Television: February 2013 Archives

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)

 

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