Metro Detroit: June 2013 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

Pastor Steven Thrasher was in the hot seat today as the first bowler to go before the cameras for the new version of the Detroit 1970s TV classic "Bowling for Dollars."

Full story: Fans flock to taping of Detroit's revived 'Bowling for Dollars' (Sat, 6/1)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

"Frontlines of Freedom," the weekly military talk show that originated on WOOD Radio, hosted by retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, is returning to its first home. The syndicated talk show that recently aired on WJRW-AM (1340) on Sunday mornings is returning tonight to the Clear Channel Media-owned station that launched it in 2007.

Full story: Nationally syndicated military talk show returns to its home on WOOD Radio (Sat, 6/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Spring sports championships take center stage on the MHSAA.tv website the next three Saturdays, with over 80 hours of live streaming video beginning with Saturday's (June 5) coverage of running events from the MHSAA Track & Field Finals. Coverage begins at 10 a.m. (EDT) with the morning preliminaries in the Lower Peninsula, and the 3,200-meter relay final in the Upper Peninsula. The U.P. action will run continuously without a break, while the L.P. coverage takes a break after the semifinals in the 100 and 200 dashes and the high hurdles, resuming at approximately 1 p.m. with the afternoon finals. The afternoon session could begin up to 30 minutes earlier based on the finish of the morning session. A complete schedule for both peninsulas, and lists of qualifiers, can be found on the Track & Field Pages of the MHSAA website.

    The track coverage will be followed on subsequent Saturdays with the Boys & Girls Lacrosse Finals on June 8, beginning at 2 p.m.; the Baseball-Softball Finals on June 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m.; and the Girls Soccer Finals on June 15, beginning at Noon.

    All of the live video streams are free and will be archived on the MHSAA.tv website. DVD's will also be available at MHSAA.tv.

    The MHSAA Network will also stream live audio of the Lacrosse Finals on June 8; the Girls Soccer Finals on June 15;, and in addition to the Baseball-Softball Finals on June 15, the Network will also stream live audio of the Semifinal games in both sports on June 14 from Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

    All of the live audio streams, and on-demand archives, will be available at MHSAANetwork.com.

 

True North Radio / Alpenanow.com:

True North Radio Network made a format change effective Friday, May 24th at 11am. The station formerly known as Thunder Country at 100.7 FM became Thunder Rock 100.7 FM. "The change was based on surveys from listeners and advertisers in the area", according to General Manager Darrel Kelly. Classic rock is the soundtrack of the baby boom generation. It features the greatest rock from the 70′s , 80′s, and 90′s. The station will be known officially as "Thunder Rock 100.7, The Sunrise side's classic rock." In addition, a new morning show, "Free Beer and Hot Wings" will be on weekdays from 5 until 10am.

Full story: 100.7 Changes Format to Thunder Rock (Fri, 5/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Dean La Douceur, writer, speaker and professional collaborator, will host a podcast on BlogTalkRadio with special guest Katrina Hancock, former WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, on Wednesday, June 5th at 11:00 am ET.

    Hancock will be making her first public comments since a non-disclosure lapsed from WDIV, and she will be talking about what happened. Katrina is is now President of Media Creations by Katrina, LLC, what she describes as "a multi-faceted media company offering all forms of videos, media training, interview coaching, public relations, marketing, community project organization, and social media education."

    Tune in to On The Dean's list at www.blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist/2013/06/05/katrina-hancock.

 

Fine Tuning:

  • After about 3 months on the job, Keith Hastings has bid a hasty adieu to Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, where he was briefly the station's Program Director, to head for San Antonio, TX where he'll be PD at Classic Rock KISS-FM. Hastings was named as the successor to Brent Alberts - who has since landed in Toledo.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Media General and Young Broadcasting have announced an agreement to merge the two companies. The new company will retain the Media General name and location, based in Richmond, Va. (In Michigan, Young Broadcasting owns/operates CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing)

Full story: Young Broadcasting, Media General to Merge (Thu, 6/6)

 

TVNewsCheck:

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), has created a Watchdog Team headed by veteran reporter and anchor, Lee Van Ameyde who has been with the station for more than 36 years. Van Ameyde, the stations says, "is known in the community and professional arenas as being an advocate for those without a voice and for seeking answers on tough and controversial issues."

Full story: WZZM Launches Watchdog Reporting Team (Fri, 6/7)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS recently partnered with churches in HOLLAND & ZEELAND, MI as a part of their JQ & U Campaign called "ONE LORD, ONE CHURCH," which brought churches together for two weeks to rally the community together all in the name of serving one God.

Full story: JQ99/Grand Rapids Partnering With Churches (Thu, 6/6)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Howard Sharper felt a little empty a few weeks ago, as if something was missing in his life.His battle with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure forced him into medical leave from his position as director of programming and production at Delta College's public radio station WUCX-FM, 90.1, "and I was feeling erased," he said.

Full story: Radio icon Howard Sharper says he 'didn't do anything special' as musicians recognize his support (Tue, 6/4)

 

When Michael Brush headed to Delta College's broadcasting center last February, the jazzman from Freeland was surprised to learn the radio station's director of programming and production wasn't in the WUCX-FM, 90.1, offices.

Full story: Musicians say thanks to radio icon Howard Sharper with scholarship concert at Bay City's State Theatre (Wed, 6/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit's 'Mojo In the Morning' crew of Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 is getting lots of attention for its clever stunt earlier this week involving a Ryan Gosling look-a-like. Check out the Lyin' Gosling Street Scam for yourself.
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  • Cumulus Media rearranges some of its management personnel in the area, moving VP Market Manager Matt Spaulding from Toledo to Ann Arbor where he'll keep the same role. Filling the position in Toledo will be John Gallagher, who shifts from Kansas City where he was VP of Sales for the Cumulus' cluster there. Gallagher's name might be familiar; he spent time in Detroit in management roles at WJR-AM 760 and Greater Media's cluster that includes WCSX-FM 94.7 / WRIF-FM 101.1 / WMGC-FM 105.1. Spaulding's move marks a return to Ann Arbor for him.

 

Bill Bailey, WGVU AM morning host and radio icon in Michigan, dies suddenly at age 66

WOOD-FM/AM 106.9/1300 Grand Rapids/Muskegon:

West Michigan radio icon Bill Bailey has died. He had a long career that started with Armed Forces Radio when he served in Vietnam, according to his peer and friend Phil Catlett. "Bill was a major-market talent that worked in Washington, DC, and Cincinnati, and the famed WLS in Chicago before he came to Grand Rapids."

Full story: West Michigan Radio Icon Bill Bailey Dies (Wed, 6/12)

Note: Bailey also worked in Detroit and was perhaps best known in that city for his time hosting morning drive at WDRQ-FM 93.1 in the 1970s. His WGVU profile states that he had been in the radio business for more than 30 years with gigs at WLS AM Chicago and WXTR-FM in Washington DC, among many others. Prior to joining WGVU, he was the Program Director and afternoon host for WLHT-FM 95.7 and as Program Director at WTRV-FM 100.5 in Grand Rapids.

His award-winning career included recognition from the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award, winning for Station of the Year in 1998. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 he was a finalist for the NAB's Crystal Award and he was also a finalist for Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year and Program Director of the Year.

Bill is survived by his wife Sandy and had one daughter.

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

After a career in journalism that has spanned more than 35 years, 7 Action News reporter Cheryl Chodun has announced her retirement. Chodun began her career as a freelance newspaper reporter before joining WXYZ in 1978 as a news writer. She went on to report news for WCXI and WWJ radio before being recruited back to WXYZ's 7 Action News as an on-air reporter in 1988.

Full story: 7 Action News reporter Cheryl Chodun announces her retirement (Wed, 6/12)

 


 

Michigan Radio receives national UNITY Award

The Radio Television Digital News Association has honored Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) with a RTDNA/UNITY Award for its recent "Infant Mortality in Michigan" documentary. Michigan Radio received the award in the large market radio category. This is Michigan Radio's second UNITY Award; the first was awarded for the station's 2011 series "Muslims in Michigan."

"This national RTDNA/UNITY Award is a tremendous acknowledgement of important journalism from the State of Opportunity team," said Stephen Schram, Michigan Radio's Director of Broadcasting. "We also extend our thanks and congratulations to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation whose sole support of State of Opportunity makes this work possible."

 

Remembering Bill Bailey

Longtime West Michigan radio icon Bill Bailey died suddenly at the age of 66 on the golf course after suffering an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, June 12th at the age of 66. He was working a station event for Public/Oldies WGVU AM 1480/850 in the Grand Rapids area where he was the Program Director and morning host. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Listen back to Bill when he was hosting mornings at Detroit's WDRQ-FM 93.1 back in the 1970s on George Griggs' Motor City Radio Flashbacks site.

 

Art Vuolo remembers Bill with a Video Air Check featuring some of his work at WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids and at a WLS Chicago rewind, seen below:

 

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Matt Dery of 97.1 The Ticket has a new gig with an old franchise. The sports radio personality will be the new host of the rebooted "Bowling for Dollars." The iconic Detroit game show that ruled the local airwaves in the 1970s is being revived by WADL (Channel 38) starting this weekend.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' names Matt Dery new host (Fri, 6/14)

 

Saginaw News:

A huge crowd estimated at 110,000 people biked, walked and boated its way to Saginaw's Ojibway Island to see country music headliner Gary Allan perform his chart-toppers at the KCQ Country Music Fest. The event has drawn country music fans to Saginaw for 22 years and surpassed the Saginaw County Police Department's initial expectations of 90,000.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest draws estimated 110,000 fans as country star Gary Allan plays Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Sat, 6/15)

 

The coolers have been packed, cowboy hats have been bought and the crowds have gathered as the KCQ Free Country Music Fest kicked off on Saginaw's Ojibway Island. Some fans camped out starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, like Saginaw resident Ashley Hummel, 32, who set up chairs for her friends and family next to a willow tree.

Full story: Saginaw's Ojibway Island two-stepping with country fans at KCQ Country Music Fest (Sat, 6/15)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Gospel radio host Sam Williams used to end his shows with the phrase, "What on Earth are you doing for Heaven's sake?" Flint radio listeners have been able to answer that question for him for more than 50 years as he hosted his Sam Williams Sunday Morning Gospel Show for more than five decades.

Full story: Sam Williams has served up gospel to Flint for more than 50 years on Sunday radio show (Sat, 6/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about my father ... Some baby boomers and most of their parents would remember Dick Westerkamp as a pioneer and icon of local Detroit broadcasting from the mid-1950s through the late 1960s.

Full story: Father's Day tribute: Remembering Detroit TV pioneer Dick Westerkamp (Sun, 6/16)

 


 

MLive.com:

WKAR kicks off its fifth season of its televised series BackStage Pass with free concerts in East Lansing this week, offering local music fans the chance to be part of the television audience.

Full story: WKAR-TV's Backstage Pass invites you to 3 nights of free concerts this week (Mon, 6/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A memorial celebration for former WGVU AM morning host / Program Director Bill Bailey will be held Sunday, June 23 at the Eberhard Center, 301 Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1pm - 5pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to operationhomefront.net. Donations provide aid to service members' families. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at mlive.com which will be active on Friday, June 21.
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  • Congratulations to all the EMMY winners announced on Saturday evening at the 35th Annual EMMY Gala hosted by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A complete list of all the winners is available at natasmichigan.org.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD Radio's farewell for announcer Gary Allen is going to be unlike anything ever heard before. Special guests including Suzanne Geha and Peter Chan will be on WOOD Radio on Thursday during a 12-hour salute to Allen, who retires on Friday.

Full story: WOOD Radio says farewell to Gary Allen with 12-hour, 50-guest radio show on Thursday (Wed, 6/19)

 

The voice of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Bob Kaser, called Tuesday "a night of joy like no other I've experienced." He wasn't alone in the sentiment.

Full story: Calder Cup victory 'emotional' for Griffins play-by-play announcer (Wed, 6/19)

 


 

Oakland Press:

After creating countless memories for Spartan and Piston fans for decades behind a microphone, play-by-play broadcaster George Blaha created one more memory on Monday. Except this time, it was on a golf course. The voice of the Detroit Pistons and Michigan State football was the man behind the 24th George Blaha High Hopes Golf Outing, held at Knollwood Country Club, which has raised over $1.5 million to date for Vista Maria.

Full story: Pistons announcer George Blaha helps raise $1 million for at-risk kids (Wed, 6/19)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Viewers of WEYI were not happy after the station took a power hit that knocked the Flint, MI, NBC affiliate off the air during the finale of the NBC show "The Voice." Viewers screens froze around 10:25 p.m. last night during the build up to the announcement of the winner.

Full story: WEYI Pushes News Back to Let Viewers Watch 'Voice' Finale After Power Outage (Wed, 6/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • If the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are extended to a Game 6 on Monday June 24th, Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will not carry that particular game as it devotes its evening to covering the fireworks show along the Detroit riverfront. Instead, game coverage will shift to WADL-TV Ch. 38 for that night only. The games can also been seen in the Detroit area on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's CBET-TV Ch. 9 from Windsor, ON.

 

Veteran reporter Dave Fortin returns to TV in Northern Michigan

A familiar face to northern Michigan TV viewers is back on air. Dave Fortin, who reported for WPBN in Traverse City for 42 years before retiring in 2006, has joined 24/7 local news channel MI News 26, and will be expanding the station's presence in Traverse City this summer.

Dave Fortin 

Fortin will report from popular events in the area, including the Cherry Festival and Traverse City Film Festival. He'll also focus on spot news coverage and feature reports from around northern Michigan.

"I spent over 40 years as a television journalist here in northern Michigan," explained Fortin, "Eventually, the excitement wore off... but I'm 're-excited' after discovering MI News 26; I'll once again be covering news from this area."

Fortin has a long history in local news. In addition to interviewing high-profile personalities including Johnny Cash and Bob Hope, Fortin has won numerous awards for his work in journalism, including the Farm Bureau Agriculture Reporter of the Year and Traverse City's own Very Cherry Award for coverage of the cherry industry.

"We're very excited to be working with Dave Fortin," said Eric Wotila, who owns and serves as the General Manager at MI News 26, "He is, without a doubt, one of northern Michigan's best and best-known journalists, and we're looking forward to working with Dave to expand our coverage of Traverse City news and events."

MI News 26, based in Cadillac, was launched by 24-year-old news entrepreneur Eric Wotila in early 2011. The station is available to Charter Digital Cable subscribers throughout northwestern Michigan on SD channel 73 and HD channel 789. It also broadcasts to Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties on antenna channel 26, in addition to streaming live online at MINews26.com.

 


 

Detroit News:

Scott Lewis, part of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)'s investigative team since July 2010, will leave the station in July, when his contract is up. The announcement came from Lewis' publicist, Mort Meisner.

Full story: Scott Lewis leaving WXYZ investigative news team (Mon, 6/24)

 


 

WJBK-TV / Fox 2 Detroit:

Fox 2's Lee Thomas told the world about his struggle with vitiligo a few years ago. Now after searching to find a treatment for the medical condition, he has finally found something this is working. This is his inspiring update. I have a disease called vitiligo. Over the years, my skin pigment had been slowly leaving until at one point it was all the way gone, but it is coming back.

Full story: Vitiligo update: Lee Thomas regaining his skin pigmentation (Mon, 6/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hockey fans in the Detroit area looking for NBC's coverage of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins can find the game on WADL-TV Ch. 38 this evening at 8 p.m.; the game broadcast is being preempted by WDIV-TV Ch. 4 due to that station's coverage of this evening's fireworks on the Detroit River.

    Another option for fans is to tune into CBC's CBET-TV Ch. 9 Windsor, ON - available over the air with an HD signal as well on many cable systems in the region.

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit morning co-host Drew Lane returns to the Internet with a podcast co-hosted by 'Drew & Mike' producers Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer on SoundCloud. Listen: soundcloud.com/mikewolters16/dm-m-podcast-062613.
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  • Religious/Christian WCTP 88.5 Gagetown/Bad Axe has expanded its reach with the addition of an FM Translator at 105.1 in Saginaw that is now on the air.
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  • Former Escanaba radio host (WDBC/WYKX) Lee Wayne Jeffries died earlier this month at the age of 50: Obituary.

 

WJR's Paul W. Smith gets call into National Radio Hall of Fame

Paul W. Smith, morning man at News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit since 1996, has been selected for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF). Smith was part of the Class of 2013 that was announced today that also includes Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Blair Garner, John Lanigan, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo, Charley Steiner, and Powel Crosley Jr. (posthumously).

Highlights of Paul W. Smith's career include his WJR gig where he's been a mainstay since July 1996 as well as being a regular fill-in on programs such as "The Rush Limbaugh Show," "The Sean Hannity Show", and even as a primary sub for the legendary Paul Harvey. Paul W. has hosted shows on the ABC Radio Network and the former Financial News Network as well as in Philadelphia, New York City, and Toledo.

A University of Michigan graduate, Smith devotes time to many public service groups, including Think Detroit PAL.

The black-tie induction ceremony, hosted by broadcast icon Larry King, will take place on Saturday, November 9 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Jim Bohannon of Dial Global Networks will be the announcer for the ceremony and broadcast.

More info on all the inductees and the induction ceremony at www.radiohof.org.

 


 

IPR to add Stateside with Cynthia Canty in July

Michigan Radio's (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) weekday local talk show, Stateside with Cynthia Canty, will begin airing in Northern Michigan on Interlochen Public Radio beginning July 1, 2013. Stateside will be broadcast live, Monday-Thursday from 3-4 PM on IPR News Radio stations 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; and 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington.

With conversations about what matters in Michigan, Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues--as well as culture and lifestyle stories. Guests on the show include newsmakers, politicians, writers, artists, and cultural influencers of all stripes. Veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award winning news anchor, Cynthia Canty, has hosted the show since its premiere on Michigan Radio in September 2012. Zoe Clark serves as Executive Producer of the show.

"We are excited to broaden the listening area for this dynamic and compelling show," said Stephen Schram, Director of Broadcasting at Michigan Radio, "Stateside, anchored by an experienced professional like Cyndy, helps listeners make sense of events and issues affecting their lives and lifestyle here in Michigan."

Stateside originates from Michigan Radio's studios in Ann Arbor, and can be heard across southern Michigan, Monday-Thursday from 3-4 PM with a repeat from 10-11 PM.

Cynthia Canty is veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award winning news anchor. Prior to joining Michigan Radio, she served as a news anchor and morning show personality with Jim Harper at WNIC-100.3 FM, WDTX-99.5 FM and WMGC-105.1 FM. She has also hosted public affairs programs at WKBD-TV, and served as reporter and anchor on WKBD's "Ten O'Clock News."

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Great Lakes Radio has dropped the talk format formerly heard on FM 92.7 Manistique/Escanaba in favor of a simulcast of Classic Rock WRUP FM 98.3 Palmer/Marquette. FM 92.7 has also changed its call sign from WPIQ to WRPP. The stations ID as 'Real Classic Rock, Coast-to-Coast.

 

Detroit Free Press:

A staple of Fox Sports Detroit's broadcasts is hanging 'em up. No, not Mickey York or Shannon Hogan or John Keating or any of the cast of characters who bring your Detroit sports teams to the television sets, but rather Lauren, one of two charter members of the Fox Sports Detroit Girls. In a heartfelt YouTube video Lauren said good-bye to the great Detroit fans.

Full story: Ticker: Longtime Fox Sports Detroit girl Lauren retires (Sat, 6/29)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee, who formerly were heard on WJQK-FM in Holland, are returning radio. Make that Internet radio.

Full story: Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee plan return to radio online (Sun, 6/30)

 

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