Northern Michigan / UP: December 2011 Archives

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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