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WJBK-TV Shuffles News Anchors

WJBK-TV_300WJBK-TV/FOX2 (Detroit) has announced a new anchor lineup.

Amy Andrews has been promoted to weekday morning anchor. She’ll accompany Jay Towers on the FOX 2 Morning News.

Deena Centofanti and Maurielle Lue will team up to anchor The Nine.

Raj Roop will take Andrews’ place at 11 a.m. and Lue’s position on The Nine. Lue will continue anchoring from 4:30 to 6 a.m. weekdays and on weekend mornings with co-anchor Charlie Langton.

WJBK VP/News Director Kevin Rosenborough said “We are fortunate to possess a wealth of talent in our morning show lineup, Amy is a presence in the studio and a tireless community supporter outside the station. Her pairing with Jay Towers matches two of Detroit’s best broadcasters. Deena is known to a generation of metro Detroiters through her anchoring and insightful health reports and Maurielle’s polish and personality make her a powerful force on morning television and in social media.”


Bill Emkow Named WXYZ/WMYD-TV Digital Director

Bill Emkow
Bill Emkow

Bill Emkow has been named the new digital director for WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit). Emkow is an innovative media executive with 19 years of experience growing audience engagement on multiple platforms.

Most recently, Emkow was the senior content strategist at the Detroit Free Press, where he created original social media content that generated revenue, including “Talkin’ Lions,” a weekly multimedia show on Facebook Live.

Emkow was also with MLive Media Group, developing and executing programming that increased digital audiences. From 2008 to 2016, was the most popular local site in Michigan according to comScore. At MLive, Emkow worked as the director of sports, director of state news and editor-in-chief of

“Bill is a seasoned journalist and a creative thinker who brings tremendous experience in news and social media to the role of digital director,” said Mike Murri, vice president and general manager of WXYZ and WMYD. “We’re looking forward to having Bill on our team as we work to expand our digital footprint and engage viewers on all platforms.”

“I’m thrilled to join the talented team at WXYZ as digital director,” said Emkow. “I see a world of opportunity at Channel 7, and I have new ideas that I’m looking forward to putting into action as we develop new approaches to digital storytelling in metro Detroit and expand audience engagement.”

Emkow graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism. He’s a history buff and a big fan of Detroit sports teams, especially the Tigers and the Lions.

Emkow started at WXYZ/WMYD on January 23.

Alpha Media Promotes Two in Saginaw

(L-R) Joby Phillips and Ray Storey
(L-R) Joby Phillips and Ray Storey

All Access reports that Alpha Media/Saginaw has promoted WCEN-FM Program Director/Afternoon Host Joby Phillips, taking on additional program director duties at sister station WGER-FM.

Phillips will retain his present WCEN-FM duties.

In addition, the company has named former WGER-FM afternoon host Ray Storey as Music Director/Morning Host for the station.  Before joining WGER-FM in 2010, Storey was an air talent for both WRCL-FM (Flint) and WKFR-FM (Kalamazoo).

Jacobs Media Announces Partnership With Podcast Movement

jacobsIf podcasting has moved into the mainstream during the past few years, 2017 could be the year when it becomes a major opportunity for radio broadcasters.

To that end, Jacobs Media and Podcast Movement, have joined forces to custom design a radio track at Podcast Movement 2017 this August in Anaheim, California. These sessions will focus on how radio companies, stations and personalities can succeed in this emerging space.

“Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” is designed to combine the energy and electricity of the podcasting space with the expertise, talent and reach of the broadcasting world.

Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs explains, “We loved Podcast Movement in Chicago last year and were struck by the breadth and energy of the space. The goal is to get radio broadcasters involved, given the industry’s ability to create compelling audio content, promote it, and generate revenue around it. It just makes sense to bring these two worlds together to help broadcasters – and podcasters – elevate their game.”

Podcasting represents a significant growth opportunity for the radio industry. Edison/Triton’s Infinite Dial 2016 study estimates that 98 million Americans have listened to a podcast. And, Nieman Labs reports that podcast advertising grew at a rate of 48% in the past year, and is projected to show solid increases through 2020.

Co-organizer of Podcast Movement Dan Franks says, “Our team has been asked for years by broadcast professionals, ‘How can we get involved in podcasting? What steps should we take?’ We’re excited to finally have answers, as we partner with Jacobs to create this track – the first ever of its type!”

Jacobs Media’s Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler, is a podcasting veteran who works with broadcasters to shape their podcast strategies. He will be an integral part of the “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” track.

Resler comments, “More and more broadcasters are trying to figure out their podcasting strategies. Our sessions at Podcast Movement will provide solutions that anyone in radio can take back to their stations and implement.”

Podcast Movement 2017 runs August 23-25 at the Anaheim Marriot in Anaheim, California. Jacobs Media’s “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” track is scheduled for Thursday, August 24.

More information here.

WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) Promotes Chris Legg to Director of Sales

Chris Legg
Chris Legg

WZZM-TV, the TEGNA owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has promoted Chris Legg to Director of Sales.

Chris has been part of the WZZM 13 family and the sales department for 19 years. He started as an account executive managing local and regional business. In 2003, Chris was promoted to the local sales manager position, where he led a team developing customized multi-platform advertising solutions for local businesses.

“Chris knows this market like the back of his hand and his strong leadership has produced an outstanding track record of finding successful business solutions for clients,” said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President and General Manager.

Over the past few years, Chris has been instrumental in transforming the sales department into WZZM 13 Media Solutions, a full service advertising company offering a robust suite of television and digital services.

“I am excited to lead the WZZM 13 Sales Department. I am passionate about our commitment to providing the best strategic advertising expertise for businesses in West Michigan,” said Chris Legg. “It is a privilege to have this leadership opportunity at a company that I have served since the start of my career.”

Chris is active in the West Michigan community and passionate about volunteering his time to Relay For Life and any organization striving to find a cure for cancer. He also speaks regularly to marketing students at GVSU, helping them better understand the evolving media landscape and the impact that has on strategic marketing decisions for a local business.

Chris is a graduate of Hope College where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Advertising.

Ameera David Joins WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit)

Ameera David

Ameera David has joined WXYZ/WMYD-TV as a 7 Action News Anchor/Reporter.  David was the host of “Boom Bust,” RT America’s flagship financial news program. Headquartered in Washington D.C., the show is broadcast daily to 700 million households in over 100 countries worldwide.

Before hosting “Boom Bust,” David was a correspondent and anchor for the general news side of the network. She reported on breaking news stories including the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, the Boston bombing and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

David began her career in TV journalism working in the NBC News Washington bureau as a White House producer, assignment desk manager and production assistant.

This is a homecoming for David who was born and raised in Detroit and attended Detroit Public Schools before her family moved to Northville when she was in high school.

David was also a producer/reporter for Arab where she wrote a weekly column covering issues affecting Arab Americans and co-hosted a special for Detroit Public Television, called “Arab Detroit.”

“I’m thrilled to return to Detroit to report in the community I call home,” said David. “I grew up watching and admiring WXYZ, so I’m especially honored to join this news team, one that’s known for taking action on the stories that have helped to shape and redefine this great city.”

David holds a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“With Ameera’s experiences and knowledge as a journalist and her familiarity of Detroit, she will have an immediate impact on our news team,” said Rhonda LaVelle, news director for WXYZ/WMYD. “She has deep connections to this area and she will be able to tell the important stories of the people in our community.”

Dan Clark Named WXYZ-TV Sales Manager

Dan Clark

Dan Clark has been named Local Sales Manager at WXYZ-TV (Detroit). Clark has been an account executive with the station since May 2012. He has a proven track record as a sales executive and is consistently a top performer in all key revenue streams, including digital and new business development. He was the station’s #1 new business seller in 2016.

“We are thrilled to promote Dan to work alongside Beth Handelong, our current local sales manager,” said Tony Lamerato, director of sales for WXYZ/WMYD. In Dan’s four years with WXYZ, he has become one of the top account executives in the market. His competitive spirit, attention to detail and ability to build strong relationships make Dan a great choice for our sales team and for our corporate partners.”

Before coming to WXYZ, Clark was an account executive at WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.

“The opportunity to advance my career within the Scripps organization alongside my peers and mentors is a dream come true,” said Clark. “I look forward to working with the team to continue offering multi-platform solutions to the Detroit market and leveraging all of our assets to bring the utmost value to our partners.”

Clark graduated from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree.

Nexstar Closes on Media General; Kniowski Promoted

Diane Kniowski
Diane Kniowski

Following the long-awaited FCC approval of the purchase of Media General by Nexstar Media Group, the company closed on the transaction on January 17.

With the closing, Nexstar has promoted WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) General Manager (and former MAB Chairman) Diane Kniowski to Senior Vice President and Regional Manager.

In this new role, Kniowski will oversee Nexstar’s stations in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Kniowski served as general manager of WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV and WXSP-TV for 17 years. She also served as regional manager, overseeing station operations in Michigan and Indiana.

With the purchase of the Media General stations, Nexstar now owns WOOD/WOTV/WXSP-TV in Grand Rapids, WLNS-TV in Lansing and WJMN-TV in Marquette.  Additionally in Lansing, the company has assumed a joint sales and shared services agreement with WLAJ-TV.

The search for Kniowski’s replacement is underway.

Ross Jones to Return to WXYZ-TV

Ross Jones
Ross Jones

E. W. Scripps Washington Bureau reporter Ross Jones has announced that he will be returning to WXYZ-TV (Detroit) beginning February 1.

A Michigan State University graduate, Jones joined the station in 2005.  He moved to Scripps’ Washington Bureau in September of 2015.

Jones wrote on social media “Candidly, I’ve felt the tug to return more than a few times since I left in 2015, often while the big stories were playing out,” said Jones. “But it’s the ones that we all nearly missed that ultimately convinced me it’s time to come home.”

While at WXYZ, Jones won various awards for his work, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his investigation of waste and corruption in Wayne County government.  He was also named “Journalist of the Year” in 2013 by Wayne State University’s School of Journalism.  The Detroit Chapter Society of Professional Journalists named him its Young Journalist of the Year in 2012.

“Ross is one of the most relentless and resourceful investigators in the country. His work makes a difference and is a tremendous boost for Scripps media organizations across the country,” said WXYZ News Director Dave Manney in a statement published in Crain’s Detroit Business.