Mid-Michigan: April 2012 Archives

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.

 

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