Metro Detroit: In The News Aug 28-Sep 3




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 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:

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.

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.

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.

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)







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