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Newsmakers and links: Jan. 5, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

WADL-Channel 38 will debut "News @ 9," a new weekday 9 p.m. newscast, on Jan. 16. The 30-minute newscast is being produced with Journal Register Co., a company whose holdings include The Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak, the Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant and all the Heritage newspapers in Southeast Michigan. The newspapers will provide news reporting and streaming video.

Full story: WADL-Channel 38 to start 9 p.m. newscast (Thu, 1/5)

 


 

WEYI-TV/minbcnews.com:

NBC25 strengthens its news team and brings back a trusted news resource to viewers. Bill Harris, a 35-year news veteran and nine-time EMMY winner at the local ABC affiliate, will be the anchor of NBC25 News at 6 p.m. After parting ways with his previous station, he is very excited to be back as the face of Mid-Michigan news. He will be starting Jan. 30, 2012.

Full story: Bill Harris joins the NBC25 team (Thu, 1/5)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Longtime WJRT anchor Bill Harris is joining crosstown rival WEYI. "Grab your remotes!" NBC-affiliate WEYI exclaimed, announcing the move. "The face of Mid-Michigan news hasn't changed, but the channel has." Harris spent over three decades anchoring the news for WJRT before being cut loose last spring. He returned to the station to do occasional special reports last year, but officially said goodbye in December.

Full story: Longtime WJRT Anchor Bill Harris Joins Rival WEYI (Wed, 1/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 6, 2012

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The Oakland Press:

Get ready for a local newscast that combines hyper-local news stories with television's immediacy when WADL TV 38 and Journal Register newspapers partner to present the "News @ 9" weekdays beginning Monday, Jan. 16.

Full story: WADL and Journal Register newspapers partner to begin weekday newscast (Fri, 1/6)

 


 

Jamie Samuelsen exits WCSX, WXYT-FM next stop?

Inside Radio reports that Jamie Samuelsen has stepped down as sports director and morning show co-host at Greater Media classic rocker WCSX-FM 94.7 and is expected to be joining CBS Radio's sports WXYT-FM 97.1.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WPBN-WTOM anchor Diana Fairbanks is joining Buffalo's WIVB-WNLO on January 16. Fairbanks, who tells TVSpy she is "excited about the opportunity," says she will anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast on WIVB and the 10 p.m. newscast on WNLO on weekdays. Her last day at WPBN-WTOM, the NBC-affiliate in Traverse City, MI, is Friday.

Full story: Anchor Diana Fairbanks Joining WIVB In Buffalo (Thu, 1/5)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Do you follow the syndicated (and very popular) "Free Beer and Hot Wings" show on WGRD-FM (97.9)? Or do you listen to the sports talk show giant in town, better known as "Huge" -- who can be heard across the state (including WBBL-FM 107.3) and found online through his Huge Blog on Mlive.com?

Full story: Radio wars? WGRD's Free Beer and Hot Wings take on WBBL's Huge (Thu, 1/5)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Former WJRT (Channel 12) news anchor Bill Harris will soon be back on the air permanently. And he can't wait. "I feel like a 5-year-old on Christmas Eve," Harris said. NBC25 (WEYI) today announced its acquisition of Harris, a 35-year news veteran and nine-time Emmy winner. "Channel 25 is offering me what I really love to do and that's anchoring and special project reporting," Harris said.

Full story: TV news anchor Bill Harris 'like a 5-year-old on Christmas Eve' over new gig at NBC25 (Thu, 1/5)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2012

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TVNewsCheck.com:

Dish Nation, the half-hour entertainment news program featuring drive-time personalities from across the nation (including Blaine & Allyson from Detroit's WDVD-FM 96.3) has been sold to the Fox Television Stations. Set for a September launch, Dish Nation has also been sold to Tribune, LIN, Local TV and Cox stations.

Full story: 'Dish Nation' cleared in 55% of the country (Mon, 1/9)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV reporter Anne Schieber is leaving journalism to become a senior investigative analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Full story: WOOD-TV reporter Anne Schieber leaving to join Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Tue, 1/10)

 


 

Radio-Info.com:

... In other news at the Clear Channel Philly cluster, on air veteran Bobby Holiday joins as morning man for the new "R&B Oldies" WDAS-AM, while creative mastermind Mark Fisher becomes the voice talent at the station. Holiday was last the PD of WDZZ Flint, Michigan, before exiting in April of 2010.

Full story: Clear Channel Urban/Philadelphia makes new hires for WUSL, WDAS-AM (Tue, 1/10)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 11, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Jack Hoppus, a pioneer radio announcer for WLAV and WMAX during the 1960s and early 70s, took great pride in his Heritage Hill home.

Full story: Jack Hoppus, pioneering announcer for WLAV and WMAX in 1960s and 70s, has died from cancer (Wed, 1/11)

 


 

Former WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint jock offers retrospective on station

In the 1970s and 80s, WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint enjoyed a long successful run in the rock format. Former jock Jim Baade has created a 36-minute video that captures the voices, the feeling and history of the station during its era as "Flint's Best Rock" and "Rock of the Eighties".

Check out Flint's Best Rock on Vimeo

Baade's documentary takes the station from its birth in the rock format, through its days as one of the USA's leading AOR stations, and up to the day it dropped the format entirely in favor of Top 40 after being sold.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS' syndicated morning show, FREE BEER & HOT WINGS SHOW is off to a big start in 2012, with additional affiliates, a remote broadcast at THE SUPER BOWL and expanded broadcasts to include SATURDAY mornings.

Full story: Free Beer & Hot Wings Expands Show, Announces Super Bowl Broadcast (Wed, 1/11)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 15, 2012

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Lansing State Journal:

In one swoop Monday, WILX (Channel 10) will switch all of its weekday anchors. In recent years, the station has stuck with solo anchors -- David Andrews at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Jason Colthorp at 11 p.m., Lauren Evans in the morning. Now, Evans moves to evening. She pairs with Colthorp at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Andrews does morning, which adds a half-hour. It will be 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., plus cut-ins during "Today."

Full story: WILX anchors to switch up on Monday (Sun, 1/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 20, 2012

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Midland's ESPN 100.9-FM adds Jared Sandler to team as PD, evening host

Sports WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning, ESPN 100.9-FM, has announced the addition of Jared Sandler to the Great Lakes Bay Region and ESPN team, where he will serve as the station's Program Director, effective at the beginning of March.

In addition to his responsibilities as PD, Sandler will be the primary host of ESPN 100.9-FM's SportsNight, which airs weeknights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. He will also join ESPN 100.9-FM's lead play-by-play broadcaster, Brad Golder, in the radio booth this summer to call Great Lakes Loons home games, as well as take on the play-by-play duties for the station's Saginaw Valley League football and basketball coverage.

"We are very excited to have Jared on board," ESPN 100.9-FM's General Manager Jerry O'Donnell said. "He brings solid knowledge and experience to our operation. His on-air presence and passion for sports will provide a great enhancement to the station and its properties."

Sandler, a Texas-native, most recently worked with the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League in 2011 as their Director of Media Relations, broadcasting all 76 games on 560 KMON AM in Great Falls, MT. In 2010, he called 70 games for the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers on 1340 KVBR AM in Brainerd, MN.

His prior experience also includes work in California, where he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. At USC he served as an ESPN Radio 710 AM correspondent and a radio broadcaster for USC Trojans All-Access.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 23, 2012

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Detroit News:

Don't be surprised if around 6 Monday night on WXYT 97.1, you hear a big, bellowing "Happy NEW YEAR!" A little late, sure. But it's never stopped him before. Bob Wojnowski, AKA Wojo, is set to return to Metro Detroit radio. The two-hour, drive-time show will be co-hosted by Jamie Samuelson.

Full story: He's back! Wojo returns to Detroit radio tonight (Mon, 1/23)

 


 

Saginaw News:

The phone rang, and after a slow, easy exchange of greetings, the very familiar voice on the other end of the line said, "This is Garrison Keillor." After more than three decades of "A Prairie Home Companion," minus a short intermission in the late 1980s when the folksy storyteller thought there were better things to pursue, the introduction was hardly necessary.

Full story: Garrison Keillor makes a welcome return (Mon, 1/23)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2012

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Detroit News:

It seems to me like we've had a mild winter, but that's a relative term. It's not that balmy when your house doesn't have heat. That's where THAW comes in, where American Coney Island comes in, and where I show up, too, at 11 a.m. today. THAW, the Heat and Warmth Fund, helped keep the furnace burning for 12,000 Michigan households in 2010-11. CEO Susan Sherer expects that number to jump this year, even as temperatures do the same.

Full story: Buy a coney, help THAW (Tue, 1/24)

 


 

WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

Radio station 94.7 will raise money for the Children's Miracle Network by bringing back the Stone Soup Project to Detroit. The project, named after the childhood fable which tells the story of a community coming together to each add something to a soup pot, relies on the efforts of local business and listeners to help rebuild a classic car from the ground up.

Full story: Detroit-area radio station 94.7 rebuilds classic car for charity (Mon, 1/23)

 


 

Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Jim Irwin, 77, who was the radio voice of the Green Bay Packers from 1969 to 1998, died Sunday. His wife Gloria picked up the phone, unprompted, and called the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Monday. "Green Bay was such an important part of our lives, I just kind of wanted to make it a more personal story for the readers," she said, her voice quivering. The last 24 hours left Gloria drained after watching Jim succumb to metastatic cancer in hospice.

Full story: Former Packers radio announcer Jim Irwin dies at 77 (Mon, 1/23)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ (98KCQ)/SAGINAW, MI weekend overnight personality MARTIN ANTHONY has resigned to pursue part-time opportunities closer to home (metro DETROIT) or full-time positions anywhere in MICHIGAN.

Full story: Martin Anthony Leaves WKCQ (Mon, 1/23)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Meredith Corp. (owner of CBS affiliate WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City) today reported that fiscal 2012 second quarter Local Media Group operating profit was $27 million, compared to $39 million in the year-ago period. Total revenues were $84 million, compared to $97 million, a 13.5% drop.

Full story: Meredith local media revenue down 13.5% (Tue, 1/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 25, 2012

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Broadcasting & Cable:

Eight Young Broadcasting stations have agreed to affiliate with ABC's Live Well Network, with the rollout starting Jan. 30. WKRN Nashville, WRIC Richmond, WTEN Albany, WATE Knoxville, WBAY Green Bay, KELO Sioux Falls, WLNS Lansing and KLFY Lafayette (La.) bring the Live Well Network's overall market clearance to more than 58% of U.S. television households.

Full story: Young Broadcasting Stations Look to Live Well (Tue, 1/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids' Christian WCSG-FM 91.3 gains Lansing-area coverage

Educational Media Foundation FM translator W237BY 95.3 Mason/Lansing is reported as having switched from rebroadcasting that company's "Air One" contemporary Christian format to a rebroadcast of Cornerstone University's mainstream Christian WCSG-FM 91.3.

 


 

Michigan broadcast student award winners announced

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has revealed the names of its 2012 student broadcasting award winners. A complete list of the 2012 honorees can be found on the MAB web site.

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

WBLV-FM (90.3) radio host Foley Schuler will present a free, three-part lecture series, "Cities of the Imagination," on the last Tuesdays of January (the 31st), February (28th) and March (27th) at the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts, 8697 Ferry, Montague.

Full story: WBLV radio host Foley Schuler to speak on 'Cities of the Imagination' (Wed, 1/25)

 


 

WTVS Ch. 56 Detroit to re-air award-winning documentary

Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit, is scheduled to rebroadcast its documentary movie "Beyond the Light Switch" in two parts. The first half will air tonight at 10 p.m. with the second half scheduled for next Wednesday, February 1st, also at 10 p.m.

The program explores the controversy of the status of the current infrastructure used to create and distribute electricity across the United States. The film won the Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Award last year and has aired nationally on PBS affiliates.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 27, 2012

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WJR and Salvation Army set February 24th as date for annual Radiothon

The 25th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon will take place on Friday February 24th from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. from Oakland Mall in Troy. Newstalk WJR AM 760 will broadcast the event for the second year - and welcome back longtime host Dick Purtan who retired several months after the 2010 event.

Purtan is scheduled to join WJR hosts Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, and Mitch Albom to help raise money in support of the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread program that serves nearly 5,000 meals to children, adults, and seniors and shelters 570 people every day and night of the year.

Last year's Radiothon tallied $1,546,584 in pledges.

 


 

MLive.com:

President Barack Obama says the recovery of Detroit automakers proves that America has the talent and wherewithal to remain an international leader in manufacturing. Obama, who is scheduled to speak later this morning at the University of Michigan, appeared as a guest this morning on WJR-AM 760, where he discussed rising college costs and the auto industry with host Paul W. Smith.

Full story: President Barack Obama talks auto recovery, tuition costs, UM-MSU rivalry on Detroit radio (Fri, 1/27)

 

Gov. Rick Snyder met with a crowd of Wayne State University students and faculty on Thursday during a taping of "Leaders on Leadership" at Detroit Public Television.

Full story: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder quizzed by WSU students during show taping (Fri, 1/27)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Doug Wentworth's smooth and reassuring voice heightened for a moment, saying, "It's a swisheroo for two by Barry Capel." That's all I needed to hear. Finally, the restlessness buzzing through my fevered 8-year-old body eased. I exhaled and sighed in relief.

Full story: Legendary football, basketball radio announcer Doug Wentworth hanging up mic after 50 years, maybe (Thu, 1/26)

 


 

Central Michigan Life:

After Michigan State University merged its public broadcasting services with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences last summer, some broadcasting professors have expressed concerns about competition in the mid-Michigan area. The merger, which happened last July, has given many competitive advantages to MSU, including the capability of paying their employees at broadcast stations WKAR-TV and Radio.

Some members of the CMU school of broadcast and cinematic arts believe they could be at a disadvantage from a recruiting standpoint, as more MSU students now have access to better facilities and opportunities.

Full story: Broadcasting department expresses concern after MSU merges broadcast, radio (Thu, 1/26)

 


 

Detroit News:

When J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison were let go from their morning show at WCSX (94.7-FM), one of their pet projects was abandoned.

Full story: Radio station revives Stone Soup charity effort (Thu, 1/26)

 

WHNE-LD Flint, a digital low power TV station, recently started regular operations from a broadcast tower near Holly, providing over-the-air service to television viewers in northern Oakland County and in the Flint area.

The station is now on the air 24/7 on channel 26 with directional lobes toward Flint and the south and southeast toward the Metro Detroit area. WHNE-LD would likely have better coverage in metro Detroit if not for a low powered TV station that is currently operating on Channel 26 in Windsor, ON. The station has applied to move to Channel 20 and change its broadcast location to Oak Park - if approved and constructed, WHNE-LD would then enjoy greatly improved reception across much of the metro Detroit area for viewers with antennas.

WHNE-LD currently offers 4 digital subchannels, with plans for a 5th: Retro TV (RTV) on 26.1; Jewelry TV 26.2; America One TV 26.3; Tuff TV 26.4; with Classic TV planned for 26.5.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 30, 2012

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Dave B. Goode exits WLDR Traverse City

RAMP this morning reports that man of many hats Dave B. Goode, whose roles included morning host, Program Director, and sales representative, has left Roy Henderson's country WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City to head for WBTU FM 93.3 Fort Wayne, IN. He'll co-host mornings and become that country station's promotions director.

 


 

A further update on WMTE AM Manistee

Although sister station WCUZ FM 100.1 appears to have returned to the air with a news-talk format, it seems that WMTE AM 1340 Manistee remains off the air for now despite positioners heard on WCUZ that mention the AM station.

FCC files show the station was granted Special Temporary Authority to return to the air on September 30th, 2011 - however that STA was canceled in early December due to concerns from the FCC over interference and the location of where the station's broadcasts were originating. WMTE was then granted Remain Silent Authority on December 30th that lasts through June 27, 2012. As of January 27th, no further filings had been made with FCC for WMTE.

Owner Roy Henderson reportedly is also carrying the news-talk format of WCUZ on an HD side channel of WLDR (HD-4). (update 1/31: WLDR HD-4 is NOT airing WCUZ/WMTE, but instead continues to broadcast sports from Fox Sports Network).

 


 

CBS Detroit:

With your help, WWJ Newsradio 950 has raised over $282,600 in our 9th annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund. With utility partner matching funds, this will translate to more than $1.2 Million in heating assistance! We took your calls for 31 straight hours, broadcasting live from The Henry Ford in Dearborn, collecting donations to keep needy Michigan families in need warm this winter.

Full story: WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon A Success! (Sat, 1/28)

 


 

Lansing-area coverage for WCSG/Grand Rapids includes second translator

A second FM translator owned by Educational Media Foundation in Lansing (95.9 W240CG, licensed to Webberville) is also reportedly airing the mainstream contemporary Christian programming of Cornerstone College's WCSG-FM 91.3 Grand Rapids, joining W237BY 95.3 Mason. Both had been rebroadcasting EMF's "Air One" contemporary Christian. A third EMF translator in the area, 91.5 W218CJ Grand Ledge, continues to rebroadcast Air One.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT got a shout-out of sorts from DETROIT RED WINGS all-star goaltender JIMMY HOWARD at FRIDAY's Media Day at the NHL All-Star Game in OTTAWA, thanking "the local radio station in DETROIT" for helping get him elected to the squad.

Full story: NHL All-Star Thanks WRIF For Help Getting Him Chosen For Squad (Mon, 1/30)

 

KEN EVANS joins CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS as APD/morning maven under PD ERIC O'BRIEN. EVANS has been freelancing within the CLEAR CHANNEL/WEST MICHIGAN cluster for much of 2011, and has been sitting in on the "SNX Morning After" since BILLY MACC's departure to MIAMI on JANUARY 9th.

Full story: Ken Evans Joins WSNX As APD/Morning Host (Mon, 1/30)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

Gannett Co. (owner of WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids among other stations across the country) reported fourth quarter broadcasting revenue of $199.8 million, down 14% from the same quarter a year ago. Excluding Gannett's Captivate elevator programming network, television revenue was $192.4 million, down 13% from the same quarter a year ago. Taking out the previous fourth quarter's political spending, TV revenue was up 11.3%, thanks in large part to a "significant" increase in automotive advertising, said Gannett.

Full story: Gannett TV Revenue Down 13% (Mon, 1/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 1, 2012

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WXYZ-TV Detroit names Justin Verlander as its Newsmaker of the Year

WXYZ-TV  ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV has chosen Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander as the station's 2011 Newsmaker of the Year. Verlander will be featured on Channel 7's weekly public affairs/information program Spotlight on the News, hosted by WXYZ Editorial Director Chuck Stokes, Sunday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m. The program will feature an in-depth interview with Verlander who talks about his family, his role models, his game day superstitions and how his life has changed since his record-breaking season.

"In a year when political and economic stories were so critical in metro Detroit, focusing on a hero in the sporting world was a welcome change," said WXYZ Editorial Director Chuck Stokes. "Verlander captured our attention and really brought the region together like no one else did in 2011. Whenever Verlander pitched, people from all walks of life bought tickets and packed Comerica Park."

Spotlight on the News: Newsmaker of the Year recognizes individuals who have had significant impact on southeastern Michigan and the image of the region. Previous WXYZ newsmakers include Dennis Archer, Denise & Atanas Ilitch, Eleanor Josaitis, Peter Karmanos, Mitch Albom, Roger Penske, Max Fisher and Rick Snyder.

Verlander pitched his second no-hitter in the 2011 season. He was named the American League Cy Young Award winner by unanimous vote, and was voted the American League Most Valuable Player. It's a rare honor for a major league player to receive both awards in one season.

 


 

Houghton Daily Mining Gazette:

Well-known local radio voice and businessman Francis Samuel Locatelli has died. He was 96. Locatelli, who started WMPL radio in Hancock with two others, died Jan. 24 in New Port Richey, Fla., where he resided.

Full story: Copper Country radio pioneer dies (Tue, 1/31)

 


 

Central Michigan Life:

WCMU Mike Sundt said he had no idea Central Michigan University had a public radio station when he moved to Mount Pleasant. "I could've just went and worked for a Big Boy, but I love the music," the Grand Rapids junior said. "Also, I acted a lot in plays in high school, so this gave me a chance to do the two things I'm best at -- talking and playing music." Sundt, a music education major, along with Matt Sumner, a Portland senior working toward a bachelor of science degree in music, can both be heard when tuning into WCMU Public Radio.

Full story: Student musicians work late nights, early mornings as jazz hosts on WCMU Public Radio (Tue, 1/31)

 


 

Detroit News:

Russ Gibb has always been good at discovering talent. After all, as the famed owner of the now defunct Grande Ballroom in Detroit, it was Gibb who gave the MC5, Ted Nugent and Iggy Pop their start. He was also responsible for bringing to Detroit rock giants like Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Who.

Full story: Aging rock legend helps mother of four find her voice (Wed, 2/1)

 


 

News and notes from Metro Detroit

• Buzz Van Houten is the new GM for the new ESPN 1090 (WCAR AM). Van Houten is a market veteran; his lengthy resume contains three decades of work in the industry and includes stops at WJR AM 760, WRIF FM 101.1 and the former WLLZ FM 98.7.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to have a veteran like Buzz to run our operations at WCAR," said Sima Birach, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Birach Holding Corp. "We believe that he will bring the creative approach that our station needs and our listeners want."

"I am very excited about the opportunity to build this station with an open slate and to bring Detroit listeners something they have long been waiting for," commented Van Houten about his new gig.

 

• Clear Channel WNIC-FM 100.3 signs on with TMZ Radio for features; the station becomes TMZ Radio's 75th affiliate.

 

• Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications of Farmington Hills announced that the firm's Co-Founder, Matt Friedman, has been added to the Hall of Fame at legendary radio station WJPZ-FM on the campus of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 7, 2012

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Bob Allison and "Ask Your Neighbor" celebrate 50 years on the air

A true radio gem is celebrating fifty years of broadcasting and Bob Allison's "Ask Your Neighbor" plans on celebrating in style this year with an upcoming documentary on Detroit's PBS TV station, WTVS-TV Ch. 56. The date and time of the TV special are expected to be announced later this year.

The radio show is currently heard weekdays from 9 - 11 a.m. on WNZK AM 690, the program's home since 1997; it's also streamed live via the show's web site at askyourneighbor.com for those outside of the Detroit area.

"Ask Your Neighbor" debuted on February 5th, 1962 on WWJ AM 950, taking the place of the NBC Radio soap opera "My True Story". After some initial controversy with listeners that were upset by the change, "Ask Your Neighbor" would wind up being the most popular radio show for a time in what was the country's fifth largest radio market. When WWJ changed its format to all-News in 1978, "Neighbor" bought airtime at a different station and began selling its own advertising. That concept has helped keep the program going strong at several different stations since the move off WWJ.

Visit 50 years of Bob Allison's "Ask Your Neighbor" a gold standard for Detroit radio for a more complete retrospective on Bob Allison and "Ask Your Neighbor".

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WLNS Last week it was announced that Bob Simone was leaving his general manager post at Tucson's KMSB amid the aftermath of the station's shared services agreement with KOLD. Today it was announced that Simone has been named vice president and general manager of WLNS, Young Broadcasting's CBS-affiliate in Lansing, MI.

Full story: Days After Leaving KMSB, Bob Simone Named General Manager of WLNS (Mon, 2/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 11, 2012

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Benton Harbor LPFM station offered on eBay (update: auction removed)

It appears that City of Benton Harbor has decided to get out of the low-power FM business and is offering the equipment used for WBHC-LP up to the highest bidder on eBay.

The auction starting price was $5,000 and as of Saturday afternoon, there were 2 bids that pushed the price up to $5,100 - not including what's listed as a $1,000 shipping price. The auction is scheduled to close on February 16th at about 6:30 p.m. ET.

In addition to the station's license, the auction includes the antenna, a Crown Broadcast 250 Transmitter, 3 MCA SP1 Mics / with mounting desktop stands, a Mackie 1402 14-channel mixing console, 2 professional CD players, a PBX Port Hybrid, and an Air Tool 600 broadcast audio delay unit ... and patch cords too.

Check out the auction on eBay here

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Update 10:55 p.m- the auction has been removed.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The Glenn Beck Program can no longer be heard on Kalamazoo radio. On Monday, WKZO stopped broadcasting the show from the conservative radio host. Jay Morris, Program Director for the station, said the decision was based on the decline in the show's ratings.

Full story: Glenn Beck off the air at WKZO, replaced with local news hour (Fri, 2/10)

 


 

MLive.com:

Mark Renzenbrink has been a customer of Tuttle's Select Cigars almost since the tobacco retailer opened in 1994, as Grand Rapids first cigar smoking lounge.

Full story: Two years after losing job, longtime customer decides to buy one of his favorite stores (Sat, 2/11)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

SJL Broadcasting announced today that WTVG news director Brian Trauring has been tapped to oversee news operations for all of the company's stations. Trauring will continue serving as WTVG's news director as he takes on the additional title of executive news director for SJL Broadcasting.

Full story: WTVG News Director Tapped to Oversee SJL Broadcasting's News Operations (Fri, 2/10)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 14, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

The website Mother Nature Network recently took it upon itself to rank "America's hottest weather forecasters" - and it resulted in WOOD-TV 8's Matt Kirkwood getting a little extra attention.

Full story: Website ranks WOOD-TV 8 meteorologist Matt Kirkwood among 'America's hottest forecasters' (Tue, 2/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Birach Broadcasting Oldies WOAP AM 1080 (The Big 1080) Owosso is now broadcasting in AM Stereo, becoming the first station in Michigan to add the feature in a number of years.
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  • Former WWTV-TV/WWUP-TV Ch. 9/10 Cadillac-Traverse City/Sault Ste Marie morning anchor and health reporter Robyn Haines has landed in Columbus, OH at WCMH where she's taken on reporter duties. Haines left TV 9 & 10 earlier this winter.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 15, 2012

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ABC 57 South Bend, IN:

According to the Federal Communications Commission, The Benton Harbor community radio station license that was on eBay last week cannot be sold in that manner.

Full story: FCC: Benton Harbor owned radio station can't be sold on eBay (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

With ingredients like bleu cheese, red wine and smoked sea salt, All-Pro Realty's winning chili recipe at last year's K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Competition was anything but a tradition concoction.

Full story: Spice it up!: Annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Competition is Sunday (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The first thing you'll notice when you meet the band The Crane Wives is their age. They are a young band. But don't let that dissuade you from thinking their music doesn't have depth.

Full story: The Crane Wives: Big winners at The WYCE 2012 Jammies (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

Michigan Radio:

A new talk radio show hits the airwaves tonight. It's called "Can U Relate?" and it's produced by and for Detroit Public School students. Ania McKoy is a junior at Detroit School of Arts, and is one of the handful of DPS students working on the new show. She says each episode of "Can U Relate?" will tackle a different topic - like teen pregnancy, bullying, homophobia.

Full story: Detroit students launch new talk radio show for teens (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

MLive.com:

The Detroit Tigers will have five games moved to FOX's "Saturday Baseball Game of the Week" regional broadcast as part of the network's regular-season coverage, FOX announced Wednesday.

Full story: FOX announces five Detroit Tigers games to be regionally televised, blackouts expected (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

Marketplace Morning Report to broadcast live from Michigan

Marketplace Morning Report, a nationally distributed business program from American Public Media, will broadcast live from Michigan Radio's (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) studios in Ann Arbor the week of Feb. 20. Throughout that week, the show will focus on the economy of Michigan and the Midwest, highlighting the bright spots, the struggles, and what's at stake in Michigan's upcoming presidential primary election. Michigan Radio reporters will also be contributing to this week of special coverage. The show can be heard that week on Michigan Radio at 5:50am, 6:50am and 7:50am.

Hosted by Jeremy Hobson, Marketplace Morning Report offers listeners a look at business and economic news from a global perspective, with a glance ahead to the news which will be making headlines throughout the day. In the time it takes listeners to drink their first cup of coffee, Marketplace Morning Report brings them the morning business news "for the rest of us." Marketplace programs are currently broadcast by more than 500 public radio stations nationwide across the United States and are heard by more than 9 million weekly listeners, the largest audience of any business or economics program on radio or television.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio/Detroit WYCD-FM 99.5 has missed out on receiving CMA awards this year. The station had received nominations in January for Major Market Station of the Year and Major Market On-Air Personality Of The Year for the station's afternoon drivers, Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee.
  • Tuesday night's Detroit Red Wings - Dallas Stars hockey game in which Detroit earned its NHL-record 21st consecutive home victory will be re-aired by FOX Sports Detroit on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7-9 p.m.
  • Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit host Craig Fahle and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will take part in a "listening session" with Oakland County residents on Thursday, February 23rd from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Community House in Birmingham. More details, including ticket information, here.
  • Classical/Jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 Detroit continues its series of live Detroit Symphony Orchestra broadcasts on Friday (Feb 17) at 10:30 a.m. Pianist Emanuel Ax joins Leonard Slatkin and the DSO to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22. The DSO will also play Mahler's Fifth Symphony. WRCJ's Dave Wagner and Chris Felcyn host.
  • Josh Lewin, Former FOX Sports Detroit play-by-play voice for the Detroit Tigers, has been hired by WFAN AM New York where he'll join the broadcast team for the New York Mets.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 16, 2012

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Detroit's WOMC jumps back into Radiothons today

WOMC CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC FM 104.3 is serving up a day-long Radiothon (6 a.m. - 8 p.m.) today; the station has partnered with Gleaner's Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan and is encouraging listeners to become a Hunger Hero by donating at least $20 a month for 12 months to take advantage of special incentives.

Donating at the Hunger Hero level provides 720 meals to people in need through the year. All Hunger Heroes will receive a limited edition Made In Detroit t-shirt. Hunger Heroes who donate by phone at 1-866-GLEANER (453-2637) are entered for a chance to win valuable hourly incentives.

More info on the Radiothon is available at womc.com.

WOMC was the longtime home of the Salvation Army's Radiothon to benefit the Bread and Bread Club until the retirement of longtime morning host Dick Purtan. That Radiothon moved to News/Talk WJR AM 760 in 2011 where it will be heard again this year on Friday, February 24th with Purtan returning behind the mic after a one year hiatus.

 


 

Observer & Eccentric:

An old friend has a new look and, if you haven't yet noticed, it's time you did. WSDP 88.1, the student-run radio station that serves Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and the surrounding area, got a facelift as the new year dawned, and "The New 88.1," Plymouth and Canton's Hit Music was born.

Full story: 'New' station deserves a listen (Thu, 2/16)

 


 

Detroit News:

Here's how random this world can be. How arbitrary. How absurd: Jeff Zaslow almost didn't go to Pittsburgh. His three girls were his priority, and it looked like one of them was going to need a ride home from school. So instead of driving to hear Randy Pausch give his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, Zaslow figured he could just call.

Full story: Random, or a master plan (Thu, 2/16)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS CORP. offered mixed results of its Q4 and full year 2011 numbers. While earnings rose 31% in Q4 and revenue rose to $370 million, full-year revenue fell 3%. Specific number crunching can be found here. CBS RADIO revenues increased slightly from the prior year, reflecting growth in domestic auto, financial services, and retail advertising, partially offset by lower political advertising sales. However, for the full year, Radio revenue decreased 5%, reflecting the decline in political spending, which was partially offset by growth in domestic auto and financial services advertising.

Full story: CBS Corp., Radio Produce Mixed Results In Q4, 2011 (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Michigan Radio has added a reporter to cover the south-central portion of the state. Steve Carmody, a Jackson resident, has been with Michigan Radio since 2005. However, late last year began making the transition to a beat reporter for Mid-Michigan.

Full story: Jackson resident Steve Carmody covering new mid-state beat for Michigan Radio (Wed, 2/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2012 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 157 originated by FOX Sports Detroit and five selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Most of the team's televised game will be on FOX Sports Detroit, with some on FOX Sports Detroit Plus due to conflicts with coverage of Detroit Red Wings hockey or Detroit Pistons Basketball. The schedule is also subject to change based on games that might be picked up for national broadcast on FOX or ESPN and for weather issues. Get more info from FSD here.
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  • Tony Clark has exited as General Manager of Oldies WOAP AM 1080 Owosso for opportunities outside of radio. Sue Collins is currently managing things at 'The Big 1080'.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 18 - 19, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

Detroit needs more Detroiters to volunteer -- and more suburbanites with ideas for improving Detroit. That's the premise of two public forums, both 5-8 p.m., that Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh plans to host this week -- Wednesday in Detroit, when Pugh hopes to recruit hundreds of volunteers; and Thursday in Birmingham, where he plans to ask, "What would it take for you to move to Detroit?"

Full story: City Council President Charles Pugh, radio show host to lead meetings on transforming Detroit (Sun, 2/19)

 


 

MLive.com:

Central Michigan University will honor broadcaster Dick Enberg, a 1957 alumnus and 1993 inductee into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame, at halftime of tonight's CMU-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball game in McGuirk Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

Full story: Dick Enberg to be honored at tonight's Central Michigan University basketball game (Sat, 2/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Andy O'Riley, long time morning host for Clear Channel Rock WMRR-FM 101.7 Muskegon, has announced on his Facebook page that he'll be leaving the station for opportunities outside of radio.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 22, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Strategic Staffing Solutions CEO Cynthia Pasky has filed a defamation lawsuit against WJBK-TV2, reporter Charles LeDuff and others for a report that aired in early February. Also named in the suit are New World Communications of Detroit Inc. in Southfield and WJBK producer Douglas McKenzie.

Full story: Strategic Staffing's Cynthia Pasky sues WJBK, reporter LeDuff for defamation (Wed, 2/22)

 

WTKA Retired radio broadcaster Dick Purtan will return to the airwaves for the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit's annual Bed and Bread Club Radiothon, an event he helped to found 25 years ago. The 16-hour event takes place Friday on NewsTalk 760 WJR Radio from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Purtan was instrumental in establishing the radiothon and hosting it under its orginal name, the Dick Purtan Radiothon, every year up until last year at WOMC FM 104.3.

Full story: Purtan returning to airwaves for 25th annual radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army (Tue, 2/21)

 


 

Dexter Patch:

WTKA Michigan International Speedway and WTKA 1050-AM in Ann Arbor have teamed up again to focus on NASCAR with its weekly radio show, the "NASCAR Insider." The special broadcast of "NASCAR Insider" with hosts Jeff DeFran and Roger Curtis airs every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on 1050 AM in Ann Arbor. Listeners outside the area can also catch the show on www.wtka.com and afterward on the station's Podcasts, which will be available on all the speedway's social channels.

Full story: MIS, WTKA Team for NASCAR Insider Radio Show (Tue, 2/21)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Rob Otto signs as Sports Director for Birach Broadcasting's new Sports "ESPN 1090" WCAR Livonia/Detroit. Otto, a veteran of CBS Radio/Detroit's WXYT-FM and WWJ AM, and before that WDFN AM 1130 and WHMI-FM 93.5, will also be tasked with providing local on-air sports updates for WCAR and helping the station establish local programming and marketing. He'll also be moving his sports-related blog from MLive.com to ESPN 1090's web site at espn1090.com.

  • CBS Radio has named Michael Martin as its new Vice President of CHR programming, replacing Dom Theodore who recently exited to focus on consulting and his family's radio business in Northern Michigan (currently WCDY-FM 107.9 Cadillac).

 


 

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Newsmakers and links: Feb. 24, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

Retired Detroit broadcasting great Dick Purtan will be back on the air for today's Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon, but he thinks it might be the last time he's behind the mic ... Purtan is scheduled to be on the air with WJR-AM (760) hosts Paul W. Smith (7-9 a.m.), Frank Beckmann (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Mitch Albom (4-6 p.m.) before joining all of the show's on-air hosts from 8 to 10 p.m.

Full story: Names and Faces (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

Charlotte (NC) Observer:

Brenda Matthews, the new midday host on WKQC-FM ("K" 104.7), grew up in suburban Detroit in the Motown era, surrounded by great music coming from the radio. Once a week, she'd run down the street to a nearby record store to get the radio station hit lists when they came out. But it was still strange she chose a career in radio - she was shy as a kid.

Full story: Host on 'K' beat shyness for radio work (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City:

Old time radio lovers will be happy to hear about a big event going on in Lansing this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Michigan Historical Museum welcomes all those interested in the Golden Age of radio, and particularly those who have an antique set on hand that needs a little TLC. The Michigan Antique Radio Club will be at the museum for "Radio Rescue" beginning at 1 p.m. Club members will be available to discuss the history of radio and its effect on Michigan. Visitors are invited to bring in their cherished, time-worn radios for personalized advice on repair and restoration.

Full story: Celebrate Golden Age of radio in Lansing Saturday (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Another Friday, another update on the Rock Paper Scissors challenge. It was a pretty slow week. I didn't get too many matches tossed my way. But it's a long, long road to 1,000 wins and I'm sure there will be busier weeks.

Full story: Gravy from 105.3 HOTFM the next challenger for the citywide Rock, Paper, Scissors challenge (Fri, 2/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 25 - 26, 2012

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Radiothon raises nearly $1.8M

A very successful Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon wrapped up at Oakland Mall yesterday evening with a final tally of $1,733,977 in pledges, surpassing last year's mark of just over $1.5M.

The sixteen-hour event was broadcast live on News/Talk WJR AM 760 in Detroit and featured special guest Dick Purtan along with WJR personalities Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom, Warren Pierce, Steve Courtney, Ken Brown, and many others. Some of the former crew of Purtan's People also chipped in this year with Rebekah Rhodes and Big Al Muskavito offering up big contributions to the very worthy cause.

The Bed & Bread Program serves 5,000 meals to the hungry each day. That's nearly 1.7 million meals every year to men, women and children that would otherwise go without. In addition, The Bed & Bread Program provides nearly 500 homeless individuals shelter each night. That's nearly 167,000 nights of shelter annually.

This year's Radiothon was the 25th - and pushes the grand total over the years to nearly $27 million. The event will also cost Mr. Purtan his mustache, along with the $50,000 he personally donated.

 


 

Detroit News:

A contentious legal dispute over a multimillion-dollar trust left by WADL-TV owner Franklin Z. Adell has been settled quietly through mediation. Kevin Adell, son of the late Bloomfield Hills businessman, has been battling his two sisters since 2008 in Oakland County Probate Court over their father's estate, estimated at one point at $40 million, according to his attorney, Michael Alan Schwartz.

Full story: Dispute over WADL estate settled (Sat, 2/25)

 

We started the 25th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon on the right foot Friday at the Oakland Mall, joined by its founder, Dick Purtan, and WJR's Steve Courtney. Our special (6-11 a.m.) Paul W. Smith Show broadcast raised $500,000 (with 11 more hours to go.)

Full story: Detroiters pitch in for Salvation Army (Sat, 2/25)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

A "Saturday Night Live"-like variety show featuring local entertainers? "Buzz TV Jackson," which will be something in the way of that idea, is coming to the Lansing/Jackson ABC affiliate WLAJ on Friday nights beginning in early May.

Full story: 'Buzz TV Jackson,' a Jackson-based 'SNL'-like variety show, coming to WLAJ in May (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

- Washington Post Co. Announces Revenue Decline (Fri, 2/24; Note: Washington Post Co. owns WDIV TV Ch. 4 Detroit)

- Scripps Reports 16% Decrease in Q4 Revenue, Looks to Future Following McGraw-Hill Acquisition (Fri, 2/24; Note: Scripps owns WXYX TV Ch. 7 Detroit)

- Gray Television Reports Revenue Drop in 'Off Year' (Fri, 2/24; Note: Gray Television owns WILX TV Ch. 10 Lansing)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 28, 2012

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TVSpy.com:

After his very public termination as a WADL consultant, Kevin O'Brien is firing back at the independent station and its owner Kevin Adell. Today an attorney representing O'Brien circulated a press release defending him against the "defamatory" press release WADL sent out last week announcing his dismissal.

Full story: Abruptly Fired by WADL, Kevin O'Brien Shares His Side of the Story (Tue, 2/28)

 

After firing consultant Kevin O'Brien last week, WADL issued a press release stating only that the former Meredith executive had violated "numerous corporate policies." Now a clearer picture of O'Brien's termination is starting to develop. NewsBlues recently obtained a copy of the letter WADL sent to O'Brien, outlining his dismissal.

Full story: Letter Reveals WADL Fired Temporary President for Trying to Land Another Job (Tue, 2/28)

 


 

Flint Journal:

The entire country could have known Cleodia Myles, but Flint got to keep him for itself. The local radio legend known for his all-night jazz shows at Flint radio stations died Feb. 21 at age 76. Family members and friends remember him as a hard-working guy with one of the most popular radio shows--and smoothest voices--around.

Full story: Flint radio legend Cleodia Myles remembered for deep voice, deeper commitment to Flint (Mon, 2/27)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 29, 2012

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV After more than 38 years interviewing sports celebrities and covering every major sporting event from the Super Bowl to the NBA finals, 7 ACTION NEWS Sports Director Don Shane will retire from WXYZ in March. Before joining WXYZ-TV in 1989, Shane worked at WBZ-TV in Boston, WMAQ-TV in Chicago and WDIV-TV in Detroit. He has received numerous awards for his reporting including 23 Michigan Emmy Awards, a best sports anchor honor, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award, as well as awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press.

Full story: 7 Action News Sports Director Don Shane announces he will retire after 23 years at WXYZ (Wed, 2/29)

 


 

Shiels exits "Michigan's Morning Show"

Michael Patrick Shiels has exited "Michigan's Morning Show", heard from 5:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. on nine radio stations across the state. The program originated at Cumulus' WJIM AM 1240 Lansing and is produced and syndicated by the Cumulus-owned Michigan Talk Network. A series of guests will fill in temporarily while the search is on for a new permanent host.

Shiels leaves after hosting the program for the past seven years. "The fact of the matter is I decided to leave Cumulus Broadcasting. It was an amicable parting and I'm hoping I'll get the opportunity down the road to re-connect with my Michigan listeners," commented Shiels.

 


 

Detroit News:

Local PBS affiliate WTVS-TV (Channel 56) has a lot to be proud of as of late. The station's production of "Il Volo Takes Flight," which features the amazing trio of young Italian tenors, is going national. Detroit Public Television partnered with the Michigan Opera Theatre, using the Detroit Opera House and MOT's 49-member orchestra, for the October concert. It was broadcast locally in December and will air nationally beginning this weekend as a part of PBS' national fundraising drive.

Full story: WTVS-TV expands locally and takes flight nationally (Wed, 2/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Today's Real Detroit Weekly celebrates its 'Best Of Detroit' issue. Best Media TV and radio winners include Huel Perkins, FOX 2 News, ClickOnDetroit.com, Jay Towers, Jay Hudson, Drew and Mike, Valenti and Foster, 89X, Glenda Lewis, and Dan Miller.
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  • Listeners of Cumulus' Contemporary Hits WIOG-FM Bay City/Saginaw helped raise $64,128 during last week's Radiothon for Flint's Hurley Medical Center.

 


 

Toledo Blade:

A Toledo television station has officially informed the state that it plans to lay off 63 employees this spring when the station is sold. The Blade reported in January that WUPW, Channel 36, was being sold to American Spirit Media. The layoffs are expected to take place between April 24 and May 8, according to a letter from LIN Media, which owns WUPW, to Ohio's Office of Workforce Development.

Full story: Toledo TV station WUPW plans to lay off 63 employees (Wed, 2/29)

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 2, 2012

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Eight WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth/Canton students receive awards from the MABF

Four sports broadcasters for the New 88.1 were among the state's best in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation High School and College Broadcast Competition. They joined four other Plymouth-Canton students in receiving awards from the MAB.

Sophomores Joe Zylka (Plymouth High School) and Logan Lazorka (Salem) received first place in the Sports Play-by-Play Category. Sophomore Adam Duxter (Canton) and Junior Mason Mills (Salem) received honorable mention.

"We receive a lot of positive comments when Joe, Logan, Adam and Mason broadcast games," said Bill Keith, Station Manager, "They work hard to deliver their play-by-play with skill and style."

The MAB Foundation will present the High School and College Awards during the conference luncheon in Lansing on Wednesday March 14. Broadcasters from throughout the state will be in attendance.

"I see the great work our students do every day so I'm not surprised that they received this recognition," commented Keith.

Seniors Kyle Linford (Plymouth), Christina Edgerton (Canton), Bill Turnau (Salem), and Laura Terkelsen (Plymouth) were the other Plymouth-Canton district students receiving recognition.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WDZH (98.7 AMP)/DETROIT morning snack PUDDIN' helped make LEAP DAY, FEBRUARY 29th, a special day for a MOTOWN couple.

Full story: Love Is In The Air With Puddin At WDZH (Fri, 3/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Kelly McMann has left her roles as Music Director and midday host for NextMedia's Pop WGER FM (Mix 106.3) Saginaw to become the afternoon host at Cleveland Pop station WQAL (Q104). McMann also spent some time behind the mic at WDVD FM 96.3 Detroit.
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  • Radio Ink has recognized Tim Roberts, Program Director for CBS Radio/Detroit's Country WYCD FM 99.5, as their top Country PD in the U.S.A.
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  • Calvary Radio Network WQKO-FM 91.9 Howe, IN has gone silent while the tower the station broadcasts from is reconstructed. Calvary hopes to resume operations of WQKO once it secures financing for replacement hardware and installation - a process that could take a minimum of several months. The silencing of WQKO also reportedly is affecting the organization's FM translator W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek, which remains on the air but is now likely rebroadcasting WMJC FM 91.9 Richland.

 


 

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Newsmakers and links: Mar. 5, 2012

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Eastern U.P. radio station returns to the air

Over the weekend, West Central Michigan Media Ministries returned WIHC FM 97.9 Newberry/Sault Ste Marie to the airwaves. The station now carries the organization's religious "Strong Tower Radio" format that first debuted in Northern Michigan on WGCP FM 91.9 Cadillac about two years ago.

WIHC was purchased by West Central in November 2011 for $150,000 - the station had been taken off the air by previous owner Northern Star Broadcasting at about the same time that company sold off it's Upper Peninsula radio stations (with the exception of WIHC) in 2010.

Prior to returning to the air as a Religious station WIHC has featured Easy Listening, Country, and Classic Rock formats since first signing on in the late 1980s.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Last week's retirement of sports anchor Don Shane is the latest in a series of departures of longtime on-air talent from ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 over the past 18 months, taking what industry insiders say is more than $1.3 million in salaries off the Southfield station's books.

Full story: Turnover of longtime talent a win-lose for local TV (Mon, 3/5)

 


 

Jackson Citizen Patriot:

Rush Limbaugh lost sponsors and created a national furor with recent comments, but reaction at the Jackson radio station that airs his show has been mixed.

Full story: Rush Limbaugh reaction mixed at Jackson's WKHM radio (Sat, 3/3)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

It's with mixed emotion that I admit how many times I've passed on stories about anniversaries, commemorations, reunions and families who can show up for a photograph that includes five generations.

Full story: Former TV weatherman Buck Matthews puts his storytelling talents to use for Marne church (Sat, 3/3)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Hired as news director at WADL, Matt Stevens took extra precautions when meeting with station management on the day he was terminated because he feared he "might never be seen again."

Full story: Fired News Director Worried WADL Management Would Make Him 'Disappear' (Mon, 3/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • The simulcast of News/Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix on FM translator W221BQ 92.1 has ended. The translator is moving to the non-commercial portion of the dial as W219DR on 91.7 with reduced power.
  • Two Lansing-area FM translators (W237BY 95.3 and W240CG 95.9) owned by Educational Media Foundation have switched back to rebroadcasting that organization's Contemporary Christian 'Air One' format. Earlier this year they were heard carrying Cornerstone University's WCSG-FM.

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 6, 2012

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Central Michigan Life:

Central Michigan University's student-run radio station Modern Rock 91.5 WHMW-FM will rebrand itself, including a name change, in the fall 2012 semester. The station's new name, "Moore Rock Radio," has been approved for change on Oct. 1. The name was proposed by executive staff members to develop a new image and encompass a broader arrangement of music, and was announced at the Student Broadcast Executive Council's Feb. 23 meeting.

Full story: WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 to rebrand, change station name in fall (Sun, 3/11)

 


 

Detroit News:

He sounds the same, but doesn't look the same. That's what the loss of 40 pounds can do to anyone. Unfortunately, that's what a second bout with cancer can do as well. Tigers' longtime broadcaster Jim Price had his adrenal glands removed in a 41/2-hour procedure at Troy Beaumont Hospital in January.

Full story: Tigers broadcaster Jim Price bounces back after second bout with cancer (Sat, 3/10)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

WIDR Week will take on a more serious tone when the heart of the annual fundraising drive of the Western Michigan University student-run radio station kicks off on Sunday. WIDR General Manager Johanna Kelly said the station, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in September, needs to raise around $20,000 through its series of events and on-air funding campaign.

Full story: WIDR-FM's annual fundraiser WIDR Week to kick off this weekend, campaign key to independent station's future (Thu, 3/8)

 


 

WXMI Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

A handful of people held a protest in favor of radio-talk-show-host Rush Limbaugh early Saturday afternoon in downtown Grand Rapids.

Full story: Women, Girls Hold Protest For Rush (Sat, 3/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut," he similarly attacked women like Auna Harris and Laura Woodbury, Calvin College students who believe contraception should be available under health plans. The pair were among a dozen protesters today who delivered letters to Clear Channel Communications' Grand Rapids offices.

Full story: Protesters try to run Rush Limbaugh off Grand Rapids airwaves for 'slut' comment (Wed, 3/7)

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 13, 2012

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Tim Rainey new PD for Detroit's 98.7 AMP Radio

WDZH CBS Radio/Detroit Contemporary Hits WDZH-FM 98.7 "AMP Radio" has hired Tim Rainey to serve as the station's new Program Director. Rainey was most recently director of programming/brand manager/afternoon personality at WNOU-FM (Radio One Inc) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He starts at AMP Radio tomorrow, March 14th.

"After six amazing years in Indianapolis I can't wait to join the AMP Radio team already in place and do some amazing, fun and exciting radio in the Motor City," said Rainey. "Oh, and you have a baseball team? Even better!"

Rainey, who goes by the nickname Rayne, started his career in radio before he could even drive, working as a board operator on Leeza Gibbons' Top 25 Countdown. In addition to his most recent position in Indiana, he has worked at stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Las Vegas, Nevada, Reno, Nevada, and Colby, Kansas. Rainey likes to interact with his listeners through Facebook and Twitter and says he loves to try new and different things, just as he knows his audience does.

"Tim is the perfect addition to 98.7 AMP Radio," said Michael Martin, Vice President of Top 40 Programming for CBS Radio. "His passion and creativity will help lead the team to new heights!"

Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice-President and Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit, said: "I am excited to bring a talent like Tim Rainey to Detroit. Tim is a talented, creative programmer, and I look forward to those attributes being used to continue the growth of WDZH."

Rainey succeeds Dom Theodore who exited CBS Radio recently to focus on radio ownership and consulting.

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit wins Associated Press Awards

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 won eight first place awards in the 2011 AP Broadcasters Association awards, more than any other station in the Detroit market. Included in the first place awards were the prestigious general excellence award and the highly coveted best newscast award.

"WXYZ is proud to receive these awards for journalistic excellence in news coverage," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This is a great honor for all those who work hard every day to take action for our viewers. It's very rewarding to be recognized for these efforts."

The 7 Action News Investigators won in the categories of hard news, continuing coverage, news documentary, and enterprise/investigative reporting, for their on-going reporting of corruption and scandal in local government. Detroit 2020, WXYZ's decade-long, multi-platform, community outreach initiative was also a winner in the best feature story category, and reporter Bill Spencer took top honors in individual reporting.

WXYZ also earned two honorable mentions in the photojournalism and website categories.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Mayor George Heartwell was an indirect influence on the spring Hat Trick Concert Series. His State of the City speech focused on the plight of underprivileged children in Grand Rapids, so organizers decided to donate the proceeds from the series to local youth-oriented charities.

Full story: WYCE's Hat Trick Concert Series focuses on raising money for Grand Rapids youth charities (Tue, 3/13)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

Michael Patrick Shiels will be honored as the "Network Radio Personality of the Year" by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The Lansing-based talk radio host will receive the 2012 award Wednesday at the Lansing Center. He has won it four other times.

Full story: Shiels will receive broadcast honor (Tue, 3/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Adell Broadcasting independent WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit has hired veteran Detroit TV reporter Joelle Lukasiewicz as the station's News Director where she will oversee the station's "News @ 9" broadcast. Lukasiewicz lengthy resume includes stints at the news operations of Detroit's WDIV Ch. 4, WXYZ Ch. 7, and WKBD Ch. 50.
    Lukasiewicz is wife of station owner Kevin Adell and has been hosting the station's Saturday's "Motor City Movie Night".

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 23, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Michigan Radio at the University of Michigan raised $817,000 during its spring membership drive, some 6 percent beyond its goal. Named 2011 Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Public Radio Stations with budgets above $2 million, the Michigan Radio Network includes WUOM-FM (91.7) in Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM (91.1) in Flint and WVGR-FM (104.1) in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Michigan Radio raises more than $800,000 in spring membership drive, 6 percent above goal (Thu, 3/22)

 


 

Detroit News:

A Night of Giggles & Gloves II, a benefit for Mittens for Detroit, is 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Ballroom inside MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St.

Full story: Radio host Coco to highlight Mittens for Detroit fundraiser (Fri, 3/23)

 

To further encourage viewers, a number of local PBS affiliates produced vignettes that run on air and online in conjunction with "Finding Your Roots." In turn, Detroit Public Television WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is spotlighting a few Metro Detroiters with compelling ancestral stories.

Full story: New PBS series traces noncelebrity lineages, too (Fri, 3/23)

 

Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is launching "MiWeek," a new show that debuts at 7:30 tonight. The news and public affairs program is designed to meet the community's evolving need for a journalism-focused perspective on the top news stories and issues affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

Full story: Friday TV pick: 'MiWeek' (Fri, 3/23)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Some years it is a grind, Will Tieman admitted. Tieman, the Michigan State play-by-play radio broadcaster, reflected on the season before Thursday's 57-44 loss to Louisville.

Full story: Play-by-play man Will Tieman enjoys this Michigan State team (Fri, 3/23)

 


 

The State News:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recently named WKAR-TV the Public Television Station of the Year at the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony. The station had seven individual winning entries in the children's programming, community involvement and membership appeal categories among others.

Full story: WKAR named 'Public Television Station of the Year' (Fri, 3/23)

 

Fox 2 Detroit:

Bill Gallagher, the professor of local journalism, went to work Friday for perhaps the 7,000th time. But the day was a special one. After more than 10,000 television news stories, today's would be his last. The day began much like the others -- with a false start.

Full story: TV Bill's Excellent Adventure (Fri, 3/23)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Michigan Public Radio will host a discussion on the state's emergency manager law at 6 p.m. Monday at Blackstone's Pub, 531 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint. Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's senior political analyst, is expected to lead the dialogue on the controversial measure. The event is part of Michigan Radio's Issues & Ale series.

Full story: Michigan Radio to host emergency manager discussion in downtown Flint (Thu, 3/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Thursday's hours-long outage at Detroit's WMYD-TV Ch. 20 was apparently a power-related issue. The station was noted back on the air in the early hours of Friday.
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  • A couple of AM radio format changes that slipped by over the last several months: Ludington's WKLA AM 1450 has dropped News/Talk in favor of Oldies; Sault Ste Marie's WKNW AM 1400 also dropped News/Talk in favor of Sports.

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 27, 2012

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Flint Journal:

Dawn Jones is headed home to TV after a stint at City Hall. Jones was a reporter and anchor at WJRT (Channel 12) but left in 2009, when Flint Mayor Dayne Walling appointed her communications director for City Hall. Now, she's headed back to the news desk at the end of May.

Full story: Flint City Hall spokeswoman Dawn Jones returning 'home' to WJRT TV news desk as anchor (Tue, 3/27)

 

Every year, men struggle with finding the money and method to pop the question of marriage to hopeful brides-to-be. But this spring, FOX66 will lay all the financial and mood-setting groundwork for an occasion that one woman will never forget.

Full story: American Idol and FOX66 to host Michigan marriage proposal (Tue, 3/27)

 


 

Toledo Blade:

The sale of a Toledo TV station that could result in as many as 63 layoffs was approved Monday by the Federal Communications Commission. WUPW-TV, Channel 36, has been purchased by American Spirit Media from LIN Media in a $22 million deal. Courtney Guertin, a spokesman for LIN Media, said in an e-mail Tuesday morning the sale has yet to close.

Full story: FCC approves Channel 36 sale; 63 layoffs loom (Tue, 3/27)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

ATribune television stations in 16 markets across the country began informing DirecTV subscribers on Monday that they could lose the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by those stations at midnight, March 31, when Tribune's contract with DirecTV expires. Subscribers will also lose access to WGN America, Tribune's national cable network. Among the markets involved are New Orleans; Houston; Philadelphia; Chicago; San Diego; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids, Mich.; amd Harrisburg, Pa. (Tribune owns/operates FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids)

Full story: Tribune threatens to pull plug on DirecTV (Mon, 3/26)

 


 

OneNewsNow.com:

Eighteen west Michigan radio listeners are headed to Guatemala this Thursday with WCSG and Orphan Outreach. It'll be a first-time mission trip for many of the team.

Full story: Radio listeners get out of the pew and head to Guatemala (Mon, 3/26)

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 28, 2012

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FOX Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former Major League outfielder Craig Monroe as a studio analyst for the 2012 Tigers season.

Full story: Craig Monroe joins FSD as analyst (Wed, 3/28)

 


 

Bloomfield Hills WBFH sets annual 'Biffstock' fundraiser

The Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH FM 88.1, also known as The Biff, will begin broadcasting its 36th Annual Biffstock pledge drive at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 and will continue until 11 p.m. Friday, April 13.  WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.

"Our radio-a-thon is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations" said WBFH Biffstock Chair and Andover Senior Zac Barnett.   All 28 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air for one-hour shifts for a total of 28 hours of live programming.  The shift schedule and other pledge drive information can be found on the station website:  www.wbfh.fm. Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter @TheBiff881.

There are four levels of support for those that want to be a fan of The Biff:  $25, $50, $100 and $250 or more.  Those who donate receive donor announcements aired on the station and listing on the station's website.  Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also fax in pledges to (248) 341-5679 or e-mail pledges to TheBiff@Radio.fm.

Listeners are also encouraged to join The Biff Fan Group on Facebook.  Search "WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff" and click "Like".

The station will be broadcasting live during the school day from Lahser High School Thursday, April 12 and from Andover High School Friday, April 13.

In connection with the pledge drive, a benefit rock concert is scheduled for May 18 in the Andover Theater at 7 p.m.  Details about the concert will be posted on the station website.  A $5 donation will be collected at the door.

WBFH is one of only ten high schools in the state with an FM radio station.  The station is supervised by the WBFH management team of Station Manager/Electronic Media Teacher Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr.

 


 

Saginaw News:

Delta College's radio station, WUCX Q90.1 was recently honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, winning three awards during the organization's state meeting. The college won a merit award in the categories of Feature Use of Medium, Community Involvement and Membership Appeal.

Full story: Delta College's radio station wins three awards from Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Tue, 3/27)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

This year, the E.W. Scripps Co. will morph from a newspaper company that owns television stations to a broadcast company that owns some newspapers. With this year's addition of the McGraw-Hill station group, which Scripps purchased for $212 million, annual broadcast revenue will jump 50% to roughly $450 million. Publishing, by contrast, will contribute a just $400 million.

Full story: Scripps Co.: Old media dog full of new tricks (Wed, 3/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 2, 2012

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TVNewsCheck.com:

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday that it has closed on its acquisition of the Freedom Communications broadcast assets for $385 million. The deal was announced last November. (In Michigan, Sinclair adds CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch.3 Grand Rapids and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing)

Full story: Sinclair closes Freedom stations purchase (Mon, 4/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Radio-Canada has signed on French Language CBEF-FM 105.5 Windsor. The heavily directional station, which simulcasts CBEF AM 540, doesn't reach far into the Detroit area.
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  • Cumulus Country Thunder 94.5 (WTNR-FM) Grand Rapids adds CMT Radio Live with Cody Allen to evenings (7 p.m. - midnight); former evening host Chris Tyler shifts to afternoon drive (3 - 7 p.m.), replacing Shane Goad in that time slot. Goad, formerly the station's Program Director, has exited.

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 4, 2012

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MLive.com:

The general manager of WWMT-News Channel 3 says the station's acquisition by Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. will mean positive change.

Full story: New ownership for WWMT-Channel 3 means positive change, its local leader says (Wed, 4/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Independent WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit has switched its 38.1 feed to 16:9 at 1080i, giving the station the ability to broadcast programming in high definition. It was noted this afternoon stretching 4:3 programming to fill a 16:9 screen. The station is also offering a non-stretched 4:3 480i feed of the station's main programming on a new subchannel, 38.4. WADL is owned by Adell broadcasting.

 

Owosso Argus-Press:

Birach Broadcasting this week finalized the sale of WOAP's 1080 AM radio license to Cano's Broadcasting, which owns one station and manages another in the Grand Rapids area.

Full story: WOAP radio station changing hands (Sat, 4/7)

 


 

WJBK-TV, MyFoxDetroit.com:

You know Charlie Langton from FOX 2 and from his new morning show on WXYT radio. Now the station is adding to the line up. A man who grew up listening to Detroit radio joins WXYT as its afternoon host. Doc Thompson's career has taken him to Cincinnati, West Virginia and now Michigan. (video)

Full story: Meet WXYT's Afternoon Drive Radio Host (Sat, 4/7)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Nik Thompson has been named the new permanent host of "Sunday Best," the popular traditional jazz program on WEMU (89.1-FM). Thompson has been serving as interim host of the show since longtime host Arwulf Arwulf stepped down in early February.

Full story: WEMU names new host for 'Sunday Best' (Fri, 4/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: April 10, 2012

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106.7 The D adds some personality

WDTW-FMClear Channel/Detroit Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 (The D) has added its first regular jocks to the lineup since changing format in November; Sheri Donovan is now hosting middays with Dahmer manning the afternoon shift.

Donovan should be a familiar voice to many rock listeners in Detroit; after starting her career at WTCM/Traverse City in 1983, she moved to rock radio at WWCK 105.5 Flint in 1985, then was on board at Oldies WKSG-FM 102.7 from 1986-88 when she also was featured in the March 1986 edition of Playboy Magazine. Behind the mic, she was perhaps best known around Detroit during her days at Rocker WLLZ-FM 98.7 from 1988-94.

Donovan then moved on to Los Angeles where her career continues today at Bonneville Radio Album Rocker KSWD 'The Sound'; she currently co-hosts morning drive on the west coast while simultaneously being heard here in Detroit on The D.

Dahmer was most recently at Townsquare Media Modern Rocker WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids.

 


 

RadioBusinessReport:

You may want to fasten your seatbelts for this one. On the surface, WHFB-FM in Benton Harbor MI is being sold for a relatively small amount of cash. But there is lot's more going on here. Just for starters, the station is considered to be part of a market in a different state. And there is a lot more money involved, a third party deal participant and an LMA that dates back to 1998.

Full story: More than meets the eye to Benton Harbor FM buy (Mon, 4/9)

 


 

Birach Broadcasting selling Washtenaw County AM

Birach Broadcasting is Spanish-formattted WSDS AM 1480 Salem Township (near Ypsilanti) for $1.45 million to Vazquez Broadcasting, pending FCC approval and closing. Birach acquired the station in 2005 for $1.5 million and changed the station's format from Classic Country to Spanish Pop 'La Explosiva' in June 2005.

WSDS' coverage area also includes much of western Wayne County.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

After just six months in the position (NET NEWS 10/4/11), TOWNSQUARE SVP/Sales MATT HANLON has abruptly resigned. HANLON joined TOWNSQUARE from CITADEL, where he last served as Pres./Midwest Region.

Full story: SVP/Sales Matt Hanlon Resigns From Townsquare Media (Tue, 4/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Clear Channel/Grand Rapids Country WBCT-FM 93.7 has added Baltimore, MD based Michael J to evenings (7 p.m. - midnight) and shifted Bobby Bare to overnights (midnight - 5 a.m.).

    Michael J spent a number of years in Detroit (he was known then as Michael J Foxx) and was the last jock heard on what was WWWW-FM 106.7 when it changed format from Country to Rock in 1999. Michael J has been 'brought back' to Michigan on various other Country stations via voicetracking since moving to Baltimore.
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  • WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek has reportedly changed its format from Country to Sports. The station is currently owned by the Status Radio trust after being spun off by Cumulus as part of a 2007 transaction involving radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel in Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, and Canton, OH.

 

Barrington Broadcasting to add Bounce TV as digital subchannel in Flint/Tri-Cities

Bounce TV, the nation's first and only over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch in the Flint and Tri-Cities market on Monday, April 16th.

Bounce TV will be seen over the air on WEYI's 25.3 digital channel. Charter Cable has agreed to carry it on channel 445 and Comcast will begin airing Bounce TV on May 24, 2012 on channel 291.

"We are very excited to be launching another television station in the Genesee and Great Lakes Bay Region. Bounce TV gives our viewers another option for programming and entertainment, and we are very happy to be affiliated with Bounce TV", said Becky Butcher President and CEO of WEYI and WBSF television.

Bounce TV will air twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The new network will feature a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series, original programming and more.

 


 

Birach Broadcasting files to sell to more of its Michigan radio stations

Following yesterday's filing of the sale of WSDS-AM Salem Township comes the filing that reveals that Birach is selling Mexican formatted WMJH AM 810 Rockford (Grand Rapids) along with Oldies WOAP AM 1080 Owosso for a total of $1.1 million to Cano's Broadcasting. Cano's has been programming WMJH via a local marketing agreement for a number of years. Both WMJH and WOAP are daytime-only stations.

 


 

96.3 launches 4th annual Project Prom Princess

Prom is one of the most memorable events in a young lady's life. Unfortunately, many high school students and their families are feeling the hurt of our tough economy. This should be no reason for girls to be denied the time-honored tradition of going to Prom. 96.3 WDVD and Lakeside Mall will make every effort to make sure less fortunate girls receive a FREE Prom Dress! 96.3 WDVD will be collecting gently worn formal dresses, shoes and accessories (less than 5 years old) at Lakeside Mall (upper level, next to Macy's Women's Store) Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15, 2012. 96.3 WDVD on-air personalities will broadcast from inside the Project Prom Princess Boutique all weekend long. Our mission is to fill the store with racks of dresses, shoes and accessories to make hundreds of girls feel like a true princess on prom night.

Less fortunate girls that may be in need of a dress for prom can log on to www.963WDVD.com to register for an appointment. Selected girls will be asked to join us inside the Project Prom Princess Boutique to pick out a free dress for prom.

Visitors to the Prom Princess Boutique will be able to register for the chance to win a Prom production package courtesy of AV7 Productions.

 

The Oakland Press:

WXOU, Oakland University's student radio station, has been named the Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The victory brings an end to an 11-year run of dominance by Michigan State University's college radio station, Impact 89-FM.

Full story: Oakland University's radio station takes title of top station from MSU (Thu, 4/12)

 


 

Saginaw News:

What might make the KCQ Country Music Fest just "A Little Bit Stronger" this year? How about Sara Evans as the free concert's headliner, with a Phil Vassar chaser? The popular outdoor concert that typically draws nearly 100,000 people to Ojibway Island in Saginaw returns Saturday, June 16, with still a third act yet to be announced.

Full story: Sara Evans, Phil Vassar on their way to KCQ Country Music Fest (Thu, 4/12)

 

Arbitron drops Ann Arbor and Tri-Cities markets from its ratings service

Radio ratings service Arbitron has backed out of two Michigan markets, dropping Ann Arbor (ranked as the 155th largest market in the country) and Saginaw/Bay City/Midland (139th largest) from the list of areas where it provides service.

Both Ann Arbor and the Tri-Cities were diary-based markets and had been receiving Fall and Spring reports from Arbitron. They were dropped due to lack of client support - meaning not enough radio stations in those markets were subscribing to Arbitron's services.

Arbitron also recently made another change to all of the markets it serves - ratings information for non-subscribing stations will no longer be part of any publicly released ratings reports, making it tough for the general public to know exactly where stations rank in markets where there are non-subscribing stations.

 


 

Traverse City's Good News Media wins FM Auction 93 bid

The recently concluded FCC Auction 93 offered up 93 new FM frequencies for bid across the country. In Michigan, Traverse City based Good News Media was the high bidder at $109,000 for a new Class C3 station at 95.9 to be licensed to Grand Traverse County's Fife Lake.

Good News Media is the owner of religious formatted stations WJLN-FM/AM 89.9 / 1400 Traverse City and WLJW AM 1370 Cadillac. WLJN-FM was also recently granted a construction permit to increase power from 39,000 to 100,000 watts.

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Sinclair Communications-owned CBS affiliate WWMT Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich., (DMA 42), today launched a 4:30 a.m. newscast. The expanded early morning newscast will air every weekday.

Full story: WWMT launches 4:30 am newscast (Mon, 4/23)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

TOWNSQUARE Active Rocker WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS, MI and FREE BEER & HOT WINGS announce WINGSTOCK 2012. The show is JUNE 16th at FIFTH THIRD BALLPARK with headliners OUR LADY PEACE, also local boys POP EVIL with DOKKEN, WAYLAND and more acts to be announced.

Full story: WGRD Announces Wingstock 2012 (Mon, 4/23)

 


 

Macomb Daily:

Using 100 percent donated parts and the sweat of volunteers, Keith Strong and his crew at Ice Nine Group in Clinton Township can now get to the task at hand: building a reproduction of a 1969 Ford Mustang as part of WCSX radio's Stone Soup Project to raise funds for children's charities.

Full story: Ice Nine Group, WCSX to build new '69 Boss Mustang (Sat, 4/21)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Steve Stewart has exited as the longtime Operations Manager at Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit. Ron Harrell takes over the role - he also oversees Cumulus' other two stations in Detroit, WDVD-FM 96.3 and WDRQ-FM 93.1. Stewart's career at WJR spanned 22 years.

 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Original television programming based in the Jackson area is on the rise. Two new Jackson-produced programs - JTV's "SoundWave" and "Buzz TV Jackson" on WLAJ - will debut in the coming days, both of which will highlight the entertainment scene around south-central Michigan. This comes on the heels of another new JTV show "Jackson Pickers," based on "American Pickers," which debuted on April 13.

Full story: New Jackson-based TV shows "SoundWave" and "Buzz TV Jackson" to debut soon (Tue, 4/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Annie 'Spears' Nawrocki has exited Pop WBTI-FM 96.9 Lexington/Pt. Huron to take over middays at NextMedia Pop WGER-FM 106.3 Saginaw.

 


 

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MLive.com:

After a brief hiatus from the radio, Michael Patrick Shiels is set to return to the morning talk circuit Wednesday, May 2. Shiels left his previous show in February. He said the new show will be bigger, better and reach more listeners.

Full story: Radio host Michael Patrick Shiels returns to Michigan airwaves Wednesday (Mon, 4/30)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

Michael Patrick Shiels will soon be back on radio and TV. He'll return quietly -- not his natural state. "This is a soft opening," Shiels said. "There will be a big one later." His "Michigan's Big Show" was set to start today. In a late switch Friday, it was pushed back, due to what Shiels called paperwork problems concerning city code in building his downtown studio.

Full story: Michael Patrick Shiels coming back 'Big' (Mon, 4/30)

 


 

Detroit News:

Dick Purtan was a big influence, of course, and J.P. McCarthy was huge. But you don't want to overlook the career contributions of Michael Corleone and Dick Cheney. Michael Shiels started in radio as Purtan's intern. He left it, or so he thought, as McCarthy's producer.

Full story: Ex-Purtan intern gives career a makeover and returns to airwaves in Detroit (Mon, 4/30)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Radio One News/Talk WCHB AM 1200 has added dayparted Smooth Jazz programming overnights and weekends. The station is also heard on WDMK-FM 105.9 HD2 and an FM translator on 99.9.

 

Longtime WFUR/Grand Rapids morning host Dave Kuiper dies

Dave Kuiper, son of the late longtime WFUR-FM/AM 102.9/1570 owner William Kuiper, died on April 28th at the age of 58. Dave hosted mornings at WFUR for over 30 years.

- Obituary from MLive.com

 


 

U-M's Michigan Radio to sponsor "One Minute Michigan" story writing contest

The University of Michigan's Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids), in partnership with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, is presenting a "One Minute Michigan" story writing contest. People across Michigan are being invited to submit stories about their favorite Michigan memories or experiences. The contest is open to anyone with a personal Michigan-themed story to tell. Entrants are asked to submit a 120-word description of a uniquely Michigan experience - for example, a Michigan travel or adventure moment, a Michigan landmark, where they were when they ate your favorite Michigan food for the first time, and so on.

Three winning essays will be recorded and aired on Michigan Radio and posted on the Michigan Radio website, www.michiganradio.org. The three winners will also each receive a pair of tickets to "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass" on June 23 at Ann Arbor's Power Center, and admission to the evening's private reception with Ira Glass. One of the three winning essays will be selected and read onstage by Ira Glass during the performance.

Stories must be a maximum of 120 words and must mention at least one Michigan location. All entries must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, May 31, 2012. People can submit a story at: http://michiganradio.org/one-minute-michigan-story-writing-contest.

"Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass" will take place at 8 p.m. on June 23 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor. The creator of the public radio show This American Life will talk about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.

As part of the event, Glass will mix stories from the show--live onstage--and play funny and memorable This American Life moments and discuss their creation. Tickets for the show are available at www.annarborsummerfestival.org.

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The debut of "Buzz TV Jackson" has been pushed back two weeks. The new 30-minute, Jackson-produced variety show, which was to debut after "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Friday night will not air as planned.

Full story: "Buzz TV Jackson" premiere pushed back until May 18 (Wed, 5/2)

 

Broadcasting & Cable:

Scripps is producing a pair of new programs that will debut Sept. 17 in seven of the company's 13 TV markets. The programs, a game show called Let's Ask America and a news mag called The List, are replacing Scripps' current syndicated shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, in access and early fringe. Scripps has made a substantial effort to produce its own programming and cut back on syndicated costs. It is a partner, along with Cox and Raycom, on the daily show RightThisMinute ... The shows launch in Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tampa and Tulsa. When contracts for other syndicated shows expire in the remaining Scripps markets (Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Indianapolis, Kansas City, West Palm Beach and Bakersfield), Let's Ask America and The List will move into those timeslots.

Full story: Scripps Producing New Game Show and News Mag for Stations (Tue, 5/22)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

TOWNSQUARE Active Rocker WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD JERRY TARRANTS brings in SHAFEE for afternoon duties. SHAFFEE started MONDAY, MAY 21st. SHAFFEE and TARRANTS have been trying to get in the same building for a while now.

Full story: Shaffee Heads To WGRD For Afternoons (Tue, 5/22)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WEYI has hired Neille Giffune as assistant news director. In April, WEYI's owner, Barrington Broadcasting, tapped news director Kathy Reynolds to oversee sister station WNWO in Toledo, in addition to leading the news department at the Flint NBC-affiliate. Giffune will assist Reynolds as she splits time between both stations.

Full story: WEYI Hires Assistant News Director (Mon, 5/21)

 

WXYZ-TV/Detroit offering expanded coverage of Detroit Grand Prix

With the return of auto racing to Detroit, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 will be offering viewers expanded live coverage beginning Thursday, May 31.

The station's coverage of race weekend began today on 7 Action News this Morning and continues throughout the day with 7 Action Sports reporters Tom Leyden and Brad Galli. On Friday, June 1, Vic Faust will field anchor 7 Action News this Morning live from Belle Isle. WXYZ will have all the excitement of free day at the Grand Prix with anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford during 7 Action News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., featuring Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth with weather updates from the racetrack on Belle Isle.

On Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m., WXYZ revs up the fun with "Countdown to the Green Flag," a half-hour show that includes interviews with top Indy drivers and looks at the impact of the race on Metro Detroit. Then at 8:00 p.m., get a grandstand seat with "Prix View to the Race," a one-hour prime-time special that includes an exclusive look at the hottest ticket in town, the Grand Prixmiere party, featuring interviews with Indy drivers, team owners and Detroit celebrities.

Then on Sunday, June 3, WXYZ begins race coverage with two one-hour specials that capture all the energy of race day; "Start Your Engines " at 9 a.m. and the "Checkered Flag," at noon. The shows will give viewers a live look at all the excitement of race preparations, plus information about where to park and the best spots to watch the race.

Then, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., "Pit Pass" will feature up-to-the-minute coverage before the Indy race begins.

At 3:30 p.m., the checkered flag waves and WXYZ will broadcast ABC's live coverage of the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix, presented by showautoweek.com. Then, following the race, join WXYZ for "Winners Circle," live coverage of the all the action including post-race analysis and an interview with the winner.

"This is an exciting time for Metro Detroit," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is thrilled to celebrate the return of world-class auto racing to Detroit with live coverage of the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and more than six hours of local programming during race weekend."

The station's web site, wxyz.com, will have live coverage during race weekend including video reports, photo galleries, and social media events. WXYZ will give web users exclusive behind the scenes access to race activities on line and in person at a special event during the Grand Prix's social media day on Saturday, June 2.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

According to her Facebook page, Kim Carson is no longer holding on-air duties at WTRV-FM 100.5 The River.

Full story: What Kim Carson says about leaving WTRV-FM The River after 30 years in radio (Thu, 5/31)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Angie Hendershot has been addressing the need for youth mentors in Genesee County for the last 10 years through her work with ABC 12's segment Monday's Child. The news anchor has been selected to be honored at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint's 37th annual golf tournament on June 8.

Full story: ABC 12 News anchor Angie Hendershot to be recognized for work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint (Thu, 5/31)

 


 

Salem closes on Detroit area translator purchase

Radio-Info.com reports that Salem Broadcasting has closed on the purchase of FM translator W248AQ Harrison Township from Tim Martz' Radio Power, Inc. After constructing new FM translator facilities pursuant to the construction permit granted by the FCC, Salem plans to rebroadcast WDTK AM 1400 Detroit on this FM translator. Purchase price $250,000. Exclusive broker for the deal was John Pierce.

 


 

WHFB AM Benton Harbor on borrowed time?

There is speculation in Southwest Michigan that Benton Harbor's WHFB AM 1060 may soon cease operations. The station was not part of a recent transaction involving sister station WHFB-FM 99.9 and one source says owner Woody Stover is considering turning the station's license in to the FCC instead of continuing operations as a stand alone.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

After over a decade of broadcasting from the heart of the SUNSET STRIP in HOLLYWOOD, CA, the "MONSTERS OF ROCK" radio program is officially packing its CDs and moving east. HARLAN HENDRICKSON, host and creator of the MONSTERS OF ROCK, will now make his home at GREATER MEDIA Rocker WRIF/DETROIT, as the station becomes his new flagship affiliate.

Full story: Monsters Of Rock Names WRIF/Detroit As New Flagship Station (Thu, 5/31)

 

CBS RADIO Top 40/Rhythmic WBBM-FM (B96)/CHICAGO Imaging Dir. MICHAEL HORN tells ALL ACCESS "that in addition to my role as Imaging Director for B96, I have just signed on to image fellow CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT.

Full story: Michael Horn Adds Imaging For WDZH (Thu, 5/31)

 

An affiliation deal between FOX SPORTS RADIO and FEDERATED MEDIA will bring the network to the FORT WAYNE and SOUTH BEND-ELKHART areas.

Full story: Fox Sports Radio Adds Four Federated Media Stations In Northern Indiana (Thu, 5/24)

 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

FoxSportsDetroit.com:

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).

 

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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.
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  • 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.

 

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.

 

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

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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)

 

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

 

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.
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  • 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.

 

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. 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. 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. 29, 2012

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AnnArbor.com:

WEMU has announced that David Fair has been named the station's news director. According to the announcement from the station, news director responsibilities were previously handled by Program Director Clark Smith, who remains in that position.

Full story: WEMU names David Fair news director (Mon, 8/27)

 


 

MLive.com:

A long-time meteorologist is no longer employed with NBC25 (WEYI). Mark Torregrossa confirmed Wednesday afternoon he is no longer with the television station. He said he couldn't comment on the matter at this time. NBC25 officials declined to comment and released a statement.

Full story: Clio-based NBC25, chief meteorologist part company (Wed, 8/29)

 

An Owosso-based owner of radio stations is buying Flint station Classic Rock WRSR 103.9 The Fox for $1.15 million. Eddie Esserman, owner of Potential Broadcasting LLC announced Tuesday that paperwork has been filed at the Federal Communications Commission for the sale of the station to Rod Krol, president of Krol Communications.

Full story: Krol Communications purchases Flint, Owosso classic rock radio station WRSR 103.9 The Fox (Tue, 8/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 1 - 3, 2012

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Detroit News:

Dan Dickerson and Jim Price have become summer fixtures to legions of Tigers fans. The radio announcing team has been together since 2003 and has become a summer staple for baseball fans who listen to the Tigers throughout the state. Dickerson, 54, spent some time at Comerica Park recently chatting about life in the broadcast booth.

Full story: Dan Dickerson is part of the fabric of summer for Tigers fans (Mon, 9/3)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

It was almost a year ago Rockford native Ginger Zee landed a network job at ABC News and a regular stint on "Good Morning America" Weekend.

Full story: Ginger Zee: 'GMA...has given me the opportunity I never imagined' (Mon, 9/3)

 


 

Bay City Times:

Delta College Public Broadcasting's Q-TV will premiere its new documentary, "The Korean War: Voices from the 38th Parallel" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Full story: Delta's Q-TV to premiere Korean War documentary Sept. 8 (Sun, 9/2)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 4, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

I started as a fill-in host in the summer of 2011 when WJRW-AM (1340) was going through some programming changes. Once the dust settled, WJRW-AM program director Josh Leng asked me if I wanted to host my own one-hour show.

Full story: 'Going Gonzo' show on WJRW: Entertainment talk show celebrates one-year anniversary (Tue, 9/4)

 


 

Observer & Eccentric:

Plans by CBS Radio to consolidate its southeast Michigan operations in Southfield were music to the ears of most city council members, who Monday night approved an industrial development district and awarded a five-year personal property tax abatement to the company. The approvals pave the way for CBS to move its Farmington Hills, Ferndale and current Southfield operations into a building formerly occupied by Panasonic, in the American Center Drive area of northwest Southfield.

Full story: CBS wins tax break with $2.8M Southfield move (Sat, 9/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Changed: The talk format of WSRT/WSRJ FM 106.7/105.5 Gaylord/Honor from talk to sports using ESPN Radio on September 1st.
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  • Dropped: Secondary network 'TheCoolTV' by WSMH-TV Ch. 66 Flint on 66.2.
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  • Added: A weekday Big Ten football radio program from FOX Sports Radio and the Big Ten Network from 7 - 8 p.m. on WDFN AM 1130 Detroit.
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  • Launched: NBC Sports Radio, heard on 178 station across the country at launch, but only one in Michigan has signed on so far. Rock WMRR-FM 101.7 Muskegon is listed as carrying only sports update products from the new network.
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  • Hired: Former Northern Michigan (Northern Star Broadcasting) and Tri-Cities (Citadel) radio executive Chris Monk by media company Alliance 180, LLC.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 5, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Radio Power is donating Detroit FM translator at 104.7 W284BQ to Family Life Radio, owner/operator of daytimer WUFL AM 1030. W284BQ was briefly known as '104.7 The Oasis' with a smooth jazz format before being forced off the air due to interference issues with Toledo's WIOT-FM 104.7.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

This year's corn maze at Gull Meadow Farms, unveiled on the orchard's Facebook page today, will feature Country Singer Alan Jackson and his hat, as well as the WIN 98.5 country music radio station's call letters.

Full story: Alan Jackson in his hat featured in this year's Gull Meadow Farms's corn maze (Wed, 9/5)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 12, 2012

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AllAccess.com:

Weekly military talk radio show "FRONTLINES OF FREEDOM" has been added at MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Talk WKZO-A-F/KALAMAZOO, where it will air SUNDAYS at 8a (ET). The show, hosted by DENNY GILLEM, LTC, US ARMY (Ret.), is syndicated through TALK MEDIA NETWORK and presently airs on 13 stations, with ten added in the last 18 months.

Full story: WKZO Adds 'Frontlines Of Freedom' (Wed, 9/12)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Her exploits in London have earned Olympics gold medalist Claressa Shields honors by Sports Illustrated, Essence magazine, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Full story: Flint Schools will honor Claressa Shields Saturday at FOX 66 Fall Festival (Wed, 9/12)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan Radio's "Issues & Ale" to visit Grand Haven: Rebecca Williams from Michigan Radio's (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) Environment Report will host a panel discussion examining the impact Asian carp could have on Michigan's lakes and rivers and what is being done to keep the big fish in check. "Issues & Ale: Asian Carp in the Great Lakes" will take place at the Kirby House, 2 Washington St., in Grand Haven on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:00 pm. Admission is free.
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  • WNMU-TV Marquette will air the Northern Michigan University football team's win over the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 19, 2012

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WKAR-TV's QuizBusters launches new season tonight

Michigan State University's locally produced quiz show QuizBusters starts a new season this evening on the school's public TV station, WKAR-TV Ch. 23 East Lansing at 8 p.m. Two Special Edition episodes kick off the 24th season of QuizBusters in primetime and feature a visit from MSU Athletics' mascot Sparty along with other local celebrities. QuizBusters regularly features students from mid-Michigan high schools competing in a fast-paced question and answer game.

 


 

Pistons announce local TV and radio broadcast schedules

The Detroit Pistons announced their 2012-13 local television schedule today with 80 of the team's regular-season games being televised by FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus. Including one ESPN broadcast as part of the NBA's national television schedule, 81 of the club's 82 regular-season games will be available on television. George Blaha and Greg Kelser return as the voices of the Pistons on TV.

The Pistons also announced their radio broadcast schedule which includes 80 regular season games on the Pistons' flagship station 97.1 FM The Ticket and one game carried on WWJ 950 AM. All radio broadcasts will include exclusive pre- and postgame coverage. Additionally, 97.1 FM The Ticket will air special weekly interviews with coaches and players and expanded Pistons coverage throughout each week of the NBA season on-air and online at www.971theticket.com. Mark Champion will continue as the voice of Pistons radio broadcasts with Pistons legend Rick Mahorn adding color commentary for all home and away contests.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad says he has two good reasons to spread the word about an ArtPrize entry: The artist is his kidney donor, and the drawing she has created is a compelling picture that reflects her giving nature.

Full story: B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad is No. 1 fan for his kidney donor's ArtPrize entry (Wed, 9/19)

WOOD-TV will host a concert series at Rosa Parks Circle starting today, and taking place every weekday for the duration of ArtPrize.

Full story: Verve Pipe, La Famiglia, Edie Evans Hyde among performers in ArtPrize concert series hosted by WOOD-TV (Wed, 9/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Extended: The Mojo in the Morning show on Contemporary Hits WKQI FM 95.5 Detroit thanks to a new multi-year agreement. The show has been a market mainstay since February 2000.
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  • Dropped: By WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit, secondary network music video based TheCoolTV from 20.2 as of today. The station instead is airing an SD simulcast of its primary programming on 20.1.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 26, 2012

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WWTV-TV/WWUP-TV Ch. 9/10 Traverse City (9and10News.com) :

With heavy hearts we are sad to report 9&10 News/Fox 32 Anchor Scott Michael Trager died unexpectedly this morning. He was an accomplished journalist, caring family-man, and a friend to many. Scott Michael Trager began his career at 9&10 News in 1990 and was currently the co-anchor of Northern Michigan's favorite morning show Michigan This Morning. Over the twenty plus years he spent at 9&10 News he earned many accolades including two Emmy Awards from the National Television Academy Michigan Chapter. He also helped create the award winning Sports Overtime show while Sports Director at 9&10 News in the mid 1990's.

Full story: Northern Michigan Says Goodbye to Scott Michael Trager (Wed, 9/26)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Ginger Zee and "Good Morning America" will be broadcasting on Saturday from the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Full story: Ginger Zee brings 'Good Morning America' to West Michigan for ArtPrize 2012 (Wed, 9/26)

 


 

MLive.com:

I see ya, Rod and Mario. In an effort to determine which television broadcast teams are most biased in Major League Baseball, The Wall Street Journal has released a study identifying baseball's top TV "homers."

Full story: Announcer-Bias Index: Mario Impemba, Rod Allen rank 13th among biased broadcast teams in MLB (Wed, 9/26)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Falling: Detroit's market rank according to radio ratings service Arbitron. Metro Detroit will be behind Miami, FL this autumn as the 12th largest market (down from 11th) in the country after losing over 28,000 residents over age 12. The Detroit area's 12+ population loss combined with South Florida's gain of over 110,000 resulted in the latest drop for Detroit. Arbitron's market area for Metro Detroit shows 3,760,200 people age 12 and above, behind Miami's 3,781,100 and ahead of Seattle's 3,538,100.
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  • Other Arbitron market rankings for Fall 2012: Grand Rapids, 69; Lansing, 127; Flint, 135, Traverse City, 197; Muskegon, 235; Battle Creek 253. Ann Arbor and Saginaw are no longer Arbitron-rated markets.
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  • On the air: Bounce TV on WXYZ-TV Ch. 7.3 Detroit. The new subchannel was noted broadcasting yesterday afternoon without the test pattern.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 3, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Dr. Don Carpenter, morning host at CBS/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5, has been named as an inductee to the 2013 class of the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville. Carpenter has been with the station for over 20 years.
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  • Legendary Detroit news anchor Diana Lewis wrapped up her career behind the anchor desk for Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 this evening, co-anchoring the station's 5 and 6 p.m. news broadcasts for the final time as she heads into retirement. Congratulations and best wishes to one of the most-liked and respected news personalities the Detroit market has ever seen.
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  • Clear Channel/Grand Rapids Country WBCT-FM 93.7 raised over $135,000 in last month's annual Roofsit for Kids. The event raises money for West Michigan agencies with programs that work with neglected and abused kids.
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  • Cumulus/Flint Country WFBE-FM 95.1 raised over $50,000 in a Children's Miracle Network fundraiser for Flint's Hurley Medical Center on September 27th-28th.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 9, 2012

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Detroit Red Wings:

It is with saddened hearts that the Detroit Red Wings announce the passing of a beloved member of our organization and hockey family, Mr. Frank Joseph James 'Budd' Lynch. Budd, the longest-tenured employee in Red Wings history at 63 years, passed away this morning after a brief illness at a local rehabilitation center. He was 95-years-old.

Full story: Red Wings mourn the loss of longtime play-by-play voice and public address announcer Budd Lynch (Tue, 10/9)

 

Video tribute

 

Detroit News: Longtime Detroit Red Wings public address announcer Budd Lynch dies

 

Detroit Free Press: Red Wings legend Budd Lynch dies

 


 

Detroit News:

For many baseball fans, the voice of Tigers radio color analyst Jim Price is as recognizable as a close friend's. Many fans feel as if they know him; his commentary is as omnipresent in the summer and fall as normal dinner conversation. But almost knowing him isn't close to truly knowing him or what he has gone through the past few years -- and what he's still battling. Price, 71, is in his 20th season as a Tigers broadcaster and his voice is as strong as ever -- even in the midst of his second bout with cancer.

Full story: Tigers announcer Jim Price stays tough despite cancer fight (Tue, 10/9)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Al Allen has announced his retirement from WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit. Allen was interviewed about his long career at WJBK by reporter Jason Carr.

Full story: Reporter Al Allen to Retire After 28 Years at WJBK (Tue, 10/9)

 

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan had a testy exchange during an interview on Monday with with WJRT in Flint, Mich.

Full story: Paul Ryan's Testy Exchange with WJRT Anchor Terry Camp (Tue, 10/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • On the air, Part I: WLDN-FM 98.7 Pentwater / Ludington has launched, signing on earlier this month simulcasting sister station Adult Contemporary 'Coast FM' WMLQ-FM 97.7 Manistee. That format is expected to be temporary with WLDN moving to a News-Talk format featuring a combination of local and syndicated talk programs along with Michigan State sports play-by-play. WLDN is owned by Synergy Media.
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  • On the air, Part II: WUPN-FM 95.1 Paradise / Sault Ste Marie has also launched this fall with a Classic Hits format as 'Radio Eagle Soo'. The station joins other 'Radio Eagle' stations in the Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas owned by Darby Advertising.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 15, 2012

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TVNewsCheck:

Young Broadcasting is setting up triopoly for itself in Lansing, Mich. (DMA 116), with the help of partner Shield Media. Shield is buying ABC affiliate WLAJ in Lansing from Sinclair Broadcast Group, but, through joint sales and sharing agreements, will turn over its operation to Young, which already owns CBS affiliate WLNS in the market and manages MNT affiliate WHTV through a joint sales agreement with owner Venture Technologies.

Full story: Young piecing together triopoly In Lansing (Mon, 10/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

The passing of Budd Lynch last week touched many in the local sports media. Lynch, 95, was a Red Wings employee for 63 years, highlighted by his broadcasting career and later his work as the public address announcer. Ken Daniels, the current Red Wings TV broadcaster, was practically a next door neighbor of Lynch in the Joe Louis Arena press box, sharing thoughts, observations and jokes with the venerable Lynch on a nightly basis.

Full story: Small Talk: Ken Daniels reflects on Budd Lynch, Red Wings broadcasting (Mon, 10/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 22, 2012

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Saginaw News:

When Great Lakes Bay-area Detroit Tigers fans turn on the radio to follow the World Series, they may be in for a surprise. Instead of the usual voices of Jim Price and Dan Dickerson, Detroit Tigers fans will probably hear Orel Hershiser, Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton and Peter Pascarelli.

Full story: Detroit Tigers World Series radio broadcasts shift to ESPN announcers on WSGW-AM, 790 (Mon, 10/22)

 


 

Detroit News:

Fox Sports Detroit will air the American Hockey League Grand Rapids Griffins-Charlotte Checkers game at 7 p.m. Friday. The game will be called by Red Wings broadcast tandem Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond.

Full story: Fox Sports Detroit to carry Grand Rapids Griffins game Friday (Mon, 10/22)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Singing sensation RYAN BEATTY is using his success in the music industry and strong social media following to take a stand against bullying and promote self-empowerment.

Full story: CBS Radio In Detroit And Las Vegas Team Up With Ryan Beatty To Beat Teen Bullying (Mon, 10/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio/Detroit Sports WXYT-FM 97.1 will be the only radio station in Michigan carrying the local call of the Tigers' in the World Series due to contract rights ESPN Radio has with Major League Baseball for the Fall Classic. Affiliates on the Tigers' Network during the year will have access to ESPN Radio's broadcasts if there are no conflicts in the market with other ESPN Radio affiliates. The call from the Tigers' Dan Dickerson and Jim Price will also be available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 25, 2012

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Lansing City Pulse:

Lansing's four major television networks are seeing more than $5 million in revenue this campaign season. But it's not as much as the stations hoped -- and not as much as it could have been. With neither the presidential or U.S. Senate races competitive in Michigan, the ad revenue isn't coming into the local stations like it did even in 2010.

Full story: Lansing TV stations see $5M boost from political ads (Wed, 10/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Added: Michael Savage to the lineup at Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit weeknights from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m., replacing John Batchelor in a move that swaps once syndicated program for another.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 5, 2012

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Flint Journal:

Minutes before TV broadcast, Randy Scott has a bone to pick with his sports anchor. "Hey Shawn, CarMAN, not CarMEN," Scott said, referring to the way Carman-Ainsworth schools was misspelled on the day's script.

Full story: Davison student TV news program named among nation's best (Mon, 11/5)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), and the America Red Cross of West Michigan raised nearly $34,000 to help the victims of Super Storm Sandy with an 11-hour telethon.

Full story: WZZM, Red Cross raise nearly $34,000 (Mon, 11/5)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Holiday standards from Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and Brenda Lee bring Christmas cheer in the form of fourth-quarter revenue boosts for radio stations that change format this time of year. Local stations annually switch to a Christmas music format in November, following a nationwide trend that radio analysts said broadcasters have adopted in large numbers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Full story: 'Tis the season stations cash in on holiday music? Ho, yeah (Sun, 11/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Listeners with HD radios in metro Detroit looking for an early dose of Christmas music can tune to Greater Media's WMGC-FM 105.1 HD2; 'Christmas 105.1' launched over the weekend.
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  • Suzy Cole has exited her role as weekend host at Greater Media Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit.
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  • Get out and vote: For your favorite male TV host in Detroit in a contest running on Cumulus Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit. click here to vote

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 7, 2012

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Saginaw News:

Art Neil learned a lot of things about working in front of a camera from Marc Wesley. More important, Neil learned how to act when the camera wasn't on. Wesley was a fixture as the sports director on WNEM-TV 5 from 1965 until he retired in 1991, becoming a familiar face to sports fans in the Great Lakes Bay area and in Flint. Wesley died Monday, Nov. 5 at the Cartwright Care Center in Saginaw. He was 81.

Full story: Marc Wesley, longtime WNEM-TV 5 sports director, dies at 81 (Tue, 11/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 14, 2012

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MLive.com:

The Q106 Throwdown is back and with it local bands have a chance at cash, prizes and best of all, fame. Registration is going on now for the event.

Full story: Call goes out for bands for Q106 Throwdown in Lansing (Tue, 11/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Another station goes all-Christmas as MacDonald Broadcasting's WSAG-FM 104.1 Pinconning / WSAM AM 1400 Saginaw make the seasonal flip from soft rock. An update to an earlier report from Toledo - WRVF-FM 101.5 went back to their normal programming on Monday, but will program Christmas this coming weekend and then go full time with the holiday format by Thanksgiving weekend.
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  • Rich Spicer exits as Operations Manager at MacDonald-Garber's cluster in Cadillac that includes Hot AC WLXV-FM 96.7 (Mix 96), Sports WKAD-FM 93.7 and News/Talk WATT AM 1240. Spicer, who was also morning host at Mix 96, is exiting radio to take a teaching position.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 23, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • 'Dave and Chuck the Freak' have exited mornings at BellMedia Modern Rock CIMX-FM 88.7 (89X) Windsor/Detroit. The Windsor Star expects the trio (Dave Hunter and Chuck Urquhart along with Lisa Way) to land at another broadcaster after receiving a better offer that wasn't matched by BellMedia.
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  • With Thanksgiving now behind us, time to update the list of stations that have gone to all-Christmas programming around the region. Stations confirmed as on board include WHNN-FM 96.1 Bay City, WFMK-FM 99.1 Lansing, WRVF-FM 101.5 Toledo, and WBXX-FM 104.9 Battle Creek.

 


 

Go Blue Then & Now and ESPN Radio Detroit celebrate Michigan sports philanthropy during Thanksgiving week

Go Blue Then and Now, a not for profit corporation, and ESPN Radio Detroit (WCAR AM 1090) have joined for Thanksgiving week to raise awareness for numerous charitable foundations created by Michigan alumni football letter winners.

During Thanksgiving week, ESPN Detroit Radio is doing on air interviews of Michigan M Men who will share their thoughts on the upcoming game against Ohio State and provide updates on their current efforts to give back to their communities through player foundations and in working with young athletes. The interviews will allow Michigan fans insights into prior battles with the Buckeyes and to learn about players giving back. The broader focus is to share the Michigan tradition of philanthropy by both the Michigan Athletic Department and those who learned values on the Michigan playing fields.

Fans will have an opportunity to call in and talk to these former Michigan stars. Among those scheduled for interviews are Chris Howard, Phil Brabbs, Chris Perry, Todd Howard and David Underwood. On air appearances will be during the one to four ET afternoon show.

 


 

Windsor Star:

It's a black Friday for 89X listeners in the Windsor-Detroit area today. After more than 10 years of being on air, the wacky radio morning show hosts of Dave and Chuck "The Freak" have called it quits.

Full story: Dave and Chuck "The Freak" call it quits on 89X (Fri, 11/23)

 


 

Detroit News:

A radio team known for its risque brand of humor has left its long-time Windsor home. The Dave and Chuck "the Freak" show, broadcast on CMIX-FM (88.7), will no longer be part of the station's lineup, having accepted an undisclosed offer to work elsewhere, said Eric Proksch, vice president and general manager for Bell Media Radio in Windsor-Detroit.

Full story: Dave and Chuck 'the Freak' leaving 89x, accepted undisclosed offer elsewhere (Fri, 11/23)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

It's a different kind of Black Friday for 89X listeners. Early this morning Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart, otherwise known as the host of the station's "Dave and Chuck the Freak" morning show, announced on their Facebook page that the show was history.

Full story: 'Dave & Chuck The Freak' radio show leaves 89X (Fri, 11/23)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 4, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus/Detroit Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 is asking listeners to help make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season as the station attempts to stuff three buses full of new toys from Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, December 9, 2012. 96.3 WDVD DJs will broadcast live from all three locations, in Canton on Ford Road in the New Towne Center Shopping Center (near Kohl's), in Royal Oak at the Northwood Shopping Center at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road and in Clinton Township on Hall Road at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace.

    Bring new, unwrapped toys to one of Stuff-A-Bus locations- Toys will benefit local charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Bottomless Toy Chest, Bridgepointe, Goodfellows, Neighborhood Service Organization, Orchards Children's Services, Ronald McDonald House and Volunteers of America! More info including hours and location specifics at www.963WDVD.com.
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  • CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5 will be hosting its 13th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon on Thursday, December 6th to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's fundraising marathon will be broadcast live from Southland Center in Taylor and build upon the $6.6 million the station has raised over the years. Visit www.wycd.com for info on the live broadcast and how you can donate.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

24 Hour News 8 has a new reporter, fresh from a TV station in Washington State. Heather Walker, a native of Toledo, Ohio, returns to the Midwest from KIMA-TV Channel 29 in Yakima, Wash., where she worked as an investigative reporter and anchor for the CBS-TV affiliate, owned by Fisher Communications.

Full story: Ohio native joins 24 Hour News 8 from TV station in Washington State (Tue, 12/4)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Young Broadcasting's CBS affiliate WLNS Lansing, Mich. (DMA 115), seeking to assist struggling mid-Michigan families, will team with its nonprofit partners for the sixth annual Day of Giving on Thursday, Dec. 13. They are encouraging viewers to join in the daylong effort to collect funds, food and clothing for local chapters of philanthropic organizations, which provide residents with basic needs during the holidays and throughout the year.

Full story: WLNS, nonprofits to aid struggling families (Tue, 12/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 13, 2012

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Broadcasting & Cable:

CBS-owned WWJ Ch. 62 Detroit is scrapping its First Forecast Mornings newscast, a two-hour show that debuted in May 2009. The program, which initially featured headlines from the Detroit Free Press, billed itself as "an ongoing report of current and forecasted weather as well as the most current conditions on area roads." The last day of the program is Dec. 28. A CBS spokesperson said a small number of layoffs would result.

Full story: WWJ Detroit scrapping morning news (Wed, 12/12)

 


 

MLive.com:

Former Detroit News columnist Rob Parker made inappropriate commentsabout Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, ESPN said Thursday. Parker, who lives in Detroit, questioned how authentically black Griffin is on ESPN's "First Take" TV show.

Full story: ESPN and Detroit sports-talker Rob Parker lambasted for racial comments about RG3 (Thu, 12/13)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

"Downtown Abbey," documentaries by Ken Burns, and PBS NewsHour are a few of the shows WGVU-TV has brought to West Michigan over the years. WGVU Public Media celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of events including a free preview screening of the upcoming season of "Downton Abbey" in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Full story: WGVU hosts a free, sneak peek of next season's 'Downton Abbey' in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo (Thu, 12/13)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Brittany Noble is returning home to St. Louis as she joins CBS affiliate KMOV as a reporter. Since September 2011, Noble has reported for the morning newscast at WEYI, the NBC affiliate in Saginaw, Mich. Her first day at KMOV will be January 7.

Full story: Reporter Brittany Noble Joins KMOV From WEYI (Thu, 12/13)

 


 

Toledo Blade:

Based on a demand from the parent companies of WUPW-TV, Channel 36, and WTOL-TV, Channel 11, Buckeye CableSystem stopped broadcasting WUPW at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Full story: Fox affiliate's legal dispute with Buckeye CableSystem also involves WTOL's owner (Thu, 12/13)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 20, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, regarded as the highest award in broadcast journalism, for its years-long investigative series: "Wayne County Confidential: Government Run Amok." WXYZ's Investigative Unit broke the story of former Wayne County Economic Development Director Turkia Mullin 's secret $200,000 severance package and revealed other secret severance deals, a political machine fueled with county resources and global travel for county officials funded by secret donors. The reports led to an FBI investigation, a series of indictments, criminal charges, resignations, firings and stronger ethic rules.

    "The duPont-Columbia award recognizes the very best in broadcast journalism," said Ed Fernandez , E.W. Scripps divisional vice-president and WXYZ vice-president and general manager. "WXYZ is honored to receive this award for upholding the highest journalism standards as we serve our community."

    The award will be presented to WXYZ on January 22, 2013 at Columbia University in New York City.
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  • WHTV-TV Ch. 18 Lansing/Jackson has relocated its broadcast location from Ingham County east of Lansing to Washtenaw County northwest of Ann Arbor. The station uses Channel 34 for its broadcasts - digital tuners remap the station to Ch. 18.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 27, 2012

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AllAccess.com:

SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WSAE and HOME.FM/SPRING ARBOR, MI has promoted KAITLYN TRACY to General Manager. She previously served as Coordinator of Donor Relations.

Full story: WSAE Ups Kaitlan Tracy To GM (Thu, 12/27)

 

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