April 22, 2014
Palace Sports and Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mannion and Steve Chessare, Market Manager of Greater Media Detroit, have announced that the team has signed a multi-year agreement with the radio broadcasting company for all Pistons games to be aired on the FM dial on Detroit Sports 105.1FM beginning immediately.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Greater Media Detroit and look forward collaborating on innovative ways to enhance coverage of Detroit Basketball for our fans,” said Mannion. “Detroit Sports 105.1’s alignment with ESPN Radio is a natural fit for our organization given its extensive coverage of the NBA. We are also pleased to have the ability to partner with Greater Media sister stations like WRIF-FM (101.1 FM) and WCSX-FM (94.7 FM) to provide ancillary Pistons programming as well as PS&E concert and event promotions.”
“We are delighted that fans will find themselves tuning to Detroit Sports 105.1 to hear all the excitement of Pistons games,” said Greater Media’s Chessare. “We are thrilled to have the ability to deliver a thoughtful, passionate and progressive listening experience for our fans. Adding NBA play-by-play to Detroit Sports 105.1 is yet another significant step forward in fulfilling our commitment to offer fans the finest in consistent sports programming like they’ve never had before.”Chessare, Market Manager of Greater Media Detroit.
Chessare added, “Advertisers who have been part of the Pistons broadcast have an improved and consistent platform to have their message shared with fans like they’ve never had before.”
Under the new agreement, Detroit Sports 105.1 will provide around the clock coverage of the team, including daily Pistons’ Minutes on the stations, talking about all aspects of the team throughout the broadcast week. In addition, Detroit Sports 105.1 will serve as the flagship station for the Pistons Radio Network which includes stations throughout Michigan and northwest Ohio.
Detroit Sports 105.1′s HD2 signal will also carry additional content throughout the day, including expanded game day coverage, Pistons features, game replays and more. This content will be distributed on digital platforms such as the Pistons and Detroit Sports 105.1 mobile apps as well as each entity’s web site.
The agreement also calls for Pistons game broadcasts to be streamed on the station and team websites as well as their mobile apps.
Pistons broadcasters George Blaha, Mark Champion and Rick Mahorn will continue their play-by-play and analyst roles under the new agreement.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Palace Sports and Entertainment,” said Detroit Sports 105.1 Program Director Jason Dixon. “This agreement is more than a standard rights agreement; it’s a content creation agreement. The Pistons and Detroit Sports 105.1 will be generating an unprecedented amount of team related content that will be distributed over multiple platforms. The structure of this deal allows for creativity and innovation that we intend to take advantage of. I truly believe it could become a model for future professional sports rights agreements.”
In addition, the new partnership will include Greater Media sister stations WRIF-FM and WSCX-FM, which will also provide content and create exclusive events for Detroit sports, music and entertainment fans throughout the year.
April 3, 2014
By Nicole Antonucci
Teachers throughout New Jersey are receiving recognition through Greater Media New Jersey’s award program for outstanding teachers.
More than 504 teachers and 21 education support professionals have been recognized since the program started in 2007, and it’s not stopping there.
Another 75 individuals will be recognized this year at an awards dinner held by each of Greater Media New Jersey’s markets—WDHA-FM and WMTR-AM in North Jersey, WMGQ-FM in Central Jersey, and WRAT-FM and WJRZ-FM in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
From December through March, each of the radio stations accepted nominations from parents, colleagues and principals for an outstanding teacher who is making a difference both inside and outside of the classroom.
Greater Media New Jersey Interactive and NTR Director Tony Odachowski said a committee in each market is formed to select 24 teachers, whose stories are told on-air. Annie Rodriguez, the Regional Events Coordinator, oversees each committee.
“This is a great program because there are so many great teachers out there,” Odachowski said. “It is great for the community and great for the profession. It has helped teacher morale.”
In addition to teachers, one education support professional—chosen from among custodians, cafeteria staff, secretaries, maintenance workers, etc.—is recognized in each market.
“They are not teachers, but they are still involved in the school system, so we thought to recognize them as well,” Odachowski said.
The program started with an idea Odachowski had after watching the contributions his wife made as a teacher for 20 years.
“I saw how deeply she cared about her work and her students. She never looked for any awards or recognition. Her friends were all teachers, so I had a good feel of what they do,” he said.
“At the time we were building our Events Department across the state, and the biggest challenge was coming up with a big idea. I thought, ‘Why don’t we do something to recognize the 200,000-plus teachers out there who are doing an outstanding job?’ ”
With a concept in hand, the next step was to work with local school superintendents to iron out the details and find out how it could work.
Then it was time to find the outstanding teachers. Through mass mailings to every school district within the vicinity of Greater Media New Jersey’s stations, along with on-air promotional announcements, e-newsletters, print ads, and a dedicated teachers’ microsite on each station’s website, it wasn’t long before the nominations began pouring in.
Since then, the program has only grown with sponsorships through the New Jersey Education Association and local corporations.
“Most of our programs generally have a short shelf life, but not this program,” Odackowski said. “It continues to grow because it’s all for the right reasons.”
The radio stations have given their own spin to the program with names such as Teachers Who Rock at WRAT-FM, WJRZ-FM and WMTR-AM, or Teachers Who Make Magic at WMGQ-FM.
While Greater Media New Jersey would like to choose every outstanding teacher and support professional who is nominated, submissions are based on specific criteria, including what the teacher has done inside and outside the classroom.
“A lot of them are doing innovative things and using new technology,” Odachowski said. “Usually we get more than one nomination for the same teacher.”
To be eligible, nominated teachers must be full-time classroom teachers at a public or nonpublic school. For the 2013-14 school year, teachers must spend the majority of their assignment time teaching students in grades pre-K to 12.
Yet even with the criteria, Odachowski said the stations receive so many submissions, that it’s still difficult to choose.
“During early childhood education, most of the students define their goals in life in consultation with their teachers,” he said. “Everyone can remember that one teacher who had a positive influence. I know I do.”
In April, each market has an awards banquet for all the winners, their families, the person who nominated them, and co-workers, Odachowski said.
The banquet has a cocktail reception followed by an awards dinner, where station personalities read each of the stories. The winners then receive a gift package, usually supplied by sponsors.
“To them, it’s like Hollywood,” he said. “When you meet them finally, we know that we did the right thing.”
The Greater Media New Jersey radio stations are currently selecting Class of 2014 honorees to be recognized at a banquet in April.