West Michigan: January 2013 Archives

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)

 

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