Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Mojo In The Morning Expands to Grand Rapids

(L-R) Spike, Mojo and
(L-R) Spike, Mojo and Shannon of Mojo In The Morning

Beginning January 16, WKQI-FM’s (Detroit) morning show Mojo In The Morning will expand its footprint in Michigan when WSNX-FM (Grand Rapids) begins airing the program.

We love Michigan and are so excited to have the show heard in West Michigian,” said Mojo. “As a big fan of WSNX, we are honored to be on the two best Top 40 radio station brands in Michigan!”

“We are excited to expand Mojo In The Morning to WSNX,” said WSNX Program Director Stick.   “This show is fun, entertaining and will provide a daily blend of radio not currently available in West Michigan.”

WILX-TV News Director Kevin Ragan Recovering

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Kevin Ragan

The MAB board and staff sends get well wishes to longtime WILX-TV (Lansing) News Director Kevin Ragan, who suffered a stroke in mid-November. Kevin is recovering at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

WILX General Manager Michael King said, “Kevin is an outstanding News Director, community leader and colleague. We are all very eager for his speedy recovery and return to the newsroom at WILX.”

MAB members who would like to send Kevin a get-well card can do so by mailing to:

Mr. Kevin Ragan
c/o Sparrow Hospital
1215 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912

Lansing City Council Honors WLNS-TV Anchor Jane Aldrich

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Jane Aldrich

On December 12, longtime WLNS-TV news anchor Jane Aldrich was honored by the Lansing City Council in a surprise presentation during the council’s regular meeting.

According to a post by Aldrich on Facebook, she was asked to drop by the meeting by WLNS News Director Jam Sardar under the guise of delivering an extra battery to a photojournalist who was already on site.

The Lansing City Council proclaimed Monday, December 12 “Jane Aldrich Day” in Lansing.

Aldrich announced her retirement in October and will leave the station in Mid-January. Here’s a short video and retrospective from WLNS-TV Photographer Dan Ray:

Scripps Howard Announces Annual Awards

scripps_howard-awardsThe Scripps Howard Foundation is looking for journalists to enter to win one of its annual awards.

Depending on the category, the competition is open to television or radio stations, online news sites or websites, broadcast or cable networks, any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2016, cable systems, wire services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, or news magazines.

The awards have been around since 1953 to recognize outstanding journalism across multiple platforms. This year’s awards feature 15 journalism categories with total cash prizes of $180,000.  The Scripps Howard Awards event will take place on April 12, 2017 in Cincinnati.

Along with the investigative reporting, breaking news, community journalism, environmental journalism, public service, photojournalism and other categories, there’s a Topic of the Year category focusing on the 2016 Presidential Election.

The deadline to submit is Feb. 10, 2017. Click here for details.

Jacobs Media Webinar: How Radio Listening Has Changed with New Technologies

jacobs12 Years of Techsurvey: How Radio Listening Has Changed with New Technologies

When:  Monday, December 19, 2:00 p.m. ET
Register here.   FREE.

Techsurvey is the radio broadcasting industry’s largest online survey. In this webinar, Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs will reflect on the data highlights to show how the habits and activities of radio listeners have evolved during the past twelve years. He’ll also offer a preview of the issues they will be examining in Techsurvey13.

You will learn:

  • How radio listening habits have evolved.
  • How devices like the smartphone and the connected car have impacted radio listening.
  • How new audio outlets, including streaming music services and podcasting, have affected listeners.
  • How social media has impacted radio stations and how they can establish a social hierarchy.
  • Why so many people are still enjoying radio despite all the new technology.

In this fast-moving, 30-minute webinar, Fred will examine some of the key findings over the past twelve years and why they matter to radio.

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.