The Oakland Press - On The Radio, February 4 2005
By: Mike Austerman
Classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) morning hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison will be looking for a little shut-eye later this morning after they put the wraps on the 14th annual WCSX Radiothon at 10 a.m.
The duo has been broadcasting live from Oakland Mall's center court since 6 a.m. Thursday, raising money and awareness for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Before this week, they'd raised more than $2.3 million for CLF with the annual event.
Also on the JJ and Lynne beat, this year's model for their Stone Soup Project car has been selected. It's a 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible. See how much work needs done by scoping the photos at www.wcsx.com.
And on the Oakland Mall beat, country WYCD-FM (99.5) will take its turn fund-raising there on Thursday and Friday with its sixth annual Country Cares For Kids Radiothon, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
WYCD also has teamed up with area businesses to collect pennies through Tuesday in an effort to collect one million of them before the radiothon. Drop your coppers at any metro Detroit Rio Wraps, Apostle's Tattooing in Taylor and Lou La Riche Chevrolet in Plymouth. Online donations also are being accepted at www.wycd.com.
This year, they hope to top last year's tally of $369,000 - so dig down deep in those couch cushions and drawers and help 'em out.
Detroit native Ed Gordon, whose media career spans 20 years at NBC, Black Entertainment TV and as a correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes," has launched a daily talk show on National Public Radio.
"News and Notes with Ed Gordon" focuses on news, trends and topical issues of interest and importance to the African-American community.
Unfortunately, the closest station carrying his program is Bay City's WUCX-FM (90.1), too far away for us here. Ah, but if you're computer savvy, NPR offers a daily Webcast of Gordon's show at www.npr.org.
Astute fans of Ann Arbor's public radio WUOM-FM (91.7) have noticed that Todd Mundt has left his role as morning host for the local breaks on NPR's Morning Edition after seven years.
He's still with the station, but is now the chief content officer for Michigan Pubic Media. Translating, that means he'll oversee programming for all of U-M's media outlets.
Bill Poorman is WUOM's new local morning host on an interim basis.
Rare oldies fans rejoice!
Nostalgia/oldies CKWW-AM (580) on Thursday debuted a new call-in request show featuring the music of the 1950s and '60s.
"Jukebox Classics," which used to be on oldies/talk WPON-AM (1460) as "Club 1460," will air 6-8 p.m. every Thursday with hosts "Howling Harry" and "Bel Air Bill" playing your requests from their library of more than 1,400 CDs.
The request line is (313) 298-6080 - and they await your oldies challenge.
You just can't keep some radio guys off the TV.
Nostalgia/oldies CKWW afternoon host Wayne Stevens hosts his 21st Easter Seals Telethon for southwestern Ontario from 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 9.
One of co-hosts is traffic chopper reporter Capt. Dennis Neubacher of Channel 7 and formerly personality/talk WJR-AM (760).
Set Your Dials: The Big Band bonanza, "Somewhere in Time," returns to the airwaves 6 p.m. Sunday on its new home, Christian WMUZ-FM (103.5). Tune in as host Tom Wilson and sidekick Alison Harris recall the million-sellers of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Mike Austerman is the founder of Michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Daily Oakland Press for three years.