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Rick Rhoades New GM of WLUC-TV

Rick Rhoades
Rick Rhoades

Gray Television has announced that Rick Rhoades will be the new Vice-President/General Manager of WLUC-TV (Marquette), effective April 1.

He replaces Rob Jamros, who has announced his retirement. Rhoades joined WLUC 14 years ago as an Account Executive and has served as Sales Manager for the past 7 years.

Jamros, who began working for the station in 1989, has been WLUC’s General Manager since October 2007.

WFQX Launches MeTV in Northern Michigan

WFQXmetvMeTV, Memorable Entertainment Television, America’s #1 All Classic TV Network, launched today (March 1) in Northern Michigan, airing on WFQX-TV channel 32.2 (Cadillac). At this time, MeTV covers more than 90% of the country and has 100 affiliates.

MeTV’s library includes almost 100 series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television as well as independent series owners and producers. MeTV’s line-up includes some of the most beloved television programs ever produced, including: M*A*S*H, Perry Mason, The Bob Newhart Show, I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke and the original Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O series.

“We’re thrilled to introduce MeTV to our viewers here in Northern Michigan”, said Alex Bolea, Owner of Cadillac Telecasting. “MeTV’s library of TV classics allows us to provide our viewers with the some of the most popular and enjoyed shows ever on television.”

For schedule highlights, viewers may check their local listings or visit

MeTV, Memorable Entertainment Television, launched nationally in December 2010, is owned and operated by MeTV National Limited Partnership.

FCC Filings: Class A TV Station in Detroit Sold for $2M

TCT_300On February 17, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WDWO-CD (Detroit) from Locuspoint WDWO Licensee, LLC of Plesanton, California to religious broadcaster TCT of Michigan, Inc.

TCT is also known as Tri-State Christian Television.  The purchase price of the station was listed as $2 million.

WDWO is listed as an affiliate of TCT programming.  In Michigan, TCT presently owns WTLJ-TV (Muskegon), WAQP-TV (Saginaw), WJGP-LD (Kalamazoo) and WLNM-LD (Lansing).  The comany also owns other stations around the country.

In another FCC filing, Zamora Broadcast Systems, Inc. has applied to modify the construction permit of FM translator W240DL (Dearborn) to specify operation on 107.9 Mhz.  The translator will be a fill-in translator for WDTW-AM, also licensed to Dearborn.

CBS Radio’s WYCD in the News Again!

WYCDLast week, your MAB News Briefs shared the story that WYCD-FM (Detroit) Program Director Tim Roberts was named one of America’s Top Country Program Directors by RadioInk.  But there’s been more news!

Since then, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) unveiled (2/22) its winners in the Station of the Year and On-Air Personality of the Year categories…..and WYCD’s Rob Stone and Linda Lee were tied for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year (or, in this case “personalities”).

And, if that wasn’t enough, on February 23, CBS Radio announced that it has promoted WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts to Vice-President/Country Programming,  In his new role, Roberts will oversee the company’s country-formatted stations nationwide.

The MAB congratulates Debbie Kenyon, Tim Roberts and the WYCD staff.

Gonzalez Joins WLEN-FM

Ashley Gonzalez
Ashley Gonzalez

Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) has announced that Ashley Gonzalez has joined its staff. 

Gonzalez, an Adrian native, will be an integral part of the advertising, marketing and promotions department at the station.

She most recently worked at County National Bank and First Federal Bank in Adrian. Gonzalez has a bachelor’s degree in business from Siena Heights University and a master’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago.

Mike Talik Named WXYZ-TV/WMYD-TV Digital Sales Manager

Mike Talik
Mike Talik

WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV (Detroit) have named Mike Talik as Digital Sales Manager. Talik has been a digital strategist with WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, since April 2016. He has helped grow the sales team’s digital knowledge and has assisted in developing innovative solutions for the station’s advertising partners.

“I look forward to building on our success and continuing to turn WXYZ and WMYD into digital powerhouses, both locally and throughout the country,” said Talik. “I believe we can lead the market by providing our partners with creative solutions that will help them grow their businesses.”

Before coming to WXYZ, Talik worked for the MLive Media Group as an account manager. He helped grow the real estate/recruitment sales team into one of the highest-producing teams in the company.

“With Mike leading our digital sales effort, I look forward to great success and serving our clients at the highest level,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager.

Talik was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Talik began his new role this week.

WJBK-TV’s Ron Savage Passes

The MAB is sad to announce that longtime WJBK-TV (Detroit) anchor and reporter Ron Savage passed away this past Saturday, February 25.  He was 63 years old.

Savage suffered a heart attack during training exercise with the Milford Fire Department where he volunteered.

WJBK-TV (Fox 2) General Manager, Mike Renda released this statement: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague Ron Savage. Ron was a shining example of an individual who gave everything he had to his family, community and to Fox2. He was a consummate professional serving as both our weekend anchor and late evening reporter. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

“FOX 2 and the community have suffered an immeasurable loss,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough. “Ron’s ceaseless positive energy and larger than life personality meant so much to so many. He was a skilled reporter and anchor, a trusted colleague, and anyone who knew Ron had an appreciation for his booming voice and laugh. You couldn’t help but smile when you were around him.”

An EMMY Award-winning journalist, Ron co-anchored Fox 2 News Weekends with Amy Lange. He produced Michigan’s Most Wanted segments, highlighting crimes that needed to be solved. Police say more than 1,000 dangerous fugitives have been arrested from tips from FOX 2 viewers.

Aside from his hard work at the station, Ron served his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Milford Fire Department.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 1, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lynch & Sons funeral home in Milford. Another visitation will be held Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Milford, followed by a 4 p.m. funeral mass.

Memorials may be made in his name to The Ronnie Savage College Education Fund, with checks payable to Ronnie Savage, c/o Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, Michigan 48381.


CBS Sells No Full-Powered Stations in Auction

With the quiet period lifted, broadcast groups from around the country are slowly announcing their profits (or not) from the recently completed FCC Reverse Spectrum Auction.

We covered a few broadcast groups in our last newsletter here.  As of this writing, only one Michigan full-power station announcing that it will go off the air as a result of the auction.

Last week, CBS announced that it did not sell any full-powered television stations.  COO Joe Ianniello told securities analysts and investors “As the auction continued to drop rapidly in value, it just didn’t make sense for us to participate because we make so much more money by broadcasting in the highest standards possible. So, that’s our bread and butter.”

In Detroit, CBS owns WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV.

WYCD’s Roberts Named One of America’s Best

Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts, Program Director of CBS Radio’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) has been named one of the 30 Best Program Directors In Country Radio in a new list, released February 13 by RadioInk.

Roberts was ranked at #4!

RadioInk notes that “A successful Country PD has to execute the format flawlessly in markets where there is typically more than one station competing for country fans. A successful Country PD has to have an ear for the music, and be willing to take chances on a new song or new artist. A successful Country PD has to nurture relationships with label executives in Nashville who now have more outlets than ever to get their music to the masses. And a successful Country PD must serve the local community, which is one of the hallmarks, along with strong ratings, of a consistently successful Country radio station. And over the past year, every one of the PDs on this list has succeeded at all of those things.”

The magazine notes that Roberts has been in radio for 39 years, 11 of those at WYCD.