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Newsmakers and links: Jan. 2, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

ERIC CHASE, most recently PD/afternoon host at Sports WDFN-A/DETROIT, joins CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WVKS (92.5 KISS FM)/TOLEDO in the same capacity, effective immediately. He replaces DAVE "BOOMER" MAZUR, who left last year for the MD post at MID-WEST FAMILY Top 40/Rhythmic WJQM (93.1 JAMZ)/MADISON. It's also a return to Top 40 for CHASE, a former PD for CLEAR CHANNEL's WAEB/ALLENTOWN.

Full story: Eric Chase To Program WVKS (Wed, 1/2)

 

Former CCM+E Alternative WEND (106.5 THE END)/CHARLOTTE Promotion Dir. SHELIA TAYLOR joins CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT as Promotion Dir.

Full story: WYCD Hires Shelia Taylor As Promotions Director (Wed, 1/2)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

West Michigan is the backdrop for a new children's TV series, slated to be completed in 2013, according to the show's producer.

Full story: New children's TV show filmed in Norton Shores, Grand Haven and other West Michigan locales (Wed, 1/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS/Detroit WXYT AM 1270 made it's anticipated flip from talk back to sports at midnight. The station will carry CBS Sports Radio's lineup of syndicated programming 24 hours / day with the exception of live sports and possibly weekend mornings.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 3, 2013

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Former Action News reporter Jim Herrington died of complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was 84 years old. Herrington covered it all for 7 Action News, but his favorite topic was politics. Herrington covered governors, presidents and candidates.

Full story: Former Action News reporter Jim Herrington dies at 84 (Thu, 1/3)

 


 

Deadline Detroit:

WXYZ-TV has refused to renew the contract of Bill Spencer, the award-winning consumer reporter, who ran the station's "Call for Action" team for 15 years. Channel 7 employees say Spencer's last day was Wednesday. His bio on the station web site has been removed. Spencer could not be reached.

Full story: WXYZ-TV Axes Bill Spencer, The "Call For Action" Consumer Reporter (Thu, 1/3)

 


 

Detroit News:

Bill Spencer, longtime consumer advocate/investigative reporter, is no longer with WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), vice president and general manager Ed Fernandez confirmed.

Full story: 'Call to Action' reporter Spencer no longer with WXYZ (Thu, 1/3)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 4, 2013

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Award-winning television anchor and reporter Jeff Vaughn is joining WXYZ-TV to anchor 7 Action News at 5 p.m. with JoAnne Purtan. In addition to anchoring, Jeff will also be reporting on business and automotive stories. Most recently, Jeff was the primary anchor for KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas.

Full story: Jeff Vaughn returns to Detroit to join WXYZ-TV (Fri, 1/4)

 


 

Detroit News:

When it came to covering news and politics in Michigan, WXYZ-TV veteran reporter Jim Herrington did it all: from questioning presidents, governors and mayors to on camera interviews with looters during the 1967 riots. Herrington, who began his broadcasting career while in the U.S. Navy, died Thursday in Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida from complications of rheumatoid arthritis.

Full story: WXYZ veteran reporter Jim Herrington dead at 84 (Fri, 1/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Wayne State University Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9 reports that former longtime weekend music host Larry McDaniel has died. McDaniel was known to fans for hosting the bluegrass-focused "The Arkansas Traveler" show on WDET from 1977 through 2009.

 

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Joe Davis decided he wanted a career in sports broadcasting at a young age - but it was a stroke of blind luck that led to the Potterville High School graduate's landing of his dream job.

Full story: Potterville graduate now full-time ESPN announcer (Sat, 1/5 - $)

 


 

MLive.com:

Detroit sports personality Rob Parker is still serving a 30-day suspension from ESPN for controversial comments he made about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, but that apparently hasn't stopped him from delivering commentary for a Detroit TV station.

Full story: Rob Parker's ESPN suspension won't stop him from delivering opinions on Detroit's TV airwaves (Fri, 1/4)

 

Detroit radio station WDET, located on the campus of Wayne State University, seeks some creativity from Metro Detroit for a new audio project.

Full story: 'You know you're a Detroiter when _______.' WDET radio station seeks region's input for project. (Fri, 1/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 7, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit appears to be continuing to cut staff with news today of two more cuts. Morning show co-host Renee Vitale has been let go from Pop WNIC-FM 100.3 as has afternoon host / music director / assistant program director Nick Craig from Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5. Clear Channel also made a number of cuts to its staff in Detroit and in a number of other markets in December.
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  • A sign of things to come? Clear Channel's WDFN AM 1130 Detroit has added the Jonathan Kinloch Show weekdays from 7 - 8 p.m. The politically driven show is a departure from WDFN's usual sports-based programming.
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  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 has named Jamie Kaye Walters as the station's Creative Services and Programming Director. The newly created role will be responsible for branding, community engagement and programming initiatives. Walters rejoins WDIV from creative production agency Velocity Cow; she was previously with WDIV from 1998 - 2007 as a producer.
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  • Timber! The end of the antenna farm formerly used by the now silent WDTW AM 1310 Detroit:

 


 

MLive.com:

Despite being near the end of a 30-day suspension from ESPN's "First Take" show, Detroit sports personality Rob Parker had a busy weekend giving commentary on Metro Detroit's TV airwaves.

Full story: Rob Parker explains on TV his racially-charged Robert Griffin III rant that led to ESPN suspension (Mon, 1/7)

 

Radio is a cutthroat business that doesn't guarantee job security and often requires a host to have a resume ready for submission at any moment. Consider 39-year-old Brandon Tierney, a former host at Detroit's WDFN 1130 AM, a survivor that's made the most of his opportunities.

Full story: CBS Sports Radio excites Brandon Tierney; former Detroit host works with Tiki Barber, Dana Jacobson (Mon, 1/7)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The wave of firings at Clear Channel-owned radio stations claimed two more metro Detroit radio personalities on Monday: WNIC-FM (100.3)'s morning show co-host Renee Vitale and WKQI-FM (95.5)'s Nick Craig, the station's program director and afternoon drive host.

Full story: Morning show co-host Renee Vitale plus program director fired at Clear Channel-owned radio stations (Mon, 1/7)

 

Suspended ESPN commentator Rob Parker gave his first(?) interview since the Robert Griffin III maelstrom, on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) on Sunday night. Parker, a Detroit-based journalist who contributes to WDIV, spoke for about seven minutes with anchor Devin Scillian.

Full story: ESPN's Rob Parker was 'shocked' at reaction to Robert Griffin III comments (Mon, 1/7)

 

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. 10, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT-TV is launching a weekend morning newscast on Channel 3 beginning Jan. 19.

Full story: WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 is launching a weekend morning newscast on Saturdays and Sundays (Wed, 1/9)

 


 

Windsor Star:

The Rock, CKUE-FM (95.1/100.7), has fired morning on-air announcer Mitch O'Connor. The move was the result of poor ratings, John Weese, Blackburn Radio Inc. vice-president of operations, said Wednesday.

Full story: The Rock fires Mitch O'Connor (Wed, 1/9)

 


 

FOX Sports Detroit and CCHA to award prizes to Super Fans

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and FOX Sports Detroit have joined together to launch the Celebrate the Legacy Super Fan contest.

The contest is an opportunity for a fan from each of the 11 CCHA member schools to win a Celebrate the Legacy Prize Pack for the final CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena on March 23-24, 2013.

"We're excited to partner with the CCHA to host the Celebrate the Legacy Super Fan contest," said Greg Hammaren, FOX Sports Detroit Senior Vice President and General Manager. "We think it's important to honor the fans in each market as we celebrate the final season of the league."

Visit the FOX Sports Detroit website (foxsportsdetroit.com/ccha/) for more details and to enter the CCHA Celebrate the Legacy Super Fan contest.

 

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.

 

Newmakers and links: Jan. 16, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

Gilbert Maddox made history while exploring African-American history on local Detroit television. He was a breakthrough broadcaster, educator and historian, best known to a generation of Detroiters as the host and producer of "Profiles in Black" -- which aired on Channel 4 in Detroit during the 1970s.

Full story: Gilbert Maddox: He made history with local TV interview show (Wed, 11/16)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Kevin Metheny has been named as Program Director for Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit, effective immediately. Prior to joining WJR, Metheny was at WGN AM 720 Chicago and has held numerous other programming and operations positions at stations across the country including WNBC New York in the early 1980s - where he was bestowed with the famous nickname 'Pig Virus' by Howard Stern.
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  • FOX Sports Detroit and FS Sports Detroit Plus will broadcast 41 of the upcoming 48 Detroit Red Wings games during the team's abbreviated NHL season that starts Saturday evening. The remaining seven games will be carried by either NBC or NBC Sports Network. For a listing of games and the channels they will be found on, visit www.foxsportsdetroit.com.
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  • Detroit will be one of eight stops for the PBS show Antiques Roadshow on June 1st. Apply for tickets at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 17, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT ups KIM SCOTT to middays and appoints PHIL KUKAWINSKI as Programming Asst. KIM was filling in on evenings and weekends since joining last FALL from BLACKBURN RADIO Active Rocker CKUE (95.1 THE ROCK).

Full story: 89X Ups Kim Scott To Middays, Phil Kukawinski Named Programming Asst. (Thu, 1/17)

 


 

MLive.com:

Get a sneak peek of local performances and learn more about your favorite up and coming local bands by tuning into the popular WKAR show "BackStage Pass," which returns this Sunday, Jan. 20 to WKAR.

Full story: 'BackStage Pass' returns to WKAR this Sunday (Tue, 1/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 18, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT-TV Channel 3's new, weekend morning newscast debuts this weekend. Reporter Jessica Harthorn and meteorologist Cyndi Kahlbaum will anchor the newscasts from 6-8 a.m. Saturdays and 7-9 a.m. Sundays on Newschannel 3.

Full story: WWMT Newschannel 3's weekend morning newscast makes its debut this weekend (Fri, 1/18)

 

Veteran Grand Rapids area radio sports broadcaster Rick Berkey has covered nearly every sport imaginable over the past three decades. Berkey said that one of the more memorable events he worked, though, came during last year's East-West Shrine Game, and he will have the opportunity to cover it again this weekend with the EWSG Radio Network.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio broadcaster to serve as sideline reporter at East-West Shrine Game (Fri, 1/18)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2013

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Waiting for Nash time in Michigan

With yesterday's launch of Country on FM 94.7 in New York City by Cumulus Media, the industry trades are reporting that the company plans on expanding the brand across many of its already country-formatted stations across the U.S.A. In Michigan, Cumulus has Country stations on FM in Grand Rapids (WTNR 94.5), Flint (WFBE 95.1), Lansing (WITL 100.7), and Ann Arbor (WWWW 102.9) - as well as in Toledo, OH (WKKO 99.9). It's not too far-fetched to think that any (or all) of these stations might get at least some of the Nash FM tie-in, if not a complete rebranding.

Further speculation is out there that Cumulus might also be changing the format of one of its stations to Country in a major market - might that be in Detroit where Variety Hits WDRQ FM 93.1 has been running for years off a computer and CBS' WYCD-FM 99.5 has essentially had the Country format to itself?

 


 

ClickOnDetroit.com/WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

A longtime documentary producer and close friend to Local 4 passed away Tuesday. Ted Talbert was an Emmy-award winning producer and co-founder of the Joe Louis Video Memorial Room at Cobo Center. He was also a caring mentor to aspiring journalists.

Full story: Longtime Local 4 producer Ted Talbert dies (Tue, 1/22)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons announced today several changes to their television broadcast schedule on Fox Sports Detroit. Three upcoming broadcasts have been moved from FSD to FS-Plus while three additional broadcasts have moved from FS-Plus to FSD.

Full story: Pistons TV schedule gets some tweaks (Mon, 1/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

It might have been the presidential election that gave news and talk radio a shot in the arm this fall. Or perhaps size does matter - market size, that is.

Full story: Presidential election year puts news and talk radio on top in Grand Rapids for final months of 2012 (Thu, 1/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan Radio Communications' WLUN (ESPN 100.9-FM) Midland has added 'Crunch Time', a locally produced sports talk show, to the station's weekday lineup from 4 - 6 p.m. The new offering will be hosted by ESPN 100.9-FM's Program Director and play-by-play broadcaster Jared Sandler.

    ESPN Radio's Scott VanPelt show will now air in its entirety from 1 - 4 p.m on WLUN.

    Sandler, a Texas-native, joined ESPN 100.9-FM in March of 2012, as the station's Program Director. In addition, he calls Great Lakes Loons home games with lead play-by-play broadcaster, Brad Golder, and does play-by-play for the station's Saginaw Valley League football and basketball coverage.
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  • Lansing's Country Legends Weekend shifts frequency: After being dropped by Cumulus' WITL-FM 100.7 a couple of weeks ago, the program has been picked up by Midwest Communications' WQTX-FM 92.1 'Big Country' where it now airs Sunday mornings from 6 - 10 a.m.
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  • Artimis exits evenings at MacDonald-Garber Contemporary Hits WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City.
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  • Steve South the new General Sales Manager at Young Broadcasting CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing.

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 28, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • The Thumb has a new Country-formatted radio station with last month's launch of Positive Country 103.7 on WCZE Harbor Beach. Previously the station had been part of the Contemporary Christian Smile FM statewide chain of stations - that programming can now be heard in the area on WSMB FM 89.3.
    Dennis Edwards hosts mornings on Positive Country 103.7 with afternoons being held down by Jenni Jackson.
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  • NBC affliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has changed the times of two of its daytime talk shows, swapping Ellen and Ricki Lake. Ellen Degeneres' show now airs at 3 p.m., moving from its former 10 a.m. spot. Ricki Lake does the reverse, moving from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m.
    WDIV has broadcast the program since 2004 and the move lines up with a national trend to broadcast the program in the afternoon. "Ellen" is America's #1 rated talk show, among women 25-54, and airs during the afternoon, 3-5 p.m., in the top 20 markets across the country.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Fox Television Stations, in conjunction with Weigel Broadcasting, will premiere Movies!, a new over the air, 24-hour movie network on suchannels of 17 Fox O&O this spring. The network will be available in the following FOX O&O markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and Ocala, Fla.

Full story: Fox Stations, Weigel launching Movies! (Mon, 1/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 30, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

The story of PBB contamination that affected 9 of 10 Michigan residents is told in a documentary being presented this evening by WZZM health reporter Valerie Lego. Lego's documentary, "Tainted Michigan: 40 Years of PBB Contamination," documents how in 1973 cattle feed was mixed with a flame retardant chemical, PBB, instead of being mixed with a nutritional supplement.

Full story: WZZM reporter Valerie Lego presents 'Tainted Michigan' documentary investigating effects of PBB contamination (Wed, 1/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 1, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • On the air today from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m and tomorrow from 9 a.m. - noon: CBS Radio All-News WWJ AM 950 Detroit's 10th Annual Radiothon to benefit The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). The station will broadcast live from the Art Van Furniture location on 14 Mile in Warren to raise money for thousands of Michigan families who are struggling to heat their homes. Details and information on how to donate here.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh says he will not run for mayor and plans to return to broadcast television. His decision will end the tenure of the city's first openly gay council member and have a major impact on November's mayoral election, where a poll last fall placed him among the top three contenders.

Full story: Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh to get out of politics, back into news (Fri, 2/1)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WADL has "abruptly fired" general manager Matt Uhl, the Detroit independent station announced Friday in a press release. Uhl was fired for violating corporate policy, including "manipulation by a programmer," according to WADL.

Full story: WADL Fires General Manager Matt Uhl For 'Violating Corporate Policy' (Fri, 2/1)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 8, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

WOTV 4 Women is expanding Maranda's "Maranda Where You Live" show from a half hour a week to a daily show. "Maranda Where You Live" will air weeknights at 7 p.m. on WOTV Channel 4 beginning Monday, Feb. 11, which will be her 250th episode of the show.

Full story: WOTV 4 Women's Maranda marks 250th show as 'Maranda Where You Live' moves to a daily format (Fri, 2/8)

 

Free Beer & Hot Wings are coming to LaughFest in Grand Rapids. Not the snacks, but Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels and Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels, hosts of the nationally syndicated morning radio show.

Full story: 'Free Beer & Hot Wings' will be at LaughFest 2013 with a live, evening show in Grand Rapids (Fri, 2/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 11, 2013

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Detroit News:

It was difficult for a young George Blaha to stuff his red portable radio under his pillows at night. The internal power source -- small yellow tubes -- helped bring the world of broadcasting to his Marshalltown, Iowa, bedroom. The problem was, those tubes got hot, and Blaha would have to let them cool down. And under a pillow wasn't the safest place to do that.

Full story: Announcer George Blaha still going strong after 37 years (Mon, 2/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV FOX 17 is jumping aboard the weekend morning news bandwagon. In March, FOX 17 will add Saturday and Sunday morning news shows, matching their weekday news broadcasts, to air news from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., seven days a week.

Full story: WXMI-TV FOX 17 will add weekend morning news shows beginning in March (Mon, 2/11)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Country music star, actress and Rochester native Jana Kramer will headline WYCD-FM (99.5) Detroit's fifth annual Jammin' for Joseph charity benefit. The annual event, at The Fillmore on March 6, will benefit Team Joseph, a Detroit-based nonprofit that funds research to put an end to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Full story: Country Music artist Jana Kramer headlines WYCD "Jammin' for Joseph" benefit at the Fillmore (Mon, 2/11)

 


 

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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. 19, 2013

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Grand Rapids Business Journal:

WMKG-CA -- a class A TV station at the Lakeshore -- is up for sale. The station currently airs original and network programming 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Content includes local talk shows, local sports, family programs, local church services, satellite movies and programs from affiliated networks, including Warner Brothers Network, America One, World Harvest Network and The Sportsman Channel.

Full story: Lakeshore TV station broadcasts it's for sale (Mon, 2/18)

 


 

Saginaw News:

The Bob and Tom Comedy Show returns to Saginaw, bringing comedians Drew Hastings, Tommy Johnagin and Tim Wilson on Friday, March 22, to the Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson.

Full story: Bob and Tom comedians on their way back to Saginaw (Tue, 2/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • The Salvation Army's 26th Annual radiothon to benefit the Bed & Bread Club will air on Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 this Friday from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Details at salmich.org.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 20, 2013

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Sinclair Broadcast Group warns DirecTV viewers of possible loss of channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group and DirecTV are in the midst of retransmission rights negotiations and appear headed for a showdown that could shut out Sinclair's stations in 47 markets around the country on the satellite provider starting March 1st.

In Michigan, Sinclair owns/operates CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, FOX affiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 Flint/Saginaw/Bay City and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing/Jackson. In addition, Sinclair operates CW affiliates in Kalamazoo and Lansing that broadcast of subchannels of WWMT and WLAJ.

Sinclair's statement to viewers reads, in part: "Sinclair Broadcast Group recently began informing its viewers that it does not expect DirecTV to continue to carry any of Sinclair's stations after the existing carriage agreement terminates on February 28, 2013. Although DirecTV and Sinclair have been negotiating for quite some time in an effort to reach a new agreement, at this time it does not appear that these efforts will be successful. Although Sinclair does not believe that it is constructive to negotiate its private business relationships in public, Sinclair is informing the public in advance of the end of carriage because it is aware of the impact on a segment of the public from the end of the relationship between the Sinclair stations and DirecTV.

"We are very sorry that we have not been able to reach agreement with DirecTV and regret the inconvenience this will cause to DirecTV subscribers who want to continue to watch the extremely popular programming that airs on our stations."

DirecTV has issued a statement in response to Sinclair, "We're engaged in productive discussions with Sinclair Broadcast Group to retain their local stations in the DirecTV lineup. Our customers can be assured that neither DirecTV nor Sinclair has any intention of allowing the disruption of their local stations. These are the same unnecessary threats, posing as warnings, that Sinclair has made to frighten customers of other pay TV providers."

These types of disagreements seemingly have become commonplace in recent years - thankfully most service interruptions, if they happen at all, wind up being relatively short-lived. Most viewers in the affected markets should be able to use antennas and receive WWMT/WLAJ/WSMH over the air should the public squabbling escalate to the dropping of Sinclair's channels from DirecTV.

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Martin Bandyke, familiar to radio listeners at the host for 6-10 a.m. "drive time" slot on Ann Arbor radio station WQKL (107.1-FM), will mark his 30th year on the air Feb. 21. The milestone has given Bandyke, 58, an opportunity to reflect.

Full story: 107.1's Martin Bandyke to observe his 30 years on area radio with 2 special shows (Wed, 2/20)

 


 

Saginaw News:

The Detroit Tigers will begin their Spring Training season at 1 p.m. Friday and with it, their 46th consecutive season on WSGW-AM, 790.

Full story: Detroit Tigers begin 46th season on WSGW, beginning with Spring Training opener (Wed, 2/20)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Time is running out to cast your vote for two Michigan stations competing to be the top student-run college radio station in the country. Oakland University's WXOU-FM (88.3) and Michigan State University's WDBM-FM (88.9) are among 25 stations still in the running for for the Woodie Award for best college station.

Full story: 2 Michigan college radio stations in running for mtvU Woodie Award (Tue, 2/19)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 22, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

Beer City, USA, is about to get rocked by a new radio station - "101-3 The Brew." Grand Rapids' WBFX-FM "The Fox" 101.3 is revamping with a new format and on-air staff to highlight Grand Rapids as "Beer City, USA."

Full story: West Michigan's 101.3 The Fox is set to become 101-3 The Brew in Beer City, USA (Fri, 2/22)

 

Watch the in-studio launch of the new 101.3 The Brew from Clear Channel (Fri, 2/22)

 


 

Lansing State Journal: ($$)

For local radio listeners, the morning news-and-talk scene is about to get even busier. On Monday, Michael Patrick Shiels adds WQTX (92.1-FM)., from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. That has him collide with three other local shows; it also puts him directly against his former station.

Full story: Michael Patrick Shiels' talk show back on local radio (Thu, 2/21)

 


 

ClickOnDetroit.com / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

A meeting of the Milford Township Board of Trustees went deep into the night Wednesday with a discussion about plans to erect a series of radio towers. Birach Broadcasting, which owns AM stations in metro Detroit and in other states, wants to relocate seven 200-foot towers from Fenton, Mich. to Milford Township.

Full story: Plan for radio towers stirs heated debate in Milford, Wixom (Wed, 2/20)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Starting Saturday, fans of Wolfman Mac can get their hairy paws on hundreds of costumes, coffins and props used on his "Chiller Drive-In." The Wolfman and his friends are giving up on the show, which showcased old horror and sci-fi movies.

Full story: Need a coffin? Wolfman Mac is selling TV show horror props (Fri, 2/22)

 


 

Saginaw News:

According to those who knew him well, Dave Shore could be remembered for his immense passion for his hometown of Bay City, his opinionated nature, or his vast knowledge on an array of subjects - but he will definitely be remembered for his voice.

Full story: Bay City's Dave Shore will be remembered for his 'golden pipes' (Fri, 2/22)

hat do Brett Mitchell and I have in common, besides the fact that we're both appearing on Delta College's Channel 19, WDCQ, this coming Saturday?

Full story: Brett Mitchell rocks Delta College's WDCQ in "Q the Music Presents" (Fri, 2/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $1.3 million by Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit and the Salvation Army in the 26th Annual Bed & Bread Radiothon. WJR hosts Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann and Mitch Albom were joined by legendary jock Dick Purtan during the 16-hour event that was held at Oakland Mall in Troy.
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  • Dropped: Half of the morning show duo at CBS Radio/Detroit Contemporary Hits WDZH-FM (98.7 Amp Radio) with the exit of Buckhead, leaving the show as The Coop Show ... at least for now.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 23 - 24, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

The 14th Annual Jammies Awards presented by WYCE were held at the Intersection on Friday, Feb. 22, with one of the biggest crowds the event has ever seen.

Full story: WYCE Jammies 2013 recap: The Soil and The Sun take top trophy (Sat, 2/23)

 


 

minbcnews.com / WEYI-TV Ch. 25:

Heartfelt congratulations going out to NBC25 morning anchor Joel Feick who has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Science's "Silver Circle."

Full story: NBC25's Joel Feick honored (Sat, 2/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Fans of the Big 8 years of CKLW have a couple things to tune in to today for some retro radio: At noon Rewound Radio will feature CK during their DJ Hall of Fame Show. Then from 3 - 5:30 p.m. on WJCU-FM 88.7 Cleveland, their Retro Radio Show with 'Jumpin' Joe Madigan will be saluting CKLW by playing many songs that were on 'The Big 30' from 1969. You will also hear many "Big 8" jingles. Click the links for the Internet streams.

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 25, 2013

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WOAP AM 1080 Owosso ends stunting, repositions

No major changes after weeks of stunting in the Mid-Michigan region on WOAP AM 1080 Owosso which has simply repositioned itself from "Michigan's Big Oldies" to "Super Hits 1080". The station's music, which had already been leaning toward Classic Hits in the months before the stunting started, now fully features the hits of the 1950s - 80s, perhaps leaning more heavily to the 70s and 80s than it did previously.

The station's staff remains in place.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Fans watched the American League champion Detroit Tigers in record numbers last season on Fox Sports Detroit, and the regional cable network is capitalizing on that thirst this year with double-digit advertising rate increases.

Full story: As Tigers roar on field, Fox Sports wields clout with TV ad rate hikes (Mon, 2/25)

 

The ubiquitous "1-(800) Call-Sam" advertising slogan will be part of Detroit Tigers' radio broadcasts this season in a marketing expansion for the Southfield-based Sam Bernstein Law Firm that was announced Monday.

Full story: 'Call Sam' ads join Detroit Tigers' radio broadcasts (Mon, 2/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

It's been a difficult time for fans since Dave Hunter and Charles (Chuck the Freak) Urquhart departed their popular CIMX-FM (88.7) morning show back in November. However, there was some encouraging news over the weekend and it came via a brief message posted to Dave and Chuck's Facebook page.

Full story: 88.7's Dave, Chuck the Freak hint at new job on Facebook post (Mon, 2/25)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Has morning co-host BUCK "BUCK HEAD" WISE flown the "COOP" at CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT? It would seem that way based on a email sent by Promotions Mgr. ROBERT ARCHER.

Full story: WDZH Morning Co-Host 'Buck' Exits (Mon, 2/25)

 

...The 26th annual SALVATION ARMY Bed & Bread Club Radiothon brought PURTAN out of retirement again, and last Friday in one day -- on one station -- in 16 hours -- they raised an amazing $1,364,122!

Full story: Dick Purtan And WJR Raise $1.3 Million For Detroit's Salvation Army (Mon, 2/25)

 

NEXTMEDIA Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/ SAGINAW PD/afternoon host JOBY PHILLIPS will be sporting a new 'do next month, as he has agreed to shave his head for charity.

Full story: WCEN's Joby Phillips To Shave Head For St. Jude (Mon, 2/25)

 

Newsmakers and links: Feb. 28, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS names former AC WTRV (100.5 THE RIVER) midday talent KIM CARSON to host "FAITH HOPE AND LOVE SONGS" SUNDAYS from noon-3p, and online at WWW.JQ99.COM.

Full story: Kim Carson To Host WJQK's 'Faith Hope And Love Songs' (Thu, 2/28)

 


 

Lansing State Journal ($$):

Lansing radio-listeners will have another local talk show Monday. This one, however, avoids the morning pile-up. "The Drive With Jack Ebling" will be a sports show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays.

Full story: Jack Ebling launches sports radio show (Thu, 2/28)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Nima Shaffe will be leaving his hometown of Kansas City to join Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. Shaffe, who is currently a reporter for CBS affiliate KCTV, said in his station bio page he's always thrilled his family gets to see him on air.

Full story: Nima Shaffe to Join WXYZ in Detroit (Thu, 2/28)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Bettelou Peterson, who worked at the Free Press for about 50 years -- including four decades as a TV beat writer, a position she helped create during the early years of television -- died Friday. She was 87.

Full story: Bettelou Peterson: Pioneering Free Press TV, radio writer gained a national audience with columns (Thu, 2/28)

 

The Academy of Country Music announced Wednesday that metro Detroit's WYCD-FM (99.5) has been named its major-market radio station of the year.

Full story: Academy of Country Music names WYCD-FM its major-market station of the year (Wed, 2/27)

 

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.

 

The Oakland Press:

Oakland University's student-run radio station WXOU-FM has made it to the top 10 finalists for an mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. This is the first year that station, which can be found at 88.3 FM, has been nominated, and it needs votes to take home the award ... Michigan State's WDBM-FM is also in the top 10 to receive a Woodie Award.

Full story: Oakland University's student-run radio station a finalist for MTVU award (Sun, 3/3)

 

To vote (hopefully for either WXOU or WDBM!), visit www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2013/college-radio-woodie/

 


 

Macomb Daily:

Celebrate America with singers from local schools when Detroit Public Television presents "Detroit Performs: Tim Janis' Celebrate America Southeast Michigan" at 9 p.m. March 7.

Full story: Students sing on Detroit Public Television (Fri, 3/1)

 


 

Saginaw News:

WEYI NBC 25, along with WBSF CW 46, will be changing hands, as Sinclair Broadcast Group announced yesterday that it has purchased Barrington Broadcasting Group for $370 million, pending closing conditions.

Full story: WEYI NBC 25 to change ownership as Sinclair offers $370 million to buy Barrington Broadcasting Group (Fri, 3/1)

 


 

AnnArbor.com:

Fans of sports-talk station WTKA's locally produced "Ann Arbor's Big Show" may have been dismayed Monday to find out it had been replaced by "The Huge Show," a program that originates in west Michigan.

Full story: Budget cuts claim local sports-talk program 'Ann Arbor's Big Show' (Sat, 2/23)

 


 

MLive.com:

Come Monday afternoon, Lansing sports talk radio listeners will have a choice to make: "The Huge Show" or "The Drive with Jack Ebling". Lansing's The Game 730 AM (WVFN) will now broadcast The Drive with Jack Ebling from 3-6 p.m beginning Monday, March 4.

Full story: Lansing's WVFN to air new sports talk radio show 'The Drive with Jack Ebling' beginning Monday (Sun, 3/3)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Doesn't anyone out there want to own a TV station? That's the question Bud Kelley, the owner of WMKG (Channel 38) in Muskegon, has been asking himself for five years. He very much wants to sell. He has sent e-mails, hired a media broker to shop it and dropped the asking price to $300,000, down from $500,000. He even listed the station on eBay.

Full story: Muskegon broadcaster's labor of love on the market for $300,000 (Mon, 3/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former WCSX/Detroit Program Director Brent Alberts stays in the region, landing the PD job at Cumulus/Toledo Classic Rock WXKR-FM 94.5.
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  • Also in Toledo, Mike Shannon has been named morning show host at Cumulus Top 40 WWWM-FM 105.5.

 


 

Saginaw News:

Those that have long been listening to Delta College's public radio station might think they are tuning into the wrong station when they set their dials to 90.1 FM on Tuesdays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Full story: Delta College public radio's 'Nick Danger' brings an alternative sound to Q90.1 (Mon, 3/4)

 

WSJM-FM/AM St. Joseph:

Stop the presses. Sound the alarm. Strike up the band! This calls for a celebration!! WSJM is proud as a peacock to announce Pat Moody's 40th Anniversary on WSJM Radio! Get ready for the Month of Moody!! We invite you to join us in honoring Pat's 40 years of dedicated service to Michigan's Great Southwest.

Full story: Pat Moody's 40th Anniversary on WSJM

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

The controversial FCC proposal to break up joint sales agreements is alive and well at the agency despite the recent FCC announcement that it was putting the media ownership review on hold to permit study of the impact of the review on minority ownership. "It [the JSA proposal] is very much on the table" said Commissioner Ajit Pai in a hallway interview with TVNewsCheck during a break in the action at the NAB State Leadership conference in Washington today.

Full story: FCC's Pai: JSA Overhaul Plan Still In Play

 

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.

 

Detroit Free Press:

Charlie LeDuff, the WJBK-TV (Channel 2) reporter known for bizarre stunts such as eating cat food, taking a shower next to Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle at a downtown gym while interviewing him or timing cops' response to a home break-in while taking a bath, has found himself the subject of a police report involving an alleged brawl during the Corktown St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday.

Full story: Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff cited after alleged Corktown brawl, finger biting (Tue, 3/12)

 

Every Tigers game during the regular season will be televised. FOX Sports Detroit announced today that it will televise 152 games this season. The Tigers will also appear eight times on the FOX Saturday Game of the Week, and twice on ESPN.

Full story: All bases covered: Every Tigers game to be televised this season (Tue, 3/12)

 

Newsmakers and links: March 13, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

WJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff was involved in a physical confrontation Sunday after the Detroit St. Patrick's Day parade. A police report of the incident obtained by rival station WXYZ says LeDuff "urinated in public, insulted female police officers, got into a brawl, and bit a security guard who tried to break it up."

Full story: Detroit Stations Report Conflicting Accounts of Altercation Involving WJBK's Charlie LeDuff (Wed, 3/13)

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jackie Paige, formerly with WJBK-TV Ch. 2 as a reporter and weathercaster, signs on with CBS Radio/Detroit's News WWJ AM 950 for anchor duties.

 

Bloomfield Hills' WBFH takes home top High School Radio Station award

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won seven first place awards, four second place awards and six third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 13, 2013 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The MABF received 625 entries from 33 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 17 of the 27 awards given out in the high school radio division.

Based on the number of awards won, WBFH was named the 2013 High School Station of the Year, the eighth time in the last eleven years the station has won that honor.

Individual award winners included:

  • Andover seniors Eric Bloom (six awards), Bryan Furlong (four), Bryan Brown and Danny Harwood (two each), Tyler Kieft, Adam Kurtagh, Ben Beltser, Alexander Madias, and Marcus Boyd (one each)
  • Lahser seniors Sean Shepard (four) and Michael Blumenthal (three)
  • Andover juniors Winston Parker (three), Mark Stewart (two), and Dylan Deitch (one)
  • Andover sophomores Brock Appleby (two) and Jaron Kirshenbaum (one)

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students. "I'm so proud of all the Biff students who won awards, especially those who won for the first time", said Bowers.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm.

 


 

Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 and Scripps Media's WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 nab Station of the Year awards for Detroit market

In radio, WJR received eleven 2012 Broadcast Excellence Awards honors in total from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters including WJR's sixth consecutive Station of the Year Award, and its eleventh since the year 2000.

WXYZ-TV won it's third consecutive Station of the Year Award and claimed fourteen awards overall.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Congrats to CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT afternoon personalities LINDA LEE and CHUCK EDWARDS for winning "BEST REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKDAY BROADCAST PERSONALITY/TEAM," from the MAB (MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS.

Full story: WYCD Afternoon Team Wins 'Best Afternoon Show' Award From MAB (Fri, 3/15)

 

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT and DETROIT's ATWATER BREWERY have joined together to create the 101 WRIF LAGER brewed by ATWATER BREWERY. The Lager is a traditional German style lager made with only the finest imported malt and hops to produce a full bodied and drinkable lager that is sure to please.

Full story: WRIF Lager Hits Detroit (Fri, 3/15)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD-TV 8 has been named 2012 Television Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the 10th time in 12 years the station has received the top honor. WZZM-TV 13 and WXMI-TV 17 also were honored among West Michigan's commercial TV stations, and WGVU-TV 35/52 took home several awards among all Michigan's public TV stations at the MAB's annual Broadcast Excellence Awards, held Wednesday in Lansing.

Full story: WOOD-TV 8 named 2012 Station of the Year by Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Thu, 3/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A complete rundown of all the 2012 Station of the Year award winners can be found on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters web site: www.michmab.com.
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  • Digital low power religious TV station WDWO-CD Ch. 18 Detroit has been sold by TCT Ministries to LocusPoint Networks for $4 million, pending FCC approval and closing. According the apparent web site for LocusPoint Netowrks, the buyer is "an early stage wireless communications company".
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  • The Huge Show will be returning to the lineup at Sports WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning/Midland starting Monday, March 14th. The show will air on a tape-delayed basis from 6 - 8 p.m., except when preempted by play-by-play coverage.

    "Bringing The Huge Show back to our station enhances the listening experience for our audience," said Great Lakes Loons President and General Manager Paul Barbeau, who also oversees ESPN 100.9-FM. "With Crunch Time and The HUGE Show airing back-to-back, our listeners can now enjoy more quality Michigan-based sports talk radio."

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Anchor Bill Stevens is out at CBS Radio/Detroit All-News WWJ AM 950 Detroit after more than 20 years.
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  • Detroit TV stations WXYZ Ch. 7 and WDIV Ch. 4 continue to follow the St. Patrick Day's incident involving Fox 2 (WJBK Ch. 2) reporter Charlie LeDuff in Detroit. Cross-complaining warrants have been filed in Wayne County and are being reviewed - one by LeDuff and the other by the security guard involved. WJBK's updated story.

 

Detroit Free Press:

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) reporter Charlie LeDuff told police that he and his brother feared for their lives during a brawl at Corktown's St. Patrick's Parade earlier this month, according to a police report.

Full story: Dueling police reports: TV reporter Charlie LeDuff says he feared for his life during parade brawl (Wed, 3/20)

 


 

WDIV-TV / ClickOnDetroit.com:

Local 4 is proud to be honored for broadcasting excellence in the categories of Newscast, Weathercast and Community Involvement by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB).

Full story: Local 4 honored with MAB Awards (Mon, 3/18)

 


 

Macomb Daily:

Attention ladies: If you enjoy being the center of attention, love music and hanging out with rock stars -- and getting paid for it -- Detroit rock radio station WRIF-FM (101.1) has a gig for you.

Full story: WRIF's Rock Girl search comes to Dooleys Roseville (Wed, 3/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • The Ontario Hockey League playoffs start Friday for the Plymouth Whalers and Sarnia Sting. The first four games of the first-round series will be heard on Plymouth-Canton's WSDP FM 88.1 with games 1 and 2 carried on Comcast Ch. 900. Pete Krupsky has the play-by-play with Sean Baligian providing analysis of all Plymouth home games,

 

Newsmakers and links: March 22, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Ten days before he was charged with murder, a Michigan landlord granted Grand Rapids Fox affiliate WXMI extensive access to the murder scene. WXMI reporter Mitch Fick interviewed Marion Conley, who was charged this week with the murder of one of his tenants, on March 10. In the interview, Conley showed Fick where the body was found and laughed about how police searched his house for the murder weapon.

Full story: VIDEO: Murder Suspect Gives WXMI Tour of Crime Scene (Fri, 3/22)

 

MLive.com:

Larry Murphy said he was shocked and disappointed to be let go as a broadcaster and studio analyst for Detroit Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit. Murphy was informed last week by Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FSD, that his services were no longer required. Murphy had worked for the station in some capacity since 2002-03.

Full story: Larry Murphy shocked, disappointed after being fired as Red Wings' analyst for Fox Sports Detroit (Sat, 3/23)

 

An online petition has been created, asking fans of Larry Murphy to show their support: www.ipetitions.com/petition/get-fox-sports-detroit-to-rehire-larry-murphy/. The effort had over 700 signatures within hours of its creation.

 


 

Detroit News:

Larry Murphy certainly didn't see it coming. Murphy said "it came out of the blue" last week when he was released as part of the Red Wings broadcasting crew for Fox Sports Detroit.

Full story: Wings broadcaster Larry Murphy stunned after FSD fires him (Sun, 3/24)

 

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.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee, who disappeared from WJQK-FM in Holland last week, soon will reveal the next step in their careers.

Full story: Fired Christian radio hosts Chris and Emilee plan to announce what comes next (Sun, 3/31)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

Television viewers in Jackson and Hillsdale counties will have another outlet for local news, thanks to a new management agreement between the Citizen Patriot's media partner WLNS and WLAJ ABC 53. WLNS will simulcast its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news shows on ABC 53, starting Monday, April 1. The station will also simulcast its morning show from 5 to 7 a.m. on ABC starting Monday, April 15.

Full story: Citizen Patriot's media partner WLNS to simulcast news shows on WLAJ ABC 53 starting April 1 (Thu, 3/28)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

A Muskegon radio station has received national attention for its decision to ban music by rappers Rick Ross and Lil' Wayne from its rotation. The Muskegon-based radio station 103.7 The Beat WUVS-LP released a statement Thursday, March 28 indicating that it would no longer play those artists' music.

Full story: Rick Ross, Lil Wayne pulled from Muskegon radio station now getting national attention (Fri, 3/29)

 

Emmett Till's family applauds ban of Lil Wayne and Rick Ross from Muskegon radio station (Fri, 3/29)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The Detroit Tigers now have $568 million committed to long-term contracts for three players: Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. Where does a mid-market team such as Detroit get that sort of cash?

Full story: MLB's TV contracts fuel hefty player contracts for Tigers (Fri, 3/29)

 

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)

 

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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Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI FOX 17's Courtney Perna is heading to the Lone Star State. Perna, a reporter and producer for the FOX affiliate in West Michigan, announced today she's leaving for Houston to become a feature news correspondent for "Great Day Houston" at KHOU-TV.

Full story: WXMI-TV FOX 17's Courtney Perna is bound for Texas (Wed, 4/10)

 

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.

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation opens up Spring Auction to bidders

Bidding is now open for MAB Foundation Spring Online Auction - Bidding ends Wednesday, May 22nd at 3 p.m. To visit the auction, view the items, and bid: visit www.biddingforgood.com/mabfoundation.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

 

MyFoxDetroit.com / WJBK-TV Ch. 2:

FOX 2 has confirmed that 101-WRIF Radio morning show hosts "Drew and Mike" will be replaced by Dave and Chuck of the Freak, the former 89X duo. The last 'Drew and Mike" broadcast is scheduled for May 17. Their contract was not renewed.

Full story: LeDuff exclusive interview with Drew and Mike (Wed, 5/8)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Morning show blockbuster "Drew & Mike" will be replaced on the WRIF-FM (101.) airwaves will be leaving rock station as of May 17, the Free Press has confirmed.

Full story: Drew and Mike to be replaced on WRIF-FM (Wed, 5/8)

 


 

Detroit News:

After 22 years, WRIF-FM (101.1) is dropping the popular, long-running "Drew & Mike" morning show, the station's owner, Greater Media, confirmed Wednesday.

Full story: WRIF to no longer air 'Drew & Mike' morning show (Wed, 5/8)

Bill Proctor stepped under the blinding, high-def lights at WXYZ's Broadcast House to be fussed over one last time. When a producer tells him that the light is hitting his distinguished brow perfectly, Proctor laughs.

Full story: WXYZ-TV reporter Bill Proctor leaves a legacy of big stories as he retires (Wed, 5/8)

 

Detroit Free Press:

It was mostly funny business as usual today for Drew Lane and Mike Clark, who learned this week that their "Drew & Mike" morning show will end its 22-year run on WRIF-FM (101.1) on May 17. They joked about Maxim magazine's just-released list of the world's hottest women and did an abbreviated version of their popular Harris Poll feature, which typically finds the radio hosts dialing up people named Harris and asking them questions about current events.

Full story: Drew & Mike: Don't blame advertisers for end of show (Fri, 5/10)

 

A week from today, Michigan fans will enjoy one of the favorite days of the off-season. WTKA-AM (1050) in Ann Arbor will host its annual radioathon May 17, with a full day of guests. Michigan stars from the past and some current coaches will help raise money for U-M's Mott Children's Hospital.

Full story: Lineup for Michigan radiothon revealed (Fri, 5/10)

 


 

Detroit News:

Long time WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter Kevin Dietz has been in the Oakland County Jail since April 18 after being convicted of violating Michigan's tough "super drunk" driving law. According to the office of the Michigan Secretary of State, Dietz was arrested by Bloomfield Hills police on Feb. 2 for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .17 or more.

Full story: WDIV reporter Dietz in jail for drunken driving (Fri, 5/10)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

WCSX/DETROIT is hosting a one-day fundraising effort for the family of local firefighter BRIAN WOEHLKE, who was killed in the line of duty. BRIAN WOEHLKE was just 10 months into his dream job when he was killed after a roof collapsed on him during a strip mall fire ... On MONDAY, MAY 13th, CSX personalities JIM O'BRIEN, KEN CALVERT, UNCLE BUCK and JULINE JORDAN will be out collecting for the family at four different locations.

Full story: WCSX Raises Funds For Fallen Firefighter's Family (Fri, 5/10)

 

RadioInsight:

Midwest Communications is preparing to breakup its News/Talk simulcast and debut Alternative Rock in Kalamazoo, MI. The News/Talk simulcast of 590 WKZO Kalamazoo and 96.5 WKZO-FM Portage will soon come to an end as 96.5 has applied to change call letters to WZOX.

Full story: Alternative On Way To Kalamazoo (Sun, 5/12)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Detroiters who missed "Detropia" in theaters in 2012 will get to see it at 9 p.m. Monday, May 13, on WTVS (Channel 56), two weeks ahead of its national PBS airing on "Independent Lens."

Full story: Detroit gets an early look at 'Detropia' on WTVS (Sun, 5/12)

 


 

MLive.com:

The annual Mott Takeover on WTKA-AM (1050) is a win-win proposition. It helps former Michigan football stars Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson raise money for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital -- to the tune of almost $80,000 last year.

Full story: Star-studded lineup of Michigan football stars to participate in 'Mott Takeover' on WTKA this week (Sun, 5/12)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The results of the unofficial battle between "Team TV" and "Team Radio" for the quickest 25K race time in the 2013 Fifth Third Riverbank Run are in and it looks like this year's winners are "Team Radio". Michele DeSelms (FOX17), Shelley Irwin (WGVU Radio), Laura Velasquez (WOOD TV8), and Jackie Green (WGRD-FM) were just a handful of the local media personalities taking part in this year's run.

Full story: Local TV and Radio personalities tackle the Fifth Third River Bank Run (Sat, 5/11)

 

AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS splits its News/Talk WKZO-A/F simulcast and signs on "Z96.5FM, KALAMAZOO'S ALTERNATIVE" with 10,000 songs in a row and will add air staff in the coming month. The station is online at Z965FM.com. Upon reviewing key research that showed a demand for Alternative music in KALAMAZOO, the decision was made to launch Z96.5 FM. The Z96.5 format will be similar to MIDWEST's Alternative in LANSING, WVIC (94.1 THE EDGE).

Full story: Midwest Communications Launches Z96.5 Kalamazoo's Alternative (Mon, 5/13)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Pop singers Jason Derulo and Ed Sheeran will co-headline the 2013 lineup of WSNX-FM's Party in the Park.

Full story: Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran to headline WSNX's Party in the Park 2013 (Mon, 5/13)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Veteran WDIV investigative reporter Kevin Dietz was released from jail Saturday after serving more than three weeks for DUI, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Full story: WDIV Reporter Released From Jail After Serving 3 Weeks For DUI (Mon, 5/13)

 

Detroit News:

Nearly 60 percent of Americans predict the death of terrestrial radio will happen within five years, according to results from a Harris Interactive survey released Tuesday.

Full story: Harris survey: 6 in 10 predict demise of terrestrial radio within 5 years (Tue, 5/14)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Bill Spencer has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a member of its investigative team. "I'm thrilled to be here." Spencer told TVspy. "My first story is an investigative piece on Monday night at 10:00 p.m." In January, Spencer left Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ after 16 years.

Full story: Bill Spencer 'Thrilled' to Join Houston's KPRC (Tue, 5/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Changes at Cumulus/Ann Arbor Country WWWW-FM 102.9 as Mandy Cooke exits middays; new to evenings at W4 Country is Brian Welch. Also exiting recently was weekender Kyle Linford, who also handled some swing shifts.

 

Detroit News:

Dave Hunter and Chuck "the Freak" Urquhart have been named WRIF-FM's new morning show after months of speculation. The show, made popular on Canadian airways via Windsor's 89X (CIMX-FM) with Lisa Way, will run 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. beginning May 28.

Full story: It's official: Dave and Chuck 'the Freak' headed to WRIF (Mon, 5/20)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

It's official: Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart, the former hosts of the "Dave and Chuck the Freak" morning show on CIMX-FM (88.7)," will launch a new show on WRIF-FM (101.1) at 6 a.m. on May 28, the show's hosts just told the Free Press.

Full story: It's official: Dave and Chuck 'the Freak' to replace Drew and Mike (Mon, 5/20)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

On Saturday, May 18, Fox O&O WJBK Detroit (DMA 11) supported the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure. More than 30,000 people took to the streets to raise funds to help fight breast cancer.

Full story: WJBK Detroit Supports Komen Race For The Cure (Mon, 5/20)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Lucky customers lined up at the Mobil Crescent gas station in Waterford Monday to load up on free gas.

Full story: Radio station gives away free gas in Waterford (Mon, 5/20)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Tara Hernandez can come up with many favorite memories from five years as a sports anchor at FOX 17. But, as she prepares for her final broadcast, finding No. 1 was elusive.

Full story: FOX17 sports broadcaster Tara Hernandez prepares for final show (Mon, 5/20)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WXIN, the Tribune owned FOX affiliate for Indianapolis, IN, has named Kerri Cavanaugh as news director ... She comes to WXIN from Tribune's WXMI in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been the news director since 2010.

Full story: WXIN Names Kerri Cavanaugh News Director (Wed, 5/22)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The on air talent at WLNS Lansing finds itself waking up at strange times this week, as the morning and evening/late news teams have switched places for the week. Young Broadcasting owns the CBS affiliate in DMA No. 115. Jane Aldrich, Sheri Jones, Greg Adaline and meteorologist David Young are anchoring during the 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. shift, while the morning team of Chivon Kloepfer, Evan Pinsonnault and meteorologist Jake Dunne are taking on 5, 6 and 11 p.m.

Full story: WLNS Lansing Anchors Switch Dayparts for Week (Wed, 5/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Taconite Broadcasting is purchasing FM translator W227CJ 93.3 Marquette from David Stout for $40,000. The transfer application shows that Taconite plans to rebroadcast its Sports WZAM AM 970 on the translator.

 

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)

 

Detroit Free Press:

After nearly six months of radio silence, Dave Hunter, Charles (Chuck the Freak) Urquhart and Lisa Way know they won't have any problem finding things to talk about when they make their WRIF-FM (101.1) morning-show debut Tuesday. But it might be another thing altogether finding the right knobs to turn and switches to flip so their buzzed-about "Dave and Chuck the Freak" show is heard by anyone outside their new studio.

Full story: 'Dave and Chuck the Freak' ready to keep rockin' Detroit radio (Sun, 5/26)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • FOX TV owned WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit has added its first digital subchannel. WJBK 2-2 is currently airing a promo loop for "Movies!", a new digital multicast television network that is co-owned by FOX and Weigel Broadcasting, that is set to debut regular programming at 8 a.m. tomorrow, May 27th.

    Movies! will air "a variety of theatrical motion pictures in a new, viewer and advertiser friendly format, not seen on broadcast television to date", according to the new service. Programming will be broadcast in 16:9 widescreen format.

 

Detroit Free Press:

"Bowling for Dollars" fans, have any time to spare this weekend? The public is invited to the taping of the return of the Detroit TV classic.The first taping for the updated "Bowling for Dollars" will start at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, the original home of the beloved local game show.

Full story: Public invited to 'Bowling for Dollars' taping Saturday (Wed, 5/29)

 

Frank Beckmann, the radio voice of Michigan football and host of a daily talk show on WJR-AM (760), today issued an apology for a recent column on golfer Sergio Garcia's reference to "fried chicken" when talking about black golfer Tiger Woods. Beckmann's column in the Detroit News on Friday drew fire from some people who found it racially insensitive.

Full story: Michigan football voice Frank Beckmann apologizes for column on 'fried chicken' flap (Wed, 5/29)

 


 

Detroit News:

After talking with some good friends and reflecting on my Friday Detroit News column, "Sergio Garcia 'chicken' gaffe reveals our thin skin," I think I was off base. In my effort to emphasize my disdain for political correctness, I conflated it with the Sergio Garcia/Tiger Woods situation and that was a mistake on my part.

Full story: Frank Beckmann: For my Sergio Garcia column, I apologize (Wed, 5/29)

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AllAccess.com:

Congratulations to CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT, which marked its 20th anniversary YESTERDAY (5/28). In 1993, then-owner ALLIANCE flipped NEWS/TALK WOW-FM to YOUNG COUNTRY, just it had previously done with properties in DALLAS, SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO.

Full story: WYCD Turns 20 With Hoedown Throwdown (Wed, 5/29)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Pastor Steven Thrasher was in the hot seat today as the first bowler to go before the cameras for the new version of the Detroit 1970s TV classic "Bowling for Dollars."

Full story: Fans flock to taping of Detroit's revived 'Bowling for Dollars' (Sat, 6/1)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

"Frontlines of Freedom," the weekly military talk show that originated on WOOD Radio, hosted by retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, is returning to its first home. The syndicated talk show that recently aired on WJRW-AM (1340) on Sunday mornings is returning tonight to the Clear Channel Media-owned station that launched it in 2007.

Full story: Nationally syndicated military talk show returns to its home on WOOD Radio (Sat, 6/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Spring sports championships take center stage on the MHSAA.tv website the next three Saturdays, with over 80 hours of live streaming video beginning with Saturday's (June 5) coverage of running events from the MHSAA Track & Field Finals. Coverage begins at 10 a.m. (EDT) with the morning preliminaries in the Lower Peninsula, and the 3,200-meter relay final in the Upper Peninsula. The U.P. action will run continuously without a break, while the L.P. coverage takes a break after the semifinals in the 100 and 200 dashes and the high hurdles, resuming at approximately 1 p.m. with the afternoon finals. The afternoon session could begin up to 30 minutes earlier based on the finish of the morning session. A complete schedule for both peninsulas, and lists of qualifiers, can be found on the Track & Field Pages of the MHSAA website.

    The track coverage will be followed on subsequent Saturdays with the Boys & Girls Lacrosse Finals on June 8, beginning at 2 p.m.; the Baseball-Softball Finals on June 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m.; and the Girls Soccer Finals on June 15, beginning at Noon.

    All of the live video streams are free and will be archived on the MHSAA.tv website. DVD's will also be available at MHSAA.tv.

    The MHSAA Network will also stream live audio of the Lacrosse Finals on June 8; the Girls Soccer Finals on June 15;, and in addition to the Baseball-Softball Finals on June 15, the Network will also stream live audio of the Semifinal games in both sports on June 14 from Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

    All of the live audio streams, and on-demand archives, will be available at MHSAANetwork.com.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV anchor Lee Van Ameyde is leaving the 11 p.m. news, but he isn't leaving the ABC-TV affiliate in West Michigan. Van Ameyde is taking a new role as head of WZZM's "13 On Your Side" watchdog team beginning today.

Full story: WZZM 13 anchor Lee Van Ameyde steps down from anchoring 11 p.m. news (Mon, 6/3)

 

FOX 17 is in the market for new news director. WXMI-TV news director Kerri Cavanaugh is moving to Indianapolis to become news director of WXIN-TV/WTTV-TV FOX 59.

Full story: WXMI-TV FOX 17 looking for a new news director for West Michigan station (Mon, 6/3)

 

True North Radio / Alpenanow.com:

True North Radio Network made a format change effective Friday, May 24th at 11am. The station formerly known as Thunder Country at 100.7 FM became Thunder Rock 100.7 FM. "The change was based on surveys from listeners and advertisers in the area", according to General Manager Darrel Kelly. Classic rock is the soundtrack of the baby boom generation. It features the greatest rock from the 70′s , 80′s, and 90′s. The station will be known officially as "Thunder Rock 100.7, The Sunrise side's classic rock." In addition, a new morning show, "Free Beer and Hot Wings" will be on weekdays from 5 until 10am.

Full story: 100.7 Changes Format to Thunder Rock (Fri, 5/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Dean La Douceur, writer, speaker and professional collaborator, will host a podcast on BlogTalkRadio with special guest Katrina Hancock, former WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, on Wednesday, June 5th at 11:00 am ET.

    Hancock will be making her first public comments since a non-disclosure lapsed from WDIV, and she will be talking about what happened. Katrina is is now President of Media Creations by Katrina, LLC, what she describes as "a multi-faceted media company offering all forms of videos, media training, interview coaching, public relations, marketing, community project organization, and social media education."

    Tune in to On The Dean's list at www.blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist/2013/06/05/katrina-hancock.

 

Fine Tuning:

  • After about 3 months on the job, Keith Hastings has bid a hasty adieu to Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, where he was briefly the station's Program Director, to head for San Antonio, TX where he'll be PD at Classic Rock KISS-FM. Hastings was named as the successor to Brent Alberts - who has since landed in Toledo.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Media General and Young Broadcasting have announced an agreement to merge the two companies. The new company will retain the Media General name and location, based in Richmond, Va. (In Michigan, Young Broadcasting owns/operates CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing)

Full story: Young Broadcasting, Media General to Merge (Thu, 6/6)

 

TVNewsCheck:

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), has created a Watchdog Team headed by veteran reporter and anchor, Lee Van Ameyde who has been with the station for more than 36 years. Van Ameyde, the stations says, "is known in the community and professional arenas as being an advocate for those without a voice and for seeking answers on tough and controversial issues."

Full story: WZZM Launches Watchdog Reporting Team (Fri, 6/7)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS recently partnered with churches in HOLLAND & ZEELAND, MI as a part of their JQ & U Campaign called "ONE LORD, ONE CHURCH," which brought churches together for two weeks to rally the community together all in the name of serving one God.

Full story: JQ99/Grand Rapids Partnering With Churches (Thu, 6/6)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Howard Sharper felt a little empty a few weeks ago, as if something was missing in his life.His battle with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure forced him into medical leave from his position as director of programming and production at Delta College's public radio station WUCX-FM, 90.1, "and I was feeling erased," he said.

Full story: Radio icon Howard Sharper says he 'didn't do anything special' as musicians recognize his support (Tue, 6/4)

 

When Michael Brush headed to Delta College's broadcasting center last February, the jazzman from Freeland was surprised to learn the radio station's director of programming and production wasn't in the WUCX-FM, 90.1, offices.

Full story: Musicians say thanks to radio icon Howard Sharper with scholarship concert at Bay City's State Theatre (Wed, 6/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit's 'Mojo In the Morning' crew of Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 is getting lots of attention for its clever stunt earlier this week involving a Ryan Gosling look-a-like. Check out the Lyin' Gosling Street Scam for yourself.
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  • Cumulus Media rearranges some of its management personnel in the area, moving VP Market Manager Matt Spaulding from Toledo to Ann Arbor where he'll keep the same role. Filling the position in Toledo will be John Gallagher, who shifts from Kansas City where he was VP of Sales for the Cumulus' cluster there. Gallagher's name might be familiar; he spent time in Detroit in management roles at WJR-AM 760 and Greater Media's cluster that includes WCSX-FM 94.7 / WRIF-FM 101.1 / WMGC-FM 105.1. Spaulding's move marks a return to Ann Arbor for him.

 

Bill Bailey, WGVU AM morning host and radio icon in Michigan, dies suddenly at age 66

WOOD-FM/AM 106.9/1300 Grand Rapids/Muskegon:

West Michigan radio icon Bill Bailey has died. He had a long career that started with Armed Forces Radio when he served in Vietnam, according to his peer and friend Phil Catlett. "Bill was a major-market talent that worked in Washington, DC, and Cincinnati, and the famed WLS in Chicago before he came to Grand Rapids."

Full story: West Michigan Radio Icon Bill Bailey Dies (Wed, 6/12)

Note: Bailey also worked in Detroit and was perhaps best known in that city for his time hosting morning drive at WDRQ-FM 93.1 in the 1970s. His WGVU profile states that he had been in the radio business for more than 30 years with gigs at WLS AM Chicago and WXTR-FM in Washington DC, among many others. Prior to joining WGVU, he was the Program Director and afternoon host for WLHT-FM 95.7 and as Program Director at WTRV-FM 100.5 in Grand Rapids.

His award-winning career included recognition from the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award, winning for Station of the Year in 1998. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 he was a finalist for the NAB's Crystal Award and he was also a finalist for Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year and Program Director of the Year.

Bill is survived by his wife Sandy and had one daughter.

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

After a career in journalism that has spanned more than 35 years, 7 Action News reporter Cheryl Chodun has announced her retirement. Chodun began her career as a freelance newspaper reporter before joining WXYZ in 1978 as a news writer. She went on to report news for WCXI and WWJ radio before being recruited back to WXYZ's 7 Action News as an on-air reporter in 1988.

Full story: 7 Action News reporter Cheryl Chodun announces her retirement (Wed, 6/12)

 


 

Michigan Radio receives national UNITY Award

The Radio Television Digital News Association has honored Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) with a RTDNA/UNITY Award for its recent "Infant Mortality in Michigan" documentary. Michigan Radio received the award in the large market radio category. This is Michigan Radio's second UNITY Award; the first was awarded for the station's 2011 series "Muslims in Michigan."

"This national RTDNA/UNITY Award is a tremendous acknowledgement of important journalism from the State of Opportunity team," said Stephen Schram, Michigan Radio's Director of Broadcasting. "We also extend our thanks and congratulations to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation whose sole support of State of Opportunity makes this work possible."

 

Remembering Bill Bailey

Longtime West Michigan radio icon Bill Bailey died suddenly at the age of 66 on the golf course after suffering an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, June 12th at the age of 66. He was working a station event for Public/Oldies WGVU AM 1480/850 in the Grand Rapids area where he was the Program Director and morning host. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Listen back to Bill when he was hosting mornings at Detroit's WDRQ-FM 93.1 back in the 1970s on George Griggs' Motor City Radio Flashbacks site.

 

Art Vuolo remembers Bill with a Video Air Check featuring some of his work at WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids and at a WLS Chicago rewind, seen below:

 

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Matt Dery of 97.1 The Ticket has a new gig with an old franchise. The sports radio personality will be the new host of the rebooted "Bowling for Dollars." The iconic Detroit game show that ruled the local airwaves in the 1970s is being revived by WADL (Channel 38) starting this weekend.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' names Matt Dery new host (Fri, 6/14)

 

Saginaw News:

A huge crowd estimated at 110,000 people biked, walked and boated its way to Saginaw's Ojibway Island to see country music headliner Gary Allan perform his chart-toppers at the KCQ Country Music Fest. The event has drawn country music fans to Saginaw for 22 years and surpassed the Saginaw County Police Department's initial expectations of 90,000.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest draws estimated 110,000 fans as country star Gary Allan plays Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Sat, 6/15)

 

The coolers have been packed, cowboy hats have been bought and the crowds have gathered as the KCQ Free Country Music Fest kicked off on Saginaw's Ojibway Island. Some fans camped out starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, like Saginaw resident Ashley Hummel, 32, who set up chairs for her friends and family next to a willow tree.

Full story: Saginaw's Ojibway Island two-stepping with country fans at KCQ Country Music Fest (Sat, 6/15)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Gospel radio host Sam Williams used to end his shows with the phrase, "What on Earth are you doing for Heaven's sake?" Flint radio listeners have been able to answer that question for him for more than 50 years as he hosted his Sam Williams Sunday Morning Gospel Show for more than five decades.

Full story: Sam Williams has served up gospel to Flint for more than 50 years on Sunday radio show (Sat, 6/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about my father ... Some baby boomers and most of their parents would remember Dick Westerkamp as a pioneer and icon of local Detroit broadcasting from the mid-1950s through the late 1960s.

Full story: Father's Day tribute: Remembering Detroit TV pioneer Dick Westerkamp (Sun, 6/16)

 


 

MLive.com:

WKAR kicks off its fifth season of its televised series BackStage Pass with free concerts in East Lansing this week, offering local music fans the chance to be part of the television audience.

Full story: WKAR-TV's Backstage Pass invites you to 3 nights of free concerts this week (Mon, 6/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A memorial celebration for former WGVU AM morning host / Program Director Bill Bailey will be held Sunday, June 23 at the Eberhard Center, 301 Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1pm - 5pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to operationhomefront.net. Donations provide aid to service members' families. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at mlive.com which will be active on Friday, June 21.
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  • Congratulations to all the EMMY winners announced on Saturday evening at the 35th Annual EMMY Gala hosted by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A complete list of all the winners is available at natasmichigan.org.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD Radio's farewell for announcer Gary Allen is going to be unlike anything ever heard before. Special guests including Suzanne Geha and Peter Chan will be on WOOD Radio on Thursday during a 12-hour salute to Allen, who retires on Friday.

Full story: WOOD Radio says farewell to Gary Allen with 12-hour, 50-guest radio show on Thursday (Wed, 6/19)

 

The voice of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Bob Kaser, called Tuesday "a night of joy like no other I've experienced." He wasn't alone in the sentiment.

Full story: Calder Cup victory 'emotional' for Griffins play-by-play announcer (Wed, 6/19)

 


 

Oakland Press:

After creating countless memories for Spartan and Piston fans for decades behind a microphone, play-by-play broadcaster George Blaha created one more memory on Monday. Except this time, it was on a golf course. The voice of the Detroit Pistons and Michigan State football was the man behind the 24th George Blaha High Hopes Golf Outing, held at Knollwood Country Club, which has raised over $1.5 million to date for Vista Maria.

Full story: Pistons announcer George Blaha helps raise $1 million for at-risk kids (Wed, 6/19)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Viewers of WEYI were not happy after the station took a power hit that knocked the Flint, MI, NBC affiliate off the air during the finale of the NBC show "The Voice." Viewers screens froze around 10:25 p.m. last night during the build up to the announcement of the winner.

Full story: WEYI Pushes News Back to Let Viewers Watch 'Voice' Finale After Power Outage (Wed, 6/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • If the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are extended to a Game 6 on Monday June 24th, Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will not carry that particular game as it devotes its evening to covering the fireworks show along the Detroit riverfront. Instead, game coverage will shift to WADL-TV Ch. 38 for that night only. The games can also been seen in the Detroit area on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's CBET-TV Ch. 9 from Windsor, ON.

 

Newsmakers and links: June 23, 2013

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After five years at WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 as the morning anchor, Josh Roe is leaving the broadcast news station for an opportunity in Chattanooga, Tenn. "We are going to miss Josh terribly," said Steve Koles, WWMT-TV news director.

Full story: Josh Roe, WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 morning anchor, moving to station in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Sat, 6/22)

 

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.

 

Detroit Free Press:

A staple of Fox Sports Detroit's broadcasts is hanging 'em up. No, not Mickey York or Shannon Hogan or John Keating or any of the cast of characters who bring your Detroit sports teams to the television sets, but rather Lauren, one of two charter members of the Fox Sports Detroit Girls. In a heartfelt YouTube video Lauren said good-bye to the great Detroit fans.

Full story: Ticker: Longtime Fox Sports Detroit girl Lauren retires (Sat, 6/29)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee, who formerly were heard on WJQK-FM in Holland, are returning radio. Make that Internet radio.

Full story: Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee plan return to radio online (Sun, 6/30)

 

"Live in the D" coming to WDIV-TV/Detroit in August

Post-Newsweek NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit has announced the debut of a new hour-long news and talk program called "Live in the D" scheduled to debut on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m.

According to the press release, "Live in the D" will focus on local and national news and will explore the intersections of culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and how it affects life in Metro Detroit. It will have the elements of a daytime newscast with additional guest-driven conversations and feature a core of contributors. The station named Local 4 News anchor and reporter Guy Gordon and Local 4 News anchor and Defender Karen Drew as co-hosts of its new daytime show.

"When we started conceiving this program, we didn't have to look far to find the right people to host this next step in our daytime line-up. We are thrilled to have Guy and Karen as the face of our new show," said Marla Drutz, vice-president and general manager of Local 4.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Tune in today and find out what Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee Danielson are up to.

Full story: Tune in today to hear the new 'Chris and Emilee Show' on Internet radio (Mon, 7/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Daytimer WOAP AM 1080 Owosso reportedly changed format over the weekend from Classic Hits / Oldies to Spanish, ending the station's run as 'The Big 1080'.
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  • Cumulus will changeup the syndicated 'Perez Hilton Live' evening show and relaunch it as 'Nights Live With Adam Bomb', but still feature reports from Hilton had been airing from 7 - 11 p.m. on Cumulus' Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit, Top 40 WHTS-FM 105.3 Grand Rapids, and Top 40 WJIM-FM 97.5 Lansing.
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  • Indiana Radio Watch reports that Kent Fulmer is the station and sales manager at Classic Hits WGTO AM 910 Cassopolis. The station is also heard on FM translator W266BS 101.1 Cassopolis.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Townsquare Media Grand Rapids has announced a multi-year contract extension between 97.9 WGRD and the Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show. The new contract keeps the morning show on its flagship station in Grand Rapids through 2018.

Full story: Townsquare Media extends contract with Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show (Tue, 7/9)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Randy Wimbley has joined the news team at Fox O&O WJBK Detroit (DMA 11). Effective Monday, July 15, Wimbley will be a general assignment reporter contributing to various newscasts throughout the week. Most recently, Wimbley was a reporter at WATN Memphis for the past three years. Prior to that, he was a reporter for WNEM Saginaw, Mich., and a freelance reporter for WUPW Toledo, Ohio.

Full story: Randy Wimbley joins WJBK Detroit (Tue, 7/9)

 

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)

 

WDIV/Detroit adding Evrod Cassimy as new morning co-anchor

Post-Newsweek NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 (Local 4) has announced that Evrod Cassimy will join the newly named morning newscast, Local 4 News Today, beginning Aug. 12. Cassimy will co-anchor 4:30 a.m. - 7 a.m. weekdays alongside current anchor Rhonda Walker.

The station's release states that Cassimy is currently the morning anchor and reporter for CBS4 News in Denver where he has covered several big stories including the Aurora movie theater shootings, Michael Moore's Occupy Denver protests and the Colorado wildfires. He began his career in Grand Junction, Colorado at KJCT News 8 and worked in Madison, Wisconsin; Orlando, Florida; and Richmond, Virginia where he won the Virginia Associated Press Award for "Best Coverage of Breaking News" in 2010.

Update: Current morning co-anchor Guy Gordon is leaving mornings to co-host a new 11 a.m. show on WDIV that will launch on August 12th.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WLAV-FM has been delivering rock and roll to the ears of West Michigan radio listeners for 40 years and is throwing an anniversary party with a free concert to commemorate the milestone. A concert featuring performances by Loverboy and Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, is planned for Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Cannonsburg Ski Area.

Full story: 97 WLAV-FM celebrates 40 years with free concert at Cannonsburg Ski Area (Thu, 7/11)

 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Monday's 13 On Your Side investigation on panhandling is getting a lot of attention on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. It also got the attention of the Free Beer and Hot Wings Show, a nationally-syndicated radio program originating from WGRD-FM in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Free Beer & Hot Wings raise $2,200 for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (Thu, 7/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Morning show meteorologist Ben Bailey has announced his departure from FOX 2 (WJBK-TV Ch. 2) Detroit after nearly nine years. Bailey's last day with the station is today.
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  • Michigan 2013 Marconi Award nominees include Sports WXYT-FM 97.1 Detroit (Large Market and Sports Station of the Year) and Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian (Small Market Station of the Year). Winners will be announced at Radio Show in Orlando, Fla., on September 19, 2013
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  • The Detroit News reports on pending motherhood and marriage for WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit morning traffic reporter Erin Nicole.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

TV news reporter Brad Edwards recalls growing up gay in Grand Rapids wasn't easy, especially for a youngster dreaming of a career in broadcast news.

Full story: Former WOOD-TV8 reporter Brad Edwards: Growing up gay in Grand Rapids was tough (Fri, 7/19)

 

Newsmakers and links: July 23, 2013

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Detroit News:

It's a typical spring day in Michigan: Storm clouds gather in the west, a sheet of torrential rain advances toward Detroit and funnel clouds have been sighted somewhere near Dexter. While everybody else is driving away from the eye of the storm, veteran WXYZ-TV reporter Cheryl Chodun heads into it, riding shotgun on the Channel 7 news truck.

Full story: Retiring Cheryl Chodun reflects on 25 years at WXYZ (Tue, 7/23)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BRYAN LAROCHE has announced that he is leaving CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA + ENTERTAINMENT Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT in AUGUST, which means that PD TONY TRAVATTO is looking for a new APD/MD/PM drive host.

Full story: Bryan Laroche To Exit WKQI (Tue, 7/23)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The band Loverboy is still on tour, still loves to rock, and is hoping you will spend part of your weekend with them on Sunday, Aug. 4, during WLAV-FM's 40th anniversary party at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE.

Full story: Loverboy still 'Workin' For The Weekend' and ready to play WLAV concert (Tue, 7/23)

 

More than 20 breweries will be offering samples of their beer at WGRD's third annual Summer Craft Beer Festival. The rain-or-shine event will take place from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at John Ball Park.

Full story: WGRD bringing back Summer Craft Beer Fest for third year (Tue, 7/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Crain's Detroit Business reports that Wayne State University's Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit is looking for a new General Manager following the resignation of current GM J. Mikel Ellcessor last week. Ellcessor, who will leave WDET next month, has been running WDET since 2008.

 

TVSpy.com:

Siobhan Riley, a reporter for Flint, MI, ABC affiliate WJRT, tried to illustrate which streets would be affected by construction in downtown Saginaw.

Full story: Flint Reporter's Road Construction Map Looks Suspiciously Familiar (Wed, 7/24)

 


 

MLive.com:

Is the game not enough for you? Do you want more out of your baseball broadcast than nine innings of a game? Then this will be good news.

Full story: Fox Sports Detroit Plus to broadcast batting practice prior to game Saturday between Tigers, Phillies (Wed, 7/24)

 

TVSpy.com:

WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff is hitting back at a report from a rival station claiming he encouraged a Detroit mayoral candidate to enter the race. Mike Dugeon told ABC affiliate WXYZ he entered the primary race as a write-in candidate after a visit from LeDuff.

Full story: WJBK Reporter Denies Reports He Encouraged Detroit Mayoral Candidate to Enter Race (Fri, 7/26)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA Country WLAW (92.5 THE OUTLAW)/MUSKEGON, MI will air USHL junior hockey's MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS for the next three seasons. All 60 regular season games and playoffs will air, with Media Relations Coordinator BRYAN FONGERS back for his second season calling the action.

Full story: Muskegon Lumberjacks To Air On 92.5 The Outlaw (Thu, 7/25)

 

REELWORLD JINGLES has launched a second custom jingle package for CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT TODAY (7/25). REELWORLD developed a previous jingle package for the station in 2009.

Full story: ReelWorld Launches New Jingles For WYCD (Thu, 7/25)

 


 

WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids:

A blooper on FOX 17 Morning News spawned a viral video after a reporter had a laughing attack. During reporter Leigh Ann Towne's live shot Wednesday, two llamas began mating behind her, forcing her to spend the next three minutes trying to fulfill her on air commitment in hysterics.

Full story: Reporter Reflects on Llamas Love Making (Thu, 7/25)

 

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. 6, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Airing live: Friday's NFL preseason game between the Detroit Lions and New York Jets at 7:30 p.m. on WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit as the Lions have reached the required number of ticket sales to qualify the game as a sellout..
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  • Going: Former WDIV-TV Ch. 4 reporter Chris Hanson from NBC and Dateline NBC where he became well-known nationwide for his 'To Catch a Predator' segments. More from the New York Daily News here.
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  • Coming: To the soon-to-be-launched cable network FOX Sports 1, former NHL great and current Red Wings' front office advisor Chris Chelios for coverage of hockey at the Winter Olympics in Russia.
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  • Changing: The corporate name for WDIV-TV Ch. 4 owner Post-Newsweek with the sale of the Washington Post newspaper. After the sale is complete, the company will no longer own either of the properties the company was named for - The Post and Newsweek magazine. WDIV has been the company's flagship operation for a number of years.
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  • Added: Shopping network QVC to subchannels of WPXD-TV Ch. 31 Ann Arbor / Detroit (31.5) and WZPX-TV Ch. 43 Battle Creek (43.5).
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  • Celebrating: Six months on the air, WLUN-FM (100.9 ESPN) Pinconning/Midland's CrunchTime with Jared Sandler, a locally produced sports talk show that airs weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. In a release Sandler commented, "We really like what we have started. We are always looking at ways to improve the CrunchTime brand, but we have built a good foundation. One of our silent promises is that we're going to continue to work our tails off to get better and hopefully that is reflected over the next six months."

 


 

U-M's Michigan Radio honored by the National Association of Black Journalists

Michigan Radio (WOUM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with two Salute to Excellence Awards this past weekend. The station won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Documentary category for "Infant Mortality in Michigan," and Feature category for "Idlewild, the Black Eden, celebrates 100 years."

The "Infant Mortality in Michigan" documentary was produced by Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra and examined the disparity in race and infant mortality rates in Michigan. The documentary is part of Michigan Radio's "State of Opportunity" project, a multi-year initiative looking at what can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for Michigan's most disadvantaged children. State of Opportunity is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

"Idlewild, the Black Eden, celebrates 100 years" was produced by Michigan Radio's Kate Wells. The feature examined the history of the resort town's heyday as a summer haven for African Americans from the 1920's to the 1960's, and the hopes of current residents for its resurgence. Funding for this report was provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

Full story: Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK (Tue, 8/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 9, 2013

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The downside of radio format changes - apparent firings at WMGC/Detroit

The buzz on social media this afternoon is the apparent firing of at least some of the airstaff and the Program Director at Greater Media's Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit. Weekend and swing shift host Lisa Jesswein posted on Facebook that she was let go from the station today. Trade publication RAMP reports that PD Brian Figula is out and states rumors that morning host Chris Edmonds has also been let go.

This in from the department of redundancy department: Greater Media has announced a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 12th where they will announce that Drew Lane is returning to the airwaves in Detroit.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Longtime Detroit radio personality Drew Lane is set to return to the Motor City airwaves, according to Greater Media Detroit, which operates WRIF-FM (101.1), WCSX-FM (94.7) and WMGC-FM (105.1).

Full story: Drew Lane returning to radio; sources say he'll do sports talk at WMGC (Fri, 8/9)

 

On Monday at the Detroit Golf Club, 260 golfers and a slew of corporate sponsors will raise more than $500,000 to help thousands of youths join athletic and mentorship programs in partnership with the Detroit Police Department, putting an exclamation point on a remarkable 10-year run for the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic to benefit Detroit PAL.

Full story: Radio host Paul W. Smith's leadership scores big bucks for Detroit PAL (Fri, 8/9)

 

The old guard is leaving Michigan football -- seemingly all at once. After equipment manager Jon Falk and longtime PR man Bruce Madej said they will retire after the season, IMG today announced that 33-year radio play-by-play man Frank Beckmann will make 2013 his final season.

Full story: Frank Beckmann, voice of Michigan football, retiring after season: 'Now's a good time' (Fri, 8/9)

 

It wasn't just for kicks or to fulfill a bucket list moment. Red Wings radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal was behind the microphone last week at Comerica Park for a mock broadcast.

Full story: Red Wings' Ken Kal takes a shot at broadcasting Tigers' game (Fri, 8/9)

 

Fox Sports Detroit says Wednesday night was its highest-rated Tigers game of the season.

Full story: Highest-rated Detroit Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit this season (Fri, 8/9)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

ALL ACCESS has learned that the flip at GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (TODAY'S 105.1)/DETROIT's to Sports will happen on MONDAY (8/12), with a press conference in the morning and former sister Active Rock WRIF "DREW AND MIKE" co-host DREW LANE debuting his new afternoon show at 3p (ET), with former WRIF producer MARC FELLHAUER on hand.

Full story: WMGC/Detroit Sports Flip Coming Monday (Fri, 8/9)

 


 

Detroit News:

Frank Beckmann, the longtime Michigan football play-by-play announcer, said he has considered retirement for a while. He decided two weeks ago he would retire after the upcoming season.

Full story: Michigan radio voice Beckmann says News column 'non-issue' in his retiring (Fri, 8/9)

 


 

WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit / ClickOnDetroit.com:

Local 4 is launching a new hour-long news and talk program called "Live in the D" debuting Monday, August 12 at 11 a.m. "Live in the D" will focus on local and national news and will explore the intersections of culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and how it affects life in Metro Detroit.

Full story: Local 4 launches new show 'Live in the D' (Fri, 8/9)

 


 

CBS Detroit:

It started eight years ago as a four-week election special with journalist Carol Cain as producer and host, and outspoken Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and business executive Denise Ilitch as panelists, and "Michigan Matters" was on its way.

Full story: CBS 62's 'Michigan Matters' Marks Milestone! (Fri, 8/9)

 


 

WOOD Radio Grand Rapids:

The underground parking garage at the northeast corner of Louis and Ionia in Grand Rapids flooded late Friday morning. A pipe burst and filled the area with water ... The gasoline vapor filled the garage and spread through a tunnel to the building at 77 Monroe Center, where Clear Channel Media + Entertainment stations, including WOOD Radio, operate.

Full story: Complications from Broken Water Line Cause Tenants to Evacuate GR Building (Fri, 8/9)

 

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. 13, 2013

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MLive.com:

Detroit sports fans who want to talk sports and hear coach and player interviews from the city's four pro teams had a new midday option Tuesday with the debut of the "Ryan and Rico" show on the new Detroit Sports 105.1 FM. Consider it a statement from the station - one of five with a sports talk format in Detroit - that it's ready to compete in a crowded marketplace.

Full story: Detroit Sports 105.1 FM makes midday statement with Red Wings, Pistons, Lions, Tigers interviews (Tue, 8/13)

 


 

Detroit News:

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is not in any rush to hire a football play-by-play radio announcer to replace Frank Beckmann, who will retire after this season. Beckmann is entering his 34th season as Michigan's play-by-play voice.

Full story: Michigan not rushing search for Frank Beckmann's replacement, AD Dave Brandon says (Tue, 8/13)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

A local country music radio station will take up residence at Heritage Landing on Saturday, Aug. 17, for its annual Moose Fest. Moose Fest, put on by 107WMUS, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and continue throughout the day with seven country music acts.

Full story: Moose Fest to bring seven country music acts to Heritage Landing (Tue, 8/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan State University's WKAR-TV Ch. 23 East Lansing is looking for audience members on Thursday for the launch of the station's new 'Current Sports' show hosted by Al Martin with special guest Greg "Special K" Kelser. More details on WKAR web site. Tickets are free for the asking while they last.
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  • Miss yesterday's flip from Adult Contemporary to Sports on WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit? Check it out on YouTube.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 15, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 has added a Spanish-speaking Michigander as its newest reporter. Koco McAboy, from the Detroit area, joined 24 Hour News 8 as an associate producer in February.

Full story: WOOD TV8 adds Spanish-speaking, Detroit-area native to news staff (Thu, 8/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

In his first-ever baseball broadcast, he had two goals. "I don't want to call the grass the ice," Ken Kal said, "and I don't want to call the ball the puck." Thursday night was the baseball broadcast debut for Kal, the radio voice of the Red Wings since 1995, and before that for the University of Michigan hockey team since 1984.

Full story: Hockey announcer Ken Kal eager for Tigers play-by-play debut (Thu, 8/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS teamed up with WORLD MISSION MINISTRIES for the JQ-99 SHOE DRIVE. Listeners dropped off over 7000 pair of shoes at various locations across WESTERN MICHIGAN.

Full story: WJQK Grand Rapids Collects 7000 Pair of Shoes (Thu, 8/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Filling in: Ken Kal for Dan Dickerson on tonight's Detroit Tigers broadcast on WXYT AM 1270 Detroit and the Tigers' radio network. Kal is the play-by-play voice for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and will be broadcasting his first Major League baseball game. (The Tigers are on AM 1270 as the Detroit Lions preseason game will be broadcast on WXYT-FM 97.1.
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  • Announced: Plans for a podcast hosted by Mike Clark and Mike Wolters at facebook.com/thedetroitcast. Clark was half of the WRIF 'Drew and Mike' show and Wolters one of that show's producers and contributors. The other main pieces of 'Drew and Mike', Drew Lane and Marc Fellhauer, started a new gig at WMGC-FM 105.1 but without Clark and Wolters.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 16, 2013

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Oakland Press:

A cameraman gave Cheryl Chodun the nickname "Cho-Cho Chodun" because she never stops. "I'll take that as a compliment," said Chodun, laughing. However, Chodun is learning how to stop, having retired from Channel 7 on July 26 after more than 35 years in journalism - 25 years at Channel 7.

Full story: Cheryl Chodun discusses her first weeks of retirement from WXYZ (Fri, 8/16)

 


 

Detroit News:

I've always tried to use this column as a way to promote an exchange of ideas, to stimulate thought and conversation on issues that interest you and me. Today, I hope you'll forgive me from taking leave of those ideals to engage in a bit of self absorption. A week ago, I announced I was stepping away from my role as the play-by-play announcer for University of Michigan football games.

Full story: Why I stepped away from Michigan football (Fri, 8/16)

 


 

Eastern Michigan University:

The radio broadcast team for the 122nd season of Eastern Michigan University football will be comprised of longtime play-by-play voice Matt Shepard with former Detroit Lion standout Rob Rubick returning as the color analyst after a two-year hiatus. WEMU will continue to serve as the FM flagship and originating station for EMU football and basketball broadcasts.

Full story: EMU Announces 2013 Football Broadcast Crew (Thu, 8/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Sports WDFN AM 1130 Detroit will air BTNLive, a daily program covering the latest in Big Ten football, weekdays from 6 - 7 p.m. beginning August 26th. The show will be a simulcast of the TV show airing on the Big Ten Network.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 20, 2013

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Saginaw News:

For a whole generation of Michigan baby boomers, Bob Dyer was a cultural icon. Dyer, a WKNX-AM, 1210, disc jockey, was one of the first in the country to introduce The Beatles to the airwaves. And with Dick Fabian, he brought the music home, hosting dances throughout the region with performers including Simon and Garfunkel. Dyer, who with Fabian was recently named to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends' Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning. He was 85.

Full story: A life remembered: Saginaw radio icon Bob Dyer among first in nation to air The Beatles, had record longevity at WKNX (Tue, 8/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

What do Bob & Tom, Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern and Kevin Matthews have in common? They're four of the Top 25 Radio Personalities of the Last 25 years.

Full story: Grand Rapids' Kevin Matthews named one of Top 25 Most Influential Radio hosts of past 25 years (Tue, 8/20)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Spartan TV LLC, licensee of MNT affiliate WHTV Lansing, Mich., is asking the agency to put a hold on the merger of Media General Inc. and New Young Broadcasting, pending certification that the shared services and joint sales agreements between Young's CBS affiliate, WLNS, and Sheldon Galloway's ABC affiliate, WLAJ, comply with FCC regulations.

Full story: Spartan blows whistle on Young Lansing SSA (Tue, 8/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Podcasting: Mike Clark and Mike Wolters at thedetroitcast.com. The duo, both formerly part of 'Drew and Mike' on WRIF up until earlier this year, launched their online efforts yesterday.

     

  • Celebrating: CBS Radio's WWJ AM 950 Detroit which first took to the airwaves on August 20, 1920 as 8MK making the station 93 years old today.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 21, 2013

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Detroit News:

Two WDET-FM (101.9) staffers have been named interim general managers of the station as J. Mikel Ellcessor steps down from the role for a job with an independent production company. Craig Fahle and Michelle Srbinovich will serve as interim co-general managers effective Saturday.

Full story: Ellcessor steps down as WDET GM; 2 staffers to lead station in interim (Wed, 8/21)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Talk show host Craig Fahle and Michelle Srbinovich have been named interim co-general managers of WDET-FM (101.9), departing general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor told the Free Press on Wednesday.

Full story: WDET names Fahle, Srbinovich as interim co-managers (Wed, 8/21)

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit to air 151 Red Wings and Pistons games in 2013-14 season

Schedule includes 80 Detroit Pistons and 71 Detroit Red Wings games

Both the Wings and Pistons are scheduled to play 82 regular season games. 80 of the Pistons games will be on Fox Sports Detroit or FSD+ with 2 airing on ESPN nationally. 71 Red Wings games will be carried by Fox Sports Detroit or FSD+ with the other 11 being carried nationally either by NBC or the NBC Sports Network. Several Wings' games will also air on CBC as part of that Canadian Network's Hockey Night in Canada.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • There has been more speculation recently on the future of syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on Cumulus Media owned radio stations across the country with the latest reports claiming that Limbaugh will be staying on Cumulus' stations and Hannity will be going. What's clear is that the future of where these shows might or might not be at the beginning of 2014 is still very much up in the air.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 23, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

Former "Drew & Mike" radio host Mike Clark and longtime producer Mike Wolters don't know what the future holds for their online talk show, "The Detroit Cast," but they're happy to be on Apple's iTunes top audio podcast chart just two shows after making their debut.

Full story: Former 'Drew & Mike' host Mike Clark scores some early success with podcast (Fri, 8/23)

 


 

WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

The recruiting environment surrounding high school football players continues to grow, becoming more interesting to not just die-hard football fans but casual ones as well. Now, all West Michigan high school football fans have an outlet on television to turn to for the latest recruiting information. FOX 17 is teaming up with Ira Childress of the Lake Michigan Football Report to bring you the Blitz Spotlight, a weekly segment airing every Monday during the high school football season on FOX 17 News at Six and Ten.

Full story: FOX 17 Teaming Up With The Lake Michigan Football Report For The Blitz Spotlight (Thu, 8/22)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA has named JOHN CRENSHAW Regional PD/MICHIGAN. He will be responsible for the 32 MICHIGAN properties that are outside of DETROIT, and will also serve as OM for the company's GRAND RAPIDS cluster and PD for WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS.

Full story: Cumulus/Michigan Names John Crenshaw Regional PD (Fri, 8/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Confirmed: Rush Limbaugh remains with Cumulus Media with a new three year agreement, keeping the talk host on WJR AM 760 Detroit and several other stations in Michigan.

 

Newsmakers and links: Aug. 30, 2013

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Huge radio deal will directly involve stations in Michigan

Details have been released on the sale of 53 radio stations worth $238 million by Cumulus Media to Townsquare Media as part Cumulus' $260 million acquisition of radio syndicator Dial Global.

In Michigan, Cumulus will be selling off its 11 stations in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Lansing to Townsquare.

The Michigan stations currently owned by Cumulus that will be moving to Townsquare ownership in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo include: News/Talk WBCK-FM 95.3, Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3, Adult Contemporary WBXX-FM 104.9, Rock WRKR-FM 107.7 and News/Talk WKMI AM 1360. And in Lansing: Classic Rock WMMQ-FM 94.9, Top 40 WJIM-FM 97.5, Adult Contemporary WFMK-FM 99.1, Country WITL-FM 100.7, Sports WVFN AM 730 and News/Talk WJIM AM 1240. Cumulus also owns an FM translator in Kalamazoo at 102.5 that has a country format. The future of the ownership of Sports WBCK AM 930 is uncertain; that station was placed in a trust as part of a sale between Clear Channel and Cumulus a number of years ago.

Prior to this deal, which will require FCC approval, Townsquare Media owned 11 Michigan stations in Grand Rapids and Flint. According to the press release, Townsquare will own 312 radio stations in 66 markets and have operations in 25 states, making it the third largest owner of radio stations in the United States and the largest, best-capitalized owner and operator of radio stations solely focused on small and mid-sized markets.

 

AllAccess.com:

Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus (Fri, 8/30)

 

Cumulus Media press release here (pdf)

 

Townsquare Media press release here

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce that Simon Shaykhet will be joining the 7 Action News team as a reporter. Shaykhet is a native Detroiter who has worked on both sides of the camera.

Full story: Simon Shaykhet joins WXYZ-TV as a reporter (Thu, 8/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MAUMEE VALLEY Southern Gospel WPOS (102.3)/HOLLAND-TOLEDO, OH is preparing to flip to Contemporary Christian. According to PD/CLIFF SMITHERS, the plan is to begin stunting on LABOR DAY, and officially relaunch as PROCLAIM FM on MONDAY 9-9 at 6a ET.

Full story: WPOS Flipping To Contemporary Christian (Fri, 8/30)

 

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. 9, 2013

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Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former National Hockey League goaltender Chris Osgood as a game and studio analyst for the 2013-14 season. Osgood's 17-year NHL career included three Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2010-11, his final NHL season as a player, Osgood became just the 10th goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He's also one of only 10 goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only five to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent's net.

Full story: Osgood joins FSD as hockey analyst (Mon, 9/9)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GRAND RAPIDS market veteran JUSTIN BARCLAY is launching a new local show on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A-F/GRAND RAPIDS TODAY (9/9).

Full story: WOOD Adds Justin Barclay Show (Mon, 9/9)

 


 

Lansing State Journal ($):

For local TV stations, this is moving day. It's time to re-arrange the slots that networks don't control. Leaving are Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake, Anderson Cooper and others. Arriving are Arsenio Hall and Bethenney Frankel today and Queen Latifah next Monday.

Full story: Changes afoot as local TV shuffle begins (Mon, 9/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former Detroit Lions great Herman Moore has joined Greater Media Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit as an analyst for the station's post game coverage of Lions' football games.
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  • ESPN 100.9 FM (WLUN Pinconning/Midland) has announced a weekly CrunchTime segment featuring former University of Michigan defensive back and Super Bowl champion Cato June that is scheduled to air every Monday during the football season at 4:30 p.m. EST starting today. June will join CrunchTime host Jared Sandler every week to provide analysis of Michigan and Michigan State football, along with commentary on the Detroit Lions and the National Football League.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 11, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

CCM+E/DETROIT VP/Programming and Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) PD TONY TRAVATTO reports that Promotion Dir./weekend-swinger STICK (aka SAM DAY, not STICK from WNOU) is trading up to APD/MD/nights.

Full story: WKQI Elevates Stick To APD/MD/Nights (Wed, 9/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV 8 will present the Art Van Concert Series during ArtPrize 2013, showcasing 21 West Michigan acts for 10 nights at Rosa Parks Circle. The shows will take place weeknights at 5 p.m., starting Sept. 23 with Thirsty Perch Blues Band.

Full story: WOOD TV to host live concert series at Rosa Parks Circle for ArtPrize 2013 (Wed, 9/11)

 


 

Flint Journal:

This weekend, Genesee County children will get a chance to relax from their first couple weeks back at school with a free festival in Flint.

Full story: Perani Arena & Event Center to host 9th annual FOX66 Fall Festival (Wed, 9/11)

 


 

WKAR-TV Ch. 23 East Lansing:

On the premiere of Current Sports TV, host Al Martin talks in depth with former Spartan and NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser. Now an announcer for Fox Sports and the Big Ten, Kelser talks about his experiences at MSU and in the NBA and offers his opinion on the controversial issue of whether or not to compensate university athletes. Also, comments by MSU athletic director Mark Hollis. (Current Sports is set to debut at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

Full story: Current Sports TV | Guest: Greg Kelser | #101 (Tue, 9/3)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Troy Campbell has been hired as a general assignment reporter at Fox affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids. Campbell makes the move from KERO-TV in Bakersfield, CA.

 

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. 16, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS-ZEELAND invited CROSS INTERNATIONAL into the studio for a two day fundraiser to help kids in HAITI. Over 350 scholarships were needed to help fill 12 classrooms, and they blew past the goal with 380 total scholarships collected.

Full story: WJQK Teams Up With Cross International (Mon, 9/16)

 


 

Radio Ink:

I met Debbie at a casino. Now that may seem like a line from a Martin Scorcese film, but when you need to stay in downtown Detroit, the casino hotels are some of the best in the city. Debbie was a breath of fresh air; she was smart, knew the market inside and out, and had a full understanding of her stations from sales to programming and everything in between.

Full story: CBS Detroit VP Debbie Kenyon (Fri, 9/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • FOX 2's (WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit) Roop Raj moves from anchoring weekend mornings to the station's 4:30 a.m. newscast.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 18, 2013

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Detroit News:

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) vice president and news director Dana Hahn is leaving Fox 2 for a job in Washington, D.C., Fox announced Wednesday. Hahn, who has been at Fox 2 for 17 years, is taking over as vice president and news director of Washington, D.C.'s, WTTG/WDCA-TV stations.

Full story: Longtime Fox 2 news director takes on Washington job (Wed, 9/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor has been reported as back on the air, likely in a testing mode. The station, which is in the process of being sold, was observed broadcasting Adult Standards / Oldies music only with no on-air hosts or commercials.

 

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: Sep. 26, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • The Michael Savage show will be shifting timeslots in January on Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit. Savage will move from late evenings to the slot being vacated by the departure of Sean Hannity.

 


 

Detroit Public Television wins national award for "Arab American Stories"

WTVS-TV Ch. 56, Detroit Public Television, will be the recipient of the Belva Davis Broadcaster Award at the first SAG-AFTRA American Scene Awards. The awards are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 27 as part of the Celebration event honoring SAG-AFTRA's inaugural convention. The Inaugural National Convention Celebration is a dinner event with host Mary Hart (Entertainment Tonight). The evening includes entertainment and a special musical performance led by Dorian Holley from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The American Scene Awards continues the tradition established in 1985 by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to honor union productions in the industry that realistically portray the "American Scene" by intelligently and progressively employing the talents of diverse ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, seniors, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender, and other misrepresented or underrepresented groups.

Joining Detroit Public Television in receiving a 2013 American Scene Award are ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Universal Music Group.

Jenny O'Hara, co-chair of the SAG-AFTRA Honors and Tributes Committee said of the "Belva Davis" Broadcaster Award recipient, "'Arab American Stories' presents a varied and multifaceted view of Arab-Americans from all walks of life. This series has given audiences an opportunity to learn about the significant contributions of those featured to their professions, communities and the world at large in a format which is highly entertaining and relatable."

"We're extremely pleased that 'Arab American Stories' has been selected to receive this honor," said Detroit Public Television President and CEO Rich Homberg. "The series explores the diversity of the Arab-American experience and we thank SAG-AFTRA for recognizing the power of public media to promote greater understanding of misrepresented or underrepresented groups in our communities." Host/narrator Neda Ulaby of National Public Radio will accept on his behalf.

Past recipients of the AFTRA American Scene Award have included American Idol, Sesame Street and the Children's Television Workshop, Modern Family, Parenthood, The Voice, As the World Turns, Warner Bros. Records/Nashville, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, KCBS/KCAL Los Angeles and the WGBH Educational Foundation, among many other industry leaders.

Based on the Emmy Award-winning success of "Arab American Stories", Detroit Public Television, in cooperation with public television stations and local libraries, has also launched a series of community events in cities throughout America to increase public understanding of Arab American contributions to society. The outreach project is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.

"Arab American Stories" was produced by Alicia Sams, also the producer/director of the Emmy Award-winning film "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama." For more information, visit arabamericanstories.org.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 27, 2013

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Detroit News / Associated Press:

A museum is planned in Detroit to honor WGPR-TV, one of the first black owned and operated television stations in the U.S. The WGPR-TV Historical Society is set to discuss its plans for the museum during a news event on Friday. The museum will be established within the WGPR studios in Detroit.

Full story: Museum planned about pioneering Michigan TV station (Fri, 9/27)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

LIN Media has announced the retirement of Scott Blumenthal, executive vice president television and the appointment of his successor, Jay Howell ... He was hired by LIN in 1983 as local sales manager for WISH in Indianapolis and was named president and general manager of WOOD and WOTV in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1994.

Full story: LIN Announces Blumenthal Retiring, Names Howell Successor (Fri, 9/27)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 2, 2013

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TMZ.com:

Casey Kasem ... the legendary DJ who hosted America's Top 40 for decades, is in dire condition, and a family feud has erupted between Casey's kids and their stepmom. Jean Kasem -- Casey's wife -- will NOT allow Kerri, Julie and Mike to visit their father, who lives in the exclusive Holmby Hills area near Bev Hills. We're told they've been trying to make contact with their dad for 3 months, to no avail. Casey -- who is 81 and has advanced Parkinson's -- hasn't been heard from in months.

Full story: Casey Kasem - Family Feud, Cops Called (Tue, 10/1)

 


 

Sports Business Journal:

MLB saw its largest local ratings gains in its smallest markets this season. Six of the league's eight smallest TV markets posted double-digit ratings jumps this year. On the flip side, the poor on-field performance of many of the league's big-market teams led to ratings declines, with numbers down sharply in four of MLB's five biggest TV markets ... The Detroit Tigers were the top-rated team for a second year in a row. The Tigers averaged a 9.60 rating on FS Detroit during their run to the postseason.

Full story: Smallest MLB markets show ratings boost (Mon, 9/30)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 8, 2013

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MLive.com:

Popular radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, reportedly suffers from advanced Parkinson's Disease and and is losing his ability to speak on the phone.

Full story: Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, has advanced Parkinson's and speech loss, daughter claims (Tue, 10/8)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Kevin Roseborough has been named vice president and news director at WJBK, the Fox owned station in Detroit. Roseborough joined WJBK in 2004 as the station's managing editor. Since 2006, he has been assistant news director. He replaces Dana Hahn, who was recently named news director at WTTG, the Fox owned station in Washington, D.C.

Full story: Kevin Roseborough Named News Director at WJBK in Detroit (Tue, 10/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 9, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ will host the final debate between Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan on October 29. The candidates will face off in front of a live studio audience for a one-hour debate exactly a week before Detroit residents head to the polls. WXYZ editorial and public affairs director Chuck Stokes will serve as debate moderator, and questions will be asked by a panel including anchor Lloyd Jackson.

Full story: WXYZ to Host Final Detroit Mayoral Debate (Wed, 10/9)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 11, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT has named DAVE DAHMER as the new evening host replacing STEVE KOSTAN (NET NEWS 9/25) who exited the station last month.

Full story: Dave Dahmer New Evening Host At WCSX (Fri, 10/11)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

During last night's 11:00 p.m. news on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, investigative reporter Kevin Dietz aired an open letter to Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption. On the surface, the letter plays out as the long saga of a corrupt politician who finally fell after his years of denials were countered by dogged investigation.

Full story: Detroit Reporter Shows Sometimes It Takes 12 Years to Get 'Story of the Decade' (Thu, 10/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • There are reports that WDTW AM 1310 Dearborn/Detroit, which had been silent since New Year's Day, was back on the air on Wednesday simulcasting Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 for several hours. The station has since gone silent again, but the operations on Wednesday essentially 'reset the clock' for the station's license as it will now be able to remain silent for up to one year.

    WDTW AM's broadcast towers were removed in the early part of this year from along I-94 east of Metro Airport and it remains unknown from where the station performed its temporary operation on Wednesday.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

ALL ACCESS sends out our deepest condolences to RADIO's BEST FRIEND, the beloved ART VUOLO, JR. and his family on the loss of his mom, AMY at the age of 90. She was living in BELLINGHAM, WA at the time of her passing, YESTERDAY, (10/10). AMY is survived by her husband, ART VUOLO, SR, ART's siblings WAYNE, JOHN and TRISH. No word on services, yet. Reach ART at artvuolo@aol.com, with your comforting thoughts.

Full story: Condolences To Art Vuolo On Passing Of His Mom, Amy (Fri, 10/11)

 

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. 21, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Members of the union representing workers at WNEM have rejected the latest offer from the Meredith owned Saginaw, MI, CBS affiliate. "WNEM's latest contract proposal would severely jeopardized (sic) workers' job security, retirement security, work jurisdiction and reduce on-air employees to 'at will' employment status," Zara Maldonado, president of NABET-CWA Local 54048, said in a statement.

Full story: NABET Rejects Latest Contract Offer from Michigan Station (Mon, 10/21)

 


 

MLive.com:

Popular radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, reportedly suffers from advanced Parkinson's Disease reportedly has only a few months to live, according to a representative for his wife. News of Kasem's failing health surfaced Saturday on the celebrity news website TMZ and came about a week after the New York Daily News reported that three of his children went to court to seek conservatorship over the ailing radio icon.

Full story: Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, has a few months to live, rep for wife claims (Sun, 10/20)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT announces "THE 89X NUTCRACKER" featuring PANIC! AT THE DISCO, SWITCHFOOT, THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES, and STRANGE TALK on DECEMBER 12th at THE FILLMORE DETROIT.

Full story: CIMX Announces The 89X Nutcracker Lineup (Mon, 10/21)

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 22, 2013

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Detroit News:

Aereo, an online service that allows users to view broadcast television through Internet-enabled devices for a monthly fee, will be available in the Detroit area next week, the company announced. The controversial service, which streams programming from broadcast outlets such as NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox onto smartphones and Internet-friendly televisions but doesn't pay rights fees to the networks, is seen as a threat to those networks and their local affiliates.

Full story: Aereo TV streaming service brings controversy to Detroit (Tue, 10/22)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39) has hired John Hogan as part of its Watchdog Investigative Team. The Watchdog Team is headed by Lee Van Ameyde who has been a reporter and anchor at WZZM for more than 36 years.

Full story: John Hogan joins WZZM Investigative Team (Tue, 10/22)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Alan Kazam is pretty certain he won't be the lead story on a newscast from WWMT News Channel 3 this weekend. Kazam, the longtime Kalamazoo magician, will hold the 5th annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Kalamazoo State Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Full story: WWMT's Marcie Kobriger to be sawed in half by Kalamazoo magician (Tue, 10/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • The first ever DASH Conference kicks off at 1 pm on Wednesday October 23rd and run through 4:30 pm on Thursday at the Metro Airport Weston Hotel in Romulus.

    This is a major radio conference being held right here in Detroit with big names coming in from all over the country. The event is being hosted by B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Radio Ink magazine, and Fred Jacobs of locally-based Jacobs Media.

    Late registration and more information can be found at www.dashconference.com. This is a "must attend" for anyone in radio wanting to know the truth about the Connected Car and how the Dashboard is changing everything!

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 23, 2013

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Sports Business Journal:

The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S.-based sports league to allow its games to be streamed live locally. The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country's two biggest owners of regional sports networks.

Full story: NBA near deals to allow live local streaming leaguewide (Mon, 10/21)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The DASH CONFERENCE, sponsored by JACOBS MEDIA and RADIO INK, opened to a full house at the WESTIN HOTEL in DETROIT. You can follow the goings-on via TWITTER at #DashAudio.

Full story: DASH Conference Opening Day Coverage Shines Light On Growing Health Of Radio Usage And Symbiotic Relationship With Cars (Wed, 10/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • On the 'air': Streaming service Aereo for customers that preregistered in the Detroit market. Stations included in the service include the primary programming (.1) from Channels 2 (Fox), 4 (NBC), 7 (ABC), 20 (MNT), 31 (Ion), 38 (Ind), 50 (CW), 56 (PBS), and 62 (CBS).

    In addition subchannels Channels 2.2 (Movies), 4.2 (ThisTV), 7.2 (LiveWell), 7.3 (BounceTV), 20.2 (CoziTV), 31.2 (Qubo), 31.3 (IonLife), 31.4 (IonShop), 38.2 (AntennaTV), 38.3 (Word), 56.2 (DPTV+), and 56.3 (PBS Create) are included.

    Not included is over-the-air programming from Canada (Windsor's Channel 9.1 CBC or 32.1 TVO for example).
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  • For sale: The license and transmitter for the silent WDTW AM 1310 Detroit. The station, owned by Clear Channel was shut down at the end of 2012 and has reportedly only operated for one day earlier this month. When it was shutdown, it was announced that the station's license was being donated - a plan that now appears to have changed.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 2 - 3, 2013

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MLive.com:

WeatherNation TV, Inc., announced its partnership with ABC12 WJRT-TV to broadcast a 24-hour local weather channel for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City markets starting in early November 2013.

Full story: ABC12 launches new 24-hour weather channel for Flint, Saginaw, Bay City regions (Sat, 11/2)

 


 

Cornerstone University Herald:

Chuck Gaidica, lead meteorologist for WDIV Channel 4 Detroit, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership through Cornerstone University's online program.

Full story: Detroit television meteorologist attends GRTS (Sat, 11/2)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A fake Halloween radio broadcast about a train chemical spill leading to zombie-like behavior fooled some people calling 911 in Grand Traverse County.

Full story: Fake Traverse City radio broadcast on chemical spill, zombies leads to 911 calls (Fri, 11/1)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Frank Beckmann was joking, saying that all he hoped was Michigan would score a point Saturday against Michigan State. "I don't know if they will," he said, before wondering aloud in jest to broadcasting partner Jim Brandstatter whether the pair should even bother to show up to Spartan Stadium.

Full story: Michigan radio's Frank Beckmann accepts excellence award for Detroit broadcasting, reflects on rivalry vs. Michigan State (Wed, 10/30)

 


 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters:

The National Radio Hall of Fame will induct WJR-AM (Detroit) talk show host Paul W. Smith as part of its 2013 Induction gala on November 9. Smith will be sharing the stage with other inductees including Steve Dahl and Garry Meier (Chicago), Blair Garner (Nashville), John Lanigan (Cleveland), Eddie "Poilin" Sotelo (Los Angeles), Charle Steiner (Los Angeles) and (posthumously) Powel Crosley, Jr. (Cincinnati and Sarasota-Bradenton, FL).

Full story: Radio Hall of Fame to Honor Paul W. Smith November 9 (Fri, 11/1)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 4, 2013

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Flint Journal / MLive.com:

Workers at WNEM TV 5 picketed outside studios in Flint and Saginaw in hopes of getting back to the bargaining table, according to union officials. Photojournalist Tom Knaub was one of seven people holding up signs outside the WNEM-TV5 office along Saginaw Street in downtown Flint on Monday, Nov. 4.

Full story: WNEM television workers picket downtown Flint studio (Mon, 11/4)

More: WNEM TV-5 employees protest outside Saginaw studio as part of ongoing labor dispute (Mon, 11/4)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA's Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT invited listeners to join them in an exclusive WCSX Hangout session with TED NUGENT. WCSX afternoon host DOUG PODELL hosted the Internet hangout with several listeners who were able to use virtual time and interact live with NUGENT.

Full story: Ted Nugent To Run For President? (Mon, 11/4)

 

GREATER MEDIA's Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT is doing its part to raise awareness of men's cancer. During the entire month of NOVEMBER, WRIF morning show hosts DAVE and CHUCK "THE FREAK" are growing mustaches to raise awareness of men's cancer and support patient care and research at KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE.

Full story: WRIF Presents Movember Mustaches For Cancer (Mon, 11/4)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 7, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • If you guessed November 7 at about 8:30 a.m., then you were correct as to when Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit would make its annual flip to All-Christmas music. Expect many more holiday season flips across the state in the coming days. WNIC has also apparently scrubbed away the 'Fresh' name from its on-air presentation and is again referring to itself as simply WNIC 100.3.

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

The Detroit Pistons and WXYZ have partnered to deliver the team's official television show on a weekly basis to millions of basketball fans across Southeast Michigan and beyond. "State of the Pistons" will debut Sunday, November 10 at 12 p.m. and will regularly air in that timeslot throughout the season, immediately following Ford Lions Report Live, which airs at 11 a.m.

Full story: State of the Pistons debuts on WXYZ Sunday, November 10 (Tue, 11/5)

 


 

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Newsmakers and links: Nov. 12, 2013

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TVSpy.com:

Meteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern.

Full story: Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK (Tue, 11/12)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

As they said they would last week in the wake FCC approval, Media General and Young Broadcasting closed on their merger Tuesday. The combination creates a mega-group with 31 stations operating in 28 markets, reaching 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. On the pro forma basis, the merged company had 2012 revenues of $605 million.

Full story: Media General, Young now officially one (Tue, 11/12)

Note: Young Broadcasting was the owner of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in Lansing Jackson. Young has also been operating MyTV affiliate WHTV-TV Ch. 18 in the market.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 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. 15, 2013

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Detroit News:

With all the media hand-wringing over WDIV Local 4 reporter Lauren Podell'saccidental F-bomb dropped on the air Wednesday morning up at the Lapeer fire, we surely thought the world would come to an end ...

Full story: Society Confidential: Media news and notes (Fri, 11/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Dick Purtan, legendary former Detroit radio personality will tell his story of surviving prostate cancer as part of the latest episode of the public television series "The Embrace of Aging: The Male Perspective of Growing Old" on Sunday November 17, 2013 at 6:30pm on Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV Channel 56.

    The series is produced and directed by local Emmy winner Keith Famie.

    This episode also includes a gathering of a group of men hosted by well-known New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent and actor Steve Schirripa (from the HBO series "The Sopranos"), where they talk openly about their prostate issues. Dr. Kenneth Pienta, Professor of Internal Medicine and Urology/American Cancer Society at the University of Michigan, talks about urology and men's issues. He explains the importance of prostate exams. The episode follows the story of one his patients who is battling late stage prostate cancer. He is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran whose prostate cancer is due to exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the jungles of Vietnam.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Fox Sports Detroit today announced the addition of former Detroit Pistons player Jerry Stackhouse as a studio analyst for select "Pistons Live" shows this season. Stackhouse averaged almost 17 points per game during his 18-year NBA career, including 1997-2002 with the Pistons.

Full story: Jerry Stackhouse joins FSD as Detroit Pistons analyst (Fri, 11/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The deals by which CUMULUS MEDIA spun off stations in 12 markets to TOWNSQUARE MEDIA and PEAK sold its BOISE and FRESNO clusters to TOWNSQUARE, then CUMULUS acquired the FRESNO cluster for 15 stations in DUBUQUE and POUGHKEEPSIE, has closed. The deal sent 53 stations in the BATTLE CREEK, MI; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; DANBURY, CT; FARIBAULT-OWATONNA, MN; KALAMAZOO, MI; LANSING, MI; PORTLAND, ME; PORTSMOUTH-DOVER-ROCHESTER, NH; QUAD CITIES, IA-IL; ROCHESTER, MN; ROCKFORD, IL; and WATERLOO, IA markets to TOWNSQUARE as well as the DUBUQUE, POUGHKEEPSIE, and BOISE stations has closed, according to paperwork filed with the FCC.

Full story: Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes (Fri, 11/15)

 

Written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Just last Thursday I was honored to join a table-full of iconic Ann Arbor area sports broadcasters for their weekly lunch at Banfield's Sports Bar on the east side of town. It was good to see Tom Johnston, who I've known since the late 1960's. He was a true sports innovator. I had no idea it would be the last time that I would see Tom. Another longtime friend and chronicler of media in Washtenaw County, Dale R. Leslie, was also at that lunch and provided the following account of Tom Johnston's amazing career:

"Tom Johnston was an Ann Arbor Hometown Boy who grew to earn utmost respect in the collegiate and professional sports world and was paid to do what he loved best- Broadcast Sports. Johnston passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in his residence in Ann Arbor. Memorial Services are slated for mid-December."

Tom Johnston Tom, pictured at right, was an innovator over the course of his career with WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor and WKBD-TV Channel 50, one of the nation's first all-sports channels. He encouraged the novelty of a tape delay broadcast when the station's schedule became full. With the blessing of University of Michigan Athletic Director Fritz Crisler in the 1960s, he initiated the Coaches Corner show on WAAM that was broadcast during the U-M football, hockey and basketball seasons and was built around the format of a public luncheon. The current U-M Monday noon public meetings with coaches are not broadcast but evolved from Johnston's Coaches Corner.

Tom Johnston was a charter member of Kaiser Broadcasting's WKBD-TV, Channel 50 in Detroit which was a forerunner of today's ESPN when WKBD launched with all-sports format in 1965. Johnston brought television cameras into the dusty, high corners of Big Ten field houses and did play-by-play of Michigan's Cazzie Russell-era exciting basketball teams. I remember seeing Johnston- sitting on a stool, smoking a cigar, alone in a Channel 50 studio- and delivering a detailed sportscast without a stitch of notes.

But his lasting legacy is in the hearts of those he trained and gave a chance to begin a broadcasting career. As a middle-school student, I was his shadow at WAAM radio. "Can you type?" he asked. When I said I could he gave me a story to rewrite. What faith! What a thrill! I can see him rushing down the hall to the broadcast studio completely encased with wire sports copy and smoking a big cigar. He would deliver a polished broadcast and no listener could guess that much of what he was reading was for the first time.

A consummate professional sports broadcaster- that was Tom Johnston. Arrangements are being made through Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor.

Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 25, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • The recent Low Power FM application window with the FCC finds 46 attempts to land a new LPFM across Michigan from Addison to Wyoming.

    Some of the highlights include three applications in Detroit, all on frequencies (95.9, 96.7, 102.3) currently in use by radio stations in southwestern Ontario that are easily received in Detroit.

    In Grand Rapids, there are three organizations attempting to use 97.3 - and in Flint, there were four applications for 96.7.

    Take a quick look at all 46 applications here (.pdf), or straight from the FCC here.
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  • The Great Lakes Bay Area is fully celebrating the Christmas spirit, at least on the radio, with Classic Hits WHNN-FM 96.1 Bay City flipping late last week, joining WSAG-FM 104.1 Linwood / WSAM AM 1400 Saginaw.
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  • Named: Jim Brandstatter, longtime commentator for Detroit Lions and University of Michigan football, to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

    Other 2014 inductees will include Nicklas Lidstrom, retired Detroit Wings defenseman, Jason Hanson, retired Detroit Lions placekicker, John Smoltz, retired Atlanta Braves pitcher, Percy Snow, former Michigan State All-American, Dorne Dibble, former Michigan State All-American, Tom Mach, Detroit Catholic Central football coach, and Alexi Lalas, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook and World Cup soccer player.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 will welcome a new morning anchor to its news team in January. Kirk Mason, of WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana, moves to the Battle Creek-Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo TV market, the 39th largest in the United States, to serve as morning and noon anchor at the station headquartered in Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT Newschannel 3's new morning anchor is coming from South Bend (Mon, 11/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Sure, Charlie LeDuff is a Motor City maniac. But GQ's uncontested Mad Man of the Year? That's the fact, Jack. National taste-maker magazine GQ has bestowed the title on LeDuff and it says it made the choice based on a string of stories LeDuff has done for local Fox affiliate WJBK-TV (Channel 2)

Full story: Charlie LeDuff wins GQ's Mad Man of the Year title (Mon, 11/25)

 


 

Cornerstone University Herald:

WaYfm will cease to exist on Nov. 29. Chris Lemke, executive director of CURadio, has seen significant growth in both WCSG and Mission Network News in the last few months, but WaYfm listener numbers have stagnated. WaYfm services over 35,000 listeners in West Michigan, while WCSG sits around 150,000.

Full story: CU radio stations set to merge (Sun, 11/24)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 26, 2013

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Broadcasting & Cable:

Sinclair Broadcast Group has closed on its $370 million acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting. The 24 stations, including WEYI Flint-Saginaw and WNWO Toledo, are located in 15 markets and reach 3.4% of the U.S. TV households. The acquisition was funded through cash on hand ... In addition, the license assets of WBSF Flint and WGTU-WGTQ Traverse City-Cadillac were purchased by Cunningham, while the license assets of WEYI Flint and WWMB Myrtle Beach were purchase by Howard Stirk Holdings. Sinclair will provide services to the stations.

Full story: Sinclair Closes on $370 Million Barrington Deal (Mon, 11/25)

 


 

Detroit News:

As the Islanders carried the puck through center ice, a forward rifled it into the Red Wings' end behind Jonas Gustavsson. A sharp rebound off the end boards in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum created a scoring chance. "Yeah, you're going to get about the same bounce off the boards here as you do at Joe Louis," said Chris Osgood, on the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast.

Full story: Ex-Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood smooth in booth, too (Tue, 11/26)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Thanksgiving weekend just wouldn't be complete - at least musically - without Matt Watroba's annual fall folk show at The Ark, where he performs on Friday night.

Full story: No turkey: Matt Watroba's annual Thanksgiving weekend show marks 25 years at The Ark Friday (Tue, 11/26)

 

It may come as a surprise to some, but Jews have a proud history of loving, parodying, and even writing Christmas carols. In nearly every community across the country, there is at least one radio station that indulges my -- and the general public's -- love for the holiday songs.

Full story: Carolers rejoice: Christmas songs hit the airwaves earlier than ever at WNIC in Detroit (Tue, 11/26)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Matt Hendricks exits as midday host from Townsquare Media's Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7 Grand Rapids.

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 29, 2013

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WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Bay City/Saginaw:

TV5 is deeply saddened to report the passing of a member of our family. A family member has confirmed that former TV5 Reporter-Anchor Brian Wood died on Thanksgiving Day. He collapsed at his home and was rushed to Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw where he died. Brian recently retired after 27 years of service to TV5 News and the Mid-Michigan community.

Full story: Veteran TV5 reporter Brian Wood dies (Thu, 11/28)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Only time will tell how much Frank Beckmann will miss doing the only thing he grew up wanting to do. For 33 seasons, Beckmann has been the radio voice of University of Michigan Football. But Saturday, when the Wolverines take on Ohio State in Michigan Stadium, will be his last time in that role.

Full story: Frank Beckmann contemplates last game as radio voice of Michigan Football (Fri, 11/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • All-Christmas returned to radio in the Eastern Upper Peninsula with the with the annual flip of Oldies WNBY-FM 93.9 Newberry earlier this week. The station has been making the switch for several years near Thanksgiving for the holiday season.

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 1, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

Anyone who grew up glued to the tube will appreciate "Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit Television," a treasure trove of vintage clips debuting at 8 p.m. Monday on WTVS (Channel 56). Created by Michael Collins and Tim Kiska, this look back at the glory days of Motor City broadcasting covers all of the essentials: suave movie host Bill Kennedy, comedy great Soupy Sales, Ron Burgundy-wishes-he-was-this-legendary anchorman Bill Bonds, iconic pitchman Mr. Belvedere and more.

Full story: From Soupy Sales to Bill Bonds, a history of Detroit TV (Sun, 12/1)

 

Sportscaster Jim Brandstatter sat on a ledge near the outer edges of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School's parking lot, clutching his hands together for warmth as looked out at a quiet Michigan Stadium. Several fans recognized him and asked for pictures or handshakes, and he gladly obliged.

Full story: Michigan ticker: Frank Beckmann calls last game at Big House (Sun, 12/1)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 2, 2013

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Detroit News:

Flush with money after World War II, Detroit was a cultural hotbed in the decade after World War II. Local TV was one of the places where a generation of young creatives ran wild, to the delight of viewers.

Full story: PBS flashes back to TV golden age (Mon, 12/2)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

"Good Morning America's" weekend meteorologist Ginger Zee is moving to days.

Full story: 'Good Morning America' names Grand Rapids' Ginger Zee as weekday weather anchor (Mon, 12/2)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

After 17 years, CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WAYG (89.9)/GRAND RAPIDS is off the air. As first reported in OCTOBER, this move is due to budgetary constraints and the blurred line between AC and Top 40 musical formats.

Full story: WAYG Simulcasting WCSG (Mon, 12/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo checks in with the following recommendation for radio fans this Cyber Monday:

    "What is arguably the best radio application for the iPhone is on sale today only for Cyber Monday, December 2nd. If you're an iPhone user, search in the App Store for 'StreamS hi fi' and you'll see a thumb-nail photo of a yellow lab dog with an aqua background. This app is ideal for anyone who loves radio and it gets all the various radio companies so you don't need several different ones to access your favorites. It's regularly priced at $3.99 for the iPhone and $1.99 for the iPad. On Cyber Monday it will be on sale for only 99 cents. Check it out!"

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 4, 2013

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WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

Video: Former WDIV Local 4 newsman Dwayne X. Riley died this week at the age of 84.

Full story: Remembering Dwayne X. Riley (Wed, 12/4)

 

In case you haven't noticed, "Anchorman 2" is coming out very soon. Will Ferrell, who stars in the movie as anchorman Ron Burgundy, told the New York Times in an interview that former WDIV anchor Mort Crim was his biggest inspiration for the character.

Full story: Will Ferrell says Mort Crim inspired 'Anchorman' (Wed, 12/4)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV is proud to announce that we are joining forces with St. Vincent de Paul for the 7th annual Joy of Giving Telethon. We will air the all-day telethon on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. It will feature inspiring stories of hope that highlight the services that St. Vincent de Paul helps provide in southeast Michigan.

Full story: WXYZ-TV airing 7th annual Joy of Giving St. Vincent de Paul telethon on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (Tue, 12/3)

 


 

WJR AM 760 Detroit:

News/Talk 760 WJR will be providing live coverage all day on December 5 of the Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon. The event will benefit a number of Mitch'scharitable organizations to provide food and shelter for lower-income families in the Metro-Detroit area, and will feature live bands, celebrity guests, and items up for auction.

Full story: 2nd Annual Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Gene Elzy, a Detroit broadcast personality of more than 45 years who entertained listeners with his jazz and R&B programs on stations like WJR-AM (760) and WDET-FM (101.9), died of natural causes Saturday evening, according to his family. He was 81.

Full story: Detroit radio host Gene Elzy dies at 81

 

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. 10, 2013

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Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Holiday Online Auction taking bids

The MAB Foundation Holiday Auction opened December 4th and runs through December 13th featuring items that range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise.

Proceeds go to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation in order to support educational scholarships, internships and broadcast education, supporting student broadcasters across Michigan.

Visit www.biddingforgood.com/mabfoundation to bid and get more information.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

In the midst of concern over how Detroit's bankruptcy could impact the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit public TV station WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is presenting a new documentary on the famed museum at 9 p.m. Wednesday. "Detroit Art City" is an in-depth look at how the DIA, one of the top art museums in the country, is facing the reality of the city's struggles and what they could mean for the future of its collection.

Full story: DIA documentary to debut on Detroit's PBS station (Tue, 12/10)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS/KALAMAZOO, MI welcomes JEREMY LAWRENCE as the new Brand Manager/afternoon co-host for N/T WKZO-A and Brand Manager for Sports WQLR. Former WKZO Brand Manager JAY MORRIS moves into his new position as Brand Manager for Alternative WZOX (Z96.5)/KALAMAZOO. He continues as Brand Manager for Alternative WVIC (94.1 THE EDGE)/LANSING, MI. MORRIS will host "Music In Morning" in KALAMAZOO, and host the "Night Show" in LANSING.

Full story: Midwest Communications Names Jeremy Lawrence And Jay Morris Brand Managers In Kalamazoo (Tue, 12/10)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 12, 2013

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CBS/Detroit's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 kicks off two-day radiothon

As the station has done for a number of years, CBS Radio's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit has set aside a couple of days to help raise money during the annual WYCD Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon. This year's event takes place this Thursday & Friday from the Southland Center in Taylor and will feature WYCD hosts broadcasting live from the mall in order to raise the money that is critical to help kids who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Follow WYCD's effort's on their web site - or just call 800-374-4995 to donate and become a Partner In Hope.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Brando is the name that Frank Beckmann affectionately called color analyst Jim Brandstatter for many years in the radio booth at The Big House. But about 35 years prior, the late Bob Ufer had Don Lund at his side and referred to him as Lundo! Ufer, the voice of Meeechigan football from 1945 till is passing in 1981, worked with Lund for a couple of decades. Don Lund died earlier this week at the age of 90. From the Ann Arbor News / MLive.com: Memorial services set for University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers legend Don Lund (Wed, 12/11).
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  • Videotape free for the taking: A production company in Southfield is being liquidated and there is a LOT of very usable videotape and some audio tape free for any responsible audio or video producer or engineer who still employs the linear format of tape over the more current digital technology. The facility needs to be void of this considerable inventory before the end of this month. If interested, please contact estate handler Patty Livernois at (248) 320-1585 or e-mail her at estatesalesbypatty@gmail.com. Other items and equipment is also available at very reasonable prices.

    Michiguide contributor Art Vuolo visited the site and came away with several boxes of goodies. So, bring your own boxes, just like at Costco, if you wish to take advantage of this limited time offer.
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  • Granted: To Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch. 56), Detroit Public Radio (WDET-FM 101.9), Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor), the Center for Michigan, and New Michigan Media, cooperative grant money for coverage of Detroit's bankruptcy from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Adrienne Broaddus is joining Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE as a general assignment reporter ... Before coming to WISH in August 2010, Broadsus worked at WNEM in Saginaw and WSMH in Flint, MI. She started her career by working at WILX in Lansing, MI, while still in college.

Full story: Adrienne Broaddus Moving to KARE (Thu, 12/12)

 

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. 26, 2013

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Kalamazoo Gazette:

"WE'RE BACK ON THE AIR !!!"

Full story: Update: Plainwell radio station is back on the air five days after being silenced by the ice storm (Thu, 12/26)

 


 

Detroit News via the Associated Press:

A former 1970s anchorman is enjoying a little more time in the limelight, thanks to the return of his fictional counterpart Ron Burgundy. Comedian Will Ferrell has said the inspiration for his character in the "Anchorman" movies was Mort Crim, who moved to northeast Florida in 1998 after retiring as a TV news anchor in Detroit.

Full story: Ex-anchorman Mort Crim enjoys comparison to Ron Burgundy (Wed, 12/25)

 


 

MLive.com:

Evan Pinsonnault, best known for being the anchor on WLNS Channel 6's morning newscast, is embarking on something completely different as he starts his new variety show, "The Evan Michael Show" on New Year's Day.

Full story: WLNS anchor Evan Pinsonnault to debut variety show on New Year's Day (Wed, 12/25)

 

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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