Local voice of the Oldies gets place in hall of fame




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.







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