Northern Michigan / UP: March 2009 Archives

Josh Debuts Real Name As KHQ MD: JOSH GARBER, who used to entertain the citizenry in past on-air gigs as LUCAS, has found a new job. Starting MONDAY (3/9), he'll be MD/mornings at MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING Top 40/Mainstream WKHQ (106 KHQ)/TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY, MI. This will be the first time he'll use his real name. (Fri, 3/6)


WJML Radio launches new weekly publication

Stone Communications, owner of WJML News/Talk 1110 and 1210 Petoskey, has announced the launch of "Talk of the North", a new free weekly shopping guide for northwest Michigan. 20,000 copies of the publication will be distributed in Grand Traverse, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim and Cheboygan counties each week. The first issue of "Talk of the North" will be March 11 and will be available free at groceries, convenience stores, restaurants, and tourist areas.

Over $2,500 in savings in discount gift certificates and coupons are available in the first issue. The listing of all coupons and discount offers will also be available on the website with secure online ordering 24 hours a day. A special weekly feature is a column by the nationally acclaimed "Coupon Queen" Jill Cataldo on maximizing savings using coupons and promotional offers. Also included are features by WJML's morning host Michael Patrick Shiels and other radio talk show hosts, plus a listing of entertainment in the area, and free classifieds.

In announcing the new publication owner/manager Rick Stone said, "We are really excited about adding this publication to tie in with our radio stations and websites. The print-radio-internet media mix is perfect for reaching and serving a large segment of northern Michigan residents, plus tourists and seasonal residents, and consequently maximizing the value of effective advertising for local businesses."

"Talk of the North" has its offices co-located with WJML Radio on Click Road in Petoskey and on West Front Street in Traverse City. Information can be submitted for publication by email:

Buttload Of Changes In Traverse City Brent Carey, last seen programming Peak Broadcasting's AC/Hot AC combo KXLT (Lite 107.9) and KCIX (Mix 106)/Boise, ID, recently returned to Michigan to run his own company, 818 Media, and has now signed on to consult MacDonald-Garber Top 40 WKHQ and AC WLXT (Lite 96)/Traverse City as WKHQ PD/morning guy Greg "Lunchbox" Grose leaves the building. But don't weep for Mr. Box -- he already has another off-air gig lined up with Northern Star Broadcasting, which has stations spread across Northern Michigan. Grose can be reached at 231-445-0793 or But wait! There's more! Josh "Lucas" Garber (no relation to owner/GM Trish MacDonald-Garber), who used to work for Carey in Boise as APD/nights at KCIX, joins WKHQ as MD/morning co-host, teaming up with OM Heather Leigh, who shifts back from afternoons. At the same time, Fish moves up from nights to afternoons, creating a night opening. Do you have all this, because our heads hurt. Bad. (Tue, 3/10)

Well-known personality Lou Turco, a longtime fixture on local radio for over 40 years, will be heard on Oldies 93 (93.9 FM) starting Saturday, April 4, when he'll begin hosting his Weekend Club show from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Turco's live radio show will focus on community information, along with the greatest hits from the 60s and 70s. Plus, Lou brings with him all of the time-tested features that he's so well known for. The "World-Famous Birthday Train," "Turco Trivia" and "What's New in Pink & Blue" are all part of the Saturday fun. Lou's strong local knowledge and dynamic personality will fill the Saturday 9 a.m.-12 noon time slot every weekend on Oldies 93... Look who's returning to local radio (Thu, 3/12)

After 19 years at the Sault Evening News, well known advertising professional Penny Joss joins Sovereign Communications starting April 15, when she'll begin selling advertising in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for the local radio company. Joss is the sales manager and top seller at the Sault Michigan newspaper. Penny's primary role at Sovereign will be to represent all three of the company's radio stations and build new advertising relationships that will help local businesses grow in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario... Evening News ad manager crosses river, switches to radio (Mon, 3/23)


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)







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