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Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Phlash Phelps, one of radio's most creative personalities - who kept getting fired for his on-air antics and burned through 17 jobs before landing at XM on August 21, 2000 - is celebrating 14 years at the sat-caster.

Former Governor Dirk Kempthrone of Idaho, who was also once Mayor of Boise and Secretary of the Interior during the Bush 43 years, is a big fan of the morning host on Sirius XM's Sixties on 6 channel. To honor Phelps, he is having an American flag flown over the Capitol dome to mark the event. The flag will then be presented to Phelps as a special keepsake!

VuoloPhelps was hired even before the official launch of XM on September 21, 2001 by Dave Logan and Lee Abrams who were searching for a wacky DJ (like they were in the 60's) for mornings. The original sign-on date was planned for September 12, 2001, but because of the tragic events of September 11th was delayed by ten days. I had video (imagine that) of Phlash at WKMZ in Martinsburg, WV and from B-106 in Fort Wayne, IN. When Logan and Abrams viewed it, they exclaimed "Oh my God!", not knowing anyone like that still existed. He was hired on the spot.

It's nice to know that entertainment is still a viable commodity on the radio, even if you sometimes have to pay for it.


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Fine Tuning:

  • Jay Towers has been named as weekday morning (6 - 9 am) anchor at WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit, moving from a similar role at FOX 2 on weekends. Towers states on Facebook he will be continuing his role as morning host on Clear Channel/Detroit's Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 at the same time (5:30 - 10 am), but from the FOX 2 studios.

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit yesterday issued a release on the launch of 'Nash Icon' on WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2. Here it is in its entirety:

    Cumulus announces that WDRQ 93-1 FM HD-2 has launched this afternoon as the all-new NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2. NASH ICON is a new distribution platform for Country music's most iconic artists, driven by Country music fans' desire for more exposure to their all-time favorite artists. The NASH ICON format features artists from Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney. NASH ICON format features local on-air personalities and provides advertisers the opportunity to engage with the passionate Country fan base across a multi-media platform that spans radio, television digital, magazine and live events. To listen to NASH ICON programming, visit

    NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2 is one of the first 15 Cumulus stations in the U.S. to offer this brand new format to radio listeners and Country music lovers. NASH ICON is an important complement to the more contemporary artists that are heard on NASH, its sister brand.

    Robby Bridges, Program Director, said: "We are thrilled to bring the Motor City Detrot's Hottest Country Hits on NASH FM 93-1 and now Country's most iconic stars on NASH ICON 93-1 HD 2."

    NASH ICON's national headquarters is at Cumulus' state-of-the-art NASH Campus in Nashville, the nation's only multi-media facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle. Featuring three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space, leading Country stars such as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow are among the early visitors.

    The NASH ICON record label and live events venture was announced by Cumulus and its strategic partner in the venture, Big Machine Label Group, in May. NASH ICON, a strategic partnership between the two entertainment and media leaders, was created to expand the growing NASH platform by showcasing Nashville's most iconic talent from the last 25 years.

    Cumulus created the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in 2013 starting with flagship radio station NASH FM 94.7 in New York City, which has rapidly become one of the most-listened-to Country stations in the nation.




Mid-West Family bringing sports talk to Michigan's Southwestern corner

Big changes are coming to the AM radio dial in the St. Joseph / Benton Harbor area starting August 25th WSJM AM 1400 commits to super-serve area sports fans, becoming Sports Radio 1400 WSJM. With the flip, all of WSJM's regular News-Talk programs, currently heard on both AM and on WSJM-FM 94.9, will be available only on the FM.

Operations Manager Jim Gifford and Sports Director Phil McDonald will oversee Sports Radio 1400 WSJM with McDonald guiding the programming effort. McDonald began his career with WSJM in 1985 and has served as an air personality on WSJM, WIRX, WCSY, and 98.3 The Coast, as well as serving as Sports Director.

Along with a strong emphasis on teams of local interest from the high school, college, and professional ranks, Sports Radio 1400 WSJM is teaming up with some of the biggest names in sports media: Fox Sports, Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, and others to provide 24 hours of Sports Talk. And of course AM 1400 will remain the home of the Detroit Tigers, The Detroit Lions and The University Of Michigan here in Southwest Michigan.

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM will not only serve as the on-air destination for area sports fans, it will also be the on-line destination for extensive coverage of area teams and athletes at

The Sports Radio 1400 WSJM Daily lineup as of August 25th: 6-9am- FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North; 9am-Noon- The Dan Patrick Show; Noon-3pm- Jay Mohr; 3-6pm: The Huge Show with Bill Simonson; 6-7pm: Big Ten Live; 7-10pm: JT The Brick; 10pm-Midnight: The Jason Smith Show.

Throughout the day, McDonald will present local features that include High School Sports Report, Michigan College and Southwest Michigan Pro Sports Reports, Sports Profiles and more.

WSJM AM 1400 went on the air in 1956 and was acquired by Mid-West Family Broadcasting in 1958.



Fine Tuning:

  • Hired: Husband and wife team Pat and Jenny (AJ) Clark as the new morning show hosts at Townsquare Media/Flint Adult Contemporary WCRZ-FM 107.9. The pair was last on the air in the Wausau - Stevens Point, Wisconsin market and started their new show on Cars 108 yesterday.




Fine Tuning:

  • Launched: 'Nash Icon', a Classic Country based format by Cumulus Media in the Grand Rapids and Detroit markets in Michigan. WLAW-FM 92.5 is the home of the format in West Michigan, replacing Outlaw Country. In Detroit, the format appears on the digital subchannel of WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2, displacing the Top 40 sound of the old WDRQ.

  • Farewell and goodbye: Chuck Gaidica called it a career as a weathercaster for NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit yesterday; he'll still be seen on WDIV during special events such as the Thanksgiving Day parade and July 4th fireworks., the station's web site, has a special section recapping his career and highlighting good wishes from co-workers, politicians, and others: Good Luck Chuck.



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