Metro Detroit: In The News Oct 14-20




MIX 92.3 raises breast cancer awareness with 8th Annual Sista Strut Walk & Rally

Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 will celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by presenting MIX 92.3’s 8th Annual Sista Strut – “I Will Survive Walk” and Rally, Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 at Belle Isle Park – Remick Bandshell Area. Registration is free.

This stimulating day of honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, and raising awareness will kick off with MIX 92.3’s Frankie Darcell broadcasting live from 8a-9am; followed by an inspiring rally and morning stretch routine conducted by The Powerhouse Gym. In addition, MIX 92.3 will award the “Biggest Team Award”, give breast cancer prevention information, and present post rally entertainment.

Last year’s Sista Strut had nearly 1,000 participants walking the 3k stretch against the continuous battle against breast cancer. This year an even greater turn out is expected and the route has been extended to 5k. Check-in begins at 7:00 AM, the rally and live broadcast will start at 8:00 AM, and the Strut will begin at 9:00 AM. Closing ceremonies are scheduled for 11:00 AM.

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CKWW Hits the road with Jukebox Classics Roadtrip

AM 580 Motor City Favorites is taking the "Jukebox Classics" show on the road as Howling Harry and Bel Air Bill broadcast on location. The "Jukebox Classics Roadtrip" will be at Casey’s Bar & Grill in Windsor on Thursday, October 27th from 6-8 PM. Harry and Bill will do their AM 580 radio show live and take 50’s and 60’s song requests and dedications directly from the audience. There will be classic cars on display in the parking lot, prizes, free munchies and drink specials. Casey’s is located at 1760 Huron Church Road just minutes from the Ambassador Bridge.

"Jukebox Classics" is a weekly all-request 50’s and 60’s music show heard Thursdays from 6 until 8 PM on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.

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Magic 105.1 to host it's 2nd Annual Halloween Dance Party

Grab your candy bag, find a costume, put your dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate Halloween with Magic 105.1! WMGC-FM 105.1 is set to celebrate Halloween with their 2nd Annual Halloween Dance Party and the only way in is to win. Listeners cannot purchase tickets to this event; instead tickets can be obtained by listening to the station for details on how to win entry tickets. Tickets will be awarded throughout the day everyday on Magic 105.1.

The party will take place on Friday, October 28th at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom at Andiamo Italia in Warren. Doors open at 7pm and the party runs from 8pm until 11pm. Featuring a spooky ambience, huge costume contest, Andiamo’s famous chocolate fountain, hors d’oeuvres and plenty of great music, it'll be a howling good time and great way to celebrate Halloween. Vacations courtesy of Funjet Vacations will be awarded to the top 3 costumes.

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CRTC approves technical changes to CKUE Chatham and Windsor

The Commission approves an application to change the authorized contours of CKUE-FM Chatham and its transmitter CKUE-FM-1 Windsor, by decreasing the effective radiated power (ERP) of CKUE-FM from 42,000 watts to an average ERP of 36,400 watts and by decreasing the antenna height, and by increasing the average ERP of CKUE-FM-1 from 400 watts to 1,950 watts and by increasing the antenna height.

Detroit Free Press:

Mojo pitches in: The Oprah-philes at the "Mojo in the Morning" show on WKQI-FM (95.5) took Wednesday's Winfrey-cast (4 p.m. weekdays, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7) that portrayed Detroit as "America's Poorest City" especially seriously. The usually mirthful show got the featured families on the air (from a Highland Park homeless shelter they stay in). Better still, Mojo et al helped Steve Douglas, who sells his blood twice a week so he can afford gas money to drive his kids to school, get some job offers and find a new place to live in Detroit. More helpfulness expected today... Names and Faces, (Fri 10/14)

Veteran Detroit radio personality Jay Towers has been named to replace Gregg Henson as cohost of Infinity-owned WKRK-FM's (97.1) "Motor City Middays" talk show (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), effective today. Towers had been the morning DJ and host on WDRQ-FM (93.1) until April, when the station switched to a no-DJ/mostly music format... It's official: Towers to WKRK, (Tue 10/18)

The Detroit radio market received its verdict Tuesday on summer 2005 with Arbitron ratings figures that showed Infinity-owned smooth jazz station WVMV was the area's new No. 1 station, unseating ABC news/talker WJR-AM. But the big story was just a bit lower in the standings. Syndicated star Tom Joyner's move from Clear Channel's WMXD-FM to Radio One-owned WDMK-FM propelled WDMK to a tie for 8th place overall; Joyner's show was fifth among all morning listeners... Smooth jazz connects with summer listeners, Arbitron radio ratings, (Wed 10/19)

Taped: For public station WTVS-TV (Channel 56), a pilot episode for a proposed series to be hosted by former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor and current Detroit Medical Center spokesman Emery King. It'll feature King's interviews with Detroit Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars and NBC correspondent Anne Thompson, also a WDIV alum. Look for it in December... Names and Faces, (Wed 10/19)

The Detroit broadcasting career of Gregg Henson formally came to an end Tuesday when he announced he had verbally accepted a position at an unnamed sports talk station somewhere in Texas... Henson to head out, (Wed 10/19)

Detroit News:

One of the local families spotlighted on Wednesday's "Oprah" episode on poverty in America is getting some help in their lives -- and a little Mojo, to boot. WKQI-FM (95.5) devoted two hours on its "Mojo in the Morning" show Thursday to discussing the episode and trying to get help for the Douglas family, headed by Steve, who sells his blood twice a week to afford gas money to drive his children to school... 'Oprah' family gets help from radio show, (Fri 10/14)

The very same John Penney hosts weekend afternoon programs on public radio WDET-FM (101.9), which does not have a snappy marquee but just put out a terrific limited-edition CD culled from three years of in-studio performances at the station. "WDET Live! Vol. 4" includes tracks by Shelby Lynne, Los Lobos, Coldplay and 14 others, and is yours as a thank-you for any donation of $60 or more... WDET CD a winner, (Tue 10/18)

In Detroit radio, smooth jazz is the stealth format. It isn't flashy or glamorous like rock, hip-hop or talk radio, but while the Detroit radio market is in deep churn, with listeners trying to keep up with format and frequency changes and the Tom Joyner tsunami remaking the morning landscape, Infinity-owned smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) quietly took over the overall No. 1 spot in the summer Arbitron ratings, released Tuesday... A smooth ride to top at jazz's WVMV, (Wed 10/19)

Former WDRQ-FM (93.1) personality Jay Towers already has started as host on WKRK-FM's (97.1) "Motor City Middays," the slot left open last week after the sacking of Gregg Henson for statements he made on the air about WKQI-FM's (95.5) nighttime host Tic Tak. Henson always was outspoken, giving "Motor City Middays" a bit of a shock-jock vibe, much as he pushed the envelope in his previous jobs at sports stations WDFN-AM (1130) and WXYT-AM (1270)... 'Motor City Middays' picks its guy (Wed 10/19)

Daily Oakland Press:

Talk about a quarterback sneak. Late Thursday, personality WJR-AM (760) dumped the Wolverines and picked up the Spartans as the station inked a five-year deal to broadcast Michigan State football and basketball games beginning next fall ... After extensive separate conversations with Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick, I’ve gained a great deal of perspective regarding the radio debacle which led to Henson’s demise on WKRK-FM. I also spoke, at length, with Tic Tak, the night jock on top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5) who could not have been kinder and more understanding about the entire situation... WJR now plays for the other team; Henson admits mistake, (Sun 10/16)

All Access:

Towers Starts at WKRK/Detroit; Henson to Texas
As first reported on ALL ACCESS, former WDRQ/DETROIT morning man JAY TOWERS started TODAY (10/18) as midday co-host of INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT's "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" alongside MICHELLE MCKORMICK. Meanwhile, the guy he replaced at LIVE 97.1, GREGG HENSON, writes on his blog that he's verbally accepted a position with a sports station in TEXAS. Stay tuned ... (Tue 10/18)

CUMULUS/MIDWEST OM TIM ROBERTS, based out of TOLEDO and overseeing YOUNGSTOWN and WESTERN PA stations, has resigned and will be joining INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT as its new PD, beginning NOVEMBER 4th. ROBERTS told ALL ACCESS, "I'm thrilled to be joining a great management team at INFINITY and WYCD. (VP/GM) DEBBIE KENYON has build great momentum with this brand and we've got a lot of exciting things planned for DETROIT's #1 Country station." A native of DETROIT, ROBERTS began as an intern at WRIF, and later went on to program WWWW. He's also had programming stops at KHAK/CEDAR RAPIDS, WLVK/CHARLOTTE, and at both KSAN and KNEW/SAN FRANCISCO. (Thu 10/20)

ALEX TEAR has been named PD of CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKST (96.1 KISS-FM)/PITTSBURGH, replacing MARK ANDERSON, who recently resigned to join the AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP. CLEAR CHANNEL PITTSBURGH RVP JOHN ROHM made the announcement and said, “We’re fortunate to have ALEX on our team. His knowledge, talent, skills are a great match for the challenge we face in taking KISS to the next level of performance.” TEAR added, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the CLEAR CHANNEL programming culture. In a short 2 years, 96.1 KISS has become a market leader with a strong foundation. I look forward to working closely with SVP/Programming GENE ROMANO, RVP JOHN ROHM and the entire 96.1 KISS team, including some of the best next generation talent in the country with morning guys MIKEY and BIG BOB, SCOTTY in afternoons and BONICS at night. The CLEAR CHANNEL resources that support and surround 96.1 KISS are endless; I’m looking forward to a long Kiss.” TEAR most recently served as PD of ABC Top 40 WDRQ/DETROIT. Previously, he held programming posts with ABC-owned WHYT and WPLT/DETROIT. He begins in PITTSBURGH on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7th. (Thu 10/20)


WDRQ/Detroit morning show host/APD Jay Towers is crossing the street and changing formats as he joins Infinity's FM Talker WKRK/Live 97.1, hosting Motor City Middays with partner Michelle McKormic. Towers and McKormic will handle the 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. show starting Tuesday (10/18)... Jay Towers To Host Infinity's Motor City Middays, (Mon 10/17)

Billboard Radio Monitor:

Clear Channel top 40 WKST Pittsburgh (Kiss 96.1) appoints veteran Detroit programmer Alex Tear as PD, effective November 7. He succeeds Mark Anderson, who has programmed WKST since 2003. Anderson, who also carried OM and top 40 brand manager titles, announced in August that he would leave his post in November, at the end of his contract, to join Audience Development Group (ADG) as director of contemporary formats... Alex Tears Out Of Detroit For Pittsburgh (Thu 10/20)

Radio and Records:

Tear most recently spent eight years as PD of ABC's WDRQ/Detroit, which flipped from CHR/Pop to Adult Hits on April 1. He'll now take the programming helm at the Clear Channel CHR/Pop known as "96.1 Kiss FM."... Alex Tear Joins WKST/Pittsburgh As PD, (Thu 10/20)







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