Mid-Michigan: August 2013 Archives

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)

 

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