Television: May 2014 Archives

 

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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