West Michigan: March 2012 Archives

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)

 

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