Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Heritage Broadcasting Will Host Opioid Epidemic Forum on April 18

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) and Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Care Network of Michigan have teamed up to shed some light on opioid issues in Northern Michigan.

The 9&10 News team’s Michelle Dunaway and David Lyden will discuss the important truths and statistics with a panel of local specialists and law enforcement personal from throughout the viewing area.

“Opioid use in Northern Michigan is climbing at an alarming rate and as an organization that values being a reliable source of information, we feel compelled to discuss all the facts and bring it to our viewers. Knowledge is power and we want to make sure everyone who sees or hears this forum feels empowered to help stop opioid abuse in our communities. ” said Kevin Dunaway, Vice President/General Manager.

The forum will air live on 9&10 News and Local 32 on Wednesday, April 18, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Reruns of the forum will air on Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. on Local 32 and 12 p.m. on WWTV. WTCM will simulcast the forum live on Newstalk 580 WTCM for those listening on radio.

‘Broadcasting Hope’ Campaign Seeks to Reach Broadcasters in Acute Need

Broadcasting Hope, a new industry-wide campaign from the Broadcasters Foundation of America, aims to reach broadcasters across the country with trade ads, social media and more.

“We are grateful to the radio and TV trade publications for their generous support,” said Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “With their valuable help, we can make sure that every broadcaster in America knows that they or a colleague can apply for aid when in dire need from unforeseen and devastating circumstances.”

“There are broadcasters in local markets across America who may qualify for aid, and it’s imperative that they know the Broadcasters Foundation can be a life support,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “The radio and TV trade publications and members of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA) have been very supportive in helping us expand awareness of the Foundation’s charitable mission.”

The goal of Broadcasting Hope is to ensure that broadcasters in acute need know they can apply for aid from the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to providing financial assistance to broadcasters whose lives have been devastated by illness, accident, or disaster.

Ads from the Broadcasting Hope campaign will run in radio and TV trade publications beginning this week.

For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has disbursed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society.

To learn more, contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or visit

Tyler Appointed Music Director at WDVD

Jessica Tyler

Cumulus Media’s WDRQ -FM (Detroit) Assistant Program Director/Music Director Jessica Tyler has added Music Director responsibilities for sister station WDVD-FM.

“Jessica’s passion for music and her relationships with artists and the label community is unparalleled,” director of programming Robby Bridges remarked. “I’m please she will work with me, APD Kendall Taylor and our corporate team on the sound of Detroit’s 96.3 WDVD going forward.r

Tyler joined WDRQ in November, 2017.  “I want to thank Robbym Mike Wheeler, Rob Roberts and Mike McVay for this opportunity and for their belief in me,” said Tyler.

Angie Cady returns as National Sales Manager at WDIV

Angie Cady

Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) has named Angie Cady National Sales Manager.

Cady previously held the NSM position at WDIV from November 2010 to September 2016. She started as an account executive at the station in July 2008.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Angie back to Local 4/ClickOnDetroit. Angie was a big part of our successes while she was here and we know she is going to be a big part of our future successes in the years ahead,” said General Sales Manager Gary Macko. “Both her media experience and relationships are a winning combination and she has already had an impact on our business by her being back here at the station.”

Most recently a senior account executive at Fox Sports Detroit, Cady has been working in the Detroit media business for 23 years, including jobs at WKBD, WJBK, Comcast Spotlight and Fox Station Sales.

Cady grew up in Rockwood, Mich., and graduated from Western Michigan University with honors and has an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. She lives in New Boston with her husband Mike, two step-daughters and a step-son.

Chessare Joins Cumulus Media

Stephen Chessare

Former Greater Media Detroit VP/Market Manager Stephen Chessare has joined Cumulus Media as VP/Market Manager of the company’s Bridgeport, CT cluster. Chessare brings over 30 years experience in radio management and sales.

“Stephen Chessare is a deeply experienced and effective radio manager and we are very pleased to welcome him aboard,” executive VP of operations Dave Milner said. “He will be an incredible asset to Cumulus Media, to our great team in Bridgeport, and to our listeners and advertising partners.”

Long-Time WNEM News Director Moves On

Ian Rubin

The MAB has learned that Ian Rubin, News Director at WNEM-TV (Saginaw) for the last 14 years, has resigned to become News Director for WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.  He began his new position on March 19.

Rubin, who has 30 years news experience, previously worked in news management at the then NBC and Fox duopoly in Dayton, Ohio, the NBC affiliate in Boston, and at cable outlets in New York City suburbs.  Rubin joined WNEM in August of 2003.

No replacement has been named yet for Rubin at WNEM.

Beasley’s WMGC-FM Names John Candelaria Program Director

John Candelaria

Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that veteran company programmer John Candelaria  has been named as the new Program Director of  WMGC-FM (105.1FM The BOUNCE) in the Motor City. He will begin his new position on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Candelaria currently serves as the company’s Urban Format Captain and most recently worked as the Operations Manager and Program Director at Beasley Media Group’s KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM in Las Vegas. Previously, he was the morning host for KOAS-FM and was responsible for the successful launch of Hot 95.5/93.1, Throwback Hip Hop and R & B in Augusta, Georgia.

“John’s proven track record as a strategic programmer and tactician makes him the perfect choice to lead our very talented air team,” said Beasley Media Group Detroit Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. “He ‘gets’ this format and is bringing the ideas and energy to fuel the next phase of growth for 105.1 The BOUNCE. This should be fun!”

“I have been such a fan of John and his work since we first brought him to the company years ago,” said Justin Chase, Executive Vice President of Programming at Beasley Media Group. “I’m very happy that we will have him at one of Beasley’s largest Throwback stations. John has the right coalition style experience for stations like The BOUNCE.”

“Beasley Las Vegas has been an unforgettable experience,” said Candelaria. “I am excited to join Team Detroit and look forward to working alongside the best radio talent in the Motor City and growing as a leader under Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. I am so grateful for the unwavering support of the Beasley family, Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase and Vice President of Programming Buzz Knight.”

Stephen Clark to Join WOMC for Mornings

Stephen Clark

Entercom’s WOMC-FM (Detroit) announced Wednesday (3/28) that former WXYZ-TV news anchor Stephen Clark is taking the helm of the station’s morning show.

The new show will feature Stephen Clark and a co-host that will be revealed on Friday, April 6. The “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephen Clark and … ” show will air from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays. It debuts on Monday, April 2.

“Stephen is an integral part of the fabric of Detroit and we are thrilled to have him open this new chapter in the station’s rich heritage,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “Stephen’s connection with our local community, his personality and love of music make him a great fit to take the helm of the new WOMC morning show.”

For his part, Clark said he’s thrilled to return to his radio roots. Radio is where he began his broadcast career.

“… Only the legendary WOMC could have brought me out of retirement,” Clark said. “I have a unique relationship with the Detroit community from my time on television and I’m looking forward to deepening that connection via daily conversations and direct interactions with listeners every morning on 104.3 WOMC.”

Stephen Clark recently retired from WXYZ after 16 years as anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Clark began his media career as a newspaper photographer, and also worked as a radio reporter and DJ before taking the TV anchor chair. Clark is also a singer/songwriter who performs around the Detroit area.

WGHN’s Sherry Wilson Passes

As Wilson was camera-shy, the station posted this photo in memoriam on their Facebook page.

The MAB has sadly learned that WGHN (Grand Haven) afternoon News Anchor Sherry Wilson (Woelkers) has passed away at age 62 on March 22.

Wilson was a radio veteran of more than 13 years. She began her West Michigan career at WMUS (Muskegon) as an air personality, later working at WKBZ as the Public Service Director and evening personality. She left radio for a number of years, returning to work at WGHN in January of 2014 as the Afternoon Newsperson.

The station posted word of Wilson’s passing on its Facebook page, adding,  “As a broadcaster, Sherry was an excellent news anchor. Born with a curious mind, she had an ability to “shake a few trees” and gather news every single day. Be it serious or silly, she always contributed something to inform or entertain the audience. She was a perfect compliment to any broadcast partner. Her encyclopedic knowledge of facts, both important and whimsical, could match any direction the conversation was steered.”

Services were held this past Monday.


Al Sharpton Joins WFDF

Rev. Al Sharpton

WFDF-AM (Detroit), the market’s only black talk radio station, welcomes Rev. Al Sharpton with his show “Keeping it Real.”

“Rev. Al Sharpton is the most iconic civil rights leaders of our time! I have known Rev. Al Sharpton for 30 years and I look forward to him joining our 910AM Superstation family,” says Kevin Adell, CEO.

“I’m excited about a big return to the Greater Detroit market. It is especially important at this point in our nation’s history to reach everyone with correct information and a megaphone. Kevin Adell and his team have done that at 910AM superstation and I’m glad to partner with them starting Monday,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton will be heard weekdays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. beginning March 26.