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Michigan Radio Tops Apple Podcast Chart with ‘Believed’

Via Steven Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

Apple podcast chart from 10/29/18

Believed, the new podcast from Michigan Radio and NPR, topped the Apple Podcast chart earlier this week, just one week after the series launched. Believed looks at how Larry Nassar was able to abuse hundreds of women and girls for decades. This timely and thoughtful limited-run podcast is an intimate look at how a team of women — a detective, a prosecutor and an army of survivors — won justice in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It’s also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.

Believed has earned a 5 (out of 5) rating on Apple Podcasts since it debuted. Here are just a few of the comments from listeners:

“So important for everyone to understand how this could happen.”

“This break down is fascinating and enraging – a very important listen.”

“This is must-listen reporting for everyone who has a child, knows a child, or was a child.”

Believed is hosted by award-winning Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith. Wells has extensively covered the Nassar story since allegations first surfaced against the former USA Gymnastics and MSU sports doctor in 2016. As Michigan Radio’s investigative reporter, Smith covered Nassar as well and led the station’s award-winning Flint water crisis coverage.

You can subscribe to Believed on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, NPR One, Pocket Casts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen at michiganradio.org/believed.

Midwest Communications Introduces Kalamazoo to Jack

RadioInsight.com reports that Midwest Communications  flipped alternative rock station WZOX-FM (Portage-Kalamazoo) to the Adult Hits format “Jack FM…playing what we want” this morning, November 2. 

In an hour shown on the station’s new website, Jack FM played songs from artists like Dead or Alive, Guns n’ Roses, Van Halen, Hot Chocolate, Crowded House, No Doubt, REO Speedwagon, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Goo Goo Dolls, Beatles and others.

Vice-President/Market Manager Kurt Luchs told MAB’s Dan Kelley: “We switched WZOX Z96.5 FM from Alternative to the Jack FM Adult Hits format at midnight last night because we feel it will serve the market better by attracting more listeners and thus work better for us. The Alternative format was well executed and had its coterie of avid fans. But in many cases Alternative is hard to win with in the ratings, and if you do win in ratings it can still be difficult to monetize.

Midwest Communications has a successful history with Jack FM. In our biggest market, Nashville, our AC station is number 1 and Jack is number 2. Jack has also worked for us in Duluth, Minnesota, and Appleton, Wisconsin. A big part of the success is due to the deep and varied music library.

I know about Jack FM because earlier this year I helped the format creators locate some new comedy writers (I got into radio as a comedy writer, coming from television and before that, the Onion). Jack FM is the only format with a full comedy writing staff. So you have this one-two punch of a great music library with this very entertaining, self-deprecating attitude. It’s just a lot of fun to listen to.

We’ll be heavily promoting the format flip in various ways in the coming months.”

An random hour playlist on the station’s website, show songs from artists like Dead or Alive, Guns n’ Roses, Van Halen, Hot Chocolate, Crowded House, No Doubt, REO Speedwagon, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Goo Goo Dolls, Beatles and others.


WCSX Launches All-Christmas on HD2

Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 has transformed into 24/7 Christmas music, beginning at midnight on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The first song played on the air was the holiday classic, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis.

Listeners are able to tune-in to hear their favorite holiday songs, like Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas,” Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on their HD radio at 94.7 HD2 throughout the holiday season.

Christmas on Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 will be a complete holiday experience, featuring continuous and uninterrupted Christmas music, adorned with Christmas history, kids who say the darndest things, favorite Christmas moments from our listeners and much more! In addition, there will be plenty of presents under Detroit’s Oldies Christmas tree that will be given away on the air throughout the season.

“We’re interrupting our normal HD2 station programming, which features great oldies’ stars like Elvis, the Temptations and the Beach Boys to bring listeners the very best Christmas music experience,” said Program Director Jerry Tarrants. “Tis’ the season for Christmas music to begin on Detroit Oldies 94.7 HD2!”

For additional details, please visit www.WCSX.com.

WWSJ-AM Transferred to Helen Harp

Following the death of longtime gospel broadcaster Larry Harp, who passed away in August of 2017, an application was filed October 30 with the FCC to transfer the license of WWSJ-AM (St. Johns) to Kingdom Builders of Larlen LLC. Kingdom Builders is owned by Helen Harp, who is the widow of Larry Harp.

There is apparently no cash consideration.  WWSJ operates on 1580 kHz with 1000 watts day, 3 watts night.  The station also is heard on an FM translator, W262BD (Dimondale).

Saga Communications Expands in Florida

Michigan-based Saga Communications, Inc. announced early this week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of WOGK(FM), WNDT(FM), WNDD(FM) and WNDN(FM) from Ocala Broadcasting Corporation, LLC. All the stations serve the Gainesville-Ocala, Florida radio market.

Ed Christian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saga Communications, said, “A number of years ago we let the Dix family know that these stations would be a great fit for Saga. It’s not often you get the opportunity to buy stations from the 5th generation of the founding family. We see a lot of opportunity with these stations and these markets. We are pleased that the family has decided to entrust Saga with continuing their long-standing heritage of serving the Gainesville-Ocala region with market leading WOGK (K-Country 93.7) and the WIND classic rock trimulcast. Saga intends to continue building its business in radio by identifying and acquiring middle market stations in dynamic communities.”

Saga is a broadcasting company whose business is devoted to acquiring, developing and operating broadcast properties. Saga owns or operates broadcast properties in 26 markets, including 75 FM and 33 AM radio stations and 75 metro signals.

WOOD-TV Launches Weather Experience to Connect with its Younger Audience

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) launched its Storm Team 8 Weather Experience last week in an effort to connect with its younger audience.

The Weather Experience is a multi-media presentation where school groups come to our studios to learn about science – the weather – and staying safe. The presentation is operated by one meteorologist – but incorporates the rest of our team on video. The cool thing – the special effects lighting and fog are automatically triggered throughout the presentation and sync up with the video display.

Learn more abut the Weather Experience at www.woodtv.com/weather-experience.

Pioneer Tigers Radio Broadcasters up for Cooperstown Award

(L-R) Detroit Tigers radio broadcasters Harry Heilmann and Ty Tyson. Photo credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Crain’s Detroit Business reports that a pair of pioneering Tigers radio broadcasters up for Cooperstown award.

Harry Heilmann, (radio broadcaster and a hall of fame batting champion for the Detroit Tigers in the early 20th century) and announcer Ty Tyson, who broadcast the first Tigers baseball and Michigan football games on radio, are among the eight finalists for the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.  The winner will be announced on December 12 during the Winter Meetings of baseball in Florida.  The honor is for baseball broadcasters.

Ex-Tigers slugger Harry Heilmann called games until his 1951 death.  Ty Tyson called the first UM football and first Tigers radio broadcasts.

The winner will be announced on December 12 during baseball’s Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and will get a plaque in Cooperstown on July 20.

Make Connections, Get a Look Behind the Scenes at #BCBC18 on November 16

Come to the 2018 Broadcasting Career Builder Conference to get a behind the scenes look into broadcast stations. You’ll also have the chance to network with professionals, find out the best resume techniques, and participate in a career fair.

Online registration closes Friday, November 9. Tickets may be available at the door. Don’t miss out! Reserve your spot today!

Discover more about the “A Look Behind the Scenes”  session offerings below:

Sales, Marketing and Production are all integral parts of local radio and television stations.  Take a deep dive into the inner-workings of major local broadcasters to learn about all the functions that join forces to make a station tick.  Demonstrate your news writing skills and write your own marketing plan and learn why the people who work in sales and marketing at stations are a major reason everyone gets a pay check.

Marketing Solution Case Study – 9:45 AM
Mentor: Jay Morris, Marketing Consultant, Midwest Communications, Inc.

This session will take students through the brainstorm process to show them how different station departments such as programming, editorial, sales and more all contribute to creating solutions for clients using a multi-media approach. In this case-study type session the marketing objective will be provided-it will be up to you to think of creative ways to achieve your goal and make the client happy!

News Anchor Workshop – 11:00 AM
Mentor: Sheri Jones, News Anchor, WLNS-TV (Lansing)

The key to success in the news world is to be able to write something that makes the reader, viewer or listener want more. Content, and how content is written and presented, can make the difference.  This workshop will allow you to demonstrate your news writing skills and give you the opportunity to present your story.

Learn more at MyBCBC.com

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Dan Boers

Dan Boers

Dan Boers is the News Director for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. He has been with the station for 20 years in a number of roles including producer, assignment manager, Director of News Operations, and Assistant News Director. He was a producer at WILX TV in Lansing for about a year early in his career.

Dan is a 2016 Kneeland Fellow. The organization focuses on news ethics, management and leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from Grand Valley State University. He and his wife Lisa have two children.

The Robinson Report – The Fire Hose

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Kevin Robinson

By: Kevin Robinson

The Man Who Dares Waste One Hour Of Time Does Not Know The Value Of Time.—Charles Darwin

Who has the time?

Broadcasts – podcasts – bloggers – social media.

In the infancy of digital, media outlets required posts every day.

Start with the end-users’ time.

Let’s say you follow motivational speaker Darren Hardy.

And marketing genius Seth Godin.

And broadcast legend Fred Jacobs.

These brilliant minds blog every day requiring about 19 minutes of your time.

Perhaps more if you follow the ‘click through’ content.

Add your social – Facebook – Twitter – Snap Chat – Instagram – and more.

Which you check several times per day.

Also, those you may follow that publish periodically.

And that podcast you’re following?

Every day is like drinking from a digital fire hose.

If you’re a content provider (we all are  now) be purposeful about digital content.

All content.

If you have something to add, add it.

Time-wasters end up in the digital trash bin.

You will need purposeful intent – (does it add to their day?) – to ‘print’.

Anything less gets lost in the  fire hose.

Kevin Robinson is a record-setting and award-winning programmer. His brands consistently perform in the Top Three of the target – often times as the list leader. In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand. Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position. His efforts have been recognized by Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink and he has coached CMA, ACM and Marconi winning talent.  He lives in Indiana with his wife of 33 years, Monica. Reach Kevin at (314) 882-2148 or [email protected].