Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Ed Cantelon Dies at 95

EdCantelonThe MAB has learned that longtime Detroit-area broadcast engineer Ed Cantelon passed away March 17.

Ed was long-time owner of Broadcast Measurements, Inc., providing frequency measurements services to broadcasters.

Ed was interested in radio since the age of 12.  Following military service during World War II, he attended Lawrence Institute of Technology. In 1948, he joined WJBK Radio and was with the station when they added television broadcasting in October of that year.  In later years, while working as Engineering Supervisor for the station, Ed and his wife Gloria started their own business measuring the frequencies for TV and radio stations in Michigan, Ohio and Canada.  Ed left WJBK in 1980 to focus on the business, Broadcast Measurements, which he sold in 2000.

Read Ed’s complete obituary, as written by his son Roger, here.

Bill Turpin: April 19, 1966 – March 30, 2016

TurpinThe MAB is sad to pass along news of the passing of William A. Turpin, Sr.  Bill, as he was known to friends and co-workers, passed away March 30 at age 49.

A resident of White Cloud, Michigan, Bill had worked as Sales Manager both in Grand Rapids and Lansing for Citadel, Cumulus, and iHeart Media.  Most recently he was Sales Manager of an outdoor advertising firm.

Services will be held at a future date.  The Lansing State Journal obituary for Bill is here.

WOLY’s Battle for License Renewal Ends

fcc-logo_dark-blueOn March 30, the FCC issued a final order in the case of former broadcast station WOLY-AM (Battle Creek).  The station’s former licensee, Christian Family Network (CFN), has been trying to get the FCC to reverse its dismissal of both a license renewal and a request for Special Temporary Authority.

According to the Memorandum Opinion and Order, at issue in the case was the Media Bureau’s treatment of the Renewal Application, which CFN filed more than four and one-half years after it was due and over two and one-half years after FCC staff notified it that, “due to CFN’s failure to have so filed, the Station’s license had expired and that any further operation of the Station was unauthorized, and directed CFN to cease operations immediately.”

CFN claimed that it was unable to file its renewal application electronically and filed its paperwork by regular U.S. Mail instead, and that the Commission should have treated the letter as wavier request.  However the Commission stated that it had “no record that CFN ever actually filed a license renewal application for the Station on paper through the Office of the Secretary at any time. “


Michigan Talk Network (MTN) Now Offering State Newscasts

MTN1As a follow-up to our March 24 story on the closure of Lansing-based Michigan Radio Network, MAB has learned that Michigan Talk Network (MTN) is now offering hourly newscasts to affiliates throughout the state.

Based in Lansing at Townsquare Media’s WJIM-AM, the service offers two-minute state-focused newscasts each weekday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  In addition, MTN offers two, 1-minute sports updates each weekday.  Principal anchors on the service include News Director Melissa Proffitt and Rob Burkhart.  Reporters include Katie Heid and Ivey Ramos.  In addition, Michigan Talk Network’s morning host Steve Gruber contributes outdoor stories when relevant.

The service currently has 35-40 affiliates throughout the state.  For more information, contact the network at (407) 463-3778 or via email: [email protected] or [email protected].

Legendary CKLW Music Director Rosalie Trombley is Celebrated

The Juno Awards, Canada’s biggest celebration of music, were held this past Sunday, April 3.  Among the honorees this year is Rosalie Tombley, the legendary Music Director of the Big 8, CKLW-AM in Detroit back in its heyday.  This video, produced for the awards and featuring, among others, Bob Seger and Randy Bachman tells part of the story of an amazing woman with an ear for music like no other.

WQON (Grayling) adds Michigan Bluesman Larry McCray to Schedule

Standing L-R) Larry McCray is welcomed to the Q100 Studios by Q100 Midday Host Big Dog Dave Sherbert.
Standing (L-R) Larry McCray is welcomed to the Q100 Studios by Q100 Midday Host Big Dog Dave Sherbert.

WQON, Q100.3 has added the new “Larry McCray ‘Blues Is My Business’” show to its weekly schedule. Every Monday, from 7-8 p.m., McCray will share his vast experience as a blues artist with his listening audience.

“We’re absolutely thrilled and proud to add Larry and his show,” said Jerry Coyne, Owner/Operator of Blarney Stone Broadcasting. “Our listeners have proven to be some of the most sophisticated music aficionados in Michigan, and we’re convinced that spending this hour with Larry will help to amplify their discerning tastes even more.”

McCray, 55, said he plans to share his experiences as a blues artist, his favorite music, interviews with other top blues musicians, and keep listeners abreast of the local blues scene, and which artists are playing at local and regional venues.

“I want to help put people more into immediate contact with the working blues community,” McCray said. “It’s quality music, but I don’t think it gets very good representation. I’m trying to educate people about the music – helping to preserve a dying culture.  Blues is the only music that started in this country, but we’re getting less and less young people involved with it.”

The second youngest of nine siblings, McCray learned guitar from his older sister. His family moved from Magnolia, Arkansas to Saginaw, Michigan when he was 12, and after high school he went to work on a General Motors assembly line until he began producing music and touring.

His discography features nine works, including “Live on Interstate 75” in 2006, “Meet Me at The Lake” (1996) with The Bluegills, and “Blues is My Business” in 2001.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” McCray said of his new show. “We’ll let people know a little more about the music, who’s out there and what they’re doing. We’re going to have fun.”

Statewide Tornado Drill/EAS Test – April 13, 2016

Graphic 005In cooperation with the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and with the endorsement of the MAB Board of Directors, the National Weather Service will conduct a test with the Tornado Warning EAS Code at 1:30pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 as part of Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week. The MAB received a waiver from the FCC to use the actual EAS Tornado Warning Code (“TOR”) for this statewide test.

This test will be in conjunction with a statewide tornado drill. In addition to the EAS activation, your area may experience a test of tornado sirens which may alarm some members of the public. Your assistance in informing the public before the test is requested.

The MAB Board of Directors encourages all broadcasters and cable operators to participate. Other states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois have conducted similar successful tests in the past few years. Though encouraged, participation in this test by broadcast stations and cable systems is voluntary. This test was also endorsed by the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC).

If there is a threat of actual severe weather on April 13, the test will be postponed until April 14, 2016. If there is a threat of severe weather on April 14, the test will be cancelled. The go/no-go decision will be made by 4pm the day prior by the National Weather Service, as well as the Statewide Tornado Drill Working group. MAB will post a go or no-go status on its homepage at

While the audio of this test will repeat several times in the script “This is a Test,” and with the EAS Tornado Code being used, the crawl on TV stations and cable stations will read “A Tornado Warning has been issued for…(and it will list your counties).” We ask that TV broadcasters and cable operators participating in the test to display a “This is a Test” graphic behind the crawl. Download the available graphics package.

The test will be originated on the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) and these tests will will cover all counties in Michigan and will originate from the NWS offices at Grand Rapids, Gaylord, Marquette, Detroit/Pontiac, and Northern Indiana. They will be relayed via the State Relay (SR) and Local Primary (LP) stations.

What to Expect in Your Market on April 13, 2016

As noted above, its more than likely that your area may experience a test of tornado sirens in addition to the activation of the EAS tornado alert. All businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are welcome to participate in the voluntary statewide preparedness activity. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will be involved.

How Broadcasters Can Help

This is an excellent opportunity for broadcasters to show the importance of radio and television in times of emergencies. We ask broadcasters to take an active role in their communities to alert listeners and viewers about not only the test alerts, but our role in providing vital information to the public in times of severe weather and other emergencies.

Local Emergency Management Coordinators have been encouraged to reach out to broadcasters in advance of the test.

***The MAB asks broadcasters to reach out to their local emergency management personnel regarding the activities in their own market. We ask you to cover it in your news, community affairs programs, popular personality shows and in your weather breaks.***

Please use Emergency Managers in newscast interviews and on your local morning shows and talk programming.

Not certain who to contact? The MAB has a list of statewide emergency management contacts available here.

A Statewide Tornado Drill Media Toolkit, including talking points, sample social media posts, and more. Download the kit here.

The MAB encourages you to begin on-air mentions and promotion of the tornado test no later than April 7 (one week from the test).

There are recorded radio PSAs for severe weather week available:

PSA #1 :30 Download (Statewide Tornado Drill)
PSA #2 :30 Download (Outdoor Warning Sirens)
Additional scripts for TV/live read: Download

The State of Michigan has prepared graphics for use on your webpage and social media posts here.

Additional Information/Contacts

The official website for the Statewide Tornado Alert:

Michigan State Police contact:

Ron Leix
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
Phone: (517) 284-3962
[email protected]

Michigan Association of Broadcasters contact:

Dan Kelley
Technology Manager
Phone: (517) 484-7444
[email protected]

WJRT-TV (Flint) Meteorologist John McMurray Retires

After more than four decades of delivering weather forecasts at WJRT-TV in Flint, Meteorologist John McMurray has retired at age 73.  On April 1, the station said goodbye with a look back at what’s made John such a big a part of the lives of viewers and station staff alike:

In an article published in Mlive, Jayne Hodak, News Director at the station said McMurray is going to be missed. “He’s that person people have always been able to rely on,” she said. “So many viewers rely on his forecasts. He never over-hyped storms, he just gave you the information you needed in a manner you could understand. He’s truly one of the best in the business.”

The station is currently conducting a nationwide search for his replacement.

Former Piston Joins WMGC-FM/Sports 105.1 (Detroit)

WMGClogoFormer Detroit Piston Lindsey Hunter has teamed up with WMGC-FM Program Director Dave Shore to launch a new afternoon drive show on the Greater Media sports station.

As a player from 1993-2010, Hunter appeared in 937 regular-season games, playing for the Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors,  and the Chicago Bulls.  Following his retirement in 2010, Hunter worked with the Bulls as a Player Development Assistant and later became interim Head Coach for the Phoenix Suns and Assistant Coach for the Golden State Warriors.

Dave Shore joined WMGC in March, 2015 as Program Director. Prior to that, he was on-air and Operations Manager of ESPN Radio’s KSPN-AM in Los Angeles.  Dave has also been heard nationally on ESPN Radio, called play-by-play for Texas Tech, was a pregame and sideline reporter for seven seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and lead reporter covering the Dallas Cowboys.  He earlier worked in radio and TV news.

Detroit Personality Jay Towers Has Cameo In New ‘Batman v. Superman’ Film

JayTowers2All Access reports that Jay Towers, co-anchor of  WJBK-TV’s “Fox 2 Morning News,” and morning show host at WNIC-FM “had a childhood wish come true” with a cameo in the brand-new “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” movie.  In the film, Jay plays a TV reporter for the fictional “News 8.”

The publication notes that Jay is a lifelong Superman fan with an office filled with “Man of Steel” memorabilia and Jay notes that his appearance was the payoff “for all the teasing I’ve received over the years from family and friends” for his obsession.

The Detroit News reports that Jay was even asked for his input from the film’s director: “He asked, ‘If you were covering this story, is this the way you’d do it on TV?’ “