On June 7, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Mt. Pleasant to officially mark the launch of a new WMMI-AM and its new companion FM translator.
The ceremony was held at Mountain Town Station and included an appearance by Michael Patrick Shiels, host of Michigan’s Big Show, which is heard on the station. The event was hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce.
Owned by Bob and Laurie Peters’ Latitude Media, the all-talk format was launched along with the companion FM translator in late February.
Northern Michigan’s Blarney Stone Broadcasting has announced a joint marketing and distribution agreement with MyNorth.com and Traverse Magazine that brings Lick the Plate to Blarney Stone stations WKLZ-FM, WQON-FM, WFCX-FM and WFDX-FM. The program will air weekdays during afternoon drive and be repeated in evenings along with its current distribution on MyNorth.com.
Hosted by David Boylan, Lick the Plate is an original culinary food and music show, telling the stories of culinary personalities since 2015.
In addition to airing on the Blarney Stone stations, the show will be distributed in podcast format via digital and social media channels on all 3-station brands. The 5 episodes that air Monday – Friday will be complemented by longer format bonus content in podcast format on MyNorth.com. The expanded distribution will give Lick the Plate coverage throughout Northern Michigan in addition to it’s Southeast Michigan and Ontario footprint on 93.9 The River (CIDR-FM).
Blarney Stone Broadcasting President/CEO Sheryl Coyne had been looking to source new content that features the exploding Northern Michigan culinary scene when Christopher Hunt, Director of Sales at MyNorth & Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine approached her about a joint marketing and distribution agreement to spread Lick the Plate across multiple platforms.
She had this to say about the collaboration: “We were big fans of Lick the Plate and when Chris approached us with this we jumped at the opportunity. With our multi-platform distribution and our combined audiences, the show is going to be a dominant force and go-to resource for Northern Michigan foodies and the advertisers that want to reach them.” Christopher Hunt added, “This is definitely one of those win-win scenarios for all of our brands. Combined, we will have a fully integrated distribution strategy for Lick the Plate that covers digital, print and broadcast and our advertisers are going to eat up that mix, so to speak. It will enable them to reach the highly desirable audience that Lick the Plate attracts through multiple channels and that is the value I sought to provide when I approached Sheryl with this idea.”
Lick the Plate host David Boylan was equally enthusiastic: “This is an incredible opportunity for me to expand the reach of the show in Northern Michigan. The culinary scene extends throughout the Northern half of the state and the talent driving it is incredible. This is also going to be a huge bonus for my guests who will now have a much larger audience listening in on their story.”
The MAB is sad to report that Dr. Jerry Henderson, 79, of Bay City, Mich., passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Brian’s House Hospice.
Dr. Henderson was a Professor of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University and a member of the faculty since 1975. As station operations manager since the mid-1970’s, he shepherded station WMHW-FM from 10-watt to 13,000-watt HD status, training hundreds of students in station operations and paving the way for many of them to win a wide-range of awards, as well as pursue highly successful radio industry careers. His beloved students often referred to him as “Dr. Jerry.”
Born in Malone, N.Y., on November 19, 1938, Jerry was the son of the late Robert A. and Charlotte (Disque) Henderson. He graduated from Franklin Academy High School in June of 1956, then went on to study at the University of Rochester, N.Y., Paul Smiths College in Paul Smiths NY, and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY… Jerry completed his undergraduate career at Hartwick College where he earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1962.
Prior to his tenure at CMU, Jerry was an Assistant Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., an instructor for speech at the University of Maine, and a speech and drama instructor at Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas. In between semesters in 1980, Jerry served as a production assistant and driver for NBC. He worked as a radio programmer at various stations in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maine and was a recording and editing engineer at Magnetic Recorder and Reproducer Corporation. Early in his career, Jerry was a staff writer for the Malone Evening Telegram.
Rachel Buchanan has been named General Manager of HOME.fm, (WSAE-FM/WJKN-FM) Spring Arbor University’s proprietary radio station.
Buchanan began her radio career in 1998 as a student broadcaster at WEJY-FM, Monroe High School, a student station in Monroe, Mich. Arriving at Spring Arbor University (then College) in 1999, she pursued a bachelor of arts in communication degree with an emphasis on broadcasting. Upon her graduation from Spring Arbor University in 2003, she was hired as the secretary for (then) Power Praise FM. Over time, Buchanan took on roles of promotions coordinator and program director, all while maintaining an on-air show in various dayparts as Rachel Ryder.
“I cannot believe I am here,” said Buchanan, who initially thought she would become an art teacher or pursue a career related to music performance. “It has been an amazing ride, and I look forward to continuing my love for radio and leading our team of professionals and students in my goal to offer a positive perspective to the Jackson area.”
Buchanan’s time with the station has included various format changes (89.3 the Vibe, 89.3 the Message) and being on the ground level with a team that created and developed the HOME.fm format, blending mainstream and Christian formats, resulting in the current “Music that makes you feel good®” format. HOME.fm simulcasts on both WSAE-fm (commercial) and WJKN-fm (non-commercial) out of Spring Arbor University, with seven translators across south-central Michigan. SAU Radio also includes The Message, an online radio station airing adult contemporary Christian music, which is also used as a student training ground.
Buchanan leads a team of students and professionals at Spring Arbor University radio, in her management role and in the classroom, where she has taught communications courses as an adjunct professor since 2007. She also earned her Master of Arts in Communication at Spring Arbor University. She and her husband, David, make it a personal goal to help others love the Jackson community as much as they do, where they enjoy spending time with their two young sons.
“Spring Arbor University is fortunate to have someone as experienced to provide leadership for our radio station,” said Doug Wilcoxson, Executive Vice President, Spring Arbor University. “She is deeply invested in the Jackson community and looks forward to partnering in this great community”.
At the National Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors meeting, held June 12-13, the NAB Executive Committee elections took place and Michigan’s own Bruce Goldsen, President of Jackson Radio Works, was elected Radio Board Second vice chairman.
Goldsen, who is a Past MAB Chairman and Board member (and still on the board as a honorary member) has been an elected NAB Board Representative as well as a longtime trustee with the MAB PAC.
Other appointments at the meeting included:
Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group, was unanimously re-elected as NAB Joint Board chair by the NAB Joint Board of Directors.
Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television, was re-elected as NAB Television Board chairman. Emily Barr, president and CEO, Graham Media Group, was re-elected first vice chair of the Television Board, and Ralph M. Oakley, president and CEO, Quincy Media, Inc., was re-elected as second vice chair.
It was announced that John Orlando, CBS executive vice president, Government Affairs, will assume the designated TV network seat on the executive committee.
Randy D. Gravley, president and CEO, Tri State Communications Inc., was re-elected Radio Board chair by the NAB Radio Board. David Santrella, president, Broadcast Media, Salem Media Group, was elected Radio Board first vice chair.
Kim Guthrie, president of Cox Media Group, was re-elected to the Radio Board’s major group representative seat.
On June 20, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly announced the granting of a special license allowing MSU and WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station. Based on the ATSC 3.0 digital TV standards, NextGen TV adds internet-style information and interactivity, plus advanced technologies such as 4k ultra high-definition video and multichannel, immersive audio, to over-the-air television broadcasts.
The announcement was held at a press conference at the WKAR studios in East Lansing.
WKAR will be the first public broadcasting station in the U.S. to receive FCC authorization to begin experimental ATSC 3.0 broadcasts.
With the experimental ATSC 3.0 station as a testbed, MSU will open the NextGen Media Innovation Lab, a new research facility alongside WKAR studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the MSU campus.
The lab will serve as a collaborative research hub exploring the potential of ATSC 3.0, with an emphasis on outcomes related to traditional public media content, such as education, health, local news and emergency alerting, plus new areas such as connected vehicles.
OK2SAY is a MAB partner; MAB member stations have been airing OK2SAY public service announcements.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released the OK2SAY student safety program’s 2017 Annual Report.
OK2SAY is an effective prevention-based reporting mechanism tool, logging in more than 14,000 tips from students across Michigan since September 2014.
“Since the programs’ inception, I’ve been a firm believer in the power of OK2SAY,” said Schuette. “OK2SAY has done more than save lives, its stopped violence and ensured that Michigan students have a safe place to learn and grow. We have come very far since this program started, but it is apparent that students and schools continue to need the program.”
To date, OK2SAY presentations have been presented to 500k students across Michigan and has reached 230 new Michigan new schools.
OK2SAY received 4,605 tips in 2017 which is an increase of 72% compared to 2016. Tips were received in 30 categories, the top five are as follows:
1,205 tips on suicide threats
961 tips on bullying
456 tips related to “other”
390 tips on self-harm
311 tips on drugs
2017 was the most successful year yet and 2018 is already on track to beat the record numbers.
“OK2SAY continues to be a valuable, even life-saving, resource for our students and the Michigan State Police is proud to support this important program,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “No information or tip is ever too small to report because you never know when your tip could be the one that prevents a tragedy.”
Over 100 pies were donated from local businesses and celebrities and were auctioned off at the 19th annual 103.9 WLEN-FM (Adrian) Pie Auction. $2,572 was raised for the Lenawee American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
The auction was held June 20.
One sponsor, County National Bank, donated $2.50 for every pie sold up to $250 to support Lenawee Relay For Life.
What exactly is Relay For Life? Their website, acsevents.org, describes Relay For Life as: “… a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.
WLEN is thanking their listeners for once again supporting the Lenawee American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
According to the Radio World report, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether C Band spectrum should potentially be opened up for sharing with wireless operators.
The National Association of Broadcasters filed comments with the agency urging the agency to require supporters of the proposal to submit specific and detailed technical reports to the commission. “That is the only way to allow stakeholders to provide informed comments and analysis to guide the commission’s decision-making process,” the NAB said. Chairman Pai plans to put the item up for a vote at the July 12 open meeting.