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.