Mid-Michigan: November 2013 Archives

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.

 

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