Northern Michigan / UP: February 2013 Archives

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)

 

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