West Michigan: June 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

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