Northern Michigan / UP: August 2012 Archives

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!

 

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