West Michigan: June 2012 Archives

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.

 

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