Television: July 2012 Archives

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.

 

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