Northern Michigan / UP: May 2010 Archives

MacDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING Top 40 WKHQ (106 KHQ)/TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY, MI MD/morning man JOSH GARBER tacks on those PD stripes in addition to the others he's wearing... WKHQ MD/Mornings Josh Garber Adds PD Duties (Mon, 5/3)


Soft rock music is out and mainstream talk is in at Northern Radio's WSRT FM 106.7 Gaylord/Traverse City as of yesterday. The station, which will continue to brand itself as "You FM" simulcasts on WSRJ FM 105.5 Honor/Interlochen and on an FM translator at 95.3 in Boyne City (W237DA).

The weekday programming lineup includes:

  • 7 - 9 a.m.: Mary in the Morning (local broadcast)
  • 9 a.m. - Noon: Stephanie Miller
  • Noon - 3 p.m.: Dave Ramsey
  • 3 - 6 p.m.: Dr. Laura
  • 6 - 9 p.m.: Jerry Doyle

General Manager Charlie Ferguson suggests that FM talk formats have been springing up across the country and are proving to be very successful.


Ernie Harwell, Michigan's most beloved broadcaster ever, has died this evening at the age of 92 in his home in the Detroit suburb of Novi after an inspiring fight with bile duct cancer.

There will be countless accolades and articles written about the life of a man that cared for his family, friends, and fans in a way that no one ever has before or will again. Whatever it is that is written, it won't be enough to capture just how much Mr. Harwell meant to our state.

Godspeed Ernie and thank you.




Detroit Free Press:

In Ernie Harwell's voice, the South rose again and conquered Michigan in a way no one else ever has. When Harwell arrived in Detroit to join the Tigers radio broadcast team in 1960, he was an unknown to Tigers fans. When he died Tuesday night at his home in Novi, at 92, after nearly a year-long bout with cancer, he had a strong case as the most beloved figure ever in Michigan. He rose to that cherished place through the combined power of radio and baseball and just as importantly his own charm and warmth, which were as steady through the decades as his unchanging Georgia accent. Harwell did Tigers radio from 1960 through 1991, then -- after an ill-conceived dismissal by the Tigers that lasted only one season -- he did a combination of Tigers radio and TV from 1993 through 2002. He ended his 55-year big-league career at the end of 2002 season... Ernie Harwell dies at 92 (Tue, 5/4)


In a telephone interview tonight, Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline was asked why Harwell was so overwhelmingly popular in Michigan. "There wasn't a nicer person," Kaline said. "He had time for everybody. He lived here and stayed here. He didn't just work here and then go away in the off-season. He would have young announcers up to his booth all the time and give them advice. He had time for everybody." Kaline worked as Harwell's broadcast partner on television in the 1990s... Dignitaries share warm memories of Ernie Harwell (Tue, 5/4)



Detroit News:

Ernie has died. After a battle against bile duct cancer, one he knew he would lose, Ernie Harwell died Tuesday. He was 92. With his death, Michigan -- and baseball -- loses one of its most beloved figures. For 55 years, Harwell was a major league broadcaster, 42 with the Tigers. He broadcast his last game Sept. 22, 2002. Instead of moving away from the Detroit area, he spent his final years in Novi, still being part of our lives as an author and corporate spokesman. William Earnest Harwell was born Jan. 25, 1918 in Washington, Ga. As a boy, his family moved to Atlanta, where he grew up loving newspapers and baseball, which is how and why he became a paperboy and a batboy for his hometown minor league club, the Atlanta Crackers... Legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at 92 (Tue, 5/4)

The voice that we fell asleep to while listening to baseball games on transistor radios, the one that called Detroit Tigers games for four decades and became part of our lives, has gone silent. Ernie Harwell died Tuesday of cancer. He was 92. Harwell was the 1981 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, placing him in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown as a broadcaster. He said that his induction speech and the Christian testimony he gave at a Billy Graham Crusade in Tampa were the two most memorable speaking engagements of his life. He loved God, baseball, his family and countless friends. "When you met Ernie Harwell, you walked away feeling you were his best friend," said Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price, who first met Harwell as a rookie catcher with Detroit in 1967. "People who never met him before would say, 'It's like I've known him forever.' "He was very unique that way." Harwell was a one-of-a-kind person and broadcaster, who had first-hand experiences with nearly every big name in the history of the game... Hall of Fame Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at 92 after battle with cancer (Tue, 5/4)

With JIM and DIANE COURSOLLE closing on their purchase of 10 stations owned by HEARTLAND COMMUNICATIONS in WISCONSIN and MICHIGAN from GRANITE EQUITY PARTNERS, the new owners are changing formats at some of the new acquisitions. The company's four newly-acquired AMs, Sports WNBI-A (SPORTS/TALK 980, changing calls to WPFP-A)/PARK FALLS, WI; Adult Standards WATW-A/ASHLAND, WI, Adult Standards WERL-A/EAGLE RIVER, WI, and Adult Standards WIKB-A (changing to WFER-A)/IRON RIVER, MI, will flip to Talk in JULY as "FREEDOM TALK," with a syndicated Conservative lineup. At AC WIKB-F (99.1 THE BREEZE)/IRON RIVER, WI, the station's new format will be Country as THE BULL... New Owners Plan Changes At Heartland (Tue, 5/11)



The Captain helps celebrate 30 years of KHQ:

Longtime form morning host "The Captain" (Bill Vogel) returned to Northern Michigan's 106 KHQ on Friday to help celebrate the station's 30th Anniversary. Tim Moore, former station owner and man behind the calls along with Bob White joined Heather and Josh (who also double's as KHQ's program director) on the air. The audio of the Captain's visit is posted at







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