Tag Archives: Issue 81

Townsquare Declares Lansing ‘A Monster Sports Market’

Townsquare Media has upped the game on their Lansing sports outlet, WVFN-AM.  Known as “The Game,” the station recently increased its amount of locally-based programming from 8 to 11 hours each weekday.

Chris Tyler, Townsquare Media’s operations manager, told the Lansing State Journal that “WVFN’s changes are based on what Lansing’s “monster sports market” demands. Townsquare Media owns the station. We’re trying to super-serve the sports fan, and this is the best way to do it.”

The station’s lineup includes mornings with Will Tieman of the Spartan Sports Network; longtime WILX-TV sports anchor Tim Staudt holding down 9 a.m. to noon; Beanie Howell and Brock Palmbos from noon to 3 p.m. and David “Mad Dog” DeMarco  afternoons.

WZZM Celebrates ‘Make A Difference Day’

TEGNA’s WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) teamed up with other company-owned stations on October 28 for “Make A Difference Day.”  Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others.  Dozens of volunteers from the WZZM staff spent time Saturday morning volunteering at Feeding America West Michigan. The station partnered with Arby’s who also had a team volunteering Saturday.

WZZM President & General Manager Janet Mason posted on Twitter, calling it “a great day of volunteering.”


WXYZ-TV, Art Van Furniture and Gleaners team up for ‘Together We Can’

For the ninth consecutive year, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and Art Van Furniture are teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to fight hunger in metro Detroit with their annual “Together We Can” food drive. This year’s goal is to collect 25,000 pounds of non-perishable food items from now through Friday, November 17, 2017.

“Every can, bag or box of non-perishable food items make a difference,” said Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture. “When we open up our pantries and make a donation we feed those in need, as well as the spirit, during the holidays.”

Art Van Furniture’s 27 participating stores are in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Bloomfield Hills, Burton, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Drayton Plains, Flint, Howell, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Livonia, Novi, Port Huron, Royal Oak, Saginaw, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Warren stores on East 14 Mile Road and on Schoenherr Road, Westland and in Toledo, Ohio.

New this year, guests dropping off donations can learn how to register to win one of 27 family four-packs of tickets to the Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Thanksgiving Day NFL game at Ford Field on November 23.

In 2016, 20,319 pounds of assorted non-perishable food was collected as part of the “Together We Can” campaign. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, a non-profit organization feeding hungry people in Southeast Michigan for over 40 years, provided nearly 17,000 meals to metro Detroit residents.

For more information, visit artvan.com.

WATZ-FM Presents ‘Trunk or Treat’

Midwestern Broadcasting’s WATZ-FM (Alpena) held its 4th annual “Trunk or Treat” event behind Alpena’s city hall on October 27.  The event is presented with help from the Michigan State Police.

WATZ Office Manager Sheryl Wright said 52 area businesses, organizations and families set up to give candy, healthy snacks and other items to more than 1,800 participants.

Holland’s WHTC-AM to Host On-Air Mayoral Forum

Gary Stevens

Midwest Communication’s WHTC-AM (Holland) has announced that it will host a pre-Mayoral election forum on the air, giving listeners a chance to talk to incumbent Holland Mayor Nancy DeBoer and her opponent in the race, Councilman Jay Peters.

The program will air live on the station November 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be hosted by News Director Gary Stevens.

The station is also inviting listeners to ask questions via Facebook and Twitter.

WDIV-TV Hosts Detroit Mayoral Debate

On October 25, WDIV-TV (Detroit) hosted a live on-air debate between Mayoral candidates incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan and opponent Senator Coleman Young II.   It was the only televised debate before the upcoming election.

WDIV anchor Devin Scillian moderated the debate, originating from the WDIV studios in downtown Detroit.  Panelists included WDIV Anchor Kimberly Gill, Bridge Magazine Urban Affairs Reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey and The Detroit News City Hall Reporter Christine Ferretti.

The live event aired on both WDIV and Detroit Public Television and was streamed live on ClickOnDetroit.com, detnews.com and dptv.org.

Black Diamond Flips WQEZ to Classic Hits “106.3 Mac-FM”

Black Diamond Broadcasting  has announced that it has changed the format of its WQEZ-FM (Onaway) from easy-listening to classic hits with the new moniker “106.3 Mac-FM.”  New call letters for the station are WWMK-FM.

In a press release, the company said, “With our goal being to provide maximum results for advertising clients, additional research brought forth a format that is not currently on the radio dial in Northern Michigan and is nationally gaining momentum with the 35-64 adult – Classic Hits of the 70s and 80s. This new format will bring a market exclusive entertainment that is timeless, as well as upbeat and fun.”

The station will feature the syndicated “The Bob and Tom Show,” noting that the show originated in Northern Michigan years ago.

The new format kicked off October 30.

Jacobs Media Adds Jason Hollins As Research Director

Jason Hollins

Jacobs Media (Bingham Farms) has announced that veteran media research executive, Jason Hollins, has joined the company as Research Director. Hollins will work closely with Fred and Paul Jacobs to lead the company’s expanding research initiatives in radio, digital media and beyond.

“We are proud and excited to bring someone of Jason’s talent and experience to the Jacobs Media team,” said Fred Jacobs, President of Jacobs Media. “He’s spent nearly two decades working in radio and media research, both broadcast and digital, and has been integral in helping a vast array of companies better understand their current consumers, as well as helping them stay ahead of the curve on emerging media.”

“I’m thrilled to join Jacobs Media. I’ve always admired the successes they’ve achieved with their clients, the relationships they’ve cultivated and the excellent reputation they’ve built in doing so,” said Hollins. “I’m eager to bring my passion and experience in identifying trends, and emerging industries and platforms, to further expand the role research plays in helping Jacobs Media clients succeed now and into the future.”

Hollins has spent the entirety of his career in media with Edison Research, including serving nearly twelve years as Vice President. In addition to hundreds of broadcast radio studies, Jason has been heavily involved with dozens of industry studies that have helped shape the online audio, online video, and podcasting industries.

The MAB is Proud to Welcome Back the Michigan Army National Guard as an NCSA partner!

Due to federal contracting issues, the Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) left the MAB’s NCSA program in 2013.  MAB is happy to announce a new contract has been signed for Fiscal Year 2018 and messages began airing on our member stations on November 1.  As always, your support of the program is greatly appreciated and we could not provide the services to our members without every stations participation.

You will see emails including links to new messages, new PR and attendance at many MAB events.  Please take a moment to welcome them back to our partnership.  The Michigan Army National Guard relies on their partnership with MAB and its members to educate Michigan citizens about the opportunities available to cover college tuition, training that include STEM areas and the ability to live and serve within our Michigan communities.   They strive to serve their mission: “As a component of the U.S. Army, we are an entity of the state. We defend our country when called to action, but what makes us a unique branch in the military is our duty to protect and serve the state of Michigan. This allows us to live and serve within our Michigan communities. From natural disaster relief and civil disturbances to national emergencies, we are always ready, always there.”

The MAB is looking forward to an amazing year of partnership and resource sharing.  If you would like to interview your local recruiter, please contact Richard Teeter at 517-481-7002.

Michigan Radio Brings ‘Stateside’ to East Lansing

Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

A photo from Stateside’s live show in Detroit in 2016.

Michigan Radio’s (WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM) daily talk show, Stateside, hosted by Cynthia Canty, travels to East Lansing today, November 2, for a special live show from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The show will be recorded in front of a live audience at the Kellogg Center auditorium on the Michigan State University campus. Segments from the live show will be broadcast during future Stateside programs in the upcoming weeks.

Among the scheduled guests on the show will be longtime Lansing mayor, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and “America’s Angriest Mayor” Virg Bernero who will discuss his legacy, the strides Lansing has made and the challenges that remain. Other topics discussed on the show will be an MSU program that trains veterans in beekeeping, new ideas for teaching from a Michigan Hall of Fame teacher, why Lansing is a landing spot for so many refugees, and a look at state politics with It’s Just Politics hosts Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta. The show will also feature live music provided by the LCC Constellations Jazz Sextet.