Mid-Michigan: April 2008 Archives

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)


Flint Journal:

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)


Saginaw News:

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)


Flint Journal:

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.


Radio and Records:

Programming shifts are in effect at Regent Rhythmic WRCL (Club 93.7)/Flint, MI, as MD/morning personality Clay Church has been upped to PD. Why? Because the previous PD, Nathan Reed, resigned last month to become PD of Clear Channel Top 40 WVKS (Kiss 92.5)/Toledo, that's why. Club 93.7 night jock Ian Richards will inherit Church's MD duties. Meanwhile, Reed starts his new gig at WVKS next Monday, April 28. (Wed, 4/23)


Flint Journal:

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)


Flint Journal:

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.







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