West Michigan: October 2012 Archives

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)

 

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