The Oakland Press - On The Radio, July 9 2004
News talk WJR-AM (760) will once again serve as the official radio station for Sparky Anderson's CATCH Charity for Children.
This year, the event celebrates the careers of local sports stars Gary Danielson, Bill Laimbeer, Lance Parrish and Mickey Redmond during its annual golf preview party on July 18 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn and its golf classic on July 19 at Meadowbrook Country Club.
Call (313) 876-9399 or visit www.catchcharity.org.
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Speaking of WJR, morning man Paul W. Smith hosted my favorite remote of the year earlier this week when he broadcast live from Traverse City's National Cherry Festival.
It's easily northern Michigan's most popular event, drawing 500,000-plus people during its eight-day run.
With its big signal, WJR and Smith do an outstanding job promoting Michigan tourism with several remotes each year from places such as Traverse City and Mackinac Island. That's worthwhile, too.
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Sean Baligian has signed on for two more years as late morning host on sports WDFN-AM (1130). His show, "It is What It is," airs 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
"WDFN is where I want to be and I'm very excited they want me to stick around," Baligian says.
He then went on to joke, "I'm hoping to reach way beyond my current 33 listeners. Maybe up to 40 or so. My parents said it could never be done, but stranger things have happened."
Program director Rona Danziger had good words about the deal, too: "Sean has been an incredible asset to WDFN and we're ecstatic that he'll be with us for years to come."
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And speaking of WDFN, it'll be celebrating its 10th anniversary tonight with a party at Snookers in Utica on M-59 between M-53 and Schoenherr.
The Fan promises the event will be its biggest and best ever, with local bands and comedians, contests and the opportunity to relive some of the station's greatest moments. Attendees will even score a mystery gift just for showing up.
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National Public Radio has announced a major expansion of its news operation, investing $15 million over the next three years to add reporters, editors, producers, and managers, expand the popular "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" shows, and to open new domestic and international bureaus.
The expansion plan through 2007 will be funded in part by interest from approximately $225 million in bequests NPR received from the late philanthropist Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. (Wonder how many Big Macs it'd take 'em to bring back Bob Edwards as a morning anchor?)
Anyway, the expansion also seeks to partner with member stations for more in-depth local news, a critically important need for millions of Americans increasingly ignored by many other broadcasters.
The growth plan for NPR News is contrary to the overall trend of media organizations eliminating resources in order to increase corporate profits. Locally, WDET-FM (101.9) and WUOM-FM (91.7) carry NPR's news shows.
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Meanwhile, WDET continues to be recognized as one of the best public radio outlets in the country.
Radio and Records magazine nominated the station for three awards for its adult album alternative programming and the station also claimed five awards from the Society of Professional Journalists of metro Detroit.
The SPJ awards recognize excellence in local journalism, and WDET took home top honors in four out of the five categories in radio news.
"It is a real honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for your work," says news director Joan Silvi, who also is local host of the afternoon drivetime news show "All Things Considered."
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Set Your Dial: The Glenn Miller Orchestra could play more than just dance music as host Tom Wilson shows, at 3 p.m. Sunday on WRCJ-FM (90.9)...
Mike Austerman is the publisher of Michiguide.com.