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Reflections by Art Vuolo, Jr.

George L. Griggs, in concert with Scott MacKinnon and a few other broadcast enthusiasts, started an amazing web site originally called "Detroit Radio Flashbacks" and eventually became "Motor City Radio Flashbacks". The site is best known now and accessed by its initials, www.mcrfb.com. Sadly George, 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

George GriggsIn recent weeks Griggs had fighting lung cancer even though, in the over twenty years that I called George a close friend, I never saw him with a cigarette. People call me a radio archivist, but Motor City Radio Flashbacks represents many years of George's collection of audio clips and memorabilia he acquired from being an avid listener of Detroit-area stations, dating back the late 1950's. He was an amazing man and I will miss him terribly.

Sometimes known as "Butch" or "Georgie", he died peacefully in his Livonia home with his family by his side. He was born on April 23, 1949 in Detroit to Marv (nee Perrin) and George M. Griggs. George was a dedicated member of the United States Air Force before becoming a lab technician and scheduler for the Ford Motor Company, from which he recently retired. George is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Pat) of 39 years, son Scott (Teresa) and daughter Gina (Geoff) Novack, sisters Diane (Daniel) Giesin and Karen (Hilton) Ehrisman. He is also survived by brother-in-law Gary (Dawn) Pedinelli, his nieces Rebecca Kolbicz, Danielle Giesin, and nephews Alessandra and Antonio Pedinelli.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 30th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road (north side of the road just east of Newburgh) Livonia, MI. A Funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Will Funeral Home. Friends may visit on Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m.

Please visit the web site he founded at www.mcrfb.com for photos and audio memories. The Detroit Radio community has lost the true "Keeper of the Flame" to the Motor City's radio glory years. George may be gone, but his efforts and the signal will go on for years to come.

Rest in peace my friend.

 

 

 

Detroit News:

When Radio One yanked Detroit's longtime queen of political radio, Mildred Gaddis, out of her WCHB-AM 1200 morning slot into the afternoon shift in February, it seemed counter-intuitive, almost a demotion. Surely the governors, county executives and assorted politicos who appeared on Gaddis' show, and the feisty locals who called in to argue were more on their game in the morning?

Full story: Radio One Detroit adjusts to year of change (Wed, 10/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE/DETROIT Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9), Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5), and Gospel WPZR (PRAISE 102.7) will broadcast live TOMORROW (10/29) from the lobby of the FISHER BUILDING at 3011 WEST GRAND in the city. MASON & COCO IN THE MORNING, PM drive DR. DARRIUS and middayer RADIO MYLES will broadcast at various times while combined staffs will collect needed items to help the homeless and less fortunate in METRO DETROIT area shelters.

Full story: Radio One Detroit Trying To Keep Motown Warm (Tue, 10/28)

 


 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

KDKA's Kimberly Gill is moving on. Ms. Gill, who arrived in Pittsburgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland, anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7. She is headed to WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, to be a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Full story: KDKA anchorwoman Kimberly Gill headed to Detroit (Tue, 10/28)

 

 

 

Radio World:

A report of a ransomware demand on a small market radio broadcaster in Michigan has surfaced. The attack is similar to another one we reported on last week in Louisiana. Sanilac Broadcasting Co. in the state's Thumb area says three of its stations were attacked in early September. WMIC(AM), WTGV(FM) and WBGV(FM) suffered data server problems associated with the CryptoLocker virus, which encrypted their database of music files and resulted in dead air.

Full story: Ransomware Strikes Michigan Broadcaster (Mon, 10/27)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has named 17-year vet radio and public address announcer CHRIS NICHOLAS PD of the three-station cluster and morning host on AC WLXV (MIX 96.7). The other stations he will program include Sports Talk WKAD (93.7 THE TICKET) and News/Talk WATT-A.

Full story: MacDonald Garber/Traverse City, MI Names Chris Nicholas Mornings, WLXV PD (Mon, 10/27)

 


 

Detroit News:

Twenty-five years ago, carmakers decorated their auto exteriors with eye-catching wood trim. Today, the wood is on the inside, complementing flashy center consoles with seven-inch, digital touch screens. The car dashboard is being transformed and it's taking AM-FM radio with it. Just as it did newspapers and broadcast television, the Internet revolution is roiling the local broadcast landscape that has long held a monopoly on the car radio.

Full story: Internet car radio poses bigger threat for local AM-FM (Sun, 10/26)

 


 

Motor City Radio Flashbacks:

It is with much sorrow and with great regret we wish to inform our friends here, George Griggs, curator of Motor City Radio Flashbacks, passed away peacefully this morning, October 28, 2014. He was 65. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

Full story: In rememberance of George L. Griggs, 1949-2014 (Tue, 10/28)

 

 

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