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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)

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Post-Newsweek Stations has changed its name to Graham Media Group, effective today ... Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Co. (formerly the Washington Post Co.), owns five TV stations -- each in a top-50 market -- reaching 6.2% of U.S. television households: WDIV Detroit and KPRC Houston (NBC); KSAT San Antonio, Texas (ABC); WKMG Orlando, Fla. (CBS); and WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (independent).

Full story: New Name For Post-Newsweek Stations (Mon, 7/28)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13, following a national search, has a new morning anchor to join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer on the air weekday mornings. The ABC-TV affiliate didn't have far to look.

Full story: WZZM 13's national search for new morning anchor ends in its own backyard (Mon, 7/28)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

TODD MOHR is transferring 94% of SYNERGY MEDIA, INC., licensee of Oldies WKLA-A/LUDINGTON, MI, Country WKZC (Z95)/SCOTTVILLE, MI, and Hot AC WKLA-F/THOMPSONVILLE, MI, and SYNERGY LAKESHORE LICENSES, LLC, licensee of Classic Rock WWKR (94 K-ROCK)/HART, MI, News-Talk WLDN and W224CA/LUDINGTON, MI, and AC WMLQ (COAST FM)/MANISTEE, MI, to partners CRAIG BOWMAN and RICHARD YOUNG in exchange for retaining 100% of the construction permit for WKLA-F and some equipment and assets for his MITTEN MEDIA LLC (SYNERGY will retain the intellectual property and call letters of WKLA-F).

Full story: Partners Restructure Ownership Of Michigan Cluster (Fri, 7/25)

 


 

ItemLive.com:

Jessica Starbard admits she's a bit embarrassed that someone wants to do a story on what is essentially her first job in the broadcasting business.

Full story: Lynner Jessica Starbard ready for sports broadcasting job in Michigan (Fri, 7/25)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

The GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER is seeking an energetic and innovative individual to serve as Station Manager for WYCE/GRAND RAPIDS, MI.

Full story: WYCE Is Looking For A Station Manager (Mon, 7/21)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Indianapolis-based meteorologist Chris Wright has been hired to fill in some of the weather shifts on ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit while Dave Rexroth, the station's lead weather forecaster, recovers from injuries suffered on July 4th.

 

 

 

MLive.com:

Detroit's local public radio station is seeking public input on possible replacements for Craig Fahle, who is leaving the station for a role in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration.

Full story: Think you could host a public radio show? WDET seeks input (Wed, 7/16)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Some good news just in from Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth! His recovery from the fireworks accident is going very well. He sent us a few photos this afternoon - with this humorous message: "Hello from Iowa. Only one eye, but many ears here." That's a reference to the ears of corn.

Full story: REXROTH UPDATE: Dave's recovery going very well following fireworks accident (Wed, 7/16)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Greater Media/Detroit Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 adds Jake Chapman who will become Executive Producer and pre- and post-game host for Detroit Pistons broadcasts. Chapman moves from a similar role with the Orlando Magic Radio Network. The new job also includes responsibilities for creating Pistons content for Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM).

 

 

 

Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloRemember those commercials that used to pepper the radio air-waves? You know, the one's that started out with the line "people judge you by the way you speak." Well, these days that's truer than ever. Just ask Paula Dean. Remember all the flack about her use of the N-word some thirty years ago...in private? Do you recall all of the sponsors and endorsements she lost over that? The media often eats its young and can be savage. However, most people have short memories and once you drop off the headlines, few people remember.

About a year ago I was often touting the brilliant on-air rants of Darryl Parks, who was VP of Talk Programming for the mighty behemoth Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. Along with his executive duties, Parks enjoyed writing his blog on the stations web site and hosting a two hour Saturday morning show on the mother-ship 700 WLW down in Cincinnati.

At the big radio convention in Orlando last September, the industry was buzzing about the new AM revitalization plan designed to help struggling AM stations. A great number of people felt the program that was being put forth was ineffective and somewhat of "a joke." Personally, I felt that at least they were trying to help. In Mr. Park's analysis he called it "a giant circle jerk." He probably was right in the minds of a lot of radio people. The problem was "he said it in print." It is OK to feel a certain way, but when you print it or vocalize it, the temperature goes from tepid to HOT. There are no First Amendment protections when you represent a huge publicly traded company, especially when it owns more stations than any other in America. Darryl Parks paid the price. He lost his executive position and his radio program. Yup, he lost his job for saying what a lot of his contemporaries were probably thinking.

There are countless such situations within the radio and television business and lots of such examples have unfolded right here in the Detroit area. I will address them in a future column.

Sadly, within the last few weeks we have lost a number of notable members of the local media scene. Among those who have passed away are WDIV Local 4's reporter Jennifer Moore and WJBK Fox 2's Woody Willis.

Then there are the dearly departed who are still very much alive, but absent from or ears and eyes for any number of reasons. TV weather guy Dave Rexroth may not be back in front of Channel 7 cameras before September, at the earliest, due to his left eye injury.

Alan Lee at Fox 2 is stepping away after 18 years of early morning wake-up calls. After twenty years at WCRZ (107.9 FM) Carz 108 in Flint, morning host Rod Pahrain is out of a job. His last appearance on the Detroit dial was way back when WABX (on 99.5 FM) was trying out top 40 hits. Even the building, at 8 Mile and Coolidge, that 'ABX was in back then, is gone! After only a couple of years, Cumulus has transferred WJR programmer Kevin Metheny out to San Francisco to help restore KGO and KSFO to their "glory days." Good luck. Then the Fisher Building felt another rumble as, Scott Meier, the top man for Cumulus Media in Michigan was spotted at the elevator leaving the building for good. What is happening? Somebody cue up the top instrumental from 1961, "The Theme from Exodus." This is nuts. Who's running the store? Who's guiding the ship?

In the last few years we have seen a plethora of top name talent exit the airwaves and many have gone off into the sunset under the guise of "retirement." Trust me, hardly anyone can even afford to retire anymore. What's far more often the truth is broadcasting companies simply don't want to pay the large dollars that big name talent commands.

Should you need a reminder, the roster of top-rated personalities who have left the radio dial in the last five years include: Dick Purtan, Jim Harper, Drew & Mike (although Drew did return to ESPN 105.1 FM), Ken Calvert, Steve Costan, Chris Edmonds, Murray Gula, and Frank Beckmann (on U-M football games). The TV exit door was even more jammed with the likes of: Diana Lewis, Eric Smith, Don Shane, Cheryl Chodin, Robbie Timmons, Jerry Hodak and soon to leave Chuck Gaidica. Now, many of these people said that they were "retiring," but if the truth be told, not very many people really WANT to retire. More often than not, they were simply making too much money. How many times have I said it? It's almost always about the money.

The listeners and viewers hate change. We are all creatures of habit and don't like being moved out of our "comfort zone." All I can hope for is that some of the new people who have replaced or succeeded many of our favorites will do a good job and become embraced by the audience. It's all we can hope for. And, by the way, can someone teach TV people how to properly pronounce the letter "W"? If you're going to work on this side of the Mississippi River it's kind of a prerequisite. As an example, I hope the executives at Cumulus Media in Atlanta are smart enough to hire a new program director for WJR who is from Detroit, or loves Detroit and/or knows Detroit. If they import someone from the west coast who doesn't know what pop is, or how to pronounce Lake Orion or who truly believes Detroit can come back without changing its name to Gilbertville, then God help us all.

St.John-Alan

If you have fond memories of listening to Lee Alan, on The Horn, at WXYZ-AM 1270 in the 1960's you will really enjoy listening to Southfield native Pat St. John on SiriusXM Satellite Radio 1 pm till 5 pm weekdays (EDT) on Channel 6. This is where they feature the music of the 1960's and it's real obvious that Pat was a Lee Alan fan. He even uses Lee's old opening them "Zing Went the Strings" plus his cadence and on-air style will remind you of those old days on Wixie Radio. He's not trying to imitate Lee, it's just that Mr. Alan was a great influence on his radio career, which started at WSHJ (Southfield High School). Pat also worked at The Big 8 CKLW and WKNR Keener 13.

SiriusXM management has given him extraordinary freedom to play songs, and create segues that you just don't hear on radio anymore! If you have satellite radio in your car or at home, this show is worthy of your time and has a LOT of Detroit flavor attached to it.

Former CKLW audio engineer Tom Ryan, not the one who played Sargent Sackto on TV, has noticed that the audio on WMYD-TV Channel 20 is seemingly out of phase and causing what some of us of a certain age called "duo-phonic." It's especially noticeable on the Entertainment Tonight program on TV 20 and even I wonder if anyone actually cares. WMYD was recently acquired by WXYZ-TV and gives Channel 7 a place to air their news at 10 pm to better compete with Fox 2.

Please remember that my thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and any comments, agreeing or disagreeing, you might have are always appreciated via e-mail. In the meantime, stay tuned!

 

Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com

 

Art Vuolo Jr.

 

 

 

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'.

 

 

 

Detroit News:

Surgery went well Wednesday for WXYZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who had an eye removed after he was seriously injured in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, according to the station. "The doctor confirms Dave's eye was cut in the accident, but there were no actual burns -- which will ease the process of replacing it with a prosthetic eye," the station reported on its website on Wednesday afternoon.

Full story: Surgery goes well for WXYZ's Rexroth after fireworks accident (Wed, 7/9)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Detroit reporter Hank Winchester got on the wrong side of Maureen Taylor, the state chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, while the two were on MSNBC to talk about Detroit shutting off water to customers who are behind on their bills.

Full story: 'Shame on Him,' Detroit Reporter Ripped by Activist on National TV Over Water Bill Story (Wed, 7/9)

 


 

MLive.com:

Just a heads up for those making weekend plans to watch the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals on television: You won't see the game Saturday night on Fox Sports Detroit at the time that it's being played.

Full story: Tigers-Royals game Saturday night will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit on tape delay (Wed, 7/9)

 


 

FMQB:

For the second year in a row, jâcapps has been ranked as the second largest app developer in the state of Michigan, according to Crain's Detroit Business. Based on total downloads, jâcapps is the proud runner-up to Lochbridge (formerly Compuware).

Full story: jâcapps Ranked As Second Largest App Developer In Michigan (Wed, 7/9)

 

 

 

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).

 

 

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

WXYZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth was seriously injured in a fireworks accident while vacationing with his family in Iowa City, Iowa. The accident, which happened on Friday night, caused Dave to lose sight in his left eye. He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Full story: Dave Rexroth, WXYZ's chief meteorologist, seriously injured in fireworks accident in Iowa (Mon, 7/7)

 


 

Oakland Press:

Chief WXYZ-TV Meteorologist Dave Rexroth received support from across the country after viewers, co-workers and friends learned he lost an eye in a July 4 fireworks accident. The Farmington Hills resident was on vacation with his family in Iowa when the accident occurred.

Full story: Social media users show support for WXYZ's Dave Rexroth after fireworks accident (Mon, 7/7)

 

 

 

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:

  • Big changes in Alpena as Midwestern Broadcasting signs off News-Talk WATZ AM 1450 for the final time, moving the station's programming to the company's new WZTK-FM 105.7, a 4,500 watt station that doesn't suffer from the problems with interference that AM 1450 has, especially as the use of household electronics has grown over the years. WATZ AM first started operating in 1946.
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  • Greater Media/Detroit Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 (Detroit Sports 105.1) has announced it will move to local programming weekdays from 10 a.m. - noon starting Monday July 7, moving Rico Beard and Ryan Ermanni from weekends into that timeslot, replacing the two hours of ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd.

    Detorit Sports 105.1 provides the ESPN Radio lineup on its HD2 digital subchannel.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Country WBCT (B93)/GRAND RAPIDS PD DAVE TAFT has added PD responsibilities for Classic Rock WBFX (101-3 THE BREW), taking over for MATT WALKER, who segues to WBCT and joins NEAL DIONNE in mornings. WALKER's previous Country experience includes BEASLEY WKIS/MIAMI and CLEAR CHANNEL WKKT/CHARLOTTE.

Full story: Dave Taft Adds PD Responsibilities For WBFX; Matt Walker Joins WBCT For Mornings (Mon, 6/30)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 meteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving West Michigan and heading west. The Grand Rapids-area native, a 2004 graduate of Jenison High School, is moving to Denver to join KDVR-TV.

Full story: WOOD TV8 meteorologist leaving West Michigan to go west (Mon, 6/30)

 


 

Midland Daily News:

Shannyn Caldwell of Midland has weathered a few storms in her life, and now she wants to help others navigate through their own dark days. Caldwell recently published her first book, "The Healing Season," in which she chronicles a 40-day path to healing from grief. Caldwell, who is one half of the Peter and Shannyn morning show on Family Life Radio, has made it her mission to tell others how an incredible set of losses in her life brought her closer to God.

Full story: Shannyn Caldwell of Midland shares grief story, recovery path (Mon, 6/30)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo, armed with his encyclopedic knowledge of radio history, will be a guest on CBS Radio/Pittsburgh News-Talk KDKA AM 1020 tomorrow evening (6/28) from 6 - 7 p.m. during Stoney Richards' weekend program. Listen live at http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/station/newsradio-1020-kdka/.
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  • Josh Sidorowicz makes a move within Michigan, joining the FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids as a reporter and exiting as a video journalist and fill-in anchor for NBC affiliate WILX-TV Ch. 10 Lansing.
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  • Scott Meier, who had held the titles of Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus/Detroit has exited the company after having been in those roles since 2007. Meier is a longtime veteran of radio in Michigan having also worked in Flint and the Tri-Cities as well as at CBS Radio/Detroit prior to joining Cumulus.

 

 

 

WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:

On Thursday morning Police in Southfield respond to call made by WJBK security after a 51-year-old woman drove her Lexus through a gated security area and continued to the station's back parking lot. Inside the Fox 2 building an overhead page alerted the staff that the building was on lock down.

Full story: Breach of security at Fox 2 ends with arrest of 51-year-old woman (Thu, 6/26)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A quick tap on the remote isn't enough to avoid the thousands of political advertisements running now or scheduled to be broadcast on West Michigan television. Political candidates for office and special interest groups alike have purchased ad time for at least 10,000 commercial spots stretching from January through Election Day this November, according to documents compiled from the Federal Communications Commission.

Full story: Political ads flood West Michigan airwaves: 10,000 ads, 5 channels and $4.6 million (Wed, 6/25)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

Jim Brandstatter is taking his new job as Michigan's play-by-play radio voice seriously. Which means he's doing some unusual exercises to prepare, like calling traffic.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter preps for switch to Michigan radio play-by-play man (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The local media market is taking on an infusion of new content from WXYZ-Channel 7, and media watchers say it is expected to stir up the competitive landscape for audience and advertising -- and pique interest in bundled TV ad buys. The $110 million cash purchase that added WMYD-Channel 20 to E.W. Scripps Co.'s TV station portfolio last week was the first step in Scripps' plans for the MyNetwork TV affiliate.

Full story: Channel 20 deal will bulk up TV ad buys, watchers say (Sun, 6/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WCSG general manager Chris Lemke urged listeners on Monday, June 23, to pray for former host John Balyo, his family, co-workers and alleged victims after Balyo was accused of paying for sexual encounters with children.

Full story: WCSG prays for healing after radio host John Balyo busted on child-sex assault allegation (Mon, 6/23)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

As the Sports Director at WXYZ, I'm pleased to announce an exciting addition to our Sunday sports lineup. We are thrilled to expand our high school football coverage this fall by adding a new show, State Champs! Extra Point. The show will air every Sunday at noon throughout the football season beginning August 31, 2014.

Full story: State Champs! Extra Point to debut on WXYZ on August 31 (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Sinclair FOX TV afffiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 is adding Sony Pictures Television Networks' "Get TV" to a digital subchannel. The deal between Sinclair and Sony Pictures TV involves a total of 33 stations across the country.

 


 

PRNewsWire/WADL-TV:

WADL TV Detroit, an 11th metered market television station, will be airing a sneak preview on Wednesday June 25th at 8pm of the programming viewers will be able to see on the new Titan Sports Classic Network beginning this Fall on its dot three Channel.

Full story: WADL TV Detroit Launches The Titan Sports Classic Network Featuring Great Sports Moments In University Of Detroit Mercy Athletic History (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

MLive.com:

A new song from Detroit rappers Eminem and Trick Trick is expected to air on the Fourth of July on local radio station Channel 955.

Full story: Eminem, Trick Trick to release new song on Detroit's Channel 955 women are expected to love (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour is filming in the Detroit area. The actress isn't working on a new movie or a scripted series, however. She's the host of a national 13-part series called "Feel Grand with Jane Seymour" that's being produced by Detroit Public Television.

Full story: Series hosted by Jane Seymour shooting in Detroit area (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

NetNewsCheck:

The Michigan news site MLive is garnering a huge following around coverage of a topic usually monopolized by TV stations: weather. With meteorologist Mark Torregrossa at the helm, the site's weather section has ballooned both in content and readers over the past two years, hitting a high of 13 million page views in January, according to Adobe SiteCatalyst numbers provided by MLive.

Full story: MLive Scores Surprise Hit With Weather (Tue, 6/24)

 

 

 

Saginaw News:

It's possible that the 2014 KCQ Country Music Fest on Saturday, June 21, was the largest in the event's 23-year history. "I've never seen it this crowded," said Barb Sheltraw, WKCQ-FM, 98.1, morning show co-host.

Full story: Montgomery Gentry close out perhaps the largest KCQ Country Music Fest ever' (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

Curious Crew is a new TV series all about science being produced locally by WKAR. The local PBS affiliate is holding an open casting call for children ages 8 to 13 to join the cast of the show, which is scheduled for production later this summer.

Full story: WKAR Holding Casting Call for New Kids Science TV Show, 'Curious Crew' (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

After his arrest on Friday, John Balyo has been let go from WCSG radio in a statement from station management. Chris Lemke the general manager of WCSG radio will address the issue on the air at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning during the WCSG morning show.

Full story: Radio Personality "No Longer Affiliated With WCSG" Following Arrest (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

Detroit News:

The reunion of legendary 1960s radio station WKNR Keener 13 went well at the Red Eye Grill in New York City last weekend. "It was truly a special event," says Bob Green, WKNR personality (and eventually, program director).

Full story: WKNR Keener 13 reunion a big hit (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

Detroit Tigers / MLB.com:

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has presented former Tigers broadcaster Ray Lane with the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award for more than a half century of work on the air in Michigan.

Full story: Broadcaster Lane honored for achievements (Sat, 6/21)

 

 

 

Broadcasting & Cable:

David Bangura has been named president/general manager of WADL Detroit. He had been president and general manager of Granite Broadcasting's WMYD Detroit from 2009-2014 and was general sales manager prior to that. Scripps closed on its acquisition of WMYD, a MyNetworkTV affiliate, June 16. Bangura also put in five years as senior account executive at WJBK Detroit.

Full story: Bangura Named WADL Detroit GM (Tue, 6/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • A tip of the cap to Metro Detroit's Benny and the Jets Band on celebrating their 40th anniversary and being elected to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 / WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit:

Detroit area viewers now have a choice for local news at 10 p.m. 7 Action News at 10 on TV20 Detroit premieres this week. The new 10 p.m. newscast will be anchored Monday-Friday by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox, with chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth's 7 First Alert weather forecasts, and 7 sports director Tom Leyden's up-to-the-minute sports reports. Weekend editions will be anchored by 7 Action News veteran Dave LewAllen, with meteorologist Hally Vogel and sports anchor Dave Solano.

Full story: Introducing 7 Action News at 10 on TV20 Detroit (Mon, 6/16)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co., the parent company of WXYZ-TV, closed Monday on the purchase of MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD Channel 20 in a $110 million cash deal that also includes the purchase of WKBW, Buffalo's ABC affiliate, from New York City-based Granite Broadcasting Corp. Along with the deal, WXYZ announced that it will start a local 10 p.m. newscast on WMYD Monday-Friday anchored by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox beginning tonight.

Full story: WXYZ to launch 10 p.m. newscast on Channel 20 as part of Scripps' $110M purchase of station (Mon, 6/16)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Post-Newsweek Stations' NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit (DMA 11) released a new app today, called Local 4 StormPins, which will give users severe weather and breaking news information -- in real time -- via official storm spotters, emergency responders and concerned citizens. The Local 4 StormPins app was designed for mobile and tablet devices and is available now for download on iPhone and Android devices.

Full story: WDIV Detroit debuts new severe weather app (Sun, 6/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

There are good days. Then there are days you won't forget. Saturday was one of those for Brad Galli, the WXYZ (Channel 7) sports reporter who during the day got married -- and then at night, during his wedding reception, was awarded his first career Michigan Emmy after multiple previous nominations.

Full story: Channel 7 sportscaster Brad Galli wins Emmy after his wedding (Sun, 6/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

 

 

 

MLive.com:

Detroit's country station 99.5 FM WYCD wants to celebrate its birthday in a big way on Sept. 14 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston. The Zac Brown Band's Great American Road Trip Tour makes a stop at the venue that day for what should be a memorable show for the three-time Grammy Award winners.

Full story: Zac Brown Band to perform at Detroit's 99.5 FM WYCD Birthday Bash (Fri, 6/13)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT listener DAVID MORIAN is a huge fan of WRIF's morning show DAVE & CHUCK "THE FREAK," as well as the NFL's DETROIT LIONS. He is so confident that the LIONS will win next year's SUPER BOWL that this morning he got a 2015 DETROIT LIONS SUPER BOWL Champs" tattoo on his leg.

Full story: WRIF Listener Gets A Detroit Lions 2015 Super Bowl Champs Tattoo (Fri, 6/13)

 

The FCC has denied SMILE FM's Application for Review of the denial of its application for a new noncommercial educational FM at YATES, MI.

Full story: FCC Nixes Appeal Of Denial Of Michigan FM Application (Fri, 6/13)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Meteorologist Catherine Bodak is joining WXIX, Raycom's Fox affiliate in Cincinnati. Beginning next month, she will appear on the morning newscasts. Bodak joins WXIX from WNEM, the CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich.

Full story: Meteorologist Catherine Bodak Joins WXIX (Fri, 6/13)

 

Michele DeSelms anchor for Grand Rapids FOX affiliate WXMI, is back on the air after suffering second and third degree burns over the Memorial Day weekend.

Full story: Grand Rapids Anchor Back On-Air After Being Severly Burned by Campfire (Fri, 6/13)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Michele DeSelms never saw it coming. One moment, the veteran anchorwoman at Fox 17 was relaxing beside a cozy campfire. In the next, she was falling into it.

Full story: Bonfire accident severely burns Fox 17 anchor Michele DeSelms: 'I cry all the time' (Thu, 6/12)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

WEMU-FM 89.1, a public radio station housed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, sent a email message out to listeners stating, "between now and next Wednesday, we must raise $100,000 to stay on track for our annual goal of $850,000.

Full story: WEMU-FM 89.1 must raise $100k by June 23 to 'stay on track' (Thu, 6/12)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

PAT ST. JOHN, currently doing SIRIUSXM 60s on 6 live every day from 1-5p (ET), shares with ALL ACCESS "this SATURDAY (6/14), the personalities from the legendary WKNR (KEENER 13)/DETROIT are reuniting for dinner in NYC." ST. JOHN says BOB GREEN organized it, with confirmed attendees including himself, GREEN, SCOTT REGAN, ROBIN SEYMOUR, JERRY GOODWIN, JIM BROOKER, JOHN MEAGHER, FRANK "SWINGIN'" SWEENEY, JIM KERR, STEVE SCHRAM, SCOTT WESTERMAN and GARY STEVENS.

Full story: WKNR Alumni Reunite In New York (Thu, 6/12)

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck:

Since being named the Fox-owned stations' national correspondent early this year, Charlie LeDuff has been tromping around the country covering stories that don't typically get reported by stations -- a Kentucky church's gun giveaway and a Shoshone Indian's take on a Nevada land dispute to name a couple.

Full story: Charlie LeDuff's Tough Take On TV News (Tue, 6/10)

 


 

Detroit News:

The garage door opener was broken, but Pat Vitale wanted to put out the trash, so she decided to take a wrench to the little bracket down at the bottom. The surgery was last Monday, and the good news is, she gets to keep her eye.

Full story: Don't try this at home (Tue, 6/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Hot Chelle Rae will headline HOT-FM's 2014 Party in the Park at Fifth Third Ballpark. My Crazy Girlfriend is slotted as an opener, with more acts yet to be revealed.

Full story: Hot Chelle Rae, My Crazy Girlfriend to play HOT-FM's Party in the Park (Wed, 6/11)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Allegan County sheriff's deputies responded to more than 100 incidents, most of which were alcohol-related, during this weekend's B-93 Birthday Bash. The incidents resulted in 56 arrests Saturday and 30 arrests Sunday at the two-day country music concert at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Capt. Frank Baker said in a news release issued Wednesday.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Police stay busy during 2-day country music concert (Wed, 6/11)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

Mike Woolfolk, former anchor for WACH in Columbia, SC, from 1996 to 2010, has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, reports The State. After leaving WACH, Woolfolk started a media relations business. TVSpy reported about Woolfolk after he criticized his old station for hiring a beauty queen with no formal journalism experience. "I was astounded when I first heard of this move by WACH-TV, my former employer, and I remain astounded to this day," Woolfolk wrote on his blog at the time. Woolfolk is a Detroit native.

Full story: Mike Woolfolk Joins Detroit's WXYZ (Mon, 6/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Passing: Garnet "Gar" Zimmerman, former Chief Engineer and Announcer at WBRN-FM/AM 100.9/1460 Big Rapids at the age of 88 on April 3rd. In addition to his work at WBRN, Gar was the former Department Head of Broadcast Engineering Technology and other Electronics Programs at Ferris State University. Mohnke Funeral Home provides a full obituary.
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  • ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit will be losing one of its digital subnets as Live Well Network will be discontinued in January. LWN current airs on Channel 7.3. Broadcasting & Cable: ABC to Discontinue Live Well Network.
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  • Media personality Lisa Barry will join host Dean La Douceur on the latter's On The Dean's List Blog Talk Radio podcast on Wednesday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. Barry is a Detroit-area media personality who has been with radio stations WJR, WNIC, WYCD and WXYT-AM. She is also in demand as a speaker, emcee and host for special events.

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

Christa Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist. Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Full story: Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing (Thu, 6/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Congratulations to now former WSYM-TV Ch. 47 Lansing chief engineer John Szarowicz on his recent retirement. Szarowicz had been with the FOX network affiliate since it launched as an independent in 1982 and is highly regarded as a stellar engineer and all-around great guy.

 


 

Radio Ink:

Ed Cardenas has joined all-news station WWJ Newsradio 950 and cbsdetroit.com as a Digital Reporter. Cardenas will be a regular on-air contributor and provide editorial content to the cbsdetroit.com website, home of WWJ Newsradio 950.

Full story: WWJ expands digital department (Thu, 6/5)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CCM+E VP/Programming/DETROIT TONY TRAVATTO has given ALL ACCESS the details for the KJ HOLIDAY memorial being held this SATURDAY JUNE 7th in DETROIT. The 4p services will be held at the CHARLES H. MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY. The address is 315 East Warren, DETROIT, 48202 -- two blocks east of Woodward.

Full story: KJ Holiday Memorial Details (Thu, 6/5)

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck.com:

When WXMI, the Fox affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., decided to launch an 11 p.m. newscast, the station faced a couple marketing problems, one of which it inflicted on itself. You see, when the station launched its 10 p.m. news back in 1999, it heavily branded that newscast as, At 10 It's News, at 11 It's History.

Full story: WXMI Tries to Undo 15-Year-Old Branding (Wed, 5/28)

 


 

Flint Journal:

A flying bat freaked out weatherman Jason Adams during a news broadcast at television station WEYI-TV Monday, May 26, and it's getting national attention, thanks in part to coverage from the Huffington Post.

Full story: Watch WEYI weatherman deliver the forecast while dodging flying bat (Thu, 5/29)

 


 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters to honor four

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Board of Directors has announced its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2014 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees.

Mario Iacobelli, President/Owner of Heritage Broadcasting (CBS affiliate WWTV/WWUP-TV Cadillac/Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie, 9 & 10 News) will be receiving this year's Lifetime Achievement award on Tuesday, August 26 during the MAB's Summer Celebration at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Entering the Hall of Fame on the same day will be George Blaha, play-by-play announcer for Michigan State University football and Detroit Pistons basketball, Jim Brandstatter, football analyst and play-by-play announcer for the University of Michigan and the Detroit Lions, and Sue Goldsen, Vice President and co-owner of Jackson Radio Works, a cluster of radio stations serving Jackson.

This year's award recipients have over 140 years of combined experience in broadcasting. Their work as broadcasters, humanitarians, and philanthropists can be seen from their local communities to across the globe.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT radio stations Classic Rock WCSX, Active Rock WRIF and Sports Talk WMGC, along with FOX DETROIT SPORTS and the DETROIT TIGERS are presenting the 4th Annual "Tip A Tiger" event on THURSDAY JUNE 5th at CJ MAHONEY's Sport Grille in TROY, MI.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Presents 4th Annual Tip A Tiger (Fri, 5/30)

 


 

MLive.com:

A local three-day country music festival's move in 2012 from Detroit's Hart Plaza to Comerica Park wasn't an easy adjustment for some fans, but appears to be paying off as the event wrapped up Sunday up its 32nd successful year. It was hard Saturday afternoon to find anyone who complained about paying for the event after 29 years of free admission at Hart Plaza, a 14-acre, 40,000-person capacity downtown meeting place along the Detroit River.

Full story: Detroit WYCD Downtown Hoedown's 2012 move from Hart Plaza to Comerica Park pays off for fans (Sun, 6/1)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13 is doubling its daily noon newscast beginning Tuesday. The ABC-TV affiliate serving West Michigan expands its midday newscast at noon from a half hour to one hour Monday through Friday.

Full story: WZZM-TV doubles its weekday noon newscast beginning next week (Sat, 5/24)

 


 

MLive.com:

Thirty-three years in the booth has earned Frank Beckmann a trip to the hall. Beckmann, the recently retired Michigan football play-by-play announcer, was named Friday as the 2014 Chris Schenkel Award recipient by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Full story: Frank Beckmann named Schenkel Award winner by College Football Hall of Fame (Fri, 5/23)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 News, whose slogan has been "at 10 it's news, at 11 it's history," is adding a new chapter to that history book. WXMI-TV on June 2 will launch an 11 p.m. news program seven days a week, anchored by Mitch Fick and Ann Marie LaFlamme Mondays through Fridays.

Full story: FOX 17 announces plans to air news at 11 p.m. in West Michigan (Thu, 5/22)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Sold: FM translator W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek from Calvary Radio Network to Midwest Communications for $45,000. Online documentation shows the translator is currently planned to rebroadcast Sports WBCK AM 930 - that station is also being purchased by Midwest.
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  • Archived: An online discussion with broadcaster Nikki Grandberry from the blog talk show On The Dean's List.

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

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.
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  • 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 News:

Detroit Sports 105.1 continues to add local programming, announcing Monday plans for an all-baseball show to debut later this month. The show will be hosted by Detroit News national baseball writer Tony Paul, and will air Saturdays, from noon to 1 p.m., for the remainder of the season, starting May 31.

Full story: Detroit Sports 105.1 adding baseball show, hosted by The Detroit News' Tony Paul (Mon, 5/19)

 


 

WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:

A man who dedicated his life to Public Television and WGVU has died. According to officials at Grand Valley State University, Chuck Furman, died yesterday. Furman started his career in broadcasting back in 1966 while at Bowling Green State University. In 1972, he moved to Grand Rapids to help start the PBS station.

Full story: West Michigan TV Pioneer dies (Fri, 5/16)

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press / Associated Press:

A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.

Full story: Where is Casey Kasem? Missing radio legend might be on 'Indian reservation' (Tue, 5/13)

 


 

U-M's Michigan Radio launches MI Curious

Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) is launching a new on-air and online initiative called MI Curious that offers a new approach to reporting. Unlike traditional journalism that begins in the newsroom, MI Curious approaches the reporting processes from a new angle, one that lets the public's curiosity guide the station's reporting. With MI Curious, listeners will ask questions for Michigan Radio reporters to investigate and answer.

Questions can deal with history, government, people, how we live or anything else about Michigan, the region or its people that they want Michigan Radio to investigate. In addition to asking the questions, the public will also be involved in the selection process as they vote to decide which question will be investigated in a future Michigan Radio story. People will be able to submit questions for MI Curious and follow the stories on Michigan Radio's website (www.michiganradio.org).

Michigan Radio Digital Editor Mark Brush says this project will be a new way for the station to engage with its audience. "We're all familiar with how people engage with media organizations online in comment sections and through social media. This project seeks to connect us more directly with the public. Story ideas are sparked by an individual's curiosity, and once a story is selected, that person can then be involved in the process of reporting the story."

This project is modeled after the Curious City project started by WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. Since that project began in 2012, WBEZ reporters and producers have answered hundreds of publicly submitted questions about Chicago and the region. Curious City is part of the Localore initiative from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). Michigan Radio is the first public radio station in the state to have adopted this innovative and interactive approach to journalism.

Learn more about MI Curious here.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WGVU Public Media is leading a nationwide initiative to support U.S. military veterans, including a concert by country artist Michael Peterson to be filmed next year in Grand Rapids for PBS, and a national summit organized by Americans for the Arts to be held next year in Grand Rapids as well.

Full story: WGVU launches national veterans' initiative with PBS-filmed concert and summit in Grand Rapids (Tue, 5/13)

 


 

MLive.com / Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Grand Rapids Griffins will broadcast a minimum of 40 games on TV next season under a three-year deal announced Tuesday. The Griffins became the first sports franchise to partner with Michigan Entertainment Sports, a Wixom-based network that will launch in the fall.

Full story: Grand Rapids Griffins announce three-year TV deal with fledgling MES (Tue, 5/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Bell Media Group's Oldies CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit is profiled on the Model D Blog.

 

 

 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI will add a half hour of local news content to the weekday daily noon broadcasts. The noon news will run until 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 27.

Full story: WZZM 13 to expand noon newscast (Fri, 5/9)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV morning anchor Derek Francis is leaving West Michigan's ABC-TV affiliate, but he's not going far. Francis is leaving TV news after 11 years at Channel 13 as anchor of the morning news with Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer.

Full story: WZZM TV morning anchor Derek Francis announces departure from Channel 13 (Mon, 5/12)

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck:

Charlie LeDuff on Monday was named national news correspondent for Fox Television Stations (FTS). In addition to leading a series of national news reports on all Fox O&Os called The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, he will continue his role as investigative reporter for Fox's WJBK Detroit. In making the announcement, Sharri Berg, SVP of news operations, FTS, said: "Charlie's unorthodox storytelling, no-holds-barred attitude and exceptional wit combine to produce a news product that is unlike any other reporting out there."

Full story: Charlie LeDuff gets national beat for Fox stations (Mon, 5/5)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith is on his annual "Pure Michigan Tour", a series of remote broadcasts that started on Friday at Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills. Smith's travels this week include stops in Port Huron, Mackinac Island, Grand Haven & Holland, Lansing, and back to Detroit on Friday.

 

 

 

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.
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  • 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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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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TVSpy.com:

A group of squatters were menacing a Detroit neighborhood. When WXYZ reporter Ronnie Dahl picked up the story and lead the efforts to have the squatters evicted, she became a target of their food-based rage.

Full story: WXYZ reporter pelted with food by angry squatters (Wed, 4/23)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT presents AMP LIVE 2014, a concert headlined by ED SHEERAN. Also appearing on the bill will be AUSTIN MAHONE, ICONA POP, LITTLE MIX and TIMEFLIES.

Full story: AMP Live 2014 comes to Detroit (Wed, 4/23)

 


 

MLive.com:

... While he recovers, one of the best personalities on the team will remain in the spotlight. Sadler and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson filled in for athletic director Mark Hollis on his Monday radio show with their own program dubbed "Thick and Thin." The hour-long program -- which Sadler said was prepared Sunday night at Crunchy's Burgers & Beer -- featured interviews with Spartans quarterback Connor Cook and former Spartan Keith Nichol.

Full story: Michigan State punter Mike Sadler recovering from surgery and trying his hand at radio (Wed, 4/23)

 

 

 

CBS Local/Detroit:

A big change has been announced for University of Michigan play-by-play. The U-M Athletic Department announced Thursday that college and NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf will be joining Jim Brandstatter in the radio booth for University of Michigan football broadcasts on the Michigan IMG Radio Network beginning this fall.

Full story: Dierdorf To Join Brandstatter In Radio Booth For Michigan Football (Fri, 4/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • According to the Denver Post, NBC affiliate WILX-TV Ch. 10 Lansing will add Kirk Montgomery as an anchor, reportedly for a new 4 p.m newscast. Montgomery moves to Lansing from KUSA-TV in Denver where he was working as an entertainment reporter.

 


 

Detroit News:

Dan Dierdorf, the NFL Hall of Famer and former Michigan All-American offensive lineman, had spoken many times about his desire to someday call a few series of a Wolverines game from the radio booth with his old teammate, Jim Brandstatter. He'll be doing more than that.

Full story: Dan Dierdorf joins Jim Brandstatter in Michigan football radio booth (Thu, 4/17)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

When Michigan announced last summer that Frank Beckmann would retire from doing radio play-by-play for football games, most thoughts about successors were conventional. But as with many decisions by U-M athletic department, today's announcement was anything but.

Full story: Michigan football hires Dan Dierdorf as radio analyst; Jim Brandstatter shifts to play-by-play (Thu, 4/17)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

Detroit Public Television WTVS (Channel 56) is outsourcing its programming to the Florida firm Public Television Programming, replacing programming director Dan Gaitens and assistant programming director Joann Havel, who were let go several weeks ago. DPTV CEO Rich Homberg stresses the move is part of a restructuring at the station, not cutbacks.

Full story: WTVS outsources programming but adds new communications positions (Wed, 4/16)

 

Michigan's new play-by-play announcer will be "familiar" to the public and will already know the words to "The Victors." The announcement of the new radio voice will be made soon by business partner IMG, perhaps even this week, according to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. IMG hires the announcers.

Full story: New Michigan football radio team will be 'very familiar' to U-M fans (Wed, 4/16)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will have a new football announcer soon, possibly as soon as this week. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said today that it will be a familiar name with Michigan ties, speaking after a WWJ-AM Business of Sports luncheon at Ford Field.

Full story: Michigan may have new football announcer this week; Dave Brandon says it will be familiar name (Wed, 4/16)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Taz Painter, WZZM-TV 13's new news director, is on the job today. Painter takes over the Gannett-owned ABC-TV affiliate serving the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek TV market in West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM-TV's new news director, Taz Painter, begins work in Grand Rapids (Mon, 4/14)

 


 

ClickOnDetroit.com/WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

Tornado season is just around the corner. Now, in this Local 4 prime-time special, Chuck Gaidica and the Local 4Casters show viewers how to best prepare for severe weather.

Full story: Local 4 Special 'Severe Weather: Survival Guide' airs Tuesday, April 15 at 9:30 p.m. (Mon, 4/14)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Robby Bridges has been named as Program Director and afternoon host for Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM). Bridges moves the Motor City from Bridgeport, CT where he'd been leading an Adult Contemporary station.

    Bridges said via a release, "I'd like to thank our EVP/co-COO John Dickey, SVP/programming Mike McVay, SVP/programming Jan Jeffries and our Detroit market manager Scott Meier for this incredible opportunity to program the Motor City's new country music leader 'NASH FM 93.1.' My six years with Cumulus, working with heritage powerhouse brands WEBE, WPLJ, WFAS and with Cumulus Media Networks have been both thrilling and rewarding. I cannot wait to join our team and do big things together in Detroit!"

 


 

TVSpy:

M.L. Elrick, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK told Detroit Metro Times what he really thinks about the Pulitzer he won when he worked for the Detroit Free Press. Elrick won the award in 2009 along with Jim Schaefer, who still works at the paper, for a piece about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Full story: Pulitzer Winning Detroit Reporter Calls Pulitzer People 'Jerks' Says Awards 'Bullshit' (Thu, 4/10)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Two 18-year-old Wayne State University students have been charged in the theft of more than $42,000 in checks payable to a radio station. The Wayne County sheriff's office says Samuel Cooper and Eric Perez were arraigned Thursday on two counts each of larceny from a building. The 12 checks from various companies were made payable to WDET-FM and taken Monday from a dorm room on the school's Detroit campus.

Full story: 2 Wayne State students charged in check theft (Thu, 4/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

While Bob Goodrich plots a campaign message and reach to beat U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in a right-leaning district, he's still aiming to become an official Democratic candidate. Goodrich, the 73-year-old owner and president of Goodrich Quality Theaters, is working to meet a basic requirement to run for office and has been in the process of collecting at least 1,000 signatures needed by law.

Full story: Amash challenger Bob Goodrich: GOP's status quo focus 'not appropriate' (Thu, 4/10)

 

 

 

OurWindsor.ca:

The University of Windsor's campus radio station will be reaching more listeners with a signal increase approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CJAM 99.1FM applied for the power boost in March 2012 after CKXS-FM in Wallaceburg, which uses the same frequency, put in a request. Following the installation - expected sometime in the summer - CJAM will increase from 456 to 2,084 watts and reach up to the north and northeast to Grosse Point, Mich.

Full story: CJAM signal boost will extend station's reach in Windsor, Detroit (Tue, 4/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio/Detroit News-Talk WWJ AM 950 Detroit and Lenawee Broadcasting's Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian have both claimed Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Read the NAB's release.

 


 

OurWindsor.ca:

The University of Windsor's campus radio station will be reaching more listeners with a signal increase approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CJAM 99.1FM applied for the power boost in March 2012 after CKXS-FM in Wallaceburg, which uses the same frequency, put in a request. Following the installation - expected sometime in the summer - CJAM will increase from 456 to 2,084 watts and reach up to the north and northeast to Grosse Point, Mich.

Full story: CJAM signal boost will extend station's reach in Windsor, Detroit (Tue, 4/8)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

UP NORTH RADIO Hot AC WCDY/CADILLAC, MI has promoted OM RYAN ROSE to VP/Operations.

Full story: WCDY Ups Ryan Rose To VP/Operations (Wed, 4/9)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. today announced Greg Ghering is joining WZZM 13 News as nightside Connection Desk Editor. Greg Ghering is currently the News Director at WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids.

Full story: WZZM 13 Hires New Connection Desk Editor (Tue, 4/8)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

The Detroit Tigers' 4-3 Opening Day win over the Kansas City Royals not only drew Comerica Park attendance record, but also a ratings milestone for FOX Sports Detroit's telecast.

Full story: Detroit Tigers Opening Day telecast draws FOX Sports ratings record, tops last year's mark (Wed, 4/2)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Each year at the beginning of April, local country music fans gear up for a big announcement. This year's wait is over after WKCQ announced today the musical duo Montgomery Gentry will headline the 23rd Annual KCQ Country Music Fest.

Full story: Free concert: KCQ Country Music Fest brings Montgomery Gentry to Saginaw's Ojibway Island (Thu, 4/3)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

WADL-TV (Channel 38 in Detroit) has partnered with the Rivals Professional Football League, based out of Mt. Clemens, to televise the league's inaugural draft on April 26 with viewers also getting a chance to see games in the RPFL first season.

Full story: WADL-TV teams with new Rivals Professional Football League (Thu, 4/3)

 


 

Flint Journal:

Banana 101.5 Free Beer and Hot Wings morning radio show will broadcast live from Bubba O'Malley's in Burton Friday, April 4.

Full story: Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show to broadcast live from Bubba O'Malley's in Burton (Wed, 4/2)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Jeff Wattrick is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as managing editor of the station's website, ClickonDetroit.com.

Full story: Jeff Wattrick Joins WDIV in Detroit (Wed, 4/2)

 

 

 

Michigan Radio:

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced today that Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith is a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year. Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter, and has worked at the station since 2010.

Full story: Lindsey Smith finalist for Young Journalist of the Year (Tue, 4/1)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Radio vet JAY THOMAS has been tapped as PD for FRIENDS COMMUNICATIONS' Country WQTE (Q95)/ADRIAN, MI, effective MONDAY, APRIL 7th. THOMAS succeeds STACY DOPP, who recently exited.

Full story: Jay Thomas Named PD At WQTE (Tue, 4/1)

 


 

National Association of Broadcasters:

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) announced the winners for the 2014 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters ... WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian is the winner of the Service to Children Award for radio.

Full story: NAB Education Foundation Announces Service to America Winners (Mon, 3/31)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

The perils of weather reporting were on full display in Grand Rapids yesterday during Rick Mecklenburg's live weather report, which was interrupted by a gust of wind that blew the WXMI chief meteorologist's chair to the ground.

Full story: 'The Wind Just Blew Me Over. We're Gonna Throw it Back to You Guys' (Tue, 4/1)

 

 

 

Bay City Times:

About 10 years ago, I directed the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Midland Center for the Arts. The show features a very prominent, but offstage, "narrator" role, which means you need someone with a great voice, perhaps even one that's quickly recognizable, to play the part.

Full story: Long-time, affable weatherman Eric Jylha going out on top as he prepares for final broadcast (Sun, 3/30)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

I've never seen so many potholes in my life as I'm seeing on the roads around my house. And it's a subject everybody's talking about. In Michigan, WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, is getting city officials to fix the potholes that residents report in 48-72 hours.

Full story: Detroit's WXYZ Markets War on Potholes (Mon, 3/31)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WFGR-FM has a new morning man on Classic Hits 98.7. Michigan native Jojo Girard was on the air this morning, spinning songs such as "Just What I Needed" by the Cars and "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner, for the debut of "The Jojo Show."

Full story: Grand Rapids' Classic Hits 98.7 has a new morning DJ at WFGR-FM (Thu, 3/27)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

A new Detroit City Council report raises questions about the reasoning behind a proposed $5.2-million payment -- negotiated by the emergency manager's team of Jones Day lawyers -- that would settle any claims the city has to a share of the Red Wings' past cable TV revenues.

Full story: Council report questions proposed $5.2M payment to resolve Red Wings' TV revenue dispute (Thu, 3/27)

 

 

 

Central Michigan Life:

Central Michigan University's 24-hour cable outlet has been named college television station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the 13th consecutive year. Peter Orlik, the director of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said this is a victory for the school and the station because of the competition this year.

Full story: CMU TV station shows continued excellence with Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards (Sun, 3/23)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer: (pay site)

Young people in Battle Creek can tap into inspiring words from college students and professionals.

Full story: AccessVision show aimed at youth (Sun, 3/23 - $)

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

There's no Ron Burgundy behind the anchor desk, but Davison High School is building a broadcast dynasty with compelling and rich news stories for students and residents. Davison High School's DTV, a student-run station has received the 2013 High School Television Station/Program of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, its fourth time being honored with the award since 2009.

Full story: Top of the class: Davison High School's DTV chosen as Television Station of the Year (Sat, 3/22)

 


 

Detroit Tigers / MLB.com:

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2014 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, five games on FOX Sports 1 and three selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Four games are on ESPN.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit Announces 2014 TV Schedule (link includes full schedule)

 

 

 

A mega-merger/buyout in TV to affect Michigan stations

Media General, owner of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in the Lansing market, will buyout LIN Media, owner of NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8, ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Ch. 41, and low power MyNetwork affiliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek market in a deal valued at $1.6 billion.

The transaction, once approved and closed, would create the second largest pure-play TV company in the country.

Press release via Yahoo! Finance: Media General and LIN Media to combine (Fri, 3/21)

 


 

Philip Nye, former news director at Keener 13 and WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit dies

Nye helped direct the news department at WKNR AM 1310 during that station's popularity peak in the 1960s and later was a driving force at building the news department at Channel 7 into a market leader in the 1970s. Services will be held Monday, March 24 in Farmington Hills.

More details on Nye's career and his memorial in this obituary. He was 87 years old when he died on March 20th, 2014.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS has hired PATRICK PENDERGAST as VP/GM for their four station cluster in LANSING, MI. He will assume duties as of MARCH 24th. This is a homecoming of sorts as PENDERGAST ran MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS four station cluster in SHEBOYGAN, WI in 2006-2007.

Full story: Midwest Communications Taps Patrick Pendergast To Lead Lansing Cluster (Thu, 3/20)

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck:

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its CBS affiliate WJMN Marquette, Mich. (DMA 180), will launch two weekday newscasts beginning in April. Branded as "Local 3," the newscasts will air Monday through Friday at 6 and 11 p.m. in full HD. Local 3 News will originate from a new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility currently under construction just west of Marquette, in what will become WJMN-TV Plaza.

Full story: WJMN to introduce local news, go HD (Thu, 3/13)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has partnered with the USPS to help unveil the post office's new stamp honoring rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The official reveal party kicks off with a spirited rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music in Royal Oak at 9:00 a.m. today, Friday, March 14th - details on WCSX.com.
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  • Cumulus' Media/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith will host the station's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration live from the Detroit Athletic Club on Monday, March 17th from 6 - 10 a.m. Influential business and political leaders will be on hand for the wearing of the green.
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  • Congratulations to all the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2013 award winners - Station of the Year honors were announced on Wednesday in Lansing at MAB's annual awards banquet.

 


 

Detroit News:

The Wayne County prosecutor has declined to file charges against journalist Charlie LeDuff for his involvement in a 2013 brawl during the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Full story: Fox 2's LeDuff won't face charges in 2013 St. Patrick's Day brawl (Thu, 3/13)

 


 

Lansing State Journal ($):

Michael Patrick Shiels will broadcast his syndicated morning radio and television show live from Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. "Michigan's Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels" will originate Monday from the Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, in County Clare, near Shannon.

Full story: Michael Patrick Shiels will broadcast 'Michigan's Big Show' from Ireland March 17 (Thu, 3/13 --- $)

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

Public radio listeners who glanced down at their car radio dial this week may have received an unexpected message courtesy of hackers. And it wasn't for a pledge drive.

Full story: Hackers send profane message to public radio listeners in Flint, West Michigan (Wed, 3/12)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Parker and The Man are back on the radio, according to a news release. Longtime radio partners Rob Parker and Mark Wilson will reboot "Sports Night with Parker and The Man" from 7-10 weeknights on WDFN-AM (1130), starting March 24.

Full story: Parker and The Man coming back to WDFN (Wed, 3/12)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Emily Barr, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek stations, is seeking to allay fears within the station group after the sale of WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, was announced this morning.

Full story: Emily Barr: Post-Newsweek Stations Not For Sale (Wed, 3/12)

 

 

 

Radio One/Detroit hosting Radiothon to help fire victims

The stations of Radio One in Detroit (Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9, News/Talk WCHB AM 1200/FM 99.9, Gospel WPZR-FM 102.7, and Urban WGPR-FM 107.5) have teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul to help the victims of the recent Jason Manor Apartment fire by hosting a Radiothon today to raise funds to help the displaced residents of the destroyed building. WDMK, WCHB and WGPR will be broadcasting live from the Villa store on Telegraph and West Chicago in Redford Township at various times throughout the day with WDMK's broadcasting ending at 10 p.m.

Online donations are being accepted via phone at (877) 788-4623 or on the St. Vincent de Paul website, donate.svdpdet.org.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

With a different business plan behind the scenes, local sports talk show "Parker and The Man" will return to local radio airwaves weeknights beginning March 24 on WDFN 1130 AM. Hosts Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, who began the show on the station in 1998 before it moved to other stations, will be on from 7 to 10 p.m.

Full story: Sports talkers Rob Parker, Mark Wilson return to WDFN in brokered airtime deal (Tue, 3/11)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Townsquare Media has purchased one of downtown Kalamazoo's most popular events, Ribfest, from The Arc Community Advocates, both organizations announced Monday.

Full story: Ribfest sold to Townsquare Media, annual festival will be held Aug. 7-9 (Tue, 3/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Townsquare Media Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids releases night jock 'Metalhead Ned' and fills the position with the syndicated Loudwire Nights program hosted by 'Full Metal Jackie'.
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  • Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids has named Taz Painter as the station's News Director, effective April 14th. Painter will transfer from Gannett sister station WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN and take the role held by Stanton Tang who's departure had previously been announced.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

ENVISION NETWORKS is now distributing MOJO IN THE MORNING, the morning show from WKQI/DETROIT where "imperfect people laugh about life and themselves." The morning crew includes host MOJO, SPIKE and SHANNON. "For years I've been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market. Well, now it can be!" said MOJO. "We are excited to offer our show nationally."

Full story: Envision Networks Partners With Mojo In The Morning (Thu, 3/6)

 

GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT is proud to announce the return of the WCSX STONE SOUP PROJECT™. It's been two years since they built their last car and they are excited to bring the program back.

Full story: WCSX Stone Soup Project Returns (Fri, 3/7)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

WLUC has announced Steve Asplund has been named news director. "He knows the market, he knows the station, he knows the process, he's evolved with the times," WLUC GM Rob Jamros said in a statement.

Full story: Steve Asplund Named WLUC News Director (Fri, 3/7)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) - which measures audience ratings in radio - recently released numbers for the fall 2013 survey period in the Ann Arbor market, and once again, Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM) established itself as the area's most-listened-to radio station. The results come after a two year hiatus, during which time Ann Arbor was not included in the ratings.

Full story: Michigan Radio tops in Ann Arbor radio market and national ratings for public radio stations (Sat, 3/1)

 


 

RadioInsight:

Two of Schurz Communications stations in South Bend, IN are sporting new names and slightly revamped formats. Country "Real Country 99.9" WHFB-FM Benton Harbor, MI has tweaked to a current based presentation as "New Country 99.9" focusing on 18-34. The station retains the syndicated Bob & Tom Show in mornings.

Full story: Schurz rebrands two in South Bend (Fri, 2/28)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOTV-4 personality Maranda is set to host another series of park parties that offer families a fun and free entertainment option during the summertime months.

Full story: WOTV-4's Maranda to host 20th anniversary year of park parties (Fri, 2/28)

 

 

 

WJBK-TV Ch. 2 / MyFoxDetroit.com:

A local TV station recently relaunched the hit game show 'Bowling for Dollars'. As FOX 2's Rob Wolchek reported last week, some of the show's contestants say they bowled, they won - but never got paid. Some people who worked on the show also say they haven't gotten paid. But now the pay strike seems to be over -- and the participants say the dollars are finally rolling in.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' participants finally see the money roll in (Thu, 2/27)

 


 

Detroit Tigers:

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2014 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, five games on FOX Sports 1 and three selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Four games are on ESPN. FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers, presented by Belle Tire, continues with five spring training games, followed by the March 31 home opener against Kansas City.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit Announces 2014 TV Schedule (Thu, 2/27)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Snow is one the ground, but for the 47th consecutive season, the Detroit Tigers are beginning the baseball season on WSGW-AM, 790. The Detroit Tigers exhibition opener Wednesday kicked off the 47th consecutive season that the Saginaw station carried the Tigers' games.

Full story: Detroit Tigers begin 47th radio season on WSGW-AM, 790 (Thu, 2/27)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM 13 is in the market for news director. The Gannett-owned, ABC-TV affiliate in Grand Rapids has posted an ad for a news director "who knows how to differentiate a station from the competition."

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 begins search for a new news director (Mon, 2/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

They were connected by death, and later by victory. By a bullet from a pistol, and then by a Pulitzer Prize. Dennis Grehl was only defending himself and the assistant frantically emptying the cash register at the little pharmacy in Northwest Detroit. Angelo Henderson was only doing what reporters do.

Full story: Winning together: Henderson's legacy (Mon, 2/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $1.1 million in pledges during last Friday's Bed & Bread Club Radiothon heard on Cumulus Media's News-Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit. The 16-hour broadcast was hosted by WJR's Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann who were joined by retired jock Dick Purtan.
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  • Nominated: For Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, Lenawee Broadcasting's Adult Contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian along with CBS Radio/Detroit's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and All-News WWJ AM 950. The trio are among 50 stations nationwide recognized as finalists; winners will be announced in April.

 

 

 

WJBK-TV Ch. 2 / MyFoxDetroit:

A local TV station recently relaunched the hit game show 'Bowling for Dollars.' Some of the show's contestants say they bowled, they won - but have yet to see the dollars. Some people who worked on the show also say they haven't gotten paid.

Full story: Wolchek Investigation: 'Bowling for Dollars' participants still waiting for dollars (Wed, 2/19)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Underway: The Salvation Army's annual Bed and Bread Radiothon on Cumulus Media/Detroit's News/Talk WJR AM 760. The 27th annual event airs live from Oakland Mall in Troy until 10 p.m. today (Friday, Feb 21st). More info on what annually turns out to be one of the largest radio fundraisers in the country and a live web video stream on WJR's web site.
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  • Hired: Former WCSX jock Steve Kostan by CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 for weekends (Saturday's 7 p.m. - midnight) and fill-ins.
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  • Moving up north: Scott Ehlke is leaving weekend overnights at CBS Radio/Detroit Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio) to become the new weekday nighttime host at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City starting March 10th. Ehlke takes the spot left open when Ashley "LZ" Elzinga moved across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee.

 


 

MLive.com:

Grammy award-winning artist Darius Rucker will join the WYCD Ten Man Jam lineup Feb. 26 at the Royal Oak Music Theater. The Ten Man Jam sponsored by the country station (99.5 FM) is a "guitar pull" style concert, according to a press release, that will involve two acts consisting of five artists.

Full story: Darius Rucker to host Detroit country station WYCD's Ten Man Jam at Royal Oak Music Theater (Fri, 2/21)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Congratulations to CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT personality LINDA LEE, co-host of the station's "EDWARDS & LEE" afternoon show, for being named a GRACIE AWARD winner by the ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION. LEE was cited for helping to create a free mammography program at MCCLAREN MACOMB HOSPITAL in MT. CLEMENS.

Full story: WYCD's Linda Lee Named Gracie Award Winner (Fri, 2/21)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer ($):

From its roots as headquarters of Fort Custer Military Reservation, which opened in 1917 and closed in 1969, to its later years as the home of studios and offices for the former WUHQ-TV Ch. 41, the Fort Custer headquarters building had a storied past.

Full story: Fort Custer HQ razed (Thu, 2/20)

 

 

 

Plymouth/Canton's 88.1 The Park set to host annual Record Show on Saturday, February 21st

WSDP-FM 88.1 The Park, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, will present their sixth annual Record Show on Saturday February 22, from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria.

Collectors will find thousands of vinyl records, CD's, import only releases, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles. The show will also feature special giveaways and door prizes.

Last year's show was the station's largest with over 230 people attending and 42 dealer tables. Early reservations indicate that this year's show will be even bigger. Much of the success of the show can be tied to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records.

"The record show is my favorite 88.1 event. There's literally every genre of music waiting to be dug up, and it's great to be around people who love music," said Elena Bongiovanni, 88.1 The Park's Production Director.

Admission is $3. Collectors can get early admission between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. for $5. Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools will receive free admission with a student ID. All of the proceeds will benefit 88.1 The Park, and will help the station to continue serving the community with unique programming and broadcast training for students. The record show is one of the station's main fundraisers each year.

Interested dealers can contact 88.1 The Park's Station Manager, Bill Keith, at 734-416-7732. Eight foot tables can be reserved for $30 each.

Salem High School is located at 46181 Joy Road in Canton Michigan (corner of Joy and Canton Center). The Salem High School Cafeteria is located on the first floor, just inside the main entrance to the school.

88.1 The Park is staffed by students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools. The station has been serving the community since February 14, 1972. You can find out more about the station at www.881ThePark.com.

 


 

WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing:

A little video fun for WLNS morning co-anchor Evan Pinsonnaul on President's Day: (Mon, 2/17)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

Angelo Henderson's widespread impact on Detroit stretched from broadcasting and print journalism to churches and crime watch groups, and expressions of heartbreak over his death Saturday came from all ends of a shaken community. The radio host and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter died around 10 a.m. Saturday of natural causes at his Pontiac home, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office.

Full story: Death of Angelo Henderson a 'devastating' blow to Detroit radio, church and journalism communities (Sat, 2/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit radio icon and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Angelo B. Henderson died early Saturday at his Pontiac home. He was 51. The cause of death is unknown. His death was confirmed by his wife, Felecia D. Henderson, assistant managing editor of features and presentation at The Detroit News.

Full story: Angelo Henderson, Detroit radio personality and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 51 (Sat, 2/15)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Angelo B. Henderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter turned radio host and minister, died this morning at his Pontiac home. He was 51. Henderson, a Louisville, Ky., native, was working in the Detroit bureau of the Wall Street Journal in 1998 when he wrote a narrative of an armed robbery at a pharmacy in northwest Detroit and its aftermath.

Full story: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Angelo B. Henderson, who also found calling in radio, ministry, dies at 51 (Sat, 2/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Smooching: Contestants at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, hoping to win a two-year pre-paid lease on either a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze or 2014 Chevrolet Malibu in Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor's 2014 version of their "Kiss the Car" contest. The Cumulus Media station kicks off the event just before noon Saturday, February 15th when morning show host Bubba will order participants to pucker-up and place their lips on one of two vehicles in hopes of outlasting their fellow contestants.

    Once the clock starts, each contestant will have to keep their lips planted on their car with both feet placed firmly on the ground to remain in the game. Players will have 10 minutes each hour to do whatever they need to power up for the next hour.

    Follow the progress of the event along on Facebook or on the event's web site.
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  • Raised: By Detroit's WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Michigan Humane Society Telethon on Thursday, nearly $500,000.
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  • Expanding: The reach of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's free live webcasts produced by Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch. 56) thanks to a new partnership between DPTV and PBS. Beginning February 20th, the DSO's "Live From Orchestra Hall" series of encore performances will be available to national audiences through PBS's video portal.
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  • On the air: New sign on WSHN-FM 89.3 Munising with Religious programming as 'Ready FM'.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Underway: The Michigan Humane Society's 2014 Valentine's Telethon on E.W. Scripps' ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit, hosted by morning anchor Alicia Smith. More details here.
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  • Raised: By CBS/Radio Detroit's Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3, over $1.5 million in support of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan during yesterday's Radiothon.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • WOMC_Gleaners CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is on the air today with its "Radiothon for Gleaners", raising money to help Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan fulfill their mission of distributing emergency food to more than 550 partner schools, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.

    Call (855) 315-3663 to donate or visit womc.com for more details.
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  • Lauren 'Shmitty' Smith has changed jobs from morning show producer at Clear Channel/Grand Rapids' News-Talk WOOD-FM/AM 106.9/1300 to morning show co-host at sister station Top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 where she joins Ken Evans and Internio.
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  • FOX UP, a digital subchannel of WLUC-TV Ch. 6 Marquette, will broadcast the February 21 and 22 home-and-home WCHA hockey games between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.

    A veteran broadcast team of Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will call the games live at 7 p.m. each evening. Evans was the play-by-play radio voice of NMU hockey from 2001-04 and also served as analyst from 1997-99. He also served as play-by-play voice of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2004-06.Ellis, a native of Calumet, worked at TV6 from 1992-94, hosted shows on Fox Sports Detroit for 12 years and has done play-by-play work for the Big Ten Network in three sports. He's also served as a fill-in analyst for Michigan Tech hockey radio broadcasts on numerous occasions.

 


 

Detroit News:

He's carved out a niche as a Tigers broadcaster, that's for sure. Jim Price was at Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday, ready for another season as Dan Dickerson's partner in the radio booth. To a large extent, however, Price's season began with the Tigers' fantasy camps last month.

Full story: Broadcaster Jim Price makes fantasy campers' dreams come true (Wed, 2/12)

 

 

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit owner E.W. Scripps buying WMYD-TV 20 Detroit

A second television duopoly is on the way in the Detroit market with today's announcement that E.W. Scripps, already the owner of ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7, is purchasing MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 from Granite Broadcasting as part of a deal that also includes ABC affiliate WKBW-TV Ch. 7 in Buffalo, NY. Sale price for WMYD and WKBW is $110 million in cash.

E.W. Scripps Prior to the sale getting governmental approval and closing, Scripps will broker between four and six hours of daily programming on WMYD from Granite.

"These two stations are a terrific fit for our TV portfolio," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for E.W. Scripps. "We love doing business in Detroit. WXYZ is one of our most important TV stations, and our ability to marry it with the MyNetworkTV station allows us to extend our commitment to that market and continue the conversation and the passion driving the renaissance of this great American city."

The pending WXYZ/WMYD duopoly will join an existing duopoly in Detroit made up of CBS-owned WWJ-TV Ch. 62 (CBS) and WKBD-TV Ch. 50 (CW). Adding WMYD will give Scripps more flexibility to carry more of its own programming in the market with shows such as Let's Ask America, The List, and RightThisMinute along with news programming from WXYZ. Channel 7 currently carries Minute at 12:30 p.m. and America at 7:30 p.m. weekdays.

WMYD, which currently broadcasts a 30-minute newscast at 10 p.m. that is produced by one of Granite's TV stations in Fort Wayne, IN, will likely see changes in that timeslot in the near future with the distinct possibility that WXYZ will look to bring its own news show on the air at 10 p.m. on Channel 20 to compete directly with FOX's WJBK-TV Channel 2. WXYZ at one time produced a relatively short-lived 10 p.m. newscast for WKBD prior to that station's move into full CBS ownership.

 


 

Flint Journal:

Just hours before ABC 12 thought it might have had its programming pulled from DirecTV, officials announced a contract dispute was settled and that programming would continue.

Full story: ABC 12 settles contract dispute, will continue airing on DirecTV (Mon, 2/10)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

President Barack Obama is headed to Michigan State University today, where he'll sign the farm bill and talk about its importance to the nation's economy ... While it's not open to the public, you can watch his speech live in the video stream below. Local television stations -- including WLNS 6, ABC 53 and WILX 10 -- will interrupt regular programming to broadcast Obama's visit.

Full story: Watch President Obama as he signs farm bill at Michigan State University (Fri, 2/7)

 


 

Radio joins TV to celebrate 50th anniversary of The Beatles in America

Fifty years ago today, February 7th 1964, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, launching the British Invasion and Beatlemania into the stratosphere. Two nights later, the foursome took to the took to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show where their performance was watched by 73 million across the country. Radio stations across North America are celebrating all weekend, including in Metro Detroit:

  • Bell Media's Oldies CKWW AM 580 Windsor / Detroit will feature a Beatles Invasion Weekend, taking a look back and pour through AM 580's music library to feature tons of music from "The Fab Four" as well as historical clips from the era and much more.

    The station will also air a special edition of the weekly "Breakfast with the Beatles" show. Host Dennis Mitchell will re-create the evening of the Beatles debut on American TV by airing all of the audio from the group's Ed Sullivan Show February 9 1964 appearance along with interviews with some of the people who were in the audience of screaming fans. He will even air vintage commercials that ran during the TV show along with many more surprises.

    Also, "Shake, Rattle Showtime", which airs Saturday morning from 10 -Noon, will feature a special hour-long edition of Steve Mitchell's" Roots of Rock" from 11- Noon. It will re-visit the historic occasion of the Beatles landing in the USA, provide highlights of the group's evolution to this point, Beatles music and commentary from "the lads".
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  • CBS Radio's Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit will count down their top 104 Beatles songs at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The countdown list was compiled from airplay and requests on WOMC over the years.

    WOMC program director Tim Roberts commented, "This truly is an amazing weekend and WOMC is excited to be part of a worldwide salute to the Beatles. We're highlighting their hits all weekend long and then we'll countdown the top 104 Fab Four songs that we all know and love on the weekend that changed America!"
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  • Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM will feature a Beatles-themed Triple Shot Weekend, highlighted with CD giveaways with one winner receiving a deluxe collectors edition Beatles U.S. Albums box set which includes a 64 page booklet and a pair of tickets to see Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Fox Theater on March 8th.
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  • Nationally, SiriusXM Radio kicks off "64 on 6" on it's Channel 6 starting at 3 p.m. today. The special programming will highlight the biggest British hits of 1964 along with a live broadcast from Cousin Brucie from The Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 in New York City on Saturday, February 8th, from 6 - 9 p.m. ET. The event will feature live performances as well as interviews with special guests and audience members as they reminisce on their favorite memories of 1964. Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, will host a show featuring British hits of 1964 and the channel's weekly Satellite Survey Show is featuring a 1964 special.
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  • On television, the biggest highlight will be the CBS Television special from the Ed Sullivan Theater "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be among the performers.

 

 

 

WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids:

This month FOX 17 News begins a special series on something that has the potential of impacting every person in West Michigan. For the past six months, FOX 17 collaborated with staff of community organizations - Merpi Media, Hospice of Michigan, Aquinas College, Catholic Information Center - to discuss ways to best produce a television series that will help inspire and teach families how to have 'The Talk,' a conversation about planning end-of-life decisions.

Full story: FOX 17 to Launch Special Series: Have You Had The Talk? (Sat, 2/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Across the border format change I: Southwestern Ontario's CKUE-FM 100.7 / 95.1 Windsor / Chatham flipped from a Mainstream Rock format to Adult Contemporary as 'Lite FM' on Thursday evening. The station's former format 'The Rock' continues online only at canadasrock.ca, but without personalities Jeff Burrows and Rod Martens who were fired in the switchover.

    The Windsor Star's Ted Shaw blogs about the change.
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  • Across the border format change II: On the Door Peninsula of Northeastern Wisconsin, Sturgeon Bay's WNLI-FM 88.5 has switched to Educational Media Foundation's Christian Rock "Air 1" network with sister station WPFF-FM 90.5 switching over to EMF's Christian Contemporary "K-Love". The station's had been primarily programmed locally before last week programming changes.

    The changeover also includes translators in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The two stations are in the process being acquired by EMF from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting.

 

 

 

ClickOnDetroit.com / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

WDIV-TV Chuck Gaidica will step down as the Director of Meteorology after 27 years at WDIV-Local 4. This change will occur in August of 2014. "It is a privilege to be a part of Local 4 and have the career in meteorology and broadcasting that I have. It has been a long and exciting journey but I know in my heart it's time to pull back on my TV duties so I can switch gears and answer my calling to the ministry," says Gaidica.

Full story: Chuck Gaidica to step down as chief weathercaster at WDIV; Ben Bailey to join team (Thu, 1/30)

 


 

Detroit News:

Chuck Gaidica, a familiar face on Detroit television for more than 30 years, plans to step away from the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) weather desk to become a pastor at a Novi church.

Full story: Weatherman Chuck Gaidica stepping down to become Novi pastor (Thu, 1/30)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Chuck Gaidica is moving from meteorology to ministry. After 27 years at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Gaidica announced today that he plans to step down as Local 4's director of meteorology in August.

Full story: Chuck Gaidica to leave WDIV post to become a minister (Thu, 1/30)

 


 

MLive.com:

After 27 years reporting heat waves, cold fronts, rain and snow for WDIV, Local 4 News in Detroit, Chuck Gaidica is announcing his retirement effective this August.

Full story: WDIV, Local 4 Detroit weatherman Chuck Gaidica to retire, become pastor (Thu, 1/30)

 

 

 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Verlander checks the runner at first, gets the signal and delivers to the plate. There's a drive into ........................... If you live in the Mt. Pleasant or Alma area you already know that finding a Detroit Tigers game on the radio is crapshoot because the closest radio station that carries Tiger games is out of Saginaw and the signal is spotty at best. That will all change in 2014 though as Alma's 104.9 FM, WQBX, will air all 162 regular-season games as well as selected spring training games and hopefully some postseason games in mid-to-late October.

Full story: Alma's WQBX inks 3-year deal with Detroit Tigers, brings baseball back to local radio in mid-Michigan (Wed, 1/29)

 


 

Detroit News:

The Detroit Police Department has launched a formal investigation into an incident involving two police officers who scuffled with a television news reporter, Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday.

Full story: Detroit Police chief launches formal investigation into WJBK-TV reporter scuffle (Wed, 1/29)

 

Mayor Mike Duggan announced Tuesday the hiring of WJBK-TV reporter Alexis Wiley as his new press secretary. Duggan said residents have felt disconnected with their government and he wanted a spokesperson who will explain issues so average Detroiters can understand them. He has found that in Wiley, Duggan said.

Full story: Fox reporter named Duggan's press secretary (Wed, 1/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Nominated: CBS Radio/Detroit morning personalities Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter, Grunwald and Jason the 300lb. Cowboy along with afternoon personalities Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee for the Academy of Country Music award for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year. All ACM winners will be revealed on April 5th.

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

Alexis Wiley has announced she is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK. "Alexis has played an integral role in our station's vigorous reporting on what's making news in Detroit, particularly her 'Redefining Detroit' series which continues to get tremendous positive feedback from our viewers," WJBK vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement.

Full story: Detroit FOX Reporter Leaving to Work for Detroit Mayor (Tue, 1/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Simulcasters WMRX-FM/WMPX-AM 97.7/1490 Midland have refreshed their sound, moving to a full-time Soft Adult Contemporary format as 'Sunny 97-7', dropping the longtime 'Unforgettable' moniker and shifting away from an Adult Standards sound.
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  • The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation has announced its 2014 Student Award Winners. Look over the entire list here.

    Congratulations to all the hard working students and teachers/advisors across Michigan!

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit's Ch. 7 shuffles Sunday sports focus: ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 aired its final 'Sunday Sports Update' at 11:30 p.m. last night, announcing the station's 30-minute weekly sportscast is moving to Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. where it will be renamed "7 Sports Cave".

    The Scripps TV owned station will expand it's regular Sunday 11 p.m. newscast to 60 minutes and increase that program's coverage of sports news.

    WXYZ launches new Sunday morning show, 7 Sports Cave
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  • Chris Campbell, host of WDET's The Progressive Underground and on air talent/producer with Southfield Cable Channel 15, will be featured on the "On the Dean's List" podcast this Wednesday, January 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Visit blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist/2014/01/29/chris-campbell to listen live or on demand.

    On the Dean's List is hosted by Dean La Douceur.

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Reporter Alexis Wiley will become spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, according to reports published Saturday. Wiley, 30, refused to confirm or deny the report saying only, "I still work at Fox 2."

Full story: Fox 2's Alexis Wiley expected to be named Duggan spokeswoman (Sat, 1/25)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 welcomes a new morning anchor to its news team on Monday. Kirk Mason joins Marcie Kobriger and Jeff Porter on the anchor desk from 4:30-7 a.m. and for the noon news beginning Jan. 27 on West Michigan's CBS-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT's new morning anchor Kirk Mason debuts Monday on West Michigan TV (Sun, 1/26)

 

Looking for some frozen fun? he 2014 Pond Hockey Classic kicked off on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake Friday night and continues through Sunday with 38 teams competing for trophies. Local rock station WGRD 97.9 is once again bringing the annual event that pits amateur 4-on-4 teams against each other.

Full story: Hockey fans can find frozen fun on Reeds Lake this weekend with WGRD Pond Hockey Classic (Sat, 1/25)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

Local morning radio host Joe "Flounder" Piesz from Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (WTNR -FM) has announced he will be leaving the show and the market on Jan. 31. The show is also simulcast on WFBE-FM 95.1 in Flint. Piesz, 28, has been on the air in Grand Rapids since 2007.

Full story: Joe "Flounder" Piesz leaving Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (Fri, 1/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

If any proof was needed of "Antiques Roadshow's" cult status, the two sisters were it. Dressed in matching black T-shirts with rhinestone letters spelling out "Roadshow Diva," they were just two of the 6,000 lucky ticket holders who showed up at Cobo Center in June when the award-winning PBS series stopped in Motown.

Full story: Go behind the scenes during the 'Antiques Roadshow' visit to Detroit (Fri, 1/24)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 23, 2014

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Detroit Free Press:

The nation's first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV, is responsible for many firsts -- using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 hours instead of signing off in the evening. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit highlighting those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Full story: Exhibit honoring first black-owned TV station planned for Detroit Historical Museum (Thu, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Midwest Communications is purchasing Sports WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek out of a trust for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Midwest owns several other stations in the area, including stations licensed to the Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Coldwater areas.
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  • CBS Radio/Detroit is now programming the HD3 feed of WOMC-FM 104.3 with a totally Detroit-focused format as "Detroit's Boulevard", a pop-rock outlet featuring music from native Metro Detroiters. Alongside mainstream acts such as Bob Seger, Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, and Motown artists the stream will also give exposure to lesser-known names such as The Ready Set, Blue October, and Mike Posner. Listen on WOMC-FM HD3 or via CBS Radio's app, Radio.com.
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  • WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit, the help of a very generous benefactor whose wish is to remain anonymous, is teaming up with Citi Trends and The Bel Air 10 Theater to distribute new coats to needy school children from the area on Saturday, January 25th at 8AM at the Bel Air 10 Theater on 10100 East Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Parents must bring children with them along with an ID and some form of child health insurance proof. Coats will be available to school age children only.
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  • Larry Lujack Memorial Video now available: Leave it to Art Vuolo, "Radio's Best Friend", to prepare a video tribute in memory of Chicago radio icon Larry Lujack. Vuolo has video of Super Jock from as far back as 1976! The entire tribute runs 73 minutes, reflecting the number of years he lived.

    An abbreviated version has been posted on YouTube; visit the home page of Art's web site at www.vuolovideo.com where the uncut version is available. See why Larry Lujack was a radio original.

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2014

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AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Talk WHTC-A/HOLLAND, MI has named DAN SPADAFORA as Brand Manager and morning host. SPADAFORA, most recently studio host for GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY football on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WMAX (ESPN 96.1)/GRAND RAPIDS, where he did news and production work for sister News-Talk WOOD-A-F, previously served as the Dir./Broadcasting and Media Relations for independent minor league baseball's JOLIET SLAMMERS. He is also a former intern at WHTC.

Full story: Dan Spadafora Named Brand Manager/Morning Host At WHTC (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The ever-popular K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off is back. This year's event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St.

Full story: Annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off set for Sunday at American 1 Events Center (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids, MI-WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids Michigan is thrilled to learn that our very own Take Five and Company Associate Producer, Eddie Rucker has been named the 2014 William Glenn Trailblazer Honoree.

Full story: WZZM's Eddie Rucker Giants Awards Honoree (Wed, 1/22)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2014

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Port Huron Times-Herald: (pay site)

Wonderful News Radio WNFR becomes 90.7 Hope FM on Monday. Brian Smith, program director for the adult contemporary Christian radio station, said the change is a long time coming.

Full story: Changing stations: WNFR switches to 90.7 Hope FM ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle: (pay site)

A broadcasting company with radio stations throughout northern Michigan purchased 12 radio stations in Colorado. A press release from MacDonald Garber Broadcasting said the company acquired the new radio stations under the name Always Mountain Time, LLC.

Full story: Radio co. gets 12 new stations ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Half a season into his gig as a TV analyst, Chris Osgood is having a blast. He was at SAP Center on Thursday morning to gather information to use later in the evening, when he was to provide color during FSD's broadcast of the Detroit Red Wings' game against the San Jose Sharks.

Full story: Chris Osgood sees himself as work in progress as Detroit Red Wings TV analyst (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit News:

Most of us are happy to enjoy extended periods away from the job, but for the first time in my life, I'm not feeling that same way. After three weeks away from my Detroit News column and WJR radio show, I'm absolutely looking forward to returning to work after what I can only describe as the most bizarre holiday season I've ever encountered.

Full story: Back to work, after a Christmas to remember (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WSNX-FM morning personality Nicole Hughet said farewell this morning to listeners on the Top 40 radio station in Grand Rapids. Hughet is relocating to Dallas.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio personality Nicole Hughet signs off on WSNX-FM after four years (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Andy O'Riley and Dave Kaechle have exited mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7. The duo had been with the station for just over a year - no replacement show has been named.
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  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will restore it's over-the-air Noon newscast starting on Monday, January 13. The station had dropped the 12 p.m. program in the fall when it launched an 11 a.m. show 'Live in the D'. Now both will air from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

MLive.com:

WJLB-FM CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA + ENTERTAINMENT Urban WJLB/DETROIT is bringing in the syndicated THE BREAKFAST CLUB for mornings, effective January 13th. DETROIT's own Mr. CHASE will join THE BREAKFAST CLUB weekday mornings to provide local content and programming throughout the show.

Full story: WJLB Serves Up Breakfast Club For Mornings (Wed, 1/8)

 


 

MLive.com:

There's a new morning show coming to Detroit on rap/hip hop radio station FM 98 WJLB (97.9).

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB adds New York City Power 105.1's 'The Breakfast Club' to morning lineup (Wed, 1/8)

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Charter cable customers in mid-Michigan are going to have the option of getting more than 175 high definition channels starting next week. Effective Tuesday, Charter is upgrading to all-digital in Mt. Pleasant, Alma, Clare and Harrison.

Full story: Charter to go digital in mid-Michigan (Wed, 1/8)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 anchor Susan Shaw is leaving the 11 p.m. newscast after 19 years at the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan. WOOD TV8's Marlee Ginter joins anchor Brian Sterling tonight for 24 Hour News 8 at 11 p.m. as well as at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV...

Full story: WOOD TV8's Susan Shaw is out, Marlee Ginter is in, as 11 p.m. news anchor (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WJLB-FM It appears that Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has parted ways with the morning show hosted by Coco, Foolish and Mr. Chase. The trio have been stripped from the station's web site (fm98wjlb.com) and were not on the air this morning.
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  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has changed up their HD2 offering, dropping deeper Classic Rock 'Deep Trax' in favor of 50s - 60s Oldies. More info on the switch is coming soon according to 'CSX PD Jerry Tarrants.
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  • The Detroit Tigers are thinking spring with an announcement today that 22 of the team's Spring Training exhibition games will air live on the radio (WXYT/Detroit, some games on FM 97.1, others on AM 1270) along with 4 on cable TV network Fox Sports Detroit (March 10th, 13th, 23rd, and 27th). This spring marks the 78th training camp for the Tigers in Lakeland, Florida - the team's pitchers and catchers are due to report in 44 days on February 19th.

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit hip-hop station WJLB-FM (97.9) has made a change in its morning programming, and has let go long-running morning show hosts Coco and Foolish. Station management could not be immediately reached for comment. Coco and Foolish's co-host, Mr. Chase, will reportedly stay with WJLB.

Full story: WJLB terminates longtime morning hosts Coco, Foolish (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

MLive.com:

Management at Detroit hip hop/R&B station FM 98 WJLB apparently were keeping quiet Monday about reports the station has fired popular morning hosts Coco and Foolish.

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB stays mum on Coco and Foolish firing reports; fans show anger online (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After doing play-by-play of a couple outdoor college hockey games last week at Comerica Park, Dan Dickerson was looking forward to getting behind a radio microphone again on Monday to talk baseball.

Full story: Dan Dickerson excited to talk baseball as Tigers announce spring training broadcast schedule (Mon, 1/6)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 2, 2014

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WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit to change .2 digital channel on Jan. 6

PBS World Channel Detroit Public TV, WTVS-TV Ch. 56, will change its current .2 digital channel from its current "DPTV Plus" offering to a more national focus, taking on programming featuring PBS World, a 24/7 channel featuring public television's signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming, complemented by original content from emerging producers and DPTV local productions.

The change is effective January 6th.

World features public television favorites such as Nova, Frontline, Tavis Smiley, Global Independent Lens, and others, including DPTV productions MiWeek, American Black Journal and Detroit Performs. These programs are scheduled within seven days of their original broadcasts and include several exclusive broadcast premieres from independent and diverse program producers.

"World reflects our mission to connect our viewers with the most important issues facing our community, state and nation," said DPTV President and CEO Rich Homberg in a release. "We believe in using public media to help people explore their world, understand the issues and make informed decisions."

More info on PBS World at worldchannel.org and on DPTV at dptv.org.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Named: Jim O'Brien as morning show co-host at Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit where he'll work with Trudi Daniels. O'Brien has been with the station and morning show for a number of years where he'd been the executive producer for the recently retired Ken Calvert.

 

 

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