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WLNS-TV Expands Evening News to 90 Minutes

WLNS Anchors Sheri Jones and Jorma Duran.

This past Monday, September 18, WLNS-TV (Lansing) expanded its evening local newscast block to 90 minutes  by adding an additional 30-minute newscast at 5:30 p.m.  The station now features local news at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. each weekday.

WLNS News Director Jam Sardar told the Lansing State Journal that there will be three 30-minute newscasts with different formats and anchors.

“We do want them to look different,” Sardar said.

The station recently added a new anchor, Jorma Duran to their lineup to help with the expansion.  See the article here.

WJRT-TV and Cumulus Help Red Cross Hurricane Relief

WJRT Anchor Dawn Jones


Cumulus Media WWCK-FM Program Director/Air Personality Jerry Noble

On September 14, Gray Television’s WJRT-TV (Flint), with help from the Cumulus Media Flint radio stations, raised more than $24,000 during a 7-hour telethon for the Red Cross to spend on hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

Volunteers took well over 300 donations during the telethon, breaking organizers’ expectations for the event.

“The generosity of the people of Mid-Michigan really came out in full force today,” said Tony Lasher, regional executive director for the Red Cross. “We far exceeeded our expectations with this telethon.”

The Red Cross has been focused on large-scale shelter and relief operations since Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas during the last week of August. Unprecedented rainfall dumped more than 50 inches in some areas, leading to widespread flooding.

While the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations were responding to that, Hurricane Irma thrashed the west coast of Florida and other nearby states. Sustained winds of over 120 mph and high storm surge caused more widespread damage throughout the region.

The $24,400 raised on Thursday, which includes about $19,000 in direct donations and about $5,000 in pledges, will help both areas recover and begin to rebuild.

“We want to thank everybody and we will steward these resources effectively for the people affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” Lasher said.

NAB Creates #WeAreBroadcasters Web Ads

The National Association of Broadcasters has created a series of website banner ads to promote its #WeAreBroadcasters effort to educate and remind policymakers, listeners and viewers of the important and unique role broadcasters play in every local community and how they are innovating to better serve listeners and viewers.

The ads are available for stations to download at along with print ads, videos, social media infographics and more. For each website advertisement used, click throughs should be sent to



Michael Patrick Shiels Releases New Book

“Michigan’s Big Show” host Michael Patrick Shiels, has just co-authored a new book with Ken Raynor, head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine.

I Call Him “Mr. President”: Stories of Golf, Fishing and LIfe with my Friend George H. W. Bush was released in hardcover on September 5. The book tells the story of how President George H. W. Bush befriended Raynor during his annual summer sabbatical to seaside Kennebunkport, Maine. Raynor’s personal relationship with Bush led him to experience everything from fishing trips to the wilds of Newfoundland to countless outings on the golf course, including Bush’s last as commander-in-chief.

In the book, Raynor reflects on the life lessons he gained from a friendship born outdoors that has continued to develop over decades, during golf outings that have ranged from Maine to Augusta National to the White House putting green, international fishing trips, retreats at Camp David, flying in Marine One and many other unforgettable experiences.

It is likely that Raynor played more rounds with a POTUS than any other PGA professional in history.

McConnell Adams Named Brand Manager at Townsquare Lansing

McConnell Adams

Townsquare Media has announced that KGOT (Anchorage, AK) afternoon personality McConnell Adams has been named Brand Manager of WJIM-FM and WFMK-FM (Lansing).

A Michigan native, Adams heads back to the state after 10 years in Alaska. Prior to his current position, he was Program Director at KFAT-FM (Anchorage) and KWLF-FM (Fairbanks).  Adams was raised in Detroit and once worked at WDRQ-FM.

“I have to thank Operations Manager Chris Tyler and Townsquare Regional Operations Manager Tom Cook for this wonderful opportunity,” Adams told All Access.

He is set to begin his new position on September 28.

FCC’s Peter Doyle to Retire

Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle has announced that he will retire from his position as chief of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division, a position he has held since 2001.

Doyle joined the commission in 1995 and served as assistant Deputy Chief beginning in 1998 until his promotion to chief counsel in 2001, according to an FCC press release at the time of his appointment. The statement then said Doyle was extensively involved in the commission’s terrestrial digital audio broadcasting and low-power FM initiatives at the time.

Prior to joining the commission, Doyle was an associate at Arter & Hadden from 1991 to 1995 and at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson between 1985 and 1991, where he specialized in broadcast, wireless cable and cable matters, according to the FCC.

Doyle graduated cum laude with a J. D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia.

Jorma Duran Joins WLNS-TV

Jorma Duran

WLNS-TV (Lansing) has made an addition to its news team.  Jorma Duran has joined the station as a news anchor.  Duran previously served as News Director/Anchor as KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo.

Both WLNS and KREX are owned by Nexstar Media Group.  Prior to KREX, Duran worked as a reporter for The Weather Channel, based in Chicago; reporter/anchor for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers and as reporter for KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO.

Duran is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Dan Hasty Wins Broadcaster of the Year Award

Dan Hasty

West Michigan Whitecaps radio broadcaster Dan Hasty has won the seventh-annual 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year Award after gaining the most votes in a poll among league broadcasters and media relations contacts.

Hasty is concluding his third season as Voice of the Whitecaps and fifth season in affiliated Minor League Baseball. Prior to his time in West Michigan, the Sterling Heights native worked as a producer, network studio host for the Detroit Lions and talk show host for WXYT-FM (Detroit).

In addition to his work with the Whitecaps, Hasty will begin his first season as the play-by-play broadcaster for men’s and women’s college basketball at Saginaw Valley State University. The proud graduate of Central Michigan University took home a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for Whitecaps play-by-play earlier this year.

“It’s so humbling to receive this award,” Hasty said. “I’m so blessed to do something I love so much, and with an organization held in the highest regard. My wife, Angelina, is the true mastermind behind anything I do correctly, as she has been in my corner every step of the way. As far as my career, I must acknowledge my on-air partner Mike Coleman along with mentors Mario Impemba and Dan Dickerson in Detroit – they’ve been simply terrific.”

Hasty joins former Whitecaps voice Ben Chiswick (2014) as Whitecaps radio broadcasters to have won the award since its inception in 2011, and joins fellow Michigan Midwest League cohorts Chris Vosters (Great Lakes – 2016) and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (Lansing – 2013) as recipients of the award. “To simply be in the Midwest League brethren is an honor in and of itself, let alone to be recognized within it,” Hasty said.

Linda Lee Marconi Award Winner

Linda Lee

The late Linda Lee, who was recipient of the MAB’s Legacy Award on August, was honored again at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards, held last week during the NAB Radio Show in Austin, Texas.

Lee was honored  as a Large Market Personality of the Year for her work at WYCD-FM (Detroit). A complete list of 2017 Marconi winners is available here.

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.

NAB’s Gordon Smith Signs Contract Extension

Gordon Smith

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the position until March 31, 2023. The announcement was made by NAB Joint Board Chair Caroline Beasley.

Smith joined NAB in November 2009 and oversees the advocacy efforts of thousands of local radio and television stations across America. He is a former two-term United States Senator from Oregon (1996-2008) and was a successful entrepreneur before launching his career in politics.

“Gordon Smith has shown a steady hand guiding America’s local radio and television stations through the public policy challenges of Washington,” said Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group. “He has enormous credibility on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, and is a determined advocate for local broadcasting. We are thrilled that we will benefit from Gordon’s leadership into 2023.”

“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the NAB Board with this new contract,” said Smith. “Broadcasting plays an indispensable role in the world of communications, and I’m committed to an innovative agenda that allows local TV and radio to thrive on emerging media platforms. I’m honored to lead a talented NAB team fighting for viewers and listeners who rely on hometown TV and radio for the best in entertainment, quality local news and lifeline programming in a crisis.”