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Bill Michaels Promoted to OM at Cumulus Toledo-Monroe

BillMichaelsCumulus Media has announced that Bill Michaels, Program Director of radio stations WXKR-FM, WLQR-FM, WTOD-AM and WQQO HD2, has been promoted to Operations Manager for the company’s station cluster in Toledo, OH and Monroe, MI.

Michaels will manage station operations for Cumulus’ eight stations in Toledo and Monroe and continue to program three stations in the cluster.  Michaels was born and raised in Toledo, where he got his start in radio in 1991 and worked his way up to Operations Manager for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia-Toledo. After serving as Corporate Director of Programming for MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting in Northern Michigan, he joined Cumulus Media-Toledo in 2014 as Program Director of Classic Rock 94.5 WXKR.

Andy Stuart, Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Toledo said: “Bill and I have worked together for a long time and while I am quite certain that he has the experience, intuition and leadership skills necessary to lead our stations to greatness, I’m also quite certain he can handle my penchant for emailing and texting him at 3AM.”

Michaels said: “I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this opportunity. Andy Stuart and I have worked together for a long time with huge success and I’m looking forward to that continuing. I also would like to thank Mike McVay and Doug Hamand for this exciting opportunity and giving me the chance to do what I love doing in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio.”

Beasley To Acquire Greater Media Stations

Beasley-GreaterMOn July 19, it was announced that Beasley Broadcast Group and Greater Media have entered into an agreement for Beasley to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million.

The acquisition includes 21 radio stations in seven markets including Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Middlesex, N.J., Monmouth, N.J. and Morristown, N.J.

WJBK-TV’s Jennifer Hammond Wins Ty Tyson Award for Excellence

JenniferHammond_300The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has announced that Jennifer Hammond of WJBK-TV (Detroit) as its Ty Tyson “Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award” winner for the 2015-16 sports season.

The organization has honored excellence in sports broadcasting since the first recipient Josh Lewin in 2000. Hammond is a first-time winner and the first female to receive the award, having worked at WJBK-TV, WDFN Radio, as well as radio stations in Chicago, during her outstanding career.

Previous recipients include the late Ernie Harwell and late Budd Lynch, and current broadcasters Frank Beckmann, George Blaha, Jim Brandstatter, Mark Champion, Ken Daniels, Dan Dickerson, Mario Impemba, Ken Kal, Dan Miller, Trevor Thompson and Will Tieman.

Our 2015-16 season award was presented July 11, 2016 at the 30th Annual DSBA Charity Golf Outing at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township by DSBA President Trevor Thompson of Fox Sports Detroit.

“Be it in her relationship building, professionalism, or her broadcasting of everything in the world of sports in this market, Jennifer Hammond has brought grace, humor and humility to all she has put her hand to,” said Thompson. “She has also consistently delivered a standard of excellence that exemplifies the spirit of our founder and past president, Ty Tyson, for whom this award is named. These traits make her most deserving of this year’s Ty Tyson Award, along with the distinction of being the first female ever to be so honored, a distinction that seems both long overdue for the gender, yet right on time given the recipient. Congratulations Jennifer. The DSBA is very proud to have you!”

WUPS-FM Named Flagship Station for CMU Athletics

UPS-CMU_300WUPS-FM (Houghton Lake) has been named the flagship station of Central Michigan University athletics and will broadcast every football and men’s basketball games, as well as other select events.

“WUPS has been a loyal, committed partner in the past and I am excited to make them our exclusive flagship station,” CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “Being partnered with a station that has the strongest FM signal in the state means fantastic access for our fans. We are also excited about the potential promotional opportunities available with WUPS to expand the Chippewa brand.”

The three-year agreement with the 100,000-watt station means WUPS will take the lead for radio coverage from Chippewa Sports Network for sporting events and coaches shows. The signal for games will feed seven other stations in Michigan. WUPS, based out of Harrison, Michigan, serves central and northern Michigan and is part of the Black Diamond Broadcast Group.

“It’s an honor and it’s going to be great for Chippewa fans throughout Central and Northern Michigan,” Black Diamond Broadcast Group CEO Mike Chires said. “Everyone at 98.5 WUPS is excited and proud to be CMU’s exclusive flagship radio station.”

Other stations in the Chippewa Sports Network: WXYT-AM 1270 in Detroit, WLUN-FM 100.9 in Midland, WJRW-AM 1340 in Grand Rapids, WLAW-FM 92.5 in Muskegon, WJML-AM 1110 in Petoskey, WLUN-FM 100.9 in Midland and WJNL-AM 1210 in Traverse City.

CBS Radio Detroit Signs Multi-year Agreement to Air U-M Sports

CBS-Michigan_283CBS Radio Detroit’s WWJ-AM, WXYT-FM and WXYT-AM, in association with IMG Sports has announced a long-term alliance to air University of Michigan football, men’s basketball and ice hockey. The multi-year agreement is an extension of a partnership that began more than 20 years ago.

WWJ-AM is the flagship station for U-M football and WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket) will simulcast select games. U-M men’s basketball will air on WWJ-AM and U-M ice hockey will air on WXYT-AM (Sports Radio 1270). In addition, 97.1 The Ticket will carry a weekly interview with Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh.

WWJ-AM and 97.1 The Ticket offer the most 24/7 live and local sports and news programming in the market. Listeners can hear all three stations online at www.cbsdetroit.com and via the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.

“We are excited that IMG renewed our great partnership with the CBS Radio Detroit family. This will continue to provide a consistent flagship home for Michigan football and basketball broadcasts in southeast Michigan and will place our hockey games on a regular channel in the market. We look forward to another multi-year partnership on game broadcasts and coaches radio shows,” said Warde Manuel, Director of Athletics.

Debbie Kenyon, CBS Radio Detroit Senior Vice President/Market Manager, said, “WWJ Newsradio 950, CBS Sports Radio 1270 and 97.1 The Ticket are thrilled to renew our partnership with IMG and the University of Michigan. IMG and U-M are truly one of the best sports partners in the business.”

“It’s an honor to continue our relationship with the University and be the flagship station for University of Michigan football and basketball. It’s a perfect partnership between two traditional organizations, WWJ Newsradio 950 and the U-M” said Rob Davidek, WWJ Program Director.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Molly Anderson

Mary-Wasielewski_300Molly Anderson is Traffic Director for Bay Cities Radio/Bay City Multi-Media in Marinette, WI/Menominee, MI and stations WMAM-AM, WSFQ-FM, WAGN-AM, WHYB-FM and WLST-FM.  She has been with her current company for four years, the last three years in traffic.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Molly:  Garlic mashed potatoes and beef or venison tips.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Molly:  Storm – She has a variety of abilities, including the ability to control the weather. My family farms – and they would be ecstatic if I could control the weather! 🙂

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Molly: Reading, Gardening, Farming, Photography, going on the ATV trails, snowmobiling or fishing.

Q4: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Molly:  Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

Q5: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Molly: 
Clint Eastwood.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Molly:
I was on a chess league in grade school. I won 2nd place.

FCC Adds New Warning Codes to EAS

eas-logo_300The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its rules to add more specific warnings through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) before extreme weather strikes. The amended rules add three new “event codes” that can be used to warn the public about the storm surges and extreme winds that may accompany hurricanes and other severe weather events.

The three added codes signify an (1) “Extreme Wind Warning,” (2) “Storm Surge Watch,” and (3) “Storm Surge Warning.” The updated rules require EAS equipment manufacturers to integrate the codes into new equipment and will also enable EAS participants to update their existing equipment in advance of 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Further information about EAS is available here.

NAB FOIAs FCC Media Ownership Work Product

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FCC requesting access to documents used in the process that led to the FCC’s recent ownership rules proposals. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s quadrennial review of broadcast ownership regulations leaves those regulations essentially intact, and restored additional restrictions on TV joint sales and shared services agreements.

The request, from NAB General Counsel/EVP Rick Kaplan, asks for materials used by the Media Bureau, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, and Wheeler in connection with developing and/or drafting policy recommendations for the circulated proposals. The Commission has 20 days to respond to the request. MAB is monitoring.

Michigan Among States Looking At Drone Regulations

To date, 31 legislatures have enacted laws and another five have adopted resolutions addressing drone usage, according to a study done by the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL). In Michigan, nine bills have been introduced addressing drone usage but none were signed into law yet.

The MAB continues to lobby the state legislature to include ‘news gathering exemption’ in the no-drone fly zone bills. The MAB also supports state legislation to create a legislative drone task force with the power to recommend policy proposals about drone use.

According to the NCSL:

  • 12 states have passed legislation providing privacy protections from other citizens that are specific to drones.
  • 18 have passed legislation requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant to use drones for surveillance or to conduct a search.
  • 3 prohibit law enforcement from using drones with attached weapons.
  • 13 states have passed legislation that create criminal penalties for misusing drones.

Drone sales are estimated to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, according to the National Council of State Legislatures study. By 2025, drones will have created 100,000 jobs and wield $82 billion worth of economic impact.

Coalition Calls for Federal Investigation of State Agencies Over Flint

water_300A coalition of activist groups from Detroit and Flint, organized by the Sierra Club and Earth Justice, are calling for a federal interagency investigation into Michigan’s Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine if either agency violated civil rights laws of the Flint citizens in handling water complaints. The organizations are asking the federal counterparts of the Michigan agencies to conduct the investigation, with the U.S. Department of Justice coordinating. The coalition charged DHHS with failing in its duties to provide information about the services it was offering to Flint residents in languages other than English, to serve both Hispanic-American and undocumented populations there.