Mid-Michigan: September 2011 Archives

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.

 

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