West Michigan: September 2013 Archives

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)

 

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