Mid-Michigan: December 2010 Archives

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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 video.wkar.org 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 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 www.r3monline.org.


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.


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)


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