Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Radio One Detroit Names Mildred Gaddis Community Affairs Director

Mildred Gaddis

Radio One Detroit has announced that Mildred Gaddis, host of the “Mildred Gaddis Show,” has been named Community Affairs Director for all of its Detroit radio stations, including the newly launched Detroit Praise Network.

Gaddis, who just commemorated 40 years in radio, is looking forward to her new role.

Market VP/GM Kathy Steinhour said “Mildred Gaddis has played a critical role in community matters in Detroit for many years. The company wants to tap further into the unique perspective she brings to our listeners by having her lead all our Community Affairs efforts both on and off the air.”

Added Gaddis: “I am thrilled by this opportunity which will allow me to work closer with Radio One Detroit listeners in such a meaningful way. Radio One has been an integral institution in this community and we will continue to build upon that.”

WPHM Goes Hyper-Local for Boat Races and Festival

WPHM’s Dennis Stuckey broadcasting dockside

Liggett Communication’s News-Talk-Sports WPHM-AM 1380 (Port Huron) once again provided start to finish coverage of the 94th annual Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The annual sailboat race starts in Port Huron and ends at Mackinac Island and is organized by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club. Coinciding with the race is the Blue Water Festival in Port Huron. Blue Water Fest kicked off Wednesday, July 11 with the Rotary International Day Parade in Downtown Port Huron.

WPHM Morning Show host Paul Miller anchored coverage of the event along with the Rotary Club’s Matt Wallace live from Downtown Port Huron with Program/News Director Caleb Gordon on the street interviewing parade participants. The following morning, Paul Miller hosted his show from Tio Gordo’s Cocina in Downtown Port Huron in the heart of Blue Water Fest. On Friday, July 13, personalities Paul Miller, Caleb Gordon and Dennis Stuckey provided 12 hours straight of all-local talk dockside along Black River during the festival. They were joined by yacht race officials, local governmental and business leaders, festival organizers, and race participants.

(left) WPHM’s Caleb Gordon with street level parade coverage. (right) WPHM’s Paul Miller and Ted Everingham on the starter boat
On race day Saturday, WPHM broadcast live from the starting line of the Mackinac race in lower Lake Huron. Sports Director Dennis Stuckey anchored coverage from the studio with WPHM’s Paul Miller and Bayview Yacht Club’s Ted Everingham live on the starting line boat. Due to lack of wind delays, it took over five hours for the all Mackinac boats to begin the race. Miller and Stuckey then headed north to Mackinac Island to broadcast their shows live from the Grand Hotel July 16-17 as boats crossed the finish line.

Gordon, WPHM Director of News and Programming , said “The Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race and the Blue Water Fest are the most anticipated events of the year for our community. Race participants, race fans, festival goers and the community as a whole trust WPHM to bring them the most in-depth coverage of both events. We are so thankful for our relationship with Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron Yacht Club, the City of Port Huron and, of course, our sponsors who make our coverage possible.”

WPHM and it’s sister stations broadcast hourly reports of the race updated by Dennis Stuckey. These reports were also shared on the WPHM Radio Facebook page.

Detroit Journalism Cooperative Goes Digital with Gubernatorial Interviews

Hour-long interviews with six of the seven major party candidates for Michigan governor turned into dozens of on-air reports, YouTube video playlists and digital posts for the audiences of the multimedia Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The candidate interviews included a representative from each outlet and a common set of questions developed to include issues in Michigan’s headlines and what voters are most wondering about, according to station surveys. Six of the seven Democratic and Republican candidates participated with Attorney General Bill Schuette declining to participate despite several requests.

DPTV hosted the taping and edited the videos into embeddable clips organized into playlists. Each outlet created its own content, based on platform and needs.

A consortium of nonprofit outlets originally formed to cover Detroit’s bankruptcy, the DJC has three broadcaster members – Detroit Public Television, Michigan Radio and WDET – and also includes Bridge Magazine, Chalkbeat Detroit and New Michigan Media, a partnership of five ethnic/minority newspapers. The DJC formed in 2014 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

You can find links to all the work HERE.

WDIV-TV To Host Congressional Debate

WDIV-TVWDIV-TV/ClickOnDetroit and the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization will host a debate with candidates for U.S. House of Representatives for the 13th congressional district at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 2. The live event will be streamed on ClickOnDetroit.com.

The debate will originate from the WDIV-Local 4 studios in downtown Detroit. The participating candidates are State Senator Ian Conyers, former State Representative Shanelle Jackson, Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones, former State Representative Rashida Tlaib, Westland Mayor Bill Wild and State Senator Coleman Young II.

WDIV anchor and “Flashpoint” host Devin Scillian will moderate the debate as a special “Flashpoint” election event.

A special election will be held on November 6, which will be concurrent with the general election on the same date. The special election is for the last few months of former U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr’s term, filling the seat he vacated in December 2017.

No Republican candidates are running for the 13th congressional district in either the special election or general election, and therefore no Republican primary will be held. The winner of the special election that will be held at the same time as the general election will serve from November 2018 to January 2019.

Ian Conyers, Brenda Jones, Rashida Tlaib and Bill Wild are running in both elections.

Nathan Graham in as New PD for WDZH-FM

Nathan Graham

Nathan Graham has been named Program Director for Entercom’s WDZH-FM (Detroit).  Graham was previously APD and Music Director for 103.7 KISS FM (WXSS-FM) in Milwaukee. Prior to joining Entercom, Graham held on-air positions at KSPW in Springfield, MO and KMXV in Kansas City. He was recently awarded the Music Director of the Year Award at the 2018 Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles.

“Nathan has cultivated strong leadership skills and a wealth of Top 40 format knowledge that we are confident will help propel 98.7 AMP Radio to new heights,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “We are proud to cultivate talent within the Entercom team and look forward to welcoming him to Detroit.”

“I want to thank Debbie Kenyon, Tim Roberts, Brian Kelly, and Pat Paxton for this incredible opportunity,” Graham added. “I’m very excited to join the already amazing team at WDZH and to connect with Detroit listeners.”

Graham will begin his new position on September 4.

WHTC (Holland) To Celebrate 70 Years July 31


On July 31, 1948, the Holland-Zeeland area welcomed its first permanent radio station as 1450 WHTC took to the air at 6 p.m.

On July 31, 2018, the station will celebrate 70 years of service with a special live broadcast beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The broadcast will begin with a special building rededication featuring a ribbon cutting with the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The celebration will include special guests, building tours and an opportunity for guests to visit on or off the air.

The broadcast will be available nationwide at whtc.com, via their app, NextRadio or Alexa; and the broadcast will be made available as a podcast on the station’s website.  The station’s website also has a special 70th anniversary section and all are welcome to check it out.

The MAB will be on hand July 31 and we’ll be posting photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the weekly News Briefs.

Former WDIV Anchor Mort Crim Featured in ‘Detroiters’ Episode


Legendary WDIV-TV (Detroit) anchor Mort Crim is appearing in a new episode of Comedy Central’s Detroiters.  Crim plays himself and is offered an opportunity to become a celebrity spokesman for a local furniture store.

Crim retired from WDIV and TV in 1997 and is the real-life inspiration for “Anchorman’s” Ron Burgundy.

In a soon-to-be released episode of “Detroiters,” Crim is seen hearing a pitch from the show’s main characters, Sam and Tim, who play ad men trying to build a local advertising empire.

Since retiring from TV, Crim started his own marketing agency, Mort Crim Communications, and is often featured in commercials for Majic Window.

The show actually used WDIV studios for scenes!

“Detroiters” airs Thursday nights at 10:30 on Comedy Central.

Beasley Begins Simulcast of Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show on WRXK-FM in Southwest Florida

(l-r) Dave and Chuck the Freak.

Beasley Media Group, LLC., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show is now be simulcast weekday morning from 6AM-10:30AM on WRXK-FM/96 k-rock in Ft. Myers and Naples, Florida.  The simulcast began July 16.

The Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show, known for its unique style of humor and banter, along with heavy social media interaction with fans, will provide wicked laughs and entertainment weekday mornings for Southwest Florida listeners.

Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart (along with show member Lisa Way) began working together in April of 2001 on Windsor, Canada’s 89X (CIMX 88.7 FM) until November of 2012. The show officially debuted on the WRIF-FM airwaves in May of 2013. Since then, they’ve added Cohost Andy Green, Producer James Campbell and Video Editor Jason Watson.

“We are pleased to have some of the finest personalities in the rock format within our company and Dave & Chuck are among the best of the best,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “The type of content that they deliver has proven success in this market and I have no doubt this show will be a winner in Fort Myers.”

“96 k-rock has a history of having the best Rock Radio morning shows in America,” said Vice President and Market Manager Brad Beasley. “We continue the tradition by bringing Dave and Chuck the Freak show to Southwest Florida and are excited to share their unique brand of humor and entertainment on the station with our dedicated listeners.”

“We are thrilled to be heading south to air on 96 k-rock,” said Dave Hunter. “It’s exciting to have the folks in Fort Myers & Naples be able to join in on the Dave and Chuck the Freak party we have every morning.”

Tom Cook Steps Down As Townsquare/Grand Rapids OM

Tom Cook

After 7 years, Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Operations Manager Tom Cook has announced his resignation.  Cook, who is headed for a soon-to-be announced opportunity said, “This is a great gig, and Grand Rapids is a great city.  The person who lands this gig will love the company, and living in Grand Rapids.”

Cook was also overseeing programming for the company’s 18 stations in Michigan, including Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

Townsquare Market President Rick Sarata is currently accepting applications for the OM position.

iHeart Names New Detroit, Philly Presidents

(l-r) Paul Corvino, Nick Gnau

iHeartMedia has announced that Paul Corvino is the new Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit, succeeding Nick Gnau, who is transferring to the Region President post for iHeartMedia Philadelphia.

Corvino (left) joins from Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, where he most recently served as Regional President for its Midwest Region. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience to his new role, including positions at AOL, the New York Times and Cablevision Systems. Corvino was also the founder and president of C2MediaSales.com.

Gnau (right) has been with iHeartMedia for over 25 years and most recently served as Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit, which includes the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Muskegon, MI markets. He was previously VP and Regional Market Manager in a variety of markets including Dayton, Lima and Marion, OH.

Gnau has also been serving on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Gnau and Corvino will report to Tom McConnell, President of iHeartMedia’s East Division, who commented, “Nick and Paul are great leaders with successful track records and who have done an extraordinary job for us across multiple markets and platforms. Their vast experience and proven leadership and performance results have shown that they are the perfect candidates to continue to further accelerate growth and innovation across these regions.”