Mid-Michigan: April 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

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