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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

MichiganRadio.org:

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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RadioInsight.com:

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 timbarronsradiomichigan.com, 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)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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, ClickOnDetroit.com, 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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Kalamazoo Gazette:

A public memorial service will be held next month to honor Carl E Lee, the namesake for Western Michigan University's honors college and a radio and television executive. Lee died Feb. 22. He was 96.

Full story: Carl E Lee, broadcasting icon and WMU honors college namesake dies, memorial service March 14 (Fri, 2/27)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

On March 1, 2015, WZZM 13 President and General Manager Janet Mason, will be one of six Michigan broadcasters inducted into the prestigious Silver & Gold Circle of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Full story: WZZM 13's Janet Mason honored with NATAS Silver Circle award (Fri, 2/27)

 


 

Bay City Times:

Two public television premieres kick off a weeklong pledge drive on Saturday for Delta College's Q-TV: a look at the cultural history of the Great Lakes Bay Region and a Celtic concert. The spring pledge drive, which runs from February 28 through March 8, helps support programming on the station, explained Q-TV producer and director Bob Przybylski, and can be supported by calling 1-877-472-7677.

Full story: Delta College documentary exploring immigrants and culture, Celtic concert kick off Q-TV pledge drive (Fri, 2/27)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for a complete list of participating stations.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 

 

 

Inside Radio:

Today a five-acre mostly vacant site two blocks from the Michigan Capitol is an environmentally contaminated piece of land. But in the coming years the Lansing parcel will become a state of the art new home for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. MAB's board has approved buying the property with preliminary plans for a 9,000 square foot headquarters.

Full story: Michigan Broadcasters are on the move (Wed, 10/1)

 


 

MLive.com:

Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's re-election campaign will ask television stations around the state to pull a commercial claiming he cut education funding by $1 billion.

Full story: Snyder campaign asking TV stations to pull Schauer ad with $1B education funding 'lie' (Wed, 10/1)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

WeatherNation TV, a multi-format, local, regional and national television weather news service, has signed Gray Television's NBC affiliate WILX Lansing, Mich. (DMA 114), to broadcast 24/7 weather news on its 10.2 subchannel and on Comcast ch. 294 and WOW Cable ch. 151 across central Michigan.

Full story: WeatherNation TV Adds WILX Lansing (Wed, 10/1)

 

 

 

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 spartanpartners.msu.edu/2014/08/wdbm-fm/
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck.com:

When WXMI, the Fox affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., decided to launch an 11 p.m. newscast, the station faced a couple marketing problems, one of which it inflicted on itself. You see, when the station launched its 10 p.m. news back in 1999, it heavily branded that newscast as, At 10 It's News, at 11 It's History.

Full story: WXMI Tries to Undo 15-Year-Old Branding (Wed, 5/28)

 


 

Flint Journal:

A flying bat freaked out weatherman Jason Adams during a news broadcast at television station WEYI-TV Monday, May 26, and it's getting national attention, thanks in part to coverage from the Huffington Post.

Full story: Watch WEYI weatherman deliver the forecast while dodging flying bat (Thu, 5/29)

 


 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters to honor four

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Board of Directors has announced its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2014 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees.

Mario Iacobelli, President/Owner of Heritage Broadcasting (CBS affiliate WWTV/WWUP-TV Cadillac/Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie, 9 & 10 News) will be receiving this year's Lifetime Achievement award on Tuesday, August 26 during the MAB's Summer Celebration at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Entering the Hall of Fame on the same day will be George Blaha, play-by-play announcer for Michigan State University football and Detroit Pistons basketball, Jim Brandstatter, football analyst and play-by-play announcer for the University of Michigan and the Detroit Lions, and Sue Goldsen, Vice President and co-owner of Jackson Radio Works, a cluster of radio stations serving Jackson.

This year's award recipients have over 140 years of combined experience in broadcasting. Their work as broadcasters, humanitarians, and philanthropists can be seen from their local communities to across the globe.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT radio stations Classic Rock WCSX, Active Rock WRIF and Sports Talk WMGC, along with FOX DETROIT SPORTS and the DETROIT TIGERS are presenting the 4th Annual "Tip A Tiger" event on THURSDAY JUNE 5th at CJ MAHONEY's Sport Grille in TROY, MI.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Presents 4th Annual Tip A Tiger (Fri, 5/30)

 


 

MLive.com:

A local three-day country music festival's move in 2012 from Detroit's Hart Plaza to Comerica Park wasn't an easy adjustment for some fans, but appears to be paying off as the event wrapped up Sunday up its 32nd successful year. It was hard Saturday afternoon to find anyone who complained about paying for the event after 29 years of free admission at Hart Plaza, a 14-acre, 40,000-person capacity downtown meeting place along the Detroit River.

Full story: Detroit WYCD Downtown Hoedown's 2012 move from Hart Plaza to Comerica Park pays off for fans (Sun, 6/1)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Congratulations to all the nominees in this year's Michigan EMMY competition. Winners will be revealed in June.
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  • 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.

 

 

 

Trio of Michigan radio and television personalities release books

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck:

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 WCSX.com.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 --- $)

 

 

 

WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Finalists were announced Wednesday in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2013 radio and television news contest. The awards in actual order of finish -- first or second -- will be announced at the annual Michigan APME awards banquet June 1 in Lansing. The General Excellence award winners also will be announced at the banquet.

Full story: Finalists announced in 2013 APME broadcast contest in Michigan (Wed, 3/5)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

NPR's Carl Kasell will be retiring as the Official Judge and Scorekeeper of the popular news-quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me." The popular news-quiz show "Wait Wait," produced in Chicago, will make a tour stop on March 20 at Miller Auditorium and Kasell will be part of the performance.

Full story: NPR's Carl Kasell to retire from 'Wait Wait,' but he'll be in Kalamazoo for show's tour stop (Wed, 3/5)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

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.
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  • 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!

 

 

 

MLive.com:

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.

 

 

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