WXYZ/WMYD, Scripps Howard Foundation Award Grants to Detroit Area Non-Profits

WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) VP & General Manager Mike Murri and Editorial Director Chuck Stokes recently presented Bob Scripps Community Grants from the Scripps Howard Foundation to five local non-profits. Leaders of the Judson Center, Rainbow Connection, Winning Futures, the American Human Rights Council and the Detroit Goodfellows accepted the grant awards for their extraordinary organziations that give back to our community every day. The station stated they are proud to partner with and bring public recognition to these non-profits that are serving the very diverse Detroit region in countless ways.

Earlier this year, WXYZ and the Scripps Howard Foundation handed out community grants to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation, Forgotten Harvest, La Sed, Black Family Development, Build Institute, Detroit PAL, LAHC, Lighthouse of Oakland County and the Historical Society of Michigan.

WBKB-TV on Journey to Promote Literacy

Thunder Bay Broadcasting’s WBKB-TV (Alpena) has recently began a commitment to help area schools promote literacy.  On November 15, station staff members attended Sanborn Elementary School as part of the school’s mystery reader program.

Students who completed 16 days of at home reading were treated to a mystery reader luncheon to celebrate their accomplishments. WBKB had the pleasure of sending the school’s first reading guests to help the students get in the holiday spirit, and discuss careers in media. WBKB-TV’s Lauren Mixon and Joe Rybarczyk read “How to Catch a Turkey” and “A Plump and Perky Turkey” to third and first graders,  respectively.

The students also had the opportunity to learn about journalism, including writing, editing, and videography. One third grader even interviewed his grandfather, a retired newspaper publisher.

Stations and Community Come Together for Record Year of ‘Treasures for Troops’

Via WION (Ionia)

Final “Treasures for Troops” boxes ready for shipment at Saranac Post Office.

The week of November 11 through 15 was officially the week of Treasures for Troops coordinated by WION radio, and shared in collecting and public relations with MAB members WGLM AM/FM in Greenville and WRWW-LP of Lowell High School. Jim Carlyle, WION morning host and Manager said at the end of the drive, “Anyone who thinks radio is irrelevant in this day and age needs to see what 300 USPS boxes stacked up at a local post office looks like as they head to deployed servicemen and women.”

The partnership of the stations garnered enough donations for the Blue Star Mothers, Chapter #188 to package and send 300 large-size flat-rate boxes to contributed addresses of deployed military, and USO addresses. Previous years were always “record” years over the one before, with 2018 seeing 260 boxes sent. WION asked the local (Ionia) Moose Lodge to host the drive for storing, sorting, and boxing of proceeds, and the answer quickly came back with a resounding “yes” from members and Administrator, John Rogers. The drive had outgrown previous location, and the Moose is not only an advertiser of WION, but very active in the Ionia Community.

Staff, Blue Star Mothers and donations collected at Young GM in Ionia.

Broadcasts were held at the Muir Village Market, Lake Odessa Village Hall, The Ionia Moose Lodge, The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, and the major sponsor and provider of the drive’s “wheels”, Young Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Ionia. Donations were welcomed at these locations, and also collected in the Lowell High School Office (and studios of WRWW-LP at the school) and new this year, the Lowell Middle School as well. Students at the Lowell station produced their own promotional announcements and presented the drive on Lowell School’s in-housel TV productions as well. Announcers Jim Carlyle and WION’s “Popeye John” hosted the broadcasts and met many of the donors to the drive. On-air challenges were made from business to business and one donation was even sent UPS from the owners of the website, “SatelliteGuys.us,” Scott and Eva Greczkowski in Connecticut, who are fans of the radio station and listen on the web.

A large financial donation was given this year by Reurink Roofing and Siding of Ionia along with other WION clients which allowed the Blue Star Mothers to shop for any shortages of certain products, and to help make sure postage costs at over $5500 was covered. 300 boxes is a huge amount for a small town post office to process, and Saranac’s Post Office staff was grateful for the business and, as in 2018, excellent in meeting the drive’s needs efficiently and happily.

Thanks to the generosity of West-Central Michigan radio listeners and advertisers, boxes are on their way across the world to people the stations, donors and sponsor may never meet, but are glad to help.

Radio does indeed still make a difference.

The BOUNCE Unwraps Details for Holiday Toy Collection to Benefit Motor City Kids

Beasley Media Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced 105.1 The BOUNCE (WMGC-FM) will team up with Lafontaine KIA, Community Financial Credit Union and Lady Jane’s Wicked Awesome Wishes to help provide kids with toys during the holiday season with Gello’s Big Top Toy Drop. The event will take place on Friday, December 6 – 13, 2019.

The Gello Show will take over the radio station and camp out at Lafontaine KIA in Dearborn to collect new toys for kids throughout Metro Detroit. The donated items will be distributed at Lady Jane’s Wicked Awesome Wishes and distributed to local charities.


WLEN’s ‘Thank A Vet’ Fundraiser Raises $30,570.69

WLEN’s Julie Koehn with event sponsor Les Sieler.

On November 11, WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted it’s 14th Annual Thank a Vet Day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County.

The event raised $30,570.69 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the “Veterans Dire Need Fund” distributed through Housing Help of Lenawee. WLEN staff, local veterans’ organizations and area business people stood curbside and collected funds to support local veterans; these funds are distributed throughout the year to local veterans for assistance with rent, mortgage payments to avoid foreclosure, utility bills, rental facilities to store possessions when they are displaced, transportation stipends and for things as simple as a pair of boots to secure employment.

TLC Community Credit Union joined WLEN with a $8000 in matching funds. To date over $230,000 has been raised in this event and distributed to local veterans in Lenawee County.


WXYZ-TV Teams Up with Art Van for 11th ‘Together We Can’ Community Food Drive

For the 11th consecutive year, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and Art Van Furniture are teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to fight hunger in metro Detroit with their annual “Together We Can” food drive. They will be collecting non-perishable food donations from through Saturday, November 30.

“We know every can, bag or box of non-perishable food that is donated goes directly to our neighbors in need,” said David Van Elslander, son of Art Van Furniture founder, Art Van Elslander. “It would be great if we could collect 20,000 pounds of food this year by opening up our pantries. It feeds those less fortunate as well as the spirit.”

Art Van Furniture’s 18 participating stores are in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Drayton Plains, Howell, Livonia, Novi, Port Huron, Royal Oak, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Warren (East 14 Mile Road and on Schoenherr Road) and Westland.

“At WXYZ and WMYD we’re passionate about the work we do every day to support the community we serve,” said Vice President and General Manager Mike Murri. “During this season of giving, we’re proud to partner with Art Van Furniture and the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to make a difference in the lives of those in need throughout Mero Detroit.”

In 2018, 15,085 pounds of assorted non-perishable food was collected as part of the “Together We Can” campaign. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, a non-profit organization founded in 1977 to feed people in need throughout southeast Michigan. The food that was donated last year provided 12,520 meals to families.

This year’s collection goal is 20,000 pounds of items that will fill hearts and stomachs. “Any non-perishable foods but we will take toilet paper, Kleenex, anything that people need to survive on a day-to-day basis.”

Last year’s collection provided more than 12,000 meals.

WYCD Hosts Fox Theatre Benefit for Military Families

On November 6, Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) hosted “Stars and Strings,” a benefit for military families with an artist lineup that would look impressive on a major festival bill, let alone performing together in the relatively intimate environment of a theater: Heavyweight hit-makers including Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Jon Pardi and Brett Young took part in the program, an evening of collaborative acoustic performances and storytelling.

Produced by WYCD, the show was a project of Radio.com and its parent company, Entercom. This is the inaugural “Stars and Strings” in Detroit after several years in Chicago, where it was spearheaded by Tim Roberts, WYCD program director and then-vice president of country music with CBS Radio.

“It’s a signature event for the country format, which is why it’s such a big show and why so many artists want to participate,” said Roberts.

Proceeds are earmarked for Folds of Honor, an Oklahoma-based organization that awards educational scholarships to children and spouses of fallen and wounded service members.

Radio Has Strong Partnerships in the Ionia County Area

Jim Carlyle interviews Ionia High school Link Crew Advisor Jennifer Jockheck during WION’s
annual pre-homecoming broadcast October 18.

By: Jim Carlyle, Co-Owner/Manager WION

On Friday, October 18, WION (Ionia) held it’s annual broadcast with the “Link Crew”; students of Ionia High School just ahead of the homecoming game. This annual event raises money for the students of the Link Crew who are known for their mentoring and leadership roles with other younger students in the school.

WION sells advertising “invites” to this broadcast each year, and a portion of each advertiser’s package is given directly to the school organization. During the broadcast on the 18th, Jim Carlyle presented a check to Link Crew Advisor Jennifer Jockheck for $425. As in previous years, this money will be used to send students to leadership training. During the pregame broadcast, Link Crew students also sold school spirit items, painted faces and joined WION’s Jim Carlyle on the air.

Meanwhile, WION gears up for the 6th annual “Treasures for Troops” in which items are collected for sending to deployed servicemen and servicewomen who are far from home. Again this year, student radio station and MAB member WRWW-LP of Lowell High School will join in the Treasures for Troops drive and is already spreading the word in Lowell High and on the air for the Lowell Community.
Lowell Middle School will also join the drive this year! The Blue Star Mothers Chapter 188 of Ionia, Kent and Montcalm Counties box and send the packages each year at the conclusion of the drive. in 2018, 260 boxes were sent out. WION hopes to increase the number this year.

WION’s “Treasures for Troops” runs November 11th-15th with a schedule of broadcasts and more information at WION’s Facebook “event” page (facebook.com/i1430) and on the web at www.i1430.com for those who are not Facebook users. WRWW-LP of Lowell High School and WION’s sister Station WGLM (Greenville) along with the Young Automotive Group of Ionia are co-sponsors of this event and invite donations during the drive.

WJLB Presents 36th Annual Coats for Kids

File photo from 2018 WJLB Coasts for Kids

iHeartMedia’s WJLB-FM (Detroit) will hold its 36th annual Coats for Kids event this Saturday, November 2 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Allegiant One Stop in Warren.  The station is working with the Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan to make sure everyone stays warm this winter.  Anyone who donates a coat or cash will receive a play card for one hour of free activity that includes go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, arcade games and more. The event will also include musical performances by local, regional and national artists, as well as an appearance by the Detroit Lions’ mascot, Roary.

“Michigan winters are harsh and cold, but luckily for families in need in southeast Michigan, there are people in our community who are warm and giving,” said Major Tim Meyer, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “We are grateful to work with WJLB to make sure no child in southeast Michigan gets left out in the cold this holiday season.”

The 2019 Coats for Kids fundraiser is sponsored by Allegiant Nonstop and Ford Motor Company Fund.

WSGW Launches Food For Families Campaign

Alpha Media’s WSGW-AM/FM (Saginaw) has launched its annual Food for Families campaign, designed to raise non-perishable food donations to help those in need served by Salvation Army offices in its coverage area. The station is asking listeners to donate food items and in exchange, those donating will receive a free copy (while supplies lasts) of the “Listen to the Mrs.” Recipe Booklet.  “Listen to the Mrs.” is a podcast series featured on the station’s website.

The effort began November 1 and will continue through the month. The Food For Families Campaign was started by the station 24 years ago.  Donation boxes are at various participating business locations.