The Oakland Press - On The Radio, March 4 2005
By: Mike Austerman
When GM North America President Gary Cowger threw his support behind the Stone Soup Project on classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), you knew the "Oh, wow!" factor had just gone up.
On Tuesday, Cowger joined WCSX's Jim Johnson (JJ) and Lynne Woodison on the air to talk about the project's 1965 Pontiac GTO, which is being restored to benefit the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Previous Stone Soup project cars were a '67 Mustang and a '70 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner.
Listeners - myself included - were stunned when Cowger offered, "That '65 is such a beautiful car that anyone in their right mind would not bring themselves to drive it in the wintertime. We've been kicking around, 'What if we just gave a 2005 Pontiac GTO Coupe, too?' So whoever the lucky winner is will have a summer and a winter car."
Responded JJ: "Here I am trying to shake you down for a $200 carburetor and we get a $35,000 automobile!"
So now, thanks to GM, a 2005 GTO Coupe will be given away along with the restored 1965 Stone Soup GTO - essentially doubling the prize and meaning that the holder of one lucky raffle ticket will win two cars. How cool is that?
Tickets are $25, with 100 percent of the ticket price going directly to CLF. The first chance to purchase tickets is today at Cobo Hall during Autorama; the winner will be announced Sept. 22 at the Renaissance Center. For more, visit wcsx.com on the Web.
He's baaaack! No, not Freddy Krueger, but Dr. Don Carpenter - as morning show host on country WYCD-FM (99.5), starting Monday.
Word is that Carpenter will be joined by Lori Rigatto and Bob Schuman, with Mike Scott moving back to the midday slot. Tom Baker also rejoined the station, working the overnight shift.
Ironically, Baker was the first replacement for Carpenter when the Doctor left WYCD in 2000. Tom then left WYCD to work in Ann Arbor at WWWW-FM (102.9) and later WQKL-FM (107.1).
Now you know why radio people don't like to burn bridges.
Dick Purtan and the gang at oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) - and their listeners - did it again.
Raising $1.7 million for the Salvation Army's Bread and Bread Club, they set another record for a single-day fund-raising effort last Friday. That means the radiothon's listeners and sponsors pledged enough money to help launch a fourth truck to aid in the delivery of 7,000 hot meals each day, and also provide shelter for up to 1,600 people.
"With the Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club program," Purtan said, "you can rest assured of knowing where your dollars are going to feed and shelter people with not a single penny going to administrative and extra costs. The generosity of our listeners and the Detroit community is overwhelming."
To understand the effect this event has, you need only to watch it in person and see how school kids raised money in their classrooms and then proudly presented their checks to Purtan.
Since 1988, the radiothon has raised more than $10.2 million for the Bed and Bread program. That includes this year's record, which was nearly $200,000 more than last year.
Congrats to news-talk WJR-AM (760) morning man Paul W. Smith and nationally syndicated handyman Glenn Haege on sports WDFN-AM (1130) for being named again this year to the "Heavy Hundred List of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America" by Talker's magazine.
Each has been named before to this prestigious roster of talk show hosts and truly are among the best in the biz.
Set Your Dial: Bandleader and clarinetist Artie Shaw and his little-heard "Concerto for Clarinet" will be heard on "Somewhere in Time" at 6 p.m. Sunday on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... also, nostalgia CKWW-AM (580) replaces one Sinatra show with the "Sounds of Sinatra with Sid Mark" at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Austerman is the founder of Michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Daily Oakland Press for three years.