July 2005 Archives

Public WDET-FM 101.9 has announced Michael Coleman as the station's new General Manager. Coleman, a Detroit area native, has spent the past two years as the Deputy Director of Michigan Public Media, which operates public radio stations WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, and WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and public television station WFUM-TV Flint.

Prior to being Deputy Director, he was Director of Marketing and Development for five years. He is experienced in all facets of broadcasting, and has particular expertise in areas of fundraising including individual giving, corporate support, major and planned giving and foundation relations. He begins his duties as WDET General Manager on August 8, 2005. "We are simply delighted to have someone as experienced as Michael to take the lead at WDET," said Stephen Brown, Wayne State University Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "He's bringing a proven track record and a vision that will further energize the station's growth."

Coleman was selected following an exhaustive national search that began in February and included candidates from around the country.
He replaces Caryn Mathes, who left the station in February to manage a public radio station in Washington DC. Coleman arrives at WDET as the station's popularity continues to grow. WDET was named "Best Radio Station" in the HOUR Detroit magazine 2005 reader's poll and has just been nominated by Radio & Records as "Triple A Station of the Year - Noncommercial." The WDET news department has also been honored with a number of awards from the Michigan Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit Chapter.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve WDET and the metropolitan Detroit community," said Michael Coleman, incoming WDET General Manager. "I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to leading one of America's greatest radio stations.

 

Detroit Free Press:

It's not as big as the now-solved Deep Throat mystery. Still, TV viewers in Detroit are intrigued by a local media puzzle. Who's the Night Cam guy on WDIV-TV (Channel 4)? And where's he from?... Channel 4 mystery reporter is intriguing, Wed 6/29

Departed: From the WJR-AM (760) news staff, veterans Gene Fogel and Dan Streeter. Both are believed to have taken early retirement packages. Meanwhile, WJR's Paul W. Smith received the 4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the recent 2005 Vattikuti Invitational golf outing... Names and Faces, Thu 6/30

Now that's generosity: Today at 1 p.m. in the Detroit Public Schools' Fisher Building headquarters, school chief Kenneth Burnley and Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), the schools' new partner in operating FM startion WRCJ (90.9), will announce a $2.5 million gift from the Kresge Foundation to get the half-classical half-jazz format off the ground. The station has been operated for years by the schools with small listenership and growing expenses. Last year, it moved to contract out operations while retaining the Federal Communications Commission license... Names and Faces, Thu 6/30

WDET hires new manager: Thursday was a big day for local radio! Wayne State University-owned WDET-FM (101.9) hired Michael Coleman as the station's new general manager starting Aug. 8; 90.9 officially signed over: Meanwhile, Detroit Public Schools formally signed over control of WRCJ-FM (90.9) to Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56) and confirmed a $2.5-million gift from the Kresge Foundation to support its operation as a classical and jazz station... Names and Faces, Fri 7/1

Emery King and WDIV-TV (Channel 4) have come to terms on a new three-year contract that will bring the 19-year veteran back to the station to host and produce documentaries and a new series of town hall-like forums... King to rejoin WDIV, but not as an anchor, Fri 7/1


Detroit News:

Is news-talk WJR-AM (760) cutting back on the news part of its on-air mix? Two veteran WJR news staffers, Gene Fogel and Dan Streeter, "retired" from the ABC-owned news-talk station last week. The two were reportedly given buyouts though the station's Web site says they retired. Rod Hansen, a 30-year veteran of the station, was reportedly let go Wednesday... WJR news radio loses three veteran staffers, Fri 7/1

The long-simmering Emery King controversy was resolved Thursday, as the popular former anchorman and WDIV-Local 4 management agreed on a contract that will have King hosting and producing documentaries as well as town hall meetings... WDIV rehires Emery King for documentaries, Fri 7/1


Crain's Detroit Business:
After an eight-year absence, classical music radio could be back in Detroit as early as this fall. The Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television are completing work on a five-year agreement under which the television station would operate the school district’s radio station, which broadcasts at 90.9 FM, under a classical format during the day and jazz during the evening... Detroit Public Television to operate Detroit Public Schools’ radio station, Thu 6/30


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WXYT-AM introduces new program director
AM 1270 The Sports Station has named Dan Zampillo as Program Director for the all sports station effective Tuesday July 5th. The announcement was made by AM 1270 The Sports Station/WWJ Newsradio 950 Vice President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "It's great to have Dan back at Infinity. He did and outstanding job for us at The Score in Chicago," said Homberg. "He is a proven winner and the perfect person to lead our station."

Zampillo grew up just outside of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He worked at WSCR/The Score in Chicago for nearly eight years. During that time he produced shows in every day part at the station and also served as executive producer of the highest rated show at the station. His last two years at WSCR were spent as Sports Director. Most recently Zampillo worked at WBNS in Columbus as Program Director. "I'm thrilled to be here in Detroit, and I look forward to continuing the incredible momentum that WXYT has established thus far," said Zampillo.

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WDET wins awards
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, was recently honored with five awards from the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). These awards recognize excellence in local journalism and add to the numerous awards the WDET news department has been honored with this year. WDET's 2005 SPJ awards are as follows:
- General News Reporting, 2nd place: Quinn Klinefelter, "Africantown"
- General Feature Reporting, 2nd Place: Celeste Headlee, "Ossian Sweet"
- Sports Reporting, 1st Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Brawl Charges"
- Regular Newscast Award for General Excellence, 1st Place: Joan Silvi, "All Things Considered, August 13, 2004 Newscast"
- Investigative Reporting, 1st Place: Jerome Vaughn, "WGBH Gone"

WDET is proud of its tradition of bringing the metropolitan Detroit community an in-depth, comprehensive local news service that wins awards year after year. "It is a real honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for your work," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director and local host of All Things Considered. "We remain committed to bringing our listeners the area's best radio news service."

Local news can be heard regularly on WDET weekdays from 5am to 9am during Morning Edition and from 4pm to 7pm during All Things Considered. Local news is also provided weekend mornings from 8am to 10am during Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

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Michigan Radio Wins Ten Awards for Excellence in Journalism
Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has received ten awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2004. "It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in journalism," said News Director Michael Leland, "All of Michigan Radio’s reporters put a lot of time and creative energy into keeping our listeners among the best-informed in the state. It’s gratifying to know that our work is highly regarded, not only by our listeners, but also by other broadcasters."

Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for 2004 in the following categories:

- Radio, Breaking/Spot News: Second Place, Kaomi Goetz for “Electrolux announces closing”; Honorable Mention, Bill Poorman/Michael Leland for “Kmart to merge with Sears”
-Radio, General News: First Place, Bill Poorman for “Auto safety update: a drive-along with a safety expert”; Third Place, Bill Poorman for “Cheese ‘n’ gas: Rising prices affect pizza deliveries”; Honorable Mention; Tamar Charney for “Growing wine”
- Radio, Features: First Place, Bill Poorman for “Advertising with speed: Souped-up car commercials”; Third Place, Tamar Charney for “Hill Auditorium’s new look”; Honorable Mention, Michael Leland for “Michigan’s newest lighthouse”
- Radio, News,Special/Documentary: First Place, Charity Nebbe/Tamar Charney for “Proposal 2 call-in: Discussion of proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage”; Second Place, Todd Mundt/Tamar Charney for “Brown vs. Board call-in” on 50th anniversary of school desegregation decision.

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2004.

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Emery King To Begin New Role At WDIV
WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that Emery King will begin a new role at the station starting on July 1, 2005. A new contract agreement has been reached, and Emery will return to the air on Local 4 in the coming months as the producer and host of documentary specials and as host of Local 4’s televised town hall meetings.

In the new arrangement, Emery will have the opportunity to continue doing what he has always enjoyed - writing, producing and hosting documentary feature programs that are of interest to the local community. Emery has received critical acclaim over the years for his work in these groundbreaking local productions, many of which have been produced for Local 4 by his own production company, Kingberry Productions. In addition, he will host and moderate local town hall meetings expected to air twice each year on Local 4.

"We are thrilled that Emery will be contributing these one-of-a-kind specials for Local 4 viewers," said Joe Berwanger, VP and general manager of WDIV. “Throughout the final months of his contract, Emery and I continued to work together in finding the best possible ‘next chapter’ in his long and storied career. Bringing high-quality local documentaries to our viewers is a great opportunity for our station and something that I’ve wanted to do. Emery is the perfect person to produce and host these specials, and I’m thankful that it’s also the direction that he has wanted to pursue.”

Emery and his wife, Jacqueline Casselberry King, started Kingberry Productions in 1993. Their efforts have yielded compelling programs, some of which chronicle the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans. All of the programs have aired exclusively on WDIV Local 4. In addition, they have been distributed to colleges, universities, libraries and school districts around the country through Filmakers Library, a Manhattan-based media distributor.

One of King’s productions, The Rouge, which documented the experiences of immigrants who came to Detroit to work at the world’s largest industrial plant, was honored with a prestigious 1997 Iris Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding television programming. Other productions include The Freedom Train, which examined the work of the founders of the National Negro Labor Council; Cobb: A Detroit Legend, which looked at the facts and myths of the legendary major league baseball great, and Rosa Parks: Path to Freedom, which celebrated the accomplishments of Rosa Parks.

Emery has also hosted and co-written other WDIV specials that have received critical praise from the press and public, including Buffalo Soldiers Wrapped in Steel, Idlewild: A Place in the Sun and Paradise Lost, Paradise Found.

In 2004, Local 4 produced a highly-acclaimed Flashpoint primetime special co-hosted by Emery and Devin Scillian and focusing on the issues of race relations in metro Detroit. Flashpoint: On The Road To Mackinac sparked a candid debate about the topic of racial differences and the impact on our community over the years.


Noted:

Rock CKUE-FM 95.1 Chatham Ontario with a booster at 95.1 Windsor has filed an application with the CRTC to tweak its technical operations in an attempt to get better coverage of Windsor. If approved, the ERP of the main station in Chatham will power down from an average effective radiated power of 42,000 watts to an average ERP of 36,400 watts and by decreasing antenna height. The Windsor booster would increase its average ERP from 400 watts to 2,870 watts and increase antenna height.

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, July 4, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


Fans of the Tom Joyner morning show gave their seek buttons a workout this past week after his highly rated morning show jumped from one adult urban station to another with little warning to listeners. A fixture for many years on WMXD-FM (92.3), Joyner can now be heard on WDMK-FM (105.9) as one piece of a rather complicated series of changes in the area’s urban radio scene.


Gone from the airwaves (sort of) is hip-hop WDTJ-FM (105.9), known as “Jamz,” which was moved out of the way to make room for the adult R&B sound of WDMK (Kiss FM) as it moved up the dial from its previous home at FM 102.7. With the addition of Joyner, fans of former Kiss FM morning man John Mason now have to listen to his show during the afternoon drive (2-6 p.m.) on FM 105.9, instead. A.J. Parker, Mason’s former co-host, now does middays (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) for Kiss, and Lady BG has shifted to evenings. Shuffled out of the picture was 23-year Detroit radio vet Randi Myles who’d been with Kiss FM the past four years.


The new kid in town is WHTD-FM (102.7), which goes by the moniker Hot 102-7. It’s proudly boasting that “We Are Hip-Hop,” making it pretty much a direct replacement for what was 105.9 Jamz. One big difference so far has been the lack of the Russ Parr morning show. The station says it’s not yet made a final decision on morning programming on 102.7; last week, the morning show focused heavily on music.


The reasons for all of these changes? The 102.7 frequency runs into interference roughly west of Interstate 275 because of the close proximity of Ann Arbor’s country WWWW-FM (102.9). And WDMK/WHTD owner Radio One wants to maximize its coverage for the franchise Joyner morning program, a show the company has invested heavily in, which’ll get much better market coverage on FM 105.9. And getting the show off a competitor’s station and on to its own property is a huge win for Radio One and sets up quite a battle for fans of adult R&B between them and Mix 92.3.


Meanwhile, WMXD will fill its mornings with summerlong rotation of guest hosts. The station is asking listeners to vote for their favorite guest in the next couple of months. They’ll then use that feedback to help select a new host.


Welcome Aboard: Michael Coleman is the new general manager at public radio WDET-FM (101.9) The former deputy director of Michigan Public Media replaces Caryn Mathes, who left in February to manage a public station in Washington, D.C.


Fans of classical music have a unique opportunity to hear a live performance of Bay City’s Bijou Orchestra on Tuesday from the front lawn of CBC Windsor on Riverside Drive in Windsor. The event will be broadcast live during the afternoon drive on CBC’s Radio Two service, heard locally on CBE-FM (89.9). And what a band! The Bijou Orchestra plays with panache, aplomb and a few other fruits. “We couldn’t be more excited about having them join us in Windsor,” said Grant Rowledge, producer for the afternoon show “Disc Drive.” Bijou’s artistic director Leo Najar is happy, too, calling the show “one of the most popular drive-time music programs in Canada.” Originating in Vancouver, it is traveling to Windsor for the Freedom Festival because the program is very popular in such American border cities as Detroit, Buffalo and Seattle, among others.


The Bijou Orchestra takes its name from the Bijou Theater, one of the earliest theaters in Bay City, which later became known as the Bay and eventually the State. The ensemble is composed of 13 outstanding musicians drawn from Michigan and beyond to perform in this challenging medium in which every player is a soloist. Seems like a great way to celebrate the holiday and the freedom of two great countries.


Detroit rock city strikes again — as rockin’ WRIF-FM (101.1) scored three major awards in the active rock station category at the recent Radio & Records convention. ’RIF was named Active Rock Station of the Year, morning hosts Drew & Mike were Morning Show of the Year and Mark Pennington was honored as Music Director of the Year. “It’s an incredible achievement,” said Peter Smyth, president and CEO of WRIF owner Greater Media, and “... a wonderful tribute to the outstanding men and women who have made WRIF the legendary station it is today in the Motor City.”

 

New WJIM Morning Show Partners with MTRN

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Lansing's WJIM-AM 1240 has launched a new morning program, which appears to be a joint venture with the Michigan Talk Radio Network. The host of the new program is MTRN founder and CEO Dave Scott, who had previously hosted the morning show from the network's Charlevoix studios, but now moves to WJIM's Lansing facilities. Scott's co-host is Joanne Paul, who held the same duties on WJIM's previous morning show with Mark Bashore. Also present is WJIM ND and morning anchor Gary Austin, who now does newscasts across the network. The key difference it that now, it appears that the entire morning program, originating from Citadel's Lansing studios, is distributed across MTRN, replacing MTRN's previous morning program with Scott and co-host Laurel Hess.

Citadel has been auditioning new morning hosts for WJIM since Bashore's depature last month, so it's difficult to tell if the new program is a trial, or more permanent. Only time (or a Citadel press release) will answer that question.

 

Back by popular demand and bigger and better than ever, WCSX-FM 94.7 Classic Rock A to Z marathon hits the airwaves at 6am on Wednesday, July 13th. 94.7 WCSX’s Classic Rock A to Z is a retrospective of all the songs, in alphabetical order, that made Rock ‘n Roll the soundtrack that crosses all generational boundaries. JJ & Lynne will kick it off on Wednesday’s Classic Rock Morning Show with The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.”

According to WCSX Assistant Program Director Steve Richards, “Our air staff got together and harnessed their extensive Rock Radio experience and music knowledge to put together this edition of Classic Rock A to Z. Listen for awesome local nuggets from The Frost, The Rockets, The MC5, The Stooges and even some Bob Seger rarities.”

How many songs? How long will it last? This edition of WCSX’s Classic Rock A to Z will include nearly 2,000 songs during the 14-day musical event.

 

Copeland celebrates 10 years at 'DET
From the newest music to the classic sounds, Liz Copeland has been
entertaining and educating listeners on her late-night WDET-FM 101.9 program for ten years now. Liz is the host of the Liz Copeland program, or the "Best Overnight Show" as voted by Real Detroit Weekly 2005. Liz is heard weeknights from 10pm-3am. She watches out for overlooked talent to feature on her program and provides her audience with a sensational variety of artists with two main series: focus: electronic, a monthly event that takes a look at the electronic movement in and around Detroit, and the weekly album spotlight, where Liz plays a select album in entirety. "I like taking people by surprise," said Copeland. "At times, it's about drawing connections between the past, present and future of music. It's also about my own public exploration into sound and creating an aural texture. I feel very grateful and fortunate to work within such a creative environment."

In giving many up-and-coming artists recognition, she's become quite well-renowned herself. Liz has been awarded 'Best Overnight DJ' from the Metro Times and 'Best DJ' from motormouth.org and Real Detroit Weekly. Off the air, Liz's quest for highlighting brilliant underground artists doesn't stop - she spins with style as a DJ at various clubs around Metro Detroit.

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WYCD-FM 5th Annual Edwards & Lee Golf Classic

On Monday, July 18th Country WYCD-FM 99.5 will host the Edwards and Lee 5th Annual Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Mt. Clemens. The Outing is a shotgun scramble, with tee time at 10:00am. Randy Owen, front man for the hit group Alabama will be joining WYCD at this year’s event, both golfing and performing a special acoustic concert at the dinner after the event. For over 17 years, Randy Owen has been the voice in country music for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After visiting the hospital in 1988, he was amazed by the courage of the patients and their faith that St. Jude could help them. He then asked people in country radio to band together to help St. Jude help kids. So far, country music as a whole has raised more than $200 Million in cash and pledges to benefit the hospital.

Funds will be raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a both a silent and live auction, with items such as: autographed guitars, vacation packages, golf packages, concert tickets and much more! Interested golfers can log on to wycd.com now to sign up to be a part of the event. The cost is $99.50. A limited number of dinner only tickets are available as well for $50 with $25 benefiting St. Jude.

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Michigan TV reporter joins Congresswoman Candice Miller’s Staff
Scott MacFarlane, 28, a newcomer to Washington and Capitol Hill, is the new press secretary for Rep. Candice Miller (R). Formerly a TV reporter whose political coverage included the congresswoman, he says, “I can put the makeup away and feel more masculine.” Born in Highland, N.Y., MacFarlane graduated from Syracuse University. After graduation, he worked in Kalamazoo producing newscasts at CBS affiliate WWMT-TV 3. From there, he worked in Lansing at ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV 53, where he covered Miller, who was secretary of state. He also covered the congresswoman in Detroit at WKBD-TV 50.

Over the years, MacFarlane says, he has wanted to be involved in public service. “Local television news doesn’t quite achieve that goal the way working for the United States Congress does,” he said. As he leaves Michigan, MacFarlane gives a role as a syndicated radio host with the Michigan Talk Radio Network. Asked if he always portrayed Miller in a good light in his reporting, he replied, “We try not to write positives and negatives. We write the news. I was not a commentator or an opinion journalist. I was a fact-based news reporter and talk-show host.”


Daily Oakland Press:

Fans of the Tom Joyner morning show gave their seek buttons a workout this past week after his highly rated morning show
jumped from one adult urban station to another with little warning to listeners... Joyner’s jumping stations is only one shake-up, Mon 7/4

 

WJR losing news trio

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Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, July 11, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


What’s happening to the news department at the Great Voice of the Great Lakes?


News-talk WJR-AM (760) has seen a changing of the guard in its newsroom of late. Let it be known that three of its most senior newsmen, most of whom have won countless awards for journalistic excellence, have opted to take what some are calling an “early retirement” and were not dismissed by WJR or parent company Disney/ABC. Gene Fogel, Rod Hansen and morning anchor Dan Streeter have each been with the station for 20 years or longer. Fogel will continue to fill in, as needed, on a “parttime” basis. News director Dick Haefner remains in place, and some readjusting of reporters may be forthcoming.


Station management wants listeners to know that WJR will continue to be first in covering local, national and world news that’s important to its large and loyal audience. Reports that WWJ-AM (950) managers were poised at the exits of the Fisher Building were untrue.

Your always traveling radio reporter has just returned from New Jersey, where, after paying the tolls, I participated in videotaping Sean Hannity’s annual Freedom Concert at Six Flags Great Adventure. Hannity is carried locally 7-10 p.m. on WJR.

The crowds that good talk stations can generate for such events is amazing. Despite torrential rains, country pop stars LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Tippin and others made it an extra hot event in the Garden State.

Seemingly every week, there’s more news about that new “Jack-FM” format that has been sweeping the nation. Locally, it’s classic hits WDRQ-FM (93.1), known as “Doug.” While Detroiters have been neutral on the local change, listeners in New York and Chicago are still screaming about the loss of their oldies stations. Chicago radio columnist Rob Feder was inundated with letters and e-mails regarding statements from Infinity VP Joel Hollander, who comes off sounding like an executive who cares little for the listeners.

If oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) were to make a similar change here in Motown, the outcry would probably be just as loud. And let’s stop all of this insane speculation about what’s going to happen to Dick Purtan when his five-year contact expires in December. Let’s just wish him a happy birthday today — and hoist a Slurpee in his honor. (Think about the date.)

As “regular” radio continues to seemingly program for no one older than 50, satellite radio is gaining in popularity with XM adding more than 640,000 new subscribers last quarter and aiming for 5.5 million by year’s end. In a related story, the Hyatt hotel chain announced it’ll be placing XM radios in rooms nationwide. That’s as smart as the deals XM and Sirius have with rental car companies, as it allows the public to experience this relatively new technology at no added cost.

If you’ve been down near Comerica Park as things get ready for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, you’ll see a lot of signage for XM, which carries all the major league baseball teams. But for those who prefer their sports on free radio, catch all of the action of the big game on sports WXYT-AM (1270) which is going all-out for the All-Stars.

Quick hits: WJR’s Paul W. Smith recently won the fourth annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the 2005 Vattikuti Invitational at Oakland Hills. Good goin’, PWS. ... Fred Jacobs, the Southfield-based radio consultant and father of the classic rock format, was voted Radio Industry Executive of the Year at the recent R&R Radio Convention in Cleveland. He deserves it. Kudos also to pop-urban WMXD-FM (92.3), as Jamillah Muhammad won program director of the year in her format category at the same confab on the north coast.

Set Your Dials: John Sang takes to the pipe organ with hot TV themes at 6 p.m. Sunday on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.

 

It's been a busy week for all of the area's sports journalists covering the All Star game. Putting a great cap on the week, sports radio WDFN-AM's 8th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will take place starting at 3pm tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, July 14) and run 'til 7pm on Friday O'Tooles in Novi.

Afternoon drive hosts Stoney & Wojo will be broadcasting live for 28 hours straight to raise money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma research. Listeners will be able to bid on hourly and run-of-show auction items or simply make a donation by calling in to (866) 326-1130. Folks wishing to view the proceedings in person will enjoy games and activities including volleyball, XBOX and Golden Tee, a dunk tank, and much more. During the 28 hour event, Stoney and Wojo will be joined by some of the biggest names in local and national sports.

Each year, WDFN and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society team up to fight cancer by providing wonderful items that people can bid on but also offer something maybe even more invaluable... laughter. This year's bid items include electronics, signed memorabilia, VIP packages, hotel accommodations, airfare, jewelry, dinner packages, golf, and a hot tub. Listeners will also be able to bid $50 in order to hear favorite WDFN parodies and bits.

Stoney and Wojo, heard weekdays between 3 and 6pm, raised over $150,000 during last year's Radiothon and this year, hope to exceed the $1 million mark in accumulated donations over its 8-year history.

It's a great cause worthy of your support.

 

WRIF announces the 7th Annual Arthur Penhallow Golf Scramble

It’s not just golf…it’s a rock and roll adventure on the fairway with the return of the 7th Annual Arthur Penhallow Golf Scramble on Friday, August 5th at Devil’s Ridge Golf Course in Oxford. “Big Daddy” Arthur Penhallow hosts this unique outing as a four person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, buffet lunch, snacks and beverages on the course and a full dinner. The event begins at 11am with a 1pm shotgun tee off.

To kick off the Scramble, “The Doc of Rock” Doug Podell will be broadcasting his show live as 101 WRIF listeners, DJ’s and local celebrities hit the links for a day of fairway fun. After a rockin’ day on the links golfers will head back to the clubhouse for a VIP Awards Banquet with dinner and drinks, an prizes for Closest To The Pin (on the green), Longest Drive (on the fairway), hole-in-one contests and more.

The cost is $900 for a foursome with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Jack’s Place for Autism, a local organization that provides families who are effected by Autism services for persons at any age with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through a comprehensive menu of supportive, educational and referral services. For more information or to book a foursome, log on to www.wrif.com or call Lizzie at the RIFF at (248) 591-6841. Hurry - the event is always a quick sell out!

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Mix 92.3’s nationwide celebrity mornings show host search features star-studded line up week after week

Three weeks into WMXD's search for a new morning program, listeners have had the opportunity to listen and vote for their favorite guest celebrity DJs as they battle it out on air to find out who will be the station's new morning show host this fall.

The search has already showcased some of the industry’s best talents in the Penobscot Building studio every weekday morning from 6-10am:

R&B singer & composer, Gerald Levert, starting the search off, followed by Will Downing, and then then multi-platinum recording artist Keith Sweat.

Starting on Monday (July 18), Detroit can wake up to comedian and actress, Adele Givens. “Each week becomes more exciting because each celebrity has their own unique style that continues to captivate listeners. With the listeners’ eagerness to hear a new celebrity voice week after week, WMXD will continue to provide the hottest, biggest nationwide celebrity morning show search!” says Jamillah A. Muhammad, WMXD Program Director.


Detroit Free Press:

Missing personalities- Where are they now? News reader Diana Lewis of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) hurt her back while caring for her ailing mother and has been off the air for quite a while... Names and Faces, Mon 7/11

Tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game received an additional quasar when NBC on short notice decided to fly Brian Williams into Detroit to anchor "The NBC Nightly News" live from the roof of the Riverfront condos and apartments Monday and again tonight at 6:30... Riverfront rooftop becomes TV studio, Tue 7/12


Detroit News:

What's up with WRCJ-FM (90.9), the Detroit Public Schools radio station that Detroit Public Television contracted to run as a classical and jazz station? Listeners were puzzled when they tuned to WRCJ after July 1 and still heard an urban/hip-hop format... WRCJ promises the switch to classical/jazz will take place, Mon 7/11

Pens sharpened and poisonous barbs in tow, America's sports media have descended upon Detroit. Not surprisingly, they don't always have the nicest things to say about our fair city... Reporters take aim at Detroit, Tue 7/12


Daily Oakland Press:

What’s happening to the news department at the Great Voice of the Great Lakes? News-talk WJR-AM (760) has seen a changing of the guard in its newsroom of late... WJR losing news trio, Mon 7/11

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, July 18, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


While doing some much-needed cleaning, I uncovered a few of my old Radio Guides. After more than three decades of publishing them, I found it interesting to see what the Detroit dial looked like 30 years ago. On the AM dial, very few stations still maintain their original call letters — and none still has its original format. Consistent call-letters include nostalgia CKWW-AM (580), oldies CFCO-AM (630), news-talk WJR-AM (760), information CKLW-AM (800), all-news WWJ-AM (950), oldies CHOK-AM (1070), oldies/talk WPON-AM (1460), Spanish WSDS-AM (1480), variety CBE-AM (1550) and talk WAAM-AM (1600). (Technically, WSDS in Canton started out as a Top 40 station WYSI in Ypsilanti and then was country for 45 years. WAAM in Ann Arbor began in the late 1940s as WHRV, switching to WAAM in 1963.


Do you remember when 560 AM was WQTE or WHND Honey Radio? Out in Ann Arbor, 1050 started out as WPAG in 1945 and then became WPZA when pizza king Tom Monaghan bought the station. Now it’s WTKA. The AM station at 1130 was WCAR for years, but today you know it as The Fan, sports WDFN. The WCAR name is now on Catholic AM (1090), which started out as WERB Garden City before becoming WTAK, Detroit’s first all-talk station. AM 1270 started out as WGHP, then WXYZ and is now WXYT, while 1310 AM has had a litany of letters including WKMH, WKNR, WNIC-AM, WWKR, WMTG, WDOZ, WYUR and WXDX. Today, it’s progressive talk station WDTW. It’s also common for outlying stations to pick up discarded letters like WCXI — once at 1130, now at 1160 AM in Fenton, with management angling to move it to Wixom. Up near Port Huron, the old 96.3 FM WHYT letters were once on 1590 AM. And maybe you can recall when Top 40 WJBK-AM was on 1500. That dial position has also been country WDEE, pop WCZY-AM and now Christian WLQV. WMBC-AM (1400) evolved into WJLB then WQBH and is now WDTK, a conservative talker.

But back in the Roaring Twenties, private eye-turned broadcaster Jerry Buckley was America’s first radio reporter to use the power of the airwaves (250 watts in those days) to fight crime and corruption in Detroit. In a crime that was never solved, Buckley was slain July 23, 1930, by three gunmen as he sat reading a newspaper in a Detroit hotel lobby. A tribute to this legendary radio man will be held on the 75th anniversary of his assassination noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Roma Cafe in Detroit’s Eastern Market District. For more information on the event, call (810) 730-5110 or e-mail former CNN and NBC news correspondent Pat Clawson at patrickclawson@comcast.net.

Those heading up north for a getaway now have another frequency for quality classical music. Dick Wallace of the late WQRS tells me that WIAA-FM (88.7), the 100,000-watt classical powerhouse from the Interlochen Music Camp, is now also available at 88.5 FM in Mackinaw City. This is in addition to its other repeater signal at 100.9 FM in East Jordan.

Quick Hits: Adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) continues to search for the next Mix Morning host after the departure of Tom Joyner to the new urban WDMK-FM (105.9).

Mark your calendar for John Mason’s 25th anniversary concert Saturday at the Phoenix Plaza in downtown Pontiac. Mason is now on afternoons at WDMK, known as Kiss-FM.

Public radio WDET-FM (101.9) late-night host Liz Copeland is celebrating 10 years at the NPR affiliate. Late shifters and insomniacs can tune her in 10 p.m.-3 a.m. weeknights.

Classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) is six days into its two week event of playing its entire musical library of nearly 2,000 songs from A to Z. Now that’s a “no repeat guarantee” that I can really enjoy.

Today, Joel Morgan assumes his new duties as promotion director of classic hits WDTW-FM (106.7), known as The Drive. Morgan is truly one of the nice guys in local radio and is deserving of the new job.

The overnight trucker talk show on WJR gets a host change as Joe Kelly hits the exit ramp and is replaced by Gary McNamara teaming with Eric Harley starting July 25.

Set Your Dials: For the music of Benny Goodman by Ziggy Elman on “Somewhere in Time,” at 6 p.m. Sunday on Christian WMUZ-FM (103.5).


Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.

 

If the battle for listeners’ loyalties comes down to "high-tech" versus "high-touch", the results of a major Michigan research project conducted by the Communications Research Institute (CRI) of East Lansing show listeners strongly prefer the ability of local radio stations to keep them in touch with their communities. The research results stand in stark contrast to recent media hype surrounding the emergence of competing audio services including satellite radio and personal audio players such as iPods.

"The research confirms what we suspected all along," said Bruce Goldsen, Chairman of the Radio Issues Committee of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). Goldsen is also owner of Jackson Radio Works. "Listeners in Michigan place a high value on what we do best, which is keeping citizens in touch with their local communities through news, community service, music that is preferred by local citizens, and personalities that become part of the extended family."

The research results were presented to the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), which commissioned the study, Thursday, July 21 at the MAB’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The MAB hired CRI to test Michigan listeners’ attitudes about local radio and emerging competitors, including satellite radio and personal audio devices such as iPods. The CRI team consisted of Michigan State University communications research experts Dr. William A. Donohue, Dr. Charles Atkin, and Dr. Bradley Greenberg.

CRI conducted the research during April and May 2005. The firm utilized a statewide telephone survey of 300 Michigan residents and seven focus groups to compile data. Key findings in the telephone survey include:
* 79% of respondents said they had spent as much or more time listening to local radio compared to one year ago
* 95% said they expected to listen to local radio as much or more in the coming year
* 88% felt their local radio station provides a valuable service to the community
* Only 8% had access to satellite radio
* 50% of satellite radio customers indicated they did not receive good reception when driving
* 83% of satellite customers indicated they would not continue to pay for the service if satellite stations start carrying commercials
* Only 20% listen regularly to personal players (typically 45 minutes per day).

"Most adults still feel close ties to their local radio stations, which satisfy listener needs for information about the community as well as their preferred type of music," said Dr. Atkin. "Even young adults under age 30 are regular radio listeners, despite their increased use of personal players and other new technologies."

Seventy-five individuals were involved in the focus group sessions.

Key findings include:
* Virtually every research participant could name their favorite local radio station
* People become attached to a specific local radio station and find when moving to another geographic location, they "miss" their old station
* When asked why they like listening to local radio, respondents mentioned local news, weather and sports reports
* Listeners become attached to various local radio personalities and enjoy listening to them on their way to work or school
* Many respondents liked hearing about local events and concerts which they feel keeps them in touch with their communities
* People recalled their favorite stations often promote community causes and raise money for charities; and
* Listeners said in contrast to satellite radio that local radio stations reveal the “sounds of a city” and reflect the unique culture of the community.

"People grow up listening to radio as they drive around with their parents," said Dr. Donohue. "They get attached to the sound and they like to come back to it as they mature. People we surveyed said local radio reflects the unique culture of their communities in ways competing technologies cannot."

"We felt we had a good story to tell, but we wanted hard, unbiased data to demonstrate what we suspected to be true," said Karole White, President and CEO of MAB. "The facts show that the hype being put forth by emerging technologies doesn’t align with the reality that local radio is uniquely positioned to provide the local touch listeners value."

The MAB plans to use the data from the CRI research to develop a campaign to promote the strengths of local radio throughout Michigan. The local radio campaign will be launched in late summer 2005.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individuals employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members’ needs.

 

Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3's fifth week of guest morning show hosts will feature duo Miguel Nunez and Kym Whitley. They will join forces to take on the four predecessors in hopes that they will gain favoritism from WMXD listeners at the end of the week.

Miguel Nunez’s years of acting has sparked attention. Sharing the big screen with Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Halle Barry, Vivica Fox and many others, Nunez surely has established himself in Hollywood. Making numerous guest appearances on such series as Martin, the Bernie Mac Show, the Hughleys, and others, Nunez will be quite a delightful character and candidate to take on the challenge of hosting MIX 92.3’s Morning Show all next week.

Kym Whitley is an actress, director, and standup comedian who had her major break when she was visiting Los Angeles and the set of music/dance show Soul Train with her friend, Gerald Levert, who was also one of the celebrities on MIX 92.3’s Morning Show the week of June 26th, 2005. Whitley has appeared on several series including Martin, Married with Children, The Parenthood and others, in addition to being seen on films such as “Street Wars” and “25 Lighthouse”.

“The search is definitely heating up among the special guest celebrities we’ve had so far. WMXD listeners have been quite a factor in keeping each week’s morning show interesting as they call in to support their favorite celebrity host. Moving forward, we know it will only get more interesting and exciting,” says WMXD Program Director, Jamillah A. Muhammad.

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Getting ready: Disney's WFDF-AM 910 Flint has been observed running tests from its new facilities in northern Monore county. Once the station begins operations from the new location, the children's focused Radio Disney format will gain daytime coverage of the Detroit market.

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WMGC-FM 2nd Annual Magic Family Picnic Set For August 14th

Jim Harper and the entire Magic 105.1 FM on-air family are hosting an afternoon of fun and entertainment with the 2nd Annual Magic Family Picnic- however the only way in is to win. Five hundred lucky Magic 105.1 listeners and their families who win tickets on-air will have the opportunity to attend the event which will take place on Sunday, August 14th from noon to 5pm at CJ Barrymore’s on Hall Road in Clinton Township.

There will be a variety of activities to participate in, ranging from a bracelet-making class to go karts, miniature golf, a driving range, bumper boats, batting cages, rock climbing, billiards, an arcade, laser tag, giant inflatables and beach volleyball. There will be free hamburgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, pasta salad, Italian sausage, potato salad, fruit salad, cole slaw, rolls, lemonade, pop and more, compliments of CJ Barrymore’s and ice cream compliments of Edy’s.


Detroit Free Press:

Satellite radio is all the buzz these days. But the Michigan Association of Broadcasters says that buzz just may be literal. According to a Michigan State University report commissioned by the association and to be released at the association's annual meeting at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant today, only about 8% of the Michigan public has access to satellite radio and of them, fully 50% say they do not receive good reception when driving... Michigan broadcasters don't fear satellite radio competition -- yet, Fri 7/22

Now this is a casting call. WRCJ-FM (90.9), the station owned by Detroit Public Schools but now run by Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), is hoping to launch its half-classical/half-jazz format via satellite programming on or near Aug. 1, station boss Bob Scott said Friday... Calling all public radio personalities, Sat 7/23


Detroit News:

The much-anticipated Spring Arbitron ratings are in, and "Doug" isn't quite doing "Jack" here in Detroit. So far, it looks like ABC/Disney's abrupt switch of its WDRQ-FM (93.1) in April, to the "Doug" format might not be the blockbuster hit they'd hoped... WDRQ's loss turns into WKQI's gain, Thu 7/21


Daily Oakland Press:

While doing some much-needed cleaning, I uncovered a few of my old Radio Guides. After more than three decades of publishing them, I found it interesting to see what the Detroit dial looked like 30 years ago... AM stations have played musical chairs on dial over the years, Mon 7/18


All Access:

INFINITY WOMC (OLDIES 104.3)/DETROIT APD BOB VANDERGRIFT has been tapped to take the PD helm at one of the new FM stations CONNOISSEUR MEDIA will be launching in BLOOMINGTON, IL later this summer. Wed 7/20

INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT held their 5th Annual EDWARDS & LEE ST. JUDE GOLF CLASSIC on MONDAY (7/18), anchored by afternooners LINDA LEE and CHUCK EDWARDS. Aside from the great turnout of participants and spectators at a sold-out event at SYCAMORE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, this year they were also joined by ALABAMA front-man RANDY OWEN, one of the main inspirations behind the ST. JUDE efforts since its beginning. OWEN participated in the golf tourney all day and then gave a acoustic performance afterwards for everyone. Afternooner LINDA LEE said that "thousands of dollars was raised for ST. JUDE and everyone had a blast, thanks to RANDY OWEN especially." Check out the photos on the ALL ACCESS Country "Industry Snaps" page later. Thu 7/21

The CHRISTIAN HIT RADIO SATELLITE NETWORK (CHRSN) welcomes WNFA/PORT HURON, MI as their newest affiliate. WNFA made the switch from Inspirational on JULY 11 and becomes CHRSN's 26th non-owned affiliate. Fri 7/22

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, July 25, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


So, what do listeners think of “Doug FM,” the “we play all kinds of stuff” format at adult hits WDRQ-FM (93.1)? According to the Arbitron spring ratings book — not much. The station sank to 15th place overall among all listeners with a 2.5 share of the metro Detroit radio audience. And Doug’s former competitor, Top-40 WKQI-FM (95.5)? It zoomed up to a fourth place finish with a solid 5.1 share.


Tops among listeners ages 12 and up were newstalk WJR-AM (760), followed by all-news WWJ-AM (950) and urban WJLB-FM (97.9). The rest of the top 10 stations included adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3), oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7), country WYCD-FM (99.5), rock WRIF-FM (101.1), and soft rockers WMGC-FM (105.1) and WNIC-FM (100.3), which tied for 10th. Morning show ratings also reflect the changes at 93.1. Although WRIF’s Drew and Mike continue on top, WKQI’s “Mojo in the Morning” gang is putting the pressure on, scoring the number one slot among women ages 18-34 and 18-49.


While it’s probably too early to call Doug FM a failure, these numbers might not please the bosses in the Fisher Building (though running a radio station via computer might be their idea of success no matter what the ratings are). But maybe listeners are looking for something more to go with the music, commercials and constant barrage of cutesy “Doug” sayings. When the station first was launched, I was excited because of the music variety. But three-plus months later, I don’t listen much, mostly because of the way the station presents itself: There’s simply too much clutter to put up with for more than a song or two. It looks as if other listeners feel the same way — and advertisers will take note, too, if the ratings continue to be soft.

Sports WDFN-AM (1130) afternoon hosts Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski reached their goal of accumulating $1 million throughout their eight years of helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during this year’s recent 28-hour long radiothon.

Meanwhile, former WDFN reporter Sabrina Black continues her fight against cancer. First diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in early 2000, Black continues to undergo multiple treatments as doctors search for success. She’s been through several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, in addition to two bone marrow transplants and numerous side effects and complications. Keep her and her husband, Steve Black of WRIF, in your thoughts as they fight for Sabrina’s recovery.

Public WDET-FM (101.9) has once again been nominated for noncommercial Adult Album Alternative Station of The Year by the trade pub Radio and Records. Program director Judy Adams says the nomination “validates our efforts to program WDET differently than other stations in our market, or in the entire country.” The station’s news department also scored several awards recently from the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. “It is a real honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for your work,” said news director Joan Silvi.

Quick Hits: WRIF will host the seventh annual Arthur Penhallow Golf Scramble on Aug. 5 at Devil’s Ridge Golf Course in Oxford. The cool combo of rock and golf will benefit Jack’s Place for Autism. For more, visit www.wrif.com ... WOMC evening host Bob Vandergrift exits stage left to become a program director at a Bloomington, Ill., station that’ll be launched later this summer. The search is on for a new nighttime host in fabulous Ferndale.

Set Your Dials: Former WPON-AM (1460) morning man Crazy Al and co-host Larry Matthews return from 5-7 p.m. today during David Washington’s “20 Grand Review.” It’ll be like Crazy Al’s Radio Party never left the airwaves — and he wants former listeners to know he’s still doing the show daily on the Internet, at www.industrialinfo.com ... host Tom Wilson goes jitterbugging and Lindy dancing as he welcomes Terry Tickle & the Swing City Orchestra at 6 p.m. Sunday on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

 

WDET Garage Sale coming on July 30

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Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit has cleaned out its extensive music library and storerooms is having its second-annual Garage Sale featuring a great collection of merchandise on Saturday, July 30th from 10am to 4pm. The event takes place on W. Canfield Avenue between Woodward and Cass in the Wayne State University and Detroit's Cultural Center area. Among the offerings will be CD's, records, WDET mugs, shirts, sweatshirts and hats in addition to books, houseplants, autographed photos of WDET personalities and lots more.

WDET's Willy Wilson will be broadcasting his program live from the event from 10am to 1pm followed by a live broadcast of The John Penney Program from 1-4pm. Many WDET program hosts will also be on-hand throughout the day to meet friends and listeners. Water and all-natural sodas will also be available as well as food from Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant and The Meetery Eatery. Proceeds from all
merchandise and food sales will benefit WDET. "This is a fun event that's open to all of our listeners," said Judy Adams, WDET Program Director and Program Host. "Last year's event was a great success and we hope that even more of our many listeners come out to celebrate Detroit Public Radio this year."

Admission is $5.00 for adults, children 12 and under will be admitted free. Street and surface parking is available throughout the neighborhood including various Wayne State University parking lots.

 

HD Multicasts Hit Detroit Airwaves

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Greater Media, Inc. has announced that its three Detroit radio stations are officially broadcasting in High Definition (HD) digital radio and have now launched companion independent multicasting channels for Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, and Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1.

HD radio is a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Listeners will able to hear a clear improvement in sound quality and see the station's call letters, the title and artist of the song playing, along with traffic and weather information.

Greater Media Detroit’s stations have now doubled each of their programming offerings to listeners throughout Southeastern Michigan with an HD radio by providing multicast channels called WRIF2, WCSX Deep Trax and More Magic.

Riff 2 is a ”made in Detroit" mix of alternative and indie rock, hip hop, punk and the best from today’s Detroit music scene. By embracing local and unsigned bands RIFF2 breaks the rules of traditional radio and offers a true alternative music choice. WRIF2 is a new execution of the WRIF tradition that the next generation of Detroit music lovers can grow up with and will look to for “their” music. RIFF2 will target 18-24 year olds involved with the local music scene. While it is rock-based, the station’s music mix is deliberately eclectic and highlights both new material and local artists with a focus on music from 1995 to today. RIFF2 is on the air on 101.1 HD2 and is available right now online at www.riff2.com.

WCSX Deep Trax HD2 is the perfect companion station to WCSX. Responding to our listener feedback of features such as "Classic Rock A-to-Z", Deep Trax HD2 features JJ & Lynne in the Morning, followed by Deep Trax the rest of the day, hosted by the station’s on-air personalities Ken Calvert, Karen Savelly, and Steve Kostan. It provides 24/7 access to those Classic Rock treasures that may be a bit outside the radio musical norm. Similar to RIFF2, the multicasting channel does not contain commercials, but rather on-air sponsorships. Deep Trax is on the air at 94.7FM HD2 and is available now online at www.wcsxdeeptrax.com.

The More Magic multicast addition to WMGC/Magic 105.1 features Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, followed by “Office Magic” from 10am -7pm. “More Magic” is a soft adult contemporary format, consisting of a mix of 70’s and 80’s icons and standards from artists like Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. It also adds a touch of Broadway, such as hits from the Phantom of the Opera, and jazz favorites from George Benson and Kenny G. From 7pm – 6am and on the weekends, “Classically Magic” will consist of music intensive, familiar classical favorites easy for listeners to enjoy. More Magic will not include any type of spot load, but rather on-air sponsorships. More Magic HD2 is on the air right now at 105.1FM HD2 and available online at www.moremagicradio.com.

“We're very excited to break this new ground and bring three brand new locally programmed and originated radio stations to Detroit,” said Tom Bender, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Greater Media Detroit. “HD Radio technology makes it possible for us to create innovative programming that doesn't need to follow the traditional radio playbook.”

Bender added, “We're also going to keep commercial interruptions to a brief sponsorship announcement each hour and we will be cooperating with local retailers to let our listeners know where they can hear and buy HD Radios. The radios that enable listeners to take advantage of these new stations are becoming available at a variety of locations and prices.”

“These are exciting times in the radio industry. We are very proud to be able to make history in the Motor City with the official launch of HD Radio and multicasting with our Detroit-based properties,” said Peter Smyth, President and CEO of Greater Media, Inc.

 

Next week's celebrity guest jock on Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 will be music star Vesta Williams. WMXD continues to audition possible morning show hosts for the fall- Williams becomes the sixth guest to participate.


Detroit Free Press:

Detroit native George Noory, who helms the wildly popular overnight (500 stations in North America) syndicated radio show "Coast-to-Coast A.M." (1 a.m. weeknights, CKLW-AM, 800), is bringing the show to his hometown Aug. 26... Noory to bring show to his hometown, Mon 7/25

CIMX-FM (88.7, 89X) rockin' morning co-host Kelly Brown has joined the ranks of the unemployed. Brown said she left on her own accord after 15 years and it was "just time to move on"... Brown ends her long run at 89X, Wed 7/27

Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's July sweeps ratings period, which ended Wednesday... July TV sweeps results, Fri 7/29


Detroit News:

As long as she hasn't died yet, Sabrina Black figures she might as well go sky-diving. "Died yet," I should point out, applies to all of us. Nothing is guaranteed, at least not without a lot of fine print. But since Sabrina has spent five years being the most spectacularly ill person I've ever known, the concept of dying is maybe a bit less abstract for her than it is for the rest of us... In Sabrina's world, a moment is even too precious to waste, Sun 7/24

Detroiters, welcome to the future. This morning, Detroit's first three exclusively high-definition radio stations splashed onto the air at 9 a.m. from the Greater Media radioplex in Ferndale. Riff 2, Deep Trax and More Magic are now on the air -- available if you have an HD receiver, but also online at wrif.com, wcsx.com and detroitmagic.com... 3 new high-def stations launch today, Thu 7/28


Daily Oakland Press:

So, what do listeners think of “Doug FM,” the “we play all kinds of stuff” format at adult hits WDRQ-FM (93.1)? According to the Arbitron spring ratings book — not much... New ‘Doug FM’ format doesn’t seem to be winning fans, Mon 7/25


Crain's Detroit Business:

A new broadcast arts school is planned in a former Livonia junior high school. The Academy of Broadcast Arts has leased 103,000 square feet at the Livonia Public Schools-owned Dickinson Center at 18000 Newburgh Road. Betty Hollenquest, a freelance television producer, said she plans to open in the fall with other local producers and directors as instructors. Besides television and radio, curriculum will include theater and acting classes, she said... New broadcast arts school plans to open in Livonia, Mon 7/25


All Access:

ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI announces their "EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT WEEKEND." Starting on FRIDAY (7-29) and running all weekend, listeners will pay the same price on CDs, DVDs, movie passes, and concert tickets that the WDVD staff pays, "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING." (Thu 7/28)

Condolences to family and friends of former BALTIMORE and DETROIT radio personality and voiceover talent HUGH WANKE, who died SUNDAY in MAYS CHAPEL, MD at 85. The BALTIMORE SUN reports that WANKE worked for WITH-A and WCAO-A/BALTIMORE in the 40s and 50s, then joined WWJ-A-TV/DETROIT in 1957, returning to the BALTIMORE area as a voiceover talent in 1970. (Fri 7/29)


Radio and Records:

Infinity/Denver VP/Programming Keith Abrams has taken on additional responsibilities as the company's VP/60s-70s Hits Programming. In his new corporate-level position, Abrams will oversee Infinity's 11 Oldies stations (including WOMC Detroit)... Abrams Adds Oldies VP Role At Infinity, Tue 7/26

 

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