Television: March 2015 Archives

 

Bay City Times:

There's going to be a competition for mid-Michigan news viewers at 10 p.m. beginning next month. WNEM TV5's news team stops producing a 10 p.m. newscast for WSMH Fox 66 on April 27. At that time, WEYI NBC-25 is slated to produce a 30 minute-long show on the Fox station and WNEM is moving its show to its secondary digital channel, which is only available to over-the-air and cable viewers.

Full story: WNEM TV 5 newscast on Fox 66 being replaced by WEYI 25 starting battle for 10 p.m. (Thu, 3/26)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Country music fans rejoice! It's time to mark your calendars for the 24th annual KCQ Country Music Fest. The free concert will feature headliner Rodney Atkins June 20 on Saginaw's Ojibway Island.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest 2015 to feature Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann, RaeLynn (Thu, 3/26)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

Rod Allen's role as an analyst on Fox Sports Detroit is being diminished this season, but he'll still be the main guy in 2015. Allen will do 79 of FSD's 150 telecasts, while Kirk Gibson will do 60 and Jack Morris 13, a source close to the situation told The News on Tuesday.

Full story: Source: Allen will handle 79 of Tigers telecasts (Tue, 3/24)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS MEDIA Classic Rock WLAV/GRAND RAPIDS morning host TONY GATES will lead the 15th annual MICHIGAN SPORTSMEN AGAINST HUNGER/SPORT SHOW FOOD DRIVE on THURSDAY, MARCH 19th. GATES is asking listeners to "Go Fish" in their cupboards or pantry and help MSAH feed the hungry in WEST MICHIGAN. Those who bring six boxes or cans (4 pounds minimum) or more of non-perishable food items to DEVOS PLACE will receive a pass for free admission to the ULTIMATE SPORT SHOW for that day only.

Full story: WLAV Leading 15th Annual Food Drive (Wed, 3/25)

 


 

MichiganRadio.org:

Beginning this Thursday, Michigan Radio will begin a new series called Bringing Up Detroit, focusing on the challenges of raising healthy, successful children while navigating the city's often unpredictable school systems, economy, transportation networks, and neighborhoods.

Full story: Michigan Radio launches Bringing Up Detroit (Wed, 3/25)

 


 

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Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 has named a long-time staffer as news director of 24 Hour News 8. Dan Boers, an 18-year veteran of WOOD TV8, succeeds Rebecca Sapakie as news director. A native of West Michigan, Boers has served as assistant news director since 2009.

Full story: WOOD TV8 names 18-year staffer as its news director (Sat, 3/21)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV 8 veteran reporter Steve Kelso, a familiar face and voice on West Michigan's NBC affiliate, is leaving the station after 15 years. Kelso, in fact, turned in his notice on his 15th anniversary on Friday.

Full story: WOOD TV's Steve Kelso leaves station for new job in Grand Rapids (Wed, 3/18)

 


 

Lansing City Pulse:

Radio DJs seldom know when it's their last day behind the mic. Even the most popular personality in town could have the plug pulled at any time and for no reason. In the broadcasting industry, this guillotine method of firing staff is standard operating procedure. It sounds harsh, but it makes sense.

Full story: Off the air, onto the web (Wed, 3/18)

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit City Council member George Cushingberry Jr. has decreed that he will no longer speak to Fox 2 reporter M.L. Elrick. Cushingberry never spoke to Elrick before, Elrick says, except once through a closed door.

Full story: Detroit councilman declares ban on Fox 2 reporter (Thu, 3/19)

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

When Kaitlyn Pierce of Battle Creek tuned into radio station WVIC-FM 94.1 Monday morning as she does most days and heard country music, she thought she was hearing a comedy program at first.

Full story: Radio's 'The Edge' goes country, gets some static (Tue, 3/17)

 


 

MLive.com:

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley plans to shine a national spotlight on Detroit with several episodes to be shot at Wayne State University next week.

Full story: PBS' Tavis Smiley to shoot five episodes in Detroit (Tue, 3/17)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

COMCAST SPOTLIGHT LSM EILEEN GIKAS is returning to radio as Sales Manager at GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT, starting on THURSDAY (3/19).

Full story: Eileen Gikas Named Sales Manager At WCSX/Detroit (Tue, 3/17)

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

"We're glad you've joined us." Tavis Smiley's on-air catchphrase can double as Detroit's welcome to the popular PBS late-night host when he brings his talk show to the Motor City. Smiley is scheduled to tape five episodes in Detroit on March, 23, 24 and 25 before a live audience at the Community Arts Auditorium at Wayne State University.

Full story: Tavis Smiley bringing PBS show on the road to Detroit (Tue, 3/10)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Morning show host Joe Volk of The Rock Station Z-93 is celebrating 25 years on air. Volk started at WKQZ in 1986 as an account executive. He began his on-air career with Z-93 in 1988 on a Saturday night show as the character "The Captain."

Full story: Rock Station Z-93's Joe Volk celebrates 25 years on air (Mon, 3/9)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 anchor and reporter Ann Marie LaFlamme is leaving WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids and joining WXYZ-TV in Detroit. It's a homecoming for the native of Rochester Hills in the northern Detroit area. It's also a leap from the No. 40 U.S. market with 724,100 TV viewing households to the No. 12 market with more than 1.8 million households.

Full story: FOX 17's Ann Marie LaFlamme leaves Grand Rapids for Detroit's WXYZ (Tue, 3/10)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

AMIE BURKE has been named Promotions Director to her list of duties at TOWNSQUARE MEDIA AC WCRZ (CARS 108)/FLINT, MI. BURKE arrived at Classic Rock sister WQUS (US103.1)/LAPEER, MI, in AUGUST as a middays personality.

Full story: Amie Burke Named Promotions Director For WCRZ (Mon, 3/9)

 

 

 

RadioInsight:

Midwest Communications is preparing to bring its Classic Country "Duke" brand to a fourth market. Midwest has registered 941TheDuke.com for Alternative 94.1 WVIC Jackson/Lansing, MI.

Full story: Duke To Be Crowned In Lansing (Fri, 3/6)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

A popular Upper Peninsula TV show celebrating Finnish culture is ending after five decades. "Finland Calling" will air its final episode on WLUC-TV on March 29. That's four days after its 53rd anniversary, the Marquette station reported Friday.

Full story: Michigan show celebrating Finland ends after 53 years (Mon, 3/9)

 


 

MI News 26 Brings Back Classic Shows With "Antenna TV 26

Classic TV shows like "Dennis the Menace," "Bewitched," "Leave it to Beaver" and "WKRP in Cincinnati" are back over-the-air in northern Michigan with the launch of Antenna TV 26.

The new subchannel, broadcast by MI News 26, northern Michigan's 24/7 local news channel, is available in much the same way its shows were originally seen - using an outdoor antenna or a pair of amplified rabbit ears. Viewers in Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties can pick up the station on antenna channel 26.2 to relive some of the classic programming seen in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.


"I'm excited to be bringing classic shows like 'I dream of Jeannie' to northern Michigan," explained MI News 26 Station Manager Morris Langworthy, "I'm also eager to check out some of the classic shows that I've never been able to see through this new channel."


In addition to broadcasting on antenna, Antenna TV 26 is available to Summit Digital cable subscribers in the McBain area on channel 22, or in the LeRoy area on channel 21. Charter subscribers can call 888-GET-CHARTER to request the channel be added to their lineup.

Antenna TV 26 is the latest addition to MI News 26's over-the-air lineup, which now includes 24/7 local news on channel 26.1, Antenna TV 26 on channel 26.2, movies around the clock on channel 26.3, and QVC on channel 26.4. A complete program schedule is available on the station's web site, MINews26.com.

 

 

 

FOX Sports Detroit:

Every game on the Detroit Tigers' much-anticipated 2015 regular-season schedule will be televised, including 150 originated by FOX Sports Detroit, six games on FOX Sports 1 and two selected for the FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. Two (with potential for two more) games are on ESPN. FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers, presented by Belle Tire, leads off with six spring training games, followed by the April 6 home opener against Minnesota.

Full story: FOX Sports Detroit announces 2015 Tigers TV schedule (Wed, 3/4)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

PULITZER PRIZE-winning DETROIT FREE PRESS columnist and editorial page editor STEPHEN HENDERSON has been named the permanent new host of WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY/DETROIT PUBLIC RADIO noncommercial News-Talk WDET/DETROIT's "DETROIT TODAY."

Full story: Stephen Henderson Named 'Detroit Today' Host At WDET (Wed, 3/4)

 

AllAccess.com:

CRAIG RUSSELL has exited his APD/MD/afternoon drive position at TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Classic Hits WFGR/GRAND RAPIDS and is looking for his next great opportunity. RUSSELL also did Imaging for the station and was the cluster's Production Director.

Full story: WFGR's Craig Russell Exits (Thu, 3/5)

 


 

Detroit News:

The Downtown Hoedown is downsizing, from three days to two, and is heading to the Detroit riverfront. This year's festival -- June 5-6 at Detroit's West Riverfront Park at Jefferson Avenue and 10th Street, just west of the Riverfront Apartments and Joe Louis Arena -- will be headlined by Darius Rucker on June 5 and Rascal Flatts on June 6, event producers announced Thursday morning.

Full story: Downtown Hoedown headed to Detroit riverfront (Thu, 3/5)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer: (subscription)

Midwest Communications now offers the urban music women in the Battle Creek area have been asking for, according to Troy Robertson. Robertson, or T-Rob, is the station brand manager and voice of The Touch. It's an urban adult contemporary radio station that has expanded its listening outreach from Kalamazoo to Battle Creek.

Full story: The Touch radio station expands to Battle Creek (Wed, 3/4)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 meteorologist Jon Shaner is leaving WXMI-TV and he's leaving meteorology. But he's not leaving Grand Rapids. Shaner, who joined FOX 17 eight-and-a-half years ago, will be the new marketing director for the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.

Full story: Why FOX 17 meteorologist Jon Shaner is leaving TV and weather forecasting behind (Mon, 3/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Nearly $1.4 million by listeners to Cumulus/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 on Friday during the 28th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Radiothon. Since retired jock Dick Purtan helped launch the effort, the philanthropic program has raised over $31 million to help feed and shelter the disadvantaged in Southeast Michigan.

 

 

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