Mid-Michigan: June 2008 Archives

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)


Saginaw News:

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.



Flint Journal:

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)



Saginaw News:

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)


Flint Journal:

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)



Bolak Exits As Cumulus/Flint GM: CUMULUS/FLINT GM BOB BOLAK exits to join SAGA/ASHVILLE, as Market Manager SCOTT MEIER does dual market role duties in the interim. (Mon, 6/30)







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