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

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

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

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 11, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

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

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 20, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

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

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

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

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

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

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

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

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 22, 2011

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Flint Journal:

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

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

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 29, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

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

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

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

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

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

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

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 31, 2011

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WILX-TV:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 15, 2011

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Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Swing-era bandleader Harry James was such a fan of chili, he held it second only to the thing that was his life's passion. "Next to music there is nothing that lifts the spirits and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili," James once said. There will be a chance to sample approximately 40 good bowls of chili at the annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Competition at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St., on Sunday afternoon. This is K105.3 FM's second year of putting on the popular competition... How hot do you like it?: K105.3's chili cook-off and salsa competition set for Sunday (Tue, 2/15)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 17, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

WKARMargaret Nielsen of East Lansing loves her public radio. So much that some radios in her house are tuned to MSU-based WKAR, for jazz and folk music and local news, while another reels in public affairs programming from Ann Arbor-based WUOM.

"I would very much miss public TV and radio if they went away," said Nielsen, 68, a retired social work professor.

But the U.S. House could vote as soon as today to cut appropriations for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides public radio and TV programming. Possibilities include reducing funds already allocated for the 2011 fiscal year and eliminating future funding.For Michigan State University's WKAR-FM, WKAR-AM and WKAR-TV, that could spell disaster.

"We would have to severely cut back on our services, and that would be our local programming," said DeAnne Hamilton, WKAR's general manager.

About 15 percent of WKAR-TV's budget for 2010 came from federal sources, Hamilton said, amounting to about $1 million. WKAR radio received about $300,000 during 2010... Local public broadcasting programs would be severely cut, WKAR says (Thu, 2/17)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

WIOGCITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW, MI has been searching some time now for someone to team up with PD DEMAS, who hosts THE EARLY SHIFT. They looked far and wide, only to discover the winning candidate was right down the hall all along. Say hello to BOB MOORE, formerly with NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER, but most recently in the employ at the CITADEL cluster... WIOG/Saginaw Adds Morning Co-Host (Thu, 2/17)

 

WCENCongrats to NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN/SAGINAW, who raised $77,859 for ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL during their recent COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS radiothon. Their two-day event was held last THURSDAY (2/10) and FRIDAY (2/11). PD JOBY PHILLIPS tells ALL ACCESS that this year they surpassed last year's amount by $20,000... WCEN Raises Over $77K During 'Country Cares For St. Jude' Radiothon (Wed, 2/16)

 

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

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 28, 2011

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WJRT-TV:

Monday marked the last day at ABC12 news for Tom Bryson, the general manager. Bryson has been a broadcaster for 50 years. The last 26 have been spent as the GM of ABC12. Bryson sat down Monday to talk about his career and where this television station has gone during his tenure, with a laugh or two along the way.

"I started out in radio, new," Bryson said.

"He is almost like a father figure," said ABC12 anchor Bill Harris.

"In Washington D.C. I was a cub reporter and then I went to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1965. I was there in three years in television, produced the 11 p.m. and became the news director," Bryson said.

"When people ask me about Tom Bryson, I'm the first to say he's a 'news dog.' He's a newshound," Harris said... Monday marks last day at ABC12 for general manager (Mon, 2/28)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Congratulations to the fine folks at CITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW, MI upon completion of its annual CARES FOR KIDS radiothon, benefitting the CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK hospitals throughout mid-MICHIGAN. The station's two-day effort, held at HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER, netted the charity $71,102... WIOG Cares For Kids Radiothon Wrapup (Mon, 2/28)

 

AllAccess.com:

Late last year, ALL ACCESS reported CITADEL Classic Rock WMMQ/LANSING morning maven RICH MICHAELS had been fired (NET NEWS 12/16/2010). MICHAELS had been on the LANSING airwaves at one station or another for more than 20 years. Now, MICHAELS is fighting back against his former employer, claiming "they are trying to bankrupt me and lock me out of work."

MICHAELS told ALL ACCESS, "I had no choice but to sign one of those 1 year non-competes, against my better judgment. Now, I'm like kryptonite because nobody wants to engage litigation. And it isn't as easy as driving 60 miles away to another market because CITADEL has locked up much of MICHIGAN."

He has taken his fight to the web, posting a long explaination of "Why am I not on the air?" at www.richmichaels.com... Former WMMQ Morning Man Fights Non-Compete He Claims Is 'Destroying' His Ability To Earn A Living (Wed, 3/2)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TVA TV tradition returns today: WKAR-TV will beg for our money again. Don't fret: This time, especially, it will also entertain us. There will be new concert specials with Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel, David Foster and piles of guest stars. There will be a new "Laugh-In" collection and a portrait of James Taylor and Carole King.

"The arts, in general, do extremely well" at pledge time, said Paula Kerger, the PBS president.

That's been part of an effort to create bigger national specials for pledge drives. "Stations are always asking PBS for new programs," said DeAnne Hamilton, the WKAR general manager.

And at times, the stations have surprises of their own. On Saturday, WKAR shows a moving film - made for the 50th anniversary of a shipping tragedy - that captures the maritime world of Rogers City, north of Alpena on Lake Huron. Those new specials are joined by the usual suspects, during the 19-day drive... From Harry Connick Jr. to a new 'Laugh In,' WKAR uses top-notch entertainment to attract much needed financial support (Tue, 3/1)

 

WGERNextMedia in Saginaw has moved Scott "Shannon" Seipel into the program director's chair for hot adult contemporary 'Mix 106.3', WGER. He succeeds Brian Figula who recently was hired by Greater Media/Detroit to lead adult contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1.

Scott will continue hosting the morning show in addition to his new PD slot. He has been with the station for two years. Prior to joining WGER, he was hosting morning drive and programming stations in Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois from 2000-09. He had previously worked in the Saginaw-Bay City-Midland Michigan market from 1983-91 and had programmed in Flint from 1995-99.

NextMedia operations manager Dave Maurer said he and Scott had worked together during Scott's first tour of duty in the market and was excited when Scott agreed to return to the market. Maurer commented, "I knew eventually Scott would earn his stripes and I look forward to his leading the Mix team for years to come."

 

NextMedia has also announced the promotion of Ann Turpin Williams to news director for the company's 5 station cluster (WCEN-FM, WSGW-FM/AM, WGER-FM, WTLZ-FM) in Mid-Michigan. Ann has served the past five years as assistant news director and assignment manager for Newsradio 790 and is the station's midday anchor. Prior to that, Ann served as a television assignment manager from 2000-05. Before moving into TV, Ann was a reporter and anchor for WSGW for over 15 years. Ms. Williams is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

In making the announcement, Maurer said, "Ann is so much more than an employee, I consider her a peer and I have great confidence in passing one of my hats to her. She is an exemplary performer who has won dozens of journalism awards for news coverage and special news series."

Maurer, who is also the program director for WSGW, will continue to anchor the station's morning news as he has done since 1979.

Commenting on her new role, Williams said, "I'm honored to have this opportunity to uphold and enhance WSGW's reputation as a regional news leader. I look forward to working, along with my colleagues, on moving our news coverage and presentation forward in the changing world of broadcast journalism."

 

WGER names McNann as music director

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NextMedia in Saginaw has moved Kelly McMann into the Music Director's chair for hot adult contemporary WGER-FM, Mix106.3, succeeding Brian Figula. McNann will continue hosting middays in addition to her new MD slot.

Kelly is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has worked in Lansing, Detroit and now Saginaw at WGER for the past 2 years. "To get to work with market vet Scott 'Shannon' Seipel is an honor and privilege," commented McNann. "Scott has taught me so much about the industry and I am so grateful to get to work with someone I consider a mentor and friend."

 

Saginaw News:

Hans "Jeff" Borger admits that even when WGER's "Beautiful Music" program spread the sounds of Percy Faith and Roger Whitaker across most of the Lower Peninsula, he was not its typical listener. A broadcasting student at Central Michigan University in the mid-1980s, he would spend evenings with John Doremus and his "smokers" while classmates tuned in Sheena Easton and Motley Crue. But the music was so relaxing, the local announcers delivering the news at the top of the hour so personable, "it was liking having a friend always by your side," said the Detroit native, now living in Florida. "And it was on 102.5 back then, broadcasting at 86,000 watts, so you could get it almost everywhere you went."

That's why, more than 20 years after the "Beautiful Music" format left the Saginaw airwaves, Borger established the WGER 102.5 FM Historical Society, a Facebook page where former listeners and staffers swap memories and sound bites... Memories of Saginaw's 'Beautiful Music' spark WGER 102.5 FM Historical Society (Sun, 3/6)

 

Kettering University's WKUF-FM to introduce new Pac-O-Mojo CD March 18

WKUFNew original songs and a musical performance by Pac-O-Mojo will highlight an official CD release reception and press event on Friday, March 18, hosted by student radio station WKUF 94.3 FM at Kettering University in Flint.

The live show will be in BJ's Lounge in the lower level of Kettering University's Campus Center. Doors open at 8 p.m., live music begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Kettering University is located at 1700 University Ave. in Flint.

Pac-O-Mojo was founded by Curt Johnson and offers a blend of contemporary urban lyrics and rock'n'roll styling for a fresh sound. A long-time Michigan rocker, Johnson is a former member of Mojo and The Nightwalkers and Terry Night and The Pack -- bands that he played in with life-long friend Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. Pac-O-Mojo made its debut opening for Farner at Flint's Atwood Stadium in August 2009.

The concert will be broadcast live on WKUF 94.3 FM during The Butcher Shop Show with RT and Metal Mike, beginning at 9 p.m. on March 18. The show is streamed live on-line at www.wkuf.fm.

 

Cumulus to acquire Citadel

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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 State News:

WDBMWith a proposed cut of up to $430 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting adding to the constant array of changes facing radio broadcasting, the futures of the medium and the students pursuing it as a career are in limbo. Gary Reid, general manager of Impact (89FM), MSU's student radio station, said many of the 120 students who work for Impact have expressed concern to him about the future of news. Impact consists mostly of music-based programing, but it also has a daily news program called Impact Exposure, which is similar to the style of National Public Radio, or NPR, programs such as "This American Life" and "The Rest of the Story," Reid said. Numerous students have gone on from Impact to work for NPR.

"Over the years, broadcasting in general and radio in general (have) moved away from objective journalism -- we've come to expect a certain amount of subjectivity," Reid said. "In-depth radio is the last vestige of objective journalism. NPR is perceived as being a journalistic bastion."

Music education senior Emily Fox said she has known she wanted to work for NPR for the past two years. She spoke to a few NPR affiliate stations in Michigan, inquiring about job opportunities after she graduates. Most told her now is not the time to apply, she said. But Fox said she views public radio as being as crucial as ever... Federal cuts affect MSU radio, students (Mon, 3/28)

 

AllAccess.com:

CITADEL Top 40 WHTS/GRAND RAPIDS MD GRAVY has only been hosting mornings (with the lovely ELLEN TAYLOR) for just over a month, and now spreads his empire to include mornings at sister Top 40 WJIM/LANSING. Current WJIM morning host/PD JOSH STRICKLAND moves to afternoons, replacing ALABAMA, who had been covering GRAVY's old night shift via voicetracking, but will now do nights for both stations live from the LANSING studios... Air Talent Doubles Up At Citadel Grand Rapids & Lansing (Thu, 3/31)

 

Lansing State Journal:

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

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

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

 

Midland Daily News:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 

Newsmakers and links: April 8, 2011

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Marquette TV market to get new player in local news?

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

Artistic Media Partners flips Michiana rocker

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

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

 


 

Greg Cole named Operations Manager for MacDonald Broadcasting in Saginaw

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

 


 

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

Broadcasting & Cable: Meredith taps WorldNow for station sites

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

Washington Week editor visits Flint to discuss media

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

 

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)

 

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

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WXYZ-TV:

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

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

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

 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

Booth Mid-Michigan:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

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

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

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

WDZZ Flint looking for new program director

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

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

 

Lansing State Journal:

WLNS On a rainy afternoon in Old Town, Jane Aldrich was pondering a lack of limits. "This is so exciting, because we're not used to it," she said. "We're used to scripts and Teleprompters." Not for "Six in the City," which debuts today on WLNS (Channel 6) and reruns two other days. This is sort of like the old days, when individual stations had talk shows.

Full story: Lansing TV show "Six in the City" set to debut today (Mon, 5/2)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Find out what it's like to juggle a career as a news anchorwoman with being a wife and mother. A television special titled "6 in the City," which was filmed at Perspective2 Studio in Lansing, is in talk-show format and will feature six female anchors from WLNS-TV 6.

Full story: '6 in the City' television special will take an in-depth look at the lives of six female anchors from WLNS-TV 6 (Sun, 5/1)

 

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)

 

Michigan chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hands out 2011 Emmy Awards

Nearly fifty Emmy Awards were handed out last week to broadcasters and publishers from across Michigan. A complete list of winners is available at http://www.natasmichigan.org/awards.html.

Congratulations to all the winners.

 


 

Ovid-Elsie's WOES FM knocked off air by lightning damage

WOES-FM 91.3, owned/operated by the Ovid-Elsie School District in Mid-Michigan, was knocked off the air last week by lightning that caused extensive damage to the station's broadcast equipment.

The station hopes to resume broadcasting as quickly as possible after repairs can be completed.

 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

Michelle McKormick is back on the air in West Michigan. Listeners to WJRW-AM (1340) heard her familiar voice this afternoon as Citadel Broadcasting announced the addition of McKormick to its newstalk lineup.

Full story: Michelle McKormick returns to Grand Rapids radio, joins Newstalk WJRW-AM 1340 (Tue, 5/31)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

When Jackson native Doug Shumard returned to the area after living in Plymouth, he was forced to give up something he loved: Catholic radio. Shumard is now on the board of directors of Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio, an organization working to bring Catholic programming to the Diocese of Lansing, which includes Jackson County and all or part of nine other counties.

Full story: Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio working to get its own station (Mon, 5/30)

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.com

A lightning strike damaged equipment at NBC25 and CW46, forcing the stations off the air Sunday evening. Engineers quickly went to work to make sure your favorite NBC25 programming is available for you, despite damaged equipment. Right now, you can watch NBC25 programming on one of two broadcast channels. Tune into 46.1 or 30.3. If you do not automatically have those channels, re-scan for new channels.

Full story: Lightning knocks NBC25 and CW46 off the air (Sun, 5/29)

 

TVspy.com:

Jayne Hodak, who has been serving as WJRT's acting news director since April, has officially been named newsroom boss at the Flint ABC-affiliate. Hodak, WJRT's assistant news director for the past eight years, took over for longtime news director Jim Bleicher upon his recent departure. Bleicher, who had been with WJRT for over two decades, left as SJL Broadcasting took over ownership of the station.

Full story: Jayne Hodak Takes Over for Her Mentor as WJRT News Director (Mon, 6/6)

 

TVspy.com:

Kathy Reynolds is set to become news director at WEYI. The Mid-Michigan NBC-affiliate announced this week that Reynolds, who has spent the last year working as assistant news director at WAOW in Wausau, WI, would replace Jeff Reinarz in the role later this month. Reinarz has served as WEYI's news director since 2008 in addition to overseeing the station's creative team. With the addition of Reynolds, Reinarz is moving into the position of media operations manager and will lead a planned overhaul of the station's website and brand identity.

Full story: WEYI Appoints 'Untraditional' News Director (Tue, 6/7)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS VP/Urban Programming MAURICE DEVOE has named AUGUST WALLACE PD of Urban AC WDZZ (Z 92.7)/FLINT, MI. She replaces former PD BOBBY HOLIDAY, who exited earlier this year. WALLACE is a FLINT native who previously served as APD/MD.

Full story: August Wallace To Program WDZZ (Tue, 6/7)

 

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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 

AllAccess.com:

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.

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.com:

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)

 

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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

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

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

 


 

Lost Remote:

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 

Muskegon Chronicle:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

Current.org:

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)

 

Saginaw News:

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

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

 

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)

 

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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

WIOG adds two artists to Lizard Fair lineup

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 


 

GreggHenson.com:

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)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 19, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

Budgetary woes have led to the layoff of several WKAR employees this week. Kirsten Khire, spokesperson for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, which merged with the PBS radio and TV station last month, said she could not say how many employees were laid off but said the cuts were spread across WKAR's divisions. Rob South, a seven-year news reporter with WKAR Radio, was among those employees who received a layoff notice. He said he will lose his job at the end of September.

Full story: WKAR lays off workers amid budget challenges (Fri, 8/19)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW MD JOHN RICHARDS has exited; his MD duties will be covered by OM GREG COLE. RICHARDS also did the afternoon show for Classic Hits sister WMJO (JOE)

Full story: John Richards Exits WKCQ-WMJO/Saginaw (Thu, 8/18)

 

ALL ACCESS has confirmed that CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A and Talk WTKG-A/GRAND RAPIDS PD PAUL CASHIN has exited the stations. AC WSRW (STAR 105.7) PD KELLY IRIS adds responsibility for WOOD and WTKG.

Full story: Paul Cashin Exits PD Slot At WOOD-WTKG/Grand Rapids (Thu, 8/18)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 22, 2011

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

FoxSportsDetroit.com:

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: Sept. 2, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

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

OR

OhioTVOpenings@totaltraffic.com

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 6, 2011

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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. 9, 2011

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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. 13, 2011

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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

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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. 28, 2011

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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: Oct. 1, 2011

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NetNewsCheck:

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.

 


 

TVSpy:

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

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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.

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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. 5, 2011

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Lansing City Pulse:

You probably won't run into Alice Cooper or John Tesh shopping at Lansing City Market; they don't live here. But you can hear them on the local airwaves night after night, a reminder that radio programming isn't what it used to be. Before the consolidation of radio networks in the late 1990s, local studios were buzzing with vibrant energy and DJs were musical trendsetters who connected with youth culture while chatting live over the airwaves. How times have changed.

Full story: Lansing radio battles through the static (Wed, 10/5)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 11, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

Okemos teacher Rob Stephenson is featured in a series of nine "Science Minutes" produced by WKAR-TV. The spots air primarily during WKAR's children's schedule from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Stephenson is a third-grade teacher at Hiawatha Elementary. He is a past Michigan Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.

Full story: Okemos teacher featured in WKAR-TV series (Tue, 10/11)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 12, 2011

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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. 19, 2011

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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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

There will soon be one less ownership group in Michigan television with today's announcement that Sinclair Broadcast Group will be purchasing Freedom Communications for $385 million pending government and shareholder approvals and closing. The deal includes a total of eight TV stations in Michigan, Florida, Texas, New York, Tennessee, and Oregon that reach 2.63% of the U.S. TV households.

Freedom currently owns CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo market along with ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in the Lansing market. Sinclair's Michigan station is Flint's FOX affiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66. The deal also includes the CW affiliates on the .2 subchannels of WWMT and WLAJ.

"We are excited about bringing the Freedom stations into the Sinclair portfolio, particularly in light of our recent agreement to acquire seven television stations from Four Points Media," commented David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair. "Not only will this transaction, when coupled with the Four Points transaction, result in us owning two full power stations in compliance with FCC regulations in West Palm Beach, Freedom's largest market, but it allows us to expand our middle market position and network diversification. We believe our expertise and presence will enable us to improve the stations' competitive position and profitability. We look forward to welcoming the Freedom employees to the Sinclair family."

"We believe this transaction will benefit both companies and our respective viewers, advertisers and the communities we serve," commented Mitchell Stern, Freedom Communications' Chief Executive Officer. "We anticipate a smooth transition for the Freedom stations as they become part of one of the leading U.S. broadcasting companies."

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 9, 2011

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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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 14, 2011

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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. 18, 2011

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The mistletoe is hung by the transmitter with care in Mid-Michigan

A couple of new additions to the list of Michigan radio stations jumping on-board the all-Christmas music train: Lansing's WFMK-FM 99.1 and Bay City's WSAG-FM 104.1/WSAM AM 1400. Both stations switched earlier today.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kevin Matthews, disc jockey and comedian who got his start in Grand Rapids, rose to radio prominence in Chicago, and later returned to his roots at WLAV-FM in West Michigan, is off the air once again.

Full story: Cumulus Media silent on abrupt departure of Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids (Fri, 11/18)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 21, 2011

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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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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

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AllAccess.com:

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. 23, 2011

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TVSpy:

In a story that was six months in the making, WNEM aired an exclusive one-on-one interview this week with a man who accuses longtime U.S. congressman Dale Kildee of sexually molesting him 50 years ago. The interview has grabbed national headlines as Kildee, who has served Michigan's 5th congressional district since 1977, vehemently denies the allegations.

Full story: WNEM Interview Embroils Longtime Congressman in Sexual Abuse Scandal (Tue, 11/22)

 

The WNEM story that sparked a scandal involving U.S. congressman Dale Kildee this week began its life a year ago. Last year, WNEM anchor Katie O'Mara received a letter. It was from the sister of Patrick Kildee, the man who would eventually come forward and accuse Dale Kildee, his half cousin, of molesting him as an adolescent. The letter disclosed a pattern of abuse by the congressman and O'Mara started investigating.

Full story: WNEM's Story About a Congressman's Alleged Sexual Abuse Began with a Letter From His Relative (Tue, 11/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Ellen Tailor, co-host of the "Gravy in the Morning" radio show on Hot-FM (105.3) and WJIM-FM (97.5) in Lansing, announced tonight on Facebook and Twitter that she is leaving Grand Rapids for a new job in Seattle.

Full story: Ellen Tailor to leave 'Gravy in the Morning' for Seattle's 'Fitz in the Morning' on KKWF (Tue, 11/22)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The Federal Trade Commission has concluded there are no anticompetitive implications to Sinclair's purchase of the Freedom Stations. That came in an early termination notice Tuesday, which is an early ending to its Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust review of all mergers over a certain price.

Full story: FTC Approves Sinclair's Freedom Purchase (Tue, 11/22)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 15, 2011

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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. 23, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

It was a morning of Christmas tunes, sentimental stories and fond memories as Jim Harper signed off of his WMGC-FM (105.1) morning show at 9 a.m. today. Sharing the air waves during the radio veteran's final broadcast were his current "Jim Harper in the Morning" co-hosts Cyndy Canty and Mike Bradley. Former producer Fay Samona, who left WMGC to join Port Huron's country music station WSAQ-FM (107.1)'s morning show earlier this year, also joined Harper, Canty and Bradley during today's broadcast.

Full story: Jim Harper bids farewell to Detroit radio (Fri, 12/23)

 


 

WEYI-TV Ch. 25:

Two years ago, Tony Clark and Tony Burkhead decided to relaunch an AM radio station in a down economy. A risky business move to say the least, but a move that has brought 'oldies' music back into a community that supports the format. "Its nostalgic. When you tune through you hear talk and a lot of things, but you don't hear oldies anymore or personality anymore on an AM radio station, so we needed to change that," says Burkhead, who co-hosts 'BS in the Mornings' with Sue Collins from 6-10 a.m. every weekday.

Full story: Owosso radio station brings 'oldies' back to community (Thu, 12/22)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 28, 2011

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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.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

 

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