Television: December 2012 Archives

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)

 


 

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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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