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Newsmakers and links: Jan. 9, 2013

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Retransmission dispute with Heritage Broadcasting affecting Northern Michigan Charter customers

Update: 9 & 10 News reports that Charter accidentally pulled the feed to their stations earlier today and that service has been restored. It also appears that the contract situation between Heritage and Charter has been resolved.

Customers of cable TV company Charter Communications are finding out this morning that two Northern Michigan broadcast affiliates are off the lineup for now as Heritage Broadcasting is no longer allowing its CBS affiliate WWTV-TV Ch. 9 Cadillac/Traverse City & WWUP-TV Ch. 10 Sault Ste. Marie and FOX affiliate WFQX-TV Ch. 32 to be carried while the companies negotiate a new retransmission agreement.

Some Northern Michigan Charter viewers are able to receive CBS and FOX programming from systems that also carry WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City (CBS) and/or WBKB-TV Ch. 11.1 and 11.2 Alpena (CBS and FOX). Others may be able to receive WWTV/WWUP and WFQX via an antenna.

Charter has had this web page set up to explain its position - as of this morning there was no mention of the dispute on the 9 & 10 News web site.

 


 

Detroit News:

The AM/FM car radio is getting a run for its money. Automakers are adding more options for drivers to hear their favorite music or news -- from satellite radio, cloud-based music and Web-based applications.

Full story: Carmakers air new options for listening to music, news (Wed, 1/9)

 

Larry McDaniel, who as "The Arkansas Traveler" entertained Detroiters -- and educated them -- about bluegrass music, died early Friday morning in his Grosse Pointe Park home of multiple organ failure after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Full story: WDET host 'Arkansas Traveler' dies at 72 (Wed, 1/9)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 11, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

BLARNEY STONE BROADCASTING AC WGRY/GRAYLING, MI and Country WQON will switch call letters on MONDAY, JANUARY 14th, 2013. The new WQON-FM will change its musical format from Country to Rock and will be branded as "Q100.3 - The Only Place for Rock & Roll." WQON will also be adding eight hours of live programming. The new WGRY will maintain the current AC format and be re-branded as "Y101.1- Music For Everyone!"

Full story: WGRY And WQON Flip Calls And Formats (Fri, 1/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: At Clear Channel Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit, Bryan LaRoche for afternoon drive 3 - 7 p.m. He will also take over as Assistant Program Director, Music Director for the recently exited Nick Craig when he joins the station on January 14th. LaRoche arrives from Clear Channel's WNWW-FM Jacksonville, FL and will maintain nighttime voicetracking responsibilities at WTMX-FM Tampa.
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  • Hired: At Cumulus Media Detroit (WJR AM 760 / WDRQ-FM 93.1 / WDVD-FM 96.3), six new members of their Account Team. The new faces are Paul Bucci, Rita Cargile, Mike Pierce, Linda Mansour, Brian Parks, Lynsay O'Chel and Ron Kasic.

 


 

Farmington - Farmington Hills Patch

Under the Radar Michigan focuses its lens on Greene's Hamburgers and Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, in a show airing Saturday.

Full story: Detroit Public TV Show Features Farmington Hills Businesses (Fri, 1/11)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 14, 2013

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Broadcasting & Cable:

WBKB-TV, the only station licensed by the FCC to Alpena, Mich., will add a third affiliation thanks to digital multicasting. The primary CBS affiliate is already a Fox affiliate on its 11.2 digital channel. Now it is adding ABC programming through a just-announced affiliation deal between ABC and owner Thunder Bay Broadcasting.

Full story: Alpena, Mich., Gets ABC Affiliate (Mon, 1/14)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit

(The now retired) Don Shane was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as the 2012 Michigan Sportscaster of the Year. The honor was formally announced today by the NSSA. It's the first time Don has been selected for the award.

Full story: Don Shane named 2012 Michigan Sportscaster of the Year (Fri, 1/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Confirmed: The flip of Blarney Stone Broadcasting's FM 100.3 Grayling from Country to Rock. The flip also includes call sign changes as WGRY-FM is trading places with sister station 101.1 Roscommon which gives up its WQON calls to the relaunched FM 100.3.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 12, 2013

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Hackers get access to EAS at pair of Upper Peninsula TV stations, send out zombie hoax

Hackers yesterday gained access to the Emergency Alert System at two Marquette television stations, sending out a scrolling Civil Emergency warning with audio claiming that bodies of the dead were rising from their graves and attacking the living. The hoax aired during the afternoon on PBS affiliate WNMU-TV Ch. 13 and in prime time on ABC affiliate WBUP-TV Ch. 10.

WBUP Station Manager and News Director Cynthia Thompson confirmed the EAS hijacking on WBUP's web site, "On behalf of ABC 10, please know that our personnel are working diligently to close any gaps in our security systems that could allow this to reoccur and to lock out any further intrusions. We've made contact with state cyber crime authorities who will help us investigate this incident. Again, our apologies to those of you who were scared, shocked or confused."

WNMU-TV station manager Eric Smith has also confirmed the intrusion and stated that the Northern Michigan University Public Safety Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters are involved in the investigation that this morning identified the origin of the hacking overseas.

The alert on WBUP was captured and posted to YouTube:

 

A similar hacking incident was reported yesterday at a TV station in the state of Montana.

 


 

The (Marquette) Mining Journal:

The message about dead rising from their graves has created a great deal of buzz on social networking sites and many zombie jokes. While authorities believe the perpetrator in this incident has been found, the hacking of two local television stations' Emergency Alert System Monday could have chilling implications.

Full story: TV's Emergency Alert System hacked (Tue, 2/12)

 

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. 18, 2013

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WGRY-FM/AM 101.1/1230 Roscommon/Grayling flips to Sports Talk

Blarney Stone Broadcasting has changed the formats of its recently acquired WGRY-FM 101.1 Roscommon and AM WGRY 1230 Grayling to Sports Talk using CBS Sports Radio. The stations also add play-by-play coverage for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

WGRY-FM 101.1 was known as WQON with an Adult Contemporary format prior to Blarney Stone's purchase of the three station group from Gannon Broadcasting. WGRY 1230 had carried an Adult Standards format.

The company's other station, now known as WQON 'Q-100.3', also recently changed its format from Country to Rock and carries Detroit Pistons play-by-play.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

If there's one thing you can expect from the Jammies, the annual awards show put on by WYCE celebrating local music, it's always completely unexpected.

Full story: Check out the local music scene at WYCE's Jammies, which also is free (Mon, 2/18)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

In addition to being named College Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation, Oakland University's student radio station is up for a huge national award.

Full story: Oakland University's radio station competes for MTV award (Mon, 2/18)

 

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.

 

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.

 

AllAccess.com:

Morning show host ACE MCKAY is headed to LANSER BROADCASTING Christian WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS. He will team up with co-host SABRINA FAIRCHILD. The "ACE & SABRINA SHOW" will debut 4/8.

Full story: WJQK Has New Ace Up Its Sleeve (Tue, 3/26)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

Full story: Detroit's WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe (Wed, 3/27)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Michigan Rock simulcasters WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan & WJZJ-FM 95.5 Glen Arbor/Traverse City (Real Rock 105.1 / 95.5) have dropped the Free Beer & Hot Wings show from mornings prior to the launch of a new morning show. WGFM and WJZJ are owned by Northern Star Broadcasting; Free Beer and Hot Wings are syndicated from their home base at WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids.

 

Radio dial changes in Northern Michigan

Soft Adult Contemporary has replaced rock music on what's now WQEZ-FM 95.5 Glen Arbor/Traverse City 'Easy 95-5' as the simulcast formerly heard on 95.5 and WGFM-FM 105.1 Cheboygan has ended. WGFM now identifies as 'Rock 105'. The former call sign on FM 95.5 was WJZJ; the WQEZ call sign had previously been on FM 97.7, which now has taken the WJZJ calls.

 


 

Greater Media names Steve Chessare as new Market Manager in Detroit

There's a new boss in the hallways at Greater Media/Detroit's Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 and Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 as Steve Chessare has been promoted to Market Manager from Director of Sales, a role he's been in since last fall. Former Market Manager Steve Kosbau, who had been in place since 2010, has apparently stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

Commenting on his new responsibilities Chessare commented in a release, "I'm in this business because I love and believe in radio. Having the opportunity to work with these heritage radio stations, these incredibly professional people and this great organization is the best next step in my career. People that I've worked with and respected over the past 25 years in New York City have asked me 'Why Detroit?' and my answer is simple, 'Greater Media.' I couldn't be more excited!"

 


 

WDIV-TV partners with Sam Bernstein Law form to take on bullying

Post-Newsweek's WDIV-TV Ch. 4 (Local 4), the NBC affiliate in Detroit, and The Sam Bernstein Law Firm have announced a new partnership designed to motivate the community to take the next step toward curbing the problem of bullying in schools. By some estimates, one in three American schoolchildren is either a bully or a victim. Studies also find that 160,000 kids skip school every day because they fear being attacked or intimidated.

In addition to informative pieces on television, and advice for parents and students online, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm and Local 4 are partnering to ask students to use their creativity and production skills to produce their own 30-second recorded messages about their perspectives on and experiences with bullying and what to do about it. The station will make their messages available online and will select the top two submissions, to be revealed during the station's Detroit Fireworks broadcast on Monday, June 24, 2013. The top two will be featured on-air both on WDIV-TV and Thistv, and each winner will receive a $500 honorarium for their school.

Interested students should submit their videos at www.clickondetroit.com/bully. There, they also will find advice from experts, including a section detailing their rights in a bullying situation. All entries must be received by midnight June 7, 2013.

"Our family has a three generation commitment to helping people who otherwise may not have a voice," said Mark Bernstein of the Sam Bernstein Law Firm. "We all know bullying is a problem, but we don't know how to take the next step toward solving it. This campaign will use the power of Local 4 and clickondetroit.com to create a dialogue that will help students, parents and our community change behavior and do what's right."

The campaign begins on April 1, 2013 and runs through June 2013.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee, who disappeared from the airwaves at WJQK-FM in Holland, plan to return to an Internet ministry they set aside when they joined WJQK-FM four years ago.

Full story: Fired Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee plan Internet ministry, dish on their departure (Mon, 4/1)

 

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.

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jake Edwards bid adieu to Cumulus/Detroit Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 at the end of March to move to Tennessee with his wife due to a job transfer with her job. Edwards had been handling middays at 96.3 DVD since moving over from sister station WDRQ-FM 93.1 after that station flipped from Top 40 to Variety Hits in 2005.
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  • West Michigan will add another digital subchannel option later this year when Christian Faith Broadcast's WLLA-TV Ch. 64 Kalamazoo adds the classic TV network Me-TV to its viewing options. Me-TV is owned by Weigel Broadcasting claims Me-TV will soon clear 89% of the United States.
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  • Interlochen Center for the Arts has signed on a new FM translator in Traverse City on 94.7 FM. The 250 watt translator rebroadcasts Interlochen's Classical WIAA-FM 88.7 and was formerly owned by Pensacola Christian College and had operated in Traverse City on 88.1 FM, rebroadcasting WPCS 'Rejoice Radio' from Pensacola, FL before going silent to make room for WTCY FM 88.3.
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  • Communicom Black Gospel WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster/Detroit has filed for "debtor-in-possession" status, as part of an involuntary transfer of control ordered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Colorado - one of four stations owned by Communicom to be part of the bankruptcy proceedings.

 


 

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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.

 

MLive.com:

As the month of May began, so did Lee Monday's retirement, after 42 years in the radio business. Although his alarm will no longer start chiming at 3 a.m., its likely that Monday - who is lesser known by the name Dave Ernst - will have trouble staying asleep past the hour he has been waking up for 12 years, during his tenure at Delta College Public Radio, WUCX Q90.1.

Full story: Lee Monday leaves Delta College's WUCX after over four decades in radio (Tue, 5/7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Two of the three FM Class A allocations that were up for bid during the FCC's Auction 94 have winning bidders: WGHN, Inc. won FM 97.7 Ludington with a winning bid of $7500 and Michael A. Payne won FM 103.9 Harrison with a winning bid of $7900. The final allocation that was available during Auction 94, FM 102.7 Evart, did not generate any bids.

 

Fine Tuning:

  • The FM dial in Northern Michigan underwent some big changes yesterday with multiple stations swapping frequencies/formats and one returning to the air:

    * WAVC FM 93.9 Mio has returned to the air with a talk format, simulcasting WYPV FM 94.5 Mackinaw City. The stations identify as 'The Patriot'.

    * The WYPV format and calls moved from FM 106.3 Onaway. That frequency is now has the call sign WJZJ and is carrying a soft rock format as Easy 106.3. This station plays the same music as WQEZ FM 95.5 Glen Arbor / Traverse City but with different advertisements and positioning.

    * FM 94.5, which was part of the Classic Rock 'The Bear' service also heard on FM 98.1 in the Traverse City area and FM 107.1 in the Cadillac area, had been using the call sign WLJZ through December when it switched to WOEZ, followed by WJZJ on May 1st, and now WYPV.

    * Classic Rock 'The Bear' is now heard on FM 97.7 Cheboygan and that station has the currently has the WOEZ call sign.
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  • In Sarnia, Ontario CHOK AM 1070 and its FM simulcaster on 103.9 has changed its music from Country to a variety of Soft Rock. The station maintains its full-service approach with news, talk, and sports content to go with its music.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

TALK MEDIA NETWORK's "FRONTLINES OF FREEDOM" with ARMY Lt. Col. DENNY GILLEM (Ret.) is returning in the GRAND RAPIDS market to its original home, CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A-F/GRAND RAPIDS, for SATURDAYS 6-8p (ET), beginning JUNE 1st.

Full story: 'Frontlines Of Freedom' Returns To WOOD (Tue, 5/21)

 

Detroit News:

Ryan Field's first appearance on national television came 12 years ago in Hollywood, where, as a baby-faced 20-something just graduated from Michigan State, he appeared on "The Price is Right" -- and won four mountain bikes and a trip to Barcelona. He's hit it big again. And again, he's off to Los Angeles.

Full story: FSD correspondent Ryan Field gets national call-up from Fox (Thu, 5/23)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8's Ryan Takeo, a California native, is heading home to the Golden State. Takeo is joining KPIX-TV in San Francisco as a general assignment reporter/MMJ, the CBS-TV owned station announced Wednesday.

Full story: WOOD TV8's Ryan Takeo leaving Grand Rapids for a Top 10 TV market (Thu, 5/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Another FM translator sale 'Up North' will get an AM on FM: Richard Stone is purchasing FM translator W236CB 95.1 Charlevoix from Fred Hannel for $10,000. Stone plans on rebroadcasting his News/Talk WJML AM 1110 Petoskey on the translator according to the FCC transfer application.

 

Newsmakers and links: May 24, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

In 1930, Detroit was the fastest-growing city in the world. Today it's the fastest-shrinking city, with families fleeing every day. That's one of the sobering facts shared in "Detropia," the powerful 2012 documentary about the once-thriving Motor City.

Full story: 'Detropia': PBS to air powerful Detroit doc nationally (Fri, 5/24)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

In the aftermath of one of the worst tornados in U.S. history, Scripps-owned WXYZ Detroit (DMA 11) stepped up to help those affected by the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla. In partnership with the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Region, WXYZ hosted a live telethon on Wednesday, May 22, to raise money for those affected by the Oklahoma disaster.

Full story: WXYZ Detroit Okla. Telethon Raises $85,000 (Fri, 5/24)

 


 

TheTicker - Traverse City:

TV 7&4 and 29&8 anchors Erika Erickson, Brody O'Connell and Kate Fox are all moving on from the station they've reported news from the past three years. Erickson and O'Connell are jumping to larger markets; Erickson will be reporting for WJBK-TV FOX 2 in Detroit and O'Connell for WBTV in Charlotte - a Top 50 market.

Full story: Anchors Away: Local NBC, ABC Affiliate Sees Changes (Thu, 5/23)

 


 

Detroit Public TV planning coverage of next week's Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit's WTVS-TV Ch. 56 (DPTV) will offer live broadcasts, live webcasts and keep viewers up to date on analysis and behind-the-scenes information from the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. It's three days of the most important issues facing Michigan, and the next best thing to being there.

Viewers can tune in for the station's "MiVote Mackinac" nightly wrap-ups airing May 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. ET on the main Channel, 56.1.

There will also be full-length coverage of the Conference in Metro Detroit on DPTV's Channel 56.2 for over-the-air viewers, Channel 287 on Comcast, Channel 155 on Brighthouse and Channel 432 on Charter:

  • Wednesday, May 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 30th from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The same coverage will stream live on the MiVote.org website and on many commercial news organizations' websites. MiVote.org will also feature edited segments of Conference sessions and interviews with newsmakers at the Conference, as well as social media interaction through @MiVote.

 


 

Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation (MAAF) elects 2013 officers

Newly elected officers include: President, Ellyn Davidson, Managing Partner at Brogan and Partners Communications (Birmingham); Vice President, Rhonda Huffman, MAAO III, PPE, Real Estate Manager, Adams Outdoor Advertising (Lansing); Secretary, Mary Worland, Development Coordinator for the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation (Lansing); Treasurer, Tom Hahn, Finance Manager for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Lansing); Immediate Past President Michael Gottlieb, Vice President, Signal Installs (Novi).

"I am thrilled to contribute my time as the new president of the Michigan Amber Alert Foundation Board," said Ellyn Davidson. "There is nothing more important to me than ensuring the safety of all Michigan children, and I'm happy to use my talents to help this great foundation."

The MAAF also welcomed the following members to the board of trustees: Al Blinke, Vice President and General Manager for WNEM-TV, Meredith Corporation (Flint/Saginaw), Bruce Law, Director of Sales for Clear Channel West Michigan, Lila Lazarus, Owner/Producer/Talent of Lila Productions, LLC (Detroit)

 

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.

 

Veteran reporter Dave Fortin returns to TV in Northern Michigan

A familiar face to northern Michigan TV viewers is back on air. Dave Fortin, who reported for WPBN in Traverse City for 42 years before retiring in 2006, has joined 24/7 local news channel MI News 26, and will be expanding the station's presence in Traverse City this summer.

Dave Fortin 

Fortin will report from popular events in the area, including the Cherry Festival and Traverse City Film Festival. He'll also focus on spot news coverage and feature reports from around northern Michigan.

"I spent over 40 years as a television journalist here in northern Michigan," explained Fortin, "Eventually, the excitement wore off... but I'm 're-excited' after discovering MI News 26; I'll once again be covering news from this area."

Fortin has a long history in local news. In addition to interviewing high-profile personalities including Johnny Cash and Bob Hope, Fortin has won numerous awards for his work in journalism, including the Farm Bureau Agriculture Reporter of the Year and Traverse City's own Very Cherry Award for coverage of the cherry industry.

"We're very excited to be working with Dave Fortin," said Eric Wotila, who owns and serves as the General Manager at MI News 26, "He is, without a doubt, one of northern Michigan's best and best-known journalists, and we're looking forward to working with Dave to expand our coverage of Traverse City news and events."

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

 


 

Detroit News:

Scott Lewis, part of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)'s investigative team since July 2010, will leave the station in July, when his contract is up. The announcement came from Lewis' publicist, Mort Meisner.

Full story: Scott Lewis leaving WXYZ investigative news team (Mon, 6/24)

 


 

WJBK-TV / Fox 2 Detroit:

Fox 2's Lee Thomas told the world about his struggle with vitiligo a few years ago. Now after searching to find a treatment for the medical condition, he has finally found something this is working. This is his inspiring update. I have a disease called vitiligo. Over the years, my skin pigment had been slowly leaving until at one point it was all the way gone, but it is coming back.

Full story: Vitiligo update: Lee Thomas regaining his skin pigmentation (Mon, 6/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hockey fans in the Detroit area looking for NBC's coverage of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins can find the game on WADL-TV Ch. 38 this evening at 8 p.m.; the game broadcast is being preempted by WDIV-TV Ch. 4 due to that station's coverage of this evening's fireworks on the Detroit River.

    Another option for fans is to tune into CBC's CBET-TV Ch. 9 Windsor, ON - available over the air with an HD signal as well on many cable systems in the region.

 

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.

 

WJR's Paul W. Smith gets call into National Radio Hall of Fame

Paul W. Smith, morning man at News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit since 1996, has been selected for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF). Smith was part of the Class of 2013 that was announced today that also includes Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Blair Garner, John Lanigan, Eddie "PiolĂ­n" Sotelo, Charley Steiner, and Powel Crosley Jr. (posthumously).

Highlights of Paul W. Smith's career include his WJR gig where he's been a mainstay since July 1996 as well as being a regular fill-in on programs such as "The Rush Limbaugh Show," "The Sean Hannity Show", and even as a primary sub for the legendary Paul Harvey. Paul W. has hosted shows on the ABC Radio Network and the former Financial News Network as well as in Philadelphia, New York City, and Toledo.

A University of Michigan graduate, Smith devotes time to many public service groups, including Think Detroit PAL.

The black-tie induction ceremony, hosted by broadcast icon Larry King, will take place on Saturday, November 9 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Jim Bohannon of Dial Global Networks will be the announcer for the ceremony and broadcast.

More info on all the inductees and the induction ceremony at www.radiohof.org.

 


 

IPR to add Stateside with Cynthia Canty in July

Michigan Radio's (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) weekday local talk show, Stateside with Cynthia Canty, will begin airing in Northern Michigan on Interlochen Public Radio beginning July 1, 2013. Stateside will be broadcast live, Monday-Thursday from 3-4 PM on IPR News Radio stations 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; and 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington.

With conversations about what matters in Michigan, Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues--as well as culture and lifestyle stories. Guests on the show include newsmakers, politicians, writers, artists, and cultural influencers of all stripes. Veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award winning news anchor, Cynthia Canty, has hosted the show since its premiere on Michigan Radio in September 2012. Zoe Clark serves as Executive Producer of the show.

"We are excited to broaden the listening area for this dynamic and compelling show," said Stephen Schram, Director of Broadcasting at Michigan Radio, "Stateside, anchored by an experienced professional like Cyndy, helps listeners make sense of events and issues affecting their lives and lifestyle here in Michigan."

Stateside originates from Michigan Radio's studios in Ann Arbor, and can be heard across southern Michigan, Monday-Thursday from 3-4 PM with a repeat from 10-11 PM.

Cynthia Canty is veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award winning news anchor. Prior to joining Michigan Radio, she served as a news anchor and morning show personality with Jim Harper at WNIC-100.3 FM, WDTX-99.5 FM and WMGC-105.1 FM. She has also hosted public affairs programs at WKBD-TV, and served as reporter and anchor on WKBD's "Ten O'Clock News."

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Great Lakes Radio has dropped the talk format formerly heard on FM 92.7 Manistique/Escanaba in favor of a simulcast of Classic Rock WRUP FM 98.3 Palmer/Marquette. FM 92.7 has also changed its call sign from WPIQ to WRPP. The stations ID as 'Real Classic Rock, Coast-to-Coast.

 

AllAccess.com:

There's a new night jock at CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT as HAZE made his debut this past MONDAY (7/8). PD TIM RAINEY said he feels confident HAZE will feel right at home...

Full story: WDZH Detroit Adds HaZe As New Night Jock (Wed, 7/10)

 

CF BROADCASTING Country WBMI/WEST BRANCH, MI has added the syndicated "COUNTRY OLDIES SHOW," from ENVISION RADIO NETWORKS.

Full story: WBMI Adds Country Oldies Show (Wed, 7/10)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

City of Muskegon officials are expecting from 4,000-6,000 people to ascend on Smith-Ryerson Park Thursday, July 11 at noon for a free family event sponsored by a Grand Rapids television station. The city will play host to WOTV Channel 4's Maranda Park Party from noon to 2 p.m.

Full story: Television station's free event at Muskegon's Smith-Ryerson Park July 11 may create traffic issues (Wed, 7/10)

 

USA Today / Associated Press:

David "Kidd" Kraddick, the high-octane radio and TV host of the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show heard on dozens of U.S. radio stations, has died at a charity golf event near New Orleans, a publicist said. Kraddick was 53. The Texas-based radio and television personality, whose program is syndicated by YEA Networks, died at his Kidd's Kids charity function in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna on Saturday, said publicist Ladd Biro in releasing a network statement.

Full story: David 'Kidd' Kraddick dies at 53 (Sun, 7/28)

In Michigan, Kraddick was heard over-the-air on Contemporary Hits WYSS-FM 99.5 Sault Ste. Marie. He was a native of Toledo, OH.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 2, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

After less than two years in an all-comedy format, local radio station WNWZ-AM (1410) is now getting "The Touch." On Monday the Townsquare Media-owned radio outlet begins airing The Touch satellite network, spinning a mix of "Today's R&B and Old School" music artists.

Full story: "The Touch" will bring "R&B, old school" music to local radio station (Fri, 8/2)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle ($):

Garrison Keillor has been called many things during the past 39 years -- humorist, storyteller, musician, raconteur, the man who revived the art and beauty of American radio with his ever-popular "A Prairie Home Companion."

Full story: 'A Prairie Home Companion' coming here (Fri, 8/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Bright House Networks cable TV customers in Oakland and Wayne Counties have lost access to CBS owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 and CW affiliate WKBD-TV Ch. 50 as of 5 p.m. today as part of a retransmission dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable. Time Warner and Bright House maintain a strong business relationship that includes TWC negotiating on behalf of BHC in this disagreement. Also blacked out on Bright House are several CBS-owned cable only services.
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  • On the air: an FM translator at FM 93.3 in the Marquette area, rebroadcasting the Sports/ESPN Radio format of WZAM AM 970.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 12, 2013

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Detroit News:

As the last strains of soft rock faded and the choppy guitar intro to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" flooded the 105.1 airwaves, Drew Lane made his debut as a sports talk host on the new "Detroit Sports 105.1," with former "Drew & Mike" producer Marc Fellhauer joining him as an on-air foil.

Full story: Drew Lane starts new gig as WMGC flips to Detroit Sports 105.1 (Mon, 8/12)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

It's official: The former adult contemporary formatted WMGC-FM (105.1) was re-branded as Detroit Sports 105.1 when Drew Lane's new "Sports & More" afternoon show made it debut at 3 p.m. today.

Full story: Drew Lane back on the air at new Detroit sports station (Mon, 8/12)

 

Drew Lane will be is returning to the Detroit radio airwaves -- but without his old partner-in-crime Mike Clark. Lane will be hosting the "Sports and More" show from 3-7 p.m. at 105.1, which will lose its adult contemporary format and become Detroit Sports 105.1, the new ESPN sports radio affiliate in Detroit, station owner Greater Media announced today.

Full story: Mike Clark's thoughts on Drew Lane landing a new radio gig - without him (Mon, 8/12)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

As expected (NET NEWS 7/15, 8/1, and 8/9), GREATER MEDIA is flipping AC WMGC (TODAY'S 105.1)/DETROIT to Sports as DETROIT SPORTS 105.1 and bringing DREW LANE back to the local airwaves as afternoon host, beginning TODAY (8/12).

Full story: It's Official: WMGC/Detroit Flips To Sports (Mon, 8/12)

 


 

MLive.com:

Detroit appears to have a new FM sports radio station. But it was unclear, as of 11:25 a.m. Monday, when listeners of the station, currently with a music format, would actually be notified of the change on the air.

Full story: Detroit gets new FM sports radio station; Drew Lane of WRIF's 'Drew and Mike' gets drive-time slot (Mon, 8/12)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Kristen Lowe has made her debut as evening anchor for Traverse City, MI, NBC affiliate WPBN-WTOM. Lowe joined the station from KWES in Midland, Texas where she was the morning anchor for three years.

Full story: Kristen Lowe Has Joined WPBN-WTOM as Evening Anchor (Mon, 8/12)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 Chief Meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg apparently doesn't know what's a cow and what's not when he sees one.

Full story: FOX 17 meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg takes to Twitter with his cow mishap (Mon, 8/12)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • With today's launch of its new one-hour newscast titled 'Live in the D' at 11 a.m., WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has moved Jeopardy into the timeslot formerly occupied by a 30-minute noon newscast. It appears paid programming will now air full time at 12:30 pm. The 11 a.m. show puts Ch. 4 in direct competition with an hour-long newscast on FOX 2 (WJBK-TV) and leaves WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 as the only local station offering news at 12 p.m.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 26, 2013

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Detroit News:

The 1968 Detroit Tigers and Strat-O-Matic baseball. Many young fans learned to love baseball because of that championship team and that tabletop board game. Dan Dickerson certainly did. That combination forged a love for baseball that's lasted a lifetime for the Tigers' radio play-by-play man.

Full story: A day with Dan Dickerson: Face behind voice of the Tigers (Mon, 8/26)

 


 

MLive.com:

If you're an Eminem fan who wants to hear Monday night the debut of his new song called "Berzerk," you have a few options.

Full story: Eminem to premiere 'Berzerk' song on Shade45 SiriusXM channel, Detroit's WJLB radio station (Mon, 8/26)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WMXG-FM 106.3 Stephenson / Escanaba has filed for Special Temporary Authority to remain silent because of "The unreliability of the existing transmitter, and the next-to-nonexistent business, and the ongoing uncertainty over the resolution of estate matters". Owned by Escanaba License Corp, the station has been reported as mostly off the air for some time and is for sale.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 3, 2013

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SooToday.com:

Sault Ste. Marie radio listeners started hearing a new name on their favourite radio station this morning. At 8 a.m., the station formerly known as EZ Rock rebranded itself to Today's Best Music ... KiSS 100.5. KiSS 100.5 announced early in the summer that it would be looking for a new name, something fun and more reflective of the upbeat, contemporary music featured on the station from stars like P!nk, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson.

Full story: It's new and it's an EZ KiSS (Thu, 8/29)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

As the co-founder of radio station 89X and longtime columnist for Metro Times, Lex Kuhne has had a high media profile around Detroit for years. As an attorney, Kuhne runs a private practice, Alexander E. Kuhne PC, that focuses in part on entertainment law.

Full story: Who's who in Detroit Music; Lex Kuhne, Attorney (Thu, 8/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Resotred: CBS-owned stations WWJ-TV Ch. 62 (CBS) and WKBD-TV Ch. 50 (CW) to Bright House cable systems in Oakland and Wayne counties yesterday evening after being blacked out for a month during a retransmission dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable (which negotiates for Bright House).

 

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: Sep. 19, 2013

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Detroit News:

State Sen. Howard Walker's announcement last month that he won't seek re-election appears to have liberated the Traverse City Republican from having to tell potential voters what they want to hear. At an Emmet County Republican Women's luncheon Monday, Walker fielded a complaint from conservative radio host Brian Sommerfield about being one of eight Republicans who joined the Senate's 12 Democrats in voting to expand the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.

Full story: Senator, radio host face off over lunch (Thu, 9/19)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 25, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Thomas Jordan has been hired by Northern Michigan NBC affiliate WPBN-TV / WTOM-TV Ch. 7/4 Traverse City/Cheboygan as its morning anchor. Prior to coming to Traverse City, Jordan was in Eugene, Ore.

 

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. 24, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit will once again present an annual Halloween treat by airing one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all-time on its 75th anniversary. The radio adaptation of H.G. Wells "The War of the Worlds" was directed and narrated by Orson Welles and will be presented on Thursday, October 31st at 8 PM on CKWW in its entirety, commercial-free. AM580 is proud to continue the tradition of airing the original historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.
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  • Sold: Door County Wisconsin Christian radio stations WPFF-FM 90.5 and WNLI-FM 88.5 by Bethesda Christian Broadcasting to Educational Media Foundation, owner of the K-Love and Air-1 services heard around the country. In addition to the two full-power stations, the deal involves FM translators in Marquette, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Ishpeming. Sale price was $825,000.

 

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. 14, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Josh Garber is exiting as morning co-host at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City to take on afternoons at Townsquare Media's Top 40 WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids later this month. Garber will also take on the role of Assistant Program Director at both Channel 95-7 and sister station Adult Contemporary WTRV-FM 100.5.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO in DETROIT recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art performance studio. To celebrate the occasion, Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO) and sister Country WYCD (99.5 WYCD) joined their hugely successful 'Switch Party' and 'Studio 995' series to present superstar HUNTER HAYES. The intimate event that gave fans an up-close-and-personal experience with an amazing artist.

Full story: CBS/Detroit Unveils New Performance Studio; First Performer: Hunter Hayes (Thu, 11/14)

 


 

DetroitLions.com:

The Lions aren't scoring points only on the playing field or limiting their impact to the NFC North standings. Their games are scoring big numbers in the Metro Detroit television ratings. And like their performances of late, they're gaining momentum. Whether it is the offense engineering a game-winning drive or the defense coming through with a clinching stop, ratings are peaking late in games.

Full story: Winning Lions are also scoring big in Metro Detroit television ratings (Tue, 11/12)

 

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. 6, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Returned: Beau Derek to the airwaves in Detroit on Cumulus' Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 for afternoon drive, 2 - 7 p.m. The adjusted weekday lineup at 96.3 WDVD now features Blaine & Allyson 5:30 - 10 a.m., Lori Bennett 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Derek, Tom Baker 7 - 10 p.m, and the syndicated Adam Bomb 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Listeners may remember Derek from previous stops in Detroit at WOMC-FM 104.3 and WDRQ-FM 93.1. He'd most recently been working at WHTS-FM 105.3 Grand Rapids.
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  • Adding: News/Talk WTCM AM 580 Traverse City is apparently planning to launch a local weekday afternoon talk show on January 2nd hosted by Dave Barr, Bill Froelich and Colleen Wares that will air in the 3 - 6 p.m. time slot currently occupied by Sean Hannity. Hannity's program is expected to air on delay at 9 p.m.
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  • Leaving: Casey Ford recently exited as on-air host at WZAM AM 970 Marquette (ESPN U.P.) after a 7 year run behind the mic.

 


 

Mid-West Family Broadcasting / Moody on the Market:

Fans of good local radio will be delighted to know that the New Year will bring them another full-tilt local radio station originating out of the South Haven studios of Mid-West Family Broadcasting. When the New Year's Rockin' Eve countdown reaches midnight and 2014 is born, COSY-FM Radio returns to local control. By way of explanation, the station has always been in local managerial control, however syndicated music programming prevailed for most of the day. Starting at that stroke of midnight...everything that comes out of the 103.7-FM speakers will be local...local...local.

Full story: Cosy radio is coming home

 

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. 13, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • E.W. Scripps' Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 has hired Dave Manney away from WNBC New York to take over as WXYZ's News Director starting in January. Read the station's release on Manney.
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  • MI News 26 (WMNN-LP Lake City / Cadillac) will broadcast live from Traverse City's annual New Year's CherryT Ball Drop celebration for the second time this year. The live telecast will begin at 10 p.m. on December 31st. Up North TV, seen on Charter digital cable channel 73 and HD channel 789 and on UP North TV cable channel 97, will also carry the broadcast.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Jeremy Lawrence is the new brand manager and afternoon show co-host for WKZO-AM (590) and brand manager for WQLR-AM (1660), the stations owner Midwest Communications announced earlier this week.

Full story: Kalamazoo radio stations announce new brand managers, hosts (Fri, 12/13)

 

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. 24, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

Even with big-picture bankruptcy looming large, Detroit is a hotbed of small start-up businesses. Next week, a new series on public television from a Detroit entrepreneur, will conclude its first season of profiling start-up success stories here and elsewhere.

Full story: Detroit-based PBS series 'Start Up' showcases entrepreneurial spirit (Mon, 12/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • One week after the silencing of one of Chicago radio's greatest voices of all time, memories of Larry Lujack continue to be heard. Dick Purtan, one of Detroit radio's greatest voices of all time, shares some of his memories of his run-ins with Lujack:

    "Shocked to hear about Larry. I remember the time he and I, along with Larry King and the late great Deano Day, were on stage at a National Association of Broadcasters luncheon in Chicago when at the end Lujack and I almost fell off the stage when Deano took off his cowboy hat and a white dove flew out over the audience...it had been sitting on his head throughout the entire lunch.

    "I also remember Larry at the unveiling of ABC's SuperRadio at the Helmsley Palace in New York listening totally bored wearing jeans and a cowboy hat, reading a newspaper, with his broken leg propped up on a chair as Leonard Goldenson, the CEO and founder of ABC, made the big announcement.

    "And finally, I remember the half an hour or so the two of us spent 'shooting the breeze' in the Chicago hotel lobby just prior to our induction in the National Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

    "He was a great talent...and a great guy! My sincere condolences to his wife Jude and family!"
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  • Gregg Henson, former WDFN AM, WXYT AM, and WKRK-FM personality and current Director of Programming/Sports Content Director at Clear Channel's Talk WPGB-FM and Sports WBGG AM in Pittsburgh, will return to Detroit radio temporarily next week, filling in for Matt Shepard on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning at Clear Channel's Sports WDFN AM 1130.
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  • Today's Tom Taylor NOW newsletter has an update on some FM translator wheeling and dealing in the Upper Peninsula: "Some creative translator dealmaking in Wisconsin and Michigan, where Illinois-based Sister Grace Inc. and Wisconsin-based WRVM Inc. resolve three "MX" problems arising from the FCC's recent Auction 83. Both groups had applied for new translators in similar situations - what the Commission calls 'mutually exclusive,' meaning that it couldn't grant both applications. In return for WRVM Inc. dismissing its apps for a new translator at 101.5 in Escanaba, Michigan and a new 103.5 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Sister Grace agrees to assign its new construction permit for 105.9/Iron Mountain, Wisconsin to the WRVM group. The Iron Mountain signal will rebroadcast Christian teaching WMVM Goodman, Wisconsin. While Sister Grace can go forward with its plans for a new 101.5 in Gladstone, Michigan (which no longer competes with Escanaba) and 103.5 in Manitowoc - and everybody's happy, including the FCC. Also, WRVM is cleared to apply for a new translator at Norway, Michigan.

 

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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