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WOOD radio takes flight on FM

At noon today, Clear Channel ended the simulcast of the country format WMUS on 106.9 as that format now is exclusively on FM 107.9 in Muskegon. In its place is at the recently christened WOOD-FM at 106.9 is a simulcast of the news-talk format of WOOD AM 1300. The changes were announced last month.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

When Dave Conrad woke up from a kidney transplant surgery Wednesday afternoon, the popular WBCT-FM (93.7) B-93 radio personality had only one thing on his mind - the B-93 "Listener Family."

"When he woke up finally, the first words out of his mouth were, 'Hey, make sure people post this on the page so people know,'" said B-93 Program Director Dave Taft, who received numerous calls from listeners inquiring about Conrad's health.

Taft said Conrad's wife, Susan, called to say everything went well during the approximately 3-hour surgery.

"They had him moving around this morning," Taft said.

A 2006 motorcycle accident en route to a Roofsit for Kids event triggered a previously dormant preexisting hereditary condition, resulting in ruptured cysts on Conrad's kidneys and the need for dialysis and a new kidney... B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad recovering from kidney transplant (Thu, 1/6)

 

Tech master Kim Komando is bringing her syndicated show to WJRW-AM 1340 starting Saturday. "The Kim Komando Show" will air from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday. The show is aired live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Due to previously scheduled programming, WJRW -- a Citadel Broadcasting station -- has to air the show from noon to 3 p.m. WJRW Program Director Josh Leng said that at least for the first hour of the show, listeners can call in live to chat with Komando and to ask questions. The show formerly was aired on Clear Channel's WOOD-AM 1300 on Sundays... "The Kim Komando Show" debuts on WJRW 1340 on Saturday (Fri, 1/7)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 16, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

Local radio veteran Sabrina Fairchild has joined the staff at WLHT-FM (95.7) as the station's midday personality from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Fairchild, one half of the "Steve and Sabrina" morning duo with Steve Kelly on WOOD-FM (105.7) from 2005 to 2007, also worked on WSNX-FM (104.5) from 1993 to 2005. Wendy Reed, WLHT's former midday personality, can now be heard in the evenings. Fairchild has more than 15 years of radio experience and recently published a book, "Faith and the S.T.O.P. Principle"... Radio veteran Sabrina Fairchild joins WLHT-FM (Sun, 1/16)

 

Some still might consider high school athletics a relatively minor market when it comes to television coverage, but a legion of students, parents, alumni, administrators and communities would beg to differ. The Michigan High School Athletic Association is capitalizing on that growing popularity with its burgeoning online productions, which aim to be just as educational to students as they are entertaining to fans.

"It's a niche market in some ways, but it's a broad market in others," MHSAA communications director John Johnson said. "Obviously, there's a great emphasis in the championship events, but with the regular-season stuff, I think there is definitely interest in different parts of the state."

That's not surprising. Through its partnership with When We Were Young Productions and PlayOn! Sports, the MHSAA has produced more than 1,000 hours of programming since 2008. Much of that has aired on Comcast's Channel 900, which is available in about 1 million homes in Michigan, but Johnson said the MHSAA would like to make it bigger by reaching agreements with other cable programmers... MHSAA continues to expand high school sports programming, students get hands-on experience (Fri, 1/14)

 

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)

 

WHTS Grand Rapids changing up mornings

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WHTSTodd Chance is out as morning host at Citadel contemporary hits WHTS FM 105.3 Grand Rapids according to a Facebook post he made earlier this morning.

A quick check indeed shows that the morning show mentions on the WHTS web site have been removed.

An e-mail inquiry about the future of mornings on WHTS sent to program director Jack Spade has not been replied to as of yet.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Todd Chance is no longer helming WHTS-FM (105.3 HOT FM)'s weekday morning show. Chance was not on the air Friday morning or Monday and has since changed his Facebook information to read "former morning guy on 105.3." Currently, HOT FM's evening deejay Kevin "Gravy" Canup (6-11 p.m. weekdays) and "Todd Chance Morning Show" co-host Ellen Tailor are filling in. Gravy joined the HOT FM team in August 2007... Todd Chance no longer on the air at WHTS-FM (105.3) (Mon, 1/24)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Morning news anchor Emily Linnert is returning to WOOD TV (Channel 8) on Feb. 3. Linnert, who co-anchored 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak with Brett Thomas, was on maternity leave since November and will return to her co-anchor position with Thomas. Linnert gave birth to a baby girl, Olive, which is her second child. She's been with the station since 2006... WOOD TV (Channel 8) morning news anchor Emily Linnert returns to station in February (Wed, 1/26)

Grand Valley State University and Clear Channel Communications of West Michigan agreed to a five-year extension Tuesday that will run through 2016. The partnership gives Clear Channel the broadcast rights to GVSU football and men's and women's basketball games, in addition to other select programming. WMUS-FM (107.9) will continue to be the flagship station for football and men's basketball. Starting next season, women's basketball primarily will air on WTKG-AM (1230).

"We value our relationship with Grand Valley State University athletics and we look forward to our new programming opportunities," Clear Channel vice president Tim Feagan said in a news release.

"We are excited about Clear Channel's long term commitment to Grand Valley State Athletics," GVSU athletic director Tim Selgo said. "This partnership allows us the ability for growth in the market place through the radio dial."

Here's a quick summary of the agreement.. Grand Valley State athletics, Clear Channel agree to five-year extension (Tue, 1/25)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Deb Hart and Kevin Matthews are learning to dance together, as Hart describes it. The 42-year-old Midland native with more than 20 years of radio broadcasting experience has joined "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show" weekdays on WLAV-FM (96.9). Hart has been co-hosting the 6-9:30 a.m. show with Matthews and Ed "Uncle Buck" Buchanan since mid-December.

"It's a dance, and everybody's figuring out their dance steps," Hart said. "When a new show comes together, everybody's getting to know one another -- sort of learning to use their cues. It's kind of like the jump-rope game where you have to jump in at just the right time."

Hart was co-host of "Michaels in the Morning" with Rich Michaels on Lansing's classic rock station WMMQ-FM (94.9). Both WMMQ and WLAV are Citadel Broadcasting-operated stations. "Michaels in the Morning" was supplanted with the now-syndicated "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show." Hart was retained and added to the show to provide local cut-ins for the Lansing market... Deb Hart joins 'Kevin Matthews Morning Show' weekdays on WLAV-FM (Sun, 1/30)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

CHRISTIAN HIT RADIO SATELLITE NETWORK (CHRSN) show "MORNINGS WITH BRANT" has been added to the programming line-up of CORNERSTONE BAPTIST EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES Contemporary Christian WAYG (89.9 WAY-FM)/GRAND RAPIDS, WAYK (88.3 WAY-FM)/KALAMAZOO and WAYO (89.9 WAY-FM)/BENTON HARBOR, MI.

"'MORNINGS WITH BRANT' is the ideal fit for us. Compelling, interesting, fun and engaging, all in the context of drawing people to discover what a meaningful relationship with Christ is all about," said WAY-FM GM CHRIS LEMKE... Michigan's Way-FM Stations Add CHRSN's 'Mornings With Brant' (Mon, 1/31)

 

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.

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 2, 2011

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Kalamazoo Gazette:

WMUKGordon Bolar has been named station manager of the local pubic radio station WMUK 102.1-FM. Bolar, 62, of Kalamazoo, has been WMUK's development director since 2006. He replaces Floyd Pientka, who retired Monday after 10 years as station manager. More and more development directors are moving into the role of general manager at public radio stations, Bolar said.

"You can certainly justify it when funding is a real issue to do the things you want to do," he said. "The development director is in a position of looking down the road and planning in terms of grant deadlines and foundation reports. You get the long view."

WMUK draws about 40,000 listeners a week, he said, and historically, only 10 percent of listeners donate to a station's twice-annual fund drives... Gordon Bolar, development director for local public radio station WMUK 102.1-FM, elevated to general manager (Tue, 2/1)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40 WKFR PD KEN EVANS exits after five years at the station.

Said EVANS, "I want to thank OM MIKE MCKELLY for giving me the opportunity to solidify a heritage radio stations ratings, and then trusting me to increase them over my tenure. KFR was #1 18-34P and 25-54P over the past four years and just posted a #1 ranking of over 15 shares in both KALAMAZOO and BATTLE CREEK, the stations best overall numbers since the late '90s!"... Ken Evans Exits The PD Chair At WKFR (Wed, 2/2)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 6, 2011

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Kalamazoo Gazette:

National Public Radio correspondent Mike Shuster will speak about "Winning Without War: Do Sanctions Work?" at noon Monday at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center Putney Auditorium, as part of the 2011 "Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series." The "Great Decisions" series is organized by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids. The series includes two public talks in Kalamazoo and eight in Grand Rapids over consecutive Mondays through March 28. The WMU talks are free.

Shuster is an award-winning diplomatic correspondent and roving foreign correspondent for NPR News West. He covers issues of nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism and the Pacific Rim. His presentation Monday will focus on the use of sanctions by the United States and other countries in regard to North Korea and Iran... NPR correspondent to speak Monday at WMU (Sun, 2/6)

 

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. 13, 2011

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Muskegon Chronicle:

WYCEThree local groups have been nominated for community radio station WYCE-FM's annual Jammie honors. The Jammies applaud Michigan's, specifically West Michigan's, best music, and winners will be announced Tuesday night at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. Award nominees from Muskegon include folk duo Max & Ruth Bloomquist, rockers Four Finger Five, and blues band The Vincent Hayes Project. Go to grcmc.org/radio for information... Muskegon-area bands vie for WYCE-FM Jammie Awards (Sun, 2/13)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Truth be told, I've never worn jammies to the Jammies. I mean, who could sleep through an event like this? Community radio station WYCE-FM's annual tribute to the best music in West Michigan and beyond has turned into a lively, jam- (and jammies-) packed show that's a must-attend event for musicians, fans and anyone with a passing interest in regional music. On Tuesday night at The Intersection, the 12th edition of the Jammies will roll out 26 musical performances on two stages, with awards doled out in 16 categories, including a few new ones for 2011. Admission is free and those wearing pajamas (or donating food/clothing to charity) can take their pick from CDs offered up by WYCE, which is why so many people I'm sure choose to wear nightgowns, slippers and daffy nightcaps... No dozing at the Jammies; awards show thrills fans and musicians, honors Michigan bands (Sun, 2/13)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 17, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

WLAVExpect a lot of hand-picked classic rock and behind-the-music stories - like when the Verve Pipe was booed every night in '96 opening 29 dates for KISS - when singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark helms a new weekday morning show on WLAV-FM (96.9) that officially debuts Thursday. The show had a soft opening this morning.

"I'm stoked, you know? I've always been a fan of LAV and classic rock. And I've always worn my influences on my sleeve as a writer," the 46-year-old Verve Pipe frontman said. "Huge, huge fan of the songwriters of that genre."

"The Brian Vander Ark Show" will air from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. The first hour will be shared with "The Kevin Matthews Show" and its co-hosts Deb Hart and Kevin Matthews. That hand-off hour will feature a lot of music, as it normally does, and some bantering between Matthews and Vander Ark... Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark hosts new morning radio show on WLAV-FM (Wed, 2/16)

 

Reports are surfacing that Cumulus Broadcasting is on the cusp of acquiring the radio assets of Citadel in a deal worth about $4 billion.

The combination of the two companies would create a radio behemoth that could own as many as 38 radio stations in the Lower Peninsula, and 7 more in nearby Toledo -- depending on any possible FCC ownership limitations that might be looked in at in West Michigan across the Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek markets.

Surprisingly though with a possible transaction this large, there is really very little overlap between the two companies in most markets, both in terms of station numbers and similar formats. The highest profile example of competitors that might be soon owned by the same company are contemporary hits WIOG FM 102.5 Bay City and WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint. WIOG's powerful signal covers most of the Flint market and the two stations compete against each other for advertisers and listeners in Genesee County.

Here's a quick look at what Cumulus might look like across lower Michigan should a purchase of Citadel get completed without any spinoffs:

 

Detroit (currently Citadel):

  • WDRQ-FM 93.1
  • WDVD-FM 96.3
  • WJR AM 760

Ann Arbor (currently Cumulus operated):

  • WWWW-FM 102.9
  • WQKL-FM 107.1
  • WTKA AM 1050
  • WLBY AM 1290

Grand Rapids/Muskegon (currently Citadel):

  • WLAW-FM 92.5
  • WTNR-FM 94.5
  • WLAV-FM 96.9
  • WWSN-FM 97.5
  • WLCS-FM 98.3
  • WVIB-FM 100.1
  • WHTS-FM 105.3
  • WBBL-FM 107.3
  • WJRW AM 1340
  • WKLQ AM 1490

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (currently Cumulus):

  • WBCK-FM 95.3
  • WKFR-FM 103.3
  • WBXX-FM 104.9
  • WRKR-FM 107.7
  • WBCK AM 930 (to be divested as part of a previous sale)
  • WKMI AM 1360

Lansing (currently Citadel):

  • WMMQ-FM 94.9
  • WJIM-FM 97.5
  • WFMK-FM 99.1
  • WITL-FM 100.7
  • WVFN AM 730
  • WJIM AM 1240

Flint (currently both):

  • WDZZ-FM 92.7 (Cumulus)
  • WFBE-FM 95.1 (Citadel)
  • WRSR-FM 103.9 (Cumulus)
  • WWCK-FM 105.5 (Cumulus)
  • WTRX AM 1330 (Citadel)
  • WWCK AM 1570 (Cumulus)

Saginaw/Bay City/Midland (currently Citadel):

  • WKQZ-FM 93.3
  • WHNN-FM 96.1
  • WIOG-FM 102.5
  • WILZ-FM 104.5

Toledo: (currently Cumulus)

  • WRQN-FM 93.5
  • WXKR-FM 94.5
  • WMIM-FM 98.3
  • WKKO-FM 99.9
  • WWWM-FM 105.5
  • WLQR-FM 106.5
  • WLQR AM 1470

 

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. 25, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

WMAX-FMThere's a part of Rick Berkey that longs for the golden days of sports on the radio. Years ago, he enjoyed listening to the nightly recaps on WJR out of Detroit. But that was before call-in shows, ESPN and professional sports took over the airwaves and frequently made high school athletics an afterthought.

"The high school coverage sometimes takes a backseat, and I think it's such an important part of communities across the area," Berkey said. "Communities may not rally around their schools quite as much as they used to, but it still can be a unifying force."

That's one reason why the longtime West Michigan broadcaster will be hosting a high school basketball tournament show in March on WMAX-FM (96.1). "The Fox Honda Tournament Time Scoreboard" will include scores and interviews with players and coaches from both boys and girls teams from 9 to 10 p.m. on March 7, 9, 11, 14 and 15. (The March 11 broadcast will start after a Grand Rapids Griffins game.) The timing is set to coincide with the start of the boys district and girls regional tournaments. It also gives WMAX a presence on the high school basketball scene... Rick Berkey hopes to tap into West Michigan's March Madness with show on WMAX-FM (Fri, 2/25)

 

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)

 

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard:

According to Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler, the trial concerning the B93 Birthday Bash scheduled for Monday was adjourned and will be settled out of court. He said the city of Ionia is represented by its insurance company, which has hired an attorney. A facilitator, or mediator, has looked at the case to find common elements and see if a settlement can be made.

A total of 13 case numbers were up against the city and county of Ionia, the Free Fair Association, Consumers Energy and Clear Channel. Insurance companies involved include State Farm Mutual Automobile, Progressive of Michigan, Pioneer State Mutual, Frankenmuth Mutual, Auto and Home Owners Insurance, Michigan Insurance, Auto Club Group, Farm Bureau, Michigan Millers, AllState, Citizens, Nationwide and NEEMIC.

Eppler said he has been informed a settlement was reached, however, the information of the settlement is confidential and tentative... B93 Birthday Bash hearing settles out of court (Thu, 3/3)

 

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)

 

WZZM-TV:

WBBLGrand Rapids radio station WBBL 107.3fm will broadcast tonight's basketball game live between Fennville vs. Lawrence in Holland. The game is the first game for Fennville since Wes Leonard, 16, collapsed and died after making the game-winning shot in the last game of the season on Thursday night and the opening game of the MHSAA playoffs. The game has been moved to Hope College in Holland to accomodate the larger crowd that is expected tonight. The broadcast will begin at 6:45pm.

"All proceeds from tonight's game will benefit Wes Leonard's family which is unprecedented. We're thankful to have the opportunity to share the Fennville-Lawrence match-up with those unable to attend on 107.3 WBBL FM," says color commentator Brett Mueller in a press release... Fennville game to be broadcast on live radio (Mon, 3/7)

 

Cumulus to acquire Citadel

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Radio across lower Michigan is about to become super-consolidated with this morning's announcement that Cumulus has officially "entered into a definitive merger agreement to purchase Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, under which Cumulus would acquire all of the outstanding common stock and warrants of Citadel at a price of $37.00 per share. This consideration is payable in cash and shares of Cumulus stock, and values Citadel as an enterprise at approximately $2.4 billion. Citadel owns and operates 225 radio stations in over 50 markets and also operates the Citadel Media business, which is among the largest radio networks in the U.S." The combined operations of Cumulus and Citadel would be about 572 radio stations across 120 markets should the deal get the green light from the government.

In Michigan, the combined Cumulus and Citadel properties would result in a 38 station grouping of stations that would include properties in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Flint, Saginaw/Bay City, and Toledo, OH -- pending FCC review and approval.

The biggest local downside of this deal will undoubtedly be the likely consolidation of positions in Michigan as Cumulus attempts to leverage the sheer number of stations it will own and markets it will cover in the I-75, I-94, and I-96 corridors.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WLAVLocal radio pioneer Ed "Uncle Buck" Buchanan is signing off WLAV-FM (96.9)'s "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show," but the veteran announcer and producer of 44 years isn't retiring completely just yet. The lifelong Grand Rapids resident, 62, was to announce his departure from the station on air at 7:30 a.m. today(Thursday). His last day is Friday.

"I'm tired of getting up at three in the morning every day. I've been doing that a long time," said Buchanan, sitting in the breakroom at LAV's studios on Wednesday. "I've been doing radio in this market since 1967. So, you know, it's time to start slowin' down a little bit. It's a bittersweet thing."

Maybe not so bittersweet for Kevin Matthews, who had a quick answer to the question of whether he will miss his former boss and current sidekick... Veteran radio personality 'Uncle Buck' signs off WLAV's morning show (Thu, 3/10)

 

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."

 

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)

 

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)

 

AllAccess.com:

WCSGCORNERSTONE MINISTRIES Contemporary Christian WCSG/GRAND RAPIDS recently partnered with FAITH COMES BY HEARING (FCBH) during the station's annual Sharathon. The partnership was to support American troops with the Bible in audio through MILITARY BIBLESTICKS. WCSG promoted the MILITARY BIBLESTICK on air during its fundraising campaign and via its website. As a result, listeners donated monies to make more than 300 BIBLESTICKS available to members of the armed forces.

"Partnering with FAITH COMES BY HEARING by providing MILITARY BIBLESTICKS is a natural extension of WCSG's heart; that is to encourage and engage listeners to a deeper relationship with Christ. What better gift could we give to our military service men and women who serve so sacrificially?" said WCSG Executive Director CHRIS LEMKE... WCSG, Faith Comes By Hearing Partner To Provide Military BibleSticks (Wed, 3/23)

 

Fred Douglas got his first taste of broadcasting by working at the student-run radio station at Olivet College. He got hooked shortly thereafter during a brief stint delivering the news at the former WOWE radio station in his hometown of Allegan, and his career took off when he was barely out of his teens and got a job as a reporter for WKZO radio and television in Kalamazoo. Although a departure from his music and political science studies at Olivet and Western Michigan University, the news business appealed to Douglas and he put his education on permanent hold.

"It's sort of like a dalmatian in a fire truck; it's hard to walk away from," Douglas, 70, said during a recent interview, 50 years after launching a 25-year career at WKZO, 20 years of which he was news director for both the radio and television stations.

When Douglas began, John Fetzer owned both the radio and television stations. Douglas signed off for the last time 25 years later in March 1986 after Fetzer sold them and the television call letters were changed to today's WWMT-TV. He went to work as community services director for Consumers Energy, which was then Consumers Power Co. After five years, he returned to WKZO radio, then owned by Fetzer associate Carl Lee, and helped in the conversion of the station to a 24-hour news format... Where is he now? Catching up with Kalamazoo radio and TV personality Fred Douglas (Mon, 3/28)

 

AllAccess.com:

CITADEL Top 40 WHTS/GRAND RAPIDS MD GRAVY has only been hosting mornings (with the lovely ELLEN TAYLOR) for just over a month, and now spreads his empire to include mornings at sister Top 40 WJIM/LANSING. Current WJIM morning host/PD JOSH STRICKLAND moves to afternoons, replacing ALABAMA, who had been covering GRAVY's old night shift via voicetracking, but will now do nights for both stations live from the LANSING studios... Air Talent Doubles Up At Citadel Grand Rapids & Lansing (Thu, 3/31)

 

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)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WYCEGrand Rapids' independent, community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) received $73,390 during its eight-day radio fund drive last week. The listener-funded station, with an annual budget of around $200,000, was aiming for $88,100.

For more... WYCE-FM (88.1) raises over $73,000 during spring fund drive (Mon, 4/4)

 

WWMT TV:

After 22 years with Newschannel 3, Judy Markee has decided to leave the station at the end of May 2011. Judy's last day at the anchor desk with be on May 27th. Freedom Broadcasting of Michigan, WWMT Newschannel 3's Judy Markee announced today that she will not be renewing her contract and is leaving the station at the end of May. Judy has been with WWMT for the last 22 years and she is currently a main anchor of Newschannel 3's 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm Newscasts. Judy's past television experience includes being a reporter/producer for WAOW-TV (ABC) in Wausau, Wisconsin, and anchor/reporter at WBAY-TV (CBS) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Judy's last day at the WWMT anchor desk will be on May 27th.

"I have been thinking about this for some time. My husband retired last summer and our planning was that I would leave Newschannel 3 at the end of my contract last year. Newschannel 3 offered me a new multi-year contract but I could not commit to that time frame. They asked if I would stay through May of 2011 and I agreed to extend my contract." Markee said, "It is not an easy decision for me to leave, however 22 years in one place is a long time so I felt it is the right time for a change. The time demands of this business and my schedule of working daily until midnight has made it difficult to get away for meaningful periods of time. So my husband and I intend to spend the next year traveling. Afterwards, there are things I want to do and other opportunities to explore. It's been six years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I want to thank the community for all the support they have given me. I am doing great and I am excited and looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I will miss the daily interaction with my co-workers but I know we will be in touch"... Judy Markee to leave Newschannel 3 (Tue, 4/5)

 

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.

 

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

 

WCSY Mid-West Family Broadcasting today has changed the format of its WCSY AM 940 South Haven from a simulcast of sister station classic hits WCSY-FM 103.7 to full time sports, featuring Fox Sports Radio and daytime broadcasts of Detroit Tigers baseball. Evening Tigers games will be heard on WCSY-FM as the AM is required to power down after sundown, reducing its coverage area.

The weekday lineup for the new SuperSports 940 is:
• Zakk and Jack: 6 - 9 a.m.
• Dan Patrick: 9 a.m. - noon
• Jim Rome: noon - 3 p.m.
• The Huge Show: 3 - 6 p.m.
• Loose Cannons: 6 - 7 p.m.
• Petros and Money: 7 - 10 p.m.
• Tony Bruno: 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
• J.T. the Brick: 1 - 6 a.m.

Fox Sports Radio had previously been heard in the area on WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac. That station has gone silent after an agreement was reached in late 2010 with Kalamazoo's WKPR 1420 that will allow it to move to AM 1440.

 

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)

 

Bomb scare at WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit forces evacuation, disrupts local programming

WDIV Staffers at WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit had an interesting evening yesterday and were faced with trying to keep their station running in the face of a bomb threat that forced an evacuation of the station's studios in downtown Detroit.

No one was injured during the ordeal and the biggest impact was to the broadcaster's 11 p.m. newscast which was disrupted while police and fire investigators determined if a suspicious package left in the lobby was harmful.

ClickOnDetroit.com provides more information: No Arrest Following Bomb Scare At Local 4

 

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)

 

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)

 

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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)

 

WHTS-FM Grand Rapids Jack Spade exiting

Citadel Broadcasting will be looking for a new program director and afternoon host for its top 40 WHTS-FM 105.3 in the Grand Rapids market as Jack Spade has been announced as the new boss for a top 40 station in Mobile, Alabama (WABB).

 


 

WJR Detroit host Paul W. Smith to be honored as a champion for kids who have lost a parent

Paul W. Smith, morning drive host of News/Talk 760 WJR, will be honored by Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids at the 6th Annual "Champions for the Kids" VIP dinner on June 18, 2011.

Smith will receive the Champion For The Kids Award for his dedicated support of the Foundation. The Award is given annually to an individual who has played a vital role in the continuing success and growth of Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids through steadfast and generous support throughout the prior year. Smith has been a fervent supporter and promoter of the Foundation since its inception in 2003.

"I am honored to help ease the suffering of young children and families who have gone through the unfortunate loss of a parent," said Smith.

Smith's personal and professional involvement with Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has contributed a critical part to the mission of the Foundation and its success. As the Master of Ceremonies for the annual dinner in recent years, he has played a role in the Champions For The Kids events, as well as the Foundation as a whole.

Founder and president Norman Yatooma began Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids to assist families in rebuilding their lives after the painful loss of a parent. Yatooma started the Foundation in memory of his father, ten years after he was tragically murdered in 1993.

"I know how hard it is to get back on your feet after the world you know is taken from you in a moment," Yatooma said. "Our Foundation was started to show children in this situation that there are people who care and will be their heroes when they need them the most. For this year's award, we can think of no one better qualified as a hero than Paul W. Smith's support has played a part in the nearly $2.5 million the Foundation has raised with its signature fundraiser, Champions For The Kids, over the last five years."

The Champions for the Kids dinner/auction & golf tournament is a special two-day event. The dinner will take place on June 18 at the Townsend Hotel starting at 5 p.m. with music provided by the Simone Vitale Band. The Golf Tournament will begin with breakfast and a live broadcast by News/Talk 760 WJR on June 20 at 7 a.m. on the legendary South Course at the Oakland Hills Country Club. To learn more, sponsor, register and /or donate, contact 888.987.KIDS or visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org.

 


 

Toledo rocker WIOT rallying Michigan listeners to fight interference on 104.7

With the recent sign-on of Radio Power's FM translator of WGPR-HD3 on 104.7, regular listeners of Toledo legacy rocker WIOT-FM have been complaining of interference from the translator as WIOT also operates at 104.7 and had been easily receivable in areas south and west of downtown Detroit for many years.

WIOT recently posted a web form on it's web site, wiot.com, soliciting reports of interference from listeners so the station can "resolve the interference issue caused by the interfering signal through the normal government channels".

 

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.

 

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.

 

Macomb Daily:

Mike Taylor has had a rough time lately -- but he's not letting his own personal woes keep him down. The longtime Sterling Heights resident is not only fighting cancer, but the condition has forced him to leave his job as a janitor because he can't keep up with the manual labor portion of the job.

Full story: Sterling Heights man's medical pot radio show a hit (Mon, 6/6)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Ron Brown has been on the radio for more than 30 years, but he's never spun records, given an on-air weather report or hosted a talk show. The 45-year-old Otsego man estimates he's won about $100,000 worth of prizes through radio contests and other promotions since he was a teenager.

Full story: Otsego man won $100,000 in prizes by calling into radio station contests over the years (Sun, 6/5)

 

Former WQRS/Detroit and current WIAA/Interlochen host Dick Wallace retiring

Dick Wallace Longtime classical music host Dick Wallace has decided to leave radio at the end of the month, retiring after 40 years in the business.

Wallace commented, "My last day of full-time employment at Interlochen Public Radio will be on Thursday June 30th. I started as a classical music announcer at WQRS in Detroit in 1971 while finishing up my degree at Wayne State University. I have been so fortunate to have been on the air for so many years in Detroit. When WQRS became a rock station I was able to work at WGTE in Toledo and for the last ten years I've done the morning show on one of the most listened to classical stations in the country and our listeners, both in the region and online, support us financially in a very positive way!"

I love what I do but it's time to spend more time doing fewer things better, especially spending more time with my bride of almost 40 years, my two children, their spouses and my three beautiful grandchildren."

 


 

Changes continue at Lake Michigan Broadcasting

News Director Alan Neushwander has left Lake Michigan Broadcasting after seven years at the company's WKLA/FM-AM Ludington, WMTE-FM Manistee and WKZC-FM Scottville.

Neushwander, who was the recipient of numerous awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters, has left broadcasting following a 13-year career and is working in the Marketing Department at Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan.

Prior to arriving at Lake Michigan Broadcasting, Neushwander worked for WHMI in Howell; WMOM in Ludington, and WCSJ/WJDK in Morris, IL.

 

The Environment Report Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Documentary in the Radio: Large Market category for "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future." In the series, The Environment Report's Mark Brush, Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country and the true costs of our dependence on coal. The series explores the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future" takes listeners on a journey from their light switch back to America's coal fields, and takes a closer look at the technologies that promise to deliver coal into the new green economy.

The Environment Report was the only news organization in Michigan to receive a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, and one of seven public radio stations nationwide. This award is the third national Murrow Award that The Environment Report has received. The news service also received a National Murrow Award in 2010 for the five-part series "Dioxin Delays."

This year's National Murrow winners will be honored at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in October in New York.

The Environment Report is a locally produced program from Michigan Radio committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan. The Environment Report airs on Michigan Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:55 am and 5:45 pm. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

If the Bash ain't broke, don't fix it. One of the organizers of the biggest country music festivals in West Michigan said the B-93 Birthday Bash's transition to the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin went smoothly enough that they aren't planning any major changes this year.

Full story: B-93 says 'thank you' to listeners with 19th Birthday Bash (Thu, 6/16)

 

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.

 

WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Freedom Broadcasting of Michigan, WWMT Newschannel 3 has announced that Andy Dominianni and Kate Tillotson will be the Evening Co-Anchors for the station. Andy is returning home to West Michigan and is familiar with the anchor chair at Newschannel 3. He has worked at WWMT before as a Morning Anchor from 1996 to 1999. His first day back at Newschannel 3 will be on June 27th. Kate will be moving from anchoring the morning news to the evening news. She has been filling in the evenings already and will replace Judy Markee who retired in May.

Full story: Newschannel 3 announces new anchor team (Fri, 6/24)

 


 

CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit expands daily specialty programming

It was the decade that brought us bell-bottom pants, platform shoes, lava lamps and Watergate. On television, All In The Family and The Carol Burnett Show made us laugh while Match Game was the most popular game show. The 1970's was the grooviest decade and AM580 will remember it with a brand new show: "The 70's at 7". The station is inviting listeners to turn on the Hi-Fi and boogie as CKWW pulls out the 8-tracks and spotlights an entire hour of 70's music every Monday through Saturday at 7 PM following "The 60's at 6".

 

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)

 

WOOD-TV:

Radio personality Allison Harte is in critical condition after she was found unresponsive at the bottom of a home swimming pool in Cannon Township. Harte, whose real name is Prudence Dykstra, was found by her husband around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. He began CPR, and once emergency crews arrived at the home in th 8000 block of Young Road, they were able to revive her pulse on the way to the hospital, officials at the scene told 24 Hour News 8.

Full story: DJ Allison Harte in critical condition (Tue, 7/19)

 

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)

 

106.7 The Beat jock Jevon Hollywood in critical condition after accident

WDTW-FM 106.7 night jock (10 p.m - 1 a.m.) Jevon Hollywood was hit by a car in the area of 7 Mile Road and Haggerty early this morning (July 28th) and is currently hospitalized in critical condition with injuries including a broken leg and pelvis that required surgery. Hollywood apparently stepped into a path of an oncoming vehicle before sunrise during a rainstorm.

The radio station has set up a Facebook page so listeners can send get well wishes: click here to leave a message for him.

 


 

WYCD/Detroit announces new afternoon host

Jack Shell will take over middays at country WYCD-FM 99.5 starting September 5th, filling the spot that was opened earlier this month with the departure of Mike Scott.

Shell will arrive in Detroit from Nashville where he's currently at WKDF and will also take on the role of music director at WYCD.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

After over five years with CLEAR CHANNEL/TOLEDO, OM TOM COOK has resigned to join TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Hot AC WLHT (CHANNEL 95.7) and AC WTRV (THE RIVER 100.5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI for PD duties.

Full story: Tom Cook Named PD For WLHT/WTRV (Thu, 7/28)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WGRD's silent airwaves during a power outage this morning affected not just their Grand Rapids radio listeners, but also the 26 markets where the morning show Free Beer and Hot Wings is broadcast. Those 26 markets include Traverse City, Flint and as far away as Colorado Springs, Colo. and Portland, Maine.

Full story: Silent airwaves an 'irritating glitch' for Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show (Tue, 8/2)

 

Smile FM, a network of 19 contemporary Christian non-commercial radio stations across Michigan, is partnering with seven different non-profit organizations throughout the state to offer them exposure, volunteers and fund raising support with the "Making a Difference Morning Espresso Tour" set to run on-air from August 8th to 14th.

The tour will feature Smile FM's Morning Espresso show broadcast on location each morning from 8 to 10 AM, a service project including Smile staff and volunteers and a benefit concert for the selected non-profit organization with Memphis based Christian Recording Artist Jeremy Horn.

The event schedule/locations and charities are:

Monday August 8th - YMCA Downriver
16777 Northline Road
Southgate, MI. 48195

Tuesday August 9th - Lapeer County Younglife
Eastern Michigan Fair Grounds
195 Midway St
Imlay City, MI 48444-1473

Wednesday August 10th - Royal Kids Camp - Bay City
Bay Valley Christian Church
2535 E. Wilder Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706

Thursday August 11th - CareNet of Cadillac
909 S. Carmel Street
Cadillac, MI. 49601

Friday August 12th - Christian Freedom International
215 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI. 49783

Saturday August 13th - Remembrance Ranch, Allendale
Millennium Park Triathlon
Millennium Park - Grand Rapids

Sunday August 14th - CHUM Therapeutic Riding Stables
(12noon - 2pm) Lansing Lugnuts Game
505 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

More information about the tour can be found at: makingadifferencetour.blogspot.com.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Get ready for a potentially wildly entertaining and informative ride: The colorful commentary of broadcasting icon Bill Bonds will be available weekdays on the metro Detroit AM radio dial this fall. Bonds, who spent nearly a quarter-century at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), is set to team up with another well-seasoned TV anchorman, Rich Fisher, for WCAR-AM (1090)'s new "The Bonds and Fisher Show."

Full story: Bonds, Rich Fisher to team up for weekday AM radio show (Fri, 8/5)

 

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 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 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: 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. 11, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

David Wax Museum is set to perform Sept. 26 as part of the Hat Trick Concert Series, presented by WYCE-FM (88.1) and Rhoades McKee law firm, at One Trick Pony Grill and Taproom in downtown. The acoustic series kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday with the Bahamas. It continues every other Monday night. There is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds going to local charities.

Full story: WYCE's Hat Trick Concert Series kicks off Monday (Sat, 9/10)

 

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. 16, 2011

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WOMC/Detroit, WLEN/Adrian win Marconi awards

Congratulations to classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit on winning the Marconi for Oldies Station of the Year and full service/adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian on it's Marconi for Small Market Station of the Year.

The winners were announced yesterday at the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show in Chicago.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio personality is taking to the roof to raise money to help end child abuse and neglect. As part of the 19th annual Roofsit for Kids put on by 93.7, B-93's Neal Dionne is making a temporary home on the top the Michigan Kenworth building, 7393 Expressway Court SW in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Radio personality Neal Dionne holding rooftop broadcast to help abused children (Thu, 9/15)

 

Dick Nelson remembers the first Grand Valley State football game he called on the radio, but he can recall the second one a lot better. In 1977, the Lakers hosted Bowling Green, who were led by former Michigan State coach Denny Stolz, at Houseman Field. GVSU played tough, but lost 17-6. The game left a deep impression on Nelson.

Full story: Why after nearly 400 games, Grand Valley State football radio announcer isn't thinking about retirement (Fri, 9/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 20, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

You can now listen to WGVU radio programming on your smart phone. WGVU is offering two new Apps. to allow listeners to listen to WGVU Real Oldies 1480/850 AM Public Radio and WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM Public radio on their iPhones, iPads and Androids.

Full story: WGVU radio programming available for smart phone listening (Tue, 9/20)

 

Need some help honing your skills in the kitchen? Star 105.7 is sponsoring a home cooking school at 6:30 on Sept. 29 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville located at 3330 Highland Drive.

Full story: Star 105.7 sponsors Home Cooking School (Tue, 9/20)

 

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. 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: 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. 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. 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. 28, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

Radio personality Kevin Matthews of 97-LAV, is spearheading an event to raise money for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The event to be held 6-9 p.m, Oct. 18, 2012 at Reserve Wine and Food Bar is centered around a Signature Wine Auction which will feature custom labels displaying the autographs of prominent Grand Rapids Community leaders.

Full story: Radio personality Kevin Matthews spearheads Helen Devos Children's Hospital Fundraiser (Thu, 10/27)

 

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."

 

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland

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At least a pair of stations made the move to all-Christmas in the area in the past several days including WTRV-FM 100.5 Grand Rapids and, just this morning, WNIC-FM 100.3 in Detroit.

They join Detroit's WMGC-FM and Cheboygan's WQEZ-FM as pre-Thanskgiving options for fans of jolly old St. Nick to get their early holiday fix. Toledo's WRVF-FM 101.5 was on the bandwagon over the weekend as well, but went back to their normal format by morning drive today.

Michigan is arguably a leading state when it comes to radio stations giving up their normal formats in favor of all-Christmas music well before the actual holiday season begins. One of the first stations in the U.S.A. to program with all-holiday music before Christmas Eve was Gladwin country outlet WGDN-FM 103.1 many years ago -- a switch that proved to be popular with listeners that has now been expanded by hundreds of other stations from coast to coast starting around Halloween.

Undoubtedly there will be numerous other stations across Michigan that make the temporary switchover in the coming weeks, if not days. But metro-Detroiters now lead the state, and the country, in the amount of Christmas music they can hear on their FM radios.

 

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. 9, 2011

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FM 93.5 in metro Detroit becoming a battleground for FM translators looking to relocate

Just recently, Tim Martz's Radio Power applied to move is currently silent FM translator from 93.9 (which had previously been heard on FM 104.7) to 93.5. Today comes another application to the FCC, this one from the Educational Media Foundation (operators of the Christian "K-Love" and "Air-1" networks) for a silent translator to move to 93.5. EMF's W256AY had previously operated on FM 99.1 prior to Windsor's CJAM taking over that frequency as it moved from FM 91.5- that translator has been silent ever since.

So now there are two operators fighting for a frequency for translators that will likely cause concern for yet another broadcaster - Howell's WHMI-FM 93.5 based in Livingston county, but also serving a decent portion of western Oakland County west of the I-275 corridor and northward up to Genesee County.

It appears that the Detroit/Windsor market has now essentially reached the breaking point in terms of available frequencies on FM and what's left will now be fought over through the FCC.

 


 

Results cloudy with EAS test

The follow up of the nationwide Emergency Alert System test seems to be that it was anything but smooth sailing with many cable and satellite systems failing to issue the alert and that there were even scattered failures with over-the-air broadcasters across the country.

A quick sampling in metro Detroit showed that most radio stations did air the test -- but at varying times near 2 p.m. -- it was not close to being in sync. The audio of the test was wrought with interference and cross-talk and the test itself didn't seem to end cleanly with regular programming resuming before the end alert tones aired. My cable television system also appeared to fail to broadcast the test on cable-only stations (using a TV with a Cable Card, not a converter box).

It looks like there is much work to be done with a national system, and there will be more of these tests in our near future.

 


 

Northern Star Broadcasting selling off remaining stations in northern Lower Peninsula

A huge transaction is under way up north as Northern Star Broadcasting exits radio in Michigan by selling its nine station group to longtime broadcasters Del and Mary Reynolds for about $1.8 million. Northern Star's radio stations include the classic rock 'The Bear' combo of 98.1 WGFN Glen Arbor / 93.9 WAVC Mio / 94.5 WLJZ Mackinaw City / 107.1 WCKC Cadillac, country 'Big Country' WMKC 102.9 Indian River, rock combo 'Real Rock' 95.5 WJZJ Glen Arbor / 105.1 WGFM 105.1 Cheboygan, and classic country WCBY AM 1240 Cheboygan along with the silent (and being sold off) WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry.

Northern Star previously sold off 11 of its 12 Upper Peninsula stations to Sovereign Communications in 2010. Del Reynolds has a long history of owning and operating radio stations in northern Michigan, but had stepped down his involvement in recent years. This transaction, in which Reynolds is repurchasing a number of the stations he used to own in Northern Michigan, changes that dramatically.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is honoring U.S. troops on active duty and those who have served with rare, live calls from the front lines in AFGHANISTAN and interviews with local active duty members from SELFRIDGE AIR FORCE BASE in HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI. The VETERANS DAY celebration takes place this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th and begins with WYCD's DR. DON MORNING SHOW at 6a (CT).

Full story: WYCD To Honors Troops On November 11th With All-Day Broadcast (Wed, 11/9)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

If you love Christmas music, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived. Radio station Star 105.7 switched today its all-Christmas, all the time format today with more than six weeks to go before Dec. 25.

Full story: If you like Christmas melodies on your radio, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived (Tue, 11/8)

 


 

Central Michigan Life:

University President George Ross will be co-hosting a radio show from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today on Modern Rock 91.5. Ross will be joining Black Circle Radio's hosts to talk about music while playing songs he personally selected.

Full story: Ross to co-host 91.5 radio show Wednesday, play his vinyl favorites (Wed, 11/9)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 10, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

For radio personality Kim Carson, publishing a book and launching not one but two lines of greeting cards would have remained a pipe dream, but colon cancer plus her faith in God "made everything possible."

Full story: Radio personality Kim Carson releases book, launches greeting card lines (Tue, 11/8)

 

Rockford High School's 1999 Homecoming Queen is about to become America's newest sweetheart. Thirty-year-old Ginger Zee was named meteorologist for ABC News' weekend edition of "Good Morning America."

Full story: Rockford's sweetheart, now America's weather anchor on 'Good Morning America' (Thu, 11/10)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 12, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

The start of Mickey Redmond's long NHL broadcasting career was purely accidental. He had attempted a comeback as a player in 1979, but that was cut short after two weeks due to back problems. When he returned home, he received a phone call from a friend who asked if he was interested in doing color commentary for 15 Detroit Red Wings games. Just like that, he was back in the game.

Full story: Red Wings voice Mickey Redmond honored for outstanding contributions as a broadcaster (Fri, 11/11)

 

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. 17, 2011

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Tri-Cities jingling all the way with WHNN

WHNN-FM 96.1 switched into all-Christmas mode earlier today, dropping classic hits in favor of the sounds of the season. The station has flipped to holiday music for several consecutive years.

 


 

Kevin Matthews exits WLAV-FM 96.9 Grand Rapids mornings

Kevin Matthews' most recent go-round on Grand Rapids radio has ended - he'll no longer be hosting mornings on classic rock WLAV-FM 96.9. He returned to the Furniture City five years ago after a long career in Chicago radio - after moving there from Grand Rapids a number of years ago.

Market veterans Tony Gates and Michelle McKormick will take over morning drive at WLAV starting tomorrow.

WLAV owner Cumulus Media has been making numerous cuts at many stations across Michigan as part of the fall out of the company's merger with what was Citadel Broadcasting.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kevin Matthews, longtime broadcaster for 97 LAV-FM, appears to be off the air in Grand Rapids, part of the shakeout in Cumulus Media's takeover of Citadel Broadcasting.

Full story: Radio personality Kevin Matthews is off the air at 97-LAV, acquired by Cumulus Media in September (Thu, 11/17)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS PD ERIC O'BRIEN gets a nice write-up in RAPID GROWTH MEDIA for his love of food.

Full story: WSNX PD Eric O'Brien Loves Food (Thu, 11/17)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 18, 2011

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The mistletoe is hung by the transmitter with care in Mid-Michigan

A couple of new additions to the list of Michigan radio stations jumping on-board the all-Christmas music train: Lansing's WFMK-FM 99.1 and Bay City's WSAG-FM 104.1/WSAM AM 1400. Both stations switched earlier today.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kevin Matthews, disc jockey and comedian who got his start in Grand Rapids, rose to radio prominence in Chicago, and later returned to his roots at WLAV-FM in West Michigan, is off the air once again.

Full story: Cumulus Media silent on abrupt departure of Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids (Fri, 11/18)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 21, 2011

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Detroit's 96.3 WDVD aims to stuff buses with toys

Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 is trying to ensure no child goes without a toy this holiday season by inviting listeners to help stuff three buses full of new toys. The event will run from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, 2011 from three locations: Kohl's on Ford Road in Canton; at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak; and Nino Salvaggio's on Hall Road in Clinton Township. 96.3 WDVD DJs are scheduled to broadcast live from the remotes all four days.

Listeners can help stuff the three buses by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to any of the Stuff-A-Bus locations. Toys will benefit local charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Canton Goodfellows, Ronald McDonald House, Neighborhood Service Organization, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, Bridgepoint and many others.

Stuff-A-Bus locations will be accepting donations from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Grand Rapids radio icon Kevin Matthews was dropped last week from WLAV-FM's morning lineup, but listeners haven't given up just yet.

Full story: 'Kevheads' still bemoaning the loss of Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids (Mon, 11/21)

 


 

MLive.com:

As all of you I won't turn down a chance to judge a cooking contest. I've judged casseroles, soups, cookies, appetizers and pies. But finally, someone has called upon me and my area of expertise - chocolate.

Full story: WSGW hosts its first ever Chocolate Challenge and you're invited to submit a recipe or stop by for a taste (Mon, 11/21)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Looking for something divine to serve your Thanksgiving guests this year? You might want to try the holiday fare that won favor with judges recently during the WHNN, 96.1, Divine Desserts competition at The Saginaw News All About Women Expo.

Full story: Looking for a divine dessert? Here are a few certified winners from WHNN (Mon, 11/21)

 

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. 28, 2011

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Detroit News:

The rumors floating around last week were correct: veteran Detroit on-air personality John Mason starts an afternoon show today, "Mason in the Afternoon," on WCHB Talk Detroit (1200 AM and simulcast on 99.9 FM), airing from 4-7 p.m. weekdays.

Full story: WCHB Talk Detroit returns Mason to air waves (Mon, 11/28)

 


 

Sean Baligian returns to Grand Rapids' ESPN 96.1

The hiatus from sports talk radio was a short one for host Sean Baligian as he returns to the airwaves on Grand Rapids' sports talker WMAX-FM 96.1 (ESPN 96.1) to host afternoon drive weekday 3 - 6 p.m. Baligian left a similar role earlier this fall when he walked away from an afternoon drive show that was simulcast on WMAX-FM as well as WDFN AM 1130 Detroit.

Ryan Terpstra, his former co-host will remain with ESPN 96.1 and provide sports updates for Baligian's new offering, titled "It is what it is".

 

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. 6, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Hot AC WLHT 9CHANNEL 95-7)/GRAND RAPIDS brings in JOE KNIGHT to be APD/afternoon host. KNIGHT has held on-air and programming positions at WZYP/HUNTSVILLE, AL; U93/SOUTH BEND, IN and SL100/HATTIESBURG, MS. Most recently, he was doing nights across the street at WBCT show at B93.

Full story: WLHT Names Joe Knight APD/Nights (Tue, 12/6)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT and its MOJO in the Morning show have qualified over 100 listeners for a $15,000 shopping spree at the TWELVE OAKS MALL in NOVI. The lucky winner will be chosen TONIGHT at CHANNEL 955's Jingle Jam at THE FILLMORE in DETROIT and the shopping spree will take place TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th.

Full story: WKQI's Mojo Offers $15K Shopping Spree (Tue, 12/6)

 

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. 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. 24, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 reporter Tony Tagliavia signed off for the last time Friday on the 6 p.m. newscast. Tagliavia is moving back to his hometown of Milwaukee...

Full story: WOOD TV8 Reporter Tony Tagliavia says goodbye to station (Fri, 12/23)

 


 

Detroit News:

Roseville native and Michigan State alum Joe Block is the Brewers' new radio voice. He joins the legendary Bob Uecker, starting in 2012. It's the first full-time major league job for Block, whose goal since his youth was to get to this point.

Full story: Roseville's Joe Block is new radio voice of Brewers baseball (Fri, 12/23)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 29, 2011

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Northern Lower Peninsula gets new soft rock station

Recent sign-on WQEZ-FM 97.7 Cheboygan earlier this week revealed its full-time format: soft rock as 'Easy 97.7'. The programming is automated for now, but owner Del Reynolds plans to host morning drive himself and add more local elements as the station matures.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio personality is no longer on the air at 1340 WJRW. Tim Doctor, who hosted a show from 2 - 5 p.m. as of the middle of December wrote this message his Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Full story: Tim Doctor out at 1340 WJRW, according to his Facebook page (Thu, 12/29)

 

The Romantics are old hands when it comes to playing outdoor New Year's Eve concerts in Michigan. Well, maybe not that old: The veteran Detroit-area rockers played their first outdoor New Year's Eve gig in Royal Oak last year.

Full story: The Romantics will lead revelers for annual Hot-FM New Year's Eve Party (Thu, 12/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

NORTHERN BROADCASTING Rock WKLT/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has bid adieu to morning co-host FINSTER. His partner OMELETTE stays on to head the show.

Full story: Finster Exits WKLT (Thu, 12/29)

 

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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