quaint local TV programming of your youth, part of the answer may be that its time simply ran out. Part of the deal that allowed WJRT-TV (Channel 12) to go on the air 50 years ago -- at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, 1958 -- was a 10-year commitment by the station to air several hours of locally produced programming each day. That led to homegrown shows such as "Mr. Magic," "Bozo's Big Top," "Colonel Gyro from Outer Space," "Romper Room with Miss Margie" and "Theatre of Thrills" with host "Christopher Coffin." In fact, original staffer Lytle Hoover said that in 1958, it took 55 hours of live programming each week to fill in around ABC's network shows... Local, live programs once filled the airwaves (Sat, 10/4)
Lisa D'Angelo Exits WGER: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI midday talent LISA D'ANGELO exits. No replacement has been named at this time. (Tue, 10/7)
WNEM radio hires new announcer/producer
WNEM, News Radio 1250, welcomes Steve Duncan to as its newest announcer/producer. Steve, who is a Mid Michigan native, will be trained to handle all news and sports related functions at WNEM. Steve has an interesting history: even though he has never worked in radio, he set up his own internet radio station to broadcast Birch Run HS football games.
Bay City Times:
As it turns out, it may have been a good thing that Jack Fischer missed Sunday's television broadcast of the Lions game. The Minnesota Vikings beat Detroit 12-10 on a last-second field goal. But Fischer, 69, of Au Gres, was surprised when he turned on the game - broadcast on WSMH Fox 66 out of Flint - and saw a 'no-service' message. "I thought the game may have been blacked out, but then I remembered they were playing in Minnesota," said Fischer. "Then it dawned on me that I had (Fox 66) on the other day and it said 'no service.' Fischer's neighbor concurred that he, too, had been without the station since Friday. "We thought maybe they had pulled it off the air," said Fischer, who uses a large antenna to tune into Fox 66. He wondered if his lack of service had anything to do with the Feb. 17, 2009, conversion to digital television. Turns out, it was neither. A spokeswoman for Fox 66 to The Times this morning that the station's analog transmitter went down on Friday and remains down today. She said the station hopes to restore service sometime today... Fox 66 analog service being repaired (Mon, 10/13)
Lansing State Journal:
Forty years ago, radio show host Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes helped a local radio station reach out to an untapped market - the Lansing area's Hispanic population. Cervantes, along with five others at Michigan State University public broadcasting station WKAR, launched a Spanish-language radio show in 1968 that is still going strong as it enters its fifth decade. Cervantes is the host. "It was basically an underserved market," Station Manager Curt Gilleo said. "There was a traditional Spanish-speaking population in the Lansing area and they didn't have any radio programs to listen to." As it enters its fourth decade, "Ondas en Espanol" reaches a daily audience of 500 to 1,000 people in a 60-mile radius, Gilleo said... Spanish language radio show going strong since 1968 (Tue, 10/14)
MSU Today podcast features info about Big Ten Network
From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Jim Peck is Michigan State's executive producer of non-athletic MSU Today programming for the Big Ten Network. Peck talks about the the mission of the programming he produces and what he hopes viewers take away from it.
"The show goes where MSU is," Peck says. "We try to tell the great world of stories that have to do with MSU and let people know about all the cool things going on here."
Peck also talks about the challenges and opportunities facing the television industry and predicts where TV is headed in the future as it continues to converge with the computer. And he offers his advice for young people who want to get into the business.
Hear the conversation here: spartanpodcast.com/?p=476.
Ann Arbor Radio to host November Career Fair
As a pillar of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Radio is dedicated to it's listeners as well as branding and building businesses in the area. A healthy business always has quality employees. In that spirit, Ann Arbor Radio has planned to hold its first ever Career Fair - Wednesday November 19th at the Four Points Sheraton located at 3200 Boardwalk in Ann Arbor. The Career Fair will be open to the public from 12 noon to 7pm.
Employers: If you're looking for qualified employees, you should know that Ann Arbor Radio reaches more than 250,000 people every week and the event is expected to attract hundreds of listeners looking to change careers or are seeking new careers and networking opportunities at this event. The Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair is open to ALL employers in the area, and booth space is limited. To reserve your space, call Ann Arbor Radio at (734) 302-8100 or email Doug Gondek for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMU accepting applications for Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship
High school students with a knack for journalism have the opportunity to use their skills to help fund their college education thanks to a Central Michigan University scholarship totaling nearly $80,000. Applications are being accepted for CMU's 2009 Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship, which provides four years of full tuition, as well as supplementary awards to cover room and board expenses.
Named for 1960 CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker, who worked for all three major television networks and earned two Emmy awards, the scholarship is awarded to a high school journalist who demonstrates leadership, journalistic skills and a commitment to promoting minority excellence in the media.
"At a time when being able to afford a college education is becoming more and more of a luxury for the average family, the Lem Tucker scholarship truly is a blessing," said 2005 recipient Kameel Stanley, who interned with The Washington Post in summer 2008. "It's been a springboard for my career in journalism while simultaneously lifting a huge financial burden off my shoulders. I would encourage any student who has an interest in journalism to apply for this scholarship."
Applicants for the 13th annual scholarship must complete an official application; write an essay and cover letter; and provide a letter of reference, samples of journalistic work, and academic transcripts and college-entrance test scores. Scholarship applicants must apply for admission to CMU at apply.cmich.edu before applying for the scholarship. Complete instructions and the scholarship application are online at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker/scholarship.html.
Application materials are due Nov. 30. Preference is given to Michigan residents.
The Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship recipient will be honored during a May 14, 2009, gala event at The Atheneum Hotel in Detroit. Past keynote speakers for the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Media Leadership Speaker Series event have included Ed Bradley, Robin Roberts, James Earl Jones and Soledad O'Brien.
For more information regarding the scholarship or the event, call CMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts at 989-774-1885 or visit www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker.
ESPN 100.9 hosting Huge RivalryFest 2008 in Midland
The state's biggest college football rivalry will be celebrated this Saturday at Dow Diamond in Midland. Fans of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are encouraged to come out to Dow Diamond for the Huge RivalryFest 2008, presented by ESPN 100.9-FM, The Huge Show, and The Dow Chemical Company. As the Spartans battle the Wolverines, the game will be shown on the stadium's video board beyond the right field wall, and on numerous flat-screen monitors throughout the venue.
The Huge RivalryFest will feature a series of tailgate-style games, such as Ladder Ball, and in-game promotions and events. The Midland Community Center will provide inflatable games for kids, in addition to Dow Diamond's Lou E's Lookout kids area, presented by MidMichigan Health. Great Lakes Loons mascot Lou E. Loon will also make an appearance at the ballpark.
The stadium's concession stands will be open, including several beer carts. The Huge RivalryFest 2008 will be held at Dow Diamond rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. With kickoff scheduled for 3:30pm, gates at Dow Diamond will open at 2:30pm.
Bill Simonson, host of the Huge Show, will serve as a host for the event. Beginning at 2pm, he will host a special 30-minute edition of The Huge Show live from Dow Diamond on ESPN 100.9-FM. Following the special Huge Show broadcast, the station will carry the Michigan State network pregame show, followed by the game's play-by-play. Simonson will also host live pregame and halftime shows on the stadium's huge video board.
Dow Diamond is a 5,200-seat venue that serves as the home ballpark for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team (Single-A, Midwest League) and as a special events facility. The facility opened in April 2007 and served as the host site for the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game.
WLUN kicks off High School Playoff coverage
High school football playoffs are here, and ESPN 100.9-FM will start its five-week march to Ford Field with a pair of games Halloween weekend. Coverage begins Friday, October 31 at 6pm with a special High School Football Preview Show, hosted by Brad Golder, live from Bay City Western High School in Auburn. Our panel of experts will preview all the weekend matchups, including Western's rematch against Traverse City Central, the only school to hand the Warriors a defeat in 2008.
Then at 6:30pm, coverage shifts to Midland Community Stadium, where the Chemics take on Saginaw Arthur Hill. Dan Hasty and Terry Wilczek will provide live play-by-play coverage of the Saginaw Valley League matchup, with live updates from the Bay City Western-Traverse City Central game. The game will be followed by WNEM's Friday Night Lights post-game show.
Live play-by-play coverage continues on ESPN 100.9-FM Saturday, November 1 from John Glenn High School in Bangor Township as the Bobcats face Escanaba. Coverage begins at 4pm, immediately following the Michigan State-Wisconsin game.
For more information on ESPN 100.9-FM's high school football coverage, visit Espn1009.com.
1953 was a big year for Flint-based radio station WFDF-AM (910). In the wake of the deadly Beecher tornado in June, the station was feeding news coverage to the national networks. It changed its own network affiliation from ABC to the then-more-prestigious NBC. And in August, while the tornado damage was still evident, WFDF added a new local personality to its daytime schedule. Betty Monas, a native of Flint's sister city of Hamilton, Ontario, began hosting "Listen Ladies," a five-minute, early-afternoon household hints show tailored to homemakers. But you remember her as Betty Clarke... Betty Clarke's radio show on WFDF-AM remembered (Sat, 11/1)
You've likely heard about digital TV transition coming in February 2009. But do you know about Nov. 19, 2008? If you're a Michigan Television fan, listen up. WFUM (Channel 28) says it's soon ending its analog broadcast signal and converting early to digital television transmission. If your toddler can't get enough "Sesame Street" and you watch "NOVA" through over-the-air signals (maybe with the help of an antenna or rabbit ears) your picture could be black or snowy on WFUM's station come mid November. Here's what you need to know ... If you're one of the estimated 70,000 in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City television market who still use rabbit ears or an antenna on top of the roof to pick up an analog signal, you need a digital converter box. The converters generally cost between $45 and $80... Digital TV conversion happening now: Big Bird may be out on Flint station by November deadline (Sun, 11/2)
Broadcasting & Cable:
The FCC has denied a request from Fox affiliate WSMH-DT Fint, Mich., for another waiver of the FCC's digital signal-strength test. Satellite operators can import a similar distant DTV-station signal to viewers who cannot receive a sufficiently strong signal from their local affiliate, based on satellite-company testing of those signals. As of Oct. 31, satellite companies could test that strength, and deliver an out-of-market Fox affiliate to viewers in WSMH's market who do not get a sufficiently strong signal from that station. WSMH has already received a waiver based on the fact that it had cross-border coordination issues with Canada, and then asked for an extension. But while that extension was pending, Canada gave its approval, said the FCC. Now, WSMH says it needs to move to a new tower and clear that with Canada as well... FCC Denies Fox Affiliate Waiver for Digital Signal-Strength Test (Mon, 11/3)
ESPN 100.9 FM to present high school playoff tripleheader
High school football fans rejoice! ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN, will present a tripleheader of high school football regional playoff action this weekend. Additionally, all three games will be simulcast on WNEM Newradio 1250.
Coverage is scheduled to begin Friday night, Nov 14th, at 6:30pm, live from Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw where the undefeated Panthers host the 9-2 Bulldogs of St. Charles. Dan Hasty and Coach Terry Wilczek will call the action live from Boyd Field, plus Brad Golder and Justin Davis will provide live updates from the Freeland Falcons' matchup with Ovid-Elsie. Following the game, Wes Goheen and Steve Duncan will anchor coverage of Friday Night Lights, live from the studios of WNEM Newradio 1250.
Saturday's games feature a pair of local teams. Coverage is scheduled to start at 1:30pm as the 9-2 John Glenn Bobcats travel across the state to battle the 10-1 East Grand Rapids Panthers. Golder and Wilczek will provide the live play-by-play coverage, with scoreboard updates from Standish-Sterling versus Gladstone, Bay City All Saints versus Frankfort and Deckerville versus Beal City.
Later on Saturday, Midland High (10-1) plays host to Davison (8-3) in a rematch of last year's 7-3 Chemic win. Hasty and Wilczek will call the action at our featured Saginaw Valley League Playoff Game of the Week.
Following the Midland/Davison game, Goheen and Duncan will anchor a Saturday edition of Friday Night Lights, with scores and analysis of all the weekend's regional matchups.
For more information on ESPN 100.9-FM's high school football coverage, visit Espn1009.com.
MacDonald Names Jim Kramer Interim OM For Saginaw: MACDONALD BROADCASTING/SAGINAW has named 20-year company veteran JIM KRAMER, as Interim OM. KRAMER is the PD/morning personality for Country WKCQ and will oversee the other two stations in the cluster, Soft AC WSAG and Jack-FM WMJO. He replaces MIKE SCOT, who exited earlier this year. (Thu, 11/13)
These days, listening to a radio station from anywhere in the world is as easy as turning on your computer. But imagine WKAR station manager Curt Gilleo's surprise when he received e-mails from two listeners in the country of Norway who wanted to confirm they heard WKAR AM over the air. It was about two weeks ago that O.J. Sagdahl and Bjarne Mjelde, radio enthusiasts in Trandheim, Norway, were monitoring the airwaves and heard the following in their headphones: "From Michigan State University, AM 870 WKAR, East Lansing." Sagdahl and Mjelde are what are known as a DXers, or, long-distance listeners. They are among thousands of people around the world whose hobby is trying to pick up long-distance radio stations... Long-distance listening: Norwegians pick up WKAR over-air signal (Tue, 11/18)
Jim Johnson Exits WGER: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI morning man JIM JOHNSON exits due to budget cuts. Look for a new MAGIC 106.3 line-up to be announced on MONDAY (12/1). WGER PD LAUREN DAVIS tells ALL ACCESS, "JIM ran a quality show, he is a great guy to work with, and I am positive he will land well. He has earned my respect and my kudos for a job well done at MAGIC." (Tue, 11/18)
Tri-Cities WHNN flips for Christmas
Citadel Classic Hits WHNN FM 96.1 made its annual move to full-time holiday song programming on Monday at 6am during Johnny Burke's morning show. WHNN becomes at least the fourth Michigan station to switch to all-Christmas since November 1st, joining WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit and both WOOD-FM 105.7 and WLHT FM 95.7 Grand Rapids.
Michigan Television's WFUM Flint turns off analog transmiiter
Today marked the end of an era at WFUM TV 28 in Flint as the station became the first public TV station in Michigan to turn off its analog transmitter forever as part of the federally-mandated switchover to digital broadcasting. For at least the next couple of days, WFUM will only be available to cable subscribers as it has also shut down the digital transmitter that had been operating on Ch. 52 so that the station can return to the air on channel 28 with its finalized digital facilities.
Once over-the-air broadcasts resume, viewers wishing to watch Michigan Television via an antenna will either need a television capable of receiving the digital signal or a digital-to-analog converter box.
More details on the station's early switch over is available at www.michigantelevision.org/.
Christmas is approaching fast. Just turn on your radio to hear the proof jingling through your speakers. Adult contemporary station WSAG-FM, 104.1, started its Yuletide transmissions early, broadcasting Christmas carols beginning Nov. 1. "We've started early the last couple years," said Jim Kramer, operations manager for MacDonald Broadcasting Co., 2000 Whittier in Saginaw. "Listeners love it, it gets them in the mood, gets them going early. With the economy the way it is, they need a little pick me up. What picks you up better than a Christmas song?" ... Monday, WHNN-FM, 96.1, also started filling the airwaves with mirth-filled tunes. "Last year we did it earlier," said Scott A. Stine, WHNN program director. "We go with when it feels right." Stine cited frequent callers and a Web site poll as signals that it was time to crank out the carols. "It sways your decision when you know the listeners want it," he said. The oldies station will keep things fresh over the next two months by starting with classics before expanding into newer territory, Stine said ... One station not yet partaking in the holiday ditties is WGER-FM, 106.3, which has played holiday music through the season in past years, launching its Christmas format as early as Nov. 1 in 2007. "WGER has followed its own path this year," said Lauren Davis, program director. "We've forged a new direction free from the myriad of vanilla Christmas choices." That isn't to say the adult-contemporary station on Tittabawassee near Interstate 675 doesn't have a surprise in store, she added. "We are counting our way down to Dec. 1, when we will have something new to announce," Davis said... Need the spirit of the season? Saginaw radio stations have begun holiday programming (Sun, 11/23)
WLNS-TV launched its fifth-annual "Happy Holidays for Highfields Kids" on Thursday. The annual drive, benefiting hundreds of kids served by Highfields' community services programs, lets area residents make a difference by donating new unwrapped toys, books and clothes. With the help of WLNS-TV 6 and seven Ford dealerships, Highfields is accepting gifts for children ages infant to 18 living in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Jackson counties. Gifts can be dropped off through Dec. 18... WLNS-TV launches fifth-annual Highfields drive (Sat, 11/29)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Press & Argus / LivingstonDaily.com:
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)