Mid-Michigan: June 2009 Archives

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Flint, Genesee County and the Buick Open are being promoted on two of the largest radio stations in Ottawa, Canada for free. Ottawa radio stations; Live 88.5 FM and Hot 89.9 FM are airing the radio ads tied to the Pure Michigan campaign (www.michigan.org). The ads, which will continue airing through June 21, would normally cost more than $60,000, but the stations agreed to run them for free over four weeks following negotiations with the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The FACVB and many other Flint area organizations, residents and supporters contacted the stations upset over a radio campaign called "This Ain't Flint". The campaign includes a related Web site (thisaintflint.ca) and video that compared 1989 Flint to Ottawa, Ca., of today... Ottawa radio stations give $60,000 in air time to Flint (Thu, 6/4)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Don't look for Joe Vision this year. The Detroit Red Wings say they couldn't reach a deal to air Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals for fans gathered at Joe Louis Arena, as the team has done in the past during road playoff games. "We will not hold 'Joe Vision' for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as we were unable to secure the broadcast rights to show this game in the arena," said Karen Cullen in an e-mail to Crain's today. She's the vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings Inc., the central business entity of team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. The event allows fans to watch the team at the arena when a victory could clinch Detroit's 12th Stanley Cup. It started 15 years ago ... A near-sellout of Joe Louis could shave a ratings point off the local television ratings measurement, and such ratings are used to establish advertising rates... No Joe Vision for Red Wings for Game 6 of Stanley Cup Finals (Mon, 6/8)




Bill Emkow is editor-in chief at MLive.com and one of the architects of the MSU/WJR/MLive.com environmental partnership. "The partnership is outstanding. The value it's adding - like your blog - helps raise awareness of environmental issues. "We've had an environment section on our site for a year or two," Emkow says. "What we wanted to do was find a way to be an online place for everything environmental in Michigan, and having a partnership with Greening of the Great Lakes, WJR and Michigan State has been a tremendous success in raising the awareness of this page." Emkow says the way you build the kind of site MLive.com is seeking to build is by putting recognizable names and personalities like Kirk Heinze on the site ... Greening of the Great Lakes airs each Friday evening at 7 p.m. on News/Talk 760 WJR... There's a thirst for environmental news online (Mon, 6/8)



Detroit's WDET airing mortage crisis series over next seven weeks

Wayne State's public radio outlet WDET FM 101.9 will reach deep into metro Detroit neighborhoods and bring the voices of Detroit to the air through an innovative community programming initiative: "Facing the Mortgage Crisis: Home Is More Than Our House." The series begins Monday, June 8, 2009 and will air in Detroit Today (weekdays 1-3pm), Morning Edition (weekdays 5-8am) and across WDET's schedule as a series of 30 second "community voices" short stories. The series extends through June and July and will introduce WDET listeners to the people and organizations operating on the front-line of Detroit's mortgage crisis. WDET's community programming initiative is part of a national project taking place in 32 markets across the country and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"Reporting on the housing and credit issues has, for the most part, been focused on institutional problems and institutional solutions. With this series, we wanted to look at how the crisis is stretching the social fabric to the breaking point. We're speaking with people whose lives are in turmoil, we're showcasing groups of people and organizations who are crafting ingenious solutions and we're examining the ways we can lock arms and, together, work our way out of the problem. At WDET, we think the public airwaves should be used in ways that make a tangible contribution to the city's future," says J. Mikel Ellcessor, WDET's General Manager.

More than just the stories of those impacted, listeners will have the opportunity to make a difference by getting involved and volunteering. Information on the stories in the series, the organizations helping people and how to take action and get involved will be available at the project blog on WDET's website: www.wdet.org.

WDET's community partner on the series is ARISE Detroit!, a coalition of more than 400 community groups, churches, block clubs and media outlets, which has been working throughout Detroit to assist with the mortgage crisis and the downstream effects on children, families and their neighborhoods.

"Partnering with ARISE Detroit! has really expanded our ability to tap the wisdom of the community," says J. Mikel Ellcessor. "There are organizations who are keeping people in their homes. There are neighborhoods devising innovative solutions to stabilize their community, and there are individuals with powerful, practical solutions. ARISE Detroit! has been an inspiring partner and has done a lot to help us find these stories as a way to help us learn from each other."

WDET and its project media partner Model D will be participating in a speaker series on June 24, 2009 about Detroit's mortgage crisis, as well as the "Lonely House Tour" on June 14, 2009 taking place the Indian Village and West Village neighborhoods designed to get people into available homes.

"The radio series, community partnerships, events and project blog are all designed to work together to inform and get people into action. This impacts all of us and one thing we've discovered in our reporting is how deep the region's pool of smart, talented and dedicated people really is," said Zak Rosen, producer of the series with WDET's Rob St. Mary.



Scott Bradley To Exit WCEN: NEXT MEDIA Country WCEN/SAGINAW, MI afternoon personality SCOTT BRADLEY will exit the station JUNE 26th to return to METRO TRAFFIC in DETROIT. PD JOBY PHILLIPS is now on the lookout for the next afternooner that can also be a "promotions go-to person." (Tue, 6/9)


Saginaw News:

Around the nation, Nielson predicted, about 2.5 percent of all Americans still didn't know television would go digital June 12 -- a number reflected in the Great Lakes Bay Region, said station manager Al Blinke at Channel 5, WNEM -- but that didn't stop hundreds of viewers from calling the Saginaw offices when their screens read "There is no longer analog television." "Starting at 5 a.m., we got everything from people who didn't know to others who bought the box and didn't know how to hook it up," said Garth Sims, assistant director of engineering, who joined a group of WNEM engineers to field the calls. "Then there were some, especially in the Thumb, who can't get the signal at all. They need a taller antenna or a little more amplification." And Jim Nowland got a call from "an old radio guy" who just didn't like the idea of television going digital at all. No matter what they asked about, Sims said as he pulled up his laptop computer, callers got some high-tech insight into a history-making transition... Digital TV transition brings hundreds of calls to WNEM (Fri, 6/12)


Saginaw News:

Midland's Dow Diamond, the home of the Great Lakes Loons baseball team, has stepped up to the plate for radio station WIOG-FM, 102.5, this summer. On Sunday, Aug. 16, it will host the WIOG Lizard Fair, featuring Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, Thriving Ivory, Boys Like Girls and Jessie James. Gates open at 5 p.m. Singer-rapper Kingston, with Flo Rida the concert's headliner, will "Take You There" with a sound that made "Beautiful Girls" the fastest ascending single in history and continued with hits "Me Love," "Love Like This," "There's Nothin'" and, of course, "Take You There." Rapper Flo Rida comes from the Sunshine State - Flo Rida - with "Right Round," the single that broke the digital singles sales record he set earlier with his own "Low." Coming from the Bay Area is Thriving Ivory, a band critics say will feel right at home at Dow Diamond with its arena-rock sound... WIOG Lizard Fair brings Sean Kingston, Flo Rida to Dow Diamond (Mon, 6/15)


Adrian Daily Telegram:

People who rely on antennas to deliver television programs in Lenawee County are still struggling to find channels since the switch to digital on Friday. Some owners of digital-ready television sets were left with blank screens while they figured out how to properly scan for the new signals. And Toledo's WTVG and WTOL, broadcasting on channels 13 and 11, ran into reception barriers when they switched from temporary UHF signals to permanent VHF at reduced power. The two television stations report they have been swamped with complaints from callers since Friday. Viewers are exchanging complaints about losing receptions on the station's Web sites. "We have a digital TV and were viewing the digital channels right up until Friday, June 12," said one WTOL blog entry. "Now we do not receive Channel 11 or Channel 13. It almost seems like they don't exist. It's good to see that we are not alone." "We're not happy and our viewers are not happy," said WTVG chief engineer Barry Gries. "The reason people are not receiving us is that it's not enough power"... Viewers struggle with digital TV switch (Wed, 6/17)



Mt. Pleasant Sun:

Richard and Dora Van Horn had no idea they were diving off a digital cliff when they bought their retirement home in western Isabella County more than a quarter-century ago. The word "digital" wasn't in most people's vocabulary in those days, and applying it to television would be years in the future. The digital future became very real to the Van Horns when the television stations that had kept them company for years blinked out last Friday. That was the day analog television ended for most stations in the United States. "We had a high antenna. We had the boxes," said Dora Van Horn. "We got nothing." Actually, it turns out that they were able to bring in four signals from two digital stations, but the couple, who are in their early 80s, needed some assistance... Rural central Michigan struggles with DTV reception (Wed, 6/17)


Michigan Almanac: June 20, 2009




FCC Deletes Several Michigan Noncomm CPs: The FCC has cancelled the construction permits and deleted the call signs of several noncommercial stations and FM translators in MICHIGAN granted to GREAT LAKES COMMUNITY BROADCASTING, INC. and GREAT LAKES BROADCAST ACADEMY, INC., bith controlled by JAMES J. MCCLUSKEY, Ph.D. The Commission determined that the stations had not been built, or had not been constructed in accordance with their authorizations, before their permits expired. The expired permits held by GREAT LAKES COMMUNITY BROADCASTING included WQLO/LAKE ODESSA, WAAQ/ROGERS HEIGHTS, WJCQ/JACKSON, W207BL/PINNEBOG, W206AZ/FREMONT, and W205BQ/BREVORT. GREAT LAKES BROADCAST ACADEMY held expired permits for WPQZ/MUSKEGON and W211BI/ANN ARBOR. Three other authorizations, for WJKQ/JACKSON, W220CW/ROGERS HEIGHTS, and W206BF/ROGERS HEIGHTS, will be dealt with in a separate proceeding to determine whether their licenses should be revoked due to questions about the companies' character qualifications. (Fri, 6/19)


Saginaw News:

Ken MacDonald Jr. said he slept "fabulously" Friday night, sure nothing would sideline his annual KCQ Country Music Fest on Saturday at Ojibway Island. Sure, thunderstorms boomed through the night, and there was a dodged disaster -- headliner Travis Tritt's father died less than a week ago. "But it looks like this could be one of our best years, and it feels like it, too," said the owner of WKCQ-FM, 98.1, and the day proved him right. The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department says 90,000 people showed up through the day, and a look around the grounds, from the car and motorcycle show to the inflatables to the food tents, didn't leave much doubt... 90,000 people show up for KCQ Country Music Fest in Saginaw (Sat, 6/20)


NextMedia/Saginaw names Yvonne Daniels as PD for Hot 107 WTLZ

NextMedia Operating - Saginaw has announced the addition of Yvonne Daniels as Program Director for WTLZ - Hot 107.l FM. Daniels is no stranger to Mid-Michigan as she was the Mid-Day host on WDZZ in Flint from 2000-05. She joins WTLZ from Kansas City, MO.

Commenting on her new gig Daniels said, "I was born for radio and television. I have been blessed to do what I love so much for almost 17 years. I have met some of the most amazing people with stints at radio stations in Kansas City at Magic 107.3 as the midday host and music director as well as Flint Michigan, Raleigh North Carolina and Tallahassee Florida. I was bitten by the television bug after hosting several episodes of Kansas City's reality TV show, "Harrah's Lucky Break". I absolutely love everything about radio and television. I am also very involved in the community. I mentor young women, and I can be seen around town hosting weekly events at clubs and concerts. I also love motivational speaking. I love people. They feel that and they give it right back. My journey will take me next to Saginaw Michigan (WTLZ Hot 107.1) where I will take on Programming Director and midday hostess duties. And my exciting journey continues!"

"Yvonne will be a great addition to my team here in Saginaw" says Vice President/General Manager Shannone Dunlap, "she brings the passion and personal investment Hot 107.1 needs to continue to serve the Saginaw community."







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