Category: Broadcasting Industry News

Longtime Michigan Broadcaster Don Backus Retires

Veteran Michigan Broadcaster and broadcast equipment marketing professional Don Backus has announced his retirement.  Backus spent two decades on the station side, in ownership, management, sales, on-air and news.  He is also known for this work representing companies like Rohde & Schwarz, ENCO, BE and Audio Broadcast Group. Backus attended Michigan State University in East… read more

Allen Media Buys Gray Television’s WJRT-TV

Gray Television, Inc. has reached an agreement to divest WJRT-TV, its ABC affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw, Michigan television market, to Byron Allen’s Allen Media Broadcasting, LLC for $70 million dollars in cash. Gray’s sale of WJRT-TV facilitates regulatory approvals for its pending acquisition of the Local Media Group division of Meredith Corporation by removing the… read more

WADL To Become Detroit’s MyNetworkTV Affiliate

Adell Broadcasting’s WADL-TV (Detroit) has announced that it has secured the market’s MyNetworkTV affiliation, and will make the switch September 20.  Scripps-owned WMYD-TV is the current affiliate of the network in the city. WADL is currently an independent station, airing primarily first-run syndication and off-network programming. In a press release, owner Kevin Adell says “he… read more

WNMU-TV Welcomes Ellen Doan as New MLC Engagement Coordinator

Northern Michigan University’s WNMU-TV has announced that Ellen Doan has joined the station as Engagement Coordinator for the Michigan Learning Channel. The Michigan Learning Channel is a statewide public television partnership offering instructional content to support the education of students and to provide alternative resources for families and teachers. Designed to enrich school learning, the… read more

WKHM-FM Chooses Local Charities to Benefit From 13-hour Radiothon

McKibbin Media Group’s WKHM-FM (K105.3) (Jackson) has set its second annual Charity Radiothon for Friday, July 30th, 2021. The on-air talent of K105.3, Jared “J-Rod” Hammond, Scott Clow, and Jenny Lewis will be broadcasting live from the K105.3 studio for 13 hours to accept donations and completing crazy dares from their listeners based on fundraising… read more

WLAV Brings the Blues Back to Grand Rapids

Cumulus Media’s WLAV-FM (Grand Rapids) has announced three “Blues On The Grand” concerts this summer.  All three concerts are free on Thursdays at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids. Billed as the “LAV/Miller Late Blues On The Grand Powered by Impact Power Sports” series, the outdoor concerts on Thursdays will feature Memphis blues-rock guitar Eric Gales… read more

WLEN and WQTE Team Up for Food Drive

Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) and Southeast Michigan Media’s WQTE-FM (Adrian) have announced that they are teaming up for community good. Each Tuesday for four weeks, the stations will host a county food drive to benefit local food pantries. The Bigg E (WQTE) and John Koehn (WLEN) will kick-off on July 13th at The Market House… read more

WGFN/WWSS Adds ‘Mark & Tim Show’ For Mornings

Black Diamond Broadcasting’s WGFN-FM/WWSS-FM (Glen Arbor/Tuscarora) “Bear” classic rock simulcast has teamed former WRIF-FM and WCSX-FM (Detroit) Program Director Mark Pennington with longtime station veteran Tim Logan for mornings, as the “Mark & Timm Show.” All Access reports that Pennington has been consulting Black Diamond for the last two years and Logan has been doing… read more

PMJA Honors for Michigan Public Radio Stations

On June 24, at its 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony, the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) announced the stations that will be receiving PMJA awards for work done in calendar year 2020.  Four Michigan radio stations are award recipients. In Division A, WDET-FM (Detroit) won two first-place awards.  First was in the Arts Feature category for… read more

Melissa Kibler Named General Manager at MacDonald Broadcasting/Lansing

InsideRadio reports that Alpha Media Amarillo, TX Market Manager Melissa Kibler is joining MacDonald Broadcasting in Lansing as General Manager. Kibler joined Alpha Media’s Amarillo cluster in 2017, having previously worked for Cumulus Media in WilkesBarre, PA. MacDonald owns eight stations in Lansing and Saginaw.  Kibler was named small market GM/Market Manager of the year… read more