WLNS-TV (Lansing) has made an addition to its news team. Jorma Duran has joined the station as a news anchor. Duran previously served as News Director/Anchor as KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo.
Both WLNS and KREX are owned by Nexstar Media Group. Prior to KREX, Duran worked as a reporter for The Weather Channel, based in Chicago; reporter/anchor for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers and as reporter for KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO.
West Michigan Whitecaps radio broadcaster Dan Hasty has won the seventh-annual 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year Award after gaining the most votes in a poll among league broadcasters and media relations contacts.
Hasty is concluding his third season as Voice of the Whitecaps and fifth season in affiliated Minor League Baseball. Prior to his time in West Michigan, the Sterling Heights native worked as a producer, network studio host for the Detroit Lions and talk show host for WXYT-FM (Detroit).
In addition to his work with the Whitecaps, Hasty will begin his first season as the play-by-play broadcaster for men’s and women’s college basketball at Saginaw Valley State University. The proud graduate of Central Michigan University took home a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for Whitecaps play-by-play earlier this year.
“It’s so humbling to receive this award,” Hasty said. “I’m so blessed to do something I love so much, and with an organization held in the highest regard. My wife, Angelina, is the true mastermind behind anything I do correctly, as she has been in my corner every step of the way. As far as my career, I must acknowledge my on-air partner Mike Coleman along with mentors Mario Impemba and Dan Dickerson in Detroit – they’ve been simply terrific.”
Hasty joins former Whitecaps voice Ben Chiswick (2014) as Whitecaps radio broadcasters to have won the award since its inception in 2011, and joins fellow Michigan Midwest League cohorts Chris Vosters (Great Lakes – 2016) and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (Lansing – 2013) as recipients of the award. “To simply be in the Midwest League brethren is an honor in and of itself, let alone to be recognized within it,” Hasty said.
The late Linda Lee, who was recipient of the MAB’s Legacy Award on August, was honored again at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards, held last week during the NAB Radio Show in Austin, Texas.
Lee was honored as a Large Market Personality of the Year for her work at WYCD-FM (Detroit). A complete list of 2017 Marconi winners is available here.
Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.
The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the position until March 31, 2023. The announcement was made by NAB Joint Board Chair Caroline Beasley.
Smith joined NAB in November 2009 and oversees the advocacy efforts of thousands of local radio and television stations across America. He is a former two-term United States Senator from Oregon (1996-2008) and was a successful entrepreneur before launching his career in politics.
“Gordon Smith has shown a steady hand guiding America’s local radio and television stations through the public policy challenges of Washington,” said Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group. “He has enormous credibility on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, and is a determined advocate for local broadcasting. We are thrilled that we will benefit from Gordon’s leadership into 2023.”
“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the NAB Board with this new contract,” said Smith. “Broadcasting plays an indispensable role in the world of communications, and I’m committed to an innovative agenda that allows local TV and radio to thrive on emerging media platforms. I’m honored to lead a talented NAB team fighting for viewers and listeners who rely on hometown TV and radio for the best in entertainment, quality local news and lifeline programming in a crisis.”
Nielsen is reporting that the number of TV homes has expanded to 119.6 million for the 2017-2018 season. For the 2016-2017 season, Nielsen said there were 118.4 million TV homes. However, as TV households continue to expand, the number of homes with pay TV continues to decline. The number of pay TV subscriptions in the U.S. has fallen from 104.1 million in 2010 to 98.7 in 2016. Two-thirds of the decline came in the four years between 2013 and 2016.
The source of content for these new television homes is coming from two primary sources. The first, and perhaps biggest, group is streaming video to their TVs. Over the past three years, the penetration of enabled smart TVs has almost doubled, from 14% to 27%.~ At the same time, the number of homes using a streaming media player has increased from 18% to 29%.
The second source of content for these new television homes is good old antenna television. Between Q1 2015 and Q1 2017, the number of homes watching television with an antenna increased from 12.5 million to 15.2 million. However, almost all the increase in antenna homes came from homes that also have broadband. In those homes, it is likely people use both broadcast television and streaming services on the big screen.
Gray Television’s WLUC-TV (Marquette) has announced that it has upgraded its present facilities, including a new set, monitors, rundown systems and a new control room.
“There has been a lot of change in the last 60 years here. This is the most significant. This is the biggest conversion,” said Rick Rhoades, WLUC-TV General Manager. “As most people know, this is an upgrade that we needed for the last 5 to 7 years, but the push came from corporate,” said Rhoades.
The upgrades, once completed, required hours of staff training. “They started with training on the switcher board, training on the overdrive system and they have been learning and building how the show is to come together for a while,” said Chad Grueneberg, the on-air operations manager. Staff would have to produce and run through not only a live newscast each day, but a rehearsal to practice using the new system.
“We’ve always done some moving around, we do a lot more moving around now so we have been really practicing the different angles the different possibilities or where we can go,” said Vicki Crystal, a morning anchor.
Black Diamond Broadcasting has announced that Steve “Omelette” Normandin and Rick Coates have joined WGFM/WCHY-FM
“The Bear” (Traverse City) as morning show hosts.
Normandin (Omelette) told All Access “We are excited about the vision of Black Diamond Broadcasting and feel that our Morning Show is a perfect fit. Our show focus will be: timely, topical, local and mixed with humor, shenanigans and of course great classic rock and roll. I am grateful that Rick Coates has agreed to join me as the show’s producer and co-host. Rick has a long history of promoting Northern Michigan through his writing and other projects. We both plan to continue to be active in various facets of the community.”
Black Diamond co-owner Norm McKee said, “We’re excited to have Omelette & Coates join the team. Their energy, passion and commitment to the people and communities of Northern Michigan set them apart from other shows. The fact that these two share the intimate details of their personal lives, combined with their comedic chemistry and their A-list celebrity contacts give them a unique connection with the listeners.”
Glenn Haege, America’s Master Handyman® and host of The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege on Detroit radio for 34 years, passed away September 11, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Haege was 70.
Haege, a Detroit radio icon, started his broadcast career on WXYT-AM 1270 in 1983 and for the past 11 years he was heard weekends on NewsTalk 760 WJR-AM. His radio show was also nationally syndicated in 135 radio markets. It is estimated that he had answered more than 85,000 home improvement questions during his time on the air.
For 22 years he was also a Detroit News columnist writing a weekly feature on home improvement. He authored 11 books on the subject.
Haege was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Glenn was a consummate radio professional who really cared a great deal about his audience” said Rob David, the Executive Producer of the Handyman Show. “He had a special way of treating every caller with respect. Each caller was made to feel that their question was the most important one and that Glenn was answering it for the first time.”
A Warren, Michigan native, Haege attended Northern Michigan University and then worked for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company and for ACO Hardware prior to launching his award-winning radio career.
“He loved meeting his listeners and readers. He always had time to speak to them wherever he was … in a restaurant, a hardware store or at various broadcasts that he did in both Metro Detroit and around the country,” David added. “Weekends on the radio won’t be the same without him. He will be greatly missed.”
He is survived by his mother, Marion; sister, Sharon; brother, Robert; wife, Barbara; their children Eric and Heather; and six grandchildren.
Sunday, September 17, from 12:00 PM – 08:00 PM
E. J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Home
3801 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI, 48314
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity
WCMU Public Media has announced that NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block will be visiting Northern Michigan with a September 14 event at the Traverse City Opera House. Block will discuss the changing landscape of the media.
The event is part of WCMU Public Media’s 50th anniversary celebration.
The City Opera House event is a way for the network to get “out and about” in the communities it serves, said Ken Kolbe, WCMU Public Media General Manager. The Traverse City area has one of the network’s largest concentrations of listeners and viewers, he added.
“We’ve been trying to do more community outreach, and bringing in a prominent person from NPR has been a goal,” Kolbe said.
During her 30-year career, Block has served as a correspondent, covering everything from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Hurricane Katrina and as a long-time host of “All Things Considered.” Along the way she earned many of broadcast journalism’s top honors. Currently she’s a special correspondent who travels the country for her reports.
In Traverse City she’ll reflect on media’s changing face and answer audience questions.
Tickets for the event are free and include a public reception following Block’s appearance. To reserve, visit cityoperahouse.org.
According to a report in InsideRadio, Congressmen Bill Flores (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the Radio Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3685). This legislation establishes a dedicated fund to help subsidize FM stations that are broadcasting from 678 television towers which are scheduled to be repacked as a result of the spectrum auction.
The bill doesn’t set any specific dollar amount that would be allocated in the fund; however it gives broadcasters until 2022 to recoup any expenses. The bill would also require the FCC to “expedite consideration and approval” of applications filed from broadcasters seeking to obtain special temporary authority to continue broadcasting during the repack.”
H.R. 3685 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.