Mike Austerman: June 2008 Archives

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioSports WXYT-FM has a great opportunity for a special night this week with the broadcast of the remaining game(s) of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Wings will have their first chance to capture their 11th Stanley Cup at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow evening, a great treat for broadcasters Ken Kal and Paul Woods. Although the days of having the TV and radio broadcast in sync are pretty much over, do yourself a favor and tune in to the local guys doing the call of the game even if you're watching on TV. While hall-of-famer Mike 'Doc' Emrick does an outstanding job for NBC and Versus, getting some home cooking is the way to go, especially for extra special games. If you're not able to catch the WXYT broadcast over the air, XM satellite radio will continue to carry the 'XYT feed for the rest of the Finals.

If you're looking for unapologetic home enthusiasm after the Red Wings play, be sure to tune in to Art Regner on SportsRadio 1130 WDFN. As host of the station's long-running Ice Time, it's hard to find anyone that can express the feelings of the fans - from frustration over losses to exuberance over wins. If the Wings do clinch the Cup this week, Art's postgame will be radio gold.

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The first ratings trend of the spring found four stations within .1 of each other at the top of the 12+ numbers. Hits WKQI Channel 95.5 and Newsradio WWJ 950 shared the top spot with a 5.5, followed closely by urban WJLB FM 98 and News-Talk WJR 760 with 5.4. The top station in the winter book, adult urban Mix 92.3 WMXD fell off to fifth place overall with a 5.2.

Country WYCD 99.5 surged back into the top 10 stations, likely helped by the attention leading up to last month's Downtown Hoedown. WXYT also enjoyed a big boost as listeners seem to respond to the station's emphasis on call-driven shows as well as the start of baseball season and the Red Wings' playoff run.

The second spring trend will be released toward the end of June with the full spring book due out in July.

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Home improvement guru Murray Gula hosted his last program yesterday after a year at WDFN. Gula and the Clear Channel-owned station couldn't come to terms on a new contract, putting Gula in search of another home for his weekend radio efforts. Fans of Gula can still catch him as a guest on Bob Allison's "Ask Your Neighbor" on WNZK AM 690 each Friday from 10:30 - 11 am. The "Lunchtime with Murray" web cast will also continue on Channel 7's web site, www.wxyz.com, each Thursday at noon. Gula reports that the Channel 7 web show is very popular and will stay in place while Gula searches for that new home on the radio dial.

Interest in weekend home improvement programming on the radio appears to have cooled off dramatically from several years ago when the local stations seemed to be fighting over hosts like Gula, Joe Gagnon, Glenn Haege, and Adam Helfman. Now Gagnon is back in Ann Arbor on tiny WAAM focusing primarily on appliances again and Gula is essentially off the radio. Haege maintains a high-profile gig on WJR.

Adam Helfman was kind enough to contact me and correct some information I had wrong at the initial posting of this column. His "Hire It Done" program is heard locally on both WRIF-FM 101.1 and WMGC-FM 105.1 weekend mornings with big plans for a national roll out planned for the 4th quarter of 2008 and early 2009. Additionally, Helfman is doing some home improvement news features FOX2 Saturday Morning news. Find more information at www.hireitdone.com.

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John Moran came from MTV and took over as the Director of Sales for CBS Radio here in Detroit, but now has resigned after just about two weeks on the job. Insiders seem to indicate that a possible reason for the quick about-face was added responsibilities that were not disclosed when he first took the job. The hasty exit also, supposedly, was influenced by his having to dismiss other people to reduce overhead at the company.

Longtime WJR local sales manager, Bob Schick has resurfaced at CBS Radio/Detroit, but not as a replacement for Moran. That job is still open. Perhaps CBS market manager Deb Kenyon should look at a pair who left Radio One recently over budget cuts. Carol Lawrence and Nancy Dymond are available and would do a fine job.

Also exiting WXYT this week was program director Dan Zampillo as he heads to his hometown of Chicago for a great opportunity to take on the role of assistant PD for the legendary WGN AM 720. Operations manager Tom Bigby will likely take over the rest Zampillo's duties. Bob Shomper is WGN's program director.

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Columnist Mike Austerman covered radio for the Oakland Press from September 2001 through April 2008 and can be reached at ontheradio@austerman.com or at PO Box 99392, Troy MI 48099.

 

Interview with Art Vuolo

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InsideRadio.com:

Decades old modus operandi of the typical radio convention attendee remains intact: Stick your head in a session just long enough to be seen, move on to the next room and avoid getting buttonholed by the person you're desperately trying to avoid. Rinse and repeat. Noticeably and uniquely different from that routine is someone who isn't a group head, market manager, programmer, on-air talent or any other form of station employee yet nevertheless possesses an arduous schedule calling for him to be an integral part of approximately eight different annual confabs. Once inside a particular convention session, the man with a seemingly bottomless pit of industry contacts is there to stay. There's no ducking in and out for this individual with a tremendously high profile, fueled in great measure by his instant likeability quotient. Knowledge of Motor City and Michigan radio is encyclopedic for Brooklyn-born Art Vuolo, but expertise of the Vuolo Video Air-Chex creator extends far beyond the Great Lake State's upper and lower peninsulas... Artisan Crafts Valuable Video History (Mon, 6/2)

 

Spartan podcasts feature Ann Thomas, Rich Homberg

From MSU Today on Impact Radio: MSU alumna Ann Thomas is the executive producer of the top-rated Paul W. Smith morning drive radio program on WJR AM 760 Detroit. Ann discusses her award-winning and Internet-based program called Women Who Lead. Ann talks about her own work/life balancing act and reflects on her time at MSU and how it impacted her. She talks about the mission of the Paul W. Smith Show and about the strategy she employs when selecting the segments for the program. And she offers her advice to young people who want to pursue careers in broadcasting. Thomas also talks about the changes she's seen in the radio industry over her 25-plus years at WJR. Hear the conversation at spartanpodcast.com/?p=438.

A conversation with Detroit Public Television president and general manager Rich Homberg from the 2008 Mackinac Policy Conference is featured by Impact Radio. Rich talks about the mission of Detroit Public Television, and he talks about the challenges and opportunities facing both commercial and public television. He also talks about the transition from analog to digital television broadcasts coming in February 2009. Homberg offers his advice to young people who are seeking careers in broadcasting. Hear the conversation at spartanpodcast.com/?p=436.

 

Many Low Income, Elderly, Rural and Disadvantaged Citizens in Danger of Losing Their Television Signals After February 17, 2009

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) President & CEO Karole White was scheduled to tell state lawmakers this morning that tens of thousands of Michigan citizens will lose their television signals after February 17, 2009 as a result of the shift to digital television (DTV) if they do not take action. White will testify before a state house committee.

"We are particularly concerned about 600,000 households in Michigan currently receiving television through rooftop or set top antennas," said White. Many of these citizens are low income, elderly, rural and disadvantaged residents and depend on television for news and emergency information."

Under federal law, all full-power television stations will turn off their traditional analog broadcast signals on February 17, 2009 and broadcast only in the newer digital standard. To receive the digital format, citizens need to either subscribe to cable, satellite or telephone company video services; purchase a new television with a built in digital tuner; or install a converter box on their existing television.

The MAB is concerned that many of the 600,000 over-the-air households will either be unaware of or unable financially to take the steps needed in order to continue to receive television signals when analog broadcasting ceases next February.

"MAB has an aggressive DTV consumer awareness program, but we need help to ensure that no citizen is left behind in the DTV transition," said White.

 

Detroit Free Press:

This time of year, sometimes you have to call on your Black Aces, those healthy scratches who keep themselves ready in case one of the starters go down. That goes for announcers, too: FSN's Ken Daniels was pressed into service on WXYT for Wednesday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals when radio play-by-play man Ken Kal was diagnosed with laryngitis-like symptoms. OK, it actually was laryngitis. Kal could speak but said he didn't think he could work the whole game. "Obviously, I'm disappointed," said Kal, who said he didn't think his illness was related to calling Monday's triple-overtime game. "But on the other hand, if the Wings win the Cup and Daniels gets an opportunity to call it, I'll be happy for him because he's never done it before." Well, the Wings won the Cup, but Daniels didn't do the call. In the last few seconds, he graciously handed the microphone to Kal -- who argued about it, but took the mike. Daniels hadn't told Kal he was going to do it, he just figured it was the right thing... Wings radio announcer benched by laryngitis (Thu, 6/5)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

The owner of NBC-TV affiliate WOOD-TV (Channel 8) and two other West Michigan television stations is demanding cable provider Charter Communications Inc. pay to carry its signals or else pull them off its system at the end of June. The dispute could make it more difficult for thousands of Charter Communications customers in West Michigan to see the Summer Olympic Games, which start Aug. 8, and other NBC programs. Officials from Providence, R.I.-based LIN TV Corp., which also owns ABC-TV affiliate WOTV-TV (Channel 4) and MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP-TV (Channel 18), said the payment demand is not different than Charter's payments to other cable-only channels. All of LIN's stations would be removed from St. Louis-based Charter's system if the dispute is not resolved. Under federal law, Charter can't carry LIN's station signals without a retransmission agreement. Charter's services areas in West Michigan include the Rockford area; much of Ottawa County and most of Allegan County... WOOD-TV demands Charter pay or pull the plug (Fri, 6/6)

 

AllAccess.com:

Cumulus, UM Football Raise Money For Hospitals- Four CUMULUS/ANN ARBOR, MI radio stations will take part in a 12-hour radio-a-thon featuring UNIV. of MICHIGAN coaches, football players, health care experts and patients to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. The participating stations are Sports Talk WTKA-A, Country WWWW, AAA WQKL (107ONEFM) and Progressive Talk WLBY-A to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. As part of the 12-hour radio-a-thon event, head football coach RICH RODRIGUEZ -- along with other MICHIGAN coaches, players and former players -- will be on the air talking about MICHIGAN Football, and raising awareness for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital building project and fund-raising campaign. In 2007, the radio-a-thon helped to raise more than $137,000 for the children's and women's hospitals. (Fri, 6/6)

 

Detroit Free Press:

WCHB-AM (1200) announced a format change, effective Monday, that eliminates its news and sports talk lineup except for its well-rated morning show, helmed by outspoken political commentator Mildred Gaddis. Among the weekday casualties are syndicated shows by Warren Ballentine and Rev. Al Sharpton and local chat fests featuring Detroit-based talkers Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Angelo Henderson, who may be retained for a Sunday-only show, according to station marketing director Kathie Stonehouse. She said the station retained Gaddis -- the only nonmusic show on the station -- because "Mildred Gaddis is an institution. It's an award-winning show." Gaddis is also responsible for the best ratings of WCHB's broadcast day... WCHB trades its talk shows for gospel music (Sat, 6/7)

 


 

Detroit News:

There's more churn in Detroit's radio universe, as WCHB-AM "News Talk 1200" undergoes a programming change. Much-beloved morning host Mildred Gaddis will stay, but other local shows -- including the weekday Parker and the Man and Your Voice with Angelo Henderson -- will be eliminated as the station transitions from talk to a new gospel-music format. The station's new tagline will be "Mildred in the Morning and Inspiration All Day." Parker and the Man, a sports-talk program featuring Detroit News columnist Rob Parker and Real Detroit's Mark Wilson, will vanish starting Monday, when the changes take effect. Also disappearing will be the Rev. Al Sharpton's nationally syndicated show, Keeping It Real... Gaddis survives WCHB shakeup (Sat, 6/7)

 

Michigan Emmy Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the numerous winners of Emmy awards across Michigan. To view the complete list of winners, please click here.

Story from the Detroit Free Press: Freep.com wins 5 Michigan Emmys (Sun, 6/8)

 

WJR's Frank Beckmann hits the greens

The Frank Beckmann Show, heard from 9 - 11:30am on News/Talk WJR AM 760, is touring some of the most prominent golf courses throughout the state of Michigan. On Monday, June 9th the show features the Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood followed by the Country Club of Boyne at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs on Tuesday, June 10th.

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Laura Donahue will be the guest on the "Lynn Rivers Show'' on Monday at 8 a.m. on WEMU (89.1 FM). Donohue, the author of the book "The Cost of Counterterrorism,'' examines what we've gained in terms of national security in return for counterterrorist laws... Author Donahue to be on EMU show (Sun, 6/8)

 

Written by: Art Vuolo

On The RadioWell, your traveling radio reporter is on the road again. This time is was New York City for the Talkers Magazine New Media Seminar.

First of all if you think it's hot in Michigan, try New York when it's 96 degrees. The host hotel at East 57th street and Lexington Avenue was nice. Small, but nice. Although I must say that I was a bit surprised to note that the clock radio's in the rooms had NO AM band on them. They were equipped with a docking port for an iPod but no ability to hear any AM stations. New York has no FM talk stations, so here we are at a talk radio convention and can't hear WABC, WOR or any of the Big Apple news-talk stations. That is why I always travel with my own high-quality AM-FM radio, with sleep switch and alarm. The in-room radio's didn't fearure a sleep mode either so one could fall asleep to the radio.

The only redeeming value was the flat-screen TV which DID feature AV inputs, so those of us who travel with our own DVD players can play the video though the set in the room!

Again, at this conference, like so many of late that I've attendeed, there was zero mention of high-definition (HD) radio. Not a peep. Local representation was also weak. Only two Detroiters (other than myself) were in attendance. They were Tom Bigby, operations manager of WXYT-FM (97.1) and AM (1270) and WDTK's Zaron Fruman, who came, at his own expense, to learn and to network. Some smart local talk station should offer him a job, because I don"t think WDTK-AM (1400) truly appreciates his talents.

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While in New York I received a call from Bernie Fratto, who fills in for Rob Parker on the popular Parker & The Man Show on WCHB-AM (1200). Fratto called to let me know that the Radio One 50,000 watt AM station just dropped talk and returned to playing gospel music. So, the sports show is off the air. Will either WXYT or WDFN-AM pick up the duo?? Not sure.? The rumors are flying again about WDFN-AM (1130) moving to FM. Time will tell. I let Mr. Bigby know about the WCHB format change, but wasn't going to tell the "big guy" what to do with The Ticket 97.1FM. On a personal note, I hope at least Bernie Fratto lands on a good station.

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The flavor of the New Media Seminar was decidedly that "content is king." How many times have we heard that? Talkers Magazine is published by Michael Harrison who puts on an intense confab that features about a weeks worth of meetings and sessions into a day and a half. Neither of the two Detroit representatives were on any panels, but most of them were very interesting none the less. Among the many highlights were the sports radio panel which featured WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. These guys are magical together and very entertaining. This is the program which replaced Don Imus when the I-man got fired for is racially insensitive remarks last year.

One of the best sessions was called "Words from the Wise: Legends and Pioneers of Talk Radio." Moderated by Joey Reynolds of WOR Radio, it featured: Barry Farber, Bruce Williams, Joe Franklin, and Bob Grant, all of whom are talk radio giants. It was my job to video the proceedings and I truly got many moments of radio history on tape.

Joe Madison was given the Freedom of Speech Award. For those of you with long memories of Detroit Radio, you might recall when Madison did a talk show locally on the old WXYZ-AM 1270 when it was a serious talk station. Madison's acceptance speech was riveting. Other awards were given to Bob Grant, one of radio's pioneering tough-talkers and I had the honor of producing the video tribute that played prior to his acceptance. Also given awards were Dr. Laura and Laura Ingraham, both most deserving.

The New Media Seminar was well-attended, considering these poor economic times and the reduced budgets at most stations. I am still in recovery mode from taping it all.

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The next big radio gathering comes later this month up in Minneapolis. It's called The Conclave, and it's known as The Learning Conference. I hope to be there listening and learning and reporting back to you, as I continue my quest to constantly take the temperature of the radio industry in these changing times.

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Here a tip for all radio fans. If you still have a roof-top television antenna, don't be too quick to take it down in this era of segueing to digital TV because it can be used very effectively to deliver you far better FM reception. If you replace the TV antenna with a good quality FM antenna by Winegard or Radio Shack, you can achieve spectacular FM reception, especially if it's on a rotor and you can turn it to various directions.

Most people own FM receivers which could draw in FAR more stations, if only it was connected to a roof-top antenna. Even an attic antenna is better than a piece wire dangling off the back of your stereo.

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From steamy mid-town Manhattan, that's your brief road report. Stay cool and most of all...keep the radio on!

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com. Contact him at artvuolo@aol.com.

 

Sterling Heights Library to host free forum on DTV transition June 12

Experts connected to the broadcasting industry will discuss the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV) during a free forum at the Sterling Heights Public Library on Thursday June 12th at 2 p.m. The library is located at 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights.

"We're finding that public awareness about the DTV transition is quite high, but there is a lot of confusion about what citizens need to do to have their households prepared," said Karole White, president & CEO of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). "It is our intention to make sure that all Michigan citizens are equipped to take the proper steps to ensure they'll make a seamless transition to digital television."

Under federal law, all full-power television stations will turn off their traditional analog broadcast signals on February 17, 2009 and broadcast only in the newer digital standard. To receive the digital format, citizens need to either subscribe to cable, satellite or telephone company video services; purchase a new television with a built in digital tuner; or install a converter box on their existing television.

Citizens interested in attending the DTV forum are asked to pre-register online at www.shpl.net or by calling (586) 446-2669.

 


 

Windsor Star:

CJAM 91.5 FM has changed. That's what music director Chris White wants you to know. "The work that (our programmers) do on their particular radio shows is easily on par with some of the programming that you'd hear on mainstream radio stations, or perhaps the CBC as well," says the 28-year-old communication studies grad. Now under the helm of station manager Adam Fox, the venerable volunteer-run campus radio station is proud of its progress and its fresh outreach endeavours. This week, the station will host its biggest event in recent years - the 2008 National Campus and Community Radio Conference. More than 100 delegates from campus stations across Canada are expected to visit Windsor this week to join discussions on community broadcasting topics ranging from digital editing software to dealing with the F word... CJAM always pushing to improve (Mon, 6/9)

 

AllAccess.com:

Mike Holder Exits Mornings At WHZZ: Morning man and creative/production/voice talent/imaging guru MIKE HOLDER has parted ways with MACDONALD Hot AC WHZZ/LANSING. MIKE slid from co-host/producer of the show into the lead solo role in APRIL when long-time LANSING morning icon TIM BARRON resigned from the lead morning gig at WHZZ. The buzz that TIM and MIKE will reappear on the dial in LANSING is just speculation at the moment. (Mon, 6/9)

 

Low power Spanish TV station WUDT Ch. 23 loses newscast

Equity Media, owner of Metro Detroit low power TV station WUDT Channel 23, ended production of a centralized Spanish-language newscast on Friday, leaving WUDT and 5 other Univision affiliates without evening and late news.

TVnewsday reports that Tom Arnost, president and CEO of the Equity station group, blamed the slumping economy and declines in auto, real estate and other key advertising categories for the cutbacks. Given the revenue shortfalls, "it would have been financially irresponsible to continue the news operation," Arnost said. "It's very costly."

The two daily newscasts were anchored at Equity Media production and distribution hub in Little Rock, Ark. But were localized with reports from two reporters stationed in each of the six markets. Earlier this spring Equity announced financial difficulties that might lead to bankruptcy protection.

 


 

"A Prairie Home Companion" welcomes special musical guests Howard Levy and Joe Savage to Ann Arbor

Howard Levy and Joe Savage will join Garrison Keillor for the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at Hill Auditorium. Garrison Keillor, America's favorite story teller, brings the nation's most popular radio variety show to Ann Arbor on June 14 at 5:45 p.m. (EST) for a live performance, co-presented by Michigan Radio and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

The Ann Arbor performance of A Prairie Home Companion will include Garrison Keillor's signature monologue "The News from Lake Wobegon" and familiar scripts like "The Adventures of Guy Noir" featuring regular cast members Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman and more. Beginning with the trusted Tishomingo Blues, a variety of musical genres are performed throughout the show by The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

The June 14 performance from Hill Auditorium is sold out but will be broadcast live by Michigan Radio at 6:00 p.m. EST, with a repeat broadcast Sunday at 1:00 p.m. during the radio stations' normal airings of A Prairie Home Companion.

 


 

New local radio sports venture launches

Sports Notes, a live, syndicated interactive call-in radio show consisting of interviews, scores and highlights has launched on flagship station WPON - AM 1460 on Saturdays from 4pm - 5pm.

"Our show is different then any other sports show you'll hear on the radio, internet or on satellite radio", says Brian Scott, producer and co-host.

"Sports Notes is a show where three men with different perspectives come together for one common purpose, sports!", says Dave Mitchell, executive producer and host.

"This is an opportunity to fuse, sports, business and technology together to inform listeners of what's going on locally, nationally and internationally in sports", commented Walter McGuire, co-host, boxing analyst and CEO of www.metrosportsboxing.com.

Originating from Detroit, the program can also be heard online at www.radiofreedetroit.com. Sports Notes is produced by Ann Arbor Michigan based Metro Sports Radio.

For sponsorship information, contact Walt McGuire at (734) 717-8140. For affiliate information contact Brian Scott at (313) 263-7379 or email radioremote@netzero.net.

 

Lansing State Journal:

Two radio stations are back on the air after three days of weather-forced silence. WKAR-AM (730-AM), a daytime-only station, was back at 6 a.m. today. WDMB (88.9-FM) resumed Tuesday night. They share a transmitter in Okemos, said WKAR spokeswoman Jeannie Croope. When the power went off in that area late Saturday, some of the equipment was damaged; however, WKAR-FM (90.5) continued on the air... 2 radio stations back on air after storm damage silence (Wed, 6/11)

 


 

The State News:

Another business that is still feeling the effects of power outages, is MSU's student radio station, WDBM (88.9-FM), the Impact. The sound of static is all listeners have been hearing since last Saturday, when the power to the radio's transmitter was cut by the severe weather, said Jeremy Whiting, the station manager. "We have been receiving a lot of phone calls about the issue, but until it is fixed there is nothing we can do," he said. Streaming radio is still available on the station's Web site, www.impact89fm.org, and all regularly scheduled programs can be heard on their Web site as well. .. Severe weather causes waste dump, silences radio station (Wed, 6/11)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Skoczen's first involvement with an all-star game was anything but a relaxing exhibition. In 2003, Skoczen was the play-by-play announcer for an all-star game featuring the California League, where he worked with the Class A Visalia Oaks, and the Carolina League. He only had to call three innings of that game, but there were hours of research to be conducted on the players who had traveled across the nation. His next all-star assignment should involve a little less homework. Skoczen, now in his fourth season as the play-by-play voice of the West Michigan Whitecaps, will call the Midwest League All-Star Game at the Great Lakes Loons' Dow Diamond in Midland on Tuesday. "I just have to be ready for the game," Skoczen said. "It shouldn't be as hard because I've seen all of the teams." Brad Golder, the Loons' director of communications, will be calling the television broadcast of the all-star game, and Skoczen was the first broadcaster he contacted in January to handle the radio duties. Golder has no doubt Skoczen will do a fine job... Voice of Whitecaps gets All-Star call (Fri, 6/13)

 


 

Loyal users of rabbit ears and rooftop antennas aren't sitting on their couches waiting for their TVs to go fuzzy next year. West Michigan residents have asked for more than 27,000 federal coupons to subsidize purchases of converter boxes to make old TVs work with over-the-air signals after Feb. 17. Statewide, more than 678,000 coupons have been requested -- about 4.4 percent of the 15 million requests nationwide. The federal government is making the $40 coupons available, through an $890 million outlay, to ease the transition from analog television to over-the-air digital TV. Most local stations broadcast both types of signals -- analog NTSC (for National Television System Committee) and digital ATSC (for Advanced Television Systems Committee). On Feb. 17, broadcasters are required by federal law to turn off their traditional NTSC signals and hand back the radio spectrum to the federal government. After that, the only way to get programming using an antenna will be with a television with a digital ATSC tuner or with a conversion box... Coupons help TV watchers prep for digital age (Fri, 6/13)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan country fans have come to know well the phrase "passion for Bashin'." The slogan refers to the B-93 Birthday Bash, which, through its rich, 15-year history, has grown to become the area's premiere annual country music event. Each year, Bash has provided local fans a free concert featuring some of the biggest names and brightest newcomers in country music. For example, look no further than this year's lineup, headlined by Gretchen Wilson, who appeared in Bash 12 just as her red-hot, red-neck-girl career was firing up. Hosted by WBCT-FM (93.7), known simply as B-93 by its loyal listening audience, the first Birthday Bash was thrown July 24, 1993, exactly a year after the radio station took to the airwaves. An estimated 30,000 fans attended that first birthday party in Ionia, and since then, the celebration has gotten bigger and better... Gretchen Wilson set to rock 15th Birthday Bash (Sun, 6/15)

 

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioNow that the field of Presidential candidates has been narrowed down to two, things will be heating up on talk radio as we get closer and closer to November. For the first time since the election of 1984, there isn't going to be a Clinton or Bush running for the highest office in the land. Could this be the biggest opportunity since political-based talk radio became popular during Bill Clinton's presidency?

While it's understandable that WCHB AM 1200 has shifted gears throughout much of its programming day towards Gospel music to help fill an underserved audience, that move might have created an enormous opening for someone else to step into. Urban-targeted music-based FM stations are already among the area's most popular - would someone dare create an FM talker to try and take away some of that audience during a time when politics is unquestionably on center stage? Discussions about the platforms of John McCain and Barak Obama along with the controversy over Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should offer plenty of programming ideas that could play well to a local audience.

Commerical news talkers WJR AM 760, WDTW AM 1310, and WDTK AM 1400 - along with public outlets WDET FM 101.9 and WUOM-FM 91.7 - hold the upper hand right now and stand poised to score some big ratings results into the fall unless someone else tries to steal some of the political thunder.

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The political world is still in shock over the sudden death of one of the media's leading voices in Tim Russert who died on Friday afternoon of a sudden heart attack at 58. The host of NBC TV's Meet the Press since 1991, Russert was always in high demand as a radio guest too. His analysis of political issues often turned out to be incredibly accurate and his ability to see both sides of issues earned him an unmatched level of respect from both sides of the aisle.

Russert's death creates a huge hole in political broadcasting; not only for NBC TV, but for radio personalities across the country that model themselves after his work.

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WDET's news department continues its look at cities across southeastern Michigan this week with a 10-part series on Livonia. The series is scheduled to include a live broadcast of Detroit Today from the Livonia Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 18 from 10am to noon.

"Livonia is one of the state's largest cities that is dealing with an interesting combination of issues," says Jerome Vaughn, WDET's News Director. "The city has an aging infrastructure in one part and is also experiencing rapid development in another part. The city continues to be a vital part of our region."

WDET's Livonia series will be broadcast during Morning Edition (5am-10am), Detroit Today (10am-noon) and All Things Considered (4pm-7pm).

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Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan that includes WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, announced a gift in memory of Clarkston, Michigan resident Dean Gebo that has established a new endowment fund to support news reporting activities. Through a gift of $15,000, William and Bertha Gebo, residents of Sanford, MI (near Midland) are honoring Mr. Gebo's late brother, a long-time listener and supporter of the public radio station.

Distributions from the endowment will be used expressly for the purpose of supplementing the station's newsroom budget to financially address extraordinary news coverage opportunities when funds are not available. In addition to helping cover unplanned expenses such as reporter travel costs for breaking news, the fund also ensures that resources are in place to help fund professional development and training for reporters.

Station News Director Vincent Duffy says "the endowment will help the newsroom to do its best work without always worrying about the cost. Public radio journalists often find themselves frustrated by limited funding available for important training, or costly news coverage. The endowment will help us to cover the costs for travel expenses related to national political conventions and other opportunities not always accounted for in a budget."

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Oldies WOMC FM 104.3 wraps up its "Father's Day Top 300 Countdown" later today. It's still jarring to me though to turn in to WOMC and hear the term oldies going along with 80's songs like Irene Cara's "Flashdance". While songs that are more than 20 years old are certainly old (like me), I still can't get my head around that the songs from my high school years are officially oldies now. It's interesting that today's WOMC playlist is almost exactly like it was before the format change to oldies in 1989.

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While writing this on Saturday night, I was watching Tiger Woods take the lead in golf's U.S. Open in stunning fashion. While golf is unquestionably much easier to follow on television, it can also be interesting on the radio. If you're an XM subscriber and can't be near the TV for today's final round, tune in to XM 146 to hear if Woods can hold off the competition and continue to play through obvious pain in his surgically repaired left knee. If you're not a golf fan and wonder what all the excitement is about, today might just be your best chance to understand the attraction of Woods competing in a major championship.

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Thanks for your loyalty and the continued support for Art Vuolo and I as we produce this brief look at Metro Detroit radio each week.

Columnist Mike Austerman covered radio for the Oakland Press from September 2001 through April 2008 and can be reached at ontheradio@austerman.com or at PO Box 99392, Troy MI 48099.

 

Chicago Tribune:

There were times when a Big Ten Network-Comcast union appeared as likely as uncovering scratchy footage that showed Woody Hayes screaming "Go Blue!" But that day is here. Almost. Comcast and the BTN are prepared to put nearly two years of bitter negotiations aside to announce a long-term partnership, the Tribune has learned. "For all intents and purposes, it's done," one source close to the negotiations said Sunday. Technically, it's not done. But sources expect the deal will be completed and unveiled this week. The deal will nearly double the number of homes that can access the BTN, from 30 million to 55 million. In the eight-state Big Ten footprint, the number will surge from 6.5 million to about 13 million. That still leaves out about 5.5 million homes in the Midwest, but officials hope the Comcast deal will provide a framework for negotiations with prominent cable carriers Time Warner, Mediacom and Charter... Big Ten Network, Comcast ready to call a truce (Sun, 6/15)

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' (MAB) Foundation invites you to golf at the 2008 MAB Foundation Golf Scramble Fundraiser Tuesday, July 15 at Crystal Mountain Resort's Betsie Valley Golf Course. Proceeds from this event support future broadcast education activities, scholarships and internship programs all designed to secure the future of broadcasting in Michigan.

Space is limited so sign up today and do your part to preserve Michigan broadcasting for future generations to enjoy!

The beautiful Betsie Valley Golf Course at Crystal Mountain Resort is nestled among creeks, ponds and mature forest. Betsie Valley boasts a slope rating of 67.2 from the white tees as well as pristine views of Michigan's northern country.

Cost per person is $150 and includes 18-holes golf, cart, breakfast to go, lunch, green fees, goody bag and a tax deductible donation to the MAB Foundation. Download a registration form and get more information here: www.michmab.com/MABF/fundraising.html. Registration ends Friday, June 20th.

Hole sponsorships are also available...contact MAB Foundation's Julie Sochay at (800) 968-7622 for details.

 

AllAccess.com:

WYCD Saves Animals With 'Pet-A-Palooza': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is showing its love for cats and dogs as it gets ready to present "2008 PET-A-PALOOZA" at FREEDOM HILL COUNTY PARK in DETROIT on JUNE 28th and 29th. The event is designed to find happy homes for dogs and cats from nearby shelters. WYCD PD TIM ROBERTS said, "WYCD is pleased to be a part of such a great event where we are giving hundreds of animals the chance to find 'a new leash on life'." ROBERTS added that the station will be broadcasting "live" from the event. (Mon, 6/16)

 

Saginaw News:

Joe Nichols isn't some new kid on the block. He's no stranger to country audiences, to hit singles, to music awards, or even to Saginaw, for that matter. And when Nichols takes the stage Saturday, June 21, at Ojibway Island's KCQ Country Music Fest, he intends to let his fans know how much he appreciates the way they've stuck by him through the good and the bad ... Fresh from Nashville's Fan Fair, where he spent the week making himself accessible and fan-friendly, Nichols joins Tracy Lawrence and Jennifer Hanson in the free concert hosted by country radio station WKCQ-FM, 98.1, at Ojibway Island. Also performing on the New Faces stage are Jypsi and The Lost Trailers, along with Rising Star winners Stone Cold and Mandi Layne and Lost Highway... KCQ Country Music Fest brings Joe Nichols to Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Tue, 6/17)

 

Detroit News:

WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is celebrating a ratings victory, thanks to a significant spike in viewership in just a year's time, according to Nielsen Media Research. The local PBS affiliate compared Nielsen household ratings from the May 2007 and May 2008 books. In May 2007, household viewership of WTVS was 648,000. A year later, the number grew to 734,000, a 13.3 percent increase. "It's very exciting," says Dan Alpert, WTVS's station manager and chief operating officer. "We attribute the ratings to the big TV events we've had over the past year, (including) Ken Burns' "The War" (September 2007) and "Carrier" (April 2008). The writers' strike also caused people to check out other options. People are looking for something of substance without commercials, and they're still finding that at Detroit Public Television" ... WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter Art Edwards has left the station for a desk job in Portland, Ore... Higher viewership elates Channel 56 (Wed, 6/18)



WWJ-TV hires national sales manager

Mike Montano has been named national sales manager for WWJ, the CBS O&O in Detroit, effective June 30. He will report directly to Jennifer Purtan, vice president and director of sales, WWJ and co-owned WKBD, who made the announcement. Montano is joining WWJ after having served as an account executive for the CBS Television Stations National Sales team in New York since 2001. In this role, he represented CBS-owned stations in the Central United States, including WWJ and WKBD. Prior to joining CBS, Montano was a media buyer for MediaVest. He is a graduate of Fordham University. (Source: tvnewsday.com, membership required)

 

Detroit News:

It's been several weeks now since WCHB-AM (1200)'s abrupt change in format, with a new tagline, "Mildred in the Morning and Inspiration all Day." But we haven't heard from all the aggrieved parties yet. Swept away in the news-talk purge were syndicated shows including the Rev. Al Sharpton's "Keeping It Real," and also local talk shows such as "Parker and the Man" featuring the Detroit News' Rob Parker and Real Detroit's Mark Wilson, and "Your Voice with Angelo Henderson," which ran weekday evenings. In place of the news-talk is mostly a jukebox of gospel music, although Mildred Gaddis' popular morning show remains, from 6-10 a.m. At the time, WCHB marketing director Kathie Stonehouse said that the change would give WCHB a "clearer focus," and that the new gospel programming "fills an obvious void where Detroit is underserved." But chalk the decision to dump news-talk up to cost-cutting by WCHB owner Radio One. It's much cheaper to run an automated jukebox than it is to pay actual humans to talk and interact with callers... Some unhappy with WCHB's gospel switch (Thu, 6/19)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Mo'Nique Radio Show Launches In 5 Of The Top-10 Markets:
SYNDICATION ONE's THE MO'NIQUE SHOW will debut in 5 of the top-10 markets in afternoons, including MAGIC BROADCASTING Urban KDAY/LOS ANGELES, RADIO ONE Urban ACS WRNB/PHILADELPHIA, KMJQ/HOUSTON, WDMK/DETROIT and WMMJ/WASHINGTON, DC. "As real as it gets opening up people's minds and trying to make a difference in the community, I am going to bring radio with a hug and a smile every single day," says MO'NIQUE. "I believe radio will never be the same again." This debut will mark a historic launch for SYNDICATION ONE as it pairs comedian, actress, author and television host MO'NIQUE with a handpicked all-star crew that includes co-host SONNY ANDRE, and executive producer ROB WILKINS. "MO'NIQUE is one of the funniest and most dynamic female entertainers working in the business today. She's a proven radio veteran who has had success hosting previously including guest hosting for MICHAEL BAISDEN during his popular drive-time radio talk show," said Pres./Programming GARY BERNSTEIN "She brings unmatched star power, charisma, humor, creativity, love and passion to the airwaves." THE MO'NIQUE SHOW is also being added to RADIO ONE's WXMG/COLUMBUS, WTLC/INDIANAPOLIS, WQNC/CHARLOTTE and WMOJ/CINCINNATI. (Thu, 6/19)

In Detroit, the program will air from 3 - 7pm starting on Monday, June 23rd on WDMK-FM 105.9. No word from the adult-targeted urban outlet on the future of current afternoon driver Terry Bello.

 

Big Ten Network:

Comcast Corporation and the Big Ten Network announced today that they have reached a long-term multimedia agreement for Comcast to carry Big Ten Network programming across television, broadband and video-on-demand in time for the 2008 college football season. Under the terms of the agreement, Comcast will initially launch the network as part of its expanded basic level of service to promote it to the majority of its customers residing in states with Big Ten universities (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, with the exception of the Philadelphia region which will launch on a broadly distributed digital level of service) starting August 15th. (Comcast does not have systems in Iowa, the eighth Big Ten state.) In Spring 2009, Comcast may elect to move the network to a broadly distributed digital level of service in most of its systems in these states. Comcast's digital customers in the Big Ten states will also have immediate access to live Big Ten games and events in high definition, Big Ten programming via Comcast's video-on-demand platform, and a wide array of conference-related content through Comcast.net... Comcast, Big Ten Network Reach Broad Multimedia Agreement for Big Ten Network Content (Thu, 6/19)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Comcast reaches agreement with Big Ten Network. The BTN and the cable carrier announced a multiyear agreement today that puts programming on expanded basic on Aug. 15 in states with Big Ten schools. After the 2008-09 basketball season ends, Comcast has the option to shift the network to its digital service. Comcast has about 5 million customers with basic cable and 4 million with digital in Big Ten states. Under the agreement, Comcast will initially launch the network as part of its expanded basic level of service and promote it to the majority of its customers in states with Big Ten universities -- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.. Comcast reaches agreement with Big Ten Network (Thu, 6/19)

 

• The FCC approved Tim Woodson Ministries acquisition of the construction permit for WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Twp (Allegan county) from Larlen Communications for $50,000.

• A License was granted to the following new FM translator: W237CZ 95.3 Hudsonville (Horizon Christian Fellowship)

• The sale of WCVM FM 94.7 Bronson to Taylor University from CSN International closed. WCVM now carries contemporary Christian programmming from Taylor's WBCL FM Ft. Wayne, IN.

 

• Swick Broadcasting is acquiring the 5 stations owned by Lake Cities Broadcasting for $3.8 million pending FCC approval and closing. The two Michigan stations involved are Oldies WMSH FM 99.3 and Sports WMSH AM 1230 Sturgis along with Country WTHD FM 105.5 LaGrange, IN, Pop WLKI FM 100.3 Angola, IN, and Country WLZZ FM 104.5 Montpelier, OH.

WBUP TV 10 Ishpeming/Marquette received a construction permit for its digital facilities. The ABC affiliate will continue to broadcast on Channel 10 once the transition to digital television broadcasting occurs in February, 2009. According the contour plots on the FCC web site for this construction permit, the station's coverage area will not be increasing.

• The FCC approved the voluntary transfer of license for Classic Country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch to Peggy R. Warner from Independent Television Productions of Michigan. The transaction closed about a week later.

WMUP FM 99.9 Carney (Starboard Media Foundation) was granted its license. Programming on this station has not been confirmed by Michiguide.com to date.

• Sovereign City Radio Services is acquiring the construction permits for AM 1490 Houghton and AM 1490 Ironwood pending FCC approval and closing from Advance Acquisition (Starboard Media) as part of a larger agreement between the two organizations.

 

Rob Parker finds new radio home - in New York City

Rob Parker, current Detroit News columnist who just exited WCHB AM 1200 as evening sports co-host, is reportedly set to join New York City ESPN Radio flagship WEPN AM 1050 to co-host evenings with Brandon Tierney starting Monday, June 23rd. Both Parker and Tierney are former hosts with sports WDFN AM 1130 in Detroit, but at different times, and both are native New Yorkers.

WEPN program director Aaron Spielbert commented that, "I'm excited that Rob is getting a chance to come home and that we're adding another native New Yorker to our lineup."

Tierney will host solo from 7:30 - 9pm with Parker joining from 9 - 11pm.

No word yet on if Parker will stay on with the Detroit News or if the NYC program will be titled "Parker and the BT Express".

 


 

Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter Paula Tutman will be in downtown Detroit this weekend signing copies of her mystery thriller novel "Deadline." Tutman will be there as a part of the River Days festival. Look for her from 2 -9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday in the vendor area near Hart Plaza. "Deadline" is also available for purchase at Little Professor Books, 17075 Silver Parkway in Fenton... Reporter to sign her novel at Hart Plaza (Fri, 6/20)

 

Grand Rapids Rampage:

This Saturday (June 21), WXSP-TV will put Grand Rapids Rampage fans in the middle of the team's most important game of the season when the station broadcasts the Rampage's regular-season finale against the New Orleans VooDoo live at 7 p.m. EDT. With a win, Grand Rapids would reach the Arena Football League's postseason for the first time since 2003... WXSP-TV to Air Rampage Regular-Season Finale Saturday (Thu, 6/19)

 

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Chuck Meers and his wife, Paula, don't watch a whole lot of television. But the analog set in their house may be on more often these days after Meers' new digital converter box -- bought in anticipation of the broadcast signal switch to all-digital next year -- provided an unexpected surprise: more channels. "I'm very pleased with it," said Meers, who used to get the three basic local stations on antenna: 7&4, 9&10 and 29&8. "Now, we get nine channels." Like millions of TV viewers across the country, Meers bought the box to make sure his television set remains usable after Feb. 17, 2009, when broadcasters stop transmitting the traditional analog signal and switch to an all-digital signal... No More Rabbit Ears: Converter boxes clear picture for analog users (Fri, 6/20)

 

Detroit News:

Pistons broadcaster George Blaha cemented his place in Michigan sports history Friday. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced during a news conference at GM River Days that Blaha is one of 11 members of its 2008 class of inductees. Blaha and fellow inductees Rick Leach, former Michigan football star; and ex-Lions receiver Herman Moore and placekicker Eddie Murray were present to accept the honor at the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Road Trip '08 exhibit at GM River Days... For Blaha, a higher calling (Sat, 6/21)

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Are you ready for some country? That's right folks; it's that time of year again, as summer kicks into gear with two days of free country music at the annual B-93 Birthday Bash this weekend in Ionia. Sponsored by radio station WBCT-FM (93.7), this is the 16th year B-93 has celebrated its birthday with what has become the biggest and most anticipated country music event in West Michigan. With country stars Chris Cagle and Gretchen Wilson returning to headline Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and a stellar lineup of established artists and promising newcomers filling out the bill, Birthday Bash 2008 looks to be the country music party of the summer... B-93 Birthday Bash draws country stars, new talent (Sat, 6/21)

 

• By Grace Through Faith received a construction permit for a new non-commerical FM station to be licensed to Wixom. WSHM FM 88.3 would operate with 100 watts @ 127 feet with a directional antenna located near I-96 and Old Plank Road in Oakland County if built according to this construction permit. The station would be Oakland County's third FM station on 88.3, joining Southfield Public School's WSHJ and Oakland University's WXOU on the frequency. Judging by the name of the construction permit holder, a good guess for a format for this station would be religious-based.

 

• Talk WILS AM 1320 Lansing was granted its license to cover granted for a power increase to 25,000/1,900 watts from 5,000/1,000 watts from its new transmitter location in Eaton County. The station first began testing its new faclities in January 2008 and currently boasts the most powerful AM signal in the Lansing market.

• The sale of country/full serivce WMLM AM 1520 St. Louis/Alma to Krol Communications from Siefker Broadcasting officially closed.

• New station WUPG FM 96.7 Republic (recently changed call sign from WUPZ) was granted its license to cover and also was granted remain silent authority.

• No transactions noted week ending May 9

 

MSU Hockey announcer Jerry Marshall passes away

Jerry Marshall, the longtime voice of MSU Hockey, has passed away after a long illness.

A well-known radio voice in the greater Lansing area, Marshall had been the voice of Spartan Hockey at Munn Arena since 1972. Marshall also started a weekly radio show with head hockey coach in Ron Mason nearly 20 years ago, which continues today with the weekly Rick Comley Radio Show. His final game at Michigan State was the Spartans' banner-raising ceremony to celebrate the 2007 NCAA Championship on Oct. 19, 2007. He also served as the public address announcer for MSU baseball for several years.

Calling hours will be on Monday, June 23 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, 325 W. Washtenaw, Lansing. The funeral will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday.

 


 

Flint Journal:

A Flint rhythm and blues radio station was left singing the blues this week when a thief made off with the station's van and its stock of compact discs and sound equipment. But you have to wonder what the thief was thinking. The 1993 Pontiac Transport has WOWE on both sides and the back door, as well logos with the station's 98.9 FM dial position on the side windows... Thief takes radio station for a spin, steals WOWE's van (Fri, 6/20)

 

Lansing State Journal:

I'll remember Jerry Marshall for hosting a morning radio program on WFMK years ago that arguably was the most popular in mid-Michigan history. But more MSU fans will perhaps recall years of his mellow voice serving as the public address announcer for Spartan home hockey and baseball games. Marshall died Saturday in a local hospice care facility after being cut down by a massive stroke last October. He was 64. It saddened various MSU coaches who visited him and then departed figuring he likely would never recover. He never did regain his speech. Jerry battled congestive heart failure along the way, too much for doctors to fix... Marshall's legacy deep at MSU, in Lansing (Sun, 6/22)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Joe Nichols was awestruck when he showed up Saturday at the KCQ Country Music Fest and found some 75,000 fans waiting for him at Ojibway Island. "Through hot and cold and rainy, they're right there beside you, all the way," said the country crooner, though he had to admit you usually don't get all three climate changes in the same day... KCQ Country Music Fest livens up Ojibway island with Tracy Lawrence and Joe Nichols (Sat, 6/21)

 

Ann Arbor News:

Linda Yohn, WEMU music director and host of "89.1 Jazz'' on Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, has been nominated for two national jazz programming awards, including programmer of the year in a major market, by subscribers to JazzWeek magazine. Yohn has also been nominated for the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for excellence in jazz journalism by members of the Jazz Journalists Association... WEMU's Yohn nominated for pair of national awards (Sun, 6/22)

The transition to digital television is coming in February, but the folks at the Ann Arbor Senior Center want to make sure consumers don't get scammed into spending unnecessary cash. To help consumers learn more about converter boxes and the federal government's converter box coupon program, the National Association of Broadcasters has mounted an awareness campaign that will stop at the Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Friday... DTV Trekker coming here (Sun, 6/22)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

A lot of new country music acts have made their West Michigan debut in B-93's Birthday Bash. Area country fans soaking up the last day of fun today at the Bash in Ionia may want to say a special thank you to radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) -- which has hosted the free concert for 16 years -- for giving them their first look at some of country music's biggest stars. Anyone remember relative newcomer Tim McGraw, who brought down the house with "Don't Take the Girl" at Bash 2 in 1994? Or how about that new act, Rascal Flatts, a group that oozed charisma singing "Prayin' For Daylight" at Bash 8 in 2000? And who will forget a rockin' "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" from two guys who called themselves Big & Rich at Bash 12 in 2004? Each year, when B-93 program director Doug Montgomery determines the Bash lineup, he carefully mixes established stars with promising newcomers... Birthday Bash good at finding stars in the making (Sun, 6/22)

Many acts have played B-93's Birthday Bash as newcomers and gone on to become big stars in country music. Here are a few of them... Birthday Bash newcomers who hit it big (Sun, 6/22)

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Jessica Simpson, best known as a pop singer, made a surprise visit Sunday afternoon to West Michigan's biggest country-music festival, the B-93 Birthday Bash in Ionia. It had been rumored that Simpson would make an appearance. She released her first country-music single ``Come On Over'' in May on Columbia Nashville Records, a SonyBMG label. The song stands at No. 33 on the Country Billboard chart after debuting at No. 41 -- reported to be the highest chart debut for a solo artist with no prior history on the country chart, according to Billboard.com. Simpson has been attempting to redefine herself as a country-music artist before the release of her new album this fall. There was good reason for her to show up at this past weekend's birthday bash: It draws large numbers. Preliminary figures show the crowd may have been the largest since the annual event returned to Ionia four years ago... Simpson surprise - Jessica plays B-93 Bash; attendance soars (Mon, 6/13)

 

By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioThis is a belated On the Radio column, since I am coming off of an intense week of video editing. Each year for a couple of the many radio confabs that I attend, I produce a 2-hour + video loop for a special in-room TV channel at the convention hotel(s). This week it's The Conclave held each summer up in Minneapolis. It's billed as The Learning Conference because it's designed to promote the careers of young radio broadcasters just coming into the industry, which (as you know) has seen better days in the past.

The Conclave is actually put on by a non-profit agency and has partnered with Brown College in the Twin Cities and our own Specs Howard School here in Southfield. It's one of the most worthwhile gatherings. I'll be there listening, learning and loving it all.

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Probably the biggest news of the past week was an e-mail I received which touted the new venture of Drew Lane from the disassembled Drew & Mike Show on rock WRIF-FM (101.1). It looks as though he will be leaving Motown and returning to the city from which he originally came....Phoenix. I guess he not only got tired of getting up at 3 a.m. but seemingly wasn't fond of Michigan winters either.

His new co-host will not be Mike Clark, but rather "Mr. Skin" who is somewhat known to morning radio show audiences for his popular feature of unique movie reviews. Mr. Skin specializes in reporting female nudity in major motion pictures. Male nakedness is something (if you'll pardon the expression) he never touches. Sorry girls.

The release eludes a premier of this new show as coming in July 2008 as an afternoon program 1 to 4 p.m., however it didn't indicate which time zone that represents. Arizona, if you recall, is the only state in the continental US, which does not observe daylight savings time.

The part of this "major announcement" that peaked my interest was the listing of radio stations which have supposedly already committed to carrying the new Drew & Mr. Skin Show. The list was perplexing since the first station listed was WCMO in Kansas City, which should have been KCMO (fairly obvious call-letters), Further down the list was WLM in Cincinnati. Again, should that perhaps have been WLW? Interestingly 700 WLW in the Queen City carries virtually no syndicated programming.

Of greatest interest was the Detroit affiliate, listed as (drum roll please) WJR-AM (760)....what? It just doesn't sound like the type of program we would hear on The Great Voice of The Great Lakes. I shall be watching this one closely.

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The story which garnered FAR too many headlines in various radio trades last week was the one that broke last Monday, June 16th. It involved former Detroiter Rob Milford, who was one of the students who helped put WSDP-FM (88.1) on the air at Plymouth-Salem High School out in Canton over 35 years ago and who just found himself in ridiculous amounts of hot water over a simple, but serious, mistake.

Rob, who is among the best news people in the business, was working as a street reporter for all-news WWJ's sister station and America's first commercial station, KDKA in Pittsburgh. Milford was also heard occasionally on AM-950 locally.

A week ago he was helping his girl friend re-locate back to Pittsburgh, after her assignment in Washington, DC ended, when she handed him her licensed and registered hand gun, which was loaded. She had it for personal protection while in DC. For safe-keeping, Milford placed the gun in his briefcase but, forgot it was there. Monday morning, while on assignment for his station, upon entering the Allegany County Court House the weapon was instantly detected by the X-ray inspection. Milford's previously unblemished legal record found him cuffed and incarcerated.

The trades and all three Pittsburgh TV stations, including KDKA-TV had a field day with the story reporting it as though the firearm was intentionally taken into the federal building. The media can be quick to crucify its own and care little about personal damage to one's career. KDKA Radio let him go by calling his cell phone and then reported that he resigned by mutual agreement. My hope is that this talented man finds another opportunity in radio news soon.

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My next column will relate to you the feeling of the business, as I take the temperature at the Midwest Conclave up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com. Contact him at artvuolo@aol.com.

 

Flint Journal:

Tiger Woods may not be coming to town this week, but that doesn't mean the $5-million Buick Open is going to get any less exposure than usual. In fact, there will be more television coverage than ever before. In addition to the local coverage and the usual national telecasts by CBS Sports on the weekend, Golf Channel will be broadcasting live all four days from Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club ... Locally, Channels 5, 12 and 25 will all be providing additional coverage. Channel 12's Drive To The Buick specials will air for 30 minutes nightly at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday before expanding to 60 minutes at 7 p.m. Sunday ... All three stations will also provide updates on their newscasts throughout the day. Channel 5's 30-minute Best Of The Buick specials will air nightly at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ... Channel 25 will give live updates on the nightly news all week and the station's sports and weather reports will also originate live from Warwick Hills... TV coverage to be bigger than ever for the Buick Open (Mon, 6/23)

 

• The FCC approved Michigan Radio Communications, LLC acquistion of sports WLUN FM 100.9 Pinconning. The transaction also closed during May.

 

• A construction permit was granted to Holy Family Oratory of St. Philip Neri for a new non-commercial FM station at 89.7 to be licensed to Bedford (near Battle Creek). The permit specifies 750 watts @ 233 feet with a directional antenna located in southern Barry county.

• A construction permit was granted to Korkee, Inc. for a new non-commercial FM station at 90.3 to be licensed to Newberry. The permit specifies 70,000 watts @ 203 feet with an antenna located in southern Luce county.

• The transfer of the construction permit for FM translator W221CA FM 92.1 Gaylord from Radio Assist Ministry to Baraga Broadcasting was granted by the FCC. Baraga rebroadcasts the programming of its Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix on the translator.

• The construction permit for WOUF FM 92.3 Beulah was modified to specify a new tower location in Benzie county where the station's antenna will be co-located with WBNZ FM 99.3. The construction permit specifies 50,000 watts @ 446 feet with a directional antenna.

 

StationRatings.com:

Top 5 stations overall in the second ratings trend for the spring were WKQI FM (5.6), WWJ AM (5.5), WJR AM (5.4), WJLB FM (5.1), and WVMV FM (4.8). Biggest upward trending station was WRIF (4.1 - 4.6) while the biggest downward trend was at WMXD FM (5.2 - 4.6). The combo of WXYT FM/AM pulled way ahead of WDFN (3.6 - 0.9)... Detroit 12+ radio ratings, 2nd spring trend (Wed, 6/25)

 


 

TVnewsday:

Lynda Grahl has been promoted to vice president of finance at Fox O&O WJBK Detroit. She assumes this position effective immediately and will report directly to Jeff Murri, the station's vice president-general manager. Grahl is promoted to this position after serving for three years as the director of finance... WJBK Detroit Names Lynda Grahl Finance VP (Wed, 6/25)

 

Detroit News:

An unidentified security guard for Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick today physically restrained an investigative TV reporter to stop him from asking the mayor questions about his alleged involvement in an effort to stop the prosecution of a minister caught up in a prostitution sting. The security officer, who mayoral officials declined to name, stopped Steve Wilson from Detroit News reporting partner WXYZ (Channel 7) when he attempted to follow the mayor after a brief news conference on Belle Isle. The officer grabbed Wilson by the arms and stopped him in his tracks. TV cameras and newspaper photographers caught the action as it unfolded... Mayor's security guard scuffles with Channel 7 reporter (Thu, 6/26)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

WMUZ Celebrates 50 Years With Cheap Oil Change: CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Christian AC WMUZ (103.5 THE LIGHT)/DETROIT is celebrating its 50th year in broadcasting. Today (6/26) it joined local FIX N GO AUTO REPAIR CENTER to roll back the price of an oil change to the year 1958. Morning show hosts JON CULBERT and SHANNYN CALDWELL were live at FIX N GO from 11a to 1p (ET) during which time the oil changes were $8.95. There were also free brake inspections, hot dogs and games. (Thu, 6/26)

 


 

WDET Garage Sale set for Saturday, June 28

The WDET Garage Sale is back this year and is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th from 10am -4pm at the WDET transmitter building, located at West Canfield and Cass Avenue. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.

Vintage premiums (thank-you gifts from previous pledge drives) will be available for public purchase, as will lots of CD's, books, tee shirts, mugs, sweatshirts and other items. Prices for most items will range from $1 to $20. Listeners and those interested in radio collectibles are invited to stop by, browse the selection, and meet fellow listeners and your friends from WDET. Zaccoro's Market, the new fine food market and cafe on Woodward Avenue in Midtown will be onsite with food and coffee available for shoppers.

All proceeds will go to supporting WDET - Detroit's NPR Station.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

With Wednesday's release of the Arbitron radio ratings for March, April and May, the morning volatility of listenership after the departure of Drew Lane from the top-ranking WRIF-FM (101.1) effort now helmed by ex-partner Mike Clark is particularly evident. Clark has maintained morning dominance (see chart at left) but lost more than 20% of the key 25-54 audience in year-to-year comparisons -- 3.5 rating points. But look at some of the other big year-to-year gains: WXYT-AM/FM (97.1/1270) morning talker Jay Towers and Bill McAllister were up 1.6 rating points; on WKQI-FM (95.5), Mojo was up 1.4 points; WCSX-FM (94.7) vets Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison were up 1.4, as were WDVD-FM (96.3) combine Blaine, Lisa and Allyson... Ratings show drop in WRIF's key listeners (Thu, 6/26)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

A severe storm could roll into West Michigan on Friday night, and that doesn't exactly thrill WOOD-TV forecaster Craig James. If it does, it could mean James' 11 p.m. forecast -- his last with the station -- could extend into the wee hours Saturday. "That's getting a little old," said James, 63. "I've been doing it for 40 years, and I'm tired of babysitting thunderstorms at night. The business is not as much fun as it used to be." After 40 years of TV weather, James will hand the chief meteorologist baton to longtime friend and co-worker, Bill Steffen. WOOD-TV news director Patti McGettigan said some "special things" are planned at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday broadcasts, but declined to give specifics. The potential Friday storm would be a fitting way for James to leave the newsroom, McGettigan said... One last storm on horizon for WOOD-TV's Craig James (Thu, 6/26)

For 25 years, the Community Media Center has grown and thrived with the help of City Hall. Director Laurie Cirivello said the center will suffer with City Hall, too. That is the reason she put up little fuss this spring when city officials asked them to rewrite their service contract and cut their city subsidy by as much as $130,000 a year. "I don't in good conscience believe we should be excluded when everyone is tightening their belts," said Cirivello, the center's director for the past two years. The cuts in city funding mean the center will have to drop two full-time positions from its staff of 23 full- and part-time employees, she said. The center operates on a $1.1 million annual budget... Community Media Center deals with city fund cuts (Thu, 6/26)

 

Hillsdale Daily News:

By federal mandate, the broadcast of analog television signals will cease on Feb. 17, 2009. But the extreme level of demand for digital television converter boxes means consumers might have less time than they think to prepare for the switch. Because traditional analog television sets are not compatible with digital signals, consumers will need to do one of three things: * Purchase a digital converter box that will convert the new digital signal into an analog signal the existing set can interpret. Analog users might also require a new set top antenna depending on what model they have. * Switch to a cable or satellite provider. * Purchase a television set with a built-in digital converter. A coupon program launched by the Department of Commerce on Jan. 1, 2008 provides coupons for the purchase of digital converter boxes. This combined with the relative expense of the other options means most consumers are trying to purchase the converter boxes... Digital TV converter box proves to be prized item (Wed, 6/25)

 

• The Interlochen Center for the Arts was granted two construction permits for new non-commercial FM stations in northern Michigan. The first, WLMN 89.7 to be licensed to Manistee, would operate with 15,000 watts @ 282 feet with a directional antenna located in northern Mason county and provide coverage for Ludington as well as Manistee. The second, WHBP 90.1 to be licensed to Harbor Springs, would operate with 1,200 watts @ 1004 feet with a directional antenna located in west-central Emmet county. Interlochen Public Radio current operates Classical WIAA-FM 88.7 Interlochen and News/Talk WICA-FM 91.5 Traverse City in addition to two rebroadcasters of WIAA; WICV-FM 100.9 East Jordan and WIAB-FM 88.5 Mackinaw City.

• Country WMKC FM 102.9 Indian River was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 100,000 watts @ 1,102 feet (Class C0) to 77,000 watts @ 967 feet (Class C1). In addition, the station's broadcast location would change from west-central Emmet county to the south to Charlevoix county near the Otsego county line.

• CBS-owned and CW affiliate WKBD TV 50 Detroit was issued a notice of apparent liability in amount of $8,000 due to issues with the station's compliance with limits on commerical matter in children's programming and failure to place all required records concerning compliance with children's programming commercial limits in its public inspection file. FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (pdf)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Tim Doty doesn't remember the last time he was presented with a hockey award. The WXMI-TV Fox 17 sports anchor thinks it might have been when he was playing in a bantam or pee-wee league in his youth, but he's not really sure. At least he'll have an easier time recalling his most recent accolade. The American Hockey League has selected Doty as this year's recipient of the James H. Ellery Memorial Award for outstanding television coverage. When Randy Cleves, the Grand Rapids Griffins' senior director of public relations, called to inform him of the news, Doty did not even believe it. "I thought he was playing a joke. I didn't think it was real," Doty said. "But then he didn't laugh so I figured it must be real." Doty won the award largely on the strength of his "On the Ice" production, a 20-week series of in-depth profiles and features on the Griffins that regularly ran during WXMI's "Sports Ticket" on Sunday nights... WXMI's Doty earns award for hockey coverage (Fri, 6/27)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Linda Lanci departs WMGC's mornings: For over two decades, Linda Lanci has been getting up around 4 a.m. most weekday mornings. That was a requirement for serving as one of Jim Harper's affable radio sidekicks, first at WNIC-FM (100.3) and for the past seven years at WMGC-FM (105.1). Today will be the last day of that portion of her life. And post-11 a.m., she'll launch the next chapter -- as a commercial voiceover queen (General RV, Crittenden Hospital, GM and more), part-time station goodwill ambassador and picking up the personal burden of caring for elderly parents now living in Florida... Names and Faces (Fri, 6/27)

 

• A construction permit was granted to West Central Michigan Media Ministries for new a non-commercial FM station at 91.9 to be licensed to Cadillac. It would operate with 2,100 watts @ 144 feet with a directional antenna located in Wexford county.

• The FCC granted the voluntary assignment of the construction permit for FM translator W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey to MacDonald Garber Broadcasting from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting. The assignment agreement identified WKHQ FM 105.9 Charlevoix as the primary station for the translator, however MacDonald Garber has applied for special temporary authority to rebroadcast the programming of news/talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix on W221BQ.

 

Ann Arbor News:

The final episode of "The Lynn Rivers Show'' for the season, Monday at 8 a.m. on WEMU, will feature Thurston Clarke, author of the book "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America.'' There will also be a second guest for the show, but it's not yet confirmed ... Martin Bandyke of WQKL-FM (107.1) will host live performances by two notable area bands on his 6-10 a.m. morning program this week. American Mars, a roots-influenced rock ensemble from Detroit, will play on Bandyke's show at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Nomo, the post-Afrobeat dance band from Ann Arbor and Chicago, will play at 9 a.m. on Thursday... Rivers hosts Kennedy book author (Sun, 6/29)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

"One minute!" "Here we go everybody, have a good one. Nice and tight." "Silver 2 and cue music." "Effect 8 and fade music." "Pull Y ... dissolve." It's 7 p.m. on a warm, mid-week June night at Comerica Park. The Detroit Tigers are facing the Chicago White Sox in a key American League Central showdown, and there still are at least five minutes to go before Tigers starter Justin Verlander makes his first pitch to leadoff batter Orlando Cabrera. Right now, all the action is in the FSN Detroit production truck, a 53-foot long state-of-the-art semi trailer with millions of dollars worth of consoles, monitors, computers -- and seemingly just as many cables and wires. Inside, there's about a dozen people shouting -- often simultaneously -- in code about fonts, graphics, camera angles, replays and promotions. This kind of controlled chaos is routine on game day, one of the 150-plus games FSN will cover this season... Behind the scenes of a Tigers broadcast (Sun, 6/29)

 

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioSummer celebrations are in full swing at Channel 95-5 (WKQI-FM) and 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM/AM) as both stations bask in the glow of ratings success. WKQI was the Detroit area's top-rated station among all listeners during the second spring ratings trend, offering some optimism that the gang at Channel have a legitimate shot at claiming an overall quarterly ratings crown for the first time ever. Mojo and crew in the mornings anchor the station's lineup and were third most popular in the 25-54 age group, behind WRIF's Mike in the Morning and WMXD's Steve Harvey.

Gone are the days that both WDFN and WXYT could claim to be the area's highest rated sports station. To borrow a sports term, right now the combined WXYT stations are winning in what amounts to a blowout, especially in the age 12+ ratings. WXYT-FM/AM carded a 3.6 share, well ahead of WDFN's 0.9. The move to FM certainly seems to be paying dividends, at least as far as listener numbers go.

In no way do I think that WDFN is ready to just give up - but clearly they need to something to grab back some of the spotlight for themselves.

WXYT's morning duo of Jay Towers and Bill McAllister continue to increase their profile and listenership too, improving to an 11th place showing in the coveted age 25-54 race and giving the stations their best combined early morning ratings performance in memory. There were plenty of questions posed on various Internet forums about the sustainability of a non-sports focused program on the station once the popular duo of Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle exited - including several predictions of quick failure. Most of those critics have now fallen silent, but I'm not afraid of eating a little crow (again) and giving Towers and McAllister full credit for a job well done.

 • • • • • • • • 

Speaking of the Internet-fueled speculation machine ... one of the most persistent topics the past few months is that the winds of change might be blowing at WDTW-FM, 106.7 The Fox, sometime soon. Most of the speculation has centered on the frequency cycling back to a rock-based format of some sort in an attempt to take on WRIF, which might be viewed as more venerable to competition with the official breakup of the morning monopoly that was the Drew and Mike Show. Other armchair programmers have suggested that WDFN might move to FM to re-level the playing field against WXYT or maybe take on a talk format that could include a lineup featuring Deminski & Doyle and Drew Lane's new venture with Mr. Skin.

I have not been able to verify any of the rumors circulating about the future of The Fox, but that is to be expected. Ever since the station first dropped country back in 1999, format change rumors seemingly pop up every couple of years followed by either an actual format change or a big to-do over a renaming of a similar sound. Each change has always gone down pretty much the same way - rumors followed by denials, followed by some stunting, then the change is revealed to everyone at the same time over the air.

Will the July 4th weekend bring more shenanigans on 106.7? The country format is doing very well in other nearby cities, including Cleveland, Toledo, and Grand Rapids thanks in no small part to a bunch of young new artists that keep the format fresh for listeners. Only program director John Trapane and general manager Dom Theodore know for sure if change is on the horizon, but at this point nothing would surprise me. Except maybe for a format change to all-polka.

 • • • • • • • • 

There is an interesting battle in Washington D.C. going on between record and radio industries. Record companies are lobbying heavily to make broadcast radio companies pay royalties on the music they play - something they've been exempt from up until now. The dollar amounts being thrown around in this tussle are in the billions - no small potatoes.

The arguments on both sides are very compelling to me- The recording industry, which is often depicted as being nothing more than greedy, claims that if non-traditional broadcasters (Internet, satellite radio, etc.) have to pay, so should traditional radio. For their part, radio claims that without them, the record companies would have no way of getting exposure for their artists.

This issue screams for compromise, and hopefully one can be found. It doesn't seem fair that radio remains exempt from royalties while newer competitors have to pay. And it is equally unfair to think that very medium that made music what it is today shouldn't receive some kind of financial acknowledgement that the service they provide to record companies and their artists is indeed invaluable.

A vote on the issue will likely come before Congress sometime before the year is over and in the meantime, the National Association of Broadcasters is ramping up both the rhetoric and its lobbying in an effort to stop any legislation that would no doubt change the financials of being a broadcaster dramatically. While some of the bigger broadcasters like Clear Channel, Citadel, and CBS could probably figure out a business model to remain profitable, I worry about what would happen to smaller stand-alone radio stations and non-commercial operations that seem to barely survive with today's business models.

If the record companies appear close to getting their way, I predict a huge backlash with the radio listeners being the ones that suffer the most if broadcasters protest by stopping the music. Just image what radio would be like with no stations playing songs. That just might get some attention.

 • • • • • • • • 

Mike Austerman covered radio for the Oakland Press from September 2001 through April 2008 and can be reached at ontheradio@austerman.com or at PO Box 99392, Troy MI 48099.

 

AllAccess.com:

Bolak Exits As Cumulus/Flint GM: CUMULUS/FLINT GM BOB BOLAK exits to join SAGA/ASHVILLE, as Market Manager SCOTT MEIER does dual market role duties in the interim. (Mon, 6/30)

 

AllAccess.com:

WYCD Sets Pet Adoption Record At 'Pet-A-Palooza': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT set a record this past weekend (6/28-6/29) for pet adoptions at this year's PET-A-PALOOZA. Over 500 pets were adopted in conjunction with more than 30 local animal rescue shelters at the event, which was hosted by WYCD night personality JYL FORSYTH and held at FREEDOM HILL in DETROIT. RCA/NASHVILLE artist SARA EVANS was on hand to perform for the crowd. WYCD PD TIM ROBERTS said: "WYCD was ecstatic about the success of this year's event, and we want to thank all the great volunteers and animal supporters in the area who joined our efforts to save so many dogs and cats. It truly was a great experience to see so many children and families bring a lovable pet into their lives." (Mon, 6/30)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Two very familiar names will have their moments of glory July 15 when the Michigan Association of Broadcasters inducts its newest Hall of Fame members at the Crystal Mountain Resort. The duo with Detroit roots are WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Diana Lewis and longtime WJR-AM (760) voice Mike Whorf. Much has been written recently about Lewis elsewhere. So on this effort, we'll spray Whorf's career with a little more ink. He was best known as the longtime producer and host of WJR radio's award-winning program "Kaleidoscope." It was a daily docudrama featuring famous stories of people and events... Whorf, Diana Lewis to be honored (Mon, 6/30)

 

• A construction permit was granted to Muskegon Community Radio Broadcast Company for new non-commercial FM station WHEY 88.9 to be licensed to North Muskegon. It would operate with 1000 watts @ 147 feet with a directional antenna located in Muskegon county.

• The FCC granted the voluntary assignment of licenses for Swick Broadcasting's acquisition of the radio stations owned by Lake Cities Broadcasting (WMSH-FM/AM Sturgis along with 3 other stations in NE Indiana and NW Ohio).

• The Ironwood translator of FOX TV affiliate KQDS Duluth, MN (W32CV) has been granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital operations. The station will remain on channel 32.

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship is selling FM translator W295AK 106.9 Three Rivers to Impact Radio for $11,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Impact Radio owns WLKM-FM/AM 95.9/1520 in Three Rivers as well as a pair of stations in Bryan, OH.

• An FM translator of WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI at 98.5 in Powers, MI (W253AQ) has been granted a construction permit to move to FM 98.9 as W255CB.

 

• Silent WUPZ FM 94.9 has applied to move from Crystal Falls to near Marquette and become licensed to Chocolay Township. If approved, the station's effective radiated power would become 58,000 watts @ 456 feet from an antenna located southwest of Marquette.

• Announced that Great Lakes Commmunity Broadcasting is donating WAAQ FM 88.3 Onsted, WJKQ FM 88.5 Jackson, WJCQ FM 89.7 Jackson, WQLO FM 89.7 Lake Odessa, and W209BR 89.7 Columbia Township to Society for Accurate Information and Distribution Foundation for no financial consideration pending FCC approvals and closing.

• Spartan-TV, LLC was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $10,000 for violations at WHTV TV 18 Jackson concerning failing to place in the station's public inspection file all required TV issues/program lists. FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (pdf)

 

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