Category Archives: March 2018

Angie Cady returns as National Sales Manager at WDIV

Angie Cady

Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) has named Angie Cady National Sales Manager.

Cady previously held the NSM position at WDIV from November 2010 to September 2016. She started as an account executive at the station in July 2008.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Angie back to Local 4/ClickOnDetroit. Angie was a big part of our successes while she was here and we know she is going to be a big part of our future successes in the years ahead,” said General Sales Manager Gary Macko. “Both her media experience and relationships are a winning combination and she has already had an impact on our business by her being back here at the station.”

Most recently a senior account executive at Fox Sports Detroit, Cady has been working in the Detroit media business for 23 years, including jobs at WKBD, WJBK, Comcast Spotlight and Fox Station Sales.

Cady grew up in Rockwood, Mich., and graduated from Western Michigan University with honors and has an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. She lives in New Boston with her husband Mike, two step-daughters and a step-son.

Chessare Joins Cumulus Media

Stephen Chessare

Former Greater Media Detroit VP/Market Manager Stephen Chessare has joined Cumulus Media as VP/Market Manager of the company’s Bridgeport, CT cluster. Chessare brings over 30 years experience in radio management and sales.

“Stephen Chessare is a deeply experienced and effective radio manager and we are very pleased to welcome him aboard,” executive VP of operations Dave Milner said. “He will be an incredible asset to Cumulus Media, to our great team in Bridgeport, and to our listeners and advertising partners.”

Long-Time WNEM News Director Moves On

Ian Rubin

The MAB has learned that Ian Rubin, News Director at WNEM-TV (Saginaw) for the last 14 years, has resigned to become News Director for WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.  He began his new position on March 19.

Rubin, who has 30 years news experience, previously worked in news management at the then NBC and Fox duopoly in Dayton, Ohio, the NBC affiliate in Boston, and at cable outlets in New York City suburbs.  Rubin joined WNEM in August of 2003.

No replacement has been named yet for Rubin at WNEM.

Beasley’s WMGC-FM Names John Candelaria Program Director

John Candelaria

Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that veteran company programmer John Candelaria  has been named as the new Program Director of  WMGC-FM (105.1FM The BOUNCE) in the Motor City. He will begin his new position on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Candelaria currently serves as the company’s Urban Format Captain and most recently worked as the Operations Manager and Program Director at Beasley Media Group’s KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM in Las Vegas. Previously, he was the morning host for KOAS-FM and was responsible for the successful launch of Hot 95.5/93.1, Throwback Hip Hop and R & B in Augusta, Georgia.

“John’s proven track record as a strategic programmer and tactician makes him the perfect choice to lead our very talented air team,” said Beasley Media Group Detroit Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. “He ‘gets’ this format and is bringing the ideas and energy to fuel the next phase of growth for 105.1 The BOUNCE. This should be fun!”

“I have been such a fan of John and his work since we first brought him to the company years ago,” said Justin Chase, Executive Vice President of Programming at Beasley Media Group. “I’m very happy that we will have him at one of Beasley’s largest Throwback stations. John has the right coalition style experience for stations like The BOUNCE.”

“Beasley Las Vegas has been an unforgettable experience,” said Candelaria. “I am excited to join Team Detroit and look forward to working alongside the best radio talent in the Motor City and growing as a leader under Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. I am so grateful for the unwavering support of the Beasley family, Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase and Vice President of Programming Buzz Knight.”

Stephen Clark to Join WOMC for Mornings

Stephen Clark

Entercom’s WOMC-FM (Detroit) announced Wednesday (3/28) that former WXYZ-TV news anchor Stephen Clark is taking the helm of the station’s morning show.

The new show will feature Stephen Clark and a co-host that will be revealed on Friday, April 6. The “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephen Clark and … ” show will air from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays. It debuts on Monday, April 2.

“Stephen is an integral part of the fabric of Detroit and we are thrilled to have him open this new chapter in the station’s rich heritage,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “Stephen’s connection with our local community, his personality and love of music make him a great fit to take the helm of the new WOMC morning show.”

For his part, Clark said he’s thrilled to return to his radio roots. Radio is where he began his broadcast career.

“… Only the legendary WOMC could have brought me out of retirement,” Clark said. “I have a unique relationship with the Detroit community from my time on television and I’m looking forward to deepening that connection via daily conversations and direct interactions with listeners every morning on 104.3 WOMC.”

Stephen Clark recently retired from WXYZ after 16 years as anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Clark began his media career as a newspaper photographer, and also worked as a radio reporter and DJ before taking the TV anchor chair. Clark is also a singer/songwriter who performs around the Detroit area.

WTIQ Hosts CBC Fundraiser

This past Sunday, March 25, WTIQ-AM (Manistique) aired an annual radiothon fundraiser for CBC.  CBC stands for Cancer, Bay Cliffs and Community. One-third of the proceeds will go to the Cancer Society, one-third to Bay Cliffs and one-third  to a community organization that is health related.  This is the 51st year the station has been broadcasting the event.

The radiothon was broadcast live on the station from noon until 7 p.m. at Manistique High School.

While this year’s total is not yet available, last year the effort raised $56,000.

‘Protect My Public Media’ Declares Victory in 2018, Looks Ahead to 2019

“Protect My Public Media” leaders declared “a major victory” when President Trump signed  a bill this week that fully funds public media through September 30, 2018.

They credited 694,605 communications to Congress generated by the effort since March 2017 for the funding success.

With Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding finished, Congress will soon start its work on FY 2019. “Protect My Public Media” leaders say it will again be vital to remind lawmakers that you support public media.

“Important groundwork has already been laid by advocates who asked lawmakers to sign the public media support letters. Thanks to their outreach, the House of Representatives letter secured a record-breaking number of signatures and the Senate letter is on its way to attaining similar results,” they wrote in a recent email to to constituents.

PBS President will Deliver Keynote at 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference


Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference May 29-June 1, the Detroit Regional Chamber has announced. She will discuss the importance of building trust and restoring confidence in the critical institutions of government, media and business.

For 14 consecutive years, PBS and its member stations have been ranked as the most trusted national institution by independent research.

Since joining PBS in 2006, Kerger has helped grow the system’s audience to become the nation’s sixth most-watched network in the United States. She is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history.

“Detroit Public Television is thrilled to have Paula return to our state. Last year, when federal funding for public broadcasting was being challenged, she spoke to our Detroit Economic Club. We’re proud to have her back to speak to the state’s premier gatherings of thought leaders on issues that will shape the future of Michigan,” wrote Rich Homberg, President and CEO for Detroit Public Television, in an email announcement to members.

“Paula will share her insights on how media institutions such as PBS can contribute to greater levels of trust in society in a session sponsored by PNC Bank. We look forward to streaming the session online, so you can see and hear it.”

Kerger also serves as the board chair for Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and has been named to Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” an annual survey of the nation’s top women executives in the media.


NAB: Available Spectrum Should Go to Broadcasters

NABAccording to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters filed comments with the FCC emphasizing the importance of allowing broadcasters to use available spectrum instead of turning it over for broadband use. Using “white spaces” for broadcast could help eliminate consumer disruption and expedite the transition to Next Gen TV, the NAB argued in the comments. “Encouraging stations to use vacant in-band channels, where available, is one of the most productive steps the Commission and broadcasters can take to minimize the potential for consumer disruption and help speed the transition,” NAB told the agency.