Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Bounce 105.1 Adds Airstaff

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WMGC Program Director Al Payne

Beasley Media Group’s Classic hip-hop and R&B radio station, WMGC-FM (Detroit), known on-air as “Bounce 105.1,” has introduced its on-air talent lineup.  The station debuted this past July.

Detroit natives Suga Rae, DJ Dinero and Reggie Reg Davis as well as Deongello “Gello” Vanorsby from Phoenix are the Detroit station’s new “Ambassadors.”

Program Director Al Payne told All Access: “We have been amazed at and humbled by the response to this station! Every listener we encounter has their own interpretation of what our BOUNCE music means to them, therefore we want each tune-in to both meet their expectations and be special! After a thorough search, we’re proud to announce our first wave of Bounce Ambassadors, who are responsible for navigating nearly a million Detroit Throwback Hip Hop and R & B fans through the time they spend with us.”

Mitten Media Launches “The Mitten”

mitten-logoAt 4:00 p.m. on November 21, Mitten Media President (and MAB Board Member) Todd Mohr flipped the switch and launched “106.3 The Mitten, ” aka WWMN-FM (Thompsonville/Traverse City).

The new station features a AAA/Adult Alternative music format with artists like Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Hozier, Avett Brothers, Talking Heads, Black Keys, Cold Play, Lumineers, Mumford & Son, Peter Gabriel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Morrison and Capital Cities.  The station is programmed as “a town hall for an eclectic and arts-driven community” and “through a genuine
love and respect for the music, we program a no-nonsense format featuring established artists, local/independent acts and
emerging bands.”

WWMN was previously licensed to Ludington as Hot AC WKLA-FM. That format and calls moved to 96.3 Ludington in August in preparation of the move to Thompsonville.

MAB ABIP Inspector R. Dale Gehman Passes

dalegehman_275The MAB is sad to announce the passing of our longtime Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program inspector R. Dale Gehman.  Dale passed away November 22.  He was 59.

His family writes that after being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, he was blessed with a lot of good years since. Dale was most recently in Michigan in early October, conducting ABIP inspections on behalf of the MAB.  Dale apparently became ill again not long after and never recovered.

In addition to serving Michigan broadcasters, Dale conducted ABIP inspections in Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Arizona and a number of other states.

Dale’s broadcast career started in 1970 during the glory days of live radio, spinning 45’s, pulling records for 30 minutes prior to going on air, making mandatory program logs entries, babysitting FM automation systems with freaky carousels, large auto reverse scully tape decks and carts machines galore.   He obtained the FCC 1st Class License with Radar Endorsement at age 16, later converting to a lifetime FCC General License.

During his extensive broadcast career, Dale has gone where few engineers have been with extensive experience in station ownership, management, sales and marketing, programming and even traffic and billing systems. He has served on the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s Board of Directors and on the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors.

Dale is survived by his wife of 34 years, Darlene; a son Mathew and daughters Sarah and Abigail, as well as three grandchildren.

Charlie LeDuff Leaving WJBK-TV

MAB President/CEO Karole White with Charlie LeDuff at the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference in October, 2014.
MAB President/CEO Karole White with Charlie LeDuff at the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference in October 2014.

On November 28, longtime WJBK-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff announced via Twitter that he was leaving the station, effective this Thursday (December 1).  WJBK-TV confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that, indeed, LeDuff is leaving the station.

LeDuff posted on his Twitter account that “My last day with Fox is Thursday. It has been an insane experience. Thanks to my bosses and colleagues for all they’ve taught me. Stay tuned.”

On Tuesday (11/29), he added an additional Tweet, writing “Thank you for the good wishes Detroit. And if you occupy a seat of power, don’t think you’ve gotten over. I’m still here and still watching.”

On Facebook, LeDuff posted “I have no plan for what comes next,” but plans to stay in Michigan.

WJBK-TV Vice-President and General Manager Mike Renda said Monday in a statement, “We want to thank Charlie for his extraordinary work and passion. He produced truly distinctive news stories for Fox 2 and we wish him all the best in his future ventures.”

LeDuff has been with WJBK-TV since 2010, working as an investigative reporter and doing “The Americans” segments that also air on other Fox network stations.

LeDuff delivered the keynote address at the MAB Foundation’s Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) in October 2014 and received an overwhelming reception from attendees.

Symson to Succeed Boehne at E.W. Scripps

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(L-R): Rich Boehne and Adam Symson, E.W. Scripps Company

E.W. Scripps Company has announced that Rich Boehne will retire from his role as president and CEO during the second half of 2017, and the company has appointed Chief Digital Officer Adam Symson to the new position of chief operating officer.

As COO, Symson will report to Boehne and oversee day-to-day operations of the company’s broadcast TV, digital media and radio divisions. He is expected to move into the chief executive role when Boehne retires.

E.W. Scripps is the licensee of three television stations in Michigan: WXYZ-TV/WMYD-TV (Detroit) and WSYM-TV (Lansing).

Boehne, 60, has been president and CEO since 2008 and was elected chairman of the board in 2013. The board anticipates Boehne will continue as its chairman following the transition later next year. Symson, 41, joined the Scripps TV division in 2002 and has held a variety of roles before taking over the company’s digital operations in 2011. In that role, he has run Scripps’ local digital businesses in 27 markets as well as national digital content companies Midroll, Newsy and Cracked. Scripps’ digital portfolio includes web, mobile and over-the-top businesses, and Symson has led the strategy and execution of product development, content, revenue and marketing for that portfolio. He also has led the company’s efforts to develop new businesses in emerging media through investment and acquisition.

“Adam has demonstrated the leadership and entrepreneurial skills critical for the continued long-term success of the Scripps enterprise,” Boehne said. “In this media environment, where opportunities and challenges develop at an ever-accelerating pace, he has shown his ability to build successful media brands.

“Having spent more than half of his career in broadcast television, including as an investigative journalist and a news strategist for Scripps, Adam is driven by our company’s mission and our vision of creating a better-informed world. His deep experience as a broadcaster, a builder of digital media brands and a discerning leader will serve our employees, our customers and our owners exceptionally well.”

Prior to 2011, Symson ran operations, content and revenue for the TV division’s interactive businesses. He also spent a year as director of content and marketing for the Scripps Interactive media division, which was spun off into Scripps Networks Interactive in 2008. He has served as director of investigations and special projects and director of news strategy and operations for the Scripps corporate television group. He joined Scripps as executive producer of investigations and special projects for Scripps affiliate KNXV in Phoenix in 2002. He also has worked for CBS stations WBBM in Chicago and KCBS in Los Angeles and as an independent producer for CBS News and NBC News.

Symson has a bachelor’s in communication from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati and serves on the boards of Cincinnati Public Radio, Adath Israel Congregation and Scripps Howard Foundation.

 

WOOD Radio Brings Dave Ramsey to Town

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(L-R) WOOD Radio Director of Content and Programming Phil Tower, Ramsey, iHeartMedia West Michigan President Tim Feagan, iHeartMedia General Sales Manager Kim Lozano.

On November 2, WOOD-AM/FM (Grand Rapids) brought syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey to DeVos Hall, offering financial advice and guidance to a sellout crowd.

iHeartMedia West Michigan Market President Tim Feagan told All Access, “We are so pleased to have Dave Ramsey back in West Michigan.  Grand Rapids and WOOD Radio have hosted many Ramsey events here over the years and our listeners continue to respond enthusiastically to his fresh take on money and life.  We will again have a graet turn out this week and we, and more importantly our clients, could not be more thrilled to have Dave back.”

Justin Scheman Joins Ratt & Puff

justin_scheman_275On November 2, CBS Radio’s WDZH-FM (98.7 AMP Radio)(Detroit) announced that well-known radio producer and talent, Justin Scheman, has joined the “Rat and Puff Show” as the new morning show producer. The “Rat and Puff Show” airs weekdays from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Scheman has worked for a number of talented morning radio shows throughout the country, including the “Paul and Young Ron” morning show on WZTA-FM (Miami), “Bob and The Showgram” at WDCG (Raleigh), as well as the “Kevin and Virginia Show” at WLDI (West Palm Beach), “Chio In The Morning” at WRDW (Philadelphia) and “Mathew Blades In The Morning” at KMXP (Phoenix). Last year, Scheman took a break from radio. He and his then-fiancé traveled the world as #TheGreenTeam on Season 27 of the “Amazing Race,” where they managed to beat out the other teams to finish in second place.

Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS Radio Detroit said, “I am thrilled to put Justin at the helm of the ‘Rat and Puff Show.’ He brings a new and fresh sound to Detroit. He’s joining a great team and I look forward to watching the evolution of the show as they work together and take the show to new heights.”

Vice President of Music Programming Tim Roberts added, “Justin’s experiences make him a perfect addition to the ‘Rat & Puff Show’ on 98.7 Amp Radio.”

“When I heard Rat and Puff were looking to take their show to the next level, I knew it was the job for me! They are talented, creative and real,” said Scheman. “After speaking with the 98.7 AMP Radio team, I knew we had the support system in place to really shake things up in Detroit! I relate to Detroit, it’s a hungry city that’s ready to shine.”

Allyson Martinek Joins WNIC-FM as Morning Co-Host

WNIC-FM (Detroit) has named longtime Detroit radio personality Allyson Martinek co-host of the station’s Jay Towers in the Morning Show.

Martinek was previously morning personality at WDVD-FM (Detroit) for 20 years.

“We are thrilled to add Allyson to the WNIC lineup,” said iHeartMedia Michigan SVP/Programming Tony Travatto.  “Allyson’s tenure and following in Detroit make her the perfect co-host for Jay Towers in the Morning.  We know Allyson will really help WNIC to serve the audience and our clients better than ever.”

Martinek began her new position on November 3.  The announcement of her hiring was timed to the launch of the station going all-Christmas for the season:

Lamerato Named WXYZ/WMYD DOS

tonylamerato_275WXYZ/WMYD-TV has named Tony Lamerato Director of Sales.   Lamerato comes to the station from Fox Sports Detroit where he was the local sales manager. He managed all client negotiations for major sponsorships and led his team to three years of record-breaking revenue.

Prior to that, Lamerato was the digital sales manager and director of new business development at WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. He also worked for General Motors “R” Works, now Jack Morton Worldwide, as associate marketing manager for Chevrolet in the North Central Region and marketing manager for Chevrolet national sports and entertainment.

“We are thrilled to have Tony lead our sales efforts,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD vice president and general manager. “Tony has a proven track record in sales and really understands the Detroit market. We’re confident that his enthusiasm, talent and passion will lead our sales team to even greater success.”

In 2015, Lamerato was honored by Detroit’s premier business journal, Detroit Magazine, as one of the top 30 in their 30s. He was also recognized in 2015 for his innovation and leadership as one of Oakland County’s executive elite 40 under 40.

“I am thrilled to join the talented staff at Detroit’s most iconic news station,” said Lamerato. “I look forward to bringing local and national advertisers unique solutions across all our WXYZ and WMYD platforms to help them build success in the marketplace.”

Lamerato graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a bachelor of science in business administration. He started his new position on November 7.

Former West Michigan 1970s “Air Ace” Mike London Passes

michaelbrouwer275The MAB has learned that 1970s-era WLAV-FM (Grand Rapids) air personality Michael Lyle Brouwer passed away November 3 at age 65.

Brouwer is best known in broadcasting circles by the air name “Mike London,” while hosting a progressive rock air shift on the station.

He was preceded in death by his mother Alice and mother-in-law Nita. Survivors include his wife Linda and their children Robert (Laura Vorgias) Brouwer and Alissa (Marc Mora) Brouwer. Mike will also be missed by his brothers Rick (Marcia) Brouwer and Dan (Libby) Brouwer, his sisters Sherry (Chuck) Lamb and Laurie (Brett) Passon as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Reyers North Valley Chapel from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mike’s family to assist in offsetting the final expenses.