Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Samuelsen Joins WXYT-FM Morning Show

jjamies_275Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the nighttime “Jamie and Wojo Show” on CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM (Detroit), has shifted to mornings.  He has joined  Mike Stone and Sara Fouracre, forming “The Jamie and Stoney Show.”

Samuelsen and Stone previously worked together at WDFN-AM (Detroit).  In addition to his radio work, Samuelsen also is a contributing writer/blogger for the Detroit Free Press.

WLNS’ South Heads West

southSteve South, General Sales Manager of Media General’s WLNS-TV (Lansing), has been promoted to President and General Manager of the company’s NBC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas.

The move is a return home for South as he was previously Vice-President/Station Manager of ABC affiliate KAKE-TV in Wichita from 1991 to 2000.

Prior to joining WLNS in 2013, South was Chief Operating Officer & Director of Business Development for the 90-station Bott Radio Network.

MAB Past President Peter Kizer Dies

KizerIt is with a sad heart that MAB announces that  MAB Past President (1974) Peter Kizer passed away August 24, 2016 at the age of 86.

Kizer was one of the founders of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE), former owner of Federal Broadcasting, which owned WWJ-AM along with eight other TV and radio stations, and was former General Manager of Channel 4 Detroit (then WWJ-TV).

He is the beloved husband of 59 years to Kay Kizer. Loving father of James (Rebecca) Kizer, Robert (Joel Cheng) Kizer and Jennifer (Don) Fuller. Grandfather of David, Kathryn, Nathaniel, Patrick, Abigail (Jon), Eleanor (Mike), Christopher, Blair (Tim), Matthew and Nicholas.

Kizer was born in Princeton, Illinois on November 19, 1929. He was a former resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and most recently was living in Naples, Florida.

A Memorial service was held August 31.


WWTV/WWUP-TV Welcomes New News Director

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) is pleased to announce that Sean Mahon has accepted the role of 9&10 News/Fox 32 News Director.

Mahon returns to 9&10 News from WDIV-TV (Detroit).

His career started at 9&10 news in the late 1990’s as Chief Photojournalist.  Mahon has been nominated twice for Emmy Awards.

“Sean is highly regarded with colleagues throughout the state. His exceptional ability to inspire and communicate with others along with excellent leadership skills and modernistic views will be a welcomed addition to our 9&10 News Team,” says Kevin Dunaway, Vice President/General Manager.

Mahon will begin his new position September 12.

In April 2016, Kevin Dunaway was promoted to Vice President/General Manager of 9&10 News leaving a News Director Position opened. During the transition, Nick Lilly presumed the role of Interim News Director while a search was conducted. Nick’s time and dedication to 9&10 News is paramount and greatly appreciated.

Nexstar-Media General Merger Approved by DOJ

Nexstar_300TV Newscheck reports that the Department of Justice has said it will approve Nexstar Broadcasting’s $4.6 billion purchase of Media General with the requirement that Nexstar sell seven television stations in six markets, all outside Michigan.

Nexstar currently owns one television station in Michigan,  WJMN-TV (Marquette).  Media General owns WOOD-TV/WOTV-TV/WXSP-CD (Grand Rapids) and WLNS-TV (Lansing).  In addition, it has a joint sales and shared services agreement with WLAJ-TV (Lansing).

No closing date on the transaction has been announced yet.

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.