Television: September 2013 Archives

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)

 

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