March 2012 Archives

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 1, 2012



Antenna TV to offer weekend Davy Jones tribute

Tribune Broadcasting DT subchannel network Antenna TV will offer a tribute to Davy Jones, front man for 60s group The Monkees who died yesterday at age 66 from a heart attack.

From 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th the network will show the Monkees' 1968 movie Head, followed at 5 p.m. by a marathon of all 58 thirty minute episodes of The Monkees TV series that will run through 10 p.m. Sunday. Head will then re-air at 10 p.m.

There are three Antenna TV affiliates in Michigan: WADL Ch. 38.2 Detroit, WXMI Ch. 17.2 Grand Rapids, and WZMQ Ch. 19.3 Marquette.



Detroit News:

Cracking wise up to the very end, retired radio host Dick Purtan did his duty Thursday morning, stepping up to a mirror behind a Bed & Breakfast truck outside the Salvation Army in Detroit, and shaving his iconic 42-year-old moustache off.

Full story: Dick Purtan takes it off for the Salvation Army (Thu, 3/1)


Michigan residents were bombarded with $7.6 million in broadcast TV political advertising in the first two months of 2012 by the Republican presidential candidates, President Barack Obama, super PACs and nonprofit groups running issue-specific ads.

Full story: Michigan primary brought $7.6M in TV ads to state (Thu, 3/1)



Detroit Free Press:

Dick Purtan is saying so long to a beloved fuzzy friend he's had since 1970. While cohosting the Salvation Army's annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon last week, the retired local radio legend told Frank Beckmann of WJR-AM (760) that he'd shave off his signature moustache if listeners pledged $100,000 during a one-hour segment of the radiothon.

Full story: Names and Faces (Thu, 3/1)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Andy O'Riley, the very popular radio personality on WMRR in Muskegon and 101.3 the Fox in Grand Rapids, has left the airwaves.

Full story: Radio personality Andy O'Riley takes new gig (with video) (Thu, 3/1)



Holland Sentinel:

When spring blooms in Saugatuck and Douglas, the production of the first Michigan Hometown Stories documentary series on WGVU public television will begin to grow as well. "It's an ongoing project. It's going forward," said Jon Helmrich on Monday.

Full story: WGVU documentary work picks up as season warms up (Wed, 2/29)



Fine Tuning

  • Detroit's WDIV-TV claims February ratings win: PR Newswire

  • Yesterday's fundraiser hosted by three of Ann Arbor's Cumulus-owned stations raised over $75,000 for the United Way of Washtenaw County. Stations taking part were Sports WTKA AM 1050, Country WWWW FM 102.9, and Adult Alternative WQKL FM 107.1.



• Birach Broadcasting WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake, Calvary Chapel FM translator W216BX 91.1 Benton Harbor, and Plonta Broadcasting FM translator W287BU 105.3 Caro were all granted remain silent authorization through August 28, 2012.


• No notable activity for February 28 and 29.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 2, 2012



Eight WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth/Canton students receive awards from the MABF

Four sports broadcasters for the New 88.1 were among the state's best in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation High School and College Broadcast Competition. They joined four other Plymouth-Canton students in receiving awards from the MAB.

Sophomores Joe Zylka (Plymouth High School) and Logan Lazorka (Salem) received first place in the Sports Play-by-Play Category. Sophomore Adam Duxter (Canton) and Junior Mason Mills (Salem) received honorable mention.

"We receive a lot of positive comments when Joe, Logan, Adam and Mason broadcast games," said Bill Keith, Station Manager, "They work hard to deliver their play-by-play with skill and style."

The MAB Foundation will present the High School and College Awards during the conference luncheon in Lansing on Wednesday March 14. Broadcasters from throughout the state will be in attendance.

"I see the great work our students do every day so I'm not surprised that they received this recognition," commented Keith.

Seniors Kyle Linford (Plymouth), Christina Edgerton (Canton), Bill Turnau (Salem), and Laura Terkelsen (Plymouth) were the other Plymouth-Canton district students receiving recognition.

CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WDZH (98.7 AMP)/DETROIT morning snack PUDDIN' helped make LEAP DAY, FEBRUARY 29th, a special day for a MOTOWN couple.

Full story: Love Is In The Air With Puddin At WDZH (Fri, 3/2)



Fine Tuning

  • Kelly McMann has left her roles as Music Director and midday host for NextMedia's Pop WGER FM (Mix 106.3) Saginaw to become the afternoon host at Cleveland Pop station WQAL (Q104). McMann also spent some time behind the mic at WDVD FM 96.3 Detroit.

  • Radio Ink has recognized Tim Roberts, Program Director for CBS Radio/Detroit's Country WYCD FM 99.5, as their top Country PD in the U.S.A.

  • Calvary Radio Network WQKO-FM 91.9 Howe, IN has gone silent while the tower the station broadcasts from is reconstructed. Calvary hopes to resume operations of WQKO once it secures financing for replacement hardware and installation - a process that could take a minimum of several months. The silencing of WQKO also reportedly is affecting the organization's FM translator W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek, which remains on the air but is now likely rebroadcasting WMJC FM 91.9 Richland.



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Newsmakers and links: Mar. 5, 2012



Eastern U.P. radio station returns to the air

Over the weekend, West Central Michigan Media Ministries returned WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry/Sault Ste Marie to the airwaves. The station now carries the organization's religious "Strong Tower Radio" format that first debuted in Northern Michigan on WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac about two years ago.

WIHC was purchased by West Central in November 2011 for $150,000 - the station had been taken off the air by previous owner Northern Star Broadcasting at about the same time that company sold off it's Upper Peninsula radio stations (with the exception of WIHC) in 2010.

Prior to returning to the air as a Religious station WIHC has featured Easy Listening, Country, and Classic Rock formats since first signing on in the late 1980s.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Last week's retirement of sports anchor Don Shane is the latest in a series of departures of longtime on-air talent from ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 over the past 18 months, taking what industry insiders say is more than $1.3 million in salaries off the Southfield station's books.

Full story: Turnover of longtime talent a win-lose for local TV (Mon, 3/5)



Jackson Citizen Patriot:

Rush Limbaugh lost sponsors and created a national furor with recent comments, but reaction at the Jackson radio station that airs his show has been mixed.

Full story: Rush Limbaugh reaction mixed at Jackson's WKHM radio (Sat, 3/3)



Grand Rapids Press:

It's with mixed emotion that I admit how many times I've passed on stories about anniversaries, commemorations, reunions and families who can show up for a photograph that includes five generations.

Full story: Former TV weatherman Buck Matthews puts his storytelling talents to use for Marne church (Sat, 3/3)

Hired as news director at WADL, Matt Stevens took extra precautions when meeting with station management on the day he was terminated because he feared he "might never be seen again."

Full story: Fired News Director Worried WADL Management Would Make Him 'Disappear' (Mon, 3/5)



Fine Tuning

  • The simulcast of News/Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix on FM translator W221BQ 92.1 has ended. The translator is moving to the non-commercial portion of the dial as W219DR on 91.7 with reduced power.
  • Two Lansing-area FM translators (W237BY 95.3 and W240CG 95.9) owned by Educational Media Foundation have switched back to rebroadcasting that organization's Contemporary Christian 'Air One' format. Earlier this year they were heard carrying Cornerstone University's WCSG-FM.



• The non-commercial band in Metro Detroit may be getting a bit more crowded as the FCC has granted Educational Media Foundation a construction permit for a major change that will move its KVLZ FM 89.9 from Sheridan Wyoming to Rochester Hills where it will, if the construction permit is built and licensed, occupy FM 90.3 and operate with 1,200 watts @ 174 feet (Class A) with a directional antenna located near downtown Rochester.

The company currently operates an FM translator from the same location on FM 105.5 (W288BK) that rebroadcasts the Contemporary Christian "K-Love" format that airs on the leased digital subchannel of Clear Channel's WMXD-FM 92.3 HD2.

Some of the communities that would be served by the new station include Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights, Utica, and the Townships of Oakland, Shelby, Washington, Macomb, and Clinton.

The construction permit for the change / move will not expire until March 5, 2015 - giving the organization plenty of time to complete the necessary work. However, with some of the required infrastructure such as power and the tower already in place with the translator operating there, turnaround time could be rather quick.

One of the exhibits in the application for the move states, "Educational Media Foundation ("EMF") certifies that the proposed facility will provide a first NCE aural service to at least 10% of the persons residing in the proposed 60 dBu and that this population exceeds 2,000 persons. In fact, as can be seen in Exhibits 10-A and 10-B, the proposed facility provides first service to 54,830 persons, which is 43.4% of the overall population within its 60 dBu service contour." However, this exhibit appears to completely overlook the fact that WDET-FM 101.9 provides noncommercial educational service to these residents. Whether or not this could be the grounds for another broadcaster to appeal this FCC decision remains to be seen.


• Radio Power was granted Remain Silent Authorization for FM translator W232CA 94.3 Detroit through September 1, 2012.


• First Ventures Capital Partners FM translator W277BB 103.3 Grand Haven was granted a construction permit to change power from 27 watts @ 282 feet to 250 watts @ 36 feet and change location from east of Spring Lake to west of Coopersville. The application showed the translator would rebroadcast WCSG FM 91.3 Grand Rapids.


• No notable activity for March 2.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 6, 2012





• The FCC approved West Central Michigan Media Ministries' purchase of non-commercial classic country WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison from The Country King. Sale price was $10,000.




• MacDonald Garber Broadcasting has applied to move FM translator W219DR 91.7 Petoskey to FM 102.3. The translator was previously on 92.1 as W221BQ and simulcast News/Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix. If the move to 102.3 is approved, the application shows the translator will once again rebroadcast WMKT.



Newsmakers and links: Mar. 8, 2012


Former CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WRVA-A/RICHMOND afternoon host and WLW-A/CINCINNATI midday host DOC THOMPSON has landed at CBS RADIO Talk WXYT-A/DETROIT for 3-6p (ET), starting MONDAY (3/12). THOMPSON's arrival bumps the syndicated TODD SCHNITT show to 6-9p.

"DETROIT has (a) history of great radio and I'm very excited to be part of it," said THOMPSON. "We are living in stressful times and the news can be pretty depressing. I offer a unique and compelling viewpoint with lots of humor and fun."

Full story: Doc Thompson Joins WXYT-A/Detroit For Afternoons (Thu, 3/8)


Central Michigan Life:

Central Michigan University's student-run radio station Modern Rock 91.5 WHMW-FM will rebrand itself, including a name change, in the fall 2012 semester. The station's new name, "Moore Rock Radio," has been approved for change on Oct. 1. The name was proposed by executive staff members to develop a new image and encompass a broader arrangement of music, and was announced at the Student Broadcast Executive Council's Feb. 23 meeting.

Full story: WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 to rebrand, change station name in fall (Sun, 3/11)



Detroit News:

He sounds the same, but doesn't look the same. That's what the loss of 40 pounds can do to anyone. Unfortunately, that's what a second bout with cancer can do as well. Tigers' longtime broadcaster Jim Price had his adrenal glands removed in a 41/2-hour procedure at Troy Beaumont Hospital in January.

Full story: Tigers broadcaster Jim Price bounces back after second bout with cancer (Sat, 3/10)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

WIDR Week will take on a more serious tone when the heart of the annual fundraising drive of the Western Michigan University student-run radio station kicks off on Sunday. WIDR General Manager Johanna Kelly said the station, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in September, needs to raise around $20,000 through its series of events and on-air funding campaign.

Full story: WIDR-FM's annual fundraiser WIDR Week to kick off this weekend, campaign key to independent station's future (Thu, 3/8)



WXMI Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

A handful of people held a protest in favor of radio-talk-show-host Rush Limbaugh early Saturday afternoon in downtown Grand Rapids.

Full story: Women, Girls Hold Protest For Rush (Sat, 3/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut," he similarly attacked women like Auna Harris and Laura Woodbury, Calvin College students who believe contraception should be available under health plans. The pair were among a dozen protesters today who delivered letters to Clear Channel Communications' Grand Rapids offices.

Full story: Protesters try to run Rush Limbaugh off Grand Rapids airwaves for 'slut' comment (Wed, 3/7)



• Radio Power has closed on its acquisition of silent FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Twp. (Macomb County) from Radio Assist Ministry.


• West Central Michigan Media Ministries' Religious WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac was granted a construction permit to change power from 2,100 watts @ 144 feet (Class A) to 2,100 watts @ 1020 feet (Class C3). The station's broadcast location would change from just northwest of Cadillac to near Harrietta using the same tower as WIAA-FM 88.7.


• No notable activity for March 8.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 12, 2012



Big changes coming to WYCD/Detroit's Downtown Hoedown for event's 30th anniversary

What had once been billed as the world's largest free country music festival is making major changes for its 30th anniversary, starting with becoming a ticketed event for the first time ever. The Hoedown will be changing its location away from the riverfront at Hart Plaza, moving to areas surrounding Comerica Park. The other big change will be on the calendar as the event shifts from its traditional early May weekend to June 8th - 12th.

WYCD HoedownThe adjustments will be likely be welcomed by many regular attendees - as the festival has grown through the years, so too have the challenges involved with keeping the experience a positive one for music fans.

"The 30th anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown marks a tremendous milestone for this iconic Detroit event and offers an ideal opportunity to enrich the overall experience of the attendees," said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "We had outgrown our previous riverfront location but remained 100 percent committed to keeping the WYCD Downtown Hoedown in the city of Detroit. We can provide the best of everything on the user-friendly grounds surrounding Comerica Park. People feel it's very safe and truly enjoy attending sporting events and concerts there. The layout also allows for much larger and more elaborate staging and better visibility for fans to enjoy the performers. Attendees will also have easier access to concessions, cleaner, more plentiful restroom facilities, and opportunities to take a break in the shade of the Comerica Park concourse."

"We have three fantastic days of entertainment lined up with mega-stars like Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley and Chris Young," said Tim Roberts, Program Director and Operations Manager at WYCD. "With over 40 bands, our three stages and new bigger main stage will provide our fans with a fantastic country music experience and the ability to also head over to Comerica Park for concessions and fun."

Tickets will be required for everyone age 5 and older - prices for individual ticket prices will be announced soon - but a limited number of 30th anniversary 3-day passes at $30 each will go on sale Friday, March 16th at 10 a.m., while supplies last at all Ticketmaster locations,, or service fee free at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, the Fox Theatre Box Office and Hockeytown Authentics in Troy.

The changes announced today address criticisms the event has been drawing in recent years that have ranged from poor weather, crowd control/lines, and attendees that were less interested in the country music being played and more interested in taking part in unwelcome behavior.

More info on the event can be found on WYCD's web site.



Detroit sports media left reeling with loss of Fox Sports Detroit's Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant was much more than the director of media relations with FOX Sports Detroit to many members of the media that touch on sports coverage in Detroit. His sudden death at age 53 over the weekend leaves a huge void, not only for his family, but for anyone that worked with or watched sports on FOX Sports Detroit.

I'll remember Tim as a guy that was always helpful and friendly - and always seemed to put in an extra effort to answer a question or address an issue.

Two of his co-workers have written their memories of Tim:

John Keating: Remembering a gentleman, sports scholar

Mario Imbemba: We've lost a good friend at FSD



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A longtime reporter for WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 has left the local station to join the team of Michigan Blood, officials said. Carolyn Wyllie will serve as the organization's public relations supervisor, overseeing public relations activities for a region that includes Kalamazoo, and the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph areas, according to a news release issued by Michigan Blood.

Full story: Carolyn Wyllie, longtime reporter at WWMT-TV, leaving station to join staff of Michigan Blood (Mon, 3/12)



Michigan Association of Broadcasters:

It is with the deepest of sadness that we inform you of the passing of John F.X. Browne. He served on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and has been part of our Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference since its beginning. He helped to write the broadcasting tower rules with the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.

Full story: John F.X. Browne Passes (Mon, 3/12)



• Interlochen Center for the Arts' Public/Classical WIAB FM 88.5 Mackinaw City was granted a construction permit to increase power from 20,000 watts @ 430 feet (Class C2) to 50,000 watts @ 820 feet (Class C1) from a new tower location. The station currently broadcasts from a tower located southeast of Mackinaw City; the new location would be northwest of Harbor Springs.


• Michigan Broadcasters, LLC construction permit for WYPV FM 106.3 Onaway was granted a modification to specify a new tower location east of Cheboygan and power change from 50,000 watts @ 420 feet to 31,000 watts @ 627 feet.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 13, 2012



Tim Rainey new PD for Detroit's 98.7 AMP Radio

WDZH CBS Radio/Detroit Contemporary Hits WDZH-FM 98.7 "AMP Radio" has hired Tim Rainey to serve as the station's new Program Director. Rainey was most recently director of programming/brand manager/afternoon personality at WNOU-FM (Radio One Inc) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He starts at AMP Radio tomorrow, March 14th.

"After six amazing years in Indianapolis I can't wait to join the AMP Radio team already in place and do some amazing, fun and exciting radio in the Motor City," said Rainey. "Oh, and you have a baseball team? Even better!"

Rainey, who goes by the nickname Rayne, started his career in radio before he could even drive, working as a board operator on Leeza Gibbons' Top 25 Countdown. In addition to his most recent position in Indiana, he has worked at stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Las Vegas, Nevada, Reno, Nevada, and Colby, Kansas. Rainey likes to interact with his listeners through Facebook and Twitter and says he loves to try new and different things, just as he knows his audience does.

"Tim is the perfect addition to 98.7 AMP Radio," said Michael Martin, Vice President of Top 40 Programming for CBS Radio. "His passion and creativity will help lead the team to new heights!"

Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice-President and Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit, said: "I am excited to bring a talent like Tim Rainey to Detroit. Tim is a talented, creative programmer, and I look forward to those attributes being used to continue the growth of WDZH."

Rainey succeeds Dom Theodore who exited CBS Radio recently to focus on radio ownership and consulting.



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit wins Associated Press Awards

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 won eight first place awards in the 2011 AP Broadcasters Association awards, more than any other station in the Detroit market. Included in the first place awards were the prestigious general excellence award and the highly coveted best newscast award.

"WXYZ is proud to receive these awards for journalistic excellence in news coverage," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This is a great honor for all those who work hard every day to take action for our viewers. It's very rewarding to be recognized for these efforts."

The 7 Action News Investigators won in the categories of hard news, continuing coverage, news documentary, and enterprise/investigative reporting, for their on-going reporting of corruption and scandal in local government. Detroit 2020, WXYZ's decade-long, multi-platform, community outreach initiative was also a winner in the best feature story category, and reporter Bill Spencer took top honors in individual reporting.

WXYZ also earned two honorable mentions in the photojournalism and website categories.



Grand Rapids Press:

Mayor George Heartwell was an indirect influence on the spring Hat Trick Concert Series. His State of the City speech focused on the plight of underprivileged children in Grand Rapids, so organizers decided to donate the proceeds from the series to local youth-oriented charities.

Full story: WYCE's Hat Trick Concert Series focuses on raising money for Grand Rapids youth charities (Tue, 3/13)



Lansing State Journal:

Michael Patrick Shiels will be honored as the "Network Radio Personality of the Year" by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The Lansing-based talk radio host will receive the 2012 award Wednesday at the Lansing Center. He has won it four other times.

Full story: Shiels will receive broadcast honor (Tue, 3/13)



Fine Tuning

  • Adell Broadcasting independent WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit has hired veteran Detroit TV reporter Joelle Lukasiewicz as the station's News Director where she will oversee the station's "News @ 9" broadcast. Lukasiewicz lengthy resume includes stints at the news operations of Detroit's WDIV Ch. 4, WXYZ Ch. 7, and WKBD Ch. 50.
    Lukasiewicz is wife of station owner Kevin Adell and has been hosting the station's Saturday's "Motor City Movie Night".



• The FCC has approved Sinclair Broadcast Group's purchase of eight TV stations owned by Freedom Communications for $385 million. In Michigan, Sinclair will add WWMT TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo and WLAJ TV Ch. 53 Lansing; Sinclair already owns WSMH TV Ch. 66 Flint.



Newsmakers and links: Mar. 14, 2012



Detroit Free Press:

Tim Bryant left the Motor City to play golf in Florida last weekend. Sadly, we won't have the chance to ask him how he struck the ball. Bryant, the always-smiling, self-effacing director of media relations for Fox Sports Detroit, died in his sleep, according to his family, some time before he was to have picked up a friend at the airport in Florida on Sunday morning.

Full story: Family, friends and colleagues miss FSD media director Tim Bryant (Wed, 3/14)



Fine Tuning

  • Former WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit (FOX 2) reporter/anchor Brad Edwards has been hired in Chicago at CBS 2 (WBBM-TV). Edwards left Detroit in 2010 to head to WISH-TV in Indianapolis.


Michigan Engineers Honored with Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters who, combined, have served in the industry for nearly nine decades. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the Engineering Luncheon at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held March 14 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.


• Radio Winner: David E. Gale, Staff Engineer, Cornerstone University Radio, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

David E. Gale is a Staff Engineer at Cornerstone University Radio, a position he has held since 2000. He received a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Engineering from Central Michigan University.

Before beginning his commercial broadcast career Gale was drafted by and worked for the Armed Forces Radio Network during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he set to work helping to build several radio stations across the state of Michigan earning the respect of his peers and of the inspectors at the FCC.

While Gale began his career with mercury vapors, he has embraced the emergence of new technology and has readily used it to upgrade and improve his station. For this reason and so many more, Gale is being awarded the 2012 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award for Radio.


• Television Winner: Michael E. Winsky, Chief Engineer, WILX-TV, Lansing, Michigan

Michael E. Winsky is the Chief Engineer at WILX-TV, Lansing. He has over 38 years experience in the field of Broadcast Engineering and has been a vital component in developing the television market in the Lansing DMA. He received a Associate of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Lansing Community College (LCC).

His many accomplishments in the field of television engineering include building of two of Lansing's television station WSYM-TV and WLAJ-TV. His expertise is recognized throughout the state donating countless hours serving on the MAB Engineering Committee planning many GLBCs, SBE, The State of the State, and improving broadcast engineering knowledge across the state. Additionally, Winsky helped to develop the Broadcast Program at his alma mater LCC.

Winsky's unselfish dissemination of his technical knowledge his demonstrated leadership in broadcast engineering affairs across the state is why he was chosen at the 2012 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award Recipient for Television.



Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols and Carter P.C. receive MAB Associate of the Year Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented the accounting firm of Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols and Carter, P.C. in Grand Rapids as their 2012 Associate of the Year Award. The presentation was made Wednesday, March 14 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. The award recognizes the significant contributions made by MAB associate members and acknowledges their efforts in enhancing the quality and integrity of broadcasting while supporting their community.

Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter, P.C., through their dedication to the broadcasting industry, has made it their mission to deliver quality market reports with precision and accuracy. They continue to honor the commitment of co-founder Cliff Aldrin to serve and support the Michigan broadcasting industry.

Through sponsorships, attendance and general support, they have been a valued partner with the MAB and its members for nearly 30 years. They continue to give back to the broadcasting community by sharing their expansive knowledge of market trends and Text Box: Pictured Above (L to R): Duane Alverson, MAB Chairman and Chris Harper, Senior Manager, Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols and Carter accounting, serving as advisors to MAB and its members.

For these reasons that the Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognize and honor the accounting firm of Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter, P.C. as the 2012 MAB Associate of the Year.


MAB Announces 2011 Broadcast Excellence Awards Station of the Year Recipients

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has proudly announced the recipients of its 2011 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Station of the Year. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the BEA competition's selected categories and is given to the station with the most points in each radio and television market. The awards were presented during the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Program on Wednesday, March 14 in Lansing. The following stations were the recipients of the 2011 Station of the Year awards:

Commercial broadcasters

• Market 1 Television: WXYZ-TV, Detroit

• Market 1 Radio: WJR-AM, Detroit

• Market 2 Television: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids

• Market 2 Radio: WKZO-AM/FM, Kalamazoo

• Market 3 Television: WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Traverse City

• Market 3 Radio: WLEN-FM, Adrian

• Market 4 Television: WLUC-TV, Marquette

• Market 4 Radio: WGHN-FM, Grand Haven


Public broadcasters

• Public Television: WKAR-TV, East Lansing

• Group 1 Public Radio: WGVU Radio, Grand Rapids

• Group 2 Public Radio: Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor


The MAB also announced the winners of its Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here. The MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.



MAB Foundation Announces 2012 High School and College Station/Program of the Year Award Winners

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) has announced the recipients of its 2012 High School and College Station/Program of the Year Award. Award winners were chosen based on the total cumulative points earned in all winning categories in the 2012 MABF High School and College Broadcast Awards competition. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 14 in Lansing. The following stations were the recipients of the 2012 Station of the Year Award:

High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Golightly Career and Technical Center

College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Oakland University, WXOU-FM

High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School, RHS-TV

College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV


MABF also announced winners of its High School and College Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here.



• Bethesda Christian Broadcasting FM translator W286BC 105.1 Marquette was granted a construction permit to change power from 55 watts @ 33 feet to 13 watts @ 79 feet from a new location west of Marquette. The translator would rebroadcast Contemporary Christian WKPK-FM 88.3 Michigamme.


• No notable activity for March 14.


Pure Michigan campaign set for national run

A $12 million advertising campaign will start on Monday, March 19th and run through June on more than twenty national cable stations such as Animal Planet, CNN, and The Weather Channel. The goal is to duplicate the success of similar campaigns that in the past have successfully lured tourists to Michigan during the summer travel season.

Travel destinations to be highlighted include Mackinac Island, The Henry Ford, Traverse City and Ann Arbor - organizations that each contributed $500,000 toward the Pure Michigan effort.



FOX Sports Detroit, FSD Detroit+ providing live coverage of MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals

The Michigan High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Finals are being broadcast by FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit+ on Saturday, March 17th.

The Class D final began at 10 a.m. on FOX Sports Detroit. That game will be followed by the Class A game at noon on FSD, Class C at 4 p.m. on FSD, and Class B at 6 p.m. on FSD PLUS.

Nicole DiDonato and Morgan Bond have been hired at WXMI, the Fox-affiliate in Grand Rapids. DiDonato will be a multimedia journalist on the station's morning newscast ... Bond will be a multimedia journalist for the station's evening newscasts.

Full story: Nicole DiDonato, Morgan Bond Join WXMI (Thu, 3/15)



Fine Tuning

  • Former WYCD/Detroit midday host Mike Scott starts Monday, March 19th as the new afternoon drive host and Program Director at KZKX-FM 96.9 Lincoln, NE.
  • Peter Chan has exited as chief meteorologist from Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids.
  • NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has come to terms with Bright House Networks on a retransmission agreement that will ensure the station remains on the cable system serving portions of Oakland and Wayne counties.
  • CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 Detroit has re-branded itself from 'CBS Detroit' to 'CBS 62'.



Twelve WBFH/Bloomfield Hills take home awards from MABF

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won four first place awards, two second place awards and three third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 14, 2012 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received 571 entries from 31 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won nine of the 25 awards given out in the high school radio division:

• Andover senior Cameron Billes won three awards: 1st Place (tie), MHSAA Sports PSA (with Bryan Furlong); 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Sean Shepard); 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Bryan Furlong).

• Andover senior Paul Stewart won two awards: 1st Place, Talk Show; 3rd Place, Station Activities Report (with Justin Lopas).

• Andover senior Kenny Selander won one award: 1st Place, Public Service Announcement (with Harrison Kenum).

• Andover senior Harrison Kenum won one award: 1st Place, Public Service Announcement (with Kenny Selander).

• Andover junior Danny Harwood won one award: 1st Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Winston Parker).

• Andover sophomore Winston Parker won one award: 1st Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Danny Harwood).

• Andover junior Bryan Furlong won two awards: 1st Place (tie), MHSAA Sports PSA (with Cameron Billes); 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Cameron Billes).

• Lahser junior Sean Shepard won two awards: 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Cameron Billes); 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Ayman Alam and Michael Blumenthal).

• Andover senior Grace McIlhon won one award: 2nd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature.

• Andover senior Justin Lopas won one award: 3rd Place, Station Activities Report (with Paul Stewart).

• Lahser junior Michael Blumenthal won one award: 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Ayman Alam and Sean Shepard).

• Andover sophomore Ayman Alam won one award: 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Sean Shepard and Michael Blumenthal).

Billes, McIlhon, Harwood and Selander won MABF awards last year. Stewart, Lopas, Kenum, Parker, Furlong, Shepard, Alam and Blumenthal are all first-time MABF award winners.

Stewart was one of only three high school students to be awarded an MAB Foundation scholarship. Students who won a scholarship have been accepted at a MABF-approved Michigan college, university or trade school and plan to pursue a career in a broadcast-related field. Each one-time scholarship award is $750. Stewart will attend Albion College next fall.

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr were present to congratulate the award winning students. "I'm so proud of all the Biff students who won awards, especially those who won for the first time" said Bowers.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills - or online at


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 19, 2012



New Detroit Public TV Series premieres this week

WTVS Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will launch a new news/public affairs program designed to meet the community's evolving need for journalism-focused context and perspective on the top news and issues affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

The program, MiWeek, debuts on DPTV's main television channel, WTVS-TV Channel 56, on Friday March 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., its regularly weekly time slot.

The show will be available to viewers on-demand, at any time, at

Veteran Michigan news anchor Christy McDonald will host MiWeek. McDonald's work with DPTV in the past year includes anchoring live coverage of the Mackinac Policy Conference and Great Lakes Week. Joining her each week for analysis will be Nolan Finley, Detroit News Editorial Page Editor and Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press. Henderson will continue to host American Black Journal on DPTV.

Debbie Dingell, who had served as a co-host on the program "Am I Right?" which will no longer be produced by DPTV, will serve as a contributor to MiWeek and other DPTV productions.

"In a crowded and often confusing environment for citizens bombarded with headlines, soundbites, tweets and commercials, MiWeek will serve as a place to help the community make sense of the news, in order to focus on solving issues and moving forward," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of DPTV. "The creation of MiWeek is a reflection of our refocused mission to partner with the community to help solve its most important issues through the power of public media. It is a natural continuation of our recent productions that provided unprecedented access to the most important gatherings in our state last year - the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference and Great Lakes Week in Detroit."

The program also plans to introduce new, important and authoritative voices to provide additional perspective on the news. MiWeek will also have access to in-depth journalistic content from Bridge Magazine, the online publication produced by The Center For Michigan.

"By producing a weekly program presenting diverse points of view on the stories and issues that matter most, MiWeek will complement what is available on air and online elsewhere and live up to the trust that our audience places in public television," added Homberg.

MiWeek is the latest example of new capabilities that DPTV has built in recent years. Those include a national documentary productions unit that produced "Beyond The Light Switch," a winner of a duPont-Columbia University Award, the highest honor in broadcast journalism. DPTV is also producing new, national PBS fundraising programs, including a concert with the internationally renowned group Il Volo, recorded in 2011 at the Detroit Opera House. MiWeek will maintain a website at



Fine Tuning

  • Cumulus' numerous changes in Toledo: Morning host Mark Benson returns to Classic Rock WXKR-FM 94.5 after spending some time at sister station WMIM-FM 98.3; that move coincides with shifting Free Beer & Hot Wings off WXKR and on to Modern Rock "Toledo's Zone" which is now back on FM translator W264AK 100.7 in addition to an HD subchannel of WXKR.

    The web site for Contemporary Hits "100.7 The Vibe" (which was also on a WXKR HD subchannel and previously heard on the 100.7 translator) now redirects to sister station Pop WWWM-FM 105.5 "Star 105" and has ceased operating as WWWM shifts its musical focus toward Contemporary Hits. Andrew Z joins Star 105 for mornings.

  • Greater Media's Detroit active rocker WRIF-FM 101.1 has launched its annual search for a new Rock Girl - casting calls start this week to fill the position that pays $40,000 for a year's worth of representing the station at concerts and other events as well as some on-air duties. Details at



• LIN TV low power TV station WOKZ-CD Ch. 50 Kalamazoo was granted its license to cover for digital operations; the station has flash cut from analog on Ch. 50. WOKZ-CD rebroadcasts MyNetworkTV affililate WXSP Grand Rapids.


• No notable activity for March 16.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 20, 2012



Detroit News:

Don Shane is not used to being in the spotlight. For 38 years -- 23 of them at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) -- Shane has been the sports reporter asking the tough questions and chasing down the good stories. Now, that's coming to an end. The 59-year-old Baltimore native has retired as the station's sports director. And today, his soon-to-be former co-workers will hold an on-air tribute to him with a series of special goodbyes complete with clips and highlights.

Full story: WXYZ says so long to Don Shane (Tue, 3/20)



Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV won the lion's share of awards for its market in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Broadcast Excellence Awards for 2011. WGVU-TV, meanwhile, took four statewide awards for public television, more than any other public TV station in Michigan.

Full story: 24 Hour News 8 and WZZM 13 win most of 2011 Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards for its market size (Tue, 3/20)



• Roy E. Henderson's News/Talk WCUZ FM 100.1 Bear Lake was granted its license to cover to change power from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 2,050 watts @ 564 feet from a new transmitter/antenna location near the Manistee/Benzie County line.



Newsmakers and links: Mar. 21, 2012



Crain's Detroit Business:

Will conservative-bent Detroit talk station WJR 760 AM replace the beleaguered "Rush Limbaugh Show" in the noon to 3 p.m. weekday slot with former Republican presidential candidate-turned-media personality Mike Huckabee's new show month? Right now, it's unclear but the station's parent company is sending messages that such a switch is very possible on its outlets.

Full story: Colossal Conservative Clash: Will Rush Limbaugh be replaced by Mike Huckabee on Detroit radio, or just challenged? (Wed, 3/21)



Grand Rapids Press:

Question: If a radio DJ shaves his head, does his voice change? I'm thinking of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. Samson's strength was directly tied to his flowing locks.

Full story: WLAV's Rob Brandt to shave head to raise awareness and money for Van Andel Institute (Wed, 3/21)

WGVU Radio has been named Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for 2011. WGVU Radio, a service of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, was awarded five of seven possible Best in Category awards at the annual statewide Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony held last week in Lansing.

Full story: WGVU radio named 2011 Station of the Year by Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Wed, 3/21)



• Mentor Partners' FM translator W236BR 95.1 Reed City was granted its license to cover to increase power from 80 to 250 watts. The translator rebroadcasts sister station WBRN AM 1460 Big Rapids.



Newsmakers and links: Mar. 22, 2012



Detroit's WMYD Ch. 20 suffering from extended outage

MyNetworkTV WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit has been noted off the air for much of today, March 22nd. The reason for the surprisingly lengthy outage is not immediately clear.

The outage does not appear to be affecting the other TV stations (WWJ-TV Ch. 62, WTVS-TV Ch. 56, WUDT-CA Ch. 23) that also broadcast from the same tower. The outage affects both Ch. 20.1 and Ch. 20.2. At least some cable providers are also affected- Comcast is displaying blue 'technical difficulty screens for Ch 20.1, both SD and HD, and Ch. 20.2.



Detroit News:

A serial killer once confessed to Bill Gallagher, even before he'd confided in the cops. Returned a call, found Gallagher in a Channel 2 truck, started running down the list: murder, murder, rape, yeah, he did it. The very same Bill Gallagher won a Peabody Award -- sort of like the Oscars, but for people who have to rent their tuxedos -- in his first year at his first full-time TV job.

Full story: WJBK newsman Bill Gallagher signing off (Thu, 3/22)



Detroit Free Press / Associated Press:

Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.

Full story: $100K radio campaign aiming to tarnish Rush Limbaugh will air in Detroit (Thu, 3/22)



Grand Rapids Press:

Fox 17 has posted a want ad for a new chief meteorologist following the departure of Peter Chan last week from WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Fox17 begins search for chief meteorologist to replace Peter Chan at WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids (Thu, 3/22)

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles. Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates.

Full story: 3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles (Thu, 3/22)


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 23, 2012



Grand Rapids Press:

Michigan Radio at the University of Michigan raised $817,000 during its spring membership drive, some 6 percent beyond its goal. Named 2011 Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Public Radio Stations with budgets above $2 million, the Michigan Radio Network includes WUOM-FM (91.7) in Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM (91.1) in Flint and WVGR-FM (104.1) in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Michigan Radio raises more than $800,000 in spring membership drive, 6 percent above goal (Thu, 3/22)



Detroit News:

A Night of Giggles & Gloves II, a benefit for Mittens for Detroit, is 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Ballroom inside MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St.

Full story: Radio host Coco to highlight Mittens for Detroit fundraiser (Fri, 3/23)


To further encourage viewers, a number of local PBS affiliates produced vignettes that run on air and online in conjunction with "Finding Your Roots." In turn, Detroit Public Television WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is spotlighting a few Metro Detroiters with compelling ancestral stories.

Full story: New PBS series traces noncelebrity lineages, too (Fri, 3/23)


Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is launching "MiWeek," a new show that debuts at 7:30 tonight. The news and public affairs program is designed to meet the community's evolving need for a journalism-focused perspective on the top news stories and issues affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

Full story: Friday TV pick: 'MiWeek' (Fri, 3/23)



Detroit Free Press:

Some years it is a grind, Will Tieman admitted. Tieman, the Michigan State play-by-play radio broadcaster, reflected on the season before Thursday's 57-44 loss to Louisville.

Full story: Play-by-play man Will Tieman enjoys this Michigan State team (Fri, 3/23)



The State News:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recently named WKAR-TV the Public Television Station of the Year at the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony. The station had seven individual winning entries in the children's programming, community involvement and membership appeal categories among others.

Full story: WKAR named 'Public Television Station of the Year' (Fri, 3/23)


Fox 2 Detroit:

Bill Gallagher, the professor of local journalism, went to work Friday for perhaps the 7,000th time. But the day was a special one. After more than 10,000 television news stories, today's would be his last. The day began much like the others -- with a false start.

Full story: TV Bill's Excellent Adventure (Fri, 3/23)



Flint Journal:

Michigan Public Radio will host a discussion on the state's emergency manager law at 6 p.m. Monday at Blackstone's Pub, 531 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint. Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's senior political analyst, is expected to lead the dialogue on the controversial measure. The event is part of Michigan Radio's Issues & Ale series.

Full story: Michigan Radio to host emergency manager discussion in downtown Flint (Thu, 3/22)



Fine Tuning

  • Thursday's hours-long outage at Detroit's WMYD-TV Ch. 20 was apparently a power-related issue. The station was noted back on the air in the early hours of Friday.

  • A couple of AM radio format changes that slipped by over the last several months: Ludington's WKLA AM 1450 has dropped News/Talk in favor of Oldies; Sault Ste Marie's WKNW AM 1400 also dropped News/Talk in favor of Sports.



• Monroe Public Access Cable Television closed on the purchase of Pop WYDM-FM 97.5 Monroe from the Monroe Public Schools.


• West Central Michigan Media Ministries closed on the purchase of WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison from The Country King.


• No notable activity for March 22.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 26, 2012



Salem Communications buys Metro Detroit FM translator

Salem Communications' Pennsylvania Media Associates has agreed to purchase FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Township from Martz Communications' Radio Power for $250,000 pending FCC approval and closing. This translator, which has a construction permit to move to FM 92.7 as W224CC where it would serve much of southern Macomb County from an antenna located in Roseville, was recently acquired by Martz from Radio Assist Ministry.

The sale application shows that Salem plans to use the translator to rebroadcast its news/talk WDTK AM 1400.

Martz purchased agreed purchase this particular translator for $32,000 in November, 2011 and closed on the acquisition earlier this month. Martz never used it as part of the short-lived attempt to use two other area translators to rebroadcast digital subchannels of WGPR-FM. Those two offerings (104.7 The Oasis and 94.3 The Bone) folded earlier this year and the two associated translators have remained silent.



WJBK-TV, Fox 2 Detroit:

Photojournalist Rodney Ferguson was 50-years-old and had worked at WJBK Channel 2 since 1989. He died suddenly from complications of sickle cell anemia early Sunday morning. He leaves behind his beautiful wife Ramona, his handsome step-sons, Derrick and Zachary, his gorgeous daughter Danielle, and his granddaughter Arielle -- and he was crazy about that kid. His colleagues were crazy about him, to use one of his sayings: "He was most humble and lovable without a doubt."

Full story: Fox 2 Remembers Rodney 'Hot Rod' Ferguson (Mon, 3/26)

Chris Hansen recently spoke about his alleged extramarital relationship with former WPTV reporter Kristyn Caddell with the "Mojo in the Morning" radio show, saying that the series of National Enquirer reports from last summer were "full of hurtful lies."

Full story: Chris Hansen Says National Enquirer Reports of Affair Were 'Full of Hurtful Lies' (Mon, 3/26)



WCZE FM 103.7 Harbor Beach was granted its license to cover. The station is owned by Jennifer and & Edward Czelada who also control the Contemporary Christian Smile FM network.


• The FCC approved the sale of FM translator W286BC 105.1 Marquette to Great Lakes Radio from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting. Sale price was $25,000.


• Salem Communications' Pennsylvania Media Associates is purchasing FM translator W248AQ 97.5 Harrison Township from Martz Communications' Radio Power for $250,000 pending FCC approval and closing.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 27, 2012



Flint Journal:

Dawn Jones is headed home to TV after a stint at City Hall. Jones was a reporter and anchor at WJRT (Channel 12) but left in 2009, when Flint Mayor Dayne Walling appointed her communications director for City Hall. Now, she's headed back to the news desk at the end of May.

Full story: Flint City Hall spokeswoman Dawn Jones returning 'home' to WJRT TV news desk as anchor (Tue, 3/27)


Every year, men struggle with finding the money and method to pop the question of marriage to hopeful brides-to-be. But this spring, FOX66 will lay all the financial and mood-setting groundwork for an occasion that one woman will never forget.

Full story: American Idol and FOX66 to host Michigan marriage proposal (Tue, 3/27)



Toledo Blade:

The sale of a Toledo TV station that could result in as many as 63 layoffs was approved Monday by the Federal Communications Commission. WUPW-TV, Channel 36, has been purchased by American Spirit Media from LIN Media in a $22 million deal. Courtney Guertin, a spokesman for LIN Media, said in an e-mail Tuesday morning the sale has yet to close.

Full story: FCC approves Channel 36 sale; 63 layoffs loom (Tue, 3/27)

ATribune television stations in 16 markets across the country began informing DirecTV subscribers on Monday that they could lose the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by those stations at midnight, March 31, when Tribune's contract with DirecTV expires. Subscribers will also lose access to WGN America, Tribune's national cable network. Among the markets involved are New Orleans; Houston; Philadelphia; Chicago; San Diego; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids, Mich.; amd Harrisburg, Pa. (Tribune owns/operates FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids)

Full story: Tribune threatens to pull plug on DirecTV (Mon, 3/26)

Eighteen west Michigan radio listeners are headed to Guatemala this Thursday with WCSG and Orphan Outreach. It'll be a first-time mission trip for many of the team.

Full story: Radio listeners get out of the pew and head to Guatemala (Mon, 3/26)



• Low power TV station WHNE-LD Ch. 26 Flint has been granted a construction permit to change to Channel 20, relocate its antenna from near Holly to Southfield with a directional antenna that would give the station over-the-air coverage over much of Metro Detroit. The station would no longer be easily viewed in Flint. WHNE-LD is currently affiliated with RetroTV, Jewelry TV, America One, and Tuff TV on various subchannels.


• West Central Michigan Media Ministries has applied for Remain Silent Authority for its recently acquired WKKM FM 90.7 Harrison. WCMMM intends to relocate the station's antenna upon the grant of a modification application that has been filed with the FCC. Until the move is complete, the station will remain off the air.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 28, 2012



FOX Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former Major League outfielder Craig Monroe as a studio analyst for the 2012 Tigers season.

Full story: Craig Monroe joins FSD as analyst (Wed, 3/28)



Bloomfield Hills WBFH sets annual 'Biffstock' fundraiser

The Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH FM 88.1, also known as The Biff, will begin broadcasting its 36th Annual Biffstock pledge drive at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 and will continue until 11 p.m. Friday, April 13.  WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.

"Our radio-a-thon is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations" said WBFH Biffstock Chair and Andover Senior Zac Barnett.   All 28 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air for one-hour shifts for a total of 28 hours of live programming.  The shift schedule and other pledge drive information can be found on the station website: Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter @TheBiff881.

There are four levels of support for those that want to be a fan of The Biff:  $25, $50, $100 and $250 or more.  Those who donate receive donor announcements aired on the station and listing on the station's website.  Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also fax in pledges to (248) 341-5679 or e-mail pledges to

Listeners are also encouraged to join The Biff Fan Group on Facebook.  Search "WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff" and click "Like".

The station will be broadcasting live during the school day from Lahser High School Thursday, April 12 and from Andover High School Friday, April 13.

In connection with the pledge drive, a benefit rock concert is scheduled for May 18 in the Andover Theater at 7 p.m.  Details about the concert will be posted on the station website.  A $5 donation will be collected at the door.

WBFH is one of only ten high schools in the state with an FM radio station.  The station is supervised by the WBFH management team of Station Manager/Electronic Media Teacher Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr.



Saginaw News:

Delta College's radio station, WUCX Q90.1 was recently honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, winning three awards during the organization's state meeting. The college won a merit award in the categories of Feature Use of Medium, Community Involvement and Membership Appeal.

Full story: Delta College's radio station wins three awards from Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Tue, 3/27)




This year, the E.W. Scripps Co. will morph from a newspaper company that owns television stations to a broadcast company that owns some newspapers. With this year's addition of the McGraw-Hill station group, which Scripps purchased for $212 million, annual broadcast revenue will jump 50% to roughly $450 million. Publishing, by contrast, will contribute a just $400 million.

Full story: Scripps Co.: Old media dog full of new tricks (Wed, 3/28)


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 29, 2012



Another awful day at Clear Channel affects Detroit market...

It's become an annual (or even more regular) event at Clear Channel's radio stations across the country - mass layoffs that affect people in markets from coast to coast.

Another wave hit today, and apparently there have been a number of people that were let go from some of Clear Channel's seven stations in the Detroit market. Names that have been reported in various trade publications, on social networks, and on message boards include Russ McNamara and Tom 'The Gov' Millikan from WDFN AM 1130, Joe Rosati from WQKI-FM 95.5, O'Neill Stevens from WMXD-FM 92.3, and Dr. Darrius from WJLB-FM 97.9. There are others as well, many of them hard working people behind the scenes that unfortunately will be making phone calls to MARVIN soon.


... and Grand Rapids too

Clear Channel's operations in West Michigan apparently weren't entirely spared from the cutbacks either. Only the name of ESPN 96.1 producer/host Ryan Terpstra has been identified thus far, but as is the case in Detroit there are likely others that received bad news about their jobs today.



Smile FM expansion in southeast Michigan continues

A slice of eastern Macomb and southern St. Clair counties are the newest areas served by Contemporary Christian Smile FM with this week's sign on of WVMV FM 91.5 China Township. The new station's antenna is located between New Baltimore and Algonac.

The Smile FM network added service in the downriver area of Metro Detroit with the sign on of WDTP FM 89.5 last summer and is heard across many other areas of the state.



WXYZ-TV, WDET-FM to air this evening's Town Hall with Governor Snyder and Deputy Detroit Mayor Kirk Lewis

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis, filling in for Mayor Dave Bing, will meet face-to-face to tackle the issue of Detroit's financial future on a special Detroit 2020 live interactive town hall meeting on Thursday, March 29th, from 7-8 p.m. on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and simulcast on WDET-FM 101.9. The special, "The Challenge of Change," will allow viewers to engage in the conversation through social media, and ask questions of the Governor and Deputy Mayor on Facebook, Twitter and on-line.

This special comes at a critical time for Detroit, as city and state officials continue to debate plans for the financially troubled city that could include the appointment of an emergency manager. "The Challenge of Change," will offer a live forum for viewers to participate in a dialogue about the fiscal challenges facing the city.

"We believe it's an important service to our viewers to allow them to engage in an important discussion that will ultimately have a dramatic impact on their lives and the future of their city," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This show is part of our ongoing commitment through Detroit 2020 to take action for our viewers on-air, on-line and on mobile platforms."

"The Challenge of Change" will be hosted by 7 Action News anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with reports from Diana Lewis, JoAnne Purtan, and Dave LewAllen.



Grand Rapids Press:

The Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will again deliver some of the biggest names in the industry for its annual party. Birthday Bash 20 will be held on June 23-24 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin.

Full story: Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Brantley Gilbert and Lee Brice top list of acts at B-93 Birthday Bash 20 (Wed, 3/27)



Fine Tuning

  • Dahmer exits afternoons at Townsquare Media Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids to take a still-to-be-announced gig at Clear Channel Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit.

  • Former Detroit radio personality Rick Gillette (he spent about 10 years in the Motor City between WHYT and WKQI) has been named as Program Director for CBS Radio's 92.3 Now in New York City. After leaving Detroit, Gillette has spent time in Chicago and, most recently, Phoenix.



• Two LIN Media low power TV stations in West Michigan were granted their license to cover for changing from analog to digital operations on the same channels: WOGC-CD Ch. 25 and WOHO-CD Ch. 33 Holland. WOHO is used to rebroadcast MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP Grand Rapids and WOGC is used to rebroadcast NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Grand Rapids.


• The recently licensed WGRL FM 95.3 Tuscarora Township (Indian River) was granted remain silent authorization through September 25, 2012.


• No notable activity for March 28.


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 30, 2012



Grand Rapids Press:

"Into the Dark," the documentary about the murder of Shannon Siders, will air at midnight Monday on local PBS station WGVU-TV (Channel 35). Directed by David Schock, the film investigates the unsolved crime, which took place in 1989 in Newaygo County.

Full story: Documentary about Shannon Siders' murder, 'Into the Dark,' to air on WGVU (Thu, 3/29)



Detroit Free Press:

A funeral will be held today for photojournalist Rodney Ferguson, 50, who died Sunday from complications of sickle cell anemia, according to WJBK-TV (Channel 2), where he had worked since 1989.

Full story: Funeral is today for Fox 2 Detroit photojournalist (Fri, 3/30)







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