Television: October 2011 Archives

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."

 

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