Michigan Almanac: March 2012 Archives

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.







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