The Oakland Press - On The Radio, October 15 2004
By Mike Austerman
They're baaaack: Legendary Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler and U-M football analyst Jim Brandstatter have returned to the airwaves of news-talk WJR-AM (760) for another season of the "Brandy & Bo Show."
The hourlong college football discussion show airs 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 15 and 22.
Imagine taping your favorite radio talk show while you're working, then listening to it when you get back home. If you love technology as much as I do, Griffin Technology's new radioSHARK is probably going to be on your holiday wish list, too.
The device adds an AM/FM radio to your PC and can record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. It also can be programmed to record a scheduled show, or to "pause" live radio so you can return right where you left off moments or even hours before (think of it as TiVO for radio).
Recordings can be played back with the radioSHARK software or sent straight to a play list on Apple's iTunes music software. From there, recordings can be easily transferred to an iPod.
Reviewers do note two drawbacks: AM reception is subject to interference because of the close proximity of the radioSHARK to your computer (having a window nearby is a good idea). Also, setting up a recording is a manual process; unlike TiVO, there is no online programming guide to help.
The device will begin shipping soon and will retail for about $70; while that's a lot of money for a stocking stuffer, maybe Santa will be good to his favorite radio writers (and listeners) this year. Visit www. griffintechnology.com for more info.
Speaking of Christmas, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) is already getting set for the holiday season.
A quick visit to www.wnic. com reveals that the station will once again be flipping to an all-holiday music sound, likely sometime around Thanksgiving.
The station's Web site has already been redone for Christmas. I wonder if programmer Darren Davis has his tree up already, too?
All together now: "Dashing through the snow ..."
Public radio WUOM-FM (91.7) begins its fall fund-raising campaign this afternoon to drum up financial support for its talk and news programs.
Michigan Radio's three stations in Ann Arbor, Flint, and Grand Rapids are boasting an overall 2.5 percent increase in listeners from the same time last year, numbers the station hopes will translate into more financial support.
And the station is especially happy with its audience growth in southeast Michigan, where the numbers were up nearly 7.5 percent. Visit www.michigan radio.org.
Not to be outdone, Wayne State's public radio WDET-FM (101.9), also started its pledge drive today with special giveaways in exchange for pledges.
More than 90 percent of WDET's operating budget comes from the private sector; visit www.wdetfm.org to learn more.
Moving on up: WJR sales director John Gallagher has been promoted to general manager for a pair of Chicago stations, talk powerhouse WLS-AM (890) and Radio Disney WRDZ-AM (1300). Gallagher has been with WJR since 1987 and was promoted to general sales manager in 1995.
Mike Austerman is the founder of the Web site michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Daily Oakland Press for three years.