Recently in West Michigan Category

 

Fine Tuning:

  • More flipping: WMJH AM 810 Rockford/Grand Rapids has changed its format from Classic Hits to Regional Mexican with the resignation of Program Director and Chief Engineer Tony "Boomer" Burkhead. A detailed announcement of the change was posted on Facebook.
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  • On the air: Low Power FM station WRWW-LP 92.3 Lowell operated by students at Lowell High School. The station features a variety of music programming and events such as Lowell High School football and band concerts. The station's web site, which includes webcasting, is lowellradio.org.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

The September 11 terrorist attacks that shocked everyone and changed lives will also go down as one of the most memorable days in WSNX-FM DJ Eric O'Brien's radio career. O'Brien's 15 years on Grand Rapids' airwaves ended on Friday, and on Monday, he'll join MLive Media Group as the company's director of marketing, a hire that Nick Dionne, senior director of sales and marketing at MLive, says should be a perfect fit.

Full story: Eric O'Brien of WSNX's 'The EOB Show' is leaving radio for MLive Media Group (Sat, 10/4)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Tragic news out of the BAY AREA: Sources confirm to ALL ACCESS that CUMULUS Talk KGO-A and KSFO/SAN FRANCISCO OM KEVIN METHENY has passed away from an apparent heart attack ... He moved from CUMULUS News-Talk WJR-A/DETROIT to KGO-A and KSFO-A in JUNE.

Full story: KGO-A/KSFO OM Kevin Metheny Passes (Fri, 10/3)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian has purchased an FM translator that broadcasts in Adrian at 96.5 from Spring Arbor University. WLEN owner Lenawee Broadcasting is investing $115,000 on the purchase of the 120-watt translator.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 morning anchor Sarah Brodhead says goodbye to TV news on Wednesday morning. Goodbye to colleagues and crew at the FOX TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, as well as farewell to viewers across West Michigan.

Full story: FOX 17 morning anchor Sarah Brodhead says farewell Wednesday to early wakeups (Tue, 9/16)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17's Deanna Falzone will be the TV station's next morning anchor. WXMI-TV announced today that Falzone, who joined FOX 17 last year, will succeed morning anchor Sarah Brodhead.

Full story: FOX 17 names new morning news anchor (Mon, 9/15)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Gray Television said Monday that it has closed on its previously announced $128 million acquisition of WJRT and WTVG from affiliates of SJL Holdings. WJRT and WTVG are ABC affiliates in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (DMA 68), and Toledo, Ohio (DMA 76), respectively. In addition, WTVG recently acquired the local CW channel. According to Gray, both WJRT and WTVG lead their local markets in all-day ratings and in most, if not all, local newscasts.

Full story: Gray Closes On Flint, Toledo Station (Mon, 9/15)

 


 

Lansing State Journal (pay site):

These are the new stars of TV talk -- Meredith Vieira and Loni Love and Jack Ebling. What they have in common is ... well, they're all adult humans and most are from Michigan. And their shows are important to the times -- daytime and early-evening -- that local TV stations control.

Full story: Local TV keys on talk shows (Mon, 9/15)

 

 

 

Informal Flint radio reunion planned for October

Peter C. Cavanaugh, now prominently showcased in Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be joined by other past and present Flint radio broadcasters in an "Informal Flint Radio Reunion" at The White Horse Tavern, 621 West Court Street in Flint, from 6 till 8 PM on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Mr. Cavanaugh was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Reams Broadcasting from 1983 through 1992, a period of time which witnessed Flint's WWCK become the highest-rated Rock Station in America. Peter was a top-rated DJ and rock concert promoter at WTAC-AM starting in 1964 -- rising to the rank of President/General Manager before joining Reams and WWCK-FM in 1980. He is a former President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation and was Flint Sales and Marketing Executives' Businessman of the Year in 1982.

Cavanaugh, now a private broadcast consultant and writer for McClatchy Newspapers, lives with his wife, Eileen, in Oakhurst, California at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This "Reunion" at The White Horse marks his first visit back to Flint in five years.

"We're calling this an "informal radio reunion" and that's exactly what's planned", reports Cavanaugh. He continues, " You are enthusiastically invited if you have ever worked for -- or listened to -- any Flint radio station -- ever. All you have to do is show up! "

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

According to Nielsen's latest Local Television Household Universe Estimates for the upcoming 2014-15 television season, there are 113,808,820 TV homes in the U.S. That's a 1.7% decrease from Nielsen's 2013-14 TV Household Universe Estimate. Of Nielsen's 210 Designated Market Areas, 46 increased their positions, while 52 dropped. (Note: Detroit dropped from market 11 to market 12)

Full story: Nielsen Revises DMA Ranks For 2014-15 (Thu, 9/11)

 


 

WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

We're learning more about the days leading up to and after the arrest of former Christian radio DJ, John Balyo.

Full story: Court documents reveal details leading up to former radio DJ's arrest (Thu, 9/11)

 

 

 

WWJ AM / CBS Local Detroit:

Don Patrick, a longtime news anchor and news director at WWJ has passed away at the age of 75. Former Newsradio 950 morning anchor Joe Donovan shared the microphone with Patrick for 14 years -- Donovan was an admirer before he ever started working here.

Full story: Former WWJ News Director, Anchor Don Patrick Has Died (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL/CONNECTICUT Regional Program Manager MIKE WHEELER has been named PD at CUMULUS News-Talk WJR-A/DETROIT. The move is a homecoming for WHEELER, whose career started on the air in the MOTOR CITY at WNIC, WABX, WHYT, and WCZY. He since has served as PD at WZGC (DAVE FM)/ATLANTA and RVP of Programming with CLEAR CHANNEL in ATLANTA, ST. LOUIS, and TOLEDO.

Full story: Mike Wheeler Named PD At WJR/Detroit (Thu, 9/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A Kalamazoo-area native is returning to West Michigan as WOOD TV8's new meteorologist. Ellen Bacca, a graduate of Portage Northern High School, returns to West Michigan from North Carolina, where she most recently reported on Hurricane Arthur for WCTI-TV in the coastal city of New Bern.

Full story: WOOD TV8 hires new meteorologist from Kalamazoo (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The morning after attending the Eagles' concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Plainwell's Jim Higgs was tired, but smiling. Higgs is the longtime Kalamazoo DJ who in the mid-1970s helped the band achieve its first No. 1 hit with "Best of My Love."

Full story: Eagles give Kalamazoo DJ shout-out at concert, band members were 'gracious' during backstage meet-and-greet (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Radio Ink:

Both are active players and will bring their on-the-field perspective to Detroit listeners. Wide receiver Golden Tate will appear every Tuesday during the season at 11:30 a.m. as part of The Ryan and Rico Show to give his view from the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch will join The Matt Dery Show each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. to give the perspective of the Lions defense.

Full story: Lions players added to Detroit Sports 105.1 (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The legacy of Jackson Radio Works co-owner Susan Goldsen has reached hall of fame status. Goldsen, who owns the company with husband Bruce Goldsen, was recently enshrined in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Mackinaw Island.

Full story: Jackson Radio Works owner Sue Goldsen inducted to Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (Tue, 9/9)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Former sitcom actor and longtime radio personality Wayne Powers has been hired by WKZO-AM (590) to host a new live morning show. "The Wayne Powers Show" will air from 6 to 10 a.m. daily starting Oct. 13.

Full story: New WKZO morning show host Wayne Powers brings acting chops to the airwaves (Wed, 9/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit Public TV (WTVS-TV Ch. 56) is offering webcasts of Great Lakes Week 2014 from Grand Rapids this week. Details at www.greatlakesnow.org/glw2014/.

 


 

Fox UP to broadcast 7 Michigan Tech-Northern Michigan University games in 2014-15

WLUC TV's partnership with Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan will continue in 2014-15 with broadcasts of seven events throughout the year. All four hockey games, two women's basketball games and the football game between the teams will air live on Fox UP throughout 13 of 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula and four counties in northern Wisconsin.

The partnership began a year ago with two Tech-Northern hockey broadcasts on Fox UP. The coverage of the rivalry will expand for the upcoming season.

"Due to the overwhelming positive response to, and success of last seasons' broadcasts, we are pleased to be able to continue to grow this venue and further expand the great local sports content that the viewers in our communities enjoy," said Rob Jamros, General Manager at WLUC.

The first event to be televised will be the football game on Sept. 27. The Huskies and Wildcats will meet at the Superior Dome in Marquette for a 7 p.m. kickoff. In hockey, the teams will square off in two home-and-home series--one Jan. 9-10 and the other Mar. 6-7. The Jan. 9 and Mar. 7 games will be at the Berry Events Center in Marquette while the Jan. 10 and Mar. 6 contests will be played at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton. The two Tech-Northern women's basketball games are both in February. Tech will host the Feb. 2 game at the SDC Gym. NMU is home Feb. 26 at the Berry.

"We're pleased to be able to continue the coverage of hockey and showcase one of the best rivalries in the country," said Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. "We're also excited to be able to extend our contract with WLUC to include football and women's basketball. The rivalry between Tech and Northern in all of our sports is always entertaining, and we're happy to be able to share it with fans throughout the UP."

"Last year's broadcasts were a positive experience for everyone involved," said Northern Michigan athletic director Forrest Karr. "I'm happy for the many talented coaches and student-athletes from both schools that we are continuing to grow this partnership."

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

PBS TV was launched nearly 44 years ago to provide educational programing. Education never has been far from mind.

Full story: Bringing digital resources into the classroom: WGVU, PBS and GVSU launch hi-tech, teacher-training partnership (Tue, 9/9)

 

Myths and misconceptions about PBS-TV are many, and PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger has answers to all of them.

Full story: What is the 'secret sauce' of public broadcasting? PBS president reveals answer in Grand Rapids visit (Tue, 9/9)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer: (pay site)

A former Grand Rapids Christian radio host pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek. John Richard Balyo, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the May 17 assault in a Beckley Road motel room.

Full story: Former radio host pleads guilty in child rape (Tue, 9/9)

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Late last Monday morning, Dave Rexroth walked into the Channel 7 newsroom in Southfield, his first full day back after losing his left eye in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. About 25 producers, reporters, anchors and assignment editors started to cheer.

Full story: After 2 eye surgeries, Dave Rexroth back at Channel 7 (Sun, 9/7)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime radio personality Lori Moore will premiere her new television show on CW7 today. The 30-minute television talk show, called "Lori Moore: Love Where You Live," will air at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 on CW7.

Full story: Lori Moore's new television talk show to premiere on CW7 today (Mon, 9/8)

 


 

Windsor Star:

The CBC has sold its historic building on Riverside Drive, though the national broadcaster will continue to lease space from the new owner.

Full story: CBC sells longtime home on Riverside Drive (Sun, 9/7)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

You're in the car, driving along the Lakeshore, listening to the radio when you realize that voice that's updating you on the weather is one you've heard before. Yes, you have.

Full story: WZZM 13 weather forecasts coming to radio stations in West Michigan (Fri, 9/5)

 


 

Detroit News:

Shannon Hogan was keeping it all together Friday morning. She woke up early, per usual, hit the gym and started prepping for the evening's work on Fox Sports Detroit. So far, so good. Then her mom, Donna, called. And, just like that, all the emotions hit her with all the force of a Miguel Cabrera home run.

Full story: New York-bound Shannon Hogan reminisces about her four 'awesome' years at Fox Sports Detroit (Fri, 9/5)

 

Fox Sports Detroit is contemplating moving to a three-man broadcast booth for Tigers games starting in 2015, The News has learned. Nothing has been decided, and Greg Hammaren, vice president and general manager for FSD, declined to comment on such speculation.

Full story: FSD considering adding third person to TV booth for Tigers games in 2015 (Fri, 9/5)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Sinclair Communications-owned CBS affiliate WWMT Kalamazoo, Mich. (DMA 39), is introducing a local talk show on its CW7 subchannel. The Lori Moore Show starring long-time Kalamazoo radio personality Lori Moore. The Lori Moore Show will start on Monday, Sept. 8, and air every weekday at 4 p.m. This half-hour talk show will feature community leaders and events.

Full story: WWMT Creates Local Talk Show For Its CW7 (Fri, 9/5)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

The No. 2-ranked Grand Valley State football team opened the season Thursday night at Azusa Pacific in California. Dick Nelson, the play-by-play voice of GVSU football for 37 years, was not part of the broadcast, as he has decided to retire.

Full story: Dick Nelson recalls his career as voice of Grand Valley State football: 'I'm a homer' (Fri, 9/5)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

When Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM announced the launch of a 5 p.m. newscast in August, Nick LaFave was named co-anchor. This week, the station has begun introducing LaFave to viewers with a series of promos and appearances on WZZM. LaFave makes his co-anchoring debut September 8, when the new early evening newscast launches

Full story: WZZM Introduces New Evening Anchor Nick LaFave (Fri, 9/5)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING Top 40 WKHQ/TRAVERSE CITY, MI adds AARON SANTINI as the new Brand Manager. SANTINI is moving from one KHQ to another -- after managing the programming for KKHQ/WATERLOO IA for over 10 years, he's moving back home to WKHQ.

Full story: WKHQ Taps Aaron Sanini As Brand Manager (Fri, 9/5)

 


 

Macomb Daily:

The Nashville in the Neighborhood country music concert series in Mount Clemens finished up its second season on Wednesday night, but it's unknown if the free outdoor event will return in 2015.

Full story: WYCD country music concert series closes out in Mount Clemens (Thu, 9/4)

 


 

NewscastStudio:

Graham Media Group's WDIV-TV debuted a refreshed set and logo last week in Detroit. Handled in-house, the project added large monitor walls and backlit graphics to the set, giving it a sleek look.

Full story: Detroit NBC affiliate debuts updated set (Thu, 9/4)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris will join Fox Sports Detroit's Mario Impemba and Rod Allen in the broadcast booth for 6 Tigers games starting Monday, September 8th. Morris is normally a commentator for Minnesota Twins broadcasts on Fox Sports North.

 


 

Motor City Muckraker:

Leave it to Charlie LeDuff to transform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into something for Detroit. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter was doused with a firehose in what he has dubbed, "The Detroit Firehose Challenge."

Full story: Detroit Firehose Challenge: Charlie LeDuff gets soaked for a new local cause (Thu, 9/4)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Michigan Radio's "Stateside with Cynthia Canty" (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint) will feature an interview with Bob Green, jock at Keener 13 Detroit (WKNR AM 1310) as he reflects on the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles first concert performance in Detroit. The interview will air at 3 p.m. today, September 4th.

    Green talks with Cyndy about the behind-the-scenes stories of the concert and presents original and rarely heard audio from the press conference with The Beatles in Detroit. Listen live on michiganradio.org and visit the site after the show for a compiled podcast of the interview, along with the raw original audio from the press conference.
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  • Moving on: Swing-shift jock Amber "Alabama" Cole from CBS Radio/Detroit Top 40 WDZH-FM 98.7 (Amp Radio); she's headed to Norfolk, VA where she'll be employed full time in afternoon drive and as Music Director for Now 105 in addition to becoming the Imaging Director for both Now 105 and sister station Movin' 107-7.
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  • Closed: The purchase of Sports WNIL AM 1290 Niles by Marion Williams, owner of Michiana-area Adult Urban WSMK-FM 99.1 Buchanan. Sale price was $225,000.

 


 

MAB elects new Board of Directors and Officers

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected their 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting on August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

 

The newly elected officers include:

  • Chair - Chris Warren, General Manager, Midwestern Broadcasting (Traverse City)
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Eduardo Fernandez, Divisional General Manager, WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit)
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS Radio Detroit
  • At-Large Director - Peter Tanz, Vice President, Midwest Communications
  • Immediate Past Chair - Jill Saarela, General Manager, Sinclair Broadcasting (Traverse City)

 

Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director - Patricia Kolb, Vice-President/General Manager, WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids)
  • Director - Stephen Marks, Owner, Thunder Bay Broadcasting (Alpena/Ishpeming)
  • Director - Todd Mohr, Owner/General Manager, Mitten Media

 

Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Eduardo Fernandez, Divisional General Manager, WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit)

 

The MAB congratulates the members on their newly elected positions and looks forward to working with the board to bring the best service to all Michigan broadcasters. For more information about the MAB and its board members, please visit our website at www.michmab.com.

 


 

MAB Foundation announces newly elected Board of Directors and Officers

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers during the MAB 65th Anniversary Annual Meeting on August 26 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The newly elected officers include:

  • Chair - Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Susan E. Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Jennifer Williams, Greater Media, Inc.
  • Immediate Past Chair - Rick Sykes, Central Michigan University/MHTV

 

Members elected for their first full-term include:

  • Director - Michael Walenta, WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids)
  • Director - Joe Jason, When We Were Young Productions

 

Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • Director - Don Backus, Broadcast Electronics/Commotion
  • Director - Bob Gould, Michigan State University
  • Director - Tom Mogush, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM (Marquette)

 

The MABF congratulates the newly elected officials and looks forward to working with them in the year ahead. For more information about the MABF and its board members, please contact the MABF office at mabf@michmab.com.

 

 

 

MLive.com:

WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids has postponed separate debates for Michigan's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate elections because Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land have not accepted their invitations.

Full story: WOOD-TV postpones governor, senate debates as Rick Snyder, Terri Lynn Land fail to agree (Mon, 9/2)

 

A few days after WXYZ announced it was launching a street-side studio in downtown Detroit, the station said it was having its new landlord on to discuss his vision for the city's core.

Full story: Dan Gilbert to discuss downtown Detroit vision with new tenant WXYZ (Mon, 9/2)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Sadie Hughes has announced she's leaving Sinclair owned KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work for Sinclair's NBC affiliate in Flint, Mich., WEYI.

Full story: Sadie Hughes Says She's Heading to Michigan (Mon, 9/2)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts' exhibitions curator is becoming WYCE-FM's station manager. AJ Paschka, who joins the community radio station in October, moves from the visual world of art to the non-visual world of radio.

Full story: WYCE-FM taps artist and curator as next manager for community radio station (Mon, 9/2)

 


 

Detroit News:

Full disclosure: Jim Brandstatter is a friend. We've known each other and worked together since the late 1980s when I was covering Michigan football. We worked together again the last four years on Lions coverage.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter exceeds expectations in Michigan play-by-play debut (Sat, 8/30)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Mid-West Family bringing sports talk to Michigan's Southwestern corner

Big changes are coming to the AM radio dial in the St. Joseph / Benton Harbor area starting August 25th WSJM AM 1400 commits to super-serve area sports fans, becoming Sports Radio 1400 WSJM. With the flip, all of WSJM's regular News-Talk programs, currently heard on both AM and on WSJM-FM 94.9, will be available only on the FM.

Operations Manager Jim Gifford and Sports Director Phil McDonald will oversee Sports Radio 1400 WSJM with McDonald guiding the programming effort. McDonald began his career with WSJM in 1985 and has served as an air personality on WSJM, WIRX, WCSY, and 98.3 The Coast, as well as serving as Sports Director.

Along with a strong emphasis on teams of local interest from the high school, college, and professional ranks, Sports Radio 1400 WSJM is teaming up with some of the biggest names in sports media: Fox Sports, Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, and others to provide 24 hours of Sports Talk. And of course AM 1400 will remain the home of the Detroit Tigers, The Detroit Lions and The University Of Michigan here in Southwest Michigan.

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM will not only serve as the on-air destination for area sports fans, it will also be the on-line destination for extensive coverage of area teams and athletes at www.wsjmsports.com.

The Sports Radio 1400 WSJM Daily lineup as of August 25th: 6-9am- FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North; 9am-Noon- The Dan Patrick Show; Noon-3pm- Jay Mohr; 3-6pm: The Huge Show with Bill Simonson; 6-7pm: Big Ten Live; 7-10pm: JT The Brick; 10pm-Midnight: The Jason Smith Show.

Throughout the day, McDonald will present local features that include High School Sports Report, Michigan College and Southwest Michigan Pro Sports Reports, Sports Profiles and more.

WSJM AM 1400 went on the air in 1956 and was acquired by Mid-West Family Broadcasting in 1958.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Husband and wife team Pat and Jenny (AJ) Clark as the new morning show hosts at Townsquare Media/Flint Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9. The pair was last on the air in the Wausau - Stevens Point, Wisconsin market and started their new show on Cars 108 yesterday.

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

A former Flint television personality is suing over a decision not to renew her contract. Former ABC12 anchor, reporter and meteorologist Leslie Toldo filed a lawsuit against the station July 23 after she claims that her contract wasn't renewed by the station after she reported violations of women's civil rights to station management.

Full story: Former ABC12 reporter, meteorologist sues over racial, gender discrimination claims (Thu, 7/31)

 


 

MichiganRadio.org:

Michigan Radio has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for the news series "Shooting in Muskegon shed light on hero, and problems." The series, which originally aired in August 2013, won a Clarion Award in the category of Best Radio Documentary Series.

Full story: Michigan Radio Wins National Clarion Award (Thu, 7/31)

 


 

WJBK-TV Ch. 2 / MyFoxDetroit.com:

After 18-years of hosting Fox 2's Morning Show, WJBK television anchor Alan Lee has decided to pursue a new path in life. On Thursday, Lee anchored his last show morning show with co-host Anqunette Jamison.

Full story: Best of Luck Alan Lee (Thu, 7/31)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer (subscription):

Friday nights will sound a little different this fall as there will be a new voice for high school football on the local radio station. WBCK Radio in Battle Creek has announced it will provide another season of high school football games on 95.3 FM this fall, and there will be a new play-by-play announcer doing those games in Nate Adams.

Full story: New voice for high school football on WBCK (Thu, 7/31)

 


 

Detroit News:

If necessity is the mother of invention, the folks at WMGC (105.1 FM) are taking the old saying to heart.

Full story: 105.1 FM one-ups -- and ups and ups -- 97.1 FM with sky-high perch at Lions practice (Thu, 7/31)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

National Public Radio's StoryCorps is on its way to Grand Rapids. Modeled after the Works Progress Administration from the Great Depression, the non-profit organization records, preserves and shares stories of Americans with other Americans.

Full story: Share your own story when NPR's StoryCorps returns to Grand Rapids (Thu, 7/31)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

Another big TV consolidation deal is in the works. Tonight, Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, and Journal Communications of Milwaukee, announced they will merge their broadcasting operations, while spinning off their newspaper businesses into a new entity. As a result of the deal, which is expected to close in 2015, Scripps will be the 5th largest TV station ownership group operating 34 television stations in 24 cities, reaching 18 percent of the U.S. It will also own 35 radio stations.

Full story: E.W. Scripps and Journal Broadcasting to Merge TV Stations, Spin Off Newspapers (Wed, 7/30)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS INC. and E.W. SCRIPPS CO. have announced a merger of their broadcast operations and the spinoff of the companies' newspapers in a stock swap. JOURNAL's radio and television stations and SCRIPPS' television stations will be merged into CINCINNATI-based E.W. SCRIPPS CO., while the newspapers will merge into a new publicly-traded company, JOURNAL MEDIA GROUP.

Full story: Scripps, Journal Merge Broadcast Properties, To Spin Off Newspapers (Wed, 7/30)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the ABC affiliate owned by Gannett, is making two major announcements today. Lee Van Ameyde has a new role at WZZM 13. He has been named Managing Editor of the WZZM 13 Watchdog Investigative Team. This will be in addition to the investigative reporter responsibilities he currently handles.

Full story: WZZM 13 announces new role for Lee Van Ameyde, welcomes Nick LaFave (Wed, 7/30)

 


 

MoodyOnTheMarket.com:

Radio listeners in Michigan's Great Southwest and beyond have a whole new day coming when they wake up over the next couple of Mondays, with an incredible array of voices new and old dodging and weaving in and out of various dayparts to bring you the very best on-air lineup possible. My colleagues at Mid-West Family Broadcasting are unveiling a major re-cast of the entire scene at 98.3 The Coast next week, and everyone involved is as gidddy as a little girl getting ready for the fun and games coming your way.

Full story: Big changes on your coastal dial (Wed, 7/30)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Joan Osborne, The Bad Plus, My Brightest Diamond and Vieux Farka Toure are the four headliners of WYCE's 2014 Live at Wealthy Theatre concert series.

Full story: Joan Osborne among 4 headliners in WYCE's Live at Wealthy Theatre concert series (Wed, 7/30)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime Kalamazoo radio personality Richard Piet will return to West Michigan airwaves on Monday as the morning show host on Battle Creek's WBCK-FM (95.3). Piet worked for 14 years in news and talk radio, including an award-winning stint as the morning news anchor for WKZO-AM (590) where his show won for Best in Category in 2008, 2009 and 2010 from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Full story: Richard Piet to return to West Michigan airwaves on Monday (Fri, 7/25)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former Christian radio host John Balyo admitted Tuesday, July 29, that he photographed sex acts with a 12-year-old boy at a Kalamazoo County hotel.

Full story: Former Christian radio host John Balyo admits sex with boy, 12: 'I knew it was wrong' (Tue, 7/29)

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Post-Newsweek Stations has changed its name to Graham Media Group, effective today ... Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Co. (formerly the Washington Post Co.), owns five TV stations -- each in a top-50 market -- reaching 6.2% of U.S. television households: WDIV Detroit and KPRC Houston (NBC); KSAT San Antonio, Texas (ABC); WKMG Orlando, Fla. (CBS); and WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (independent).

Full story: New Name For Post-Newsweek Stations (Mon, 7/28)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13, following a national search, has a new morning anchor to join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer on the air weekday mornings. The ABC-TV affiliate didn't have far to look.

Full story: WZZM 13's national search for new morning anchor ends in its own backyard (Mon, 7/28)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

TODD MOHR is transferring 94% of SYNERGY MEDIA, INC., licensee of Oldies WKLA-A/LUDINGTON, MI, Country WKZC (Z95)/SCOTTVILLE, MI, and Hot AC WKLA-F/THOMPSONVILLE, MI, and SYNERGY LAKESHORE LICENSES, LLC, licensee of Classic Rock WWKR (94 K-ROCK)/HART, MI, News-Talk WLDN and W224CA/LUDINGTON, MI, and AC WMLQ (COAST FM)/MANISTEE, MI, to partners CRAIG BOWMAN and RICHARD YOUNG in exchange for retaining 100% of the construction permit for WKLA-F and some equipment and assets for his MITTEN MEDIA LLC (SYNERGY will retain the intellectual property and call letters of WKLA-F).

Full story: Partners Restructure Ownership Of Michigan Cluster (Fri, 7/25)

 


 

ItemLive.com:

Jessica Starbard admits she's a bit embarrassed that someone wants to do a story on what is essentially her first job in the broadcasting business.

Full story: Lynner Jessica Starbard ready for sports broadcasting job in Michigan (Fri, 7/25)

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

Another mid-Michigan television station is changing ownership. Gray Television paid $128 million to acquire WJRT ABC 12 and WTVG, Toledo, Ohio's ABC affiliate, from SJL Holdings, the stations' parent company. According to a press release from Gray, which owns several stations across the U.S., both stations lead their local markets in all-day ratings.

Full story: WJRT ABC 12 part of $128 million Gray Television purchase (Thu, 7/24)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

John Balyo, the former Christian radio host accused of creating pornographic images of a 12-year-old boy, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges. Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, on Wednesday was charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. Balyo on Thursday, July 24, agreed to plead guilty to both counts, records show.

Full story: John Balyo, former Christian radio host, to plead guilty to federal child porn charges (Thu, 7/24)

 

Former Christian radio host John Balyo now faces federal child porn and exploitation charges stemming from alleged incidents involving a 12-year-old boy.

Full story: Former Christian radio host John Balyo faces federal child porn charge (Wed, 7/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jackie Green has stepped down as evening host at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 to join Tribune FOX affiliate WXMI-TV (Fox 17) as an entertainment reporter.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

The GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER is seeking an energetic and innovative individual to serve as Station Manager for WYCE/GRAND RAPIDS, MI.

Full story: WYCE Is Looking For A Station Manager (Mon, 7/21)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Indianapolis-based meteorologist Chris Wright has been hired to fill in some of the weather shifts on ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit while Dave Rexroth, the station's lead weather forecaster, recovers from injuries suffered on July 4th.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

CCM+E/DETROIT has announced the promotion of Urban WJLB & UAC WMXD APD/MD CHERON MANS to Dir./Urban Programming for those stations. She fills the void left when a heart attack tragically claimed the life of KJ HOLIDAY.

Full story: Cheron Mans Promoted To Dir./Urban Programming For WJLB & WMXD (Fri, 7/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • The Grand Haven area has a new FM station to tune in with the sign of new LPFM WAWL-LP 103.5. The station primarily features a Classic Hits format and also will carry local news, information, and sports. The station's web site is www.1035wawl.com.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • The National Association of Broadcasters has released its list of Marconi Radio Award Finalists with several stations and personalities from Michigan on the list. Check out the NAB's release here.
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  • Cumulus/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760 has added the local show "It's Your Community" to the station's weekend schedule. The local Public Service show moves from its home for many years on FM sister-stations 93.1 WDRQ and 96.3 WDVD to Sunday mornings at 5:30 AM. The show is hosted Vanessa Denha Garmo, former full-time reporter, anchor and talk show host for WJR.

 


 

Ludington Daily News:

Steve Ruba, 49, of Ludington, was arraigned today on a charge of delivery of marijuana, a four-year felony, after an arrest at 8:02 p.m. Sunday on Lakeshore Drive at Iris Road ... According to the WLDN radio web site, Ruba is the seven-station network's news director.

Full story: Radio news director arraigned on charge delivery of marijuana (Mon, 6/30)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Big changes in Alpena as Midwestern Broadcasting signs off News-Talk WATZ AM 1450 for the final time, moving the station's programming to the company's new WZTK-FM 105.7, a 4,500 watt station that doesn't suffer from the problems with interference that AM 1450 has, especially as the use of household electronics has grown over the years. WATZ AM first started operating in 1946.
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  • Greater Media/Detroit Sports WMGC-FM 105.1 (Detroit Sports 105.1) has announced it will move to local programming weekdays from 10 a.m. - noon starting Monday July 7, moving Rico Beard and Ryan Ermanni from weekends into that timeslot, replacing the two hours of ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd.

    Detorit Sports 105.1 provides the ESPN Radio lineup on its HD2 digital subchannel.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Country WBCT (B93)/GRAND RAPIDS PD DAVE TAFT has added PD responsibilities for Classic Rock WBFX (101-3 THE BREW), taking over for MATT WALKER, who segues to WBCT and joins NEAL DIONNE in mornings. WALKER's previous Country experience includes BEASLEY WKIS/MIAMI and CLEAR CHANNEL WKKT/CHARLOTTE.

Full story: Dave Taft Adds PD Responsibilities For WBFX; Matt Walker Joins WBCT For Mornings (Mon, 6/30)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 meteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving West Michigan and heading west. The Grand Rapids-area native, a 2004 graduate of Jenison High School, is moving to Denver to join KDVR-TV.

Full story: WOOD TV8 meteorologist leaving West Michigan to go west (Mon, 6/30)

 


 

Midland Daily News:

Shannyn Caldwell of Midland has weathered a few storms in her life, and now she wants to help others navigate through their own dark days. Caldwell recently published her first book, "The Healing Season," in which she chronicles a 40-day path to healing from grief. Caldwell, who is one half of the Peter and Shannyn morning show on Family Life Radio, has made it her mission to tell others how an incredible set of losses in her life brought her closer to God.

Full story: Shannyn Caldwell of Midland shares grief story, recovery path (Mon, 6/30)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Art Vuolo, armed with his encyclopedic knowledge of radio history, will be a guest on CBS Radio/Pittsburgh News-Talk KDKA AM 1020 tomorrow evening (6/28) from 6 - 7 p.m. during Stoney Richards' weekend program. Listen live at http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/station/newsradio-1020-kdka/.
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  • Josh Sidorowicz makes a move within Michigan, joining the FOX affiliate WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids as a reporter and exiting as a video journalist and fill-in anchor for NBC affiliate WILX-TV Ch. 10 Lansing.
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  • Scott Meier, who had held the titles of Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus/Detroit has exited the company after having been in those roles since 2007. Meier is a longtime veteran of radio in Michigan having also worked in Flint and the Tri-Cities as well as at CBS Radio/Detroit prior to joining Cumulus.

 

 

 

WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit:

On Thursday morning Police in Southfield respond to call made by WJBK security after a 51-year-old woman drove her Lexus through a gated security area and continued to the station's back parking lot. Inside the Fox 2 building an overhead page alerted the staff that the building was on lock down.

Full story: Breach of security at Fox 2 ends with arrest of 51-year-old woman (Thu, 6/26)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A quick tap on the remote isn't enough to avoid the thousands of political advertisements running now or scheduled to be broadcast on West Michigan television. Political candidates for office and special interest groups alike have purchased ad time for at least 10,000 commercial spots stretching from January through Election Day this November, according to documents compiled from the Federal Communications Commission.

Full story: Political ads flood West Michigan airwaves: 10,000 ads, 5 channels and $4.6 million (Wed, 6/25)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

Jim Brandstatter is taking his new job as Michigan's play-by-play radio voice seriously. Which means he's doing some unusual exercises to prepare, like calling traffic.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter preps for switch to Michigan radio play-by-play man (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

The local media market is taking on an infusion of new content from WXYZ-Channel 7, and media watchers say it is expected to stir up the competitive landscape for audience and advertising -- and pique interest in bundled TV ad buys. The $110 million cash purchase that added WMYD-Channel 20 to E.W. Scripps Co.'s TV station portfolio last week was the first step in Scripps' plans for the MyNetwork TV affiliate.

Full story: Channel 20 deal will bulk up TV ad buys, watchers say (Sun, 6/22)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WCSG general manager Chris Lemke urged listeners on Monday, June 23, to pray for former host John Balyo, his family, co-workers and alleged victims after Balyo was accused of paying for sexual encounters with children.

Full story: WCSG prays for healing after radio host John Balyo busted on child-sex assault allegation (Mon, 6/23)

 


 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit:

As the Sports Director at WXYZ, I'm pleased to announce an exciting addition to our Sunday sports lineup. We are thrilled to expand our high school football coverage this fall by adding a new show, State Champs! Extra Point. The show will air every Sunday at noon throughout the football season beginning August 31, 2014.

Full story: State Champs! Extra Point to debut on WXYZ on August 31 (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Sinclair FOX TV afffiliate WSMH-TV Ch. 66 is adding Sony Pictures Television Networks' "Get TV" to a digital subchannel. The deal between Sinclair and Sony Pictures TV involves a total of 33 stations across the country.

 


 

PRNewsWire/WADL-TV:

WADL TV Detroit, an 11th metered market television station, will be airing a sneak preview on Wednesday June 25th at 8pm of the programming viewers will be able to see on the new Titan Sports Classic Network beginning this Fall on its dot three Channel.

Full story: WADL TV Detroit Launches The Titan Sports Classic Network Featuring Great Sports Moments In University Of Detroit Mercy Athletic History (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

MLive.com:

A new song from Detroit rappers Eminem and Trick Trick is expected to air on the Fourth of July on local radio station Channel 955.

Full story: Eminem, Trick Trick to release new song on Detroit's Channel 955 women are expected to love (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour is filming in the Detroit area. The actress isn't working on a new movie or a scripted series, however. She's the host of a national 13-part series called "Feel Grand with Jane Seymour" that's being produced by Detroit Public Television.

Full story: Series hosted by Jane Seymour shooting in Detroit area (Tue, 6/24)

 


 

NetNewsCheck:

The Michigan news site MLive is garnering a huge following around coverage of a topic usually monopolized by TV stations: weather. With meteorologist Mark Torregrossa at the helm, the site's weather section has ballooned both in content and readers over the past two years, hitting a high of 13 million page views in January, according to Adobe SiteCatalyst numbers provided by MLive.

Full story: MLive Scores Surprise Hit With Weather (Tue, 6/24)

 

 

 

Saginaw News:

It's possible that the 2014 KCQ Country Music Fest on Saturday, June 21, was the largest in the event's 23-year history. "I've never seen it this crowded," said Barb Sheltraw, WKCQ-FM, 98.1, morning show co-host.

Full story: Montgomery Gentry close out perhaps the largest KCQ Country Music Fest ever' (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

Curious Crew is a new TV series all about science being produced locally by WKAR. The local PBS affiliate is holding an open casting call for children ages 8 to 13 to join the cast of the show, which is scheduled for production later this summer.

Full story: WKAR Holding Casting Call for New Kids Science TV Show, 'Curious Crew' (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids:

After his arrest on Friday, John Balyo has been let go from WCSG radio in a statement from station management. Chris Lemke the general manager of WCSG radio will address the issue on the air at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning during the WCSG morning show.

Full story: Radio Personality "No Longer Affiliated With WCSG" Following Arrest (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

Detroit News:

The reunion of legendary 1960s radio station WKNR Keener 13 went well at the Red Eye Grill in New York City last weekend. "It was truly a special event," says Bob Green, WKNR personality (and eventually, program director).

Full story: WKNR Keener 13 reunion a big hit (Sat, 6/21)

 


 

Detroit Tigers / MLB.com:

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has presented former Tigers broadcaster Ray Lane with the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award for more than a half century of work on the air in Michigan.

Full story: Broadcaster Lane honored for achievements (Sat, 6/21)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

John Balyo, the WCSG radio personality arrested Friday on a sex assault allegation involving a young boy, was taken into custody at the Big Ticket Festival, one of the nation's largest Christian music events, police confirmed.

Full story: WCSG's John Balyo arrested at Big Ticket Christian music festival (Fri, 6/21)

 

 

 

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 / WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit:

Detroit area viewers now have a choice for local news at 10 p.m. 7 Action News at 10 on TV20 Detroit premieres this week. The new 10 p.m. newscast will be anchored Monday-Friday by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox, with chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth's 7 First Alert weather forecasts, and 7 sports director Tom Leyden's up-to-the-minute sports reports. Weekend editions will be anchored by 7 Action News veteran Dave LewAllen, with meteorologist Hally Vogel and sports anchor Dave Solano.

Full story: Introducing 7 Action News at 10 on TV20 Detroit (Mon, 6/16)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co., the parent company of WXYZ-TV, closed Monday on the purchase of MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD Channel 20 in a $110 million cash deal that also includes the purchase of WKBW, Buffalo's ABC affiliate, from New York City-based Granite Broadcasting Corp. Along with the deal, WXYZ announced that it will start a local 10 p.m. newscast on WMYD Monday-Friday anchored by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox beginning tonight.

Full story: WXYZ to launch 10 p.m. newscast on Channel 20 as part of Scripps' $110M purchase of station (Mon, 6/16)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Post-Newsweek Stations' NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit (DMA 11) released a new app today, called Local 4 StormPins, which will give users severe weather and breaking news information -- in real time -- via official storm spotters, emergency responders and concerned citizens. The Local 4 StormPins app was designed for mobile and tablet devices and is available now for download on iPhone and Android devices.

Full story: WDIV Detroit debuts new severe weather app (Sun, 6/15)

 


 

Detroit News:

There are good days. Then there are days you won't forget. Saturday was one of those for Brad Galli, the WXYZ (Channel 7) sports reporter who during the day got married -- and then at night, during his wedding reception, was awarded his first career Michigan Emmy after multiple previous nominations.

Full story: Channel 7 sportscaster Brad Galli wins Emmy after his wedding (Sun, 6/15)

 


 

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Grand Rapids Press:

Michele DeSelms never saw it coming. One moment, the veteran anchorwoman at Fox 17 was relaxing beside a cozy campfire. In the next, she was falling into it.

Full story: Bonfire accident severely burns Fox 17 anchor Michele DeSelms: 'I cry all the time' (Thu, 6/12)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

WEMU-FM 89.1, a public radio station housed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, sent a email message out to listeners stating, "between now and next Wednesday, we must raise $100,000 to stay on track for our annual goal of $850,000.

Full story: WEMU-FM 89.1 must raise $100k by June 23 to 'stay on track' (Thu, 6/12)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

PAT ST. JOHN, currently doing SIRIUSXM 60s on 6 live every day from 1-5p (ET), shares with ALL ACCESS "this SATURDAY (6/14), the personalities from the legendary WKNR (KEENER 13)/DETROIT are reuniting for dinner in NYC." ST. JOHN says BOB GREEN organized it, with confirmed attendees including himself, GREEN, SCOTT REGAN, ROBIN SEYMOUR, JERRY GOODWIN, JIM BROOKER, JOHN MEAGHER, FRANK "SWINGIN'" SWEENEY, JIM KERR, STEVE SCHRAM, SCOTT WESTERMAN and GARY STEVENS.

Full story: WKNR Alumni Reunite In New York (Thu, 6/12)

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

Mike Woolfolk, former anchor for WACH in Columbia, SC, from 1996 to 2010, has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, reports The State. After leaving WACH, Woolfolk started a media relations business. TVSpy reported about Woolfolk after he criticized his old station for hiring a beauty queen with no formal journalism experience. "I was astounded when I first heard of this move by WACH-TV, my former employer, and I remain astounded to this day," Woolfolk wrote on his blog at the time. Woolfolk is a Detroit native.

Full story: Mike Woolfolk Joins Detroit's WXYZ (Mon, 6/9)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Passing: Garnet "Gar" Zimmerman, former Chief Engineer and Announcer at WBRN-FM/AM 100.9/1460 Big Rapids at the age of 88 on April 3rd. In addition to his work at WBRN, Gar was the former Department Head of Broadcast Engineering Technology and other Electronics Programs at Ferris State University. Mohnke Funeral Home provides a full obituary.
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  • ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit will be losing one of its digital subnets as Live Well Network will be discontinued in January. LWN current airs on Channel 7.3. Broadcasting & Cable: ABC to Discontinue Live Well Network.
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  • Media personality Lisa Barry will join host Dean La Douceur on the latter's On The Dean's List Blog Talk Radio podcast on Wednesday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. Barry is a Detroit-area media personality who has been with radio stations WJR, WNIC, WYCD and WXYT-AM. She is also in demand as a speaker, emcee and host for special events.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Sports radio talk show host Bill Simonson, who has gone from loved or loathed around Grand Rapids to the same around the state, is now going huge nationally. Simonson, host of "The Huge Show" heard Monday through Friday on 10 stations throughout Michigan, last week began a national version on CBS Sports Radio.

Full story: Sports talk radio's Bill Simonson takes 'The Huge Show' national (Fri, 6/6)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The Allegan County Sheriff's Office said underage drinking and excessive tailgating at the B-93 Birthday Bash last year will lead to increased enforcement for this weekend's event.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Increased enforcement to crack down on underage drinking, tailgating (Tue, 6/3)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA Rock WRIF/DETROIT will hold a"Rocktober Throwdown" concert at COMPUWARE ARENA on OCTOBER 8th. The lineup will feature FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH and NOTHING MORE.

Full story: WRIF Holding 'Rocktober Throwdown' (Tue, 6/3)

 

 

 

Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association announces 2013 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners from across the state. Winners and more information can be found here.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

What was that stuff Jerrod Niemann drank in the video to "Drink to That All Night"? "RumChata," Niemann said from his home in Nashville, Tenn.

Full story: Jerrod Niemann to cause a country ruckus at B-93 Birthday Bash (Mon, 6/2)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio's HD-2 Smooth Jazz V98.7 is promoting a 45% increase in power, potentially increasing the digital radio station's coverage area and reliability on HD radios. The increase in power is also enjoyed by the station's HD-1 programming, a simulcast of Top 40 Amp Radio, WDZH-FM 98.7. The changes do not increase WDZH's analog power or coverage area.

 

 

 

TVNewsCheck.com:

When WXMI, the Fox affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., decided to launch an 11 p.m. newscast, the station faced a couple marketing problems, one of which it inflicted on itself. You see, when the station launched its 10 p.m. news back in 1999, it heavily branded that newscast as, At 10 It's News, at 11 It's History.

Full story: WXMI Tries to Undo 15-Year-Old Branding (Wed, 5/28)

 


 

Flint Journal:

A flying bat freaked out weatherman Jason Adams during a news broadcast at television station WEYI-TV Monday, May 26, and it's getting national attention, thanks in part to coverage from the Huffington Post.

Full story: Watch WEYI weatherman deliver the forecast while dodging flying bat (Thu, 5/29)

 


 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters to honor four

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Board of Directors has announced its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2014 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees.

Mario Iacobelli, President/Owner of Heritage Broadcasting (CBS affiliate WWTV/WWUP-TV Cadillac/Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie, 9 & 10 News) will be receiving this year's Lifetime Achievement award on Tuesday, August 26 during the MAB's Summer Celebration at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Entering the Hall of Fame on the same day will be George Blaha, play-by-play announcer for Michigan State University football and Detroit Pistons basketball, Jim Brandstatter, football analyst and play-by-play announcer for the University of Michigan and the Detroit Lions, and Sue Goldsen, Vice President and co-owner of Jackson Radio Works, a cluster of radio stations serving Jackson.

This year's award recipients have over 140 years of combined experience in broadcasting. Their work as broadcasters, humanitarians, and philanthropists can be seen from their local communities to across the globe.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT radio stations Classic Rock WCSX, Active Rock WRIF and Sports Talk WMGC, along with FOX DETROIT SPORTS and the DETROIT TIGERS are presenting the 4th Annual "Tip A Tiger" event on THURSDAY JUNE 5th at CJ MAHONEY's Sport Grille in TROY, MI.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Presents 4th Annual Tip A Tiger (Fri, 5/30)

 


 

MLive.com:

A local three-day country music festival's move in 2012 from Detroit's Hart Plaza to Comerica Park wasn't an easy adjustment for some fans, but appears to be paying off as the event wrapped up Sunday up its 32nd successful year. It was hard Saturday afternoon to find anyone who complained about paying for the event after 29 years of free admission at Hart Plaza, a 14-acre, 40,000-person capacity downtown meeting place along the Detroit River.

Full story: Detroit WYCD Downtown Hoedown's 2012 move from Hart Plaza to Comerica Park pays off for fans (Sun, 6/1)

 

 

 

Clear Channel/Detroit suffered a tragic loss over the weekend with the sudden death of KJ Holiday, Program Director for Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and Urban WJLB-FM 97.9. He had been with Mix 92.3 and FM 98 since 2001 and was struck by an apparent heart attack on Sunday while playing basketball with his 13 year old son.

More details and tributes are available in the following links:

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal: (pay site)

The most important and influential element of the Lansing classical music scene is something we can't even see. It's something we can only hear. Since 1948, Lansing's first FM station has been an undeniable part of Lansing life.

Full story: WKAR radio station manager tweaking format, adding new perspective (Sat, 4/26)

 

West Michigan Whitecaps / MLive.com:

The West Michigan Whitecaps take pride in the fact that their brand extends across the entire West Michigan region. This season, the newly expanded Whitecaps' Radio Network is bringing the team's radio broadcasts throughout the region as well.

Full story: Expanded West Michigan Whitecaps' radio network extends to Kalamazoo (Sun, 4/27)

 

 

 

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TVSpy.com:

A group of squatters were menacing a Detroit neighborhood. When WXYZ reporter Ronnie Dahl picked up the story and lead the efforts to have the squatters evicted, she became a target of their food-based rage.

Full story: WXYZ reporter pelted with food by angry squatters (Wed, 4/23)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CBS Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/DETROIT presents AMP LIVE 2014, a concert headlined by ED SHEERAN. Also appearing on the bill will be AUSTIN MAHONE, ICONA POP, LITTLE MIX and TIMEFLIES.

Full story: AMP Live 2014 comes to Detroit (Wed, 4/23)

 


 

MLive.com:

... While he recovers, one of the best personalities on the team will remain in the spotlight. Sadler and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson filled in for athletic director Mark Hollis on his Monday radio show with their own program dubbed "Thick and Thin." The hour-long program -- which Sadler said was prepared Sunday night at Crunchy's Burgers & Beer -- featured interviews with Spartans quarterback Connor Cook and former Spartan Keith Nichol.

Full story: Michigan State punter Mike Sadler recovering from surgery and trying his hand at radio (Wed, 4/23)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Taz Painter, WZZM-TV 13's new news director, is on the job today. Painter takes over the Gannett-owned ABC-TV affiliate serving the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek TV market in West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM-TV's new news director, Taz Painter, begins work in Grand Rapids (Mon, 4/14)

 


 

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

Tornado season is just around the corner. Now, in this Local 4 prime-time special, Chuck Gaidica and the Local 4Casters show viewers how to best prepare for severe weather.

Full story: Local 4 Special 'Severe Weather: Survival Guide' airs Tuesday, April 15 at 9:30 p.m. (Mon, 4/14)

 

 

 

OurWindsor.ca:

The University of Windsor's campus radio station will be reaching more listeners with a signal increase approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CJAM 99.1FM applied for the power boost in March 2012 after CKXS-FM in Wallaceburg, which uses the same frequency, put in a request. Following the installation - expected sometime in the summer - CJAM will increase from 456 to 2,084 watts and reach up to the north and northeast to Grosse Point, Mich.

Full story: CJAM signal boost will extend station's reach in Windsor, Detroit (Tue, 4/8)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • CBS Radio/Detroit News-Talk WWJ AM 950 Detroit and Lenawee Broadcasting's Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian have both claimed Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Read the NAB's release.

 


 

OurWindsor.ca:

The University of Windsor's campus radio station will be reaching more listeners with a signal increase approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CJAM 99.1FM applied for the power boost in March 2012 after CKXS-FM in Wallaceburg, which uses the same frequency, put in a request. Following the installation - expected sometime in the summer - CJAM will increase from 456 to 2,084 watts and reach up to the north and northeast to Grosse Point, Mich.

Full story: CJAM signal boost will extend station's reach in Windsor, Detroit (Tue, 4/8)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

UP NORTH RADIO Hot AC WCDY/CADILLAC, MI has promoted OM RYAN ROSE to VP/Operations.

Full story: WCDY Ups Ryan Rose To VP/Operations (Wed, 4/9)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

WZZM 13, the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. today announced Greg Ghering is joining WZZM 13 News as nightside Connection Desk Editor. Greg Ghering is currently the News Director at WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids.

Full story: WZZM 13 Hires New Connection Desk Editor (Tue, 4/8)

 

 

 

Michigan Radio:

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced today that Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith is a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year. Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter, and has worked at the station since 2010.

Full story: Lindsey Smith finalist for Young Journalist of the Year (Tue, 4/1)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

Radio vet JAY THOMAS has been tapped as PD for FRIENDS COMMUNICATIONS' Country WQTE (Q95)/ADRIAN, MI, effective MONDAY, APRIL 7th. THOMAS succeeds STACY DOPP, who recently exited.

Full story: Jay Thomas Named PD At WQTE (Tue, 4/1)

 


 

National Association of Broadcasters:

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) announced the winners for the 2014 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters ... WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian is the winner of the Service to Children Award for radio.

Full story: NAB Education Foundation Announces Service to America Winners (Mon, 3/31)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

The perils of weather reporting were on full display in Grand Rapids yesterday during Rick Mecklenburg's live weather report, which was interrupted by a gust of wind that blew the WXMI chief meteorologist's chair to the ground.

Full story: 'The Wind Just Blew Me Over. We're Gonna Throw it Back to You Guys' (Tue, 4/1)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WFGR-FM has a new morning man on Classic Hits 98.7. Michigan native Jojo Girard was on the air this morning, spinning songs such as "Just What I Needed" by the Cars and "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner, for the debut of "The Jojo Show."

Full story: Grand Rapids' Classic Hits 98.7 has a new morning DJ at WFGR-FM (Thu, 3/27)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

A new Detroit City Council report raises questions about the reasoning behind a proposed $5.2-million payment -- negotiated by the emergency manager's team of Jones Day lawyers -- that would settle any claims the city has to a share of the Red Wings' past cable TV revenues.

Full story: Council report questions proposed $5.2M payment to resolve Red Wings' TV revenue dispute (Thu, 3/27)

 

 

 

Ann Arbor News:

Last week's fundraising drive at Ypsilanti public radio station WEMU-FM (89.1) went into overtime - fitting, since the station's coverage of the EMU men's basketball team's win in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament was a primary reason - and came fairly close to reaching its ambitious $200,000 goal.

Full story: WEMU's spring fundraising drive falls just short of ambitious goal (Tue, 3/25)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Inbound for mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7 is Michigan native Jojo Girard who will be returning to the Great Lakes State from Baltimore, MD where he last hosted mornings at Mix 106.5 for nearly twenty years.

 

 

 

A mega-merger/buyout in TV to affect Michigan stations

Media General, owner of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV Ch. 6 and ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV Ch. 53 in the Lansing market, will buyout LIN Media, owner of NBC affiliate WOOD-TV Ch. 8, ABC affiliate WOTV-TV Ch. 41, and low power MyNetwork affiliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek market in a deal valued at $1.6 billion.

The transaction, once approved and closed, would create the second largest pure-play TV company in the country.

Press release via Yahoo! Finance: Media General and LIN Media to combine (Fri, 3/21)

 


 

Philip Nye, former news director at Keener 13 and WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit dies

Nye helped direct the news department at WKNR AM 1310 during that station's popularity peak in the 1960s and later was a driving force at building the news department at Channel 7 into a market leader in the 1970s. Services will be held Monday, March 24 in Farmington Hills.

More details on Nye's career and his memorial in this obituary. He was 87 years old when he died on March 20th, 2014.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS has hired PATRICK PENDERGAST as VP/GM for their four station cluster in LANSING, MI. He will assume duties as of MARCH 24th. This is a homecoming of sorts as PENDERGAST ran MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS four station cluster in SHEBOYGAN, WI in 2006-2007.

Full story: Midwest Communications Taps Patrick Pendergast To Lead Lansing Cluster (Thu, 3/20)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

TOWNSQUARE Top 40 WKFR/KALAMAZOO adds DANA MARSHALL as Brand Mgr./Middayer. It's a return to the station he worked at in 1991.

Full story: WKFR Names Dana Marshall Brand Mgr./Midday Host (Wed, 3/19)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Dierks Bentley and Justin Moore will headline the B-93 Birthday Bash at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin this summer. The 22nd country music festival put on by the Grand Rapids-based country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) will be held on June 7-8, according to the event's website.

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2014: Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore to headline country music bash (Mon, 3/17)

 


 

Observer & Eccentric:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation named WSDP-FM (88.1) "The Park" the High School Station of the Year. The MABF presented the award Wednesday, March 12, during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. Fifteen students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem high schools received 14 of the 24 awards presented in the high school radio category.

Full story: Plymouth-Canton's 88.1 named top school radio station (Fri, 3/14)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM) is hosting and giving away tickets to what's billed as the station's debut concert. The event, featuring performances by Big and Rich, Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, Brett Eldredge, The Cadillac Three, and Kix Brooks, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at The Fillmore in Detroit. Details on the Nash FM web site.

 

 

 

Flint Journal:

Public radio listeners who glanced down at their car radio dial this week may have received an unexpected message courtesy of hackers. And it wasn't for a pledge drive.

Full story: Hackers send profane message to public radio listeners in Flint, West Michigan (Wed, 3/12)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Parker and The Man are back on the radio, according to a news release. Longtime radio partners Rob Parker and Mark Wilson will reboot "Sports Night with Parker and The Man" from 7-10 weeknights on WDFN-AM (1130), starting March 24.

Full story: Parker and The Man coming back to WDFN (Wed, 3/12)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Emily Barr, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek stations, is seeking to allay fears within the station group after the sale of WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, was announced this morning.

Full story: Emily Barr: Post-Newsweek Stations Not For Sale (Wed, 3/12)

 

 

 

Radio One/Detroit hosting Radiothon to help fire victims

The stations of Radio One in Detroit (Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9, News/Talk WCHB AM 1200/FM 99.9, Gospel WPZR-FM 102.7, and Urban WGPR-FM 107.5) have teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul to help the victims of the recent Jason Manor Apartment fire by hosting a Radiothon today to raise funds to help the displaced residents of the destroyed building. WDMK, WCHB and WGPR will be broadcasting live from the Villa store on Telegraph and West Chicago in Redford Township at various times throughout the day with WDMK's broadcasting ending at 10 p.m.

Online donations are being accepted via phone at (877) 788-4623 or on the St. Vincent de Paul website, donate.svdpdet.org.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

With a different business plan behind the scenes, local sports talk show "Parker and The Man" will return to local radio airwaves weeknights beginning March 24 on WDFN 1130 AM. Hosts Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, who began the show on the station in 1998 before it moved to other stations, will be on from 7 to 10 p.m.

Full story: Sports talkers Rob Parker, Mark Wilson return to WDFN in brokered airtime deal (Tue, 3/11)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Townsquare Media has purchased one of downtown Kalamazoo's most popular events, Ribfest, from The Arc Community Advocates, both organizations announced Monday.

Full story: Ribfest sold to Townsquare Media, annual festival will be held Aug. 7-9 (Tue, 3/11)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Townsquare Media Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids releases night jock 'Metalhead Ned' and fills the position with the syndicated Loudwire Nights program hosted by 'Full Metal Jackie'.
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  • Gannett ABC affiliate WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids has named Taz Painter as the station's News Director, effective April 14th. Painter will transfer from Gannett sister station WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN and take the role held by Stanton Tang who's departure had previously been announced.

 

 

 

WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo:

Finalists were announced Wednesday in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2013 radio and television news contest. The awards in actual order of finish -- first or second -- will be announced at the annual Michigan APME awards banquet June 1 in Lansing. The General Excellence award winners also will be announced at the banquet.

Full story: Finalists announced in 2013 APME broadcast contest in Michigan (Wed, 3/5)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

NPR's Carl Kasell will be retiring as the Official Judge and Scorekeeper of the popular news-quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me." The popular news-quiz show "Wait Wait," produced in Chicago, will make a tour stop on March 20 at Miller Auditorium and Kasell will be part of the performance.

Full story: NPR's Carl Kasell to retire from 'Wait Wait,' but he'll be in Kalamazoo for show's tour stop (Wed, 3/5)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) - which measures audience ratings in radio - recently released numbers for the fall 2013 survey period in the Ann Arbor market, and once again, Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM) established itself as the area's most-listened-to radio station. The results come after a two year hiatus, during which time Ann Arbor was not included in the ratings.

Full story: Michigan Radio tops in Ann Arbor radio market and national ratings for public radio stations (Sat, 3/1)

 


 

RadioInsight:

Two of Schurz Communications stations in South Bend, IN are sporting new names and slightly revamped formats. Country "Real Country 99.9" WHFB-FM Benton Harbor, MI has tweaked to a current based presentation as "New Country 99.9" focusing on 18-34. The station retains the syndicated Bob & Tom Show in mornings.

Full story: Schurz rebrands two in South Bend (Fri, 2/28)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOTV-4 personality Maranda is set to host another series of park parties that offer families a fun and free entertainment option during the summertime months.

Full story: WOTV-4's Maranda to host 20th anniversary year of park parties (Fri, 2/28)

 

 

 

Detroit News:

Radio One told its advertisers about some programming changes Tuesday, including at least two bombshells -- Mildred Gaddis' longtime morning slot on Detroit's NewsTalk AM 1200 (WCHB-AM) will be taken over by the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show from 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Full story: WCHB shakes up its lineup; Gaddis moves to afternoon (Tue, 2/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Fans of John Mason will soon find the Detroit radio star back in a familiar spot: in the a.m. on the FM dial. Mason will take over the morning drive-time shift at Kiss 105.9 (WDMK-FM) starting Monday, leaving his current afternoon post at Radio One sister station WCHB (1200 AM, 99.9 FM). Mason, who ruled the morning airwaves on Detroit urban radio at WJLB in the 1990s, will broadcast 5:30-10 a.m. weekdays.

Full story: Mason returns to Detroit's morning airwaves Monday (Tue, 2/25)

 


 

Muskegon Tribune:

Muskegon's Andy O'Riley is known for being a little larger than life. The area radio personality has spent his career honing an on-air persona, and has focused in recent years on expanding that influence through social media sites like Facebook, with great success.

Full story: Well-known radio personality launches social media business (Tue, 2/25)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

ALL ACCESS has learned that BRENT ALBERTS is leaving his PD/afternoon position on CUMULUS Classic Rock WXKR and HD-2 Alternative (100.7 THE ZONE)/TOLEDO. On his FACEBOOK page ALBERTS posted, "After 46 wonderful years in the business I've loved since I was a kid, it's time to do something else."

Full story: Brent Alberts Leaving WXKR (Tue, 2/25)

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM 13 is in the market for news director. The Gannett-owned, ABC-TV affiliate in Grand Rapids has posted an ad for a news director "who knows how to differentiate a station from the competition."

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 begins search for a new news director (Mon, 2/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

They were connected by death, and later by victory. By a bullet from a pistol, and then by a Pulitzer Prize. Dennis Grehl was only defending himself and the assistant frantically emptying the cash register at the little pharmacy in Northwest Detroit. Angelo Henderson was only doing what reporters do.

Full story: Winning together: Henderson's legacy (Mon, 2/24)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Raised: Over $1.1 million in pledges during last Friday's Bed & Bread Club Radiothon heard on Cumulus Media's News-Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit. The 16-hour broadcast was hosted by WJR's Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann who were joined by retired jock Dick Purtan.
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  • Nominated: For Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, Lenawee Broadcasting's Adult Contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian along with CBS Radio/Detroit's Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and All-News WWJ AM 950. The trio are among 50 stations nationwide recognized as finalists; winners will be announced in April.

 

 

 

The Oakland Press:

A good man, minister, journalist, father, husband and community activist, the Rev. Angelo B. Henderson of Pontiac, died this weekend of natural causes. He was 51. The night before he died, he complained of shortness of breath. He was a Pulizer Prize winner, just one of 25 black journalists to ever win journalism's highest honor. He also was a radio host at WCHB-AM and FM who made his program a platform for voices from all parts of the Detroit-area community.

Full story: Radio host from Pontiac remembered as 'good man and journalist' (Mon, 2/17)

 


 

Detroit News:

Funeral services for journalist and radio show host Angelo Henderson begin Saturday at Swanson Funeral Home on the city's northwest side. Visitation for Mr. Henderson is from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Swanson's northwest chapel at 14751 W. McNichols in Detroit.

Full story: Funeral services start this weekend for renowned Detroit journalist, radio show host (Mon, 2/17)

 


 

Moody on the Market:

That big, lovable guy who holds down the fort weekday mornings at Mid-West Family Broadcasting's WIRX Radio is packing up his worldly goods this week for a "too good to miss out on" opportunity with a couple of friends who are launching a new business on the south side of Las Vegas. Rex Charger, who has hosted the morning show at Rock 107 since June of 2012, will mark his last day on the air this coming Friday, February 21st and will begin his new career on March 6th with the opening of The Gold Club near the largest outdoor mall in the Las Vegas metro called Town Square.

Full story: WIRX morning man headed to Vegas (Mon, 2/17)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Shaffee exits afternoons at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 according to his Facebook post.
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  • Still kissing: Two contestants as of 7:30 p.m. at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter as part of a contest to win a 2-year lease on a Chevy in a contest sponsored by Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Country WWWW-FM 102.9. The contest began on Saturday before noon - view a live stream here. to see if there was finally a winner.

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • WOMC_Gleaners CBS Radio/Detroit Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is on the air today with its "Radiothon for Gleaners", raising money to help Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan fulfill their mission of distributing emergency food to more than 550 partner schools, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.

    Call (855) 315-3663 to donate or visit womc.com for more details.
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  • Lauren 'Shmitty' Smith has changed jobs from morning show producer at Clear Channel/Grand Rapids' News-Talk WOOD-FM/AM 106.9/1300 to morning show co-host at sister station Top 40 WSNX-FM 104.5 where she joins Ken Evans and Internio.
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  • FOX UP, a digital subchannel of WLUC-TV Ch. 6 Marquette, will broadcast the February 21 and 22 home-and-home WCHA hockey games between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.

    A veteran broadcast team of Mark Evans and Dave Ellis will call the games live at 7 p.m. each evening. Evans was the play-by-play radio voice of NMU hockey from 2001-04 and also served as analyst from 1997-99. He also served as play-by-play voice of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2004-06.Ellis, a native of Calumet, worked at TV6 from 1992-94, hosted shows on Fox Sports Detroit for 12 years and has done play-by-play work for the Big Ten Network in three sports. He's also served as a fill-in analyst for Michigan Tech hockey radio broadcasts on numerous occasions.

 


 

Detroit News:

He's carved out a niche as a Tigers broadcaster, that's for sure. Jim Price was at Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday, ready for another season as Dan Dickerson's partner in the radio booth. To a large extent, however, Price's season began with the Tigers' fantasy camps last month.

Full story: Broadcaster Jim Price makes fantasy campers' dreams come true (Wed, 2/12)

 

 

 

WWJ AM 950 Detroit:

WWJ Newsradio 950′s annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund wrapped up Friday evening topping previous years by a wide margin. Metro Detroiters, local businesses and corporations helped to make the 2014 THAW Radiothon a success to the tune of $1,154,198.

Full story: WWJ's Winter Survival Radiothon For THAW Raises Over $1 Million! (Fri, 2/7)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Anyone who has ever turned on a radio knows a station has to have a tower to broadcast the programming, right? Not so with today's new technology. Student radio broadcasters such as Mark Stewart and Blake Perlman, and station manager Pete Bowers at Bloomfield Hills High School's award-winning WBFH 88.1 FM radio station, known as the Biff, have found two new methods to keep broadcasting their music, sports and hot topic talk shows since they lost their tower in June.

Full story: Tower-less student broadcasters reach audience with new app & website (Fri, 2/7)

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit loses another veteran radio personality, as Mark Pasman, longtime host of WCSX-FM (94.7)'s "Motor City Blues Project" was fired last week by the station. The show, with its "Anything blue will do" tagline, aired from 7 p.m. to midnight Sundays. Because Pasman is a musician as well, it was a reliable way to find out what was happening in Detroit's blues scene and virtually the only outlet for local blues releases to be played.

Full story: WCSX fires blues host Mark Pasman (Fri, 2/7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Two more Michigan stations adding Cumulus' "America's Morning Show": No surprise as the company has now confirmed the Blair Garner led syndicated morning program will be added to WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint and WTNR-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids and be among 19 new stations adding the show- including WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit as revealed late last week.
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  • Hired: Greg Smith as the new General Sales Manager at Greater Media/Detroit's Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1. Prior to moving to WRIF, Smith held the same job at CBS Radio/Detroit's All-News WWJ AM 950.
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  • Exited: Midday host Glen Dillon from Townsquare Media's WKFR-FM 103.3 Battle Creek / Kalamazoo.

 


 

Saginaw News:

The Frankenmuth International Aid Foundation has added $1,014 to its fund courtesy of the Bronner's Hot Shot Local Media Celebrity Archery Contest. For the second year in a row, Larry Elliot of ABC 12 shot his way to the top prize Friday, Feb. 7, at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, 25 Christmas Lane, in Frankenmuth, resulting in the funding going to the foundation on his behalf.

Full story: ABC 12's Larry Elliot on target for charity in Bronner's archery competition (Sat, 2/8)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Rebranding: Cumulus Media's Country radio stations in Grand Rapids and Flint to the nationwide "Nash FM" brand name; Grand Rapids' "Thunder 94.5" WTNR-FM and Flint's "B95" WFBE-FM 95.1 join Detroit's WDRQ-FM 93.1 and become Cumulus' 2nd and 3rd Nash Country music stations in Michigan.

    Cumulus today also switched 9 other stations across the country to the Nash brand, including WKDF-FM Nashville, TN.
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  • Added: To the lineup starting tonight at Clear Channel/Detroit Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7, the Sixx Sense show evenings from 7 p.m. - Midnight. The program is heard on various stations across the country and hosted by Motley Crue bandmember Nikki Sixx and Kerri Kasem.

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

In the fall of 2013, for the first time in over a decade, the Federal Communications Commission accepted applications for Low Power FM radio station licenses; and one proposal from Washtenaw County - for Ann Arbor Community Radio, which now streams through its website and mobile devices - was submitted and accepted.

Full story: Ann Arbor Community Radio gets radio station license from FCC (Mon, 2/3)

 


 

MLive.com / Grand Valley State University:

Grand Valley State University Athletics announced today the addition of three new radio affiliates to the GVSU Football radio network. The Grand Valley Sports Network has partnered with a Big Rapids radio network to broadcast Laker football games on three of their radio stations covering Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola and Lake Counties. The new stations include two Big Rapids stations, WBRN-AM 1460 & WBRN-FM 107.7, along with Reed City's WBRN-FM 95.1.

Full story: GVSU football adds affiliates in Big Rapids and Reed City (Mon, 2/3)

 

 

 

WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids:

This month FOX 17 News begins a special series on something that has the potential of impacting every person in West Michigan. For the past six months, FOX 17 collaborated with staff of community organizations - Merpi Media, Hospice of Michigan, Aquinas College, Catholic Information Center - to discuss ways to best produce a television series that will help inspire and teach families how to have 'The Talk,' a conversation about planning end-of-life decisions.

Full story: FOX 17 to Launch Special Series: Have You Had The Talk? (Sat, 2/1)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Across the border format change I: Southwestern Ontario's CKUE-FM 100.7 / 95.1 Windsor / Chatham flipped from a Mainstream Rock format to Adult Contemporary as 'Lite FM' on Thursday evening. The station's former format 'The Rock' continues online only at canadasrock.ca, but without personalities Jeff Burrows and Rod Martens who were fired in the switchover.

    The Windsor Star's Ted Shaw blogs about the change.
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  • Across the border format change II: On the Door Peninsula of Northeastern Wisconsin, Sturgeon Bay's WNLI-FM 88.5 has switched to Educational Media Foundation's Christian Rock "Air 1" network with sister station WPFF-FM 90.5 switching over to EMF's Christian Contemporary "K-Love". The station's had been primarily programmed locally before last week programming changes.

    The changeover also includes translators in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The two stations are in the process being acquired by EMF from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting.

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Reporter Alexis Wiley will become spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, according to reports published Saturday. Wiley, 30, refused to confirm or deny the report saying only, "I still work at Fox 2."

Full story: Fox 2's Alexis Wiley expected to be named Duggan spokeswoman (Sat, 1/25)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 welcomes a new morning anchor to its news team on Monday. Kirk Mason joins Marcie Kobriger and Jeff Porter on the anchor desk from 4:30-7 a.m. and for the noon news beginning Jan. 27 on West Michigan's CBS-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT's new morning anchor Kirk Mason debuts Monday on West Michigan TV (Sun, 1/26)

 

Looking for some frozen fun? he 2014 Pond Hockey Classic kicked off on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake Friday night and continues through Sunday with 38 teams competing for trophies. Local rock station WGRD 97.9 is once again bringing the annual event that pits amateur 4-on-4 teams against each other.

Full story: Hockey fans can find frozen fun on Reeds Lake this weekend with WGRD Pond Hockey Classic (Sat, 1/25)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

Local morning radio host Joe "Flounder" Piesz from Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (WTNR -FM) has announced he will be leaving the show and the market on Jan. 31. The show is also simulcast on WFBE-FM 95.1 in Flint. Piesz, 28, has been on the air in Grand Rapids since 2007.

Full story: Joe "Flounder" Piesz leaving Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (Fri, 1/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

If any proof was needed of "Antiques Roadshow's" cult status, the two sisters were it. Dressed in matching black T-shirts with rhinestone letters spelling out "Roadshow Diva," they were just two of the 6,000 lucky ticket holders who showed up at Cobo Center in June when the award-winning PBS series stopped in Motown.

Full story: Go behind the scenes during the 'Antiques Roadshow' visit to Detroit (Fri, 1/24)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 23, 2014

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Detroit Free Press:

The nation's first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV, is responsible for many firsts -- using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 hours instead of signing off in the evening. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit highlighting those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Full story: Exhibit honoring first black-owned TV station planned for Detroit Historical Museum (Thu, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Midwest Communications is purchasing Sports WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek out of a trust for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Midwest owns several other stations in the area, including stations licensed to the Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Coldwater areas.
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  • CBS Radio/Detroit is now programming the HD3 feed of WOMC-FM 104.3 with a totally Detroit-focused format as "Detroit's Boulevard", a pop-rock outlet featuring music from native Metro Detroiters. Alongside mainstream acts such as Bob Seger, Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, and Motown artists the stream will also give exposure to lesser-known names such as The Ready Set, Blue October, and Mike Posner. Listen on WOMC-FM HD3 or via CBS Radio's app, Radio.com.
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  • WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit, the help of a very generous benefactor whose wish is to remain anonymous, is teaming up with Citi Trends and The Bel Air 10 Theater to distribute new coats to needy school children from the area on Saturday, January 25th at 8AM at the Bel Air 10 Theater on 10100 East Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Parents must bring children with them along with an ID and some form of child health insurance proof. Coats will be available to school age children only.
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  • Larry Lujack Memorial Video now available: Leave it to Art Vuolo, "Radio's Best Friend", to prepare a video tribute in memory of Chicago radio icon Larry Lujack. Vuolo has video of Super Jock from as far back as 1976! The entire tribute runs 73 minutes, reflecting the number of years he lived.

    An abbreviated version has been posted on YouTube; visit the home page of Art's web site at www.vuolovideo.com where the uncut version is available. See why Larry Lujack was a radio original.

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2014

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AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Talk WHTC-A/HOLLAND, MI has named DAN SPADAFORA as Brand Manager and morning host. SPADAFORA, most recently studio host for GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY football on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WMAX (ESPN 96.1)/GRAND RAPIDS, where he did news and production work for sister News-Talk WOOD-A-F, previously served as the Dir./Broadcasting and Media Relations for independent minor league baseball's JOLIET SLAMMERS. He is also a former intern at WHTC.

Full story: Dan Spadafora Named Brand Manager/Morning Host At WHTC (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The ever-popular K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off is back. This year's event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St.

Full story: Annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off set for Sunday at American 1 Events Center (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids, MI-WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids Michigan is thrilled to learn that our very own Take Five and Company Associate Producer, Eddie Rucker has been named the 2014 William Glenn Trailblazer Honoree.

Full story: WZZM's Eddie Rucker Giants Awards Honoree (Wed, 1/22)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 14, 2014

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Fine Tuning:

  • WDTK Adding: Sean Hannity to the lineup at Salem Communications/Detroit News/Talk WDTK AM 1400 next Monday. Hannity's program will air live from 3 - 6 p.m. on WDTK and on the station's FM translator at FM 92.7 Detroit. WDTK General Manager Chris MacCourtney commented, "The opportunity to bring Sean Hannity aboard was one we felt we could not pass up. Sean was an instant hit when he came to Detroit and he continues to be one of the most popular Talk personalities in the market."

    Detroit becomes Salem's 4th market (Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Washington) to clear Hannity's show following the very public breakup between Cumulus and the Premiere Networks' syndicated conservative talker. Hannity had been heard in Detroit on Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 from 2001 until late last year.
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  • Hired: Jeff Parker to co-host mornings at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City. Parker, who leaves cajun country in Shreveport LA to head to Northern Michigan, will be paired with Heather Leigh.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A pair of local blues favorites will headline this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

Full story: Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro lead this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series lineup (Tue, 1/14)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 13, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

If you tuned in to WFGR-FM in Grand Rapids this morning, you know Classic Hits 98.7 wasn't the same. Andy and Dave in the Morning weren't along for drive time.

Full story: WFGR-FM's Andy and Dave in the Morning are no more at Classic Hits 98.7 (Mon, 1/13)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS kicked off a new countdown show this past weekend, RADIATE, airing SUNDAY from 12p-2p ET. Hosted by MD/JEREMY HENRY, and comprised of the top 20 songs of the week as heard on WJQK, RADIATE also features artist interviews and segments focusing on how they radiate CHRIST.

Full story: WJQK Launches Radiate Countdown Show (Mon, 1/13)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2014

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Port Huron Times-Herald: (pay site)

Wonderful News Radio WNFR becomes 90.7 Hope FM on Monday. Brian Smith, program director for the adult contemporary Christian radio station, said the change is a long time coming.

Full story: Changing stations: WNFR switches to 90.7 Hope FM ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle: (pay site)

A broadcasting company with radio stations throughout northern Michigan purchased 12 radio stations in Colorado. A press release from MacDonald Garber Broadcasting said the company acquired the new radio stations under the name Always Mountain Time, LLC.

Full story: Radio co. gets 12 new stations ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Half a season into his gig as a TV analyst, Chris Osgood is having a blast. He was at SAP Center on Thursday morning to gather information to use later in the evening, when he was to provide color during FSD's broadcast of the Detroit Red Wings' game against the San Jose Sharks.

Full story: Chris Osgood sees himself as work in progress as Detroit Red Wings TV analyst (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit News:

Most of us are happy to enjoy extended periods away from the job, but for the first time in my life, I'm not feeling that same way. After three weeks away from my Detroit News column and WJR radio show, I'm absolutely looking forward to returning to work after what I can only describe as the most bizarre holiday season I've ever encountered.

Full story: Back to work, after a Christmas to remember (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WSNX-FM morning personality Nicole Hughet said farewell this morning to listeners on the Top 40 radio station in Grand Rapids. Hughet is relocating to Dallas.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio personality Nicole Hughet signs off on WSNX-FM after four years (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Andy O'Riley and Dave Kaechle have exited mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7. The duo had been with the station for just over a year - no replacement show has been named.
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  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will restore it's over-the-air Noon newscast starting on Monday, January 13. The station had dropped the 12 p.m. program in the fall when it launched an 11 a.m. show 'Live in the D'. Now both will air from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 anchor Susan Shaw is leaving the 11 p.m. newscast after 19 years at the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan. WOOD TV8's Marlee Ginter joins anchor Brian Sterling tonight for 24 Hour News 8 at 11 p.m. as well as at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV...

Full story: WOOD TV8's Susan Shaw is out, Marlee Ginter is in, as 11 p.m. news anchor (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WJLB-FM It appears that Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has parted ways with the morning show hosted by Coco, Foolish and Mr. Chase. The trio have been stripped from the station's web site (fm98wjlb.com) and were not on the air this morning.
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  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has changed up their HD2 offering, dropping deeper Classic Rock 'Deep Trax' in favor of 50s - 60s Oldies. More info on the switch is coming soon according to 'CSX PD Jerry Tarrants.
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  • The Detroit Tigers are thinking spring with an announcement today that 22 of the team's Spring Training exhibition games will air live on the radio (WXYT/Detroit, some games on FM 97.1, others on AM 1270) along with 4 on cable TV network Fox Sports Detroit (March 10th, 13th, 23rd, and 27th). This spring marks the 78th training camp for the Tigers in Lakeland, Florida - the team's pitchers and catchers are due to report in 44 days on February 19th.

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit hip-hop station WJLB-FM (97.9) has made a change in its morning programming, and has let go long-running morning show hosts Coco and Foolish. Station management could not be immediately reached for comment. Coco and Foolish's co-host, Mr. Chase, will reportedly stay with WJLB.

Full story: WJLB terminates longtime morning hosts Coco, Foolish (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

MLive.com:

Management at Detroit hip hop/R&B station FM 98 WJLB apparently were keeping quiet Monday about reports the station has fired popular morning hosts Coco and Foolish.

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB stays mum on Coco and Foolish firing reports; fans show anger online (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After doing play-by-play of a couple outdoor college hockey games last week at Comerica Park, Dan Dickerson was looking forward to getting behind a radio microphone again on Monday to talk baseball.

Full story: Dan Dickerson excited to talk baseball as Tigers announce spring training broadcast schedule (Mon, 1/6)

 

 

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