December 2010 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 1, 2010



96.3 WDVD gets set to Stuff a Bus (or three)

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 Detroit is helping to make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season as the station calls on listeners to help stuff three buses full of new toys from Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5, 2010.

The 96.3 WDVD Morning Show, Blaine and Allyson in the Morning, will kick off this year's Stuff-A-Bus toy drive by broadcasting live Thursday, December 2 from the bus located at Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak. 96.3 WDVD DJs will continue to broadcast live over the weekend at all three locations, Kohl's on Ford Road in Canton, at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak and Nino Salvaggio's on Hall Road in Clinton Township.

To help out, bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the Stuff-A-Bus locations. Toys will benefit local charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Canton Goodfellows, Ronald McDonald House, Neighborhood Service Organization, Lighthouse, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, Bridgepoint and many others.

Donation hours are: Thursday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m; Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.



WSDP Plymouth adds Sing Out Radio Magazine to schedule

WSDP FM 88.1 in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth has added 'Sing Out Radio Magazine' to their weekly program schedule for Wednesday mornings at 11. The nationally syndicated show is hosted by Matt Watroba and features interviews along with live and recorded music.

Matt has a passion for folk music that can be seen in his work as a performer, regular Sing Out! writer, and as a longtime public radio host. His love of folk music extends to traditional and contemporary sounds that he has had to chance to bring to listeners for two decades. He delights in connecting the audience with the artists, through their music and exclusive interviews. He is also a former English Teacher at Canton High School.

"Matt has been a wonderful friend of WSDP," said Bill Keith. Station Manager, "His presence has been missed on local radio and we hope his longtime fans will tune in each week."

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station is staffed by students at Salem and Canton High School and is celebrating 38 years of serving the Plymouth and Canton Communities.


Radio Reunion video now available



After weeks of editing and refining, a wildly entertaining DVD of the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion is now ready to purchase, with ALL of the profits going to the designated charity, the re-opening of the Detroit Belle Isle Aquarium and off-setting expenses.

The video is a full 141 minutes and covers just about every single aspect of the gala event that still has people talking. It was produced and directed by Murray Gula a 25 year media veteran and WDFN home improvement radio and TV talk show host, with co-directors Ida Goutman, Amazing Events planner, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, radio-TV news reporter for WWJ and Metro Traffic.

The DVD was completely edited by "Radio's Best Friend" Art Vuolo, Jr., who stated "it's a work of art." It's non-stop action from the start to the very end, when the whole committee reflected upon the entire evening! The reunion was emceed, for the fourth and final time, by the legendary Dick Purtan. You can see a 9 1/2 minute teaser-preview of the video on linked to the YouTube website.

The DVD can be ordered right now via Copies can also be ordered for $24.99, plus shipping & handling, by check or money order payable to MCRR and sent to MCRR DVD, PO Box 1037, Royal Oak, MI 48068-1037. The DVD makes a great holiday gift for anyone who was there, missed the event, or just loves the rich heritage of Detroit Radio. It's an excellent "stocking stuffer" for that hard-to-buy-for radio fan on your gift list.

The production of this Official 2010 MCRR Video took many hours, days and weeks to assemble. We hope you will enjoy the memories.



• CBS affliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba has been operating at 20% of its full authorized power since October 26th after some of its digital equipment sustained damage from severe storms and accompanying strong winds that occured in the U.P. Damaged equipment has been sent back to the manufacturer in France for evaluation and repair and WJMN-TV has applied for special temporary authority to operate at reduced power until repairs can be completed. Just weeks before the storm damage occured, WJMN-TV had completed the construction of its full power, full market coverage digital facilities.


• Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools is selling the construction permit for WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City to Baraga Broadcasting for $10,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga owns religious/Catholic WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix, WIDG AM 940 St. Ignace and two FM translators in northern Michigan.


• No notable activity for November 30 and December 1.


Another Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Online Auction is now open and accepting bids. This auction will run from December 2nd through December 13th with proceeds going to Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation in order to support broadcast scholarships, education and internships.

Among the 13 auction items up for bid are ticket packages to see the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, and the Moscow Ballet perform the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre in Detroit along with a pair of 5 day-4 night vacation getaways in Mexico.

Click here to visit the auction web site and make your bids now!


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 3, 2010



Windsor Star:

Rosalie Trombley, CKLW's program director during the heyday of the late-1960s, early-1970s, will receive an honorary diploma from St. Clair College and have a scholarship named in her honour next June. Trombley picked the songs that aired on the Big 8's Top 40, thereby giving them instant hit status because of the station's massive audience stretching over several Northeastern U.S. states and much of southern Ontario. She was memorialized in Bob Seger's 1972 song, Rosalie.

"She was pivotal in turning songs into hits," said Fred Sorrell, station manager from 1969 to 1972.

Sorrell currently works for St. Clair College and is one of the organizers of next June's event, which includes a fundraising dinner on June 14 and the conferring of the diploma at the June 16 convocation ceremonies. Money raised at the dinner will help establish a scholarship in Trombley's name for St. Clair's performing arts students... Rosalie Trombley to be honoured by Windsor's St. Clair College (Fri, 12/3)



WOMC picks up Lennon radio special

Classic Hits WOMC FM 104.3 Detroit is scheduled to broadcast a two-hour radio special on Sunday December 5th at 10 p.m. centering on the final interview with John Lennon, as recorded December 8, 1980 in New York City at the Lennon's Dakota apartment, only hours before John's death.

The same team that conducted and recorded the interview (Dave Sholin, Laurie Kaye, Ron Hummel and Burt Keane) have come together 30 years later to re-create the event. Along with presenting highlights from that historic interview, Sholin, Kaye, Hummel and Keane relay their own unique memories of that day, including events leading up to the interview, meeting John and his wife Yoko, special observations during the interview, even a chance curb-side encounter after the interview with the deranged killer who would gun down Lennon that night, Mark David Chapman. All mixed with music from the Double Fantasy album and memorable Beatles songs as discussed by John and Yoko.



CBC Radio One/Windsor prepares for move to FM

In recent days CBC Radio One station CBEW FM 97.5 Windsor has started testing. After a period of simulcasting longtime Radio One station CBE AM 1550, it's expected that the AM station will sign off permanently. A likely result of the change will be dramatically reduced coverage area for 97.5 versus the AM signal on 1550 in parts of Michigan and Ohio. CBC also owns FM 89.9 in Windsor, currently home of its Radio Two service.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 4, 2010



Saginaw News:

As soon as Barry Baker stepped on the grounds last summer at the Midland Center for the Arts, he knew there were two stories in the making there: The Michigan Jazz Trail Festival he brought crews to shoot, and the closing concert featuring Bay City native Kevin Cole. This weekend, viewers can see both on Channel 19, WDCQ: an encore broadcast of "Michigan Jazz Trail Festival" at 7 p.m. Saturday, and "Matrix:Midland Presents Kevin Cole: One Night Only" at 7 p.m. Sunday. It's just part of the musical programming bringing a close to the pledge drive at Delta College's public television station.

"When Molly McFadden, who is a professional jazz singer herself, started talking about putting together a day-long festival in Midland that would eventually link to a trail of jazz festivals around the state, I was interested," said Baker, WDCQ's general manager... Delta College public TV adds to its jazz lineup (Fri, 12/3)



• Talk WSRJ FM 105.5 Honor/Traverse City was granted a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 4,700 (Class A) to 17,200 watts (Class C3).


• College WLNZ FM 89.7 Lansing was granted a construction permit to increase power from 420 watts @ 98 feet to 1,000 watts @ 109 feet with a directional antenna. A similar construction permit was to expire in October, 2010 before being completed.


• The FCC approved the sale of the silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee to Roy E. Henderson from Lake Michigan Broadcasting for $30,225.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2010



Ann Arbor's 107one announces release of 3rd 'Live From Studio A2' CD

Live From Studio A2, Volume Three, the newest compilation album and latest installment of live, locally recorded performances by top national touring artists, will be released this week by adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, known as 'ann arbor's 107one'. Sixteen songs have been handpicked from the best acts visiting the market over the past year and carefully re-mastered to showcase the range of major talent that Ann Arbor is known for attracting. Live From Studio A2, Volume Three, like its best-selling predecessors, boasts an impressive lineup of emerging and chart-topping acts.

The CD will be available for the holidays at the Michigan Theater Guest Services desk and at Borders stores throughout the market including: Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton and Novi with the introductory price of $12.99. The three Ann Arbor Borders locations are in downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty Street, Arborland on Washtenaw Avenue and Water's Place on Lohr Road.

The project is made possible by the generous support of Bank of Ann Arbor and Douglas J Exchange. Net proceeds from sales of the disc will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. The Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's not-for-profit center for film and the performing arts. Built in 1928, the Michigan Theater was named the Outstanding Historic Theater in North America in 2006. It is located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

With stand-out tracks from artists you've loved for years like Natalie Merchant, John Gorka and Ani DiFranco, as well as artists on the rise like The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Amos Lee and Mat Kearney, Live From Studio A2, Volume Three shows what makes Ann Arbor truly special with its eclectic mix of talent and artistry.



WYCD St. Jude Radiothon set for Thursday and Friday

On Thursday December 9th & Friday December 10th, country WYCD FM 99.5 will be conducting their annual 'WYCD Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon' to help the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the past 10 years, generous listeners of WYCD have donated $5.5 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the annual event.

The on-air event will run from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. both days. Visit for more information.

"WYCD is proud to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is our eleventh year working with St. Jude and we have seen the progress they've made over the years in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other serious illnesses," said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "Thanks to our generous listeners, WYCD has been able to contribute millions of dollars toward research and the caring of children that need St. Jude's help."

She added: "We have heard over and over from families right here in the Detroit area that have benefited from the work St. Jude does. No family is ever turned away, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay."

It costs $1.5 million to keep the hospital running each day; most of that money comes from private donations. Stacy Ziarko, senior event marketing representative for St. Jude, said the WYCD radiothon was one of the hospital's largest fundraisers. The hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, conducts important research, which is then passed on freely to members of the scientific and medical community.

"We say that when a child's life is saved at St. Jude, it is like a thousand children saved around the world," explained Ziarko.

In fact, when the hospital opened in 1962, survival rates for childhood cancer were less than 20 percent; today the figure is 80 percent, partly due to treatments developed at St. Jude.

Rachel Herr, of Commerce Township, credits St. Jude with saving her son's life. When her son Kevin was seven years old, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain cancer in children. Treatment was available locally but with a high chance of recurrence.

"I needed to look into other options because if there was a recurrence, it could be a death sentence. But our health insurance wouldn't cover anything out of network," explains Herr.

St. Jude picked up the tab for Kevin's course of treatment: 30 radiation treatments and four in-patient rounds of high-dose chemotherapy.

Kevin is now 10 years old and is in the fifth grade. "His teacher told me he is up to grade level in everything," said Herr. "St. Jude Hospital is saving our children and fundraising like the WYCD radiothon is essential for the hospital to operate as it does."

Last year alone, 99.5 WYCD raised $290,000, which helped pay for 6,604 platelet counts; 1,060 spinal taps; 668 days of oxygen; 378 days of chemotherapy for a leukemia patient; 118 days of outpatient treatment; 58 CT scans and 7.9 above-the-knee prostheses.

"I can think of no more worthy cause than eliminating cancer in children," said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. "The work that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does is not only supported by WYCD and all of our country fans, but by the entire country music community, including great artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and many more."

To make a donation to the WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, call 800-374-4995 or go to



CKWW to mark 30th Anniversary of John Lennon's death with "Lennon Remembered"

On the 30th anniversary of his death, AM 580 CKWW will look back at the life and music of John Lennon with a 3-hour radio special. AM 580 pays tribute to one of the most influential singer-songwriters in music history with "Lennon Remembered" airing Wednesday, December 8th from 7 to 10 PM. From life as a Beatle to his later solo work, this show captures the music from the voice of a generation. "Lennon Remembered" was produced by CHUM Radio and hosted by veteran broadcaster Gord James.

AM 580 will also spotlight John Lennon's music throughout the day.


Television: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2010


Buy low, sell high. George Lilly has been applying that basic business principle in the buying and selling stations since 1983. In 2005, he partnered with the private equity firm The Blackstone Group to form Montecito Broadcast Group and purchased four stations from Emmis Communications for $259 million. Less than two years later, he flipped the stations to New Vision for a figure somewhere north of $330 million. Now he thinks he can work that buy-low, sell-high formula at least one more time. Backed by Sankaty Advisors, a unit of Bain Capital, Lilly last month agreed to buy two small-market ABC O&Os -- WJRT-TV Flint, Mich., and WTVG Toledo, Ohio -- for $30 million. With the worst of the recession apparently past and new sources of revenue beginning to materialize, Lilly believes the stations' price tag is low and that he will be able to sell at a considerable markup several years from now. How low? According to BIA/Kelsey, the same George Lilly and yet another investment group sold the stations to ABC for $120 million... Bullish big time on buying TV stations (Mon, 12/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2010


For 30 years, host arwulf arwulf has led the adventurous, experimental radio program "Face the Music" on WCBN (88.3-FM), the student-run radio station at the University of Michigan. A special public broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday is planned to mark the milestone in style. During the broadcast, arwulf and U-M student musicians will present "Beyond the War Model," discussing concepts and lessons from the three decades he has spent with the weekly show. The program will be broadcast live from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the public is welcome to attend... WCBN arwulf arwulf show 'Face the Music' marking 30 years with live broadcast (Tue, 12/7)

Condolences to family and friends of longtime CITY-TV/TORONTO news anchor and continuity announcer MARK DAILEY, who died MONDAY after a long battle with cancer at 57. He had battled prostate cancer since 2004 and was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few months ago. DAILEY, a former policeman in OHIO, joined CITY-TV in 1979 after a stint with CHUM-A/TORONTO from 1974-79; he previously worked in news at legendary Top 40 CKLW-A/WINDSOR-DETROIT. He also provided voices for several animated TV series... Toronto TV News Anchor, Former Radio Newsman Mark Dailey Dead At 57 (Tue, 12/7)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Picture yourself at a lavish spectacle featuring a New York City-style runway, sipping a martini, bidding on a Porsche test drive and laughing the night away while helping out charity. The upcoming Design 1 Salon Spa Fashion Event at The B.O.B. gives you the chance to make this happen ... Like last year, Design 1's fashion event serves as the kickoff to Star 105.7's annual "Think Outside Yourself" Radiothon Dec. 15-17. It raised $274,000 last year alone for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation. More than a $1 million has been raised for the hospital in the 10 years of its run.

"All local dollars. All of it stays here," said Star Program Director Kelly Iris, whose show airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The station will air inspirational stories based on experiences at the hospital throughout the radiothon's three days. Those wishing to donate online can do so Dec. 10-17 via A bank will be set up form 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Celebration Cinema South, 1506 Eastport Drive SE, Dec. 15-17 for drop-off donations... Fashion show, radiothon will benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (Tue, 12/7)


An FM translator being purchased by Radio One, owner of urban-targeted WHTD-FM 102.7, WDMK-FM 105.9, and WCHB AM 1200 in the Detroit market, has apparently started testing on the translator this week. This afternoon the station, heard on FM 99.9, was airing an automated commercial-free selection of smooth jazz type music. Between 12:45 and 1:30 p.m., there was no station identification given; it's not clear where the programming is originating.

The source of the programming on 99.9 was not found via an over-the-air scan of the radio dial. While WHTD does broadcast in HD, it doesn't appear that station is broadcasting and HD2 stream; WDMK, also in HD, was rebroadcasting WHTD on its HD2 stream this afternoon.

According to applications on file with the FCC, Radio One is purchasing the translator for $120,000 from Best Media and moving it from 89.1 to 99.9 with a power increase from 10 to 250 watts. The applications indicate the translator would be rebroadcasting WDMK from an antenna located in Royal Oak Township.


Update 12/9: Testing is either intermittent or completed; as of this morning the station is not broadcasting


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 9, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Dates have been announced for WBCT-FM (93.7)'s B-93 Birthday Bash 19. The free two-day concert will run Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2011. The event will be held for a second year at the US 131 Motorsports Park, 1249 12th St., in Martin. B-93 Program Director Dave Taft said that despite large crowds once again last year - an estimated 40,000 on Saturday and 32,000 on Sunday - there was a surprising amount of room to move around.

"People could spread out a little bit more," he said. "I didn't realize that it was that much bigger than the previous places we had been."

Taft hopes to announce the finalized lineup in the near future. Thanks to country superstars like Brad Paisley, Taft was reticent to dish clues about potential performers next year... Dates, location of B-93 Birthday Bash 19 announced (Thu, 12/9)



• FM translator W226BB Ludington has been granted a construction permit to change frequency from 93.1 to 92.7 as W224CA, change power from 27 watts @ 243 feet to 40 watts @ 331 feet with a location change within Mason County south of Ludington. The translator rebroadcasts classic rock WWKR FM 94.1 Hart.


• West Central Michigan Media Ministries has closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City. This station will likely not sign on; instead West Central plans on expanding the coverage of its religious WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac.


• No notable activity for December 6 - 8.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2010



News One:

NewsOne has obtained Keith Washington's official statement on the controversy surrounding the Internet streaming of a private conversation between Washington and his ailing friend, Aretha Franklin, on a Detroit radio station.

"Aretha Franklin has been a dear friend and colleague for over 20 years. We've toured together, prayed together, and laughed together.

For the past six weeks, I have been hosting Kisses After Dark on Kiss 105.9 in Detroit. In addition to being heard on the radio, a big part of the job is social networking and live video streaming. When I am not talking on the air I am working the phones with listeners and friends. The live video stream is on during my entire radio show.

On November 8, while on a break from the on-air broadcast, I called Aretha Franklin because it had just come to my attention she had to cancel her tour plans for the next six months due to health issues. Since Aretha's been sick, I've been heartsick.

Our conversation was captured on the live video stream as are others but I was not aware her end of the conversation was audible to the microphone.

At no time was our conversation aired or broadcast on the radio -- like many blogs and even reputable news organizations have claimed... Keith Washington Issues Statement On Aretha Controversy [Kiss 105.9 Detroit is owned by NewsOne's parent company, Radio One] (Fri, 12/10)



WDFN shuffles weekday lineup

Sports WDFN AM 1130 is playing musical chairs with its weekday programming, swapping Sean Baligian from morning drive to afternoons and Matt Shepard from afternoons to mornings. When the music stops, it appears that Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp will be without a chair at 'DFN - he'd previously been co-hosting afternoons with Shepard. The changes become effective on December 13th.



45th annual WJR Christmas Sing set for December 11th

The Somerset Collection in Troy will again play host for the WJR Christmas Sing, hosted by morning man Paul W. Smith, Santa, and the WJR Family. The event will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. in the North Grand Court and promises be a morning of fun caroling for the entire family.



Rockin' for the Hungry Food and Fund Drive meets 200 ton goal

After the final food and cash donations were counted Tuesday evening, Rockin' for the Hungry met its goal of 200 tons of food for Food Gatherers, the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County. Hosted by Kroger on South Maple Road and broadcast live by adult alternative WQKL FM 107.1 (ann arbor's 107one), the five day event is the county's largest outdoor food and fund drive to help feed those in need through the winter months.

A generous supply of hot beverages from Kroger and Starbucks helped volunteers and radio personalities from ann arbor's107one brave the frigid temperatures to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers. "We're always excited to provide our time and resources to Food Gatherers at Rockin' for the Hungry.

They're an outstanding non-profit and we're extremely fortunate to have them in our community," commented Chris Ammel, program director for ann arbor's 107one who was onsite "freezin' for a reason" throughout the event broadcast. "This year's Rockin' couldn't have been a success without unwavering support from our listeners and sponsors. On behalf of the entire ann arbor's 107one team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You truly are the best."

CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT MD/afternoon host JESSE ADDY has added APD stripes, ALL ACCESS has confirmed. Station Manager RON HARRELL told staffers in an e-mail that "JESSE has been deeply involved with the development and direction of WDVD over the last five years. He is deserving of this public acknowledgement of his contribution to our product"... Jesse Addy Adds APD Stripes At WDVD (Fri, 12/10)


Changes rumored to be happening to Clear Channel's group of West Michigan radio stations starting becoming reality today with the announcement that country WMUS FM Muskegon will be simulcasting for the next few weeks on both it's original frequency of 106.9 and its future home at 107.9. Gone from the airwaves will be the soft rock format of WSHZ on 107.9, which had been playing all-Christmas music of late. Star 108 listeners will be encouraged to tune into Clear Channel's WSRW-FM (Star 105.7) out of Grand Rapids.

That move is in advance of adding an FM simulcast of news/talk Grand Rapids' WOOD AM on the 106.9 frequency after WMUS listeners have a chance to become familiar with the station's new home on 107.9.

Clear Channel exec Doug Montgomery told WOOD-TV Ch. 8 that the change to a news-talk format on FM 106.9 would happen sometime in January.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

WBCT-FM (93.7) B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad is getting the ultimate gift this holiday season - a new kidney. The taped announcement was to be aired this morning at 7:15 as Conrad continues to undergo morning dialysis treatments as he has for two-and-a-half years. "My family's really excited. It's a lot of time I miss with my kids. To actually be able to go on vacations will be nice," Conrad said Thursday morning of his wife, Susan, and two boys: 15-year-old Harry and 13-year-old Ben. Conrad received an unexpected call Wednesday, while on air from 2 to 7 p.m., that he would be receiving a kidney from "a young woman from Grandville," he said. The transplant is scheduled to take place shortly after the New Year... B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad to receive a kidney this holiday season (Fri, 12/10)


Clear Channel West Michigan is rolling out major changes to some of its local stations, the most significant of which will be making WOOD-AM (1300) news/talk radio both an AM and FM frequency next year. The popular local news, traffic and weather station, providing the nation's top four syndicated talk shows, will be aired simultaneously with identical programming on FM 106.9 starting in early January. A specific date has yet to be announced. Tim Feagan, Clear Channel West Michigan's vice president and regional market manager, said the addition of its No. 4-ranked station to an FM frequency is giving its listeners greater access to the local news they covet, as many on the Lakeshore cannot access the frequency this time of year... Clear Channel West Michigan to make WOOD-AM 1300 both an AM and FM frequency (Fri, 12/10)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 11, 2010



Lansing State Journal:

For a few hours Friday, a dream came true. Michigan State University journalism graduate Hope Springstead, who wants to become the nation's first blind news anchor, appeared on Lansing's WLNS-TV alongside anchors Jane Aldrich and Evan Pinsonnault. It was part of the station's annual Day of Giving fundraiser. It also was Springstead's first shot at live news coverage and a chance to prove what she can do.

"It is a great chance to get some real experience," said Springstead, who lives with her parents in Wyandotte. "It's great to actually get some experience, rather than just talking about it."

Springstead graduated from MSU in May with a dream of breaking into the competitive world of broadcast news. WLNS-TV invited Springstead to be part of the Day of Giving after reading about her dream in a Lansing State Journal article published Nov. 22... MSU grad, who is blind, gets shot as TV anchor for Day of Giving (Sat, 12/11)



• The application to assign the construction permit for LPTV station WYHD-LP Ch. 5 Escanaba to Hispanic Family Christian Network by Confesora Peralta has been dismissed.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2010



Big Chill sets viewership mark for Fox Sports Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Saturday's "Big Chill at The Big House" outdoor hockey game (Michigan State at Michigan) was the regional network's highest rated college hockey telecast in its 14-year history, delivering a 5.1 Nielsen household rating in Metro Detroit (equivalent of approximately 96,400 households). The previous high was a 3.5 rating on Oct. 6, 2001 for "The Cold War" -- the previous outdoor game between the schools.

The telecast was distributed throughout Michigan (and portions of NW Ohio and Northern Indiana) on FOX Sports Detroit and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada on the Big Ten Network. The game was also shown in Ontario on Leafs TV; across the U.S. on FOX College Sports Atlantic and in Alaska on FOX affiliate KFXF-TV.

A live in-game chat at had 3,000 participants representing at least 24 states and 15 foreign countries. For the day, the website had more than 40,000 page views, most of it regarding "Big Chill" coverage that also included stories and a photo gallery.

Saturday's "Big Chill at The Big House" was attended by a world-record hockey crowd of 113, 411 at Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines beat the Spartans 5-0.



Detroit Free Press:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)'s Christy McDonald will be leaving the station Dec. 21, she said. McDonald, who has worked at WXYZ for 10 years, told Names & Faces that station management would no longer let her work part time and instead wanted her as a full-time reporter.

"I love the station. I love this city," she said. "It's so painful to have to make this decision. But unfortunately, it's not a life balance that works for me or my family right now."

Married to WCSX-FM (94.7) sports director (and Free Press blogger) Jamie Samuelsen, McDonald has three children: Caroline, 6; Josh, 4, and 1-year-old Catherine. McDonald, who anchored the 7 p.m. newscast for her first five years at the station, worked part time as an on-air reporter and fill-in anchor after her first daughter was born. The Emmy winner, who covered everything from the Woodward Dream Cruise to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, earned a best reporter tag from the Associated Press this year... Reporter turns down full-time job at Channel 7 (Mon, 12/13)



Grand Rapids Press:

ArtPrize and Grand Rapids' "Medical Mile" will be featured on a CBS-TV news special, "Reinventing Michigan," airing at 6 p.m. tonight in Detroit. Dick DeVos, Michigan's Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2006 and his wife, Betsy, and their son, Rick DeVos, creator of ArtPrize, will appear on the broadcast airing on WWJ-TV, the CBS affilliate in southeast Michigan. Others appearing include Governor-elect Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and actor and Michigan native Jeff Daniels. The show is the latest installment on WWJ-TV's "Eye On the Future" series hosted by Carol Cain and Paul Pytlowany... ArtPrize, medical mile in Grand Rapids discussed in 'Reinventing Michigan,' tonight on CBS-TV in Detroit (Mon, 12/13)

Singer, radio host and native Detroiter Keith Washington is under fire...kind of...for taping a private conversation between him and Aretha Franklin taped a month prior before the Queen of Soul told fans that she is suffering from pancreatic cancer. Washington, who took over the 7 p.m.-12 a.m. timeslot at WDMK (105.9) six weeks ago, called Franklin on her cell phone on November 8... Radio host Keith Washington criticized for taping private conversation with Aretha Franklin (Mon, 12/13)



The Oakland Press:

Bullying continues to be an ongoing issue, sometimes resulting in suicide. Recently, 14-year-old Samantha Kelly of Huron Township committed suicide after allegedly being taunted and harassed for making a rape allegation against a fellow student. But a local radio station, 98.7 AMP Radio, a Top 40 station in Southfield, is aiming to bring awareness to this problem.

"Unfortunately, bullying has become a serious issue recently," said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "Kids not only have to endure this at school, but now kids and adults are experiencing this through social media. 98.7 AMP Radio, our core artists, our on-air talent and the Detroit Lions are reaching out to let kids know that bullying isn't right."

The station has started airing public service announcements urging the public to end the epidemic of bullying as well as to seek help if victimized by bullying. The PSAs are voiced by several 98.7 AMP Radio artists, including Jason Derulo and Taio Cruz, and Detroit Lions players, like quarterback Matt Stafford, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.The station's on-air personalities have joined the campaign, too... Anti-bullying campaign amps up at 98.7 FM (Mon, 12/13)

102.9 W4 Country (WWWW-FM) is collecting Toys for Tots during its annual Christmas Crusade for Kids at the Kroger store located at 400 S. Maple Road in Ann Arbor. The toy drive began on Friday, Dec. 10 and ends on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The radio station has not set a goal, however last year it raised 16,000 toys and $16,000 in cash donations. The entire W4 air staff will broadcast live all week long from inside the grocery store. Although the economy is still in bad shape, some say we are out of the recession.

"We're here, we do it annually, collecting toys and you've got to think from baby to teenager," said Mandy Cooke, mid-day host on W4 Country. "We're also taking cash and check donations here until Wednesday. Cash donations are much appreciated if you don't know what to get. I'm not sure if there's any goal, it's just a lot. That's my goal, bring a lot."

W4 Country is on location at the Kroger store asking for your toys and monetary donations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. This is the seventh year the radio station has been hosting the toy drive... 102.9 W4 Country hosting Toys for Tots drive (Sun, 12/12)



• Freelancer Television Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new digital low power TV station on Channel 14 to be licensed to Lake City. W14DR-D would operate with 425 watts @ 525 feet from an antenna located east of Cadillac.


• Contemporary Christian WSMZ FM 88.3 Crystal Valley/Hart was a construction permit to increase effective radiated power from 1,100 to 1,500 watts.


WRAX FM 98.9 Lake Isabella/Mt. Pleasant has applied to the FCC for remain silent authority. The station, owned by Radioactive, LLC, previously had received remain silent authority for the year between November 13, 2009 and November 13, 2010 and its most recent application states the station went silent again on November 10th, 2010. Its not clear if this station has ever operated.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 14, 2010



CUMULUS Top 40 WKFR (103.3 KFR)/KALAMAZOO collected over 4,200 toys for needy children in its annual Stuff the Bus promotion for TOYS FOR TOTS THURSDAY through SATURDAY at the TOYS R US in PORTAGE, MI. KFR's WILL HARVEY, DAVE BENSON, and KRUZE broadcast live in the cold weather from the event, filling a KALAMAZOO METRO TRANSIT bus with toys for the MARINE CORPS' program. Donations will contuinue to be accepted through FRIDAY (12/17)... 103.3 KFR Stuffs A Bus To Aid Toys For Tots (Tue, 12/14)


With yesterday's format change at Clear Channel-owned 107.9 FM WSHZ (Star 108) from soft rock to country in preparation for WMUS to move from 106.9 to 107.9 on a permanent basis, Citadel Broadcasting has changed the format of FM 97.5 at 3 p.m. today from sports to soft rock as 'The New Sunny FM'. The station has applied to change the call sign of 97.5 from WEFG-FM to WWSN to better match the station's new direction.

WEFG's web site ( is directing viewers to Citadel sister station WBBL-FM 107.3, which also features a sports format.

In addition to bringing back the soft rock format, Citadel is also bringing back the Sunny FM moniker to the Muskegon market. Beginning in 1984, WSNX FM 104.5 had a contemporary format and was known as Sunny FM under the ownership of Goodrich Radio. The name stuck with the station after it was acquired by Clear Channel in 1999 but was eventually phased out as WSNX shifted its focus towards the larger Grand Rapids market.



Grand Rapids Press:

Pink, James Taylor and Elton John are coming to Muskegon ... via the community's local airways. At 3 p.m. today, Citadel Broadcasting Company launched "The New Sunny FM" on WWSN-FM (97.5). The new adult contemporary format will feature today's hits - Daughtry, Colbie Caillat - as well as yesterday's favorites from artists like Cher and Elton John... Citadel launches 'The New Sunny FM' in Muskegon (Tue, 12/14)



• Recent sign-on contemporary Christian WSMZ FM 88.3 Crystal Valley/Hart was granted its license to cover. The station is part of the statewide Smile FM network.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2010


Capping off its eleventh year, the CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT "Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon," held DECEMBER 9-10, raised $338,700 -- nearly $50,000 more than in 2009 -- for ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL in MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. "Once again our WYCD listeners came to the call and pledged an amazing amount of money for ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL," said VP/Market Mgr. DEBBIE KENYON. "We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for this worthwhile cause.".. WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon Raises Over $330,000 (Wed, 12/15)

CBS RADIO Classic Hits WOMC/DETROIT will host SANTA's Toy Castle, a toy drive benefitting THE SALVATION ARMY, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18th, in SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN. Kicking off with THE BOBBY MITCHELL SHOW with CHUCK GAIDICA at 6a on FRIDAY, 104.3 WOMC will broadcast live from the parking lot of the KMART SUPERSTORE. Personalities will be encouraging listeners to drop off new, unwrapped toys for children in need this holiday season. "The reason we decided to launch this toy drive is simple. When THE SALVATION ARMY told us that there was a shortage of gifts and lots of children were not going to get CHRISTMAS presents this year, we knew we must try to help," WOMC PD TIM ROBERTS said. "Every kid deserves CHRISTMAS.".. WOMC Hosts Toy Drive For The Salvation Army (Wed, 12/15)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT's "MOJO IN THE MORNING" will be flying needy local children to the NORTH POLE FRIDAY (12/15) -- or, at least, they'll THINK it's the NORTH POLE. The show will fill a real jet plane with 50 kids and parents, it'll really take off, and it'll land a few minutes later at "SANTA's workshop," where they'll meet SANTA and Mrs. CLAUS and their (real) reindeer, have lunch, and get bags of toys, plus $2,000 for each family from MOJO and the SERGEI FEDEROV FOUNDATION... WKQI's Mojo Sending Kids To 'North Pole' (Tue, 12/14)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Rhythmic WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT OF DETROIT)/DETROIT weekend host DANIELLE CAR has released a CHRISTMAS song, "Save Your Cookies For Me," getting airplay on the seasonal all-CHRISTMAS format on sister AC WNIC. CAR's CHRISTMAS tune is not the only music she's releasing this season, as "Walk of Shame," the lead single from her new Country EP, has gotten added to PROMO ONLY's JANUARY Country Radio CD... WDTW's Danielle Car Gets Airplay For Christmas Tune (Tue, 12/14)

Congratulations to CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT "MOJO IN THE MORNING" Executive Producer RACHEL GIORDANO and her husband MARK (known as "CAPRICORN" on the air) on the birth of their son NICOLAS ("NICO")... It's A Boy for 'Mojo' Producer Rachel Giordano (Tue, 12/14)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2010




A popular Lansing morning show host is off the air. Rich Michaels - host of the "Michaels in the Morning" show at WMMQ - was fired by Citadel Broadcasting on Wednesday. Michaels has been on the Lansing airwaves at one station or another for more than 20 years. Michaels, who says he's encouraged and supported unemployed callers to his show over the years, now finds himself in the same situation.

"I think everybody's going through this. I'm not special," Michaels said. "I actually wish I could talk to people now in a way because I'm in it. It's 10 days to Christmas and I don't have a job. Something better will happen."

Matt Hanlon, who runs the Citadel stations in Michigan, says the company and Michaels "parted company" because the station made a decision "to move in a different direction."

Michaels' co-host Deb Hart, another long-time radio presence, will remain with the station, Hanlon said... Popular Lansing DJ Loses His Job (Wed, 12/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2010



Detroit News:

At Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Mich., Dawn Hill's classmates voted her "most likely to become Oprah." Ms. Hill, 24, is a local producer and a fledgling voice-over artist for commercials on the radio stations WBLS and WLIB. Her primary responsibilities are "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show," on WLIB (1190 AM), which plays gospel music, and "Middays With Egypt," on WBLS (107.5 FM), which plays R&B. Raised in Detroit, she graduated from Howard University in 2008 and lives in Harlem with two roommates. Learning to listen: My dad was a police officer who died from a blood clot when I was 3 months old, so I was raised by my mother. I think the reason I was always so interested in voice-overs was that when she read to me, she changed her voice for every character. Taking the lead: I was not a shy child. In preschool I played the lead parts in "Cinderella" and Shirley Temple. We lived in the city just off Eight Mile, but I mostly went to parochial schools in the suburbs. I wanted to become a pediatrician until our medical careers club took a field trip to a morgue when I was in ninth grade. Jump-start: In high school, I got into Scoop, a program run by the Cable Communications Commission that introduces city kids to communications careers. I got to produce some packages and did public-service announcements, which helped get me a college scholarship... A Voice for Radio, With Oprah's Ambition (Thu, 12/16)



• Pop WJSZ FM 92.5 Ashley was its license to cover for a power increase from 2,000 to 4,000 watts and change to a directional antenna.


• FM translator W236BK 95.1 Forest Hills was granted a construction permit to move to 95.3 as W237BW, change location and increase power from 10 to 250 watts. The translator is owned by WYGR, LLC and the application states it would rebroadcast WFUR-FM 102.9 Grand Rapids.


• No notable activity for December 15.


Television: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010



DPTV series 'Leaders on Leadership' adds coverage across most of Lower Peninsula

Beginning January 2011, television viewers in mid- and northern Michigan will get an opportunity to delve into the minds and motives of business leaders through their local PBS station. WCMU, Central Michigan University Public Television, will begin broadcasting "Leaders on Leadership" at 3:30 p.m. Sundays starting January 2.

Each half-hour edition seeks to reveal the character, drive and ambition of chief executives renowned for their leadership in guiding local, national and international organizations.

"Leaders on Leadership" will continue to air in Michigan on producing station WTVS Detroit Public Television Sundays at 11 a.m., repeated Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs on WGVU Grand Valley State University Public Television from Grand Rapids, and WGVK in Kalamazoo. The addition of WCMU brings the show to most residents of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and some parts of the Upper Peninsula. It is also available at On Demand.

"Leaders on Leadership" is a partnership between the Wayne State University School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Television (DPTV), and is made possible by a grant from Greenleaf Trust. Currently in its seventh season, the program is hosted by Larry Fobes, director of Wayne State's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness (IOIC). The show won a Michigan Emmy for Best Interview/Discussion Program in 2004.

"I appreciate the range of guests on this series, and especially its strong emphasis on Michigan leaders," said Linda Dielman, TV program/outreach manager for Central Michigan University Public Television. "We're always eager to air Michigan-produced programs of this quality."

Dan Alpert, senior vice president of DPTV, said, "There are important lessons for people in all walks of life in these interviews with successful organizational leaders. WCMU's airing of the series will help ensure that more people in Michigan will benefit from the business knowledge of Larry's guests."

"The School of Business Administration at Wayne State University is always eager to extend the opportunity for residents of Michigan to benefit from our extensive range of outstanding academic programs as well as unique outreach initiatives like 'Leaders on Leadership'," said Dean David L. Williams.



WXYZ TV launches community impact project: Detroit 2020

Unify. Inspire. Act. That's the motto of Detroit 2020, a groundbreaking project that WXYZ-TV will launch on January 4, 2011. Detroit 2020 is a decade-long, multi-platform, regional-impact initiative, designed to dramatically change the course of Metro Detroit.

For generations, Detroit-area viewers have relied on WXYZ to address issues, encourage debate and help find solutions to the challenges in our communities. Building on that legacy, Detroit 2020 will tackle some of the biggest issues facing Metro Detroit--including education, race relations and transportation--through news stories, special programs, town hall meetings, commentaries and community service efforts.

"The goal of Detroit 2020 is to significantly improve the economic, emotional and mental well-being of Detroit and the region by the end of the decade," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "Detroit 2020 will encourage dialogue, demand solutions, unify efforts, and provide a voice for all communities."

News stories planned during premiere week include:

  • Jan. 4 - "A Tale of Two Cities," a feature that explores the possibilities of change to move the region forward as well as the consequences of neglect
  • Jan. 5 - a profile of one Detroit neighborhood that has been revitalized
  • Jan. 6 - a look at what's working in one industrial city in the country and the lessons that Detroit can learn from this success
  • Jan. 7 - a segment focusing on the challenges many suburban communities are facing as they struggle with job loss and income reduction

Through a companion Web site,, as well as Facebook and Twitter, viewers will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on important community issues and share their stories, photos, and experiences. will also provide valuable resources that will encourage community groups and individuals to take action.

"It may seem like a daunting task," said Fernandez, "but we are beginning to realize we are all Detroiters, we are all invested in the prosperity of our region, and we are all united in a desire to bring about change. "


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010


NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW has added country musician BOBBY RANDALL to its airstaff. From mid-MICHIGAN, RANDALL is a former member of SAWYER BROWN and has played with KENNY ROGERS and CONFEDERATE RAILROAD in addition to being a host for TNN's You Can Be A Star. "I'm proud to say that at a time when a lot of other stations are cutting back, we actually created a new position and added to our air staff by bringing BOBBY aboard," said PD JOBY PHILLIPS.

Additionally, THE MOOSE rallied around mid-MICHIGAN 7-year old JAYDEN -- who celebrated his birthday while having chemo treatments at ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL... Bobby Randall Joins 94.5 The Moose (Fri, 12/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010



Home Improvement host raises funds for Forgotten Harvest

The first hour of Murray Gula's Home Improvement radio show will be devoted to helping the unfortunate who are going without food or housing during this holiday season. The program will air at noon on Sunday, December 19th on Clear Channel sports-talker WDFN-AM (1130).

The Forgotten Harvest Murray interview conducted last year with the organization's Russ Russell, was one of the most eye opening the host had ever done. According to Gula, "I also interviewed Russ earlier this year, and I'm still haunted by the stories of hunger throughout Michigan and our great country."

You're invited to tune in on Sunday for an hour of broadcasting you will not easily forget. The in-studio phone number is 1-800-998-3494. To reach Forgotten Harvest directly, call 248-967-1500.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

As Michigan looks to changes in Lansing with hopes new leadership might inspire a healthier job picture across the state, more people are eying health care as an area that can ease the hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs.

"We've recently seen growth in health care," said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, who talked about it and other things in "Reinventing Michigan," a 30-minute TV special airing at 11 a.m. today that examines how the state might find new traction and create jobs.

"Reinventing Michigan," which is the latest special WWJ-TV CBS Detroit's "Eye On The Future" programming looking at changes ahead. The show will be rebroadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS Detroit. It runs in place of "Michigan Matters" this weekend... Job creation in Michigan is focus of WWJ special program (Sat, 12/18)



• The FCC and The Ovid-Elsie Area Schools have entered into a Consent Decree concerning self-reported public file violations during the 2004 license renewal process for WOES FM 91.3 Ovid-Elsie. Among other stipulations, the school district will be making a voluntary $10,000 contribution to the U.S. Treasury via monthly installments and the FCC will grant the station's license renewal once all payments have been made.



• Clean Air Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station at 90.9 to be licensed to Escanaba. The Class C1 station would operate with 100,000 watts (vertical polarization) at 217 feet with a directional antenna in Menominee County.


WKAR senior capital correspondent and Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick has conducted a final hour-long exit interview with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm which is scheduled to be aired on Wednesday, Dec. 29, on Michigan State University public TV outlet WKAR-TV Channel 23 in Lansing. The special, which airs at 8 p.m., will mark WKAR's first production in high definition.

Recorded at the governor's residence on Dec. 17, the program also will be seen on public television stations throughout the state (check local listings). It also will be re-broadcast on WKAR at 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31; and at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, on WKAR World.

The governor will discuss her eight years in office, provide insight to the position's challenges, and reflect on the highlights and difficulties during her administration. During the second half of the program, she is joined by First Gentleman Dan Mulhern.

"This is the governor's final exit interview," said Skubick, who has covered her for the past 12 years - four as attorney general and eight as governor. "She saved the last one for us and it is the only one being produced at the executive mansion."

The program continues WKAR's tradition of producing at-home conversations with the governor, which began with Gov. William Milliken. Tim Skubick has has recorded conversations with every Michigan governor that has been in office during his 40 years of covering Michigan government and politics.

The program will be available for online viewing at immediately following the Dec. 29 broadcast and for purchase on DVD.

'An Evening with Governor Granholm' is a co-production between WKAR and Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences.



• The construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) was modified from 750 watts @ 233 feet (Class A) to 8,100 watts @ 233 (Class B1) with a modified directional antenna pattern.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 22, 2010


A couple of cardboard boxes. Some framed jazz prints. Pictures of his family. That's about all Art Timko, station manager and executive director at WEMU (89.1-FM), had left to carry out of his office in Eastern Michigan University's King Hall recently as he prepared to close a 42-year career in broadcasting. Remarkably, that entire career has been spent at Eastern's public radio station.

"I feel pretty good. I'm ready," Timko, who announced his retirement last fall, said during a mid-December interview. "I think, like with most people, once a person decides they want to do something they want to get to it. ... I am sure there are people around the university are saying to themselves 'Isn't he gone yet?' But I'm looking forward to it."

Molly Motherwell, the station's general manager / marketing and development director, will serve as interim executive director while a search for Timko's replacement is conducted. Timko, 64, started at WEMU as a student in January 1968, stayed through August of that year, went into the military and served in Vietnam. He came back in the fall of 1970 for graduate school, finished that in a year, and started working at the station again... Art Timko wraps up long WEMU career with fond memories - and concerns (Wed, 12/22)



8th WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW planned

CBS Radio Detroit and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) have announced that the Eighth Annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW has been scheduled for January 28-29, 2011. WWJ Newsradio 950 will broadcast live beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28 and ending at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29 from the Detroit Science Center to help raise much-needed funds for THAW. Volunteers from local businesses, schools and community organizations will man the phones and local government, business, sports and community leaders will drop in to encourage donors to support THAW's work in local communities.

Each year since 2004, the Winter Survival Radiothon has been one of THAW's primary sources of community support, enabling THAW to provide emergency assistance to Southeastern Michigan households facing a home energy crisis. This year's donation goal is $600,000, which would provide assistance to hundreds of Metro Detroit families during difficult times.

In addition to traditional called-in donations, the Winter Survival Radiothon has become the center of a number of related initiatives and campaigns that work with schools, businesses and service organizations to support THAW and take its "Safe and Warm" message out into the community.

DTE Energy is the Presenting Sponsor of the Winter Survival Radiothon, and as in past years will be matching donations made during the Radiothon on a 1:1 or greater basis.

"The WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW is a tremendous partnership between THAW, CBS Radio Detroit, DTE Energy and all of the other sponsors and supporters who come together to support THAW's mission during the depths of a cold Michigan winter," said THAW CEO Susan Sherer. "Literally hundreds of homes in Metro Detroit will stay safe and warm thanks to the support of our community during the Winter Survival Radiothon."

More than a thousand times, Fred Foy stepped close to the microphone in a studio at WXYZ radio in Detroit. With the "William Tell Overture" playing in the background, he spoke words that resonated for generations. "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty, 'Hi! Yo! Silver!' The Lone Ranger!" He never tired of those lines, which was just as well. Everyone from Dick Cavett, for whose TV show Mr. Foy was the announcer, to people he encountered on every errand wanted to hear his memorable voice speak those famous words. Mr. Foy, who moved to Massachusetts in the late 1980s to be closer to his first grandchild, died in his sleep this morning in his Woburn home. He was 89... Fred Foy, 'Lone Ranger' announcer, dies at 89 (Wed, 12/22)

Channel 7 is revamping their website's commenting policy and requiring all users to connect their comments to their Facebook accounts. The new policy effectively eliminates anonymous commenting... Channel 7 institutes Facebook-linked comments policy on their website; Will it really improve the conversation? (Tue, 12/21)


WDIV morning traffic reporter Heather Zara announced today she is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities. Zara, whose last day on air at Local 4 is Wednesday, is also a sports reporter for the station and covers sports for and is a game-day host for the Detroit Lions... Heather Zara announces departure from WDIV, will continue with (Tue, 12/21)



• Holy Family Radio has closed on its purchase of WVHF AM 1140 Kentwood. The station was purchased out of bankruptcy for $310,000.


• FM translator W225BB 92.9 Battle Creek was granted a construction permit to increase power from 10 to 250 watts and relocate to just south of Battle Creek. The application shows the translator would rebroadcast WYBA FM 90.1 Coldwater.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 23, 2010



Detroit News:

The first day of school this fall for Christy McDonald's 6-year-old also was the day wind-whipped fire skittered across Detroit and scorched 85 buildings. McDonald had the standard list of questions for Caroline: How was it? Who are your friends? What did you think of the teacher? But she had to ask them over the phone from a WXYZ-TV truck on the east side, with sirens blaring in the background. It's never easy to balance kids and work, but it's harder when your hours and whereabouts depend on whether power lines hold up in a stiff breeze or some crackhead decides it's a good day to knock over a bank.

"Unpredictability," McDonald said, "is not workable for me right now." And that's why, as of Wednesday, she no longer works for Channel 7.

It was a friendly parting from a dream job. The station graciously let her walk away from an anchor desk and go part-time five years ago, and she'll always appreciate that. But now there are two more kids -- to the ever-sensitive viewers who sent e-mails, yes, she wasgetting fat -- and there's no more part-time position... TV reporter puts kids first (Thu, 12/23)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 23, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Former WOOD-AM 1300 "Mouth 2 Mouth" host Michelle McKormick may not yet have an announcement to make about moving forward with her former co-host Scott Winters, but she agreed to a different kind of deal over the weekend. Before updating fans about the radio hosts' next move, McKormick waved her hand and flashed some bling adorning a certain finger. The veteran radio personality announced that she re-married her ex-husband, Jeff Schaefer, the father of her 22-year-old son Mason, at a private party at her Grand Rapids over the weekend.

"None of our friends knew," she said. "They just came out, and we surprised them with a party."

McKormick was happy her son could be the witness of his biological parents' second wedding on Dec. 18... Michelle McKormick drops some big news... (Thu, 12/23)


The fifth annual Hope and Care Radiothon conducted by NextMedia radio stations in Saginaw (WSGW-FM/AM, WCEN-FM, WGER-FM, WTLZ-FM) raised $46,995 yesterday. The twelve hour broadcast on the 5 radio stations provides a financial boost for the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan which include City Rescue Mission in Saginaw and Good Samaritan in Bay City. It costs about $3,000 a day to operate those homeless shelters.

The goal was $30,000 but was easily surpassed when a family was moved by hearing about the work of the mission's during the radiothon and called in a $10,000 pledge from the estate of their mother who had recently passed.

Several local businesses also provided matching grants to help take the campaign over the top.

Dan Streeter, executive director of City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, expressed his gratitude. "The staff of NextMedia did an unbelievable job! We never imagined that raising $46,995 could have been possible. Thanks to everyone for making the time on air and the outstanding effort to share the message of "Hope and Care" so that yesterday's Radiothon could be a huge success."

More information on Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan can be found at


WLMIMidwest Communications is changing up the sound on two of its recently acquired Lansing market radio stations. The Christmas music ended earlier this morning on WLMI FM 92.9 and in its place is Classic Hits 'Lansing's Greatest Hits' as that format has moved from its former home on WQTX FM 92.1. WQTX is now stunting towards a new format of its own.

Prior to switch to all-Christmas in November, WLMI (then known as WJZL) had a Smooth Jazz format.

Midwest Communications acquired WQTX and WLMI along with rock WJXQ and modern rock WVIC earlier in 2010 from Rubber City Radio.


WCDYRecent sign-on WCDY FM 107.9 Cadillac has ended its marathon of Christmas music as debuted its new format as 'The New 107.9 CDY, Cadillac's Hits Without the Rap'. The hot adult contemporary station will face off against market incumbent WLXV FM 96.7.

In the Grand Rapids market, AM 1140 returned to the air on Christmas day as WVHF. 'Holy Family Radio' features Catholic programming.

Along the Lake Michigan shoreline, WKLA AM 1450 Ludington has apparently dropped its news-talk format and switched to oldies.


WNIC reboots itself



Fresh 100.3The post-holiday flood of format changes in Michigan spread to Detroit earlier today with long time soft-rocker WNIC FM 100.3 giving itself a 'fresh' coat of paint and moving to a full-fledged hot adult contemporary outlet as 'Fresh 100.3, Detroit's Fresh New Sound'. A banner on the station's updated web site identifies core artists as Katy Perry, Usher, Kid Rock, Lady Gaga, Daughtry, Train, and Pink.

The format adjustment followed an afternoon music survey stunt and marks the first big change in the station's sound since the 1970s when a beautiful music format transitioned into what became known as adult contemporary and 'Detroit's Nicest Rock'.

Since 2001, WNIC had been going head to head in the adult contemporary format with WMGC-FM 105.1 - a station that now features several former WNIC jocks including regular weekday hosts Jim Harper in morning drive, Chris Edmonds afternoons, and Kevin O'Neill evenings. Now, 'Fresh 100.3' has made the decision to move closer towards the sound of hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 instead of WMGC.

It appears that WNIC's personality lineup will remain in place with Jay Towers mornings, Theresa Lucas middays, Kristin Burns afternoons, and Sydney Hawkins evenings.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2010



WDVD and WDRQ to present Rockin' the Eve

WDVDVariety hits WDRQ FM 93.1 (Doug-FM) and WDVD FM 96.3 are planning to present Rockin' the Eve on December 31, 2010 featuring a live concert in the streets of Downtown Royal Oak. The stage will be placed at 6th Street and Washington Avenue.

The evening will be hosted by 96.3 WDVD's morning show, Blaine and Allyson in the Morning and is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Brian Gillepsie, as he mixes dance music. Local bands The Wall Clocks (Rockin' The Eve Battle of the Bands winner) and The BFE (fronted by 96.3 WDVD's Blaine Fowler) will open the show. 80's Pop rockers, The Romantics will hit the stage performing classic hits like; "What I Like About You" and "Talking In Your Sleep". As the night moves closer to the New Year, Gin Blossoms will perform their chart topping hits, "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You" and "Follow You Down".

WDRQIn the final count down to midnight, a 1000 pound ball with 288 flashing lights will be lowered to ring in the New Year. The ball was designed and built by local companies including; Treppen Fabricators, Dean Electric and P&M Lighting.

This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. The concert will conclude on or about 12:30 a.m.

Other activities will include a Kids Craft Corner hosted by Creative Art Studios, a photo tent hosted by Metro PCS and ice table hockey tables inside a tent hosted by event co-sponsor Saab.



Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroiters tuned into WNIC-FM (100.3) will notice the station's adult contemporary format has been tweaked as of Monday. While traditional artists like Billy Joel and Elton John could still be played, newer acts like Kid Rock, Usher, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Train will be added more frequently to the rotation, said operations manager Todd Thomas said. Thomas said that there haven't been any changes to the on-air talent, which is led by Jay Towers' morning show. With the unveiling of its updated Web site and new "Fresh" branding Monday, Thomas said that WNIC's adult contemporary format hasn't been changed, but rather updated, to better represent its core 25- to 54-year-old target audience... WNIC-FM updates its format (Tue, 12/28)

Longtime WBBM (B96) and WCFS (FRESH 105.9)/CHICAGO vet ROXANNE STEELE has moved east to relocate in the MOTOR CITY. She's now doing part-time work at CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT... Roxanne Steele Is On WDVD (Tue, 12/28)


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloFirst of all, Happy New Year to all radio fans and readers of Next week I'll be heading to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for a few days and reporting back to you what exciting new "toys" I see in Las Vegas. Also, I promise to write on a more regular basis in the new year. The huge Motor City Radio Reunion took a great deal of my time during the past year. If you haven't checked out the web site please do; you can see a 9 minute video preview of the DVD which I had the pleasure of editing together to commemorate that spectacular event last September.

So, I get this press release from a radio station that I, for many years, have had tremendous respect for. It boasts about the "new" WNIC which has now been re-branded as "Fresh 100.3." My friends and radio fans, there is NOTHING fresh about the "Fresh" brand. It has been done all over the country and there is no way that during the last couple of weeks of this year that I would honestly believe an extensive listener survey was taken to determine what WNIC listeners really want to hear.

One of the first "Fresh" stations was put on in New York City, where the legendary WNEW-FM "Where Rock Lives" was re-branded as "Fresh 102.7" and even the heritage WNEW call-letters were dropped. Amazing. In Chicago, the longtime WCKG changed to "Fresh 105.9" and in city after city, this "radio flavor of the month" has been procreating itself as something "new" for that particular market. I have always said that in the radio business there seems to be no shortage of carbon paper. That term has become very out-dated as many people don't even know what carbon paper is anymore. The point is that there is a serious lack of creativity and original ideas in radio programming. If something catches on in a particular part of the country and gets ratings, they immediately clone it all over the country, often using the same name in each city.

When the Jack-FM format hit about 3 years ago, it took on variations in cities nationwide. The Jack name was not always used. In Philadelphia, it was Ben, up in Saginaw it's Mike, Fort Wayne is was Joe and here in Detroit it's known as Doug. The "Fresh" brand seems, however, to use the fresh name in each place that it appears. I think what bothered me the most about the alteration at 100.3 FM locally is the owners seemingly unconcern for the value of the WNIC call-letters and name. WNIC, which originally stood for NICe, has been the name at 100.3 FM ever since 1972 when it changed from WKNR-FM. That is a run of nearly 40 years and should not be tossed out in such a uncaring manner. The name 100.3 WNIC rolled off the tongue and was and is well-known in the Detroit area. It will take some time to get all listeners to the station to refer to it be this "new" name.

Fresh 100.3The "Fresh" logo is also the same color in most markets, and that color is a shade of teal. Since direct format competitor WMGC-FM (105.1) Magic has a logo of a similar color, WNIC's new Fresh logo is more of a coral color.

Excuse the rant, and this was not designed to make enemies at Clear Channel Radio Detroit, which owns WNIC, but just some observations from myself regarding a change that I didn't feel was anymore necessary than when they chased talents like Kevin O'Neill, Chris Edmonds, Dave Lockhart and Lisa Barry out of the building. Listeners were comfortable with 100.3 WNIC. Country listeners were said to have selected the new name for 106.7 FM as "The Fox" and we all know how long that lasted....less than 2 years. Listeners did NOT choose that name. Management needs to release that radio listeners are smarter that they often realize.

Let's see if this latest "fresh idea" catches on. In New York, the premier Fresh station took a long time to garner acceptable ratings. We will watch and listen to see if this was a good move in the new year for the once venerable, and once NICe 100.3 WNIC.

Art Vuolo Jr.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 30, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

WHTSWhere else but downtown Grand Rapids can you ring in the New Year to a rock 'n' roll version of "Auld Lang Syne" by punk-rock/powerpop outfit We The Kings, watch a lighted globe count down the last seconds of 2010 and share some camaraderie with 30,000 others? Citadel Broadcasting's 105.3 Hot-FM New Year's Eve Party downtown quickly has become West Michigan's signature ring-in-the-new year event. The free celebration featuring national entertainment acts kicked off in a recession-occupied 2008 with pop-rock band Plain White T's and country star Darryl Worley, and attracted some 20,000. Last year's event featured alt-country/rock singer Uncle Kracker and Boys Like Girls and about 30,000 attendees. Marcus Bradman, Citadel's director of promotions and events, expects a crowd of similar size for headliners Good Charlotte, as well as pop singer Kaci Battaglia, burgeoning country star Frankie Ballard, punk group Runner Runner and punk-rock/powerpop outfit We The Kings... Good Charlotte headlines Hot New Year's Eve Party in downtown Grand Rapids; 30,000 expected (Thu, 12/30)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 31, 2010



Flint Journal:

CK 105.5Stephanie Confer is a morning show DJ on WWCK 105.5 FM radio. How did you get into radio? I was doing theater, commercials and stage plays. I was in the middle of a murder mystery show. Jim Johnson saw me and asked all my friends, "Do you think Stephanie would be interested in doing radio?" He never did ask me, just all my friends. They said they thought I would. About a month later he called. I was still in college then. I had gone back to college after having my kids. I told him, "I have the face for radio but I've never done it." I love it. You can help people on their commute, let them know when there's a problem on the roads and how to get around it, make them laugh. What is the best part of your job? You can really help people. This year we (did) the 12 Days of Christmas and gave gifts to 12 families in need. It gives me the chance to help the community... Meet your Neighbor: Stephanie Confer, morning show DJ (Fri, 12/31)


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) will produce and distribute the inauguration of Governor-elect Rick Snyder and other elected state officials on January 1, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. (noon) - 1:00 p.m. The program will be the first inauguration to be offered in High Definition Television. It will be available on over 75 local television and radio stations across the state, streamed on their websites and fed in the standard digital format for stations that are airing bowl games and wish to record and air the program at a later time. The broadcast of this inauguration will be aired more widely than any other inauguration in Michigan history.

MAB will provide a hosted feed for the full hour with journalist Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief and voice of the Michigan Public Radio Network, along with special guest commentator, Kelly Rossman-McKinney of The Rossman Group, a Lansing-based public relations firm. Visit the MAB web site at for the audio.

There is at least one commercial television and radio station, along with public radio and TV, carrying the inauguration in every market.

"The broadcast of this event demonstrates the cooperative spirit that Governor-elect Snyder says it will take to solve our problems as a state," says Karole White, President/CEO of the MAB. "Broadcasters have set aside competition and affiliations to bring the inauguration to citizens. If we can do it, then any group should be able to work together to find solutions to some of the state's most pressing issues."

"Broadcasters are expanding their reach by texting the latest headlines, using social media, offering video and audio streaming plus in-depth news articles on their websites. Broadcasters serve their communities and are known for their dedication to public safety through the emergency alert system. Broadcasters offer the best of all worlds in both traditional and new media," says White. "We are so pleased to be able to use the new HD technology for the inauguration."

Click here for a complete list of participating stations in .pdf format.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters thanks Detroit Public Television and WKAR-AM-FM-DT who are using their technology to provide the inauguration to all commercial and public broadcasters. 2010 News Archive




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