Mid-Michigan: May 2014 Archives



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.

  • 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)




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)




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)




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.

  • 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.




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)








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