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)
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)
- 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.