Nielsen released new rankings for local television markets. The Detroit, Lansing and Alpena markets did not change. Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Marquette moved down one spot. Flint moved up one spot in the rankings.
Rick Mecklenburg, former Chief Meteorologist at WSBT in South Bend, is lending a hand to the weather department at WXMI in Grand Rapids. He is filling in for WXMI Chief Meteorologist Peter Chan, who is recovering from surgery on a torn Achilles tendon. Chan is expected to be out of commission for at least four weeks.
Mecklenburg was Chief Meteorologist at WSBT from 1998 until his abrupt departure from the station in July. In November 2010, he was arrested and charged with two counts of false informing after saying police hit his car and fired shots at him. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor diverted all charges against Mecklenburg as long as he agreed to pay court costs, complete an approved counseling assessment and not commit any criminal offenses for the next year.
According to Mecklenburg, the arrest was caused by a difficult battle with alcohol. “As my friends and family know, I never did drink until I was in my late 30s. At that time, I went through a divorce and turned to alcohol to help ease the pain of not having my children around. It slowly got out of control to the point of my being arrested.”
Posted 29 Aug 2011 — by Michigan Media Category Detroit
WADL in Detroit will launch Antenna TV on its .2 multicast channel on October 1.
Adell Broadcasting’s Independent WADL Detroit is readying a launch of Antenna TV on its dot .2 multicast channel beginning 10/1. Antenna TV will bring additional classic TV programs, including “The Flying Nun,” “The Monkees,” “The Partridge Family,” “All in The Family,” “Maude” and “Soap.”
Kevin Adell, CEO and owner of WADL, who also owns “The Word Network” (the largest African-American religious network in the world), explains: “We have looked at many programming options for our .2, but ‘Antenna TV’ was by far the best fit with its quality classic programming lineup, expansive national distribution with Tribune stations and will have the longevity over fledgling networks.”
Locally, “Antenna TV” will be available on channel 38.2 and channel 295 on Comcast Cable.