August 2004 Archives

August 2004 News and Notes

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August 30:

* Clear Channel Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit will change its morning and afternoon drive lineup beginning next Tuesday. Afternoon host Chris Edmonds will move to mornings and become the new co-host of the station's 'Breakfast Club', joining Lisa Barry and Dave Lockhart. Edmonds has been with WNIC, primarily in the afternoon slot, since 1987.

Taking over afternoons will be 24-year market veteran Kevin O'Neill, who will shift from mornings at sister station AAA WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor.

“How could I pass up the opportunity to wake up at 4am???” joked Edmonds. “Seriously, I’m excited to join the Breakfast Club team and keep WNIC sounding “NICe” every morning.” Current Breakfast Club host Chuck Gaidica will reduce his role at WNIC in order to return to full-time weather duties at WDIV-TV, adding the nightly 11pm news back to his schedule. Gaidica will still appear each morning and throughout the day on WNIC providing weather information and fun interaction with WNIC personalities.

O’Neill will be joining afternoon co-host Tamie Lockhart. Before landing at WQKL earlier this year, his most recent Detroit gigs were with WDVD-FM 96.3, WYCD-FM 99.5, and WKQI-FM 95.5. “Working at WNIC is a treat not many people get to experience,” said O’Neill. “The station has such a stable, long-running on-air staff, I’m honored to come aboard at WNIC!”

* Paul Edwards, host of the conservative Christian afternoon talk program "On the Word" on Crawford Broadcasting WRDT-AM 560 Monroe/Detroit WRDT has resigned his position effective August 27. Edwards had been the sole local talk host on WRDT since February 2002.

* FCC Action: Granted WKUF-LP 94.3 Flint a modifcation to its construction permit (slight change to location and power from 93 to 100 watts)

August 28:

* Overnight “Cuddle Alerts” will soon be back at WDIV-TV 4 Detroit as weatherman Chuck Gaidica returns to the station's 11:00pm newscast. “I’ve been working nights my whole career of 25 years,” said WDIV director of meteorology Chuck Gaidica. “I can’t wait to get back on the air at 11 p.m. with Carmen, Devin and Bernie.”

At the same time, Kim Adams, Local 4 meteorologist since December 2002, will be leaving the station. Kim’s husband, Lt. Jeffrey Daudert, is an active-duty Surface Warfare Officer for the United States Navy and has received official government orders to return to a post as a Department Head on a U.S. Naval ship in support of the War in Iraq and the War on Terrorism. Kim and her two children, Ava and Aaron, will be stationed at the United States Naval Base in Pascagoula, Mississippi. "Although I'm very sad to be leaving WDIV, my family comes first,” said Kim. “Being a good mother and Navy wife are my two most important jobs. Right now this country needs my husband and my children need me."

“Kim has been an outstanding member of the Local 4 family,” said WDIV vice president and general manager Joe Berwanger. “She has been a special part of our team with her weathercasts and Club Mom reports. Her decision is a demonstration of commitment to her husband and his commendable service to our country. We are really going to miss her.” Vice president and news director Neil Goldstein noted “Chuck … back at 11:00. Perfect. What more can I say.” “Kim has been a delight to work with,” added Gaidica. “I have the utmost respect for her decision and I wish her well.”

The on-air transition will take place over the next few months as Kim and her family begin the move to a new state.

August 27:

* Clear Channel Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor morning show host Brian 'Bubba' Cowan has been named as the station's assistant program director. Morning show co-host Claire Wiley adds the role promotions/marketing director for Clear Channel's 4 station cluster in Ann Arbor. Out of the midday slot at W4 Country is Andie Lynn, her replacement is Sheryl Fender- All Access

August 26:

* Sold: WION-AM 1430 Ionia by Agricultural Resource Group to Packer Radio WION LLC, headed by manager James C. Angus for $127,000. Agricultural had previously reached an agreement to sell the station to Greenville-based Stafford Communications Group in August 2003 for $100,000 but the deal was never closed. Stafford, which owns the Greenville-based Daily News newspaper and radio stations WSCG-FM 106.3 and WSCG AM 1380, had to petition the FCC for an additional waiver to the rule prohibiting the ownership of both a newspaper and radio station in a small market. Stafford received such a waiver when it obtained WSCG-FM/AM in 2000. In addition to the issues with the FCC in obtaining approval for the deal, Stafford owner John Stafford passed away earlier this month at the age of 66.

WION has been off the air since September 2003. The station's sale to Packer Radio is pending FCC approval, which will likely take several months.

* The price tag on the previously announced sale of Houghton-area stations WOLV-FM 97.7, WHKB-FM 102.3, and WCCY-AM 1400 from Tu-Mar Broadcasting to Heartland Communications Group is $1,627,000. That deal also awaits FCC approval before it closes.

* FCC Action: Granted WUFL-AM 1030 Sterling Heights a construction permit to change from a two-tower array to a three-tower array with a corresponsing change to its signal pattern.

August 25:

* Call sign action: LPTV station W22CC Pinconning became WKNX-LP on August 9

August 24:

* Clinton County has a new radio station. But this one is a little different than the usual radio station- Clinton County Radio is a local radio station delivered via the Internet rather than over the airwaves. Anyone with a computer and dial-up Internet access or better can listen to the station by logging onto www.clintoncountyradio.com. The station, which will offer a non-commercial full service format, will serve the communities of Clinton County including Bath, DeWitt, Fowler, Ovid, St. Johns, and Westphalia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week while focusing on promoting community events and covering high school sports.

Longtime Lansing area radio announcer and St. Johns resident Dan Drolett keeps area listeners informed about their community while spinning the best tunes from the 60’s, 70’s,& 80’s. Drolett, a full time television station engineer, with over 20 years of radio experience at stations such as WITL, Kix 94, and WILS, is enjoying his new assignment. Thanks to advances in computer aided audio production, the husband and father of two is able to produce his show from a small studio in his home leaving him more time to spend with his wife Michelle and their children Hannah and Austin.

Former Michigan Farm Radio Network intern Matt Kapp also joins the Clinton County Radio air staff and will help keep sports fans informed about local high school events. Imaging for the new Internet station will be provided by Tony Clark Production Services of Rosebush.

For more information, contact Steve Evans at (517) 402-4479.

August 23:

* Michigan Talk Radio Network announced today that seventeen year radio broadcasting veteran Ron Pritchard will take over as the Network’s afternoon news anchor and become a key member of the production staff. He will be adding his production talents to programming heard on Michigan Talk Radio Network affiliate stations throughout Michigan. Pritchard’s depth of on-air and technical broadcast experience adds support for MTRN’s expanding program offerings. Ron is looking forward to the challenges of his new position. He said, “I am very excited to be getting back into news-talk and to have the opportunity to be heard on MTRN’s statewide network of affiliates.”

Like most MTRN personalities and staff, Pritchard is a Michigan native. He is well known in Northern Michigan where he spent the last ten years on the air and eight years as program director of WKHQ-FM 105.9, Northern Michigan’s heritage Top 40 radio station. Pritchard has over seventeen years of radio broadcast experience. He began as an intern at WDEY in Lapeer, Michigan in 1987, while still in high school. In 1989, he graduated from Davison High School and received a degree from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. He then worked in radio programming for ten years in the Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia., and Traverse City, Michigan markets.

In 1993, Ron Pritchard won the Radio and Television News Director's Association Award for Excellence in News Reporting. The Michigan Talk Radio Network is a rapidly growing source of Michigan-focused talk radio programs available on almost thirty radio stations across the state. MTRN also provides radio production and satellite uplink services.

* Dropped: By MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting News-Talk stations WATT-AM 1240 Cadillac and WMKT-AM 1270 Charlevoix, the syndicated Don Imus morning show. WKMI-AM 1360 Kalamazoo now is the lone radio station in Michigan airing Imus' program.

August 20:

* The statewide network of Contemporary Christian Smile FM stations, in conjunction with Salvation Army, helped provide 179 backpacks full of school supplies to needy kids in the community. They'll be able to start the school year off on the right foot thanks to help from the generous listeners of Smile FM.

The station's Jenn Czelada has just left for a mission trip to Kolkata (Calcutta), India with Mission of Mercy. Thanks to listeners, she took 150 educational toys with her to give to the children of the schools she's visiting.

* FCC Action: Granted WXVA-FM 96.7 Rogers City a construction permit to change ERP from 26,000 watts @ 384 feet to 42,000 watts @ 531 feet.

August 19:

* Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning show hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison will welcome Dennis DeYoung, former singer and songwriter of the Classic Rock group STYX, to the studios for a live performance tomorrow morning from 8-9am. An “in studio” audience will be comprised of WCSX listeners who have won the opportunity to attend the special presentation. DeYoung will be announcing is upcoming Symphonic Rock Show: Dennis DeYoung the music of Styx and Alan Parsons LIVE Project, including music from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, with the Michigan Opera Orchestra, September 30th at the Detroit Opera House. The event will benefit Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV 56.

This month, Detroit Public TV offers a pair of preferred tickets to Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx with the Michigan Opera Orchestra and a Dennis DeYoung CD to viewers who call 1-800-859-WTVS (9887) and make a contribution of $175 or more to Detroit Public TV.

* Casey Cook, one half of the "Coffee Crew" Morning Show on Sovereign Communications Country WNBY-AM 1450 Newberry, has set a goal to raise $1,000.00 for Project Backpack, an organization that provides backpacks and school supplies for needy children in the Luce County area. Cook is looking to hit the mark and will literally go "over and above" to make it happen by jumping out of an airplane at an altitude of 10,500 feet on Friday, August 27th at 3pm, landing next to the Luce/West Mackinaw County Fairgrounds to kick off this years' fair and to raise donations for the cause. He will be assisted in the free-fall/parachuting feat by Wild Wind Skydivers of Saginaw, MI.

"Last year, I sat in a dunk tank at the fair and raised money for Project Backpack and this year, I wanted to contribute again in some little way and the opportunity came up to do this, so I committed to it for the kids", Cook said, who along with partner, Mike Stanley, are involved with projects such as this on a continuous basis in the community. Station general manager Travis Freeman stated, "Casey's one of those wild and crazy guys, and when it comes to kids, he will do anything it takes to get everyone involved to make a fundraiser, such as this, a success."

* FCC Action: Granted W294AI 106.7 Marquette (translator for Christian WPFF-FM) a construction permit to change its frequency to 106.1 and change ERP from 500 watts to 55 watts

August 18:

* Cindy Austin exits as promotion director at Citadel Country WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint- All Access

August 16:

* From the Daily Mining Gazette: Heartland Communications Group of Appleton, Wis. announced Thursday it has signed an agreement to purchase Houghton radio stations Classic Hits WOLV-FM 97.7, Country WHKB-FM 102.3, and Adult Standards WCCY-AM 1400 from current owners Tu-Mar Broadcasting Inc. The group has no plans to change the stations’ formats. "There won’t be a lot of changes to the listener,” said Heartland CEO Tom Bookey. “We like the format and the personnel,” he said.

Heartland plans to acquire small market, unrated radio properties throughout the upper Midwest. The group currently owns four stations in Ashland and is also in the process of acquiring the licenses of Oldies WIKB-FM 99.1 and WIKB-AM 1230 in Iron River. Tu-Mar president and news director Richard Tuisku, more commonly known as Dick Storm, said he had been looking to sell the stations for some time. “We have been courted by a number of suitors for the last six months,” he said. Heartland’s commitment to working with small market stations was particularly appealing to Tu-Mar. “Small market radio is different,” he said. “We wanted to sell to people who understood that we’re local, we’re involved in the community and we have an excellent sales program.”

Tuisku credited his partner and general manager, Justin Marzke, with creating the stations’ successful marketing plan. \ The timing of the sale is not ideal, however. Tu-Mar is in its last year of a 7-year license with the Federal Communications Commission. Acquiring a license while it is in renewal is a complicated business, Bookey said. Typically, the proposed contract is presented to the FCC and the public has 30 days after that to challenge it. It returns to the FCC, and is put on notice a second time, during which there has to be significant grounds for not granting the license transfer. The FCC continues to process it and a third public notice is issued. If there is still no challenge, the FCC issues a final order, and the sale is permitted, Bookey said. “The whole process will take about four months,” he said. “We hope to own the stations in October.”

* MacDonald Broadcasting Top 40 WHZZ-FM 101.7 Lansing has made an overhaul to its lineup which now includes:
Mornings- Jason Addams and Melissa Profitt
Middays- Lisa DeAngelo
Afternoons- Dave Adams
Nights- Hunter Quinlivan
Parttime/Swing- Rob Bennett and Louise Brock
Parttime/Swing- Kelley Jelinski

Dave Adams arrives from WYSS-FM 99.5 Sault Ste Marie and becomes assistant program director; Hunter Quinlivan arrives from Indiana. Jason Addams remains as the station's operations manager and program director. Out of the lineup are former midday host Dan Parks and overnighter Tim Howe- All Access

* Earlier this year, Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit morning show hosts Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison launched this year’s Stone Soup Project, the restoration and raffle of a classic 1970 Plymouth Road Runner to raise money for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. After countless hours of work by hundreds of volunteers from all over southeast Michigan, JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup Hemi will come to life tomorrow, August 17th, outside the studios of 94.7 WCSX.

The “birthday” celebration will begin at 7am with the arrival of the Stone Soup Hemi and many members of the volunteer team working on the restoration. During the 8am hour, JJ & Lynne will officially fire up the 610hp Hemi for the first time. To add to the festivities, local classic car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their custom rides. The 94.7 WCSX studios are located at One Radio Plaza in Royal Oak Township. Everyone is invited to follow the progress of JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup Project by tuning into The Classic Rock Morning Show on WCSX weekdays from 5am to 9am and by visiting the WCSX web site at www.wcsx.com.

* FCC Action: Granted W258AH 99.5 Kalamazoo its license to cover for changes (55 watts to 19 watts, location change)

August 13:

* Cara Capuano has joined Fox Sports Net as weekend anchor on the Detroit Sports Report. She makes her debut this Sunday, August 15 at 10:00pm. While primarily appearing on weekend shows, Capuano also will fill in occasionally on weekdays. Capuano joins FSN from ESPN where she appeared on ESPNews and SportsCenter. She replaces Kerry Sayers, who departed FSN for a position with Comcast Sports Net in Chicago.

* A change in plans for Damon Perry - he will not be joining Fox Sports Radio for its overnight slot as announced earlier in the week, instead opting to return to Detroit.

* The on-air staff of Greater Media Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit hosted a day of live broadcasts at Gordon Chevrolet last Friday in support of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and helped raise over $32,000 along with filling two and a half trucks with a variety of items in just 6 hours- All Access

* Federated Media Classic Rock WAOR-FM 95.3 Niles/South Bend, IN raised $42,266 over two days during the station's 7th Annual WAOR Riley Radiothon for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis- All Access

August 12:

* FCC Action: Granted Educational Media Foundation a construction permit for a new FM translator at 95.7 Webberville (W239AU)

August 11:

* Call sign swap: WWKM-FM 88.1 Goodland Twp. and WHYT-FM 89.1 Imlay City have swapped call signs as of August 9th; 88.1 is now WHYT and 89.1 is now WWKM. WHYT-FM 88.1 remains part of the Contemporary Christian 'Smile FM' network while WWKM-FM 89.1 now features seperate Classic Christian Radio programming.

* Where are they now / where are they going: Outgoing Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5 program director Mac Daniels will be returning to Austin to become operations manager for Clear Channel's cluster of stations in the Texas capital. Daniels arrived at WCYD from Austin about 2 1/2 years ago; Former Active Rock WKLQ-FM 94.5 Grand Rapids hosts Sean Kelly, Hunter Scott, and Cristi Cantle have reunited in Cleveland at Rock WMMS-FM 100.7 for mornings; Former Infinity Sports WXYT-AM 1270 midday host Damon 'The Dog' Perry has signed with Fox Sports Radio to host that network's 2-5am shift. The show will be heard in Detroit on another of Perry's former haunts, Clear Channel Sports WDFN-AM 1130.

* FCC Action: Granted Taylor University a construction permit for a new FM translator station at 97.7 Adrian (W249BT)

August 9:

* ABC/Disney Hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit will present its 6th Annual "Bark in the Park" on Saturday August 14th at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights from 11am-3pm. “Bark in the Park” is not your usual dog or pet show for pet owners. It’s for dogs too! “Bark in the Park” brings together dog lovers and dogs of all kinds for an afternoon of entertainment, information, and fun, all focused on “man’s best friend.” This festival style event invites the entire family to a day in the park, exciting events and festive food. “Bark in the Park” also raises much needed awareness and funds for animal charities… this year the benefiting charity will be Michigan Animal Rescue League which has been a part of Bark in the Park for the last several years. Events this year include Pet Tricks contests, Dog Look-a-Like Contest, Agility & Obedience Demonstrations, and more. The event itself is free, parking is $5.00 with $1.00 from each parking fee collected going to Michigan Animal Rescue League. For more, visit www.963wdvd.com.

* Big D Broadcasting Talk WAAM-AM 1600 Ann Arbor has added a web site at www.talkradio1600.com.

August 6:

* Congratulations to Dick Purtan, morning show host at Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit, on his pending induction into the Radio Hall of Fame. Purtan joins veteran public radio anchorman Bob Edwards, legendary Chicago disc jockey Larry Lujack, broadcasting executive L. Lowry Mays of Clear Channel Communications, and the late Walter Winchell in the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2004. The induction ceremony will be Saturday, November 6th at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel.

* Jim Biggins jumps back into the radio wars and will join NextMedia Country WCEN-FM 94.5 Hemlock/Saginaw as morning show cohost joining Jodi K starting Monday. Biggins last full time Country gig was doing mornings at WFBE-FM 95.1 Flint.

* Mac Daniels will exit as program director at Infinity Country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit at the end of the month. Assistant program director / music director Ron Chatman will take over the PD role on interim basis.

* Kevin Redding of Federated Media Classic Rock WAOR-FM 95.3 Niles/South Bend exits as program director / morning show host- All Access

* Call sign action: WKNX AM 1250 Bay City became WNEM on August 2

* FCC Action: Granted a construction permit for an FM translator to Family Stations for 98.9 Plainwell (W255BC); Granted W266AE 101.1 Coldwater a construction permit for changes (ERP from 64 watts to 27 watts and a slight location change)

August 5:

* Rick Hunter will be returning to Infinity Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit after a 9-month hiatus as a weekend host and for fill-in swing duties. Hunter's first day back on the air is this Saturday 2-7pm.

* New program director at Cumulus Adult Urban WDZZ-FM 92.7 Flint is Trey Michaels, effective August 11th. Michaels will also host afternoons for WDZZ- Radio and Records

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to Educational Media Foundation for 95.3 Mason (W237BY), 100.3 Diamondale (W262BD), and 106.9 Vernon (W295AT); Granted WEYI-TV 25 Saginaw its license to cover for changes (HAAT from 1319 feet to 1296 feet).

August 3:

* CHUM Ltd. Adult Standards CKWW-AM 580 Windsor/Detroit has signed on as the new radio voice for the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers for the 2004-05 season. All 68 regular season and subsequent playoff games will be aired on CKWW, starting with the season opener Sept 24 in Sarnia. Longtime Whalers' voice Pete Krupsky returns as the Plymouth's play-by-play man and will be joined by Sean Baligian. Ironically, CKWW was the Whaler's first radio partner when the team was formed in 1990-91 and was known as the Detroit CompuWare Ambassadors.

* Kirsten Buys has become the new director of affiliate relations for the Michigan Radio Network and the Michigan Farm Radio Network. Kirsten is orignally from Ionia and is an MSU graduate. She will also be responsible for affiliate relations of the Illinois Radio Network and travel both Illinois and Michigan extensively. She will be involved in the radio satellite distibution of MSU Men's football and basketball, plus the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions, and Detroit Pistons.

The Michigan and Illinois Radio Networks are statewide radio networks delivering state newscasts and sportscasts from Lansing, Chicago, and Springfield, IL. The Michigan Farm Radio Network is Michigan's only farm radio network, along with radio sports distribution. These networks provide product to over 150 radio stations throughout Illinois and Michigan; all three are divisions of Saga Communciations.

* The construction permit for WWZP-FM 90.9 Freeland has changed hands once again, this time moving from the American Family Association / Great Lakes Community Broadcasting to Edgewater Broadcasting, a division of Radio Assist Ministry Inc, for $1. Edgewater at closing shall give AFA credit toward the purchase of FM translators, CPs or stations licensed to Edgewater in the amount of $80,000 and shall give AFA's Great Lakes Community Broadcasting credit toward the purchase of FM translators, CPs or stations licensed to Edgewater in the amount of $10,000.

The initial construction permit for WWZP was issued to AFA in September 2001; AFA then sold the CP to Great Lakes Community Broadcasting in March 2004 for $40,000. The FCC approved that sale in April, however the construction permit has remained under the name of AFA.

Edgewater Broadcasting and Radio Assist Ministry have received construction permits for more than 50 FM translators in Michigan this year.

* FCC Actions: Granted construction permits for new FM translators to Educational Media Foundation for 100.1 Morrice (W261AV) and 102.1 Lennon (W271AX).

August 2:

* Meredith has changed the format of WKNX-AM 1250 Bay City from Talk/Oldies to News as of this morning. The station will take on the WNEM call sign to match sister station WNEM-TV 5 and feature simulcasts of the TV station's newscasts. Regular programming on WNEM-AM will feature a 20 minute news "wheel" with specific times set for features such as traffic, weather, and sports updates. WNEM-AM will maintain some of the same weekend religious programming that was carried by WKNX.

* Michigan Talk Radio Network announced today that conservative talk radio personality Joe Pagliarulo will take over as the host of the Network’s afternoon show from 2 to 4 p.m. starting today. The program airs in Detroit on WXDX-AM 1310 and on Michigan Talk Radio Network affiliate stations throughout Michigan.

This self-proclaimed Independent with strong right leanings is a talented and experienced talk radio host, having appeared on WABC in New York City, WHAM in Rochester, WGY in Albany, and WSGW in Saginaw. He also has an extensive background as a television journalist, working in Albany, New York, and on WLAJ-TV in Lansing, WEYI-TV in Flint/Saginaw, and WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids.

During his years in Michigan, Pagliarulo covered Michigan politics extensively, interviewing everybody from John Engler and Jennifer Granholm to Jeffrey Fieger and Ted Nugent. Joe was honored with multiple Michigan Associated Press awards for journalism and was given a special honor by the United States House of Representatives and Rep. Mike Rogers for peace and understanding in the coverage following the 9/11 attacks. While Pagliarulo’s show is decidedly conservative, his strong opinions will surprise listeners every day. He invites people of all political persuasions to listen to his new show on the Michigan Talk Radio Network and call in, even if they disagree with him. However he warns dissenting callers, “You'd better have your argument straight -- because I'll be ready to take you on.”

* FCC Actions: Granted Educational Media Foundation a construction permit for an FM translator in Warren on 96.7 (W244BT); Granted WNBY-FM 93.7 Newberry a construction permit to change frequency to 93.9, increase power from 6,000 watts @ 262 feet (Class A) to 50,000 watts @ 463 feet (Class C2), and move its transmitter/tower location into Chippewa County.

 

The Oakland Press - On The Radio, August 27 2004

 
The big radio news this week? Urban soft hits WMXD-FM (92.3) came in No. 1 in the monthly audience ratings - a first for any format at that frequency.

Rounding out the Top Five are personality/talk WJR-AM (760), urban contemporary WJLB-FM (97.9), all-news WWJ-AM (950) and rockin' WRIF-FM (101.1).

Let's see what happens in the full three-month summer ratings, due out in mid-October.

And speaking of news, it's 11 o'clock - do you know where your news is?

I do. It was on the radio.

Monday night, I flipped on the TV to watch the 11 o'clock news, but whoa Š there was no news. Not on Fox 2 (it was at 10 p.m.), not on Local 4 (it had the Olympics), not on UPN-50 (it ran repackaged Channel 7 news at 10 p.m.) and not on Channel 7 (because "Monday Night Football" was still running) or CBS-Channel 62 (it has no news department).

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 did get its news on the air about 10 minutes because of the game, but at 11 p.m. that night, news-talk WJR-AM (760) and all-news WWJ-AM (950) were the only places to get local and national news.

And if you think radio has a lot of commercials, put a stop-watch to your favorite television newscast. You'll come running back to radio with sincere appreciation for the "wireless."

The Woodward Dream Cruise is over for another year, and 1.6 million people have fond memories of a great time.

At the "official station" of the cruise, oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), new program director Steve Allan told me he had never seen anything like it before.

And 'OMC broadcast from five spots along Woodward.

With the '04 cruise now a memory, Steve Schram, WOMC's V.P. and general manager, can direct his attention to landing a program director for his other station, country WYCD-FM (99.5).

Among the many candidates are a Detroit native who was a popular personality at both WYCD and the old W4 Country station (who asked us not to mention his name) and long-time Detroit radio veteran Barry Mardit.

Mardit was the PD who made the original W4 a huge success, and then did the same for the "new" WWWW-FM (102.9) in Ann Arbor; he's available.

WYCD's former PD, Mac Daniels, jumped back to Austin, Texas, and a job with media giant Clear Channel.

Speaking of Clear Channel, the company, as I indicated a couple of weeks ago, has suddenly discovered liberals.

In Portland, Oregon, the left-leaning KPOJ-AM has become a huge success, offering listeners and advertisers a counter-balance to Clear Channel's right-leaning KEX-AM.

The same thing happened in Miami, and this past week in San Diego where the adult standards KPOP changed its call letters to KLSD. That stands for "Liberal San Diego" but sounds like something that could give you a bad flashback.

And in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor, CC tossed a familiar set of call-letters, oldies WHNE-AM (1290), to make room for the new progressive network, Air America with Al Franken and his team.

The little 500-watt station, which had been "Honey Radio," is now WLBY - could that stand for the LiBeral You?

If you pine for the good old days of local Top 40 radio and have a computer, check out "Super Max" Kinkel as he re-creates CKLW-AM (800), "The Big 8," on the Internet, 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 5.

Check it out at www.maxtalk radio.com and link to the site. Mark your calendar now and hear how good the Max Man, a former CK jock, still sounds.

For readers who subscribe to XM satellite radio, Channel 6 is saluting a different great radio station of the 1960s from 4-8 p.m. each Friday.

It began with Cleveland's WKYC and Chicago's WCFL, and today, it's the "Home of the Good Guys," WMCA in New York.

You can be sure that Detroit's WKNR "Keener 13" and CKLW will be on the schedule soon.

Sixties PD Pat Clarke says "the response to these station tributes has been incredible."

By the way, the host of the show, Terry "Motor Mouth" Young, once worked at Detroit's WDFX-FM (99.5), "The Fox."

Next weekend brings the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon with Jerry Lewis. But a worthwhile organization not affiliated with MDA is the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation.

It helps MD families, too, but gets no MDA money, so if you want to send a donation, mail it to: MDFF, 2330 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Set Your Dial: Host Tom Wilson airs Cole Porter music played Dixieland style by trombonist Pee Wee Hunt at 3 p.m. Sunday on WRCJ-FM (90.9) ...


Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.

 

The Oakland Press - On The Radio, August 20 2004

 
Tis the third weekend of August, and all down Woodward Ave., the cruisers are upon us, which radio station will you have (on)?

Well, the folks at oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) hope it'll be them as they broadcast live from Birmingham, Royal Oak and Ferndale throughout much of today and Saturday.

In addition, they'll play their "Top 104 Cruisin' Songs of All Time," as chosen by listeners, during Saturday's official Woodward Dream Cruise. Check www.womc.com for more details.

WOMC may be the official radio station of the Dream Cruise, but that doesn't prevent other stations from carrying on with activities they want to promote surrounding one of the biggest events of the summer.

Classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) will once again have a large presence at the big cruise, hosting parties, live concerts, and live broadcasts in both Birmingham and Royal Oak.

Also on hand will be the station's Stone Soup car for this year, a restored Hemi-powered 1970 Plymouth Road Runner. Morning hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison hope you'll buy a ticket to win the car, as the raffle raises money for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Check out www.wcsx.com to learn more.

Over on the AM band, news-talk WJR-AM (760) will be at the Michigan State Fair on Saturday to "Celebrate the Automobile" with a full day of special programs and events live from the fairgrounds.

And all-news WWJ-AM (950) will at Jax Car Wash on Woodward and 13 Mile Road noon-6 p.m. Saturday with prizes, giveaways and lots of fun. Of course, they'll provide the necessary traffic updates every 10 minutes "on the eights" for those trying to avoid the gridlock.

Some of the other stations visible along the cruise route include soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1), live from the Avenue Family Restaurant north of 13 Mile from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; talk WKRK-FM (97.1), broadcasting from Pasquale's north of 13 Mile today and Saturday afternoon; and Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5), once again working the street and sidewalks, passing out the usual assortment of swag bearing the station logo.

Then there's Lee Alan, who many of the original cruisers listened to in the early 1960s.

With a Detroit broadcasting career that spans more than 50 years, Alan has just released an autobiography that gives a sweeping perspective of stories of the birth of the Motown music explosion, the rise of rock radio and untold tales of today's music and pop culture legends.

As the grand marshal of the dream cruise, he'll be signing first editions Saturday outside Allied Printing, 22438 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

To buy one, visit www.detroitradio legends.com or call (305) 849-9550.

As the Dream Cruise has evolved in 10 years into the region's most hyped automotive event, it seems to have equaled excitement of the North American International Auto Show.

Besides showing what the common man-on-the-street can do to his car or truck, it gets the nod for having warmer weather than the January auto expo.

Nice that radio is a big part of both.

Not to be outdone by all the car craziness on Woodward this weekend, rock WDTW-FM (106.7) offers a high-speed alternative - coverage of this weekend's NASCAR activities at Michigan International Speedway.

The station will broadcast live all weekend from the MIS campground and will carry the Nextel Cup 400 race live 2 p.m. Sunday.

Two other FM stations in Michigan - in Grand Rapids and Tawas City - carry car racing, and both claim it's a big hit with listeners.

Gentlemen, start your microphones ...

Set your Dials: Bill Vlasak pumps out 1930s and '40s hits on the Wurlitzer organ at 3 p.m. Sunday on WRCJ-FM (90.9).


Mike Austerman is the publisher of Michiguide.com.

 

The Oakland Press - On The Radio, August 13 2004

 
As reported in Sunday's Daily Oakland Press, Dick Purtan of oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) finally will be inducted this fall into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Being chosen for the hall, located at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications, is a big deal. WOMC's mustachioed morning man will join such other Detroit radio legends as former Tigers' broadcaster Ernie Harwell and the late J.P. McCarthy of personality talk WJR-AM (760).

The Nov. 6 ceremony will be broadcast nationally. We'll keep you posted if any local station picks up the program.

Joining Purtan this year will be veteran public radio host Bob Edwards, legendary Chicago air ace Larry Lujack and the man who started celebrity journalism, the late Walter Winchell.

Speaking of WJR, Murray Gula, the host of the weekend "Home Improvement" show, had quite a week as ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" ripped apart a house in Oak Park recently.

Show host Ty Pennington and his hard-working crew used Gula's new office on 11 Mile Road as their interview facility during the renovation.

The owners returned Thursday morning and were stunned by the amazing job the crew did renovating their house. Murray now considers the TV cast as good buddies and will surely tell stories about it noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Your traveling radio reporter is just back from another radio convention, the Morning Show Boot Camp, a seminar for morning DJs throughout the country.

Interestingly, the only local personality that made the trek out to Los Angeles for the confab was Mojo and his producer Chad Mitchell from the "Mojo in the Morning" show on hits WKQI-FM (95.5).

More local radio talent should attend these gatherings to help improve their programs.

An aside: Are you as tired as I am by the overabundance of political advertising and candidate bashing already?

By the time Nov. 2 rolls around, we'll be completely burned out by this over-the-air name-calling.

And while talk radio has truly been the savior of AM radio, the plethora of political propaganda and Right-eous hosts has helped turn this country into the Divided States of America.

As reported here last week, former longtime NPR "Morning Edition" host Bob Edwards is moving to a new public radio channel on XM Satellite Radio, where he'll anchor a news-feature morning show.

The move already has caused a spike in subscriptions to the pay-radio service - and Edwards doesn't start until Oct. 4.

Speaking of sat-casting, edgy New York-based FM talkers Opie and Anthony will return to the air - on satellite radio. Interestingly, they won't be heard on the Manhattan-based Sirius service but on Washington, D.C.-based XM instead.

The duo was kicked off their New York FM outlet two years ago for a stunt that went far over the line of good taste - airing a call from a heatedly amorous couple in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Now they'll be on a channel that allows them greater freedom, while charging subscribers an additional $1.99 a month. This new premium channel also could attract other racy radio hosts, such as Tampa's Bubba the Love Sponge.

Radio analysts will be watching this experiment closely. Just like Edwards, the dirty duo will start Oct. 4. That's 10-4, good buddy.

Next weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise will have a number of major stations broadcasting from along the route.

This year, for the 10th annual cruise, WOMC is once again the "official voice" for the Saturday event - and for the first time, Purtan will broadcast live from the scene. More news on this in next week's column.

Recently, broadcast publications ran a list of the most searched national radio hosts on the Internet.

The top five were Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Bob & Tom, Art Bell (who's no longer hosting) and Sean Hannity. Of course, Stern is heard locally on hot talk WKRK-FM (97.9) while Limbaugh and Hannity do their right turns on WJR.

Dropping off the list for Internet searches were former WXYT-AM (1270) host Don Imus and NPR's Click & Clack, the Tappet Brothers ("Car Talk" guys Tom and Ray Magliozzi), heard weekends on public radio WDET-FM (101.9) and WUOM-FM (91.7).

Set Your Dial: Trumpeter Ray Anthony and Frank Sinatra at 3 p.m. Sunday on WRCJ-FM (90.9 ... the best of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at 5 p.m. Sunday on WDET.

Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.

 

The Oakland Press - On The Radio, August 6 2004

 
For 25 years, Bob Edwards was the well-respected and award-winning host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program, heard locally on public radio WDET-FM (101.9) and WUOM-FM (91.7).

In fact, he was the original and only host of the show in that time.

But in May, NPR eased Edwards out in a decision that seemed to be as much about ageism as "seeking a new direction."

Turns out he wasn't as over-the-hill as NPR thought.

Starting Oct. 4, he'll again anchor his own morning show - on XM Satellite Radio.

"The Bob Edwards Show" will be the centerpiece of XM Public Radio, a new channel that debuts a month earlier, on Sept. 1. Clearly, XM President and CEO Hugh Panero believes Edwards will bring with him some of the 13 million listeners he had each week on NPR.

Panero described his new hire as "the pre-eminent voice of public radio for decades" and called Edwards "a warm cup of coffee that helps you start your day."

"We're thrilled to be serving up to our millions of subscribers his unique, intelligent style of journalism," the XM boss says.

For his part, Edwards described XM as "the most exciting thing happening in radio."

"I think (they're) reviving and reinventing radio. It's something entirely new, and at the same time, it brings radio back to its past glory," he says.

Programming on the new 24-hour XM channel will be provided by NPR competitors, Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media plus Southern California Public Radio and Boston's public radio, WBUR.

NPR programming is heard on XM's competitor, Sirius Satellite Radio.

Let the games begin.

Joe Pagliarulo took over the 2-4 p.m. shift on talk WXDX-AM (1310) this week. The self-proclaimed independent with strong right leanings is an experienced talk radio host, having appeared on New York City's WABC plus stations in Rochester, N.Y.; Albany, N.Y.; and Saginaw. He also has an extensive background as a TV journalist in Albany, Lansing, Flint and Kalamazoo.

During his years in Michigan, he covered state politics extensively, interviewing everybody from John Engler and Jennifer Granholm to Jeffrey Fieger and Ted Nugent.

While his show is decidedly conservative, he promises to surprise listeners every day.

He also invites listeners to call in - even if they disagree with him - with this warning: "You'd better have your argument straight - because I'll be ready to take you on."

Bob Allison's "Ask Your Neighbor," heard 9-11 a.m. weekdays on WNZK-AM (690), has added a new feature, "Nutrition on Call."

On it, Oakland Township resident Theresa Malysz discusses food, diet, and health issues for 30 minutes from 10:30-11 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

The segment is the only locally produced program on this subject on Detroit radio. The next one's set for Sept. 2.

Pop WDVD-FM (96.3) will add "Saturday Night at the '80s" starting Sept. 25. The show, hosted by Todd Pettengill and originating from ABC sister station WPLJ-FM New York, will feature hits from the decade that brought us President Reagan, "Flashdance," Men At Work and MTV.

Hard to believe that songs from the 1980s can now be called Oldies.

Set your dials: For thirty years, Tommy Tucker played dances at the old Walled Lake Casino and the big Detroit dance halls. He opened his programs with the tick tock of a clock and a voice shouting "It's Tommy Tucker Time." So tick, tock, it's Tommy Tucker Dance Time on this week's "Somewhere in Time" show, 3 p.m. Sunday on WRCJ-FM (90.9) ... Some stations have business reports. WPON-AM (1460) has a show about labor issues, called "Working Detroit" at 1 p.m. Mondays.

Mike Austerman publishes the Web site Michiguide.com.

 

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