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The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has announced the passing of former MAB President (1973) and Board Member John Anderson.

John Anderson, founder of WCCW-AM/FM in Traverse City, passed away January 19 at age 83. Born in Coopersville, Anderson graduated from high school in Cadillac, attended MSU and graduated from the Radio and Television Institute in Chicago. From 1944 to 1948, Anderson served with the United States Army and during that time started his broadcast career as an announcer for Armed Forces Radio Network.

In 1950, he worked in Marion, Indiana at WBAT as their program director. He then moved to Cadillac where he was a sports announcer with WWTV. In 1954, he moved to Traverse City and was the station manager at WPBN. In 1960, Anderson founded WCCW-AM/FM, which he owned and operated until 1984. Throughout his career he served on the board of directors of the Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters (MAB) and was president of the organization in 1973-74. During the 1970s, he was the president of the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters. From 1975 to 1979, Anderson served on the National Association of Broadcasters board of directors, representing Michigan and Indiana.

Karole White, MAB President stated, "John was one of a handful of broadcasters who's leadership molded broadcasting in Michigan. John and other dedicated broadcast volunteers made the MAB one of the top state broadcast associations in the nation. Our condolences to his family and friends."

Those wishing to honor John may do so by making a tax-deductible donation to the MAB Foundation General Scholarship Fund in John's name. Your contribution to the fund and those of others helps MABF to annually award scholarships to seventeen deserving young people seeking careers in broadcasting industry. Click here for more information: www.mabf.org.

To read the full obituary please click here (from the Traverse City Record-Eagle): record-eagle.com/obituaries/x1947786927/John-Anderson.

 

WMNNMichigan's first all-digital independent low-power television station is now broadcasting in the Cadillac area with the sign-on of WMNN-LD, Channel 26, late last month.

The station is truly an independent operation, offering 3 sub channels that are not affiliated with any network.

The main signal, on 26.1, is billed as "MI News 26". It currently offers 30-minute programs that consist of five to eight minute feature items from a field reporter along with community news, information, announcements, and weather. There are usually at least two, and up to four, of these 30-minute programs that rotate, forming an hour or two loop that is updated at least once per day. The station runs a ticker at all times on 26.1 that can be quickly updated if there is breaking news or severe weather information that needs to get on the air immediately.

MI News 26 broadcasts at 720p on 26.1, for now making it Northern Michigan's only local news in HD.

26.2 and 26.3 are both offering classic television programming. 26.2 is '26 TV Classics', airing shows from the 1960s and earlier such as Jack Benny, Bonanza, Ozzie and Harriet, and old cartoons. 26.3 is '26 Cinema', airing old movies.

Technically, the station operates on Channel 14, with digital receivers remapping it to Channel 26. The effective radiated power is 425 watts @ 525 feet from an antenna located south of M-55 between US-131 and M-66 west of Cadillac. WMNN-LD is licensed to Lake City and owned by Freelancer Television Broadcasting. The station's web site is www.minews26.com.

 

WKQIBuda is out at Top 40 Channel 955 (WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit) where he had been the station's night host reports AllAccess.com today. No replacement has been named as of yet.

WQKI certainly features a creatively-named roster of jocks... with names like 'Mojo', 'Beau', 'Ice', 'Stick', 'B.G', and 'Goose' remaining after Buda's exit.

Mid-dayer Nick Craig must feel left out.

 


 

WSRT106.7 You-FM (WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord, simulcast on WSRJ-FM 105.5 Honor/Traverse City) is adding the syndicated Dr. Daliah (Wachs) Show starting next Monday night/Tuesday morning, April 11th/12th. Billed as 'Sassy and Stimulating Medical Talk Radio', the program will be heard weeknights at midnight where it will displace Lou Dobbs.

 


 

WDET

Detroit public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9 kicks off its Spring On-Air Fundraiser tomorrow, asking listeners to make financial gifts to help the station buy and produce the programming heard on WDET.

As is the case with most, if not all, public radio outlets, listener contributions are the single largest source of funding and stations are under more pressure than ever to become self-sustaining with the increasing chances that federal funding will be cut in the future.

WDET General Manager Mikel Ellcessor reports that if public radio is defunded by Congress, WDET would see a $250,000 decrease in its budget, or just over 8%.

Ellcessor states in an e-mail to supporters, "More than ever, the on-air fundraiser is a time for you to act and give at a level that works for you. Particularly if you have never given - and especially if you can honestly say to yourself 'WDET gives me something I can't get anywhere else'. The future of federal support may be uncertain. WDET's commitment to serving this community is not. Your gift right now will make a difference."

 


 

WGRDRocker WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids announced the lineup for its 2011 Wingstock concert, and had some fun doing it. The Grand Rapids Press helped share the news, and then covered a little payback from Rob Bliss.

 


 

WIDRThe Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Western Michigan University student-run WIDR-FM 89.1 is planning a station fundraiser titled 'WIDR Sliders & Brew' on April 13th at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. In addition to burgers, there will be two dozen craft beers from eight Michigan breweries to sample. Admission is $10 at the door which pays for eight beer samples. More info at widr.org.

 


 

Yesterday the K-zoo Gazette also covered the pending departure of Judy Markee from WWMT Ch. 3 in May.

 

Upper Peninsula CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3, along with its parent station WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay, WI, is being sold by Liberty Media to Nexstar for $20M reports Broadcasting & Cable.

Liberty purchased the stations from CBS in 2007 in a complex sales agreement that was reportedly completed by Liberty returning $64 million worth of CBS stock (7,591,249 shares) along with $170 million in cash in exchange for the licenses of WFRV and WJMN.

 


 

The Midland Daily News has published a profile of Great Lakes Loons and U-M woman's basketball broadcaster Matt Park this morning. The Central Michigan University and Brighton High School grad is also heard on WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning broadcasting high school football and basketball from Saginaw Valley League schools.

 


 

Fenton's WCXI AM 1160 is set to debut a new country music show hosted by Darcy Day, daughter of legendary country jock Deano Day, on Sunday April 10th at 4 p.m., reports The Fenton Patch. 'Uncle' Deano passed away April 10th, 2009 and was best known during his tenure at Detroit radio stations WDEE AM 1500 and WCXI AM 1130 in Detroit. He later worked for the current WCXI.

 


 

WDIV wins by a hair (or two): The station's web site boasts that two of its female anchors sport the 'Best Hair on Detroit Television', at least according to an unscientific web poll. The top three (out of 18): WDIV's Lauren Podell and Rhonda Walker followed by WJBK's Andrea Isom.

 


 

Dan Zako has been elevated from Local to General Sales Manager at Citadel Broadcasting's pop WDVD-FM 96.3 and variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1. Marty Rosenberg is the new Local Sales Manager for WDVD and WDRQ.

 


 

Delta College's PBS station WDCQ-TV Ch. 19 Bay City is planning to air a four-part series focused on Autism during April. The first two specials are scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th with the final two set for two weeks later on April 26th. The Saginaw News has more details in this story.

 


 

More on Buda's exit from Channel 955 Detroit written by MLive.com's Aaron Foley.

 

Newsmakers and links: April 8, 2011

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Marquette TV market to get new player in local news?

WJMN-TVWith this week's announcement that Nexstar is purchasing Upper Peninsula CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 (licensed to Escanaba) along with the station it currently simulcasts, WFRV-TV Ch. 5 Green Bay WI, Broadcasting & Cable breaks the info that the perspective new owner will attempt to launch local newscasts for Channel 3.

WLUC-TV Ch. 6 was Marquette's only full-time local TV news operation for many years, but recently faced some competition from WBUP-TV Ch. 10. For the most part, WJMN-TV has broadcast the Green Bay-focused newscasts of WFRV with cut-ins for U.P. news and weather. WJMN also airs different local advertising from WFRV.

Read the full story from B&C: Nexstar Plans Local News for Marquette CBS

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit's 'April in the D' winner receiving attention

FSDetroitIt's become an annual tradition - Fox Sports Detroit highlights its coverage of three of Detroit's major league sports teams in April with a unique musical hook and fans seem to either love it or hate it. Meanwhile, the local artists that take part in the competition receive great exposure for their music. B-Dab, this year's winning band, has the attention of The Macomb Daily's Mitch Hotts: B-Dab enjoys win in 'April in the D' song contest.

 


 

Artistic Media Partners flips Michiana rocker

It appears that Zow (WZOW FM 97.7 Goshen) has gone pow in the South Bend, Indiana market as Artistic Media Partners has dropped the classic/mainstream rock format on that station in favor of a simulcast of classic hits 'The Stream' WSMM FM 102.3 New Carlisle. The call sign of FM 97.7 was changed from WZOW to WSSM on Wednesday, April 6th.

Since acquiring FM 102.3 nearly 10 years ago, Artistic Media has adjusted the formats and simulcasting status of 102.3 and 97.7 numerous times - however this change removes the Zow name and heavier rock format from FM 97.7 for the first time since Artistic Media purchased it in 2001.

 


 

Greg Cole named Operations Manager for MacDonald Broadcasting in Saginaw

AllAccess.com posts that Cole will run the group's WKCQ-FM 98.1, WMJO-FM 97.3, WSAG-FM 104.1 and WSAM AM 1400 staring on April 18th, taking over for Jim Kramer who will remain in place in morning drive at WKCQ.

 


 

WNEM-TV Bay City parent returns to WorldNow for web content

Broadcasting & Cable: Meredith taps WorldNow for station sites

 


 

WXYZ-TV and Yahoo! partner to connect potential customers to businesses

WXYZ A collaboration between WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit parent the E.W. Scripps Company and Yahoo! will add Yahoo!'s digital display inventory to the portfolio of products sold by the advertising reps at Scripps television stations. WXYZ and Cleveland's WEWS are the first Scripps stations to participate in the program. In addition, the Scripps stations provide market-specific content to Yahoo! properties, including the Yahoo! homepage. Scripps is also a founding member of the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium.

WXYZ-TV's web site (wxyz.com) reported 2,738,000 unique visitors in December 2010, according to comScore.

"WXYZ and WEWS have long been pioneers that know how to deliver large and engaged audiences," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television, "but the partnership with Yahoo! takes the stations' commitment to the local businesses of Detroit and Cleveland to a significantly higher level. Marrying one of America's oldest media companies with one of the world's savviest new-media brands is great for both organizations, but the real winners are the businesses in Michigan and Ohio who have an effective new way to boost their revenues."

 


 

"My Kid Rocks" on Flint's WWBN FM 101.5

Flint Journal: Flint radio station holds 'My Kid Rocks' video contest to win a pair of tickets to the private Kid Rock concert coming to the Machine Shop

 


 

Washington Week editor visits Flint to discuss media

Flint Journal: PBS journalist Gwen Ifill addresses changes in media at University of Michigan-Flint; visit comes a day after shake-up at WJRT

 

WDVD's Project Prom Princess to help girls get dresses

WDVD Prom is one of the most memorable events in a young lady's life. Unfortunately, many high school students and their families are feeling the hurt of our tough economy. This should be no reason for girls to be denied the time-honored tradition of going to Prom. Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 is working with The Village of Rochester Hills to help less fortunate girls receive a free prom dress this spring.

For the 3rd consecutive year, 96.3 WDVD will be collecting gently worn formal dresses, shoes and accessories (less than 5 years old). This year's event will be held at The Village of Rochester Hills (on Village Main Street across from Festival Park) on Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17, 2011. 96.3 WDVD on-air personalities will broadcast from inside the Prom Princess Boutique all weekend long. The mission is to fill the store with racks of dresses, shoes and accessories to make hundreds of girls feel like a true Princess on Prom Night.

Visitors to Project Prom Princess will have the opportunity to win 1 of 50 free boutonniere and corsage sets, a prom makeover package for hair, nails and tanning or Katy Perry tickets.

Young ladies that are in need of a prom dress can log onto 963WDVD.com to fill out a request form. Selected girls will be asked to join us inside the Prom Princess Boutique to pick out a free dress for Prom.

 


 

WBBL-FM Grand Rapids morning co-host Grey headed for Omaha

CITADEL Sports WBBL/GRAND RAPIDS, MI host MICHAEL GREY and syndicated "TODD AND TYLER RADIO EMPIRE" sports anchor PETE MCINTYRE are joining JOURNAL Sports KXSP-A (AM 590 ESPN OMAHA)/OMAHA for afternoons starting MAY 16th

Full story at AllAccess.com: Michael Grey, Pete McIntyre To Team For Afternoons At AM 590 ESPN Omaha (Tue, 4/12)

 


 

CBS Radio's Bigby planning exit; was in charge of WXYT-FM/AM Detroit

WXYT NTS MediaOnline has the news that Tom Bigby, currently Vice President of Strategic Programming, will be leaving CBS Radio after 23 years. Bigby was brought in to Detroit to program sports WXYT-FM/AM several years ago and helped develop the station into a ratings success. He reportedly will still do consulting work for CBS' sports-based radio stations.

 


 

Ann Arbor.com:

WEMU WEMU, the public-radio station based at Eastern Michigan University, has posted an original music video to YouTube. The song, written by Chris Benjey and sung by Sue Gillis, is called "So Glad You're Mine." It was created as part of the station's "I Am WEMU" campaign, which aims to build connection with current listeners as well as draw new ones, station General Manager Molly Motherwell explained.

Read the full story... Original music video extends radio station's 'I Am WEMU' campaign (Mon, 4/11)

 


 

Air times and dates across Michigan for Public TV special on preparing preschoolers for kindergarten:

The first airing will be tonight, April 12th at 8 p.m. on the following stations: WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit, WGVU-TV Ch. 35 Grand Rapids, WGVK-TV Ch. 52 Kalamazoo, WKAR-TV Ch. 23 Lansing, and WNMU-TV Ch. 13 Marquette.

Central Michigan University's network (WCMU-TV Ch. 14 Mt. Pleasant / WCML-TV Ch. 6 Alpena / WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 Flint, WCMV-TV Ch. 27 Cadillac / WCMW-TV Ch. 21 Manistee) will air the program two hours later tonight, at 10 p.m.

Bay City's WDCQ-TV Ch. 19 Bay City plans on showing the program on Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m.

More information on this program is available here..

 


 

Toledo Blade:

Ch. 13's new owners cut 20-plus jobs (Tue, 4/12)

 

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.

 

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.

 

A bolt of lightning struck a Muskegon radio station Friday morning, knocking the station off the air and possibly causing thousands of dollars in damage to its broadcast equipment, officials said. No one was hurt when lightning struck the studio of 103.7 The Beat, 1877 Peck, and caused a small fire that firefighters quickly extinguished.

Full story: Bolt of lightning sends Muskegon radio station, The Beat, off the air (Fri, 7/1)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW has announced the "10th Annual KCQ Drive To End Hunger Golf Outing," on TUESDAY, AUGUST, 2nd, with a 10a (ET) shotgun start. The event will be held at the TIMBER's GOLF COURSE. All proceeds will go to help the FOOD BANK of EASTERN MICHIGAN. They are looking for teams and sponsorships for the event.

Full story: WKCQ Presents Golf Outing For Local Food Bank (Thu, 6/30)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Young Broadcasting's 10-station group is being quietly offered for sale for as much as $350 million, multiple sources tell TVNewsCheck. A year out of bankruptcy, the station group is widely viewed as financially healthy. The proposed sale appears timed to capitalize on what many anticipate will be a record year for political advertising in 2012.

In Michigan, Young Broadcasting owns Lansing CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6.

Full story: For sale: Young Broadcasting for just $350M (Thu, 6/30)

 


 

Lost Remote:

Don't just complain about sad news - do something about it! That's what viewers of and staffers from WXYZ in Detroit did, using the power of social media in the community. Using the Twitter hashtag #backchannel and Facebook, a group of more than a hundred people gathered to help clean up Detroit.

Full story: Detroit station taps #backchannel to make 'good news' (Thu, 6/30)

 


 

Nexstar Broadcasting Completes Acquisition of CBS Affiliates WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that it completed the previously announced purchase of the assets of WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV, the CBS affiliates serving the Green Bay, Wisconsin and Marquette, Michigan markets, and has appointed Joseph Denk Vice President and General Manager of both stations and their associated e-Media operations.

Full story: from Businesswire (Fri, 7/1)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 17, 2011

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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.

 


 

Examiner.com

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 23, 2011

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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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 25, 2011

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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.

 


 

WMUBroncos.com:

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)

 

Recent news reports that Madonna's brother Anthony Ciccone is homeless in Traverse City has not only drawn national attention to the issue of the homeless in the Northern Michigan resort town, but now also opened the door to controversy for hits radio station WKHQ-FM 105.9. A Facebook group has popped up protesting a promotion being run by 'KHQ offering a $200 'bounty' to anyone that can get Anthony Ciccone to visit the station's Williamsburg studios during business hours.

The station's 'Josh and Heather' morning show defended itself on-air yesterday morning, claiming the idea behind luring Ciccone to the MacDonald-Garber owned station isn't simply to yuk it up on the air, but to provide real assistance as the northern Michigan winter rapidly approaches. A podcast of that conversation between the show's hosts and listeners can be heard on the station's web site.

 

Update on 10/27: The creator of the Facebook group has since removed it.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 6, 2011

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97.7 FM Cheboygan signs on as 'Santa 97.7'

WQEZ FM 97.7 Cheboygan has become Michigan's newest radio station, it signed on as "Santa 97.7" yesterday with plans to air a commercial-free all-Christmas music format until after the holiday when it will relaunch with its (yet to be announced) regular format.

The Class C3 station (3,400 watts @ 499 feet) is owned by Del Reynolds and was granted its construction permit this past summer.

 


 

FM 91.3 in Tawas area returns to the air

WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas returned to the airwaves in late October under new owner Baraga Broadcasting with a religious/Catholic format. The station had been off the air under previous owner Northern Christian Broadcasting after briefly operating with a Christian Rock format.

 


 

Northern Star Broadcasting sells its remaining Upper Peninsula radio station

Long-silent WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry has been sold by Northern Star Broadcasting to West Central Michigan Media Ministries (WCMMM) $150,000, pending approvals and closing. WIHC essentially became an orphan after Northern Star sold off its U.P. properties to Sovereign Communications, but was prevented from including the station by ownership concentration levels in Sault Ste Marie.

WCMMM operates a Cadillac, MI based religious station.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

That didn't stop Redmond, who traded his stick for a microphone and has spent 32 years in the radio and TV booth as a hockey color analyst -- the past 26 for the Wings and, since 1997, with Fox Sports Detroit.

Full story: Hockey Hall of Fame nod caps Red Wings announcer Mickey Redmond's second career (Sun, 11/6)

 

Although the NBA labor impasse is ongoing and no one knows when players will return to the court, Pistons fans will notice a change when they tune in to watch whenever the season begins. Fox Sports Detroit, which also carries the Tigers and Red Wings, will have more responsibilities when it comes to airing the Pistons.

Full story: FS Detroit takes sole responsibility for Pistons broadcast (Sun, 11/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 9, 2011

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FM 93.5 in metro Detroit becoming a battleground for FM translators looking to relocate

Just recently, Tim Martz's Radio Power applied to move is currently silent FM translator from 93.9 (which had previously been heard on FM 104.7) to 93.5. Today comes another application to the FCC, this one from the Educational Media Foundation (operators of the Christian "K-Love" and "Air-1" networks) for a silent translator to move to 93.5. EMF's W256AY had previously operated on FM 99.1 prior to Windsor's CJAM taking over that frequency as it moved from FM 91.5- that translator has been silent ever since.

So now there are two operators fighting for a frequency for translators that will likely cause concern for yet another broadcaster - Howell's WHMI-FM 93.5 based in Livingston county, but also serving a decent portion of western Oakland County west of the I-275 corridor and northward up to Genesee County.

It appears that the Detroit/Windsor market has now essentially reached the breaking point in terms of available frequencies on FM and what's left will now be fought over through the FCC.

 


 

Results cloudy with EAS test

The follow up of the nationwide Emergency Alert System test seems to be that it was anything but smooth sailing with many cable and satellite systems failing to issue the alert and that there were even scattered failures with over-the-air broadcasters across the country.

A quick sampling in metro Detroit showed that most radio stations did air the test -- but at varying times near 2 p.m. -- it was not close to being in sync. The audio of the test was wrought with interference and cross-talk and the test itself didn't seem to end cleanly with regular programming resuming before the end alert tones aired. My cable television system also appeared to fail to broadcast the test on cable-only stations (using a TV with a Cable Card, not a converter box).

It looks like there is much work to be done with a national system, and there will be more of these tests in our near future.

 


 

Northern Star Broadcasting selling off remaining stations in northern Lower Peninsula

A huge transaction is under way up north as Northern Star Broadcasting exits radio in Michigan by selling its nine station group to longtime broadcasters Del and Mary Reynolds for about $1.8 million. Northern Star's radio stations include the classic rock 'The Bear' combo of 98.1 WGFN Glen Arbor / 93.9 WAVC Mio / 94.5 WLJZ Mackinaw City / 107.1 WCKC Cadillac, country 'Big Country' WMKC 102.9 Indian River, rock combo 'Real Rock' 95.5 WJZJ Glen Arbor / 105.1 WGFM 105.1 Cheboygan, and classic country WCBY AM 1240 Cheboygan along with the silent (and being sold off) WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry.

Northern Star previously sold off 11 of its 12 Upper Peninsula stations to Sovereign Communications in 2010. Del Reynolds has a long history of owning and operating radio stations in northern Michigan, but had stepped down his involvement in recent years. This transaction, in which Reynolds is repurchasing a number of the stations he used to own in Northern Michigan, changes that dramatically.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is honoring U.S. troops on active duty and those who have served with rare, live calls from the front lines in AFGHANISTAN and interviews with local active duty members from SELFRIDGE AIR FORCE BASE in HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI. The VETERANS DAY celebration takes place this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th and begins with WYCD's DR. DON MORNING SHOW at 6a (CT).

Full story: WYCD To Honors Troops On November 11th With All-Day Broadcast (Wed, 11/9)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

If you love Christmas music, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived. Radio station Star 105.7 switched today its all-Christmas, all the time format today with more than six weeks to go before Dec. 25.

Full story: If you like Christmas melodies on your radio, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived (Tue, 11/8)

 


 

Central Michigan Life:

University President George Ross will be co-hosting a radio show from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today on Modern Rock 91.5. Ross will be joining Black Circle Radio's hosts to talk about music while playing songs he personally selected.

Full story: Ross to co-host 91.5 radio show Wednesday, play his vinyl favorites (Wed, 11/9)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 1, 2011

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9 & 10 News adds Grand Traverse area translator

Hoping to improve reception for viewers in Traverse City, CBS affiliate WWTV-TV Ch.9 has added a translator on Ch. 40 serving the Grand Traverse area. The station should be available to viewers after rescanning their digital equipment.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CPR PROMOTIONS VP/Fun & Games & Extremely Weird & Very Bizarre Stuff PAIGE NIENABER has been inked by CBS RADIO/DETROIT beginning today.

Full story: CBS Radio/Detroit Brings Paige Nienaber Into The Building (Thu, 12/1)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 8, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

NORTHERN RADIO Classic Hits WFCX-WFDX (94.3 AND 92.5 THE FOX) and Talk WSRJ-WSRT (106.7 AND 105.5 YOU-FM)/TRAVERSE CITY Program/Operations Manager DENNIS WINSLOW has announced his resignation after 5 years with the stations. WINSLOW, a veteran of stations in ATLANTA, HOUSTON, and PHILADELPHIA, is planning to concentrate on his consultancy, WINSLOW PROGRAMMING STRATEGIES, as well as development of several other broadcast related business opportunities.

Full story: Dennis Winslow Exits WFCX-WSRT/Traverse City (Thu, 12/8)

 

Dish Network subscribers without off-air antennas in Northern Michigan are doing without their CBS and FOX television affiliates this morning as a retransmission dispute between Dish and Heritage Broadcasting-owned WWTV-TV Ch. 9 / WWUP-TV Ch. 10 Cadillac/Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie and Heritage operated WFQX-TV Ch. 32 Cadillac has resulted in a blackout of what's known locally as "9 & 10 News" and "Fox 32".

Viewers in the area still have the opportunity to receive the stations if they have digital tuners on their televisions (or a converter box) and an antenna capable of pulling in the stations off the air. Doing so may require a rescan of your television or converter box that is connected to the antenna.

Heritage Broadcasting has released the following information on the dispute:


 
 
 

Heritage Broadcasting, a Michigan locally owned broadcasting company that provides your local news, weather, school closings, and sports along with the CBS network, is currently negotiating with Dish network, a multi-billion dollar out of state company. Dish has resorted to using its vast resources to attempt to intimidate your local television station 9&10 News. Dish has started an intimidation campaign that involves not only the television station but includes the local television advertisers and you the viewers.

Dish believes that it can bully a small local business into accepting a deal for much less than they are worth. Heritage Broadcasting believes that you should be paid for the value that you deliver not the size of your company. In the latest Nielsen rating period, 9&10 News and the CBS network, is the highest rated channel, yet we are being asked to accept a fee that is near the bottom of pay scale. We are not asking to be the highest paid, but we think we are worth more than the price of a postage stamp!

Despite the Dish claim of a 600 percent increase, the fact is we have asked for a fee that is less than the price of a Sunday newspaper. We feel that the equivalent of 5 cents a day for your local news, weather, school closings, severe weather alerts, local sports coverage and the CBS network is a fair price.

We know this is an inconvenience to our viewers and advertisers and we sincerely apologize that our negotiations have affected you. We do not feel that it is appropriate that large corporations use scare tactics, high priced lawyers and their billions of dollars to bully local businesses. We do not accept bullying in our schools and we should not accept it in any form in our communities. Dish would know this if they were a part of, or cared about our community.

We are sorry for any inconveniences this has caused you. As more information becomes available, we will do our best to keep you informed.

Thank you for your viewership.

 

Heritage Broadcasting and Dish Network have come to an agreement today that has restored CBS affiliates WWTV Ch. 9 / WWUP-TV Ch. 10 and FOX affiliate WFQX Ch. 32 to Dish's lineup for viewers in northern Michigan. Financial terms of the multi-year agreement were not released.

The service disruption raised the ire of many Dish subscribers in the region that were caught in the middle of a financial battle between the two companies that blacked out CBS and FOX programming for nearly a week, including Sunday's National Football League broadcasts.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 29, 2011

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Northern Lower Peninsula gets new soft rock station

Recent sign-on WQEZ-FM 97.7 Cheboygan earlier this week revealed its full-time format: soft rock as 'Easy 97.7'. The programming is automated for now, but owner Del Reynolds plans to host morning drive himself and add more local elements as the station matures.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio personality is no longer on the air at 1340 WJRW. Tim Doctor, who hosted a show from 2 - 5 p.m. as of the middle of December wrote this message his Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Full story: Tim Doctor out at 1340 WJRW, according to his Facebook page (Thu, 12/29)

 

The Romantics are old hands when it comes to playing outdoor New Year's Eve concerts in Michigan. Well, maybe not that old: The veteran Detroit-area rockers played their first outdoor New Year's Eve gig in Royal Oak last year.

Full story: The Romantics will lead revelers for annual Hot-FM New Year's Eve Party (Thu, 12/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

NORTHERN BROADCASTING Rock WKLT/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has bid adieu to morning co-host FINSTER. His partner OMELETTE stays on to head the show.

Full story: Finster Exits WKLT (Thu, 12/29)

 

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