Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, June 27, 2005
By: Mike Austerman
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.
Talker WKRK-FM (97.1), sports WXYT-AM (1270) and soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) all now offer much of their programming over the Internet, joining numerous other stations in town with that feature.
Here’s the list of local stations with an Internet simulcast that I’m aware of: news/talk WJR-AM (760); all news WWJ-AM (950); adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3); classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7); top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5); urban WJLB-FM (97.9); soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3); hard rock WRIF-FM (101.1); public radio WDET-FM (101.9); and rock hits WDTW-FM (106.7).
In addition, progressive talk WDTW-AM (1310) and talk WDTK-AM (1400) offer Internet broadcasts of some of their syndicated shows. To access these, visit each station’s home page — and to make that easier, visit my Web site at www.michiguide.com and click on “Station Listings.”
Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to drag out those golf clubs and get driving toward some great radio charity events scheduled for next month.
First off the tee will be the eighth annual Dick Purtan Golf Classic on July 11 (also Dick’s birthday) at Oakland University’s Katke-Cousins and Sharf championship courses. Again this year, the scramble will benefit the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The $350 cost includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, an awards dinner featuring a show by Purtan’s People and a special gift package, too.
Dick and the gang will be broadcasting live 6-10 a.m. that morning from OU; visit www.womc.com for a registration form and more details.
Not a golfer and still want to help? Credit Union One locations are accepting donations through July 10.
And, instead of just puttering around the garden, why not get involved with the 18th annual CATCH Golf Classic on July 18 at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville?
WJR is once again the event’s official radio station and will be covering it and interviewing local celebs. A preview party the night before will honor local sports executives.
WJR midday host and Michigan play-by-play man Frank Beckmann will be this year’s recipient of the annual Doc Fenkell Excellence in Media award. Founded by former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, CATCH is dedicated to improving the quality of life of pediatric patients at Children’s & Henry Ford Hospitals by providing them with assistance not otherwise available.
The annual golf tournament and preview party is the charity’s flagship fund-raiser for the year. For details, visit www.catchcharity.org.
Noted: “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege,” heard locally on sports WDFN-AM (1130), has received the Best Broadcast Report award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
They commented: “Haege performed a valuable radio service for homeowners ... by not only answering their call-in questions knowledgeably, but by interviewing professionals in the industry. His knowledge of the field is impressive, and his answers were easy to understand and follow.”
Well, OK — but can he help my golf game?
Set Your Dials: Former WDET-FM (101.9) host Matt Watroba’s “Folks Like Us” show has found a new home on Ypsilanti’s WEMU-FM (89.1) 2-5 p.m. Saturdays.