Northern Michigan / UP: January 2015 Archives

 

TVSpy.com:

"It's been a great run, and I've been very fortunate to work in the same town for 40 years," Tom O'Neal, said about his plans to retire in July ... KTVI also announced it has hired Vic Faust as O'Neal's replacement. Faust starts April 13, 2015 as a reporter. He comes to the station from WXYZ in Detroit where he co-anchors the morning and noon news.

Full story: Tom O'Neal Retiring from KTVI, Station Hires Replacement (Fri, 1/30)

 


 

WHTC.com:

Brand Manager Dan Spadafora announced today the hiring of long-time area broadcaster Mary Ellen Murphy as morning news anchor for 1450 WHTC. Murphy brings over 30 years of broadcasting experience to the station. Her career has included stops in Grand Rapids and Muskegon doing news and on air work.

Full story: WHTC hires Grand Rapids radio veteran (Fri, 1/30)

 


 

RadioInsight:

Shortly after the launch of the station as "92.1 The Ticket", WQTX changed its branding to "The Team". Why the change? CBS Sports "97.1 The Ticket" WXYT-FM Detroit has the Michigan trademark for the Ticket name.

Full story: 92.1 The Ticket Lansing Rebrands As The Team (Wed, 1/28)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Radio station WLDR is off the air but plans to return to action in a few days. The signal broke off on Jan. 21 after a water pipe froze and failed, causing serious flooding damage to the station's studio. We're hoping to be back on the air by early next week," said spokesman Ryan Henderson.

Full story: WLDR off the air until next week (Thu, 1/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE/DETROIT OM/PD ARMANDO RIVERA has exited the building.

Full story: Armando Rivera Exits Radio One/Detroit (Fri, 1/30)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Listen to a Podcast featuring writer and former Detroit News Media Columnist Jim McFarlin discussing his takes on the radio and TV business, working as a writer, and his experience having a kidney transplant with host Dean La Douceur: On The Dean's List

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Update: Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City went off the air on Wednesday, January 21st and the station will remain off the air until further notice while owner Great Northern Broadcasting works through issues with its transmitting facilities.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

For religious broadcasting entrepreneur Kevin Adell, video did not kill the radio star. Instead, radio has gone to work generating new revenue for the video broadcaster.

Full story: Adell's WFDF buy boosts reach, rates (Sun, 1/25)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

While concern about a local radio station's victimization by computer hackers has garnered the station attention on national media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't offer much hope for a resolution to the problem, said Jim Higgs, owner and on-air personality of WAKV AM 980. "Suzanne (Higgs, his wife) just talked with the FBI and they told her there was nothing they could do... but suggested possibly getting in touch with the Department of Homeland Security, and maybe they could do something," Higgs said Friday.

Full story: Plainwell radio station WAKV urged to file complaint with FBI after ransomware attack (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

It was nearly a year ago when Dan Dierdorf had major back surgery, a "12-level fusion" in which three rods and 33 screws were inserted into his spine. It was a rough go for the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman from the St. Louis Cardinals who later ascended to national football broadcasting prominence.

Full story: Dierdorf is on the mend after surgery-filled 2014 (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Michigan tipsters report that Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City has been off the air since midweek.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT is coming to the aid of those in the community who can't afford to heat their homes by hosting a "COLD AS ICE" fishing tournament to benefit 'THE HEAT AND WARMTH FUND" (THAW). The event will take place at LAKE ST. CLAIR METROPARK this SATURDAY, JANUARY 24th from 7a-4p (CT).

Full story: WCSX Hosts 'Cold As Ice' Fishing Tournament To Benefit 'Thaw' Fund (Thu, 1/22)

 


 

PetoskeyNews.com:

Northern Michigan radio broadcaster MacDonald Garber Broadcasting recently announced Greg Marshall's return to the company on a full-time basis. Marshall has accepted the position of operations director for all of MacDonald Garber's AM radio stations and as general manager for the company's three-station Cadillac radio group. He will also continue to air his daily talk radio show from 3-6 p.m. daily on WMKT radio in the Petoskey-Traverse City market, and will soon add the show to Cadillac's WATT radio.

Full story: New manager chosen for radio stations (Tue, 1/20)

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from. The change comes today, when WQTX (92.1-FM) drops its classic-country format. For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from.

Full story: Lansing sports radio doubles to meet peaking interest (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A small radio station in Plainwell lost its entire music library to a ransomware attack two weekends ago and is still rebuilding its files after the virus encrypted its computer data. WAKV AM 980 was attacked late in the afternoon of Jan. 9, says owner Jim Higgs.

Full story: Ransomware attack on Plainwell radio station emphasizes importance of backing-up data (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Grand Traverse Insider:

Tucker's of Northport is bringing back the classic hit game show, "Bowling for Dollars," and is calling for bowlers of all skill levels to enter for a chance to appear on television and vie for a jackpot prize. Hosted by WGTU/WGTQ ABC 29&8 Chief Meteorologist Mark Watkins, the revival of the popular '70s-era show will air weekly on TV 29&8.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' TV show is reborn in northern Michigan (Sat, 1/17)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Katz Broadcasting is launching what it calls "the country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock" with the premiere of Laff on April 15 ... The E.W. Scripps Co. will also launch Laff on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ)...

Full story: Katz Broadcasting To Launch Laff Diginet (Mon, 1/19)

 

 

 

After 45 years, classical music host Dick Wallace ready to bid farewell to radio

After a 45 year career hosting classical music programs in Detroit, Toledo, and Traverse City, Dick Wallace will say goodbye to listeners this Saturday night, January 17th, at 9 p.m. when he hosts his final "Pops Potpourri" radio program on WTCM AM 580 Traverse City.

Dick WallaceWallace was first heard on the radio in Detroit in 1970 where he worked for many years at WQRS-FM 105.1, Detroit's Classical station, then hosted in Toledo for a year before moving Up North in September 2001 to become the Classical morning host on Interlochen Public Radio for 10 years. Following a brief retirement, Walllace launched Pops Potpourri on WTCM.

"My wife Candice and I decided over the holidays that starting in 2015 and after my completing 45 years in radio that we want to spend more time with each other, our family, and friends," commented Wallace on his decision to step back from the mic. "I have been very fortunate to work in radio for as many years as I have...it's what I wanted to do since age 10 but there comes a time when it feels right to hang up the earphones and move on to the next chapter of this exciting journey we call life."

Fans not in the Traverse City area can listen online to WTCM to hear Wallace's final progam at wtcmradio.com.

"I am so grateful for my loyal listeners, supportive sponsors, and my wife Candice who has helped produce the show for the last 3 years."

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV anchor Juliet Dragos is off the air for a couple weeks for rotator cuff surgery. But the evening news anchor for West Michigan's ABC TV affiliate is sharing her story online, blogging through the process, until her return to reporting the news.

Full story: WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos undergoes surgery, blogs about experience (Wed, 1/14)

 


 

WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing:

A Base Jumper is dead after Michigan State Police say he jumped off of a TV news tower in Rives Junction, north of Jackson. The news tower, on Baseline Road is owned by WLAJ-TV, the ABC affiliate operating out of WLNS-TV in Lansing. The tower is surrounded by a gate, which police say the man, around 30-years-old made it past.

Full story: Base Jumper Dies After Jumping From TV News Tower (Wed, 1/14)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Nexstar Broadcasting CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba has been off the air fort at least the past several days due to technical difficulties associated with the station's transmission systems. The station reports that engineers are aware of the problems that have affected over-the-air viewers as well as those that receive the station via DirecTV and Dish Network and are working to restore service. WJMN-TV has remained available via Charter Cable.
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  • From the on-again / off-again department: Apparently it depends when you are listening to WFDF AM 910 Detroit; the station was heard on the air broadcasting Radio Disney yesterday after being off the air for an indefinite amount of time.
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  • Detroit's Mojo in the Morning show, heard on iHeart Media flagship WKQI-FM 95.5, continues to expand its role in syndication with the recent addition of Top 40 WVHT-FM Norfolk, VA.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

In Detroit, cars rule. And the city has hosted a car show for more than a century. So when the car show comes to town, that's big news. Friday night, WDIV takes car enthusiasts to the floor of the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS). Not just any car show, NAIAS is one of the most prestigious auto shows in the world.

Full story: On WDIV Detroit, It's All About Autos, Naturally (Wed, 1/14)

 


 

MLive.com:

When Ben Chiswick was hired five years ago to become the play-by-play announcer for the West Michigan Whitecaps, he didn't have a daughter and the location was closer to his Illinois home than his previous job. But times change, and Chiswick has informed the Whitecaps he will not return for a sixth season for family reasons.

Full story: West Michigan Whitecaps look for new play-by-play announcer after departure of Ben Chiswick (Wed, 1/14)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT Regional Dir./Marketing and Promotions JULIE LAW has been downsized amidst reported station restructuring. LAW has been working in the broadcast industry in the DETROIT market for over 15 years.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Dir./Marketing & Promotions Julie Law Exits (Tue, 1/13)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has a new on-air lineup for 2015. CECI LEBARGE & ADAM MCNUTT kick-off the day as the new morning team, followed by SABRINA FAIRCHILD who moves from mornings to the workday. Afternoons also has a new look with PD/ACE MCKAY joining sidekick JEFF VELEY for the drive home. "THE WALLY SHOW" will continue in the evening slot.

Full story: WJQK Debuts New Morning And Afternoon Teams (Tue, 1/6)

 


 

MLive.com:

It was announced today that Sally Eisele, a 30-plus year veteran of the radio industry, has been named as the general manager of Interlochen Public Radio. Eisele comes to Michigan from Chicago Public Media where she worked for 10 years at WBEZ-FM (91.5), most recently as managing editor of public affairs.

Full story: Sally Eisele named general manager of Interlochen Public Radio (Tue, 1/6)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Many Saginaw country fans considered Little Jimmy Dickens one of their own, a hometown boy whose Down Home Boys would play Studio A in the '50s at WKNX-AM at South Washington and Federal.

Full story: Saginaw-area remembers Little Jimmy Dickens from his days at WKNX (Tue, 1/6)

 


 

Lansing State Journal (pay site):

A local morning show will soon say farewell to a beloved anchor. Evan Pinsonnault, morning anchor and features reporter at WLNS-TV, is leaving Michigan to move to West Hollywood.

Full story: WLNS morning anchor Evan Pinsonnault leaving for California (Wed, 1/7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jack Ebling's afternoon program 'The Drive' has exited Townsquare Media/Lansing Sports WVFN AM 730.
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  • Spring Arbor University has made some changes to its radio offerings in the Lansing/Jackson area: The student-focused Christian format known as 'The Message' has moved from WJKN-FM 89.3 to AM 1540 KTGG. FM 89.3 is now simulcasting the positive adult contemporary format of Spring Arbor's "Home FM", WSAE-FM 106.9.

    Closer to Lansing, a new FM translator for WSAE has signed on. W252CN 98.3 is licensed to Holt and covers more of the western areas of Lansing that may not have been served as well by another Lansing translator of WSAE, heard on 104.7 FM.

    Also of note is that WJKN AM 1510 is now owned by Jackson-Lansing Catholic Radio as "Good Shepherd Radio"; that station also has an FM translator in Jackson, 93.3 W227BY. At one time WJKN was owned by Spring Arbor University and was simulcasting KTGG.

 

 

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