Television: May 2013 Archives

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Fine Tuning: / 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)

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)



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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)




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)

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



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)




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 website and on many commercial news organizations' websites. 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)


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)







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