The Oakland Press - On The Radio, February 11 2005
By: Art Vuolo
Monday is Valentine's Day, but those of us who love radio are marking the calendar for Sept. 24 when the third and final Detroit Radio Reunion will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi.
As this public event gets closer, we will have more information here, but organizers - including yours truly - are encouraged by the number of radio stars, past and present, talking about what promises to be one of the biggest such events in the history of the industry.
One reason the reunion is planned for this year is to recognize and share memories with Detroit's radio greats before they're gone. A great number of names have passed away since the last reunion in 1998.
That list is up to about 30, and this past week, we added another - classical music maven Karl Haas, who died Monday at 91.
He was one of the five Detroit personalities inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, the most recent being Dick Purtan of oldies WOMC-FM (104.3).
Haas' program, "Adventures in Good Music" was a staple on news-talk WJR-AM (760) in the 1960s before he moved on to Cleveland's WCLV. Learn more at www.wclv.com.
Last week, Mike Austerman told you about the 28-hour radiothon at the Oakland Mall hosted by Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison at classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7). The duo did well, raising an amazing $243,000 to benefit the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Speaking of that mall, Purtan will hold his Salvation Army Bed & Bread Radiothon there just two weeks from today, on Feb. 25.
At hits WKQI-FM (95.5), Mojo in the Morning has a new cast member as voice character Eric Harthen moves on, making room for newcomer Kyra Dillard from Columbus, Ohio.
Welcome to Motown, Kyra. We'll have to remind you what the two middle letters in Col-UM-bus are.
Public radio WDET-FM (101.9) is the latest station in Detroit to adopt the use of high-definition radio technology. This gives CD-quality sound for people with HD radios. For the rest of us with analog receivers, there will be no noticeable change.
Detroit's home of rock & roll WRIF-FM (101.1) keeps rockin'.
The Riff's evening jock, Meltdown, skated with the Motor City Mechanics hockey team last weekend, and now Riff's presenting great live music until the NHL puck drops - with a third concert on Feb. 24 with the group Disturbed at the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens.
Tickets sold out in 6 minutes, so the only way in is to win VIP tickets from the Riff.
Country WYCD-FM (99.5) must have felt that former morning whiz Dr. Don Carpenter passed his recent on-air audition with flying colors, since he's hosting this morning's big St. Jude Radiothon going on through today at the Oakland Mall. Pledge at (800) 832-9393 or at www.wycd.com - and stop by to see Dr. Don and offer him your support.
The radio rumor mill is buzzing that Denny McLain and Eli Zaret will resurface on the local airwaves for a two-man show. Wonder if McLain will only take calls from "cell" phones.
One of Detroit's most successful radio alumni is Casey Kasem, who also hopes to be at the radio reunion this fall.
A new book tracing the history of Kasem's "American Top 40" show, "American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (the 1970's) is available through www.author house.com, by calling (888) 280-7715 or at amazon.com.
Author Pete Battistini has produced a good read for any fan of popular music.
Best line this week: A Detroit caller on the new progressive talk WDTW-AM (1310) joking that the call letters stood for "We Don't Trust 'W.' "
Set your dials: "Somewhere in Time" host Tom Wilson invites you to enjoy the music of jazz band leader Muggsy Spanier at 6 p.m. Sunday on Christian WMUZ-FM (103.5).
Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.