Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Jacobs Media Announces Additional Free Webinars

Jacobs Media Strategies, based in Bingham Farms, MI, has announced additional FREE webinars in May for the radio industry.

Jacobs1On Thursday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. eastern, the company will present “How to Launch a Podcast: An Introduction for Radio Stations.”  Is your radio station ready to start podcasting? Jacobs’ “Digital Dot Connector” Seth Resler, will show you how to plan and execute your first podcast in a few easy steps.  Register here.

Jacobs2On Thursday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. eastern,  the company will present “Understanding the Connected Car: An Introduction for Radio Broadcasters.”  The car is the number one listening location and revenue category for radio. Every month, the number of connected cars on the road grows. And today, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have gotten into the game. Fred Jacobs and Bob Kernen will help you better understand the rapidly changing technology of the connected car and offer steps your radio station can take now to ensure your presence in the automobile.  Register here.

WXYZ-TV Debuts Gun Violence Documentary Online

BeyondBullet_400WXYZ-TV (Detroit) journalists are exploring the staggering impact of gun violence in a digital short film documentary, Beyond the Bullet: The Cost of Gun Violence in Detroit. The special presentation on WXYZ.com goes beyond the headlines to explore the lasting impact of shootings on victims, taxpayers, and society.

“At WXYZ, we’re digging deeper to create unique digital content that provides background and context for the issues that impact our local community and communities across the country,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD Vice-President and General Manager.

WXYZ-TV 7 Action News reporter Aaron Baskerville, producer Lisa Gass and photojournalist John Sartin created the documentary. It debuted on WXYZ.com and the station’s apps, on Wednesday, April 27. Some of the stories told in the program will later appear as part of WXYZ-TV newscasts in May.

“By tackling this project as a digital documentary, we’re able to take viewers far beyond what they see in a newscast,” said Dave Manney, WXYZ/WMYD news director. “It’s a powerful look at what happens after the cameras and police go away and the lasting impact of gun violence.”

The special includes interviews with gunshot victims, including a 9-year-old girl who was hit by a random bullet and may never walk again. Baskerville also speaks with a grieving mother whose son was shot and killed over a cell phone. Documentary viewers will hear from Detroit Police Chief James Craig and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade about the cost of gun crimes.

The documentary goes inside for a rare look in the Detroit Police Department gun vault where police keep a collection of long guns and hand guns seized in homicide investigations.

“We have a team of journalists capable of turning stories very quickly,” said Seth Myers, WXYZ digital director. “Providing these long form opportunities gives them more time and space and lets them shine a brighter light on the issues our community faces every day.”

Eagle Radio Group Purchased By Armada

Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, WI is pleased to announce the purchase of the Eagle Radio Group Radio Stations based in Marquette and Escanaba, MI. Eagle Radio operates stations 94.9 “The Bay” WUPZ-FM, 96.7 “Yooper Country” WUPG-FM, 100.3 “The Point” WUPT-FM and 107.3 “The Eagle” WUPF-FM.

Armada Media Partners also owns and operates Bay Cities Radio – a 5 station group based in the Marinette/Menominee market and Radio Results Network – a 5 station group based in Escanaba with offices in Marquette and Manistique.

“We are excited to be able to expand our coverage even further into the Central U.P. market as the premier media company in Upper Michigan. Eagle Radio has a great group of stations and we look forward to building upon their hard work over the last several years,” says General Manager Jesse Huff. “This now gives us 14 radio stations in the Central U.P. that are each committed to great local radio and serving as a resource for the communities in which we serve. We now have even more resources and opportunities to offer our listeners and advertisers.”

Huff will lead the operations in both Escanaba and Marquette for Armada Media and all Eagle Radio employees will continue in their current roles.

Chris Bernier, President and CEO of Armada Media Partners said, “We truly enjoy doing business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is home to a lot of great communities, each with unique strengths and all with a sense of pride. This is a great opportunity to grow our company in this region.”

In addition to the stations in Upper Michigan and Wisconsin, Armada and affiliated companies also operates radio stations in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. Eagle Radio Group will continue to own and operate its radio stations in Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, The Straits and Gaylord.

Flint Radio Veteran Larry Loynes Passes

larry-loynesThe MAB has learned that Lawrence Dee “Larry” Loynes of Flint passed away on Tuesday, May 3 at age 60.

Larry graduated from Michigan State University and was an on-air personality in the Flint market for many years. He was most recently in radio sales, as well as host of “Race Talk Radio” with Townsquare Media’s WFNT-AM (Flint). In additon, he served as track announcer at Auto City Speedway in Flint for over 20 years. Larry was an on-air play-by-play announcer for Powers Catholic High School football and basketball. Larry was also a recipient of the Tom Carnegie Award along with many other media accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife, Tamara and two children.

Funeral services  were held this past Saturday, May 7.

Legendary WOOD Radio Broadcaster Bruce Grant Passes Away at 92

BruceGrant_300via woodradio.iheart.com

Legendary Grand Rapids radio announcer Bruce Grant has died. Family says Grant died peacefully April 23, after a brief illness. Bruce Grant was 92.

Grant was the WOOD Radio morning show host for 32 years, as much a part of West Michigan mornings as bacon and eggs. Generations of radio listeners began their day listening to Grant’s creative, entertaining mix of humor, optimism, and interview skills coming from the radio in their kitchen, bathroom, car, or their trusty transistor radio.

“He was a man that was very much wrapped up in life and living. He had great love for his work. He had great love for his family. He had a great love for Grand Rapids and certainly for the people he woke up each morning during his 32-year career at WOOD RADIO.” — Former WOOD RADIO General Manager Jim White.

Bruce R. Grant was born on December 14, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of twelve, he began playing second lead harmonica with the biggest country and western spectacular of its day, “The Early Morning Country & Western Entertainers,” starring Cowboy Copas, Merle Travis, and Red Foley, which was broadcast on Cincinnati’s WSAI radio.

Bruce’s entourage toured Cincinnati, Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis during summers. After graduating from high school, Bruce attended the University of Cincinnati and the Schuster-Martin School of Drama.

“Bruce personified old-school radio. I’m envious of the era he came from, when the announcers did everything. They played the music, did the news, the sports, read the weather… even took listener phone calls if the feeling came to them.” — Former WOOD RADIO Sports Director Rick Berkey,

Bruce Grant was a WWII Marine who served his country in the Pacific Theatre.

Grant began his radio Grand Rapids radio career on WJEF in 1949. After five years, Bruce was hired as program director and announcer at WGRD. In 1959, Bruce Grant began his service at WOOD RADIO earning recognition and awards along the way. In addition to his duties behind the WOOD RADIO microphone, Grant also led the radio station’s many charitable efforts.

At his celebrity roast prior to retirement, Grant downplayed his accomplishments telling a capacity crowd at the Amway Grand Plaza’s Ambassador Ballroom that he was honored to be a part of so many lives and watch the growth of Grand Rapids. After withstanding the many radio and television celebrities and their kind-hearted barbs, Grant broke celebrity roast tradition. Rather than return fire, Grant said he’d learned long ago “if a gentleman doesn’t have something nice to say, he shouldn’t say anything at all.”

Following his retirement from his morning show duties in 1985, Grant remained busy with the occasional WOOD RADIO weekend broadcast and charitable work with March of Dimes, Red Cross, and Muscular Dystrophy among others, eventually leaving radio in 1991.

“I would say he was the most perfect host. He never made a mistake. Always connected to his audiece and the way he used the voices on the air to marry to his own commentary. Frankly, I was in awe of him.” –Former WOOD RADIO News Director Greg Moceri.

Bruce Grant is survived by his children, Patti and Todd Johnson, Jim and Kathleen Grant of Oregon; his grandchildren Jordan Johnson and his wife Emily Besley, Alex Johnson, Mikki Johnson, Charlie Grant, Libby Grant; sister-in-law Patricia Walcott and many nieces and nephews.

Family Graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Family requests that in Bruce’s memory, memorial contributions be made to Grandville-Jenison Congregational Church or to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

E. Harold Munn, Jr: 1928-2016

MunnThe MAB is sad to share the news that E. Harold Munn, Jr. passed away Tuesday, April 26. Munn’s name is familiar to most MAB members as head of the longtime broadcast engineering consulting firm, E. Harold Munn, Jr., and Associates, based in Coldwater.

Munn received his Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio license at age 14 and in 1947 at the of age 17 became a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization of any scientific profession. The following year he graduated from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, with a degree in physics plus many credits in chemistry and mathematics.

Munn taught high school for one year in North Adams and one year at Pittsford before starting WTVB-WANG radio stations in Coldwater. Other stations he established and owned include Ypsilanti (WYSI), Hillsdale (WBSE), and Sturgis (WSTR). In addition to radio, he was a pioneer in broadband communications, received one of the three first cable TV permits awarded by the FCC, and started many cable companies including Coldwater and Columbia Cablevision.

In 1950, he established the E. Harold Munn, Jr., and Associates broadcast engineering consulting firm in Coldwater and in that capacity built or consulted with about 800 radio stations in all 50 states and on nearly 70 colleges and university campuses. Two notable stations include Bell Broadcasting Corporation in Detroit, the first FCC-approved African American-owned radio station in the United States providing a foundation for the Motown music industry, and a 50,000 watt AM station in Hawaii for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that broadcast a Christian witness to 20,000 Polynesian islands and literally around the world.

In 2005, Munn was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

A memorial service will be at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Spring Arbor University.

Marconi Radio Awards Nomination Window Now Open

marconiLogoThe NAB Marconi Radio Awards recognize excellence in the industry. Eligible NAB member stations may apply here until May 31. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Radio Show, held September 21-23 in Nashville. For additional information, contact Melek Demir.

Established by the National Association of Broadcasters in 1989, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are named after Nobel Prize winner and “Father of Wireless Telegraphy” Guglielmo Marconi.

Free Tech Webinar From Jacobs Media

DIF-TS11-1If you missed the presentation by Jacobs Media at GLBC ’16, you won’t want to pass up this opportunity to see it.  On Thursday, May 12, the company will present a FREE overview of their most recent Techsurvey.

Every year, Jacobs Media Strategies conducts the radio broadcasting industry’s largest survey to learn how audiences use new technologies to consume media. Join President Fred Jacobs as he identifies the key trends in podcasting, mobile, streaming, the connected car, and more that we gleaned from nearly 40,000 respondents in 2016.

WEBINAR: How Radio Audiences Use Technology: Key Takeaways from Techsurvey12

Thursday, May 12th at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Sign up here.

Denis Prior Joins WUPS-FM

Radio veteran Denis Prior, most recently with Grand Valley State University’s Real Oldies WGVU-AM (Grand Rapids), has joined WUPS-FM (Houghton Lake) as Morning Host and Programming Coordinator.  He debuted on the station May 2.

Prior also has worked in the past with the MacDonald-Garber stations in Cadillac and has hosted shows in San Diego, Nashville, South Bend, and Grand Rapids, plus many other stops around the country during his long radio career.  In addition to radio, Prior has also been a contributing writer for late night TV shows hosted by David Letterman and Jay Leno.

Prior told All Access, “I’m excited to join a heritage blowtorch station like 98.5 UPS. Norm (McKee) and MIKE (Chires) are great owners that I look forward to working with”.

WXYZ/WMYD-TV Welcome New Meteorologist

WXYZ_DENISE_ISAAC_300Meteorologist Denise Isaac has joined WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit).  She will handle weather for “The Now” at 4 p.m. and 7 Action News at 7 p.m. on WXYZ. She will also contribute to 7 Action News at 10 p.m. on WMYD.

“Weather is a critical part of the service we provide to our viewers, and we’re delighted that Denise will be joining the most experienced weather team in the market,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD vice president and general manager.

Isaac comes to WXYZ/WMYD from Telemundo Miami where she was the morning meteorologist. She was also the weather reporter for the national show Un Nuevo Dia and covered weather at WTVJ, the NBC affiliate in Miami. Earlier in her career, she was a producer and reporter for WeatherNation in Minnesota.

“I’m thrilled to work with the accomplished meteorologists of the 7 First Alert Weather Team,” said Isaac. “I’m looking forward to being part the team.”

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology and she is certified by the American Meteorological Society.  She began her new position on May 6.