Northern Michigan / UP: June 2013 Archives

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.

 

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