Mid-Michigan: February 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

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