Metro Detroit: In The News Oct 21




WYCD announces Tim Roberts as new Program Director

99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Best Country, announced today the appointment of Tim Roberts as Program Director of the station. Roberts joins the station from Cumulus Media where he held the position of Midwest Regional Operations Manager overseeing radio stations in Youngstown, Toledo, Western PA and Southern Michigan. In announcing the appointment of Roberts, WYCD Vice President/General Manager Debbie Kenyon said, “It’s great to have someone with such passion and a great body of knowledge about the format and radio in general. We look forward to continued fun and success with WYCD.”

Roberts, a graduate of Central Michigan University, has also held previous positions as: WWWW-FM Detroit-Program Director, KSAN/KNEW San Franciso-Program Director, WLVK Charlotte, NC-Program Director. “It’s incredibly exciting to return to my home town of Detroit and join the great Country team at WYCD!” said Roberts. “Debbie Kenyon has built tremendous momentum and I’m thrilled to be working with talents like we have with the Dr. Don Morning Show, Mike Scott, Edwards & Lee, Jyl Forsyth and the rest of the seasoned on-air team. Infinity has a tremendous brain trust, and it’s awesome to be reunited and working again with Infinity Country Format Director Jeff Garrison as well.”

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Launches First Podcast

New service will help inform constituents of senator's activities and priorities

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is launching a new service to help her constituents throughout Michigan stay informed about her activities in the U.S. Senate. Stabenow plans to offer regular podcasts on hot topics as a way of communicating with constituents at their convenience. A podcast is an audio file that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer or portable MP3 player. Podcasts can be downloaded either as individual files or listeners can subscribe to a podcast and get automatic updates when newer versions are released.

Stabenow's first podcast, which will focus on her efforts to help Michigan's manufacturers, including GM and Delphi, will be available Friday, October 21, 2005. Listeners can hear the podcast by going to Stabenow's senate website. They can also subscribe to all her upcoming podcasts through various podcast directories, including Yahoo! and iTunes.

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Every Picture Tells A Story… Classic Rock Art Show To Open November 22nd

94.7 WCSX will showcase a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from the greatest classic rock artists of all time at the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale. The event will take place Tuesday, November 22nd through Saturday, December 10th in a specially designed space inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy. The show and sale is open to the public during mall hours and every piece of art is available to purchase.

The show will feature works from Classic Rock artists such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, John Entwistle (The Who), Jimi Hendrix, Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Carlos Santana, David Bowie, Robby Kreiger (The Doors) and dozens more. In addition, the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale will also feature the works of local classic rock photographers Thomas Weschler and Steve Galli as well as special pieces from renowned music poster artists Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren and Mark Arminski. Also featured in the show well be handwritten song lyrics, album cover artwork, concert tour posters and animation cells from Yellow Submarine and the Beatles ABC Saturday Morning Cartoon series.

An important portion of this event will be a Silent Auction of select pieces to benefit Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, located in Royal Oak, Michigan. This non-profit organization provides a home-like meeting place and free program where anyone living with cancer can: build friendships, share the collective wisdom of experience, and develop strategies for living with cancer.

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99.5 WYCD and Chrysler Financial Present Country Cares for Hurricane Relief Holiday Concert

99.5 WYCD and Chrysler Financial are teaming up to present a holiday event guaranteed to satisfy country music lovers everywhere. Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood will light up the stage with their undeniably raw talent and All-American beauty. Country Cares is scheduled for December 8th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 28th at 10:00 AM and will be available through all TicketMaster outlets, by calling (248) 645-6666, and at the event's Web site, All net proceeds from Country Cares will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity as they help those specifically affected in the Gulf Coast communities damaged by recent hurricanes.

Lansing State Journal:

In the dizzying seconds after Michigan State marketer/dealmaker Mark Hollis learned WJR was to become MSU's flagship radio station, he remained composed. "But I was about ready to bust out of my chair," said Hollis, an MSU senior associate athletic director who saw years of wooing pay off last week, when the powerful Detroit station agreed to drop Michigan and join MSU's radio network for five years starting in 2006-07. WJR President Mike Fezzey gave the word to Hollis, MSU athletic director Ron Mason and MSU President Lou Anna Simon in Simon's office... Big 'revenue potential' key to WJR deal

There had to be more. More to the story. More to the deal. That was the immediate and natural reaction last week when Michigan State trumpeted its coup of WJR. After all, it wasn't easy to see why the powerful Detroit radio station would ditch Michigan football and basketball after 30 years to plop their microphone down in front of its perceived little brother. Surely, the Spartans must have shelled out big bucks to secure the WJR signal, which stretches south and east throughout the Midwest and into Canada, as its flagship. Uh, no. MSU is giving WJR about the same deal as the 30 other stations in its radio network... Being MSU good enough

Detroit News:

Chris Felcyn, longtime host of the WDET-FM (101.9) program, "The Listening Room," is joining WRCJ-FM (90.9), Detroit's new classical and jazz station, as midday host, airing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Felcyn will start on WRCJ, located in Detroit's School of the Arts (behind The Max), in November... Chris Felcyn joins WRCJ as daytime host

Ann Arbor News:

Lovers of classical music will soon be able to hear the resonant tones of longtime radio host and Brighton Township resident Dave Wagner. Wagner won't be singing baritone to a Wagner (no relation) opera, but he soon will be back on the air as morning host at radio station WRCJ-FM. A professor of music since 1998 at Madonna University in Livonia, Wagner, 56, also has been appointed program director at the radio station. In addition, he is the organist at St. Paul's Church in Grosse Pointe Farms and has performed on organ and harpsichord with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Wagner will continue in his position at the university while assuming his new role at WRCJ, 90.9 on the FM dial... Wagner, Dave, that is, returns to the air


As first reported by FMQB yesterday, Alex Tear has been named Program Director for WKST (96.1 Kiss)/Pittsburgh, starting November 7... Alex Tear Named PD At WKST

Billboard Radio Monitor:

Cumulus Midwest regional OM Tim Roberts, who is based in Toledo, Ohio, heads home to the Motor City as PD for Infinity country WYCD Detroit. He replaces Chip Miller, who recently exited after a year on the job. A Detroit native, Roberts started as a part-timer at heritage rocker WRIF while still in high school. He later returned to the market to program what was then Clear Channel country WWWW (W-4). He joined Cumulus as OM of its Toledo cluster in ’99 after W-4 flipped to classic hits as WDTW (the Drive)... Roberts Heads Home To Detroit

Radio and Records:

The Cumulus Media Midwest Regional OM is returning to his hometown of Detroit to program Infinity's Country WYCD. Roberts' programming background includes stints at KSAN & KNEW/San Francisco and WLVK/Charlotte. He programmed WWWW/Detroit from 1997-99 and became OM of Cumulus/Toledo in Oct. 1999... Tim Roberts To Program WYCD/Detroit







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