Mid-Michigan: January 2011 Archives

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




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



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



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



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




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)







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