July 2012 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

To believe or not to believe. That is the question for Beliebers. Earlier today, listeners hoping to get their WKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" fix were disappointed to discover that hosts Mojo, Spike and Shannon Murphy weren't broadcasting live. Instead, the station was airing material from the show's archives.

Full story: Radio show has last laugh with Justin Bieber prank (Mon, 7/2)



Radio Ink Magazine:

We'll have to wait and see if Mojo from Clear Channel's "Mojo in the Morning" is on the air this morning. On Friday, Mojo aired a taped interview with Justin Bieber that ended with the young singing sensation getting angered enough to hang up on the Detroit morning show host. Mojo tweeted on Saturday "suspended over @JustinBieber. This is some bull$#&%." Of course, this is a holiday week and it could all be a stunt.

Full story: Was Mojo suspended over Justin Bieber? (Mon, 7/2)



CCM+E/COLUMBUS OM and Top 40 WNCI PD TONY TRAVATTO is transferring to the OM post at CCM+E/DETROIT, replacing TODD THOMAS, after only a short time in COLUMBUS. In his new OM role in DETROIT, TRAVATTO will oversee Top 40 WKQI, Urban WJLB, Urban AC WMXD, Classic Rocker WDTW, Talk WDTW-A and Sports WDFN-A, as well as assuming the day-to-day PD duties at Hot AC WNIC (FRESH 100.3).

Full story: Tony Travatto Becomes OM At CCM+E/Detroit (Tue, 7/3)



Michigan Association of Broadcasters announces 2012 Summer Awards Honorees

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters will be honoring the following broadcasters during its 2012 Summer Celebration and Annual Meeting on Monday, August 20 at the Motor City Casino Hotel:

  • 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award: Edward K. Christian, Chairman/President/CEO Saga Communications

  • 2012 Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award: The Honorable John D. Dingell, United States Congressman from Michigan

  • 2012 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Michael J. King, Vice President/General Manager WILX-TV, Lansing / Julie M. Koehn, President/General Manager Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian / W. Palmer Pyle, Former President/Founder Northern Star Broadcasting, Traverse City

  • 2012 MAPB Professional Pioneer Award: Rick Schudiske, Assistant General Manager/Director of Television CMU Public Broadcasting, Mt. Pleasant

  • Special Honors: Alan Frank Endowment Scholarship Alan Frank, President/CEO Post-Newsweek Stations


Radio Business Report:

Acreage in the southeast corner of Milford Township, MI has been pegged as a site for a cluster of AM towers for Birach Broadcasting. The township planning commission is considering a proposal by owner/CEO Sima Birach, who wants to construct seven directional, 199-foot towers on vacant land just west of Charms Road and north of East Maple Road, reports The Observer & Eccentric. The tower cluster will service Fenton, MI-based WCXI-AM (1160) and Walled Lake, MI-based WPON-AM (1460).

Full story: Birach looking at new site for Detroit AMs (Thu, 7/5)



Grand Rapids Press:

It's all about focus. Thursday morning on Fox17, local reporter Nicole DiDonato received a surprise visit from a cat while reporting live.

Full story: Watch video of cat jumping on Grand Rapids reporter on live TV (Thu, 7/5)




WJBK's Charlie LeDuff has made a career out of taking on difficult stories but the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter may have found his biggest challenge yet: golfing across the city of Detroit. Literally golfing, shot-to-shot, across the length of Detroit.

Full story: WJBK Reporter Golfs Across Detroit (Thu, 7/5)




GREATER MEDIA Classic Rocker WCSX/DETROIT's THE KEN CALVERT IN THE MORNING SHOW received an unexpected "you rock" this morning from the FORD MOTORS CEO, ALAN MULALLY.

Full story: Ford CEO Gives A 'You Rock' To WCSX's Ken Calvert (Thu, 7/5)




For the first time since 2007, the Detroit Lions sold out all of their home games last season, and local fans watching on TV didn't have to worry about the NFL and its blackout rules. With attendance down 4.5 percent since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL will allow for local broadcasts of games even when as few as 85 percent of tickets are sold.

Full story: Local TV blackouts unlikely for Detroit Lions fans as NFL loosens rules (Thu, 7/6)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

It's been months since last I wrote a column for this website, but I could hold off no longer as I sit back and observe a plethora of bazaar behavior on the radio dial, and decisions made by management at stations that defies logic or any benefit for we, the listeners.


VuoloA few years ago I suggested to, then-publisher, Erica Farber at the now defunct Radio & Records trade paper, that they should change the name since there is no more radio, as we remember it and CD's did away with vinyl records a couple of decades ago...but it could still be called R&R, which would today stand for Ratings & Revenue which is ALL that is important to the broadcasting industry anymore. If it doesn't make the cash register ring, it doesn't mean a thing. I can still hear the newly divorced Tom Cruise yelling (from "Jerry McGuire") SHOW ME THE MONEY! It's not about what comes out of the speaker...it's "making budget."


At Clear Channel Radio Detroit there have been an amazing number of changes, at the top, many of which you have read about here on michiguide.com. The top two jobs at their Farmington Hills complex saw a "changing of the guard" when 14 year market manager Til Levesque (La-veck) was suddenly replaced by Nick Gnau (Naw) who is a dyed-in-the-wool Buckeye, spending much of his career in Ohio. It could be time to trade in those scarlet and gray shirts for something in green and white or maize and blue perhaps.

Then in a surprising move Todd Thomas, who oversaw Fresh 100.3 (WNIC) and is a Detroit boy, was shown the door and T.T. was replaced by another T.T. by the name of Tony Travatto who is also a Michigander from the west side of the state. After a few years in Clear Channels headquarters market of San Antonio, TX, Tony got a bit closer to home when transferred last October up to Columbus, OH. I asked him if they knew that he was a Michigan fan? He said "they already knew." So, now after only nine months the company moves him again even closer to home! So, now he doesn't have to fear for his life. In getting to know Travatto, in recent years, he seems to be just what the doctor ordered to help the seven stations at 12 Mile and Halsted achieve the type of success Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (their new name) expect in the Motor City. He'll oversee: WNIC, WKQI, WJLB, WMXD, WDTW, WDTW AM and WDFN AM. Offer prayers.

On a personal note, I would love to see 100.3 return to its longtime image as WNIC and toss the "Fresh" name which means nothing to most listeners. It's right up there with "a better mix of today's best variety in music". Lame. The WNIC name goes all the way back to 1972 when it switched from WKNR AM and FM.

It would also be nice to see WDTW 106.7 do something to make its presence known. With the clever moniker of "The D" it's playing music similar to Doug 93.1, WCSX 94.7 and even WOMC 104.3 with a dearth of any known personalities and an over-all iPod sound.


There are Cumulus Clouds hanging over the Fisher Building as a reduction in staff at WJR and WDVD have left the lower floors with a lot of excess space. Steve Stewart, who programmed WJR and was affiliated with the station for over twenty years was jettisoned the day after the March St. Patrick's Day broadcast. Bridgett Burns of their promotion department went out the same exit as Mr. Stewart being replaced by former WMGC PD Lori Bennett.

One of the bigger surprises came in the stations traffic coverage. After a longtime arrangement with Metro-Traffic, WJR's new owner, Cumulus Media, wanted to start there own service with a line-up of familiar names who do the reports right from the 760 AM studios. Reports are now being filed by Dana Clark, daughter of Val Clark (of Ch. 7 fame) followed by Mark Mitchell, who goes back to WDRQ Jay Towers days and later as imaging voice and production director at WKQI (Channel 955) and had been in need of a job. The biggest surprise to me was the 4 pm to 10 pm reporter Kevin O'Neill, who has done nearly every format at almost every station in town. On Sunday July 1st he did his last weekend show on WOMC and started the next day with Mitch Albom reporting "right now" traffic on the fives.

The stunner was the grounding of WJR's famous Jetcopter 760 with its well-known pilot/reporter Joel Alexander who resigned rather than taking a desk job in the studio. After speaking with Joel, he indicated that he has various opportunities to explore and should "land" something soon. It was an emotional parting at 8:50 a.m. Friday the 29th of June on Paul W. Smith's first day back on the air.


My Sunday mornings have been somewhat altered too as Warren Pierce loses both Danielle Banks of the Weather Channel and Tony Bruscotto on traffic. That trio was company heading to church. I just hope they don't drop the coffee and donuts after mass. However, someone please tell Warren that WJR is radio and to go easy with all the television audio and instructions to WATCH this!


Even with recent TV spots, a lot of people still don't know who is hosting mornings on WOMC. I asked a demographically-ideal couple of ladies at a restaurant recently that question. One said Dick Purtan (who retired over two years ago) and the other said "no he's gone and I can't think of who it is now." Most people know only that the weather comes from Chuck Gaidica, while newsman Bob Schuman (one of the best in town), co-host Stacey Duford and head announcer Bobby Mitchell are NOT known with top-of-mind awareness. Marketing is key.


Meanwhile what's with WMGC, now known by the non-descript name of Soft-Rock 105.1 FM? The only names on the station anyone would know are morning man Chris Edmonds, whose talents are truly being wasted with a music-box format and mid-day host Mitzi Miles. It's amazing that after Jim Harper left six months ago the whole radio station seemed to just fall apart at the seams. Harper was good, but my God so are a lot of people and now we have at least three or four FM stations in Detroit which seemingly sound like an automated record changer. Yuck.


It's admirable that some AM talk stations are gaining FM signals, even if low-power FM's to reach out with a clearer signal. WCHB AM 1200 managed to snag 99.9 FM which is amazing to me since there are 99.9 full-power stations in Sarnia, Ontario to the north and Toledo, OH to the south. The frequency of 94.3 FM used by the defunct rock station known as "The Bone" which now simulcasts WDTK AM 1400 from Salem Communications. The AM signal, once home to the legendary WJLB, is today rather anemic and can use even the low-power FM help.


The rumors are hot and heavy that WWJ AM 950 might soon find a slot on the FM dial, but not certain where. It would always remain on AM, but an FM outlet rather than just an HD-Radio repeater would make a lot of news-radio fans happy. It would also thrill the front office at the University of Michigan Athletic Department considering that WWJ is the current home of Michigan football and basketball. Sports on FM, as evidence by the success of 97.1 The Ticket locally, is the rage all over the country. One wonders what will become of the AM dial by the year 2020.


Congrats to WJR morning host, Paul W. Smith, on his recent nuptials to Kim Guisinger. They recently returned from their honeymoon in Italy and Spain. Smith said it was the first time in memory that he had a full two weeks off and is now trying the become acclimated to the new formatics of the WJR morning show. Welcome back Pauley and many years of happiness ahead.


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com


Art Vuolo Jr.


Detroit News:

The set of "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm" looks a lot like a politician's campaign headquarters. Posters that boast slogans like "Occupy the Majority," "Forward with Roosevelt" and "Speaker Nancy Pelosi" hang on exposed brick walls in an open, airy and modern space undeniably influenced by New York lofts.

Full story: Jennifer Granholm makes smooth transition to hosting political TV show (Tue, 7/10)


Paul Carey said I shouldn't write about him because he hasn't done anything in 21 years. He's a wonderful guy and I wouldn't want to vex him, so I'm writing about CATCH instead.

Full story: CATCH pitches top honor to veteran Tigers announcer Paul Carey (Tue, 7/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

Jason Terzis, WOOD-TV 8 weekend sports anchor for the past 14½ years, will never forget loading up his U-Haul trailer and making the long drive from Georgia to West Michigan and arriving just in time to make his on-air debut at the local NBC affiliate on Christmas Day in 1997.

Full story: Jason Terzis leaving WOOD-TV after 14 years as weekend sports anchor (Tue, 7/10)



Detroit Free Press:

He was the beefy man with the handlebar moustache known as Tom Greene to legions of television news viewers. His reports about Lansing politicians -- first on radio, then on Channels 2 and 4 in Detroit through the 1970s and '80s -- were hard-hitting, so much so that he adopted the on-air surname of Greene, although his real name was Thomas Pratt, said his wife, Dottie Pratt.

Full story: Thomas Pratt: Reporter kept watch over politicians (Sun, 7/8)




CBS RADIO Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT has promoted part-time personality IAN "SLACKER" RICHARDS to MD/afternoon-drive host, effective MONDAY, JULY 16th. Previously MD/nights at WRCL/FLINT, MI, SLACKER has simultaneously been doing part-time at AMP RADIO launched in OCTOBER 2009.

Full story: WDZH Ups Ian 'Slacker' Richards To MD/Afternoons (Mon, 7/10)



Fine Tuning

  • Manistee's WMTE-FM 101.5 has changed format from Classic Hits back to Oldies, simulcasting WKLA AM 1450 Ludington.


Newsmakers and links: July 11, 2012



Mason County Press:

The voice of the Ludington Orioles, Rod Beckman, will be heard on a new radio station this fall, WMOM FM 102.7. Rod will direct all local sports coverage and will cover play by play of Ludington boys and girls basketball, along with Joe Holmes, while Todd Hansen and Gary Castonia will cover play by play of Oriole football. "It feels great knowing that Ludington sports will continue," Rod said.

Full story: Beckman, the voice of the Orioles returns -- this time on WMOM (Tue, 7/10)


Detroit's WXYZ-TV to add Bounce TV to digital subchannel

Bounce TV announced today that E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit will add the network targeted toward African Americans to a digital subchannel.

The addition of WXYZ-TV drives Bounce TV past 75% penetration of African American television homes and to nearly 55% of the total U.S.

"By creating room on their digital spectrum for Bounce TV, WXYZ-TV clearly sees the enormous value of Bounce TV as a network that can make a difference locally. It is our privilege to be in business with E.W. Scripps and we welcome them to our growing family of Bounce TV affiliates," commented Jeffrey Wolf, Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Distribution in making the announcement. "We are thrilled that Bounce TV will be seen on such a strong station as WXYZ in such a critical market as Detroit."

"Bounce TV is a very meaningful programming option for our digital spectrum and an ideal way to serve the 390,000 African-American Households throughout Southeast Michigan. We are delighted to be their exclusive home in Detroit," said Ed Fernandez, E.W. Scripps Divisional General Manager and WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager.




CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WDZH (98.7 AMP Radio)/DETROIT has named MICHAEL "MIKEY V" VINCI as its new nights host, effective MONDAY, JULY 16th. Previously, VINCI did nights and imaging for RADIO ONE Top 40/Mainstream WNOU (RADIO NOW 100.9)/INDIANAPOLIS.

Full story: WDZH Puts 'Mikey V' Vinci In Nights (Thu, 7/12)


MIDWESTERN BROADCASTING GROUP Sports WCCW-A (ESPN RADIO 1310 AM)/TRAVERSE CITY, MI will switch to FOX SPORTS RADIO on AUGUST 30th. The station will take FSR's entire lineup plus PREMIERE's JIM ROME.

Full story: WCCW-A/Traverse City To Switch To Fox Sports Radio (Thu, 7/12)



Detroit News:

They have been a sputtering club, no better than third place in the American League Central Division. They are two games north of .500 following some puzzling spring-summer antics that have not come close to expectations. But the Tigers are having a bonanza business year, at the box office and in living rooms, where FSD's ratings are record-setting.

Full story: Tigers are hit on TV and at the turnstiles (Thu, 7/12)


Michigan State's WKAR-FM/AM hires Peter Whorf as station manager

Michigan State University announced today that Peter Whorf will join WKAR-FM/AM 90.5/870 East Lansing as radio station manager for the public broadcasting stations on Aug. 27.

Whorf comes to WKAR from WFMT in Chicago, where he has served as program director and vice president for content for the past seven years.

Whorf's broadcasting experience includes serving as program director at WNYC in New York and KBIA in Columbia, Mo. Whorf also worked at WBEZ in Chicago, where he managed news and talk programming.

"Peter Whorf will be a great asset to our WKAR radio stations," said Gary Reid, WKAR general manager. "His incredible background in music programming, uniquely combined with radio news-talk experience, will make him a great addition to our WKAR family."

"We are excited to have Peter Whorf join WKAR and the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences leadership team," said Dean Pamela Whitten. "I am confident Whorf will provide the vision and leadership to elevate WKAR's radio stations to new heights of quality programming and innovation."

Whorf earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.


Detroit Free Press:

Jayne Smith and Chellie Harvey -- who say they're more than just good girlfriends, they're like family -- sat inside a silver Airstream trailer in downtown Detroit last week and talked into big round microphones about the beginning of their friendship. "What was your first memory of me?" asks Smith, who is 30, lives in Detroit and writes radio copy for a living.

Full story: StoryCorps captures the lives and times of metro Detroiters (Sun, 7/15)


Detroit Free Press:

Here's one more thing Detroit does well: Sports talk radio. The editors at TALKERS magazine put together their first annual Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk, which ranks the top 100 sports talk radio hosts in America by importance. WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket) made three appearances in the top 20.

Full story: Valenti and Foster rank No. 5 on Top 100 most important sports talk radio hosts (Mon, 7/16)



More sports radio apparently coming to Northern Michigan

Northern Radio Talk combo WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord and WSRJ-FM 105.5 Honor/Traverse City (You FM) will reportedly be moving to an all-Sports format on August 30th, picking up the ESPN Radio affiliation in the region currently heard on Midwestern Broadcasting's WCCW AM 1310 Traverse City. WCCW announced last week it would be switching to programming from FOX Sports Radio.



Fine Tuning

  • A couple of recent sign-ons in Northern Lower Michigan so far this summer: WYPV FM 106.3 Onaway has been heard testing with All-Christmas music since June and WGZR FM 89.1 has started operations with Catholic programming from owner Baraga Broadcasting. WYPV is owned by Michigan Broadcasters, LLC.


Grand Rapids Press:

The CBS affiliate in Flint and Saginaw mistakenly ran Pete Hoekstra's controversial Super Bowl commercial - attacked for claims of xenophobia in February - at least two times Tuesday morning, campaign spokesman Greg VanWoerkom said today.

Full story: TV 'station error' puts Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl ad back on the air today (Tue, 7/17)



Crawford County Avalanche:

After two dozen years in the radio business, William Gannon has initiated the process to sign off the air. Gannon Broadcasting has agreed to sell the stations County Y100, WGRY-AM 1230 Greatest Music Ever and Decades 101.1 WQON-FM to Sheryl and Jerry Coyne, the co-owners of Blarney Stone Broadcasting Inc. Gannon, who suffered a stroke on July 25, 2011, said getting out of the business for his personal health and pursuing his other business interests were the reasons for the sale.

Full story: Gannon Broadcasting in process of selling stations (Wed, 7/11)


Newsmakers and links: July 18, 2012



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

"Buzz TV" is changing stations. After three episodes on WLAJ 53, one of which ran twice due to technical difficulties, the Jackson-based variety show is moving to WHTV 18. The show will now air in the 12:30 a.m. time slot on Friday nights. An announcement that "Buzz TV" was leaving WLAJ came on Facebook on July 13.

Full story: 'Buzz TV' changing stations after three episodes (Wed, 7/18)


CBS Radio/Detroit stations and personalities among finalists for NAB Marconi Radio Awards

Earlier today, the National Association of Broadcasters released its finalists for its 2012 NAB Marconi Radio Awards. Among the finalists are CBS Radio Detroit stations WXYT-FM 97.1 for Large Market Station of the Year and Sports Station of the Year, WYCD-FM 99.5 for Country Station of the Year, and WYCD's Dr. Don Show with Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael and Grunwald as Large Market Personality of the Year.

The annual Marconi Awards honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting with this year's winners announced on September 20th at the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Awards Dinner & Show in Dallas.



Canadian regulators agree to CBC/Radio-Canada's plan to end analog broadcasting

620 analog transmitters for CBC/Radio-Canada television stations are in their final days of operation as the CRTC has agreed with a plan to end analog broadcasts across Canada. English language CBC and French language Radio-Canada analog transmitters will be turned off on July 31st - affecting areas that border Michigan such as Windsor, Sarnia, and Sault Ste. Marie. Even larger cities such as London, ON will be affected and will no longer have their own over-the-air CBC or Radio-Canada stations.


As pro football prepares for new season, WXYZ-TV Detroit ready to kick off coverage of Lions

Scripps Howard ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV, Ch.7 Detroit will get fans ready for a new season of Detroit Lions football with extensive coverage of the team's preseason activities, beginning with special July programming featuring an insider's look at training camp and coverage of a brand-new Coach's Kickoff event.

First up is Ford Lions Report LIVE: Training Camp Update on Wednesday, July 25th from 7-7:30 p.m. Then, on August 5th, WXYZ will bring viewers inside all the fun from the first annual Coach's Kickoff event, live from Ford Field. WXYZ will also produce and broadcast three Detroit Lions preseason games with full pregame shows:

  • Friday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m. pregame, 7:30 p.m. Detroit vs. Cleveland (Home)
  • Saturday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. pregame, 7:00 p.m. Detroit vs. Oakland (at Oakland)
  • Thursday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m. pre-game, 7:00 p.m. Detroit vs. Buffalo (Home)

The preseason game broadcast team will be anchored by NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard, and NFL Analyst Rob Rubick, with sideline coverage from 7 Action Sports Director Tom Leyden.

WXYZ will also regular season coverage of the team with a weekly pregame show Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. - noon along with other weekly features during the station's newscasts and Sunday evening sports recap program.



Grand Rapids Press:

WLHT-FM, back when it was "W-Lite," had "Barnaby and Friends" in the morning. In October 2010, Gerry Barnaby and W-Lite was out. In came "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" to the new "Channel 95-7."

Full story: WLHT-FM is looking for a new, locally-based morning team on 95.7 to replace Kidd Kraddick (Mon, 7/23)



Detroit mayor to speak at MAB's Annual Meeting

Detroit mayor Dave Bing has been scheduled to speak about his efforts to lead Detroit back to being an economic power and how that will impact the remainder of the state as a special guest at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting in Detroit on August 20.

More on MAB's Summer Celebration here.




WJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff says his favorite thing about golfing the length of Detroit is that the finished product is "anti-local TV." "It's 11 minutes long. There's no story there. No one was murdered, we're not at the scene of an arson. It's just taking a walk and trying to take a look at the city," LeDuff told TVSpy in a recent interview.

Full story: WJBK's Charlie LeDuff on Golfing Through Detroit: A 'Sweet and Sour' Look at the City (Mon, 7/23)


IonTVMany areas of the Detroit television market can now receive a new full power over-the-air TV station as Ion Television's WPXD-TV Channel 31 Ann Arbor is now operating its new transmitter from Southfield, providing the station full-market coverage of the area for the first time.

WPXD first started started testing the new transmitter, located near I-696 and M-10, in January and it has been noted on and off the air since then. WPXD is now running a scroll on its old transmitter (located in western Washtenaw County) informing viewers they will need to rescan their digital TV equipment in order to continue receiving the station. The scroll is not running on the Southfield transmitter.

WPXD viewers that use an antenna may also need to re-aim their antenna in order to receive the station's signal. The new WPXD facilities broadcast on physical channel 50 - the same virtual channel that used by CW affiliate WKBD-TV which actually broadcasts on channel 14. Digital TV receivers use mapping to display TV channels on their virtual numbers (often the same channel numbers used when the stations broadcast in analog) instead of the physical channel number, if they happen to be different.

WPXD's new transmitter is carrying all three subchannels: 31.1 is the main Ion Television broadcast in HD (16 x 9, 720p), Ch. 31.2 carries the children's targeted network qubo, and 31.3 is broadcasting Ion Life.

Since the station first signed on in 1981, it has broadcast from west of Ann Arbor, near Chelsea. The station's transmitter there will be turned off as soon as engineers are comfortable the new facility is operating properly and becomes licensed. Some viewers in the area west of Ann Arbor will lose their coverage of WPXD when this happens - but most will still be able to receive Ion programming on WZPX-TV Ch. 43 Battle Creek.

The sign on of WPXD from Southfield makes it the first full-power TV station to obtain full market reach in Detroit since WADL Channel 38 started operations from Mt. Clemens in 1986.


Newsmakers and links: July 25, 2012



Crain's Detroit Business:

Diana Lewis, a fixture on WXYZ-Channel 7's evening newscast, will retire in October after 44 years on television, she told Crain's Tuesday afternoon. The Detroit ABCaffiliate will announce her decision today. Lewis, 69, will co-anchor the station's 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. "Action News with JoAnne Purtan" for the final time Oct. 4, she said.

Full story: 44-year newscaster Diana Lewis plans retirement from WXYZ-Channel 7 (Wed, 7/25)


WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

After a career that has spanned more than four decades in broadcasting, Diana Lewis will retire from WXYZ-TV, Channel 7. Lewis, one of the most recognized and respected faces on Detroit television, has been an anchor on 7 Action News for more than 35 years ... WXYZ will celebrate Diana Lewis's legendary career and her contributions to Detroit broadcasting through special events and programming throughout August and September.

Full story: Legendary WXYZ anchor Diana Lewis to retire after more than 35 years on 7 Action News (Wed, 7/25)



Fine Tuning:

  • Salem Communications has been testing its recently purchased FM translator in Metro Detroit on 92.7. The station has been on and off air over the past week or so rebroadcasting Salem's WDTK AM 1400. The translator's transmitter is in southern Macomb County.


Fine Tuning:

  • Rob Stone has been named to evenings (7 p.m. - midnight) at CBS' Country WYCD-FM 99.5. He starts on Monday, July 30.

  • Jake Kelly exits nights at Midwestern Broadcasting Contemporary Hits WJZQ-FM 92.9 Cadillac/Traverse City to move to afternoons at WIXX-FM Green Bay, WI.

  • Non-commercial Contemporary Christian 'The Fuse' WPRJ-FM 101.7 Coleman (Clare/Midland/Mt. Pleasant area) has been sold by Partnership Ministries to Spirit Communications along with an FM translator at 96.7 in Alma for $100,000.

  • Tribune has extended its affiliation agreement with FOX, assuring Grand Rapids' WXMI-TV Ch. 17 will remain with the network for at least the next several years.


Detroit Free Press:

Diana Lewis is retiring. The WXYZ-TV Channel 7 newswoman, who has never been just an anchor, has decided to step down after 35 years behind the Channel 7 desk and 44 years in television, some of that time next to the irascible and beloved local legend Bill Bonds. Lewis will co-anchor the station's 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. "Action News" for the last time on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Lewis, 69, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania and had TV stints In Philadelphia and Los Angeles before coming to Detroit, said that she plans to "relax and do a little traveling."

Full story: Iconic local TV news anchor Diana Lewis is signing off (Thu, 7/25)



Crain's Detroit Business:

After 44 years in TV news, Channel 7's Diana Lewis reflects on Detroit, career (Mon, 7/30 - $, subscribers only)


The Oakland Press:

The CBS game show "The Price Is Right" is searching for contestants in Detroit. Channel 62 is proud to host the only contestant search event in Michigan in Westland.

Full story: Channel 62 hosts "Price Is Right" contestant search on August 13 (Tue, 7/31)



Fine Tuning:

  • Kettering University Low Power FM station WKUF-LP 94.3 Flint has been off the air because of storm damage the station suffered last week. Repairs are anticipated to completed over the course of the next several days.

  • Ludington's WKLA-FM 106.3 recently repositioned to 'Hits 106 KLA' from '106.3 KLA; The Lake Shores' Hit Music Station'. The station's format remains Pop / Hot Adult Contemporary.







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