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Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media
July 30, 2018

First Ever Michigan Comic Con!


This August, many geeks will be flocking down to Cobo Arena to check out the first ever Michigan Comic Con! This con is fully loaded with everything to satisfy your geeky appetite. Featuring appearances from such notable guests as, Michigan native and voice acting legend, Billy West, the original Red Ranger himself, Austin St. John, as well as the one and only Darth Maul, Ray Park… and so many more iconic names from across all forms of “Geek Media.”

Michigan Comic Con will cater to the fanboy, or fangirl, in you. Along with the previously mentioned celebrity guests, the con will also feature booths containing comic books, magazines, toys, games, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. You can even check out one of the handful of cool panels and events going on throughout the weekend. So come join the Geektainment Gang as they explore and share the excitement and awesomeness of the weekend!

Michigan Comic Con debuts on August 17-19, 2018, at the Cobo Center – Hall C. Tickets range from $30-$60, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. With so many things to see and do, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on being part of this historic con. Michigan Comic Con is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC, who produce four other comic conventions around the country.

For information regarding hours, guests announced so far, programming, and other details about Michigan Comic Con, visit: https://michigancomiccon.com/


Andy Bisaha
Head of Post Production at NRM
Co-Host of Geektainment Weekly on New Radio Media

Detroit Radio struggles to keep its share of the media market
February 27, 2018

Can Detroit Radio Keep Up?


Detroit radio’s struggle to hold onto its place in the current media environment is becoming more difficult as 2018 unfolds. The revenues for radio are decreasing as they are split between other mediums – with digital being the main beneficiary. In addition, factor in the way radio measures their ratings with the PPM (portable people meter) system and you have two of the principal reasons for their problems.

As the revenue picture for Detroit radio continues to head in the wrong direction, the corporate entities that own these stations continue to look for ways to cut costs. These cuts have ultimately affected the programming content, and the product, as they are eliminating established talent in favor of less expensive options.

Another major factor is the rise of an entire generation that has grown up with many portable, shareable, on-demand entertainment options. These digital natives have no loyalty to terrestrial radio – and radio is not part of their daily lives, as it has been with previous generations.

All these disruptions have created opportunities for other platforms to fill the void, left by the decline of Detroit Radio. Detroit has always been a top media market, with a very diversified population known for embracing innovation. New Radio Media is a digital streaming platform that offers a variety of programming options in the form of channels that appeal to specific interests with a hyper-local focus. It’s original streaming entertainment that’s available live and on-demand. The NRMSteamz app makes the content available from any device – shareable, unique content that’s accessible anytime and anywhere. Detroit has always been rich with talent in the arts and business innovation. New Radio Media is primed to showcase these assets and offer compelling informative and entertaining programming for audience of all ages. New Radio Media is poised to play a leading role in the ever-changing landscape of Detroit Media.

About the Author:

Buzz Van Houten, Executive Director
New Radio Media

Buzz Van Houten is a broadcast professional with over three decades of experience in Detroit Radio and major market broadcasting. A seasoned radio senior executive, his career spanned 19 years with ABC as a Local, National, and General Sales Manager, during the time major Detroit radio stations WRIF FM, WJR AM and WHYT FM were owned and operated by ABC. He was a General Manager at WLLZ FM for eight years, and also served as General Manager of ESPN radio during the transition from the original format to ESPN. Buzz has a wealth of experience, plus an understanding of current trends and opportunities – within the broadcasting industry and beyond.