The Oakland Press - On The Radio, June 25 2004
The folks at Greater Media's local stations have to be pleased with their sweep of the top three spots in the latest monthly ratings among listeners in the highly coveted age 25-54 demographic.
Rocker WRIF-FM (101.1) was first, followed by classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) and then adult contemporary WMGC-FM (105.1). In the morning race, WRIF was once again first followed by WCSX and WMGC, which tied for second.
In the overall race among listeners age 12 and above, news-talk WJR-AM (760) was first, followed by urban WJLB-FM (97.9) and news WWJ-AM (950).
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Fans of Mark Scott have been asking why his show hasn't been airing in its normal 2-4 p.m. slot on talk WXDX-AM (1310).
Scott's undisclosed health problems have taken the politically oriented show, distributed by the Michigan Talk Radio Network, off the air for now - and off his Web site, www. markscottshow.us.
No word on when, or if, he'll return, but MTRN CEO and morning show co-host Dave Scott (no relation) has expressed his concern and best wishes to Mark and said that the door is still open for the show's return.
Prior to his radio return, Scott had been hosting his show on the Internet since being released from sports talk WXYT-AM in 2001.
Now, the WXDX and MTRN afternoon schedule features Tony Trupiano from 2-6 p.m. His show is unapologetically liberal and part of the Radio Free Michigan group led by former Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Joe Collins.
Trupiano is an engaging, opinionated host who is quickly gaining the attention of folks across the state - especially those associated with labor unions. In addition to his political battles, Trupiano also is fighting to lose weight and wants to help others do the same.
Check out www.thetonyshow.com for more info.
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Confusion seems to reign supreme these days at the Detroit Public Schools and their radio station, WDTR-FM (90.9).
After notifying its employees last week they would be laid off and programming would end June 30, the station will now get a reprieve through the summer months.
Right now, WDTR features a variety of music and talk programs aimed at Detroit residents during the week, while on weekends, the fare varies widely when the shows are provided by hosts from outside the school system.
What seems certain is that, with the budget problems faced by the DPS, the operation WDTR will soon be taken over by an outside organization with new programming.
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Country WYCD-FM (99.5) welcomes singer Josh Gracin home to Westland for a special CD release party for his self-titled debut CD noon Saturday at the Westland Kmart (Wayne and Cherry Hill roads).
Last year, Gracin, a U.S. Marine, entered the spotlight as a contestant on Fox TV's "American Idol" show by singing the Rascal Flatts song "I'm Movin' On." The performance was noticed by Flatts and resulted in a deal with the band's record company, Lyric Street.
Maybe Josh's success will finally push William Hung out of the spotlight.
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WMGC will broadcast live all day today to collect money and special items to benefit the 127th Wing Family Readiness & Support Services, an outreach center based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base that helps troops and their families while they are away on duty.
The schedule includes Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show (6-10 a.m., Laurel Park Place, Livonia); Mitzi Miles (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Flagstar Bank, Beverly Hills); and Jim Paolucci (3-7 p.m., Andiamo Italia, Warren). Visit detroitmagic.com for more details.
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Set your dials: The music of Cole Porter, the Gershwins and others will be performed by Linda Ronstadt and the Nelson Riddle string orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday on WDTR. Hosting are Tom Wilson and Heather Novak.
Mike Austerman is the publisher of the Internet site Michiguide.com.