Mid-Michigan: December 2008 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 2, 2008



WHTV Lansing/Jackson turns off analog transmitter for good

WHTV, the MyNetwork TV affiliate for Lansing and Jackson, turned off it's analog transmitter yesterday and becomes another early convert to digital-only broadcasting. The station is using Channel 34 for its digital broadcasts which are remapped to Channel 18 on digital receivers.

Other Michigan TV stations that have made the switch to digital-only broadcasting ahead of the mandated February 17, 2009 switchover include WFUM TV Flint and WLLA TV Kalamazoo.



WQTX Lansing flips from oldies to classic hits

Mid-Michigan Radio Group's WQTX FM 92.1 segued from oldies to classic hits yesterday, switching its moniker from Oldies 92.1 to 92-X in the process. The station's on-air lineup remains anchored by Tim Barron in morning drive and will continue to air coverage of Lansing Lugnut baseball and University of Michigan football and basketball.




WGER Announces New Lineup: As previously mentioned on ALL ACCESS, (NET NEWS 11/18), NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI announces its new lineup welcoming the nationally syndicated KIDD KRADDICK for mornings. Part-timer LOGAN NICHOLS will produce the show locally. Market veteran SCOTT SHANNON (a.k.a SCOTT SIEPEL) returns from his radio witness program in PEORIA for afternoons, replacing PD LAUREN DAVIS, who moves to middays. (Tue, 12/2)



Flint Journal:

Celebrity treatment, dreamy-eyed girls, blogs about his reporting style -- it's not the life Derek Van Dam had in mid-Michigan. But the former WEYI (Channel 25) weather forecaster is dealing with the instant fame that comes from being one of the head guys at an international news channel in South Africa. Seven months ago, Van Dam made what seemed like a drastic life change: He decided to pick up and move to Cape Town to become chief meteorologist at eTV News -- South Africa's first 24-hour news channel. It has more than 15 million viewers... Derek Van Dam, eTV's sexy weather forecaster, now predicting the weather in South Africa (Tue, 12/2)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 5, 2008




The needs are greater than ever and growing day by day across mid-Michigan. You have seen it reported in newspapers, on radio and television stations. Charities are struggling to meet the ever growing needs of people, right here in our community. In an effort to help 19 mid-Michigan charity organizations, WLNS will dedicate most of the station's resources on Thursday, December 11th, from 11AM to 8PM, to provide viewers an opportunity to GIVE. TV 6 will be joined this year by WJXQ - Q106 radio in broadcasting information related to the needs of local charity organizations and the people they serve. Volunteers will accept donations at the WLNS TV 6 Studios, 2820 East Saginaw Street in Lansing, and at Allegiance Health (formerly Foote Hospital) 205 North East Avenue in Jackson... WLNS TV 6 Day of Giving (Fri, 12/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 8, 2008



ESPN 100.9 thinking baseball

ESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN Pinconning will present five and a half hours of coverage of the 2008 Baseball Winter Meetings from the Las Vegas Convention Center this week Monday through Thursday. Coverage will begin Monday from 6:30-7pm immediately following Northwood Basketball Weekly, then continue Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-8pm and Thursday from 6-7pm. Loons' play-by-play broadcaster Brad Golder will anchor the program.

The show will feature interviews with some of the top names in baseball plus insight and analysis on all key developments at the annual gathering of Major League Baseball's top decision makers, from trades to free agent signings.

This week WLUN also will feature two high school basketball games in the station's continuing coverage of Saginaw Valley League basketball, presented by St. Mary's of Michigan. On Thursday, Bay City Central battles the Dow Chargers in girl's basketball with coverage beginning at 7:30pm. Friday marks the start of ESPN 100.9-FM's boy's basketball coverage, with Saginaw High, the two-time defending state champion, facing the Heritage Hawks.



Flint Journal:

Nearly every Michigan citizen knows that Digital TV is coming on Feb. 17, 2009 as all television stations nationally will switch from analog to digital format on that day. However, only about half of the people who have an older, analog TV and do not subscribe to a cable or satellite service have a plan to convert their TVs to digital. Before winter really sets in, we have to set up a plan to switch. I recently conducted a survey of Michigan viewers to determine their readiness for DTV in association with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. We found that everyone knows that DTV is coming, but only about half of the over-the-air viewers are moving toward transitioning... Half of us are not ready for digital TV conversion; Here's some tips on how to get ready (Mon, 12/8)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 9, 2008



Flint Journal:

The changes continued today for the Flint Generals as the International Hockey League club fired director of media relations and broadcasting Denis J. Puska. With attendance at an all-time low for Flint pro hockey, the Generals also have decided to no longer broadcast home games on the radio (WFNT AM 1470). Broadcasts from road games will continue and the club's weekly radio show will likely be revamped, according to head coach Bobby Reynolds... Flint Generals fire broadcaster, will no longer air home games on the radio (Mon, 12/8)




Eugene Brown Exits WTLZ: EUGENE BROWN, PD of Urban AC WTLZ (HOT 107)/SAGINAW, MI, has exited. No replacement has been named at this time. Current night personality/MD DANTA TOUSSAINT will assume the interim PD duties until a permanent replacement is named. (Tue, 12/9)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 12, 2008



Broadcasting & Cable:

A retransmission consent contract between Young Broadcasting and satellite provider Dish Network has expired, knocking 10 Young stations off the air for Dish subscribers. The Young stations include KRON San Francisco, (WLNS Lansing), WTEN Albany and WRIC Richmond. WRIC put it this way: "Unfortunately DISH has chosen to drop WRIC-TV8. We tried to for several months to reach a fair agreement that does not discriminate against this station. We will continue to seek a fair and reasonable agreement with DISH... Retrans Row Knocks 10 Young Stations Off Dish (Fri, 12/12)

From WLNS: WLNS's effort to reach a new agreement with DISH was unsuccessful. DISH has dropped WLNS-TV6 effective December 11, 2009 at 7pm. You can continue to receive WLNS-TV6 free over the air from the station, on satellite with DIRECTV, your local cable or telephone provider. We regret the inconvenience that DISH may cause you. DISH's contract with WLNS TV 6 was originally set to expire on December 10, 2008. WLNS TV offered a short extension of the contract to allow more time to reach an agreement with DISH. For the past several months our company has attempted to reach a new agreement with DISH. Unfortunately DISH has elected not to accept our proposal... Dish Network Drops WLNS TV6


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2008



WLNS Lansing notifies viewers of pending temporary reduction to digital signal

As part of WLNS-TVs transition from analog to digital broadcasting, on or around January 5, 2009, the station, which is licensed to Lansing, Michigan, will temporarily reduce the power and coverage of its digital signal. This is necessary so the station can continue construction of its digital facility.

Because of this reduced power, some viewers who have been watching WLNS's digital signal over the air may no longer be able to see it after January 5th. These viewers can still watch WLNS over the air by tuning to Channel 6 and watching the station's analog signal until February 18 when all stations will transition to digital broadcasting. Viewers may also access WLNS's programming by subscribing to a cable or satellite television service. WLNS's digital signal will not resume full power and coverage until several weeks after February 18.



Former Mid-Michigan radio engineer dies

Douglas William Schoeffler, 50, of Spartanburg, South Carolina (previously of Almont) went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 4, 2008 after battling melanoma cancer. He was born in Detroit on September 21, 1958 and grew up in St. Clair Shores graduating from Lake Shore High School in 1976. He received a degree in Electronics from ICS in Pennsylvania.

Doug enjoyed music. He played the guitar, electric guitar, and bass, but he mostly loved to play the banjo. Doug was unique in the fact that he enjoyed riding a unicycle. He was also a former member of the Almont Jaycees.

Doug was employed at Echo-Star (Dish Network) in South Carolina as a high-level maintenance technician in Echo-Star's Spartanburg receiver plant. When he was in Michigan he worked for Covenant Communications in which he would install the transmitter equipment into local radio stations. He has done work for 103.1 FM (WWGZ), AM 1530 (WLSP), 98.9 FM (WOWE), 88.3 (WNFA) and 90.7 FM (WNFR). He also volunteered his time at Smile FM pledge drives and Compassion International tables at Christian concerts. He had a great love for Compassion International in which he supported several children in other countries.

Doug is survived by his parents, Charles and Irmgard Schoeffler of Almont; brother, Robert S. Schoeffler of Richmond, Indiana; sister, Iris (Eric) Johnson of Columbiaville; 3 nieces, Robin Schoeffler, Rae Anne Schoeffler, Charlene Johnson; 2 nephews, Robert C. Schoeffler, Andrew Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International and Samaritan's Purse.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 8, 2008 at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, Warren. Reverend Fred R. Leuck of Thornville Baptist Church officiated. Doug was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 14, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

While this isn't exactly the time of year to be playing golf in Michigan, reading about it can still be quite entertaining. "Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects" by Michael Patrick Shiels and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (Skyhorse Publishing, $40) is a deluxe, coffee--table book that's ideal for serious golf lovers. Although it basically offers viewpoints of 118 different members of the society, it showcases quite a variety of insights; it's officially subtitled "The Creation of the World's Greatest Golf Courses in the Words and Images of History's Master Designers." Providing behind-the- scenes tales from America's best golf course designers, Shiels presents a unique collection that fills a real niche. It includes brief comments and interviews with many well-known individuals, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Jr... Local radio DJ takes us on golf-course tour in 'Secrets' (Sun, 12/14)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2008



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

For months people have watched ads on TV reminding them to prepare for the switch to digital TV. At 6:08 p.m. Thursday their TVs will tell them if they are ready or not. "This is actually a call to action for those who have not done something," said Mary Epps, DTV coordinator for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "We really are pressing people." Most TV stations are already sending out two signals: the traditional analog signal and the new digital signal. Thursday, they will interrupt regular programming to test the system... Area stations to test for DTV transition Thursday (Tue, 12/16)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

With two months to go until television stations across the country are required to turn off their analog signals, local stations are stepping up efforts to help viewers into the digital age. The Lansing region's six broadcast TV stations at 6:08 p.m. Thursday will simultaneously interrupt programming to test whether viewers' sets can receive their new digital signals. Viewers will see a graphic indicating whether their TV sets are ready for digital. "We're trying to reach as many viewers as we can at one time," said Mike King, general manager of WILX-TV. WILX, WLAJ, WLNS, WHTV, WSYM and WKAR all will run the test. The stations are expected to repeat it in January... TV stations in area to test digital signal (Wed, 12/17)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2008



Flint Journal:

Once again the sounds of the holidays will ring through The Whiting and be broadcast live on WJRT (Channel 12) as the 24th annual Holiday Pops comes to life. The music of the Flint Symphony Orchestra led by maestro Enrique Diemecke will combine with the voices of the Flint Festival Chorus and the Flint Festival Youth Chorus with directors Bradley Bloom and Sylvia Pittman ... The first hour of the concert will air live on WJRT (Channel 12) and digital channels 246 (Comcast) and 430 (Charter). Channel 12 anchors Bill Harris and Angie Hendershot will host the program, including a second hour which is not shown on television. The program, which is co-sponsored by The Flint Journal, will repeat on the ABC affiliate channels at noon on Christmas day. Michigan PBS stations also will repeat the broadcast: Flint's WFUM at 9 p.m. Christmas eve. On Dec. 25, WKAR/Lansing and WGVU/Grand Rapids will show the program at noon, WTVS/Detroit at 4 p.m. and WCMU/Mount Pleasant at 8 p.m... Holiday Pops ring in holidays with 24th annual performance (Thu, 12/18)



Saginaw News:

Did your television pass the test? Saginaw, Bay City and Flint network TV station affiliates voluntarily and temporarily shut down analog service at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday to simulate the Feb. 17 changeover to all digital television. It was only a test. "We've got individuals out there with the conventional televisions ... who may or may have not realized the changeover is coming," said Jon Bengston, 57, operations and technical manager for Channel 25, WEYI in Clio. "We want to make sure they are prompted far enough in advance to be able to take advantage of the federally supported coupon process to get decoder boxes." Some residents must purchase digital television converter boxes before Feb. 17, unless they prefer looking at snowy screens reminiscent of the 1982 "Poltergeist" movie... Broadcast station issue a test that TV viewers won't want to fail (Thu, 12/18)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 19, 2008



Banana 101.5 PD Brian Beddow exits

Brian Beddow is apparently a victim of budget cuts at Regent active rock WWBN-FM 101.5 Flint and he has exited as the station's program director. Beddow spent 10 years with WWBN, taking it from a 10th place out of market signal to a 3rd place Radio & Records Active Rock Station of the Year as recently as 2007.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2008



Press & Argus / LivingstonDaily.com:

It seems that everybody has their own television channel these days. With the advent of digital cable and satellite TV, new channels seemingly spring up daily and programming options are endless. The NFL, NBA and NHL all have their own channels, and Major League Baseball will launch its own network Thursday. One team, the New York Yankees, has its own network. The Big Ten took a bold step last year when it became the first college conference to launch its own network. It's only fitting then that those trends trickle down to high school sports. After all, there are more athletes participating in high school athletics across the country than in all the collegiate and professional leagues combined. That's why the Michigan High School Athletic Association enlisted the services of a company called When We Were Young Productions earlier this year. The company, headquartered in Wisconsin but with a Michigan branch based in Hartland, produces high school sporting events for broadcast on television and the Internet... Hartland firm a prep TV hub -- When We Were Young, MHSAA to produce broadcasts (Sun, 12/28)

When We Were Young Productions Michigan is attempting to turn everyday high school sporting events into sleek television broadcasts. So, how, exactly does it happen? For a single camera shoot, When We Were Young ships the equipment to the freelance camera operator. At the game, he or she shoots a variety of footage, including what's called "B roll," or generic shots to use at various times during opening or closing comments by the announcer. The camera operator also shoots the open, the close and sometimes an interview with a coach or player. Then, they ship the tapes back to When We Were Young's Hartland office... From raw feed to broadcast -- Turning a one-camera tape to a professional-looking game (Sun, 12/28)







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