November 2014 Archives


Detroit Free Press:

People camped out, cooked out or just stood in rapt delight as Detroit's 88th annual holiday parade -- officially named America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van -- marched and rolled without a hitch past M-1 light-rail construction sites that had worried planners.

Full story: Holiday parade rolls in Detroit and 148 TV markets (Thu, 11/27)


Services will be held Saturday for the Rev. Ron Coleman Sr., a pastor whose ministry reached beyond the pulpit and onto airwaves in metro Detroit. The Rev. Coleman died unexpectedly at his home in Detroit Friday. He was 68. A cause of death was not immediately made available.

Full story: Pastor, radio host the Rev. Ron D. Coleman dies at 68 (Thu, 11/27)

Christmas has once again come early at Detroit radio station 104.3 WOMC FM. The station switched 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to a special, all-Christmas great hits format to celebrate the holiday season.

Full story: Detroit radio station begins 24-hour Christmas, Motown holiday classics format (Wed, 11/26)



Michigan's all-Christmas radio stations:

  • Detroit: WNIC-FM 100.3, WOMC-FM 104.3, WCSX-FM 94.7 (HD-2 only)

  • Grand Rapids: WTRV-FM 100.5 and WSRW-FM 105.7

  • Lansing: WFMK-FM 99.1

  • Tri-Cities/Bay region: WHNN-FM 96.1 and WSAG-FM 104.1/WSAM AM 1400; WGDN-FM 103.1 will go all-Christmas on Dec. 5

  • Battle Creek: WBXX-FM 104.9

  • Pt. Huron: WHLS AM 1450 / WHLX AM 1590

  • Northern Lower Peninsula: WQEZ-FM 95.5/WOEZ-FM 106.3 and WLXT-FM 96.3

  • Upper Peninsula: WNBY-FM 93.9 (Newberry) and W291CJ FM 106.1 (Marquette)

  • Nearby: WRVF-FM 101.5 Toledo, OH ; WNSN-FM 101.5 South Bend, IN




Detroit Free Press:

For George Blaha, this time of year is like preparing for exams in his two favorite subjects. And that helps to make it enjoyable for him despite the preparation and hectic schedule involved in delivering all the details of the Michigan State football and Pistons' NBA seasons with his legendary voice.

Full story: Busy schedule for Pistons, MSU broadcaster George Blaha (Tue, 11/25)



Tribune Media:

oday FOX 17 announced that they have built a new translator in Battle Creek. This new translator will amplify their over-the-air signal in the Battle Creek area, making it easier to access their station, and making their signal more reliable. FOX 17 advises viewers to rescan their televisions or convertor box in order to access this new signal.

Full story: FOX 17 Builds New Translator In Battle Creek (Mon, 11/24)



WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids:

FOX 17 announced that, starting on Monday, December 1, 2014, they'll begin airing a new show called FOX 17 Morning Mix. This new local lifestyle show will air Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 10:00AM, immediately following FOX 17 Morning News.

Full story: FOX 17 announces new local lifestyle show (Mon, 11/24)



Crain's Detroit Business:

As he prepares to exit the terrestrial television industry, local broadcaster Kevin Adell is expanding the reach of his satellite religious network by adding another local radio station.

Full story: Adell to buy local Radio Disney station, expand reach of Word network (Mon, 11/24)



WWTV-TV/WWUP-TV Ch. 9/10 Traverse City:

John McGowan is a local icon. He's spent more than 40 years bringing us important news stories, taking us to some of Northern Michigan's favorite restaurants and of course, helping run the big show -- Sports Overtime. But he, like all of us, is human. And he learned that in one of the most difficult ways possible, when he arrived at work on September 26.

Full story: Surviving a Stroke: John McGowan's Recovery Battle (Mon, 11/24)

On FRIDAY (11/21), CUMULUS Hot AC WDVD (96.3 DVD)/DETROIT BLAINE AND ALLYSON morning show broadcast for 13 hours straight in their eighth CARE FOR KIDS RADIOTHON, raising over $130.000 to benefit THE CHILDREN's MIRACLE NETWORK and the BEAUMONT CHILDREN's HOSPITAL.

Full story: WDVD's Blaine And Allyson Raise $130,000 For Children's Charities (Mon, 11/24)

JEREMY HENRY is teaming up with AMANDA HILDABRAND for mornings on CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WCSG (91.3)/GRAND RAPIDS. JEREMY comes to WCSG from his MD slot at cross-town patriot LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/ZEELAND-GRAND RAPIDS.

Full story: Jeremy Henry Joins The Morning Team At WCSG (Tue, 11/18)



Fine Tuning:

  • Sold: Children's/Pop WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills/Detroit from Radio Disney to The Word Network for $3,000,000, pending approval and closing. The Word Network is owned by Kevin Adell, who also owns independent WADL-TV Ch. 38 in Detroit as well as The Word Network television service that is delivered digitally and via satellite.

  • Patti Taylor is the new permanent General Sales Manager for Greater Media/Detroit's rock combo of classic WCSX-FM 94.7 and active WRIF-FM 101.1- she'd already been acting in that position for over a year. Jonathan Ghazal takes over as Sales Manager for clustermate sports WMGC-FM (Detroit Sports 105.1).



Grand Rapids Press:

Ray Bentley, who has been a local morning sports talk radio host since 2010, said he has been fired by WBBL-FM (107.3). Bentley, co-host with Ryan Schuiling of the "Sports Brothers" show and also a longtime ESPN football analyst, said he was informed via email late last week that he would no longer work at the station.

Full story: Ray Bentley fired from sports talk show on WBBL-FM, plans to leave Grand Rapids (Tue, 11/18)





CBS started alerting viewers Friday night that Dish Network could pluck out the Eye in certain markets, in the latest dispute to hit the pay-TV biz. "Attention, Dish customers! You could soon lose CBS," the broadcaster's spots said. Over all, there are 14 CBS-owned stations covered under Dish agreement, plus seven CW, two My Network TV and three independent stations (including WWJ-TV Ch. 62 and WKBD-TV Ch. 50 Detroit).

Full story: CBS Warns Viewers That It May Go Dark on Dish Network (Fri, 11/14)

STEVE CHESSARE has been upped to VP/Market Manager of GREATER MEDIA's DETROIT-based cluster. He has been serving as the Market Manager since APRIL of 2013.

Full story: Steve Chessare Promoted To VP/Market Manager Of Greater Media/Detroit (Fri, 11/14)



Mason County Press:

Former local radio personality Guy Wynn Titsworth died over the weekend, according to postings on Facebook. Guy, known on the air as Guy Wynn, most recently worked at WMOM radio in Ludington.

Full story: Former radio personality dies (Sun, 11/16)



Fine Tuning:

  • Trading hands: Classic Hits WUPS-FM 98.5 and Country WTWS-FM 92.1 Harrison/Houghton Lake; seller is Bridge to Bridge, buyer is Black Diamond Broadcast Group, LLC - agreed upon sales price is $1.65 million with the deal still needing FCC approval and a closing.

  • Exited: Ray Bentley from morning drive at Cumulus Media/Grand Rapids Sports WBBL-FM 107.3.




Grand Rapids Press:

Veteran West Michigan meteorologist Joe Kopecek is joining WXMI-TV FOX 17 as chief meteorologist. Kopecek, who left competitor WZZM-TV 13 in early October, begins on the air today at 6, 10 and 11 p.m. for the Tribune Media-owned company serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

Full story: Former WZZM-TV meteorologist Joe Kopecek joins WXMI FOX 17 as chief meteorologist (Wed, 11/12)



Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Zach Wellsandt as the new Program Director for iHeartMedia/Grand Rapids Top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5. Wellsandt, who is known on-air as DJ Mayhem will arrive in West Michigan via Spokane, Washington. The PD spot at 'SNX had been vacated by Eric O'Brien who joined




Radio Disney Inc.'s sale of its Detroit station has run into static because a buyer terminated its offer after entering the contract stage, according to a source close to the matter. The buyer, a local broadcasting company that had made a verbal offer and reached the contract stage with the Walt Disney Co. (DIS) unit, decided not to pursue Detroit station WFDF and is instead looking to purchase an AM station from CBS Radio Inc., the source said.

Full story: Source Says Buyer Bails on Deal for Radio Disney's Detroit Station (Tue, 11/11)

ENTERCOM Country WLFP (94.1 THE WOLF)/MEMPHIS has named MARTY BROOKS to morning drive effective MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17th. BROOKS joins THE WOLF after career stops at CUMULUS Top 40 WHTS and sister station Country WTNR in GRAND RAPIDS.

Full story: Marty Brooks Tapped For Mornings At Wolf/Memphis (Mon, 11/10)




Detroit Free Press:

Comcast's local-origination channel in Michigan, cn900, will more than double its sports content during 2014-15 with broadcasts of Oakland University and Detroit Mercy basketball games, Michigan and Michigan State hockey games, Wayne State football and basketball games, and Plymouth Whalers games. Reaching every XFINITY TV household in the state, cn900 is available to more than 1 million Michigan homes.

Full story: Comcast 900 ramping up local college sports TV coverage (Mon, 11/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

Brent Ashcroft, who has been a part of the West Michigan television sports scene for more than two decades, is ready for a new challenge with WZZM-TV 13.

Full story: Veteran sports anchor Brent Ashcroft discusses new role as storyteller with WZZM-TV (Mon, 11/10)


WZZM-TV 13's Brent Ashcroft is stepping down from the sports anchor desk, and the ABC-TV affiliate has picked up a new sports director and sports reporter. Jamal Spencer, a Detroit-area native and Michigan State University graduate, is WZZM TV's new sports director.

Full story: Brent Ashcroft leaves sports desk; WZZM TV names new sports director, reporter (Fri, 11/7)


The days of nonstop television political advertisements are over. Until the next election, that is. Viewers in West Michigan couldn't escape the bombardment of ads during the most recent campaign cycle, and perhaps that's an understatement.

Full story: Grand Rapids TV station aired most political ads in entire U.S. just before Election Day (Thu, 11/6)



WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen is celebrating 40 years on West Michigan television. He first appeared on air in the region on Nov. 5, 1974.

Full story: Bill Steffen Celebrates 40 Years of West Michigan TV (Wed, 11/5)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

A former host of a Christian radio station was sentenced Monday in Calhoun County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting a child. John Balyo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years behind bars for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Full story: Balyo sentenced for sexually assaulting boy (Mon, 11/10)




Grand Rapids Press:

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? If you listen to The River 100.5 or to Star 105.7 in Grand Rapids, it depends. WTRV-FM (100.5) on Sunday and WSRW-FM (105.7) on Monday began broadcasting all Christmas music, all the time for the holiday season in West Michigan.

Full story: Too early for Christmas music on the radio? Readers, listeners sound off (Tue, 11/4)



Fine Tuning:

  • iHeartMedia/Detroit Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 will make its annual change to Christmas music tomorrow, November 6th.

  • Christian Broadcasting System's WSNL AM 600 Flint (Victory 600) has gained FM coverage via a recently purchased FM translator on 106.5 in the Flint area. W293CA was purchased from Educational Media Foundation for $60,000; the deal recently closed.




Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 chief meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg no longer is with WXMI-TV in West Michigan. Chief meteorologist at Channel 17 for the past two-and-a-half years, Mecklenburg issued a statement Sunday night through Facebook and Twitter.

Full story: FOX 17 chief meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg no longer with WXMI TV (Mon, 11/3)


Do they know it's Christmas time at all? They do if they're listening to The River 100.5 FM or Star 105.7 in Grand Rapids. WTRV-FM (100.5) and WSRW-FM (105.7) this morning were airing holiday cheer in West Michigan.

Full story: Christmas music returns to West Michigan radio nearly a week earlier than 2013 (Mon, 11/3)




Meredith TerHaar has returned to WZZM as weekend morning anchor and MMJ. TerHaar started at the Grand Rapids, Mich. ABC affiliate as an intern in 2003 and worked her way up to producer of the noon show.

Full story: Former Producer Returns to WZZM as Weekend AM Anchor (Mon, 11/3)




Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 12) today promoted Amy Andrews to weekday morning anchor of the station's Fox 2 News at 11 a.m. In addition, Andrews will anchor "The Nine" Thursdays and Fridays from 9-11 a.m. Her first day in this new role will be Nov. 4. Most recently, Andrews was anchor of WJBK's 4:30 a.m. weekday newscast and regularly contributed to The Nine.

Full story: WJBK names Amy Andrews 11 AM anchor (Mon, 11/3)



Radio + Television Business Report:

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has brought its sale of WDTW-AM Detroit to the finish line. The buyer, Pedro Zamora, will be giving the city its first full market Hispanic station.

Full story: Detroit AM sale closes (Mon, 11/3)




WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

A former member of the WOOD TV8 team has died. Richard Tetzlaff, better known Dick McKay, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, according to his obituary. He was 77.

Full story: Former WOOD sportscaster dies at age 77 (Sun, 11/2)

At NOON TODAY, GREATER MEDIA Oldies WCSX/DETROIT's HD-2 channel converted to an all-CHRISTMAS format by airing PERRY COMO's "It's Beginning to Look A Lot like CHRISTMAS." On top of continuous and uninterrupted CHRISTMAS music, you'll hear Christmas history with "kids who stay the darndest things," favorite CHRISTMAS moments from our listeners and more.

Full story: WCSX HD-2 Oldies Turns On the Christmas Lights (Fri, 10/31)


CHARLIE FERGUSON will join SAGA as VP/GM in SPRINGFIELD, IL late this year or early JANUARY. FERGUSON joins after 10 years as GM for NORTHERN BROADCAST/TRAVERSE CITY, MI./p>

Full story: Saga/Springfield Names Charlie Ferguson GM (Thu, 10/30)


iHEARTMEDIA Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT "The MOJO in the Morning Show" spoke with the sister of missing MONROE woman CHELSEA BRUCK, who noted that police are in the midst of trying to pinpoint her sister's mood, actions, interactions and whereabouts from that evening. Authorities are looking into details regarding a man who was last seen with CHELSEA.

Full story: WKQI's Mojo Offers Reward Money To Find Missing Woman (Fri, 10/31)



Fine Tuning:

  • West Michigan gets all-Christmas radio station: Townsquare Media Adult Contemporary WTRV-FM 100.5 becomes the first traditional (non-digital) radio station in the state to take on an All-Christmas format this fall, flipping at some point over the weekend.








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