Television: November 2011 Archives

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)

 

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