Category Archives: Local News

WXYZ-TV Takes Part in Special Effort to Help Flint

WXYZ TVWXYZ-TV (Detroit) took part in a special effort to assist Flint during the ongoing water emergency.

According to WXYZ-TV’s website, 7 Action News was the exclusive broadcast partner in a campaign that was launched by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Councilman Andre L. Spivey, representatives from Faygo, and the United Way to raise funds for water.

As part of the campaign, the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers and D&B Distributors provided bottled water to the effort below wholesale cost.

The United Way set up a website where donations are still being accepted. You can visit www.detroit2flint.com to make your donation.

“In Detroit we have concerns as it relates to affordable water for residents, and we are working on solutions to address this issue; however, for a community to not have access to clean water is unconscionable… we must do our part!” said Councilman Spivey.

Members Reach Out to Help Flint

Karole WhiteBy: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO

Members all over the state are helping the people of Flint who have been impacted by the water emergency, through water donations and fundraisers. Michigan broadcasters are standing with the the city of Flint to assist in anyway that they can. Every member is to be thanked for their efforts. No group deserves our thanks more than the stations serving the Flint market at “ground zero.” They are not only helping their community to deal with the water restrictions, but in many cases, they are providing direct help to their own employees.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has a seat on the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), along with other specialists. Captain Kelenske is the Michigan State Police Commander of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In our capacity on the SEOC, it is the MAB’s responsibility to help facilitate communications between the state emergency management team and broadcasters. We recently distributed a Public Service Announcement alerting your audience how to get water and other help. The PSA is available on our website (click to download). It is audio only, so television stations will need to put up a slide graphic. We will have it translated into Spanish very soon.

Do not forget to send us photos and a write up of any programs, fundraisers, volunteer projects, town halls, or special coverage that you do for the Flint Water emergency. We are putting together a web page showing all that our members are doing. Send your contributions to dkelley@michmab.com.

WMYD Station Brings Classic Television to Detroit

WMYD TV 20 (Detroit) is partnering with Tribune Broadcasting to broadcast “Antenna TV” to the Detroit area beginning on February 1, 2016.

The new network will feature classic television shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Newhart, Family Ties, Three’s Company, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Family Ties, Doogie Howser MD, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

“Antenna TV” will be available over-the-air on channel 20.2, Comcast channel 286, WOW channel 197, and Wyandotte Cable channel 520.

WXMI-TV and Independent Bank Present Pay It Forward Gala

WXMI FOX 17 (Grand Rapids) and Independent Bank presented the second annual Pay It Forward Person of the Year Awards Gala on January 21. This invitation-only lunch event was held at the CityFlatsHotel. The FOX 17 Pay It Forward Person of the Year is Rick Ayotte.

The goal of the Pay It Forward Initiative is to highlight West Michigan citizens who give of their time, talent, and treasure, while expecting nothing in return.

“We’re very excited to present this event again this year,” said FOX 17 V.P. General Manager Patty Kolb. “We’re proud of the Pay It Forward franchise and all of the amazing, positive stories we’ve been able to share with our viewers. It’s been extremely rewarding for all involved to be able to showcase some of the amazing people in West Michigan who give of themselves, expecting absolutely nothing in return.”

Ralph Hauenstein Passes Away

Ralph HauensteinWGVU Public Media joins the community in mourning the death of Ralph W. Hauenstein.

After a career in newspapers in Grand Rapids, Hauenstein served in intelligence during WWII under General Eisenhower. After a distinguished military career, he became a business leader in the import-export business. Hauenstein went on to become a leading philanthropist in the region.

WGVU Public Media broadcast Ralph Hauenstein: A Celebration of Life on January 13, 2016. The program was a live feed of the funeral on WGVU Life (35.2/52.2), WGVU FM (88.5/95.3), and a live stream via the WGVU website.

“Ralph Hauenstein was a great man, a man who has impacted many throughout our community,” said Michael T. Walenta, WGVU General Manager. “We are honored and humbled to share the celebration of his life with everyone in our community.”

WTCM-FM Celebrates 75th Year on Air

WTCM-FMWTCM-FM (Traverse City) is celebrating their 75th year on air in 2016. The station was founded by Les Biederman, and went on air for the first time on January 8, 1941, using a hand-built control console. Ross Biederman, Les’s son, still runs the station his father started. The Biederman family is admired for both their positive impact on the broadcast world and their long-time involvement in the local community.

WKAR Will NOT Participate in Spectrum Auction

According to Prabu David
, Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences
, “MSU will NOT participate in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.” David noted that WKAR had received hundreds of emails and social media postings regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, and that he and the WKAR staff were “truly touched” by all the support.

The FCC Spectrum Auction is happening in the Spring of 2016, and is meant to reallocate a portion of the spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile providers.

New TV20 Station Host and On-Air Personality

Jessica LundyWMYD-TV (Detroit) held an open casting call in December for a new station host and on-air personality, and selected Jessica Lundy as their best candidate to represent TV20 in Detroit.

“Jessica’s personality and confidence jumped off the screen during all the auditions,” said General Manager, Mike Murri. “She brings the positive attitude we’re looking for to represent TV20 on all our platforms. We’re so excited that Jessica is part of the team.” Jessica began her new hosting role on January 11, 2016.