March 2014 Archives


Bay City Times:

About 10 years ago, I directed the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Midland Center for the Arts. The show features a very prominent, but offstage, "narrator" role, which means you need someone with a great voice, perhaps even one that's quickly recognizable, to play the part.

Full story: Long-time, affable weatherman Eric Jylha going out on top as he prepares for final broadcast (Sun, 3/30)




I've never seen so many potholes in my life as I'm seeing on the roads around my house. And it's a subject everybody's talking about. In Michigan, WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, is getting city officials to fix the potholes that residents report in 48-72 hours.

Full story: Detroit's WXYZ Markets War on Potholes (Mon, 3/31)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Let me sound-off about audio during a sporting event. Radio has it hands down over television. Proof? Have you ever noticed that when a sports team advertises on TV, the audio is just about always from RADIO.

VuoloWhen the Detroit Tigers promote their team, they use radio announcer Dan Dickerson, who is almost a baseball version of the late Bob Ufer of Michigan football fame. The radio guys just sound better. They are, for obvious reasons, more descriptive of the action and they're usually, like us, rooting for the home team. The national TV guys are "supposed to be" impartial. Often, however, don't they often seem to lean toward one team over the other? Doesn't it always seem like it's NOT your team too?

When MSU was in the Big Ten Championship football game last December 7th (a day that will live in infamy), most Spartans fans felt the FOX-TV guys were lame. One of them actually sounded like he had money on the Buckeyes. I've been personally archiving U of M football and some basketball games for years and always use RADIO audio as soon as the play gets underway. I even do a few of the Michigan State games, like that Championship contest and The 2014 Rose Bowl. I've had MSU friends say George Blaha and Jayson Strayhorn were more fun to listen to than Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit from ESPN.

Personally, even as a Wolverines fan, I was sorry to see UConn oust MSU out of its run for the Final Four earlier today. The game, however, was far more entertaining with RADIO audio with the always excitable Will Tieman at the microphone. Will is famous for his screeching yell "He Got It!" especially when three-pointers are scored.

On the flip side of the coin, University of Michigan basketball play-by-play master Matt Shepard, flanked by 1989 NCAA Champion U-M player Terry Mills, has really gotten good. Shepard's huge roster of adjectives to describe noteworthy scores is epic. He uses phrases like: ring it up, jam it, bingo, gimme that, splash and got it! Radio is just better than TV. The only issue is all of the broadcast-delays causing video and audio to often be out of sync. Since both Michigan & Michigan State are out of the running for this year's Final Four, we'll have to wait until late autumn to hear the local college basketball calls again.

The biggest question regarding radio play-by-play and sports in our area right now is WHO will succeed Frank Beckmann as the new voice of the Wolverines? At least five hats, that I have heard, have been tossed into the ring. Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon will probably make the call. We'll talk about it here...soon. Stay tuned!


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at


Art Vuolo Jr.

After nearly six years at CUMULUS Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, DANA LUNDON leaves BLAINE & ALLYSON IN THE MORNING and also vacates her Production Assistant duties, as well as traffic and weather on sister Country WDRQ (NASH FM)/DETROIT.

Full story: Dana Lundon Exits Mornings/Production At WDVD (Fri, 3/28)



Detroit News:

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the 50-year-old chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has represented Michigan in Congress since 2001 and has been an ardent defender on the need for U.S. intelligence programs, said early Friday he will not seek re-election.

Full story: U.S. Rep. Rogers will not seek re-election, heading to radio (Fri, 3/28)



Macomb Daily:

In more than a decade behind the microphone of Detroit Tigers broadcasts, Mario Impemba has seen the franchise take a sharp turn in the right direction.

Full story: Tigers voice Mario Impemba signing book at Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble (Thu, 3/27)



Grand Rapids Press:

ow important is Duckball to Dave Kagan? When he dies, he wants his tombstone to read he was the commissioner of the fantasy baseball league, along with a couple other things like good husband, father, etc.

Full story: Tigers announcer Dan Dickerson part of 30 years of fantasy baseball, Yoo-hoo shampoos and friends (Fri, 3/28)




Grand Rapids Press:

WFGR-FM has a new morning man on Classic Hits 98.7. Michigan native Jojo Girard was on the air this morning, spinning songs such as "Just What I Needed" by the Cars and "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner, for the debut of "The Jojo Show."

Full story: Grand Rapids' Classic Hits 98.7 has a new morning DJ at WFGR-FM (Thu, 3/27)



Detroit Free Press:

A new Detroit City Council report raises questions about the reasoning behind a proposed $5.2-million payment -- negotiated by the emergency manager's team of Jones Day lawyers -- that would settle any claims the city has to a share of the Red Wings' past cable TV revenues.

Full story: Council report questions proposed $5.2M payment to resolve Red Wings' TV revenue dispute (Thu, 3/27)




Detroit Free Press:

Fourteen Detroit charities for housing, nutrition, medical care and more got a nice boost today as $340,000 was spread among them from Mitch Albom's Super All Year Detroit Radiothon. The S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic received the largest check, $140,000, to support its efforts to provide free medical care to homeless children and their mothers.

Full story: 14 Detroit charities to split $340K thanks to Mitch Albom's radiothon (Wed, 3/26)



Fine Tuning:

  • Controversy brewing for SiriusXM? Not Michigan-related specifically, but creating a stir on social media is this evening's launch of "Billy Joel Radio" on SiriusXM's satellite channel 4, replacing the service's unique Big Band format "40s on 4" through June 25th. It appears subscribers are not pleased with the decision to move the 40s channel on-line only and have taken to SiriusXM's Facebook page to voice their displeasure.

    Although prior to the merger of Sirius and XM both services had made several lineup changes, this one seems to have the possibility of upsetting a record number of the merged company's users that feel they have more of a voice as they are part of a sizable group of about 25 million paying customers.




Ann Arbor News:

Last week's fundraising drive at Ypsilanti public radio station WEMU-FM (89.1) went into overtime - fitting, since the station's coverage of the EMU men's basketball team's win in the first round of the Tournament was a primary reason - and came fairly close to reaching its ambitious $200,000 goal.

Full story: WEMU's spring fundraising drive falls just short of ambitious goal (Tue, 3/25)



Fine Tuning:

  • Inbound for mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7 is Michigan native Jojo Girard who will be returning to the Great Lakes State from Baltimore, MD where he last hosted mornings at Mix 106.5 for nearly twenty years.




Central Michigan Life:

Central Michigan University's 24-hour cable outlet has been named college television station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the 13th consecutive year. Peter Orlik, the director of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said this is a victory for the school and the station because of the competition this year.

Full story: CMU TV station shows continued excellence with Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards (Sun, 3/23)



Battle Creek Enquirer: (pay site)

Young people in Battle Creek can tap into inspiring words from college students and professionals.

Full story: AccessVision show aimed at youth (Sun, 3/23 - $)




Flint Journal:

There's no Ron Burgundy behind the anchor desk, but Davison High School is building a broadcast dynasty with compelling and rich news stories for students and residents. Davison High School's DTV, a student-run station has received the 2013 High School Television Station/Program of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, its fourth time being honored with the award since 2009.

Full story: Top of the class: Davison High School's DTV chosen as Television Station of the Year (Sat, 3/22)



Detroit Tigers /

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2014 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, five games on FOX Sports 1 and three selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Four games are on ESPN.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit Announces 2014 TV Schedule (link includes full schedule)




A mega-merger/buyout in TV to affect Michigan stations

Media General, owner of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in the Lansing market, will buyout LIN Media, owner of NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8, ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Ch. 41, and low power MyNetwork affiliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek market in a deal valued at $1.6 billion.

The transaction, once approved and closed, would create the second largest pure-play TV company in the country.

Press release via Yahoo! Finance: Media General and LIN Media to combine (Fri, 3/21)



Philip Nye, former news director at Keener 13 and WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit dies

Nye helped direct the news department at WKNR AM 1310 during that station's popularity peak in the 1960s and later was a driving force at building the news department at Channel 7 into a market leader in the 1970s. Services will be held Monday, March 24 in Farmington Hills.

More details on Nye's career and his memorial in this obituary. He was 87 years old when he died on March 20th, 2014.

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS has hired PATRICK PENDERGAST as VP/GM for their four station cluster in LANSING, MI. He will assume duties as of MARCH 24th. This is a homecoming of sorts as PENDERGAST ran MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS four station cluster in SHEBOYGAN, WI in 2006-2007.

Full story: Midwest Communications Taps Patrick Pendergast To Lead Lansing Cluster (Thu, 3/20)

TOWNSQUARE Top 40 WKFR/KALAMAZOO adds DANA MARSHALL as Brand Mgr./Middayer. It's a return to the station he worked at in 1991.

Full story: WKFR Names Dana Marshall Brand Mgr./Midday Host (Wed, 3/19)




Kalamazoo Gazette:

Dierks Bentley and Justin Moore will headline the B-93 Birthday Bash at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin this summer. The 22nd country music festival put on by the Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will be held on June 7-8, according to the event's website.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore to headline country music bash (Mon, 3/17)



Observer & Eccentric:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation named WSDP-FM (88.1) "The Park" the High School Station of the Year. The MABF presented the award Wednesday, March 12, during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. Fifteen students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem high schools received 14 of the 24 awards presented in the high school radio category.

Full story: Plymouth-Canton's 88.1 named top school radio station (Fri, 3/14)



Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM) is hosting and giving away tickets to what's billed as the station's debut concert. The event, featuring performances by Big and Rich, Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, Brett Eldredge, The Cadillac Three, and Kix Brooks, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at The Fillmore in Detroit. Details on the Nash FM web site.




Detroit News:

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," are coming to town for Opening Day. The popular duo, who can be heard locally on Detroit Sports 105.1, will broadcast live from Ford Field the morning on March 31, ahead of the Tigers opener against the Royals across the street at Comerica Park.

Full story: 'Mike and Mike' heading to Detroit for Tigers Opening Day, will do show at Ford Field (Mon, 3/17)





Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its CBS affiliate WJMN Marquette, Mich. (DMA 180), will launch two weekday newscasts beginning in April. Branded as "Local 3," the newscasts will air Monday through Friday at 6 and 11 p.m. in full HD. Local 3 News will originate from a new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility currently under construction just west of Marquette, in what will become WJMN-TV Plaza.

Full story: WJMN to introduce local news, go HD (Thu, 3/13)



Fine Tuning:

  • Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has partnered with the USPS to help unveil the post office's new stamp honoring rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The official reveal party kicks off with a spirited rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music in Royal Oak at 9:00 a.m. today, Friday, March 14th - details on

  • Cumulus' Media/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith will host the station's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration live from the Detroit Athletic Club on Monday, March 17th from 6 - 10 a.m. Influential business and political leaders will be on hand for the wearing of the green.

  • Congratulations to all the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2013 award winners - Station of the Year honors were announced on Wednesday in Lansing at MAB's annual awards banquet.



Detroit News:

The Wayne County prosecutor has declined to file charges against journalist Charlie LeDuff for his involvement in a 2013 brawl during the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Full story: Fox 2's LeDuff won't face charges in 2013 St. Patrick's Day brawl (Thu, 3/13)



Lansing State Journal ($):

Michael Patrick Shiels will broadcast his syndicated morning radio and television show live from Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. "Michigan's Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels" will originate Monday from the Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, in County Clare, near Shannon.

Full story: Michael Patrick Shiels will broadcast 'Michigan's Big Show' from Ireland March 17 (Thu, 3/13 --- $)




Flint Journal:

Public radio listeners who glanced down at their car radio dial this week may have received an unexpected message courtesy of hackers. And it wasn't for a pledge drive.

Full story: Hackers send profane message to public radio listeners in Flint, West Michigan (Wed, 3/12)



Detroit Free Press:

Parker and The Man are back on the radio, according to a news release. Longtime radio partners Rob Parker and Mark Wilson will reboot "Sports Night with Parker and The Man" from 7-10 weeknights on WDFN-AM (1130), starting March 24.

Full story: Parker and The Man coming back to WDFN (Wed, 3/12)

Emily Barr, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek stations, is seeking to allay fears within the station group after the sale of WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, was announced this morning.

Full story: Emily Barr: Post-Newsweek Stations Not For Sale (Wed, 3/12)




Radio One/Detroit hosting Radiothon to help fire victims

The stations of Radio One in Detroit (Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9, News/Talk WCHB AM 1200/FM 99.9, Gospel WPZR-FM 102.7, and Urban WGPR-FM 107.5) have teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul to help the victims of the recent Jason Manor Apartment fire by hosting a Radiothon today to raise funds to help the displaced residents of the destroyed building. WDMK, WCHB and WGPR will be broadcasting live from the Villa store on Telegraph and West Chicago in Redford Township at various times throughout the day with WDMK's broadcasting ending at 10 p.m.

Online donations are being accepted via phone at (877) 788-4623 or on the St. Vincent de Paul website,



Crain's Detroit Business:

With a different business plan behind the scenes, local sports talk show "Parker and The Man" will return to local radio airwaves weeknights beginning March 24 on WDFN 1130 AM. Hosts Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, who began the show on the station in 1998 before it moved to other stations, will be on from 7 to 10 p.m.

Full story: Sports talkers Rob Parker, Mark Wilson return to WDFN in brokered airtime deal (Tue, 3/11)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Townsquare Media has purchased one of downtown Kalamazoo's most popular events, Ribfest, from The Arc Community Advocates, both organizations announced Monday.

Full story: Ribfest sold to Townsquare Media, annual festival will be held Aug. 7-9 (Tue, 3/11)



Fine Tuning:

  • Townsquare Media Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids releases night jock 'Metalhead Ned' and fills the position with the syndicated Loudwire Nights program hosted by 'Full Metal Jackie'.

  • Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids has named Taz Painter as the station's News Director, effective April 14th. Painter will transfer from Gannett sister station WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN and take the role held by Stanton Tang who's departure had previously been announced.




Detroit News:

WDFN 1130, once the powerhouse sports radio station in Metro Detroit, appears to be making a play to get back in the game. Down to just one local show in recent years, it was announced late Sunday night that Rob Parker and Mark Wilson - a once-popular on-air duo - are coming back to the airwaves, and landing on WDFN. "Parker and the Man" will debut Monday, March 24, and will air weeknights from 7 to 10.

Full story: Once-popular sports-talk duo Rob Parker, Mark Wilson to return to WDFN (Mon, 3/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr and the Band Perry will headline this spring's WYCD Downtown Hoedown, promoters announced this morning. They'll lead the 15-act main stage lineup at the popular country festival, scheduled May 30-June 1 at Comerica Park, the Hoedown's third year at the ballpark after three decades at Hart Plaza.

Full story: The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr to headline Downtown Hoedown (Mon, 3/10)

The 32nd Anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown is three days of fantastic entertainmentby over 40 artists on three stages, to be held on May 30th, 31st and June 1st, on the grounds surrounding Comerica Park.

Full story: 2014 WYCD Downtown Hoedown lineup (Mon, 3/10)

ENVISION NETWORKS is now distributing MOJO IN THE MORNING, the morning show from WKQI/DETROIT where "imperfect people laugh about life and themselves." The morning crew includes host MOJO, SPIKE and SHANNON. "For years I've been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market. Well, now it can be!" said MOJO. "We are excited to offer our show nationally."

Full story: Envision Networks Partners With Mojo In The Morning (Thu, 3/6)


GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT is proud to announce the return of the WCSX STONE SOUP PROJECTâ„¢. It's been two years since they built their last car and they are excited to bring the program back.

Full story: WCSX Stone Soup Project Returns (Fri, 3/7)

WLUC has announced Steve Asplund has been named news director. "He knows the market, he knows the station, he knows the process, he's evolved with the times," WLUC GM Rob Jamros said in a statement.

Full story: Steve Asplund Named WLUC News Director (Fri, 3/7)




WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Finalists were announced Wednesday in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2013 radio and television news contest. The awards in actual order of finish -- first or second -- will be announced at the annual Michigan APME awards banquet June 1 in Lansing. The General Excellence award winners also will be announced at the banquet.

Full story: Finalists announced in 2013 APME broadcast contest in Michigan (Wed, 3/5)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

NPR's Carl Kasell will be retiring as the Official Judge and Scorekeeper of the popular news-quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me." The popular news-quiz show "Wait Wait," produced in Chicago, will make a tour stop on March 20 at Miller Auditorium and Kasell will be part of the performance.

Full story: NPR's Carl Kasell to retire from 'Wait Wait,' but he'll be in Kalamazoo for show's tour stop (Wed, 3/5)




Detroit News:

Steve Kostan picked a good winter to be homebound -- after 18 years at Greater Media-owned WCSX-FM (94.7), the veteran rock host was let go in late September. Then Polar Vortex 2013-'14 struck. "It was a good winter to be a shut-in," Kostan says with a laugh. But his hiatus from commuting is over, not long after his noncompete clause expired. CBS Radio Detroit's WOMC-FM (104.3) now has Kostan on the air at 7 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. He started last week.

Full story: Steve Kostan gets new home on WOMC (Tue, 3/4)




Fine Tuning:

  • Traverse City based Good News Media has signed on WLJW-FM 95.9 Fife Lake with a Contemporary Christian format as Fuel FM 95.9. The station's website: Good News Media also owns and operates religious-formatted stations WLJN-FM/AM 89.9 / 1400 Elmwood Twp/Traverse City and WLJW AM 1370 Cadillac.

  • WUPG-FM 96.7 Republic/Ishpeming has reportedly changed format from a simulcast of Classic Hits WUPT-FM 100.3 Gwinn/Marquette to a Classic Country/Lifestyle format as 96.7 Yooper Country. The station is owned by Radioactive, LLC but has a Local Marketing Agreement with Kent Smith's radio group that operates a number of 'Radio Eagle' stations in the Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas.



Detroit News:

An attorney representing the family of radio host Angelo Henderson said the Oakland Medical Examiner's Office misdiagnosed his cause of death following a private autopsy conducted by his family An independent autopsy performed last month by forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz indicated Henderson died of a coronary embolism that originated in his leg Feb. 15 in his home in Pontiac, attorney Arnold Reed said.

Full story: Radio show host, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist died of coronary embolism, attorney says (Mon, 3/3)

Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) - which measures audience ratings in radio - recently released numbers for the fall 2013 survey period in the Ann Arbor market, and once again, Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM) established itself as the area's most-listened-to radio station. The results come after a two year hiatus, during which time Ann Arbor was not included in the ratings.

Full story: Michigan Radio tops in Ann Arbor radio market and national ratings for public radio stations (Sat, 3/1)




Two of Schurz Communications stations in South Bend, IN are sporting new names and slightly revamped formats. Country "Real Country 99.9" WHFB-FM Benton Harbor, MI has tweaked to a current based presentation as "New Country 99.9" focusing on 18-34. The station retains the syndicated Bob & Tom Show in mornings.

Full story: Schurz rebrands two in South Bend (Fri, 2/28)



Grand Rapids Press:

WOTV-4 personality Maranda is set to host another series of park parties that offer families a fun and free entertainment option during the summertime months.

Full story: WOTV-4's Maranda to host 20th anniversary year of park parties (Fri, 2/28)








Home Page | Contact | Station Listings | History | Links

Search | About | Shop | Sitemap | Weather


Twitter Facebook E-mail Feed


About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from March 2014 listed from newest to oldest.

February 2014 is the previous archive.

April 2014 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.




Atom Feed RSS Feed