Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

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.

Matt Hanlon Joins Entercom

Entercom has announced the appointment of Matt Hanlon as Vice-President/Market Manager for its new acquisition in Charlotte, N.C. Hanlon, a longtime Michigan broadcaster, has over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales operations with a background in the media and broadcasting industry.

Previously, Hanlon served as president of Citadel Broadcasting, based in Grand Rapids, managing the Midwest region of 85 radio stations across 14 markets. At Citadel, he launched a sports network and a news network creating new revenue in Michigan and maximized both ratings and sales across local, regional, national and non-spot.

Hanlon began his career in broadcasting as a media buyer for Backer & Spielvogel, Vice President of Stations at Katz Media Group and Vice-President, Director of Sales at AMFM.

“We are super excited to welcome Matt to Entercom and to the Charlotte team,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom. “Matt has terrific experience in news, talk, sports, syndication, working with big personalities and making a difference in the community, all of which make him a great fit for Charlotte and these iconic brands.”

Entercom recently announced the acquisition of four radio stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, including The Fan (WFNZ-AM), The Link (WLNK-FM) and news/talk leader WBT AM/FM.

Former Michigan Programmer Chris Reynolds Passes

chrisreynolds_275The MAB is sad to announce the passing of radio programmer/air talent Chris Reynolds (Steed), who passed away early this past Sunday morning (10/30) in Lubbock, Texas.

Reynolds had recently joined Townsquare Media in Lubbock as Operations Manager for the company’s 6-station cluster.

He is best known in Michigan for his two tenures at WFMK-FM (Lansing), serving as air talent/music director from 1984-1987 and back again as program director/air talent from 2001 to 2008.

Over the course of his career, Reynolds also worked in Michigan, programming and/or on-air at WNIC-FM (Detroit), WGER-FM (Saginaw), WMJT-FM (Saginaw), WTWR-FM (Monroe-Toledo) and WJIM-FM (Lansing).

Outside of Michigan, Reynolds programmed stations in Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Texas; Springfield, Illinois, Huntington, West Virginia and Duncan, Oklahoma.

Reynolds also attended both  Henry Ford College and Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

As of this date, no services have been announced.

Buzz Knight Joins Beasley

buzzknight_275Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., has named Buzz Knight as Vice President of Programming, following the completion of Beasley Broadcast Group’s previously announced acquisition of all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media, Inc.

Beasley closed on Greater Media November 1.

Buzz has served as Senior Vice President, Program Development for Greater Media, where he has been responsible for overseeing content and brand strategies for the company. He started his career with Greater Media in 2002.

Buzz currently serves on industry audience measurement advisory boards, including: The Nielsen Audio Advisory Council, The National Association of Broadcasting Committee on Local Radio Audience Measurement (COLRAM) and the Council for Research Excellence (CRE) where he serves as chairman of the Audio Committee.

Buzz will replace Justin Chase, who has been elevated to Executive Vice President of Programming for Beasley Media Group.

“I’ve long admired the great leadership of Justin Chase in his role with Beasley and I look forward to being a part of the Beasley team,” said Buzz. “I am honored to follow Justin into this position and I’m incredibly excited to begin a new chapter with Beasley Broadcast Group as the company expands their portfolio of stations with the Greater Media acquisition.”

“Buzz has been in the leadership role at some of the Country’s most successful and respected brands in radio and I’m delighted that Beasley will have the benefit of his experience and talent,” said EVP of Programming Justin Chase. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Buzz well over the last couple years, as we serve together on several industry related committees and initiatives and I found him to be incredibly strategic and well suited for the Beasley company culture.”

Beasley Appoints New Detroit VP/Market Manager

Mac Edwards

Beasley Media Group, Inc. has promoted Mac Edwards (McTindal) to VP/Market Manager at Beasley’s newly acquired Detroit, Michigan cluster.  

As of November 1, Edwards is managing the former Greater Media-Detroit stations, including WRIF-FM, WMGC-FM and WCSX-FM.  Edwards formerly served as VP/Market Manager for Beasley’s stations in Fayetteville, NC.

Edwards replaces Steve Chessare, who served as Market Manager of the stations under Greater Media’s ownership.

“After 25 years of dedicated service to Beasley’s Fayetteville market, Mac will bring his wealth of experience to our new Detroit cluster,” noted Brian E. Beasley EVP/Chief Operating Officer at Beasley Media Group. “Mac has worked with Beasley in positions from Program Director to Air Personality, to Operations Manager and he has served as Fayetteville’s award-winning Market Manager since 2007. We’re moving forward on our path to success in Detroit, as Mac takes the helm of these iconic stations.”

“It’s my absolute privilege to work with these three outstanding radio stations in the Motor City,” commented Edwards. “I am eager to lead the transition of the tremendous talent within the Detroit cluster into the Beasley family of stations. We share a deep commitment to the community and clients we serve every day and I know we will benefit from the previous success we’ve collectively achieved.”

Beasley to Close on Greater Media November 1

Beasley-GreaterMBeasley Broadcast Group Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer Caroline Beasley has told Inside Radio (10/19) that the company is targeting a November 1 closing date on its acquisition of the Greater Media radio stations.

The deal, first announced July 19, will double the size of Beasley in terms of revenue, cash flow and cume, and put it back into several top 10 markets. The addition will grow Beasley by 21 stations in seven markets with billings that will make it the ninth-largest radio group in the U.S.

The acquisition brings Beasley to Michigan for the first time, as it acquires Detroit stations WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM and WMGC-FM as part of the deal.

Longtime Lansing Anchor Jane Aldrich to Retire from WLNS-TV

via WLNS-TV:

After more than 30 years at WLNS-TV (Lansing), anchor Jane Aldrich will hang up her microphone and retire from the station.

jane-aldrich_275“I just feel that it’s time,” explained Aldrich. “I have been honored to be invited into your home to share the day’s news with you for over three decades, and the staff and management at TV-6 have been wonderful to me and my family through the years.”

Jane started as an anchor and reporter at 6 News back on October 14, 1985. She spent decades at the desk anchoring various shows, including 6 News at Noon, 5, 6, and 11 p.m.

Over the years, Jane has become one of the most recognizable and most beloved figures in the greater Lansing area.

“Jane is the real deal. She’s full of caring and compassion,” said General Manager Bob Simone. “She genuinely cares about people and the community, and the reason viewers love her is because they see that, too.”

Among her other accomplishments, Jane:

  • Founded the franchise called “Tell Me Something Good” – reporting good news, as well as interesting and inspirational stories, and won numerous awards for her work.
  • Hosted a health care forum in Lansing alongside then-President Bill Clinton.
  • Has also hosted or led hundreds, if not thousands, of events over the years for a variety of causes. For many years, she co-hosted the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day Telethon. Among the other causes and organizations she has supported are the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hospice of Lansing, Special Olympics, the Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Lansing Community College.

Jane’s last day on the anchor desk will be some time in mid-January.

Detroit Free Press Columnist, Former Radio Sports Talker Drew Sharp Dies At 56

The Detroit Free Press has reported that columnist and former radio sports talk host drewsharp_300Drew Sharp passed away October 21 at age 56.

Sharp was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1982 and joined the Free Press the following year.

He Initially covered high school, college and professional beats.  Sharp was promoted to a full-time columnist in January 1999.

Sharp was a host at WDFN-AM (The Fan) in Detroit in 2009 and 2010, and later was a sports host at (then) all-sports WMGC-FM in Detroit.

He is survived by his wife.  A public memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Thursday (10/27) in Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 N. Adams Rd. in Bloomfield Hills. A half-hour visitation precedes the service.

Memorial tributes can be made to Almost Home Animal Rescue League and Haven, a Southfield nonprofit, via credit card here or by mail to Post Office. Box 250602, West Bloomfield, MI 48325.