Metro Detroit: August 2012 Archives

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 1, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Free Press reporter M.L. Elrick, who shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Kwame Kilpatrick saga, is leaving the newspaper to become an investigative reporter at the city's Fox affiliate, WJBK-TV2.

Full story: Pulitzer winner M.L. Elrick leaving Free Press for Fox 2 (Wed, 8/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Flint's WKUF-LP FM 94.3 retuned to the air yesterday after the completion of equipment repairs.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 3, 2012

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Detroit Public TV, MiVote.org to air Primary Election special

Detroit Public Television (DPTV, WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit) has announced a new special broadcast that is scheduled to air on Public Television stations throughout Michigan and on-demand at mivote.org designed to educate Michigan voters on the important choices in the August 7, 2012 Primary Election.

The show will air at 7:30 p.m. on Monday August 6th on Detroit Public Television 's main channel, WTVS-TV Channel 56 (check local listings for air times in other markets across the state).

The broadcast will look at the critical races across Michigan, featuring excerpts from the more than 100 one-on-one candidate interviews recorded during the a MiVote "Road Show." Veteran Michigan journalist Christy McDonald will anchor the show, with insight and analysis from Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley.

The show will also feature a look at how newspaper endorsements are made and a chance for voters to interact through social media.

 


 

CMU Public TV set to air local documentary

CMU Public Television will premiere a new, original documentary, "Into The North," on Sunday, August 5 at 8 p.m. CMU Public TV can be seen on WCMU-TV Ch. 14 Mt. Pleasant, WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 Flint, WCML-TV Ch. 6 Alpena, WCMV-TV Ch. 27 Cadillac, and WCMW-TV Ch. 21 Manistee. The station is also carried on many cable systems in the lower peninsula.

At the turn of the century, the Little Traverse Bay area became a key destination for tourism as railroad companies began advertising a pristine haven where one could escape city life and enjoy a "rustic" experience. "Into The North"--a "postcard from the past"-- tells the story of the families who traveled by train and steamship to a summer paradise with opulent hotels, resort communities with famous guests, clean air and million dollar sunsets. The film includes interviews with local historians and residents, a representative from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians describing Native American history in the area, as well as longtime summer residents from around the Little Traverse Bay.

Encore presentations can been seen on Wednesday, August 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 19 at 5 p.m.

 

ESPN.com:

The Lansing Lugnuts will be turning back the clock -- and the radio dial -- during Sunday's home game against the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Lugnuts, Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will broadcast the game as a re-creation to mark the 91st anniversary of the first baseball broadcast in history, which was on Pittsburgh station KDKA. That means Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Keaton Gillogly, who will handle the broadcast from Cooley Stadium in Lansing, Mich., won't actually be watching the game.

Full story: Lansing Lugnuts radio broadcast goes retro (Fri, 8/3)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Public TV has received a $250,000 grant from a foundation in Battle Creek to increase public understanding of the Arab-American community, officials announced Thursday. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the station the money to build a program based on its 13-part public TV series, "Arab-American Stories," which has already run. The new program, to be called "Arab-American Stories -- A National Dialogue," is to focus on reaching out to non-Arab Americans, as well as Arab Americans.

Full story: Detroit Public TV gets $250K grant to create program around 'Arab-American Stories' (Fri, 8/3)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug 6, 2012

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Dick Kernen receives tribute from State of Michigan

Specs Howard School of Media Arts Vice President of Industry Relations, Dick Kernen, was recently given Special Tribute from the State of Michigan to honor his 40 years of service to the school and industry.

The award was presented by State Representative George T. Darany (D-Dearborn), as a "Special Tribute to Dick Kernen" and was signed by State Senator Morris W. Hood III (D-Detroit) and Governor Rick Snyder.

Kernen's career began as a mail carrier for WXYZ AM in 1956. After a short navy career, Kernen spent 12 years at WXYZ, moving from through the ranks with various mid-level positions. In 1966, the FCC ruled AM and FM stations could no longer be simulcast, and in 1969, Kernen assumed a programming role for WXYZ's FM station, at a time when most vehicles did not even have FM radios. He helped popularize the station under its new WRIF moniker and is responsible for hiring one of Detroit's most recognizable voices: Arthur Penhallow, who was known as Cicero Grimes at the time at WNRS in Ann Arbor.

By 1972, Kernen had years of broadcasting and networking experience, making his transition to a career with Specs Howard a natural evolution. As an instructor and placement advisor for Specs Howard School, Kernen has been a cornerstone in the broadcasting industry for the State of Michigan, having placed thousands of Specs Howard graduates in radio, television and other media positions.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug 7, 2012

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AllAccess.com:

CCM+E Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT PD MICHAEL McCOY has accepted the OM post at CCM+E/COLUMBUS and will once again become PD at Top 40 WNCI, which he programmed until mid-2009 ... Tony Travatto Adds WKQI PD Duties - This completes the COLUMBUS to MOTOR CITY circle as TRAVATTO, who recently left the PD chair at WNCI to become OM at CCM+E/DETORIT (NET NEWS 7/3) and become PD at Hot AC WNIC and Classic Rocker WDTW, will now add PD duties at WKQI.

Full story: WKQI PD Michael McCoy To CCM+E/Columbus OM Post & WNCI PD; Tony Travatto Adds WKQI PD Duties (Tue, 8/7)

 


 

Detroit News:

Devin Scillian, WDIV Channel 4 anchorman and award-winning country music singer and songwriter, will perform with the Arizona Son band at Stars in the Park from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Farmington Hills' Heritage Park on Farmington Road between 10 Mile and 11 Mile.

Full story: WDIV anchor to perform with Arizona Son band (Tue, 8/7)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug 8, 2012

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

After nearly three decades at WXYZ-TV, reporter Mary Conway announced today that she plans to leave 7 Action News and move to Colorado to be closer to family. Conway is well known in the Detroit area as an expert on the automotive industry ... It's fitting that Conway will celebrate her last day at Channel 7 on August 18, 2012, during the annual broadcast of the Woodward Dream Cruise from 7-9 p.m.

Full story: After 29 years at WXYZ-TV, Mary Conway heads west (Wed, 8/8)

 


 

RadioInsight:

Greater Media's 105.1 WMGC Detroit is on the verge of yet another rebranding ... Now the station is identifying simply by its 105.1 frequency on the air as it prepares to change its moniker to "Today's 105.1".

Full story: WMGC Detroit Relaunching Again (Wed, 8/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 10, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9 will be airing a special presentation of the one hour documentary "Go for It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers" featuring Flint gold medalist Claressa Shields today at 2 and 7 p.m.
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  • Casey Jones is the new weekend sports anchor at NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids. It marks a return to WOOD-TV for Grand Rapids native Jones who was a part-timer before leaving for a job at WSJV-TV in South Bend last year.
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  • The Detroit Lions' first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns is a sellout allowing WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 to air the broadcast live tonight at 7:30 p.m.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 13, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Bob Simonson, veteran West Michigan DJ at stations such as WLHT, WBCT, and WCUZ, jumps back behind the microphone at Grand Valley State's Public/Oldies WGVU AM 1480 Kentwood and WGVS AM 850 Muskegon for weekday afternoons 2 - 6 p.m. WGVU AM Program Director Len O'Kelly, who had been hosting that airshift, has added teaching responsibilities at GVSU.
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  • Cumulus/Toledo has dropped the all-sports format on WLQR AM 1470 and placed a syndicated talk format on the station. The sports format can still be heard heard on WLQR-FM 106.5 in most of the Toledo area. AM 1470 will continue to carry some sports play-by-play, including broadcasts of Detroit Tigers baseball.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 14, 2012

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Michigan Sinclair-owned TV stations preparing DISH customers for blackout

Another retransmission dispute between an over-the-air broadcasting company and a satellite company appears to be headed to a blackout for affected viewers. Sinclair Broadcast Group is warning that it expects its stations to be off DISH network beginning at midnight on August 16th.

Sinclair's Michigan stations include CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, ABC affliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing, and FOX affiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 Flint. In addition Sinclair has CW affiliations in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo ("CW7", over-the-air Channel 3.2) and Lansing ("CW5", over-the-air Channel 53.2).

As has become typical in these disputes, each side is blaming the other for the possibility of a blackout - with viewers likely being stuck in the middle without TV service. DISH carries 70 Sinclair signals in 45 cities across the U.S.

 


 

WXYZ-TV Detroit elevates Murri to Station Manager

Scripps Broadcasting ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit has named Mike Murri as Station Manager, effective immediately. In his new role he'll be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of WXYZ. Murri has been with the station since 1983 and previously held the titles of Account Executive and Local Sales Manager before being promoted to Director of Sales in 2001.

"Mike has tremendous knowledge of the Detroit market and a history of success with the organization, said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "More importantly, the passion and dedication he brings to his work makes him the ideal candidate to assume this role."

"With all the momentum at the station these past few years, this is a tremendously exciting time for WXYZ and for Detroit," said Murri. "It's a great privilege to work with such a dedicated and talented group of professionals. WXYZ is truly one of the great stations in America and I'm humbled by the opportunity to be in a leadership role at this station."

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 16, 2012

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Dish Network and Sinclair reach tentative agreement, local stations stay

CBS (WWMT-TV Ch. 3), ABC (WLAJ-TV Ch. 53), FOX (WSMH-TV Ch. 66) and CW affiliates in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Lansing/Jackson, and Flint are still available to Dish Network subscribers thanks to a tentative agreement between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Dish Network over retransmission costs. The companies agreed to a two week extension of the old agreement to keep the stations on Dish while the agreement is finalized.

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Cynthia Canty is joining Michigan Radio to host a new local, weekly talk show. "Stateside with Cynthia Canty" will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 3-4 p.m. and will feature a mix of interviews, features and listener call-in segments.

Full story: Cynthia Canty joins Michigan Radio for new local talk show (Thu, 8/16)

 

Detroit News: New weekly radio show gives Cyndy Canty a new piece on life (Thu, 8/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 20, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo, Michiguide.com contributor and 'Radio's Best Friend', sat in with legendary Detroit DJ and podcaster Dick Purtan last week. Check out the conversation at www.dickpurtan.com/blog/2012/8/17/purtan-podcast-54-radio-its-going-through-the-change-with-ev.html. Since he retired from radio, Purtan has continued to please fans with his podcasts that aren't bound by the 'rules' of radio.
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  • Bill Simonson will take his Huge Show on the road to Midland on Thursday afternoon, August 23rd, hosting the program live from the WLUN-FM 100.9 (ESPN 100.9-fm) studios at Great Lakes Loons' Dow Diamond.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 23, 2012

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MLive.com:

Western Michigan University's Bronco Radio Network will be reaching new audiences this sports season. Midwest Communications' WKZO-FM (96.5), which serves Kalamazoo and Portage, returns this season as the flagship station of the network and WVIC-FM (94.1) also returns as an affiliate station serving Battle Creek, Jackson, Lansing and mid-Michigan.

Full story: Western Michigan's Bronco Radio Network expands to Grand Rapids and Detroit areas (Wed, 8/22)

 


 

WXYZ-TV/Detroit to provide free back-to-school immunizations

Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, along with DTE Energy Foundation will give thousands of Detroit area children a "boost" at the 35th annual "Healthy Living for Kids" immunization fair. The program will be held Sunday, August 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Visit www.wxyz.com for more information.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WMPA FM 93.1 Ferrysburg started regular operations earlier in the week with a Country format as 'Country 93.1'. The station will carry Muskegon Catholic Central sports and NASCAR races. WMPA is co-owned with WGHN-FM / AM Grand Haven. Afternoons are being hosted locally by John Roberts.
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  • The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2012-2013 Board of Directors and Officers during the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting August 20 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The newly elected officers include: Chairman, Julie Koehn, Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian, Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Rick Sykes, Central Michigan University/MHTV, Secretary/Treasurer, Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, Immediate Past Chairman, Dave Downing. Members elected for their first full-term include: Director, Randy Scott, Davison High School, Davison, Director, Pam Manor, WNEM-AM/TV, Saginaw. Members elected for their second full-term include: Director, Todd Mohr, Synergy Broadcast Group, Ludington, Director, Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV, Detroit.

 


 

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Newsmakers and links: Aug. 24, 2012

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Detroit News:

Exhibition football or a big race in the Sprint Cup Series? That is the television viewing dilemma for some sports fans in Metro Detroit on Saturday, when the Lions play the Raiders and Rochester Hills driver Brad Keselowski and the rest of the NASCAR crews are racing in Tennessee, three events before the start of the Chase to the Sprint Cup.

Full story: Lions TV bumps NASCAR down dial (Fri, 8/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Back on the air: FM 95.3 from near Indian River with a Country format. Now with the calls WWSS, the station ID's as 'Straits Country'. It had previously been on the air earlier this year as WGRL but sent silent for a few months while the station addressed issues with electric power. WWSS is licensed to Tuscarora Township and licensed to David L. Smith.
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  • Ricky Burns is the new to evenings and the Music Director role at Townsquare Rhythmic Pop WRCL FM 93.7 (Club 93.7) Frankenmuth/Flint. Burns had been a swing-shifter at WDZH FM 98.7 (Amp Radio) Detroit.
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  • Ty Shesky is the new meteorologist for NBC affiliate WEYI-TV Ch. 25 Flint/Saginaw/Bay City. He arrives from Rockford, IL.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 30, 2012

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Royal Oak Patch:

WXYZ-TV anchor Diana Lewis joins the festivities as Honorary Chair of the Rainbow Connection's Walk for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Detroit Zoo.

Full story: WXYZ Anchor Fills in for L. Brooks Patterson (Thu, 8/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 31, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan once again is among the Top 40 TV media markets in the United States. Nielsen just released its local television market estimates for 2013 showing the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek DMA is the 39th largest in the country.

Full story: West Michigan TV once again is among the Top 40 markets in the United States (Fri, 8/31)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Linda Yohn, music director and on-air host at WEMU, was named Jazz Programmer of the Year in a major market for the fourth straight year Thursday at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in Detroit.

Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn wins top jazz radio award for 4th straight year (Fri, 8/31)

 

Want to hit the annual Detroit Jazz Festival this weekend but don't want to deal with driving and parking? WEMU and Golden Limousine will again this year offer a shuttle service between Ypsilanti and the festival site, in downtown Detroit around Hart Plaza and Campus Martius. WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University which plays a lot of jazz, has sponsored the service for the last few years and found it to be a hit.

Full story: WEMU offering shuttle to Detroit Jazz Festival (Thu, 8/30)

 


 

WXYZ Ch. 7 Detroit to air special on Kilpatrick corruption case

Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit '7 Action News Investigators' will take viewers inside the federal public corruption case of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in a 7 Action News special, Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. on Channel 7.  The half-hour program, "Kilpatrick Corruption Case," uncovers new information about Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, his friend Bobby Ferguson and former water department director Victor Mercado, who are scheduled to go to trial September 6th.

The program will feature a report from investigator Scott Lewis, who travelled to Kilpatrick's home in Grand Prairie, Texas for an exclusive report on the former mayor and a look at his Texas lifestyle.

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