June 2012 Archives

WHFB AM Benton Harbor says farewell

News-talk WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor signed off at midnight today and it appears that the station has thrown in the towel on its operations permanently. The station was left as a stand-alone operation earlier this year when WHFB-FM 99.9 was sold. The station's web site, whfbam.com has also been turned off.



Ann Arbor's Michigan Radio switches up weekend programs

The University of Michigan's public radio outlets, WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will be featuring a new lineup of weekend shows starting tomorrow, June 2nd. New to the lineup are the TED Radio Hour, Ask Me Another, and The Dinner Party - what the station calls three promising new programs that they want their listeners to have a chance to hear.

The changes were made based on listener feedback, audience research, and the great response these shows have been receiving from podcast listeners across the country.

Details at michiganradio.org/michigan-radio-s-new-weekend-schedule.


Grand Rapids Press:

Denny Gillem loves his radio show "Frontlines of Freedom" almost as much as he loves his country. His dedication to both is paying off this weekend with a 5 year anniversary special that can be heard on 1340 WJRW on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Full story: Michigan's most decorated veteran celebrating 5 year anniversary of radio show (Sat, 6/2)



Fine Tuning

  • TV Program alert, Sunday June 3rd at 7 p.m. ET on NBC: A former radio DJ's dream to sail around the world ends tragically when he is found floating in the waters off scenic Catalina Island. It would take investigators five years and two trials to solve the mystery of what happened to Steven B. Keith Morrison reports for Dateline NBC.


There is nothing on file with the FCC as of this morning, but over the weekend I received several tips that Lake Michigan Broadcasting has decided to sell its cluster of four stations (WKLA-FM/AM 106.3 / 1450 Ludington, WKZC-FM 94.9 Scottville, WMTE-FM 101.5 Manistee) along the West Michigan shoreline to Synergy Broadcast Group, which also owns/operates stations in the same region (WWKR-FM 94.1 Ludington, WMLQ-FM 97.7 Manistee and a construction permit for WLDN FM 98.7 Pentwater).

A local marketing agreement between the two companies went into effect on June 1st, resulting in a few personnel changes at the Lake Michigan Broadcasting stations. Most of the positions affected were part-time only.

Once filed, the transaction will require the approval of the FCC before it is completed. Lake Michigan Broadcasting is owned by the Baerwolf family and Synergy Broadcast Group by Todd Mohr.



More changes are coming to CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT. Last month saw the arrival of midday host ROXANNE from crosstown CITADEL Hot AC WDVD. Now comes word that APD/MD/afternoon jock GROOVES is leaving the station mid-month; thus the search begins for his replacement.

Full story: Grooves To Exit WDZH Detroit (Mon, 6/4)


MNEXTMEDIA Country WCEN/SAGINAW is giving away a free year of college tuition. PD JOBY PHILLIPS tells ALL ACCESS that the station is spending the month of JUNE qualifying listeners to play "ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A MOOSE," for a year of free tuition at MID-MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

Full story: WCEN To Give Away A Free Year Of College Tuition (Mon, 6/4)



On-the-Town / MLive.com:

WGVU Public Media is happy to announce that its television production of Hope College Christmas Vespers 2011 has been named as a nominee in the 34th Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television and Sciences Michigan Chapter.

Full story: WGVU program nominated for a Michigan Emmy Award (Mon, 6/4)


Jacobs Media - JacoBLOG

Fred Jacobs: I was asked to be the guest speaker at the 2012 banquet for WSDP (88.1 The Escape), a high school FM station that operates out of the Plymouth-Canton district here in suburban Detroit.

Full story: Who Rescued Who? (Mon, 6/4)



Detroit News:

Lila Lazarus says she lives by three words: love, laughter and adventure. These past five months, the former television reporter has also had to concern herself with two more: "I do."

Full story: Lila Lazarus finds perfect setting for a wedding ceremony - even catered (Tue, 6/5)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

The B-93 Birthday Bash announced its ticket drops for this year's country music festival to be held June 23-24 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash announces ticket drops for this year's country music festival (Tue, 6/5)



After their record-setting 1995-96 season ended with a loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference finals, there were very few who believed this rendition of the Detroit Red Wings would win a Stanley Cup. They were labeled "the greatest team that never won anything," with the whole hockey world taking potshots at the Wings.

Full story: Unlikely ride to the Cup -- and in radio booth (Wed, 6/6)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions Inc. says it has resolved its defamation lawsuit against WJBK-TV2, reporter Charlie LeDuff and others over a report that aired in early February. Also named in the suit were New World Communications of Detroit Inc. in Southfield and WJBK producer Douglas McKenzie.

Full story: Strategic Staffing Solutions resolves defamation suit against WJBK-TV2 over February story (Wed, 6/6)



Flint Journal:

Townsquare Media of Flint Inc. has been fined $4,000 by the Federal Communications Commission, which says the company's country music station in Lapeer continued broadcasting when it wasn't licensed to do so.

Full story: FCC fines Townsquare Media of Flint, says radio station WLCO in Lapeer operated too late (Wed, 6/6)



Detroit News:

Jimmy Powers, program director for 97.1 The Ticket, made a hole-in-one and won a new Lincoln during the Lions' charity golf outing Wednesday at TPC Michigan.

Full story: Radio station program director wins Lincoln for ace at Lions' outing (Wed, 6/6)


Flint Journal:

Local radio station CARS108 (107.9 FM) has teamed up again with businesses for a clothing drive seeking gently used professional attire to help area men and women looking for work. The Salvation Army's Dress to Succeed event is intended to help men and women obtain professional clothing for job interviews or to wear to work.

Full story: CARS 108, Salvation Army seek donations for Dress to Succeed clothing drive (Thu, 6/7)



Birach's WCXI AM 1160 Fenton receives $17k NAL from FCC

Issues with the fence surrounding Birach Broadcasting's WCXI AM 1160 Fenton transmitter / broadcast towers and problems with issues/program lists in the station's public files have led to a Notice of Apparent Liability from the FCC in the amount of $17,000. Read the document here (.pdf).


MI News 26 Cadillac appeals to community to help raise funds for new programming

Low Power TV station WMNN-LD Ch. 26 Cadillac is doing community-based fundraising to help cover the cost of additional cameras, control room equipment and edit bays necessary to expand the station's local programming. The goal of the effort is to build a new, HD control room and upgrade a dated mobile production van to allow for the production of live, local programming to compliment current local news coverage.

Traditionally, this sort of expansion would be paid for through corporate funding or advertising dollars, but as a community-oriented TV station, the station is looking to get the community involved. MI News 26 is using Kickstarter to give everyone a chance to support and be a part of northern Michigan television... and that support won't go unrewarded. Every contributor will get something in return, ranging from recognition on our web site to your very own TV show.

To donate, or for more information, visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/ericwotila/launch-new-local-tv-programming-in-northern-mi.



Detroit News:

Fans couldn't have asked for better weather for the Friday kickoff of the three-day, country music festival, WYCD's Downtown Hoedown. The festival celebrates its 30th year of bringing the biggest and brightest names in country music to Detroit.

Full story: Hoedown's still a hit - paid admission and all (Sat, 6/9)


Thousands of county music fans will converge on Detroit this weekend for the 30th year of WYCD's Downtown Hoedown. But this time, the longest-running country music festival gets a new location and an admission fee.

Full story: Country music fans find Downtown Hoedown in new location this year (Sat, 6/9)



Detroit Free Press:

For the Downtown Hoedown, it seems, there's no place like a new home. Detroit's annual country music festival, making its debut as a paid concert after three decades as a free event, eased smoothly out of the gate Friday as it took over the grounds of Comerica Park.

Full story: WYCD Downtown Hoedown: First night is smooth sailing (Sat, 6/9)



Former THREE EAGLES COMMUNICATIONS Country KZKX (PROUD COUNTRY)/LINCOLN, NE PD/afternoon host MIKE SCOTT, who recently exited that station after just four months on the job, has landed on his feet, returning to DETROIT as OM/PD at BIRACH BROADCASTING Sports WCAR-A (ESPN 1090)/DETROIT. SCOTT is the former longtime CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT APD/MD/middayer.

Full story: Mike Scott Named OM/PD At ESPN 1090/Detroit (Tue, 6/12)


WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV is pleased to name sports reporter and anchor Tom Leyden as the Sports Director for Channel 7. Leyden follows in the footsteps of Don Shane who retired from the station earlier this year. Leyden was hired at WXYZ in 2004.

Full story: Tom Leyden named Sports Director for WXYZ (Wed, 6/13)



Detroit News:

Federal agents are scrutinizing $75,000 in payments to a private company owned by Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis from firms affiliated with two former guest hosts now facing criminal charges, according to two sources. Highland Park school board member Robert Davis and former Wayne County Assistant Executive Michael Grundy were once regulars on Gaddis' "Inside Detroit" morning show on WCHB-AM 1200.

Full story: Pay to Mildred Gaddis' firm probed (Wed, 6/13)




The FCC has rejected the appeal of GREAT LAKES COMMUNITY BROADCASTING of the denial of its renewal applications for noncommercial WJKQ/JACKSON, MI and WAQQ/ONSTED, MI and sale of WJKQ to JACKSON LANSING CATHOLIC RADIO, and has also rejected the renewals of FM translators W206AZ/FREMONT, MI and W206BF and W220CW/ROGERS HEIGHTS, MI.

Full story: FCC Rejects Appeal, Orders Two Michigan Noncomms Shut (Wed, 6/13)


CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT continues to see changes in its air staff, as night slammer NICK WIZE, know on-air as STYLZ, will exit.

Full story: WDZH Night Host Stylz Exits (Wed, 6/13)



Full story: CKLW Adds 'Blue Lifestyle' (Wed, 6/13)


Radio format change in central Upper Peninsula at WOBE 100.7

WOBE FM 100.7 Iron Mountain, located in the south-central part of the Upper Peninsula, has changed its format from Classic Hits 'B100' to Contemporary Hits '100.7 Radio Now'.

WOBE is owned by Results Broadcasting of Iron Mountain which also owns and programs a Classic Hits format on its WHTO FM 106.7 and also Country WJNR-FM 101.5 in the Iron Mountain area.

WOBE operates with 100,000 watts and covers a large portion of the area south of Marquette, west of Escanaba, and across northeastern Wisconsin.



U-M's Michigan Radio launches multi-year project examining economic future of Michigan's children

The University of Michigan's Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) has been awarded a major three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to report on the many issues related to childhood poverty. The $995,000 grant, the largest in the station's history, will allow Michigan Radio to move beyond traditional radio reporting to reach a wide variety of audiences about the plight facing Michigan's most vulnerable children. The project, called State of Opportunity: Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?, will utilize documentary feature reports, first-person storytelling, youth journalists, a robust online portal, and Michigan Radio's Public Insight Network to expose the barriers to achieving success for children of low income families in Michigan. Michigan Radio will dedicate three full time journalists to this new endeavor.

State of Opportunity will also engage community members and people directly affected by poverty. It will provide opportunities to share concerns and connect with community resources. The project will also help teach people to better advocate for themselves and their children through town hall discussions, panel events and several planned youth policymaker forums.

State of Opportunity reporters will examine the impact that healthcare, schools, family, the local community, and public policy have on child development...from cradle to college. Throughout the project, diverse voices will be heard, including families and youth struggling with these issues, community leaders, legislators, and experts.

"The future of Michigan's children and the future of our economy are intertwined," said Steve Schram, Director of Broadcasting. "Michigan Radio is excited about State of Opportunity's potential to help shed light on the problems facing Michigan's underserved children, and we hope that our outreach efforts will help empower listeners, members of the general public, and community leaders alike to identify causes and solutions."

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.



Grand Rapids Press:

Matt Hanlon, the former top radio executive for Citadel Broadcasting, has pleaded guilty to impaired driving. Hanlon, 49, was arrested after an April crash that injured a Grand Rapids couple, records showed.

Full story: Former Citadel radio executive Matt Hanlon pleads to impaired driving (Wed, 6/13)




The FCC has also proposed a $4,000 fine against BIRACH BROADCASTING for repeated operation at night at Oldies daytimer WOAP-A/OWASSO, MI. The station does not have nighttime authority but was heard on the air after local sunset on multiple occasions in OCTOBER 2011.

Full story: FCC Warns More Unlicensed Station Operators (Thu, 6/14)



WNEM-TV Ch.5 Bay City:

Scot Johnson grew up in Pacifica, graduating from Terra Nova High School in 1982 and going off to college at Humboldt State University. He's been working in Saginaw, Michigan, at WNEM-TV5 since 1996 and is now the Sports Director at that television station.

Full story: TV5 sports guy 'pops the question' in creative way (Thu, 6/14)


John W Hill, 69, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 after a battle with cancer. He started his radio career in 1964 in Gaylord and spent the last 37 years at Port Huron's WPHM AM 1380. In addition to his work behind the microphone, Hill was a teacher at St. Clair County Community College since 1984, instructing and advising many students over the years. Hill often commented on how fortunate he was not only to have a single job he loved, but two jobs.

Paul Miller, current WPHM Program Director and Morning Host, commented, "I grew up listening to John on WPHM and never in a million years did I imagine one day I would be doing his job, hosting the Morning Show on WPHM."

"As the world changed throughout the decades, John Hill remained the constant for Port Huron area listeners. He truly was the voice of the community. And in an era of electronic media in which being an on-air personality has meant having a strong opinion and shouting it from the rooftop, John managed to be a trusted voice who would ask tough questions of community leaders when needed, but never with any disdain. He truly loved the Port Huron area, and his love for the place showed in many ways."

"John ended his broadcasting career ten years ago but remained a presence in the Port Huron area, producing promotional videos and being involved in a number of community initiatives. He was truly a kind and gentle man, and will be missed."

Hill had quietly endured (and ignored) cancer, refusing to let it invade his life as he continued enjoying everything he wanted and loved to do: ski trips with family, half marathons and triathlons , a 28 mile mountain bike epic in the Upper Peninsula with his sons, biking, kayaking, boating, golfing, piano, U. of M football, Red Wings and grandchildrens' hockey, Tiger baseball, and, of course, whistling. Born in Grosse Pointe to the late Dorothy and William Hill, he attended Grosse Pointe schools and graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. He had been vitally active in the Port Huron community, serving on many boards and committees, including the St Clair County Community Foundation and SC4 Alumni Association.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the SC4 Foundation, International Symphony Orchestra, or charity of the donor's choice . To send condolences and view funeral arrangments, please visit smithfamilyfuneralhome.com.

He was known by many in the Blue Water area as a wonderful man and amazing talent.


Newsmakers and links: June 15, 2012



Benton Harbor / South Bend getting new outlet for Bob & Tom Show

WSBT-TV South Bend posted on Facebook today that Bob and Tom will take over mornings at Country WHFB-FM 99.9 Benton Harbor soon. Current morning host Shelli Harmon will be moving to the afternoons on 'Real Country 99 Nine'. No date for the switch was announced.



Upper Peninsula radio updates

In addition to the format change earlier this week at WOBE FM 100.7 Iron Mountain, a couple other items of note:

  • WMXD FM 106.3 Stephenson / Escanaba has been silent for a number of weeks. No word on when or if the station will return to the air.
  • WKQS-FM 101.9 Negaunee-Marquette (Sunny 101.9) is now featuring all 80's Weekends as "Weekends in the 80's", becoming the only station in the Upper Peninsula to offer this feature. Every hour of music from Midnight Friday through 7pm Sundays is all 80's. The station continues its regular Brite Adult Contemporary format during the week.
  • WFXD-FM 103.3 Marquette has dropped the 'FOX 103 WFXD' moniker in favor of '103.3 The Country Extreme - Your Station for America's Music'. The station is a currents-based Country station that is programmed locally.



CKWW Windsor/Detroit adds Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 70's

The most iconic voice in radio history, Detroit's own Casey Kasem, is home again as Oldies CKWW AM 580 has added American Top 40 - The 70's to its lineup.

Casey has unlocked the AT40 vault and is replaying original shows from the 1970's. Relive the classic hits, the great stories and the interesting musical trivia each week as the archives are opened an original American Top 40 with Casey Kasem airs on AM 580.

The three-hour program airs Sunday evenings at 7 PM with an encore broadcast Tuesday evenings at 7 PM.


Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV anchor Susan Shaw won the Michigan Emmy Award for best news anchor, but WZZM-TV chalked up seven awards at the Michigan Emmy Awards gala.

Full story: WOOD-TV anchor Susan Shaw awarded 2011 Michigan Emmy for best news anchor (Sun, 6/17)



Saginaw News:

Everyone knew Sara Evans would bring the KCQ Country Music Fest to a great close - as WKCQ's Greg Cole says, she's at the peak of her career - but few realized earlier today how close she came to shutting it down early.

Full story: Sara Evans brings Saginaw's KCQ Country Music Fest to a satisfying close (Sat, 6/16)



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

After two delays, "Buzz TV Jackson," a new Jackson-based variety television show, is set to debut on Friday night. The 30-minute show is scheduled to air weekly at approximately 1:05 a.m. following "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on WLAJ 53 out of Lansing.

Full story: After two delays, 'Buzz TV Jackson' finally set to debut on Friday night (Sat, 6/16)


Newsmakers and links: June 18, 2012



Michigan 2012 Emmy Award winners announced

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held their Emmy Award banquet over the weekend, handing out hardware to a number of personalities and organizations across the state.

A complete list of winners is available on the Chapter's web site at www.natasmichigan.org - or just click here for the .pdf with all the winners.



Grand Rapids Press:

Sunny skies, the smell of elephant ears drifting deliciously, and the sound of homespun music about love, two-tracks and tractors -- what could be better than B-93 Birthday Bash?

Full story: What makes 20th anniversary of B-93 Birthday Bash 'rock solid good' (Mon, 6/18)



Fox O&O WJBK Detroit (DMA 11) and the Detroit Zoological Society are teaming up to give three lucky children from Metro Detroit an opportunity to be reporters for the day and tape a report at Detroit Zoo animal habitat for WJBK news. The station is inviting parents of children ages 7 to 12 to submit a video via MyFoxDetroit.com of their youngster delivering a report on their favorite zoo animal.

Full story: WJBK sponsoring Junior Zoo Reporter contest (Tue, 6/19)



CUMULUS Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS has tapped veteran programmer BRAD AUSTIN for PD/afternoons, effective immediately. He replaces SHANE GOAD. AUSTIN was most recently at NRG MEDIA/WAUSAU-STEVENS POINT, WI, as OM/PD of Country WYTE (Y106.5) and Top 40 WHTQ.

Full story: Brad Austin Joins WTNR As PD (Wed, 6/20)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

he last chance to grab free tickets in Kalamazoo to the B-93 Birthday Bash 20 is Thursday. The annual country music festival from Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will be held June 23-24 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 20's last ticket drop in Kalamazoo on Thursday (Wed, 6/20)



Grand Rapids Press:

Shelley Irwin, award-winning host of WGVU radio's morning show, is embarking upon her own personal triathlon in the 2012 Meijer State Games of Michigan this weekend.

Full story: WGVU host Shelley Irwin makes State Games into personal triathlon (Wed, 6/20)


Detroit News:

Sometimes, it's just quiet he craves. Occasionally he finds it at a favorite Detroit haunt, taking a few moments to enjoy a cigar, or stays home with his fianceé and dog where he can disappear into his man cave to watch televised games. Mostly, he just wants to decompress. Mike Valenti, the opinionated, brash New Yorker and unabashed fan of his alma mater, Michigan State, is loud four hours a day, hosting the popular, caller-driven "Valenti and Foster Show" with News writer Terry Foster every afternoon on 97.1 The Ticket.

Full story: Radio host Mike Valenti stirs strong feelings among fans, detractors (Thu, 6/21)



Detroit's ESPN 1090 adds local afternoon show

Birach Broadcasting's Sports WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit has added Damon 'The Dog' Perry to weekday afternoons from 3 - 5 p.m. Perry is a former sports talk host at WDFN AM 1130.


CBS Sports updates begin in September with 24/7 programming scheduled to begin in January. Clearances in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Toledo

CBS Corporation today announced it will be launching CBS Sports Radio, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week lineup of national programming from CBS Radio and CBS Sports. Cumulus Media was selected as the syndicator and sales partner to secure affiliate agreements and ad sales with radio stations across the country. CBS will also add CBS Radio programming to 67 of its own stations.

CBS is touting that the new effort will be able to reach listeners in nine of the nation's Top 10 markets, with a cumulative audience reach at debut close to 10 million listeners - nearly 90% of them located in Top 50 markets at launch. CBS Sports Radio is designed to enhance CBS's existing sports properties and extend the national reach of the CBS Sports and CBS Radio brands to additional outlets across the country.

In Detroit, WXYT AM 1270 will change its format to CBS Sports Radio on January 2, 2013. WXYT-FM 97.1 will add elements beginning on Tuesday, September 4th including hourly headlines, breaking news and scores from the day's major events and stories.

Outstate, Cumulus' WBBL-FM 107.3 Grand Rapids, WTRX AM 1330 Flint, and WLQR AM 1470 Toledo will broadcast at least some CBS Sports Radio programming.

"As one of the leading media companies in the world, and a dominant force in sports programming, we look forward to bringing to bear the full resources of CBS and capitalizing on an exciting new growth opportunity for the company," said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. "CBS Sports and CBS RADIO have been widely recognized for their outstanding contributions to sports broadcasting. This next step in their evolution will serve an ever-expanding audience of sports fans from coast to coast."

"We are pleased to partner with CBS to deliver the leading entrant into the sports radio market," said Lew Dickey, Chairman, President and CEO, Cumulus Media. "CBS Sports Radio is an exciting opportunity for us to offer compelling sports content to listeners nationwide, and unique sports marketing opportunities for our advertisers."


Kalamazoo Gazette:

With more than 60,000 people expected over two days at the B-93 Birthday Bash 20 this weekend, it's important to have a plan in place for optimal country music enjoyment.

Full story: Birthday Bash tips: A few suggestions to fully enjoy the country music showcase (Fri, 6/22)




WZZM, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 42), just completed its annual WZZM 13 Food for Families campaign. During this 12th year of the eight-day drive to help feed hungry families who often times go without during the summer months, WZZM collected  more than 267,000 pounds of food with more continuing to trickle in from Spartan Stores around West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM drive collects over 267,000 pounds of food (Fri, 6/22)



Fine Tuning:

  • A couple format changes in the region happened recently when syndicated radio provide Dial Global ended its Classic Hits format earlier this month: Impact Radio's WLKM-FM 95.9 Three Rivers and WBNO-FM 100.9 Bryan OH both switched to a Adult Contemporary formats.
    Both stations still receive programming from Dial Global.with their new sounds; both WLKM-FM and WBNO-FM had soft rock formats prior to switching to Classic Hits.

  • West Michigan radio listeners report that WMPA FM 93.1 Ferrysburg has started testing with simulcasts of sister station Adult Contemporary WGHN-FM 92.1 Grand Haven. Both stations are owned by WGHN, Inc. The frequency for WMPA was won at an FCC auction and received its construction permit in 2011. Rumored final format for WMPA is Country.


LA's Shotgun Tom Kelly getting Star treatment

Art Vuolo checks in with the following item of interest for the many friends Shotgun Tom has in Michigan:

Shotgun Tom"Shotgun Tom" Kelly attended the last two Detroit Radio Reunion's even through he never worked at a local station. He did it as a favor to me (Art Vuolo) because that's the kind of guy he is.

Tom will celebrate 15 years at LA's KRTH (K-Earth 101) in 2013 so it somehow seems fitting that is when he will receive his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

He got the nod to do afternoon drive at the station after the untimely passing of The Real Don Steele in 1997, who also has a star. Kelly never says he replaced Steele, but rather that he succeeded Don because "no one could replace a radio legend like the Real Don Steele." The exact location of the star and date of the ceremony will be announced soon. Kelly would probably like it to be near the Don Steele star.

No doubt, Shotgun Tom is a major ambassador for K-Earth 101 (sister station to Detroit's WOMC 104.3 FM) as he plugs the station wherever he goes in his signature Smokey the Bear-style ranger hat. Whether it's his regular visits to Cantor's on Fairfax, most Wednesday nights, or one of his many personal appearances for countless charities and philanthropic events, the Shotgun is a truly a beloved radio personality, similar to Detroit's Dick Purtan. Most of his radio colleagues have proclaimed him "one of the nicest people in our business."

Kudos to a man who deserves it all...Shotgun Tom Kelly!



Grand Rapids Press:

Another B-93 Birthday Bash has come and gone, as record numbers flocked to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin for the celebration of all things country. This year marked a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the radio station's birthday party.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash wraps up a weekend of record crowds, sunny skies (Sun, 6/24)


The biggest crowd in B-93 Birthday Bash history rocked and rolled under the hot sun Saturday at the US 131 Motorsports Park. At least 65,000 were in attendance with many turned away after the parking lots became full.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2012 draws record of at least 65,000 fans as others turned away (Sat, 6/23)


Grand Rapids Press

WWMT-TV's new meteorologist is a Michigan native and the daughter of a meteorologist. That makes Cyndi Kahlbaum a great catch for Newschannel 3, joining meteorologists Keith Thompson and Jeff Porter, said Steve Koles, WWMT-TV news director.

Full story: WWMT's new meteorologist, a Michigan native, is a second-generation meteorologist (Mon, 6/25)



Detroit News:

Budd Lynch may well have amassed a million memories, and he's easily heard a million cheers. But a million dollars is something new. The Detroit Red Wings' Hall of Fame broadcaster and public address announcer will host the 23rd annual Budd Lynch Celebrity Golf Classic today at Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club.

Full story: Ex-Wings broadcaster Budd Lynch, 94, honored for charitable work for kids (Mon, 6/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

Radio personality Kevin Matthews, ArtPrize, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and Star 105.7 are collaborating on a fund raising project to support the hospital.

Full story: Radio personality Kevin Matthews is cooking up an ArtPrize 2012 project to raise money for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (Tue, 6/26)


When a familiar face from local TV news disappears, people ask questions. Meteorologist Peter Chan's unexplained disappearance from WXMI-TV in March still generates calls and emails.

Full story: WWMT meteorologist switches from delivering weather reports to coaching collegiate athletics (Tue, 6/26)





Full story: Michigan Trio Sold (Tue, 6/26)



Livingston Daily News:

A Detroit radio host with ties to Howell was more than deflated when he was denied media access to last weekend's Michigan Challenge Balloonfest despite being invited to broadcast at Livingston County's signature summer event.

Full story: Detroit radio host upset about being denied media access to Michigan Challenge Balloonfest (Tue, 6/26)


Fine Tuning:

  • Low power FM WMBC-LP 100.9 Norton Shores has ended operations and the station has been deleted by the FCC. It had been owned by Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference but operated by Muskegon Community Radio simulcasting the latter's Contemporary Christian 'Hey! Radio'.



WXYZ announced today that David Solano will be joining the Detroit ABC-affiliate in July as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Full story: WXYZ adds sports anchor David Solano (Thu, 6/28)




LAKE MICHIGAN BROADCASTING, INC. is selling Oldies WKLA-A and AC WKLA-F/LUDINGTON, MI and Country WKZC (Z95)/SCOTTVILLE, MI to TODD MOHR's SYNERGY MEDIA, INC. for payment of a $580,000 loan owed by the Seller to WEST SHORE BANK, plus an LMA for the two FMs and a Shared Services Agreement for the AM and Classic Hits WMTE-F (KOOL 101.5)/MANISTEE, MI before closing.

Full story: Michigan Cluster Sold (Thu, 6/28)



Grand Rapids Press:

The answer is Emmylou Harris and Rufus Wainright. The question is, who is WGVU-FM's Shelley Irwin going to be talking about on Friday?

Full story: WGVU-FM highlights Emmylou Harris, Rufus Wainright, Meijer Gardens Summer Series artists on Friday morning (Thu, 6/28)



Fine Tuning

  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit celebrates its 25th anniversary today. The format replaced soft rock WMJC 'Magic 95' and was among one of the first major-market Classic Rock stations in the country when it debuted.


WJR Detroit making changes to traffic coverage

  • Joel Alexander has exited as the longtime helicopter reporter/pilot for Cumulus' News-Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit. as the station changes up its traffic coverage. The station has reportedly grounded its use of "Jetcopter 760", which was actually a shared resource among several stations in town.

    The station has added more frequent reports throughout the day and hired Kevin O'Neill to provide updates weekdays from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Saturdays. O'Neill had been working weekends at Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Also joining WJR for traffic reporting are Dana Clark, daughter of Val Clark (Ch. 7), mornings with middays being handled by longtime local jock Mark Micthell who was at WDRQ and WKQI as a DJ and image voice.







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