January 2011 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

"We're committed to making a difference to the community," Ed Fernandez told the Free Press when he became vice president and general manager of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) about seven months ago.

Now, metro Detroiters will get to see what he was talking about. Fernandez told Names & Faces last week that his station is launching Detroit 2020, a decadelong initiative designed to dramatically change the course of metro Detroit.

"There are so many great entities in town that are trying to move the region forward," he said. "There are also very few organizations like WXYZ that have the capabilities to really bring people together to inspire, act and execute."

He said that through the station's reporting, various online platforms and community outreach, Detroit 2020 will "touch people each and every day" and "impact people to get involved."

Beginning Tuesday night, WXYZ viewers will see the first in a series of in-depth stories that are being done at a level people are used to seeing on newsmagazine shows like "60 Minutes"... Channel 7 to take on a new Detroit (Mon, 1/3)


Detroit Free Press:

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg had a Harvard dorm room. Apple's Steve Jobs had a garage. Livio Radio's Jake Sigal had a guest bedroom. Having just left his job as a satellite radio project manager at auto supplier Delphi, Sigal stepped out on his own with a lofty goal: changing how the world listens to music. Living off his wife's income, Sigal toiled for months in that guest bedroom -- the incubator for a company now finding a foothold on the national stage. Just three years later, the 29-year-old Ohio native -- he's the one in the hooded sweatshirt and jeans -- has built an Internet radio software and hardware maker whose customer list has ballooned to include Target, Sears, Costco, Amazon.com and home-shopping big-leaguers QVC and HSN. Now Sigal is set to feature his firm's work at the International Consumer Electronics Show -- the world's largest consumer technology trade show -- in Las Vegas on Friday, showing off the latest Livio Radio products conceived and engineered just south of I-696 in Ferndale. Livio produces devices that tap into your home Internet and allow you to listen to free Internet radio stations from around the world. It's content you can get for free elsewhere, but his boxes make it easier for the average consumer to simply turn on and press "Play"... Ferndale engineer's products bring online radio to home and auto (Tue, 1/4)


WOOD radio takes flight on FM

At noon today, Clear Channel ended the simulcast of the country format WMUS on 106.9 as that format now is exclusively on FM 107.9 in Muskegon. In its place is at the recently christened WOOD-FM at 106.9 is a simulcast of the news-talk format of WOOD AM 1300. The changes were announced last month.


WJR boss Fezzey leaving radio

WJRNews-Talk WJR AM 760 general manager Mike Fezzey has announced that he's leaving the Citadel-owned station after 30 years to take the role of president of a 'prominent' southeast Michigan financial institution.

In the release, Citadel CEO Farid Suleman commented, "Under Mike's leadership WJR has continuously been recognized as a Michigan thought leader in the broadcasting business. His approach to WJR has always kept the station relevant to the community. We are confident his leadership skills and connection to the community will serve him well in his new role. We are grateful for the extremely strong team Mike has built at WJR. We look forward to working with him in his new role."

Citadel Midwest president Matt Hanlon, whose been with the company overseeing stations in Grand Rapids and Lansing, will assume oversight of WJR.


Detroit Free Press:

Mike Fezzey, longtime president and general manager of WJR-AM (760) radio in Detroit, is leaving the station to become president of Huntington Bancshares' southeast Michigan region. Fezzey, 53, with no previous banking experience, is an unconventional executive hire for the Ohio-based bank holding company. Jim Dunlap, Huntington's senior executive vice president who recruited Fezzey, said that was intentional, as Huntington expands its Michigan presence in business lending... WJR president leaves station for bank (Wed, 1/5)



SW Ontario loses a country signal

Blackburn Radio has dropped the country format of CJSP-FM 92.7 Leamington and replaced it with a variety hits based sound as 92.7 Max FM, 'We Play It All'.

CJSP is a relative newcomer to the dial - it first began regular operations in March 2008 as Country 92.7

Country listeners aren't completely shutout in Southwestern Ontario as Blackburn also owns stations with a country format in Windsor at 95.9 FM (CJWF) and in Chatham at AM 630 and FM 92.9 (CFCO).



WDIV set to air 'Dateline Detroit' this Thursday evening

On Thursday, January 6 at 8 p.m., the premiere of WDIV-TV Ch. 4's 'Dateline Detroit' will explore the positive outlook for the auto industry and discover what a difference a year makes.

The half hour Dateline Detroit special is hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Guy Gordon. Highlights include an in-depth look at the new realities of electric cars, a special glimpse at famous athletes and their special rides, and a Karen Drew report on the women behind the redesign of Ford Explorer and the special way they balance their career and families while overhauling an American classic.




If you think radio is too predictable, then obviously you haven't been listening to WCBN. Tucked away in the basement of the Student Activities Building on the University of Michigan central campus, WCBN -- the U-M's student-run, freeform station at 88.3 FM -- is about as far from mainstream radio as you can get. With programming that can see Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" land next to James Blood Ulmer's "We Bop Black Rock" and the Osmond Brothers next to Pete Seeger, and shows ranging from folk to funk to techno and everything in between, the station is a listening adventure. You never know what you'll hear, and that's the plan, said Kristin Sumrall, U-M alum and WCBN program director... You never know what the DJs will play next, and that's the point, at U-M student station WCBN (Wed, 1/5)




GREATER MEDIA has promoted JENNIFER WILLIAMS to Dir./Interactive Marketing. In her new corporate role, WILLIAMS will be responsible for overseeing the interactive marketing efforts of GREATER MEDIA's 23 radio properties. She most recently served as the Dir./Interactive Marketing at GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT... Jennifer Williams Upped To Dir./Interactive Marketing At Greater Media (Wed, 1/5)


WXYZ-TV expanding its coverage for 2011 North American International Auto Show

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit has announced expanded coverage of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, beginning with press preview days on January 10, and extending through the end of public show days on January 23, 2011.

In addition to extensive news coverage during press preview days, WXYZ-TV will air a live broadcast of the Charity Preview event on Friday, January 14. The show, Red Carpet Charity Preview Special, will air at 7 p.m. and will be anchored by Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with live reports across the show floor from reporters Mary Conway, JoAnne Purtan, Dave LewAllen and Dave Rexroth. The program, broadcast entirely in high definition, will showcase the latest trends and technologies in the automotive industry, and will include live interviews with top auto executives. An encore presentation will air Saturday, January 15, at 8 a.m.

As part of WXYZ's on-going commitment to automotive reporting, Channel 7 is "On Your Side" with a consumer-oriented program, Cars are Stars, on Saturday, January 15, 7-7:30 p.m. The show, anchored by Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis with reports from Alicia Smith, Vic Faust and Glenda Lewis, will highlight what's new in the car market for consumers, including the latest gadgets and a guide to electric vehicles. An encore presentation of Cars are Stars, will air Sunday, January 16, at 9 a.m.

On Friday, January 21, WXYZ is proud to host Channel 7 Family Day at the Auto Show. The day will include musical performances, giveaways, and a chance to meet Channel 7 on-air personalities. Musical acts scheduled to appear include Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Amazin' Blue (the U of M acapella chorus), the Motor City Bloodhounds, LaShell Griffin, the Blue Pigs and many others.

WXYZ will also provide complete Auto Show coverage on wxyz.com where users will find up the minute reports on the latest vehicle releases and photo galleries with the hottest concept cars. Special Auto Show sections, complete with streaming video, will be available on WXYZ mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well as most other smartphones, for users on the go.

"Channel 7 is thrilled to be part of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the premiere event of the year for Detroit and the region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is grateful to the NAIAS leadership for this special opportunity, and we're committed to using the resources of Channel 7 to provide a unique experience for both Channel 7 viewers and auto show visitors during the entire two weeks of the event."




CBS Television Stations today named Mark Arminio VP of sales for WWJ and WKBD, the group's Detroit CBS and CW stations, effective Jan. 10. Arminio will be responsible for overseeing all sales operations at the two outlets in the country's 11th market... CBS picks Arminio to head sales in Detroit (Thu, 1/6)


After stunting towards a new format since December 27th, Midwest Communications this afternoon has apparently unveiled Country as the new format on its WQTX FM 92.1 in the Lansing market. For now at least, it appears that 'Big Country 92.1' will be a full-time affiliate of Dial Global's primarily 1990's based True Country format - the station's new web site (big921.com) reveals an on-air lineup that features all of the jocks from Dial Global's roster for their True Country format.

Prior to the prolonged stunt WQTX had featured a classic hits format, and before that oldies. Midwest shifted classic hits to its WLMI FM 92.9 following a run with all-Christmas music and before that smooth jazz.

Legacy country outlet WITL FM 100.7, owned by Citadel Broadcasting, has had to face multiple in-format competitors through the years - a competition that WITL has, up to now at least, always managed to win.


Grand Rapids Press:

When Dave Conrad woke up from a kidney transplant surgery Wednesday afternoon, the popular WBCT-FM (93.7) B-93 radio personality had only one thing on his mind - the B-93 "Listener Family."

"When he woke up finally, the first words out of his mouth were, 'Hey, make sure people post this on the page so people know,'" said B-93 Program Director Dave Taft, who received numerous calls from listeners inquiring about Conrad's health.

Taft said Conrad's wife, Susan, called to say everything went well during the approximately 3-hour surgery.

"They had him moving around this morning," Taft said.

A 2006 motorcycle accident en route to a Roofsit for Kids event triggered a previously dormant preexisting hereditary condition, resulting in ruptured cysts on Conrad's kidneys and the need for dialysis and a new kidney... B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad recovering from kidney transplant (Thu, 1/6)


Tech master Kim Komando is bringing her syndicated show to WJRW-AM 1340 starting Saturday. "The Kim Komando Show" will air from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday. The show is aired live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Due to previously scheduled programming, WJRW -- a Citadel Broadcasting station -- has to air the show from noon to 3 p.m. WJRW Program Director Josh Leng said that at least for the first hour of the show, listeners can call in live to chat with Komando and to ask questions. The show formerly was aired on Clear Channel's WOOD-AM 1300 on Sundays... "The Kim Komando Show" debuts on WJRW 1340 on Saturday (Fri, 1/7)


Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 has hired market vet Chris Edwards to join its weather forecasting team starting January 22nd. The release did not reveal exactly what role Edwards will play; the station currently employs Dave Rexroth as its chief meteorologist and on-air for the station's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts with Sean Ash, Keenan Smith, and Olga Breese sharing duties on the station's other telecasts.

Edwards began his career as a weathercaster in the U.S. Air Force. He was one of the first meteorologists with The Weather Channel in Atlanta, before moving on to forecast at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and KYW-TV in Philadelphia. He then was chief meteorologist at WJBK-TV Channel 2 in Detroit before stepping down in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business teaching weather science to students. Until recently, he had also been doing some fill-in work for Channel 2.

"We're extremely pleased to add such a talented and experienced meteorologist to the Channel 7 weather staff," said news director Tim Dye. "Chris brings more than 30 years of forecasting experience, much of that in the Southeast Michigan region. His first-hand knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our viewers."

"WXYZ-TV is infusing so much energy into the community and it's exciting to be part of that effort," said Edwards. "As a weather team, it's our job to build and maintain the trust of the community we serve and being part of a weather team that's committed to that effort is very exciting."

Edwards received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in 1986. He has been honored with numerous awards, including recognition from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for Best Weathercast in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

"We're thrilled to have Chris on our team," said chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth. "We feel that with Chris on staff, we have the most experienced forecast team in the market."


Detroit Free Press:

Destination 313, a new radio show that sings Detroit's praises, starts airing tonight on WJR-AM at 7 p.m. The show is a partnership between Quicken Loans and the station and will air every other Friday. It's hosted by Paul W. Smith and Stephen Luigi Piazza, a Quicken executive, and focuses on what the Motor City has to offer and the people working to bring it back. Guests on the first show are Quicken Loans President Jay D. Farner, Ross Sanders of Bizdom U, and Linda McIntosh, of the Somerset Collection... Destination 313 boosts Motor City (Fri, 1/7)


Michigan Radio and Olympia Entertainment welcome A Prairie Home Companion to Detroit

Public radio station Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit) and Olympia Entertainment will present a live performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from Detroit on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. The celebrated radio variety show, produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented and distributed by American Public Media, will take the stage at the historic Fox Theatre for a live, national broadcast.

Tickets will go on sale through the Fox Theatre box office, through Ticketmaster (Ph: 800-745-3000), and online at olympiaentertainment.com this Friday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m. Ticket prices are $38.50, $58.50, and $68.50.

A Prairie Home Companion performed at the Fox Theatre last February, with Detroit soul singers Bettye LaVette and Sir Mack Rice as featured guests. That show sold out in only one week.

This year's A Prairie Home Companion show, on May 7, will feature live performances and comical skits by Keillor, the Prairie Home cast, and special guests (who have yet to be announced). Keillor will weave local humor into the show and share his signature monologue, "The News From Lake Wobegon," with Detroit audiences.


Ken Daniels, longtime play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Detroit Red Wings, has been recognized as Michigan Sportscaster of the Year for 2010 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). It is the second such honor for Daniels, who also earned the NSSA award in 2003.

Daniels, in his 14th season with FOX Sports Detroit, is among the 110 state sportscasters and sportswriters from 49 states and the District of Columbia to be honored during the NSSA's 52nd Annual Awards Weekend, May 14-16 at the organization's headquarters in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Mick McCabe and Michael Rosenberg, co-workers at the Detroit Free Press, share the Michigan Sportswriter of the Year award.

In addition to the state award winners, the NSAA will recognize its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Brent Musburger, Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan, as well as 2010 National Sportscaster of the Year Mike Tirico and National Sportswriter of the Year Peter King.

The NSSA was founded in 1959 as a way to honor the nation's sportscaster and sportswriters for their craft. For more information, visit nssafame.com.



WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas has applied for Remain Silent Authorization from the FCC as it "retools the station's programming to better serve the needs and interests of the listening area". The application states that WRQC anticipates returning to the air in about three months; it went silent on January 1st.


• Trinity Broadcasting's Detroit LPTV station has been granted its license to cover to move from analog Ch. 66 (W66BV) to digital Ch. 47 as W47DL-D.


• The digital TV translator for WOOD-TV on Channel 46 near Muskegon was granted its license to cover. The translator helps fill in coverage for the station along the Lake Michigan shoreline near Muskegon.


• No notable activity for December 23, 27-30, and January 3-7.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 11, 2011




NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW is hosting "Rude for ST. JUDE," a comedy night at local establishment BIG D's on SUNDAY, JANUARY 23rd. The event features comedian SAL DEMILIO and the $10 ticket goes to benefit ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. Prior to the comedy, BIG D's will also host a spaghetti dinner donating those proceeds to ST. JUDE as well. THE MOOSE'S 8th COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS radiothon will be held FEBRUARY 10th & 11th... WCEN Helps St. Jude From The Holidays On Through The New Year (Tue, 1/11)



• FM translator W284BQ 104.7 was granted its license to cover to increase power from 50 to 250 watts @ 952 feet, move its transmitter from Warren to Royal Oak Township, and change community of license from Warren to Detroit. The translator has been rebroadcasting classical/jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 Detroit.


WYCD to presents 3rd annual Ten Man Jam Concert

WYCDOn Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 99.5 WYCD is scheduled to host its third-annual Ten Man Jam at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The concert will feature acoustic performances by 10 top country music artists, each showcasing several of their own songs, in addition to playing with the other featured artists.

Artists performing at this year's Ten

Man Jam include Uncle Kracker, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Sunny Sweeney, Adam Brand, Brett Eldredge, Whitey Morgan and Ashton Sheperd. An additional surprise act will be announced.

Detroit native Uncle Kracker has quickly climbed the charts to become a nationwide country staple with hits including "Smile," and "Good to Be Me" (a duet with Kid Rock).

Since 2007 Lee Brice has released four singles, all of which have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The fourth of these, "Love Like Crazy," holds the record for the longest chart run achieved in the history of that chart. Brice has also co-written singles for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Adam Gregory.

Justin Moore released his first country album in 2008, skyrocketing to the top of the Hot Country Songs charts with four Top 40 singles including the Number One hit "Small Town USA" and Top Ten single "Backwoods."

"WYCD's Ten Man Jam brings ten world class musicians together on stage in one night," said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. "The concert is about musicians singing the songs they wrote and love in an up-close-and-personal style."

Tickets for the 99.5 WYCD Ten Man Jam cannot be purchased. Tickets can only be obtained through promotions and giveaways as announced on 99.5 WYCD.




CLEAR CHANNEL AC WNIC (FRESH 100.3)/DETROIT names DANIELLE CAR of sister WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT OF DETROIT) for weekends... WNIC Names Danielle Car For Weekends (Fri, 1/14)

GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT announces the addition of NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WHBC/CANTON, OH and WGER/SAGINAW, MI PD BRIAN FIGULA for PD duties effective TUESDAY (1/18). According to GREATER MEDIA Market Mgr. STEVE KOSBAU, "BRIAN's energy, focus and vision will help us maximize the great opportunity that comes with being DETROIT's only mainstream AC radio station"... WMGC Names Brian Figula PD (Fri, 1/14)

GREATER MEDIA has appointed JULIE LAW Dir./Marketing and Promotion for its DETROIT cluster, which include WRIF, WCSX and WMGC. She starts on TUESDAY, JANUARY 18th, 2011. Previously, LAW held a similar post at crosstown stations WDVD and WDRQ. "JULIE is a fantastic person with precisely the experience and perspective for this position," GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT Market Manager STEVE KOSBAU said. "We are thrilled to have her on our team"... Greater Media/Detroit Names Julie Law Dir./Marketing & Promotion (Thu, 1/13)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 16, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

Local radio veteran Sabrina Fairchild has joined the staff at WLHT-FM (95.7) as the station's midday personality from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Fairchild, one half of the "Steve and Sabrina" morning duo with Steve Kelly on WOOD-FM (105.7) from 2005 to 2007, also worked on WSNX-FM (104.5) from 1993 to 2005. Wendy Reed, WLHT's former midday personality, can now be heard in the evenings. Fairchild has more than 15 years of radio experience and recently published a book, "Faith and the S.T.O.P. Principle"... Radio veteran Sabrina Fairchild joins WLHT-FM (Sun, 1/16)


Some still might consider high school athletics a relatively minor market when it comes to television coverage, but a legion of students, parents, alumni, administrators and communities would beg to differ. The Michigan High School Athletic Association is capitalizing on that growing popularity with its burgeoning online productions, which aim to be just as educational to students as they are entertaining to fans.

"It's a niche market in some ways, but it's a broad market in others," MHSAA communications director John Johnson said. "Obviously, there's a great emphasis in the championship events, but with the regular-season stuff, I think there is definitely interest in different parts of the state."

That's not surprising. Through its partnership with When We Were Young Productions and PlayOn! Sports, the MHSAA has produced more than 1,000 hours of programming since 2008. Much of that has aired on Comcast's Channel 900, which is available in about 1 million homes in Michigan, but Johnson said the MHSAA would like to make it bigger by reaching agreements with other cable programmers... MHSAA continues to expand high school sports programming, students get hands-on experience (Fri, 1/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 17, 2011




VAN WILLIAMS, TV's "GREEN HORNET," gave an exclusive interview to SALEM Religion WLQV-A (FAITH TALK 1500)/DETROIT host PAUL EDWARDS FRIDAY to discuss the new movie version of the iconic character. The interview will be rebroadcast TODAY (1/17). In the interview, WILLIAMS said he has seen only the movie trailer but, based on that and on comments from friends, had turned down an invitation to attend the film's premiere. He discussed the making of the TV series and the casting of SETH ROGEN for the film in the role WILLIAMS played on television. Asked by EDWARDS whether he'll go see the movie, which opened this weekend, WILLIAMS said, "You know, I might. I guess because I did the GREEN HORNET, and I was loyal to it, I guess I really should go see it"... WLQV's Paul Edwards Interviews TV's 'Green Hornet' (Mon, 1/17)


MiVote.org to present the first Citizens' State of the State

WTVSMiVote.org is scheduled to present a first-of-its-kind program featuring a panel of diverse Michigan citizens discussing what they feel should be Michigan's top priorities and action items, in reaction to Governor Rick Snyder's first State of the State Address.

The Citizens' State of the State will air on Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Channel 56) on Sunday January 23, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. and will also be accessible online anytime on the MiVote.org website. The program and the website are jointly sponsored by the Center for Michigan and Detroit Public Television.

Moderated by the Center for Michigan's Executive Director John Bebow, the program is the result of a series of more than 600 community conversations on the future of Michigan. Each panelist for the Citizens' State of the State participated in those conversations, which have gathered a collective voice to help guide the Center's work.

Throughout 2011, MiVote.org will focus on ongoing community engagement on the issues that are most important to the future of Michigan. The site will feature discussion by citizens and government leaders, exchanging ideas and identifying priorities.

"The Citizens' State of the State is the launch of a campaign to continue the voter engagement that MiVote.org convened during the 2010 Election Season," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public TV. "This is the latest example of how we are using the power of media to help advance important discussions on the issues of greatest importance to our region and our state."



Crain's Detroit Business:

Longtime friends Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin both found themselves without jobs as part of advertising cutbacks in recent years. Edelman lost his position as national sales manager for Clear Channel Communications Inc. in January 2008. Daldin had spent 12 years producing high-end video materials for the auto industry and was a staff producer with Royal Oak-based Dark Spark Media until May 2010 before work started drying up, taking away 80 percent of his income. So the two friends, who originally met in 1982 while working at WRIF-101.1 FM, approached Rich Homberg, president and general manager of WTVS-Channel 56, about developing some projects for PBS. Edelman and Daldin first tried to re-pitch "Bob's Jobs," an Emmy-winning children's show Daldin created and starred in five years ago on Channel 56. Due to lack of funding, "Bob's Jobs" was canceled... Off-the-cuff concept lands jobless friends public TV show (Sun, 1/16)



Former radio jock Hank O'Neal dies

O'NeilHank Burdick, known on-air as Hank On'Neal, passed away on Saturday January 8th. O'Neal was behind the mic at in metro Detroit CKLW, WJBK, WHND, and WWWW.

An April memorial service is being planned.



A statewide public television series called "Under the Radar Michigan" showcases Ann Arbor in an episode showing this week. The show, hosted by Tom Daldin, generally features two or three communities each week and highlights some of the local attractions. The current episode features Munising as well as Ann Arbor. Local stops include Afternoon Delight, the Hands-On Museum and the decidedly on-the-radar Zingerman's Deli. The full Munising / Ann Arbor episode is available online. It has already aired on broadcast TV, but it's scheduled for another showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS, channel 56 in Detroit. The guide to the episode includes this description: "Ann Arbor is a very comfortable and intellectual place, where people are passionate about learning, and independent thought; and boy, do they love good food, In Ann Arbor, Tom discovers why a meal at the restaurant, Afternoon Delight, is totally worth the wait; and where Bo Schembechler always went to make sure he looked good for game-day... Public TV show 'Under the Radar Michigan' showcases Ann Arbor (Wed, 1/19)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 20, 2011



Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TVWKAR's popular "BackStage Pass" music television series kicks off its new season 10 p.m. tonight with nine acts bringing everything from blues to classical to tropic rock to jazz.

"The BackStage Pass" series grows each season, and we're pleased to present our most musically diverse line-up of broadcasts to date in 2011," said Tim Zeko, WKAR-TV and "BackStagePass" executive producer. "You can't beat Michigan-made music."

The season's first guest is Lansing jump-swing, blues-rock staple Those Delta Rhythm Kings. Expect favorites from the band's album, "Just the Way We Like It," plus past releases, "Howlin' for My Darlin," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and more. Others on tap for this season... WKAR-TV's 'BackStage Pass' kicks off new season tonight (Thu, 1/20)


Kalamazoo Gazette:

During her time as a reporter at WWMT Channel 3, Jill Dobson took advice from a co-worker and enrolled in improv comedy classes in Chicago to help her when she was forced to ad lib on-air. Those classes have proven to be invaluable for the 33-year-old who now lives in New York with her husband, Jim Ornstein, and works as a TV entertainment contributor, including for CBS and CNN. When an anchor throws her a curve ball, she's able to respond on the fly. Dobson, who worked at Channel 3 from 2002-04, will combine her experience as a reporter and her comedy chops on the season premiere of the "Onion News Network" at 10 p.m. Friday on IFC. ONN is a fake news show put on by the same people behind "Onion," which produces fake news in print and online... Former Kalamazoo TV reporter Jill Dobson on premiere of 'Onion News Network' (Thu, 1/20)



Lansing State Journal:

In their giddiest moments, the Onion people say they're on a roll. Their new cable show ("Onion News Network") debuts today, complete with Michigan State University grad Suzanne Sena as its anchor. It arrives just 10 days after "Onion SportsDome" started. The plan is "to take over the entire media," Will Graham joked. Don't believe that. This has been gradual, after decades of popularity. The Onion was started by two University of Wisconsin students as a sorta-newspaper, with humor stories drolly disguised as real ones. Headlines would proclaim: "BYU scientists convert matter into Mormonism" or "Area stoners mistakenly hold massive Kemp rally." The style was straight-faced and Midwestern; the paper was free. The paper started in 1988. Then, the Onion moved to New York, Graham said. The Onion reported a distribution of 690,000 papers, but its website became more important. For Sena, its fake newscaster - with the fake name Brooke Alvarez - it hired someone with the right academic and work resume... MSU grad anchors new Onion News Network, debuting tonight (Fri, 1/21)


WHTS Grand Rapids changing up mornings



WHTSTodd Chance is out as morning host at Citadel contemporary hits WHTS FM 105.3 Grand Rapids according to a Facebook post he made earlier this morning.

A quick check indeed shows that the morning show mentions on the WHTS web site have been removed.

An e-mail inquiry about the future of mornings on WHTS sent to program director Jack Spade has not been replied to as of yet.



Grand Rapids Press:

Todd Chance is no longer helming WHTS-FM (105.3 HOT FM)'s weekday morning show. Chance was not on the air Friday morning or Monday and has since changed his Facebook information to read "former morning guy on 105.3." Currently, HOT FM's evening deejay Kevin "Gravy" Canup (6-11 p.m. weekdays) and "Todd Chance Morning Show" co-host Ellen Tailor are filling in. Gravy joined the HOT FM team in August 2007... Todd Chance no longer on the air at WHTS-FM (105.3) (Mon, 1/24)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 22, 2011



Flint Journal:

John Rhadigan, who worked as a sports reporter and anchor for television station Channel 12 (WJRT) in Flint, has been named as the Texas Rangers new television play-by-play announcer. Several Web sites and blogs reported the hiring as well as Rhadigan's Flint connection. Flint Journal files say Rhadigan is a Flint native who graduated from Oakland University. He joined Channel 12 in 1984, working for the station until early 1990 when he accepted a job with a Forth Worth, Texas television station. The Rangers' Web site says Rhadigan grew up in Michigan, listening to Ernie Harwell broadcasting Detroit Tigers' games.

"When you think about broadcasting in Detroit, you think about Ernie Harwell," Rhadigan said in a posting on the team Web site. "To have a job that he had is really exciting to me. It's a childhood dream to do this kind of job"... Former WJRT sports anchor John Rhadigan hired as Texas Rangers play-by-play voice (Thu, 1/20)



• ChristianRadioBroadcasting.org was granted a construction permit for new non-commercial FM station to be licensed to Munising on 89.7. The Class C3 station would operate with 19,000 watts @ 154 feet with a transmitter southeast of Munising in Alger County. ChristianRadioBroadcasting.org now holds two non-commercial construction permits in the U.P.


• The FM translator of WNMU-FM Marquette in Stephenson (W244CM) was granted a construction permit to change frequency from 96.7 to 97.3. The translator had previously moved from 107.3 and is moving again to avoid interference from WDBK-FM, WUPG-FM, and WSFQ-FM.


• Contemporary Christian WSLI FM 90.9 was granted its license to cover to change from 2,900 watts (V) @ 98 feet (Class A) to 11,500 watts (V) @ 239 feet, directional (Class B1). Belding is located northeast of Grand Rapids.


• The FCC approved the transfer (via donation) of analog LPTV station W18BT Ch. 18 Alpena from Trinity Broadcasting to Minority Media Telecommunications.


• The sale of the construction permit for WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City from the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools to Baraga Broadcasting was approved by the FCC. Sale price was $10,000 and will likely expand Baraga's network of religious/Catholic stations in northern Michigan.


• Due to technical issues with the station's antenna, adult contemporary WLXT FM 96.3 Petoskey is operating at reduced power (50,000 instead of 100,000 watts) until a replacement antenna can be installed.


• No notable activity for January 12-14 and 18-20.



• Cumulus Broadcasting has agreed to purchase FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $12,500 pending FCC approval and closing. Cumulus plans to apply to move the translator to FM 102.5 and move it closer to Kalamazoo so that it can rebroadcast the HD2 stream of WRKR-FM 107.7 Kalamazoo.


Round Table Productions is scheduled to present Jamie Samuelsen and Christy McDonald together, talking about balancing career, marriage and family at the Third Thursday Round Table to be held during the lunch hour on February 17, 2011 in Troy, Michigan.

The married couple are two well known and well respected Southeast Michigan broadcasters. Jamie is Sports Director at WCSX-FM, a blogger at www.freep.com and a member of the Fox-2 SportsWorks Roundtable. Christy was an Emmy Award winning News Anchor and General Assignment Reporter at WXYZ TV-7. She recently made a big career decision to leave Channel 7 in December 2010, after management told her she could no longer work part time, but had to come back full time. As the mom of three young children, she is trying to find balance with her career and family life.

Jamie and Christy will share about working their beats and meeting deadlines while changing diapers, tending to toddlers and finding time for their family, their relationship and themselves. "This is the first time in six years I've had two Third Thursday presenters at the same time," says event host and founder Dean La Douceur, "and I couldn't think of two nicer people with a more genuine story to tell than Christy and Jamie."

The event is a part of the on-going of Third Thursday Round Table lunch and learns series, held at Shield's Restaurant, 1476 W. Maple Road, Troy, MI 48084. Doors open at 11:30 am, with open networking before and after the event. Seating for lunch is at Noon. The program begins at 12:35 pm. Event Admission is $15. Event guests order lunch from Shields lunch menu and are responsible for their own meal, beverage and gratuity. For more information or to register, www.roundtablepromotions.com or call 248-383-5793. Limited seating available.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has announced the passing of former MAB President (1973) and Board Member John Anderson.

John Anderson, founder of WCCW-AM/FM in Traverse City, passed away January 19 at age 83. Born in Coopersville, Anderson graduated from high school in Cadillac, attended MSU and graduated from the Radio and Television Institute in Chicago. From 1944 to 1948, Anderson served with the United States Army and during that time started his broadcast career as an announcer for Armed Forces Radio Network.

In 1950, he worked in Marion, Indiana at WBAT as their program director. He then moved to Cadillac where he was a sports announcer with WWTV. In 1954, he moved to Traverse City and was the station manager at WPBN. In 1960, Anderson founded WCCW-AM/FM, which he owned and operated until 1984. Throughout his career he served on the board of directors of the Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters (MAB) and was president of the organization in 1973-74. During the 1970s, he was the president of the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters. From 1975 to 1979, Anderson served on the National Association of Broadcasters board of directors, representing Michigan and Indiana.

Karole White, MAB President stated, "John was one of a handful of broadcasters who's leadership molded broadcasting in Michigan. John and other dedicated broadcast volunteers made the MAB one of the top state broadcast associations in the nation. Our condolences to his family and friends."

Those wishing to honor John may do so by making a tax-deductible donation to the MAB Foundation General Scholarship Fund in John's name. Your contribution to the fund and those of others helps MABF to annually award scholarships to seventeen deserving young people seeking careers in broadcasting industry. Click here for more information: www.mabf.org.

To read the full obituary please click here (from the Traverse City Record-Eagle): record-eagle.com/obituaries/x1947786927/John-Anderson.



• Silent FM translator W230BI 93.9 Rochester Hills has been granted a construction permit for changes: frequency to 94.3, location from Rochester Hills to Royal Oak Township, power from 250 watts @ 112 feet to 99 watts @ 909 feet directional and community of license to Detroit.

The translator would be co-located with owner Radio Power's other Detroit-area translator on FM 104.7. Both translators list WRCJ-FM 90.9 as the station they will be rebroadcasting on applications with the FCC; this may change in the near future as WRCJ does not require fill-in assistance in the part of metro Detroit these translators will serve and WRCJ also does not currently broadcast in HD with secondary streams.

When operating, the translators could disappoint area listeners of full-power stations from nearby Detroit (WIOT 104.7 Toledo, OH and CKSY 94.3 Chatham, ON) as they will either eliminate reception of WIOT and CKSY or drastically increase interference. WIOT's protected service area only extends into the southern portion of the Detroit metro area and CKSY does not have any protected service area in the USA.


• Low power TV station WLPC-LP Ch. 26 Detroit has applied for special temporary authority to resume analog operations on Ch. 38; the station was asked by the CRTC (Canada's broadcast regulator) to stop its analog broadcasts on Ch. 26; Windsor's CHWI-TV Ch. 60 moved to Ch. 26 earlier this month. WLPC has a construction permit for a digital companion channel on Ch. 40.


• Low power TV station W67CS Ch. 67 Sault Ste. Marie has been granted a construction permit to flash-cut to digital operations on Channel 28.


• Recent sign-on WSMZ FM 88.3 Crystal Valley (near Hart) was granted its license to cover to increase power from 1,100 to 1,500 watts.


Grand Rapids Press:

Morning news anchor Emily Linnert is returning to WOOD TV (Channel 8) on Feb. 3. Linnert, who co-anchored 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak with Brett Thomas, was on maternity leave since November and will return to her co-anchor position with Thomas. Linnert gave birth to a baby girl, Olive, which is her second child. She's been with the station since 2006... WOOD TV (Channel 8) morning news anchor Emily Linnert returns to station in February (Wed, 1/26)

Grand Valley State University and Clear Channel Communications of West Michigan agreed to a five-year extension Tuesday that will run through 2016. The partnership gives Clear Channel the broadcast rights to GVSU football and men's and women's basketball games, in addition to other select programming. WMUS-FM (107.9) will continue to be the flagship station for football and men's basketball. Starting next season, women's basketball primarily will air on WTKG-AM (1230).

"We value our relationship with Grand Valley State University athletics and we look forward to our new programming opportunities," Clear Channel vice president Tim Feagan said in a news release.

"We are excited about Clear Channel's long term commitment to Grand Valley State Athletics," GVSU athletic director Tim Selgo said. "This partnership allows us the ability for growth in the market place through the radio dial."

Here's a quick summary of the agreement.. Grand Valley State athletics, Clear Channel agree to five-year extension (Tue, 1/25)


Radio & Television Business Report:

Pete Skorich, Detroit Pistons Director of Broadcasting, addressed a rumor that RBR-TVBR heard regarding a rate reduction in The Detroit Pistons contract with Clear Channel's Sports WDFN-AM 1130 kHz over poor reception in the evenings. Details had it that 50-kW KMOX St. Louis (1120) and 50-kW WRVA Richmond (1140) were killing WDFN's nighttime signal because of their skywave HD Radio carriers on 1130. Well, Skorich tells us there was no rate reduction but instead a complete move to CBS Radio's The Ticket (WXYT) simulcast of 97.1 and 1270 some two years ago.

But he did note it was because of reception complaints: "That was one of the components, and we were with them for five years. They had a weak signal and we were getting a lot of people that could not hear us. It could have been [because of] HD Radio, but at the time we were totally unaware of it."

WDFN is 50-kW during the day, but lowers its power to 10-kW in the evenings. CBS Radio's KMOX added HD Radio in May, 2006. In the Summer of 2008, CC Radio pulled WRVA's nighttime digital signal "due to destructive interference to three high-power AM stations the company owns in Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis operating on adjacent 1130 kHz," according to StopIBOC.com. This was potentially just after the Pistons moved to The Ticket... Detroit Pistons moved to CBS due to HD Radio interference? (Wed, 1/26)



It's been a long, cold winter

Just in case you might be wondering with Super Bowl XLV just a little over a week away, a quick check on XLV (45) to see if any radio station has those letters as part of their calls finds that that there are indeed two stations, and both are non-commercial. WXLV is at 90.3, a little 420 watt FM at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA, near Allentown and Easton. KXLV is a "K-Love" Christian station at 89.1 FM with 27,500 watts in Amarillo, TX.

The next few three letter Super Bowls will numbers 52 (LII), 54 (LIV), and 56 (LVI) and it looks like WLII is the only combo available for the taking at the moment.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 29, 2011



Lansing State Journal:

Just shy of its first anniversary, Lansing's Internet radio station has a major change. Walt Sorg, the co-founder and morning man, was scheduled to have his last show Friday. The demands were too steep, he said; "you get up at 4:15 in the morning and you're still doing things on into the evening." His on-air spot will be taken by guest hosts until a replacement is hired.

Off-air, there will be expanded duties for co-founder Jim Fordyce, the afternoon man Fordyce's duties are already extensive; shortly after shoveling snow at the station's office, he talked optimistically about what's ahead. The station began Feb. 15, 2010 at www.talklansing.net, with three radio veterans - Chris Holman, Sorg and Fordyce - as owners. Adding other local radio people - Tim Nester and Hondo Carpenter - it started with 12 hours of new shows each weekday, rerunning the slate at night; now that's up to 15 hours.

"It's like any start-up," Sorg said. "It's going to take time. Many people aren't used to listening via a computer, "smartphone" or stand-alone device," he said, "especially at home."

That's one reason the station changed its schedule... Change-ups aplenty at 1-year-old Talk Lansing (Sat, 1/29)


Grand Rapids Press:

Deb Hart and Kevin Matthews are learning to dance together, as Hart describes it. The 42-year-old Midland native with more than 20 years of radio broadcasting experience has joined "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show" weekdays on WLAV-FM (96.9). Hart has been co-hosting the 6-9:30 a.m. show with Matthews and Ed "Uncle Buck" Buchanan since mid-December.

"It's a dance, and everybody's figuring out their dance steps," Hart said. "When a new show comes together, everybody's getting to know one another -- sort of learning to use their cues. It's kind of like the jump-rope game where you have to jump in at just the right time."

Hart was co-host of "Michaels in the Morning" with Rich Michaels on Lansing's classic rock station WMMQ-FM (94.9). Both WMMQ and WLAV are Citadel Broadcasting-operated stations. "Michaels in the Morning" was supplanted with the now-syndicated "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show." Hart was retained and added to the show to provide local cut-ins for the Lansing market... Deb Hart joins 'Kevin Matthews Morning Show' weekdays on WLAV-FM (Sun, 1/30)



• Low power TV station WLPC-LP Ch. 26 Detroit was granted special temporary authority to resume analog operations on Channel 38.


• No notable activity for January 26 - 27.


Grand Rapids Press:


"'MORNINGS WITH BRANT' is the ideal fit for us. Compelling, interesting, fun and engaging, all in the context of drawing people to discover what a meaningful relationship with Christ is all about," said WAY-FM GM CHRIS LEMKE... Michigan's Way-FM Stations Add CHRSN's 'Mornings With Brant' (Mon, 1/31)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 31, 2011




WILX 10WILX has launched mid-Michigan's first and only High-Definition newscasts.

"The difference is dramatic, viewers will be stunned at the quality of our newscast and programming" says Michael J. King, President and General Manager of WILX.

To broadcast in High-Definition, the station has practically rebuilt its core system. In addition to an unparalleled picture, a new news graphics system was added, all new HD cameras were acquired for gathering news in the field and the latest in editing technology has been installed.

The audience will now see images at a much higher resolution, creating a movie theater atmosphere in their living rooms. And you won't need at HD television set to see the difference.

In addition to news, many top rated syndicated programs will also be available in HD, including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Dr. Oz and Live with Regis and Kelly,.. WILX Launches Mid-Michigan's First and Only High-Definition Newscasts (Mon, 1/31)







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