Mid-Michigan: July 2008 Archives

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.


Flint Journal:

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 Former morning news anchor Kathy Hoekstra, who left in June, has been replaced by Jenny Suniga, who had been the weekend anchor.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)


Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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 woaponline@gmail.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 johnrichards@98fmkcq.com. (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.







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