Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, May 13 2005
By: Mike Austerman
Country WYCD-FM (99.5) evening host Jyl Forsyth has been missing from her 7 p.m.- midnight shift because of asthma complications. But she wants her listeners to know that she’s recovering and plans to return to the air on May 30.“I’ve been off for three weeks now and I can’t believe how many e-mails I’ve received expressing concern,” she says. “I am so touched by our wonderful listeners.”
Forsyth, who will have been at ’YCD for 12 years on June 14, explains that a bad cold “went into my lungs, and with asthma, I just couldn’t get it under control — so my boss told me to take some time and get well. I really miss my show and I’m going nuts just waiting and waiting to get better ... please let my listeners know that I love them and appreciate their concern and prayers.” Consider it done, Jyl.
If you’re a fan of classic country music, tune in to WYCD’s Mike Williams every from 8 p.m. to midnight every Saturday. His “Classic Country Saturday Night” is a very listener-driven show; he takes calls all evening and tries his best to spin your favorite county tunes from the 1960s through the early 1990s, making it a fun listen each week.
For those with different tastes, check out Tom Leykis in “The Tasting Room” on talk WKRK-FM (97.1) from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays. The lifestyle-themed show is targeted toward men and features the usually boisterous L.A. radio host Leykis sharing his opinions on everything from wine to high-tech gadgets. According to one listener, “He’s light years away from the chauvinist swagger of his other (self-titled) show,” which airs 3- 6 a.m. on WKRK, “and he really seems to know his vino.”
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Among those writing in about changes at CKWW-AM (580) was Linda of Rochester Hills. Seems the station recently adjusted its format, dropping all of its Big Band/adult standards music weekdays in favor of a more contemporary sound. Instead of “580 Memories,” the station now calls itself “Motor City Favorites,” and to my ears, the new programming is kind of a cross between 1950s-’70s oldies and soft rock that includes hits up to the early ’90s.
Program director Charlie O’Brien says that CKWW is now positioned to become Detroit’s “easy listening station,” and although the sound of the station has been refreshed, the lineup still includes “When Radio Was” at 11 p.m. weeknights and the weekend specialty shows “Sounds of Sinatra” and “Elvis Only!” My only wish is that they could put the new sound of CKWW on CIDR-FM (93.9) instead of having it trapped on AM 580.
Frustrated when DJs don’t identify songs? A new service called Song Identity might be an answer. Using a wireless phone, just record 5-10 seconds of a song and Rocket Mobile will identify the name, artist and album of the track at the punch of a button. The service says it already has more than 1 million users in North America. Check with your cellular carrier to see if they offer the service and how much it’ll add to your bill.
Former Flint DJ and author Peter Cavanaugh will be at the Ann Arbor Book Festival on May 21 signing copies of his book “Local DJ”, a must-read for radio fans. Check out www.wildwednesday.com for info.
Set Your Dials: For a program of patriotic music from the World Wars played on the theater pipe organ on “Somewhere in Time,” at 6 p.m. Sunday on WMUZ-FM (103.5).