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Newsmakers and links: Jan. 3, 2012

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Plymouth-Canton's WSDP-FM 88.1 flips to pop

On the afternoon of New Year's Eve, WSDP-FM 88.1 Plymouth wrapped up its stunting and officially took on a pop/Hot AC format, becoming Plymouth and Canton's Hit Music and inviting listeners to come up with a name for the station - and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gas card. Visit the web site for more information and to listen to the station live at TheNew881.com.

Musically, the relaunched station will feature artists such as Adele, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Journey, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, The Fray and Bon Jovi.

WSDP will continue to be run by students in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and provide hourly community news, live broadcasts from throughout Plymouth and Canton, live school sports from Canton, Plymouth and Salem high schools, and Plymouth Whalers Hockey.

WSDP featured an alternative rock format until December 27th, when it began stunting toward its new sound. The station's staff is working on an internet only station that will continue 88.1FM's former format, known as "The Escape."

"We're excited to bring The New 88.1 to listeners in Plymouth and Canton," said Kyle Linford, Program Director, "We look forward to serving the community in the months ahead."

 


 

Southwest Michigan AM goes dark

Mid-West Family Broadcasting has taken sports WCSY AM 940 South Haven off the air permanently, electing to cease operations as of 10:40 a.m. on Monday, January 2nd. It's expected the station's two tower array will be removed at a later date.

 


 

Cumulus' Spaulding travels down US-23

RAMP reports that Matt Spaulding has exited Cumulus' Ann Arbor, MI cluster (WWWW-FM / WQKL-FM / WTKA AM / WLBY AM) and has been named as VP/Market Manager for the company's Toledo/Monroe operations (WRQN-FM / WXKR-FM / WMIM-FM / WKKO-FM / WWWM-FM / WLQR-FM/AM).

 

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. 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. 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. 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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 2, 2012

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Jeff Murri, FOX 2 General Manager, has died

WJBK FOX-owned WJBK-TV Ch. 2 (Fox 2) is reporting this afternoon that Jeff Murri, the station's General Manager, has died. No other details were revealed when the information was first released.

 

From the station: "It is with an extremely sad heart that we report the news that WJBK Fox 2 General Manager Jeff Murri has died. We knew him as a wonderful, energetic and giving person. We are deeply saddened and shocked by his loss. Right now our entire staff at the station simply sends our collective thoughts, love and prayers to his family."

 

Full story: Jeff Murri, General Manager of WJBK Fox-2, Has Died (Thu, 2/2)

 


 

WSJM-FM/AM St. Joseph:

The sound of a radio tower hitting the ground could be heard in the city of South Haven on Wednesday. AM 940 went off the air for good early this month, and now its two towers in the marshy Celery Pond have been taken down. Midwest Family Broadcasting engineer Terry Green told us that it takes some preparation to remove a couple of 220 foot towers.

Full story: South Haven Radio Towers Demolished (Wed, 2/1)

 

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. 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.

 

WKFR-HD2 Cumulus Broadcasting has started regular operations of FM translator W273AR 102.5 in the Kalamazoo market with a Country format and 10,000 songs in a row as "102.5 Great Country - The 90s to Now". The 250 watt translator provides the immediate Kalamazoo area with coverage of the new format.

The translator rebroadcasts the HD2 channel of Cumulus' WKFR-FM 103.3 - those with digital radios will have two options to receive the new offering on either WKFR-HD2 or the analog 102.5 translator.

The country format in Kalamazoo had previously been provided primarily by Clear Channel's WBCT-FM 93.7 from Grand Rapids and Midwest Communications' WNWN-FM 98.5 from Coldwater/Battle Creek until yesterday's startup of Great Country.

 

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. 24, 2012

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Detroit Free Press:

Retired Detroit broadcasting great Dick Purtan will be back on the air for today's Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon, but he thinks it might be the last time he's behind the mic ... Purtan is scheduled to be on the air with WJR-AM (760) hosts Paul W. Smith (7-9 a.m.), Frank Beckmann (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Mitch Albom (4-6 p.m.) before joining all of the show's on-air hosts from 8 to 10 p.m.

Full story: Names and Faces (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

Charlotte (NC) Observer:

Brenda Matthews, the new midday host on WKQC-FM ("K" 104.7), grew up in suburban Detroit in the Motown era, surrounded by great music coming from the radio. Once a week, she'd run down the street to a nearby record store to get the radio station hit lists when they came out. But it was still strange she chose a career in radio - she was shy as a kid.

Full story: Host on 'K' beat shyness for radio work (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City:

Old time radio lovers will be happy to hear about a big event going on in Lansing this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Michigan Historical Museum welcomes all those interested in the Golden Age of radio, and particularly those who have an antique set on hand that needs a little TLC. The Michigan Antique Radio Club will be at the museum for "Radio Rescue" beginning at 1 p.m. Club members will be available to discuss the history of radio and its effect on Michigan. Visitors are invited to bring in their cherished, time-worn radios for personalized advice on repair and restoration.

Full story: Celebrate Golden Age of radio in Lansing Saturday (Fri, 2/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Another Friday, another update on the Rock Paper Scissors challenge. It was a pretty slow week. I didn't get too many matches tossed my way. But it's a long, long road to 1,000 wins and I'm sure there will be busier weeks.

Full story: Gravy from 105.3 HOTFM the next challenger for the citywide Rock, Paper, Scissors challenge (Fri, 2/24)

 

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.

 

Central Michigan Life:

Central Michigan University's student-run radio station Modern Rock 91.5 WHMW-FM will rebrand itself, including a name change, in the fall 2012 semester. The station's new name, "Moore Rock Radio," has been approved for change on Oct. 1. The name was proposed by executive staff members to develop a new image and encompass a broader arrangement of music, and was announced at the Student Broadcast Executive Council's Feb. 23 meeting.

Full story: WMHW Modern Rock 91.5 to rebrand, change station name in fall (Sun, 3/11)

 


 

Detroit News:

He sounds the same, but doesn't look the same. That's what the loss of 40 pounds can do to anyone. Unfortunately, that's what a second bout with cancer can do as well. Tigers' longtime broadcaster Jim Price had his adrenal glands removed in a 41/2-hour procedure at Troy Beaumont Hospital in January.

Full story: Tigers broadcaster Jim Price bounces back after second bout with cancer (Sat, 3/10)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

WIDR Week will take on a more serious tone when the heart of the annual fundraising drive of the Western Michigan University student-run radio station kicks off on Sunday. WIDR General Manager Johanna Kelly said the station, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in September, needs to raise around $20,000 through its series of events and on-air funding campaign.

Full story: WIDR-FM's annual fundraiser WIDR Week to kick off this weekend, campaign key to independent station's future (Thu, 3/8)

 


 

WXMI Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

A handful of people held a protest in favor of radio-talk-show-host Rush Limbaugh early Saturday afternoon in downtown Grand Rapids.

Full story: Women, Girls Hold Protest For Rush (Sat, 3/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut," he similarly attacked women like Auna Harris and Laura Woodbury, Calvin College students who believe contraception should be available under health plans. The pair were among a dozen protesters today who delivered letters to Clear Channel Communications' Grand Rapids offices.

Full story: Protesters try to run Rush Limbaugh off Grand Rapids airwaves for 'slut' comment (Wed, 3/7)

 

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".

 

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. 21, 2012

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Will conservative-bent Detroit talk station WJR 760 AM replace the beleaguered "Rush Limbaugh Show" in the noon to 3 p.m. weekday slot with former Republican presidential candidate-turned-media personality Mike Huckabee's new show month? Right now, it's unclear but the station's parent company is sending messages that such a switch is very possible on its outlets.

Full story: Colossal Conservative Clash: Will Rush Limbaugh be replaced by Mike Huckabee on Detroit radio, or just challenged? (Wed, 3/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Question: If a radio DJ shaves his head, does his voice change? I'm thinking of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. Samson's strength was directly tied to his flowing locks.

Full story: WLAV's Rob Brandt to shave head to raise awareness and money for Van Andel Institute (Wed, 3/21)

WGVU Radio has been named Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for 2011. WGVU Radio, a service of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, was awarded five of seven possible Best in Category awards at the annual statewide Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony held last week in Lansing.

Full story: WGVU radio named 2011 Station of the Year by Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Wed, 3/21)

 

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. 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. 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.

 

Newsmakers and links: Apr. 6, 2012

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AnnArbor.com:

Student-run television station WOLV at the University of Michigan might be one of the U-M's best-kept secrets, but that could be about to change. "We are quite unknown, but we are fixing that this year," Director Lauren Blanchard said.

Full story: U-M student TV station WOLV may be small, but it provides big experience for would-be broadcasters (Fri, 4/6)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

WHFB BROADCAST ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP is selling Country WHFB-F (REAL COUNTRY 99.9)/BENTON HARBOR, MI-SOUTH BEND, IN to DOUGLAS ROAD RADIO, INC. for $20,000. With the assignment of an option to buy the station from SCHURZ COMMUNICATIONS' WSBT, INC., the latter will end its time brokerage agreement to program the station.

Full story: WHFB/Benton Harbor-South Bend Sold (Fri, 4/6)

 

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

  • * - if necessary

 

Newsmakers and links: April 10, 2012

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106.7 The D adds some personality

WDTW-FMClear Channel/Detroit Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 (The D) has added its first regular jocks to the lineup since changing format in November; Sheri Donovan is now hosting middays with Dahmer manning the afternoon shift.

Donovan should be a familiar voice to many rock listeners in Detroit; after starting her career at WTCM/Traverse City in 1983, she moved to rock radio at WWCK 105.5 Flint in 1985, then was on board at Oldies WKSG-FM 102.7 from 1986-88 when she also was featured in the March 1986 edition of Playboy Magazine. Behind the mic, she was perhaps best known around Detroit during her days at Rocker WLLZ-FM 98.7 from 1988-94.

Donovan then moved on to Los Angeles where her career continues today at Bonneville Radio Album Rocker KSWD 'The Sound'; she currently co-hosts morning drive on the west coast while simultaneously being heard here in Detroit on The D.

Dahmer was most recently at Townsquare Media Modern Rocker WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids.

 


 

RadioBusinessReport:

You may want to fasten your seatbelts for this one. On the surface, WHFB-FM in Benton Harbor MI is being sold for a relatively small amount of cash. But there is lot's more going on here. Just for starters, the station is considered to be part of a market in a different state. And there is a lot more money involved, a third party deal participant and an LMA that dates back to 1998.

Full story: More than meets the eye to Benton Harbor FM buy (Mon, 4/9)

 


 

Birach Broadcasting selling Washtenaw County AM

Birach Broadcasting is Spanish-formattted WSDS AM 1480 Salem Township (near Ypsilanti) for $1.45 million to Vazquez Broadcasting, pending FCC approval and closing. Birach acquired the station in 2005 for $1.5 million and changed the station's format from Classic Country to Spanish Pop 'La Explosiva' in June 2005.

WSDS' coverage area also includes much of western Wayne County.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

After just six months in the position (NET NEWS 10/4/11), TOWNSQUARE SVP/Sales MATT HANLON has abruptly resigned. HANLON joined TOWNSQUARE from CITADEL, where he last served as Pres./Midwest Region.

Full story: SVP/Sales Matt Hanlon Resigns From Townsquare Media (Tue, 4/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • Clear Channel/Grand Rapids Country WBCT-FM 93.7 has added Baltimore, MD based Michael J to evenings (7 p.m. - midnight) and shifted Bobby Bare to overnights (midnight - 5 a.m.).

    Michael J spent a number of years in Detroit (he was known then as Michael J Foxx) and was the last jock heard on what was WWWW-FM 106.7 when it changed format from Country to Rock in 1999. Michael J has been 'brought back' to Michigan on various other Country stations via voicetracking since moving to Baltimore.
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  • WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek has reportedly changed its format from Country to Sports. The station is currently owned by the Status Radio trust after being spun off by Cumulus as part of a 2007 transaction involving radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel in Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, and Canton, OH.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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 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.

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

WHFB AM Benton Harbor says farewell

News-talk WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor signed off at midnight today and it appears that the station has thrown in the towel on its operations permanently. The station was left as a stand-alone operation earlier this year when WHFB-FM 99.9 was sold. The station's web site, whfbam.com has also been turned off.

 


 

Ann Arbor's Michigan Radio switches up weekend programs

The University of Michigan's public radio outlets, WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will be featuring a new lineup of weekend shows starting tomorrow, June 2nd. New to the lineup are the TED Radio Hour, Ask Me Another, and The Dinner Party - what the station calls three promising new programs that they want their listeners to have a chance to hear.

The changes were made based on listener feedback, audience research, and the great response these shows have been receiving from podcast listeners across the country.

Details at michiganradio.org/michigan-radio-s-new-weekend-schedule.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Denny Gillem loves his radio show "Frontlines of Freedom" almost as much as he loves his country. His dedication to both is paying off this weekend with a 5 year anniversary special that can be heard on 1340 WJRW on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Full story: Michigan's most decorated veteran celebrating 5 year anniversary of radio show (Sat, 6/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning

  • TV Program alert, Sunday June 3rd at 7 p.m. ET on NBC: A former radio DJ's dream to sail around the world ends tragically when he is found floating in the waters off scenic Catalina Island. It would take investigators five years and two trials to solve the mystery of what happened to Steven B. Keith Morrison reports for Dateline NBC.

 

There is nothing on file with the FCC as of this morning, but over the weekend I received several tips that Lake Michigan Broadcasting has decided to sell its cluster of four stations (WKLA-FM/AM 106.3 / 1450 Ludington, WKZC-FM 94.9 Scottville, WMTE-FM 101.5 Manistee) along the West Michigan shoreline to Synergy Broadcast Group, which also owns/operates stations in the same region (WWKR-FM 94.1 Ludington, WMLQ-FM 97.7 Manistee and a construction permit for WLDN FM 98.7 Pentwater).

A local marketing agreement between the two companies went into effect on June 1st, resulting in a few personnel changes at the Lake Michigan Broadcasting stations. Most of the positions affected were part-time only.

Once filed, the transaction will require the approval of the FCC before it is completed. Lake Michigan Broadcasting is owned by the Baerwolf family and Synergy Broadcast Group by Todd Mohr.

 

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)

 

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)

 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS has tapped veteran programmer BRAD AUSTIN for PD/afternoons, effective immediately. He replaces SHANE GOAD. AUSTIN was most recently at NRG MEDIA/WAUSAU-STEVENS POINT, WI, as OM/PD of Country WYTE (Y106.5) and Top 40 WHTQ.

Full story: Brad Austin Joins WTNR As PD (Wed, 6/20)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

he last chance to grab free tickets in Kalamazoo to the B-93 Birthday Bash 20 is Thursday. The annual country music festival from Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will be held June 23-24 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 20's last ticket drop in Kalamazoo on Thursday (Wed, 6/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Shelley Irwin, award-winning host of WGVU radio's morning show, is embarking upon her own personal triathlon in the 2012 Meijer State Games of Michigan this weekend.

Full story: WGVU host Shelley Irwin makes State Games into personal triathlon (Wed, 6/20)

 

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.

 

LA's Shotgun Tom Kelly getting Star treatment

Art Vuolo checks in with the following item of interest for the many friends Shotgun Tom has in Michigan:

Shotgun Tom"Shotgun Tom" Kelly attended the last two Detroit Radio Reunion's even through he never worked at a local station. He did it as a favor to me (Art Vuolo) because that's the kind of guy he is.

Tom will celebrate 15 years at LA's KRTH (K-Earth 101) in 2013 so it somehow seems fitting that is when he will receive his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

He got the nod to do afternoon drive at the station after the untimely passing of The Real Don Steele in 1997, who also has a star. Kelly never says he replaced Steele, but rather that he succeeded Don because "no one could replace a radio legend like the Real Don Steele." The exact location of the star and date of the ceremony will be announced soon. Kelly would probably like it to be near the Don Steele star.

No doubt, Shotgun Tom is a major ambassador for K-Earth 101 (sister station to Detroit's WOMC 104.3 FM) as he plugs the station wherever he goes in his signature Smokey the Bear-style ranger hat. Whether it's his regular visits to Cantor's on Fairfax, most Wednesday nights, or one of his many personal appearances for countless charities and philanthropic events, the Shotgun is a truly a beloved radio personality, similar to Detroit's Dick Purtan. Most of his radio colleagues have proclaimed him "one of the nicest people in our business."

Kudos to a man who deserves it all...Shotgun Tom Kelly!

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Another B-93 Birthday Bash has come and gone, as record numbers flocked to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin for the celebration of all things country. This year marked a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the radio station's birthday party.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash wraps up a weekend of record crowds, sunny skies (Sun, 6/24)

 

The biggest crowd in B-93 Birthday Bash history rocked and rolled under the hot sun Saturday at the US 131 Motorsports Park. At least 65,000 were in attendance with many turned away after the parking lots became full.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2012 draws record of at least 65,000 fans as others turned away (Sat, 6/23)

 

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)

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Low power FM WMBC-LP 100.9 Norton Shores has ended operations and the station has been deleted by the FCC. It had been owned by Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference but operated by Muskegon Community Radio simulcasting the latter's Contemporary Christian 'Hey! Radio'.

 

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.

 

Newsmakers and links: July 11, 2012

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Mason County Press:

The voice of the Ludington Orioles, Rod Beckman, will be heard on a new radio station this fall, WMOM FM 102.7. Rod will direct all local sports coverage and will cover play by play of Ludington boys and girls basketball, along with Joe Holmes, while Todd Hansen and Gary Castonia will cover play by play of Oriole football. "It feels great knowing that Ludington sports will continue," Rod said.

Full story: Beckman, the voice of the Orioles returns -- this time on WMOM (Tue, 7/10)

 

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)

 

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. 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. 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. 13, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Bob Simonson, veteran West Michigan DJ at stations such as WLHT, WBCT, and WCUZ, jumps back behind the microphone at Grand Valley State's Public/Oldies WGVU AM 1480 Kentwood and WGVS AM 850 Muskegon for weekday afternoons 2 - 6 p.m. WGVU AM Program Director Len O'Kelly, who had been hosting that airshift, has added teaching responsibilities at GVSU.
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  • Cumulus/Toledo has dropped the all-sports format on WLQR AM 1470 and placed a syndicated talk format on the station. The sports format can still be heard heard on WLQR-FM 106.5 in most of the Toledo area. AM 1470 will continue to carry some sports play-by-play, including broadcasts of Detroit Tigers baseball.

 

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. 21, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Morning man Bill Bailey adds programming responsibilities at Grand Valley State University's Public/Oldies WGVU/WGVS AM 1480/850 Allendale/Grand Rapids/Muskegon.

    Bailey's extensive resume includes programming at Marconi winner WLHT-FM Grand Rapids as well as P.D. for WTRV and WFGR in Grand Rapids, WDRQ Detroit, WIZF Cincinnati, WKYS Washington, D.C., KSLQ St. Louis and KZBS Oklahoma City. His golden pipes have been behind the mic at WLHT, WDRQ, WNIC, WMXD and WLS Chicago.

    Former WGVU-AM programmer Len O'Kelly is still with the University, but now as a full time instructor.

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  • Programmer Darrin Arriens, who in the past has worked in Michigan in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing, has landed a new gig in Vero Beach, FL where he will program soft rock WGYL '93.7 The Breeze'.
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  • The FCC has proposed fines in the amount of $13,000 to J & J Broadcasting, owners of Pop WIMI-FM and Country WJMS-AM Ironwood. $10,000 is for missing quarterly issues reports for the past five quarters and another $3,000 was added due to antenna registration issues when J & J purchased the stations in 2010.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 23, 2012

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MLive.com:

Western Michigan University's Bronco Radio Network will be reaching new audiences this sports season. Midwest Communications' WKZO-FM (96.5), which serves Kalamazoo and Portage, returns this season as the flagship station of the network and WVIC-FM (94.1) also returns as an affiliate station serving Battle Creek, Jackson, Lansing and mid-Michigan.

Full story: Western Michigan's Bronco Radio Network expands to Grand Rapids and Detroit areas (Wed, 8/22)

 


 

WXYZ-TV/Detroit to provide free back-to-school immunizations

Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, along with DTE Energy Foundation will give thousands of Detroit area children a "boost" at the 35th annual "Healthy Living for Kids" immunization fair. The program will be held Sunday, August 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Visit www.wxyz.com for more information.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WMPA FM 93.1 Ferrysburg started regular operations earlier in the week with a Country format as 'Country 93.1'. The station will carry Muskegon Catholic Central sports and NASCAR races. WMPA is co-owned with WGHN-FM / AM Grand Haven. Afternoons are being hosted locally by John Roberts.
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  • The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2012-2013 Board of Directors and Officers during the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting August 20 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The newly elected officers include: Chairman, Julie Koehn, Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian, Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Rick Sykes, Central Michigan University/MHTV, Secretary/Treasurer, Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, Immediate Past Chairman, Dave Downing. Members elected for their first full-term include: Director, Randy Scott, Davison High School, Davison, Director, Pam Manor, WNEM-AM/TV, Saginaw. Members elected for their second full-term include: Director, Todd Mohr, Synergy Broadcast Group, Ludington, Director, Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV, Detroit.

 


 

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Newsmakers and links: Aug. 27, 2012

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Detroit News:

Steve Black had the best of intentions when he and his wife put her name on a charity. For that matter, he had the ideal results. What he hadn't expected from the Sabrina Black Foundation was a direct assault on his memories. The nonprofit, he came to realize, "was helping people, but it was hurting me in the process."

Full story: Sabrina would approve of husband's journey to grieve and grow (Mon, 8/27)

 


 

Grand Haven Tribune:

A new radio station has signed on the air in Grand Haven -- Country 93.1 WMPA-FM. "(The station) does something for us that we've never been able to do," station owner Will Tieman said. "It gives us another great nighttime signal for the community. It's another avenue to do more things with, and we're feeling pretty good about it." WMPA officially began broadcasting at noon Tuesday.

Full story: Country in the air (Sat, 8/25)

 


 

Owosso Argus-Press:

An Owosso-based broadcast media company announced this week it has signed an agreement to purchase Flint-based radio station WRSR-FM 103.9. Rod Krol, owner of Krol Communications Inc., said his company plans to purchase the station, pending approval by the FCC and Department of Justice, in order to expand his company and gain a foothold in a metro area.

Full story: Owosso group purchasing classic rock radio station (Sat, 8/25)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Ten years ago saw the release of the book, "LOCAL DJ," written by PETER C. CAVANAUGH. A prominently featured DJ in CLEVELAND'S ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME, the former broadcast executive helped pioneer the evolution of FM radio in the US. Along the way he helped launch the careers of BOB SEGER, TED NUGENT, ALICE COOPER and many others.

Full story: Peter Cavanaugh's 'Local DJ' Turns Ten (Mon, 8/27)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 28, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Patti McGettigan, who left WOOD-TV 8 to become news director at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, is out. A native of Dearborn and a graduate of Western Michigan University, who began her career at WWMT-TV (Channel 3) in Kalamazoo, McGettigan spent 14 years at 24-Hour News 8...

Full story: Former WOOD-TV news director who left for WISH-TV in Indianapolis no longer there (Tue, 8/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Sale price for Classic Rock WRSR-FM 103.9 Owosso from a trust set up to meet US government requirements concerning the Citadel/Cumulus merger was $1.15 million. The buyer is Krol Communications.

    There are unsubstantiated rumors around that Cumulus may try to keep the Classic Rock format in Flint by putting it on one of its other FMs in the market, with Contemporary Hits WWCK-FM 105.5 being mentioned specifically as a possible landing spot. The Cumulus/Citadel transaction gave the combined company ownership of both WWCK as well as the similarly formatted WIOG-FM 102.5, which covers Flint in addition to the Tri-Cities.

 

A Northern Michigan traveler was kind enough to provide these updates on both the AM & FM bands

  • WHAK AM 960 Rogers City MI is now simulcasting Classic Hits/Oldies WHAK-FM 99.9 'The Wave', having dropped its simulcast of 'Thunder Country', WWTH FM 100.7 Oscoda.
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  • WMKD FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste. Marie now identifies itself simply as Country 105' having dropped the 'Big Country 105.5' moniker that was in previous use. The station is in the process of being purchased by Sovereign Communications in a deal that was first announced in 2011.
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  • WNBY FM 93.9 Newberry/Sault Ste. Marie has added lots of '80s music into its music rotation - the station still calls itself 'Oldies 93', but the music has drifted more towards Classic Hits.
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  • With the recent start up of full-time operations of 'Straits Country' WWSS FM 95.3 Indian River, two translators in the region have moved to other frequencies. 95.1 W236BZ St. Ignace (Catholic // 940 WIDG) is now on 100.7 as W264CF. Also, 95.3 W237DA Boyne City (Classic Hits/Oldies // 92.5 WFDX) is now on 100.5 as W263CD.
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    Sincere thanks to our tipster for the updated info!

 

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.

PR Newswire: (http://s.tt/1m8ry)

 

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. 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. 21, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Christian Music Broadcasters has named Grand Rapids radio station WCSG-FM 91.3 as "Station of the Year," one of four stations honored across North America, based on market size.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio station surprised by 'Station of the Year' award in Christian radio (Thu, 9/20)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BIRACH BROADCASTING Sports WCAR (ESPN)/DETROIT has appointed veteran MOTOWN TV and radio personality MARK WILSON as OM/PD/nights host. A multiple winner of the MICHIGAN BEST SPORTSCAST AWARD, WILSON returns to DETROIT following a stint in LAS VEGAS.

Full story: ESPN/Detroit Names Mark Wilson OM/PD/Nights (Thu, 9/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS/Detroit's WYCD-FM 99.5 was the winner of the 2012 Marconi Award for Country Station of the Year, awarded last night in Dallas during the National Association of Broadcasters' annual Radio Show.

 

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. 28, 2012

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TVSpy.com:

WWTV-WFQX devoted time on the Thursday morning newscasts to remember Scott Michael Trager, who died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. Trager was the morning anchor at the Traverse City CBS and Fox affiliates. He joined WWTV in 1990 and spent several years as sports director before switching to news.

Full story: WWTV-WFQX Remembers Anchor Scott Michael Trager: 'Not just a colleague, but a dear friend as well' (Thu, 9/27 - with video)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WTKA offers up annual University of Michigan football flashback: Sports WTKA AM 1050 Ann Arbor will be rebroadcasting the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game tomorrow, Saturday September 29th, at noon. This year's featured game originally took place on October 6, 1979 in East Lansing with legendary "homer" Bob Ufer calling the game. Since it's a bye week for U-M's football team, this is a way for Wolverine fans to still get their football fix said Tom Ufer, who obtained the audio from the deep archives of Art Vuolo, who maintains www.vuolovideo.com and can be reached at artvuolo@aol.com. In areas outside of WTKA's listening area, the game will also be streamed at www.wtka.com.

 

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. 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. 9, 2012

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Detroit Red Wings:

It is with saddened hearts that the Detroit Red Wings announce the passing of a beloved member of our organization and hockey family, Mr. Frank Joseph James 'Budd' Lynch. Budd, the longest-tenured employee in Red Wings history at 63 years, passed away this morning after a brief illness at a local rehabilitation center. He was 95-years-old.

Full story: Red Wings mourn the loss of longtime play-by-play voice and public address announcer Budd Lynch (Tue, 10/9)

 

Video tribute

 

Detroit News: Longtime Detroit Red Wings public address announcer Budd Lynch dies

 

Detroit Free Press: Red Wings legend Budd Lynch dies

 


 

Detroit News:

For many baseball fans, the voice of Tigers radio color analyst Jim Price is as recognizable as a close friend's. Many fans feel as if they know him; his commentary is as omnipresent in the summer and fall as normal dinner conversation. But almost knowing him isn't close to truly knowing him or what he has gone through the past few years -- and what he's still battling. Price, 71, is in his 20th season as a Tigers broadcaster and his voice is as strong as ever -- even in the midst of his second bout with cancer.

Full story: Tigers announcer Jim Price stays tough despite cancer fight (Tue, 10/9)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Al Allen has announced his retirement from WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit. Allen was interviewed about his long career at WJBK by reporter Jason Carr.

Full story: Reporter Al Allen to Retire After 28 Years at WJBK (Tue, 10/9)

 

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan had a testy exchange during an interview on Monday with with WJRT in Flint, Mich.

Full story: Paul Ryan's Testy Exchange with WJRT Anchor Terry Camp (Tue, 10/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • On the air, Part I: WLDN-FM 98.7 Pentwater / Ludington has launched, signing on earlier this month simulcasting sister station Adult Contemporary 'Coast FM' WMLQ-FM 97.7 Manistee. That format is expected to be temporary with WLDN moving to a News-Talk format featuring a combination of local and syndicated talk programs along with Michigan State sports play-by-play. WLDN is owned by Synergy Media.
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  • On the air, Part II: WUPN-FM 95.1 Paradise / Sault Ste Marie has also launched this fall with a Classic Hits format as 'Radio Eagle Soo'. The station joins other 'Radio Eagle' stations in the Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas owned by Darby Advertising.

 

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. 16, 2012

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AllAccess.com:

The CRTC has approved the CBC's application to move PREMIERE CHAINE affiliate CBEF-A/WINDSOR from 540 AM to 1550 AM, the former facility of English-language CBC RADIO 1 affiliate CBE-A (now on FM). CBEF will operate with 10,000 watts from MAIDSTONE, ON; it requested the move due to concern over rust problems at the 540 AM site that necessitated a C$600,000 expense to replace four towers and led the CBC to ask to move the station to CBE's old site and frequency instead. CBEF has also been approved for an FM transmitter at 98.3 FM in SARNIA, ON to fill in coverage that the area will lose when CBEF goes to 1550 AM.

Full story: CRTC OKs CBEF Move To 1550 AM (Tue, 10/16)

 

ARISTA NASHVILLE artist BRAD PAISLEY is known for his practical jokes and sense of humor. However, a wager that began five years ago with CBS RADIO Country WYCD/ DETROIT morning show co-host STEVE GRUNWALD, has now affected an entire tribe in KENYA, AFRICA -- in a positive way.

Full story: WYCD's Steve Grunwald Delivers Cow That Brad Paisley Purchased For African Tribe (Tue, 10/16)

 

Condolences to the family and friends of FEDERATED MEDIA Rock WRBR/SOUTH BEND night slammer REVEREND RYNO (of The Church Of Rock), who died this morning at the age of 31 of a heart attack and stroke.

Full story: WRBR's Reverend Ryno Dead At 31 (Tue, 10/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 19, 2012

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Grand Rapids Press:

Kidd Kraddick is out. Connie & Curtis are in. Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Today's Best Mix Channel 95.7 (WLHT) will debut a new morning radio show to wake up West Michigan.

Full story: Connie & Curtis to wake up West Michigan as new morning radio show on WLHT 95.7 (Fri, 10/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • With no debates happening this year between U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senate candidate former Rep. Pete Hoesktra, Michigan's Public Radio stations will offer the candidates the chance to answer questions from voters across the state. There are two separate hour-long call-in shows scheduled on the stations of the Michigan Public Radio Network:

    Stabenow, the Democratic incumbent, will take questions on a special broadcast of "Michigan Calling" airing Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. Hoekstra, the Republican challenger, will be on a week later on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.

    The shows will be a statewide "town hall" format airing on public radio stations in every broadcast market in Michigan.

 

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. 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. 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. 27, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Sold: Contemporary Christian WXPZ-FM 90.1 Clyde Twp. ('The Light') by Larlen Communications to WPRR, INC. (Goodrich Radio) for $55,000 pending FCC approval and closing. WPRR itself is a talk station on AM 1680 licensed to Ada. WXPZ operates from along the Lake Michigan shoreline south of Saugatuck.
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  • For sale: Land, buildings, and broadcast towers once used by the currently silent WHFB AM 1060 and Country WHFB-FM 99.9. The $250,000 sale price likely does not include the license for the FM, which is operated out of South Bend, IN and was recently part of a separate sale. Real estate listing here.
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  • Off the air: The syndicated Laura Ingraham program which had been heard on several stations in Michigan. The host has left her syndicator (Talk Radio Network) and her future plans have not yet been revealed.
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  • Announced: Public radio station Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7) and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival will welcome America's favorite storyteller, Garrison Keillor, to Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. for a special live performance of "A Prairie Home Companion". The show will take place at Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan, as part of that historic venue's 100th anniversary celebration. Tickets will be available starting in April.
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  • Updated: The status of former Modern Rock CIMX-FM 88.7 Windsor/Detroit (89X) morning hosts Dave and Chuck 'The Freak' - they are now sitting out a six month non-compete clause, increasing speculation they will reappear on a Detroit-based station sometime this coming Spring once they are legally able to do so.

 

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. 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. 10, 2012

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Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: by CBS/Radio Detroit's Country WYCD-FM 99.5, over $500,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital during a two-day radiothon last week.
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  • Hired: By Radio One operated WGPR-FM Detroit (Hot 107.5), Dr. Darrius Summers II for weekdays 7 p.m. - midnight.
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  • Renown Michigan-based radio consultant Gary Berkowitz was interviewed by WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit this morning explaining why the type of highly publicized radio prank that went wrong involving the Duchess of York is less likely to happen in the United States. See the video here.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT PD TIM "RAYNE" RAINEY has taken a leave of absence from the station after his conviction for driving under the influence.

Full story: PD Tim Rainey Takes Leave From 98.7 Amp Radio/Detroit To Serve DUI Sentence (Mon, 12/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The headline performance for the 2012 HOT New Year's Eve party in downtown Grand Rapids will be Jesse McCartney, Cumulus Media and 105.3 HOT-FM announced Monday morning.

Full story: HOT-FM New Year's Eve party to bring Jesse McCartney, Baby Bash, more for free concert, ball drop (Mon, 12/10)

 

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. 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. 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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