Mid-Michigan: August 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

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