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Michigan Radio Wins National Clarion Award for Veterans Series

via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

MIRadio-Battlefield_300Michigan Radio has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications. The award was received in the Radio Documentary Series category for “Beyond the Battlefield.”

The “Beyond the Battlefield” series, which aired in July 2015, looked at how post-9/11 military veterans are faring in Michigan. The series featured interviews, feature reports, online videos and a public engagement event to examine issues including veteran’s medical care, employment, housing and long-term health impacts from their military service.

Since 1972, the Clarion Awards have honored excellence in more than 100 categories across all areas of communications, including advertising and marketing, magazines, newspapers, online media, photography, public relations, radio and television.  The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The 2016 Clarion Awards will be presented at the AWC National Conference, September 17-19 in Dallas.

Cheyna Roth Joins MPRN’s Capitol Bureau

via Rick Pluta, Managing Editor and State Capitol bureau Chief, MPRN

Cheyna_400As a prosecutor, Cheyna Roth stayed busy putting away the bad guys. Now, she’s turning those skills to covering government and politics as the new state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN).

“As a lawyer I only ever got to tell one side of a story, but as a journalist I’m able to use the analytical skills I learned in the legal profession to dig into all sides of an issue,” she says.

Roth was an assistant prosecutor in Ionia County handling a lot of prisoner misconduct cases when she decided, after about a year and a half, that her passion was story-telling:

“NPR got me through an almost hour long commute every day,” she says. “Listening to the stories and amazing quality of radio production was a real catalyst for my leaving the legal field to pursue journalism. Every morning and evening I would listen and say, ‘I want to do that.’ To have the opportunity to work in public radio is quite a dream come true.”

Roth, 27, returned to school and graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. During grad school, she interned with Michigan Radio, and post-graduation, her freelance career included multi-media reporting for WKAR and researching and producing a documentary on an ex-con’s experiences teaching life lessons to kids in Flint.

Roth will focus on covering the Legislature and criminal justice issues in her new role with MPRN.

Jackson Radio Works to air 2016 Radio Charity Auction

Charity-Auction-Filpper_300On July 21, Jackson Radio Work’s WKHM-AM/FM will present its 2016 Radio Charity Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Salvation Army.

Personalities from the stations will be describing and auctioning off items to bid for live on the radio between 7 and 10 a.m.

The stations have a description of items donated by area businesses on its websites here and here, as well as a dedicated Facebook page for the event here.

WXYZ-TV Hosts “Unify Detroit” Special

WXYZ-TV2020_300In the aftermath of tragic shootings across the country, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) teamed up with Detroit community leaders on July 14 to present a special broadcast “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit” to help address the issues facing the local community.

WXYZ Editorial and Public Affairs Director, Chuck Stokes, was joined by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, along with Rev. Charles Williams II, President, National Action Network of Michigan and Steve Spreitzer, President and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable, to discuss what is being done to heal the nation and the local community.

The special was broadcast live from WXYZ’s downtown Detroit studio at the Qube building. WXYZ anchor Stephen Clark contributed to the discussion through social media.

The special aired just prior to President Obama’s landmark town hall special “The President and The People: A National Conversation,” which addressed the tragic shootings across the county.

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.