Metro Detroit: In the News Aug 14-20




WVMV's Alexander Zonjic to perform with Angela Bofill and Jeff Lorber

Alexander Zonjic, Angela Bofill and Jeff Lorber will be performing together for the first time in a concert at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater on Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. "I’ve worked with Angela and Jeff separately on stage and they both appear on my new CD ‘Seldom Blues,’ but this is the first time we are performing together at the same time on the same stage," said Alexander Zonjic.

Zonjic is continuing a busy summer performance schedule. It includes:
* opening for Chris Botti at Detroit’s Chene Park on Aug. 24
* two nights at Zonjic’s jazz supper club Seldom Blues in Detroit on Aug. 26-27
* the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Pontiac, MI on Sept. 3
* and Jazz on the Lake with Jeff Lorber and Warren Hill on Sept. 11 in Orchard Lake, MI.

In addition to serving as artistic director for five summer jazz festivals, Alexander Zonjic is the morning weekday host of Smooth Jazz 98.7 WVMV-FM radio in Detroit. He also performs about 100 concerts a year and recently released "Seldom Blues," his 11th recording that bears the same name as his successful restaurant venture in Detroit.

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Celebrity Morning Show Search Brings Back Detroit’s Own… “The Love Bug” Donnie Simpson

The WMXD-FM 92.3 Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search has caught national attention in the industry, casting celebrities from all aspects of the entertainment industry. August 22nd-August 26th, MIX 92.3 will feature Detroit-groomed personality, Donnie Simpson.

Simpson began his radio career at WMXD’s sister station, WJLB, at the age of 15. Having learned the skills and gained the experience from WJLB, he moved to WYKS in Washington D.C. where he hosted the morning show and served as Program Director for 15 years. Simpson also spent 14 years hosting BET Video Soul; breaking ground as one of the nation’s first “VJ’s”. Simpson joined WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. in 1993 and is currently hosting the morning show there from 6-10 a.m.

“Donnie Simpson is from Detroit and still has family here. He is a well-known personality in Detroit from being on WJLB for many years and we are excited to bring him back home to Detroit to take part in MIX 92.3’s Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director of WMXD.

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Detroit Free Press:

Her morning traffic report done, country radio disc jockey Lori Rigato told WYCD-FM (99.5) listeners the real news of the morning. She was having a face-lift. Updates in one hour, she promised. With cameras rolling, Rigato underwent a minimally invasive procedure patented as the Lifestyle Lift by Dr. David Kent; it took place at his Troy office... FACE-LIFT TO GO: Patients like DJ Lori Rigato are opting for an inexpensive procedure that lasts less than an hour and promises little disruption of their everyday lives, (Tue 8/16)

Detroit's NBC affiliate, Post-Newsweek owned WDIV-TV (Channel 4), is getting new leadership. Joe Berwanger has resigned as vice-president/general manager after five years at the helm ... The Names & Faces pennant flies at half mast today for ex-Detroit disc jockey Mike Kelly, who died Saturday in Toronto after battling stomach cancer for 10 months... Names and Faces, (Wed 8/17)

Detroit News:

This year there will be no re-launch of '60s radio icon WKNR-AM during the Woodward Dream Cruise on 1310 AM or any other frequency. czars Scott Westerman and Steve Schram ran out of time. "We're funding this out of the back of our pockets with lunch money," says Schram, who recently departed WYCD-FM. But there is a Dream Cruise podcast at their website, No return of WKNR this year, (Thu 8/18)

Daily Oakland Press:

Besides offering a high quality digital version of a station’s signal, HD allows for “secondary” channels that can offer more specialized programming than their primary stations — all in the battle with satellite radio for listeners. Two years ago, the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offered a taste of HD, but I just experienced it locally and want to share what I saw and heard because it is impressive... FM stations fight back with digital version of their signal, (Mon 8/15)

TV Week:

Joe Berwanger has resigned as VP and general manager of WDIV-TV, Post-Newsweek's NBC affiliate in Detroit. Post-Newsweek Stations President Alan Frank announced Tuesday that he has "reluctantly" accepted Mr. Berwanger's resignation and named Post-Newsweek veteran Steve Wasserman to succeed Mr. Berwanger as WDIV's top executive... Berwanger Steps Down as WDIV GM, (Tue 8/16)

All Access:

ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI is hosting a 14-hour radiothon on THURSDAY (9/8) from 5:30a to 7p. The charity event will benefit the KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE in their fight against breast cancer. Last year, WDVD raised over $14,000 with 100% of the proceeds going towards programs which provide mammograms for women who cannot afford them. (Fri 8/19)







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