The National Association of Broadcasters has created a YouTube video warning the public and the Federal Communications Commission about the challenges that lie ahead for the broadcast TV repack. The video highlights the possibility of radio stations going off the air, budget challenges, time constraints and the amount of work needed to safely update towers.
To sum it up, the 39-month broadcast TV repack process will be really hard:
Michigan Radio was honored on June 24 with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).
The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Nationally Edited Continuing Coverage category for its on-going reporting about the Flint water crisis.
“The reporters at Michigan Radio took our commitment to keep the story of the Flint water crisis in front of a national audience very seriously,” said Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio News Director. “This award is really a credit to the whole Flint team and our entire newsroom for their work that aired on NPR. I’m really pleased that the fantastic work done by Michigan Radio reporters has been recognized in this way.”
The station also received a Second Place award in the Long Documentary category for “Out From The Shadows: Living Undocumented.” The hour-long documentary by reporter Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity team looked at what life is like for illegal immigrant families in the Grand Rapids area facing the prospect of deportation.
Michigan Radio has the state’s largest and most recognized radio news service, with more than thirty-five awards received in 2017 for news excellence. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.
The University of Michigan Athletic Department and The Michigan IMG Sports Network has announced that WXYZ-TV (Detroit) sports anchor Brad Galli will host the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show, held Mondays throughout the football season.
“Bringing fans closer to the Michigan football program and providing unique access every week will be a lot of fun,” said Galli. “I have a lot of enthusiasm about hosting the show — and I think I’m smart enough to know I don’t have to do much talking with Coach Harbaugh on the microphone next to me.”
The past two seasons, Galli has interviewed J. Ira, the Nicki Harris Family and Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh on Mondays as part of WXYZ-TV’s Sunday broadcast of the Inside Michigan Football TV show.
A Detroit native who grew up in Troy, Galli anchors sports on WXYZ’s 7 Action News. He earned an Emmy in 2016 for Excellence in Sports Anchoring in the state of Michigan after winning his first Emmy in 2014 for Excellence in Sports Reporting. Galli also received a Merit Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Best Sportscast in 2014. He began working at WXYZ-TV in 2011 after graduating from Marquette University.
Jim Brandstatter, the host since the inception of the weekly radio show, has decided to step away from the Monday night show. Brandstatter will continue to handle play-by-play duties for the IMG/Michigan Sports Network and host the Inside Michigan Football TV show as well as provide color commentary on the Detroit Lions radio broadcast.
“The decision to step away from the Monday night Inside Michigan Football radio show with Jim Harbaugh was mine,” said Brandstatter. “I made the decision based on the increased responsibility of the Michigan football play-by-play position and the travel involved in my fall weekends broadcasting both the Wolverines and Detroit Lions NFL games.
“I had a blast doing the show and thank IMG for the opportunity, and especially Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan media staff over the past couple of years,” added Brandstatter. “I have loved working with producer Kathleen Stevens and engineer Tony Butler and the wonderful staff and Michigan fans at the Pizza House. Going forward, I wish for continued and increased success (with new host Brad Galli) of this popular radio program.”
IMG is the multimedia rights partner of University of Michigan Athletics.
The 25-person National Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee presented 24 individuals and shows worthy of consideration to listeners and industry peers and the voting results are in. In just three years since public voting was reinstituted, the National Radio Hall of Fame reports an unprecedented level of audience participation with nearly 300,000 votes cast for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. The increase is attributed to the ever-more creative campaigning waged by nominees as well as the newly offered online voting mechanism in addition to texting. The inductees by public vote are:
Bobby Bones, The Bobby Bones Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks Music Format On-Air Personality
Bill Handel, The Bill Handel Show; KFI AM 640 Los Angeles; Handel on the Law; syndicated by Premiere Networks Spoken Word On-Air Personality
Four of the categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. The inductees by this panel are:
Tom Barnard, The Tom Barnard Show, KQRS-FM Minneapolis
Active Local/Regional, 10+ years
John Records Landecker, renowned DJ, most notably on WLS-AM and WJMK-FM, Chicago Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years
Landecker began his radio career while in high school at WOIA-FM/WOIB-AM in Ann Arbor. He attended Michigan State University, working at station WILS-AM/FM in Lansing.
Sean Hannity, The Sean Hannity Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks
Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years
Robin Quivers, The Howard Stern Show; SiriusXM
Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years
Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct two individuals for their contribution to the industry. Those inductees are:
Joseph M. Field, Chairman/Founder Entercom Communications Corporation and Robert S. “Bob” Sievers, the late legendary Fort Wayne, Indiana on-air personality who was on WOWO Radio for 51 years.
National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “Each year the enthusiasm and participation from those in our industry, and the voting public, grows by leaps and bounds. We’re so happy to induct this truly deserving, talented group of broadcasters this year into the National Radio Hall of Fame.”
The black-tie optional induction ceremony takes place at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago on November 2. Tickets are now available at www.radiohof.org. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum.
Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
About the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications: The institution collects, preserves and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educates, informs and entertains the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983 by veteran broadcaster Bruce DuMont.
At 3:00 p.m. on June 16, Houghton Community Broadcasting launched a new contemporary hit radio station in Houghton: “99.3 The Lift.”
The station is a combination AM station (WCCY, 1400) and FM translator (W257CZ 99.3).
Rick Allen, who has been with the company covering local news for Houghton Community Broadcasting as well as for WBUP/WBKP-TV, is handling the station’s morning show. The station also will feature Finlandia University sports as well as Detroit Tigers baseball.
The station’s name comes from the Portage Canal Lift Bridge connecting Houghton and Hancock. More on “99.3 The Lift” on the station’s website here.
Cumulus Media has announced that it has signed Detroit Hot AC WDVD-FM morning show star Blaine Fowler to a long-term contract extension.
Fowler’s eponymous morning show has aired weekday mornings since 2003 on the station. “The Blaine Fowler Morning Show” is heard Monday through Friday from 5:30am-9:00am on 96.3 WDVD-FM.
Robby Bridges, Director of FM Programming, Cumulus Media-Detroit, said: “Blaine and Lauren both are special talents and I’m thrilled they’ll make their magic on Detroit’s 96-3 WDVD for a long time to come.”
Fowler said: “I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had and I’m excited to continue to set the alarm and join Lauren Crocker each morning on the radio here in the Motor City!!”
At ceremonies held in Nashville on June 21, former Detroit air personalities Linda Lee and Joe Wade Formicola were posthumously inducted into the 2017 Country Radio Hall of Fame.
Kid Rock and CBS Radio’s Vice President of Programming Tim Roberts gave induction speeches on Lee’s behalf. Her husband, Jeff Young, and two daughters, Gina Holmes Mills and Alex Young, were also present for the ceremony. Lee died on March 31, 2017 after a seven-month cancer battle. Lee was an air personality on WYCD-FM (Detroit) for more than 20 years.
Formicola, who worked at both WWWW-FM and WYCD-FM in Detroit as well as other markets around the country passed away unexpectedly on May 31, 2017.
See WYCD’s article on Linda Lee and Joe Wade Formicola here.
Both Lee and Formicola attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts before launching their radio careers. Dick Kernen, VP of Industry Relations at Specs Howard, told the MAB that Formicola was in one of the school’s first graduating classes back in 1970.
“It seemed that everyone was into rock music back then, but Joe decided to move into country.” Kernen said, recalling that Formicola’s first job in radio was in Port Huron in the early ’70s.
“The irony is that in 1994, Linda Lee interned at Detroit’s WYCD, working for the station’s morning show co-host, another Specs Grad and Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Karen Dalessandro. Eventually Linda’s career landed her a job as producer and co-host of the morning show at WYCD, paired with fellow Specs grad, Joe Wade Formicola.”
Kernen said he spoke with Formicola days before he passed away, remarking that “both (Joe and Linda) were terrific people. Linda was one of the sweetest beyond belief.”
Linda Lee also will be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame with the MAB Legacy Award and will be honored at ceremonies on August 22. More information here.
The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made a significant impact on the radio industry over the course of a 20-year period, with 15 of those years being contributed to Country-specific radio.
Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) was presented with the Service to America Award on June 20 in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF).
WDIV received the prestigious award for its ongoing commitment to outstanding community service.
In a news release, the NABEF said, “Through news coverage, philanthropy and community service, WDIV puts the needs of viewers first. When the city of Flint found itself in crisis, WDIV hosted a telethon, raising more than $1.13 million. WDIV also provided extensive coverage of the Flint water crisis, airing a primetime special and traveling to Washington, D.C., to cover developments on Capitol Hill. To address the opioid epidemic, WDIV ran numerous PSAs and provided significant news coverage to keep the conversation on drug addiction front and center. With Detroit having the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S., WDIV created the ‘Arab in America’ news series, which showed viewers personal stories of Arab Americans in their local community. In partnership with Bookstock, WDIV raised over $1.4 million for literacy and education programs in its community. The station’s commitment to education continued with its renovations of a school in the Detroit Public School Community District. This is just a small sampling of the work WDIV does to serve the local community.”
“This award reflects the hard work and contribution of every single member of our WDIV/ClickOn Detroit team. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of what we do here at this station,” said Vice-President and General Manager Marla Drutz.
Bingham Farms-based Jacobs Media Strategies has just released more information from its annual Techsurvey:
Predicted Driver Behavior In Driverless Cars Might Surprise You.
Whether drivers like the idea or not, autonomous cars will one day become a fact of life. When Jacobs Media constructed the questionnaire for its thirteenth version of its annual web-based Techsurvey, the research team included a hypothetical question about a driverless car future:
“The year is 2025. You’re driving in an autonomous car. The technology has almost totally eliminated traffic accidents, leaving you to do whatever you’d like while in the vehicle. Which one of the following do you think you’d do most often?”
Possible options centered around media and entertainment: listening to AM/FM radio or streaming audio, watching video, talking on the phone, working on a computer, reading, or the catchall “all of the above.” To be sure that no activity was left off the list, respondents also were given an “other” choice – the chance to write in something entirely different they’d do in a driverless car than what was listed.
The initial results were predictable, with AM/FM radio leading the way, followed by “all of the above.” But what was surprising was the fact that more than 2,500 respondents took the time to share other things they plan on doing while the car is driving itself.
The “word cloud” below is a compilation of those responses. The larger the word, the more frequent the response:
Sleeping is the lead activity, followed by having sex in an autonomous car. Playing video games and simply enjoying the view also are popular responses. It is noteworthy that drinking and knitting are also mentioned with frequency (hopefully, mutually exclusive activities).
“This goes to show that whenever new technology is introduced, consumers will find a way to adapt it to their needs,” Jacobs Media President and creator of the Techsurvey, Fred Jacobs observes. “Because we serve broadcasters, we were curious to see how the audience might entertain themselves in driverless cars, but obviously, the respondents have a broader definition of ‘entertainment.’”
About Techsurvey13. For the past thirteen years, Jacobs Media has been tracking the media, digital, social, mobile and other habits of radio listeners. These studies have helped identify areas of opportunity for broadcasters as they evolve their business to accommodate changing consumer needs due to the proliferation of new gadgets and entertainment offerings. Techsurvey13 is a web survey, comprised of 51,760 respondents, generated from the email databases of 321 radio stations across North America. It was conducted in January/February 2017.
Mathew Treadwell joined the MAB team as Marketing & Communications Manager on June 19.
In his position, Mathew will help to coordinate the marketing and communication efforts of the MAB, MABF, MABPAC and MAPB staffs and best share news of programs, opportunities and successes among organizational members.
“We are excited to add Mathew’s experience and creativity to the talents of our wonderful team,” MAB President/CEO Karole White said. “Our marketing and communications efforts have a direct and important impact on our ability to best serve our members.”
Before joining the MAB, Mathew served as Communications Director at The Peoples Church of East Lansing. His professional background also includes time as Development Director at the St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbus, Ohio; Communication Director at the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, MI, where he was the founding editor of FAITH Saginaw magazine; and as a government reporter at the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, MI.
Mathew earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where he spent many semesters as a reporter and editor at The State News, including a stint as host of The State News Live on WDBM-FM during the early 2000s.
He currently resides in Okemos, where he enjoys spending quality time and sharing in life’s adventures with his beloved wife of 14 years and their four children.