Category Archives: Connecting to Local Communities

Blarney Stone Producing Calendar To Support Firefighter Memorial

WQONBlarney Stone Broadcasting (Grayling) and Michigan’s Firemen’s Memorial Festival are partnering to produce the “Real Firefighters of Central/Northern Michigan” 2017 Calendar.

Each month a firefighter from a different community in Northern Michigan will be featured. Nominations are being  accepted online at WQON-FM’s website and at various station events through October 2. The 12 winners, each from a different community, will be determined based on their number of nominations.

All net profits from the sale of the calendar will go to Michigan’s Firemen’s Memorial Festival. The Michigan’s Firemen’s Memorial Festival is planning to create a fund to support the families of fallen Michigan Firefighters.

“We are immensely proud of this new partnership that underscores our deepest gratitude to the heroic first-responders who serve our community,” said Sheryl Coyne, President and CEO of Blarney Stone Broadcasting. “We’re so honored to be working with the organizers of the Firemen’s Memorial Festival, who work so tirelessly year-around to bring this remarkable, signature event that draws thousands of visitors each year to our region.”

Nominations will be accepted from the following areas: Cadillac, Clare, Gaylord, Gladwin, Grayling/Frederic, Harrison, Houghton Lake/Prudenville, Kalkaska, Mio, Roscommon/Higgins Lake/St. Helen, Rose City and West Branch.

Calendars will be sold for $15 in various retail locations throughout Northern Michigan beginning in early November.

WQHH Hosts Third Annual Backpack Giveaway

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On August 25, MacDonald Broadcasting’s WQHH-FM (Lansing) hosted their third annual school backpack giveaway at the Lansing Mall.  The station gave away over 1,000 backpacks to K-12 students to help them get started with the new school year.  The backpacks were stuffed with pens, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies.

WQHH station personalities and other station staff were on hand. In addition to the backpack giveaway inside the mall, the station was outside the mall with fun activities like facepainting, a bounce house, a live dj, food and more.

WXYZ-TV To Air Woodward Dream Cruise

WXYZ_300WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has been designated the official television broadcast partner of the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet and will broadcast live coverage of the event Saturday, August 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Station anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host the show from a street-side studio along Woodward Avenue in Birmingham.  In addition, WXYZ-TV anchors JoAnne Purtan, Glenda Lewis, Alicia Smith, Malcom Maddox, Keenan Smith and Brad Galli will provide live reports from along the route and station meteorologist Dave Rexroth will cruise in a classic Chevy convertible providing live reports as he travels through traffic.

The station will later be syndicating a one-hour special of the event to more than 100 television stations throughout the country.  Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD Vice President and General Manager said “We’re thrilled to share the excitement of this classic Detroit event with audiences around the country.”

The station will also be streaming live video and give their audience a chance to experience the Dream Cruise through Facebook.  In addition, the station has set up a digital garage on their website where classic car owners can show off their rides.

Jackson Radio Works to air 2016 Radio Charity Auction

Charity-Auction-Filpper_300On July 21, Jackson Radio Work’s WKHM-AM/FM will present its 2016 Radio Charity Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Salvation Army.

Personalities from the stations will be describing and auctioning off items to bid for live on the radio between 7 and 10 a.m.

The stations have a description of items donated by area businesses on its websites here and here, as well as a dedicated Facebook page for the event here.

WXYZ-TV Hosts “Unify Detroit” Special

WXYZ-TV2020_300In the aftermath of tragic shootings across the country, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) teamed up with Detroit community leaders on July 14 to present a special broadcast “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit” to help address the issues facing the local community.

WXYZ Editorial and Public Affairs Director, Chuck Stokes, was joined by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, along with Rev. Charles Williams II, President, National Action Network of Michigan and Steve Spreitzer, President and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable, to discuss what is being done to heal the nation and the local community.

The special was broadcast live from WXYZ’s downtown Detroit studio at the Qube building. WXYZ anchor Stephen Clark contributed to the discussion through social media.

The special aired just prior to President Obama’s landmark town hall special “The President and The People: A National Conversation,” which addressed the tragic shootings across the county.

WWCK Gives Back to Flint with Music Video

WWCK_300Cumulus Media’s WWCK-FM (Flint) is giving back to its community with a feel-good positive music video to help the city get through its water crisis.  WWCK-FM morning show hosts Mike McDonald and Stephanie K put the idea for a music video into play after realizing that Flint needed “something uplifting for the city.”

See the video here.

Mike and Stephanie told the MAB:  “The inspiration for our version of the ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ music video certainly came from Justin Timberlake, who talks about his city and his home in the lyrics. Seeing other people throughout the country respond with images of their hometowns was pretty awesome! The motivation, however, behind doing our particular video was to offset all the negative press that Flint has received lately over the Water Crisis. The entire music video had God’s divine anointing upon it!”

“Olympic boxer Claressa Shields flew from Los Angeles to Lexington for the Muhammad Ali funeral and than drove all night to Flint to be a part of it before she flew to Rio for the Summer Olympics.  Congressman Dan Kildee flew in from Washington to take part.  Other characters included Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Mari Copeny (aka ‘Little Miss Flint’), and Riley McLincha, who is in the Guinness World Book of Records for what is termed as the ‘dribbling joggler.’ Riley holds the world record for running the fastest one mile during The Crim while dribbling three basketballs.”

“Also in the video is MaryAnn Tremaine, who, at 86-years of age, heads up the longest established Realty Company in Flint and Genesee County. Tom Z’s Original Flint’s Coney Island, and David Custer, news anchor at WNEM-TV (who just happens to look like Justin Timberlake).  We also included Flint’s local community and social events ‘On the Town’ magazine, which has served mid-Michigan for 42 years. Besides, they had the best cover to date which just happened to feature Mike and Stephanie in the Morning!”

“Most importantly, making this video was a labor of love and a gift for the people of Flint. We were blessed to have the skill set of our filmmakers, Stephen ‘Max;’ Vincent along with his son Alex (Mr. Red Productions) who worked tirelessly to film and produce this video gratus….we thought that type of selfless commitment deserved a little recognition. “

WQON-FM Hosts Radio Forum on Energy

WQONOn June 17, Blarney Stone Broadcasting’s WQON-FM (Grayling) hosted an on-air forum on energy moderated by station co-owner Jerry Coyne, featuring local leaders from the energy community.

Sheryl Coyne, President of Blarney Stone Broadcasting, said her radio network is proud to serve as host of such an important event designed to educate listeners on the energy issues facing Northern Michigan. “We believe in providing as much information as possible on issues that affect our listening audience,” Coyne said. “We’re in the communications business, and we take that seriously. We believe passionately that to bring this important issue into focus is the best use of our airwaves.”

The program has been archived and available as a podcast on the station’s website.

“Denise Bohn Strong” Benefit Golf Outing Announced

golf outing_400She unabashedly called her annual golf outing “Tee-Off for TaTas” for half a dozen years.  But with the tragic death in April, of cancer survivor, breast cancer advocate and WCXT-FM (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph) on-air personality Denise Bohn, her annual golf outing has been re-branded as the “#DeniseBohnStrong” Golf Outing.

Her friends and family have elected to rename her classic event and become a benefit for the Bohn-Stewart Children Education Fund, to assure that Denise’s three amazing children have the resources to continue their life’s education without fear of being financially strapped going forward. Friends and family have pledged to carry on the “full-court press” that Denise was so well known for in every endeavor she signed on to and are hoping that many will support those efforts by participating with a team of your own, or donations of items for a silent auction, or even just cash towards the cause.

The event is scheduled August 6, 2016 at Indian Lake Hills Golf Club in Eau Claire, beginning at 9 a.m. Online registration is open here until July 29th (or until the event is sold out, if sooner) or in-person at the studios of WCXT/98.3 The Coast, 580 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For $300 you can register a foursome to play in the tourney or individual players can register for $75.  The registration fee includes greens fees and a cart along with a lunch buffet, awards, and prize drawings, and a silent auction following the golf outing at the Farmers Country Club at 5265 Napier Circle in Benton Harbor.  Checks should be made out to Bohn-Stewart Education Fund.

On-site registration will begin at 8am at golf course.

If you would like to donate items to the silent auction, or volunteer to help out in any way, please contact Kim Thumm at kim.thumm@att.net or by phone at 269-932-2868.

The outing is sponsored by 98.3 The Coast, WSJM Sports Radio, Town Crier Wire, JohnsonRauhoff, Walsworth Printing Services, KitchenAid, and LeValley Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Additional Hole Sponsorships are available. To become a hole sponsor or sponsor the event in any other way, please contact Midwest Family Broadcasting Michigan President/General Manager Dave Doetsch by e-mail at DaveD@wirx.com or by phone: 269-925-1111.

Legislature Recognizes Michigan AMBER Alert Awareness Week May 15-21

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(L-R): Trooper Matthew Williams (MSP); Sergeant Timothy Fitzgerald (MSP); Karole L. White (MAB); State Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37); Elena Palombo (MAB)

Michigan celebrated AMBER Alert Awareness Week Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21 to help bring more awareness to the Michigan AMBER Alert Program and to promote the importance of AMBER Alerts in recovering abducted or endangered children. The statewide AMBER Alert week was designated by the Michigan Senate in Senate Resolution 178, introduced by Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37) of Traverse City. The resolution outlines the importance of AMBER Alerts, provides information about the program, and explains how funds are raised through the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation (MAAF). MAAF helps support the program and technology to meet the ongoing mission to recover abducted or endangered children. Senator Schmidt said “Michigan AMBER Alert is just one of the many community services offered by our local broadcasters. The combination of AMBER Alerts and the excellent work of law enforcement have helped to return hundreds of children to their families.”

“The AMBER Alert system extends the eyes and ears of law enforcement to residents throughout the state who may be able to help in finding these children. More than 351 children have been returned to their families over the past 15 years,” according to Karole L. White, Chair of MAAF.

“The public’s help is essential to the success of an AMBER Alert, it takes our communities working together with law enforcement, broadcasters, and other government agencies to save the lives of our abducted and endangered children. Michigan’s AMBER Alert program would not work without the thousands of extra sets of eyes aiding in the search,” said D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, of the Missing Persons Coordination Unit of the Michigan State Police. “We have many tools to help find missing children. AMBER Alert is just one and it is set aside for the special instances where details indicate that a child has been abducted.”

Michigan residents lead active lives that sometime take them away from their televisions and radios. The FCC approved the use of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to inform the public about AMBER Alerts on their cell phones. This text alert provides brief basic details of the AMBER Alert within a specified area surrounding the suspected abduction or the whole state in certain instances. In Michigan, a WEA is only activated when there are details on the vehicle involved in the suspected abduction.

To help continue the Michigan AMBER Alert Program you may donate to MAAF HERE.  MAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations may be tax deductible to the extent of the tax code.

WXYZ-TV Celebrates Top Graduating High School Seniors

WXYZ_052316_300WXYZ-TV (Detroit) celebrated the region’s top high school graduating seniors at the 37th annual Brightest & Best event on May 14, at the station’s broadcast center in Southfield, Michigan.

Nearly 200 students from schools across Southeast Michigan attended the event. They were joined by their parents and guardians.

The event was broadcast live on the station’s Saturday morning newscasts.  Students participated in a Twitter scavenger hunt and had the opportunity to meet WXYZ/WMYD on-air personalities. The program ended with the traditional group hat toss that will be featured in on-air spots.

“We are honored to recognize the academic achievement of these extraordinary students,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD vice president and general manager. “This is one of our favorite days at Channel 7. These young people represent the future of our region and our country, and we are pleased to be able to applaud their hard work and dedication.”

Promotional spots featuring the graduates will air on WXYZ beginning in June. Profiles and photos of all the honorees are available here and in a special section on WXYZ’s mobile apps. You can also learn more about the students and experience the event by searching the #BrightestAndBest hashtag.