September 2005 Archives

ABC Radio Detroit and Salvation Army partner to aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

ABC's Detroit cluster, which includes News/Talk 760 WJR, Radio Disney 910AM, 96.3 WDVD and 93.1 Doug-FM (WDRQ), have partnered with the Salvation Army to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The joint on-air campaign kicked off this morning on all three stations located in the Golden Tower of the Fisher Building (WJR, WDVD, WDRQ) with the common goal to bring aid to those affected by this tragedy.

“On behalf of ABC Radio Detroit, we are asking our listeners to consider supporting this cause and donating to help those left in desperate need by Hurricane Katrina,” said Mike Fezzey, President & General Manager, News/Talk 760 WJR and Radio Disney 910AM. “With 100% of donations going directly to the victims, we salute the Salvation Army efforts and take pride in partnering with this outstanding organization.” adds President & General Manager, 93.1 Doug FM and 96.3 WDVD, Steve Kosbau.

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WOMC’S Labor of Love Hurricane Relief Campaign

This Labor Day Weekend, join 104.3 WOMC and Infinity Radio Detroit in our Labor of Love, collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.

What’s needed is cash, to buy necessary supplies and services. We cannot accept in-kind donations at this time.

Make your donation today. Stop by any Standard Federal Bank Branch in Michigan – and they’ll gladly forward your donation to the Salvation Army-Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. Make your checks payable to “Salvation Army – Hurricane Katrina”. If the bank branch is closed, just drop your donation in the night deposit slot.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Aug 28-Sep 3

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WDET to carry special NPR Katrina coverage this weekend

Public radio WDET-FM 101.9 will be broadcasting NPR's special coverage of catastrophic damage left by hurricane Katrina on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 2-5pm. NPR is currently working on a call-in show for Sunday, which WDET plans to carry. For further information on WDET's Katrina coverage, go to wdetfm.org or tune in to WDET 101.9FM. Hosted by Neal Conan both afternoons, the shows will include updates from NPR reporters in the field, interviews and listener calls.

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Michigan Radio to Join Other Public Radio Stations
to Offer Wider Selection of Podcasts

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, on August 31st joined fellow public radio stations around the country in making a wider array of public radio programming available via podcasting. This new collaboration, in which participating stations will pool together select, locally-produced podcasts, along with on-demand content from three key public radio networks, seeks to build upon the significant space individual public radio stations have already carved out in the podcasting field.

The participants include some of the nation’s leading public radio stations: Michigan Radio; WNYC (New York); KQED (San Francisco); Northwest Public Radio; WGBH (Boston); KUT (Austin) and WXPN (Philadelphia). Stations are joined by the three premiere public radio networks: National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM).

The launch of this joint venture greatly expands the amount of NPR programming available via podcasting. Until now, the only NPR programs offered in this format have been Science Friday, On the Media, and Living On Earth. Now more than 20 programs are available through the websites of participating stations. The Environment Report from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium was an early adopter of this delivery system and launched a podcast in March.

Through this collaboration, which will operate on a demonstration basis for the first six months, the websites of participating local stations will act as portals into a gallery of public radio podcasts. These will include shows stations produce locally, shows from other participating stations, and selections from the public radio networks.

The collaboration seeks to determine how local stations could maximize their use of advancing technologies to best serve the public radio audience, which has had significant audience growth over the last several years. Podcasting represents an unprecedented opportunity for local stations to transcend geography, offering their listeners public radio news, information, and cultural offerings from across the nation while also exposing their own local productions to a broader audience. It also allows listeners more convenience and flexibility, enabling them to hear their favorite shows and find new ones on their own timetable. Along with select network offerings from NPR, PRI, and APM, local programs such as the GLRC’s Environment Report and The California Report from KQED, as well as others popular in their local markets will now be available to public radio listeners everywhere.

NPR is providing the back-end technology infrastructure and will absorb all expenses including the additional bandwidth required. Once the demonstration period has ended, other stations will be encouraged to add their own content to the choices.

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Steve Harvey to guest host Mix 92.3's morning show next week


From September 6-9, Adult Urban WMXD-FM (92.3) will bring in the best of the best to take part in MIX 92.3’s Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search. Comedian, radio personality, and actor Steve Harvey will be in Detroit taking his shot at becoming the station's next new morning show host on Thursday and Friday. Kicking off the work week on Tuesday will be special in-studio guest host Frankie Beverly of the Maze.

“Having Steve Harvey on our airwaves, participating in the Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search will definitely heat up the search. In addition having Frankie Beverly in studio with us for an entire morning is an accomplishment for any radio station. We are excited to have both of them with us next week,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director of WMXD.

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College, Pro Gridiron Shows make FSN the Network for Football

The arrival of the 2005 football season brings a bevy of shows to FSN Detroit highlighting the college and professional ranks locally and nationally:

Mondays
1:30 PM – Lions Press Conference: Live coverage of Steve Mariucci’s Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard. Premieres Sept. 12.
* 10:00 PM – DSR: Maize & Blue Monday: Each week throughout the football season, the Monday edition of the Detroit Sports Report focuses on all things related to Michigan football.

Thursdays
6:00 PM – Ultimate Fantasy Football: FSN’s popular series returns for a third season. Hosted by Patrick O’Neal alongside former NFL QB’s Erik Kramer and Warren Moon and radio personality Andrew Siciliano, UFF breaks down upcoming match-ups and evaluates players to help fantasy football owners climb to the top of their fantasy standings. Premieres Sept. 8.
* 10:00 PM – DSR: One on One with John L. Smith: Back for the second season on the DSR is the candid Thursday conversation with Michigan State head coach John L. Smith, conducted by anchor Mickey York. Premieres Sept. 1.

Fridays
5:00 PM & 10:30 PM – FSN Pro Football Preview: The one-hour show is hosted by Emmy-Award winning broadcaster Chris Myers, alongside recently retired, future Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown and former NFL
defensive star Jason Sehorn, plus FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer. Taped in front of a live audience at the FOX Sports Grill in Irvine, CA, FSN Pro Football Preview promises first-rate breakdowns, match-up analysis and in-depth NFL news. Premieres Sept. 9 (re-airs Sundays at 10:00 AM).
* 10:00 PM – DSR: TGI Football: New to FSN this fall, each Friday’s edition of the Detroit Sports Report will provide detailed previews of the weekend football action, with an emphasis on Michigan State,
Michigan and the Lions.

Sundays
9:00 AM – Michigan Replay: The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and cohost Jim Brandstatter.
9:30 AM – Spartan Sports Zone: The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis.
Select Sundays – DSR: Lions Post-game Edition: Eight to nine times this season, the Detroit Sports Report crew provides live coverage immediately following Lions games providing remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Hosts are Matt Shepard (home games) and Mickey York (road games), joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson. Premieres Sept. 11 following the
Lions-Packers season opener.

FSN Detroit’s college and pro football shows are delivered to more than 3.6 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

* Shows air at 10:00 PM on non-game nights; may air earlier or later on live game nights.

Also, please note the following addition to the Tigers telecast schedule on FSN Detroit: Saturday Sept. 24 – Seattle Mariners at Tigers, 7:00 PM (no pre-game show). This is the make-up date for the Aug. 30 game that was rained out.

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Greater Media Detroit Names Director of Creative Services

Greater Media Detroit announces Lisa Drummond has been named Director of Creative Services. She will be responsible for providing clients and listeners with compelling, entertaining and effective commercials as well as expanding resources within the Creative Services Department.

A Michigan native and 25 year industry veteran, Drummond was formerly a senior writer and media supervisor at Caponigro Marketing Group, located in Southfield. “This is an exciting opportunity. It’s nice to work with a company like Greater Media that’s committed to offering exceptional resources to increase our advertisers’ effectiveness,” said Drummond who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University.

“We’re excited to have Lisa on board. She’ll be a great addition in our efforts to build better marketing campaigns for our advertisers,” said John Long, Director of Sales for Greater Media Detroit.

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WJR to visit MSU

On Thursday September 8th from 6-9AM, WJR-AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith will broadcast live from the Michigan State University Sesquicentennial Celebration at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in Lansing.


Detroit Free Press:

"The Daily Buzz," produced by ACME Communications and Emmis Television, with help from the Associated Press and CNN, debuts at 7-9 a.m. Sept. 12 on Detroit's WKBD-TV (Channel 50). "The Daily Buzz" is aimed at a younger demographic. As of the Detroit start, it'll be seen in 140 markets, covering more than 40% of the country... A Detroit debut buzz, (Mon 8/29)

Syndicated morning radio giant Tom Joyner, who's busy converting his Detroit radio audience to his new dial position at WDMK-FM (105.9), gets another enterprise going the first weekend in October. His syndicated TV show, "The Tom Joyner Show," a weekly one-hour music and variety series, debuts then. WDWB-TV (Channel 20) plans to air it Saturdays at 4 p.m. (tentative scheduling)... Joyner to air syndicated TV program, (Mon 8/29)

Detroit native George Noory knocked off three responsibilities over the weekend. He reunited with his Dearborn-based parents, got together with two of his St. Louis-based daughters who flew in and he hosted his nationally syndicated overnight talk fest "Coast-to-Coast A.M." (1 a.m. weeknights CKLW-AM, 800) from GM's OnStar base in the Renaissance Center early Saturday morning... 'Coast-to-Coast' Detroit remote goes well for returning native, (Tue 8/30)

Viacom reunited its two Detroit stations under a single vice president and general manager late Tuesday. Gone is Linda Danna, who ran WWJ-TV (Channel 62, CBS) since November 2001 and WKBD-TV (Channel 50, UPN) from then until Shaun McDonald arrived in Detroit in April from Indianapolis. Now he'll run both stations... Channel 50 boss takes over CBS 62, (Wed 8/31)


Detroit News:

Ever wonder what happened to Thayrone, the outspoken Ann Arbor-based disc jockey who was let go by public radio station WEMU (89.1-FM) in Ypsilanti for refusing to run NPR news and constantly talking up the Iraq War? Wonder no more. Thayrone's "Bone Conduction Music Show" has been running live on Ann Arbor talk radio station WAAM (1600 AM) from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sundays. On Fridays, the syndicated version of his music show is aired from 9 to 11 p.m. Now, a talk show Thayrone had going at midday, "On the Edge with Thayrone," moves into the coveted drive-time slot, 4-6 p.m., as of Thursday... Ann Arbor DJ Thayrone resurfaces with new shows, (Wed 8/31)

Brand new classical station WRCJ-FM (90.9) pleased a lot of listeners right off the bat with its announcement Wednesday that it's hired Dave Wagner as program director and morning host. Wagner is well known to Detroiters from his 17 years in the same roles at WQRS-FM (105.1) until that station dumped classical music in 1997 to become adult pop station WMGC-FM... Dave Wagner signs on at WRCJ, (Thu 9/1)


Daily Oakland Press:

Nothing seems to continually fascinate people in the radio industry (and listeners) more than ratings. In the metro Detroit market, radio ratings are taken in each of the four seasons and each quarter is divided into three phases, one for each month of the quarter... All-news WWJ is gaining ground on powerhouse WJR, (Mon 8/29)


All Access:

ALL ACCESS has learned that Sports WQSN-A/KALAMAZOO PD/host RYAN MAGUIRE is heading across the state of MICHIGAN to join CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR as PD, effective SEPTEMBER 23. MAGUIRE is represented by DAVID BRODY and JON CHELESNIK of BROADCASTER MARKETING SERVICES. (Mon 8/29)


TV Week:

Detroit's public television station WTVS-TV will be the first station outside of the Fox affiliates to adopt the Fox local station blueprint for high definition. WTVS signed a deal with equipment provider Terayon to use its technology to switch between local and national HD feeds... Detroit PBS Station Adopts Fox HD Solution, (Mon 8/29)

 

2005-06 WJR/Michigan Radioguide released

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The new 2005-06 edition of the popular WJR-Michigan RADIOGUIDE is now available and will be in most Big Boy Restaurants across Michigan as well as in the Michigan Department of Transporation's 'Welcome Center' rest areas shortly. As always, the guide is FREE for the asking. Sponsored by GMAC Mortgage Corporation, the WJR-Michigan RADIOGUIDE lists every station in the state, sorted by regional area! Also featured are the University of Michigan Football and Men's Basketball schedules for the current/upcoming seasons along with affiliate station listings.

If you're attending University of Michigan football games in Ann Arbor this fall, you can visit the WJR tailgate party to pick copies as well.

 

Mid-Michigan Radio and TV Stations Join Forces for Katrina Relief

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Mid-Michigan radio and televisions stations have banded together to provide essential relief to hurricane-ravaged areas of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. WILX-TV aired an NBC hurricane relief concert Friday evening, along with local cut-in's from Lansing's Celebration Cinema Theaters, raising more than $230,000 in aid. Particing radio stations in the effort were WFMK, WITL, WJIM-AM/FM, WMMQ and WHZZ. WLNS-TV, which headed fundraising efforts earlier in the week, raised over $70,000 for hurricane relief. That brings the cash donations of Mid-Michigan residents to a total exceeding $300,000. Also in participation was Dan Henry Distributing, which, under the supervision of marketing director Mark Stevens, donated a semi-truck full of fresh water to the victims. All of this is a prime example of how local media competitiveness can be set aside in times of need.

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, September 5, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


It’s nice to start off the week with some good news. Dave Wagner, whom classical music fans no doubt remember from his days at the former WQRS-FM (105.1), has been named program director for Classical/ Jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), effective Tuesday. In addition, he’ll become the station’s morning voice later this fall when the station switches from satellite feeds to local-based shows.

One of Detroit radio’s most popular personalities, Wagner’s vast musical knowledge and wry sense of humor entertained listeners for 17 years at WQRS. “It’s great to have classical music back in Detroit, and I’m so proud to be part of the team to make this happen,” says Wagner.

As program director for WRCJ, his role will be similar to the one he held at ’QRS before the classical music died in 1997 in a format change. Wagner will guide the mix of daytime classical and nighttime jazz and the overall content of the station, which is operated by Detroit Public Television and licensed to Detroit Public Schools. The 35-year radio veteran with experience at commercial and public radio stations has been working as program director at classical station KMZT (K-Mozart) in Los Angeles since 2001, in addition to his role as a music professor at Madonna University in Livonia. We’re looking forward to the Sousa Alarm going off at 7:15 a.m. weekdays when Dave returns.


Last week in New Orleans, radio stations were able to get themselves back on the air, at least periodically, to provide essential information on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the thousands in harm’s way — and stranded in the disaster area afterward. A battery-operated radio was literally a lifeline for many who were truly living in hell with no other means of communication.

For a medium often attacked as nonessential and not tuned in to what listeners want, countless examples of heroism by radio people in the stricken areas proved otherwise.


Locally, Oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) hosted the Labor of Love Hurricane Relief radiothon over the weekend to collect money for The Salvation Army’s hurricane relief efforts. Stop by any Standard Federal Bank branch in Michigan to make your donation — they’ll gladly forward your check made out to “Salvation Army — Hurricane Katrina.” If the bank’s closed, just drop your donation in the night deposit slot.

Other stations also jumped in to help, including ABC Detroit outlets news-talk WJRAM (760), Disney WFDF-AM (910), adult hits WDRQ-FM (93.1) and pop hits WDVD-FM (96.3). They’re taking donations at their Web sites and giving out The Salvation Army’s 24-hour donor phone line — (877) 725-6424. Times like this make radio shine, showing how it can rally people so quickly and effectively.


Breaking News: Coming Sept. 19 to public radio WUOM-FM (91.7) will be a talk show hosted by veteran political observer Jack Lessenberry. The show, which airs 1-2 p.m. weekdays, will look at issues of the day and chat with authors, guests and callers. “I wanted to call it ‘Hot Air’ since it follows ‘Fresh Air,’ but they wouldn’t let me,” jokes the often acerbic Lessenberry.


After nearly five months, National Public Radio’s “This I Believe” project has generated more than 5,000 submissions from listeners documenting their personal values in 500-word essays and interviews. The essays have contained revelations about parents, personal struggles and the impact of race and wealth on their characters. They air Mondays on NPR, alternating between “Morning Edition’ and “All Things Considered,” heard locally on WDET-FM (101.9) and WUOM. “Folks are embracing the chance for their voice to be heard,” said executive producer Dan Gediman.


Pop WDVD-FM (96.3) morning host Blaine Fowler hosts the third annual Hands-free Apple Pie Eating Contest at Rochester’s Art & Apples Festival on Saturday. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and four contestants will vie to see who can eat the most pie without using their hands in 96.3 seconds. The winner scores a $100 gift certificate — and a tummy ache.


Set Your Dials: Hosts Tom Wilson and Sarah Swanson go back to the early days of Detroit radio to play the jazz swing music of The Sophistocats at 6 p.m. Sunday (9-11) on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

 

Hurricane relief efforts continue

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WMXD-FM 92.3 and WJLB-FM 97.9 are teaming up today with the Salvation Army, in partnership with McDonald’s, to collect donations in efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. WMXD and WJLB will broadcast simultaneously from two different McDonald’s locations to collect donations. McDonald’s at 3975 Conner Street, in Detroit AND McDonald’s at 9815 Grand River Avenue in Detroit. Station personalities and local recording artists will be on-site to show their support and be apart of the effort, including, Derrick Coleman, Karen Clark-Sheard, Pastor J. Drew Sheard, J.Moss, Dorinda Clark Cole, and many others. One hundred percent of donations will respond to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

 

And the winner is....

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Steve Harvey! From All Access this afternoon:


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As first tipped here at ALL ACCESS, comedian, actor, and morning air-personality STEVE HARVEY is indeed returning to morning urban radio. HARVEY just signed a joint syndication arrangement with CLEAR CHANNEL's PREMIER RADIO NETWORKS and INNER CITY RADIO. He will be based at INNER CITY's flagship station Urban AC WBLS/NEW YORK, where he is scheduled to start on SEPTEMBER 19th.

Already lined up to carry the syndicated HARVEY morning show, beginning OCTOBER 3rd, are CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Urban AC WSRB (SOUL 106)/CHICAGO, INNER CITY stations in JACKSON, MS and COLUMBIA, S.C., and CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT, where HARVEY is guest-hosting this week.

This deal will pit HARVEY against REACH MEDIA's TOM JOYNER in THE MOTOR CITY. Look for this trend to spread, following a deal in which RADIO ONE purchased a controlling interest in REACH MEDIA, which is JOYNER's syndication company. In addition to DETROIT, RADIO ONE has already moved him to their stations in PHILADELPHIA and ST. LOUIS.
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Looks like the "contest" at Mix 92.3 is over. Guess when a talent on the level of Steve Harvey becomes available, the chance to get him on your station, even in a syndicated format, overrides any promotion you might have been running. The Joyner versus Harvey battle should be very interesting for listeners who will have two quality shows to choose from on Detroit's Adult Urban stations, WMXD and WDMK-FM 105.9, home of Joyner's program.

 

Michigan Cares - Michigan Gives

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More than 200 Michigan radio and television stations are joining with Governor Jennifer Granholm in Michigan Cares/Michigan Gives Fundraising Day, an unprecedented statewide effort to raise funds for relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

On Friday, September 9 from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. (10 a.m. in some markets), radio listeners and television viewers throughout the state will be able to tune to their favorite morning program and contribute money to hurricane disaster relief through their local Red Cross chapters.

“In local communities throughout Michigan, broadcasters are currently raising funds and awareness for victims of Hurricane Katrina,” said Julie Koehn, Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors and President of WLEN-FM, Adrian. “By joining the resources of over 200 broadcast stations statewide, this effort will allow Michigan citizens to have an even greater impact and raise critical resources at a time when they are needed most.”

Radio and television broadcasts throughout the morning will feature live and taped interviews with Governor Granholm and many other Michigan based dignitaries and celebrities who are donating their efforts to Michigan Cares/Michigan Gives. Messages from Governor Granholm will promote contributions to a secure national Red Cross help line through a special toll free number.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Sep 4-10

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WJR Upcoming Events

Tues. Sept. 13 – Wed. Sept. 14: (6AM-9AM) The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the Frankfurt International Auto Show in Germany.

Thursday September 15: (6AM-9AM) The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the GDHAC 49th Annual Conference & Meeting at The Dearborn Inn.

Also on Thursday, (9AM-11:30AM) the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Future Forum and Annual Meeting 2005 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.


Detroit Free Press:

To be honored: By Wayne State University's Journalism Institute for Minorities (JIM), longtime local TV newsman Emery King; In the works: "A Night of a Thousand Stars," a cabaret benefit for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, at 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Festivities include a dinner, cash bar and a silent auction. Country WYCD-FM's (99.5) Mike Williams emcees... Names and Faces, (Tue 9/6)


Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Local 4) viewers will have to get their Good Health from somebody else. Friday, Lila Lazarus, WDIV's health reporter and noon news anchor, resigned to pursue "new adventures" in life. Friday was Lazarus' last day... Lila Lazarus resigns at Local 4 to tackle 'new adventures', (Sat 9/10)

The Detroit News, Metro Times, 89X (CIMX-FM, 88.7), Clutch Cargo's and the Motor City Music Conference will sponsor a fund-raising concert for hurricane relief Sunday at Mill Street, downstairs from Clutch Cargo's... Concert proceeds will go to Salvation Army, (Sat 9/10)


Daily Oakland Press:

It’s nice to start off the week with some good news. Dave Wagner, whom classical music fans no doubt remember from his days at the former WQRS-FM (105.1), has been named program director for Classical/ Jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), effective Tuesday. In addition, he’ll become the station’s morning voice later this fall when the station switches from satellite feeds to local-based shows... Dave Wagner makes classical return to Detroit radio, (Mon 9/5)


All Access:

NFINITY's latest stations to add podcasting are News WBBM-A/CHICAGO, WBZ-A/BOSTON, WWJ-A/DETROIT, and KCBS-A/SAN FRANCISCO, which now offer a lineup of podcasts similar to those from sisters WINS-A and WCBS-A/NEW YORK, KYW-A/PHILADELPHIA, and KNX-A and KFWB-A/LOS ANGELES. WBZ is offering KATRINA coverage, commentary by BRADLEY JAY and CARL STEVENS, and other features. WWJ has a "Worldwide Automotive Report" among other options. WBBM's offerings include the station's 4:30 on-air newscast, Mayor DALEY's press briefings, and more. KCBS is featuring reports from the GULF COAST, plus LARRY MAGID's high-tech reports and other material. (Tue 9/6)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Radio station entrepreneur Robert Liggett sold nine radio stations in 2000, but he continues to be involved in companies ranging from the Big Boy restaurant chain to radio stations and a high-speed wireless Internet company. Liggett, who began working at a radio station at age 14, bought his first radio station in the 1970s and built Liggett Broadcasting into a regional empire based in Lansing... Entrepreneur still thrives (Mon 9/5)

Granite Broadcasting Corp. plans to sell WDWB-TV Channel 20 in Southfield along with another WB affiliate in San Francisco in a $180 million deal. New York City-based Granite, which has been seeking to sell or swap the stations since 2003, plans to sell WDWB and KBWB-TV Channel 20 to AM Media Holdings L.L.C., an affiliate of Acon Investments L.L.C... Channel 20 sold as part of $180M deal; AM Media Holdings buys WDWB-TV from Granite Broadcasting, (Thu 9/8)


Billboard Radio Monitor

Infinity all news outlet WWJ Detroit now offers a wide variety of podcast programs, including one with a couple of traditional 10-second spots. WWJ’s “Worldwide Auto Report,” is sponsored by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the advertiser rates a logo display on the WWJ podcast page, along with two spots in the program... All News WWJ Offers Podvertising, (Tue 9/6)


CBS Marketwatch

Granite Broadcasting Corporation announced today that it has entered into separate definitive agreements to sell its WB-affiliated television stations, KBWB, Channel 20 in San Francisco, California and WDWB, Channel 20 in Detroit, Michigan to wholly-owned subsidiaries of AM Media Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of ACON Investments, LLC. In consideration for the sales of the two stations as well as for covenants not to compete in each of the San Francisco and Detroit markets, Granite will receive $180 million in the aggregate, before closing adjustments, consisting of $177.5 million in cash and $2.5 million of equity in AM Media Holdings, LLC... Granite Broadcasting Corporation to Sell San Francisco and Detroit WB Stations to AM Media Holdings, LLC, (Thu 9/8)

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, September 12, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


Today marks my 10th year of living in Oakland County, and I still can’t afford it. However, those of us in local media are very excited about the final Motor City Broadcast Reunion, now less than two weeks away. Organizers, including yours truly are encouraged by the phenomenal number of legendary broadcasters coming back to Motown Sept. 24 for this historic gathering. Many radio stars who never even worked at local stations are anxious to attend because of the rich heritage of Detroit radio, known far and wide across America.

Guests are coming from Boston to Seattle, Naples to northern Michigan. At the risk of being labeled a namedropper, some of the heavy-hitters include:
• Nationally syndicated talk host Joey Reynolds from New York.
• Energetic personality Tom Kent from Cleveland.
• Kipper McGee, the new program director from WJR-AM’s (760) sister station WLS in Chicago.
• Ann Arbor native and Chicago radio icon John Records Landecker.
• From New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio, Southfield native Pat St. John.
• 32-year Big Apple veteran Jim Kerr, who’s originally from Westland.
• Casey Kasem, another nationally known Detroiter, also is expected.
• Local TV personalities such as Diana Lewis, Mort Crim and Chuck Gaidica are scheduled to be on hand.

Even though the event is not open to the public, many of the returning “radio and TV greats” will be in a special to be broadcast on oldies WOMC-FM (104.3). Both my colleague Mike Austerman and I appreciate the radio fans who read this column, but we also know that there are a lot of local radio people who scan our words each week. If you work in local radio or television or related industries and want to attend, please log onto www.vuolovideo.com and click on “reunions.” Time is very tight, but we don’t want any of our friends currently working in local media left out. The event is a benefit for the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Fund.


Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and today the effects of Hurricane Katrina cannot be ignored. Radio stations all over our area and throughout the country are banding together to raise amazing amounts of money to help the victims of this national catastrophe. In New Orleans, both Clear Channel and Entercom Communications said “competition be damned” as they joined forces. The Big Easy’s 50,000 watt news-talker, WWL-AM (870), has been doing an incredible job of helping people communicate along the Gulf Coast. The station is now streaming online at www.wwl.com and it’s “riveting radio.”

The National Association of Broadcasters, in partnership with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, are distributing 10,000 battery-operated radios to evacuees who thirst for information in the stricken areas. The NAB’s commitment to supplying the radios is in addition to the $100 million that broadcasters have pledged to raise for Katrina relief. Even the two major satellite radio companies, XM and Sirius, have pitched in to help.


There’s some big local news in urban radio. Several weeks ago, listeners heard top-rated Tom Joyner segue “across the street” from pop-urban WMXD-FM (92.3) to urban-hits WDMK-FM (105.9). Since that change, Mix 92.3 has been auditioning morning personalities. Well, the “mothership” Clear Channel, in concert with Inner City Radio, will syndicate popular African-American funnyman Steve Harvey to do morning radio in major markets throughout the country. In Detroit, that makes Harvey the new morning drive-time host on 92.3 FM, pitting Harvey directly against Joyner. We’ll be watching the ratings on this situation closely.


If you were one of the 111,000 plus who packed The Big House in Ann Arbor for that exciting Michigan vs. Notre Dame game Saturday, you may also have been one of the thousands who took along a radio headset so you could stay tuned to the U-M Football Network. Whether you listen on “The Big Stick” WJR or local affiliate sports WTKA-AM (1050), the team of Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter is hard to beat. Brandstatter has a new book, “Tales From Michigan Stadium, Vol. II” (Sports Publishing, $19.95), which is a follow-up to his first edition. At less than 200 pages, it’s an easy read and well worth your time — especially if you’re a fan of Michigan and Brandy’s colorful commentary on the broadcasts. It’s available at most major bookstores and online at www.umalumni.com.

For fans of the “Brandy & Bo Show” on WJR, sorry to report the program will not be on the air this season. Former coach Bo Schembechler, now a young 76, is scaling back on his media obligations.


Art Vuolo writes a radio column for The Oakland Press. E-mail him at www.vuolovideo.com.

 

Detroit Public Radio will broadcast the debate between Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and mayoral candidate Freeman Hendrix this Thursday, September 15 beginning at 7:00PM. The debate takes place at noon on Thursday at Cobo Center and is sponsored by the Detroit Economic Club.

The station is also working on being able to air subsequent mayoral
debates scheduled for October.

 

Z-101.7 Gives Way to "Mike"

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WHZZ-FM (101.7) Lansing has dropped its fairly successful CHR format in favor of a "Jack" style format, rebranding itself as "101.7 Mike FM". The new format, which is currently running without live announcers, features a mix of 70's, 80's and 90's hits. WHZZ's parent company, MacDonald Broadcasting, implemented a similar format on sister station WMJO-FM Bay City last year, and has enjoyed reasonable success with the format in the Tri-Cities market.

This effectively ends speculation that Citadel's WMMQ-FM might adopt the "Jack" format in light of the departure of morning host Tim Barron. However, WHZZ's switch to this format is a total surprise, since their CHR format was garnering respectable ratings. I guess the next question is, who, if anyone, will pick up the CHR torch in the Lansing market?

 

Faced with one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina left in her wake an estimated 500,000 homeless across the southern states and over 80% of the city of New Orleans under water. The Motor City has always been known for its generosity and the RIFF is once again asking for you to join us as we help rebuild lives and cities with the WRIF Rock For Relief Auction!

Last week 101 WRIF kicked off dual auction efforts to raise much needed funding. Morning show hosts Drew and Mike hit the airwaves and offered up a daily featured item from sporting event tickets to tailgate parties for listeners to bid on. Listener response has been overwhelming and as a result Drew and Mike’s on air auctions will continue through this week with new items in the days to come. Every dime raised through the on air auctions will benefit the American Red Cross.

To give more listeners the chance to join in the cause, 101 WRIF took our fundraising efforts to the web as well as we posted a series of goods up for auction on eBay including autographed rock and sports memorabilia, concert tickets, RIAA record awards a complete Rolling Stones CD catalog and more! 100% of the online auction proceeds will benefit several relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, Feed the Children and many more! To date the combined efforts have raised almost $20,000!

Items up for bid include autographed guitars from Puddle of Mudd, Metallica, Nickelback, Zakk Wylde, Kid Rock, Judas Priest, Staind, Tesla/Scorpions, Seether/Three Days Grace/Shinedown, KISS, Linkin Park, Motley Crue and Papa Roach, unique items like a signed microphone from Ozzy, a signed tablecloth from STP and autographed set list from Def Leppard, great items from the RIFF including the chance to program “Midnight Metal” in studio with Screamin’ Scott Randall, dinner with Arthur Penhallow, the VIP treatment as guest co-host with Doug Podell at our Wednesday night Wild Woody’s party, sweet items from The Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and so much more! For full details on the auction and a complete list of items visit www.wrif.com.

101 WRIF has also partnered with Wild Woody’s to help take care of the children affected by this disaster. This Wednesday (September 14th) from 11am until midnight, listeners are encouraged to bring a toy, crayons, etc. to Wild Woody’s located at 32500 Gratiot between 13 and 14 Mile Roads across from Macomb Mall in Roseville. We will be filling the Wild Woody’s bus full of children’s toy donations and shipping them down the Gulf Coast!

 

Fig returns to CK 105.5

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WWCK-FM "All The Hits CK 105.5" announces "Fig", Brian Figula, as Program Director beginning Monday, September 19, 2005. Fig will also host his 3-7pm show beginning Wednesday, September 21, 2005.
Cumulus Flint Operation Manager, Jeff Wade says, "We are excited to name a person to this position that understands the Flint Market. Fig has the passion, drive and leadership ability that will help us to continue building upon the recent successes of CK 105.5."

Fig will depart his afternoon show and assistant program director position at CBS/Infinity?s "Q104" WQAL-FM Cleveland, Ohio September 16, 2005. Fig started his radio internship at WWCK in 1994 and later started his career at WCRZ/WWBN/WFNT. In 2003, Fig was awarded the Illinois Silver Dome Award for outstanding achievement in broadcasting in the category for best local radio station personality at WDBR, Springfield, IL.

This will return Fig to his family and hometown of Flint. He's a business graduate of Baker College and a 1994 graduate of Kearsley High School in Flint.

 

Lansing radio shake-up!

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At 9 a.m. this morning, September 15th 2005, Citadel Broadcasting in Lansing, Michigan is really shaking things up and we all know how much the listening audience loves change.

Much of this was generated by cross-town WHZZ-FM (Z-101.7) which MacDonald Broadcasting just switched, on the 12th, from CHR to the "Jack-FM" format calling itself "Mike-FM." This left Michigan's capital city with no hit music.

So, upper management decided to do what is happening all over America. They blew up WJIM-FM (97.5) which was best known as Oldies 97.5 at 10 a..m. Thursday. This change moves long-time morning icon Rich Michaels over to classic rocker WMMQ-FM (94.9) to be teamed with Deb Hart. Hart was partnered for many years with long-time market morning guy Tim Barron. Barron's future is unclear. Rich Michaels' long-time news partner Monica Harris is being relinquished to the morning show on soft-rock WFMK-FM (99.1).

Obviously, all of these stations are part of the Citadel cluster, which also owns news-talk WJIM-AM (1240), sports WVFN-AM (730) and country WITL-FM (100.7).

The announcement was made by Michaels and Harris on the air along with General Manager Rob Stryker and Corporate VP Matt Hanlon. Interestingly this move places Rich Michaels on the same exact frequency where he started in the early 80's at Lansing's (then CHR) WVIC The New 95 (94.9). The WVIC calls are now on Rubber City's classic hits FM at 94.1. That station was once WIBM-FM from nearby Jackson, MI. Confused? So is the audience.

The last song on WJIM-FM was "American Pie." The music IS dying...all over the country as terrestrial radio continues to chase the audience who are over 50 years old to satellite companies like XM and Sirius. And the beat goes on.....for a small monthly fee!

 

Big Changes at Citadel-Lansing

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Citadel Broadcasting has announced changes affecting formats and lineups at three of their Lansing radio stations. The announcements were made at 9:00 this morning on Oldies WJIM-FM (97.5) and Classic Rock WMMQ-FM (94.9) by Citadel-Lansing GM Rob Stryker and VP of Operations Matt Hanlon. Here's a rundown of the announced changes:

  • WJIM-FM is dropping its Oldies format in favor of CHR, the format dropped by MacDonald Broadcasting's WHZZ-FM just two days ago.
  • WJIM-FM morning show host Rich Michaels moves to mornings at WMMQ, where he will co-anchor the morning show with Deb Hart. WMMQ's Classic Rock format will remain the same.
  • Michaels' co-host Monica Harris moves to WFMK, where she will co-anchor mornings with Danny Stewart.
  • Hart's current WMMQ morning co-host, Dave Beagle, moves to mornings at the "New 97.5", with its relaunched CHR format. Beagle joined WMMQ following the departure of Tim Barron last month.
  • Broadcasts of Michigan State University football and basketball games will move from WJIM-FM to WMMQ.

These moves answer the question of who will pick up the CHR torch which was dropped when WHZZ switched to a "Jack" style format as "Mike FM" on Tuesday (9/13). Of course, now this leaves a void for the Oldies format in Lansing, so we'll see if anyone picks that torch up and runs with it.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Sep 11-17

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Governor Granholm Pays Tribute to Greater Media During Official Dedication of Peter A. Bordes Broadcast Center

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm praised the state's “spirit of community” as she spoke during the official dedication of the Peter A. Bordes Broadcast Center on Thursday, September 15th, 2005 at Greater Media Detroit’s new state of the art digital broadcast facility.

She cited Greater Media’s stations, WRIF-FM 101.1, WCSX-FM 94.7 and WMGC-FM 105.1, for their support of Detroit area charities and causes. The Governor pointed out that it’s “in giving back to others that we create a community spirit.”

Built next to its former location at One Radio Plaza in Detroit, the new building is home to the three popular Detroit radio stations. More than 400 hundred guests, consisting of employees, building contractors and clients attended the event, which also included a reception and tour of the new facility.

In remarks at the opening ceremony, Chairman of Greater Media, John Bordes said, “The design and construction of this facility is a very fitting tribute to my brother. He would have been proud of the state of the art technology involved. It represents a major investment in the future technology of radio, which we believe can only further our goals of bringing the very best radio experience to our listeners in Greater Detroit.”

President and CEO of Greater Media, Peter H. Smyth, said, “The commitment of the Bordes family to our community and our employees is evident in our new building. We’re proud to make this investment in the Detroit area.”

Greater Media, Inc. is the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. It also owns a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.

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WDET to air "Higher Ground" on September 17 @ 8PM

WDET-FM 101.9 will broadcast NPR's "Higher Ground: A Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert" on Saturday, September 17 beginning at 8PM, a LIVE benefit concert for hurricane relief.

Led by New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the concert will be a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Higher Ground will be emceed by Laurence Fishburne, and along with Wynton Marsalis, the guest list includes Terence Blanchard, Ken Burns, Cyrus Chestnut, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Robert De Niro, Bill Cosby, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Hendricks, Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Paul Simon, Meryl Streep, James Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Cassandra Wilson, Buckwheat Zydeco, and
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Detroit Radio One Stations Pitch In for Hurricane Relief

A UniverSoul Circus semi-tractor trailer, filled with non-perishable food and clothing items donated by circus patrons in the Motor City, was scheduled to make its way from Detroit to Tallulah, Louisiana this morning, bringing much needed assistance to those affected by hurricane Katrina. Spearheaded by Mayor Lindsey, Tallulah will serve as a Northeast Louisiana relief hub for the hard hit parishes and cities in the Gulf region.

Through public appeals, UniverSoul Circus and its radio partners in Detroit, Kiss 105.9, WDMK, Hot 102.7 WHTD and WCHB AM 1200, have helped collect a trailer-full of non-perishable goods for the relief effort. Hot 102.7 afternoon drive personality Charles “Spudd” Spence will be along for the ride, and will be broadcasting live upon arriving in Northeast Louisiana. The trailer will be filled with items such as bottled water, toiletries, diapers, undergarments and clothing.

“UniverSoul Circus is committed to assisting the relief effort through the end of our tour,” said Cedric Walker, founder and president. “This trip from Detroit is just the tip of the iceberg. We will continue collecting non-perishable goods from our patrons as we travel to Chicago, Oakland and Los Angeles, the final cities on our 2006 tour schedule. And to make sure these items reach their intended destinations, we’re delivering them ourselves, in a circus truck driven by circus personnel.”

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WMXD Announces October 3rd Start Date For Steve Harvey Morning Show

Starting Monday October 3rd from 6-10 AM, Detroit will be waking up on weekdays to “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” on Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3.

With a solid and accomplished track history in television and movie screens worldwide, Steve Harvey has entertained families across the country. Entering radio in 2000 with “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, ranked #1 on 100.3FM The Beat in Los Angeles, Harvey took his career to another medium of entertainment. Harvey will now join Clear Channel Radio’s list of top personality on-air line-up, including Donald Trump, The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly.

“We are excited and anxious to give Detroit what they deserve, and that is to provide a national talent who will offer the most compelling and entertaining show to our listening audience. I can’t wait to wake up to Steve Harvey every morning!” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director of WMXD.

WMXD's lineup effective 10/3:
6-10am: “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”
10am-3pm: “Mid-Day MIX” with Frankie Darcell
3-7pm: “The Michael Baisden Show”
7pm–Midnight: “MIX Moods” with Keil Lamont
Midnight-6am: “Midnight MIX” with Tracey McCaskill

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Upcoming WJR-AM 760 Events:

Tuesday, September 20th – Wednesday, September 21st:
From 6-9am both days, the Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the Forbes CEO Forum 2005 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Saturday, September 24th:
News/talk 760 WJR, the Detroit Medical Center & Wayne State University will present “People’s Medical College”, a free, informative and potentially life saving opportunity. “How the Heart Works” is a community education program presented by WJR and the DMC, which explores biological science, medical terminology and exciting achievements from DMC/WSU physicians and professors. Key physicians will lecture on the cardiac cycle, coronary arteries, heart disease to heart attacks, surgical advancements, though treatments today and beyond. For more information or to register, call 1-888-DMC-2500.

“People’s Medical College” schedule of events:
5-9am: live WJR broadcast with Warren Pierce
8:30am: Registration
9-11:30am: Lecture/discussion

Location: Grosse Pointe War Memorial ballroom
32 Lake Shore Blvd.
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236


Detroit Free Press:

Going national: Local fitness expert Peter Nielsen. His 30-minute show "Peter's Principles" rolls out nationally in 204 markets starting Sept. 26. His home station WDIV-TV (Channel 4) will carry it... Names and Faces, (Tue 9/13)


Stewart's a hit in Motown: Martha mania seems to be slightly higher in Detroit than elsewhere. (Maybe it was the Kmart nearness effect?!) Whatever. While domestic doyenne Martha Stewart carded a 5.4 rating and 16 share Monday at 10 a.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in her return to daytime TV after slammer time, the results elsewhere weren't as stupendous... Names and Faces, (Wed 9/14)


Good news for lonely hearts! Local radio legend Alan Almond and his love song-laden program "Pillowtalk" will return to WNIC-FM (100.3) on Monday. "Alan truly has a special sound and a unique gift for setting the perfect mood at night, and he's a staple of Detroit radio," says Darren Davis, Clear Channel regional vice president of programming. WNIC let Almond go in 2002. "I guess you can write we had creative differences," Almond said at the time. "Pillowtalk" will air from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday... Almond and 'Pillowtalk' back on WNIC, (Sat 9/17)


Detroit News:

Alan Almond is making a return to Detroit radio. The seductive voice of "Pillowtalk" -- who was fired from WNIC-FM (100.3) in November 2002 -- returns to the station Monday. "We couldn't be more excited to welcome Alan back home to WNIC," Clear Channel Regional Vice President of Programming Darren Davis said in a statement. "Pillowtalk" will air 7 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday on WNIC... Alan Almond, 'Pillowtalk' return to WNIC-FM, (Sat 9/17)


Daily Oakland Press:

Today marks my 10th year of living in Oakland County, and I still can’t afford it. However, those of us in local media are very excited about the final Motor City Broadcast Reunion, now less than two weeks away. Organizers, including yours truly are encouraged by the phenomenal number of legendary broadcasters coming back to Motown Sept. 24 for this historic gathering... Legendary broadcasters to come back to Motown, (Mon 9/12)


Ann Arbor News:

Although the Arbitron ratings released to the public do not contain the rankings for non-commercial stations, listenership for stations such as WUOM at the University of Michigan and WEMU, the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, is counted and made available to those stations. When the public stations are added to the picture, WUOM (91.7-FM) jumps over WJR as the most popular station in Ann Arbor... Include public radio in ratings and WUOM beats out WJR, (Sun 9/11)


The pot has been sweetened in an attempt to spur new information in the 2003 stabbing death of a Fowlerville gas station attendant...The new $10,000 reward offer comes from radio station WHMI-FM, Howell-Brighton, the county's only radio station. The previous $25,000 offer, which still stands, comes from the gas station owner. WHMI Operations Manager Reed Kittredge said the station wanted to offer the reward money to jump-start the ongoing investigation, in which police said leads had trickled to a minimum. "WHMI feels strongly that this vicious crime must be solved, and that the best chance of resolving this case is by receiving new information or evidence from someone in the community,'' Kittredge said in a written statement. "WHMI hopes the offer of an additional $10,000 reward will be the incentive needed for someone to come forward with new information that will ultimately lead to the arrest and conviction of those guilty of this horrible murder"... Radio station pitches in to help solve 'horrible murder', (Fri 9/16)


All Access:

INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT PD CHIP MILLER has resigned from his PD post, and has told ALL ACCESS that he'll be returning to MEMPHIS to get into broadcast acquisitions and ownership. MILLER, who programmed WGKX/MEMPHIS for several years before heading to MOTOR CITY, was at WYCD for a year. (Mon 9/12)


CLEAR CHANNEL AC WNIC/DETROIT, MI brings ALAN ALMOND’s “PILLOW TALK” show back for the 7p-mid slot airing from SUNDAY through THURSDAY. ALMOND worked at WNIC off and on from 1972-2002 with a brief stint at cross-town WOMC during the 80’s. (Fri 9/16)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Local radio stations are embracing digital technology and even cutting commercial time as more listeners tune in to satellite radio or create their own MP3 playlists. Both products have station owners making the most of local content, providing their own new technology and evaluating commercial time. Some see the approaches as smart marketing; others say such steps are necessary to save the industry from decline... Changing stations, (Mon 9/12)


MediaWeek:

There are three things that Detroiters love unequivocally: sports, cars and music. The city's rich music heritage as the home of the legendary Motown sound lives on. In 2006, the Motor City will play host to two premier events to satisfy its other two loves: the annual North American International Auto Show, one of the world's most prominent car shows, in early January; and on Feb. 5, Super Bowl XL.... Market Profile: Detroit, (Mon 9/12)

 

Country WYCD should tap local roots

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Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, September 19, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


Country WYCD-FM (99.5) once again is looking for a new program director with last week’s exit of Chip Miller after less than a year at the station. Word is the decision for the quick exit was mutual after WYCD couldn’t nail down a long-term commitment from Miller, who’s seeking to get into station ownership in Tennessee.

Instead of a launching another nationwide search, maybe WYCD should start by looking at two highly qualified country programmers with strong roots in the area: W4 Country alums Barry Mardit and Joe Wade Formicola, both of whom know what it takes to win with country in the Motor City. Already blessed with a strong on-air roster, WYCD could easily reach new heights with the experience and loyalty of guys like Mardit or Formicola. Maybe that’d be too easy.


Premiering at 1 p.m. today on Public Radio WUOM-FM (91.7) is a new, local call-in talk show hosted by Jack Lessenberry. Famed for his acerbic weekly Metro Times column, the veteran journalist and social commentator promises an edgy and fast-paced program that’s “a little fun, as well.”


The “Where Are They Now?” file: Former Pop WDVD-FM (96.3) morning man Rocky Allen is back in New York City at WPLJ-FM, where he enjoyed considerable ratings success in the 1990s doing afternoon drive. Allen, who’d been living in Rochester Hills, will once again help commuters get home during afternoon drive in the nation’s No. 1 radio market.


Lansing temporarily lost its only Top 40 station last week when WHZZ-FM (101.7) suddenly became Mike FM, yet another station that’s jumped on this year’s hot format of “playing anything.” So now in Michigan, we have Doug FM in Detroit, Joe FM in Saginaw and Mike FM in Lansing — how long before George moves to Grand Rapids?

Quickly taking the Top 40 torch was Oldies WJIMFM (97.5), leaving the Capital City without an oldies outlet. Longtime WJIM morning voice Rich Michaels moved to sister station Classic Rock WMMQ-FM (94.9) along with the broadcasts of Michigan State University football and basketball. I can already hear the howling from MSU fans used to getting the games on 97.5, which covers a lot more ground east of Lansing than 94.9 because of the proximity of our own Classic Rock WCSX-FM on 94.7.


Is anyone else having a hard time keeping up with all of the technology that can deliver content that used to be the sole domain of radio? Podcasting, the ability to download programming from multiple sources for playback whenever you want to hear it on your computer or MP3 player, has really caught on. Radio stations themselves have recognized this and are now offering podcasts from their Web sites. Check out www.wwj.com, the Web site for All-News WWJ-AM (950), for extra reports that don’t make it on the radio. Now how long will it be before radio stations charge us to download the content we want?


Urban stations WDMK-FM (105.9), WHTD-FM (102.7) and WCHB-AM (1200) get kudos for helping the UniverSoul Circus collect a tractor-trailer full of food and clothing, which was shipped over the weekend to hurricane victims in Louisiana.


WDFN-AM (1130) handyman Glenn Haege will host his annual Fall Home Show from Oct. 7-9 at the Ford Arts Center in Dearborn. It’s the area’s only free home show that features numerous home improvement experts discussing products and services with area homeowners. Haege will broadcast his weekend show live from the event 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9. Check www.wdfn.com for more details.


Top voice talents Randy Thomas and Peter Rofe will be teaching aspiring voice actors Friday and Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi. Geared toward beginners and experienced pros alike, this class can be invaluable to those seeking a voice career. Call (248) 737-3000, Ext. 11, or contact barryzate@aol.com.


Just out is the latest WJR/ Michigan Radioguide produced by my radio column colleague Art Vuolo. Sponsored by GMAC Mortgage, the guide lists every station in the state by region and also the University of Michigan football and men’s basketball schedules for the season, along with affiliate station listings. Get the guides free at Big Boy restaurants across the state or for just $1 mail to the following address: WJR Michigan RADIOGUIDE, P.O. Box 880, Novi, MI 48376-0880. Be sure to include your return address to get yours ASAP.


Set Your Dials: Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is the featured essayist on NPR’s “This I Believe” series during today’s “All Things Considered” news show, 4-7 p.m. on WDET-FM (101.9) and WUOM.

Ray Anthony, one of the remaining members of the original Glenn Miller band, will be featured on “Somewhere in Time,” at 6 p.m. Sunday (9-25) on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

 

Details on the Citadel-Lansing Switch

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The following was published to the Radio and Records website Monday (9/19), regarding the format switches of last week:

He Who Hesitates Gets Stuck With The Crappy Format.

On Tuesday, Lansing, MI lost its only Pop station when McDonald Broadcasting flipped WHZZ to the Jack-esque "Mike-FM." Within the space of two days, however, Citadel dove right into that gaping hole by flipping WJIM from Oldies to an adult-targeted CHR under the working slogan "The New 97.5." "This has been the fastest 48 hours of my life," says Dan Kelley, who remains in place as OM/PD of WJIM and Classic Rock sister WMMQ. Chris Reynolds, PD of AC clustermate WFMK, adds MD duties for The New 97.5. In other moves, longtime WJIM morning man Rich Michaels will swap shifts with WMMQ morning talent Dave Beagle. Joining Beagle will be Lisa G, a refugee from the late WHZZ, where she did afternoons.

Kelley lets ST Daily in on the company's decision to make this sudden move and describes the accelerated timeline and behind-the-scenes drama: "WHZZ abandoned the format and left the door wide open for someone to take the position; it was a no-brainer decision and a race to see who would do it first," he says. WHZZ flipped at 1pm on Wednesday. "By 3pm, we were already having meetings about it," says Kelley, who enlisted the help of Chris Abrams at sister KKOB-FM/Albuquerque to start pulling some music together. "We got the final approval from [Citadel COO] Judy Ellis at 6:20pm ET Wednesday. We started loading in the music, cut some liners, started generating music logs and launched at 10am Thursday," he says.

The only discrepancies in the R&R article were that WHZZ switched formats at 1 pm last Tuesday (9/13), and that Dave Beagle's morning host is Lisa D (R&R reported her name as Lisa G). In any event, the lightning speed with which the staff on Pine Tree reacted to the changes on Cavanaugh is staggering, and shows just how fast things can move in the radio business, especially in this technological age!

 

Red Wings hockey returns to TV

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Starting with tonight's exhibition game against the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings hockey returns to television sets across Michigan. All 82 regular season Wings' games will be televised this year among several different networks:

Fox Sports Net Detroit and Fox 2 Detroit will cover 69 Wings' regular season games along with 3 exhibition contests featuring the local broadcast team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Channel 2 will broadcast 5 of the 69 games during the regular season, with the remainder being on FSN. Fox Sports Net also enjoys local broadcast rights for the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The regular season starts on Wednesday October 5th with a home game against the St. Louis Blues at 7:30pm on Fox Sports Net Detroit.

NBC, the NHL's US national broadcast TV partner, will cover the NHL on 6 Saturdays starting in January. NBC stations across Michigan, including Local 4 in Detroit, are scheduled to carry 5 Red Wings' games on the following Saturdays at 2:00 PM: January 14, 21, and 28, February 4, and April 15.

New national NHL cable parter OLN will provide coverage of the remaining 8 Wings' games on October 24, November 1, December 12, January 3 and 10, February 12, March 27, and April 17.

ESPN, the longtime cable home of professional hockey in the US, opted not to continue its relationship with the league as it returns from a year-long labor dispute. OLN, perhaps better known as its former name the Outdoor Life Network, has taken over as the new cable outlet even though it only reaches 64 million households instead of ESPN's 90 million.

OLN will broadcast 58 regular-season NHL games primarily on Monday and Tuesday nights. Known mostly for showing Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France, OLN paid $135 million for the broadcast rights for at least the next two seasons. OLN will also show early-round playoff games, the conference finals and the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals. NBC will then take over for the rest of the championship series.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Sep 18-24

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GLRC Celebrates 10 Years

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium, an award-winning environmental news service, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The GLRC is marking this anniversary with a special series that looks at the 10 greatest threats to the Great Lakes. These reports will make up one of the most extensive broadcast series ever to cover challenges to the health of the lakes. This landmark series, entitled “Ten Threats to the Great Lakes” serves as a testament to the past 10 years of Great Lakes environmental news coverage from the GLRC. Produced by Michigan Radio, the GLRC provides a no-cost weekly service of environmental news and information that can be heard on more than 150 public radio stations in 20 states, as well as via podcast and the Internet at www.glrc.org.

The GLRC first broadcast on September 18, 1995, but its story begins earlier that year in Cleveland, Ohio, at a planning meeting between Michigan Public Radio, Superior Radio Network, and NPR’s “Living on Earth”. They agreed that there was great need for a service that would report environmental news from the Great Lakes Region. Preparations for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium began and within months, 30 public radio stations across five states joined this ground-breaking collaboration. Over the next nine years, more than 120 additional stations, in 20 states and the province of Ontario began airing GLRC news segments, reaffirming that environmental issues in the Great Lakes region are important to the country at large, not just to those who live here. In the process, they have earned numerous accolades including a National Headliner Award, an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, and an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for Outstanding Radio Reporting in a large market.

In March of 2005, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium once again helped to blaze a new trail for public radio as it became one of the pioneer stations in the field of on-demand news. By offering its service via podcast, the GLRC assured that an even greater number of listeners would have access to news about environmental concerns in our region by downloading reports through the Internet. Now, after 10 years, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium is a valuable part of Michigan Radio. The station is headed by Donovan Reynolds who, as former director of Michigan Public Radio, first proposed the idea for the GLRC.

“I can’t think of a production I am prouder to be associated with,” said Reynolds. “I’ve seen the GLRC grow from a simple idea into a national service that makes a real impact on the Great Lakes Basin. As other news outlets diminish their environmental reporting, the work of the GLRC had become more important than ever.” The GLRC will begin airing the “Ten Threats to the Great Lakes” series this October. Composed of over 30 stories, this in-depth series will run through the end of November.

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Unsung Hero Nominations Sought

Metro Detroit is made up of countless individuals who have made significant contributions to their families, careers, and communities. In an effort to pay tribute to these outstanding individuals, 94.7 WCSX is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Unsung Heroes Tribute. WCSX is encouraging listeners to submit a nomination for someone they feel is an Unsung Hero. During the month of October, WCSX will highlight approximately 25 amazing men and women who are making the world a better place.

Each recipient of an Unsung Heroes award will be honored at a very special recognition banquet scheduled for Thursday, November 17th, 2005 at Petruzzello’s Banquet Hall in Troy. Nominations for The Unsung Heroes Tribute can be emailed to heroes@wcsx.com or sent to 94.7 WCSX, One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220. Each nomination should include the nominee and nominators full name, address and phone numbers. Complete details are available at www.wcsx.com.

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Survivors to “Live Again!”

The Detroit gospel community is uniting to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. WMXD-MIX92.3 along with PAJAM and Straight Gate Church presents “Live Again!” a FREE benefit gospel concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at Straight Gate International Church located at Grand River and Livernois at 7PM. Doors open at 6PM. Join GospoCentric recording artist, J Moss and Friends - Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin, Dr. Charles G. Hayes and The Warriors, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra “KIKI” Sheard , Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Chris Jones, 2103, and many more!

This special evening will bring awareness to the needs of those who have relocated from the Gulf Coast area to Metro Detroit and allow the community to unite for one evening and donate towards the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina. VIP Seating is available for all Katrina Survivors, with transportation for the survivors will be provided by Citadel of Praise Outreach. Admission is FREE to the public. Funds raised will benefit several ministry based outreach efforts providing relief to those affected.

“It is in times like these that the city of Detroit and all of its Christian community need to come together and make a joyful noise onto the Lord,” said Bishop Merritt, Pastor of Straight Gate Church International.

“The Detroit community has embraced the needs of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. MIX 92.3 along with our friends PAJAM and Straight Gate Church want to encourage them to LIVE AGAIN! And help raise funds to continuously address those needs within the community as well as their personal lives. We are glad to partner with the gospel community for such an event,” said Jamillah Muhammad, Program Director, WMXD.

“Not only do our prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy, but we wanted our actions to express our deepest concern and desire to truly help. That's why we are utilizing our resources to bring together our industry friends, family and the city of Detroit to show our support,” said PAJAM.

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Coming Up On News/Talk 760 WJR

Thursday, September 29th: From 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the EDS Agility Alliance Development Center Grand Opening at the Development Center in Auburn Hills.

Friday, September 30th: From 3-6PM the Mitch Albom Show broadcasts live from the Michigan vs. Michigan State Tailgate Party 2005 at the Andiamo Italia Banquet Center in Warren. This special broadcast will be brimming with school spirit! Come join the fun and cheer on your favorite team. All WJR loyal listeners are invited to stop by this free event to enjoy the fun, food and fan fare.

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Coming up on Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9

Tune in this Sunday, September 25 during The John Penney Program
(1pm-5pm) for a live performance from blues singer Shemekia Copeland and her band. The Village Voice calls her the most soul-shaking,
big-voiced blues singer in years, attacking contemporary material like Etta James. Copeland's new CD "The Soul Truth" on Alligator Records is produced by Stax guitarist Steve Cropper and is steeped in the spirit of classic Memphis Soul. See her in concert Sunday evening at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.


Acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer Michael Penn stops by The
Martin Bandyke Program on Tuesday, September 27th. On his first new
album in three years, Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947, Penn continues his
trademark Beatlesque folk-pop sounds and clever wordplay. Penn is in
concert Monday evening (9/26) at The Ark In Ann Arbor.


Ed Love welcomes Detroit jazz vocalist Joan Crawford and her Sextet to his program, Tuesday, September 27th. Starting her career as a vocalist for the Jimmy Wilkins Orchestra, Crawford has gone on to star in the National Tour of Fats Waller's Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin" and performed in the movie "Detroit Comedy Jam. Joan Crawford brings her latest sextet to WDET's airwaves, Tuesday evening, September 27, in the 7pm hour of Destination Jazz: The
Ed Love Program.


Detroit Free Press:

There were some interesting big moves -- up and down -- in the monthly Arbitron radio ratings chronicling listening habits for the June, July and August that were released Tuesday. Oldies WOMC carded its usual summer surge, moving into a tie for second among all listeners. All-news WWJ dropped as usual during the summer, losing almost a half-point. But the most interesting readings remained at Radio One's urban WHTD and urban adult WDMK... Arbitrend radio ratings, (Wed 9/21)


Detroit News:

Dan Alpert was standing in the sort-of-outdoor courtyard of a cafe in Brussels, Belgium, looking at a map. He knew where to find dinner -- the same cafe where he was being a confused tourist -- but he'd already gone astray last Thursday searching for the royal castle. If he could miss something that big at midday, he figured he'd best locate his hotel before dark. So there he was with his map and his black Rockport walking shoes and his mildly puzzled expression, and up came a stranger. "If he's going to ask me for directions," Alpert thought, "we're both in trouble." Worse yet, if that's not what he wants, "what did I do wrong?" "Excuse me," the man said, "but do I recognize you from Detroit Public Television?"... Even in Brussels, Dan Alpert finds Ch. 56 supporters, (Fri 9/23)


Daily Oakland Press:

Country WYCD-FM (99.5) once again is looking for a new program director with last week’s exit of Chip Miller after less than a year at the station. Word is the decision for the quick exit was mutual after WYCD couldn’t nail down a long-term commitment from Miller, who’s seeking to get into station ownership in Tennessee... Country WYCD should tap local roots, (Mon 9/19)


All Access:

SALEM is swapping its Talk WBOB-A and Religion WTSJ-A/CINCINNATI and $6.75 million to CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM LTD. for Religion WLQV-A/DETROIT. The deal would give SALEM a second station in the DETROIT market, where it presently owns Talk WDTK-A. (Mon 9/19)


HD Radio Update: There are now over 500 AM and FM stations across the country broadcasting with HD Radio technology. Stations serving every one of the top 50 U.S. markets are now providing listeners with digital HD Radio coverage, including: DETROIT (21 stations on the air), LOS ANGELES (19), CHICAGO (19), ATLANTA (18), MIAMI (16), BOSTON (15), SAN FRANCISCO (15), and NEW YORK CITY (14). "This has been a breakthrough year in the rollout of HD Radio technology. Broadcasters are converting stations at a pace of more than one per day as they ramp up efforts to market and promote the technology to consumers," said iBUQUITY DIGITAL CORP. Pres. and CEO ROBERT STRUBLE, "And the emergence of multicasting as the system's first killer application has been critically important. There are now stations from PHILADELPHIA to SEATTLE broadcasting additional streams of content to complement the programming on their main channels." (Wed 9/21)


CLEAR CHANNEL/ANN ARBOR, MI flexed the cluster's collective muscles to collect over $15,000 for HURRICANE RELIEF efforts recently. (Wed 9/21)


Cincinnati Enquirer:

Christian radio stations WTSJ-AM 1050 and WBOB-AM 1160 are being sold to a Michigan-based operator, and WBOB soon could have a new format. Salem Communications Corp. has traded both of the Cincinnati stations, plus about $6.7 million, to Christian Broadcasting System. In return, Salem will receive WLQV-AM 1500, a higher-powered station in Detroit... WTSJ, WBOB radio stations sold, (Mon 9/19)

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, September 26, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


This past weekend was one I’ll personally never forget as the Last Great Radio Reunion took place. Since I was one of the organizers, it seems more appropriate for my colleague Mike Austerman to fill you in on the details in his next column. Suffice to say it was amazing to gather over the weekend with several hundred of the biggest names to ever grace the Motor City radio dial. I’m still recovering.

Missing from the fun on Saturday night was Country Dan Dixon, who played the Nashville sounds on WDEE, WCXI and CKLW-FM (800) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Now working on XM Channel 10 “America,” he’s currently hospitalized in Washington, D.C., with complications from diabetes, so keep him in your thoughts.


If you’re heading up to East Lansing for the always exciting UM-MSU football game this Saturday, and you’ve taken out a loan for the $70 face-value tickets, let me share some good news: Take your radio headset to the stadium. State fans can hear George Blaha on the Michigan State Network over classic rock WMMQ-FM (94.9) or on news-talk WJIM-AM (1240) since the MSU games are no longer on WJIM-FM (97.5), which is now a top 40 hit music station. On the flip side, Michigan fans can get their fix as well as Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter and Steve Courtney on the Host Communications/WJR-AM (760) Network can be heard on sports WQTX-FM (92.7). So both sides can be satisfied hearing their favorite broadcasters along with their favorite football team.

And fans of both schools can join Mitch Albom live at Andiamo Italia Banquet Center in Warren for a huge UM-MSU indoor tailgate party with fun, food and fan fare on WJR from 3-6 p.m. Friday.


Classic Rock WCSX-FM (94.7) is seeking unsung heroes, asking listeners who they feel are not getting the recognition they truly deserve. Send your suggestions to: heros@wcsx.com or by mail to: WCSX One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220. Winners will be recognized at a banquet at Petruzzello’s in Troy on November 17th. Sounds delicious to me.


The last of the summer ratings monthly trends came out last week — with no shocking surprises. WJR remains on top, but a tie for second place has urban WJLB-FM (97.9) and oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) just a tenth of a point behind the mega-power AM 760. Third place is also a tie between Smooth Jazz WVMVFM (98.7) and all-news WWJAM (950). No stunning news here. And the official summer quarter ratings book will be released next month.


Speaking of ratings, the radio industry continues to watch the movement (if any) of the so-called “we play anything” Jack-FM format. Even though our Jack, WDRQ-FM (93.1) — known here as Doug FM — is holding somewhat steady, in New York (radio’s most watched barometer), the new Jack station, WCBS-FM, is tanking. As a giant oldies station before the format switch, it had a solid 3.5 market share rating but that’s dropped from a 2.5 to a 1.7. Which must leave the Infinity bosses in the Big Apple wondering if the switch was such a good idea.


As news junkies know, the BBC World Service news agency has had its programming available for about four years on satellite radio. Now, the prestigious broadcasters from England will offer their slant on the news direct to your computer at www.bbcnews.com. Unlike the Beatles, this British Invasion is hitting our shores via the Internet.


On Tuesday, National Public Radio launches its sixth volume compilation CDs entitled “I Heard It On NPR.” The CD is subtitled “One World Many Voices.” Learn more at www. npr.org — and tune in our local NPR station is WDET-FM (101.9).


Set Your Dials: Singer-songwriter Michael Penn stops by the Martin Bandyke Show, at 3 p.m. Tuesday on WDET ... WJR morning man Paul W. Smith broadcasts live from the grand opening of the EDS Agility Alliance Development Center in Auburn Hills on Thursday ... with Big Band music scarce on the radio dial, tune in as host Tom Wilson presents more of Glenn Miller at 6 p.m. Sunday on WMUZ-FM (103.5). Call in your requests at Pennsylvania 6-5000.


This month marks four years that Mike and I have been writing about your favorite radio stations in The Oakland Press and we’re pleased at the response we have received from you, our readers. Here’s to the next four years and all the changes yet to come. Stay tuned!

 

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