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Mike Fezzey gone far too early

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Memorial by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Where have all the good ones gone?

For those if us of a certain age the question is where have all the good ones gone? The radio industry is seemingly losing a great deal of the the truly great talents and worst of all there doesn't seem to be a plethora of great NEW talents lined up to replace them.

Now, we have lost another and this one further proves that life is truly unfair. Mike Fezzey, former WJR vice-president and general manager, is dead at the young age of only 58. I was down in Florida visiting friends and listening to WJR via the Internet on my iPhone when I heard news director Dick Haefner break the sad news that Fezzey, while himself on business in Naples, Florida, suffered a fatal heart attack the day before he was to return to Michigan.

It was Mike Fezzey who brought Michigan State sports back to the Great Voice of the Great Lakes and in July 1996 hired Paul. W. Smith as the best choice to succeed the late J P McCarthy. Each morning Smith starts his show with the phrase "each day is a gift" and when something like this happens, one is keenly aware of the true meaning of that statement. Paul is understandably devastated by this news and did a beautiful on-air commentary about Mr. Fezzey on a rare Saturday morning remote broadcast over WJR.

Mike was a WJR lifer working is way up from an account executive to sales a manager to the top position at the station. He was very community-minded, working with several local charities and non-profit organizations. He was simply the best!

After a run of well over thirty years at the radio station, he switched hats in 2011 to become President of Huntington Bank's Eastern 'Michigan Region. He was in Florida recruiting new business when he died. My personal relationship with him was via the popular WJR Michigan RADIOGUIDES which were published, with his support, over three decades! I will miss him.

A statement from Huntington Bank stated, "Mike was an extraordinary member of the Huntington family who was highly committed to the Detroit area, making it a growing and vibrant community."

He was also a very spiritual man, so we know he's in a good place right now.

As word spread, messages of shock and disbelief are pouring in from people inside and outside of the radio industry about this profound loss. Even though Mike had left the business on a day to day basis, his heart was always in radio and now it has stopped FAR too soon.

Debbie Kenyon, market manager for CBS Radio's six radio stations in Detroit, reflected, "Mike was a leader in our industry for years. He was an inspiration to many in the way he transcended his career. He will be sorely missed by all of us."

Michael D. Fezzey is survived by his wife Suzy and their three grown children.


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Detroit News:

Rod Allen's role as an analyst on Fox Sports Detroit is being diminished this season, but he'll still be the main guy in 2015. Allen will do 79 of FSD's 150 telecasts, while Kirk Gibson will do 60 and Jack Morris 13, a source close to the situation told The News on Tuesday.

Full story: Source: Allen will handle 79 of Tigers telecasts (Tue, 3/24)

CUMULUS MEDIA Classic Rock WLAV/GRAND RAPIDS morning host TONY GATES will lead the 15th annual MICHIGAN SPORTSMEN AGAINST HUNGER/SPORT SHOW FOOD DRIVE on THURSDAY, MARCH 19th. GATES is asking listeners to "Go Fish" in their cupboards or pantry and help MSAH feed the hungry in WEST MICHIGAN. Those who bring six boxes or cans (4 pounds minimum) or more of non-perishable food items to DEVOS PLACE will receive a pass for free admission to the ULTIMATE SPORT SHOW for that day only.

Full story: WLAV Leading 15th Annual Food Drive (Wed, 3/25)

Beginning this Thursday, Michigan Radio will begin a new series called Bringing Up Detroit, focusing on the challenges of raising healthy, successful children while navigating the city's often unpredictable school systems, economy, transportation networks, and neighborhoods.

Full story: Michigan Radio launches Bringing Up Detroit (Wed, 3/25)



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Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV 8 veteran reporter Steve Kelso, a familiar face and voice on West Michigan's NBC affiliate, is leaving the station after 15 years. Kelso, in fact, turned in his notice on his 15th anniversary on Friday.

Full story: WOOD TV's Steve Kelso leaves station for new job in Grand Rapids (Wed, 3/18)



Lansing City Pulse:

Radio DJs seldom know when it's their last day behind the mic. Even the most popular personality in town could have the plug pulled at any time and for no reason. In the broadcasting industry, this guillotine method of firing staff is standard operating procedure. It sounds harsh, but it makes sense.

Full story: Off the air, onto the web (Wed, 3/18)



Detroit News:

Detroit City Council member George Cushingberry Jr. has decreed that he will no longer speak to Fox 2 reporter M.L. Elrick. Cushingberry never spoke to Elrick before, Elrick says, except once through a closed door.

Full story: Detroit councilman declares ban on Fox 2 reporter (Thu, 3/19)




Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

When Kaitlyn Pierce of Battle Creek tuned into radio station WVIC-FM 94.1 Monday morning as she does most days and heard country music, she thought she was hearing a comedy program at first.

Full story: Radio's 'The Edge' goes country, gets some static (Tue, 3/17)

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley plans to shine a national spotlight on Detroit with several episodes to be shot at Wayne State University next week.

Full story: PBS' Tavis Smiley to shoot five episodes in Detroit (Tue, 3/17)

COMCAST SPOTLIGHT LSM EILEEN GIKAS is returning to radio as Sales Manager at GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT, starting on THURSDAY (3/19).

Full story: Eileen Gikas Named Sales Manager At WCSX/Detroit (Tue, 3/17)




Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

A couple of changes will affect the Lansing radio market beginning Monday. WVIC (94.1-FM) will switch from an alternative music format to a classic country format featuring artists popular between 1985 and 2000, said Patrick Pendergast, vice president and general manager for Midwest Communications Inc. in Lansing.The change happens at 6 a.m. Monday, he said.

Full story: Two changes coming to Lansing radio market (Fri, 3/13)

Update: WVIC indeed did change its format from Alternative Rock to 80s-90s based Classic Country this morning at 6 a.m.



Sounding Out!:

In the coming months the 120 professors, archivists and other researchers of the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) will begin the second round of our efforts to reach out to libraries, historical societies, radio stations and collectors across the country for information about rare historic radio recordings that they may have tucked away among their holdings.

Full story: Lazarus.FM: Can the Endangered Sounds of Detroit Be Saved? (Thu, 3/12)



Fine Tuning:

  • Greater Media/Detroit Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 names Jade Springart as the station's Music Director; Andy Green adds a fulltime role as a cast member to WRIF's 'Dave and Chuck the Freak' morning show to his other responsibilities as Assistant Program Director.

94.1 WVIC will make its flip to Classic Country "94.1 Duke-FM" on Monday, March 16. The changes in the Lansing market won't stop there. Current WVIC afternoon host Parker and middayer Mars will slide over to mornings at sister Classic Hits 92.9 WLMI replacing Tim Barron. WLNS-TV reports that WLMI may be switching to AC in the process.

Full story: 94.1 WVIC To Flip Monday; More Changes Coming To Lansing? (Fri, 3/13)



WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing:

Tim Barron has been a major voice in the Capital Area for years. His morning radio show on WLMI on 92.9 has gathered tons and tons of fans over the years, and starting Monday those fans will have to find him at his new home on the internet. Due to a format change, Barron will no longer broadcast from the WLMI studio. Fans can catch him on his new internet radio show at, Monday through Friday starting at 7am.

Full story: Capital Area Broadcaster Makes Move to Internet Radio (Fri, 3/13)



Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters wrap up annual conference

Lots of winners and acknowledgements from earlier in the week from Lansing:



88.1 The Park students honored at Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (.pdf)



Detroit News:

"Didn't you used to be Paul Carey?" He still is, thankfully, with an upbeat outlook on life firmly in place. As a broadcasting team, they were the diamonds of the diamond. Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey, partners in the booth for 19 years. Different in almost every way, yet solid friends.

Full story: Carey's golden voice remains a treasure of Tigers past (Fri, 3/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Attorney General Bill Schuette's office demonstrated poor judgment -- and a troubling ignorance of well-settled state law -- when it twice subpoenaed the notes of a reporter in the process of interviewing juvenile inmates last week at facilities run by the state Department of Corrections.

Full story: Schuette retracts ill-conceived subpoenas (Tue, 3/10)




WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit owned by Graham Media Group, finished the February, 2015 sweeps period the No. 1 choice for news viewers at 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. In addition, WDIV's website,, is metro Detroit's No. 1 local TV website with 77.9 million views, 26.9 million visits and 6.4 million users.

Full story: WDIV Riding High In The Motor City (Fri, 3/13)



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Detroit Free Press:

"We're glad you've joined us." Tavis Smiley's on-air catchphrase can double as Detroit's welcome to the popular PBS late-night host when he brings his talk show to the Motor City. Smiley is scheduled to tape five episodes in Detroit on March, 23, 24 and 25 before a live audience at the Community Arts Auditorium at Wayne State University.

Full story: Tavis Smiley bringing PBS show on the road to Detroit (Tue, 3/10)



Saginaw News:

Morning show host Joe Volk of The Rock Station Z-93 is celebrating 25 years on air. Volk started at WKQZ in 1986 as an account executive. He began his on-air career with Z-93 in 1988 on a Saturday night show as the character "The Captain."

Full story: Rock Station Z-93's Joe Volk celebrates 25 years on air (Mon, 3/9)




Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 anchor and reporter Ann Marie LaFlamme is leaving WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids and joining WXYZ-TV in Detroit. It's a homecoming for the native of Rochester Hills in the northern Detroit area. It's also a leap from the No. 40 U.S. market with 724,100 TV viewing households to the No. 12 market with more than 1.8 million households.

Full story: FOX 17's Ann Marie LaFlamme leaves Grand Rapids for Detroit's WXYZ (Tue, 3/10)

AMIE BURKE has been named Promotions Director to her list of duties at TOWNSQUARE MEDIA AC WCRZ (CARS 108)/FLINT, MI. BURKE arrived at Classic Rock sister WQUS (US103.1)/LAPEER, MI, in AUGUST as a middays personality.

Full story: Amie Burke Named Promotions Director For WCRZ (Mon, 3/9)




FOX Sports Detroit:

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2015 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, six games on FOX Sports 1 and two selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Two (with potential for two more) games are on ESPN. FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers, presented by Belle Tire, leads off with six spring training games, followed by the April 6 home opener against Minnesota.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit announces 2015 Tigers TV schedule (Wed, 3/4)

PULITZER PRIZE-winning DETROIT FREE PRESS columnist and editorial page editor STEPHEN HENDERSON has been named the permanent new host of WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY/DETROIT PUBLIC RADIO noncommercial News-Talk WDET/DETROIT's "DETROIT TODAY."

Full story: Stephen Henderson Named 'Detroit Today' Host At WDET (Wed, 3/4)

CRAIG RUSSELL has exited his APD/MD/afternoon drive position at TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Classic Hits WFGR/GRAND RAPIDS and is looking for his next great opportunity. RUSSELL also did Imaging for the station and was the cluster's Production Director.

Full story: WFGR's Craig Russell Exits (Thu, 3/5)



Detroit News:

The Downtown Hoedown is downsizing, from three days to two, and is heading to the Detroit riverfront. This year's festival -- June 5-6 at Detroit's West Riverfront Park at Jefferson Avenue and 10th Street, just west of the Riverfront Apartments and Joe Louis Arena -- will be headlined by Darius Rucker on June 5 and Rascal Flatts on June 6, event producers announced Thursday morning.

Full story: Downtown Hoedown headed to Detroit riverfront (Thu, 3/5)



Battle Creek Enquirer: (subscription)

Midwest Communications now offers the urban music women in the Battle Creek area have been asking for, according to Troy Robertson. Robertson, or T-Rob, is the station brand manager and voice of The Touch. It's an urban adult contemporary radio station that has expanded its listening outreach from Kalamazoo to Battle Creek.

Full story: The Touch radio station expands to Battle Creek (Wed, 3/4)

Dan Hasty was named Tuesday, March 3, the new play-by-play broadcaster for the West Michigan Whitecaps, part of a new look in the booth this season for the Detroit Tigers' Class-A affiliate. Hasty, who has been with 97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit for four years, succeeds Ben Chiswick as the main voice for the Whitecaps' broadcasts on radio station WBBL (107.3 FM).

Full story: Dan Hasty named new voice of West Michigan Whitecaps (Tue, 3/3)




Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 meteorologist Jon Shaner is leaving WXMI-TV and he's leaving meteorology. But he's not leaving Grand Rapids. Shaner, who joined FOX 17 eight-and-a-half years ago, will be the new marketing director for the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.

Full story: Why FOX 17 meteorologist Jon Shaner is leaving TV and weather forecasting behind (Mon, 3/2)



Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Nearly $1.4 million by listeners to Cumulus/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 on Friday during the 28th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Radiothon. Since retired jock Dick Purtan helped launch the effort, the philanthropic program has raised over $31 million to help feed and shelter the disadvantaged in Southeast Michigan.




Detroit Free Press:

Broadcast journalism is a metaphorical window on the world -- and sometimes it lets you look inside its windows as well. Starting Thursday at noon, WXYZ-TV will broadcast "7 Action News at Noon" from a glass-enclosed studio in the Qube building (the former Chase Bank building) neighboring Campus Martius.

Full story: Channel 7 moving noon newscast to downtown Detroit (Wed, 2/25)

ESPN Sports KSPN-A (ESPN L.A. 710 AM)/LOS ANGELES OM DAVE SHORE is headed to the MOTOR CITY to serve as PD at GREATER MEDIA Sports WMGC (DETROIT SPORTS 105.1)/DETROIT. SHORE, who will start on MARCH 23rd and previously worked at CAPITOL BROADCASTING Sports WCMC (99.9 THE FAN)-WDNC-A (620 THE BUZZ)-Sports WCMC-HD-3 (THE TICKET) and Spanish Sports WCLY-A (1550 ESPN DEPORTES)/RALEIGH-DURHAM and at ESPN Sports KESN (ESPN DALLAS 103.3 FM)/DALLAS, replaces JASON DIXON, who exited earlier this month.

Full story: Dave Shore Named PD At Detroit Sports 105.1 (Wed, 2/25)





I can easily recall the day, September 29, 1975 when WGPR-TV 62 went on the air live for the first time. I was sitting in the director's chair directing that very first live broadcast. To this day I am still amazed and overwhelmed by the incredible opportunity I was given by owner, Dr. William Banks, and Program Director, George White.

Full story: WGPR-TV 62: Where God's Presence Radiates! (Mon, 2/23)



Detroit News:

Covering President Obama's first international jaunt in Prague in 2009, Don Gonyea stumbled across a bluegrass band called Druha Trava playing Bob Dylan songs in Czech. That's the life of a political correspondent for National Public Radio.

Full story: Tracking the next president: NPR's same old Don Gonyea (Mon, 2/23)



Detroit Free Press:

During the early days of Detroit television, Betty Bahr was pretty much everywhere. She was a television personality who did commercials, and when the live commercial business was hopping during the 1950s, she was among the busiest talents in Detroit. Bahr, who died Monday at the age of 89, did as many as 17 shows a week during one stretch in 1957.

Full story: Detroit's 'Miss Fairweather,' Betty Bahr, dies (Sun, 2/22)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

We're very excited for the premiere of our new studio in downtown Detroit beginning at noon on Thursday, February 26. The studio is located inside the Qube building (formerly the Chase Bank building) on Woodward Avenue along Campus Martius Park.

Full story: New WXYZ downtown Detroit studio to debut Thursday during 7 Action News at Noon (Mon, 2/23)




Lansing State Journal:

Well-known broadcaster Dave Akerly will take over the weekday morning talk radio spot on WILS-AM. Akerly will host the "WILS Morning Wake Up with Dave Akerly" beginning Monday. The show is in the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot at WILS, which is at 1320 on the AM dial.

Full story: Dave Akerly starts morning radio show (Thu, 2/19)

MACDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5)/LANSING, MI had a break-in YESTERDAY morning reports the LANSING STATE JOURNAL. A LANSING man, DEANTEA DEVON WRIGHT, 25, faces a pair of misdemeanor charges from the incident that happened shortly before 5a.

Full story: WQHH Burglar Caught In The Act By Police (Fri, 2/20)


Effective MONDAY, APRIL 20th, NATE BELL will transition from RADIO ONE/RALEIGH to the OM role overseeing RADIO ONE/DETROIT.

Full story: Radio One/Detroit Names Nate Bell OM (Fri, 2/20)



Broadcasting & Cable:

The over-the-air signal for WMNT, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Toledo, is out of commission for the next few days. While viewers in DMA No. 76 can watch WMNT on cable or telco TV, it is "temporarily down" over the air, reports Melissa Knight, general manager. "We're having some technical difficulties. We're in the process of fixing that."

Full story: WMNT Toledo Temporarily Off the Air (Fri, 2/20)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

With the departure of morning show host Wayne Powers, WKZO-AM (590) finds itself without a permanent host in that slot for the second time in less than 18 months.

Full story: Readers react to departure of WKZO morning host; vote for the kind of host you'd like to listen to (Thu, 2/19)




Kalamazoo Gazette:

It's been a pretty chaotic last few days around here, as events took a sudden sharp turn and caught many folks by surprise -- including me. The many emails, postings and messages of support I've received since my termination from WKZO last Thursday have been overwhelming to say the least.

Full story: Former WKZO morning host Wayne Powers writes open letter to listeners about his sudden departure (Wed, 2/18)



Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Country WWWW-FM 102.9 is bringing back its popular 'Kiss the Car' contest starting about noon this Saturday, February 21st, at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter. More info at or on Facebook. The winner drives off with a two-year lease on a 2015 Chevy Cruze.

It was a long road getting Good Shepherd Catholic Radio on the air, but president Doug Shumard can only look back and laugh at the process. The station broadcasts out of the St. Joseph Convent, at 704 N. East Ave., but it took five long years to make it happen.

Full story: Five years in the making, Good Shepherd Catholic Radio hits the airwaves (Tue, 2/17)


Michigan Radio and Olympia Entertainment will welcome Garrison Keillor to Detroit on May 30 for a live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion." The show will take place at the Fox Theatre and include live performances and comedy skits by Keillor and the entire "Prairie Home" cast.

Full story: Garrison Keillor's 'A Prairie Home Companion' booked for Detroit's Fox Theatre in May (Mon, 2/16)



WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit:

The WGPR TV Historical Society announced the approval of a historical marker to be placed at the station. WGPR was the first black owned and operated television station in the country. This year marks its 40th anniversary. Mayor Mike Duggan attended Monday's event. He says his administration is dedicated to adding more historical markers in the city.

Full story: WGPR Gets Historical Marker (Mon, 2/16)



Remembering Gary Owens

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From Beautiful Downtown Burbank, Announcer Gary Owens gone at 80

Written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

He probably made Burbank more popular than Warner Brothers, Walt Disney and all of the other studios in this nearby Los Angeles suburb. With his left hand cupped over his ear, the man with the slicked back black hair and his signature horn-rimmed glasses, Gary Owens WAS the voice of Rowan & Martin's "Laugh In" on NBC-TV from 1968 to 1973.

Owens was also big in RADIO, putting in 20 years with Gene Autrey's Golden West Broadcasting and the 50,000 watt AM 710 KMPC. At that station he worked for PD James K. Davis, remembered locally in the early 70's as Big Jim Edwards at CKLW. Golden West also owned Detroit's once famous WCAR-AM 1130 (now WDFN). Owens was a popular DJ long before his venture into network TV. He even voiced hundreds of cartoons and wrote for the famous Rocky & Bullwinkle Show! He was truly multi-talented.

He is survived by two sons Chris and Scott and his wife of 57 years, Ardie and he lived in the San Fernando Valley community of Encino. I was lucky to get to know Gary fairly well and remember when he told me he was probably the only person in LA to subscribe to The Ann Arbor News! Turns out he was a property owner in Ann Arbor...a little known fact.

At the start of 1998, I was fortunate to be able to videotape Gary doing his syndicated Music of Your Life radio show featuring adult standards music. Click here to actually see what a master he was at his craft. There are simply no personalities on radio today that represent the iconic Gary Owens.




Bay City Times:

Longtime WNEM TV5 news anchor Katie O'Mara has taken a leave of absence from the station due to a blood disease. O'Mara, who has been away from the station since the first of the year, said she has been battling her medical condition for "quite some time and it's chronic."

Full story: WNEM TV5 anchor Katie O'Mara takes leave of absence due to blood disease (Fri, 2/13)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Radio personality Wayne Powers, who was named the new host of the WKZO-AM (590) morning show in October, is no longer with the station. He said that after Thursday morning's show, he met with station management over his contract and his duties, and at the end of the meeting he was asked to empty his desk and was escorted out of the building.

Full story: WKZO morning host Wayne Powers parts ways with radio station after four months (Fri, 2/13)



Detroit News:

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch said Wednesday a desire for "even more knowledge" and "more Tigers guys" prompted Tuesday's announcement that former stars Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris would join Tigers/FSD telecasts in 2015.

Full story: Ilitch: I wanted 'more Tigers guys' in booth (Thu, 2/12)




Those of you who have been following our innovation series know that we've been bouncing around between today's hot new innovations in radio broadcasting to the amazing inventions and experiments from the past that turned out to be highly successful. Some of our innovations and the people behind them are familiar to you, but hopefully, there's been a surprise or two along the way. I'm thinking that this week's "Radio's Most Innovative" honoree, WNIC's Pillow Talk evening show starring Alan Almond is one that many people don't know about.

Full story: Radio's Most Innovative: WNIC's "Pillow Talk" with Alan Almond (Fri, 2/13)




Detroit News:

The Tigers and Fox Sports Detroit announced Tuesday that their TV telecast team will expand in 2015 to a three-man rotation of analysts, with Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris and Rod Allen taking turns alongside play-by-play captain Mario Impemba.

Full story: FSD shakeup: Gibson happy to come home (Tue, 2/10)


Tom Leyden has had an eventful career as WXYZ anchor and sports director. And as he prepares to depart in April for a new job in Boston, he appeared on WTKA's "Michigan Insider" radio show Tuesday morning.

Full story: WXYZ's Tom Leyden remembers day Bo died (Tue, 2/10)


Eighteen months after the much-hyped launch of Detroit Sports 105.1, the station has cut ties with program director Jason Dixon. On his Twitter account, Dixon changed his profile to "Program Director for Hire."

Full story: Program director out at Detroit Sports 105.1 (Tue, 2/10)




Crain's Detroit Business:

Local broadcaster Kevin Adell's potential payday for selling his independent TV station keeps getting bigger. The Federal Communications Commission has significantly increased its expected opening bid for Adell's WADL TV-38 in Clinton Township to a maximum of $380 million with a median price of $360 million.

Full story: WADL may command even larger auction price than expected: up to $380M, FCC says (Fri, 2/6)



Detroit News:

Tom Leyden's not a native Detroiter. But he sure could've fooled the viewers night in and night out as, for more than a decade, he has steered the sports dialogue on one topic after another. "It didn't take him long to understand the pulse of the Detroit sports fans," said WXYZ's Brad Galli. "For every second he was on the air, he was believable." Those seconds are running out in Detroit.

Full story: Tom Leyden leaving WXYZ for job in Boston (Fri, 2/6)

Megan Spencer will join Ron Savage on the WJBK 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekend newscasts. Before coming to the FOX owned Detroit station, she worked at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. as an anchor until 2011.

Full story: WJBK Adds Co-Anchor to Weekend Newscast (Thu, 2/5)




Midland's Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team hires new radio voice

The Great Lakes Loons and ESPN 100.9-FM (WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning/Midland) have announced the hiring of Chris Vosters as their new play-by-play announcer. Vosters, who worked last season as the number two play-by-play voice of the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, replaces longtime Loons broadcaster Brad Golder, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

"We are excited to have Chris as the new voice of Loons baseball," said Loons President and General Manager, Scott Litle. "He has a great ability to call a baseball game and will continue to make Loons baseball fun to listen to all summer."

Vosters, a native of Brookfield, Wis., comes to the Loons with extensive broadcast experience. A 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Vosters is a nine-time Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award winner. He was the Sports Director of WSUM-FM 91.7, the student voice of Wisconsin athletics, and covered three Rose Bowls and two Big Ten Championship football games.

Vosters' baseball broadcast experience also includes two seasons in the collegiate summer Northwoods Baseball League, where he provided play-by-play for the league's All-Star Game, Big League Dream Showcase, and select postseason games.

"I'm really excited to join the Great Lakes Loons and to be part of an organization that plays such an important role in the community," said Vosters. "I'm looking to add my own element to Loons broadcasts while continuing the great work that Brad Golder has done over the years."

Golder has been the Loons play-by-play announcer since the team's inaugural 2007 season.

Vosters will also serve as ESPN 100.9-FM's Program Manager, as well as its lead announcer for high school football and basketball. He's been the preps broadcaster for 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee since last September.

The Great Lakes Loons are a ninth-year Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.



Fine Tuning:

  • Reported: via e-mail, that Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City returned to the air yesterday after being off-air for about 2 weeks.

  • On the air: CBS Radio/Detroit All-News WWJ AM 950 will host its annual Radiothon to benefit The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) tomorrow, February 6th, from 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. WWJ partners with DTE Energy to raise money to help those struggling to pay their utility bills get through the cold Michigan winter. Donations can be made by calling (888) 579-4950 or by going either to or



Detroit Free Press:

Thirty-two years ago, "Motown 25" rocked the airwaves, drawing a U.S. audience of 47 million and becoming one of the era's cultural touchstones. On Feb. 28, the venerable special will finally return to television, airing on more than 300 public television stations as part of TJ Lubinsky's popular "My Music" series.

Full story: 'Motown 25' returns to TV three decades later (Thu, 2/5)




Midwest Communications signs on pair of Battle Creek radio stations

Midwest Communications has launched two new radio stations in Battle Creek, WTOU AM 930 and an FM translator at 102.7. Operations officially started today, Monday, February 2, 2015, with testing happening over the weekend.

WTOU AM/FM features an Urban Adult Contemporary format and also offer award-winning local programming. Station Brand Manager Troy "T. Robb" Robertson stated, "The Battle Creek area has been asking for 'The Touch' ever since we brought Urban Adult Contemporary programming to Kalamazoo. We finally are able to answer their call."

WTOU AM/FM will be an extension of Urban Adult Contemporary programming on AM 1560 and FM 95.5 in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo stations, also called 'The Touch', have been serving Kalamazoo listeners for over 17 years. The format offers Urban Adult Contemporary music, local news and weather, Gospel music, Christian spoken word programs and community talk programs designed to educate and inform.

"'The Touch' is more than a music jukebox, it is the place where the community comes together", Robertson said. "We look forward to including Battle Creek in our news and community service programming."

"WTOU 'The Touch' will give local, regional and national advertisers an opportunity to reach a unique and desirable demographic that no other stations can reach," according to General Sales Manager Dennis Martin. "We look forward to offering WTOU 'The Touch' along with Country station WNWN-FM (WIN 98.5), Adult Contemporary WVFM (FM 106.5), Rock WJXQ (Q106) and Alternative WVIC (94.1) to our Battle Creek advertisers."

"AM 930 is Battle Creek's original radio station and we are so pleased to be able to return the station to the air and add a new [simulcast] FM transmitter on 102.7. AM 930 has a long history of serving the community and we look forward to continuing that tradition. Midwest Communications has installed new transmission equipment to ensure the station sounds great," said Michael Klein, Vice President of Midwest Communications.



WOAP AM Owosso flips back to English language programming

After spending several months with a Spanish language regional Mexican format, WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has flipped back to English and is currently airing an 80s-based Classic Hits format. The current licensee of the station is Birach Broadcasting although the station applied for approval of a sale to Cano's Broadcasting nearly three years ago.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Two weeks of controversy and a thrilling ending -- along with an audience trapped inside by a snowstorm -- fueled enormous ratings for WDIV-Channel 4's telecast of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday evening.

Full story: WDIV reports whopping 55 rating for Super Bowl: More than 1 million metro Detroit homes tuned in (Mon, 2/2)

Broadcaster Dick Nelson, "the voice of Lakers football" at Grand Valley State for 37 years, died Sunday. Nelson did the play by play for Lakers games for all but seven years of the program until he retired before the start of the 2014 season.

Full story: Longtime Grand Valley State broadcaster Dick Nelson dies (Sun, 2/1)

"It's been a great run, and I've been very fortunate to work in the same town for 40 years," Tom O'Neal, said about his plans to retire in July ... KTVI also announced it has hired Vic Faust as O'Neal's replacement. Faust starts April 13, 2015 as a reporter. He comes to the station from WXYZ in Detroit where he co-anchors the morning and noon news.

Full story: Tom O'Neal Retiring from KTVI, Station Hires Replacement (Fri, 1/30)

Brand Manager Dan Spadafora announced today the hiring of long-time area broadcaster Mary Ellen Murphy as morning news anchor for 1450 WHTC. Murphy brings over 30 years of broadcasting experience to the station. Her career has included stops in Grand Rapids and Muskegon doing news and on air work.

Full story: WHTC hires Grand Rapids radio veteran (Fri, 1/30)




Shortly after the launch of the station as "92.1 The Ticket", WQTX changed its branding to "The Team". Why the change? CBS Sports "97.1 The Ticket" WXYT-FM Detroit has the Michigan trademark for the Ticket name.

Full story: 92.1 The Ticket Lansing Rebrands As The Team (Wed, 1/28)



Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Radio station WLDR is off the air but plans to return to action in a few days. The signal broke off on Jan. 21 after a water pipe froze and failed, causing serious flooding damage to the station's studio. We're hoping to be back on the air by early next week," said spokesman Ryan Henderson.

Full story: WLDR off the air until next week (Thu, 1/29)


Full story: Armando Rivera Exits Radio One/Detroit (Fri, 1/30)



Fine Tuning:

  • Listen to a Podcast featuring writer and former Detroit News Media Columnist Jim McFarlin discussing his takes on the radio and TV business, working as a writer, and his experience having a kidney transplant with host Dean La Douceur: On The Dean's List




Grand Rapids Press:

Evan Beach, the new FOX 17 sports anchor and reporter, proved his love of sports when he proposed last June. Under the guise of an on-the-field assignment at Comerica Park on a Detroit Tigers' off day, Beach asked long-time girlfriend Alissa Krupp to tag along, camera equipment and all.

Full story: Evan Beach returns to FOX 17, this time as weekend sports anchor and reporter (Wed, 1/28)



The Oakland Press:

Specs Howard School of Media Arts of Southfield marks its 45th anniversary by offering 45 scholarships, $4,500 each. The 2015 Michigan Business Scholarship program is the school's third annual program. It was created to assist individual employers and their employees acquire training in technology driven courses including Broadcast Media Arts, Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts.

Full story: Specs Howard School in Southfield marks 45 years with 45 scholarships (Tue, 1/27)




Fine Tuning:

  • Update: Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City went off the air on Wednesday, January 21st and the station will remain off the air until further notice while owner Great Northern Broadcasting works through issues with its transmitting facilities.



Crain's Detroit Business:

For religious broadcasting entrepreneur Kevin Adell, video did not kill the radio star. Instead, radio has gone to work generating new revenue for the video broadcaster.

Full story: Adell's WFDF buy boosts reach, rates (Sun, 1/25)




Kalamazoo Gazette:

While concern about a local radio station's victimization by computer hackers has garnered the station attention on national media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't offer much hope for a resolution to the problem, said Jim Higgs, owner and on-air personality of WAKV AM 980. "Suzanne (Higgs, his wife) just talked with the FBI and they told her there was nothing they could do... but suggested possibly getting in touch with the Department of Homeland Security, and maybe they could do something," Higgs said Friday.

Full story: Plainwell radio station WAKV urged to file complaint with FBI after ransomware attack (Fri, 1/23)



St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

It was nearly a year ago when Dan Dierdorf had major back surgery, a "12-level fusion" in which three rods and 33 screws were inserted into his spine. It was a rough go for the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman from the St. Louis Cardinals who later ascended to national football broadcasting prominence.

Full story: Dierdorf is on the mend after surgery-filled 2014 (Fri, 1/23)



Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Michigan tipsters report that Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City has been off the air since midweek.

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT is coming to the aid of those in the community who can't afford to heat their homes by hosting a "COLD AS ICE" fishing tournament to benefit 'THE HEAT AND WARMTH FUND" (THAW). The event will take place at LAKE ST. CLAIR METROPARK this SATURDAY, JANUARY 24th from 7a-4p (CT).

Full story: WCSX Hosts 'Cold As Ice' Fishing Tournament To Benefit 'Thaw' Fund (Thu, 1/22)

Northern Michigan radio broadcaster MacDonald Garber Broadcasting recently announced Greg Marshall's return to the company on a full-time basis. Marshall has accepted the position of operations director for all of MacDonald Garber's AM radio stations and as general manager for the company's three-station Cadillac radio group. He will also continue to air his daily talk radio show from 3-6 p.m. daily on WMKT radio in the Petoskey-Traverse City market, and will soon add the show to Cadillac's WATT radio.

Full story: New manager chosen for radio stations (Tue, 1/20)

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB) will honor LENAWEE BROADCASTING AC WLEN/ADRIAN, MI with the esteemed NAB CRYSTAL HERITAGE AWARD to be presented during the NAB SHOW RADIO LUNCHEON on TUESDAY (4/14) in LAS VEGAS. THE HERITAGE AWARD recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only four other stations have received this honor in the history of the NAB CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS.

Full story: WLEN To Receive NAB's Heritage Award (Wed, 1/21)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

The duo Montgomery Gentry, singer Jake Owen, and Battle Creek's Frankie Ballard are among the country acts that will perform at the B-93 Birthday Bash planned for June 13 and 14 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin. The free country music festival is sponsored by Grand Rapids' country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7).

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2015: Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen will headline free country music festival (Wed, 1/21)



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

For those craving a bowl of chili but don't feel like cooking on a brisk Sunday afternoon, look no further than K105.3 FM's annual Chili Cook-Off. This year's event will go from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Full story: Anthony D'Amato at the Wax, K105.3 FM's Chili Cook-off highlight top 5 things to do in Jackson (Wed, 1/21)




Radio Ink:

For a second time in about a week, WAKV-AM in in Ostego, MI has had its computers hacked and locked by ransomware. After less than an hour after giving an interview to Radio Ink about ransomware that crippled his stations computers, WAKV has again been attacked by ransomware hackers.

Full story: Michigan AM taken hostage by hackers - again (Mon, 1/19)



Grand Rapids Press:

True crime is coming to WZZM 13. The Justice Network debuts tonight on West Michigan's ABC TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Shows such as "Body of Evidence," starring forensic profiler Dayle Hinman; "The Investigators," a documentary series exploring the complexity of the criminal justice system; and "Missing Persons Unit," stories of people who've vanished unexpectedly, will be broadcast over the air and on cable services in West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM TV debuts The Justice Network tonight airing on subchannel 13.3 (Tue, 1/20)



Broadcasting & Cable:

The Fox Television Station group has acquired the rights to FremantleMedia North America's (FMNA) new digital channel, BUZZR TV, which showcases FremantleMedia's library of game show content. The new digital multicast network will launch this summer and air in all 17 of Fox's markets, including nine out of the country's top 10 and 14 out of the top 20. FMNA CEO Thom Beers has made launching this channel, which currently also exists as a YouTube channel, a top priority for the business, according to FMNA.

Full story: Fox TV Stations Acquire BUZZR TV, New Multicast Net from FremantleMedia North America (Tue, 1/20)



Fine Tuning:

  • WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills/Detroit is on the air with Black Gospel programming as The Word Network has closed on its $3,000,000 purchase of the station from Radio Disney.




Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from. The change comes today, when WQTX (92.1-FM) drops its classic-country format. For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from.

Full story: Lansing sports radio doubles to meet peaking interest (Mon, 1/19)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A small radio station in Plainwell lost its entire music library to a ransomware attack two weekends ago and is still rebuilding its files after the virus encrypted its computer data. WAKV AM 980 was attacked late in the afternoon of Jan. 9, says owner Jim Higgs.

Full story: Ransomware attack on Plainwell radio station emphasizes importance of backing-up data (Mon, 1/19)



Grand Traverse Insider:

Tucker's of Northport is bringing back the classic hit game show, "Bowling for Dollars," and is calling for bowlers of all skill levels to enter for a chance to appear on television and vie for a jackpot prize. Hosted by WGTU/WGTQ ABC 29&8 Chief Meteorologist Mark Watkins, the revival of the popular '70s-era show will air weekly on TV 29&8.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' TV show is reborn in northern Michigan (Sat, 1/17)




Katz Broadcasting is launching what it calls "the country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock" with the premiere of Laff on April 15 ... The E.W. Scripps Co. will also launch Laff on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ)...

Full story: Katz Broadcasting To Launch Laff Diginet (Mon, 1/19)




Fine Tuning:

  • Nexstar Broadcasting CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba has been off the air fort at least the past several days due to technical difficulties associated with the station's transmission systems. The station reports that engineers are aware of the problems that have affected over-the-air viewers as well as those that receive the station via DirecTV and Dish Network and are working to restore service. WJMN-TV has remained available via Charter Cable.

  • From the on-again / off-again department: Apparently it depends when you are listening to WFDF AM 910 Detroit; the station was heard on the air broadcasting Radio Disney yesterday after being off the air for an indefinite amount of time.

  • Detroit's Mojo in the Morning show, heard on iHeart Media flagship WKQI-FM 95.5, continues to expand its role in syndication with the recent addition of Top 40 WVHT-FM Norfolk, VA.

In Detroit, cars rule. And the city has hosted a car show for more than a century. So when the car show comes to town, that's big news. Friday night, WDIV takes car enthusiasts to the floor of the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS). Not just any car show, NAIAS is one of the most prestigious auto shows in the world.

Full story: On WDIV Detroit, It's All About Autos, Naturally (Wed, 1/14)

When Ben Chiswick was hired five years ago to become the play-by-play announcer for the West Michigan Whitecaps, he didn't have a daughter and the location was closer to his Illinois home than his previous job. But times change, and Chiswick has informed the Whitecaps he will not return for a sixth season for family reasons.

Full story: West Michigan Whitecaps look for new play-by-play announcer after departure of Ben Chiswick (Wed, 1/14)

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT Regional Dir./Marketing and Promotions JULIE LAW has been downsized amidst reported station restructuring. LAW has been working in the broadcast industry in the DETROIT market for over 15 years.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Dir./Marketing & Promotions Julie Law Exits (Tue, 1/13)




Fine Tuning:

  • Dan Dickerson was named as the 2014 Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It's the third time Dickerson has won the award, having previously been recognized in 2005 and 2006.

  • Julie Banovic has exited from Scripps Media's ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit whre she was a General Assignment Reporter. Banovic revealed on social media she plans on exiting the TV news business to work in digital publishing.

  • Silent: WDTW AM 1310 Detroit; the station, recently acquired by BAR Broadcasting, plans on rebuilding its permanent transmitting equipment and plans to return to the air with a Spanish language format. The station, once owned by Clear Channel (now iHeart Media), was taken off the air, it's broadcast towers dismantled, and sold. It has been on and off the air periodically the past few years.

  • Also silent: WFDF AM 910 Detroit; this station is being sold by Radio Disney to the owner of WADL-TV Ch. 38 and plans on returning with religious programming.

After 15 years as Production/Creative Servics Dir. at GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT, MICHAEL GAGLIANO (MIKE G) exited on FRIDAY (1/9).

Full story: Mike G And WRIF Part Ways (Mon, 1/12)





Midwest Communications Country "92.1 Big Country" WQTX St. Johns/Lansing, MI will be returning to Sports under its previous "92.1 The Ticket" identity. Jack Ebling, former afternoon host at Townsquare Media's "730 The Game" WVFN has announced he will debut on 92.1 on Monday, January 19.

Full story: Ticket Returning To Lansing (Fri, 1/9)



Fine Tuning:

  • Andrea Isom exits her role as a general assignment reporter at FOX 2 (WJBK-TV) Detroit; her reports were primarily aired on the station's 11 p.m. newscast 'The Edge'. Isom will be working with her husband at their production company OHmeoMI Productions.

  • Inside Radio reports that Christmas on the radio is continuing in Marquette as Great Lakes Radio's "Gift 106.1" has continued airing holiday favorites while the purchase of the FM translator from Educational Media Foundation is completed.




Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 expands its daily news broadcasts with today's launch of "FOX 17 Midday." Mike Avery and Deanna Falzone anchor the new, one-hour show that opened at 11 a.m. today with an update on the brutally cold weather that struck West Michigan overnight.

Full story: FOX 17 launches 'Midday' news show today in West Michigan (Mon, 1/5)


"Downton Abbey" fans have been waiting eagerly for months for the debut of its fifth season on PBS-TV. But WGVU-TV viewers in West Michigan were left high and dry when the 70-minute episode was cut short on Channel 35 in Grand Rapids and Channel 52 in Kalamazoo.

Full story: Here's why 'Downton Abbey' season debut ended abruptly on WGVU-TV (Mon, 1/5)



Detroit News:

You know those questions you hear interviewers ask, the ones that seem to go on for five minutes, repeating themselves and twisting around and stopping and backtracking and finally pretty much answering themselves before the subject of the interview ever has a chance to take a whack at it? Jack Krasula doesn't do those.

Full story: A few words about 500 interviews: WJR host hits mark (Mon, 1/5)

In the past few years, outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers has become a fixture on Sunday morning political shows such as "Face the Nation" and "Meet the Press," talking about national security and foreign affairs. Now after 14 years in Congress, the Howell Republican and departing Intelligence Committee chairman is leaving elected office for an audience of his own: a nationally syndicated radio show that will likely have a larger daily audience than his current congressional district.

Full story: Mike Rogers prepares to widen audience with new radio show 'Something to Think About' (Fri, 1/2)




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, 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.

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 has been taking a bit of a break during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

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

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.

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)




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)




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.

  • 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.




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)

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)




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 /

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)

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).

  • 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."
 / 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)



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.

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)




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

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

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



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)




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)

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)

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

  • 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.

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)

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

  • Lansing/Jackson: WFMK-FM 99.1 and WSAE-FM 106.9

  • 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:

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.



Keeper of the radio flame

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Reflections by Art Vuolo, Jr.

George L. Griggs, in concert with Scott MacKinnon and a few other broadcast enthusiasts, started an amazing web site originally called "Detroit Radio Flashbacks" and eventually became "Motor City Radio Flashbacks". The site is best known now and accessed by its initials, Sadly George, 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

George GriggsIn recent weeks Griggs had fighting lung cancer even though, in the over twenty years that I called George a close friend, I never saw him with a cigarette. People call me a radio archivist, but Motor City Radio Flashbacks represents many years of George's collection of audio clips and memorabilia he acquired from being an avid listener of Detroit-area stations, dating back the late 1950's. He was an amazing man and I will miss him terribly.

Sometimes known as "Butch" or "Georgie", he died peacefully in his Livonia home with his family by his side. He was born on April 23, 1949 in Detroit to Marv (nee Perrin) and George M. Griggs. George was a dedicated member of the United States Air Force before becoming a lab technician and scheduler for the Ford Motor Company, from which he recently retired. George is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Pat) of 39 years, son Scott (Teresa) and daughter Gina (Geoff) Novack, sisters Diane (Daniel) Giesin and Karen (Hilton) Ehrisman. He is also survived by brother-in-law Gary (Dawn) Pedinelli, his nieces Rebecca Kolbicz, Danielle Giesin, and nephews Alessandra and Antonio Pedinelli.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 30th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road (north side of the road just east of Newburgh) Livonia, MI. A Funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Will Funeral Home. Friends may visit on Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m.

Please visit the web site he founded at for photos and audio memories. The Detroit Radio community has lost the true "Keeper of the Flame" to the Motor City's radio glory years. George may be gone, but his efforts and the signal will go on for years to come.

Rest in peace my friend.




Detroit News:

When Radio One yanked Detroit's longtime queen of political radio, Mildred Gaddis, out of her WCHB-AM 1200 morning slot into the afternoon shift in February, it seemed counter-intuitive, almost a demotion. Surely the governors, county executives and assorted politicos who appeared on Gaddis' show, and the feisty locals who called in to argue were more on their game in the morning?

Full story: Radio One Detroit adjusts to year of change (Wed, 10/29)

RADIO ONE/DETROIT Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9), Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5), and Gospel WPZR (PRAISE 102.7) will broadcast live TOMORROW (10/29) from the lobby of the FISHER BUILDING at 3011 WEST GRAND in the city. MASON & COCO IN THE MORNING, PM drive DR. DARRIUS and middayer RADIO MYLES will broadcast at various times while combined staffs will collect needed items to help the homeless and less fortunate in METRO DETROIT area shelters.

Full story: Radio One Detroit Trying To Keep Motown Warm (Tue, 10/28)



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

KDKA's Kimberly Gill is moving on. Ms. Gill, who arrived in Pittsburgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland, anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7. She is headed to WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, to be a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Full story: KDKA anchorwoman Kimberly Gill headed to Detroit (Tue, 10/28)




Radio World:

A report of a ransomware demand on a small market radio broadcaster in Michigan has surfaced. The attack is similar to another one we reported on last week in Louisiana. Sanilac Broadcasting Co. in the state's Thumb area says three of its stations were attacked in early September. WMIC(AM), WTGV(FM) and WBGV(FM) suffered data server problems associated with the CryptoLocker virus, which encrypted their database of music files and resulted in dead air.

Full story: Ransomware Strikes Michigan Broadcaster (Mon, 10/27)

MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has named 17-year vet radio and public address announcer CHRIS NICHOLAS PD of the three-station cluster and morning host on AC WLXV (MIX 96.7). The other stations he will program include Sports Talk WKAD (93.7 THE TICKET) and News/Talk WATT-A.

Full story: MacDonald Garber/Traverse City, MI Names Chris Nicholas Mornings, WLXV PD (Mon, 10/27)



Detroit News:

Twenty-five years ago, carmakers decorated their auto exteriors with eye-catching wood trim. Today, the wood is on the inside, complementing flashy center consoles with seven-inch, digital touch screens. The car dashboard is being transformed and it's taking AM-FM radio with it. Just as it did newspapers and broadcast television, the Internet revolution is roiling the local broadcast landscape that has long held a monopoly on the car radio.

Full story: Internet car radio poses bigger threat for local AM-FM (Sun, 10/26)



Motor City Radio Flashbacks:

It is with much sorrow and with great regret we wish to inform our friends here, George Griggs, curator of Motor City Radio Flashbacks, passed away peacefully this morning, October 28, 2014. He was 65. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

Full story: In rememberance of George L. Griggs, 1949-2014 (Tue, 10/28)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloIn my last column I indicated that I would be attending the DASH Conference, which is a truly unique radio convention which educates broadcasters on the connected car and the new and considerably more complicated electronics found in today's vehicle dashboard.

For the convenience of out-of-towers, and they came from as far away as Sweden, the confab was held at the Westin Hotel and Meeting Center at Detroit Metro Airport. It was a packed house and a lot of eye-opening information was exchanged. It's not cheap, but well worth the investment. More information can be found at because it is an event produced in a cooperative effort between trade publication Radio Ink and local media consultants Jacobs Media. Radio Ink's B. Eric Rhoads and the Jacobs brothers, Fred, Paul and Bill are to be commended for bringing this exciting radio conference to the Motor City. Each year, as technology warrants, it will no doubt grow in size.

The 2014 DASH Conference was appropriately kicked off with a riveting keynote by Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. CEA puts on the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas each January. Shapiro was introduced by Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan, who is very excited about NEXT RADIO, a means for smartphone users to dial in all local FM signals in whichever city they're in. Sadly, it only works on Android phones at the present time, but an iPhone application is expected soon. I must admit, it's very impressive!

A huge part of this year's DASH were the Class of 2015...The Millennials. Young people today seem to be far more interested in the technology that they can hold in the palm of their hands than the thrill of getting their own first automobile. That's scary for Detroit. Numerous local radio personalities provided introductions, including: Jamie and Wojo from 97.1 The Ticket, Coop and Gillian from Amp Radio 98.7 and Jim O'Brien from WCSX 94.7.

The most memorable intro was undoubtedly the one WWJ's auto beat reporter Jeff Gilbert got from John Mason, morning host on WDMK, Kiss 105.9 FM. See and hear the eighty second video at

One of my personal favorites was the appearance of legendary Detroit personality Lee Alan talking about car dealership commercials. He's produced a lot of them. The campaign that was highlighted came from 16 years ago. Complete this slogan..."Birmingham's in ____" I bet you got it. The missing word is Troy. The power of catchy jingles and catch-phrases is best exemplified by RADIO. Remember Gene Merollis what a great great guy? Or perhaps "get on the right track to 9 mile and Mack....Roy O'Brien Ford." Radio guys and Dealer owners made for a great panel.

I also loved research-analyst Larry Rosin who spoke about the huge importance of traffic reports on the air. Look at how much TV is imitating radio with traffic and weather every few minutes in the morning. If you're in the radio industry or anything related to automotive electronics, this locally-based conference, known as DASH is a must attend, and I was NOT paid for this endorsement.


Totally unrelated was the impromptu and unofficial Flint Radio Reunion which was the brain storm of Peter C. Cavanaugh of WTAC The Big 6 and 105 WWCK fame in the Car City. It turned out to be a huge event at Flint's famous White Horse Tavern and you can see a video of the best parts here:


As many of you recall when Casey Kasem passed away, amongst a great deal of drama, a lot of TV news was devoted to it. Pete Battistini, an Indianapolis fan of Kasem's renowned "American Top 40" program, has published a second edition of his soft-cover book which covers the hits of the 1980's. You'll find that it's loaded with illustrations, stories from insiders and fans alike, program tidbits and a list of every AT40 radio station during that classic Casey Kasem era. Enjoy! Here's a link to where it can be ordered on demand -- directly from the publisher. It's a great gift idea!


With election day looming, and the mud still being slung by the various candidates, I wanted you catch a truly humorous video by former radio hot-shot John Chaffee who put together "Kid-Politicians They're Just Dancers" at


TV news is a hungry news monster, and when it needs to be fed and there's not enough news, it tends to create it. This was evident with the quarterback concussion story out in Ann Arbor. It even made national network newscasts and will probably result in changes at the Michigan football program. My DVD of most of the coverage totaled nearly 100 minutes!

Speaking of football, Jim Brandstatter is NOT going to try rushing from East Lansing after the UM-MSU game to London, England for the Lion's game on Sunday October 26th. His chair will be filled by former Lions player Rob Rubick. Meanwhile more musical chairs will be in play at the Wolverine/Spartan Backyard Brawl as Brandy's great new color analyst Dan Dierdorf sits this one out while recovering from some recent surgery. Dan's seat will be warmed by former UM player (turned broadcaster) Jon Jansen.

If you see this in time, be sure to spread the word that those headed to the Big Game in East Lansing should take your portable radio since the game will be on 92.1 FM WQTX for Wolverines fans in real time with NO delay and on 94.9 FM WMMQ and AM 1240 WJIM for Spartans fans. Go Blue & Go Green, enjoy the game if you know what I mean!


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Windsor/Detroit's CKWW AM 580 readies for a great Halloween tradition

Part trick, part treat: AM580 today unveiled plans to air one of the most infamous radio broadcasts of all time this coming Halloween night. The War of the Worlds is slated to take over the airwaves on Friday, October 31st at 8 PM, upholding AM580's annual tradition of airing the original, 1938 historic broadcast, uncut and commercial free.

"As our listeners gather around their radios to relive this classic drama from the "golden age of radio", we hope they are both entertained and a little spooked," said Eric Proksch, General Manager, AM580. "We have been airing The War of the Worlds every Halloween since the 1990s, and it is a Halloween tradition that we are proud to continue."

The War of the Worlds was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the Mercury Theatre On the Air program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel about an alien invasion, this radio adaptation was directed and narrated by Orson Welles. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins caused widespread panic across the country over the belief that Martians had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.



Detroit News:

For 28 years, Jim Brandstatter, part of the radio broadcast teams for Michigan and Lions football, has not missed working a game. But that streak will end Sunday.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter to miss his first Lions broadcast (Fri, 10/24)

For the second time DETROIT firehouse Ladder Company 22 has had their saws stolen. The saws are used to breach roof to let the heat out during a fire. The $2,000 saws were stolen from right under their noses while fighting a fire. GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT morning show of TRUDI & JIM were upset when they heard the news WEDNESDAY morning.

Full story: Bob Seger Helps Detroit Firefighters Buy Back Stolen Saws (Thu, 10/23)




Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will be without a regular for the Saturday game at Michigan State. Radio analyst Dan Dierdorf will miss the game after having a surgical procedure and is still rehabbing, U-M play-by-play man Jim Brandstatter announced during tonight's "Inside Michigan Football" radio show.

Full story: U-M radio's Dan Dierdorf rehabbing, will miss MSU game (Wed, 10/22)

Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station's early morning newscasts today.

Full story: Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit's WXYZ (Tue, 10/21)

CBS RADIO Sports WXYT (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT middays The KARSCH AND ANDERSON Show have set up a bet with MIKE VALENTI from the afternoon VALENTI AND FOSTER show on the MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE game this SATURDAY -- and they've asked listeners to join in. Each radio personality picked their "winning" team and will donate $500 toward the charities, while asking listeners to take on the same challenge with their friends and donate to each charity.

Full story: WXYT On-Air Hosts Bet UM-MSU Game For Charities (Wed, 10/22)



Full story: The Night 89X Stole Christmas Set For Fillmore Detroit (Mon, 10/20)




Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13 has a new meteorologist, and she is as familiar with West Michigan weather as anyone could be. Laura Hartman, a native of Ionia, debuted Sunday on the ABC-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 makes changes in on-air weather staff (Wed, 10/15)

The second DASH CONFERENCE, sponsored by JACOBS MEDIA, RADIO INK and SCG opened today to a very full house of radio execs, car companies and many technology experts at the WESTIN HOTEL in DETROIT.

Full story: DASH Conference Kicks Off In Detroit (Wed, 10/15)



Fine Tuning:

  • This week's On the Dean's List with Dean La Douceur featured Lex Kuhne with a conversation about Kuhne's role in the founding of 89X radio (CIMX-FM 88.7), his contributions to Detroit Public TV's Backstage Pass and time as a columnist for The Metro Times. Eavesdrop at




Muskegon Chronicle:

A familiar voice is gracing the airwaves of Muskegon's newest radio station. Andy O'Riley, who has been in radio for more than 25 years, is serving as host of Muskegon 100.9 FM WFFR's morning show. The station, a nonprofit venture established by Shoreline Broadcasting, launched on Monday, Oct. 13. Joining O'Riley for the station's on-air lineup are 20-year radio veteran Bill Marshall and Matt Hendricks, an 18-year radio veteran who has been involved with radio since the age of 15.

Full story: Muskegon radio station featuring veteran talent launches with focus on serving community (Tue, 10/14)

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has handed the MD baton to morning show co-host ACE MCKAY, effective immediately.

Full story: Ace McKay Promoted To MD At WJQK (Tue, 10/14)



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit /

Local 4 health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge hosts an hour-long prime-time special chronicling a team of surgeons and nurses from metro Detroit who go to Kenya to provide medical care for hundreds of Kenyans. Care & Hope: Proud Detroit Exports follows a young orphan named Enoch as he meets the strangers from Detroit, receives life-saving surgery and bids them a heartwarming goodbye.

Full story: Local 4 Special from Kenya - 'Care & Hope: Proud Detroit Exports' - airs Friday Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. (Wed, 10/8)



Fine Tuning:

  • On the air: New Low Power FM station WFFR-LP 100.9 serving Muskegon with a Classic Hits format. The station, which can be heard via the Internet at features veteran West Michigan jock Andy O'Reily in morning drive.

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM) has given away nearly $10,000 in "Secret Star NASH CASH" as the station leads in to it's first Secret Star Concert to be held Thursday, October 16th at the Andiamo Showroom in Warren. The secret country star will be revealed when the lights dim and the star is revealed on stage.

    "The excitement has been building toward the big reveal and I know when it happens it's going to be the kind of special once in a lifetime experience we are thrilled to offer our NASH FM listeners!" said NASH FM 93-1 WDRQ Program Director Robby Bridges.




Crain's Detroit Business:

Kevin Adell has met an offer he cannot refuse. Well, not quite an offer, but the expectation of an offer. Adell, who owns WADL TV-38 in Clinton Township, said he will participate in the Federal Communication Commission's auction next year in which TV stations will sell their shares of the coveted UHF over-the-air broadcast spectrum to mobile wireless providers that need more airwaves bandwidth to satisfy customer demand.

Full story: Final signoff for WADL? Adell looks to sell at FCC auction, expects $170M (Sun, 10/12)

RADIO ONE Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5)/DETROIT is giving its city a new live and local morning show with THE MORNING HEAT. The new AM drive show makes its debut on MONDAY OCTOBER 13th at 6a. It is replacing REACH MEDIA's RICKEY SMILEY MORNING SHOW. The station will play music only in the morning until the premier of the new show.

Full story: WGPR Gets New Morning Heat (Thu, 10/9)


iHEARTMEDIA Urban/UAC WJLB & WMXD/DETROIT Dir./Urban Programming CHERON MANS has announced that after a nationwide search, ARSENIO "RICKY" BURNS has been chosen to be APD/MD/Air Talent for Urban WJLB (FM 98) & Urban AC WMXD (92.3)/DETROIT.

Full story: WJLB/WMXD Taps Arsenio 'Ricky' Burns For APD/MD Duties (Thu, 10/9)



Broadcasting & Cable:

Every man has his price, as the idiom says, and Kevin Adell has been offered his. As the Wall Street Journal noted, the FCC has valued WADL Detroit's airwaves at about $170 million, and that's a price Adell, principal at Adell Broadcasting, told me he can work with.

Full story: WADL Detroit Sold On Spectrum Valuation (Tue, 10/7)

Reporter and weekend anchor Robin Schwartz is leaving Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 12). Her last day is Thursday, Oct. 16. She is leaving to become the public relations director for Bedrock Real Estate Services in Detroit.

Full story: Reporter-Anchor Robin Schwartz Leaving WJBK (Fri, 10/10)




Radio Ink:

Dr. Deanna Lites has joined CBS' all-news station WWJ in Detroit as a Health Reporter. Lites will be a regular on-air contributor and provide editorial content to the website.

Full story: Lites to report for WWJ Detroit (Mon, 10/6)


What started off as one idea for a client from a seasoned sales rep has blossomed into a thriving relationship between Greater Media's WRIF in Detroit and Dodge. This particular event involved the unveiling of the 2015 limited-edition Dodge Hellcat Challenger, the biggest single-day classic car event in the world, Motley Crue, TV star Richard Rawlings, and a radio team that came up with one idea after another that succeeded for the client.

Full story: WRIF/Detroit scores big success for Dodge (Mon, 10/6)




Grand Rapids Press:

The September 11 terrorist attacks that shocked everyone and changed lives will also go down as one of the most memorable days in WSNX-FM DJ Eric O'Brien's radio career. O'Brien's 15 years on Grand Rapids' airwaves ended on Friday, and on Monday, he'll join MLive Media Group as the company's director of marketing, a hire that Nick Dionne, senior director of sales and marketing at MLive, says should be a perfect fit.

Full story: Eric O'Brien of WSNX's 'The EOB Show' is leaving radio for MLive Media Group (Sat, 10/4)

Tragic news out of the BAY AREA: Sources confirm to ALL ACCESS that CUMULUS Talk KGO-A and KSFO/SAN FRANCISCO OM KEVIN METHENY has passed away from an apparent heart attack ... He moved from CUMULUS News-Talk WJR-A/DETROIT to KGO-A and KSFO-A in JUNE.

Full story: KGO-A/KSFO OM Kevin Metheny Passes (Fri, 10/3)



Fine Tuning:

  • Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian has purchased an FM translator that broadcasts in Adrian at 96.5 from Spring Arbor University. WLEN owner Lenawee Broadcasting is investing $115,000 on the purchase of the 120-watt translator.




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloIt's been almost a month since I was lucky enough to attend The Radio Show which is present by the RAB and NAB (Radio Advertising Bureau and National Association of Broadcasters) and I've been anxious to report back to you about what I saw, heard and experienced ever since.

Attendance, according to the powers to be, was flat or slightly above 2013. It was the first radio convention of this sort which was actually held at a convention center rather than a hotel. The site was Indianapolis, and the Indiana Convention Center. Indy is a very misunderstood city. It is no longer a cow town with a race track. Radio broadcasters now know this, and my guess is that about half of the attendees had never been to The Circle City before. I found out that the primary reason for this destination was that this year marked the 25th anniversary of the Marconi Awards, which is radio's Emmy or Oscars. The man who originally suggested that radio deserved an awards ceremony is Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, an Indianapolis-based media company. Makes sense.

Several SE Michigan stations and personalities were nominated, including: Jim (JJ) Johnson of WOMC, Dr. Don with Rachael & Grunwald from WYCD, WSPD at Plymouth-Salem High School, WLEN in Adrian, and WXYT-FM Detroit (in two categories) but sadly NONE of them walked away with an award. One of biggest disappointments of the this first class event was that Indianapolis-based Bob & Tom lost out to Rush Limbaugh for Network and Syndicated Personality of the he needed another award. Bob & Tom were also the only nominees in that category who were actually in the room, and they had to do a morning radio show the next day! Interestingly, those guys actually met at an establishment known as The Bar Harbor up in Harbor Springs, MI.

The big surprise at the 2014 Radio Show was the element of honesty. Usually we hear about how 94% of people listen to radio every day and things are peachy-keen and these are the best of times, etc. This year a riveting keynote by advertising luminary Bob Hoffman of the Type A Group told a packed house that radio needs to stop ignoring the fastest growing demographic, those over 50. Sound familiar? I've also been preaching this for years and often in this column.

The 50+ crowd has the money, and most importantly, has the time to spend it. Radio has to end all of the B.S. and he used the actually word repeatedly. It was a real wake-up call...and it was honest, truthful and needed to be said.

The next morning Marci Ryvicker of Wells Fargo Securities outlined the business forecast for radio and she minced no words in telling the truth. Changes need to be made or the next generation will not even know what radio is. AM radio is already unknown to most of those under 35, and FM is now being challenged by Internet radio, satellite radio and any number of electronic devices cutting a slice into the media pie. Alan Mullaly & Art VuoloA personal high point for me was getting to meet former Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mullally. He was interviewed at the convention by ABC newsman Dan Harris.


Michigan Wolverines fans, don't forget that it is now safe to once again bring your small portable AM/FM radio into The Big House. The university has struck a deal with Ann Arbor's 10,000 watt local station WTKA-AM (1050) to run the games without that annoying 7 to 10 second delay. Spread the word to those who sit in the stadium that you can now hear Brandstatter and Dierdorf with perfect sync to the action on the field.

Speaking of action on the field, have you ever seen a media circus and feeding frenzy like what television has managed to create over the scandal in Ann Arbor? Mitch Albom said it best on WJR, "If this game had been broadcast only on radio it would be a non-issue."

My estimate is that the hit on Michigan quarterback Shane Morris has been played in excess of 100 times just on TV alone. The tube has a real talent for being able to create its own news and insight a riot as evidenced by the throngs of students who marched to the newly appointed president of the U of M's house. The only thing missing were the pitchforks and torches. They were demanding the firing of Athletic Director Dave Brandon. I don't know about you, but personally I've seen much harder hits during the 35 years that I have been covering Michigan football. Could the lack of game victories be at the root of all this?

While on the topic of the Maize and Blue, the Rutgers game from New Jersey Saturday night on 10-4 (good buddy) will run on 97.1 FM The Ticket as well as WWJ-AM (950) since the Tigers will not be playing on that day. Depending on how the baseball playoffs go, the following week, on October 11th, the Penn State night game in Ann Arbor could also be on 97.1 FM. WWJ at night in Ann Arbor is almost unlistenable and WTKA drops down to just 500 watts! Reports say that WWWW-FM at 102.9 FM in Ann Arbor will also have the game on the static-free band.


Is it just me or are the commercials before and after the traffic reports on WJR longer than the actual traffic reports? Plus the other day I heard Mitzi Miles doing traffic. Add in Kevin O'Neill, Mark Mitchell and others and you've got a plethora of great personalities just doing traffic reports.


The DASH Conference is coming to town by mid-October with the latest reports on "The Connected Car" and the new look to vehicle dashboards. I hope to be there and report back to you all of the insightful developments coming into our cars!


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Oakland Press:

While the Detroit Tigers may not have topped the 3 million fan mark this season, people were watching. Since the start of the 2014 season, Tigers telecasts on Fox Sports Detroit averaged 156,000 viewers and a 8.59 rating in prime time, making it the most-viewed television programming in Detroit, more than 70 percent higher than the next-best competitor.

Full story: Tigers finish with 2nd-best local TV ratings in MLB, best primetime ratings in Detroit (Thu, 10/2)



Detroit News:

The Tigers' are going to be sitting pretty in negotiations when their current radio and TV contracts are up in the coming couple years. They continue to be an cash cow for WXYT 97.1 and Fox Sports Detroit.

Full story: Tigers push FSD to top prime-time ratings in Detroit (Thu, 10/2)



Michigan Daily:

A group of eager underclassmen crowds the modern and minimalist space of the North Quad Residence Hall lobby. Students circle around three main stations of activity -- a snack table complete with lollipops advertising CBS's new series "Scorpion" (the candy apparently has a scorpion inside!), a camera and tripod set up for free headshots and North Quad's former help desk, now boasting a "WOLV-TV" sign and computers and editing stations behind the counter.

Full story: Lone WOLV: The comeback of Michigan's first and only TV network (Wed, 10/1)

Kam Carman is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK. WJBK news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement, "We want to thank Kam for her dedication and hard work during her tenure with WJBK. We appreciate all of her efforts over more than two decades and wish her the very best in all that is ahead of her."

Full story: WJBK Morning Anchor Leaving Station (Tue, 9/30)



Fine Tuning:

  • Flipping on Friday: Cumulus Media's WMIM-FM 98.3 Luna Pier / Toledo to Country/Classic Country 'Nash Icon' from Adult Contemporary. Although the station's transmitter is now located in Ohio, the station will be marketed towards Monroe, as evidenced in this statement from Program Director / morning host Chris King: "Nash Icon is an exciting new format and the perfect fit for Monroe and Monroe County. This station will proudly serve Monroe, Monroe County and Southeastern Michigan with the music that listeners love and our continued commitment to the community. I am very happy to be a part of this new chapter in Monroe radio."

  • Still broadcasting: Kids-targeted WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills/Detroit will remain on the air with its Radio Disney format instead of going off the air, as had been previously reported. Disney is planning on selling all but one of its Radio Disney radio stations as it moves to a digital delivery strategy.



Detroit News:

Dan Dickerson drove downtown Friday afternoon with a few victory calls inside his head.

Full story: Tigers' radio man Dickerson lines up his call (Fri, 9/26)




Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit will televise the groundbreaking ceremony for the Detroit Red Wings new arena, titled "The Launch," on Thursday, Sept. 25 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The hour-long coverage will also stream live on The Launch will replay at 5 pm on Thursday as well as 8 am on Friday, Sept. 26.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit to televise Detroit Red Wings' arena ceremony Thursday (Wed, 9/24)




Detroit News:

After weeks of posturing, Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer have agreed to face-off Oct. 12 before a live televised audience of undecided voters at Wayne State University in Detroit. Snyder's and Schauer's campaigns announced Monday evening their candidates will answer questions in a gubernatorial town hall forum co-sponsored by The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Detroit Public Television, which will broadcast the event on Channel 56.

Full story: Snyder, Schauer to face off Oct. 12 on TV (Mon, 9/22)

Is there anyone who hasn't scanned the radio dial on a long road trip and endured noisy static, angry talk shows, and music that disappoints in a desperate search for a classic rock station? But who knew the classic rock concept was born in Michigan almost 30 years ago? Fred Jacobs, an Oakland County-based radio consultant, was part of that birth in 1985. He said WMMQ in Charlotte, Michigan, was the first classic rock station, and the format quickly spread across the country.

Full story: Classic rock born in Michigan almost 30 years ago (Mon, 9/22)




Informal Flint radio reunion planned for October

Peter C. Cavanaugh, now prominently showcased in Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be joined by other past and present Flint radio broadcasters in an "Informal Flint Radio Reunion" at The White Horse Tavern, 621 West Court Street in Flint, from 6 till 8 PM on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Mr. Cavanaugh was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Reams Broadcasting from 1983 through 1992, a period of time which witnessed Flint's WWCK become the highest-rated Rock Station in America. Peter was a top-rated DJ and rock concert promoter at WTAC-AM starting in 1964 -- rising to the rank of President/General Manager before joining Reams and WWCK-FM in 1980. He is a former President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation and was Flint Sales and Marketing Executives' Businessman of the Year in 1982.

Cavanaugh, now a private broadcast consultant and writer for McClatchy Newspapers, lives with his wife, Eileen, in Oakhurst, California at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This "Reunion" at The White Horse marks his first visit back to Flint in five years.

"We're calling this an "informal radio reunion" and that's exactly what's planned", reports Cavanaugh. He continues, " You are enthusiastically invited if you have ever worked for -- or listened to -- any Flint radio station -- ever. All you have to do is show up! "




According to Nielsen's latest Local Television Household Universe Estimates for the upcoming 2014-15 television season, there are 113,808,820 TV homes in the U.S. That's a 1.7% decrease from Nielsen's 2013-14 TV Household Universe Estimate. Of Nielsen's 210 Designated Market Areas, 46 increased their positions, while 52 dropped. (Note: Detroit dropped from market 11 to market 12)

Full story: Nielsen Revises DMA Ranks For 2014-15 (Thu, 9/11)



WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

We're learning more about the days leading up to and after the arrest of former Christian radio DJ, John Balyo.

Full story: Court documents reveal details leading up to former radio DJ's arrest (Thu, 9/11)




WWJ AM / CBS Local Detroit:

Don Patrick, a longtime news anchor and news director at WWJ has passed away at the age of 75. Former Newsradio 950 morning anchor Joe Donovan shared the microphone with Patrick for 14 years -- Donovan was an admirer before he ever started working here.

Full story: Former WWJ News Director, Anchor Don Patrick Has Died (Wed, 9/10)

CLEAR CHANNEL/CONNECTICUT Regional Program Manager MIKE WHEELER has been named PD at CUMULUS News-Talk WJR-A/DETROIT. The move is a homecoming for WHEELER, whose career started on the air in the MOTOR CITY at WNIC, WABX, WHYT, and WCZY. He since has served as PD at WZGC (DAVE FM)/ATLANTA and RVP of Programming with CLEAR CHANNEL in ATLANTA, ST. LOUIS, and TOLEDO.

Full story: Mike Wheeler Named PD At WJR/Detroit (Thu, 9/11)



Grand Rapids Press:

A Kalamazoo-area native is returning to West Michigan as WOOD TV8's new meteorologist. Ellen Bacca, a graduate of Portage Northern High School, returns to West Michigan from North Carolina, where she most recently reported on Hurricane Arthur for WCTI-TV in the coastal city of New Bern.

Full story: WOOD TV8 hires new meteorologist from Kalamazoo (Wed, 9/10)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

The morning after attending the Eagles' concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Plainwell's Jim Higgs was tired, but smiling. Higgs is the longtime Kalamazoo DJ who in the mid-1970s helped the band achieve its first No. 1 hit with "Best of My Love."

Full story: Eagles give Kalamazoo DJ shout-out at concert, band members were 'gracious' during backstage meet-and-greet (Wed, 9/10)



Radio Ink:

Both are active players and will bring their on-the-field perspective to Detroit listeners. Wide receiver Golden Tate will appear every Tuesday during the season at 11:30 a.m. as part of The Ryan and Rico Show to give his view from the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch will join The Matt Dery Show each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. to give the perspective of the Lions defense.

Full story: Lions players added to Detroit Sports 105.1 (Wed, 9/10)



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The legacy of Jackson Radio Works co-owner Susan Goldsen has reached hall of fame status. Goldsen, who owns the company with husband Bruce Goldsen, was recently enshrined in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Mackinaw Island.

Full story: Jackson Radio Works owner Sue Goldsen inducted to Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (Tue, 9/9)




Kalamazoo Gazette:

Former sitcom actor and longtime radio personality Wayne Powers has been hired by WKZO-AM (590) to host a new live morning show. "The Wayne Powers Show" will air from 6 to 10 a.m. daily starting Oct. 13.

Full story: New WKZO morning show host Wayne Powers brings acting chops to the airwaves (Wed, 9/10)



Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit Public TV (WTVS-TV Ch. 56) is offering webcasts of Great Lakes Week 2014 from Grand Rapids this week. Details at



Fox UP to broadcast 7 Michigan Tech-Northern Michigan University games in 2014-15

WLUC TV's partnership with Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan will continue in 2014-15 with broadcasts of seven events throughout the year. All four hockey games, two women's basketball games and the football game between the teams will air live on Fox UP throughout 13 of 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula and four counties in northern Wisconsin.

The partnership began a year ago with two Tech-Northern hockey broadcasts on Fox UP. The coverage of the rivalry will expand for the upcoming season.

"Due to the overwhelming positive response to, and success of last seasons' broadcasts, we are pleased to be able to continue to grow this venue and further expand the great local sports content that the viewers in our communities enjoy," said Rob Jamros, General Manager at WLUC.

The first event to be televised will be the football game on Sept. 27. The Huskies and Wildcats will meet at the Superior Dome in Marquette for a 7 p.m. kickoff. In hockey, the teams will square off in two home-and-home series--one Jan. 9-10 and the other Mar. 6-7. The Jan. 9 and Mar. 7 games will be at the Berry Events Center in Marquette while the Jan. 10 and Mar. 6 contests will be played at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton. The two Tech-Northern women's basketball games are both in February. Tech will host the Feb. 2 game at the SDC Gym. NMU is home Feb. 26 at the Berry.

"We're pleased to be able to continue the coverage of hockey and showcase one of the best rivalries in the country," said Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. "We're also excited to be able to extend our contract with WLUC to include football and women's basketball. The rivalry between Tech and Northern in all of our sports is always entertaining, and we're happy to be able to share it with fans throughout the UP."

"Last year's broadcasts were a positive experience for everyone involved," said Northern Michigan athletic director Forrest Karr. "I'm happy for the many talented coaches and student-athletes from both schools that we are continuing to grow this partnership."



Grand Rapids Press:

PBS TV was launched nearly 44 years ago to provide educational programing. Education never has been far from mind.

Full story: Bringing digital resources into the classroom: WGVU, PBS and GVSU launch hi-tech, teacher-training partnership (Tue, 9/9)


Myths and misconceptions about PBS-TV are many, and PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger has answers to all of them.

Full story: What is the 'secret sauce' of public broadcasting? PBS president reveals answer in Grand Rapids visit (Tue, 9/9)



Battle Creek Enquirer: (pay site)

A former Grand Rapids Christian radio host pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek. John Richard Balyo, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the May 17 assault in a Beckley Road motel room.

Full story: Former radio host pleads guilty in child rape (Tue, 9/9)




Detroit Free Press:

Late last Monday morning, Dave Rexroth walked into the Channel 7 newsroom in Southfield, his first full day back after losing his left eye in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. About 25 producers, reporters, anchors and assignment editors started to cheer.

Full story: After 2 eye surgeries, Dave Rexroth back at Channel 7 (Sun, 9/7)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime radio personality Lori Moore will premiere her new television show on CW7 today. The 30-minute television talk show, called "Lori Moore: Love Where You Live," will air at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 on CW7.

Full story: Lori Moore's new television talk show to premiere on CW7 today (Mon, 9/8)



Windsor Star:

The CBC has sold its historic building on Riverside Drive, though the national broadcaster will continue to lease space from the new owner.

Full story: CBC sells longtime home on Riverside Drive (Sun, 9/7)




Grand Rapids Press:

You're in the car, driving along the Lakeshore, listening to the radio when you realize that voice that's updating you on the weather is one you've heard before. Yes, you have.

Full story: WZZM 13 weather forecasts coming to radio stations in West Michigan (Fri, 9/5)



Detroit News:

Shannon Hogan was keeping it all together Friday morning. She woke up early, per usual, hit the gym and started prepping for the evening's work on Fox Sports Detroit. So far, so good. Then her mom, Donna, called. And, just like that, all the emotions hit her with all the force of a Miguel Cabrera home run.

Full story: New York-bound Shannon Hogan reminisces about her four 'awesome' years at Fox Sports Detroit (Fri, 9/5)


Fox Sports Detroit is contemplating moving to a three-man broadcast booth for Tigers games starting in 2015, The News has learned. Nothing has been decided, and Greg Hammaren, vice president and general manager for FSD, declined to comment on such speculation.

Full story: FSD considering adding third person to TV booth for Tigers games in 2015 (Fri, 9/5)




Sinclair Communications-owned CBS affiliate WWMT Kalamazoo, Mich. (DMA 39), is introducing a local talk show on its CW7 subchannel. The Lori Moore Show starring long-time Kalamazoo radio personality Lori Moore. The Lori Moore Show will start on Monday, Sept. 8, and air every weekday at 4 p.m. This half-hour talk show will feature community leaders and events.

Full story: WWMT Creates Local Talk Show For Its CW7 (Fri, 9/5)



Detroit Free Press:

The No. 2-ranked Grand Valley State football team opened the season Thursday night at Azusa Pacific in California. Dick Nelson, the play-by-play voice of GVSU football for 37 years, was not part of the broadcast, as he has decided to retire.

Full story: Dick Nelson recalls his career as voice of Grand Valley State football: 'I'm a homer' (Fri, 9/5)

When Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM announced the launch of a 5 p.m. newscast in August, Nick LaFave was named co-anchor. This week, the station has begun introducing LaFave to viewers with a series of promos and appearances on WZZM. LaFave makes his co-anchoring debut September 8, when the new early evening newscast launches

Full story: WZZM Introduces New Evening Anchor Nick LaFave (Fri, 9/5)

MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING Top 40 WKHQ/TRAVERSE CITY, MI adds AARON SANTINI as the new Brand Manager. SANTINI is moving from one KHQ to another -- after managing the programming for KKHQ/WATERLOO IA for over 10 years, he's moving back home to WKHQ.

Full story: WKHQ Taps Aaron Sanini As Brand Manager (Fri, 9/5)



Macomb Daily:

The Nashville in the Neighborhood country music concert series in Mount Clemens finished up its second season on Wednesday night, but it's unknown if the free outdoor event will return in 2015.

Full story: WYCD country music concert series closes out in Mount Clemens (Thu, 9/4)




Graham Media Group's WDIV-TV debuted a refreshed set and logo last week in Detroit. Handled in-house, the project added large monitor walls and backlit graphics to the set, giving it a sleek look.

Full story: Detroit NBC affiliate debuts updated set (Thu, 9/4)



Fine Tuning:

  • Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris will join Fox Sports Detroit's Mario Impemba and Rod Allen in the broadcast booth for 6 Tigers games starting Monday, September 8th. Morris is normally a commentator for Minnesota Twins broadcasts on Fox Sports North.



Motor City Muckraker:

Leave it to Charlie LeDuff to transform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into something for Detroit. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter was doused with a firehose in what he has dubbed, "The Detroit Firehose Challenge."

Full story: Detroit Firehose Challenge: Charlie LeDuff gets soaked for a new local cause (Thu, 9/4)




Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan Radio's "Stateside with Cynthia Canty" (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) will feature an interview with Bob Green, jock at Keener 13 Detroit (WKNR AM 1310) as he reflects on the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles first concert performance in Detroit. The interview will air at 3 p.m. today, September 4th.

    Green talks with Cyndy about the behind-the-scenes stories of the concert and presents original and rarely heard audio from the press conference with The Beatles in Detroit. Listen live on and visit the site after the show for a compiled podcast of the interview, along with the raw original audio from the press conference.

  • Moving on: Swing-shift jock Amber "Alabama" Cole from CBS Radio/Detroit Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio); she's headed to Norfolk, VA where she'll be employed full time in afternoon drive and as Music Director for Now 105 in addition to becoming the Imaging Director for both Now 105 and sister station Movin' 107-7.

  • Closed: The purchase of Sports WNIL AM 1290 Niles by Marion Williams, owner of Michiana-area Adult Urban WSMK-FM 99.1 Buchanan. Sale price was $225,000.



MAB elects new Board of Directors and Officers

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected their 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting on August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.


The newly elected officers include:

  • Chair - Chris Warren, General Manager, Midwestern Broadcasting (Traverse City)
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Eduardo Fernandez, Divisional General Manager, WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit)
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS Radio Detroit
  • At-Large Director - Peter Tanz, Vice President, Midwest Communications
  • Immediate Past Chair - Jill Saarela, General Manager, Sinclair Broadcasting (Traverse City)


Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director - Patricia Kolb, Vice-President/General Manager, WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids)
  • Director - Stephen Marks, Owner, Thunder Bay Broadcasting (Alpena/Ishpeming)
  • Director - Todd Mohr, Owner/General Manager, Mitten Media


Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Eduardo Fernandez, Divisional General Manager, WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit)


The MAB congratulates the members on their newly elected positions and looks forward to working with the board to bring the best service to all Michigan broadcasters. For more information about the MAB and its board members, please visit our website at



MAB Foundation announces newly elected Board of Directors and Officers

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting on August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The newly elected officers include:

  • Chair - Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Susan E. Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Jennifer Williams, Greater Media, Inc.
  • Immediate Past Chair - Rick Sykes, Central Michigan University/MHTV


Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director - Michael Walenta, WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids)
  • Director - Joe Jason, When We Were Young Productions


Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • Director - Don Backus, Broadcast Electronics/Commotion
  • Director - Bob Gould, Michigan State University
  • Director - Tom Mogush, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM (Marquette)


The MABF congratulates the newly elected officials and looks forward to working with them in the year ahead. For more information about the MABF and its board members, please contact the MABF office at

WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids has postponed separate debates for Michigan's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate elections because Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land have not accepted their invitations.

Full story: WOOD-TV postpones governor, senate debates as Rick Snyder, Terri Lynn Land fail to agree (Mon, 9/2)


A few days after WXYZ announced it was launching a street-side studio in downtown Detroit, the station said it was having its new landlord on to discuss his vision for the city's core.

Full story: Dan Gilbert to discuss downtown Detroit vision with new tenant WXYZ (Mon, 9/2)

Sadie Hughes has announced she's leaving Sinclair owned KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work for Sinclair's NBC affiliate in Flint, Mich., WEYI.

Full story: Sadie Hughes Says She's Heading to Michigan (Mon, 9/2)



Grand Rapids Press:

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts' exhibitions curator is becoming WYCE-FM's station manager. AJ Paschka, who joins the community radio station in October, moves from the visual world of art to the non-visual world of radio.

Full story: WYCE-FM taps artist and curator as next manager for community radio station (Mon, 9/2)



Detroit News:

Full disclosure: Jim Brandstatter is a friend. We've known each other and worked together since the late 1980s when I was covering Michigan football. We worked together again the last four years on Lions coverage.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter exceeds expectations in Michigan play-by-play debut (Sat, 8/30)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

On Monday, August 25th I had a chance to visit Mackinac Island for the first time in my life! It has been on my "bucket list" for a while. I mean, c'mon, I've lived in Michigan since 1962 and have never seen, nor set foot on, one of our state's most popular tourist attractions. Oh sure, I've sampled the fudge. We've all been drawn to the Ryba's booth locations at the International Auto Show down at the Cobo Center, but I needed to truly experience the real thing.

So, when it was announced that the 65th Anniversary Summer Celebration of the M.A.B. (Michigan Association of Broadcasters) would be held on the island, I knew it would be my opportunity to step on the island and enter the Grand Hotel for the first time. I figured out the hotel got its name when I checked the room rates. Wow! It was slightly higher than Motel 6.

Jim Bandstatter (l) and George Blaha (r)On the evening of August 26th, at a spectacular dinner, many names you know were inducted into the MAB Hall of Fame. Both George Blaha and Jim Brandstatter were to be honored in a room filled with distinguished guests including: Sen. Carl Levin, Congressman John Dingell and longtime Attorney General Frank Kelly among others. Blaha is the legendary voice of Michigan State football and Detroit Pistons basketball. Brandstatter is the new play-by-play voice of Michigan football, teamed with the renowned Dan Dierdorf. Jim is also the color analyst for Detroit Lions football.

Other honorees that night included Susan Goldsen, co-owner of WKHM AM & FM in Jackson, Mario Iacobelli, President & CEO of WWUP and WWTV 9&10 in Northern Michigan, and Eric L. Smith of WNMU Public Radio at Northern Michigan University.

Shaky, hand-held video shot by yours truly is available on YouTube. George Blaha is at and the YouTube link to Jim Brandstatter is at The video is marginal, but the audio is good.

Speaking of Robbie Timmons' husband, Jim Brandstatter debuted with his new partner, Dan Dierdorf, as the new voice of Michigan football on Saturday August 30, 2014 as the Wolverines pounded Appalachian State 52 to 14. George called an equally easy romp by the MSU Spartans over Jacksonville State 45 to 7.

Jim and Dan have known each other since they were team-mates on the UM squad back in 1969-1970. They have been close friends for all these years and it showed by what came out of the speaker on their inaugural broadcast. They seem to have a magical chemistry. At times I felt like we were listening to a couple frat brothers swapping stories and kidding around with each other. The presentation is warm and friendly, but when Michigan scores, the man formerly known as "Brando," does not hold back with his enthusiastic response!

For fans going to The Big House, you can now take your small portable radio with ear buds or headphones, because finally you can hear the game without delay! All-Sports WTKA-AM (1050) in Ann Arbor, with a 10,000 watt signal, now offers the game in real-time without the annoying 7 or 10 second delay. Thanks to Cumulus Media and IMG Sports with a nudge from the UM Athletic Department for making this happen.

As an archivist of U-M football since 1969, I was honored to be in the booth as Jim and Dan cracked the mic. for the first time together. Video of that initial broadcast (edited down to under five minutes) is also available on YouTube. It even features the editor and founder of, Mike Austerman. The link is:

SmithVuoloNext week the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will hold their annual Radio Show conference in The Circle City of Indianapolis. Gordon Smith, who is the CEO & President of the NAB, was up at the Mackinac Island gathering and I had my picture taken with him. It will be interesting to see and hear what the mood of the convention will be and how they paint the picture of radio's future for the balance of this decade as the medium gets ready to celebrate its 100th birthday on November 2, 2020. I will be in Indy to take the temperature of the industry. My report will be honest. Meanwhile, stay tuned.


Photo credit of Jim Brandstatter and George Blaha to Robert Benko


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at


Art Vuolo Jr.




WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Dave Rexroth has a new eye. WXYZ's Chief Meteorologist received a prosthetic eye this week and sent along a pair of photos. Looking at the photos, it is difficult to tell that Rexroth lost his left eye in a July 4 fireworks accident. With surgery behind him and his prostheitic eye in place, Rexroth says he is ready to come back to work. Dave will be back in the 7 First Alert weather office next week for rehearsals. And with the goal of returning to our Action News newscasts the following week.

Full story: Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth reveals prosthetic left eye, announces return to WXYZ-TV (Fri, 8/29)


Also from WXYZ: WXYZ unveils Sunday sports lineup (Thu, 8/28)



Fine Tuning:

  • Launching: Hourlong 4 p.m. newscasts on both E.W. Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit and Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids on Monday, September 8th.

    WXYZ's show is part of Scripps rollout of a non-traditional newscast titled "The Now", focusing on current social media trends with audience interaction. There will be both national and local segments on "The Now" - Glenda Lewis, Brad Galli, Andy Choi, and Rosemary Wlodarczyk have been tapped as WXYZ's local faces.

    Fox 17's effort will be a more traditional locally-based newscast.

  • Expanding: TV newscasts in Toledo, OH on Channels 13 and 24. The Toledo Blade has the details.



Muskegon Chronicle:

For the last three months, John Alan has spent the majority of his time at home, throwing electricity into the air. Among corn fields and trees of Whitehall is a house that sits on top of a hill, secluded from the average passerby. Inside the house - which Alan and his wife purchased almost three years ago - is enough equipment to duplicate a control room at NASA. Through this venue, the Whitehall resident runs a non-profit radio station that pumps numerous songs and melodies through the airways.

Full story: A golden opportunity: Whitehall man transforms home into non-profit radio station (Thu, 8/28)



MIchigan High School Athletic Association Web-Radio-TV programming set for Autumn

A new look awaits visitors to the website this season, a makeover which will allow fans to clip and share highlights, and easily track their favorite school. is one of over 40 states on the NFHS Network, powered by PlayOn! Sports. The highlights clip and share features, among others, are available with free basic memberships. Viewers can subscribe to watch live and freshly-uploaded sporting events, with a portion of the subscription going back to their school. Contests being aired involving schools using Digital Scout for statistics may also include live stats. Games become available for free viewing after 72 hours.

The relaunch coincides with the first full week of competition for the 2014-15 school year and fresh school-created content; plus the season debut of MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit, and MHSAA Perspective on a statewide radio network.

The School Broadcast Program gives members an opportunity to showcase excellence in their schools by creating video programming of athletic and non-athletic events; with students gaining skills in announcing, camera operation, directing/producing and graphics. The program also gives schools the opportunity to raise money through advertising and viewing subscriptions. As many as 60 MHSAA member schools annually participate in the program, which is in its sixth year. Schools interested in becoming a part of the School Broadcast Program should contact John Johnson at the MHSAA Office.

Beginning this Friday, August 29th, and running for 13 weeks at Midnight is MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit. Mickey York and Rob Rubick return to host the weekly 30-minute highlights show. The show will re-air Saturdays at 11 a.m., and Sunday mornings- check your local listings. (This week at Noon).

MHSAA Perspective, presented by the Michigan Army National Guard, will air on over 75 radio stations across the state, generally during the local broadcasts of high school games. The program runs for 30 weeks through the end of the winter sports season. MHSAA Perspective can also be accessed from the home page of the MHSAA Website,



The Rapidian:

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center is pleased to announce that AJ Paschka has accepted a position as the new station manager for community radio station WYCE. Paschka currently works as the Exhibitions Curator at the UICA, and will be moving to his new position in October.

Full story: CMC announces new station manager for WYCE radio (Thu, 8/28)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will have a new radio play-by-play announcer and new radio analyst for the first time in the past three decades for Saturday's opener against Appalachian State in Ann Arbor.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter, Dan Dierdorf excited to debut as Michigan football radio partners (Fri, 8/29)




Michigan Association of Broadcasters wraps up Summer Conference, recognizes award winners

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award and inducted the 2014 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Also presented was Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters' (MAPB) Special Tribute and the MAPB Professional Pioneer Award.

Award recipients were honored during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting at the Awards Banquet surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.


Press release: MAB Honors Senator Carl Levin


Press release: MAB Honors 2014 Award Recipients



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Sixty-six years after WXYZ-TV Channel 7 flickered to life on TV sets across southeast Michigan from its first Woodward Avenue studio in Detroit, the station is expanding its operations with a new, highly visible studio in the heart of downtown. The glass-enclosed, outward-facing studio will be located inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower at 611 Woodward Avenue.

Full story: WXYZ-TV to expand with new studio in the heart of downtown Detroit (Thu, 8/28)



Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan State University's student station WDBM-FM 88.9 East Lansing is planning a 25th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner. Details at

  • Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Sports WTKA AM 1050 and the University of Michigan Athletic Department have announced that the radio broadcasts of home U-M football games will be provided without the delay that has frustrated fans when trying to listen in sync to what they are watching in person. No word in in this U-M release about any possible plans to include an Ann Arbor FM signal for games that end after dark when WTKA powers down - especially for the home game scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on October 11th against Penn State.

  • Midwest Communications/Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University have extended their partnership through the 2019-20 sports season, ensuring the WMU Broncos flagship station Alternative Rock WZOX-FM 96.5 will continue to carry football, men's basketball, and hockey.



Ann Arbor News:

There comes a point during the preseason when players don't want to talk about football anymore. Or practice. They want to get on the field, and hit somebody. While Jim Brandstatter's playing days might be a few decades behind him, he has reached a similar point.

Full story: Radio broadcaster Jim Brandstatter hoping Michigan football fans appreciate natural approach in new play-by-play role (Thu, 8/28)

CUMULUS/DETROIT has named GREG SMITH as VP/Sales for Hot AC WDVD and Country WDRQ (NASH FM 93.1). SMITH moves over from the crosstown GREATER MEDIA cluster and previously spent 17 years at CBS RADIO's DETROIT stations.

Full story: Greg Smith Named VP/Sales At WDVD And Nash FM/Detroit (Thu, 8/28)


MMTC BROADCASTING LLC is selling Silent WDTW-A/DEARBORN-DETROIT, one of the AM stations donated to it by CLEAR CHANNEL, to PEDRO ZAMORA for $100,000. ZAMORA owns three stations in IOWA and ALABAMA.

Full story: MMTC Finds A Buyer For WDTW-A/Detroit (Thu, 8/28)


CUMULUS TOLEDO/MONROE has added CHRIS KING as PD/Morning Show Host for AC WMIM (MY 98.3). KING was formerly APD/Promotions Director for CCM+E Country WCKY/TOLEDO.

Full story: Chris King Named PD And Morning Show Host WMIM (Thu, 8/28)



Detroit Free Press:

Dick Nelson, the "Voice of Laker Football," announced that he will step down due to lingering health concerns. Nelson was set to begin his 38th season broadcasting Grand Valley State football this Thursday at Azusa Pacific over the 16-station Grand Valley Sports Network.

Full story: Grand Valley State football radio voice Dick Nelson steps down (Thu, 8/28)




CBS Radio and Townsquare Media form partnership to launch Michigan News Network

CBS Radio/Detroit and Townsquare Media, a national owner/operator of radio stations that includes Michigan operations in Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Kalamazoo have announced a new partnership that creates the Michigan News Network (MNN). The venture will provide affiliated stations across the state with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio's All-news WWJ AM 950 and Sports WXYT-FM 97.1.

MNN is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd on nearly 20 radio stations in the Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor markets.

MNN will offer top-of-the-hour broadcasts weekdays from 6:00 AM-7:00 PM and 60-second sports updates three times per day during the same time period. CBS Radio's content will be licensed by Townsquare Media, which will serve as the exclusive syndication partner and manage affiliate relationships. The partnership hopes to become the state's preeminent radio news and information source.

"CBS Radio's Detroit stations have served as the authoritative voice of the community for many years, establishing themselves among the market's most credible brands and news sources," said CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason. "We are excited to be working with Townsquare to distribute our award-winning programming to listeners across the entire state of Michigan, while also realizing the highest value for our content."

"Townsquare Media has a constant focus on providing live, local and vital information to the communities we serve," said Townsquare Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Price. "We are thrilled to partner with CBS Radio to provide important statewide content to the residents of Michigan. The Michigan News Network will also offer a new and impactful environment for clients who want to reach Michigan consumers on a statewide basis."



Cumulus Media/Detroit inviting listeners to name their babies after Nash FM to celebrate Labor Day

This coming holiday weekend, Friday August 29th - Monday September 2nd, expectant parents listening to Cumulus Media/Detroit's Nash FM (WDRQ-FM 93.1) will be invited to name their new arrivals "Nash" in exchange for 93 free diapers.

The new baby must have Nash as its legal first or middle name, with a birth certificate as proof, and be born between Friday and Monday. Any new parents who have babies and legally name the Nash will get the 93 diapers - as long as they notify the station by close of business on Tuesday, September 2nd. Visit for complete rules and details.



Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit to air 71 regular-season Red Wings games


FOX Sports Detroit to air 80 regular-season Pistons games




Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Sarah Brodhead, after seven years, is leaving WXMI-TV in September. The FOX 17 morning news anchor recently announced on her Facebook page that she's leaving the West Michigan FOX affiliate on Sept. 19.

Full story: FOX 17 morning anchor announces departure from WXMI-TV (Mon, 8/25)

A report aired on Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit has been described as "especially disturbing" by GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group. According to a post by GLAAD's Dani Heffernan, several Detroit reporters used language that is considered discriminatory in their stories about a series of shootings being investigated as hate crimes. The victims were transgender women. WXYZ's story includes a banner describing the victims as "transgender men", while the web story describes the victims as "transgender women."

Full story: GLAAD Calls Out WJBK for 'Disturbing' Report on Hate Crimes (Mon, 8/25) / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

WDIV-Local 4 continues its tradition of covering metro Detroit's biggest events. Local 4 will air a half-hour special from Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak. A wide variety of food, music and art will be on display throughout the Labor Day weekend and Local 4 gives viewers a sneak peek into the excitement. Airing Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m., the primetime show will highlight the must-see attractions, including some of the more than 200 performances taking place on ten stages and the new activities this year.

Full story: Local 4 broadcasts live from Ford Arts, Beats and Eats (Mon, 8/25)



Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Mike Juliano, as Director of Sales for Greater Media/Detroit's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 and Sports WMGC-FM 105.1.

ROY E. HENDERSON has won FCC approval to move WCUZ/BEAR LAKE, MI from 100.1 FM to 100.7 FM and upgrade from Class A to Class C3. The move also necessitates the change in an open allocation at CUSTER, MI from 100.5 to 99.9 FM and the downgrade of FAMILY LIFE COMMUNICATIONS Contemporary Christian WUGN/MIDLAND, MI from Class C to Class C0.

Full story: FCC OKs Upgrade Of Michigan FM (Fri, 8/22)



Saginaw News:

It was 1969, the United States population had reached 200 million, the median household income was around $8,000 and a postage stamp cost six cents. Saginaw's and part of Flint's black communities that September would be introduced to a new source for entertainment and news -- WWWS 107.1 FM, known as W3 Soul.

Full story: Saginaw DJs to celebrate 45th reunion with dance party (Thu, 8/21)



Speaker/broadcaster Lisa Barry to help launch "Transformational Tuesday" series in Rochester

Detroit-area broadcaster and inspirational speaker Lisa Barry will kick off a new series of personal development classes called Transformational Tuesdays. She will speak about Powering through as Positive as Possible, on Tuesday August 26, 2014, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Soul Space, 210 W. University Road at Pine St., Downtown Rochester, Michigan. The series is sponsored by Dean's List Publishers, a Michigan artisanal book publisher.

Barry describes her speaking style as, "I'm all about empowering people with self-love and self-awareness to live a happier and balanced life." Barry has been featured on several area stations, including WJR, WNIC, WYCD and WXYT-AM. She is also heard each week on Body, Mind, Spirit Radio, as host of the "Today's Inspiration" Internet radio program, which airs each Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am ET. She is also in demand as a speaker, emcee and host for special events.

Dean La Douceur, President of Dean's List Publishing, says "I am truly delighted to have Lisa kick off our series." He adds, "We will be hosting these events on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. We have scheduled speakers, experts and leaders who can have you move beyond where you are now, and move you forward in your goals and dreams." Future speakers include Speaker and Success Coach Michael Wickett, Parent Coach Mary Ellen La Douceur, Reverend Ronald F. Scott of the Spiritual Life Center - Troy, and Natural Food Consultant Katina O. Shaw. Admission is based upon a suggested love offering. For more information including dates and speakers or to reserve your place, go to or call Dean's List Publishing directly at 248-383-5793.




Fine Tuning:

  • Jay Towers has been named as weekday morning (6 - 9 am) anchor at WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit, moving from a similar role at FOX 2 on weekends. Towers states on Facebook he will be continuing his role as morning host on Clear Channel/Detroit's Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 at the same time (5:30 - 10 am), but from the FOX 2 studios.

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit yesterday issued a release on the launch of 'Nash Icon' on WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2. Here it is in its entirety:

    Cumulus announces that WDRQ 93-1 FM HD-2 has launched this afternoon as the all-new NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2. NASH ICON is a new distribution platform for Country music's most iconic artists, driven by Country music fans' desire for more exposure to their all-time favorite artists. The NASH ICON format features artists from Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney. NASH ICON format features local on-air personalities and provides advertisers the opportunity to engage with the passionate Country fan base across a multi-media platform that spans radio, television digital, magazine and live events. To listen to NASH ICON programming, visit

    NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2 is one of the first 15 Cumulus stations in the U.S. to offer this brand new format to radio listeners and Country music lovers. NASH ICON is an important complement to the more contemporary artists that are heard on NASH, its sister brand.

    Robby Bridges, Program Director, said: "We are thrilled to bring the Motor City Detrot's Hottest Country Hits on NASH FM 93-1 and now Country's most iconic stars on NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2."

    NASH ICON's national headquarters is at Cumulus' state-of-the-art NASH Campus in Nashville, the nation's only multi-media facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle. Featuring three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space, leading Country stars such as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow are among the early visitors.

    The NASH ICON record label and live events venture was announced by Cumulus and its strategic partner in the venture, Big Machine Label Group, in May. NASH ICON, a strategic partnership between the two entertainment and media leaders, was created to expand the growing NASH platform by showcasing Nashville's most iconic talent from the last 25 years.

    Cumulus created the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in 2013 starting with flagship radio station NASH FM 94.7 in New York City, which has rapidly become one of the most-listened-to Country stations in the nation.




Fine Tuning:

  • Launched: 'Nash Icon', a Classic Country based format by Cumulus Media in the Grand Rapids and Detroit markets in Michigan. WLAW-FM 92.5 is the home of the format in West Michigan, replacing Outlaw Country. In Detroit, the format appears on the digital subchannel of WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2, displacing the Top 40 sound of the old WDRQ.

  • Farewell and goodbye: Chuck Gaidica called it a career as a weathercaster for NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit yesterday; he'll still be seen on WDIV during special events such as the Thanksgiving Day parade and July 4th fireworks., the station's web site, has a special section recapping his career and highlighting good wishes from co-workers, politicians, and others: Good Luck Chuck.




Fine Tuning:

  • Shutting down and selling: Radio Disney's WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills as part of nationwide plan to eliminate all but one of the kid-targeted pop music network stations across the country. The sole survivor will be Radio Disney's Los Angeles station which will originate programming that will shift to a digital delivery focus on platforms such as SiriusXM and the Radio Disney app.

    Disney purchased WFDF for $3 million from Cumulus in 2002 and moved the station from Flint to the Detroit market to clear Radio Disney by late 2005.

    WFDF is expected to go silent on September 26th until the station is sold.
  • Firing up: The Stone Soup Firebird rebuilt by Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 listeners tomorrow in Berkley on the eve of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Details on the charitable project here.



Oakland Press:

WOMC radio DJs will offer 50 hours of live, remote broadcasting from 11 locations during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Southfield-based CBS classic hits station is the official radio station for the 20th Dream Cruise. DJs will be playing the top cruisin' songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Full story: WOMC 104.3 FM broadcasting live on Woodward all this week for Dream Cruise (Wed, 8/13)



Ann Arbor News:

Though significant changes have been afoot at 89.1 WEMU this year, there's at least this consistency: for the fifth time, WEMU's music director Linda Yohn has been named Jazz Programmer of the Year (in a major market) at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner, which was held this year on Friday, August 8 in San Jose, California.

Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn named National Jazz Programmer of the Year (Wed, 8/13)



Crain's Detroit Business:

For the first time in seven years, Detroit will awake Monday morning to a voice other than Craig Fahle's as the regular host of WDET 101.9 FM's morning talk show. Fahle's highly praised, eponymously titled show about the city's issues had emerged as the public radio station's flagship program, and his surprise decision in July to leave radio to become director of public affairs and senior adviser for the Detroit Land Bank Authority has forced WDET to scramble for a replacement host.

Full story: Post Fahle, WDET goes host shopping (Mon, 8/11)


A $45 billion acquisition proposed by Comcast Corp. could completely reshape the Michigan cable TV market -- affecting thousands of local jobs, hundreds of thousands of customers, tens of millions of dollars in local asset investments, and various community programs.

Full story: Proposed Comcast deal could reshape state cable TV market (Subscription only- Mon, 8/11)



Muskegon Chronicle:

Muskegon entertainer Andy O'Riley is not Robin Williams. He doesn't know Robin Williams. He's never even met him. He does, however, know how he felt.

Full story: Muskegon radio personality Andy O'Riley shares insight into depression, alcoholism in wake of Robin Williams' death (Wed, 8/13)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime Kalamazoo radio personality Lori Moore will be back on-air, but in a new format. Moore, who spent 32 years in radio until last September when she left WKZO-AM (590) as its morning show host, will host the television talk show, "Lori Moore: Love Where You Live," starting on Sept. 8.

Full story: Lori Moore to host new Kalamazoo-centric talk show on WWMT, CW7 (Mon, 8/11)




Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM TV 13, which recently named a new evening news anchor and last week announced plans to expand its news coverage weekday mornings and Sunday mornings, is expanding its early evening news as well. The ABC-TV affiliate in Grand Rapids will launch a 5 p.m. newscast on Sept. 8, adding 30 more minutes of news at the dinner hour Monday through Friday.

Full story: WZZM 13 announces a second expansion of daytime news (Mon, 8/11)



Fine Tuning:

  • WLUN-FM Pinconning/Midland (ESPN 100.9-FM) has announced its Saginaw Valley League high school football coverage package for the 2014 season. The station's expanded coverage will include ESPN 100.9-FM's Game of the Week, a preseason SVL preview segment later this month, a pregame show, and a postgame show which will include scores from around the area.

    ESPN 100.9-FM's SVL football coverage kicks off on Aug. 27-28 with the "2014 SVL Football Preview" which airs from 6 p.m. to 6:35 each night leading into the station's coverage of Great Lakes Loons baseball. Game coverage begins Friday, Sept. 8 with Flint Powers Catholic at Saginaw Heritage. Details and a season schedule are availabe at

This year, as the Woodward Dream Cruise Presented by Chevrolet marks its 20th anniversary, viewers in cities from New York to Los Angeles will be able to watch the classic car action. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit (DMA 11) will syndicate a one-hour Woodward Dream Cruise show to 75 stations across the country, including stations owned and operated by ABC and Scripps Broadcasting. The show, which will air in late August and early September, will reach approximately 70% of U.S. viewers.

Full story: WXYZ cruising coverage goes nationwide (Mon, 8/11)




Grand Rapids Press:

WGRD-FM disc jockey Jackie Green is now WXMI-TV's entertainment reporter. The West Michigan native on Monday began work at the FOX TV affiliate in West Michigan after wrapping up a six-year stint in local radio.

Full story: Grand Rapids DJ becomes West Michigan TV entertainment reporter (Wed, 8/6)



Fine Tuning:

  • Airing: Sunday, August 10th from 5 - 8 p.m. on CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 a special Radio Recall to help celebrate the 20th Woodward Dream Cruise. Host Jim Hampton, who once toiled behind the mic at WXYZ AM 1270 and WJBK AM 1500 and currently runs Greenhouse Marketing Group, will feature all the great car songs of the 60s as well as plenty of Motor City airchecks. The show will re-air on Saturday, August 16th from 5 - 8 a.m.




Fine Tuning:

  • Launched: An extra two hours of local weekday morning news produced by Detroit's ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 on owner Scripps sister station WMYD-TV Ch. 20. The expanded offering launched today and airs from 7 - 9 a.m. on Channel 20 while Channel 7 broadcasts ABC's "Good Morning America".

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), is adding newscasts. On Sunday, Aug. 10, it will launch a 9 a.m. Sunday newscast. This is in addition to the two-hour broadcast it currently airs at 6-8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. "Our goal is to provide a better overall viewer experience on Sunday mornings linking programming during the hour between GMA and This Week with George Stephanopoulos," said Janet Mason, WZZM president-GM. Then, on Monday, Aug. 18, the station will debut a 4:30 a.m. newscast.

Full story: WZZM expands weekend, weekday news (Mon, 8/4)




Flint Journal:

A former Flint television personality is suing over a decision not to renew her contract. Former ABC12 anchor, reporter and meteorologist Leslie Toldo filed a lawsuit against the station July 23 after she claims that her contract wasn't renewed by the station after she reported violations of women's civil rights to station management.

Full story: Former ABC12 reporter, meteorologist sues over racial, gender discrimination claims (Thu, 7/31)

Michigan Radio has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for the news series "Shooting in Muskegon shed light on hero, and problems." The series, which originally aired in August 2013, won a Clarion Award in the category of Best Radio Documentary Series.

Full story: Michigan Radio Wins National Clarion Award (Thu, 7/31)



WJBK-TV Ch. 2 /

After 18-years of hosting Fox 2's Morning Show, WJBK television anchor Alan Lee has decided to pursue a new path in life. On Thursday, Lee anchored his last show morning show with co-host Anqunette Jamison.

Full story: Best of Luck Alan Lee (Thu, 7/31)



Battle Creek Enquirer (subscription):

Friday nights will sound a little different this fall as there will be a new voice for high school football on the local radio station. WBCK Radio in Battle Creek has announced it will provide another season of high school football games on 95.3 FM this fall, and there will be a new play-by-play announcer doing those games in Nate Adams.

Full story: New voice for high school football on WBCK (Thu, 7/31)



Detroit News:

If necessity is the mother of invention, the folks at WMGC (105.1 FM) are taking the old saying to heart.

Full story: 105.1 FM one-ups -- and ups and ups -- 97.1 FM with sky-high perch at Lions practice (Thu, 7/31)



Grand Rapids Press:

National Public Radio's StoryCorps is on its way to Grand Rapids. Modeled after the Works Progress Administration from the Great Depression, the non-profit organization records, preserves and shares stories of Americans with other Americans.

Full story: Share your own story when NPR's StoryCorps returns to Grand Rapids (Thu, 7/31)

Another big TV consolidation deal is in the works. Tonight, Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, and Journal Communications of Milwaukee, announced they will merge their broadcasting operations, while spinning off their newspaper businesses into a new entity. As a result of the deal, which is expected to close in 2015, Scripps will be the 5th largest TV station ownership group operating 34 television stations in 24 cities, reaching 18 percent of the U.S. It will also own 35 radio stations.

Full story: E.W. Scripps and Journal Broadcasting to Merge TV Stations, Spin Off Newspapers (Wed, 7/30)

JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS INC. and E.W. SCRIPPS CO. have announced a merger of their broadcast operations and the spinoff of the companies' newspapers in a stock swap. JOURNAL's radio and television stations and SCRIPPS' television stations will be merged into CINCINNATI-based E.W. SCRIPPS CO., while the newspapers will merge into a new publicly-traded company, JOURNAL MEDIA GROUP.

Full story: Scripps, Journal Merge Broadcast Properties, To Spin Off Newspapers (Wed, 7/30)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the ABC affiliate owned by Gannett, is making two major announcements today. Lee Van Ameyde has a new role at WZZM 13. He has been named Managing Editor of the WZZM 13 Watchdog Investigative Team. This will be in addition to the investigative reporter responsibilities he currently handles.

Full story: WZZM 13 announces new role for Lee Van Ameyde, welcomes Nick LaFave (Wed, 7/30)

Radio listeners in Michigan's Great Southwest and beyond have a whole new day coming when they wake up over the next couple of Mondays, with an incredible array of voices new and old dodging and weaving in and out of various dayparts to bring you the very best on-air lineup possible. My colleagues at Mid-West Family Broadcasting are unveiling a major re-cast of the entire scene at 98.3 The Coast next week, and everyone involved is as gidddy as a little girl getting ready for the fun and games coming your way.

Full story: Big changes on your coastal dial (Wed, 7/30)



Grand Rapids Press:

Joan Osborne, The Bad Plus, My Brightest Diamond and Vieux Farka Toure are the four headliners of WYCE's 2014 Live at Wealthy Theatre concert series.

Full story: Joan Osborne among 4 headliners in WYCE's Live at Wealthy Theatre concert series (Wed, 7/30)

Post-Newsweek Stations has changed its name to Graham Media Group, effective today ... Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Co. (formerly the Washington Post Co.), owns five TV stations -- each in a top-50 market -- reaching 6.2% of U.S. television households: WDIV Detroit and KPRC Houston (NBC); KSAT San Antonio, Texas (ABC); WKMG Orlando, Fla. (CBS); and WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (independent).

Full story: New Name For Post-Newsweek Stations (Mon, 7/28)



Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13, following a national search, has a new morning anchor to join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer on the air weekday mornings. The ABC-TV affiliate didn't have far to look.

Full story: WZZM 13's national search for new morning anchor ends in its own backyard (Mon, 7/28)

The GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER is seeking an energetic and innovative individual to serve as Station Manager for WYCE/GRAND RAPIDS, MI.

Full story: WYCE Is Looking For A Station Manager (Mon, 7/21)



Fine Tuning:

  • Indianapolis-based meteorologist Chris Wright has been hired to fill in some of the weather shifts on ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit while Dave Rexroth, the station's lead weather forecaster, recovers from injuries suffered on July 4th.

CCM+E/DETROIT has announced the promotion of Urban WJLB & UAC WMXD APD/MD CHERON MANS to Dir./Urban Programming for those stations. She fills the void left when a heart attack tragically claimed the life of KJ HOLIDAY.

Full story: Cheron Mans Promoted To Dir./Urban Programming For WJLB & WMXD (Fri, 7/18)



Fine Tuning:

  • The Grand Haven area has a new FM station to tune in with the sign of new LPFM WAWL-LP 103.5. The station primarily features a Classic Hits format and also will carry local news, information, and sports. The station's web site is

Detroit's local public radio station is seeking public input on possible replacements for Craig Fahle, who is leaving the station for a role in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration.

Full story: Think you could host a public radio show? WDET seeks input (Wed, 7/16)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Some good news just in from Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth! His recovery from the fireworks accident is going very well. He sent us a few photos this afternoon - with this humorous message: "Hello from Iowa. Only one eye, but many ears here." That's a reference to the ears of corn.

Full story: REXROTH UPDATE: Dave's recovery going very well following fireworks accident (Wed, 7/16)



Fine Tuning:

  • Greater Media/Detroit Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 adds Jake Chapman who will become Executive Producer and pre- and post-game host for Detroit Pistons broadcasts. Chapman moves from a similar role with the Orlando Magic Radio Network. The new job also includes responsibilities for creating Pistons content for Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM).




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloRemember those commercials that used to pepper the radio air-waves? You know, the one's that started out with the line "people judge you by the way you speak." Well, these days that's truer than ever. Just ask Paula Dean. Remember all the flack about her use of the N-word some thirty years private? Do you recall all of the sponsors and endorsements she lost over that? The media often eats its young and can be savage. However, most people have short memories and once you drop off the headlines, few people remember.

About a year ago I was often touting the brilliant on-air rants of Darryl Parks, who was VP of Talk Programming for the mighty behemoth Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. Along with his executive duties, Parks enjoyed writing his blog on the stations web site and hosting a two hour Saturday morning show on the mother-ship 700 WLW down in Cincinnati.

At the big radio convention in Orlando last September, the industry was buzzing about the new AM revitalization plan designed to help struggling AM stations. A great number of people felt the program that was being put forth was ineffective and somewhat of "a joke." Personally, I felt that at least they were trying to help. In Mr. Park's analysis he called it "a giant circle jerk." He probably was right in the minds of a lot of radio people. The problem was "he said it in print." It is OK to feel a certain way, but when you print it or vocalize it, the temperature goes from tepid to HOT. There are no First Amendment protections when you represent a huge publicly traded company, especially when it owns more stations than any other in America. Darryl Parks paid the price. He lost his executive position and his radio program. Yup, he lost his job for saying what a lot of his contemporaries were probably thinking.

There are countless such situations within the radio and television business and lots of such examples have unfolded right here in the Detroit area. I will address them in a future column.

Sadly, within the last few weeks we have lost a number of notable members of the local media scene. Among those who have passed away are WDIV Local 4's reporter Jennifer Moore and WJBK Fox 2's Woody Willis.

Then there are the dearly departed who are still very much alive, but absent from or ears and eyes for any number of reasons. TV weather guy Dave Rexroth may not be back in front of Channel 7 cameras before September, at the earliest, due to his left eye injury.

Alan Lee at Fox 2 is stepping away after 18 years of early morning wake-up calls. After twenty years at WCRZ (107.9 FM) Carz 108 in Flint, morning host Rod Pahrain is out of a job. His last appearance on the Detroit dial was way back when WABX (on 99.5 FM) was trying out top 40 hits. Even the building, at 8 Mile and Coolidge, that 'ABX was in back then, is gone! After only a couple of years, Cumulus has transferred WJR programmer Kevin Metheny out to San Francisco to help restore KGO and KSFO to their "glory days." Good luck. Then the Fisher Building felt another rumble as, Scott Meier, the top man for Cumulus Media in Michigan was spotted at the elevator leaving the building for good. What is happening? Somebody cue up the top instrumental from 1961, "The Theme from Exodus." This is nuts. Who's running the store? Who's guiding the ship?

In the last few years we have seen a plethora of top name talent exit the airwaves and many have gone off into the sunset under the guise of "retirement." Trust me, hardly anyone can even afford to retire anymore. What's far more often the truth is broadcasting companies simply don't want to pay the large dollars that big name talent commands.

Should you need a reminder, the roster of top-rated personalities who have left the radio dial in the last five years include: Dick Purtan, Jim Harper, Drew & Mike (although Drew did return to ESPN 105.1 FM), Ken Calvert, Steve Costan, Chris Edmonds, Murray Gula, and Frank Beckmann (on U-M football games). The TV exit door was even more jammed with the likes of: Diana Lewis, Eric Smith, Don Shane, Cheryl Chodin, Robbie Timmons, Jerry Hodak and soon to leave Chuck Gaidica. Now, many of these people said that they were "retiring," but if the truth be told, not very many people really WANT to retire. More often than not, they were simply making too much money. How many times have I said it? It's almost always about the money.

The listeners and viewers hate change. We are all creatures of habit and don't like being moved out of our "comfort zone." All I can hope for is that some of the new people who have replaced or succeeded many of our favorites will do a good job and become embraced by the audience. It's all we can hope for. And, by the way, can someone teach TV people how to properly pronounce the letter "W"? If you're going to work on this side of the Mississippi River it's kind of a prerequisite. As an example, I hope the executives at Cumulus Media in Atlanta are smart enough to hire a new program director for WJR who is from Detroit, or loves Detroit and/or knows Detroit. If they import someone from the west coast who doesn't know what pop is, or how to pronounce Lake Orion or who truly believes Detroit can come back without changing its name to Gilbertville, then God help us all.


If you have fond memories of listening to Lee Alan, on The Horn, at WXYZ-AM 1270 in the 1960's you will really enjoy listening to Southfield native Pat St. John on SiriusXM Satellite Radio 1 pm till 5 pm weekdays (EDT) on Channel 6. This is where they feature the music of the 1960's and it's real obvious that Pat was a Lee Alan fan. He even uses Lee's old opening them "Zing Went the Strings" plus his cadence and on-air style will remind you of those old days on Wixie Radio. He's not trying to imitate Lee, it's just that Mr. Alan was a great influence on his radio career, which started at WSHJ (Southfield High School). Pat also worked at The Big 8 CKLW and WKNR Keener 13.

SiriusXM management has given him extraordinary freedom to play songs, and create segues that you just don't hear on radio anymore! If you have satellite radio in your car or at home, this show is worthy of your time and has a LOT of Detroit flavor attached to it.

Former CKLW audio engineer Tom Ryan, not the one who played Sargent Sackto on TV, has noticed that the audio on WMYD-TV Channel 20 is seemingly out of phase and causing what some of us of a certain age called "duo-phonic." It's especially noticeable on the Entertainment Tonight program on TV 20 and even I wonder if anyone actually cares. WMYD was recently acquired by WXYZ-TV and gives Channel 7 a place to air their news at 10 pm to better compete with Fox 2.

Please remember that my thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and any comments, agreeing or disagreeing, you might have are always appreciated via e-mail. In the meantime, stay tuned!


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Detroit News:

Craig Fahle, host of WDET-FM's morning "Craig Fahle Show," is leaving the station to become director of public affairs for the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Full story: Craig Fahle leaving WDET to join Detroit Land Bank Authority (Mon, 7/14)



Ann Arbor News:

WEMU-FM 89.1 - a public radio station based in Ypsilanti - has announced, via its website, that it's adjusting its weekend lineup, effective Saturday, July 19.

Full story: WEMU-FM 89.1 announces new weekend programming lineup (Mon, 7/14)



Fine Tuning:

  • Midwest Communications' AM 930 Battle Creek has been taken off the air temporarily; the station has recently also changed its call sign from WBCK to WTOU. When operations resume, the station is expected to take on the syndicated 'Touch' Adult Urban format.

  • After more than 20 years, Rod Pahrain has exited morning drive at Townsquare Media/Flint Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9. Co-host Stephanie Barber is also no longer with the station.




WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit /

Jennifer Moore always focused on the story and not herself. But viewers and coworkers couldn't help but notice the talented woman. "She was a life force. She was all that energy and all that curiosity," said Anne Thompson, NBC News' chief environmental affairs correspondent. Moore started at WDIV in 1979 as a business editor. For a woman at that time, her role was pioneering. It didn't take long for newsmakers to recognize the newswoman.

Full story: Celebrated Michigan journalist Jennifer Moore passes away (Fri, 7/11)



WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit /

Former WJBK-TV anchor Woody Willis has died. Woody was a popular reporter, host and anchor here at Fox 2 during the 70s and 80s.

Full story: Former Fox 2 anchor Woody Willis dies at 73 (Thu, 7/10)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth says he is so thankful for viewers' well wishes and that the kind words from everyone in Detroit and across southeast Michigan are giving him strength in this difficult time.

Full story: Dave Rexroth talks about fireworks accident, says viewers' well wishes give him strength (Fri, 7/11)



Fine Tuning:

  • Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit apparently continues to beef up its roster of reporters; viewers report spotting WTVG-TV Ch. 13 Crime Reporter Alexis Means working for Ch. 7 last weekend.

  • Tom Taylor's daily newsletter reported this week that Olivet Nazarene University is purchasing mid-Michigan FM translator W237BY 95.3 (license to Mason) for almost $100,000 from Educational Media Foundation. Olivet will also be leasing an HD subchannel of Townsquare Media's Country WITL-FM 100.7 Lansing which will feed the translator with a Contemporary Christian format that will go by 'Shine'.




Detroit News:

Surgery went well Wednesday for WXYZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who had an eye removed after he was seriously injured in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, according to the station. "The doctor confirms Dave's eye was cut in the accident, but there were no actual burns -- which will ease the process of replacing it with a prosthetic eye," the station reported on its website on Wednesday afternoon.

Full story: Surgery goes well for WXYZ's Rexroth after fireworks accident (Wed, 7/9)

Detroit reporter Hank Winchester got on the wrong side of Maureen Taylor, the state chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, while the two were on MSNBC to talk about Detroit shutting off water to customers who are behind on their bills.

Full story: 'Shame on Him,' Detroit Reporter Ripped by Activist on National TV Over Water Bill Story (Wed, 7/9)

Just a heads up for those making weekend plans to watch the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals on television: You won't see the game Saturday night on Fox Sports Detroit at the time that it's being played.

Full story: Tigers-Royals game Saturday night will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit on tape delay (Wed, 7/9)




For the second year in a row, jâcapps has been ranked as the second largest app developer in the state of Michigan, according to Crain's Detroit Business. Based on total downloads, jâcapps is the proud runner-up to Lochbridge (formerly Compuware).

Full story: jâcapps Ranked As Second Largest App Developer In Michigan (Wed, 7/9)




WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit /

After 18-years of hosting Fox 2's Morning Show, WJBK television anchor Alan Lee has decided to pursue a new path in life. On Tuesday, Lee announced his departure during the morning show while sitting on the anchor desk with show co-host Anqunette Jamison.

Full story: Alan Lee to step down as Fox 2 anchor (Tue, 7/8)



Detroit News:

In the sometimes mundane world of sports television, broadcasters don't get very many days in the sun. Akin to the athletes they cover, the good days outnumber the bad, but the mundane days far outnumber both. Within a 162-game baseball season, broadcasters go through summer lulls; instead of knee-buckling curveballs and slick-moving sliders, they try to ward off mid-inning malaise and blowout boredom with their description and analysis.

Full story: For Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba, preparation is pivotal (Tue, 7/8)



Detroit Free Press:

Meteorologist and metro Detroit TV personality Dave Rexroth said he's overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support from the public since a July 4 fireworks incident in Iowa that caused him to lose his left eye.

Full story: Meteorologist Rexroth grateful for support after fireworks accident (Tue, 7/8)



Fine Tuning:

  • Jane Park, former anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliate WEYI-TV Ch. 25 Saginaw, has been spotted by viewers as a reporter at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7.

  • Matt DeVries, who has served both WLUN-FM Pinconning/Midland (ESPN 100.9-FM) and the Great Lakes Loons in a variety of capacities since January, has been named as Program Director/Content Manager. In his new role, DeVries will oversee programming of the radio station and oversee content on all webpages and social media (Loons, ESPN 100.9-FM and State Street Restaurant).




WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth was seriously injured in a fireworks accident while vacationing with his family in Iowa City, Iowa. The accident, which happened on Friday night, caused Dave to lose sight in his left eye. He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Full story: Dave Rexroth, WXYZ's chief meteorologist, seriously injured in fireworks accident in Iowa (Mon, 7/7)



Oakland Press:

Chief WXYZ-TV Meteorologist Dave Rexroth received support from across the country after viewers, co-workers and friends learned he lost an eye in a July 4 fireworks accident. The Farmington Hills resident was on vacation with his family in Iowa when the accident occurred.

Full story: Social media users show support for WXYZ's Dave Rexroth after fireworks accident (Mon, 7/7)




Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo, columnist and frequent contributor was busy last weekend while returning from the east coast.

    In case you missed the thrilling talk show on America's first radio station, Pittsburgh's KDKA-AM 1020, an actual video of the program is available on YouTube via this link: KDKA Show: It's edited down to 30 minutes.

    Then Art did a 2 hour oldies show on Cleveland's WIXY 1260, an Internet station recreating the legendary station at When edited down it's only about 30 minutes...not two hours! If you're just kicking back and relaxing this is a fun way to ruthlessly kill an hour of your time. WIXY Show:

    The videos were shot in HD with direct audio. The WIXY video is in wide stereo sound!

  • Cumulus/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 has extended its marketing agreement with the University of Toledo. The partnership includes a monthly radio program hosted by Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, as well as special event promotions and advertisements to promote the University. The relationship between WJR and the University of Toledo first started in 2009.



Detroit Free Press:

If you're planning to roam the Pepsi Porch at Comerica Park on Saturday, you're in luck. Fox Sports Detroit's Mario Impemba and Rod Allen will call the 4 p.m. Detroit Tigers game against the Tampa Bay Rays from the New Amsterdam 416 bar, in a booth among the fans.

Full story: Mario Impemba, Rod Allen to broadcast Detroit Tigers game from Pepsi Porch (Thu, 7/3)




Detroit News:

Michigan voters were exposed to nearly $18 million in television ads about the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate during the first six months of the year -- about one-fifth of the spending came from the candidates themselves. Public records at broadcast TV stations across the state show outside groups spent nearly $14 million from January through Monday on TV ads in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial contests, according to data compiled by Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

Full story: Outside groups flood Michigan TV with $14M in campaign ads; candidates spend $4M (Wed, 7/2)



Saginaw News:

In the 1960s, not long out of his teens, James Leach turned his love of music into a passion for putting out the word on an emerging Saginaw Valley music scene. And while listeners across the continent now know him as James St. James, the real Jimmy Hollywood, airing at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WHNN-FM, 96.1, and more than 60 other radio stations, the early hustle that made household names out of Question Mark and the Mysterians and Cherry Slush this week landed Leach in the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

Full story: Michigan rock hall of fame honors Bridgeport native, radio personality James St. James (Tue, 7/1)




Fine Tuning:

  • The National Association of Broadcasters has released its list of Marconi Radio Award Finalists with several stations and personalities from Michigan on the list. Check out the NAB's release here.

  • Cumulus/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760 has added the local show "It's Your Community" to the station's weekend schedule. The local Public Service show moves from its home for many years on FM sister-stations 93.1 WDRQ and 96.3 WDVD to Sunday mornings at 5:30 AM. The show is hosted Vanessa Denha Garmo, former full-time reporter, anchor and talk show host for WJR.



Ludington Daily News:

Steve Ruba, 49, of Ludington, was arraigned today on a charge of delivery of marijuana, a four-year felony, after an arrest at 8:02 p.m. Sunday on Lakeshore Drive at Iris Road ... According to the WLDN radio web site, Ruba is the seven-station network's news director.

Full story: Radio news director arraigned on charge delivery of marijuana (Mon, 6/30)




Fine Tuning:

  • Big changes in Alpena as Midwestern Broadcasting signs off News-Talk WATZ AM 1450 for the final time, moving the station's programming to the company's new WZTK-FM 105.7, a 4,500 watt station that doesn't suffer from the problems with interference that AM 1450 has, especially as the use of household electronics has grown over the years. WATZ AM first started operating in 1946.

  • Greater Media/Detroit Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 (Detroit Sports 105.1) has announced it will move to local programming weekdays from 10 a.m. - noon starting Monday July 7, moving Rico Beard and Ryan Ermanni from weekends into that timeslot, replacing the two hours of ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd.

    Detorit Sports 105.1 provides the ESPN Radio lineup on its HD2 digital subchannel.

CLEAR CHANNEL Country WBCT (B93)/GRAND RAPIDS PD DAVE TAFT has added PD responsibilities for Classic Rock WBFX (101-3 THE BREW), taking over for MATT WALKER, who segues to WBCT and joins NEAL DIONNE in mornings. WALKER's previous Country experience includes BEASLEY WKIS/MIAMI and CLEAR CHANNEL WKKT/CHARLOTTE.

Full story: Dave Taft Adds PD Responsibilities For WBFX; Matt Walker Joins WBCT For Mornings (Mon, 6/30)



Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 meteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving West Michigan and heading west. The Grand Rapids-area native, a 2004 graduate of Jenison High School, is moving to Denver to join KDVR-TV.

Full story: WOOD TV8 meteorologist leaving West Michigan to go west (Mon, 6/30)



Midland Daily News:

Shannyn Caldwell of Midland has weathered a few storms in her life, and now she wants to help others navigate through their own dark days. Caldwell recently published her first book, "The Healing Season," in which she chronicles a 40-day path to healing from grief. Caldwell, who is one half of the Peter and Shannyn morning show on Family Life Radio, has made it her mission to tell others how an incredible set of losses in her life brought her closer to God.

Full story: Shannyn Caldwell of Midland shares grief story, recovery path (Mon, 6/30)




Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo, armed with his encyclopedic knowledge of radio history, will be a guest on CBS Radio/Pittsburgh News-Talk KDKA AM 1020 tomorrow evening (6/28) from 6 - 7 p.m. during Stoney Richards' weekend program. Listen live at

  • Josh Sidorowicz makes a move within Michigan, joining the FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids as a reporter and exiting as a video journalist and fill-in anchor for NBC affiliate WILX-TV Ch. 10 Lansing.

  • Scott Meier, who had held the titles of Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus/Detroit has exited the company after having been in those roles since 2007. Meier is a longtime veteran of radio in Michigan having also worked in Flint and the Tri-Cities as well as at CBS Radio/Detroit prior to joining Cumulus.




WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:

On Thursday morning Police in Southfield respond to call made by WJBK security after a 51-year-old woman drove her Lexus through a gated security area and continued to the station's back parking lot. Inside the Fox 2 building an overhead page alerted the staff that the building was on lock down.

Full story: Breach of security at Fox 2 ends with arrest of 51-year-old woman (Thu, 6/26)



Grand Rapids Press:

A quick tap on the remote isn't enough to avoid the thousands of political advertisements running now or scheduled to be broadcast on West Michigan television. Political candidates for office and special interest groups alike have purchased ad time for at least 10,000 commercial spots stretching from January through Election Day this November, according to documents compiled from the Federal Communications Commission.

Full story: Political ads flood West Michigan airwaves: 10,000 ads, 5 channels and $4.6 million (Wed, 6/25)




Detroit News:

Jim Brandstatter is taking his new job as Michigan's play-by-play radio voice seriously. Which means he's doing some unusual exercises to prepare, like calling traffic.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter preps for switch to Michigan radio play-by-play man (Tue, 6/24)



Crain's Detroit Business:

The local media market is taking on an infusion of new content from WXYZ-Channel 7, and media watchers say it is expected to stir up the competitive landscape for audience and advertising -- and pique interest in bundled TV ad buys. The $110 million cash purchase that added WMYD-Channel 20 to E.W. Scripps Co.'s TV station portfolio last week was the first step in Scripps' plans for the MyNetwork TV affiliate.

Full story: Channel 20 deal will bulk up TV ad buys, watchers say (Sun, 6/22)



Grand Rapids Press:

WCSG general manager Chris Lemke urged listeners on Monday, June 23, to pray for former host John Balyo, his family, co-workers and alleged victims after Balyo was accused of paying for sexual encounters with children.

Full story: WCSG prays for healing after radio host John Balyo busted on child-sex assault allegation (Mon, 6/23)



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

As the Sports Director at WXYZ, I'm pleased to announce an exciting addition to our Sunday sports lineup. We are thrilled to expand our high school football coverage this fall by adding a new show, State Champs! Extra Point. The show will air every Sunday at noon throughout the football season beginning August 31, 2014.

Full story: State Champs! Extra Point to debut on WXYZ on August 31 (Tue, 6/24)



Fine Tuning:

  • Sinclair FOX TV afffiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 is adding Sony Pictures Television Networks' "Get TV" to a digital subchannel. The deal between Sinclair and Sony Pictures TV involves a total of 33 stations across the country.




WADL TV Detroit, an 11th metered market television station, will be airing a sneak preview on Wednesday June 25th at 8pm of the programming viewers will be able to see on the new Titan Sports Classic Network beginning this Fall on its dot three Channel.

Full story: WADL TV Detroit Launches The Titan Sports Classic Network Featuring Great Sports Moments In University Of Detroit Mercy Athletic History (Tue, 6/24)

A new song from Detroit rappers Eminem and Trick Trick is expected to air on the Fourth of July on local radio station Channel 955.

Full story: Eminem, Trick Trick to release new song on Detroit's Channel 955 women are expected to love (Tue, 6/24)



Detroit Free Press:

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour is filming in the Detroit area. The actress isn't working on a new movie or a scripted series, however. She's the host of a national 13-part series called "Feel Grand with Jane Seymour" that's being produced by Detroit Public Television.

Full story: Series hosted by Jane Seymour shooting in Detroit area (Tue, 6/24)




The Michigan news site MLive is garnering a huge following around coverage of a topic usually monopolized by TV stations: weather. With meteorologist Mark Torregrossa at the helm, the site's weather section has ballooned both in content and readers over the past two years, hitting a high of 13 million page views in January, according to Adobe SiteCatalyst numbers provided by MLive.

Full story: MLive Scores Surprise Hit With Weather (Tue, 6/24)




Saginaw News:

It's possible that the 2014 KCQ Country Music Fest on Saturday, June 21, was the largest in the event's 23-year history. "I've never seen it this crowded," said Barb Sheltraw, WKCQ-FM, 98.1, morning show co-host.

Full story: Montgomery Gentry close out perhaps the largest KCQ Country Music Fest ever' (Sat, 6/21)



Lansing State Journal:

Curious Crew is a new TV series all about science being produced locally by WKAR. The local PBS affiliate is holding an open casting call for children ages 8 to 13 to join the cast of the show, which is scheduled for production later this summer.

Full story: WKAR Holding Casting Call for New Kids Science TV Show, 'Curious Crew' (Sat, 6/21)



WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

After his arrest on Friday, John Balyo has been let go from WCSG radio in a statement from station management. Chris Lemke the general manager of WCSG radio will address the issue on the air at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning during the WCSG morning show.

Full story: Radio Personality "No Longer Affiliated With WCSG" Following Arrest (Sat, 6/21)



Detroit News:

The reunion of legendary 1960s radio station WKNR Keener 13 went well at the Red Eye Grill in New York City last weekend. "It was truly a special event," says Bob Green, WKNR personality (and eventually, program director).

Full story: WKNR Keener 13 reunion a big hit (Sat, 6/21)



Detroit Tigers /

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has presented former Tigers broadcaster Ray Lane with the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award for more than a half century of work on the air in Michigan.

Full story: Broadcaster Lane honored for achievements (Sat, 6/21)




Fine Tuning:

  • Kevin Metheny will exit as Program Director of Cumulus/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 to take on the role of Operations Manager for Cumulus' KGO and KSFO San Francisco. His new job starts July 14th. Metheny had been running WJR since the start of 2013. Sez he: "It's been a privilege to be Program Director of WJR. Though I will miss my Michigander friends and colleagues, I look forward to returning to the Bay Area and total immersion in the challenges and opportunities at KGO and KSFO."




Broadcasting & Cable:

David Bangura has been named president/general manager of WADL Detroit. He had been president and general manager of Granite Broadcasting's WMYD Detroit from 2009-2014 and was general sales manager prior to that. Scripps closed on its acquisition of WMYD, a MyNetworkTV affiliate, June 16. Bangura also put in five years as senior account executive at WJBK Detroit.

Full story: Bangura Named WADL Detroit GM (Tue, 6/17)



Fine Tuning:

  • A tip of the cap to Metro Detroit's Benny and the Jets Band on celebrating their 40th anniversary and being elected to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.




Saginaw News:

Once upon a time, the WSAM Raft Races were the big summer event for MacDonald Broadcasting. That all changed in 1992, when the broadcasting company decided to roll out the first KCQ Country Music Fest, scrapping the popular raft races.

Full story: Toby Keith to Blake Shelton: A look back at KCQ Country Music Fest's first 22 years (Tue, 6/17)



Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus/Detroit Country Nash FM 93.1 (WDRQ) is offering police and fire first responders and their families VIP seating at Saturday's Canterbury Countryfest in Lake Orion. Featured performers include Katie Armiger, Paulina Jayne, The Orbitsuns, and Two Tone Tobacco. More details here.




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

It was an honor to count Casey Kasem among my many friends in radio and he will be remembered, especially in the Detroit area, as one of the kindest and nicest guys ever to grace the radio dial. He was a true gentleman in every aspect of his professional and personal life. In 1988, 1998 and 2005 Casey came back to the city he grew up in to be a part of three of our four Motor City Radio Reunions. He never forgot his roots.

KasemVuoloIn the past 24 hours much has been written and reported about this amazing man and I am not going to rehash all of the "bio-info" previously penned. Instead, I want to tell you about what was NOT told in other popular media venues.

I met Casey nearly thirty years ago when he was the network voice at NBC out in Burbank, CA. I left word that I wanted to meet him and he actually called me back while I was staying with a friend in LA. I laid down to take a quick nap and the phone rang with a voice that said "Hi, this Casey Kasem" and I thought it was a joke and nearly hung up the phone! It was really him and we've know each other ever since. I had his home address and phone number and even the "inside private line." That was very cool.

Because of the relationship I had with him, I was pressed into action to try to get him to come to Detroit for the 1988 Motor City Radio Reunion at the Michigan Inn in Southfield. He readily accepted. Prior to the big event Casey spent at least an hour at the studios of WCZY (Z-95.5) in Oak Park. That station is now WKQI (Channel 9-5-5). Dick Purtan was at the controls and the studio was jammed with Detroit radio stars who came back for the reunion party. People like: Gary Stevens, Scott Regan, Bob Green, Big Jim Edwards, Michael Stevens, and Paul Cannon. Casey was picked up at the airport by voice-guy Jim Ochs who regularly did an impersonation of Casey on Purtan's radio show. They went back and forth with a routine probably confusing the listeners as to who was the REAL Casey Kasem. It was outrageously entertaining radio!

Later that evening, at the main event, we held a "Casey-Off" to see who did the best impression with Casey being the judge. It was between Ochs from WCZY and Kevin O'Neill from (at the time) WOMC. Both are considered to be among the best in the nation at sounding like Casey. Being the consummate nice guy that he was, Mr. Kasem called it a tie and both walked away winners.

In 1998 Casey was recognized at his table, but no major showcasing was thrust upon him...just a few creative zingers from Dick Purtan, who wound up emceeing all four radio reunions.

However, in 2005 we did another sound-a-like contest with Ochs, O'Neill, and the popular 60's on 6 DJ from Sirius XM, Phlash Phelps. All three, plus Casey went behind closed doors and the audience had to guess which was the REAL one. It was tons of fun and an evening we will never forget. Casey really enjoyed being there that night, had his photo taken with dozens of attendees and then at the end of the evening said something that stunned me personally. While being interviewed by Phlash, he said "I have a long-distance dedication to Art (Vuolo) who is the Mr. Radio to all the world. He's so dedicated and thanks to him I can be with my friends I've been with tonight, that I haven't seen in years...thanks to him I'll carry these memories with me till the day I die...thanks Art." I recently watched that video and it gave me chills to realize that he is talking about yours truly. It was humbling and truly very special.

All of these special moments are on a special video tribute which I am proud to have been able to produce in memory of man who made countdowns more famous than the NASA engineers in Houston. The video has been posted on YouTube and the link to watch it is: It's labeled Casey Kasem Detroit Tribute.

On Father's Day I received an e-mail from a good friend by the name of Sean Compton who was with Clear Channel Radio at the time when Casey retired and the baton was passed to Ryan (How Many Jobs Can I Do) Seacrest. I want to share his posting with you because it truly sums up what kind of a man Casey Kasem really was.

Sean wrote: "Casey Kasem was the definition of a gentlemen. I was a kid with big radio dreams growing up in a small Indiana town, it was Casey's American Top 40 that became a constant part of my listening routine each weekend. By the time I was in my mid twenties I had the privilege of working with him and more importantly becoming a friend. When my wife was pregnant with my first of three sons I heard from Casey every week asking me how she was doing and when my he arrived it was Casey who was one of the first to congratulate us. Professionally, Casey was loyal, not one show ended in his 39 years of hosting America's most listened to program without him giving credit to his co-creators and entire producing staff. Casey was a perfectionist, it took him 18 hours to track his first 3 hour countdown, he read and edited every script in great detail. He was a great businessman and knew his value. He also never used his platform to promote a personal agenda or show favoritism. Personally, Casey was humble, funny and a great father to his children. I'm sad that we no longer have Casey Kasem with us but grateful he lived a long wonderful life that made our lives better."

I could not have said it better. Today Sean is President of Programming at cable super-station WGN America from Chicago.

Speaking of television I must say, in closing, something about Detroit TV news and their coverage of radio news and events. The WYCD Downtown Hoedown garnered an unprecedented 55 minutes of TV time over a three day run! Very impressive indeed.

The YouTube video highlighting Casey (linked above) was provided to all three local TV news departments. All three came out to my home on Sunday, June 15th to interview me and obtain a copy of video which showed Casey in LOCAL Detroit venues. Other than WDIV Local 4, none of the video clips on that DVD were used by any local station. Every station in town seemed to roll with stock footage from Hollywood that had nothing to do with Detroit.

I was very pleased they all cared enough to garner the footage but used less than 5% of it. I truly do not want to seem like a whining complainer, but why can't a story about a man who has more local ties to Detroit than any other city in America, feature LOCAL content to illustrate how, with all his fame and notoriety, Casey Kasem never forgot the city he called home.

Our beloved friend Casey is now counting 'em down up in Heaven with countless rock and roll stars already there, but for us still down here listening to radio and recalling the over three decades he entertained us, we thank God for those years and realize that for now the countdown has ended, but the signal and the memories will go on forever.


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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 / WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit:

Detroit area viewers now have a choice for local news at 10 p.m. 7 Action News at 10 on TV20 Detroit premieres this week. The new 10 p.m. newscast will be anchored Monday-Friday by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox, with chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth's 7 First Alert weather forecasts, and 7 sports director Tom Leyden's up-to-the-minute sports reports. Weekend editions will be anchored by 7 Action News veteran Dave LewAllen, with meteorologist Hally Vogel and sports anchor Dave Solano.

Full story: Introducing 7 Action News at 10 on TV20 Detroit (Mon, 6/16)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co., the parent company of WXYZ-TV, closed Monday on the purchase of MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD Channel 20 in a $110 million cash deal that also includes the purchase of WKBW, Buffalo's ABC affiliate, from New York City-based Granite Broadcasting Corp. Along with the deal, WXYZ announced that it will start a local 10 p.m. newscast on WMYD Monday-Friday anchored by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox beginning tonight.

Full story: WXYZ to launch 10 p.m. newscast on Channel 20 as part of Scripps' $110M purchase of station (Mon, 6/16)




Post-Newsweek Stations' NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit (DMA 11) released a new app today, called Local 4 StormPins, which will give users severe weather and breaking news information -- in real time -- via official storm spotters, emergency responders and concerned citizens. The Local 4 StormPins app was designed for mobile and tablet devices and is available now for download on iPhone and Android devices.

Full story: WDIV Detroit debuts new severe weather app (Sun, 6/15)



Detroit News:

There are good days. Then there are days you won't forget. Saturday was one of those for Brad Galli, the WXYZ (Channel 7) sports reporter who during the day got married -- and then at night, during his wedding reception, was awarded his first career Michigan Emmy after multiple previous nominations.

Full story: Channel 7 sportscaster Brad Galli wins Emmy after his wedding (Sun, 6/15)



Fine Tuning:



Remembering Casey Kasem

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Countless tributes have been written and recorded today honoring the life and work of Detroit native Casey Kasem following his death at the age of 82. Some of those from Michigan-based media include:

There have also been countless tributes and stories published on most radio and television trade web sites in addition to nearly all of mainstream media outlets - both local and national. Social media reacted immediately to the news with Twitter and Facebook exploding with memories and well-wishes to Casey's family and friends.

Mr. Kasem's work in the media touched nearly anyone that turned on a radio or television from the 1970s through today in some form or another. From listening to American Top 40 and the many imitators since AT40's 1970 launch to just enjoying a Scooby Doo cartoon, Casey entertained us all. His death leaves a void that will never be filled.

Detroit's country station 99.5 FM WYCD wants to celebrate its birthday in a big way on Sept. 14 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston. The Zac Brown Band's Great American Road Trip Tour makes a stop at the venue that day for what should be a memorable show for the three-time Grammy Award winners.

Full story: Zac Brown Band to perform at Detroit's 99.5 FM WYCD Birthday Bash (Fri, 6/13)

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT listener DAVID MORIAN is a huge fan of WRIF's morning show DAVE & CHUCK "THE FREAK," as well as the NFL's DETROIT LIONS. He is so confident that the LIONS will win next year's SUPER BOWL that this morning he got a 2015 DETROIT LIONS SUPER BOWL Champs" tattoo on his leg.

Full story: WRIF Listener Gets A Detroit Lions 2015 Super Bowl Champs Tattoo (Fri, 6/13)


The FCC has denied SMILE FM's Application for Review of the denial of its application for a new noncommercial educational FM at YATES, MI.

Full story: FCC Nixes Appeal Of Denial Of Michigan FM Application (Fri, 6/13)

Meteorologist Catherine Bodak is joining WXIX, Raycom's Fox affiliate in Cincinnati. Beginning next month, she will appear on the morning newscasts. Bodak joins WXIX from WNEM, the CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich.

Full story: Meteorologist Catherine Bodak Joins WXIX (Fri, 6/13)


Michele DeSelms anchor for Grand Rapids FOX affiliate WXMI, is back on the air after suffering second and third degree burns over the Memorial Day weekend.

Full story: Grand Rapids Anchor Back On-Air After Being Severly Burned by Campfire (Fri, 6/13)




Grand Rapids Press:

Michele DeSelms never saw it coming. One moment, the veteran anchorwoman at Fox 17 was relaxing beside a cozy campfire. In the next, she was falling into it.

Full story: Bonfire accident severely burns Fox 17 anchor Michele DeSelms: 'I cry all the time' (Thu, 6/12)



Ann Arbor News:

WEMU-FM 89.1, a public radio station housed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, sent a email message out to listeners stating, "between now and next Wednesday, we must raise $100,000 to stay on track for our annual goal of $850,000.

Full story: WEMU-FM 89.1 must raise $100k by June 23 to 'stay on track' (Thu, 6/12)

PAT ST. JOHN, currently doing SIRIUSXM 60s on 6 live every day from 1-5p (ET), shares with ALL ACCESS "this SATURDAY (6/14), the personalities from the legendary WKNR (KEENER 13)/DETROIT are reuniting for dinner in NYC." ST. JOHN says BOB GREEN organized it, with confirmed attendees including himself, GREEN, SCOTT REGAN, ROBIN SEYMOUR, JERRY GOODWIN, JIM BROOKER, JOHN MEAGHER, FRANK "SWINGIN'" SWEENEY, JIM KERR, STEVE SCHRAM, SCOTT WESTERMAN and GARY STEVENS.

Full story: WKNR Alumni Reunite In New York (Thu, 6/12)





Since being named the Fox-owned stations' national correspondent early this year, Charlie LeDuff has been tromping around the country covering stories that don't typically get reported by stations -- a Kentucky church's gun giveaway and a Shoshone Indian's take on a Nevada land dispute to name a couple.

Full story: Charlie LeDuff's Tough Take On TV News (Tue, 6/10)



Detroit News:

The garage door opener was broken, but Pat Vitale wanted to put out the trash, so she decided to take a wrench to the little bracket down at the bottom. The surgery was last Monday, and the good news is, she gets to keep her eye.

Full story: Don't try this at home (Tue, 6/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

Hot Chelle Rae will headline HOT-FM's 2014 Party in the Park at Fifth Third Ballpark. My Crazy Girlfriend is slotted as an opener, with more acts yet to be revealed.

Full story: Hot Chelle Rae, My Crazy Girlfriend to play HOT-FM's Party in the Park (Wed, 6/11)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Allegan County sheriff's deputies responded to more than 100 incidents, most of which were alcohol-related, during this weekend's B-93 Birthday Bash. The incidents resulted in 56 arrests Saturday and 30 arrests Sunday at the two-day country music concert at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Capt. Frank Baker said in a news release issued Wednesday.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Police stay busy during 2-day country music concert (Wed, 6/11)

Mike Woolfolk, former anchor for WACH in Columbia, SC, from 1996 to 2010, has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, reports The State. After leaving WACH, Woolfolk started a media relations business. TVSpy reported about Woolfolk after he criticized his old station for hiring a beauty queen with no formal journalism experience. "I was astounded when I first heard of this move by WACH-TV, my former employer, and I remain astounded to this day," Woolfolk wrote on his blog at the time. Woolfolk is a Detroit native.

Full story: Mike Woolfolk Joins Detroit's WXYZ (Mon, 6/9)



Fine Tuning:

  • Passing: Garnet "Gar" Zimmerman, former Chief Engineer and Announcer at WBRN-FM/AM 100.9/1460 Big Rapids at the age of 88 on April 3rd. In addition to his work at WBRN, Gar was the former Department Head of Broadcast Engineering Technology and other Electronics Programs at Ferris State University. Mohnke Funeral Home provides a full obituary.

  • ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit will be losing one of its digital subnets as Live Well Network will be discontinued in January. LWN current airs on Channel 7.3. Broadcasting & Cable: ABC to Discontinue Live Well Network.

  • Media personality Lisa Barry will join host Dean La Douceur on the latter's On The Dean's List Blog Talk Radio podcast on Wednesday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. Barry is a Detroit-area media personality who has been with radio stations WJR, WNIC, WYCD and WXYT-AM. She is also in demand as a speaker, emcee and host for special events.

Christa Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist. Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Full story: Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing (Thu, 6/5)



Fine Tuning:

  • Congratulations to now former WSYM-TV Ch. 47 Lansing chief engineer John Szarowicz on his recent retirement. Szarowicz had been with the FOX network affiliate since it launched as an independent in 1982 and is highly regarded as a stellar engineer and all-around great guy.



Radio Ink:

Ed Cardenas has joined all-news station WWJ Newsradio 950 and as a Digital Reporter. Cardenas will be a regular on-air contributor and provide editorial content to the website, home of WWJ Newsradio 950.

Full story: WWJ expands digital department (Thu, 6/5)

CCM+E VP/Programming/DETROIT TONY TRAVATTO has given ALL ACCESS the details for the KJ HOLIDAY memorial being held this SATURDAY JUNE 7th in DETROIT. The 4p services will be held at the CHARLES H. MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY. The address is 315 East Warren, DETROIT, 48202 -- two blocks east of Woodward.

Full story: KJ Holiday Memorial Details (Thu, 6/5)




Kalamazoo Gazette:

The Allegan County Sheriff's Office said underage drinking and excessive tailgating at the B-93 Birthday Bash last year will lead to increased enforcement for this weekend's event.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Increased enforcement to crack down on underage drinking, tailgating (Tue, 6/3)

GREATER MEDIA Rock WRIF/DETROIT will hold a"Rocktober Throwdown" concert at COMPUWARE ARENA on OCTOBER 8th. The lineup will feature FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH and NOTHING MORE.

Full story: WRIF Holding 'Rocktober Throwdown' (Tue, 6/3)




Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association announces 2013 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners from across the state. Winners and more information can be found here.



Kalamazoo Gazette:

What was that stuff Jerrod Niemann drank in the video to "Drink to That All Night"? "RumChata," Niemann said from his home in Nashville, Tenn.

Full story: Jerrod Niemann to cause a country ruckus at B-93 Birthday Bash (Mon, 6/2)



Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio's HD-2 Smooth Jazz V98.7 is promoting a 45% increase in power, potentially increasing the digital radio station's coverage area and reliability on HD radios. The increase in power is also enjoyed by the station's HD-1 programming, a simulcast of Top 40 Amp Radio, WDZH-FM 98.7. The changes do not increase WDZH's analog power or coverage area.




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.




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)




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)




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 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: 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.


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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,


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: 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 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 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!


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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)




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) 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,

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)




Bay City Times:

About 10 years ago, I directed the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Midland Center for the Arts. The show features a very prominent, but offstage, "narrator" role, which means you need someone with a great voice, perhaps even one that's quickly recognizable, to play the part.

Full story: Long-time, affable weatherman Eric Jylha going out on top as he prepares for final broadcast (Sun, 3/30)




I've never seen so many potholes in my life as I'm seeing on the roads around my house. And it's a subject everybody's talking about. In Michigan, WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, is getting city officials to fix the potholes that residents report in 48-72 hours.

Full story: Detroit's WXYZ Markets War on Potholes (Mon, 3/31)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Let me sound-off about audio during a sporting event. Radio has it hands down over television. Proof? Have you ever noticed that when a sports team advertises on TV, the audio is just about always from RADIO.

VuoloWhen the Detroit Tigers promote their team, they use radio announcer Dan Dickerson, who is almost a baseball version of the late Bob Ufer of Michigan football fame. The radio guys just sound better. They are, for obvious reasons, more descriptive of the action and they're usually, like us, rooting for the home team. The national TV guys are "supposed to be" impartial. Often, however, don't they often seem to lean toward one team over the other? Doesn't it always seem like it's NOT your team too?

When MSU was in the Big Ten Championship football game last December 7th (a day that will live in infamy), most Spartans fans felt the FOX-TV guys were lame. One of them actually sounded like he had money on the Buckeyes. I've been personally archiving U of M football and some basketball games for years and always use RADIO audio as soon as the play gets underway. I even do a few of the Michigan State games, like that Championship contest and The 2014 Rose Bowl. I've had MSU friends say George Blaha and Jayson Strayhorn were more fun to listen to than Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit from ESPN.

Personally, even as a Wolverines fan, I was sorry to see UConn oust MSU out of its run for the Final Four earlier today. The game, however, was far more entertaining with RADIO audio with the always excitable Will Tieman at the microphone. Will is famous for his screeching yell "He Got It!" especially when three-pointers are scored.

On the flip side of the coin, University of Michigan basketball play-by-play master Matt Shepard, flanked by 1989 NCAA Champion U-M player Terry Mills, has really gotten good. Shepard's huge roster of adjectives to describe noteworthy scores is epic. He uses phrases like: ring it up, jam it, bingo, gimme that, splash and got it! Radio is just better than TV. The only issue is all of the broadcast-delays causing video and audio to often be out of sync. Since both Michigan & Michigan State are out of the running for this year's Final Four, we'll have to wait until late autumn to hear the local college basketball calls again.

The biggest question regarding radio play-by-play and sports in our area right now is WHO will succeed Frank Beckmann as the new voice of the Wolverines? At least five hats, that I have heard, have been tossed into the ring. Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon will probably make the call. We'll talk about it here...soon. Stay tuned!


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After nearly six years at CUMULUS Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, DANA LUNDON leaves BLAINE & ALLYSON IN THE MORNING and also vacates her Production Assistant duties, as well as traffic and weather on sister Country WDRQ (NASH FM)/DETROIT.

Full story: Dana Lundon Exits Mornings/Production At WDVD (Fri, 3/28)



Detroit News:

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the 50-year-old chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has represented Michigan in Congress since 2001 and has been an ardent defender on the need for U.S. intelligence programs, said early Friday he will not seek re-election.

Full story: U.S. Rep. Rogers will not seek re-election, heading to radio (Fri, 3/28)



Macomb Daily:

In more than a decade behind the microphone of Detroit Tigers broadcasts, Mario Impemba has seen the franchise take a sharp turn in the right direction.

Full story: Tigers voice Mario Impemba signing book at Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble (Thu, 3/27)



Grand Rapids Press:

ow important is Duckball to Dave Kagan? When he dies, he wants his tombstone to read he was the commissioner of the fantasy baseball league, along with a couple other things like good husband, father, etc.

Full story: Tigers announcer Dan Dickerson part of 30 years of fantasy baseball, Yoo-hoo shampoos and friends (Fri, 3/28)




Grand Rapids Press:

WFGR-FM has a new morning man on Classic Hits 98.7. Michigan native Jojo Girard was on the air this morning, spinning songs such as "Just What I Needed" by the Cars and "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner, for the debut of "The Jojo Show."

Full story: Grand Rapids' Classic Hits 98.7 has a new morning DJ at WFGR-FM (Thu, 3/27)



Detroit Free Press:

A new Detroit City Council report raises questions about the reasoning behind a proposed $5.2-million payment -- negotiated by the emergency manager's team of Jones Day lawyers -- that would settle any claims the city has to a share of the Red Wings' past cable TV revenues.

Full story: Council report questions proposed $5.2M payment to resolve Red Wings' TV revenue dispute (Thu, 3/27)




Detroit Free Press:

Fourteen Detroit charities for housing, nutrition, medical care and more got a nice boost today as $340,000 was spread among them from Mitch Albom's Super All Year Detroit Radiothon. The S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic received the largest check, $140,000, to support its efforts to provide free medical care to homeless children and their mothers.

Full story: 14 Detroit charities to split $340K thanks to Mitch Albom's radiothon (Wed, 3/26)



Fine Tuning:

  • Controversy brewing for SiriusXM? Not Michigan-related specifically, but creating a stir on social media is this evening's launch of "Billy Joel Radio" on SiriusXM's satellite channel 4, replacing the service's unique Big Band format "40s on 4" through June 25th. It appears subscribers are not pleased with the decision to move the 40s channel on-line only and have taken to SiriusXM's Facebook page to voice their displeasure.

    Although prior to the merger of Sirius and XM both services had made several lineup changes, this one seems to have the possibility of upsetting a record number of the merged company's users that feel they have more of a voice as they are part of a sizable group of about 25 million paying customers.




Ann Arbor News:

Last week's fundraising drive at Ypsilanti public radio station WEMU-FM (89.1) went into overtime - fitting, since the station's coverage of the EMU men's basketball team's win in the first round of the Tournament was a primary reason - and came fairly close to reaching its ambitious $200,000 goal.

Full story: WEMU's spring fundraising drive falls just short of ambitious goal (Tue, 3/25)



Fine Tuning:

  • Inbound for mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7 is Michigan native Jojo Girard who will be returning to the Great Lakes State from Baltimore, MD where he last hosted mornings at Mix 106.5 for nearly twenty years.




Flint Journal:

There's no Ron Burgundy behind the anchor desk, but Davison High School is building a broadcast dynasty with compelling and rich news stories for students and residents. Davison High School's DTV, a student-run station has received the 2013 High School Television Station/Program of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, its fourth time being honored with the award since 2009.

Full story: Top of the class: Davison High School's DTV chosen as Television Station of the Year (Sat, 3/22)



Detroit Tigers /

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2014 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, five games on FOX Sports 1 and three selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Four games are on ESPN.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit Announces 2014 TV Schedule (link includes full schedule)




A mega-merger/buyout in TV to affect Michigan stations

Media General, owner of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in the Lansing market, will buyout LIN Media, owner of NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8, ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Ch. 41, and low power MyNetwork affiliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek market in a deal valued at $1.6 billion.

The transaction, once approved and closed, would create the second largest pure-play TV company in the country.

Press release via Yahoo! Finance: Media General and LIN Media to combine (Fri, 3/21)



Philip Nye, former news director at Keener 13 and WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit dies

Nye helped direct the news department at WKNR AM 1310 during that station's popularity peak in the 1960s and later was a driving force at building the news department at Channel 7 into a market leader in the 1970s. Services will be held Monday, March 24 in Farmington Hills.

More details on Nye's career and his memorial in this obituary. He was 87 years old when he died on March 20th, 2014.

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS has hired PATRICK PENDERGAST as VP/GM for their four station cluster in LANSING, MI. He will assume duties as of MARCH 24th. This is a homecoming of sorts as PENDERGAST ran MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS four station cluster in SHEBOYGAN, WI in 2006-2007.

Full story: Midwest Communications Taps Patrick Pendergast To Lead Lansing Cluster (Thu, 3/20)




Kalamazoo Gazette:

Dierks Bentley and Justin Moore will headline the B-93 Birthday Bash at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin this summer. The 22nd country music festival put on by the Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will be held on June 7-8, according to the event's website.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore to headline country music bash (Mon, 3/17)



Observer & Eccentric:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation named WSDP-FM (88.1) "The Park" the High School Station of the Year. The MABF presented the award Wednesday, March 12, during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. Fifteen students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem high schools received 14 of the 24 awards presented in the high school radio category.

Full story: Plymouth-Canton's 88.1 named top school radio station (Fri, 3/14)



Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM) is hosting and giving away tickets to what's billed as the station's debut concert. The event, featuring performances by Big and Rich, Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, Brett Eldredge, The Cadillac Three, and Kix Brooks, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at The Fillmore in Detroit. Details on the Nash FM web site.




Detroit News:

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," are coming to town for Opening Day. The popular duo, who can be heard locally on Detroit Sports 105.1, will broadcast live from Ford Field the morning on March 31, ahead of the Tigers opener against the Royals across the street at Comerica Park.

Full story: 'Mike and Mike' heading to Detroit for Tigers Opening Day, will do show at Ford Field (Mon, 3/17)





Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its CBS affiliate WJMN Marquette, Mich. (DMA 180), will launch two weekday newscasts beginning in April. Branded as "Local 3," the newscasts will air Monday through Friday at 6 and 11 p.m. in full HD. Local 3 News will originate from a new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility currently under construction just west of Marquette, in what will become WJMN-TV Plaza.

Full story: WJMN to introduce local news, go HD (Thu, 3/13)



Fine Tuning:

  • Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has partnered with the USPS to help unveil the post office's new stamp honoring rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The official reveal party kicks off with a spirited rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music in Royal Oak at 9:00 a.m. today, Friday, March 14th - details on

  • Cumulus' Media/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith will host the station's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration live from the Detroit Athletic Club on Monday, March 17th from 6 - 10 a.m. Influential business and political leaders will be on hand for the wearing of the green.

  • Congratulations to all the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2013 award winners - Station of the Year honors were announced on Wednesday in Lansing at MAB's annual awards banquet.



Detroit News:

The Wayne County prosecutor has declined to file charges against journalist Charlie LeDuff for his involvement in a 2013 brawl during the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Full story: Fox 2's LeDuff won't face charges in 2013 St. Patrick's Day brawl (Thu, 3/13)



Lansing State Journal ($):

Michael Patrick Shiels will broadcast his syndicated morning radio and television show live from Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. "Michigan's Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels" will originate Monday from the Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, in County Clare, near Shannon.

Full story: Michael Patrick Shiels will broadcast 'Michigan's Big Show' from Ireland March 17 (Thu, 3/13 --- $)




Flint Journal:

Public radio listeners who glanced down at their car radio dial this week may have received an unexpected message courtesy of hackers. And it wasn't for a pledge drive.

Full story: Hackers send profane message to public radio listeners in Flint, West Michigan (Wed, 3/12)



Detroit Free Press:

Parker and The Man are back on the radio, according to a news release. Longtime radio partners Rob Parker and Mark Wilson will reboot "Sports Night with Parker and The Man" from 7-10 weeknights on WDFN-AM (1130), starting March 24.

Full story: Parker and The Man coming back to WDFN (Wed, 3/12)

Emily Barr, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek stations, is seeking to allay fears within the station group after the sale of WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, was announced this morning.

Full story: Emily Barr: Post-Newsweek Stations Not For Sale (Wed, 3/12)




Radio One/Detroit hosting Radiothon to help fire victims

The stations of Radio One in Detroit (Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9, News/Talk WCHB AM 1200/FM 99.9, Gospel WPZR-FM 102.7, and Urban WGPR-FM 107.5) have teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul to help the victims of the recent Jason Manor Apartment fire by hosting a Radiothon today to raise funds to help the displaced residents of the destroyed building. WDMK, WCHB and WGPR will be broadcasting live from the Villa store on Telegraph and West Chicago in Redford Township at various times throughout the day with WDMK's broadcasting ending at 10 p.m.

Online donations are being accepted via phone at (877) 788-4623 or on the St. Vincent de Paul website,



Crain's Detroit Business:

With a different business plan behind the scenes, local sports talk show "Parker and The Man" will return to local radio airwaves weeknights beginning March 24 on WDFN 1130 AM. Hosts Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, who began the show on the station in 1998 before it moved to other stations, will be on from 7 to 10 p.m.

Full story: Sports talkers Rob Parker, Mark Wilson return to WDFN in brokered airtime deal (Tue, 3/11)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Townsquare Media has purchased one of downtown Kalamazoo's most popular events, Ribfest, from The Arc Community Advocates, both organizations announced Monday.

Full story: Ribfest sold to Townsquare Media, annual festival will be held Aug. 7-9 (Tue, 3/11)



Fine Tuning:

  • Townsquare Media Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids releases night jock 'Metalhead Ned' and fills the position with the syndicated Loudwire Nights program hosted by 'Full Metal Jackie'.

  • Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids has named Taz Painter as the station's News Director, effective April 14th. Painter will transfer from Gannett sister station WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN and take the role held by Stanton Tang who's departure had previously been announced.




Detroit News:

WDFN 1130, once the powerhouse sports radio station in Metro Detroit, appears to be making a play to get back in the game. Down to just one local show in recent years, it was announced late Sunday night that Rob Parker and Mark Wilson - a once-popular on-air duo - are coming back to the airwaves, and landing on WDFN. "Parker and the Man" will debut Monday, March 24, and will air weeknights from 7 to 10.

Full story: Once-popular sports-talk duo Rob Parker, Mark Wilson to return to WDFN (Mon, 3/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr and the Band Perry will headline this spring's WYCD Downtown Hoedown, promoters announced this morning. They'll lead the 15-act main stage lineup at the popular country festival, scheduled May 30-June 1 at Comerica Park, the Hoedown's third year at the ballpark after three decades at Hart Plaza.

Full story: The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr to headline Downtown Hoedown (Mon, 3/10)

The 32nd Anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown is three days of fantastic entertainmentby over 40 artists on three stages, to be held on May 30th, 31st and June 1st, on the grounds surrounding Comerica Park.

Full story: 2014 WYCD Downtown Hoedown lineup (Mon, 3/10)

ENVISION NETWORKS is now distributing MOJO IN THE MORNING, the morning show from WKQI/DETROIT where "imperfect people laugh about life and themselves." The morning crew includes host MOJO, SPIKE and SHANNON. "For years I've been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market. Well, now it can be!" said MOJO. "We are excited to offer our show nationally."

Full story: Envision Networks Partners With Mojo In The Morning (Thu, 3/6)


GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT is proud to announce the return of the WCSX STONE SOUP PROJECT™. It's been two years since they built their last car and they are excited to bring the program back.

Full story: WCSX Stone Soup Project Returns (Fri, 3/7)

WLUC has announced Steve Asplund has been named news director. "He knows the market, he knows the station, he knows the process, he's evolved with the times," WLUC GM Rob Jamros said in a statement.

Full story: Steve Asplund Named WLUC News Director (Fri, 3/7)




Detroit News:

Steve Kostan picked a good winter to be homebound -- after 18 years at Greater Media-owned WCSX-FM (94.7), the veteran rock host was let go in late September. Then Polar Vortex 2013-'14 struck. "It was a good winter to be a shut-in," Kostan says with a laugh. But his hiatus from commuting is over, not long after his noncompete clause expired. CBS Radio Detroit's WOMC-FM (104.3) now has Kostan on the air at 7 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. He started last week.

Full story: Steve Kostan gets new home on WOMC (Tue, 3/4)




Fine Tuning:

  • Traverse City based Good News Media has signed on WLJW-FM 95.9 Fife Lake with a Contemporary Christian format as Fuel FM 95.9. The station's website: Good News Media also owns and operates religious-formatted stations WLJN-FM/AM 89.9 / 1400 Elmwood Twp/Traverse City and WLJW AM 1370 Cadillac.

  • WUPG-FM 96.7 Republic/Ishpeming has reportedly changed format from a simulcast of Classic Hits WUPT-FM 100.3 Gwinn/Marquette to a Classic Country/Lifestyle format as 96.7 Yooper Country. The station is owned by Radioactive, LLC but has a Local Marketing Agreement with Kent Smith's radio group that operates a number of 'Radio Eagle' stations in the Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas.



Detroit News:

An attorney representing the family of radio host Angelo Henderson said the Oakland Medical Examiner's Office misdiagnosed his cause of death following a private autopsy conducted by his family An independent autopsy performed last month by forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz indicated Henderson died of a coronary embolism that originated in his leg Feb. 15 in his home in Pontiac, attorney Arnold Reed said.

Full story: Radio show host, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist died of coronary embolism, attorney says (Mon, 3/3)

Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) - which measures audience ratings in radio - recently released numbers for the fall 2013 survey period in the Ann Arbor market, and once again, Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM) established itself as the area's most-listened-to radio station. The results come after a two year hiatus, during which time Ann Arbor was not included in the ratings.

Full story: Michigan Radio tops in Ann Arbor radio market and national ratings for public radio stations (Sat, 3/1)




Two of Schurz Communications stations in South Bend, IN are sporting new names and slightly revamped formats. Country "Real Country 99.9" WHFB-FM Benton Harbor, MI has tweaked to a current based presentation as "New Country 99.9" focusing on 18-34. The station retains the syndicated Bob & Tom Show in mornings.

Full story: Schurz rebrands two in South Bend (Fri, 2/28)



Grand Rapids Press:

WOTV-4 personality Maranda is set to host another series of park parties that offer families a fun and free entertainment option during the summertime months.

Full story: WOTV-4's Maranda to host 20th anniversary year of park parties (Fri, 2/28)




WJBK-TV Ch. 2 /

A local TV station recently relaunched the hit game show 'Bowling for Dollars'. As FOX 2's Rob Wolchek reported last week, some of the show's contestants say they bowled, they won - but never got paid. Some people who worked on the show also say they haven't gotten paid. But now the pay strike seems to be over -- and the participants say the dollars are finally rolling in.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' participants finally see the money roll in (Thu, 2/27)



Detroit Tigers:

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2014 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, five games on FOX Sports 1 and three selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Four games are on ESPN. FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers, presented by Belle Tire, continues with five spring training games, followed by the March 31 home opener against Kansas City.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit Announces 2014 TV Schedule (Thu, 2/27)



Saginaw News:

Snow is one the ground, but for the 47th consecutive season, the Detroit Tigers are beginning the baseball season on WSGW-AM, 790. The Detroit Tigers exhibition opener Wednesday kicked off the 47th consecutive season that the Saginaw station carried the Tigers' games.

Full story: Detroit Tigers begin 47th radio season on WSGW-AM, 790 (Thu, 2/27)




Detroit News:

Radio One told its advertisers about some programming changes Tuesday, including at least two bombshells -- Mildred Gaddis' longtime morning slot on Detroit's NewsTalk AM 1200 (WCHB-AM) will be taken over by the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show from 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Full story: WCHB shakes up its lineup; Gaddis moves to afternoon (Tue, 2/25)



Detroit Free Press:

Fans of John Mason will soon find the Detroit radio star back in a familiar spot: in the a.m. on the FM dial. Mason will take over the morning drive-time shift at Kiss 105.9 (WDMK-FM) starting Monday, leaving his current afternoon post at Radio One sister station WCHB (1200 AM, 99.9 FM). Mason, who ruled the morning airwaves on Detroit urban radio at WJLB in the 1990s, will broadcast 5:30-10 a.m. weekdays.

Full story: Mason returns to Detroit's morning airwaves Monday (Tue, 2/25)



Muskegon Tribune:

Muskegon's Andy O'Riley is known for being a little larger than life. The area radio personality has spent his career honing an on-air persona, and has focused in recent years on expanding that influence through social media sites like Facebook, with great success.

Full story: Well-known radio personality launches social media business (Tue, 2/25)

ALL ACCESS has learned that BRENT ALBERTS is leaving his PD/afternoon position on CUMULUS Classic Rock WXKR and HD-2 Alternative (100.7 THE ZONE)/TOLEDO. On his FACEBOOK page ALBERTS posted, "After 46 wonderful years in the business I've loved since I was a kid, it's time to do something else."

Full story: Brent Alberts Leaving WXKR (Tue, 2/25)




Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM 13 is in the market for news director. The Gannett-owned, ABC-TV affiliate in Grand Rapids has posted an ad for a news director "who knows how to differentiate a station from the competition."

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 begins search for a new news director (Mon, 2/24)



Detroit News:

They were connected by death, and later by victory. By a bullet from a pistol, and then by a Pulitzer Prize. Dennis Grehl was only defending himself and the assistant frantically emptying the cash register at the little pharmacy in Northwest Detroit. Angelo Henderson was only doing what reporters do.

Full story: Winning together: Henderson's legacy (Mon, 2/24)



Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $1.1 million in pledges during last Friday's Bed & Bread Club Radiothon heard on Cumulus Media's News-Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit. The 16-hour broadcast was hosted by WJR's Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann who were joined by retired jock Dick Purtan.

  • Nominated: For Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, Lenawee Broadcasting's Adult Contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian along with CBS Radio/Detroit's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and All-News WWJ AM 950. The trio are among 50 stations nationwide recognized as finalists; winners will be announced in April.




WJBK-TV Ch. 2 / MyFoxDetroit:

A local TV station recently relaunched the hit game show 'Bowling for Dollars.' Some of the show's contestants say they bowled, they won - but have yet to see the dollars. Some people who worked on the show also say they haven't gotten paid.

Full story: Wolchek Investigation: 'Bowling for Dollars' participants still waiting for dollars (Wed, 2/19)



Fine Tuning:

  • Underway: The Salvation Army's annual Bed and Bread Radiothon on Cumulus Media/Detroit's News/Talk WJR AM 760. The 27th annual event airs live from Oakland Mall in Troy until 10 p.m. today (Friday, Feb 21st). More info on what annually turns out to be one of the largest radio fundraisers in the country and a live web video stream on WJR's web site.

  • Hired: Former WCSX jock Steve Kostan by CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 for weekends (Saturday's 7 p.m. - midnight) and fill-ins.

  • Moving up north: Scott Ehlke is leaving weekend overnights at CBS Radio/Detroit Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio) to become the new weekday nighttime host at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City starting March 10th. Ehlke takes the spot left open when Ashley "LZ" Elzinga moved across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee.

Grammy award-winning artist Darius Rucker will join the WYCD Ten Man Jam lineup Feb. 26 at the Royal Oak Music Theater. The Ten Man Jam sponsored by the country station (99.5 FM) is a "guitar pull" style concert, according to a press release, that will involve two acts consisting of five artists.

Full story: Darius Rucker to host Detroit country station WYCD's Ten Man Jam at Royal Oak Music Theater (Fri, 2/21)

Congratulations to CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT personality LINDA LEE, co-host of the station's "EDWARDS & LEE" afternoon show, for being named a GRACIE AWARD winner by the ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION. LEE was cited for helping to create a free mammography program at MCCLAREN MACOMB HOSPITAL in MT. CLEMENS.

Full story: WYCD's Linda Lee Named Gracie Award Winner (Fri, 2/21)



Battle Creek Enquirer ($):

From its roots as headquarters of Fort Custer Military Reservation, which opened in 1917 and closed in 1969, to its later years as the home of studios and offices for the former WUHQ-TV Ch. 41, the Fort Custer headquarters building had a storied past.

Full story: Fort Custer HQ razed (Thu, 2/20)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

After having written nothing since November of 2013, this is my second column within the past 30 days, but I have more to say and also offer my observations of the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show out in Las Vegas where a comfortable pair of shoes is mandatory!

My regular schedule has me in Sin City for "Media Day," which was Monday January 6th, the day before the trade show opens officially. It is always packed with huge crowds. The CES draws more people than any other confab in Las Vegas at over 150,000 attendees jammed into some two million square feet of space visiting a fraction of the 3,200 exhibitors! On Media Day you get to wait in lines that rival those at Cedar Point on the 4th of July so you can squeeze into rooms that are almost always standing room only and hear about the newest innovations from mega-companies like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Dish Network and LG. Factoid: LG does NOT stand for "Life's Good" which is just a marketing term. LG was formed by the merger of two Korean companies; Lucky and Goldstar. Lucky brands were primarily sold overseas, but Goldstar was a player in the VCR wars of the 1980's. Now you know! Dish Networks gave away the most goodies, but most remembered was when film director Michael Bay walked off the stage, in a huff, at the Samsung presser because his teleprompter failed. It's not known if the man who hired Bay was reprimanded for his actions, but most of us felt he should have received a promotion, since the event drew more publicity than anything else at the 2014 CES Media Day.

VuoloTuesday at 10 am the show opened, the stampede began, and the price of hotel rooms more than doubled! My room at $29 Sunday night jumped to $49 Monday night and the day the show opened skyrocketed to $199 plus tax. Yikes! Why do they do that? Because they can. In four days you simply can not see it all. We in the press are treated well with places to get online with complimentary Wi-Fi service and a decent box lunch is provided each day, but the time simply flies by. What I liked the most was the opportunity to speak to key representatives of large companies who you would never be able to interact with outside of this venue. Personally I made many invaluable contacts.

Along with the comfy footwear, you need to have an ample supply of business cards. There are enough members of the Jewish faith to warrant several kosher delis, plus my estimate is that clearly 25 to 30% of the attendees are Asian and a multitude of foreign languages permeate the event. It truly is a very International gathering. You also see hundreds of brand names that you never seem to see in stores, but there they are at CES every year. A newish brand, now known by many more thanks to a huge "free promo piece" they received on 60 Minutes last November, is the Go-Pro Camera developed by billionaire Nick Woodman. He was at their booth which was almost as big as the crowd that packed the area to hear him speak. Sony was also showing off a tiny video camera to compete with the Go-Pro.

Every year the electronics industry feels a need to bring out something new and innovative that will, in theory, have everyone buzzing about. This year it was 4K TV which was originally dubbed as Ultra High Definition television. The picture is billed as four times the resolution of today's HD-TV. The majority of households throughout the United States seemed to convert from CRT (cathode ray tube) sets to HD flat screens almost overnight. It was much faster than the changeover from black and white to color TV, or vinyl records to CD's, or videotape to DVD's. Now, they expect the consumer to make another expensive leap to 4K but there's one major problem, or as we say today...issue. No TV stations are broadcasting any programs in 4K. So, get ready for another tug-of-war similar to back in the 1950's when the makers of color TV sets, like RCA, were screaming to the TV networks for more shows in color, while the networks, like NBC (oddly enough related to RCA) were demanding the production of more color TV sets, which by the way were very expensive. When radio stations, late as the mid-1960's) gave away a color TV as a prize, it was a very big deal! Some of these new 4K sets also featured a curved screen, almost Cinerama-like. My feeling is that most people are very satisfied with today's HD-TV, but I've been wrong before. In my next column I will have more news from the CES and what to expect on the electronics horizon.



In local radio news, hats off to Classic Hits WOMC-FM (104.3) for managing, in concert with Kroger stores, to raise a staggering $1.5 million in cash and food for Gleaners Community Food Bank! WXYZ-TV did a fine job of collecting over a half million dollars for the Michigan Humane Society...but don't ever say radio can't hold up against TV. It can and it does repeatedly, especially in the Detroit area.


Do not forget to donate to the annual Salvation Army Radiothon, heard on WJR-AM (760) on Friday February 21st. Both Michiguide webmaster Mike Austerman and myself hope to be out at The Oakland Mall in Troy at some point during the fundraising effort. From 4 to 8 p.m., there will be a chance for all of us to see one of Detroit's most loved radio personalities as Dick Purtan emerges from retirement for this worthwhile cause so near and dear to his heart. He'll be joined by former Purtan's People contributors Al Muskavito and Jackie Purtan. WJR's very popular "Hall of Fame" morning host, Paul W. Smith will anchor the event in this its 27th year! The Radiothon starts at 6 am and runs through 10 pm and will be video streamed on



If it's not deemed too overly self-serving, my presence on YouTube has ballooned since last we shared this space. Back on Saturday, February 8th I was privileged to have a guest spot on a talk show over KDKA in Pittsburgh, long regarded as the nation's first commercial radio station! Other than a few technical issues, it went well. A video of that program is available on YouTube if you simply use this link: Switching channels, the memorial tribute to Chicago's Larry Lujack has garnered a phenomenal 3,500 hits and I hope you will want a copy of the full version, so I can make a significant donation to his favorite charity "Save The Children." The tribute is on the home page of Also on YouTube, I just posted (now that I know how to do it) one of my earliest tributes to WGN Chicago's Bob Collins. His untimely death came as the result of a plane crash in February of 2000 and it's worth watching (just 4 minutes) if only for the powerful on-air eulogy broadcast nationally by the iconic Paul Harvey. The tribute can be seen at this link:

Before flying from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for the CES, I was invited by former Detroit radio DJ, Kurt Kelly to guest on his Hollywood interview show on his Live Kurt was a personality at the old WTWR (Tower 92) back in 1980. Today, he is a successful voice-over talent in La-La Land! My voice was gone and I looked terrible, but if you feel you can take it, the 38 minute video can be seen via this link: If there's a next time I promise to be more prepared.

Proudly, what started out, five years ago, as just six people getting together for lunch in the L.A. area between Christmas and New Years, has turned into an annual reunion of radio junkies now known as The Radio Dream Lunch. If you're still tapped into YouTube there's a video of the latest gathering which, while being wildly entertaining features a few names and faces you might recognize. Use this link:


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Plymouth/Canton's 88.1 The Park set to host annual Record Show on Saturday, February 21st

WSDP-FM 88.1 The Park, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, will present their sixth annual Record Show on Saturday February 22, from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria.

Collectors will find thousands of vinyl records, CD's, import only releases, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles. The show will also feature special giveaways and door prizes.

Last year's show was the station's largest with over 230 people attending and 42 dealer tables. Early reservations indicate that this year's show will be even bigger. Much of the success of the show can be tied to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records.

"The record show is my favorite 88.1 event. There's literally every genre of music waiting to be dug up, and it's great to be around people who love music," said Elena Bongiovanni, 88.1 The Park's Production Director.

Admission is $3. Collectors can get early admission between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. for $5. Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools will receive free admission with a student ID. All of the proceeds will benefit 88.1 The Park, and will help the station to continue serving the community with unique programming and broadcast training for students. The record show is one of the station's main fundraisers each year.

Interested dealers can contact 88.1 The Park's Station Manager, Bill Keith, at 734-416-7732. Eight foot tables can be reserved for $30 each.

Salem High School is located at 46181 Joy Road in Canton Michigan (corner of Joy and Canton Center). The Salem High School Cafeteria is located on the first floor, just inside the main entrance to the school.

88.1 The Park is staffed by students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools. The station has been serving the community since February 14, 1972. You can find out more about the station at



WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing:

A little video fun for WLNS morning co-anchor Evan Pinsonnaul on President's Day: (Mon, 2/17)




The Oakland Press:

A good man, minister, journalist, father, husband and community activist, the Rev. Angelo B. Henderson of Pontiac, died this weekend of natural causes. He was 51. The night before he died, he complained of shortness of breath. He was a Pulizer Prize winner, just one of 25 black journalists to ever win journalism's highest honor. He also was a radio host at WCHB-AM and FM who made his program a platform for voices from all parts of the Detroit-area community.

Full story: Radio host from Pontiac remembered as 'good man and journalist' (Mon, 2/17)



Detroit News:

Funeral services for journalist and radio show host Angelo Henderson begin Saturday at Swanson Funeral Home on the city's northwest side. Visitation for Mr. Henderson is from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Swanson's northwest chapel at 14751 W. McNichols in Detroit.

Full story: Funeral services start this weekend for renowned Detroit journalist, radio show host (Mon, 2/17)



Moody on the Market:

That big, lovable guy who holds down the fort weekday mornings at Mid-West Family Broadcasting's WIRX Radio is packing up his worldly goods this week for a "too good to miss out on" opportunity with a couple of friends who are launching a new business on the south side of Las Vegas. Rex Charger, who has hosted the morning show at Rock 107 since June of 2012, will mark his last day on the air this coming Friday, February 21st and will begin his new career on March 6th with the opening of The Gold Club near the largest outdoor mall in the Las Vegas metro called Town Square.

Full story: WIRX morning man headed to Vegas (Mon, 2/17)



Fine Tuning:

  • Shaffee exits afternoons at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 according to his Facebook post.

  • Still kissing: Two contestants as of 7:30 p.m. at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter as part of a contest to win a 2-year lease on a Chevy in a contest sponsored by Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Country WWWW-FM 102.9. The contest began on Saturday before noon - view a live stream here. to see if there was finally a winner.

Angelo Henderson's widespread impact on Detroit stretched from broadcasting and print journalism to churches and crime watch groups, and expressions of heartbreak over his death Saturday came from all ends of a shaken community. The radio host and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter died around 10 a.m. Saturday of natural causes at his Pontiac home, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office.

Full story: Death of Angelo Henderson a 'devastating' blow to Detroit radio, church and journalism communities (Sat, 2/15)



Detroit News:

Detroit radio icon and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Angelo B. Henderson died early Saturday at his Pontiac home. He was 51. The cause of death is unknown. His death was confirmed by his wife, Felecia D. Henderson, assistant managing editor of features and presentation at The Detroit News.

Full story: Angelo Henderson, Detroit radio personality and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 51 (Sat, 2/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Angelo B. Henderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter turned radio host and minister, died this morning at his Pontiac home. He was 51. Henderson, a Louisville, Ky., native, was working in the Detroit bureau of the Wall Street Journal in 1998 when he wrote a narrative of an armed robbery at a pharmacy in northwest Detroit and its aftermath.

Full story: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Angelo B. Henderson, who also found calling in radio, ministry, dies at 51 (Sat, 2/15)



Fine Tuning:

  • Smooching: Contestants at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, hoping to win a two-year pre-paid lease on either a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze or 2014 Chevrolet Malibu in Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor's 2014 version of their "Kiss the Car" contest. The Cumulus Media station kicks off the event just before noon Saturday, February 15th when morning show host Bubba will order participants to pucker-up and place their lips on one of two vehicles in hopes of outlasting their fellow contestants.

    Once the clock starts, each contestant will have to keep their lips planted on their car with both feet placed firmly on the ground to remain in the game. Players will have 10 minutes each hour to do whatever they need to power up for the next hour.

    Follow the progress of the event along on Facebook or on the event's web site.

  • Raised: By Detroit's WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Michigan Humane Society Telethon on Thursday, nearly $500,000.

  • Expanding: The reach of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's free live webcasts produced by Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch. 56) thanks to a new partnership between DPTV and PBS. Beginning February 20th, the DSO's "Live From Orchestra Hall" series of encore performances will be available to national audiences through PBS's video portal.

  • On the air: New sign on WSHN-FM 89.3 Munising with Religious programming as 'Ready FM'.




Fine Tuning:

  • Underway: The Michigan Humane Society's 2014 Valentine's Telethon on E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit, hosted by morning anchor Alicia Smith. More details here.

  • Raised: By CBS/Radio Detroit's Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3, over $1.5 million in support of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan during yesterday's Radiothon.




Fine Tuning:

  • WOMC_Gleaners CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is on the air today with its "Radiothon for Gleaners", raising money to help Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan fulfill their mission of distributing emergency food to more than 550 partner schools, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.

    Call (855) 315-3663 to donate or visit for more details.

  • Lauren 'Shmitty' Smith has changed jobs from morning show producer at Clear Channel/Grand Rapids' News-Talk WOOD-FM/AM 106.9/1300 to morning show co-host at sister station Top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 where she joins Ken Evans and Internio.

  • FOX UP, a digital subchannel of WLUC-TV Ch. 6 Marquette, will broadcast the February 21 and 22 home-and-home WCHA hockey games between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.

    A veteran broadcast team of Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will call the games live at 7 p.m. each evening. Evans was the play-by-play radio voice of NMU hockey from 2001-04 and also served as analyst from 1997-99. He also served as play-by-play voice of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2004-06.Ellis, a native of Calumet, worked at TV6 from 1992-94, hosted shows on Fox Sports Detroit for 12 years and has done play-by-play work for the Big Ten Network in three sports. He's also served as a fill-in analyst for Michigan Tech hockey radio broadcasts on numerous occasions.



Detroit News:

He's carved out a niche as a Tigers broadcaster, that's for sure. Jim Price was at Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday, ready for another season as Dan Dickerson's partner in the radio booth. To a large extent, however, Price's season began with the Tigers' fantasy camps last month.

Full story: Broadcaster Jim Price makes fantasy campers' dreams come true (Wed, 2/12)




The Oakland Press:

When Mark Pasman thinks back on his 26-plus year run as host of the Motor City Blues Project radio show on WCSX-FM (94.7), his thoughts go immediately to when he hosted live remote broadcasts from the now defunct Memphis Smoke nightclub in Royal Oak.

Full story: Longtime WCSX weekend personality Mark Pasman off the air (Tue, 2/11)



Ann Arbor News:

Last fall, when the Federal Communications Commission accepted applications for new Low Power FM radio station licenses (for the first time in more than a decade), only one Washtenaw County-based group, called Ann Arbor Community Radio, applied; the bid was successful, and A2CR was among the first new LPFM stations granted approval for a construction permit in January.

Full story: Just-licensed Ann Arbor Community Radio must raise money for transmitter, studio (Tue, 2/11)



Fine Tuning:

  • On the air: A new FM translator for Contemporary Christian Smile FM on 103.9 operating with 10 watts from near Hamlin and Ryan Roads in Shelby Township. The construction permit for W280EL shows the community of license for the translator to be Yates.




WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit owner E.W. Scripps buying WMYD-TV 20 Detroit

A second television duopoly is on the way in the Detroit market with today's announcement that E.W. Scripps, already the owner of ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, is purchasing MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 from Granite Broadcasting as part of a deal that also includes ABC affiliate WKBW-TV Ch. 7 in Buffalo, NY. Sale price for WMYD and WKBW is $110 million in cash.

E.W. Scripps Prior to the sale getting governmental approval and closing, Scripps will broker between four and six hours of daily programming on WMYD from Granite.

"These two stations are a terrific fit for our TV portfolio," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for E.W. Scripps. "We love doing business in Detroit. WXYZ is one of our most important TV stations, and our ability to marry it with the MyNetworkTV station allows us to extend our commitment to that market and continue the conversation and the passion driving the renaissance of this great American city."

The pending WXYZ/WMYD duopoly will join an existing duopoly in Detroit made up of CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 (CBS) and WKBD-TV Ch. 50 (CW). Adding WMYD will give Scripps more flexibility to carry more of its own programming in the market with shows such as Let's Ask America, The List, and RightThisMinute along with news programming from WXYZ. Channel 7 currently carries Minute at 12:30 p.m. and America at 7:30 p.m. weekdays.

WMYD, which currently broadcasts a 30-minute newscast at 10 p.m. that is produced by one of Granite's TV stations in Fort Wayne, IN, will likely see changes in that timeslot in the near future with the distinct possibility that WXYZ will look to bring its own news show on the air at 10 p.m. on Channel 20 to compete directly with FOX's WJBK-TV Channel 2. WXYZ at one time produced a relatively short-lived 10 p.m. newscast for WKBD prior to that station's move into full CBS ownership.



Flint Journal:

Just hours before ABC 12 thought it might have had its programming pulled from DirecTV, officials announced a contract dispute was settled and that programming would continue.

Full story: ABC 12 settles contract dispute, will continue airing on DirecTV (Mon, 2/10)




WWJ AM 950 Detroit:

WWJ Newsradio 950′s annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund wrapped up Friday evening topping previous years by a wide margin. Metro Detroiters, local businesses and corporations helped to make the 2014 THAW Radiothon a success to the tune of $1,154,198.

Full story: WWJ's Winter Survival Radiothon For THAW Raises Over $1 Million! (Fri, 2/7)



The Oakland Press:

Anyone who has ever turned on a radio knows a station has to have a tower to broadcast the programming, right? Not so with today's new technology. Student radio broadcasters such as Mark Stewart and Blake Perlman, and station manager Pete Bowers at Bloomfield Hills High School's award-winning WBFH 88.1 FM radio station, known as the Biff, have found two new methods to keep broadcasting their music, sports and hot topic talk shows since they lost their tower in June.

Full story: Tower-less student broadcasters reach audience with new app & website (Fri, 2/7)



Detroit News:

Detroit loses another veteran radio personality, as Mark Pasman, longtime host of WCSX-FM (94.7)'s "Motor City Blues Project" was fired last week by the station. The show, with its "Anything blue will do" tagline, aired from 7 p.m. to midnight Sundays. Because Pasman is a musician as well, it was a reliable way to find out what was happening in Detroit's blues scene and virtually the only outlet for local blues releases to be played.

Full story: WCSX fires blues host Mark Pasman (Fri, 2/7)



Fine Tuning:

  • Two more Michigan stations adding Cumulus' "America's Morning Show": No surprise as the company has now confirmed the Blair Garner led syndicated morning program will be added to WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint and WTNR-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids and be among 19 new stations adding the show- including WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit as revealed late last week.

  • Hired: Greg Smith as the new General Sales Manager at Greater Media/Detroit's Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1. Prior to moving to WRIF, Smith held the same job at CBS Radio/Detroit's All-News WWJ AM 950.

  • Exited: Midday host Glen Dillon from Townsquare Media's WKFR-FM 103.3 Battle Creek / Kalamazoo.



Saginaw News:

The Frankenmuth International Aid Foundation has added $1,014 to its fund courtesy of the Bronner's Hot Shot Local Media Celebrity Archery Contest. For the second year in a row, Larry Elliot of ABC 12 shot his way to the top prize Friday, Feb. 7, at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, 25 Christmas Lane, in Frankenmuth, resulting in the funding going to the foundation on his behalf.

Full story: ABC 12's Larry Elliot on target for charity in Bronner's archery competition (Sat, 2/8)



Vuolo Commentary: State of the Art

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Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Well, if you see this in time, mark your calendar or hang a sticky note on the frig door that your favorite (but absent for far too long) radio reporter will be a guest at 5 p.m. Saturday February 8th on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh! I will be the guest of native Detroiter Stoney Richards who, for true radiophiles. was Chuck Richards back in the 1970's on W-4 106.7 FM. Today he's the successful afternoon drive personality on Country Music Y-108 in The Steel City. You can easily tune in via any computer, smart phone or similar device. You need only to search and you'll be able to listen live.

VuoloOn the program I will be discussing, of all things, the state of radio these days and there is much to talk about. One of the most recent alterations was the deletion of all on-air DJ's on Sirius XM's 90's and 50's channels. Personally I didn't frequent the 90's channel much, but the 50's on Channel 5 played a lot of music that you just don't hear anymore because it appeals to an audience who are too old. Ouch! Most of today's "oldies" stations find that any word with OLD in it as being poison to selling advertising. So, we call them Classic Hits these days and remind me how overused the word "classic" is?

With this "cost-cutting" budgetary move by satellite radio, a number of popular jocks were shown the door, including: Pat St. John and Jim Kerr, both with Detroit area roots, Dave Hoeffel, Ken Merson and "Mr. Music" Norm N. Nite. Norm did his show each weekend from the Alan Freed Studio at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. As one of pop music's true experts, his was the only LIVE show on the channel. All of the rest pre-recorded their programs via that method known as "voice-tracking" which is another way of saying they weren't making very much money. So how come they were all dumped?


As those of you who have read my musings in the past know, I have strong opinions about the state of the industry these days and I am not afraid to state them. I also attend a great many radio conferences. Most of the time I see the same people, talking about the same thing and seemingly never practicing what they preach. Every broadcaster screams the same credo LIVE & LOCAL, yet music FM's continue to voice track the majority of their programs and talk AM's lift most of their content from a program syndicator via a satellite. The large corporations which own the majority of the radio stations across this country are far more concerned with the bottom-line and the stock value of the company, than what type of product comes out of the speaker.


Again, if you see this in time, CKWW-AM (580) is doing a Beatles Invasion Weekend on February 8th and 9th like many stations are celebrating the 50th anniversary of when the Beatles premiered in America on The Ed Sullivan Show. The DVR's will be set for 8 pm on Sunday night when CBS recreates that special night in 1964. Now, I bet you wished you owned a DVD-RECORDER! When the hard drive needs more space, this will be a tough one to delete. Interestingly CKWW is heavily accessed via the Internet, since its anemic 500 watt signal limits its over-the-air availability. I still wish Bell Broadcasting, which owns both CKWW and CKLW would simply flip the formats of these two stations. The 580 signal is fine for the local news and talk of AM 800 which only appeals to the Windsor community. Just thinking out loud.


Make a note that on Sunday morning between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Warren Pierce will feature former WKNR great Bob Green talking about when Keener 13 brought the Beatles to Olympia for a Detroit concert back in 1964. So, on your way to church, breakfast or the bathroom, be sure to dial up Warren and Greeny Bob on WJR-AM (760).


Detroit's newest country station, WDRQ-FM (93.1), disguised as Nash-FM, is adding live jocks ... but the all-important morning show will not be local. The station will feature Blair Garner and America's Morning Show. Blair did a hugely popular overnight show for 25 years called "After Midnite." He left that program to anchor this new morning show on WNSH (Nash-FM) in New York City, but the program originates from Nashville. Now, Cumulus Media, which owns WJR, WDVD and WDRQ in Detroit is adding the show to dozens of Nash-FM clones all over the country, including The Motor City. Oddly enough Blair Garner was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame the same evening as WJR's Paul W. Smith back on November 10, 2013. Now, they'll be opposite each other in Motown. Friends, you simply can't make this stuff up.


Speaking of Paul W. Smith, his new contract with Cumulus had people throughout the entire radio industry talking. These days if you get a one year deal, you're doing OK, a three year contract means they really believe in you, and a five year contract means they love you and feel that you're the best in the business for the future of the station. Paul W. got a seven year renewal! It had to give this Monroe, MI native a great feeling of confidence, as this unprecedented deal keeps him comfortably ensconced onto the eighth floor of the Fisher Building past the year 2020 which interestingly will mark the 100th anniversary of commercial radio in the U.S.


One floor below, on the FM side, WDVD (96.3) morning host Blaine Fowler, got a new deal as well for three years which proves he is also doing a great job, along with co-host Allyson and studio-mate Dana. Blaine is a good fit on the pop music station. He's from Michigan's Upper Peninsula so this winter has been no problem for the boyish-looking radio personality.


Before we leave the Golden Tower on Grand Blvd., I have to say, with no disrespect to Mitch Albom, that when he is away from the microphone his "B-Team" is simply the best! Big Al (formerly with Dick Purtan) along with Ed Kelly (top-notch voice guy) then add in Kevin O'Neill on traffic and this trio is so wildly entertaining that it actually becomes "destination listening." One day I sat in the Costco parking lot, with the engine running, for ten minutes because I could not tear myself away from the radio. When was the last time you found a program that riveting, and on an AM station to boot? Just a few days ago, with Mitch back at the helm, his playing DJ with O'Neill (who can't be stumped on music trivia) were having fun with lesser heard songs like "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells and "Killer Joe" by the Rocky Fellers. It was outrageously fun to listen to. Talk radio just needs to lighten up and give politics a rest every now and then.


Sorry to see Mark Pasman get dropped by Greater Media's classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7). His Sunday night show was a 20 year staple on the station. In recent months, a scary number of people have exited those Royal Oak Township studios. Think about it: Jim Harper, Drew & Mike, Ken Calvert and others. Some have returned in limited or alternative capacities, but come on. If WRIF, also a Greater Media station, drops their Sunday night talk show with Peter Werbe, then I'll know that the world is coming to an end.


Finally, since my audio and video archive of radio people is rather extensive, it seems like my responsibility of late is to create nice video tributes to people whom we have lost and the list is growing far too fast. My tribute to Bill Bailey (WDRQ in the 70's) was watched on YouTube over 2,500 times. My latest is for Chicago Super-Jock Larry Lujack, of WLS and WCFL. Old Uncle Lar was known throughout the Midwest thanks to the massive signals of both of these iconic stations. If you visit my web site, an edited version of the video is available to watch. Copies of the un-edited 73 minute version are available and 25% of every DVD ordered is going to Mr. Lujack's favorite charity Save the Children.


Next time I write, I will offer my views of things I saw in January at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. My sore legs are still recovering. Stay warm, stay informed and most importantly keep the radio on!


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WWJ/Detroit /

Make your lunch plans to join WWJ Newsradio 950 for the 3rd annual Celebrity "Coneys for a Cause" to benefit The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW). WWJ's Tom Jordan, Charlie Langton, Marie Osborne, Vickie Thomas and other local celebrities will be serving up coneys between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at American Coney Island in downtown Detroit.

Full story: Join WWJ For Lunch As Local Celebs Serve 'Coneys For A Cause' (Thu, 2/6)



Detroit News:

There's a dusty tire sitting on top of the trunk, and random pieces of the body are stacked on the roof. Where you'd expect to find the snarling engine on a 1970 Pontiac Firebird, there are mostly milk crates and cardboard cartons full of parts, paperwork and even a pair of canvas gloves. It's perfect.

Full story: A tribute on wheels (Thu, 2/6)



Fine Tuning:

  • Tomorrow is the 11th Annual WWJ Winter Survival Radiothon For THAW as CBS Radio/Detroit's All-News WWJ AM 950 raises money from 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. to help Michigan families facing an emergency energy crisis. Last year's Radiothon helped raise $300,000.

  • Adding: The syndicated re-mix rock program "Skratch N Sniff" to Saturday nights on Bell Media's Modern Rock CIMX-FM 88.7 Windsor/Detroit. The program is hosted by Malcolm Ryker and DJ Mike Czech and is also heard in Tampa, Charlotte, Washington DC, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, and San Diego,

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Igor Larionov is coming to a satellite radio station near you. Larionov, a member of the Red Wings' famed Russian Five, will be part a five-part series called "Igor Larionov's Triple Overtime Radio" on SiriusXM beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. The show will be hosted by his daughter, Alyonka Larionov.

Full story: Former Detroit Red Wings forward Igor Larionov to host satellite radio show during Winter Olympics (Thu, 2/6)




Fine Tuning:

  • Adding: "America's Morning Show" to the lineup at the recently launched Country Nash FM 93.1 Detroit starting on Monday, February 10th. America's Morning Show is hosted by Blair Gardner with Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks, and Erika Grace Powell. Originally launched on the first Nash station in New York City (WNSH-FM 94.7), the program expands to 20 Cumulus-owned stations, including Detroit's WDRQ, as of Monday.




For the third year in a row, Oakland University's student-run radio station WXOU has been named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters College Radio Station of the Year. The station, which can be found at 88.3 FM, first won the award in 2012 -- beating Michigan State University, which had won the award for 11 years straight.

Full story: WXOU takes college station of the year award for 3rd year (Tue, 2/4)



Fine Tuning:

  • Dropped: By Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, Mark Pasman, longtime host of the Motor City Blues Project. That show had been hosted by 'Paz' and heard for 20 years on Sunday evenings (9 p.m - midnight) on WCSX.




WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids:

This month FOX 17 News begins a special series on something that has the potential of impacting every person in West Michigan. For the past six months, FOX 17 collaborated with staff of community organizations - Merpi Media, Hospice of Michigan, Aquinas College, Catholic Information Center - to discuss ways to best produce a television series that will help inspire and teach families how to have 'The Talk,' a conversation about planning end-of-life decisions.

Full story: FOX 17 to Launch Special Series: Have You Had The Talk? (Sat, 2/1)



Fine Tuning:

  • Across the border format change I: Southwestern Ontario's CKUE-FM 100.7 / 95.1 Windsor / Chatham flipped from a Mainstream Rock format to Adult Contemporary as 'Lite FM' on Thursday evening. The station's former format 'The Rock' continues online only at, but without personalities Jeff Burrows and Rod Martens who were fired in the switchover.

    The Windsor Star's Ted Shaw blogs about the change.

  • Across the border format change II: On the Door Peninsula of Northeastern Wisconsin, Sturgeon Bay's WNLI-FM 88.5 has switched to Educational Media Foundation's Christian Rock "Air 1" network with sister station WPFF-FM 90.5 switching over to EMF's Christian Contemporary "K-Love". The station's had been primarily programmed locally before last week programming changes.

    The changeover also includes translators in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The two stations are in the process being acquired by EMF from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting.
 / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

WDIV-TV Chuck Gaidica will step down as the Director of Meteorology after 27 years at WDIV-Local 4. This change will occur in August of 2014. "It is a privilege to be a part of Local 4 and have the career in meteorology and broadcasting that I have. It has been a long and exciting journey but I know in my heart it's time to pull back on my TV duties so I can switch gears and answer my calling to the ministry," says Gaidica.

Full story: Chuck Gaidica to step down as chief weathercaster at WDIV; Ben Bailey to join team (Thu, 1/30)



Detroit News:

Chuck Gaidica, a familiar face on Detroit television for more than 30 years, plans to step away from the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) weather desk to become a pastor at a Novi church.

Full story: Weatherman Chuck Gaidica stepping down to become Novi pastor (Thu, 1/30)



Detroit Free Press:

Chuck Gaidica is moving from meteorology to ministry. After 27 years at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Gaidica announced today that he plans to step down as Local 4's director of meteorology in August.

Full story: Chuck Gaidica to leave WDIV post to become a minister (Thu, 1/30)

After 27 years reporting heat waves, cold fronts, rain and snow for WDIV, Local 4 News in Detroit, Chuck Gaidica is announcing his retirement effective this August.

Full story: WDIV, Local 4 Detroit weatherman Chuck Gaidica to retire, become pastor (Thu, 1/30)




Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Verlander checks the runner at first, gets the signal and delivers to the plate. There's a drive into ........................... If you live in the Mt. Pleasant or Alma area you already know that finding a Detroit Tigers game on the radio is crapshoot because the closest radio station that carries Tiger games is out of Saginaw and the signal is spotty at best. That will all change in 2014 though as Alma's 104.9 FM, WQBX, will air all 162 regular-season games as well as selected spring training games and hopefully some postseason games in mid-to-late October.

Full story: Alma's WQBX inks 3-year deal with Detroit Tigers, brings baseball back to local radio in mid-Michigan (Wed, 1/29)



Detroit News:

The Detroit Police Department has launched a formal investigation into an incident involving two police officers who scuffled with a television news reporter, Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday.

Full story: Detroit Police chief launches formal investigation into WJBK-TV reporter scuffle (Wed, 1/29)


Mayor Mike Duggan announced Tuesday the hiring of WJBK-TV reporter Alexis Wiley as his new press secretary. Duggan said residents have felt disconnected with their government and he wanted a spokesperson who will explain issues so average Detroiters can understand them. He has found that in Wiley, Duggan said.

Full story: Fox reporter named Duggan's press secretary (Wed, 1/29)



Fine Tuning:

  • Nominated: CBS Radio/Detroit morning personalities Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter, Grunwald and Jason the 300lb. Cowboy along with afternoon personalities Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee for the Academy of Country Music award for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year. All ACM winners will be revealed on April 5th.

Alexis Wiley has announced she is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK. "Alexis has played an integral role in our station's vigorous reporting on what's making news in Detroit, particularly her 'Redefining Detroit' series which continues to get tremendous positive feedback from our viewers," WJBK vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement.

Full story: Detroit FOX Reporter Leaving to Work for Detroit Mayor (Tue, 1/28)



Fine Tuning:

  • Simulcasters WMRX-FM/WMPX-AM 97.7/1490 Midland have refreshed their sound, moving to a full-time Soft Adult Contemporary format as 'Sunny 97-7', dropping the longtime 'Unforgettable' moniker and shifting away from an Adult Standards sound.

  • The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation has announced its 2014 Student Award Winners. Look over the entire list here.

    Congratulations to all the hard working students and teachers/advisors across Michigan!




Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit's Ch. 7 shuffles Sunday sports focus: ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 aired its final 'Sunday Sports Update' at 11:30 p.m. last night, announcing the station's 30-minute weekly sportscast is moving to Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. where it will be renamed "7 Sports Cave".

    The Scripps TV owned station will expand it's regular Sunday 11 p.m. newscast to 60 minutes and increase that program's coverage of sports news.

    WXYZ launches new Sunday morning show, 7 Sports Cave

  • Chris Campbell, host of WDET's The Progressive Underground and on air talent/producer with Southfield Cable Channel 15, will be featured on the "On the Dean's List" podcast this Wednesday, January 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Visit to listen live or on demand.

    On the Dean's List is hosted by Dean La Douceur.




Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Reporter Alexis Wiley will become spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, according to reports published Saturday. Wiley, 30, refused to confirm or deny the report saying only, "I still work at Fox 2."

Full story: Fox 2's Alexis Wiley expected to be named Duggan spokeswoman (Sat, 1/25)



Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 welcomes a new morning anchor to its news team on Monday. Kirk Mason joins Marcie Kobriger and Jeff Porter on the anchor desk from 4:30-7 a.m. and for the noon news beginning Jan. 27 on West Michigan's CBS-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT's new morning anchor Kirk Mason debuts Monday on West Michigan TV (Sun, 1/26)


Looking for some frozen fun? he 2014 Pond Hockey Classic kicked off on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake Friday night and continues through Sunday with 38 teams competing for trophies. Local rock station WGRD 97.9 is once again bringing the annual event that pits amateur 4-on-4 teams against each other.

Full story: Hockey fans can find frozen fun on Reeds Lake this weekend with WGRD Pond Hockey Classic (Sat, 1/25)



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

Local morning radio host Joe "Flounder" Piesz from Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (WTNR -FM) has announced he will be leaving the show and the market on Jan. 31. The show is also simulcast on WFBE-FM 95.1 in Flint. Piesz, 28, has been on the air in Grand Rapids since 2007.

Full story: Joe "Flounder" Piesz leaving Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (Fri, 1/24)



Detroit News:

If any proof was needed of "Antiques Roadshow's" cult status, the two sisters were it. Dressed in matching black T-shirts with rhinestone letters spelling out "Roadshow Diva," they were just two of the 6,000 lucky ticket holders who showed up at Cobo Center in June when the award-winning PBS series stopped in Motown.

Full story: Go behind the scenes during the 'Antiques Roadshow' visit to Detroit (Fri, 1/24)



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 23, 2014

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Detroit Free Press:

The nation's first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV, is responsible for many firsts -- using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 hours instead of signing off in the evening. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit highlighting those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Full story: Exhibit honoring first black-owned TV station planned for Detroit Historical Museum (Thu, 1/23)



Fine Tuning:

  • Midwest Communications is purchasing Sports WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek out of a trust for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Midwest owns several other stations in the area, including stations licensed to the Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Coldwater areas.

  • CBS Radio/Detroit is now programming the HD3 feed of WOMC-FM 104.3 with a totally Detroit-focused format as "Detroit's Boulevard", a pop-rock outlet featuring music from native Metro Detroiters. Alongside mainstream acts such as Bob Seger, Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, and Motown artists the stream will also give exposure to lesser-known names such as The Ready Set, Blue October, and Mike Posner. Listen on WOMC-FM HD3 or via CBS Radio's app,

  • WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit, the help of a very generous benefactor whose wish is to remain anonymous, is teaming up with Citi Trends and The Bel Air 10 Theater to distribute new coats to needy school children from the area on Saturday, January 25th at 8AM at the Bel Air 10 Theater on 10100 East Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Parents must bring children with them along with an ID and some form of child health insurance proof. Coats will be available to school age children only.
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  • Larry Lujack Memorial Video now available: Leave it to Art Vuolo, "Radio's Best Friend", to prepare a video tribute in memory of Chicago radio icon Larry Lujack. Vuolo has video of Super Jock from as far back as 1976! The entire tribute runs 73 minutes, reflecting the number of years he lived.

    An abbreviated version has been posted on YouTube; visit the home page of Art's web site at where the uncut version is available. See why Larry Lujack was a radio original.



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 21, 2014

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WDVD CUMULUS Hot AC WDVD (96.3 DVD)/DETROIT wakeup co-host BLAINE FOWLER will continue his role through 2017. FOWLER said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow the 'BLAINE & ALLYSON' audience. I am especially grateful to JOHN DICKEY and all at CUMULUS MEDIA for making this happen!"

Full story: Blaine Fowler To Continue As Co-Host Of 'Blaine & Allyson In The Morning' On WDVD (Tue, 1/21)


GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT's morning show DAVE & CHUCK THE FREAK have launched a new, updated version of "DAVE & CHUCK THE FREAK's Kick Ass Game." The game is an App available for IPHONE and ANDROID users which can be downloaded for only 99 Cents through both ITUNES and GOOGLE Play Store.

Full story: WRIF's Dave & Chuck The Freak Launch Game App (Tue, 1/21)



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 20, 2014

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Flint Journal:

Gregory Kelser, lead television analyst for the Detroit Pistons, quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during his keynote speech at the eighth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast Monday morning. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Kelser said. "We owe it to (King's) legacy to reach out and help others."

Full story: Detroit Pistons commentator stresses mentoring at Big Brothers Big Sisters MLK Day breakfast in Flint (Mon, 1/20)



Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel's previously silent WDTW AM 1310 Detroit returned to the air late last week with Special Temporary Authority from the FCC and has been simulcasting Clear Channel's Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7.

    The station is operating with 900 watts with a longwire antenna from the site near I-94 and Telegraph Rd where the station's towers stood until last winter when the were removed. The station's license is in the process of being transferred (donated) by Clear Channel to MMTC (Minority Media & Telecom Council) which finds new minority or non-profit broadcasters to take the licenses.



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 14, 2014

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Fine Tuning:

  • WDTK Adding: Sean Hannity to the lineup at Salem Communications/Detroit News/Talk WDTK AM 1400 next Monday. Hannity's program will air live from 3 - 6 p.m. on WDTK and on the station's FM translator at FM 92.7 Detroit. WDTK General Manager Chris MacCourtney commented, "The opportunity to bring Sean Hannity aboard was one we felt we could not pass up. Sean was an instant hit when he came to Detroit and he continues to be one of the most popular Talk personalities in the market."

    Detroit becomes Salem's 4th market (Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Washington) to clear Hannity's show following the very public breakup between Cumulus and the Premiere Networks' syndicated conservative talker. Hannity had been heard in Detroit on Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 from 2001 until late last year.

  • Hired: Jeff Parker to co-host mornings at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City. Parker, who leaves cajun country in Shreveport LA to head to Northern Michigan, will be paired with Heather Leigh.



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A pair of local blues favorites will headline this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

Full story: Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro lead this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series lineup (Tue, 1/14)



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2014

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Port Huron Times-Herald: (pay site)

Wonderful News Radio WNFR becomes 90.7 Hope FM on Monday. Brian Smith, program director for the adult contemporary Christian radio station, said the change is a long time coming.

Full story: Changing stations: WNFR switches to 90.7 Hope FM ($ - Fri, 1/10)



Traverse City Record-Eagle: (pay site)

A broadcasting company with radio stations throughout northern Michigan purchased 12 radio stations in Colorado. A press release from MacDonald Garber Broadcasting said the company acquired the new radio stations under the name Always Mountain Time, LLC.

Full story: Radio co. gets 12 new stations ($ - Fri, 1/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Half a season into his gig as a TV analyst, Chris Osgood is having a blast. He was at SAP Center on Thursday morning to gather information to use later in the evening, when he was to provide color during FSD's broadcast of the Detroit Red Wings' game against the San Jose Sharks.

Full story: Chris Osgood sees himself as work in progress as Detroit Red Wings TV analyst (Fri, 1/10)



Detroit News:

Most of us are happy to enjoy extended periods away from the job, but for the first time in my life, I'm not feeling that same way. After three weeks away from my Detroit News column and WJR radio show, I'm absolutely looking forward to returning to work after what I can only describe as the most bizarre holiday season I've ever encountered.

Full story: Back to work, after a Christmas to remember (Fri, 1/10)



Grand Rapids Press:

WSNX-FM morning personality Nicole Hughet said farewell this morning to listeners on the Top 40 radio station in Grand Rapids. Hughet is relocating to Dallas.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio personality Nicole Hughet signs off on WSNX-FM after four years (Fri, 1/10)



Fine Tuning:

  • Andy O'Riley and Dave Kaechle have exited mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7. The duo had been with the station for just over a year - no replacement show has been named.

  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will restore it's over-the-air Noon newscast starting on Monday, January 13. The station had dropped the 12 p.m. program in the fall when it launched an 11 a.m. show 'Live in the D'. Now both will air from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WJLB-FM CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA + ENTERTAINMENT Urban WJLB/DETROIT is bringing in the syndicated THE BREAKFAST CLUB for mornings, effective January 13th. DETROIT's own Mr. CHASE will join THE BREAKFAST CLUB weekday mornings to provide local content and programming throughout the show.

Full story: WJLB Serves Up Breakfast Club For Mornings (Wed, 1/8)

There's a new morning show coming to Detroit on rap/hip hop radio station FM 98 WJLB (97.9).

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB adds New York City Power 105.1's 'The Breakfast Club' to morning lineup (Wed, 1/8)



Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Charter cable customers in mid-Michigan are going to have the option of getting more than 175 high definition channels starting next week. Effective Tuesday, Charter is upgrading to all-digital in Mt. Pleasant, Alma, Clare and Harrison.

Full story: Charter to go digital in mid-Michigan (Wed, 1/8)

Michigan will be a hotspot for political television advertising this year, according to national media experts, who say residents here could be inundated in the run-up to the November general election.

Full story: Cue the commercials: Experts predict Michigan will be hotspot for political advertising in 2014 (Tue, Jan. 7)



Flint Journal:

The Grand Blanc McFarlan Library will host a free screening of a documentary chronicling a former Flint rock 'n' roll station. "Flint's Best Rock" will screen Jan. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Full story: 'Flint's Best Rock' to screen for free in Grand Blanc (Tue, Jan. 7)



Fine Tuning:

  • An HD2 update: Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 changed the format of its HD2 channel from Classic Hip-Hop/Rap to Motown Oldies in the fall.




Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 anchor Susan Shaw is leaving the 11 p.m. newscast after 19 years at the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan. WOOD TV8's Marlee Ginter joins anchor Brian Sterling tonight for 24 Hour News 8 at 11 p.m. as well as at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV...

Full story: WOOD TV8's Susan Shaw is out, Marlee Ginter is in, as 11 p.m. news anchor (Mon, 1/6)



Fine Tuning:

  • WJLB-FM It appears that Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has parted ways with the morning show hosted by Coco, Foolish and Mr. Chase. The trio have been stripped from the station's web site ( and were not on the air this morning.

  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has changed up their HD2 offering, dropping deeper Classic Rock 'Deep Trax' in favor of 50s - 60s Oldies. More info on the switch is coming soon according to 'CSX PD Jerry Tarrants.

  • The Detroit Tigers are thinking spring with an announcement today that 22 of the team's Spring Training exhibition games will air live on the radio (WXYT/Detroit, some games on FM 97.1, others on AM 1270) along with 4 on cable TV network Fox Sports Detroit (March 10th, 13th, 23rd, and 27th). This spring marks the 78th training camp for the Tigers in Lakeland, Florida - the team's pitchers and catchers are due to report in 44 days on February 19th.



Detroit News:

Detroit hip-hop station WJLB-FM (97.9) has made a change in its morning programming, and has let go long-running morning show hosts Coco and Foolish. Station management could not be immediately reached for comment. Coco and Foolish's co-host, Mr. Chase, will reportedly stay with WJLB.

Full story: WJLB terminates longtime morning hosts Coco, Foolish (Mon, 1/6)

Management at Detroit hip hop/R&B station FM 98 WJLB apparently were keeping quiet Monday about reports the station has fired popular morning hosts Coco and Foolish.

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB stays mum on Coco and Foolish firing reports; fans show anger online (Mon, 1/6)



Detroit Free Press:

After doing play-by-play of a couple outdoor college hockey games last week at Comerica Park, Dan Dickerson was looking forward to getting behind a radio microphone again on Monday to talk baseball.

Full story: Dan Dickerson excited to talk baseball as Tigers announce spring training broadcast schedule (Mon, 1/6)



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 3, 2014

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Fine Tuning:

  • Passings: Richard "Dick" Buller and Terry Murphy;

    Buller was noted as a DJ and reporter from 1947 through 1985 at WKMH / WKNR / WNIC. His obituary is here.

    Murphy was known in the broadcasting business for his work with the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons over 31 years. His obituary is here.



Newsmakers and links: Jan. 2, 2014

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WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit to change .2 digital channel on Jan. 6

PBS World Channel Detroit Public TV, WTVS-TV Ch. 56, will change its current .2 digital channel from its current "DPTV Plus" offering to a more national focus, taking on programming featuring PBS World, a 24/7 channel featuring public television's signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming, complemented by original content from emerging producers and DPTV local productions.

The change is effective January 6th.

World features public television favorites such as Nova, Frontline, Tavis Smiley, Global Independent Lens, and others, including DPTV productions MiWeek, American Black Journal and Detroit Performs. These programs are scheduled within seven days of their original broadcasts and include several exclusive broadcast premieres from independent and diverse program producers.

"World reflects our mission to connect our viewers with the most important issues facing our community, state and nation," said DPTV President and CEO Rich Homberg in a release. "We believe in using public media to help people explore their world, understand the issues and make informed decisions."

More info on PBS World at and on DPTV at



Fine Tuning:

  • Named: Jim O'Brien as morning show co-host at Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit where he'll work with Trudi Daniels. O'Brien has been with the station and morning show for a number of years where he'd been the executive producer for the recently retired Ken Calvert.








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