Mid-Michigan: October 2008 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2008



Flint signs on for Free Beer & Hot Wings

Active rocker WWBN-FM 101.5 has jettisoned the Indianapolis-based Bob & Tom Show from its morning lineup and replaced it with the Grand Rapids-based Free Beer & Hot Wings Show, which is syndicated from Regent sister station WGRD-FM. WWBN becomes FB&HW's second Michigan station.

The show is hosted by Gregg Daniels (Free Beer) Chris Michels (Hot Wings) with Eric Zane and Joe Gassman, Jr.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 6, 2008



WLAJ Evening News expands to hour

Freedom Broadcasting has announced that ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV is extending its 6pm newscast to a full hour of local news coverage. Starting tonight, Oct. 6, ABC 3 News will air at 6-7 p.m. every weekday followed by World News with Charles Gibson at 7 p.m with Millionaire airing at 7:30 p.m.

"This move reflects the lifestyle changes for our viewers, and will give them better news options throughout their evenings." says Jim Lutton, WLAJ vice president-general manager.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase the WLAJ news team in a time period where Lansing area viewers will have the only opportunity to see local news and weather that affects them." says Cathy Younkin, WLAJ news director.



Flint Journal:

If you're of a certain age and wonder whatever happened to the quaint local TV programming of your youth, part of the answer may be that its time simply ran out. Part of the deal that allowed WJRT-TV (Channel 12) to go on the air 50 years ago -- at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, 1958 -- was a 10-year commitment by the station to air several hours of locally produced programming each day. That led to homegrown shows such as "Mr. Magic," "Bozo's Big Top," "Colonel Gyro from Outer Space," "Romper Room with Miss Margie" and "Theatre of Thrills" with host "Christopher Coffin." In fact, original staffer Lytle Hoover said that in 1958, it took 55 hours of live programming each week to fill in around ABC's network shows... Local, live programs once filled the airwaves (Sat, 10/4)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2008




Lisa D'Angelo Exits WGER: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI midday talent LISA D'ANGELO exits. No replacement has been named at this time. (Tue, 10/7)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 13, 2008



WNEM radio hires new announcer/producer

WNEM, News Radio 1250, welcomes Steve Duncan to as its newest announcer/producer. Steve, who is a Mid Michigan native, will be trained to handle all news and sports related functions at WNEM. Steve has an interesting history: even though he has never worked in radio, he set up his own internet radio station to broadcast Birch Run HS football games.

Bay City Times:

As it turns out, it may have been a good thing that Jack Fischer missed Sunday's television broadcast of the Lions game. The Minnesota Vikings beat Detroit 12-10 on a last-second field goal. But Fischer, 69, of Au Gres, was surprised when he turned on the game - broadcast on WSMH Fox 66 out of Flint - and saw a 'no-service' message. "I thought the game may have been blacked out, but then I remembered they were playing in Minnesota," said Fischer. "Then it dawned on me that I had (Fox 66) on the other day and it said 'no service.' Fischer's neighbor concurred that he, too, had been without the station since Friday. "We thought maybe they had pulled it off the air," said Fischer, who uses a large antenna to tune into Fox 66. He wondered if his lack of service had anything to do with the Feb. 17, 2009, conversion to digital television. Turns out, it was neither. A spokeswoman for Fox 66 to The Times this morning that the station's analog transmitter went down on Friday and remains down today. She said the station hopes to restore service sometime today... Fox 66 analog service being repaired (Mon, 10/13)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Forty years ago, radio show host Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes helped a local radio station reach out to an untapped market - the Lansing area's Hispanic population. Cervantes, along with five others at Michigan State University public broadcasting station WKAR, launched a Spanish-language radio show in 1968 that is still going strong as it enters its fifth decade. Cervantes is the host. "It was basically an underserved market," Station Manager Curt Gilleo said. "There was a traditional Spanish-speaking population in the Lansing area and they didn't have any radio programs to listen to." As it enters its fourth decade, "Ondas en Espanol" reaches a daily audience of 500 to 1,000 people in a 60-mile radius, Gilleo said... Spanish language radio show going strong since 1968 (Tue, 10/14)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2008



MSU Today podcast features info about Big Ten Network

From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Jim Peck is Michigan State's executive producer of non-athletic MSU Today programming for the Big Ten Network. Peck talks about the the mission of the programming he produces and what he hopes viewers take away from it.

"The show goes where MSU is," Peck says. "We try to tell the great world of stories that have to do with MSU and let people know about all the cool things going on here."

Peck also talks about the challenges and opportunities facing the television industry and predicts where TV is headed in the future as it continues to converge with the computer. And he offers his advice for young people who want to get into the business.

Hear the conversation here: spartanpodcast.com/?p=476.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2008



Ann Arbor Radio to host November Career Fair

As a pillar of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Radio is dedicated to it's listeners as well as branding and building businesses in the area. A healthy business always has quality employees. In that spirit, Ann Arbor Radio has planned to hold its first ever Career Fair - Wednesday November 19th at the Four Points Sheraton located at 3200 Boardwalk in Ann Arbor. The Career Fair will be open to the public from 12 noon to 7pm.

Employers: If you're looking for qualified employees, you should know that Ann Arbor Radio reaches more than 250,000 people every week and the event is expected to attract hundreds of listeners looking to change careers or are seeking new careers and networking opportunities at this event. The Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair is open to ALL employers in the area, and booth space is limited. To reserve your space, call Ann Arbor Radio at (734) 302-8100 or email Doug Gondek for more info at doug.gondek@cumulus.com.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008



CMU accepting applications for Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship

High school students with a knack for journalism have the opportunity to use their skills to help fund their college education thanks to a Central Michigan University scholarship totaling nearly $80,000. Applications are being accepted for CMU's 2009 Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship, which provides four years of full tuition, as well as supplementary awards to cover room and board expenses.

Named for 1960 CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker, who worked for all three major television networks and earned two Emmy awards, the scholarship is awarded to a high school journalist who demonstrates leadership, journalistic skills and a commitment to promoting minority excellence in the media.

"At a time when being able to afford a college education is becoming more and more of a luxury for the average family, the Lem Tucker scholarship truly is a blessing," said 2005 recipient Kameel Stanley, who interned with The Washington Post in summer 2008. "It's been a springboard for my career in journalism while simultaneously lifting a huge financial burden off my shoulders. I would encourage any student who has an interest in journalism to apply for this scholarship."

Applicants for the 13th annual scholarship must complete an official application; write an essay and cover letter; and provide a letter of reference, samples of journalistic work, and academic transcripts and college-entrance test scores. Scholarship applicants must apply for admission to CMU at apply.cmich.edu before applying for the scholarship. Complete instructions and the scholarship application are online at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker/scholarship.html.

Application materials are due Nov. 30. Preference is given to Michigan residents.

The Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship recipient will be honored during a May 14, 2009, gala event at The Atheneum Hotel in Detroit. Past keynote speakers for the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Media Leadership Speaker Series event have included Ed Bradley, Robin Roberts, James Earl Jones and Soledad O'Brien.

For more information regarding the scholarship or the event, call CMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts at 989-774-1885 or visit www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker.



ESPN 100.9 hosting Huge RivalryFest 2008 in Midland

The state's biggest college football rivalry will be celebrated this Saturday at Dow Diamond in Midland. Fans of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are encouraged to come out to Dow Diamond for the Huge RivalryFest 2008, presented by ESPN 100.9-FM, The Huge Show, and The Dow Chemical Company. As the Spartans battle the Wolverines, the game will be shown on the stadium's video board beyond the right field wall, and on numerous flat-screen monitors throughout the venue.

The Huge RivalryFest will feature a series of tailgate-style games, such as Ladder Ball, and in-game promotions and events. The Midland Community Center will provide inflatable games for kids, in addition to Dow Diamond's Lou E's Lookout kids area, presented by MidMichigan Health. Great Lakes Loons mascot Lou E. Loon will also make an appearance at the ballpark.

The stadium's concession stands will be open, including several beer carts. The Huge RivalryFest 2008 will be held at Dow Diamond rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. With kickoff scheduled for 3:30pm, gates at Dow Diamond will open at 2:30pm.

Bill Simonson, host of the Huge Show, will serve as a host for the event. Beginning at 2pm, he will host a special 30-minute edition of The Huge Show live from Dow Diamond on ESPN 100.9-FM. Following the special Huge Show broadcast, the station will carry the Michigan State network pregame show, followed by the game's play-by-play. Simonson will also host live pregame and halftime shows on the stadium's huge video board.

Dow Diamond is a 5,200-seat venue that serves as the home ballpark for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team (Single-A, Midwest League) and as a special events facility. The facility opened in April 2007 and served as the host site for the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 29, 2008



WLUN kicks off High School Playoff coverage

High school football playoffs are here, and ESPN 100.9-FM will start its five-week march to Ford Field with a pair of games Halloween weekend. Coverage begins Friday, October 31 at 6pm with a special High School Football Preview Show, hosted by Brad Golder, live from Bay City Western High School in Auburn. Our panel of experts will preview all the weekend matchups, including Western's rematch against Traverse City Central, the only school to hand the Warriors a defeat in 2008.

Then at 6:30pm, coverage shifts to Midland Community Stadium, where the Chemics take on Saginaw Arthur Hill. Dan Hasty and Terry Wilczek will provide live play-by-play coverage of the Saginaw Valley League matchup, with live updates from the Bay City Western-Traverse City Central game. The game will be followed by WNEM's Friday Night Lights post-game show.

Live play-by-play coverage continues on ESPN 100.9-FM Saturday, November 1 from John Glenn High School in Bangor Township as the Bobcats face Escanaba. Coverage begins at 4pm, immediately following the Michigan State-Wisconsin game.

For more information on ESPN 100.9-FM's high school football coverage, visit Espn1009.com.







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