West Michigan: April 2011 Archives

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: April 30, 2011

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