March 2010 Archives

Toledo Blade:

Even before cracking the November ratings book and crunching the newscast numbers, WNWO-TV, Channel 24, general manager Jon Skorburg had to know how his station fared. It's been the same every ratings period since Channel 24 began broadcasting nearly 45 years ago: WNWO is in last place in all competitive newscasts. One thousand: That's approximately how many viewers between the ages of 25-54, the prime advertising demographic, the Nielsens say tuned in to Channel 24 at 11 p.m. That's 22 times less than those who watch WTOL-TV, Channel 11, and 17 times less than those who tune in to WTVG-TV, Channel 13. In the average number of total viewers for that same newscast, WNWO was watched by 5,000 people, compared to 57,000 and 40,000 for WTOL and WTVG, respectively... Reshaping Toledo's Channel 24 (Sun, 2/28)


Guest column by Bill Kalmar, former Director of the Michigan Quality Council

Congrats to Dick Purtan and his talented team for the $2.3 million raised in the 23rd annual Salvation Army Bed and Bread Radiothon! It was an exciting day as his legions of listeners and fans called in their pledges. We called our pledge in early and felt good all day as we heard the stories of how that money is assisting those less fortunate. And no one directs the all day activities better than Dick Purtan!

Money raised by the Radiothon will go a long way to feeding the over 5,000 people daily that the Bed and Bread trucks serve. In addition, two new trucks have been dedicated to Dick and Gail Purtan and Doc Andrews and Gene Taylor from money pledged by listeners. What a great honor for Dick and Gail and a wonderful legacy for Doc and Gene!

Dale Johnson of the Salvation Army mentioned that pledges would push the campaign "over the top" and callers did just that! And it happened because as the song says -- Dick Purtan "You're the top".

You're the top -
You're the louvre museum.
You're a melody from a symphony by strauss.
You're a bendel bonnet, a shakespeare sonnet, you're mickey mouse.
You're the nile - you're the tower of pisa.
You're the smile - on the mona lisa.
You're the top, you're mahatma ghandi.
You're the top - you are napoleon brandy.
You're the purple light of a summer night in spain.
You're the national gallery,
You're garbo's salary,
You're cellophane.
You are sublime, you're a salmon dinner.
You're the time - the time of the derby winner.

During the month of March I know that Dick and his Purtan's People will be featuring excerpts from the "Best of Purtan" and all of us are looking forward to that. But somehow I think once he retires and settles into a lifestyle of assisting charities and doing the work that is most dear to his heart, we will be exposed to more of the "Best of Purtan" because whatever it is he does, he does it BEST and the best is yet to come!

Congrats Dick on 45 years in radio and congrats on the accomplishments yet to be realized!

P.S. And yes I changed "turkey" to "salmon" in the lyrics!


Broadcasting & Cable:

WDIV Detroit has been a pioneer in using Streambox's software-based encoder for IP-based newsgathering in both the Detroit area and internationally. The station relies on it instead of traditional microwave and satellite links to backhaul coverage for both TV newscasts and its Website. The NBC affiliate, owned by Post-Newsweek, has used Streambox to cover everything from a local long-distance yacht race to the aftermath of January's massive earthquake in Haiti, combining it with both wireless EVDO data cards and BGAN broadband satellite transmitters. This winter, WDIV took its use of the Streambox system one step further in an effort to improve its local severe-weather coverage. The station reached a deal with Michigan roadway authorities to place video-capable 3G smartphones loaded with Streambox software in 25 plow trucks... Streaming Snowplows Circle Detroit (Mon, 3/1)


Grand Rapids Press:

Radio broadcasting company, Regent Communications, Inc. (RGCI), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and reached a restructuring agreement with its senior lenders. The restructuring will eliminate approximately $87 million of Regent's debt, said a press release from Brainerd Communicators, the public relations firm representing the company. Day-to-day operations will continue without interruption and no changes will be made to senior leadership, it further stated. Phil Catlett, president and general manager of Regent in Grand Rapids, was not at liberty to comment, but confirmed a meeting this morning to discuss the changes. Catlett said the mood was far from somber. "I would say not at all somber, no. It's quite positive step I think for Regent and for our people here," he said. Based in Cincinnati, Regent owns and operates 62 stations located in 13 markets. They locally operate WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR-FM (98.7) and WNWZ 1410 AM... Regent Communications files Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Mon, 3/1)


Detroit News:

The 2010 Pistons Care Telethon will run throughout today, beginning with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace of Auburn Hills and culminate with tonight's Pistons-Celtics game at 7:30 p.m., broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1-FM, the Ticket. Proceeds from the telethon will benefit the Food Bank Council of Michigan to feed needy Michigan residents. TV viewers and radio listeners interested in donating can call (877) 499-2010 toll-free or donate online by visiting and clicking "Donate Now"... Pistons Telethon will help feed the needy (Tue, 3/2)


Jack Torry, whose book "Henderson's Light: Drinking, Driving and a Deadly Encounter" (Countinghouse Press, $25.95) detailed a tragic 1965 car crash that took the lives of three Birmingham Seaholm teens, including swim team star Roddy Henderson, will appear at 11:30 a.m. today on the Craig Fahle Show on Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM (101.9). The Fahle show runs from 10 a.m. to noon... Author Jack Torry gives interview on WDET-FM (Tue, 3/2)

MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW has announced the lineup for its "19th KCQ COUNTRY MUSIC FEST" free concert. The show is set for SATURDAY, JUNE 19th at 12p (ET) at OJIBIWAY ISLAND in SAGINAW. This year's artists include RICHIE McDONALD, JASON MICHAEL CARROLL, RANDY HOUSER and JIMMY WAYNE... WKCQ Announces "Music Fest" Lineup (Tue, 3/2)


97.1 The Ticket to host free SportsFest on March 20

WXYT-FM 97.1 The Ticket, will present the "97.1 The Ticket SportsFest" - the ultimate metro Detroit sports fan appreciation event on Saturday, March 20 at The Rock Financial Showplace from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. Details can be found at

SportsFest will bring together fans and activities related to all four major local sports teams for a fun filled interactive day for sports lovers and families. 97.1 The Ticket, which can be heard on-air, online at and through mobile devices, will broadcast live from SportsFest beginning at 10 a.m. The event will showcase premier areas designated to each Detroit sports team (Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons) featuring youth clinics, pro shops, memorabilia displays, mascot appearances, sports courts, speed pitch machines, inflatables and more. Other show highlights include autograph sessions with current and former Detroit players, a Sports Pub to watch the college basketball tournament, roundtable discussions with Ticket personalities, contests, and a Minor Leagues area for the kids. 97.1's Ticket Chicks will be onsite along with the Detroit Pistons Dance Team Automotion.

"Detroit's sports fans are the most passionate and dedicated fans around. SportsFest was created as a one day free fan fest to recognize this passion and thank our listeners and fans," said Program Director Jimmy Powers.



Metromix Detroit

Who's ready to rock, girl? It's time for WRIF-FM (101.1)'s annual Rock Girl search for that special someone to represent the legendary Detroit powerhouse radio station at concerts, VIP events and even on the air... The winner of the competition will be rewarded with a $40,000 salary, a scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts, rep the station at events and on air and more. A series of four casting calls over the next few weeks at local bars and establishments will celebrate the new crop of talent, familiarize themeselves with the station and its personalities and provide plenty of opportunities of fun to interact with the public!... WRIF 2010 Rock Girl Search (Wed, 3/3)

CITADEL Country WTNR (94.5 THUNDER COUNTRY)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI has announced that ROB BRANDT has been hired as afternoon host from 3-7p (ET). ROB has been in the GRAND RAPIDS market for 16 years and comes from Sister Classic Rock WLAV. ROB will continue to handle middays/PD duties for WLAV and is also the voice of the syndicated Sports "HUGE Show." WTNR PD STEVE STEWART said: "It is a really big deal to have a talent with his market equity and voice on THUNDER COUNTRY." Part-timer PARTY PAUL, who was handling the afternoon slot, moves to the night show... WTNR Hires Rob Brandt As Afternoon Host (Wed, 3/3)



WOCR FM 89.7 Olivet was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 89.1 and increase power from 125 watts @ 75 feet to 500 watts @ 82 feet.


• FM translator W230BI 93.9 was granted it license to cover to change community of license from Lapeer to Metamora and change its broadcast location further south in Lapeer county. It also increased power from 10 to 250 watts.


• No notable activity for March 1-2.


MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters presented Station of the Year honors at the Broadcast Excellence Awards presentation in Lansing on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 to the following stations:

Market 1 (Detroit):

  • Television: WJBK-TV
  • Radio: WJR AM

Market 2:

  • Television: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids
  • Radio: WKZO AM Kalamazoo

Market 3:

  • Television: WILX-TV Lansing
  • Radio: WLEN-FM Adrian

Market 4:

  • Television: WLUC-TV Marquette
  • Radio: WSJM-FM/AM Benton Harbor

Public Broadcasting Group 1:

  • Television: WGVU-TV Grand Rapids
  • Radio: WICA-FM Interlochen

Public Broadcasting Group 2:

  • Television: WTVS-TV Detroit
  • Radio: Michigan Radio/Ann Arbor (WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM)

High School Radio Station of the Year: Bloomfield Andover/Lahser High School, WBFH-FM

College Radio Station of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

High School Television Station of the Year: Davison High School, DTV

College Television Station of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV

The MAB also announced the winners of its Broadcast Excellence Award competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here. The MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

Congratulations to all the winning stations and their employees!



WBFH Bloomfield Hills named 2010 High School Radio Station of the Year

Eight WBFH students win 14 awards from MAB

WBFHBloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won five first place awards, three second place awards and six third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 3, 2010 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. WBFH received the most cumulative points in all categories entered and was awarded the 2010 High School Radio Station of the Year.

The MAB received 458 entries from 33 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 14 of the 26 awards given out in the high school radio division.

Lahser senior Chad Shepard won five awards: 1st Place, MHSAA Sports PSA; 1st Place, Sportscast/Sports Play-by-Play; 2nd Place, Promotional Announcement; 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Bobby Brandon); 3rd Place, Air Check (with Drake Deitch).

Andover senior Josh Loney won four awards: 1st Place, Talk Show; 2nd Place, Air Check; 3rd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature; 3rd Place (tie), Promotional Announcement.

Andover senior Josh Gordon won two awards: 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement; 3rd Place (tie), Promotional Announcement.

Andover senior Kevin Furlong won one award: 1st Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature.

Lahser senior Patrick Garretson won one award: 1st Place, Promotional Announcement.

Andover senior Ryan Bloom won one award: 3rd Place, Station Activities Report.

Andover senior Drake Deitch won one award: 3rd Place, Air Check (with Chad Shepard).

Lahser junior Bobby Brandon won one award: 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Chad Shepard).

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers, Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr and Remote Supervisor/Program Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students and accept the Station of the Year Award on their behalf. This was the sixth Station of the Year Award WBFH has won in the last eight years.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at



MSU News:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Music Inc. have named Michigan State University's WDBM - or Impact 89 FM, as it is commonly known - the college radio station of the year. The Gold Record Award was presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing on March 3. This is the 10th time in a row that WDBM-FM has won the award. "To be named College Station of the Year for the 10th year in a row is an unprecedented accomplishment." said Gary Reid, professional general manager of the station. "I am extremely proud of our staff, and honored to be able to work with such talented and motivated young people." Impact staffers took first place in four of the seven categories, including Ed Glazer for talk show, Ben Rickert for promotional announcement and public service announcement, and Jeremy Whiting for the station activities report. The staff earned 10 awards in all and amassed nearly twice the number of points than the next nearest competitor... MSU's Impact 89 FM named College Station of the Year for the 10th time (Thu, 3/4)


The ratings for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4's news and Olympics broadcasts beat the top ten markets nationwide and the station won handily in early evening news at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., late news at 11 p.m., and primetime coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in the February 2010 Nielsen ratings period of the Detroit television market.

Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered an 8.3 household rating (RTG) and a 17 share (SHR) in the 5-6 p.m. time period (compared to WXYZ 6.7 RTG, 14 SHR and WJBK 5.2 RTG, 11 SHR). Local 4 News at 5 p.m. registered a significant growth of nearly 20% in household ratings over the previous year.

In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring a 10.1 household rating and an 19 share (compared to WXYZ 6.3 RTG, 12 SHR and WJBK 4.5 RTG, 9 SHR). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo market of adults ages 25-54. This signifies a 25% ratings growth over the previous year, while competitor WXYZ is down 6% household ratings year to year.

Local 4 News at 11 p.m., the perennial powerhouse of late news anchored by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz, dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In February 2010, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered a 10.3 household rating and a 19 share. (compared to WXYZ 7.4 RTG, 14 SHR, WJBK 10pm 7.8 RTG, 12 SHR, and WJBK 11pm M-F 4.9 RTG, 9 SHR). Local 4 News at 11 p.m. was the only late news to demonstrate growth, up another 17% in household ratings over the previous year. In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. beat the late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 10 markets nationwide.

From the Opening Ceremony of 2010 Winter Olympics and throughout the 16 days of intense competition in Vancouver, WDIV averaged a 15.7 in household ratings and a 25 share (compared head-to-head to primetime programming on WXYZ 7.0 RTG, 11 SHR and WJBK 5.3 RTG, 8 SHR), up 35% in primetime household ratings and 39% in share over the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

On Friday, February 12, WDIV's broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony garnered a 21.1 household rating (RTG) and an 34 share (SHR) in the 7:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. time period, up 34% from the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing (15.7 HH RTG, 30 SHR), and up 76% in household rating from the 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Turin (12.0 HH RTG, 20 SHR).

On Wednesday, February 17, as snowboarder Shaun White, speed skater Shani Davis and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn brought home Gold Medals for the U.S. team, WDIV garnered a 20.6 household rating and a 32 share, ranking #1 for household ratings over all NBC affiliates in the top ten markets nationwide.

In addition, on Sunday, February 28, while Team USA battled Team Canada, WDIV's broadcast of the Men's Hockey Gold Medal game finished just shy of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The WDIV programming lineup in other dayparts also fared well. The Ellen Degeneres Show (10-11 a.m.) was #1 and continues to lead in all key demographics. In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 4 p.m. followed by Inside Edition with Deborah Norville virtually tied WXYZ's Oprah in households. And in the time period of 7-8 p.m., Wheel Of Fortune (11.2 HH RTG, 20 SHR) and Jeopardy (9.9 HH RTG, 17 SHR) are the top-rated shows, and continue to experience growth, up 14% in household ratings from the previous year.

Also in February,, WDIV's local and national news, weather, sports and entertainment website, scored over 22.4 million page views, setting an all time record for page views in the month of February.



WRAX FM 98.9 was granted its license to cover; the station has remain silent through August, 2010. It is now licensed to Lake Isabella, having previously moved its construction permit from Walhalla in Mason County. It is licensed for 250 watts @ 49 feet. Should the station begin operations, it will cause a crowded frequency on 98.9 in the area as there is already a licensed LPFM (WQOS) on 98.9 in Mt. Pleasant, just miles east of the location of what would be WRAX in Isabella County.


Michigan Radio named Public Radio Station of the Year

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been named Public Radio Station of the Year for 2009 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). The award was announced Wednesday evening at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing. This is the eighth time in nine years that Michigan Radio has been named Public Radio Station of the Year.

The Station of the Year recognition is based on total points that a station receives in various judging categories. Michigan Radio was recognized as Station of the Year in Group 2, which is for public radio stations with more than $2 million budget.

In addition to the Station of the Year award, Michigan Radio received a total of fourteen Broadcast Excellence Awards, including eight Best in Category awards and six Merit awards.



• Larlen Communications was granted its license to cover for WDPW FM 91.9 Greenville. The station has reportedly been on the air with religious programming.


Detroit News:

Carl Nielbock was a stranger in a new land. Listening to legendary radio personality Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg helped him persevere. The 24-year-old moved from Germany in 1984 to meet his father and connect with his African-American roots. Nielbock, whose mother is white and father is black, settled on the east side with his father. Their day began, like so many others in Detroit, by listening to Steinberg's radio show. "She was very inspirational. She eloquently explained the situation we find ourselves in," said Nielbock, 50. "She talked about how you can overcome problems and that you can make it despite all the adversity." Nielbock, an ironworks artisan, has worked since Steinberg's death in 2000 to honor her with a 16-foot statue on Belle Isle. He met with her daughters, Sandra and Trienere, last week to discuss efforts to raise $300,000 to complete the project... Building on legacy of Martha Jean 'The Queen' (Sat, 3/6)

CLEAR CHANNEL Rhythmic AC WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT)/DETROIT has announced its 2010 SPRING BEATRAVE. The APRIL 24th show features STEVIE B., LISA LISA, C+C MUSIC FACTORY featuring FREEDOM WILLIAMS, ROB BASE, THE COVER GIRLS and SHANNON... BeatRave Set At 106.7 The Beat Of Detroit (Fri, 3/5)


Grand Rapids Press:

Emily Pearce, former morning-show co-host on WHTS-FM (105.3), is the new director of marketing for Clear Channel Radio in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Pearce, who also worked with Regent Broadcasting, took over for Christy Mack on Jan. 14. Pearce earned a communications degree at Central Michigan University and has worked in local radio for several years... Broadcast notes: Job changes for Emily Pearce, Rob Brandt (Fri, 3/5)


MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters, who combined have served in the industry for nearly eight decades. The Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the Engineering Luncheon at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo which was held the Lansing Center, March 3 in Lansing.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

  • Radio Winner: Ed Trombley, Field Engineer/RF Expert, Munn-Reese, Inc., Coldwater, Michigan

Ed Trombley is the Field Engineer and RF Expert Extraordinaire at Munn-Reese, Inc. He began his broadcasting career as a student at Lake Superior State College in the Electronic Engineering Technology program. Upon graduating, Ed worked as a contract engineer for several years at numerous stations across Lower Michigan. In 1984 Ed took on the position of Chief Engineer and Technical Director of Telecommunications at WSAE/KTGG at Spring Arbor College. After a decade of service at Spring Arbor College, Ed made to the move to Munn-Reese, Inc. in Coldwater, MI to work as a field engineer conquering the most complex of radio engineering issues. Since his move to Munn-Reese, Ed has become quite the engineering celebrity throughout the state known for his problem solving and uncanny way of communicating with the finickiest of machinery.

In addition to his professional work, Ed is known for his garage full of old broadcast parts and equipment supplying the local theatre with period props not to mention the numerous engineers who have been helped in a pinch because of his garage full of goodies. Ed is married to his lovely wife Mary and the couple has four children.

  • Television Winner: John Grover, Chief Engineer, WADL-TV, Mount Clemens/Detroit, Michigan

John Grover is the Chief Engineer for Adell Broadcasting Corporation's WADL-TV. He has over 46 years of experience in broadcast engineering, 33 of which has been as a television station chief engineer. John began his broadcasting career in 1963 at WJIM as a staff engineer before a brief two-year stint as an engineer for World Wide Sports in Williamston, MI. He then became the Chief Engineer for WGPR, a radio and television licensee, in 1977 where he assemble a U-Matic auto logging sequencer for interstitial and program playback.

In 1988, John joined the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Flint as Chief Engineer at WSMH starting a local news operation. In addition, in 1992 John took on the extra duties of Chief Engineer at WADL-TV where he managed the operations and staffing of Master Control. In 2006, John opted to lighten his heavy work load retiring from WSMH-TV. John is still Chief Engineer at WADL-TV and is known for his positive, can-do sprit and outstanding work ethic.


MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Michael Gottlieb of Don-Lors Electronics and Will Tieman of TBC Sports/Spartan Sports Network with the organization's Associate of the Year Award. The presentation was made Wednesday, March 3 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. The award recognizes the significant contributions made by MAB associate members, and acknowledges their efforts in enhancing the quality and integrity of broadcasting while supporting their community.

  • Michael Gottlieb, National Director of Sales and Marketing, Don-Lors Electronics, Livonia, Michigan

Michael GottliebMichael Gottlieb grew up in Plymouth, MI where he graduated from Plymouth Canton High School. After attending Central Michigan University he went to work for E.F. Hutton as a Stockbroker and remained in investment business for over 15 years seeing several corporate mergers and acquisitions. He was promoted to several levels from Branch Manager to Vice President during that time before making the move to Don-Lors Electronics who specializes in all facets of commercial and residential satellite TV and communication, home and commercial theatre and A/V and Digital signage and advertising. As the National Director of Sales and Marketing, Michael is responsible for offices in 14 major markets throughout the country.

In 2008 Michael, and his company, teamed with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) to bring the most comprehensive DTV transition plan in the country. Through his dedication to the cause and the people of Michigan, Michael and Don-Lors Electronics opened their facilities and dedicated their staff to the first-ever Live DTV Helpline, assisting Michigan citizens with every facet of the digital television transition.

"Michael Gottlieb was a key player in the massive success of the 2009 transition to digital television," said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. "Michael offered his company's assistance and resources to bring the people of Michigan the first live-operator DTV call center in the nation."

  • Will Tieman, President of TBC Sports/ Spartan Sports Network, Holt, Michigan

Will TiemanWill Tieman is in his 4th decade of broadcasting college football and basketball games. Within the state of Michigan he is most recognized as the voice for Coach Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartan basketball team. In addition to his broadcast work with MSU, Tieman has served as the voice of Miami University, the Big Ten Basketball Game of the Week and was lead announcer for Coach Eddie Robinson's Grambling State University Tigers national radio network.

His national network football bowl assignments have included The Citrus Bowl, The Motor City Bowl (now Little Caesars Pizza Bowl), the International Bowl and the Blue-Gray Game. He has anchored various television assignments and for 15 seasons in the month of May, Tieman provided national radio coverage from The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During the course of a year over 250 radio stations around the nation air broadcasts he anchors.

For the past two years, Tieman and his crew received the Michigan Association of Broadcaster's "Best Network Play-By-Play" Award. Tieman is currently the President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

"Will Tieman has been an extremely active and supportive associate member of the MAB," said White. "Mr. Tieman has provided countless opportunities for the MAB to build key external relationships and has given back to the broadcasting community by sharing his depth of knowledge on sports broadcasting with new and experienced broadcasters alike, by serving as a speaker and panelist at MAB events and as a guest columnist for the MAB newsletter."


Ironwood's WIMI broadens playlist

WIMIUpper Midwest Broadcasting reports that Hot AC WIMI FM 99.7 Ironwood has "moved to a broader Adult Contemporary format positioned as 'The Best Variety; following its sale to J&J Broadcasting" and rehired Uncle Al Rice for afternoons. J&J recently closed on its purchase of WIMI and sister station WJMS AM 590 from Baracuda Broadcasting.


Winds of change blowing in South Bend market?

Are format changes on the radar in the South Bend / Benton Harbor area with rumors that Premiere Radio Networks' programs from names like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck might be moving from their area AM homes to an FM rocker which would then flip to talk?

Talk about these rumors by visiting the Discussion Group forums.


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television mined little-known family foundations as part of its strategy to close out its recent $22 million capital campaign. "In addition to the larger foundations, we had to go to the indigenous population of family foundations, largely unknown," said WTVS-Channel 56 board Chairman Richard Rassel, who is director of global client relations at Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long P.C. Clover Technology L.L.C. founder George Riley, whose family foundation committed $5 million to Channel 56 and sold it its new, production-ready headquarters in Wixom, "is typical of that family foundation donor base that we all need to look at more closely as we go forward in these challenging times," Rassel said... Detroit Public Television tapped all sources for capital campaign (Tue, 3/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Oscar night was a big deal for ABC, whose telecast of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards drew some encouraging numbers. The biggest night in movies, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, drew 41.3 million total viewers to the Alphabet Network on Sunday. It was the largest audience since 2005, the year Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" was the big winner, according to the Nielsen folks. Locally, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) also had its biggest Oscar numbers in five years. About 927,000 metro Detroit viewers tuned in to watch Kathryn Bigelow become the first woman to win the best director prize... Oscars draw big ratings (Tue, 3/9)



Toledo radio watchers wait for changes to AM 1560, FM 100.9

In a story that's been excruciatingly slow to finalize, there have been some recent developments in a station swap between religious broadcaster CSN and Cumulus Media. Moving from Cumulus to CSN is AM daytimer WTOD 1560, which will replace CSN's FM translator that was heard on FM 100.7. That translator is now off the air, but is expected back on the air soon at FM 100.9. There's no certainty among radio watchers in Toledo as to what Cumulus will be airing on the translator ... speculation is either it will become part of 'The Ticket' (FM 106.5 / AM 1470) or rebroadcast 106.5's HD2 'The Zone' alternative rock format.



88.1 WBFH's Randy Carr recognized

The Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District presented Randy Carr with the Support Staff Recognition Award at their regular meeting March 4 at the Gary M. Doyle Center in Bloomfield Hills. Carr is the Assistant Station Manager and Technical Director of the school district radio station WBFH 88.1 FM, also known as The Biff.

Candidates for this award must be nominated by at least two individuals, citing the exceptional personal qualities and work characteristics that make the person an outstanding employee who has made positive contributions to the District.

Carr has been the Assistant Station Manager at WBFH for 10 years. Before that, he worked in commercial radio for 30 years as an air personality and broadcast engineer at the following stations: WYCD, WKQI, WCZY, WAAM, WTKA, WCAR, WCXI and WVMO.

Carr supervises the station from 1-9 p.m. each school day. During that time, he assists the radio students as they perform on the air during their shows. He assists students when recording productions which air on the station. As Technical Director, he makes sure the hardware and software are working properly.

As a member of the WBFH management team with Station Manager Pete Bowers and Program Director/Remote Supervisor Ron Wittebols, Carr has helped make The Biff a well respected program in the state and the nation. WBFH was recently named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2010 High School Station of the Year, the sixth time in eight years receiving that honor. WBFH also has been named the Best High School Station in a national competition three times in the last four years.



• The FCC has approved Synergy Medias acquisition of FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $3,200 plus the forgiveness of unpaid tower rent. The application states the translator, which is currently silent, would rebroadcast Synergy's WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee.


• Also approved by the FCC was the transaction between Heartland Communications, the company that owns WIKB-FM/AM 99.1/1230 Iron River, and NorthStar Properties, LLC worth $700,000 that involved a partial sale and also involved a number of stations in northern Wisconsin.


• No notable activity for March 8.


No More Joey Showey

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column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Art Vuolo Jr.Recently, progressive-talk WDTW (AM 1310) added The Joey Reynolds overnight show 1 am-6 am. WDTW-AM (once the mighty WKNR Keener 13 in the 1960's) is one of a number of AM signals in Detroit (Dearborn technically) which is unknown to most local radio listeners. Joey was one of only a few programs that actually got this 5,000 watt station noticed. Sadly that is now coming to an end.

The radio station where Joey's program originates, WOR-AM (710) in New York City has decided that the bottom line is far more important than the all-night audience who listened in droves to the last overnight radio show that was actually entertaining! They will pull the plug on Joey's show on April 2nd. He did it for just over 14 years. Reynolds, often referred to as a "radio rebel" had 38 jobs prior to joining New York's oldest station, which has been doing talk for 88 years. He is considered to be the father of "shock radio" years before Howard Stern was ever heard from. His style today, however, is 180 degrees from those days. He also did the first simulcast on both radio and TV at KOA-AM (850) in Denver and KOA-TV Channel 4. It was innovative and wildly entertaining. He broke the first hit by the Four Seasons "Sherry" in 1962 while working in Hartford, CT. His opening theme song was a custom creation by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons as a token of appreciation.

ReynoldsSo, now after nearly a decade and a half, WOR has decided to push fun radio out the door in exchange of George Noory's AM Coast-to-Coast. Interestingly George is a Detroiter, who has spent much of his career in St. Louis. Noory's show centers heavily on the paranormal and extraterrestrial topics. It is also carried on over 500 stations across the country. It was on in New York, opposite Joey's show, on WJR's sister station WABC-AM (770). Joey did very well. It was a national show that was VERY entertaining and very New York. The studio was often jammed with people even at 2 or 3 in the morning!

When WABC had a new overnight show called "The Red-Eye Radio Show" hosted by former KABC Los Angeles morning host Doug McIntyre, it pushed AM Coast-to-Coast off the powerful Citadel talker. That move sent shock-waves throughout the NYC radio community. Most figured it would only be a matter of time (and of course money) before Noory's show would resurface on another station. Sadly for fans of "fun radio" it was at the expense of losing Joey Reynolds. It's easier and cheaper for stations to plug in a syndicated national show than to do a live and local program. So, once again, the listeners are the losers. Radio keeps drinking the Kool-Aid and wonders why it has a stomach ache.

There should be enough room on the radio dial to do the big nationwide broadcasts AND a local show which, although Joey is nationally syndicated as well, was heavy on New York based stars and entertainment. The theatre-community, in particular, will be upset by this action, since Reynolds featured Broadway cast members, singers, musicians, comics and a plethora of big stars on his show every night. Rarely (if ever) were politics discussed and he very rarely used the phones. His was similar to TV legendary Ed Sullivan Show of the 1950's & 60's.

VuoloIf you spin the AM dial overnight you will hear George Noory, who is a nice man and has a big audience, on literally dozens of stations, but now we won't hear one of the most creative and innovative broadcasters to ever grace the airwaves with the absence of Joey Reynolds. My personal hope is that some savvy radio company picks him up before he even hits the ground, but for now, the last FUN show on radio will broadcast for the final time on Friday April 2nd....and that's no post April Fool's Day joke. Good luck needs you.


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WFGR adds Russell for afternoons

WFGRNew to the lineup at classic hits WFGR FM 98.7 Grand Rapids is Craig Russell who signs on for afternoons.



Grand Rapids Press:

WBCTJust six weeks after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle crash while en route to a B-93 charity event, radio personality Dave Conrad was back on the air at WBCT-FM (93.7). That 2006 turnaround was a surprisingly quick recovery for the now 51-year-old Spring Lake resident, who suffered six broken ribs, a punctured lung and a shattered ankle joint when the driver of the motorcycle he was riding with missed a red light on 28th Street. Conrad was sitting in the cycle's sidecar to help deliver a check to the radio station's Roofsit for Kids event when it collided with an SUV, sending him 10 feet in the air. Unbeknownst to many in B-93's "Listener Family" and the station, health complications from that crash continue to haunt Conrad... B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad highlights need for kidney donation, Saint Mary's Heath Care's adult-match kidney transplant program (Thu, 3/11)


Community-targeted Politics & Life show shifts to WGPR

WGPRThe Politics and Life talk Show, which began in 2008 on AM 1500 WLQV, has moved to FM on WGPR 107.5 where it is now heard Saturdays at Noon. Host and owner of the show Nina Calahan-James made her debut on WGPR along with political analyst/co-host Dalton Roberson Jr. on March 6th.

In 60 days, Calahan-James has expectations to increase the program to 2 hours from it's current 60 minutes. The program is a supported by volunteers and independently financed as a community out-reach on air production which was designed to enhance listeners knowledge of government, politics, and issues that impact daily living as well as motivating citizens to make better informed decisions. The talk show presents an innovative vibrant freshness of interviewing national and local political leaders.

Calahan-James has created three segments just for Detroit Public Schools students to participate in. A regular segment on the show, The Honor Student Showcase, will be hosted by Dexter Perry, Taylor Trammell, and Laniesha Evans, three seniors at Mumford High School along with Dustin Morris, a Journalism & Debate Club member from Cass Tech. The female students have been participating in the Detroit Free Press High School Journalism Program for two years. Trammell is the editor-in-chief and Evans is the managing editor of their high school paper, the Mumford Times. The Talk Show Honor Student Showcase program is open for two more teens to join the team.

On the new WGPR 107.5, the Politics & Life Talk show will create two new segments for the high school students. This first segment, the ABC's Accomplishments of Black Creativity will be hosted by Mumford senior Taylor Trammell. The second segment, 1000 DCD or 1000 Days to Change Detroit, will be co-hosted by high school senior student Dexter Perry, featuring Detroit City Council Members and Charter Commission members who will appear on the show. All students will present reports that are factual and informational as it relates to government, politics and the world in which they live. Students prepared for their radio debut by recording commercials which aired this week and recording segments at WGPR.

Reginald 'Reggie' Davis, a popular radio personality on Detroit's 102.7 WHTD-FM and now a Detroit Charter Commissioner, is currently negotiating with executive producer Calahan-James to join the talk show team and host a weekly segment related to the Detroit community life.

Check out previous versions of the program at



Low power AM station on the air in Hamtramck

A new Part 15, low power, non-commercial AM radio station is broadcasting on 1610 from Hamtramck. Known as 'The Station', the stated mission "is to play, promote, and export Michigan music to the people of Earth."

Outside of the limited over-the-air listening range, tune in via the The Station's web site:



Detroit Free Press:

Fifty years ago Friday -- it was a wintry day in Detroit, with temperatures in the 20s -- fans for the first time heard Ernie Harwell describe Tigers baseball in his soft Southern drawl. At 1:25 p.m. on March 12, 1960, if you tuned to WWJ-AM (950) or WKMH-AM (1310), you would have caught the opening game of the Grapefruit League season from Lakeland, Fla. In the broadcast booth at Henley Field that day were Harwell, partner George Kell and engineer Howard Stitzel... Ernie's first call with Tigers hits 50 (Thu, 3/11)


The date has been set and preparations are being made for what promises to be THE must-attend media event in Detroit for the year 2010! A cast of half a dozen people who organized the last such gathering in 2005 have re-assembled and are planning a LAST BLAST Detroit Radio Reunion for Saturday September 25th. The exact location is being currently decided, but will likely be in the Novi area. The 2005 and 1998 events were at the Hilton (turned Sheraton) Hotel at 8 Mile and Haggerty in Novi.

A number of milestones are occurring this year. Among them are Specs Howard celebrating 40 years of the famous broadcasting school, now with the emphasis on the media arts. Hot and heavy rumors have also been circulating of a possible WSHJ-FM reunion of alumni from the famous Southfield High School station at 88.3. Radio Reunion organizers are hoping that gathering can be slated for Friday night the 24th so WSHJ staffers coming in for the Radio Reunion can attend the both events. In a tight economy, it just makes sense to schedule such gatherings on the same weekend so attendees only have to make one trip instead of two.

Organizers are planning to honor at least 3 people at the Detroit Radio Reunion: Dick Purtan, Specs Howard, and Sonny Eliot. Purtan, for his 45 years of entertaining us at WKNR, WXYZ, CKLW, WCZY/WKQI and WOMC. Howard, for his 40 years of running the famed school that bears his name in Southfield. Finally, Sonny Eliot who (later this year) celebrates his 90th birthday still doing weather on WWJ, which also turns 90 years old in August as the first station on the air in the USA.

The last Detroit radio reunion was held in late September of 2005, and although it drew just over 300, a number of people missed it for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was Hurricane Rita headed for the Texas coast. This year we are hoping for good weather and a great chance for hundreds of radio folks to come together one last time for a "group hug." According to our records, since the last get-together we've lost over 22 more of our friends. So, we thought we'd better hurry.

The reunion committee includes; Mike Seltzer, Millie Coffey, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, Terry Holmes, Dick Kernen, and Art Vuolo.

If you ever worked in any capacity at any station in southeastern Michigan or surrounding areas, please get in touch with Art Vuolo at so we can make sure that you're on the roster of those attending.

Since there is never enough time to visit at such affairs, an after-glow birthday party is also being planned by Art for the day after. So things should be hopping Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be a trifecta weekend for everyone! Please spread the word, via phone, e-mail, regular mail, Facebook, Twitter or smoke signals to anyone you feel should be at this event!

Keep watching for more information!



• Best Media is selling FM translator W206BI 89.1 to Radio One for $120,000 pending FCC approval and closing. An application is on file withe FCC to move the translator to FM 99.9 and rebroadcast Radio One's WDMK-FM 105.9 - however, it's also possible further applications will be filed to change the originating station and/or location. Radio One owns WCHB AM 1200 and WHTD-FM 102.7 along with WDMK in Detroit. Although both WDMK and WHTD use digital FM IBOC, neither is currently utilizing an HD2 stream.


WMUZ FM 103.5 Detroit has been granted special temporary authority to increase its digital IBOC power.


• The FCC approved the sale of 31 FM stations and translators from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, CA to Calvary Radio Network of Indiana. Included are W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek, both of which relay WQKO FM 91.9 Howe, IN- which is also part of the $1,000,000 transaction.


WMSD FM 90.9 Rose City was granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 5,000 to 15,000 watts and change from Class A to Class C3. The station's antenna height would remain the same; it would switch to a directional pattern should the construction permit be completed by its expiration date of March 10, 2013.


• FM translator W237CZ 95.3 Hudsonville was granted its license to cover for a power increase to 250 watts from 55 and to rebroadcast AM station WPRR AM 1680 Ada.


• FM translator W286AU 105.1 Allegan was granted an extension of its remain silent authority through September 7, 2010.


• No notable activity for March 10.

Today marks the end of an era for Ludington radio. Longtime WKLA morning show host George Wilson begins his retirement today, following a broadcasting career that started in 1959. Over the years, thousands of guests appeared on the George Wilson Show to promote community events and keep residents informed of what's happening in their town. One of George's regular guests was Ludington Mayor John Henderson who said, "He's been an icon in the Ludington and Mason County area for decades. I'm going to miss George and doing the Friday morning show together." Congressman Pete Hoekstra also spoke with George every Thursday morning for the past 18 years. Hoekstra said, "It's going to be a huge loss for the community. George has been a beacon of good news in the morning. It was always good to talk with George in the morning and I'm sure all of Mason County will feel a huge loss." Congressman Hoekstra said he has especially enjoyed the off-air friendship he has created with Big George... George Wilson's Final Show On WKLA Radio (Fri, 3/12)



New York Times:

You don't need pockets as deep as Comcast's to get into the TV business. Or even be a millionaire, apparently. A UHF station in western Michigan - WMKG-LP, Channel 38 - that airs a mix of live talk shows and outdoor sports programming, is "priced to sell" at $700,000, according to its listing on eBay. And the owner, Bud Kelley, says he'll go even lower. Mr. Kelley had originally listed the station - including property, license and equipment - on the online auction site for $1 million before dropping the price to $700,000, and said on Thursday that he'd be happy with a $500,000 cash sale. Most of the people who have inquired so far were "tire-kickers," he said, though serious offers have come his way. "It's a real station, not a toy," said Mr. Kelley, 67, who has run the 24-hour station since it went live in April 1990. "It's just retirement time for me." Among the thorns in his side: the weekly bingo show, which airs on Thursdays at 7 p.m., later than he wants to work... Small Michigan Television Station Is 'Priced to Sell' on eBay (Thu, 3/11)


Saginaw News:

A documentary on the women of the Saginaw Valley and a theme penned by a Flint musician was recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Delta College Public Broadcasting received 10 Broadcast Excellence Awards at the annual event held in Lansing on Wednesday, March 3. "We are emphasizing local productions that provide our listeners and viewers a window on our amazing community," said Barry Baker, general manager for Delta College Public Broadcasting. Both WDCQ-TV and Q-90.1 FM were the only television and radio stations in the Great Lakes Bay Region area to receive recognition. Delta competed against other public broadcasters in the Tri-Cities, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Kalamazoo... Delta's public broadcasting wins 10 awards for excellence (Thu, 3/11)

ALL ACCESS hears that CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT PD GEORGEANN HERBERT has resigned from the station to launch her own business involving music. HERBERT's resume includes stops as OM at CBS RADIO News WBBM-A and the old Talk WMAQ-A/CHICAGO and reporter/producer/ND positions at WCHV-A and WWWV/CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; WFIR-A and WPVR/ROANOKE; WRVA-A/RICHMOND; and WTAR-A and WLTY/NORFOLK. HERBERT's resignation will be effective MARCH 31st... Georgeann Herbert To Exit WWJ-A/Detroit (Fri, 3/12)


The other shoe drops in the previously-announced move of EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION's FM translator K279AZ/COTTAGE GROVE, MN to downtown MINNEAPOLIS, with the filing of a contract to swap the facility to CLEAR CHANNEL's AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC in exchange for programming rights to the HD-2 multicast channel of CC's Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT... Swap Gives CC Twin Cities Translator (Fri, 3/12)

After forecasting the weather on 7 & 4 News for more than 13 years, 11 years as Chief Meteorologist, Greg MacMaster is stepping away from the studio cameras and preparing for a new path in politics. Greg announced he's leaving WPBN/WTOM Friday. Another announcement will be made Monday on his future plans as a candidate for the 105th State House seat. We wish him well on his future endeavors, and thank him for his many years as a co-worker and friend of the 7 & 4 News Team... 7 & 4 Chief Meteorologist Greg MacMaster Prepares For Next Chapter (Fri, 3/12)



WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater has been sold by Michiana Christian Broadcasters to Bible Broadcasting Network for $300,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The station, which has aired BBN programming since it signed on in July 2008, has a construction permit to drastically increase its coverage area in south central Michigan.


WWSJ AM St. Johns gets spot on FM dial

FM translator W262BD 100.3 is now airing gospel programming from WWSJ 1580 AM St. Johns.The translator is licensed to Dimondale, owned by Educational Media Foundation and operates with 22 watts from the Boji Tower about 300 feet above ground level. Operation began at 5 pm yesterday, March 14th.

The translator's signal can be heard more than 10 miles away from downtown Lansing on car radios and greatly increases WWSJ's reach into Lansing.



WSGW-FM 100.5 Carrollton was granted its license to cover to increase power from 3,000 to 6,000 watts and change to a directional pattern.

Tom Taylor reports this morning that Rubber City Radio has agreed to sell its Lansing 4-station FM cluster (active rock WJXQ 106.1, modern rock WVIC 94.1, classic hits WQTX 92.1 and smooth jazz WJZL 92.9) to MIdwest Communications for an amount that's not yet been revealed. Operating as Mid-Michigan Radio Group, Rubber City first bought into Lansing in 2000.

For Midwest Communications, it's an expansion eastward of its Michigan group of stations - it already owns 9 plus an FM translator in Kalamazoo, Coldwater, and Holland.


Detroit News:

A five-page lawsuit that could spell more trouble for former broadcaster Fanchon Stinger and her ex-boyfriend, Rayford Jackson, a Detroit businessman convicted in the Synagro Technologies sludge scandal. Motorcyclist David Sugg sued both last week for at least $25,000 over a May 2007 car crash. The lawsuit claims Jackson was driving a 2006 Ferrari that swerved in a "violent manner" and struck Sugg's 2002 Honda motorcycle on Interstate 696 near I-75. Sugg claims he lost control of the bike and flew to the ground at highway speed. Sugg is suing Stinger, a former WJBK-Fox 2 personality, because she was the registered owner of the sports car... Paper Chase: Ex-TV broadcaster sued by motorcyclist (Thu, 3/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Former Fox 2 broadcaster Fanchon Stinger had a fast Ferrari. And she let her ex-boyfriend and convicted felon Rayford Jackson tool around in it. So says a five-page personal injury lawsuit filed recently against Stinger and Jackson in Oakland County Circuit Court by a man who claims Jackson was driving the car registered to Stinger when he crashed into his 2002 Honda motorcycle on May 19, 2007... Stinger faces lawsuit after ex's 2007 crash in Ferrari (Thu, 3/18)



• WYGR LLC, owner of WYGR AM 1530 Wyoming/Grand Rapids is purchasing FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills (NE of Grand Rapids) for $25,000 from Horizon Christian Fellowship pending FCC approval and closing. Horizon has also filed for remain silent authority for the translator.


• No notable activity for March 16 - 17.


Grand Rapids Press:

WBCTCraving a little of Keith Anderson's "XXL" or "Pickin' Wildflowers"? Wondering if Justin Moore will ever play Michigan again after a drunken fan stole one of his guitars at a recent concert in Royal Oak? Both country singers have been added to B-93's Birthday Bash lineup June 19-20 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin. The free country-music concert is sponsored by WBCT-FM (93.7). Anderson will perform Saturday along with previously announced country superstar Blake Shelton. Moore will hit the stage Sunday, along with Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Love & Theft and The Band Perry. Other acts are expected to be announced soon... Keith Anderson, Justin Moore part of B-93 Birthday Bash 2010 lineup (Thu, 3/18)


Michigan Radio wins eleven Michigan Associated Press Awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that is made up of WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor/WFUM FM 91.1 Flint/WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, received eleven awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2009. The station took top honors in ten out of the eleven categories for noncommercial radio stations, including General Excellence.

Michigan Radio received 'Best Of' Michigan AP Awards in General Excellence, Best Newscast, Best Spot News, Best Individual Reporting, Best Continuing Coverage, Best News Documentary, Best Feature Story, Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting, Best Natural Sound and Best Web Site. The station also received an honorable mention for News Documentary.

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2009. The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 17th in Southfield, Michigan.



Detroit Free Press:

Jim Harper solved one mystery while starting another Thursday morning when he revealed some info about those "How would you give away $10,000?" billboards. On his "Magic Morning Show" on WMGC-FM (105.1), Harper said he'll give away $10,000 in a special contest designed to aid a listener's worthy cause. The $10,000 isn't coming from his station. Instead, it was provided by an unidentified donor. Now under way is a contest in which listeners can suggest causes worthy of the money. The only catch, if you can call it that, is that they must suggest an organization, not an individual person. You can go to the station's Web site,, now through April to post your ideas... Harper to give away $10,000 (Fri, 3/19)


Saginaw News:

WHNNJohnny Burke of Frankenmuth is a morning radio personality for 96-FM WHNN. What is your typical day like? My day starts at 3:30 a.m. when I get up, make coffee and read the overnight news. After showering and driving to work for the 5:30 start time, Blondie and I broadcast the show until about 9:15 a.m. After our show, we have calls (related to programming and the Johnny Burke Children's Foundation) and e-mail to return, decisions to make about the next day's show topics, reading the news, editing jokes and meeting with sales staff about upcoming giveaways, interviews, contests and promotions. We also typically have commercial and promotional production (recordings) to do. Then we might have to go to a personal appearance, remote broadcast or business meeting with public officials or sponsors. Usually it's eight to 10 hours a day... Meet your neighbor: Johnny Burke, WHNN-FM radio personality (Fri, 3/19)


Battle Creek Enquirer:

Somewhere, bouncing around the atmosphere in a sea of static, is a voice waiting to hear from you. It's an allure that's drawn in more than a few amateur radio enthusiasts, and they'll gather today at the 50th annual Michigan Crossroads Hamfest and Radio Swap. The meet up will be held this year at the Marshall Activity Center, 15325 W. Michigan Ave., Marshall. That's where radio hobbyists will get together for a swap of old radios, radio parts and whatever else they think to bring along. "It's 90 percent radios, and 10 percent could be anything," event chairman John Davidson said Friday. "It's everything from old parts to build your own equipment, new equipment, to publications." Having grown up in a radio household, Davidson said his interest in the hobby started as a child... Radio enthusiasts sign on for Hamfest (Sat, 3/20)


The Oakland Press:

Jake Sigal, the 28-year-old founder of Ferndale-based companies Myine Electronics and Livio Radio, didn't waste any time finding his calling in life. "I started off when I was 7. I ripped apart my dad's VCR with a screwdriver and I've been tinkering with electronics ever since. I've been taking stuff apart and trying to put it together ever since," he said. His companies focus on bringing Internet-based music to the masses. "Engineering and music are my two passions, and I've found a way to put them together," said Sigal, who initially had scholarships to be a percussion major at some conservatories before deciding to study engineering. Sigal said his companies make devices that are simple and usable by all people, including baby boomers: "I want my mom and dad to have access to digital audio without all the bells and whistles. Technology is hard. My parents are more tech-scared, so that's why we have familiar buttons and keep things simplistic. We've won design awards, because we did it right. We've found the balance between technology and simplicity"... Ferndale companies bringing Internet radio to baby boomers (Sat, 3/20)



• Birach Broadcasting of Southfield, MI has received two $15,000 Notices of Apparent Liability from the FCC for violations concerning staffing levels at two west Michigan AM stations, WMFN AM 640 Zeeland and WMJH AM 810 Rockford. Inspections in 2005 resulted in FCC findings that the stations were engaging in an unauthorized transfers of control that occurred in the context of time brokerage agreements and further found that Birach apparently failed to staff the main studios of the stations with the required managerial and staff level employees of its own while the stations were being operated by a time broker. WMFN Notice of Apparent Liability, WMJH Notice of Apparent Liability (.pdf)


Detroit Free Press:

When people retire, there's usually a cake, a card and a party. But when Dick Purtan does his last morning show Friday on WOMC-FM (104.3), there will be a feeling across metro Detroit that a legend is leaving a radio landscape he's reigned over with humor and grace for 45 years. Yet Purtan has always been more than a beloved king of local broadcasting. He seems like a friend on the morning commute. "Purtan's People" is the name for his program and on-air team, but it's also what many listeners consider themselves after growing up with him. There will be overwhelming gratitude for the laughs and the sense of community that he brought to his legion of fans. And there will be questions about the future. What will Purtan do next? What will local radio be like without him? And given radio's current challenges, will there be another radio personality with the wide appeal and professional longevity that he's enjoyed? For Purtan, the plan is to enjoy retirement and stay connected with his radio audience in new ways... What's next after Dick Purtan? (Sun, 3/21)

He's raced a hippo, pushed hundreds of cars through the snow at a drive-in theater and raised more than $23 million for the Motor City's homeless and hungry people. On Friday, there'll be one more big event in the life of Dick Purtan. He'll say good-bye to a 45-year career in Detroit radio. Purtan has hundreds of stories to share about his storied career, and he's planning to put them all in a book. In the meantime, he took time to reflect and laugh with the Free Press. Here is Dick Purtan on Dick Purtan... Purtan on Purtan (Sun, 3/21)


Grand Rapids Press:

The D-O-double G is headed to G-Rap. WGRD-FM (97.9), with the help of Blue Cap Entertainment, will present the inaugural Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show "Wingfest" Festival on June 12 at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE. Veteran hip-hop recording artist, producer and actor Snoop Dogg will headline the show that also will include Southern rock/heavy metal group Jackyl, hip-hop/alt-rock artist Richy Nix and local modern rock quintet Pop Evil. "We wanted an event our listeners and all of Grand Rapids would remember -- the diversity and caliber of talent on this bill will give us just that," said Jerry Tarrants, operations manager for Regent Broadcasting... Snoop Dogg will headline first Free Beer and Hot Wings 'Wingfest' in Grand Rapids (Mon, 3/22)




Listeners of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Bob & Tom Show" know that when you get a group of comedians together, wackiness is bound to occur. Comedians Bob Zany, Greg Morton & Greg Hahn and news reader Kristi Lee spoke to 24 Hour News 8 about being on the road, working with the other comics and being on a successful radio show. These interviews can be watched in the three videos... Bob & Tom All Stars goof off in GR (Sun, 3/21)


New Greater Media/Specs Howard collaboration aims to assist Michigan small business

Specs Howard School of Media Arts, with Greater Media Detroit, will offer Michigan businesses a chance to better their brands in its Extreme Logo Makeover contest starting March 22. The online initiative provides a unique opportunity for small to medium-sized business owners to have their company logo redesigned for free to meet the challenges of a new economy.

"The Extreme Logo Makeover contest is designed to be mutually beneficial to both students and the business community," said Lisa Zahodne, president and COO of Specs Howard. "One company will win a new logo to strengthen its brand identity, while the students will receive real-world design experience."

To enter, business owners simply submit their current logo to with a short narrative on why the business needs a new logo and why it deserves to win.

Participants will be judged based on their company story, current logo and fulfillment of basic eligibility requirements. The contest is open to the owner or officer of a legal business who are 18 years or older. The company must have been in business for at least six months, be headquartered in Michigan and have an existing company Web site and logo.

The grand prize is a gift certificate for a company logo redesign, provided by the students from Specs Howard¹s Graphic Design and Digital Arts programs, with a retail value of $1,500, based on a maximum of 30 design hours. The winning company will choose one of several designs provided by the students for its new logo. The contest deadline is April 25. For more information or to enter the contest, visit

With a legendary broadcast curriculum spanning 40 years, Specs Howard School of Media Arts added a Graphic Design program in 2008 and announced the new Digital Media Arts program in late 2009, along with the school¹s new name Specs Howard School of Media Arts. The Digital Media Arts program provides students with a comprehensive foundation for a career in the growing digital media field.

WYCDCBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS has named COOPER for the night show. COOPER, who comes from CBS RADIO's Top 40 WBZW (B94)/PITTSBURGH, replaces DAVE FULLER, who will devote fulltime attention to his afternoon drive duties on 'sister' station Classic Hits WOMC/DETROIT... Cooper Joins WYCD For Nights (Mon, 3/22)



• The FCC has granted the transfer of license for WFUM TV 28 Flint from The University of Michigan to Central Michigan University.


• The construction permit for contemporary Christian WTAC FM 89.7 Burton to increase power has been modified from 5,000 to 25,000 watts. In addition, the station's broadcast location will change from near Beecher in Genesee County to near Holly in Oakland County.


• FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 10 to 85 watts.


• The transfer of FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee from Horizon Christian Fellowship to Synergy Media has closed.


Detroit News:

As Dick Purtan prepares to turn off the mic at WOMC-FM (104.3) this Friday after a 45-year career in Detroit radio, he is being feted by colleagues and famous guests, past and present. "We have been through nine presidents together," Purtan reminded listeners on Feb. 11, when he announced his retirement. While there won't be any presidential call-ins this week, Bob Seger, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Regis Philbin, Dr. Oz, University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are among the many who will phone in during his last week on the 5 a.m.-9 a.m. morning show. In the past month, Purtan has waxed nostalgic about his career, which included many highlights before he even got to Detroit. He brought the Beatles to Cincinnati in 1964, scraping together the down payment to book them at a local venue. There was the time in Jacksonville, Fla., when Purtan got to interview President John F. Kennedy in the days when radio reporters with microphones could run up to presidents without being tackled by the Secret Service... Dick Purtan's last week on the air is a love-in (Tue, 3/23)



Detroit Free Press:

On Monday morning, Names & Faces hosted a Web chat from the WOMC-FM (104.3) studio as Dick Purtan entered the final week of his 45-year Detroit broadcasting career. The morning provided a couple of revelations. First, Purtan said that CBS Radio, which owns and operates WOMC, hasn't yet hired a full-time replacement for Purtan. Listeners who tune in next week can expect to hear a healthy dose of music while an interim host holds down the station's morning spot. Second, Purtan revealed that "Purtan's People" personalities (Big) Al Muskavito and Jackie Purtan will be contributing regularly to while continuing their careers in comedy writing and broadcasting... Names and Faces (Tue, 3/23)


Detroit News:

Just in time for Dick Purtan's last broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) Friday, after 45 years on the air in Detroit, the Detroit Historical Museum is reviving Purtan's part of its "Detroit's Classic Radio Voices" display. The exhibit opens after Purtan's final broadcast Friday and runs through May 2. On display are personal artifacts such as Purtan "best of" compilations, the Olympic torch that the Buffalo native was given prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, awards and other Purtanalia... Historical museum to revive Dick Purtan exhibit (Thu, 3/25)



Michigan Radio to air special call-in program with Governor Granholm

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will take telephone calls from across the state in an exclusive live call-in show to air on Michigan Radio, and other Michigan public radio stations, this Friday, March 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.

The hour-long call-in show with the Governor will be hosted by Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network managing editor and state capitol bureau chief. The program will have an open format with Gov. Granholm fielding questions from listeners on a variety of topics. The Governor is expected to focus on the state budget, school reform, and her general plans for her final year in office.

Listener phone calls will be accepted during the program by calling toll-free (877) 952-7870.



Creation of Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center will yield programming on the transformation of the region's economy

Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids), together with Chicago Public Radio and Cleveland's ideastream® (WVIZ/PBS and WCPN-FM), have received a multi-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to create the Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center. The center is designed to produce programming focused on a major regional story: the opportunities for the transformation of the Midwest from a fundamentally industrial-based economy to a post-manufacturing one.

Significant resources at each organization will be committed to this long-term project. Collectively, the stations' will hire three reporters, a Senior Editor, and a Senior Producer for Social Engagement. The reporters, one at each station, will produce feature reports and web extras that will air on all of the stations, while the Senior Producer for Social Engagement will lead the stations' efforts on the web and in using social media to create a regional platform for discussion and debate about the economic recovery of the region.

As recipients of the $972,000 grant, one of five regional grants announced by CPB today, Michigan Radio and its partners will tell the story of "Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt." The stations' ongoing coverage will look at the past, present and future of the industrial Midwest through the production of feature reports, regional call-in discussions, community town hall events, blogs and other online features.

"Throughout our region's economic challenges, Michigan Radio has placed a high priority on keeping people informed and engaged in discussing options for the future," said Steve Schram, Director of Broadcasting at Michigan Radio. "In response, we have produced significant content around the issue, including special series like Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Generation Y Michigan, and Foreclosing on the American Dream. We saw the need to expand and diversify this coverage, and took the lead to apply for this grant, and asked our colleagues in Chicago and Cleveland to join us in making this a regional effort."

"Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt" will look at the economic, social, environmental and cultural angles of this important story, and explore what has and what has not worked in terms of improving the region's economy. This multi-platform editorial project will:

  • Highlight today's innovators.
  • Look at how families and individual workers are working to re-invent themselves and how they are making the best of bad times.
  • Spotlight tech-savvy companies, including those in the clean energy industry.
  • Profile towns and cities in transition, as they move from heavy industry and manufacturing to new ways of working.
  • Follow stimulus dollars to uncover their impact.
  • Search for ways the region can collaborate across state lines.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas about the issues and solutions facing the communities of the Great Lakes.

Throughout the coverage, Michigan Radio and its partners will tell the stories of individuals, families businesses, and innovators -- their struggles and solutions, their efforts to reinvent themselves, and their capacity to make the best of bad times.

Michigan Radio's collaboration with two of the largest public radio stations in the Great Lakes area will allow the three organizations to pool their resources and diverse perspectives. As a result, this region's most important story--its economic future--will receive the most comprehensive coverage possible.



• FM translator W224BZ 92.7 Ionia has been granted its license to cover. The station moved from FM 93.1 and increased power to : 212 watts @ 200 feet and will be used to give WION AM a presence on the FM dial in Ionia.


• Central Michigan University's WCML FM 91.7 Alpena has added digital broadcasts.



• The value of the sale of Rubber City Radio's 4 station Mid-Michigan radio group to Midwest Communications is valued at $4 million - with another $100,000 added on to keep RCRG from competing in the Lansing market for the next 5 years.


• The sale of 11 Upper Peninsula radio stations from Northern Star Broadcasting to Sovereign Communications has been filed with the FCC with a confirmed sale price of $3.5 million.


• Northern Michigan University's Escanaba FM translator of WNMU FM Marquette has completed its move from 107.1 to 96.5 as W243CQ.


The Bear sleeps tonight in Sault Ste. Marie

Northern Star Broadcasting has pulled classic rock WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry/Sault Ste. Marie off the air and applied for remain silent authority with the FCC, stating in its filing, "Due to the depressed economy in Northern Michigan, WIHC has been operating at a loss and the licensee has decided to take the station silent while it considers whether it is possible to make the station economically viable."

Northern Star is in the process of selling 11 its 12 U.P. radio stations, excluding WIHC, to Sovereign Communications leaving that station as an orphan of sorts due to ownership concentration rules in the Sault Ste Marie market that wouldn't allow all of its stations to transfer to Sovereign. Sovereign already owns WNBY-FM/AM, WSUE FM, and WSOO AM and as part of purchase from Northern will be acquiring WYSS-FM, WMKD-FM, and WKNW AM in the Sault area.


FOX Sports Detroit is going to do its part to help bring Detroiters out of the winter funk with its third annual "April in the D" campaign, celebrating the city's passion for sports and the welcomed arrival of springtime.

April in the D welcomes the start of baseball season for the Tigers, the exciting playoff-berth chase for the Red Wings and the conclusion of the local NBA season as the Pistons wrap up their schedule. It's also a month when the NCAA decides its hockey champion at the Frozen Four inside Ford Field, and the Lions prepare for another highly-anticipated NFL Draft.

Upwards of 40 games will be televised among FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Detroit HD and FOX Sports Detroit Plus. The Tigers are scheduled 24 times in the month, highlighted by the April 9th home opener at Comerica Park against the Cleveland Indians. The Red Wings have five important regular-season games on the network, followed by potential early-round Stanley Cup Playoff action. The Pistons have eight televised games to complete their season.

Additional current and vintage baseball programming is part of April in the D: Tigers Premiere Week from April 1-9. Also, April in the D: The 2010 Playlist, premiering April 1, highlights the network's annual popular song contest.

April in the D this year has three theme songs, performed by a trio of Detroit bands. The songs were selected from a field of 90 entries received in the APRIL IN THE D Song Contest, resulting in more than 87,000 votes to determine grand prize winner The Victorious Secrets and runners-up B-Dab and No Justus. The songs accompany FOX Sports Detroit on-air promos and will be played within game telecasts. The Victorious Secrets will perform during a live gig at the Fillmore in Detroit on April 9 as part of WRIF Radio's baseball opening day party.

Several prominent Detroiters will be featured in network IDs and interview segments throughout the month, including Mayor Dave Bing; Lions head coach Jim Schwartz; musician Stewart Franke, Oakland University men's basketball coach Greg Kampe; Red Wings players Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm; Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, as well as the Tigers' Justin Verlander and Brandon Inge.

FOX Sports Detroit's April in the D campaign debuted in 2008, in keeping with the ongoing 'D' branding effort by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"The welcome arrival of spring is a great thing for all, but if you're a sports fan there's nothing like the hope and promise of a new baseball season and the convergence of all of our teams in action," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "It's a great time to celebrate and embrace everything that's great about our city and region - everything that comes together during APRIL IN THE D."

Follow April in the D activities on the web at


updated 4:34pm

Detroit News:

Dick Purtan wrapped up his radio broadcast career today at WOMC-FM (104.3) with TV satellite trucks and a standing-room crowd in his studio, a bit more attention than when he started. Back in late May 1965, in the midst of a frenzy over the Friday arrival of nighttime jock Scott Regen to WKNR-AM, Purtan slipped into town to start a late-night shift on the station almost unnoticed. He hit the ground running with a wild show with mile-a-minute quips, and his voice has rarely been absent from the Detroit airwaves since. On the air today, Purtan noted the glut of media trucks, and he said he was stopped on his way in by the Ferndale police. "He said, you didn't think we wouldn't escort you in today, did you?'" Purtan said. The morning show host's wife, Gail, and several of his six daughters (including, of course, on-air sidekick Jackie Purtan) were among the throng in the studio, and a side room decorated with retirement banners and balloons awaited 9 a.m. and the official finale. All week, friends and colleagues have phoned in to his "Purtan's People" morning show to wish the veteran broadcaster well, and he's gotten in many plugs for his Web site,, where he promises fans can stay in touch with him and sidekicks "Big" Al Muscovito and Jackie Purtan. There has also been the expected teasing... Purtan wraps up 45 years on air (Fri, 3/26)



Detroit Free Press:

Just after 9 a.m. today, Dick Purtan signed off into retirement giving his "eternal thanks" while playing his favorite song, "Softly, As I Leave You" by Frank Sinatra. The final broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) ends the hall of fame broadcasting career punctuated by a historic 45-year run on five different AM and FM stations over the Detroit airwaves. In his Ferndale studio with many of his six daughters, including "Purtan's People" cohost Jackie Purtan, his wife Gail, and some of his grandchildren, Purtan used the last few minutes to thank the many people who worked with him over his career, the media, and his listeners, who he said became family as they followed him from station to station "whether I was playing music you liked or didn't." Purtan started the morning driving to work with his wife, who came to the studio for the very first time in his long broadcasting reign. They were escorted into the WOMC studio by police... After 45 years, Dick Purtan turns off mike (Fri, 3/26)


Friday, April 9 will be more than the Tigers' home opener in the state of Michigan. It also will be Ernie Harwell Day. The Michigan Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday -- hey, like anyone would dare vote against Ernie! -- declaring April 9 as his day of honor. The Tigers play the Indians at 1:05 p.m. at Comerica Park. SR 136, sponsored by Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, was adopted with the entire Senate and Lt. Gov. John Cherry asking to be included as co-sponsors. The nine-paragraph resolution, which includes the use of "whereas" six times, stated that "generations of Michigan residents and Tigers fans have grown up listening to Ernie Harwell and often reminisce about his unique broadcasting style that includes a sweet Southern drawl, the annual visit from the Voice of the Turtle, and familiar phrases such as ... 'looooooong gone' "... April 9 is now Ernie Harwell Day (Fri, 3/26)


Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner is to broadcast his show 6-10 a.m. Monday from Renaissance High School in Detroit. Joyner is a Detroit Public Schools graduate in town to support the "I'm In DPS" enrollment campaign. His guests are to include emergency financial manager Robert Bobb and DPS graduate Jessica Clements, who sang the district's "Great Things Are Happening" song. Joyner also plans to visit Mumford High. His show is heard in Detroit on WDMK-FM (105.9)... Tom Joyner to broadcast show Monday (Fri, 3/26)



WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest to host telethon to help children throughout Metro Detroit

WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest have announced plans for a one-day telethon to benefit food rescue for children in Metro Detroit. On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, the station will air regular segments from 5 a.m. through the 11:00 p.m. newscast to encourage viewers to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only food rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the station's Web site,, will accept donations throughout the day.

The telethon marks the culmination of Forgotten Harvest's "Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids," which is raising funds to rescue and deliver fresh, nutritious food for children to eat during the upcoming Spring Break, Summer Vacation and other times when they would ordinarily be eating meals at school. Forgotten Harvest plans to raise enough funds to help feed 20,000 children per day.

"The latest reports show one in three children are hungry in an area that covers every corner of Metro Detroit," said Susan Goodell, President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "This telethon and partnership with Local 4 will help Forgotten Harvest expand our ability to rescue more fresh food and get it to children who otherwise would not have access to healthy meals when they're not in school."

Hosted by WDIV-TV personality Beth McLeod, the telethon will feature vignettes focusing on local families that depend on organizations that receive fresh food from Forgotten Harvest. These segments will demonstrate the positive impact Forgotten Harvest has on Metro Detroit children and their families. Every dollar raised in the telethon provides meals for five local children.

"We first partnered with Forgotten Harvest for a telethon last year and were immediately impressed by how this cause prompted the amazing generosity of Local 4 viewers," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "With this telethon we believe our large audience of Metro Detroiters will once again step up to help neighbors in need and support the important mission of Forgotten Harvest."

Just in time for a new baseball season, the Detroit Tigers have donated pairs of tickets that will be given to telethon donors who contribute $120 or more during designated times.



Michigan Radio Raises Record Amount during Spring Membership Drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan that includes WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, finished a very successful spring membership drive on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from March 17- 24, generated over 7000 pledges totaling more than $730,000 from donors throughout the station's listening area. Of that, more than 2400 pledges came from first time donors to the station. The $730,000 amount is a record for a spring membership drive at the station.

Overall, the station saw a fifteen percent increase in total dollars raised compared to last spring's membership drive. The station also continues to see an increase in donors contributing online, with a third of all pledges coming through the station's website.

In addition to the financial donations, the station also received contributions from 18 food donors and the services of almost 400 volunteers who helped in answering phones. The money raised during the membership drive helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the station's single largest source of income.

CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A and WTKG-A/GRAND RAPIDS Programming Asst. JOHN ILLK is exiting the stations to join TALK RADIO NETWORK as Production Technician at the syndicator's operations center in CENTRAL POINT, OR. ILLK, who had been at the GRAND RAPIDS staions since 2004, will wrap things up at WOOD and WTKG on APRIL 9th and will start at TRN on APRIL 19th... Illk Exiting WOOD-WTKG/Grand Rapids, Joining TRN (Fri, 3/26)


All week long, CITADEL Top 40 WHTS (105.3 HOT FM)/GRAND RAPIDS MD GRAVY filled in for vacationing morning guy TODD CHANCE. On MONDAY, an item from (local website) GR NOW about FACEBOOK POWERBROKERS in GRAND RAPIDS sparked a friendly competition between GRAVY and co-host ELLEN to see who could make the list's Top 25, by scoring the most FACEBOOK FRIENDS in one week. GRAVY bragged that he would win, only to end up with egg on his face, or more accurately, gravy on his face... WHTS' Gravy Loses Bet, Lives Up To Name (Fri, 3/26)


The Oakland Press:

Fans of radio legend Dick Purtan tuned into WOMC-FM Friday to hear Purtan's final show on the air. Purtan, an Orchard Lake resident, retired after 45 years in the business. Many old friends showed up for his last day, including DJ Tom Ryan, local TV personality Bill Bonds, Purtan's whole family including wife, Gail, and their six daughters, representatives from Specs Howard, Purtan's lawyer Henry Baskin and Amy Andrews, wife of the late Doc Andrews, a long-time member of "Purtan's People." As for the new show format, an interim big-name personality will start Monday. Fans who still want to keep in touch with Purtan can still find him at Dick Purtan signs off after 45 years (Sat, 3/27)



Detroit Free Press:

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Dick Purtan signed off into retirement, giving his "eternal thanks" while playing his favorite song, "Softly, As I Leave You" by Frank Sinatra. Purtan's final broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) ended a 45-year Detroit broadcasting career that took him to five different AM and FM stations ... No official announcement has been made about Purtan's replacement on WOMC, but earlier in the week, he said he expected an interim host to be on the air Monday. On Friday, Debbie Kenyon, CBS/Detroit vice president and market manager, said an official announcement about the WOMC morning show is about two months away... Purtan signs off a last time (Sat, 3/27)



Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students win 14 state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters

WBFHSeven high school students from Bloomfield Hills School District won 14 state radio broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (M.A.E.B.) at their annual Share-a-thon held March 23, 2010 at the University of Detroit Mercy. Students from both Andover and Lahser operate the District radio station WBFH, also known as "The Biff", from the studios in Andover High School.

The M.A.E.B. is an organization made up of high school and college radio stations and one vocational broadcasting school from around the state. The awards were given to the student's level of performance: Gold Microphone, Silver Microphone, and Bronze Microphone. The following WBFH students won awards at the ceremony:

  • Josh Loney, Andover senior: Production-Gold, Interview-Gold, Air Check-Gold, MAEB Promo-Silver, Newscast/Sportscast-Bronze
  • Chad Shepard, Lahser senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Gold, Production-Silver
  • Ryan Bloom, Andover senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Gold, Production-Bronze, Newscast/Sportscast-Bronze, Talk Show (with Drake Deitch)-Bronze
  • Patrick Garretson, Lahser senior: Production-Gold
  • Alex Scharg, Andover senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Bronze
  • Kevin Furlong, Andover senior: Production-Bronze
  • Drake Deitch, Andover senior: Talk Show (with Ryan Bloom)-Bronze

The keynote speaker was Matt Shepard, co-host of the Shep and Sharp Show which airs from 3-6 p.m. on the sports talk station WDFN 1130 AM in Detroit. Other guest speakers included Marie Osborne of WWJ 950 AM and Curtis Paul of Citadel Broadcasting in Detroit.

The WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Randy Carr and Ron Wittebols were active in the event serving as award judges, award presenters and breakout session moderators.



• FM translator W210BB 89.9 Benton Harbor is silent with the pending sign on of WAYO FM 89.9 Berrien Springs. The translator, owned by Pensacola Christian College, has applied for remain silent authority from the FCC while an alternate frequency is researched.


• No notable activity for March 25.


Edmonds, DuFord in for mornings at WOMC

It's considered only an interim move for now, but its no surprise that classic hits WOMC FM 104.3 has tapped veteran morning personalities Chris Edmonds and Stacey DuFord to host morning drive as of this morning. An announcement on who will be the permanent hosts is not expected for at least two months.

Edmonds and DuFord are familiar voices to morning audiences, both having been popular members of WNIC 100.3 FM's 'Breakfast Club' morning show over the years and have most recently been hosting a Sunday Brunch program for WOMC.

The station has also announced a two-hour commercial-free block of music that will run from 8:30 - 10:30am weekdays.

Morning drive on WOMC is open for the first time in years with last Friday's retirement of Dick Purtan who stepped away from his mic after 45 years.



WDET gets political; launches editorial collaboration on Right Wing Extremism

WDETWayne State University's public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9 is launching an effort to report on the rise of Right Wing Extremism along with The Jewish News, The Arab-American News, Latino and The Michigan Chronicle. In a release, WDET general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor reveals that, "The collaboration has been in development since December and was intended to go public in early April, but the events of the last 48 hours have indicated a need to advance the timeline."

"Throughout the last election cycle, the presence of extreme rhetoric, violent imagery and fear-inducing tactics grew. Since the election and inauguration, the continued use of this rhetoric has contributed to an environment that is fostering violence from the extreme right and has resulted in multiple instances of domestic terrorism. With the passage of the health care legislation, the instances of politically-motivated violence are on the rise."

The release continues, "The last year has seen explosive growth of three distinct groups, the Tea Party movement, the Patriot movement, with the militias as their paramilitary arms, and the nativist anti-immigration movement. While these are distinct movements with their own animus, there is a well documented, and rising, level of extreme rhetoric coming from all three groups."

The partnership will present its work during the weeks of March 29 and April 5th and publish original editorials, host interviews and call-in segments on WDET's Craig Fahle Show, encourage related media, both ethnic and mainstream, to host conversations and engage the audience through a variety of social media.

For more, visit



WYCD announces full Hoedown lineup

WYCDCountry superstar Dierks Bentley was the mystery artist that revealed the 2010 lineup for this year's Downtown Hoedown music festival, scheduled for May 14 - 16 at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, on WYCD. The big unveiling happened at 7 a.m. during the Dr. Don morning show.

Some of the featured acts will include Bentley himself, Julianne Hough, Darryl Worley, the Zac Brown Band, Steel Magnolia, and Uncle Kracker. For the complete lineup and show times, visit



Detroit Free Press:

Radio personality Tom Joyner broadcast his morning show today from Renaissance High School in Detroit. Joyner, a Detroit Public Schools alum, was supporting the district's "I'm In" campaign to attract more students to the city's schools. "It's a desperate situation here," Joyner said, referring to the DPS schools that are closing as the enrollment shrinks. He was joined for part of his show by DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, who also talked about enrollment and his drive to attract more students... Tom Joyner takes radio show to Renaissance High (Mon, 3/29)


Cadillac News:

A failed power supply blacked out the final seconds of a nail-biter as Michigan State took on Tennessee in the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional Championship game Sunday in St. Louis. Some local sports fans were stunned as the game deciding a trip to the Final Four froze as the Spartans were tied at 69 with 11.6 seconds remaining. Channel 9&10 Engineer Lowell Shore said power was lost in a rack that brings the signal from one building into WWTV. Power was restored by switching to another source. Programming returned around 5:30 p.m. during coverage of the Duke-Baylor South Regional championship game... Failed power supply blacked out Spartans (Mon, 3/29)


WAYOCornerstone University of Grand Rapids has added to the footprint of its Christian Top-40 WayFM franchise with last week's sign on of WAYO FM 89.9 in Benton Harbor. The station is duplicating WAYK 88.3 Kalamazoo and operates with 250 watts. It's 60 dbu covers the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area.

The sign on of WAYO has forced the shutdown of Pensacola Christian College's translator on 89.9 in Berrien Springs - that station is searching for any possible frequency to resume operations.


Grand Rapids Press:

Fox 17's Michele DeSelms is leaving the 10 p.m. newscast on WXMI-TV (Channel 17) effective June 1, citing "family reasons." But she plans on working part time and co-anchoring the station's 6 p.m. newscast, which it debuted last fall. Michele was part of the original team to launch West Michigan's first 10 p.m. newscast, which debuted on Fox 17 in January of 1999. She and Monty Knight were the original team. He was replaced by current co-anchor Christian Frank in November of 2000. Michele said she has been hoping to cut back her hours because of her young family. "I have been struggling with the hours since my youngest went to Kindergarten last fall, and decided I simply couldn't do it anymore," she said. "I was sad at the thought of leaving, but knew something had to change. When the station suggested just doing the 6, I jumped at the chance. (I get the) best of both worlds! I get to be home with the family at night and still continue to do what I love!" Michele and her husband Bret Emerson have two daughters... WXMI's Michele DeSelms steps down from Fox 17's 10 p.m. newscast (Tue, 3/30)



Changes coming to Midwest Communications' Kalamazoo stations?

WYZOCall sign changes don't necessarily mean programming changes are imminent, but it's interesting to note that yesterday country WYZO FM 96.5 applied to change its call sign to WKZO-FM -- leading radio watchers to wonder if the news-talk format of WKZO AM 590 might be headed to the FM dial sometime soon and if one change might lead to others in the market. In Kalamazoo area, Midwest owns WYZO and WKZO along with variety hits WVFM FM 106.5, country WNWN-FM 98.5, adult urban WNWN AM 1560, and sports WQLR AM 1660. Midwest is also in the process of acquiring four FM stations in the Lansing market.


Detroit News:

It's not just the sound of Detroit radio that changed when Dick Purtan retired last week. It's the look, too, and the American Mustache Institute is concerned. Deeply concerned. Friday, declares Aaron Perlut, was "a sad day for not only the Mustached American community of Detroit, but for people of Mustached American descent everywhere." He stopped short of demanding that another Mustached American be appointed to take Purtan's place, but the institute is keeping a close eye on developments here, and you'd better believe that WOMC-FM (104.3) knows it's being watched. "We may need to hire a mustache consultant," says Tim Roberts, the station's operations manager and program director. "Obviously, Dick was using one of the best ever." I spoke to Roberts on Monday about his plans for the morning show because it's the best radio job to open around here since the last time Purtan left a station, when he jumped to WOMC from WKQI-FM (95.5) in 1996... The Mustached American community is reeling since Purtan's departure (Tue, 3/30)



• Smile FM's WEJC FM 88.3 White Star (Midland) has been granted a construction permit to increase power from 55,000 watts (vertical polarization) to 80,000 watts from the same tower height and location in Bay County.


• No notable activity for March 29.


Detroit Free Press:

Fox Sports Detroit boss Greg Hammaren is champing at the bit. He wants to get outdoors and start yard work. "It's my passion, my therapy," he said. But there's something else in the air called "April in the D," and it has Hammaren and his station giddy. Free Press sports writer Mike Brudenell caught up with Hammaren recently... 'April in the D' rocks for the folks at Fox Sports Detroit (Wed, 3/31)


WDMKAdd nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner's name after Bill Cosby's on the list of celebrities signing on to help Detroit Public Schools recruit and retain students. Joyner broadcast his morning show Monday from Renaissance High School, telling listeners on WDMK-FM (105.9) that he was supporting the district's "I'm In" campaign to attract more students to the city's schools. "It's a desperate situation here," Joyner said, referring to the schools that are closing as enrollment shrinks. DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb joined him on air to talk about enrollment and his academic goals for the district... Radio star Tom Joyner starts recruiting for DPS (Tue, 3/30)



Channel 7 has an app for that

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, the first station in the Detroit market to offer an iPhone app, hit the 20,000 mark for downloads in March 2010. The station's iPhone app continues to be the only app for local news in the Detroit area. Since its launch in January 2010, the app has become a favorite with local iPhone users - nearly 25,000 now carry it in their pockets each day.

The iPhone app is part of Channel 7's continuing commitment to provide viewers with the information they need wherever and whenever they need it. The application offers up-to-date weather forecasts, live radar, live traffic data, school closings and the very latest news in Metro Detroit, including in-depth reporting and video created specifically for mobile users.

"We know metro Detroiters have moved beyond the era of wanting news just a few times each day," said WXYZ New Media Director Seth Myers. "Our iPhone app - and the content we provide for BlackBerry and other smartphone users - is always fresh and ready whenever you have a moment for the news."

The app also allows those who use it to participate in the news process, by sending photos and video directly to WXYZ-TV.

In addition to its iPhone app, WXYZ-TV has seen triple digit growth in its mobile reach with page views to all mobile devices up more than 450% from February of last year to February of 2010. "Clearly, there is a growing demand for news and information on the go," says WXYZ Vice President and General Manager, Bob Sliva.


updated 4/1, 11:30 p.m.

WKZOA format change this evening as Midwest Communications has dropped country from 96.5 FM Kalamazoo and replaced it with the news-talk format of sister station WKZO AM 590. A request to change the call sign of FM 96.5 from WYZO to WKZO-FM was filed on Monday with the FCC.

WKZO was launched in 1931 by broadcasting pioneer John Fetzer and for the first time now has a FM companion.

WKZO's full lineup of programming will now air full time on both frequencies. Weekdays this includes:

  • 5AM-6AM: The Farm Report with Rick Shields
  • 6AM-10AM: The Lori Moore Show
  • 10AM-11:45AM: The Richard Piet Show
  • 11:45AM-12:00PM: Mid-Day Agri-Business News Update
  • 12-3PM: The Dave Ramsey Show
  • 3-5PM: The Jay Morris Show
  • 5-8PM: The Glenn Beck Program
  • 8-10PM: The Joe Scarborough Show
  • 10-1AM: The Mark Levin Show
  • 1-5AM: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

The switch leaves listeners of the long-running Bob and Tom show without an affiliate in Kalamazoo.



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Once a week, aspiring country singers like Shelagh Brown performed at a Kalamazoo radio station to get the word out about the local music scene. For country music fans, it was a chance to hear fresh talent on WYZO-FM 96.5. For bands, it was an opportunity to get exposure in the hopes of one day landing a coveted record deal. But this week, Brown and other artists learned that the radio station will stop airing country music starting early next week. "It's kind of a shock," said Brown, 26, who performed her own songs on the Wednesday evening radio program "Homegrown Music." "It's unfortunate there's not going to be something like that in Kalamazoo anymore." Instead, WYZO will become WKZO-FM and will air news, talk and sports with the identical programming as its sister WKZO-AM 590 AM... Country musicians lament loss of Kalamazoo radio station: WYZO's signal to air news, talk programming of sister station (Thu, 4/1)

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS/KALMAZOO-BATTLE CREEK, MI Market Manager PETER TANZ tells ALL ACCESS that Country WYZO has flipped formats, and is now simulcasting sister station News/Talk WKZO-AM. The other Country station in the cluster, WNWN/BATTLE CREEK, will stay in the format. WYZO APD DAN DIGGLER has exited following the format change. All other WYZO staff will remain with the cluster and continue handling duties at sister stations, including PJ LACEY, who continues with the cluster as PD for WNWN... WYZO/Kalamazoo Simulcasting WKZO-A (Thu, 4/1)







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