April 2011 Archives

 

• PBS affliliate WTVS-TV Ch. 56 (uses Ch. 43) Detroit was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 200,000 to 600,000 watts.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Dee Morrison announced today she is leaving WOOD-TV (Channel 8) to become a stay-at-home mom to her son, Grady. She made the announcement on "Daybreak," TV8's morning show where she had been a reporter since 1998. She left the station for a few years, but returned in 2003. Today was her last day. Morrison is married to WOOD-TV8's political reporter and "To the Point" host Rick Albin. He will remain at the station in his current capacity.

For more... Dee Morrison leaves WOOD-TV8 (Fri, 4/1)

 

Lansing State Journal:

The executive director of Michigan's own version of CSPAN announced today he will retire this summer after 15 years of promoting open access to the workings of state government. Bill Trevarthen joined Michigan Government Television -- MGTV for short -- in its infancy and was instrumental in increasing its distribution from just a handful of cable companies to nearly statewide, said Tim Ransberger, president of the MGTV board of directors.

"It's a service that people who follow state government really appreciate having access to," Ransberger said. "I wish more of the general public would pay attention, because it does give us an opportunity to see not just what they're doing but how they do it in state government."

MGTV launched in 1996. The nonprofit channel now reaches 1.6 million cable viewers and airs public meetings and activities in both houses of the state Legislature, the governor's office and the Michigan Supreme Court... Michigan Government Television head Bill Trevarthen to retire (Fri, 4/1)

 

Fox Sports Detroit unveils 'April in the D' winner

Detroit-area band B-Dab has been voted the grand prize winner of FOX Sports Detroit's April in the D song contest for 2011. Their tune will be used to promote April in the D, FOX Sports Detroit's fourth annual month-long campaign to celebrate the city's passion for sports and the welcomed arrival of springtime. April in the D programming is highlighted by approximately 40 telecasts among the Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.

Following a month-long call for entries, the network trimmed a field of 50 submitted music videos down to 20. A guest panel comprised of local music experts (including Kid Rock) and pro team representatives determined 10 semifinalists. Then, an initial round of fan voting at Foxsportsdetroit.com pared the survivors down to three finalists. A final period of online voting resulted in B-Dab finishing ahead of runners-up Panic Trigger and Johnny Lawrence.

B-Dab wins $5,000 and a live performance at The Fillmore in downtown Detroit on April 8, prior to the Tigers' home opener, in addition to having its song used as this year's April in the D theme in on-air promos running on FOX Sports Detroit. B-Dab was a runner-up in the 2010 contest.

"B-DAB is proud to be this year's April in the D winner. Thanks to all who voted for us, and to Fox Sports Detroit for supporting local music," said Steven Foster, lead singer for B-Dab. "We're a Michigan band with love and respect for Detroit and its many contributions to the world. We'll see you at a B-Dab show!"

All three of the finalists receive a professional recording session valued at $1,000 and will perform live as part of the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers' Cruze In, Rock Out Concert Series - a series of 10 shows prior to select Friday night Tigers games at the FOX Sports Detroit Brushfire Grill at Comerica Park.

"April in the D continues to grow in popularity each year and the competition for the song contest continues to get stronger every year. It's gratifying to see new bands enter the contest and fun to see many bands return year after year," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "Music and Detroit sports go hand-in-hand and we'll continue to showcase both for years to come. Congratulations to B-Dab and thanks to all the bands that entered this year. Fans are going to love our music this month."

The entire field of 50 entries is included in a half-hour program, April in the D: The Playlist Show '11, premiering April 2 at 6:00 & 10:00 p.m. and repeated throughout the month on FOX Sports Detroit.

 

Detroit Free Press:

Charlie Sheen's batting .500 when it comes to his Detroit radio partnerships.The unpredictable star of tonight's event at the Fox Theatre worked out radio promotions this week with two stations:

• WKQI-FM (95.5)'s "Mojo in the Morning" show helped the former "Two and a Half Men" star start a YouTube contest to find a singer to open his Detroit show with "The Star-Spangled Banner."

• Over on WRIF-FM (101.1), Sheen recruited the "Drew and Mike" show to help attract a female intern, apparently for an onstage bit.

Both contests were supposed to end Friday with Sheen calling the stations to announce the winners. But producers from both shows got late calls asking for the scheduled Friday interviews to be changed to around 9 p.m. Thursday... Charlie Sheen shows love to Detroit ahead of tonight's appearance (Sat, 4/2)

 

Midland Daily News:

Seven state and national awards were presented this month to Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting for excellence in local programming. WDCQ-TV and WUCX-FM have received more than 50 for broadcasting excellence awards in recent years.

For more... Delta earns seven awards for radio, television (Sun, 4/3)

 

Detroit News:

Alan Muskovitz was on his way to Florida, taking a week off from his year off, when he had a sudden, piercing thought. He's been trying not to overdo the cogitation, but he found himself wondering nonetheless: if he were still on the radio with Dick Purtan, what would he be doing about the royal wedding? It's been 53 weeks since Purtan signed off at WOMC-FM (104.3), leaving Muskovitz to fend for himself and actually get some sleep for a change. Known as Big Al Muskavito during his 14 full-time years on a truly iconic show, Muskovitz wrote scripts, acted them out, and did upward of 60 different voices. For a stage performance that happened to fall on Purtan's birthday, he also dressed like Marilyn Monroe and sang a breathy "Happy Birthday." Few people can (or would) claim that skill set, and it's one that Muskovitz is only now figuring out how to apply to life off the air. That takes us back to the original question about the royal wedding, and the answer was obvious... After Purtan show's end, Big Al Muskavito reinventing himself (Sun, 4/3)

 


 

Obit: Rev. Dr. Mikal Featchurs, market representative for Smile FM in Monroe

Mikal Featchurs was born in Hennings, Tenn. on May 17, 1951. He was blessed as one of six children born into a Christian family from the union of the late Edward Featchurs and the late Eliza (McDaniel) Featchurs. Mikal was a 1969 graduate of Woodward High School... Monroe News Obituary (Wed, 3/30)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WYCEGrand Rapids' independent, community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) received $73,390 during its eight-day radio fund drive last week. The listener-funded station, with an annual budget of around $200,000, was aiming for $88,100.

For more... WYCE-FM (88.1) raises over $73,000 during spring fund drive (Mon, 4/4)

 

WWMT TV:

After 22 years with Newschannel 3, Judy Markee has decided to leave the station at the end of May 2011. Judy's last day at the anchor desk with be on May 27th. Freedom Broadcasting of Michigan, WWMT Newschannel 3's Judy Markee announced today that she will not be renewing her contract and is leaving the station at the end of May. Judy has been with WWMT for the last 22 years and she is currently a main anchor of Newschannel 3's 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm Newscasts. Judy's past television experience includes being a reporter/producer for WAOW-TV (ABC) in Wausau, Wisconsin, and anchor/reporter at WBAY-TV (CBS) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Judy's last day at the WWMT anchor desk will be on May 27th.

"I have been thinking about this for some time. My husband retired last summer and our planning was that I would leave Newschannel 3 at the end of my contract last year. Newschannel 3 offered me a new multi-year contract but I could not commit to that time frame. They asked if I would stay through May of 2011 and I agreed to extend my contract." Markee said, "It is not an easy decision for me to leave, however 22 years in one place is a long time so I felt it is the right time for a change. The time demands of this business and my schedule of working daily until midnight has made it difficult to get away for meaningful periods of time. So my husband and I intend to spend the next year traveling. Afterwards, there are things I want to do and other opportunities to explore. It's been six years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I want to thank the community for all the support they have given me. I am doing great and I am excited and looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I will miss the daily interaction with my co-workers but I know we will be in touch"... Judy Markee to leave Newschannel 3 (Tue, 4/5)

 

 

• The sale of ABC affiliates WJRT-TV Ch. 12 Flint and WTVG-TV Ch. 13 Toledo to SJL Broadcasting from The Walt Disney Company has closed.

 

• ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 (uses Ch. 41) Detroit was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 770,000 watts @ 938 feet to 1,000,000 watts @ 1001 feet.

 

• NBC affiliate WPBN-TV Ch. 7 (uses Ch. 47) Traverse City was granted its license to cover for its move to Ch. 47 (PSIP maps the station to Ch. 7) near Kalkaska. The station had previously been operating with special temporary authority with considerably less power from that location.

 

• No notable activity for April 1 and 4.

 

Please note: With the recent power increases by WTVS (Ch. 56) and WXYZ (Ch. 7) Detroit and WPBN (Ch. 7) Traverse City, viewers in or on the fringe of these markets should consider rescanning their devices to determine if these stations might now be receivable.

 

WDIVWDIV Ch. 4 Detroit has scheduled several local specials for viewers in April. On Thursday, April 7th at 8:30 the station will present "Dateline Detroit", showcasing how adversity can be turned into something positive. The program, hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian will feature a local doctor who has pioneered a kidney dialysis breakthrough, a Red Wings superstar's amazing medical gift, and a creative movement going on right now in our hometown that is already showing the world that Detroit is headed back.

On Sunday April 10th at 12:30 p.m., a 30-minute pregame show 'Red Alert!" will highlight the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings as they prepare to end the regular season and head to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. NBC's coverage of the Wings taking on the Chicago Blackhawks will follow at 1 p.m. on Channel 4.

Chuck Gaidica is set to host "Extreme Weather: What's Going On?" on Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m., talking with experts on global warming. From severe snowstorms to heat waves, floods and more, you'll see dramatic video of wild weather captured on camera as Local 4 investigates the impact on our storm season here at home.

Finally, WDIV will present "All 4 Mother's Day", a primetime half-hour Local 4 special celebrating moms on Thursday, April 28 at 8:30 p.m.

 

The station has also been enjoying a continued run of ratings success with its evening newscasts. WDIV has claimed ratings victories at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. during the March 2011 Nielsen ratings period in the Detroit television market. Local 4 News at 4pm, anchored by Ruth Spencer, finished #1 in its time period as well.

 

WKQIBuda is out at Top 40 Channel 955 (WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit) where he had been the station's night host reports AllAccess.com today. No replacement has been named as of yet.

WQKI certainly features a creatively-named roster of jocks... with names like 'Mojo', 'Beau', 'Ice', 'Stick', 'B.G', and 'Goose' remaining after Buda's exit.

Mid-dayer Nick Craig must feel left out.

 


 

WSRT106.7 You-FM (WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord, simulcast on WSRJ-FM 105.5 Honor/Traverse City) is adding the syndicated Dr. Daliah (Wachs) Show starting next Monday night/Tuesday morning, April 11th/12th. Billed as 'Sassy and Stimulating Medical Talk Radio', the program will be heard weeknights at midnight where it will displace Lou Dobbs.

 


 

WDET

Detroit public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9 kicks off its Spring On-Air Fundraiser tomorrow, asking listeners to make financial gifts to help the station buy and produce the programming heard on WDET.

As is the case with most, if not all, public radio outlets, listener contributions are the single largest source of funding and stations are under more pressure than ever to become self-sustaining with the increasing chances that federal funding will be cut in the future.

WDET General Manager Mikel Ellcessor reports that if public radio is defunded by Congress, WDET would see a $250,000 decrease in its budget, or just over 8%.

Ellcessor states in an e-mail to supporters, "More than ever, the on-air fundraiser is a time for you to act and give at a level that works for you. Particularly if you have never given - and especially if you can honestly say to yourself 'WDET gives me something I can't get anywhere else'. The future of federal support may be uncertain. WDET's commitment to serving this community is not. Your gift right now will make a difference."

 


 

WGRDRocker WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids announced the lineup for its 2011 Wingstock concert, and had some fun doing it. The Grand Rapids Press helped share the news, and then covered a little payback from Rob Bliss.

 


 

WIDRThe Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Western Michigan University student-run WIDR-FM 89.1 is planning a station fundraiser titled 'WIDR Sliders & Brew' on April 13th at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. In addition to burgers, there will be two dozen craft beers from eight Michigan breweries to sample. Admission is $10 at the door which pays for eight beer samples. More info at widr.org.

 


 

Yesterday the K-zoo Gazette also covered the pending departure of Judy Markee from WWMT Ch. 3 in May.

 

WRCJDetroit area fans of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that were not able to secure tickets to this weekend's free performances at the Max M. Fisher Music Center will still be able to enjoy the music, thanks to public broadcasters WRCJ-FM 90.9 and WTVS-TV Ch. 56.

With over 75% of the DSO's season wiped out due to a prolonged and bitter labor dispute between unionized musicians and the orchestra's administrators, news of a breakthrough earlier this week was welcome news to not only those directly employed by the group, but also by local broadcasters that benefit by connecting their listeners with the high-profile orchestra.

On Sunday, April 10th at 3 p.m., WRCJ-FM 90.9 will broadcast as Leonard Slatkin leads the DSO live in a program which includes Dvorak's "New World Symphony." Then, see the concert later that evening on Detroit Public TV, Channel 56 at 7:30 pm (with a simulcast on 90.9 FM).

The return of the DSO to WRCJ is an especially nice tie-in to the station's Spring Membership Drive, which runs from April 7th through 16th. During the drive, the station will feature special music, guests and surprises, including a live broadcast of "The Magic Flute" on April 13.

 

WJRTBill Harris, one of Michigan's most respected television journalists, has been told his services are no longer wanted at ABC affiliate WJRT-TV Channel 12 in Flint.

The station was recently acquired by SJL Broadcasting from Disney; SJL closed on the sale and took control of WJRT earlier this month. Other changes at the station since the sale was announced include the retirement of General Manager Tom Bryson and the reported departure of News Director Jim Bleicher. Weekend anchor Joel Feick, a WJRT veteran of over 25 years, has also been released by the new ownership company.

Harris had been with with WJRT since 1977, receiving numerous awards for his work and community involvement. In 2008, Harris documented his successful battle with prostate cancer for the station.

The Flint Journal first reported on the story this evening, and later followed up by speaking with Bill Harris.

 

Upper Peninsula CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3, along with its parent station WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay, WI, is being sold by Liberty Media to Nexstar for $20M reports Broadcasting & Cable.

Liberty purchased the stations from CBS in 2007 in a complex sales agreement that was reportedly completed by Liberty returning $64 million worth of CBS stock (7,591,249 shares) along with $170 million in cash in exchange for the licenses of WFRV and WJMN.

 


 

The Midland Daily News has published a profile of Great Lakes Loons and U-M woman's basketball broadcaster Matt Park this morning. The Central Michigan University and Brighton High School grad is also heard on WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning broadcasting high school football and basketball from Saginaw Valley League schools.

 


 

Fenton's WCXI AM 1160 is set to debut a new country music show hosted by Darcy Day, daughter of legendary country jock Deano Day, on Sunday April 10th at 4 p.m., reports The Fenton Patch. 'Uncle' Deano passed away April 10th, 2009 and was best known during his tenure at Detroit radio stations WDEE AM 1500 and WCXI AM 1130 in Detroit. He later worked for the current WCXI.

 


 

WDIV wins by a hair (or two): The station's web site boasts that two of its female anchors sport the 'Best Hair on Detroit Television', at least according to an unscientific web poll. The top three (out of 18): WDIV's Lauren Podell and Rhonda Walker followed by WJBK's Andrea Isom.

 


 

Dan Zako has been elevated from Local to General Sales Manager at Citadel Broadcasting's pop WDVD-FM 96.3 and variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1. Marty Rosenberg is the new Local Sales Manager for WDVD and WDRQ.

 


 

Delta College's PBS station WDCQ-TV Ch. 19 Bay City is planning to air a four-part series focused on Autism during April. The first two specials are scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th with the final two set for two weeks later on April 26th. The Saginaw News has more details in this story.

 


 

More on Buda's exit from Channel 955 Detroit written by MLive.com's Aaron Foley.

 

 

• The license for FM translator W207BR 89.3 Ironwood has been canceled and the call sign deleted from the FCC's database. The translator had been owned by Northwestern College and rebroadcasting the school's religious KDNW FM Duluth, MN.

 

• Classic rock WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City was granted a construction permit to modify its effective radiated power from 40,000 watts @ 381 feet to 50,000 watts @ 361 feet.

 

• No notable activity for April 6.

 

Newsmakers and links: April 8, 2011

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Marquette TV market to get new player in local news?

WJMN-TVWith this week's announcement that Nexstar is purchasing Upper Peninsula CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 (licensed to Escanaba) along with the station it currently simulcasts, WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay WI, Broadcasting & Cable breaks the info that the perspective new owner will attempt to launch local newscasts for Channel 3.

WLUC-TV Ch. 6 was Marquette's only full-time local TV news operation for many years, but recently faced some competition from WBUP-TV Ch. 10. For the most part, WJMN-TV has broadcast the Green Bay-focused newscasts of WFRV with cut-ins for U.P. news and weather. WJMN also airs different local advertising from WFRV.

Read the full story from B&C: Nexstar Plans Local News for Marquette CBS

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit's 'April in the D' winner receiving attention

FSDetroitIt's become an annual tradition - Fox Sports Detroit highlights its coverage of three of Detroit's major league sports teams in April with a unique musical hook and fans seem to either love it or hate it. Meanwhile, the local artists that take part in the competition receive great exposure for their music. B-Dab, this year's winning band, has the attention of The Macomb Daily's Mitch Hotts: B-Dab enjoys win in 'April in the D' song contest.

 


 

Artistic Media Partners flips Michiana rocker

It appears that Zow (WZOW FM 97.7 Goshen) has gone pow in the South Bend, Indiana market as Artistic Media Partners has dropped the classic/mainstream rock format on that station in favor of a simulcast of classic hits 'The Stream' WSMM FM 102.3 New Carlisle. The call sign of FM 97.7 was changed from WZOW to WSSM on Wednesday, April 6th.

Since acquiring FM 102.3 nearly 10 years ago, Artistic Media has adjusted the formats and simulcasting status of 102.3 and 97.7 numerous times - however this change removes the Zow name and heavier rock format from FM 97.7 for the first time since Artistic Media purchased it in 2001.

 


 

Greg Cole named Operations Manager for MacDonald Broadcasting in Saginaw

AllAccess.com posts that Cole will run the group's WKCQ-FM 98.1, WMJO-FM 97.3, WSAG-FM 104.1 and WSAM AM 1400 staring on April 18th, taking over for Jim Kramer who will remain in place in morning drive at WKCQ.

 


 

WNEM-TV Bay City parent returns to WorldNow for web content

Broadcasting & Cable: Meredith taps WorldNow for station sites

 


 

WXYZ-TV and Yahoo! partner to connect potential customers to businesses

WXYZ A collaboration between WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit parent the E.W. Scripps Company and Yahoo! will add Yahoo!'s digital display inventory to the portfolio of products sold by the advertising reps at Scripps television stations. WXYZ and Cleveland's WEWS are the first Scripps stations to participate in the program. In addition, the Scripps stations provide market-specific content to Yahoo! properties, including the Yahoo! homepage. Scripps is also a founding member of the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium.

WXYZ-TV's web site (wxyz.com) reported 2,738,000 unique visitors in December 2010, according to comScore.

"WXYZ and WEWS have long been pioneers that know how to deliver large and engaged audiences," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television, "but the partnership with Yahoo! takes the stations' commitment to the local businesses of Detroit and Cleveland to a significantly higher level. Marrying one of America's oldest media companies with one of the world's savviest new-media brands is great for both organizations, but the real winners are the businesses in Michigan and Ohio who have an effective new way to boost their revenues."

 


 

"My Kid Rocks" on Flint's WWBN FM 101.5

Flint Journal: Flint radio station holds 'My Kid Rocks' video contest to win a pair of tickets to the private Kid Rock concert coming to the Machine Shop

 


 

Washington Week editor visits Flint to discuss media

Flint Journal: PBS journalist Gwen Ifill addresses changes in media at University of Michigan-Flint; visit comes a day after shake-up at WJRT

 

WCSY Mid-West Family Broadcasting today has changed the format of its WCSY AM 940 South Haven from a simulcast of sister station classic hits WCSY-FM 103.7 to full time sports, featuring Fox Sports Radio and daytime broadcasts of Detroit Tigers baseball. Evening Tigers games will be heard on WCSY-FM as the AM is required to power down after sundown, reducing its coverage area.

The weekday lineup for the new SuperSports 940 is:
• Zakk and Jack: 6 - 9 a.m.
• Dan Patrick: 9 a.m. - noon
• Jim Rome: noon - 3 p.m.
• The Huge Show: 3 - 6 p.m.
• Loose Cannons: 6 - 7 p.m.
• Petros and Money: 7 - 10 p.m.
• Tony Bruno: 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
• J.T. the Brick: 1 - 6 a.m.

Fox Sports Radio had previously been heard in the area on WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac. That station has gone silent after an agreement was reached in late 2010 with Kalamazoo's WKPR 1420 that will allow it to move to AM 1440.

 

DPTV to debut "Michigan's Best Investment" on April 12th

WTVSMichigan's Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and United Way for Southeastern Michigan have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership designed to use the power of media to help prepare more Michigan preschool age children for success in the classroom.

The partners formed this collaboration to address Michigan's extraordinary number of children in poverty who do not attend licensed or regulated child-care programs. These children spend their days with family, friends and neighbors, and a survey of Michigan kindergarten teachers reveals that 35 percent of Michigan children enter kindergarten unprepared. This partnership is designed to connect and inspire Michigan parents and caregivers, focusing on early childhood engagement that will be a foundation for Michigan's success in the future.

The partnership advances with the debut of a one-hour television special, "Michigan's Best Investment," which is set to air on DPTV at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Every public television station in Michigan also will broadcast the special (check local listings). The program reveals how Michigan residents can elevate the state by strengthening early childhood development in their communities.

More information on the partnership and TV program is available here.

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer:

For six minutes every Wednesday morning, local talk radio listeners get a lesson on how the government's wheels get greased. The teacher is George Franklin, the former Kellogg Co. executive who started his own lobbying firm six years ago and began the "Ask the Lobbyist" radio show in January ... his show, which airs at 8:54 a.m., Wednesdays on WBCK-FM (95.3), Franklin chats in his slight southern drawl about the breadth of the lobbying world...

Read the full story: Meet the lobbyist (Sat, 4/9)

 

The National Hockey League has set its schedule for the division quarterfinal round of its playoffs. In this first round, the Detroit Red Wings will be facing off against the Phoenix Coyotes:

Game 1 - Wed. April 13 at Detroit 7:00 PM (Fox Sports Detroit / HD)
Game 2 - Sat. April 16 at Detroit 1:00 PM (NBC)
Game 3 - Mon. April 18 at Phoenix 10:30 PM (FSD / HD)
Game 4 - Wed. April 20 at Phoenix 10:30 PM (FSD / HD)
Game 5* - Fri. April 22 at Detroit 7:00 PM (FSD / HD)
Game 6* - Sun. April 24 at Phoenix TBD (TBD)
Game 7* - Wed. April 27 at Detroit TBD (FSD / HD)
* if necessary

The addition of the Wings' games has necessitated changes to the previously scheduled lineup on FSD:

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers game at 8:00 pm will move to FS Detroit Plus / HD. Then on Monday April 18th, the Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners at 10:00 pm will also move to FSD Plus / HD. Both games were originally scheduled for FS Detroit.

 

WBFHThe Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH-FM 88.1, also known as The Biff, will begin broadcasting its 35th Annual Biffstock pledge drive at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011 and will continue until 2 a.m. Saturday, April 16. WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.

"Our radio-a-thon is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations" said WBFH Biffstock Chair and Lahser Senior Lauren Pohl. All 25 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air for two hour shifts for a total of 32 hours of live programming. The shift schedule and other pledge drive information can be found on the station website: www.wbfh.fm. Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter at twitter.com/TheBiff881.

There are five levels of support for those that want to be a fan of The Biff: General Admission ($10), Balcony ($25), Main Floor ($50), Backstage Pass ($100), and Meet & Greet ($250 or more). Those who donate receive donor announcements aired on the station and a fan swag bag. Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also fax in pledges to (248) 341-5679 or e-mail pledges to TheBiff@Radio.fm.

Listeners are also encouraged to join The Biff Fan Group on Facebook. Search "WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff" and click "Like".

The station will be broadcasting live during the school day from Lahser High School Thursday, April 14 and from Andover High School Friday, April 15.

A rock concert is scheduled to start in the Andover Theater April 15 at 7 p.m. Performing will be local bands Live the Dash and The Promiscuous Nuns. Headlining the concert will be popular Detroit area rapper Drew32 (drew32.com). A $5 donation will be collected at the door.

WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm, is licensed to the Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community radio station is supervised by the WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr.

 

 

• The on-again, off-again FM translator owned by Radio Power at 104.7 in Detroit, W284BQ, has now applied to move to FM 93.9 where if approved it would still operate at 250 watts but with greatly reduced height. The antenna would also move to the same tower currently shared by WWJ-TV, WTVS-TV, and WMYD-TV along 8 Mile near Wyoming. This move would undoubtably cause and be subject to major co-channel interference from Windsor Ontario's CIDR-FM, which also operates on 93.9. When the translator has been operating, it has been rebroadcasting WRCJ-FM 90.9.

 

• Official filings have been made with the FCC for the merger of Citadel with Cumulus. Other than the previous placement of WBCK AM 930 into trust, all of the two companies' Michigan radio stations will be owned by the new Cumulus should the deal receive approvals. The new group would own 38 radio stations in lower Michigan.

 

• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for WUMI FM 90.3 Newberry to West Central Michigan Media Ministries from Korkee, Inc. Sale price was $2,500.

 

• The silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee has applied for an extension to its remain silent authorization. The station stopped operating in October, 2010.

 

 

• Radio Power has applied for an extension of remain silent authorization for FM translator W230BI FM 93.9 Rochester Hills. The translator has been heard on the air recently testing new facilities on 94.3 Detroit.

 

WDVD's Project Prom Princess to help girls get dresses

WDVD Prom is one of the most memorable events in a young lady's life. Unfortunately, many high school students and their families are feeling the hurt of our tough economy. This should be no reason for girls to be denied the time-honored tradition of going to Prom. Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 is working with The Village of Rochester Hills to help less fortunate girls receive a free prom dress this spring.

For the 3rd consecutive year, 96.3 WDVD will be collecting gently worn formal dresses, shoes and accessories (less than 5 years old). This year's event will be held at The Village of Rochester Hills (on Village Main Street across from Festival Park) on Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17, 2011. 96.3 WDVD on-air personalities will broadcast from inside the Prom Princess Boutique all weekend long. The mission is to fill the store with racks of dresses, shoes and accessories to make hundreds of girls feel like a true Princess on Prom Night.

Visitors to Project Prom Princess will have the opportunity to win 1 of 50 free boutonniere and corsage sets, a prom makeover package for hair, nails and tanning or Katy Perry tickets.

Young ladies that are in need of a prom dress can log onto 963WDVD.com to fill out a request form. Selected girls will be asked to join us inside the Prom Princess Boutique to pick out a free dress for Prom.

 


 

WBBL-FM Grand Rapids morning co-host Grey headed for Omaha

CITADEL Sports WBBL/GRAND RAPIDS, MI host MICHAEL GREY and syndicated "TODD AND TYLER RADIO EMPIRE" sports anchor PETE MCINTYRE are joining JOURNAL Sports KXSP-A (AM 590 ESPN OMAHA)/OMAHA for afternoons starting MAY 16th

Full story at AllAccess.com: Michael Grey, Pete McIntyre To Team For Afternoons At AM 590 ESPN Omaha (Tue, 4/12)

 


 

CBS Radio's Bigby planning exit; was in charge of WXYT-FM/AM Detroit

WXYT NTS MediaOnline has the news that Tom Bigby, currently Vice President of Strategic Programming, will be leaving CBS Radio after 23 years. Bigby was brought in to Detroit to program sports WXYT-FM/AM several years ago and helped develop the station into a ratings success. He reportedly will still do consulting work for CBS' sports-based radio stations.

 


 

Ann Arbor.com:

WEMU WEMU, the public-radio station based at Eastern Michigan University, has posted an original music video to YouTube. The song, written by Chris Benjey and sung by Sue Gillis, is called "So Glad You're Mine." It was created as part of the station's "I Am WEMU" campaign, which aims to build connection with current listeners as well as draw new ones, station General Manager Molly Motherwell explained.

Read the full story... Original music video extends radio station's 'I Am WEMU' campaign (Mon, 4/11)

 


 

Air times and dates across Michigan for Public TV special on preparing preschoolers for kindergarten:

The first airing will be tonight, April 12th at 8 p.m. on the following stations: WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit, WGVU-TV Ch. 35 Grand Rapids, WGVK-TV Ch. 52 Kalamazoo, WKAR-TV Ch. 23 Lansing, and WNMU-TV Ch. 13 Marquette.

Central Michigan University's network (WCMU-TV Ch. 14 Mt. Pleasant / WCML-TV Ch. 6 Alpena / WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 Flint, WCMV-TV Ch. 27 Cadillac / WCMW-TV Ch. 21 Manistee) will air the program two hours later tonight, at 10 p.m.

Bay City's WDCQ-TV Ch. 19 Bay City plans on showing the program on Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m.

More information on this program is available here..

 


 

Toledo Blade:

Ch. 13's new owners cut 20-plus jobs (Tue, 4/12)

 

 

• Radio Power's FM translator W230BI 93.9 Rochester Hills has been granted its license to cover for a frequency change to 94.3 as W232CA, 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 has applied for special temporary authority to remain silent.

 

• The FM translator of WNMU-FM Marquette in Stephenson has been granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 96.7 to 97.3 (W247BQ).

 

Newsmakers and links: April 13, 2011

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WXYZ-TV:

We're celebrating just a little at Broadcast House tonight because the Michigan Chapter of the National Television Academy has announced the nominations for their 33rd annual Emmy awards and WXYZ has received 35 nominations.

It was also announced that Aretha Franklin will receive the Governor's Award during the ceremony.

Full story: WXYZ receives 35 Emmy nominations (Wed, 4/13)

 


 

"Beyond The Light Switch": A New Two-Part Documentary Series From Detroit Public TV

Comprehensive and timely, Beyond the Light Switch adds a much-needed and balanced perspective to a national energy debate that will surely become more heated and more critical than anything since health care.

Hosted by Scientific American Magazine's David Biello, and guided by an independent advisory panel, Beyond The Light Switch, a new special from Detroit Public Television, lays out the energy facts and conundrums facing all of us.

By 2050 America must completely transform its entire electrical infrastructure, a challenge equal to the mobilization efforts for World War II. To do this, we must rebuild most of our existing electric power plant infrastructure, cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80%, and completely update our power grid - while simultaneously accommodating an expected thirty percent increase in demand. Our modern lives depend upon electricity. But what is the answer? Renewables? Coal? Natural gas? Nuclear? A super grid? It's a complicated and confusing issue for almost everyone.

Shot on location throughout the US, and featuring interviews with government leaders, industry experts, researchers, innovators, environmentalists, utilities, journalists and authors, Beyond The Light Switch thoughtfully explores the trade-offs of carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a nuclear renaissance, the costs of solar power, the sprawl of wind power and the feasibility of a super grid.

The series is set to premiere nationally on PBS stations in April, May, June 2011 (check local listings), or visit http://www.beyondthelightswitch.com.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Jordan Carson, 2009's winner of WOTV's "Face of 4" contest, is now a full-time staff member at WOOD-TV (Channel 8). Carson's new role will be the on-air talent for special projects, which have yet to be revealed.

Full story: Former 'Face of 4' winner Jordan Carson joins staff at WOOD-TV (Wed, 4/13)

 

Michael Lohan, outspoken father of actress Lindsay Lohan, will be flying to Grand Rapids to host WSNX-FM (104.5)'s morning show, "The Morning After," from 6 to 9 a.m. April 29. Really?

Full story: Michael Lohan flying into Grand Rapids to help host 'The Morning After' on WSNX-FM (104.5) (Wed, 4/13)

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

CMU Public Radio's "The Set List" will present "A Celebration of Michigan's Independents" Friday evening in Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University. "Indie" performers include Breathe Owl Breathe, Drunken Barn Dance, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, Nathan K. and Jes Kramer.

Full story: WCMU to present concert of independent musicians (Wed, 4/13)

 

The bidding is scheduled to begin on April 27th as the FCC auctions off up to 144 vacant FM allocations across the USA. Seven of Michigan's vacant spots on the FM dial are up for grabs this time around:

 

  • Class A   93.1 Ferrysburg, $100,000 starting bid; 16 bidders
  • Class C3  95.9 Fife Lake, $75,000; 15
  • Class C3  97.7 Cheboygan, $15,000; 20
  • Class C2  103.9 Crystal Falls, $25,000; 17
  • Class A   103.9 Harrison, $25,000; 19
  • Class A   103.9 Pentwater, $15,000; 21
  • Class C2  106.3 Onaway, $20,000; 20

 

The Class A Pentwater allocation has the most qualified bidders with the 14 national and 7 specific bidders, followed by the Class C3 at Cheboygan and the Class C2 at Onaway with 20 qualified bidders each. Fife Lake drew the least interest with only 1 specific bidder joining the 14 national ones.

 

Qualified bidders include:

  • James P Gray: Cheboygan, Crystal Falls, Harrison, Pentwater, Onaway
  • Kona Coast Radio: Cheboygan, Pentwater, Onaway
  • L. Topaz Enterprises: Pentwater
  • Michigan Broadcasters, LLC: Onaway
  • Panther Communications: Cheboygan, Crystal Falls, Harrison, Pentwater, Onaway
  • Michael A Payne: Harrison, Pentwater
  • Del M Reynolds: Cheboygan
  • Virtues Communications Network: Cheboygan, Harrison, Pentwater, Onaway
  • WGHN, Inc: Ferrysburg
  • Williston Community Broadcasting: all 7 MI allocations
  • National Bidders (all 144 allocations nationwide): Alex Media; Alexandra Communications; ALMA Corporation; Arkansas Valley Broadcasting; Audion Communications; Colville, Tallie; Educational Media Foundation; Flinn Jr., George S; Future Modulation Broadcasting; Hispanic Target Media; Interlink Communications; Lopester Broadcasting; Mini Me Media, LLC; Smith, John

 

To follow Auction 91, visit the FCC auction site.

 

Note: information corrected to recognize all 14 national bidders

 

 

• The FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration from Grace Baptist Church in regards to fines for unauthorized operation of its WBLW-FM 88.1 Gaylord, but did reduce the amount of forfeiture from $3,000 to $1,700 due to statute of limitations issues regarding the station's late filing of it's license renewal in 2004. FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (.pdf)

 

• No notable activity for April 13.

 

Bomb scare at WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit forces evacuation, disrupts local programming

WDIV Staffers at WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit had an interesting evening yesterday and were faced with trying to keep their station running in the face of a bomb threat that forced an evacuation of the station's studios in downtown Detroit.

No one was injured during the ordeal and the biggest impact was to the broadcaster's 11 p.m. newscast which was disrupted while police and fire investigators determined if a suspicious package left in the lobby was harmful.

ClickOnDetroit.com provides more information: No Arrest Following Bomb Scare At Local 4

 

Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball announcer Dan Elve is profiled by the Press' Michael Zuidema as a new baseball season gets underway for the Detroit Tigers' Class A affiliate based in Grand Rapids.

Whitecaps games are heard in west Michigan on WBBL-FM 107.3, WJRW-AM 1340, WHTC-AM (1450), WKLQ-AM 1490, and WDEE-FM 97.3.

Full story: Lawyer by day, Whitecaps broadcaster by night is good fit for Dan Elve (Fri, 4/15)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

WADL-TV Ch. 38 has launched 'Great 38', a program to recognize southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations that give back to the community.

Full story: Local television station wants to recognize Oakland County organizations (Fri, 4/15)

 

 

• The sale of the construction permit for WSHM FM 88.3 to Victor Broadcasting for $1 from By Grace Through Faith was granted by the FCC.

 

AllAccess.com:

After nearly nine years at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT, APD/MD/afternoon personality BEAU DANIELS has left the building and is seeking new options. DANIELS told ALL ACCESS, "I was informed today that my contract will not be renewed. As of JUNE 24th, I am a free agent. I was also informed in the meeting by the GM and PD that this was not a performance-based issue as I've been top-two in demo for the past eight years. I love DETROIT and had a great run here CHANNEL 955."

Full story: Beau Daniels Exits WKQI APD/MD/Afternoon Post (Mon, 4/18)

 


 

Booth Mid-Michigan:

Delta Broadcasting in search of Korean War stories (Sun, 4/17)

 

 

• FM translator W237BW 95.3 Forest Hills was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 94.9 as W235BN, change community of license to Grand Rapids, and change location from northeast of Grand Rapids to just southwest of downtown. The translator is owned by WYGR AM 1530 and will rebroadcast that station.

 

Detroit's WDTW AM to add Tony Trupiano for morning drive

Beginning May 2, local radio personality Tony Trupiano will return to the airwaves weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to host First Shift, a progressive talk show on WDTW 1310 AM.

"This show will make news. We will be front and center in the conversation from Lansing to Detroit," Trupiano said. "We will work through complex issues to get to the truth. The show will offer everyone a voice, but we will hold them accountable with thorough fact checking. First Shift will present uncommon discussions rarely heard in today's media."

Trupiano, a 17-year radio veteran, spent the majority of his broadcasting career as a syndicated radio show host, where his passionate defense of progressive ideas, combined with his ongoing advocacy of organized labor, earned him a reputation as "The Voice of Labor." It is in that vein that First Shift will find its message and audience.

"My advocacy for working families, progressive leanings, and support of union values are well known, but the goal of First Shift is to educate people on all sides of the issues," Trupiano said. "Whether it's the reality of the Governor's tax plan or the void created by the political shift in state government, First Shift will present all sides of the issues impacting everyone in Michigan."

Many in the labor community are looking forward to Trupiano's return to radio and First Shift's programming.

"The focused political effort to destroy the middle class and the labor movement is being fueled by the conservative media," Roger Robinson, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 876, said. "On First Shift, the public will hear the truth about current issues and workers' voices will finally be heard."

Clear Channel, WDTW's parent company, also welcomes Trupiano's return.

"Tony is a veteran broadcaster with a passion for getting to the heart of issues," Til Levesque, Clear Channel Detroit President/Market Manager, said. "We are confident listeners will find Tony entertaining and informative, and we welcome him to the 1310 AM airwaves."

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Anyone who listened to WCZY 104.3 FM during the night might have wondered why the same three songs were played over and over, back to back. Eric Clapton's "Change the World," "Don't Change" by INXS and Sheryl Crow's "A Change Would do You Good" were the only songs on the playlist until 6 a.m., in a move that is known as "stunting" in the radio world. That's when the longtime Mt. Pleasant radio station was slated to make a change itself. A new logo, new branding, new program director and morning personality and more up tempo programing kicked off at 6 a.m. today...

Full story: WCZY mixes up format, adds new morning show host (Tue, 4/19)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

"Dining in the D," a locally produced culinary television show, will debut at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on WTVS-Channel 56, which has signed the show to a 10-episode contract. Host Tom Keshishian will highlight four Southeast Michigan restaurants in each episode...

Full story: Channel 56's 'Dining in the D' to feature region's restaurants (Mon, 4/18)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

With CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT)/DETROIT losing late-nighter JOE ROSATI to cross-hall sister Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) (NET NEWS 4/18), WDTW PD JAY TOWERS tells ALL ACCESS about his new lineup...

Full story: New Lineup Unveiled At WDTW (Tue, 4/19)

 


 

WDZZ Flint looking for new program director

Bobby Holiday has exited as midday host and program director of urban AC WDZZ-FM 92.7 in Flint, MI where he'd been in place since September 2009.

 

 

• Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor was granted its license to cover to operate from its new permanent antenna.

 

Newsmakers and links: April 20, 2011

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Veteran Grand Rapids anchor Suzanne Geha exits WOOD-TV

The Grand Rapids Press reports this morning that Suzanne Geha, "a love-her-or-hate-her icon in local television" is no longer with the west Michigan NBC affiliate and has published a brief statement from the station confirming the information.

Story 1: Has longtime anchor Suzanne Geha left WOOD-TV? (Wed, 4/20)

Story 2: Former colleagues, rivals praise Suzanne Geha's work at WOOD-TV, question decision to let her go (Wed, 4/20)

Story 3: Tom Van Howe 'simply shocked' at how Suzanne Geha is being treated by WOOD-TV8 (Wed, 4/20)

 


 

Monroe radio station 88.1 FM switches call signs to honor Rev. Dr. Mikal Featchurs

Smile FM has recently changed the call signs of their Monroe, MI. radio station 88.1 FM from WDTR to WSMF to honor the late Rev. Dr. Mikal Featchurs.

Featchurs served Smile FM as a Market Rep for the past five years and also led their Wings of Prayer ministry. "We couldn't have found a more positive person to represent Smile FM. Mikal always had a smile on his face." said Jenn Czelada, General Manager.

In addition to serving at Smile FM, Featchurs worked tirelessly for his church and community organizing gospel concerts and events. He also functioned as a court appointed special advocate and was a proud member of the Monroe Rotary.

Edward Czelada, CEO, Smile FM, "As we were thinking about how to honor his legacy, we wanted to do something that would be a great tribute to a great man. The call letter change pays respect to his passion for radio, music and the community he loved so much."

Starting, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and continuing through Mikal's 60th birthday, May 17, 2011, the legal ID on Smile FM will be dedicated to Featchurs.

After that, the call letters will continue to honor his legacy into perpetuity.

 


 

MLive.com:

Fox Sports Detroit Girls Allison and Lauren talk new gig, sports and hometown pride (Wed, 4/20)

 

Radio Power, part of Martz Communications, has apparently reached an agreement with WGPR-FM 107.5 Detroit and is now operating WGPR-HD2 with a smooth jazz format identified as '104.7 the Oasis' that is also being broadcast on FM translator W284BQ 104.7. Simultaneously, WGPR-HD3 is also now on the air; it has a modern rock format as '94.3 the Bone' that is heard on translator W232CA 94.3.

Both stations have newly launched web sites with web streaming as well: 943thebone.com and 1047theoasis.com.

There are now two HD2 smooth jazz stations to choose from in the Detroit market as CBS Radio's WDZH-HD2 has continued to operate 'V98.7' there since moving to a contemporary hits format on the main signal of that frequency in October 2009. Today's launch of 'The Oasis' has immediate advantage over 'V98.7' with the translator that will allow radios without HD capability to tune in. The Oasis will feature personalities from The Smooth Jazz Network.

The web site for 'The Bone' takes direct aim at rock competitor 89X (CIMX-FM 88.7 Windsor), claiming it won't play "lame Canadian rock" and taking shots at the station's owner, Bell Media along with the Canadian government. The Bone does not offer an air staff.

Both new translators are operating with 250 watts from near 8 Mile Road and Myers along the Oakland and Wayne county border. By default, reception of these translators won't be as reliable or cover as large an area as full-power stations do and will also be subject to interference from nearby full-power stations CKSY-FM 94.3 Chatham, ON and WIOT-FM 104.7 Toledo, OH. Indoor reception will likely be much more difficult than on car radios.

 

WDIV-TV honored with two 2011 Murrow Awards

WDIV-TV Local 4 has been honored for excellence in journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). This marks the third year in a row in which WDIV has been recognized by the RTDNA, this year as a proud recipient of two coveted 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards in the categories of Breaking News Coverage and Continuing News Coverage.

RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The Edward R. Murrow Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards a news organization can achieve, embodying the spirit of excellence in journalism.

WDIV Local 4 News won the top awards in Region 7 of the large market TV category for Breaking News with live coverage of the Wayne furniture store explosion, and Continuing News for ongoing coverage of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. WDIV is proud to be the only station in Detroit market to receive 2011 Murrow Awards.

"Excellence in breaking news and a promise to dig deeper in continuing coverage are priorities at Local 4 News," said Kim Voet, WDIV News Director. "I couldn't be more pleased and more proud of these team awards recognizing the tremendous effort we put into bringing viewers important stories as they break and develop."

 


 

Anchor shakeups continue in West Michigan; WWMT's Jeff Varner to exit at end of contract

WWMT anchor Jeff Varner has gone above and beyond a 2-week notice, notifying the station he will be leaving at the end of his contract in June, 2012. His announcement comes on the heels of two other high profile departures, WWMT's Judy Markee who leaves next month and WOOD-TV's Suzanne Geha who exited earlier this month.

Story from the Grand Rapids Press: WWMT lead anchor Jeff Varner announces he will be leaving the station (Thu, 4/21)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television announced today that they will offer free, live coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference... Channel 56 will offer live coverage of Mackinac conference (Thu, 4/21)

 


 

Windsor Star:

Terrifying Detroit robbery haunts Windsor radio host (Wed, 4/20)

 

 

WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City was granted a modification of its construction permit; power from 2,400 watts @ 584 feet (Class A) to 7,000 watts @ 444 feet (Class C3).

 

• Victor Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WSHM FM 88.3 Wixom.

 

• FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw was granted a construction permit to move to 102.5 as W273AR, change community of license to Kalamazoo, increase power to 250 watts, and move from near Paw Paw to Kalamazoo Township. The translator is being purchased from Horizon Christian Fellowship by Cumulus Broadcasting which owns a number of stations in the Kalamazoo market.

 

• No notable activity for April 20.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

...Citadel's stations in Grand Rapids and Lansing are raising money for the three children of Mike and Julie Haugen. Two years ago Mike died in an accident at his home in his hot tub. Then his wife Julie died while on Spring Break in the Dominican Republic. She contracted an illness and died in a hospital... 'You're Not Alone Project' on local airwaves to support Haugen family (Thu, 4/21)

 

The Grand Rapids Press continues its coverage of the departure of Suzanne Geha, arguably one of West Michigan's best known TV anchors of all time and covers changes at WBBL-FM:

Suzanne Geha speaks up on Facebook about her WOOD-TV 8 fans (Fri, 4/22)

 

Details of anchor Suzanne Geha's departure from WOOD-TV may remain secret (Fri, 4/22)

 

Michael Grey leaves WBBL-FM for new sports radio opportunity in Nebraska (Fri, 4/22)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

In Toledo, Raycom's WTOL Readies HD Debut (Fri, 4/22)

 

WXYZ-TV to air Detroit Lions draft special April 27

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 will broadcast an exclusive look inside the Detroit Lions NFL draft plans, Wednesday, April 27, from 7-8 p.m., the day before the NFL draft officially begins.

Lions Draft: Before the Snap, will be hosted by WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane and Sports Anchor Tom Leyden. It will feature interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz, and Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew. It will also include a look inside the top secret draft room with Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand, an interview with NFL draft prospect Greg Jones from Michigan State University, and a panel of sports experts including Detroit Lions color analyst Jim Brandstatter, WDFN host Matt Shepard, and Mike Valenti from 97.1 The Ticket.

"We are pleased to be able to partner with the Detroit Lions organization to build on the excitement and energy the Lions have generated going into the 2011 season," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez.

The latest technology will be used to bring viewers an electronic line-up of potential draft picks through the use of a UTouch screen. Viewers will also have an opportunity to respond live during the show with their top pick suggestions through Facebook and Twitter.

"This is a great opportunity for sports fans to get an in-depth look at the draft and what it can mean to the Lions in the future, and to tell us what they think," said WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane.

The show is the first in a series of programs and marketing efforts developed through a partnership between the Detroit Lions and WXYZ-TV. It includes three preseason games and preseason pregame shows, training camp updates, as well as, a weekly one-hour Ford Lions Report show, and a coach's report and player's segment in Action News during the regular season.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

.Will David Young never met Ernie Harwell, but like a lot of Michigan baseball fans, he regarded the Detroit Tigers radio announcer as an old friend.

"There was warmth in his voice, a genuineness about him," he says of Harwell, who died of cancer last May. "Ernie was never more important than the sport. It was always about 'How am I going to paint this particular game the best way I can?' "... Warmth, humility of Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell captured in new play (Sun, 4/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV takes out half-page ad thanking former competitor Suzanne Geha for her 30 years at WOOD-TV (Sun, 4/24)

 

 

• Low power TV station WHNE-LD Ch. 26 Flint applied for special temporary authority to remain silent while it completes an upgrade to its facilities.

 

 

• West Central Michigan Media Ministries closed on the purchase of the construction permit for WUMI FM 90.3 Newberry to from Korkee, Inc. Sale price was $2,500.

 

Radio superstars Pat St. John, Dave Fuller, Big Al Muskovitz, and many more are lending their time and talent to their broadcasting roots at Southfield Public Schools' radio station, WSHJ 88.3 FMWSHJ, to help support its 11th annual radiothon to raise money for station expenses.

In operation since 1967, WSHJ 88.3 is one of the forerunners of educational broadcasting in Michigan. Several former members have gone on to have very successful careers ranging from broadcasting to media entrepreneurship. The radiothon, scheduled to kick-off at 1 P.M. on Friday, April 29th and end Saturday, April 30th at 6 A.M., will be informative, historical, and entertaining!

Listeners are in for a 'Blast from the Past' as WSHJ alumni, dating back to the 70s, get behind the mic for a ride down memory lane.

This year, you'll be able to tune in to some old favorites that haven't graced the airwaves since vinyl albums were in style. Current members will also be on hand, intermixing their own 21st century flavor.

The funds raised from this year's radiothon will go towards several important endeavors.

The first is WSHJ's annual $500 dollar senior scholarship. This award is granted to a deserving senior pursuing a career in broadcasting. Monies raised from the radiothon will also help defray the cost of our end of the year banquet, which is a culminating activity designed to highlight the station's accomplishments throughout the year, while honoring its graduating members.

The final goal of the radiothon is to raise enough money to cover audio steaming cost. Streaming an audio signal would enable the station to be heard over the internet, thereby generating the potential for worldwide listenership.

If you are interested in making a cash donation or assisting in any other way please contact WSHJ Station Advisor, Julea Ward, via email at wardjc@southfield.k12.mi or WSHJ Music Manager, Alex Butler, at 248-943-3934 or butleralexm@gmail.com.

 

Newsmakers and links: April 26, 2011

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Detroit News:

President Barack Obama will continue to press his ideas on how best to reduce the nation's debt today. He'll discuss his thoughts in a series of White House interviews with local TV stations, including WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as well as others from Atlanta, Cleveland and Norfolk, Va.

Full story: Obama returns to local TV, will meet with WXYZ-TV (Tue, 4/26)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Since giving a year's advance notice that he would be leaving the Kalamazoo station at the end of his contract in June 2012, WWMT (Newschannel 3) lead anchor Jeff Varner has not been on the air...

Full story: Has WWMT lead anchor Jeff Varner already left the Kalamazoo station? (Tue, 4/26)

 

 

• Digital low power religious TV station WDWO-CD Ch. 18 Detroit was granted a construction permit to change its location from near I-96 and Evergreen in Detroit to near I-696 and Inkster in Southfield. The station will change from 15,000 watts @ 285 feet to 14,000 watts @ 794 feet, increasing its coverage area across Metro Detroit.

 

Michigan Radio wins regional Murrow and National Gabriel awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

The station's work won awards in the Audio News Documentary and Audio Feature Reporting categories. Lester Graham, Rebecca Williams, Mark Brush, and Shawn Allee were honored with the Murrow Award for Audio News Documentary with Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future. This documentary was an in-depth look at the role coal plays in our lives and its viability as an energy source in the future. Dustin Dwyer's feature "Curling" won for Best Feature Reporting.

Michigan Radio was the only public broadcasting station in the state to be honored with a Murrow Award, as well as one of only two Michigan radio stations of any kind (commercial or public) to win. Michigan Radio competes in Region 7, which consists of stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Regional winners' work will now be entered in the national contest.

"Every year, these awards exemplify the high standard of journalism that Edward R. Murrow set for our industry," said RTDNA Chairman Mark Kraham. "His legacy is more than evident in each of the winning entries, which represent the best work and the best journalists in our field."

Last week, Michigan Radio was also recognized by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals with two Gabriel Awards. Created in 1965, the Gabriel Awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement which entertains and enriches with "a true vision of humanity." The Michigan Radio news staff was honored in the following categories: Radio Documentary: Local Release (Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground) and Radio: Ecumenical & Interreligious--Local Release ("So, a Muslim and a Christian Move Into a Dorm Room Together").

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Radio Host Teresa Tomeo To Report From Pope's Beatification (Wed, 4/27)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former anchor Anne Doyle calls WOOD-TV's handling of Suzanne Geha's departure insulting (Wed, 4/27)

 

 

• New station WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville / Traverse City has signed on and is simulcasting the religious/Catholic programming of sister station WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.

 

• The FCC approved Coolarity A2, LLC's purchase of talk WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor First Ventures LP for $1,050,000.

 

• Also approved by the FCC was the sale of Heartland Communications trio of Houghton radio stations (classic hits WOLV-FM 97.7, country WHKB-FM 102.3, and standards WCCY AM 1400) for $535,000 to Houghton Community Broadcasting.

 

FOX Sports Detroit will televise four of the possible seven games in the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. FSD's coverage includes Games 1, 3, 6 and 7.

Game 2 is a national telecast on NBC, while Versus has the exclusive coverage of Games 4 and 5.

Game 1 - Fri. April 29 at San Jose,10:00, FSD/HD

Game 2 - Sun. May 1 at San Jose, 3:00, NBC

Game 3 - Wed. May 4 at Detroit, 8:00, FSD/HD

Game 4 - Fri. May 6 at Detroit, 7:00,Versus

Game 5* - Sun. May 8 at San Jose, 8:00, Versus

Game 6* - Tue. May 10 at Detroit, Time TBD, FSD/HD

Game 7* - Thu. May 12 at San Jose, Time TBD, FSD/HD

* - if necessary

 

 

• Roy E. Henderson has closed on the purchase of silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee from Lake Michigan Broadcasting.

 

AllAccess.com:

Westwood One Sells Metro Traffic To Clear Channel (Fri, 4/29)

 


 

Mario Impemba again provides 'Operation Opening Day' to troops of U.S. Armed Forces

For the third consecutive year, transplanted Detroit Tigers fans currently serving in the United States Armed Forces can enjoy this season's home opener in the form of 'Operation Opening Day' -- a three-hour DVD containing FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on April 8 at Comerica Park.

'Operation Opening Day' is a gift from FOX Sports Detroit play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba, in cooperation with the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.

Available to all active members of the military, the DVD contains pregame festivities, the entire game telecast and postgame interviews.

"Opening Day in Detroit is our annual holiday that brings our city together, something so many of the men and women in our armed forces do not have a chance to experience in person," said Impemba. "While they are away serving our country, I am honored to bring Opening Day to them and hope this small piece of home lets them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice."

Troops, as well as family and friends of troops, can request this special gift at Tigers.com/operationopeningday. Orders must include a valid military address (APO, SPO or FPO address, military base or ship address) so the DVD gift can be mailed directly to the men and women currently serving our country. Quantities are limited and requests will be fulfilled as received.

'Operation Opening Day' is part of the Detroit Tigers year-round support of troops and veterans. Each year, the Detroit Tigers hold a special game to honor and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces and those that have served before them. Through the Detroit Tigers Armed Forces Game Ball Delivery program, the Detroit Tigers recognize a service member who has recently returned from deployment or home on leave during a tour of duty prior to most home games. The Detroit Tigers also visit veterans at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Detroit Medical Center throughout the season.

 

Newsmakers and links: April 30, 2011

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