- Larry Estlack, longtime broadcaster, engineer, and Michigan Association of Broadcasters staff member, died earlier today after a battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Estlack was well known in broadcasting circles throughout Michigan and was a mentor to many in the business. His professionalism and affable personality will be greatly missed.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has published a nice obituary for Estlack - read it here.
- Hosting: WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City/Saginaw, an all-day telethon today in partnership with Holy Cross Children's Services to raise awareness and to help Mid-Michigan kids in need of a safe and loving home. Details on the WNEM web site.
- Sold: A construction permit for an FM translator at 101.5 near Jackson by Clear Channel to Bruce Goldsen's Jackson Radio Works for $16,000. Initial plans are for the translator to rebroadcast Contemporary Hits WKHM-FM 105.3.
- Closed: The sale of Northern Star Broadcasting in Northern Michigan to Del and Mary Reynolds. The radio cluster includes the Classic Rock 'The Bear' stations, the Adult Contemporary 'Easy' stations, and Rock 105 in the Traverse City/Petoskey/Cheboygan area.
WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:
He's a familiar face and voice here on Fox 2 and at 97.1 The Ticket, but nobody is used to seeing Mike Valenti's face with burns on his cheek, his nose and his lip.
Full story: Fox 2 Lions contributor Mike Valenti recovering after getting burned at local restaurant (Mon, 12/16)