Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

iHeartMedia Detroit and Grand Rapids Debut New Show

Gregg, Big Drew and Jim
Gregg, Big Drew and Jim

Two iHeartMedia sports/talk stations in Michigan, WDFN-AM (Detroit) and WMAX-FM (Grand Rapids) have debuted a new afternoon show with veteran Detroit broadcaster Gregg Henson joining WMAX afternoon hosts “Big Drew” McCarthy and Jim Costa.

The new show, “Gregg, Big Drew and Jim” is heard on both stations weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Two Michigan TV Stations Rank High on Social Media

WILX-WJBK_300Two Michigan television stations made the top 20 list in social media rankings released last week by Share Rocket.  WILX-TV (Lansing) and WJBK-TV (Detroit) were respectively ranked #5 and #13 in the company’s SHARE metric.

The company told TV Spy the SHARE metric “represents the total share of audience, voice (posts) and engagement that a particular station is controlling for that period of time in their market. We measure all of the media assets in a local DMA and calculate the SHARE metrics every 15 minutes. The SHARE mentioned in the power rankings post was measured over a 7 day period.”

Read more here.

Free Webinar on Digital Strategies For Radio Station Events

jacobsAnd this may be of benefit to television stations too!

Jacobs Media Strategies will host a free webinar offering digital strategies for radio station events this Thursday, August 25th, at 2:00pm ET. The webinar, hosted by Jacobs Media’s Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler, is designed for radio station managers in programming, promotions and marketing, and digital. It will offer actionable tactics for using social media, text messaging, email and other tools as part of radio station concerts, festivals and other promotions.

Register here.

“This webinar will show broadcasters how to use different digital tools to capture data from listeners and create online content from station events,” says Resler. “It will focus on nuts-and-bolts techniques that radio teams can implement immediately.”

Jacobs Media Strategies President Fred Jacobs adds, “Radio is knee-deep in station events, but designing them, selling them and marketing them are often the factors that contribute to success or failure. On this webinar, Seth will come loaded with an arsenal of great ideas.”

FCC Detroit Enforcement Office to Close in January

fcc-logo_dark-blueThe MAB has learned that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Detroit Enforcement Office, located in Farmington Hills, will close on January 7, 2017.

On August 12, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) came to a mutual agreement on the procedures and mitigation steps the parties will take regarding the Reduction in Force (RIF) as applied to the Enforcement Bureau Field Offices (EB Field).

Gary Westby, Electronics Engineer and Field Agent for the Detroit office tells the MAB “For many years, the Detroit Enforcement Bureau has had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful relationship with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and its members. On behalf of the entire staff of the Detroit Enforcement Bureau, past and present, I would like to say ‘thank you’ for your support and professionalism that the MAB has provided us.”

Jackie Green Joins WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids)

WHTS_JackieGreen_275Cumulus Media has announced that Jackie Green will be joining its on-air staff as host of “Afternoons with Jackie Green” on WHTS-FM (Hot 105.3).  Green previously worked as a reporter for WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids and spent four years as midday host on WGRD-FM, also in Grand Rapids.

Green is 2011 graduate of Ferris State University.  During her time at Ferris, she interned for eight months with the Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show.  Green began her new position on August 22.

Brian Watson Named VP/Station Manager at CBS Detroit Television Stations

Brian Watson
Brian Watson

Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television, has announced that Brian Watson has been named VP/Station Manager at the CBS Television Stations (WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV) in Detroit.  Watson has been VP/Director of Sales since 2012.

Watson replaces Tom Canedo, who is moving to the CBS-owned CW affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dunn told TV Spy “Brian is a seasoned pro who has been mentored by Tom both in Detroit and Atlanta. We look forward to having Brian take this next big step in his CBS career and work with his colleagues in Detroit to build on the success they have had with Tom at the helm.”

Dunn added “Tom is a talented executive who has done an outstanding job of leading our stations in Detroit during the past four years.  Even more importantly, he is a devoted husband and father. When Tom came to me and asked if he could continue his career with CBS in Atlanta – the place he, his wife Yvette and their children have called home for nearly 20 years – we were happy to honor his request.”

No date on the transition has been announced.

Robby Bridges Now Director of FM Programming for Cumulus/Detroit

RobbyBridges_300All Access reports that Cumulus has promoted Robby Bridges to Director of FM Programming of its Detroit cluster.  Bridges will oversee WDRQ-FM and WDVD-FM.  He has been with the stations since April, 2014 as program director for WDRQ.  Bridges will continue his current role as afternoon personality for WDVD-FM.

Cumulus/Detroit operations manager Mike Wheeler told the publication “Robby’s energy and smarts make him the perfect programmer to lead the FM team. Strategic thinking, speed to action, brilliant communication … he’s the whole package and I am lucky to have such a strong partner in Detroit.”

Greg Smith Promoted to VP/GM of WDVD-FM/WDRQ-FM (Detroit)

gregsmith_275Cumulus Media has announced that Greg Smith has been upped to the newly-created position of VP/General Manager for its two Detroit FM stations, WDVD-FM and WDRQ-FM.

Smith previously served as VP of Sales for the two stations.  He joined Cumulus in August, 2014 after 14 years with CBS Radio’s Detroit stations.   Smith is a 1994 graduate of Western Michigan University.

Tom O’Brien will continue to manage WJR-AM.

In a news release, Bob Walker, Senior VP of Operations for the company said “We are excited to elevate Greg to lead the growth strategy for our Detroit FM brands.  We are confident that the collaboration of Greg and Tom O’Brien, who leads WJR, and our relationship with the Lions will create new opportunities in Detroit.”

Smith said “I am very fortunate to work with such a talented team in Detroit and look forward to helping drive the continued growth of these great brands.  I am excited for the next phase in my broadcasting career and appreciate the opportunity both [Cumulus CEO] Mary Berner and Bob Walker have given me.”

Poynter Institute Announces Free Workshop For Journalists

SensemakingMAB & Poynter’s Sensemaking Summit for Journalists

Saturday, September 10 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crown Plaza, Lansing

The workshop will help journalists ask key questions that will make your reporting more reliable and make your journalism stand out from others who just report what they read or hear.

Presented by:  Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online at Poynter Institute, and Elissa Yancey, Director of Special Projects, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati

The workshop will help journalists:

  • Sort through claims about some of the hottest topics in this political year, including immigration, climate change and gun control.
  • Discover the money trail behind candidates to see who is supporting them, including front groups for major businesses and industries.
  • Show how political commercials manipulate the truth by using out-of-context facts, emotional music and patriotic images.
  • Show how to look critically at online and social media posts to determine if they are real.
  • Show how all sources are not created equal – and how your choices of the right ones can make your work better and more accurate.
  • Help find the hidden metadata on digital online images.
  • Teach how to verify and decode the science behind “scientific” studies.
  • Teach the key questions you should ask about every study before you report the study’s claims.
  • Help see the difference between correlation and causation.
  • Share the four key questions every journalist should ask on every assignment.

To be considered for this free workshop, complete this form. All professional journalists who apply will be accepted, if space allows. You will receive a follow-up email from Poynter with more logistical details.  This regional workshop is free for MAB and MAPB members!

Thanks to the support from the MAB, Participant Media and the Poynter Institute.  You are on your own for the hotel and travel, but we are open to hardship pleas. Please complete that part of the application if you need a travel stipend.

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WCSX Extends Deal with Jim O’Brien

JimOBrien_275Greater Media has extended WCSX-FM Morning Personality Jim O’Brien’s contract with a multi-year deal.

O’Brien joined Trudi Daniels as co-host of the morning show in December of 2013. Prior to that, he served as a long-time producer and on-air contributor at the station.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jim,” said Steve Chessare, VP/Market Manager of Greater Media Detroit.  He has played an important role in the success of the station and is a valuable part of our family.”

“It’s an honor being part of the WCSX family here in Detroit,” said O’Brien. “Thanks to everyone at Greater Media for making this possible for me and my family.”