Tom Joyner fans, get ready. The time is right for your radio dial-changing hand to get busy... Joyner bumps Mason from KISS radio morning spot, Fri 6/24
Detroit Free Press:
WWJ moved into first place in the monthly, 3-month report card, unseating WJR. Other headlines: How's WDRQ doing as we-play-everything "Doug" format?... News titan WWJ takes lead, Thu 6/23
WRCJ-FM haggling continues: July 1 is just a few days away but Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56) are still grappling over a contract for Channel 56 to take over operation of the DPS' WRCJ-FM (90.9) by mid-year in a money-saving (for the schools) deal... Names and Faces, Thu 6/23
Levert gets WMXD trial: Detroit's morning listening habits go through a major shakeup as highly rated syndicate star Tom Joyner finishes his run on Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM (92.3) today... Names and Faces, Fri 6/24
Some of baseball's best broadcasters have signature phrases. Other top-notch announcers play it straight. I don't think it matters... ERNIE HARWELL: Catchy phrases come natural, Mon 6/27
Heard from: Longtime Detroit evening radio host Alan Almond. "I've been very busy shopping my show to the major networks in New York and Los Angeles," he said... Names and Faces, Mon 6/27
Ever had trouble getting a clear (or any) AM or FM signal in your office building or plant? Your options have gotten a lot better lately... More area stations broadcasting on Internet, Mon 6/27
Crain's Detroit Business:
Forget possible format changes, increasing competition, an aging audience, and even the pending expiration of Dick Purtan’s contract, Kevin Murphy has one goal for WOMC FM 104.3: Increase revenue... Sweatin’ the oldies, Mon 6/27
Radio and Records:
Friday's R&R Convention featured a feisty panel entitled "Active Rock: Between A Rock And A Hard Place," marked by an oftentimes heated exchange between Virgin's Ray Gmeiner, Reprise's Raymond McGlamery, In De Goot Entertainment's Bill McGathy and WRIF/Detroit PD Doug Podell... Heated Discussion Marks Active Rock Panel, Fri 6/24
Radio One/Detroit over the weekend swapped formats on its WDMK and WDTJ and also made some big airstaff changes... Radio One Swaps Frequencies In Motor City, Mon 6/27
Rumors become reality as RADIO ONE Urban Oldies WDMK (102.7 KISS-FM)/DETROIT has moved and becomes Urban AC 105.9 KISS-FM with REACH MEDIA's TOM JOYNER now doing mornings. That moves current morning man JOHN MASON to afternoons, morning co-host AJ PARKER to middays, and afternooner LADY BG to nights. The move shifts Urban WDTJ (105.9 JAMZ) to WDMK's old frequency as "THE NEW HOT 102-7." Now across town, CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92-3) -- JOYNER's former home -- has temporarily got R&B artist GERALD LEVERT filling in for mornings this week. Stay tuned for more news on the MIX morning show situation as it develops. Mon 6/27
Tom Joyner – pulled from Clear Channel’s WMXD – is installed as the morning show on the just-moved WDMK.... Radio One did its Detroit frequency swap, Mon 6/27
Billboard Radio Monitor:
After months of speculation, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" has ended its run on Clear Channel adult R&B WMXD (Mix 92.3) Detroit... Joyner Leaves Detroit's Mix, Fri 6/24
Radio One is playing bait and switch with its Detroit R&B properties. The company’s R&B/hip-hop WDTJ (Jamz) moves from 105.9 to 102.7 to become Hot 102.7, “We R Hip-Hop.” Sister WDMK relocates from 102.7 to 105.9 as Kiss-FM, “Detroit’s R&B Leader.”...
Radio One Swaps, Refocuses Detroit R&B Properties, Mon 6/27
Greater Media’s WRIF Grabs Top Honors At R&R Convention
Greater Media, Inc. is pleased to announce WRIF-FM received top honors at the 2005 Radio & Records Awards in Cleveland, Ohio. The awards, given away on a yearly basis, took place on Friday, June 24th during the publication’s annual convention, held for the first time in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
WRIF was named “Active Rock Station of the Year” in the Market 1-25 category. In addition, station on-air personalities, Drew & Mike were named “Morning Show/Personality of the Year” in the “Active Rock” category. Station Music Director Mark Pennington was also named “Music Director of the Year” in the “Active Rock” category.
“It’s an incredible achievement,” said Peter Smyth, President & CEO of Greater Media, Inc. He added, “We are very proud of them. It’s a wonderful tribute to the outstanding men and women who have made WRIF the legendary station it is today in the Motor City.”
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WMXD-FM Program Director wins Radio & Record Industry Achievement Award
Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 Program Director Jamillah Muhammad was awarded with Radio & Records Program Director of the Year Award. Since being held under Jam’s years of programming experience, WMXD-MIX 92.3 has grown its share of listeners, taking the radio station to number one in its core demographic (P25-54). “Detroit’s #1 radio station is so very deserving of this great honor! And Jamillah is a wonderful leader for the MIX team! We’re very proud of MIX and of Jam,” said Regional VP of Programming, Darren Davis. “She’s incredible. I love working with her!” said KJ Holiday, Director of Urban Programming-Detroit.
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WJR’s Paul W. Smith Receives “4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award”
News/Talk 760 WJR morning show host Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) was presented with the “4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award” at the 2005 Vattikuti Invitational on Monday, June 20th at Oakland Hills. Each year the Vattikuti Invitational recognizes an individual(s) or a company for their Philanthropic spirit in supporting the event and the fight against Breast and Prostate Cancer. The award winners are chosen by members of the Executive Committee from Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Hospitals. Paul W. Smith received this prestigious recognition for his continuous dedication and support of the Vattikuti Invitational from it's inception. Past award recipients include Raj and Padma Vattikuti, Ford Motor Company, Joseph C. Day and Wayne S. Doran.
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Fred Jacobs Named Radio Industry Executive Of The Year
Radio consultant Fred Jacobs has been voted Radio Industry Executive of the Year. The award was presented at the Radio & Records convention on Friday in Cleveland, Ohio. Readers of the industry-leading publication, which are made up of executives and employees within the radio and record community, voted over the past several months. Jacobs is the founder of industry-leading Rock radio consulting firm Jacobs Media. The company created the Classic Rock radio format, championed the Alternative Rock format, and most recently developed NeoRadio, a listener-focused philosophy of radio programming. The company consults major broadcasting companies, including Infinity, Entercom, ABC, Emmis, Greater Media, Journal, Citadel, Saga, and many others.