Mid-Michigan: April 2013 Archives

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)

 

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