In 2015, 98.5 UPS, Black Diamond Broadcasting, was awarded the Official Broadcast Rights to the ARCM. Our objective was to Increase public exposure of the event and the region. Also, to increase the economic benefit of businesses throughout the Au Sable River Valley, not only during the week of The Marathon, but throughout the year by utilizing public exposure generated by The Marathon as a vehicle to highlight the Au Sable River Valley as a tourism destination.
In order to achieve this, and create awareness of the race across Michigan and surrounding states, we formed a Radio Network, which some said would never happen. To date, we have between 20 – 25 radio affiliates each year carrying the race updates every hour, from start to finish. Three years later we have record crowds, which has brought tremendous economic growth in Grayling, Oscoda, and the Au Sable River Valley, during race week. This is due in large part to the strength of 98.5 UPS, and the ARCM Radio Network. Every year more and more people across our state are made aware of the ARCM race, and all the activities during race week, because of the radio network Black Diamond Broadcasting created and manages.
As a result of our success, last year the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon (ARICM) committee, committed to a long-term agreement with Black Diamond Broadcasting. 98.5 WUPS is the Flagship station of the ARICM radio network, and will remain the “Official Station”, providing start to finish coverage of the race, for years to come. In addition, the committee also reached a long-term agreement with Larry Roberts, “The Voice of the Marathon”, and he will be heard exclusively on 98.5 UPS.
Mike Chires (co-owner of Black Diamond Broadcasting), commented “It is amazing the progress we’ve made in only three years. We conceived and created the ARCM Radio Network, providing race coverage throughout a large area of Michigan. We’ve invested in equipment to provide listeners much better quality sound than in years past. We’ve helped develop corporate sponsorships. We’ve supported numerous paddling teams, and this year we’ve invested even more to enrich the fan experience. Each year we listen to fans suggestions on how we can improve our radio coverage. People have asked us to provide more race coverage to the middle and back of the pack. To accomplish this, for the first time ever, we are adding a second broadcast team, and a third update to almost every hour of race coverage. This third break will be dedicated to providing updates on the middle, and back of the pack padding teams. We were asked to provide coverage on teams outside of the top 30, and we are addressing this with a second broadcast team that will focus entirely on teams outside of the top 30. Every year we strive to provide better coverage, and every year so far, we have accomplished our goal. We are proud of the progress we’ve made, and extremely excited about our future.”
In addition to our official race coverage with Larry Roberts and John Sullivan, this year, Black Diamond Broadcasting is the AuSable River Festival “Music Sponsor”.
We have a great lineup of bands playing, some of which have played Soaring Eagle and other major venues (folk, country, classic hits, rock and classic rock).
Gazebo concert schedule announced; Black Diamond Broadcasting is our Presenting Sponsor
The Boyne Area Chamber has announced the 2019 schedule for its Evenings at the Gazebo summer concert series, presented by Black Diamond Broadcasting. The concerts are held in Old City Park on summer Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Here is the 2019 schedule:
June 19 - JM Duo - James Michael Duo, sponsored by Boyne Co-op True Value
June 26 - Calamity Jane - Theresa Wagner and Kathy McCoy
July 4 - No concert (4th of July festivities include live music/bands playing in Veterans Park.)
July 10 - Matt Gabriel, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
July 17 - Wyatt & Shari Knapp
July 24 - Mike Dhaseleer
July 31 - Full Cord, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
August 7 - Awesome Distraction
Contact Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St., Boyne City MI 49712. For information contact Kim Akin at 231-582-6222 or email email@example.com.
MAC-fm now offers Smooth Sailing sounds! 106.3 fm is a unique blend of soft rock paired with the smoothest hits from the 70s and 80s. You’ll hear the most popular, refreshing tunes from superstars such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Steely Dan, plus many soft favorites rarely heard on radio these days – from artists like Michael McDonald, Air Supply, Christopher Cross, Ambrosia and many other fun and relaxing favorites.
MAC-fm plays a one-of-a-kind blend of timeless favorites while much of Northern Michigan is at work, providing a perfect stress-free environment. MAC-fm's well balanced mix provides a relaxing soundtrack for listening at home and on the go, all day and all night. You’ll hear the difference as MAC-fm bridges the gap between everyday run-of-the- mill radio stations and a refreshingly smooth blend of your favorites! MAC-fm is no ordinary radio station – it’s extraordinary audio entertainment for Northern Michigan!
MAC-fm starts your weekday with longtime area ratings darlings... The Bob & Tom Show, who got their start in radio in Petoskey, Michigan. They’ve been honored five times as the top radio personalities in the United States by the National Association of Broadcasters.
“ROCK 105 & 95.5” ANNOUNCES ON-AIR LINE-UP TWEAKS
Black Diamond Broadcasting is excited to announce on-air changes for Rock 105 & 95.5, northern Michigan’s leading Rock station and a market leader among northern Michigan residents age 25-54. The changes will take effect on April 1, 2019.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Roxanne Steele to mid days (10am – 3pm) on Rock 105 & 95.5. Roxanne’s body of work includes hosting various formats in Chicago and Detroit, and most recently with WYCD, Nash-FM in Detroit, where she was also a finalist for this year's ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) Broadcast Awards for Major Market Personality of the Year. But don’t be fooled, Roxanne is a rocker at heart, with a passion for northern Michigan and for Rock 105 & 95.5.
Nate “Smitty” Smith will be leaving his familiar afternoon slot on Rock 105 & 95.5 to pursue a personal opportunity outside of broadcasting. While Smitty will be missed from his home for the past 12-years as the afternoon host of Rock 105 & 95.5, he will still be heard on the station as a special features host.
Effective April 1, Dave Doran will return to the northern Michigan air waves as the new host of afternoons (3pm-7pm) on Rock 105 & 95.5. Dave is a Traverse City guy who was previously heard as a morning host on WKLT and afternoons on WTCM. If you have been in the Detroit area during the past decade, you may have heard him on WCSX and WRIF in Detroit. Dave is an accomplished broadcaster and Black Diamond is excited to bring him back home where he belongs.
“Cartman in the Morning”, Traverse City market’s number-one rated morning show, will continue to start listener’s mornings and get them ready to take on the day with a Rock 105 & 95.5 favorite!
“CLASSIC ROCK THE BEAR” SOUNDS OFF WITH ON-AIR FINE TUNING
Black Diamond Broadcasting is pleased to announce some on-air changes on Classic Rock the Bear, northern Michigan’s favorite destination for Classic Rock, effective April 1, 2019.
“Mornings with Omelette and Guy Dark” starts your day on Classic Rock the BEAR, followed by familiar afternoon host, Jay Roberts, who will be moving from afternoons to mid-days (10am – 3pm) effective April 1st. Jay will host your day time listening, whether in the car, at home or at work.
Kim Carson will take over afternoons (3pm – 7pm) on The BEAR. Kim was recently selected by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as “Morning Radio Personality of the Year”, and was also previously named by the Detroit News as “Best Evening Radio Personality”. Kim is also an author and serves as an inspirational feature writer for “Women’s Lifestyle Magazines”. Kim will entertain listeners with her insightful wit and her passion for Classic Rock and northern Michigan.
NASCAR Steve will be leaving his mid day air-shift to focus more time on his responsibilities as our valued “Promotions Director” for all Black Diamond stations. NASCAR Steve will continue to be heard during the weekends on Classic Rock the BEAR and ROCK 105, as well as continue to provide his FAST LANE NASCAR reports exclusively on Black Diamond stations.
Black Diamond Broadcasting is a northern Michigan based, full service media company, owning and operating ten radio stations serving central and northern Michigan; a full service digital advertising solutions provider, Black Diamond Digital Solutions; and the Michigan employment site, Michigan4Hire.org. Among Black Diamond’s radio stations are 102.9 Big Country, Rock 105 & 95.5, Classic Rock the Bear 98.1 & 95.3, Classic Hits 98.5 WUPS, Big Country Gold 1240 AM & 100.7 FM, MAC-FM 106.3 and 92.1 The Twister. Black Diamond is owned and operated by life-long Michigan residents, Mike Chires and Norm McKee.
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We’re pleased to announce that Guy Dark will be joining “Classic Rock the BEAR” as Omelette’s Co-Host. He will also serve as Assistant Program Director for WGFN 98.1 / WWSS 95.3 The BEAR .
Guy has been at WWWX in Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin for nearly 17 years and has recently been doing weekends at WLUM-FM in Milwaukee. Over the years, Guy has also held programming positions in Reno, Nevada and Fargo, North Dakota.
Guy has recently arrived in Traverse City during the holidays and will debut on Omelette Mornings show with Omelette on January 7th.
We’re excited for Guy to join Team Black Diamond - - - looking forward to his many years of radio experience and his creativity in helping to elevate "Classic Rock the BEAR" throughout northern Michigan.
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THE TWELVE DOTS OF CHRISTMAS
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Just take a photo of yourself with any of your favorite Rock Memorabilia from "The Good Old Days" - old photos attending concerts, concert tee-shirts, ticket stubs, posters, old album covers you still own etc...
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You may collect your Amazon Echo Dot at our Traverse City office
between 9a-5p weekdays with your photo I.D. 514 Munson Ave., TC 49686.
In partnership with Northern Michigan Toyota Dealers, and to benefit local Salvation Army sites... We are collecting new blankets, pillows, sheets and towels to bring comfort to those in need. Help us fill the bed of a Toyota Tundra pickup at these locations: Fernelious Toyota in Cheboygan, Serra Toyota in Traverse City and Fox Motors in Cadillac. Drop your donation by December 1, 2018. Register for a chance to win a $100 Gas Card while your there. Your generoisty is appreciated when you help to Blanket the North!
Learn how to grow your business by reaching your potential customers in today’s ever-changing world. We invite you to a marketing workshop for local businesses. At Black Diamond Broadcasting we understand your time is valuable, to thank you for attending each business will be entered to win $500…..
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Great insight by Fred Jacobs at Jacobs Media on why there is a lack of interest in NEW music, but continued interest in Classic Hits. Read the full article Who Cares About New Music?
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We are very proud to announce a recent Merit Award Recognition that WTWS 92.1 The Twister is being honored with.
This recognition is from Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) for the 2017 Annual Broadcast of Excellence Awards to be held on March 7, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan.
The award category is "Play-by-Play Sports Broadcasting" in Market 4. It honors the announcing duo of Greg Kauffman and Steve Claussen for their excellence in sports coverage of 2017 Houghton Lake HS Varsity Football.
Listen to our highlight MP3 LINK HERE - produced by Steve Claussen - for a glimpse of Friday night football action!
This MAB Merit Honor is a point-of-pride for the HL Bobcat team, the Houghton Lake community, Greg and Steve, as well as the weekly production team hidden back at the Black Diamond Broadcasting studios. Congratulations everyone!
Black Diamond Broadcasting is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Walk 4 Warmth 2018 campaign to raise funds for northern Michigan residents in need. Along with Consumer Energy and United Way of Cheboygan, this is a worthy program that YOU can assist with in many ways.
1. Be a Walker
2. Pledge Funds for a Walker
3. Sponsorship with your Business
4. Donate online
5. Volunteer with United Way of Cheboygan on February 17th
Northern Michigan Toyota dealers along with the Salvation Army, and Black Diamond Broadcasting station listeners have once again warmed the hearts of Michigan residents in need. Thank-You to everyone involved!
There's a new member in our Black Diamond Broadcasting family. We think you'll like our big boy -.
106.3 Mac FM. We're playing the greatest hits of the 70's and 80's. Why not give MAC a test trial? 1063MACfm.com And HERE's WHY... we've replaced WQEZ fm.
Part-time Radio Station Board Operator / Promotions position in Traverse City, Michigan. Must be computer literate and able to work flexible schedule.
Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
TUNE-IN to your favorite Black Diamond Broadcasting station. TUNE-OUT the distractions of daily life. Get a all your TUNES here because "We are the stations you hear everywhere!"
Seven formats on ten radio stations, that's us! And, we're sure to have a genre, you'll enjoy!
Did we mention that we're lifelong Michigan residents and business owners with extensive experience in the radio industry!