NPR mainstay turns to XM, while WXDX gets a new voice for politics

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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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