Category: Broadcasting Industry News

John Gay Joins WDZH-FM

CBS Radio’s WDZH-FM (Detroit) has announced the hiring of Jon Gay as the station’s new midday air talent.  Gay, known on-air as “Jag” comes to the station from New Orleans, where he was program director and afternoon drive host at KVDU-FM. Gay previously worked at WKQI-FM (Detroit) between June 2011 and December 2012. CBS Radio SVP/Market… read more

WWMT-TV Welcomes Mara Thompson

WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has hired former WPBN/WTOM-TV (Traverse City) news reporter Mara Thompson.  Thompson joined the station on June 6. Thompson is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University, majoring in journalism with a concentration in electronic news. While at MSU, she was an announcer for the Big Ten Network Student U and was an anchor and… read more

Townsquare Launches Urban AC in Grand Rapids

Townsquare Media has launched a new AM/FM Translator simulcast in Grand Rapids.  WNWZ-AM is now heard on FM translator W231DD 94.1 and is operating as “Magic 94.1.” Radio Insight reports that former WGPR-FM (Detroit) Production Director Ed Spillers (aka: “Lee Stevens”) is serving as Brand Manager/Afternoon Host. The new station website is here.  The station is… read more

MAB’s Pam Cutler Joins WLNS-TV

MAB’s loss is WLNS-TV’s gain.  Pam Cutler, who has been working with stations all over the state with traffic and copy for the MAB NCSA and PEP programs, is leaving to join the staff of Media General’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) as Log Editor/Traffic Assistant. Pam has been with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters since 2012 and begins her… read more

WRIF-FM’s Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show Named Best Radio Program by Hour Detroit

Greater Media has announced that WRIF Morning Personalities Dave and Chuck the Freak have been named “Detroit’s Best Radio Program” for the third consecutive year by Hour Detroit Magazine. The morning show will be featured in the publication’s June issue, which features the results of its annual readers’ survey. “We’re blown away that people would take… read more

Detroit Sportscaster Al Ackerman Dies

Former Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman passed away June 6 at the age of 90.  Family members say Ackerman died at his home in Florida. Ackerman worked at WXYZ-TV during the 70s, alongside Bill Bonds, Marilyn Turner, and John Kelly.  Later, he was Sports Director at WDIV-TV where he coined the “Bless You Boys” rallying cry for the… read more

George Blaha Shares Memories in New Podcast

The legendary sportscaster George Blaha, who’s been the voice of the Pistons, Spartan football, and  countless commercials in his 40-year career, was recently interviewed on Deadline Detroit‘s “One Seat Over” podcast. Blaha was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014. In the interview, Blaha shared hightlights of his 40-year career, such as meeting Vin Scully,… read more

Tom Bender To Retire From Greater Media

Classic rock radio pioneer and current Greater Media Interactive Senior Vice President/General Manager Tom Bender will be retiring from the company at the end of June after nearly three decades of service. Bender told All Access: “I am grateful to Peter Smyth for allowing me to lead our digital initiative for the past six years… read more