Metro Detroit: In the News July 17-23




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







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