West Michigan: August 2014 Archives

 

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)

 

 

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