Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

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

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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.

Detroit’s Drew and Mike Together Again

DrewMike_400Former WRIF-FM (Detroit) personalities Drew & Mike are back together, this time around not on the radio, but talking about Detroit with a new podcast.

Drew Lane told Deadline Detroit that “he expects to produce a podcast five days a week, though he said Clark only wants to do it twice weekly. So Lane said he’s looking for other co-hosts, and one person who has expressed interest is (WJBK-TV) Fox 2’s Charlie LeDuff.”

Drew & Mike were together on WRIF from 1991 through 2013.

Ben C. Fisher Passes

Benjamin Chatburn Fisher, a preeminent Washington, D.C. communications law attorney and investor in Mid-West Family Broadcasting, died April 14, 2016 at age 93.

Fisher’s legal career spanned over six decades.  In 1952, he joined the law firm Fisher, Wayland, and Southmayd, which he father founded.  The firm later became Fisher, Cooper and Zaragoza.  Later, it merged with Shaw Pittman, then combined with the Pillsbury Winthrop law firm.  Fisher retired from his practice at age 86.

In addition to his legal work, he also served at the first Chairman of the U.S. International Telecommunications Union (ITU), was President of the Federal Communications Commission Bar Association.

See his complete obituary here.

Mid-West Family Broadcasting has stations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and in Southwest Michigan/Northwest Indiana.

Blarney Stone Renews Pact With Lions

The Detroit Lions are staying right at home on the airwaves of WQON-FM (Grayling) (Q100.3) after Blarney Stone Broadcasting signed a three-year affiliate agreement with the National Football League club flagship station, WJR-AM (Detroit).

“We know from experience that some of the most passionate and knowledgeable Lions fans live right here in Central and Northern Michigan,” said Sheryl Coyne, Blarney Stone Broadcasting, President/CEO. “The Lions are on the rise in the NFL after many significant changes from the front office to the players on the field, and we’re proud to be able to continue broadcasting their games for our growing listening audience.”

The deal includes broadcast rights to all 16 regular season games, plus four pre-season games, and all post-season games, including the Super Bowl.

The Lions last fall signed a five-year agreement with Cumulus Media, making WJR-AM (Detroit) their flagship station for Lions football.

Doug Banks: 1958-2016

DougBanksNationally syndicated radio personality, Doug Banks, passed away April 12 due to complications of diabetes. He was 57.

Banks, who was born in Philadelphia, PA, was raised in Detroit and began his carrier on his high school radio station, WSHJ-FM, licensed to Southfield Public Schools.

Local station WDRQ-FM (Detroit) took notice of his talent and offered him a spot as a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey.  His career then took him to Los Angeles, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Oakland, and Chicago.

In 1995, he signed a multi-million-dollar deal with ABC to host a syndicated show from Dallas.  Since 2010, his show was syndicated through American Urban Radio Networks.  For over a decade Banks contributed to the Chicago-based television show “190 North,” produced by WLS-TV, who produced this tribute:

Banks is survived by his wife, Wendy, three daughters and one son.

Longtime Detroit Broadcaster Paul Carey Dies at 88

PaulCareyLongtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey passed away April 12 at the age of 88.

Carey spent 19 years broadcasting Tigers games with Ernie Harwell, joining him in the booth in 1973. He retired in 1991.  Carey also worked at WJR from 1956 until 1992 and served as a play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons.

Carey was born in Mount Pleasant in 1928 and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1946. He attended Central Michigan University from 1946 through 1948 before transferring to Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Speech, Radio, and Dramatics in 1950.

His professional broadcasting career started in 1949 when he was part of the original announcing staff of Mount Pleasant’s WCEN -AM.  In the fall of 1949, Carey was also part of the first-ever broadcast of Central Michigan University football.

In October 1950, he was drafted into the Army and served with the Fourth Infantry Division during the Korean War.

He returned to WCEN in the fall of 1952 before moving to Saginaw’s WKNX from 1953-56.  Carey then moved to Detroit’s WJR in the summer of 1956.

Carey was a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy, and his nieces and nephews.

As of this writing, funeral arrangements were pending.

Mitch Albom wrote a great tribute to Carey here.  The staff of WJR-AM shares their memories of Carey on their website here.  And WXYZ-TV posted this video tribute to him:

WKQI-FM’s “Mojo In The Morning” Wins Award at WWRS

(L-R) Spike, Mojo and
(L-R) Spike, Mojo and Shannon

WKQI-FM’s (Detroit) “Mojo In The Morning” received national honors this past week, winning the Station Air Talent of the Year Award at the Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) held in Los Angeles.  The award was announced during the 2016 Industry Awards Luncheon held at Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

“Mojo in the Morning,” with hosts Mojo, Shannon, and Spike, has been airing on WKQI since 2000.

RTNDA Announces 2016 Murrow Award Winners

MurrowThe RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION (RTNDA) has announced its Regional EDWARD R. MURROW Award winners for 2016. There were 654 winners in 14 categories and 14 regions throughout the country.

Congratulations to our Region 7 Murrow Award winners here in Michigan:

Large Market Radio

Continuing Coverage
Lead in Flint Water
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

Investigative Reporting
Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU: A Broken System, and the Efforts to Fix It
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

News Documentary
Not Safe to Drink
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

Reporting: Sports
This Community Finally Got What People Have Been Asking For All Season: A Home Football Game
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Small Market Television

Newscast
Funeral For A Fallen Firefighter
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Continuing Coverage
Flint Water Emergency
WJRT-TV
Flint, MI

News Series
Friends for Life: Men’s Health
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Website
WLNS.com
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Large Market Television

Breaking News
Portland Tornado
WOOD-TV
Grand Rapids, MI

Continuing Coverage
It’s A Hard Thing To Watch A Man Die
WDIV-TV
Detroit, MI

Investigative Reporting
Delayed Firefighter Death Benefit
WZZM-TV
Grand Rapids, MI

Reporting: Sports
Big Ann
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI

Writing
Brent Ashcroft
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI