Mid-Michigan: November 2008 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 1, 2008



Flint Journal:

1953 was a big year for Flint-based radio station WFDF-AM (910). In the wake of the deadly Beecher tornado in June, the station was feeding news coverage to the national networks. It changed its own network affiliation from ABC to the then-more-prestigious NBC. And in August, while the tornado damage was still evident, WFDF added a new local personality to its daytime schedule. Betty Monas, a native of Flint's sister city of Hamilton, Ontario, began hosting "Listen Ladies," a five-minute, early-afternoon household hints show tailored to homemakers. But you remember her as Betty Clarke... Betty Clarke's radio show on WFDF-AM remembered (Sat, 11/1)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2008



Flint Journal:

You've likely heard about digital TV transition coming in February 2009. But do you know about Nov. 19, 2008? If you're a Michigan Television fan, listen up. WFUM (Channel 28) says it's soon ending its analog broadcast signal and converting early to digital television transmission. If your toddler can't get enough "Sesame Street" and you watch "NOVA" through over-the-air signals (maybe with the help of an antenna or rabbit ears) your picture could be black or snowy on WFUM's station come mid November. Here's what you need to know ... If you're one of the estimated 70,000 in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City television market who still use rabbit ears or an antenna on top of the roof to pick up an analog signal, you need a digital converter box. The converters generally cost between $45 and $80... Digital TV conversion happening now: Big Bird may be out on Flint station by November deadline (Sun, 11/2)



Broadcasting & Cable:

The FCC has denied a request from Fox affiliate WSMH-DT Fint, Mich., for another waiver of the FCC's digital signal-strength test. Satellite operators can import a similar distant DTV-station signal to viewers who cannot receive a sufficiently strong signal from their local affiliate, based on satellite-company testing of those signals. As of Oct. 31, satellite companies could test that strength, and deliver an out-of-market Fox affiliate to viewers in WSMH's market who do not get a sufficiently strong signal from that station. WSMH has already received a waiver based on the fact that it had cross-border coordination issues with Canada, and then asked for an extension. But while that extension was pending, Canada gave its approval, said the FCC. Now, WSMH says it needs to move to a new tower and clear that with Canada as well... FCC Denies Fox Affiliate Waiver for Digital Signal-Strength Test (Mon, 11/3)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



ESPN 100.9 FM to present high school playoff tripleheader

High school football fans rejoice! ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN, will present a tripleheader of high school football regional playoff action this weekend. Additionally, all three games will be simulcast on WNEM Newradio 1250.

Coverage is scheduled to begin Friday night, Nov 14th, at 6:30pm, live from Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw where the undefeated Panthers host the 9-2 Bulldogs of St. Charles. Dan Hasty and Coach Terry Wilczek will call the action live from Boyd Field, plus Brad Golder and Justin Davis will provide live updates from the Freeland Falcons' matchup with Ovid-Elsie. Following the game, Wes Goheen and Steve Duncan will anchor coverage of Friday Night Lights, live from the studios of WNEM Newradio 1250.

Saturday's games feature a pair of local teams. Coverage is scheduled to start at 1:30pm as the 9-2 John Glenn Bobcats travel across the state to battle the 10-1 East Grand Rapids Panthers. Golder and Wilczek will provide the live play-by-play coverage, with scoreboard updates from Standish-Sterling versus Gladstone, Bay City All Saints versus Frankfort and Deckerville versus Beal City.

Later on Saturday, Midland High (10-1) plays host to Davison (8-3) in a rematch of last year's 7-3 Chemic win. Hasty and Wilczek will call the action at our featured Saginaw Valley League Playoff Game of the Week.

Following the Midland/Davison game, Goheen and Duncan will anchor a Saturday edition of Friday Night Lights, with scores and analysis of all the weekend's regional matchups.

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


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 13, 2008




MacDonald Names Jim Kramer Interim OM For Saginaw: MACDONALD BROADCASTING/SAGINAW has named 20-year company veteran JIM KRAMER, as Interim OM. KRAMER is the PD/morning personality for Country WKCQ and will oversee the other two stations in the cluster, Soft AC WSAG and Jack-FM WMJO. He replaces MIKE SCOT, who exited earlier this year. (Thu, 11/13)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 18, 2008



MSU Today:

These days, listening to a radio station from anywhere in the world is as easy as turning on your computer. But imagine WKAR station manager Curt Gilleo's surprise when he received e-mails from two listeners in the country of Norway who wanted to confirm they heard WKAR AM over the air. It was about two weeks ago that O.J. Sagdahl and Bjarne Mjelde, radio enthusiasts in Trandheim, Norway, were monitoring the airwaves and heard the following in their headphones: "From Michigan State University, AM 870 WKAR, East Lansing." Sagdahl and Mjelde are what are known as a DXers, or, long-distance listeners. They are among thousands of people around the world whose hobby is trying to pick up long-distance radio stations... Long-distance listening: Norwegians pick up WKAR over-air signal (Tue, 11/18)




Jim Johnson Exits WGER: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI morning man JIM JOHNSON exits due to budget cuts. Look for a new MAGIC 106.3 line-up to be announced on MONDAY (12/1). WGER PD LAUREN DAVIS tells ALL ACCESS, "JIM ran a quality show, he is a great guy to work with, and I am positive he will land well. He has earned my respect and my kudos for a job well done at MAGIC." (Tue, 11/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2008



Tri-Cities WHNN flips for Christmas

Citadel Classic Hits WHNN FM 96.1 made its annual move to full-time holiday song programming on Monday at 6am during Johnny Burke's morning show. WHNN becomes at least the fourth Michigan station to switch to all-Christmas since November 1st, joining WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit and both WOOD-FM 105.7 and WLHT FM 95.7 Grand Rapids.



Michigan Television's WFUM Flint turns off analog transmiiter

Today marked the end of an era at WFUM TV 28 in Flint as the station became the first public TV station in Michigan to turn off its analog transmitter forever as part of the federally-mandated switchover to digital broadcasting. For at least the next couple of days, WFUM will only be available to cable subscribers as it has also shut down the digital transmitter that had been operating on Ch. 52 so that the station can return to the air on channel 28 with its finalized digital facilities.

Once over-the-air broadcasts resume, viewers wishing to watch Michigan Television via an antenna will either need a television capable of receiving the digital signal or a digital-to-analog converter box.

More details on the station's early switch over is available at www.michigantelevision.org/.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 23, 2008



Saginaw News:

Christmas is approaching fast. Just turn on your radio to hear the proof jingling through your speakers. Adult contemporary station WSAG-FM, 104.1, started its Yuletide transmissions early, broadcasting Christmas carols beginning Nov. 1. "We've started early the last couple years," said Jim Kramer, operations manager for MacDonald Broadcasting Co., 2000 Whittier in Saginaw. "Listeners love it, it gets them in the mood, gets them going early. With the economy the way it is, they need a little pick me up. What picks you up better than a Christmas song?" ... Monday, WHNN-FM, 96.1, also started filling the airwaves with mirth-filled tunes. "Last year we did it earlier," said Scott A. Stine, WHNN program director. "We go with when it feels right." Stine cited frequent callers and a Web site poll as signals that it was time to crank out the carols. "It sways your decision when you know the listeners want it," he said. The oldies station will keep things fresh over the next two months by starting with classics before expanding into newer territory, Stine said ... One station not yet partaking in the holiday ditties is WGER-FM, 106.3, which has played holiday music through the season in past years, launching its Christmas format as early as Nov. 1 in 2007. "WGER has followed its own path this year," said Lauren Davis, program director. "We've forged a new direction free from the myriad of vanilla Christmas choices." That isn't to say the adult-contemporary station on Tittabawassee near Interstate 675 doesn't have a surprise in store, she added. "We are counting our way down to Dec. 1, when we will have something new to announce," Davis said... Need the spirit of the season? Saginaw radio stations have begun holiday programming (Sun, 11/23)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 29, 2008



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

WLNS-TV launched its fifth-annual "Happy Holidays for Highfields Kids" on Thursday. The annual drive, benefiting hundreds of kids served by Highfields' community services programs, lets area residents make a difference by donating new unwrapped toys, books and clothes. With the help of WLNS-TV 6 and seven Ford dealerships, Highfields is accepting gifts for children ages infant to 18 living in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Jackson counties. Gifts can be dropped off through Dec. 18... WLNS-TV launches fifth-annual Highfields drive (Sat, 11/29)







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