Metro Detroit: In The News Sep 18-24




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

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 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

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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)







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