Mid-Michigan: April 2011 Archives

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)

 

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