West Michigan: February 2015 Archives

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A public memorial service will be held next month to honor Carl E Lee, the namesake for Western Michigan University's honors college and a radio and television executive. Lee died Feb. 22. He was 96.

Full story: Carl E Lee, broadcasting icon and WMU honors college namesake dies, memorial service March 14 (Fri, 2/27)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

On March 1, 2015, WZZM 13 President and General Manager Janet Mason, will be one of six Michigan broadcasters inducted into the prestigious Silver & Gold Circle of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Full story: WZZM 13's Janet Mason honored with NATAS Silver Circle award (Fri, 2/27)

 


 

Bay City Times:

Two public television premieres kick off a weeklong pledge drive on Saturday for Delta College's Q-TV: a look at the cultural history of the Great Lakes Bay Region and a Celtic concert. The spring pledge drive, which runs from February 28 through March 8, helps support programming on the station, explained Q-TV producer and director Bob Przybylski, and can be supported by calling 1-877-472-7677.

Full story: Delta College documentary exploring immigrants and culture, Celtic concert kick off Q-TV pledge drive (Fri, 2/27)

 

 

 

Lansing State Journal:

Well-known broadcaster Dave Akerly will take over the weekday morning talk radio spot on WILS-AM. Akerly will host the "WILS Morning Wake Up with Dave Akerly" beginning Monday. The show is in the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot at WILS, which is at 1320 on the AM dial.

Full story: Dave Akerly starts morning radio show (Thu, 2/19)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5)/LANSING, MI had a break-in YESTERDAY morning reports the LANSING STATE JOURNAL. A LANSING man, DEANTEA DEVON WRIGHT, 25, faces a pair of misdemeanor charges from the incident that happened shortly before 5a.

Full story: WQHH Burglar Caught In The Act By Police (Fri, 2/20)

 

Effective MONDAY, APRIL 20th, NATE BELL will transition from RADIO ONE/RALEIGH to the OM role overseeing RADIO ONE/DETROIT.

Full story: Radio One/Detroit Names Nate Bell OM (Fri, 2/20)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The over-the-air signal for WMNT, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Toledo, is out of commission for the next few days. While viewers in DMA No. 76 can watch WMNT on cable or telco TV, it is "temporarily down" over the air, reports Melissa Knight, general manager. "We're having some technical difficulties. We're in the process of fixing that."

Full story: WMNT Toledo Temporarily Off the Air (Fri, 2/20)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

With the departure of morning show host Wayne Powers, WKZO-AM (590) finds itself without a permanent host in that slot for the second time in less than 18 months.

Full story: Readers react to departure of WKZO morning host; vote for the kind of host you'd like to listen to (Thu, 2/19)

 

 

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

It's been a pretty chaotic last few days around here, as events took a sudden sharp turn and caught many folks by surprise -- including me. The many emails, postings and messages of support I've received since my termination from WKZO last Thursday have been overwhelming to say the least.

Full story: Former WKZO morning host Wayne Powers writes open letter to listeners about his sudden departure (Wed, 2/18)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor Country WWWW-FM 102.9 is bringing back its popular 'Kiss the Car' contest starting about noon this Saturday, February 21st, at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter. More info at kissthecar.com or on Facebook. The winner drives off with a two-year lease on a 2015 Chevy Cruze.

 

 

 

Bay City Times:

Longtime WNEM TV5 news anchor Katie O'Mara has taken a leave of absence from the station due to a blood disease. O'Mara, who has been away from the station since the first of the year, said she has been battling her medical condition for "quite some time and it's chronic."

Full story: WNEM TV5 anchor Katie O'Mara takes leave of absence due to blood disease (Fri, 2/13)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Radio personality Wayne Powers, who was named the new host of the WKZO-AM (590) morning show in October, is no longer with the station. He said that after Thursday morning's show, he met with station management over his contract and his duties, and at the end of the meeting he was asked to empty his desk and was escorted out of the building.

Full story: WKZO morning host Wayne Powers parts ways with radio station after four months (Fri, 2/13)

 


 

Detroit News:

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch said Wednesday a desire for "even more knowledge" and "more Tigers guys" prompted Tuesday's announcement that former stars Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris would join Tigers/FSD telecasts in 2015.

Full story: Ilitch: I wanted 'more Tigers guys' in booth (Thu, 2/12)

 


 

JacoBlog:

Those of you who have been following our innovation series know that we've been bouncing around between today's hot new innovations in radio broadcasting to the amazing inventions and experiments from the past that turned out to be highly successful. Some of our innovations and the people behind them are familiar to you, but hopefully, there's been a surprise or two along the way. I'm thinking that this week's "Radio's Most Innovative" honoree, WNIC's Pillow Talk evening show starring Alan Almond is one that many people don't know about.

Full story: Radio's Most Innovative: WNIC's "Pillow Talk" with Alan Almond (Fri, 2/13)

 

 

 

Midwest Communications signs on pair of Battle Creek radio stations

Midwest Communications has launched two new radio stations in Battle Creek, WTOU AM 930 and an FM translator at 102.7. Operations officially started today, Monday, February 2, 2015, with testing happening over the weekend.

WTOU AM/FM features an Urban Adult Contemporary format and also offer award-winning local programming. Station Brand Manager Troy "T. Robb" Robertson stated, "The Battle Creek area has been asking for 'The Touch' ever since we brought Urban Adult Contemporary programming to Kalamazoo. We finally are able to answer their call."

WTOU AM/FM will be an extension of Urban Adult Contemporary programming on AM 1560 and FM 95.5 in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo stations, also called 'The Touch', have been serving Kalamazoo listeners for over 17 years. The format offers Urban Adult Contemporary music, local news and weather, Gospel music, Christian spoken word programs and community talk programs designed to educate and inform.

"'The Touch' is more than a music jukebox, it is the place where the community comes together", Robertson said. "We look forward to including Battle Creek in our news and community service programming."

"WTOU 'The Touch' will give local, regional and national advertisers an opportunity to reach a unique and desirable demographic that no other stations can reach," according to General Sales Manager Dennis Martin. "We look forward to offering WTOU 'The Touch' along with Country station WNWN-FM (WIN 98.5), Adult Contemporary WVFM (FM 106.5), Rock WJXQ (Q106) and Alternative WVIC (94.1) to our Battle Creek advertisers."

"AM 930 is Battle Creek's original radio station and we are so pleased to be able to return the station to the air and add a new [simulcast] FM transmitter on 102.7. AM 930 has a long history of serving the community and we look forward to continuing that tradition. Midwest Communications has installed new transmission equipment to ensure the station sounds great," said Michael Klein, Vice President of Midwest Communications.

 


 

WOAP AM Owosso flips back to English language programming

After spending several months with a Spanish language regional Mexican format, WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has flipped back to English and is currently airing an 80s-based Classic Hits format. The current licensee of the station is Birach Broadcasting although the station applied for approval of a sale to Cano's Broadcasting nearly three years ago.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Two weeks of controversy and a thrilling ending -- along with an audience trapped inside by a snowstorm -- fueled enormous ratings for WDIV-Channel 4's telecast of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday evening.

Full story: WDIV reports whopping 55 rating for Super Bowl: More than 1 million metro Detroit homes tuned in (Mon, 2/2)

 


 

MLive.com:

Broadcaster Dick Nelson, "the voice of Lakers football" at Grand Valley State for 37 years, died Sunday. Nelson did the play by play for Lakers games for all but seven years of the program until he retired before the start of the 2014 season.

Full story: Longtime Grand Valley State broadcaster Dick Nelson dies (Sun, 2/1)

 

 

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