The Oakland Press - On The Radio, November 26 2004
By: Mike Austerman
When you warm up that turkey sandwich this weekend, don't forget to give thanks to our area broadcasters and the work they do to support our community.
The amount of help local radio gives to metro Detroit charitable organizations cannot be underestimated and certainly deserves a big "thanks" from all of us.
So when you plan your holiday schedule this year, make time to help your favorite station and organizations in their drives to help others.
Pop WDVD-FM (96.3) is helping to brighten the holidays by hosting broadcasts for area children to create holiday cards for kids who are sick.
The most creative young artist at each location will receive a Toys "R" Us gift card and have his or her card printed and sold at next year's events to raise money for Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Each broadcast will be hosted by WDVD's morning show team of Blaine and Lisa and feature surprise giveaways and special guests. Bring the kids to the Detroit Science Center on Dec. 4; Macomb Mall in Roseville on Dec. 11; or Oakland Mall in Troy on Dec. 18. Each event runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) and Buffalo Wild Wings have partnered together to help Gleaners Community Food Bank of metro Detroit stock food banks throughout the region.
The 'RIF will be doing a series of live broadcasts from area Buffalo Wild Wings locations, where listeners are encouraged to drop off donations in the form of canned or nonperishable food or a monetary donation. Everyone who makes a donation will receive an entry slip to win a guitar autographed by Detroit's own Kid Rock.
Upcoming broadcasts are 3-7 p.m. Monday with Arthur Penhallow at Buffalo Wild Wings in Southgate; 3-7 p.m. Dec. 6 with Arthur P. at the one in Mount Clemens; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13 from the Westland location. Visit www.wrif.com for more details.
Gleaners and its member agencies create remarkable results - nearly 24 million meals last year for hungry people of southeastern Michigan alone.
Speaking of 'RIF's legendary afternoon jock, Arthur P. was recently across the big pond in London filming scenes for an upcoming Mike Binder film titled "Upside of Anger," starring Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. Costner's character plays a DJ who just happens to work at 'RIF. The movie should hit the big screens soon, bay-bah!
Smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) morning show host and jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic will be performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Marriott Renaissance Center's Ambassador Ballroom to help promote his new "Seldom Blues" CD.
"The whole project is a love letter to the city of Detroit," Zonjic says. "The CD is dedicated to the greatest music city in the world."
Tickets start at $25. Learn more on Page D-3.
Fine tuning: Broadcast rights for the NFL's nationally broadcast games will move from sports WDFN-AM (1130) to rival WXYT-AM (1270) starting next season, giving 'XYT exclusive coverage of Super Bowl XL from Detroit in January 2006. WXYT also has secured the rights for this spring's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.
Classic country WCXI-FM (1160) has been mourning the Nov. 5 death of manager and engineer Hank Hagy. Reader Mary Troff reports that his staff has been doing a fine job filling in while the station adjusts to the loss. Our condolences to Hagy's family and fans.
Eye on the Sky: Mel Karmazin has signed on as the new CEO of satellite radio broadcaster Sirius. That reunites Karmazin, the former head of Infinity Broadcasting's parent company Viacom, with his former employee Howard Stern, who's moving to Sirius by January 2006 - and gives Sirius a boost in its battle with rival satcaster XM.
Behind the mic: WDTW-FM (106.7) afternoon drive host Joe Thomas recently marked nine months with the rock station after moving here from the Windy City. He spent 15 successful years at various stations in Chicago and once claimed the Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year award. Since arriving, Thomas has helped lead WDTW to its best ratings since its switch to rock from country five years ago.
Mike Austerman is the founder of Michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Daily Oakland Press for three years.