Television: December 2010 Archives

Television: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2010

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TVNewsCheck.com:

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. 13, 2010

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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 Foxsportsdetroit.com 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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

AmericaJR.com

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)

 

Television: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010

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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 www.dptv.org 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, www.Detroit2020.com, 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. Detroit2020.com 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. "

 

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 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 michmab.com 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.

 

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