December 2014 Archives

 

Michigan Assn of Broadcasters helping to provide Inauguration coverage on New Years Day

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) will sponsor the broadcast of the 2015 inauguration of Governor Rick Snyder to his second term in office on January 1, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 1:00 p.m.

Other elected state officials will also be sworn into office during this time period. The program will be offered in high definition and will be streamed live on the web. It will be available on television and radio stations across the state, streamed on their websites and available on their digital sub-stations. There is at least one commercial television and/or radio station, along with public radio and television, carrying the inauguration in every market throughout Michigan.

MAB will provide a hosted feed for the full hour with former broadcaster and CEO of MichiganBusinessNetwork.com, Chris Holman, and, returning for a second year as co-host is Kelly Rossman-McKinney of Truscott Rossman, a Lansing-based public relations firm. Kelly and Chris will keep the program going and add tidbits of information for those watching and listening at home.

MAB and MAPB wish to thank WKAR Public Media for producing and directing the television program and for providing the video stream, technology and staff to bring the inauguration to all commercial and public broadcasters. Thank you also to MessageMakers for their assistance.

Audio will be provided to Michigan radio stations by Michigan News Network and Michigan Radio Network.

Broadcasters have expanded their reach to include popular websites, streaming, texting and social media, all while offering the in-depth audio and video information formats on which the audience depends.

"The broadcast of this event demonstrates the cooperative spirit that Governor Snyder says it will take to solve the problems we face as a state," says Karole White, MAB President/CEO. "Broadcasters have set aside competition and affiliations to bring the inauguration to citizens. If we can do it, then any group should be able to work together to find solutions to some of the state's most pressing issues."

Click here for a complete list of participating stations.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA has promoted Talk WJR/DETROIT PD MIKE WHEELER to OM for the DETROIT cluster of WJR, Hot AC WDVD, Country WDRQ and Classic Country WDRQ-HD2. In his new role, WHEELER will oversee all programming for CUMULUS' DETROIT stations, working with programmers LORI BENNETT and ROBBY BRIDGES on the programming of WDVD, NASH (WDRQ) and NASH Icon (WDRQ HD2).

Full story: Cumulus/Detroit Ups Mike Wheeler To OM (Tue, 12/30)

 

 

 

Happy Holidays! There hasn't been a ton to report on, so Michiguide.com has been taking a bit of a break during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

STEVE W. GANNON died on DECEMBER 24th at age 65. GANNON was half of the popular HARPER & GANNON Show in the '80s; he also worked at W4 Country DETROIT, KVIL/DALLAS and WAPE/JACKSONVILLE. He is survived by his four brothers and one sister, their spouses, many nieces and nephews and their children.

Full story: '80s Morning Co-Host Steve Gannon Passes (Mon, 12/29)

 

LAKES RADIO, INC. is selling a five-station cluster in MICHIGAN's UPPER PENINSULA -- Top 40 WGLQ (MAGIC 97) and News-Talk WCHT-A/ESCANABA, Oldies WGKL (KOOL 105.5)/GLADSTONE, Country WCMM (102.5 THE MOOSE)/GULLIVER, and Oldies WTIQ-A (CRUISIN' 1490)/MANISTIQUE -- to AMC PARTNERS ESCANABA, LLC for $1.8 million.

Full story: Upper Peninsula Cluster Sold (Mon, 12/29)

 


 

Traverse City's CherryT Ball Drop to be Broadcast Live for Third Year

The CherryT Ball Drop, Traverse City's annual new year's celebration, will be broadcast live on TV throughout northern Michigan and streamed online again this year, after phenomenal success with the event's first ever live broadcast in December 2012 and its second broadcast last year.

The live broadcast will be produced by MI News 26, northern Michigan's 24/7 local news channel. The program, which will be produced live from Front Street, will count down to the start of 2015 through a look back at the last year, and will feature interviews with community leaders and event attendees, all leading up to the drop of a giant, lit cherry over downtown Traverse City at midnight to ring in the new year.

"We're looking forward to covering this big event for the third year in a row, live to all of northern Michigan," explained MI News 26 Meteorologist Morris Langworthy, who will co-host this year's broadcast, "Last year, we had a high-energy event and we're looking forward broadcasting to the same type of program this year."

This year's live broadcast will begin at 11:00pm and continue until 12:15am. Coverage will be broadcast exclusively on MI News 26 - available on Charter digital cable channel 13 and Acentek channel 5 throughout northern Michigan. The broadcast will also be streamed live online at MINews26.com.

The CherryT Ball Drop is an annual, non-profit event that raises money and collects non-perishable food items while celebrating the new year. The event takes place on New Year's Eve each year on Front Street in downtown Traverse City.

 


 

MLive.com:

For the first time in its 127-year history, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will ring in 2015 with a New Year's Eve event that will be televised on Detroit Public Television. The orchestra is led by Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor, and will perform Dec. 31 "an evening of New Orleans jazz and Motown favorites," according to a press release.

Full story: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to host New Year's Eve event; Public TV to air it live (Mon, 12/29)

 

 

 

jacoBLOG / Fred Jacobs:

It's been a tough month for TV and radio icons here in The D. Earlier in the month, the most famous anchorman in Detroit history, Bill Bonds, passed away. And then over the weekend, Bill Burton, head of the Detroit Radio Advertiser Group (DRAG) and former chief of the rep firm Eastman Radio left us. If you could retire someone's number in radio, no one would ever wear Bill's jersey again.

Full story: Mr. Fabulous (Mon, 12/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Facebook page exploded this morning over an apology for an inappropriate word uttered during Sunday evening's 11 p.m. news.

Full story: FOX 17's Facebook page explodes over apology for broadcasting offensive word few heard (Mon, 12/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Broadcast Inc, which owns/operates 6 radio stations in Northwest Lower Michigan, has named Kristal Flateau as the cluster's General Manager where she will oversee Rock combo 'KLT' (97.5 and 98.9 FM), Classic Hits 'Music Radio the Fox' (92.5 and 94.3 FM) and Sports 'ESPN Radio Northern Michigan' (105.5 and 106.7 FM). Flateau has been with the group for 19 years in various roles.

    Simultaneously, NBI announced that Matthew Turek has been elevated to the role of General Sales Manager. He started with the group in 2003.

 

 

 

Radio Ink:

It's a sad day for the radio industry. Radio's number one ambassador has passed away at the age of 85. Burton died as a result of head injuries suffered from a fall at home on Tuesday. Bill Burton will be missed by too many people to count and by an entire industry that appreciated him as its number one cheerleader.

Full story: Radio's Mr. Fabulous Bill Burton dies at 85 (Sat, 12/20)

 

Burton was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group - see his profile here.

 

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The passing of Bill Bonds marks the death of the last surviving member of what you might call the Motor City Media Rat Pack. Once upon a time, Bill Bonds, J.P. McCarthy and Bob Talbert ruled the conversation in this town.

Full story: Bonds, Talbert and J.P.: Media kings of a time gone by (Thu, 12/18)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

WWMT Newschannel 3 sports director Ed Kengerski will be leaving the West Michigan area after nearly 20 years with the Kalamazoo television station. Kengerski will be leaving CBS-affiliate WWMT after accepting a video sports reporter position with the University of Michigan, where he will focus on covering football, basketball and ice hockey, Kengerski said.

Full story: Newschannel 3 sports director Ed Kengerski to leave West Michigan after accepting University of Michigan job (Fri, 12/19)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Media General says its "business combination" with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company. (In Michigan, the combined company now owns NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids, ABC affiliates WOTV-TV Ch. 41 Battle Creek and WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 Lansing, CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing, and MyNetworkTV affliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 Grand Rapids)

Full story: Media General's Merger with LIN Complete (Fri, 12/19)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

After 15 years with the company, the last ten at the weeknight helm of iHEARTMEDIA Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS, APD BRIAN HOLMES is the latest to find his position eliminated. "HOLMES & The FreakShow" was also heard weeknights at sister Top 40 WVKS/TOLEDO...

Full story: Brian Holmes Exits WSNX (Wed, 12/17)

 

DENISE BOHN-STEWART is returning to MID-WEST FAMILY BROADCASTING Hot AC WCXT (98.3 THE COAST)/ST. JOSEPH-BENTON HARBOR, MI to host mornings with JONNY REINHARDT, beginning JANUARY 5th. BOHN-STEWART served as News Director for the MID-WEST FAMILY SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN cluster and morning show co-host on Country WYTZ (97.5 Y-COUNTRY) before moving to TV at CBS affiliate WSBT-TV/SOUTH BEND and also working with the SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION in SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN. Meanwhile, former morning host ZACK EAST moves back to handle noon-5p, and REINHARDT, who rejoined the cluster in OCTOBER, will co-host 6-9a with BOHN-STEWART and go solo 9a-noon. STEPH WILLIAMS remains on board to handle 5-10p.

Full story: Denise Bohn Stewart Joins WCXT For Mornings, Zack East Heads To Afternoons (Tue, 12/16)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Brad Golder, the radio broadcast voice of the Midland-based Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team since the team's inception, is stepping down as the team's play-by-play announcer to pursue other opportunities. Golder will continue with the Loons and ESPN 100.9-FM (WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning) through the end of February to finish out the basketball season and to assist in the transition to his replacement.

 

 

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

The funeral arrangements for Bill Bonds have been announced: Visitation Thursday, December 18, 1pm to 8pm, Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1328 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, MI. There will be a sharing of memories service, Thursday at 7:30pm. Funeral, Friday, December 19, 11am, Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham, MI 48009.

Memorials appreciated to Focus Hope Foundation, 1355 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48238, the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Center for Animal Care, 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, MI 48211, and the Alzheimer's Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, STE 100, Southfield, MI 48033

Full story: Bill Bonds' funeral arrangements and memorial donation information announced (Sun, 12/14)

 

 

 

Bill Bonds, one of Detroit's most iconic media personalities, passed away earlier today at the age of 82 after suffering an apparent heart attack. Bonds broke through on the radio in his hometown of Detroit, later moving to television where he was best known as the no-nonsense lead anchor at WXYZ-TV Ch. 7. His influence on local television news can not be overstated.

 

Coverage from across town this evening:

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7: Bill Bonds, iconic former Channel 7 Action News anchorman, has died

 

Detroit Free Press: Former Detroit television anchor Bill Bonds dies

 

Detroit News: Bill Bonds, iconic Channel 7 news anchor, dies

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former Christian radio host John Balyo asked a judge for some hope of rejoining society at his sentencing for a sexual attack on a young boy. He has that possibility - after at least 40 years in prison. Balyo, the former morning host at WCSG, said he did not recognize the "depravity" of his actions until he was caught.

Full story: Former Christian radio host John Balyo sent to prison: Took boy's 'trust and innocence' (Thu, 12/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • In the late 1960's, Tom Graye was a student at Plymouth-Salem High School- even before they had their own radio station, WSDP. He worked at WPAG (now WTKA) and also at WAAM, both in Ann Arbor, when it was playing the hits in the early 1970's. In the 1980's he was at the Top of the Rock 89 WLS in Chicago. He's been at great stations in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Minneapolis, Washington, DC and Detroit at the one-time Stereo Island 100.3, WKNR-FM.

    He was just awarded for ten outstanding years with the Catholic Radio-TV Network EWTN. His voice can be heard locally on WDEO AM 990 from Ypsilanti.
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  • The FCC has stepped up its crackdown on the airing of Emergency Alert System tones when there is no emergency. News/Talk WTRC-FM 95.3 Niles will be paying a $46,000 civil penalty for airing an ad that included the EAS tones. The whistleblower in this case? The National Weather Service.

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Charlie Langton has been promoted to weekend morning anchor for Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 12). Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show Let It Rip that airs Thursday nights and Sunday mornings, as well as report and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts.

Full story: WJBK Ups Charlie Langton To Weekend Anchor (Thu, 12/11)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS promotes ACE MCKAY to PD, affective immediately. ACE succeeds TROY WEST who recently took a position with KSBJ/HOUSTON.

Full story: Ace McKay Promoted To PD At WJQK (Fri, 12/12)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

The name tag uses only her first name and an initial: Dana M. But that and her voice were enough for a guest to fill in the blank. "You used to be on the radio," the woman said, and Dana Lundon Masucci -- formerly behind a microphone, and currently behind the front desk at a Farmington Hills hotel -- acknowledged that indeed she was.

Full story: Laid off from radio, but a voice for pride in her work (Thu, 12/11)

 

A local CBS radio personality announced Wednesday that she was fired from her job this week. In a YouTube video called "I got fired," Gillian Reilly said she was let go Monday.

Full story: CBS Radio personality fired (Wed, 12/10)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

After extending of its prior retransmission consent agreement with Dish three times, Nexstar Broadcasting Group has finally reached a long-term deal with the satellite carrier. The announcement of a deal came at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, just two hours before the last extension was due to expire.

Full story: Nexstar, Dish Finally Reach Retrans Deal (Wed, 12/10)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Extended: The affiliate agreement between E.W. Scripps, owner of Detroit's WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, and ABC, for five more years. The deal between the two broadcasters now goes through December 2019.

 


 

WOTV-TV Ch. 41 Grand Rapids / wotv4women.com:

You're invited to a special event where you can take a walk down memory lane in Grand Rapids. "Holiday Memories of Grand Rapids, Michigan" is a holiday television special full of music, local celebrities, memories and more. The special will be filmed live at Wealthy Street Theater located at 1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506 on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Full story: You're invited to a live taping of a television special (Wed, 12/10)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Chauncy Glover is leaving WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, for ABC owned station KTRK in Houston. Glover has worked as a reporter and anchor at WDIV since December 2011.

Full story: Reporter Chauncy Glover Leaving Detroit for Houston (Wed, 12/10)

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

Les Root, who spent more than a half century broadcasting news in the Flint area with a signature tenor and rhythm, has died five years after signing off the air for the final time. Root, 75, of Fenton, died Monday, Dec. 8, after a brief illness, his wife, Maxine, said Tuesday, Dec. 9. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and 11 a.m. until noon Friday, Dec. 12, at Sharp Funeral Homes -- Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton.

Full story: Friends mourn passing of Les Root, voice of Flint radio for 53 years (Tue, 12/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Exited: Co-host Gillian Reilly and producer Joe Blum from The Coop Show, heard mornings on CBS Radio/Detroit Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio).
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  • Cumulus Media/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 welcomes back its annual Christmas Sing to downtown Detroit. The event this year has moved from suburban Troy to Campus Martius Park and will take place on Friday, December 12th with events starting at 5 p.m.

    WJR morning host and event emcee Paul W. Smith commented, "Our WJR Christmas Sing started 49 years ago in Detroit, and I'm thrilled that we are celebrating this year's fun again right in the heart of the City at Campus Martius Park."

 

 

 

UpNorthLive.com / WPBN-TV Ch. 7 & WTOM-TV Ch. 4 Traverse City/Cheboygan:

Northern Michigan is mourning the loss of veteran broadcaster Merlin "Zeke" Dumbrille. Merlin died peacefully at home Friday, December 5 after a long battle with cancer. Merlin started working at WTCM in Traverse City in 1951 and retired in 2009.

Full story: Mourning the loss of veteran broadcaster Merlin Dumbrille (Fri, 12/5)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Simply walking through the lobby of his New York hotel Monday morning seeing famous faces, Frank Beckmann was overwhelmed. "Who would have thought it?" he said, before he'll receive the Chris Schenkel Award on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Full story: U-M's Frank Beckmann set to earn his greatest honor (Mon, 12/8)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

TV news anchor Derek Francis earlier this year left broadcast journalism, but now he's back. The former WZZM-TV morning anchor today joins WXMI-TV as a news anchor. In May, the 11-year veteran of West Michigan's ABC-TV affiliate left broadcast journalism to become a senior account executive with SeyferthPR in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Former anchor Derek Francis returns to TV news in West Michigan on FOX 17 (Mon, 12/8)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

On Monday evening, Nexstar Broadcasting Group said it has agreed to the third extension of its distribution agreement with Dish Network, allowing the satellite television provider the right to continue to air Nexstar's stations until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The agreement covers Nexstar's broadcast portfolio of 60 stations in 46 markets (including CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba/Marquette).

Full story: Nexstar In Third Extension Of Dish Talks (Mon, 12/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Expanding: The coverage of the "Mojo in the Morning Show", heard on originating station Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit, this time to a Classic Rock station in Corinth, Mississippi. WKQI is owned by iHeart Media; WYDL in Corinth is owned by Flinn Broadcasting; and finally the Mojo program is syndicated by Envision Networks.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Television and Dish Network have reached a new retransmission agreement, ending the blackout of CBS' stations on the satellite TV distributor. In the Detroit market, the agreement restores coverage of WWJ-TV Ch. 62 (CBS) and WKBD-TV Ch. 50 (CW) in addition to CBS' cable networks.

 

 

 

Deadline.com:

Dish Network subscribers lost programming from CBS-owned stations at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT. The network says that the No. 2 satellite company "has dragged its feet at our many attempts to negotiate in good faith," after six months of talks and two contract extensions. It adds that it hopes "that we can reach an agreement very soon so we can all get back to the business of providing the best entertainment, news and sports to the Dish customers we both serve. (Dish subscribers in the Detroit market lost access to WWJ-TV Ch. 62 and WKBD-TV Ch. 50, the CBS and CW affiliates respectively)

Full story: CBS Goes Dark On Dish Network (Fri, 12/5)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Nexstar Broadcasting Group said Thursday evening that Dish Network subscribers in 60 markets are at risk of its stations at 11:59 p.m. ET tomorrow night since the satellite service has yet to reach a new distribution agreement allowing Dish to continue to air Nexstar's stations. For over a month, Nexstar said, it has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with Dish. (Nexstar owns CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba/Marquette)

Full story: Nexstar: Dish Subs May Lose Stations (Thu, 12/4)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After 15 straight hours on the air, spent but still in strong voice, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom ended his third S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon on Thursday night with a huge number: $812,000. That's how much listeners contributed to S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, founded by Albom in 2006 after Super Bowl XL and the umbrella for seven charities that help the neediest of Detroiters in a partnership with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

Full story: Mitch Albom radiothon raises $812,000 for needy Detroiters (Fri, 12/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $500,000 in pledges by CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5 during their two-day radiothon to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

 

 

 

Detroit broadcasters raising money

Not only do Detroit's radio and television broadcasters compete for your eyes and ears, today they are also competing for your donations with three fundraising campaigns happening simultaneously:

CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5 is broadcasting live from Art Van Furniture on 14 Mile in Warren the next two days from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. as part of its annual WYCD St. Jude Radiothon. Details at WYCD.com.

Mitch Albom, afternoon host on Cumulus Media/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760, hosts his annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon from Somerset Mall in Troy today from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. The event will be carried live on WJR. Details at SAYDetroit.org.

Also, Scripps Media ABC affliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit is hosting its annual St. Vincent de Paul "Joy of Giving" Telethon from 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. with features during the station's newscasts and in between regular programming. Details on this effort at WXYZ.com.

 


 

Detroit News:

Radio is dying. Or, it's already dead. The precise condition of the body depends on which futurist you read, assuming you read futurists at all. As for "futurist," that's a job title that didn't really exist 15 years ago -- just like most of the things that are supposedly killing radio.

Full story: The death of radio: Is it time to plan the wake? (Thu, 12/4)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

"Why all the charity stuff?" Someone asked me that at an airport. He meant no harm. He just couldn't understand why, as a sports writer, I would get so involved in other people's problems.

Full story: Albom: Radiothon a chance to help less fortunate in city (Thu, 12/4)

 


 

RadioInsight:

Saga Communications is selling their Michigan and Minnesota based regional networks to Learfield Communications. The Lansing, MI based Michigan Radio Network and Michigan Farm Radio Network and Minneapolis based Minnesota News Network and Minnesota Farm Network will join Learfield's existing state network operations in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Full story: Saga Sells Michigan & Minnesota Networks (Thu, 12/4)

 

 

 

Multichannel.com:

After a pair of extensions, CBS has set Thursday night as the retransmission-consent Rubicon before its properties go dark on Dish. The broadcaster's deal for its own-and-operated stations, as well as premium service Showtime Networks and national cable sports channel CBS Sports Network, initially expired on Nov. 20, but have remained available to the No. 2 DBS provider's subscribers via a pair of short-term extensions.

Full story: CBS To Cut Off Dish On Dec. 4 (Tue, 12/2)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

A massive power failure in Detroit has forced stations into breaking news coverage, as city schools, universities, courthouses and other public buildings have lost power without explanation.

Full story: Detroit Stations Jump Into Breaking News Coverage Amid Massive Power Failure (Tue, 12/2)

 

Over the weekend, viewers of Lansing, Mich. NBC affiliate WILX learned two anchors were leaving the station on back-to-back days. Sunday morning, Anthony Sabella said goodbye on-air, telling viewers he was moving to Flint to work at ABC affiliate WJRT as a reporter.

Full story: WILX Loses Two Anchors in Two Days (Tue, 12/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus/Detroit Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 is working to make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season and is inviting listeners to help stuff four buses full of new toys, Thursday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7. 96.3 WDVD DJs will be hanging out at four collection locations in Canton, Royal Oak, Clinton Twp and Northville helping to collect new, unwrapped toys. Collected toys will benefit local children's charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Bottomless Toy Chest, Bridgepointe, Goodfellows, Neighborhood Service Organization, Orchards Children's Services, Ronald McDonald House and Volunteers of America! More info at www.963WDVD.com.
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  • Religious WRVM-FM (102.7 Suring, WI) has expanded its coverage with the sign-on of its recently acquired 88.5 FM Sturgeon Bay, WI. The station, using the new call sign WPVM, rebroadcasts the programming of WRVM at 15,000 watts from Wisconsin's Door Peninsula northeast of the city of Green Bay; both WRVM and WPVM can be heard in parts of upper Michigan.

 


 

ESPN 100.9 Midland brings back Saginaw Valley League basketball coverage

WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning/Midland, ESPN 100.9-FM, moves from football to basketball season and has unveiled its Saginaw Valley League boys and girls basketball coverage package for the 2014-15 season. Coverage will include more than 20 live broadcasts of SVL games, including top local rivalries such as Midland vs. Midland Dow and Saginaw High vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill. Coverage will continue into the postseason with Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament action.

Coverage begins on Friday, Dec. 12 when Midland High travels to Mt. Pleasant for a girls/boys doubleheader. The broadcast will begin at 6 p.m. The ESPN 100.9-FM game coverage schedule will be announced throughout the 2014-15 season.

Broadcasters will include Brad Golder, Matt DeVries, Jim Costa, Matt Kearney, Jake Riepma and Brad Tunney. Golder is the play-by-play announcer for the Great Lakes Loons and SVSU men's and women's basketball. DeVries is the program director for ESPN 100.9-FM and hosted SVL football coverage in 2014 and was a part of SVL basketball coverage on ESPN 100.9-FM in 2013-14. Costa, Kearney and Tunney have all been part of Central Michigan University athletic broadcasts, while Riepma has broadcast Northwood men's and women's basketball and spent time on Loons broadcasts in 2014.

 


 

Multichannel.com:

It's just about time for CUMULUS MEDIA's 7th annual SUBWAY HOT NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY in downtown GRAND RAPIDS, MI. Top 40 WHTS (105.3 HOT-FM), Country WTNR (94.5 NASH-FM), Classic Rock WLAV (97LAV), Sports WBBL and News WJRW will combine forces and bring the community together for an evening to celebrate the NEW YEAR!

Full story: Cumulus/Grand Rapids' Hot New Year's Eve Party Is On (Tue, 12/2)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 anchor Tim Doty is leaving West Michigan for central Indiana. Doty, a 13-year veteran of WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, is joining WTTV-TV in Indianapolis in January.

Full story: FOX 17 veteran Tim Doty departs West Michigan to anchor in bigger market (Mon, 12/1)

 


 

Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

A local newscast is about to lose a familiar face. Jason Colthorp, evening anchor at WILX News 10, has been named anchor and reporter at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, according to an announcement by Michael King, vice president and general manager of WILX Media.

Full story: WILX anchor Jason Colthorp leaving for Detroit (Mon, 12/1)

 


 

Macomb Daily:

Detroit's Country cares about kids. For the 14th year, WYCD-FM (99.5) will present its annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Dec. 4-5, at Art Van Furniture in Warren.

Full story: WYCD-FM (99.5) Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon needs volunteers (Mon, 12/1)

 


 

Michigan's all-Christmas radio stations:

  • Detroit: WNIC-FM 100.3, WOMC-FM 104.3, WCSX-FM 94.7 (HD-2 only)
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  • Grand Rapids: WTRV-FM 100.5 and WSRW-FM 105.7
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  • Lansing/Jackson: WFMK-FM 99.1 and WSAE-FM 106.9
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  • 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
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  • Battle Creek: WBXX-FM 104.9
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  • Pt. Huron: WHLS AM 1450 / WHLX AM 1590
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  • Northern Lower Peninsula: WQEZ-FM 95.5/WOEZ-FM 106.3 and WLXT-FM 96.3
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  • Upper Peninsula: WNBY-FM 93.9 (Newberry) and W291CJ FM 106.1 (Marquette)
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  • Nearby: WRVF-FM 101.5 Toledo, OH ; WNSN-FM 101.5 South Bend, IN

 

 

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