West Michigan: January 2015 Archives

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Evan Beach, the new FOX 17 sports anchor and reporter, proved his love of sports when he proposed last June. Under the guise of an on-the-field assignment at Comerica Park on a Detroit Tigers' off day, Beach asked long-time girlfriend Alissa Krupp to tag along, camera equipment and all.

Full story: Evan Beach returns to FOX 17, this time as weekend sports anchor and reporter (Wed, 1/28)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Specs Howard School of Media Arts of Southfield marks its 45th anniversary by offering 45 scholarships, $4,500 each. The 2015 Michigan Business Scholarship program is the school's third annual program. It was created to assist individual employers and their employees acquire training in technology driven courses including Broadcast Media Arts, Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts.

Full story: Specs Howard School in Southfield marks 45 years with 45 scholarships (Tue, 1/27)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

While concern about a local radio station's victimization by computer hackers has garnered the station attention on national media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't offer much hope for a resolution to the problem, said Jim Higgs, owner and on-air personality of WAKV AM 980. "Suzanne (Higgs, his wife) just talked with the FBI and they told her there was nothing they could do... but suggested possibly getting in touch with the Department of Homeland Security, and maybe they could do something," Higgs said Friday.

Full story: Plainwell radio station WAKV urged to file complaint with FBI after ransomware attack (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

It was nearly a year ago when Dan Dierdorf had major back surgery, a "12-level fusion" in which three rods and 33 screws were inserted into his spine. It was a rough go for the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman from the St. Louis Cardinals who later ascended to national football broadcasting prominence.

Full story: Dierdorf is on the mend after surgery-filled 2014 (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Northern Michigan tipsters report that Adult Contemporary WLDR-FM 101.9 Traverse City has been off the air since midweek.

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB) will honor LENAWEE BROADCASTING AC WLEN/ADRIAN, MI with the esteemed NAB CRYSTAL HERITAGE AWARD to be presented during the NAB SHOW RADIO LUNCHEON on TUESDAY (4/14) in LAS VEGAS. THE HERITAGE AWARD recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only four other stations have received this honor in the history of the NAB CRYSTAL RADIO AWARDS.

Full story: WLEN To Receive NAB's Heritage Award (Wed, 1/21)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The duo Montgomery Gentry, singer Jake Owen, and Battle Creek's Frankie Ballard are among the country acts that will perform at the B-93 Birthday Bash planned for June 13 and 14 at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin. The free country music festival is sponsored by Grand Rapids' country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7).

Full story: B-93 Birthday Bash 2015: Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen will headline free country music festival (Wed, 1/21)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

For those craving a bowl of chili but don't feel like cooking on a brisk Sunday afternoon, look no further than K105.3 FM's annual Chili Cook-Off. This year's event will go from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Full story: Anthony D'Amato at the Wax, K105.3 FM's Chili Cook-off highlight top 5 things to do in Jackson (Wed, 1/21)

 

 

 

Radio Ink:

For a second time in about a week, WAKV-AM in in Ostego, MI has had its computers hacked and locked by ransomware. After less than an hour after giving an interview to Radio Ink about ransomware that crippled his stations computers, WAKV has again been attacked by ransomware hackers.

Full story: Michigan AM taken hostage by hackers - again (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

True crime is coming to WZZM 13. The Justice Network debuts tonight on West Michigan's ABC TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Shows such as "Body of Evidence," starring forensic profiler Dayle Hinman; "The Investigators," a documentary series exploring the complexity of the criminal justice system; and "Missing Persons Unit," stories of people who've vanished unexpectedly, will be broadcast over the air and on cable services in West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM TV debuts The Justice Network tonight airing on subchannel 13.3 (Tue, 1/20)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The Fox Television Station group has acquired the rights to FremantleMedia North America's (FMNA) new digital channel, BUZZR TV, which showcases FremantleMedia's library of game show content. The new digital multicast network will launch this summer and air in all 17 of Fox's markets, including nine out of the country's top 10 and 14 out of the top 20. FMNA CEO Thom Beers has made launching this channel, which currently also exists as a YouTube channel, a top priority for the business, according to FMNA.

Full story: Fox TV Stations Acquire BUZZR TV, New Multicast Net from FremantleMedia North America (Tue, 1/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills/Detroit is on the air with Black Gospel programming as The Word Network has closed on its $3,000,000 purchase of the station from Radio Disney.

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal: (subscription)

For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from. The change comes today, when WQTX (92.1-FM) drops its classic-country format. For the first time in a decade, local sports fans will have two radio stations to choose from.

Full story: Lansing sports radio doubles to meet peaking interest (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A small radio station in Plainwell lost its entire music library to a ransomware attack two weekends ago and is still rebuilding its files after the virus encrypted its computer data. WAKV AM 980 was attacked late in the afternoon of Jan. 9, says owner Jim Higgs.

Full story: Ransomware attack on Plainwell radio station emphasizes importance of backing-up data (Mon, 1/19)

 


 

Grand Traverse Insider:

Tucker's of Northport is bringing back the classic hit game show, "Bowling for Dollars," and is calling for bowlers of all skill levels to enter for a chance to appear on television and vie for a jackpot prize. Hosted by WGTU/WGTQ ABC 29&8 Chief Meteorologist Mark Watkins, the revival of the popular '70s-era show will air weekly on TV 29&8.

Full story: 'Bowling for Dollars' TV show is reborn in northern Michigan (Sat, 1/17)

 


 

TVNewsCheck:

Katz Broadcasting is launching what it calls "the country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock" with the premiere of Laff on April 15 ... The E.W. Scripps Co. will also launch Laff on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ)...

Full story: Katz Broadcasting To Launch Laff Diginet (Mon, 1/19)

 

 

 

After 45 years, classical music host Dick Wallace ready to bid farewell to radio

After a 45 year career hosting classical music programs in Detroit, Toledo, and Traverse City, Dick Wallace will say goodbye to listeners this Saturday night, January 17th, at 9 p.m. when he hosts his final "Pops Potpourri" radio program on WTCM AM 580 Traverse City.

Dick WallaceWallace was first heard on the radio in Detroit in 1970 where he worked for many years at WQRS-FM 105.1, Detroit's Classical station, then hosted in Toledo for a year before moving Up North in September 2001 to become the Classical morning host on Interlochen Public Radio for 10 years. Following a brief retirement, Walllace launched Pops Potpourri on WTCM.

"My wife Candice and I decided over the holidays that starting in 2015 and after my completing 45 years in radio that we want to spend more time with each other, our family, and friends," commented Wallace on his decision to step back from the mic. "I have been very fortunate to work in radio for as many years as I have...it's what I wanted to do since age 10 but there comes a time when it feels right to hang up the earphones and move on to the next chapter of this exciting journey we call life."

Fans not in the Traverse City area can listen online to WTCM to hear Wallace's final progam at wtcmradio.com.

"I am so grateful for my loyal listeners, supportive sponsors, and my wife Candice who has helped produce the show for the last 3 years."

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV anchor Juliet Dragos is off the air for a couple weeks for rotator cuff surgery. But the evening news anchor for West Michigan's ABC TV affiliate is sharing her story online, blogging through the process, until her return to reporting the news.

Full story: WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos undergoes surgery, blogs about experience (Wed, 1/14)

 


 

WLNS-TV Ch. 6 Lansing:

A Base Jumper is dead after Michigan State Police say he jumped off of a TV news tower in Rives Junction, north of Jackson. The news tower, on Baseline Road is owned by WLAJ-TV, the ABC affiliate operating out of WLNS-TV in Lansing. The tower is surrounded by a gate, which police say the man, around 30-years-old made it past.

Full story: Base Jumper Dies After Jumping From TV News Tower (Wed, 1/14)

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Nexstar Broadcasting CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba has been off the air fort at least the past several days due to technical difficulties associated with the station's transmission systems. The station reports that engineers are aware of the problems that have affected over-the-air viewers as well as those that receive the station via DirecTV and Dish Network and are working to restore service. WJMN-TV has remained available via Charter Cable.
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  • From the on-again / off-again department: Apparently it depends when you are listening to WFDF AM 910 Detroit; the station was heard on the air broadcasting Radio Disney yesterday after being off the air for an indefinite amount of time.
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  • Detroit's Mojo in the Morning show, heard on iHeart Media flagship WKQI-FM 95.5, continues to expand its role in syndication with the recent addition of Top 40 WVHT-FM Norfolk, VA.

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

In Detroit, cars rule. And the city has hosted a car show for more than a century. So when the car show comes to town, that's big news. Friday night, WDIV takes car enthusiasts to the floor of the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS). Not just any car show, NAIAS is one of the most prestigious auto shows in the world.

Full story: On WDIV Detroit, It's All About Autos, Naturally (Wed, 1/14)

 


 

MLive.com:

When Ben Chiswick was hired five years ago to become the play-by-play announcer for the West Michigan Whitecaps, he didn't have a daughter and the location was closer to his Illinois home than his previous job. But times change, and Chiswick has informed the Whitecaps he will not return for a sixth season for family reasons.

Full story: West Michigan Whitecaps look for new play-by-play announcer after departure of Ben Chiswick (Wed, 1/14)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT Regional Dir./Marketing and Promotions JULIE LAW has been downsized amidst reported station restructuring. LAW has been working in the broadcast industry in the DETROIT market for over 15 years.

Full story: Greater Media/Detroit Dir./Marketing & Promotions Julie Law Exits (Tue, 1/13)

 

 

 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has a new on-air lineup for 2015. CECI LEBARGE & ADAM MCNUTT kick-off the day as the new morning team, followed by SABRINA FAIRCHILD who moves from mornings to the workday. Afternoons also has a new look with PD/ACE MCKAY joining sidekick JEFF VELEY for the drive home. "THE WALLY SHOW" will continue in the evening slot.

Full story: WJQK Debuts New Morning And Afternoon Teams (Tue, 1/6)

 


 

MLive.com:

It was announced today that Sally Eisele, a 30-plus year veteran of the radio industry, has been named as the general manager of Interlochen Public Radio. Eisele comes to Michigan from Chicago Public Media where she worked for 10 years at WBEZ-FM (91.5), most recently as managing editor of public affairs.

Full story: Sally Eisele named general manager of Interlochen Public Radio (Tue, 1/6)

 


 

Saginaw News:

Many Saginaw country fans considered Little Jimmy Dickens one of their own, a hometown boy whose Down Home Boys would play Studio A in the '50s at WKNX-AM at South Washington and Federal.

Full story: Saginaw-area remembers Little Jimmy Dickens from his days at WKNX (Tue, 1/6)

 


 

Lansing State Journal (pay site):

A local morning show will soon say farewell to a beloved anchor. Evan Pinsonnault, morning anchor and features reporter at WLNS-TV, is leaving Michigan to move to West Hollywood.

Full story: WLNS morning anchor Evan Pinsonnault leaving for California (Wed, 1/7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Jack Ebling's afternoon program 'The Drive' has exited Townsquare Media/Lansing Sports WVFN AM 730.
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  • Spring Arbor University has made some changes to its radio offerings in the Lansing/Jackson area: The student-focused Christian format known as 'The Message' has moved from WJKN-FM 89.3 to AM 1540 KTGG. FM 89.3 is now simulcasting the positive adult contemporary format of Spring Arbor's "Home FM", WSAE-FM 106.9.

    Closer to Lansing, a new FM translator for WSAE has signed on. W252CN 98.3 is licensed to Holt and covers more of the western areas of Lansing that may not have been served as well by another Lansing translator of WSAE, heard on 104.7 FM.

    Also of note is that WJKN AM 1510 is now owned by Jackson-Lansing Catholic Radio as "Good Shepherd Radio"; that station also has an FM translator in Jackson, 93.3 W227BY. At one time WJKN was owned by Spring Arbor University and was simulcasting KTGG.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 expands its daily news broadcasts with today's launch of "FOX 17 Midday." Mike Avery and Deanna Falzone anchor the new, one-hour show that opened at 11 a.m. today with an update on the brutally cold weather that struck West Michigan overnight.

Full story: FOX 17 launches 'Midday' news show today in West Michigan (Mon, 1/5)

 

"Downton Abbey" fans have been waiting eagerly for months for the debut of its fifth season on PBS-TV. But WGVU-TV viewers in West Michigan were left high and dry when the 70-minute episode was cut short on Channel 35 in Grand Rapids and Channel 52 in Kalamazoo.

Full story: Here's why 'Downton Abbey' season debut ended abruptly on WGVU-TV (Mon, 1/5)

 


 

Detroit News:

You know those questions you hear interviewers ask, the ones that seem to go on for five minutes, repeating themselves and twisting around and stopping and backtracking and finally pretty much answering themselves before the subject of the interview ever has a chance to take a whack at it? Jack Krasula doesn't do those.

Full story: A few words about 500 interviews: WJR host hits mark (Mon, 1/5)

 


 

MLive.com:

In the past few years, outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers has become a fixture on Sunday morning political shows such as "Face the Nation" and "Meet the Press," talking about national security and foreign affairs. Now after 14 years in Congress, the Howell Republican and departing Intelligence Committee chairman is leaving elected office for an audience of his own: a nationally syndicated radio show that will likely have a larger daily audience than his current congressional district.

Full story: Mike Rogers prepares to widen audience with new radio show 'Something to Think About' (Fri, 1/2)

 

 

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