On February 17, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WDWO-CD (Detroit) from Locuspoint WDWO Licensee, LLC of Plesanton, California to religious broadcaster TCT of Michigan, Inc.
TCT is also known as Tri-State Christian Television. The purchase price of the station was listed as $2 million.
WDWO is listed as an affiliate of TCT programming. In Michigan, TCT presently owns WTLJ-TV (Muskegon), WAQP-TV (Saginaw), WJGP-LD (Kalamazoo) and WLNM-LD (Lansing). The comany also owns other stations around the country.
In another FCC filing, Zamora Broadcast Systems, Inc. has applied to modify the construction permit of FM translator W240DL (Dearborn) to specify operation on 107.9 Mhz. The translator will be a fill-in translator for WDTW-AM, also licensed to Dearborn.
Last week, your MAB News Briefs shared the story that WYCD-FM (Detroit) Program Director Tim Roberts was named one of America’s Top Country Program Directors by RadioInk. But there’s been more news!
Since then, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) unveiled (2/22) its winners in the Station of the Year and On-Air Personality of the Year categories…..and WYCD’s Rob Stone and Linda Lee were tied for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year (or, in this case “personalities”).
And, if that wasn’t enough, on February 23, CBS Radio announced that it has promoted WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts to Vice-President/Country Programming, In his new role, Roberts will oversee the company’s country-formatted stations nationwide.
The MAB congratulates Debbie Kenyon, Tim Roberts and the WYCD staff.
Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) has announced that Ashley Gonzalez has joined its staff.
Gonzalez, an Adrian native, will be an integral part of the advertising, marketing and promotions department at the station.
She most recently worked at County National Bank and First Federal Bank in Adrian. Gonzalez has a bachelor’s degree in business from Siena Heights University and a master’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV (Detroit) have named Mike Talik as Digital Sales Manager. Talik has been a digital strategist with WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, since April 2016. He has helped grow the sales team’s digital knowledge and has assisted in developing innovative solutions for the station’s advertising partners.
“I look forward to building on our success and continuing to turn WXYZ and WMYD into digital powerhouses, both locally and throughout the country,” said Talik. “I believe we can lead the market by providing our partners with creative solutions that will help them grow their businesses.”
Before coming to WXYZ, Talik worked for the MLive Media Group as an account manager. He helped grow the real estate/recruitment sales team into one of the highest-producing teams in the company.
“With Mike leading our digital sales effort, I look forward to great success and serving our clients at the highest level,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager.
Talik was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Talik began his new role this week.
The MAB is sad to announce that longtime WJBK-TV (Detroit) anchor and reporter Ron Savage passed away this past Saturday, February 25. He was 63 years old.
Savage suffered a heart attack during training exercise with the Milford Fire Department where he volunteered.
WJBK-TV (Fox 2) General Manager, Mike Renda released this statement: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague Ron Savage. Ron was a shining example of an individual who gave everything he had to his family, community and to Fox2. He was a consummate professional serving as both our weekend anchor and late evening reporter. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
“FOX 2 and the community have suffered an immeasurable loss,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough. “Ron’s ceaseless positive energy and larger than life personality meant so much to so many. He was a skilled reporter and anchor, a trusted colleague, and anyone who knew Ron had an appreciation for his booming voice and laugh. You couldn’t help but smile when you were around him.”
An EMMY Award-winning journalist, Ron co-anchored Fox 2 News Weekends with Amy Lange. He produced Michigan’s Most Wanted segments, highlighting crimes that needed to be solved. Police say more than 1,000 dangerous fugitives have been arrested from tips from FOX 2 viewers.
Aside from his hard work at the station, Ron served his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Milford Fire Department.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 1, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lynch & Sons funeral home in Milford. Another visitation will be held Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Milford, followed by a 4 p.m. funeral mass.
Memorials may be made in his name to The Ronnie Savage College Education Fund, with checks payable to Ronnie Savage, c/o Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, Michigan 48381.
With the quiet period lifted, broadcast groups from around the country are slowly announcing their profits (or not) from the recently completed FCC Reverse Spectrum Auction.
We covered a few broadcast groups in our last newsletter here. As of this writing, only one Michigan full-power station announcing that it will go off the air as a result of the auction.
Last week, CBS announced that it did not sell any full-powered television stations. COO Joe Ianniello told securities analysts and investors “As the auction continued to drop rapidly in value, it just didn’t make sense for us to participate because we make so much more money by broadcasting in the highest standards possible. So, that’s our bread and butter.”
Tim Roberts, Program Director of CBS Radio’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) has been named one of the 30 Best Program Directors In Country Radio in a new list, released February 13 by RadioInk.
Roberts was ranked at #4!
RadioInk notes that “A successful Country PD has to execute the format flawlessly in markets where there is typically more than one station competing for country fans. A successful Country PD has to have an ear for the music, and be willing to take chances on a new song or new artist. A successful Country PD has to nurture relationships with label executives in Nashville who now have more outlets than ever to get their music to the masses. And a successful Country PD must serve the local community, which is one of the hallmarks, along with strong ratings, of a consistently successful Country radio station. And over the past year, every one of the PDs on this list has succeeded at all of those things.”
The magazine notes that Roberts has been in radio for 39 years, 11 of those at WYCD.
After 63 years broadcasting from a remote hilltop in Osceola County, Heritage Broadcasting and WWTV/WWUP-TV recently moved to Cadillac into a highly recognizable building. We thought all MAB members might enjoy this two-part series, originally broadcast February 14-15, 2017.
MAB members can save $50 on their registration for the 42nd Conclave Learning Conference, to be held in Minneapolis, MN July 26-28, 2017. From strategy sessions on generating ratings and revenue, to effective use of social, mobile and podcasting, attendees will gain actionable takeaways to implement at their stations immediately.
Returning are the highly rated and favorite sessions among attendees like, “Ask Me ‘Almost’ Anything,” where industry favorites take questions from the audience on radio’s future and its growth.
Also, Conclave will host the third annual, “Speed Mentoring Breakfast,” giving everyone access to decision makers to help advance their career.
On February 6, Bingham Farms-based jacapps, a leading radio mobile app developer, announced an expansion of its sales force by adding former radio programmer, salesperson and on-air talent, Sari Zalesin, to focus on new product lines for radio. The company is shifting Alex Burnstein, who has held that role for the past seven years, into the newly created position of Director of Marketing.
jacapps President Paul Jacobs said, “Sari brings a unique set of skills and relationships to our company. She’ll provide hands-on advice to our radio clients about how to promote and increase the effectiveness of their mobile apps, how to implement apps in platforms like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and much more.”
Adds jacapps COO Bob Kernen, “Sari’s deep experience in radio will help the managers tasked with making key decisions around mobile strategy. She has an understanding of the challenges they face, as well as how to execute mobile promotions in key sectors that include on-air, programming, and sales. She will be a valuable resource to jacapps clients as she helps them optimize their mobile apps strategies.”
Zalesin will focus on bringing jacapps’ unique mobile solutions for audio content providers to the rapidly expanding market for mobile. That includes radio, but also digital pure-plays such as streaming radio and podcasters. “I’m excited to be joining this innovative, dynamic team that have long been leaders in the mobile space,” says Zalesin.
Sari comes to jacapps with nearly three decades of radio broadcasting and voice over experience. She has held the title of Music Director/Talent Liaison and National On-Air Talent at XM Satellite Radio, as well as legendary radio brands that include WLLZ/Detroit, WCSX/Detroit, KZPS/Dallas, and WLUP/Chicago. Sari made national history when she became the first female public address announcer during the Dallas Stars’ inaugural NHL season. Most recently, she has been an Account Executive for The Walt Disney Company/Radio Disney, CBS, and Michigan.com.
Alex Burnstein is taking on the leadership of jacapps’ newly formed marketing team. “Alex has been with us since the beginning,” says Jacobs, “Her knowledge of our clients and their businesses will help us to better serve them, while also helping us to open up new markets for our company. jacapps is undergoing a tremendous growth spurt, not only in radio, but across other verticals that include health care, B2B, and others. Alex is one of the most experienced players in the mobile apps space whose broad knowledge of our business will help us continue that growth.”
“From my sales experience at jacapps,” comments Burnstein, “I am privileged to have a unique understanding of how our clients can benefit from a properly implemented mobile strategy. I’m excited to share this knowledge with all of the different businesses that we work with.”