Category: Broadcasting Industry News

WGVU Public Media Schedules Annual Wine and Food Fundraiser

WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) will hold its annual “Great Wine and Food Symposium” on Friday, February 28 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Billed as “your all-inclusive winter escape,” the fundraiser is a guide to understanding and appreciating the rich variety and many pleasures of wine. Whether a seasoned aficionado, or just a beginner,… read more

WXYZ-TV Donates Thousands of Books to Children

WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) celebrated National Reading Day on January 23 by donating 15,000 books to children. The station said more than 9,000 of the books were dispersed to Matrix Human Services Head Start, which is one of the largest providers of free childcare to low-income families in Michigan. The book effort was made possible by donations… read more

WADL Launches 10 p.m. Newscast

Adell Broadcasting’s WADL-TV (Detroit) has announced the premiere of a nightly 10 p.m. newscast.  Veteran Detroit television reporter Kevin Dietz is the host of “News Now with Kevin Dietz,” a Monday-Friday program. Adell CEO Kevin Adell told the Detroit Free Press that the new half-hour show is not competing with newscasts on other stations in… read more

Houghton Community Broadcasting Finds Forever Homes for Homeless Pets

Houghton Community Broadcasting (WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM, WOLV-FM) has again found forever homes for homeless pets as it has wrapped up another edition of “The 12 Dogs of Christmas.” Working with the Copper Country Humane Society, a local non-kill shelter, the three station group in Houghton uses it’s airtime after Christmas Day to highlight dogs that currently… read more

WKBD-TV Back in the News Business

On January 22, CBS Television Station’s WKBD-TV (Detroit) debuted a new nightly 10 p.m. newscast.  Broadcasting and Cable reports that the Detroit newscasts will be produced by the CBS duopoly in Dallas. WKBD has hired multimedia journalists to create news content. “We’re back in the business of news in Detroit on WKBD,” said VP/GM Brian… read more

NAB Announces Executive Changes

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith announced (1/16)  that NAB Chief Operating Officer Chris Ornelas will be departing the organization February 1 to become general counsel for Beasley Media Group, where he will oversee all legal matters for the multiplatform media company, including its 64 radio stations. Ornelas will be replaced by Curtis LeGeyt, NAB’s… read more

WNMU-TV Unveils New Sports Broadcasting Equipment

WNMU-TV (Marquette), in partnership with Northern Michigan University Athletics, is setting up new production equipment for producing NMU sports telecasts.  Equipment highlights include Sony broadcast cameras with 72-power Canon zoom optics and Ross video switching with multi-view monitoring along with a host of other production enhancements. Not only will this new equipment enhance viewers’ experience with… read more

iHeartMedia Promotes Detroit’s Tony Travatto

Tony Travatto, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and PD of  WKQI-FM and WNIC-FM has been promoted to a Division Executive Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia National Programming Group.  The announcement was made January 16. Travatto is one of three promoted to the position in the National Programming Group.  Joining him… read more

Gnau Returns to Michigan

iHeartMedia announced on January 15, that nine of its senior executives will be Division Presidents of the new iHeartMedia Markets Group organization, effective immediately. These executives – Shosh Abromovich, Linda Byrd, Tony Coles, Julie Donohue, Nick Gnau, Scott Hopeck, Dan Lankford, Kevin LeGrett and Tom McConnell – will report into Greg Ashlock, President of the… read more