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After a weekend of stunting with the University of Michigan's fight song The Victors, MacDonald-Garber flipped WKAD FM 93.7 Cadillac from oldies to sports on Monday (Jan. 2) morning using FOX Sports Radio as '93.7 The Ticket'.

The company's WMBN AM 1430 Petoskey also dropped its standards/oldies format and participated in the stunting and is simulcasting with WKAD to increase the coverage area for the format in the region.

The new stations' lineup features a local morning show hosted by Tom Devitt featuring contributions from local sports figures including former TV 9&10 sportscaster Vic McCarty, former Michigan Wolverine and Detroit Lion Jon Jansen, and star amateur golfer Joey Garber. 93.7 The Ticket will also offer popular syndicated programs from Dan Patrick and Jim Rome.

The Ticket will also carry play-by-play sports on the local, state, and national level, Detroit Red Wings hockey, and Michigan Wolverines football and basketball.

The move gives northern Michigan it's first all-sports format on a traditional (analog) FM signal.

 

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. 9, 2012

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Love of the classics brings Dick Wallace back on the air

Longtime classical WQRS-FM 105.1 Detroit music host Dick Wallace headed up north after the station was sold and changed its format back in the 1990s. He spent the remainder of his career at Interlochen Center for the Arts' public classical station WIAA-FM 88.7 near Traverse City before retiring a couple of years ago.

The lure of the mic proved strong, even in retirement, and Wallace has returned to host a weekly specialty show on news-talk WTCM AM 580 Traverse City on Saturday evenings at 9. Titled "Pops Potpourri", the show can be heard online at wtcmradio.com or on the TuneIn Radio app on your smartphone.

"What a kick to be able to do this show, which I did for years on IPR, on WTCM!", commented Wallace on his return to the northern Michigan airwaves.

 


 

Detroit News:

The SUV was cruising along in front of them, and then in the time it took to say, "Oh, my God," it wasn't. Channel 2 news anchor Monica Gayle and her family were headed north for a week of skiing. It was two days after Christmas, a little south of Gaylord on Interstate 75. Two vehicles ahead, a Ford Expedition was towing snowmobiles.

Full story: Family's trek up I-75 turns into 'profound' experience of rescuing others (Mon, 1/9)

 


 

FOX 2 Detroit adds to weather staff

WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit has hired Alan Longstreet for weekend weather work. He's a native Michigander and was previously working at WTAP in Parkersburg, WV.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA RPM J.T. BOSCH is on the hunt for a new PD for Top 40 WAEB-F (B104)/ALLENTOWN, as PD ERIC CHASE heads back to DETROIT for Sports/Talk duties at WDFN-A (1130 AM THE FAN). WDFN PD MICHAEL MCCOY tells ALL ACCESS, "I'm really looking forward to ERIC getting here and being able to devote the time to the station that it deserves."

Full story: B104 PD Chase To WDFN (Mon, 1/9)

 

CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has added ROB STONE for weekends. ROB exited from CUMULUS Country WITL/LANSING in NOVEMBER.

Full story: Rob Stone Joins WYCD For Weekends (Mon, 1/9)

 

MARTZ COMMUNICATIONS Alternative WGPR (THE BONE)/DETROIT complements the recently hired BUBBLA THE LOVE SPONGS morning show (NET NEWS, 1/5) with DI DI MICHAELS for news and STORM KENNEDY for weather. Both are currently heard on MARTZ Urban WAMO/PITTSBURGH in the same capacity.

Full story: The Bone/Detroit Adds Di Di Michaels, Storm Kennedy For Bubba Wakeups (Mon, 1/9)

 

MI News 26 (WMNN-LD LPTV Ch. 26 Lake City/Cadillac), positioned as "Northern Michigan's 24/7 local news channel", will be added to Channel 73 on Charter Communication's lineup in northern Michigan beginning January 31st. The station will be available to all Charter digital cable subscribers.

"We're thrilled to be working with Charter to make our local news content available in more homes than ever," said Eric Wotila, General Manager of MI News 26, "Carriage on Charter will significantly expand our coverage area, and we're looking forward to bringing local news to a much wider audience than we currently reach."

Wotila, a 23-year-old Michigan broadcasting entrepreneur, launched MI News 26 in his home town of Cadillac in February 2011. At that time, the station was only available via low-power over-the-air reception and was limited to viewers in Wexford, Missaukee and northern Osceola counties.

Charter is introducing the station to customers in various northern Michigan communities, ranging from Manistee, Traverse City, Cheboygan, Petoskey, and many other communities throughout the region.

"We're excited to offer MI News 26 to our digital customers throughout northern Michigan," said Joe Boullion, the Vice President and General Manager of Charter in Michigan. "This is a unique and compelling form of local news that we feel will serve this part of Michigan with compelling programming."

For more information about MI News 26, visit www.minews26.com.

 

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. 28, 2012

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The Oakland Press:

The arms of Venus have been found! Or ... maybe not. The whole story unfolds in Terry T. Brown's novella, "The Arms of Venus." The author will appear and sign books from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Berkley Book Corner, at 2680 Coolidge Hwy.

Full story: Rochester Hills broadcaster signing copies of crime thriller (Sat, 1/28)

 


 

Manistee area gains news/talk radio format

WCUZ FM 100.1 Bear Lake/Manistee and WMTE AM 1340 Manistee have reportedly returned to the air with a news/talk format as 'Talk Radio 1340 WMTE/100.1 FM WCUZ'. WCUZ was heard midday yesterday airing the Rush Limbaugh program.

Both stations are owned by Roy E. Henderson.

 

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. 10, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

Jeffrey Zaslow, the West Bloomfield-based author who wrote best-sellers such as "The Last Lecture" about a professor dying of pancreatic cancer and a recent book on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, was killed Friday in a car accident in northern Michigan. Mr. Zaslow, 53, was a Philadelphia native who was married to Sherry Margolis, a Fox 2 Detroit news anchor since 1987, and the father of three daughters.

Full story: Jeffrey Zaslow, West Bloomfield best-selling author, killed in northern Michigan crash (Fri, 2/10)

 


 

WSDP Plymouth-Canton Schools' WSDP-FM 88.1 "The New 88.1" will host an Alumni On-Air Day on Saturday Feb. 11, as part of the celebration of the station's 40th Anniversary.

Alums from all decades of the station's operation will be visiting the studio.

One of the special parts of the day will be a one hour show put together by class of '73 alum Rob Milford. Rob has worked in radio news since he graduated. He is currently the morning host at News Radio 1620 in Pensacola Florida. Rob has been interviewing WSDP Alums for the past couple weeks and has put together a one hour show featuring those interviews.

The show will air as part of the Alumni On-Air Day on Saturday at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. It will re-air on Tuesday Feb. 14, at Noon.

WSDP signed on the air Feb. 14, 1972 and can be found on the Internet at 881theescape.com.

 


 

MLive.com:

Watch out, Bill Steffen. Clips have been circulating on various social sites that show Tom Murphy, news director for Alpena-based CBS/Fox affiliate WBKB-TV, absolutely crushing a series of weather segments. Murphy, a relatively new hire at the station, peppers his weather segments with amusing references to sports and pop culture.

Full story: Does WBKB-TV in Alpena have Michigan's coolest weather man? (Thu, 2/8)

 


 

WOOD Radio's Cicchini promoted

News anchor/reporter Paul Cicchini has been named as News Director for Clear Channel news-talk combo WOOD-FM/AM 106.9/1300 in the Grand Rapids market. Cicchini has been with the stations since 2010.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 21, 2012

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Muskegon Chronicle:

Local radio personality Andy O'Riley has announced he is leaving The Rock 101.7 WMRR. The popular disk jockey, who has participated in numerous community events throughout his twelve years in Muskegon broke the news on his Facebook profile Feb. 18.

Full story: Popular Muskegon radio personality leaving The Rock 101.7 (Tue, 2/21)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

WADL Matt Stevens on Monday was named news director of Adell Broadcasting's WADL Detroit (DMA 11). WADL debuted its 9 p.m. newscast on Monday, Jan. 16. Stevens has 30 years of TV news experience as a reporter, anchor, producer and manager. Most recently, he was senior correspondent at WOIO Cleveland.

Full story: WADL Detroit names Matt Stevens News Dir. (Mon, 2/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

If you're like me, the extent to which you are connected to New Orleans and Mardi Gras is pronouncing the word guarantee as "gair-ohn-tee" like ca jun chef Justin Wilson would do in his classic videos.

Full story: Gumbo contest and live music at the B.O.B. with WOOD radio and Kevin Matthews (Tue, 2/21)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CC MEDIA HOLDINGS has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended DECEMBER 31st, 2011.

Full story: CC Media Holdings 2011 Revenues Increase 5% To $6.16 Billion (Tue, 2/21)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Thanks to several e-mailers who report from the Indian River area in Northern Michigan that the recently-licensed WGRL FM 95.3 Tuscarora Township isn't currently on the air. If the station has operated at all, apparently it wasn't for very long. WGRL is owned by David L. Smith.

 

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. 1, 2012

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Antenna TV to offer weekend Davy Jones tribute

Tribune Broadcasting DT subchannel network Antenna TV will offer a tribute to Davy Jones, front man for 60s group The Monkees who died yesterday at age 66 from a heart attack.

From 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th the network will show the Monkees' 1968 movie Head, followed at 5 p.m. by a marathon of all 58 thirty minute episodes of The Monkees TV series that will run through 10 p.m. Sunday. Head will then re-air at 10 p.m.

There are three Antenna TV affiliates in Michigan: WADL Ch. 38.2 Detroit, WXMI Ch. 17.2 Grand Rapids, and WZMQ Ch. 19.3 Marquette.

 


 

Detroit News:

Cracking wise up to the very end, retired radio host Dick Purtan did his duty Thursday morning, stepping up to a mirror behind a Bed & Breakfast truck outside the Salvation Army in Detroit, and shaving his iconic 42-year-old moustache off.

Full story: Dick Purtan takes it off for the Salvation Army (Thu, 3/1)

 

Michigan residents were bombarded with $7.6 million in broadcast TV political advertising in the first two months of 2012 by the Republican presidential candidates, President Barack Obama, super PACs and nonprofit groups running issue-specific ads.

Full story: Michigan primary brought $7.6M in TV ads to state (Thu, 3/1)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Dick Purtan is saying so long to a beloved fuzzy friend he's had since 1970. While cohosting the Salvation Army's annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon last week, the retired local radio legend told Frank Beckmann of WJR-AM (760) that he'd shave off his signature moustache if listeners pledged $100,000 during a one-hour segment of the radiothon.

Full story: Names and Faces (Thu, 3/1)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Andy O'Riley, the very popular radio personality on WMRR in Muskegon and 101.3 the Fox in Grand Rapids, has left the airwaves.

Full story: Radio personality Andy O'Riley takes new gig (with video) (Thu, 3/1)

 


 

Holland Sentinel:

When spring blooms in Saugatuck and Douglas, the production of the first Michigan Hometown Stories documentary series on WGVU public television will begin to grow as well. "It's an ongoing project. It's going forward," said Jon Helmrich on Monday.

Full story: WGVU documentary work picks up as season warms up (Wed, 2/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Detroit's WDIV-TV claims February ratings win: PR Newswire
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  • Yesterday's fundraiser hosted by three of Ann Arbor's Cumulus-owned stations raised over $75,000 for the United Way of Washtenaw County. Stations taking part were Sports WTKA AM 1050, Country WWWW FM 102.9, and Adult Alternative WQKL FM 107.1.

 

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.

 

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.

 

WDIV claims 2012 Murrow Award

Post-Newsweek NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit was honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for the fourth straight year with an Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism.

Local 4 News won the top award in Region 7 of the large market TV Writing category for it's public affairs program "Flashpoint" with Devin Scillian.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD/GARBER BROADCAST GROUP AC WLXT (LITE 96.3)/TRAVERSE CITY brings in market vet LISA KNIGHT as morning show co-host with TIM NIXON, beginning next MONDAY (4/23). KNIGHT will also take over mid-day duties on sister Top 40 WKHQ.

Full story: Lisa Knight To Co-Host Wakeups On WLXT, Middays On WKHQ (Wed, 4/18)

 

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.

 

There is nothing on file with the FCC as of this morning, but over the weekend I received several tips that Lake Michigan Broadcasting has decided to sell its cluster of four stations (WKLA-FM/AM 106.3 / 1450 Ludington, WKZC-FM 94.9 Scottville, WMTE-FM 101.5 Manistee) along the West Michigan shoreline to Synergy Broadcast Group, which also owns/operates stations in the same region (WWKR-FM 94.1 Ludington, WMLQ-FM 97.7 Manistee and a construction permit for WLDN FM 98.7 Pentwater).

A local marketing agreement between the two companies went into effect on June 1st, resulting in a few personnel changes at the Lake Michigan Broadcasting stations. Most of the positions affected were part-time only.

Once filed, the transaction will require the approval of the FCC before it is completed. Lake Michigan Broadcasting is owned by the Baerwolf family and Synergy Broadcast Group by Todd Mohr.

 

MI News 26 Cadillac appeals to community to help raise funds for new programming

Low Power TV station WMNN-LD Ch. 26 Cadillac is doing community-based fundraising to help cover the cost of additional cameras, control room equipment and edit bays necessary to expand the station's local programming. The goal of the effort is to build a new, HD control room and upgrade a dated mobile production van to allow for the production of live, local programming to compliment current local news coverage.

Traditionally, this sort of expansion would be paid for through corporate funding or advertising dollars, but as a community-oriented TV station, the station is looking to get the community involved. MI News 26 is using Kickstarter to give everyone a chance to support and be a part of northern Michigan television... and that support won't go unrewarded. Every contributor will get something in return, ranging from recognition on our web site to your very own TV show.

To donate, or for more information, visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/ericwotila/launch-new-local-tv-programming-in-northern-mi.

 


 

Detroit News:

Fans couldn't have asked for better weather for the Friday kickoff of the three-day, country music festival, WYCD's Downtown Hoedown. The festival celebrates its 30th year of bringing the biggest and brightest names in country music to Detroit.

Full story: Hoedown's still a hit - paid admission and all (Sat, 6/9)

 

Thousands of county music fans will converge on Detroit this weekend for the 30th year of WYCD's Downtown Hoedown. But this time, the longest-running country music festival gets a new location and an admission fee.

Full story: Country music fans find Downtown Hoedown in new location this year (Sat, 6/9)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

For the Downtown Hoedown, it seems, there's no place like a new home. Detroit's annual country music festival, making its debut as a paid concert after three decades as a free event, eased smoothly out of the gate Friday as it took over the grounds of Comerica Park.

Full story: WYCD Downtown Hoedown: First night is smooth sailing (Sat, 6/9)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: June 15, 2012

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Benton Harbor / South Bend getting new outlet for Bob & Tom Show

WSBT-TV South Bend posted on Facebook today that Bob and Tom will take over mornings at Country WHFB-FM 99.9 Benton Harbor soon. Current morning host Shelli Harmon will be moving to the afternoons on 'Real Country 99 Nine'. No date for the switch was announced.

 


 

Upper Peninsula radio updates

In addition to the format change earlier this week at WOBE FM 100.7 Iron Mountain, a couple other items of note:

  • WMXD FM 106.3 Stephenson / Escanaba has been silent for a number of weeks. No word on when or if the station will return to the air.
  • WKQS-FM 101.9 Negaunee-Marquette (Sunny 101.9) is now featuring all 80's Weekends as "Weekends in the 80's", becoming the only station in the Upper Peninsula to offer this feature. Every hour of music from Midnight Friday through 7pm Sundays is all 80's. The station continues its regular Brite Adult Contemporary format during the week.
  • WFXD-FM 103.3 Marquette has dropped the 'FOX 103 WFXD' moniker in favor of '103.3 The Country Extreme - Your Station for America's Music'. The station is a currents-based Country station that is programmed locally.

 


 

CKWW Windsor/Detroit adds Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 70's

The most iconic voice in radio history, Detroit's own Casey Kasem, is home again as Oldies CKWW AM 580 has added American Top 40 - The 70's to its lineup.

Casey has unlocked the AT40 vault and is replaying original shows from the 1970's. Relive the classic hits, the great stories and the interesting musical trivia each week as the archives are opened an original American Top 40 with Casey Kasem airs on AM 580.

The three-hour program airs Sunday evenings at 7 PM with an encore broadcast Tuesday evenings at 7 PM.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Radio personality Kevin Matthews, ArtPrize, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and Star 105.7 are collaborating on a fund raising project to support the hospital.

Full story: Radio personality Kevin Matthews is cooking up an ArtPrize 2012 project to raise money for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (Tue, 6/26)

 

When a familiar face from local TV news disappears, people ask questions. Meteorologist Peter Chan's unexplained disappearance from WXMI-TV in March still generates calls and emails.

Full story: WWMT meteorologist switches from delivering weather reports to coaching collegiate athletics (Tue, 6/26)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GANNON BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC. is selling Adult Standards WGRY-A and Country WGRY-F (Y100)/GRAYLING, MI and AC WQON (DECADES 101)/ROSCOMMON, MI to SHERYL and GERALD COYNE's BLARNEY STONE BROADCASTING, INC. for $425,000.

Full story: Michigan Trio Sold (Tue, 6/26)

 


 

Livingston Daily News:

A Detroit radio host with ties to Howell was more than deflated when he was denied media access to last weekend's Michigan Challenge Balloonfest despite being invited to broadcast at Livingston County's signature summer event.

Full story: Detroit radio host upset about being denied media access to Michigan Challenge Balloonfest (Tue, 6/26)

 

TVSpy.com:

WXYZ announced today that David Solano will be joining the Detroit ABC-affiliate in July as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Full story: WXYZ adds sports anchor David Solano (Thu, 6/28)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LAKE MICHIGAN BROADCASTING, INC. is selling Oldies WKLA-A and AC WKLA-F/LUDINGTON, MI and Country WKZC (Z95)/SCOTTVILLE, MI to TODD MOHR's SYNERGY MEDIA, INC. for payment of a $580,000 loan owed by the Seller to WEST SHORE BANK, plus an LMA for the two FMs and a Shared Services Agreement for the AM and Classic Hits WMTE-F (KOOL 101.5)/MANISTEE, MI before closing.

Full story: Michigan Cluster Sold (Thu, 6/28)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The answer is Emmylou Harris and Rufus Wainright. The question is, who is WGVU-FM's Shelley Irwin going to be talking about on Friday?

Full story: WGVU-FM highlights Emmylou Harris, Rufus Wainright, Meijer Gardens Summer Series artists on Friday morning (Thu, 6/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit celebrates its 25th anniversary today. The format replaced soft rock WMJC 'Magic 95' and was among one of the first major-market Classic Rock stations in the country when it debuted.

 

Newsmakers and links: July 11, 2012

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Mason County Press:

The voice of the Ludington Orioles, Rod Beckman, will be heard on a new radio station this fall, WMOM FM 102.7. Rod will direct all local sports coverage and will cover play by play of Ludington boys and girls basketball, along with Joe Holmes, while Todd Hansen and Gary Castonia will cover play by play of Oriole football. "It feels great knowing that Ludington sports will continue," Rod said.

Full story: Beckman, the voice of the Orioles returns -- this time on WMOM (Tue, 7/10)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Here's one more thing Detroit does well: Sports talk radio. The editors at TALKERS magazine put together their first annual Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk, which ranks the top 100 sports talk radio hosts in America by importance. WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket) made three appearances in the top 20.

Full story: Valenti and Foster rank No. 5 on Top 100 most important sports talk radio hosts (Mon, 7/16)

 


 

More sports radio apparently coming to Northern Michigan

Northern Radio Talk combo WSRT-FM 106.7 Gaylord and WSRJ-FM 105.5 Honor/Traverse City (You FM) will reportedly be moving to an all-Sports format on August 30th, picking up the ESPN Radio affiliation in the region currently heard on Midwestern Broadcasting's WCCW AM 1310 Traverse City. WCCW announced last week it would be switching to programming from FOX Sports Radio.

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • A couple of recent sign-ons in Northern Lower Michigan so far this summer: WYPV FM 106.3 Onaway has been heard testing with All-Christmas music since June and WGZR FM 89.1 has started operations with Catholic programming from owner Baraga Broadcasting. WYPV is owned by Michigan Broadcasters, LLC.

 

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: 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.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 21, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Morning man Bill Bailey adds programming responsibilities at Grand Valley State University's Public/Oldies WGVU/WGVS AM 1480/850 Allendale/Grand Rapids/Muskegon.

    Bailey's extensive resume includes programming at Marconi winner WLHT-FM Grand Rapids as well as P.D. for WTRV and WFGR in Grand Rapids, WDRQ Detroit, WIZF Cincinnati, WKYS Washington, D.C., KSLQ St. Louis and KZBS Oklahoma City. His golden pipes have been behind the mic at WLHT, WDRQ, WNIC, WMXD and WLS Chicago.

    Former WGVU-AM programmer Len O'Kelly is still with the University, but now as a full time instructor.

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  • Programmer Darrin Arriens, who in the past has worked in Michigan in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing, has landed a new gig in Vero Beach, FL where he will program soft rock WGYL '93.7 The Breeze'.
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  • The FCC has proposed fines in the amount of $13,000 to J & J Broadcasting, owners of Pop WIMI-FM and Country WJMS-AM Ironwood. $10,000 is for missing quarterly issues reports for the past five quarters and another $3,000 was added due to antenna registration issues when J & J purchased the stations in 2010.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 27, 2012

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Detroit News:

Steve Black had the best of intentions when he and his wife put her name on a charity. For that matter, he had the ideal results. What he hadn't expected from the Sabrina Black Foundation was a direct assault on his memories. The nonprofit, he came to realize, "was helping people, but it was hurting me in the process."

Full story: Sabrina would approve of husband's journey to grieve and grow (Mon, 8/27)

 


 

Grand Haven Tribune:

A new radio station has signed on the air in Grand Haven -- Country 93.1 WMPA-FM. "(The station) does something for us that we've never been able to do," station owner Will Tieman said. "It gives us another great nighttime signal for the community. It's another avenue to do more things with, and we're feeling pretty good about it." WMPA officially began broadcasting at noon Tuesday.

Full story: Country in the air (Sat, 8/25)

 


 

Owosso Argus-Press:

An Owosso-based broadcast media company announced this week it has signed an agreement to purchase Flint-based radio station WRSR-FM 103.9. Rod Krol, owner of Krol Communications Inc., said his company plans to purchase the station, pending approval by the FCC and Department of Justice, in order to expand his company and gain a foothold in a metro area.

Full story: Owosso group purchasing classic rock radio station (Sat, 8/25)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Ten years ago saw the release of the book, "LOCAL DJ," written by PETER C. CAVANAUGH. A prominently featured DJ in CLEVELAND'S ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME, the former broadcast executive helped pioneer the evolution of FM radio in the US. Along the way he helped launch the careers of BOB SEGER, TED NUGENT, ALICE COOPER and many others.

Full story: Peter Cavanaugh's 'Local DJ' Turns Ten (Mon, 8/27)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 28, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Patti McGettigan, who left WOOD-TV 8 to become news director at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, is out. A native of Dearborn and a graduate of Western Michigan University, who began her career at WWMT-TV (Channel 3) in Kalamazoo, McGettigan spent 14 years at 24-Hour News 8...

Full story: Former WOOD-TV news director who left for WISH-TV in Indianapolis no longer there (Tue, 8/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Sale price for Classic Rock WRSR-FM 103.9 Owosso from a trust set up to meet US government requirements concerning the Citadel/Cumulus merger was $1.15 million. The buyer is Krol Communications.

    There are unsubstantiated rumors around that Cumulus may try to keep the Classic Rock format in Flint by putting it on one of its other FMs in the market, with Contemporary Hits WWCK-FM 105.5 being mentioned specifically as a possible landing spot. The Cumulus/Citadel transaction gave the combined company ownership of both WWCK as well as the similarly formatted WIOG-FM 102.5, which covers Flint in addition to the Tri-Cities.

 

A Northern Michigan traveler was kind enough to provide these updates on both the AM & FM bands

  • WHAK AM 960 Rogers City MI is now simulcasting Classic Hits/Oldies WHAK-FM 99.9 'The Wave', having dropped its simulcast of 'Thunder Country', WWTH FM 100.7 Oscoda.
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  • WMKD FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste. Marie now identifies itself simply as Country 105' having dropped the 'Big Country 105.5' moniker that was in previous use. The station is in the process of being purchased by Sovereign Communications in a deal that was first announced in 2011.
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  • WNBY FM 93.9 Newberry/Sault Ste. Marie has added lots of '80s music into its music rotation - the station still calls itself 'Oldies 93', but the music has drifted more towards Classic Hits.
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  • With the recent start up of full-time operations of 'Straits Country' WWSS FM 95.3 Indian River, two translators in the region have moved to other frequencies. 95.1 W236BZ St. Ignace (Catholic // 940 WIDG) is now on 100.7 as W264CF. Also, 95.3 W237DA Boyne City (Classic Hits/Oldies // 92.5 WFDX) is now on 100.5 as W263CD.
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    Sincere thanks to our tipster for the updated info!

 

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. 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. 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: Sep. 28, 2012

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TVSpy.com:

WWTV-WFQX devoted time on the Thursday morning newscasts to remember Scott Michael Trager, who died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. Trager was the morning anchor at the Traverse City CBS and Fox affiliates. He joined WWTV in 1990 and spent several years as sports director before switching to news.

Full story: WWTV-WFQX Remembers Anchor Scott Michael Trager: 'Not just a colleague, but a dear friend as well' (Thu, 9/27 - with video)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WTKA offers up annual University of Michigan football flashback: Sports WTKA AM 1050 Ann Arbor will be rebroadcasting the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game tomorrow, Saturday September 29th, at noon. This year's featured game originally took place on October 6, 1979 in East Lansing with legendary "homer" Bob Ufer calling the game. Since it's a bye week for U-M's football team, this is a way for Wolverine fans to still get their football fix said Tom Ufer, who obtained the audio from the deep archives of Art Vuolo, who maintains www.vuolovideo.com and can be reached at artvuolo@aol.com. In areas outside of WTKA's listening area, the game will also be streamed at www.wtka.com.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 29 - 30, 2012

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to guest host mornings on WJR/Detroit

Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit will tap Governor Rick Snyder as one of three guest hosts while morning legend Paul W. Smith takes a short break on Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. Mary Kramer; Publisher of Crain's Detroit Business along with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News will co-host from 6a-9a Tuesday, while Governor Rick Snyder is scheduled to host the morning show Wednesday.

Smith, the morning "Great Voice of the Great Lakes" at WJR since 1996, said: "Finally, Governor Snyder gets the chance to be on the other side of the microphone! I'm thrilled and honored that he, Mary and Daniel have taken time out of their very busy schedules to host the morning show for me on Detroit's News/Talk leader."

 


 

Hour Detroit:

Jeff Murri, the charismatic vice president and general manager of Detroit's Fox 2 (WJBK-TV), was walking across the parking lot of his favorite lunchtime restaurant after a business meal with his general sales manager, Sheila Bruce, when a motorist stopped at a nearby red light had his speakers pumping music so loudly that Murri barely could hear his voice in conversation.

Full story: Fox 2 Executive Jeff Murri's Suicide Leaves Questions (Sat, 9/29)

 


 

MLive.com:

WWTV-WFQX-TV has set up a memorial fund in the name of Scott Michael Trager who died suddenly on Wednesday.

Full story: Memorial fund set up for northern Michigan news anchor who died suddenly at 46 (Thu, 9/27)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 6 - 7, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Two local talents, one from radio and the other from television, will be joining to wake up West Michigan residents as the newest morning show in town on Classic Hits 98.7FM-WFGR starting Monday. Townsquare Media announced today that Andy O'Riley and Dave Kaechele will be the new local morning show on as "Andy and Dave in the Morning".

Full story: Townsquare Media names new Classic Hits WFGR-FM morning show team (Fri, 10/5)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

You may have noticed commercials and information running on WZZM 13 regarding DISH network. WZZM 13's parent company, Gannett Broadcast, is in negotiations with DISH over the fees that DISH must pay to carry WZZM 13's programming. Gannett has released a statement:

Full story: Gannett TV stations could go dark on DISH Network (Fri, 10/5)

 


 

SpinalColumn:

The Milford Township Planning Commission hopes to soon vote on whether to recommend approval of a proposal to build seven 199-foot radio broadcast towers on the border of Wixom and Milford Township.

Full story: Planners may vote on radio towers later this month (Wed, 10/3)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Back on the air: FM 90.7 Harrison with new religious programming from West Central Michigan Media Ministries as 'Strong Tower Radio'. The station has changed its call sign to WBHL and increased power to 10,000 watts, greatly expanding the station's previous coverage area when it operated with a non-commercial Classic Country format as WKKM with 100 watts.
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  • Former WRKR-FM 107.7 morning co-host Diane Vunovich will resurface on Adult Contemporary WBXX-FM 104.9 Battle Creek in middays starting October 15th. The syndicated Rick Dees show will be dropped to make room for the local programming.

 

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: 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. 18, 2012

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MLive.com:

I grew up in the 70s and 80s watching a whole lot of television weathercasts. It was a great time period to become fascinated with weather. We had the tornado outbreak in 1974, the Thanksgiving snowstorm in 1975, the ice storm of 1976, and of course the blizzard of 1978. During that era, watching all of these storms being broadcast by our favorite TV weatherperson formed many of the meteorologists you watch today.

Full story: Sonny Eliot made lasting impression on television meteorologists (Sat, 11/17)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Mitch Albom and WJR-AM (760) are teaming up to raise money for Detroit charities, they announced Friday. The Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon will take place Nov. 27 at the Somerset Collection in Troy.

Full story: Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and WJR-AM plan radiothon (Sat, 11/17)

 


 

Soo Evening News:

Country music is now being beamed into Northern Michigan from a new transmitting base near Indian River. Straits Country 95.3 FM is licensed by the FCC to operate as WWSS, Tuscarora Township. The radio station's owner, Dave Smith, said Thursday his programming fills a need in the Northern Michigan market.

Full story: New country radio station in town (Thu, 11/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Contemporary Hits WCDY FM 107.9 Cadillac switched to an All-Christmas format on Saturday afternoon, returning to the "Sounds of the Season" temporarily - as the station did when it first launched.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 12, 2012

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Spinal Column:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, LLC is swapping Classic Rock WOEZ (formerly WLJZ) (THE BEAR)/MACKINAW CITY, MI and Classic Rock WAVC (THE BEAR)/MIO, MI to MICHIGAN BROADCASTERS, LLC for WYPV/ONAWAY, MI.

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 24, 2012

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Merry Christmas!

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Rich Spicer has joined Pop WCDY-FM Cadillac '107.9 CDY' as morning host (6 - 10 a.m.) starting Wednesday, December 26th. Spicer was last on-air at crosstown Pop WLXV-FM 96.7.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40/Mainstream WWWM (STAR 105)/TOLEDO morning man "ANDREW Z" ZEPEDA has been sentenced to 30 days in WOOD COUNTY jail and five years of probation for orchestrating a break-in or a pizzeria he foremrly owned, the TOLEDO BLADE reports. ZEPEDA will begin serving the jail time no later than JAN. 21st and could apply for work release, which would allow him to go to work every morning and return to the jail afterward.

Full story: WWWM's Andrew Z Gets 30 Days For Breaking Probation (Mon, 12/24)

 

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