West Michigan: December 2013 Archives

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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