Metro Detroit: In the News July 31 - August 6




Michigan Radio Will Add New Weeknight Show

On August 8, Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) will premiere a new addition to its weeknight schedule, called “On Point”, beginning at 9 pm. “The Connection”, which previously aired at that time, is longer being produced. WBUR, the creators of “The Connection”, have canceled the show as part of a cost saving move at their station. Michigan Radio will be airing “On Point” from 9-10 pm, Monday-Friday. The overnight broadcast of BBC World Service will begin at 10 pm.

“On Point”, hosted by Tom Ashbrook is a daily news program, recorded live with input from listener callers and broadcast at various times on stations around the country. The program covers each day’s important national and international news developments and conducts conversations with newsmakers and thinkers from all around the world. A cross between a talk program and a newsmagazine, “On Point” puts each day’s news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. The show seeks out distinct and provocative voices that may be new to public radio or that may not have been heard in quite the same context before.

“On Point” will be an excellent addition to our weekly schedule," said Station Manager Jon Hoban. "Tom Ashbrook is a passionate interviewer and a strong journalist. I’m confident that listeners will enjoy this program."

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StoryCorps Visits Ann Arbor

StoryCorps, the largest oral history project ever attempted, arrived in Ann Arbor on August 4 and will record "interviews" of local residents about their lives, opinions and philosophies. The recorded interviews will be stored permanently at the Library of Congress and available to the families of the people who make the recordings and to researchers and scholars. The StoryCorps mobile sound studio will be located at William and Main Streets until August 15. NPR stations in cities throughout the Unites States are hosting StoryCorps, including Michigan Radio.

Every Friday morning NPR’s Morning Edition is presenting a compelling StoryCorps interview and many local stations are airing interviews recorded while the trailer is in their area. NPR’s website ( includes a special section devoted to StoryCorps, with recordings of the Morning Edition segments and portions of selected interviews, which are updated as the tour moves across the country.

Begun in 2004, StoryCorps collected more than 2,000 stories in its first year and expects to collect more than 250,000 interviews over the next ten years. In each city on the tour, StoryCorps representatives will facilitate interviews between friends, colleagues or family members. At the end of the forty-minute session, the participants will receive a broadcast-quality CD of their interview. With their permission, a second copy will be archived at the Library of Congress, providing generations to come with access to these moving stories.

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Tom Joyner Gives Listeners Their Big Break

Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9 (Kiss FM), home of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, will host "Tom's Big Break", August 10th at The Hoop City Grille in Southfield. The singing competition will give local Detroiters the chance of a lifetime when three finalists compete live for a $1000 cash prize during The Tom Joyner Show on Friday August 12th from 6-10am on WDMK. The event will also be recorded for future airing on cable network TV One. Auditions begin at 6pm on Wednesday when listeners will get sixty seconds to wow a panel of judges made up of Kiss FM personalities Lady BG, AJ Parker and Mason. The panel will narrow the field down to 5 semi-finalists and then select the 3 finalists for Friday's competition. For more information call 313.259.2000 or visit

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WJR upcoming events:

Sunday August 7 from noon-2pm: The C.A.R. Show broadcasts live from the 27th Annual Concours d’Elegance, a classic car show event on the grounds of the historic Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University.

Monday August 8 from 6-9am: The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the “American Icon Exhibit” at the Detroit Historical Museum on Woodward.

Wednesday August 10 – Sunday August 21: As the official voice of the Michigan State Fair, WJR will broadcast live from the State Fair Grounds throughout the fair beginning with the Paul W. Smith Show 6-9am on Opening Day, Wednesday, August 10th.

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Motown recording artist and Detroit native KEM is next up in the WMXD-FM 92.3 find a new morning show host rotation. The Singer/songwriter caught national attention in 2003 with his debut album "Kemistry", capturing the soul of many with his smooth voice and R&B/Jazzy music. Earlier this summer, KEM released his sophomore album, "KEM II". Since the release, he has held the #1 spot on the Urban AC and R&B Adult Monitor charts the longer than any other urban adult male artist.

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WMGC Listeners Raise Funds for Michigan Breast Cancer 3-day Benefit

Forty-five WMGC-FM (105.1) listeners together raised $133,833.82 for the Michigan Breast Cancer 3-Day, making them the #1 team in Michigan. The amazing outpouring of support illustrates how Magic listeners, also known as “The Magic Family,” continue to come together to help a worthy cause. The Michigan 3-Day took place on July 15th through July 17th, 2005. Despite the heat, humidity and rain, Magic’s team forged ahead to walk 20 miles a day for three days, completing the 60 mile journey! The walk began in Rochester Hills, MI and wrapped up at the State Fair Grounds in Detroit, MI.

Kathy Keiper, from Centurion Home Services and one of the Magic Team Captains, said, “The Breast Cancer 3 Day is one of the most important things I have ever done. If you want to be a HERO to someone or make a difference in your lifetime, the 3 Day is a great place to start. You will find the true spirit of family, sharing and caring. You will see the look of perseverance and the sounds of gratitude. You will feel that for those three days YOU made a difference.”

Dr. Terri Orbuch, another Magic Team Captain, added, "It was an amazing experience to walk the Michigan 3-Day. It was definitely a challenge, but an experience that I will never forget. I met some of the most wonderful people, and the few times that I doubted my abilities to go on, they inspired and motivated me to go the extra miles.”

The Michigan 3 Day raised over $4.7 million. Eighty-five percent of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a global catalyst in the fight against breast cancer. The Komen Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Goodman Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan Goodman Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36.

More than 20 years later, the Komen Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through support of innovative breast cancer research grants and community-based outreach programs.

Detroit Free Press:

This is on! -- WRCJ-FM (90.9) launched its classical-jazz format under new Detroit Public Television management as scheduled Monday at noon... 90.9 is all Bach, Bird -- no Beyonce, Tue 8/2

Detroit News:

It was one of those sweltering summer nights when even a torrential rain can't tamp down the temperature, but on this special "iPod night," things couldn't have been cooler inside the Ferndale nightclub the bosco. Sipping the inevitable chilled vodka, a few dozen folk on the green side of 40 were negotiating the summer's cultural handshake, the 2005 equivalent of "What's your favorite record?" or "What's your sign?" This summer it's, "What's on your iPod?"... iPod nation marches to a high-tech beat, Mon 8/1

Daily Oakland Press:

A couple of weeks ago, we had a history lesson on the many changes heard across the AM dial in the last three to four decades... There’s been plenty of migration on FM dial, Mon 8/1

Ann Arbor News:

Longtime Ann Arborites Sandy and Ed Loyer were the first to stop by and record their stories for posterity at the shiny, custom-made Airstream trailer parked in a lot at the corner of Main and East William streets Thursday. They won't be the last. By the time the trailer, equipped as a rolling sound studio, departs for its next stop Aug. 15, dozens of area folks will have visited it in the process of contributing to an ambitious, nationwide oral history project whose results will be archived at the Library of Congress... Local residents' stories add to national resource StoryCorps trailer visits Ann Arbor to record dozens, Fri 8/5


The camaraderie and bonding that exists in the radio community is like no other. If you doubt it, pick any other vocation and ask yourself if there’d be any palpable interest in having someone videotape a gathering of a dozen or so of the best people from that field, discussing the good old days... Final Performance: Motown Memories, Thu 8/4

All Access:

RADIO ONE Urban WCKX (POWER-107.5)/COLUMBUS evening personalities SEAN ANTHONY and KEITH JONES are moving to sister Urban WHTD (HOT-102.7)/DETROIT, effective MONDAY (8/8). Wed 8/3







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