Michigan Almanac: November 2013 Archives

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 13, 2013



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



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.

  • 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.

  • 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)







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