Mike Austerman: May 2011 Archives


• Calvary Radio Network is purchasing the silent WTNP-FM 91.9 Richland from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $75,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Calvary also owns/operates religious WQKO-FM 91.9 Howe, IN.


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)



• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) to Catholic Radio Network from Holy Family Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Sale price was $1000.


• Nexstar Broadcasting is acquiring WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba along with WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay, WI from Liberty Media for $20 million pending FCC approvals and closing.


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 Gov. Rick Snyder will take questions May 13 from public radio listeners across the state on education reform, the state budget and the economy during a special broadcast being labeled "A Conversation With Governor Rick Snyder."... Gov. Rick Snyder to take questions from public radio listeners on state budget issues, education reform (Wed, 5/4)



Flint Journal:

Former WJRT news anchor Bill Harris had a blast getting back on the air today to cover a homeland security training conference in Grand Rapids, but the longtime TV newsman said he couldn't comment on what the return means for his future with ABC12... Former ABC12 anchor Bill Harris enjoyed on-air return, unsure of future with WJRT (Tue, 5/3)




FSports agent NATE MCCRAY is launching his own weekly talk show to air on SALEM Talk WDTK-A/DETROIT. "WHAT'S THE SCOOP" will debut JUNE 12th and will air SUNDAYs at 5p... Sports Agent To Launch Talk Show On WDTK/Detroit (Wed, 5/4)



• Tribune Broadcasting FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit increase its post-transition digital facilities from 725,000 watts @ 1004 feet to 750,000 watts @ 1096 feet.


• No notable activity for May 3.



• Meredith Broadcasting CBS affiliate WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City was granted its license to cover for post-transition digital facilities. The station operates with 1,000,000 watts @ 903 feet with a directional antenna.




• Lilly Broadcasting ABC affiliate WJRT-TV Ch. 12 Flint was granted its license to cover to increase power from 18,200 to 30,000 watts.


• The FCC granted a construction permit for FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden to change frequency to 95.5 as W238CD, increase power from 19 to 250 watts, and change location from north of Reading to south of Quincy. The translator is being sold by Family Stations to Midwest Communications which plans to rebroadast WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater on it.


• Community station WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park was granted its license to cover for minor changes to its location and power.


• The FCC granted a license to cover for the construction permit for classic rock WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City to modify its effective radiated power from 40,000 watts @ 381 feet to 50,000 watts @ 361 feet.


Newsmakers and links May 9, 2011



Christy McDonald to anchor Detroit Public TV's coverage of 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has announced the hiring of Christy McDonald as anchor of its coverage of the Detroit Regional Chamber's signature event, the Mackinac Policy Conference. The television and Web coverage is designed to deliver the highest level of access to content in Conference history, June 1-3 on Mackinac Island, Mich.

DPTV hosts Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley and Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson will join McDonald throughout the broadcasts and webcasts and in creating content for the mivote.org website.

Through its MiVote.org project, DPTV is seeking to engage more citizens than ever in meaningful discussions about Michigan's future.

An Emmy Award winning journalist, McDonald was an anchor and reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit from 2000 through 2010. She specialized in breaking news, politics and in-depth coverage. She has anchored continuous election night coverage and focused on interviews with politicians and newsmakers.

She began her career as a news writer and producer at two Detroit television stations and later worked as an anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV in Flint. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and a native of Troy, Mich.

"Christy McDonald is the ideal choice to anchor the most extensive coverage in the history of the most significant event of the year for discussing Michigan's future," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of DPTV. "Her experience, connection with viewers and skill in covering major live events will allow Michigan to get closer to this important event than ever before."

DPTV will broadcast, webcast and produce other content from the Conference, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, and make it available via its multiple television channels and Web platforms, so the public can experience the significant discussion of the most important issues facing Michigan. All content will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations, in Michigan, to make coverage of the Conference as accessible as possible.



Red Wings/Sharks NHL playoff game 6 to be seen of FOX Sports Detroit

Tuesday's (May 10) NHL Western Conference semifinal Game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings will be seen in Michigan and Northwest Ohio on FOX Sports Detroit with the opening faceoff set for just after 8:00 p.m.

The Detroit Tigers/Minnesota Twins baseball game will be moved to FOX Sports Detroit Plus on Tuesday; game time is 8:00 p.m.

Visit foxsportsdetroit.com for channel listings.



Detroit News:

"Volunteering and giving back has become my life's purpose," said the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchorwoman, who has been at the station for eight years. Her nonprofit organization, the Rhonda Walker Foundation, is having a breakfast Saturday to honor high school graduates and their parents. "If all of us took time out to give something back to those in need, the world would be a better place."

Walker, who was born in Detroit and grew up in Lansing, said her parents taught her and her siblings the value of charity... Small talk with Rhonda Walker (Mon, 5/9)



Detroit Free Press:

The final round of KC's Big Break, the battle of the bands competition presented by WCSX-FM (94.7)'s morning jock Ken Calvert, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dooley's Tavern in Sterling Heights... Names and Faces (Mon, 5/9)


WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit wins NAB Service to America Award

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit is being honored above all local broadcast stations in the country with the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award. The prestigious award recognizes WDIV's ongoing commitment to community service and is scheduled to be presented by the NAB Education Foundation on Monday, June 6 in Washington, D.C.

"This incredible honor reflects the hard work and contributions of every member of our WDIV team," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "Our commitment to serving those in our community permeates all we do at Local 4. With this Service to America Award in addition to our two 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards, I am extremely proud that our efforts are being recognized on the national level."

The NAB Service to America Award recognizes the efforts of the entire station as a leader in serving the public with significant contributions from every department.

Hallmarks of this station-wide commitment range from awarding-winning Good Health reports featuring Dr. Frank McGeorge, Ruth Spencer's Ruth to the Rescue consumer reports and Local 4 Defenders investigations on Local 4 News to live specials from Detroit's treasured events including America's Thanksgiving Parade and the Fireworks, coverage of Decision 2010 featuring an exclusive Gubernatorial Debate, and Detroit's top weekly community affairs program, Flashpoint.

Local 4 has hosted several on-air telethons and blood drives and has been a long-standing partner in the Race 4 The Cure. The highly successful Help 4 Haiti campaign raised over $2 million in donations for earthquake relief as Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan and Dr. Frank McGeorge travelled to Haiti to report in the wake of the devastation. In addition, WDIV became the first Detroit station to broadcast a signal for Mobile DTV, allowing viewers to watch news and programs on mobile devices.



WXPZ FM 90.1 Clyde Twp (south of Saugatuck) was granted special temporary authority to broadcast from a temporary location. The station has been silent recently.


• The FCC approved the sale of FM translators W227AS 93.3 Whitehall, W243BD 96.5 Beechwood, and W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven from Horizon Christian Fellowship to First Ventures Capital Partners as part of a large transaction involving 73 translators across the country.


• No notable activity for May 9.


Red Wings / Sharks game 6 delivers record viewership for FOX Sports Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit attracted a record audience for Tuesday's Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 8:00-10:45 p.m. telecast registered a 19.5 household rating / 26 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of more than 367,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 18,838 households). The telecast peaked at a 27.6 rating / 39 share (nearly 520,000 homes) during the closing minutes of the Red Wings 3-1 victory, sending them to a Game 7 Thursday night in San Jose (which also televised on FOX Sports Detroit with the puck set to drop just after 9 p.m.).

Thursday's viewership eclipsed the previous FOX Sports Detroit record rating of 17.5 for Game 7 of the 2009 second-round playoff series between the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.



WXYZ-TV and Gardner-White Announce "Brightest and Best" Essay Scholarship

WXYZ-TV and Gardner-White Furniture are teaming up to present a $5,000 scholarship to the winner of the Brightest and Best Essay Contest. High school seniors, selected by their schools as the Detroit area's "Brightest and Best," are invited to participate in the contest by submitting a 500 word essay on how to move our state forward by keeping young graduates working and living in Michigan. The winner will be announced June 22nd on WXYZ-TV.

"We're asking these kids, who have already accomplished so much in their academic careers, to put their creativity to work to help us bring our region back," said Steve Tracey, President, Gardner-White Furniture. "We are looking forward to some fresh, innovative ideas that we can, in turn, share with our state and local leaders. It will be an honor for Gardner-White to present the scholarship to the writer of the winning essay."

The deadline to submit an essay is June 6. All of the essays submitted will be delivered to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. The essay finalists in the competition will be posted online at wxyz.com and gardner-white.com.

"We are pleased to salute the achievements of these talented students and reward their ideas for moving our region forward," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "These honorees represent some of the best minds in our area and we're excited to be able to share their innovative ideas and creative suggestions with our community leaders."

The contest is a new addition to "Brightest and Best," WXYZ-TV's 32-year tradition recognizing the academic achievements of graduating seniors from high schools across Metro Detroit. Each year, Channel 7 hosts a special luncheon at WXYZ-TV and invites more than 250 honorees and their families to attend. WXYZ on-air personalities join the celebration, and moments from the event are captured on videotape and edited into short segments that air on WXYZ-TV and wxyz.com throughout the summer.



• Baraga Broadcasting Religious (Catholic) WTCY FM 88.3 Greilickville (Traverse City) was granted its license to cover. The station recent sign-on simulcasts WTCK FM 90.9 Charlevoix.



Detroit Free Press:

We've come a long way from the 1983 festival described by the Free Press as "an extravaganza of nonstop country and bluegrass music, square dancing, banjo picking and yodeling." Twenty-eight years after that inaugural Downtown Hoedown, the annual event has become a Detroit institution, reliably packing the 50,000-capacity Hart Plaza with curiosity seekers and committed country fans... Downtown Hoedown reflects country music's evolution (Thu, 5/12)



Detroit News:

For nearly 30 years, the Downtown Hoedown has brought hundreds of thousands of country music fans to downtown Detroit to celebrate the music and the nation they love. "It's definitely gotten bigger over the years," says musician Scott Forbes, whose band the Forbes Brothers will play the Hoedown for the 20th time this weekend... Downtown ready to cowboy up as Hoedown takes over (Thu, 5/12)



The Oakland Press:

Jason Aldean is making his WYCD Downtown Hoedown debut this weekend. As one of the festival's headliners. "Yeah, I like it -- that's what we've been waiting for, y'know," Aldean, who closes the Hoedown at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, May 15, says with a laugh. "We wanted to do it right."... Jason Aldean gets his chance, closing WYCD Downtown Hoedown (Thu, 5/12)




The next great country star could be discovered right here in Detroit. WYCD's Downtown Hoedown first started in 1983 and has grown into one of the largest country festivals in the nation. It also lays claim as a booster pad for some of the genre's biggest stars: Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and Rascal Flatts... Downtown Hoedown kicks off Friday in Detroit with mix of local, national artists (Thu, 5/12)



Bloomfield Hills' WBFH pledge drive raises over $6000 in support of community radio

The Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH, also known as The Biff, aired its 35th Annual Biffstock pledge drive April 14-16. Biff students collected $6180.00 in cash and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.

"Our radio-a-thon is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations" said WBFH Biffstock Chair and Lahser Senior Lauren Pohl. All 25 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser were on the air with two hour shifts for a total of 32 hours of live programming, broadcasting live during the school day from Lahser High School April 14 and from Andover High School April 15.

A benefit concert was held in the Andover Theater April 15. Performing was one local Andover rock band and the rap duo The Stewart Brothers. Headlining the concert was popular Detroit area hip hop singer Drew32 (http://drew32.com). A $5 donation was collected at the door.

There were five levels of support for those making donations to The Biff: General Admission ($10), Balcony ($25), Main Floor ($50), Backstage Pass ($100), and Meet & Greet ($250 or more). There were 30 families and individuals who donated at one of these levels during the pledge drive. Those donors received announcements aired on the station and are listed on the station's website.

Corporate sponsors this year included Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa Romano's, City Scape Deli, Woodward Framing, Outback Steak House, Buddy's Pizza, Brooklyn Bagel, League of Women Voters Oakland Area, Dental Sleep Medicine of Michigan, Franklin Auto Service, Jet's Pizza and Brae Burn Golf Club.

Listeners who would still like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. There also is a link on the station's website or listeners can e-mail pledges to TheBiff@Radio.fm.

Listeners are also encouraged to join The Biff Fan Group on Facebook. Search "WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff" and click "Like". Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheBiff881.


Newsmakers and links: May 13, 2011



FOX Sports Detroit viewership peaks again with Red Wings/Sharks game 7

For the second consecutive game between the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, FOX Sports Detroit attracted a record audience. Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 9:00-11:45 p.m. telecast registered a 22.5 household rating / 39 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of 423,855 homes tuned in throughout the telecast (one rating point equals approximately 18,838 households). Viewership peaked at a 26.2 rating / 45 share (493,556 HH) from 11:15-11:30, during the third period of the 3-2 loss that ended the Red Wings' nearly-historic comeback from a 3-0 series deficit.

Thursday's game easily topped the 19.5 rating / 26 share on Tuesday for Game 6 of the Wings-Sharks series.

Based on research conducted by FOX Sports Detroit, the 22.5 rating is the second best for a locally-produced telecast of a Red Wings playoff game in several years, trailing only Game 3 of the 1999 second-round series against Colorado which delivered a 23.8 rating on WKBD-TV, Channel 50.

Thursday's game was the second-highest rated Red Wings' Game 7 among the four contested since 2002, topped only by the finale of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final against Pittsburgh, which had a 28.8 rating locally on NBC affiliate WDIV, Channel 4.



• A construction permit was granted to WKAR-FM 90.5 East Lansing to slightly change the station's effective radiated power as it will be replacing its broadcast tower. The new tower will be adjacent to the one in use for many years.


• No notable activity for May 12.


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.


The bidding has ended in the FCC's Auction 91 with only four bids being made on the seven available FM allocations in Michigan. Three of the four bids were made in the first round on three different frequencies and wound up being successful. The fourth was made in the sixth round and also was successful. All four bids were made at the opening price for their respective allocation.

Next steps before these allocations hit the air include making payment to the FCC, engineering planning, and the application and approval of construction permits. The entire process could take several years.

The four allocations that were bid on were in Ferrysburg, Cheyboygan, Pentwater, and Onaway. The three allocations that will remain with the FCC to be offered again during a future auction were in Fife Lake, Crystal Falls, and Harrison.

Despite a large number of qualified bidders, only 108 of the 144 available allocations were bid on nationwide.


  • Class A   93.1 Ferrysburg - WGHN, Inc for $100,000 (round 1)
  • Class C3  97.7 Cheboygan- Del Reynolds for $15,000 (round 1)
  • Class A   103.9 Pentwater - Lopester Broadcasting for $15,000 (round 6)
  • Class C2  106.3 Onaway - Michigan Broadcasters LLC for $20,000 (round 1)
  • Class C3  95.9 Fife Lake - no bids
  • Class C2  103.9 Crystal Falls - no bids
  • Class A   103.9 Harrison - no bids



• Adult contemporary WGHN-FM 92.1 Grand Haven was granted a construction permit to change power from 3,000 watts @ 246 feet to 6,000 watts @ 213 feet.


• Catholic Radio Network closed on its purchase of the construction permit for WSPB FM 89.7 Bedford (Battle Creek area) from Holy Family Oratory.


• Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 16,500 to 24,500 watts.



• Roy E. Henderson (d.b.a. New Ulm Broadcasting Co.) was granted a construction permit for a new low power digital TV station to be licensed to Cadillac on Channel 35. W35DD-D would operate with 15,000 watts @ 1086 feet from southeast of Cadillac. This is Henderson's third digital LPTV construction permit in Northern Michigan.


• Analog LPTV station W33BY Ch. 33 Detroit has received special temporary authority to reduce power and relocate its broadcast location.


Detroit News:

Two titans of the WJR-AM (760) airwaves, Frank Beckmann and Mitch Albom, went at each other on Beckmann's show Tuesday over what Albom felt was unfair commentary by Beckmann over Albom's advocacy for the state tax credit for the film industry. There were some preliminarygentlemanly murmurings about respect,but then things got heated very quickly.

Full story: Beckmann, Albom swap barbs over airwaves (Wed, 5/18)



• Heritage Broadcasting CBS affiliate WWTV-TV Ch.9 Cadillac-Traverse City was granted its license to cover for an increase in power from 30,000 to 45,000 watts.


• FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden was granted special temporary authority to remain silent. FCC records indicate the translator will be used by Midwest Communications to rebroadcast WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater and will be moving to FM 95.5.


• License to cover granted to FM translator W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw for its move to 102.5 as W273AR with an increase power to 250 watts, and physical move from near Paw Paw to Kalamazoo Township. The translator is being purchased by Cumulus Broadcasting.



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)



• Christian Radio Friends is purchasing the construction permit for FM 88.5 Constantine (no call sign assigned) from Living Faith Fellowship and Outreach Ministries for $50,000, pending FCC approval and closing. Christian Radio Friends has requested an 18-month extension to the construction permit; it is set to expire in August.


• Grand Valley State University PBS affliate WGVU-TV Ch. 35 Grand Rapids was granted its license to cover for a change to its effective radiated power from 50,000 watts @ 781 feet to 41,500 watts @ 853 feet.


• Daystar LPTV station WUHQ-LP Ch. 29 Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit granted for a digital flash cut (station will switch from analog to digital and remain on Channel 29).


• Northern Radio talk WSRJ-FM 105.5 Honor was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 4,700 (Class A) to 17,000 watts (Class C3).



• MeTV affiliate WZMQ-TV Ch. 19 Marquette was granted its license to cover to change power to 31,000 watts @ 577 feet from 41,600 watts @ 814 feet. The station now broadcasts from a tower located closer to Ishpeming.



WHTS-FM Grand Rapids Jack Spade exiting

Citadel Broadcasting will be looking for a new program director and afternoon host for its top 40 WHTS-FM 105.3 in the Grand Rapids market as Jack Spade has been announced as the new boss for a top 40 station in Mobile, Alabama (WABB).



WJR Detroit host Paul W. Smith to be honored as a champion for kids who have lost a parent

Paul W. Smith, morning drive host of News/Talk 760 WJR, will be honored by Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids at the 6th Annual "Champions for the Kids" VIP dinner on June 18, 2011.

Smith will receive the Champion For The Kids Award for his dedicated support of the Foundation. The Award is given annually to an individual who has played a vital role in the continuing success and growth of Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids through steadfast and generous support throughout the prior year. Smith has been a fervent supporter and promoter of the Foundation since its inception in 2003.

"I am honored to help ease the suffering of young children and families who have gone through the unfortunate loss of a parent," said Smith.

Smith's personal and professional involvement with Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has contributed a critical part to the mission of the Foundation and its success. As the Master of Ceremonies for the annual dinner in recent years, he has played a role in the Champions For The Kids events, as well as the Foundation as a whole.

Founder and president Norman Yatooma began Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids to assist families in rebuilding their lives after the painful loss of a parent. Yatooma started the Foundation in memory of his father, ten years after he was tragically murdered in 1993.

"I know how hard it is to get back on your feet after the world you know is taken from you in a moment," Yatooma said. "Our Foundation was started to show children in this situation that there are people who care and will be their heroes when they need them the most. For this year's award, we can think of no one better qualified as a hero than Paul W. Smith's support has played a part in the nearly $2.5 million the Foundation has raised with its signature fundraiser, Champions For The Kids, over the last five years."

The Champions for the Kids dinner/auction & golf tournament is a special two-day event. The dinner will take place on June 18 at the Townsend Hotel starting at 5 p.m. with music provided by the Simone Vitale Band. The Golf Tournament will begin with breakfast and a live broadcast by News/Talk 760 WJR on June 20 at 7 a.m. on the legendary South Course at the Oakland Hills Country Club. To learn more, sponsor, register and /or donate, contact 888.987.KIDS or visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org.



Toledo rocker WIOT rallying Michigan listeners to fight interference on 104.7

With the recent sign-on of Radio Power's FM translator of WGPR-HD3 on 104.7, regular listeners of Toledo legacy rocker WIOT-FM have been complaining of interference from the translator as WIOT also operates at 104.7 and had been easily receivable in areas south and west of downtown Detroit for many years.

WIOT recently posted a web form on it's web site, wiot.com, soliciting reports of interference from listeners so the station can "resolve the interference issue caused by the interfering signal through the normal government channels".



• TCT station WTLJ-TV Ch. 54 Muskegon was granted its license to cover for an increase in effective radiated power from 280,000 watts @ 922 feet to 310,000 watts @ 928 feet.



Newsmakers and links: May 24, 2011



WIOG Lizard Fair returning to Dow Diamond for third consecutive year

Earlier today, 102.5 WIOG announced that the 2011 Lizard Fair concert will take place at Dow Diamond Sunday, August 7. Entertainment acts Jay Sean and Flo Rida will be the event's headline acts. 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.

Tickets for the WIOG Lizard Fair start at $20 for general admission bowl seats. Reserved floor seats are $35, and a select number of Ultimate Fan Packages will be available for $102.50. All tickets include a $2 surcharge.

Tickets will go on sale for the first time on June 11 from 10 a.m. until 1p.m. at the Dow Diamond ticket office, and all day at Loons.com and WIOG.com. Ultimate Fan Packages will be available for purchase in person at Dow Diamond at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase online beginning at 11 a.m. Listen to 102.5 WIOG or visit WIOG.com for further details.

After June 11, tickets will continue to be available at Loons.com, WIOG.com and the Dow Diamond ticket office.

Gates open for the concert at 4pm on August 7. The concert is scheduled to start at 6pm.

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




A war of FCC filings has broken out between CLEAR CHANNEL and TIM MARTZ's RADIO POWER INC., which recently signed on SMOOTH JAZZ 104.7" (THE OASIS), on FM translator W284BQ in DETROIT (NET NEWS 4/20). The station simulcasts on 107.5 WGPR HD-2. Last THURSDAY (5/19), CLEAR CHANNEL filed a petition claiming that 250 watt W284BQ signal is interfering with the reception of CLEAR CHANNEL Rocker WIOT/TOLEDO.

Full story: Could Detroit's 104.7 The Oasis Be Shut Down? (Tue, 5/24)



• Liberty Media CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba was granted its license to cover for an increase its height from 1148 to 1165 feet. The station had been operating at reduced power due to storm damage and has is now broadcasting at its full post digital transition power.



Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV (Channel 13) meteorologist Hally Vogel is leaving the Grand Rapids-based ABC-TV affiliate to join the staff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) the ABC-TV affiliate in Detroit.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 meteorologist Hally Vogel leaving Grand Rapids to join WXYZ-TV in Detroit (Wed 5/25)



Detroit's Channel 95-5 announces new evening host

Jon 'Jag' Gay has been introduced as the new evening (7 - 11 p.m.) host at Clear Channel/Detroit's WKQI-FM 95.5 starting June 13th. He'll be moving to Detroit from Burlington, Vermont where he's been working for WXXX-FM.

In a release, Channel 95-5 program director Michael McCoy commented, "Jon is a Boston native and Syracuse graduate who has been at 95 Triple X for seven years. He is really excited about making the jump to Detroit. I want to thank Ice for filling the shift admirably since the beginning of April. She is a real team player who deserves a big thanks!"

Buda had been the evening host at WKQI prior to his departure at the beginning of April.



• Storm damage on May 12th caused damage to the transmission facilities of WMKD-FM 105.5 Pickford and WYSS-FM 99.5 Sault Ste. Marie causing both stations to operate at reduced power while repairs are completed.



Newsmakers and links: May 26, 2011



Broadcasting & Cable:

Nine Scripps stations have signed up to affiliate with ABC's Live Well Network, a digital "home, health and lifestyle" channel that's programmed by the ABC-owned stations. The Scripps stations included in the new agreement are ABC affiliates in Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Tampa and Baltimore, and NBC affiliates in Kansas City, West Palm Beach and Tulsa.

Full story: Scripps Stations On Board With ABC'S Live Well Network (Thu, 5/26)



AM 580 Windsor/Detroit is ready for summer

Despite the soggy cool weather leading up to it, this holiday weekend oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will kick-off the unofficial start of summer with a "Summer Songs Weekend". Throughout the long weekend the station will be spotlighting some of the best "summer oldies" themed songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's. From the Beach Boys to Motown, the sounds of summer will be heard, rain or shine.



• Minority Media Telecommunications has closed on its acquisition of analog LPTV station W18BT Ch. 18 Alpena from Trinity Broadcasting. The station is currently not on-air.



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)




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)







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