Entries in West Michigan Category

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. 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. 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. 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. 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)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

 

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. 27, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • CBS/Detroit boasts two Gracie Award winners: Stacey DuFord, morning co-host at Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3, is the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series or Special in the Radio - Local Market category. In the same category Country WYCD-FM 99.5 morning co-host Rachael Hunter is the winner as Outstanding Host - News/Non-Fiction. The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women In Media Foundation. Gracie Award winners for excellence in local, online, public and student markets will be honored on June 26, 2013, at the Hilton in New York City.
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  • The major awards keep rolling in for CBS Radio/Detroit: Country WYCD-FM 99.5 has scored an Academy of Country Music award for Major Market Station of the Year, announced earlier today in Nashville.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT has named KEITH HASTINGS its new PD, replacing BRENT ALBERTS who left the station in NOVEMBER (NET NEWS, 11/15/12). HASTINGS' new position will begin immediately.

Full story: Keith Hastings New WCSX PD (Wed, 2/27)

 


 

Radio Ink Magazine:

As the Country Radio Seminar Kicks off today in Nashville, Radio Ink is honoring the programmers who make the country format one of the most popular with consumers. CBS Radio's Tim Roberts (pictured) of WYCD & WOMC in Detroit has been named the Best Country Program Director in America by Radio Ink Magazine. This is the second year in a row Roberts has won the top spot.

Full story: Roberts named best Country PD (Wed, 2/27)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Bret Bakita, who has been a fixture on local sports radio for 19 years, broadcast his final show this morning on WBBL-FM (107.3). Bakita, who was program director at WBBL for most of his tenure with the station, announced at the start of Wednesday's "Bakita & Bentley" morning show that he will be leaving.

Full story: Bret Bakita hosts final show on WBBL before leaving for job with Clear Channel (Wed, 2/27)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Mitch Albom announced Tuesday from his WJR-AM (760) show that "Ernie" -- Albom's stage play about the late Detroit Tigers' broadcaster Ernie Harwell -- will return for a third season this summer ...//... On Monday commuters got a taste of WDZH-FM(98.7)'s Buck-less new "The Coop Show" morning show.

Full story: Names & Faces (Wed, 2/27)

 

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.

 

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

 

AllAccess.com:

ENVISION RADIO NETWORKS snares WRIF/DETROIT as the newest affiliate of The Core, a two-hour rock show that features the music and artists that thrived in the '90s. Not surprisngly, The CORE is hosted by longtime WRIF air personaity MELTDOWN and programmed by station vet STEVE BLACK.

Full story: WRIF Goes To 'The Core' (Thu, 3/6)

 

CUMULUS MEDIA Active Rock WKQZ (Z93)/SAGINAW, MI has promoted LYNN ROBERTS to APD. She has been the Promotions Director and on-air talent; along with her new duties as APD, ROBERTS will continue to handle promotions for WKQZ.

Full story: Lynn Roberts New APD At WKQZ (Thu, 3/6)

 


 

Greenville News:

A local radio personality will appear on the Rachael Ray Show to have a small plastic-surgery procedure performed on her by a former Greenville resident. Radio host Kara Stevens of M 106.3 will be on the Rachael Ray Show on Friday while Dr. Anthony Youn, a Greenville High School graduate, performs a surgery that repairs ear lobes.

Full story: Local radio host to be on Friday's Rachael Ray Show (Thu, 3/6)

 

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."

 

WKAR.org:

WKAR was honored with seven awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), including the coveted "Michigan Public Television Station of the Year" award at the annual MAB Awards of Excellence ceremony held on Wednesday, March 13 in Lansing, Michigan.

Full story: WKAR Wins Seven Awards from Michigan Association for Broadcasters (Fri, 3/15)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The Tony Gates Morning Show on WLAV-FM was honored with the 2012 award for Best Morning Show Broadcast Personality or Team by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Full story: 97 LAV's Tony Gates Show honored as Best Morning Show by Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Fri, 3/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit has announced that Donielle Flynn will be joining Jay Towers on the morning show at Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM (Fresh 100.3). Flynn returns to the market from the Mid-Atlantic - she previously worked at the former WDZR-FM and WWBR-FM 102.7 during that frequency's time as a Rock station.

 

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)

 

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's disappearance from WJQK-FM this week left fans dismayed. But the hosts of "The Chris & Emilee" Show, formerly heard on JQ99 in Holland/Zeeland, promise they have something to announce next week after Easter Sunday.

Full story: Fans react angrily to disappearance of Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee from JQ99 (Thu, 3/28)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Michigan's representation in Washington wants to know how the FCC will work with Canada and Mexico on the pending TV spectrum incentive auction. In a letter to the FCC, Michigan's 14 members of the House of Representatives and two Senators said coordinating the auction with Canada and Mexico will "preserve opportunities for broadcasting," as well as maximize the amount of nationwide spectrum to meet the nation's demand for licensed mobile wireless broadband.

Full story: Michigan Wants Border Coordination Update (Thu, 3/28)

 


 

MLive.com / AP:

Finalists were announced Thursday in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2012 newspaper competition. The awards in actual order of finish -- first, second and third places -- will be announced at the annual Michigan APME awards banquet June 1 in Lansing.

Full story: Finalists in 2012 Michigan APME newspaper contest (Thu, 3/28)

 

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)

 

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.

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The B-93 Birthday Bash 21 has released its lineup for this summer's country music festival. One of the biggest summer music events in West Michigan will be held June 8-9 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2013: Country music festival announces lineup (Tue, 4/16)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business ($):

Dave Hunter just wasn't having it. Half of the titular duo of still-homeless (for now) radio show "Dave and Chuck The Freak," Hunter was cheerfully deflecting every feeble attempt of mine to pry out of him where the popular morning drive-time program is going to end up.

Full story: 'Dave and Chuck the Freak' are staying in the Detroit market (and on your phone) (Mon, 4/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

In adjoining storefronts in downtown Detroit, right where they've been for decades, radio host Craig Fahle has discovered a microcosm of today's political quagmire. For the record, he prefers his microcosm with no onions.

Full story: WDET's Craig Fahle to host Caucus Coney to get questions for Mackinac conference (Tue, 4/16)

 


 

Glenn Haege set to celebrate 30 anniversary on Detroit radio

Glenn Haege, who is marketed as America's Master Handyman, host of The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege on Cumulus News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit, will mark his 30th year on radio with his broadcast Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Haege began his broadcast career in 1983 as host of Ask the Handyman on WXYT-AM 1270, and also has hosted his radio show on WDFN AM 1130 and what was WXDX AM 1310 before landing on WJR in 2006. In addition to his local radio show, which is heard every weekend from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, his show is syndicated one more than 140 radio stations across the country, something he launched in 1996.

During his 30 years on air and in personal appearances, Haege estimates he has answered more than 85,000 questions on home improvement. Known for such phrases as "The most important tool in your toolbox is your checkbook", "Water always wins, that's why there is a Grand Canyon", and "Proper prior planning prevents poor projects", Haege said his goal with his radio show, newspaper columns and books is to make sure people use the right products and ask the right questions when they do a project around the home.

"I have probably saved homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars by helping them with their home improvement questions," Haege said. "Of course, I have also probably given them some ideas that encouraged them to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars as well. But in the end, my goal is to make sure people get the kind of results they can brag about when they do any project around the home."

Haege has been named as one of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine for 15 years and was also inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition to his radio show, Haege writes a weekly column for the Detroit News and has authored 11 books on home improvement.

Kevin Metheny, program director at WJR, summed up Haege's impact on his listeners, "As a Glenn Haege listener, I felt as if he knew me, my life, and my unique homeowner challenges before we ever met," said Metheny. " believe speaking to thousands of neighbors one on one in simultaneous personal conversations on which we can all eavesdrop is a lost art and a key to Glenn's amazing record of success. At WJR we're all proud to be the radio flagship of America's Master Handyman and look forward to 30 more years."

For more information, visit his website at www.masterhandyman.com.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit's WDIV-TV Ch. 4 to present Michigan School Expo Saturday April 20 from Noon - 6 p.m. At Oakland Mall in Troy: From pre-school to post-grad, local education providers will join together at the 2013 Michigan School Expo which is scheduled to include representatives from local, national and online universities, community colleges, technical/trade schools, and private and public pre-elementary and secondary schools. Last year, over 40 thousand people attended the event. Special exhibits this year include Michigan Science Center hands-on displays for kids and the AAA of Michigan Teen Driving Safety program featuring interactive driving simulators. Visit www.clickondetroit.com/school-expo for more information.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee, who disappeared from the West Michigan airwaves in March, return to the limelight on Thursday. Chris and Emilee Danielson, former hosts of "The Chris & Emilee Show," heard on WJQK-FM in Holland, will hold a comedy celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Allendale Fine Arts Center at Allendale High School.

Full story: Fired Christian radio personalities Chris and Emilee return to limelight (Wed, 4/17)

 

Newsmakers and links: April 25, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A-F/GRAND RAPIDS morning man GARY ALLEN is retiring on JUNE 21st after 32 years with the station and 24 years in mornings. ALLEN joined WOOD in MARCH 1981 and became morning host in JUNE 1989.

Full story: Gary Allen To Retire From WOOD/Grand Rapids (Thu, 4/25)

 


 

Detroit News:

There is plenty being said on urban talk radio in Detroit, but the conversation is more about enabling the issues that face Detroit than being a problem solver.

Full story: Detroit talk radio's new perspective (Wed, 4/24)

 

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)

 

Fine Tuning:

  • The FM dial in Northern Michigan underwent some big changes yesterday with multiple stations swapping frequencies/formats and one returning to the air:

    * WAVC FM 93.9 Mio has returned to the air with a talk format, simulcasting WYPV FM 94.5 Mackinaw City. The stations identify as 'The Patriot'.

    * The WYPV format and calls moved from FM 106.3 Onaway. That frequency is now has the call sign WJZJ and is carrying a soft rock format as Easy 106.3. This station plays the same music as WQEZ FM 95.5 Glen Arbor / Traverse City but with different advertisements and positioning.

    * FM 94.5, which was part of the Classic Rock 'The Bear' service also heard on FM 98.1 in the Traverse City area and FM 107.1 in the Cadillac area, had been using the call sign WLJZ through December when it switched to WOEZ, followed by WJZJ on May 1st, and now WYPV.

    * Classic Rock 'The Bear' is now heard on FM 97.7 Cheboygan and that station has the currently has the WOEZ call sign.
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  • In Sarnia, Ontario CHOK AM 1070 and its FM simulcaster on 103.9 has changed its music from Country to a variety of Soft Rock. The station maintains its full-service approach with news, talk, and sports content to go with its music.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

TALK MEDIA NETWORK's "FRONTLINES OF FREEDOM" with ARMY Lt. Col. DENNY GILLEM (Ret.) is returning in the GRAND RAPIDS market to its original home, CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A-F/GRAND RAPIDS, for SATURDAYS 6-8p (ET), beginning JUNE 1st.

Full story: 'Frontlines Of Freedom' Returns To WOOD (Tue, 5/21)

 

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 30, 2013

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Detroit Free Press:

The University of Michigan today condemned an "offensive" newspaper column by U-M football announcer Frank Beckmann, but has taken no disciplinary action against him, despite concern from some members of the U-M Board of Regents over Beckmann's views.

Full story: Michigan condemns Frank Beckmann for 'fried chicken' column, but does not discipline him (Thu, 5/30)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Trudi Daniels, who had apparently just left the Greater Media/Detroit complex last week with the departure of the Drew and Mike show from Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, is now on board as morning host at sister station Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 as of Monday, June 3rd. She'll be joining Ken Calvert for the 5 - 9 a.m. shift - which will be re-titled to give Daniels co-billing.

    Market manager Steve Chessare commented in a release, "The WCSX air staff is a collection of outstanding on-air personalities from Detroit rock radio history. Trudi is an outstanding talent and the perfect choice to co-host the morning show with Ken Calvert. We are thrilled she will continue to remain a part of the Greater Media/Detroit family."

    Daniels added, "I spent most of my life going to concerts and had to find some way to keep getting free tickets. I'm also going for the record for shortest radio move -- about 40 yards and across the hall!"
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  • Tim Roberts, already operations manager for Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 at CBS Radio/Detroit, has added the same responsibility for Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio). Tim Rainey continues on as Program Director for Amp.

 


 

Saginaw News:

Meredith Broadcasting and Channel 5, WNEM have given the 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications. The former news and talk radio station, which featured syndicated talk shows including Neal Boortz and Dave Ramsey, is off the air. It will begin offering Catholic programming within the next few months.

Full story: WNEM, Channel 5 gives 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications for Catholic programming (Thu, 5/30)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The B-93 Birthday Bash continues to roll out locations for its free ticket giveaways for the major country music festival on June 8-9 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, 1249 12th St. in Martin.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2013: Ticket giveaways in Kalamazoo today, other West Michigan locations through June 7 (Thu, 5/30)

 

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)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Expect names new and familiar for WLAV's 2013 Blues on the Mall series. Now in its 22nd year, the Wednesday-night staple at Rosa Parks Circle will kick off June 12 with Tommy Castro, the San Jose-based singer and guitarist who, according to Grand Rapids music blogger John Sinkevics, "has cultivated a wildly enthusiastic cadre of West Michigan fans over the years." He'll be accompanied by his backing band, the Painkillers.

Full story: Tommy Castro, a West Michigan favorite, to open WLAV's Blues on the Mall series (Wed, 6/5)

 

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.

 

Saginaw News:

All the markers point to another grand ol' time at the 22nd annual KCQ Country Music Fest coming Saturday, June 15, to Ojibway Island. Section 98 and Gold Preferred seating areas are sold out, with the free seating still up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis, said Greg Cole, operations manager and afternoon DJ at WKCQ-FM, 98.1.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest 2013 expecting huge crowd on Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Tue, 6/11)

 

When Margaret Durante played the KCQ Country Music Fest in 2011, a New Face performing on a second stage between sets, she said something prophetic about her struggles in Nashville.

Full story: Maggie Rose pushes the reset button at Saginaw's KCQ Country Music Fest 2013 (Tue, 6/11)

 


 

WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

Changes could be coming to the B-93 Birthday Bash next year after a number of issues plagued the free country concert last weekend in Martin. A 9-year-old girl was hit by an alleged underage drunk driver, people that pre-paid for parking were turned away when the lot filled up and people abandoned their vehicles along the side of the highway and hiked into the venue.

Full story: B-93, venue may make changes to Bash (Tue, 6/11)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

B-93 concert goers who were unable to get into the 21st Birthday Bash this past Saturday have two options for getting a refund if they purchased a two-day parking pass. The first is to mail in their Saturday parking pass along with a self-addressed return envelope included. Only Saturday's parking pass will be refunded, which is $20 of the total $40 weekend parking pass.

Full story: Martin Speedway Encourages Patrons to Mail in Refund Requests (Mon, 6/10)

 


 

WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

We're now learning why so many ticket holders may have been turned away from the B-93 Birthday Bash over the weekend. This is the fourth year the event was held at US-131 Motorsports Park in Martin. The General Manager of the park says last weekend's event saw an astounding 50,000 people each day, but hundreds of ticket-holders were turned away when the venue reached capacity.

Full story: More details emerge on ticket-holders turned away from B-93 Birthday Bash (Tue, 6/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Silent WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor is being sold by Broadcast Associates Limited Partnership to Gerard Media, LLC for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The deal also involves a time brokerage arrangement that should bring the station back on the air prior to closing.
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  • Soft Rock FM 106.3 Onaway has changed call sign from WJZJ to WOEZ; Classic Rock FM 97.7 Cheboygan, which had the WOEZ sign is now WCHY.

 

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."

 

Newsmakers and links: June 13, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

Radio was WGVU-AM personality Bill Bailey's first passion. Golf was his second. WGVU-AM's "Real Oldies" program director and morning on-air host died in the pursuit of both.

Full story: Bill Bailey, veteran West Michigan radio personality, dies during golf outing (Thu, 6/13)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Following a record turnout that caused long lines, backed up traffic along U.S. 131 and forced some ticket holders to be turned away on Saturday, organizers of the B-93 Birthday Bash are considering several changes, including a different venue.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash to change venue? Organizer says 'everything is possible' (Wed, 6/12)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Orange barrels have a way of making people see red, especially when the road construction closes Ezra Rust to two lanes and they're trying to make their way to this Saturday's KCQ Country Music Fest on Ojibway Island.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest 2013 offers ways around Saginaw's road construction on Ezra Rust (Thu, 6/13)

 


 

USA Today:

Gannett Co., the diversified media company that owns USA TODAY and TV stations, said Thursday it will buy competitor Belo Corp. for $2.2 billion in a deal that will make Gannett the fourth largest owner of major network affiliates in the U.S., reaching nearly a third of U.S. households.

Full story: Gannett to acquire Belo in $2.2 billion deal (Thu, 6/13)

In Michigan, Gannett owns ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids and a number of newspapers including the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Battle Creek Enquirer.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

A lawsuit filed by SETH EPSTEIN and PEACOCK PROPERTIES INVESTMENTS, INC. against CUMULUS MEDIA, INC. (CITADEL BROADCASTING CO.) has been moved from a MICHIGAN state court to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of MICHIGAN, LANSING Division.

Full story: Cumulus Gets Suit Over Barter Deal Moved To Federal Court (Thu, 6/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Regional web site americajr.com is offering coverage of Saturday's 'KCQ Country Music Fest including an exclusive interview with artist Maggie Rose.

    Information on the Fest, including parking details, is also available from the WKCQ web site. MacDonald Broadcasting owns the station heard at 98.1 in the Saginaw market.

 

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)

 

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.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Gary Allen, longtime broadcaster for WOOD Radio for more than 30 years, retires Friday, June 21, 2013. But today, WOOD Radio is celebrating "Gary Allen Day" with Allen and some 50 special guests broadcasting from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Full story: It's Gary Allen Day at WOOD Radio; Check out the quips and comments from the live broadcast (Thu, 6/20)

 

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)

 

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)

 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT has named JERRY "JT" TARRANTS as its new PD for Classic Rocker WCSX, effective MONDAY, JULY 29th. He replaces KEITH HASTINGS, who left to join COX MEDIA GROUP Classic Rocker KISS/SAN ANTONIO last month (NET NEWS 6/5). TARRANTS joins from the OM/PD post at TOWNSQUARE Rocker WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS. He also oversaw Hot AC WLHT, Classic Hits WFGR, AC WTRV and Comedy WNWZ.

Full story: WCSX Taps Jerry 'JT' Tarrants As PD (Fri, 7/12)

 


 

Radio Ink:

According to a new report from the Media Audit which highlights the top public radio stations, WUOM, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranks highest in seven-day cume listening. According to the study, 25.1 percent of Ann Arbor's metro area adult population has listened to the public radio station in the past seven days

Full story: WUOM-FM highest-ranked public station (Fri, 7/12)

 

MLive.com:

Reports and speculation have surfaced for several weeks now about a potential format change at a FM station that could make the Detroit sports talk radio neighborhood a lot tougher.

Full story: A new Detroit sports talk radio station? Speculation heats up; former 'Drew and Mike' host an option (Mon, 7/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

ALL ACCESS has been hearing rumors from multiple sources that something may be up at GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (TODAY'S 105.1)/DETROIT, and the leading rumor is a flip to Sports to take on CBS RADIO Sports WXYT-F (97.1 THE TICKET).

Full story: Rumors Of Changes Swirl Around WMGC (Mon, 7/15)

 

CUMULUS Country WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS has a PD opening following last week's departure of BRAD AUSTIN for the programming chair at DELMARVA Country WXCY/WILIMINGTON, DE.

Full story: WTNR Has PD Opening (Mon, 7/15)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The fifth annual WSNX Party In The Park begins Wednesday, July 17, at 5 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. This year's headliner is Jason Derulo, best known for his 2009 single "Watcha Say," who is set to release his third album this fall.

Full story: Michael Franti, Hits of the '80s, WSNX Party in the Park on The Playlist (Sun, 7/14)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

It seemed just like old times. Except Mike Clark made his "Drewcast" debut Monday by proudly reciting the seven "filthy words" made famous by George Carlin.

Full story: Drew and Mike reunite via podcast (Mon, 7/15)

 

Detroit News:

Donate food at Gleaners Friday for a chance to win tickets to upcoming concerts. Clear Channel and local radio personalities like Spike and Shannon, Jay Towers, Tracey McCaskill and others will be on hand 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Gleaners Community Food Bank, 24140 Mound in Warren.

Full story: Gleaners/ Clear Channel deal partner for food drive (Tue, 7/16)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Southfield-based Fox Sports Detroit has sustained the highest per-game average cable television ratings for its Detroit Tigers broadcasts in all of Major League Baseball with a 9.13 prior to the All-Star Game, the network said this afternoon.

Full story: Tigers games have highest cable TV ratings in MLB at halfway point of season (Mon, 7/15 - $$)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT stations Classic Rock WCSX, Active Rock WRIF and AC WMGC (TODAY's 105.1) will stage a PAWS AT THE HILL event on SATURDAY, JULY 27th from 10a-6p at FREEDOM HILL COUNTY PARK in STERLING HEIGHTS, MI. PAWS AT THE HILL will feature entertainment, adoptions, education, shopping, food and beverages.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Has A Pet Cause (Tue, 7/16)

 


 

St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium:

After a year's silence, WHFB-AM 1060 is expected to be back on the air in the Twin Cities by Sept. 1 under new ownership. Ric Federighi and his brothers, Marc and Scott Federighi, bought the station June 10 under the name Gerard Media in Michigan City, Ind., and Illinois. They are weighing programming decisions.

Full story: Bringing back WHFB (Fri, 7/12 - $$)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WSNX's Party in the Park is bringing top tier talent to Fifth Third Ballpark for one night of music Wednesday, July 17. Jason Derulo and Ed Sheeran headline the 2013 lineup.

Full story: Ed Sheeran / Jason Derulo set to perform at WSNX's Party in the Park 2013 (Tue, 7/16)

 

Kyonate Belcher and Daquan Reynolds always knew they wanted to have careers in music. Not only do they get to fulfill their childhood dreams, but they get to perform on a big stage in the city where it all started.

Full story: The Action Figures, Grand Rapids hip hop group, achieves dream, will perform at WSNX's Party in the Park (Tue, 7/16)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Matt Dery has exited CBS sports talker WXYT-FM 97.1 Detroit where he was an update reporter and host of the Detroit Pistons pre and post games shows.
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  • West Michigan listeners report that WMJH AM 810 has returned to the air after being silent for at least several weeks, though at reduced power. The station has apparently changed format from Regional Mexican to Classic Hits as 'Super Hits 810'.

 

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:

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. 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. 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. 14, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

There's a new mouth in town and he does more than just broadcast on the radio. The new Downtown Market was all ears on Monday afternoon as a crowd gathered to watch the unofficial kickoff to this year's Restaurant Week event with a corn on the cob eating contest.

Full story: King of the Kernel: Radio host takes the crown in Restaurant Week corn on the cob contest (Mon, 8/12)

 

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. 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. 22, 2013

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AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT announces "TURKEY-CHELLA" featuring TWENTY ONE PILOTS, SMALLPOOLS, and SIRAH at the FILLMORE DETROIT on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th.

Full story: 89X Brings 'Turkey-Chella' To Fillmore Detroit (Thu, 8/22)

 

If you noticed the absence last week of CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT MD/afternoon host SLACKER, it's because he was out making an honest woman of his beautiful (and long-suffering) girlfriend AMANDA.

Full story: WDZH's Slacker Ties The Knot (Thu, 8/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

As long as a cold front doesn't grip her feet, wedding bells are in the forecast for Rockford native and current Good Morning America weekend weather anchor Ginger Zee.

Full story: Good Morning America's Ginger Zee engaged to colleague and 'soulmate' (Thu, 8/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

 

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. 4, 2013

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Kalamazoo Gazette:

Lori Moore, one of the most recognizable names and voices in Kalamazoo radio, announced today she is leaving WKZO. Her last day will be Friday. Moore, who started her Kalamazoo radio career in 1981, is the host of "The Lori Moore Show," which airs weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on WKZO-AM (590).

Full story: Lori Moore announces final day at WKZO will be Friday, radio personality to leave air after 32 years (Wed, 9/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Congratuations to former WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit Program Director Brian Figula on his hiring at Adult Contemporary KOIT San Franscisco, CA starting September 10th. Figula was let go with the recent flip of Greater Media's WMGC from AC to Sports. Prior to the gig at WMGC, the Michigan part of his resume included time at WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit, WWCK-FM 105.5 Flint, and WGER-FM 106.3 Saginaw.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sep. 5, 2013

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Lansing State Journal ($):

Detroit-based radio personality Steve Black has spent the past 24 years in the entertainment world, and now, those adventures are immortalized in Black's new autobiography, "From Black to Light." Black's book doesn't shy from very personal details. "From Black to Light" touches on everything from Black losing his first wife to cancer to watching radio colleagues fall victim to drug addictions.

Full story: Michigan radio personality opens up (Wed, 9/4)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

After more than three decades on Kalamazoo airwaves, including 18 as the host of her own morning show on WKZO-AM (590), it's no surprise Lori Moore has a big following.

Full story: Readers rally around Lori Moore as longtime radio personality prepares to sign off at WKZO (Thu, 9/5)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

An evening with the BoDeans will be the inaugural show in the new WYCE Live at Wealthy Concert Series.

Full story: BoDeans to kick off new WYCE concert series at Wealthy Theatre (Thu, 9/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Confirmed: Cumulus Media is parting ways with the syndicated program hosted by Sean Hannity at the end of 2013, opening a couple hours on the weekday afternoon schedule at Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit.

    Several other stations in Michigan currently owned by Cumulus that air Hannity (WBCK-FM 95.3 Battle Creek, WKMI AM 1360 Kalamazoo and WJIM AM 1240 Lansing) are being sold to Townsquare Media and the future of Hannity on those stations is not clear due to the pending ownership change.

 

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. 12, 2013

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Detroit Public TV's Rich Homberg will serve on National PBS Board

Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch. 56) announced Rich Homberg, president and CEO of the station, was voted by public television member stations across the country to serve as one of four station leaders elected to serve as Professional Directors on the PBS Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term that begins on November 6 at the fall meeting of the PBS Board.

"We're very proud that Rich is joining the PBS Board," said Detroit Public TV Board of Trustees Chair Chuck Ciuni. "It's an indication of the growing recognition of Rich's leadership and how the work being done here in Detroit can be a model nationally for using public media to strengthen local communities."

"PBS and our member stations are in the midst of an exciting moment in our shared history - with the reach of our content and our system's ability to impact lives continuing to grow," said Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO. "At the same time, our country's still-recovering economy and the media landscape's ongoing evolution challenges us to work in new ways. We are extremely fortunate to have Rich Homberg join our Board, which is composed of extraordinary leaders who give generously of their time, energy and expertise to guide our public service enterprise."

The PBS Board includes both professional directors, who lead public television stations, and general directors, who represent the general public. The membership of PBS elects the professional directors. The general directors are elected by the Board, which also appoints the PBS president and CEO.

The directors are responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. In total, the Board comprises 27 members: 14 professional directors; 12 general directors; and the PBS president. All PBS Board members serve three-year terms without pay.

Prior to joining Detroit Public TV, Homberg was an executive for CBS Radio in Detroit.

 


 

Detroit News:

Lions. Tigers. Red Wings. Pistons. Michigan. Michigan State. Few media markets in the United States boast four major pro teams and multiple big-time college programs. Detroit does. And the fans follow. Intensely.

Full story: Radio wars are heating up in Detroit (Thu, 9/12)

 

He usually has the Old English D on his shirt, an orange polo one recent afternoon. He's always got his home Tigers cap on. Often, he's got a baseball in hand. Drew Lane, former Virginia Tech baseball player himself, has the look of a sports-talk radio host.

Full story: Local legend Drew Lane making the bumpy transition to sports talk (Thu, 9/12)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Former WXYT-FM (97.1) producer Matt Dery signed a contract today with Greater Media Detroit's WMGC-FM (105.1). He'll hit the Detroit Sports 105.1 radio airwaves at 7 tonight and again Friday before launching his new midday show, "The Discussion with Matt Dery," at noon Monday.

Full story: Matt Dery to host new midday radio show on Detroit Sports 105.1 (Thu, 9/12)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Classic Rock WLAV (96.9) is adding a well-known air talent to its lineup with the addition of Kim Carson to the midday shift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carson will host her first official air shift on Thursday, Sept. 12 after having filled in on a part time basis over the past few weeks. She was most recently on the air at the Christian station JQ99, but has pulled classic rock duties before.

Full story: WLAV 96.9 names Kim Carson as new midday host (Thu, 9/12)

 

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. 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. 7, 2013

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WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

At the end of Thanksgiving 2013, two West Michigan Christian radio stations will become one. WaYfm and 91.3 WCSG will merge into one station on November 29. WCSG will be simulcast on WaYfm's frequencies: 89.9 in Grand Rapids, 88.3 in Kalamazoo and 89.9 in Benton Harbor. WaYfm, which is operated by Cornerstone University Radio, launched nearly 17 years ago in the Kalamazoo area. The radio format was designed to focus on the listening likes of teens and young adults.

Full story: WaYfm to dissolve; will simulcast WCSG (Sun, 10/6)

 


 

p>Grand Rapids Press:

Red Kingman may be off the airwaves for a year -- at least in West Michigan. The longtime radio personality says a non-compete clause in his contract with former employer WHTC 1450 AM keeps him from working for a competitor within a 50-mile radius of the Holland station for 12 months.

Full story: Longtime Holland conservative radio personality off airwaves, possibly for 1 year (Mon, 10/7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor is now simulcasting sister station News/Talk WIMS AM 1420 Michigan City, IN.
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  • Upcoming scheduled guests "On The Dean's List" include former Detroit radio sports / talk host Gregg Henson on Wednesday, October 9th and former WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit host Larry Fobes on Wednesday, October 16th. Details at www.blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist.

 

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 17, 2013

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Detroit News:

Make a living speaking into an open microphone and you lead at least a somewhat open life. Jim Price, for instance, had cancer. If you tune into the Detroit Tigers on the radio, chances are you know that, the same way you know about the autism nonprofit he named after his son. But you probably don't know about the butterscotch candies, and that's important to him. That's about respecting the audience.

Full story: Candies vs. cancer (Thu, 10/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Announced: Dates for Country WBCT-FM 93.7 Grand Rapids' 22nd Annual Birthday Bash; the country music festival will take place June 7th and 8th, 2014.
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  • Sold: Stand-alone AM/FM combo WMMI 830 and WCZY-FM 104.3 Mt. Pleasant by Central Michigan Communications to Latitude Media, LLC. Sale price for the combo is $774,000 plus a $5,000 non-compete agreement. WMMI airs a Talk and Sports format and WCZY is programmed with Adult Hits. The deal is subject to FCC approval and closing.

 

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: Nov. 8, 2013

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Grand Rapids Press:

It's Christmas time again in Grand Rapids, at least on the radio. In West Michigan, Star 105.7 today made the switch to all holiday music, all the time, for the next seven weeks ... The River 100.5 followed suit...

Full story: Christmas music all the time returns to two Grand Rapids area radio stations (Fri, 11/8)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

J.P. McCarthy spent more than 30 years entertaining Michigan and the region on WJR-AM (760). But he was more than a radio personality. He was a force of nature, who broadcast reports from auto shows around the world, hosted the annual Auto Show Charity Preview in Detroit and interviewed famous Wolverines the day before the fierce, annual University of Michigan's game against Ohio State University.

Full story: Paul W. Smith to be inducted in National Radio Hall of Fame (Fri, 11/8)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

On MONDAY (11/11), the popular game-show LET'S ASK AMERICA will air a new episode featuring four well-known radio personalities in their "BATTLE OF THE DJs," where each DJ will compete for a prize that will benefit a charity of their choice. The contestants participating on the show include ... CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT afternoon co-host LINDA LEE ...

Full story: Let's Ask America To Air 'Battle Of The DJs' (Fri, 11/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 11, 2013

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MLive.com:

A group of radio stations plan to hold a donation drive Tuesday for the burial of three men who died last week when a gunman opened fire on a Detroit barbershop. Four Radio One affiliates, WCHB AM 1200, Praise 102.7, KISS 105.9, and HOT 107.5 will be raising funds for the family of Joezell Williams, 61, of Detroit, Bryan Williams, 29, of Detroit and Kevin Perryman, 40, of Clinton Township.

Full story: Detroit radio stations to raise funds for burial of three men killed in barbershop shootings (Mon, 11/11)

 


 

Windsor Star:

The University of Windsor's radio station wants a more powerful voice. Vernon Smith, station manager for CJAM 99.1 FM, said Monday that the not-for-profit broadcaster hopes to hear over the next several months whether its application to quadruple the power of its signal will be approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. He said the station has already raised almost $50,000 in donations to pay for equipment to spread its signal beyond Windsor and downtown Detroit.

Full story: CJAM radio to seek power increase (Mon, 11/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media Detroit, which includes Pop WDVD-FM 96.3, News/Talk WJR AM 760, and Variety Hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, in partnership with MJR Digital Cinemas will host the 8th annual Canned Film Festival food drive to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. Moviegoers on Thursday, November 14th to bring five canned good items to any of the seven participating MJR Digital Cinemas in the Detroit area to receive free admission to any movie, that day only, any time from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be collected and distributed by Gleaners Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties.

    More info at 963wdvd.com or www.mjrtheatres.com" target="_blank">mjrtheatres.com.
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  • Cumulus Media has announced plans to roll out a new national evening show to all 84 of the company's country-formatted radio stations. "Nash Nights Live" will be hosted by Los Angeles based Shawn Parr and launch on January 6th.

    Cumulus' Michigan Country stations include WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, WTNR-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids and WLAW-FM 92.5 Newaygo, and WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint.

    Country Lansing (WITL-FM 100.7) is in the process of being acquired from Cumulus by Townsquare Media and the future of that station's on-air lineup is not clear.

 


 

Detroit News:

If all goes as scheduled, tonight I will join "the giants of a medium that has permeated American society for most of the 20th century, and today in the 21st century." Tonight, in Chicago, I will be inducted in to the National Radio Hall of Fame. "The National Radio Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to recognizing those who have contributed to the development of the radio medium throughout its history in the United States."

Full story: Nothing but thanks for a Hall of Fame career (Sat, 11/9)

 

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)

 

Newsmakers and links: Nov. 21, 2013

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Oakland Press:

Rochester Hills-based Avon Players is proud to present Marty Bufalini's "It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play," opening Friday, Nov. 29. The play, an adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved holiday classic, is set in a 1940s radio studio with actors playing the many parts and performing the radio sound effects of the timeless story of George Bailey learning what life would be like if he had never been born. Bufalini, an on-air personality on WWJ-AM950, is the director of the show and also performs several of the key voices, including that of Mr. Potter.

Full story: Radio personality and original Lone Ranger cast member perform 'It's a Wonderful Life' at Rochester Hills theatre (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

Oakland Press:

Rochester Hills-based Avon Players is proud to present Marty Bufalini's "It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play," opening Friday, Nov. 29. The play, an adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved holiday classic, is set in a 1940s radio studio with actors playing the many parts and performing the radio sound effects of the timeless story of George Bailey learning what life would be like if he had never been born. Bufalini, an on-air personality on WWJ-AM950, is the director of the show and also performs several of the key voices, including that of Mr. Potter.

Full story: Radio personality and original Lone Ranger cast member perform 'It's a Wonderful Life' at Rochester Hills theatre (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

RadioInk.com:

Whether or not this makes good radio remains to be seen, however, it's importance is unquestioned. 97.1 The Ticket's morning hosts Stoney and Bill will be getting a prostate exam in the studio, while on the air.

Full story: Detroit jocks getting live prostate exams (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kevin Matthews, a Grand Rapids radio icon who spent many years in Chicago, is returning to the airwaves of the Windy City, virtually speaking.

Full story: Grand Rapids DJ Kevin Matthews set to be voice of WGN online (Thu, 11/21)

 


 

Flint Journal:

A former Flint DJ and Michigan history author is promoting a documentary that looks back on a tragic event in Michigan -- one he says most Michiganders don't know about, but should, especially in Flint.

Full story: Former Flint DJ promotes documentary showcasing centennial of tragic Michigan event (Mon, 11/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media Detroit's Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3, News/Talk WJR AM 760, and Variety Hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, in partnership with MJR Digital Cinemas and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan, are thanking listeners that contributed to make this year's Canned Film Festival an overwhelming success. Due to the generosity of thousands of metro Detroiters, 46,488 pounds of non-perishable food items have been donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank to help feed the hungry of southeast Michigan; a 7% increase over last year's total.

    In addition, Kroger had issued a challenge to the public that for every Kroger brand canned good donated, Kroger would donate $1 up to $5,000 - a goal that was exceeded that goal by almost 2,000 cans.

    All canned food donated during the Canned Film Festival will be distributed by Gleaners Community Food Bank to food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties.

 

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: 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. 6, 2013

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Fine Tuning:

  • Returned: Beau Derek to the airwaves in Detroit on Cumulus' Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 for afternoon drive, 2 - 7 p.m. The adjusted weekday lineup at 96.3 WDVD now features Blaine & Allyson 5:30 - 10 a.m., Lori Bennett 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Derek, Tom Baker 7 - 10 p.m, and the syndicated Adam Bomb 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Listeners may remember Derek from previous stops in Detroit at WOMC-FM 104.3 and WDRQ-FM 93.1. He'd most recently been working at WHTS-FM 105.3 Grand Rapids.
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  • Adding: News/Talk WTCM AM 580 Traverse City is apparently planning to launch a local weekday afternoon talk show on January 2nd hosted by Dave Barr, Bill Froelich and Colleen Wares that will air in the 3 - 6 p.m. time slot currently occupied by Sean Hannity. Hannity's program is expected to air on delay at 9 p.m.
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  • Leaving: Casey Ford recently exited as on-air host at WZAM AM 970 Marquette (ESPN U.P.) after a 7 year run behind the mic.

 


 

Mid-West Family Broadcasting / Moody on the Market:

Fans of good local radio will be delighted to know that the New Year will bring them another full-tilt local radio station originating out of the South Haven studios of Mid-West Family Broadcasting. When the New Year's Rockin' Eve countdown reaches midnight and 2014 is born, COSY-FM Radio returns to local control. By way of explanation, the station has always been in local managerial control, however syndicated music programming prevailed for most of the day. Starting at that stroke of midnight...everything that comes out of the 103.7-FM speakers will be local...local...local.

Full story: Cosy radio is coming home

 

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. 19, 2013

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Radio legend Larry Lujack dies at age 73

The phrase "radio legend" is oft-used, but definitely applies to the life and career of Larry Lujack, affectionally known as "Uncle Lar" to generations of listeners to Chicago's WLS AM/FM and WCFL AM. "Superjock" Lujack, a Radio Hall of Famer and one of broadcasting's all-time greats, passed away yesterday from esophageal cancer in New Mexico at 73.

 

Chicago radio authority Robert Feder's must-read remembrance of Larry Lujack: Radio superstar 'cared about people'

 

The 50,000-watt signals of WLS on AM 890 and WCFL on AM 1000 boomed in to the eastern side of Lake Michigan and many West Michigan radio listeners got to enjoy Lujack during his run on Chicago's airwaves in between 1967-87. Lujack returned to Chicago radio again in the 2000's on FM 103.5 and AM 1690.

A very emotional Art Vuolo checks in: "I just received an e-mail from Larry and his wife Jude responding to my annual Christmas letter on Monday evening the 16th! This is incredible. The e-mail read ' "Thanks for the very informative letter, u have had a busy year, like all of us. We hope ur holidays r filled with love and laughs and warm, wonderful friends surrounding u.' ".

Vuolo continued, "I am numb at this news. I am so thankful that I have numerous clips of Larry on video at WLS, at his NAB Hall or Fame induction, and when he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago along with Dick Purtan and Lawry Mays. My first video was at the 1985 WLS 25 year reunion and later at the 2008 WLS Rewind orchestrated by PD Kipper McGee. These videos are now priceless! The last video that I have of Larry Lujack was at the 2008 WLS Rewind. My very first clip of him is in B&W from 1/2" reel-to-reel video from 1976 on WLS-TV Channel 7 with John Coleman hosting a late night live show with Fred Winston and Bob Sirott. Ironically, in amateur ham radio terms, 73 is code for best regards and often used when saying goodbye...signing-off. Very eerie."

"Media consultant Fred Jacobs just wrote a blog about how many radio greats we have lost in 2013, including Bill Bailey and not the least of which was Kidd Kraddick. Now this. We are sadly losing so many icons of our industry."

Vuolo's WLS Rewind video from 2008:

 

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. 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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