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.