Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

WDIV-TV Hosts Detroit Mayoral Debate

On October 25, WDIV-TV (Detroit) hosted a live on-air debate between Mayoral candidates incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan and opponent Senator Coleman Young II.   It was the only televised debate before the upcoming election.

WDIV anchor Devin Scillian moderated the debate, originating from the WDIV studios in downtown Detroit.  Panelists included WDIV Anchor Kimberly Gill, Bridge Magazine Urban Affairs Reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey and The Detroit News City Hall Reporter Christine Ferretti.

The live event aired on both WDIV and Detroit Public Television and was streamed live on ClickOnDetroit.com, detnews.com and dptv.org.

Black Diamond Flips WQEZ to Classic Hits “106.3 Mac-FM”

Black Diamond Broadcasting  has announced that it has changed the format of its WQEZ-FM (Onaway) from easy-listening to classic hits with the new moniker “106.3 Mac-FM.”  New call letters for the station are WWMK-FM.

In a press release, the company said, “With our goal being to provide maximum results for advertising clients, additional research brought forth a format that is not currently on the radio dial in Northern Michigan and is nationally gaining momentum with the 35-64 adult – Classic Hits of the 70s and 80s. This new format will bring a market exclusive entertainment that is timeless, as well as upbeat and fun.”

The station will feature the syndicated “The Bob and Tom Show,” noting that the show originated in Northern Michigan years ago.

The new format kicked off October 30.

Jacobs Media Adds Jason Hollins As Research Director

Jason Hollins

Jacobs Media (Bingham Farms) has announced that veteran media research executive, Jason Hollins, has joined the company as Research Director. Hollins will work closely with Fred and Paul Jacobs to lead the company’s expanding research initiatives in radio, digital media and beyond.

“We are proud and excited to bring someone of Jason’s talent and experience to the Jacobs Media team,” said Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media. “He’s spent nearly two decades working in radio and media research, both broadcast and digital, and has been integral in helping a vast array of companies better understand their current consumers, as well as helping them stay ahead of the curve on emerging media.”

“I’m thrilled to join Jacobs Media. I’ve always admired the successes they’ve achieved with their clients, the relationships they’ve cultivated and the excellent reputation they’ve built in doing so,” said Hollins. “I’m eager to bring my passion and experience in identifying trends, and emerging industries and platforms, to further expand the role research plays in helping Jacobs Media clients succeed now and into the future.”

Hollins has spent the entirety of his career in media with Edison Research, including serving nearly twelve years as Vice President. In addition to hundreds of broadcast radio studies, Jason has been heavily involved with dozens of industry studies that have helped shape the online audio, online video, and podcasting industries.

The MAB is Proud to Welcome Back the Michigan Army National Guard as an NCSA partner!

Due to federal contracting issues, the Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) left the MAB’s NCSA program in 2013.  MAB is happy to announce a new contract has been signed for Fiscal Year 2018 and messages began airing on our member stations on November 1.  As always, your support of the program is greatly appreciated and we could not provide the services to our members without every stations participation.

You will see emails including links to new messages, new PR and attendance at many MAB events.  Please take a moment to welcome them back to our partnership.  The Michigan Army National Guard relies on their partnership with MAB and its members to educate Michigan citizens about the opportunities available to cover college tuition, training that include STEM areas and the ability to live and serve within our Michigan communities.   They strive to serve their mission: “As a component of the U.S. Army, we are an entity of the state. We defend our country when called to action, but what makes us a unique branch in the military is our duty to protect and serve the state of Michigan. This allows us to live and serve within our Michigan communities. From natural disaster relief and civil disturbances to national emergencies, we are always ready, always there.”

The MAB is looking forward to an amazing year of partnership and resource sharing.  If you would like to interview your local recruiter, please contact Richard Teeter at 517-481-7002.

Lansing’s WLNS-TV Tracked Arrival of New Anchor

Bonney Bowman

Bonney Bowman has joined the staff at Nexstar’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) as a new morning news anchor.  Bowman joins the station from KTVA-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.  And rather than fly to Lansing, she elected to make the 3,800-mile journey by car.

Bowman explained to  that it was cheaper to get her car to Lansing if she drove and she has some companions for the trip, including her mother.

“I have two dogs and two cats,” Bowman said. “And we flew them up to Alaska when I moved four years ago. It was extremely challenging and expensive, so we thought this time, let’s just drive.”

WLNS tracked Bowman’s 8-day trip with updates on the air and web.  In addition, Bowman provided her own updates, including video on her Facebook page.

WDIV’s Andrew Humphrey to Receive Alumnus of the Year Award

Andrew Humphrey

On October 26, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Meteorologist and Reporter Andrew Humphrey, CBM, will be at the University of Michigan to receive the Climate & Space (CLaSP) department’s Alumnus of the Year Award and give an accompanying lecture.  His lecture is titled “Broadcast Meteorology: Weather and Communications in the 21st Century.”

Humphrey is an Emmy award winning meteorologist and reporter and has earned the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) distinction and delivers science and technology reports for “Tech Time With Andrew Humphrey” on the station.

Prior to WDIV, Humphrey was chief meteorologist at WUPW-TV in Toledo.  He was also seen around the world on CNN and CNN International and got his start in Washington, D.C. at NBC’s WRC-TV and then Fox’s WTTG-TV.

Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD., near the nation’s capital, Humphrey went to school in Wolverine country, earning his BSE in Meteorology from the University of Michigan. He went on to earn his MS in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote his thesis on “The Behavior of the Total Mass of the Atmosphere.”

His awards include the 2009 Emmy award for weather anchoring from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the 2006 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council and the 2000 Community Service Award from NABJ.

WXYZ-TV Holds Town Hall Meeting in Oakland County

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) continued its series of Detroit 2020 town hall meetings with an event in Oakland County on October 17.  The event took place at Kensington Church in Troy with area residents invited.

The 7 Action News town hall series is part of WXYZ’s Detroit 2020 community initiative that was created to project a vision for our communities in the future.

“Throughout this series of town hall meetings, we are going out to communities across Metro Detroit to simply listen,” said WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager Mike Murri. “Understanding the issues and challenges people are facing helps us do a better job of serving our viewers. It also gives us the opportunity to address those concerns in stories on 7 Action News. Our goal is to have a positive impact in communities throughout our area.”

7 Action News stories on the Michigan auto insurance crisis and Detroit water bills came from concerns shared at 2020 town hall meetings.

7 Action News anchor Carolyn Clifford hosted the event. She was joined by 7 Action anchor Glenda Lewis and 7 Action News investigator, Ross Jones.

The station featured portions of the town hall meeting live on 7 Action News at 7 p.m. and on Facebook Live.

This was the 5th Detroit 2020 town hall meeting. WXYZ also held events in Detroit, Sterling Heights, Taylor and at WXYZ in Southfield, where a studio audience screened the film, “12th and Clairmount,” on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots.

For more information about the Detroit 2020 town hall meetings, go to wxyz.com

WBCT Birthday Bash Moves to Fifth Third Ballpark

B-93 Birthday Bash 2017

A major annual music festival in West Michigan will have a new home in 2018.  WBCT-FM’s (Grand Rapids) annual “Birthday Bash” country music event is relocating to the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.  For the last seven years, the festival has been held at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park near Martin in Allegan County.

“After evaluating the changing concert landscape and reviewing facilities and infrastructure, B-93.7 has decided to move its Birthday Bash celebration to the Fifth Third Ballpark,” said iHeartRadio Media Market President Tim Feagan, in a released statement. “The new facility for the Birthday Bash will provide better sightlines, concession choices, facilities, and seating for all attendees.”

The 2018 event will be held June 2.  The concert lineup will be announced at a later date.

Smitty Returns to WGFM/WCHY

Nate “Smitty” Smith

Nate “Smitty” Smith has rejoined the airstaff of Black Diamond’s WGFM/WCHY (Traverse City).  Smith left the stations four months ago, but has returned to his afternoon shift.

“It’s absolutely incredible that I’m coming back to the Northern Michigan rock waves,” Smith told All Access. “The listener support that I’ve received, has blown me away and I couldn’t be more excited to rejoin the Black Diamond and Rock 105 & 95.5 family.”

Black Diamond co-owner/CEO Mike Chires said, “Smitty helped build Rock 105 & 95.5 into the leading rock station in Northern Michigan, especially his hometown of Traverse City.  That was proven by the unbelievable listener response when he departed four months ago. Based primarily on Smitty’s actions since he left, we welcome him back to our Black Diamond Broadcasting family. I know his loyal listeners will be thrilled about his return to afternoon drive.”

Nielsen Releases New Local Television Market Rankings

Nielsen is out with its lastest annual rankings of the top local TV markets.

The biggest mover in the Top 10 is the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market which drops from No. 6 to No. 8. Elsewhere in the Top 10, Washington, D.C. moves up one spot, from No. 7 to No. 6. Houston moves from No. 8 to No. 7. Atlanta and Boston switch positions: this season Atlanta is No. 9 and Boston is No. 10.

Michigan TV markets saw some slight shifts from this year to last.  Detroit moves from No. 13 to No. 14, Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek moves No. 44 to No. 43.  Flint/Bay City/Saginaw from No. 72 to No. 71.  Lansing No. 113 to No. 115.  Traverse City/Cadillac No. 119 to No. 118.  Both Marquette and Alpena remain at the market No. 180 and No. 208 positions, respectively.

A complete list of the Nielsen rankings, including population estimates is available here.