Mike Austerman: June 2011 Archives


• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W239AX 95.7 Camden from Family Stations to Midwest Communications. Sale price was $40,000. Plans are for the translator to move to FM 95.5 and rebroadcast Midwest's WTVB AM 1590 Coldwater.



Summer workshops to offer unique glimpse into wide-ranging media arts careers

Individuals considering a career change or new opportunities in the diverse world of media arts can experience all that the field has to offer as Specs Howard School of Media Arts launches its summer "Media Mayhem" workshop series, Thursday nights in June. All sessions are free and open to the public and held at Specs Howard's campuses in Farmington Hills and Southfield.

Led by faculty, each workshop will also feature a special guest appearance by some of the media industry's most successful professionals including writer illustrator B.K. Taylor (Walt Disney Animations; Jim Henson Productions; Mad Magazine) and popular 89X Morning radio hosts Dave & Chuck "The Freak." Sessions will focus on practical, hands-on activities that will allow participants to explore illustration and design, radio, commercial production and newscasting, respectively.

To sign up for one of the following workshops, visit www.specshoward.edu/mediamayhem.



Comic Strip + Flash Animation: Thursday, June 2, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- A fun and comprehensive introduction to graphic design will include creatively employing various tools of the trade including: Adobe Creative Suite®, Photoshop®, creating vector art in Illustrator®, a comic strip in InDesign®, and an animation morph in Flash®. Special Guest: Well-known illustrator and writer B.K. Taylor will kick-off the workshop with a brief overview and discussion about his career. Taylor has contributed to National Lampoon, Walt Disney Animations, Jim Henson Productions, Mad Magazine, Scholastic, Nickelodeon and ABC's Home Improvement.

Radio Production & Voice Over: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- Participants will journey into the studio and behind the microphone to experience the world of radio, including creating, producing and voicing a promotional announcement. Special Guests: Dave & Chuck "The Freak," hosts of the popular Morning X show on 89X, will kick-off the workshop with a brief overview and discussion about theirexperiences working in radio. In recent years, Dave & Chuck have enjoyed in a surge in popularity and were awarded Detroit's best morning show in 2010 by Metromix readers.

Sound Stage Commercial Shoot: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Farmington Hills, 23689 Industrial Park Dr.- Attendees will use professional audio/video recording and editing equipment to shoot a public service announcement/commercial at Grace & Wild Studios' B stage, and take home a copy of the finished commercial. Special Guest: Nicole Finateri is an assistant editor at STS-Griot, a division of Grace & Wild located in Ferndale, where she has recently contributed to commercials for Jeep, Ford, and the US Navy. Nicole will kick-off the workshop with a briefoverview and discussion about her career.

Live Television News Broadcast: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- Session participants will aid in producing a live broadcast from both sides of the camera, taking advantage of teleprompters, green screens and the expertise of Specs' staff guidance. TV news anchor/guest speaker to be determined.

New Media Seminar: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 2 - 5 PM, Southfield, 19900 W. 9 Mile Rd- Take an in-depth look at how technology is changing media and creating new opportunities for content creators. Topics will include podcasting, internet radio, social media and the explosion of online video content (youtube, vimeo, etc.). Special Guests: Lori Lewis is the digital and social media strategist for Jacobs Media, the largest radio consulting firm in the United States specializing in Rock formats. The company, formed in 1983 by Fred Jacobs, created the Classic Rock format, and has been a leading force in Alternative and Mainstream Rock. Currently, Jacobs Media services are used by nearly every major broadcasting company, including CBS, Entercom, Emmis, Cox, Greater Media, Citadel, Journal, and others. Lori will kick-off this workshop with a brief overview of current and future trends in the media.



• Coolarity A2, LLC has closed on the $1.05M purchase of talk WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor First Ventures LP.


• Central Michigan University's PBS affiliate WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 Flint was granted its license to cover for a power increase from 126,000 to 500,000 watts.



• Houghton Community Broadcasting has closed on the purchase of Houghton radio stations classic hits WOLV-FM 97.7, country WHKB-FM 102.3, and standards WCCY AM 1400 from Heartland Communications.


• The FCC issued Adrian College a $250 monetary forfeiture for untimely renewal application filing for its WVAC-FM 107.9 Adrian. Forfeiture Order (.pdf)


Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor announced two new hires late Friday.

Full story: Detroit Public Radio hires reporter, producer (Fri, 6/3)



Grand Rapids Press:

The VIP Comedy Show presented by Dog Story Theater returns for the summer at 8 p.m. Monday with former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) news anchor and local celebrity Suzanne Geha hitting the stage at 7 Jefferson Ave. SE.

Full story: Former WOOD-TV news anchor Suzanne Geha to kick off Dog Story Theater's VIP Comedy Show (Thu, 6/2)


Former WOOD-TV 8 anchor Larry Nienhaus may be best known behind a news desk, but now can be found in a bare-bones radio station, heading efforts to broadcast the Roman Catholic faith. The general manager at Holy Family Radio, a new Catholic station and the only in West Michigan...

Full story: Former WOOD-TV anchor Larry Nienhaus becomes general manager of Catholic radio station (Fri, 6/3)




Freedom Broadcasting's CBS affiliate WWMT Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (DMA 41), and the American Red Cross (Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter and Calhoun County Chapter) held a one day phone-a-thon to raise money for severe weather victims in West Michigan.

Full story: WWMT raises more than $21,000 for storm victims (Fri, 6/3)



WXYZ special to focus on education

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will broadcast "Class Acts" a Detroit 2020 Education Special on Tuesday, June 7th at 7 p.m. The 30 minute program, hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, will feature stories of people and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of local students.

The show will include a look at a unique after-school program, and spotlight a high school with an innovative approach to education that could be the start of a new trend.

"This special will give Channel 7 viewers the opportunity to see how a simple act can make a difference in a child's future," said Glenn Bar, Detroit 2020 Executive Producer. "I hope these stories will inspire others."

Throughout the program, viewers will also discover new ways they can become involved in programs throughout Metro Detroit that support education.

More information on the Detroit 2020 project is available at www.detroit2020.com.


Detroit News:

You don't generally' want to be the person who follows a legend. Ask the two guys who replaced Ernie Harwell. What you want is to follow the follower, so the pressure is off and you're a hero from day one. Ask the two guys who replaced the two guys. Paul W. Smith knew that going in when he succeeded the late J.P. McCarthy. But he -- and everyone else in radio -- also knew the morning show on WJR-AM (760) was his dream job, and he wasn't about to pass it up.

Full story: Paul W. Smith: A fixture if not a legend (Sun, 6/5)



• Storm damage to one of the towers used at night by country WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek has resulted in the station reducing its nighttime power from 1,000 to 250 watts using its single daytime tower while repairs are made.



Macomb Daily:

Mike Taylor has had a rough time lately -- but he's not letting his own personal woes keep him down. The longtime Sterling Heights resident is not only fighting cancer, but the condition has forced him to leave his job as a janitor because he can't keep up with the manual labor portion of the job.

Full story: Sterling Heights man's medical pot radio show a hit (Mon, 6/6)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Ron Brown has been on the radio for more than 30 years, but he's never spun records, given an on-air weather report or hosted a talk show. The 45-year-old Otsego man estimates he's won about $100,000 worth of prizes through radio contests and other promotions since he was a teenager.

Full story: Otsego man won $100,000 in prizes by calling into radio station contests over the years (Sun, 6/5)



• Interlochen Center for the Arts has received a license to cover for recent sign on Public News/Talk WHBP FM 90.1 Harbor Springs. The station simulcasts sister station WICA FM 91.5 Traverse City.




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)



• The license for low power FM WDOW-LP 97.1 Cassopolis was canceled by the FCC. This station was the first to receive a construction permit for a Low Power FM in Michigan in June, 2001 but reportedly did not operate much over the last ten years.




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)




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)



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



Detroit News:

Every great team needs a guy who has a bit of Hollywood about him. Jim Northrup, though, wasn't Robert Redford. He was Joe Pesci. He was Harvey Keitel. He was Steve Buscemi. Mickey Lolich got the word Wednesday evening his old Tigers teammate, the "Gray Fox" as they called him, had died at age 71 after suffering a seizure at a Grand Blanc assisted living facility ... his career as a Tigers television announcer. It ended in 1995, and no one had to explain why Northrup was unceremoniously yanked. He was blunt, unapologetically so.

Full story: 'Gray Fox' Jim Northrup was a character and a champion (Thu, 6/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Jim Northrup died today. And those of us who were kids during that magical summer of 1968 in Detroit also bade farewell to another piece of our childhood. Before everyone attached succinct titles to the bookmarks of our sports history like The Drive, The Catch or in the case of Jim Joyce spoiling Armando Galarraga's perfect game here a year ago, The Blown Call, Northrup had The Triple.

Full story: Always thankful for ex-Tiger Jim Northrup's memories (Thu, 6/9)




ALL ACCESS hears that RADIO ONE is thisclose to inking a deal that would bring MacDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5)/LANSING PD and night slammer JAY HICKS to DETROIT to program their MOTOR CITY cluster.

Full story: Is Jay Hicks Headed To Radio One In Detroit? (Wed, 6/8)


Veteran radio news anchor DANA MILLS is the replacement for AMY HOLMES as JOHN MCCASLIN's co-anchor at TALK RADIO NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT and the WASHINGTON TIMES' "AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS." MILLS, the former KIMN, KYGO, and KOA-A/DENVER and WJR-A and WOMC/DETROIT anchor , fills the gap left when HOLMES moved to TRN's AMERICA'S RADIO NEWS NETWORK to co-anchor 30o (ET) with former KRLD-A/DALLAS host ERNIE BROWN.

Full story: Dana Mills Takes Over Co-Anchor Duties At 'America's Morning News' (Wed, 6/8)



• Mentor Partners new FM translator W236BR 95.1 Reed City was granted a license to cover. The original application shows WYBR-FM 102.3 Big Rapids as the station that would be retransmitted by the translator.



Changes at Ludington's Lake Michigan Broadcasting.

There are some lineup and musical changes taking place in the Ludington area at Lake Michigan Broadcasting's cluster of stations. At WKLA-FM 106.3, longtime host Rod Beckman has returned where he is joined by Chris Plummer in mornings. Guy Winn moves back to afternoons on sister station Classic Hits WMTE-FM KOOL 101.5 Manistee. Also WKLA-FM moves has adjusted from Bright/Hot AC to back to mainstream adult contemporary featuring artists like James Taylor and Celine Dion.

More changes are expected at WMTE-FM as well at Country WKZC-FM 94.9, Z95 where Tim Harris, Z95 Morning Host and Corporate Program Director, Music Director, and Imaging Director, exits looking for his next opportunity. Reach out to Tim at (231) 766-0960.



• The FCC approved Calvary Radio Network's purchase of the silent WMJC FM 91.9 Richland from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale price was $75,000.


• No notable activity for June 10.


Former WQRS/Detroit and current WIAA/Interlochen host Dick Wallace retiring

Dick Wallace Longtime classical music host Dick Wallace has decided to leave radio at the end of the month, retiring after 40 years in the business.

Wallace commented, "My last day of full-time employment at Interlochen Public Radio will be on Thursday June 30th. I started as a classical music announcer at WQRS in Detroit in 1971 while finishing up my degree at Wayne State University. I have been so fortunate to have been on the air for so many years in Detroit. When WQRS became a rock station I was able to work at WGTE in Toledo and for the last ten years I've done the morning show on one of the most listened to classical stations in the country and our listeners, both in the region and online, support us financially in a very positive way!"

I love what I do but it's time to spend more time doing fewer things better, especially spending more time with my bride of almost 40 years, my two children, their spouses and my three beautiful grandchildren."



Changes continue at Lake Michigan Broadcasting

News Director Alan Neushwander has left Lake Michigan Broadcasting after seven years at the company's WKLA/FM-AM Ludington, WMTE-FM Manistee and WKZC-FM Scottville.

Neushwander, who was the recipient of numerous awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters, has left broadcasting following a 13-year career and is working in the Marketing Department at Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan.

Prior to arriving at Lake Michigan Broadcasting, Neushwander worked for WHMI in Howell; WMOM in Ludington, and WCSJ/WJDK in Morris, IL.



• Plonta Broadcasting is acquiring FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro from Radio Assist Ministry for $25,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Plonta currently owns/operates religious non-commercial WCTP FM 88.5 Gagetown (Bad Axe).


• Young Broadcasting CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing was granted a license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities.



• The Contemporary Christian network of Smile FM stations has expanded in the Detroit metro area with the recent sign on of WDTP FM 89.5 Huron Township (Riverview). The FCC has granted the new station its license to cover.



The Environment Report Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Documentary in the Radio: Large Market category for "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future." In the series, The Environment Report's Mark Brush, Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country and the true costs of our dependence on coal. The series explores the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future" takes listeners on a journey from their light switch back to America's coal fields, and takes a closer look at the technologies that promise to deliver coal into the new green economy.

The Environment Report was the only news organization in Michigan to receive a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, and one of seven public radio stations nationwide. This award is the third national Murrow Award that The Environment Report has received. The news service also received a National Murrow Award in 2010 for the five-part series "Dioxin Delays."

This year's National Murrow winners will be honored at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in October in New York.

The Environment Report is a locally produced program from Michigan Radio committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan. The Environment Report airs on Michigan Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:55 am and 5:45 pm. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.



Kalamazoo Gazette:

If the Bash ain't broke, don't fix it. One of the organizers of the biggest country music festivals in West Michigan said the B-93 Birthday Bash's transition to the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin went smoothly enough that they aren't planning any major changes this year.

Full story: B-93 says 'thank you' to listeners with 19th Birthday Bash (Thu, 6/16)



• FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 95.7, an increase power from 19 to 250 watts, and location change from north of Reading to south of Quincy.




As first tipped By ALL ACCESS (NET NEWS 6/8) RADIO-ONE SVP/Programming JAY STEVENS has completed his search and filled the programming vacancies in DETROIT. He has tapped MacDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH/LANSING, MI PD JAY HICKS to program Urban WHTD (HOT102.7) and ARMANDO RIVERA, former APD/MD at CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WVAZ (V-103)/CHICAGO, to lead the programming of Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS) and Black N/T WCHB-A.

Full story: Radio One Fills PD Positions In Detroit (Fri, 6/17)



Detroit Free Press:

Mayor Dave Bing plans to tap former TV news anchor Emery King for communications work following a former aide's whistle-blower lawsuit that claims Bing's current communications chief has turned the mayor's office into a den of chaos, according to city sources. King declined to comment.

Full story: Ex-TV news anchor Emery King tapped to help Bing with PR (Fri, 6/17)


Gary Reid, who serves as University Distinguished Senior Specialist at Michigan State University, as General Manager of WDBM-FM, and also Associate Director, James H. & Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunications Management and Law is the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

Entering the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011 are:
- Glenn Haege, On-Air Talent & Host for Handyman Productions
- Ken "Mac" MacDonald Jr., Owner & CEO of MacDonald Broadcasting
- Chuck Stokes, Editorial & Public Relations Director for WXYZ-TV, Detroit


Biographical information on all four honorees is available on MAB's web site at http://www.michmab.com/awards/awards_hof.html#2011.


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)




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)



Linda Yohn--music director at WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University--was named Jazz Programmer of the Year in a major market, for the third straight year, on Saturday at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards brunch in Rochester, NY.

Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn named top jazz radio programmer for third straight year (Mon, 6/20)


Mark Copeland, a program host and music director on radio's WQKL (107.1-FM), has been let go from the station. Copeland is no longer listed on the station's website, and both Copeland and the station, known as "Ann Arbor's 107one," confirmed via email that his employment ended last week. Program director Chris Ammel said Copeland was laid off as a downsizing move and there is "no word on a replacement at this time."

Full story: Mark Copeland let go from radio station WQKL (Mon, 6/20)



Detroit News:

Talk radio host Frank Beckmann said today he's decided not to run as a Republican against U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012. Beckmann announced the decision on his talk show on WJR-AM (760).

Full story: Radio host Beckmann says he won't challenge Stabenow for Senate seat (Mon, 6/20)


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloLast Tuesday evening (June 14, 2011) was reserved for "the woman with the golden ear" known as Rosalie Trombley. She was the longtime music director of CKLW (The Big 8) at a time when that radio station was a driving force in pop music top 40 radio! It was back when its massive 50,000 watt signal blanketed 28 states and 4 provinces at night. If CKLW played your record....it became a hit...period. To get it on the air, however, it had to impress Rosalie, and that was no easy task.

When I was in high school I remember a guy in my gym class, who was usually out jamming with his band, by the name of Bob Seger. He was a year ahead of me at Ann Arbor High School (now known as Pioneer). He wanted his music on CKLW so badly that he actually wrote a song called "Rosalie" in tribute to her, but she swore it would never be played on The Big 8. However, a lot of Seger music DID make it on the air and he has acknowledged openly that she was instrumental in making him a star!

Bob Seger was not alone. She also helped a few other notable pop and rock acts like: Alice Cooper, Elton John, Tony Orlando, Gordon Lightfoot, and groups like: Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Earth Wind & Fire, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes and many more. She had the power and the tower.

The tribute, on Flag Day, was spectacular. It was also the birthday of Rosalie's long-time friend and former CKLW traffic reporter Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor. Jo-Jo is still doing traffic on stations like WWJ and WOMC via Metro Traffic Services here in Detroit.

The event drew a crowd estimated at between 250 and 300 people at the Centre for the Arts at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. The primary MC was Charlie O'Brien, morning host on oldies CKWW-AM 580. Later the baton was passed to Tony Orlando! Some of the notables on hand in person were: Pat Holiday and Brother Bill Gable, newsman Keith Radford plus Bob Seger's manager Punch Andrews, Jerry Adams of Harmony House, record promotion executives Craig Lambert and Denise George and legendary funk brother of the Motown era Dennis Coffey!

There were also countless tributes on audio and videotape from those unable to be there in person like: Paul Anka, Robert Lamm of Chicago, Alice Cooper, Smokey Robinson, Randy Bachman and a heartfelt appearance by Burton Cummings of the Guess Who. Several radio personalities spoke via tape like: Pat St. John, Ted "the Bear" Richards, Joe Donovan, and Robin Seymour.

The food was like that of a five-star restaurant in both taste quality and presentation. The dessert even featured cake with musical notes, a hockey stick and chocolate waver gold record with her name on it! It was a first class effort on every level. If you missed it, it was all captured on videotape by yours truly. E-mail me if you want to see it. Some highlights may be soon found on YouTube, but I was honored to get it all.

Without a doubt, Tony Orlando is perhaps among the very nicest entertainers that I have ever met, and I've met quite a few. He was warm, personable and hung around long after the event was over talking with fans, posing for photos and signing autographs. A real class act. The entire committee responsible for Rosalie's big night should be proud of a job well done. My only disappointment was that Bob Seger, who was rumored to show up, did not. Also, Windsor needs some larger signs directing we Michigander's back to Detroit via the tunnel. I was also amazed that my satellite radio played through the entire length of the underwater tube! I guess WJR isn't the only station available in the tunnel.

Now, if only Charlie O'Brien could talk Bell Media Radio into flipping the news-talk on AM 800 CKLW over to 580 AM CKWW and put the oldies on the big 50,000 watt signal, all will be right with the world. The Big 8 could be big again, and dare I say it might even once again show up in the Toledo, and Cleveland ratings, and I know someone who has a good ear for picking the right oldies too!

Art Vuolo Jr.



• Calvary Radio Network has closed on its purchase of WMJC FM 91.9 Richland from Horizon Christian Fellowship.


• No notable activity for June 17 and 20.


Grand Rapids Press:

I was roaming the halls of Citdael Broadcasting this morning when I bumped into former WOOD-AM radio host Scott Winters. It turns out Scott is filling in for Tony Gates, whose show airs from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays on WJRW-AM (1340).

Full story: Scott Winters fills in for Tony Gates on WJRW-AM (1340) (Wed, 6/22)



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit readies for annual fireworks telecast

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit is once again the exclusive television home of The Target Fireworks, the highest-rated local television event of the summer. Live coverage of the 53rd annual The Target Fireworks is presented by The Parade Company with programming scheduled for Monday, June 27 at 8 p.m. WDIV will broadcast the event in high definition.

Local 4 News anchors Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Chuck Gaidica host The Target Fireworks live from an exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the Detroit River, with Steve Garagiola live from Hart Plaza. Special "Raise the Roof" performances during The Target Fireworks broadcast on Local 4 include recording artist Jill Jack, winner of several 2011 Detroit Music Awards; Larry Callahan and Selected of God, the local choir made famous in the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial; and a grilling feature with Detroit's soul food sensation Jamawn (Jay) Woods, winner of NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant.

Throughout Local 4's broadcast, "Definitely Detroit" features will showcase what makes our region special, from local hot spots to the bright people who set our city apart and one-of-a-kind things found "Only In Detroit". In addition, The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield kicks off, and the Michigan Lottery will give away $250,000 live on Local 4.

The three-hour special will be jam-packed with amazing giveaways all night long. Viewers at home can join in on the fun and win great "See The D" prize packages including tickets to Maroon 5 featuring Adam Levine of the NBC hit The Voice, VIP tickets to a sold-out Kid Rock show at Comerica Park, and a get-away package to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.


WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Freedom Broadcasting of Michigan, WWMT Newschannel 3 has announced that Andy Dominianni and Kate Tillotson will be the Evening Co-Anchors for the station. Andy is returning home to West Michigan and is familiar with the anchor chair at Newschannel 3. He has worked at WWMT before as a Morning Anchor from 1996 to 1999. His first day back at Newschannel 3 will be on June 27th. Kate will be moving from anchoring the morning news to the evening news. She has been filling in the evenings already and will replace Judy Markee who retired in May.

Full story: Newschannel 3 announces new anchor team (Fri, 6/24)



CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit expands daily specialty programming

It was the decade that brought us bell-bottom pants, platform shoes, lava lamps and Watergate. On television, All In The Family and The Carol Burnett Show made us laugh while Match Game was the most popular game show. The 1970's was the grooviest decade and AM580 will remember it with a brand new show: "The 70's at 7". The station is inviting listeners to turn on the Hi-Fi and boogie as CKWW pulls out the 8-tracks and spotlights an entire hour of 70's music every Monday through Saturday at 7 PM following "The 60's at 6".


Newsmakers and links: June 26, 2011



Detroit News:

There's a point in your life where you'll walk around for hours with ice cream on your face, and then suddenly one day you realize, "This is sticky." Or you'll eat Tootsie Rolls, fistfuls of them, and then one day you'll take a bite and think, "This tastes like wax -- and not even good wax." Or you'll leave Barbie dolls scattered around your room -- we're mostly talking girls here, but play along -- and they won't be wearing any clothes, and your mom will wonder if she's missing something important. But all she's really missing is what's obvious when you're 7 years old. Christy McDonald, the former WXYZ-TV newscaster, writes a thoroughly entertaining blog at christymcdonald.wordpress.com.

Full story: Former TV newscaster reports on what's important (Sun, 6/26)



• The construction permit for contemporary Christian (K-Love) FM translator W292DK 106.3 Westland was modified to increase height from 348 to 863 feet and change the directional pattern. The translator rebroadcasts WMXD-FM 92.3 HD2.


• Northern Michigan University FM translator of public radio WNMU-FM 90.1 W247BQ 97.3 Stephenson has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 97.9 as W250BO.


• No notable activity for June 22 and 23.



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.




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)


Newsmakers and links: June 30, 2011



Detroit Public Television to salute veterans with July 4th airing of Our Vietnam Generation

Michigan veterans who served during the Vietnam war will be be the focus of a one-hour program set to air on Monday, July 4th at 9:30 PM on Detroit's WTVS-TV Channel 56. Veterans of the Vietnam war fought on a battlefield as brutal as any other, and more deadly than most wars in the history of the United States.

To give these veterans a voice, Director/Producer Keith Famie and Executive Producer Bob Gillette share stories of service and heroism from area veterans who served in Vietnam.



Detroit News:

Ken Kal is not complaining. Not even a little. Mostly he's laughing, because after awhile, there's not much else you can do. Besides, his wife is cruising along just fine without her gall bladder. But with everything that's gone wrong in June, you can't blame the Detroit Red Wings' radio broadcaster if he doesn't leave the house today and waits for July instead. It all started with stopping.

Full story: Red Wings radio announcer discovers one month can have decade's worth of troubles (Thu, 6/30)


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected their 2011-2012 Board of Directors and Officers during the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting June 27, 2011 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan. The newly elected officers include:

  • Chairman, Duane Alverson, President, MacDonald Broadcasting, Saginaw/Lansing
  • Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Trey Fabacher, Vice President & General Manager, WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV CBS Television, Detroit
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Tim Feagan, General Manager, Clear Channel West Michigan
  • At-Large Director, Jill Saarela, Vice President/CEO, WPBN/WTOM/WGTU/WGTQ-TV, Traverse City
  • Immediate Past Chairman, Michael J. King, WILX-TV, Gray Television, Lansing

Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director, John F.X. Browne, Owner, John F.X. Browne & Associates, Bloomfield Hills
  • Director, Chuck Gervasio, General Manager, Big G, little o, WUPM-FM, Ironwood
  • Director, Eduardo Fernandez, Vice President & General Manager, WXYZ-TV, Detroit

Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • At-Large Director, Jill Saarela, Vice President/CEO, WPBN/WTOM/WGTU/WGTQ-TV, Traverse City
  • Director, Bill Kring, General Manager, WWTV/WWUP/WFQX/WFUP-TV, Traverse City
  • Director, Jim Lutton, Vice President/General Manager, Freedom Communications Inc., Kalamazoo/Lansing
  • Director, Chris Warren, Corporate Controller, Midwestern Broadcasting, Traverse City

Members who have been appointed to serve the remainder of a current term:

  • Director, Scott Meier, Market Manager, Cumulus Broadcasting, Michigan



The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2011-2012 Board of Directors and Officers during the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting June 27, 2011 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan. The newly elected officers include:

  • Chairman, Dave Downing, Lansing Community College/WLNZ-FM, Lansing
  • Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Julie Koehn, WLEN-FM, Adrian
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Rick Sykes, Central Michigan University/MHTV
  • Immediate Past Chairman, Chris Monk, Citadel Broadcasting Company, Saginaw/Flint

Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director, Don Backus, Enco Systems, Inc., Southfield
  • Director, Bob Gould, Visiting Broadcast Instructor, Michigan State University/Executive Producer, Focal Point, East Lansing
  • Director, John Johnson, Michigan High School Althletic Association (MHSAA), East Lansing
  • Director, Tom Mogush, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM, Marquette
  • Director, Kevin Scollin, Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Southfield







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