Citadel Cuts In Saginaw: The CITADEL budget axe got a workout at the SAGINAW, MI cluster today, cutting loose two talented programmers. Gone are Top 40 WIOG PD/afternoon host JERRY NOBLE as well as Active Rock WKQZ PD/afternoon jock HOSER. (Fri, 3/6)
Mid-Michigan: March 2009 Archives
Ojibway Island is going to rock this summer, said Jim Kramer, the morning man at WKCQ-FM, 98.1. But country fans shouldn't worry, he quickly added. Travis Tritt promises to charge everyone up Saturday, June 20, when he headlines the 18th annual KCQ Country Music Fest. Again, the concert is free, with the island closed to motor traffic. In past years, the music fest has drawn nearly 100,000 fans with performers including Trisha Yearwood in 1992, Toby Keith in 1993 and John Michael Montgomery in 2003. Tritt, winner of two Grammys and three County Music Association awards, is best known for "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," "Best of Intentions" and "It's a Great Day to Be Alive"... Travis Tritt to headline WKCQ Country Music Fest (Fri, 3/13)
Lansing State Journal:
WJIM AM 1240 morning radio host Michael Patrick Shiels will host a special St. Patrick's Day broadcast live from Ireland on Tuesday. The program, live from Doonbeg Golf Club's lounge, will include interviews with notables from County Clare, plus Irish music, heritage, customs and a bit of politics. Shiels, an author and travel writer, who is Irish, frequently chats on his radio show with celebrities, athletes, business executives and politicians. The "MPS in the Morning" program will air live from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. "My Michigan listeners adore hearing Irish voices and music on St. Patrick's Day, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to give them an authentic full Irish sort of morning show," Shiels said... WJIM host back in Ireland, broadcasting live on Tuesday (Sun, 3/15)
WLEN, WSTW Win Service To America Awards: The NAB EDUCATION FOUNDATION is honoring LEWANEE BROADCASTING AC WLEN-F/ADRIAN, MI and DELMARVA Top 40 WSTW/WILMINGTON, DE and with Service to AMERICA Awards this year. WSTW was cited for its "SmartDrive" program to combat teen deaths, and WLEN was honored for its service to the market's children and the homeless. The stations will be among those honored at a JUNE 8th dinner in WASHINGTON. "This year's group of winners has done an outstanding job at developing programs and initiatives designed to improve their respective communities," said NAB President and CEO DAVID K. REHR. "The dedication these broadcasters have shown toward their viewers and listeners is truly remarkable, and we look forward to honoring their efforts during the 2009 Celebration of Service to AMERICA Awards dinner." (Fri, 3/20)
Lansing State Journal:
Spring's in the air and two Michigan radio personalities have new books out, with quite different approaches. One will make you think, the other will make you laugh. "Everybody Dreams" (Booksurge, $19.95) is a paperback debut novel by Michael Stratton, who locally hosts the "Vinyl Side of Midnight" jazz show on WLNZ-FM (89.7) every Sunday. It focuses on Emma Davis, a marital therapist who is having nightmares and forms a dream therapy group to help provide insights ... "More Words to the Wise" by Michael J. Sheehan (Arbutus Press, $16.95) is the second compilation of questions and answers heard on "Words to the Wise," his weekly call-in program on WTCM-AM radio in Traverse City. Subtitled "A Lighthearted Look at the English Language," Sheehan's paperback offers highly entertaining insights into a wide assortment of subjects, offered in an informative and amusing format... Two Mich. radio jocks offer their latest works (Sun, 3/22)
Bay City Times:
Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting received eight awards this month for broadcasting excellence from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, including 2008 Public Broadcasting Station of the Year in the Division II category. The awards, presented March 11 in Grand Rapids, recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations. WDCQ-TV, known as Q-TV, received Station of the Year in the category of Division II stations (budget more than $6 million). It also received a Best in the News Special or Documentary category for the documentary "Tracks Through Time: Michigan's Railroads - History & Impact." Q-TV has received more than 20 state and national awards for its documentary work in recent years... Delta College wins broadcasting awards (Thu, 3/26)
WGER Names Kelly McMann For Middays: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (THE NEW MIX 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI newly named PD announces the addition of WDVD (96.3 DVD)/DETROIT, MI weekend talent KELLY MCMANN for middays from 10a-3p beginning on MONDAY (3/30). Prior to WDVD, MCMANN hosted a specialty show called "GIRLS NIGHT OUT on Modern Rock WMHW/MT. PLEASANT, MI while attending CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY. KELLY MCMANN commented, "I feel very excited and privileged to work with FIG and the entire NEXTMEDIA family. I cannot wait to get started and talk with the people of SAGINAW/BAY CITY/MIDLAND everyday." (Tue, 3/24)
Hardball, Hoops Dominate ESPN 100.9-FM Lineup this Week
ESPN 100.9-FM has several programming features for the remainder of the week:
SportsNight, hosted by Brad Golder, continues its coverage Thursday night from 6pm-8pm from Camelback Ranch, spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the parent club of the Great Lakes Loons.
Among the guests already to appear this week on the show include former Loons Clayton Kershaw, Josh Lindblom, Preston Mattingly and Glenn Dishman and current hitting coach Michael Boughton.
On Friday, ESPN 100.9-FM continues its coverage of high school basketball, with live play-by-play coverage of the Bridgeport Bearcats versus Zeeland East in the Class B state semi-finals, with Dan Hasty and Terry Boswell on the call. Coverage of that game begins at 5:55pm, followed by the Michigan State Spartans' matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Sweet 16. Coverage from the Spartan Network begins at 8:30pm.
Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun
At noon Tuesday, Mt. Pleasant's Channel 14 will go off the air forever. Sort of. Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting will cease analog telecasts today, more than a month behind the original digital deadline, but more than two months ahead of the final June date for all analog telecasting to end. Besides ending analog telecasts on Channel 14, CMU Public Television also will shut down its satellite stations across northern Michigan on channels 6, 21, 27, 46 and 69. Digital broadcasts, which began in the early part of the decade, will continue, said Rick Schudiske, WCMU's assistant general manager. People with cable or satellite shouldn't see any change, not will people who have hooked up their digital converter boxes. "We've decided to go ahead and shut down our analog signal because we hadn't budgeted for the approximately extra $10,000 a month it would cost to continue simulcasting until the new federally-mandated June deadline-especially given Michigan's economy right now," Schudiske said. "The original analog shut-off was February 17th and we are hopeful by keeping the analog stations on through March that all of our viewers will be ready"... CMU TV to complete digital transition (Mon, 3/30)