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WXYZ-TV expanding its coverage for 2011 North American International Auto Show

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit has announced expanded coverage of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, beginning with press preview days on January 10, and extending through the end of public show days on January 23, 2011.

In addition to extensive news coverage during press preview days, WXYZ-TV will air a live broadcast of the Charity Preview event on Friday, January 14. The show, Red Carpet Charity Preview Special, will air at 7 p.m. and will be anchored by Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with live reports across the show floor from reporters Mary Conway, JoAnne Purtan, Dave LewAllen and Dave Rexroth. The program, broadcast entirely in high definition, will showcase the latest trends and technologies in the automotive industry, and will include live interviews with top auto executives. An encore presentation will air Saturday, January 15, at 8 a.m.

As part of WXYZ's on-going commitment to automotive reporting, Channel 7 is "On Your Side" with a consumer-oriented program, Cars are Stars, on Saturday, January 15, 7-7:30 p.m. The show, anchored by Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis with reports from Alicia Smith, Vic Faust and Glenda Lewis, will highlight what's new in the car market for consumers, including the latest gadgets and a guide to electric vehicles. An encore presentation of Cars are Stars, will air Sunday, January 16, at 9 a.m.

On Friday, January 21, WXYZ is proud to host Channel 7 Family Day at the Auto Show. The day will include musical performances, giveaways, and a chance to meet Channel 7 on-air personalities. Musical acts scheduled to appear include Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Amazin' Blue (the U of M acapella chorus), the Motor City Bloodhounds, LaShell Griffin, the Blue Pigs and many others.

WXYZ will also provide complete Auto Show coverage on wxyz.com where users will find up the minute reports on the latest vehicle releases and photo galleries with the hottest concept cars. Special Auto Show sections, complete with streaming video, will be available on WXYZ mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well as most other smartphones, for users on the go.

"Channel 7 is thrilled to be part of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the premiere event of the year for Detroit and the region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is grateful to the NAIAS leadership for this special opportunity, and we're committed to using the resources of Channel 7 to provide a unique experience for both Channel 7 viewers and auto show visitors during the entire two weeks of the event."

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com

CBS Television Stations today named Mark Arminio VP of sales for WWJ and WKBD, the group's Detroit CBS and CW stations, effective Jan. 10. Arminio will be responsible for overseeing all sales operations at the two outlets in the country's 11th market... CBS picks Arminio to head sales in Detroit (Thu, 1/6)

 

Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 has hired market vet Chris Edwards to join its weather forecasting team starting January 22nd. The release did not reveal exactly what role Edwards will play; the station currently employs Dave Rexroth as its chief meteorologist and on-air for the station's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts with Sean Ash, Keenan Smith, and Olga Breese sharing duties on the station's other telecasts.

Edwards began his career as a weathercaster in the U.S. Air Force. He was one of the first meteorologists with The Weather Channel in Atlanta, before moving on to forecast at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and KYW-TV in Philadelphia. He then was chief meteorologist at WJBK-TV Channel 2 in Detroit before stepping down in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business teaching weather science to students. Until recently, he had also been doing some fill-in work for Channel 2.

"We're extremely pleased to add such a talented and experienced meteorologist to the Channel 7 weather staff," said news director Tim Dye. "Chris brings more than 30 years of forecasting experience, much of that in the Southeast Michigan region. His first-hand knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our viewers."

"WXYZ-TV is infusing so much energy into the community and it's exciting to be part of that effort," said Edwards. "As a weather team, it's our job to build and maintain the trust of the community we serve and being part of a weather team that's committed to that effort is very exciting."

Edwards received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in 1986. He has been honored with numerous awards, including recognition from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for Best Weathercast in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

"We're thrilled to have Chris on our team," said chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth. "We feel that with Chris on staff, we have the most experienced forecast team in the market."

 

Ken Daniels, longtime play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Detroit Red Wings, has been recognized as Michigan Sportscaster of the Year for 2010 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). It is the second such honor for Daniels, who also earned the NSSA award in 2003.

Daniels, in his 14th season with FOX Sports Detroit, is among the 110 state sportscasters and sportswriters from 49 states and the District of Columbia to be honored during the NSSA's 52nd Annual Awards Weekend, May 14-16 at the organization's headquarters in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Mick McCabe and Michael Rosenberg, co-workers at the Detroit Free Press, share the Michigan Sportswriter of the Year award.

In addition to the state award winners, the NSAA will recognize its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Brent Musburger, Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan, as well as 2010 National Sportscaster of the Year Mike Tirico and National Sportswriter of the Year Peter King.

The NSSA was founded in 1959 as a way to honor the nation's sportscaster and sportswriters for their craft. For more information, visit nssafame.com.

 

AnnArbor.com:

A statewide public television series called "Under the Radar Michigan" showcases Ann Arbor in an episode showing this week. The show, hosted by Tom Daldin, generally features two or three communities each week and highlights some of the local attractions. The current episode features Munising as well as Ann Arbor. Local stops include Afternoon Delight, the Hands-On Museum and the decidedly on-the-radar Zingerman's Deli. The full Munising / Ann Arbor episode is available online. It has already aired on broadcast TV, but it's scheduled for another showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS, channel 56 in Detroit. The guide to the episode includes this description: "Ann Arbor is a very comfortable and intellectual place, where people are passionate about learning, and independent thought; and boy, do they love good food, In Ann Arbor, Tom discovers why a meal at the restaurant, Afternoon Delight, is totally worth the wait; and where Bo Schembechler always went to make sure he looked good for game-day... Public TV show 'Under the Radar Michigan' showcases Ann Arbor (Wed, 1/19)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 20, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TVWKAR's popular "BackStage Pass" music television series kicks off its new season 10 p.m. tonight with nine acts bringing everything from blues to classical to tropic rock to jazz.

"The BackStage Pass" series grows each season, and we're pleased to present our most musically diverse line-up of broadcasts to date in 2011," said Tim Zeko, WKAR-TV and "BackStagePass" executive producer. "You can't beat Michigan-made music."

The season's first guest is Lansing jump-swing, blues-rock staple Those Delta Rhythm Kings. Expect favorites from the band's album, "Just the Way We Like It," plus past releases, "Howlin' for My Darlin," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and more. Others on tap for this season... WKAR-TV's 'BackStage Pass' kicks off new season tonight (Thu, 1/20)

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

During her time as a reporter at WWMT Channel 3, Jill Dobson took advice from a co-worker and enrolled in improv comedy classes in Chicago to help her when she was forced to ad lib on-air. Those classes have proven to be invaluable for the 33-year-old who now lives in New York with her husband, Jim Ornstein, and works as a TV entertainment contributor, including for CBS and CNN. When an anchor throws her a curve ball, she's able to respond on the fly. Dobson, who worked at Channel 3 from 2002-04, will combine her experience as a reporter and her comedy chops on the season premiere of the "Onion News Network" at 10 p.m. Friday on IFC. ONN is a fake news show put on by the same people behind "Onion," which produces fake news in print and online... Former Kalamazoo TV reporter Jill Dobson on premiere of 'Onion News Network' (Thu, 1/20)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

In their giddiest moments, the Onion people say they're on a roll. Their new cable show ("Onion News Network") debuts today, complete with Michigan State University grad Suzanne Sena as its anchor. It arrives just 10 days after "Onion SportsDome" started. The plan is "to take over the entire media," Will Graham joked. Don't believe that. This has been gradual, after decades of popularity. The Onion was started by two University of Wisconsin students as a sorta-newspaper, with humor stories drolly disguised as real ones. Headlines would proclaim: "BYU scientists convert matter into Mormonism" or "Area stoners mistakenly hold massive Kemp rally." The style was straight-faced and Midwestern; the paper was free. The paper started in 1988. Then, the Onion moved to New York, Graham said. The Onion reported a distribution of 690,000 papers, but its website became more important. For Sena, its fake newscaster - with the fake name Brooke Alvarez - it hired someone with the right academic and work resume... MSU grad anchors new Onion News Network, debuting tonight (Fri, 1/21)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 22, 2011

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Flint Journal:

John Rhadigan, who worked as a sports reporter and anchor for television station Channel 12 (WJRT) in Flint, has been named as the Texas Rangers new television play-by-play announcer. Several Web sites and blogs reported the hiring as well as Rhadigan's Flint connection. Flint Journal files say Rhadigan is a Flint native who graduated from Oakland University. He joined Channel 12 in 1984, working for the station until early 1990 when he accepted a job with a Forth Worth, Texas television station. The Rangers' Web site says Rhadigan grew up in Michigan, listening to Ernie Harwell broadcasting Detroit Tigers' games.

"When you think about broadcasting in Detroit, you think about Ernie Harwell," Rhadigan said in a posting on the team Web site. "To have a job that he had is really exciting to me. It's a childhood dream to do this kind of job"... Former WJRT sports anchor John Rhadigan hired as Texas Rangers play-by-play voice (Thu, 1/20)

 

There will be no shortage of coverage of the big winter storm that's moving over the southern Lower Peninsula on area radio and television stations. From the weather forecasters to technicians, camera operators, anchors, reporters, and radio program hosts, few outside of essential public service jobs (like snowplow drivers!) will have tougher assignments the next few days. Many will go without sleep, and those working the early shifts tomorrow with likely either try and sleep at their station or hope to grab a room at hotel close enough to minimize the commute.

Viewers and listeners at home will be treated to extensive coverage of the event, which some analysts are saying could result in one of the all-time top storms across the region in terms of snowfall totals and impact on travel and commerce. Several television stations from Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint/Saginaw, and Lansing have already announced to viewers that their morning newscasts will begin as early as 4 a.m. with the latest on the storm itself, school closings (all of em?) and travel conditions.

Radio won't be left out either. Although legacy all-news station WWJ AM 950 in Detroit doesn't plan on adjusting its normal anchor schedule, they will be devoting a lot more resources than normal to provide coverage to this big weather event, providing around the clock information on what's going on with the storm including school and business closings and traffic updates. It's not clear yet if Detroit's WJR AM 760 plans on changing its normal daytime schedule that normally includes talk shows from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to instead focus on storm impacts.

It wasn't all that many years ago that many normally music-focused radio stations would interrupt their normal routines during morning drive in order to provide long lists of school closings. While the Internet and school district initiated robo-calling has helped alleviate some of the demand for the reading of closing lists, it's a pretty safe bet that any radio program that's live and local tomorrow will spend a lot more time than normal on providing community information.

While there will always be those that complain that coverage of these kinds of events is nothing more than hyperbole, the bottom line is having radio and TV being able to react and report on these kinds of regional events is a great opportunity for them to shine and display the kind of professional community involvement that can never be duplicated.

The hard work that will be put in the next couple of days by those working in under-staffed TV news rooms and radio stations is duly noted and appreciated.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 5, 2011

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Chicago Tribune:

DCRTV.com reports that Bob McBride has died this week at age 83. Chicago old-timers will remember McBride (pictured right), who reportedly died Tuesday, as the WBBM-Ch. 2 weeknight newscaster succeeded by the then-unconventional anchor team of Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis back during the CBS-owned outlet's 1973 overhaul under station boss Bob Wussler and news chief Van Gordon Sauter. WBBM probably did McBride no favors by heralding his October 1971 arrival from Detroit's WJBK-TV to compete with WLS-Ch. 7's Fahey Flynn and WMAQ-Ch. 5's Floyd Kalber with a tongue-in-cheek two-page newspaper ad. As described by Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, it touted McBride's "Chicago television debut as something akin to the Second Coming."

"If you watch Fahey or Floyd," the ad said, "you'll miss one of the most important events in WBBM-TV's history. The Chicago television premiere of Bob McBride."

The ad went on to talk about how McBride's hire was "the result of a lengthy search for a news broadcaster who could go up against Fahey and Floyd without getting his brains beat in" and noted "Bob was throlling thousands every night on Detroit television. Since he left, people have been walking around Detroit with their heads down, muttering, the thrill is gone. The thrill is gone"... Bob McBride, WBBM anchor preceded Kurtis and Jacobson in '73 (Thu, 2/3)

 

WDIVNBC affiliate WDIV-TV's "Local 4 News" is claiming ratings victories for its 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts during the January 2011 Nielsen ratings period in the Detroit television market. The station's morning offering is claiming a second place finish at 6 a.m. behind WJBK-TV "Fox 2 Mornings".

Channel 4's 4 p.m. newscasts in January outpaced the Oprah Winfrey Show (which offered several reruns during January) on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, posting a 6.2 Household Rating and 14 Household Share versus Oprah's 5.0 / 11.

At 5 p.m., WDIV scored a 7.6 rating / 15 share, followed by WXYZ at 6.8 / 14 and WJBK at 5.8 / 11. Similarly, Channel 4 finished ahead of both Channels 7 and 2 at 6 p.m with its 9.4 / 17. Ch. 7 scored a 7.2 / 13 and Ch. 2 a 5.1 / 9.

WDIV had the most-watched late evening newscast with its 9.7 rating and 17 share at 11 p.m. WJBK was second in late evenings with its 7.8 rating and 12 share at 10 p.m. and 4.6 / 8 at 11 p.m. WXYZ's 11 p.m. newscast had a 7.0 rating and 13 share. Local 4 News at 11 p.m. had the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time period in the Detroit television market during January 2011.

NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno was also #1 in the 11:35 p.m. time period with a 4.9 household rating and an 11 share.

 


 

Channel 4 scheduled to show Valentine's Day special

On Thursday, February 10th at 8 p.m., WDIV's Chuck Gaidica is scheduled to host a whole new kind of 'Cuddle Alert' in a primetime Local 4 special, "All 4 Valentine's Day", from inside the sweetest place of all - a local candy factory. Gaidica will take viewers behind the scenes at a popular local florist, present celebrity jewelry fads at affordable prices, and share touching love stories of metro Detroiters.

Other features include finding out which strange bsmells actually attract the opposite sex and romantic secrets from Nate Berkus, host of The Nate Berkus Show.

 

WXYZThe Detroit Lions and ABC affiliate WXYZ TV Channel 7 will be partnering for 2011 NFL season, featuring year-round programming and marketing initiatives that include the broadcast of preseason games in High Definition, one-hour weekly pregame shows, an NFL draft special in April, and regular interview segments with head coach Jim Schwartz on Mondays and Lions' players on Thursdays.

The Lions had previously been working with CBS/Detroit for a number of years in similar a agreement that included preseason television game coverage and a weekly coach's show.

"We're thrilled to offer Detroit area viewers the opportunity to experience Lions football in new and exciting ways, especially as the team builds upon the momentum of last season," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "We understand the passion that people have for Lions football and we're pleased to join the Detroit Lions organization in this exciting new programming and marketing partnership."

"It is important to connect with our great fans through a wide variety of mediums," said Lions President Tom Lewand. "Throughout the entire year, our new venture with the WXYZ team creates the right partnership that will provide valuable broadcast platforms and deliver in-depth Lions' content. We look forward to our work ahead with WXYZ."

In addition to the preseason and weekly programming offerings, there will be initiatives that will highlight the history of the Lions and the team's commitment to serve the community through numerous outreach efforts, as well as the team's non-profit charitable foundation, Detroit Lions Charities. There will also be Lions-oriented digital elements on wxyz.com and detroitlions.com.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2011

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TVNewsCheck:

Syma Chowdhry has been named morning news anchor for First Forecast Mornings, the daily live program on CBS owned-and-operated WWJ Detroit (DMA 11). Chowdhry is anchoring the news segments during the weekday morning program between 5 and 9 a.m., joining First Forecast Mornings meteorologist Lori Pinson and traffic reporter Randy Bhirdo. Chowdhry officially joined WWJ today, Jan. 10. First Forecast Mornings airs from 5 to 7 a.m. on WWJ and from 7 to 9 a.m. on co-owned CW affiliate WKBD. Chowdhry comes to WWJ from the Morning Show and Weekend Edition on regional cable news channel News 12 New Jersey... WWJ adds Syma Chowdhry to morning news (Thu, 2/10)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 11, 2011

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News/Talk/Sports MediaOnline interviews former WKRK/WCSX host Jeff Deminski

Al Peterson spoke at length with Jeff Deminski on how changes in his personal life have impacted his radio career since leaving WCSX. Check out the interview in the latest NTS MediaOnline Weekly Edition.

 


 

Detroit Tigers

All but one contest of the Tigers' 162-game regular-season schedule will be broadcast on television. FSN Detroit on Thursday announced its Tigers broadcast slate, which, combined with nine FOX Saturday baseball broadcasts, will cover nearly the entire schedule. The lone Tigers game not currently scheduled for telecast is a Sept. 17 matchup at Oakland. The 4 p.m. ET start falls within the exclusive Saturday afternoon broadcast window for FOX. That could potentially change if the Tigers are in playoff contention in the season's final month.

FSN Detroit is set to broadcast 152 games this regular season, plus four Spring Training broadcasts. All of them are scheduled to be shown in high definition. The regular-season slate begins with Opening Day, March 31 at Yankee Stadium, a game that will be broadcast locally on FSN Detroit and nationally on ESPN. The broadcast tandem of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen returns this season -- Impemba's 10th, and Allen's ninth. Also returning are the pre- and postgame Tigers Live shows, plus Tigers Weekly, beginning April 15.

FSN Detroit will also broadcast four Spring Training games March 16, 22, 24 and 27. All of them are 1:05 p.m. ET starts except for the March 24 game against the Nationals, which begins at 6:05.

"FOX Sports Detroit continues to deliver innovative and insightful coverage of Tigers baseball, enhancing the viewing experience for our fans," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "We view our partnership with FSD as an extension of the Tigers organization"... Tigers' television slate includes 161 games (Thu, 2/10)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 11, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

Tim Doty claims he didn't watch Super Bowl XLV. It's tough to know whether WXMI-TV's resident Renaissance man was being serious or facetious, but Doty said he wasn't one of the 111 million viewers who tuned in for the big game. That means he missed everything from Christina Aguilera's muffed national anthem to The Black Eyed Peas' awful halftime show and all the commercials in between -- even his own heralding the station's new show.

"I was watching golf and didn't even see the commercial air," Doty said, somewhat mischievously. "I wasn't watching the Super Bowl."

Come on, really?

"You've seen one game, you've seen them all," he said.

Whether or not Doty was joking, he managed to make his presence felt during the telecast -- at least in West Michigan, where thousands of viewers were treated to a humorous ad that also featured Michele DeSelms and touted their new afternoon show, "The One Seven"... WXMI sports director Tim Doty to get new weekday show, exit sports scene (Fri, 2/11)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 22, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

"Wheel of Fortune" fans may never know if someone won the bonus round, and "Jeopardy" fans have no idea which contestant set the tone on "Teen Jeopardy." WWMT-TV (Channel 3) lost power about 7 p.m. and had trouble getting back on the air. A representative from the newsroom said the station lost power about 7:15 p.m. and station technicians were having a difficult time getting a backup generator to work.

After a blank screen and dead air, the station returned briefly to air the end of "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," followed by promos for daytime TV show "The Talk" and colon cancer PSAs featuring Couric. The station regained power about 7:45 p.m., just in time for final jeopardy. However, just as contestants were getting ready to answer the question, the station's power went out again. The station regained its power, but still had difficulty with commercials and airing the final minutes of "Jeopardy"... WWMT-TV Channel 3 having technical difficulties tonight (Tue, 2/22)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 28, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

DISH Network subscribers who enjoy watching WOOD-TV and WOTV-TV may lose access to the NBC-TV and ABC-TV affiliates. An impasse in contract negotiations between DISH Network and LIN Media, the parent company of WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV and WXSP, led officials for the West Michigan-based television stations to announce broadcasts could end at midnight Friday.

"If we can't reach a negotiation deal by Friday at midnight, WOOD TV and WOTV may no longer be available to DISH subscribers," said Diane Kniowski, general manager of WOOD, WOTV and WXSP, this afternoon.

Money appears to be the main issue. In a statement posted on its website, WOOD-TV said its parent company is seeking "fair compensation"... DISH subscribers in danger of losing WOOD-TV and WOTV on their satellite TV (Mon, 2/28)

 

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Channel 4, owned by Post-Newsweek, is claiming ratings victories for it's afternoon and late evening newscasts during the February ratings period.

'Local 4 News at 5pm' had a 6.7 rating with a 14 share compared to WXYZ-TV's 6.4/13 and WJBK's 5.1/11 in household ratings. In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, 'Local 4 News at 6 p.m.' scored an 8.3/16 with Channel 7 second at 6.6/13 and Channel 2 third with a 4.4/8.

'Local 4 News at 11 p.m.' finished well ahead of both Chs. 7 and 2 during that time period. WDIV's numbers were a 9.4 household rating and a 17 share, followed by WXYZ's 7.0/13 and WJBK's 4.2/8. WJBK's 10 p.m. newscast finished with 7.4/12

 

LIN Media and DISH Network fail to reach retransmission agreement; WOOD-TV and WOTV dropped

As of 2 a.m. today, DISH Network subscribers in West Michigan will have to turn to antennas to receive NBC affiliate WOOD-TV (Channel 8) and ABC affiliate WOTV-TV (Channel 41) as the retransmission agreement between LIN Media and DISH expired without a new agreement being reached.

"We only want what is fair for our local stations, so that we can continue providing the premium news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to viewers," said LIN Media's President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent L. Sadusky. "We will continue negotiating with DISH so we may reach an agreement."

LIN also owns and operates Fox affiliates WUPW-TV Ch. 36 in Toledo and WLUK-TV Ch. 11 in Green Bay along with 22 stations in markets across the country, all of which were taken off of DISH Network today.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

DISH Network subscribers in West Michigan lost their access to WOOD-TV (Channel 8) this morning as negotiations between DISH and LIN Media, the parent company of WOOD-TV, were unresolved. Local viewers who subscribe to DISH's satellite TV woke this morning to find the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan had been removed. But in its place on that channel, viewers found a message from DISH informing them that LIN had now increased its demands for a 175 percent fee hike, up from 140 percent, and LIN negotiators had stopped taking calls from DISH... DISH Network subscribers wake up to find WOOD-TV gone from their local satellite TV (Sat, 3/5)

 

WZZM-TVI recently ran into WZZM-TV (Channel 13) multi-media journalist and anchor Jennifer Pascua, who was making the rounds at Citadel radio stations promoting the return of the ABC affiliate's weekend morning news. Pascua said viewers has been asking for a return to the weekend morning show since it went off the air a couple of years ago. The weekend morning news program returns this weekend and will air from 6-8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Joining Pascua is new meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer... WZZM (Channel 13) brings back its weekend morning news show (Sat, 3/5)

 

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.

 

With parent company TV Corp. reaching a retransmission agreement for its 27 television stations across 17 markets with DISH Network yesterday, the signals of West Michigan NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 and ABC affiliate WOTV Ch. 41 have been restored on the DISH system.

Terms of the new agreement were not released- the dispute over money between LIN and DISH affected viewers for 8 days with each party blaming the other for the disruption to viewers.

A statement on WOOD-TVs web site reads: "Attention DISH subscribers: We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a contract with DISH Network. We appreciate your tremendous support throughout these negotiations. This fair resolution ensures that we can continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment and other local programming that is most important to you. Thank you for supporting LOCAL television."

 

FOX Sports DetroitFOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues this month with the 2011 MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals on consecutive Saturdays, March 19 & 26 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

This marks the 13th consecutive year that FOX Sports Detroit has aired the girls' finals and the 14th for the boys' event. For the first time, these games will be produced in high-definition.

Semifinal games on March 17-18 (girls) and March 24-25 (boys) will be streamed live at Foxsportsdetroit.com.

MHSAA Girls Basketball Semifinals - Thursday, March 17
Class C: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class D: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Girls Basketball Semifinals - Friday, March 18
Class A: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class B: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals - Saturday, March 19
Class D: 10:00 am, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Dan Gutowsky, Mateen Cleaves)
Class A: 12:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Gutowsky, Greg Kelser)
Class C: 4:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (John Keating, Kelser)
Class B: 6:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD & Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com (Keating, Kelser)

 

MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals - Thursday, March 24
Class C: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class D: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals - Friday, March 25
Class A: 1:00 & 2:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com
Class B: 6:00 & 7:50 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com

MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals - Saturday, March 26
Class D: 10:00 am, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (John Keating, Mateen Cleaves)
Class C: 12:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Dan Gutowsky, Cleaves)
Class A: 4:00 pm, TV: FOX Sports Detroit / HD & Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com (Matt Shepard, Tim McCormick)
Class B: 8:00 pm, Web: Foxsportsdetroit.com; TV: 10:00 pm, delay FOX Sports Detroit / HD (Shepard, McCormick)

 

Detroit's Channel 7 to host digital town hall meeting

">WXYZWXYZ-TV Channel 7 is planning to host a unique one hour Detroit 2020 event on Tuesday, March 22 from 7-8 p.m. "Tough Times, Real Answers," is a live digital multi-platform interactive town hall meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

The program offers Channel 7 viewers and wxyz.com followers, an opportunity to ask questions... on air, on line and on mobile, about the future of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The three county executives, Robert Ficano from Wayne County, Brooks Patterson from Oakland County, and Mark Hackel from Macomb County, will also weigh in during the discussion.

The show will address the topics that WXYZ-TV viewers have determined are most critical to the future of our region. Questions during the show will come from concerned citizens through emails, Facebook and Twitter. A live chat on detroit2020.com will give viewers a forum to share their thoughts during the live broadcast.

The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan.

"This is a truly groundbreaking opportunity for our viewers to speak directly to the decision makers," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is leading the way in interactive programming with this first of its kind event featuring both the Mayor and the Governor."

The show is part of WXYZ's decade long project, Detroit 2020, a WXYZ commitment to address the challenges facing the region. The goal is to unify, inspire change and help make Detroit a better place to live, work, and raise families.

 


 

WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit names Kim Voet as News Director

WDIVWDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit has announced the promotion of Kim Voet to the position of News Director. Voet, a 14-year veteran of the WDIV newsroom, has held the positions of Local 4 News Producer, Executive Producer of Local 4 News at 11pm, Special Projects Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer, and most recently, the position of Assistant News Director since December 2009.

Voet has been honored with awards for news coverage from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, The Associated Press and the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, twice during her tenure in the newsroom, the station has received the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in News Coverage, recognizing the efforts of the entire WDIV news staff. Voet has described these team awards as her proudest accomplishments.

"Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom, and has been a driving force behind our election coverage," said Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice President and General Manager. "She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community."

A native of St. Louis and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia school of Journalism, Voet has been a part of news organizations since 1988 including positions at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, WKBD-TV in Detroit, and WFMY-TV and WXII-TV, both in North Carolina.

 


 

MLive.com:

Freshman U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke on Thursday criticized a House vote to end federal funding for National Public Radio, urging the Senate to reverse course and "allow the valued listeners of Detroit's WDET to hear the best quality national programming."

Clarke and his fellow Michigan Democrats voted against the bill, while all state Republicans -- except freshman Rep. Justin Amash, who voted "present" -- chose to end NPR funding.

"What happens around the world impacts the quality of life of people living in Metro Detroit," Clarke said on the House floor, suggesting WDET connects local listeners to national programming they might not find anywhere else on the radio dial.

The legislation would eliminate federal funding for NPR and bar local affiliates from using federal money to pay dues and purchase national programming. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager at WDET, told The L.A. Times the bill would deeply complicate accounting measures for local stations that utilize federal grants... Hansen Clarke sticks up for Detroit's WDET in wake of House vote to cut NPR funding (Fri, 3/18)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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Fox 17's Michelle DeSelms says co-hosting the station's new afternoon show "The One Seven" with Tim Doty already feels "like we've been doing it forever."

The comfortable camaraderie is evident on the nontraditional 5-6 p.m. weekday show, which debuted March 7 and features lifestyle elements, art, entertainment, cooking, fitness, fashion and some news elements.

"It's going great. I mean, we've been waiting for a show like this for a couple years now," DeSelms said. "We are just thrilled to finally be on the air with it. It's even better than we hoped."

DeSelms, a Rockford resident who has been with the station since its beginning 12 years ago, is happy that the show offers "a little something for everyone"... Fox-17's 'One Seven' co-hosts Michelle DeSelms and Tim Doty ease into new afternoon show (Fri, 3/18)

 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE has elevated MS. SMILEY to PD of its DETROIT stations, which include Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS), Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7) and N/T WCHB-A. MS. SMILEY had been acting PD for several months. Now, the promotion is official.

"My VP/Programming, JAY STEVENS, positioned me to be able to study under some of the greatest Program Directors and analysts in the country, including AL PAYNE, JOHN CANDELARIA, BRIAN WALLACE, ELROY SMITH and EARL BOSTON," said SMILEY... Ms. Smiley Promoted To PD Of Radio One Detroit Stations (Mon, 3/21)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

WTVSFive years after leaving Detroit for Wixom, Detroit Public Television is returning to the city with a new satellite studio in Midtown. The Woodward Avenue studio, which is in Wayne State University's historic Maccabees Building, previously housed WXYZ-Channel 7 and the "Soupy Sales Show."

Detroit Public Television and WSU plan to move taping of "Leaders on Leadership" to the new studio on Friday with a live taping featuring WSU President Allan Gilmour and the backing of Detroit Public Television's 35-foot high-definition truck. The station had produced the show for the past four years from St. Andrew's Hall on WSU's campus. The host was Larry Fobes, director of the WSU School of Business Administration's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness.

"We knew we wanted to have a studio in Detroit," said DPTV President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "Clearly, Midtown is really emerging as ground zero for the renaissance of Detroit"... Public TV starts Midtown studio, revives WSU relationship (Mon, 3/21)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

The Morning After show on WSNX 104.5 criticized WOOD-TV8 for doing a special on Wes Leonard, the Fennville basketball player who died shortly after making the winning shot at a game to keep the team's winning record. Diane Kniowski, president and general manager of WOOD, called the radio station, which recorded the conversation and is playing it on their web site. She said the radio folks were wrong in accusing WOOD of exploiting the situation because the TV station isn't in a rating period. "I think you're making assumptions," she said, and complained that no one from WSNX called the station for comment... Audio of WOOD-TV GM's defense for running Wes Leonard special, says it's not a ratings ploy (Mon, 3/21)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Dee Morrison announced today she is leaving WOOD-TV (Channel 8) to become a stay-at-home mom to her son, Grady. She made the announcement on "Daybreak," TV8's morning show where she had been a reporter since 1998. She left the station for a few years, but returned in 2003. Today was her last day. Morrison is married to WOOD-TV8's political reporter and "To the Point" host Rick Albin. He will remain at the station in his current capacity.

For more... Dee Morrison leaves WOOD-TV8 (Fri, 4/1)

 

Lansing State Journal:

The executive director of Michigan's own version of CSPAN announced today he will retire this summer after 15 years of promoting open access to the workings of state government. Bill Trevarthen joined Michigan Government Television -- MGTV for short -- in its infancy and was instrumental in increasing its distribution from just a handful of cable companies to nearly statewide, said Tim Ransberger, president of the MGTV board of directors.

"It's a service that people who follow state government really appreciate having access to," Ransberger said. "I wish more of the general public would pay attention, because it does give us an opportunity to see not just what they're doing but how they do it in state government."

MGTV launched in 1996. The nonprofit channel now reaches 1.6 million cable viewers and airs public meetings and activities in both houses of the state Legislature, the governor's office and the Michigan Supreme Court... Michigan Government Television head Bill Trevarthen to retire (Fri, 4/1)

 

Fox Sports Detroit unveils 'April in the D' winner

Detroit-area band B-Dab has been voted the grand prize winner of FOX Sports Detroit's April in the D song contest for 2011. Their tune will be used to promote April in the D, FOX Sports Detroit's fourth annual month-long campaign to celebrate the city's passion for sports and the welcomed arrival of springtime. April in the D programming is highlighted by approximately 40 telecasts among the Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.

Following a month-long call for entries, the network trimmed a field of 50 submitted music videos down to 20. A guest panel comprised of local music experts (including Kid Rock) and pro team representatives determined 10 semifinalists. Then, an initial round of fan voting at Foxsportsdetroit.com pared the survivors down to three finalists. A final period of online voting resulted in B-Dab finishing ahead of runners-up Panic Trigger and Johnny Lawrence.

B-Dab wins $5,000 and a live performance at The Fillmore in downtown Detroit on April 8, prior to the Tigers' home opener, in addition to having its song used as this year's April in the D theme in on-air promos running on FOX Sports Detroit. B-Dab was a runner-up in the 2010 contest.

"B-DAB is proud to be this year's April in the D winner. Thanks to all who voted for us, and to Fox Sports Detroit for supporting local music," said Steven Foster, lead singer for B-Dab. "We're a Michigan band with love and respect for Detroit and its many contributions to the world. We'll see you at a B-Dab show!"

All three of the finalists receive a professional recording session valued at $1,000 and will perform live as part of the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers' Cruze In, Rock Out Concert Series - a series of 10 shows prior to select Friday night Tigers games at the FOX Sports Detroit Brushfire Grill at Comerica Park.

"April in the D continues to grow in popularity each year and the competition for the song contest continues to get stronger every year. It's gratifying to see new bands enter the contest and fun to see many bands return year after year," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "Music and Detroit sports go hand-in-hand and we'll continue to showcase both for years to come. Congratulations to B-Dab and thanks to all the bands that entered this year. Fans are going to love our music this month."

The entire field of 50 entries is included in a half-hour program, April in the D: The Playlist Show '11, premiering April 2 at 6:00 & 10:00 p.m. and repeated throughout the month on FOX Sports Detroit.

 

WDIVWDIV Ch. 4 Detroit has scheduled several local specials for viewers in April. On Thursday, April 7th at 8:30 the station will present "Dateline Detroit", showcasing how adversity can be turned into something positive. The program, hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian will feature a local doctor who has pioneered a kidney dialysis breakthrough, a Red Wings superstar's amazing medical gift, and a creative movement going on right now in our hometown that is already showing the world that Detroit is headed back.

On Sunday April 10th at 12:30 p.m., a 30-minute pregame show 'Red Alert!" will highlight the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings as they prepare to end the regular season and head to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. NBC's coverage of the Wings taking on the Chicago Blackhawks will follow at 1 p.m. on Channel 4.

Chuck Gaidica is set to host "Extreme Weather: What's Going On?" on Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m., talking with experts on global warming. From severe snowstorms to heat waves, floods and more, you'll see dramatic video of wild weather captured on camera as Local 4 investigates the impact on our storm season here at home.

Finally, WDIV will present "All 4 Mother's Day", a primetime half-hour Local 4 special celebrating moms on Thursday, April 28 at 8:30 p.m.

 

The station has also been enjoying a continued run of ratings success with its evening newscasts. WDIV has claimed ratings victories at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. during the March 2011 Nielsen ratings period in the Detroit television market. Local 4 News at 4pm, anchored by Ruth Spencer, finished #1 in its time period as well.

 

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.

 

WRCJDetroit area fans of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that were not able to secure tickets to this weekend's free performances at the Max M. Fisher Music Center will still be able to enjoy the music, thanks to public broadcasters WRCJ-FM 90.9 and WTVS-TV Ch. 56.

With over 75% of the DSO's season wiped out due to a prolonged and bitter labor dispute between unionized musicians and the orchestra's administrators, news of a breakthrough earlier this week was welcome news to not only those directly employed by the group, but also by local broadcasters that benefit by connecting their listeners with the high-profile orchestra.

On Sunday, April 10th at 3 p.m., WRCJ-FM 90.9 will broadcast as Leonard Slatkin leads the DSO live in a program which includes Dvorak's "New World Symphony." Then, see the concert later that evening on Detroit Public TV, Channel 56 at 7:30 pm (with a simulcast on 90.9 FM).

The return of the DSO to WRCJ is an especially nice tie-in to the station's Spring Membership Drive, which runs from April 7th through 16th. During the drive, the station will feature special music, guests and surprises, including a live broadcast of "The Magic Flute" on April 13.

 

WJRTBill Harris, one of Michigan's most respected television journalists, has been told his services are no longer wanted at ABC affiliate WJRT-TV Channel 12 in Flint.

The station was recently acquired by SJL Broadcasting from Disney; SJL closed on the sale and took control of WJRT earlier this month. Other changes at the station since the sale was announced include the retirement of General Manager Tom Bryson and the reported departure of News Director Jim Bleicher. Weekend anchor Joel Feick, a WJRT veteran of over 25 years, has also been released by the new ownership company.

Harris had been with with WJRT since 1977, receiving numerous awards for his work and community involvement. In 2008, Harris documented his successful battle with prostate cancer for the station.

The Flint Journal first reported on the story this evening, and later followed up by speaking with Bill Harris.

 

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

 

DPTV to debut "Michigan's Best Investment" on April 12th

WTVSMichigan's Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and United Way for Southeastern Michigan have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership designed to use the power of media to help prepare more Michigan preschool age children for success in the classroom.

The partners formed this collaboration to address Michigan's extraordinary number of children in poverty who do not attend licensed or regulated child-care programs. These children spend their days with family, friends and neighbors, and a survey of Michigan kindergarten teachers reveals that 35 percent of Michigan children enter kindergarten unprepared. This partnership is designed to connect and inspire Michigan parents and caregivers, focusing on early childhood engagement that will be a foundation for Michigan's success in the future.

The partnership advances with the debut of a one-hour television special, "Michigan's Best Investment," which is set to air on DPTV at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Every public television station in Michigan also will broadcast the special (check local listings). The program reveals how Michigan residents can elevate the state by strengthening early childhood development in their communities.

More information on the partnership and TV program is available here.

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer:

For six minutes every Wednesday morning, local talk radio listeners get a lesson on how the government's wheels get greased. The teacher is George Franklin, the former Kellogg Co. executive who started his own lobbying firm six years ago and began the "Ask the Lobbyist" radio show in January ... his show, which airs at 8:54 a.m., Wednesdays on WBCK-FM (95.3), Franklin chats in his slight southern drawl about the breadth of the lobbying world...

Read the full story: Meet the lobbyist (Sat, 4/9)

 

The National Hockey League has set its schedule for the division quarterfinal round of its playoffs. In this first round, the Detroit Red Wings will be facing off against the Phoenix Coyotes:

Game 1 - Wed. April 13 at Detroit 7:00 PM (Fox Sports Detroit / HD)
Game 2 - Sat. April 16 at Detroit 1:00 PM (NBC)
Game 3 - Mon. April 18 at Phoenix 10:30 PM (FSD / HD)
Game 4 - Wed. April 20 at Phoenix 10:30 PM (FSD / HD)
Game 5* - Fri. April 22 at Detroit 7:00 PM (FSD / HD)
Game 6* - Sun. April 24 at Phoenix TBD (TBD)
Game 7* - Wed. April 27 at Detroit TBD (FSD / HD)
* if necessary

The addition of the Wings' games has necessitated changes to the previously scheduled lineup on FSD:

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers game at 8:00 pm will move to FS Detroit Plus / HD. Then on Monday April 18th, the Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners at 10:00 pm will also move to FSD Plus / HD. Both games were originally scheduled for FS Detroit.

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: April 13, 2011

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WXYZ-TV:

We're celebrating just a little at Broadcast House tonight because the Michigan Chapter of the National Television Academy has announced the nominations for their 33rd annual Emmy awards and WXYZ has received 35 nominations.

It was also announced that Aretha Franklin will receive the Governor's Award during the ceremony.

Full story: WXYZ receives 35 Emmy nominations (Wed, 4/13)

 


 

"Beyond The Light Switch": A New Two-Part Documentary Series From Detroit Public TV

Comprehensive and timely, Beyond the Light Switch adds a much-needed and balanced perspective to a national energy debate that will surely become more heated and more critical than anything since health care.

Hosted by Scientific American Magazine's David Biello, and guided by an independent advisory panel, Beyond The Light Switch, a new special from Detroit Public Television, lays out the energy facts and conundrums facing all of us.

By 2050 America must completely transform its entire electrical infrastructure, a challenge equal to the mobilization efforts for World War II. To do this, we must rebuild most of our existing electric power plant infrastructure, cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80%, and completely update our power grid - while simultaneously accommodating an expected thirty percent increase in demand. Our modern lives depend upon electricity. But what is the answer? Renewables? Coal? Natural gas? Nuclear? A super grid? It's a complicated and confusing issue for almost everyone.

Shot on location throughout the US, and featuring interviews with government leaders, industry experts, researchers, innovators, environmentalists, utilities, journalists and authors, Beyond The Light Switch thoughtfully explores the trade-offs of carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a nuclear renaissance, the costs of solar power, the sprawl of wind power and the feasibility of a super grid.

The series is set to premiere nationally on PBS stations in April, May, June 2011 (check local listings), or visit http://www.beyondthelightswitch.com.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Jordan Carson, 2009's winner of WOTV's "Face of 4" contest, is now a full-time staff member at WOOD-TV (Channel 8). Carson's new role will be the on-air talent for special projects, which have yet to be revealed.

Full story: Former 'Face of 4' winner Jordan Carson joins staff at WOOD-TV (Wed, 4/13)

 

Michael Lohan, outspoken father of actress Lindsay Lohan, will be flying to Grand Rapids to host WSNX-FM (104.5)'s morning show, "The Morning After," from 6 to 9 a.m. April 29. Really?

Full story: Michael Lohan flying into Grand Rapids to help host 'The Morning After' on WSNX-FM (104.5) (Wed, 4/13)

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

CMU Public Radio's "The Set List" will present "A Celebration of Michigan's Independents" Friday evening in Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University. "Indie" performers include Breathe Owl Breathe, Drunken Barn Dance, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, Nathan K. and Jes Kramer.

Full story: WCMU to present concert of independent musicians (Wed, 4/13)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball announcer Dan Elve is profiled by the Press' Michael Zuidema as a new baseball season gets underway for the Detroit Tigers' Class A affiliate based in Grand Rapids.

Whitecaps games are heard in west Michigan on WBBL-FM 107.3, WJRW-AM 1340, WHTC-AM (1450), WKLQ-AM 1490, and WDEE-FM 97.3.

Full story: Lawyer by day, Whitecaps broadcaster by night is good fit for Dan Elve (Fri, 4/15)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

WADL-TV Ch. 38 has launched 'Great 38', a program to recognize southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations that give back to the community.

Full story: Local television station wants to recognize Oakland County organizations (Fri, 4/15)

 

AllAccess.com:

After nearly nine years at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT, APD/MD/afternoon personality BEAU DANIELS has left the building and is seeking new options. DANIELS told ALL ACCESS, "I was informed today that my contract will not be renewed. As of JUNE 24th, I am a free agent. I was also informed in the meeting by the GM and PD that this was not a performance-based issue as I've been top-two in demo for the past eight years. I love DETROIT and had a great run here CHANNEL 955."

Full story: Beau Daniels Exits WKQI APD/MD/Afternoon Post (Mon, 4/18)

 


 

Booth Mid-Michigan:

Delta Broadcasting in search of Korean War stories (Sun, 4/17)

 

Detroit's WDTW AM to add Tony Trupiano for morning drive

Beginning May 2, local radio personality Tony Trupiano will return to the airwaves weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to host First Shift, a progressive talk show on WDTW 1310 AM.

"This show will make news. We will be front and center in the conversation from Lansing to Detroit," Trupiano said. "We will work through complex issues to get to the truth. The show will offer everyone a voice, but we will hold them accountable with thorough fact checking. First Shift will present uncommon discussions rarely heard in today's media."

Trupiano, a 17-year radio veteran, spent the majority of his broadcasting career as a syndicated radio show host, where his passionate defense of progressive ideas, combined with his ongoing advocacy of organized labor, earned him a reputation as "The Voice of Labor." It is in that vein that First Shift will find its message and audience.

"My advocacy for working families, progressive leanings, and support of union values are well known, but the goal of First Shift is to educate people on all sides of the issues," Trupiano said. "Whether it's the reality of the Governor's tax plan or the void created by the political shift in state government, First Shift will present all sides of the issues impacting everyone in Michigan."

Many in the labor community are looking forward to Trupiano's return to radio and First Shift's programming.

"The focused political effort to destroy the middle class and the labor movement is being fueled by the conservative media," Roger Robinson, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 876, said. "On First Shift, the public will hear the truth about current issues and workers' voices will finally be heard."

Clear Channel, WDTW's parent company, also welcomes Trupiano's return.

"Tony is a veteran broadcaster with a passion for getting to the heart of issues," Til Levesque, Clear Channel Detroit President/Market Manager, said. "We are confident listeners will find Tony entertaining and informative, and we welcome him to the 1310 AM airwaves."

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Anyone who listened to WCZY 104.3 FM during the night might have wondered why the same three songs were played over and over, back to back. Eric Clapton's "Change the World," "Don't Change" by INXS and Sheryl Crow's "A Change Would do You Good" were the only songs on the playlist until 6 a.m., in a move that is known as "stunting" in the radio world. That's when the longtime Mt. Pleasant radio station was slated to make a change itself. A new logo, new branding, new program director and morning personality and more up tempo programing kicked off at 6 a.m. today...

Full story: WCZY mixes up format, adds new morning show host (Tue, 4/19)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

"Dining in the D," a locally produced culinary television show, will debut at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on WTVS-Channel 56, which has signed the show to a 10-episode contract. Host Tom Keshishian will highlight four Southeast Michigan restaurants in each episode...

Full story: Channel 56's 'Dining in the D' to feature region's restaurants (Mon, 4/18)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

With CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT)/DETROIT losing late-nighter JOE ROSATI to cross-hall sister Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) (NET NEWS 4/18), WDTW PD JAY TOWERS tells ALL ACCESS about his new lineup...

Full story: New Lineup Unveiled At WDTW (Tue, 4/19)

 


 

WDZZ Flint looking for new program director

Bobby Holiday has exited as midday host and program director of urban AC WDZZ-FM 92.7 in Flint, MI where he'd been in place since September 2009.

 

Newsmakers and links: April 20, 2011

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Veteran Grand Rapids anchor Suzanne Geha exits WOOD-TV

The Grand Rapids Press reports this morning that Suzanne Geha, "a love-her-or-hate-her icon in local television" is no longer with the west Michigan NBC affiliate and has published a brief statement from the station confirming the information.

Story 1: Has longtime anchor Suzanne Geha left WOOD-TV? (Wed, 4/20)

Story 2: Former colleagues, rivals praise Suzanne Geha's work at WOOD-TV, question decision to let her go (Wed, 4/20)

Story 3: Tom Van Howe 'simply shocked' at how Suzanne Geha is being treated by WOOD-TV8 (Wed, 4/20)

 


 

Monroe radio station 88.1 FM switches call signs to honor Rev. Dr. Mikal Featchurs

Smile FM has recently changed the call signs of their Monroe, MI. radio station 88.1 FM from WDTR to WSMF to honor the late Rev. Dr. Mikal Featchurs.

Featchurs served Smile FM as a Market Rep for the past five years and also led their Wings of Prayer ministry. "We couldn't have found a more positive person to represent Smile FM. Mikal always had a smile on his face." said Jenn Czelada, General Manager.

In addition to serving at Smile FM, Featchurs worked tirelessly for his church and community organizing gospel concerts and events. He also functioned as a court appointed special advocate and was a proud member of the Monroe Rotary.

Edward Czelada, CEO, Smile FM, "As we were thinking about how to honor his legacy, we wanted to do something that would be a great tribute to a great man. The call letter change pays respect to his passion for radio, music and the community he loved so much."

Starting, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and continuing through Mikal's 60th birthday, May 17, 2011, the legal ID on Smile FM will be dedicated to Featchurs.

After that, the call letters will continue to honor his legacy into perpetuity.

 


 

MLive.com:

Fox Sports Detroit Girls Allison and Lauren talk new gig, sports and hometown pride (Wed, 4/20)

 

WDIV-TV honored with two 2011 Murrow Awards

WDIV-TV Local 4 has been honored for excellence in journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). This marks the third year in a row in which WDIV has been recognized by the RTDNA, this year as a proud recipient of two coveted 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards in the categories of Breaking News Coverage and Continuing News Coverage.

RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The Edward R. Murrow Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards a news organization can achieve, embodying the spirit of excellence in journalism.

WDIV Local 4 News won the top awards in Region 7 of the large market TV category for Breaking News with live coverage of the Wayne furniture store explosion, and Continuing News for ongoing coverage of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. WDIV is proud to be the only station in Detroit market to receive 2011 Murrow Awards.

"Excellence in breaking news and a promise to dig deeper in continuing coverage are priorities at Local 4 News," said Kim Voet, WDIV News Director. "I couldn't be more pleased and more proud of these team awards recognizing the tremendous effort we put into bringing viewers important stories as they break and develop."

 


 

Anchor shakeups continue in West Michigan; WWMT's Jeff Varner to exit at end of contract

WWMT anchor Jeff Varner has gone above and beyond a 2-week notice, notifying the station he will be leaving at the end of his contract in June, 2012. His announcement comes on the heels of two other high profile departures, WWMT's Judy Markee who leaves next month and WOOD-TV's Suzanne Geha who exited earlier this month.

Story from the Grand Rapids Press: WWMT lead anchor Jeff Varner announces he will be leaving the station (Thu, 4/21)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television announced today that they will offer free, live coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference... Channel 56 will offer live coverage of Mackinac conference (Thu, 4/21)

 


 

Windsor Star:

Terrifying Detroit robbery haunts Windsor radio host (Wed, 4/20)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

...Citadel's stations in Grand Rapids and Lansing are raising money for the three children of Mike and Julie Haugen. Two years ago Mike died in an accident at his home in his hot tub. Then his wife Julie died while on Spring Break in the Dominican Republic. She contracted an illness and died in a hospital... 'You're Not Alone Project' on local airwaves to support Haugen family (Thu, 4/21)

 

The Grand Rapids Press continues its coverage of the departure of Suzanne Geha, arguably one of West Michigan's best known TV anchors of all time and covers changes at WBBL-FM:

Suzanne Geha speaks up on Facebook about her WOOD-TV 8 fans (Fri, 4/22)

 

Details of anchor Suzanne Geha's departure from WOOD-TV may remain secret (Fri, 4/22)

 

Michael Grey leaves WBBL-FM for new sports radio opportunity in Nebraska (Fri, 4/22)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

In Toledo, Raycom's WTOL Readies HD Debut (Fri, 4/22)

 

WXYZ-TV to air Detroit Lions draft special April 27

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 will broadcast an exclusive look inside the Detroit Lions NFL draft plans, Wednesday, April 27, from 7-8 p.m., the day before the NFL draft officially begins.

Lions Draft: Before the Snap, will be hosted by WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane and Sports Anchor Tom Leyden. It will feature interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz, and Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew. It will also include a look inside the top secret draft room with Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand, an interview with NFL draft prospect Greg Jones from Michigan State University, and a panel of sports experts including Detroit Lions color analyst Jim Brandstatter, WDFN host Matt Shepard, and Mike Valenti from 97.1 The Ticket.

"We are pleased to be able to partner with the Detroit Lions organization to build on the excitement and energy the Lions have generated going into the 2011 season," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez.

The latest technology will be used to bring viewers an electronic line-up of potential draft picks through the use of a UTouch screen. Viewers will also have an opportunity to respond live during the show with their top pick suggestions through Facebook and Twitter.

"This is a great opportunity for sports fans to get an in-depth look at the draft and what it can mean to the Lions in the future, and to tell us what they think," said WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane.

The show is the first in a series of programs and marketing efforts developed through a partnership between the Detroit Lions and WXYZ-TV. It includes three preseason games and preseason pregame shows, training camp updates, as well as, a weekly one-hour Ford Lions Report show, and a coach's report and player's segment in Action News during the regular season.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

.Will David Young never met Ernie Harwell, but like a lot of Michigan baseball fans, he regarded the Detroit Tigers radio announcer as an old friend.

"There was warmth in his voice, a genuineness about him," he says of Harwell, who died of cancer last May. "Ernie was never more important than the sport. It was always about 'How am I going to paint this particular game the best way I can?' "... Warmth, humility of Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell captured in new play (Sun, 4/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV takes out half-page ad thanking former competitor Suzanne Geha for her 30 years at WOOD-TV (Sun, 4/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: April 26, 2011

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Detroit News:

President Barack Obama will continue to press his ideas on how best to reduce the nation's debt today. He'll discuss his thoughts in a series of White House interviews with local TV stations, including WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as well as others from Atlanta, Cleveland and Norfolk, Va.

Full story: Obama returns to local TV, will meet with WXYZ-TV (Tue, 4/26)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Since giving a year's advance notice that he would be leaving the Kalamazoo station at the end of his contract in June 2012, WWMT (Newschannel 3) lead anchor Jeff Varner has not been on the air...

Full story: Has WWMT lead anchor Jeff Varner already left the Kalamazoo station? (Tue, 4/26)

 

Michigan Radio wins regional Murrow and National Gabriel awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

The station's work won awards in the Audio News Documentary and Audio Feature Reporting categories. Lester Graham, Rebecca Williams, Mark Brush, and Shawn Allee were honored with the Murrow Award for Audio News Documentary with Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future. This documentary was an in-depth look at the role coal plays in our lives and its viability as an energy source in the future. Dustin Dwyer's feature "Curling" won for Best Feature Reporting.

Michigan Radio was the only public broadcasting station in the state to be honored with a Murrow Award, as well as one of only two Michigan radio stations of any kind (commercial or public) to win. Michigan Radio competes in Region 7, which consists of stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Regional winners' work will now be entered in the national contest.

"Every year, these awards exemplify the high standard of journalism that Edward R. Murrow set for our industry," said RTDNA Chairman Mark Kraham. "His legacy is more than evident in each of the winning entries, which represent the best work and the best journalists in our field."

Last week, Michigan Radio was also recognized by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals with two Gabriel Awards. Created in 1965, the Gabriel Awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement which entertains and enriches with "a true vision of humanity." The Michigan Radio news staff was honored in the following categories: Radio Documentary: Local Release (Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground) and Radio: Ecumenical & Interreligious--Local Release ("So, a Muslim and a Christian Move Into a Dorm Room Together").

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Radio Host Teresa Tomeo To Report From Pope's Beatification (Wed, 4/27)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former anchor Anne Doyle calls WOOD-TV's handling of Suzanne Geha's departure insulting (Wed, 4/27)

 

FOX Sports Detroit will televise four of the possible seven games in the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. FSD's coverage includes Games 1, 3, 6 and 7.

Game 2 is a national telecast on NBC, while Versus has the exclusive coverage of Games 4 and 5.

Game 1 - Fri. April 29 at San Jose,10:00, FSD/HD

Game 2 - Sun. May 1 at San Jose, 3:00, NBC

Game 3 - Wed. May 4 at Detroit, 8:00, FSD/HD

Game 4 - Fri. May 6 at Detroit, 7:00,Versus

Game 5* - Sun. May 8 at San Jose, 8:00, Versus

Game 6* - Tue. May 10 at Detroit, Time TBD, FSD/HD

Game 7* - Thu. May 12 at San Jose, Time TBD, FSD/HD

* - if necessary

 

AllAccess.com:

Westwood One Sells Metro Traffic To Clear Channel (Fri, 4/29)

 


 

Mario Impemba again provides 'Operation Opening Day' to troops of U.S. Armed Forces

For the third consecutive year, transplanted Detroit Tigers fans currently serving in the United States Armed Forces can enjoy this season's home opener in the form of 'Operation Opening Day' -- a three-hour DVD containing FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on April 8 at Comerica Park.

'Operation Opening Day' is a gift from FOX Sports Detroit play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba, in cooperation with the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.

Available to all active members of the military, the DVD contains pregame festivities, the entire game telecast and postgame interviews.

"Opening Day in Detroit is our annual holiday that brings our city together, something so many of the men and women in our armed forces do not have a chance to experience in person," said Impemba. "While they are away serving our country, I am honored to bring Opening Day to them and hope this small piece of home lets them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice."

Troops, as well as family and friends of troops, can request this special gift at Tigers.com/operationopeningday. Orders must include a valid military address (APO, SPO or FPO address, military base or ship address) so the DVD gift can be mailed directly to the men and women currently serving our country. Quantities are limited and requests will be fulfilled as received.

'Operation Opening Day' is part of the Detroit Tigers year-round support of troops and veterans. Each year, the Detroit Tigers hold a special game to honor and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces and those that have served before them. Through the Detroit Tigers Armed Forces Game Ball Delivery program, the Detroit Tigers recognize a service member who has recently returned from deployment or home on leave during a tour of duty prior to most home games. The Detroit Tigers also visit veterans at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Detroit Medical Center throughout the season.

 

Lansing State Journal:

WLNS On a rainy afternoon in Old Town, Jane Aldrich was pondering a lack of limits. "This is so exciting, because we're not used to it," she said. "We're used to scripts and Teleprompters." Not for "Six in the City," which debuts today on WLNS (Channel 6) and reruns two other days. This is sort of like the old days, when individual stations had talk shows.

Full story: Lansing TV show "Six in the City" set to debut today (Mon, 5/2)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Find out what it's like to juggle a career as a news anchorwoman with being a wife and mother. A television special titled "6 in the City," which was filmed at Perspective2 Studio in Lansing, is in talk-show format and will feature six female anchors from WLNS-TV 6.

Full story: '6 in the City' television special will take an in-depth look at the lives of six female anchors from WLNS-TV 6 (Sun, 5/1)

 

Flint Journal:

WJRT Nearly a month after being let go from his anchor position at WJRT (Channel 12), Bill Harris will return to the air today, according to the station's website. Harris will report from a homeland security training conference in Grand Rapids at the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. shows.

Full story: ABC 12's Bill Harris to return to telecast this afternoon (Tue, 5/3)

 


 

Monroe News:

When he learned of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a special operations raid, WJR 760 radio personality and Monroe native Paul W. Smith didn't sleep a wink. But he said he never considered canceling this morning's broadcast from Monroe County Community College, where the radio personality kicked off his five-city Pure Michigan tour... Big news day: Pure Monroe and bin Laden on the radio (Mon, 5/2)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13:

There have been a number of recent shake-ups at local television news stations in West Michigan, and for the first time since her controversial departure, one of those news anchors is making a public appearance... Geha receives standing ovation at GVSU (Tue, 5/3)

 

Newsmakers and links May 9, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

Visit foxsportsdetroit.com for channel listings.

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

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

 

WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit wins NAB Service to America Award

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: May 13, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Detroit's Channel 95-5 announces new evening host

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

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: May 26, 2011

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Broadcasting & Cable:

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

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

 


 

AM 580 Windsor/Detroit is ready for summer

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

 

Michelle McKormick is back on the air in West Michigan. Listeners to WJRW-AM (1340) heard her familiar voice this afternoon as Citadel Broadcasting announced the addition of McKormick to its newstalk lineup.

Full story: Michelle McKormick returns to Grand Rapids radio, joins Newstalk WJRW-AM 1340 (Tue, 5/31)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

When Jackson native Doug Shumard returned to the area after living in Plymouth, he was forced to give up something he loved: Catholic radio. Shumard is now on the board of directors of Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio, an organization working to bring Catholic programming to the Diocese of Lansing, which includes Jackson County and all or part of nine other counties.

Full story: Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio working to get its own station (Mon, 5/30)

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.com

A lightning strike damaged equipment at NBC25 and CW46, forcing the stations off the air Sunday evening. Engineers quickly went to work to make sure your favorite NBC25 programming is available for you, despite damaged equipment. Right now, you can watch NBC25 programming on one of two broadcast channels. Tune into 46.1 or 30.3. If you do not automatically have those channels, re-scan for new channels.

Full story: Lightning knocks NBC25 and CW46 off the air (Sun, 5/29)

 

Detroit News:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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

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

 


 

WXYZ special to focus on education

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

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

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

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

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

 

TVspy.com:

Jayne Hodak, who has been serving as WJRT's acting news director since April, has officially been named newsroom boss at the Flint ABC-affiliate. Hodak, WJRT's assistant news director for the past eight years, took over for longtime news director Jim Bleicher upon his recent departure. Bleicher, who had been with WJRT for over two decades, left as SJL Broadcasting took over ownership of the station.

Full story: Jayne Hodak Takes Over for Her Mentor as WJRT News Director (Mon, 6/6)

 

TVspy.com:

Kathy Reynolds is set to become news director at WEYI. The Mid-Michigan NBC-affiliate announced this week that Reynolds, who has spent the last year working as assistant news director at WAOW in Wausau, WI, would replace Jeff Reinarz in the role later this month. Reinarz has served as WEYI's news director since 2008 in addition to overseeing the station's creative team. With the addition of Reynolds, Reinarz is moving into the position of media operations manager and will lead a planned overhaul of the station's website and brand identity.

Full story: WEYI Appoints 'Untraditional' News Director (Tue, 6/7)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS VP/Urban Programming MAURICE DEVOE has named AUGUST WALLACE PD of Urban AC WDZZ (Z 92.7)/FLINT, MI. She replaces former PD BOBBY HOLIDAY, who exited earlier this year. WALLACE is a FLINT native who previously served as APD/MD.

Full story: August Wallace To Program WDZZ (Tue, 6/7)

 

Detroit News:

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

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

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 

Booth Mid-Michigan/MLive.com:

MLive.com has provided a rundown of recent stories on today's KCQ Music Fest that drew an estimated 95,000 people to Ojibway Island.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest thrills thousands (Sat, 6/18)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Bare feet, bikinis, beach umbrellas and beer (for those old enough to imbibe) helped draw a record-breaking bunch of birthday bashers to the 19th annual B-93 weekend country music concert Saturday.

Full story: More than 60,000 kick off B-93 Birthday Bash 2011 in Martin (Sat, 6/18)

 


 

MLive.com:

I never thought I'd start off another post with the headline "Fox 2's Andrea Isom..." but here we are. My favorite WJBK reporter went back to the editing bay and turned the volume up to ear-splitting for a special report encouraging suburban Detroiters to move back -- or move to, as some cases may be -- to the city proper.

Full story: Fox 2's Andrea Isom takes the biggest wedge she could find, shoves it between Detroit and suburbs (Fri, 6/17)

 

Detroit would be well-served if Emery King, Mayor Dave Bing's new communications adviser, displays the same level of candor in his new role as he once did on NBC News.

Full story: Video of the Day: Emery King's accidental honesty made for historic on-air gaffe (Fri, 6/17)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Michigan Radio honored with diversity award for series on Muslims in Michigan

Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color with a 2011 RTDNA/UNITY award for the "Muslims in Michigan" series. The RTDNA/UNITY Award honors outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.

Presented since 1999, the purpose of the award is to encourage and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race and ethnicity. It is presented annually to news organizations nationwide that show an ongoing commitment to covering the diversity of the communities they serve. Michigan Radio was one of only three radio organizations in the country to receive a RTDNA/UNITY award, honoring its "Muslims in America" project. The Takeway (co-produced by WNYC Radio and Public Radio International) was awarded for their entry, "Fluid Identities," as was WJBC in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois for its "WJBC en Espanol" entry.

"These winners set a very high standard for diversity coverage with their entries," said RTDNA chairman Mark Kraham. "We commend them for their extraordinary journalism and encourage all newsrooms to emulate their efforts."

The "Muslims in Michigan" project was formed out a partnership between Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This five part radio series, which first aired in 2010, examined life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series focused on the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group, including reports on sharia law, the construction of a new mosque in Grand Rapids, and profiles of individuals who had recently converted to Islam. The project also featured film events, speakers, and community conversations on the subject in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Grand Rapids. More information on that series can be found at: muslimsinmichigan.org.

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.com:

Three summers ago, Matt Waymire left his job at WICZ TV and followed his fiancée to Michigan. A leap of faith for someone who did not have another television job lined up. As luck would have it, we had an immediate opening around the time Matt moved to Michigan, and the rest as they say 'is history'.

Full story: End of an era as Waymire signs off at NBC25 (Wed, 6/28)

 

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

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 

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)

 

Muskegon Chronicle:

The general manager of Muskegon's 103.7 The Beat is grateful the radio station didn't suffer worse damage from a lightning strike and fire Friday. The station is back on the air broadcasting an automated music playlist on reduced power, with full operations hoped for by the end of the week.

Full story: Muskegon radio station 103.7 The Beat recovering from lightning bolt (Tue, 7/5)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Former CHUM RADIO Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT middayer HOLLY HUTTON has been tapped by MARTZ Corporate PD DREW SCOTT as PD/Afternooner for Alternative translator (W232CA) and WGPR-HD3 (94.3 THE BONE)/DETROIT. SCOTT also tells ALL ACCESS that THE BONE will "debut a personality line up on JULY 4th with all hot, sexy and fun female jocks in middays and nights. The morning slot will be filled in a few weeks with a personality that will shake up the market!"

Full story: Holly Hutton Named PD For Detroit's 94.3 The Bone (Tue, 7/5)

 


 

Current.org:

Mary Jane Wilson, 67, former program director at WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Mich., died June 26. She served as director from 1989 until her retirement in 2006.

"Those of us who were lucky enough to have Mary Jane as a friend know that she was the real deal," said Carrie Corbin, former program manager at WGVU in Kalamazoo, Mich., who called Wilson "a programmer who would do anything for you."

Full story: Mary Jane Wilson dies; former program director at WKAR-TV (Fri, 7/1)

 

TVSpy:

It was the deadliest shooting rampage ever to occur in Western Michigan. The havoc caused by Rodrick Dantzler on Thursday in Grand Rapids was so widespread that reporters had to specify that they were reporting live at just one of multiple crime scenes ... WWMT, WXMI, WOOD, and WZZM all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday evening to bring live coverage of Dantzler's rampage, which ended around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect shot himself.

Full story: Local Stations Bring Live Coverage Through the Night as Man's Violent Rampage Rocks Grand Rapids (Fri, 7/8)

 


 

WOOD radio adds Dennis Tubbergen's talk program

Financial advisor Dennis Tubbergen does not know the meaning of "free time." When the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Tubbergen isn't writing his online blog or his monthly Moving Markets newsletter, you might catch him hosting his talk show The Everything Financial Radio Show.

Now well into his fifth year of hosting a radio show, Tubbergen can now be heard on three metro Michigan stations: WTKG 1230 AM and WOOD News Radio 1300AM and 106.9 FM. You can hear his broadcast on WTKG 1230 AM Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m. and on WOOD 1300 AM and 106.9 FM Sundays at noon.

"I'm really excited to be part of the broadcast lineup on WOOD 1300 AM and 106.9 FM," Tubbergen recently stated. "They are part of the Clear Channel Communications network which covers much of the United States."

 

Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels wins Ty Tyson Award

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) has announced the winner of its special individual award.

Ken Daniels, play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings on FOX Sports Detroit is the winner of the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting for work in the sports year 2010-2011.

"We are so honored that Ken Daniels has won this year's Ty Tyson Award," said DSBA President Will Tieman. "Ken has demonstrated outstanding play-by-play professionalism not only this past season but throughout his long and distinguished career."

Added George Eichorn, DSBA Executive Director: "Ken's award is well-deserved. He has successfully guided the work of so many professionals in our business. The DSBA congratulates him."

Previous Ty Tyson Award winners are Josh Lewin (2000), Ernie Harwell (2001), George Blaha (2002), Ray Lane (2003), Mark Champion (2004), Budd Lynch (2005), Jim Brandstatter (2006), Ken Kal (2007), Dan Dickerson (2008), and Frank Beckmann (2009).

 


 

Detroit News:

TV dance shows were once a barometer of all things cool. Teens tuned in to learn the latest moves and fashion trends, to hear the newest music and to see the hippest acts. It was fairly common for cities to air their own dance shows featuring hormonal teens burning off pent-up energy. Before going national, Philadelphia youths went hoppin' to Dick Clark's "Bandstand" (later known as "American Bandstand") while Chicago hitched a ride on the hippest trip with Don Cornelius' "Soul Train." In Detroit, the only way to rock nonstop was with "The Scene." The Nat Morris-hosted show aired for 13 seasons, 1975 to 1987, on WGPR-TV (Channel 62), the nation's first African-American-owned TV station.

Full story: Save the last dance for 'The Scene' reunion (Tue, 7/12)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Jenison High School may soon be a regular location mentioned by WOOD-TV meteorologists. Storm Team 8 and Jenison Public Schools are exploring a partnership for the high school to serve as a site for a weather stick, new technology for gathering real-time data and high-definition quality video.

Full story: Jenison Schools could partner with WOOD-TV for weather coverage (Tue, 7/12)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Hot AC WNIC (FRESH 100)/DETROIT and morning personality JAY TOWERS are teaming up with WIXOM MARATHON/ATLAS OIL to offer the first 103 listeners to show up 10 gallons of free gasoline.

Full story: WNIC Has Gas! (Tue, 7/12)

 

2011 Marconi finalists feature Michigan stations, personalities

The National Association of Broadcasters has released its finalist list for the 2011 Marconi Awards and included are several Michigan radio stations and personalities:

The afternoon drive team of Edwards and Lee at country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit are finalists for Large Market Personality of the Year; Full service/adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian is a finalist in two categories, Small Market Station of the Year and AC Station of the Year; WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit has been named a finalist as Oldies Station of the Year, and WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270 Detroit is a finalist in the Sports Station of the Year category.

Congrats to all the finalists.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Steve "Scrubs" Stewart of "Scrubs in the Morning," which airs locally on Thunder Country 94.5, is leaving to become a program director in St. Louis. Stewart has been named program director of Clear Channel Radio's KSD-FM (93.7) "The Bull"...

Full story: 'Scrubs in the Morning' host Steve Stewart leaving country radio in Michigan for St. Louis (Wed, 7/13)

 

Family, friends, historians and Betty Ford herself reflect on her life as a political spouse; an accidental and outspoken first lady; breast cancer survivor; and feminist pro-choice Republican in Betty Ford: The Real Deal, a one-hour biography which will air Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. on WGVU-HD.

Full story: Documentary on Betty Ford to air this weekend on WGVU (Tue, 7/12)

 

FOX Sports Detroit to offer dual telecast for Friday's Tigers/White Sox game

When the Tigers return from the All-Star break on Friday, that night's game against the White Sox will be shown on both FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus.

The FSD telecast is the traditional coverage with Mario Impemba and Rod Allen.

Meanwhile, the FS Plus audience will be treated to a unique live look at what goes on inside the production truck in order to deliver a Tigers telecast into viewers' homes. Viewers will see a split screen presentation: part game action (as seen on FS Detroit); part an inside view/explanation of what goes on in the production truck, the broadcast booth, a camera location or other behind-the-scenes aspects of the telecast.

John Keating will be the tour guide for the FS Plus telecast and will spend various innings spotlighting the roles/functions of the following positions: Producer, Director, Graphics, Audio, FOX Box Operator, Replay Room, Replay Operator, Video Room (showing all sources of video available), Stage Manager, Camera Location(s), Announce Booth Personnel.

Tigers Live (6:30 and after the game) will be simulcast on FSD and FS Plus.

A list of FS Plus channel numbers for tomorrow's alternate telecast can be found here www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/fsdplus/.

 


 

Windsor Star:

The pending government-mandated requirement to switch broadcasting signals in Canada from analogue to digital will affect more people in Windsor than any other metropolitan area in Canada. Perhaps due to the wealth of TV stations available over the air in Detroit, Windsor has a lower percentage of people who subscribe to cable or satellite television services than other Canadian cities. According to BBM Canada data, less than 74 percent of Windsor-area residents subscribe to cable or satellite, compared to perhaps 93 per cent on average across Canada.

Full story: Get ready to retire those rabbit ears; Canadian stations making switch to digital TV in weeks (Thu, 7/14)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Allison Harte, the veteran Grand Rapids disc jockey who was pulled from a pool Tuesday at her Rockford-area home, has died, according to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital officials.

Full story: Allison Harte, veteran Grand Rapids radio personality, dies two days after being pulled from pool (Thu, 7/21)

 

We knew her as Allison Harte, the smooth-talking rock music disc jockey who began blazing a trail for women in the local radio business three decades ago. Loyal listeners tuned in to jam along with her playlist, and followed her on-air career moves to different spots on the radio dial.

Full story: After drowning, family remembers 'Prudy' behind public radio personality Allison Harte (Fri, 7/22)

 

WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles isn't the type of person who likes to sit around and do nothing. That's what made the two months he was off the air so difficult. It was almost as painful as the neck surgery he needed to fix a spinal stenosis.

Full story: WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles happy to be back on air after neck surgery (Fri, 7/22)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After 45 years of broadcasting in the Motor City, Dick Purtan signed off of terrestrial radio and into retirement on March 26, 2010. Today, the Detroit radio legend and philanthropist's distinctive voice will be available for fans via a brand new weekly podcast. Purtan told Names & Faces on Thursday that -- with "a wing and a prayer" -- he'll be delivering his take on the latest local and national news, pop culture news and other entertaining tidbits of info.

Full story: Dick Purtan to air weekly podcasts (Fri, 7/22)

 


 

MLive.com:

Beau Daniels, who left contemporary hits station WKQI (95.5-FM) earlier this year, will now be spinning oldies at WOMC (104.3-FM). Daniels will take over the 3-7 p.m. afternoon drive slot starting on August 15. Current afternoon jock Dave Fuller moves to the 7 p.m.-midnight slot.

Full story: Ex-Channel 955 jock Beau Daniels lands at WOMC (Fri, 7/22)

 


 

WJBK-TV Ch.2 Detroit:

They are a familiar sound on the airwaves of Detroit. Now, Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek from 96.3 WDVD are taking their radio show nationwide on television.

Full story: 'Dish Nation' to Feature 96.3 WDVD's Blaine & Allyson (Thu, 7/21)

 

On this hottest day of the year, 98.7 AMP Radio was giving away air conditioners to some lucky and deserving listeners.

Full story: 98.7 AMP Radio Gives Metro Detroit Woman an Air Conditioner (Thu, 7/21)

 


 

Broadcast Engineering:

NAB president Gordon Smith said the FCC's spectrum reclamation plan might leave major American cities along the Canadian and Mexican borders without television coverage. Smith said that if the FCC moves forward with its goal of allocating 120MHz of broadcast spectrum, cities like Detroit would be impacted because there would be no channels available for the city's 14 stations. He also added that every border city is at risk of having no broadcast TV if Canadian and Mexican channel reservations are taken into account.

Full story: FCC spectrum reclamation plan threatens TV coverage in border cities (Thu, 7/21)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

TOWNSQUARE/FLINT GM ZOE BURDINE-FLY is heading to NEW JERSEY to oversee the recently acquired MILLENIUM radio properties, replacing MILLENNIUM Pres./CEO BILL SAUER.

Full story: Townsquare Brings In Flint GM To Oversee New Jersey Stations (Fri, 7/22)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is looking into a new radio deal since the current contract -- signed in 2006 -- expired after last season. The previous deal was signed with CBS Radio, the Chum Radio Group of Canada and Radio One. U-M football was broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) in Detroit and CLKW-AM (800) in Canada, with basketball on WWJ-AM (950) and WCHB-AM (1290). Broadcasts of both sports were simulcast on WTKA-AM (1050). WTKA also carried non-revenue sports, including hockey and women's basketball.

Full story: Michigan working on a new radio deal (Fri, 7/29)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 airing Detroit Lions special tonight

ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will help get Detroit football fans ready for the new NFL season with an hour of programming this evening. At 7:00 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast a half-hour live special, Ford Lions Report Live: Training Camp Update. The show will be hosted by Don Shane with reports from Tom Leyden and Brad Galli, and will feature a preview of the Lions season including interviews with Coach Jim Schwartz and key Lions players Matthew Stafford and Kyle Vanden Bosch. The program will capture all the energy as the players and coaches prepare to kick off an exciting new season.

"These are unprecedented circumstances," said WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane. "There's so much to accomplish in a short time. The pressure is on to keep the players you need to keep and sign the free agents you've targeted to sign. We're going to bring you all the excitement of training camp and update you on what's happening in conversations with Tom Lewand, Jim Schwartz, and key Lions players."

At 7:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast Breaking Through: the NFL Lions Highlight Show, a high-energy half-hour produced by NFL films. The show will take viewers inside the huddle with highlights from the Detroit Lions 2010 season, including the season's winning end. The program will also preview the Lions match-ups for the 2011 season.

Ford Lions Report Live: Training Camp Update and the NFL Lions Highlight Show are part of a unique programming and marketing partnership between WXYZ and the Detroit Lions. WXYZ will broadcast Lions preseason games on August 12, August 19, and September 1, as well as weekly Ford Lions Report Live programs on Sundays during the regular season from 11-noon. Also during the regular season, WXYZ Action News will feature weekly interviews with Coach Schwartz on Mondays and special player interviews on Thursdays, as well as extensive Lions coverage in Sunday Sports Update. In addition, wxyz.com and detroitlions.com will feature digital elements and interactive coverage that will allow Lions fans to stay in touch with their favorite team.

 


 

GreggHenson.com:

The Michigan Football season gets underway in a month and they still don't have a local radio home. The rumors are that Michigan will either resign with CBS radio or go to Clear Channel. Either way works fine, but neither is the best decision for Michigan Athletics. Because of the late date, I think the best plan for Michigan is...

Full story: What Radio Station Will Carry U of M Sports in 2011 and Beyond? (Wed, 7/27)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

WLNS TV-6 anchor Dave Akerly is leaving the station after nearly 21 years. Akerly originally joined the Lansing station on the sports desk. He took over as a news anchor about 10 years ago. Akerly's last day will be Monday.

Full story: WLNS TV-6 anchor Dave Akerly leaving (Fri, 7/29)

 

If bill becomes law, all Detroit over-the-air TV stations risk losing their ability to broadcast over the air

The wrangling in Washington D.C. over the country's debt ceiling may claim victim to more than just the USA's credit rating. According to an alert sent out by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, "Devastating language in Senator Reid's Debt Ceiling bill would remove 100% of the TV stations in Detroit from the public airwaves. Because of a treaty with Canada, U.S. television stations may not interfere with Canadian TV stations. There simply isn't any place to reallocate the TV stations in Detroit and other border states in the nation. With 12% of the population in Detroit receiving their television only over-the-air due to financial constraints, this could impact their public safety during emergency weather situations when TV gives the only in-depth information."

The MAB alert can be viewed here and includes links to get more information on what could be a devastating blow to Detroit's television broadcasters.

 

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 10, 2011

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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.

 


 

TVSpy.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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 15, 2011

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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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 16, 2011

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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

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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 22, 2011

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

FoxSportsDetroit.com:

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)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 26, 2011

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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

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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)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 30, 2011

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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.

 

Newsmakers and links: September 1, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

Two of the states planning statewide Emergency Alert System tests are NEVADA and MICHIGAN. Both states' broadcasters organizations are looking to run tests in SEPTEMBER in advance of the nationwide test set for NOVEMBER 9th. MICHIGAN's plan is for a test on SEPTEMBER 22nd at about 10:45a (ET).

Full story: Nevada, Michigan Plan Statewide EAS Tests Before National Test (Thu, 9/1)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The retransmission consent spat between LIN and Mediacom has resulted in several LIN stations going dark for Mediacom subscribers. The affected stations are WALA-WFNA Mobile-Pensacola, WOOD-WOTV Grand Rapids, WANE Ft. Wayne, WLUK Green Bay, WTHI Terre Haute and WLFI Lafayette (Ind.).

Full story: LIN Stations Go Dark for Mediacom Subscribers (Wed, 8/31)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 6, 2011

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Peter C. Cavanaugh gets Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has just unveiled a complete Museum redesign that tells the story of rock and roll in a more linear fashion and updates all museum technology to state-of-the-art including the interactive kiosks On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio.

Mr. Cavanaugh and his impact on rock music are featured in this exhibit.

At the age of sixteen in 1957, Peter C. Cavanaugh enjoyed a fifty-eight percent total audience share on his hometown station -- WNDR in Syracuse. He maintained unequaled market dominance for years over WTAC in Flint before leaving the airwaves to become President of the station in 1977.

His book "Local DJ" tracks Cavanaugh's radio adventures through time -- as well as promoting and producing literally hundreds of early concerts with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Kiss and AC/DC.

As Executive Vice President of Reams Broadcasting, Peter ran a seven station radio group which included top-rated Rock 'Roll stations in America -- WWCK in Flint (Spring '84) and WIOT in Toledo (Winter '91).

Mr. Cavanaugh is former Chairman of the NBC Source Board, President of the ABC Radio Affiliates Board and President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation.

Cavanaugh currently lives in Oakhurst, California, with his wife, Eileen.

"Of all who had a major influence on me while growing up in the Midwest, none matched the audaciousness, tenacity and gonzo-like behavior of Peter Cavanaugh. He was more than just the rock 'n roll guru who gave America its first encounters with The Who, Bob Seger and all the great Detroit bands (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, MC5, etc.) He was the one who taught me how to go up against the powers-that-be and live to tell all. Thank you, Peter Cavanaugh, for saving a generation of Flint kids from the likes of Pat Boone" commented Flint native and film director Michael Moore.

The On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio kiosks are located in the Rock Hall Museum's Ahmet Ertegun Hall in the Cities and Sounds gallery.

 


 

Lansing to gain Me-TV affiliate

Journal Communications' WSYM-TV Ch. 47, Lansing's Fox affiliate, will add the classic TV network Me-TV as a digital subchannel.

Me-TV, owned by Weigel Broadcasting features series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution as well as independent series owners and producers. Current comedy offerings include M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and The Bob Newhart Show. Dramas on the network include: Perry Mason, The Untouchables, The Big Valley, the original Star Trek and the original Hawaii Five-O series.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

With a focus on policies past and planned, Gov. Rick Snyder will field questions during a live town hall meeting of sorts next Tuesday at WOOD-TV's College Avenue studios.

Full story: Gov. Snyder coming to Grand Rapids next week for WOOD-TV town hall meeting (Mon, 9/6)

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Sun:

A longtime Isabella County radio buff and local legend was remembered Tuesday as a master story teller who always had a smile. Jim Hughes, 91, who died Sunday at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, was a local icon who touched a lot of people during his long and interesting life, Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick said Tuesday. Wendy Pulcifer of Mt. Pleasant recalled listening to Hughes on WCEN "back in the day"...

Full story: Longtime Mt. Pleasant broadcaster dies (Mon, 9/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 13, 2011

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Detroit TV increases its coolness

MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit has added a digital subchannel - 20.2 now carries the music video channel theCoolTV.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Wondering what's up with Fox 17 chief meteorologist Peter Chan? The veteran West Michigan weatherman has been sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for at least four weeks in total.

Full story: Fox 17 meteorologist Peter Chan on the mend, expected back at WXMI-TV in a few weeks (Mon, 9/12)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MIX 106.3)/SAGINAW morning maven SCOTT SHANNON tells ALL ACCESS, "No more solo mornings for me! We have added a live, additional person to WGER (MIX 106.3) mornings. AMANDA MITCHELL (MANDEE), who did nights on the MIX for the last 2 years has been upped to morning co-host with MIX PD SCOTT (SHANNON) SEIPEL to form 'SCOTT and MANDEE' in the morning." MANDEE will continue to do her mid-day show on sister Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE).

Full story: Amanda Mitchell Joins The WGER Wakeup Crew (Mon, 9/12)

 


 

Afternoons open on Ann Arbor's W4 Country

Adam Rey is no longer with country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, having exited the afternoon drive role to take a job outside of radio. The station is searching for a new host.

 


 

WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit and Mitch Albom enter partnership

WDIV has announced a new partnership with Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, radio broadcaster and charity director, to launch a groundbreaking public service initiative, The Heart of Detroit, sharing inspiring stories of metro Detroiters with heart and everyday people who step up to help make our community a better place to live.

Beginning Thursday, September 22, The Heart of Detroit featuring Mitch Albom will air weekly during Local 4 News at 5 p.m., Detroit's top evening newscast, with an encore airing on Sunday mornings immediately following Flashpoint with Devin Scillian at 10 a.m. Viewers will follow Mitch as he profiles unsung heroes through documentary-style videos on Local 4, ClickOnDetroit.com and MitchAlbom.com. The Heart of Detroit will reveal the many local people who spend countless hours sacrificing to make others less hungry, less troubled, less impoverished or just a little happier.

"I have been taught that giving is living," said Albom. "I see so many people in metro Detroit who live - and give - that way, but are never celebrated the way we do a rock star, actor, athlete or even a reality show figure. These unsung inspirations deserve to have their stories told. And that's what I hope to do."

"It's hard to imagine a better way for Local 4 to extend our longstanding commitment to service in our community than to partner with such a remarkable talent as Mitch Albom, and to help facilitate the noble desires to make a difference here at home," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "It should not go unnoticed that in addition to WDIV's commitment of air time, Mitch is also donating his amazing talents and valuable time as well as covering production costs for this important community effort."

Contributions and donations inspired by The Heart of Detroit will be directed solely towards the causes or persons profiled in the segments. The Heart of Detroit is produced by Fat Dog Entertainment.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 14, 2011

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Lansing City Pulse:

WKAR was in the hole $635,000 at the end of the 2010 fiscal year, records provided by Michigan State University show. The broadcast operation laid off 10 people last month as part of a reorganization effort, they also show. The university had refused to give a specific number previously. The information came from documents the university provided after City Pulse filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

Full story: WKAR facing serious debt (Wed, 9/14)

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit schedules 73 Red Wings games for 2011-12

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season games and three preseason contests during its coverage of the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings, all in high-definition.Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 7 in the season/home opener against the Ottawa Senators. The preseason schedule begins Sept. 25 when Detroit hosts the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beyond the 70 games airing on FOX Sports Detroit (or FOX Sports Detroit PLUS), the remaining 12 will be televised exclusively on a national basis by Versus or NBC.

Calling the action again for FOX Sports Detroit will be the award-winning duo of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy substitutes for Redmond during select road games and is part of home game coverage on most nights from his "between the benches" reporting position.

Daniels is this year's recipient of the Ty Tyson Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award as presented by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, and is the reigning Michigan Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Meanwhile, Redmond is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Foster Hewitt Memorial Award as presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, to be awarded Nov. 14 as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies in Toronto.

FOX Sports Detroit's comprehensive coverage includes pregame and postgame editions of Red Wings Live. New this season, most game nights will include bonus postgame coverage on Red Wings Live O.T.

The 2011-12 season also includes the return of the Emmy-winning show Wingspan (debuting Oct. 14-15), providing entertaining features about the team on and off the ice.

In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the regular-season, FOX Sports Detroit will presents a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Schedule information can be found at foxsportsdetroit.com.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former radio personality Scott Winters is working in the media again, but not the role one might expect. WOOD TV-8 General manager Diane Kniowski, said the station hired Winters as a digital sales specialist.

Full story: WOOD TV-8 hires former radio personality Scott Winters (Wed, 9/14)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 15, 2011

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FOX adds Tigers' game to Saturday schedule

Saturday's Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, which was originally not scheduled to be broadcast on television, will now air on FOX broadcast stations in Michigan and Toledo, OH following an agreement between the Tigers, FOX Sports Detroit, Major League Baseball and FOX.

Stations that will now carry the game include Ch. 2 Detroit, Ch. 17 Grand Rapids, Ch. 66 Flint, Ch. 47 Lansing, Ch. 32 Cadillac/Traverse City, and Ch. 36 Toledo. Ch. 11 in Alpena will also have the game on its .2 subchannel as will Ch 6 in Marquette.

Saturday's game has the potential of being a Central Division clinching game for the Tigers - they can clinch with any combination Tigers wins or Cleveland Indians losses totaling 2 and any Tigers win or Chicago White Sox loss.

"We're thrilled Saturday's game will be telecast live for Tigers fans to continue following the club's pennant chase," said David Dombrowski, Tigers president, CEO and general manager. "We want to thank FOX Sports Detroit, FOX and Major League Baseball for a collaborative effort in making this happen."

 


 

WDFN shifts Saturday timeslot for Murray Gula

'Your Home With Murray Gula', heard on Detroit's WDFN AM 1130, has changed its Saturday timeslot and will now be heard from 10 a.m. - noon. The Sunday edition of the home improvement program will remain in place from noon - 2 p.m.

More info on the program can be found at yourhomewithmurraygula.com.

 


 

Cleaves entering MSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Mateen Cleaves, the three-time all American basketball champion who led the Michigan State Spartans to a spellbinding NCAA Championship in March 2000, will be inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Cleaves is currently the NBA Studio Analyst for FOX Sports Detroit, in addition to providing on-air commentary for ESPN, CBS College Sports, NBA TV, and the Big Ten Network.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 22, 2011

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Night moves at WMGC, WNIC

Changes to what you'll hear out of your radio at pop outlets WMGC-FM 105.1 and WNIC-FM 100.3.

WMGC has parted ways with evening jock Kevin O'Neill as of Friday and has been jock-free so far this week. O'Neill had been with Magic since July 2010 and is a veteran of 31 years behind the mic in Detroit.

Down the dial at WNIC from 8 p.m. to midnight, Syndey Hawkins pushes the buttons for listener driven radio as "U Control Fresh @ Nite" plays back songs picked by listeners that vote on the station's web site, www.fresh100.com.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Six environmental organizations will convene in Detroit on Oct. 11-14 to discuss the future of the Great Lakes. "Great Lakes Week" encompasses significant conferences coming together, reportedly for the first time in the same city during the same week ... Detroit Public Television plans to broadcast and webcast several sessions live.

Full story: Detroit Public Television plans extensive coverage of 'Great Lakes Week' conferences (Wed, 9/21)

 


 

Holland Sentinel:

You can hear veteran radio personality Bryan Mix-Dean on the air on the new Fennville-based radio station 1630 AM reading the weather and local news. You can catch his wife, Andrea, broadcasting Fennville football games produced by their 10-year-old daughter Cadence -- all for the micropower station and its 24/7 companion Web broadcast at keener16online.listen2myradio.com.

Full story: Dad, Mom and daughter take to the air in Fennville at 1630 AM (Wed, 9/21)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 23, 2011

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WXYZ-TV continues Detroit 2020 project with Sept. 27 special on race relations

WXYZ-TV will broadcast "A Conversation for Change," a Detroit 2020 interactive special, on Tuesday, September 27th from 7-8 p.m. The program will tackle a topic that often makes people uncomfortable...race relations. The show will focus on the biggest issues surrounding race in our community and what we can do to break down barriers.

"Our attitude about race relations is one of the biggest obstacles to progress in this region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "At WXYZ, we believe through open dialogue and frank discussion, we can begin to foster a sense of community that will celebrate the diversity that makes Metro Detroit great."

Channel 7's Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host this live, one-hour discussion, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan. Viewers will have the chance to ask questions via email, social media, and live chat. The conversation will include six in-studio guests:

  • Leon Drolet, Educational Programs Director, Institute for Humane Studies and Director of Michigan Taxpayers Alliance.
  • Maha Freij, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services.
  • Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press columnist.
  • Osvaldo "Ozzie" Rivera, activist for social change who has held key positions with Latino Family Services and Madonna University.
  • Jordan Wolfe, Director, CommunityNext, an initiative started by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Tack-Yong Kim, President and Publisher, Michigan Korean Weekly.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT will host a "Pink Gala" on the eve of the station's 14th Annual WMXD "Sista Strut Walk" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th at PI BANQUET HALL in SOUTHFIELD, MI. The "Pink Gala" will be an evening of music and celebration with food, dancing and a silent action. PM drive air personality FRANKIE DARCELL will host the actual event on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st at the DETROIT RIVERWALK RIVARD PLAZA.

Full story: WMXD Celebrates Pink Gala In Detroit (Thu, 9/22)

 

In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the Detroit Red Wings regular season, FOX Sports Detroit will present a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Sun. Oct. 2 - 5:00 PM, Red Wings vs. Penguins (LIVE, preseason), 7:30 PM; Encore: Red Wings vs. Blues (12/15/2010 - Lidstrom's first career hat trick); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 12/15/2010)

Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:30 PM, Encore: Red Wings vs. Coyotes (4/13/2011 - Game 1, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/13/2011); 10:30 PM, Wingspan: "20 Years of Playoffs"

Tue. Oct. 4 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview (premiere); 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/18/2011 - Game 3, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/18/2011); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview

Wed. Oct. 5 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/20/2011 - Game 4, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/20/2011)

Thu. Oct. 6 - 6:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings vs. Sharks (5/10/11 - Game 6, Western Conf. Semifinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 5/10/11)

Fri. Oct. 7 - 6:00 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (One-hour edition, LIVE); 7:00 PM - Red Wings vs. Senators (LIVE - regular season opener); 9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings vs. Senators

Sat. Oct. 8 -- 7:30 PM - Wingspan: "WingFan"; 8:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 8:30 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (LIVE); 9:00 PM - Red Wings at Avalanche (LIVE); 11:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 12:00 AM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings at Avalanche

Additionally, "Michigan Golf Live" is incorporating a Red Wings theme during Red Wings Premiere Week, as host Bill Hobson is joined by former Red Wings Chris Osgood, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby for a round of golf at Arcadia Bluffs (air dates/time: Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:00 PM; Wed. Oct. 5 - 1:30 & 6:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 8 - 7:00 PM).

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 28, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

The 25th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon airs Feb. 25 on WJR-AM (760), and Dick Purtan will return to the event as a guest star. Purtan hosted the radiothon for 23 years, but retired after the 2010 edition. The longtime Detroit radio personality will join the numerous WJR stars who took over as rotating hosts in 2011.

Full story: Dick Purtan to return to Bed & Bread Club Radiothon (Wed, 9/28)

 


 

South Bend Tribune:

Radio listeners scanning the airwaves in recent weeks for sports scores and information have probably been a little startled when the dial reached 1620 AM, the city's ESPN-affiliated station. Instead of former University of Notre Dame football player Mike Golic, co-host of the popular "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show, listeners likely found heavy rotations of Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. For now, says Artistic Media Partners President Arthur Angotti, the former talk-format sports station will be simulcasting with 92.9 FM, the company's pop-contemporary station. "It's only temporary," Angotti said of the format change.

Full story: Former ESPN-affiliated station changing formats (Tue, 9/27)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

Michele Strasz learned her alphabet and numbers from Big Bird and friends four decades ago. That preschool encounter with "Sesame Street" blossomed into a love affair with PBS for the Williamston woman, who listens to news on National Public Radio every morning and often watches "Masterpiece Theater," and "Nova" on WKAR-TV in the evenings. "You can't compare the educational quality with anything else," Strasz said. "I have even gotten (my husband) into watching 'Masterpiece Theater.' " But the future picture of WKAR-TV and radio now appears slightly hazy as it cuts staff and adjusts programming to deal with falling revenue.

Full story: MSU reorganizes its PBS stations as revenue falls, budget cuts loom (Wed, 9/28)

 


 

Michigan Radio News Director elected Chair of Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced that Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy has been elected chair of the national organization. He is the first public media news director ever elected to this position.

Members of RTDNA elected Duffy during the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, from Sept. 25-27. "I'm excited about this opportunity to represent electronic journalists, including digital journalists, and advocate on their behalf," commented Duffy.

Looking forward, Duffy aims to grow the organization by recruiting more digital journalists, continue RTDNA's training and advocacy work, and help ensure the long-term financial health of the organization.

Duffy joins Kevin Benz, RTDNA Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of CultureMapAustin, in helping to make history in the leadership of the organization by showcasing the diverse nature of electronic journalism. Benz was the first pure-play digital officer in the history of RTDNA.

"Representing digital, television, and radio in our chair positions reflects the energy electronic journalists experience on a daily basis as today's journalism continues to evolve," says Benz.

Vincent Duffy has been News Director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. During his tenure, the station's news team has been recognized with dozens of national, regional and state awards for reporting excellence. Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio. Duffy has won five national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, and many other national, regional and state awards.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 30, 2011

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WXYZ-TV Detroit secures rights for Oct. 10 Lions-Bears Monday Football telecast

For the first time in more than a decade, the Detroit Lions will play a Monday night home game and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit has been granted permission to air the game between the Detroit Lions will take on the Chicago Bears on Monday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the game broadcast, WXYZ have a day-long celebration of the "Monday Motown Showdown" from Ford Field during its newscasts - beginning at 4:30 a.m. on October 10th with 7 Action News this Morning and continuing throughout the day during 7 Action News at 5 and 6.

From 7-8:30 p.m., WXYZ will present a live special edition of Ford Lions Report LIVE: Monday Motown Pre-Game hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford with reports from Channel 7 sports director Don Shane, sports reporter Tom Leyden, NFL analyst Rob Rubick, NFL Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders, and NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard.

The show will include locker room interviews with key Lions players and coaches; interviews with former Lions greats; a behind-the-scenes look at ESPN's 35-camera game coverage; and interviews with sports and entertainment celebrities. The program will also look at the winning strategy behind the Lions season with Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

At 8:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast the ESPN Production of the Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. 7 Action News will follow the game at 11:30 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for Metro Detroit to celebrate football and the start of a successful season for our Detroit Lions," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "It's a great time for the national spotlight to shine on a team that is demonstrating such promise and giving us all a reason to be a Lions fan."

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 1, 2011

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NetNewsCheck:

Detachment stands as an ethical pillar of journalism, right beside the marble columns of fairness and accuracy. But in Detroit, an urban symbol of the American recession, it is almost impossible, some journalists argue, to report local news in the dispassionate form taught by J-school textbooks. "I absolutely think we have a responsibility to show people in Detroit -- and beyond -- what positive things the city has to offer," said Lisa Ray, the managing editor at NBC affiliate WDIV, whose Web site, ClickOnDetroit.com, is the most popular online news source in the market.

Full story: In digital Detroit, TV stations trump papers (Thu, 9/29)

 


 

Veteran radio manager exits with Cumulus-Citadel merger

Matt Hanlon, a vice president with Citadel that had been overseeing that company's clusters in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Flint, has exited with the recent completion of the merger of Cumulus and Citadel. Hanlon was a public face of Citadel, especially in the Grand Rapids market, where he made several station format and personnel changes that drew the ire of local radio watchers.

 


 

TVSpy:

Tomorrow marks one month since LIN-owned stations in seven markets went dark for Mediacom subscribers, and the stalemate is showing no signs of progress. A uniform statement on the LIN-owned stations' sites says negotiations are ongoing.

Full story: A Month Later, Little Progress in LIN-Mediacom Stalemate (Fri, 9/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 3, 2011

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Bill Bonds, Rich Fisher ready to roll out new radio show today

Two legendary television newsmen are set to return to their broadcasting roots as they take to the Detroit radio airwaves this afternoon from 3 - 6 p.m. on WCAR AM 1090, launching "The Bonds and Fisher Show" with on-air contributions from former WJR and WOMC personality/producer Rachel Nevada and WWJ-TV weathercaster Jim Madaus.

Fans of Bonds and Fisher that are out of the over-the-air listening area of WCAR can listen in over the Internet via the station's web site at wcarradio.com.

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.com:

The "Voice" of Mid-Michigan returns as Joel Feick joins the NBC25 Today team. Feick will captain the show as anchor, surrounded by an ensemble cast who will wake viewers up with a smile and laugh, while providing the necessary news and weather information needed to start the day.

"I am excited to be working for a team that wants me and to get back to telling stories again. It's what I love to do," said Feick. "I am thankful for the people who sent me well wishes and prayed for me, and I am looking forward to working with a great team."

Feick previously worked 27 years as an anchor / reporter at WJRT but parted ways as that station downsized.

Full story: Joel Feick joins the NBC25 Team (Mon, 10/3)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Gordon R. Gould, age 69 of Lowell, died October 1, 2011 at Metro Health Hospital following a battle with cancer. He taught and was a guidance counselor for years at Lowell High School. He was a well known news reporter on Wood Radio.

Full obit: Gordon Gould (Sun, 10/2)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA has promoted MATT SPAULDING VP/Market Manager for its MI cluster that includes WWWW, WQKL, WTKA-A and WLBY-A). SPAULDING had been its GSM since AUGUST 2009.

Full story: Cumulus/Ann Arbor Ups Matt Spaulding To VP/Market Mgr. (Mon, 10/3)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 6, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

Mickey Redmond laughs when he thinks of Fox Sports Detroit's "between-the-benches" reporting from NHL Hall of Famer Larry Murphy during Red Wings home games. "I think the benches in my day would have told Larry to 'get out of the road' when they passed him," said Redmond, who played for the Wings in 1970-76 and is a longtime FSD Wings color analyst. "But as we go along, fans today want to know more about players -- their stats, their habits, their passions, their thoughts before, during and after games.

Full story: FSD wants to bring fans high-tech hockey experience (Thu, 10/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 8, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

Longtime Detroit news anchor Mort Crim will be back on the air -- and up in the air -- this weekend on WDIV-TV (Channel 4). He's the star of "Flight Level Seven Four and Still Climbing," a one-hour special airing at 3 p.m. Sunday that documents the 7,400-mile solo trip Crim took across the United States in his two-seat light-sport aircraft.

Full story: Mort Crim special to air Sunday on WDIV-TV (Sat, 10/8)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

WCBN, the student radio station at the University of Michigan, plans to participate in National College Radio Day on Tuesday with a special event on the U-M Diag. "This is the first year WCBN-FM will participate in National College Radio Day - an event to celebrate the contributions of college stations nationwide in broadening the airwaves of their respective college towns with music and reporting that is non-commercial, locally relevant, and produced by students and community members with a passion for non-mainstream culture."

Full story: WCBN to mark College Radio Day with special event (Fri, 10/7)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 11, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

Okemos teacher Rob Stephenson is featured in a series of nine "Science Minutes" produced by WKAR-TV. The spots air primarily during WKAR's children's schedule from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Stephenson is a third-grade teacher at Hiawatha Elementary. He is a past Michigan Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.

Full story: Okemos teacher featured in WKAR-TV series (Tue, 10/11)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 14, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV (Channel 8) has a new anchor for its weekday newscast at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV. Marlee Ginter joins Brian Sterling beginning Monday to co-anchor 24 Hour News 8 at 10 p.m.

Full story: 24 Hour News 8 has new anchor for 10 p.m. newscast on WXSP-TV with Brian Sterling (Fri, 10/14)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

Tim Redmond, formerly WJBK Detroit's vice president of engineering, has been promoted to vice president of engineering and operations at Fox Television Stations (FTS), announced Betsy Swanson, the company's executive VP of technical operations and CFO. Reporting to Swanson, Redmond will oversee strategic planning and execution of relevant technologies for the 27 Fox owned-and-operated stations.

Full story: Redmond Named Fox TV Stations VP of Engineering and Ops (Fri, 10/14)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 18, 2011

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Detroit translator at 104.7 'The Oasis' ordered to shutdown by FCC

A months-long battle between Clear Channel's rock WIOT-FM in Toledo and Martz Communication's smooth jazz translator W284BQ in Detroit, both of which have been operating at 104.7 since the latter began operations in April, has resulted in an order today from the FCC that Martz take the translator off the air. The shutdown is due to interference from W284BQ with WIOT in Detroit's southern suburbs - the FCC's off-air order stands until interference issues can be resolved to the satisfaction of the Commission.

W284BQ rebroadcasts the HD2 subchannel of WGPR-FM 107.5, which Martz is leasing from the International Masons.

Essentially, the FCC found that Radio Power, the actual licensee of W284BQ, failed to eliminate interference with WIOT and that its workaround of providing smartphones with a data plan so that WIOT listeners in the areas receiving interference could hear the station via Clear Channel's iHeartRadio app was not a suitable solution.

FCC Order (.pdf)

The translator went off the air between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. today - the station remains operating on 107.5 HD2 and over the Internet via www.1047theoasis.com.

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

LIN Media and cable operator Mediacom have finalized a retransmission consent agreement, ending a blackout for nine LIN stations for Mediacom subscribers that began Aug. 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Up and running again in Mediacom homes are WALA-WFNA Mobile-Pensacola, WOOD-WOTV Grand Rapids, WANE Ft. Wayne, WLUK Green Bay, WTHI Terre Haute, WLFI Lafayette (Ind.) and WAVY-WVBT Norfolk.

Full story: LIN, Mediacom End Retrans Stalemate (Fri, 10/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 19, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT-TV (Channel 3) has hired a new broadcaster to co-anchor its morning news. Marcie Kobriger will join co-anchor Josh Roe and meteorologist Jeff Porter beginning next Monday on Newschannel 3.

Full story: WWMT-TV Channel 3 hires new co-anchor for morning on Newschannel 3 (Wed, 10/19)

 


 

Free Beer & Hot Wings for Lansing

Modern rock 'The Edge' WVIC-FM 94.1 Jackson/Lansing has added the syndicated 'Free Beer & Hot Wings' show for morning drive. The program is based in Grand Rapids at WGRD-FM 97.9 and is now heard across much of lower Michigan in addition to numerous markets out of state.

Personalities include Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels and Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels along with Eric "Zane" Zeitunian and "Producer" Joseph Gasmann, Jr.

The Edge has shifted Jay Morris back to 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Span to 3 - 9 p.m. with the change in mornings.

 


 

National Public Radio's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" coming to Detroit's Fox Theatre January 19th

NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is hitting the road for the show's first ever live event from Detroit's Fox Theatre, on Thursday, January, 19 at 7:30PM.

The radio show recorded in Detroit will be broadcast Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. on WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit, on Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) at 11 a.m. and throughout the weekend on NPR Member stations nationwide. The program is also available as streaming audio and a free podcast at www.npr.org/waitwait.

Now in its 14th season, the Peabody Award-winning show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, uses current stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week's news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

The show will also feature a special guest for its "Not My Job" segment, a game where famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know nothing. Former contestants include hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons answering three questions about fitness guru Richard Simmons; Star Trek alumnus Leonard Nimoy, who answered questions about child-rearing expert Dr. Spock; and Elvis Costello, who played a game called, 'Elvis...haven't I heard that name before?' about figure skater Elvis Stojko.

Tickets ($38, $58 and $68) go on sale to the public on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

In addition, Michigan Radio is offering a pair of main floor advance tickets during its Fall Pledge Drive. More information about this offer is available at michiganradio.org.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning show host DON CARPENTER arranged a surprise meeting between MERCURY NASHVILLE artist SCOTTY McCREERY and fan ALEX BARNES.

Full story: WYCD Sets Up Surprise Meeting With Scotty McCreery For Fan With Cancer (Wed, 10/19)

 

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Rock WJXQ (Q106)/LANSING, MI welcomes back PARKER for nights replacing ANDY GREEN. PARKER worked at 'JXQ from 2003-2005.

Full story: Parker Returns To WJXQ For Nights (Wed, 10/19)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 20, 2011

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Detroit News:

Eli Zaret , who has spent the last five years with the Pistons organization, doing sideline reporting and other television assignments, has been let go by the team's new management. "The new guys are very smart, the direction that they're going in, a plan that's different than the one that is in place," said Zaret, who has been part of the Detroit sports scene for more than 30 years.

Full story: Pistons fire sideline reporter Eli Zaret (Thu, 10/20)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT is presenting NEWSRADIO 950's MICHIGAN Money Summit on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th. WWJ-A/FOX 2 Business Editor MURRAY FELDMAN will host free panel discussions covering various areas of investing and financial planning.

Full story: WWJ-A Hosts Free Michigan Money Summit (Thu, 10/20)

 


 

MLive.com:

If you've ever wondered what must go on behind the scenes to make such magic happen, you're in luck because WKAR-TV has just started a new series called "Beneath the Pines: Inside the Spartan Marching Band." The seven-week series premiered Sunday and continues on Monday at 8 p.m. on WKAR World.

Full story: Michigan State's Spartan Marching Band gets dose of reality on WKAR-TV (Thu, 10/20)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 24, 2011

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WGPR-FM waves goodbye to listeners

Radio One took control of WGPR-FM 107.5 early this morning and started a stunt of sorts by playing the Boyz II Men song "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" repeatedly and directing listeners to WDMK-FM 105.9 between each playing.

The next move will the shift of the hip-hop format of 102.7 to 107.5 on Wednesday at 5:00pm; it's possible those two frequencies will then simulcast until Monday, October 31st when 102.7 will launch it's new Gospel-based format as 'Praise 102.7'.

 


 

Windsor's Country 95.9 lands a familiar voice

Former country WYCD-FM 99.5 midday host Mike Scott has landed at CJWF-FM 95.5 (Country 95.9) for weekend and fill-in work. Scott was let go from WYCD this past summer.

 


 

MLive.com:

I knew something was up when late Friday on the drive home, WGPR (107.5) played a rap-free version of Kelly Rowland's "Motivation." The only other urban adult contemporary station, to my knowledge, that had spun that tune was WDMK (105.9). It wasn't a surprise for 105.9 to be playing it; urban adult contemporary stations tend to pick up on certain hits after they've been played to death on younger-targeted stations. But 107.5 has rarely been a follower of other stations in the Detroit market.

Full story: The death of 107.5, or why urban radio in Detroit continues on its downward spiral (Mon, 10/24)

 


 

Cumulus' WDVD and WDRQ Detroit hosting Canned Film Festival

96.3 WDVD & 93.1 Doug-FM will present the Canned Film Festival, Thursday, November 10th at MJR Digital Cinemas. Anyone who donates at least five cans of food at any MJR Digital Cinema (excluding the Adrian location) will get free admission to the movie of their choosing from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. that evening only. It's a "win-win" situation to help feed the area's hungry while getting to see a first-run movie.

96.3 WDVD's afternoon drive DJ, Jesse Addy, will be broadcasting live from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the new MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16 located at 6800 North Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48185.

All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be collected and distributed by Gleaners Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties. Kroger has issued a challenge to the public: for every Kroger brand canned good donated, Kroger will match the donations up to $5,000! Last year's Canned Film Festival was highly successful with over 9,000 people attending the six MJR Digital Cinemas and donating 48,000 pounds of food.

MJR Digital Cinemas participating in the 2011 Canned Film Festival are: Brighton Towne Square 20, Chesterfield Crossing 16, Marketplace Sterling Heights 20, Southgate 20, Partridge Creek 14, Waterford 16, and Westland Grand 16.

 


 

FOX Sports Detroit readies for expanded coverage of MHSAA Football Playoffs

FOX Sports Detroit plans to offer a lineup of Web & TV content throughout the Prep Postseason, starting with this Friday's boys football district matchups. The MHSAA Network will produce 16 games in the 2011 Football Playoffs to be streamed live on FoxSportsDetroit.com. The Prep Zone is a new feature of the MHSAA's television package this year. Four games will be streamed live each Friday for the first three weekends of the Playoffs, and four Semifinal games will be streamed live on Saturday, Nov. 19. Prep Zone games will be archived for on-demand viewing on the MHSAA.tv Website.

The Prep Zone games for Friday, Oct. 28 are:

  • Romeo at Troy Athens (Division 1)
  • South Lyon at Holly (Division 2)
  • Sturgis at Mason (Division 3)
  • Saugatuck at Muskegon Catholic Central (Division 8)

Other prep football programming will include:

- MHSAA Football Friday Overtime: Fridays - Midnight (live), Saturday - 11 a.m. (replay) on FOX Sports Detroit (through Nov. 18-19) Throughout the postseason leading up to the championship round, FOX Sports Detroit continues its fast-paced Friday night presentation with host Mickey York and analyst Rob Rubick, complete with highlights, interviews and results from various games throughout the state.

- FOX Sports Detroit PLUS will televise live the inaugural MHSAA 8-Player Final on Fri. Nov. 18 at 7 pm from the Superior Dome in Marquette.

- The Division 1 - 8 MHSAA Football Finals will be aired on Fri. Nov. 25 & Sat. Nov. 26 on FOX Sports Detroit PLUS for the 14th consecutive year, live from Ford Field in Detroit.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 25, 2011

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WDFN/Detroit and ESPN 96.1/Grand Rapids afternoon show exits

Less than two months after the sudden death of co-host Tom Kowalski, the Sean, Terp, and Killer show has come to an end on sports formatted sister stations WDFN AM 1130 Detroit and WMAX-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids. Sean Baligian announced on social networks yesterday evening that he had made the decision to move on and is no longer with WDFN after about 12 years.

Ryan Terpstra will remain with ESPN 96.1 in Grand Rapids and for the immediate future will continue to host afternoons on that station only.

 


 

Notice something different on 24 Hour News 8 this past weekend? WOOD-TV (channel 8) began airing its news broadcasts in full HDTV on Saturday.

Full story: WOOD-TV's 24 Hour News 8 begins broadcasting news in HDTV format (Mon, 10/24)

 


 

Windsor's CKWW AM 580 carries on an annual Halloween tradition

Martians will once again invade the airwaves of Windsor/Detroit as AM580 will present a Halloween treat with the airing of one of the most infamous radio broadcasts of all-time on Monday, October 31st at 8 PM.

"The War of the Worlds" was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show was directed and narrated by Orson Welles and had a nation convinced Martians were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world!

CKWW has aired the original 1938 historic broadcast every year since the early 1990's.

 


 

Radio Ink:

P.D. Brent Alberts helps revive the rock ratings in Detroit. When Alberts arrived at Greater Media's WCSX in June 2010, the station had been the Classic Rock Station of record in Detroit for 23 years, yet they were ranked #9 25-54 adults in the May 2010 PPM. After making sure the product was well targeted, clutter at a minimum, and the station totally reimaged, Alberts challenged the staff to step it up, do great content and play a lot of music. July and August 2010 WCSX moved to #4 25-54 adults and in September and October #3.

Full story: Rock & Roll is Alive And Well in The Motor City (Tue, 10/25)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT is hosting a business breakfast forum on "Resurrecting DETROIT" as part of its "WWJ NEWSRADIO 950/GREAT LAKES AND TECHNOLOGY REPORT (GLITR) UnWIRED Coffee Series" on THURSDAY (10/27). The event, at LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY's ULTC GALLERY, will be moderated by WWJ Technology Editor MATT ROUSH and will include panelists DEIRDRE GREENE GROVES, Exec. Dir. of THE COLLABORATIVE GROUP; CMPUWARE Chairman/CEO PETER KARAMANOS, JR.; and KIM YOST, CEO of ART VAN FURNITURE.

Full story: WWJ To Host Breakfast Forum On 'Resurrecting Detroit' (Mon, 10/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 31, 2011

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Halloween treat for DirecTV subscribers - agreement reached with FOX

A quick statement was released this evening as the kids were out gathering their Halloween treats stating an agreement has been reached in the negotiations between DirecTV and FOX. Both sides had been posturing very publicly about a November 1st cutoff of some FOX programming on DirecTV, including FOX Sports Detroit and 18 other regional sports networks.

The release: "Fox Networks and DIRECTV have reached an agreement for DIRECTV to continue carrying all Fox Networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes), Fox's regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting (FOX), the FOX local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we're pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming."

 

There will soon be one less ownership group in Michigan television with today's announcement that Sinclair Broadcast Group will be purchasing Freedom Communications for $385 million pending government and shareholder approvals and closing. The deal includes a total of eight TV stations in Michigan, Florida, Texas, New York, Tennessee, and Oregon that reach 2.63% of the U.S. TV households.

Freedom currently owns CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo market along with ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in the Lansing market. Sinclair's Michigan station is Flint's FOX affiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66. The deal also includes the CW affiliates on the .2 subchannels of WWMT and WLAJ.

"We are excited about bringing the Freedom stations into the Sinclair portfolio, particularly in light of our recent agreement to acquire seven television stations from Four Points Media," commented David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair. "Not only will this transaction, when coupled with the Four Points transaction, result in us owning two full power stations in compliance with FCC regulations in West Palm Beach, Freedom's largest market, but it allows us to expand our middle market position and network diversification. We believe our expertise and presence will enable us to improve the stations' competitive position and profitability. We look forward to welcoming the Freedom employees to the Sinclair family."

"We believe this transaction will benefit both companies and our respective viewers, advertisers and the communities we serve," commented Mitchell Stern, Freedom Communications' Chief Executive Officer. "We anticipate a smooth transition for the Freedom stations as they become part of one of the leading U.S. broadcasting companies."

 

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. 7, 2011

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TimeOut Chicago:

Now Chicago's sweetheart belongs to America. This week Ginger Zee officially starts working for ABC's Good Morning America as weekend meteorologist and weekday contributor. It's a huge step up for the former farm girl and high school homecoming queen who'd been a star attraction at WMAQ-Channel 5 until she signed off last month. Named after the Ginger character on Gilligan's Island, Zee, 30, grew up in western Michigan and worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids before joining NBC 5 as weekend meteorologist in 2006.

Full story: For Ginger Zee at ABC, 'absolute dream' comes true (Mon, 11/7)

 


 

Radio Ink:

For over four decades, Detroit radio and Dick Purtan (pictured) were nearly synonymous. Nationally, he has a collection of awards like "Major Market Air Personality of the Year" (twice,) NAB's Marconi Award and four times he received R&R's Personality of the Year. His radio show has been included in the Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting. Dick Purtan is as good as it gets in radio. When he retired from the air in March of 2010, it's safe to say there was a Purtan-shaped hole in the Detroit radio scene.

Full story: Radio great turns to podcasting (Mon, 11/7)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 14, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

Say adios to a Spanish-language radio station in Grand Rapids. If you tune in today to 1410-AM, you might hear a setup beginning "a priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar ...."

Full story: All comedy format debuts on Grand Rapids AM radio with Funny 1410 (Mon, 11/14)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

While it always has been important for WDVD-FM (96.3) morning show hosts Blaine Fowler, Allyson Martinek and Dana Masucci to stay positive and make a difference in the community, the threesome now are trying to change the conversation about jobs in metro Detroit.

Full story: WDVD's Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek add a jobs promo (Mon, 11/14)

 


 

Holland Sentinel:

You can't walk down the streets of Saugatuck or Douglas without seeing a piece of history, from the ball diamond at Beery Field where cranks and hurlers exchange good-natured huzzahs on summer weekends to the hand-cranked chain ferry that crosses the Kalamazoo River at the same site boats have been docking for 173 years. The towns are making more history this month by being the first community to be featured in the new Michigan Hometown Stories documentary series on WGVU public television.

Full story: WGVU to feature Saugatuck-Douglas in Michigan Hometown Stories documentary series (Fri, 11/12)

 


 

Detroit News:

The broadcasts develop like hot jazz. Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels do not rehearse or read scripts. They improvise, to the beat and rhythm of the action on the ice. The accompaniments often originate in Redmond's wise and wonderfully original mind. A fusion of professor and humorist, he teaches and entertains. During the inductions at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto today Redmond will receive the crowning prize for announcers of the game, the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

Full story: Wings announcer Mickey Redmond humbled by Hall honor (Mon, 11/14)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS Active Rocker WKQZ/SAGINAW APD/MD/afternooner MATT AT WKQZ is out. MATT posted on his FACEBOOK page, "Well, its been a lot of fun guys... But, due to budget cuts... I am no longer with Z93"

Full story: Matt At WKQZ No Longer At WKQZ (Mon, 11/14)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 15, 2011

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New Detroit Public Television initiative to assist community, educators

In response to a dropout crisis that could cripple Michigan's future, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is launching a new community initiative, as one of only 20 public broadcasting stations from around the country selected to lead major localized initiatives as part of the national American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen program.

American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communicating across America address the dropout crisis. The Southeast Michigan program is designed to bring together all of the essential partners that belong in the discussion of our children's health, safety, well-being and potential for success --schools, parents, teachers, administrators, and community organizations, as well as students themselves. According to Education Week, Detroit is one of the epicenters of the dropout crisis. The publication projected that in a recent year, more than 8,700 teenagers would become nongraduates in the City of Detroit alone.

DPTV's initiative begins with a innovative and interactive Teacher Town Hall on Friday November 18, 2011, from 8-9 p.m. on DPTV's WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and on dptv.org and continuing from 9-9:30 p.m. at dptv.org. This Teacher Town Hall is designed to identify solutions to increase the region's graduate rate, starting right away, with this school year. National journalist Hari Sreenivasan of the PBS NewsHour will moderate the live program. DPTV's event is one of 12 Teacher Town Halls across the country, supported in part by CPB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Topics for the moderated discussion will be based on surveys of Metro Detroit teachers that have that have revealed the issues that teachers and students are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. During the live broadcast/webcast, selected panelists will discuss how the graduation rate should be improved. Teachers in the studio audience will participate in the dialogue. All identified solutions to help improve the graduation rate will be listed online at www.miamericangraduate.org for teachers to use in their classes Monday morning, November 21st.

"The Teacher Town Hall is the kickoff of what will be a long-term commitment to work with the Southeast Michigan community on this vital issue," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. "We want to use the power of media to provide the community with new tools needed to raise awareness of this dropout crisis and convene the people who have the best chance at reversing the trends."

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

The familiar voice of local radio legend Dick Purtan will once again return to your home or car with the launch of his 10th and final CD. Purtan, a National Radio Hall of Fame inductee who spent 45 years on the air in Detroit will release "Best of Dick Purtan & Purtan's People" Volume 10 via Amazon.com on November 21. It features a number of Purtan's favorite comedy sketches and conversations leading up to his retirement last year.

Full story: Dick Purtan releases his 10th and final CD (Tue, 11/15)

 

FOX Sports Detroit for the 14th consecutive year is producing exclusive television coverage of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2011 edition is Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26 at Ford Field.

Again this year, FOX Sports Detroit PLUS (FS PLUS) is the primary television outlet, carrying all eight games live. Friday night's Division 4 telecast will be simulcast on FOX Sports Detroit (FSD).

All 8 games will be archived for online viewing later at the MHSAA.TV website.

All games are also delivered in high definition on FOX Sports Detroit PLUS HD, available on select video providers including Comcast, Charter (lower peninsula), WOW!, AT&T U-Verse, DIRECTV, DISH Network and select others. FS PLUS channel listings by provider are available by clicking the "Channel Finder" tab at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.

Here is the telecast schedule, along with announcers assigned to each game:

 

Friday, November 25

- 10:00 AM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 8 - Mendon vs. Fowler (Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick)

- 1:00 PM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 2 - Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Lowell (Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

- 4:30 PM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 6 - Constantine vs. Ithaca (Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler)

- 7:30 PM, FS PLUS & FSD / HD: Division 4 - Marine City vs. Zeeland West (Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler)

 

Saturday, November 26

- 10:00 AM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 7 - Pewamo-Westphalia vs. Saginaw Nouvel (Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick)

- 1:00 PM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 1 - Detroit Cass Tech vs. Detroit Catholic Central (Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick)

- 4:30 PM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 5 - Flint Powers Catholic vs. Lansing Catholic (Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: John Wangler)

- 7:30 PM, FS PLUS / HD: Division 3 - Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Mount Pleasant (Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler)

 

Halftime Features:

Lansing Catholic QB Cooper Rush: Justin White reports on Cooper Rush, a soft-spoken but respected leader who leads the pass-happy, high-scoring attack at Lansing Catholic. Rush, who plans to play football at Central Michigan, broke or tied four state records in his team's regional final victory.

Walled Lake Central: Quarterback Zach Leimbach and his Walled Lake Central teammates advanced to the regional final while playing with heavy hearts. As reporter Shannon Hogan learned, the team learned along the way that football is more than just a game -- it's about enjoying life along the way.

Top Moments: From the archives of our MHSAA Football Friday Overtime show, a look back at some of the top moments throughout the state during the 2011 season.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 23, 2011

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TVSpy:

In a story that was six months in the making, WNEM aired an exclusive one-on-one interview this week with a man who accuses longtime U.S. congressman Dale Kildee of sexually molesting him 50 years ago. The interview has grabbed national headlines as Kildee, who has served Michigan's 5th congressional district since 1977, vehemently denies the allegations.

Full story: WNEM Interview Embroils Longtime Congressman in Sexual Abuse Scandal (Tue, 11/22)

 

The WNEM story that sparked a scandal involving U.S. congressman Dale Kildee this week began its life a year ago. Last year, WNEM anchor Katie O'Mara received a letter. It was from the sister of Patrick Kildee, the man who would eventually come forward and accuse Dale Kildee, his half cousin, of molesting him as an adolescent. The letter disclosed a pattern of abuse by the congressman and O'Mara started investigating.

Full story: WNEM's Story About a Congressman's Alleged Sexual Abuse Began with a Letter From His Relative (Tue, 11/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Ellen Tailor, co-host of the "Gravy in the Morning" radio show on Hot-FM (105.3) and WJIM-FM (97.5) in Lansing, announced tonight on Facebook and Twitter that she is leaving Grand Rapids for a new job in Seattle.

Full story: Ellen Tailor to leave 'Gravy in the Morning' for Seattle's 'Fitz in the Morning' on KKWF (Tue, 11/22)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The Federal Trade Commission has concluded there are no anticompetitive implications to Sinclair's purchase of the Freedom Stations. That came in an early termination notice Tuesday, which is an early ending to its Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust review of all mergers over a certain price.

Full story: FTC Approves Sinclair's Freedom Purchase (Tue, 11/22)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 25, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

Although he became a familiar face to local TV viewers during his role as director of community affairs for WJBK-TV (Channel 2), Tom Fox also was a shrewd businessman with successful forays into retail pharmacy, automotive and advertising arenas. However, family members and former colleagues said he'll be best remembered for his integrity, sincerity and genuine concern for the welfare of the people of Detroit.

Full story: Tom Fox: Channel 2 host a model for helping others (Thu, 11/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 29, 2011

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MLive.com:

Remember that one time when this reporter was all upset and flustered that John Mason's morning show had been canceled, 107.5 had been flipped to a contemporary format and 102.7 had been flipped into a gospel format? Well, false alarm.

Full story: False alarm: John Mason to return to Detroit radio, will go head-to-head with Frankie Darcell (Mon, 11/28)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Sean Baligian describes himself as a glutton for punishment when it comes to radio. That's why his absence from the West Michigan airwaves only lasted about five weeks.

Full story: Sean Baligian returns to ESPN 96.1 with new sports radio show (Mon, 11/28)

 

Kevin Matthews has got a new gig. The veteran broadcaster for WLAV-FM, dropped Nov. 17 from the Cumulus Media-owned radio station, is joining the Steve Dahl show on podcast.

Full story: Former WLAV-FM radio personality Kevin Matthews joins Steve Dahl show (Tue, 11/29)

 

West Michigan television stations WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV are planning special coverage in memory of Fred Meijer, who passed away Friday.

Full story: Former WOOD-TV anchor Suzanne Geha will talk about Fred Meijer on WZZM-TV 13 today (Tue, 11/29)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

The Tower Defense and Aerospace factory in Detroit has suspended 17 employees after a WJBK report uncovered evidence of factory workers drinking and smoking during lunch breaks. Rob Wolchek, a reporter at the Fox O&O, obtained video of employees at the factory drinking and smoking what appears to be marijuana.

Full story: Tower Defense and Aerospace Factory Suspends 17 After WJBK Investigation (Mon, 11/28)

 

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. 15, 2011

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Detroit News:

Cyndy Canty is eight days from unemployment, and she just received yet another cheery, you-can-do-it note. This one was from a woman getting radiation treatments for lung cancer. You can't say that put things in perspective, because Canty's perspective has always been fine. But it was another nice reminder that she hasn't been talking to the walls for 32 years.

Full story: Radio's Cyndy Canty stays upbeat about the future (Wed, 12/14)

 

All 66 regular-season Pistons games will be televised locally, the team announced Wednesday. All but one game will be on Fox Sports Detroit or, when there's a conflict with the Red Wings, FSD-Plus.

Full story: All 66 Pistons games to be on TV (Wed, 12/14)

 


 

Bay City Times:

The year was 1952 when a young disc jockey at local radio station WSGW heard something come in on the news wire. Grabbing the piece of paper, he rushed to read it on the air. But it wasn't breaking news. It was a recipe.Reading that recipe changed the lives of thousands of housewives across the Tri County area, made Fred Krell a household name and led to the evolution of the area's longest-running talk show -- "Listen to the Mrs."

Full story: For 60 years, 'Listen to the Mrs.' has been a place to share (Wed, 12/14)

 

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.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 16, 2011

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WOMC/Detroit morning host Bobby Mitchell goes tower climbing to help collect 10,000 toys

CBS Radio classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit will be collecting unwrapped toys for "Santa's Toy Castle" today, Friday December 16th from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m, and again tomorrow, Saturday December 17th from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. outside the TCF Bank in Canton (45375 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48188).

Morning show host Bobby Mitchell has pledged that he'll remain up in a broadcast tower until 10,000 toys are collected - even if it requires sleeping on the tower.

All toys collected will be distributed through The Salvation Army to children and families in need this Christmas.

The event will also include a visit from Santa who will be available for photos from 12 - 4 p.m. on Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m.on Saturday. Kids will be able to create a Christmas ornament and there will be food and beverage samples available as well.

Listeners can also drop off unwrapped toys at any TCF Bank during business hours to help them "Stuff the Vault" for Santa's Toy Castle - Or, drop off toys at the front desk of the WOMC lobby on Friday, December 16 from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at 2201 Woodward Heights Blvd in Ferndale.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio station is working to make a difference in the lives of West Michigan children. STAR 105.7 is hosting the T.O.Y (Think Outside Yourselves) Radiothon to raise money for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The annual event which kicked off Wednesday, runs through 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Full story: Kevin Matthews returns to air waves for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital fundraiser (Thu, 12/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS Sports WTKA-A (SPORTS TALK 1050)/ANN ARBOR has named IRA WEINTRAUB as PD. WEINTRAUB had been the APD/Morning Show Producer since MARCH 2009.

Full story: Ira Weintraub Named PD At WTKA (Thu, 12/15)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Maurielle Lue has moved from Cleveland to Detroit, joining Fox O&O WJBK as a reporter. Lue spent the past three years working at WEWS in Cleveland, where she served as a general assignment reporter, morning traffic reporter, breaking news reporter, and morning anchor.

Full story: Maurielle Lue Moves From Cleveland to Detroit (Thu, 12/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 20, 2011

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Ann Arbor's 107one helps gather 203 tons of food in 5-day event

Despite a challenging economy, the community, once again, helped Ann Arbor's 107one (WQKL-FM), Food Gatherers and Kroger exceed their goal for the food bank's largest annual outdoor food drive, Rockin' for the Hungry. The five day event (December 7th - 11th) raised 203 Tons of food for those in need in Washtenaw County.

Volunteers and radio personalities braved long hours, and at times, frigid weather outside Kroger on South Maple in Ann Arbor, MI, to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers' food rescue and food bank program. Through their efforts and generous contributions from sponsors Bank of Ann Arbor, Donaldson & Guenther Dentistry, The Quarter Bistro & Tavern, IBEW Local 252 NECA, Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac Saab, Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Cozy Home Solutions, Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, Enspire Dental, Golden Limousine, and UA Local 190 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Gas Distribution Workers, this event exceeded the Rockin' goal of 200 Tons.

This generous support allows Food Gatherers to meet the urgent and pressing demand for food in our own community. "On behalf of all the people seeking food assistance this year, we are so grateful to ann arbor's 107one, Kroger and the citizens of Washtenaw County for making a real difference in our community," said Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers. "When we needed you most, you rose to the challenge."

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Multi-screen media measurement firm Rentrak Corp. today announced that Post-Newsweek Stations has signed a long-term, group-wide contract for Rentrak's StationView Essentials local market census-based ratings service.

Full story: Post-Newsweek, Rentrak in group-wide deal (Mon, 12/19)

 

f Nielsen's local TV ratings service doesn't improve, Post-Newsweek Stations may drop it, said Alan Frank, president of the six-station group. "Our Nielsen contract is still in effect, but we have not made any plans to renew it," he said via email.

Full story: P-N's Frank: Local Nielsen problems 'severe' (Tue, 12/20)

 

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. 21, 2011

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Detroit News:

On Friday morning, Detroit radio veteran Jim Harper signs off on Magic 105.1/WMGC-FM's morning show for the last time. A native of Hamtramck, Harper started out on the air at WYNZ-AM in Ypsilanti in 1967, at the tender age of 13, broadcasting a show about "teen issues." His voice has been a mainstay on Motor City airwaves ever since, for most of the last 44 years.

Full story: Jim Harper to retire from Detroit's Magic 105.1 (Wed, 12/21)

 


 

Midland Daily News:

Mike Avery has never been afraid to try something new. When he graduated from Ferris (then State College) and landed an industrial TV production job with General Motors, "I discovered this isn't where I want to be" and moved on ... And now, the Midland resident is leaving behind part of that -- the TV show -- to focus on radio. Avery's last Outdoor Magazine TV show debuts Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Sportsman Channel.

Full story: Avery's last outdoor TV show Thursday (Thu, 12/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Phil Tower's back at WOOD radio. The veteran radio personality has been named program director at WOOD-AM (1300) and WOOD-FM (106.9), his former home for a decade.

Full story: Phil Tower's back at WOOD radio in Grand Rapids (Tue, 12/20)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 22, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

Rich Homberg, president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, says it's a "tremendous honor" that the station's "Beyond the Light Switch" is among the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winners for 2012. The two-part documentary and online initiative is one of 14 projects to be honored during a Jan. 19 ceremony.

Full story: Detroit Public Television documentary 'Beyond the Light Switch' wins award (Wed, 12/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe will help to make the season bright, but what are some fresh and novel ideas for sparking up the season? Leave it to the sparkiest of them all, West Michigan's morning television news anchors, who shared their coziest traditions and brightest notions for greeting Christmas with good cheer.

Full story: TV news personalities from West Michigan share their favorite holiday traditions (Thu, 12/22)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 28, 2011

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Plymouth's WSDP-FM 88.1 stunting toward new format

Plymouth's WSDP-FM 88.1 is planning to debut a new format on Saturday Dec. 31, 2011 at Noon. The station began teasing the format change on Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011 at 10:45am.

The station's independent alternative rock format ended when the station played The Alarm "Blaze of Glory" and R.E.M's "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."

You can follow the changes at the station by listening at their website 881theeescape.com.

"The new sound will bring a fresh new start for the station," said Bill Keith, Station Manager, "But we will always remain committed to serving the Plymouth-Canton Community."

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. 88.1FM is staffed by students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools. The station has been serving the Plymouth-Canton Community since February 14, 1972.

 


 

Over-the-air TV viewers in northern Oakland and southern Genesee Counties report new station on Ch. 26

WHNE-LD Flint, a lower-powered digital television station, is apparently on the air from the Holly area performing some testing as several viewers in that area have noted the station operating on subchannels 26.1, 26.2, 26.3, 26.4, 26.5, primarily with programming from RetroTV with no audio.

Information being transmitted indicates that the station may launch featuring RetroTV, Jewelry TV, America One, and Tuff TV on its various subchannels.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Bill Harris, who returned to WJRT for "special projects" in May just one month after being let go by the new management team, says he is officially done with the Flint ABC-affiliate ... Harris says he is in talks with two rival WJRT rival stations...

Full story: Bill Harris Leaves Michigan's WJRT, For Good (Wed, 12/28)

 

Newsmakers and links Dec. 30, 2011

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Observer & Eccentric:

Life's script couldn't have come together any better for Amy Lange. The Emmy Award-winning Fox 2 Detroit general assignment and investigative reporter hit the city streets running as a 24-year-old reporter -- and hasn't stopped, or regretted it, ever since. Lange, who moved to Farmington nine years ago with her husband, Michael Shore, a Fox 2 Detroit videographer, said it's been quite a ride so far.

Full story: Days, nights on the beat fast-paced for TV reporter Lange (Thu, 12/29)

 


 

Radio Ink:

At the end of every year Radio Ink magazine picks a single broadcaster who has had an outstanding year and names that person Broadcaster of the Year. For 2011 that person is Ed Christian. As of yesterday the Saga Communications (SGA, AMEX) stock price is up 38% YTD. That's PLUS 38%. For the most part Radio has become the ugly duckling of media stocks on Wall Street.

Full story: Christian named Broadcaster of the Year (Thu, 12/29)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Longtime WJRT (Channel 12) news anchor Bill Harris says he has worked his last day for ABC12. Harris said today that his work on special projects for the station ended with this year's Holiday Pops concert and said he is in active discussions with both WNEM (Channel 5) and WEYI (Channel 25) about joining one of those rival stations.

Full story: Longtime Channel 12 anchorman Bill Harris says he won't continue work for station; in talks with WNEM and WEYI (Wed, 12/28)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Brad Edwards is speaking out on his recent dismissal from Indianapolis CBS-affiliate WISH, saying he was "fired up to serve elsewhere."

Full story: Former WISH Reporter Brad Edwards: 'My Dismissal Is As Mundane As Money' (Fri, 12/30)

Note: Edwards is a former reporter/anchor for WJBK-TV Detroit, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids, and WLNS-TV Lansing

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 31, 2011

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

There will be no ball drop in downtown Royal Oak on New Year's Eve like there was last year. Businesses like Lily's Seafood will miss not having the ball drop be a continued tradition. "I think the city itself and the folks who live here would like to see it come back, as would we," said Bob Morton, co-owner of the restaurant. Morton said they are working with other local restaurants and businesses to bring the event back after Cumulus Media decided not to put on the event this year. Cumulus Media bought Citadel Broadcasting who organized last year's event.

Full story: No ball drop will drop this year on New Year's Eve like it did last year in downtown Royal Oak (Fri, 12/30)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A Cascade Township couple who welcomed a new baby and fought breast cancer in 2011 were chosen to smooch in the New Year in Times Square as the winners of Nivea's Kiss of a Lifetime contest.

Full story: Grand Rapids-area couple wins contest to give New Year's Eve kiss on TV in Times Square (Sat, 12/31)

 

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