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WXYZ-TV’s Jim Kiertzner Announces Retirement

After 49 years in the business, WXYZ-TV reporter/investigator Jim Kiertzner has announced that he will be retiring September 15.  Kiertzner, who joined the station in 2007, previously spent 4 years across town at WDIV-TV.  Prior to Detroit, Kiertzner was in Saginaw, both at WNEM-TV and WSMH-TV.  He came to Michigan after working in Kansas, Nebraska…

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A Special Message from MAB’s Karole White

Karole White

To my Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is with excitement and some trepidation that I write to you in this last newsletter of the year as the President of MAB. I will be stepping down as President on January 2 after 36 years. I will continue as development manager of the MAB Foundation for a…

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WKAR Brings New Jazz Radio Show to Mid-Michigan Airwaves

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WKAR Public Media at Michigan State is launching a new jazz radio show on New Year’s Day. A Groove Supreme presents two hours of jazz every Saturday evening, hosted by Michael Stratton. A Groove Supreme debuts at 8 p.m. ET on Sat., Jan. 1, 2022, on WKAR 90.5 FM from East Lansing. Mid-Michigan jazz fans…

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Townsquare Grand Rapids Ups Ken Evans to Director of Content

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Ken Evans will now serve as Director of Content for Townsquare Media Grand Rapids, effective immediately. In his new role, Evans will oversee all of the on-air and online content creators in the market for Active Rock WGRD-FM, Hot AC WLHT-FM, Classic Hits WFGR-FM, Adult Contemporary WTRV-FM and Hip Hop WNWZ. “Ken’s leadership was evident…

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Hyper-Local News Coming to WWJ-TV in 2022

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WWJ-TV (CBS 62), the ViacomCBS-owned station in Detroit, will build from scratch a full-scale, hyper-local news department in 2022. The announcement was made December 14 by Wendy McMahon, President, and Co-Head, CBS News and Stations; Adrienne Roark, President, CBS Stations; and Brian Watson, Vice President and General Manager of WWJ-TV and sister station WKBD-TV (CW50).…

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iHeart West Michigan Raises $490,377 For Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

(L-R) Star 105.7’s Mac & 'Shmitty' and Aly Mac and B93’s Matt

On December 9 and 10, iHeartMedia’s STAR 105.7 (WSRW-FM) and B-93 (WBCT-FM) aired the 22nd Annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Radiothon, sharing patient stories about how The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital annual fund supports over 20 different programs like the center for child protection, the Pediatric Oncology Resource Team (P.O.R.T.), the Peter and Joan Secchia…

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Record Amount Raised At WJR SAY Detroit 10th Annual Radiothon

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On December 9, Cumulus Media’s WJR-AM (Detroit) presented its 10th Annual SAY Detroit Radiothon, hosted by Mitch Albom. The live broadcast originated from the Somerset Collection in Troy. The 15-hour event (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.) gathered a record $1,650,540 through donations, auctioned items and purchased autographed memorabilia. All proceeds went directly to charity —…

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WKAR Selected for Public Media Digital Transformation Program


WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University is among 75 public media stations selected to participate in the Digital Transformation Program, a virtual program developed by the Poynter Institute to educate, assist and coach public media senior leaders and their staff on the best strategies and tactics to transform their organization’s digital operations and culture.…

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