Tag: Issue 97

WKAR-FM’s Brooke Allen to Rejoin WWJ-AM

WKAR-FM local “Morning Edition” host Brooke Allen has announced that she is leaving the East Lansing NPR affiliate and rejoining WWJ-AM (Detroit).  Allen’s last appearance on WKAR was March 12. Allen joined WKAR in July of 2016 after serving as an anchor and reporter at WWJ-AM.  At WWJ, her projects included “Second Chance,” a broadcast series… read more

Nate Bell Joins iHeartMedia Detroit

iHeartMedia has named Nate Bell Program Director for its two Urban-formatted radio stations in Detroit: WJLB-FM and WMXD-FM.  Bell most recently was OM/PD for Radio One’s WGPR, WDMK and WPZR, all in Detroit.  He left that position in September of 2017. “We are so excited to have Nate back in our Urban programming brain trust,”… read more

WTCM’s Jack O’Malley Running for Office

A longtime Northern Michigan radio personality has decided to hang up his headphones and run for the state House in northern Michigan. WTCM-FM morning host Jack O’Malley has announced that he’s running as a Republican for the 101st District. The seat, which spans from Ludington to Northport, is open this fall. Current Rep. Curt VanderWall… read more

WXMI-TV Meteorologist Joe Kopecek Leaving

WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) Chief Meteorologist Joe Kopecek is leaving West Michigan TV next month. His decision to leave the station comes after the recent launch of Platinum Property Solutions, a new exterior cleaning business he co-owns with a neighbor. His final day will be March 23. Kopecek joined WXMI in November 2014. He has been… read more

WCHY-FM and WWSS-FM to Exchange Facilities

Black Diamond Broadcast Holdings has announced that it has agreed to enter into an agreement with David L. Smith to swap the facilities of its WCHY-FM (Cheboygan) and Smith’s WWSS-FM (Tuscarora Township).  As part of the agreement, Black Diamond will move its programming and call letters to the WWSS facility and Smith will move WWSS… read more

There’s No Sunshine in Michigan

By: Jane Briggs-Bunting, President, Michigan Coalition for Open Government (MiCOG) Reprinted by permission As citizens around the country celebrate the 13th annual national Sunshine Week from March 11-17, Michigan residents have nothing to cheer. A series of open records bills that would put Michigan in sync with the rest of the country are buried, once again,… read more

WKAR Upgrade FM Translator for AM Rebroadcast

WKAR Public Media’s WKAR-AM (East Lansing) recently upgraded its FM translator, moving from 94.5 on the FM dial to 105.1 with a substantial power increase. The FM signal airs the AM station’s 24/7 radio news, including feeds from  NPR, BBC and the WKAR news team.  The station also airs some new programming including “Hidden Brain” and … read more