Mid-Michigan: July 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

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