May 2012 Archives

Two Michigan high school radio stations to help celebrate High School Radio Day on May 16

High school radio stations in the United States will come together for one day of celebration May 16 when the first-ever High School Radio Day is launched.

Since there are so few high schools with radio stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting after so many have been shut down due to school district budget cuts.

A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on May 16: Schools can register their stations on that site with a link to their station website. The day will include an open video call where stations will be able to talk to one another and share technical expertise, fundraising events, programming and promotion ideas.

High School Radio Day comes on the heels of College Radio Day that occurred last October. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day founder Pete Bowers (Station Manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, MI) decided to hold the day in May since the first U.S. high school radio station, WNAS, went on the air in May, 1949.

Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational radio station or an internet-only radio station. "And that number is dropping," said Bowers. "That's why we need to unite on High School Radio Day and make the public aware of what we do, how we do it, and the service we provide our communities," he said.

Two high school radio stations from Michigan have registered as a Participating Schools. WBFH-FM in Bloomfield Hills and WSDP-FM in Canton will be two of the schools in the nation promoting High School Radio Day.

Bowers knows that this inaugural High School Radio Day will be just the start of what he hopes will be an annual event. Participating high school stations are listed on Students and advisors at those stations will be reaching out to potential listeners in their broadcast area and online to give them a listen and be prepared to hear creative programming not heard on commercial stations.

CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT and its sister stations are teaming with the anti-bullying movement DEFEAT THE LABEL to join an international call to action against bullying that will take place across the world. The stations along with WYCD, WOMC, WXYT, WWJ-A and WXYT-A will join millions of students, teachers and parents across 170 countries on MAY 4th, 2012 at noon ET in unison against bullying.

Full story: CBS Radio/Detroit, 98.7 AMP Stand Up Against Bullying (Tue, 5/1)



Detroit News:

Pepper liked to nest beneath the silverware drawer. That would have been a good story to tell -- how she'd fly right over the forks and spoons, land on the back of the open bin and ease herself down. Or the neon sign story. That's a good one, too, says Dr. Don Carpenter, and he probably would have told it if only he'd been able to choke the words out.

Full story: One spicy parrot: Bird owner stirs hearts with tales of Pepper (Tue, 5/1)


Longtime WFUR/Grand Rapids morning host Dave Kuiper dies

Dave Kuiper, son of the late longtime WFUR-FM/AM 102.9/1570 owner William Kuiper, died on April 28th at the age of 58. Dave hosted mornings at WFUR for over 30 years.

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U-M's Michigan Radio to sponsor "One Minute Michigan" story writing contest

The University of Michigan's Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids), in partnership with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, is presenting a "One Minute Michigan" story writing contest. People across Michigan are being invited to submit stories about their favorite Michigan memories or experiences. The contest is open to anyone with a personal Michigan-themed story to tell. Entrants are asked to submit a 120-word description of a uniquely Michigan experience - for example, a Michigan travel or adventure moment, a Michigan landmark, where they were when they ate your favorite Michigan food for the first time, and so on.

Three winning essays will be recorded and aired on Michigan Radio and posted on the Michigan Radio website, The three winners will also each receive a pair of tickets to "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass" on June 23 at Ann Arbor's Power Center, and admission to the evening's private reception with Ira Glass. One of the three winning essays will be selected and read onstage by Ira Glass during the performance.

Stories must be a maximum of 120 words and must mention at least one Michigan location. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, May 31, 2012. People can submit a story at:

"Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass" will take place at 8 p.m. on June 23 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor. The creator of the public radio show This American Life will talk about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.

As part of the event, Glass will mix stories from the show--live onstage--and play funny and memorable This American Life moments and discuss their creation. Tickets for the show are available at



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The debut of "Buzz TV Jackson" has been pushed back two weeks. The new 30-minute, Jackson-produced variety show, which was to debut after "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Friday night will not air as planned.

Full story: "Buzz TV Jackson" premiere pushed back until May 18 (Wed, 5/2)


Paul W. Smith to take WJR show on the road for Pure Michigan Tour

For the 9th consecutive year, Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit host Paul W. Smith is hitting the road for his week-long annual Pure Michigan Tour beginning Friday, May 4th in Monroe at the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theatre.

Traveling all around the state in a custom tour bus provided by Dean Trailways of Michigan, Paul W. and Executive Producer Ann Thomas will be visiting Michigan's vacation destinations, talking with city officials and promoting the glory of spending our summer vacations right here in the Great Lakes state. Here's where Paul W. and Ann will be broadcasting live with Pure Michigan - Your Trip Begins at

  • Fri. May 4: Monroe/Lobby of the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theatre
  • Mon. May 7: Holland/CityFlats Hotel in Downtown Holland
  • Tues. May 8: Gaylord/Legends Restaurant at Treetops Resort
  • Wed. May 9: Mackinac Island/Grand Hotel
  • Thur. May 10: Bad Axe/Bad Axe Theatre
  • Fri. May 11: Detroit/The Wintergarden Studio on the Detroit Riverfront



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

He is one of Detroit's most well-known personalities but now he may be in some hot water for an on-air incident, and a letter obtained exclusively by Action News spells out the potential legal trouble for the morning show host.A letter, sent to Thomas Carballo, better known as "Mojo" from the Mojo in the Morning show on 95.5, informs him that former cast member, "Rob the Web Guy" plans to file a lawsuit against "Mojo" and Clear Channel which owns the radio station.

Full story: Popular radio host Mojo to face legal action from former cast member (Thu, 5/3)


WXMI-TV FOX 17 has named Rick Mecklenburg its chief meteorologist, succeeding Peter Chan, who departed in March. Formerly chief meteorologist at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Mecklenburg filled in for Chan last August and September when Chan was sidelined with a torn Archilles tendon.

Full story: FOX 17 names Rick Mecklenburg as chief meteorologist, succeeding Peter Chan (Fri, 5/4)


Detroit News:

Tigers radio analyst Jim Price will miss the team's nine-game road trip that starts Monday night, but the team insists he is feeling fine. Price, 70, has been battling health problems in recent months and missed a series in Kansas City last month.

Full story: Dan Petry to pinch-hit for Jim Price on Tigers' nine-game road trip (Mon, 5/7)



Fine Tuning

  • Cumulus Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit will add the new syndicated program from Perez Hilton weekday evenings starting May 21st.

  • Fox Sports Detroit's Mario Impemba providing DVD's of Detroit Tigers opening day to troops for 4th straight year: Operation Opening Day

  • Former WKMH AM 1310 engineer Russell G. Betz died at the age of 89: Obituary,


Detroit News:

As a former high-school newspaper nerd, it warms my heart to see student journalists reaching new heights. This is one reason I'm spotlighting the broadcast journalism students at Fraser High School who recently earned two awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Full story: Fraser High broadcast students pull down awards (Tue, 5/8)



WJBK-TV, FOX 2 Detroit:

Dale Pegg has been capturing the news for WJBK since the 1970s. Working for the CBS affiliate all the way up to the present day FOX affiliate, Dale has seen it all. Now, after 42 years, he plans to retire.

Full story: FOX 2 Pays Tribute to Longtime Photographer Dale Pegg (Mon, 5/7)


Detroit Free Press:

The annual Mott Children's Hospital takeover of WTKA-AM (1050) will be next Friday, May 18. Michigan football guests will dominate the airwaves from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The event kicks off the Brian Griese/Steve Hutchinson/Charles Woodson fundraising weekend, during which the stars of the 1997 national championship team put on an array of events to raise money for the hospital, including a gala dinner and a golf outing.

Full story: Lineup set for Michigan football charity radio 'takeover' (Thu, 5/10)




WZZM , the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 42), will replay its 6 a.m. newscast on its ch. 13.2, WZZM 13 On Target Weather Network, Mondays through Fridays beginning June 4 at 7 a.m.

Full story: WZZM to replay 6 A.M. news on subchannel (Thu, 5/10)



WDIV-TV Local 4 Detroit:

Alan Frank, president and chief executive officer of Post-Newsweek Stations, the television broadcasting division of The Washington Post Company, has announced that he will retire from that position at the end of 2012. "Alan Frank has been a key contributor to the company for more than 30 years and a brilliant head of Post-Newsweek Stations," said Donald E. Graham, chairman and chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company.

Full story: Alan Frank, President and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, to retire at end of 2012 (Wed, 5/9)



Crain's Detroit Business:

The headquarters of Post-Newsweek Stations Inc., which owns the local NBC affiliate WDIV-Channel 4, will officially move next year from Detroit to Chicago to accommodate the broadcaster's incoming president and CEO. The geographical shift is largely symbolic.

Full story: Post-Newsweek Stations, owner of WDIV-Channel 4, to move headquarters from Detroit to Chicago next year (Wed, 5/9)



Grand Rapids Press:

It's been 27 years since former WZZM 13 Chief Meteorologist Craig James set foot in the studios on 3 Mile Road NW. "It's been great fun seeing all the old people," he said.

Full story: Behind the scenes look as former anchormen return to WZZM 13, share memories (Wed, 5/9)


WZZM-TV's anchormen were having a good time. Former newsmen Barry Shanley, meteorologist Craig James and sportscaster Sam Hooks were on air Monday with anchorman Lee Van Ameyde to remember the 80's.

Full story: WZZM-TV former broadcasters reminisce about the 'golden era' of TV news in the 1980s (Wed, 5/9)



Fine Tuning

  • After less than three months on the job, Rob Otto has been let go as Sports Director at Birach Broadcasting Sports WCAR AM 1090.



Many of you have e-mailed me questions about Local 4's annual NOAA Weather Radio campaign, so I'll answer those questions here: How long do I have to buy one of the radios at the special WDIV discounted price? Our campaign extends well into the summer, so you have plenty of time to buy your radio for $29.99, which is $10 off the normal retail price.

Full story: Paul Gross gives weather radio campaign update (Mon, 5/14)


Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch:

The Biff, 88.1 FM, will host the first ever nationwide celebration of high school radio stations on Wednesday. The brainchild of WBHF's award-winning station manager Pete Bowers, the event is modeled after National College Radio Day in October, and consists of 30 stations from 14 states around the country.

Full story: BIFF Hosts First National High School Radio Day (Tue, 5/15)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Guy Gordon has spent nearly three decades anchoring newscasts in Detroit. He credits a lot of his success to what he learned at WZZM 13 in the 1980's. He worked at the station from 1981 to 1984 as the weekend anchor.

Full story: Guy Gordon credits WZZM for success (Mon, 5/14)



Grand Rapids Press:

Doing the news for WZZM-TV was good for former anchor Guy Gordon and for John Keating, formerly known as Steve Knight.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 was a good start for two former newsmen still broadcasting today (Tue, 5/15)


The anchormen are back again. Still not Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell or even Christina Applegate. But WZZM-TV 13's 50th anniversary celebration continues this week with more familiar faces from the past.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 anchors return for second week of blast from the past to celebrate 50th anniversary (Mon, 5/14)



WSB-TV Atlanta, GA:

A television anchor is coming forward with an emotional story of an attack in downtown Atlanta, hoping that she can find the man who came to her rescue more than two decades ago. Diana Lewis, an anchor at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, was interviewing for a job at CNN in October 1986 when she took a wrong turn.

Full story: TV anchor searching for "angel" 20 years after attack (Mon, 5/14)



WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:

Former Fox 2 Photo-Journalist Earl L. "Bud" Johnson Dies at Age 83 (Tue, 5/15)


Grand Rapids Press:

TV stations and news and entertainment websites in West Michigan have been nominated for 44 Michigan Emmy Awards for 2011.

Full story: West Michigan TV stations, websites, tally 44 nominations for 2011 Michigan Emmy Awards (Wed, 5/16)


WSNX-FM (104.5) made two major announcements about this year's Party in the Park concert

Full story: 104.5 WSNX expands Party in the Park, teases lineup announcement (Wed, 5/16)


If you're a regular viewer of WWMT (Channel 3) news, you may be wondering what happened to Jennifer Dowling. If you watch WXMI (Channel 17), you already know.

Full story: Wondering why Jennifer Dowling has disappeared from WWMT Newschannel 3? Just switch channels (Wed, 5/16)


Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and its viewers are losing yet another on-air personality to retirement. Reporter and fill-in anchor Val Clark, who has been at the local ABC affiliate for more than 30 years, announced she is retiring from the station this summer. Earlier this week, the Detroit City Council honored Clark for being tough but fair.

Full story: Television reporter Val Clark to retire (Wed, 5/16)



Detroit Free Press:

Tigers radio analyst Jim Price said he missed the team's just-concluded trip at the suggestion of owner Mike Ilitch, who was concerned the West Coast swing might tax Price's health.

Full story: TTigers radio analyst Jim Price on his return: 'I feel great' (Thu, 5/17)



Dozens of former Michigan football players returned to Ann Arbor on Friday for a good cause, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital will reap plenty of benefit because of it. Ex-Wolverines Charles Woodson, Steve Hutchinson and Brian Griese are hosting their annual Champions for Children's Heart weekend in Ann Arbor, an event that kicked off Friday with WTKA-AM's day-long radiothon in support of the hospital.

Full story: WTKA raises nearly $80,000 for Mott Children's Hospital during Michigan football radio 'takeover' (Fri, 5/18)



Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV's first home, 50 years ago, was in the Pantlind Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. It wasn't exactly the swanky studio you might imagine today.

Full story: Remember WZZM-TV 13's first studio in Grand Rapids? The station's 50th anniversary celebration takes you there (Fri, 5/18)

The once-rockin' "Bone" signal has recently been silent, on a facility that Martz-operated Radio Power Inc. acquired from Edgewater Broadcasting about two years ago. For a while, Radio Power translator W232CA was simulcasting the HD-3 signal of full-power WGPR (107.5). The translator is licensed for 99 watts at 911 feet, coming into Detroit from the northwest. Price: $150,000. The new owner will be Family Life Broadcasting System.

Full story: Tim Martz sells Detroit's ex-"Bone 94.3" translator to Family Life Broadcasting (Mon, 5/21)


Broadcasting & Cable:

Scripps is producing a pair of new programs that will debut Sept. 17 in seven of the company's 13 TV markets. The programs, a game show called Let's Ask America and a news mag called The List, are replacing Scripps' current syndicated shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, in access and early fringe. Scripps has made a substantial effort to produce its own programming and cut back on syndicated costs. It is a partner, along with Cox and Raycom, on the daily show RightThisMinute ... The shows launch in Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tampa and Tulsa. When contracts for other syndicated shows expire in the remaining Scripps markets (Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Indianapolis, Kansas City, West Palm Beach and Bakersfield), Let's Ask America and The List will move into those timeslots.

Full story: Scripps Producing New Game Show and News Mag for Stations (Tue, 5/22)

TOWNSQUARE Active Rocker WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD JERRY TARRANTS brings in SHAFEE for afternoon duties. SHAFFEE started MONDAY, MAY 21st. SHAFFEE and TARRANTS have been trying to get in the same building for a while now.

Full story: Shaffee Heads To WGRD For Afternoons (Tue, 5/22)

WEYI has hired Neille Giffune as assistant news director. In April, WEYI's owner, Barrington Broadcasting, tapped news director Kathy Reynolds to oversee sister station WNWO in Toledo, in addition to leading the news department at the Flint NBC-affiliate. Giffune will assist Reynolds as she splits time between both stations.

Full story: WEYI Hires Assistant News Director (Mon, 5/21)


WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit dropping 'News at 9' collaboration

Adell Broadcasting's attempt to offer the Detroit market an alternative evening newscast at 9:00 p.m. on WADL-TV Ch. 38 is coming to a close and the station has will end its collaboration with The Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, and The Daily Tribune which where helping provide content for the 30-minute weekday program.

WADL plans on adding new syndicated CBS programs including: "The Parkers," "One on One," and "Girlfriends".

"WADL is moving in a new direction, and the news programming will not be a part of its new format," says CEO Kevin Adell. "I want to personally thank everyone who helped us test the 'News@9' segment and also thank CBS Television for providing great programming that serves our market."



Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV's Carl Apple is leaving TV news to become director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Full story: WXMI-TV reporter Carl Apple leaving FOX 17 News to head communications for Grand Rapids Roman Catholic Diocese (Wed, 5/23)


"Why not give the Kenowa Hills principal a bike?" That's what morning radio host Kevin "Gravy" Canup thought when he and others at Hot-FM (105.3) first heard about the senior prank Tuesday morning at Kenowa Hills High School.

Full story: 'Gravy in the Morning' host presents a bike to Kenowa Hills principal (Wed, 5/23)

On Friday morning, right around 9 a.m., Linda Yohn will flip the switch that turns on her studio microphone at WEMU, 89.1-FM. When she does, she'll be marking a milestone--her 25th anniversary of being an on-air host at Eastern Michigan University's venerable public-radio station.

Full story: Linda Yohn celebrating 25 years playing jazz at WEMU (Wed, 5/23)

CLEAR CHANNEL Classic Rock WDTW (106.7 THE D)/DETROIT hires CHAD "TANNER" HANEY for 6-10p weeknights. TANNER joins from sister Classic Rock KFBW (105.9 THE BREW)/PORTLAND, OR. In addition to on-air, TANNER will handle imaging for Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) and THE D.

Full story: Tanner Joins WDTW For Nights (Fri, 5/25)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Former high-profile local investigative reporter Steve Wilson will return to television news after a two-year absence -- but not in Detroit. Wilson, whose contract wasn't renewed at ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 in February 2010, has taken a job as an investigative reporter with First Coast News in Jacksonville, Fla.

Full story: Former WXYZ-Channel 7 reporter Steve Wilson returns to TV -- in Florida (Thu, 5/24)


Detroit Public TV offering viewers extensive coverage of Mackinac Conference

Detroit Public Television's WTVS-TV Ch. 56 (DPTV) will be offering live broadcasts and webcasts to keep interested viewers up to date on analysis and behind-the-scenes information from the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. The station will cover three days of the discussions about the most important issues facing Michigan.

WTVS will program miVote Mackinac nightly wrap-ups on May 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. ET on the station's main channel, 56.1.

Viewers can catch full-length coverage of the Conference in Metro Detroit on DPTV's Channel 56.2 for over-the-air viewers, Channel 287 on Comcast, Channel 155 on Brighthouse and Channel 432 on Charter at the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30th from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The same coverage will stream live on the website and on many commercial news organizations' websites. will also feature edited segments of Conference sessions and interviews with newsmakers at the Conference, as well as social media interaction through @MiVote.



Broadcasting & Cable:

Fox Television Stations (FTS) and AccuWeather are partnering in 11 Fox markets starting this summer, with AccuWeather's content running on air and online at the Fox-owned stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Memphis, Austin and Gainesville (Fla.).

Full story: Fox Owned Stations Partner With AccuWeather (Tue, 5/29)



WOOD-FM/AM Grand Rapids:

Clear Channel West Michigan is mourning the loss of a team member. WOOD TV reports 40-year-old Matt Sly died when his off-road vehicle rolled down a hill Sunday in Mecosta County.

Full story: ORV Crash Claims CC Employee (Mon, 5/28)


Newsmakers and links: May 30, 2012



Changes atop Clear Channel Detroit's cluster

A press release from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has announced the hiring of Nick Gnau as President and Market Manager for the company's Detroit group of stations, effective immediately. Gnau will lead Detroit's seven station cluster and will report to Hartley Adkins, Executive Vice President of Operations for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

TIl Levesque, who had previously held those titles, exits after 14 years.

Gnau has been in the radio industry for more than 24 years. His 20-year career with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment began with Clear Channel Dayton, when he graduated from the University of Cincinnati. After 10 years in Dayton, he was promoted to Vice President and Market Manager for the Dayton, Lima and Marion markets. Gnau most recently served as Vice President and Regional Market Manager for the Dayton, Lima, Marion and Chillicothe markets, managing a total of 23 stations in Ohio.

"I'm thrilled for this next chapter in my career and to continue with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. I'm very excited to work with the tremendous brands and amazingly talented people in the Detroit market," said Gnau. "I'm looking forward to anchoring myself in the community and dedicating all of our brands and efforts to meeting the needs of our listeners and advertisers."

"Nick Gnau will bring his energy and leadership to the Clear Channel Detroit team," said Adkins. "Nick most recently oversaw 23 stations and will take his breadth of experience to now focus on only seven stations. I'm confident we can all look forward to great things ahead in Detroit as a result of his 'roll your sleeves up experience and attitude'."



MHSAA Spring Sports Streaming Starts Saturday

Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Spring sports tournaments are scheduled to conclude over the next three weekends, and the MHSAA Network will provide live video coverage of championships of Girls and Boys Track & Field, Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Baseball, Lower Peninsula Girls Soccer, and Softball online at and

Over the next three weekends, nearly 80 hours of live championship activity will be produced by PlayOn! Sports Midwest for internet viewing; with the championship games in Baseball, Lacrosse, Soccer and Softball also being shown on a delayed basis on Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Detroit PLUS beginning in late June.

Highlights of MHSAA Finals in Lower Peninsula Boys Golf, Upper Peninsula Girls and Boys Golf, Upper Peninsula Boys Tennis, and Track & Field will be shown during the summer on Fox Sports Detroit on the Spring Super Show.

Track coverage from East Kentwood High School in Lower Peninsula Division One, Houseman Field in Grand Rapids in Lower Peninsula Division 2, Comstock Park in Lower Peninsula Division 3, Jenison High School in Lower Peninsula Division 4, and Kingsford High School in the Upper Peninsula will begin at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday (June 2). Morning coverage in the Lower Peninsula will include the Finals of the 3,200 Relay; as well as the preliminaries and semifinals in the 100 and 200-Meter Dashes and the High Hurdles. Afternoon coverage begins at approximately 12:30 p.m. of all other running finals. For the Upper Peninsula Finals, the 3,200-Meter Relay Finals begin at 10 a.m., and all other running Finals begin at Noon.


WXYZ-TV/Detroit offering expanded coverage of Detroit Grand Prix

With the return of auto racing to Detroit, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 will be offering viewers expanded live coverage beginning Thursday, May 31.

The station's coverage of race weekend began today on 7 Action News this Morning and continues throughout the day with 7 Action Sports reporters Tom Leyden and Brad Galli. On Friday, June 1, Vic Faust will field anchor 7 Action News this Morning live from Belle Isle. WXYZ will have all the excitement of free day at the Grand Prix with anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford during 7 Action News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., featuring Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth with weather updates from the racetrack on Belle Isle.

On Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m., WXYZ revs up the fun with "Countdown to the Green Flag," a half-hour show that includes interviews with top Indy drivers and looks at the impact of the race on Metro Detroit. Then at 8:00 p.m., get a grandstand seat with "Prix View to the Race," a one-hour prime-time special that includes an exclusive look at the hottest ticket in town, the Grand Prixmiere party, featuring interviews with Indy drivers, team owners and Detroit celebrities.

Then on Sunday, June 3, WXYZ begins race coverage with two one-hour specials that capture all the energy of race day; "Start Your Engines " at 9 a.m. and the "Checkered Flag," at noon. The shows will give viewers a live look at all the excitement of race preparations, plus information about where to park and the best spots to watch the race.

Then, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., "Pit Pass" will feature up-to-the-minute coverage before the Indy race begins.

At 3:30 p.m., the checkered flag waves and WXYZ will broadcast ABC's live coverage of the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix, presented by Then, following the race, join WXYZ for "Winners Circle," live coverage of the all the action including post-race analysis and an interview with the winner.

"This is an exciting time for Metro Detroit," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is thrilled to celebrate the return of world-class auto racing to Detroit with live coverage of the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and more than six hours of local programming during race weekend."

The station's web site,, will have live coverage during race weekend including video reports, photo galleries, and social media events. WXYZ will give web users exclusive behind the scenes access to race activities on line and in person at a special event during the Grand Prix's social media day on Saturday, June 2.



Grand Rapids Press:

According to her Facebook page, Kim Carson is no longer holding on-air duties at WTRV-FM 100.5 The River.

Full story: What Kim Carson says about leaving WTRV-FM The River after 30 years in radio (Thu, 5/31)



Flint Journal:

Angie Hendershot has been addressing the need for youth mentors in Genesee County for the last 10 years through her work with ABC 12's segment Monday's Child. The news anchor has been selected to be honored at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint's 37th annual golf tournament on June 8.

Full story: ABC 12 News anchor Angie Hendershot to be recognized for work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint (Thu, 5/31)



Salem closes on Detroit area translator purchase reports that Salem Broadcasting has closed on the purchase of FM translator W248AQ Harrison Township from Tim Martz' Radio Power, Inc. After constructing new FM translator facilities pursuant to the construction permit granted by the FCC, Salem plans to rebroadcast WDTK AM 1400 Detroit on this FM translator. Purchase price $250,000. Exclusive broker for the deal was John Pierce.



WHFB AM Benton Harbor on borrowed time?

There is speculation in Southwest Michigan that Benton Harbor's WHFB AM 1060 may soon cease operations. The station was not part of a recent transaction involving sister station WHFB-FM 99.9 and one source says owner Woody Stover is considering turning the station's license in to the FCC instead of continuing operations as a stand alone.

After over a decade of broadcasting from the heart of the SUNSET STRIP in HOLLYWOOD, CA, the "MONSTERS OF ROCK" radio program is officially packing its CDs and moving east. HARLAN HENDRICKSON, host and creator of the MONSTERS OF ROCK, will now make his home at GREATER MEDIA Rocker WRIF/DETROIT, as the station becomes his new flagship affiliate.

Full story: Monsters Of Rock Names WRIF/Detroit As New Flagship Station (Thu, 5/31)


CBS RADIO Top 40/Rhythmic WBBM-FM (B96)/CHICAGO Imaging Dir. MICHAEL HORN tells ALL ACCESS "that in addition to my role as Imaging Director for B96, I have just signed on to image fellow CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT.

Full story: Michael Horn Adds Imaging For WDZH (Thu, 5/31)


An affiliation deal between FOX SPORTS RADIO and FEDERATED MEDIA will bring the network to the FORT WAYNE and SOUTH BEND-ELKHART areas.

Full story: Fox Sports Radio Adds Four Federated Media Stations In Northern Indiana (Thu, 5/24)







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