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Detroit Free Press:

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

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

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

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

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

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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

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

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

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

 

 

 

Multichannel.com:

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

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

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

Fine Tuning:

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

 


 

ESPN 100.9 Midland brings back Saginaw Valley League basketball coverage

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

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

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

 


 

Multichannel.com:

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

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

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

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

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

 


 

Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

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

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

 


 

Macomb Daily:

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

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

 


 

Michigan's all-Christmas radio stations:

  • Detroit: WNIC-FM 100.3, WOMC-FM 104.3, WCSX-FM 94.7 (HD-2 only)
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  • Grand Rapids: WTRV-FM 100.5 and WSRW-FM 105.7
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  • Lansing/Jackson: WFMK-FM 99.1 and WSAE-FM 106.9
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  • Tri-Cities/Bay region: WHNN-FM 96.1 and WSAG-FM 104.1/WSAM AM 1400; WGDN-FM 103.1 will go all-Christmas on Dec. 5
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  • Battle Creek: WBXX-FM 104.9
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  • Pt. Huron: WHLS AM 1450 / WHLX AM 1590
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  • Northern Lower Peninsula: WQEZ-FM 95.5/WOEZ-FM 106.3 and WLXT-FM 96.3
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  • Upper Peninsula: WNBY-FM 93.9 (Newberry) and W291CJ FM 106.1 (Marquette)
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  • Nearby: WRVF-FM 101.5 Toledo, OH ; WNSN-FM 101.5 South Bend, IN

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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.

 

 

 

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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)

 


 

MichiganRadio.org:

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)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Deanna Falzone will be the TV station's next morning anchor. WXMI-TV announced today that Falzone, who joined FOX 17 last year, will succeed morning anchor Sarah Brodhead.

Full story: FOX 17 names new morning news anchor (Mon, 9/15)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Gray Television said Monday that it has closed on its previously announced $128 million acquisition of WJRT and WTVG from affiliates of SJL Holdings. WJRT and WTVG are ABC affiliates in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (DMA 68), and Toledo, Ohio (DMA 76), respectively. In addition, WTVG recently acquired the local CW channel. According to Gray, both WJRT and WTVG lead their local markets in all-day ratings and in most, if not all, local newscasts.

Full story: Gray Closes On Flint, Toledo Station (Mon, 9/15)

 


 

Lansing State Journal (pay site):

These are the new stars of TV talk -- Meredith Vieira and Loni Love and Jack Ebling. What they have in common is ... well, they're all adult humans and most are from Michigan. And their shows are important to the times -- daytime and early-evening -- that local TV stations control.

Full story: Local TV keys on talk shows (Mon, 9/15)

 

 

 

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! "

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Mid-West Family bringing sports talk to Michigan's Southwestern corner

Big changes are coming to the AM radio dial in the St. Joseph / Benton Harbor area starting August 25th WSJM AM 1400 commits to super-serve area sports fans, becoming Sports Radio 1400 WSJM. With the flip, all of WSJM's regular News-Talk programs, currently heard on both AM and on WSJM-FM 94.9, will be available only on the FM.

Operations Manager Jim Gifford and Sports Director Phil McDonald will oversee Sports Radio 1400 WSJM with McDonald guiding the programming effort. McDonald began his career with WSJM in 1985 and has served as an air personality on WSJM, WIRX, WCSY, and 98.3 The Coast, as well as serving as Sports Director.

Along with a strong emphasis on teams of local interest from the high school, college, and professional ranks, Sports Radio 1400 WSJM is teaming up with some of the biggest names in sports media: Fox Sports, Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, and others to provide 24 hours of Sports Talk. And of course AM 1400 will remain the home of the Detroit Tigers, The Detroit Lions and The University Of Michigan here in Southwest Michigan.

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM will not only serve as the on-air destination for area sports fans, it will also be the on-line destination for extensive coverage of area teams and athletes at www.wsjmsports.com.

The Sports Radio 1400 WSJM Daily lineup as of August 25th: 6-9am- FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North; 9am-Noon- The Dan Patrick Show; Noon-3pm- Jay Mohr; 3-6pm: The Huge Show with Bill Simonson; 6-7pm: Big Ten Live; 7-10pm: JT The Brick; 10pm-Midnight: The Jason Smith Show.

Throughout the day, McDonald will present local features that include High School Sports Report, Michigan College and Southwest Michigan Pro Sports Reports, Sports Profiles and more.

WSJM AM 1400 went on the air in 1956 and was acquired by Mid-West Family Broadcasting in 1958.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Husband and wife team Pat and Jenny (AJ) Clark as the new morning show hosts at Townsquare Media/Flint Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9. The pair was last on the air in the Wausau - Stevens Point, Wisconsin market and started their new show on Cars 108 yesterday.

 

 

 

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 ESPN1009.com.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

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)

 

 

 

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)

 


 

MichiganRadio.org:

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 / MyFoxDetroit.com:

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)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

MoodyOnTheMarket.com:

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)

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

Another mid-Michigan television station is changing ownership. Gray Television paid $128 million to acquire WJRT ABC 12 and WTVG, Toledo, Ohio's ABC affiliate, from SJL Holdings, the stations' parent company. According to a press release from Gray, which owns several stations across the U.S., both stations lead their local markets in all-day ratings.

Full story: WJRT ABC 12 part of $128 million Gray Television purchase (Thu, 7/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

John Balyo, the former Christian radio host accused of creating pornographic images of a 12-year-old boy, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges. Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, on Wednesday was charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. Balyo on Thursday, July 24, agreed to plead guilty to both counts, records show.

Full story: John Balyo, former Christian radio host, to plead guilty to federal child porn charges (Thu, 7/24)

 

Former Christian radio host John Balyo now faces federal child porn and exploitation charges stemming from alleged incidents involving a 12-year-old boy.

Full story: Former Christian radio host John Balyo faces federal child porn charge (Wed, 7/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jackie Green has stepped down as evening host at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 to join Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV (Fox 17) as an entertainment reporter.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Replacing: The analog TV translator of NBC and FOX affiliate WLUC-TV Ch. 6 that had been broadcasting on Channel 7 in Marquette; the station will next month power up a digital translator with more power that will be able to rebroadcast both the NBC and FOX programming offered on the main WLUC transmitter. Those receiving WLUC with an antenna will need to rescan their televisions and/or converter boxes once the new translator signs on.
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  • Expanding: The reach of Religious WSNL AM 600 Flint with the purchase of a construction permit for an FM translator on 106.5. Christian Broadcasting System is buying the planned translator from Educational Media Foundation for $60,000.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Early this year, Scripps purchased WMYD Detroit from Granite Broadcasting as a companion to its ABC affiliate WXYZ in the 11th largest market. This summer, it is putting the station to work. On June 16, Scripps launched a 10 p.m. newscast on WMYD, putting it in head-to-head competition with Fox O&O WJBK. "Fox has had 10 p.m. local news all to themselves," GM Ed Fernandez says. "We are providing people with choice." Next up is launching a two-hour WMYD morning show in August, which will basically pick up where WXYZ leaves off at 7 a.m. when Good Morning America takes over.

Full story: Scripps Puts WMYD To Work Airing News (Tue, 7/22)

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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 / ClickOnDetroit.com:

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 / MyFoxDetroit.com:

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.
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  • 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'.

 

 

 

WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Detroit / MyFoxDetroit.com:

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.
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  • 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).

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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 http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/station/newsradio-1020-kdka/.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

 

 

 

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 / MLB.com:

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)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

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 cbsdetroit.com as a Digital Reporter. Cardenas will be a regular on-air contributor and provide editorial content to the cbsdetroit.com website, home of WWJ Newsradio 950.

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

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

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.
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  • 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 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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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:

  • 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 www.wbfh.fm 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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

NASH FM 93-1 Detroit adding local midday show in May

Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM (NASH FM 93.1) has announced that Lauren Crocker will take over the station's midday slot (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) starting May 19th. The program will be hosted locally from Cumulus/Detroit's studios in the Fisher Building.

Crocker is currently the midday host and Music Director at Hot Adult Contemporary WWZY Monmouth-Ocean NJ and the move to Detroit will reunite her with recently hired NASH 93-1 Program Director and afternoon drive host Robby Bridges - for whom she did mornings when he programmed Adult Contemporary WFAS Westchester, NY. Her previous experience also includes CHR WBBO on the Jersey Shore and WKTU/New York.

In a release Crocker stated, "I am beyond excited and honored to be back in the Cumulus family and reunited with the extremely talented Robby Bridges! Joining a power house like NASH FM 93.1 at this stage in my career is a dream come true and I am still pinching myself! I am ready to make the Motor City, my city!"

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Midland's WLUN-FM (ESPN 100.9-FM) has moved the Huge Show with Bill Simonson into the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. time slot as of yesterday. The statewide sports talk show program replaces CrunchTime in the ESPN 100.9-FM lineup.
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  • Educational Media Foundation's WNWT AM 1520 has broken its simulcast of the company's Contemporary Christian (K-Love Radio) WNKL-FM 96.9 and changed format to the religious-based Urban Family Talk network.

 


 

Lansing State Journal: (pay site)

Most ideas that begin on a napkin, never leave the bar. They're moments of inspiration, followed by sobering realities. Time commitment, financial risk, a lost napkin -- all can be roadblocks. The Lansing United soccer franchise may or may not turn into a lasting success. But Jeremy Sampson's expansion National Premier Soccer League club, less than three weeks before its first game, is already an ode to the napkin idea.

Full story: Former sportscaster Jeremy Sampson chases unlikely dream with Lansing United soccer franchise (Mon, 4/28)

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal: (pay site)

The most important and influential element of the Lansing classical music scene is something we can't even see. It's something we can only hear. Since 1948, Lansing's first FM station has been an undeniable part of Lansing life.

Full story: WKAR radio station manager tweaking format, adding new perspective (Sat, 4/26)

 

West Michigan Whitecaps / MLive.com:

The West Michigan Whitecaps take pride in the fact that their brand extends across the entire West Michigan region. This season, the newly expanded Whitecaps' Radio Network is bringing the team's radio broadcasts throughout the region as well.

Full story: Expanded West Michigan Whitecaps' radio network extends to Kalamazoo (Sun, 4/27)

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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, www.wrcjfm.org.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT presents the 2nd Annual "CHILL ON THE HILL" on SEPTEMBER 6th & 7th at FREEDOM HILL AMPHITHEATRE.

Full story: 89X Announces Lineup For Two Chill On The Hill Shows (Fri, 4/25)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

MLive.com:

... 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)

 

 

 

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: www.highschoolradioday.com. 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 pete@highschoolradioday.com 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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT announces the "89X BIRTHDAY BASH" with KINGS OF LEON, KONGOS, ASHES OF SOMA on FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st at DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE.

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.
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  • 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.

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Jeff Wattrick is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as managing editor of the station's website, ClickonDetroit.com.

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

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)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

Central Michigan Life:

Central Michigan University's 24-hour cable outlet has been named college television station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the 13th consecutive year. Peter Orlik, the director of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said this is a victory for the school and the station because of the competition this year.

Full story: CMU TV station shows continued excellence with Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards (Sun, 3/23)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer: (pay site)

Young people in Battle Creek can tap into inspiring words from college students and professionals.

Full story: AccessVision show aimed at youth (Sun, 3/23 - $)

 

 

 

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 / MLB.com:

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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

 

 

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 --- $)

 

 

 

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)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

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)

 

 

 

WJBK-TV Ch. 2 / MyFoxDetroit.com:

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)

 

 

 

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 www.881ThePark.com.

 


 

WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing:

A little video fun for WLNS morning co-anchor Evan Pinsonnaul on President's Day: (Mon, 2/17)

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

President Barack Obama is headed to Michigan State University today, where he'll sign the farm bill and talk about its importance to the nation's economy ... While it's not open to the public, you can watch his speech live in the video stream below. Local television stations -- including WLNS 6, ABC 53 and WILX 10 -- will interrupt regular programming to broadcast Obama's visit.

Full story: Watch President Obama as he signs farm bill at Michigan State University (Fri, 2/7)

 


 

Radio joins TV to celebrate 50th anniversary of The Beatles in America

Fifty years ago today, February 7th 1964, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, launching the British Invasion and Beatlemania into the stratosphere. Two nights later, the foursome took to the took to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show where their performance was watched by 73 million across the country. Radio stations across North America are celebrating all weekend, including in Metro Detroit:

  • Bell Media's Oldies CKWW AM 580 Windsor / Detroit will feature a Beatles Invasion Weekend, taking a look back and pour through AM 580's music library to feature tons of music from "The Fab Four" as well as historical clips from the era and much more.

    The station will also air a special edition of the weekly "Breakfast with the Beatles" show. Host Dennis Mitchell will re-create the evening of the Beatles debut on American TV by airing all of the audio from the group's Ed Sullivan Show February 9 1964 appearance along with interviews with some of the people who were in the audience of screaming fans. He will even air vintage commercials that ran during the TV show along with many more surprises.

    Also, "Shake, Rattle Showtime", which airs Saturday morning from 10 -Noon, will feature a special hour-long edition of Steve Mitchell's" Roots of Rock" from 11- Noon. It will re-visit the historic occasion of the Beatles landing in the USA, provide highlights of the group's evolution to this point, Beatles music and commentary from "the lads".
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  • CBS Radio's Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit will count down their top 104 Beatles songs at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The countdown list was compiled from airplay and requests on WOMC over the years.

    WOMC program director Tim Roberts commented, "This truly is an amazing weekend and WOMC is excited to be part of a worldwide salute to the Beatles. We're highlighting their hits all weekend long and then we'll countdown the top 104 Fab Four songs that we all know and love on the weekend that changed America!"
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  • Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM will feature a Beatles-themed Triple Shot Weekend, highlighted with CD giveaways with one winner receiving a deluxe collectors edition Beatles U.S. Albums box set which includes a 64 page booklet and a pair of tickets to see Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Fox Theater on March 8th.
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  • Nationally, SiriusXM Radio kicks off "64 on 6" on it's Channel 6 starting at 3 p.m. today. The special programming will highlight the biggest British hits of 1964 along with a live broadcast from Cousin Brucie from The Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 in New York City on Saturday, February 8th, from 6 - 9 p.m. ET. The event will feature live performances as well as interviews with special guests and audience members as they reminisce on their favorite memories of 1964. Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, will host a show featuring British hits of 1964 and the channel's weekly Satellite Survey Show is featuring a 1964 special.
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  • On television, the biggest highlight will be the CBS Television special from the Ed Sullivan Theater "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be among the performers.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Rebranding: Cumulus Media's Country radio stations in Grand Rapids and Flint to the nationwide "Nash FM" brand name; Grand Rapids' "Thunder 94.5" WTNR-FM and Flint's "B95" WFBE-FM 95.1 join Detroit's WDRQ-FM 93.1 and become Cumulus' 2nd and 3rd Nash Country music stations in Michigan.

    Cumulus today also switched 9 other stations across the country to the Nash brand, including WKDF-FM Nashville, TN.
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  • Added: To the lineup starting tonight at Clear Channel/Detroit Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7, the Sixx Sense show evenings from 7 p.m. - Midnight. The program is heard on various stations across the country and hosted by Motley Crue bandmember Nikki Sixx and Kerri Kasem.

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

In the fall of 2013, for the first time in over a decade, the Federal Communications Commission accepted applications for Low Power FM radio station licenses; and one proposal from Washtenaw County - for Ann Arbor Community Radio, which now streams through its website and mobile devices - was submitted and accepted.

Full story: Ann Arbor Community Radio gets radio station license from FCC (Mon, 2/3)

 


 

MLive.com / Grand Valley State University:

Grand Valley State University Athletics announced today the addition of three new radio affiliates to the GVSU Football radio network. The Grand Valley Sports Network has partnered with a Big Rapids radio network to broadcast Laker football games on three of their radio stations covering Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola and Lake Counties. The new stations include two Big Rapids stations, WBRN-AM 1460 & WBRN-FM 107.7, along with Reed City's WBRN-FM 95.1.

Full story: GVSU football adds affiliates in Big Rapids and Reed City (Mon, 2/3)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2014

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AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Talk WHTC-A/HOLLAND, MI has named DAN SPADAFORA as Brand Manager and morning host. SPADAFORA, most recently studio host for GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY football on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WMAX (ESPN 96.1)/GRAND RAPIDS, where he did news and production work for sister News-Talk WOOD-A-F, previously served as the Dir./Broadcasting and Media Relations for independent minor league baseball's JOLIET SLAMMERS. He is also a former intern at WHTC.

Full story: Dan Spadafora Named Brand Manager/Morning Host At WHTC (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The ever-popular K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off is back. This year's event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St.

Full story: Annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off set for Sunday at American 1 Events Center (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids, MI-WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids Michigan is thrilled to learn that our very own Take Five and Company Associate Producer, Eddie Rucker has been named the 2014 William Glenn Trailblazer Honoree.

Full story: WZZM's Eddie Rucker Giants Awards Honoree (Wed, 1/22)

 

 

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.

 

 

 

MLive.com:

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)

 


 

MLive.com:

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)

 

 

 

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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