NextMedia in Saginaw has moved Scott "Shannon" Seipel into the program director's chair for hot adult contemporary 'Mix 106.3', WGER. He succeeds Brian Figula who recently was hired by Greater Media/Detroit to lead adult contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1.
Scott will continue hosting the morning show in addition to his new PD slot. He has been with the station for two years. Prior to joining WGER, he was hosting morning drive and programming stations in Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois from 2000-09. He had previously worked in the Saginaw-Bay City-Midland Michigan market from 1983-91 and had programmed in Flint from 1995-99.
NextMedia operations manager Dave Maurer said he and Scott had worked together during Scott's first tour of duty in the market and was excited when Scott agreed to return to the market. Maurer commented, "I knew eventually Scott would earn his stripes and I look forward to his leading the Mix team for years to come."
NextMedia has also announced the promotion of Ann Turpin Williams to news director for the company's 5 station cluster (WCEN-FM, WSGW-FM/AM, WGER-FM, WTLZ-FM) in Mid-Michigan. Ann has served the past five years as assistant news director and assignment manager for Newsradio 790 and is the station's midday anchor. Prior to that, Ann served as a television assignment manager from 2000-05. Before moving into TV, Ann was a reporter and anchor for WSGW for over 15 years. Ms. Williams is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
In making the announcement, Maurer said, "Ann is so much more than an employee, I consider her a peer and I have great confidence in passing one of my hats to her. She is an exemplary performer who has won dozens of journalism awards for news coverage and special news series."
Maurer, who is also the program director for WSGW, will continue to anchor the station's morning news as he has done since 1979.
Commenting on her new role, Williams said, "I'm honored to have this opportunity to uphold and enhance WSGW's reputation as a regional news leader. I look forward to working, along with my colleagues, on moving our news coverage and presentation forward in the changing world of broadcast journalism."