Category: Broadcasting Industry News

WXYT-FM (Detroit) Wins Marconi Sports Station of the Year Award

CBS Radio’s WXYT-FM  (97.1 The Ticket) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night (9/22) at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Nashville. Debbie Kenyon, VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio… read more

Lori Bennett Appointed Operations Manager at Cumulus/Grand Rapids

Cumulus Media has announced that Lori Bennett has been appointed Operations Manager for the company’s 5-station cluster in Grand Rapids.  This includes WLAV-FM, WBBL-FM, WHTS-FM, WTNR-FM and WJRW-AM.  Bennett will also program WTNR and host the afternoon drive show from 3-7pm. Bennett joins the Grand Rapids group from Cumulus Media in Detroit, where she most recently… read more

WOOD-TV Adds 7:00 P.M. Newscast

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that it is expanding their news coverage, adding a 30-minute edition of “24 Hour News 8” at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 20. Marlee Ginter will anchor the newscast with Meteorologist Kyle Underwood. WOOD-TV News Director Dan Boers said “On top of the big stories of the day, the newscast will… read more

Al Payne Joins WMGC-FM as Program Director

Greater Media has announced that Al Payne has been named as the new program director at WMGC-FM (105.1 The Bounce/Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop and R&B station). He began his new position on Monday. Payne most recently served as the Director of Urban Programming at Alpha Media’s WGHL, WGZB and WMJM in Louisville, KY. Previous to… read more

Nexstar-Media General Merger Delayed by FCC

Broadcasting and Cable has reported (9/15) that Nexstar Broadcasting’s $4.6 billion purchase of Media General is on hold pending the conclusion of the current spectrum auction.  The MAB previously reported that the Department of Justice approved the merger with the requirement that Nexstar sell seven television stations in six markets, all outside Michigan. However, the FCC has… read more

WXMI-TV Names Hutton New Lead Sports Anchor

WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has named Jason Hutton the new lead sports anchor for the station.  Hutton has been with the station for ten years and takes over the position from Mitch Fick, who left the station in early September. Hutton will serve as the main sports personality on the station’s weekday evening and night newscasts.  He… read more

Shiels Inducted into Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame

Michigan statewide syndicated radio personality Michael Patrick Shiels is among five honorees inducted into the 2016 class of the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame. Shiels is the arts and entertainment category inductee.  He hosts “Michigan’s Big Show,” which originates from Lansing and is heard on nine stations statewide.  He has won “Network Radio Personality… read more