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Newsmakers and links: Jan. 5, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

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

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

 


 

WEYI-TV/minbcnews.com:

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 6, 2012

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The Oakland Press:

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

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

 


 

Jamie Samuelsen exits WCSX, WXYT-FM next stop?

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Flint Journal:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 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)

 

Mario Impemba, best known as the play-by-play of Detroit Tigers baseball for FOX Sports Detroit, has been named as Michigan Sportscaster of the Year for 2011 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). It's the first time Impemba has won the award which was created in 1959 and won that year in Michigan by Van Patrick.

The upcoming 2012 season will be the 11th for Impemba as FOX Sports Detroit's Tigers play-by-play announcer. He's a native metro Detroiter and graduate of Michigan State University. You'll also hear Impemba doing radio and TV play-by-play announcer for Oakland University men's basketball.

Recent winners of the Michigan Sportscaster of the Year award include Ken Daniels, Jim Brandstatter, George Blaha, and Dan Dickerson. The late Ernie Harwell was a 19-time winner.

Detroit Free Press beat writer Mark Snyder claimed the Michigan Sportswriter of the Year award for 2011. He covers University of Michigan athletics for the Freep.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2012

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TVNewsCheck.com:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Radio-Info.com:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 12, 2012

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Michigan Radio:

As part of the station's ongoing efforts to cover news across the state, Michigan Radio has established a new mid-Michigan news bureau. Based in Jackson, Reporter Steve Carmody will be covering stories in that city, as well as Lansing, Battle Creek and other mid-Michigan communities.

Full story: Michigan Radio establishes Mid-Michigan news bureau (Thu, 1/12)

 


 

Toledo Blade:

A Toledo television station is on track to be sold for more than $22 million to a company that has ties to another local station. Paperwork filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday states WUPW-TV, Channel 36, is in the process of being bought by American Spirit Media. The head of that company, Thomas Henson, already operates at least three other TV stations with Raycom Media, which is the parent company of WTOL-TV, Channel 11.

Full story: TV channels 11, 36 to share services; WUPW to be sold to company with ties to WTOL for $22M (Thu, 1/12)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroit viewers who caught Fox's "Dish Nation" during its trial run last summer should be excited: The pop culture news-and-entertainment TV show featuring WDVD-FM (96.3)'s "Blaine and Allyson in the Morning" cohosts Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek will be back. Producers say that beginning in September, the show will air weeknights 52 weeks a year.

Full story: Detroit DJs to return to TV (Thu, 1/12)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 15, 2012

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Lansing State Journal:

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

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

 

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. 17, 2012

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Toledo Blade:

A proposed shared-services agreement between two Toledo TV stations could lead to the shuttering of one channel's news department and the creation of what media transparency advocates say is a move toward limited competition in local TV news.

Full story: Experts fear Toledo TV deal will cut competition (Tue, 1/17)

 


 

Chicagoland Radio and Media:

After finding it was too difficult to work for both WIMS-AM & WLS-FM, John Records Landecker, a true Chicago radio legend, has decided to stick with just one station: Chicago's WLS-FM. Landecker exited WIMS-AM as of Friday. Landecker had been working at WIMS-AM since the Fall of 2007 (with the exception of two weeks), doing an afternoon talk show. WIMS-AM is located in nearby Michigan City, IN, close to Landecker's home.

Full story: John Records Landecker Exits WIMS-AM, Sticks With WLS-FM (Sat, 1/14)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 18, 2012

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The Oakland Press:

WADL TV 38 President and CEO Kevin Adell announced on Wednesday that Matt Uhl will be the vice president and general manager of the television station, which is located in Mt.Clemens.

Full story: WADL announces leadership change (Wed, 1/18)

 


 

WWJ AM preps for its Winter Survival Radiothon

Although the winter of 2011-12 has thus far been milder than expected, they number of Michigan residents needing assistance in paying their energy bills is still near all-time highs as CBS Radio's WWJ AM 950 gets ready for its 9th Annual WWJ Radiothon to benefit The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). This year's event is scheduled to be broadcast live from 5 a.m. Friday January 27th through noon on Saturday, January 28th at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

The goal of the 31-hour effort is to help raise much-needed funds for THAW. To donate call 1-888-579-4950.

Winter is a cold and frightening time of the year for thousands of Michigan families who are struggling to heat their homes. THAW has been assisting Michigan residents facing an emergency energy crisis for 26 years and the need this year is anticipated to be greater than ever.

Heat and lights during a Michigan winter are a necessity, not a luxury. During the cold months ahead many are faced with unimaginable choices such as heating or eating, those most vulnerable in these conditions are children, seniors and people with serious medical conditions.

Last year's Winter Survival Radiothon raised approximately $431,000.

More information on the 9th Annual Winter Survival Radiothon can be found on the CBS/Detroit web site.

 


 

Detroit News:

For millions of listeners, National Public Radio's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" is a hilarious weekend ritual ... The wildly popular news quiz show will take to the stage of the Fox Theatre on Thursday for a live performance. Like other "Wait Wait" shows, it will be taped for national broadcast and will air locally at 10 a.m. Saturday on WDET (101.9 FM) and 11 a.m. on WUOM (91.7 FM).

Full story: Weekend quiz show gets top marks (Wed, 1/18)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

The E.W. Scripps Co. announced that it has provided a broad outlook for the revenue performance of its television stations and newspapers in 2012. For the full year 2012, the company expects total television revenues to increase by more than 50 percent.

Full story: Scripps expects higher TV revenue in FY12 (Wed, 1/18)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 19, 2012

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Detroit Public Television to air town hall meeting with Governor Snyder

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has scheduled a first-ever combined broadcast and webcast MiVote Town Hall meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Friday January 20, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The television broadcast will be available to viewers on DPTV's main channel, WTVS-TV, Channel 56. The webcast will be available at the same time via dptv.org.

Just two days after the Governor's State of the State address, more than 75 citizens who have participated in community conversations convened by the Center For Michigan and DPTV about the State's future, will comprise a studio audience that will be able to ask questions of the Governor.

Veteran news anchor Christy McDonald will host the program, along with Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News and Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press.

Additionally, other Michigan PBS stations plan to air the Town Hall. WKAR-TV in Lansing will show the broadcast on Sunday January 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. and WNMU-TV in Marquette will show the broadcast on Thursday February 2, 2012 at 8 p.m.

"This special MiVote Town Hall is the latest example of how we are using the power of media to connect Michigan citizens and work to solve the most important issues facing our communities and the State," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of DPTV. "We appreciate that Governor Snyder shares that commitment."

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BEASLEY BROADCAST Country WKIS/MIAMI adds BROADWAY to the KENNY WALKER and U-TURN LAVERN morning show, starting JANUARY 24th. Previously, BROADWAY did mornings at WSNX and evenings at WBCT/FRAND RAPIDS, MI.

Full story: WKIS Adds Broadway To Mornings (Wed, 1/18)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A new TV station, just for women. That's what WOOD-TV (Channel 8) is promising in a promo airing on the NBC-TV affiliate.

Full story: WOTV Channel 41 promising a new TV station just for women coming in February (Wed, 1/18)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

"Acoustic Cafe," the weekly, produced-in-Ann Arbor radio show that enjoys a worldwide syndicated audience, will settle in at The Ark Tuesday night for a hometown "Acoustic Cafe" live show featuring three performers familiar to Ann Arbor audiences.

Full story: Ann Arbor-based Acoustic Cafe radio show fine-tunes tour with hometown date Tuesday at The Ark (Wed, 1/18)

 

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)

 

In an interesting marketing move, ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Channel 41 Battle Creek has decided to heavily target itself at women, branding itself as "WOTV 4 Women".

The Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek television market is relatively unique in that it features two full-powered ABC over-the-air affiliates, one that essentially serves the northern and western portions in WZZM-TV Channel 13 and another that serves the southern tier of counties in WOTV (which calls itself Channel 4 due its dial position on many of the areas cable systems). WOTV is co-owned by LIN Media with the market's NBC affiliate, WOOD-TV Channel 8.


 
 
 

From the station's announcement:
 
 
 

WOTV 4 Women is a new ABC station for West Michigan woman by West Michigan Women. Now you can catch all of your favorite ABC shows like, "The Bachelor", "The Chew, "Modern Family" and "The Revolution" while getting great information from women just like you!

There is no other local television station like it! WOTV 4 Women features great on-air tips from West Michigan women in a variety of categories. From food to finance and family, WOTV 4 Women has information every West Michigan woman needs to know.

Want to find out how to make a power smoothie that will give you the energy you need to get through your day? Looking for information on how to relax and find your zen after a long day of work and family? WOTV 4 Women is a station dedicated to getting you quick and easy tips to make your life a little bit easier.

WOTV 4 Women launches on Monday January 30th, 2012. Be sure to come back and check out our new website that will feature great tips from our experts, celebrity interviews with your favorite ABC stars and so much more!


 
 
 

With the vast majority of television viewers receiving local broadcast stations via cable or satellite, the difference in on-air coverage area between WOTV and WZZM isn't nearly as large of a factor as it once used to be in terms of potential audience reach. WOTV's new approach of targeting only women is an interesting attempt at differentiating itself from WZZM and possibly trying to change viewing habits. WOTV will have an advantage over WZZM during this marketing change as it can advertise on a "rival" network, also catching NBC viewers on sister station WOOD-TV.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 25, 2012

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Broadcasting & Cable:

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

Michigan broadcast student award winners announced

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

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 26, 2012

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MLive.com:

President Barack Obama, who is expected to spend tonight in Metro Detroit before a morning speech at the University of Michigan, is scheduled to appear tomorrow as a guest on WJR-AM 760.

Full story: President Barack Obama scheduled to appear on WJR-AM 760 tomorrow morning in Detroit (Thu, 1/26)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 adds awards to its Detroit 2020 campaign

WXYZ-TV is has announced the inaugural Detroit 2020 Awards as part of the station's ongoing Detroit 2020 campaign. The awards will honor those that exemplify Detroit 2020's motto of "Unify. Inspire. Act."

Viewers are encouraged to nominate people or organizations by going to Detroit2020.com before the March 2nd deadline.

The station plans to give out three awards: A "Unify" award, which will honor an individual or organization that has worked to bring the community and people closer together in 2011; An "Inspire" award, which will honor an individual or organization that worked to motivate the community to accomplish great things in 2011; An "Act" award, which will honor an individual or organization that has made a demonstrable impact and made a difference in 2011.

"WXYZ is excited to recognize the work of those making a profound difference in our community," said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. "With the inaugural Detroit 2020 Awards, we will honor three people and/or organizations that share our goals to unify, inspire and act."

The Detroit 2020 Awards ceremony will be held in the spring of 2012 with winners being provided cash awards to help further their efforts.

 


 

WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit picks up two Academy of Country Music Broadcast Award nominations

CBS Radio country WYCD-FM 99.5 has been recognized by the Academy of Country Music with nominations in two categories: Major Market Station of the Year and Major Market On-Air Personality Of The Year for the station's afternoon drivers, Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee.

The ACM Awards show is scheduled to be broadcast live on CBS Television on Sunday April 1st at 8 p.m. Eastern from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

 


 

Radio-Info.com:

Paul Longuski joins country WSSL Greenville, S.C., for afternoons effective Feb. 14, when he will be given a new on-air name. He arrives from Cumulus/Grand Rapids, Mich., where his primary job was the lead on WTNR (Thunder Country 94.5's) morning show.

Full story: New P.M. Driver For WSSL Greenville (Wed, 1/25)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 27, 2012

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

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

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

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

 


 

MLive.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Central Michigan Life:

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

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 30, 2012

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Dave B. Goode exits WLDR Traverse City

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

 


 

A further update on WMTE AM Manistee

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

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

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

 


 

CBS Detroit:

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

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

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

 

IonTVMuch of the Metro Detroit television market will be receiving a 'new' television on the air soon as Ion Television's WPXD-TV Channel 31 Ann Arbor has starting testing a new transmitter that will give the station essentially full-market over-the-air coverage of the area for the first time.

WPXD started it's tests from near I-696 and M-10 sometime earlier today- however viewers may experience service interceptions as work continues on the new facility.

Once WPXD completes testing and is on the air permanently, viewers that receive TV channels with an antenna should rescan their digital equipment so their receivers can find the new channel. The new WPXD facilities broadcast on physical channel 50 - the same virtual channel that used by CW affiliate WKBD-TV which actually broadcasts on channel 14. Digital TV receivers use mapping to display TV channels on their virtual numbers (often the same channel numbers used when the stations broadcast in analog) instead of the physical channel number, if they happen to be different.

WPXD's new transmitter is carrying all three subchannels: 31.1 is the main Ion Television broadcast in HD, 31.2 carries the children's targeted network qubo, and 31.3 is broadcasting Ion Life.

Since the station first signed on in 1981, it has broadcast from west of Ann Arbor, near Chelsea. The station's transmitter there will be turned off as soon as engineers are comfortable the new facility is operating properly and becomes licensed. Some viewers in the area west of Ann Arbor will lose their coverage of WPXD when this happens - but most will still be able to receive Ion programming on WZPX-TV Ch. 43 Battle Creek.

The eventual permanent sign on of WPXD from Southfield will make it the first full-power TV station to obtain full market reach in Detroit since WADL Channel 38 started operations from Mt. Clemens in 1986.

 

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. 3, 2012

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The Day the Music Died beautifully explained

Don McLean's "American Pie" is played a lot on February 3rd because that is the when many rock & roll fans feel it truly was "The Day the Music Died".

McLean's tribute was released in 1971 and it that was also about the time that Scott Westerman was a DJ on East Lansing's WVIC while a student at Michigan State University. He was known as Scott "The Hugger" Westerman and today, after a successful career in broadcasting and cable television, he heads up the MSU Alumni Association.

A couple of years ago he produced an incredible explanation of the lyrics to "American Pie" and it will change the way you hear the song from now on. It's been posted under "Airchecks" on the new Motor City Radio Flashbacks site (www.mcrfb.com). Listen directly by clicking here.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kevin Matthews couldn't be happier. The Grand Rapids radio icon, fired in November from WLAV-FM, soon traded broadcasting for podcasting.

Full story: Kevin Matthews, former WLAV radio personality, enjoying new career as a podcaster (Fri, 2/3)

 

For hunters and fishermen, Fred Trost, host of "Michigan Outdoors," and later, "Practical Sportsman," was must-see TV. Once described as the "first outdoor media star," he had a folksy, non-politically correct style, and a love for the outdoors that endeared him to Michigan outdoorsmen.

Full story: Family of outdoors host Fred Trost in fight over debts, show tapes (Thu, 2/2)

 

Former radio personality Todd Chance has been named the Grand Rapids Entertainment Concierege for MLive Media Group, it was announced today.

Full story: Todd Chance named Grand Rapids 'Entertainment Concierge' for MLive Media Group (Thu, 2/2)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

WJBK-TV Vice President and General Manager Jeff Murri has died. Murri, 50, of Shelby Township, died Thursday, according to a statement posted on WJBK-TV's website, myfoxdetroit.com. The death has been ruled a suicide, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office.

Full story: WJBK-TV general manager's death ruled a suicide (Fri, 2/3)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) vice president and general manager Jeff Murri died today at the age of 50, representatives from Fox said.

Full story: Jeff Murri, WJBK-TV general manager, dies at 50 (Thu, 2/2)

 


 

Detroit News:

WJBK-Fox 2 is mourning the loss of its vice president and general manager, Jeff Murri, who died Thursday at age 50.

Full story: Fox 2 general manager Jeff Murri dies (Thu, 2/2)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 6, 2012

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AllAccess.com:

ALL ACCESS confirms that CBS VP/Top 40 Programming DOM THEODORE has left the company. THEODORE had been PD at Top 40 WXRK (92.3 NOW)/NEW YORK, and at WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT. DOM told ALL ACCESS, "After 3 years non-stop on the road, and hundreds of naked photos through TSA security checkpoints, it was time for a change."

Full story: CBS VP/Top 40 Dom Theodore Exits (Mon, 2/6)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

Muskegonites' first chance to watch TV was on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1947, when Industrial Electrical Supply hooked up an RCA model so locals could gawk at Milwaukee station WTMJ's first, short broadcast. The Chronicle was apparently underwhelmed by this momentous event, its three paragraph story omitting exactly what it was the station broadcast.

Full story: Lookback: When TV came to Muskegon (Mon, 2/6)

 


 

Flint Journal:

As millions sit down to watch Super Bowl XLVI today, many are looking for commercials, expecting to be entertained. But Becky Butcher, the president and CEO of NBC25, WEIY-TV will be watching those ads from a different perspective. She sees them as revenue.

Full story: Super Bowl the 'biggest revenue day of the year' for WEYI-TV (Sun, 2/5)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 7, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 9, 2012

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Countdown to "April in the D" begins with search for next Fox Sports Detroit Girl

Winter will soon give way to warmer weather and another exciting spring sports season in Detroit which means the arrival of FOX Sports Detroit's fifth annual "April in the D" campaign.

April in the DThis year the network is searching and casting for a new FOX Sports Detroit Girl to serve as a Fan Ambassador in April. The winner will help promote a lineup of more than 40 telecasts that month among the Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers, which includes the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the beginning of a much-anticipated baseball season for the reigning American League Central Division champions.

Through February 25, interested fans can go to FoxSportsDetroit.com where they can upload a video up to two minutes describing/demonstrating their affinity for Detroit sports and why they should be the next FOX Sports Detroit Girl. Five finalists will be selected by the network, with online voting from March 1-15 to help determine the winner. The new FOX Sports Detroit Girl will be announced April 1 during that night's Red Wings telecast. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and a Michigan resident.

The new FOX Sports Detroit Girl will be featured throughout April in on-air promos and web/print advertisements. The winner also will make personal appearances at community events and game venues throughout the month.

The current FOX Sports Detroit Girls - Allison and Lauren - were introduced last April and have proven to be popular additions to the area sports scene through their on-air promos, community appearances and social media interaction.

"We've had numerous inquiries about how one becomes a FOX Sports Detroit Girl, so this is a great opportunity," said Lauren Pober, Director of Marketing, FOX Sports Detroit. "We look forward to seeing the entries from our female fans who share our network's passion for Detroit sports."

 


 

Bloomberg Businessweek:

Broadcasters are attracting record political advertising from the Republican presidential primaries, a super-PAC-driven windfall for television stations that promises to grow even larger in the general election. The biggest winner may be Lin TV Corp. The Providence, Rhode Island-based owner of 17 stations in the 12 closely divided swing states identified by Gallup Inc. may see revenue rise 12 percent to a record $457 million this year. Hearst Corp. has 12 battleground-state outlets and CBS Corp. has 10.

Full story: Lin TV Wins Big as Swing-State Cash Spreads to Local Stations (Thu, 2/9)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD Radio (1300AM/106.9 FM) listeners may have been startled Thursday morning when they heard longtime competitor Kevin Matthews on the air with WOOD hosts Gary Allen and Steve Kelly.

Full story: Kevin Matthews joins WOOD Radio to host annual Fat Tuesday party at The B.O.B. (Thu, 2/9)

 

A federal jury on Wednesday awarded the widow of TV outdoorsman Fred Trost nearly $195,000 in her lawsuit against his son.

Full story: Federal jury sides with widow of TV outdoors host Fred Trost over his son (Wed, 2/8)

 


 

WEMU-FM 89.1 Ypsilanti:

Citing personal reasons, Dr. Arwulf Arwulf, host of the popular traditional jazz program 'The Sunday Best,' (Sundays 10a - 1p) has stepped down as host, effective immediately. 89.1 Jazz host, Nik Thompson will fill in for the short term.

Full story: 'Sunday Best' host Dr. Arwulf Arwulf steps down after 25 years (Wed, 2/8)

 

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. 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

Check out the auction on eBay here

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

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

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

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

 


 

MLive.com:

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 13, 2012

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The Oakland Press:

Radio station WRIF-FM (101.1) today announced it is partnering with Kid Rock's Clarkston-based Made In Detroit brand to create a co-branded T-shirt. The black T-shirt features the station's well known WRIF oval logo with the Made In Detroit logo replacing the "0" in 101.

Full story: WRIF teams up with controversial Clarkston-based Made In Detroit for new T-shirt (Mon, 2/13)

 


 

The Maddow Blog / MSNBC.com:

On Friday, we reported on the sale of Benton Harbor, Michigan's city-owned, low-power FM radio station. The state-appointed emergency manager has closed WBHC and listed the equipment and the license on eBay for $5,000. Under Michigan law, an emergency manager can do just about anything he or she wants, including firing elected officials and moving to abolish the town. Selling the station is just one more executive action, really, regardless of how the city feels about it.

Full story: The silencing of Benton Harbor, Michigan (Mon, 2/13)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Funeral services were held this afternoon for Jeffrey Zaslow, the best-selling author and husband of WJBK's Sherry Margolis. Zaslow died in a car accident Friday morning in northern Michigan. WJBK, which recently mourned the loss of general manager Jeff Murri, remembered Zaslow in a long segment during its 10 p.m. newscast on Friday.

Full story: WJBK Remembers Jeffrey Zaslow, Husband of Anchor Sherry Margolis (Mon, 2/13)

 


 

WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Newschannel 3 is finding new ways to bring you the news in West Michigan. In early February we started using a new technology to bring you live reports from the field. Live TV has always relied upon live trucks to send video back to the station, which is then rebroadcast to your television through our transmitter.

Full story: A new way to bring you the news (Mon, 2/13)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

As a Catholic TV station based in Ferndale becomes increasingly popular around the world, church officials are trying to tell the public that the media outlet does not represent Catholicism. In two public statements, the Archdiocese of Detroit has taken the unusual step of publicly criticizing Real Catholic TV, saying "that it does not have the authorization required under church law to identify or promote itself as Catholic."

Full story: Views on provocative Real Catholic TV station anger Detroit archdiocese and others (Mon, 2/13)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 14, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 15, 2012

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ABC 57 South Bend, IN:

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

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

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Michigan Radio:

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

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

 


 

MLive.com:

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

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

 


 

Marketplace Morning Report to broadcast live from Michigan

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 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. 23, 2012

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TV38 CEO and Owner Kevin Adell Terminates Kevin O'Brien for Violation of Numerous Corporate Policies

WADL TV-38 Detroit announced yesterday that Kevin O'Brien, who had been working as a consultant for the independent station the past two months, had been terminating. The station cited that violations of corporate policies led to the termination.

Prior to O'Brien's firing, CEO Kevin Adell instructed Rich Mazzari, a retired FBI agent, to conduct a thorough investigation. Upon review of Mazzari's findings, Adell determined O'Brien's termination be immediately effective.

Adell issued the following statement: "I am deeply saddened that in this day and age this type of behavior still exists. I have zero tolerance for this, and I will personally disgorge any money paid to Mr. O'Brien as a consultant for the past two months."

 

TVSpy.com: WADL Fires Kevin O'Brien After P.I. Finds 'Violations of Numerous Corporate Policies' (Thu, 2/23)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 25 - 26, 2012

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Radiothon raises nearly $1.8M

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

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

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 27, 2012

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TVSpy.com:

Trying to make a name for itself in news, Detroit independent station WADL is making a lot of news of its own. A month after launching a 9 p.m. newscast, WADL fired recently hired news director Matt Stevens on his first day, today.

Full story: WADL Fires News Director on His First Day (Mon, 2/27)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Barry Sanders has filed for a divorce from his wife of more than 10 years, Lauren Campbell Sanders. Court records show that the former Detroit Lions running back filed the complaint Friday in Oakland County Circuit Court ... Lauren Sanders is an anchor on WDIV-Channel 4.

Full story: Lions great Barry Sanders files for divorce after more than decade of marriage (Mon, 2/27)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit's annual Bed and Bread Club Radiothon raised over $1.7 million Friday with a little help from an old friend.

Full story: Salvation Army raises $1.7 million in Dick Purtan's return to Bed and Bread Club Radiothon (Mon, 2/27)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 28, 2012

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TVSpy.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Flint Journal:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 29, 2012

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

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

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

 


 

Shiels exits "Michigan's Morning Show"

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 


 

Toledo Blade:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 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.

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 6, 2012

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Newsmakers and links: Mar. 12, 2012

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Big changes coming to WYCD/Detroit's Downtown Hoedown for event's 30th anniversary

What had once been billed as the world's largest free country music festival is making major changes for its 30th anniversary, starting with becoming a ticketed event for the first time ever. The Hoedown will be changing its location away from the riverfront at Hart Plaza, moving to areas surrounding Comerica Park. The other big change will be on the calendar as the event shifts from its traditional early May weekend to June 8th - 12th.

WYCD HoedownThe adjustments will be likely be welcomed by many regular attendees - as the festival has grown through the years, so too have the challenges involved with keeping the experience a positive one for music fans.

"The 30th anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown marks a tremendous milestone for this iconic Detroit event and offers an ideal opportunity to enrich the overall experience of the attendees," said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "We had outgrown our previous riverfront location but remained 100 percent committed to keeping the WYCD Downtown Hoedown in the city of Detroit. We can provide the best of everything on the user-friendly grounds surrounding Comerica Park. People feel it's very safe and truly enjoy attending sporting events and concerts there. The layout also allows for much larger and more elaborate staging and better visibility for fans to enjoy the performers. Attendees will also have easier access to concessions, cleaner, more plentiful restroom facilities, and opportunities to take a break in the shade of the Comerica Park concourse."

"We have three fantastic days of entertainment lined up with mega-stars like Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley and Chris Young," said Tim Roberts, Program Director and Operations Manager at WYCD. "With over 40 bands, our three stages and new bigger main stage will provide our fans with a fantastic country music experience and the ability to also head over to Comerica Park for concessions and fun."

Tickets will be required for everyone age 5 and older - prices for individual ticket prices will be announced soon - but a limited number of 30th anniversary 3-day passes at $30 each will go on sale Friday, March 16th at 10 a.m., while supplies last at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, or service fee free at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, the Fox Theatre Box Office and Hockeytown Authentics in Troy.

The changes announced today address criticisms the event has been drawing in recent years that have ranged from poor weather, crowd control/lines, and attendees that were less interested in the country music being played and more interested in taking part in unwelcome behavior.

More info on the event can be found on WYCD's web site.

 


 

Detroit sports media left reeling with loss of Fox Sports Detroit's Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant was much more than the director of media relations with FOX Sports Detroit to many members of the media that touch on sports coverage in Detroit. His sudden death at age 53 over the weekend leaves a huge void, not only for his family, but for anyone that worked with or watched sports on FOX Sports Detroit.

I'll remember Tim as a guy that was always helpful and friendly - and always seemed to put in an extra effort to answer a question or address an issue.

Two of his co-workers have written their memories of Tim:

John Keating: Remembering a gentleman, sports scholar

Mario Imbemba: We've lost a good friend at FSD

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A longtime reporter for WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 has left the local station to join the team of Michigan Blood, officials said. Carolyn Wyllie will serve as the organization's public relations supervisor, overseeing public relations activities for a region that includes Kalamazoo, and the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph areas, according to a news release issued by Michigan Blood.

Full story: Carolyn Wyllie, longtime reporter at WWMT-TV, leaving station to join staff of Michigan Blood (Mon, 3/12)

 


 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters:

It is with the deepest of sadness that we inform you of the passing of John F.X. Browne. He served on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and has been part of our Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference since its beginning. He helped to write the broadcasting tower rules with the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.

Full story: John F.X. Browne Passes (Mon, 3/12)

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 13, 2012

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Tim Rainey new PD for Detroit's 98.7 AMP Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit wins Associated Press Awards

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

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

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 14, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

Tim Bryant left the Motor City to play golf in Florida last weekend. Sadly, we won't have the chance to ask him how he struck the ball. Bryant, the always-smiling, self-effacing director of media relations for Fox Sports Detroit, died in his sleep, according to his family, some time before he was to have picked up a friend at the airport in Florida on Sunday morning.

Full story: Family, friends and colleagues miss FSD media director Tim Bryant (Wed, 3/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Former WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit (FOX 2) reporter/anchor Brad Edwards has been hired in Chicago at CBS 2 (WBBM-TV). Edwards left Detroit in 2010 to head to WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

 

Pure Michigan campaign set for national run

A $12 million advertising campaign will start on Monday, March 19th and run through June on more than twenty national cable stations such as Animal Planet, CNN, and The Weather Channel. The goal is to duplicate the success of similar campaigns that in the past have successfully lured tourists to Michigan during the summer travel season.

Travel destinations to be highlighted include Mackinac Island, The Henry Ford, Traverse City and Ann Arbor - organizations that each contributed $500,000 toward the Pure Michigan effort.

 


 

FOX Sports Detroit, FSD Detroit+ providing live coverage of MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals

The Michigan High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Finals are being broadcast by FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit+ on Saturday, March 17th.

The Class D final began at 10 a.m. on FOX Sports Detroit. That game will be followed by the Class A game at noon on FSD, Class C at 4 p.m. on FSD, and Class B at 6 p.m. on FSD PLUS.

 


 

TVSpy.com

Nicole DiDonato and Morgan Bond have been hired at WXMI, the Fox-affiliate in Grand Rapids. DiDonato will be a multimedia journalist on the station's morning newscast ... Bond will be a multimedia journalist for the station's evening newscasts.

Full story: Nicole DiDonato, Morgan Bond Join WXMI (Thu, 3/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Former WYCD/Detroit midday host Mike Scott starts Monday, March 19th as the new afternoon drive host and Program Director at KZKX-FM 96.9 Lincoln, NE.
  • Peter Chan has exited as chief meteorologist from Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids.
  • NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has come to terms with Bright House Networks on a retransmission agreement that will ensure the station remains on the cable system serving portions of Oakland and Wayne counties.
  • CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 Detroit has re-branded itself from 'CBS Detroit' to 'CBS 62'.

 


 

Twelve WBFH/Bloomfield Hills take home awards from MABF

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won four first place awards, two second place awards and three third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 14, 2012 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received 571 entries from 31 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won nine of the 25 awards given out in the high school radio division:

• Andover senior Cameron Billes won three awards: 1st Place (tie), MHSAA Sports PSA (with Bryan Furlong); 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Sean Shepard); 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Bryan Furlong).

• Andover senior Paul Stewart won two awards: 1st Place, Talk Show; 3rd Place, Station Activities Report (with Justin Lopas).

• Andover senior Kenny Selander won one award: 1st Place, Public Service Announcement (with Harrison Kenum).

• Andover senior Harrison Kenum won one award: 1st Place, Public Service Announcement (with Kenny Selander).

• Andover junior Danny Harwood won one award: 1st Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Winston Parker).

• Andover sophomore Winston Parker won one award: 1st Place, Michigan National Guard Current Events Program (with Danny Harwood).

• Andover junior Bryan Furlong won two awards: 1st Place (tie), MHSAA Sports PSA (with Cameron Billes); 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Cameron Billes).

• Lahser junior Sean Shepard won two awards: 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement (with Cameron Billes); 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Ayman Alam and Michael Blumenthal).

• Andover senior Grace McIlhon won one award: 2nd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature.

• Andover senior Justin Lopas won one award: 3rd Place, Station Activities Report (with Paul Stewart).

• Lahser junior Michael Blumenthal won one award: 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Ayman Alam and Sean Shepard).

• Andover sophomore Ayman Alam won one award: 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement (with Sean Shepard and Michael Blumenthal).

Billes, McIlhon, Harwood and Selander won MABF awards last year. Stewart, Lopas, Kenum, Parker, Furlong, Shepard, Alam and Blumenthal are all first-time MABF award winners.

Stewart was one of only three high school students to be awarded an MAB Foundation scholarship. Students who won a scholarship have been accepted at a MABF-approved Michigan college, university or trade school and plan to pursue a career in a broadcast-related field. Each one-time scholarship award is $750. Stewart will attend Albion College next fall.

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr were present to congratulate the award winning students. "I'm so proud of all the Biff students who won awards, especially those who won for the first time" said Bowers.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills - or online at www.wbfh.fm.

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 20, 2012

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Detroit News:

Don Shane is not used to being in the spotlight. For 38 years -- 23 of them at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) -- Shane has been the sports reporter asking the tough questions and chasing down the good stories. Now, that's coming to an end. The 59-year-old Baltimore native has retired as the station's sports director. And today, his soon-to-be former co-workers will hold an on-air tribute to him with a series of special goodbyes complete with clips and highlights.

Full story: WXYZ says so long to Don Shane (Tue, 3/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV won the lion's share of awards for its market in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Broadcast Excellence Awards for 2011. WGVU-TV, meanwhile, took four statewide awards for public television, more than any other public TV station in Michigan.

Full story: 24 Hour News 8 and WZZM 13 win most of 2011 Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards for its market size (Tue, 3/20)

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 22, 2012

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Detroit's WMYD Ch. 20 suffering from extended outage

MyNetworkTV WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit has been noted off the air for much of today, March 22nd. The reason for the surprisingly lengthy outage is not immediately clear.

The outage does not appear to be affecting the other TV stations (WWJ-TV Ch. 62, WTVS-TV Ch. 56, WUDT-CA Ch. 23) that also broadcast from the same tower. The outage affects both Ch. 20.1 and Ch. 20.2. At least some cable providers are also affected- Comcast is displaying blue 'technical difficulty screens for Ch 20.1, both SD and HD, and Ch. 20.2.

 


 

Detroit News:

A serial killer once confessed to Bill Gallagher, even before he'd confided in the cops. Returned a call, found Gallagher in a Channel 2 truck, started running down the list: murder, murder, rape, yeah, he did it. The very same Bill Gallagher won a Peabody Award -- sort of like the Oscars, but for people who have to rent their tuxedos -- in his first year at his first full-time TV job.

Full story: WJBK newsman Bill Gallagher signing off (Thu, 3/22)

 


 

Detroit Free Press / Associated Press:

Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.

Full story: $100K radio campaign aiming to tarnish Rush Limbaugh will air in Detroit (Thu, 3/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Fox 17 has posted a want ad for a new chief meteorologist following the departure of Peter Chan last week from WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Fox17 begins search for chief meteorologist to replace Peter Chan at WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids (Thu, 3/22)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles. Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates.

Full story: 3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles (Thu, 3/22)

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 23, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

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

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

 


 

The State News:

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

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

 

Fox 2 Detroit:

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

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

 


 

Flint Journal:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 27, 2012

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Flint Journal:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Toledo Blade:

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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

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

 


 

OneNewsNow.com:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 28, 2012

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FOX Sports Detroit:

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

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

 


 

Bloomfield Hills WBFH sets annual 'Biffstock' fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Saginaw News:

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 29, 2012

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Another awful day at Clear Channel affects Detroit market...

It's become an annual (or even more regular) event at Clear Channel's radio stations across the country - mass layoffs that affect people in markets from coast to coast.

Another wave hit today, and apparently there have been a number of people that were let go from some of Clear Channel's seven stations in the Detroit market. Names that have been reported in various trade publications, on social networks, and on message boards include Russ McNamara and Tom 'The Gov' Millikan from WDFN AM 1130, Joe Rosati from WQKI-FM 95.5, O'Neill Stevens from WMXD-FM 92.3, and Dr. Darrius from WJLB-FM 97.9. There are others as well, many of them hard working people behind the scenes that unfortunately will be making phone calls to MARVIN soon.

 

... and Grand Rapids too

Clear Channel's operations in West Michigan apparently weren't entirely spared from the cutbacks either. Only the name of ESPN 96.1 producer/host Ryan Terpstra has been identified thus far, but as is the case in Detroit there are likely others that received bad news about their jobs today.

 


 

Smile FM expansion in southeast Michigan continues

A slice of eastern Macomb and southern St. Clair counties are the newest areas served by Contemporary Christian Smile FM with this week's sign on of WVMV FM 91.5 China Township. The new station's antenna is located between New Baltimore and Algonac.

The Smile FM network added service in the downriver area of Metro Detroit with the sign on of WDTP FM 89.5 last summer and is heard across many other areas of the state.

 


 

WXYZ-TV, WDET-FM to air this evening's Town Hall with Governor Snyder and Deputy Detroit Mayor Kirk Lewis

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis, filling in for Mayor Dave Bing, will meet face-to-face to tackle the issue of Detroit's financial future on a special Detroit 2020 live interactive town hall meeting on Thursday, March 29th, from 7-8 p.m. on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and simulcast on WDET-FM 101.9. The special, "The Challenge of Change," will allow viewers to engage in the conversation through social media, and ask questions of the Governor and Deputy Mayor on Facebook, Twitter and on-line.

This special comes at a critical time for Detroit, as city and state officials continue to debate plans for the financially troubled city that could include the appointment of an emergency manager. "The Challenge of Change," will offer a live forum for viewers to participate in a dialogue about the fiscal challenges facing the city.

"We believe it's an important service to our viewers to allow them to engage in an important discussion that will ultimately have a dramatic impact on their lives and the future of their city," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This show is part of our ongoing commitment through Detroit 2020 to take action for our viewers on-air, on-line and on mobile platforms."

"The Challenge of Change" will be hosted by 7 Action News anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with reports from Diana Lewis, JoAnne Purtan, and Dave LewAllen.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will again deliver some of the biggest names in the industry for its annual party. Birthday Bash 20 will be held on June 23-24 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin.

Full story: Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Brantley Gilbert and Lee Brice top list of acts at B-93 Birthday Bash 20 (Wed, 3/27)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Dahmer exits afternoons at Townsquare Media Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids to take a still-to-be-announced gig at Clear Channel Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 Detroit.
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  • Former Detroit radio personality Rick Gillette (he spent about 10 years in the Motor City between WHYT and WKQI) has been named as Program Director for CBS Radio's 92.3 Now in New York City. After leaving Detroit, Gillette has spent time in Chicago and, most recently, Phoenix.

 

Newsmakers and links: Mar. 30, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

"Into the Dark," the documentary about the murder of Shannon Siders, will air at midnight Monday on local PBS station WGVU-TV (Channel 35). Directed by David Schock, the film investigates the unsolved crime, which took place in 1989 in Newaygo County.

Full story: Documentary about Shannon Siders' murder, 'Into the Dark,' to air on WGVU (Thu, 3/29)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

A funeral will be held today for photojournalist Rodney Ferguson, 50, who died Sunday from complications of sickle cell anemia, according to WJBK-TV (Channel 2), where he had worked since 1989.

Full story: Funeral is today for Fox 2 Detroit photojournalist (Fri, 3/30)

 

WXMI It's no April Fool's joke: A dispute over the price of retransmitting television signals over pay TV services has hit DirecTV subscribers as Tribune has pulled all of its local broadcast stations across the country off the service, including Grand Rapids' FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17. The dispute includes a total 23 broadcast stations as well as Tribune's WGN America.

West Michigan DirecTV subscribers lost FOX 17 as of midnight when the previous agreement expired. The station is available over-the-air via an outdoor antenna to viewers with the proper equipment within the station's service area.

The outage will likely receive a lot of attention later this afternoon when NASCAR fans attempt to watch FOX's coverage of a Sprint Cup race, but will instead discover that once again a fight between large conglomerates claims viewers as victims in the fight. American Idol, Glee, and viewers of other FOX programming will be next to discover the issue.

 

Tribune has established a web site for viewers with ways to communicate their dismay over the situation; FOX 17 viewers should visit www.telldirectv.com/fox17/

DirecTV counters with its own site: www.DirectvPromise.com

 

• Coverage from the Chicago Tribune: Tribune Co. pulls its programming from DirecTV after midnight deadline (Sun, 4/1)

• Coverage from the MLive.com: Michigan DirecTV customers lose Fox 17 after Tribune Broadcasting talks break down (Sun, 4/1)

 


 

Comment on the dispute using Facebook or leave a message on the Michiguide.net Message Board here (no registration required).

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 2, 2012

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TVNewsCheck.com:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 3, 2012

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MLive.com:

WWMT-Channel 3 has a new owner. The CBS affiliate, whose newscasts and programming serve most of West Michigan, including Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, is one of eight television stations sold by Freedom Communications to Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. as part of a $385 million deal.

Full story: WWMT-Channel 3 acquired by Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group (Tue, 4/3)

 


 

Bloomberg Businessweek:

DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite- company, filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission accusing Tribune Co. of negotiating a new programming contract in "bad faith" and questioning who is making decisions at the company. Tribune's management agreed to a new contract allowing the satellite-TV provider to carry its 23 local broadcast channels on March 29, according to DirecTV's filing, a claim Tribune denies.

Full story: DirecTV Files FCC Complaint Questioning Tribune's Control (Tue, 4/3)

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 4, 2012

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MLive.com:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 5, 2012

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WJBK-TV, Fox 2 Detroit:

Working for one of Detroit's top radio stations is a prestigious job, and meeting someone who works for a big station like "The Riff" is exciting. However, that excitement wanes when you realize you've been duped by a fast-talking wannabe. Problem Solver Rob Wolchek says he comes up to you while you're waiting for a concert or game wearing press passes and WRIF badges. By the time you find out the gift card you paid him for is no good, he is long gone. (Video)

Full story: Don't Get Played by WRIF Radio Phoney (Wed, 4/4)

 


 

FOX 17/Grand Rapids restored for DirecTV subscribers

DirecTV and Tribune reached a retransmission consent deal yesterday for the subscription TV service to carry all of Tribune's 23 local TV stations in 19 markets, including WXMI-TV Ch. 17 (FOX 17) Grand Rapids, as well as WGN America for the next five years. Financial terms weren't released.

The impasse resulted in a blackout of all of Tribune's stations that started at midnight on April 1st. Service was restored during prime time programming yesterday.

 


 

Macomb Daily:

WADL-TV Channel 38 will start airing the classic television show, "WKRP in Cincinnati" starting April 8. Longtime fans of the hapless radio crew will rejoice at the chance to get "More news and Les Nessman." (Video)

Full story: WCSX jocks ready for return of 'WKRP' (Thu, 4/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Detroit Tigers' Opening Day television coverage starts at 9 a.m. today on WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit. FOX Sports Detroit's pregame and play-by-play of the game will be simulcast once again this year for over-the-air viewers in the Detroit area on WJBK-TV Ch. 2. First pitch of the game will be shortly after 1 p.m., FSD's pregame starts at noon.
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  • The Kalamazoo Community Foundation will make a gift to the nonprofit group Open Doors equal to 10% of dollars pledged or donated to Western Michigan University Public Radio station WMUK-FM 102.1 during the station's Spring fundraising campaign. More details are available at wmuk.org.
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  • Stan Stachak has announced his retirement as Chief Meteorologist at 13 ABC WTVG-TV Toledo, OH. Jay Berschback will move from mornings into the role.

 

WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Lions extend partnership

E.W. Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV today announced a new agreement with the NFL's Detroit Lions that will extend the station's partnership with the team through the 2015 NFL season. The agreement includes on-air, on-line and mobile elements.

PR Newswire: WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Lions Announce New Partnership (Mon, 4/9)

 


 

WDIV-TV, ClickonDetroit.com:

Mike Wallace, of CBS's "60 Minutes" died at the age of 93 the network said on Sunday. The longtime newsman has many ties to Michigan and came from Brookline, Mass. to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During his time at U of M, Wallace was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He also reported for the student-run newspaper The Michigan Daily and did radio work as well, graduating in 1939.

Full story: Mike Wallace's Michigan legacy (Sun, 4/8)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Mike Wallace, the longtime CBS newsman who died Saturday at age 93, kick-started his lengthy broadcast career at WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids, according to the station and multiple media reports.

Full story: Mike Wallace, longtime CBS newsman, started broadcast career in Grand Rapids (Sun, 4/8)

 


 

Wings' NHL playoff TV schedule set for Round 1

When the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators drop the puck on their NHL Playoff series on Wednesday, there will be an unprecedented number of options for television viewers to catch the action throughout the series.

In the Detroit area, several games will be carried on the Wings regular TV home, FOX Sports Detroit (or FS Detroit+) with game 3 being carried over the air by NBC (WDIV-TV Ch. 4 in Detroit). Over the air and many cable viewers will also have the option of watching the Canadian broadcasts from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada on CBET-TV Ch. 9 from Windsor as that network has the rights to the entire series.

Part of NBC Sports new agreement with the NHL will bring access for the first time ever to viewers in the US to every NHL Playoff game on either NBC, the NBC Sports Network, CNBC, or the NHL Network, excluding games carried by the teams' local broadcast partners in their home regions.

For viewers outside of FOX Sports Detroit's region, that means every game of the Detroit/Nashville series will be available on either NBC, CNBC or the NBC Sports Network.

Here is the schedule (times are EDT):

  • Wed April 11, 8 p.m.: Detroit at Nashville - FS Detroit, CNBC, CBC
  • Fri April 13, 7:30 p.m.: Detroit at Nashville - FS Detroit, CNBC, CBC
  • Sun April 15, Noon: Nashville at Detroit - NBC, CBC
  • Tue April 17, 7:30 p.m.: Nashville at Detroit - FS Detroit, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • *Fri April 20, 8 p.m.: Detroit at Nashville - FS Detroit (or +), CNBC, CBC
  • *Sun April 22, TBD: Nashville at Detroit - TBD, CBC
  • *Tue April 24 TBD: Detroit at Nashville - FS Detroit (or +), TBD, CBC

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

96.3 launches 4th annual Project Prom Princess

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

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

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

 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The financial ripple effects from the record $2.15 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to find their way 2,000 miles east to Detroit. The sale price, reportedly for $500 million more than the next highest bid, is largely predicated on an expected bidding war for the baseball team's local television broadcast rights in the nation's second-largest market.

Full story: A record L.A. TV deal could score for Tigers (Sun, 4/15)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Jim Price, the analyst on Tigers radio broadcasts, said today he'll be back in the booth Thursday when the Tigers open a home stand. Price is missing the three-game series in Kansas City that starts tonight because of what he describes as an infection.

Full story: Tigers broadcaster Jim Price to miss Kansas City series due to infection (Mon, 4/16)

 


 

Fine Tuning

 

WDIV-TV / Local 4 Detroit:

Today marks the kickoff of our third annual NOAA Weather Radio Campaign. Since the program began, well over 17,000 radios have been purchased. If you already have yours, then congratulations: you will be warned of an approaching tornado even if it happens in the middle of the night when you're sleeping.

Full story: Local 4 hosts 'Weather Radio' day: Why you need a weather radio (Tue, 4/17)

 

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)

 

Detroit News:

Dan Petry sure had fun. But he's made this perfectly clear, too: He's not out to take anybody's job. "I told Jim Price, 'I am keeping your seat warm. Hurry up and get back,'" Petry said this week from Kansas City, Mo., where he worked with Dan Dickerson on three Tigers radio broadcasts while Price was out with an illness. "I was in the pinch-hitter's role."

Full story: Ex-Tiger Dan Petry happy with radio relief role (Thu, 4/19)

 


 

MLive.com:

Detroit Tigers color commentator Jim Price was back in the radio booth Thursday after missing five broadcasts due to illness. It was the first assignment he's missed in 20 years, he said.

Full story: Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jim Price returns to radio booth after battling illness (Thu, 4/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Val Clark, veteran reporter and fill-in anchor at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, announced she will retire from the station this summer.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Matt Hanlon, a former top radio executive for Citadel Broadcasting and until recently Townsquare Media, is accused of drunken driving after a crash that injured a Grand Rapids couple, police and court records show.

Full story: Former radio executive Matt Hanlon charged with drunken driving after Grand Rapids couple injured in crash (Fri, 4/20)

 


 

Toledo Blade:

The sign is already there: "Toledo News Now." That's the slogan for the new combined newsroom product of WTOL-TV, Channel 11, and WUPW-TV, Channel 36, as part of the FCC-approved shared services agreement.

Full story: TV news merger moving forward (Fri, 4/20)

 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

Macomb Daily:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning

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

 


 

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5th Annual 96.3 WDVD Cares For Kids Radiothon underway

Cumulus Pop WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit has partnered with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to help raise funds in support of children with special medical needs. All proceeds from the event go towards the purchase of life-saving equipment for children, as well as specialized pediatric programs and research at Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak.

96.3 WDVD's Blaine & Allison kicked off a live broadcast at 6 a.m. from Beaumont Royal Oak - the station will continue to broadcast live through 7 p.m.

Last year, 96.3 WDVD's "Cares for Kids" Radiothon helped raise over $100,000 for the cause and the station is inviting listeners to make a difference by spreading the word and helping raise money for children in need. 100% of the donations will stay in the community to help children in need.

To make a donation, call at (866) 963-GIVE (4483), stop by the radiothon to give in person, or visit the station's web site at 963wdvd.com.

 


 

Detroit's WDIV-TV Ch. 4 to presents Michigan School Expo April 28 - 29

From pre-school to post-grad, local education providers will join together at the 2012 Michigan School Expo on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday April 29 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. throughout Oakland Mall in Troy. The event is presented by Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV, Local 4.

The Michigan School Expo will include representatives from local, national and online universities, community colleges, technical/trade schools, and private and public pre-elementary and secondary schools. Last year, over 40 thousand people were in attendance at Oakland Mall during the first-ever Michigan School Expo.

Confirmed educational providers at the 2012 Michigan School Expo include Hazel Park Schools "Promise Zone" - offering college tuition to high school graduates, the Hinoki International School - a unique bi-lingual public charter school, the University of Toledo, Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Oakland Schools Technical Campuses and many more. Special exhibits include the AAA of Michigan Teen Driving Safety program featuring interactive driving simulators, "Financial Jeopardy" from the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union where representatives from 3 local schools will vie for $500 in prize money for their institution, and an opportunity to show your forecasting skills at the WDIV Local4Casters Weather Wall.

The Michigan School Expo kicks off Saturday with a special performance by Oak Park High School Marching Band. Visit the Local 4 booth at the Michigan School Expo to meet several of WDIV news personalities including Rhonda Walker, Guy Gordon and Ashlee Baracy of Local 4 News Morning.

For more info on the Michigan School Expo, including a continually updated list of participating schools, visit www.ClickOnDetroit.com/School-Expo.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS Talk WJIM-A/LANSING, MI and the MICHIGAN TALK NETWORK have settled on the official replacement for MICHAEL PATRICK SHIELS on the statewide-syndicated "MICHIGAN'S MORNING SHOW," with former NBC affiliate WILX-TV news anchor STEVE GRUBER and CBS affiliate WLNS-TV host JO ANNE PAUL as hosts, according to the LANSING STATE JOURNAL.

Full story: 'Michigan's Morning Show' Has New Hosts (Thu, 4/26)

 


 

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Grand Rapids Press:

Remember the '80s? Or the '90s? WZZM-TV 13 does. The ABC-TV affiliate is inviting former broadcasters Barry Shanley, Craig James and Sam Hooks back to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the station.

Full story: WZZM-TV celebrates 50th anniversary with on-air return of former broadcast personalities in May (Fri, 4/27)

 

WOOD-TV 24 Hour News 8 is getting a jump on the day by moving its morning news show "Daybreak" a half hour ahead to begin its broadcast day at 4:30 a.m. weekdays.

Full story: WOOD-TV next week will move morning news 'Daybreak' to begin airing at 4:30 a.m. weekdays (Fri, 4/27)

 

Longtime WFUR/Grand Rapids morning host Dave Kuiper dies

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

- Obituary from MLive.com

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

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

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

 

WXMI-TV FOX 17 has named Rick Mecklenburg its chief meteorologist, succeeding Peter Chan, who departed in March. Formerly chief meteorologist at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Mecklenburg filled in for Chan last August and September when Chan was sidelined with a torn Archilles tendon.

Full story: FOX 17 names Rick Mecklenburg as chief meteorologist, succeeding Peter Chan (Fri, 5/4)

 

Detroit News:

As a former high-school newspaper nerd, it warms my heart to see student journalists reaching new heights. This is one reason I'm spotlighting the broadcast journalism students at Fraser High School who recently earned two awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Full story: Fraser High broadcast students pull down awards (Tue, 5/8)

 


 

WJBK-TV, FOX 2 Detroit:

Dale Pegg has been capturing the news for WJBK since the 1970s. Working for the CBS affiliate all the way up to the present day FOX affiliate, Dale has seen it all. Now, after 42 years, he plans to retire.

Full story: FOX 2 Pays Tribute to Longtime Photographer Dale Pegg (Mon, 5/7)

 

Detroit Free Press:

The annual Mott Children's Hospital takeover of WTKA-AM (1050) will be next Friday, May 18. Michigan football guests will dominate the airwaves from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The event kicks off the Brian Griese/Steve Hutchinson/Charles Woodson fundraising weekend, during which the stars of the 1997 national championship team put on an array of events to raise money for the hospital, including a gala dinner and a golf outing.

Full story: Lineup set for Michigan football charity radio 'takeover' (Thu, 5/10)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

WZZM , the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 42), will replay its 6 a.m. newscast on its ch. 13.2, WZZM 13 On Target Weather Network, Mondays through Fridays beginning June 4 at 7 a.m.

Full story: WZZM to replay 6 A.M. news on subchannel (Thu, 5/10)

 


 

WDIV-TV Local 4 Detroit:

Alan Frank, president and chief executive officer of Post-Newsweek Stations, the television broadcasting division of The Washington Post Company, has announced that he will retire from that position at the end of 2012. "Alan Frank has been a key contributor to the company for more than 30 years and a brilliant head of Post-Newsweek Stations," said Donald E. Graham, chairman and chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company.

Full story: Alan Frank, President and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, to retire at end of 2012 (Wed, 5/9)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The headquarters of Post-Newsweek Stations Inc., which owns the local NBC affiliate WDIV-Channel 4, will officially move next year from Detroit to Chicago to accommodate the broadcaster's incoming president and CEO. The geographical shift is largely symbolic.

Full story: Post-Newsweek Stations, owner of WDIV-Channel 4, to move headquarters from Detroit to Chicago next year (Wed, 5/9)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

It's been 27 years since former WZZM 13 Chief Meteorologist Craig James set foot in the studios on 3 Mile Road NW. "It's been great fun seeing all the old people," he said.

Full story: Behind the scenes look as former anchormen return to WZZM 13, share memories (Wed, 5/9)

 

WZZM-TV's anchormen were having a good time. Former newsmen Barry Shanley, meteorologist Craig James and sportscaster Sam Hooks were on air Monday with anchorman Lee Van Ameyde to remember the 80's.

Full story: WZZM-TV former broadcasters reminisce about the 'golden era' of TV news in the 1980s (Wed, 5/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • After less than three months on the job, Rob Otto has been let go as Sports Director at Birach Broadcasting Sports WCAR AM 1090.

 

WDIV-TV / ClickOnDetroit.com:

Many of you have e-mailed me questions about Local 4's annual NOAA Weather Radio campaign, so I'll answer those questions here: How long do I have to buy one of the radios at the special WDIV discounted price? Our campaign extends well into the summer, so you have plenty of time to buy your radio for $29.99, which is $10 off the normal retail price.

Full story: Paul Gross gives weather radio campaign update (Mon, 5/14)

 

Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch:

The Biff, 88.1 FM, will host the first ever nationwide celebration of high school radio stations on Wednesday. The brainchild of WBHF's award-winning station manager Pete Bowers, the event is modeled after National College Radio Day in October, and consists of 30 stations from 14 states around the country.

Full story: BIFF Hosts First National High School Radio Day (Tue, 5/15)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Guy Gordon has spent nearly three decades anchoring newscasts in Detroit. He credits a lot of his success to what he learned at WZZM 13 in the 1980's. He worked at the station from 1981 to 1984 as the weekend anchor.

Full story: Guy Gordon credits WZZM for success (Mon, 5/14)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Doing the news for WZZM-TV was good for former anchor Guy Gordon and for John Keating, formerly known as Steve Knight.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 was a good start for two former newsmen still broadcasting today (Tue, 5/15)

 

The anchormen are back again. Still not Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell or even Christina Applegate. But WZZM-TV 13's 50th anniversary celebration continues this week with more familiar faces from the past.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 anchors return for second week of blast from the past to celebrate 50th anniversary (Mon, 5/14)

 


 

WSB-TV Atlanta, GA:

A television anchor is coming forward with an emotional story of an attack in downtown Atlanta, hoping that she can find the man who came to her rescue more than two decades ago. Diana Lewis, an anchor at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, was interviewing for a job at CNN in October 1986 when she took a wrong turn.

Full story: TV anchor searching for "angel" 20 years after attack (Mon, 5/14)

 


 

WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:

Former Fox 2 Photo-Journalist Earl L. "Bud" Johnson Dies at Age 83 (Tue, 5/15)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

TV stations and news and entertainment websites in West Michigan have been nominated for 44 Michigan Emmy Awards for 2011.

Full story: West Michigan TV stations, websites, tally 44 nominations for 2011 Michigan Emmy Awards (Wed, 5/16)

 

WSNX-FM (104.5) made two major announcements about this year's Party in the Park concert

Full story: 104.5 WSNX expands Party in the Park, teases lineup announcement (Wed, 5/16)

 

If you're a regular viewer of WWMT (Channel 3) news, you may be wondering what happened to Jennifer Dowling. If you watch WXMI (Channel 17), you already know.

Full story: Wondering why Jennifer Dowling has disappeared from WWMT Newschannel 3? Just switch channels (Wed, 5/16)

 

Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and its viewers are losing yet another on-air personality to retirement. Reporter and fill-in anchor Val Clark, who has been at the local ABC affiliate for more than 30 years, announced she is retiring from the station this summer. Earlier this week, the Detroit City Council honored Clark for being tough but fair.

Full story: Television reporter Val Clark to retire (Wed, 5/16)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Tigers radio analyst Jim Price said he missed the team's just-concluded trip at the suggestion of owner Mike Ilitch, who was concerned the West Coast swing might tax Price's health.

Full story: TTigers radio analyst Jim Price on his return: 'I feel great' (Thu, 5/17)

 

Ann Arbor.com:

Dozens of former Michigan football players returned to Ann Arbor on Friday for a good cause, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital will reap plenty of benefit because of it. Ex-Wolverines Charles Woodson, Steve Hutchinson and Brian Griese are hosting their annual Champions for Children's Heart weekend in Ann Arbor, an event that kicked off Friday with WTKA-AM's day-long radiothon in support of the hospital.

Full story: WTKA raises nearly $80,000 for Mott Children's Hospital during Michigan football radio 'takeover' (Fri, 5/18)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV's first home, 50 years ago, was in the Pantlind Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. It wasn't exactly the swanky studio you might imagine today.

Full story: Remember WZZM-TV 13's first studio in Grand Rapids? The station's 50th anniversary celebration takes you there (Fri, 5/18)

 

Broadcasting & Cable:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 

WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit dropping 'News at 9' collaboration

Adell Broadcasting's attempt to offer the Detroit market an alternative evening newscast at 9:00 p.m. on WADL-TV Ch. 38 is coming to a close and the station has will end its collaboration with The Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, and The Daily Tribune which where helping provide content for the 30-minute weekday program.

WADL plans on adding new syndicated CBS programs including: "The Parkers," "One on One," and "Girlfriends".

"WADL is moving in a new direction, and the news programming will not be a part of its new format," says CEO Kevin Adell. "I want to personally thank everyone who helped us test the 'News@9' segment and also thank CBS Television for providing great programming that serves our market."

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV's Carl Apple is leaving TV news to become director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Full story: WXMI-TV reporter Carl Apple leaving FOX 17 News to head communications for Grand Rapids Roman Catholic Diocese (Wed, 5/23)

 

"Why not give the Kenowa Hills principal a bike?" That's what morning radio host Kevin "Gravy" Canup thought when he and others at Hot-FM (105.3) first heard about the senior prank Tuesday morning at Kenowa Hills High School.

Full story: 'Gravy in the Morning' host presents a bike to Kenowa Hills principal (Wed, 5/23)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

On Friday morning, right around 9 a.m., Linda Yohn will flip the switch that turns on her studio microphone at WEMU, 89.1-FM. When she does, she'll be marking a milestone--her 25th anniversary of being an on-air host at Eastern Michigan University's venerable public-radio station.

Full story: Linda Yohn celebrating 25 years playing jazz at WEMU (Wed, 5/23)

 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Classic Rock WDTW (106.7 THE D)/DETROIT hires CHAD "TANNER" HANEY for 6-10p weeknights. TANNER joins from sister Classic Rock KFBW (105.9 THE BREW)/PORTLAND, OR. In addition to on-air, TANNER will handle imaging for Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) and THE D.

Full story: Tanner Joins WDTW For Nights (Fri, 5/25)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Former high-profile local investigative reporter Steve Wilson will return to television news after a two-year absence -- but not in Detroit. Wilson, whose contract wasn't renewed at ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 in February 2010, has taken a job as an investigative reporter with First Coast News in Jacksonville, Fla.

Full story: Former WXYZ-Channel 7 reporter Steve Wilson returns to TV -- in Florida (Thu, 5/24)

 

Detroit Public TV offering viewers extensive coverage of Mackinac Conference

Detroit Public Television's WTVS-TV Ch. 56 (DPTV) will be offering live broadcasts and webcasts to keep interested viewers up to date on analysis and behind-the-scenes information from the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. The station will cover three days of the discussions about the most important issues facing Michigan.

WTVS will program miVote Mackinac nightly wrap-ups on May 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. ET on the station's main channel, 56.1.

Viewers can catch full-length coverage of the Conference in Metro Detroit on DPTV's Channel 56.2 for over-the-air viewers, Channel 287 on Comcast, Channel 155 on Brighthouse and Channel 432 on Charter at the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30th from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The same coverage will stream live on the MiVote.org website and on many commercial news organizations' websites. MiVote.org will also feature edited segments of Conference sessions and interviews with newsmakers at the Conference, as well as social media interaction through @MiVote.

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

Fox Television Stations (FTS) and AccuWeather are partnering in 11 Fox markets starting this summer, with AccuWeather's content running on air and online at the Fox-owned stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Memphis, Austin and Gainesville (Fla.).

Full story: Fox Owned Stations Partner With AccuWeather (Tue, 5/29)

 


 

WOOD-FM/AM Grand Rapids:

Clear Channel West Michigan is mourning the loss of a team member. WOOD TV reports 40-year-old Matt Sly died when his off-road vehicle rolled down a hill Sunday in Mecosta County.

Full story: ORV Crash Claims CC Employee (Mon, 5/28)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Flint Journal:

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

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

 


 

Salem closes on Detroit area translator purchase

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

 


 

WHFB AM Benton Harbor on borrowed time?

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

AllAccess.com:

More changes are coming to CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT. Last month saw the arrival of midday host ROXANNE from crosstown CITADEL Hot AC WDVD. Now comes word that APD/MD/afternoon jock GROOVES is leaving the station mid-month; thus the search begins for his replacement.

Full story: Grooves To Exit WDZH Detroit (Mon, 6/4)

 

MNEXTMEDIA Country WCEN/SAGINAW is giving away a free year of college tuition. PD JOBY PHILLIPS tells ALL ACCESS that the station is spending the month of JUNE qualifying listeners to play "ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A MOOSE," for a year of free tuition at MID-MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

Full story: WCEN To Give Away A Free Year Of College Tuition (Mon, 6/4)

 


 

On-the-Town / MLive.com:

WGVU Public Media is happy to announce that its television production of Hope College Christmas Vespers 2011 has been named as a nominee in the 34th Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television and Sciences Michigan Chapter.

Full story: WGVU program nominated for a Michigan Emmy Award (Mon, 6/4)

 

FoxSportsDetroit.com:

After their record-setting 1995-96 season ended with a loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference finals, there were very few who believed this rendition of the Detroit Red Wings would win a Stanley Cup. They were labeled "the greatest team that never won anything," with the whole hockey world taking potshots at the Wings.

Full story: Unlikely ride to the Cup -- and in radio booth (Wed, 6/6)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions Inc. says it has resolved its defamation lawsuit against WJBK-TV2, reporter Charlie LeDuff and others over a report that aired in early February. Also named in the suit were New World Communications of Detroit Inc. in Southfield and WJBK producer Douglas McKenzie.

Full story: Strategic Staffing Solutions resolves defamation suit against WJBK-TV2 over February story (Wed, 6/6)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Townsquare Media of Flint Inc. has been fined $4,000 by the Federal Communications Commission, which says the company's country music station in Lapeer continued broadcasting when it wasn't licensed to do so.

Full story: FCC fines Townsquare Media of Flint, says radio station WLCO in Lapeer operated too late (Wed, 6/6)

 


 

Detroit News:

Jimmy Powers, program director for 97.1 The Ticket, made a hole-in-one and won a new Lincoln during the Lions' charity golf outing Wednesday at TPC Michigan.

Full story: Radio station program director wins Lincoln for ace at Lions' outing (Wed, 6/6)

 

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)

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV is pleased to name sports reporter and anchor Tom Leyden as the Sports Director for Channel 7. Leyden follows in the footsteps of Don Shane who retired from the station earlier this year. Leyden was hired at WXYZ in 2004.

Full story: Tom Leyden named Sports Director for WXYZ (Wed, 6/13)

 


 

Detroit News:

Federal agents are scrutinizing $75,000 in payments to a private company owned by Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis from firms affiliated with two former guest hosts now facing criminal charges, according to two sources. Highland Park school board member Robert Davis and former Wayne County Assistant Executive Michael Grundy were once regulars on Gaddis' "Inside Detroit" morning show on WCHB-AM 1200.

Full story: Pay to Mildred Gaddis' firm probed (Wed, 6/13)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The FCC has rejected the appeal of GREAT LAKES COMMUNITY BROADCASTING of the denial of its renewal applications for noncommercial WJKQ/JACKSON, MI and WAQQ/ONSTED, MI and sale of WJKQ to JACKSON LANSING CATHOLIC RADIO, and has also rejected the renewals of FM translators W206AZ/FREMONT, MI and W206BF and W220CW/ROGERS HEIGHTS, MI.

Full story: FCC Rejects Appeal, Orders Two Michigan Noncomms Shut (Wed, 6/13)

 

CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT continues to see changes in its air staff, as night slammer NICK WIZE, know on-air as STYLZ, will exit.

Full story: WDZH Night Host Stylz Exits (Wed, 6/13)

 

BELL MEDIA GROUP Talk CKLW-A/WINDSOR, ON has added SYNDICATED SOLUTIONS, INC.'s "BLUE LIFESTYLE WITH ANTHONY DIAS BLUE."

Full story: CKLW Adds 'Blue Lifestyle' (Wed, 6/13)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: June 18, 2012

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Michigan 2012 Emmy Award winners announced

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held their Emmy Award banquet over the weekend, handing out hardware to a number of personalities and organizations across the state.

A complete list of winners is available on the Chapter's web site at www.natasmichigan.org - or just click here for the .pdf with all the winners.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Sunny skies, the smell of elephant ears drifting deliciously, and the sound of homespun music about love, two-tracks and tractors -- what could be better than B-93 Birthday Bash?

Full story: What makes 20th anniversary of B-93 Birthday Bash 'rock solid good' (Mon, 6/18)

 

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.

 

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.

 

Radio Business Report:

Acreage in the southeast corner of Milford Township, MI has been pegged as a site for a cluster of AM towers for Birach Broadcasting. The township planning commission is considering a proposal by owner/CEO Sima Birach, who wants to construct seven directional, 199-foot towers on vacant land just west of Charms Road and north of East Maple Road, reports The Observer & Eccentric. The tower cluster will service Fenton, MI-based WCXI-AM (1160) and Walled Lake, MI-based WPON-AM (1460).

Full story: Birach looking at new site for Detroit AMs (Thu, 7/5)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

It's all about focus. Thursday morning on Fox17, local reporter Nicole DiDonato received a surprise visit from a cat while reporting live.

Full story: Watch video of cat jumping on Grand Rapids reporter on live TV (Thu, 7/5)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WJBK's Charlie LeDuff has made a career out of taking on difficult stories but the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter may have found his biggest challenge yet: golfing across the city of Detroit. Literally golfing, shot-to-shot, across the length of Detroit.

Full story: WJBK Reporter Golfs Across Detroit (Thu, 7/5)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rocker WCSX/DETROIT's THE KEN CALVERT IN THE MORNING SHOW received an unexpected "you rock" this morning from the FORD MOTORS CEO, ALAN MULALLY.

Full story: Ford CEO Gives A 'You Rock' To WCSX's Ken Calvert (Thu, 7/5)

 


 

MLive.com:

For the first time since 2007, the Detroit Lions sold out all of their home games last season, and local fans watching on TV didn't have to worry about the NFL and its blackout rules. With attendance down 4.5 percent since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL will allow for local broadcasts of games even when as few as 85 percent of tickets are sold.

Full story: Local TV blackouts unlikely for Detroit Lions fans as NFL loosens rules (Thu, 7/6)

 

Detroit News:

The set of "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm" looks a lot like a politician's campaign headquarters. Posters that boast slogans like "Occupy the Majority," "Forward with Roosevelt" and "Speaker Nancy Pelosi" hang on exposed brick walls in an open, airy and modern space undeniably influenced by New York lofts.

Full story: Jennifer Granholm makes smooth transition to hosting political TV show (Tue, 7/10)

 

Paul Carey said I shouldn't write about him because he hasn't done anything in 21 years. He's a wonderful guy and I wouldn't want to vex him, so I'm writing about CATCH instead.

Full story: CATCH pitches top honor to veteran Tigers announcer Paul Carey (Tue, 7/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Jason Terzis, WOOD-TV 8 weekend sports anchor for the past 14½ years, will never forget loading up his U-Haul trailer and making the long drive from Georgia to West Michigan and arriving just in time to make his on-air debut at the local NBC affiliate on Christmas Day in 1997.

Full story: Jason Terzis leaving WOOD-TV after 14 years as weekend sports anchor (Tue, 7/10)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

He was the beefy man with the handlebar moustache known as Tom Greene to legions of television news viewers. His reports about Lansing politicians -- first on radio, then on Channels 2 and 4 in Detroit through the 1970s and '80s -- were hard-hitting, so much so that he adopted the on-air surname of Greene, although his real name was Thomas Pratt, said his wife, Dottie Pratt.

Full story: Thomas Pratt: Reporter kept watch over politicians (Sun, 7/8)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT has promoted part-time personality IAN "SLACKER" RICHARDS to MD/afternoon-drive host, effective MONDAY, JULY 16th. Previously MD/nights at WRCL/FLINT, MI, SLACKER has simultaneously been doing part-time at AMP RADIO launched in OCTOBER 2009.

Full story: WDZH Ups Ian 'Slacker' Richards To MD/Afternoons (Mon, 7/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Manistee's WMTE-FM 101.5 has changed format from Classic Hits back to Oldies, simulcasting WKLA AM 1450 Ludington.

 

Detroit's WXYZ-TV to add Bounce TV to digital subchannel

Bounce TV announced today that E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit will add the network targeted toward African Americans to a digital subchannel.

The addition of WXYZ-TV drives Bounce TV past 75% penetration of African American television homes and to nearly 55% of the total U.S.

"By creating room on their digital spectrum for Bounce TV, WXYZ-TV clearly sees the enormous value of Bounce TV as a network that can make a difference locally. It is our privilege to be in business with E.W. Scripps and we welcome them to our growing family of Bounce TV affiliates," commented Jeffrey Wolf, Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Distribution in making the announcement. "We are thrilled that Bounce TV will be seen on such a strong station as WXYZ in such a critical market as Detroit."

"Bounce TV is a very meaningful programming option for our digital spectrum and an ideal way to serve the 390,000 African-American Households throughout Southeast Michigan. We are delighted to be their exclusive home in Detroit," said Ed Fernandez, E.W. Scripps Divisional General Manager and WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WDZH (98.7 AMP Radio)/DETROIT has named MICHAEL "MIKEY V" VINCI as its new nights host, effective MONDAY, JULY 16th. Previously, VINCI did nights and imaging for RADIO ONE Top 40/Mainstream WNOU (RADIO NOW 100.9)/INDIANAPOLIS.

Full story: WDZH Puts 'Mikey V' Vinci In Nights (Thu, 7/12)

 

MIDWESTERN BROADCASTING GROUP Sports WCCW-A (ESPN RADIO 1310 AM)/TRAVERSE CITY, MI will switch to FOX SPORTS RADIO on AUGUST 30th. The station will take FSR's entire lineup plus PREMIERE's JIM ROME.

Full story: WCCW-A/Traverse City To Switch To Fox Sports Radio (Thu, 7/12)

 


 

Detroit News:

They have been a sputtering club, no better than third place in the American League Central Division. They are two games north of .500 following some puzzling spring-summer antics that have not come close to expectations. But the Tigers are having a bonanza business year, at the box office and in living rooms, where FSD's ratings are record-setting.

Full story: Tigers are hit on TV and at the turnstiles (Thu, 7/12)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

The CBS affiliate in Flint and Saginaw mistakenly ran Pete Hoekstra's controversial Super Bowl commercial - attacked for claims of xenophobia in February - at least two times Tuesday morning, campaign spokesman Greg VanWoerkom said today.

Full story: TV 'station error' puts Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl ad back on the air today (Tue, 7/17)

 


 

Crawford County Avalanche:

After two dozen years in the radio business, William Gannon has initiated the process to sign off the air. Gannon Broadcasting has agreed to sell the stations County Y100, WGRY-AM 1230 Greatest Music Ever and Decades 101.1 WQON-FM to Sheryl and Jerry Coyne, the co-owners of Blarney Stone Broadcasting Inc. Gannon, who suffered a stroke on July 25, 2011, said getting out of the business for his personal health and pursuing his other business interests were the reasons for the sale.

Full story: Gannon Broadcasting in process of selling stations (Wed, 7/11)

 

Newsmakers and links: July 18, 2012

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Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

"Buzz TV" is changing stations. After three episodes on WLAJ 53, one of which ran twice due to technical difficulties, the Jackson-based variety show is moving to WHTV 18. The show will now air in the 12:30 a.m. time slot on Friday nights. An announcement that "Buzz TV" was leaving WLAJ came on Facebook on July 13.

Full story: 'Buzz TV' changing stations after three episodes (Wed, 7/18)

 

CBS Radio/Detroit stations and personalities among finalists for NAB Marconi Radio Awards

Earlier today, the National Association of Broadcasters released its finalists for its 2012 NAB Marconi Radio Awards. Among the finalists are CBS Radio Detroit stations WXYT-FM 97.1 for Large Market Station of the Year and Sports Station of the Year, WYCD-FM 99.5 for Country Station of the Year, and WYCD's Dr. Don Show with Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael and Grunwald as Large Market Personality of the Year.

The annual Marconi Awards honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting with this year's winners announced on September 20th at the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Awards Dinner & Show in Dallas.

 


 

Canadian regulators agree to CBC/Radio-Canada's plan to end analog broadcasting

620 analog transmitters for CBC/Radio-Canada television stations are in their final days of operation as the CRTC has agreed with a plan to end analog broadcasts across Canada. English language CBC and French language Radio-Canada analog transmitters will be turned off on July 31st - affecting areas that border Michigan such as Windsor, Sarnia, and Sault Ste. Marie. Even larger cities such as London, ON will be affected and will no longer have their own over-the-air CBC or Radio-Canada stations.

 

As pro football prepares for new season, WXYZ-TV Detroit ready to kick off coverage of Lions

Scripps Howard ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV, Ch.7 Detroit will get fans ready for a new season of Detroit Lions football with extensive coverage of the team's preseason activities, beginning with special July programming featuring an insider's look at training camp and coverage of a brand-new Coach's Kickoff event.

First up is Ford Lions Report LIVE: Training Camp Update on Wednesday, July 25th from 7-7:30 p.m. Then, on August 5th, WXYZ will bring viewers inside all the fun from the first annual Coach's Kickoff event, live from Ford Field. WXYZ will also produce and broadcast three Detroit Lions preseason games with full pregame shows:

  • Friday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m. pregame, 7:30 p.m. Detroit vs. Cleveland (Home)
  • Saturday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. pregame, 7:00 p.m. Detroit vs. Oakland (at Oakland)
  • Thursday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m. pre-game, 7:00 p.m. Detroit vs. Buffalo (Home)

The preseason game broadcast team will be anchored by NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard, and NFL Analyst Rob Rubick, with sideline coverage from 7 Action Sports Director Tom Leyden.

WXYZ will also regular season coverage of the team with a weekly pregame show Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. - noon along with other weekly features during the station's newscasts and Sunday evening sports recap program.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WLHT-FM, back when it was "W-Lite," had "Barnaby and Friends" in the morning. In October 2010, Gerry Barnaby and W-Lite was out. In came "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" to the new "Channel 95-7."

Full story: WLHT-FM is looking for a new, locally-based morning team on 95.7 to replace Kidd Kraddick (Mon, 7/23)

 


 

Detroit mayor to speak at MAB's Annual Meeting

Detroit mayor Dave Bing has been scheduled to speak about his efforts to lead Detroit back to being an economic power and how that will impact the remainder of the state as a special guest at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting in Detroit on August 20.

More on MAB's Summer Celebration here.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff says his favorite thing about golfing the length of Detroit is that the finished product is "anti-local TV." "It's 11 minutes long. There's no story there. No one was murdered, we're not at the scene of an arson. It's just taking a walk and trying to take a look at the city," LeDuff told TVSpy in a recent interview.

Full story: WJBK's Charlie LeDuff on Golfing Through Detroit: A 'Sweet and Sour' Look at the City (Mon, 7/23)

 

IonTVMany areas of the Detroit television market can now receive a new full power over-the-air TV station as Ion Television's WPXD-TV Channel 31 Ann Arbor is now operating its new transmitter from Southfield, providing the station full-market coverage of the area for the first time.

WPXD first started started testing the new transmitter, located near I-696 and M-10, in January and it has been noted on and off the air since then. WPXD is now running a scroll on its old transmitter (located in western Washtenaw County) informing viewers they will need to rescan their digital TV equipment in order to continue receiving the station. The scroll is not running on the Southfield transmitter.

WPXD viewers that use an antenna may also need to re-aim their antenna in order to receive the station's signal. The new WPXD facilities broadcast on physical channel 50 - the same virtual channel that used by CW affiliate WKBD-TV which actually broadcasts on channel 14. Digital TV receivers use mapping to display TV channels on their virtual numbers (often the same channel numbers used when the stations broadcast in analog) instead of the physical channel number, if they happen to be different.

WPXD's new transmitter is carrying all three subchannels: 31.1 is the main Ion Television broadcast in HD (16 x 9, 720p), Ch. 31.2 carries the children's targeted network qubo, and 31.3 is broadcasting Ion Life.

Since the station first signed on in 1981, it has broadcast from west of Ann Arbor, near Chelsea. The station's transmitter there will be turned off as soon as engineers are comfortable the new facility is operating properly and becomes licensed. Some viewers in the area west of Ann Arbor will lose their coverage of WPXD when this happens - but most will still be able to receive Ion programming on WZPX-TV Ch. 43 Battle Creek.

The sign on of WPXD from Southfield makes it the first full-power TV station to obtain full market reach in Detroit since WADL Channel 38 started operations from Mt. Clemens in 1986.

 

Newsmakers and links: July 25, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Diana Lewis, a fixture on WXYZ-Channel 7's evening newscast, will retire in October after 44 years on television, she told Crain's Tuesday afternoon. The Detroit ABCaffiliate will announce her decision today. Lewis, 69, will co-anchor the station's 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. "Action News with JoAnne Purtan" for the final time Oct. 4, she said.

Full story: 44-year newscaster Diana Lewis plans retirement from WXYZ-Channel 7 (Wed, 7/25)

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

After a career that has spanned more than four decades in broadcasting, Diana Lewis will retire from WXYZ-TV, Channel 7. Lewis, one of the most recognized and respected faces on Detroit television, has been an anchor on 7 Action News for more than 35 years ... WXYZ will celebrate Diana Lewis's legendary career and her contributions to Detroit broadcasting through special events and programming throughout August and September.

Full story: Legendary WXYZ anchor Diana Lewis to retire after more than 35 years on 7 Action News (Wed, 7/25)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Salem Communications has been testing its recently purchased FM translator in Metro Detroit on 92.7. The station has been on and off air over the past week or so rebroadcasting Salem's WDTK AM 1400. The translator's transmitter is in southern Macomb County.

 

The Oakland Press:

The CBS game show "The Price Is Right" is searching for contestants in Detroit. Channel 62 is proud to host the only contestant search event in Michigan in Westland.

Full story: Channel 62 hosts "Price Is Right" contestant search on August 13 (Tue, 7/31)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Kettering University Low Power FM station WKUF-LP 94.3 Flint has been off the air because of storm damage the station suffered last week. Repairs are anticipated to completed over the course of the next several days.
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  • Ludington's WKLA-FM 106.3 recently repositioned to 'Hits 106 KLA' from '106.3 KLA; The Lake Shores' Hit Music Station'. The station's format remains Pop / Hot Adult Contemporary.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 1, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Free Press reporter M.L. Elrick, who shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Kwame Kilpatrick saga, is leaving the newspaper to become an investigative reporter at the city's Fox affiliate, WJBK-TV2.

Full story: Pulitzer winner M.L. Elrick leaving Free Press for Fox 2 (Wed, 8/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Flint's WKUF-LP FM 94.3 retuned to the air yesterday after the completion of equipment repairs.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 2, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

A West Michigan television station has apparently dismissed one of its reporters for reporting on, but failing to disclose his connections to, an out-of-state atheist group that is pressing the city of Wyoming to remove a small silhouette of a church on the city logo.

Full story: Fox 17 pulls Wyoming city logo story; says reporter failed to disclose ties to atheist group (Thu, 8/2)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 3, 2012

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Detroit Public TV, MiVote.org to air Primary Election special

Detroit Public Television (DPTV, WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit) has announced a new special broadcast that is scheduled to air on Public Television stations throughout Michigan and on-demand at mivote.org designed to educate Michigan voters on the important choices in the August 7, 2012 Primary Election.

The show will air at 7:30 p.m. on Monday August 6th on Detroit Public Television 's main channel, WTVS-TV Channel 56 (check local listings for air times in other markets across the state).

The broadcast will look at the critical races across Michigan, featuring excerpts from the more than 100 one-on-one candidate interviews recorded during the a MiVote "Road Show." Veteran Michigan journalist Christy McDonald will anchor the show, with insight and analysis from Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley.

The show will also feature a look at how newspaper endorsements are made and a chance for voters to interact through social media.

 


 

CMU Public TV set to air local documentary

CMU Public Television will premiere a new, original documentary, "Into The North," on Sunday, August 5 at 8 p.m. CMU Public TV can be seen on WCMU-TV Ch. 14 Mt. Pleasant, WCMZ-TV Ch. 28 Flint, WCML-TV Ch. 6 Alpena, WCMV-TV Ch. 27 Cadillac, and WCMW-TV Ch. 21 Manistee. The station is also carried on many cable systems in the lower peninsula.

At the turn of the century, the Little Traverse Bay area became a key destination for tourism as railroad companies began advertising a pristine haven where one could escape city life and enjoy a "rustic" experience. "Into The North"--a "postcard from the past"-- tells the story of the families who traveled by train and steamship to a summer paradise with opulent hotels, resort communities with famous guests, clean air and million dollar sunsets. The film includes interviews with local historians and residents, a representative from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians describing Native American history in the area, as well as longtime summer residents from around the Little Traverse Bay.

Encore presentations can been seen on Wednesday, August 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 19 at 5 p.m.

 

ESPN.com:

The Lansing Lugnuts will be turning back the clock -- and the radio dial -- during Sunday's home game against the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Lugnuts, Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will broadcast the game as a re-creation to mark the 91st anniversary of the first baseball broadcast in history, which was on Pittsburgh station KDKA. That means Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Keaton Gillogly, who will handle the broadcast from Cooley Stadium in Lansing, Mich., won't actually be watching the game.

Full story: Lansing Lugnuts radio broadcast goes retro (Fri, 8/3)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Public TV has received a $250,000 grant from a foundation in Battle Creek to increase public understanding of the Arab-American community, officials announced Thursday. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the station the money to build a program based on its 13-part public TV series, "Arab-American Stories," which has already run. The new program, to be called "Arab-American Stories -- A National Dialogue," is to focus on reaching out to non-Arab Americans, as well as Arab Americans.

Full story: Detroit Public TV gets $250K grant to create program around 'Arab-American Stories' (Fri, 8/3)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug 8, 2012

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

After nearly three decades at WXYZ-TV, reporter Mary Conway announced today that she plans to leave 7 Action News and move to Colorado to be closer to family. Conway is well known in the Detroit area as an expert on the automotive industry ... It's fitting that Conway will celebrate her last day at Channel 7 on August 18, 2012, during the annual broadcast of the Woodward Dream Cruise from 7-9 p.m.

Full story: After 29 years at WXYZ-TV, Mary Conway heads west (Wed, 8/8)

 


 

RadioInsight:

Greater Media's 105.1 WMGC Detroit is on the verge of yet another rebranding ... Now the station is identifying simply by its 105.1 frequency on the air as it prepares to change its moniker to "Today's 105.1".

Full story: WMGC Detroit Relaunching Again (Wed, 8/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 10, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9 will be airing a special presentation of the one hour documentary "Go for It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers" featuring Flint gold medalist Claressa Shields today at 2 and 7 p.m.
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  • Casey Jones is the new weekend sports anchor at NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids. It marks a return to WOOD-TV for Grand Rapids native Jones who was a part-timer before leaving for a job at WSJV-TV in South Bend last year.
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  • The Detroit Lions' first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns is a sellout allowing WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 to air the broadcast live tonight at 7:30 p.m.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 14, 2012

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Michigan Sinclair-owned TV stations preparing DISH customers for blackout

Another retransmission dispute between an over-the-air broadcasting company and a satellite company appears to be headed to a blackout for affected viewers. Sinclair Broadcast Group is warning that it expects its stations to be off DISH network beginning at midnight on August 16th.

Sinclair's Michigan stations include CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, ABC affliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing, and FOX affiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 Flint. In addition Sinclair has CW affiliations in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo ("CW7", over-the-air Channel 3.2) and Lansing ("CW5", over-the-air Channel 53.2).

As has become typical in these disputes, each side is blaming the other for the possibility of a blackout - with viewers likely being stuck in the middle without TV service. DISH carries 70 Sinclair signals in 45 cities across the U.S.

 


 

WXYZ-TV Detroit elevates Murri to Station Manager

Scripps Broadcasting ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit has named Mike Murri as Station Manager, effective immediately. In his new role he'll be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of WXYZ. Murri has been with the station since 1983 and previously held the titles of Account Executive and Local Sales Manager before being promoted to Director of Sales in 2001.

"Mike has tremendous knowledge of the Detroit market and a history of success with the organization, said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "More importantly, the passion and dedication he brings to his work makes him the ideal candidate to assume this role."

"With all the momentum at the station these past few years, this is a tremendously exciting time for WXYZ and for Detroit," said Murri. "It's a great privilege to work with such a dedicated and talented group of professionals. WXYZ is truly one of the great stations in America and I'm humbled by the opportunity to be in a leadership role at this station."

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 16, 2012

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Dish Network and Sinclair reach tentative agreement, local stations stay

CBS (WWMT-TV Ch. 3), ABC (WLAJ-TV Ch. 53), FOX (WSMH-TV Ch. 66) and CW affiliates in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Lansing/Jackson, and Flint are still available to Dish Network subscribers thanks to a tentative agreement between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Dish Network over retransmission costs. The companies agreed to a two week extension of the old agreement to keep the stations on Dish while the agreement is finalized.

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Cynthia Canty is joining Michigan Radio to host a new local, weekly talk show. "Stateside with Cynthia Canty" will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 3-4 p.m. and will feature a mix of interviews, features and listener call-in segments.

Full story: Cynthia Canty joins Michigan Radio for new local talk show (Thu, 8/16)

 

Detroit News: New weekly radio show gives Cyndy Canty a new piece on life (Thu, 8/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 24, 2012

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Detroit News:

Exhibition football or a big race in the Sprint Cup Series? That is the television viewing dilemma for some sports fans in Metro Detroit on Saturday, when the Lions play the Raiders and Rochester Hills driver Brad Keselowski and the rest of the NASCAR crews are racing in Tennessee, three events before the start of the Chase to the Sprint Cup.

Full story: Lions TV bumps NASCAR down dial (Fri, 8/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Back on the air: FM 95.3 from near Indian River with a Country format. Now with the calls WWSS, the station ID's as 'Straits Country'. It had previously been on the air earlier this year as WGRL but sent silent for a few months while the station addressed issues with electric power. WWSS is licensed to Tuscarora Township and licensed to David L. Smith.
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  • Ricky Burns is the new to evenings and the Music Director role at Townsquare Rhythmic Pop WRCL FM 93.7 (Club 93.7) Frankenmuth/Flint. Burns had been a swing-shifter at WDZH FM 98.7 (Amp Radio) Detroit.
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  • Ty Shesky is the new meteorologist for NBC affiliate WEYI-TV Ch. 25 Flint/Saginaw/Bay City. He arrives from Rockford, IL.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 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: Aug. 29, 2012

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AnnArbor.com:

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

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

 


 

MLive.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 31, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan once again is among the Top 40 TV media markets in the United States. Nielsen just released its local television market estimates for 2013 showing the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek DMA is the 39th largest in the country.

Full story: West Michigan TV once again is among the Top 40 markets in the United States (Fri, 8/31)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Linda Yohn, music director and on-air host at WEMU, was named Jazz Programmer of the Year in a major market for the fourth straight year Thursday at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in Detroit.

Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn wins top jazz radio award for 4th straight year (Fri, 8/31)

 

Want to hit the annual Detroit Jazz Festival this weekend but don't want to deal with driving and parking? WEMU and Golden Limousine will again this year offer a shuttle service between Ypsilanti and the festival site, in downtown Detroit around Hart Plaza and Campus Martius. WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University which plays a lot of jazz, has sponsored the service for the last few years and found it to be a hit.

Full story: WEMU offering shuttle to Detroit Jazz Festival (Thu, 8/30)

 


 

WXYZ Ch. 7 Detroit to air special on Kilpatrick corruption case

Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit '7 Action News Investigators' will take viewers inside the federal public corruption case of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in a 7 Action News special, Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. on Channel 7.  The half-hour program, "Kilpatrick Corruption Case," uncovers new information about Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, his friend Bobby Ferguson and former water department director Victor Mercado, who are scheduled to go to trial September 6th.

The program will feature a report from investigator Scott Lewis, who travelled to Kilpatrick's home in Grand Prairie, Texas for an exclusive report on the former mayor and a look at his Texas lifestyle.

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Newsmakers and links: Sep. 1 - 3, 2012

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Detroit News:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Bay City Times:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 4, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Observer & Eccentric:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 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. 13, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV takes newscasts to ArtPrize 2012: NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids will air every news broadcast (Daybreak, eightWest, and newscasts at noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m) from a remote studio at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). Viewers are invited to come watch the newscasts and get a behind-the-scenes look at how 24 Hour News 8 works. A one-hour ArtPrize shortlist special will also air on WOOD TV8 at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24. The winners of ArtPrize 2012 will be announced in a one-hour special Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on WOOD TV8.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 17, 2012

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SpinalColumn.com:

A Southfield-based company's proposal to erect seven 199-foot radio broadcast towers on the border of Wixom and Milford Township has caused a stir among Wixom residents and city officials.

Full story: Possible Milford radio towers spark static in Wixom (Wed, 9/12)

 


 

Detroit News:

Maybe the best sign of how moving Eli Zaret's documentary is, is that halfway through you stop noticing it's Eli Zaret's documentary. It's also instructive that he doesn't want it to be thought of as Eli Zaret's documentary, even though he's the executive producer, co-writer and narrator.

Full story: Former sportscaster Eli Zaret uses talents for documentary on the Friendship Circle (Mon, 9/17)

 


 

Radio Ink:

Anthony, also known as Dexter Andrews, was heard on WAKV, The Memory Station, (Michigan).

Full story: Bill Anthony dies at the age of 61 (Mon, 9/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Tim Feagan, General Manager for Clear Channel's West Michigan radio stations, has taken over as Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He replaces Trey Fabacher who recently left WWJ-TV Detroit for a job in Atlanta, GA.
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  • Viewers of the Michigan Lottery's televised drawings will soon be missing the three long time personalities who rotated on-camera time. The Lottery will not be renewing the contracts of Aggy Usedly, Beth McCleod and Darryl Wood as of September 29th - after that, the drawings will all be automated. Usedly had the longest tenure of the trio, spending 35 years hosting lottery events on television. The drawings are seen statewide on a single TV station in each market.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 19, 2012

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WKAR-TV's QuizBusters launches new season tonight

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

 


 

Pistons announce local TV and radio broadcast schedules

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 20, 2012

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Detroit News:

The Detroit Historical Society celebrated the opening of its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning, showcasing the handprints and signatures of almost two dozen Detroit icons. Detroit Legends Plaza had its official ribbon cutting ceremony just outside the Detroit Historical Museum's southwest entrance in Midtown.

Full story: Detroit Legends Plaza opens with city's biggest celebrities immortalized (Wed, 9/19)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Veteran news anchor Diana Lewis of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) says Hollywood can keep its Walk of Fame now that the Motor City has its Detroit Legends Plaza. Lewis and WJR-AM (760)'s Paul W. Smith were honored at Wednesday's ceremony celebrating the opening of the Detroit Historical Society's Detroit Legends Plaza, an outdoor attraction at the Midtown museum.

Full story: Detroit Legends Plaza opens (Thu, 9/20)

 


 

Detroit's WTVS-TV taking part in Saturday's American Graduate Day

Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch, 56, DPTV) is part of the national American Graduate Day on Saturday September 22, featuring seven uninterrupted hours of TV and online programming, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., designed to call attention to solutions to America's dropout crisis.

American Graduate Day is part of the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis. Metro Detroit is one of the program's participating markets.

National American Graduate Day programming will break each hour for local broadcasters to offer their own programming. In Southeast Michigan, DPTV will feature solutions offered by more than a dozen organizations focused locally and regionally, including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Black Family Development, City Year, Communities in Schools, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Excellent Schools Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company, the Michigan Department of Education, the United Way for Southeast Michigan, Widening Advancements for Youth, Winning Futures and the YMCA.

Additionally, throughout the broadcast, hosts Fred Nahhat and Desiree Cooper will provide the audience with opportunities to connect to mentorship and volunteer opportunities.

"American Graduate Day is part of our long-term commitment to work with the Southeast Michigan community on this vital issue," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. "We are using power of media to provide the community with new tools needed to raise awareness of this dropout crisis and convene the people who have the best chance at reversing the trends."

American Graduate Day can be seen on DPTV's main channel, WTVS-TV, Channel 56 and via www.miamericangraduate.org.

Excellent Schools Detroit, the MGM Grand Detroit and the United Way for Southeast Michigan each provided underwriting support for the programming. More information on American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is available at www.americangraduate.org.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 22 - 23, 2012

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WXYZ-TV/Detroit set to debut Bounce TV on Wednesday on Ch. 7.3

E.W. Scripps affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit will launch Bounce TV, the nation's first broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences, on Wednesday, September 26th, the day the network celebrates its first birthday. The new network will be seen over-the-air on channel 7.3.

Bounce TV programming targets African-Americans between the ages of 25 and 54, with a programming mix of theatrical motions pictures, live sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series and original series.

The network is currently available in 60% of television households in 17 of the top 20 television markets, and in more than 80% of African American homes.

"We're extremely excited to provide this unique programming opportunity for the roughly 400,000 African-American homes throughout Southeast Michigan," says Ed Fernandez, Divisional General Manager and VP & GM of WXYZ. "We look forward to building this network for our local viewers and believe this effort, as has always been the case at WXYZ, will serve our community well".

More information on Bounce TV programming is available at www.bouncetv.com.

WXYZ has been testing the new channel this week; over-the-air viewers have been receiving a visual test pattern with what seemed to be audio from the network.

 


 

WTVS/Detroit hosting annual Premiere Night Gala on Thursday; honoring community leaders

In celebration of the 2012 fall line-up and to honor four Southeastern Michigan community leaders, Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch. 56, DPTV) will host its 11th Annual Premiere Night gala on Thursday, Sept. 27. Held at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, the event will begin at 6 p.m.

Premiere Night is DPTV's signature fundraising event, which unveils the fully-loaded PBS fall season and a variety of new local DPTV productions. Widely regarded as one of the most anticipated fundraising events in Metro Detroit, guests of Premiere Night will enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails,hors d'oeuvres, dinner, a live auction and the presentation of DPTV's dedicated community leader awards.

More information on the event and the award winners at www.dptv.org/support/premierenight2012.shtml.

 

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. 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. 2, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

Here's how the Tigers' 6-3, American League Central-clinching win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night sounded:

Full story: What the Tigers' AL Central-clinching win sounded like on TV, radio (Mon, 10/1)

 


 

Detroit News:

With an outright American League Central Division title and a playoff berth within reach, and a star who's closing in on an historic season, the Tigers are giving fans plenty of reason to pay attention. It's been reflected in the TV ratings.

Full story: Tigers on pace to win local TV ratings crown (Mon, 10/1)

 

Detroit radio personalities Kimberly "Paigion" Walker and Jordan Johnson, aka "Shorty da Prince," have been named the new co-hosts of BET's "106 & Park." Walker and Johnson are both on-air jocks at WGPR-FM (107.5). Their last day at the station will be Oct. 5.

Full story: WGPR-FM jocks Walker, Johnson to join BET's '106 & Park' (Tue, 10/2)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Julius "Juke" Van Oss was sitting behind a wooden table, signing books inside Holland's Readers' World bookstore, when a longtime listener to his "Talk of the Town" radio program stopped in.

Full story: Juke Van Oss, popular Holland radio host, pens a new book (Mon, 10/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • News/Talk 760 WJR updated their guest host list for the Wednesday, October 3rd broadcast anchored by Governor Rick Snyder. The Governor will be joined by Michigan State University Athletic Director, Mark Hollis and David Brandon, Athletic Director for University of Michigan. Hollis and Brandon will be taking turns subbing for Sports Director, Steve Courtney, also taking a short hiatus this week. Courtney is also the broadcast anchor for WJR's tailgate shows at all MSU home games.

    Said Courtney with tongue firmly in cheek: "I'm not sure if Mark and David know what they're getting into, not being used to performing under pressure or anything. At least at WJR they can get the finest in lukewarm coffee, stale donuts and verbal harangues from Executive Producer Ann Thomas to make them feel at home."
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  • Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) News Director Vincent Duffy has taken office as chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Duffy is the first public media news director ever elected to this position with the national organization. Duffy served as chair-elect of the RTDNA during 2011. He takes over the chairmanship from Kevin Benz of CultureMap Austin, who now assumes the role of chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation.

    "I'm excited about this opportunity to represent electronic journalists, including digital journalists, and advocate on their behalf," commented Duffy. Looking forward, Duffy hopes to grow the membership of the organization and increase RTDNA's journalism training and advocacy work.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 3, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 4, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

"To everyone at home, God bless you. Thanks so much for loving me. I love you back." With those heartfelt words, longtime Detroit news anchor Diana Lewis concluded a 44-year-career in television at the end of this evening's 6 p.m news on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).

Full story: Channel 7 anchor Diana Lewis says farewell to viewers after final newscast (Wed, 10/3)

 


 

Detroit Free News:

It's called the WHFR Record Show, but this fifth annual event at Henry Ford Community College features more than just vinyl records. A social event for collectors and music lovers, the show draws vendors selling and trading CDs, videos and music and pop-culture memorabilia.

Full story: Rare vinyl and memorabilia at annual WHFR record show (Thu, 10/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 5, 2012

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Detroit News:

Legendary news anchor Diana Lewis left an indelible mark not only on TV viewers but also on her co-workers at WXYZ-TV. Lewis, who retired Wednesday, was back on the set Thursday, where she received a well-deserved televised send-off called "Diana Lewis: A Friend Forever." JoAnne Purtan, who co-anchored "Action News" at 5 p.m. with Lewis, hosted the segment, which included appearances by former WXYZ-TV personalities such as meteorologist Jerry Hodak, sports anchor Don Shane and of course the equally legendary Bill Bonds.

Full story: News anchor Lewis starts retirement with a bash (Thu, 10/4)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

More Details: Colleagues give Diana Lewis big send-off: "Is that Billy?" asked Diana Lewis as she waited to go on the air Thursday for a salute to her broadcast news career. Bill Bonds was seated nearby with a group of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) luminaries and several Lewis family members.

Full story: Names and Faces (Fri, 10/5)

 


 

Rollingout.com:

If you were bothered by the radio station shake up in Detroit that left the city with out it's nationally noted 107.5 jazz station, on-air personality Koffey Brown feels you. And she's been working to address the issues and alleviate the pain of it all, through candid discussion of Detroit's radio wars.

Full story: Radio Wars in Detroit: 107.5′s Koffey Brown Explains (Thu, 10/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Major League Baseball to frustrate some MLB playoff viewers: Sunday's Detroit Tigers - Oakland A's playoff game, scheduled for noon, will only be available on television to cable and satellite customers on systems that carry MLB Network. Unlike the National Football League, which offers games to local broadcast affiliates when games air either on NFL Network or ESPN, MLB Network will maintain its exclusive rights to carry two Division Championship Series games - including Sunday's Tigers-A's contest. In the immediate Detroit area, the decision will affect numerous subscribers to WOW!, the country's 15th largest cable provider.
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  • Yet another retransmission contract issue may affect TV viewers in West Michigan as Gannett, owner of ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids, threatens to pull its 19 stations off Dish Network at midnight on October 8th. A new twist to these negotiations is Gannett's displeasure with Dish Network's automatic commercial-skipping technology used on its DVRs.
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  • Out: The Bob & Tom Show from Townsquare Media Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7 Grand Rapids; Andy O'Riley And Dave Kaechele take over morning drive with a new local offering starting on Monday.

 

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. 8, 2012

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WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

For the first time in more than a decade, 24 Hour News 8 has a new set. Construction took place during ArtPrize 2012 - when 24 Hour News 8 moved its studio into the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Full story: 24 Hour News 8 debuts new set (Mon, 10/8 - with video)

 


 

Forbes.com:

Justin Verlander pitched the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland A's last night in the first game of the American League Division Series. But for the Tigers, the bigger story may be that the team is in the fifth year of a 10-year cable contract with FoxSports Detroit in which the regional sports network pays the team an average $40 million a season, or about $256,000 per game. That is peanuts by today's standards, and since cable deals with Fox have an option for the team and network to negotiate a revised deal at the mid-point of the contract, the MLB team is about to cash in.

Note: FOX Sports Detroit is disputing the accuracy of this article

Full story: Postseason Success Means Rich Cable Deal Looms For Tigers (Sun, 10/7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A possible blackout of Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 on Dish Network was averted today as Gannett, WZZM's parent company, and the satellite company have come to terms on a new agreement on programming fees. No specific details were released. The two sides earlier in the day agreed to an extension that kept Gannett stations on Dish in 19 cities across the country.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 10, 2012

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C & G News:

If you grew up watching local TV during the early '60s, you may know Fraser resident Don Kolke. From September 1963 to December 1964, Kolke earned local fame as CKLW-TV's Hercules. "I welcomed it," said Kolke, 72, of being cast as the muscular, square-jawed strongman. "I wanted to be on television, and I figured I could have fun with this."

Full story: The Mighty Hercules -- Fraser man recalls playing a Greek hero on TV (Wed, 10/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 news does have a new look. Your eyes are not deceiving you.

Full story: Your eyes are not deceiving you; WOOD TV8 has a new set for 24 Hour News 8 (Wed, 10/10)

 


 

NewscastStudio:

WOOD-TV, 24 Hour News 8, switched to an upgraded set Monday. The new set is by Orlando based designer FX Design Group.

Full story: Grand Rapids NBC debuts major upgrade from FX Design Group (Tue, 10/9)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons today announced that Fox Sports Detroit has added five telecasts to its preseason broadcast schedule while also dropping the Oct. 24 exhibition vs. Minnesota in Winnipeg

Full story: FSD adds five Pistons exhibitions to TV schedule but also drops one (Tue, 10/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former AM station WSHN AM 1550 Fremont has been deleted from the FCC databases. The station has been off the air for a number of years.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 15, 2012

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TVNewsCheck:

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 22, 2012

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Saginaw News:

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

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

 


 

Detroit News:

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

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 25, 2012

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Lansing City Pulse:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 26, 2012

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Detroit News:

WJLB-FM (98) "Morning Show" personality Ingrid "COCO" Walton will host the breast cancer fundraiser "Testimonies in Pink: fight chronicles," from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at Creative Arts Center, 47 Williams St., Pontiac. The event is the brainchild of Tawonna Anthony, a 32-year-old mother from Pontiac who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.

Full story: Radio host COCO to host breast cancer fundraiser Nov. 4 (Fri, 10/26)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

Tom Canedo has been named vice president and general manager of the CBS duopoly WWJ-WKBD Detroit. He comes from WUPA Atlanta, the CBS-owned CW affiliate, where he was general manager. He joined WUPA as local sales manager in 1999 and was named vice president, station manager and director of sales in 2006.

Full story: Canedo named WWJ Detroit GM (Fri, 10/26)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Citadel/Detroit beefs up sales team: The company announced that Laine Buszka, Patrick Delaney, Kevin Hayes, Janet Jablonski, Jon Loughridge, Tyrone Noble, Bethany Rista are the newest members of the Accounts Team for 760 WJR-AM, 93.1 WDRQ-FM and 96.3 WDVD-FM.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 31, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Michael Savage and "The Savage Nation" is back in Grand Rapids. Hurricane Sandy's effects marred satellite transmission, but Cumulus Media-owned WJRW-AM 1340 in Grand Rapids yesterday began airing the conservative talk show host's syndicated show, which airs 9 p.m. to 12 midnight, weekdays.

Full story: Michael Savage, 'The Savage Nation,' returns suddenly to Grand Rapids radio on WJRW-AM 1340 (Wed, 10/31)

 


 

Huffington Post:

Rhonda Walker's commitment to community service springs from her deep roots in the community, and permeates all her activities. Rhonda Walker started in television news 11 years ago, when she applied to Fox 2 News for a position as traffic reporter. She aspired to the news reporting and anchoring side, but decided to take whatever was available to get into broadcasting. Her foot in the door was traffic. Rhonda's prior work experience was in pharmaceutical sales.

Full story: Rhonda Walker, Detroit News Anchor, Uses TV Platform To Inspire Teen Girls (Wed, 10/31)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 5, 2012

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Flint Journal:

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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

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

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 7, 2012

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Saginaw News:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 8, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Merry Christmas from The River. If you tuned into WTRV-FM 100.5 this morning, you were greeted with the seasonal sounds of Christmas.

Full story: Christmas music comes to town on Grand Rapids radio for the holiday season (Thu, 11/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Grand Rapids has not one but two All-Christmas stations as of this morning: Following WTRV's midnight flip, Clear Channel Soft Rock WSRW-FM 105.7 (Star 105.7) made its annual switchover at about 6 a.m.
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  • Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, along with the Detroit 300 Conservancy, will "Light Up the Season," with the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, live from the heart of Detroit at Campus Martius Park on Friday, November 16th, 7:30-8 p.m. Hosted by news anchors Carolyn Clifford and Stephen Clark, "Light Up The Season" will feature performances by Detroit vocalist KEM, the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet, the Detroit Skating Club, the Arctic Figure Skating Club and the Metropolitan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus, as well as a visit from Santa himself.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 13, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV's Emily Richett is moving on. What's next for the FOX 17 personality has yet to be revealed, but Richett announced Monday, Nov. 11, that this is her last week at the West Michigan FOX-TV affiliate.

Full story: WXMI-TV personality Emily Richett announces she's leaving FOX 17 (Tue, 11/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Another addition to the options for Christmas music in southeast Michigan as Radio First AM simulcasters WHLS 1450 Port Huron and WHLX 1590 Marine City have stopped the oldies/classic hits and joined the holiday parade.

 


 

Cumulus/Detroit hosting 7th Annual Canned Food Festival Nov. 14

WDVD-FM 96.3, WDRQ-FM 93.1, and WJR AM 760, in partnership with MJR Digital Cinemas, will host their 7th annual Canned Film Festival food drive to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. On Wednesday, November 14th, bring five canned good items to any of the seven participating MJR Digital Cinemas, and receive free admission to any movie, that day only, any time from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. It's a "win-win" situation to help feed the area's hungry while getting to see a first-run movie.

96.3 WDVD's afternoon host, Jesse, will be broadcasting live from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the new MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema located at 6800 North Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48185.

All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be collected and distributed by Gleaners Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties.

Kroger has issued a challenge to the public: for every Kroger brand canned good donated, Kroger will MATCH the donations up to $5,000.

Last year's Canned Film Festival was highly successful with over 9,000 people attending the seven MJR Digital Cinemas, and donating over 47,000 pounds of food.

Participating MJR Digital Cinemas are Brighton Towne Square Digital Cinema 20, Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16, Marketplace Sterling Heights Digital Cinema 20, Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14, Southgate Digital Cinema 20, Waterford Digital Cinema 16, and Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 16, 2012

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Legendary Detroit radio/TV personality Sonny Eliot dies at age 91

 

CBS Detroit: Beloved Detroit Weatherman and WWJ Newsradio 950′s own Sonny Eliot has died at age 91. Eliot died peacefully at his Farmington Hills home with family members and loved ones by his side. // Stories: Beloved Detroit Weatherman Sonny Eliot Dies     ||     Metro Detroiters Remember The Legendary Sonny Eliot (Fri, 11/16)

 

WDIV-TV Detroit: The legendary Detroit weatherman who always managed to spread sunshine even when the forecast called for rain, Sonny Eliot, has died. // Full story: Legendary Detroit weatherman Sonny Eliot dies (Fri, 11/16)

 

Detroit News: Sonny Eliot, the Metro Detroit weatherman known for a flurry of one-liners, has died at the age of 91. According to WWJ-AM (950) -- the radio station he called home for decades -- Eliot died at his Farmington Hills home with family by his side. // Full story: Famed weatherman Sonny Eliot dead at age 91 (Fri, 11/16)

 

Detroit Free Press: Sonny Eliot, whose radio and television career ran longer than any other broadcaster in Detroit history, died Thursday at his home in Farmington Hills, according to reports. // Full story: Sonny Eliot, longtime Detroit broadcaster, dies at 91 (Fri, 11/16)

 

Documentary feature 'Pioneers of Detroit Television' from WTVS-TV (DPTV):

 


 

TVSpy.com:

After three years as general manager of WFLD in Chicago, Mike Renda is jumping to another Fox O&O. Effective January 7, Renda will be the VP-GM at WJBK in Detroit.

Full story: Fox General Manager Mike Renda Moves From Chicago to Detroit (Fri, 11/16)

 


 

Brent Alberts exits from Program Director position at Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit

Alberts himself broke the news yesterday via his Facebook page: "As of this morning I am no longer with Greater Media Detroit. WCSX has been one of the highlights of my career, and what a great staff. I will miss the many folks I worked with here. It was truly an honor to program and work for this company in Detroit. Who knows what's next for me. Only time will tell!"

Alberts is a native Michigander that had been programming 'CSX for the past couple of years and before that had been with Citadel in Grand Rapids and Lansing for eight years where he had last been overseeing rock programming. His contract was not renewed with WCSX.

Buzz Knight, Greater Media's Vice President of Program Development in Detroit adds programming responsibilities for WCSX while a search takes place for a full time replacement for Alberts.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 19, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Katrina Hancock announced via Facebook that she'll be leaving her role as weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter at NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit after this coming weekend.
    Her comments on the social media site: "Hey everyone, I want to thank you for your support of my work over the past six years, but I have decided that it's time to take a break from the business and move on. I have enjoyed working in such an amazing sports city and I've been blessed to cover some wonderful stories. I truly do love Detroit. I will always be an ambassador for this city for the rest of my life. The people make this city so amazing and I'm so happy to have called Detroit my home for the past 6 years."

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 20, 2012

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MLive.com:

Charter Communications cable subscribers may lose WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV and WXSP-TV next week if the station owners do not reach a new agreement with the cable provider. In West Michigan, Charter Communications provides cable services in the towns of Greenville, Grand Haven, Holland, Allegan, Big Rapids, Ludington and Portage.

Full story: Charter Communications cable subscribers may lose local TV stations in fee dispute (Tue, 11/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Can Art Vuolo still jock? As a special Thanksgiving weekend treat on this Sunday November 25th, Art Vuolo, known for years as "Radio's Best Friend" will try is hand at doing an oldies DJ show on an Internet station from Cleveland, OH. The site is a recreation of the legendary WIXY1260 (1965-1975). So, write it down and prepare your computer, smart phone or Internet radio for 3 to 6 pm EST to hear if Mr. Vuolo can still hit a post! It's www.wixy1260online.com and is in no way affiliated with the WIXY of today (country) in Champaign, IL, Saga Communications or Ed Christian. Art says it will go well with leftovers and NFL football with the TV sound turned down.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 28, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

After 15 straight hours on the air, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom, his voice still strong but physically spent, ended his first S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon with a big number: $401,321.34! That's how much listeners contributed to the S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit charities, founded by Albom, and their partner programs, such as Working Homes/Working Families, 100 Houses, A Time To Help, S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic and Detroit Dream Scholars.

Full story: Mitch Albom, radiothon help raise more than $401,000 for needy (Wed, 11/28)

 

After prominent on-air roles on SportsCenter and First Take over a decade at ESPN, Dana Jacobson last spring did something you pretty much never see in TV sports -- she took herself off the air.

Full story: Michigan native Dana Jacobson headed to CBS Sports Radio (Wed, 11/28)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

While many TV stations use social media like facebook or twitter to connect with their viewers, Detroit anchor Stephen Clark may have found a way to translate those clicks and tweets into viewership. In the video above, the anchor for the Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ tells the story of his ongoing twitter conversation called #backchannel.

Full story: 'Silver Fish Handcatch!': Detroit Anchor Uses Twitter To Engage TV Audience (Wed, 11/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 29, 2012

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Detroit News:

A public service will be held next week for beloved and wacky weatherman Sonny Eliot who died earlier this month at age 91. According to WWJ-AM (950) -- a station that broadcast Eliot from 1947 to 2010 -- Wayne State University will hold "Always Sonny!" on Dec. 6. The event is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the university's Community Arts Auditorium, located at 450 Reuther Mall.

Full story: Event to celebrate life, career of beloved broadcaster Sonny Eliot (Thu, 11/29)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Wayne State University has announced it will host a memorial service next week for the late broadcaster Sonny Eliot. The well-known media personality and longtime broadcaster on WWJ-AM (950) radio died Nov. 16 at age 91.

Full story: Wayne State to host Sonny Eliot memorial on Dec. 6 (Thu, 11/29)

 


 

West Michigan retransmission agreement battles near blackout status

Two television retransmission agreements affecting West Michigan are coming down to the wire.

Update: LIN and Charter reached an agreement and all of LIN's stations remained on Charter Cable today.

The first, between LIN Media and Charter Cable, is set to expire at 5 p.m. today potentially affecting Charter customers that receive LIN's NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids, ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Ch. 41 Battle Creek, and My affiliate WXSP-TV Ch. 15 Grand Rapids. A statement from LIN reads, "We are working hard to reach a new agreement with Charter, however, we feel it is our duty to keep our viewers informed when a contract deadline approaches and a new agreement has not yet been reached. If we do not reach an agreement, by law, Charter cannot carry our signal on its cable system. Our stations are important assets to the local community. Without a fair agreement, we will not be able to provide the premiere news, sports, entertainment, weather, traffic updates, political coverage and other local and national programming that is most important to you. Please call 1-888-438-2427 and tell Charter that you do not want to lose your favorite programming."

Another negotiation is underway between DirecTV and Gannett, owner of Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13. That agreement is set to expire on December 1st - without a new agreement or extension in place by then, expect WZZM to come off DirecTV at midnight tomorrow.

Read WZZM's statement on the situation here.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 30, 2012

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Detroit News:

Now that the Dodgers are closing in on a $6 billion-$7 billion television deal, their haul for granting Fox Sports the privilege to carry their games, it's understandable if the Tigers and other teams are jealous, angry, or even a tad homicidal. They'd appreciate even half of that $240 million-$280 million per year the Dodgers are projected to pull in once the new contract's ink is dry within a few days or weeks.

Full story: Tigers say Fox Sports Detroit deal a good one (Fri, 11/30)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The owners of WZZM TV-13 are warning viewers that its programming may not be available via DirecTV after midnight Friday, Nov. 30.

Full story: WZZM's owners say they may ditch DirecTV subscribers by midnight Friday (Fri, 11/30)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

"Crush Collision"--an electronic dance music show on WCBN (88.3-FM), the student radio station at the University of Michigan--celebrates a remarkable 25-year run Saturday, Dec. 1 at Necto.

Full story: WCBN show 'Crush Collision' marking 25 years with special night at Necto (Fri, 11/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 1 - 2, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit's morning radio landscape is braced for another shake-up: where the "Dave and Chuck the Freak" show and its lucrative ratings end up. The sudden departure last month of the show's hosts from the Windsor-based alternative-rock station "89X" -- the on-air branding for CIMX 88.7 FM -- with what's thought to be more than two years left on their contract is the latest major local morning radio change since Dick Purtan retired in March 2010 from WOMC FM 104.3 and Jim Harper retired from WMGC 105.1 FM in December 2011.

Full story: Morning radio abuzz over where Dave and Chuck might rise again (Sun, 12/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • An agreement between ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids owner Gannett and DirecTV on Saturday morning has kept the station available for viewers on the satellite service. As is normally the case, no further information on the agreement has been released publicly.
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  • Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures LLC, will be guest hosting the Paul W. Smith show on Monday, December 3rd from 6 - 9 a.m. Where is Paul W. Smith going on this Monday? As a pledge for the "Movember" program, which encourages better awareness of men's health, he's going for his annual physical.

    Smith commented, "It's not just about supporting the growth of a fine mustache for 30 days. It's about acting on what we're telling men they need to get better at being proactive about their health."

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 4, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 5, 2012

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Detroit News:

WJBK Fox 2 News viewers will have to steady themselves for a blow this week. Veteran reporter Al Allen will bid farewell to viewers Friday after nearly 30 years on the job. That his last day falls on the remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor is not lost on some colleagues.

Full story: Newsman Al Allen signs off Fox 2 after nearly five decades in the business (Wed, 12/5)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Robert Howard Blodgett, a former Wyoming resident and homebuilder who once hosted a popular radio call-in show, died last week while serving his 2011 prison sentence for extortion.

Full story: Former host of WOOD radio call-in show dies while serving prison sentence (Wed, 12/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus/Ann Arbor Adult Alternative WQKL-FM 107.1 kicked off their annual "Rockin' For the Hungry" food drive to benefit Food Gatherers this morning at the Westgate Kroger store on S. Maple near Jackson. Personalities including Martin Bandyke, John Bommarito, and Kelly Brown will be broadcasting live through Sunday hoping to get donations of 200 tons of nutritious food.

    Every day, thousands of people in Washtenaw County rely on Food Gatherers, the area's largest food rescue and collection organization, distributing more than 4.6 million pounds of food to over 150 local non-profit organizations that see to it our neighbors in need, mostly families and children, won't go hungry.

    Gifts of non-perishable food can be taken to any Washtenaw County Kroger location. More info at www.annarbors107one.com.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 7, 2012

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RadioInk:

When I began my career as an agent, Ed Christian was one of the first people I met at an NAB in the 80s. He was so nice to me that I wanted to do business with him just to spend time with him. I quickly learned that before owning stations he had worked in a similar career as me and knew a great deal more than I did.

Full story: How Saga CEO Ed Christian got in to radio (Fri, 12/7)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Greater Media Active Rock WRIF/Detroit has named Townsquare Active Rock WGRD/Grand Rapids' Andy Green as APD/MD effective December 17th, filling the slot left open by the departure of Suzy Cole, who left to join Beats BY Dre in Los Angeles.

Full story: Andy Green Named APD/MD At WRIF (Fri, 12/7)

 


 

MyFoxDetroit/WJBK-TV Ch. 2:

On the best mornings and the worst mornings, Al Allen has been there to make sure we knew what was going on in our neighborhoods. His voice is a warm, familiar blanket to comfort us through the ups and downs in the city. Now, it's his turn to sleep in. After 28 years at WJBK, Al will retire after one last morning of reporting Friday.

Full story: Al Allen, a Detroit media icon, set to retire Friday (Fri, 12/7)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Inside Marko's Cozy Café in Southfield, Al Allen glances over the handwritten notes he's prepared. But before the veteran broadcast journalist can share another memory from one of the many landmark local stories he's covered, a man walks up to the booth and says: "I'm so mad at you."

Full story: Al Allen, vet broadcast reporter, recounts famed stories on day of retirement (Fri, 12/7)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 8 - 9, 2012

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New York Times:

Usually at this time of year, hockey fans would plant themselves in front of their televisions and watch players like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Marian Hossa command the ice. Instead, they have been reminded that Ken Dryden was tall, Guy Lafleur had a side part, and the boards in arenas once bore only team logos.

Full story: N.H.L. Void Has Networks Scrambling (Sat, 12/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 13, 2012

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Broadcasting & Cable:

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

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

 


 

MLive.com:

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

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

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 


 

Toledo Blade:

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 14, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Joe Donovan, morning co-anchor at CBS Radio All-News WWJ AM 950 Detroit, reportedly resigned on-air this morning at the very end of his shift. He had been with WWJ since 1976 and had first become known in Detroit as a "20-20 News" anchor at 'The Big 8', CKLW AM 800 Windsor starting in 1970.

 


 

Detroit News:

Joe Donovan, longtime co-anchor (with Roberta Jasina) of WWJ-AM's (950) morning show, signed off Friday morning after some 36 years with the station. Donovan simply thanked Detroiters for listening in a goodbye that lasted mere seconds.

Full story: WWJ-AM's Donovan, Walton no longer at station (Fri, 12/14)

 


 

MLive.com:

The state government cable channel is going all-online. Michigan Government Television, or MGTV, will be replaced with the MiTV web portal in January ... The station's board of cable industry executives recently decided to drop the station due to lack of demand, said Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Full story: MGTV, Michigan's government cable station, to be replaced with online format (Fri, 12/14)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA/DETROIT-WINDSOR,CANADA VP/GM ERIC PROKSCH has named JAY HUDSON as PD of Alternative CIMX (89X). HUDSON has served as the station's MD and evening jock for the last six years. HUDSON will move into the 3-7p shift, formally held by CAL CAGNO. CAGNO will take over mornings on 89X alongside newly acquired host RUSTY THOMSON.

Full story: 89X/Detroit Promotes Jay Hudson To PD (Fri, 12/14)

 


 

Hour Detroit Magazine:

When Dr. Partha Nandi struck up a conversation at a private dinner party, he never dreamed it would lead to a second full-time job. The father of one of the guests was battling pancreatic cancer, and Partha, a metro Detroit-based gastroenterologist, took note. For the next hour, the doctor thoroughly went over the disease, discussing treatment options and insurance issues so the man could better understand the situation his father faced.

Full story: Locally Produced Medical TV Show Aims for National Syndication (Fri, 12/14)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 17, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Forty years ago, before Masterpiece's "Downton Abbey" or Ken Burns' "The Civil War" or "Jazz" were imagined, WGVU-TV first went on the air as the PBS-TV station in Grand Rapids. When it debuted in 1972, the Grand Valley State University station was on the air just four hours a day.

Full story: WGVU-TV marks 40th anniversary of its debut as West Michigan's PBS-TV station (Mon, 12/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Rockin' for the Hungry Meets 200 Ton Goal by Extending Fund Drive: Cumulus Adult Alternative WQKL-FM (Ann Arbor's 107one), Food Gatherers and Kroger have announced they have met their 200 ton food and fund drive goal. Following the final Rockin' for the Hungry broadcast on Sunday, December 9, annarbor's 107one continued a "Post-Rockin'" campaign urging donors to make donations on Food Gatherers' website. Online gifts, combined with two significant recent gifts, brought the total up to 200 tons.

    "Our deepest thanks to all the ann arbor's 107one radio personalities and folks behind the scenes who make this annual event possible," said Eileen Spring, President/CEO of Food Gatherers. "Through the determination of the radio station, Kroger and our community, we have met this Rockin' goal which will have a tremendous and immediate impact on our daily hunger relief efforts."

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 18, 2012

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MLive.com:

The job status of sports commentator Rob Parker at Detroit's WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is unclear after the former Detroit News columnist got suspended indefinitely from ESPN's "First Take" show last week after an on-air racially-charged rant about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Full story: Rob Parker's job status at Detroit's WDIV-TV unclear after ESPN 'First Take' controversy; station silent (Tue, 12/18)

 

Rob Parker-ESPN controversy leads to National Association of Black Journalists statement, investigation (Tue, 12/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 19, 2012

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The Oakland Press:

Two Oakland County school districts sent letters home to parents this week after a WDIV-TV camera operator attempted to enter schools on the first school day following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Every West Bloomfield School District building was placed on lockdown Monday after a Local 4 News camera operator attempted to enter Gretchko Elementary School, near Hiller and Greer roads. The man attempted to enter the lower-level elementary school, which houses kindergartners and first-graders, through multiple doors.

Full story: WDIV camera operator causes lockdown of West Bloomfield schools, enters Walled Lake school (Wed, 12/19)

 


 

Detroit News:

A local television station apologized to the West Bloomfield School District and local law enforcement after one of its photographers allegedly tried to enter at least one elementary school, prompting a districtwide lockdown Monday. "We never intended to exacerbate an already intense situation, and apologize to West Bloomfield Police and the school," said Marla Drutz, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) vice president and general manager.

Full story: TV photographer prompts West Bloomfield schools lockdown (Wed, 12/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Randy Carr, Assistant Manager, Technical Director, and teacher for Bloomfield Hills Schools WBFH-FM 88.1 is retiring on Friday after 13 years with the district. Carr's radio career also included 35 years in commercial radio.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

MGTV -- the cable television station that has broadcast the machinations of state government since 1996 -- will go dark by mid-January. The service, provided by five of the state's largest cable television providers, will be transferred to the state's Technology, Management and Budget department and will be available only online.

Full story: Cable stations drop government TV station; some content to be online (Wed, 12/19)

 

Detroit-based ESPN commentator Rob Parker today apologized for the racial comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III that got him suspended by the network last week.

Full story: ESPN's Rob Parker apologizes for Robert Griffin III comments (Wed, 12/19)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 20, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

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

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

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

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 21, 2012

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Detroit News:

If you hear the sound of champagne corks popping at WXYZ-TV in Southfield, they're celebrating winning the Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia Award, the highest award in broadcast journalism, for the series "Wayne County Confidential: Government Run Amok."

Full story: Society confidential: Jones, Catallo and Channel 7 I-team honored (Fri, 12/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WKTV, the Wyoming-Kentwood community television station, will broadcast HOT-FM's New Year's Eve party. The live simulcast will be available to area Comcast subscribers on channel 24, and to AT&T U-Verse subscribers on channel 99.

Full story: HOT-FM New Year's Eve party to be broadcast on local television (Fri, 12/21)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit will simulcast ESPN's coverage of tomorrow's Detroit Lions - Atlanta Falcons NFL game. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. EST.

 

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