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Nancy Dymond Appointed Cumulus Flint VP/MM

Nancy Dymond

Cumulus Media has appointed Nancy Dymond as Vice President/Market Manager for the five-station cluster in Flint.

Dymond has more than 30 years of experience as a market manager/general manager, in markets including Flint, Lansing and Saginaw; Erie, Pa.; and Toledo, Ohio.

The appointment marks Dymond’s return to Cumulus Media-Flint, where she served as market manager from 2000-2004. She was most recently market manager for Community Broadcasters’ five-station cluster in Watertown, N.Y. Prior to that, she was general manager for Max Media of Susquehanna Valley, Pa., stations and was also general manager of Connoisseur Media in Erie, Pa.

“It’s great to have Nancy back in Flint,” RVP/market manager Chris Monk said. “This is a market she knows and it’s an area she loves. Nancy is the perfect person to lead our Flint team.”

Cumulus Media Flint owns and operates WFBE-FM, WWCK-AM/FM, WDZZ-FM and WTRX-AM.

NextRadio, LG Agree to Deliver FM Radio Access on Mobile Devices

On August 10, TagStation LLC, owner of the NextRadio app, announced an agreement with smartphone manufacturer LG Electronics MobileComm to enable FM chips in LG phones, providing  access to local FM Radio across the United States and Canada, as well as Latin American countries, with more countries to follow.

“We are proud and excited to partner with one of the world’s leading smartphone providers to continue our mission of connecting and exposing users to a fully immersive radio experience,” said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation, in a press release. “This alliance will give millions of consumers the opportunity to receive real over-the-air FM radio through their phone.”

The collaboration will allow LG users to listen and experience live, local radio on their smartphones  and provide access to audio emergency alerts even if cellular coverage becomes congested or unavailable. Subject to agreements with wireless carriers, LG also will pre-load NextRadio on a number of models.

With the NextRadio app, consumers have the ability to listen to live music, sports and talk broadcasts through local over-the-air FM radio, while experiencing interactive music content, promotions and ads synced to the on-air broadcast. The direct connection to the phone’s FM chip allows users to use less battery and  less data than streaming radio apps when listening to NextRadio broadcasts.


Taz Painter Leaves WZZM-TV

Taz Painter

WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) News Director Taz Painter is leaving the TEGNA-owned station to join WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn.  WBIR made the announcement in a news release last week.

Painter has been with WZZM since April of 2014 and is returning to the Knoxville station, where he was managing editor from 2007 to 2014.

Before working at WBIR, Painter worked as an executive producer for KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico; as a producer for WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina; and as an anchor and reporter for WHKP-AM in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

WZZM is currently accepting applications for the News Director position.  See the posting on the MAB Job Bank here.

WSJM’s Phil McDonald Honored by Michigan Coaches

Phil McDonald

Midwest Family Broadcasting’s WSJM-FM (Benton Harbor) Sports Anchor Phil McDonald has been picked to be inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s Hall of Honor for his nearly 30 years of local sports broadcasting.

McDonald said it’s wonderful to be recognized and to work at an organization committed to sports.

“Just to be recognized for what we do, and I hear it from a lot of people that it’s unusual how much coverage we give high school sports, not just here in southwest Michigan, but in other parts of the state,” he said.

McDonald added that he continues to do what he does because of what it means to the kids.

“I think it’s just a chance to give the student athletes, the high school student athletes, a spotlight that they don’t normally get,” he said. “The appreciation they show for the small things we can do that we think are small things, but the coaches and the student athletes think are the biggest things in the world.”

McDonald started with WSJM in 1988.  He’s been doing play-by-play for decades on local games, and will go to Auburn Hills in October to receive his honor. He’s the only media personality selected for the distinction this year.

WXYZ will broadcast the ‘Woodward Dream Cruise’ Across the Nation

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) will broadcast exclusive coverage of the “Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Ford” on Saturday, August 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.

A one-hour version of the program will be syndicated to television stations across the country, including stations owned by WXYZ’s parent company, The E.W. Scripps Company. The program will air nationwide in late August and early September and will reach approximately 80 percent of U.S. households.

The program will be hosted by 7 Action News Anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford from a street-side stage. Additionally, 7 Action News Anchors JoAnne Purtan, Glenda Lewis, Alicia Smith, Keenan Smith and Ann Marie LaFlamme will provide coverage from hot spots along Woodward Avenue, including the legendary Mustang Alley in Ferndale. Reporter Matt Smith will introduce viewers to classic car collectors along the route and 7 Meteorologist Dave Rexroth will cruise in a classic Ford Mustang.

More than 40,000 vehicles and 1.2 million visitors are expected to pack a 9-mile stretch of historic Woodward Avenue.

WXYZ will air an encore broadcast of its Dream Cruise special from 10 a.m. to noon on  Sunday, August 20.

False EAS Test Startles Island of Guam

According to a report in InsideRadio residents of the the U.S. territory of Guam were startled by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) shortly after 12 a.m. on August 15. The alert originated from Inter-Island Communications religious teaching KTWG (801), which assured the public afterward that “the unauthorized test was not connected to any emergency, threat or warning.”

The alert occurred at 12:25 a.m. and included the message: “A broadcast station or cable system has issued a civil danger warning for the following counties/areas: Guam, Guam; at 12:25 a.m. on August 15, 2017 effective until 12:40 a.m.”

Officials with Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), along with the Mariana Regional Fusion Control (MFRC), said there was no change in the threat levels for the island territory and the test was unscheduled and an error. They added that they are working with federal and military partners to continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and threats aimed at the island territory.

Guam and the U.S. air and naval bases stationed there have been under alert since North Korea threatened to fire missiles into the sea near the island. However, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has since stood down and backed off the plan, according to state media.

The station that aired the erroneous alert added that it is working with the GHS/OCD “to ensure the human error will not occur again.”

Tom Szczepanski named as Detroit Public Television’s Chief Operating Officer

Detroit Public Television President and CEO Rich Homberg announced August 14 that Tom  Szczepanski will begin as DPTV’s Chief Operating Officer on September 18.

“With Tom joining the DPTV team, we are even better positioned to tell the story of Detroit – which we believe is, today, the most important city in America,” Homberg said in his announcement.  “As university partnerships become more important to us, Tom will be able to use that experience to help build new ‘win-win’ situations.”

Szczepanski comes to DPTV from the University of Michigan, where he has served as Assistant Vice President of Development, Marketing and Annual Giving. His experience also includes consulting the Detroit Medical Center and senior executive roles at global advertising agencies. He began his career at the Detroit Free Press.

“As media continues to evolve quickly, we also need to move at high speed, but do it in a very thoughtful way. Having a COO with a range of the right experience will help the organization through a time of change, helping to ensure that DPTV continues to have a lasting impact in this community, ” said DPTV Board Chair Arthur Horwitz.

Szczepanski is a native of Metro Detroit and graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy.

FCC Watch: Lots of FM Translator Filings

Here’s the latest Michigan-related FCC broadcast filings.

First, a compilation of FM Translator applications filed by AM licensees during the July 26 – August 2 filing window:

Benton Harbor, MI:  Gerard Media LLC seeks 106.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WHFB-AM, Benton Harbor.

Cadillac, MI:  MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting, Inc. seeks 106.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WATT-AM, Cadillac.

Charlotte, MI:  West Central Michigan Media Ministries seeks 92.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned KTGG-AM, Okemos.

Detroit, MI: WMUZ Radio, Inc. seeks 107.1 Mhz, 60 watts, for co-owned WRDT-AM, Monroe.

East Lansing, MI: Townsquare Media Lansing License, LLC seeks 102.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WVFN-AM, East Lansing.

Escanaba, MI:  AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC seeks 93.5 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WCHT-AM, Escanaba.

Flint, MI:  Cumulus Licensing, LLC seeks 107.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WWCK-AM, Flint.

Gladwin, MI: Apple Broadcasting Company, Inc. seeks 96.5 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WGDN-AM, Gladwin.

*Gladwin, MI:  Hayco Broadcasting seeks 100.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WCSM-AM, Celina, OH.

Hancock, MI: J&J Broadcasting, Inc. seeks 107.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WMPL-AM, Hancock.

Indian River, MI: Black Diamond Broadcast Holding, LLC seeks 98.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WCBY-AM, Cheboygan.

Grand Rapids, MI: Radio License Holding CBC, LLC seeks 106.1 Mhz, 75 watts, for co-owned WJRW-AM, Grand Rapids.

Hastings, MI:  Barry Broadcasting Co. seeks 93.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WBCH-AM, Hastings.

Hillsdale, MI:  WCSR, Inc. seeks 99.5 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WCSR-AM, Hillsdale.

Iron River, MI: Iron River Community Broadcasting Corporation seeks 97.9 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WFER-AM, Iron River.

Lansing, MI: The MacDonald Broadcasting Company seeks 93.3 Mhz, 125 watts, for co-owned WXLA-AM, Dimondale.

Lansing, MI: Townsquare Media Lansing License, LLC seeks 107.7 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WJIM-AM, Lansing.

Lapeer, MI:  The Calvary Bible Church of Lapeer seeks 106.9 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WMPC-AM, Lapeer.

Lowell, MI: WYGR, LLC seeks 99.5 Mhz, 100 watts, for co-owned WYGR-AM, Wyoming.

Ludington, MI:  Synergy Media, Inc. seeks 106.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WKLA-AM, Ludington.

Manistique, MI:  AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC seeks 98.5 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WTIQ-AM, Manistique.

Marquette, MI:  Taconite Broadcasting, Inc. seeks 106.9 Mhz,  250 watts, for co-owned WZAM-AM, Ishpeming.

Menominee, MI:  Radio Plus Bay Cities, LLC seeks 100.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WAGN-AM, Memominee.

Midland, MI:  Steel Broadcasting, Inc.  seeks 107.7 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WMPX-AM, Midland.

Munising, MI:  Great Lakes Radio, Inc. seeks 97.7 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WQXO-AM, Munising.

Niles, MI:  Marion R. Williams seeks 107.5 Mhz, 80 watts, for co-owned WNIL-AM, Niles.

Otsego, MI:  Vintage Radio Enterprises, LLC seeks 98.9 Mhz, 80 watts, for co-owned WAKV-AM, Otesego.

Petoskey, MI:  MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting, Inc. seeks 104.7 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WMBN-AM, Petoskey.

Port Huron, MI: Liggett Communications, LLC seeks 92.7 Mhz, 125 watts, for co-owned WHLX-AM, Marine City.

Port Huron, MI: Liggett Communications, LLC seeks 107.7 Mhz, 195 watts, for co-owned WHLS-AM, Port Huron.

Saginaw, MI: The MacDonald Broadcasting Company seeks 92.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WSAM-AM, Saginaw.

Sandusky, MI: Sanilac Broadcasting Company seeks 95.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WMIC-AM, Sandusky.

Shepherd, MI:  Latitude Media, LLC seeks 92.3 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WMMI-AM, Shepherd.

St. Joseph, MI:  WSJM, Inc. seeks 106.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WSJM-AM, St. Joseph.

Sturgis, MI:  Impact Radio, LLC seeks 106.9 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WRCI-AM, Three Rivers.

Tawas City, MI:  Carroll Enterprises, Inc. seeks 106.9 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WIOS-AM, Tawas City.

Whitehall, MI:  Radio License Holding CBC, LLC seeks 99.1 Mhz, 250 watts, for co-owned WKLQ-AM, Whitehall.

*The location of this proposed translator may be a typographical error, given the distance between the primary station and the translator location.

Other recent FCC Filings:

August 7:  Edgewater Broadcasting, Inc. filed an assignment application to transfer FM Translator W273CI (Grand Haven) to Smile FM.  The station will rebroadcast WMCQ-FM, Muskegon.

August 7:  Underwood V Radio, Inc. filed an application for license for low-power FM WFCB-LP (Ferndale).

August 7:  Family Life Broadcasting System was granted a license for FM Translator W284BQ (Detroit).  The license  covers a minor change application.

August 4:  Educational Media Foundation filed an application for license for FM Translator W262BD (Dimondale).  The license application follows minor change permit.   The translator rebroadcasts WWSJ-AM (St. Johns).

August 3:  Educational Media Foundation filed an application for license for non-commercial WAKL-FM (Flint).  The license application follows a minor change permit.

August 3:  Michigan Community Radio was granted a construction permit for changes for FM Translator W260CQ  (Plainfield Township).  The application is for an increase in ERP.

July 27:  AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC was granted a license to cover for WCMM-FM (Gulliver).  The station reduced its ERP.

Jacobs Media Presenting Email Marketing Webinar on Thursday

When: This Thursday, August 10,  2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Email can be a powerful marketing tool for radio stations, but many don’t have the manpower to take full advantage of it. In this webinar, Seth Resler will show you how to automate your email campaigns to save your staff time.

You’ll learn:

    • How to create an automated campaign to email out new website content
    • How to create an automated campaign to recycle older email content
    • How to increase registrations for your email database

The webinar is free.  Interested stations can register here.

Brian Abel Joins WXYZ

Brian Abel

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) announced that Brian Abel has joined the station as a reporter for “7 Action News This Morning.”

Abel comes to the station from E. W. Scripps’ sister station KSHB-TV in Kansas City.  There, Brian was the lead reporter during the station’s coverage of the 2016 election.

He also was assigned to stories picked up nationally, including the tragic death of a young boy on the nation’s tallest waterslide, the death of two firefighters battling an arson fire, a triple shooting in an Olathe bar investigated as a hate crime, a massive construction fire forcing the evacuation of an Overland Park neighborhood, devastating tornadoes and a Missouri bill to consider sex between legislators and lobbyists as a “gift.”

Prior to Kansas City, Abel was primary anchor for WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, N.D.

Abel was born and raised in the Grand Rapids suburb of Lowell. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in journalism.