Mid-Michigan: October 2013 Archives

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)

 

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