May 2014 Archives


Clear Channel/Detroit suffered a tragic loss over the weekend with the sudden death of KJ Holiday, Program Director for Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and Urban WJLB-FM 97.9. He had been with Mix 92.3 and FM 98 since 2001 and was struck by an apparent heart attack on Sunday while playing basketball with his 13 year old son.

More details and tributes are available in the following links:



Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13 is doubling its daily noon newscast beginning Tuesday. The ABC-TV affiliate serving West Michigan expands its midday newscast at noon from a half hour to one hour Monday through Friday.

Full story: WZZM-TV doubles its weekday noon newscast beginning next week (Sat, 5/24)

Thirty-three years in the booth has earned Frank Beckmann a trip to the hall. Beckmann, the recently retired Michigan football play-by-play announcer, was named Friday as the 2014 Chris Schenkel Award recipient by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Full story: Frank Beckmann named Schenkel Award winner by College Football Hall of Fame (Fri, 5/23)




Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 News, whose slogan has been "at 10 it's news, at 11 it's history," is adding a new chapter to that history book. WXMI-TV on June 2 will launch an 11 p.m. news program seven days a week, anchored by Mitch Fick and Ann Marie LaFlamme Mondays through Fridays.

Full story: FOX 17 announces plans to air news at 11 p.m. in West Michigan (Thu, 5/22)



Fine Tuning:

  • Sold: FM translator W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek from Calvary Radio Network to Midwest Communications for $45,000. Online documentation shows the translator is currently planned to rebroadcast Sports WBCK AM 930 - that station is also being purchased by Midwest.

  • Archived: An online discussion with broadcaster Nikki Grandberry from the blog talk show On The Dean's List.

Jonathan Carlson is joining Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ as an investigative reporter. Carlson comes from WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor. Carlson has "deep experience covering everything from political scandals, school failures and government waste to natural disasters and breaking news," WXYZ news director Dave Manney said in announcing the hire. "He'll fit in nicely at Action News."

Full story: Jonathan Carlson Joins WXYZ From WNCN (Tue, 5/20)



Fine Tuning:

  • Sold: Sports (ESPN Radio) WNIL AM 1290 Niles. The Michiana area station is currently owned by Pathfinder Communications and is being purchased by Marion Williams, owner of Rhythmic CHR WSMK-FM 99.1 Buchanan, also in the Michiana / South Bend, IN market. Sale price was $225,000.

  • Meteorologist Leslie Toldo has exited ABC affiliate WJRT-TV Ch. 12 Flint where she had primarily been responsible for the weather on the station's 4 p.m. newscast.




Detroit News:

Detroit Sports 105.1 continues to add local programming, announcing Monday plans for an all-baseball show to debut later this month. The show will be hosted by Detroit News national baseball writer Tony Paul, and will air Saturdays, from noon to 1 p.m., for the remainder of the season, starting May 31.

Full story: Detroit Sports 105.1 adding baseball show, hosted by The Detroit News' Tony Paul (Mon, 5/19)



WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

A man who dedicated his life to Public Television and WGVU has died. According to officials at Grand Valley State University, Chuck Furman, died yesterday. Furman started his career in broadcasting back in 1966 while at Bowling Green State University. In 1972, he moved to Grand Rapids to help start the PBS station.

Full story: West Michigan TV Pioneer dies (Fri, 5/16)

When Marcus Ray first walked into C.S. Mott Children's Hospital as a Michigan football player in the mid-1990s, he wasn't quite sure what to expect. But within minutes, Ray -- who went on to become a member of Michigan's 1997 national title squad -- found himself more moved and more inspired than he ever thought possible.

Full story: Former Michigan stars, WTKA 1050-AM raise more than $82,000 for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital with annual 'Mott Takeover' (Fri, 5/16)

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT is down to the four finalists for its next Rock Girl! One lucky lady will represent the legendary DETROIT Rock radio station at concerts, V.I.P. events and on the air -- and get a $40,000 salary.

Full story: WRIF To Choose Its Rock Girl (Fri, 5/16)


MEDIA SERVICES GROUP is auctioning off four COMMUNICOM AM stations pursuant to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in COLORADO. The stations include Religion KXEG-A/PHOENIX, Religion KXXT-A/TOLLESON-PHOENIX, Religion WLNO-A/NEW ORLEANS, and Urban Inspirational WDRJ-A (REJOICE 1440)/INKSTER-DETROIT.

Full story: Media Services Group To Auction Off Four Communicom AM Stations (Thu, 5/15)




Detroit Free Press:

WYCD-FM (99.5) hottie Rob Stone went looking for love and decided L.A. was one of the wrong places. He could have been a bachelor on Season 10 of "The Bachelorette." But the country station evening host turned down the rose before filming began in March.

Full story: WYCD host Rob Stone turns down 'Bachelorette' gig (Thu, 5/15)


You might want to tune in to Sports Talk 1050 AM (WTKA) on Friday. The 2014 Mott Takeover is set to take place from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor and the list of participants, per usual, includes some of the best Michigan football stars and Olympians of the past several decades.

Full story: Olympians, football stars, TV personalities lined up for 2014 Mott Takeover on WTKA on Friday (Thu, 5/15)



Flint Journal:

Listeners of the local radio show The Tom Sumner Program may have noticed Sumner missing from the daily rotation. The program on Flint-based 1470 WFNT concluded earlier this month, Sumner said.

Full story: Flint radio's 'The Tom Sumner Show' off the air at WFNT (Wed, 5/14)

Amanda Malkwoski is joining Richmond, VA, ABC affiliate WRIC as the weekend anchor/reporter. Her former station, WILX in Lansing, MI, said goodbye with a video montage of her past work that included a band featuring cats playing instruments.

Full story: Amanda Malkowski Jumps 58 Markets from Lansing to Richmond (Thu, 5/15)

CASEY KASEM has been located safe in WASHINGTON STATE, his family has confirmed TODAY (3/5). KASEM's exact location was not disclosed, but he was located after the family filed a missing persons report for the legendary radio personality on WEDNESDAY. The KITSAP COUNTY Sheriff's Department said that KASEM was at an undisclosed address provided by CALIFORNIA Adult Protective Services with his wife JEAN and is aware of where he is.

Full story: Casey Kasem Located Safe in Washington State (Thu, 5/15)




Fine Tuning:

  • Congratulations to all the nominees in this year's Michigan EMMY competition. Winners will be revealed in June.

  • Former Wolverines' offensive lineman Jon Jansen is joining the University of Michigan radio team for football on-air activities during pre-game, post-game and halftime. He'll join veteran radio host Doug Karsch for the tailgate show before each home game - Karsch will be returning as the in-game sideline reporter. Jansen had been working as a sideline reporter for the Big Ten Network.

    It was previously announced that longtime color host Jim Brandstatter will slide into the play-by-play role vacated when Frank Beckmann retired at the end of last season. Brandstatter will be joined in the booth by Dan Dierdorf who will provide color analysis - as he did for CBS TV for many years.




Detroit Free Press / Associated Press:

A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.

Full story: Where is Casey Kasem? Missing radio legend might be on 'Indian reservation' (Tue, 5/13)



U-M's Michigan Radio launches MI Curious

Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) is launching a new on-air and online initiative called MI Curious that offers a new approach to reporting. Unlike traditional journalism that begins in the newsroom, MI Curious approaches the reporting processes from a new angle, one that lets the public's curiosity guide the station's reporting. With MI Curious, listeners will ask questions for Michigan Radio reporters to investigate and answer.

Questions can deal with history, government, people, how we live or anything else about Michigan, the region or its people that they want Michigan Radio to investigate. In addition to asking the questions, the public will also be involved in the selection process as they vote to decide which question will be investigated in a future Michigan Radio story. People will be able to submit questions for MI Curious and follow the stories on Michigan Radio's website (

Michigan Radio Digital Editor Mark Brush says this project will be a new way for the station to engage with its audience. "We're all familiar with how people engage with media organizations online in comment sections and through social media. This project seeks to connect us more directly with the public. Story ideas are sparked by an individual's curiosity, and once a story is selected, that person can then be involved in the process of reporting the story."

This project is modeled after the Curious City project started by WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. Since that project began in 2012, WBEZ reporters and producers have answered hundreds of publicly submitted questions about Chicago and the region. Curious City is part of the Localore initiative from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). Michigan Radio is the first public radio station in the state to have adopted this innovative and interactive approach to journalism.

Learn more about MI Curious here.



Grand Rapids Press:

WGVU Public Media is leading a nationwide initiative to support U.S. military veterans, including a concert by country artist Michael Peterson to be filmed next year in Grand Rapids for PBS, and a national summit organized by Americans for the Arts to be held next year in Grand Rapids as well.

Full story: WGVU launches national veterans' initiative with PBS-filmed concert and summit in Grand Rapids (Tue, 5/13) / Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Grand Rapids Griffins will broadcast a minimum of 40 games on TV next season under a three-year deal announced Tuesday. The Griffins became the first sports franchise to partner with Michigan Entertainment Sports, a Wixom-based network that will launch in the fall.

Full story: Grand Rapids Griffins announce three-year TV deal with fledgling MES (Tue, 5/13)



Fine Tuning:

  • Bell Media Group's Oldies CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit is profiled on the Model D Blog.




WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI will add a half hour of local news content to the weekday daily noon broadcasts. The noon news will run until 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 27.

Full story: WZZM 13 to expand noon newscast (Fri, 5/9)



Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV morning anchor Derek Francis is leaving West Michigan's ABC-TV affiliate, but he's not going far. Francis is leaving TV news after 11 years at Channel 13 as anchor of the morning news with Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer.

Full story: WZZM TV morning anchor Derek Francis announces departure from Channel 13 (Mon, 5/12)




Detroit's WCAR AM to switch up sports networks, picks up Yahoo!

Gow Broadcasting, L.L.C., operator of Yahoo! Sports Radio in partnership with Yahoo! Sports, is adding Birach Broadcasting's WCAR AM 1090 Detroit as a full-time affiliate beginning Monday, May 12th. WCAR will carry Yahoo! Sports' full lineup of network of shows and switch from NBC Sports Radio - the network the station picked up after ESPN Radio moved from WCAR to Detroit Sports Radio 105.1 (WMGC-FM).

"We have been experiencing tremendous growth in 2014, adding affiliates in a number of strategic markets, such as St. Louis, Las Vegas and Reno, said David Gow, CEO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. We are delighted to announce today our newest affiliate in Detroit. We are excited to convert WCAR to Yahoo! Sports Radio, and to build a connection with the passionate sports fans of Detroit."

"Our lineup of guys like Steve Czaban, Bob Ryan, Travis Rodgers, Sean Salisbury, Dan Wetzel and Pat Forde is one of the top rosters in the country. Our content is fueling significant growth for the network." said Craig Larson, COO of Yahoo! Sports Radio.



Fine Tuning:

  • Podcaster Dean La Douceur visited with Detroit radio personality and author Steve Black on this week's On The Dean List. Listen to the conversation here.




Detroit News:

Cliff Russell has been named to fill the time slot at WCHB-AM (1200) formerly headed by award-winning journalist Angelo Henderson. "I am pleased and honored to announce that I have been hired to host "Detroit Speaks with Cliff Russell" ... ," he wrote in a Facebook posting on Wednesday night.

Full story: Cliff Russell named to WCHB talk radio spot held by Angelo Henderson (Thu, 5/8)

CUMULUS MEDIA has named programming vet BILL MICHAELS as PD of Classic Rock WKXE and HD-2 Alternative (100.7 THE ZONE)/TOLEDO. MICHAELS was previously OM for CCM+E/TOLEDO for eight years. He was also PD of CLEAR CHANNEL's Heritage Rock station WIOT from 2008-2010.

Full story: Bill Michaels Joins Cumulus/Toledo (Thu, 5/8)


CUMULUS MEDIA/TOLEDO has appointed MARK ELLIOTT OM of stations Classic Hits WRQN and Top 40 WWWM and PD of WRQN. Previously, ELLIOTT was PD/afternoons at WIKY/EVANSVILLE, IN for the past seven years.

Full story: Cumulus Names Mark Elliott WRQN-WWWM OM, WRQN PD (Wed, 5/7)




Fine Tuning:

  • Former Detroit rock jock "Wild Bill" Scott passed away earlier this week from a stroke at the age of 68. In addition to spending time behind the mic locally at former rockers WWWW-FM 106.7, WABX-FM 99.5, and WLLZ-FM 98.7 in Detroit, Scott helped launch the Z-Rock network in the 80s and also worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Phoenix.



Bloomfield Hills' WBFH named Best High School Radio Station in the Nation for 5th time

Bloomfield Hills High School radio broadcasting students won a total of thirteen awards in six categories at the Eleventh Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held May 3, 2014 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Based on the number of award winners, WBFH won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station. It was the fifth time WBFH had won or tied for Best High School Radio Station.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of the late ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

Thirteen WBFH students were nominated for 13 awards, tied for the most nominations of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won four 1st Place awards; one 2nd Place award and three 3rd Place awards and five Finalist awards.

The Best High School Radio Station award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols. "We congratulate all the winners and nominees," said Bowers. "I'm very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up our fifth Best High School Radio Station award."

WBFH won Best Station previously in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. The station won Best Station 2nd Place in 2012 and 2009 and Best Station 3rd Place in 2004.

Student first place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial in Oakland County, online at and on the Biff Radio app.



Oakland Press:

A family from Farmington has filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of an AM radio station, claiming that they were tricked into paying nearly $1 million for a stake in an AM radio station that was never available.

Full story: Farmington family says it was bilked out of nearly $1 million in radio deal (Tue, 5/6)



Detroit Free Press:

As families prepare to honor mothers this weekend, Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis will host a luncheon Saturday for women who've lost theirs.

Full story: Detroit radio's Mildred Gaddis to host luncheon for women who've lost their moms (Tue, 5/6)

Can a radio talk-jock launch a bid for the White House from a radio studio in the nation's capitol? ith the possible help of Mike Rogers, we might be able to answer that question down the road.

Full story: Can Mike Rogers use radio show as launchpad for a presidential run? (Wed, 5/7)





Charlie LeDuff on Monday was named national news correspondent for Fox Television Stations (FTS). In addition to leading a series of national news reports on all Fox O&Os called The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, he will continue his role as investigative reporter for Fox's WJBK Detroit. In making the announcement, Sharri Berg, SVP of news operations, FTS, said: "Charlie's unorthodox storytelling, no-holds-barred attitude and exceptional wit combine to produce a news product that is unlike any other reporting out there."

Full story: Charlie LeDuff gets national beat for Fox stations (Mon, 5/5)



Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith is on his annual "Pure Michigan Tour", a series of remote broadcasts that started on Friday at Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills. Smith's travels this week include stops in Port Huron, Mackinac Island, Grand Haven & Holland, Lansing, and back to Detroit on Friday.




Detroit News:

A pair of political watchdog groups filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday against two Detroit television stations for failing to disclose information about outside groups airing TV ads in Michigan's U.S. Senate campaign. The Sunlight Foundation and Campaign Legal Center filed complaints with the FCC against WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WWJ-TV (Channel 62), alleging the Detroit stations failed to disclose information required by federal law about groups that purchased paid political advertising.

Full story: Complaints filed with FCC over how WWJ, WDIV handled political ads (Thu, 5/1)



Fine Tuning:

  • Launched: A new Country FM radio station based in Jackson. "Hot Country 101.5" airs on Jackson Radio Works WKHM-FM 105.3 HD2 and is simulcast on an analog translator at 101.5 FM (W268CA).

    The station is launching with a morning show hosted by News/Talk WKHM AM 970 personality Marc Daly, who will continue to host "Jackson Daly" on WKHM AM in addition to his new responsibilities.'Captain' Steve Boyle has been named as midday host and Program Coordinator. Afternoons and nights will be hosted by Scott Clow and Greg Green, respectively.

    The launch of a Jackson-focused Country format will compete with competitors from Ann Arbor (WWWW-FM 102.9), Battle Creek (WNWN-FM 98.5), and Lansing (WITL-FM 100.7) that reach into Jackson.

  • In addition to the format change of WNWT AM 1520 in Toledo, listeners are reporting some changes to FM translators in the market as well: FM 94.9 has dropped its simulcast of K-Love's WNKL-FM 96.9 in favor of a rebroadcast of News/Talk WSPD AM 1370 in a change that is apparently temporary; FM 104.1 has also dropped WNKL and is now being heard rebroadcasting the Urban Religious WNWT AM.

BIRACH BROADCASTING has won FCC approval of the move of its unbuilt 640 AM construction permit at TERRE HAUTE, IN to PEOTONE, IL (south of CHICAGO) and the shutdown of its Regional Mexican WMFN-A (LA PODEROSA)/ZEELAND-GRAND RAPIDS, MI to allow the move, over objections from ROBERT MICHAEL DITTO, WORD POWER, INC., ANNA WHITE, and FRED J. NATION.

Full story: FCC Approves Move Of New Birach AM Closer To Chicago (Thu, 5/1)








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