West Michigan: August 2012 Archives

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.

 


 

Information added/updated periodically throughout the day; Refresh the page for the latest version.

 

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)

 

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