Crain's Detroit Business:
The question that has puzzled listeners and radio industry insiders alike in recent weeks is why Greater Media Inc. jettisoned longtime morning ratings kings Drew Lane and Mike Clark from 101.1 FM WRIF. The easy answer is age.
Full story: For 'RIF, 'W' is for why: Greater Media may be looking to dial in younger market (Sun, 5/19)
Informal Toledo radio reunion set for May 28th
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Peter C. Cavanaugh, now prominently showcased in Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be joined by other past and present Toledo radio broadcasters in an "Informal Toledo Radio Reunion" at Manhattan's Restaurant & Bar Downtown on Tuesday, May 28th, from 5 till 7 PM.
Mr. Cavanaugh was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Reams Broadcasting from 1983 through 1992, a period of time which witnessed WIOT-FM become the highest-rated Rock Station in America and, with sister facility WCWA, produce dozens of Toledo "River Rallies" in Promenade Park featuring top national attractions. In the same decade, hundreds of thousands were drawn to annual Fourth of July and Labor Day Fireworks presented by Reams Broadcasting simulcast live and synchronized to music and lasers on the banks of the Maumee.
Cavanaugh, now a private broadcast consultant and writer for McClatchy Newspapers, lives with his wife, Eileen, in Oakhurst, California at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This "Reunion" at Manhattan's marks his first visit back to Toledo in a dozen years.
"We're calling this an "informal radio reunion" and that's exactly what's planned", reports Cavanaugh. He continues, " You are enthusiastically invited if you have ever worked for -- or listened to -- any Toledo radio station -- ever. All you have to do is show up! "
- Birach Broadcasting's Sports WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit has apparently dropped all of its local weekday programming that had been airing from 1 - 10 p.m. and is now instead carrying the syndicated programming from ESPN Radio full time. Missing from the airwaves since they were last heard on Friday May 3rd have been the afternoon programs hosted locally by Damon 'The Dog' Perry, Eddie Mio and Art Regner, and the evening program hosted by Mark 'The Man' Wilson. Wilson had also held the role of program director -- it's not clear if he is even with the station any longer.
Nothing official has been released by Birach as to the status of its local programming block.