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Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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


WJR boss Fezzey leaving radio

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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



SW Ontario loses a country signal

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

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

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



WDIV set to air 'Dateline Detroit' this Thursday evening

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

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




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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


WYCD to presents 3rd annual Ten Man Jam Concert

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

Artists performing at this year's Ten

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 17, 2011




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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Crain's Detroit Business:

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



Former radio jock Hank O'Neal dies

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

An April memorial service is being planned.



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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Radio & Television Business Report:

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

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

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



It's been a long, cold winter

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

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 1, 2011



AM 580 to remember "The Day the Music Died"

CKWWOn February 3rd, 1959 the music world lost three of its pioneering rock & roll performers when Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash.

CKWW AM 580 is planning to salute their legacy with special programming on Thursday. Throughout the day, the music from Buddy Holly as well as the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens will be spotlighted. Included also will be tribute songs like Don McLean's "American Pie" and others.

At 7 p.m. AM 580 will air "The Buddy Holly Radio Special". This exclusive one hour special features archival interviews and music from the trio. The show is hosted by Gord James and written and produced by Doug Thompson and Jeff Kirkwood.



88.1FM Record Show free for PCEP students

WSDPStudents at Plymouth, Canton and Salem High Schools can attend the 88.1FM Record Show for free on Saturday Feb. 26, from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria.

Collectors will find thousands of vinyl records, CD's, import only releases, 45's and 78's, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles. The music will span many genres including rock, jazz, pop, country, R&B and folk. The show will also feature special giveaways and door prizes.

"We're excited to offer Plymouth-Canton students the chance to attend the show for free," said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager, "It is always exciting to see young people drawn to the hobby. Hopefully the free admission will get students to check it out."

Tickets for non-students are $3, $5 for early admission between 9 and 10am. Ticket proceeds will benefit WSDP, and will help the station to continue serving the community with unique programming and broadcast training for students.

Dealer tables are also still available for $30 for an eight foot table. Interested dealers can contact the station at (734) 416-7732 or by email at bill.keith@pccsmail.net.

Salem High School is located at 46181 Joy Rd., at the corner of Joy and Canton Center in Canton, Michigan.

WSDP is staffed by students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools. The station has been serving the community since February 14, 1972. You can find out more about the station at www.881TheEscape.com.



Detroit News:

People keep asking Suzanne Sena if this new job will disqualify her from anchoring the news again. She can only hope.

"I left the news," she says, "because it's too depressing," and furthermore too restrictive. Beyond that, her last newscasting job left her not only living like a vampire, but a vampire with no friends. Pretending to be a news anchor is much, much better. Sena, an alumna of Michigan State and Dearborn Edsel Ford High, returned to television this month as Brooke Alvarez, the supremely confident anchor of the world's highest-rated prime-time cable news show.

"FactZone with Brooke Alvarez" claims to be the winner of three "Swoosh Awards for most awesome news graphics." Its regular segments include the First Responders, a panel of experts on any subject offering "the fastest and loudest analysis in TV news," and Beyond the Facts, in which a reporter "goes in-depth, nodding thoughtfully at the real story behind the headline."

It's all part of the "Onion News Network," an off-kilter and absurdly funny send-up of cable news airing at 10 p.m. Fridays on IFC... MSU alumna goes off-kilter with 'Onion News Network' (Tue, 2/1)


There will be no shortage of coverage of the big winter storm that's moving over the southern Lower Peninsula on area radio and television stations. From the weather forecasters to technicians, camera operators, anchors, reporters, and radio program hosts, few outside of essential public service jobs (like snowplow drivers!) will have tougher assignments the next few days. Many will go without sleep, and those working the early shifts tomorrow with likely either try and sleep at their station or hope to grab a room at hotel close enough to minimize the commute.

Viewers and listeners at home will be treated to extensive coverage of the event, which some analysts are saying could result in one of the all-time top storms across the region in terms of snowfall totals and impact on travel and commerce. Several television stations from Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint/Saginaw, and Lansing have already announced to viewers that their morning newscasts will begin as early as 4 a.m. with the latest on the storm itself, school closings (all of em?) and travel conditions.

Radio won't be left out either. Although legacy all-news station WWJ AM 950 in Detroit doesn't plan on adjusting its normal anchor schedule, they will be devoting a lot more resources than normal to provide coverage to this big weather event, providing around the clock information on what's going on with the storm including school and business closings and traffic updates. It's not clear yet if Detroit's WJR AM 760 plans on changing its normal daytime schedule that normally includes talk shows from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to instead focus on storm impacts.

It wasn't all that many years ago that many normally music-focused radio stations would interrupt their normal routines during morning drive in order to provide long lists of school closings. While the Internet and school district initiated robo-calling has helped alleviate some of the demand for the reading of closing lists, it's a pretty safe bet that any radio program that's live and local tomorrow will spend a lot more time than normal on providing community information.

While there will always be those that complain that coverage of these kinds of events is nothing more than hyperbole, the bottom line is having radio and TV being able to react and report on these kinds of regional events is a great opportunity for them to shine and display the kind of professional community involvement that can never be duplicated.

The hard work that will be put in the next couple of days by those working in under-staffed TV news rooms and radio stations is duly noted and appreciated.


WYCDIt's a happy day in the studios of country WYCD FM 99.5 in Detroit as it was announced today that the station and both of it's drivetime shows were nominated for Academy of Country Music awards. The station itself is up for Major Market Station of the Year, while both the Dr. Don Morning Show (Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Grunwald) and afternoon drive's Edwards and Lee (Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee) are on the list as possible winners of the Major Market On-Air Personality Of The Year award.

Congrats to program director Tim Roberts and the entire staff at WYCD on being one of two stations nominated for three ACM's (along with WIVK Knoxville). Roberts has one of the best problems a PD can have -- having to root equally for both of his highest profile shows to win a major country music award.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 2, 2011



Detroit News:

WWJWhen you're a 30-year veteran of the Detroit radio news business, you know the best way to elicit donations during a fundraiser is to tell the personal stories of those in need.

"If we're asking people to give money to something, they really need to be face-to- face with the people they are going to help," says Marie Osborne, an award-winning news reporter for WWJ-AM (950). "When people hear these stories, they'll pick up the phone because they realize, 'Wow, that could be me.'"

WWJ's Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund) broadcast for 31 hours this past weekend at the Detroit Science Center. Volunteers on stationary bikes put in hours in the "Pedaling for Power" project. Groups of elementary students presented checks in the "Pennies for Power" program, and others contributed to the online auction. THAW is a statewide nonprofit that provides emergency energy assistance to families facing a serious financial crisis. Working with the utility companies, THAW can prevent threatened utility shut-off, provide fuel and restore services... Digging deep helps THAW raise more than $323K (Wed, 2/2)


Old English DThe Tigers' first spring training game is less than a month away. Their first live telecast isn't much further away. Six Tigers spring training games are scheduled to be telecast from Florida, the first to be featured nationally on ESPN at 1:05 p.m. March 3 against the Braves at the Disney World Complex. The Tigers also end their spring training schedule on ESPN, facing the Yankees in Tampa at 1:05 p.m. March 29. Four other Tigers spring training games will be featured on Fox Sports Detroit, and additional games will be televised on MLB Network, but the network has yet to release its broadcast schedule. Also, a select schedule of matchups will air on WXYT 97.1, 1270... Tigers release spring training TV/radio broadcast schedule (Tue, 2/1)



Detroit Free Press:

In these snowiest of times, here's an update to warm the heart of any baseball fan: The Tigers announced Tuesday their broadcast schedule for spring training. And, with a nod to the late, great Ernie Harwell, the Voice of the Turtle will be heard for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 27 on WXYT-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270). The Tigers play Toronto in their home Grapefruit League opener at 1:05 that afternoon. This spring marks the Tigers' 75th season in Lakeland, Fla., and 46th straight year at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Tigers open the previous afternoon against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. Twelve Tigers games will be broadcast on the radio. FSD will televise four games... Take heart: First Tigers broadcast Feb. 27 (Tue, 2/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 5, 2011



Chicago Tribune:

DCRTV.com reports that Bob McBride has died this week at age 83. Chicago old-timers will remember McBride (pictured right), who reportedly died Tuesday, as the WBBM-Ch. 2 weeknight newscaster succeeded by the then-unconventional anchor team of Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis back during the CBS-owned outlet's 1973 overhaul under station boss Bob Wussler and news chief Van Gordon Sauter. WBBM probably did McBride no favors by heralding his October 1971 arrival from Detroit's WJBK-TV to compete with WLS-Ch. 7's Fahey Flynn and WMAQ-Ch. 5's Floyd Kalber with a tongue-in-cheek two-page newspaper ad. As described by Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, it touted McBride's "Chicago television debut as something akin to the Second Coming."

"If you watch Fahey or Floyd," the ad said, "you'll miss one of the most important events in WBBM-TV's history. The Chicago television premiere of Bob McBride."

The ad went on to talk about how McBride's hire was "the result of a lengthy search for a news broadcaster who could go up against Fahey and Floyd without getting his brains beat in" and noted "Bob was throlling thousands every night on Detroit television. Since he left, people have been walking around Detroit with their heads down, muttering, the thrill is gone. The thrill is gone"... Bob McBride, WBBM anchor preceded Kurtis and Jacobson in '73 (Thu, 2/3)


WDIVNBC affiliate WDIV-TV's "Local 4 News" is claiming ratings victories for its 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts during the January 2011 Nielsen ratings period in the Detroit television market. The station's morning offering is claiming a second place finish at 6 a.m. behind WJBK-TV "Fox 2 Mornings".

Channel 4's 4 p.m. newscasts in January outpaced the Oprah Winfrey Show (which offered several reruns during January) on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, posting a 6.2 Household Rating and 14 Household Share versus Oprah's 5.0 / 11.

At 5 p.m., WDIV scored a 7.6 rating / 15 share, followed by WXYZ at 6.8 / 14 and WJBK at 5.8 / 11. Similarly, Channel 4 finished ahead of both Channels 7 and 2 at 6 p.m with its 9.4 / 17. Ch. 7 scored a 7.2 / 13 and Ch. 2 a 5.1 / 9.

WDIV had the most-watched late evening newscast with its 9.7 rating and 17 share at 11 p.m. WJBK was second in late evenings with its 7.8 rating and 12 share at 10 p.m. and 4.6 / 8 at 11 p.m. WXYZ's 11 p.m. newscast had a 7.0 rating and 13 share. Local 4 News at 11 p.m. had the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time period in the Detroit television market during January 2011.

NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno was also #1 in the 11:35 p.m. time period with a 4.9 household rating and an 11 share.



Channel 4 scheduled to show Valentine's Day special

On Thursday, February 10th at 8 p.m., WDIV's Chuck Gaidica is scheduled to host a whole new kind of 'Cuddle Alert' in a primetime Local 4 special, "All 4 Valentine's Day", from inside the sweetest place of all - a local candy factory. Gaidica will take viewers behind the scenes at a popular local florist, present celebrity jewelry fads at affordable prices, and share touching love stories of metro Detroiters.

Other features include finding out which strange bsmells actually attract the opposite sex and romantic secrets from Nate Berkus, host of The Nate Berkus Show.


WXYZThe Detroit Lions and ABC affiliate WXYZ TV Channel 7 will be partnering for 2011 NFL season, featuring year-round programming and marketing initiatives that include the broadcast of preseason games in High Definition, one-hour weekly pregame shows, an NFL draft special in April, and regular interview segments with head coach Jim Schwartz on Mondays and Lions' players on Thursdays.

The Lions had previously been working with CBS/Detroit for a number of years in similar a agreement that included preseason television game coverage and a weekly coach's show.

"We're thrilled to offer Detroit area viewers the opportunity to experience Lions football in new and exciting ways, especially as the team builds upon the momentum of last season," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "We understand the passion that people have for Lions football and we're pleased to join the Detroit Lions organization in this exciting new programming and marketing partnership."

"It is important to connect with our great fans through a wide variety of mediums," said Lions President Tom Lewand. "Throughout the entire year, our new venture with the WXYZ team creates the right partnership that will provide valuable broadcast platforms and deliver in-depth Lions' content. We look forward to our work ahead with WXYZ."

In addition to the preseason and weekly programming offerings, there will be initiatives that will highlight the history of the Lions and the team's commitment to serve the community through numerous outreach efforts, as well as the team's non-profit charitable foundation, Detroit Lions Charities. There will also be Lions-oriented digital elements on wxyz.com and detroitlions.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 8, 2011



Metro Traffic/Detroit seeking producer

Metro TrafficMetro Traffic, a Westwood One Company, is immediately seeking candidates for a Full Time, split-shift, Traffic Producer position in the Detroit Market.

The position will be based in our Southfield, MI Regional Operations Hub.

Producers use a large variety of traditional and emerging technologies to gather raw traffic data. They then confirm all leads and enter the information into our system for distribution to all traffic reporters, web and mobile platforms and broadcast and new media partners. Efficient and timely handling of all leads and data is REQUIRED of all producers.

Successful candidates may have experience gathering or reporting traffic information, a journalism background or an interest in data collection or distribution. Producers are called upon to work Drive Times, Nights, Weekend and Holiday hours; as our hub provides complete information for our region 24/7/365. We are looking for eager applicants ready to grow in a fast paced and demanding environment.

Knowledge of more than one of our markets in Michigan (Detroit and Grand Rapids) and Ohio (Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo) will be a huge plus. We will train the right people on our technical systems and internal procedures. Experience IS important, but MOST important is the ability to get the job done right and on time.

For consideration, submit a package ASAP that could include an audio sample to:

Howard Bouton
Regional Director of Operations
3000 Town Center, Suite 2160
Southfield, MI 48075



Metro Traffic, Metro Networks, Shadow Broadcasting and Westwood One are EOE Employers.



Detroit News:

WJRLocal radio host Frank Beckmann took issue today with a peer who used the airwaves of Beckmann's WJR-AM 760 on Monday to blast Chrysler's Super Bowl commercial that focused on Detroit, rapper Eminem and its new car, the 200. Beckmann, during his regular morning show, criticized Mark Steyn for being "elitist" in his scathing rebuke of the car ad. Steyn, a conservative commentator filling in for Rush Limbaugh on Monday, said the commercial wrongly placed Detroit in a positive light. "We're now being told that this is the model for America in the 21st century," he said. "If it is, we're all doomed."

Beckmann, who interviewed Steyn during his show today, said he missed the point of the ad and said suggestions that it falsely hid the decay that has gnawed at the city were ridiculous. The goal of the ad, Beckman said, was to sell cars, not tell the world the seemly details of Detroit's problems.

"We know those problems, he's not the first to notice them," Beckmann said. "(The ad) shows a gritty side of Detroit. It shows us how we are"... Beckmann blasts radio host's 'elitist' remarks over Chrysler ad (Tue, 2/8)



Memorial service for Hank O'Neal planned

The memorial service for Henry Burdick, known during his radio career as Hank O'Neal, will be in Traverse City on Sunday April 10th at 2:00 p.m.

It is scheduled for the hall at VFW Post 2780, 3400 Veterans Drive in Traverse City. The nearest cross street is S. Airport, northeast of the Grand Traverse Mall.

Burdick passed away on Saturday January 8th in Florida and spent time on the radio in metro Detroit CKLW, WJBK, and WHND among others both locally and in Northern Michigan.

Click for Google Map of VFW Post 2780


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 9, 2011



WYCD looking for couples ready to say "I Do" in the drive-thru for Valentines Day

WYCDCouples looking for a fun, no-fuss way to tie the knot or renew their wedding vows on Valentine's Day can pick up coffee and donuts at the same time. Dr. Don Carpenter, host of 99.5 WYCD's Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael and Grunwald, will be performing wedding ceremonies and vow renewals at the drive-thru window of Tim Horton's (33651 23 Mile Road) in Chesterfield Township on Monday, February 14.

Dr. Don, a legally ordained minister, estimates he has helped 100 couples say "I Do" and in 2009 he did the honors for WYCD's afternoon drive co-host Linda Lee.

"It's not for someone who's looking for something serious. However if getting your vows renewed while waiting for a latte sounds like love to you, then by all means, come on out," said Dr. Don. This Valentine's Day, there's an added bonus of having 99.5 WYCD's morning co-host Rachel Hunter as a bridesmaid.

If you're interested in Dr. Don's drive-thru wedding, email name, contact information and whether you are looking to get wed or renew your vows courtesy of Dr. Don to kimberly.hard@cbsradio.com.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2011




Condolences to family and friends of former MICHIGAN radio broadcaster TED JOHNSON, who died FEBRUARY 4th at 92 in NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL, according to a notice in the HERITAGE NEWSPAPERS of southeastern MICHIGAN. JOHNSON's career started at WHRV-A (now WAAM-A)/ANN ARBOR in 1947, moving later to WXYZ-A/DETROIT and then to FLINT, where he was a personality at WFDF-A and WTAC-A and VP/GM at WTRX and worked for COMCAST... Former Flint Broadcaster Ted Johnson Dies At 92 (Thu, 2/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2011




Syma Chowdhry has been named morning news anchor for First Forecast Mornings, the daily live program on CBS owned-and-operated WWJ Detroit (DMA 11). Chowdhry is anchoring the news segments during the weekday morning program between 5 and 9 a.m., joining First Forecast Mornings meteorologist Lori Pinson and traffic reporter Randy Bhirdo. Chowdhry officially joined WWJ today, Jan. 10. First Forecast Mornings airs from 5 to 7 a.m. on WWJ and from 7 to 9 a.m. on co-owned CW affiliate WKBD. Chowdhry comes to WWJ from the Morning Show and Weekend Edition on regional cable news channel News 12 New Jersey... WWJ adds Syma Chowdhry to morning news (Thu, 2/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 11, 2011



News/Talk/Sports MediaOnline interviews former WKRK/WCSX host Jeff Deminski

Al Peterson spoke at length with Jeff Deminski on how changes in his personal life have impacted his radio career since leaving WCSX. Check out the interview in the latest NTS MediaOnline Weekly Edition.



Detroit Tigers

All but one contest of the Tigers' 162-game regular-season schedule will be broadcast on television. FSN Detroit on Thursday announced its Tigers broadcast slate, which, combined with nine FOX Saturday baseball broadcasts, will cover nearly the entire schedule. The lone Tigers game not currently scheduled for telecast is a Sept. 17 matchup at Oakland. The 4 p.m. ET start falls within the exclusive Saturday afternoon broadcast window for FOX. That could potentially change if the Tigers are in playoff contention in the season's final month.

FSN Detroit is set to broadcast 152 games this regular season, plus four Spring Training broadcasts. All of them are scheduled to be shown in high definition. The regular-season slate begins with Opening Day, March 31 at Yankee Stadium, a game that will be broadcast locally on FSN Detroit and nationally on ESPN. The broadcast tandem of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen returns this season -- Impemba's 10th, and Allen's ninth. Also returning are the pre- and postgame Tigers Live shows, plus Tigers Weekly, beginning April 15.

FSN Detroit will also broadcast four Spring Training games March 16, 22, 24 and 27. All of them are 1:05 p.m. ET starts except for the March 24 game against the Nationals, which begins at 6:05.

"FOX Sports Detroit continues to deliver innovative and insightful coverage of Tigers baseball, enhancing the viewing experience for our fans," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "We view our partnership with FSD as an extension of the Tigers organization"... Tigers' television slate includes 161 games (Thu, 2/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 14, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

WRIFInterior design expert Nate Berkus' visit with Detroit's Toni Booker & Booker Productions Gospel Choir last month for his syndicated talk show is scheduled to air today...at 2 p.m. on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) ... Detroit's home of rock 'n' roll WRIF-FM (101.1) is turning 40 today, and listeners will have plenty to listen to, program director Mark Pennington told Names and Faces. He said everyone's hoping "Drew & Mike" co-host Mike Clark, who has been sick with bronchitis the last couple of weeks, will be back on air this morning with Drew Lane to kick off the celebration right. Pennington said some of what's on tap includes a bunch of celebrity call-in interviews, like KISS, Ted Nugent and 3 Doors Down and even a talk with Kid Rock is expected... TV host visits Detroit choir (Mon, 2/14)


BBR postcardThe 24th Annual Bed & Bed Club® Radiothon is once again scheduled for the last Friday in February (Feb. 25) at Oakland Mall in Troy from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. And once again, the cost for donors to join the Club will be $120. But those are some of the only details that will remain the same this year as the event shifts not only radio stations, but hosts.

When Dick Purtan and the late Gene Taylor first came up with the idea to launch the daylong event in 1988 on what then WCZY-FM 95.5, they had little idea that their Radiothon would run for more than 23 years now and help raise nearly $25 million to date on two different radio stations. Not only would the event raise millions to help feed thousands and provide shelter to hundreds daily, but it would become a daylong community effort that found support from schoolchildren to regional celebrities, broadcast personalities, politicians, and even radio competitors.

Following Purtan's retirement from WOMC last year, it was announced that WJR would be taking over as the new radio home for the event. WJR personalities Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom, and Warren Pierce, among others, will share hosting responsibilities.

As February 25th comes closer, the Salvation Army and WJR have launched a marketing campaign to get the word out that the event will be switching over to AM 760 this year. Past donors have received postcards (pictured above), there are billboards up around town, and there's a YouTube video that shows Purtan seemingly 'passing the torch' to Smith:


With the all the changes to the event, it will be interesting to see how much support the Salvation Army and WJR can transfer without Purtan being the front man for the effort. Certainly, the needs for the program remain the same no matter who is behind the microphone or on what band and frequency the event is broadcast on. The ultimate compliment to Purtan would be to achieve the goal he set each year - to surpass the total of last year's event (about $2.4 million in pledges) by just $1.

For more information, and to donate now, visit wjr.com. Donors can also call (248) 528-0760 during the Radiothon on Friday, February 25th from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 17, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

WKQIWKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" host Spike found himself staring at a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday after reps from Paramount Pictures peeped out his online photo gallery featuring pics from his recent trip to Los Angeles, where he covered the Grammys. Spike told Names & Faces that he attended a party Friday on Paramount's Hollywood lot, and while checking out the sights, wandered onto the "Glee" set. Thinking that "it's a cool place that not many people get to go to," he made himself comfortable on the bed used by Lea Michelle's character, Rachel, and posed for a shot or two... DJ's 'Glee' pix anger studio (Thu, 2/17)


Reports are surfacing that Cumulus Broadcasting is on the cusp of acquiring the radio assets of Citadel in a deal worth about $4 billion.

The combination of the two companies would create a radio behemoth that could own as many as 38 radio stations in the Lower Peninsula, and 7 more in nearby Toledo -- depending on any possible FCC ownership limitations that might be looked in at in West Michigan across the Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek markets.

Surprisingly though with a possible transaction this large, there is really very little overlap between the two companies in most markets, both in terms of station numbers and similar formats. The highest profile example of competitors that might be soon owned by the same company are contemporary hits WIOG FM 102.5 Bay City and WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint. WIOG's powerful signal covers most of the Flint market and the two stations compete against each other for advertisers and listeners in Genesee County.

Here's a quick look at what Cumulus might look like across lower Michigan should a purchase of Citadel get completed without any spinoffs:


Detroit (currently Citadel):

  • WDRQ-FM 93.1
  • WDVD-FM 96.3
  • WJR AM 760

Ann Arbor (currently Cumulus operated):

  • WWWW-FM 102.9
  • WQKL-FM 107.1
  • WTKA AM 1050
  • WLBY AM 1290

Grand Rapids/Muskegon (currently Citadel):

  • WLAW-FM 92.5
  • WTNR-FM 94.5
  • WLAV-FM 96.9
  • WWSN-FM 97.5
  • WLCS-FM 98.3
  • WVIB-FM 100.1
  • WHTS-FM 105.3
  • WBBL-FM 107.3
  • WJRW AM 1340
  • WKLQ AM 1490

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (currently Cumulus):

  • WBCK-FM 95.3
  • WKFR-FM 103.3
  • WBXX-FM 104.9
  • WRKR-FM 107.7
  • WBCK AM 930 (to be divested as part of a previous sale)
  • WKMI AM 1360

Lansing (currently Citadel):

  • WMMQ-FM 94.9
  • WJIM-FM 97.5
  • WFMK-FM 99.1
  • WITL-FM 100.7
  • WVFN AM 730
  • WJIM AM 1240

Flint (currently both):

  • WDZZ-FM 92.7 (Cumulus)
  • WFBE-FM 95.1 (Citadel)
  • WRSR-FM 103.9 (Cumulus)
  • WWCK-FM 105.5 (Cumulus)
  • WTRX AM 1330 (Citadel)
  • WWCK AM 1570 (Cumulus)

Saginaw/Bay City/Midland (currently Citadel):

  • WKQZ-FM 93.3
  • WHNN-FM 96.1
  • WIOG-FM 102.5
  • WILZ-FM 104.5

Toledo: (currently Cumulus)

  • WRQN-FM 93.5
  • WXKR-FM 94.5
  • WMIM-FM 98.3
  • WKKO-FM 99.9
  • WWWM-FM 105.5
  • WLQR-FM 106.5
  • WLQR AM 1470


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 18, 2011



WJR names Tom O'Brien as new general manager

WJR owner Citadel Broadcasting has announced that Tom O'Brien has been named general manager for the company's WJR AM 760 Detroit. O'Brien will report to Citadel Broadcasting Midwest president, Matt Hanlon.

"WJR is one of the finest radio stations in the history of broadcasting. This station requires someone with experience, relationships and credibility to lead us day to day. Tom is uniquely qualified to take on this opportunity," commented Hanlon in a release.

"It is truly a privilege to manage this legendary radio station," said O'Brien. "We will continue to focus on relevant content, serving our listeners, the community, our employees and advertisers."

O'Brien joined WJR in December 2004 as director of sales. Previously he was station manager for WWJ AM for 14 years. Tom is a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit.



Detroit News:

It's not a done deal yet, but close. According to the online radio tip sheet All Access, Cumulus Media Inc. and Citadel Broadcasting, the latter owner of WJR and two Detroit FM stations, WDRQ and WDVD, have entered into an exclusive agreement to negotiate a merger that would make Cumulus, the dominant partner, the owner of 570 radio stations across the country. Negotiations could still break down. If the deal goes through, it would have to pass muster with the board of directors of both companies, and also be approved by the FCC... Merger talks close to deal on WJR, FM stations (Fri, 2/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Three of Detroit's Citadel owned-radio stations have been sold as part of a huge Citadel deal with Cumulus, according to a report posted Thursday on the Web site of industry trade publication Radio Ink. The three Detroit stations that would be affected by the deal are WJR-AM (760), WDVD-FM (96.3) and WDRQ-FM (93.1). Radio Ink reported that news of the transaction -- valued at $2.4 billion and $1.5 billion in market equity -- was leaked internally. Radio insiders have known about the possible deal for weeks. WJR's Paul W. Smith explored the subject on his show Thursday... 3 Detroit radio stations sold (Fri, 2/18)



Local radio host to participate in 88.1FM Record Show

Matt Watroba will participate as a dealer at the 88.1FM Record/CD/Music Memorabilia Show on Saturday Feb. 26, at Salem High School. The show is from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria.

Watroba will be selling much of his large collection of music that spans many genres including folk, country, American, bluegrass and blues. He was a long time public radio host in the Detroit area on WDET and WEMU and currently hosts the Sing Out Radio Magazine, Wednesday at 11am on WSDP, 88.1FM and via syndication on other stations across the country. Watroba also is a folk music artist and serves as an announcer and producer for Folkalley.com and WKSU at Kent State University.

"We're excited to have Matt participating in our show," said Bill Keith, WSDP station manager. "He is a wonderful addition to our great line up of dealers. I can't wait to see the music he has for sale."

Collectors that attend the 88.1FM Record Show will find thousands of vinyl records, CD's, import only releases, 45's, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles. The music will span many genres including rock, jazz, pop, country, R&B and folk. The show will also feature special giveaways and door prizes.

Tickets are $3, $5 for early admission between 9 and 10am, and free for Canton, Plymouth and Salem students. Ticket proceeds will benefit WSDP, and will help the station to continue serving the community with unique programming and broadcast training for students.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 22, 2011




Efforts to reduce -- or as is now the case, eliminate -- federal funding for public broadcasting are nothing new. However, current proposals to zero out the $425 million in federal support public broadcasting was expecting this year have public media outlets scrambling to rally listeners against the effort. Michigan Radio, the public broadcasting station associated with the University of Michigan, and WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, are both doing as much as possible to make listeners aware of what the elimination of public funding could mean to them.

WEMU (89.1-FM) and WUOM (91.7-FM) are among stations nationwide participating in the grass-roots effort "170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting," designed to inform members of Congress that 170 million Americans use public media every month and persuade them that it's too valuable to be defunded... As funding battles loom, WUOM, WEMU taking part in grass-roots effort to inform lawmakers about the value of public media (Tue, 2/22)




Oh, the twisted and tangled world of black women's hair. Somehow, Fox 2's Andrea Isom thought it was a good idea to boil down centuries of cultural identity, evolution and confusion into a six-minute "special report" for Black History Month. "You can't talk about black history without talking about her-story," Isom said in a report that first aired Monday night and re-aired Tuesday morning... Fox 2's Andrea Isom reminds us the best way to celebrate Black History Month is to get a weave (Tue, 2/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 24, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

WJRWJR-AM (760) morning-drive host Paul W. Smith says he's excited about his new role as cohost of the 24th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon on Friday.

"This is a really important experience for all of us," Smith told Names & Faces on Wednesday. "There aren't that many charities that can always say 100% of the donations will go directly to the services. And the need, I think we all know, it's greater than ever."

Smith will join Frank Beckmann, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and other personalities from WJR at the event. Since it was launched in 1988 with host Dick Purtan, the annual Salvation Army Radiothon has raised more than $23 million for the Bed & Bread program, which brings food, shelter and services to poor people in metro Detroit. Purtan, who retired from radio last year, says he has been enjoying his freedom but has also worked behind the scenes for this year's fund-raiser... Paul W. Smith to cohost Bed & Bread (Thu, 2/24)



Detroit News:

Take a moment today to wish Paul Carey well. According to his wife, Nancy, the former Tigers broadcaster suffered a heart attack on Wednesday. She said in an email Wednesday night that Carey, 82, is "doing fine and is stable" in the cardiac care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Troy after having a stent inserted to alleviate a blockage... Ex-Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey, 82, recovering after heart attack (Thu, 2/24)



WOMC looking for new midday host

WOMCClassic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is looking for a new midday host as 'JT', John Thomas' prepares to make his exit from the 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. shift and head out of the snow after about three years. RAMP reports this morning that his new home will be in Jacksonville, Florida at another classic hits station, WJGH FM 107.3.




CITADEL Hot AC WDVD and Adult Hits WDRQ/DETROIT Station Mgr. BYRON "RON" HARRELL promotes RON SMERIGAN to Marketing/Promotions Director... WDVD Promotes Ron Smerigan To Marketing/Promotions Director (Thu, 2/24)




WMYDGranit Broadcasting MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit (DMA 11), is launching an unusual twist on a free viewer lotto game on Mon, Feb 28. Scratch for Cash uses the station's shows, names of show stars and on-air talent instead of numbers in the drawing.

Viewers pick up free scratch-off cards at local WMYD advertiser locations, scratch off six circles to reveal a random match of shows and talent names. A Scratch for Cash Lotto machine picks six balls during the nightly 10 p.m. newscast. If a card matches that day's six names, the cardholder win $150,000 cash. There's a different scratch card issued by WMYD for each day the contest runs, so viewers have a new chance every day. The contest runs every weeknight from Feb. 28 until March 25... WMYD launches $150,000 'Scratch for Cash' (Thu, 2/24)


WOMCVeteran jock Jim Johnson has been announced as the new midday host at classic hits WOMC FM 104.3 starting on Monday, February 28th. He'll host weekdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., replacing John Thomas, 'JT', who is outbound for Jacksonville, FL.

"I am so fortunate to be joining CBS Radio 's WOMC, one of the premier broadcasting companies and stations in the country," said Johnson, who has been a Detroit radio fixture for over three decades. "I am eager to get back on air. Radio is in my blood."

Tim Roberts, WOMC operations manager and program director, said, "We're absolutely thrilled to have a veteran Detroit talent like Jim Johnson on our on-air staff. JJ understands the music history of Detroit, which fits in perfectly with WOMC's classic hits format. Stay tuned because we have exciting plans for JJ and WOMC listeners."

Johnson, a lifelong Detroiter and father of four, attended Central Michigan University to play football and learn broadcasting. His Detroit radio resume includes high-profile gigs at rockers WWWW-FM 106.7, WRIF-FM 101.1, WLLZ-FM 98.7, and WCSX-FM 94.7 dating back to the 1970s.

"Jim Johnson is a great addition to the WOMC air staff and we are very excited to have him join our team," said Debbie Kenyon, Sr. VP/Market Manager of CBS RADIO Detroit. "Jim has such history in the market and a wonderful ability to relate to Detroit listeners."


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 25, 2011



Car-smoochin' to commence for Ann Arbor's W4 Country

WWWW-FMWWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, W4 Country, will be presenting a Kiss The Car! endurance contest starting Saturday, February 26th at 10 a.m. at LaFontaine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram in Saline.

The station's most-enduring (or craziest) listeners will have to pucker up to win a new car from The LaFontaine Automotive Group by keeping two feet on the ground and two lips on the car to stay in the competition. Similar competitions have lasted nearly 72 hours.

W4 Country morning host Brian "Bubba" Cowan is excited for the contest to begin. "It's always fun to do a contest that is a little bit outside of the box," says Cowan. "It will be interesting to see who wins and how long this actually goes. It's all part of the fun of being in local radio."

The grand prize is a two year lease on a brand new car from The LaFontaine Automotive Group. Second prize is a 4 Day Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami for 2 including air-fare. Third place will receive a Lady's 18 karat gold diamond heart necklace from Lewis Jewelers.

The dealership is located at 900 West Michigan Avenue in Saline.




Bob Seger fans itching for some new material should make an appointment to tune into WCSX on Monday. At 7:30 a.m. during Ken Calvert's morning show, the classic rock station will premiere an unheard tune from Seger titled "Downtown Train." There's no word on when "Downtown Train" was recorded. Rod Stewart recorded a song with the same name, and legend has it that Seger actually wrote the tune but failed to copyright it. Or, it's possible that there's an entirely new song with just the same name... New Bob Seger song to premiere Monday morning on WCSX (Fri, 2/25)


Bed and BreadThe 24th Annual Salvation Army Radiothon to benefit the Bed & Bread Club successfully helped generate $1,546,584 in pledges today during a 16-hour event that aired for the first time on news/talk WJR AM 760 Detroit after transitioning from its longtime home at WOMC-FM 104.3.

WJR hosts Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom, Warren Pierce, John McCollough, Glenn Haege, Steve Courtney, and Ken Brown shared the hosting duties throughout the day, talking about the thousands of people that Salvation Army helps feed and shelter each day in Southeastern Michigan and helping keep the phones ringing and pledges coming in.

As in the previous 23 years when the event was hosted by retired jock Dick Purtan and his crew, the day featured numerous local celebrity visits and call-ins, hourly incentives, and added several special big-ticket incentive items like insider tours of the WJR studios and special access to the debut of Albom's play Ernie.

The evening ended with all of WJR's weekday hosts sharing the hosting simultaneously - a rare treat for fans of the station.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 27, 2011



Detroit News:

It's Sunday morning, three hours before game time, and Dan Dickerson is in the booth preparing for his first Tigers' broadcast of the spring. But not just of the spring. Of his 12th year as the radio voice of the Tigers. Dickerson doesn't begin the year with the time-honored 'voice of the turtle', as Ernie Harwell used to do. But for the last nine years, he has opened the spring with a verse written by B.J. Phillips.

"In the beginning, there was no baseball. But ever since, there have been few beginnings as good as the start of a baseball season. It is the most splendid time in sport." Said Dickerson, "I don't even know who B.J. Phillips is. But I found this saying in Time Magazine in 1980, liked it, and open every year with it."

Actually the way Dickerson opens every year is by pouring over as many handbooks as possible, making sure he has something to say about every Tiger and Tigers' prospect who might get in a spring game.

"I'm ready for all 58 of 'em," he said Sunday morning. "But there's always going to be someone from the minor-league fields across the street that you've written nothing down about. You don't like it when it happens, but it happens when all you can say is "No. 88 swings, and there's a grounder to second. . . "

Dickerson tells a great story about a colleague from another city who got into the same number-without-a-name bind that all broadcasters eventually face in spring training... Dan Dickerson muses on his 12th year as radio voice of the Tigers (Sun, 2/27)


Detroit News:

Anne Doyle first made her mark nationally in 1978 as one of the first women hired in the U.S. as a major market television sports anchor and reporter for CBS-TV in Detroit. But she broke through an even bigger barrier for women when she became one of the first female reporters to gain access to locker rooms for male athletes. More specifically: hot and sweaty male athletes, often in varying states of dress and undress and not entirely thrilled with a woman invading their jock emporium.

At the time, Doyle had 10 years of experience under her belt as a TV news reporter and was also the daughter of Detroit sports broadcasting legend Vince Doyle. But nothing could have prepared her for the verbal assault from the prince of petulance: outfielder Kirk Gibson... Former sports anchor, Ford manager says women need to take the next step (Wed, 3/2)


Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Channel 4, owned by Post-Newsweek, is claiming ratings victories for it's afternoon and late evening newscasts during the February ratings period.

'Local 4 News at 5pm' had a 6.7 rating with a 14 share compared to WXYZ-TV's 6.4/13 and WJBK's 5.1/11 in household ratings. In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, 'Local 4 News at 6 p.m.' scored an 8.3/16 with Channel 7 second at 6.6/13 and Channel 2 third with a 4.4/8.

'Local 4 News at 11 p.m.' finished well ahead of both Chs. 7 and 2 during that time period. WDIV's numbers were a 9.4 household rating and a 17 share, followed by WXYZ's 7.0/13 and WJBK's 4.2/8. WJBK's 10 p.m. newscast finished with 7.4/12


Specs HowardResponding to an increased demand for a workforce knowledgeable in digital media arts and graphic design, Specs Howard School of Media Arts on Friday announced it will be expanding its Farmington Hills campus at Studio Center by 2,500 sq. ft to add class space and nine editing suites, adding four classes at its Southfield campus, and hiring up to 10 new staff members.

With a legendary broadcast curriculum spanning nearly 40 years, Specs Howard School added a Graphic Design program in 2008, film workshops in 2009 and the Digital Media Arts program in 2010. With each program, the school has increased faculty, student services and support staff. The school has added nearly 40 staffers in the past year in all departments, including faculty, career services, marketing and administration.

For 2011, the school is seeking additional faculty and adjunct faculty for the Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts programs, as well personnel for career services and the business office.

"We hear regularly from employers requesting students from our programs because of the diversified skill-set we provide them. They want media-savvy employees who not only know how to run the soundboards or cameras but who can edit video; have experience in graphics; and understand Web development, compression and content delivery," said Lisa Zahodne, President/COO of Specs Howard School. "Each semester our media programs continue to attract more students, so naturally accommodating this demand requires more classes and additional qualified staff."

Through intensive 12-month programs, Specs Howard School of Media Arts' Graphic Arts and Digital Media Arts curriculum provide students with a comprehensive foundation for careers in the growing graphic design and digital media fields, respectively.

Areas of focus in the Graphic Arts program include: Working With and Manipulating Text, Digital Photography and Editing, Animation for Web Design, Website Maintenance and Design, Package Design, and Portfolio Creation and Presentation.

Areas of focus in the Digital Media Arts program include: Digital Media Production and Editing, ENG (electronic news gathering), Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Website Design, and Writing for Digital Media.

For more information about the school, visit www.specshoward.edu.


WXYZ-TV announces annual Project Healthy Living

WXYZProject Healthy Living, sponsored by Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and administered through the United Health Organization (UHO), is scheduled to take place March 16th through May 21st, featuring over 25 health screening sites in the City of Detroit and the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. Project Healthy Living provides free or low-cost health screening test to individuals 18 and older. Free tests at all sites include basic screenings for height, weight, hypertension, body composition, vision and hearing.

Tests offered at sites for a nominal cost, include screenings for vitamin D deficiency, glucose levels, and the comprehensive 26-profile blood screening. Other low-cost health screenings measure participant's risk for H. Pylori, stroke, heart attack and low bone density. Participants will also be able to get flu and pneumonia shots at select sites. Lab services are provided by Quest Diagnostic Laboratories.

The United Health Organization recommends pre-registering for testing services at projecthealthyliving.net. Information on specific sites and tests is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, through the Project Healthy Living Hotline, (313) 531-9108 or on wxyz.com.

Each year over 10,000 screening and counseling services are administered through the project. "Project Healthy Living provides an invaluable service to the community," said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ Vice President and General Manager. "We're grateful and proud to be associated with all the volunteers and agencies that will assist in delivering Project Healthy Living Services."



FOX Sports Detroit closing in on 'April in the D' winning band

FOX Sports DetroitAfter a two weeks of online voting among 10 semifinalists, the field has been trimmed to three finalists to become this year's anthem for '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.

The finalists in the 2011 ARPIL in the D Song Contest are (listed alphabetically): B-Dab, Johnny, Lawrence and Panic Trigger - each from metro Detroit - topping the list of more than 212,000 votes cast from Feb. 21-March 6. The semifinal round of voting involved 10 bands or solo acts from an original field of 50 entrants.

Additional fan voting to determine the grand prize winner will take place March 14-20 at Foxsportsdetroit.com, where visitors can currently view the finalists' music videos. The finalists will perform March 17 at Motor City Casino's Sound Board, following that night's Detroit Red Wings viewing party.

The grand prize winner - to be announced April 1 on FOX Sports Detroit's Pistons Live pregame show from the Palace of Auburn Hills - will receive $5,000, have their song featured in the APRIL in the D on-air campaign and perform live at The Fillmore in downtown Detroit on April 8 prior to the Tigers' home opener. Each finalist will receive a professional recording session valued at $1,000.

The Song Contest and many of its entrants will be the subject of a half-hour program, April in the D: The Playlist, premiering April 2 on FOX Sports Detroit. April in the D programming is highlighted by approximately 40 telecasts among the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.

FOX Sports Detroit's APRIL in the D campaign debuted in 2008, in keeping with the ongoing 'D' branding effort by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Previous winners of the song contest were Detroit-area Victorious Secrets in 2010 and Grand Rapids-based Good Luck Joes in '09. The 2008 theme song was commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Blacklist Union.


Detroit News:

A young man has been found dead 1,000 feet up near the top of a broadcast transmission tower in Oak Park. Police said the man, who is believed to be in his 20′s, was found by a crew doing routine maintenance on the 1,100-foot tower. A witness said he was wearing only a t-shirt and underwear. Police said man's body was found resting on a platform. It could have been there for a week or more since it's been that long since anyone has worked on the tower. How the man got up there remains a mystery.

"(We believe) he went up there of his own accord, and we don't have any information on who he is at this point. We don't know how he got up there. It appears he got up there on his own, but the investigation is underway," said Southfield Police Lieutenant Samantha Kretzschmar.

Kretzschmar said it would have taken the man about an hour and a half to climb up that far. TV Channels 20, 56, and 62 were off the air because of the situation... Man Found Dead On Broadcast Tower (Tue, 3/8)


Detroit Free Press:

A 23-year-old Detroiter reported missing earlier this month was the man found dead near the top of a broadcast tower in Oak Park, officials said today. The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the manner of death a suicide but declined to elaborate. The man died of multiple traumatic injuries after falling onto a platform near the top of the tower from a higher point on the 1,100-foot-tall structure.

Oak Park Police Sgt. Jason Ginopolis said the man's family reported him missing March 3. They last saw him Feb. 28. Maintenance workers found the man clad only in underpants and a T-shirt on the platform of the tower near 8 Mile and Meyers around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Oak Park police called in a special technical team of rescuers to remove the body... Death of Detroiter, 23, atop Oak Park TV tower ruled a suicide (Wed, 3/9)


Cumulus to acquire Citadel



Radio across lower Michigan is about to become super-consolidated with this morning's announcement that Cumulus has officially "entered into a definitive merger agreement to purchase Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, under which Cumulus would acquire all of the outstanding common stock and warrants of Citadel at a price of $37.00 per share. This consideration is payable in cash and shares of Cumulus stock, and values Citadel as an enterprise at approximately $2.4 billion. Citadel owns and operates 225 radio stations in over 50 markets and also operates the Citadel Media business, which is among the largest radio networks in the U.S." The combined operations of Cumulus and Citadel would be about 572 radio stations across 120 markets should the deal get the green light from the government.

In Michigan, the combined Cumulus and Citadel properties would result in a 38 station grouping of stations that would include properties in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Flint, Saginaw/Bay City, and Toledo, OH -- pending FCC review and approval.

The biggest local downside of this deal will undoubtedly be the likely consolidation of positions in Michigan as Cumulus attempts to leverage the sheer number of stations it will own and markets it will cover in the I-75, I-94, and I-96 corridors.


The 2011 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting all Boys & Girls Clubs in Michigan will take place on Friday, March 18; The NBA's Detroit Pistons will devote the entire day leading up to the Pistons' game against the New York Knicks, including their in-arena presentation and game broadcasts, to raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs. The telethon begins at 5 a.m. with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace and runs throughout the day, culminating with the Pistons-Knicks game at 7:30 p.m., broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.

Boys & Girls Clubs will utilize all proceeds from this year's telethon to funding memberships, programs and initiatives to help children enhance their lives in the areas of character and leadership; education and career development; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and health and life skills. Many Michigan children struggle with the effects of single-parent households and families dealing with economic struggles, substance abuse, violence and poverty. The team and the entire Palace Sports & Entertainment organization are asking for the support of the Pistons community.

"We are excited to announce the Boys & Girls Clubs of Michigan as the beneficiary of the 2011 Pistons Care Telethon," said Karen Davidson, owner of the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. "Bill Davidson's legacy of philanthropy lives on through Pistons Care and Pistons-Palace Foundation's community outreach efforts."

"We have a unique opportunity as a professional sports organization to give back and make a consequential and lasting impact on people's lives," said Alan Ostfield, President & CEO of the Pistons and PS&E. "Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe and developmental environment for kids when they need it most and The Palace family is dedicated to providing services for youth statewide during the 2011 calendar year."

Donations can be made immediately by visiting www.pistons.com and clicking the "Donate Now" button. Online donations will be accepted until March 18. Donors interested in participating on the day of the telethon will be provided a toll free number to call throughout the day. To learn about other fundraising programs that allow individuals, businesses, schools or churches to get involved, please call the Pistons community relations department at (248) 377-0100.

"We would like thank the entire Pistons organization for its commitment and dedication in supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state of Michigan as this year's beneficiary of the Pistons Care Telethon. Together, Boys & Girls Clubs across the state serve some 100,000 children annually, ages 6-18, 1st -12th grades," said Len Krichko, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.

In 2008, the Pistons became the first professional sports team in Detroit and in the NBA to present an entire home game as a charitable fundraiser and since then has raised more than $1.3 million in pledges through the annual Pistons Care Telethon.


CKWW to air "Bridge Over Troubled Water Radio Special"

CKWWCKWW AM 580 Motor City Favorites will air a one-hour special that goes inside one of the most beloved albums of the last 40 years, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

The program will air this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the 40th anniversary of the album's 1971 Grammy Awards sweep of Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Bridge Over Troubled Water and its title track. It will include first hand accounts by the people who made the album including brand-new interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as well as producer Roy Halee. Listeners will get the stories behind the classic songs: "The Boxer," "Cecilia," the title track, and fan favorite album cuts like "Why Don't You Write Me" and "Baby Driver." All 11 album tracks are featured in the special.

The "Bridge Over Troubled Water Radio Special" will air this Wednesday, March 16th at 7 PM with an encore broadcast this Sunday, March 20th at 11 AM on AM 580 Motor City Favorites.



Observer & Eccentric:

WBFHBloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won four first place awards, three second place awards and three third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 9, at the Lansing Center in Lansing. WBFH tied for the most cumulative points in all categories entered and was awarded the 2011 High School Station of the Year. This was the seventh time in the last nine years that WBFH has won the Station of the Year Award.

The MABF received 411 entries from 29 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 10 of the 24 awards given out in the high school radio division... WBFH wins a host of awards (Sun, 3/13)



Radio personality Donnie Simpson said in a Facebook posting today that he wouldn't be returning to the airwaves after a one-year absence -- but don't count him out just yet. Rumors of Simpson, a Detroit native who began his career at WJLB, coming back on air stemmed from a report on AOL Black Voices. According to the report, Simpson would be hosting a late-night show that would possibly be syndicated and compete with Keith Sweat's "The Sweat Hotel," which airs locally on WMXD (92.3). Not true, Simpson says... Detroit native Donnie Simpson shoots down report of return to radio with syndicated show (Wed, 3/16)


Detroit's Channel 7 to host digital town hall meeting

">WXYZWXYZ-TV Channel 7 is planning to host a unique one hour Detroit 2020 event on Tuesday, March 22 from 7-8 p.m. "Tough Times, Real Answers," is a live digital multi-platform interactive town hall meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

The program offers Channel 7 viewers and wxyz.com followers, an opportunity to ask questions... on air, on line and on mobile, about the future of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The three county executives, Robert Ficano from Wayne County, Brooks Patterson from Oakland County, and Mark Hackel from Macomb County, will also weigh in during the discussion.

The show will address the topics that WXYZ-TV viewers have determined are most critical to the future of our region. Questions during the show will come from concerned citizens through emails, Facebook and Twitter. A live chat on detroit2020.com will give viewers a forum to share their thoughts during the live broadcast.

The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan.

"This is a truly groundbreaking opportunity for our viewers to speak directly to the decision makers," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is leading the way in interactive programming with this first of its kind event featuring both the Mayor and the Governor."

The show is part of WXYZ's decade long project, Detroit 2020, a WXYZ commitment to address the challenges facing the region. The goal is to unify, inspire change and help make Detroit a better place to live, work, and raise families.



WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit names Kim Voet as News Director

WDIVWDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit has announced the promotion of Kim Voet to the position of News Director. Voet, a 14-year veteran of the WDIV newsroom, has held the positions of Local 4 News Producer, Executive Producer of Local 4 News at 11pm, Special Projects Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer, and most recently, the position of Assistant News Director since December 2009.

Voet has been honored with awards for news coverage from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, The Associated Press and the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, twice during her tenure in the newsroom, the station has received the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in News Coverage, recognizing the efforts of the entire WDIV news staff. Voet has described these team awards as her proudest accomplishments.

"Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom, and has been a driving force behind our election coverage," said Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice President and General Manager. "She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community."

A native of St. Louis and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia school of Journalism, Voet has been a part of news organizations since 1988 including positions at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, WKBD-TV in Detroit, and WFMY-TV and WXII-TV, both in North Carolina.




Freshman U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke on Thursday criticized a House vote to end federal funding for National Public Radio, urging the Senate to reverse course and "allow the valued listeners of Detroit's WDET to hear the best quality national programming."

Clarke and his fellow Michigan Democrats voted against the bill, while all state Republicans -- except freshman Rep. Justin Amash, who voted "present" -- chose to end NPR funding.

"What happens around the world impacts the quality of life of people living in Metro Detroit," Clarke said on the House floor, suggesting WDET connects local listeners to national programming they might not find anywhere else on the radio dial.

The legislation would eliminate federal funding for NPR and bar local affiliates from using federal money to pay dues and purchase national programming. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager at WDET, told The L.A. Times the bill would deeply complicate accounting measures for local stations that utilize federal grants... Hansen Clarke sticks up for Detroit's WDET in wake of House vote to cut NPR funding (Fri, 3/18)


Detroit Free Press:

Detroit jazz club Cliff Bell's, which already offers patrons a genuine art deco-era dining and nightclub experience, is delving deeper into those thrilling days of yesteryear. "WTYN Detroit Radio," premiering Monday, is a stage play that recalls the heyday of serialized radio dramas like "The Lone Ranger" and "The Green Hornet," both of which originated in Detroit. It's set at a small-time radio station that produces a detective drama titled "The City Desk." The show's actors and producers work for a station owner who has ties to organized crime.

"WTYN" is set in Detroit in 1936, and the play makes references to everything from Vernor's and Belle Isle to rival radio station WXYZ. A dozen actors will don Depression-era costumes, but the set will be intentionally spartan... Nostalgic stage play 'WTYN Detroit Radio' showcases serialized dramas (Sun, 3/20)



RADIO ONE has elevated MS. SMILEY to PD of its DETROIT stations, which include Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS), Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7) and N/T WCHB-A. MS. SMILEY had been acting PD for several months. Now, the promotion is official.

"My VP/Programming, JAY STEVENS, positioned me to be able to study under some of the greatest Program Directors and analysts in the country, including AL PAYNE, JOHN CANDELARIA, BRIAN WALLACE, ELROY SMITH and EARL BOSTON," said SMILEY... Ms. Smiley Promoted To PD Of Radio One Detroit Stations (Mon, 3/21)



Crain's Detroit Business:

WTVSFive years after leaving Detroit for Wixom, Detroit Public Television is returning to the city with a new satellite studio in Midtown. The Woodward Avenue studio, which is in Wayne State University's historic Maccabees Building, previously housed WXYZ-Channel 7 and the "Soupy Sales Show."

Detroit Public Television and WSU plan to move taping of "Leaders on Leadership" to the new studio on Friday with a live taping featuring WSU President Allan Gilmour and the backing of Detroit Public Television's 35-foot high-definition truck. The station had produced the show for the past four years from St. Andrew's Hall on WSU's campus. The host was Larry Fobes, director of the WSU School of Business Administration's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness.

"We knew we wanted to have a studio in Detroit," said DPTV President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "Clearly, Midtown is really emerging as ground zero for the renaissance of Detroit"... Public TV starts Midtown studio, revives WSU relationship (Mon, 3/21)


Michigan Radio trumpets successful Spring Membership Drive

WUOMMichigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished a successful spring membership drive on Wednesday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from March 16-23, generated 8,500 pledges totaling more than $980,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Overall, the spring 2011 membership drive saw an increase of more than a thirty percent in total dollars raised over last spring's campaign.

As part of the station's effort to reduce on-air fundraising time, Michigan Radio once again used an innovative approach on the first day of the membership drive. The station attempted to raise the entire first day's goal in just one hour, from 7 - 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16. This proved to be successful, and the station exceeded its goal of $90,000 by 48%. More than $133,000 in donations came from over 1,150 people who pledged during Michigan Radio's "Power Hour."

"We have deep appreciation for all of our listeners who support us so generously," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "With this outstanding commitment, Michigan Radio looks forward to continuing our service to the community with in-depth news, talk and intelligent analysis, as we have for over 60 years."

Throughout the membership drive, the recent controversy over federal funding for public media seemed to encourage many listeners to contribute for the first time, or to resume giving after a hiatus. This sample of member comments indicates that the current threat to funding for NPR has increased the awareness and enthusiasm regarding the value of public broadcasting for many listeners:

  • "All the talk about Congress cutting funding for NPR made me pledge. Thank you for your outstanding service to the public."
  • "An America without NPR is unthinkable."
  • "I am returning to giving to Michigan Radio in light of the attacks being made on public broadcasting, the coverage I rely on for basic events, and programs I love...."
  • "Great news source--it would be great if contributions could totally sustain NPR."

Michigan Radio receives funding from diverse sources, with approximately 54% coming from individual donors, 21% from business underwriters, 12% from the University of Michigan and 8% from the federal government via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Radio Insight

Martz Communications Group via its Radio Power Inc. subsidiary is preparing to launch two new stations via translator in Detroit. 94.3 W230BI and 104.7 W284BQ are both currently testing with simulcasts of Classical/Jazz 90.9 WRCJ, but will soon flip to commercial formats. At 94.3, Martz has registered a pair of domains hinting at its future format: 943TheBone.com and 89XSucks.com seem to indicate a younger skewing Rock format targeting CTVglobemedia's Modern Rock 88.7 CIMX Windsor, ON. W230BI will operate with 99 watts vertically from 911 feet. Martz has recently filed for an STA to take 104.7 silent, but it has once again begun testing. In June 2010, 1047TheOasis.com was registered for use with this translator, however it is quite possible plans have changed since... Two New Translators Coming To Detroit (Fri, 3/25)




Just a week after announcing she was named PD of Urban WHTD Detroit (http://www.radio-info.com/news/radio-ones-ms-smiley-to-program-the-detroit-cluster) , Radio One fires Ms. Smiley. Smiley had been the long time PD of Urban AC WDMK and talk WCHB, and was serving as interim PD of WHTD "Hot 102.7" for the past several months. Word from sources inside the station say Ms. Smiley was involved in an altercation at a station event... Ms. Smiley Exits Radio One Detroit (Fri, 3/25)




Both of Washtenaw County's public-radio operations this week announced successful spring fund-raising drives. WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University, recorded an all-time fund-raising record. Michigan Radio, the University of Michigan-based service that operates WUOM (91.7-FM) as well as stations in Grand Rapids and Flint, raised $133,000 in a single "power hour" on the first day of donations. Both stations reported that recent challenges to federal funding of public radio seemed to energize supporters... Michigan Radio, WEMU wrap up successful spring fund-raising drives (Fri, 3/25)


Detroit Free Press:

He is the baritone voice of the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, heard during June and August NASCAR weekends delivering the goods over the public-address system on drivers, teams and speeds. MIS track announcer Larry Henry, 59, of West Bloomfield will be at the microphone again this season in the Irish Hills. Henry, a former on-air talent at Detroit radio stations WWJ-AM (950) and WJR-AM (760), returned earlier this week from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring sports-car race last Saturday at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, where he broadcast on behalf of the American Le Mans Series and hosted the winner's circle celebrations. Henry spoke to Free Press auto racing reporter Mike Brudenell about his craft and passion for racing... Larry Henry is the talk of the track (Sat, 3/26)


Michigan Radio and Center for Michigan to discuss Governor Snyder's budget at upcoming Issues & Ale event

WUOMMichigan Radio and The Center for Michigan will be hosting the next event in their popular Issues & Ale discussion series on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00 pm at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak (310 S. Troy Street). The theme for this event is "How will the Governor's budget affect you?"

Governor Rick Snyder has proposed sweeping reforms to Michigan's budget, including changes in taxes, spending, and the organization and workings of government. Many Michigan citizen's will be impacted, including senior citizens, students, the working poor, businesses, union members, and many others. This event will give attendees an opportunity to explore how the Governor's budget will affect them and ask questions about it.

Michigan Radio Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry will host this discussion with guests including John Bebow, executive director of The Center for Michigan, and Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants and former Senate Majority Leader. The public is invited to stop by, listen to the discussion, and join in with their questions and comments. Admission is free.

The Issues & Ale event series provides an informal setting for people to engage in discussions about the state's most important issues.....in an informal atmosphere. At previous events in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, panelists and attendees have participated in lively discussions about campaign ads and the priorities for the new administration.



Detroit Free Press:

iger blood, please? Keeping up with Charlie Sheen is dizzying. Late Tuesday, members of Sheen's camp reached out to two Detroit radio stations to help recruit talent for his tour-opening show at the Fox Theatre show Saturday. WRIF-FM (101.1)'s "Drew & Mike" show will help Sheen select a female intern that the master warlock plans to put to work at the Fox. What will the work entail? Who knows, but Sheen wants females of the good-looking variety, apparently ... Just left on your Detroit radio dial is the high-powered "Mojo in the Morning" show on WKQI-FM (95.5). Mojo and Co. will be recruiting a singer to open Sheen's show with a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Candidates are required to shoot a YouTube video of a national anthem performance and get it to the station by 10 a.m. today... Uncle Charlie wants you, and you (Thu, 3/31)


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)


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)


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.




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.


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.


Newsmakers and links: April 8, 2011



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


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.


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)


Newsmakers and links: April 13, 2011




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)


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)



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)


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)




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.


Newsmakers and links: April 20, 2011



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.




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)


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)




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)


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



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)


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").




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)


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



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.


Flint Journal:

WJRT Nearly a month after being let go from his anchor position at WJRT (Channel 12), Bill Harris will return to the air today, according to the station's website. Harris will report from a homeland security training conference in Grand Rapids at the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. shows.

Full story: ABC 12's Bill Harris to return to telecast this afternoon (Tue, 5/3)



Monroe News:

When he learned of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a special operations raid, WJR 760 radio personality and Monroe native Paul W. Smith didn't sleep a wink. But he said he never considered canceling this morning's broadcast from Monroe County Community College, where the radio personality kicked off his five-city Pure Michigan tour... Big news day: Pure Monroe and bin Laden on the radio (Mon, 5/2)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13:

There have been a number of recent shake-ups at local television news stations in West Michigan, and for the first time since her controversial departure, one of those news anchors is making a public appearance... Geha receives standing ovation at GVSU (Tue, 5/3)


Newsmakers and links May 9, 2011



Christy McDonald to anchor Detroit Public TV's coverage of 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has announced the hiring of Christy McDonald as anchor of its coverage of the Detroit Regional Chamber's signature event, the Mackinac Policy Conference. The television and Web coverage is designed to deliver the highest level of access to content in Conference history, June 1-3 on Mackinac Island, Mich.

DPTV hosts Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley and Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson will join McDonald throughout the broadcasts and webcasts and in creating content for the mivote.org website.

Through its MiVote.org project, DPTV is seeking to engage more citizens than ever in meaningful discussions about Michigan's future.

An Emmy Award winning journalist, McDonald was an anchor and reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit from 2000 through 2010. She specialized in breaking news, politics and in-depth coverage. She has anchored continuous election night coverage and focused on interviews with politicians and newsmakers.

She began her career as a news writer and producer at two Detroit television stations and later worked as an anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV in Flint. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and a native of Troy, Mich.

"Christy McDonald is the ideal choice to anchor the most extensive coverage in the history of the most significant event of the year for discussing Michigan's future," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of DPTV. "Her experience, connection with viewers and skill in covering major live events will allow Michigan to get closer to this important event than ever before."

DPTV will broadcast, webcast and produce other content from the Conference, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, and make it available via its multiple television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the significant discussion of the most important issues facing Michigan. All content will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations, in Michigan, to make coverage of the Conference as accessible as possible.



Red Wings/Sharks NHL playoff game 6 to be seen of FOX Sports Detroit

Tuesday's (May 10) NHL Western Conference semifinal Game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings will be seen in Michigan and Northwest Ohio on FOX Sports Detroit with the opening faceoff set for just after 8:00 p.m.

The Detroit Tigers/Minnesota Twins baseball game will be moved to FOX Sports Detroit Plus on Tuesday; game time is 8:00 p.m.

Visit foxsportsdetroit.com for channel listings.



Detroit News:

"Volunteering and giving back has become my life's purpose," said the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchorwoman, who has been at the station for eight years. Her nonprofit organization, the Rhonda Walker Foundation, is having a breakfast Saturday to honor high school graduates and their parents. "If all of us took time out to give something back to those in need, the world would be a better place."

Walker, who was born in Detroit and grew up in Lansing, said her parents taught her and her siblings the value of charity... Small talk with Rhonda Walker (Mon, 5/9)



Detroit Free Press:

The final round of KC's Big Break, the battle of the bands competition presented by WCSX-FM (94.7)'s morning jock Ken Calvert, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dooley's Tavern in Sterling Heights... Names and Faces (Mon, 5/9)


WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit wins NAB Service to America Award

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit is being honored above all local broadcast stations in the country with the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award. The prestigious award recognizes WDIV's ongoing commitment to community service and is scheduled to be presented by the NAB Education Foundation on Monday, June 6 in Washington, D.C.

"This incredible honor reflects the hard work and contributions of every member of our WDIV team," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "Our commitment to serving those in our community permeates all we do at Local 4. With this Service to America Award in addition to our two 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards, I am extremely proud that our efforts are being recognized on the national level."

The NAB Service to America Award recognizes the efforts of the entire station as a leader in serving the public with significant contributions from every department.

Hallmarks of this station-wide commitment range from awarding-winning Good Health reports featuring Dr. Frank McGeorge, Ruth Spencer's Ruth to the Rescue consumer reports and Local 4 Defenders investigations on Local 4 News to live specials from Detroit's treasured events including America's Thanksgiving Parade and the Fireworks, coverage of Decision 2010 featuring an exclusive Gubernatorial Debate, and Detroit's top weekly community affairs program, Flashpoint.

Local 4 has hosted several on-air telethons and blood drives and has been a long-standing partner in the Race 4 The Cure. The highly successful Help 4 Haiti campaign raised over $2 million in donations for earthquake relief as Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan and Dr. Frank McGeorge travelled to Haiti to report in the wake of the devastation. In addition, WDIV became the first Detroit station to broadcast a signal for Mobile DTV, allowing viewers to watch news and programs on mobile devices.


Red Wings / Sharks game 6 delivers record viewership for FOX Sports Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit attracted a record audience for Tuesday's Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 8:00-10:45 p.m. telecast registered a 19.5 household rating / 26 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of more than 367,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 18,838 households). The telecast peaked at a 27.6 rating / 39 share (nearly 520,000 homes) during the closing minutes of the Red Wings 3-1 victory, sending them to a Game 7 Thursday night in San Jose (which also televised on FOX Sports Detroit with the puck set to drop just after 9 p.m.).

Thursday's viewership eclipsed the previous FOX Sports Detroit record rating of 17.5 for Game 7 of the 2009 second-round playoff series between the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.



WXYZ-TV and Gardner-White Announce "Brightest and Best" Essay Scholarship

WXYZ-TV and Gardner-White Furniture are teaming up to present a $5,000 scholarship to the winner of the Brightest and Best Essay Contest. High school seniors, selected by their schools as the Detroit area's "Brightest and Best," are invited to participate in the contest by submitting a 500 word essay on how to move our state forward by keeping young graduates working and living in Michigan. The winner will be announced June 22nd on WXYZ-TV.

"We're asking these kids, who have already accomplished so much in their academic careers, to put their creativity to work to help us bring our region back," said Steve Tracey, President, Gardner-White Furniture. "We are looking forward to some fresh, innovative ideas that we can, in turn, share with our state and local leaders. It will be an honor for Gardner-White to present the scholarship to the writer of the winning essay."

The deadline to submit an essay is June 6. All of the essays submitted will be delivered to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. The essay finalists in the competition will be posted online at wxyz.com and gardner-white.com.

"We are pleased to salute the achievements of these talented students and reward their ideas for moving our region forward," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "These honorees represent some of the best minds in our area and we're excited to be able to share their innovative ideas and creative suggestions with our community leaders."

The contest is a new addition to "Brightest and Best," WXYZ-TV's 32-year tradition recognizing the academic achievements of graduating seniors from high schools across Metro Detroit. Each year, Channel 7 hosts a special luncheon at WXYZ-TV and invites more than 250 honorees and their families to attend. WXYZ on-air personalities join the celebration, and moments from the event are captured on videotape and edited into short segments that air on WXYZ-TV and wxyz.com throughout the summer.


Detroit Free Press:

We've come a long way from the 1983 festival described by the Free Press as "an extravaganza of nonstop country and bluegrass music, square dancing, banjo picking and yodeling." Twenty-eight years after that inaugural Downtown Hoedown, the annual event has become a Detroit institution, reliably packing the 50,000-capacity Hart Plaza with curiosity seekers and committed country fans... Downtown Hoedown reflects country music's evolution (Thu, 5/12)



Detroit News:

For nearly 30 years, the Downtown Hoedown has brought hundreds of thousands of country music fans to downtown Detroit to celebrate the music and the nation they love. "It's definitely gotten bigger over the years," says musician Scott Forbes, whose band the Forbes Brothers will play the Hoedown for the 20th time this weekend... Downtown ready to cowboy up as Hoedown takes over (Thu, 5/12)



The Oakland Press:

Jason Aldean is making his WYCD Downtown Hoedown debut this weekend. As one of the festival's headliners. "Yeah, I like it -- that's what we've been waiting for, y'know," Aldean, who closes the Hoedown at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, May 15, says with a laugh. "We wanted to do it right."... Jason Aldean gets his chance, closing WYCD Downtown Hoedown (Thu, 5/12)




The next great country star could be discovered right here in Detroit. WYCD's Downtown Hoedown first started in 1983 and has grown into one of the largest country festivals in the nation. It also lays claim as a booster pad for some of the genre's biggest stars: Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and Rascal Flatts... Downtown Hoedown kicks off Friday in Detroit with mix of local, national artists (Thu, 5/12)



Bloomfield Hills' WBFH pledge drive raises over $6000 in support of community radio

The Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH, also known as The Biff, aired its 35th Annual Biffstock pledge drive April 14-16. Biff students collected $6180.00 in cash 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 were on the air with two hour shifts for a total of 32 hours of live programming, broadcasting live during the school day from Lahser High School April 14 and from Andover High School April 15.

A benefit concert was held in the Andover Theater April 15. Performing was one local Andover rock band and the rap duo The Stewart Brothers. Headlining the concert was popular Detroit area hip hop singer Drew32 (http://drew32.com). A $5 donation was collected at the door.

There were five levels of support for those making donations to The Biff: General Admission ($10), Balcony ($25), Main Floor ($50), Backstage Pass ($100), and Meet & Greet ($250 or more). There were 30 families and individuals who donated at one of these levels during the pledge drive. Those donors received announcements aired on the station and are listed on the station's website.

Corporate sponsors this year included Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa Romano's, City Scape Deli, Woodward Framing, Outback Steak House, Buddy's Pizza, Brooklyn Bagel, League of Women Voters Oakland Area, Dental Sleep Medicine of Michigan, Franklin Auto Service, Jet's Pizza and Brae Burn Golf Club.

Listeners who would still like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. There also is a link on the station's website or listeners can 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". Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheBiff881.


Newsmakers and links: May 13, 2011



FOX Sports Detroit viewership peaks again with Red Wings/Sharks game 7

For the second consecutive game between the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, FOX Sports Detroit attracted a record audience. Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 9:00-11:45 p.m. telecast registered a 22.5 household rating / 39 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of 423,855 homes tuned in throughout the telecast (one rating point equals approximately 18,838 households). Viewership peaked at a 26.2 rating / 45 share (493,556 HH) from 11:15-11:30, during the third period of the 3-2 loss that ended the Red Wings' nearly-historic comeback from a 3-0 series deficit.

Thursday's game easily topped the 19.5 rating / 26 share on Tuesday for Game 6 of the Wings-Sharks series.

Based on research conducted by FOX Sports Detroit, the 22.5 rating is the second best for a locally-produced telecast of a Red Wings playoff game in several years, trailing only Game 3 of the 1999 second-round series against Colorado which delivered a 23.8 rating on WKBD-TV, Channel 50.

Thursday's game was the second-highest rated Red Wings' Game 7 among the four contested since 2002, topped only by the finale of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final against Pittsburgh, which had a 28.8 rating locally on NBC affiliate WDIV, Channel 4.


Detroit News:

Two titans of the WJR-AM (760) airwaves, Frank Beckmann and Mitch Albom, went at each other on Beckmann's show Tuesday over what Albom felt was unfair commentary by Beckmann over Albom's advocacy for the state tax credit for the film industry. There were some preliminarygentlemanly murmurings about respect,but then things got heated very quickly.

Full story: Beckmann, Albom swap barbs over airwaves (Wed, 5/18)



Congrats to CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS and his staff, for another very successful "WYCD DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN," held from MAY 13th-15th in downtown DETROIT. The event attracted over 950,000 people and included artists JOE NICHOLS, JASON ALDEAN, JOSH GRACIN and THOMPSON SQUARE.

Full story: WYCD Draws 950,000 For Downtown Hoedown (Thu, 5/19)



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

By now, most people are aware of the prediction made by Family Radio's Harold Camping, who says Saturday will mark the start of the rapture and ultimately the end of the world. The Family Life Radio and Intentional Living network, which includes 96.7 FM in Albion and 1110 AM in Mason, wants to make sure everyone understands it is not affiliated with Camping's organization, nor does it support his claim.

Full story: Family Life Radio: Don't confuse us with doomsday predictor (Thu, 5/19)


WHTS-FM Grand Rapids Jack Spade exiting

Citadel Broadcasting will be looking for a new program director and afternoon host for its top 40 WHTS-FM 105.3 in the Grand Rapids market as Jack Spade has been announced as the new boss for a top 40 station in Mobile, Alabama (WABB).



WJR Detroit host Paul W. Smith to be honored as a champion for kids who have lost a parent

Paul W. Smith, morning drive host of News/Talk 760 WJR, will be honored by Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids at the 6th Annual "Champions for the Kids" VIP dinner on June 18, 2011.

Smith will receive the Champion For The Kids Award for his dedicated support of the Foundation. The Award is given annually to an individual who has played a vital role in the continuing success and growth of Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids through steadfast and generous support throughout the prior year. Smith has been a fervent supporter and promoter of the Foundation since its inception in 2003.

"I am honored to help ease the suffering of young children and families who have gone through the unfortunate loss of a parent," said Smith.

Smith's personal and professional involvement with Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has contributed a critical part to the mission of the Foundation and its success. As the Master of Ceremonies for the annual dinner in recent years, he has played a role in the Champions For The Kids events, as well as the Foundation as a whole.

Founder and president Norman Yatooma began Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids to assist families in rebuilding their lives after the painful loss of a parent. Yatooma started the Foundation in memory of his father, ten years after he was tragically murdered in 1993.

"I know how hard it is to get back on your feet after the world you know is taken from you in a moment," Yatooma said. "Our Foundation was started to show children in this situation that there are people who care and will be their heroes when they need them the most. For this year's award, we can think of no one better qualified as a hero than Paul W. Smith's support has played a part in the nearly $2.5 million the Foundation has raised with its signature fundraiser, Champions For The Kids, over the last five years."

The Champions for the Kids dinner/auction & golf tournament is a special two-day event. The dinner will take place on June 18 at the Townsend Hotel starting at 5 p.m. with music provided by the Simone Vitale Band. The Golf Tournament will begin with breakfast and a live broadcast by News/Talk 760 WJR on June 20 at 7 a.m. on the legendary South Course at the Oakland Hills Country Club. To learn more, sponsor, register and /or donate, contact 888.987.KIDS or visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org.



Toledo rocker WIOT rallying Michigan listeners to fight interference on 104.7

With the recent sign-on of Radio Power's FM translator of WGPR-HD3 on 104.7, regular listeners of Toledo legacy rocker WIOT-FM have been complaining of interference from the translator as WIOT also operates at 104.7 and had been easily receivable in areas south and west of downtown Detroit for many years.

WIOT recently posted a web form on it's web site, wiot.com, soliciting reports of interference from listeners so the station can "resolve the interference issue caused by the interfering signal through the normal government channels".


Newsmakers and links: May 24, 2011



WIOG Lizard Fair returning to Dow Diamond for third consecutive year

Earlier today, 102.5 WIOG announced that the 2011 Lizard Fair concert will take place at Dow Diamond Sunday, August 7. Entertainment acts Jay Sean and Flo Rida will be the event's headline acts. 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.

Tickets for the WIOG Lizard Fair start at $20 for general admission bowl seats. Reserved floor seats are $35, and a select number of Ultimate Fan Packages will be available for $102.50. All tickets include a $2 surcharge.

Tickets will go on sale for the first time on June 11 from 10 a.m. until 1p.m. at the Dow Diamond ticket office, and all day at Loons.com and WIOG.com. Ultimate Fan Packages will be available for purchase in person at Dow Diamond at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase online beginning at 11 a.m. Listen to 102.5 WIOG or visit WIOG.com for further details.

After June 11, tickets will continue to be available at Loons.com, WIOG.com and the Dow Diamond ticket office.

Gates open for the concert at 4pm on August 7. The concert is scheduled to start at 6pm.

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




A war of FCC filings has broken out between CLEAR CHANNEL and TIM MARTZ's RADIO POWER INC., which recently signed on SMOOTH JAZZ 104.7" (THE OASIS), on FM translator W284BQ in DETROIT (NET NEWS 4/20). The station simulcasts on 107.5 WGPR HD-2. Last THURSDAY (5/19), CLEAR CHANNEL filed a petition claiming that 250 watt W284BQ signal is interfering with the reception of CLEAR CHANNEL Rocker WIOT/TOLEDO.

Full story: Could Detroit's 104.7 The Oasis Be Shut Down? (Tue, 5/24)


Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV (Channel 13) meteorologist Hally Vogel is leaving the Grand Rapids-based ABC-TV affiliate to join the staff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) the ABC-TV affiliate in Detroit.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 meteorologist Hally Vogel leaving Grand Rapids to join WXYZ-TV in Detroit (Wed 5/25)



Detroit's Channel 95-5 announces new evening host

Jon 'Jag' Gay has been introduced as the new evening (7 - 11 p.m.) host at Clear Channel/Detroit's WKQI-FM 95.5 starting June 13th. He'll be moving to Detroit from Burlington, Vermont where he's been working for WXXX-FM.

In a release, Channel 95-5 program director Michael McCoy commented, "Jon is a Boston native and Syracuse graduate who has been at 95 Triple X for seven years. He is really excited about making the jump to Detroit. I want to thank Ice for filling the shift admirably since the beginning of April. She is a real team player who deserves a big thanks!"

Buda had been the evening host at WKQI prior to his departure at the beginning of April.


Newsmakers and links: May 26, 2011



Broadcasting & Cable:

Nine Scripps stations have signed up to affiliate with ABC's Live Well Network, a digital "home, health and lifestyle" channel that's programmed by the ABC-owned stations. The Scripps stations included in the new agreement are ABC affiliates in Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Tampa and Baltimore, and NBC affiliates in Kansas City, West Palm Beach and Tulsa.

Full story: Scripps Stations On Board With ABC'S Live Well Network (Thu, 5/26)



AM 580 Windsor/Detroit is ready for summer

Despite the soggy cool weather leading up to it, this holiday weekend oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will kick-off the unofficial start of summer with a "Summer Songs Weekend". Throughout the long weekend the station will be spotlighting some of the best "summer oldies" themed songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's. From the Beach Boys to Motown, the sounds of summer will be heard, rain or shine.


Summer workshops to offer unique glimpse into wide-ranging media arts careers

Individuals considering a career change or new opportunities in the diverse world of media arts can experience all that the field has to offer as Specs Howard School of Media Arts launches its summer "Media Mayhem" workshop series, Thursday nights in June. All sessions are free and open to the public and held at Specs Howard's campuses in Farmington Hills and Southfield.

Led by faculty, each workshop will also feature a special guest appearance by some of the media industry's most successful professionals including writer illustrator B.K. Taylor (Walt Disney Animations; Jim Henson Productions; Mad Magazine) and popular 89X Morning radio hosts Dave & Chuck "The Freak." Sessions will focus on practical, hands-on activities that will allow participants to explore illustration and design, radio, commercial production and newscasting, respectively.

To sign up for one of the following workshops, visit www.specshoward.edu/mediamayhem.



Comic Strip + Flash Animation: Thursday, June 2, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- A fun and comprehensive introduction to graphic design will include creatively employing various tools of the trade including: Adobe Creative Suite®, Photoshop®, creating vector art in Illustrator®, a comic strip in InDesign®, and an animation morph in Flash®. Special Guest: Well-known illustrator and writer B.K. Taylor will kick-off the workshop with a brief overview and discussion about his career. Taylor has contributed to National Lampoon, Walt Disney Animations, Jim Henson Productions, Mad Magazine, Scholastic, Nickelodeon and ABC's Home Improvement.

Radio Production & Voice Over: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- Participants will journey into the studio and behind the microphone to experience the world of radio, including creating, producing and voicing a promotional announcement. Special Guests: Dave & Chuck "The Freak," hosts of the popular Morning X show on 89X, will kick-off the workshop with a brief overview and discussion about theirexperiences working in radio. In recent years, Dave & Chuck have enjoyed in a surge in popularity and were awarded Detroit's best morning show in 2010 by Metromix readers.

Sound Stage Commercial Shoot: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Farmington Hills, 23689 Industrial Park Dr.- Attendees will use professional audio/video recording and editing equipment to shoot a public service announcement/commercial at Grace & Wild Studios' B stage, and take home a copy of the finished commercial. Special Guest: Nicole Finateri is an assistant editor at STS-Griot, a division of Grace & Wild located in Ferndale, where she has recently contributed to commercials for Jeep, Ford, and the US Navy. Nicole will kick-off the workshop with a briefoverview and discussion about her career.

Live Television News Broadcast: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- Session participants will aid in producing a live broadcast from both sides of the camera, taking advantage of teleprompters, green screens and the expertise of Specs' staff guidance. TV news anchor/guest speaker to be determined.

New Media Seminar: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- Take an in-depth look at how technology is changing media and creating new opportunities for content creators. Topics will include podcasting, internet radio, social media and the explosion of online video content (youtube, vimeo, etc.). Special Guests: Lori Lewis is the digital and social media strategist for Jacobs Media, the largest radio consulting firm in the United States specializing in Rock formats. The company, formed in 1983 by Fred Jacobs, created the Classic Rock format, and has been a leading force in Alternative and Mainstream Rock. Currently, Jacobs Media services are used by nearly every major broadcasting company, including CBS, Entercom, Emmis, Cox, Greater Media, Citadel, Journal, and others. Lori will kick-off this workshop with a brief overview of current and future trends in the media.


Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor announced two new hires late Friday.

Full story: Detroit Public Radio hires reporter, producer (Fri, 6/3)



Grand Rapids Press:

The VIP Comedy Show presented by Dog Story Theater returns for the summer at 8 p.m. Monday with former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) news anchor and local celebrity Suzanne Geha hitting the stage at 7 Jefferson Ave. SE.

Full story: Former WOOD-TV news anchor Suzanne Geha to kick off Dog Story Theater's VIP Comedy Show (Thu, 6/2)


Former WOOD-TV 8 anchor Larry Nienhaus may be best known behind a news desk, but now can be found in a bare-bones radio station, heading efforts to broadcast the Roman Catholic faith. The general manager at Holy Family Radio, a new Catholic station and the only in West Michigan...

Full story: Former WOOD-TV anchor Larry Nienhaus becomes general manager of Catholic radio station (Fri, 6/3)




Freedom Broadcasting's CBS affiliate WWMT Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (DMA 41), and the American Red Cross (Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter and Calhoun County Chapter) held a one day phone-a-thon to raise money for severe weather victims in West Michigan.

Full story: WWMT raises more than $21,000 for storm victims (Fri, 6/3)



WXYZ special to focus on education

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will broadcast "Class Acts" a Detroit 2020 Education Special on Tuesday, June 7th at 7 p.m. The 30 minute program, hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, will feature stories of people and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of local students.

The show will include a look at a unique after-school program, and spotlight a high school with an innovative approach to education that could be the start of a new trend.

"This special will give Channel 7 viewers the opportunity to see how a simple act can make a difference in a child's future," said Glenn Bar, Detroit 2020 Executive Producer. "I hope these stories will inspire others."

Throughout the program, viewers will also discover new ways they can become involved in programs throughout Metro Detroit that support education.

More information on the Detroit 2020 project is available at www.detroit2020.com.


Detroit News:

You don't generally' want to be the person who follows a legend. Ask the two guys who replaced Ernie Harwell. What you want is to follow the follower, so the pressure is off and you're a hero from day one. Ask the two guys who replaced the two guys. Paul W. Smith knew that going in when he succeeded the late J.P. McCarthy. But he -- and everyone else in radio -- also knew the morning show on WJR-AM (760) was his dream job, and he wasn't about to pass it up.

Full story: Paul W. Smith: A fixture if not a legend (Sun, 6/5)


Macomb Daily:

Mike Taylor has had a rough time lately -- but he's not letting his own personal woes keep him down. The longtime Sterling Heights resident is not only fighting cancer, but the condition has forced him to leave his job as a janitor because he can't keep up with the manual labor portion of the job.

Full story: Sterling Heights man's medical pot radio show a hit (Mon, 6/6)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Ron Brown has been on the radio for more than 30 years, but he's never spun records, given an on-air weather report or hosted a talk show. The 45-year-old Otsego man estimates he's won about $100,000 worth of prizes through radio contests and other promotions since he was a teenager.

Full story: Otsego man won $100,000 in prizes by calling into radio station contests over the years (Sun, 6/5)


Detroit News:

Every great team needs a guy who has a bit of Hollywood about him. Jim Northrup, though, wasn't Robert Redford. He was Joe Pesci. He was Harvey Keitel. He was Steve Buscemi. Mickey Lolich got the word Wednesday evening his old Tigers teammate, the "Gray Fox" as they called him, had died at age 71 after suffering a seizure at a Grand Blanc assisted living facility ... his career as a Tigers television announcer. It ended in 1995, and no one had to explain why Northrup was unceremoniously yanked. He was blunt, unapologetically so.

Full story: 'Gray Fox' Jim Northrup was a character and a champion (Thu, 6/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Jim Northrup died today. And those of us who were kids during that magical summer of 1968 in Detroit also bade farewell to another piece of our childhood. Before everyone attached succinct titles to the bookmarks of our sports history like The Drive, The Catch or in the case of Jim Joyce spoiling Armando Galarraga's perfect game here a year ago, The Blown Call, Northrup had The Triple.

Full story: Always thankful for ex-Tiger Jim Northrup's memories (Thu, 6/9)




ALL ACCESS hears that RADIO ONE is thisclose to inking a deal that would bring MacDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5)/LANSING PD and night slammer JAY HICKS to DETROIT to program their MOTOR CITY cluster.

Full story: Is Jay Hicks Headed To Radio One In Detroit? (Wed, 6/8)


Veteran radio news anchor DANA MILLS is the replacement for AMY HOLMES as JOHN MCCASLIN's co-anchor at TALK RADIO NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT and the WASHINGTON TIMES' "AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS." MILLS, the former KIMN, KYGO, and KOA-A/DENVER and WJR-A and WOMC/DETROIT anchor , fills the gap left when HOLMES moved to TRN's AMERICA'S RADIO NEWS NETWORK to co-anchor 30o (ET) with former KRLD-A/DALLAS host ERNIE BROWN.

Full story: Dana Mills Takes Over Co-Anchor Duties At 'America's Morning News' (Wed, 6/8)


Former WQRS/Detroit and current WIAA/Interlochen host Dick Wallace retiring

Dick Wallace Longtime classical music host Dick Wallace has decided to leave radio at the end of the month, retiring after 40 years in the business.

Wallace commented, "My last day of full-time employment at Interlochen Public Radio will be on Thursday June 30th. I started as a classical music announcer at WQRS in Detroit in 1971 while finishing up my degree at Wayne State University. I have been so fortunate to have been on the air for so many years in Detroit. When WQRS became a rock station I was able to work at WGTE in Toledo and for the last ten years I've done the morning show on one of the most listened to classical stations in the country and our listeners, both in the region and online, support us financially in a very positive way!"

I love what I do but it's time to spend more time doing fewer things better, especially spending more time with my bride of almost 40 years, my two children, their spouses and my three beautiful grandchildren."



Changes continue at Lake Michigan Broadcasting

News Director Alan Neushwander has left Lake Michigan Broadcasting after seven years at the company's WKLA/FM-AM Ludington, WMTE-FM Manistee and WKZC-FM Scottville.

Neushwander, who was the recipient of numerous awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters, has left broadcasting following a 13-year career and is working in the Marketing Department at Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan.

Prior to arriving at Lake Michigan Broadcasting, Neushwander worked for WHMI in Howell; WMOM in Ludington, and WCSJ/WJDK in Morris, IL.


The Environment Report Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Documentary in the Radio: Large Market category for "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future." In the series, The Environment Report's Mark Brush, Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country and the true costs of our dependence on coal. The series explores the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future" takes listeners on a journey from their light switch back to America's coal fields, and takes a closer look at the technologies that promise to deliver coal into the new green economy.

The Environment Report was the only news organization in Michigan to receive a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, and one of seven public radio stations nationwide. This award is the third national Murrow Award that The Environment Report has received. The news service also received a National Murrow Award in 2010 for the five-part series "Dioxin Delays."

This year's National Murrow winners will be honored at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in October in New York.

The Environment Report is a locally produced program from Michigan Radio committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan. The Environment Report airs on Michigan Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:55 am and 5:45 pm. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.



Kalamazoo Gazette:

If the Bash ain't broke, don't fix it. One of the organizers of the biggest country music festivals in West Michigan said the B-93 Birthday Bash's transition to the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin went smoothly enough that they aren't planning any major changes this year.

Full story: B-93 says 'thank you' to listeners with 19th Birthday Bash (Thu, 6/16)



As first tipped By ALL ACCESS (NET NEWS 6/8) RADIO-ONE SVP/Programming JAY STEVENS has completed his search and filled the programming vacancies in DETROIT. He has tapped MacDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH/LANSING, MI PD JAY HICKS to program Urban WHTD (HOT102.7) and ARMANDO RIVERA, former APD/MD at CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WVAZ (V-103)/CHICAGO, to lead the programming of Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS) and Black N/T WCHB-A.

Full story: Radio One Fills PD Positions In Detroit (Fri, 6/17)



Detroit Free Press:

Mayor Dave Bing plans to tap former TV news anchor Emery King for communications work following a former aide's whistle-blower lawsuit that claims Bing's current communications chief has turned the mayor's office into a den of chaos, according to city sources. King declined to comment.

Full story: Ex-TV news anchor Emery King tapped to help Bing with PR (Fri, 6/17)


Booth Mid-Michigan/MLive.com:

MLive.com has provided a rundown of recent stories on today's KCQ Music Fest that drew an estimated 95,000 people to Ojibway Island.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest thrills thousands (Sat, 6/18)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Bare feet, bikinis, beach umbrellas and beer (for those old enough to imbibe) helped draw a record-breaking bunch of birthday bashers to the 19th annual B-93 weekend country music concert Saturday.

Full story: More than 60,000 kick off B-93 Birthday Bash 2011 in Martin (Sat, 6/18)




I never thought I'd start off another post with the headline "Fox 2's Andrea Isom..." but here we are. My favorite WJBK reporter went back to the editing bay and turned the volume up to ear-splitting for a special report encouraging suburban Detroiters to move back -- or move to, as some cases may be -- to the city proper.

Full story: Fox 2's Andrea Isom takes the biggest wedge she could find, shoves it between Detroit and suburbs (Fri, 6/17)


Detroit would be well-served if Emery King, Mayor Dave Bing's new communications adviser, displays the same level of candor in his new role as he once did on NBC News.

Full story: Video of the Day: Emery King's accidental honesty made for historic on-air gaffe (Fri, 6/17)



Linda Yohn--music director at WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University--was named Jazz Programmer of the Year in a major market, for the third straight year, on Saturday at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards brunch in Rochester, NY.

Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn named top jazz radio programmer for third straight year (Mon, 6/20)


Mark Copeland, a program host and music director on radio's WQKL (107.1-FM), has been let go from the station. Copeland is no longer listed on the station's website, and both Copeland and the station, known as "Ann Arbor's 107one," confirmed via email that his employment ended last week. Program director Chris Ammel said Copeland was laid off as a downsizing move and there is "no word on a replacement at this time."

Full story: Mark Copeland let go from radio station WQKL (Mon, 6/20)



Detroit News:

Talk radio host Frank Beckmann said today he's decided not to run as a Republican against U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012. Beckmann announced the decision on his talk show on WJR-AM (760).

Full story: Radio host Beckmann says he won't challenge Stabenow for Senate seat (Mon, 6/20)


Grand Rapids Press:

I was roaming the halls of Citdael Broadcasting this morning when I bumped into former WOOD-AM radio host Scott Winters. It turns out Scott is filling in for Tony Gates, whose show airs from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays on WJRW-AM (1340).

Full story: Scott Winters fills in for Tony Gates on WJRW-AM (1340) (Wed, 6/22)



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit readies for annual fireworks telecast

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit is once again the exclusive television home of The Target Fireworks, the highest-rated local television event of the summer. Live coverage of the 53rd annual The Target Fireworks is presented by The Parade Company with programming scheduled for Monday, June 27 at 8 p.m. WDIV will broadcast the event in high definition.

Local 4 News anchors Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Chuck Gaidica host The Target Fireworks live from an exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the Detroit River, with Steve Garagiola live from Hart Plaza. Special "Raise the Roof" performances during The Target Fireworks broadcast on Local 4 include recording artist Jill Jack, winner of several 2011 Detroit Music Awards; Larry Callahan and Selected of God, the local choir made famous in the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial; and a grilling feature with Detroit's soul food sensation Jamawn (Jay) Woods, winner of NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant.

Throughout Local 4's broadcast, "Definitely Detroit" features will showcase what makes our region special, from local hot spots to the bright people who set our city apart and one-of-a-kind things found "Only In Detroit". In addition, The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield kicks off, and the Michigan Lottery will give away $250,000 live on Local 4.

The three-hour special will be jam-packed with amazing giveaways all night long. Viewers at home can join in on the fun and win great "See The D" prize packages including tickets to Maroon 5 featuring Adam Levine of the NBC hit The Voice, VIP tickets to a sold-out Kid Rock show at Comerica Park, and a get-away package to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.


WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Freedom Broadcasting of Michigan, WWMT Newschannel 3 has announced that Andy Dominianni and Kate Tillotson will be the Evening Co-Anchors for the station. Andy is returning home to West Michigan and is familiar with the anchor chair at Newschannel 3. He has worked at WWMT before as a Morning Anchor from 1996 to 1999. His first day back at Newschannel 3 will be on June 27th. Kate will be moving from anchoring the morning news to the evening news. She has been filling in the evenings already and will replace Judy Markee who retired in May.

Full story: Newschannel 3 announces new anchor team (Fri, 6/24)



CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit expands daily specialty programming

It was the decade that brought us bell-bottom pants, platform shoes, lava lamps and Watergate. On television, All In The Family and The Carol Burnett Show made us laugh while Match Game was the most popular game show. The 1970's was the grooviest decade and AM580 will remember it with a brand new show: "The 70's at 7". The station is inviting listeners to turn on the Hi-Fi and boogie as CKWW pulls out the 8-tracks and spotlights an entire hour of 70's music every Monday through Saturday at 7 PM following "The 60's at 6".


Newsmakers and links: June 26, 2011



Detroit News:

There's a point in your life where you'll walk around for hours with ice cream on your face, and then suddenly one day you realize, "This is sticky." Or you'll eat Tootsie Rolls, fistfuls of them, and then one day you'll take a bite and think, "This tastes like wax -- and not even good wax." Or you'll leave Barbie dolls scattered around your room -- we're mostly talking girls here, but play along -- and they won't be wearing any clothes, and your mom will wonder if she's missing something important. But all she's really missing is what's obvious when you're 7 years old. Christy McDonald, the former WXYZ-TV newscaster, writes a thoroughly entertaining blog at christymcdonald.wordpress.com.

Full story: Former TV newscaster reports on what's important (Sun, 6/26)



COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES Contemporary Christian WPRJ (FUSE FM 101.7)/COLEMAN, MI revealed its new morning show TODAY (6/27). "The Get Up And Go Show" features hosts JOSH T-H-O and COLETTE and will be heard weekdays from 6-10a (ET). Previously, the station aired WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP's syndicated "MORNINGS WITH BRANT," which will be coming to an end this WEDNESDAY.

Full story: Fuse FM Reveals New Morning Show (Mon, 6/27)


JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE are returning to MILLENIUM Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON for 2-7p (ET) weekdays, starting JULY 5th. DEMINSKI and DOYLE, who handled afternoons at the station from 1993 to 1999 before heading to CBS RADIO Talk WKRK/DETROIT for a long, successful run there...

Full story: Deminski And Doyle Return To New Jersey 101.5 (Fri, 6/24)


Michigan Radio honored with diversity award for series on Muslims in Michigan

Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color with a 2011 RTDNA/UNITY award for the "Muslims in Michigan" series. The RTDNA/UNITY Award honors outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.

Presented since 1999, the purpose of the award is to encourage and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race and ethnicity. It is presented annually to news organizations nationwide that show an ongoing commitment to covering the diversity of the communities they serve. Michigan Radio was one of only three radio organizations in the country to receive a RTDNA/UNITY award, honoring its "Muslims in America" project. The Takeway (co-produced by WNYC Radio and Public Radio International) was awarded for their entry, "Fluid Identities," as was WJBC in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois for its "WJBC en Espanol" entry.

"These winners set a very high standard for diversity coverage with their entries," said RTDNA chairman Mark Kraham. "We commend them for their extraordinary journalism and encourage all newsrooms to emulate their efforts."

The "Muslims in Michigan" project was formed out a partnership between Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This five part radio series, which first aired in 2010, examined life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series focused on the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group, including reports on sharia law, the construction of a new mosque in Grand Rapids, and profiles of individuals who had recently converted to Islam. The project also featured film events, speakers, and community conversations on the subject in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Grand Rapids. More information on that series can be found at: muslimsinmichigan.org.




Three summers ago, Matt Waymire left his job at WICZ TV and followed his fiancée to Michigan. A leap of faith for someone who did not have another television job lined up. As luck would have it, we had an immediate opening around the time Matt moved to Michigan, and the rest as they say 'is history'.

Full story: End of an era as Waymire signs off at NBC25 (Wed, 6/28)


Newsmakers and links: June 30, 2011



Detroit Public Television to salute veterans with July 4th airing of Our Vietnam Generation

Michigan veterans who served during the Vietnam war will be be the focus of a one-hour program set to air on Monday, July 4th at 9:30 PM on Detroit's WTVS-TV Channel 56. Veterans of the Vietnam war fought on a battlefield as brutal as any other, and more deadly than most wars in the history of the United States.

To give these veterans a voice, Director/Producer Keith Famie and Executive Producer Bob Gillette share stories of service and heroism from area veterans who served in Vietnam.



Detroit News:

Ken Kal is not complaining. Not even a little. Mostly he's laughing, because after awhile, there's not much else you can do. Besides, his wife is cruising along just fine without her gall bladder. But with everything that's gone wrong in June, you can't blame the Detroit Red Wings' radio broadcaster if he doesn't leave the house today and waits for July instead. It all started with stopping.

Full story: Red Wings radio announcer discovers one month can have decade's worth of troubles (Thu, 6/30)


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)


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)


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)


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)



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)


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'!


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)


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.


A format change in Detroit ... on TV

As had been announced previously, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit has changed the network on its 7.2 subchannel from RetroTV (RTV) to Living Well Network earlier today. The programming is airing in 4 x 3 format at 480i.

The switch was part of a larger agreement between ABC and WXYZ owner Scripps Howard that included a switch to LWN on the .2 subchannels on several of Scripps' TV stations across the country.



Detroit Free Press:

A metro Detroit radio DJ has died after being hit by a car in Northville last week. Jevon Hotchkiss, known as DJ Jevon Hollywood at WDTW-FM (106.7, the Beat), died at 5:10 a.m. today at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Northville Police Lt. Michael Wildt said. The 34-year-old was hit early Thursday as he walked along 7 Mile west of Haggerty.

Full story: DJ Jevon Hollywood dies after being hit by car on 7 Mile (Mon, 8/1)




CBS RADIO WYCD/DETROIT morning dude JASON THE 300 lb. COWBOY, proposed to his girlfriend KELLI backstage last week, with the help of BIG MACHINE artist TAYLOR SWIFT.

Full story: Taylor Swift Helps WYCD Morning Personality Propose To His Lucky Girl (Mon, 8/1)


Detroit's WDVD FM and FOX 2 teaming up for Operation Backpack

For the third consecutive year, 96.3 WDVD is teaming up with FOX 2 Detroit and Volunteers of America Michigan to stuff school buses full of new backpacks and school supplies. For most children, going back to school means new pencils, notebooks and backpacks - everything they need to start the school year off right, but back-to-school shopping is not a given for kids who come from low-income families.

More than 900,000 kids in Michigan come from low-income families. Many local children will head back to school without basic supplies. Studies suggest that students who lack basic school supplies experience lower test scores and attendance issues. Being prepared for school boosts a child's self esteem and helps his/her performance.

The goal of the drive is to collect 1500 backpacks to local children in need.

Operation Backpack will be taking place at three locations: Direct Optical in Canton on Ford Road, Metro PCS on Eureka Road in Taylor and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights on Hall Road on Friday, August 5th from 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 6th & Sunday, August 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



WXYZ-TV Ch.7 Detroit:

You might have noticed a big change when watching Channel 7! We're excited here at broadcast house to introduce our brand new, state-of-the-art Action News set. Construction began in late June, and everything in the former studio was torn down to the studs.

Full story: Behind the scenes slideshow: A new look for Action News (Wed, 8/3)


Detroit Free Press:

Flouting the exclusive media contracts of a metro Detroit television station and radio station, a band of maverick broadcasters launched a Web site where they plan to stream live video coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 20. "It's a public event, so I don't think anyone can preclude us from broadcasting," said Steven Greene of Lyon Township. The group also plans to broadcast from the Dream Cruise on a tiny all-talk radio station in Farmington Hills, WDTW-AM (1310).

Full story: Maverick broadcasters get ready to cover Woodward Dream Cruise (Thu, 8/4)



Detroit News:

Defying convention as always, Bill Bonds plans to return to broadcasting with an afternoon talk show on an AM radio station with a humble daytime signal of 250 watts. The former news anchor, beloved and sometimes bewildering across nearly a quarter century at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), will team with another familiar face and voice -- Rich Fisher, who worked with Bonds at WXYZ and went on to deliver newscasts at WJBK (Channel 2) and WKBD (Channel 50). "Bonds & Fisher" is scheduled to launch Oct. 3 on WCAR-AM (1090), operating out of a studio next to a radio tower in Garden City and speaking to a demographic most stations ignore.

Full story: 'Bonds & Fisher': Broadcast legends back on the air -- at WCAR-AM (Thu, 8/4)


Smile FM, a network of 19 contemporary Christian non-commercial radio stations across Michigan, is partnering with seven different non-profit organizations throughout the state to offer them exposure, volunteers and fund raising support with the "Making a Difference Morning Espresso Tour" set to run on-air from August 8th to 14th.

The tour will feature Smile FM's Morning Espresso show broadcast on location each morning from 8 to 10 AM, a service project including Smile staff and volunteers and a benefit concert for the selected non-profit organization with Memphis based Christian Recording Artist Jeremy Horn.

The event schedule/locations and charities are:

Monday August 8th - YMCA Downriver
16777 Northline Road
Southgate, MI. 48195

Tuesday August 9th - Lapeer County Younglife
Eastern Michigan Fair Grounds
195 Midway St
Imlay City, MI 48444-1473

Wednesday August 10th - Royal Kids Camp - Bay City
Bay Valley Christian Church
2535 E. Wilder Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706

Thursday August 11th - CareNet of Cadillac
909 S. Carmel Street
Cadillac, MI. 49601

Friday August 12th - Christian Freedom International
215 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI. 49783

Saturday August 13th - Remembrance Ranch, Allendale
Millennium Park Triathlon
Millennium Park - Grand Rapids

Sunday August 14th - CHUM Therapeutic Riding Stables
(12noon - 2pm) Lansing Lugnuts Game
505 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

More information about the tour can be found at: makingadifferencetour.blogspot.com.



Detroit Free Press:

Get ready for a potentially wildly entertaining and informative ride: The colorful commentary of broadcasting icon Bill Bonds will be available weekdays on the metro Detroit AM radio dial this fall. Bonds, who spent nearly a quarter-century at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), is set to team up with another well-seasoned TV anchorman, Rich Fisher, for WCAR-AM (1090)'s new "The Bonds and Fisher Show."

Full story: Bonds, Rich Fisher to team up for weekday AM radio show (Fri, 8/5)


Detroit News:

Among the things Bill Bonds is good at is laughing at Bill Bonds. He's smart and funny and he had a great career, and he can't see any sense being bashful about any part of that. But there's something disarming about someone who can simultaneously pound his chest and make fun of himself for preening.

"None of us," the former news anchor said last week, "is as gifted as I think I am."

And, on the unvarnished splendor of his resume: "When you've got it, you don't have to exaggerate it."

Full story: Radio's Bonds-Fisher has promise in tough field (Sun, 8/7)


Fans of University of Michigan football in Metro Detroit will be headed back to the AM dial to catch the games starting next month as U-M and CBS Radio have agreed to a deal that puts both football and men's basketball broadcasts on WWJ AM 950 for the next 5 years. No financial details were released.

Prior to WJR AM 760 becoming the exclusive home for U-M games in 1996, WWJ also carried its own broadcast of football for decades - now the (mostly) all-newser has reclaimed the Wolverines. WWJ was actually the first Detroit station to carry Michigan football during the station's early years in the 1920s.

For the past five years, Michigan football was heard on CBS Radio's WOMC-FM 104.3 in Detroit after WJR decided to change it's affiliation from Michigan to Michigan State during the 2005 football season. WJR had previously aired MSU sports through 1975 when they switched to U-M coverage for the 1976 season featuring legendary Michigan alum and cheerleader Bob Ufer handling play-by-play. Ufer passed away in 1981 and was succeeded by Frank Beckmann.

Although not mentioned in the release it's expected that Beckmann, who is also current midday host at WJR, will be continuing in his role as play-by-play announcer for football on WWJ - despite the two stations' similar formats and call signs that are often confused by casual radio listeners. Jim Brandstatter will return in his long time role as analyst.

U-M's switch to AM 950 from FM 104.3 will no doubt receive mixed reviews from Michigan fans - WWJ's coverage area to the north is better than WOMC's, but the fidelity of FM will be missed by Detroit-area listeners. WWJ also has signal strength challenges to the west of metro Detroit, especially after dark.

When Michigan was searching for a new radio home in Detroit for the 2006 season, Art Vuolo, Michiguide.com contributor and 'Radio's Best Friend', was called upon to assist. "I told the Michigan athletic department boys it's time to take the games to FM. That way there is no concern about the difference between day and nighttime coverage area and fans will get to enjoy hearing games on a huge FM signal."

Vuolo continued, "My biggest concern about this move is what happens to radio listeners that don't care about sports? If there is a news story that breaks when both Michigan and Michigan State are playing football or basketball, where will these listeners tune to in Detroit?"

When asked about potential conflicts between breaking news and sports coverage WWJ program director Rob Davidek indicated that the station will be able to break in to games locally to provide necessary information while continuing to feed sports coverage to other stations carrying the game in the region.

Keeping the University of Michigan in the fold, even on WWJ, might serve as an insurance package of sorts for CBS Radio's WXYT-FM 97.1. Market competitors Clear Channel or Greater Media would have a much tougher time being successful on FM with a sports format without a big play-by-play partner on board - and today's announcement ensures that CBS Radio keeps the rights to 5 of the 6 high profile teams in the area (Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, and U-M) for at least the near future.


The official press release:

The University of Michigan Athletic Department and IMG College have reached a five-year contract extension with CBS Radio, announced jointly by the three parties today (Monday, Aug. 8). WWJ Newsradio 950 AM will serve as the flagship station for football and men's basketball starting this season.

"The move to WWJ Radio for football and men's basketball provides a consistent signal for our two largest radio properties," said director of athletics Dave Brandon. "Staying with the CBS Radio family is a win-win for our fans. We are looking to add additional radio affiliates to cover the state of Michigan and the Midwest."

All football and men's basketball games will air on WWJ (950 AM). There will be a two-and-half-hour network pregame show and a one-hour postgame show for all home football games. For men's basketball, there will be 30-minute pregame and 30-minute postgame shows.

In addition to carrying all football and men's basketball games, CBS Radio will broadcast 15 ice hockey games and six women's basketball games. Those games will air on WXYT (1270 AM).

A total of 40 radio shows will air on WXYT during the year (14 football, 16 men's basketball and 10 Olympic sports). Beginning on Aug. 31, the Inside Michigan Football Coach's Show with Brady Hoke will air throughout the fall on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Michigan Basketball Radio Show with John Beilein and 10 Olympic Sports Radio Shows will also air on Monday evenings. All 40 radio shows will be live at Pizza House on 618 Church Street on the U-M campus.

IMG College will continue to concentrate on adding affiliates throughout the state of Michigan and surrounding states. Currently, the Michigan Football Radio Network consists of 35 affiliates in addition to Armed Services Radio and a national radio deal with Sirius/XM.

U-M release, including 2011 affiliate listing, is here.


WZZM-TV Grand Rapids:

A local radio station in Holland is paying tribute to one of its longest and best-known employees Tuesday. Juke Van Oss has been a radio talk-show host for 60 years. Tuesday marks his 60th anniversary in the radio business since starting back in 1951. Tuesday also marks the 50th anniversary of his "Talk of the Town" program which he continues to host at WHTC in Holland.

Full story: Radio Host Juke Van Oss celebrates 60th Anniversary (Tue, 8/9)



WXYZ-TV announces Lions preseason broadcast coverage

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit is the new television partner of the Detroit Lions for coverage of Lions' preseason games beginning with the first home game on Friday, August 12th. WXYZ will broadcast the following games:

Friday, August 12th, 7:30 p.m. against the Cincinnati Bengals (If the game is not sold out 72 hours prior to broadcast, WXYZ will broadcast the game on a taped-delay basis at 9:30 p.m. Pregame coverage of "Lions Tailgate" will begin at 9:00 p.m.)

Friday, August 19th, 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

Thursday, September 1st, 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

NFL broadcast veteran, Matt Shepard, will provide play-by-play coverage, and will be joined by former Lions tight end and NFL analyst, Rob Rubick, in the broadcast booth. WXYZ anchor/reporter, Tom Leyden, will provide in-game reports from the sidelines.

All the games will be preceded by a half-hour pregame show, "Lions Tailgate." Lions Tailgate will be hosted by WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane and Tom Leyden, with reports from Lions and NFL Hall of Famer, Charlie Sanders. The show will give viewers a preview of the upcoming game including interviews with coaches and key players, and insight into the team's strategy.

"We're pleased to partner with the Detroit Lions to bring this very special football preseason coverage to fans across Metro Detroit," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This is an exciting time for the team and for sports fans in our area, and we're glad to be able to bring all the action to Lions fans in Metro Detroit and across the state."

Preseason games will be carried out-state on the following Lions network affiliates: WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids; WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Flint, Bay City, Saginaw; WSYM-TV Ch. 47 Lansing; WFQX-TV Ch.32 Cadillac, Traverse City; and WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Marquette.

WXYZ is also the new home of the Ford Lions Report Live, a one-hour live program that airs every Sunday during the regular season from 11 a.m. - noon in the Detroit area, and 11:30 a.m. - noon on the Lions network affiliates throughout Michigan.



Grand Rapids Press:

Detroit Lions fans in West Michigan will have to wait a few extra hours to catch their first glimpse of the 2011 team. WXMI-TV is contractually obligated by Fox to show the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kansas City Chiefs preseason game live at 8 p.m. Friday. The Lions' preseason opener at Ford Field against the Cincinnati Bengals, therefore, will have to be aired on a tape delay basis, likely around 11 p.m.

Full story: Grand Rapids' WXMI has to air Detroit Lions' preseason opener on tape-delayed basis (Mon, 8/8)



Holland Sentinel:

The 2011 preseason "GVSU Football Radio Road Show" will get Laker fans ready for the season beginning on Thursday. The Football Radio Road Show will be an hour-long program featuring Grand Valley State University Head Football Coach Matt Mitchell. There will also be special guests to discuss the upcoming season.

Full story: GVSU football radio show to kick off on Thursday (Mon, 8/8)


Newsmakers and links: August 10, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Hearing that maverick broadcasters plan to broadcast live coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the auto event's lawyer fired an e-mail Tuesday to the group's leader demanding that he shut down his Web site. But Stephen Greene said he and partner Brian Jones will plan to be seen on the DreamCruiseLive.com Web site on Aug. 20 and heard on WDTW-AM (1310).

Full story: Dream Cruise lawyer demands that broadcasters shut down Web site (Wed, 8/10)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

She came into our homes for years as the host of Prize Movie on WXYZ, but now fans of Rita Bell can own a piece of her legacy forever. Items in the Rita Bell collection will be auctioned off at DuMouchelle in Detroit this weekend.

Full story: Rita Bell collection on the auction block at DuMouchelle (Tue, 8/9)



Doug Fest 2011 Battle of the Bands search set for Aug 20

93.1 Doug-FM will be looking for Detroit's best bands on Saturday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Hamlin Pub at 25 Mile Rd and Van Dyke in Shelby Township. Ten bands will compete for the chance to play the second stage at DTE Energy Music Theatre to open for the headliners of Doug Fest 2011.

The first place winner will play the first night of Doug Fest 2011, Saturday, August 27th, starring Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley. The runner-up will play the second night of Doug Fest 2011, Sunday, August 28, featuring Whitesnake and Tesla. Both winning bands will be paid $1,000 to perform.

The station is still accepting band submissions for the top ten. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. For information on how to submit a band, please visit 931DougFM.com.




Malcolm Maddox, a weekend anchor at WKEF (Dayton, OH), will join Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ next week as a weekend morning anchor. Maddox is a former U.S. marine who began his broadcast career more than ten years ago, working first as a photojournalist at WGBA in Green Bay, KUSI in San Diego and WXPI in Pittsburgh. Before joining WKEF, he was also a reporter at WIAT in Birmingham.

Full story: Malcolm Maddox Joins WXYZ Weekend Anchor Team (Tue, 8/9)


Newsmakers and links: August 12, 2011




RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS)/DETROIT welcomes legendary gospel artist VICKIE WINANS to its staff. "SUNDAY MORNING PRAISE WITH VICKIE WINANS" starts this weekend from 6-9a on SUNDAY. "DETROIT has a strong gospel base that deserves to be heard," said PD ARMANDO RIVERA.

Full story: WDMK Adds Vickie Winans To Its Sunday Lineup (Thu, 8/11)


Newsmakers and links: August 13, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Much of a big legal headache for the Woodward Dream Cruise communities and their media partners just drove off. WDTW-AM (1310) said Friday that it decided not to broadcast planned live coverage of the Dream Cruise from independent broadcasters. Several had announced Tuesday that they would challenge the exclusive yearly contracts of the Dream Cruise's media partners --WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and WOMC-FM (104.3) -- to broadcast next Saturday's event.

Full story: AM station says it won't carry independent Dream Cruise coverage (Sat, 8/13)



OHL's Plymouth Whalers returning to WSDP for radio broadcasts

The Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers will return to 88.1FM WSDP "The Escape" as its radio home for the upcoming 2011-12 season. WSDP, a state-award winning radio station located at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, will begin its broadcasting schedule during Plymouth's season-opener on Wed. Sept. 21 in Owen Sound and will carry the bulk of the Whalers games this season with a minimum of preemptions. 88.1FM may also carry the Whalers first pre-season game on Sat. Sept. 3 at 7pm against Windsor at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

Pete Krupsky remains Whalers play-by-play voice with Sean Baligian providing analysis of home broadcasts. All Plymouth regular season and playoff games will be streamed online at www.plymouthwhalers.com with the assistance of media partner Neulion.com.

"The Whalers and WSDP are the perfect combination," said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager. "It makes sense to have Plymouth's team on Plymouth's radio station. We are looking forward to another great season with the Whalers and hope to follow them through a long playoff run."

The Whalers relationship with 88.1FM WSDP extends beyond an opportunity to broadcast games. All younger Plymouth players attend high school at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

"We've enjoyed our time on 'The Escape'"said Krupsky. "The listening audience has a choice, they can hear the games locally on 88.1FM, while long-distance fans tune in online. We appreciate the continued support of the Extended Whalers Family."

In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts of home games at Compuware Arena. The broadcasts are distributed throughout Detroit-Metropolitan-area and shown on the Comcast, SWOCC and Brighthouse networks.


Newsmakers and links: August 15, 2011



FOX Sports Detroit sets schedule for University of Michigan football programming

Season preview kicks off Michigan Wolverines football coverage, premiers Friday, August 26; Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke airs Mondays starting August 29

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of University of Michigan football includes a half-hour Wolverine Football Season Preview the university-produced weekly program Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke.

The preview show premieres Fri. August 26 at 6:30 p.m. with multiple re-airs in the days leading up to the Wolverines Sept. 3 season opener vs. Western Michigan (also Sat. Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 29, 8:00 a.m.; Mon. Aug. 29, 12:30 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. Sept. 2, 2:00 p.m.).

The half-hour show is hosted by Mickey York with reports from Shannon Hogan, Matt Shepard, Trevor Thompson and Justin White. The season preview segments include an interview with new head coach Brady Hoke, a visit with quarterback Denard Robinson as to what fans can expect this year from one of the most exciting players in college football, an introduction to new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, a conversation with running back Michael Shaw and a review of the backfield competition; plus the new role of the wide receivers in this offensive scheme, a profile of cornerback Troy Woolfolk as he returns from injury, and previews of the big games on the Michigan schedule including the first-ever home night game (Sept. 10 vs. Notre Dame) and the Big Ten arrival of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke, hosted by Jim Brandstatter, premieres each Monday (typically at 6:30 p.m.) starting Aug. 29, repeated Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Each episode includes game and practice highlights, student-athlete features and in-depth analysis of past and future games.



Grand Rapids Press:

Gravy of the "Gravy in the Morning" radio show is on vacation this week, and Ellen Tailor is taking the lead spot. Joining Ellen is local comedian David Dyer.

Full story: No Gravy this week on 'Gravy in the Morning' (Mon, 8/15)


Newsmakers and links: August 16, 2011



FOX Sports Detroit sets schedule for Michigan State University football programming

Spartan Football Season Preview premieres Friday, August 26th and Spartan Football All-Access returns each Sunday morning starting September 4th

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Michigan State football includes a half-hour Spartan Football Season Preview and another year of the university-produced weekly program Spartan Football All-Access. The preview show premieres Fri. August 26 at 7:00 p.m. with multiple re-airs in the days leading up to the Spartans Sept. 2 season opener vs. Youngstown State (also Sat. Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.; Mon. Aug. 29, 12:00 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m.; Fri. Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m.).

The half-hour show is hosted by Ryan Field with reports from Shannon Hogan, Trevor Thompson and Justin White. The season preview contains the following segments: Former Spartans QB Jim Miller breaking down film with current signal-caller Kirk Cousins, a look at the offensive line and how the veterans are forming a bond with the newcomers both on and off the practice field, how the Spartans will fill the hole in the defense with the departure of star linebacker Greg Jones, a visit with linebacker Max Bullough and his grandfather, former coach Hank Bullough, as Max becomes the third generation from his family to play for the Spartans, head coach Mark Dantonio talks about the journey to the top of the Big Ten and the challenge to stay there.

Spartan Football All-Access premieres each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. starting Sept. 4, repeated Mondays at 6:00 p.m, Thursdays at 12:00 p.m and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Each episode recaps the previous game and looks ahead to the next opponent, plus other in-depth and behind-the-scenes features involving the MSU football team.



Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 reporter Lisa LaPlante, one of the original members of the WXMI-TV news team, is leaving the station after nearly 13 years. LaPlante has accepted the position of marketing and communications manager for the Kent County Health Department.

Full story: FOX 17 reporter Lisa LaPlante leaving WXMI-TV after 13 years on air in Grand Rapids (Tue, 8/16)


Newsmakers and links: August 17, 2011



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit readies Dream Cruise broadcast

WXYZ-TV will broadcast exclusive television coverage of the 17th annual Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet on Saturday, August 20th. Coverage of the world's largest one-day automotive celebration revs up with a 2-hour live special from 7-9 p.m. An encore presentation will air on Sunday, August 21, from 8-10 a.m.

Channel 7 will bring all the cruising classics to viewers from locations up and down historic Woodward Avenue. WXYZ Action News Anchors, Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis, will host the program from the WXYZ home base on Woodward Avenue near Duggan's Restaurant in Royal Oak. The show will also include reports from Carolyn Clifford, Mary Conway, and JoAnne Purtan. Dave Rexroth will be capturing all the action along Woodward Avenue in the Chevy Car Cam. Action News Morning Team members Vic Faust, Alicia Smith and Erin Nicole will be on the north end of the cruise route in Pontiac, with cruising classics and a special Dream Cruise surprise.

"At Channel 7, we recognize the unique passion we have for our cars in Metro Detroit," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "We're proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Woodward Dream Cruise by Chevrolet. Channel 7 has been part of this amazing event since its earliest days and we're honored to join the communities along Woodward Avenue to once again help Metro Detroit celebrate its rich automotive heritage."

WXYZ-TV joins Berkley, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Pontiac, radio partner 104.3 WOMC, and presenting sponsor Chevrolet, to provide bumper-to-bumper coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet throughout the week leading up to the Saturday event. The Woodward Dream Cruise attracts over 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.




Listeners and fans from Los Angeles to New York jammed Radio One & 105.9 KISS FM phone lines for three hours Sunday morning when The Hardest Working Woman In Gospel - Vickie Winans - debuted her latest labor of love, the Sunday Morning Praise with Vickie Winans radio show, on 105.9 KISS FM in the Motor City.

Full story: Vickie Winans' debut Radio One Detroit Show was an overwhelming success (Tue, 8/16)



TimeOut Chicago:

Chicago's sweetheart is leaving us. Ginger Zee, who's been weekend meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5 since 2006, appears to be headed for ABC's Good Morning America in New York. It's not official yet, but insiders say she'll be filling the long-vacant weather slot on GMA Weekend after her contract expires here in October ... Frank Holland, a reporter and fill-in news anchor at WDIV-TV in Detroit, has been hired as early morning news anchor at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9.

Full story: Sunny forecast: Ginger Zee zooming to 'GMA Weekend' (Wed, 8/17)



Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 news has hired a multi-media journalist to join its staff. Darren Cunningham begins work immediately at WXMI-TV (Channel 17), sales and events marketing manager Kerry Kelemen said today.

Full story: FOX 17 hires multi-media journalist from Lansing to join news staff (Wed, 8/17)


Newsmakers and links: August 22, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

WXYT-AM (1270) is launching a revamped news-talk format on Sept. 12, representatives announced today. The lineup will include Charlie Langton, the colorful lawyer-commentator who's become a fixture on shows like "The Edge" on WJBK-TV (Fox 2) as morning host, followed by a string of syndicated commentators, including well-known conservative voices Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham.

Full story: WXYT-AM (1270) to switch out sports for conservative-leaning talk (Mon, 8/22)



Detroit News:

WXYT 1270-AM is moving from sports talk to conservative talkbeginning Sept. 12. Charlie Langton, the fast-talking and bombastic legal contributor on Fox 2, will host the morning show (6-9), the only local show planned.

Full story: WXYT 1270 shifting to conservative talk, will still air game broadcasts (Mon, 8/22)




Longtime GREATER MEDIA Rocker WCSX/DETROIT night slammer STEVE KOSTAN has been inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM has just unveiled a complete museum redesign telling the story of rock and roll in a more linear fashion. The entire museum's technology has been updated, including the interactive kiosk "On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio."

Full story: WCSX's Steve Kostan Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (Mon, 8/22)




The Tigers and Lions went at it in the TV ratings Friday night, and there was one clear-cut winner: Metro Detroit, which proved again that it's one of the country's best sports towns.

Full story: Tigers, Lions star on TV (Mon, 8/22)



Lansing State Journal:

For local TV newscasts, this is a week of big changes. At WLNS (Channel 6), there's a sleek new set, a sleek new anchorman, the departure of some people (Lisa Byington, Darren Cunningham) and arrival of others. There's also a jump in morning ratings. At WILX (Channel 10), new reporters are coming and there's a chance to widen the evening lead.

Full story: Local TV newscasts undergoing big changes (Mon, 8/22)


Newsmakers and links: August 23, 2011



Cadillac's WMNN Ch. 26 adds Universal Sports

Cadillac digital low power TV station MI News 26 has added Universal Sports to the station's lineup on subchannel 26.3, replacing '26 Cinema'.

Universal Sports primarily features coverage of Olympic sports such as swimming, gymnastics, cycling, track and field, figure skating, skiing, bobsledding and triathlon.



WWTV/WWUP-TV Ch. 9 & 10 Traverse City-Cadillac:

After 17 years with the Doppler 9&10 Weather Team Meteorologist Jim Lehocky is saying goodbye to 9&10 News. Jim is moving to Sault Ste. Marie to join his family.

Full story: Jim Lehocky Departure (Mon, 8/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is pleased with the five-year deal U-M recently completed with CBS Radio. The school's football and men's basketball games will air on WWJ-AM (950) in the Detroit area. Though it's not ideal, especially the station's signal strength after dark, Brandon said it was the best deal available.

Full story: Dave Brandon: Michigan's new radio deal was best available option (Tue, 8/23)


Newsmakers and links: August 25, 2011



WXYZ-TV Channel 7 to provide free back-to-school immunizations with "Healthy Living for Kids"

WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, along with DTE Energy & The Word Network, will give thousands of Detroit area children a "boost" at the 34th annual "Healthy Living for Kids" Immunization Fair. The program will be held Sunday, August 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The vaccinations are especially important this year because of new school requirements for students. According to Rebecca Thomas, Program Administrative Assistant for Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, students must have a completed series of vaccinations or they will not be allowed to attend school. "This event is an opportunity to get your children's immunizations without a wait or appointment before they go back to school," said Thomas.

Eligible children 3 months and older will be given free immunizations against polio, rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, varicella (chicken pox), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B and HIB (Haemophilus influenza type B), MCV4 Meningitis, Hep A, PCV 13 (Pneumonia), and HPV (Gardasil). Registered nurses from the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will administer the shots with the assistance of over 150 volunteers from the Health Department and WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

Additional services provided include free lead poisoning testing, sign-ups for WIC (Woman, Infant, and Children's) feeding program, enrollment for insurance and a wide variety of youth mentoring programs. This year, the popular "Children's Village," will feature a variety of health services, community outreach programs and entertainment. AAA, the Detroit Public Library Bookmobile, Detroit Public Schools, The Detroit Science Center, Smile Programs...the mobile dentists, are some of the organizations that will be on hand.

WXYZ Action News on-air personalities will sign autographs and greet children and their families. There will be giveaways plus backpacks provided courtesy of WXYZ and DTE Energy. School supplies courtesy of DTE Energy will be handed out while supplies last.

Detroit Lions mascot "Roary" and Detroit Tigers mascot "Paws" will stop by and greet guests. Complimentary pizza will be served along with bottled water courtesy of Absopure and Costco, chips courtesy of Uncle Rays, and ice cream courtesy of Par's.




The Western Michigan University Athletic Department announced today a new agreement with Martz Communications Group's Detroit radio station 94.3 FM "The Bone," which becomes the latest affiliate station of the Bronco Radio Network for football. From their studios in Southfield, 94.3 "The Bone" will air all regular season and postseason football games for Bronco Fans and Alumni in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Full story: Bronco Radio Network Adds Detroit Station 94.3 FM (Tue, 8/23)



Grand Rapids Press:

Ferris State University has reached a multi-year broadcast agreement with WDEE-FM (97.3) that makes it the flagship radio station of the Bulldog Sports Network and provides for live coverage of all football, hockey and men's basketball games, the school announced this week. The agreement also calls for live streaming Internet audio and video for all home contests in the three sports, plus live audio for all road games.

Full story: Ferris State, WDEE-FM reach agreement for football, hockey and men's basketball games (Thu, 8/25)


Newsmakers and links: August 29, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions writer for Booth Newspapers and MLive.com, died this morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan. Kowalski, 51, was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township in Oakland County, where he was pronounced dead.

Full story: Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions reporter, dies (Mon, 8/29)


More on the death of Tom Kowalski:

The Oakland Press: Lions take a moment to remember beat writer Tom Kowalski (Mon, 8/29)

Grand Rapids Press: Tom Kowalski tribute: 'He was gruff and hard-charging' (Mon, 8/29)

Detroit News: Readers, listeners respected Tom Kowalski's opinions (Mon, 8/29)



The Oakland Press:

Mickey Redmond knew it was over. He came roaring down the right wing like he had countless times before when he encountered St. Louis Blues' defenseman Barcley Plager.

"I turned and he was right next to me," Redmond said. "Normally, I'd go right by him. There was no decision, really. Just the way it was. Nobody had to tell me. I knew it first."

Full story: For Mickey Redmond, the end was just the beginning (Mon, 8/29)


Newsmakers and links: August 30, 2011



Detroit's WADL-TV Ch. 38 to change .2 networks

WADL is preparing to launch Antenna TV on its .2 subchannel beginning October 1, 2011, replacing Universal Sports.

Kevin Adell, CEO and owner of WADL Detroit, who also owns "The Word Network" - the largest African-American religious network in the U.S. and the world, explains, "We have looked at many programming options for our dot .2, but 'Antenna TV' was by far the best fit with its quality classic programming lineup, expansive national distribution with Tribune stations and will have the longevity over fledgling networks."

Antenna TV's lineup includes The Flying Nun, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, All In The Family and mixes these classic oldies with newer programs including Maude and Soap, In addition, Antenna TV offers a variety of movies to complement its classic TV lineup.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 2, 2011




CUMULUS MEDIA Urban AC WDZZ (Z 92.7)/FLINT, MI, along with sister stations Top 40 WWCK (CK105.5) and Classic Rock WRSR (103.9 THE FOX), presented a "Keeping The Community First" project over the weekend with a "24 Back-to-School Showdown." The combined staffs were on location at "B's BOWLING" for 24 hours, collecting school supplies for FLINT area students.

Full story: WDZZ's Back-2-School Showdown (Fri, 9/2)



Metro Traffic TV openings in Ohio

Metro Traffic is immediately seeking candidates for several on-air television positions in various Ohio Markets. Openings are Full-Time, Part-Time and Fill-In positions.

These Metro TV Traffic Anchors will be based at the TV station locations but managed from the Detroit Regional Hub. Successful candidates will have appropriate broadcast experience and skills, ability to multi-task, experience repoliing traffic, knowledge of the roads in the appropriate Ohio market, a relentless nature and no fear of time pressure. Reporting, editing and writing experience may prove to be valuable in some cases.

All submissions will be reviewed by broadcast affiliates for approval.

Submit a package ASAP that could include video demos, writing samples, a resume, audio samples, a cover letter and references to:

Howard Bouton
Regional Director of Operations
3000 Town Center #2160
Southfield, MI 48075



**NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE**, Metro Traffic is an EOE company.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 6, 2011



Peter C. Cavanaugh gets Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has just unveiled a complete Museum redesign that tells the story of rock and roll in a more linear fashion and updates all museum technology to state-of-the-art including the interactive kiosks On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio.

Mr. Cavanaugh and his impact on rock music are featured in this exhibit.

At the age of sixteen in 1957, Peter C. Cavanaugh enjoyed a fifty-eight percent total audience share on his hometown station -- WNDR in Syracuse. He maintained unequaled market dominance for years over WTAC in Flint before leaving the airwaves to become President of the station in 1977.

His book "Local DJ" tracks Cavanaugh's radio adventures through time -- as well as promoting and producing literally hundreds of early concerts with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Kiss and AC/DC.

As Executive Vice President of Reams Broadcasting, Peter ran a seven station radio group which included top-rated Rock 'Roll stations in America -- WWCK in Flint (Spring '84) and WIOT in Toledo (Winter '91).

Mr. Cavanaugh is former Chairman of the NBC Source Board, President of the ABC Radio Affiliates Board and President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation.

Cavanaugh currently lives in Oakhurst, California, with his wife, Eileen.

"Of all who had a major influence on me while growing up in the Midwest, none matched the audaciousness, tenacity and gonzo-like behavior of Peter Cavanaugh. He was more than just the rock 'n roll guru who gave America its first encounters with The Who, Bob Seger and all the great Detroit bands (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, MC5, etc.) He was the one who taught me how to go up against the powers-that-be and live to tell all. Thank you, Peter Cavanaugh, for saving a generation of Flint kids from the likes of Pat Boone" commented Flint native and film director Michael Moore.

The On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio kiosks are located in the Rock Hall Museum's Ahmet Ertegun Hall in the Cities and Sounds gallery.



Lansing to gain Me-TV affiliate

Journal Communications' WSYM-TV Ch. 47, Lansing's Fox affiliate, will add the classic TV network Me-TV as a digital subchannel.

Me-TV, owned by Weigel Broadcasting features series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution as well as independent series owners and producers. Current comedy offerings include M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and The Bob Newhart Show. Dramas on the network include: Perry Mason, The Untouchables, The Big Valley, the original Star Trek and the original Hawaii Five-O series.



Grand Rapids Press:

With a focus on policies past and planned, Gov. Rick Snyder will field questions during a live town hall meeting of sorts next Tuesday at WOOD-TV's College Avenue studios.

Full story: Gov. Snyder coming to Grand Rapids next week for WOOD-TV town hall meeting (Mon, 9/6)



Mt. Pleasant Sun:

A longtime Isabella County radio buff and local legend was remembered Tuesday as a master story teller who always had a smile. Jim Hughes, 91, who died Sunday at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, was a local icon who touched a lot of people during his long and interesting life, Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick said Tuesday. Wendy Pulcifer of Mt. Pleasant recalled listening to Hughes on WCEN "back in the day"...

Full story: Longtime Mt. Pleasant broadcaster dies (Mon, 9/6)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 7, 2011




Former CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A/DETROIT PD RONA DANZIGER has been named PD at crosstown CBS RADIO Talk WXYT-A (TALK RADIO 1270), which is being launched with its new Talk format on SEPTEMBER 12th, flipping from the present simulcast of sister Sports WXYT-F (97.1 THE TICKET).

Full story: Rona Danziger Named PD At WXYT-A/Detroit (Wed, 9/7)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 9, 2011



New radio program to focus on "Fighting for Justice"

Attorney Richard Bernstein, of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, has announced that he will co-host a new radio show to share his personal experiences of fighting, and winning, for justice and interact with the audience to help them protect their rights. Bernstein will co-host the Fighting For Justice" program, with Pulitzer Prize winner Angelo Henderson, on Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m. on WCHB-AM 1200 starting September 13th, 2011.

The show will also stream live on www.wchbnewsdetroit.com.

Richard Bernstein has won many high-profile cases, representing clients who otherwise would not have a voice and the resources to fight injustice. He challenged the City of Detroit, and won, when wheelchair lifts on city buses were not maintained. He fought for disabled access to the University of Michigan football stadium, and won. He also led successful fights to retain special education programs in Michigan schools and maintain proper and safe street crossings for disabled pedestrians, among additional victories in personal injury cases.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Northwestern University Law School, Bernstein has been blind since birth. He has overcome his disability in significant ways, including working to successfully complete multiple marathons and triathlons. He has also taught courses in political science at the University of Michigan and held statewide office as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Wayne State University.

"With a three generation history of lawyers serving clients across Michigan, we understand that many people don't know who to turn to when they have questions about the law," said Bernstein. "Through this partnership with WCHB Radio, we offer a new way to connect with people who need help."



The Oakland Press:

The morning crew at WRIF-FM 101 radio had just finished interviewing a man about his wacky plan to fly around the world on Sept. 11, 2001 -- with Steve Miller's song, "Jet Airliner" providing background music -- when they spotted something on in-studio TVs. "We said, 'Oh my God, what is that,'" recalled Drew Lane, who works with Mike Clark and Trudi Daniels on the popular morning "Drew and Mike Show." Then the studio phones began lighting up.

Full story: Drew and Mike remember memorable 9/11 broadcast (Fri, 9/9)




After initially suing to challenge the transaction on antitrust grounds TODAY (9/8), the Justice Department has cleared the deal by which CITADEL MEDIA will merge with and take over CITADEL MEDIA, with the proviso that CUMULUS divest itself of two stations in the HARRISBURG, PA area and one in the FLINT, MI market.

Full story: Dept. Of Justice Clears Cumulus-Citadel Deal After Agreement To Divest 3 Stations (Thu, 9/8)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 12, 2011



WXYT AM adds Noory to lineup for overnights

Detroit's newest radio station talk WXYT AM 1270 has announced the addition of Coast to Coast AM with George Noory to its weekday lineup beginning tonight, September 12th. The Premiere Networks syndicated program will be heard weeknights from 1 - 5 a.m.

Today is the first day of the station's new talk lineup as has ended the simulcast with sports based sister station WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket).

With the addition of WXYT, Noory is returning to his broadcasting roots. The Detroit native began his career as a production assistant at WXYZ-TV and WXYZ-AM (now WXYT), while attending the University of Detroit. Noory stated, "I couldn't be happier to reach even more people in my hometown on the Detroit station where I got my start in broadcasting. WXYT has a rich history in this city and I'm excited to be a part of it!"

WXYT Program Director Rona Danziger added, "We're very excited to have George Noory back home on Talk Radio 1270 WXYT. His show is captivating listening and we're thrilled to be launching the new station with this great show."

Each night on Coast to Coast AM, George Noory captivates listeners with discussions on news and current events, conspiracy theories and all things curious and unexplained. Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, Coast to Coast AM can be heard on more than 540 radio stations in the U.S., Canada and Guam, and is the most listened-to overnight radio program in North America. For more information, visit "www.CoastToCoastAM.com.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 13, 2011



Detroit TV increases its coolness

MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit has added a digital subchannel - 20.2 now carries the music video channel theCoolTV.



Grand Rapids Press:

Wondering what's up with Fox 17 chief meteorologist Peter Chan? The veteran West Michigan weatherman has been sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for at least four weeks in total.

Full story: Fox 17 meteorologist Peter Chan on the mend, expected back at WXMI-TV in a few weeks (Mon, 9/12)




NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MIX 106.3)/SAGINAW morning maven SCOTT SHANNON tells ALL ACCESS, "No more solo mornings for me! We have added a live, additional person to WGER (MIX 106.3) mornings. AMANDA MITCHELL (MANDEE), who did nights on the MIX for the last 2 years has been upped to morning co-host with MIX PD SCOTT (SHANNON) SEIPEL to form 'SCOTT and MANDEE' in the morning." MANDEE will continue to do her mid-day show on sister Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE).

Full story: Amanda Mitchell Joins The WGER Wakeup Crew (Mon, 9/12)



Afternoons open on Ann Arbor's W4 Country

Adam Rey is no longer with country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, having exited the afternoon drive role to take a job outside of radio. The station is searching for a new host.



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit and Mitch Albom enter partnership

WDIV has announced a new partnership with Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, radio broadcaster and charity director, to launch a groundbreaking public service initiative, The Heart of Detroit, sharing inspiring stories of metro Detroiters with heart and everyday people who step up to help make our community a better place to live.

Beginning Thursday, September 22, The Heart of Detroit featuring Mitch Albom will air weekly during Local 4 News at 5 p.m., Detroit's top evening newscast, with an encore airing on Sunday mornings immediately following Flashpoint with Devin Scillian at 10 a.m. Viewers will follow Mitch as he profiles unsung heroes through documentary-style videos on Local 4, ClickOnDetroit.com and MitchAlbom.com. The Heart of Detroit will reveal the many local people who spend countless hours sacrificing to make others less hungry, less troubled, less impoverished or just a little happier.

"I have been taught that giving is living," said Albom. "I see so many people in metro Detroit who live - and give - that way, but are never celebrated the way we do a rock star, actor, athlete or even a reality show figure. These unsung inspirations deserve to have their stories told. And that's what I hope to do."

"It's hard to imagine a better way for Local 4 to extend our longstanding commitment to service in our community than to partner with such a remarkable talent as Mitch Albom, and to help facilitate the noble desires to make a difference here at home," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "It should not go unnoticed that in addition to WDIV's commitment of air time, Mitch is also donating his amazing talents and valuable time as well as covering production costs for this important community effort."

Contributions and donations inspired by The Heart of Detroit will be directed solely towards the causes or persons profiled in the segments. The Heart of Detroit is produced by Fat Dog Entertainment.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 14, 2011



Lansing City Pulse:

WKAR was in the hole $635,000 at the end of the 2010 fiscal year, records provided by Michigan State University show. The broadcast operation laid off 10 people last month as part of a reorganization effort, they also show. The university had refused to give a specific number previously. The information came from documents the university provided after City Pulse filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

Full story: WKAR facing serious debt (Wed, 9/14)



Fox Sports Detroit schedules 73 Red Wings games for 2011-12

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season games and three preseason contests during its coverage of the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings, all in high-definition.Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 7 in the season/home opener against the Ottawa Senators. The preseason schedule begins Sept. 25 when Detroit hosts the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beyond the 70 games airing on FOX Sports Detroit (or FOX Sports Detroit PLUS), the remaining 12 will be televised exclusively on a national basis by Versus or NBC.

Calling the action again for FOX Sports Detroit will be the award-winning duo of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy substitutes for Redmond during select road games and is part of home game coverage on most nights from his "between the benches" reporting position.

Daniels is this year's recipient of the Ty Tyson Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award as presented by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, and is the reigning Michigan Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Meanwhile, Redmond is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Foster Hewitt Memorial Award as presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, to be awarded Nov. 14 as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies in Toronto.

FOX Sports Detroit's comprehensive coverage includes pregame and postgame editions of Red Wings Live. New this season, most game nights will include bonus postgame coverage on Red Wings Live O.T.

The 2011-12 season also includes the return of the Emmy-winning show Wingspan (debuting Oct. 14-15), providing entertaining features about the team on and off the ice.

In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the regular-season, FOX Sports Detroit will presents a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Schedule information can be found at foxsportsdetroit.com.



Grand Rapids Press:

Former radio personality Scott Winters is working in the media again, but not the role one might expect. WOOD TV-8 General manager Diane Kniowski, said the station hired Winters as a digital sales specialist.

Full story: WOOD TV-8 hires former radio personality Scott Winters (Wed, 9/14)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 15, 2011



FOX adds Tigers' game to Saturday schedule

Saturday's Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, which was originally not scheduled to be broadcast on television, will now air on FOX broadcast stations in Michigan and Toledo, OH following an agreement between the Tigers, FOX Sports Detroit, Major League Baseball and FOX.

Stations that will now carry the game include Ch. 2 Detroit, Ch. 17 Grand Rapids, Ch. 66 Flint, Ch. 47 Lansing, Ch. 32 Cadillac/Traverse City, and Ch. 36 Toledo. Ch. 11 in Alpena will also have the game on its .2 subchannel as will Ch 6 in Marquette.

Saturday's game has the potential of being a Central Division clinching game for the Tigers - they can clinch with any combination Tigers wins or Cleveland Indians losses totaling 2 and any Tigers win or Chicago White Sox loss.

"We're thrilled Saturday's game will be telecast live for Tigers fans to continue following the club's pennant chase," said David Dombrowski, Tigers president, CEO and general manager. "We want to thank FOX Sports Detroit, FOX and Major League Baseball for a collaborative effort in making this happen."



WDFN shifts Saturday timeslot for Murray Gula

'Your Home With Murray Gula', heard on Detroit's WDFN AM 1130, has changed its Saturday timeslot and will now be heard from 10 a.m. - noon. The Sunday edition of the home improvement program will remain in place from noon - 2 p.m.

More info on the program can be found at yourhomewithmurraygula.com.



Cleaves entering MSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Mateen Cleaves, the three-time all American basketball champion who led the Michigan State Spartans to a spellbinding NCAA Championship in March 2000, will be inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Cleaves is currently the NBA Studio Analyst for FOX Sports Detroit, in addition to providing on-air commentary for ESPN, CBS College Sports, NBA TV, and the Big Ten Network.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 16, 2011



WOMC/Detroit, WLEN/Adrian win Marconi awards

Congratulations to classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit on winning the Marconi for Oldies Station of the Year and full service/adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian on it's Marconi for Small Market Station of the Year.

The winners were announced yesterday at the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show in Chicago.



Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio personality is taking to the roof to raise money to help end child abuse and neglect. As part of the 19th annual Roofsit for Kids put on by 93.7, B-93's Neal Dionne is making a temporary home on the top the Michigan Kenworth building, 7393 Expressway Court SW in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Radio personality Neal Dionne holding rooftop broadcast to help abused children (Thu, 9/15)


Dick Nelson remembers the first Grand Valley State football game he called on the radio, but he can recall the second one a lot better. In 1977, the Lakers hosted Bowling Green, who were led by former Michigan State coach Denny Stolz, at Houseman Field. GVSU played tough, but lost 17-6. The game left a deep impression on Nelson.

Full story: Why after nearly 400 games, Grand Valley State football radio announcer isn't thinking about retirement (Fri, 9/16)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 19, 2011



Get a scare from WMGC-FM 105.1 HD2

Halloween is some six weeks away, but apparently it's not too early for some all-Halloween music as WMGC-FM 105.1 HD2 has switched over its 'More Magic' offering to 'Scream Radio'. Now that's scary.



The Oakland Press:

Steve Kostan loves rock 'n' roll and has always felt a connection to it. "It's a very widespread form of communication and experience," he said. Kostan started connecting Detroiters to rock 'n' roll on the radio 34 years ago. This year, his dedication has earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Full story: Rock Hall of Fame embraces local radio legend (Mon, 9/19)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 22, 2011



Night moves at WMGC, WNIC

Changes to what you'll hear out of your radio at pop outlets WMGC-FM 105.1 and WNIC-FM 100.3.

WMGC has parted ways with evening jock Kevin O'Neill as of Friday and has been jock-free so far this week. O'Neill had been with Magic since July 2010 and is a veteran of 31 years behind the mic in Detroit.

Down the dial at WNIC from 8 p.m. to midnight, Syndey Hawkins pushes the buttons for listener driven radio as "U Control Fresh @ Nite" plays back songs picked by listeners that vote on the station's web site, www.fresh100.com.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Six environmental organizations will convene in Detroit on Oct. 11-14 to discuss the future of the Great Lakes. "Great Lakes Week" encompasses significant conferences coming together, reportedly for the first time in the same city during the same week ... Detroit Public Television plans to broadcast and webcast several sessions live.

Full story: Detroit Public Television plans extensive coverage of 'Great Lakes Week' conferences (Wed, 9/21)



Holland Sentinel:

You can hear veteran radio personality Bryan Mix-Dean on the air on the new Fennville-based radio station 1630 AM reading the weather and local news. You can catch his wife, Andrea, broadcasting Fennville football games produced by their 10-year-old daughter Cadence -- all for the micropower station and its 24/7 companion Web broadcast at keener16online.listen2myradio.com.

Full story: Dad, Mom and daughter take to the air in Fennville at 1630 AM (Wed, 9/21)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 23, 2011



WXYZ-TV continues Detroit 2020 project with Sept. 27 special on race relations

WXYZ-TV will broadcast "A Conversation for Change," a Detroit 2020 interactive special, on Tuesday, September 27th from 7-8 p.m. The program will tackle a topic that often makes people uncomfortable...race relations. The show will focus on the biggest issues surrounding race in our community and what we can do to break down barriers.

"Our attitude about race relations is one of the biggest obstacles to progress in this region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "At WXYZ, we believe through open dialogue and frank discussion, we can begin to foster a sense of community that will celebrate the diversity that makes Metro Detroit great."

Channel 7's Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host this live, one-hour discussion, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan. Viewers will have the chance to ask questions via email, social media, and live chat. The conversation will include six in-studio guests:

  • Leon Drolet, Educational Programs Director, Institute for Humane Studies and Director of Michigan Taxpayers Alliance.
  • Maha Freij, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services.
  • Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press columnist.
  • Osvaldo "Ozzie" Rivera, activist for social change who has held key positions with Latino Family Services and Madonna University.
  • Jordan Wolfe, Director, CommunityNext, an initiative started by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Tack-Yong Kim, President and Publisher, Michigan Korean Weekly.




CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT will host a "Pink Gala" on the eve of the station's 14th Annual WMXD "Sista Strut Walk" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th at PI BANQUET HALL in SOUTHFIELD, MI. The "Pink Gala" will be an evening of music and celebration with food, dancing and a silent action. PM drive air personality FRANKIE DARCELL will host the actual event on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st at the DETROIT RIVERWALK RIVARD PLAZA.

Full story: WMXD Celebrates Pink Gala In Detroit (Thu, 9/22)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloThis season has been, to put it mildly a bit of a problem for those of us who enjoy listening to the Michigan Wolverines on the radio. Going all the way back to the days of "the ultimate homer" Bob Ufer, fans have often preferred the radio audio over TV commentators who (are supposed to) remain neutral since their signal goes into the cities of BOTH teams.

For thirty years U of M fans enjoyed the super -signal of WJR-AM (760) but on October 13, 2005 the Great Voice of the Great Lakes stunned fans and the top brass at the Michigan Athletic Department with the news that they were going to abandon the maize and blue. They were switching to the green and white of the Michigan State Spartans. This necessitated the need for a new radio home for the boys in Ann Arbor. The result was a nice five-year deal with WOMC-FM (104.3) which was still (at that time) home to Dick Purtan and a great format of oldies music. M-fans got spoiled with an FM signal of nearly 200,000 watts! It was short-lived. Music stations do not like to stop the music, especially for six or more hours of pre-game, the game and post-game coverage. So, this year marked the end of the FM deal and no more WOMC, even after I came up with the promo slogan that WOMC stood for "Where Only Michigan Counts."

By late summer of 2011 there was still no signed deal with a Detroit radio station for U of M Football and the clock was ticking. We had a new coach in Brady Hoke, a multi-million dollar makeover for the Big House and a thrilling home schedule of eight games....but no radio contract signed. Athletic Director Dave Brandon, who is a brilliant businessman, felt it would be best to consolidate Michigan's two most popular sports; football and basketball, on one station. CBS Radio owns WOMC as well as WWJ, which was already carrying Michigan basketball, so Brandon and the radio network (IMG) put together a deal with WWJ-AM (950) for both sports.

True, WWJ is one of only two AM stations in the Detroit area that gets good ratings and is truly a prestigious radio station. Unfortunately, WWJ, even with 50,000 watts employs what is known as a directional signal, which (at night) is mostly sent straight north from its multi-tower transmitter site down in Berlin Township, just north of Monroe. At night, it reaches all the way to the Big Mac bridge, but sadly falls short of Ann Arbor after sundown. Out in Washtenaw County, and if you're in the stadium, the strongest signal is 10,000 watt WTKA-AM (1050), but at sundown that station drops to an anemic 500 watts making it a rough pull even on the west side of Ann Arbor.

Because the Notre Dame was such a big deal (first night game ever, etc) that broadcast was simulcast on WWWW-FM (102.9) in Ann Arbor and in Detroit on WXYT-FM (97.1) The Ticket...but who knew? It was poorly promoted. Now, on October 8th Michigan will play another night game versus Northwestern in Chicago (Evanston, IL) and no 102.9 FM coverage will be available and for it to make it onto 97.1 FM in Detroit there needs to be no conflict with either the Tigers or the Red Wings. The pro-sports take precedence on The Ticket and the Tigers, Wings, Lions and Pistons are ALL on 97.1 FM leaving little (if any) room for the Big Blue. Personally, I also hope that WWJ will come out of their standard 15 second delay so that the broadcast matches the action on the field. WTKA is right on the mark to within 1.5 seconds behind, which is acceptable.

My hope is that an arrangement can be made between the university, IMG and CBS Radio Detroit which would allow the games to be broadcast on one of their HD channels. WXYT-FM's HD-2 is WWJ but during games they run their regular all-news format. This leaves WYCD (Country), WDZH (Amp Radio hits) and WOMC (Classic hits) to offer up their HD side-channel for football. WOMC makes the most sense since they used to carry the games. We can only hope.

Meanwhile for those of us who prefer a good solid clean and static-free audio source for Michigan football it is available on satellite radio! It does run about 16 second behind "real time" but that's the case with all satellite radio transmissions. If you have a Sirius radio the UM-San Diego State game will be on Sirius Channel 128 at noon and XM subscribers can hear the game on Channel 195. Both will feature the broadcast team of Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter and Doug Karsch. This holds true only for HOME games. When Michigan is on the road, the opposing team's announcers are featured. This is why we need the HD carriage of these games. Stay tuned there's more to come and Michigan fans CLEARLY want to hear the games in sync with no static at all.

Art Vuolo Jr.


In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the Detroit Red Wings regular season, FOX Sports Detroit will present a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Sun. Oct. 2 - 5:00 PM, Red Wings vs. Penguins (LIVE, preseason), 7:30 PM; Encore: Red Wings vs. Blues (12/15/2010 - Lidstrom's first career hat trick); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 12/15/2010)

Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:30 PM, Encore: Red Wings vs. Coyotes (4/13/2011 - Game 1, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/13/2011); 10:30 PM, Wingspan: "20 Years of Playoffs"

Tue. Oct. 4 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview (premiere); 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/18/2011 - Game 3, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/18/2011); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview

Wed. Oct. 5 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/20/2011 - Game 4, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/20/2011)

Thu. Oct. 6 - 6:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings vs. Sharks (5/10/11 - Game 6, Western Conf. Semifinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 5/10/11)

Fri. Oct. 7 - 6:00 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (One-hour edition, LIVE); 7:00 PM - Red Wings vs. Senators (LIVE - regular season opener); 9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings vs. Senators

Sat. Oct. 8 -- 7:30 PM - Wingspan: "WingFan"; 8:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 8:30 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (LIVE); 9:00 PM - Red Wings at Avalanche (LIVE); 11:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 12:00 AM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings at Avalanche

Additionally, "Michigan Golf Live" is incorporating a Red Wings theme during Red Wings Premiere Week, as host Bill Hobson is joined by former Red Wings Chris Osgood, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby for a round of golf at Arcadia Bluffs (air dates/time: Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:00 PM; Wed. Oct. 5 - 1:30 & 6:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 8 - 7:00 PM).


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 28, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

The 25th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon airs Feb. 25 on WJR-AM (760), and Dick Purtan will return to the event as a guest star. Purtan hosted the radiothon for 23 years, but retired after the 2010 edition. The longtime Detroit radio personality will join the numerous WJR stars who took over as rotating hosts in 2011.

Full story: Dick Purtan to return to Bed & Bread Club Radiothon (Wed, 9/28)



South Bend Tribune:

Radio listeners scanning the airwaves in recent weeks for sports scores and information have probably been a little startled when the dial reached 1620 AM, the city's ESPN-affiliated station. Instead of former University of Notre Dame football player Mike Golic, co-host of the popular "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show, listeners likely found heavy rotations of Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. For now, says Artistic Media Partners President Arthur Angotti, the former talk-format sports station will be simulcasting with 92.9 FM, the company's pop-contemporary station. "It's only temporary," Angotti said of the format change.

Full story: Former ESPN-affiliated station changing formats (Tue, 9/27)



Lansing State Journal:

Michele Strasz learned her alphabet and numbers from Big Bird and friends four decades ago. That preschool encounter with "Sesame Street" blossomed into a love affair with PBS for the Williamston woman, who listens to news on National Public Radio every morning and often watches "Masterpiece Theater," and "Nova" on WKAR-TV in the evenings. "You can't compare the educational quality with anything else," Strasz said. "I have even gotten (my husband) into watching 'Masterpiece Theater.' " But the future picture of WKAR-TV and radio now appears slightly hazy as it cuts staff and adjusts programming to deal with falling revenue.

Full story: MSU reorganizes its PBS stations as revenue falls, budget cuts loom (Wed, 9/28)



Michigan Radio News Director elected Chair of Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced that Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy has been elected chair of the national organization. He is the first public media news director ever elected to this position.

Members of RTDNA elected Duffy during the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, from Sept. 25-27. "I'm excited about this opportunity to represent electronic journalists, including digital journalists, and advocate on their behalf," commented Duffy.

Looking forward, Duffy aims to grow the organization by recruiting more digital journalists, continue RTDNA's training and advocacy work, and help ensure the long-term financial health of the organization.

Duffy joins Kevin Benz, RTDNA Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of CultureMapAustin, in helping to make history in the leadership of the organization by showcasing the diverse nature of electronic journalism. Benz was the first pure-play digital officer in the history of RTDNA.

"Representing digital, television, and radio in our chair positions reflects the energy electronic journalists experience on a daily basis as today's journalism continues to evolve," says Benz.

Vincent Duffy has been News Director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. During his tenure, the station's news team has been recognized with dozens of national, regional and state awards for reporting excellence. Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio. Duffy has won five national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, and many other national, regional and state awards.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 29, 2011




MARTZ COMMUNICATIONS GROUP has named FLOYD EVANS to oversee their two newest stations in DETROIT, Smooth Jazz FM translator W284BQ (104.7 THE OASIS) and Rocker translator W232CA and WGPR-HD3 (94.3 THE BONE). EVANS returns to MICHIGAN after five years as RVP of NEXTMEDIA's CHICAGOLAND CLUSTER.

Full story: Floyd Evans To Manage Martz/Detroit (Wed, 9/28)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 30, 2011



WXYZ-TV Detroit secures rights for Oct. 10 Lions-Bears Monday Football telecast

For the first time in more than a decade, the Detroit Lions will play a Monday night home game and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit has been granted permission to air the game between the Detroit Lions will take on the Chicago Bears on Monday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the game broadcast, WXYZ have a day-long celebration of the "Monday Motown Showdown" from Ford Field during its newscasts - beginning at 4:30 a.m. on October 10th with 7 Action News this Morning and continuing throughout the day during 7 Action News at 5 and 6.

From 7-8:30 p.m., WXYZ will present a live special edition of Ford Lions Report LIVE: Monday Motown Pre-Game hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford with reports from Channel 7 sports director Don Shane, sports reporter Tom Leyden, NFL analyst Rob Rubick, NFL Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders, and NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard.

The show will include locker room interviews with key Lions players and coaches; interviews with former Lions greats; a behind-the-scenes look at ESPN's 35-camera game coverage; and interviews with sports and entertainment celebrities. The program will also look at the winning strategy behind the Lions season with Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

At 8:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast the ESPN Production of the Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. 7 Action News will follow the game at 11:30 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for Metro Detroit to celebrate football and the start of a successful season for our Detroit Lions," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "It's a great time for the national spotlight to shine on a team that is demonstrating such promise and giving us all a reason to be a Lions fan."


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 1, 2011




Detachment stands as an ethical pillar of journalism, right beside the marble columns of fairness and accuracy. But in Detroit, an urban symbol of the American recession, it is almost impossible, some journalists argue, to report local news in the dispassionate form taught by J-school textbooks. "I absolutely think we have a responsibility to show people in Detroit -- and beyond -- what positive things the city has to offer," said Lisa Ray, the managing editor at NBC affiliate WDIV, whose Web site, ClickOnDetroit.com, is the most popular online news source in the market.

Full story: In digital Detroit, TV stations trump papers (Thu, 9/29)



Veteran radio manager exits with Cumulus-Citadel merger

Matt Hanlon, a vice president with Citadel that had been overseeing that company's clusters in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Flint, has exited with the recent completion of the merger of Cumulus and Citadel. Hanlon was a public face of Citadel, especially in the Grand Rapids market, where he made several station format and personnel changes that drew the ire of local radio watchers.




Tomorrow marks one month since LIN-owned stations in seven markets went dark for Mediacom subscribers, and the stalemate is showing no signs of progress. A uniform statement on the LIN-owned stations' sites says negotiations are ongoing.

Full story: A Month Later, Little Progress in LIN-Mediacom Stalemate (Fri, 9/30)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 3, 2011



Bill Bonds, Rich Fisher ready to roll out new radio show today

Two legendary television newsmen are set to return to their broadcasting roots as they take to the Detroit radio airwaves this afternoon from 3 - 6 p.m. on WCAR AM 1090, launching "The Bonds and Fisher Show" with on-air contributions from former WJR and WOMC personality/producer Rachel Nevada and WWJ-TV weathercaster Jim Madaus.

Fans of Bonds and Fisher that are out of the over-the-air listening area of WCAR can listen in over the Internet via the station's web site at wcarradio.com.




The "Voice" of Mid-Michigan returns as Joel Feick joins the NBC25 Today team. Feick will captain the show as anchor, surrounded by an ensemble cast who will wake viewers up with a smile and laugh, while providing the necessary news and weather information needed to start the day.

"I am excited to be working for a team that wants me and to get back to telling stories again. It's what I love to do," said Feick. "I am thankful for the people who sent me well wishes and prayed for me, and I am looking forward to working with a great team."

Feick previously worked 27 years as an anchor / reporter at WJRT but parted ways as that station downsized.

Full story: Joel Feick joins the NBC25 Team (Mon, 10/3)



Grand Rapids Press:

Gordon R. Gould, age 69 of Lowell, died October 1, 2011 at Metro Health Hospital following a battle with cancer. He taught and was a guidance counselor for years at Lowell High School. He was a well known news reporter on Wood Radio.

Full obit: Gordon Gould (Sun, 10/2)




CUMULUS MEDIA has promoted MATT SPAULDING VP/Market Manager for its MI cluster that includes WWWW, WQKL, WTKA-A and WLBY-A). SPAULDING had been its GSM since AUGUST 2009.

Full story: Cumulus/Ann Arbor Ups Matt Spaulding To VP/Market Mgr. (Mon, 10/3)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 6, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Mickey Redmond laughs when he thinks of Fox Sports Detroit's "between-the-benches" reporting from NHL Hall of Famer Larry Murphy during Red Wings home games. "I think the benches in my day would have told Larry to 'get out of the road' when they passed him," said Redmond, who played for the Wings in 1970-76 and is a longtime FSD Wings color analyst. "But as we go along, fans today want to know more about players -- their stats, their habits, their passions, their thoughts before, during and after games.

Full story: FSD wants to bring fans high-tech hockey experience (Thu, 10/6)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 7, 2011




CUMULUS/DETROIT has upped Talk WJR-A GM TOM O'BRIEN to the new position of VP/Market Manager for the three-station cluster, including WJR, Hot AC WDVD and Adult Hits WDRQ.

Full story: Tom O'Brien Upped To Cumulus/Detroit VP/Market Mgr. (Thu, 10/6)


BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT partners with the DETROIT RED WINGS to support local music during the upcoming NHL season. During the 2nd period at each RED WINGS home game, a local band or musician will be featured in a "MOTOR CITY MUSIC MINUTE" video segment on the jumbo-tron at JOE LOUIS ARENA hosted 89X MD/evening host JAY HUDSON.

Full story: 89X Partners With The Detroit Red Wings To Support Local Music (Thu, 10/6)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloAs mentioned in my last column about the signing of WWJ as the flagship for Michigan Football and Basketball, I felt there should be a place where the games should be on FM. Sadly, there were simply no available stations on the FM dial. So, I mentioned "how about an HD outlet?" Well, prayers were answered and it's now official that the Michigan Wolverines will be, starting this weekend, on WXYT-FM (97.1) HD-3.

HD Radio has had a slow growth mostly because nobody was putting anything on HD sub-carriers that anyone wanted to hear. When HD Radio was first launched I wrote a piece suggesting that these "hidden stations" should feature music categories NOT available on "regular" FM frequencies because they are TOO niche. Formats like: pre-Beatles oldies from 1955-1964, easy listening and beautiful music, classic country, smooth and traditional jazz and classical music. My pleas fell on deaf ears and, other than WOMC 104.3 HD-2 which does feature the older oldies, not much has gone onto HD to make it interesting...until now!

The good word has come down that WXYT-FM, which already has WWJ-AM (950) on their HD-2 channel, has now fired up a HD-3 channel with a simulcast of WXYT-AM (1270) which recently flipped to all-talk...but when the University of Michigan is playing football the pre-game, the game itself, and the post-game show will all be on WXYT-FM HD-3! There are limited numbers of people with HD-capable radios, but for those of you with this new technology, the games will finally be on crystal-clear FM-HD.

This news has come at a good time because this weekend (October 8th) has the U of M battling Northwestern in Evanston, IL in a night game that starts at 7 pm. WWJ will be on their night pattern for much of the game, which means that the bulk of their coverage is straight north from their multi-tower transmitter site in Berlin Township just north of Monroe. Fans to the east, south and west will be on the fringe of that signal. Out in Ann Arbor it's even worse as WTKA-AM (1050) drops from their impressive daytime signal of 10,000 watts to an anemic 500 watts...yikes! My hair dryer has more power. It drops off by the time you get to the west side of town, and at the moment, sister station W4 Country (102.9 FM) has no plans of simulcasting the game like they did for the Michigan-Notre Dame matchup in September.

So, it's great news for the handful of us with an HD Radio and want to hear the game clean and static-free. WWJ is an historic and heritage radio station, but there are inherit short-comings with nearly all AM stations which is why so many cities are seeing a ground-swell of sports shifting over to FM.

WXYT-FM (The Ticket 97.1) is the top station in metro Detroit right now and it has been the phenomenal success of this station that sparked the nationwide push of sports stations away from AM and over to FM. It all started right here in the Motor City. Rock on sports fans and Go Blue at Ryan Field under the lights and beat the Wildcats of Northwestern in Evanston!

Art Vuolo Jr.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 8, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Longtime Detroit news anchor Mort Crim will be back on the air -- and up in the air -- this weekend on WDIV-TV (Channel 4). He's the star of "Flight Level Seven Four and Still Climbing," a one-hour special airing at 3 p.m. Sunday that documents the 7,400-mile solo trip Crim took across the United States in his two-seat light-sport aircraft.

Full story: Mort Crim special to air Sunday on WDIV-TV (Sat, 10/8)




WCBN, the student radio station at the University of Michigan, plans to participate in National College Radio Day on Tuesday with a special event on the U-M Diag. "This is the first year WCBN-FM will participate in National College Radio Day - an event to celebrate the contributions of college stations nationwide in broadening the airwaves of their respective college towns with music and reporting that is non-commercial, locally relevant, and produced by students and community members with a passion for non-mainstream culture."

Full story: WCBN to mark College Radio Day with special event (Fri, 10/7)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 10, 2011



CBS Radio/Detroit sets schedule for Tigers and Lions coverage today

Overlap between CBS Radio Detroit's coverage of this evening's Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears and this afternoon's American League playoff game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers has resulted in the following broadcast lineup today:

- All of the Lions' coverage, including the normal pregame and postgame programming, will be heard on WXYT-FM 97.1. The football game is set to kick off at about 8:30 p.m. Lions' coverage is contractually obligated to air on FM 97.1.

- Tigers' coverage will be simulcast on WWJ AM 950 and WXYT AM 1270 with the first pitch of that game scheduled for 4:19 p.m.

On local broadcast television, WJBK-TV Ch. 2 will have the Tigers broadcast and WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 will carry the Lions game.



Bob Wojnowski joins WRIF-FM Detroit

Sports is king in Detroit at the moment, and rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has enhanced its sports coverage during morning's Drew and Mike show with the addition of Bob 'Wojo' Wojnowski, current Detroit News columnist and former WDFN AM 1130 afternoon co-host.

The Detroit morning airwaves feature several former longtime WDFN personalities now on competing stations- Mike Stone, Wojo's former co-host on WDFN, now co-hosts mornings on WXYT-FM, and Jamie Samuelsen handles sports coverage at WCSX-FM 94.7.



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit native George Noory has come a long way since he was making $2 an hour as a production assistant at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and WXYZ-AM (now WXYT), where he started in 1969 while attending the University of Detroit. Now, his nationally syndicated radio show "Coast to Coast AM," which is carried by more than 500 stations around world, including CKLW-AM (800), can be heard weeknights 1-5 a.m. on WXYT-AM (1270), the same place Noory got his start.

Full story: George Noory's 'Coast to Coast AM' picked up by WXYT (Mon, 10/10)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 12, 2011



Lansing State Journal:

George Blaha was in the Spartan Stadium stands for the 1966 "Game of the Century" between Notre Dame and Michigan State - cheering for the Fighting Irish just months after earning a Notre Dame economics degree. Two years later, he had a master's in business administration from Michigan. Three years after that, he found his true career passion and his true college football love. These affairs have lasted 40 years, with many more planned.

Full story: 'Green' Blaha is Spartans' veteran radio presence (Wed, 11/12)


Dayton and Wyoming were the two schools showing the most interest in East Lansing High offensive tackle Jim Brandstatter. Michigan State - where his father was an All-American and his brother played - wasn't showing much. "That was OK," Brandstatter said. "So be it." Then, Brandstatter had a strong game at Ann Arbor Pioneer, against a defensive end Michigan was recruiting. U-M began to recruit Brandstatter.

Full story: Brandstatter enjoys rivalry from U-M side (Wed, 11/12)



Detroit News:

The country now knows what most sports fan here in Metro Detroit have known for years: we love our football. Early TV ratings for the Lions' 24-13 win Monday over the Bears at Ford Field made ESPN's "Monday Night Football" the second-best rated game of the year for the network, the Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday ... Baseball also drew strong ratings Monday in Detroit as the Tigers squared off against the Rangers for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The Tigers' 7-3 loss at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington drew a 26.4 rating and 45 share in Detroit, good for No.1 for its time slot...

Full story: Early numbers show strong TV ratings for Lions, Tigers (Tue, 11/11)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 14, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV (Channel 8) has a new anchor for its weekday newscast at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV. Marlee Ginter joins Brian Sterling beginning Monday to co-anchor 24 Hour News 8 at 10 p.m.

Full story: 24 Hour News 8 has new anchor for 10 p.m. newscast on WXSP-TV with Brian Sterling (Fri, 10/14)



Broadcasting & Cable:

Tim Redmond, formerly WJBK Detroit's vice president of engineering, has been promoted to vice president of engineering and operations at Fox Television Stations (FTS), announced Betsy Swanson, the company's executive VP of technical operations and CFO. Reporting to Swanson, Redmond will oversee strategic planning and execution of relevant technologies for the 27 Fox owned-and-operated stations.

Full story: Redmond Named Fox TV Stations VP of Engineering and Ops (Fri, 10/14)


Legendary morning personality Jim Harper has announced plans to retire at the end of this year from Greater Media Detroit's Magic 105.1/WMGC-FM. His last day on the air will be December 23, 2011.

"There are so many people I wish to thank for a long and wonderful career, especially my wife, Lynn and the hundreds of talented broadcasters that I've been blessed to work for and with over the years, including Peter Smyth and the "All Star Team" at Greater Media Detroit," said Harper. "But most of all, I would like to thank the people of the Motor City. I hope they have felt the warmth and love I have enjoyed as a member of this "family" of Detroiters for so many years."

"Jim is a true Motor City legend," said Greater Media Market Manager Steve Kosbau. "We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of his radio legacy and wish him the very best as he begins a new chapter in his life."

Jim Harper landed his first radio job in March of 1967 at the young age of 13 at WYNZ-AM, a small radio station in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he hosted 15 minute weekly Saturday show that focused on teen issues.

In 1969, he became the official Sunday sign-on to sign-off announcer, host and newscaster on WHMI-AM in Howell, MI. In 1970-1972, Harper served as the evening on air personality and music director at WAAM-AM in Ann Arbor, before working as the morning and afternoon drive host on WIID-AM in Garden City in 1973. In 1974, he served as the evening host and music director at WCAR-AM. In 1975, he became the midday jock on WDRQ-FM Detroit.

After growing up in Hamtramck and then Westland, he eventually left the Motor City and moved to Houston, Texas in 1976 to host an evening show on KXYZ-AM. Harper returned shortly after to serve as program director and midday host at WDRQ-FM.

In 1977, he moved to WNIC-FM as morning host and later became program director.

Then in 1984, Harper left WNIC-FM to become part owner and morning show host at WDTX-FM in Detroit and part owner of WNCX-FM, located in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1987, he returned to WNIC-FM as morning host and later went on to serve as program director and vice president of operations.

Harper joined MAGIC 105.1/WMGC-FM in Detroit as the morning host and operations manager in July of 2001.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 17, 2011



Radio One's WCHB expands coverage to FM; heard on 105.9 HD2 and translator at 99.9

Radio One's News/talk and gospel formatted WCHB AM 1200 has expanded its listening options in the immediate metro Detroit area with the addition of simulcasts on the company's WDMK-FM HD2 and also a new translator at 99.9 FM that recently signed on.

Radio One purchased the translator quite some time ago and has apparently completed the engineering work to complete a frequency change from 89.1 to 99.9 along with a power increase.

WCHB becomes Detroit's first AM station to add both an FM translator and HD2 signal. Other local AM stations that can be heard on HD subchannels include CBS Radio's WWJ AM 950 (WXYT-FM 97.1 HD2) and WXYT AM 1270 (WXYT-FM HD3). At one time Crawford Broadcasting's WRDT AM 560 and WEXL AM 1340 were heard on HD subchannels on the company's WMUZ-FM 103.5 - however a quick check this evening found that WMUZ was not broadcasting in HD.




Some of the Country Music Assn.'s broadcast winners received the happy news this morning via a call from superstar Taylor Swift, including KCLR Columbia, Mo., which won in both the station of the year and personality of the year categories. WYCD Detroit got news from Swift this morning of its major market station of the year win, but had to wait until Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee of its "Edwards and Lee" afternoon show went on the air to learn, via a surprise phone call from Detroit native Kid Rock, that the show had also won the major market broadcast personality of the year award.

Full story: CMA Names Broadcast Award Winners; WYCD Detroit, KCLR Columbia, Mo., Nab Two (Mon, 10/17)




BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT announces "THE NIGHT 89X STOLE CHRISTMAS" on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th at THE FILLMORE with RISE AGAINST, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, and AWOLNATION. Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 10a. Find more info at 89xradio.com.

Full story: CIMX Announces 'The Night 89X Stole Christmas' (Mon, 10/17)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 19, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT-TV (Channel 3) has hired a new broadcaster to co-anchor its morning news. Marcie Kobriger will join co-anchor Josh Roe and meteorologist Jeff Porter beginning next Monday on Newschannel 3.

Full story: WWMT-TV Channel 3 hires new co-anchor for morning on Newschannel 3 (Wed, 10/19)



Free Beer & Hot Wings for Lansing

Modern rock 'The Edge' WVIC-FM 94.1 Jackson/Lansing has added the syndicated 'Free Beer & Hot Wings' show for morning drive. The program is based in Grand Rapids at WGRD-FM 97.9 and is now heard across much of lower Michigan in addition to numerous markets out of state.

Personalities include Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels and Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels along with Eric "Zane" Zeitunian and "Producer" Joseph Gasmann, Jr.

The Edge has shifted Jay Morris back to 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Span to 3 - 9 p.m. with the change in mornings.



National Public Radio's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" coming to Detroit's Fox Theatre January 19th

NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is hitting the road for the show's first ever live event from Detroit's Fox Theatre, on Thursday, January, 19 at 7:30PM.

The radio show recorded in Detroit will be broadcast Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. on WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit, on Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) at 11 a.m. and throughout the weekend on NPR Member stations nationwide. The program is also available as streaming audio and a free podcast at www.npr.org/waitwait.

Now in its 14th season, the Peabody Award-winning show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, uses current stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week's news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

The show will also feature a special guest for its "Not My Job" segment, a game where famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know nothing. Former contestants include hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons answering three questions about fitness guru Richard Simmons; Star Trek alumnus Leonard Nimoy, who answered questions about child-rearing expert Dr. Spock; and Elvis Costello, who played a game called, 'Elvis...haven't I heard that name before?' about figure skater Elvis Stojko.

Tickets ($38, $58 and $68) go on sale to the public on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

In addition, Michigan Radio is offering a pair of main floor advance tickets during its Fall Pledge Drive. More information about this offer is available at michiganradio.org.




CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning show host DON CARPENTER arranged a surprise meeting between MERCURY NASHVILLE artist SCOTTY McCREERY and fan ALEX BARNES.

Full story: WYCD Sets Up Surprise Meeting With Scotty McCreery For Fan With Cancer (Wed, 10/19)


MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Rock WJXQ (Q106)/LANSING, MI welcomes back PARKER for nights replacing ANDY GREEN. PARKER worked at 'JXQ from 2003-2005.

Full story: Parker Returns To WJXQ For Nights (Wed, 10/19)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 20, 2011



Detroit News:

Eli Zaret , who has spent the last five years with the Pistons organization, doing sideline reporting and other television assignments, has been let go by the team's new management. "The new guys are very smart, the direction that they're going in, a plan that's different than the one that is in place," said Zaret, who has been part of the Detroit sports scene for more than 30 years.

Full story: Pistons fire sideline reporter Eli Zaret (Thu, 10/20)




CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT is presenting NEWSRADIO 950's MICHIGAN Money Summit on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th. WWJ-A/FOX 2 Business Editor MURRAY FELDMAN will host free panel discussions covering various areas of investing and financial planning.

Full story: WWJ-A Hosts Free Michigan Money Summit (Thu, 10/20)




If you've ever wondered what must go on behind the scenes to make such magic happen, you're in luck because WKAR-TV has just started a new series called "Beneath the Pines: Inside the Spartan Marching Band." The seven-week series premiered Sunday and continues on Monday at 8 p.m. on WKAR World.

Full story: Michigan State's Spartan Marching Band gets dose of reality on WKAR-TV (Thu, 10/20)


WGPR-FM 107.5, the last full-powered independently owned commercial FM radio station in the Detroit market, is in its final hours of that independence programming-wise thanks to a just-announced agreement between WGPR owner the International Masons and broadcasting company Radio One.

At midnight on Sunday night (Monday morning), the hip-hop format of Radio One's 'Hot 102.7' (WHTD) will be moving up the dial to 107.5 as 'Hot 107.5' as Radio One assumes programming responsibilities for WGPR. The entire Hot 102.7 lineup, which includes The Rickey Smiley Morning Show mornings, Paigion middays, Big Greg afternoons, and Shorty da Prince evenings will remain intact in the frequency shift. The change gives the hip-hop format a much stronger market-wide signal, especially in areas to the south and west of Detroit where there is interference from Ann Arbor's country WWWW-FM 102.9.

Back on the 102.7 frequency, Radio One plans on installing a Gospel-based inspirational/religious format as 'Praise 102.7' beginning October 31st on a full-time basis anchored by Yolanda Adams in morning drive.

Market veteran John Mason, who had been hosting mornings on the adult urban WGPR, appears to be without a timeslot on either station. A Radio One spokesperson told The Detroit News that the company intends to explore its options with Mason should he be interested.

Kathy Stinehour, VP and GM of Radio One Detroit commented in a release, "Adding WGPR to our existing portfolio of stations and introducing a brand new inspirational station means Radio One will become the dominant urban provider in the marketplace. We are looking forward to better serving the community and are thrilled Ms. Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins are choosing to make this type of major investment in Detroit."

Radio One also owns adult urban WDMK-FM 105.9 and WCHB AM 1200, along with an FM translator for WCHB at 99.9, in the Detroit market. WDMK currently features Tom Joyner in morning drive.

There is no word on the status of the two WGPR side channels currently being leased by Tim Martz's Radio Power with this new agreement between the International Masons and Radio One. WGPR-HD2 carries a smooth jazz format as 'The Oasis' and WGPR-HD3 is rock as 'The Bone'. The Oasis had been heard on an FM translator at 104.7 until earlier this week and The Bone continues to be heard on a translator at 94.3.



Detroit News:

Changes are coming to your radio dial this weekend, thanks to some moves by Radio One Detroit that will affect multiple stations.

Full story: Detroit radio dial faces some shakeups (Fri, 10/21)


Vuolo: The Black Market Changes



Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloBy the time most of you see this, your radio dial may have already been seriously altered. In the radio business we refer to stations which cater to the African-American community as "urban." If you look up the definition of the word "urban" you'll see nothing about radio stations which program to black listeners. Are we to blame this on "political correctness"? Some say yes.

This could be why we no longer have problems...we have "issues". Also nobody dies anymore. They pass. I'm waiting to see a NO PASSING sign in front of a funeral home. A news item last week actually reported a sign at a mortuary that was being remodeled stating "Pardon our dust." But I digress.

Detroit's significant black population has a number of radio choices which cater to its wants and needs. In fact there are six. Clear Channel, America's biggest radio station group, owns two; WJLB-FM (97.9) and WMXD-FM (92.3). Radio One, America's largest black-owned broadcasting company has control of all the rest. They include: WHTD-FM (102.7), WDMK-FM (105.9), WCHB-AM (1200) plus LPFM (99.9), and now has control of WGPR-FM (107.5). Interestingly the call-letters WGPR originally stood for Grosse Pointe Radio. Later it was branded as "Where God's Praise Radiates." As it moved away from its gospel image, it was again re-worked as "The Rhythm of the Avenue." Now it may be returning to its earlier image, but at a new address. The 102.7 frequency has been home to many sets of call-letters and many formats on a signal that has always been considered "less than full-market" because it is first adjacent to 102.9 from Ann Arbor (WWWW-FM) and the transmitting tower being to the far northeast of Detroit in Macomb County. It was originally WBRB-FM Mt. Clemens. So, this "lesser signal" will be surrendered to God as it segues to "Praise 102.7" but will the call-letters be WGPR?

This makes room for WHTD "Hot 102.7" to relocate to what IS a full-market signal on 107.5 and become "Hot 107.5" with a hip-hop format going somewhat head-to-head with Clear Channel's longtime market leader WJLB-FM, known to most listeners as FM 98. Radio One's other big FM is the one-time WCHD, then for many years WJZZ, but now has the WDMK calls. That stands for Detroit, Michigan's Kiss. That station pretty much stays the same in a sea of changes.

The one place stations seem to shine with personalities and localism is in the morning. Yet, the "new" Hot 107.5 will continue to feature Rickey Smiley, who is syndicated out of Atlanta. After Sundays Lions vs. Falcons football game, Atlanta is not a favorite among Detroiters. Kiss 105.9 imports, from Dallas, TX, the Tom Joyner morning show who's good, but NOT local. At least Radio One has local Detroit talent Mildred Gaddis in the morning slot on WCHB (1200 AM and 99.9 FM.) The new gospel format of "Praise 102.7" has Yolanda Adams which is another nationally syndicated program heard in over forty other cities throughout the country. At the Clear Channel fortress in Farmington Hills, WMXD (Mix 92.3) features funnyman Steve Harvey who is very entertaining, but not local (he's in Hollywood, CA.) He's also the newest host of TV game show "The Family Feud" and is one of the best since Richard Dawson, of many decades ago. Kudos to longtime main-stay WJLB with its four-person local morning show featuring Coco, Foolish, Mr. Chase and Max! Three of the four are native Detroiters. All are live and local.

So, even through Radio One is making a great number of changes on the local radio dial, it shouldn't have too many people upset....unless you are a fan of Mason in the Morning or two FM's on 99.9 which you can no longer hear clearly.

John Mason is arguably the dean of black radio personalities in Detroit, but he fell victim to this most recent round of "musical chairs" of stations, formats and on-air personnel. Personally, I hope some station makes room for Mason in the morning...he's needed on the radio in Detroit.


You may have read right here in Michiguide.com how one of the two new low power FM's at 94.3 and 104.7 was forced off the air because of interference with a Toledo station. Smooth Jazz, The Oasis 104.7 was conflicting with Toledo rocker WIOT-FM, also on 104.7. They will need to find another frequency where it can be more clearly heard. Now, WCHB-AM (1200) has landed an LPFM to extend their coverage on 99.9. Oddly enough another Toledo station is on that frequency! Country WKKO (known as K-100) is popular south of the Down River Area. Up in St. Clair County, listeners to Sarnia's CFGX-FM, also at 99.9, may experience some co-channel interference.

The FM dial is simply getting TOO crowded. I can remember while living in the Ypsilanti area rotating my FM antenna and getting three stations at 100.7 from Lansing, Cleveland and Elkhart but now there is a new 100.7 in Windsor and another one down in Toledo. Yet, when the regional blackout happened during the Dream Cruise in August of 2003, I was able to pick up, on a portable radio in Novi, WNCI-FM on 97.9 from down in Columbus, OH because WJLB had been knocked off the air due to the outage. This proves that FM signals can travel amazingly far if there weren't so many of them on the limited number of allocations across the dial.


Lastly, God knows we have a plethora of Christian and religious radio stations in the greater Detroit area with several full-signal FM and AM stations, plus a whole lot of small coverage LPFM's that make up the K-Love Network. These Christian pop music stations are found on 98.3 in Detroit, 105.5 in Rochester, 102.3 in Ferndale, and 106.3 in Westland . As a regular church attendee I have always felt that the people who listen to religious radio stations are already right with their faith. The people who NEED to listen don't....but what do I know? I'll have more observations as the final days of 2011 unfold. Stay tuned.

Art Vuolo Jr.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 24, 2011



WGPR-FM waves goodbye to listeners

Radio One took control of WGPR-FM 107.5 early this morning and started a stunt of sorts by playing the Boyz II Men song "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" repeatedly and directing listeners to WDMK-FM 105.9 between each playing.

The next move will the shift of the hip-hop format of 102.7 to 107.5 on Wednesday at 5:00pm; it's possible those two frequencies will then simulcast until Monday, October 31st when 102.7 will launch it's new Gospel-based format as 'Praise 102.7'.



Windsor's Country 95.9 lands a familiar voice

Former country WYCD-FM 99.5 midday host Mike Scott has landed at CJWF-FM 95.5 (Country 95.9) for weekend and fill-in work. Scott was let go from WYCD this past summer.




I knew something was up when late Friday on the drive home, WGPR (107.5) played a rap-free version of Kelly Rowland's "Motivation." The only other urban adult contemporary station, to my knowledge, that had spun that tune was WDMK (105.9). It wasn't a surprise for 105.9 to be playing it; urban adult contemporary stations tend to pick up on certain hits after they've been played to death on younger-targeted stations. But 107.5 has rarely been a follower of other stations in the Detroit market.

Full story: The death of 107.5, or why urban radio in Detroit continues on its downward spiral (Mon, 10/24)



Cumulus' WDVD and WDRQ Detroit hosting Canned Film Festival

96.3 WDVD & 93.1 Doug-FM will present the Canned Film Festival, Thursday, November 10th at MJR Digital Cinemas. Anyone who donates at least five cans of food at any MJR Digital Cinema (excluding the Adrian location) will get free admission to the movie of their choosing from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. that evening only. It's a "win-win" situation to help feed the area's hungry while getting to see a first-run movie.

96.3 WDVD's afternoon drive DJ, Jesse Addy, will be broadcasting live from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the new MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16 located at 6800 North Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48185.

All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be collected and distributed by Gleaners Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties. Kroger has issued a challenge to the public: for every Kroger brand canned good donated, Kroger will match the donations up to $5,000! Last year's Canned Film Festival was highly successful with over 9,000 people attending the six MJR Digital Cinemas and donating 48,000 pounds of food.

MJR Digital Cinemas participating in the 2011 Canned Film Festival are: Brighton Towne Square 20, Chesterfield Crossing 16, Marketplace Sterling Heights 20, Southgate 20, Partridge Creek 14, Waterford 16, and Westland Grand 16.



FOX Sports Detroit readies for expanded coverage of MHSAA Football Playoffs

FOX Sports Detroit plans to offer a lineup of Web & TV content throughout the Prep Postseason, starting with this Friday's boys football district matchups. The MHSAA Network will produce 16 games in the 2011 Football Playoffs to be streamed live on FoxSportsDetroit.com. The Prep Zone is a new feature of the MHSAA's television package this year. Four games will be streamed live each Friday for the first three weekends of the Playoffs, and four Semifinal games will be streamed live on Saturday, Nov. 19. Prep Zone games will be archived for on-demand viewing on the MHSAA.tv Website.

The Prep Zone games for Friday, Oct. 28 are:

  • Romeo at Troy Athens (Division 1)
  • South Lyon at Holly (Division 2)
  • Sturgis at Mason (Division 3)
  • Saugatuck at Muskegon Catholic Central (Division 8)

Other prep football programming will include:

- MHSAA Football Friday Overtime: Fridays - Midnight (live), Saturday - 11 a.m. (replay) on FOX Sports Detroit (through Nov. 18-19) Throughout the postseason leading up to the championship round, FOX Sports Detroit continues its fast-paced Friday night presentation with host Mickey York and analyst Rob Rubick, complete with highlights, interviews and results from various games throughout the state.

- FOX Sports Detroit PLUS will televise live the inaugural MHSAA 8-Player Final on Fri. Nov. 18 at 7 pm from the Superior Dome in Marquette.

- The Division 1 - 8 MHSAA Football Finals will be aired on Fri. Nov. 25 & Sat. Nov. 26 on FOX Sports Detroit PLUS for the 14th consecutive year, live from Ford Field in Detroit.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 25, 2011



WDFN/Detroit and ESPN 96.1/Grand Rapids afternoon show exits

Less than two months after the sudden death of co-host Tom Kowalski, the Sean, Terp, and Killer show has come to an end on sports formatted sister stations WDFN AM 1130 Detroit and WMAX-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids. Sean Baligian announced on social networks yesterday evening that he had made the decision to move on and is no longer with WDFN after about 12 years.

Ryan Terpstra will remain with ESPN 96.1 in Grand Rapids and for the immediate future will continue to host afternoons on that station only.



Notice something different on 24 Hour News 8 this past weekend? WOOD-TV (channel 8) began airing its news broadcasts in full HDTV on Saturday.

Full story: WOOD-TV's 24 Hour News 8 begins broadcasting news in HDTV format (Mon, 10/24)



Windsor's CKWW AM 580 carries on an annual Halloween tradition

Martians will once again invade the airwaves of Windsor/Detroit as AM580 will present a Halloween treat with the airing of one of the most infamous radio broadcasts of all-time on Monday, October 31st at 8 PM.

"The War of the Worlds" was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show was directed and narrated by Orson Welles and had a nation convinced Martians were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world!

CKWW has aired the original 1938 historic broadcast every year since the early 1990's.



Radio Ink:

P.D. Brent Alberts helps revive the rock ratings in Detroit. When Alberts arrived at Greater Media's WCSX in June 2010, the station had been the Classic Rock Station of record in Detroit for 23 years, yet they were ranked #9 25-54 adults in the May 2010 PPM. After making sure the product was well targeted, clutter at a minimum, and the station totally reimaged, Alberts challenged the staff to step it up, do great content and play a lot of music. July and August 2010 WCSX moved to #4 25-54 adults and in September and October #3.

Full story: Rock & Roll is Alive And Well in The Motor City (Tue, 10/25)




CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT is hosting a business breakfast forum on "Resurrecting DETROIT" as part of its "WWJ NEWSRADIO 950/GREAT LAKES AND TECHNOLOGY REPORT (GLITR) UnWIRED Coffee Series" on THURSDAY (10/27). The event, at LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY's ULTC GALLERY, will be moderated by WWJ Technology Editor MATT ROUSH and will include panelists DEIRDRE GREENE GROVES, Exec. Dir. of THE COLLABORATIVE GROUP; CMPUWARE Chairman/CEO PETER KARAMANOS, JR.; and KIM YOST, CEO of ART VAN FURNITURE.

Full story: WWJ To Host Breakfast Forum On 'Resurrecting Detroit' (Mon, 10/24)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 27, 2011



Monroe News:

WYDM, Dream 97.5, the non-profit radio station that has been kind of a learning lab for Monroe High School and Monroe County Community College students over the years, soon will be run by Monroe Public Access Cable Television. Monroe Public Schools board members unanimously agreed Tuesday night to sell the FM radio station license and equipment to MPACT for $25,000. The station's future has been up in the air since Monroe County Community College dropped funding for it earlier this year

Full story: Radio station license, equipment sold (Wed, 10/26)



FCC dings WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park with notice of possible $22,000 fine for violations

Not following FCC rules to the letter of the law can prove very costly, and especially burdensome if you're a small community station in one of the poorest communities in Michigan. WHPR-FM 88.1 in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park has been served with a $22,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for violations including transmitting from a location nearly one half of a mile from where it's licensed, public file issues, and emergency alert problems. In addition to the possible fine of $22,000 the station must also "submit a written statement signed under penalty of perjury stating that Station WHPR-FM is now in compliance."

FCC Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order (.pdf)


As the clock struck 5 p.m. this afternoon, it was officially time to start celebrating the Christmas season in Detroit as pop WMGC-FM 105.1 flipped to "Christmas 105.1".

So as you're passing out candy for Halloween and carving your turkey for Thanksgiving, you'll also have the opportunity to make believe it's actually December 25th.

The annual switchover to Christmas music by radio stations across the U.S.A. has typically resulted in a ratings bonanza - despite the inevitable criticism from some listeners that prefer to wait to listen to the sounds of the season until it's actually the season.


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 3, 2011



November 9th National Emergency Alert System test shortened

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, announced today that the duration of the audio for the first ever nationwide EAS test scheduled for November 9th at 2 p.m. Eastern has been shortened from two and half minutes to thirty seconds. Stations should now be able to complete the entire required test in a minute or less.

The test will include all radio, television, satellite (radio and TV) and cable systems in the U.S.A.

Even with plenty of advance notice and a clear message that the event it is merely a test, there is concern that some listeners/viewers may still be confused and overwhelm things like the 911 system. A shorter test may mitigate unnecessary negative reactions.



The Eastern Echo:

Michigan Radio recently finished its fall fundraiser. It raised $41,000 more than its $850,000 goal. This might come as a surprise to some, as popular perception is news radio is nearing its demise. Steve Schram, director of Michigan Radio, said the station is flourishing...

Full story: News sources adapt to listeners (Wed, 11/2)




WDET-FM reporter Rob St. Mary has created a recording called "Detroit's Image: An Audio Collage" that covers the last 50 years of the sounds of radio and television in Detroit.

Full story: WDET's sound collage chronicles Motor City history through song, speech and media memory (Wed, 11/2)


A tumultuous couple of weeks on the Detroit radio dial got even more chaotic this morning with a format flip at Clear Channel's WDTW-FM 106.7 which has moved again to a rock format, this time as "106.7 The D", heavily leaning on 70s and 80s classic rock including Rush, Van Halen, The Police, The Cars, AC/DC, Kiss, The Talking Heads, Guns n' Roses, ZZ Top, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, Bill Squier, Journey, Bon Jovi, Boston, and U2.

Gone is the rhythmic-leaning pop format "106.7 The Beat" along with the entire on-air staff as the new format launched with a 10,000-song block of music. The abrupt switch could be a move to restrengthen the ratings of sister station Channel 95-5 (WKQI) - which features a contemporary hits format, but without many of the gold rhythmic songs that 106.7 played. Pop music listeners have had a wide selection of frequencies to sample - and are still left with WDVD-FM 96.3, Amp Radio (WDZH-FM 98.7), and Fresh 100 (WNIC-FM 100.3) as options following today's switch at 106.7. Each of those stations, along with WMGC-FM (105.1) have been targeting a similar audience as 106.7 was, albeit each with a slightly different approach to their music.

Rumors have been circulating for months that legendary afternoon drive host Arthur Penhallow was to be returning to the air soon - this format would be a perfect fit once the musical marathon concludes in early to mid-December.

The history of the 106.7 frequency includes stops on the rock format from the early 1970s through 1980 and again from 1999 - 2006. Arguably, the station's most successful run was as 'W4 Country' from 1980 - 1999 and ever since has struggled to find a consistent audience despite numerous attempts at different sounds.

The classic rock format on 106.7 has started out with a harder rock sound than what's currently being offered by heritage classic rocker WCSX-FM 94.7 - and without the pop songs heard on classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 and variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1. The station sounds like it's being programmed to listeners that remember listening to rockers like WRIF-FM 101.1 and the old WABX-FM 99.5, WLLZ-FM 98.7, and 106.7 as W4 when those stations battled for rock listeners from the mid 1970s - early 1980s. The playlist on '106.7 The D' dips into the 1990s in addition to it's heavy 70s/80s focus.

Today's flip at 106.7 quickly follows other moves on FM in Detroit; Hip hop Hot 102.7 changed frequency to 107.5, making room for gospel on 102.7 and silencing the R&B format previously on 107.5. Also an FM translator carrying smooth jazz at 104.7 was taken off the air due to interference with Toledo rocker WIOT-FM 104.7.

But perhaps the biggest change on the radio dial is yet to happen with last month's announcement that legendary morning host Jim Harper will be retiring from WMGC-FM 105.1 at year's end. That station recently dropped its pop format for All-Christmas ... at least temporarily.



Other stories on the flip:

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit radio station WDTW-FM 106.7 changes format to put modern twist on classic rock (Fri, 11/4)




And 'The Beat' doesn't go on: Clear Channel flips 106.7 FM format to classic rock (Fri, 11/4)




WDTW Flips To Classic Rock As 106.7 The D (Fri, 11/4)




106.7 Detroit Is Beaten Away With Rock (Fri, 11/4)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 5, 2011



Cumulus layoffs affect on-air and off-air talent in Detroit

With the recent $2.5 billion takeover of of Citadel, which included three stations in Detroit, new owner Cumulus is reducing the workforce at the cluster that includes news/talk WJR AM 760, pop WDVD-FM 96.3, and variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Doug FM).

On-air talent no longer with Cumulus include fill-in and weekend host John McCulloch and news personalities Donna Barbera and Dayna Clark from WJR along with evening host Scott Vertical and overnight host Jeanmarie Pavol from WDVD. Various social network and trade publication postings claim the layoffs also included engineer Kevin Hawley along with traffic reporters and people in production, accounting, and promotions - possibly up to seventeen people in all.



Tim Martz's Radio Power applies to buy a far east side FM translator

Radio Assist Ministry has agreed to sell an extremely low power FM translator (1 watt, and presently silent) currently at 97.5 licensed to Harrison Township to Martz's Radio Power for $32,000 pending the usual government approvals.

There is now an application on file for the translator to change frequency to 107.1, increase power to the maximum 250 watts with a move to Roseville near 12 Mile Rd. and Groesbeck Hwy, and change its community of license to Detroit.

The application filed with the FCC for the sale shows the translator would rebroadcast the HD-3 signal of WGPR-FM (107.5) - currently known as modern rock 94.3 The Bone and also heard on an FM translator at 94.3 that is weak in many parts of Macomb County due to co-channel interference from Canadian station CKSY-FM out of Chatham, ON.



Detroit News:

Mayor Dave Bing has tapped his former communications czar and one-time TV executive to lead and revamp the city's government cable access channels, The Detroit News has learned. Robert N. Warfield, who served as Bing communications chief from the beginning of the mayor's first term in May 2009 to June 2009, resigned because the mayor was unaware he pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2004. He is set to begin his new role as director of Media Services Department on Monday.

Full story: Bing taps former WDIV exec to revamp city's 2 cable channels (Fri, 11/4)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 6, 2011



97.7 FM Cheboygan signs on as 'Santa 97.7'

WQEZ FM 97.7 Cheboygan has become Michigan's newest radio station, it signed on as "Santa 97.7" yesterday with plans to air a commercial-free all-Christmas music format until after the holiday when it will relaunch with its (yet to be announced) regular format.

The Class C3 station (3,400 watts @ 499 feet) is owned by Del Reynolds and was granted its construction permit this past summer.



FM 91.3 in Tawas area returns to the air

WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas returned to the airwaves in late October under new owner Baraga Broadcasting with a religious/Catholic format. The station had been off the air under previous owner Northern Christian Broadcasting after briefly operating with a Christian Rock format.



Northern Star Broadcasting sells its remaining Upper Peninsula radio station

Long-silent WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry has been sold by Northern Star Broadcasting to West Central Michigan Media Ministries (WCMMM) $150,000, pending approvals and closing. WIHC essentially became an orphan after Northern Star sold off its U.P. properties to Sovereign Communications, but was prevented from including the station by ownership concentration levels in Sault Ste Marie.

WCMMM operates a Cadillac, MI based religious station.



Detroit Free Press:

That didn't stop Redmond, who traded his stick for a microphone and has spent 32 years in the radio and TV booth as a hockey color analyst -- the past 26 for the Wings and, since 1997, with Fox Sports Detroit.

Full story: Hockey Hall of Fame nod caps Red Wings announcer Mickey Redmond's second career (Sun, 11/6)


Although the NBA labor impasse is ongoing and no one knows when players will return to the court, Pistons fans will notice a change when they tune in to watch whenever the season begins. Fox Sports Detroit, which also carries the Tigers and Red Wings, will have more responsibilities when it comes to airing the Pistons.

Full story: FS Detroit takes sole responsibility for Pistons broadcast (Sun, 11/6)


Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland



At least a pair of stations made the move to all-Christmas in the area in the past several days including WTRV-FM 100.5 Grand Rapids and, just this morning, WNIC-FM 100.3 in Detroit.

They join Detroit's WMGC-FM and Cheboygan's WQEZ-FM as pre-Thanskgiving options for fans of jolly old St. Nick to get their early holiday fix. Toledo's WRVF-FM 101.5 was on the bandwagon over the weekend as well, but went back to their normal format by morning drive today.

Michigan is arguably a leading state when it comes to radio stations giving up their normal formats in favor of all-Christmas music well before the actual holiday season begins. One of the first stations in the U.S.A. to program with all-holiday music before Christmas Eve was Gladwin country outlet WGDN-FM 103.1 many years ago -- a switch that proved to be popular with listeners that has now been expanded by hundreds of other stations from coast to coast starting around Halloween.

Undoubtedly there will be numerous other stations across Michigan that make the temporary switchover in the coming weeks, if not days. But metro-Detroiters now lead the state, and the country, in the amount of Christmas music they can hear on their FM radios.


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 7, 2011



TimeOut Chicago:

Now Chicago's sweetheart belongs to America. This week Ginger Zee officially starts working for ABC's Good Morning America as weekend meteorologist and weekday contributor. It's a huge step up for the former farm girl and high school homecoming queen who'd been a star attraction at WMAQ-Channel 5 until she signed off last month. Named after the Ginger character on Gilligan's Island, Zee, 30, grew up in western Michigan and worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids before joining NBC 5 as weekend meteorologist in 2006.

Full story: For Ginger Zee at ABC, 'absolute dream' comes true (Mon, 11/7)



Radio Ink:

For over four decades, Detroit radio and Dick Purtan (pictured) were nearly synonymous. Nationally, he has a collection of awards like "Major Market Air Personality of the Year" (twice,) NAB's Marconi Award and four times he received R&R's Personality of the Year. His radio show has been included in the Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting. Dick Purtan is as good as it gets in radio. When he retired from the air in March of 2010, it's safe to say there was a Purtan-shaped hole in the Detroit radio scene.

Full story: Radio great turns to podcasting (Mon, 11/7)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 8, 2011



This is a test, this is only a test

Those words are not part of the nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled for 2 p.m. ET tomorrow. Over-the-air radio and TV broadcasters, along with cable and satellite services, will be all be interrupting normal programming tomorrow - and if you're tuned in, there will be no escape from the test - unless you can tune into an over-the-air station from Ontario.



Specs Howard School's Dick Kernan honored

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC) has honored Specs Howard School of Media Arts' Vice President of Industry Relations Dick Kernen with the Dream Makers Gala Partner Excellence Award.

Kernen was selected for his dedication and commitment to the DHCD mission in the past year through Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Among the reasons for his selection are his contributions, counsel and support, which helped DHCD build the capacity to serve more children and their families in educational partnerships with the school.

DHDC formed in 1997 with the goal to reduce neighborhood violence by encouraging the leaders of several rival gangs to call a truce and "retire" in return for jobs in local Hispanic-owned manufacturing companies.



96.3 WDVD and Doug FM Canned Food Festival set for Thursday

Anyone who donates at least five cans of food at any MJR Digital Cinema (excluding the Adrian location) will get free admission to the movie of their choosing from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Thursday as part of a "win-win" promotion to help feed the area's hungry while getting to see a first-run movie on the cheap.

Visit963WDVD.com or 931DougFM.com for complete details.


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 9, 2011



FM 93.5 in metro Detroit becoming a battleground for FM translators looking to relocate

Just recently, Tim Martz's Radio Power applied to move is currently silent FM translator from 93.9 (which had previously been heard on FM 104.7) to 93.5. Today comes another application to the FCC, this one from the Educational Media Foundation (operators of the Christian "K-Love" and "Air-1" networks) for a silent translator to move to 93.5. EMF's W256AY had previously operated on FM 99.1 prior to Windsor's CJAM taking over that frequency as it moved from FM 91.5- that translator has been silent ever since.

So now there are two operators fighting for a frequency for translators that will likely cause concern for yet another broadcaster - Howell's WHMI-FM 93.5 based in Livingston county, but also serving a decent portion of western Oakland County west of the I-275 corridor and northward up to Genesee County.

It appears that the Detroit/Windsor market has now essentially reached the breaking point in terms of available frequencies on FM and what's left will now be fought over through the FCC.



Results cloudy with EAS test

The follow up of the nationwide Emergency Alert System test seems to be that it was anything but smooth sailing with many cable and satellite systems failing to issue the alert and that there were even scattered failures with over-the-air broadcasters across the country.

A quick sampling in metro Detroit showed that most radio stations did air the test -- but at varying times near 2 p.m. -- it was not close to being in sync. The audio of the test was wrought with interference and cross-talk and the test itself didn't seem to end cleanly with regular programming resuming before the end alert tones aired. My cable television system also appeared to fail to broadcast the test on cable-only stations (using a TV with a Cable Card, not a converter box).

It looks like there is much work to be done with a national system, and there will be more of these tests in our near future.



Northern Star Broadcasting selling off remaining stations in northern Lower Peninsula

A huge transaction is under way up north as Northern Star Broadcasting exits radio in Michigan by selling its nine station group to longtime broadcasters Del and Mary Reynolds for about $1.8 million. Northern Star's radio stations include the classic rock 'The Bear' combo of 98.1 WGFN Glen Arbor / 93.9 WAVC Mio / 94.5 WLJZ Mackinaw City / 107.1 WCKC Cadillac, country 'Big Country' WMKC 102.9 Indian River, rock combo 'Real Rock' 95.5 WJZJ Glen Arbor / 105.1 WGFM 105.1 Cheboygan, and classic country WCBY AM 1240 Cheboygan along with the silent (and being sold off) WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry.

Northern Star previously sold off 11 of its 12 Upper Peninsula stations to Sovereign Communications in 2010. Del Reynolds has a long history of owning and operating radio stations in northern Michigan, but had stepped down his involvement in recent years. This transaction, in which Reynolds is repurchasing a number of the stations he used to own in Northern Michigan, changes that dramatically.




CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is honoring U.S. troops on active duty and those who have served with rare, live calls from the front lines in AFGHANISTAN and interviews with local active duty members from SELFRIDGE AIR FORCE BASE in HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI. The VETERANS DAY celebration takes place this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th and begins with WYCD's DR. DON MORNING SHOW at 6a (CT).

Full story: WYCD To Honors Troops On November 11th With All-Day Broadcast (Wed, 11/9)



Grand Rapids Press:

If you love Christmas music, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived. Radio station Star 105.7 switched today its all-Christmas, all the time format today with more than six weeks to go before Dec. 25.

Full story: If you like Christmas melodies on your radio, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived (Tue, 11/8)



Central Michigan Life:

University President George Ross will be co-hosting a radio show from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today on Modern Rock 91.5. Ross will be joining Black Circle Radio's hosts to talk about music while playing songs he personally selected.

Full story: Ross to co-host 91.5 radio show Wednesday, play his vinyl favorites (Wed, 11/9)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

As I pen these words, I am listening to a talk show podcast from LA's big AM powerhouse KFI. It's hosted by Jim Ladd, who is to southern California radio what Arthur Penhallow was to us here in Detroit. Arthur P. opted to leave WRIF after 39 years over contractual issues, but Jim Ladd was unceremoniously shown the door at Cumulus-owned KLOS in Los Angeles, which ironically was once sister station to The Riff! In a truly unprecedented move, KFI allowed Mr. Ladd to do a "final show" and a chance to say farewell for three hours on Sunday night November 6th. It was great radio and kudos to Clear Channel LA for allowing it. That is very uncharacteristic in today's seemingly cookie-cutter radio landscape.

Jim Ladd did not exit KLOS alone. He was followed by PD and DJ Bob Buchmann, production director Howard Hoffman and others. It's part of the staff trimming that always seems to happen when companies consolidate. In this case it was the ABC stations, which morphed into Citadel and now to Cumulus.

VuoloLocally Cumulus now owns WJR (760 AM), WDVD (96.3 FM) and WDRQ (93.1 FM). There were no cuts made at 93.1 Doug-FM since the station is a computer with a hard drive loaded with commercials, promos and mostly classic hits. WJR and WDVD were not as fortunate.

People flying out the revolving door of the Fisher Building included the WDVD night jock Scott Vertical, who dates back to the days when 96.3 FM was known as WPLT The Planet. The overnight host Jeanmarie Pavol was also told she can get more sleep now. Up on the 8th floor, WJR (known for news & talk) jettisoned two news reporters: Danya Clark and Donna Barbera and an excellent talk host in John McCulloch. John was also widely used as a fill-in host, and with the holidays ahead, his dismissal seemed as ludicrous as the women let go in the news room. Others were also cut, including production manager Mark Mitchell.

Throughout the country big powerful AM news-talk stations are latching onto an FM for more reach and better (in office buildings) reception- and Cumulus is a big fan of such simulcasting. It would not surprise me to see 93.1 FM extend the WJR brand on FM. Another possibility might have WDVD moving to 93.1 and 96.3 (which was originally WJR-FM) being the FM voice of The Great Voice of the Great Lakes. Black-talk and Gospel WCHB (1200 AM) recently got a low power FM on 99.9, and across the river in Windsor, CBE (1550 AM) shut its 10,000 watt signal down and moved the whole radio station to 97.5 FM.


The big news since last we spoke was in the Clear Channel complex out in Farmington Hills. The Beat did NOT go on (it went off) at 106.7, as WDTW-FM flipped into an aptly named classic rocker known as "The D." Since that is the new hip name for Detroit, it's a clever moniker. After they finish the typical 10,000 songs in a row means of attracting an audience, the real proof will come when they staff the station with (dare I use the word) on-air talent. There is a slew of great talent currently available locally and I hope the powers-to-be at Clear Channel Detroit staff the 106.7 frequency with good people who actually know how to entertain. With this format change one can only wonder if perhaps WOMC (104.3 FM) will revert back to more mainstream oldies versus the 70's and 80's classic hits, which borders on classic rock.


The FCC flunked the test! On Wednesday 11-9-11 (notice the inclusion of 9-11 in the date) every radio and television station, including satellite, was to run a simultaneous EAS (Emergency Alert System) test nationwide in case (God forbid) we needed to enact such an "all points bulletin." I was intrigued and felt like flipping through as many radio and TV stations as possible at 2 p.m. EST to hear this amazing group effort. With so many stations running on multi-second delays it did not happen as simultaneously as originally conceived. Detroit's top station 97.1 The Ticket didn't kick in until a full 2 minutes after the top of the hour! My parents out in the Las Vegas area called when it finally kicked in out there...7 minutes past two! It's a good thing this was only a test. Had it been an actual emergency, God help us all.


At the risk of sounding like the late Andy Rooney, I really wonder why the nicest man in Detroit radio, with over thirty years of tenure, Kevin O'Neill, is still off the air. His last job was the evening shift at WMGC (Magic 105.1) until they felt semi-automation would be more economical. WMGC was the first local FM to deluge us with endless amounts of Christmas music. With the exit of longtime market legend Jim Harper, now only about a month away, who will fill those shoes? The perfect candidate is already in the building...afternoon host Chris Edmonds. Who should then move into 3 to 7 pm? Hello? Bring back Kevin O'Neill putting true "market vets" in both drive time slots! It makes a lot of sense...and dollars!


Finally, I can't ignore two of the biggest stories of recent days. The Foo-Pa and Joe Pa. Oakland University was the spot where Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry had a "memory malfunction" which has been played and replayed till we're sick of hearing it. Thanks to our over-active news media, that screw-up could knock him out of the political race.

Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno also seems to have forgotten the serious charges of child abuse by a member of his staff. Hey, I'm lot younger than Joe Pa and I forget things on a daily basis. That doesn't absolve sins, but it explains how "things can happen." One thing is certain...the Penn State sex abuse scandal is providing sports-talk radio with a mountain of fodder. Admittedly, like those of us embarrassed that we slow down to look at an accident, I can't tear myself away from listening to sports-talk radio. Remember, what a far less powerful media, did to the reputation of Kent State in the mid-70's when four students were killed? The only good thing from all of this will be gigantic ratings for sports radio. College sports, like most of corporate broadcasting, is big business, and let's see what happens when the donations from wealthy alumni slow to a crawl. It's always about the money. Meanwhile radio (and TV) are eating it up!

Art Vuolo Jr.


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 14, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

Say adios to a Spanish-language radio station in Grand Rapids. If you tune in today to 1410-AM, you might hear a setup beginning "a priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar ...."

Full story: All comedy format debuts on Grand Rapids AM radio with Funny 1410 (Mon, 11/14)



Detroit Free Press:

While it always has been important for WDVD-FM (96.3) morning show hosts Blaine Fowler, Allyson Martinek and Dana Masucci to stay positive and make a difference in the community, the threesome now are trying to change the conversation about jobs in metro Detroit.

Full story: WDVD's Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek add a jobs promo (Mon, 11/14)



Holland Sentinel:

You can't walk down the streets of Saugatuck or Douglas without seeing a piece of history, from the ball diamond at Beery Field where cranks and hurlers exchange good-natured huzzahs on summer weekends to the hand-cranked chain ferry that crosses the Kalamazoo River at the same site boats have been docking for 173 years. The towns are making more history this month by being the first community to be featured in the new Michigan Hometown Stories documentary series on WGVU public television.

Full story: WGVU to feature Saugatuck-Douglas in Michigan Hometown Stories documentary series (Fri, 11/12)



Detroit News:

The broadcasts develop like hot jazz. Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels do not rehearse or read scripts. They improvise, to the beat and rhythm of the action on the ice. The accompaniments often originate in Redmond's wise and wonderfully original mind. A fusion of professor and humorist, he teaches and entertains. During the inductions at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto today Redmond will receive the crowning prize for announcers of the game, the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

Full story: Wings announcer Mickey Redmond humbled by Hall honor (Mon, 11/14)




CUMULUS Active Rocker WKQZ/SAGINAW APD/MD/afternooner MATT AT WKQZ is out. MATT posted on his FACEBOOK page, "Well, its been a lot of fun guys... But, due to budget cuts... I am no longer with Z93"

Full story: Matt At WKQZ No Longer At WKQZ (Mon, 11/14)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 15, 2011



New Detroit Public Television initiative to assist community, educators

In response to a dropout crisis that could cripple Michigan's future, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is launching a new community initiative, as one of only 20 public broadcasting stations from around the country selected to lead major localized initiatives as part of the national American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen program.

American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communicating across America address the dropout crisis. The Southeast Michigan program is designed to bring together all of the essential partners that belong in the discussion of our children's health, safety, well-being and potential for success --schools, parents, teachers, administrators, and community organizations, as well as students themselves. According to Education Week, Detroit is one of the epicenters of the dropout crisis. The publication projected that in a recent year, more than 8,700 teenagers would become nongraduates in the City of Detroit alone.

DPTV's initiative begins with a innovative and interactive Teacher Town Hall on Friday November 18, 2011, from 8-9 p.m. on DPTV's WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and on dptv.org and continuing from 9-9:30 p.m. at dptv.org. This Teacher Town Hall is designed to identify solutions to increase the region's graduate rate, starting right away, with this school year. National journalist Hari Sreenivasan of the PBS NewsHour will moderate the live program. DPTV's event is one of 12 Teacher Town Halls across the country, supported in part by CPB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Topics for the moderated discussion will be based on surveys of Metro Detroit teachers that have that have revealed the issues that teachers and students are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. During the live broadcast/webcast, selected panelists will discuss how the graduation rate should be improved. Teachers in the studio audience will participate in the dialogue. All identified solutions to help improve the graduation rate will be listed online at www.miamericangraduate.org for teachers to use in their classes Monday morning, November 21st.

"The Teacher Town Hall is the kickoff of what will be a long-term commitment to work with the Southeast Michigan community on this vital issue," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. "We want to use the power of media to provide the community with new tools needed to raise awareness of this dropout crisis and convene the people who have the best chance at reversing the trends."



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

The familiar voice of local radio legend Dick Purtan will once again return to your home or car with the launch of his 10th and final CD. Purtan, a National Radio Hall of Fame inductee who spent 45 years on the air in Detroit will release "Best of Dick Purtan & Purtan's People" Volume 10 via Amazon.com on November 21. It features a number of Purtan's favorite comedy sketches and conversations leading up to his retirement last year.

Full story: Dick Purtan releases his 10th and final CD (Tue, 11/15)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 21, 2011



Detroit's 96.3 WDVD aims to stuff buses with toys

Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 is trying to ensure no child goes without a toy this holiday season by inviting listeners to help stuff three buses full of new toys. The event will run from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, 2011 from three locations: Kohl's on Ford Road in Canton; at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak; and Nino Salvaggio's on Hall Road in Clinton Township. 96.3 WDVD DJs are scheduled to broadcast live from the remotes all four days.

Listeners can help stuff the three buses by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to any of the Stuff-A-Bus locations. Toys will benefit local charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Canton Goodfellows, Ronald McDonald House, Neighborhood Service Organization, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, Bridgepoint and many others.

Stuff-A-Bus locations will be accepting donations from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Grand Rapids Press:

Grand Rapids radio icon Kevin Matthews was dropped last week from WLAV-FM's morning lineup, but listeners haven't given up just yet.

Full story: 'Kevheads' still bemoaning the loss of Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids (Mon, 11/21)




As all of you I won't turn down a chance to judge a cooking contest. I've judged casseroles, soups, cookies, appetizers and pies. But finally, someone has called upon me and my area of expertise - chocolate.

Full story: WSGW hosts its first ever Chocolate Challenge and you're invited to submit a recipe or stop by for a taste (Mon, 11/21)



Saginaw News:

Looking for something divine to serve your Thanksgiving guests this year? You might want to try the holiday fare that won favor with judges recently during the WHNN, 96.1, Divine Desserts competition at The Saginaw News All About Women Expo.

Full story: Looking for a divine dessert? Here are a few certified winners from WHNN (Mon, 11/21)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 22, 2011




CUMULUS MEDIA Urban AC WDZZ (Z92.7)/FLINT, MI PD AUGUST WALLACE found a way to help her listeners get through the holidays beyond just accepting donations. WDZZ teamed with cluster sister stations Country WFBE (B95) and Top 40 WWCK (CK105.5) for "The Food For Families Giveaway." Their efforts were aided by The Food Bank, The Flint Housing Commission and Catholic Charities.

Full story: WDZZ Heads Effort to Feed Families In Flint (Tue, 11/22)



Michigan Radio:

Ed Burrows who was Michigan Radio's station manager from 1948-1970 passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Burrows was one of the leaders involved in securing federal funding for public radio through the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

Full story: Ed Burrows, former Michigan Radio station manager, dies at 94 (Mon, 11/21)


Michigan Radio and StoryCorps are celebrating the fourth annual National Day of Listening on Friday, November 25, 2011. On the day after Thanksgiving every year, StoryCorps is asking all Americans to start a new holiday tradition: set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one, or someone in your community about his or her life.

Full story: Thank a teacher: StoryCorps National Day of Listening (Mon, 11/21)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 25, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Although he became a familiar face to local TV viewers during his role as director of community affairs for WJBK-TV (Channel 2), Tom Fox also was a shrewd businessman with successful forays into retail pharmacy, automotive and advertising arenas. However, family members and former colleagues said he'll be best remembered for his integrity, sincerity and genuine concern for the welfare of the people of Detroit.

Full story: Tom Fox: Channel 2 host a model for helping others (Thu, 11/24)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 29, 2011




Remember that one time when this reporter was all upset and flustered that John Mason's morning show had been canceled, 107.5 had been flipped to a contemporary format and 102.7 had been flipped into a gospel format? Well, false alarm.

Full story: False alarm: John Mason to return to Detroit radio, will go head-to-head with Frankie Darcell (Mon, 11/28)



Grand Rapids Press:

Sean Baligian describes himself as a glutton for punishment when it comes to radio. That's why his absence from the West Michigan airwaves only lasted about five weeks.

Full story: Sean Baligian returns to ESPN 96.1 with new sports radio show (Mon, 11/28)


Kevin Matthews has got a new gig. The veteran broadcaster for WLAV-FM, dropped Nov. 17 from the Cumulus Media-owned radio station, is joining the Steve Dahl show on podcast.

Full story: Former WLAV-FM radio personality Kevin Matthews joins Steve Dahl show (Tue, 11/29)


West Michigan television stations WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV are planning special coverage in memory of Fred Meijer, who passed away Friday.

Full story: Former WOOD-TV anchor Suzanne Geha will talk about Fred Meijer on WZZM-TV 13 today (Tue, 11/29)




The Tower Defense and Aerospace factory in Detroit has suspended 17 employees after a WJBK report uncovered evidence of factory workers drinking and smoking during lunch breaks. Rob Wolchek, a reporter at the Fox O&O, obtained video of employees at the factory drinking and smoking what appears to be marijuana.

Full story: Tower Defense and Aerospace Factory Suspends 17 After WJBK Investigation (Mon, 11/28)


Newsmakers and links: Nov. 30, 2011



Fox 2 Detroit:

A real life Grinch is preying on unsuspecting people all over metro Detroit giving out bogus gift cards in exchange for donations to a fake charity. One woman says the guy even scammed money from her five-year-old daughter. Charlotte Puchalski was pretty excited. Her grandmother had just given her $5. "For me to go get ice cream," she said.

Full story: Man Posing as a WRIF Worker Scams Money from a 5-Year-Old Girl (Tue, 11/29)



The Southfield Jay:

Future radio personalities and music lovers, fear not. Radio is back. Radio broadcasting is now a Saturday School class offered to interested air heads. The class will teach students how to operate the school radio station, WSHJ 88.3-FM, and review disk jockey techniques. Students will also perform technical duties regarding radio equipment and broadcast transmission. Radio class is free and is open to all high school students within Southfield Public Schools.

Full story: Radio class moves to Saturdays (Tue, 11/29)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 1, 2011



9 & 10 News adds Grand Traverse area translator

Hoping to improve reception for viewers in Traverse City, CBS affiliate WWTV-TV Ch.9 has added a translator on Ch. 40 serving the Grand Traverse area. The station should be available to viewers after rescanning their digital equipment.




CPR PROMOTIONS VP/Fun & Games & Extremely Weird & Very Bizarre Stuff PAIGE NIENABER has been inked by CBS RADIO/DETROIT beginning today.

Full story: CBS Radio/Detroit Brings Paige Nienaber Into The Building (Thu, 12/1)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 5, 2011



Crain's Detroit Business:

Since Dick Purtan retired in March 2010 after 45 years on Detroit's airwaves, local radio has been in turmoil from format shifts, station ownership changes, job cuts -- but also has been growing revenue. It's a confusing landscape, but one beginning to grow barren of veteran stars behind the microphone. Non-air talent also is being pared to save money.

Full story: Change echoes through radio market (Sun, 12/4)



Ann Arbor Journal:

An Ann Arbor-based organization is currently seeking to launch the city's first low-power community radio station. The Make This World Foundation is a registered nonprofit corporation formed in Michigan in 2009. The group is particularly focused on promoting local voices and greater diversity on the airwaves by providing access to audiences traditionally under-represented in media, including African Americans, women and seniors.

Full story: Make This World Foundation wants to launch local radio station, plans fundraiser (Sun, 12/4)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 6, 2011




TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Hot AC WLHT 9CHANNEL 95-7)/GRAND RAPIDS brings in JOE KNIGHT to be APD/afternoon host. KNIGHT has held on-air and programming positions at WZYP/HUNTSVILLE, AL; U93/SOUTH BEND, IN and SL100/HATTIESBURG, MS. Most recently, he was doing nights across the street at WBCT show at B93.

Full story: WLHT Names Joe Knight APD/Nights (Tue, 12/6)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT and its MOJO in the Morning show have qualified over 100 listeners for a $15,000 shopping spree at the TWELVE OAKS MALL in NOVI. The lucky winner will be chosen TONIGHT at CHANNEL 955's Jingle Jam at THE FILLMORE in DETROIT and the shopping spree will take place TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th.

Full story: WKQI's Mojo Offers $15K Shopping Spree (Tue, 12/6)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 12, 2011



WYCD/Detroit's annual radiothon wraps up

CBS country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit wrapped up it's annual St. Jude Country Cares Radiothon on Friday; the two day event resulted in listener pledges of $454,387.

The event raises donations for St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN - radiothon's are sponsored by country radio stations across the country to help the facility help fight childhood cancer.



Michigan Radio's WFUM radio and CMU's WCMZ TV to have temporary outages today

Listeners to Michigan Radio on WFUM-FM 91.1 and viewers of CMU Public Television on WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 in the Flint area will be without their stations for awhile today as the stations plan to sign off at approximately 10 a.m. so that workers can make repairs to the lighting on the broadcast tower located near Goodrich.


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 15, 2011



Detroit News:

Cyndy Canty is eight days from unemployment, and she just received yet another cheery, you-can-do-it note. This one was from a woman getting radiation treatments for lung cancer. You can't say that put things in perspective, because Canty's perspective has always been fine. But it was another nice reminder that she hasn't been talking to the walls for 32 years.

Full story: Radio's Cyndy Canty stays upbeat about the future (Wed, 12/14)


All 66 regular-season Pistons games will be televised locally, the team announced Wednesday. All but one game will be on Fox Sports Detroit or, when there's a conflict with the Red Wings, FSD-Plus.

Full story: All 66 Pistons games to be on TV (Wed, 12/14)



Bay City Times:

The year was 1952 when a young disc jockey at local radio station WSGW heard something come in on the news wire. Grabbing the piece of paper, he rushed to read it on the air. But it wasn't breaking news. It was a recipe.Reading that recipe changed the lives of thousands of housewives across the Tri County area, made Fred Krell a household name and led to the evolution of the area's longest-running talk show -- "Listen to the Mrs."

Full story: For 60 years, 'Listen to the Mrs.' has been a place to share (Wed, 12/14)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 16, 2011



WOMC/Detroit morning host Bobby Mitchell goes tower climbing to help collect 10,000 toys

CBS Radio classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit will be collecting unwrapped toys for "Santa's Toy Castle" today, Friday December 16th from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m, and again tomorrow, Saturday December 17th from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. outside the TCF Bank in Canton (45375 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48188).

Morning show host Bobby Mitchell has pledged that he'll remain up in a broadcast tower until 10,000 toys are collected - even if it requires sleeping on the tower.

All toys collected will be distributed through The Salvation Army to children and families in need this Christmas.

The event will also include a visit from Santa who will be available for photos from 12 - 4 p.m. on Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m.on Saturday. Kids will be able to create a Christmas ornament and there will be food and beverage samples available as well.

Listeners can also drop off unwrapped toys at any TCF Bank during business hours to help them "Stuff the Vault" for Santa's Toy Castle - Or, drop off toys at the front desk of the WOMC lobby on Friday, December 16 from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at 2201 Woodward Heights Blvd in Ferndale.



Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio station is working to make a difference in the lives of West Michigan children. STAR 105.7 is hosting the T.O.Y (Think Outside Yourselves) Radiothon to raise money for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The annual event which kicked off Wednesday, runs through 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Full story: Kevin Matthews returns to air waves for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital fundraiser (Thu, 12/15)




CUMULUS Sports WTKA-A (SPORTS TALK 1050)/ANN ARBOR has named IRA WEINTRAUB as PD. WEINTRAUB had been the APD/Morning Show Producer since MARCH 2009.

Full story: Ira Weintraub Named PD At WTKA (Thu, 12/15)




Maurielle Lue has moved from Cleveland to Detroit, joining Fox O&O WJBK as a reporter. Lue spent the past three years working at WEWS in Cleveland, where she served as a general assignment reporter, morning traffic reporter, breaking news reporter, and morning anchor.

Full story: Maurielle Lue Moves From Cleveland to Detroit (Thu, 12/15)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 19, 2011




PHIL TOWER is back as PD of News WOOD A/F and Talk WTKG-A.

Full story: Phil Tower Rejoins WOOD And WTKG-A As PD (Mon, 12/19)




As he wraps up his radio career, Jim Harper wasn't making an commitment about his retirement plans except for Dec. 16, 2012. "(Wife) Lynn and I will be cruising Ford Road waving like royalty," said Harper, after Dec. 16, 2011, was proclaimed Jim Harper Day in his hometown of Westland. A 1971 Westland John Glenn High School graduate, Harper has worked nearly 45 years in radio and mainly in the Detroit area. He officially retires on Friday, Dec. 23, with his last morning show at Magic 105.1/WMGC-FM where he has worked since July 2001 as morning host and program director.

Full story: Westland honors hometown celeb, Jim Harper (Sun, 12/18)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 20, 2011



Ann Arbor's 107one helps gather 203 tons of food in 5-day event

Despite a challenging economy, the community, once again, helped Ann Arbor's 107one (WQKL-FM), Food Gatherers and Kroger exceed their goal for the food bank's largest annual outdoor food drive, Rockin' for the Hungry. The five day event (December 7th - 11th) raised 203 Tons of food for those in need in Washtenaw County.

Volunteers and radio personalities braved long hours, and at times, frigid weather outside Kroger on South Maple in Ann Arbor, MI, to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers' food rescue and food bank program. Through their efforts and generous contributions from sponsors Bank of Ann Arbor, Donaldson & Guenther Dentistry, The Quarter Bistro & Tavern, IBEW Local 252 NECA, Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac Saab, Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Cozy Home Solutions, Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, Enspire Dental, Golden Limousine, and UA Local 190 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Gas Distribution Workers, this event exceeded the Rockin' goal of 200 Tons.

This generous support allows Food Gatherers to meet the urgent and pressing demand for food in our own community. "On behalf of all the people seeking food assistance this year, we are so grateful to ann arbor's 107one, Kroger and the citizens of Washtenaw County for making a real difference in our community," said Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers. "When we needed you most, you rose to the challenge."




Multi-screen media measurement firm Rentrak Corp. today announced that Post-Newsweek Stations has signed a long-term, group-wide contract for Rentrak's StationView Essentials local market census-based ratings service.

Full story: Post-Newsweek, Rentrak in group-wide deal (Mon, 12/19)


f Nielsen's local TV ratings service doesn't improve, Post-Newsweek Stations may drop it, said Alan Frank, president of the six-station group. "Our Nielsen contract is still in effect, but we have not made any plans to renew it," he said via email.

Full story: P-N's Frank: Local Nielsen problems 'severe' (Tue, 12/20)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 21, 2011



Detroit News:

On Friday morning, Detroit radio veteran Jim Harper signs off on Magic 105.1/WMGC-FM's morning show for the last time. A native of Hamtramck, Harper started out on the air at WYNZ-AM in Ypsilanti in 1967, at the tender age of 13, broadcasting a show about "teen issues." His voice has been a mainstay on Motor City airwaves ever since, for most of the last 44 years.

Full story: Jim Harper to retire from Detroit's Magic 105.1 (Wed, 12/21)



Midland Daily News:

Mike Avery has never been afraid to try something new. When he graduated from Ferris (then State College) and landed an industrial TV production job with General Motors, "I discovered this isn't where I want to be" and moved on ... And now, the Midland resident is leaving behind part of that -- the TV show -- to focus on radio. Avery's last Outdoor Magazine TV show debuts Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Sportsman Channel.

Full story: Avery's last outdoor TV show Thursday (Thu, 12/20)



Grand Rapids Press:

Phil Tower's back at WOOD radio. The veteran radio personality has been named program director at WOOD-AM (1300) and WOOD-FM (106.9), his former home for a decade.

Full story: Phil Tower's back at WOOD radio in Grand Rapids (Tue, 12/20)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 22, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Rich Homberg, president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, says it's a "tremendous honor" that the station's "Beyond the Light Switch" is among the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winners for 2012. The two-part documentary and online initiative is one of 14 projects to be honored during a Jan. 19 ceremony.

Full story: Detroit Public Television documentary 'Beyond the Light Switch' wins award (Wed, 12/21)



Grand Rapids Press:

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe will help to make the season bright, but what are some fresh and novel ideas for sparking up the season? Leave it to the sparkiest of them all, West Michigan's morning television news anchors, who shared their coziest traditions and brightest notions for greeting Christmas with good cheer.

Full story: TV news personalities from West Michigan share their favorite holiday traditions (Thu, 12/22)


Greater Media's WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit has ended its extended stay with Christmas music programming and returned to an adult contemporary format - but one that has been tweaked a tad to focus more heavily on 1980s music than it featured prior to it's pre-Halloween switch to 'Christmas 105.1'. Now positioned as 'Soft Rock 105.1', the station sends it's prior identity as 'Magic 105.1' away, essentially coinciding with the retirement of now former morning man Jim Harper; he stepped away from the mic last Friday.

The format adjustment accomplishes a several things, including moving the station back into a musical segment that had been essentially abandoned by WMGC itself for the past several years and by the station's most direct competitor, Clear Channel's WNIC-FM 100.3. In the months before the annual Christmas marathons started, both WMGC and WNIC had been competing musically with not only themselves but also with Cumulus' adult pop focused WDVD-FM 96.3. The adjustment at WMGC also ends speculation that 105.1 might be moving in a completely new direction with a format such as country or sports and likely saves on-air roles for veteran hosts Chris Edmonds and Mitzi Miles.

The launch of Soft Rock 105.1 is being done commercial and jock free for at least now. Those missing Christmas music on Boxing Day can still receive 'Christmas 105.1' online at the station's new web site at softrock105.1.com or with an HD radio at 105.1 HD2.


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 28, 2011



Plymouth's WSDP-FM 88.1 stunting toward new format

Plymouth's WSDP-FM 88.1 is planning to debut a new format on Saturday Dec. 31, 2011 at Noon. The station began teasing the format change on Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011 at 10:45am.

The station's independent alternative rock format ended when the station played The Alarm "Blaze of Glory" and R.E.M's "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."

You can follow the changes at the station by listening at their website 881theeescape.com.

"The new sound will bring a fresh new start for the station," said Bill Keith, Station Manager, "But we will always remain committed to serving the Plymouth-Canton Community."

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. 88.1FM is staffed by students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools. The station has been serving the Plymouth-Canton Community since February 14, 1972.



Over-the-air TV viewers in northern Oakland and southern Genesee Counties report new station on Ch. 26

WHNE-LD Flint, a lower-powered digital television station, is apparently on the air from the Holly area performing some testing as several viewers in that area have noted the station operating on subchannels 26.1, 26.2, 26.3, 26.4, 26.5, primarily with programming from RetroTV with no audio.

Information being transmitted indicates that the station may launch featuring RetroTV, Jewelry TV, America One, and Tuff TV on its various subchannels.




Bill Harris, who returned to WJRT for "special projects" in May just one month after being let go by the new management team, says he is officially done with the Flint ABC-affiliate ... Harris says he is in talks with two rival WJRT rival stations...

Full story: Bill Harris Leaves Michigan's WJRT, For Good (Wed, 12/28)


Newsmakers and links Dec. 30, 2011



Observer & Eccentric:

Life's script couldn't have come together any better for Amy Lange. The Emmy Award-winning Fox 2 Detroit general assignment and investigative reporter hit the city streets running as a 24-year-old reporter -- and hasn't stopped, or regretted it, ever since. Lange, who moved to Farmington nine years ago with her husband, Michael Shore, a Fox 2 Detroit videographer, said it's been quite a ride so far.

Full story: Days, nights on the beat fast-paced for TV reporter Lange (Thu, 12/29)



Radio Ink:

At the end of every year Radio Ink magazine picks a single broadcaster who has had an outstanding year and names that person Broadcaster of the Year. For 2011 that person is Ed Christian. As of yesterday the Saga Communications (SGA, AMEX) stock price is up 38% YTD. That's PLUS 38%. For the most part Radio has become the ugly duckling of media stocks on Wall Street.

Full story: Christian named Broadcaster of the Year (Thu, 12/29)



Flint Journal:

Longtime WJRT (Channel 12) news anchor Bill Harris says he has worked his last day for ABC12. Harris said today that his work on special projects for the station ended with this year's Holiday Pops concert and said he is in active discussions with both WNEM (Channel 5) and WEYI (Channel 25) about joining one of those rival stations.

Full story: Longtime Channel 12 anchorman Bill Harris says he won't continue work for station; in talks with WNEM and WEYI (Wed, 12/28)




Brad Edwards is speaking out on his recent dismissal from Indianapolis CBS-affiliate WISH, saying he was "fired up to serve elsewhere."

Full story: Former WISH Reporter Brad Edwards: 'My Dismissal Is As Mundane As Money' (Fri, 12/30)

Note: Edwards is a former reporter/anchor for WJBK-TV Detroit, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids, and WLNS-TV Lansing


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 31, 2011



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

There will be no ball drop in downtown Royal Oak on New Year's Eve like there was last year. Businesses like Lily's Seafood will miss not having the ball drop be a continued tradition. "I think the city itself and the folks who live here would like to see it come back, as would we," said Bob Morton, co-owner of the restaurant. Morton said they are working with other local restaurants and businesses to bring the event back after Cumulus Media decided not to put on the event this year. Cumulus Media bought Citadel Broadcasting who organized last year's event.

Full story: No ball drop will drop this year on New Year's Eve like it did last year in downtown Royal Oak (Fri, 12/30)



Grand Rapids Press:

A Cascade Township couple who welcomed a new baby and fought breast cancer in 2011 were chosen to smooch in the New Year in Times Square as the winners of Nivea's Kiss of a Lifetime contest.

Full story: Grand Rapids-area couple wins contest to give New Year's Eve kiss on TV in Times Square (Sat, 12/31)


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