Entries in Mid-Michigan Category

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Joe Davis decided he wanted a career in sports broadcasting at a young age - but it was a stroke of blind luck that led to the Potterville High School graduate's landing of his dream job.

Full story: Potterville graduate now full-time ESPN announcer (Sat, 1/5 - $)

 


 

MLive.com:

Detroit sports personality Rob Parker is still serving a 30-day suspension from ESPN for controversial comments he made about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, but that apparently hasn't stopped him from delivering commentary for a Detroit TV station.

Full story: Rob Parker's ESPN suspension won't stop him from delivering opinions on Detroit's TV airwaves (Fri, 1/4)

 

Detroit radio station WDET, located on the campus of Wayne State University, seeks some creativity from Metro Detroit for a new audio project.

Full story: 'You know you're a Detroiter when _______.' WDET radio station seeks region's input for project. (Fri, 1/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 17, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT ups KIM SCOTT to middays and appoints PHIL KUKAWINSKI as Programming Asst. KIM was filling in on evenings and weekends since joining last FALL from BLACKBURN RADIO Active Rocker CKUE (95.1 THE ROCK).

Full story: 89X Ups Kim Scott To Middays, Phil Kukawinski Named Programming Asst. (Thu, 1/17)

 


 

MLive.com:

Get a sneak peek of local performances and learn more about your favorite up and coming local bands by tuning into the popular WKAR show "BackStage Pass," which returns this Sunday, Jan. 20 to WKAR.

Full story: 'BackStage Pass' returns to WKAR this Sunday (Tue, 1/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2013

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Waiting for Nash time in Michigan

With yesterday's launch of Country on FM 94.7 in New York City by Cumulus Media, the industry trades are reporting that the company plans on expanding the brand across many of its already country-formatted stations across the U.S.A. In Michigan, Cumulus has Country stations on FM in Grand Rapids (WTNR 94.5), Flint (WFBE 95.1), Lansing (WITL 100.7), and Ann Arbor (WWWW 102.9) - as well as in Toledo, OH (WKKO 99.9). It's not too far-fetched to think that any (or all) of these stations might get at least some of the Nash FM tie-in, if not a complete rebranding.

Further speculation is out there that Cumulus might also be changing the format of one of its stations to Country in a major market - might that be in Detroit where Variety Hits WDRQ FM 93.1 has been running for years off a computer and CBS' WYCD-FM 99.5 has essentially had the Country format to itself?

 


 

ClickOnDetroit.com/WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

A longtime documentary producer and close friend to Local 4 passed away Tuesday. Ted Talbert was an Emmy-award winning producer and co-founder of the Joe Louis Video Memorial Room at Cobo Center. He was also a caring mentor to aspiring journalists.

Full story: Longtime Local 4 producer Ted Talbert dies (Tue, 1/22)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons announced today several changes to their television broadcast schedule on Fox Sports Detroit. Three upcoming broadcasts have been moved from FSD to FS-Plus while three additional broadcasts have moved from FS-Plus to FSD.

Full story: Pistons TV schedule gets some tweaks (Mon, 1/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

It might have been the presidential election that gave news and talk radio a shot in the arm this fall. Or perhaps size does matter - market size, that is.

Full story: Presidential election year puts news and talk radio on top in Grand Rapids for final months of 2012 (Thu, 1/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan Radio Communications' WLUN (ESPN 100.9-FM) Midland has added 'Crunch Time', a locally produced sports talk show, to the station's weekday lineup from 4 - 6 p.m. The new offering will be hosted by ESPN 100.9-FM's Program Director and play-by-play broadcaster Jared Sandler.

    ESPN Radio's Scott VanPelt show will now air in its entirety from 1 - 4 p.m on WLUN.

    Sandler, a Texas-native, joined ESPN 100.9-FM in March of 2012, as the station's Program Director. In addition, he calls Great Lakes Loons home games with lead play-by-play broadcaster, Brad Golder, and does play-by-play for the station's Saginaw Valley League football and basketball coverage.
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  • Lansing's Country Legends Weekend shifts frequency: After being dropped by Cumulus' WITL-FM 100.7 a couple of weeks ago, the program has been picked up by Midwest Communications' WQTX-FM 92.1 'Big Country' where it now airs Sunday mornings from 6 - 10 a.m.
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  • Artimis exits evenings at MacDonald-Garber Contemporary Hits WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City.
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  • Steve South the new General Sales Manager at Young Broadcasting CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 28, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • The Thumb has a new Country-formatted radio station with last month's launch of Positive Country 103.7 on WCZE Harbor Beach. Previously the station had been part of the Contemporary Christian Smile FM statewide chain of stations - that programming can now be heard in the area on WSMB FM 89.3.
    Dennis Edwards hosts mornings on Positive Country 103.7 with afternoons being held down by Jenni Jackson.
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  • NBC affliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has changed the times of two of its daytime talk shows, swapping Ellen and Ricki Lake. Ellen Degeneres' show now airs at 3 p.m., moving from its former 10 a.m. spot. Ricki Lake does the reverse, moving from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m.
    WDIV has broadcast the program since 2004 and the move lines up with a national trend to broadcast the program in the afternoon. "Ellen" is America's #1 rated talk show, among women 25-54, and airs during the afternoon, 3-5 p.m., in the top 20 markets across the country.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Fox Television Stations, in conjunction with Weigel Broadcasting, will premiere Movies!, a new over the air, 24-hour movie network on suchannels of 17 Fox O&O this spring. The network will be available in the following FOX O&O markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and Ocala, Fla.

Full story: Fox Stations, Weigel launching Movies! (Mon, 1/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 29, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • 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)

 


 

Flint Journal:

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.

Full story: 'You felt like a rock star': Former Flint DJ's film captures the rise and fall of the one-time top rock station in the country (Mon, 1/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 4, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Oldies WOAP AM 'The Big 1080' Owosso has starting stunting toward a new sound that won't be revealed until Monday, February 25th. In the meanwhile, the station will be feature weeklong looks at the music of the music of the decades of the 1950's (this week), 60's (next week), and the 70's (starting Feb 18th).
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  • The Midland-based Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team is accepting applications for 2013 interns in their departments of TV & Video Production, Communications & Media Relations, Marketing & Promotions, Graphic Design, Finance & Accounting, Stadium Operations, and Ticket Sales. Details at loons.com or call 989-837-BALL.
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  • Hired: Patti Taylor as the new General Sales Manager for Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7. Taylor had previously been the Local Sales manager at CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5.

 


 

Detroit News:

Sheryl Crow and chart-topper Gary Allan are set to appear at WYCD-FM's (99.5) Ten Man Jam, Feb. 21 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Full story: Sheryl Crow, Gary Allan to co-host WYCD-FM's Ten Man Jam (Mon, 2/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 13, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Tom Jordan, by CBS Radio/Detroit All-News WWJ AM 950 to be the station's new morning drive co-host, joining Roberta Jasina in March. Jordan, an Emmy-winning weekend anchor currently working for San Diego television station KUSI, takes the spot vacated by the sudden retirement of Joe Donovan several weeks ago.
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  • CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 is holding its annual Radiothon to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank Of Southeastern Michigan from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. The station is broadcasting living throughout the event from Gleaners and is asking listeners to become a Hunger Hero. Details on how to help here.
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  • Oakland University's WXOU-FM 88.3 Rochester Hills and Michigan State University's WDBM-FM 88.9 East Lansing are among the top 25 student-run College Radio Stations in the country that are vying for mtvU's College Radio Woodie Award. To vote, visit http://blog.ratemyprofessors.com/college-radio-woodie/.
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  • Monday's Emergency Alert System security breach wasn't just limited to stations in Marquette. The hackers also reportedly gained access to systems in Montana, Utah, and California as well and generated an avalanche of stories from broadcasting-related organizations across the country. Apparently the source of the intrusions has been tracked down as both radio and television stations begin the work of ensuring the security of EAS by taking steps as simple as changing passwords to reviewing their Internet firewalls to prevent similar intrusions in the future.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Last year, PORT HURON, MI resident and BRUNO MARS fan EMILY TORRES posted an online video plea to the producers of ELLEN. In it, she reworked the lyrics to MARS' hit "Locked Out Of Heaven" into a musical invitation for the singer to attend her junior prom.

Full story: WDZH's Buck & Coop Get Bruno Mars To The 'Prom' (Wed, 2/13)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 17, 2013

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Saginaw News:

Dante Toussaint has left the building. The iconic disc jockey who, along with Kermit Crockett, Tish O'Rea, Donnie Lyons, Don Wiggins and others defined black radio in Saginaw, in late December left WTLZ-FM,107.1, the NextMedia urban station once known as WWWS or W3Soul.

Full story: Saginaw radio personality Dante Toussaint brings an era to a close (Sat, 2/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 19, 2013

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Grand Rapids Business Journal:

WMKG-CA -- a class A TV station at the Lakeshore -- is up for sale. The station currently airs original and network programming 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Content includes local talk shows, local sports, family programs, local church services, satellite movies and programs from affiliated networks, including Warner Brothers Network, America One, World Harvest Network and The Sportsman Channel.

Full story: Lakeshore TV station broadcasts it's for sale (Mon, 2/18)

 


 

Saginaw News:

The Bob and Tom Comedy Show returns to Saginaw, bringing comedians Drew Hastings, Tommy Johnagin and Tim Wilson on Friday, March 22, to the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson.

Full story: Bob and Tom comedians on their way back to Saginaw (Tue, 2/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • The Salvation Army's 26th Annual radiothon to benefit the Bed & Bread Club will air on Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 this Friday from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Details at salmich.org.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 20, 2013

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Sinclair Broadcast Group warns DirecTV viewers of possible loss of channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group and DirecTV are in the midst of retransmission rights negotiations and appear headed for a showdown that could shut out Sinclair's stations in 47 markets around the country on the satellite provider starting March 1st.

In Michigan, Sinclair owns/operates CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, FOX affiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 Flint/Saginaw/Bay City and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing/Jackson. In addition, Sinclair operates CW affiliates in Kalamazoo and Lansing that broadcast of subchannels of WWMT and WLAJ.

Sinclair's statement to viewers reads, in part: "Sinclair Broadcast Group recently began informing its viewers that it does not expect DirecTV to continue to carry any of Sinclair's stations after the existing carriage agreement terminates on February 28, 2013. Although DirecTV and Sinclair have been negotiating for quite some time in an effort to reach a new agreement, at this time it does not appear that these efforts will be successful. Although Sinclair does not believe that it is constructive to negotiate its private business relationships in public, Sinclair is informing the public in advance of the end of carriage because it is aware of the impact on a segment of the public from the end of the relationship between the Sinclair stations and DirecTV.

"We are very sorry that we have not been able to reach agreement with DirecTV and regret the inconvenience this will cause to DirecTV subscribers who want to continue to watch the extremely popular programming that airs on our stations."

DirecTV has issued a statement in response to Sinclair, "We're engaged in productive discussions with Sinclair Broadcast Group to retain their local stations in the DirecTV lineup. Our customers can be assured that neither DirecTV nor Sinclair has any intention of allowing the disruption of their local stations. These are the same unnecessary threats, posing as warnings, that Sinclair has made to frighten customers of other pay TV providers."

These types of disagreements seemingly have become commonplace in recent years - thankfully most service interruptions, if they happen at all, wind up being relatively short-lived. Most viewers in the affected markets should be able to use antennas and receive WWMT/WLAJ/WSMH over the air should the public squabbling escalate to the dropping of Sinclair's channels from DirecTV.

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Martin Bandyke, familiar to radio listeners at the host for 6-10 a.m. "drive time" slot on Ann Arbor radio station WQKL (107.1-FM), will mark his 30th year on the air Feb. 21. The milestone has given Bandyke, 58, an opportunity to reflect.

Full story: 107.1's Martin Bandyke to observe his 30 years on area radio with 2 special shows (Wed, 2/20)

 


 

Saginaw News:

The Detroit Tigers will begin their Spring Training season at 1 p.m. Friday and with it, their 46th consecutive season on WSGW-AM, 790.

Full story: Detroit Tigers begin 46th season on WSGW, beginning with Spring Training opener (Wed, 2/20)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Time is running out to cast your vote for two Michigan stations competing to be the top student-run college radio station in the country. Oakland University's WXOU-FM (88.3) and Michigan State University's WDBM-FM (88.9) are among 25 stations still in the running for for the Woodie Award for best college station.

Full story: 2 Michigan college radio stations in running for mtvU Woodie Award (Tue, 2/19)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 22, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

Beer City, USA, is about to get rocked by a new radio station - "101-3 The Brew." Grand Rapids' WBFX-FM "The Fox" 101.3 is revamping with a new format and on-air staff to highlight Grand Rapids as "Beer City, USA."

Full story: West Michigan's 101.3 The Fox is set to become 101-3 The Brew in Beer City, USA (Fri, 2/22)

 

Watch the in-studio launch of the new 101.3 The Brew from Clear Channel (Fri, 2/22)

 


 

Lansing State Journal: ($$)

For local radio listeners, the morning news-and-talk scene is about to get even busier. On Monday, Michael Patrick Shiels adds WQTX (92.1-FM)., from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. That has him collide with three other local shows; it also puts him directly against his former station.

Full story: Michael Patrick Shiels' talk show back on local radio (Thu, 2/21)

 


 

ClickOnDetroit.com / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

A meeting of the Milford Township Board of Trustees went deep into the night Wednesday with a discussion about plans to erect a series of radio towers. Birach Broadcasting, which owns AM stations in metro Detroit and in other states, wants to relocate seven 200-foot towers from Fenton, Mich. to Milford Township.

Full story: Plan for radio towers stirs heated debate in Milford, Wixom (Wed, 2/20)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Starting Saturday, fans of Wolfman Mac can get their hairy paws on hundreds of costumes, coffins and props used on his "Chiller Drive-In." The Wolfman and his friends are giving up on the show, which showcased old horror and sci-fi movies.

Full story: Need a coffin? Wolfman Mac is selling TV show horror props (Fri, 2/22)

 


 

Saginaw News:

According to those who knew him well, Dave Shore could be remembered for his immense passion for his hometown of Bay City, his opinionated nature, or his vast knowledge on an array of subjects - but he will definitely be remembered for his voice.

Full story: Bay City's Dave Shore will be remembered for his 'golden pipes' (Fri, 2/22)

hat do Brett Mitchell and I have in common, besides the fact that we're both appearing on Delta College's Channel 19, WDCQ, this coming Saturday?

Full story: Brett Mitchell rocks Delta College's WDCQ in "Q the Music Presents" (Fri, 2/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $1.3 million by Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit and the Salvation Army in the 26th Annual Bed & Bread Radiothon. WJR hosts Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann and Mitch Albom were joined by legendary jock Dick Purtan during the 16-hour event that was held at Oakland Mall in Troy.
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  • Dropped: Half of the morning show duo at CBS Radio/Detroit Contemporary Hits WDZH-FM (98.7 Amp Radio) with the exit of Buckhead, leaving the show as The Coop Show ... at least for now.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 23 - 24, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

The 14th Annual Jammies Awards presented by WYCE were held at the Intersection on Friday, Feb. 22, with one of the biggest crowds the event has ever seen.

Full story: WYCE Jammies 2013 recap: The Soil and The Sun take top trophy (Sat, 2/23)

 


 

minbcnews.com / WEYI-TV Ch. 25:

Heartfelt congratulations going out to NBC25 morning anchor Joel Feick who has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Science's "Silver Circle."

Full story: NBC25's Joel Feick honored (Sat, 2/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Fans of the Big 8 years of CKLW have a couple things to tune in to today for some retro radio: At noon Rewound Radio will feature CK during their DJ Hall of Fame Show. Then from 3 - 5:30 p.m. on WJCU-FM 88.7 Cleveland, their Retro Radio Show with 'Jumpin' Joe Madigan will be saluting CKLW by playing many songs that were on 'The Big 30' from 1969. You will also hear many "Big 8" jingles. Click the links for the Internet streams.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 25, 2013

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WOAP AM 1080 Owosso ends stunting, repositions

No major changes after weeks of stunting in the Mid-Michigan region on WOAP AM 1080 Owosso which has simply repositioned itself from "Michigan's Big Oldies" to "Super Hits 1080". The station's music, which had already been leaning toward Classic Hits in the months before the stunting started, now fully features the hits of the 1950s - 80s, perhaps leaning more heavily to the 70s and 80s than it did previously.

The station's staff remains in place.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Fans watched the American League champion Detroit Tigers in record numbers last season on Fox Sports Detroit, and the regional cable network is capitalizing on that thirst this year with double-digit advertising rate increases.

Full story: As Tigers roar on field, Fox Sports wields clout with TV ad rate hikes (Mon, 2/25)

 

The ubiquitous "1-(800) Call-Sam" advertising slogan will be part of Detroit Tigers' radio broadcasts this season in a marketing expansion for the Southfield-based Sam Bernstein Law Firm that was announced Monday.

Full story: 'Call Sam' ads join Detroit Tigers' radio broadcasts (Mon, 2/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

It's been a difficult time for fans since Dave Hunter and Charles (Chuck the Freak) Urquhart departed their popular CIMX-FM (88.7) morning show back in November. However, there was some encouraging news over the weekend and it came via a brief message posted to Dave and Chuck's Facebook page.

Full story: 88.7's Dave, Chuck the Freak hint at new job on Facebook post (Mon, 2/25)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Has morning co-host BUCK "BUCK HEAD" WISE flown the "COOP" at CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT? It would seem that way based on a email sent by Promotions Mgr. ROBERT ARCHER.

Full story: WDZH Morning Co-Host 'Buck' Exits (Mon, 2/25)

 

...The 26th annual SALVATION ARMY Bed & Bread Club Radiothon brought PURTAN out of retirement again, and last Friday in one day -- on one station -- in 16 hours -- they raised an amazing $1,364,122!

Full story: Dick Purtan And WJR Raise $1.3 Million For Detroit's Salvation Army (Mon, 2/25)

 

NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/ SAGINAW PD/afternoon host JOBY PHILLIPS will be sporting a new 'do next month, as he has agreed to shave his head for charity.

Full story: WCEN's Joby Phillips To Shave Head For St. Jude (Mon, 2/25)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 28, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS names former AC WTRV (100.5 THE RIVER) midday talent KIM CARSON to host "FAITH HOPE AND LOVE SONGS" SUNDAYS from noon-3p, and online at WWW.JQ99.COM.

Full story: Kim Carson To Host WJQK's 'Faith Hope And Love Songs' (Thu, 2/28)

 


 

Lansing State Journal ($$):

Lansing radio-listeners will have another local talk show Monday. This one, however, avoids the morning pile-up. "The Drive With Jack Ebling" will be a sports show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays.

Full story: Jack Ebling launches sports radio show (Thu, 2/28)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Nima Shaffe will be leaving his hometown of Kansas City to join Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. Shaffe, who is currently a reporter for CBS affiliate KCTV, said in his station bio page he's always thrilled his family gets to see him on air.

Full story: Nima Shaffe to Join WXYZ in Detroit (Thu, 2/28)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Bettelou Peterson, who worked at the Free Press for about 50 years -- including four decades as a TV beat writer, a position she helped create during the early years of television -- died Friday. She was 87.

Full story: Bettelou Peterson: Pioneering Free Press TV, radio writer gained a national audience with columns (Thu, 2/28)

 

The Academy of Country Music announced Wednesday that metro Detroit's WYCD-FM (99.5) has been named its major-market radio station of the year.

Full story: Academy of Country Music names WYCD-FM its major-market station of the year (Wed, 2/27)

 

Sinclair Broadcasting continuing growth; $370 M purchase of Barrington Broadcasting involves a number of Michigan TV stations

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which last year acquired Granite Broadcasting (which included WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo and WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing) is growing again with yesterday's announcement that it will be acquiring Barrington Broadcasting's 24 television stations in markets across the country for $370 million.

In Michigan, the sale involves Barrington's NBC affiliates WPBN-TV Ch. 7 / WTOM-TV Ch. 4 Traverse City / Cheboygan, WLUC-TV Ch. 6 Marquette, and WEYI-TV Ch. 25 Saginaw along with CW affiliate WBSF-TV Ch. 46 Bay City. Barrington also operates ABC affiliate WGTU-TV Ch. 29 / WGTQ-TV Ch. 8 Traverse City / Sault Ste Marie under a joint sales agreement with Tucker Broadcasting. In Northwest Ohio, Barrington owns NBC affilate WNWO-TV Ch. 24 Toledo.

In the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market, Sinclair already owns/operates FOX affiliate WSHM-TV Ch. 66.

Click here for the full press release from Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV FOX 17 rolls out its new weekend version of FOX 17 Morning News on Saturday. FOX 17 is jumping into morning news on the weekend with four hours from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Full story: FOX 17's new weekend newscast debuts Saturday, will feature Tim Doty and Leigh Ann Towne (Fri, 3/1)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle ($$):

The Roundup Radio Show variety radio program will premier at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, on IPR News Radio, WICA 91.5 FM in Traverse City/Interlochen; WLMN 89.7 in Ludington/Manistee; and WHBP 90.1 FM in Harbor Springs/Petoskey. The Roundup Radio Show featuring home-grown talent airs weekly on Traverse City's WNMC community radio.

Full story: Roundup Radio Show comes to IPR (Fri, 3/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • In other Sinclair news, the company and DirecTV reached a retransmission agreement earlier this week avoiding a blackout of Sinclair's TV stations on the satellite provider's service today.

 

The Oakland Press:

Oakland University's student-run radio station WXOU-FM has made it to the top 10 finalists for an mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. This is the first year that station, which can be found at 88.3 FM, has been nominated, and it needs votes to take home the award ... Michigan State's WDBM-FM is also in the top 10 to receive a Woodie Award.

Full story: Oakland University's student-run radio station a finalist for MTVU award (Sun, 3/3)

 

To vote (hopefully for either WXOU or WDBM!), visit www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2013/college-radio-woodie/

 


 

Macomb Daily:

Celebrate America with singers from local schools when Detroit Public Television presents "Detroit Performs: Tim Janis' Celebrate America Southeast Michigan" at 9 p.m. March 7.

Full story: Students sing on Detroit Public Television (Fri, 3/1)

 


 

Saginaw News:

WEYI NBC 25, along with WBSF CW 46, will be changing hands, as Sinclair Broadcast Group announced yesterday that it has purchased Barrington Broadcasting Group for $370 million, pending closing conditions.

Full story: WEYI NBC 25 to change ownership as Sinclair offers $370 million to buy Barrington Broadcasting Group (Fri, 3/1)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Fans of sports-talk station WTKA's locally produced "Ann Arbor's Big Show" may have been dismayed Monday to find out it had been replaced by "The Huge Show," a program that originates in west Michigan.

Full story: Budget cuts claim local sports-talk program 'Ann Arbor's Big Show' (Sat, 2/23)

 


 

MLive.com:

Come Monday afternoon, Lansing sports talk radio listeners will have a choice to make: "The Huge Show" or "The Drive with Jack Ebling". Lansing's The Game 730 AM (WVFN) will now broadcast The Drive with Jack Ebling from 3-6 p.m beginning Monday, March 4.

Full story: Lansing's WVFN to air new sports talk radio show 'The Drive with Jack Ebling' beginning Monday (Sun, 3/3)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Doesn't anyone out there want to own a TV station? That's the question Bud Kelley, the owner of WMKG (Channel 38) in Muskegon, has been asking himself for five years. He very much wants to sell. He has sent e-mails, hired a media broker to shop it and dropped the asking price to $300,000, down from $500,000. He even listed the station on eBay.

Full story: Muskegon broadcaster's labor of love on the market for $300,000 (Mon, 3/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former WCSX/Detroit Program Director Brent Alberts stays in the region, landing the PD job at Cumulus/Toledo Classic Rock WXKR-FM 94.5.
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  • Also in Toledo, Mike Shannon has been named morning show host at Cumulus Top 40 WWWM-FM 105.5.

 


 

Saginaw News:

Those that have long been listening to Delta College's public radio station might think they are tuning into the wrong station when they set their dials to 90.1 FM on Tuesdays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Full story: Delta College public radio's 'Nick Danger' brings an alternative sound to Q90.1 (Mon, 3/4)

 

AllAccess.com:

ENVISION RADIO NETWORKS snares WRIF/DETROIT as the newest affiliate of The Core, a two-hour rock show that features the music and artists that thrived in the '90s. Not surprisngly, The CORE is hosted by longtime WRIF air personaity MELTDOWN and programmed by station vet STEVE BLACK.

Full story: WRIF Goes To 'The Core' (Thu, 3/6)

 

CUMULUS MEDIA Active Rock WKQZ (Z93)/SAGINAW, MI has promoted LYNN ROBERTS to APD. She has been the Promotions Director and on-air talent; along with her new duties as APD, ROBERTS will continue to handle promotions for WKQZ.

Full story: Lynn Roberts New APD At WKQZ (Thu, 3/6)

 


 

Greenville News:

A local radio personality will appear on the Rachael Ray Show to have a small plastic-surgery procedure performed on her by a former Greenville resident. Radio host Kara Stevens of M 106.3 will be on the Rachael Ray Show on Friday while Dr. Anthony Youn, a Greenville High School graduate, performs a surgery that repairs ear lobes.

Full story: Local radio host to be on Friday's Rachael Ray Show (Thu, 3/6)

 

Radio Ink:

I stayed in my seat and listened politely, though I wanted to jump up and cross-examine the people onstage. Frankly, I couldn't believe what I'd just heard, and it was so important that it needed to be clarified immediately. Could it really be true? I'd been predicting it for years, but when I heard those words, it was like seeing an old friend I loved being knifed in the gut. I felt victimized.

Full story: A cold, harsh reality for radio (Fri, 3/8)

There are a number of reasons why automobile manufacturers may be considering dropping AM/FM radios from the car dashboard. Some of the reasons are things our industry cannot do anything about. But some of the reasons are things we can do something about. AM and FM radio receivers are essential in times of emergencies and our industry needs to amp up everyone's recognition of that.

Full story: Vehicles without AM/FM (Fri, 3/8)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Conservative pundit, author, radio personality and TV host Armstrong Williams will be running Clio-based NBC affiliate WEYI, after making a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group, according to a report from TVNewsCheck.

Full story: Report: Conservative radio, TV host to run WEYI NBC25 (Fri, 3/8)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREAT LAKES RADIO Country WFXD/MARQUETTE, MI is rebranding the station. It will now be known as "103 FXD" after dropping the moniker, "EXTREME COUNTRY 103.3."

Full story: WFXD Rebrands To '103 FXD' (Fri, 3/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Granite Broadcasting primary MyTV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit added NBC's Cozi TV to subchannel 20.2 on Friday, March 8th. Cozi TV primarily features programming from 1950s through the 1980s with a mix of movies and classic TV series but also offers some first-run lifestyle programming. WMYD had previously offered The CoolTV on 20.2 - that programming was dropped in 2012 over payment issues.

 

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."

 

WKAR.org:

WKAR was honored with seven awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), including the coveted "Michigan Public Television Station of the Year" award at the annual MAB Awards of Excellence ceremony held on Wednesday, March 13 in Lansing, Michigan.

Full story: WKAR Wins Seven Awards from Michigan Association for Broadcasters (Fri, 3/15)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The Tony Gates Morning Show on WLAV-FM was honored with the 2012 award for Best Morning Show Broadcast Personality or Team by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Full story: 97 LAV's Tony Gates Show honored as Best Morning Show by Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Fri, 3/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit has announced that Donielle Flynn will be joining Jay Towers on the morning show at Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM (Fresh 100.3). Flynn returns to the market from the Mid-Atlantic - she previously worked at the former WDZR-FM and WWBR-FM 102.7 during that frequency's time as a Rock station.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee, who disappeared from WJQK-FM in Holland last week, soon will reveal the next step in their careers.

Full story: Fired Christian radio hosts Chris and Emilee plan to announce what comes next (Sun, 3/31)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Television viewers in Jackson and Hillsdale counties will have another outlet for local news, thanks to a new management agreement between the Citizen Patriot's media partner WLNS and WLAJ ABC 53. WLNS will simulcast its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news shows on ABC 53, starting Monday, April 1. The station will also simulcast its morning show from 5 to 7 a.m. on ABC starting Monday, April 15.

Full story: Citizen Patriot's media partner WLNS to simulcast news shows on WLAJ ABC 53 starting April 1 (Thu, 3/28)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

A Muskegon radio station has received national attention for its decision to ban music by rappers Rick Ross and Lil' Wayne from its rotation. The Muskegon-based radio station 103.7 The Beat WUVS-LP released a statement Thursday, March 28 indicating that it would no longer play those artists' music.

Full story: Rick Ross, Lil Wayne pulled from Muskegon radio station now getting national attention (Fri, 3/29)

 

Emmett Till's family applauds ban of Lil Wayne and Rick Ross from Muskegon radio station (Fri, 3/29)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The Detroit Tigers now have $568 million committed to long-term contracts for three players: Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. Where does a mid-market team such as Detroit get that sort of cash?

Full story: MLB's TV contracts fuel hefty player contracts for Tigers (Fri, 3/29)

 

Flint Journal:

A pair of Genesee County natives are using the airwaves to help fellow Flintstones take better care of themselves and stay informed about their communities. Chuniq Inpower and Tynee Sims are the new hosts of "Hood Health 101 Radio," a new talk radio segment airing from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday nights on Flint's Club 93.7, and online.

Full story: Flint natives host new 'Hood Health 101' radio show (Wed, 4/3)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cartman is the new morning host at Rock WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan / Traverse City (Rock 105 FM).
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  • The Soft Adult Contemporary format of WQEZ-FM 95.5 Glen Arbor/Traverse City, which launched on Monday, continues to be heard on its original frequency FM 97.7 Cheboygan.

 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA's Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT is looking for their next Rock Girl. One lucky woman will represent the legendary DETROIT rock radio station at concerts, VIP events and on the air. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $40,000 salary. The "Sexy 16 WRIF Rock Girl" contestants have been selected and posted on WRIF.com. The website features the contestant's photographs and a sixty second video. Voting is open until SUNDAY, APRIL 21st, 2013 until midnight.

Full story: The WRIF Rock Girl Search Is On (Mon, 4/15)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

A WXMI photographer suffered fractured leg after he was involved in a crash while driving the station's live truck Friday morning. The photographer was traveling on U.S. 131 Friday morning when he "hit an arrow board traffic sign where a work crew was making an emergency repair to a pothole," according to WXMI.

Full story: WXMI Photographer Recovering From Live Truck Crash (Fri, 4/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A northern Michigan sale (of sorts): The partnership that is Coltrace Communications (owner of Classic Hits WUPS-FM 98.5 and Country WTWS-FM 92.1 in the Harrison / Houghton Lake / Mt. Pleasant area) is changing with Sindy Fuller ultimately taking over control of the company from John Salov. Prior to this agreement that sees Salov exit ownership of the two radio stations, Fuller had been a 49% owner, Salov controlled 51%.
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  • WAVC-FM 93.9 Mio has been reported as off the air in recent weeks by numerous tipsters in the area.

 

Cadillac-based 24/7 news TV station debuts new look and familiar talent

Cadillac-based MI News 26, Michigan's only 24/7 local news channel, has debuted a brand new look, including new on-air graphics, an updated set, and two new but familiar faces from the Detroit area.

Randy Bhirdo and Jill Washburn joined the station's news team this week after spending much of their careers anchoring and reporting for numerous TV stations in Detroit. Washburn is now hosting MI News 26's midday newscasts, which air between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., while Bhirdo presents MI News 26 at 6:00 as well as the station's evening news programming, which runs from 7 p.m. until midnight every day. The two new personalities join Scott Forbes and Kayla Kiley, who host the overnight and morning news programming on the local TV station.

"I'm very excited and proud to be a part of an ever growing news team here at MI News 26," said Bhirdo.

In addition to debuting the new hosts, MI News 26 launched a new graphics package as well as numerous updates to its news set, designed by Michael P. Hill of NewscastStudio.com. The new look encompasses all of the station's locally-produced news programming.

"We were thrilled to work with top-notch talent to take our newscasts to the next level," said Eric Wotila, who owns and serves as the General Manager at MI News 26, "We've been able to bring network-caliber production to the local level thanks to the hard work of a talented and dedicated team."

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

 


 

MLive.com:

Former Michigan State star turned Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had pre-game butterflies in the press box at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. "I'm excited for this opportunity,'' said Cousins, minutes away from his broadcast debut as a color analyst with the Big Ten Network for the Spartans' Green-White Spring Game. "It's a little scary.''

Full story: Television broadcaster, author and NFL QB, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins is a game changer (Sun, 4/21)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer: ($)

The spirits are gone from what used to be the Ball Joint Sports Bar, but a different kind of spirit is very much in the house. On this Wednesday morning, Pastor Elmer R. Hess was giving a tour of the spacious, sparkling First Pentecostal Family Worship Center, which moved into the space last November.

Full story: WFPM-FM makes a home for gospel in Battle Creek (Fri, 4/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Tyler Crawford has exited as afternoon drive host at Cumulus Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor. No replacement has been named.

 

Detroit News:

Automakers have killed the cassette player, and CD players are taking a back seat to Bluetooth-connected iPhones. The in-dash car radio, with its dials and knobs, isn't signing off yet. But it's past its prime in the eyes of some automakers, and most aren't prepared to spend much time or money tinkering with it. Instead, they're focusing on the next generation of in-car entertainment, such as Web browsing and music streaming. Startup automaker Detroit Electric plans to be the first without a radio when it rolls out its first car in August -- audio will be delivered via smartphone.

Full story: Automakers tuning out traditional in-car radios (Mon, 4/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WNEM AM 1250 Bridgeport / Saginaw has gone silent in advance of the completion of the transfer of the station from Meredith Broadcasting to Ave Maria Communications. Meredith donated the former all-News station to Religious/Catholic broadcaster Ave Maria Radio earlier this year and it's expected the station will return to the air with a Catholic format once the transfer is complete.
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  • Raised: Over $150,000 by Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit during Friday's Radiothon at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
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  • CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids has hired Aaron Dimick as a reporter. Prior to arriving in West Michigan, he was a multimedia journalist in Eau Claire, WI.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The $300 bill was the breaking point. Maria Wanat Tillitson called WOW and fought for a discount on her packaged cable service, which included TV, home phone and Internet. That was three years ago, and she has been doing it ever since.

Full story: Cable rates are negotiable - for those in the know (Mon, 4/29)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Just hours before his final "Drew and Mike" morning show broadcast on WRIF-FM (101.1), Drew Lane was still focused on making the best radio show possible.

Full story: 'Drew and Mike' crew prepares for final broadcast on Friday (Thu, 5/16)

 

Jason Strayhorn returned to the Michigan State sidelines for the 2006 season -- John L. Smith's 4-8 exit as head coach -- and has been there for Mark Dantonio's entire tenure. Starting with the 2013 season, Strayhorn will be watching from above. He will replace Jim Miller as color analyst for Spartan Sports Network radio broadcasts, teaming with George Blaha in his 38th season of doing MSU play-by-play.

Full story: Michigan State football radio: Jason Strayhorn replaces Jim Miller as analyst (Thu, 5/16)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Radio has lost a true legend. Top 40 radio pioneer PAUL DREW died of natural causes at VICTOR ROYALE ASSISTED LIVING in GLENDALE, CA; he was 78. DREW launched his radio career in ATLANTA, as a DJ at WAKE, WGST and WQXI -- the latter station promoted him to PD. He also held PD gigs at CKLW/WINDSOR-DETROIT, WIBG/PHILADELPHIA, KFRC/SAN FRANCISCO and KHJ/LOS ANGELES.

Full story: Paul Drew Passes (Thu, 5/16)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Tara Hernandez can come up with many favorite memories from five years as a sports anchor at FOX 17. But, as she prepares for her final broadcast, finding No. 1 was elusive.

Full story: FOX17 sports broadcaster Tara Hernandez prepares for final show (Mon, 5/20)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WXIN, the Tribune owned FOX affiliate for Indianapolis, IN, has named Kerri Cavanaugh as news director ... She comes to WXIN from Tribune's WXMI in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been the news director since 2010.

Full story: WXIN Names Kerri Cavanaugh News Director (Wed, 5/22)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The on air talent at WLNS Lansing finds itself waking up at strange times this week, as the morning and evening/late news teams have switched places for the week. Young Broadcasting owns the CBS affiliate in DMA No. 115. Jane Aldrich, Sheri Jones, Greg Adaline and meteorologist David Young are anchoring during the 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. shift, while the morning team of Chivon Kloepfer, Evan Pinsonnault and meteorologist Jake Dunne are taking on 5, 6 and 11 p.m.

Full story: WLNS Lansing Anchors Switch Dayparts for Week (Wed, 5/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Taconite Broadcasting is purchasing FM translator W227CJ 93.3 Marquette from David Stout for $40,000. The transfer application shows that Taconite plans to rebroadcast its Sports WZAM AM 970 on the translator.

 

Newsmakers and links: May 30, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

The University of Michigan today condemned an "offensive" newspaper column by U-M football announcer Frank Beckmann, but has taken no disciplinary action against him, despite concern from some members of the U-M Board of Regents over Beckmann's views.

Full story: Michigan condemns Frank Beckmann for 'fried chicken' column, but does not discipline him (Thu, 5/30)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Trudi Daniels, who had apparently just left the Greater Media/Detroit complex last week with the departure of the Drew and Mike show from Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, is now on board as morning host at sister station Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 as of Monday, June 3rd. She'll be joining Ken Calvert for the 5 - 9 a.m. shift - which will be re-titled to give Daniels co-billing.

    Market manager Steve Chessare commented in a release, "The WCSX air staff is a collection of outstanding on-air personalities from Detroit rock radio history. Trudi is an outstanding talent and the perfect choice to co-host the morning show with Ken Calvert. We are thrilled she will continue to remain a part of the Greater Media/Detroit family."

    Daniels added, "I spent most of my life going to concerts and had to find some way to keep getting free tickets. I'm also going for the record for shortest radio move -- about 40 yards and across the hall!"
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  • Tim Roberts, already operations manager for Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 at CBS Radio/Detroit, has added the same responsibility for Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio). Tim Rainey continues on as Program Director for Amp.

 


 

Saginaw News:

Meredith Broadcasting and Channel 5, WNEM have given the 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications. The former news and talk radio station, which featured syndicated talk shows including Neal Boortz and Dave Ramsey, is off the air. It will begin offering Catholic programming within the next few months.

Full story: WNEM, Channel 5 gives 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications for Catholic programming (Thu, 5/30)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The B-93 Birthday Bash continues to roll out locations for its free ticket giveaways for the major country music festival on June 8-9 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, 1249 12th St. in Martin.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2013: Ticket giveaways in Kalamazoo today, other West Michigan locations through June 7 (Thu, 5/30)

 

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.

 

Newsmakers and links: June 10, 2013

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Saginaw News:

From music to sugar, all kinds of festivals head to the Great Lakes Bay Region this coming week. Which festival will you attend? Country music musicians Gary Allan and Easton Corbin take the stage at the 22nd KCQ Country Music Fest Free Concert Saturday, June 15, on Saginaw's Ojibway Island.

Full story: Yffy's Top 5: KCQ Country Music Fest top week full of festivals in Great Lakes Bay Region (Mon, 6/10)

 

Saginaw News:

All the markers point to another grand ol' time at the 22nd annual KCQ Country Music Fest coming Saturday, June 15, to Ojibway Island. Section 98 and Gold Preferred seating areas are sold out, with the free seating still up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis, said Greg Cole, operations manager and afternoon DJ at WKCQ-FM, 98.1.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest 2013 expecting huge crowd on Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Tue, 6/11)

 

When Margaret Durante played the KCQ Country Music Fest in 2011, a New Face performing on a second stage between sets, she said something prophetic about her struggles in Nashville.

Full story: Maggie Rose pushes the reset button at Saginaw's KCQ Country Music Fest 2013 (Tue, 6/11)

 


 

WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

Changes could be coming to the B-93 Birthday Bash next year after a number of issues plagued the free country concert last weekend in Martin. A 9-year-old girl was hit by an alleged underage drunk driver, people that pre-paid for parking were turned away when the lot filled up and people abandoned their vehicles along the side of the highway and hiked into the venue.

Full story: B-93, venue may make changes to Bash (Tue, 6/11)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

B-93 concert goers who were unable to get into the 21st Birthday Bash this past Saturday have two options for getting a refund if they purchased a two-day parking pass. The first is to mail in their Saturday parking pass along with a self-addressed return envelope included. Only Saturday's parking pass will be refunded, which is $20 of the total $40 weekend parking pass.

Full story: Martin Speedway Encourages Patrons to Mail in Refund Requests (Mon, 6/10)

 


 

WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

We're now learning why so many ticket holders may have been turned away from the B-93 Birthday Bash over the weekend. This is the fourth year the event was held at US-131 Motorsports Park in Martin. The General Manager of the park says last weekend's event saw an astounding 50,000 people each day, but hundreds of ticket-holders were turned away when the venue reached capacity.

Full story: More details emerge on ticket-holders turned away from B-93 Birthday Bash (Tue, 6/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Silent WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor is being sold by Broadcast Associates Limited Partnership to Gerard Media, LLC for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The deal also involves a time brokerage arrangement that should bring the station back on the air prior to closing.
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  • Soft Rock FM 106.3 Onaway has changed call sign from WJZJ to WOEZ; Classic Rock FM 97.7 Cheboygan, which had the WOEZ sign is now WCHY.

 

Newsmakers and links: June 13, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

Radio was WGVU-AM personality Bill Bailey's first passion. Golf was his second. WGVU-AM's "Real Oldies" program director and morning on-air host died in the pursuit of both.

Full story: Bill Bailey, veteran West Michigan radio personality, dies during golf outing (Thu, 6/13)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Following a record turnout that caused long lines, backed up traffic along U.S. 131 and forced some ticket holders to be turned away on Saturday, organizers of the B-93 Birthday Bash are considering several changes, including a different venue.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash to change venue? Organizer says 'everything is possible' (Wed, 6/12)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Orange barrels have a way of making people see red, especially when the road construction closes Ezra Rust to two lanes and they're trying to make their way to this Saturday's KCQ Country Music Fest on Ojibway Island.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest 2013 offers ways around Saginaw's road construction on Ezra Rust (Thu, 6/13)

 


 

USA Today:

Gannett Co., the diversified media company that owns USA TODAY and TV stations, said Thursday it will buy competitor Belo Corp. for $2.2 billion in a deal that will make Gannett the fourth largest owner of major network affiliates in the U.S., reaching nearly a third of U.S. households.

Full story: Gannett to acquire Belo in $2.2 billion deal (Thu, 6/13)

In Michigan, Gannett owns ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids and a number of newspapers including the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Battle Creek Enquirer.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

A lawsuit filed by SETH EPSTEIN and PEACOCK PROPERTIES INVESTMENTS, INC. against CUMULUS MEDIA, INC. (CITADEL BROADCASTING CO.) has been moved from a MICHIGAN state court to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of MICHIGAN, LANSING Division.

Full story: Cumulus Gets Suit Over Barter Deal Moved To Federal Court (Thu, 6/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Regional web site americajr.com is offering coverage of Saturday's 'KCQ Country Music Fest including an exclusive interview with artist Maggie Rose.

    Information on the Fest, including parking details, is also available from the WKCQ web site. MacDonald Broadcasting owns the station heard at 98.1 in the Saginaw market.

 

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.

 

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.

 

"Live in the D" coming to WDIV-TV/Detroit in August

Post-Newsweek NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has announced the debut of a new hour-long news and talk program called "Live in the D" scheduled to debut on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m.

According to the press release, "Live in the D" will focus on local and national news and will explore the intersections of culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and how it affects life in Metro Detroit. It will have the elements of a daytime newscast with additional guest-driven conversations and feature a core of contributors. The station named Local 4 News anchor and reporter Guy Gordon and Local 4 News anchor and Defender Karen Drew as co-hosts of its new daytime show.

"When we started conceiving this program, we didn't have to look far to find the right people to host this next step in our daytime line-up. We are thrilled to have Guy and Karen as the face of our new show," said Marla Drutz, vice-president and general manager of Local 4.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Tune in today and find out what Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee Danielson are up to.

Full story: Tune in today to hear the new 'Chris and Emilee Show' on Internet radio (Mon, 7/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Daytimer WOAP AM 1080 Owosso reportedly changed format over the weekend from Classic Hits / Oldies to Spanish, ending the station's run as 'The Big 1080'.
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  • Cumulus will changeup the syndicated 'Perez Hilton Live' evening show and relaunch it as 'Nights Live With Adam Bomb', but still feature reports from Hilton had been airing from 7 - 11 p.m. on Cumulus' Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit, Top 40 WHTS-FM 105.3 Grand Rapids, and Top 40 WJIM-FM 97.5 Lansing.
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  • Indiana Radio Watch reports that Kent Fulmer is the station and sales manager at Classic Hits WGTO AM 910 Cassopolis. The station is also heard on FM translator W266BS 101.1 Cassopolis.

 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit's FM radio dial may soon have some competition for the sports talk audience. Radio industry scuttlebutt for months has been rife with speculation that Greater Media Inc.'s WMGC 105.1 FM will change formats next month from adult contemporary music to sports.

Full story: WMGC's possible format flip could heat up local sports talk (Sun, 7/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Birach Broadcasting Sports WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit has changed its syndicated programming from ESPN to NBC Sports Radio and repositions from 'ESPN Detroit' to 'NBC Sports Radio Detroit' No local programming has been noted since the station dropped an afternoon block of shows earlier this year.

 


 

Flint Journal:

Club 93.7 FM paired its musical expertise with Flint's automotive history on Saturday with its annual car show at Perani Arena and Event Center. The event, which the radio station worked on with Townsquare Media, was outside in Perani's parking lot, with bathrooms and concessions inside of the building.

Full story: Club 93.7 throws annual car show with 14 prize categories, Jon Connor performance (Sat, 7/13)

 

TVSpy.com:

Siobhan Riley, a reporter for Flint, MI, ABC affiliate WJRT, tried to illustrate which streets would be affected by construction in downtown Saginaw.

Full story: Flint Reporter's Road Construction Map Looks Suspiciously Familiar (Wed, 7/24)

 


 

MLive.com:

Is the game not enough for you? Do you want more out of your baseball broadcast than nine innings of a game? Then this will be good news.

Full story: Fox Sports Detroit Plus to broadcast batting practice prior to game Saturday between Tigers, Phillies (Wed, 7/24)

 

WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:

From Black to Light National radio personality Steve Black's true life story of love, adventure, music, cancer, death, despair, tragedy and triumph while interacting with rock and roll royalty. Steve and Sabrina Black have spent a combined 40 years on the radio, mainly in Detroit, Michigan. Sabrina was diagnosed with cancer on the way to their wedding in Hawaii in 2000, and passed away six years later.

Full story: Radio personality Steve Black to release autobiography (Tue, 7/30)

 


 

Detroit News:

Bisi Onile-Ere, a reporter at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), has joined Al Jazeera America to be the first correspondent in its new Detroit bureau, one of 12 that the channel is opening in the U.S.

Full story: Channel 4 reporter moves to Al Jazeera America to be to Detroit correspondent (Tue, 7/30)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA has promoted AMIE BURKE to Promotions Dir. for its FLINT, MI cluster, effective immediately.

Full story: Cumulus/Flint, MI Ups Amie Burke To Promotions Dir. (Tue, 7/30)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

 

Oakland Press:

Clarkston will be in the spotlight Friday when Mojo, Spike and Shannon come to town. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., the cast of MOJO in the Morning will broadcast the popular radio show from the Clarkston Union restaurant on Main Street. "We're going to eat mac 'n cheese at 6 o'clock in the morning," said Spike, referring to the Union's most famous dish.

Full story: MOJO in the Morning cast to visit Clarkston Friday (Thu, 8/1)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The drumbeat over GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (TODAY'S 105.1)/DETROIT's pending flip to Sports continues with one source telling ALL ACCESS that the flip to ESPN 105.1 will happen on AUGUST 30th and studio banter before DREW LANE's podcast on WEDNESDAY (8/1) including a discussion of GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT Market Manager STEVE CHESSARE waiting on the final ESPN affiliation contract.

Full story: More Rumors Fly About WMGC/Detroit Sports Flip (Thu, 8/1)

 


 

Lansing State Journal ($):

Growing up just outside Washington, D.C., Michigan existed more as a legend to me than anything else. I had somehow become a diehard Detroit Tigers fan in the midst of Baltimore Orioles territory, and those Tigers played in the mitten-shaped state amid the blue-colored Great Lakes on my United States placemat. And now I live here.

Full story: Lugnuts broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler: 'I truly did luck out' (Wed, 7/31)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 6, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Airing live: Friday's NFL preseason game between the Detroit Lions and New York Jets at 7:30 p.m. on WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit as the Lions have reached the required number of ticket sales to qualify the game as a sellout..
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  • Going: Former WDIV-TV Ch. 4 reporter Chris Hanson from NBC and Dateline NBC where he became well-known nationwide for his 'To Catch a Predator' segments. More from the New York Daily News here.
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  • Coming: To the soon-to-be-launched cable network FOX Sports 1, former NHL great and current Red Wings' front office advisor Chris Chelios for coverage of hockey at the Winter Olympics in Russia.
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  • Changing: The corporate name for WDIV-TV Ch. 4 owner Post-Newsweek with the sale of the Washington Post newspaper. After the sale is complete, the company will no longer own either of the properties the company was named for - The Post and Newsweek magazine. WDIV has been the company's flagship operation for a number of years.
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  • Added: Shopping network QVC to subchannels of WPXD-TV Ch. 31 Ann Arbor / Detroit (31.5) and WZPX-TV Ch. 43 Battle Creek (43.5).
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  • Celebrating: Six months on the air, WLUN-FM (100.9 ESPN) Pinconning/Midland's CrunchTime with Jared Sandler, a locally produced sports talk show that airs weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. In a release Sandler commented, "We really like what we have started. We are always looking at ways to improve the CrunchTime brand, but we have built a good foundation. One of our silent promises is that we're going to continue to work our tails off to get better and hopefully that is reflected over the next six months."

 


 

U-M's Michigan Radio honored by the National Association of Black Journalists

Michigan Radio (WOUM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with two Salute to Excellence Awards this past weekend. The station won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Documentary category for "Infant Mortality in Michigan," and Feature category for "Idlewild, the Black Eden, celebrates 100 years."

The "Infant Mortality in Michigan" documentary was produced by Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra and examined the disparity in race and infant mortality rates in Michigan. The documentary is part of Michigan Radio's "State of Opportunity" project, a multi-year initiative looking at what can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for Michigan's most disadvantaged children. State of Opportunity is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

"Idlewild, the Black Eden, celebrates 100 years" was produced by Michigan Radio's Kate Wells. The feature examined the history of the resort town's heyday as a summer haven for African Americans from the 1920's to the 1960's, and the hopes of current residents for its resurgence. Funding for this report was provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

Full story: Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK (Tue, 8/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 13, 2013

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MLive.com:

Detroit sports fans who want to talk sports and hear coach and player interviews from the city's four pro teams had a new midday option Tuesday with the debut of the "Ryan and Rico" show on the new Detroit Sports 105.1 FM. Consider it a statement from the station - one of five with a sports talk format in Detroit - that it's ready to compete in a crowded marketplace.

Full story: Detroit Sports 105.1 FM makes midday statement with Red Wings, Pistons, Lions, Tigers interviews (Tue, 8/13)

 


 

Detroit News:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is not in any rush to hire a football play-by-play radio announcer to replace Frank Beckmann, who will retire after this season. Beckmann is entering his 34th season as Michigan's play-by-play voice.

Full story: Michigan not rushing search for Frank Beckmann's replacement, AD Dave Brandon says (Tue, 8/13)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

A local country music radio station will take up residence at Heritage Landing on Saturday, Aug. 17, for its annual Moose Fest. Moose Fest, put on by 107WMUS, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and continue throughout the day with seven country music acts.

Full story: Moose Fest to bring seven country music acts to Heritage Landing (Tue, 8/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan State University's WKAR-TV Ch. 23 East Lansing is looking for audience members on Thursday for the launch of the station's new 'Current Sports' show hosted by Al Martin with special guest Greg "Special K" Kelser. More details on WKAR web site. Tickets are free for the asking while they last.
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  • Miss yesterday's flip from Adult Contemporary to Sports on WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit? Check it out on YouTube.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 20, 2013

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Saginaw News:

For a whole generation of Michigan baby boomers, Bob Dyer was a cultural icon. Dyer, a WKNX-AM, 1210, disc jockey, was one of the first in the country to introduce The Beatles to the airwaves. And with Dick Fabian, he brought the music home, hosting dances throughout the region with performers including Simon and Garfunkel. Dyer, who with Fabian was recently named to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends' Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning. He was 85.

Full story: A life remembered: Saginaw radio icon Bob Dyer among first in nation to air The Beatles, had record longevity at WKNX (Tue, 8/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

What do Bob & Tom, Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern and Kevin Matthews have in common? They're four of the Top 25 Radio Personalities of the Last 25 years.

Full story: Grand Rapids' Kevin Matthews named one of Top 25 Most Influential Radio hosts of past 25 years (Tue, 8/20)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Spartan TV LLC, licensee of MNT affiliate WHTV Lansing, Mich., is asking the agency to put a hold on the merger of Media General Inc. and New Young Broadcasting, pending certification that the shared services and joint sales agreements between Young's CBS affiliate, WLNS, and Sheldon Galloway's ABC affiliate, WLAJ, comply with FCC regulations.

Full story: Spartan blows whistle on Young Lansing SSA (Tue, 8/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Podcasting: Mike Clark and Mike Wolters at thedetroitcast.com. The duo, both formerly part of 'Drew and Mike' on WRIF up until earlier this year, launched their online efforts yesterday.

     

  • Celebrating: CBS Radio's WWJ AM 950 Detroit which first took to the airwaves on August 20, 1920 as 8MK making the station 93 years old today.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 23, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

Former "Drew & Mike" radio host Mike Clark and longtime producer Mike Wolters don't know what the future holds for their online talk show, "The Detroit Cast," but they're happy to be on Apple's iTunes top audio podcast chart just two shows after making their debut.

Full story: Former 'Drew & Mike' host Mike Clark scores some early success with podcast (Fri, 8/23)

 


 

WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

The recruiting environment surrounding high school football players continues to grow, becoming more interesting to not just die-hard football fans but casual ones as well. Now, all West Michigan high school football fans have an outlet on television to turn to for the latest recruiting information. FOX 17 is teaming up with Ira Childress of the Lake Michigan Football Report to bring you the Blitz Spotlight, a weekly segment airing every Monday during the high school football season on FOX 17 News at Six and Ten.

Full story: FOX 17 Teaming Up With The Lake Michigan Football Report For The Blitz Spotlight (Thu, 8/22)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA has named JOHN CRENSHAW Regional PD/MICHIGAN. He will be responsible for the 32 MICHIGAN properties that are outside of DETROIT, and will also serve as OM for the company's GRAND RAPIDS cluster and PD for WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS.

Full story: Cumulus/Michigan Names John Crenshaw Regional PD (Fri, 8/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Confirmed: Rush Limbaugh remains with Cumulus Media with a new three year agreement, keeping the talk host on WJR AM 760 Detroit and several other stations in Michigan.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 30, 2013

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Huge radio deal will directly involve stations in Michigan

Details have been released on the sale of 53 radio stations worth $238 million by Cumulus Media to Townsquare Media as part Cumulus' $260 million acquisition of radio syndicator Dial Global.

In Michigan, Cumulus will be selling off its 11 stations in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Lansing to Townsquare.

The Michigan stations currently owned by Cumulus that will be moving to Townsquare ownership in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo include: News/Talk WBCK-FM 95.3, Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3, Adult Contemporary WBXX-FM 104.9, Rock WRKR-FM 107.7 and News/Talk WKMI AM 1360. And in Lansing: Classic Rock WMMQ-FM 94.9, Top 40 WJIM-FM 97.5, Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM 99.1, Country WITL-FM 100.7, Sports WVFN AM 730 and News/Talk WJIM AM 1240. Cumulus also owns an FM translator in Kalamazoo at 102.5 that has a country format. The future of the ownership of Sports WBCK AM 930 is uncertain; that station was placed in a trust as part of a sale between Clear Channel and Cumulus a number of years ago.

Prior to this deal, which will require FCC approval, Townsquare Media owned 11 Michigan stations in Grand Rapids and Flint. According to the press release, Townsquare will own 312 radio stations in 66 markets and have operations in 25 states, making it the third largest owner of radio stations in the United States and the largest, best-capitalized owner and operator of radio stations solely focused on small and mid-sized markets.

 

AllAccess.com:

Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus (Fri, 8/30)

 

Cumulus Media press release here (pdf)

 

Townsquare Media press release here

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce that Simon Shaykhet will be joining the 7 Action News team as a reporter. Shaykhet is a native Detroiter who has worked on both sides of the camera.

Full story: Simon Shaykhet joins WXYZ-TV as a reporter (Thu, 8/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MAUMEE VALLEY Southern Gospel WPOS (102.3)/HOLLAND-TOLEDO, OH is preparing to flip to Contemporary Christian. According to PD/CLIFF SMITHERS, the plan is to begin stunting on LABOR DAY, and officially relaunch as PROCLAIM FM on MONDAY 9-9 at 6a ET.

Full story: WPOS Flipping To Contemporary Christian (Fri, 8/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 9, 2013

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Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former National Hockey League goaltender Chris Osgood as a game and studio analyst for the 2013-14 season. Osgood's 17-year NHL career included three Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2010-11, his final NHL season as a player, Osgood became just the 10th goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He's also one of only 10 goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only five to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent's net.

Full story: Osgood joins FSD as hockey analyst (Mon, 9/9)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GRAND RAPIDS market veteran JUSTIN BARCLAY is launching a new local show on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A-F/GRAND RAPIDS TODAY (9/9).

Full story: WOOD Adds Justin Barclay Show (Mon, 9/9)

 


 

Lansing State Journal ($):

For local TV stations, this is moving day. It's time to re-arrange the slots that networks don't control. Leaving are Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake, Anderson Cooper and others. Arriving are Arsenio Hall and Bethenney Frankel today and Queen Latifah next Monday.

Full story: Changes afoot as local TV shuffle begins (Mon, 9/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former Detroit Lions great Herman Moore has joined Greater Media Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit as an analyst for the station's post game coverage of Lions' football games.
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  • ESPN 100.9 FM (WLUN Pinconning/Midland) has announced a weekly CrunchTime segment featuring former University of Michigan defensive back and Super Bowl champion Cato June that is scheduled to air every Monday during the football season at 4:30 p.m. EST starting today. June will join CrunchTime host Jared Sandler every week to provide analysis of Michigan and Michigan State football, along with commentary on the Detroit Lions and the National Football League.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 11, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

CCM+E/DETROIT VP/Programming and Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) PD TONY TRAVATTO reports that Promotion Dir./weekend-swinger STICK (aka SAM DAY, not STICK from WNOU) is trading up to APD/MD/nights.

Full story: WKQI Elevates Stick To APD/MD/Nights (Wed, 9/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV 8 will present the Art Van Concert Series during ArtPrize 2013, showcasing 21 West Michigan acts for 10 nights at Rosa Parks Circle. The shows will take place weeknights at 5 p.m., starting Sept. 23 with Thirsty Perch Blues Band.

Full story: WOOD TV to host live concert series at Rosa Parks Circle for ArtPrize 2013 (Wed, 9/11)

 


 

Flint Journal:

This weekend, Genesee County children will get a chance to relax from their first couple weeks back at school with a free festival in Flint.

Full story: Perani Arena & Event Center to host 9th annual FOX66 Fall Festival (Wed, 9/11)

 


 

WKAR-TV Ch. 23 East Lansing:

On the premiere of Current Sports TV, host Al Martin talks in depth with former Spartan and NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser. Now an announcer for Fox Sports and the Big Ten, Kelser talks about his experiences at MSU and in the NBA and offers his opinion on the controversial issue of whether or not to compensate university athletes. Also, comments by MSU athletic director Mark Hollis. (Current Sports is set to debut at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

Full story: Current Sports TV | Guest: Greg Kelser | #101 (Tue, 9/3)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Troy Campbell has been hired as a general assignment reporter at Fox affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids. Campbell makes the move from KERO-TV in Bakersfield, CA.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 13, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Flint, MI, NBC affiliate WEYI said goodbye to morning anchor Elizabeth MacFarland after six years with the station.

Full story: WEYI Says Goodbye to Morning Anchor Elizabeth MacFarland (Fri, 9/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cleveland public radio outlet WJCU will salute "CKLW 1970'' Saturday afternoon (Sept. 14) from 3:00 to 5:30 (Eastern Time). Listen online at wjcu.org.
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  • Radio ratings company Arbitron has released its latest rankings of market sizes across the USA. The Detroit market has fallen once again, this time from the 11th largest to the 12th largest, dropping behind Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL. Grand Rapids is now the 69th largest market in the rankings, Lansing-East Lansing 127th, Flint 135th, Ann Arbor 153rd, Kalamazoo 183rd, and Traverse City-Petoskey 196th.

    The complete report here (.pdf).

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 10, 2013

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NextMedia exiting radio, stations in Saginaw to be sold

Five radio stations in the Great Lakes Bay Region, including Country WCEN-FM 94.5, News-Talk WSGW-FM 100.5 and WSGW AM 790, Hot Adult Contemporary WGER-FM 106,3 and Adult Urban WTLZ-FM 107.1, are being sold by NextMedia to Digity, LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Broadcasting, LLC.

Also included in the transaction are stations in Chicago, San Jose, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville NC, Canton OH, Milwaukee, Myrtle Beach and North Dallas. The whole deal is expected to pass through government approvals and close sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 17, 2013

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Detroit News:

Make a living speaking into an open microphone and you lead at least a somewhat open life. Jim Price, for instance, had cancer. If you tune into the Detroit Tigers on the radio, chances are you know that, the same way you know about the autism nonprofit he named after his son. But you probably don't know about the butterscotch candies, and that's important to him. That's about respecting the audience.

Full story: Candies vs. cancer (Thu, 10/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Announced: Dates for Country WBCT-FM 93.7 Grand Rapids' 22nd Annual Birthday Bash; the country music festival will take place June 7th and 8th, 2014.
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  • Sold: Stand-alone AM/FM combo WMMI 830 and WCZY-FM 104.3 Mt. Pleasant by Central Michigan Communications to Latitude Media, LLC. Sale price for the combo is $774,000 plus a $5,000 non-compete agreement. WMMI airs a Talk and Sports format and WCZY is programmed with Adult Hits. The deal is subject to FCC approval and closing.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 18, 2013

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MLive.com:

Members of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO Local 54048, which represents WNEM TV-5 employees, have voted down the latest contract offer from the television station and are organizing a campaign to make the community and advertisers aware of the labor dispute, according to a news release. The union represents 50 WNEM TV-5 employees, including photographers, editors, directors, on-air talent and engineers, according to the release.

Full story: Union representing WNEM TV-5 employees rejects contract offer (Fri, 10/18)

 


 

CNet.com:

Aereo is on its way to another major metropolitan area. The upstart service, which provides cloud-based broadcast TV service to consumers for a starting price of $8 per month, is heading to Detroit on October 28. The offering will be available across nine counties around the Motor City.

Full story: Aereo to motor into Detroit on October 28 (Fri, 10/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Selling: Armada Media, its cluster of stations in Memominee and Marinette, WI to Radio Plus Bay Cities, LLC for price to be announced. Stations in the deal include Sports WMAM AM 570, Talk WAGN AM 1340, Country WLST-FM 95.1, Adult Hits WSFQ-FM 96.3, Olides WHYB-FM 103.7.

 

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. 1, 2013

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Saginaw News:

Earlier this year, Art Lewis turned 70. The Great Lakes Bay Region's radio icon also is celebrating 50 years in broadcasting, his Robert H. Albert Lifetime Community Service Award from the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce and the release of the 11th "Listen to the Mrs." cookbook, titled "The Art Lewis of Cooking."

Full story: Radio icon Art Lewis to be roasted at The Dow Event Center's 'Uncorked' (Thu, 10/31)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The price for the previously-announced sale by ARMADA MEDIA - MENOMINEE, INC. of Country WLST (CAT COUNTRY 95.1) and Sports WMAM-A (ESPN 570)/MARINETTE, WI; AC WSFQ (HOTS 96)/PESHTIGO, WI; and Oldies WHYB (HOMETOWN RADIO 103.7 FM) and Talk WAGN-A/MENOMINEE, MI to CHRISTOPHER A. BERNIER's RADIO PLUS BAY CITIES, LLC is $1.9 million, according to the contract filed with the formal paperwork for the deal at the FCC.

Full story: Price For Armada-Radio Plus Wisconsin-Michigan Deal: $1.9 Million (Thu, 10/31)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 2 - 3, 2013

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MLive.com:

WeatherNation TV, Inc., announced its partnership with ABC12 WJRT-TV to broadcast a 24-hour local weather channel for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City markets starting in early November 2013.

Full story: ABC12 launches new 24-hour weather channel for Flint, Saginaw, Bay City regions (Sat, 11/2)

 


 

Cornerstone University Herald:

Chuck Gaidica, lead meteorologist for WDIV Channel 4 Detroit, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership through Cornerstone University's online program.

Full story: Detroit television meteorologist attends GRTS (Sat, 11/2)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A fake Halloween radio broadcast about a train chemical spill leading to zombie-like behavior fooled some people calling 911 in Grand Traverse County.

Full story: Fake Traverse City radio broadcast on chemical spill, zombies leads to 911 calls (Fri, 11/1)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Frank Beckmann was joking, saying that all he hoped was Michigan would score a point Saturday against Michigan State. "I don't know if they will," he said, before wondering aloud in jest to broadcasting partner Jim Brandstatter whether the pair should even bother to show up to Spartan Stadium.

Full story: Michigan radio's Frank Beckmann accepts excellence award for Detroit broadcasting, reflects on rivalry vs. Michigan State (Wed, 10/30)

 


 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters:

The National Radio Hall of Fame will induct WJR-AM (Detroit) talk show host Paul W. Smith as part of its 2013 Induction gala on November 9. Smith will be sharing the stage with other inductees including Steve Dahl and Garry Meier (Chicago), Blair Garner (Nashville), John Lanigan (Cleveland), Eddie "Poilin" Sotelo (Los Angeles), Charle Steiner (Los Angeles) and (posthumously) Powel Crosley, Jr. (Cincinnati and Sarasota-Bradenton, FL).

Full story: Radio Hall of Fame to Honor Paul W. Smith November 9 (Fri, 11/1)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 4, 2013

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Flint Journal / MLive.com:

Workers at WNEM TV 5 picketed outside studios in Flint and Saginaw in hopes of getting back to the bargaining table, according to union officials. Photojournalist Tom Knaub was one of seven people holding up signs outside the WNEM-TV5 office along Saginaw Street in downtown Flint on Monday, Nov. 4.

Full story: WNEM television workers picket downtown Flint studio (Mon, 11/4)

More: WNEM TV-5 employees protest outside Saginaw studio as part of ongoing labor dispute (Mon, 11/4)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA's Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT invited listeners to join them in an exclusive WCSX Hangout session with TED NUGENT. WCSX afternoon host DOUG PODELL hosted the Internet hangout with several listeners who were able to use virtual time and interact live with NUGENT.

Full story: Ted Nugent To Run For President? (Mon, 11/4)

 

GREATER MEDIA's Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT is doing its part to raise awareness of men's cancer. During the entire month of NOVEMBER, WRIF morning show hosts DAVE and CHUCK "THE FREAK" are growing mustaches to raise awareness of men's cancer and support patient care and research at KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE.

Full story: WRIF Presents Movember Mustaches For Cancer (Mon, 11/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 11, 2013

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MLive.com:

A group of radio stations plan to hold a donation drive Tuesday for the burial of three men who died last week when a gunman opened fire on a Detroit barbershop. Four Radio One affiliates, WCHB AM 1200, Praise 102.7, KISS 105.9, and HOT 107.5 will be raising funds for the family of Joezell Williams, 61, of Detroit, Bryan Williams, 29, of Detroit and Kevin Perryman, 40, of Clinton Township.

Full story: Detroit radio stations to raise funds for burial of three men killed in barbershop shootings (Mon, 11/11)

 


 

Windsor Star:

The University of Windsor's radio station wants a more powerful voice. Vernon Smith, station manager for CJAM 99.1 FM, said Monday that the not-for-profit broadcaster hopes to hear over the next several months whether its application to quadruple the power of its signal will be approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. He said the station has already raised almost $50,000 in donations to pay for equipment to spread its signal beyond Windsor and downtown Detroit.

Full story: CJAM radio to seek power increase (Mon, 11/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media Detroit, which includes Pop WDVD-FM 96.3, News/Talk WJR AM 760, and Variety Hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, in partnership with MJR Digital Cinemas will host the 8th annual Canned Film Festival food drive to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. Moviegoers on Thursday, November 14th to bring five canned good items to any of the seven participating MJR Digital Cinemas in the Detroit area to receive free admission to any movie, that day only, any time from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be collected and distributed by Gleaners Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties.

    More info at 963wdvd.com or www.mjrtheatres.com" target="_blank">mjrtheatres.com.
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  • Cumulus Media has announced plans to roll out a new national evening show to all 84 of the company's country-formatted radio stations. "Nash Nights Live" will be hosted by Los Angeles based Shawn Parr and launch on January 6th.

    Cumulus' Michigan Country stations include WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, WTNR-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids and WLAW-FM 92.5 Newaygo, and WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint.

    Country Lansing (WITL-FM 100.7) is in the process of being acquired from Cumulus by Townsquare Media and the future of that station's on-air lineup is not clear.

 


 

Detroit News:

If all goes as scheduled, tonight I will join "the giants of a medium that has permeated American society for most of the 20th century, and today in the 21st century." Tonight, in Chicago, I will be inducted in to the National Radio Hall of Fame. "The National Radio Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to recognizing those who have contributed to the development of the radio medium throughout its history in the United States."

Full story: Nothing but thanks for a Hall of Fame career (Sat, 11/9)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 12, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Meteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern.

Full story: Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK (Tue, 11/12)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

As they said they would last week in the wake FCC approval, Media General and Young Broadcasting closed on their merger Tuesday. The combination creates a mega-group with 31 stations operating in 28 markets, reaching 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. On the pro forma basis, the merged company had 2012 revenues of $605 million.

Full story: Media General, Young now officially one (Tue, 11/12)

Note: Young Broadcasting was the owner of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in Lansing Jackson. Young has also been operating MyTV affiliate WHTV-TV Ch. 18 in the market.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 15, 2013

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Detroit News:

With all the media hand-wringing over WDIV Local 4 reporter Lauren Podell'saccidental F-bomb dropped on the air Wednesday morning up at the Lapeer fire, we surely thought the world would come to an end ...

Full story: Society Confidential: Media news and notes (Fri, 11/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Dick Purtan, legendary former Detroit radio personality will tell his story of surviving prostate cancer as part of the latest episode of the public television series "The Embrace of Aging: The Male Perspective of Growing Old" on Sunday November 17, 2013 at 6:30pm on Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV Channel 56.

    The series is produced and directed by local Emmy winner Keith Famie.

    This episode also includes a gathering of a group of men hosted by well-known New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent and actor Steve Schirripa (from the HBO series "The Sopranos"), where they talk openly about their prostate issues. Dr. Kenneth Pienta, Professor of Internal Medicine and Urology/American Cancer Society at the University of Michigan, talks about urology and men's issues. He explains the importance of prostate exams. The episode follows the story of one his patients who is battling late stage prostate cancer. He is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran whose prostate cancer is due to exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the jungles of Vietnam.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Fox Sports Detroit today announced the addition of former Detroit Pistons player Jerry Stackhouse as a studio analyst for select "Pistons Live" shows this season. Stackhouse averaged almost 17 points per game during his 18-year NBA career, including 1997-2002 with the Pistons.

Full story: Jerry Stackhouse joins FSD as Detroit Pistons analyst (Fri, 11/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The deals by which CUMULUS MEDIA spun off stations in 12 markets to TOWNSQUARE MEDIA and PEAK sold its BOISE and FRESNO clusters to TOWNSQUARE, then CUMULUS acquired the FRESNO cluster for 15 stations in DUBUQUE and POUGHKEEPSIE, has closed. The deal sent 53 stations in the BATTLE CREEK, MI; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; DANBURY, CT; FARIBAULT-OWATONNA, MN; KALAMAZOO, MI; LANSING, MI; PORTLAND, ME; PORTSMOUTH-DOVER-ROCHESTER, NH; QUAD CITIES, IA-IL; ROCHESTER, MN; ROCKFORD, IL; and WATERLOO, IA markets to TOWNSQUARE as well as the DUBUQUE, POUGHKEEPSIE, and BOISE stations has closed, according to paperwork filed with the FCC.

Full story: Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes (Fri, 11/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 16 - 17, 2013

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Saginaw News:

NextMedia Group Inc., which owns radio stations including Mix 106.3 and country music station 94.5 The Moose, has reached an agreement to sell its 33 radio stations to newly-formed Digity LLC, company officials report.

Full story: 5 Saginaw radio stations, including The Moose and WSGW, part of NextMedia's sale of 33 stations (Sat, 11/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 21, 2013

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Oakland Press:

Rochester Hills-based Avon Players is proud to present Marty Bufalini's "It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play," opening Friday, Nov. 29. The play, an adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved holiday classic, is set in a 1940s radio studio with actors playing the many parts and performing the radio sound effects of the timeless story of George Bailey learning what life would be like if he had never been born. Bufalini, an on-air personality on WWJ-AM950, is the director of the show and also performs several of the key voices, including that of Mr. Potter.

Full story: Radio personality and original Lone Ranger cast member perform 'It's a Wonderful Life' at Rochester Hills theatre (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

Oakland Press:

Rochester Hills-based Avon Players is proud to present Marty Bufalini's "It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play," opening Friday, Nov. 29. The play, an adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved holiday classic, is set in a 1940s radio studio with actors playing the many parts and performing the radio sound effects of the timeless story of George Bailey learning what life would be like if he had never been born. Bufalini, an on-air personality on WWJ-AM950, is the director of the show and also performs several of the key voices, including that of Mr. Potter.

Full story: Radio personality and original Lone Ranger cast member perform 'It's a Wonderful Life' at Rochester Hills theatre (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

RadioInk.com:

Whether or not this makes good radio remains to be seen, however, it's importance is unquestioned. 97.1 The Ticket's morning hosts Stoney and Bill will be getting a prostate exam in the studio, while on the air.

Full story: Detroit jocks getting live prostate exams (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kevin Matthews, a Grand Rapids radio icon who spent many years in Chicago, is returning to the airwaves of the Windy City, virtually speaking.

Full story: Grand Rapids DJ Kevin Matthews set to be voice of WGN online (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

Flint Journal:

A former Flint DJ and Michigan history author is promoting a documentary that looks back on a tragic event in Michigan -- one he says most Michiganders don't know about, but should, especially in Flint.

Full story: Former Flint DJ promotes documentary showcasing centennial of tragic Michigan event (Mon, 11/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media Detroit's Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3, News/Talk WJR AM 760, and Variety Hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, in partnership with MJR Digital Cinemas and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan, are thanking listeners that contributed to make this year's Canned Film Festival an overwhelming success. Due to the generosity of thousands of metro Detroiters, 46,488 pounds of non-perishable food items have been donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank to help feed the hungry of southeast Michigan; a 7% increase over last year's total.

    In addition, Kroger had issued a challenge to the public that for every Kroger brand canned good donated, Kroger would donate $1 up to $5,000 - a goal that was exceeded that goal by almost 2,000 cans.

    All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be distributed by Gleaners Community Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties.

 

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: Nov. 26, 2013

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Broadcasting & Cable:

Sinclair Broadcast Group has closed on its $370 million acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting. The 24 stations, including WEYI Flint-Saginaw and WNWO Toledo, are located in 15 markets and reach 3.4% of the U.S. TV households. The acquisition was funded through cash on hand ... In addition, the license assets of WBSF Flint and WGTU-WGTQ Traverse City-Cadillac were purchased by Cunningham, while the license assets of WEYI Flint and WWMB Myrtle Beach were purchase by Howard Stirk Holdings. Sinclair will provide services to the stations.

Full story: Sinclair Closes on $370 Million Barrington Deal (Mon, 11/25)

 


 

Detroit News:

As the Islanders carried the puck through center ice, a forward rifled it into the Red Wings' end behind Jonas Gustavsson. A sharp rebound off the end boards in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum created a scoring chance. "Yeah, you're going to get about the same bounce off the boards here as you do at Joe Louis," said Chris Osgood, on the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast.

Full story: Ex-Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood smooth in booth, too (Tue, 11/26)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Thanksgiving weekend just wouldn't be complete - at least musically - without Matt Watroba's annual fall folk show at The Ark, where he performs on Friday night.

Full story: No turkey: Matt Watroba's annual Thanksgiving weekend show marks 25 years at The Ark Friday (Tue, 11/26)

 

It may come as a surprise to some, but Jews have a proud history of loving, parodying, and even writing Christmas carols. In nearly every community across the country, there is at least one radio station that indulges my -- and the general public's -- love for the holiday songs.

Full story: Carolers rejoice: Christmas songs hit the airwaves earlier than ever at WNIC in Detroit (Tue, 11/26)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Matt Hendricks exits as midday host from Townsquare Media's Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7 Grand Rapids.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 29, 2013

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WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City/Saginaw:

TV5 is deeply saddened to report the passing of a member of our family. A family member has confirmed that former TV5 Reporter-Anchor Brian Wood died on Thanksgiving Day. He collapsed at his home and was rushed to Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw where he died. Brian recently retired after 27 years of service to TV5 News and the Mid-Michigan community.

Full story: Veteran TV5 reporter Brian Wood dies (Thu, 11/28)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Only time will tell how much Frank Beckmann will miss doing the only thing he grew up wanting to do. For 33 seasons, Beckmann has been the radio voice of University of Michigan Football. But Saturday, when the Wolverines take on Ohio State in Michigan Stadium, will be his last time in that role.

Full story: Frank Beckmann contemplates last game as radio voice of Michigan Football (Fri, 11/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • All-Christmas returned to radio in the Eastern Upper Peninsula with the with the annual flip of Oldies WNBY-FM 93.9 Newberry earlier this week. The station has been making the switch for several years near Thanksgiving for the holiday season.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 9, 2013

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Longtime local radio host Ken Calvert will retire from his morning show on classic rock station WCSX 94.7 FM on Dec. 20, station owner Greater Media Inc. said this morning. Calvert will continue to host a weekend show and write his "KC's Korner" for the station's website, Greater Media said in a statement.

Full story: WCSX-FM morning host Ken Calvert to retire (Mon, 12/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Mike Couchman is returning to Smile FM after a 10-year hiatus, He'll be handling filling-in duties the next few weeks on Sundays 3 - 7 p.m. and then settle in to do 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekends. Couchman was handling mornings at Cornerstone University's WaY FM in West Michigan until those stations switched to a simulcast of sister station WCSG-FM earlier this fall. He also was previously the Program Director at WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing, which is now part of the Smile FM roster of stations.

    Smile FM is heard on a number of stations throughout the state - a list of frequencies and cities at smile.fm.
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  • Collected: By Cumulus' Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3, over 4,000 toys to ensure local in-need children and families have a memorable Christmas this year due to the generosity of metro Detroiters. The station's annual Stuff-a-bus campaign supports several local charities.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Longtime Detroit radio host Ken Calvert says he'll be signing off from the WCSX-FM (94.7) morning show Dec. 20, but plans to stay active in retirement by doing podcasts and a Saturday show for WCSX and writing for the station's website.

Full story: Ken Calvert retiring from WCSX-FM (Mon, 12/9)

 

Now the world knows what Detroit has long realized. Motor City news legend Mort Crim is the ideal template for an anchorman -- and "Anchorman."

Full story: Besides the voice, what Mort Crim and 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy have in common (Sun, 12/8)

 


 

Detroit News:

Longtime Detroit air personality Ken Calvert is retiring from the morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7) after 13 years with the station. His last show will be Dec. 20.

Full story: WCSX personality Ken Calvert to retire (Mon, 12/9)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 12, 2013

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CBS/Detroit's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 kicks off two-day radiothon

As the station has done for a number of years, CBS Radio's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit has set aside a couple of days to help raise money during the annual WYCD Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon. This year's event takes place this Thursday & Friday from the Southland Center in Taylor and will feature WYCD hosts broadcasting live from the mall in order to raise the money that is critical to help kids who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Follow WYCD's effort's on their web site - or just call 800-374-4995 to donate and become a Partner In Hope.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Brando is the name that Frank Beckmann affectionately called color analyst Jim Brandstatter for many years in the radio booth at The Big House. But about 35 years prior, the late Bob Ufer had Don Lund at his side and referred to him as Lundo! Ufer, the voice of Meeechigan football from 1945 till is passing in 1981, worked with Lund for a couple of decades. Don Lund died earlier this week at the age of 90. From the Ann Arbor News / MLive.com: Memorial services set for University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers legend Don Lund (Wed, 12/11).
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  • Videotape free for the taking: A production company in Southfield is being liquidated and there is a LOT of very usable videotape and some audio tape free for any responsible audio or video producer or engineer who still employs the linear format of tape over the more current digital technology. The facility needs to be void of this considerable inventory before the end of this month. If interested, please contact estate handler Patty Livernois at (248) 320-1585 or e-mail her at estatesalesbypatty@gmail.com. Other items and equipment is also available at very reasonable prices.

    Michiguide contributor Art Vuolo visited the site and came away with several boxes of goodies. So, bring your own boxes, just like at Costco, if you wish to take advantage of this limited time offer.
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  • Granted: To Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch. 56), Detroit Public Radio (WDET-FM 101.9), Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor), the Center for Michigan, and New Michigan Media, cooperative grant money for coverage of Detroit's bankruptcy from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Adrienne Broaddus is joining Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE as a general assignment reporter ... Before coming to WISH in August 2010, Broadsus worked at WNEM in Saginaw and WSMH in Flint, MI. She started her career by working at WILX in Lansing, MI, while still in college.

Full story: Adrienne Broaddus Moving to KARE (Thu, 12/12)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 14 - 15, 2013

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Lansing State Journal: (pay site)

Michigan State University George Blaha has seen the highs and lows of Michigan State football in his 36 seasons as the team's play-by-play announcer.

Full story: Countdown to the Rose Bowl: Blaha excited to call his first Rose Bowl game ($) (Sat, 12/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WYCD Raised: By CBS Radio's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit, $503,625 in pledges during their two day WYCD Cares For Kids St. Jude Radiothon. The event was hosted at Southland Mall in Taylor on Thursday and Friday.

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 23, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Added: The Antenna TV network to WILX-TV Ch. 10 Lansing on subchannel 10.3.
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  • Bad weather affecting radio stations in the region: The weekend ice storm that cut a wide swath over the lower peninsula hit the University of Michigan's three radio stations hard. At one point WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids was knocked completely off the air while WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor and WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint were forced to operate at reduced power.

    In the eastern U.P., CBC's Radio One outlet serving Sault Ste Marie (CBSM-FM 89.5) was noted off the air late last week.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 26, 2013

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Kalamazoo Gazette:

"WE'RE BACK ON THE AIR !!!"

Full story: Update: Plainwell radio station is back on the air five days after being silenced by the ice storm (Thu, 12/26)

 


 

Detroit News via the Associated Press:

A former 1970s anchorman is enjoying a little more time in the limelight, thanks to the return of his fictional counterpart Ron Burgundy. Comedian Will Ferrell has said the inspiration for his character in the "Anchorman" movies was Mort Crim, who moved to northeast Florida in 1998 after retiring as a TV news anchor in Detroit.

Full story: Ex-anchorman Mort Crim enjoys comparison to Ron Burgundy (Wed, 12/25)

 


 

MLive.com:

Evan Pinsonnault, best known for being the anchor on WLNS Channel 6's morning newscast, is embarking on something completely different as he starts his new variety show, "The Evan Michael Show" on New Year's Day.

Full story: WLNS anchor Evan Pinsonnault to debut variety show on New Year's Day (Wed, 12/25)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 27, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

Christmas Day is come and gone but for some the Christmas season lingers a little longer. If you still have that holiday feeling, tune in to The River in Grand Rapids.

Full story: The Christmas season is over? Not as far as radio is concerned in West Michigan (Fri, 12/27)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Funeral services for former Michigan Association of Broadcasters staff member Larry Estlack will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W Washtenaw St, Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
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  • Escanaba to get own newscasts on WJMN-TV Ch. 3? Upper Midwest Broadcasting reveals a nugget that Nexstar Broadcasting is planning to hire someone to lead a news department at the CBS affiliate that would produce early and late weeknight newscasts. See the job listing here.
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  • More from the home town of the Eskymos: Cadillac-based Strong Tower Radio is making final preparations to sign on on a new station in Escanaba. WUPJ FM 90.9 will operate with 100,000 watts carrying religious programming. Strong Tower Radio is also raising funds to finalize the purchase of the currently silent WAVC FM 93.9 Mio.

 

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