Television: October 2014 Archives

 

Detroit News:

When Radio One yanked Detroit's longtime queen of political radio, Mildred Gaddis, out of her WCHB-AM 1200 morning slot into the afternoon shift in February, it seemed counter-intuitive, almost a demotion. Surely the governors, county executives and assorted politicos who appeared on Gaddis' show, and the feisty locals who called in to argue were more on their game in the morning?

Full story: Radio One Detroit adjusts to year of change (Wed, 10/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE/DETROIT Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9), Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5), and Gospel WPZR (PRAISE 102.7) will broadcast live TOMORROW (10/29) from the lobby of the FISHER BUILDING at 3011 WEST GRAND in the city. MASON & COCO IN THE MORNING, PM drive DR. DARRIUS and middayer RADIO MYLES will broadcast at various times while combined staffs will collect needed items to help the homeless and less fortunate in METRO DETROIT area shelters.

Full story: Radio One Detroit Trying To Keep Motown Warm (Tue, 10/28)

 


 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

KDKA's Kimberly Gill is moving on. Ms. Gill, who arrived in Pittsburgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland, anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7. She is headed to WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, to be a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Full story: KDKA anchorwoman Kimberly Gill headed to Detroit (Tue, 10/28)

 

 

 

Radio World:

A report of a ransomware demand on a small market radio broadcaster in Michigan has surfaced. The attack is similar to another one we reported on last week in Louisiana. Sanilac Broadcasting Co. in the state's Thumb area says three of its stations were attacked in early September. WMIC(AM), WTGV(FM) and WBGV(FM) suffered data server problems associated with the CryptoLocker virus, which encrypted their database of music files and resulted in dead air.

Full story: Ransomware Strikes Michigan Broadcaster (Mon, 10/27)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has named 17-year vet radio and public address announcer CHRIS NICHOLAS PD of the three-station cluster and morning host on AC WLXV (MIX 96.7). The other stations he will program include Sports Talk WKAD (93.7 THE TICKET) and News/Talk WATT-A.

Full story: MacDonald Garber/Traverse City, MI Names Chris Nicholas Mornings, WLXV PD (Mon, 10/27)

 


 

Detroit News:

Twenty-five years ago, carmakers decorated their auto exteriors with eye-catching wood trim. Today, the wood is on the inside, complementing flashy center consoles with seven-inch, digital touch screens. The car dashboard is being transformed and it's taking AM-FM radio with it. Just as it did newspapers and broadcast television, the Internet revolution is roiling the local broadcast landscape that has long held a monopoly on the car radio.

Full story: Internet car radio poses bigger threat for local AM-FM (Sun, 10/26)

 


 

Motor City Radio Flashbacks:

It is with much sorrow and with great regret we wish to inform our friends here, George Griggs, curator of Motor City Radio Flashbacks, passed away peacefully this morning, October 28, 2014. He was 65. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

Full story: In rememberance of George L. Griggs, 1949-2014 (Tue, 10/28)

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will be without a regular for the Saturday game at Michigan State. Radio analyst Dan Dierdorf will miss the game after having a surgical procedure and is still rehabbing, U-M play-by-play man Jim Brandstatter announced during tonight's "Inside Michigan Football" radio show.

Full story: U-M radio's Dan Dierdorf rehabbing, will miss MSU game (Wed, 10/22)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station's early morning newscasts today.

Full story: Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit's WXYZ (Tue, 10/21)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS RADIO Sports WXYT (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT middays The KARSCH AND ANDERSON Show have set up a bet with MIKE VALENTI from the afternoon VALENTI AND FOSTER show on the MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE game this SATURDAY -- and they've asked listeners to join in. Each radio personality picked their "winning" team and will donate $500 toward the charities, while asking listeners to take on the same challenge with their friends and donate to each charity.

Full story: WXYT On-Air Hosts Bet UM-MSU Game For Charities (Wed, 10/22)

 

BELL MEDIA Alternative CIMX/WINDSOR-DETROIT announces "THE NIGHT 89X STOLE CHRISTMAS" will take place DECEMBER 4th at THE FILLMORE DETROIT with BUSH OUR LADY PEACE, YOU ME AT SIX, SMASHING SATELLITES, and TWIN ATLANTIC.

Full story: The Night 89X Stole Christmas Set For Fillmore Detroit (Mon, 10/20)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13 has a new meteorologist, and she is as familiar with West Michigan weather as anyone could be. Laura Hartman, a native of Ionia, debuted Sunday on the ABC-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 makes changes in on-air weather staff (Wed, 10/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

The second DASH CONFERENCE, sponsored by JACOBS MEDIA, RADIO INK and SCG opened today to a very full house of radio execs, car companies and many technology experts at the WESTIN HOTEL in DETROIT.

Full story: DASH Conference Kicks Off In Detroit (Wed, 10/15)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • This week's On the Dean's List with Dean La Douceur featured Lex Kuhne´╗┐ with a conversation about Kuhne's role in the founding of 89X radio (CIMX-FM 88.7), his contributions to Detroit Public TV's Backstage Pass and time as a columnist for The Metro Times. Eavesdrop at blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist.

 

 

 

Muskegon Chronicle:

A familiar voice is gracing the airwaves of Muskegon's newest radio station. Andy O'Riley, who has been in radio for more than 25 years, is serving as host of Muskegon 100.9 FM WFFR's morning show. The station, a nonprofit venture established by Shoreline Broadcasting, launched on Monday, Oct. 13. Joining O'Riley for the station's on-air lineup are 20-year radio veteran Bill Marshall and Matt Hendricks, an 18-year radio veteran who has been involved with radio since the age of 15.

Full story: Muskegon radio station featuring veteran talent launches with focus on serving community (Tue, 10/14)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has handed the MD baton to morning show co-host ACE MCKAY, effective immediately.

Full story: Ace McKay Promoted To MD At WJQK (Tue, 10/14)

 


 

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

Local 4 health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge hosts an hour-long prime-time special chronicling a team of surgeons and nurses from metro Detroit who go to Kenya to provide medical care for hundreds of Kenyans. Care & Hope: Proud Detroit Exports follows a young orphan named Enoch as he meets the strangers from Detroit, receives life-saving surgery and bids them a heartwarming goodbye.

Full story: Local 4 Special from Kenya - 'Care & Hope: Proud Detroit Exports' - airs Friday Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. (Wed, 10/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • On the air: New Low Power FM station WFFR-LP 100.9 serving Muskegon with a Classic Hits format. The station, which can be heard via the Internet at www.muskegonradio.com features veteran West Michigan jock Andy O'Reily in morning drive.
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  • Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM) has given away nearly $10,000 in "Secret Star NASH CASH" as the station leads in to it's first Secret Star Concert to be held Thursday, October 16th at the Andiamo Showroom in Warren. The secret country star will be revealed when the lights dim and the star is revealed on stage.

    "The excitement has been building toward the big reveal and I know when it happens it's going to be the kind of special once in a lifetime experience we are thrilled to offer our NASH FM listeners!" said NASH FM 93-1 WDRQ Program Director Robby Bridges.

 

 

 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Kevin Adell has met an offer he cannot refuse. Well, not quite an offer, but the expectation of an offer. Adell, who owns WADL TV-38 in Clinton Township, said he will participate in the Federal Communication Commission's auction next year in which TV stations will sell their shares of the coveted UHF over-the-air broadcast spectrum to mobile wireless providers that need more airwaves bandwidth to satisfy customer demand.

Full story: Final signoff for WADL? Adell looks to sell at FCC auction, expects $170M (Sun, 10/12)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5)/DETROIT is giving its city a new live and local morning show with THE MORNING HEAT. The new AM drive show makes its debut on MONDAY OCTOBER 13th at 6a. It is replacing REACH MEDIA's RICKEY SMILEY MORNING SHOW. The station will play music only in the morning until the premier of the new show.

Full story: WGPR Gets New Morning Heat (Thu, 10/9)

 

iHEARTMEDIA Urban/UAC WJLB & WMXD/DETROIT Dir./Urban Programming CHERON MANS has announced that after a nationwide search, ARSENIO "RICKY" BURNS has been chosen to be APD/MD/Air Talent for Urban WJLB (FM 98) & Urban AC WMXD (92.3)/DETROIT.

Full story: WJLB/WMXD Taps Arsenio 'Ricky' Burns For APD/MD Duties (Thu, 10/9)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

Every man has his price, as the idiom says, and Kevin Adell has been offered his. As the Wall Street Journal noted, the FCC has valued WADL Detroit's airwaves at about $170 million, and that's a price Adell, principal at Adell Broadcasting, told me he can work with.

Full story: WADL Detroit Sold On Spectrum Valuation (Tue, 10/7)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Reporter and weekend anchor Robin Schwartz is leaving Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 12). Her last day is Thursday, Oct. 16. She is leaving to become the public relations director for Bedrock Real Estate Services in Detroit.

Full story: Reporter-Anchor Robin Schwartz Leaving WJBK (Fri, 10/10)

 

 

 

WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba:

Some of our regular viewers are not able to watch programming on WJMN this evening. The issue is on our end and not a problem with your satellite or cable provider. Our over-the-air transmission is interrupted due to technical difficulties. We've had on-going interruptions for the last couple of days. The WJMN engineering department is working around the clock to repair the damage to our transmitter to get the CBS and Local 3 programming back on the air. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently to resolve the issue.

Full story: WJMN works to restore signal transmission (Mon, 10/6)

 

 

 

Oakland Press:

While the Detroit Tigers may not have topped the 3 million fan mark this season, people were watching. Since the start of the 2014 season, Tigers telecasts on Fox Sports Detroit averaged 156,000 viewers and a 8.59 rating in prime time, making it the most-viewed television programming in Detroit, more than 70 percent higher than the next-best competitor.

Full story: Tigers finish with 2nd-best local TV ratings in MLB, best primetime ratings in Detroit (Thu, 10/2)

 


 

Detroit News:

The Tigers' are going to be sitting pretty in negotiations when their current radio and TV contracts are up in the coming couple years. They continue to be an cash cow for WXYT 97.1 and Fox Sports Detroit.

Full story: Tigers push FSD to top prime-time ratings in Detroit (Thu, 10/2)

 


 

Michigan Daily:

A group of eager underclassmen crowds the modern and minimalist space of the North Quad Residence Hall lobby. Students circle around three main stations of activity -- a snack table complete with lollipops advertising CBS's new series "Scorpion" (the candy apparently has a scorpion inside!), a camera and tripod set up for free headshots and North Quad's former help desk, now boasting a "WOLV-TV" sign and computers and editing stations behind the counter.

Full story: Lone WOLV: The comeback of Michigan's first and only TV network (Wed, 10/1)

 

 

 

Inside Radio:

Today a five-acre mostly vacant site two blocks from the Michigan Capitol is an environmentally contaminated piece of land. But in the coming years the Lansing parcel will become a state of the art new home for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. MAB's board has approved buying the property with preliminary plans for a 9,000 square foot headquarters.

Full story: Michigan Broadcasters are on the move (Wed, 10/1)

 


 

MLive.com:

Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's re-election campaign will ask television stations around the state to pull a commercial claiming he cut education funding by $1 billion.

Full story: Snyder campaign asking TV stations to pull Schauer ad with $1B education funding 'lie' (Wed, 10/1)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

WeatherNation TV, a multi-format, local, regional and national television weather news service, has signed Gray Television's NBC affiliate WILX Lansing, Mich. (DMA 114), to broadcast 24/7 weather news on its 10.2 subchannel and on Comcast ch. 294 and WOW Cable ch. 151 across central Michigan.

Full story: WeatherNation TV Adds WILX Lansing (Wed, 10/1)

 

 

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