- Meredith Broadcasting, which also owns primary CBS affiliate WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City, is donating WNEM AM 1250 Bridgeport/Saginaw to Ave Marie Communications. In Michigan, Ave Maria already programs Catholic WDEO AM 990 Ypsilanti and distributes much of that station's programming to stations in northern Michigan in addition to leasing WMAX AM 1440 Bay City which currently carries Ave Maria Radio full time.
WNEM AM has carried a news/talk/sports format since being acquired by Meredith in 2004. The station is cross-branded with WNEM-TV.
The Oakland Press:
For nearly three decades, Mike Novak's name was synonymous with entertainment in the Detroit area. During his career the Troy-based attorney, a resident of Grosse Pointe Shores, represented the likes of artists such as Bob Seger and Kid Rock, media personalities Ken Calvert, Mike Stone and the team of Drew Lane and Mike Clark, and venues like the Magic Bag in Ferndale and Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea.
Full story: Detroit show business lawyer Mike Novak dies at home (Tue, 1/29)
Battle Creek Enquirer ($$):
A voice familiar to many in Battle Creek is now quiet. Thomas McHale, retired journalist and announcer for local radio station WBCK, died Monday. He was 85.
Full story: WBCK's McHale was an 'old-time journalist' (Tue, 1/29)
Jim Baade got into radio just in time. As a twenty-year-old Flint resident in 1980, he would sit in the lobby of the WWCK office just looking to be a part of the action, maybe on the air, and a part of the rock and roll scene.