Mike Austerman: August 2011 Archives


• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 105.3 as W287BU, change power from 85 watts @ 33 feet to 250 watts @ 23 feet, and change location from north of Caro in Tuscola County to east of Bay City in Bay County. The translator is being sold by Radio Assist Ministry to Plonta Broadcasting.



A format change in Detroit ... on TV

As had been announced previously, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit has changed the network on its 7.2 subchannel from RetroTV (RTV) to Living Well Network earlier today. The programming is airing in 4 x 3 format at 480i.

The switch was part of a larger agreement between ABC and WXYZ owner Scripps Howard that included a switch to LWN on the .2 subchannels on several of Scripps' TV stations across the country.



Detroit Free Press:

A metro Detroit radio DJ has died after being hit by a car in Northville last week. Jevon Hotchkiss, known as DJ Jevon Hollywood at WDTW-FM (106.7, the Beat), died at 5:10 a.m. today at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Northville Police Lt. Michael Wildt said. The 34-year-old was hit early Thursday as he walked along 7 Mile west of Haggerty.

Full story: DJ Jevon Hollywood dies after being hit by car on 7 Mile (Mon, 8/1)




CBS RADIO WYCD/DETROIT morning dude JASON THE 300 lb. COWBOY, proposed to his girlfriend KELLI backstage last week, with the help of BIG MACHINE artist TAYLOR SWIFT.

Full story: Taylor Swift Helps WYCD Morning Personality Propose To His Lucky Girl (Mon, 8/1)



• MMP1, LLC is transferring the license of FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington to Resort Radio for $100 pending FCC approval and closing.


• The FCC granted the sale of FM translator W234BP 94.7 Caro to Plonta Broadcasting from Radio Assist Ministry. Sale price was $25,000.


Grand Rapids Press:

WGRD's silent airwaves during a power outage this morning affected not just their Grand Rapids radio listeners, but also the 26 markets where the morning show Free Beer and Hot Wings is broadcast. Those 26 markets include Traverse City, Flint and as far away as Colorado Springs, Colo. and Portland, Maine.

Full story: Silent airwaves an 'irritating glitch' for Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show (Tue, 8/2)



• The license for FM translator W254BL 98.7 Manistee owned by Synergy Management Group was canceled by the FCC.



Detroit's WDVD FM and FOX 2 teaming up for Operation Backpack

For the third consecutive year, 96.3 WDVD is teaming up with FOX 2 Detroit and Volunteers of America Michigan to stuff school buses full of new backpacks and school supplies. For most children, going back to school means new pencils, notebooks and backpacks - everything they need to start the school year off right, but back-to-school shopping is not a given for kids who come from low-income families.

More than 900,000 kids in Michigan come from low-income families. Many local children will head back to school without basic supplies. Studies suggest that students who lack basic school supplies experience lower test scores and attendance issues. Being prepared for school boosts a child's self esteem and helps his/her performance.

The goal of the drive is to collect 1500 backpacks to local children in need.

Operation Backpack will be taking place at three locations: Direct Optical in Canton on Ford Road, Metro PCS on Eureka Road in Taylor and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights on Hall Road on Friday, August 5th from 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 6th & Sunday, August 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



WXYZ-TV Ch.7 Detroit:

You might have noticed a big change when watching Channel 7! We're excited here at broadcast house to introduce our brand new, state-of-the-art Action News set. Construction began in late June, and everything in the former studio was torn down to the studs.

Full story: Behind the scenes slideshow: A new look for Action News (Wed, 8/3)



• The construction permit for WQMI FM 91.7 Grand Marais owned by Korkee Inc. was canceled by the FCC.



Detroit Free Press:

Flouting the exclusive media contracts of a metro Detroit television station and radio station, a band of maverick broadcasters launched a Web site where they plan to stream live video coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 20. "It's a public event, so I don't think anyone can preclude us from broadcasting," said Steven Greene of Lyon Township. The group also plans to broadcast from the Dream Cruise on a tiny all-talk radio station in Farmington Hills, WDTW-AM (1310).

Full story: Maverick broadcasters get ready to cover Woodward Dream Cruise (Thu, 8/4)



Detroit News:

Defying convention as always, Bill Bonds plans to return to broadcasting with an afternoon talk show on an AM radio station with a humble daytime signal of 250 watts. The former news anchor, beloved and sometimes bewildering across nearly a quarter century at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), will team with another familiar face and voice -- Rich Fisher, who worked with Bonds at WXYZ and went on to deliver newscasts at WJBK (Channel 2) and WKBD (Channel 50). "Bonds & Fisher" is scheduled to launch Oct. 3 on WCAR-AM (1090), operating out of a studio next to a radio tower in Garden City and speaking to a demographic most stations ignore.

Full story: 'Bonds & Fisher': Broadcast legends back on the air -- at WCAR-AM (Thu, 8/4)



• The construction permit for WZMI FM 91.9 Reed City was canceled at the request of owner West Central Michigan Media Ministries. The organization plans to upgrade its WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac in the area.



Smile FM, a network of 19 contemporary Christian non-commercial radio stations across Michigan, is partnering with seven different non-profit organizations throughout the state to offer them exposure, volunteers and fund raising support with the "Making a Difference Morning Espresso Tour" set to run on-air from August 8th to 14th.

The tour will feature Smile FM's Morning Espresso show broadcast on location each morning from 8 to 10 AM, a service project including Smile staff and volunteers and a benefit concert for the selected non-profit organization with Memphis based Christian Recording Artist Jeremy Horn.

The event schedule/locations and charities are:

Monday August 8th - YMCA Downriver
16777 Northline Road
Southgate, MI. 48195

Tuesday August 9th - Lapeer County Younglife
Eastern Michigan Fair Grounds
195 Midway St
Imlay City, MI 48444-1473

Wednesday August 10th - Royal Kids Camp - Bay City
Bay Valley Christian Church
2535 E. Wilder Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706

Thursday August 11th - CareNet of Cadillac
909 S. Carmel Street
Cadillac, MI. 49601

Friday August 12th - Christian Freedom International
215 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI. 49783

Saturday August 13th - Remembrance Ranch, Allendale
Millennium Park Triathlon
Millennium Park - Grand Rapids

Sunday August 14th - CHUM Therapeutic Riding Stables
(12noon - 2pm) Lansing Lugnuts Game
505 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

More information about the tour can be found at: makingadifferencetour.blogspot.com.



Detroit Free Press:

Get ready for a potentially wildly entertaining and informative ride: The colorful commentary of broadcasting icon Bill Bonds will be available weekdays on the metro Detroit AM radio dial this fall. Bonds, who spent nearly a quarter-century at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), is set to team up with another well-seasoned TV anchorman, Rich Fisher, for WCAR-AM (1090)'s new "The Bonds and Fisher Show."

Full story: Bonds, Rich Fisher to team up for weekday AM radio show (Fri, 8/5)


Detroit News:

Among the things Bill Bonds is good at is laughing at Bill Bonds. He's smart and funny and he had a great career, and he can't see any sense being bashful about any part of that. But there's something disarming about someone who can simultaneously pound his chest and make fun of himself for preening.

"None of us," the former news anchor said last week, "is as gifted as I think I am."

And, on the unvarnished splendor of his resume: "When you've got it, you don't have to exaggerate it."

Full story: Radio's Bonds-Fisher has promise in tough field (Sun, 8/7)



• Radio Power FM translator W284BQ 104.7 Detroit (smooth jazz WGPR FM 107.5 HD2 Detroit) was granted a construction permit to change frequency to 93.9 as W230BT and decrease height to 33 from 925 feet. Windsor, Ontario's CIDR-FM also operates on 93.9 making it likely this is planned as part of multi-step process to change this translator's frequency.


• World Radio Link FM translator W225BA 92.9 Hastings was granted special temporary authority to resume broadcasting at 5 watts from a modified location for which a construction permit has been applied for from the FCC; the translator has been silent for nearly one year. W225BA would rebroadcast WGNB 89.3 Zeeland.


Fans of University of Michigan football in Metro Detroit will be headed back to the AM dial to catch the games starting next month as U-M and CBS Radio have agreed to a deal that puts both football and men's basketball broadcasts on WWJ AM 950 for the next 5 years. No financial details were released.

Prior to WJR AM 760 becoming the exclusive home for U-M games in 1996, WWJ also carried its own broadcast of football for decades - now the (mostly) all-newser has reclaimed the Wolverines. WWJ was actually the first Detroit station to carry Michigan football during the station's early years in the 1920s.

For the past five years, Michigan football was heard on CBS Radio's WOMC-FM 104.3 in Detroit after WJR decided to change it's affiliation from Michigan to Michigan State during the 2005 football season. WJR had previously aired MSU sports through 1975 when they switched to U-M coverage for the 1976 season featuring legendary Michigan alum and cheerleader Bob Ufer handling play-by-play. Ufer passed away in 1981 and was succeeded by Frank Beckmann.

Although not mentioned in the release it's expected that Beckmann, who is also current midday host at WJR, will be continuing in his role as play-by-play announcer for football on WWJ - despite the two stations' similar formats and call signs that are often confused by casual radio listeners. Jim Brandstatter will return in his long time role as analyst.

U-M's switch to AM 950 from FM 104.3 will no doubt receive mixed reviews from Michigan fans - WWJ's coverage area to the north is better than WOMC's, but the fidelity of FM will be missed by Detroit-area listeners. WWJ also has signal strength challenges to the west of metro Detroit, especially after dark.

When Michigan was searching for a new radio home in Detroit for the 2006 season, Art Vuolo, Michiguide.com contributor and 'Radio's Best Friend', was called upon to assist. "I told the Michigan athletic department boys it's time to take the games to FM. That way there is no concern about the difference between day and nighttime coverage area and fans will get to enjoy hearing games on a huge FM signal."

Vuolo continued, "My biggest concern about this move is what happens to radio listeners that don't care about sports? If there is a news story that breaks when both Michigan and Michigan State are playing football or basketball, where will these listeners tune to in Detroit?"

When asked about potential conflicts between breaking news and sports coverage WWJ program director Rob Davidek indicated that the station will be able to break in to games locally to provide necessary information while continuing to feed sports coverage to other stations carrying the game in the region.

Keeping the University of Michigan in the fold, even on WWJ, might serve as an insurance package of sorts for CBS Radio's WXYT-FM 97.1. Market competitors Clear Channel or Greater Media would have a much tougher time being successful on FM with a sports format without a big play-by-play partner on board - and today's announcement ensures that CBS Radio keeps the rights to 5 of the 6 high profile teams in the area (Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, and U-M) for at least the near future.


The official press release:

The University of Michigan Athletic Department and IMG College have reached a five-year contract extension with CBS Radio, announced jointly by the three parties today (Monday, Aug. 8). WWJ Newsradio 950 AM will serve as the flagship station for football and men's basketball starting this season.

"The move to WWJ Radio for football and men's basketball provides a consistent signal for our two largest radio properties," said director of athletics Dave Brandon. "Staying with the CBS Radio family is a win-win for our fans. We are looking to add additional radio affiliates to cover the state of Michigan and the Midwest."

All football and men's basketball games will air on WWJ (950 AM). There will be a two-and-half-hour network pregame show and a one-hour postgame show for all home football games. For men's basketball, there will be 30-minute pregame and 30-minute postgame shows.

In addition to carrying all football and men's basketball games, CBS Radio will broadcast 15 ice hockey games and six women's basketball games. Those games will air on WXYT (1270 AM).

A total of 40 radio shows will air on WXYT during the year (14 football, 16 men's basketball and 10 Olympic sports). Beginning on Aug. 31, the Inside Michigan Football Coach's Show with Brady Hoke will air throughout the fall on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Michigan Basketball Radio Show with John Beilein and 10 Olympic Sports Radio Shows will also air on Monday evenings. All 40 radio shows will be live at Pizza House on 618 Church Street on the U-M campus.

IMG College will continue to concentrate on adding affiliates throughout the state of Michigan and surrounding states. Currently, the Michigan Football Radio Network consists of 35 affiliates in addition to Armed Services Radio and a national radio deal with Sirius/XM.

U-M release, including 2011 affiliate listing, is here.



• Del Reynolds was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Cheboygan on 97.7. The Class C3 station would operate with 3,400 watts @ 499 feet from a tower located east of Cheboygan in Cheboygan County. Reynolds won the frequency for $15,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.



WZZM-TV Grand Rapids:

A local radio station in Holland is paying tribute to one of its longest and best-known employees Tuesday. Juke Van Oss has been a radio talk-show host for 60 years. Tuesday marks his 60th anniversary in the radio business since starting back in 1951. Tuesday also marks the 50th anniversary of his "Talk of the Town" program which he continues to host at WHTC in Holland.

Full story: Radio Host Juke Van Oss celebrates 60th Anniversary (Tue, 8/9)



WXYZ-TV announces Lions preseason broadcast coverage

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit is the new television partner of the Detroit Lions for coverage of Lions' preseason games beginning with the first home game on Friday, August 12th. WXYZ will broadcast the following games:

Friday, August 12th, 7:30 p.m. against the Cincinnati Bengals (If the game is not sold out 72 hours prior to broadcast, WXYZ will broadcast the game on a taped-delay basis at 9:30 p.m. Pregame coverage of "Lions Tailgate" will begin at 9:00 p.m.)

Friday, August 19th, 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

Thursday, September 1st, 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

NFL broadcast veteran, Matt Shepard, will provide play-by-play coverage, and will be joined by former Lions tight end and NFL analyst, Rob Rubick, in the broadcast booth. WXYZ anchor/reporter, Tom Leyden, will provide in-game reports from the sidelines.

All the games will be preceded by a half-hour pregame show, "Lions Tailgate." Lions Tailgate will be hosted by WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane and Tom Leyden, with reports from Lions and NFL Hall of Famer, Charlie Sanders. The show will give viewers a preview of the upcoming game including interviews with coaches and key players, and insight into the team's strategy.

"We're pleased to partner with the Detroit Lions to bring this very special football preseason coverage to fans across Metro Detroit," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This is an exciting time for the team and for sports fans in our area, and we're glad to be able to bring all the action to Lions fans in Metro Detroit and across the state."

Preseason games will be carried out-state on the following Lions network affiliates: WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids; WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Flint, Bay City, Saginaw; WSYM-TV Ch. 47 Lansing; WFQX-TV Ch.32 Cadillac, Traverse City; and WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Marquette.

WXYZ is also the new home of the Ford Lions Report Live, a one-hour live program that airs every Sunday during the regular season from 11 a.m. - noon in the Detroit area, and 11:30 a.m. - noon on the Lions network affiliates throughout Michigan.



Grand Rapids Press:

Detroit Lions fans in West Michigan will have to wait a few extra hours to catch their first glimpse of the 2011 team. WXMI-TV is contractually obligated by Fox to show the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kansas City Chiefs preseason game live at 8 p.m. Friday. The Lions' preseason opener at Ford Field against the Cincinnati Bengals, therefore, will have to be aired on a tape delay basis, likely around 11 p.m.

Full story: Grand Rapids' WXMI has to air Detroit Lions' preseason opener on tape-delayed basis (Mon, 8/8)



Holland Sentinel:

The 2011 preseason "GVSU Football Radio Road Show" will get Laker fans ready for the season beginning on Thursday. The Football Radio Road Show will be an hour-long program featuring Grand Valley State University Head Football Coach Matt Mitchell. There will also be special guests to discuss the upcoming season.

Full story: GVSU football radio show to kick off on Thursday (Mon, 8/8)



• Recent sign on WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison was granted its license to cover. The non-commercial station primarily carries a classic country format.


• Silent FM translator W227AS FM 93.3 Whitehall was granted its license to cover to reduce power from 250 to 10 watts.


Newsmakers and links: August 10, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Hearing that maverick broadcasters plan to broadcast live coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the auto event's lawyer fired an e-mail Tuesday to the group's leader demanding that he shut down his Web site. But Stephen Greene said he and partner Brian Jones will plan to be seen on the DreamCruiseLive.com Web site on Aug. 20 and heard on WDTW-AM (1310).

Full story: Dream Cruise lawyer demands that broadcasters shut down Web site (Wed, 8/10)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

She came into our homes for years as the host of Prize Movie on WXYZ, but now fans of Rita Bell can own a piece of her legacy forever. Items in the Rita Bell collection will be auctioned off at DuMouchelle in Detroit this weekend.

Full story: Rita Bell collection on the auction block at DuMouchelle (Tue, 8/9)



Doug Fest 2011 Battle of the Bands search set for Aug 20

93.1 Doug-FM will be looking for Detroit's best bands on Saturday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Hamlin Pub at 25 Mile Rd and Van Dyke in Shelby Township. Ten bands will compete for the chance to play the second stage at DTE Energy Music Theatre to open for the headliners of Doug Fest 2011.

The first place winner will play the first night of Doug Fest 2011, Saturday, August 27th, starring Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley. The runner-up will play the second night of Doug Fest 2011, Sunday, August 28, featuring Whitesnake and Tesla. Both winning bands will be paid $1,000 to perform.

The station is still accepting band submissions for the top ten. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. For information on how to submit a band, please visit 931DougFM.com.




Malcolm Maddox, a weekend anchor at WKEF (Dayton, OH), will join Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ next week as a weekend morning anchor. Maddox is a former U.S. marine who began his broadcast career more than ten years ago, working first as a photojournalist at WGBA in Green Bay, KUSI in San Diego and WXPI in Pittsburgh. Before joining WKEF, he was also a reporter at WIAT in Birmingham.

Full story: Malcolm Maddox Joins WXYZ Weekend Anchor Team (Tue, 8/9)



• WGHN, Inc. was granted a construction permit for a new FM station to be licensed to Ferryburg on 93.1. The Class A station would operate with 6,000 watts @ 213 feet from a tower located in Grand Haven in Ottawa County. WGHN won the frequency for $100,000 in an FCC auction held earlier this year.



Newsmakers and links: August 12, 2011




RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS)/DETROIT welcomes legendary gospel artist VICKIE WINANS to its staff. "SUNDAY MORNING PRAISE WITH VICKIE WINANS" starts this weekend from 6-9a on SUNDAY. "DETROIT has a strong gospel base that deserves to be heard," said PD ARMANDO RIVERA.

Full story: WDMK Adds Vickie Winans To Its Sunday Lineup (Thu, 8/11)


Newsmakers and links: August 13, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

Much of a big legal headache for the Woodward Dream Cruise communities and their media partners just drove off. WDTW-AM (1310) said Friday that it decided not to broadcast planned live coverage of the Dream Cruise from independent broadcasters. Several had announced Tuesday that they would challenge the exclusive yearly contracts of the Dream Cruise's media partners --WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and WOMC-FM (104.3) -- to broadcast next Saturday's event.

Full story: AM station says it won't carry independent Dream Cruise coverage (Sat, 8/13)



OHL's Plymouth Whalers returning to WSDP for radio broadcasts

The Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers will return to 88.1FM WSDP "The Escape" as its radio home for the upcoming 2011-12 season. WSDP, a state-award winning radio station located at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, will begin its broadcasting schedule during Plymouth's season-opener on Wed. Sept. 21 in Owen Sound and will carry the bulk of the Whalers games this season with a minimum of preemptions. 88.1FM may also carry the Whalers first pre-season game on Sat. Sept. 3 at 7pm against Windsor at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

Pete Krupsky remains Whalers play-by-play voice with Sean Baligian providing analysis of home broadcasts. All Plymouth regular season and playoff games will be streamed online at www.plymouthwhalers.com with the assistance of media partner Neulion.com.

"The Whalers and WSDP are the perfect combination," said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager. "It makes sense to have Plymouth's team on Plymouth's radio station. We are looking forward to another great season with the Whalers and hope to follow them through a long playoff run."

The Whalers relationship with 88.1FM WSDP extends beyond an opportunity to broadcast games. All younger Plymouth players attend high school at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

"We've enjoyed our time on 'The Escape'"said Krupsky. "The listening audience has a choice, they can hear the games locally on 88.1FM, while long-distance fans tune in online. We appreciate the continued support of the Extended Whalers Family."

In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts of home games at Compuware Arena. The broadcasts are distributed throughout Detroit-Metropolitan-area and shown on the Comcast, SWOCC and Brighthouse networks.


Newsmakers and links: August 15, 2011



FOX Sports Detroit sets schedule for University of Michigan football programming

Season preview kicks off Michigan Wolverines football coverage, premiers Friday, August 26; Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke airs Mondays starting August 29

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of University of Michigan football includes a half-hour Wolverine Football Season Preview the university-produced weekly program Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke.

The preview show premieres Fri. August 26 at 6:30 p.m. with multiple re-airs in the days leading up to the Wolverines Sept. 3 season opener vs. Western Michigan (also Sat. Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 29, 8:00 a.m.; Mon. Aug. 29, 12:30 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. Sept. 2, 2:00 p.m.).

The half-hour show is hosted by Mickey York with reports from Shannon Hogan, Matt Shepard, Trevor Thompson and Justin White. The season preview segments include an interview with new head coach Brady Hoke, a visit with quarterback Denard Robinson as to what fans can expect this year from one of the most exciting players in college football, an introduction to new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, a conversation with running back Michael Shaw and a review of the backfield competition; plus the new role of the wide receivers in this offensive scheme, a profile of cornerback Troy Woolfolk as he returns from injury, and previews of the big games on the Michigan schedule including the first-ever home night game (Sept. 10 vs. Notre Dame) and the Big Ten arrival of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke, hosted by Jim Brandstatter, premieres each Monday (typically at 6:30 p.m.) starting Aug. 29, repeated Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Each episode includes game and practice highlights, student-athlete features and in-depth analysis of past and future games.



Grand Rapids Press:

Gravy of the "Gravy in the Morning" radio show is on vacation this week, and Ellen Tailor is taking the lead spot. Joining Ellen is local comedian David Dyer.

Full story: No Gravy this week on 'Gravy in the Morning' (Mon, 8/15)



• Ion Television WPXD TV Ch. 31 Ann Arbor was granted its license to cover for its post-transition digital facilities. The station also has a construction permit that was granted in 2009 to move to physical Channel 50 from a new location in Oakland County that would increase the station's coverage area in metro Detroit.


• No notable activity for August 11 and 12.


Newsmakers and links: August 16, 2011



FOX Sports Detroit sets schedule for Michigan State University football programming

Spartan Football Season Preview premieres Friday, August 26th and Spartan Football All-Access returns each Sunday morning starting September 4th

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Michigan State football includes a half-hour Spartan Football Season Preview and another year of the university-produced weekly program Spartan Football All-Access. The preview show premieres Fri. August 26 at 7:00 p.m. with multiple re-airs in the days leading up to the Spartans Sept. 2 season opener vs. Youngstown State (also Sat. Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.; Mon. Aug. 29, 12:00 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m.; Fri. Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m.).

The half-hour show is hosted by Ryan Field with reports from Shannon Hogan, Trevor Thompson and Justin White. The season preview contains the following segments: Former Spartans QB Jim Miller breaking down film with current signal-caller Kirk Cousins, a look at the offensive line and how the veterans are forming a bond with the newcomers both on and off the practice field, how the Spartans will fill the hole in the defense with the departure of star linebacker Greg Jones, a visit with linebacker Max Bullough and his grandfather, former coach Hank Bullough, as Max becomes the third generation from his family to play for the Spartans, head coach Mark Dantonio talks about the journey to the top of the Big Ten and the challenge to stay there.

Spartan Football All-Access premieres each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. starting Sept. 4, repeated Mondays at 6:00 p.m, Thursdays at 12:00 p.m and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Each episode recaps the previous game and looks ahead to the next opponent, plus other in-depth and behind-the-scenes features involving the MSU football team.



Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 reporter Lisa LaPlante, one of the original members of the WXMI-TV news team, is leaving the station after nearly 13 years. LaPlante has accepted the position of marketing and communications manager for the Kent County Health Department.

Full story: FOX 17 reporter Lisa LaPlante leaving WXMI-TV after 13 years on air in Grand Rapids (Tue, 8/16)


Newsmakers and links: August 17, 2011



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit readies Dream Cruise broadcast

WXYZ-TV will broadcast exclusive television coverage of the 17th annual Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet on Saturday, August 20th. Coverage of the world's largest one-day automotive celebration revs up with a 2-hour live special from 7-9 p.m. An encore presentation will air on Sunday, August 21, from 8-10 a.m.

Channel 7 will bring all the cruising classics to viewers from locations up and down historic Woodward Avenue. WXYZ Action News Anchors, Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis, will host the program from the WXYZ home base on Woodward Avenue near Duggan's Restaurant in Royal Oak. The show will also include reports from Carolyn Clifford, Mary Conway, and JoAnne Purtan. Dave Rexroth will be capturing all the action along Woodward Avenue in the Chevy Car Cam. Action News Morning Team members Vic Faust, Alicia Smith and Erin Nicole will be on the north end of the cruise route in Pontiac, with cruising classics and a special Dream Cruise surprise.

"At Channel 7, we recognize the unique passion we have for our cars in Metro Detroit," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "We're proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Woodward Dream Cruise by Chevrolet. Channel 7 has been part of this amazing event since its earliest days and we're honored to join the communities along Woodward Avenue to once again help Metro Detroit celebrate its rich automotive heritage."

WXYZ-TV joins Berkley, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Pontiac, radio partner 104.3 WOMC, and presenting sponsor Chevrolet, to provide bumper-to-bumper coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet throughout the week leading up to the Saturday event. The Woodward Dream Cruise attracts over 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.




Listeners and fans from Los Angeles to New York jammed Radio One & 105.9 KISS FM phone lines for three hours Sunday morning when The Hardest Working Woman In Gospel - Vickie Winans - debuted her latest labor of love, the Sunday Morning Praise with Vickie Winans radio show, on 105.9 KISS FM in the Motor City.

Full story: Vickie Winans' debut Radio One Detroit Show was an overwhelming success (Tue, 8/16)



TimeOut Chicago:

Chicago's sweetheart is leaving us. Ginger Zee, who's been weekend meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5 since 2006, appears to be headed for ABC's Good Morning America in New York. It's not official yet, but insiders say she'll be filling the long-vacant weather slot on GMA Weekend after her contract expires here in October ... Frank Holland, a reporter and fill-in news anchor at WDIV-TV in Detroit, has been hired as early morning news anchor at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9.

Full story: Sunny forecast: Ginger Zee zooming to 'GMA Weekend' (Wed, 8/17)



Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 news has hired a multi-media journalist to join its staff. Darren Cunningham begins work immediately at WXMI-TV (Channel 17), sales and events marketing manager Kerry Kelemen said today.

Full story: FOX 17 hires multi-media journalist from Lansing to join news staff (Wed, 8/17)



• Silent WMTE AM 1340 Manistee was granted an extension of its Remain Silent Authorization through October 1, 2011.


• No notable activity for August 16.


Newsmakers and links: August 19, 2011



Lansing State Journal:

Budgetary woes have led to the layoff of several WKAR employees this week. Kirsten Khire, spokesperson for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, which merged with the PBS radio and TV station last month, said she could not say how many employees were laid off but said the cuts were spread across WKAR's divisions. Rob South, a seven-year news reporter with WKAR Radio, was among those employees who received a layoff notice. He said he will lose his job at the end of September.

Full story: WKAR lays off workers amid budget challenges (Fri, 8/19)




MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW MD JOHN RICHARDS has exited; his MD duties will be covered by OM GREG COLE. RICHARDS also did the afternoon show for Classic Hits sister WMJO (JOE)

Full story: John Richards Exits WKCQ-WMJO/Saginaw (Thu, 8/18)


ALL ACCESS has confirmed that CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A and Talk WTKG-A/GRAND RAPIDS PD PAUL CASHIN has exited the stations. AC WSRW (STAR 105.7) PD KELLY IRIS adds responsibility for WOOD and WTKG.

Full story: Paul Cashin Exits PD Slot At WOOD-WTKG/Grand Rapids (Thu, 8/18)



• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W288BT 105.5 St. Clair was granted Remain Silent Authority through December 31, 2011 for financial reasons.


• No notable activity for August 18.


Newsmakers and links: August 22, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

WXYT-AM (1270) is launching a revamped news-talk format on Sept. 12, representatives announced today. The lineup will include Charlie Langton, the colorful lawyer-commentator who's become a fixture on shows like "The Edge" on WJBK-TV (Fox 2) as morning host, followed by a string of syndicated commentators, including well-known conservative voices Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham.

Full story: WXYT-AM (1270) to switch out sports for conservative-leaning talk (Mon, 8/22)



Detroit News:

WXYT 1270-AM is moving from sports talk to conservative talkbeginning Sept. 12. Charlie Langton, the fast-talking and bombastic legal contributor on Fox 2, will host the morning show (6-9), the only local show planned.

Full story: WXYT 1270 shifting to conservative talk, will still air game broadcasts (Mon, 8/22)




Longtime GREATER MEDIA Rocker WCSX/DETROIT night slammer STEVE KOSTAN has been inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM has just unveiled a complete museum redesign telling the story of rock and roll in a more linear fashion. The entire museum's technology has been updated, including the interactive kiosk "On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio."

Full story: WCSX's Steve Kostan Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (Mon, 8/22)




The Tigers and Lions went at it in the TV ratings Friday night, and there was one clear-cut winner: Metro Detroit, which proved again that it's one of the country's best sports towns.

Full story: Tigers, Lions star on TV (Mon, 8/22)



Lansing State Journal:

For local TV newscasts, this is a week of big changes. At WLNS (Channel 6), there's a sleek new set, a sleek new anchorman, the departure of some people (Lisa Byington, Darren Cunningham) and arrival of others. There's also a jump in morning ratings. At WILX (Channel 10), new reporters are coming and there's a chance to widen the evening lead.

Full story: Local TV newscasts undergoing big changes (Mon, 8/22)



• CF Broadcasting, LLC is purchasing classic country WBMI FM 105.5 West Branch from 105.5FM, LLC for $360,000 pending FCC approval and closing.



Newsmakers and links: August 23, 2011



Cadillac's WMNN Ch. 26 adds Universal Sports

Cadillac digital low power TV station MI News 26 has added Universal Sports to the station's lineup on subchannel 26.3, replacing '26 Cinema'.

Universal Sports primarily features coverage of Olympic sports such as swimming, gymnastics, cycling, track and field, figure skating, skiing, bobsledding and triathlon.



WWTV/WWUP-TV Ch. 9 & 10 Traverse City-Cadillac:

After 17 years with the Doppler 9&10 Weather Team Meteorologist Jim Lehocky is saying goodbye to 9&10 News. Jim is moving to Sault Ste. Marie to join his family.

Full story: Jim Lehocky Departure (Mon, 8/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is pleased with the five-year deal U-M recently completed with CBS Radio. The school's football and men's basketball games will air on WWJ-AM (950) in the Detroit area. Though it's not ideal, especially the station's signal strength after dark, Brandon said it was the best deal available.

Full story: Dave Brandon: Michigan's new radio deal was best available option (Tue, 8/23)



• Three televisions were granted licenses to cover for their post-transition digital facilities: ABC affiliate WBUP-TV Ch. 10 Ishpeming/Marquette, CW affiliate WBKP-TV Ch. 5 Calumet, and CBS affiliate WBKB-TV Ch. 11 Alpena.



Newsmakers and links: August 25, 2011



WXYZ-TV Channel 7 to provide free back-to-school immunizations with "Healthy Living for Kids"

WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, along with DTE Energy & The Word Network, will give thousands of Detroit area children a "boost" at the 34th annual "Healthy Living for Kids" Immunization Fair. The program will be held Sunday, August 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The vaccinations are especially important this year because of new school requirements for students. According to Rebecca Thomas, Program Administrative Assistant for Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, students must have a completed series of vaccinations or they will not be allowed to attend school. "This event is an opportunity to get your children's immunizations without a wait or appointment before they go back to school," said Thomas.

Eligible children 3 months and older will be given free immunizations against polio, rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, varicella (chicken pox), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B and HIB (Haemophilus influenza type B), MCV4 Meningitis, Hep A, PCV 13 (Pneumonia), and HPV (Gardasil). Registered nurses from the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will administer the shots with the assistance of over 150 volunteers from the Health Department and WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

Additional services provided include free lead poisoning testing, sign-ups for WIC (Woman, Infant, and Children's) feeding program, enrollment for insurance and a wide variety of youth mentoring programs. This year, the popular "Children's Village," will feature a variety of health services, community outreach programs and entertainment. AAA, the Detroit Public Library Bookmobile, Detroit Public Schools, The Detroit Science Center, Smile Programs...the mobile dentists, are some of the organizations that will be on hand.

WXYZ Action News on-air personalities will sign autographs and greet children and their families. There will be giveaways plus backpacks provided courtesy of WXYZ and DTE Energy. School supplies courtesy of DTE Energy will be handed out while supplies last.

Detroit Lions mascot "Roary" and Detroit Tigers mascot "Paws" will stop by and greet guests. Complimentary pizza will be served along with bottled water courtesy of Absopure and Costco, chips courtesy of Uncle Rays, and ice cream courtesy of Par's.




The Western Michigan University Athletic Department announced today a new agreement with Martz Communications Group's Detroit radio station 94.3 FM "The Bone," which becomes the latest affiliate station of the Bronco Radio Network for football. From their studios in Southfield, 94.3 "The Bone" will air all regular season and postseason football games for Bronco Fans and Alumni in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Full story: Bronco Radio Network Adds Detroit Station 94.3 FM (Tue, 8/23)



Grand Rapids Press:

Ferris State University has reached a multi-year broadcast agreement with WDEE-FM (97.3) that makes it the flagship radio station of the Bulldog Sports Network and provides for live coverage of all football, hockey and men's basketball games, the school announced this week. The agreement also calls for live streaming Internet audio and video for all home contests in the three sports, plus live audio for all road games.

Full story: Ferris State, WDEE-FM reach agreement for football, hockey and men's basketball games (Thu, 8/25)


Newsmakers and links: August 26, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

In case you haven't noticed, high school football is kind of a big deal around these parts. Then again, it's pretty popular around the rest of the nation, but it can hard to avoid in West Michigan if you turn on the TV or radio. All four local TV stations and both sports radio channels have extensive coverage, and all provide something a little unique.

Full story: West Michigan high school football fans can get their fill on local airwaves (Fri, 8/26)


Newsmakers and links: August 29, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions writer for Booth Newspapers and MLive.com, died this morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan. Kowalski, 51, was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township in Oakland County, where he was pronounced dead.

Full story: Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions reporter, dies (Mon, 8/29)


More on the death of Tom Kowalski:

The Oakland Press: Lions take a moment to remember beat writer Tom Kowalski (Mon, 8/29)

Grand Rapids Press: Tom Kowalski tribute: 'He was gruff and hard-charging' (Mon, 8/29)

Detroit News: Readers, listeners respected Tom Kowalski's opinions (Mon, 8/29)



The Oakland Press:

Mickey Redmond knew it was over. He came roaring down the right wing like he had countless times before when he encountered St. Louis Blues' defenseman Barcley Plager.

"I turned and he was right next to me," Redmond said. "Normally, I'd go right by him. There was no decision, really. Just the way it was. Nobody had to tell me. I knew it first."

Full story: For Mickey Redmond, the end was just the beginning (Mon, 8/29)



• Radio One has closed on the purchase of FM translator W260CB 99.9 Hamtramck from Best Media. The translator is expected to be on the air soon rebroadcasting WCHB AM 1200 Taylor/Detroit (via WDMK-FM HD2).


• No notable activity for August 24 - 26.


Newsmakers and links: August 30, 2011



Detroit's WADL-TV Ch. 38 to change .2 networks

WADL is preparing to launch Antenna TV on its .2 subchannel beginning October 1, 2011, replacing Universal Sports.

Kevin Adell, CEO and owner of WADL Detroit, who also owns "The Word Network" - the largest African-American religious network in the U.S. and the world, explains, "We have looked at many programming options for our dot .2, but 'Antenna TV' was by far the best fit with its quality classic programming lineup, expansive national distribution with Tribune stations and will have the longevity over fledgling networks."

Antenna TV's lineup includes The Flying Nun, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, All In The Family and mixes these classic oldies with newer programs including Maude and Soap, In addition, Antenna TV offers a variety of movies to complement its classic TV lineup.



• Central Michigan University's new FM translator W236BU 95.1 Traverse City was granted its license to cover. The translator rebroadcasts CMU Public Radio's WCMW-FM 103.9 Harbor Springs.








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