Mid-Michigan: March 2010 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

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



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


Saginaw News:

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


WWSJ AM St. Johns gets spot on FM dial

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

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



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

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


Saginaw News:

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


Battle Creek Enquirer:

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







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