Mid-Michigan: June 2012 Archives

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.

 

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