West Michigan: February 2014 Archives

 

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.

 

 

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