Mid-Michigan: August 2008 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 6, 2008



ESPN 100.9-FM Announces Fall Football Lineup

ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN FM 100.9 Pinconning, earlier today announced its Fall Football lineup, which includes live play-by-play coverage of Michigan State Spartans football and high football from the Saginaw Valley League. Both play-by-play properties will be simulcast on ESPN 100.9-FM and Newsradio 1250 WNEM as the two Mid-Michigan stations enter a joint sales agreement on these two properties.

"We are extremely thrilled to be associated with both the Spartan Radio Network and the Saginaw Valley League," said ESPN 100.9-FM President and General Manager Paul Barbeau. "Our partnership with the SVL strengthens our commitment to local sports, and we're now able to better reach out to Michigan State fans with our agreement with the Spartan Network. By simulcasting both properties on our station and WNEM, our coverage area is expanded. It's a win for us and for football fans in the Tri-Cities."

ESPN 100.9-FM will air live play-by-play coverage of Spartan regular season football games, plus MSU's potential bowl game and the Motor City Bowl. Additionally the station will broadcast the Mark Dantonio Show Thursdays at 7pm and daily three-minute MSU updates throughout the day. ESPN 100.9-FM also will broadcast Spartan basketball and the Tom Izzo Show during the winter.

ESPN 100.9-FM also is proud to introduce the Saginaw Valley League Game of the Week. Both WLUN and WNEM will air play-by-play of the league's top game, produced by WLUN, followed by WNEM's Friday Night Lights radio post-game show, featuring updates and analysis from games across the region. Terry Wilczek, who led Midland High to the state championship game last season, will be joined by Dan Hasty on the lead broadcast team. As the official radio partner of the Saginaw Valley League, ESPN 100.9-FM will donate a percentage of advertising revenue to the SVL. During the winter, ESPN 100.9-FM and Newsradio 1250 WNEM will air play-by-play coverage of SVL boys and girls' basketball.

Advertising opportunities are available for ESPN 100.9-FM's Fall Football programming lineup. Lance LeFevre, WLUN's Sales Director, is accepting sales inquiries at 989-837-6127 or at llefevre@loons.com.

"Advertising during our Fall Football programming is the best way for companies to reach their key demographics and show support for their community," LeFevre said. "A percentage of sales for all Saginaw Valley League games goes back directly into the league."

ESPN 100.9-FM also is proud to announce the hiring of Jerry O'Donnell as the station's Director of Operations. O'Donnell brings nearly three decades of radio broadcasting and management experience to the station. He most recently worked as a news producer at WNEM-TV and will continue to host his morning show on Newsradio 1250 WNEM and serve as the public address announcer at Dow Diamond for Great Lakes Loons home games. O'Donnell joins LeFevre and Program Director Brad Golder on the station's management team.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 11, 2008



Saginaw News:

The much-hyped transition from analog to digital television is six months away. The congressionally mandated transition requires all full-power television stations to broadcast only in a digital format starting in mid-February. Anyone with a non-digital television who uses an antenna will need a converter box. "A lot of households still have a television with rabbit ears or an antenna in their basement or garage, but people forget about those," said Mike Tamme, Channel 5, WNEM, chief engineer... Station fields calls from concerned TV viewers about analog-to-digital changeover (Mon, 8/11)

When it comes to television, Philip L. Hammis has seen it all. The 73-year-old Saginaw resident has owned and operated Television Village, now at 3165 Shattuck in Saginaw Township, for 41 years. He's still doing the same work -- selling and servicing televisions -- even though the electronics themselves have evolved constantly... Digital conversion excites 41-year TV repairman from Saginaw (Mon, 8/11)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Rich Michaels - long one of Lansing's best-known disc jockeys - today began a five-day suspension. Brent Alberts, the operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting, said only that the suspension was for "personal comments" Michaels made on the air Monday. He did not elaborate, and Michaels couldn't be reached for comment. Michaels is the morning DJ on WMMQ (94.1-FM). Alberts said the suspension was given Tuesday afternoon; the station aired a general apology, and Michaels will return to the air Aug. 20. DJ on WMMQ (94.1-FM) suspended (Wed, 8/13)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 15, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Adela Uchida is heading to Houston, after a decade of anchoring at WILX (Channel 10). "She's a great talent and a great person," said Kevin Ragan, the WILX news director. "She's grown in every job she's had here." Uchida currently anchors at 6 p.m. with David Andrews and at 11 p.m. with Jason Colthorp. She'll have her last local broadcast on Sept. 5, leaving to anchor at KRTK-TV, the ABC-owned station in Houston... WILX anchor Uchida heads for Houston (Thu, 8/14)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 18, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

For Adela Uchida, the trade-off is clear. "I'm trading brutal winters for brutal summers," she said. At least her timing is right. Her last day anchoring the WILX (Channel 10) news is Sept. 5; her first day at KRTK-TV - the ABC-owned station in Houston - is Sept. 22, maybe after the summer heat has relented a bit. For Uchida, 36, this is a huge jump in audience size: Houston is the No. 10 TV market, Lansing is No. 112. But it involves leaving what's been her home for a decade. "I start tearing up when I think about it," she said. This is where she met her husband, had her baby, bought her house. It's where she interviewed Barack Obama and prepared to run a marathon... Uchida's move a trade-off in seasons (Mon, 8/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2008




WJKN To Flip: SAU RADIO Christian Rock WJKN (89.3 THE VIBE)/JACKSON, MI will flip to Christian Soft AC/Talk & Teaching format on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th. The new format will be known as "89.3 THE MESSAGE." The station began stunting on MONDAY (8/25). The station's HOME.FM network will remain the same with a mixture of mainstream and Christian music. "It's our goal to fill a void for any potential listeners in the area," said GM MALACHI CRANE. "The change will be pretty dramatic with a complete overhaul of programming and branding of the station. Everything from the name to the on-air content of the station will change." THE MESSAGE will feature music in the morning with talk and teaching programming throughout the afternoon. The morning show will be hosted by RACHEL RYDER. Other programs will include GREG LAURIE's "A New Beginning," CROWN FINANCIAL's "Moneylife" and "Homeward" from JIM BURNS. (Tue, 8/26)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 29, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Tim Barron will be back on the air Tuesday. That means Frederick Sparrow is out of the race for the Delhi Township board. The two are, after all, the same person. Barron - that's been his professional name for decades - has been one of the best-known people in local radio, with a deep baritone voice. On Tuesday, he'll take over the morning show (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays) on WQTX (92.1 FM). "We're going to have everything 100 percent under my control," he said. He'll be able to choose the music (classic rock), the sidekicks and how much talking to do, he said... Back on air, radio DJ out of Delhi race (Fri, 8/29)







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