Mid-Michigan: October 2009 Archives

Lansing State Journal:

A local radio show will head into new turf next month. Beginning Nov. 2, Michael Patrick Shiels' show will be simulcast from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. weekdays on WSYM (Channel 47). "We want to make (him) a TV star," said Gary Baxter, the WSYM general manager. Shiels originates his talk show at WJIM (1240-AM) from 5:30 to 9 a.m.; it airs on 10 other stations around the state. The TV duties bring one new obligation, he joked: "I have to lose 60 pounds in the next three weeks." The idea of telecasting a radio talk show is relatively unusual. The "Mike and Mike" show is on ESPN; Don Imus' show has gone from MSNBC to RFD to Fox Business Channel. Also, Mitch Albom's Detroit show had an MSNBC run; Howard Stern and "Bob and Tom" edit their TV versions. And the notion of doing it at a local broadcast station is even rarer... Shiels' talk show to air on WSYM starting Nov. 2 (Tue, 10/20)



Advertising Age:

From death sometimes comes life: A CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich., is generating revenue by running on-air and online obituary ads after three of the region's four daily newspapers reduced publication to three days a week. The venture could make obits "one of our top billers within two years," said Jeff Guilbert, general sales manager of WNEM. For $100, the station will run the deceased's name and photo on-air and publish a full-length obituary on ObitMichigan.com. Full-screen graphics listing names of people who have passed away are broadcast during the local station's morning and noon shows Monday through Friday, as well as on weekend morning shows. Viewers are pushed to the website for more information about the deceased as well as funeral-services information. The station's owner, Meredith Corp., expects to roll the concept out to its other stations and says it is also in licensing discussions with other station groups... Local TV Garners Revenue From Obituaries (Mon, 9/19)




NEXT MEDIA Country WCEN/SAGINAW, MI PD JOBY PHILLIPS has announced the addition of AMANDA MITCHELL to the on-air lineup for middays. MITCHELL will start next MONDAY (10/26), filling the void left by PHILLIPS as he moved to afternoons in late SEPTEMBER. AMANDA comes to WCEN from CLEAR CHANNEL former Country station WDTW/DETROIT, where she held down nights and voicetracking duties for other stations in the cluster... Amanda Mitchell Joins WCEN For Middays (Tue, 10/20)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct. 27, 2009



CMU Life:

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to submit an offer to purchase WFUM TV in Flint for no more than $1 million. The television station, currently owned and operated by the University of Michigan, would broadcast from Bay City to the metro Detroit area, Interim University President Kathy Wilbur said the board viewed it as an opportunity to significantly expand the university's coverage into critical areas such as southeast Michigan. "It allows us to expand academic programs on the behalf of CMU, especially through Prof Ed," Wilbur said. "We're so focused on our enrollment question and retention question, this gives us another avenue in which to pursue that." The Board met in special session today in the President's Conference Room in the Bovee University Center to discuss the television station. A purchase and interim management agreement will now be drafted so CMU can take over the station as soon as possible... Board of Trustees approve acquisition of WFUM TV station in Flint (Tue, 10/27)



Television Broadcast:

Public TV stations in Michigan are the latest recipients of federal DTV transition grant money. Central Michigan University's public TV stations received $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development fund, according to The Michigan News. The money was secured by Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin. The grant money will go toward digital production equipment including cameras, editing, mixing and storage equipment. The coverage area of this grant includes the digital stations serving central and northern Michigan. CMU's PBS member stations include WCMU-TV, WCML-TV, WCMV-TV and WCMW-TV... Michigan Public Stations Net $750,000 in Federal Funds (Tue, 10/27)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct. 29, 2009



Flint Journal:

As Central Michigan University prepares to purchase Flint's public broadcasting station WFUM-TV, the new likely owners are promising viewers more local programming in the city and surrounding areas. CMU this week agreed to purchase WFUM (Channel 28) from the University of Michigan for $1 million with money from its reserves and to be repaid by CMU Public Broadcasting, which would acquire the Flint station. The sale won't be finalized until the Federal Communications Commission approves the license transfer. "It certainly allows us to continue to provide public broadcasting to the Flint area and that was something that was in jeopardy," said CMU Spokesman Steve Smith, who said CMU expects to take control of programming by mid to late November... WFUM would bring more local programming to Flint under Central Michigan University ownership (Thu, 10/29)







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