West Michigan: March 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

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