Metro Detroit: In the news June 8-14 2005




Detroit News:

There's a long list of things Diana Lewis does, used to do and hopes to do with her mom. Rehab wasn't on it, but thanks to Lewis' cat, they're now straining through mother-daughter moments with a physical therapist. Lewis, a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor since 1977, has been off the air without explanation for nearly two weeks. Come to find out she's on short-term disability, aiming for a return in early July... This just in: Aching back keeps Lewis off Channel 7, Fri 6/10

Jack Krasula figures he'll make a decent radio host because he's a good listener. Put most people on a 50,000-watt radio station and they'll tell you their job is about talking, but if Krasula were most people, he wouldn't have the show in the first place. Your average human, for instance, does not make Little Orphan Annie sound like a whiner. The sun in Krasula's world will not only come out tomorrow, it'll shine on half-full glasses, and aren't we lucky to have them?...
Philanthropist aims to spread optimism over the airwaves, Sun 6/12

In the end, it all became too much for Triniere Steinberg and the small staff that soldiered on trying to save WQBH, the Detroit community-based radio station made famous by her legendary mother -- Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg. First, there was the 2000 death of The Queen, whose larger-than-life personality, unique on-air appeal and business acumen had driven the station's fortunes since she bought WQBH in 1997... Detroit radio lost community fixture, Mon 6/13

Detroit Free Press:

Murmured: That Radio One might opt out of the rap radio format in Detroit altogether and use its 102.7 FMer for gospel music. Current rap-formatted WDTJ-FM (105.9) will become the new home of Tom Joyner, probably in early July, and get the current WDMK-FM (102.7) adult urban contemporary format. It was thought WDTJ's music and hosts would flop to 102.7 but sources in the broadcast industry say Radio One has made overtures to several of Detroit's big gospel names to host 102.7 shows. Radio One's WCHB-AM (1200) has dropped much of its gospel for urban talk. Clear Channel's WJLB-FM (97.9) would then have the rap format all to itself. Radio One execs are mum. (From Names and Faces item), Fri 6/10

There is a new player in the Detroit television market offering local news with a unique approach and distinctly Latin flavor. WUDT-TV 23 Univision/Detroit is the metro area's first station to offer daily local news broadcasts in Spanish. Los Angeles-based Univision Communications Inc., the nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, along with Little Rock, Ark.-based Equity Broadcasting Corp., bets that the fast-growing Detroit market will add to their already robust stable of successful Hispanic-oriented television stations around the country.... MINORITY MEDIA OUTLETS: Station reaches out to Hispanics, Thu 6/9

Oakland Press:

Could oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) legendary morning man Dick Purtan’s best friend at the moment be named “Doug,” the local nickname of the new radio format that plays “anything and everything”? Could be, following last week’s shocking changes in format at former oldies stations WCBS-FM in New York City and WJMK-FM in Chicago... Get used to ‘Doug’— he may have offspring, Fri 6/10

Radio and Records:
Keith Curry joins Cumulus CHR/Pop WKFR/Kalamazoo, MI. Most recently, Curry was MD of WDRQ/Detroit before it flipped to Classic Hits. The WKFR PD gig has been vacant since former station PD Bo Richi left in April... Curry Named PD Of WKFR, Mon 6/13


The National Association of Broadcasters is honoring WXYZ with the "Service to America" television award. The award is given to only one station every year for outstanding programming and public service campaigns that have impacted the community. WXYZ Vice President and General Manager Grace Gilchrist accepted the prestigious award in Washington D.C... WXYZ-TV Given "Service to America" Award, Tue 6/14







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