Metro Detroit: In The News Oct 7-13




BHSD Radio Students Win Nine John Drury High School Radio Awards

WBFH Wins First Place, Best High School Station
Pete Bowers Wins First Place, Best Radio Station Advisor

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students and staff won a total of eleven awards in seven categories at the Fourth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held October 8, 2005 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

WBFH students were nominated for fourteen awards, the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won three 1st Place awards, two 2nd Place awards and four 3rd Place awards:

* Best Newscast, 1st Place: Wade Fink, Andover junior
* Best Public Service Announcement, 1st Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Promotional Announcement, 1st Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior

* Best Newscast, 2nd Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Sportscast, 2nd Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior

* Best Newscast, 3rd Place: Rachel Fishman, Lahser senior
* Best News Feature Story, 3rd Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Sportscast, 3rd Place: Wade Fink, Andover junior
* Best Public Service Announcement, 3rd Place: Lauren Edelman, Andover senior, Rachel Fishman, Lahser senior, and Erin Kashawlic, Andover senior

WBFH Station Manager Pete Bowers was nominated for Best Radio Station Advisor and won 1st Place. The award was based on a 500-word essay and three supporting letters.

The Best High School Radio Station award was based on the number of awards won by students from high school radio stations in the United States. WBFH won 1st Place this year after taking 3rd Place last year. WGBK of Glenview, Illinois took 2nd Place.

“This was the second year we sent entries to the John Drury Awards,” said Bowers. “I’m very proud of the students who won and for WBFH finishing first for Best High School Radio Station.”

Andover senior and WBFH Operations Manager Ryan Fishman won a total of five Drury awards and made the trip to Naperville to accept his awards. “It was definitely worth the trip”, said Fishman.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial. The WBFH management team consists of Bowers, Assistant Manager/Chief Engineer Randy Carr and Remote Supervisor Ron Wittebols.

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WRCJ bolsters lineup

Classical and Jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 has announced that Chris Felcyn will be midday host when the classical and jazz station begins live broadcasts from its studios in the Detroit School of Arts in November. The weekday classical lineup is set with Dave Wagner 6am-10am, Chris Felcyn 10am-3pm, and Ann Delisi 3pm-7pm. The station also announced that former WQRS host Jack Goggin will join as its primary fill-in host.

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Congresswoman Miller Produces Informative TV and Radio Campaign to Inform Seniors

United States Representative Candice Miller has announced the distribution of a TV and radio public service campaign to inform seniors about the new Medicare prescription drug program. Congresswoman Miller and Dr. Mark McClellan, Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, star in the 30-second TV production. The PSA includes critical dates, phone numbers, and website information those interested in signing up for the new prescription drug plan. It will air on stations in the Detroit and Flint television markets and will also be available to radio and TV stations statewide.

"High-quality healthcare and reliable access to prescription drugs is - and will remain - a top priority," Rep. Miller said. "It's important that our seniors have access to this critical information about our nation's new Medicare prescription drug program. I thank our fine Michigan broadcasters for stepping up to the plate to support their viewers and listeners," she said. "Once again, our local radio and TV stations are supporting their communities by using the public airwaves to serve the citizens and the public good."

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MIX92.3’s Frankie Darcell will take part in making of history at the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March this weekend

Adult Urban Contemporary WMXD-FM 92.3 host Frankie Darcell will take part in making history this weekend at the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March at Washington’s National Museum in Washington D.C. MIX92.3’s Frankie Darcell will broadcast LIVE, Saturday, October 16th from 9a.m – 3p.m. MIX 92.3 invited the city of Detroit to join us at this monumental event. Bus loads of participants will depart Friday, October 14th, at approximately 4 p.m. from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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Local Fans Find “Lost” Facts, Figures & Fiction On New Blog

“Lost” fever has infected Jim Johnson (JJ) and Lynne Woodison, hosts of the Classic Rock Morning Show on 94.7 WCSX and their listeners. Each week, the duo, joined by listeners, compares notes and theories on the popular television show now in its second season. In response to listener demand, JJ & Lynne have extended the discussion beyond their show by creating an island of “Lost” information on-line at Fans of JJ & Lynne and “Lost” can read show news, find out the latest theories, exchange speculations and comment on all things “Lost.” The Classic Rock Morning Show can be heard weekdays from 5am to 9am on 94.7 WCSX.

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WDET enhances programming access

Public WDET-FM 101.9 has launched "WDET On Demand," a new service that allows listeners to subscribe to WDET news stories, special features from their favorite music programs, NPR news and other station information. WDET On Demand includes podcasting, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and a streaming archive service.

WDET's award-winning local news is available in both audio and text forms and listeners can have stories automatically delivered to their computers where they can read or listen at their convenience. RSS feeds of NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered are also available via WDET On Demand. A popular feature of this new service is a subscription to WDET's program highlights feed, which informs users about upcoming live music performances, ticket or CD giveaways, news stories and features other important station information. There are also archives containing streams of recent live music performances for listeners who missed a performance or want to hear a favorite artist again.

WDET On Demand can be accessed through the WDET website at

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Coming Up On News/Talk 760 WJR

Friday October 14th The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from 6-9am at the WJR/Jeep Commander Breakfast at the Original Pancake House in Birmingham. WJR and the Southeast Michigan Chrysler Jeep Superstores invite you to stop by as they introduce the new 2006 Jeep Commander and enjoy breakfast on them!

Saturday October 15th and Sunday October 16th the WJR Home Improvement Show will broadcast live from the 2005 Fall Remodeling Show at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. Saturday's broadcast will run from 10am-noon and Sunday's from noon-3pm.

Detroit Free Press:

Heating up -- and clearing up -- is the Gregg Henson/Michelle McKormick situation at WKRK-FM (97.1). The radio trade site reports the duo was suspended for on-air utterances involving WKQI-FM (95.5) personality Tic Tac. The nature of the offense? They reportedly used Tac's real name and alleged things not worth repeating here... Names and Faces, (Fri 10/7)

Gregg Henson is out and David Lee Roth may be in at Infinity-owned Detroit talk station WKRK-FM (97.1). Monday, vice president and general manager Rich Homberg confirmed talk show cohost Henson was jettisoned after making on-air accusations about WKQI-FM (95.5) evening voice Tic Tac. Henson's cohost, Michelle McKormick, survives, Homberg said. She will be paired with a new cohost and they will continue "Motor City Midday" from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays "in a day or two," Homberg said. That show had been in repeats for about 10 days since the Tic Tac incident. Henson did not respond to requests for comment... Gregg Henson out, Roth may be in at talker WKRK, (Tue 10/11)

Jay Towers was undone by the Doug-FM, personality-less format at WDRQ-FM (93.1) back in April. But Tuesday, radio trade site reported that he might be the lead candidate to replace the dismissed talker Gregg Henson on "Motor City Middays" on WKRK-FM (97.1) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Towers remains under contract to WDRQ parent ABC Radio but has been doing only morning news and traffic updates... Towers might cross over to WKRK, (Wed 10/12)

WRCJ-FM (90.9), the public radio station owned by Detroit Public Schools but run by Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), announced the addition of two more staffers when it switches from satellite to live programming sometime next month. Chris Felcyn, longtime host of an eclectic Sunday morning show on WDET-FM (101.9), will host the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekday show, programmer and morning host Dave Wagner announced. Jack Goggin, who worked for years with Wagner at 105.1 when it was classical WQRS-FM, will be the chief fill-in host, Wagner said... Names and Faces, (Thu 10/13)

Detroit News:

WDIV news personality Rhonda Walker worked the room at Seldom Blues, and 25 inner-city teenage girls wearing pink T-shirts did some impressive networking as well. The Oct. 2 occasion was the first Moving with Success Empowerment Brunch, Conversations with Powerful Women of Purpose event to benefit the Rhonda Walker Foundation... TV news' Rhonda Walker helps out teens, (Tue 10/11)

Oprah Winfrey exposed "America's dirty little secret" -- poverty -- on her show Wednesday, and in doing so, turned a harsh light on Detroit. The show referred to Detroit as America's poorest big city, where one in three people live beneath the poverty line. CNN's Anderson Cooper filed a report from the city in which he interviewed people living in freeway underpasses and spotlighted two local families and their struggles with poverty and homelessness... Oprah takes on Detroit's poverty, (Thu 10/13)

Daily Oakland Press:

Tongues were wagging last week about the suspension of midday hosts Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick from talk WKRK-FM (97.1). Seems Henson made some questionable on-air comments on their Sept. 28 program about Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5) evening jock Tic Tak. The brouhaha made it into national trade pubs and even garnered a comment from WKRK syndicated morning shock jock Howard Stern... 97.1 team’s trash talk nets suspension, wide attention, (Sun 10/9)

All Access:

The ever-vigilent ALL ACCESS PITTSBURGH spies spotted former WDRQ/DETROIT PD ALEX TEAR enjoying an IRON CITY BEER last night at the HI-TOPS Sports Bar, just over the scenic ROBERTO CLEMENTE bridge from downtown PITTSBURGH, home of CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKST (96.1 KISS-FM). Will MR. TEAR be landing - or blasting off - soon? (Fri 10/7)

INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT has fired midday co-host GREGG HENSON after a supension for comments made on the air about a host at another station, WKQI evening host TIK-TAK. HENSON's "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" co-host MICHELLE MCKORMICK remains with the station and will get a new on-air partner; the station's website MONDAY (10/10) mistakenly listed afternoon hosts DEMINSKI AND DOYLE as handling both middays and afternoons, but they'll stick with afternoon drive. HENSON was moved from the PD post at WKRK sister station Sports WXYT-A to the FM side as a host in NOVEMBER 2003. (Mon 10/10)

Live 97.1/Detroit: Adding Towers? With GREGG HENSON (as reported yesterday at ALL ACCESS) gone from middays at INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT and MICHELLE MCKORMICK temporarily solo for "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS," ALL ACCESS hears that former crosstown WDRQ morning man JAY TOWERS, who did vacation fill-in for HENSON last month, is the leading candidate to take over for HENSON. Stay tuned.... (Tue 10/11)

Former MICHIGAN TALK RADIO NETWORK host TONY TRUPIANO is running for Congress. TRUPIANO, a Democrat, is running in the 11th MICHIGAN Congressional District currently served by Republican THADDEUS MCCOTTER. (Tue 10/11)

Radio and Records:

R&R has confirmed that WKRK/Detroit midday co-host Gregg Henson has been fired from the Infinity FM Talker, reportedly in connection with on-air comments he made on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Henson and partner Michelle McKormack have been off the air since they finished their show on that day... Suspended WKRK/Detroit Host Fired, (Tue 10/11)

Billboard Radio Monitor:

Infinity FM talker WKRK Detroit has fired Gregg Henson following an internal review into disparaging comments made by the midday co-host about crosstown WKQI (Channel 95.5) night host Tic Tak... WKRK Fires Midday Co-Host Over Disparaging Comments, (Tue 10/11)

Official: Diamond Dave Gets Howard's Job- The rumors were true. I can tell you exclusively that sometime next month, Infinity Broadcasting will announce that David Lee Roth is taking over for Howard Stern. The one-time lead singer of Van Halen will assume the microphone in New York and several other markets where Stern's radio show is heard... David Lee Roth to Succeed Howard Stern, (Mon 10/10)







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