Mid-Michigan: April 2010 Archives

Broadcasting & Cable:

Flint's struggles have been endlessly documented. Michigan's unemployment rate is near 15%, and the figure for Flint-Saginaw-Bay City is even higher. Dependent on the automotive giants for decades, Flint is fighting to redefine itself. "These are the challenges we face every day," says WNEM VP/General Manager Al Blinke. But Flint is getting there. Home of Dow Chemical and Dow Corning, the No. 68 DMA is betting big on alternative energy. Downtown Flint is going through what WJRT President/General Manager Tom Bryson calls "a bit of a renaissance"--a few new restaurants, industrial space turned into lofts and the construction of University of Michigan-Flint dormitories. "We're going from zero students downtown to more than 1,000 in 2½ years," Bryson says. Meredith-owned CBS affiliate WNEM and ABC O&O WJRT are locked in a terrific ratings duel. WJRT won very close morning and evening news races in February, while WNEM and its Asking Tough Questions branding took total day ratings and late news, its 8.5 household rating/23.1 share at 11 topping WJRT's 6.9 rating/18.6 share. WNEM won an even closer late-news race in November. Barrington's NBC affiliate WEYI won February's prime, thanks in large part to the Olympics... Market Eye: The New Face of Flint (Mon, 4/12)



CITADEL Top 40/Mainstream WIOG/SAGINAW, MI has promoted APD/MD DEMAS to PD. "For the past several years, DEMAS has played a key role in selecting the music, creating station imaging and steering the creative direction of WIOG," OM SCOTT STINE said. "GM CHRIS MONK and I have every confidence that the team of DEMAS and Promotions Dir. RACHEL GEDDES will continue to roll out massive station events like 'Lizard Fair,' successful promotions such as 'Baby Idol' and doing great things in the community like the 'CMN Radio-thon'."... WIOG Ups Demas To PD (Wed, 4/14)



Adrian's WLEN wins Crystal Award

WLEN-FM 103.9 wins it's fourth Crystal Award from the National Association of Broadcasters for its year-round commitment to community service. The Adrian station also was recognized for the award in 2005, 2001 and 1998.


Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TV's "BackStage Pass" is about to go national. The East Lansing-based television music series will soon be distributed through the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Executive Producer Tim Zeko says "BackStage Pass" has a good working relationship with the NETA. "We've submitted programming in the past to them, and they know and like our work," he said. What helped set the series apart in the selection process this time around? "Quality musical performances, video production and sound," Zeko said. "BackStage Pass," which airs on HD/23 in Lansing, is the community's prime outlet for getting local bands and singer-songwriters on the small screen... WKAR's 'BackStage Pass' series to be nationally televised (Sat, 4/17)


RadioInfo.com reporter extraordinaire Tom Taylor reports that Michigan attorney General Mike Cox has filed information with federal bankruptcy court that Citadel (which owns several radio stations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and mid-Michigan) has "failed to file its 2008 Michigan Business tax return and to remit the taxes, penalties and interest," and that Michigan doubts "as to whether the debtor's proposed plan [to re-organize and flush away two-thirds of its debt] is offered in good faith." The AG's office also claims that under Michigan law, "Certain 'responsible persons' and officers [are] personally liable for certain unpaid corporate obligations."

Michigan is an an unsecured creditor as Citadel proceeds through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and the state has obviously decided to make an attempt to collect on those taxes.







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