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WMGM’s First News Director Dies

Michael Schurman, the first news director for Linwood, NJ, NBC affiliate WMGM, has died.

Schurman had a long career in radio, working as news director for local station WOND during the 1970s and 80s. Schurman started working in TV when WOND’s owner at the time bought WMGM.

Mike is mentioned in former Atlantic City Philadelphia Mobster Phil Leonetti’s biography… It was Michael Schurman who over the airways coined a nickname for Leonetti, Schurman called him.. “Crazy Phil”  Leonetti hated the name… his fellow mobster reportedly told Phil. they’d give anything for that nickname.  So began a period of reporting for Mike that lead to in depth mob stories and even at one point death threats because of it.

He was 71.

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New Jersey Losing Only NBC Affiliate

wmgm_logo_304WMGM, the only local TV station in New Jersey still affiliated with one of the the four major networks, will lose that affiliation at year’s end when its contract runs out, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

WMGM’s affiliation with NBC expired in 2012, but NBC granted the Linwood, NJ, station a two year extension while former owner, Access.1 Communications, looked for a buyer. The station was sold to LocusPoint Networks last year.

At the time, the speculation was that LocusPoint was buying the station to use it in the upcoming spectrum Auctions.

WMGM-TV is New Jersey’s only NBC affiliate. NBC programming for the rest of the state is broadcast out of Philadelphia and New York by stations owned by NBC-Universal, making the Linwood-based station redundant in the eyes of NBC, or worse, a competitor for advertising revenues, Smith said.

Smith said viewers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties rely on the region’s only local TV news broadcast for morning and evening news, weather and local sports. Broadcast stations in Philadelphia do not cover South Jersey in nearly the same depth, he said.

“I think we’d lose a lifeline. I think that’s a huge loss,” he said. Read more

Viewers Voice Fear South New Jersey NBC Station Being Sold For its Spectrum

wmgm_logoAfter the sale of Linwood, NJ, NBC affiliate WMGM to LocusPoint Networks was reported, some viewers began voicing their opposition to the move.

A website called savenbc40.com sprang up to rally opposition to the sale of one of the few network affiliated stations in New Jersey.

NBC 40 owner, Access.1 Communications, has signed a deal to sell the station to LocusPoint Networks, and they have applied to the FCC for approval of the sale. To put it bluntly, LocusPoint Networks (LPN) is a spectrum speculator. They are NOT a broadcaster. They want NBC 40′s TV channel for an FCC auction where it could be sold to the highest bidder, who would in turn use the channel’s allotted frequency space for expansion of various wireless services: cell phones and other wireless devices.

On its website, which looks like its still under construction, LocusPoint describes itself as an “early stage wireless communications company.”

Bill deKay, co-founder of LocusPoint Networks, told TVSpy, “After the FCC approval is granted, our plan is to continue to operate as an NBC affiliate with the current team in place.” According to the station, current owner Access.1 will continue to manage WMGM under a shared services agreement with Locus Point. Read more

J. Roger Powe III Named Interim GM at WMGM

J. Roger Powe III has been named interim general manager at WMGM, the NBC affiliate in Wildwood-Atlantic City, N.J., according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Powe has been the station’s general sales manager since 2005. He replaces Ron Smith, who plans “to take it easy for awhile” after a decade as WMGM’s general manager.

“It’s been very gratifying to see the station grow the way it has and the improvements we’ve been able to make. I certainly wish it a long bright future,” Smith told The Press of Atlantic City.