August 2010 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

After 24 years overseeing some of Grand Rapids' most popular radio stations, Phil Catlett isn't sure if he'll stay in broadcasting. Catlett, 56, was removed Thursday evening from his job as general manager of Townsquare Media's West Michigan operation that owns WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR- FM (98.7) and WNWZ-AM (1410). Catlett is the latest top executive to be replaced in a leadership shake-up following the company's renaming from Regent Communications Inc. in May after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. On Friday, Catlett said he was treated fairly by Townsquare Media, although he couldn't discuss his severance agreement... General manager of group overseeing stations such as WGRD, WLHT removed as new owners continue shakeup of local radio market (Sat, 7/31)



Grand Haven Tribune

A noncommercial Grand Rapids radio station recently boosted its signal strength, which station officials say will help it reach the Grand Haven area. WYCE (88.1 FM), the radio station of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, has increased its output power from 7,000 watts to 10,000 watts. The move completes a decade-long campaign to obtain signal increase approval from the Federal Communications Commission and raise the necessary funds to make the upgrade. "For years, our listeners have been asking, 'When will I be able to listen to you in Holland, in Grand Haven,'" WYCE Station Manager Kevin Murphy said. "After nearly a decade of fundraising, bureaucratic red tape and a whole lot of crossed fingers, we're so happy to be able to tell those listeners: 'Tune in now.'" The new transmitter and antenna needed for the signal expansion project were funded through a capital campaign completed in 2007. An additional $15,000 was raised this past spring to complete the installation. The new transmitter was installed in January and the antenna was put in place in June. On July 19, WYCE received its final go-ahead from the FCC and is now operating at full strength... WYCE increases power to 10,000 watts (Sat, 7/31)


Muskegon Chronicle:

For more than 20 years, it sat dormant -- an empty storefront whose significance as a community voice was barely a whispered memory. But 1877 Peck is back, this time with a name. And the whisper is now a roar. Friends, neighbors, dignitaries, well wishers and listeners, more than 100 strong, crowded around the building's front door Monday to witness and applaud the building's reopening as the Mayes and Wright Media Center, the new home and source of WUVS, 103.7 The Beat, an urban contemporary format radio station that sends out more than just music across Muskegon County. For the first time in its eight-year history, the station owns its own home. The building has historical significance. Nearly three decades ago, it housed the now-defunct WQWQ... Mayes and Wright Media Center opens in Muskegon Heights (Mon, 8/2)


WDET adds Detroit native Michael Eric Dyson to weekday lineup

The Michael Eric Dyson Show has been added to WDET's weekday line-up, a program that station managers hope will provide listeners an opportunity to hear a fresh new perspective on the day's biggest stories, along with intimate conversations with newsmakers. Born and raised in Detroit, Dyson is known from his work as a scholar, commentator and author in addition to his radio work. Dyson's also a regular on CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.

The Michael Eric Dyson Show airs from 1 - 2 p.m. weekdays on WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.



WJR's Paul W. Smith covering Traverse City auto confab

The Paul W. Smith Show, heard weekday mornings from 5:30 - 9 a.m. on WJR AM 760 Detroit, plans to broadcast live from the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City on Wednesday and Thursday, August 4th-5th. The Management Briefing Seminar is considered the foremost management event in the automotive industry and provides presentations and dialogue with today's automotive leaders.


Abritron: Tigers' radio broadcasts rate highly in first half of baseball season

The average Detroit Tigers radio broadcast on WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270 during the first half of the season attracted over 193,000 listeners which translated into over 21% of radio listeners during the time the games aired. The numbers, which were measured through June 23rd, show the Tigers on WXYT had the fourth highest total listeners in the 25 markets Arbitron reports on, behind only New York's Yankees and Mets and the Chicago Cubs. In terms of percentage of radio listeners tuned in across those 25 markets, Tigers' games ranked second behind only the Cincinnati Reds broadcasts on WLW-AM.

Arbitron Releases Radio Industry's Midseason Professional Baseball Report (Wed, 8/4)



• Interlochen Center for the Arts was granted its license to cover for new sign on WLMN FM 89.7 Manistee. The station is carrying the NPR/news-talk format of IPR's WICA FM 91.5 Traverse City.


• The construction permit for the post-transitional facilites of WBUP TV Ch. 10 Ishpeming were modified from 4,800 watts @ 344 feet to 9,000 watts @ 755 feet from a broadcast tower located closer to Ishpeming.


• Licenses to cover for post-transition digital facilities were granted to WDIV TV Ch. 45 (PSIP Ch. 4) Detroit, WBSF TV Ch. 46 Bay City, WGTU TV Ch. 29 Traverse City, and WGTQ TV Ch. 8 Sault Ste. Marie.


• The construction permit for post-transition digital facilites for WWUP TV Ch. 10 Sault Ste. Marie was modified from 20,700 to 25,000 watts.


• No notable activity for July 28 - 30 and August 2 - 5.



• Radio Assist Ministry has applied to voluntarily transfer FM translator W219DK 91.7 Manistee to Edgewater Broadcasting as part of a larger transaction involving a number of FM stations and translators across the country.


• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Warren was granted construction permit to change its location from Warren to Royal Oak Township, increase power from 50 to 250 watts, and change community of license to Detroit. The translator is owned by Radio Power, Inc.


WOOD-TV was granted a construction permit for a replacement digital translator on Ch. 46 in Muskegon. An analog translator on Ch. 46 has been operating from Muskegon for a number of years providing lakeshore residents a better signal for the NBC affiliate.


Detroit News:

One of Detroit's favorite morning radio hosts could soon be showing her face on one of America's favorite morning television shows. Shannon Murphy of Channel 955's Mojo in the Morning show was named one of 10 finalists in "Live with Regis and Kelly's" Women of Radio contest. The contest winners will cohost with Regis Philbin for one day while Kelly Ripa is on vacation between Aug. 17 and 19. The top 10 list was revealed this morning, while Murphy was on the air, and the show taped her reaction as her name was called... Channel 955's Shannon Murphy named top 10 finalist to cohost 'Live with Regis and Kelly' (Tue, 8/10)



WZMQ TV Ch. 19 Marquette was granted a modification of its construction permit to specify 31,000 watts @ 577 feet from 41,600 watts @ 814 feet; tower would be located closer to Ishpeming.



WCML TV Ch. 24 (PSIP Ch. 6) Alpena was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 106,000 to 300,000 watts.

NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW, MI PD JOBY PHILLIPS tells ALL ACCESS about a new promotion that the station has launched, asking listeners to go out and search for "BIGGINS' BALLS." Morning personality JIM BIGGINS has hit 144 golf balls at area golf courses this summer, and listeners can go out and find these logoed balls to receive a free round of golf at the BAY CITY COUNTRY CLUB for themselves and three guests (a $180 value). More info can be found online at WCEN Listeners Search For Biggens' Balls (Thu, 8/12)

CITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW's Lizard Fair 2010 is set for SATURDAY, AUGUST 14th. IYAZ and BOYS LIKE GIRLS will be the event's headline acts. KEVIN RUDOLF, WHITE TIE AFFAIR, SHONTELLE, BURNHAM BROTHERS, and FINDING CLYDE will also perform. The event marks the second consecutive year Lizard Fair will be held at DOW DIAMOND in MIDLAND. A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit the TRI CITIES' Child Abuse and Neglect Councils... WIOG Lizard Fair 2010 Is This Saturday (Wed, 8/12)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT MOJO IN THE MORNING co-host SHANNON MURPHY, CUMULUS Top 40 WWWQ (Q100)'s JENN HOBBY, CLEAR CHANNEL AC KOST/LOS ANGELES' KRISTIN CRUZ and CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WXXL/ORLANDO's JAYDE are the lucky and talented foursome who will be seen live coast-to-coast when they fill in for KELLY RIPA on ABC-TV's "LIVE with REGIS & KELLY" beginning this TUESDAY (8/17). Voting ended at 9p last night on ABC-TV's website and MURPHY received the news live on the air this morning when REGIS PHILBIN and KELLY RIPA announced the news on their show. Her co-hosts MOJO and SPIKE asked listeners for support since she was named as a Top 100 semi-finalist two weeks ago. MOJO IN THE MORNING fans quickly flooded the REGIS & KELLY FACEBOOK fan page with acclamation for SHANNON MURPHY. DETROIT's MIKE POSNER even tweeted asking his fans to support SHANNON... Four 'Women Of Radio' Win Regis & Kelly Contest (Thu, 8/12)



• Speaker Radio was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station to be licensed to Speaker Township (Sanilac County). The Class A station would operate with 400 watts @ 551 feet from a tower located southwest of Lexington.


Interlochen Public Radio expands reach

Interlochen Public Radio has signed on its newest radio station, WLMN FM 89.7 Manistee, adding to the coverage area of its IPR News Radio format to the West Michigan shorline areas near Manistee and Ludington. IPR News Radio 89.7 simulcasts WICA FM 91.5 Traverse City.

The organization's primary classical music station, WIAA FM 88.7, has recently been operating on auxiliary transmitter and listeners south and east of Cadillac and Manistee may be experiencing poor or no reception while repairs are made to the main transmitter.


Detroit News:

Fox Sports Detroit had footage of Sunday's dugout skirmish between Armando Galarraga and Alex Avila, and announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen were aware of the altercation. Yet, nothing at all was shown or said about it during the telecast. And that was a mistake, FSD executive producer John Tuohey told The Detroit News on Monday. "Even if there's a circumstance where you're unsure of what an argument or a potential confrontation is about, we can still deal with it," Tuohey said. "It's out there. There's no desire to hide it or make people think it didn't exist. We just, quite frankly, in the moment weren't quite sure what to say about it"... Error: Fox Sports Detroit says it should have shown Tiger scuffle (Mon, 8/16)



Michael Julien exiting WDET

After 27 years of bringing an eclectic blend of music to the airwaves at WDET, Michael "Mikie Dread" Julien is hanging up the microphone for now to pursue other opportunities. Julien joined the station in 1983 as a volunteer with a commitment to bringing roots and culture to the listeners. He has been very successful at enlightening us all to the variety of Caribbean sounds while challenging us to discover music from around the world.

"It's hard to believe that 27 years ago Reggae International, a program that emphasized Reggae and world music hit the airwaves of Detroit via WDET radio. Today after a metamorphosis of sorts, it is known as The Global Mix. The main purpose of the program at the time and still is, was to offer another musical option on radio, to fill a void and expand the musical landscape in the metro Detroit area. The program showcased the correlation between different types of world music. I personally believe that music has no borders.

"Over all those cold and snowy, hot and humid nights and days, the music hasn't missed a beat and because of this it makes it difficult to end The Global Mix broadcast. I often mentioned on the program, WDET was one of my favorite places to be. As I move forward to pursue new endeavors and opportunities, my sincere thanks to all who have supported me and the program, it truly is appreciated. One Love, Peace & Respect."

Julien's last show before he heads to Maryland to pursue new opportunities will air on August 29th.



Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers extend agreement with WSDP 88.1 Plymouth/Canton

After a trial run in 2009-10, the OHL's Plymouth Whalers will return to 88.1FM WSDP "The Escape" as its radio home for the upcoming season. "The Escape" - a state-award winning radio station located at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park - will begin covering the Whalers this year with a special broadcast during Plymouth's first preseason game against Windsor on Sat. Sept. 4 at 7pm during "The Clash at the Coliseum" in Chelsea, MI. 88.1FM WSDP will resume its broadcast schedule during the Whalers' season opener on Thurs. Sept. 23 in Windsor.

Pete Krupsky remains Whalers play-by-play voice with Sean Baligian providing analysis of home broadcasts. 88.1FM will carry the bulk of the Whalers games this season with a minimum of preemptions. All Plymouth regular season and playoff games will be streamed online at

In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts and will partner with (formerly as the team's internet streaming provider.

The Schoolcraft College Sports Network utilizes students from Schoolcraft and Madonna University to work the Whalers television broadcasts and provides hands-on experience on the broadcasts for Plymouth-Canton students interested in learning about the media business. In addition, the Whalers will offer assistance to students interested in finding out about marketing, broadcasting and public relations.

"WSDP is excited to partner with the Plymouth Whalers and Schoolcraft College," said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager. "This partnership makes so much sense because it puts our local hockey team on Plymouth and Canton's radio station. We look forward to being the radio home for the Whalers as they make a long run into the playoffs."

"The Whalers and Schoolcraft have a lot in common. We both draw people from a wide range of communities in the region," said Marty Heator, the Director of Marketing at Schoolcraft College. "We both appeal to people of all ages -- the Whalers offer a family-friendly experience, and we have programs for school-age children, college students and mature adults. And we both offer exceptional value for the dollar."

"It's been great to have WSDP as a partner because the station reaches a geographic area that is important to us and the mission of the station, as an educational and creative outlet for students, is something that we can get behind."

The Whalers originally teamed up with The Schoolcraft College Sports Network in 2004-05, partnered with the following year and moved to 88.1FM WSDP for radio broadcasts last season.


Channel 7 names Rexroth as next chief meteorologist

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit has announced that Dave Rexroth will become the station's Chief Meteorologist, replacing Jerry Hodak who will be retiring in September. Rexroth will move to Action News' evening broadcasts at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm starting late September.

Rexroth joined WXYZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, in 2000 after working as a meteorologist at WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida where he covered Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Harvey. He also worked at WRBG in Albany, New York, and WOI in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rexroth says his interest in weather started at an early age. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the heart of tornado alley. "I remember as a child hiding under my dad's workbench in the basement during storms and I got hooked."

A physics graduate from Luther College in Iowa, Rexroth went on to earn a master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Chicago where he studied under Ted Fujita, who developed the F-scale for tornado strength.

In 2007 and 2008, Dave won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters award for "Best Weather." He also received an Emmy Award in programming from the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

"I could not think of a better choice for Chief Meteorologist than Dave Rexroth. His comprehensive weather knowledge and personable style make him the ideal choice to succeed our legendary 'Chief' Jerry Hodak," said Ed Fernandez, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV. "For nearly a decade, the viewers of Southeast Michigan have come to know Dave and his engaging weather presentations in the mornings and I'm certain they will continue to welcome him into their homes at night."

"It's been my lifelong goal to be a weatherman and a Chief Meteorologist," said Rexroth, "and with the changing weather in Michigan, there's no better place than here, and no better station than WXYZ."



WXYZ announces coverage for 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise

WXYZ-TV plans exclusive coverage of the 16th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world's largest one-day automotive event. Channel 7's "Woodward Dream Cruise" will be broadcast live on Saturday, August 21, from 7-9 p.m. An encore presentation will air Sunday, August 22, from 8-10 a.m.

Channel 7 anchors Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis will be at the heart of the action from a home base stage just south of Duggans Pub on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. The show will also feature reports from Mary Conway, Carolyn Clifford, Don Shane, JoAnne Purtan, Dave Rexroth and Christy McDonald, who will be talking to cruisers and checking out their classics at locations all along Woodward. The program captures the nostalgia of the cruising era of Woodward, and profiles the collectors and car enthusiasts whose passion for the automobile has created and defined Detroit's car culture.

"The Woodward Dream Cruise speaks to the very heart of Detroit and it's passion for the cars it builds," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ-TV is proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Cruise as we celebrate Detroit's rich automotive tradition."

WXYZ-TV will also broadcast Action News live from Woodward Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.

Due to coverage of the Dream Cruise, WXYZ will move ABC-TV's coverage of that evening's NASCAR race to digital subchannel 7.2 where the station normally airs the RTV network.



Detroit Free Press:

The spotlight shined bright on Shannon Murphy from her nationally televised hot seat today, but the WKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" radio show co-host appeared to be nothing but cool. "The nerves actually faded away after the first five minutes or so but everything was moving so fast; the hour just flew right by," Murphy, who co-hosted "LIVE! With Regis and Kelly" with the show's host Regis Philbin, told the Detroit Free Press after she delivered a charismatic, confident and entertaining hour that featured a little Motor City love and plenty of fun personal anecdotes. Murphy was the first of four female radio co-hosts chosen to fill in for a vacationing Kelly Ripa this week from a nationwide, fan-voted on contest that concluded its final round last week... 'Mojo' co-host Shannon Murphy shines on show with Regis Philbin (Tue, 8/17)



• Classic rock WRUP FM 98.3 was granted its license to cover that saw the station move into the Marquette market, exiting Munising. The station changed its community of license to Palmer, moved its broadcast location from Alger County into Marquette County where it now operates with 2,600 watts @ 1018 feet. The station's prior facilities near Munising transmitted with 32,000 watts @ 358 feet and only provided a marginal signal into Marquette.


• Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor was granted a construction permit for its new primary antenna; the station has been operating from its auxiliary facility since 2009 after being forced to move. The new facilities will operate with 50,000 watts @ 440 feet with a directional antenna located southwest of Ann Arbor.


• No notable activity for August 13 and 16 - 17.

CUMULUS MEDIA Urban AC WDZZ (Z 92.7)FLINT, MI PD/middayer BOBBY HOLIDAY is up to his old tricks again. Reminiscent of a similar stunt he pulled in PHILADELPHIA several years ago, HOLIDAY will be living in a truck until it is completely filled with school supplies. When the truck is filled, all supplies are going to be donated to CARRIAGE TOWN MINISTRIES, who will then distribute them to those less fortunate. HOLIDAY says they need all school supplies to include calculators, rulers, pens, pencils, notebooks crayons, markers and protractors... Bobby Holiday Is Truckin' In Flint (Tue, 8/16)


Grand Rapids Press:

It may seem like Sunday's inaugural Thunder Country Jam at Rosa Parks Circle is trying to draw parallels to a similar West Michigan event. Like WBCT-FM (93.7)'s annual two-day B-93 Birthday Bash, the WTNR-FM (94.5) event is free and features back-to-back country music acts straight from Nashville, including Chuck Wicks and headliner Little Big Town. But organizers contend they aren't all that similar, nor are they trying to be. "We don't want this to be really compared to that, because it's going to be very different," said Steve "Scrubs" Stewart, Thunder morning personality and program director, as well as Citadel Grand Rapids' director of operations. "The day itself is more than just a concert." "They do a great job," Stewart said of the June event that draws upwards of 60,000. "If ours grows to that (size), then great. But we're not looking for that"... Thunder Country Jam brings free, family friendly country music festival to downtown Grand Rapids (Thu, 8/19)


The Environment Report Wins National Environmental Award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists with an Award for Reporting on the Environment. The Environment Report received a second place award in the "Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Radio" category, for the documentary "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future."

In the documentary, The Environment Report's Mark Brush, Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country. The series explored the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. According to the SEJ judges, the documentary was "Ambitious, balanced, and deeply indispensable guide to North America's most prevalent and most hidden source of energy. It's a complex, nuanced and immediately accessible piece that should be required listening for the nation." "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future" was originally broadcast in January, 2010.

The Environment Report was the only Michigan news organization to receive a 2010 SEJ award. Other award recipients in the "Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Radio" category were public radio programs "The World" and "Living on Earth."

SEJ's journalism contest is the world's largest and most comprehensive award for journalism on environmental topics. In all, there were 216 entries, with twenty-nine winners chosen in 11 categories. The finalists represented the best environmental reporting in print and on television, radio, the Internet and in student publications.

The Environment Report is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people. The Environment Report airs on Michigan Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:55 am and 5:45 pm. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

Weathercaster KAM CARMAN returns to CLEAR CHANNEL AC WNIC/DETROIT on MONDAY, AUGUST 23rd with JAY TOWERS in the Morning. "I am ecstatic to be working with JAY TOWERS and to be back on WNIC again," said CARMAN. "I feel like I'm coming home." "KAM has been a great friend of mine for over 10 years and to have her as a part of the morning show at WNIC is exciting for all of us," says TOWERS... Kam Carman Returns To WNIC With Jay Towers (Thu, 8/19)



Detroit News:

A lawsuit filed last week against WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchor Carolyn Clifford claims she owes a food-service company more than $100,000 after personally guaranteeing bills at the defunct Detroit Fish Market restaurant owned by her husband, Frank Taylor. Sysco Detroit's suit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleges it "agreed to extend credit to the Detroit Fish Market and to continue to provide goods and services" in October after Clifford personally guaranteed to pay the bills. The restaurant closed in April; Taylor filed for bankruptcy in June and Sysco claims Clifford now owes $104,749.36... Carolyn Clifford sued after vouching for husband's bills (Thu, 8/19)


In association with the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion, voiceover icon Ms. Randy Thomas will conduct a four-hour workshop to assist broadcasters of all ages on how to better prepare and market themselves!

This special workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (248-348-5000) in Novi, MI from 10 am - 2 pm. A special recession-busting fee to attend is only $75.00! To register, please visit and click on "Classes" for Detroit VO Workshop. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Spend a few hours with Randy Thomas, one of the most recognized and sought after female voice talents on the planet, as she takes you inside the world of voiceovers at the highest level. She is the first woman in history to announce The Academy Awards and honored to be the voice of the live Oscar telecast seven times. Every night you hear her voice on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two of the the most watched entertainment TV news magazine programs in the world. It's an honor to have her returning to Detroit, where she began her radio career.

The Detroit Radio Reunion is a separate cost and open only to people who work (or have worked) in Detroit radio.

Voiceover seminar highlights:

  • State of the industry today
  • How to make the big segue from radio personality to freelance voice over artist
  • Leaving radio behind and learning to become the best voice actor you can
  • What tools you need to become a top voiceover artist
  • What to look for from other coaches and how to avoid getting caught up in VO marketing scams
  • How to get from where you are now to quitting your full time job to do VO all day long from your home studio

Following the seminar, Randy will sign her book for you ($10 purchase).

See you there!



• LPTV WNYD-LP Ch. 26 Alpena was granted its license to cover. The station is owned by Confesora Peralta.


Detroit Free Press:

The numbers are in and WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" cohost Shannon Murphy delivered the second-highest local ratings of the year for "Live! With Regis and Kelly" when she stepped in as a guest host Tuesday. Nearly 125,000 metro Detroit viewers tuned in to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to watch Murphy, winner of the show's Women of Radio Cohost for a Day contest, joke with Regis Philbin and kiss Joey Lawrence ... Meteorologist Keenan Smith, who has been delivering the goods in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be joining Channel 7 in mid-September for its "Action News This Morning" and "Action News at Noon" broadcasts ... WFDF-AM (910, Radio Disney) has lined up a "Back 2 School Celebration" on Aug. 28 at Westland Shopping Center that will include a special question-and-answer session with Chloe Bridges, a star of upcoming Disney Channel movie "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam"... Names and Faces (Fri, 8/20)



Michigan Radio announces new "All Things Considered" host

After conducting an extensive national search, Michigan Radio has announced that Jennifer White has been named as the station's new "All Things Considered" host. Jenn replaces Charity Nebbe, who left Michigan Radio in June to return to her home state of Iowa.

For the past two years, Jenn has been an Executive Producer and the host of the television program, "Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference," on the Big Ten Network. She was also the host of the nationally distributed public radio documentary "Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal With Recession," and has served as host of the public television programs "Secret Spaces, Childhood Places," "Out of the Box" and "Edible Legacies." Recently, she has moderated several political forums, including gubernatorial and mayoral debates for both public radio and television.

She has a background in both theater, and television and video production. A native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan, she has worked at Michigan Public Media since 1999, most recently as the station's Director of Media Outreach and Community Relations. From 2005-2009, she served as Station Manager for Michigan Television, WFUM-TV.

"We're excited to have Jenn as our new afternoon host," said Michigan Radio Program Director Tamar Charney. "She has an on-air sound that exudes warmth and authority; and a deep commitment to the role that public radio journalism plays in society."

Listeners have heard Jenn filling in periodically as "All Things Considered" host at Michigan Radio since June of this year. Her first day as permanent afternoon on-air host at the station will be Wednesday, Sept. 1.

"All Things Considered" can be heard each weekday on Michigan Radio from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. The program is heard by over 230,000 listeners per week across southern Michigan on the station.



CKWW offering soundtrack for this weekend's cruisers

Before you head out in your classic car this weekend to cruise Woodward, CKWW AM 580 is inviting listeners to tune in as the station revs up the 50's and 60's hits all weekend long. Touting itself as the place to hear real cruisin' Oldies on AM--where they were originally heard, cruisers can take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the songs you listened to while cruising Woodward Avenue to back in the day. The weekend will feature the big hits and also dig into the record library for some forgotten classics too.


Kalamazoo Gazette:

Western Michigan University football and men's basketball games will be carried on Lansing's WVIC-FM 94.1, the university announced Thursday. WVIC, which serves Lansing, Jackson and Battle Creek, is owned my Midwest Communications, which also owns WKZO-FM 96.5. WKZO is returning as the flagship station of the Bronco Radio Network after WZUU-FM 92.5 decided not to renew its contract with WMU. WMAX-FM 96.1 (Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon) and WBCH-FM 100.1 (Barry, Calhoun and Ionia counties) will also carry Bronco football this fall... Bronco football, men's basketball add radio affiliate in Lansing (Thu, 8/19)


Grand Rapids Press:

Singer Tommy Steele's new album, "The Long Haul," describes Dorothy Adkins' passion for country music to a tee. The 41-year-old fan made "the long haul" all the way from North Carolina to attend downtown Grand Rapids' inaugural 94.5 Thunder Country Jam on Sunday. And not only did Adkins arrive early to catch Steele's opening set in the radiant sunshine, she planned to dance and sing until one of her favorite bands, national headliner Little Big Town, closed things out as night settled in eight hours later... Fans arrive from near and far for Thunder Country Jam in downtown Grand Rapids (Sun, 8/22)



• The FCC approved the voluntary of transfer FM translator W219DK 91.7 Manistee to Edgewater Broadcasting from Radio Assist Ministry.


• No notable activity for August 20 and 23.


Central Michigan Life:

Tim Patishnock is excited for the opportunities that could come with the new radio station he is working with. He is the program director for the Mountain 101, a new radio station focusing on adult album alternative music. The Mount Pleasant junior said the station currently broadcasts on 101.1 FM, has been on the air for a couple of months and will be officially launched in September. The new station will be run by WMHW. "You can really find something that you like on this station," Patishnock said. "Acoustic, jazz, world, rock, indie, folk -- I really tried to make it as diverse as possible." The Mountain 101 originally started as an HD station that would require a subscription to listen to. After HD failed to catch on as they had hoped, Patishnock said they went back to the drawing board to create a local radio station anyone in town can listen to. The station will feature artists from as far back as the 1970s to more modern musicians such as Coldplay and John Mayer. Patishnock said his goal was to keep a good balance between music that is both new and exciting and old and familiar... Mountain 101 radio station officially launches in September, focuses on older, local crowd (Mon, 8/23)


Detroit Public TV to debut 2010 fall season and honor community leaders at Premiere Night"

In celebration of the 2010 fall line-up and to honor four Southeastern Michigan community leaders, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will host its 9th Annual Premiere Night gala on Thursday, Sept. 30. Held at the Detroit Athletic Club, the event will begin at 6 p.m.

Premiere Night is DPTV's signature fundraising event, which unveils the fully-loaded PBS fall season and a variety of new local DPTV productions. Widely regarded as one of the most anticipated fundraising events in Metro Detroit, guests of Premiere Night will enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and the presentation of DPTV's dedicated community leader awards.

The 2010 award winners are as follows:

  • John W. Porter Leadership Award: Kimberly & Ken Whipple
  • Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award: Dr. Ronald Goldsberry
  • Detroit Public Television Partnership Award: University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Detroit Public Television Visionary Award: Carol A. Goss

Patron tickets to Premiere Night are $250 each. Benefactor tickets, which include dinner at the historic Bloomfield Hills home of event co-chairs Bobbi and Stephen Polk on Sept. 22, are $400 each. Sponsorships also are available.

To buy tickets, make a sponsorship commitment, purchase advertising or donate a unique auction item, visit or contact Sarah Kittle at (248) 305-3774 or

Proceeds from Premiere Night support Detroit Public Television, which provides programs and online content that educate, entertain and in partnership with the community.


Grand Rapids Press:

Hockey fans weren't the only ones interested in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 2010-11 schedule, which was released Wednesday afternoon. So was the local sports station widely known as ESPN 96.1. On Wednesday, the Griffins also announced a new three-year partnership with WMAX-FM to carry the team's radio broadcasts this season. The Griffins spent the past 14 years on sister station WOOD-AM (1300), but eight games last season were moved to WMAX. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel Communications. "It's somewhat of a bittersweet day for us, as Newsradio WOOD 1300 has been a tremendous flagship for the Griffins since our inaugural season," said Tim Gortsema, the Griffins' senior vice president of business operations. "But the opportunities to be on an all-sports FM station, increase our overall signal strength and access to ESPN's audience of local sports fans -- all while staying with Clear Channel -- made it an easy decision." Bob Kaser will return for his 11th season as the Griffins' play-by-play announcer. All 80 regular-season games will feature a 15-minute pregame show and at least a 10-minute postgame show. If a scheduling conflict arises, Griffins broadcasts will be able to move to WOOD or another Clear Channel station that can air the game live... Griffins games move to ESPN 96.1 (Wed, 8/25)



• The construction permit for the post-transition digital facilites of WJMN TV Ch. 3 Escanaba was modified to increase its height from 1148 to 1165 feet.


• No notable activity for August 25.


Grand Rapids Press:

Kerri Cavanaugh, formerly news director for South Florida television station WSFL, has been named news director at Grand Rapids' Fox 17. Cavanaugh replaces Tim Dye, who left the station in July to join WXYZ in Detroit. She officially assumes her new duties in Grand Rapids on Sept. 8, according to general manager Patty Kolb. Cavanaugh also spent 11 years at WFTS in Tampa, Fla., and won the Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news in 2008... FOX 17 names news director from Florida to replace Tim Dye (Thu, 8/26)

The lights of Friday night come a little early this week, but that doesn't mean tonight's games will fly under the radar. High school football remains as popular in the West Michigan area as it does in the rest of the country, and the local TV and radio coverage certainly reflects that... West Michigan's TV and radio stations have high school football fans covered (Thu, 8/26)


Midland Daily News:

Despite being fired as general manager and morning show host at Coyote Country WGDN 103 FM, Bobby Randall's Birthday Bash is still on. The event is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Midland County Fairgrounds and features headliner Sammy Kershaw. The event is a fundraiser for 4-H of Midland and Gladwin counties. The Moose, 94.5 FM, stepped in as sponsor. "Thank God for The Moose," Randall said during a recent interview. "It will be fine and probably be bigger now that The Moose is on board." When Randall was fired, several others went with him including co-host Chris Schaeffer, other show hosts and behind-the-scenes folks. Randall said he felt responsible for others losing their jobs. "I feel responsible for those people because I hired those people and they all saw the vision," Randall said. "There was nothing I could do to stop this." Schaeffer has recently joined WMPX and will be joining the Gary Williams Morning Show on 97.7 on Sept. 7. "We are excited that the opportunity to add Chris to our team presented itself and hope her devoted listeners will enjoy her new home and our listeners enjoy the great addition," said Tom Steele, general manager. "She will bring an element of fun and excitement to the long running morning show. Listeners will have the opportunity to meet Chris at events such as live remotes, parades, dances, local businesses and other community events." Bill Gilderstern, new station general manager, told the Daily News previously that Randall's firing came as result of an ownership change at the station... Bobby Randall Birthday Bash still on (Sun, 8/29)



Flint Journal:

Dan Richards fell into the country music business by accident, but after 30 years he has never looked back. Richards of Flushing Township will be inducted Friday into the Michigan Country Music Hall of fame for his accomplishments as a country radio announcer. You can hear him these days on Sunday nights on Saginaw-based KCQ-FM. "It was pretty cool. Very exciting," he said. "Kind of a recognition of all the work you've done. A nice way to say, 'Thanks. Good job.'" Richards, 56, grew up a rock 'n' roll fan, but that all changed after getting his first radio job at WTAC-AM in Flint in 1980. "Once I started playing the (country) music and hearing it every day, it was great," he said. Over the years, Richards also has worked for Flint's country station WKMF-AM, W4 Country-FM out of Detroit and Flint's B95-FM... Flushing Township man, WKCQ DJ is inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday (Sat, 8/28)


The MHSAA Network has begun its third season of coverage of high school sports, and its first week of action will launch this week on Comcast Channel 900 and the website.

The flagship production of the Network is MHSAA Game Night, which airs at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Game Night kicks off its third season with a Macomb Area Conference football rivalry game from last Thursday (Aug. 26) between Marine City and Marysville, a game won by the Mariners, 12-8. Game Night will also show on Sundays at 7 p.m., and a third showing may occur on Saturdays at 7 p.m. when not pre-empted by live college games on Comcast.

Two other games will be featured each week. Following the Marine City-Marysville football game on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 900 will be a Wolverine Conference boys soccer match between Richland Gull Lake and Vicksburg from last Monday (Aug. 23), a game won by the Bulldogs, 3-1. The second Wednesday night game each week will get a second airing on Channel 900 on Sundays at Noon; and a third showing may occur on Saturdays at 3 p.m., when not pre-empted by live college games on Comcast.

Thursdays at 8 p.m. will be the third featured production of the week. This week on Thursday will be a boys soccer game between East Lansing and Chelsea from last Tuesday (Aug. 24), which was won by the Trojans, 3-1. The third game each week will generally receive a second airing on Channel 900 on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m., and again on Sunday at 9 a.m. In subsequent weeks, the Thursday prime-time slot will feature girls volleyball action.

Each week's featured games will be available for on-demand viewing on the website the day after their initial playback on Comcast and highlight package of all games will be available for Comcast subscribers to watch through its Video On Demand service.

MHSAA Classics return again this year, featuring great games of years past. These games will be available Mondays through Fridays on Comcast Channel 900.

The complete schedule of upcoming MHSAA Network productions on Comcast Channel 900 and the website can be found exclusively online by clicking on and selecting TV Schedule.

Here's where the MHSAA Network cameras will be this week:

The MHSAA Network delivers coverage of regular season and MHSAA Tournament competition across multiple platforms -- cable television, radio and the internet to fans of high school sports across the state and around the world. In addition to providing content to cable partners Comcast Television and Fox Sports Detroit, the MHSAA Network features two websites, and where fans can click to view or listen to content; and a radio network of nearly 40 stations statewide which annually carry the MHSAA Basketball Finals and the commentary MHSAA Perspective, which airs for 30 weeks during the school year.



• The construction permit for WDTP FM 89.5 Huron Township (Trenton area) was modified from 900 watts @ 269 feet to 700 watts @ 312 feet.


• No notable activity for August 27.


Steve Kosbau named market manager of Greater Media Detroit

Greater Media Inc. has announced that Steve Kosbau has been named Market Manager of its Detroit-based radio properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM. He will begin his new position in mid-September. The radio veteran most recently served as the President and General Manager of WDRQ-FM and WDVD-FM in the Motor City. Prior to that, he worked as the Director of Operations at WJZW-FM and WRQX-FM in Washington, DC.

"Steve is a man of great character and intellect, who will help us take Greater Media Detroit to the next level," said John Fullam, Vice President & Regional Market Manager of Greater Media Philadelphia. "We are pleased to welcome him to the Greater Media family."

"Opportunities like this are rare," said Kosbau. "It's an honor to join such a fantastic company and these legendary radio stations."\







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