Mid-Michigan: January 2008 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 4, 2008




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)


Flint Journal:

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)

Saginaw News:

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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 7, 2008



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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 12, 2008



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers: Jan 15, 2008



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.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 21, 2008



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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)







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