Television: May 2011 Archives

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



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 website.

Through its 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 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 and

"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 throughout the summer.


Newsmakers and links: May 13, 2011



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



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)

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)







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