April 2014 Archives


Detroit News:

A Farmington couple and their son claim they have been bilked out of nearly $1 million they spent for what they believed was a 25 percent stake in Metro Detroit radio station WCAR-AM -- a 24-hour sports station. Drago and Jadranka Mihajlovski and their son Zive claim they invested $500,000 on August 12, 2012, for what was pitched to them as a 10 percent interest in WCAR and ESPN Radio (AM 1090).

Full story: Farmington family says it was cheated out of nearly $1M stake in WCAR-AM (Wed, 4/30)




NASH FM 93-1 Detroit adding local midday show in May

Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM (NASH FM 93.1) has announced that Lauren Crocker will take over the station's midday slot (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) starting May 19th. The program will be hosted locally from Cumulus/Detroit's studios in the Fisher Building.

Crocker is currently the midday host and Music Director at Hot Adult Contemporary WWZY Monmouth-Ocean NJ and the move to Detroit will reunite her with recently hired NASH 93-1 Program Director and afternoon drive host Robby Bridges - for whom she did mornings when he programmed Adult Contemporary WFAS Westchester, NY. Her previous experience also includes CHR WBBO on the Jersey Shore and WKTU/New York.

In a release Crocker stated, "I am beyond excited and honored to be back in the Cumulus family and reunited with the extremely talented Robby Bridges! Joining a power house like NASH FM 93.1 at this stage in my career is a dream come true and I am still pinching myself! I am ready to make the Motor City, my city!"



Fine Tuning:

  • Midland's WLUN-FM (ESPN 100.9-FM) has moved the Huge Show with Bill Simonson into the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. time slot as of yesterday. The statewide sports talk show program replaces CrunchTime in the ESPN 100.9-FM lineup.

  • Educational Media Foundation's WNWT AM 1520 has broken its simulcast of the company's Contemporary Christian (K-Love Radio) WNKL-FM 96.9 and changed format to the religious-based Urban Family Talk network.



Lansing State Journal: (pay site)

Most ideas that begin on a napkin, never leave the bar. They're moments of inspiration, followed by sobering realities. Time commitment, financial risk, a lost napkin -- all can be roadblocks. The Lansing United soccer franchise may or may not turn into a lasting success. But Jeremy Sampson's expansion National Premier Soccer League club, less than three weeks before its first game, is already an ode to the napkin idea.

Full story: Former sportscaster Jeremy Sampson chases unlikely dream with Lansing United soccer franchise (Mon, 4/28)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloAs I sit here at my computer with a large box of Kleenex at my side, feeling far less than 100% with a form of "pink-eye" and a very sore throat, I know why my later in life mantra is "Golden Years...my ass!" Then I reflect on the news I got today about the untimely passing of two people I knew, one from radio and one from music and high school, and it puts all things in perspective.

My hope is that, by looking at my picture, it's hard for you to believe that in July, God-willing, I'll be attending my 50th Class Reunion of Ann Arbor High School (now known as Pioneer). Bob Seger was in my gym class ... but another AAHS graduate who had a national pop-single was Deon Jackson.

Deon JacksonDeon sat in front of me in English class in 1964. He was on the bus with me to Detroit's historic Fort Wayne facility for our US Military Draft Physical and was managed by the same man who discovered Del Shannon, Ollie McLaughlin of "Ollie's Caravan" on local station WHRV 1600, now WAAM, in Ann Arbor.

He was best known for the pop hit, "Love Makes The World Go Round," on the Carla label in 1966. The song reached #3 on the R&B charts and #11 on Billboard's Hot 100! Three more singles, however, failed to crack the top 60, but Deon kept performing-- a fact that he kept secret from his students at a Wheaton, Illinois school where he later served as a counselor. They finally discovered him in 2008 on YouTube.

He died in his sleep at his home in suburban Chicago April 19. He was 68. That 50th Class Reunion of AAHS is coming up in 90 days. Deon almost made it. Damn shame. I was really looking forward to seeing him again.



Lee MarshallNow, I just got word that Tony the Tiger has also lost his voice with the shocking news that Lee Marshall has died of (ironically) esophageal cancer. He was only 67. You probably didn't know that Lee was the most recent voice of the famed Kellogg's Frosted Flakes mascot, but he was, following in the footsteps of the original voice of Tony, Thurl Ravenscroft! You might remember Lee best, if you are of a certain age, as one of the big-voiced sensational sounding news hounds at The Big 8-CKLW. He was one of over twenty news guys under the leadership of another local radio great, who died far too early in life at only 46, and that was the unforgettable Byron MacGregor. You hear his wife Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor on WWJ doing traffic reports. Lee was also featured in the sensational documentary "The Rise and Fall of The Big 8-CKLW" which aired several times on Detroit Public Television.



In my last column about the new broadcasters for Michigan Football, I indicated that prior to the upcoming team of Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf, there had only been two other announcers who covered nearly seventy years of calling the Maize and Blue action; Bob Ufer and Frank Beckmann. It's true that Ufer was THE original, and longest running (37 years), voice of Meeechigan Football from 1945 until midway in the 1981 season when he died on October 26th.. It's also true that Beckmann began calling the games at the start of the 1981 schedule, but Bob Ufer's last game was on a bleak and rainy mid-October day versus Iowa, and U of M lost! So, from 1945 through last year only two men had the job on what was once called The Michigan Football Network starting on WPAG (now WTKA) in Ann Arbor, then shifting over to WJR from 1976 through 2005 and since 2006 on WWJ.

Back in the early days, in the old press box along Main Street, the top floor had as many as a half dozen, or more, radio booths as a number of stations were able to broadcast the games. Michigan's own public/NPR station WUOM-FM (91.7) featured Tom Hemmingway for nearly 25 years. WAAM in Ann Arbor did the games, as did WTRX in Flint and many others. Slowly, over the years, it went down to just two; WJR with Ufer/Beckmann and WWJ with Don Kramer and later, Larry Henry. After 1996 the NCAA decided only one station could have the rights and WJR won out for the 1997 season. Interestingly that didn't last even ten years, as in mid-October 2005, WJR stunned Wolverine fans by dropping UM for the MSU Spartans! If you go to my web site: www.vuolovideo.com and click on UM Football, at the end of the page is a story about how all that happened entitled "Why WJR repainted the Blue Room with Green Paint." My hope is that this clarifies the purists who reminded me that there were more than just two who sang the praises of the Yellow and Blue.


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com


Art Vuolo Jr.




Lansing State Journal: (pay site)

The most important and influential element of the Lansing classical music scene is something we can't even see. It's something we can only hear. Since 1948, Lansing's first FM station has been an undeniable part of Lansing life.

Full story: WKAR radio station manager tweaking format, adding new perspective (Sat, 4/26)


West Michigan Whitecaps / MLive.com:

The West Michigan Whitecaps take pride in the fact that their brand extends across the entire West Michigan region. This season, the newly expanded Whitecaps' Radio Network is bringing the team's radio broadcasts throughout the region as well.

Full story: Expanded West Michigan Whitecaps' radio network extends to Kalamazoo (Sun, 4/27)




Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 (The Drive) afternoon driver Tanner exits after two years to move to Portland, OR for mornings.

  • Jared Sandler, creator and host of WLUN-FM's (ESPN 100.9) CrunchTime sports talk show program is exiting and returning to his home town having accepted a broadcast position with ESPN Radio Dallas. Sandler hosted his last earlier today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. WLUN is owned/operated by the Michigan Baseball Foundation which also owns the Midland-based Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team.

  • Classical/Jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 Detroit, owned by the Detroit Public Schools but operated by Detroit Public TV, is hosting a benefit concert on May 4 at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills. Details on "A Spring Brass" are available on WRCJ's web site, www.wrcjfm.org.





Full story: 89X Announces Lineup For Two Chill On The Hill Shows (Fri, 4/25)




Fine Tuning:




A group of squatters were menacing a Detroit neighborhood. When WXYZ reporter Ronnie Dahl picked up the story and lead the efforts to have the squatters evicted, she became a target of their food-based rage.

Full story: WXYZ reporter pelted with food by angry squatters (Wed, 4/23)




CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT presents AMP LIVE 2014, a concert headlined by ED SHEERAN. Also appearing on the bill will be AUSTIN MAHONE, ICONA POP, LITTLE MIX and TIMEFLIES.

Full story: AMP Live 2014 comes to Detroit (Wed, 4/23)




... While he recovers, one of the best personalities on the team will remain in the spotlight. Sadler and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson filled in for athletic director Mark Hollis on his Monday radio show with their own program dubbed "Thick and Thin." The hour-long program -- which Sadler said was prepared Sunday night at Crunchy's Burgers & Beer -- featured interviews with Spartans quarterback Connor Cook and former Spartan Keith Nichol.

Full story: Michigan State punter Mike Sadler recovering from surgery and trying his hand at radio (Wed, 4/23)




Coverage of the Detroit Pistons' change in flagship radio stations to Detroit Sports 105.1:


Among the many changes ahead for the Pistons before they get back on the court in October is where you'll find them on your radio dial. Both the Pistons and new carrier WMGC 105.1 FM see their marriage as much more than a traditional broadcast partnership.

Full story: A Win-Win Deal (Tue, 4/22)


Also see: Detroit Pistons Announce New Radio Broadcast Partnership with Greater Media Detroit (Tue, 4/22)




Palace Sports and Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mannion and Steve Chessare, Market Manager of Greater Media Detroit, have announced that the team has signed a multi-year agreement with the radio broadcasting company for all Pistons games to be aired on the FM dial on Detroit Sports 105.1FM beginning immediately.

Full story: Detroit Pistons announce new radio broadcast partnership with Greater Media Detroit's Sports 105.1 FM in the Motor City (Tue, 4/22)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Live radio broadcasts of Detroit Pistons games will move to WMGC 105.1 FM beginning in 2015, a source familiar with the matter told Crain's this afternoon.

Full story: Detroit Pistons game broadcasts to move to 105.1 FM (Mon, 4/21)



Detroit Free Press:

Sports talk radio WMGC 105.1 FM will add more local content. The Detroit Pistons and the station held a news conference at the station's studio today to announce the Pistons will move from 97.1 FM, starting in 2015.

Full story: Detroit Pistons make move to 105.1 FM official, will keep Mark Champion, Rick Mahorn on radio broadcasts (Tue, 4/22)


The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has agreed to a multiyear radio agreement with Greater Media Detroit. Detroit Sports 105.1 FM (WMGC) will serve as the flagship station for the Pistons Radio Network.

Full story: Detroit Pistons 'pleased' about jump to 105.1 FM for radio flagship (Tue, 4/22)



Detroit News:

Detroit Sports 105.1 FM will be the new flagship station for the Pistons under a multi-year deal that was announced Tuesday. The Pistons had been on 97.1-FM / 1270-AM.

Full story: Pistons' radio broadcasts move to Detroit Sports 105.1 (Tue, 4/22)





Detroit News:

Former progressive radio host Nancy Skinner on Tuesday joined the crowded race to represent the 11th Congressional District. Skinner, a former syndicated radio host and TV commentator, gave incumbent GOP Rep. Joe Knollenberg a tough re-election fight in 2006.

Full story: Ex-radio host joins race for Bentivolio's House seat as filing deadline for candidates passes (Tue, 4/22)




Fine Tuning:

  • Multiple media reports claiming the NBA's Detroit Pistons are expected to move their radio play-by-play starting next season from CBS Radio/Detroit's Sports WXYT-FM 97.1 to Greater Media/Detroit's Sports WMGC-FM Sports 105.1 with an official announcement coming tomorrow afternoon. The Pistons have been with CBS Radio for a number of years after leaving Clear Channel/Detroit's Sports WDFN AM 1130.

    Landing the Pistons would give the relatively launched Detroit Sports 105.1 its first locally based play-by-play agreement - the station has been airing nationally broadcast games via it's agreement with ESPN Radio.

    Having the Pistons on 105.1 in Detroit would also likely please fans of the Detroit Red Wings that prefer to hear the games on FM as many Wings' games were bumped to the AM band on CBS Radio's Sports WXYT 1270 when both the Pistons and Wings had games that overlapped.



High School Radio Day focuses on budding broadcasters

The 3rd Annual High School Radio Day, happening this week on Wednesday, April 23rd, will unite High School radio stations nationwide for a one-day celebration of fledgling broadcasters.

Since there are so few high schools with radio stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day (HSRD) will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting over the air and newer ones streaming online. A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 23: www.highschoolradioday.com. Schools can register their stations on that site. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming along with notable high school radio grads, links to other high school stations nationwide; and a resource page with information pertinent to high school broadcasters.

High School Radio Day 2014 High School Radio Day was created after College Radio Day launched in 2011. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day Founder Pete Bowers (Station Manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, MI) scheduled the first HSRD in May 2012 and the second one in April 2013. Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational radio station or an internet-only or online radio station. "The number of terrestrial stations is dropping but the number of online stations is increasing with some of those applying for LPFM construction permits," said Bowers. "That's why we need to unite on High School Radio Day and make the public aware of what we do, how we do it, and the service we provide our communities," he continued.

Bowers is thrilled that High School Radio Day has become an annual event. Last year, 52 schools from 32 states registered for the event, up from 31 schools from 16 states the first year. Students and advisors at those stations reached out to potential listeners in their broadcast area and online encouraging them to listen and be prepared to hear creative programming not heard on commercial stations.

For more information about High School Radio Day, contact Bowers at pete@highschoolradioday.com or call (248) 341-5695.



Detroit News:

Dan Dierdorf was 19 and Jim Brandstatter 18 when they met at Michigan in the late '60s. Now, all these years later, the two former offensive linemen will reunite as partners in the Michigan radio booth.

Full story: Dan Dierdorf and Jim Brandstatter weigh in on their history at Michigan (Sat, 4/19)





Full story: Lineup Announced For 89X Birthday Bash (Mon, 4/21)


FRIENDS COMMUNICATIONS Country WQTE/ADRIAN, MI PD JAY THOMAS has exited, just weeks after arriving at the station.

Full story: Jay Thomas Exits WQTE (Mon, 4/21)




Fine Tuning:

  • Returning: The Saginaw-Bay City-Midland radio market to Nielsen Audio's list of rated radio markets this Spring. Nielsen Audio predecessor Arbitron had dropped the Tri-Cities a couple years ago. Saginaw-Bay City-Midland is the 142nd largest radio market according to Nielsen and will be surveyed via diaries each Spring and Fall.

  • Honored: Lindsey Smith of Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) as the Young Journalist of the Year by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.




The newest wrinkle in Jim Brandstatter's nearly four-decade run in the Michigan radio booth happened basically by chance, and almost on the fly. On Nov. 15, 2003 in Evanston, Ill., Brandstatter -- who, at that point, had spent the previous 24 years as Michigan football's radio color analyst -- pinch hit for longtime play-by-play man Frank Beckmann, who couldn't make a Big Ten trip due to back surgery.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter thrilled for new challenge in Michigan radio booth alongside Dan Dierdorf (Fri, 4/18)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

This is Holy Week, today is Good Friday and Holy Cow, what a week it has been for one of the most decent guys in sports broadcasting, Jim Brandstatter! Those of us who are Michigan Football fans should be delighted that the man who Frank Beckmann affectionately called "Brando," has received the nod to succeed him as the new voice of the Wolverines' football team. Add to this exciting news the fact that he will be joined by his former teammate and longtime friend Dan Dierdorf and you have instant chemistry in the radio booth!

VuoloPerhaps the reason I am personally so excited to see this happen is due, in part, to the fact that it was my pleasure to help out via my extensive archive of U of M games. In 2003, when back surgery prevented Frank Beckmann from making the trip to Evanston, IL for the UM-Northwestern game, Jim was pressed into service calling the game, with Steve Courtney doing the color commentary. Brandy called me and asked if I had that game? I said I have just about all of them. After checking, that game was still on the original video cassette (a Beta tape none the less!) So, I copied it, with Jim on the audio, onto a DVD and watched it at the same time. I thought "wow he's damn good at actually calling a game!" When he came over to pick up the disc he was truly amazed at the library of Michigan video I've accumulated over the past 35+ years. A copy of that DVD was given to Michigan Athletic Director, Dave Brandon and the rest...is now history.

In an e-mail I received from Jim Brandstatter on Thursday he said, "Thank the Lord you still had a copy of that Northwestern game when my copy didn't work so well...that was big...I had no idea at the time, but it turned out large." My pleasure Brando.

In an e-mail that I sent to Dave Brandon, I said that the most popular buzz-word in media these days is BRAND. Branding is what stations all strive for and the Michigan brand is iconic. Brandon starts with brand, and Brandstatter starts with brand, and together they'll build a brand that M-fan's will love! Michiguide founder and webmaster Mike Austerman pointed out a unique alignment of Jim's and Dan's in local radio booths. The Lions have Dan Miller and Jim Brandstatter, the Tigers have Dan Dickerson and Jim Price and now we will have, at The Big House, Dan Dierdorf joining Jim Brandstatter covering the Maize and Blue. We believe this has never happened in any other region of the country.

There was a lot of speculation as to who would get the job up on the fifth floor of the press box in Ann Arbor. Other than Brandy, some of the names mentioned were: Doug Karsch, Matt Shepard, Dan Miller, Mark Champion and Larry Henry. Some wondered if age would become a factor. Jim and Dan are not youngsters, they played for Bump Elliott and Bo Schembechler in 1968-1971, that was a few years ago. Sports broadcasters get better with age. Names like Harry Carry, Ernie Harwell lasted into their 80's. Vin Scully (LA Dodgers) and Marty Brennaman (Cincinnati Reds) are still going strong with Scully pushing 90 years old! With age comes extensive knowledge of the game and its history. Bob Ufer's total recall of past Michigan games was encyclopedic. Imagine if he had lived beyond his 62 years? God bless his cotton-pickin' maize 'n blue heart. Between Ufer and Beckmann only two announcers covered Michigan football from 1945 through 2013, which is almost 70 years. Unheard of.

Jim Brandstatter hosted the long-running "Michigan Replay" TV show for many years and still does "Inside Michigan Football." He worked at WILX-TV 10 in Jackson/Lansing where he met local news anchor Robbie Timmons, who he married in August of 1980 and they live in Commerce Township. When I first met Jim he was at WDIV-TV Channel 4 and yet Local 4 had no coverage of Thursday's breaking news. Fox 2, WJBK-TV had nothing on their 5, 6 or 10 pm news, and Only WXYZ-TV Channel 7 made mention of the announcement. Why is local TV so afraid to report stories about local radio?

Dan Dierdorf's radio days began at one of America's most legendary stations, KMOX-AM (1120) in St. Louis where he has lived for many years, but he has a place in northern Michigan and said an opportunity like this to work with his friend of 40 years will probably keep him in Michigan during the most beautiful time of the year. Both Jim and Dan were interviewed simultaneously on WJR by Mitch Albom on Thursday, and that station is the voice of the Michigan State Spartans! Maybe we CAN all get along after all.

With Dan Dierdorf's extensive work with college and pro football, nationally on both ABC and CBS, he will be great this fall. Yes, we remember that Frank worked with former assistant coach Jerry Hanlon and former player Bob Thornbladh, but his many years with Jim Brandstatter were magical. We can expect many great broadcasts for Season 135 as a new era begins with a couple of great Michigan men. Now coach Hoke, let's just win the games!


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com


Art Vuolo Jr.




CBS Local/Detroit:

A big change has been announced for University of Michigan play-by-play. The U-M Athletic Department announced Thursday that college and NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf will be joining Jim Brandstatter in the radio booth for University of Michigan football broadcasts on the Michigan IMG Radio Network beginning this fall.

Full story: Dierdorf To Join Brandstatter In Radio Booth For Michigan Football (Fri, 4/17)



Fine Tuning:

  • According to the Denver Post, NBC affiliate WILX-TV Ch. 10 Lansing will add Kirk Montgomery as an anchor, reportedly for a new 4 p.m newscast. Montgomery moves to Lansing from KUSA-TV in Denver where he was working as an entertainment reporter.



Detroit News:

Dan Dierdorf, the NFL Hall of Famer and former Michigan All-American offensive lineman, had spoken many times about his desire to someday call a few series of a Wolverines game from the radio booth with his old teammate, Jim Brandstatter. He'll be doing more than that.

Full story: Dan Dierdorf joins Jim Brandstatter in Michigan football radio booth (Thu, 4/17)



Detroit Free Press:

When Michigan announced last summer that Frank Beckmann would retire from doing radio play-by-play for football games, most thoughts about successors were conventional. But as with many decisions by U-M athletic department, today's announcement was anything but.

Full story: Michigan football hires Dan Dierdorf as radio analyst; Jim Brandstatter shifts to play-by-play (Thu, 4/17)




Detroit News:

Detroit Public Television WTVS (Channel 56) is outsourcing its programming to the Florida firm Public Television Programming, replacing programming director Dan Gaitens and assistant programming director Joann Havel, who were let go several weeks ago. DPTV CEO Rich Homberg stresses the move is part of a restructuring at the station, not cutbacks.

Full story: WTVS outsources programming but adds new communications positions (Wed, 4/16)


Michigan's new play-by-play announcer will be "familiar" to the public and will already know the words to "The Victors." The announcement of the new radio voice will be made soon by business partner IMG, perhaps even this week, according to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. IMG hires the announcers.

Full story: New Michigan football radio team will be 'very familiar' to U-M fans (Wed, 4/16)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will have a new football announcer soon, possibly as soon as this week. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said today that it will be a familiar name with Michigan ties, speaking after a WWJ-AM Business of Sports luncheon at Ford Field.

Full story: Michigan may have new football announcer this week; Dave Brandon says it will be familiar name (Wed, 4/16)




Trio of Michigan radio and television personalities release books




Grand Rapids Press:

Taz Painter, WZZM-TV 13's new news director, is on the job today. Painter takes over the Gannett-owned ABC-TV affiliate serving the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek TV market in West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM-TV's new news director, Taz Painter, begins work in Grand Rapids (Mon, 4/14)



ClickOnDetroit.com/WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

Tornado season is just around the corner. Now, in this Local 4 prime-time special, Chuck Gaidica and the Local 4Casters show viewers how to best prepare for severe weather.

Full story: Local 4 Special 'Severe Weather: Survival Guide' airs Tuesday, April 15 at 9:30 p.m. (Mon, 4/14)




Fine Tuning:

  • Robby Bridges has been named as Program Director and afternoon host for Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM). Bridges moves the Motor City from Bridgeport, CT where he'd been leading an Adult Contemporary station.

    Bridges said via a release, "I'd like to thank our EVP/co-COO John Dickey, SVP/programming Mike McVay, SVP/programming Jan Jeffries and our Detroit market manager Scott Meier for this incredible opportunity to program the Motor City's new country music leader 'NASH FM 93.1.' My six years with Cumulus, working with heritage powerhouse brands WEBE, WPLJ, WFAS and with Cumulus Media Networks have been both thrilling and rewarding. I cannot wait to join our team and do big things together in Detroit!"




M.L. Elrick, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK told Detroit Metro Times what he really thinks about the Pulitzer he won when he worked for the Detroit Free Press. Elrick won the award in 2009 along with Jim Schaefer, who still works at the paper, for a piece about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Full story: Pulitzer Winning Detroit Reporter Calls Pulitzer People 'Jerks' Says Awards 'Bullshit' (Thu, 4/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Two 18-year-old Wayne State University students have been charged in the theft of more than $42,000 in checks payable to a radio station. The Wayne County sheriff's office says Samuel Cooper and Eric Perez were arraigned Thursday on two counts each of larceny from a building. The 12 checks from various companies were made payable to WDET-FM and taken Monday from a dorm room on the school's Detroit campus.

Full story: 2 Wayne State students charged in check theft (Thu, 4/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

While Bob Goodrich plots a campaign message and reach to beat U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in a right-leaning district, he's still aiming to become an official Democratic candidate. Goodrich, the 73-year-old owner and president of Goodrich Quality Theaters, is working to meet a basic requirement to run for office and has been in the process of collecting at least 1,000 signatures needed by law.

Full story: Amash challenger Bob Goodrich: GOP's status quo focus 'not appropriate' (Thu, 4/10)





The University of Windsor's campus radio station will be reaching more listeners with a signal increase approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CJAM 99.1FM applied for the power boost in March 2012 after CKXS-FM in Wallaceburg, which uses the same frequency, put in a request. Following the installation - expected sometime in the summer - CJAM will increase from 456 to 2,084 watts and reach up to the north and northeast to Grosse Point, Mich.

Full story: CJAM signal boost will extend station's reach in Windsor, Detroit (Tue, 4/8)



Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio/Detroit News-Talk WWJ AM 950 Detroit and Lenawee Broadcasting's Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian have both claimed Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Read the NAB's release.




The University of Windsor's campus radio station will be reaching more listeners with a signal increase approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CJAM 99.1FM applied for the power boost in March 2012 after CKXS-FM in Wallaceburg, which uses the same frequency, put in a request. Following the installation - expected sometime in the summer - CJAM will increase from 456 to 2,084 watts and reach up to the north and northeast to Grosse Point, Mich.

Full story: CJAM signal boost will extend station's reach in Windsor, Detroit (Tue, 4/8)





Full story: WCDY Ups Ryan Rose To VP/Operations (Wed, 4/9)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. today announced Greg Ghering is joining WZZM 13 News as nightside Connection Desk Editor. Greg Ghering is currently the News Director at WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids.

Full story: WZZM 13 Hires New Connection Desk Editor (Tue, 4/8)





The Detroit Tigers' 4-3 Opening Day win over the Kansas City Royals not only drew Comerica Park attendance record, but also a ratings milestone for FOX Sports Detroit's telecast.

Full story: Detroit Tigers Opening Day telecast draws FOX Sports ratings record, tops last year's mark (Wed, 4/2)



Saginaw News:

Each year at the beginning of April, local country music fans gear up for a big announcement. This year's wait is over after WKCQ announced today the musical duo Montgomery Gentry will headline the 23rd Annual KCQ Country Music Fest.

Full story: Free concert: KCQ Country Music Fest brings Montgomery Gentry to Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Thu, 4/3)



Detroit Free Press:

WADL-TV (Channel 38 in Detroit) has partnered with the Rivals Professional Football League, based out of Mt. Clemens, to televise the league's inaugural draft on April 26 with viewers also getting a chance to see games in the RPFL first season.

Full story: WADL-TV teams with new Rivals Professional Football League (Thu, 4/3)



Flint Journal:

Banana 101.5 Free Beer and Hot Wings morning radio show will broadcast live from Bubba O'Malley's in Burton Friday, April 4.

Full story: Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show to broadcast live from Bubba O'Malley's in Burton (Wed, 4/2)




Jeff Wattrick is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as managing editor of the station's website, ClickonDetroit.com.

Full story: Jeff Wattrick Joins WDIV in Detroit (Wed, 4/2)




Michigan Radio:

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced today that Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith is a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year. Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter, and has worked at the station since 2010.

Full story: Lindsey Smith finalist for Young Journalist of the Year (Tue, 4/1)




Radio vet JAY THOMAS has been tapped as PD for FRIENDS COMMUNICATIONS' Country WQTE (Q95)/ADRIAN, MI, effective MONDAY, APRIL 7th. THOMAS succeeds STACY DOPP, who recently exited.

Full story: Jay Thomas Named PD At WQTE (Tue, 4/1)



National Association of Broadcasters:

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) announced the winners for the 2014 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters ... WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian is the winner of the Service to Children Award for radio.

Full story: NAB Education Foundation Announces Service to America Winners (Mon, 3/31)




The perils of weather reporting were on full display in Grand Rapids yesterday during Rick Mecklenburg's live weather report, which was interrupted by a gust of wind that blew the WXMI chief meteorologist's chair to the ground.

Full story: 'The Wind Just Blew Me Over. We're Gonna Throw it Back to You Guys' (Tue, 4/1)








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