Mid-Michigan: June 2011 Archives

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)

 

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