Entries in Michigan Almanac Category

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2013

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Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation announces High School and College Broadcast Award winners

The entire rundown of individual winners can be found at www.michmab.com/MABF/EducationalOpportunitiesResources/HighSchoolCollegeBroadcastAwards/2013StudentAwardWinners.

Congratulations to all the hardworking students and teachers from the winning stations across Michigan!

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 11, 2013

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Detroit News:

It was difficult for a young George Blaha to stuff his red portable radio under his pillows at night. The internal power source -- small yellow tubes -- helped bring the world of broadcasting to his Marshalltown, Iowa, bedroom. The problem was, those tubes got hot, and Blaha would have to let them cool down. And under a pillow wasn't the safest place to do that.

Full story: Announcer George Blaha still going strong after 37 years (Mon, 2/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV FOX 17 is jumping aboard the weekend morning news bandwagon. In March, FOX 17 will add Saturday and Sunday morning news shows, matching their weekday news broadcasts, to air news from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., seven days a week.

Full story: WXMI-TV FOX 17 will add weekend morning news shows beginning in March (Mon, 2/11)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Country music star, actress and Rochester native Jana Kramer will headline WYCD-FM (99.5) Detroit's fifth annual Jammin' for Joseph charity benefit. The annual event, at The Fillmore on March 6, will benefit Team Joseph, a Detroit-based nonprofit that funds research to put an end to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Full story: Country Music artist Jana Kramer headlines WYCD "Jammin' for Joseph" benefit at the Fillmore (Mon, 2/11)

 


 

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Fred Jacobs / JacoBlog:

The fireworks started on Friday as Radio Ink's Eric Rhoads ran a controversial blog post and emailed it to his database - "A Cold, Harsh Reality For Radio." It's all about the "connected car" and Eric's "intervention" at last week's Convergence panel that dealt head-on with this issue. Below, I've linked Eric's post, and then followed it up with my response ... And my response: Eric, you must have had a Venti Bold from Starbucks Friday morning. I applaud you for raising an issue that Jacobs Media has emphasized for the past two years - the "connected car" - starting with our annual treks to the Consumer Electronics Show.

Full story: The Sky Isn't Falling (Mon, 3/11)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Rock WJXQ (Q106)/LANSING, MI night-timer PARKER moves to sister Alternative WVIC (94.1 THE EDGE) to do afternoons. Meanwhile, SPAN returns to nights on Q106.

Full story: WVIC's Span and WJXQ's Parker Swap Shifts In Lansing (Mon, 3/11)

 

Our friends FRED JACOBS, PAUL JACOBS and LORI LEWIS at JACOBS MEDIA will be hosting an event for the MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13th, called "Media IS on the Move!"

Full story: Join The Folks At Jacobs Media For 'Media Is On The Move' (Mon, 3/11)

 

CUMULUS Classic Hits WLS-F/CHICAGO night host JOHN RECORDS LANDECKER will release a memoir, Records Is Truly My Middle Name, on MARCH 28th via ECKHARTZ PRESS.

Full story: New Book Coming Soon: A John Records Landecker Memoir (Mon, 3/11)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Local fans of non-mainstream, non-commercial radio--especially those who are addicted to great but hard-to-find jazz--are probably familiar with arwulf arwulf. He's been on the air at the University of Michigan's student-run, free-form radio station WCBN (88.3-FM) for more than 30 years as host of the adventurous and experimental program "Face the Music."

Full story: Radio icon arwulf arwulf muses on 30-plus years on local airwaves (Mon, 3/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit's Top 40 WKQI-FM (Channel 9-5-5) "Mojo in the Morning" show has a little fun with today's federal conviction and imprisonment of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick with an airplane banner flyover: Mojo Says Goodbye Kwame!.

 

Bloomfield Hills' WBFH takes home top High School Radio Station award

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won seven first place awards, four second place awards and six third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 13, 2013 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received 625 entries from 33 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 17 of the 27 awards given out in the high school radio division.

Based on the number of awards won, WBFH was named the 2013 High School Station of the Year, the eighth time in the last eleven years the station has won that honor.

Individual award winners included:

  • Andover seniors Eric Bloom (six awards), Bryan Furlong (four), Bryan Brown and Danny Harwood (two each), Tyler Kieft, Adam Kurtagh, Ben Beltser, Alexander Madias, and Marcus Boyd (one each)
  • Lahser seniors Sean Shepard (four) and Michael Blumenthal (three)
  • Andover juniors Winston Parker (three), Mark Stewart (two), and Dylan Deitch (one)
  • Andover sophomores Brock Appleby (two) and Jaron Kirshenbaum (one)

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students. "I'm so proud of all the Biff students who won awards, especially those who won for the first time", said Bowers.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm.

 


 

Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 and Scripps Media's WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 nab Station of the Year awards for Detroit market

In radio, WJR received eleven 2012 Broadcast Excellence Awards honors in total from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters including WJR's sixth consecutive Station of the Year Award, and its eleventh since the year 2000.

WXYZ-TV won it's third consecutive Station of the Year Award and claimed fourteen awards overall.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Congrats to CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT afternoon personalities LINDA LEE and CHUCK EDWARDS for winning "BEST REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKDAY BROADCAST PERSONALITY/TEAM," from the MAB (MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS.

Full story: WYCD Afternoon Team Wins 'Best Afternoon Show' Award From MAB (Fri, 3/15)

 

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT and DETROIT's ATWATER BREWERY have joined together to create the 101 WRIF LAGER brewed by ATWATER BREWERY. The Lager is a traditional German style lager made with only the finest imported malt and hops to produce a full bodied and drinkable lager that is sure to please.

Full story: WRIF Lager Hits Detroit (Fri, 3/15)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV 8 has been named 2012 Television Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the 10th time in 12 years the station has received the top honor. WZZM-TV 13 and WXMI-TV 17 also were honored among West Michigan's commercial TV stations, and WGVU-TV 35/52 took home several awards among all Michigan's public TV stations at the MAB's annual Broadcast Excellence Awards, held Wednesday in Lansing.

Full story: WOOD-TV 8 named 2012 Station of the Year by Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Thu, 3/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A complete rundown of all the 2012 Station of the Year award winners can be found on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters web site: www.michmab.com.
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  • Digital low power religious TV station WDWO-CD Ch. 18 Detroit has been sold by TCT Ministries to LocusPoint Networks for $4 million, pending FCC approval and closing. According the apparent web site for LocusPoint Netowrks, the buyer is "an early stage wireless communications company".
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  • The Huge Show will be returning to the lineup at Sports WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning/Midland starting Monday, March 14th. The show will air on a tape-delayed basis from 6 - 8 p.m., except when preempted by play-by-play coverage.

    "Bringing The Huge Show back to our station enhances the listening experience for our audience," said Great Lakes Loons President and General Manager Paul Barbeau, who also oversees ESPN 100.9-FM. "With Crunch Time and The HUGE Show airing back-to-back, our listeners can now enjoy more quality Michigan-based sports talk radio."

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee's disappearance from WJQK-FM this week left fans dismayed. But the hosts of "The Chris & Emilee" Show, formerly heard on JQ99 in Holland/Zeeland, promise they have something to announce next week after Easter Sunday.

Full story: Fans react angrily to disappearance of Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee from JQ99 (Thu, 3/28)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Michigan's representation in Washington wants to know how the FCC will work with Canada and Mexico on the pending TV spectrum incentive auction. In a letter to the FCC, Michigan's 14 members of the House of Representatives and two Senators said coordinating the auction with Canada and Mexico will "preserve opportunities for broadcasting," as well as maximize the amount of nationwide spectrum to meet the nation's demand for licensed mobile wireless broadband.

Full story: Michigan Wants Border Coordination Update (Thu, 3/28)

 


 

MLive.com / AP:

Finalists were announced Thursday in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2012 newspaper competition. The awards in actual order of finish -- first, second and third places -- will be announced at the annual Michigan APME awards banquet June 1 in Lansing.

Full story: Finalists in 2012 Michigan APME newspaper contest (Thu, 3/28)

 

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.

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognizes broadcasters with Michigan Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement, and Pioneer honors

Thomas Scanlan, retired CEO and owner of Scanlan Communications Group, will be receiving the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). Scanlan served in the broadcast industry for over 45 years striving to be the best in broadcasting. His love of the industry and his innovative ideas drove him to great heights. Scanlan has been recognized both at the local and national levels for his contributions to broadcasting, especially for his innovations to the Armed Forces television and radio networks.

The 2013 inductees to the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame include Christopher H. Cornelius, President and Chief Operating Officer for Barrington Broadcasting; Will Tieman and Wendy Hart, President and Vice President/Co-Owners of the Spartan Sports Network; Robbie Timmons, Retired News Anchor and Reporter for WXYZ-TV (Detroit).

In addition, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters has recognized Edward B. Grant, general manager for Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting, as its 2013 Pioneer Award recipient.

These broadcasters will be recognized formally during the MAB Foundation Awards Banquet held at the Grand Traverse Resort on Monday, August 19 as part of the MAB and MAB Foundation Summer Celebration and Annual Business Meeting in Acme on August 19 - 20.

For more detailed biographies on the honorees and information on the Summer Celebration, visit the MAB web site.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 22, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT announces "TURKEY-CHELLA" featuring TWENTY ONE PILOTS, SMALLPOOLS, and SIRAH at the FILLMORE DETROIT on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th.

Full story: 89X Brings 'Turkey-Chella' To Fillmore Detroit (Thu, 8/22)

 

If you noticed the absence last week of CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT MD/afternoon host SLACKER, it's because he was out making an honest woman of his beautiful (and long-suffering) girlfriend AMANDA.

Full story: WDZH's Slacker Ties The Knot (Thu, 8/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

As long as a cold front doesn't grip her feet, wedding bells are in the forecast for Rockford native and current Good Morning America weekend weather anchor Ginger Zee.

Full story: Good Morning America's Ginger Zee engaged to colleague and 'soulmate' (Thu, 8/22)

 


 

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Newsmakers and links: Aug. 27, 2013

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MHSAA Programming Begins for 2013-14

The new school year begins on the Michigan High School Athletic Association Network this week with school-created content on MHSAA.tv, the season launch of MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit, and a new season of MHSAA Perspective on a statewide radio network.

The School Broadcast Program gives member schools an opportunity to create video programming, with students gaining skills in announcing, camera operation, and graphics; using the software provided by PlayOn! Sports. The program also gives schools the opportunity to raise money through advertising and viewing subscriptions.

As many as 60 MHSAA member schools annually participate in the program, which is in its fifth year. Schools interested in becoming a part of the School Broadcast Program should contact John Johnson at the MHSAA Office.

Beginning this Friday and running for 13 weeks at Midnight is MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit. Mickey York and Rob Rubick return to host the weekly 30-minute highlights show.

Back for its ninth season this week is the radio commentary MHSAA Perspective, presented by the Michigan Army National Guard, which will air on over 60 radio stations across the state, generally during the local broadcasts of high school games. The program runs for 30 weeks through the end of the winter sports season. MHSAA Perspective can also be accessed from the home page of the MHSAA Website at mhsaa.com.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 10, 2013

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Michigan High School Athletic Association Joins NFHS Network

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) is one of 32 members of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that has joined the NFHS Network, the new all-digital network devoted to coverage of high school sports and performing arts through the Internet at MHSAA.tv and NFHSnetwork.com.

The NFHS, in association with PlayOn! Sports (PlayOn), announced the official launch of the NFHS Network on August 1. With coverage of boys and girls sports and activities initially in at least 32 states during the 2013-14 school year, the NFHS Network becomes the largest aggregated destination for coverage of high school sports in the country.

Through a digital service that is at least partially subscription-based available at MHSAA.tv and NFHSnetwork.com, more students, parents and fans will be able to watch high school sports than ever before.

In addition to the MHSAA, NFHS member associations in the following states have finalized agreements and will be a part of the NFHS Network as the 2013-14 season begins: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In addition, member associations in a number of other states are expected to join the NFHS Network soon.

"We believe this is one of the greatest opportunities in the 94-year history of the NFHS as we are able to take advantage of new technology and showcase high school sports and performing arts across the United States," said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. "We are excited to provide viewership opportunities for fans of high school sports that have never existed before. The NFHS Network will help showcase our primary mission of expanding participation and opportunities for involvement in education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities."

"For more than a century, school sports has had the highest profile of all youth sports," said John E. 'Jack' Roberts, MHSAA executive director. "We feature pep assemblies, pep bans, marching bands, cheerleaders, homecoming parades and dances, letter jackets and other traditions, with large crowds of classmates, neighbors and families cheering on students. Ours is a unique brand that stands out among all of youth sports. Done right, this network will solidify interscholastic athletics as the most popular and principled youth sports experience for many more generations."

Postseason games in all sports sponsored by the MHSAA will be available online on the Network, except for select championship events for which the MHSAA has existing television contracts with other media partners. Viewing opportunities for other NFHS Network events will be posted in the coming months at NFHSnetwork.com.

The NFHS Network will build on the past success of PlayOn's high-quality coverage of high school sports at the state level. PlayOn currently streams nearly 30,000 events per school year and has worked with 32 state associations and sections in 26 states.

"Teaming up with the NFHS is a natural progression to build a truly national high school sports platform while honoring the local communities that support them," said David Rudolph, PlayOn! Sports chief executive officer. "Our mission is to serve the current and future generations of student-athletes, support and encourage their participation and make their performances accessible to their friends, family and fans on every media platform they use."

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 2, 2013

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TMZ.com:

Casey Kasem ... the legendary DJ who hosted America's Top 40 for decades, is in dire condition, and a family feud has erupted between Casey's kids and their stepmom. Jean Kasem -- Casey's wife -- will NOT allow Kerri, Julie and Mike to visit their father, who lives in the exclusive Holmby Hills area near Bev Hills. We're told they've been trying to make contact with their dad for 3 months, to no avail. Casey -- who is 81 and has advanced Parkinson's -- hasn't been heard from in months.

Full story: Casey Kasem - Family Feud, Cops Called (Tue, 10/1)

 


 

Sports Business Journal:

MLB saw its largest local ratings gains in its smallest markets this season. Six of the league's eight smallest TV markets posted double-digit ratings jumps this year. On the flip side, the poor on-field performance of many of the league's big-market teams led to ratings declines, with numbers down sharply in four of MLB's five biggest TV markets ... The Detroit Tigers were the top-rated team for a second year in a row. The Tigers averaged a 9.60 rating on FS Detroit during their run to the postseason.

Full story: Smallest MLB markets show ratings boost (Mon, 9/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 21, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Members of the union representing workers at WNEM have rejected the latest offer from the Meredith owned Saginaw, MI, CBS affiliate. "WNEM's latest contract proposal would severely jeopardized (sic) workers' job security, retirement security, work jurisdiction and reduce on-air employees to 'at will' employment status," Zara Maldonado, president of NABET-CWA Local 54048, said in a statement.

Full story: NABET Rejects Latest Contract Offer from Michigan Station (Mon, 10/21)

 


 

MLive.com:

Popular radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, reportedly suffers from advanced Parkinson's Disease reportedly has only a few months to live, according to a representative for his wife. News of Kasem's failing health surfaced Saturday on the celebrity news website TMZ and came about a week after the New York Daily News reported that three of his children went to court to seek conservatorship over the ailing radio icon.

Full story: Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, has a few months to live, rep for wife claims (Sun, 10/20)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT announces "THE 89X NUTCRACKER" featuring PANIC! AT THE DISCO, SWITCHFOOT, THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES, and STRANGE TALK on DECEMBER 12th at THE FILLMORE DETROIT.

Full story: CIMX Announces The 89X Nutcracker Lineup (Mon, 10/21)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 13, 2013

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WSDP/Plymouth 88.1The Park hosting on-air pledge drive

88.1 The Park (WSDP-FM Plymouth-Canton), is hosting the "Thanks for Giving Pledge Drive November 11-16 to provide listeners, alumni, and friends of the station the chance to show their support for student radio that is focused on Plymouth and Canton.

"We're excited to bring the community Plymouth and Canton's Hit Music," said Program Director Dallas Haselhuhn. "But we provide so much more including local news, high school sports, broadcasts from local events, Plymouth Whalers Hockey, and announcements about local non profits."

The station is committed to providing radio powered by students. In addition to serving the community, 88.1 The Park is focused on investing in the lives of young people through broadcast and business training, providing students with a place to connect on a large campus, and by giving students a chance to serve their community.

"If it is preparing somebody for a life's work, they're doing it at WSDP, and I'm a living example of it. Scores of people graduated from WSDP and used that as a launching pad for life," said Dave Snyder, 1983 Plymouth Canton graduate and Anchor for WCJB TV in Gainesville Florida.

During the six-day pledge drive listeners are encouraged to make a pledge of financial support for WSDP. In addition to pledges, credit card donations can be made through 88.1's website (www.881ThePark.com). Look for the DONATE NOW link on the left side of the page. Donors can choose WSDP when they are asked to select a fund.

"We're asking people to invest in 88.1 but in reality their gifts directly touch the community through programming focused on Plymouth and Canton and the impact on student's lives," said James Kuchta, Fundraising Director.

Marybeth Levine of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank has seen that impact. In an email she wrote, "I saw a car pull up late this afternoon and found a Plymouth woman leaving an enormous box (228) of size 2 diapers AND a box of 900 wipes on the porch - she said she'd planned to return them to the store for money, but then she heard the public service announcement on 88.1 and brought them to us instead!"

Throughout the week the station will have special guests stopping in to help the students with the pledge drive. Those guests will include station alums, friends from area non-profit groups, teachers, and listeners.

88.1The Park is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station has been on the air since February 14, 1972.

 


 

USA Today:

Political campaigns will spend billions of dollars on television ads in 2014 -- but not in Ohio, Colorado and other states that got flooded during last year's presidential election. Arkansas and Michigan will draw the heaviest barrage of political advertising in the 2014 midterm elections, fueled by lots of competitive House races and statewide elections with vulnerable incumbents, according to an analysis by a broadcasters trade association.

Full story: Arkansas, Michigan to host 2014 political air wars (Wed, 11/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio/Detroit Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 will be helping collect food to fill Mayflower moving vans at four locations in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties for four days starting tomorrow. Donations will help stock Gleaners Community Food Bank just ahead of Thanksgiving. Amp Radio (WDZH) will be offer up live broadcasts throughout the weekend to help drive donations. Details at 987ampradio.cbslocal.com.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 25, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • The recent Low Power FM application window with the FCC finds 46 attempts to land a new LPFM across Michigan from Addison to Wyoming.

    Some of the highlights include three applications in Detroit, all on frequencies (95.9, 96.7, 102.3) currently in use by radio stations in southwestern Ontario that are easily received in Detroit.

    In Grand Rapids, there are three organizations attempting to use 97.3 - and in Flint, there were four applications for 96.7.

    Take a quick look at all 46 applications here (.pdf), or straight from the FCC here.
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  • The Great Lakes Bay Area is fully celebrating the Christmas spirit, at least on the radio, with Classic Hits WHNN-FM 96.1 Bay City flipping late last week, joining WSAG-FM 104.1 Linwood / WSAM AM 1400 Saginaw.
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  • Named: Jim Brandstatter, longtime commentator for Detroit Lions and University of Michigan football, to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

    Other 2014 inductees will include Nicklas Lidstrom, retired Detroit Wings defenseman, Jason Hanson, retired Detroit Lions placekicker, John Smoltz, retired Atlanta Braves pitcher, Percy Snow, former Michigan State All-American, Dorne Dibble, former Michigan State All-American, Tom Mach, Detroit Catholic Central football coach, and Alexi Lalas, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook and World Cup soccer player.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 will welcome a new morning anchor to its news team in January. Kirk Mason, of WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana, moves to the Battle Creek-Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo TV market, the 39th largest in the United States, to serve as morning and noon anchor at the station headquartered in Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT Newschannel 3's new morning anchor is coming from South Bend (Mon, 11/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Sure, Charlie LeDuff is a Motor City maniac. But GQ's uncontested Mad Man of the Year? That's the fact, Jack. National taste-maker magazine GQ has bestowed the title on LeDuff and it says it made the choice based on a string of stories LeDuff has done for local Fox affiliate WJBK-TV (Channel 2)

Full story: Charlie LeDuff wins GQ's Mad Man of the Year title (Mon, 11/25)

 


 

Cornerstone University Herald:

WaYfm will cease to exist on Nov. 29. Chris Lemke, executive director of CURadio, has seen significant growth in both WCSG and Mission Network News in the last few months, but WaYfm listener numbers have stagnated. WaYfm services over 35,000 listeners in West Michigan, while WCSG sits around 150,000.

Full story: CU radio stations set to merge (Sun, 11/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 2, 2013

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Detroit News:

Flush with money after World War II, Detroit was a cultural hotbed in the decade after World War II. Local TV was one of the places where a generation of young creatives ran wild, to the delight of viewers.

Full story: PBS flashes back to TV golden age (Mon, 12/2)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

"Good Morning America's" weekend meteorologist Ginger Zee is moving to days.

Full story: 'Good Morning America' names Grand Rapids' Ginger Zee as weekday weather anchor (Mon, 12/2)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

After 17 years, CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WAYG (89.9)/GRAND RAPIDS is off the air. As first reported in OCTOBER, this move is due to budgetary constraints and the blurred line between AC and Top 40 musical formats.

Full story: WAYG Simulcasting WCSG (Mon, 12/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo checks in with the following recommendation for radio fans this Cyber Monday:

    "What is arguably the best radio application for the iPhone is on sale today only for Cyber Monday, December 2nd. If you're an iPhone user, search in the App Store for 'StreamS hi fi' and you'll see a thumb-nail photo of a yellow lab dog with an aqua background. This app is ideal for anyone who loves radio and it gets all the various radio companies so you don't need several different ones to access your favorites. It's regularly priced at $3.99 for the iPhone and $1.99 for the iPad. On Cyber Monday it will be on sale for only 99 cents. Check it out!"

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 10, 2013

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Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Holiday Online Auction taking bids

The MAB Foundation Holiday Auction opened December 4th and runs through December 13th featuring items that range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise.

Proceeds go to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation in order to support educational scholarships, internships and broadcast education, supporting student broadcasters across Michigan.

Visit www.biddingforgood.com/mabfoundation to bid and get more information.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

In the midst of concern over how Detroit's bankruptcy could impact the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit public TV station WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is presenting a new documentary on the famed museum at 9 p.m. Wednesday. "Detroit Art City" is an in-depth look at how the DIA, one of the top art museums in the country, is facing the reality of the city's struggles and what they could mean for the future of its collection.

Full story: DIA documentary to debut on Detroit's PBS station (Tue, 12/10)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS/KALAMAZOO, MI welcomes JEREMY LAWRENCE as the new Brand Manager/afternoon co-host for N/T WKZO-A and Brand Manager for Sports WQLR. Former WKZO Brand Manager JAY MORRIS moves into his new position as Brand Manager for Alternative WZOX (Z96.5)/KALAMAZOO. He continues as Brand Manager for Alternative WVIC (94.1 THE EDGE)/LANSING, MI. MORRIS will host "Music In Morning" in KALAMAZOO, and host the "Night Show" in LANSING.

Full story: Midwest Communications Names Jeremy Lawrence And Jay Morris Brand Managers In Kalamazoo (Tue, 12/10)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 16, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • 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.
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  • WNEM TVHosting: 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

 

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