July 2011 Archives


• Tribune Broadcasting digital translators of FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids W17DF-D Ch. 17 Muskegon and W42DB-D Ch. 42 Hesperia were granted their licenses to cover (W42DB-D switched from analog to digital on Ch. 42, W17DF-D switched from analog on Ch. 52 to digital on Ch. 17).


• No notable activity for June 27 - 29.


A bolt of lightning struck a Muskegon radio station Friday morning, knocking the station off the air and possibly causing thousands of dollars in damage to its broadcast equipment, officials said. No one was hurt when lightning struck the studio of 103.7 The Beat, 1877 Peck, and caused a small fire that firefighters quickly extinguished.

Full story: Bolt of lightning sends Muskegon radio station, The Beat, off the air (Fri, 7/1)




MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW has announced the "10th Annual KCQ Drive To End Hunger Golf Outing," on TUESDAY, AUGUST, 2nd, with a 10a (ET) shotgun start. The event will be held at the TIMBER's GOLF COURSE. All proceeds will go to help the FOOD BANK of EASTERN MICHIGAN. They are looking for teams and sponsorships for the event.

Full story: WKCQ Presents Golf Outing For Local Food Bank (Thu, 6/30)




Young Broadcasting's 10-station group is being quietly offered for sale for as much as $350 million, multiple sources tell TVNewsCheck. A year out of bankruptcy, the station group is widely viewed as financially healthy. The proposed sale appears timed to capitalize on what many anticipate will be a record year for political advertising in 2012.

In Michigan, Young Broadcasting owns Lansing CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6.

Full story: For sale: Young Broadcasting for just $350M (Thu, 6/30)



Lost Remote:

Don't just complain about sad news - do something about it! That's what viewers of and staffers from WXYZ in Detroit did, using the power of social media in the community. Using the Twitter hashtag #backchannel and Facebook, a group of more than a hundred people gathered to help clean up Detroit.

Full story: Detroit station taps #backchannel to make 'good news' (Thu, 6/30)



Nexstar Broadcasting Completes Acquisition of CBS Affiliates WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that it completed the previously announced purchase of the assets of WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV, the CBS affiliates serving the Green Bay, Wisconsin and Marquette, Michigan markets, and has appointed Joseph Denk Vice President and General Manager of both stations and their associated e-Media operations.

Full story: from Businesswire (Fri, 7/1)


Muskegon Chronicle:

The general manager of Muskegon's 103.7 The Beat is grateful the radio station didn't suffer worse damage from a lightning strike and fire Friday. The station is back on the air broadcasting an automated music playlist on reduced power, with full operations hoped for by the end of the week.

Full story: Muskegon radio station 103.7 The Beat recovering from lightning bolt (Tue, 7/5)




Former CHUM RADIO Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT middayer HOLLY HUTTON has been tapped by MARTZ Corporate PD DREW SCOTT as PD/Afternooner for Alternative translator (W232CA) and WGPR-HD3 (94.3 THE BONE)/DETROIT. SCOTT also tells ALL ACCESS that THE BONE will "debut a personality line up on JULY 4th with all hot, sexy and fun female jocks in middays and nights. The morning slot will be filled in a few weeks with a personality that will shake up the market!"

Full story: Holly Hutton Named PD For Detroit's 94.3 The Bone (Tue, 7/5)




Mary Jane Wilson, 67, former program director at WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Mich., died June 26. She served as director from 1989 until her retirement in 2006.

"Those of us who were lucky enough to have Mary Jane as a friend know that she was the real deal," said Carrie Corbin, former program manager at WGVU in Kalamazoo, Mich., who called Wilson "a programmer who would do anything for you."

Full story: Mary Jane Wilson dies; former program director at WKAR-TV (Fri, 7/1)



• The sale of CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba along with WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay, WI to Nexstar Broadcasting from Liberty Media was approved by the FCC.


• No notable activity for July 1.



• Silent FM translator W227AS FM 93.3 Whitehall was granted construction permit to reduce power from 250 to 10 watts. Sale of the translator to First Venture Capital Partners from Horizon Christian Fellowship has been approved but not yet closed.




• CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 Detroit was granted its license to cover for its maximized post-transition digital facilities.


• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for FM 88.5 Constantine (no call sign assigned) to Christian Radio Friends from Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries. Sale price was $50,000.



It was the deadliest shooting rampage ever to occur in Western Michigan. The havoc caused by Rodrick Dantzler on Thursday in Grand Rapids was so widespread that reporters had to specify that they were reporting live at just one of multiple crime scenes ... WWMT, WXMI, WOOD, and WZZM all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday evening to bring live coverage of Dantzler's rampage, which ended around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect shot himself.

Full story: Local Stations Bring Live Coverage Through the Night as Man's Violent Rampage Rocks Grand Rapids (Fri, 7/8)



WOOD radio adds Dennis Tubbergen's talk program

Financial advisor Dennis Tubbergen does not know the meaning of "free time." When the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Tubbergen isn't writing his online blog or his monthly Moving Markets newsletter, you might catch him hosting his talk show The Everything Financial Radio Show.

Now well into his fifth year of hosting a radio show, Tubbergen can now be heard on three metro Michigan stations: WTKG 1230 AM and WOOD News Radio 1300AM and 106.9 FM. You can hear his broadcast on WTKG 1230 AM Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m. and on WOOD 1300 AM and 106.9 FM Sundays at noon.

"I'm really excited to be part of the broadcast lineup on WOOD 1300 AM and 106.9 FM," Tubbergen recently stated. "They are part of the Clear Channel Communications network which covers much of the United States."


Saginaw News:

After decades of bringing everything from Question Mark and the Mysterians to Wynonna to radio listeners in the Great Lakes Bay Region, Ken "Mac" MacDonald Jr. found his peers in broadcasting tuned in to him in late June. The owner and CEO of MacDonald Broadcasting, which operates WKCQ-FM 98.1, WMJO-FM 97.3 and WSAM-AM 1400 from its studios on Whittier in Saginaw, several stations in Lansing and a MUZAK service, was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame during ceremonies June 27 in Plymouth.

Full story: Ken MacDonald Jr. enters Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame (Sun, 7/10)



• The construction permit for WUPN FM Paradise was modified to specify FM 95.1 instead of 94.7 from a different tower location closer to Sault Ste Marie.



Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels wins Ty Tyson Award

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) has announced the winner of its special individual award.

Ken Daniels, play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings on FOX Sports Detroit is the winner of the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting for work in the sports year 2010-2011.

"We are so honored that Ken Daniels has won this year's Ty Tyson Award," said DSBA President Will Tieman. "Ken has demonstrated outstanding play-by-play professionalism not only this past season but throughout his long and distinguished career."

Added George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director: "Ken's award is well-deserved. He has successfully guided the work of so many professionals in our business. The DSBA congratulates him."

Previous Ty Tyson Award winners are Josh Lewin (2000), Ernie Harwell (2001), George Blaha (2002), Ray Lane (2003), Mark Champion (2004), Budd Lynch (2005), Jim Brandstatter (2006), Ken Kal (2007), Dan Dickerson (2008), and Frank Beckmann (2009).



Detroit News:

TV dance shows were once a barometer of all things cool. Teens tuned in to learn the latest moves and fashion trends, to hear the newest music and to see the hippest acts. It was fairly common for cities to air their own dance shows featuring hormonal teens burning off pent-up energy. Before going national, Philadelphia youths went hoppin' to Dick Clark's "Bandstand" (later known as "American Bandstand") while Chicago hitched a ride on the hippest trip with Don Cornelius' "Soul Train." In Detroit, the only way to rock nonstop was with "The Scene." The Nat Morris-hosted show aired for 13 seasons, 1975 to 1987, on WGPR-TV (Channel 62), the nation's first African-American-owned TV station.

Full story: Save the last dance for 'The Scene' reunion (Tue, 7/12)



Grand Rapids Press:

Jenison High School may soon be a regular location mentioned by WOOD-TV meteorologists. Storm Team 8 and Jenison Public Schools are exploring a partnership for the high school to serve as a site for a weather stick, new technology for gathering real-time data and high-definition quality video.

Full story: Jenison Schools could partner with WOOD-TV for weather coverage (Tue, 7/12)




CLEAR CHANNEL Hot AC WNIC (FRESH 100)/DETROIT and morning personality JAY TOWERS are teaming up with WIXOM MARATHON/ATLAS OIL to offer the first 103 listeners to show up 10 gallons of free gasoline.

Full story: WNIC Has Gas! (Tue, 7/12)



• Roy E. Henderson (d.b.a. New Ulm Broadcasting Co.) was granted a construction permit for a new low power digital TV station to be licensed to Petoskey on Channel 14. W14DX-D would operate with 15,000 watts @ 938 feet from northwest of Harbor Springs. This is Henderson's fourth digital LPTV construction permit in Northern Michigan.


• No notable activity for July 11.


2011 Marconi finalists feature Michigan stations, personalities

The National Association of Broadcasters has released its finalist list for the 2011 Marconi Awards and included are several Michigan radio stations and personalities:

The afternoon drive team of Edwards and Lee at country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit are finalists for Large Market Personality of the Year; Full service/adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian is a finalist in two categories, Small Market Station of the Year and AC Station of the Year; WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit has been named a finalist as Oldies Station of the Year, and WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270 Detroit is a finalist in the Sports Station of the Year category.

Congrats to all the finalists.



Grand Rapids Press:

Steve "Scrubs" Stewart of "Scrubs in the Morning," which airs locally on Thunder Country 94.5, is leaving to become a program director in St. Louis. Stewart has been named program director of Clear Channel Radio's KSD-FM (93.7) "The Bull"...

Full story: 'Scrubs in the Morning' host Steve Stewart leaving country radio in Michigan for St. Louis (Wed, 7/13)


Family, friends, historians and Betty Ford herself reflect on her life as a political spouse; an accidental and outspoken first lady; breast cancer survivor; and feminist pro-choice Republican in Betty Ford: The Real Deal, a one-hour biography which will air Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. on WGVU-HD.

Full story: Documentary on Betty Ford to air this weekend on WGVU (Tue, 7/12)



• Christian Radio Friends has closed on the purchase of the construction permit for FM 88.5 Constantine from Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries. The expiration date for the CP has been extended by 18 months to January 12, 2013.



FOX Sports Detroit to offer dual telecast for Friday's Tigers/White Sox game

When the Tigers return from the All-Star break on Friday, that night's game against the White Sox will be shown on both FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus.

The FSD telecast is the traditional coverage with Mario Impemba and Rod Allen.

Meanwhile, the FS Plus audience will be treated to a unique live look at what goes on inside the production truck in order to deliver a Tigers telecast into viewers' homes. Viewers will see a split screen presentation: part game action (as seen on FS Detroit); part an inside view/explanation of what goes on in the production truck, the broadcast booth, a camera location or other behind-the-scenes aspects of the telecast.

John Keating will be the tour guide for the FS Plus telecast and will spend various innings spotlighting the roles/functions of the following positions: Producer, Director, Graphics, Audio, FOX Box Operator, Replay Room, Replay Operator, Video Room (showing all sources of video available), Stage Manager, Camera Location(s), Announce Booth Personnel.

Tigers Live (6:30 and after the game) will be simulcast on FSD and FS Plus.

A list of FS Plus channel numbers for tomorrow's alternate telecast can be found here www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/fsdplus/.



Windsor Star:

The pending government-mandated requirement to switch broadcasting signals in Canada from analogue to digital will affect more people in Windsor than any other metropolitan area in Canada. Perhaps due to the wealth of TV stations available over the air in Detroit, Windsor has a lower percentage of people who subscribe to cable or satellite television services than other Canadian cities. According to BBM Canada data, less than 74 percent of Windsor-area residents subscribe to cable or satellite, compared to perhaps 93 per cent on average across Canada.

Full story: Get ready to retire those rabbit ears; Canadian stations making switch to digital TV in weeks (Thu, 7/14)



• Mentor Partners was granted a construction permit for FM translator W236BR 95.1 Reed City to increase power from 80 to 250 watts and rebroadcast sister station WBRN AM 1460 Big Rapids.




• MacDonald Broadcasting is selling the construction permit for WZTC FM 104.5 Traverse City to Playtime Media, LLC for $1 pending FCC approval and closing. Playtime Media is closely associated with MacDonald Garber Broadcasting, owner of a number of other northern Michigan radio stations. Ken MacDonald, principal owner of MacDonald Broadcasting and Patricia MacDonald Garber, principal of MacDonald Garber Broadcasting are brother and sister.


• No notable activity for July 15.



CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning personality/APD/MD MIKE SCOTT has exited after 12 years with the station. SCOTT, who has 29 years major-market experience, tells ALL ACCESS is looking for his next opportunity and is willing to relocate for a comparable position.

Full story: Mike Scott Exits WYCD/Detroit (Tue, 7/19)



Radio personality Allison Harte is in critical condition after she was found unresponsive at the bottom of a home swimming pool in Cannon Township. Harte, whose real name is Prudence Dykstra, was found by her husband around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. He began CPR, and once emergency crews arrived at the home in th 8000 block of Young Road, they were able to revive her pulse on the way to the hospital, officials at the scene told 24 Hour News 8.

Full story: DJ Allison Harte in critical condition (Tue, 7/19)



• Midwest Communications has closed on the purchase of FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden (was W239AX 95.7) from Family Stations.


• Variety hits WUPG FM 96.7 Republic/Marquette was granted its license to cover for a change in effective radiated power from 23,100 watts @ 341 feet (Class C3) to 50,000 watts @ 351 feet (Class C2).


• No notable activity for July 19 and 20.


Grand Rapids Press:

Allison Harte, the veteran Grand Rapids disc jockey who was pulled from a pool Tuesday at her Rockford-area home, has died, according to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital officials.

Full story: Allison Harte, veteran Grand Rapids radio personality, dies two days after being pulled from pool (Thu, 7/21)


We knew her as Allison Harte, the smooth-talking rock music disc jockey who began blazing a trail for women in the local radio business three decades ago. Loyal listeners tuned in to jam along with her playlist, and followed her on-air career moves to different spots on the radio dial.

Full story: After drowning, family remembers 'Prudy' behind public radio personality Allison Harte (Fri, 7/22)


WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles isn't the type of person who likes to sit around and do nothing. That's what made the two months he was off the air so difficult. It was almost as painful as the neck surgery he needed to fix a spinal stenosis.

Full story: WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles happy to be back on air after neck surgery (Fri, 7/22)



Detroit Free Press:

After 45 years of broadcasting in the Motor City, Dick Purtan signed off of terrestrial radio and into retirement on March 26, 2010. Today, the Detroit radio legend and philanthropist's distinctive voice will be available for fans via a brand new weekly podcast. Purtan told Names & Faces on Thursday that -- with "a wing and a prayer" -- he'll be delivering his take on the latest local and national news, pop culture news and other entertaining tidbits of info.

Full story: Dick Purtan to air weekly podcasts (Fri, 7/22)




Beau Daniels, who left contemporary hits station WKQI (95.5-FM) earlier this year, will now be spinning oldies at WOMC (104.3-FM). Daniels will take over the 3-7 p.m. afternoon drive slot starting on August 15. Current afternoon jock Dave Fuller moves to the 7 p.m.-midnight slot.

Full story: Ex-Channel 955 jock Beau Daniels lands at WOMC (Fri, 7/22)



WJBK-TV Ch.2 Detroit:

They are a familiar sound on the airwaves of Detroit. Now, Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek from 96.3 WDVD are taking their radio show nationwide on television.

Full story: 'Dish Nation' to Feature 96.3 WDVD's Blaine & Allyson (Thu, 7/21)


On this hottest day of the year, 98.7 AMP Radio was giving away air conditioners to some lucky and deserving listeners.

Full story: 98.7 AMP Radio Gives Metro Detroit Woman an Air Conditioner (Thu, 7/21)



Broadcast Engineering:

NAB president Gordon Smith said the FCC's spectrum reclamation plan might leave major American cities along the Canadian and Mexican borders without television coverage. Smith said that if the FCC moves forward with its goal of allocating 120MHz of broadcast spectrum, cities like Detroit would be impacted because there would be no channels available for the city's 14 stations. He also added that every border city is at risk of having no broadcast TV if Canadian and Mexican channel reservations are taken into account.

Full story: FCC spectrum reclamation plan threatens TV coverage in border cities (Thu, 7/21)




TOWNSQUARE/FLINT GM ZOE BURDINE-FLY is heading to NEW JERSEY to oversee the recently acquired MILLENIUM radio properties, replacing MILLENNIUM Pres./CEO BILL SAUER.

Full story: Townsquare Brings In Flint GM To Oversee New Jersey Stations (Fri, 7/22)


Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroiters have been energized and entertained by WDVD-FM (96.3)'s "Blaine and Allyson in the Morning" show for the past six years. Starting Monday, the popular Motor City radio jocks are joining morning shows from three other markets to power the six-week run of "Dish Nation," a fast-paced, pop-culture driven syndicated TV show that will air at midnight weeknights on WJBK-TV (Channel 2), Fox's Detroit affiliate.

Full story: WDVD's Blaine and Allyson will represent the D on new Fox pop-culture series (Sat, 7/23)


It was in May of 2006 when the University of Michigan reached a five year deal with CBS Radio in Detroit that would land U-M football on WOMC FM 104.3 and most of the school's men's basketball games on WWJ AM 950. That agreement has since expired and there has been no word of where the broadcasts might end up, or indeed who the announcers might be, with only 40 days to go until kickoff of a new sports season.

Let the speculation begin in earnest!

The University of Michigan may now face an ever bigger challenge for clearance of its broadcasts in Detroit than it did in 2006 when Big Ten rival school Michigan State scored a touchdown by partnering with WJR AM 760, punting U-M off the 'Great Voice of the Great Lakes'. Getting coverage for 12 or 13 high profile football games a year is one thing -- but adding a full slate of men's basketball games to a radio station in the fall and winter can be quite another.

The landscape at CBS Radio/Detroit has changed dramatically in the five years since 2006: Hot Talk was replaced by sports on FM 97.1 (The Ticket, WXYT-FM), and Dick Purtan has retired from WOMC. WXYT-FM/AM are now the flagship stations for all 4 of Detroit's professional sports teams, having added the Pistons to play-by-play coverage of the Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings. Listening to games on 97.1 is much more popular than trying to tune in on AM 1270 - but when there are two or more teams playing the same time, it often requires some searching and static to find the team you want to hear.

CBS Radio/Detroit is likely interested in adding University of Michigan sports to its lineup on 97.1 -- but questions would likely come up about which team would have priority on what station. It would be in U-M's best interest to have all of its games found consistently in one spot; Michigan games being pushed off to AM 1270, especially on September 10th when the Tigers play the Twins in the afternoon and the Wolverines play their first ever 8 p.m. home game against Notre Dame, can't look too attractive to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.

Would CBS Radio consider offering one of its music FM's up for football again, as it did with WOMC the past five years? Michigan sports probably wouldn't be considered a good fit for either Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio) or Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and it's not clear if WOMC would be made available again. Would Michigan be satisfied going back to an AM-only solution on WWJ?

What might be in the best interest of U-M would be a partnership with a different radio group. Most likely suitors for Michigan sports outside of CBS include Clear Channel, Greater Media, and what will soon be Cumulus as it takes over Citadel's stations.

Perhaps the most logical fit would be with Clear Channel which already has a sports-formatted station in its WDFN AM 1130 - a station that no longer has play-by-play ties with any high profile Detroit-area team. The biggest holdback with WDFN is the lack of an FM signal and abysmal nighttime coverage area. Any deal with Clear Channel and U-M would undoubtedly have to include FM coverage for every football game, at a minimum. Clear Channel's Detroit FM stations include adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3, contemporary hits WKQI-FM 95.5, urban WJLB-FM 97.9, pop WNIC-FM 100.3 and contemporary WDTW-FM 106.7; none of which currently carry formats that would be considered a good fit with sports play-by-play.

There have been cries from sports fans for years about changing 106.7 to a simulcast of WDFN - but unless a deal with U-M is viewed as more profitable than what the current format on 106.7 is, a wholesale change remains a questionable possibility at best.

Cumulus owns Ann Arbor's WTKA AM 1050, a station that heavily features Michigan sports, and will soon take control of Citadel's three Detroit stations including WJR, Adult Hits WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Doug FM), and WDVD-FM 96.3. Could there be a scenario where Doug-FM carries the broadcasts of the games and adds an HD sidechannel that simulcasts WTKA to provide the Detroit market more coverage of U-M sports? One issue that a Cumulus/Citadel deal could ease would be the return of WJR's Frank Beckmann as football play-by-play announcer.

Greater Media might be a bit of a dark horse, but still a possibility; you wouldn't think of U-M sports on stations like Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 or Pop WMGC-FM 105.1 at first. But the company launched an FM sports station in Philadelphia in 2009 and has experience in FM talk radio as well. At one time WRIF was speculated as a possible landing spot for Detroit Lions broadcasts; perhaps there is still a desire for a sports-oriented direction within that group.

The other large commercial U.S. radio groups in the market include Radio One (FM 102.7, 105.9, and AM 1200) and Crawford Broadcasting (FM 103.5, AM 560 and 1340) - neither of which is likely to be a factor.

U-M's Brandon is facing one of his biggest challenges in terms of protecting and enhancing the Michigan brand, something he has emphasized as being one of the most important responsibilities he has as athletic director. Securing a high-profile (and stable) radio partner in the Detroit market has to be high on the list of priorities as the summer rapidly fades into autumn. One of the biggest tests of your brand has to be how well you can sell it in what's essentially your home market.

Take all of this as pure speculation. There are no comments being made publicly about the situation by the University of Michigan athletic department, its media partner IMG College, or any of the area's broadcast companies.

To paraphrase legendary Wolverines' former coach Bo Schembechler, "Toe meets leather" at 3:30pm on September 3rd. Ready or not, but on 'W---which station'!



• Michigan Broadcasters LLC was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Onaway on 106.3. The Class C2 station would operate with 50,000 watts @ 420 feet from a tower located west of Rogers City in Presque Isle County. Michigan Broadcasters LLC won the frequency for $20,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.


• Low power community FM station WUVS-LP 103.7 Muskegon was granted its license to cover for a location change within Muskegon.


• Heritage Broadcasting CBS affiliate WWUP-TV Ch. 10 Sault Ste Marie (satellite station of WWTV-TV Ch. 9) was granted its license to cover to increase power to 25,000 from 20,700 watts.


• No notable activity for July 22.



FREE LANCE STAR Top 40/R WVBX (99.3 THE VIBE)/FREDRICKSBURG, VA morning host DON BLACK has resigned, effective 8/3, to take the PD post at MCDONALD Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5)/LANSING, MI.

Full story: Don Black Named WQHH PD (Tue, 7/26)



WIOG adds two artists to Lizard Fair lineup

Contemporary hits WIOG-FM 102.5 Bay City has added two additional artists that will perform at the 2011 Lizard Fair at Dow Diamond on Sunday, August 7. Additional artists scheduled to perform are Michael Africk and Secondhand Serenade. Entertainment acts Jay Sean, Flo Rida, Big Time Rush and Runner Runner will also perform.

The event marks the third consecutive year Lizard Fair will be held at Dow Diamond in Midland.

Available tickets for the WIOG Lizard Fair include the $20 general admission bowl seats and $35 reserved floor seats. The WIOG Ultimate Fan Packages are sold out. All tickets include a $2 surcharge. Tickets can be purchased at the Dow Diamond ticket office, at Loons.com and WIOG.com.

Gates open for the concert at 4 p.m. on August 7 with the concert scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit the Tri Cities' Child Abuse and Neglect Councils.


Newsmakers and links: July 27, 2011



Ryan Ermanni exits sports WDFN Detroit

A lineup change today at sports WDFN AM 1130 Detroit as Ryan Ermanni exits; the station is airing 'The Dan Patrick Show' instead this morning.

Ermanni, whose other job is as a sports reporter for Fox 2 Detroit, commented via Facebook, "Thanks to everyone for your support over the last 2 years but the radio show is no more. Working 7 days a week for 2 years, most of which were leave home at 8am, get home at midnight has just took it's toll. I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity to have done it, now I can focus solely on my passion of tv, and live a little bit as well."


106.7 The Beat jock Jevon Hollywood in critical condition after accident

WDTW-FM 106.7 night jock (10 p.m - 1 a.m.) Jevon Hollywood was hit by a car in the area of 7 Mile Road and Haggerty early this morning (July 28th) and is currently hospitalized in critical condition with injuries including a broken leg and pelvis that required surgery. Hollywood apparently stepped into a path of an oncoming vehicle before sunrise during a rainstorm.

The radio station has set up a Facebook page so listeners can send get well wishes: click here to leave a message for him.



WYCD/Detroit announces new afternoon host

Jack Shell will take over middays at country WYCD-FM 99.5 starting September 5th, filling the spot that was opened earlier this month with the departure of Mike Scott.

Shell will arrive in Detroit from Nashville where he's currently at WKDF and will also take on the role of music director at WYCD.




After over five years with CLEAR CHANNEL/TOLEDO, OM TOM COOK has resigned to join TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Hot AC WLHT (CHANNEL 95.7) and AC WTRV (THE RIVER 100.5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI for PD duties.

Full story: Tom Cook Named PD For WLHT/WTRV (Thu, 7/28)



WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake was granted special temporary authority to remain silent. The station has been off the air for an extended period as it had previously lost the lease on the land for its towers and transmitter.


• No notable activity for July 26 and 27.


Detroit Free Press:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is looking into a new radio deal since the current contract -- signed in 2006 -- expired after last season. The previous deal was signed with CBS Radio, the Chum Radio Group of Canada and Radio One. U-M football was broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) in Detroit and CLKW-AM (800) in Canada, with basketball on WWJ-AM (950) and WCHB-AM (1290). Broadcasts of both sports were simulcast on WTKA-AM (1050). WTKA also carried non-revenue sports, including hockey and women's basketball.

Full story: Michigan working on a new radio deal (Fri, 7/29)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 airing Detroit Lions special tonight

ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will help get Detroit football fans ready for the new NFL season with an hour of programming this evening. At 7:00 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast a half-hour live special, Ford Lions Report Live: Training Camp Update. The show will be hosted by Don Shane with reports from Tom Leyden and Brad Galli, and will feature a preview of the Lions season including interviews with Coach Jim Schwartz and key Lions players Matthew Stafford and Kyle Vanden Bosch. The program will capture all the energy as the players and coaches prepare to kick off an exciting new season.

"These are unprecedented circumstances," said WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane. "There's so much to accomplish in a short time. The pressure is on to keep the players you need to keep and sign the free agents you've targeted to sign. We're going to bring you all the excitement of training camp and update you on what's happening in conversations with Tom Lewand, Jim Schwartz, and key Lions players."

At 7:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast Breaking Through: the NFL Lions Highlight Show, a high-energy half-hour produced by NFL films. The show will take viewers inside the huddle with highlights from the Detroit Lions 2010 season, including the season's winning end. The program will also preview the Lions match-ups for the 2011 season.

Ford Lions Report Live: Training Camp Update and the NFL Lions Highlight Show are part of a unique programming and marketing partnership between WXYZ and the Detroit Lions. WXYZ will broadcast Lions preseason games on August 12, August 19, and September 1, as well as weekly Ford Lions Report Live programs on Sundays during the regular season from 11-noon. Also during the regular season, WXYZ Action News will feature weekly interviews with Coach Schwartz on Mondays and special player interviews on Thursdays, as well as extensive Lions coverage in Sunday Sports Update. In addition, wxyz.com and detroitlions.com will feature digital elements and interactive coverage that will allow Lions fans to stay in touch with their favorite team.




The Michigan Football season gets underway in a month and they still don't have a local radio home. The rumors are that Michigan will either resign with CBS radio or go to Clear Channel. Either way works fine, but neither is the best decision for Michigan Athletics. Because of the late date, I think the best plan for Michigan is...

Full story: What Radio Station Will Carry U of M Sports in 2011 and Beyond? (Wed, 7/27)



Lansing State Journal:

WLNS TV-6 anchor Dave Akerly is leaving the station after nearly 21 years. Akerly originally joined the Lansing station on the sports desk. He took over as a news anchor about 10 years ago. Akerly's last day will be Monday.

Full story: WLNS TV-6 anchor Dave Akerly leaving (Fri, 7/29)


If bill becomes law, all Detroit over-the-air TV stations risk losing their ability to broadcast over the air

The wrangling in Washington D.C. over the country's debt ceiling may claim victim to more than just the USA's credit rating. According to an alert sent out by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, "Devastating language in Senator Reid's Debt Ceiling bill would remove 100% of the TV stations in Detroit from the public airwaves. Because of a treaty with Canada, U.S. television stations may not interfere with Canadian TV stations. There simply isn't any place to reallocate the TV stations in Detroit and other border states in the nation. With 12% of the population in Detroit receiving their television only over-the-air due to financial constraints, this could impact their public safety during emergency weather situations when TV gives the only in-depth information."

The MAB alert can be viewed here and includes links to get more information on what could be a devastating blow to Detroit's television broadcasters.







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