Mid-Michigan: February 2008 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 1, 2008



Flint Journal:

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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 5, 2008



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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 11, 2008



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


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 14, 2008



Saginaw Spirit:

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


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 17, 2008




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)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 19, 2008



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)

Saginaw News:

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)


Detroit News:

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)


Detroit News:

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.”

-- Read more: MSU press release


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)







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