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Newsmakers and links: Jan. 31, 2012



Motor City radio audio archive returns

Motor City Radio Flashbacks (www.mcrfb.com) launched this earlier this week, bringing back online much of the content that was formerly found on the now defunct site DetroitRadioFlashbacks.net.

Motor City Radio Flashbacks is the brainchild of George Griggs and keener13.com curator Scott Westerman. It features tons of airchecks, jingles and other goodies that span many years of Detroit-area radio history.




Tim Skubick, longtime Michigan political writer and host of PBS' "Off the Record," has been named MLive.com's political columnist, starting Wednesday. Skubick has covered Michigan politics and government longer than any other political journalist in state history, starting with the swearing-in of former Gov. William Milliken in 1969.

Full story: Tim Skubick named political columnist for MLive.com (Tue, 1/31)


Newsmakers and links: Mar. 12, 2012



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

John Keating: Remembering a gentleman, sports scholar

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



Kalamazoo Gazette:

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

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



Michigan Association of Broadcasters:

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


MAB Announces 2011 Broadcast Excellence Awards Station of the Year Recipients

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

Commercial broadcasters

• Market 1 Television: WXYZ-TV, Detroit

• Market 1 Radio: WJR-AM, Detroit

• Market 2 Television: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids

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

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

• Market 3 Radio: WLEN-FM, Adrian

• Market 4 Television: WLUC-TV, Marquette

• Market 4 Radio: WGHN-FM, Grand Haven


Public broadcasters

• Public Television: WKAR-TV, East Lansing

• Group 1 Public Radio: WGVU Radio, Grand Rapids

• Group 2 Public Radio: Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Newsmakers and links: April 15, 2012




Detroit Tigers radio analyst Jim Price will not be in the radio booth for the next four games due to "general health concerns," the team announced this morning. Price will miss the final game of the three-game series today in Chicago against the White Sox as well as the three-game series in Kansas City that begins Monday.

Full story: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan Petry to fill in for Jim Price on radio broadcasts (Sun, 4/15)


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.


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)



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


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) 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, Trey Fabacher, Vice President & General Manager, WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV CBS Television, Detroit

  • Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Tim Feagan, General Manager, Clear Channel West Michigan

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Jill Saarela, Vice President/CEO, Barrington Broadcasting, Traverse City

  • At-Large Director, Chris Warren, General Manager, Midwestern Broadcasting, Traverse City

  • Immediate Past Chairman, Duane Alverson, President, MacDonald Broadcasting, Saginaw/Lansing


Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director, Gary Baxter, Vice-President/General Manager, WSYM-TV, Lansing

  • Director, Peter Tanz, Vice-President, Midwest Communications, Michigan

  • Director, Peter Veto, General Manager, WJRT-TV, Flint


Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Tim Feagan, General Manager, Clear Channel West Michigan

  • Director, Bob Peters, General Sales Manager, WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM, Mt. Pleasant



The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award (Ed Christian), the Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award (US Rep. John Dingell) and inducted the 2012 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame (Michael King, Julie Koehn, W. Palmer Pyle) Monday, August 20 at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit. Also presented was Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters' Professional Pioneer Award and special dedication of the MABF Alan Frank Endowment Scholarship.

Award recipients were honored during the MAB's Summer Celebration at the annual Awards Banquet surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. For more information on this year's summer celebration, click here.


Newsmakers and links: Aug. 23, 2012




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.

  • 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: Oct. 19, 2012



Grand Rapids Press:

Kidd Kraddick is out. Connie & Curtis are in. Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Today's Best Mix Channel 95.7 (WLHT) will debut a new morning radio show to wake up West Michigan.

Full story: Connie & Curtis to wake up West Michigan as new morning radio show on WLHT 95.7 (Fri, 10/19)



Fine Tuning:

  • With no debates happening this year between U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senate candidate former Rep. Pete Hoesktra, Michigan's Public Radio stations will offer the candidates the chance to answer questions from voters across the state. There are two separate hour-long call-in shows scheduled on the stations of the Michigan Public Radio Network:

    Stabenow, the Democratic incumbent, will take questions on a special broadcast of "Michigan Calling" airing Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. Hoekstra, the Republican challenger, will be on a week later on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.

    The shows will be a statewide "town hall" format airing on public radio stations in every broadcast market in Michigan.


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 12, 2012



Spinal Column:

Milford Township officials are still investigating whether they will permit seven 199-foot radio broadcast towers to be built on the border of Wixom and Milford Township, after recently receiving a recommendation from a key commission.

Full story: County panel against so-called 'radio farm' plan (Wed, 12/5)





Full story: West Virginia Combo, California AM Sold (Fri, 12/7)



Fine Tuning:

  • The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Holiday Auction has added two MSU ticket packages: Four tickets to the January 5th Michigan State vs. Purdue men's basketball game at the Breslin Center; and four tickets to the January 11th Michigan State vs. Notre Dame hockey game at Munn Ice Arena. Bidding is open through noon on Friday, December 14th.

    Visit biddingforgood.com/mabfoundation for details and to bid.


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 14, 2012



Fine Tuning:

  • Joe Donovan, morning co-anchor at CBS Radio All-News WWJ AM 950 Detroit, reportedly resigned on-air this morning at the very end of his shift. He had been with WWJ since 1976 and had first become known in Detroit as a "20-20 News" anchor at 'The Big 8', CKLW AM 800 Windsor starting in 1970.



Detroit News:

Joe Donovan, longtime co-anchor (with Roberta Jasina) of WWJ-AM's (950) morning show, signed off Friday morning after some 36 years with the station. Donovan simply thanked Detroiters for listening in a goodbye that lasted mere seconds.

Full story: WWJ-AM's Donovan, Walton no longer at station (Fri, 12/14)




The state government cable channel is going all-online. Michigan Government Television, or MGTV, will be replaced with the MiTV web portal in January ... The station's board of cable industry executives recently decided to drop the station due to lack of demand, said Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Full story: MGTV, Michigan's government cable station, to be replaced with online format (Fri, 12/14)




BELL MEDIA/DETROIT-WINDSOR,CANADA VP/GM ERIC PROKSCH has named JAY HUDSON as PD of Alternative CIMX (89X). HUDSON has served as the station's MD and evening jock for the last six years. HUDSON will move into the 3-7p shift, formally held by CAL CAGNO. CAGNO will take over mornings on 89X alongside newly acquired host RUSTY THOMSON.

Full story: 89X/Detroit Promotes Jay Hudson To PD (Fri, 12/14)



Hour Detroit Magazine:

When Dr. Partha Nandi struck up a conversation at a private dinner party, he never dreamed it would lead to a second full-time job. The father of one of the guests was battling pancreatic cancer, and Partha, a metro Detroit-based gastroenterologist, took note. For the next hour, the doctor thoroughly went over the disease, discussing treatment options and insurance issues so the man could better understand the situation his father faced.

Full story: Locally Produced Medical TV Show Aims for National Syndication (Fri, 12/14)


Newsmakers and links: Dec. 19, 2012



The Oakland Press:

Two Oakland County school districts sent letters home to parents this week after a WDIV-TV camera operator attempted to enter schools on the first school day following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Every West Bloomfield School District building was placed on lockdown Monday after a Local 4 News camera operator attempted to enter Gretchko Elementary School, near Hiller and Greer roads. The man attempted to enter the lower-level elementary school, which houses kindergartners and first-graders, through multiple doors.

Full story: WDIV camera operator causes lockdown of West Bloomfield schools, enters Walled Lake school (Wed, 12/19)



Detroit News:

A local television station apologized to the West Bloomfield School District and local law enforcement after one of its photographers allegedly tried to enter at least one elementary school, prompting a districtwide lockdown Monday. "We never intended to exacerbate an already intense situation, and apologize to West Bloomfield Police and the school," said Marla Drutz, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) vice president and general manager.

Full story: TV photographer prompts West Bloomfield schools lockdown (Wed, 12/19)



Fine Tuning:

  • Randy Carr, Assistant Manager, Technical Director, and teacher for Bloomfield Hills Schools WBFH-FM 88.1 is retiring on Friday after 13 years with the district. Carr's radio career also included 35 years in commercial radio.



Detroit Free Press:

MGTV -- the cable television station that has broadcast the machinations of state government since 1996 -- will go dark by mid-January. The service, provided by five of the state's largest cable television providers, will be transferred to the state's Technology, Management and Budget department and will be available only online.

Full story: Cable stations drop government TV station; some content to be online (Wed, 12/19)


Detroit-based ESPN commentator Rob Parker today apologized for the racial comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III that got him suspended by the network last week.

Full story: ESPN's Rob Parker apologizes for Robert Griffin III comments (Wed, 12/19)


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