Mid-Michigan: December 2009 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2009



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The last waltz is coming soon for a Jackson radio institution, Joseph "Polka Joe" Pancerz. Polka Joe's last show will be Dec. 27 on WIBM, 1450 AM, ending 44 years as Sunday-morning host of "Polka Time." "Forty-four years is enough," said Pancerz, 83. "What are you going to do? You get old." Pancerz is enshrined in the Michigan Polka Hall of Fame. He has been recognized by Michigan governors, starting with William G. Milliken in 1973. Jackson declared a day in his honor 25 years ago. He has been toasted and roasted and is a fixture at Polish-flavored festivals and events. But those honors just scratch the surface... 'Polka Joe' ending his career as Jackson radio personality (Sat, 12/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 9, 2009



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Jessika Baier could nail a fake British accent, plan a happening theme party or hold captive a karaoke audience, her friends said. A bubbly and spontaneous extrovert with a messy car and maybe 100 pairs of high heels, she had big, if ever changing, plans. "She never wanted to do just one thing. She wanted to do it all. She wanted to travel the world," said Baier's boyfriend, David Beaton. Baier, a former "American Idol" contestant and morning show co-host for Jackson radio station WKHM-FM (105.3), died early Tuesday in a vehicle wreck on I-94. She was heading west about 3:15 a.m. near Pierce Road in Washtenaw County's Sylvan Township when her Chrysler Sebring convertible left the road, according to a Michigan State Police news release... Jackson radio host Jessika Baier remembered by family and friends; funeral arrangements announced (Wed, 12/8)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 11, 2009



Detroit News:

Television is a tough business. LCC TV station manager Nicole Sclafani can certainly attest to that. From Sunday's early morning hours until midnight, Lansing Community College's Dart Auditorium and Technology Learning Center were abuzz. Musicians, staff and volunteers scrambled to make last-second preparations for the Cram Jam benefit concert later that night. "It's chaos, but it's organized chaos," Sclafani said. "I love it. Well, not all the time." In LCC TV's state-of-the-art recording studio, Sclafani and her team had the task of recording three video tracks for three bands. It may sound simple, but the process is deceptively complex... Behind the screens with LCC TV (Wed, 12/9)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2009



Mint City Radio's 5th Annual Classic Christmas

Mint City Radio, the Internet radio station serving Clinton county and surrounding areas, will present its fifth annual Classic Christmas beginning Tuesday, December 22nd and continuing through Friday, December 25th.

This year's Classic Christmas will feature four days of holiday programs from the golden age of radio, including The Jack Benny Show, Fibber McGee and Molly, Gunsmoke, Burns and Allen, and many more.

"The Classic Christmas has become a holiday tradition, and is our gift to our listeners", says Dan Drolett, owner of Mint City Radio. "A lot of radio stations play Christmas music, but we decided to do something a little different. It's a trip back in time to Yuletides gone by, when radio truly was the theater of the mind".

Listeners can hear Mint City Radio online, 24 hours a day, by visiting mintcityradio.com and clicking on the link to listen live.

For more information, contact Dan Drolett at (517) 308-0274 or info@mintcityradio.com.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2009



ESPN 100.9 adds Pistons play-by-play

ESPN 100.9-FM (WLUN Pinconning) has announced that is has become the local radio home for Detroit Pistons basketball in the Great Lakes Bay Region and.that the station will be broadcasting Detroit Pistons basketball for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season starting with the Sunday, December 20th game against the L.A. Lakers. In addition to Pistons games, ESPN 100.9-FM will be carrying the Pistons pre-game show, which begins either 30 or 60 minutes before game time. Check the schedule for pre-game start times.

"We are very excited to add the Pistons to our programming roster. As an organization, we are committed to delivering the best sports programming available," said Jerry O'Donnell, ESPN 100.9FM station general manager. "It's a great partnership for both ESPN 100.9FM and for the Detroit Pistons. The addition of NBA games to our schedule broadens what we are able to offer our listeners, and gives the Pistons a much needed radio home in the Tri-Cities."

Advertising opportunities are available for ESPN 100.9-FM's coverage of Detroit Pistons basketball, which kicks off with Sunday's 6PM game against the Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Sponsorship and advertising inquiries can be directed to Jay Arons, ESPN 100.9FM director of sales, at 989-837-6156 or at Arons@espn1009.com.

Arons was recently hired as the station's director of sales. In his new role, Arons will be in charge of all radio sponsorship sales and maintaining relationships with the station's partners. He spent the previous 10 years with Citadel Broadcasting as an account executive, working with local, statewide and national clients.


Detroit Free Press:

The parent firm for three metro Detroit radio stations, WJR-AM (760), WDRQ-FM (93.1) and WDVD-FM (96.3), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday to restructure its debt load. In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the nation's third-largest radio broadcasting company, listed total assets of $1.4 billion and total debt of $2.46 billion. The presidents of WJR, WDRQ and WDVD did not return calls Sunday to explain the impact in Detroit. Much of Citadel's debt burden stems from its $2.7 billion purchase of ABC Radio from Walt Disney Co. in 2007... WJR, WDRQ, WDVD parent files Chapter 11 (Mon, 12/21)




Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the third-largest radio group in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday. The company, which owns and operates 224 radio stations in 25 states, listed liabilities of $2.5 billion on assets of $1.4 billion, according to court papers filed with the Southern District of New York. Citadel owns six Mid-Michigan stations including 96 WHNN-FM, home of popular morning DJ Johnny Burke; Flint's country station, WFBE-FM (B95); and Saginaw's 102.5 WIOG-FM. The company has been saddled with debt for some time as the radio industry continues to be hard hit by depressed advertising revenue. It had been widely reported in recent months that the company could be headed toward bankruptcy. More than 60 percent of the company's secured lenders backed Citadel's pre-negotiated bankruptcy, which will allow it to extinguish $1.4 billion of debt and convert its $2.1 billion secured credit facility into a new term loan... Citadel Broadcasting files for bankruptcy protection (Sun, 12/20)



Lansing State Journal:

These days, local TV newscasts have to do it all themselves. There are no big lead-ins, no easy audiences. So two stations find some reasons to cheer the new Nielsen ratings books. "I consider it my first book as news director and I couldn't be happier," said Jam Sardar at WLNS (Channel 6). "We're up in five (of eight) shows. ... They drop in seven shows." Many of those drops were by tiny fractions, said Michael King, general manager of WILX (Channel 10). The key thing is what has been overcome... TV news stations see local loyalty in ratings (Mon, 12/21)




Yet another radio group has filed for bankruptcy protection, as NEXTMEDIA GROUP has filed a pre-arranged plan that will hand over control to certain creditors, court papers showed. NEXTMEDIA lists between $100 and $500 Million in total debt. REUTERS reports NEXTMEDIA's first lien debt and general unsecured claims will be paid in full while second lien debt will be converted into 95% equity in the reorganized company, said CFO ERIC NEUMANN, in an affidavit. In a statement on its website, NEXTMEDIA said the reorganization process will have no impact on day-to-day operations and will not result in any changes to senior management or any reduction to employee headcount... NextMedia Also Files For Chapter 11 (Mon, 12/21)


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