Waiting for Nash time in Michigan
With yesterday's launch of Country on FM 94.7 in New York City by Cumulus Media, the industry trades are reporting that the company plans on expanding the brand across many of its already country-formatted stations across the U.S.A. In Michigan, Cumulus has Country stations on FM in Grand Rapids (WTNR 94.5), Flint (WFBE 95.1), Lansing (WITL 100.7), and Ann Arbor (WWWW 102.9) - as well as in Toledo, OH (WKKO 99.9). It's not too far-fetched to think that any (or all) of these stations might get at least some of the Nash FM tie-in, if not a complete rebranding.
Further speculation is out there that Cumulus might also be changing the format of one of its stations to Country in a major market - might that be in Detroit where Variety Hits WDRQ FM 93.1 has been running for years off a computer and CBS' WYCD-FM 99.5 has essentially had the Country format to itself?
ClickOnDetroit.com/WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:
A longtime documentary producer and close friend to Local 4 passed away Tuesday. Ted Talbert was an Emmy-award winning producer and co-founder of the Joe Louis Video Memorial Room at Cobo Center. He was also a caring mentor to aspiring journalists.
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Detroit Free Press:
The Detroit Pistons announced today several changes to their television broadcast schedule on Fox Sports Detroit. Three upcoming broadcasts have been moved from FSD to FS-Plus while three additional broadcasts have moved from FS-Plus to FSD.
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Grand Rapids Press:
It might have been the presidential election that gave news and talk radio a shot in the arm this fall. Or perhaps size does matter - market size, that is.
- Michigan Radio Communications' WLUN (ESPN 100.9-FM) Midland has added 'Crunch Time', a locally produced sports talk show, to the station's weekday lineup from 4 - 6 p.m. The new offering will be hosted by ESPN 100.9-FM's Program Director and play-by-play broadcaster Jared Sandler.
ESPN Radio's Scott VanPelt show will now air in its entirety from 1 - 4 p.m on WLUN.
Sandler, a Texas-native, joined ESPN 100.9-FM in March of 2012, as the station's Program Director. In addition, he calls Great Lakes Loons home games with lead play-by-play broadcaster, Brad Golder, and does play-by-play for the station's Saginaw Valley League football and basketball coverage.
- Lansing's Country Legends Weekend shifts frequency: After being dropped by Cumulus' WITL-FM 100.7 a couple of weeks ago, the program has been picked up by Midwest Communications' WQTX-FM 92.1 'Big Country' where it now airs Sunday mornings from 6 - 10 a.m.
- Artimis exits evenings at MacDonald-Garber Contemporary Hits WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City.
- Steve South the new General Sales Manager at Young Broadcasting CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing.