Television: August 2012 Archives

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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