Northern Michigan / UP: December 2014 Archives

 

Happy Holidays! There hasn't been a ton to report on, so Michiguide.com has been taking a bit of a break during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

STEVE W. GANNON died on DECEMBER 24th at age 65. GANNON was half of the popular HARPER & GANNON Show in the '80s; he also worked at W4 Country DETROIT, KVIL/DALLAS and WAPE/JACKSONVILLE. He is survived by his four brothers and one sister, their spouses, many nieces and nephews and their children.

Full story: '80s Morning Co-Host Steve Gannon Passes (Mon, 12/29)

 

LAKES RADIO, INC. is selling a five-station cluster in MICHIGAN's UPPER PENINSULA -- Top 40 WGLQ (MAGIC 97) and News-Talk WCHT-A/ESCANABA, Oldies WGKL (KOOL 105.5)/GLADSTONE, Country WCMM (102.5 THE MOOSE)/GULLIVER, and Oldies WTIQ-A (CRUISIN' 1490)/MANISTIQUE -- to AMC PARTNERS ESCANABA, LLC for $1.8 million.

Full story: Upper Peninsula Cluster Sold (Mon, 12/29)

 


 

Traverse City's CherryT Ball Drop to be Broadcast Live for Third Year

The CherryT Ball Drop, Traverse City's annual new year's celebration, will be broadcast live on TV throughout northern Michigan and streamed online again this year, after phenomenal success with the event's first ever live broadcast in December 2012 and its second broadcast last year.

The live broadcast will be produced by MI News 26, northern Michigan's 24/7 local news channel. The program, which will be produced live from Front Street, will count down to the start of 2015 through a look back at the last year, and will feature interviews with community leaders and event attendees, all leading up to the drop of a giant, lit cherry over downtown Traverse City at midnight to ring in the new year.

"We're looking forward to covering this big event for the third year in a row, live to all of northern Michigan," explained MI News 26 Meteorologist Morris Langworthy, who will co-host this year's broadcast, "Last year, we had a high-energy event and we're looking forward broadcasting to the same type of program this year."

This year's live broadcast will begin at 11:00pm and continue until 12:15am. Coverage will be broadcast exclusively on MI News 26 - available on Charter digital cable channel 13 and Acentek channel 5 throughout northern Michigan. The broadcast will also be streamed live online at MINews26.com.

The CherryT Ball Drop is an annual, non-profit event that raises money and collects non-perishable food items while celebrating the new year. The event takes place on New Year's Eve each year on Front Street in downtown Traverse City.

 


 

MLive.com:

For the first time in its 127-year history, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will ring in 2015 with a New Year's Eve event that will be televised on Detroit Public Television. The orchestra is led by Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor, and will perform Dec. 31 "an evening of New Orleans jazz and Motown favorites," according to a press release.

Full story: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to host New Year's Eve event; Public TV to air it live (Mon, 12/29)

 

 

 

jacoBLOG / Fred Jacobs:

It's been a tough month for TV and radio icons here in The D. Earlier in the month, the most famous anchorman in Detroit history, Bill Bonds, passed away. And then over the weekend, Bill Burton, head of the Detroit Radio Advertiser Group (DRAG) and former chief of the rep firm Eastman Radio left us. If you could retire someone's number in radio, no one would ever wear Bill's jersey again.

Full story: Mr. Fabulous (Mon, 12/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Facebook page exploded this morning over an apology for an inappropriate word uttered during Sunday evening's 11 p.m. news.

Full story: FOX 17's Facebook page explodes over apology for broadcasting offensive word few heard (Mon, 12/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Broadcast Inc, which owns/operates 6 radio stations in Northwest Lower Michigan, has named Kristal Flateau as the cluster's General Manager where she will oversee Rock combo 'KLT' (97.5 and 98.9 FM), Classic Hits 'Music Radio the Fox' (92.5 and 94.3 FM) and Sports 'ESPN Radio Northern Michigan' (105.5 and 106.7 FM). Flateau has been with the group for 19 years in various roles.

    Simultaneously, NBI announced that Matthew Turek has been elevated to the role of General Sales Manager. He started with the group in 2003.

 

 

 

Detroit News:

The name tag uses only her first name and an initial: Dana M. But that and her voice were enough for a guest to fill in the blank. "You used to be on the radio," the woman said, and Dana Lundon Masucci -- formerly behind a microphone, and currently behind the front desk at a Farmington Hills hotel -- acknowledged that indeed she was.

Full story: Laid off from radio, but a voice for pride in her work (Thu, 12/11)

 

A local CBS radio personality announced Wednesday that she was fired from her job this week. In a YouTube video called "I got fired," Gillian Reilly said she was let go Monday.

Full story: CBS Radio personality fired (Wed, 12/10)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

After extending of its prior retransmission consent agreement with Dish three times, Nexstar Broadcasting Group has finally reached a long-term deal with the satellite carrier. The announcement of a deal came at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, just two hours before the last extension was due to expire.

Full story: Nexstar, Dish Finally Reach Retrans Deal (Wed, 12/10)

 

 

 

UpNorthLive.com / WPBN-TV Ch. 7 & WTOM-TV Ch. 4 Traverse City/Cheboygan:

Northern Michigan is mourning the loss of veteran broadcaster Merlin "Zeke" Dumbrille. Merlin died peacefully at home Friday, December 5 after a long battle with cancer. Merlin started working at WTCM in Traverse City in 1951 and retired in 2009.

Full story: Mourning the loss of veteran broadcaster Merlin Dumbrille (Fri, 12/5)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Simply walking through the lobby of his New York hotel Monday morning seeing famous faces, Frank Beckmann was overwhelmed. "Who would have thought it?" he said, before he'll receive the Chris Schenkel Award on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Full story: U-M's Frank Beckmann set to earn his greatest honor (Mon, 12/8)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

TV news anchor Derek Francis earlier this year left broadcast journalism, but now he's back. The former WZZM-TV morning anchor today joins WXMI-TV as a news anchor. In May, the 11-year veteran of West Michigan's ABC-TV affiliate left broadcast journalism to become a senior account executive with SeyferthPR in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Former anchor Derek Francis returns to TV news in West Michigan on FOX 17 (Mon, 12/8)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

On Monday evening, Nexstar Broadcasting Group said it has agreed to the third extension of its distribution agreement with Dish Network, allowing the satellite television provider the right to continue to air Nexstar's stations until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The agreement covers Nexstar's broadcast portfolio of 60 stations in 46 markets (including CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba/Marquette).

Full story: Nexstar In Third Extension Of Dish Talks (Mon, 12/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Expanding: The coverage of the "Mojo in the Morning Show", heard on originating station Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit, this time to a Classic Rock station in Corinth, Mississippi. WKQI is owned by iHeart Media; WYDL in Corinth is owned by Flinn Broadcasting; and finally the Mojo program is syndicated by Envision Networks.

 

 

 

Deadline.com:

Dish Network subscribers lost programming from CBS-owned stations at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT. The network says that the No. 2 satellite company "has dragged its feet at our many attempts to negotiate in good faith," after six months of talks and two contract extensions. It adds that it hopes "that we can reach an agreement very soon so we can all get back to the business of providing the best entertainment, news and sports to the Dish customers we both serve. (Dish subscribers in the Detroit market lost access to WWJ-TV Ch. 62 and WKBD-TV Ch. 50, the CBS and CW affiliates respectively)

Full story: CBS Goes Dark On Dish Network (Fri, 12/5)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Nexstar Broadcasting Group said Thursday evening that Dish Network subscribers in 60 markets are at risk of its stations at 11:59 p.m. ET tomorrow night since the satellite service has yet to reach a new distribution agreement allowing Dish to continue to air Nexstar's stations. For over a month, Nexstar said, it has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with Dish. (Nexstar owns CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba/Marquette)

Full story: Nexstar: Dish Subs May Lose Stations (Thu, 12/4)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After 15 straight hours on the air, spent but still in strong voice, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom ended his third S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon on Thursday night with a huge number: $812,000. That's how much listeners contributed to S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, founded by Albom in 2006 after Super Bowl XL and the umbrella for seven charities that help the neediest of Detroiters in a partnership with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

Full story: Mitch Albom radiothon raises $812,000 for needy Detroiters (Fri, 12/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $500,000 in pledges by CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5 during their two-day radiothon to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

 

 

 

Multichannel.com:

After a pair of extensions, CBS has set Thursday night as the retransmission-consent Rubicon before its properties go dark on Dish. The broadcaster's deal for its own-and-operated stations, as well as premium service Showtime Networks and national cable sports channel CBS Sports Network, initially expired on Nov. 20, but have remained available to the No. 2 DBS provider's subscribers via a pair of short-term extensions.

Full story: CBS To Cut Off Dish On Dec. 4 (Tue, 12/2)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

A massive power failure in Detroit has forced stations into breaking news coverage, as city schools, universities, courthouses and other public buildings have lost power without explanation.

Full story: Detroit Stations Jump Into Breaking News Coverage Amid Massive Power Failure (Tue, 12/2)

 

Over the weekend, viewers of Lansing, Mich. NBC affiliate WILX learned two anchors were leaving the station on back-to-back days. Sunday morning, Anthony Sabella said goodbye on-air, telling viewers he was moving to Flint to work at ABC affiliate WJRT as a reporter.

Full story: WILX Loses Two Anchors in Two Days (Tue, 12/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus/Detroit Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 is working to make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season and is inviting listeners to help stuff four buses full of new toys, Thursday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7. 96.3 WDVD DJs will be hanging out at four collection locations in Canton, Royal Oak, Clinton Twp and Northville helping to collect new, unwrapped toys. Collected toys will benefit local children's charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Bottomless Toy Chest, Bridgepointe, Goodfellows, Neighborhood Service Organization, Orchards Children's Services, Ronald McDonald House and Volunteers of America! More info at www.963WDVD.com.
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  • Religious WRVM-FM (102.7 Suring, WI) has expanded its coverage with the sign-on of its recently acquired 88.5 FM Sturgeon Bay, WI. The station, using the new call sign WPVM, rebroadcasts the programming of WRVM at 15,000 watts from Wisconsin's Door Peninsula northeast of the city of Green Bay; both WRVM and WPVM can be heard in parts of upper Michigan.

 


 

ESPN 100.9 Midland brings back Saginaw Valley League basketball coverage

WLUN-FM 100.9 Pinconning/Midland, ESPN 100.9-FM, moves from football to basketball season and has unveiled its Saginaw Valley League boys and girls basketball coverage package for the 2014-15 season. Coverage will include more than 20 live broadcasts of SVL games, including top local rivalries such as Midland vs. Midland Dow and Saginaw High vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill. Coverage will continue into the postseason with Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament action.

Coverage begins on Friday, Dec. 12 when Midland High travels to Mt. Pleasant for a girls/boys doubleheader. The broadcast will begin at 6 p.m. The ESPN 100.9-FM game coverage schedule will be announced throughout the 2014-15 season.

Broadcasters will include Brad Golder, Matt DeVries, Jim Costa, Matt Kearney, Jake Riepma and Brad Tunney. Golder is the play-by-play announcer for the Great Lakes Loons and SVSU men's and women's basketball. DeVries is the program director for ESPN 100.9-FM and hosted SVL football coverage in 2014 and was a part of SVL basketball coverage on ESPN 100.9-FM in 2013-14. Costa, Kearney and Tunney have all been part of Central Michigan University athletic broadcasts, while Riepma has broadcast Northwood men's and women's basketball and spent time on Loons broadcasts in 2014.

 


 

Multichannel.com:

It's just about time for CUMULUS MEDIA's 7th annual SUBWAY HOT NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY in downtown GRAND RAPIDS, MI. Top 40 WHTS (105.3 HOT-FM), Country WTNR (94.5 NASH-FM), Classic Rock WLAV (97LAV), Sports WBBL and News WJRW will combine forces and bring the community together for an evening to celebrate the NEW YEAR!

Full story: Cumulus/Grand Rapids' Hot New Year's Eve Party Is On (Tue, 12/2)

 

 

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