Television: August 2014 Archives

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Dave Rexroth has a new eye. WXYZ's Chief Meteorologist received a prosthetic eye this week and sent along a pair of photos. Looking at the photos, it is difficult to tell that Rexroth lost his left eye in a July 4 fireworks accident. With surgery behind him and his prostheitic eye in place, Rexroth says he is ready to come back to work. Dave will be back in the 7 First Alert weather office next week for rehearsals. And with the goal of returning to our Action News newscasts the following week.

Full story: Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth reveals prosthetic left eye, announces return to WXYZ-TV (Fri, 8/29)

 

Also from WXYZ: WXYZ unveils Sunday sports lineup (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Launching: Hourlong 4 p.m. newscasts on both E.W. Scripps ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit and Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids on Monday, September 8th.

    WXYZ's show is part of Scripps rollout of a non-traditional newscast titled "The Now", focusing on current social media trends with audience interaction. There will be both national and local segments on "The Now" - Glenda Lewis, Brad Galli, Andy Choi, and Rosemary Wlodarczyk have been tapped as WXYZ's local faces.

    Fox 17's effort will be a more traditional locally-based newscast.
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  • Expanding: TV newscasts in Toledo, OH on Channels 13 and 24. The Toledo Blade has the details.

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

For the last three months, John Alan has spent the majority of his time at home, throwing electricity into the air. Among corn fields and trees of Whitehall is a house that sits on top of a hill, secluded from the average passerby. Inside the house - which Alan and his wife purchased almost three years ago - is enough equipment to duplicate a control room at NASA. Through this venue, the Whitehall resident runs a non-profit radio station that pumps numerous songs and melodies through the airways.

Full story: A golden opportunity: Whitehall man transforms home into non-profit radio station (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

MIchigan High School Athletic Association Web-Radio-TV programming set for Autumn

A new look awaits visitors to the MHSAA.tv website this season, a makeover which will allow fans to clip and share highlights, and easily track their favorite school.

MHSAA.tv is one of over 40 states on the NFHS Network, powered by PlayOn! Sports. The highlights clip and share features, among others, are available with free basic memberships. Viewers can subscribe to watch live and freshly-uploaded sporting events, with a portion of the subscription going back to their school. Contests being aired involving schools using Digital Scout for statistics may also include live stats. Games become available for free viewing after 72 hours.

The MHSAA.tv relaunch coincides with the first full week of competition for the 2014-15 school year and fresh school-created content; plus the season debut of MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit, and MHSAA Perspective on a statewide radio network.

The School Broadcast Program gives members an opportunity to showcase excellence in their schools by creating video programming of athletic and non-athletic events; with students gaining skills in announcing, camera operation, directing/producing and graphics. The program also gives schools the opportunity to raise money through advertising and viewing subscriptions. As many as 60 MHSAA member schools annually participate in the program, which is in its sixth year. Schools interested in becoming a part of the School Broadcast Program should contact John Johnson at the MHSAA Office.

Beginning this Friday, August 29th, and running for 13 weeks at Midnight is MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit. Mickey York and Rob Rubick return to host the weekly 30-minute highlights show. The show will re-air Saturdays at 11 a.m., and Sunday mornings- check your local listings. (This week at Noon).

MHSAA Perspective, presented by the Michigan Army National Guard, will air on over 75 radio stations across the state, generally during the local broadcasts of high school games. The program runs for 30 weeks through the end of the winter sports season. MHSAA Perspective can also be accessed from the home page of the MHSAA Website, mhsaa.com.

 


 

The Rapidian:

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center is pleased to announce that AJ Paschka has accepted a position as the new station manager for community radio station WYCE. Paschka currently works as the Exhibitions Curator at the UICA, and will be moving to his new position in October.

Full story: CMC announces new station manager for WYCE radio (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will have a new radio play-by-play announcer and new radio analyst for the first time in the past three decades for Saturday's opener against Appalachian State in Ann Arbor.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter, Dan Dierdorf excited to debut as Michigan football radio partners (Fri, 8/29)

 

 

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters wraps up Summer Conference, recognizes award winners

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award and inducted the 2014 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Also presented was Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters' (MAPB) Special Tribute and the MAPB Professional Pioneer Award.

Award recipients were honored during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting at the Awards Banquet surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.

 

Press release: MAB Honors Senator Carl Levin

 

Press release: MAB Honors 2014 Award Recipients

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

Sixty-six years after WXYZ-TV Channel 7 flickered to life on TV sets across southeast Michigan from its first Woodward Avenue studio in Detroit, the station is expanding its operations with a new, highly visible studio in the heart of downtown. The glass-enclosed, outward-facing studio will be located inside the ground-floor lobby of Chase Tower at 611 Woodward Avenue.

Full story: WXYZ-TV to expand with new studio in the heart of downtown Detroit (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan State University's student station WDBM-FM 88.9 East Lansing is planning a 25th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner. Details at spartanpartners.msu.edu/2014/08/wdbm-fm/
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  • Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Sports WTKA AM 1050 and the University of Michigan Athletic Department have announced that the radio broadcasts of home U-M football games will be provided without the delay that has frustrated fans when trying to listen in sync to what they are watching in person. No word in in this U-M release about any possible plans to include an Ann Arbor FM signal for games that end after dark when WTKA powers down - especially for the home game scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on October 11th against Penn State.
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  • Midwest Communications/Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University have extended their partnership through the 2019-20 sports season, ensuring the WMU Broncos flagship station Alternative Rock WZOX-FM 96.5 will continue to carry football, men's basketball, and hockey.

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

There comes a point during the preseason when players don't want to talk about football anymore. Or practice. They want to get on the field, and hit somebody. While Jim Brandstatter's playing days might be a few decades behind him, he has reached a similar point.

Full story: Radio broadcaster Jim Brandstatter hoping Michigan football fans appreciate natural approach in new play-by-play role (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS/DETROIT has named GREG SMITH as VP/Sales for Hot AC WDVD and Country WDRQ (NASH FM 93.1). SMITH moves over from the crosstown GREATER MEDIA cluster and previously spent 17 years at CBS RADIO's DETROIT stations.

Full story: Greg Smith Named VP/Sales At WDVD And Nash FM/Detroit (Thu, 8/28)

 

MMTC BROADCASTING LLC is selling Silent WDTW-A/DEARBORN-DETROIT, one of the AM stations donated to it by CLEAR CHANNEL, to PEDRO ZAMORA for $100,000. ZAMORA owns three stations in IOWA and ALABAMA.

Full story: MMTC Finds A Buyer For WDTW-A/Detroit (Thu, 8/28)

 

CUMULUS TOLEDO/MONROE has added CHRIS KING as PD/Morning Show Host for AC WMIM (MY 98.3). KING was formerly APD/Promotions Director for CCM+E Country WCKY/TOLEDO.

Full story: Chris King Named PD And Morning Show Host WMIM (Thu, 8/28)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Dick Nelson, the "Voice of Laker Football," announced that he will step down due to lingering health concerns. Nelson was set to begin his 38th season broadcasting Grand Valley State football this Thursday at Azusa Pacific over the 16-station Grand Valley Sports Network.

Full story: Grand Valley State football radio voice Dick Nelson steps down (Thu, 8/28)

 

 

 

CBS Radio and Townsquare Media form partnership to launch Michigan News Network

CBS Radio/Detroit and Townsquare Media, a national owner/operator of radio stations that includes Michigan operations in Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Kalamazoo have announced a new partnership that creates the Michigan News Network (MNN). The venture will provide affiliated stations across the state with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio's All-news WWJ AM 950 and Sports WXYT-FM 97.1.

MNN is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd on nearly 20 radio stations in the Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor markets.

MNN will offer top-of-the-hour broadcasts weekdays from 6:00 AM-7:00 PM and 60-second sports updates three times per day during the same time period. CBS Radio's content will be licensed by Townsquare Media, which will serve as the exclusive syndication partner and manage affiliate relationships. The partnership hopes to become the state's preeminent radio news and information source.

"CBS Radio's Detroit stations have served as the authoritative voice of the community for many years, establishing themselves among the market's most credible brands and news sources," said CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason. "We are excited to be working with Townsquare to distribute our award-winning programming to listeners across the entire state of Michigan, while also realizing the highest value for our content."

"Townsquare Media has a constant focus on providing live, local and vital information to the communities we serve," said Townsquare Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Price. "We are thrilled to partner with CBS Radio to provide important statewide content to the residents of Michigan. The Michigan News Network will also offer a new and impactful environment for clients who want to reach Michigan consumers on a statewide basis."

 


 

Cumulus Media/Detroit inviting listeners to name their babies after Nash FM to celebrate Labor Day

This coming holiday weekend, Friday August 29th - Monday September 2nd, expectant parents listening to Cumulus Media/Detroit's Nash FM (WDRQ-FM 93.1) will be invited to name their new arrivals "Nash" in exchange for 93 free diapers.

The new baby must have Nash as its legal first or middle name, with a birth certificate as proof, and be born between Friday and Monday. Any new parents who have babies and legally name the Nash will get the 93 diapers - as long as they notify the station by close of business on Tuesday, September 2nd. Visit nashfm931.com for complete rules and details.

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit to air 71 regular-season Red Wings games

 

FOX Sports Detroit to air 80 regular-season Pistons games

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Sarah Brodhead, after seven years, is leaving WXMI-TV in September. The FOX 17 morning news anchor recently announced on her Facebook page that she's leaving the West Michigan FOX affiliate on Sept. 19.

Full story: FOX 17 morning anchor announces departure from WXMI-TV (Mon, 8/25)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

A report aired on Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit has been described as "especially disturbing" by GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group. According to a post by GLAAD's Dani Heffernan, several Detroit reporters used language that is considered discriminatory in their stories about a series of shootings being investigated as hate crimes. The victims were transgender women. WXYZ's story includes a banner describing the victims as "transgender men", while the web story describes the victims as "transgender women."

Full story: GLAAD Calls Out WJBK for 'Disturbing' Report on Hate Crimes (Mon, 8/25)

 


 

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

WDIV-Local 4 continues its tradition of covering metro Detroit's biggest events. Local 4 will air a half-hour special from Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak. A wide variety of food, music and art will be on display throughout the Labor Day weekend and Local 4 gives viewers a sneak peek into the excitement. Airing Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m., the primetime show will highlight the must-see attractions, including some of the more than 200 performances taking place on ten stages and the new activities this year.

Full story: Local 4 broadcasts live from Ford Arts, Beats and Eats (Mon, 8/25)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Mike Juliano, as Director of Sales for Greater Media/Detroit's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 and Sports WMGC-FM 105.1.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jay Towers has been named as weekday morning (6 - 9 am) anchor at WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit, moving from a similar role at FOX 2 on weekends. Towers states on Facebook he will be continuing his role as morning host on Clear Channel/Detroit's Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 at the same time (5:30 - 10 am), but from the FOX 2 studios.
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  • Cumulus Media/Detroit yesterday issued a release on the launch of 'Nash Icon' on WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2. Here it is in its entirety:

    Cumulus announces that WDRQ 93-1 FM HD-2 has launched this afternoon as the all-new NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2. NASH ICON is a new distribution platform for Country music's most iconic artists, driven by Country music fans' desire for more exposure to their all-time favorite artists. The NASH ICON format features artists from Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney. NASH ICON format features local on-air personalities and provides advertisers the opportunity to engage with the passionate Country fan base across a multi-media platform that spans radio, television digital, magazine and live events. To listen to NASH ICON programming, visit www.931nashicon.com.

    NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2 is one of the first 15 Cumulus stations in the U.S. to offer this brand new format to radio listeners and Country music lovers. NASH ICON is an important complement to the more contemporary artists that are heard on NASH, its sister brand.

    Robby Bridges, Program Director, said: "We are thrilled to bring the Motor City Detrot's Hottest Country Hits on NASH FM 93-1 and now Country's most iconic stars on NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2."

    NASH ICON's national headquarters is at Cumulus' state-of-the-art NASH Campus in Nashville, the nation's only multi-media facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle. Featuring three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space, leading Country stars such as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow are among the early visitors.

    The NASH ICON record label and live events venture was announced by Cumulus and its strategic partner in the venture, Big Machine Label Group, in May. NASH ICON, a strategic partnership between the two entertainment and media leaders, was created to expand the growing NASH platform by showcasing Nashville's most iconic talent from the last 25 years.

    Cumulus created the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in 2013 starting with flagship radio station NASH FM 94.7 in New York City, which has rapidly become one of the most-listened-to Country stations in the nation.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Launched: 'Nash Icon', a Classic Country based format by Cumulus Media in the Grand Rapids and Detroit markets in Michigan. WLAW-FM 92.5 is the home of the format in West Michigan, replacing Outlaw Country. In Detroit, the format appears on the digital subchannel of WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2, displacing the Top 40 sound of the old WDRQ.
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  • Farewell and goodbye: Chuck Gaidica called it a career as a weathercaster for NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit yesterday; he'll still be seen on WDIV during special events such as the Thanksgiving Day parade and July 4th fireworks. ClickOnDetroit.com, the station's web site, has a special section recapping his career and highlighting good wishes from co-workers, politicians, and others: Good Luck Chuck.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Shutting down and selling: Radio Disney's WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills as part of nationwide plan to eliminate all but one of the kid-targeted pop music network stations across the country. The sole survivor will be Radio Disney's Los Angeles station which will originate programming that will shift to a digital delivery focus on platforms such as SiriusXM and the Radio Disney app.

    Disney purchased WFDF for $3 million from Cumulus in 2002 and moved the station from Flint to the Detroit market to clear Radio Disney by late 2005.

    WFDF is expected to go silent on September 26th until the station is sold.
  • Firing up: The Stone Soup Firebird rebuilt by Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 listeners tomorrow in Berkley on the eve of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Details on the charitable project here.

 


 

Oakland Press:

WOMC radio DJs will offer 50 hours of live, remote broadcasting from 11 locations during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Southfield-based CBS classic hits station is the official radio station for the 20th Dream Cruise. DJs will be playing the top cruisin' songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Full story: WOMC 104.3 FM broadcasting live on Woodward all this week for Dream Cruise (Wed, 8/13)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Though significant changes have been afoot at 89.1 WEMU this year, there's at least this consistency: for the fifth time, WEMU's music director Linda Yohn has been named Jazz Programmer of the Year (in a major market) at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner, which was held this year on Friday, August 8 in San Jose, California.

Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn named National Jazz Programmer of the Year (Wed, 8/13)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

For the first time in seven years, Detroit will awake Monday morning to a voice other than Craig Fahle's as the regular host of WDET 101.9 FM's morning talk show. Fahle's highly praised, eponymously titled show about the city's issues had emerged as the public radio station's flagship program, and his surprise decision in July to leave radio to become director of public affairs and senior adviser for the Detroit Land Bank Authority has forced WDET to scramble for a replacement host.

Full story: Post Fahle, WDET goes host shopping (Mon, 8/11)

 

A $45 billion acquisition proposed by Comcast Corp. could completely reshape the Michigan cable TV market -- affecting thousands of local jobs, hundreds of thousands of customers, tens of millions of dollars in local asset investments, and various community programs.

Full story: Proposed Comcast deal could reshape state cable TV market (Subscription only- Mon, 8/11)

 


 

Muskegon Chronicle:

Muskegon entertainer Andy O'Riley is not Robin Williams. He doesn't know Robin Williams. He's never even met him. He does, however, know how he felt.

Full story: Muskegon radio personality Andy O'Riley shares insight into depression, alcoholism in wake of Robin Williams' death (Wed, 8/13)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime Kalamazoo radio personality Lori Moore will be back on-air, but in a new format. Moore, who spent 32 years in radio until last September when she left WKZO-AM (590) as its morning show host, will host the television talk show, "Lori Moore: Love Where You Live," starting on Sept. 8.

Full story: Lori Moore to host new Kalamazoo-centric talk show on WWMT, CW7 (Mon, 8/11)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM TV 13, which recently named a new evening news anchor and last week announced plans to expand its news coverage weekday mornings and Sunday mornings, is expanding its early evening news as well. The ABC-TV affiliate in Grand Rapids will launch a 5 p.m. newscast on Sept. 8, adding 30 more minutes of news at the dinner hour Monday through Friday.

Full story: WZZM 13 announces a second expansion of daytime news (Mon, 8/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WLUN-FM Pinconning/Midland (ESPN 100.9-FM) has announced its Saginaw Valley League high school football coverage package for the 2014 season. The station's expanded coverage will include ESPN 100.9-FM's Game of the Week, a preseason SVL preview segment later this month, a pregame show, and a postgame show which will include scores from around the area.

    ESPN 100.9-FM's SVL football coverage kicks off on Aug. 27-28 with the "2014 SVL Football Preview" which airs from 6 p.m. to 6:35 each night leading into the station's coverage of Great Lakes Loons baseball. Game coverage begins Friday, Sept. 8 with Flint Powers Catholic at Saginaw Heritage. Details and a season schedule are availabe at ESPN1009.com.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

This year, as the Woodward Dream Cruise Presented by Chevrolet marks its 20th anniversary, viewers in cities from New York to Los Angeles will be able to watch the classic car action. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit (DMA 11) will syndicate a one-hour Woodward Dream Cruise show to 75 stations across the country, including stations owned and operated by ABC and Scripps Broadcasting. The show, which will air in late August and early September, will reach approximately 70% of U.S. viewers.

Full story: WXYZ cruising coverage goes nationwide (Mon, 8/11)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WGRD-FM disc jockey Jackie Green is now WXMI-TV's entertainment reporter. The West Michigan native on Monday began work at the FOX TV affiliate in West Michigan after wrapping up a six-year stint in local radio.

Full story: Grand Rapids DJ becomes West Michigan TV entertainment reporter (Wed, 8/6)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Airing: Sunday, August 10th from 5 - 8 p.m. on CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 a special Radio Recall to help celebrate the 20th Woodward Dream Cruise. Host Jim Hampton, who once toiled behind the mic at WXYZ AM 1270 and WJBK AM 1500 and currently runs Greenhouse Marketing Group, will feature all the great car songs of the 60s as well as plenty of Motor City airchecks. The show will re-air on Saturday, August 16th from 5 - 8 a.m.

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Gannett Co., Inc. Tuesday announced that it is creating two publicly traded companies -- one focused on broadcasting and digital businesses, the other on its publishing division, which includes websites and newspapers ... Gannett owns USA Today as well as the Detroit Free Press, its largest Sunday newspaper, and other media sites in Michigan -- including the Lansing State Journal, the Port Huron Times Herald, the Battle Creek Enquirer, the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, the Observer & Eccentric weekly newspapers in metro Detroit, and WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Gannett to split publishing, broadcast-digital into 2 public companies (Tue, 8/5)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Sports director Tom Clyde is leaving WZZM 13 after 11 years. Below are statements from WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason and Tom Clyde...

Full story: Sports director Tom Clyde leaving WZZM 13 (Tue, 8/5)

 


 

Forbes.com:

Major League Baseball is king during prime time at the regional level thus far this season for regional sports networks (RSNs) winning the key prime time slot in the US markets that Nielsen Media Company tracks ... Leading the pack are the Detroit Tigers on FOX Sports Detroit who have seen an 8.38 average household rating with an average 156,000 households.

Full story: MLB Telecasts On Regional Sports Networks Dominate Prime Time Television (Tue, 8/5)

 


 

MichiganRadio.org:

Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity initiative was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with a Salute to Excellence Award this past weekend. The station won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Radio Documentary category for "Race and Racism: A State of Opportunity Documentary."

Full story: Michigan Radio honored by the National Association of Black Journalists (Tue, 8/5)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Launched: An extra two hours of local weekday morning news produced by Detroit's ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 on owner Scripps sister station WMYD-TV Ch. 20. The expanded offering launched today and airs from 7 - 9 a.m. on Channel 20 while Channel 7 broadcasts ABC's "Good Morning America".

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39), is adding newscasts. On Sunday, Aug. 10, it will launch a 9 a.m. Sunday newscast. This is in addition to the two-hour broadcast it currently airs at 6-8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. "Our goal is to provide a better overall viewer experience on Sunday mornings linking programming during the hour between GMA and This Week with George Stephanopoulos," said Janet Mason, WZZM president-GM. Then, on Monday, Aug. 18, the station will debut a 4:30 a.m. newscast.

Full story: WZZM expands weekend, weekday news (Mon, 8/4)

 

 

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