West Michigan: April 2013 Archives

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)

 

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