West Michigan: March 2013 Archives

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)

 

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