Happy Holidays! There hasn't been a ton to report on, so Michiguide.com has been taking a bit of a break during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.
STEVE W. GANNON died on DECEMBER 24th at age 65. GANNON was half of the popular HARPER & GANNON Show in the '80s; he also worked at W4 Country DETROIT, KVIL/DALLAS and WAPE/JACKSONVILLE. He is survived by his four brothers and one sister, their spouses, many nieces and nephews and their children.
Full story: '80s Morning Co-Host Steve Gannon Passes (Mon, 12/29)
LAKES RADIO, INC. is selling a five-station cluster in MICHIGAN's UPPER PENINSULA -- Top 40 WGLQ (MAGIC 97) and News-Talk WCHT-A/ESCANABA, Oldies WGKL (KOOL 105.5)/GLADSTONE, Country WCMM (102.5 THE MOOSE)/GULLIVER, and Oldies WTIQ-A (CRUISIN' 1490)/MANISTIQUE -- to AMC PARTNERS ESCANABA, LLC for $1.8 million.
Full story: Upper Peninsula Cluster Sold (Mon, 12/29)
Traverse City's CherryT Ball Drop to be Broadcast Live for Third Year
The CherryT Ball Drop, Traverse City's annual new year's celebration, will be broadcast live on TV throughout northern Michigan and streamed online again this year, after phenomenal success with the event's first ever live broadcast in December 2012 and its second broadcast last year.
The live broadcast will be produced by MI News 26, northern Michigan's 24/7 local news channel. The program, which will be produced live from Front Street, will count down to the start of 2015 through a look back at the last year, and will feature interviews with community leaders and event attendees, all leading up to the drop of a giant, lit cherry over downtown Traverse City at midnight to ring in the new year.
"We're looking forward to covering this big event for the third year in a row, live to all of northern Michigan," explained MI News 26 Meteorologist Morris Langworthy, who will co-host this year's broadcast, "Last year, we had a high-energy event and we're looking forward broadcasting to the same type of program this year."
This year's live broadcast will begin at 11:00pm and continue until 12:15am. Coverage will be broadcast exclusively on MI News 26 - available on Charter digital cable channel 13 and Acentek channel 5 throughout northern Michigan. The broadcast will also be streamed live online at MINews26.com.
The CherryT Ball Drop is an annual, non-profit event that raises money and collects non-perishable food items while celebrating the new year. The event takes place on New Year's Eve each year on Front Street in downtown Traverse City.
For the first time in its 127-year history, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will ring in 2015 with a New Year's Eve event that will be televised on Detroit Public Television. The orchestra is led by Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor, and will perform Dec. 31 "an evening of New Orleans jazz and Motown favorites," according to a press release.
Full story: Detroit Symphony Orchestra to host New Year's Eve event; Public TV to air it live (Mon, 12/29)