Mid-Michigan: April 2009 Archives


WFBE Offers Up Inagural Country Music Festival: CITADEL Country WFBE/FLINT has announced the 1st ANNUAL FLINT COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL. The big show takes place APRIL 24th at the PERANI ARENA and features JESSICA HARP, CAITLIN & WILL, JONATHAN SINGELTON AND THE GROVE, ADAM GREGORY, BOMSHEL, HOLLY WILLIAMS, WILLIAMS RILEY and LOVE AND THEFT. For more information visit www.b95.fm. (Wed, 4/1)


Flint's WFBE adding morning show from Citadel sister WTNR Grand Rapids

Citadel will begin syndication of its 'Scrubs in the Morning' program currently heard on country WTNR FM 94.5 and its first affiliate will be sister station WFBE FM 95.1 Flint. 'Scrubs in the Morning', will feature personalities Scrubs, Flounder, Ashley Asphalt and April Rose. Rose is the midday host on WFBE and also the station's program director. Apparently out at WFBE is morning host and music director Keith Allen along with co-host Stephanie Carroll.



Grand Rapids Press:

Matt Steigenga finally is going to the NCAA tournament's Final Four. The Grand Rapids native and former Michigan Mr. Basketball from South Christian made it only as far as the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 in his playing days at Michigan State. But this year is his first as a color commentator on the Spartan Radio Network, and he acknowledged to being caught up in the excitement. "I'm a fan" said Steigenga, 39, of East Lansing, who owns a real-estate development company and will be courtside doing radio work Saturday night when the Spartans play Connecticut. "As a former Spartan (1992 graduate), I think it's great, great for the program, obviously great for all of us to talk about," he said. "I hear a lot that it's great for the state of Michigan, too, and I'd like to believe that. It makes it very special for more than just Spartans"... Ex-Spartan Matt Steigenga will enjoy Final Four experience courtside as radio commentator (Fri, 4/3)


Huron Daily Tribune:

Bishop Robert J. Carlson announced Monday that WEYI-TV Emmy award-winning news anchor Erin Looby Carlson will join the Diocesan Center staff in May to help spread news about the Catholic church in mid-Michigan, particularly the extraordinary value of Catholic schools. Looby Carlson joins the bishop's pastoral team in the newly created role of director of marketing and communications. She is charged with promoting the rich quality education offered through the area's 26 Catholic schools, in addition to providing a leadership role in specialized evangelization and faith-based community development projects ... Prior to her work as managing editor and anchor with the NBC affiliate Channel 25 news team, Looby Carlson was employed by WBKB-TV in Alpena as a news anchor and multimedia journalist... Local TV news anchor joins diocesan staff to promote church, faith-based education (Tue, 4/7)




Where in The World Is The Moose? NEXT MEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW will be kicking off their first MOOSE MYSTERY TRIP giveaway on MONDAY (4/13). Each weekday after 7a (ET), the MOOSE MORNING SHOW will give out a about the mystery destination as well as additional times that more clues will be announced. On FRIDAY (4/17) after 5p, afternooner SCOTT BRADLEY will ask for the 94th caller to identify the mystery city. The winner and a guest will receive roundtrip airfare to that city, concert tickets to one of the hottest shows and a $100 MARRIOTT gift card. For more information, visit www.945themoose.com. (Thu, 4/9)


Central Michigan Life:

William Wayne Sanderson will be remembered by his friends and colleagues for his loyalty and upbeat attitude. "He was a friendly, easy- going guy that could be relied on," said Edward Grant, general manager of public broadcasting, who worked with Sanderson for a few years at Central Michigan University. Sanderson, 60, died on Sunday, Feb. 8 in Chesaning. Sanderson worked as a technical engineer for CMU public broadcasting on big projects like rewiring the entire broadcasting studio. Grant said they were in dire shape before Sanderson came to work for them. "He was a real craftsman," Grant said. "(And he was) extremely well versed." Tim Light has known Sanderson since 1985. They worked together at the Cars 108 radio station in Flint, where Sanderson was a chief engineer. He was a very outgoing person, Light said. When Sanderson would go visit Light and his family, he would have the back of his truck filled with fireworks and remote control cars and trucks for Light's kids. "He got along well with kids," Light said. "He was there the day after my son came home from the hospital." John Denheeten, transmission supervisor, said it will not be hard to remember Sanderson, because he worked on every part of CMU Public Broadcasting... Broadcast engineer missed, remembered for experience (Wed, 2/11) Editors note: Apologies for the delay on providing this information


A DJ so nice, you can hear him twice

If you're lucky enough to live in the middle of the state and are able to pick up Citadel active rock outlets WKLQ-FM 107.3 Greenville/Grand Rapids and WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Bay City, you can hear two different afternoon drive programs from the same jock. Jay Deacon hosts 2 - 7 p.m. on WKLQ and nearly simultaneously (3 - 7 p.m.) airs on WKQZ. But the trick is that the shows are not simulcast, leaving listeners on their own to figure out on which station and for what segments is Deacon live or voicetracked.

While the overlap area between WKLQ is WKQZ is mostly rural in nature, it's still an interesting study in how radio companies are doing all they can to cut costs yet maintain as much of a local feel as possible.



Grand Rapids Press:

Ever wondered what a radio show looks like as it's being recorded? Ira Glass is giving you a chance to find out. The host of Chicago Public Radio's popular "This American Life" program plans to take his cast in front of the cameras for a live simulcast on Thursday. The show will be broadcast in high definition via satellite to more than 400 movie theaters across the country, including Celebration Cinema North and Holland 7 in West Michigan. Tickets for the evening event already have been selling well at Celebration North, said Steve VanWagoner, Celebration Cinema's vice president of marketing... Radio's quirky 'This American Life' hits Grand Rapids-area theaters (Tue, 4/21)


The University of Michigan plans to discontinue operating Michigan Television (WFUM-TV/Flint) because of shortfalls in revenue since 2005 and the need to control the university's costs in the face of the continuing economic downturn.

Member contributions from viewers, along with support from area businesses and foundations, have traditionally provided the largest source of funding for Michigan Television.

Over the past two years, the station has experienced a 28 percent decline in member support and business underwriting revenue. The station has also been obligated to make significant capital expenditures over the past several years related to the federally mandated conversion to digital television, which the station completed in November, 2008.

A careful review of future revenue prospects showed that shortfalls were likely to continue, leading to sustained operational losses.

The university hopes to transition operation of the station to another entity, and is currently in discussions with other parties on the possibility of assuming operation and/or ownership. There are no immediate changes planned in the station's program schedule.

>"We have been grateful for the support of our viewers and donors, and the dedication of our staff, but unfortunately WFUM-TV has not been able to sustain itself financially, like many other businesses in this tough economy," said David Lampe, vice president of communications at U-M. "And over the last several years, the university has been under growing pressure to reduce costs wherever it can in order to maintain its core commitment to the quality and accessibility of a U-M education. Under these circumstances, we decided it was best to withdraw from the public television business."

As part of its on-going fiscal management process, the university has recently announced several measures intended to cut costs, including restructuring the University Press, decreasing its share of employee health benefit costs, consolidating its central IT operations, and cutting back on non-patient care positions in the Health System.

"This is a painful decision and we understand how it will affect our staff as well as the supportive Flint community, but we didn't see any way to make it work," Lampe said.

WFUM-TV first began broadcasting in August 1980, and has offices and studios on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. Michigan Television (WFUM-TV) broadcasts over digital channel 28, and is available on cable systems throughout mid and southeastern Michigan. The station has an estimated viewing audience of approximately 200,000 viewers per week.

Michigan Television is operated by Michigan Public Media, which also operates Michigan Radio, an NPR news station; Michigan Channel, a cable channel featuring programming from the University of Michigan and other research universities; and Michigan Productions, a video production unit. Operations of those units are not expected to be affected by this decision.



NEXTMEDIA Talk WSGW-A (NEWSRADIO 790) and WSGW-F (FM TALK AND SPORTS 100.5)/SAGINAW-BAY CITY-MIDLAND are launching a campaign to help promote a positive outlook on the economy. The "P.O.W.E.R." campaign, explains VP/GM SHANNONE DUNLAP, is an acronym for "Positive Outlooks Whip Every Recession."

"We want to do our part to help break the back of the recession that has gone on too long," said DUNLAP. "We urge all Americans to exercise the POWER within your control to help make a difference in the economy. The economy is largely a state of mind. Consumer confidence can bring pressure to bear on the business barometer just as rising barometric pressure brings better weather."

PD/OM DAVE MAURER added, "Time, talent and treasure are interrelated factors. If we all use those personal assets wisely, we can have impact in our communities. Whether you volunteer to help with a summer festival, use your talent to beautify and improve your home and neighborhood, or make a commitment to spend within your means on the purchases you have put off, now is the time to show POWER."

The campaign kicks off at the GREAT LAKES BAY REGION BUSINESS EXPO on MAY 5 at SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY. Station personalities will hand out thousands of red, white, and blue POWER buttons at the stations' booth, and people wearing POWER buttons will be eligible for instant cash prizes if they're spotted by station prize patrols. Homeowners and businesspeople will also be urged to display POWER signs on their properties.


WSGW Saginaw becomes home for University of Michigan sports broadcasts

When IMG Sports Marketing acquired the rights to University of Michigan Athletics, their General Manager Mike Chires made a commitment to upgrade affiliates in a number of markets across the state. In the Great Lakes Bay Region, Chires targeted Newsradio 790, WSGW with a huge coverage area reaching well beyond the station's primary metro of Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland. Little did Chires know that NextMedia Operations Manager and Program Director Dave Maurer had long wanted to air the Wolverines.

The deal came together quickly between Chires and NextMedia Vice President and General Manager Shannone Dunlap. The agreement is for three years with two additional one year extensions.

WSGW will carry both U of M Football and Basketball games, plus the weekly coach's shows of Rich Rodriguez and John Beilein allowing listeners to hear previews of upcoming games and analysis of previous games.

Dunlap sees great opportunity in marketing the Big Ten team to local advertisers while Maurer is anxious to get the excitement from the Big House and the rousing sound of the Victors on the air to the potential audience of nearly 400,000 in the stations listening area. Newsradio 790 will put down a significant footprint In the center of the lower peninsula for U of M as WSGW joins the network of 25 stations.

WSGW will continue to air both the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings on 790AM and any Wolverines games that conflict with the pro sports events will be carried on FM Talk & Sports 100.5 WSGW-FM . The 100.5 FM station will continue to air Saginaw Spirit hockey games. Maurer said the flexibility of having both WSGW AM & FM allows NextMedia to provide the market with a dominant News, Talk and Sports franchise. Chires said the deal bringing U of M and WSGW together unites two champions.







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