Northern Michigan / UP: April 2013 Archives

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.

 

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