Northern Michigan / UP: December 2008 Archives

Alpena News:

Charter Communications and Alpena's WBKB have been affiliated since the cable giant provided its service in Michigan. Now local viewers are looking at the realization of not having its regional CBS channel available via cable. Every three-years the station classifies itself to Charter. It can categorized as a must carry station, or re-transmission consent status. The consent status means the two parties must reach a mutual agreement in regards to broadcasting and funds. WBKB has chosen the later and has informed Charter it must drop the channel from its packages as of Dec. 31 if an agreement isn't in place. "We got notification that they wanted to have the signal off the air on December 31," Charter Spokes Person Tim Ransberger said. "We are continuing to hope for a positive solution though." WBKB General Manager Cher Allen understands the cable provider's concerns, but also looks at expenses the station pays to bring quality programming to Northeast Michigan... WBKB, Charter at odds? (Tue, 12/16)


WLDR Traverse City adds HD services

Country WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City has become the first northern Michigan radio station to adopt iBiquity's HD Radio technology and will be broadcasting three different formats from its HD-1, HD-2, and HD-3 all-digital FM channels. The HD-1 channel will feature a simulcast of Sunny Country, HD-3 will offer sports, and a yet to be announced new format will be offered on HD-2.

WLDR is promoting the addition of HD services by giving away HD radios to listeners and has notified local retailers of the availability of the service in the Traverse City area.


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The MyNetwork Television network is now on Traverse City's WLLZ MyTV12. One of MyNetwork's most popular programs is WWE's Friday Night Smackdown from the WWE. The day after Christmas, WLLZ will be starting it's sixth year of broadcasting locally to the Traverse City area on channel 12. Earlier this year WLLZ joined the Charter cable line-up on digital channel 202 covering 12 northern Michigan counties from Cheboygan to Manistee, including Cadillac and Traverse City... WLLZ joins new network, to air WWE (Tue, 12/23)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

For the past three weeks, the upstart My Network TV has accomplished something that would have been considered unthinkable just two years ago. The network, quickly cobbled together by a group of Fox-owned local stations after the 2006 merger of the WB and UPN into the new CW left abandoned stations with nothing to put on the air, has averaged more prime-time viewers than the CW. And it's available locally on WLLZ MyTV12. Bob Naismith, WLLZ station manager, said, "This national television network has been missing from northern Michigan"... Surprising success for My Network TV (Fri, 12/26)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Everybody knows the TV weatherman. Especially when he's been beamed into their homes nightly on 9&10 News since 1991. After a long tenure at the station, and before that at TV 7&4, Dave Barrons will give his final weather report at the end of this year. The senior meteorologist will leave TV to pursue other activities, including math tutoring for elementary students and spending more time outdoors. But for many local television viewers, Barrons will continue to be recognized as the man who brought them the weather. "Nobody is afraid to say 'Hi' to the weatherman," he said. "Everybody has an opinion about the weather." Barrons is comfortable in front of a camera or chatting with viewers. At Miami University, he served on a concert board, where he spoke in front of large groups. There, he earned a bachelor's in political science. He added two master's degrees -- one in political science from Purdue University and another in education at the University of North Carolina. Before his broadcast career, he worked as a school social worker in special education. Now, he plans to return to education, working with his wife, a dyslexia specialist... Dave Barrons goes off-camera (Sun, 12/28)


Format changes in Menominee/Marinette

DX-MidAMerica reports that Bay Cities Radio is changing the format of two Menominee, MI /Marinette, WI radio stations, moving the oldies format of WAGN AM 1340 to WHYB FM 103.7 which previously was soft rock as 'The Wave'. Then starting Monday January 5, 2009, WAGN will take on a talk format featuring syndicated programs from Rush Limbaugh, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Edell, Laura Ingraham, and Alan Colmes.







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