Metro Detroit: January 2015 Archives

 

TVSpy.com:

"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)

 


 

WHTC.com:

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)

 


 

RadioInsight:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE/DETROIT OM/PD ARMANDO RIVERA has exited the building.

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.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

PetoskeyNews.com:

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)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

RadioInsight:

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.
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  • 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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 

 

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