Metro Detroit: In The News Sep 11-17




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)


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)







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